The Skeleton Twins: Lean On Me

Fraternal twins Maggie and Milo Dean standing side-by-side

Fraternal twins Maggie and Milo Dean are estranged siblings who reunite after ten years apart and attempt to reconnect with one another.
From the movie The Skeleton Twins

Summer Anime 2015: Shows To Check Out

Welcome to the Summer of Siblings! There are so many great shows with brothers and sisters this season that I can barely contain myself. Here’s a list of the eight(!) series that I will be basking in. (Three are sequels, so make sure to catch up on earlier seasons before watching the latest ones.)

New Shows

Charlotte

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Yuu Otosaka has a special power; he can possess any person and take control of their body for five seconds. However, Yuu Otosaka is also a lazy and somewhat selfish person, so he’s used this ability entirely for his own benefit, that is, until someone finds out about him and does something about it.

What’s the famous line about Peter Parker and Spiderman? With great power comes great responsibility? Granted, being able to control someone for five seconds isn’t the most perfect ability in the world, but it’s enough to have some fun. And honestly, tell me you wouldn’t do the same.

Classroom Crisis

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In an age where humanity has succesfully colognized every planet in the solar system, the spirit of exploration and innovation lives on. Students Mizuki Sera and her friend, Iris, are talented individuals who not only attend class with other gifted youth, they also work as part-time employees at a mega-corporation where they can put their skills to use with the best equipment available. Moreover, their teacher and supervisor is Mizuki’s energetic older brother, Kaito, whose own accomplishments inspire his pupils to do their very best. In short, it’s the perfect place for geniuses to prosper. However, businesses are always looking for at the bottom line, and running such a specialized work-study program doesn’t come cheap. So begins the Classroom Crisis.

I’m just waiting for the inevitable montage where they show everyone working hard together to build a technological marvel that will prove to the higher-ups that responsibly investing in the future is good for people and good for business.

Danchigai

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Danchigai is a comedy, slice-of-life microseries that focuses on Haruki and his four sisters: Mutsuki, the responsible, respected, and firm but fair eldest child; Yayoi, the middle sister who’s sometimes hostile and sometimes loving toward him; and the primary-school-age twins, Uzuki and Satsuki, who love to play. Their lives may not be grandiose, but they keep things interesting for one another.

Microseries, which run for five minutes or less per episode, are showing up more and more lately, and I’m not usually a big fan of them because they often leave me wanting more. Granted, this is an adaptation of a 4-panel comic, and sometimes less is more, but I want to spend more time with these siblings. Of course, if the microseries format allows more brothers and sisters to jump from page to screen, then I’m all for it.

Himouto! Umaru-chan

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Meet Umaru. In public, she’s the perfect girl whom everyone loves–intelligent, thoughtful, beautiful, and athletic–but at home in her big brother’s apartment, her true colors emerge. She’s a lazy, childish slob who sits around eating junk food, playing videogames, reading comics, and watching TV. Her brother is naturally confused by her two wildly different personas but dotes on her regardless, and she appreciates him, too, in her own selfish way.

I’ve read over a hundred chapters of this comedy manga, and the two sides of Umaru never fail to amuse me, though, between the two, I like her at-home style more. Just be yourself, Umaru!

Joukamachi no Dandelion (Castle Town Dandelion)

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Akane is your average girl, except that she has eight brothers and sisters, and they all have super powers, and their dad’s the king, and she and her royal siblings are constantly being monitored by surveillance cameras and filmed for television because one of them will succeed him in an election, and she’s extremely shy and camera-phobic. Yep, just your average girl, and the show is about her everyday life.

Nine. Nine siblings. NINE! That fact alone makes me want to declare it the show of the year, but there is so much competition for that honor this season. Seriously, this has to be one of the most super-powered sibling shows I’ve ever heard of. It’s just…wow, let me recover for a second or two. Or nine.

Returning Shows

Denpa Kyoushi (Ultimate Otaku Teacher)

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The Ultimate Otaku Teacher returns! The series, focusing on physics-genius-turned-shut-in-turned-educator Junichiro Kagami, premiered last season and continues with more antics, more crazy lectures, and more nerdy goodness. He still only does what he yearns to do, but there’s an entire school’s worth of students that need his unique way of seeing things.

I’ve read pretty far into the manga, so I know that this show is just getting started. Seriously, I wish I had a teacher like him in school.

To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd

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Harem comedy series To Love-Ru is back, and Rito Yuuki is still the unlikeliest harem master in the galaxy, as well as the clumsiest boy in existence. Moreover, the girls surrounding him either love him to death or just want him dead, period. Either way, the hijinks continue.

Thar be pure perverted ridiculousness here. And a story…somewhere.

Working!!!

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Working!!! revolves around a family restaurant, and the colorful cast of characters who work there. From Souta Takanashi, who’s obsessed with small things because his three older sisters and one younger sister are taller than he is, to Inami, the girl so afraid of men that she punches any who get physically close to her; Yachiyo, the katana-carrier who can’t stop talking about her boss, to Souma, the man who knows more intel than a spy agency; and more; there isn’t a single workday that goes by where these personalities don’t interact in amusing ways. Now in its third (and some say final) season, a few of the storylines might actually make some real progress. Then again, for a comedy series, that would be a tall order, indeed.

I’ve greatly enjoyed this series ever since I watched the first season when it premiered. The characters are just so fun to watch–even Souta’s four sisters have endearing quirks–that you keep wanting more. I really hope the rumors about this being the last season are false because I’m not ready to cash out.

Gone Girl: Go Go Go

Nick and Margo Dunne sitting in the back of a car

When Nick Dunne’s wife disappears and he becomes the number one suspect, his twin sister, Margo, is the only real supporter he has.
From the movie Gone Girl

Firefly: Idiot Child and Mei-Mei

Simon and River look on

Dr. Simon Tam gave up everything–his medical career, his fortune, and his reputation–to protect his younger sister, River, a psychic and genius in everything she does, who was experimented on by the government because of her incredible abilities.
From the TV series Firefly

Anime Release: Ane Log OVA 2 & 3

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Moyako Konoe and her ridiculous delusions are back!

The second AND third OVAs (Original Video Animations) for the comedy series Ane Log (Sister’s Log) have been released, and they are glorious.

Marvel at all the fun, new ways Moyako’s imagination goes into overdrive as a result of her misguided belief that her little brother is a pervert who’s in love with her, and laugh when her attempts to do something about it result in even more embarrassing situations!

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Both twenty-five minute OVAs build upon the foundation of the first one, adding new locations and characters and milking them for all they’re worth. From swimsuit shopping at the mall and working at a maid cafe to baking cookies at school and swimming at the beach, Moyako’s mind fires on all cylinders, and she’ll tell her plight to anyone who’s willing to listen. However, will they believe her, or will they figure out what’s really going on?

Are these OVAs worth watching? Yes. Moyako is in top over-the-top form that has to be seen to be believed.

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Unfamiliar with Ane Log? Read the review for the first OVA.

Seitokai Yakuindomo: That’s What She Said

Takatoshi Tsuda listens to his sister, Kotomi, say something

Takatoshi Tsuda is used to his younger sister, Kotomi, regularly making perverted comments and sexual innuendos, but it is hard sometimes. So hard.
From the anime series Seitokai Yakuindomo

Manga List Updates – July 2015

Twenty, count ’em, twenty new series for the Manga List, and they’re here just in time for a little weekend reading. Special thanks to the readers who let me know about Furou Kyoudai and True Love! Good stuff!

  1. Aura from Another Planet
  2. Bye-Bye Brother
  3. Doubt (Amano Sakuya)
  4. Fudatsuki no Kyoko-chan
  5. Furou Kyoudai
  6. Hakoniwa
  7. Hatarakanai Futari
  8. Junai Labyrinth
  9. Kiken Junai D.N.A.
  10. Liar x Liar
  11. Princess Resurrection
  12. RDG: Red Data Girl
  13. Real Purple
  14. Shoujo Gensou Necrophilia
  15. “Suki” to Ienai.
  16. Super Seisyun Brothers
  17. True Love!
  18. Unstoppable Siblings
  19. Watari-kun no XX ga Houkai Sunzen
  20. Yuuhi Romance

New manga and manhwa series are being released all the time, so email me or reply below with the names of any that I’m missing. And don’t stop with just those; I’m looking into creating a whole new list for western comics and graphic novels as well. All recommendations are welcomed (even if it may take a bit of time to go through everything). Thanks!

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