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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Smartphone Game Story Summary: The world was once saved from darkness by heroes chosen by the Goddess. Now that the land is once…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Let’s Make a Mug Too

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 (15 minutes apiece) Source: Tajimi City Promotional Manga Story Summary: After her father’s company goes bankrupt, Himeno moves in with her grandmother and…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Odd Taxi

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Original Story Summary: Odokawa is a curmudgeonly taxi driver whose sarcastic attitude is a point of minor fame among the people who’ve encountere…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Higehiro

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 13 Source: Light Novel Story Summary: Yoshida’s love-life is on the rocks after he’s rejected by a coworker. Drunk and unhappy, he stumbles home only…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Vivy – Fluorite Eye’s Song

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Original Story Summary: Each AI is imbued with a mission, and Diva’s (nicknamed Vivy by a fan) is to make people happy through…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – SSSS.Dynazenon

Just another quiet day… Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Original Story Summary: The world is peaceful on the whole, but in the lives of its inhabitants, there is…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Review

Good morning! There won’t be a new first episode review today (and likely not tomorrow either) because I’m helping to run and monitor an online event taking place…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Burning Kabaddi

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Story Summary: Tatsuya thought he’d left sports behind after middle school. Irritated by the cliquish-ness he encountered as a soccer player,…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Those Snow White Notes

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Story Summary: When Setsu’s grandfather and shamisen teacher passes away, Setsu loses his will to play the instrument. His feeling of emptine…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Original Story Summary: In this alternate history, it is the 64th year of the Meiji era. The Tokugawa Shogunate controls resources and technology,…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Koikimo

Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga Story Summary: Ryo Amakusa is an attractive businessman (and a known womanizer), but he finds most of the women around him to…

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Anime Detour Online 2021 – Panel Materials

Hi friends, both old and (potentially) new. If this post is visible then I have already completed presenting duties for Anime Detour Online – at least when it…

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Spring 2021 First Impressions – Mars Red

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 13 Source: Stage Production Story Summary: Major Maeda returns to Tokyo after several months and is assigned to the task of interpreting whether a captured…

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Anime Club no Densetsu: The Tale of the Buzzing Fansub Tape

People seemed to enjoy my previous reflection on my time in anime club, even though it became more a stealth examination of the complicated emotions that come from…

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The S1E1 Top 10 Anime of All-Time, no Take-Backs

Hi everyone! I thought today would be a great day to talk about some of the best anime ever made, because who doesn’t love learning about great anime?…

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Seasonal Previews and Why I’m Terrible at Them

Me, about a week ago: “Wait, crap, the new anime season is about to start!” I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months trying to…

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Anime Detour Online 2021 – Our Schedule

Hi folks. As some of you may have heard, we’ve been in the middle of a pandemic for a while (I know, it was a surprise to me…

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Anime Club no Densetsu: The Tale of the Moé Pioneer

I’ve attended an in-person anime club for quite a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned that these sort of group organizations have kind of…

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Winter 2021 Check-In, Week of 3/7/2021

Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve felt like writing something about what I’m watching and not about something more abstract (though I enjoy, in my own way, putting my…

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Maybe It’s Unreachable for Me: Inadequacy in “SK8 The Infinity”

Note: This post contains spoilers for recent episodes of SK8 The Infinity (episodes 7 and 8 specifically). It will come as a surprise to no one that much…

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Threads Reconnecting: A Discussion of Supergiant’s “Hades”

Note: This post contains thematic and story spoilers for Supergiant Games’ Hades. If you’re thinking about checking the game out, I highly suggest you do so! Then feel…

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Anime Fandom on Our Own Terms

I spend a lot of time on Twitter, mostly for the purposes of looking at cool art and memes and keeping up on anime news. It seems like…

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My Favorite Moments – Week of 1/31/2021

So, friends, we’ve gotten to that point in the anime season where real life starts to get in the way, and it becomes a bit easier to see…

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My Favorite Moments – Week of 1/24/2021

I thought I’d try something new this season since I’m attempting to keep on top of so many series. While I don’t have the time nor the energy…

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The Balancing Act of Being Critical: Part 2 – Yes, Sometimes it Does Hurt

This is the second entry in an informal series I’m writing about my approach to anime criticism. You can check out Part 1 here. Content Warnings: Discussion of…

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Winter 2021 – Anime Watch-List

I don’t talk about this in detail very often, but in the grand scheme of things I do watch quite a bit of anime as compared to at…

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Winter Simulcast Check-In, Week of 1/17/2021

Hi, all. This post should be significantly shorter than the previous check-in, mostly because I’m just cleaning up a few episodes of shows that hadn’t had second episodes…

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Winter Simulcast Check-in, Week of 1/10/2021

I thought I’d try something new this season, since I’m watching a lot of anime (by design; I’m seeing how much anime I can watch concurrently and whether…

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Winter 2021 Premiere List

Hi everyone! Here I’ve collected a list of all the premieres I wrote “first impression” reviews for. Just click on the link to read the review you’re interested…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for 1/11-1/13 2021

As I suspected, there are only a few premieres left (aside from a few shorts, but I like to give those a couple of weeks so I’m not…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for Sunday, January 10th, 2021

By the time this is posted, it’ll be Friday. This week has been a long one, mostly because I’ve been kind of sick, working from home with no…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for Saturday, January 9th, 2021

The first couple weeks of a new anime season sometimes feel like running a marathon – it’s a long haul task of watching new episodes, constructing coherent thoughts…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Friday, January 8th 2021 Part 2

It’s always a good day for anime, so I’m moving forward with the other couple of new episodes from last Friday. I’m pretty pleased with my progress thus…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for Friday, January 8th 2021

It’s amazing how much things can change in a short amount of time. Yesterday during the day I was all geared-up to come home and watch anime, but…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – EX-ARM

I didn’t really plan to do any single-episode posts this season for reasons that have been stated repeatedly by now. But I had a suspicion that I might…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for Thursday, January 7th, 2021

So far I’m really enjoying the more chill pacing of writing reviews this season. It’s not that there are fewer premieres, it’s more that I’m holding myself to…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for Wednesday, January 6th 2021

Well, as I’m writing this it’s definitely been an interesting couple of days in the United States. To be honest, it took a day or two to get…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – Premieres for Monday, January 4th 2021

Hello friends! So it seems the season has started in earnest now. I, for one, am excited to see whether anything I was excited about actually pans out.…

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Winter 2021 New Anime – The Early Bird Catches the Worm

You know, over the past year I’ve come to truly dislike the word “unprecedented,” because it’s been used time and time again to describe the utterly batshit state…

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Winter 2021 Anime – What I’m Looking Forward To

Some of you may not realize how good it feels to be writing “2021” in a post header; some of you probably know all too well the sense…

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Encountering Turbulence Atop a Witch’s Broom

This post contains spoilers for the anime series Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina. This series is available to Watch on Funimation’s streaming service in the US. Last…

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A State-of-the-Blog Post

Ahh, to be a cozy little mummy… thing. Hi Friends. With the end of the year coming up swiftly I wanted to do a little “state of the…

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The Balancing Act of Being Critical: Part 1 – Passions are Personal

Over the past couple of months I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I approach my writing and reviewing, and the things that go into…

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Happy Halloween!

“Hey Jessi, why did you basically stop updating your site over the past couple of weeks? I thought you were trying to keep up on first episode reviews?”…

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Autumn 2020 First Impressions – Jujutsu Kaisen

Don’t go eating fingers you picked up off the ground… Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 24 Source: Manga Summary: Yuuji is a high school student with an enviable amount of…

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Autumn 2020 First Impressions – Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You

Fly me to the moon… Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: TBA Source: Manga Summary: When Nasa Yuzaki was born, his parents named him something that reflected their aspirations and ideals…

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Autumn 2020 First Impressions – King’s Raid: Successors of the Will

The demons return after a century long slumber… Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 26 Source: Game Summary: A century ago, the Kingdom of Orvelia quelled a demon invasion. Since then,…

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Autumn 2020 First Impressions – Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Light Novel Summary: As a young girl, Elaina reads stories of a traveling witch’s adventures. She asks her parents if she can become…

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Autumn 2020 First Impressions – HypnosisMic: Division Rap Battle – Rhyme Anima

The spoken word is mightier than the sword. Streaming: Funimation Episodes: TBA Source: Mixed-media franchise Summary: After the devastation of World War III, the Party of Words takes…

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Autumn 2020 First Impressions – I’m Standing on a Million Lives

Can a loner learn to work as part of a team? Streaming: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 Source: Manga Summary: Yosuke Yotsuya is a bit of a loner. He lives…

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