We're just about to start our new Book Club selection, The Skull Man, which means it's time to pick the lucky series that will follow it. I have a few of my own suggestions, but by all means, feel free to suggest others in the comments section. These are all shows I've seen, but I'd be willing to seek out one I haven't if that's what others would like to do. We'll most likely start watching this series right after the new year (so that we can have a break over the Winter holidays).
Genres: Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Mystery
This series takes place in a small town, and follows three boys who have all experienced some form of past trauma. Strange things begin happening in the town, and the boys learn that they can leave their bodies and travel in spirit form.
Pros: Excellent sound design, compelling concept, spooky without being gross.
Cons: Ends relatively abruptly. Similar genre-wise to Skull Man.
The episodes are relatively slow-moving, so we'd tackle this one two episodes at a time.
13 Episodes (plus two DVD-exclusive episodes which are optional)
Genres: Slice-of-life, Sci-Fi
Availability: DVD, Crunchyroll
After an apocalyptic event, the world is nearly uninhabitable. In the one place left that still brims with the last bastions of humanity, a young girl joins the military in order to become a bugle player. There she and her fellow soldiers see the joy and pain of their fellow humans, and discover the mysteries of the world in which they live.
Pros: More light-hearted, primarily episodic (for those who may only pop in for the discussion a few times here and there), there are lots of mysterious elements to discuss.
Cons: The series isn't available in as many places, has a couple of lackluster episodes, some may find it too cutesy at times.
This series would be one episode per week.
Genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Drama
Akiyuki lives on Sentan Island, a quiet enclave in a world plagued by warring factions. One day he's hurt in a terrorist attack, and gains the ability to become a being known as Xam'd. As the military closes in on his home, he must choose whether to follow the enigmatic Nakiami, or attempt to control Xam'd on his own.
Pros: Great animation, large cast of interesting characters, creative fantasy world, avoids a lot of stupid tropes.
Cons: Things get complicated near the end. Yup, that's about it.
This would be two episodes per week.
So, do any of these sound appealing to you? Do you have something else that would be a good fit? Let me know in the comments!