For me, finding new series to watch in Spring 2017 was more difficult than usual, thanks to my list of rules that I’d decided to follow. But it was a challenge that I was more than happy to accept, and even if I wouldn’t have usually chosen a few of the anime I’ve watched, it’s definitely given me a break from the countless high school series out there.
To check out my first impression of each series, click the links in the titles.
A mysterious girl named Sana has escaped from a top-secret research facility. With her captors in hot pursuit, she runs away to Shinjuku, where she comes across an old man named Kashimura Zouroku. Zouroku has a bad temper and a distaste for trouble, so when Sana starts talking about ‘wishes’ and ‘deals’ he immediately decides to stay out of it.
But he isn’t given a choice.
He and Sana are attacked by other children from the facility, which leads to Zouroku being taken into police custody for questioning. The whole incident is covered up to hide the existence of magic, and despite his initial reluctance he decides to give the girl a temporary place to stay. Although, the danger isn’t over yet…
Kousei hasn’t played the piano in two years. A musical prodigy from a young age after being put through hell by his late mother, he finds himself unable to play following her death. His childhood friend, Tsubaki, tries to coax him back into the world of classical music, saying that his part-time job as a karaoke transcriber is a sign that he still loves music. He stubbornly refuses, declaring that he was turning his back on his piano-playing days. That is, of course, until Kaori Miyazono enters his life and changes everything.
Taking Puella Magi Madoka Magica at face value, it seems like a light, fluffy, pseudo-action anime following the lives of five young magical girls. But this macabre deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre, all wrapped up in a pretty pastel bow, is so much more than meets the eye.
Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki unwittingly find themselves drawn into the fantastical world of magical girls and witch hunts, where a creature named Kyubey offers to grants them powers – all they have to do is make a wish. Continue reading
“This day sucks! Just my luck, on the one day I happen to go outside for the first time in two years, I end up a terrorist hostage!”
Shintaro Kisaragi, age 18, hasn’t left the house in two years. He is one of many hikikomori in Japan, a young unemployed man under self-imposed house arrest. However, when the AI living in his computer accidentally causes him to break his keyboard during the Obon festival, he is forced to go outside to buy one. Unfortunately for him, this is the one day that a terrorist group takes the entire shopping centre hostage, including two strangers who change his life forever. They invite him to join the Mekakushi-Dan, or ‘Blindfold Gang’, a group of people with superhuman abilities. Continue reading