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Wake Up, Girls! [First Impressions]

Wake Up, Girls! [First Impressions]

Note: This review covers both the prologue movie “Wake Up, Girls! Shichinin no Idol” and the series’ first two episodes. Idols are a weird part of Japanese pop culture. As far as I know, Japan is one of the few places in the world where having prepubescent teens dancing on stage for a mainly adult...
Inari Konkon Koi Iroha [First Impressions]

Inari Konkon Koi Iroha [First Impressions]

Studio: Production IMS Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Supernatural Episodes: 10 OP: ”Kyou ni Koiiro” by May’n ED: ”Saved” by Maaya Sakamoto Summary:  Inari Fushimi is a middle school girl who’s never had a requited love, since she’s a shy, clumsy and not very...
Wizard Barristers [First Impressions]

Wizard Barristers [First Impressions]

Studio: ARMS Genre(s): Drama, Action, Magic, Science Fiction OP: “Justitia” by Lia ED: “Blue Topaz” by Rui Tanabe Summary: In 2018, normal humans and those who can use magic coexist. As a result, there are laws against using magic, and a “magic courtroom” exists to preside over lawsuits regarding the use of magic. In such cases,...
World Conquest: Stratagem Star [First Impressions]

World Conquest: Stratagem Star [First Impressions]

Studio: A-1 Pictures Genre(s): Action, Fantasy OP: “Be mine!” by Maaya Sakamoto ED: “Bijoumania” by Aoi Yuki Summary: What does it take to conquer the world?! Every leader of the past has thought of it… but all they have done was to merely dream of its greatness. World domination… nobody has been able to achieve it. Until one...
Nisekoi [First Impressions]

Nisekoi [First Impressions]

Studio: SHAFT Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life Episodes: 2 cour (20 episodes?) OP: ”CLICK” by ClariS Summary: As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality...
Nourin [First Impressions]

Nourin [First Impressions]

Studio: Silver Link Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life Episodes: 12 OP: “Cordless Tere PHONE ” by Yukari Tamura ED: ”Mogitate Fruit Girls” by Yukari Tamura and Kana Hanazawa Summary:  When the national idol Kusakabe Yuka suddenly retired from the entertainment business, it shocked the world and it devastated teenager Hata Kosaku. Kosaku was Yuka’s biggest...
Magical Warfare [First Impressions]

Magical Warfare [First Impressions]

Studio: Madhouse Genre(s):  action, magic, romance Episodes: 12 OP: Senkou no Prisoner by Nanri Yuuka ED: Born to Be by Nano Summary: In this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past. Due to certain circumstances, he formed a “fake” couple with his childhood friend...
Hoozuki no Reitestu [First Impressions]

Hoozuki no Reitestu [First Impressions]

In every bureaucracy or organization, theres’s always a need for a fixer: a man or woman to turn to when you need things done. Houzuki no Reitetsu (or Hoozuki no Reitetsu) is an anime about one of these talented people, but the guy’s office space could not be more exclusive: this is because he works...
Pupa [First Impressions]

Pupa [First Impressions]

Studio: Studio Deen Genre(s): Fantasy, Horror, Shounen, Psychological OP: “pupa” by Ibuki Kido & Erii Yamazaki ED: “Dare yori Suki na no ni (誰より好きなのに)” by Kusuma San Shimai (Yurika Kurosawa, Minato Wakasa, Haruna Usui) Summary: The “life-and-death sibling” story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone....
Gin no Saji: Second Season [First Impressions]

Gin no Saji: Second Season [First Impressions]

Studio: A-1 Pictures Genre(s): Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life OP: “LIFE” by Fujifabric ED: “Oto no Naru Hou e→ (オトノナルホウヘ→)” by Goose house Summary: The continuation of the first season of Gin no Saji.  Heading into the Fall season and there are some changes happening in Yezo High. The third years are getting ready to...
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