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)

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

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

First Impressions: The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done

The Ryuo's Work Is Never Done! (aka Ryuuou no Oshigoto!) opens in a scene of suspense. Sixteen-year-old Kuzuryu Yaichi is one move away from winning the highest title in professional shogi: Ryuo. The pressure is on. His sight blurs, and he has to escape to the restroom to get a grip. Then, in the hallway, a… Continue reading First Impressions: The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done

First Impressions: Mitchiri Neko

Mitchiri Neko is a Japanese app, game, and comic strip series that was recently turned into an anime (i.e. this season). In 2013, this gave us the satisfyingly adorable animation of cats on parade. For 2018, we get a short-form anime series where the cats are just acting cute in 3 minute shorts. Each… Continue reading First Impressions: Mitchiri Neko

First Impressions: Katana Maidens~Toji No Miko

Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko starts off with a battle against a flame centipede creature called an Aratama and katana wielding shrine maidens. They are all wearing school uniforms and are called Toji, which seem to be the special fighting force that defends Japan against these monsters. After quickly defeating it, the story moves on to… Continue reading First Impressions: Katana Maidens~Toji No Miko

First Impressions: Kokkoku (Moment by Moment)

Juri Yukawa is a graduating college student, interviewing to enter the work force, and she's more eager than most to get her first job: her father has been laid-off, her older brother is a NEET, and her younger sister had a child out of wedlock. Juri wants to leave home. But in a sudden turn… Continue reading First Impressions: Kokkoku (Moment by Moment)