Want to watch anime legally and have a pretty good selection of current and old? Crunchyroll is how I do it! Across two posts I will talk about the current/recently finished shows that I’ve been streaming. Though not all countries have the same access to what’s on this site, all the ones I’ve listed can be found on the Australian version. I would highly recommend all of these!
Denkigai no Hon’ya-san (デンキ街の本屋さん, lit. “The Electric Town’s Bookstore”) The anime is just cute and silly. It’s about a bunch of workers on one floor of an Akihabara manga store. It’s a bit rude as they talk about ero-books a lot and it’s fun that way! I kinda fell in love with all the characters and the art style. They are all kinda chibi and adorable. The opening and ending songs are really cute though I’m not sure what the apple theme is about. If you just want a goofy cute comedy with some naughty bits then this one is for you, especially if you’re into manga yourself! I kinda hate, though, how in anime no one ever hooks up properly. There’s a few couples in this I wish had properly gotten together. I guess that’s what fan fic is for!
Girls und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァー Gāruzu ando Pantsā) It’s all about school girls who go to school on boats and drive tanks as a club. In this world, school kids live on ships that are a school and a small town. The most popular sport and club for young women is driving tanks! They compete against other schools in war games. It’s basically just crazy tank fun! I didn’t think tank battles could be so thrilling and fast paced but they really did well on that front. Either going through forests or the streets of towns, the tank stuff itself is really cool. The girls are all cute and cool. Yeah, if you’re into military anime of course you’d like this one and even if not, it’s worth a try I think.
Gugure! Kokkuri-san (繰繰れ! コックリさん) This show started off a little weird and kinda not funny to me but the 2nd and 3rd episodes it definitely picks up. It’s kind of an oddball show… an orphan little girl who pretends she is a doll and is obsessed with cup noodles summons the fox spirit, Kokkuri-san. He decides to haunt the girl and help her out. Eventually other spirits are added to her world, resulting in three weird grown men looking out for a doll-girl. Her best friend at school is most definitely an earthling and not an alien. And the cat spirit girl in town wants to own her as a doll in her collection. It’s just kooky. There are some really hilarious parts and a lovely ending song.
Parasyte -the maxim- (寄生獣 ) A long awaited anime version of the manga from the late 80s to mid-90s. It’s a body horror story where parasitic aliens arrive on earth and take over human hosts. Lucky for Shinichi he caught his parasite before it could eat his head and take control. Only being able to consume the teen’s hand they now must coexist and stay alive for each others’ sakes. With an emotionless and rational-to-a-fault alien now controlling his hand, being able to morph, talk and learn, Shinichi must face off against other parasites. There’s fighting, bloodshed and heartbreak. This drama is certainly gripping and not too “horror” – which is a good thing since I find it hard to watch proper horror. It has great animation and voice acting. Definitely one to put on the list for more serious anime.
Well I hope you like my very very short descriptions of these anime. I have a second post lined up with 4 more as well! Will you be checking any of these out? Do you use Crunchyroll already and enjoy it or not?