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…

Winter 2019: What looks interesting

With Fall 2018 behind us, it’s time to focus on the new season of anime that is ahead. Last winter was my favorite anime season to date, with series like A Place Further than the Universe, Yuru Camp and Violet Evergarden all airing at the same time. Can this year’s winter season compare to that? Make your own conclusions as I will list the anime I am most likely to watch in Winter 2019, based on their PV, synopsis and genres. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (MAL link) This is an anime whose first episode I have already seen, as it has pre-aired at the end of December. The first episode is 45 minutes long. It’s an isekai with a twist – the main character has been falsely accused of assault and is known by the world for all the wrong reasons. He lacks the thrust of others, and lacks Continue reading…