10 Anime and Manga Felines

Cats. We all love ’em, and anime seems to love them more than most. But where’s an otaku to start when they’re done perusing the day’s new lolcats? Well, we at Need Coffee are here to help you! Anime felines may be adorable, evil, alien, powerful, comic relief, or all of the above, but they’re always interesting.

Anime Cats

There are literally hundreds of cat characters in anime, from Meowth of Pokémon to Love Hina‘s Kuro to Trigun‘s everpresent Kuroneko-sama, and that’s not including the now-cliché cat-girls. The following list provides ten of these feline stars of the screen for your viewing enjoyment in no particular order (as I couldn’t bring myself to rank them). Some are serious, some are very much not, and all are awesome.

Top 10 Tip-Offs You’re the Protagonist in an Anime Harem Series

Anime Harem

We’ve all seen them: the series where some hapless, but lovable Hugh Grant-wannabe somehow manages to charm all the ladies around him (who are, of course, totally out of his class) without even trying or indeed even realizing that he’s done it. Poor fool. But how does he do it? How, in fact, can you tell when it’s happening to you? Need Coffee comes once again to the rescue! This handy checklist will provide you with the certainty you crave. If at least eight of these ten items are true for you, then you, lucky dog, are the star male of a harem anime series! Make the most of it! w00t!

(And sorry, ladies: while technically both ladies and gentlemen can be the focus of a harem series, it’s usually the guys, so this time, we’re doing them. In a list, I mean.)

Top Horror Anime Addendum: 7 More to Die For

Hell Girl

I put together a list of what I considered to be the top horror anime back in 2007. Since that list was published, a great deal of horror-related anime has been released in the West: some new titles, and some older titles now available for the first time. It’s not a genre that’s particularly in vogue at the moment, alas, since studios are focusing more on shojo action and anything with a whiff of moe, but that doesn’t mean there’s not good stuff out there. Since we get comments on that list all the time asking about this more recent anime or that one, we at Need Coffee thought it was time to revisit the topic and prepare for your enjoyment an updated list of must-see horror anime titles. Japan has been cranking out the live action horror lately instead of animated horror, but there are still several gems worth the viewing.


DJ Shadow (UNKLE Remix featuring Roots Manuva, Lyrics Remixed Into Latin by Dindrane And Her Posse)

Latin, bitches!

So there came a time in which Dindrane, our resident classicist and Knower of Latin, was given a singular challenge. This challenge was to take a song and translate the lyrics into Latin. The song that she was eventually tasked with was “GDMFSOB” by DJ Shadow. Specifically the UNKLE remix which features the rapping of Roots Manuva. (Embedded song below the jump.) She went away into her linguistic laboratory and–with the help of Doc Ezra and friends of Need Coffee Kevyspice and Double P–was able to come back in time with a complete translation.

This took a great deal of effort on their part and Din, perfectionist that she is, was occasionally ripping her hair our and hiring people to come by her house so she could, in turn, rip their hair out as well. She shared with me a hilarious email where she was imploring someone for help with the term “hippy high heels” and what a Latin equivalent would be.


Cruellest Month #24: The Battle of the Trees

Llyfr Taliesin

Day 24 of National Poetry Month for 2011 and Dindrane returns with a reading of “The Battle of the Trees” from The Book of Taliesin.

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were listening to Lord Byron and “She Walks in Beauty.”

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