Winter Season 2018: First Impressions

The winter season is well underway, and most the new anime have finally premiered! Below is a list of the anime I’m watching this season (and some bad ones I just HAD to talk about) and my first impressions of each. This anime season has some great pinch hitters, and some- not so great additions to the anime universe.

Series Review: Girl’s Last Tour

Girl’s Last Tour is an exploration of life and how we view it. The use of simple art and animation add to the beauty of the show, especially when the animators let it breath. Girl’s Last Tour is really something to behold with a masterful execution of story, observation, life, and love wrapped in disarming cuteness. I seriously can’t suggest you watch this show enough.

Series Review: Just Because

Just Because is an average show in an overcrowded genre where being average causes you to fall to the wayside. While the character designs were cute, the animation, art, and story did nothing to persuade you to watch any further than episode one. Just Because would work far better as a manga or similar short than the current animated work.

Series Review: Blend-S

Blend S is cute, and you get what you came for: girls serving food, light romance, and situational comedy. It’s a lot of fun watching the girls parodying anime personality tropes, and the cafe life seems truly enjoyable. Blend S is very much the cutesy-popcorn watch of the season, with little (if any) issues with execution. Though the show itself occupies a niche section of anime culture, I do believe it can transfer well to all anime viewers given the chance.

Series Review: A Little Sister’s All You Need (Featuring a Bonus Almost Illiterate “In Defense of the Imouto Genre”)

A Little Sister’s All You Need is a fun, quick anime that helps you learn a little about light novelists, beer, and games. With a combined arsenal of comedy and drama, and a stellar grasp of interesting animation and infographics, this is a slice of life show for the record books. Watch it.

Series Review: UQ Holder

UQ Holder is little treat for those of you who have seen Negima!, and for people who haven’t seen Negima!, this show is a little too referential- especially toward the end of the of the season. The references and cameos in UQ Holder come at a detriment to the progress of the show, in fact, as it impedes any interesting development that could have made this am overall good anime. As it stands, UQ Holder manages to only be okay. If you are looking for a new series to love- just read the manga.

Series Review: Kino’s Journey – the Beautiful World

Having never seen the first Kino’s Journey and after hearing it’s praises for years, finally getting a chance to see a version of the story was quite the treat. That sounds weird, but you don’t need to watch the first season from 2003 to fall in love with this continuation. Kino’s Journey – the Beautiful World does a masterful job of introducing (or reintroducing) you back into Kino’s fascinating world of countries and adventure.