Fruits Basket (2019) – First impressions

Fruits Basket is a 1996 manga which has already been adapted into an anime series in 2001. I haven’t seen the 2001 version, nor have I read the manga, so I’m going into the 2019 anime completely blind. The story 16-year old Tooru Honda has already had her fair share of tragedy, losing both of her parents. Her grandfather took her in, but due to renovations in his house she is currently left without a place to stay in. She ends up sleeping in a tent, on the private land of the Soumas. When Souma Yuki and Souma Shigure discover her, they offer to take her in. As Tooru is overwhelmed with the offer, Kyou Souma, an orange-haired boy breaks into the house. He gets ready to get violent with Yuki, until Tooru accidentally ends up hugging him. Which made him turn into a cat. Then a piece of wood Continue reading…

Senryuu Shoujo – First impressions

Has it ever happened to you? You start an anime, you have fun with it, but it ends very quickly. So quickly, that you feel as if time has doubled its speed. Was it such an enjoyable episode that you lost your sense of time? But then you realize the episode was actually just 12 minutes long. You started a short anime without knowing it. I guess 12 minutes per episode does count as a short anime, does it? If so, this will be my second short anime after finishing Oshiete Galko-chan last summer. The story Senryuu Shoujo follows Yukishiro Nanako, a high school girl bad at talking. So bad, that she writes senryuu (a type of haiku) poems to communicate with people. She is in the Literature club with Busujima Eiji, who gives off an intimidating vibe to those around him. But why would someone like Eiji be in Continue reading…

Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 Hype

I started watching Bungou Stray Dogs right on time to finish the first 2 seasons and the movie before the start of season 3. And while season 1 was already pretty great, the epicness of season 2 almost makes it look weak in comparison. Especially those first 4 episodes which focused on Dazai’s time in Port Mafia through the eyes of a new character Odasaku. I don’t remember a more impactful and memorable set of 4 episodes which were actually a backstory. It was really that amazing. I thought while watching it that season 2 would entirely focus on Dazai’s past and honestly I would be so happy if that was right. You can imagine then how happy I was to realize that season 3 will seemingly expand even more on Dazai’s past. This time on the events from even further back in time. Back when Dazai was given his Continue reading…

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO – First impressions

Time to start off with the Spring 2019 anime season and the first impressions for the new anime. Some series like Fruits Basket 2019 and Kimetsu no Yaiba have already had screenings of their first episodes, but they are nowhere to be found for streaming. That’s why the first Spring 2019 anime I’ll talk about in more detail is Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO or YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world in English. The first episode of this visual novel adaptation has aired on the 2nd of April. The story Takuya Arima’s hystorian father has disappeared, and Takuya believes he died in a cave-in during his research. But is that really the truth? Just as summer vacation is about to start, Takuya receives a strange package with some kind of unknown item. His stepmother is in charge of a Continue reading…

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…