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.…

Demon Slayer: First Impressions – A Visually Outstanding Yet Poignant Pilot (Spring 2019)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃) is a shōnen, historical, dark fantasy, adventure anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Koyoharu Gotōge that is being produced by the studio ufotable and directed by Haruo Sotozaki. The story follows a young boy named Tanjirō who goes into the city one snowy morning to sell…

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…

RobiHachi: First Impressions – A Satirically Senseless Yet Curious Sci-Fi Series (Spring 2019)

RobiHachi (ロビハチ) is an original seinen, satirical, science-fiction anime series from Studio Comet with direction from Shinji Takamatsu about two men living in a futuristic universe where they meet in a city called Neo Tokyo. The first is Robby Yarge, who seems to be cursed with bad luck regarding business ventures and women, and who…

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,…