Mobile Suit Gundam: An Intimately Intense Look at Catastrophic Wartime Trauma via the Eyes of a Teenager – Anime 1st Impressions

Mobile Suit Gundam is a 1979 shōnen, military science-fiction, mecha anime series about a war that was started in the name of freedom for the purpose of domination, and teenager, Amuro Ray, finds himself pulled violently smack dab in the middle of it all. As chaos ensues around him, hoping to make sense of it and help where he can, he climbs into a mobile suit Gundam, the Earth Federation’s newest secret weapon.

Gun Sword: A Charming Yet Discontent Tale of Retribution & Redemption – Anime 1st Impressions

Gun Sword (aka Gun x Sword) is a 2005 shōnen, dystopian Western, mecha anime series that revolves around a stranger in a tuxedo and a fancy hat known as Van. He enters a small town in search of another strange dude, known enigmatically as The Claw. A little girl named Wendy convinces Van to stay and help the town fight off an oppressive gang of bandits

The Big O: A Chic, Cool, and Clever Tech-Noir Mecha Series about Forgetting Our Pasts – Anime 1st Impressions

The traits that I love about The Big O are exactly some of the reasons why the series probably wasn’t very popular in Japan, and instead has become a bit of a cult title within Western otaku audiences.  Some of these include the gorgeous animation style, the perception of how toxic it is to bury our pasts for the sake of our future, and the toss-backs to classic Western media and literary sources.

Astra Lost in Space: A Suspenseful Sci-Fi Anime with Awesome Narrative Potential – Anime 1st Impressions (#AniTwitWatches)

Astra Lost in Space is a shōnen, science-fiction anime that follows a group of high school teens who participate in what is supposed to be a short trip to a different planet for a rite-of-passage sort of summer camp. However, shortly after arriving they encounter a mysterious glowing orb that chases them down and consumes them. Suddenly these kids find themselves drifting in space above an unknown planet a few thousand light-years from where they’re supposed to be.

The Earl and the Fairy: An Adorably Simple Fantasy Shōjo Series – Anime 1st Impressions

The Early and the Fairy (伯爵と妖精) follows a fairy doctor, Lydia, residing in Ireland, whose sole occupation is helping fairies in need, alongside her bow-tie wearing, whisky-drinking feline friend, Nico. One day as she gets ready to help a client that is seemingly an old friend of her father’s, Lydia ends up tumbling into a mysterious yet devilishly handsome young man that sweeps her off her feet

Dragon Goes House-Hunting: Fantasy Real Estate for the Cute & Frightful – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

Dragon Goes House-Hunting (ドラゴン、家を買う。)  follows a dragon named Letty who gets kicked out on their little rump for not living up to the family’s standards. Finding themselves homeless and utterly alone, they go searching for a new place to settle into, a location that can become their very own home. However, when you’re a dragon in a world of elves, dwarves, and other folx that fear you because you’re a motherfucking dragon, finding said home shall prove much more challenging than one imagined.

Higehiro: A Crude Yet Comedic Series that Imparts Lessons on Self-Worth & Survival – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (ひげを剃る。そして女子高生を拾う) is the anime adaptation of the original shōnen, romantic comedy novel series. It follows a twenty-six-year-old salaryman who gets rejected by his crush of five years. Feeling wholly disheartened, he gets drunk with his chum. On his way home, he comes across a lonesome high school girl that offers to have sex with him in exchange for a place to stay for the night.

These Snow White Notes: The Spiritual Essence of Shamisen Artistry – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

These Snow White Notes (ましろのおと) is a shōnen, slice-of-life drama about a young man named Setsu Sawamura who grew up idolising his grandfather, a supremely gifted shamisen instrumentalist. When his grandfather passes away, his dying wish is for Setsu to stop playing the shamisen until he can realise what it means to him as a person and artist.

Jōran: Princess of Snow and Blood: Violence-Laced Political Intrigue with Assassins & Shapeshifters Amid Meiji-Era Japan – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

Jōran: Princess of Snow and Blood is an original seinen, politically intrigue-infused historical drama taking place in 1931 that follows a Tokugawa prince who holds absolute power. On one side there is a rebel group that’s determined to assassinate the prince and re-take the regime that he’s built via that power. Then there’s the other side, consisting of a consortium of secret government executioners that seek to extinguish the rebel group before they can make their move and demolish all that has been erected under the Tokugawa rule

Kemono Jihen: A Cool, Creepy Supernatural Show About Non-Human Found Family Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

Kemono Jihen (怪物事変) is a shōnen, dark fantasy, supernatural anime adaptation of the manga series, following Special Detective Kōachi Inugami who’s summoned to a mountain village after the discovery of animal corpses. Shortly after he arrives, he meets a young boy that wishes to help the detective in solving the case. This eventually leads Inugami to realise that supernatural forces may be at play.

Berserk (1997): A Magnificent Adaptation of Kentarō Miura’s Dark Fantasy Masterpiece – Anime 1st Impressions

Berserk (剣風伝奇ベルセルク) is a Fall 1997 anime adaptation of Kentarō Miura’s masterpiece manga series, Berserk. This seinen, epic dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series was produced by OLM TEAM IGUCHI and directed by Naohito Takahashi and Kazuya Murata, spanning twenty-five episodes. Recently, I’ve been reading through the manga for the very first time and after being completely mind-blown by its scope and artful creation, I knew that I had to look up the anime as soon as possible.

SK8 the Infinity: Bones’ Brilliant New Shōnen Series About Skateboarding and Standing Back Up When Life Shoves You to the Pavement – Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

I honestly wasn’t planning on watching this series as I don’t know dick about skateboarding. However, during a bout of insomnia, I found it floating around on Funimation’s website and figured what the hell. I’m so glad that I took a chance on it because this very well may become one of my top three anime picks from the Winter 2021 season thus far.

Horimiya: A Beautifully Animated Series on the Pleasures of Platonic Intimacy – Anime 1st Impressions (Winter 2021)

Horimiya (ホリミヤ) is a shōnen, romantic comedy anime series about two unlikely individuals who end up coming together due to peculiar circumstances. As they realise they’re classmates that are, in fact, quite different in reality versus their student personas, they formulate a platonic kinship which blooms beautifully with the potential for much more.

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki: Becoming a Champion at the Game Known as Life – Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki (弱キャラ友崎くん) is a shōnen, romantic comedy anime series about a guy named Tomozaki who’s a badass online gamer. However, in reality, he’s an introverted, anti-social, loner geek. He absolutely loathes the game called Life since most people tend to have it easy with either their looks or personality or other superficial characteristic, and these same individuals make harsh judgments on anyone who isn’t quite like them.