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Monthly Impressions – April 2015

Spring is finally here and I’m so delighted that the weather has warmed up ~ I love the spring season because not only is it one of my most anticipated seasons, but the workload is generally lighter so I have more time to indulge in my hobbies. Admittedly, this season features a ton of sequels and for good reason – it just shows what a hit the original anime was. For all the new adaptations this season, there’s a lot of potential out there that I urge you to give it a shot. There’s nothing to lose by giving the first few episodes a chance and I hope our impressions below will help you decide what is and is not right for you. As always, your opinions are welcome too!

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May 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm Comments (50)

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo – 01

「アイツになってんじゃねーかぁぁッ!」 (Aitsu ni nattenja nee ka!)
“I’ve Turned Into Her”

Yamada-kun has arrived, and what a first episode it was. You can expect kisses, body-swapping, and fantastic comedic timing.

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April 13, 2015 at 5:44 am Comments (56)

Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki – 01

「葛藤」 (Katto)
“Conflict”

Rejoice, humanity! For the Knights of Sidonia have returned to protect us from the alien scourge that foul our universe.

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April 12, 2015 at 9:46 am Comments (37)

Etotama – 01

「猫娘揚々」 (Nekomusume Yōyō)
“The Exuberant Cat Girl”

The growth of 3DCGI in anime is a heated topic in discussions. Etotama consequently makes for a good opportunity to discuss these points.

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April 12, 2015 at 2:32 am Comments (16)

Nisekoi: – 01

「コレカラ/キヅイテ」 (Korekara / Kidzuite)
“From Now On / Please Notice”

Nisekoi is back, and this time its sticking to the ‘Girl of the Week’ format.

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April 11, 2015 at 11:09 am Comments (22)

Punch Line – 01

「パンツパニック」 (Pantsupanikku)
“Panties Panic”

Goofy, ecchi, silly, quirky, and without a lick of sense in sight, Punch Line is either the triumphant return of old school GAINAX-style anime (of the FLCL vintage), or an incomprehensible mess. Or both.

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April 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm Comments (41)

Houkago no Pleiades – 01

「流星予報:雨時々流れ星」 (Ryuusei Yohou: Ame Tokidoki Nagareboshi)
“Meteor Shower Forecast: Rain with Occasional Shooting Stars”

For those of you that have been following RC for a while now (or just long-time viewers of anime in general), you’ll remember an ONA that aired years ago by the same name.

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April 10, 2015 at 10:03 am Comments (13)

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku – 01

「青春プレリュード」 (Seishun Pureryūdo)
“Youthful Prelude”

Mikagura School Suite is alternatively the story of a crazy girl enrolled at a boarding school for the superpowered, or the story of a crazy girl committed to an insane asylum. Either reading works.

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April 9, 2015 at 11:23 am Comments (35)

Ore Monogatari!! – 01

「俺のものがたり」 (Ore Monogatari)
“My Story”

No suspense here – I loved it.

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April 9, 2015 at 3:12 am Comments (63)

SHOW BY ROCK!! – 01

「Have a nice MUSIC!!」

From Sanrio, Bones and Studio GOONEY’s comes an anime about a young girl named Hijirikawa Cyan.

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April 8, 2015 at 9:04 am Comments (25)

Kyoukai no RINNE – 01

「謎のクラスメート」 (Nazo no Kurasumeto )
“The Mysterious Classmate”

Better late than never, Kyoukai no RINNE finally hits our screens, and even if it wasn’t extraordinary, it was pretty solid first episode.

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April 8, 2015 at 7:08 am Comments (17)

Hibike! Euphonium – 01

「ようこそハイスクール」 (Youkoso Hai Sukuuru)
“Welcome, High School”

Before you say it, no, Hibike! Euphonium is not the second coming of K-On! This is a novel adaptation filled with music, drama, and a dash of slice-of-life, seen through the eyes of a main character that feels very real. If anything, this first episode was more like Hyouka than anything else KyoAni has produced.

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April 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm Comments (93)

Arslan Senki – 01

「エクバターナの栄華」 (Ekubataana no Eiga)
“Glory of Ecbatana”

Arslan Senki is fantasy in the old style, with princes and kingdoms, invasions and politics, slavery and crusades, and battles involving tens of thousands. The first episode goes to great lengths to show us exactly who Prince Arslan is, and it does it well.

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April 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm Comments (101)

High School DxD BorN – 01

「夏休み、冥界へGO!」 (Natsuyasumi, Meikai e GO!)
“Summer in Hell”

A naked pillow fight over Issei set to devilish music. High School DxD is baaaack!

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April 6, 2015 at 11:53 am Comments (102)

Kekkai Sensen – 01

「魔封街結社」 (Ma-fuu gai kessha)
“Mafuu District Association”

That was one fascinating mess.

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April 6, 2015 at 5:34 am Comments (30)

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