JANUARY’S ANIME RECOMMENDATION – Princess Jellyfish Review

I’m a bit late with this, but here it is! Last month, I put up a poll for Josei anime reccomendations, and this one came in first. So, without further ado, here’s my review of Princess Jellyfish!

PLOT

Kurashita Tsukimi loves jellyfish to the point of obsession, which is why she can’t bear to see a jellyfish being mistreated in a local pet store. When the socially awkward Tsukimi fails to speak up for the jellyfish, a beautiful woman steps in, sparking the beginning of an extremely unlikely friendship.

Tsukimi and her nerdy friends (who are also her roommates) are swept off their feet by this newcomer in their lives. She’s everything they’re not: effortlessly stylish, incredibly confident, and a part of a social circle the girls only dream of joining. She might also not be quite what she seems to be…

With the help of her new friend, Tsukimi becomes confident enough to take on the world, protect her home from destruction, and attempt to achieve her life-long dream of becoming a designer. This little Kuragehime is on her way to becoming a queen.

No issues with the plot. I loved how it was mostly focused on developing Tsukimi as a person and helping her achieve her dreams.

 

CHARACTERS

I LOVED how the main character wasn’t just some generic shoujo/josei heroine. Watching Tsukimi deal with everyday life reminded me of myself. A LOT. All off the members of the Sisterhood kept me laughing throughout the whole anime. Honestly, there wasn’t a character that I didn’t like.

Favorite Character:

Kuranosuke Koibuchi

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Although I loved everyone, Kuranosuke captivated me at first sight. His different personalities and styles really made my day. And when he started having feelings for Tsukimi, his denial and jealousy was soooo cute! Overall, he’s a really solid character. Plus, he looks fabulous in drag.

WRITING

AWESOME. I do wish that we got a better ending though.

GRAPHICS/ART STYLE

Ehhhhh. There were quite a few moments where the graphics looked kind of odd to me. Compared to the cover art, the actual animation was a huge dissapointment.

However, the facial expressions definitely deserve an A+.

MOE

I felt like Tsukimi was a cute little catterpillar who needed to be nurtured and guided so she could turn into a butterfly.

ORIGINALITY

Unlike most anime, the herione wasn’t drop dead beautiful. Plus, the whole jellyfish this was definitely unique.

FANSERVICE

I don’t remember seeing much fanservice.

OST

Loved the opening and the ending themes! I feel like both really captured the awkwardness and ridiculous humor of the anime.

 

BISHIES

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Kuranosuke was beautiful at all times.

HUMOR

OH MY GOSH. This anime had me rolling on the floor in laughter. The situations Tsukimi gets herself into are a certified recipe for laughter.

FEELS

I wanted Tsukimi and Kuranosuke to kiss SOOOO bad. As a result, seeing her with his brother pissed me off quite a bit.

UGH, AND THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN TSUKIMI AND KURANOSUKE.

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PURE BADASSERY

Kuranosuke’s absolute diva-ness was totally badass.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m really glad that you guys reccommended this to me. Hand me the manga, because I need more!

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This was a great anime to binge-watch and snort at. Honestly, I died of laughter while watching it. So if you’re looking for a ridiculous slice-of-life show that will make you laugh, Princess Jellyfish is a must-watch.

If you liked January’s Monthly Recommendation Review, check out the poll in my sidebar and vote on this month’s anime!

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NOVEMBER’S ANIME RECOMMENDATION – Ben-To Review

Last month, I posted a poll to figure out which food-themed anime I should watch and review. The anime that received the most votes was Ben-to. As promised, here’s a review of November’s anime recommendation.

PLOT

While innocently reaching for some half-priced bento, Yo Sato finds himself beaten up on the floor of a supermarket. He soon learns that getting half-priced bento is an all-out brawl between students. Yo is invited to the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club by one of the top fighters, Sen Yarizui, in order to train to compete in these battles.

I had little to no issues with the plot of this anime. In fact, I found it to be quite unique and interesting! This whole premise of teenagers fighting over half-priced food was too realistic. I felt like I could actually relate! At first, I thought this was going to be some generic harem anime about food, but I was definitely in for a surprise.

The anime itself was so interesting to me, I finished it in half a day! I also really liked the hidden meaning behind the whole “fighting over bento” thing.

CHARACTERS

The characters in this show were downright ruthless. Almost everyone knew how to fight, and boy did they fight!

I didn’t really like the twin sisters, though. They were too cocky and aggressive for me.

Favorite Character:

Satou Yo
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Although his looks were kind of bland, Sato’s character more than made up for it. He was silly most of the time, but when he finally got the hang of the bento routine, he turned into a beast. Plus, I really loved how he embraced his perverted side and brought lots of humor to the show.

WRITING

Pretty neat writing. I liked how the writers explained why the teens fight for half-priced bento and the real meaning behind it.

GRAPHICS/ART STYLE

Meh, the at didn’t really impress me much.

MOE

It was the food. The food definitely sparked some feelings of strong affection from me.

ORIGINALITY

Teenage students engaging in an all-out gang war over food? That’s as original as it gets.

OST

Ookamitachi no Yoru – LIVE for LIFE

BISHIES

Sato was kinda cute, but other than that, there weren’t any guys that caught my attention.

HUMOR

The funniest part of this show is facing the reality of what’s going on here. These teenagers have started gangs and a making a huge spectacle. And what are they fighting for? FOOD. HALF PRICED FUCKING FOOD.

Sato was pretty hilarious too.

FEELS

I felt major annoyance and disliking directed towards the twins.

PURE BADASSERY

Each character in this anime was a complete badass in their own way.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This has got to be the most pointless and ridiculous anime I’ve ever seen. But for some reason…..

I LOVED IT.

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Seriously, it’s a great show to watch if you’re in the mood for a good laugh and some delicious-looking food. It’s definitely one of my favorites now.

I was kinda bummed that the anime didn’t have more episodes, but I guess I’ll just have to read the light novel!

For those of you that voted for this one, thanks so much! I really enjoyed it.

If you liked November’s Monthly Recommendation Review, feel free to check out the poll in my sidebar and vote on this month’s anime!

Six Gory Anime to Watch this Halloween {HALLOWEEN RECOMMENDATIONS PART THREE}

Halloween isn’t just about monsters and witches. We definitely can’t forget about the bloody side of Hallow’s Eve. If you’re like me, and you have a soft spot for blood and guts, here’s a list of anime you should watch for Halloween!

Berserk

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Synopsis

Born from the corpse of his mother, a young mercenary known only as Guts, embraces the battlefield as his only means of survival. Day in and day out, putting his life on the line just to make enough to get by, he moves from one bloodshed to the next.

After a run-in with the Band of the Hawk, a formidable troop of mercenaries, Guts is recruited by their charismatic leader Griffith, nicknamed the “White Hawk.” As he quickly climbed the ranks in order to become the head of the offensive faction, Guts proves to be a mighty addition to Griffith’s force, taking Midland by storm. However, while the band’s quest for recognition continues, Guts slowly realizes that the world is not as black-and-white as he once assumed.

Set in the medieval era, Berserk is a dark, gritty tale that follows one man’s struggle to find his own path, while supporting another’s lust for power, and the unimaginable tragedy that begins to turn the wheels of fate.

Deadman Wonderland

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Synopsis

It looked like it would be a normal day for Ganta Igarashi and his classmates—they were preparing to go on a class field trip to a certain prison amusement park called Deadman Wonderland, where the convicts perform dangerous acts for the onlookers’ amusement. However, Ganta’s life is quickly turned upside down when his whole class gets massacred by a mysterious man in red. Framed for the incident and sentenced to death, Ganta is sent to the very jail he was supposed to visit.

But Ganta’s nightmare is only just beginning.

The young protagonist is thrown into a world of sadistic inmates and enigmatic powers, to live in constant fear of the lethal collar placed around his neck that is slowed only by winning in the prison’s deathly games. Ganta must bet his life to survive in a ruthless place where it isn’t always easy to tell friend from foe, all while trying to find the mysterious “Red Man” and clear his name, in Deadman Wonderland.

Corpse Party

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Synopsis

Nine students gather in their high school at night to bid farewell to a friend. As is customary among many high school students, they perform a sort of ritual for good luck using small paper charms shaped like dolls.

However, the students do not realize that these charms are connected to Heavenly Host Academy—an elementary school that was destroyed years ago after a series of gruesome murders took place, a school that rests under the foundation of their very own Kisaragi Academy. Now, trapped in an alternate dimension with vengeful ghosts of the past, the students must work together to escape—or join the spirits of the damned forever.

A feast for mystery fanatics, gore-hounds, and horror fans alike, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou shows a sobering look at redemption, sacrifice, and how the past is always right behind, sometimes a little too close for comfort.

Elfen Lied

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Synopsis

Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius,” born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.

During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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Synopsis

Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.

As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.

When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi’s heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.

Mirai Nikki

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Synopsis

Lonely high school student, Yukiteru Amano, spends his days writing a diary on his cellphone, while conversing with his two seemingly imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, who is the god of time and space, and Murmur, the god’s servant. Revealing himself to be an actual entity, Deus grants Yukiteru a “Random Diary,” which shows highly descriptive entries based on the future and forces him into a bloody battle royale with 11 other holders of similarly powerful future diaries.

With the last person standing designated as the new god of time and space, Yukiteru must find and kill the other 11 in order to survive. He reluctantly teams up with his obsessive stalker Yuno Gasai (who also possesses such a diary), and she takes it upon herself to ensure his safety. But there’s more to the girl than meets the eye, as she might have other plans for her unrequited love…

Ten Bewitching Anime to Watch this Halloween {HALLOWEEN RECOMMENDATIONS PART TWO}

Witches and magical girls galore! Now’s the time of year to indulge in some Mahou Shoujo and witch-themed anime. Enjoy, and have a very enchanted Hallows Eve!

NOTE: For obvious reasons, Bible Black did not make this list. You’re welcome.

Dream Hunter Rem

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Synopsis

Rem is an ordinary woman in our world but, in the world of dreams, she becomes a dream warrior, defending humanity from the evils there. When dream demons reach the waking world, she fights them with the help of her pets which transform into a tiger and wolf.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

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Synopsis

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.

Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However Homura, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer since everything is not what it seems.

A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true.

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Synopsis

Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her chatty black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world.

Witch Hunter Robin

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Synopsis

Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. (not the typical hogwart and newt potions). Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J’s witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.

Strike Witches

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Synopsis

Strike Witches is set in an alternate version of 1944, where the events of World War II are very different than what we know to be true. Alien invaders known as the Neuroi came to Earth in 1939. This is not the first appearance of the Neuroi as they have appeared at seemingly random intervals throughout human history. While the Neuroi primarily attack humanity using aircrafts, their mothership is able to produce a deadly miasma, a chemical that is fatally poisonous to humans, forcing the populations of affected areas to flee their homes. The Neuroi then use the poisoned areas to plunder Earth’s natural resources to use against humanity. Luckily the miasma cannot spread across water, making the ocean humanity’s main line of defense against the Neuroi.

With normal humans unable to fight in the miasma, witches have become the forefront of military defense against the Neuroi. Each witch is able to deploy a defensive field around themselves that not only blocks the miasma but protects them from physical attacks as well. Utilizing leg mounted machines called Striker Units to fly into combat, the witches use their magical abilities to wield devastating weapons too large and ungainly for a normal person. The series follows the battles fought by the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, who battle on the front lines to defend the British Isles from the Neuroi. Will humanity be able to take back Earth and bring peace to their home? Find out in Strike Witches

Soul Eater Not!

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Synopsis

Soul Eater NOT! is a spin-off and side story that takes place one year prior to the events of the original Soul Eater. At the Death Weapon Meister Academy, humans born with the power to transform into weapons and those with the power to wield these weapons (Meisters) train to hone their natural talent. The characters of the main series are enrolled in the Especially Advantaged Talent class, where they train to become warriors of justice capable of defeating what threats prey on innocent lives—or even the entire world.

Other students at the DWMA are less talented. Members of the Normally Overcome Target class focus less on being warriors of justice and more on controlling their powers so they don’t hurt themselves or anyone around them. Tsugumi Harudori, a new halberd-transforming student, meets Meisters Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn and quickly grows indecisive about which of the two new friends should be her partner. As they learn to use these powers and settle in, their lives as everyday students will be far from normal.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

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Synopsis

Third grader Takamachi Nanoha stumbled upon an injured talking ferret after hearing his telepathic cries for help. The ferret turned out to be Yuuno, an archeologist and mage from another world who had accidentally scattered the dangerous Jewel Seeds throughout Earth. Without the strength to collect the Jewel Seeds, Yuuno had resumed a ferret form and needed someone else to take on the task for him. He gave a red jewel to Nanoha explaining to her with this she could transform and use magic to combat the monsters that threatened them due to the Jewel Seeds. But the monsters are the least of their worries, as Yuuno and Nanoha are not the only ones out to collect the Jewel Seeds.

Maria the Virgin Witch

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Synopsis

Maria is a powerful young witch living with her two familiars in medieval France during the Hundred Years’ War against England. As the war rages on and the innocent get caught in its destruction, Maria becomes fed up with the situation and begins using her magic to try and prevent further conflict in hopes of maintaining peace. However, her constant intervention soon attracts the attention of the heavens, and the archangel Michael is sent to keep her from meddling in human affairs. The divine being confronts Maria, and he forbids her from using her powers, issuing a decree that her magic will be taken if she loses her virginity. Though she is now labeled a heretic, Maria adamantly refuses to heed Michael’s warning and continues to disrupt the war between the two nations. But as the Church begins plotting to take away the witch’s power and put a stop to Maria’s interference once and for all, her peacemaking may soon come to an end.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

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Synopsis

When Ryuu Yamada entered high school, he wanted to turn over a new leaf and lead a productive school life. That’s why he chose to attend Suzaku High, where no one would know of his violent delinquent reputation. However, much to Ryuu’s dismay, he is soon bored; now a second year, Ryuu has reverted to his old ways—lazy with abysmal grades and always getting into fights.

One day, back from yet another office visit, Ryuu encounters Urara Shiraishi, a beautiful honors student. A misstep causes them both to tumble down the stairs, ending in an accidental kiss! The pair discover they can switch bodies with a kiss: an ability which will prove to be both convenient and troublesome.

Learning of their new power, Toranosuke Miyamura, a student council officer and the single member of the Supernatural Studies Club, recruits them for the club. Soon joined by Miyabi Itou, an eccentric interested in all things supernatural, the group unearths the legend of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High, seven female students who have obtained different powers activated by a kiss. The Supernatural Studies Club embarks on its first quest: to find the identities of all the witches.

The Familiar of Zero

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Synopsis

 

Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière is a self-absorbed mage in a world of wands, cloaks, and royalty. Although she studies at Tristain Academy, a prestigious school for magicians, she has a major problem: Louise is unable to cast magic properly, earning her the nickname of “Louise the Zero” from her classmates.

When the first year students are required to perform a summoning ritual, Louise’s summoning results in a catastrophic explosion! Everyone deems this to be yet another failure, but when the smoke clears, a boy named Saito Hiraga appears. Now Louise’s familiar, Saito is treated as a slave, forced to clean her clothes and eat off the ground. But when an unfamiliar brand is found etched on Saito’s hand from the summoning ritual, it is believed to be the mark of a powerful familiar named Gandalfr.

Wild, adventurous, and explosive, Zero no Tsukaima follows Saito as he comes to terms with his new life and as Louise proves that there is more to her than her nickname suggests.

 

 

 

Eight Anime To Watch With Your BFFs {RECOMMENDATIONS}

Friends. We all have them, and If you don’t, then that sucks. It’s World Friendship Day, so here’s a recommendation list of anime to watch with your best friends.

Fairy Tail

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Episodes: 175
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy,Fantasy, Magic, Shounen

Synopsis

A superficial but kind-hearted celestial mage, Lucy Heartfilia, joins a famous wizarding guild in Magnolia Town called Fairy Tail, where the members use their powers to earn rewards in exchange for fulfilling quests. Here she befriends an impetuous but faithful dragon-slayer wizard, Natsu Dragneel, who is scouring the land for his missing father. The two form a bond with fellow mages Erza Scarlet and Gray Fullbuster, and together they tackle daunting challenges, taking on several powerful allies and foes along the way.

Created by Hiro Mashima, Fairy Tail is an action-packed adventure that follows Lucy and her friends as they learn the value of friendship, forgiveness, and family.

Lucky Star

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Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Comedy, Parody, School, Slice of Life

Synopsis

Lucky☆Star follows the daily lives of four cute high school girls—Konata Izumi, the lazy otaku; the Hiiragi twins, Tsukasa and Kagami (sugar and spice, respectively); and the smart and well-mannered Miyuki Takara.

As they go about their lives at school and beyond, they develop their eccentric and lively friendship and making humorous observations about the world around them. Be it Japanese tradition, the intricacies of otaku culture, academics, or the correct way of preparing and eating various foods—no subject is safe from their musings.

Gintama

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Episodes: 201
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Comedy, Historical,Parody, Samurai, Sci-Fi, Shounen

Synopsis

The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

Who said life as an errand boy was easy?

Death Note

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Episodes: 37
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Mystery, Police, Psychological,Supernatural, Thriller

Synopsis

A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.

High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.

With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.

Ouran High School Host Club

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Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Comedy, Harem, Romance,School, Shoujo

Synopsis

Haruhi Fujioka is a bright scholarship candidate with no rank or title to speak of—a rare species at Ouran High School, an elite academy for students of high pedigree. When she opens the door to Music Room #3 hoping to find a quiet place to study, Haruhi unexpectedly stumbles upon the Host Club. Led by the princely Tamaki, the club—whose other members include the “Shadow King” Kyouya, the mischievous Hitachiin twins, and the childlike Haninozuka “Honey” and his strong protector Mori—is where handsome boys with too much time on their hands entertain the girls in the academy.

In a frantic attempt to remove herself from the hosts, Haruhi ends up breaking a vase worth eight million yen and is forced into becoming the eccentric group’s general errand boy to repay her enormous debt. However, thanks to her convincingly masculine appearance, her naturally genial disposition toward girls, and fascinating commoner status, she is soon promoted to full-time male host and plunged headlong into a glitzy whirlwind of elaborate cosplays, rich food, and exciting shenanigans that only the immensely wealthy Ouran Host Club can pull off.

School Rumble

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Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School,Shounen

Synopsis

Just the words “I love you,” and everything changes—such is the nature of the bittersweet trials of high school romance. Tenma Tsukamoto, a second year, is on a quest to confess her feelings to the boy she likes. Kenji Harima, a delinquent with a sizable reputation, is in a similar situation, as he cannot properly convey his feelings to the one he loves. Between school, friends, rivalries, and hobbies, these two will find that high school romance is no walk in the park, especially as misunderstandings further complicate their plight.

School Rumble is a high-octane romantic comedy full of relatable situations, as Tenma and Kenji both try to win the hearts of those they desire.

Naruto

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Episodes: 220
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts,Shounen, Super Power

Synopsis

Moments prior to Naruto Uzumaki’s birth, a huge demon known as the Kyuubi, the Nine-Tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, and wreaked havoc. In order to put an end to the Kyuubi’s rampage, the leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.

Now, Naruto is a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja still living in Konohagakure. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes.