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Seasonal First Impressions: Under Cover of Darkness, Enters NINJA KAMUI

Seasonal First Impressions is a column where I detail my thoughts, however brief or long, about a currently-airing anime’s first episode or so. There are a handful of interesting…

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: No, Seriously, What The Hell is Going on in ISHURA?

The isekai battle royale’s ups and downs have made it an uneven watching experience, to say the least.

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: METALLIC ROUGE and The Nightmare of Fabrication

After four episodes of political themes and robot-fighting action, Metallic Rouge decides to take things in a different, very strange direction.

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The Manga Shelf: So Long, CIPHER ACADEMY

The Manga Shelf is a column where I go over whatever I’ve been reading recently in the world of manga. Ongoing or complete, good or bad. These articles contain spoilers. Yes,…

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Seasonal First Impressions: WONDERFUL PRECURE is Doggone Great

With a largely character-driven and astonishingly charming first episode, the 21st Precure season gets off to a wonderful start.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Breaking Down the Madness of BRAVE BANG BRAVERN!

Bizarre, ambitious, and fitting easily into no single genre, Bang Brave Bravern provides a seasonal highlight off of entertainment value alone.

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Let’s Watch DELICIOUS IN DUNGEON Episode 3 – “Living Armor”

In this, the third episode of “Dungeon Meshi,” the gang run into some animated suits of armor, but when their usual tactics fail, it’s clear that there’s something…

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(REVIEW) Feminism, Football, and FAREWELL, MY DEAR CRAMER: FIRST TOUCH

Farewell, My Dear Cramer: First Touch is a solid, emotionally satisfying soccer film about overcoming sexism in the sport, but does it fulfill its more ambitious goals or…

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Seasonal First Impressions: Mysteries on Mars in METALLIC ROUGE

The hotly anticipated action-yuri opens with a decidedly esoteric first episode, but will its obscure storytelling reel in viewers, or push them away?

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Seasonal First Impressions: SENGOKU YOUKO is Good, Thank God

The second Satoshi Mizukami manga to get an anime in two years thankfully fares much better than its older sibling The Lucifer & Biscuit Hammer.

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Seasonal First Impressions: The Puzzle of PON NO MICHI

Pon no Michi is a mahjong-themed slice of life comedy rife with light-hearted laughs, but you won’t find this anime on your local streaming service.

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The Shambolic Anime Podcast Presents – The Week in Isekai, Pt. 1 & 2

Today on the rarely-seen, super-casual Shambolic Anime Podcast, Julian M. and I talk about two very different isekai anime that have premiered in the past week; the absolutely…

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Seasonal First Impressions: Munch Squad for Monsters in DELICIOUS IN DUNGEON

In its first episode, Delicious in Dungeon whips up a hot dish of fantasy, comedy, adventure, and of course, cooking.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Dragons, Tigers, and Isekai in FLUFFY PARADISE

The year starts off in decidedly so-so fashion with this cotton-light “cozy” isekai.

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(REVIEW) The Miracle of Being: EARTH MAIDEN ARJUNA, Saving The Planet, and You

Spiritual, environmentally-conscious, and sometimes frustrating, this early aughts magical girl series is truly one of a kind.

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First Impressions: Hell is Other People in KAMIERABI GOD.APP

KamiErabi God.app is this season’s stylish and cynical entry into the storied death game genre, but does it have any real promise or is this one strictly for…

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New Manga First Impressions: Forging a Myth in KAGURABACHI

The swordplay and sorcery manga has picked up a half-jokey cult following with just one chapter published, but is there more to the story or is this just…

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: The Strange Transformation of LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE-ROOM HERO

“Level 1 Demon Lord & One-Room Hero”, a screwball fantasy comedy anime with a light novel-y title befitting its tone, has taken some odd turns over the first…

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The Shambolic Anime Podcast [7/17/23] – “Liar, Liar”

Today, on our inagural episode of this decidedly off-the-cuff, super-casual anime podcast, myself and Julian M. (of THEM Anime Reviews, previously also co-host of KeyFrames Forgotten and Revisiting…

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Seasonal First Impressions: The Apocalypse as Liberation – ZOM 100: BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD is the Season’s First Must-Watch

The best premiere of the year to date, Zom 100 explores the end of the world as a source of joy and liberation via the medium of high-energy…

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Seasonal First Impressions: Does REIGN OF THE SEVEN SPELLBLADES Pass the Entrance Exam?

Spellblades strikes me as incredibly basic from this first episode. But, given some developments in its final few minutes, there is a non-zero chance that it’s Doing Something…

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Seasonal First Impressions: THE GENE OF AI

Part medical procedural, part one man’s quest to clear his mother’s name.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Searching for the Real Monsters in UNDEAD MURDER FARCE

Undead Murder Farce’s first episode gives few clues as to what the show might become, but for now, it’s gothic and wonderfully theatrical. Maybe that’s all it needs…

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Anime Orbit: The Empathy of Invitation in Episode 3 of BANG DREAM! IT’S MYGO!!!!!

One of the year’s most remarkably successful exercises in compassion, BanG Dream! MyGO!!!!! invites you into the shoes of autistic singer Tomori.

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Seasonal First Impressions: The Radiant Magic of YOHANE THE PARAHELION -SUNSHINE IN THE MIRROR-

The third fantasy idol fusion anime in just four years gets off to a strong, brilliantly-produced start in this delightfully sunny premiere episode.

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The Manga Shelf: KINDERGARTEN WARS and The Struggle to be Loved

Today on The Manga Shelf, a new shonen title, the struggle to transcend your influences, and the root cause of it all.

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Cessation of Coverage for OSHI NO KO, Effective Immediately

Hello, friends. Sorry for the lack of communication recently. I want to keep this very short and to the point, since my intention is not to moralize at…

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: MAGICAL DESTROYERS is So Fucking Back

Sometimes a good show stops being good. And then, sometimes, it gets better again. Really, what else is there to say?

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Let’s Watch OSHI NO KO Episode 7 – “Buzz”

Akane wants to keep acting in spite of everything, and won’t quit Love Now despite her own mental health being in the gutter. In that situation, what can…

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: When Did MAGICAL DESTROYERS Stop Being Fun?

As it heads into its second half, the nerd-brained action series has run into a serious, major problem that can sink just about anything in its genre; it’s…

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Let’s Watch OSHI NO KO Episode 6 – “Egosurfing”

Let’s Watch is a weekly recap column where I follow an anime for the course of its entire runtime. Expect spoilers! Content Warning: The below article discusses self-harm and attempted…

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Let’s Watch OSHI NO KO Episode 4 – “Actors”

This week on Oshi no Ko; Aqua very literally plays the villain, while Ruby frets over her lack of experience in the entertainment industry.

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Let’s Watch OSHI NO KO: Episodes 2-3

Let’s Watch returns as we cover episodes 2 and 3 of Oshi no Ko: Ruby follows in her late mother’s footsteps as an idol. Meanwhile, Aqua lands his…

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: Another Date With DEAD MOUNT DEATH PLAY

Three weeks in, the isekai-not-an-isekai action fantasy anime from the Baccano! author remains fun and compelling.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Gotta Catch ‘Em All, All Over Again, in POKÉMON HORIZONS

It’s a whole new place with a brand new attitude; Pokemon Horizons begins with the story of Liko and her strong-willed Sprigatito.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Spring 2023 Stragglers

So many anime airing in a given season means I can’t possibly devote full columns to them all. Nonetheless, here are some short thoughts on a midnight slice-of-life,…

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Seasonal First Impressions: OSHI NO KO and The Dark Side of Fame

What would you do if you’d been born as a celebrity’s child?

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Seasonal First Impressions: Working 9 to 5 in a Field of Lilies in YURI IS MY JOB!

An overconfident young woman gets roped into working at a cafe’ themed after Class-S yuri stories. What could possibly go wrong?

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Seasonal First Impressions: Die, Die, and Isekai Again in DEAD MOUNT DEATH PLAY

Somewhere in a grim fantasy world, a heroic knight in shining armor confronts a dread necromancer to prevent the end of the world. But is that really all…

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