Anime and Pocky: Your Lie in April

40e6c04e05ce1efb08815b870a6d39331412797514_fullWhen Your Lie in April aired in 2014-2015, it had anime fans everywhere reaching for their tissue boxes. Emotional, inspiring, and heartbreaking, Your Lie in April is a love story starring a boy named Kosei Arima.

Kosei used to be a child prodigy on the piano, termed by those around him as “The Human Metronome” for his stunning accuracy. However, when his mother dies, he is left traumatized – and strangely, unable to hear the sound of the piano when he plays. And so he leaves the world of music, for what he is certain will be forever.

All that changes when he meets Kaori Miyazono. She starts dating his friend, Ryota Watari, but she is spunky, straightforward, cheerful, beautiful, and an incredibly talented violinist – Kosei can’t help but fall for her. Kaori manages to convince him to accompany her for a music competition and thus, with the help of his childhood friends Tsubaki and Ryota and others close to him, leads Kosei on an inspiring journey to reclaim his lost passion.pocky

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Your Lie in April is a story you won’t want to miss. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us during our Anime and Pocky night at the Bowman Library Monday, April 24th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  We’ll provide refreshments, including pocky!

*Review by Alex Costello


Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Anime enthusiast and library volunteer, Alex Costello, provides us with a review of this months featured anime: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Thank you, Alex!

Ever hear that anime can’t be real art? Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood* will strongly disagree! Often declared as one of the greatest anime ever made, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood became a classic to fans all over the world. Not really into anime (yet)? This anime is considered a great starter series for those looking to dip their toes into the anime world!

“Alchemy: the science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange; the basis of all alchemy. In accordance to this law, there is a taboo among alchemists. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden. For what could equal the value of a human soul?”

Edward and Alphonse Elric live with their mother in a small sheep town in Amestris. However, a pandemic sweeps through their idyllic world and takes their mother from them, leaving them lost and lonely. Determined to see her again, the young boys turn to alchemy in search for the secret of human transmutation, believing that they can bring their mother back to life. But there is a reason human transmutation is a taboo among alchemists: the transmutation fails, and their punishment is costly. Edward loses an arm and a leg, and Alphonse loses his entire body, forced to live as a disembodied soul bound to a suit of armor.fullmetal123

Realizing the gravity of their error, the Elric brothers seek after what they believe to be their only hope: the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Said to give alchemists the ability to bypass the fundamental alchemic law of equivalent exchange, granting unrivaled power. The brothers believe the stone will help them restore their bodies to their whole forms. Edward joins the military to have access to their restricted research, and the two are plunged into a world of secrets and corruption that penetrate deep into the ranks of the military – and they learn that the secrets behind the Philosopher’s Stone may be darker than they ever realized.
Based off the classic manga by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood offers a rich, emotional story, with unforgettable characters,  set in a fascinating world of pockyalchemy  and intrigue. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us for Full Metal Alchemist during our Anime and Pocky night at the Bowman Library Monday, March 27 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  We’ll provide refreshments, including pocky!

(*Quick note: There are actually two anime adaptions of Fullmetal Alchemist. The first one, simply titled Fullmetal Alchemist,  aired while the manga was still ongoing, and so it branches off into its own storyline. But due to the success of the manga and the first series, a second adaption was created, this one fallowing the manga’s story much more closely. The second one, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the one being viewed this upcoming anime night.)

February Anime and Pocky Night!

yuri_on_ice_key_visualJoin other teens on Monday, February 27th from 6:00-7:30 at the Bowman Library for our Anime and Pocky!

This month the Teen Advisory Board has chosen Yuri!!! on Ice.

Yuri Katsuki carried the hopes of Japan on his shoulders to win the Grand Prix Finale ice skating competition but suffered a crushing defeat. Returning to Kyushu, Yuri puts his career on hold. While deciding whether or not he plans to retire or continue skating, his idol, five-time consecutive world champion Russian figure skater, Victor Nikiforov, seeks him out and offers to coach him, along with  Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater, for the next Grand Prix series. pocky

The anime starts at 6pm. Japanese inspired snacks and drinks will be served!


Anime & Pocky: Attack on Titan!


Alex Costello, a library volunteer and anime fanatic, has written a post for us to highlight this month’s Teen Anime and Pocky Night: Attack on Titan!

654681f8eefdc13ad8dee196ff2a74f71366329524_fullWe’ve all wanted to live in a fictional world, but you might want to avoid world of Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin). This world is populated by titans: giants whose only purpose seems to be feeding on humans. Appearing mysteriously over 100 years ago, they drove humanity to the brink of extinction. Those that remain are protected by three great walls – Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. The only thing standing between them and total annihilation, these walls have stood tall for the last 100 years, serving as guardians. The only ones who encounter the outside world – and the titans – are the brave and almost certainly doomed soldiers belonging to the Survey Corps: those charged with exploring the territory outside the walls in hopes of reclaiming it.

To eren-jaeger, living in an outer district of Wall Maria called the Shiganshina, these walls are not protecting humanity – they are imprisoning it. Wanting nothing more than to see the outside of the walls, Eren dreams of one day become a member of the Survey Corps and serving under the Wings of Freedom. On one ill-fated day, a massive titan standing over 60 meters tall, known forever onward as the Colossal Titan, appears suddenly in front of Shiganshina. It kicks a gaping hole in Wall Maria, forcing the occupants that are able to evacuate into Wall Rose for refuge. Those that cannot are doomed to be eaten by the oncoming titan hoards. Eren loses his mother that day, and in the wake of the destruction made by the titans, vows to kill every last one of them.

Eren, his foster sister Mikasa, and childhood friend Armin Arlert all join the Training Corps with the goal of fighting off extinction and claiming victory over the titans –  a goal which to many feels as far away as the titans once did. But the key his father gave him the day of the attack may unlock the secret behind the titans and the path to victory. Eren might just be humanity’s only hope.

Now a worldwide hit, Attack on Titan is exciting, tragic, and dark. Teenagers are welcome come enjoy the show and eat some Pocky on Monday, January 23 at 6pm at the Bowman Library.

15th Anniversary of Spirited Away

We have a guest blog post today from a young library patron and volunteer. In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the release of Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, 11-year-old Mary shares her thoughts on the epic movie.

Be sure to check theaters on December 4th and 5th to see if Spirited Away is playing in a theater near you, or reserve a copy of the movie or manga at the Handley Regional Libraryspiritedaway!

Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese film director and artist, made Spirited Away In 2001. It is being re-released for its 15th anniversary on December 4th and 5th in theaters!

In the story, a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro Ogino was moving into a new house but she and her family got lost and they found themselves in the realm of spirits. She tried to get back but saw that the way they came had become a sea. Chihiro met a boy in his early teens named Haku.  To make it so the spirits wouldn’t kill her, he helped her get a job at a bath house owned by a witch called Yubaba.

The Manga books  for Spirited Away are pretty much the same except the fact you can easily stop and look back. In fact, they used pictures from the movie and added text to them. There are five Mangas (in color). They just let you pause and look closer at what just happened. The Movie and Mangas weren’t really that different. I just watched the movie and read the Mangas.

Though some people think the movie is a little weird, I think it is awesome! The fact that it is weird is what makes it so fun. And has a lot of fun magic to it.

Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement and looking to direct another film and that makes it all the more exciting.

~Mary Costello, 11 years old

November’s Anime and Pocky!

my-hero-academiaIn a world full of people with superpowers, what if you were simply an ordinary middle school student?

Izuku Midoriya lives in such a world, where superpowers, known as “Quirks” (個性 Kosei) are common, leaving him an outcast, bullied by his classmates. When his childhood bully, Katsuki, is attacked by a villian, Izuku jumps in to save him regardless of his lack of superpowers. Because of this, All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, bestows upon Izuku his own quirk.

Monday, November 28th, from 6-7 pm at the Bowman Library, middle and high school students are welcome to come enjoy some refreshments while they watch My Hero Academia and follow Izuku’s story.

pockyAnime and Pocky is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board every 4th Monday of the month at the Bowman Library.


Anime Double Feature!


October 24th from 6-7:30

The Bowman Library Teen Advisory Board will host a special Halloween Double Feature to include both Soul Eater and Tokyo Ghoul!


Soul Eater

Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 duo’s. These pairs are a partnership between a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to reach a ranking of “Death Scythe” (and thus fit for use by the Shinigami) they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch. However, forces outside of the Academy make it more challenging of a feat.



Tokyo Ghoul

Ghouls are terrifying creatures which feed on human flesh. When Kaneki is almost killed in an attack, he transforms into a half-ghoul, half-human hybrid and is forced to adapt to their lifestyle in order to survive.

Snacks and Drinks will be provided. All anime enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are welcome! Cosplay is encouraged but not required.

Spotlight on Programs: Teen Anime Movies

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Love Anime?  Then we have the program for you!  Bowman Library is hosting a series of teen anime movie nights throughout the summer.  Movies are for middle and high school students, and are shown Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Upcoming movies are:

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July 13: Full Metal Alchemist
July 27: Princess Jellyfish
August 24: Ruby

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Cosplayers at one of our Anime Nights

Drop in for this free, fun event, no registration required!  Eat some pocky and popcorn, cosplay your favorite character, and check out our manga and anime titles.  Can’t find a favorite title that you’ve been looking for? Let us know!  We’re always on the lookout for good titles to add to the library’s collection.