Cowboy Bebop & Being Ahead of Its Time, Then and Now – Anime Review

Nineteen years ago, during the year 1998, a Space Western anime was released by the name of Cowboy Bebop, an anime that would go on to become one of the finest pieces of animation ever made. Adapted and completely redesigned from its manga counterpart, with direction by Shinichirō Watanabe, this 26-episode long, seinen neo-noir anime series would continue to astound fans of the medium for decades to come.

Mars by Fuyumi Soryō: A Dark & Mature Romance that Authentically Explores Tough Topics on Trauma – Manga Review

Mars by Fuyumi Soryō is a shōjo romance manga series with a dark story that revolves around two individuals with very fucked-up pasts that find each other during a time in their lives where they are most impressionable and dealing with some severe emotional trauma. As they begin to lean on one another, their bond grows deeper and more dangerous along the way.

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

The Wolf Boy is Mine by Yōko Nogiri: An Underdeveloped Shōjo Romance Series with Supernatural Charm – Manga Review

The Wolf Boy is Mine (私のオオカミくん) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance series that follows a high school girl named Komugi Kusunoki who transfers to rural Hokkaido after dealing with bullying at her previous school in the city. Upon arriving, she bumps into a super handsome dude named Yū Ōgami who blurts out that she smells good. Feeling somewhat mortified, Kusunoki walks away. Later in the day, when she’s getting some air, she comes across a dude sleeping under a shady tree. Realising it’s Yū, she approaches him and is shocked to discover that he’s transformed into a wolf.

Snow White with the Red Hair – First Impressions: A Sumptuously Endearing, Feel-Good Shōjo Anime Series

Snow White with the Red Hair follows a young herbalist, or natural pharmacist, named Shirayuki. She resides in the kingdom of Tanbarun and is relatively known for her beautifully flowing bright red hair. When this unique quality catches the interest of the kingdom’s prince, he demands that she turn herself over to him as his concubine. Disenchanted by his boorish and entitled attitude, Shirayuki chops off her hair, leaving it behind in her humble shop as a gift for the prince, and then flees to the neighbouring country, where she encounters a dashingly handsome young man and his two childhood chums.

Prince Freya Volume 1 by Keiko Ishihara: A Spectacular Historical Manga with Superb Political Tension & Versatile Artistry

Prince Freya Volume 1 (偽りのフレイヤ) by Keiko Ishihara is a shōjo, historical, drama manga series about a small town girl named Freya residing in the country of Tyr. When the neighbouring nation of Sigurd threatens the country with a ferocious scheme of overthrowing the current king, Freya gets swept up in a dangerous political plot…

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 by Io Sakisaka: A Fresh & Fascinating Exploration of Love & Friendship

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 (思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ) is the first instalment in a shōjo, coming-of-age manga series written by Io Sakisaka (Blue Spring Ride, Strobe Edge). It follows two main characters, Yuna and Akari, who bump into one another at a local train station. Through a moment of selflessness, one helps the other and…

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…

Midnight Occult Civil Servants & the Spirited Message of Coexistence – Anime Review

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 that was originally authored by Yōko Tamotsu. It simulcasted during the Spring 2019 season and was produced by Liden Films with direction from Tetsuya Watanabe. There were twelve total episodes, with the thirteenth episode scheduled to release at a later…

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.…