2021 Spring Anime Season: First Impressions

2021 spring anime season first impressions

As you can tell, we’re not picking up a lot of shows this season. There just isn’t much to choose from for yuri fans (yet again), and I don’t want to force it and watch anime that I know doesn’t interest me. Still, the show must go on, so here are our First Impressions of the few shows that we are beginning to watch~


Battle Athletess Daiundoukai ReSTART!
Studio: Seven • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, School, Sci-Fi, Sports
battle athletess daiundoukai restart

It wasn’t that long ago that I reviewed the Battle Athletes OVA from the late nineties. I thought it was meh, but it did deliver some yuri, so of course I’m going to be interested in this revival, even though it has a whole new cast of characters and a mediocre (at best) studio involved. Even though I’ve only seen the original OVA and not the TV anime, the one thing that kept popping into my mind while watching the first episode of ReSTART! was how much I preferred the 90s anime over this.

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2021 Winter Anime Season: First Impressions

2021 winter anime season first impressions

It’s a brand-new year, so enjoy our First Impressions of the winter anime season that just started~

Otherside Picnic
Studio: Felix Film, LIDENFILMS | Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Yuri

otherside picnic anime

Let’s start with the big one this season~

Since I’ve read the light novels and recently also started reading the manga, I can say that I’m very, very happy with the look, sound, and feel of this adaptation. I think they cast the perfect voice actresses for our two main characters, and it even seems as if the admittedly little yuri depicted in the anime, so far (at least in my eyes) comes off far stronger than what I encountered in the novels.

I think the only two things that bothered me a little are the weird changes in animation that happen every now and then and the fact that, so far, I feel like we’re rushing through things. The first few visits to the other side felt like it took the two an eternity, yet in the anime, it’s all over in a few minutes. I guess I would have liked a longer first episode really. With that said, I understand however why they needed to feature all these events in the first episode, I would have just liked it all to be depicted in let’s say 40 and not 20 minutes.


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2020 Fall Anime Season: First Impressions

2020 fall anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 fall anime season that just started~


Adachi to Shimamura
Studio: Tezuka Productions • Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life, Yuri

adachi to shimamura anime
At last, we finally have another pure yuri anime to watch. I need to mention that I’ve never read the light novels, so this is all coming from someone who’s brand-new to the series. With that out of the way, wasn’t this a good first episode? Things are already really cute, despite Adachi and Shimamura being just friends, though you can sense the romance starting to blossom. I’m actually glad that they aren’t already together, since the lead-up to that is almost always fun to watch. I really enjoyed the narration from Shimamura, since it gave me, an AdaShima noob, valuable insight into her thoughts.

Both Adachi and Shimamura already seem really likable, and the same can be said about the chemistry between Hino and Nagafuji. I’m looking forward to seeing Adachi become a regular member of the group, as well as seeeing more of that little astronaut character. Remembering back two or three years ago when we did have pure yuri anime, I wasn’t a huge fan of those shows that had a lot of melodrama, like Netsuzou TRap or even Citrus. Asagao to Kase-san. was much more my style, and AdaShima feels like it’s going to be a lot closer to that than the other two, so I’m thrilled about that.

This show had more fanservice than I was expecting, even though we’re only talking about legs and thighs. It was nice to see that this anime has good production values, and even though the story is likely just going to be a rather simple and straightforward romance, the first episode was already really effective at setting the mood. To me, episode one was already more enjoyable than the entirety of Flag Time, and I can imagine those thoughts will only be strengthened once the romance really picks up. The wait for yuri anime has been tough, but we might have a really good one on our hands, so tell your friends and tell your neighbors that they really need to be watching this~


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Anime Summer Season 2020: First Impressions

2020 summer anime season first impressions

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 summer anime season that just started~


Deca-Dence
Studio: Nut | Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

deca-dence anime
I picked up this show mostly because it looked interesting and is from the director of Death Parade and Mob Psycho 100, and through one episode, it seems entertaining enough. The story involves humanity’s near extinction at the hands of creatures called the Gadoll, and how the remnants of humanity now reside on Deca-dence, a mobile fortress where soldiers called Gears lead the assault on the Gadoll. There are some Shingeki no Kyojin vibes, but this anime seems to lack the drama and somber tone of SnK, so the comparisons aren’t super strong.

Actually, this anime seems kind of campy, and I think I like it that way. Thanks to the main character, Natsume, this first episode seemed more comedic than dramatic, at least until the Gadoll attack and we get more SnK vibes. Feisty characters like Natsume are fun to watch, so I think I’m going to like her quite a bit. The action was pretty nice, and I think for most people, that’s going to be the biggest reason why they watch this. I’m still not sure how I feel about the Gadoll, since their overly colorful and unusual designs aren’t quite what I expected, but they have more time to grow on me. All I’m expecting from this anime is some solid action and a somewhat interesting sci-fi storyline, and if it can give me that, I’ll be content.


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Anime Spring Season 2020: First Impressions

2020 spring anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 spring anime season that just started~

BNA
Studio: Trigger • Genre: Action, Fantasy, Super Power

BNA anime brand new animal
Thanks to Kill la Kill, I’ll almost always be interested when Trigger comes out with a new anime, so it was an easy decision to pick up BNA. Between this and Beaststars, it seems that anthropomorphic animal person anime is in style lately, but unlike Beaststars, this seems to be about the volatile relationship between humans and beastmen. It didn’t take long for violence to flare up between the two sides, with our dear protagonist (and tanuki girl), Michiru, caught in the middle.

Even in the supposed safe haven of Anima City, there’s already some backstabbing and shady dealings going on, and I’m expecting a whole lot more of that in future episodes. Like all Trigger anime, BNA isn’t lacking in style points, and although we only got a glimpse of it in this first episode, I’m expecting the action to be over-the-top and chaotic, just how I like it. Also, I got some Zootopia vibes for a minute, and since I love that movie, I’ll at least keep watching for a bit. That said, I don’t always finish non-yuri shows that I pick up, so BNA has some work to do in order to win me over. The first six episodes of this anime dropped all at once, so I should find out pretty early on if this is worth my time. For old times’ sake, let’s hope that Trigger once again saves anime~


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2020 Winter Anime Season: First Impressions

2020 winter anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 winter anime season that just started~


Darwin’s Game
Studio: Nexus • Genre: Action, Mystery

darwin's game anime
Nowadays, it’s not too uncommon to find media (be it anime, movie, or whatever) that revolves around a deadly game, and now you can add Darwin’s Game to the list. This supersized first episode starts off with a guy in a mascot suit killing someone, which sounds kinda corny, doesn’t it? Well, this anime is already consistent, because it ends just as cheesy as it began…

“Darwin’s Game” is a mobile game that basically pits players against each other in battles to the death, and it seems that if you die in the game, you die in real life. That’s nothing new, and even though this episode felt really familiar, I found it kind of enjoyable. The battle sequences were alright, especially the ones involving Shuka, the blonde girl that kinda uses chains like Spider-Man uses webs (except he doesn’t stab people with the bladed tips :P). So far, Shuka seems like the most interesting character, and the protagonist seems like your run-of-the-mill guy who has no idea what’s going on, but lucky for him, he’s actually super powerful.

To me, this seems like one of those shows that is unlikely to get much better, so you’ll know early on whether you’ll like it or not. I think Darwin’s Game got off to an okay start, and while I wouldn’t be that surprised if it ends up getting worse instead of getting better, for now at least, this has my interest.


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Anime Fall Season 2019: First Impressions

2019 fall anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2019 fall anime season that just started~

Azur Lane
Studio: Bibury Animation Studios • Genre: Action, Historical, Military

azur lane anime

You’d think that because this anime bears such an uncanny resemblance to KanColle that Lena would be all over it, but she actually didn’t enjoy the first episode. We’re officially living in a bizarro world… 😛

But back to the subject at hand. Azur Lane does seem A LOT like KanColle, but I think there were just enough differences that this might be able to stand on its own. The four different camps trying to repel the Sirens was an interesting development, but seeing those four camps split into two warring factions was even more interesting. I’m not familiar with the game at all, but all I know is that it’s basically more anthropomorphic ship girls fighting one another, so I’m not expecting anything too compelling from a story standpoint.

Compared to KanColle, I thought that Azur Lane seemed to have more cutesy characters, with the main exceptions being Akagi, Kaga, and Enterprise. KanColle had an entire class (Akatsuki Class Destroyers) of cute little girls, but it seems Azur Lane might have it beat in that regard. Laffey was probably my favorite character, but Unicorn and Enterprise were also likable to me. It’s early, but I’m thinking I prefer the characters from KanColle. And then there’s Akaga, who seem awfully close to one another, but in direct comparison to that other Akaga, they don’t seem as charismatic to me. Yuri-wise, there only seems to be Akaga at the moment, so this show has some ground to make up to reach the yuri level of KanColle. Overall, I think this seems like it could at least be a decent bridge until the second season of KanColle, if it ever happens…

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