Fall 2022 Anime First Impressions

Almost as if to make up for a poorly received (though perhaps underrated) summer 2022 season, the anime premiering this fall are fierce and highly anticipated, and out in full force starting next weekend! They include adaptations of some of the most popular manga of recent years (Chainsaw Man and Blue Lock); sequels or second cours to beloved shows (Spy x Family, My Hero Academia, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, Pop Team Epic) and those critically acclaimed, too (Mob Psycho, Golden Kamuy, To Your Eternity); and even blasts from the past (Bleach, Urusei Yatsura). Of course, there’s always room for isekai (Eminence in Shadow, Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita) and original series (Do It Yourself!!, Shinobi no Ittoki) as well.

And fam, we’ve got you covered right here! As the series start premiering, you can come back to this page to see what our thoughts are about them as we provide initial impressions, streaming links, and links to our slightly longer first impression posts, which will be going up fast and furiously through the first couple of weeks in October. So bookmark us and visit us over and over again in the coming weeks as we review newly premiering shows and sequels to those that haven’t had a season in a number of years.

Happy fall anime season, everyone!

In the meantime, check out our video preview of the shows we’re most looking forward to this fall season!

Akiba Maid WarBeast TamerBibliophile PrincessDo it Yourself!!The Eminence in ShadowHousing Complex CThe Human Crazy UniversityI’m the Villainess so I’m Taming the Final BossManagement of a Novice AlchemistMobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (E0 Prologue)My Hero Academia S6My Master Has No TailRaven of the Inner PalaceReincarnated as a SwordShinobi no IttokiSPY x FAMILY Episode 13Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out S2Vazzrock the Animation


Akiba Maid War

First Impression: claire

There is blood here folks. Lots and lots and lots of it. It doesn’t quite reach Kill Bill Vol. 1 proportions, but it does involve enough firehose arterial action to transform Ranko’s emotionless execution of the entire rival bunny maid cafe clan into a deadly idol dance with sprays of blood in place of smoke and handguns instead of glow-stick wands. And therein lies the potential for genius in this series: It is taking the two most common iterations of the anime girl—clutzy moe maid and impossibly deadly killer, images of womanhood that belong at opposite ends of the genre spectrum—and clashing them together violently and without any care for the havoc it may wreak on a certain painstakingly curated dichotomy that can be found throughout anime and culture more generally. Or it could just be a quirky new take on wish fulfillment—having your moe and your gun violence too. I hope it’s the former, because it could be profound.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


Beast Tamer

First Impression: stardf29

A lot of this opening episode is carried by Kanade, who is just straight-up adorable with her expressions and mannerisms. There are a few other points of interest, such as how the hero’s party looks down on commoners and how, in contrast to that party’s betrayal, Rein feels comforted by Kanade’s willingness to be contracted to him. Overall, this show isn’t a must-watch by any means, but could be a nice anime for beastgirl fans or those looking for a lighter show to fill out their watchlist.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Bibliophile Princess

First Impression: Jeskai Angel

This is a sweet romance with a lovable protagonist and elements of mystery strewn throughout. To be fair, some of the “mysteries” are only mysterious to Elianna. She’s one of the most totally-on-the-autism-spectrum-ish protagonists I’ve seen. She’s intelligent but displays a sense of disconnection in social interactions that plainly evokes neurodivergence (seen most hilariously when she misinterprets the poor prince’s gift of jewelry as a loan and wonders how soon she can return it). However, speaking for the story more broadly, there’s a good bit of mystery and intrigue that are more than just misunderstandings by the protagonist. I’m a fan of the light novels and this seems like it’ll be a solid adaptation of an already excellent story.

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Streaming on HIDIVE.


Do it Yourself!!

First Impression: claire

This episode was an absolute delight! The art is striking, as to be expected of Pine Jam. The backgrounds have that gorgeous textured watercolor feel that makes the incredible amount of detail in the set design and decor feel almost nonchalant…Paired with this, is the simple, yet non-standard character design and animation style, which recalls Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken or even works by director Masaki Yuasa of Tatami Galaxy and Inu-Oh fame. It’s refreshing and comfortable at the same time. I appreciate the subtle nuancing of standard slice-of-life tropes that is in evidence here, and have high hopes that this could be the kind of series that will fit nicely next to Yuru Camp or Non Non Biyori in the way that it combines cute girls doing cute things with deeper themes about friendship and coming of age.

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Josh

Cute girls doing cute things! Seems like this is the trope of the Fall 2022 anime season! Guess they ran out of ideas for Isekai shows? One can only hope. But I digress. This time, we got cute girls BUILDING things! That’s a new one for me. The animation style is pretty unique though, I’ll give it that. It really makes an otherwise dime-a-dozen show stand out. Other than that, this is your typical run-of-the-mill story, but truth be told, I like the concept of our female leads actually doing something worthwhile and interesting this time around. I think I’ll stick with this one for a while and see where it goes. Also, the play on words with our female lead? I approve. It’s not a groan-worthy pun, but dawg gone it, it’s borderline!

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


The Eminence in Shadow

First Impression: Twwk

The extreme fanservice and modern-day type tale demonstrated in the first 17 minutes might lead less-patient viewers (i.e. me if I had no history with the series) to drop the anime before getting to the real story. The humor of The Eminence in Shadow, which is my favorite part, is…neglected in episode one…And when your opening episode doesn’t demonstrate what is perhaps the most unique and engaging part of your series, I would call that a fail. But as a fan of the manga, I’ll of course be tuning in again next week when I assume the show will get on track, and I hope you’ll do the same and give the series a chance, presumably seeing more of what The Eminence in Shadow is really about, not just in story but also in its DNA.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


Housing Complex C

First Impression: Josh

Housing Complex C is the first show I’ve been intensely interested in since Assassination Classroom. Typically I give a show five episodes to see if I like it or am going to drop it, but since this show is only four episodes anyway, I’ll stick around and see where the narrative leads. If you’re into creepy mystery stories and don’t have a problem with some demonic imagery, this one is right up your alley.

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Streaming Saturdays on Toonami and on HBO Max the next day.


The Human Crazy University

First Impression: Mike

The initial premise of prison guards dealing with ending the life of inmates sounded like an interesting idea. While the actual plot is also pretty intriguing, it was a shame to see that concept swept under the rug so quickly. DLE is known for fairly simple animation but this series came off looking rather amateurish, seeming more like a low-level YouTube animation than a professionally executed anime. The interaction between Satake and the Professor was fun and built up some interest around the former’s ability and the tease of other such characters, but will it be enough?

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


I’m the Villainess so I’m Taming the Final Boss

First Impression: Laura A. Grace

I will definitely be continuing the series because my heart was as captivated by the series on screen as on the page! I must see more of all these characters and I am looking forward to also seeing characters I know we will meet soon! If you’re a fan of villainess isekai, this is one I definitely recommend! While it might feel a little fast-paced for fans of the original series, it is no less engaging to see Aileen’s antics on screen! I am looking forward to next week’s episode! 

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Management of a Novice Alchemist

First Impression: Mike

…I can see that leading to Sasara having to learn to make friends and trust people throughout the course of the show. This is something of a cliché but can still be fun if it’s well done. If that’s where Management of a Novice Alchemist is headed, it seems like the kind of show that will be an easy, light watch in between the season’s more action-packed and exciting fare, like My Hero Academia and Berserk—a fun, little romp to enjoy during the fall anime season.

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Josh

I actually watched this right before going to work (don’t judge me, it’s been a busy weekend) and I can honestly say…it feels like I’ve seen this show before; a quirky cute girl with special powers and/or abilities sets off on her own to start a business with other cute girls…cue the shenanigans! Personally, it just seems too cookie-cutter to me. If you’re into the “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things” Trope, Management of a Novice Alchemist will be right up your alley. Just don’t look for too much originality here; If you’ve seen one “magical girl starting her shop” anime, you’ve seen ’em all, especially this one. As for me, this one is a pass.

Streaming on HiDIVE.


Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (E0 Prologue)

First Impression: Twwk

I’m only occasionally an Okouchi fan, and I don’t necessarily have faith that the end of the series will be as good as the opening, but there’s no doubt that the prologue is excellent, and he and the rest of the staff have earned our attention, even in a season where there’s so much to divert it.

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claire

Wow. (pauses to collect herself) It’s funny, Twwk said he hasn’t watched much Gundam, and then lists like multiple series. Well, I really haven’t watched any Gundam—not a single episode—and after watching this prologue, I’m thinking I’ve got a lot to catch up on. Not that I need to in order to follow or enjoy this new series though, which, as Twwk mentioned, provides an accessible entry point to the age-old franchise. The animation is out of this world: crisp, clean, and very well-designed. No surprise here, but Sunrise delivers on the beauty factor! The writing is tight and emotive, the characters, compelling and distinct. I for one am tagging along for this ride!

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Witch from Mercury, in my opinion, marks a turn from the Gundam of the last decade, and it is a welcome sight. We don’t see superheroes. We see normal, frail, vulnerable human beings. Although exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning, the series is also set to teach viewers more about the nature of humanity than any other recent additions to the franchise, as it raises questions about where a person’s control ends and the AI’s begins. The fact that we also see what appears to be a healthy family relationship from the beginning is so new to Gundam that it almost feels like a plot twist. Witch from Mercury does indeed seem poised to take the series in a new direction with its focus on character growth coupled with humanity’s growth, and on the ethics of AI learning and its boundaries and limitations. I will be watching this series intently to see where it goes, and I hope you will too.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


My Hero Academia S6

First Impression: Mike

In the previous seasons, they would open with a little recap episode to get you caught up, so the fact that this one doesn’t follow that pattern is unusual, but very welcome. It really felt like a lot happened in these short 24 minutes. I like how the show didn’t waste any time getting to the action, drawing us right back into the story. I do wish we could’ve gotten a little more of Deku, Bakugo and the others after not seeing them for so long, but I’m pumped for what’s to come. It’s going to be an exciting season of superhero anime action!

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


My Master Has No Tail

First Impression: Twwk

What a charming opening episode, and what an interesting approach to two symbols of days past in Japanese culture—the folklore involving tanuki and the performance art of rakugo…It was fun listening to…Bunko perform a discourse, and her self-seriousness and expertise lend themselves well for the presumed mentorship under which she’ll guide Mameda. The look of the characters and older-style song choices also fit well into the series..That said, I did find the episode to be a bit soporific, and I’d rather not spend my anime-watching time napping through the action. That quality, along with vignettes that if they continue in the same fashion, will recount the episode’s easily understood discourse and last several full minutes without adding much of consequence, will probably have me dropping this series, particularly in such a full season as this.

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Streaming on HiDIVE.


Raven of the Inner Palace

First Impression: claire

I thought I was in for a typical historical romance with court intrigue—the kind that dominates Korean and Chinese webcomics. And although the backgrounds and sets do feel a bit like the standard palace backdrops you see all over Tapas, Webtoon, Pocket Comics and the like, this is not that kind of series. Well ok, it kinda is that type of series, but it’s more than that, and the intrigue in this court is not so much of the romantic or the political as the downright murderous sort. The mystery element is well done: not too hokey, just enough to pique your interest, and the Raven Consort is surprisingly believable as a detective figure. What’s more, she herself is something of a riddle…

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Reincarnated as a Sword

First Impression: Gaheret

If Fran is a real person with a past and a culture, we can assume that the goblins are too. In fact, they react with horror when our protagonist enters their village to kill their chieftain and their mage, and there is blood everywhere. But for our protagonist and the story, it’s just another chance to increase his stats by killing left and right, with bits of goofy dialogue. Since he doesn’t have any sort of backstory and adapts instantly to his new life as a sword, while also becoming as overpowered as it gets, the real mystery is why this drone-like, shooting, self-sustaining and self-repairing sword needs a wielder at all. Every battle is over in ten seconds.

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Streaming on HiDive.


Shinobi no Ittoki

First Impression: Twwk

Bland title aside, this episode was way more fun that it should have been. What I mean is that while episode one is heavy on the tropes and features a bland script, the voice acting, action scenes, and music are full of energy and a youthful exuberance that matches the characterization of its teenage protagonist. This tone is expressed even in the mundane activity of most of the episode, which is arranged to lead viewers into thinking this tale may be about Ittoki learning to live out his best youth under the thumb of his kind but strict mother. We all know, of course, that this is actually a series about shinobi, and while viewers won’t quite forget that at any point, the subtle irreverence to the romcom and ninja genres both entertain enough to distract viewers into just going along for the ride.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


SPY x FAMILY Episode 13

First Impression: Samuru

Just as I hoped, this episode was fantastic and kept the series going with more action than the previous ones. I felt the first 12 episodes were getting a little slow by not putting more emphasis on the threat of war, but this episode certainly makes up for that. The intro and ending were so good, I already have both songs on my Spotify playlist, go look them up! Each character had some good scenes, but I do want to see more of the tension between the family hiding their secrets from one another and what that leads up to. Here’s to more SPY x FAMILY!

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claire

Aaaaaand they’re back! Everyone’s favorite manga/anime family! And now with Bond the dog too! What a marvelous return episode. Somehow, the animation quality seems to have stepped up yet another level, and frankly, I’d have been satisfied with the OP and ED alone, so rich are they in detail, nuance, and relationship-building. That shot of Anya cuddling a pensive Yor had my heartstrings thrumming. Looks like we’re in for another great cours here folks! Also, “Borf!” is the best dog sound effect ever.

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out S2

First Impression: Mike

Funny enough, Itsuhito has mellowed out some while Ami has gone the opposite way. In the first season, Itsuhito went out of his way to push the relationship between Uzaki and Sakurai, but now he seems more content to watch and just comment in his mind. On the other hand, Ami, who initially came off rather level-headed (if a bit extreme in her tastes), has moved to fully trying to pull others into her delusions and desires. This is continuing to be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to seeing how things progress as the season continues.

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Josh

I really wanted to write up the FI for this one when it first came out, but as per usual, my work got in the way. My boss just won’t let me be great and write about anime. Something about “contractual obligations for employment”. But I digress. From the first two minutes, it’s clear that the second season of Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out will be more of the same fun and shenanigans that we got from the first season, with a more liberal sprinkling of awkward romance, which I am all for! I love how Sakurai is now used to Uzaki hanging out with him and just rolls with it, even with her quirks. Uzaki, for her part, seems to be the same good-natured goofball that we have come to know and love, but it’s clear that she has some conflicting feelings with regard to her sempai. Just like Ami and her dad, I can’t wait to see how these two resolve their feelings!

Streaming on Crunchyroll.


Vazzrock the Animation

First Impression: Josh

If you like pretty boys in a band or are a fan of idol anime, this one is just up your alley, and more power to you if you enjoy it. Other than that, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING here to sink your teeth into, at least in this first episode. Vazzrock The Animation is just a bunch of bishōnen with ZERO intelligence or interesting characteristics doing an interview for their giggling fans while scrolling through their phones and admiring their pictures…I’m giving this one a complete, utter, and absolute PASS. I would rather watch paint dry.

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Streaming on Crunchyroll.


One thought on “Fall 2022 Anime First Impressions

  1. It’s probably going to be completely buried given the stacked lineup the Fall season is bringing, but I’m eager to see “My Master Has No Tail” (HIDIVE).

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