W’z – the sequel I didn’t know was a sequel

Have you ever started an anime series and realized that you have “accidentally” started watching a sequel? Because that’s exactly what has happened to me with W’z. I went into this completely blind. I didn’t know anything about the studio GoHands. Apparently, the PV for the anime had similarities to Hand Shakers, a title I knew nothing about. The only thing that could possibly imply that this was somehow related to another anime was a single forum thread on Myanimelist. And after the first episode has aired, most of the comments mentioned Hand Shakers, leaving me confused and I honestly don’t know what to do right now… The first two episodes I’m writing this after seeing the first two episodes. And while I like certain aspects of the anime, I can’t exactly say I’m blown away by it. What I liked in the anime synopsis was the main character Yukiya Continue reading…

The Promised Neverland – First impressions

Without doubt one of the most talked about anime before Winter 2019 had started was The Promised Neverland. And it’s easy to see why, as the premise is quite intriguing. With 2 episodes out at the time of writing this, has The Promised Neverland lived up to its hype? The Promised Neverland The story is set in the orphanage called Grace Field. Everybody there is happy, the children are given good care and are all usually adopted at the age of 12. Or so it seems. When one of the children, called Conny was about to leave the village, the 12-year old Emma and Norman broke the main rule of the orphanage – not to go beyond the gate. And what they saw made them realize the cruel fate all the children from Grace Field are destined for. They are all meant to be murdered and eaten by demons. Norman Continue reading…

Circlet Princess – First impressions

Sometimes I just can’t help but start certain anime for the eyecandy. It happened with Harukana Receive in the summer, and it happened once again with Circlet Princess. And for some reason, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person taking a look into this anime for that reason. But is there more to Circlet Princess than just the plot, as many would jokingly call it? I’ll let you make your own conclusions on that… Circlet Princess The story is set in futuristic Japan. “People’s lives have changed because of VR and AR, and a competitive sport has been born from these technologies called CB (Circlet Bout)”. The main character, Yuka Sasaki, stumbles upon a realistic-looking ad for a Circlet Bout competition, and ends up meeting one of the best in the sport, Chikage Fujimura. When Yuka came to watch the competition, she unexpectedly ended up participating in that same Continue reading…

Dimension High School – First impressions

Sometimes when you look through the titles a new anime season is offering, you come across something that looks bad in every single aspect. But it’s bad in such an unique way that you actually want to check it out. This winter season, that kind of anime is Dimension High School for me. You’ve thought the isekai genre has nothing new to offer? Well take a look at Dimension High School, the most realistically-looking isekai ever made. Unless there are other examples of anime where the actors are “summoned” from live action into an anime world that I don’t know of. Dimension High School On his way to cram school, Junpei Shiroyama notices a weird looking rock, and takes it with him to the classroom. Sitting in the classroom, his table suddenly starts shaking. What could cause such a strange thing to happen? It turns out it was the rock, Continue reading…

The Rising of the Shield Hero – First Impressions

The Winter 2019 anime season is well and truly underway. As is always the case, there are a few anime that have had pre-aired episodes even before their respective seasons have started. One such case is The Rising of the Shield Hero, with a 45 minute long first episode that has pre-aired in late December. It is my first isekai since the summer, when I watched Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu. And I already feel like it’s gonna be a much better experience than that ecchi, to say the least, anime. The Rising of the Shield Hero The story follows the 18 year-old student otaku Naofumi Iwatani, who spends his days at home and likes to go to the library from time to time. At one such occasion, he stumbled upon a book which ended up summoning him into a fantasy game-like world. Doesn’t really sound like Continue reading…

Zombieland Saga – First impressions

How to enter the idol world? You can create an idol club in your high school and start out as a school idol. You can enter an idol agency and grow your popularity that way. Or, you can start you idol career in some alternative way, like becoming a zombie for example. No, really, it’s possible. Don’t believe me? Zombieland Saga is here to convince you otherwise. This original 12-episode anime is a story about Sakura Minamoto, the second year high school girl. One day on her way to school, something bad happens – she dies after getting hit by a truck. She is then seen waking up in a dark house filled with zombies. After managing to escape, she encounters a policeman, who got scared looking at her. When looking at her reflection she realizes – she has turned into a zombie! The policeman shoots Sakura, but a man Continue reading…

Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara – First impressions

Synopsis The original 13-episode anime Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara is a story set “in a world where a minuscule amount of magic remains in everyday life”. The 17-year old Hitomi Tsukishiro is the main character born in a witch family. She lost her sense of color at a very young age. Her grandmother, Kohaku, sends her back in time to the year 2018. After a strange bus ride, Hitomi finds herself in the house of Yuito Aoi. She manages to leave the house without being noticed by Yuito, but his friends saw her leaving from the window of the house, which they quickly spread to everyone else. A bit later on, after seeing Hitomi trip, they approach her and ask her if she needs any help. They end up showing her the way to the magic shop Hitomi was searching in order to find her grandmother from 60 years in the Continue reading…

Feeling the SAO hype

It’s interesting with Sword Art Online. It’s a show that clearly has its flaws, and I acknowledged them, but deep inside I just… love this show. I have fond memories of the first part of season 1. It was never the best show ever, that first part of season 1 had its plot holes and stuff that never really made much sense to me (the entirety of Yui’s character really) and yet it still did a lot of things right, overshadowing those issues for the most part. Then the second part of the season came, and I remember thinking how “I’ve never seen a show ruin itself this badly in a single episode”. I never truly enjoyed that second part of season 1, sure it still had an amazing opening and ending, and I loved Leafa’s design but the main plot was just too cliche, the villain had zero depth Continue reading…