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…

Domestic Girlfriend: First Impressions – The Complexities of Interpersonal Relationships via Adolescent Romping (Winter 2019)

Domestic Girlfriend (ドメスティックな彼女) is a shōnen, romance anime series that is an adaptation of the manga written by Kei Sasuga. When I read the premise for this show (I haven’t read the manga), I was intrigued by it, while simultaneously having some very low expectations. I felt it would either be an exploration of interpersonal…

Kuroko’s Basketball Season 1: First Impressions – Onigiri Abs, Oh My!

Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ) is the anime adaptation of the shōnen, sports (basketball) manga written by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. Season one originally aired during the 2012 spring season with 25 total episodes. The series was produced by Production I.G. and directed by Shunsuke Tada. I remember catching the first two seasons why they were simulcasting, but halfway through…