Let’s Make a Mug Too: A Super Cute Hobby Show with More Depth than Expected – Anime 1st Impressions (Spring 2021)

Let’s Make a Mug Too (やくならマグカップも) is the anime adaptation of the original shōnen manga series that revolves around high school girls and their love of pottery, taking place in the city of Tajimi in the Gifu Prefecture of Japan. The anime is being produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Jun Kamiya.

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.

SK8 the Infinity: Bones’ Brilliant New Shōnen Series About Skateboarding and Standing Back Up When Life Shoves You to the Pavement – Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

I honestly wasn’t planning on watching this series as I don’t know dick about skateboarding. However, during a bout of insomnia, I found it floating around on Funimation’s website and figured what the hell. I’m so glad that I took a chance on it because this very well may become one of my top three anime picks from the Winter 2021 season thus far.

The Elusive Samurai by Yūsei Matsui: A Quirky Historical Tale of Retribution & Family Honour – Manga First Impressions

The Elusive Samurai (逃げ上手の若君) by Yūsei Matsui is a shōnen, jidaigeki manga series that takes place between the Kamakura and Muromachi eras of Japanese history and follows a young boy named Hōjō Takatoki that is known for always being on a speedy run. When his entire family and status are viciously ripped from him by a terrible betrayal, Hōjō flees with an unexpected rival so that he may survive and exact his revenge one day in the near future.

Horimiya: A Beautifully Animated Series on the Pleasures of Platonic Intimacy – Anime 1st Impressions (Winter 2021)

Horimiya (ホリミヤ) is a shōnen, romantic comedy anime series about two unlikely individuals who end up coming together due to peculiar circumstances. As they realise they’re classmates that are, in fact, quite different in reality versus their student personas, they formulate a platonic kinship which blooms beautifully with the potential for much more.

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki: Becoming a Champion at the Game Known as Life – Anime First Impressions (Winter 2021)

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki (弱キャラ友崎くん) is a shōnen, romantic comedy anime series about a guy named Tomozaki who’s a badass online gamer. However, in reality, he’s an introverted, anti-social, loner geek. He absolutely loathes the game called Life since most people tend to have it easy with either their looks or personality or other superficial characteristic, and these same individuals make harsh judgments on anyone who isn’t quite like them.

Iwa Kakeru! – Sport Climbing Girls – First Impressions: A Charming Yet Conventional Anime about Competitive Rock-Wall Climbing (Fall 2020)

Iwa Kakeru! follows four high school girls as they come together to form a sport climbing club with the hopes of being able to compete in the sport on a national level. One of the newest members is a former professional video gamer named Konomi Kasahara who goes searching for a fun, new club that will offer her the same excitement and satisfaction that games (specifically puzzle games) used to give her.

Jujutsu Kaisen – First Impressions: An Awesomely Action-Packed Supernatural Shōnen Series that Shouldn’t Be Missed (Fall 2020)

Jujutsu Kaisen is about a teenage boy named Itadori Yūji who’s a typical teenager that tries to be free-spirited while caring for his ailing grandfather. One day while visiting his gramps, tragedy strikes, leaving Yūji to ponder the nature of life and death. Meanwhile, the two members of his occult club from school end up falling into a spot of shady shite when they unknowingly release an ancient and deadly supernatural entity. In order to save his friends’ lives, Yūji will have to undergo a formidable and treacherous Cursed power, placing his own existence in wretched jeopardy.

5 Favourite Shōnen Manga Covers

This afternoon I wanted to take a break from the heavy reviews and analyses of my favourite things and just indulge in a bit of aesthetic fun! Maybe it’s the ridiculous heat making me feel lethargic or just the whimsical side of the bed that I woke up on—either way, I wanted to do something…

How Do We Relationship Volume 1 by Tamifull: A Yuri Manga with No Chemistry & a Frustratingly Convenient Romance Dynamic

How Do We Relationship Volume 1 (付き合ってあげてもいいかな) by Tamifull is a shōnen, yuri, romance manga series that is an adaptation of a dōjinshi. The story follows a timid lady named Miwa who’s a college student. For as long as she can remember, Miwa has always been attracted to women, sexually and romantically, yet due to…