The story begins in the kind of back alley that makes it feel like nighttime when the noonday sun is still riding high. The crashes of thunder and sheets of falling rain work like a silencer when a gunshot rings out and one more woman falls victim to the gritty mob crime of 1980s Akihabara.… Read More First Impression: Akiba Maid War
In something like an early modern European-ish kingdom, Elianna thinks she’s a fake fiancée, a placeholder for some future “real” one. For reasons she seriously doesn’t comprehend, the shiny Prince Christopher proposed to her several years ago, and she accepted because…it meant she could read more books. But from the outset, Elianna expected to be… Read More First Impression: Bibliophile Princess
oOkay, bear with me on this one, my friends, because this is gonna be BAD. Vazzrock The Animation is based on a video game called Tsukino Talent Production (TsukiPro), which features two boy band groups—Vazzy and Rock Down. As I understand it, the members of this group represent the twelve months out of the year, and each… Read More First Impression: Vazzrock the Animation
Being a prison guard for death row prisoners is not easy. You spend long periods of time interacting with the prisoners and in the end, have a hand in ending their lives. This is the conundrum faced by the young guard Shimoda, who has gotten to know the prisoner Satake, as the two often discussed… Read More First Impressions: The Human Crazy University
Drones hover in the bright morning sky as a driverless bus pulls to a stop in a cheery watercolor town. The mood is peaceful and full of promise. Or at least it would be, if Serufu had not spaced out and messed up her high school entrance exam, much to the chagrin of her neighbor… Read More First Impression: Do It Yourself!!
What is the “Eminence in Shadow”? Desperate to embody this enigmatic idea, “background character” Kagenou trains day and night while blending in at school. But Nishino sees him—after all, Kagenou is different from all the others who praise and adore her. Kagenou looks right through her, interacting with but not really seeing the school’s most… Read More First Impression: The Eminence in Shadow
Ittoki is a good boy, an overachiever who listens to his mom and excels in, well, basically everything. He’s athletic, good at school, kind, and did I already mention athletic? Ittoki is fit to the point that he’s able to do backflips over an out-of-control truck careening in his direction. But he’s also entered that… Read More First Impression: Shinobi no Ittoki