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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Getter Robo Arc

Streaming: HIDIVE Episodes: 13 Source: Manga Episode Summary: 19 years ago, a disaster destroyed cities and infrastructure all over the world. Now people struggle to afford food and…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Duke of Death and His Maid

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: The duke of a certain villa is cursed such that anything he touches dies in his hands. Yet his flirtatious…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Re-Main

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summary: Half a year ago, Minato was on top of the world. He and his middle school water polo team were…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Kazuya’s grandfather implores him to start a family so that he won’t be alone in life, but once his…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Kageki Shojo!!

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Manga Episode Summary: The Kouka Revue was created in the Taisho era, and featured unmarried actresses in all theatrical roles. The otokoyaku (male…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Girlfriend, Girlfriend

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: After years of knowing each other, Naoya asks his childhood friend Saki to go out with him. Their relationship is…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Case Study of Vanitas

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: TBA (a second cour has already been announced) Source: Manga Episode Summary: The vampire Vanitas was born under the inauspicious sign of the blue moon,…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Remake Our Life!

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Please note – the first episode of this series is an hour-long special. I will endeavor to keep the…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Scarlet Nexus

Streaming: Funimation (the version I watched was the premiere version posted early on their YouTube channel, and includes a message from the Oral Cigarettes, the band who sings…

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Odd Taxi Episode 13 – Truth

Well, friends, we made it. This journey is nearing its end. I’m both happy to be here with the final episode of Odd Taxi in hand, and incredibly…

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Summer 2021 – A Brief Top Five

Earlier this week my partner and I sat down to watch the Anime News Network’s Summer anime trailer watch party, which is something they’ve put together just prior…

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Odd Taxi Episode 12 – Regret

This past Sunday was Father’s Day in the United States. I love my own father and called to wish him a good day. But I still have trouble…

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Odd Taxi Episode 11 – Envy

Thursday was the first Summer session meeting of the anime club I attend, and boy was I thankful for the opportunity to revisit some great anime that I’ve…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Sonny Boy

Streaming: Funimation (the version I watched was a limited-time free preview on their YouTube channel; the “real” release date is July 21st) Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summar…

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Odd Taxi Episode 10 – Stalking

Whew, it’s been incredibly hot lately here in Minneapolis. Today’s considered a bit of a reprieve because it’s only getting into the upper 80’s Fahrenheit (around 32 Celsius…

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It’s a Point of Pride

I’ve always had a weird relationship with sexuality. Now that I’ve gotten your attention, I’ll rewind a bit to say that while I don’t typically make a huge…

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Odd Taxi Episode 9 – Loose Ends

Well, I’m pretty proud of myself; while you’ll be reading this at a later date, as of right now it’s Wednesday, June 2nd and I’m caught up with…

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Odd Taxi Episode 8 – Perception

My sibling-in-law and their husband are big film buffs who we’re always trying to get to watch anime. Sometimes it seems as though my husband and I belong…

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Odd Taxi Episode 7 – Masks

I took a couple of days off this past week in an attempt to regain some sanity after a particularly stressful month or so at work. I can…

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Retro Review – Birdy the Mighty: Decode

I may have mentioned this here in the past, but I’ll say it again for the benefit of people who haven’t had a chance to read my FAQ…

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Odd Taxi Episode 6 – Deterioration

This weekend was the first time in quite a while that I spent any amount of time out in public simply for the purposes of having fun. I’m…

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Spring 2021 – A Couple of Sequels

Though I’ve attempted to branch out over the years in terms of what I write about here, I think I’m still somewhat known for my first episode/premiere reviews…

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Odd Taxi Episode 5 – Never Enough Money

Originally my goal with these posts was to catch up to the broadcast of this series, but I’m under the impression that I might not be capable of…

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To Love and Be Loved – Ash’s Legacy in “Banana Fish”

Note: This post contains spoilers through the very end of Banana Fish. I suspect it’s common to go through periods of questioning one’s value to the world. At…

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A Fashion By Any Other Name

Content Warning: Discussion of various beauty standards. When I meet people for the first time and they ask me about my hobbies, I’m pretty free with information related…

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Odd Taxi Episode 4 – Emptiness

Now that I’m pretty much done with the rush of reviews, my husband and I have been watching some of the shows he was interested in. I usually…

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Taking a Break

Hi everyone! I know the title of this post might seem a little bit ominous, but please don’t take it that way. If you’ve been a frequent reader…

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The Way of the Househusband – What Makes an Anime?

I tend to have issues remembering when Netflix releases their anime. I’m so used to the quarterly seasonal framework and the week-by-week single episode release schedule that most…

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Odd Taxi Episode 3 – Bubbling Below the Surface

Hello, friends. It’s time once again to check in with our animal(?) friends (more on that beneath the cut) with episode 3 of Odd Taxi. This episode seems…

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Horimiya – Snapshots of a Relationship

What’s important in a relationship? I think most people would answer something like “communication” or “shared interests,” and I think we can all agree that those are at…

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Odd Taxi Episode 2 – Musings on Luck in Its Various forms

So, I typically don’t write episode reviews of series as they’re airing. I’ve tried to do it a few times over the years and always encountered issues (such…

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Spring 2021 – Premiere List

Well, friends, it’s been a long journey but here we are, having taken a peek at all of this series fresh premieres. Included below are links to all…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Story Summary: Kiyo and Sumire traveled to Kyoto after middle school to train as maiko, but Kiyo’s clumsiness meant that she wasn’t…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Story Summary: The evil organization Kisaragi has nearly fulfilled their goal of taking over the Earth, so they’ve set their sights…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Super Cub

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Story Summary: Koguma lives alone and doesn’t have much money or any friends. Her hours pass by wordlessly as she spends…

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If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Of course we all know how that adage ends – “…then don’t say anything at all.” But that’s difficult to do when you’ve started to make a habit…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Cestvs: The Roman Fighter

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga Story Summary: As young Emperor Nero ascends the throne, a young boy named Cestvs is enslaved and brought to Rome to enter…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Osamake: Romcom Where the Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Story Summary: Haru has fallen in love with the beautiful, talented, and smart Kachi-san. He’s even managed to develop a sort…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – To Your Eternity

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 20 Source: Manga Story Summary: Once there was an orb, sent to Earth, that transformed based on its connection to and stimulation by other entities.…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – I’ve Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level

A truly just God. Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Story Summary: Azusa is a 27-year-old office worker who keels over and dies one day from overwork.…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Story Summary: Naoto’s only refuge is the peacefulness of the school library, but one afternoon he finds it populated by a group…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – 86

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 11 (a second cour has already been announced, however) Source: Light Novel Story Summary: The Republic of San Magnolia has been embroiled in war with…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Battle Athletes Victory RESTART!

Camaraderie in action. Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Story Summary: When Kanata was young, she witnessed the crash of a spaceship near her rural home. Thrown from…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Shadows House

Kate and Emilico are like mirror images. Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Manga Story Summary: High atop a hill in a mansion lives a noble family of Shadows.…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Pretty Boy Detective Club

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: TBA Source: Light Novel Story Summary: It’s all fun and games until you enter your second year of middle school, or so goes the deal…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Tokyo Revengers

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga Story Summary: Takemichi feels as though his life peaked in middle school. In those days he was a member of a gang,…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – The World Ends With You

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Video Game Story Summary: Neku wakes up disoriented in the middle of the Shibuya scramble crossing, only to quickly discover that no one…

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Goodbye, Osamu Kobayashi

This past weekend I learned of the death of animator and director Osamu Kobayashi from kidney cancer at the young age of 57. It’s uncommon that I follow…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Blue Reflection Ray

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 24 Source: Game Story Summary: Ruka is a quiet girl with a longing to connect with others but an inability to do so effectively. She…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Story Summary: Sei is an overworked office employee who, after being made to stay late yet again, returns home under dark…

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