First Impressions: Little Witch Academia

little-witch-academiaI’ve been a fan of Studio Trigger ever since Inferno Cop and I’ve watched everything they have made since then. Kill La Kill was super cool, but I was even more excited about Little Witch Academia ever since the first OVA came out some time ago. Now the show has finally begun airing and I am really impressed with the first episode right out the gate!

While it is certainly different from their previous shows, it still retains the Studio Trigger style so to speak with simple yet recognizable characters and a very playful and sometimes goofy animation style. The whole show is just overflowing with style and confidence!

The story follows Kagari Atsuko who has wanted to be a witch ever since she was six years old when she watched a show by the renowned Shiny Chariot. Years later she has enrolled into Luna Nova Magical Academy, hoping to one day be as mesmerizing as her idol. But let’s just say that the first day of school does not go quite as planned when adventure and funny hijinks ensues.

I would definitely say that the first episode of Little Witch Academia started out on the right foot and really made me want to watch more right now. Sadly I needed to wait a week since the show has just begun airing. But that is totally worth it when the show seems to be this good. Go watch it right now!

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First Impressions: Urara Meirochou

urara-animeSo at what level does cuteness become dangerous for your physical and mental health? Can you die from too much cuteness? These are two of the questions I kept asking myself after watching the first episode of Urara Meirochou. Because I would follow this show on cuteness alone, but it is actually really funny as well.

We get to follow Chiya, who was raised in the mountains and comes to the town of Meiro-Machi with a purpose. But with her being from out of town, she soon runs into trouble with the local authorities in a huge misunderstanding. But she escapes and literally runs into a girl named Kon, Koume who loves all things western and the very shy Nono. It turns out that they are all there to become apprentices under the same fortune-teller.

This show is made by J.C.Staff who you might know from such anime as Toradora, Shakugan No Shana or Golden Time to name a few. So what do these three shows have in common? They are all very colorful, well animated and enjoyable to look at, which is a really good way of convincing me to watch something and Urara Meirochou does not disappoint in this department at all.

Oh yeah, there are also yuri vibes all over this show. There is even a declaration of love already in a scene with the captain of the city guard and her two subordinates. All of this makes me very happy and excited! The same scene also had the strangest words of affection I have heard in a long time, those being: “Please let me take your cold”.

If you haven’t figured out it by now, I am very excited and happy to watch this show! Hopefully it will be able to keep up with the high bar that it has set with it first episode. Not that I am that worried about that to be honest!

First Impressions: Masamune-Kun No Revenge

masamune-kun-no-revengeThere is honestly not much to say about this first episode to be honest. I just found it generic (Even more generic than Akiba’s Trip), mean-spirited and just plain bad. The story follows Makabe Masamune who used to be overweight as a child and because of that he got turned down by his childhood love Adagaki Aki. Flash forward many years and Makabe has improved himself and is now a good looking high school student and when he encounters Adagaki Aki again, he is prepared to exact his revenge by making her fall in love with her and then finally dumping her.

This is one really petty premise if you ask me and the views on body image are not any better. The first thing they state is that if you are not fit and good looking you are a nobody in this world. Sure, the main character will probably learn some kind of lesson which makes him change his views and ways, but I am not planning to stick around to see that happen.

I was not expecting much going in and it seems that I was right in doing so. At the end of the day most harem anime go along the same story track anyway, so there is not much to be surprised by. So I am going to give this one a pass!

Yuri Manga: Collectors

collectors-coverRecently I’ve been really into reading yuri manga with adult characters. Not that there is anything wrong with the high school or any other setting. It’s just nice to some times read something with characters who are further along in life and a relationship. That is where Collectors by Nishi Uko hits the sweet spot for me. The manga follows Nitou Shinobu and Tanazaki Takako, two women who are both avid collectors and who are already in a long standing relationship.

What it comes down to is a romantic slice of life story covering the day to day life of these two women and their friends. It’s actually really sweet and has this more realistic style, which is kind of refreshing from the usual cute anime style (Not that there is anything wrong with that). The manga is written a yonkoma format, with each part telling a short story. But all of the parts in each chapter are somewhat tied to each other.

I would also like to quickly touch on the art. It has these really light pen strokes, making it feel really nice and easy on the eyes. The art is as I mentioned above more realistic, but still not super detailed, making it really easy to remember and recognize characters just from their silhouette.

Speaking of really memorable characters, I’ve got to say that I really like Shinobu. Mostly because she kind of reminds me of myself in some way. She’s outspoken and honest almost to a fault and has a tendency to get snowed in on the things she enjoys, being able to spend hours doing just that one thing and still having fun. Which are quirks that I can really relate to.

collectors-snuggleAt the end of the day I would really recommend reading Collectors if you feel like reading something with two character who are already in a relationship. Because it is way to common in my opinion for manga and anime to lead up to the big kiss or the confession and then end. I think that life after getting together is more interesting than the road leading up to it. But that is just my opinion, so please tell me if you agree or have another opinion in the comments.