An intro with awesome music reminds us of the backstory: Demon King Satan tried to conquer the fantasy world of Ente Isla, was defeated by the hero Emilia, and fled through a portal to another world—ours. In the present, a mysterious woman enters the demon king’s abandoned castle to…extract a bubble of light from a… Read More First Impression: The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Season 2
(And yes, it does actually have all those exclamation points.) Ambitious for a life of manzai stardom, budding comedian Yayoi Sakamoto took the entrance exam for Kagetsu High School in Namba, a city known for its steady stream of new talent. There, by sheer coincidence, she ran into her childhood friend Yomogi Takahashi, with whom… Read More First Impression: TEPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing ’til You Cry
Three typical slice-of-life girls arrive in the big city. There’s Himawari, the confident blond sporty one, Tsuyukusa, the sleepy-eyed, dessert-loving blue-haired one, and Tsutsuji, the reddish-pink haired one who is so normal she’s special, as befitting an MC. Only, what’s that beneath their hats? Horns?! Oh yeah, they’re oni or the demon-monsters of Japanese folk… Read More First Impression: Onipan!
A destroyed modern city. Why the destruction? I have no clue. Cut to former hero Leo Demonheart trudging through the snowy mountains to the ruin of Demon Queen Echidna’s castle. He marches into the throne room, and before her and her four great generals…applies for a job. After being summarily thrown out, Leo meets with… Read More First Impression: I’m Quitting Heroing
Wein (pronounced like “wane” rather than “wine”), crown prince of Natra, epitomizes the idea of being too smart for one’s own good. With his father the king in poor health, Wein is in charge of his small, impoverished kingdom, but in his heart of hearts, he’d much rather just live a life of laziness and… Read More First Impression: The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt
The demon king has kidnapped the princess! Oh noes! The overly serious hero is working on the problem, but what’s going on with Princess Syalis in the meantime? The food is good, but she’s bored. And restless. Obviously the solution is to brush her teddy bear jailers to collect their fur, as well as borrow… Read More First Impression: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Spring shines outside as a new school year begins. Yukko Aioi, a schoolgirl of fourteen or so, is resting over her desk, groaning and grumbling. She has no motivation to do anything, she says. So Mio Naganohara, her best friend, suggests that she finds one. “But I lack motivation to do even that!” Yukko complains.… Read More Nichijou, comedic hope and my own ordinary life