Phi Brain: Puzzle of God: First Impressions – An Entertaining Action-Adventure Shōnen with Neat Puzzles & Funny Folx

Phi Brain: Puzzle of God (ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル) is a 2011 shōnen, adventure anime series that was produced by Sunrise studios. Due to its popularity, it spawned a total of three seasons, a manga adaptation, and a video game for the PlayStation Portable. I came across the anime when I hit the Randomiser button on Crunchyroll…

Bungō and Alchemist: Gears of Judgement: First Impressions – A Messy Pilot About Japanese Authors Having a Romp Through Literature (Spring 2020)

Bungō and Alchemist: Gears of Judgement (文豪とアルケミスト ~審判ノ歯車~) is the historical fantasy anime adaptation of the browser-turned-mobile game of the same name, and it’s being produced by studio OLM with direction from Toshinori Watanabe. When I saw notifications for this go live on AniList by fellow users, there was one distinct word that caught my…

Kakushigoto: First Impressions – A Drab Comedy Series with Refreshingly Beautiful Art Styles (Spring 2020)

Kakushigoto (かくしごと) is an anime adaptation of the shōnen comedy, slice-of-life manga of the same name authored by Kōji Kumeta. It’s being produced by Ajia-do Animation Works with direction from Yūta Murano. The show revolves around a dad who’s a mangaka of adult stories that decides to hide his profession from his daughter out of…

BPS Battle Programmer Shirase: First Impressions – An Aesthetically Retro Series About a Carefree Computer Hacker

BPS: Battle Programmer Shirase (BPS バトルプログラマーシラセ) is a comedy, science-fiction series about a guy named Akira Shirase who’s a freelance computer programmer that takes on jobs in exchange for goods, usually rare computer parts. Because he’s absolutely brilliant, he’s contacted often by many individuals to complete various hacking and security related tasks. The very first…

Chihayafuru: First Impressions – A Beautifully Impassioned Portrayal of Youth & Culture

Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is a josei, slice-of-life, sports (karuta), romance anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Yuki Suetsugu. The series was produced by anime powerhouse Madhouse with directorial support via Morio Asaka. It is one of my all-time favourite anime in existence, superseded only by Initial D and possibly even Natsume’s Book of…

Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace First Impressions – An Excellently Eccentric Tribute to Rampo Edogawa

Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (乱歩奇譚 Game of Laplace) is a seinen, mystery, psychological anime series that simulcasted during in Summer 2015. It was produced by Studio Lerche as a commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of esteemed author, Rampo Edogawa’s, death in 1965. The anime specifically focuses on Edogawa’s character, Akechi Kogorō, who created…

Kono Oto Tomare: First Impressions – A Standard Light-Hearted Slice-of-Life with Decent Feels (Spring 2019)

Sounds of Life (この音とまれ!) is a shōnen, slice-of-life, music (koto) anime adaptation of the manga series by Amyū. It’s being produced by Platinum Vision with direction from Ryōma Mizuno. It follows a high-schooler named Kurata Takezō, who has been charged with being the president of the koto club from his senpais who have graduated and…

Midnight Occult Civil Servants: First Impressions – A Well-Balanced Intro to a Supernatural Cop Show (Spring 2019)

Midnight Occult Civil Servants (真夜中のオカルト公務員) is a shōjo, urban fantasy anime adaptation of the manga originally written by Yōko Tamotsu. It’s being produced by Liden Films with direction from Tetsuya Watanabe and is planned to have twelve total episodes. The story basically revolves around a department that’s tasked with handling supernatural and occult related cases.…

Fairy Gone: First Impressions – Run-of-the-Mill Fairy Summons with Cute Glowy Cat Critters (Spring 2019)

Fairy Gone (フェアリーゴーン) is an original, seinen, supernatural fantasy anime from the studio P.A. Works that is being directed by Kenichi Suzuki. It takes place in a world where fairies and demons reside, unable to be seen by the human vision. These fairies are capable of possessing animals and people alike. The story follows two…

Shōmetsu Toshi: First Impressions – A Concoction of Inconsistent Animation & Sloppy Writing (Spring 2019)

Shōmetsu Toshi (消滅都市) is a seinen, science-fiction, thriller anime series that is an adaptation of a Japanese mobile game. The anime is being produced by the studio Madhouse, with direction from Shigeyuki Miya. In the pilot episode, we are introduced to a man named Takuya who kidnaps a girl from an underground laboratory and delivers…