Summer 2022 Anime First Impressions

While the spring 2022 anime season was chock full of highly anticipated series, with a number of those absolutely living up to expectations, the summer season is a bit more under-the-radar. Typically featuring fewer series than the other seasons and often those of lesser quality, summer 2022 seems to buck the trend (at least the latter one). Especially standing out is the number of popular series returning for new seasons, like Made in Abyss, Shadows House, and Rent-a-Girlfriend.

We’ll be covering some of those returning shows (at least the ones that haven’t aired in some time), but also, of course, the brand new anime that are premiering! Most series will premiere during the first two weeks of July, but this post is up already because RWBY: Ice Queendom has streamed episodes one through three. We’ve got that show below and will add our other impressions as the remaining anime come to air!

Black SummonerCall of the NightChiminoClassroom of the Elite (Season 2)The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (Season 2)Engage KissExtreme HeartsHarem in the Labyrinth of Another WorldLeague of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous WitchesLucifer and the Biscuit HammerLycoris RecoilMy Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the WorldMade in AbyssMy Stepmom’s Daughter is my ExParallel World PharmacyPhantom of the IdolPrima DollRWBY: Ice QueendomShine On! Bakumatsu Bad BoysShoot! Goal to the FutureSmile of the Arsnotoria the AnimationTEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You CryTokyo Mew Mew NewUncle from Another WorldVermeil in GoldWhen Will Ayumu Make His Move?The Yakuza’s Guide to BabysittingYUREI DECO


Black Summoner

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

To complement the OP wish-fulfillment, this story builds up the worst kind of harem, where beautiful women inexplicably throw themselves into the bed of a strength-obsessed cad. The setting is bland, the humor falls flat, and you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a cliche or six. Now, with spoilers from the light novel, let’s talk about how problematic the protagonist is: Kelvin is a reckless battle junkie who constantly provokes needless fights or handicaps himself against dangerous opponents (thereby putting others at risk) just to get his jollies. He also has no scruples over becoming the type of slaveholder who sleeps with his slaves (which, due to the power disparity, is definitively rape as far as I’m concerned)…

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Call of the Night

First Impression: Josh

I enjoyed this one! The story reminds me a lot of Dagashi Kashi, with a teenager swept into a crazy and wonderful new world by an eccentric female character who changes his whole way of thinking. I suppose it’s no surprise since that series and Call of the Night share the same mangaka…Call of the Night is off to a PRODIGIOUS start, and I look forward to seeing where this story leads us. It’s an absolute follow for me and I do believe you’ll enjoy watching the story of the boy dancing with the devil vampire in the pale moonlight.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


Chimino

First Impression: Twwk

The character designs in the show, both for the adorable, Pusheen-like chimimoryo (chimimo for short) and the sisters themselves, is so kawaii and adorbs that you’d expect the series to just be one long stretch of fluff. And for sure, there’s a cute energy to it, but episode one achieves a nice balance as well. The humor isn’t childish; it’s grounded in a more adult world with topics like household income, social media, and hangovers, appropriate for the characters’ ages.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


Classroom of the Elite (Season 2)

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

If you’ve been wishing for an anime about psychologically disturbed, manipulative high school students plotting against each other, check this out. There are enough mystery and thriller elements to arouse my curiosity. Of course, if you’re interested, you really should start with the first season.

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Twwk

Honestly, although I did start with the first season (as suggested above), I wish I had watched it again before season two. I was pretty lost during this new episode, and had to consult a couple of wikis (which then led me to the horror known as spoilers) throughout my watch. Still, I got pretty into episode one of the new season, remembering and appreciating the series’ tone, if not much of the story or the support characters from season one. Hopefully, those important elements will come flowing back into my mind as I continue forward with this show.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Season 2)

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

Much like the Spanish Inquisition, no one expected this followup to a reverse-isekai comedy that first aired about a million years ago (in 2013, to be exact). It’s a very silly story that mixes fantasy and modern life and plays with tropes in all sorts of ways. The original season was hilarious, and it looks like the sequel will be just as entertaining. If the premise of a fantasy demon lord moving to Tokyo to flip burgers for a living sounds at all amusing, you should check out this zany show (though, as per usual, watch the first season first).

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Engage Kiss

First Impression: Twwk

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a series in which the leads are in a heavily sexual relationship and fight demons together, well you’re in luck! But if you’re like the rest of us and find that combination a bit strange, you might feel as I did about Engage Kiss—that the mixture of comedy sci-fi action with some adult-leaning content is odd and icky.

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Josh

Have you ever looked at a protagonist in an anime and wondered “Are we actually supposed to root for you?” Welp, that’s me with Shu. I mean, you have one girl who is willing to foot the bill for him on numerous occasions (and may or may not have feelings for him), and another girl who is willing to be used as a weapon by Shu (her powers being activated by, and I’m not joking about this, making out with him), and who, for reasons completely unknown to this writer, seems to have a freaky, and some might say unhealthy, crush on him. Rule Number 1 of an anime…if you’re going to throw us an established protagonist, at least make him likable.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Extreme Hearts

First Impression: Gaheret

Hearts has obvious virtues, like its amazing visuals, outstanding music (Hiyori deserves to triumph), and the very intriguing concept of the Extreme Gear. The frames burst with energy every time the gear is used. That said, the showhas equally obvious weaknesses. Between the amazing scenes, some characters look a bit paralyzed now and then, one of them with her mouth agape, ostensibly in the middle of a conversation. Saki is so emotional that at some points she borders on unintentionally comical…

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World

First Impression: stardf29

…when seeing that garbage like this exists, which is so objectifying of women that it makes Shield Hero look progressive, it’s all too easy to think “why do companies allow trash like this to be made?” And the answer is that, like it or not, there is demand for it. And thus, the point of going through these first impressions is not to evaluate whether this is worth watching or not, because it’s pretty obvious this is absolutely not worth watching for any of this blog’s main readership. The point is to remind everyone that there is an audience for these kinds of shows, and that someone we might be trying to reach out to may be part of that audience.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches

First Impression: Gaheret

The show doesn’t seem too keen on fully exploring its fascinating historical context, the cat familiars seem too large to me, and I’m afraid my excess-of-cuteness detector has been activated by this viewing. So, this didn’t look like my cup of tea. I will acknowledge that it looks like a very well-done show, though.

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Claire

This one actually surprised me: it’s far more historical than I expected, and far more historically accurate too. WWII buffs will get their hit of familiar placenames and organizations, albeit run through the usual anime language filter, and anyone who’s visited London will recognize the sight of the Shaftesbury Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, and the like. The concern to provide entertainment and cultural ‘food for the soul’ was also a major concern for the wartime governments. But what you may not realize is that Night Witches were also historically a thing: teenaged and early-twenty-something Soviet girl pilots and navigators who raided the enemy in night bombers on the Eastern Front with such terrifying accuracy (and silence) that the Germans gave them their magical nickname. I’ll give this one another go next week, if only in memory of the devchata.

Streaming on HiDive.


Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

First Impression: claire

The art and forced perspective at times are compelling, but most of the time, the storyboarding is a bit pedestrian. The one consistently strong thing about this episode though was the music and sound design: it is at various points cheery, driving, moody, and epic, and it works really, really well. Particularly the Sawano-like AoT orchestral rock swell near the end. And it’s that final moment too that has me hopeful that this actually could turn into a solid series: when Yuuhi bows before Samidare (the princess/devil), there’s a flicker of genuine life and human interest in his otherwise smirky, self-satisfied eyes. And that is enough to get me tuning in next week. I want to see this MC get over himself. And also more cosmic biscuit hammers. Maybe even some really, really big biscuits too.

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Gaheret

For my part, I loved this one, from the opening to the last bit. It did hit all the right chords. There was the essential Parsifal-esque tale of the mage, the knight, and the princess, which will no doubt be developed and played with. There are the different personalities and points of view of our four characters (Lizard Knight Sir Crescent Neu included), all of them having a point. There is the orange-ish, golden look, and the absurd yet ominous hammer at the ending. There is the clever, absurd humor, the dialogue, and the mood. There is the music. And there is the opening, leading us through interstellar space, with our extremely flawed protagonists being thrown into an all-encompassing adventure. This looks like the kind of story I love the most in the anime universe, and I hope it will hold up.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Lycoris Recoil

First Impression: claire

There’s quite a lot of dialogue and so many different dynamics, tropes, and dropping of hints as to conspiracies, deceptions, and things not being what they appear, that I found this premiere a bit of a challenge to keep up with, to the point where I almost felt breathless by the time the slice-of-life style ED began to roll (quite abruptly too). But that said, there’s plenty here to grab your attention: the animation is slick, the character design familiar but cleanly done, and there’s a surfeit of intrigue oozing from every scene, if you can be bothered to care.

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An intriguing first episode. The main character’s a little mysterious, both with her non-lethal methods and her offhand remarks about the main agency. There’s space here for a show that deals with the grayer aspects of human conflict, where the line between good and bad is not so clear. Will the show move into that space? We shall see.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Made In Abyss: The Golden City Of The Scorching Sun

First Impression: Samuru

I was impressed by how this initial episode switched between the past and present to give viewers a fuller picture of what this sixth layer will be about. Introducing new characters is also refreshing, although the story of the Ganja group is a little disturbing, especially in the first few minutes, so keep that in mind.

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Twwk

Although Samuru knew that the parallel storyline was from the past, I only suspected so until later in the episode. It’s an interesting choice as opposed to the previously utilized device of bringing in new characters to meet the heroes in the current time, and one I’m excited about. Will these original cave raiders still be “frozen in time” and meet Rika and the rest, or is there some other way for these characters’ fates to intertwine? That’ll be part of the wonder for me this season, though I also anticipate some more feels right in the heart somehow connected to violence and torture, along with the mixed emotions of a series that has been referred to as child torture porn by some, though I don’t feel the same. We’ll see if that higher sentiment for the series holds true at the end of what will certainly be another heartfelt but heartbreaking season.

Streaming on HIDIVE.


My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

The soundtrack is pretty good, but beyond that the show looks to be a generic isekai power fantasy: moderately entertaining, but relatively shallow. And I’ll still come back next week. Why? Because slimes! Yuji’s pack of cutesy and goofy slimes (including a delightfully nonsensical slime theater ED) was entertaining enough that I’ll tune in at least once more to see their antics.

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Streaming on HIDIVE.


My Stepmom’s Daughter is my Ex

First Impression: Gaheret

While the premise makes me roll my eyes, I have enjoyed stories in which this kind of issue is treated with more seriousness, like From Up on Poppy Hill, or Love me, love me not. Having to adapt to someone who, having been romantically involved with you, is now off-limits, and having to learn to love them in a new way, could be the theme of a deep and hopeful story. My Stepmom’s Daughter is my Ex is not one of those stories, though.

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stardf29

So I’m going to heavily disagree with the posted impressions as I actually rather liked this episode. Granted, I had read a few volumes of the original light novel before and liked it, so I wasn’t prepared for a trainwreck or anything, but I think the anime did a good job of showing the tension between the two leads as they struggle to deal with their new family arrangement while still clearly having lingering feelings for each other. I think the only issue adaptation-wise is that the episode focused on their current situation and so we don’t really see anything about their former relationship, which would better frame why the two of them are how they are like with each other now; hopefully, future episodes will show more of that. At any rate, I really liked the moments where the two of them show how much they still care about each other, and while it’s definitely not a show about trying to form an actual sibling bond, I do think it works in a way as a romance, in which two people who only knew how to love each other at their best learn how to love each other at their worst as well.

Twwk

As stardf29 infers, this episode is a bit confusing because from scene one, we’re dropped in the current predicament without any context. There are times when that’s okay, but for this series, it’s a poor choice. I stopped streaming after several minutes to look to see if I had missed some OVA that was apparently necessary viewing before the show proper. But no, this was an intentional choice, and it’s jarring. But after several minutes, I got into the series, and rather enjoyed how episode portrayed the challenge of this situation between two new step-siblings who didn’t only have a past romantic relationship, but serious, unresolved issues between them. The characters are both strong personalities, prideful but multi-faceted, further creating an atmosphere is unexpectedly thoughtful for a step-sibling romcom. I don’t know how I’ll end up evaluating My Stepmom’s Daughter is my Ex by the time it concludes, but for now, I’m deeply engaged and eager to see where this series goes.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Parallel World Pharmacy

First Impression: Josh

If you’re curious about it, then go ahead and give it a try with the expectation that you’re not getting anything you haven’t seen before; if you’ve seen one isekai, you’ve seen them all, and better, if you ask me. For everyone else, if you wanna watch a story about an older guy being whisked away to another world of magic, just check out Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. It’s a more interesting story with more engaging characters.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Phantom of the Idol

First Impression: Twwk

…the elephant in the room for episode one…is the horrid CGI that the series slips into when ZINGS performs a song. The animation is already less than stellar to begin with but feels incredibly awkward during the concert, which looks like an early episode of RWBY or maybe a VOCALOID performance…but I’m still bullish on the show, with this first episode making me laugh frequently while also giving me the warm fuzzies, and with the knowledge that this will continue for at least the next few episodes that cover the volume I read. So despite the poor animation, I’m all in—even if Niyodo isn’t.

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Nao Touyama nails her performance as Asahi Mogami in this first episode. She was really good—almost too good, in fact, given that the rest of the episode was lackluster. It’s probably because I’m not a huge fan of Niyodo. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good deadpan character. But Niyodo’s not deadpan; he’s just dead (more so than Asahi, the literal ghost)! It’s hard for me to want to root for him because there’s just not much to root for. From twenty minutes with the man all I learned is that he’s a dirtbag, and that’s the show’s wording, not mine! So I’ll likely be passing on this show. Though I will say I didn’t mind the animation as much as Twwk did, if only because I’m more fond of the CG dance performances (maybe it’s just nostalgia).

Claire

This was a definite meh for me. The pacing drags and there is absolutely nothing compelling about Niyodo in the slightest (not even as an anti-hero), which is probably why there’s a three-minute after-credits scene devoted to his three fans going on and on about his existence being a blessing etc.: the showrunners are trying to convince us to care about this dude. But if you read the subs closely, you’ll see that even his fans can’t actually articulate anything about Niyodo himself that inspires their stanning, not even his looks, which are apparently what earned him the opportunity to become an idol. One plus: the CG eyebrows on Niyodo’s partner are hilarious. But not enough to make me tune in again. PS: why are they wearing travel pillows?

Streaming on HiDIVE.


Prima Doll

First Impression: sleepminusminus

Again, I want to like this show. I really do. But with an introduction that’s mildly intriguing at best and terribly clichéd at worst, with lackluster production values, it’s a hard bet to take. I’ll stick around for another episode. But I don’t want Key to toy with my heartstrings again, unless the story it’s weaving is genuinely worth it.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


RWBY: Ice Queendom

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

With such fantastic source material, I expected this adaptation to be excellent, and it doesn’t disappoint. If you’re a fan of the original RWBY, the characters you love are back and reimagined, while the story draws on what you know and also introduces unfamiliar plot twists.

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Distinctive character designs, flashy moves, kickin’ bass and heart-pounding music, and ultimately a unique gritty-yet-fairy-tale-esque story aesthetic made the original RWBY by Rooster Teeth. The 3D animation was rough at first, but that was part of its charm. So, can RWBY: Ice Queendom live up to its predecessor when animated in a more polished 2D anime style? I’d say yes.

All our old friends are back—introduced at lightning speed compared to the source material—as well as at least one new one. New plot points and worldbuilding take their places beside the old canon, so far integrating quite well. The new music hits the same feels, the jokes land the same caliber of punchlines. The only thing that remains to be seen, besides how well the series will continue to hold up, is how on earth I’m going to make it through the next month until episode 4 is released.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Shine On! Bakumatsu Bad Boys

First Impression: Josh

If you are fascinated by certain aspects of Japanese culture like the Shinsengumi and feudal samurai, then I think you can find a lot to like here. If you’re into sword-fighting shounen series, then you’ll find even MORE to like here. If neither one of these interests you, then I recommend the hard pass on this one. Pass it like you pass a slow driver in the left lane of the freeway. I know I will.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Shoot! Goal to the Future

First Impression: Gaheret

It’s fair to say that Shoot! Goal to the Future overdoes it a little…That said, Aoki Densetsu Shoot! is indeed famous (though I have yet to watch it), and after the heights that Major 2nd Season 2 reached using this formula, I’m partial to it. Let’s see if it draws from the original in interesting ways, or becomes so theatrical I cannot take it seriously. Both are distinct possibilities right now.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Smile of the Arsnotoria the Animation

First Impression: claire

…I was ready to write this one off as a little too dull for my liking when…du du duhnnnn! Zwingli and Johan and bloody murder and all seemingly over a book? Is this a reference to Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin, who was known also as Jean or Johannes? As in, the great Protestant reformers?! Ok, I’ll bite. At least for one more episode. Though if the pacing issues don’t improve, I’m afraid I will call it quits, even with warring reformers in the offing.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


TEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You Cry

First Impression: sleepminusminus

Teppen‘s first episode shows that it’s possible to do a show about comedy and have it actually be funny. The comedic timing here is quick and snappy. The reactions are amusing too, but they don’t carry the humor. Instead, a series of absurd scenarios, hilariously developed, keeps viewers on their toes. And it all flows effortlessly, just like any manzai routine is supposed to. I’ll admit it: I forgot I was supposed to be writing this first impression halfway through the episode; I was just grinning at the screen like a fool until the ending song (which, as a side note, may end up as one of my favorites this season).

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Tokyo Mew Mew New

First Impression: claire

Anime art styles have of course changed in the past two decades, but you can just make out the classic shoujo magical girl character design under the surface of this attractive update from Pierrot. The humor lands well too, and is sometimes subtle—as with the too-quick fulfillment of all Momomiya’s romantic dreams (she even gets her first kiss!), and the ridiculously over-played “falling MC” trope (she falls FIVE times!)—and other times, more overt, as when a grouchy (alien?) blond boy scoops Momomiya up only to complain about her heaviness. Overall, Tokyo Mew Mew New is sweet, but with hints of something more substantial in there to chew on as well.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


Uncle from Another World

First Impression: Twwk

The characters in this show are a bit depressed and quite longsuffering, and yet the tone of the series is ultimately hopeful, meaning that it speaks a bit of reality and loveliness into our real world, using a fantastic scenario and a most nerdy character to do so.

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Streaming on Netflix.


Vermeil in Gold

First Impression: Twwk

I don’t know if it helps or hurts HiDIVE to say so, but the series doesn’t earn its TV-MA rating. It’s far less graphic in its content than the recent season of Stranger Things, for instance, which somehow was only rated TV-14. And further, the opening episode was quite cute: The interactions between Alto and Vermeil are funny and awkward, and Lilia, the childhood friend of the oblivious Alto, shows her jealousy through several scenes that are quite funny, including one in which her professor directs her to leave the classroom. The animation is average but bright and sharp, and the voice acting grew on me quite a bit by the end of the episode. I don’t know if I’ll keep tuning in, but in a lesser season, when I would be looking to fill up the remainder of my slate with something familiar, warm, and fun, Vermeil in Gold might just have been a perfect fit.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

You’ve definitely seen shows like this before; for example, I was reminded a bit of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War from how the two leads stubbornly resist admitting they like each other, and also sensed a bit of the playful teasing found in Teasing Master Takagi-san, which shares the same mangaka. If you like those kinds of shows, there’s a good chance you may enjoy When Will Ayumu Make His Move? as well. I quite enjoyed watching, so as long as the combination of sweetness and humor holds up, I’ll keep coming back.

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Josh

I needed to find a show that could fill the Aharen-san was Hakarenai sized hole in my heart, and this one looks like it might just do it. Jeskai is right on the money with the comparison to Teasing Master Takagi-San, except in this one, both Ayumu and Urushi give as much as they take when it comes to this competition of love and shogi. Watching these two dorks looks like it will be amusing. HOWEVER, one trope that I absolutely hate is the concept of “I must accomplish XYZ goal before confessing to you!” (As seen in Bakuman). I mean, dude, she’s interested and you’re interested! JUST CONFESS AND HAVE A LOVEY-DOVEY HIGH SCHOOL ROMANCE!

Streaming on HIDIVE.


The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting

First Impression: stardf29

This one lacks the wacky psychic hijinks of Hinamatsuri and presents itself as a more down-to-earth “family” drama, and it is already getting off to a heartwarming start. Considering how Toru only had to “take care” of Yaeka, it’s great to see him wanting to make an effort to get to know Yaeka and support her too. This feeds well into the greatest strength of these types of series: showing how the caretaker grows as a character as a result of his newfound caretaking role, which is especially notable when the protagonist is a violent yakuza member. Overall, this is a cute and enjoyable episode with a lot of heart to it, and I’m definitely looking forward to more episodes.

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Josh

You know, every time I watch a show about an older guy taking care of a younger girl, I always pray “Please don’t let this go down the Usagi Drop manga route, Please don’t let this go down the Usagi Drop manga route, Please don’t let this go down the Usagi Drop manga route, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY PLEASE DON’T LET THIS GO DOWN THE USAGI DROP MANGA ROUTE!” So far, this looks like it’ll be a nice, cute little series that I would be interested in following! While, yes, this does come off in the beginning as being an apeing of Hinamatsuri, this show does have a heart of its own and the characters are really fun to watch–all these tough Yakuza types taking care of a little girl is just cute to watch. I also recommend it, especially if you need something to fill the void until the next season of Spy X Family comes out.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


YUREI DECO

First Impression: claire

At first, the art style may come across as overly simplistic and flat, cartoony even, with its eye-popping FLCL-style color design and practically non-existent lighting. It takes a little getting used to, I’ll admit. But if you give it time to sink in, you may realize that there is potentially hidden significance to these design choices for the depiction of a world where the artificial manipulation of photons determines the shape and weft of things—even people…

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I’m with Claire on this one. I got major DECA-DENCE / The Matrix vibes watching this. Things are not what seem in VR, setting up a potentially fun sci-fi mystery. It definitely piqued my interest enough that I’ll come back for the next episode. Oh, I should also mention I enjoyed the very video-gamey allusions in some scenes, like when the characters’ running and jumping was clearly modeled after sidescrolling platformer games. The psychedelic aesthetic isn’t my favorite, but it seems like a deliberate creative choice with some meaning, rather than just lazy animation, so I’m willing to go along with it for now and see how it pays off.

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For my part, YUREI DECO reminds me more of the virtual reality worlds of Belle and Summer Wars (and that Digimon movie that Hosoda directed as well). Those shows also explored societies that were deeply intertwined with VR worlds, with their own psychedelic art styles to boot. There’s a conversation to be had here about the growing influence of technology on everyday life and how that shapes the contours of human experience, and it’ll be fun to see if this show touches on that. Also, I suspect there’s some AR stuff going on here in addition to the VR, given the concrete jungle that backdrops all the decorations and Berry‘s complaints about her eyesight.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.

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4 thoughts on “Summer 2022 Anime First Impressions

  1. I loved the Spring season, but the only series I’m interested in Summer is Utawarerumono. I might take the chance to catch up on some older series.

  2. I had two problems with this show. First, there are so many characters that it will be hard to connect with any of them. I had the same problem with CUE! during its run. Second, I didn’t think any of the acts were as good as Natsuki, Hikage, and Renge (in a blizzard) in Non Non Biyori Nonstop last year. But it’s going to take a couple of weeks before RWBY starts running its regular episodes, so I’ll give this show another chance or two.

    1. (You’re talking about Teppen, right?)

      Yeah, when I saw that there were five groups of manzai performers, I had to do a double take and check to make sure the show wasn’t adapted from a mobile game 😀 And yeah, YMMV with the performances; it’s just really hard to write comedy about comedy and have it be funny to everyone. (Though now you’re making me want to start that NNB binge that I’ve been putting off for years…)

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