Spring 2018 First Impressions: Dances with the Dragons – Calamitous Song of Technobabble and Awkward Dialogue

Jushiki, a system for reproducing natural phenomena and paraphysical acts such as the creation of matter, allows humans to wield a power which they once feared as “magic.” Its mastery has brought advancements to all fields of life, while facilitating the extermination of the once-rampant “Dragons” and “Others.” Gaius and Gigina, two combat-type jushiki wielders, run an office in a chaotic frontier town called Eridana, and make a living using their art to solve problems and collect bounties. One day, a dragon-hunting job falls into their laps. But it’s just the start of a plot far deeper… (Synopsis courtesy of Crunchyroll, because spoilers I may not have given this show my full attention for some reason)

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Megalo Box – Akira Didn’t Have Enough Punching

Megalonia, a violent spectacle where entrants compete in boxing matches with the help of mechanical exoskeletons known as “Gear”, takes place in three months time. A young man known only by his ring name, Junk Dog, is struggling to make a name for himself in underground fights because his friend Gansaku Nanbu would rather make easy money by having him throw fights. Megalonia won’t change his situation, and without a name or an ID he can’t even compete. But a chance meeting with Yukiko Shirato, an important member of the Shirato Group who are in charge of Megalonia, and Megalo Box Champion Yuri set him on a different path. He wants to test his skills against a real champion. He wants to believe his faith is real.

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Tada Never Falls In Love – The Colour of Rainbow is Rainbow

Mitsuyoshi Tada encounters a strange young foreigner not just once, but several times, while on a quiet outing to take some photographs. The young woman, Teresa Wagner, is a massive fan of a historical drama called Rainbow Shogun, and bases all her knowledge of Japan on this one fictional show. After a few more chance encounters than is strictly reasonable, Tada brings her back to his grandfather’s coffee shop to keep her from getting into any more mischief until her travelling companion can come and pick her up. Not long after they finally part ways Tada discovers that she will actually be staying in the hotel next door for the foreseeable future. What are the odds? Life isn’t going to be peaceful for Tada for much longer…

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Comic Girls – Needs More Tanuki

Comic Girls follows a group of high school girls whose dream it is to create manga. Kaoruko “Kaos-chan” Moeta is the world’s most anxious teen and a hopeful 4-koma manga artist, Koizuka Koyume loves to draw shojo manga but can’t draw a handsome boy to save her life, Katsuki Tsubasa is publishing her intense shounen manga, and Irokawa Ruki who accidentally got into drawing ero manga due to her fixation on large-breasted women. Through befriending each other, the girls all learn something about a successful manga.

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Tokyo Ghoul: re – Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

Two years after the events of Tokyo Ghoul the city has become a safer place for humans, with many of the resident ghouls hiding in the shadows after their war with the CCG. However, Aogiri Tree is still at large, operating under the cover of night. A new team of doves called the “Quinx”, a group of hybrid ghouls, are formed to take care of messes the rest of the CCG cannot handle. Much to their squad leader Haise Sasaki’s chagrin, the group still has a lot to learn about teamwork. While on a hunt for a ghoul called Torso who has been murdering women around the city an S-class ghoul uses the opportunity to strike. Will Sasaki be able to protect his squad without giving into his previous self and the dark and terrible power that once consumed him?

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Winter 2018 Season Roundup: I Was Taken To A Place Further Than The Universe

I’ll be honest; the Winter season of anime is usually one of the least exciting ones, with a lot of the big names saving themselves for Spring/Autumn. However, there are always a few gems, and this season was no exception with some standout hits that I never would have expected. I wanted to take a moment to get some words on paper about what I watched, what surprised me and what my favourites were. To make it fair, I’ll be including shows from last season that have just ended, but not shows I’m watching now that won’t end until a later season.

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Kircheis

In the distant future, space is divided into three political entities: The Galactic Empire, the Free Planets Alliance, and the neutral Dominion of Fezzan. Reinhard von Lohengramm, a High Admiral in the Galactic Imperial Navy, uses ruthless tactics and aggressive strategies to fight back against Free Planets’ forces and outsmarts them at every turn. However, the FPA have their own tactical genius, Commodore Yang Wen-Li, and when he takes over the fight Reinhard finally finds himself a worthy opponent. As the war unfolds the two will clash in a way that will change the course of history.

(This review will contain some minor spoilers for the first couple of episodes of both Legend of the Galactic Heroes adaptations.)

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Real Girl – Looking Down On People Who Don’t Study Keeps My Spirit In Balance

Tsutsui Hikari is an unpopular otaku just trying to get through life. Iroha Igarashi is a cute girl from his year who is “gaudy, sleazy, and disliked by the other girls”. When the two show up late to school one day they are forced to clean the school pool as punishment, and this chance encounter brings the two together, their relationship changing each of them in ways they could never imagine.

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Spring 2018 First Impressions: Kakuriyo ~Bed & Breakfast for Spirits~ – Why Get Married When You Could Run A Diner?

Female college student Aoi has been able to see ayakashi for as long as she can remember. One day Aoi hands over her lunch box to a hungry oni, but in return he kidnaps her and spirits her away to the hidden realm. The oni has taken her to Tenjin-ya, the inn he runs, and is determined to make her his bride as copensation for her grandfather’s debt to him. Aoi refuses and gives him a counter offer: rather than marrying him, she will work off the debt at his inn instead.

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Manga Monday – New and Notable 26/03/18 – 01/04/18

It’s been a pretty interesting week as far as English-language manga releases are concerned. Laid Back Camp’s first volume is here a mere week after the final episode of the anime aired, and New Game! has finally made it over here too! On top of that, there’s more romance manga coming out than you can shake a stick at and some big light novel releases. Who has the time to read it all?

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