More Anime I’m Watching

Charlotte: In a world where some adolescent kids get superpowers that fade away when they become adults, kids with powers are hunted down and tested to destruction by evil science organizations. The only sanctuary in Japan is Star Sea Academy (Hoshino Umi Gakuen), where teenagers with powers and pre-teens who might develop them live in heavily guarded dorm apartments. And it’s the Student Council’s job to use their powers to punish evil mutants and convince good ones to come live with Professor Xavier and join the X-Men … er… transfer to Hoshino Umi on scholarships. Yeah.

The powers are pretty interesting and have considerable disads as well as advantages. For some strange reason, the speedster (or the translator) calls his power “teleportation.” There’s a mysterious benefactor whom we don’t know, and the reason for the title of the anime is also unrevealed.

(Yeah, it’s an almost exact reversal of the Marian title and common Catholic school name “Star of the Sea,” which in Japanese is “Umi no Hoshi.” The “star sea” in question would presumably be space. So yeah, no bizarre anime superpowered novice nuns, or anything like that.)

Symphogear: The third season of anime set in a world where one controls battlesuits and their powers by singing J-Pop songs. What can I say? It’s charming and amusing, and it needs no explanation.

School-Live! aka Gakkou Gurashi!: A dark but cheerful satire on school shows. In a town infested with zombies, three girls, one woman teacher, and a puppy have turned their school into a fortress. But one of the girls has retreated from reality by deciding it’s all just a nifty club for “school living,” so the others keep up a facade of normality to help keep her safe (and also helps them keep up their own spirits). But there’s real danger and mayhem, so don’t relax too far.

This is one of those weird shows that is mostly slice of life, but punctuated by moments of terror and pity. I have no idea where it’s going, but it’s worth watching. Wonderduck will be blogging it.

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  1. The powers are pretty interesting and have considerable disads as well as advantages. For some strange reason, the speedster (or the translator) calls his power “teleportation.”

    Kinda makes sense. Distance movement– it just does it by moving across the place FAST!

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