I feel like a kid in candy store, with the promise of as much candy as I could possibly eat for free. Problem is, I don’t know where to turn first! I know it’s just an analogy, but the candy store I’m speaking of here is Crunchyroll, a pay by month, all you can watch anime (and drama!) site that’s trusted amongst anime goers. My friend Racheal sent me a “48-hour access pass,” because she can gift those as a paying member. Now I’m staring at a list huge list of anime, most of which I’ve never heard of, and I don’t know which to watch first.
On the downside, it doesn’t have any of the anime that I’ve started watching and haven’t finished yet: Samurai Champloo, Outlaw Star, and Clannad. But! It does have a large selection of other anime that seem really interesting.
SKET Dance is the first one I came across, which piqued my interest for the fact that it appears to be an Ouran knockoff. I watched the preview video, and it is focused around the stereotypical trio, two guys and a girl. This trio has their own club that is focused on helping people with their problems, hence the Ouran knockoff part. Also, it does have their own megane danshi (Kyoya, anyone?), a character who appears to be technologically minded. It seems to be an awfully predictable anime, but the 4.5 star rating (with over 700 votes) means I might just give it a watch.
When I’m looking for an anime, one of the tributes that makes me more likely to watch is the length. I’m more likely to watch a quick 12 episode anime over one that is still going. I keep up with Naruto, and that’s enough of a long-runner for me. Eleven episode Usagi Drop, rated 5 stars by over 900 people, is a new anime about a 30-year old single man who ends up raising a little girl. The watercolor styled animation is beautiful, but unfortunately, there’s no English subtitles. I was really looking forward to watching it too.
But, I think I might start with The Place Promised in Our Early Days. It’s an award winning movie, only available on Crunchyroll until October 22nd. It centers around three teens who grew up together, and keeping the promise they made to each other despite a war torn world. Unknown promise? Mysterious place? Beautiful cover with violins involved? Yeah, this is a winner. I’ve never seen a Makoto Shinkai movie, but I’m excited to get my first taste. I’ll let ya’ll know how it is. If it turns out to be anything like the end of Full Metal Achemist, though, I’m going to be miserable for a few days.
I think I’m going to get a membership. There’s just too much I want to watch! Anyone have a suggestion for a good anime on Crunchyroll? Characters with glasses are a guaranteed watch!