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Anime Fusion 2021

Hi folks, apologies for the lack of episode 1 review today (and most likely tomorrow as well). I spent most of the weekend with family members who were…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – The Vampire Dies in no Time

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Ronaldo is the world’s premiere vampire hunter, so when he catches wind of a potential vampire-related kidnapping involving D…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 25 Source: Original Episode Summary: It’s the year 2061. For years, Japan struggled under a declining birthrate and economy, which made it a ripe environment…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew it, My Life Had it Made

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Seiichi Hiiragi is the target of his class’s bullying, and when a literal god decides on a whim to…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – Takt op. Destiny

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Part of a multimedia project which includes a game. Episode Summary: One fateful day a black meteorite fell to Earth and unleashed the…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – Muteking the Dancing Hero

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Offshoot/remake of Tondemo Senshi Muteking Episode Summary: Muteki arrives in Neo San Francisco to live with his grandmother and doesn’t have a lot…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – Waccha PriMagi!

Streaming: HIDIVE Episodes: TBA Source: Related to PriPara, based on an arcade game series. Episode Summary: Matsuri is a huge fan of Jennifer, the previous PriMagi champion. She…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Mikado is a bookstore employee with a strange affliction – he has the power to see the dead, and he’s…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – Mieruko-chan

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Miko is a seemingly ordinary girl whose daily life would be familiar to most. She wakes up, goes to school,…

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Summer 2021 Premiere List

It’s only as I’m starting off Autumn season reviews that I’ve realized I never managed to put together a handy-dandy Summer compilation post. Since I’m hoping to go…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – Selection Project

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Multimedia project Episode Summary: Ever since she was young and bedridden in the hospital, Suzune Miyama has admired the Selection Project idol Akari…

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A Little Respite with “Poketoons”

Recently, I posted an essay that I’d been working on for a while. I don’t blame you if you missed it; it didn’t really get the traction that…

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Autumn 2021 First Impressions – The Heike Story

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 11 Source: Novel Episode Summary: Biwa witnesses the murder of her blind father at the hand of the powerful Heike clan, thus leaving her an…

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Playing in Another’s Sandbox – “Wonder Egg Priority” and Finding Personal Meaning in Messy Storytelling

As I sit here once again looking forward toward a new anime season (October is coming up faster than you think, friends), I find that more than anything…

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Infrastructure Run Rampant – Yokohama Station SF

This essay contains spoilers for the novel Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari In Minnesota there’s a saying – there are only two seasons: Winter and road construction.…

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Revisiting Shirobako – You Can’t Go Home Again

This essay contains spoilers for the Shirobako film. As crazy as things have been over the past several months, my husband and I are finally at the point…

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Blue Blazes and Attempting to Tame the Imposter

This essay contains spoilers for the Japanese live-action series Blue Blazes. I’d wager that most of you reading only know me for my writing here and perhaps from…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Fena: Pirate Princess

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Original Episode Summary: Fena Houtman drifted ashore on a certain island many years ago. Orphaned and alone, her prospects were limited. About to…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 11 Source: Manga Episode Summary: 800 years ago, humanity was at the brink of extinction. The humans pleaded with the heavens to save them, and…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Great Jahy Will Not be Defeated

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 20 Source: Manga Episode Summary: The Great Demon Jahy was once the demon lord’s second-in-command, but when a magical girl entered the demon realm and…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Battle Game in 5 Seconds

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga Episode Summary: Akira Shiroyanagi has become bored with life. He excels in both school and gaming to the point that he no…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory

Streaming: HIDIVE Episodes: 10 Source: Manga Episode Summary: After his family home was burned in a fire and his dad walked out on the family, rather than take…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Night Head 2041

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga (there have also been previous TV and anime adaptations) Episode Summary: In the year 2041, society has disavowed any depiction of the…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Aquatope on White Sand

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 24 Source: Original Episode Summary: As Fuuka packs her things and prepares to head back to her childhood home, she realizes that this has become…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Dungeon of Black Company

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Kinji Ninomiya has finally achieved his ultimate dream. After investing his allowance and making money day-trading, he’s made…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – D_Cide Traumerei the Animation

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Part of a multimedia project. Episode Summary: One of Ryuhei’s darkest childhood memories is witnessing the death of his brother under mysterious …

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Anime Club no Densetsu: A Tale of Enduring Respect

Note: This story involves mention of an Islamophobic comment in a group setting. Hello everyone, and welcome back to another long-overdue edition of my anime club storytelling series.…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Peach Boy Riverside

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Sally is a former princess whose longing for adventure saw her leave her quiet castle in the countryside in search…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Drug Store In Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Reiji Kirio was formerly a salaryman, but now he lives a quiet life as a pharmacist in a fantasy…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Makoto Misumi leads a decent life. He’s good at archery and his parents are pretty interesting people. But it’s…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Rio is an orphaned boy living in the slums, biding his time until he can find the means to…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Manga Episode Summary: Uramichi Omota is the host of a children’s program. But as an early 30-something whose talents as a gymnast somehow…

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The Fleeting Beauty of Youth and the Persistent Beauty of Youthfulness – Pretty Boy Detective Club

When I started high school, some friends of mine told me that our school building had a tunnel system that could be accessed from some of the classrooms.…

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Summer 2021 First Impressions – The Detective is Already Dead

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 (The first episode is double-length) Source: Light Novel Episode Summary: Note: The first episode is double-length. I will endeavor to keep the summary concise.…

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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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