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.

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

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.

So I’m a Spider, So What?: An Absurdly Amusing Isekai About Surviving as a Spiderling – Anime 1st Impressions (Winter 2021)

So I’m a Spider, So What? (蜘蛛ですが、なにか?) is a seinen, isekai, fantasy anime about an unnamed girl who falls asleep in her class one day and finds herself waking up as a spider hatching from an egg in a different world. Given my vehement distaste for spiders, I tried to avoid this anime as much as possible, but my morbid curiosity won out in the end. I’m happy that I gave it a shot because this is quite possibly one of the most ridiculously amazing things to air this season.

Laid-Back Camp Season 2: Wholesome, Whimsical Cosiness via Camping – Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

When the first season aired three years ago, I loved everything about it. I don’t typically gravitate towards moe-type things. However, I enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and the camaraderie that Laid-Back Camp offers. Based on the first segment for this second season, I expect things to be just as comforting and kind as they were back in 2018.

My Home Hero by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki: The Unyielding Fortitude of a Father’s Love – Manga First Impressions

My Home Hero (マイホームヒーロー) by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki is a seinen, psychological crime thriller manga series about a forty-something year old salaryman that also writes mystery novels during his free time. During lunch with his eighteen-year-old daughter one day he learns that she is being physically abused by her boyfriend. Unable to stand the thought of someone harming his little girl, the salaryman does the unthinkable with the intention of protecting her.

Japan Sinks 2020 – First Impressions: A Devastatingly Plausible & Poignant Disaster Series

Japan Sinks 2020 is set in modern-day Japan and follows a family who are trying to survive in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake that causes the archipelago of Japan to start sinking into the ocean. I read the novel earlier in the year and positively loved it for how incredibly realistic and plausible it is, as well as the depiction of the political and cultural context of 1970s-era Japan. After watching the first episode, I can tell that this shall probably become one of my favourite anime serials to hit the airwaves in recent years.

The Perfect Insider: A Dialogue-Centric, Deliciously Cerebral Locked Room Mystery Series – Anime Review

Please note: This review shall discuss an inappropriate relationship between a thirteen-year-old and an adult male. Please read at your own discretion. (The section shall be marked) The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる) is a seinen mystery anime series that adapted the original 1996 novel by Hiroshi Mori. It was produced by A-1 Pictures, directed by Mamoru…