The city of Seoul, Korea, is having a tournament called The God of High School. It’s a martial arts tournament where the best of the best—selected to be there by special commissioners—fight until there is only one left standing. The reward is any wish granted by the organizers of the battle. Mori, the main character,… Read More First Impression: The God Of High School
Yuna, whose best friend has just moved out of town, leaving her in crisis, is timid, sensitive and credulous, and terribly embarrassed that her first love was Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty. Akari, who has just moved to her block, is adventurous, messy and loud, quick to fall in love but also headstrong and rational,… Read More Two Kinds of Love in Love me, Love Me Not (Vol. 1)
Demetrios, a timid vase painter (who, well, is portrayed as a Greek statue), lives in a Greek polis by the sea, dreaming of marrying Apolonia, the Mayor’s daughter. The Mayor insists (to the point that you could say he almost bullies him) that being a vase painter is not cut out for him, and that… Read More First Impression: Extra Olympia Kyklos
Kyosuke-san, a Literature professor from the Meiji Era, visits the apartment he used to rent as a youth and remembers the life and death of his dear friend, the genius poet and detective Takuboku Ishikawa (a real person, apparently). In the years of the Europization, this man, who was carefree, dispendious, and quite a flirt,… Read More First Impression: Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro (Woodpecker Detective’s Office)
Sometime in the early twentieth century, a cross-country automobile (?) race from Los Angeles to New York City begins. Then the OP plays; it includes a prairie dog. Also, a bottle of whiskey gets shot. Figured you’d want to know. We flashback to a year before the race and meet Sorano Appare, an eccentric genius… Read More First Impression: Appare-Ranman!
Kato is a beleaguered police officer just trying to do his job. As the story opens, he gets roped into helping lost children at an antique car festival. And then there’s a bomb plot, an attempted jewelry store robbery (heavy emphasis on “attempted”), and some guy named Kanbe Daisuke shows up acting outrageously while claiming… Read More First Impression: The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED
Hina, soon to be starting high school, just moved to a new town. Out for a walk, she meets an older girl fishing. Kuroiwa turns out to attend the same school, and she…basically proceeds to bully Hina into the joining the fishing club, despite Hina’s own strong preference for handicrafts. Of course, technically it’s called… Read More First Impression: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater
Following a cryptic intro and the OP (both of which imply that the two leads will be romantically involved eventually), a girl named Iris is queen of a shiny happy sky kingdom under attack by dark monsters. There’s also a kingdom shrouded in darkness, where the yet to be named male lead sees his village… Read More First Impression: Shironeko Project ZERO Chronicle
Based on the first episode, Shachibato is a generic fantasy adventure story about an utterly bland main cast. In this setting, the world’s infrastructure is sustained through crystals, which are collected by clearing dungeons, which are reached by going through magic gates. Protagonist Minato’s dad was president of a small adventuring company, but recently ran… Read More First Impression: Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle!
Sometimes dinosaurs can be a premise for hilarity, as in this magnificent Calvin and Hobbes strip. Sometimes absurdity can also be a premise for hilarity, as in the literary classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is not one of those times. Gal & Dino centers on a so-called dinosaur. The titular gal is Kaede, who,… Read More First Impression: Gal & Dino