Non Non Biyori: A Warm Welcome

Eldest child and only boy Suguru Koshigaya stands with his hands in his pockets. Youngest sister Natsumi holds the door open. Middle sibling and eldest sister Komari Koshigaya stands with both hands at her sides.

The Koshigaya siblings are good people. The eldest child, Suguru, is a man of few words who lets his actions speak for him. Komari (on right), the middle sibling, may be physically short and dislike it when people point that out, but she has a big heart. Finally, there’s Natsumi, the carefree, playful, back-talking, bad-at-school youngest sister. She keeps things interesting.
From the anime series Non Non Biyori

Classroom Crisis: A-TEC Aces

Kaito Sera and Mizuki Sera facing each other and smiling

Kaito Sera is a senior engineer and teacher for the Kirishina Corporation’s A-TEC division, a specialized work-study classroom where talented young people learn about and work on rockets. His younger sister, Mizuki, is one of his students and an engineer-in-training.
From the anime series Classroom Crisis

Winter Anime 2016: Shows To Check Out

Baby, it’s cold outside, but what better way to warm the heart than the presence of some engaging brothers and sisters. Here are three series that will be keeping me company in the wintery days ahead.

Dagashi Kashi

Dagashi Kashi title

Kokonotsu Shikada dreams of one day becoming a manga author. His father, the owner of a candy shop in the countryside, however, wants him to take over the family business. Cue one Hotaru Shidare, candy enthusiast and quirky heiress to a world famous candy company. She wants to hire Kokonotsu’s talented father no matter what, but dear old dad refuses to go unless she can convince the stubborn son to take over for him. Well, there’s only one thing to say: Challenge accepted.

My thoughts, based on the classic song by the Strangeloves:

I know a girl, purple-haired and sweet.
She’s so weird she can’t be beat–
Knows every candy that folks desire,
Sets Kokonotsu’s world on fire.

I want candy! I want candy!

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut (Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle)

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut (Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle) title

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle starts five years after the Arcadia Empire fell in a rebellion and was replaced by a new one. The former prince and princess, Lux and Airi Arcadia, are now just regular citizens…at least until he was involved in a mishap with the new kingdom’s princess. Forced to duel as punishment in a magical/mechanical suit known as a Drag-Ride, Lux proves himself a capable Drag-Knight and he ends up attending the ladies-only academy where such knights are trained. The usual action, harem-building and otherwise, ensues.

First, it was Infinite Stratos, then it was Unlimited Fafnir, and now it’s Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle. Yes, the Only Guy Among Girls premise strikes again, which is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, if you enjoyed the others, you’ll like this one and vice versa. Still, I wonder if the next series that uses it will be called Neverending Ifrit?

Schwarzesmarken

Schwarzesmarken title

In an alternate version of Earth history, terrifyingly strong and relentless aliens known as BETA invaded in the early 1970’s and have been steadily pushing humanity closer and closer to extinction. Humans, of course, refuse to go down without a fight, but even with this common enemy, old grievances don’t simply disappear. It is against this backdrop that an East German special forces unit charged with fighting the BETA, the titular Schwarzesmarken, operates. But is winning even possible when they don’t know who the real enemies are?

This is actually a prequel to another anime series called Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, but watching it beforehand is not required to understand what’s going on since they take place a couple decades apart. If anything, the only thing to know is that we should all be glad the ’70s gave us disco, instead.

Sankarea: Admirers of the Other Side

Chihiro Furuya looks at his younger sister, Mero, who is dressed as a ghost and has their undead cat sitting on her head

Chihiro Furuya loves everything to do with zombies, while his younger sister, Mero, is obsessed with ghosts. They also live in a temple where their father is the head priest, which might have influenced their otherworldly interests.
From the anime series Sankarea

.hack//Legend of the Twilight: Welcome to The World

Shugo Kunisaki waves and Rena Kunisaki smiles as they play as special edition characters Kite and Black Rose, respectively

This isn’t actually a picture of Shugo Kunisaki and his twin sister, Rena. These are the special edition characters they use to play together in a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) called The World.
From the anime series .hack//Legend of the Twilight

Charlotte: In Awe

Yuu Otosaka watches over his little sister, Ayumi

Although Yuu Otosaka is a narcissist, he takes care of his lively, stargazing little sister, Ayumi, as much as she takes care of him.
From the anime series Charlotte

Good Morning, 2016

Happy New Year from Sister/Brother Complex featuring the Nakano family in Danchigai

Image from the anime series Danchigai

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