My Roommate is a Cat: The Awkward Nyanigans of an Anti-Social Buffoon – First Impressions (Winter 2019)

My Roommate is a Cat (同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ。) is a shōjo, slice-of-life, comedy anime adaptation of the manga written by Minatsuki with art from As Futatsuya. Zero-G picked up the series for the Winter 2019 line-up and it is directed by Kaoru Suzuki. I saw the anime circulating around a few blogs, and after getting an idea…

Domestic Girlfriend: First Impressions – The Complexities of Interpersonal Relationships via Adolescent Romping (Winter 2019)

Domestic Girlfriend (ドメスティックな彼女) is a shōnen, romance anime series that is an adaptation of the manga written by Kei Sasuga. When I read the premise for this show (I haven’t read the manga), I was intrigued by it, while simultaneously having some very low expectations. I felt it would either be an exploration of interpersonal…

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…

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion: 1st Impressions – A Superb Story of Japan’s First Mongol Invasion (Summer Anime 2018)

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (アンゴルモア 元寇合戦記) is the anime adaptation of the seinen, historical manga series written by Nanahiko Takagi. It is being produced by studio NAZ and directed by Takayuki Kuriyama. This is one of my most-anticipated anime serials for the season because everything about it sounded so wonderfully amazing. Upon finishing the…

Holmes of Kyoto: First Impressions – Japanese History via the Lens of Ancient Antiques (Summer Anime 2018)

Holmes of Kyoto (京都寺町三条のホームズ) is an anime adaptation of the original seinen, fantasy light novel series written by Mai Mochizuki with illustrations from Yamōchishizu. It is being produced by studio Seven and directed by Noriyoshi Sasaki. This is one of the serials that I had been anticipating for the season due to its unique premise…

100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams: 1st Impressions – A Surprisingly Intriguing Fantasy Treat (Summer Anime 2018)

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (夢王国と眠れる100人の王子様) is a fantasy anime series that is an adaptation of the original puzzle and role-playing smartphone game that released in Japan from GCrest in 2015. Project No. 9 shall do the anime’s production, with direction from Yukina Hiiro. I went into the episode with very little…

The Thousand Musketeers: First Impressions – A Banal & Boring Bromance of Guns (Summer Anime 2018)

The Thousand Musketeers (千銃士) is a seinen, action-military anime series that is based off a smartphone game that was developed by Line Games and Marvellous Entertainment, and it has been adapted into an anime for the Summer 2018 season. It is being produced by TMS Entertainment animation studio and directed by Ken’ichi Kasai. After watching…

Devils’ Line: First Impressions – An Original Take on Vampires with a Humdrum Pilot Episode (Spring Anime 2018)

Devils’ Line was my number-one most-anticipated show for the Spring 2018 season. It is being made by studio Platinum Vision, with direction from Yoshinobu Tokumoto. As a dedicated fan of the original manga that the anime stems from, my enthusiasm for the season as a whole bloomed with excitement. Because of my anticipation, I also…