Shōmetsu Toshi: First Impressions – A Concoction of Inconsistent Animation & Sloppy Writing (Spring 2019)

Shōmetsu Toshi (消滅都市) is a seinen, science-fiction, thriller anime series that is an adaptation of a Japanese mobile game. The anime is being produced by the studio Madhouse, with direction from Shigeyuki Miya. In the pilot episode, we are introduced to a man named Takuya who kidnaps a girl from an underground laboratory and delivers…

Senryū Girl: First Impressions – Coping with Social Awkwardness via Poetic Communication (Spring 2019)

Senryū Girl (川柳少女) is a shōnen, slice-of-life, comedy anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Masakuni Igarashi. It’s being produced by studio Connect and is directed by Masato Jinbo. The story follows a socially awkward adolescent girl named Yukishiro Nanako who only communicates via senryū (Haiku-like short poetry) that consists of 5-7-5 syllables,…

Kuroko’s Basketball & the Uniquely Understated Homage to Kabuki Theatre – Anime Review

Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ) is the anime adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s shōnen, sports (basketball) manga series. The first season initially aired during Spring 2012 with a total of 25 episodes. Since then, there have been two more seasons and quite a few films (this review will be solely for the anime series). It was produced by…

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…

My Favourite Spring Anime Simulcasts! (2018)

The Spring anime season has been one of the most enjoyable simulcast seasons for me in a long time! There are plenty of titles out there that have made me laugh, relate to, and get emotional over. The visuals have been breath-taking, the music a magnificent combination of traditional, jazzy, and an homage to hip-hop…

Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World: First Impressions – A Horribly Constructed Clone (Spring Anime 2018)

Food is life. Food makes the world a bright and beautiful place, and, as a foodie, watching anime that revolves around cooking and recipes are some of my favourite types of things to watch. As I was browsing CrunchyRoll’s Spring catalogue, I came across a show called Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food from Another World. It…