links & resources
review and ratings sites
By far the best and most complete reference, they aggregate info from various other sites on top of having a large community of their own, so there'll be a summary and rating for basically anything.
- Anime News Network
ANN rivals MAL as one of the top review sites. They'll have an entry for almost anything, but might lack a summary or rating sometimes.
They have an entry for most shows, often no summary or rating for older/obscure stuff.
Same as above
- Anime Planet
Tends to not even know about older/obscure stuff, but still worth checking out.
- Nihon Review
This site is only a handful of people, so the number of shows listed is really limited. What they lack in breadth they make up for in length though- the shows they do cover all have a ~500 word full write up.
references and resources
- TV Tropes has a list of essential anime which they define as "trendsetters, anime of historical note, and series that epitomize particular genres". It's an interesting collection and well worth checking out, especially if you're new and just getting started.
This is the main digisub tracking meta site, if you're looking to discover the latest and greatest shows then look no further.
The premier searchable, tag-based archive of anime and videogame art. At present time, they have ~1.2M individual images split across ~70K known artists. (Note: as is typical, around a quarter of the images are NSFW or questionable.)
- Anime Bath Scene Wiki
A comprehensive list of every bath or shower scene ever shown in an anime. Complete with a small encyclopedia of commonly seen objects, bath types, and memes. Seriously.
- Wankipedia's list of catgirls
Yes, there's a list of these too. Helpfully organized into categories depending on if they have real ears and a tail, or only a costume, etc.
- "Jeffrey's Japanese<->English Dictionary Server"
Don't be turned off by the stupid name or fugly design, it's pretty good.
- Anime Boston
Nicknamed "Anibos", this is the primary convention for anyone near New England (they get around 20k people these days). Happens in spring each year downtown.
The other major east-coast con (~30k people). Back before Anibos started this was the main con everyone went to. They're down in Baltimore and get together in mid/late summer.
- New York Anime Festival
NYAF is technically a subdivision of New York Comic Con, but most people treat them as their own thing. They rival Anibos for the #2 spot for east-coast conventions. Happens in the fall.
They're a much smaller group (~2k) but the next-biggest in the immediate area after Anibos, so you sometimes hear about them in passing.
Harvard's own scifi convention, sponsored by HRSFA. Not strictly anime but we can't get away without mentioning it.
other college anime clubs in the boston area
Harvard's own scifi club. Even though they're not specifically anime, they do have a special interest group that's into it.
crap not anime related
Here we have a random list of things we think are cool/amusing/cute/etc. This stuff is probably not anime related, but we're listing it here anyway under the assumption that if you're like us you'll probably have similar interests and sense of humor. This list will change from time to time without notice.
Some things are both clever and disturbing.
- Mortal Kombat theme song
...as performed with tesla coils.
- The Atomic Level of Porn
Not [exactly] what it says on the tin. Jason Scott is a computer historian (the cool kind): this is footage of his talk at Arse Elektronika 2009 where he traces the evolution of electronic graphics by looking at how porn was passed around (because as we all know, porn is always the first thing to adopt new technologies). Disclaimer: there is practically no actual porn in this video.