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
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!!
The moon. Blood. Someone has died in a car accident, but don’t you worry! As the images of flocks of flying dragons and strange chameleon-like creatures suggest, our anonymous protagonist has just been… well, yeah, you guessed right, and I’m not Rod Serling presenting The Twilight Zone, so I won’t say it. A flash-forward tells… Read More First Impression: Reincarnated as a Sword
Well, no one lost an arm and a leg in the opening, so we’re off to a happier start to an alchemist tale, and on October 3rd, no less! This alchemist story opens with a quick flashback to an eyeless Sarasa bidding her equally eyeless parents farewell as they go to work. But being anime… Read More First Impression: Management of a Novice Alchemist
There are some PRODIGIOUSLY strange goings on around the old housing complex in the seaside village of Kurosaki. The old folks in the run-down apartment building seem to live out their lives complaining about the heat and doting on nine-year-old Kimi, a young girl whose bubbly personality has charmed the old residents. During a journey… Read More First Impression: Housing Complex C
It’s the dead of night and a palace coup is afoot. Murder and mayhem! Vengeance and usurpation! The commoner prince takes out his wrath on the elderly Dowager Empress, and then storms to the secluded palace of the Raven Consort—where no man or woman dare set foot—in order to demand a favor of the mysterious… Read More First Impression: Raven of the Inner Palace