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…

Senryū Girl: First Impressions – Coping with Social Awkwardness via Poetic Communication (Spring 2019)

Senryū Girl (川柳少女) is a shōnen, slice-of-life, comedy anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Masakuni Igarashi. It’s being produced by studio Connect and is directed by Masato Jinbo. The story follows a socially awkward adolescent girl named Yukishiro Nanako who only communicates via senryū (Haiku-like short poetry) that consists of 5-7-5 syllables,…

Dororo: First Impressions – A Breathtaking Homage to Classical Japanese Artistry (Winter 2019)

Dororo (どろろ) is a historical, dark fantasy, supernatural anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Osamu Tezuka, who was such a brilliant legend. It’s being produced by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions and is scheduled for 24-total episodes. When the anime first began airing, I wasn’t planning on picking it up since I had…

My Roommate is a Cat: First Impressions – The Awkward Nyanigans of an Anti-Social Buffoon (Winter 2019)

My Roommate is a Cat (同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ。) is a shōjo, slice-of-life, comedy anime adaptation of the manga written by Minatsuki with art from As Futatsuya. Zero-G picked up the series for the Winter 2019 line-up and it is directed by Kaoru Suzuki. I saw the anime circulating around a few blogs, and after getting an idea…