Mecha-Doc (1984): A Super Rad Retro Racing Anime I Didn’t Realise I Was Missing in My Life – Anime 1st Impressions

Mecha-doc is a 1984 shōnen, cars and racing centred comedy anime that follows a small garage of dudes that tune up various mechanical things professionally and passionately. The main dude named Jun absolutely hates street racers and will always go out of his way to shut them down in various forms, which sometimes includes partaking in street racing himself.

Deadpool Samurai Volume 1 by Sanshirō Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi: The Merc with the Mouth Dropping Shade on Shonen Jump – Manga 1st Impressions

Deadpool Samurai Volume 1 follows my favourite Merc with the Mouth as he drops into Tokyo with a magnificently foul-mouthed bang, breaking all the walls in existence, after Iron Man invites the merc to join the Avenger’s Japan-centred group, Samurai Squad. With a free trip to Tokyo and all the extra cash, DP decides to give it a shot. After all, Japan’s one of the safest countries in the world, what could possibly go wrong?

Mao Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi: Time Travelling Fun in Yōkai-Fuelled Taisho Era – Manga 1st Impressions

Mao Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi is a shōnen, dark fantasy, supernatural adventure manga series that follows a young girl named Nanako Kiba. She survived a terrible event as a child and ever since then she lives with her grandfather. One day on her way home from school, she walks by the location of this past tragedy and eventually finds herself transported back to the Taisho Era

Mobile Suit Gundam: An Intimately Intense Look at Catastrophic Wartime Trauma via the Eyes of a Teenager – Anime 1st Impressions

Mobile Suit Gundam is a 1979 shōnen, military science-fiction, mecha anime series about a war that was started in the name of freedom for the purpose of domination, and teenager, Amuro Ray, finds himself pulled violently smack dab in the middle of it all. As chaos ensues around him, hoping to make sense of it and help where he can, he climbs into a mobile suit Gundam, the Earth Federation’s newest secret weapon.

A Man & His Cat Volume 1 by Umi Sakurai: A Whimsically Enlivening Bond Between a Gentleman & His Adopted Kitty- Manga Review

A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai is a shōnen, slice of life, comedy manga series about an elderly gentleman named Kanda who visits a local pet shop one day and adopts a round, one-year-old kitty that no one else seems interested in. Feeling that the older, bigger kitty has quite a loveable appeal to him, he brings it home and together they build a hilarious bond of affection and companionship

Dragon Goes House-Hunting: Fantasy Real Estate for the Cute & Frightful – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

Dragon Goes House-Hunting (ドラゴン、家を買う。)  follows a dragon named Letty who gets kicked out on their little rump for not living up to the family’s standards. Finding themselves homeless and utterly alone, they go searching for a new place to settle into, a location that can become their very own home. However, when you’re a dragon in a world of elves, dwarves, and other folx that fear you because you’re a motherfucking dragon, finding said home shall prove much more challenging than one imagined.

Higehiro: A Crude Yet Comedic Series that Imparts Lessons on Self-Worth & Survival – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (ひげを剃る。そして女子高生を拾う) is the anime adaptation of the original shōnen, romantic comedy novel series. It follows a twenty-six-year-old salaryman who gets rejected by his crush of five years. Feeling wholly disheartened, he gets drunk with his chum. On his way home, he comes across a lonesome high school girl that offers to have sex with him in exchange for a place to stay for the night.

These Snow White Notes: The Spiritual Essence of Shamisen Artistry – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

These Snow White Notes (ましろのおと) is a shōnen, slice-of-life drama about a young man named Setsu Sawamura who grew up idolising his grandfather, a supremely gifted shamisen instrumentalist. When his grandfather passes away, his dying wish is for Setsu to stop playing the shamisen until he can realise what it means to him as a person and artist.

Kemono Jihen: A Cool, Creepy Supernatural Show About Non-Human Found Family Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

Kemono Jihen (怪物事変) is a shōnen, dark fantasy, supernatural anime adaptation of the manga series, following Special Detective Kōachi Inugami who’s summoned to a mountain village after the discovery of animal corpses. Shortly after he arrives, he meets a young boy that wishes to help the detective in solving the case. This eventually leads Inugami to realise that supernatural forces may be at play.

Manga Musings: Sasuke vs Itachi in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto

One of the most iconic fight scenes in the manga medium is the one that takes place between Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha. There is so much angst and tragedy that surrounds these two brothers that when their time came to settle their issues with their fists and awesome ninja badassry, I was exceedingly excited, more so because Itachi is one of my favourite characters in the series. Yet, once the fight arrived and unfolded upon the coarse little pages of the volume, I found myself feeling disappointed and somewhat unsatisfied by their battle. At least at first.