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Brief Update

Good morning, all (or good afternoon or evening, depending on where and when you’re catching up with anime blogs). I just wanted to provide a brief update on…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: In his former life, Leon was a typical Japanese adult who happened to have been blackmailed by his younger…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Healer Girl

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summary: Kana, Reimi, and Hibiki are three apprentice healers at the Karasuma Voice Treatment Center, which trains individuals in the ar…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – I’m Quitting Heroing

Streaming: HIDIVE Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Leo Demonheart was once hired to be humanity’s savior. Using his immense physical and magical ability, he and his…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Tomodachi Game

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Yuuichi and his four friends are inseparable in spite of their varying circumstances. Yuuichi doesn’t have much money to his…

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S1E1 Week-in-Review – April 17th, 2022

Hi everyone, welcome to another long-overdue week(+)-in-review. It’s been a while since I’ve had anything to include in one of these round-up. Last weekend when I’d normally be…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Fanfare of Adolescence

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 13 Source: Original Episode Summary: Yu Arimura is a member of a popular idol group, but after seeing horse racing for the first time he…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Love All Play

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Novel Episode Summary: Ryo is a middle school badminton player who idolizes one of Yokohama Minato high school’s aces, Kento Yusa. While he’…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Estab Life: Great Escape

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summary: Far in the future, Tokyo has been divided up into several isolated areas called “clusters” in which citizens spend …

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Ya Boy Kongming!

Streaming: HIDIVE Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: General Kongming, a brilliant military strategist during the time of the War of the Three Kingdoms, wished on his deathbed…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – The Executioner and Her Way of Life

Streaming: HIDIVE Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Menou is both a priestess and an executioner, tasked with protecting her world from the destruction wrought by outsiders…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Aharen-san wa Hakarenai

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga Episode Summary: Raido starts his high school career with one goal in mind – to make friends in spite of his somewhat…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Kotaro Lives Alone

Streaming: Netflix Episodes: 10 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Kotaro is a precocious four-year-old boy who moves into an apartment by himself. The landlords only seem concerned with whether…

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Spring 2022 First Impressions – Thermae Romae Novae

Streaming: Netflix Episodes: 11 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Lucius Modestus is the son and grandson of architects specializing in the design and construction of bathhouses. Because his father…

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Shiny New Anime – Anime Detour 2022

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Anime Detour this year. Below are panel materials for this year’s “Shiny New Anime” panel. There’s a presentation, a hand…

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Anime for Grown-Ups – Anime Detour 2022

Hi all, below are my panel materials for “Anime for Grown-Ups.” They include a PowerPoint Presentation with notes and links, and a hand out. Anime for Grown-Ups PowerPoint…

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Manga for Grown-Ups – Anime Detour 2022

Hi all. I hope those of you who attended “Manga for Grown-Ups” enjoyed the panel. Below are the panel materials (presentation with links and notes) as well as…

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Anime Detour 2022 – Panel and Event Schedule

Hi everyone! Long-time-no-see. I’ve briefly come out of pre-con hiding to share my Anime Detour schedule, in case any readers are attending and would like to say “hi”…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – The Orbital Children

Streaming: Netflix Episodes: 6 (irregular lengths) Source: Original Episode Summary: In a time where space, as everything else, has been filled to the brim with consumerism and advertisement,…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Shenmue the Animation

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 13 Source: Video Game Episode Summary: Ryo is an accomplished student and well-known as a martial artist. The training he received from his father allows…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – FreakAngels

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 9 Source: Webcomic Episode Summary: 6 years after the apocalypse, Britain’s citizens live out a hardscrabble existence amongst the rubble and ruin. While most…

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February 6th – February 19th, 2022 Week(s)-in-Review

Hi, Everyone! I’m back after some days of very little activity. I live in the upper Midwest USA, and we’ve hit that point in the year where it…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Delicious Party Pretty Cure

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA (but these series generally run for a full year or so) Source: Sequel of long-running franchise Episode Summary: Yui Nagomi is an active girl…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Salaryman’s Club

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summary: Mikoto Shiratori is a former high school badminton star whose doubles career was derailed after a traumatic incident during a…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Requiem of the Rose King

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 24 Source: Manga Episode Summary: The “War of the Roses,” so named because of the family crests of those involved, consumed the houses of Lancaster…

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January 30th – February 5th, 2022 Week-in-Review

Hi everyone, it’s that time again – time to wish that I’d written more over the past week. To be honest, I did have quite a bit of…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Tales of Luminaria: The Fateful Crossroad

Streaming: Funimation and Crunchyroll Episodes: 2 Source: Smartphone Game Episode Summary: The Empire has enjoyed the benefit of a device called the Piliar, which draws forth mana from…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Girls’ Frontline

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Game Episode Summary: After the horrors of World War III, Earth civilization is on the brink of collapse. Due to low population and…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Fantasia Sango: Realm of Legends

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Taiwanese RPG Episode Summary: As a nation finds itself on the decline at on the cusp of war, the people find themselves vulnerable…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Tokyo 24th Ward

Streaming: Funimation and Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summary: Note: episode 1 is double-length. Tokyo’s Far Eastern Special Administrative Region, also known as ward 24…

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January 23-29, 2022 Week-in-Review

Another week, another little bit of anime writing. I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get around to more episodes this week; I was hoping to get finished with…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: The Secret Society Agastia is one of several evil organizations operating throughout Japan. Many of the other groups have recently…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Police in a Pod

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Kawai is on the verge of quitting her job as a police officer. It was the only civil service position…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: In the world of Ark Earth Online, a group of mages, deemed the “9 Wise Men” distinguished themselves from…

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January 16-22, 2022 Week-in-Review

This past week was a very busy and productive week for me, here at the blog. I had a couple of days off, so I managed to plow…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – My Dress-Up Darling

Streaming: Funimation and Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Wakana Gojo lives with his grandfather, a craftsman who creates the Hina dolls used to celebrate the Hinamatsuri…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Gaius is a powerful sorcerer, but his power has reached the limits of what the crest on his hand…

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Winter 2022 – Schedule Change

Hi Friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying the onslaught of first impression reviews. I have been, too! So much so that if I don’t slow down a bit,…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

Streaming: Funimation and Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Komichi Akebi is looking forward to starting junior high school at her mother’s alma mater, in part because…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Cue!

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 24 Source: Game Episode Summary: AiRBLUE is a newly-established voice acting agency whose primary claim to fame is that it’s starting from the ground up…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Prince Wein has been handling the affairs of his small country in his sick Father’s absence. His ultimate goal…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Tachibana and Jinguuji have been friends since childhood, but couldn’t be more different. Jinguuji is tall, handsome, and go…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Sasaki and Miyano

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Miyano is a male fan of BL manga – a “fudanshi” in the parlance. This is something he generally keeps…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – In the Land of Leadale

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: A certain woman on life support loses her life when a blackout causes the power to fail. Yet she…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Tribe Nine

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Mixed media (also includes a smartphone game and webtoon) Episode Summary: In Neo Tokyo, battles between youth gangs steadily got out of hand…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Orient

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: The land of Hinomoto was a peaceful one, until the Oni arrived and began to rule over the human population.…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Love of Kill

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Chateau Dankworth is a young bounty hunter executing hits on behalf of a larger organization. One day while out on…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Slow Loop

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: When she’s stressed out Hiyori spends her days near the ocean, fly fishing like she learned from her late father.…

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January 9-15, 2022 Week-in-Review

Hi all, and happy Sunday (or whenever you happen to read this). I thought I’d try something new this season – weekly posts to gather in one place…

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Futsal Boys!!!!!

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Mixed Media Project (including a smartphone game and live-action matches). Episode Summary: Haru Yamato couldn’t have cared less about Futsal, until…

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