• First Impressions: Girls’ Last Tour (Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou)

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    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Chito and Yuuri feel fine. Sure, they have to constantly scavenge for food and other necessities, but no one else is around to bother them, so they can explore the world in relative safety. As they make their way through a world destroyed by war, they find little joys in everything from nighttime stars to shooting guns to eating whatever food they find (Yuuri in particular loves her food). As they contemplate the nature of the world before the apocalypse, they live day by day with each other’s companionship as the one constant in their lives. There’s a unique type of slice-of-life story that eschews the usually pleasant...
  • First Impressions: Land of the Lustrous

    In the far-off future, humanity as we know it has ceased to exist, and in their stead, 28 crystalline lifeforms known as the Lustrous have now inhabited the earth. The Lustrous frequently face the threat of the Lunarians, and must fight against them to prevent themselves from being kidnapped to the moon to be used as jewelry and decorations. The series puts the spotlight on Phosphophyllite, a young, vain gem who, due to a clumsy nature and incredibly fragile body, has been relegated to the job of creating a natural encyclopedia rather than the desired task of fighting the Lunarians. I’ve had some interest for the series from back when the anime was announced, so imagine my pleasant surprise...
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Episode 1: Even If It’s An Unreachable Star

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    The second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! has begun, so time to return to my weekly episodic blogs on the show! For those that have not seen the first season or my coverage on it, you can catch up on either Crunchyroll (subbed) or Funimation (sub and dub), and read my earlier posts by searching for “love live sunshine” on this blog. When we last left off, our fledgling school idol group Aqours has just finished performing at the preliminaries for the titular Love Live school idol competition. As we find out in the first episode of the new season, they did not make it to nationals, but they had increased the number of applicants to their school to...
  • First Impressions: Tsukipro The Animation

    I have a weakness for music anime. I also like my anime characters to look something like real human beings, and to act like them as well. The intersection between these two geographical regions is pretty close to zero. Being an instrumentalist myself, one of the main things I’m craving is a show with decent animation of musicians playing their instruments. Kin’iro no Corda was largely not that — while it did sometimes have some pretty good violin-playing animations, the artists clearly never bothered so much as to look at a flute or a clarinet before trying to draw them, and its script was pretty awful besides. The ill-fated Kaikan Phrase was certainly not that, much as I loved its story...
  • The Ancient Magus Bride, Episode 1: Reaching for Your Soul

    The opening minutes of The Ancient Magus Bride‘s first episode are compelling. A young woman named Chise has apparently given up on life and decided to sell herself to the highest bidder. She’s paraded in front of creatures that are not human, a number of whom excitedly begin bidding for her. It’s a bit creepy – men’s voices offer millions of pounds to own her and apparently do what they wish with this shackled girl. Chise has given up on herself; she is literally putting herself into enslavement. The idea that anyone would purposely throw themselves into that situation, especially with the danger and torment that is likely to come along with it, sounds ridiculous. But Chise has has...
  • First Impression: The Ancient Magus Bride

    Without hope and deciding to abandon her life, Chise instead contracts herself to a supernatural auction house, letting the highest bidder enslave her for whatever use they desire. An intimidating figure makes an unsurpassable bid, but despite the figure he carves, including a head resembling a horned beast’s skull, he surprises Chise by proving to be a mage, and doubly so when he tells her that she is to be his apprentice, the first of several kindnesses that has Chise questioning how she values herself. I’ve heard the hoopla around The Ancient Magus Bride, but I’m not familiar with the manga nor have I watched the OVA’s. Still, I was excited to see what the fuss was about, and...
  • Kino no Tabi ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 1: Perception and Morality

    Episode one of Kino’s Journey began with a bang – literally, ending with gunfight, and more importantly in the way we’ve come to expect from Kino on Tabi with philosophical questions. I may end up blogging this series episodically, and if I do, I intend to take a format that fits with the spirit of the show, ending by asking you a question associated with that episode. Kino enters a country where the rule is that killing is not prohibited. On the way, she meets a man headed to the same county because he wants to be a in place where he can kill freely. Kino, of course, is more peaceable, using violence only when needed, and she discovers...
  • First Impression: Kino no Tabi ~ The Beautiful World ~

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    Kino is a traveler, journeying from country to country with weapons at her side and aboard a talking motorcycle named Hermes, who is her only companion. Spending three days in each country she visits, Kino learns the specifics of that nation and its people before moving on to another as she absorbs the differences between countries and, usually, negative aspects of their cultures. The first visit in this rebooted series finds Kino traveling into a country that allows killing for any reason. Expecting a dangerous situation, Kino and Hermes encounter something unexpected, in more ways than one. I’m so glad that the new Kino no Tabi is here! I loved the original series – though I admittedly don’t remember...
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