First Impressions: Darling in the Franxx

In a world under threat by a vicious enemy, pairs of pilots—usually adolescents—use special abilities to fight back while operation living mecha. One such pilot, Zero Two, is quite unusual: sporting a pair of horns and a reputation as a partner killer, she exasperates her keepers, more interested in tasting people's skin and going skinny-dipping… Continue reading First Impressions: Darling in the Franxx

First Impressions: Mitsuboshi Colors

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"Colors", a group consisting of three young girls who have made it their mission to protect the peace of their town. There's the leader Yui, the mischievous Sacchan, and the game-playing Kotoha, and while they're supposed to help the town out with troubles like thieving cats, as kids they also just like having fun and… Continue reading First Impressions: Mitsuboshi Colors

First Impressions: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

In Hakata, fully 3% of the population work as the most dangerous of profession: hitmen. In this ward, a series of events has been set in motion involving the city's mayor, his bodyguards, and his murderous son; a detective and his allies, close on the case; a group of avengers hired to kill a college… Continue reading First Impressions: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

First Impressions: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Twenty-nine year old programmer Ichirō Suzuki is in the midst of a "death march," the final few days before a game's release as he works out all sorts of bugs, foregoing sleep (and hygiene) as he scrambles to complete his work. Finally hitting an end point, he falls asleep in the office, but awakes to… Continue reading First Impressions: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

First Impressions: Pop Team Epic

Welcome to Pop Team Epic, the show where the skits are all absurd and the plot doesn’t matter! That’s right, the plot doesn’t matter at all, just like that fake-out opening we got for Hoshiiro Girldrop. Here are the main characters, Popuko and Pipimi, now let’s see them wreck absolute chaos! It was hard trying… Continue reading First Impressions: Pop Team Epic

First Impressions: Violet Evergarden

War has ended and peace is now ascending on the land. But there are those that can't escape war—their lives during it and the horrors that stay with them. Violet was described as a weapon, a being used simply as a machine to assist soldiers and kill. But she must now find a place in… Continue reading First Impressions: Violet Evergarden

First Impressions: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)

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When a rain comes, it brings with it many things: memories from the past, encounters that wouldn't occur outside a storm, and a clean chance at a new future. The rain and nostalgia motif plays strongly in Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, a series that's taking the prize this year for most controversial material… Continue reading First Impressions: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)

First Impressions: Gakuen Babysitters

Ryuuichi, a transfer student, becomes the unwitting first member of the "Babysitter Club." It turns out that the elderly chairman (er, chairwoman?) for a prestigious school was not just being nice by taking Ryuuichi and his brother Kotarou in. After the chairman confirms Ryuuichi has experience with babies and toddlers from his years raising Kotarou,… Continue reading First Impressions: Gakuen Babysitters

First Impressions: Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san

Nishikata-kun sits next to Takagi-san. He wants to embarrass her, but he's not very skilled at doing so. Takagi-san, on the other hand, is the master of teasing—and being naive, sincere, and easily frustrated, Nishikata is a perfect victim for her. He's just too busy trying to get his own revenge to realize it. Ahh,… Continue reading First Impressions: Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san

First Impressions: Slow Start

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Ichinose Hana needed an extra year to study and get into high school. Add in how her birthday falls on the first day of school, and she's starting her first year of high school at seventeen years old, with all of her classmates two years younger than her. Given her circumstances, she feels quite apprehensive… Continue reading First Impressions: Slow Start