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

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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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Anime Summer Season 2019: First Impressions

2019 summer anime season

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

Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?
Studio: Doga Kobo • Genre: Comedy, Ecchi

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This anime sounded unique, and oh was it. Basically, this is an anime about a girl wanting to lose weight, so she joins a gym in order to achieve that, but she gets a lot more than she bargained for. The first episode was just over-the-top and absurd, yet I liked it a lot!

Hibiki’s a big eater, so you know this will all be a struggle for her, and that’s where a lot of the comedy comes in. Things get further ratcheted up thanks to a classmate of hers that has also joined the gym, Akemi. On the surface, Akemi seems perfect, but Hibiki is shocked to find that Akemi has a muscle fetish, so the gym is basically heaven for her. Akemi reminds me a lot of Yumeko from Kakegurui, but instead of getting off on gambling, Akemi gets off on muscles. Yeah, she’s pretty great. 😛

Between Hibiki and Akemi, this show already seems to have two really entertaining characters, and despite being a little crude, I think the comedy is really enjoyable as well. Also, this anime is somewhat educational about exercise, but not in a heavy-handed way, and even those scenes remain surprisingly entertaining, thanks to the characters. This show may be kinda dumb, but I think it’s funny, so I’m hoping it can keep this up for the rest of the season~


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Anime Spring Season 2019: First Impressions

2019 spring anime season

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


Carole & Tuesday
Studio: Bones • Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi

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It looks like this is pretty much it. This is the spring season’s wild card that COULD possibly give us yuri fans some of what we’re looking for. The two main characters are both female, and romance is listed among the genres of this anime, so maybe it’s not too much of a stretch to think that maybe this could be the savior of a bad season. Bones is the studio behind Carole & Tuesday, and serving as Chief Director of this original anime is Shinichiro Watanabe, who you may recognize as the director of the iconic Cowboy Bebop, among other titles, so all signs point towards this being an anime worth keeping an eye on.

And I’d say the first episode was definitely a solid start. The story of two girls chasing their dreams of making music is kinda cliché, yet this first episode did a good job of setting the stage for the musical journey that is to come. Given the difference in social standing between Carole and Tuesday—Carole is a former refugee, while Tuesday is the daughter of a wealthy family—this should be interesting, as should the slight sci-fi setting that gives this a unique vibe. As you’d expect from Bones, this anime looks great, and the first episode gives off a distinct folk-sy vibe to the music that should play right in with the emotion and drama that’ll inevitably come later.

This anime is listed at twenty-four episodes, so it’ll be interesting to see if these two will end up making some sweet music together, if you know what I mean. After Hibike! Euphonium, the last thing we need is more yuri bait, so while it’s probably unlikely that this goes as far as we’d like it to go, something along the lines of a female-focused Yuri!!! on Ice would be great. But even if Carole & Tuesday doesn’t end up being more than a romantic two-girl friendship, it looks like this anime might end up being one of the best shows of the season anyway.

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Anime Winter Season 2019: First Impressions

2019 winter anime season

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


Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019)
Studio: Madhouse • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological

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It’s a simple truth that there just aren’t enough good horror anime out there, and once I saw that Madhouse was behind this one, my expectations for it suddenly shot up. The first two episodes seemingly came out concurrently, but this slightly larger sample size hasn’t done anything to dash my hopes that it could turn out to be pretty good.

Even though it’s listed among the genres, this seems a lot more psychological than I anticipated, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. There hasn’t been much in the way of action, yet the story seems to be slowly coming together, and it’s definitely moving in an intriguing direction. So far, there’s been shapeshifting, a mysterious drug, and cannibalism, so needless to say, this has been pretty dark stuff. We haven’t seen a ton of Boogiepop thus far, but they’re definitely an interesting character, and I’m looking forward to seeing what role she really plays in all of this.

From what I read, this anime is the first anime adaptation of the light novels starting from the very beginning, so there’s no need to have watched previous Boogiepop anime in order to understand what is going on here. It’s grim, and I expect things to only get darker and more violent, but I think the show’s off to a promising start, and for all the crappy horror anime that’s come our way in recent years, this one might end up being a winner.

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Anime Fall Season 2018: First Impressions

2018 fall anime season first impressions

 

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2018 fall anime season that just started~


Bloom Into You
Studio: TROYCA • Genre: School, Yuri

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And the second big yuri title hits the screen and the yuri community is going crazy. For good reason though! What we’ve seen so far is some solid animation, some top notch voice acting and an adaptation following its source material so strictly that I just can’t see how this could possibly go wrong. If you wanna read my full first impression, I listed all of my thoughts right in this post.

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First Impression: Bloom Into You

Let’s start off this post by just saying the following: I wasn’t surprised.

The previews looked promising, the voice actresses they went with seemed pretty damn fitting, and the manga itself is already one of the best ones out there. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, they could have delivered some low-quality animation, given that many if not most yuri shows usually don’t have the budget to come with anything more than what we consider to be just “okay” visuals. But in this case, from what we’ve seen so far, that’s not quite it. Well, they didn’t deliver anything outstanding, but something solid, like what the previews promised us. In fact, I’m very pleased not only with the animation quality, but with the character design as well. They really made sure that the art style presented in the manga would shine through even in the anime, and I seriously love that.

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Anime Summer Season 2018: First Impressions

2018 summer anime first impressions

 

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

And since the third season of Shingeki no Kyojin is premiering later than the rest of the shows on this list, our first impressions of that will be added in later.


Happy Sugar Life
Studio: Ezo’la • Genre: Drama, Horror

happy sugar life anime
So what do we have here? Yuri title of the season? Check. Super cute characters? Check. Disturbing story? Check.

Wait, what?! So the ones who already read the manga knew what was coming. For others, it might have been a huge shock. I usually love shows with some shock value. Ones that lead you into believing they are something different and then just hit you with what they truly are, like Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, or in one way or another, Asobi Asobase, too. Now add in some yuri and it should be the perfect combination, right? But somehow, it’s not quite.

As much as I love this type of show as well as age gap, and, of course, yuri, I guess the age difference here might be a bit too big or rather, one of them is simply too young for me to actually get into this and find it okay. On the other hand, from only having watched the first episode and having read about three chapters of the manga, the love shared here might be a little more on the sisterly side, but do correct me if I’m wrong.

All in all, I am surprised of how well the adaptation turned out so far. I might not be the biggest fan of the story, and I might as well not really be there for the yuri in this one, but I’ll definitely stick around to see where the story goes from here.


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