Did we have an anime thread at one point? I don't remember. So i'll post what I'm watching here.
Last time I watched anime it was K-On, and that was about it. This year I find myself watching three shows at once. D:
Usagi Drop - It's a sweet anime based on a Manga about a 30 year old guy who adopts his grandfather's 6 year old illegitimate daughter. I love the colors and style it's very watercolor. There's also a live action movie that's being released next month also staring that new child idol super star Mana Ashida. (If you don't know who she is, you need to pull your head out of H!P because the girls everywhere in Japan. D:) Puffy does the opening of the anime, Sweet Drops, which is also used in the live action series. They got a child to voice the girl, Rin, surprised they just didn't use the actors, but whatever not a big deal.
Ikoku Meiro No Croisee - It's about a young Japanese girl who goes to live in late 19th century Paris, France. The story is pretty slow paced and slice of life so it might not be for everyones taste. I'm just along for the animation eye candy of the awesome backgrounds and quality animation depicting late 19th century architecture. Art nouveau being one of my guilty pleasures in life it's nice to see how the Japanese do it. And of course they are adding their own twist on it with a Japanese flair. You have to imagine everyone is speaking French, because they don't try and hide the fact. It was a little awkward in the first episode because it was implied the main character couldn't understand them because she was Japanese and everyone was speaking French when everyone was speaking Japanese. Very confusing. The cultural differences are explored and that's something fun to watch. The anime is done by Satelight which also did Shugo Chara and they did pretty well animating that series as well.
Lastly, Mawaru Penguin Drum! I have NO idea what's going on, but SURVIVAL STRATEGY, Incest, Reverse Transformations, Stalking and above all else, PENGUINS! Kunihiko Ikuhara, knows how to make anime awesome and memorable. Rock Over Japan
is one of the great Anime songs of 2011 (Even if it is a cover
). And I don't seem to mind the recycled animation used in the Survival Strategy, at least they play around with it each episode.