Chihayafuru: First Impressions – A Beautifully Impassioned Portrayal of Youth & Culture

Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is a josei, slice-of-life, sports (karuta), romance anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Yuki Suetsugu. The series was produced by anime powerhouse Madhouse with directorial support via Morio Asaka. It is one of my all-time favourite anime in existence, superseded only by Initial D and possibly even Natsume’s Book of…

Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace First Impressions – An Excellently Eccentric Tribute to Rampo Edogawa

Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (乱歩奇譚 Game of Laplace) is a seinen, mystery, psychological anime series that simulcasted during in Summer 2015. It was produced by Studio Lerche as a commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of esteemed author, Rampo Edogawa’s, death in 1965. The anime specifically focuses on Edogawa’s character, Akechi Kogorō, who created…

Kono Oto Tomare: First Impressions – A Standard Light-Hearted Slice-of-Life with Decent Feels (Spring 2019)

Sounds of Life (この音とまれ!) is a shōnen, slice-of-life, music (koto) anime adaptation of the manga series by Amyū. It’s being produced by Platinum Vision with direction from Ryōma Mizuno. It follows a high-schooler named Kurata Takezō, who has been charged with being the president of the koto club from his senpais who have graduated and…

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.…