[FINAL IMPRESSION] Spring 2017 春

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.

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Life Update 4 (a.k.a. Things Are Changing)

First of all, I want to apologise for not posting anything for the last few weeks. I’ve had one unfinished post and two ideas sitting in the back of my brain with no set completion date and even if I have the motivation to write, I don’t necessarily have the time.

Second of all, I want to explain why. Over the last nine months, I’ve been trying to leave the job I have and start a career that actually uses the degrees I worked hard to earn.  And now, I’ve been successful…

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[REVIEW] Attack on Titan Season 2

Attack on Titan Season 2 is Spring 2017’s most eagerly anticipated series by miles, and quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated sequel in anime history. Four years, two live action movies, two spin-off series and a video game later, the franchise that took the world by storm in 2013 doesn’t look like it’s about to slow down.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] WorldEnd

Plot:

What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? In a world of airborne islands and anthropomorphised animals, a man named Willem Kmetsch lives on the outskirts of society. To avoid the island’s prejudice of ‘disfeatureds’ he keeps a low profile… until he saves a girl’s life. When promised a large sum of money, Willem reluctantly leaves the island and takes a military job to pay off his debt but it’s nothing like he imagined. He is given the role of caretaker for a weapons warehouse, but when he gets there, he doesn’t see any weapons. There’s only a group of young girls, and a couple of familiar faces.  It is revealed that the children are the weapons, and now it’s Willem’s job to look after them.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Alice and Zouroku アリスと蔵六

Plot:

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…

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Plot:

After a string of job rejections and only 980¥ in her bank account, Yoshino Koharu is desperate. She receives a call from an old business connection, promising a job in the country. But there’s one big problem… Yoshino doesn’t want to leave Tokyo. Reluctantly, she takes the job and travels to Manoyama to work with the tourism board and promote the town.  However, she has no idea what’s she’s getting herself into. She probably should have read the contract before signing, because what starts off as a short advertising gig ends up with Yoshino becoming Queen of her own independent kingdom.
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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Granblue Fantasy: The Animation

Plot:

Lyria and Katalina are on the run from the Erste Empire. When the airship they’re on explodes, Lyria falls, landing on the island of Zinkenstill. She is found by Gran, a brave but average boy who lives nearby. He swears to help Lyria, and they leave Gran’s village to reunite her with Katalina. Once they find her they run into trouble, so Gran impulsively sacrifices himself to protect his new allies. Then it’s Lyria’s turn to save him in return and she unleashes her magical power to bring him back to life.
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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Plot:

Many years after the Fourth Shinobi World War and Kaguya’s invasion, Konohagakure is at peace. The son of the Seventh Hokage, Boruto Uzumaki, is about to start his first day at the Ninja Academy.  He befriends a boy named Denki after using ninjutsu to defend him from a group of bullies. Denki’s father wants his son to learn ninjutsu in order to inherit the family business, but Denki is reserved and hates fighting. Boruto encourages him to stand up for himself, which leads to an argument between Denki and his father. He becomes possessed by evil, driven to prove that he is strong enough to lead the company without becoming a ninja.  It’s now up to Boruto to save the day.

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Spring 2017 Anime: Looking Ahead

With a new anime season fast approaching, I’ve decided that this time, I’m going to set myself a few rules.

I’ve recently hit my milestone of watching over 100 anime and looking at my list, I have a bit of a diversity problem. Sure, my taste ranges from Akira to YuruYuri, but I definitely tend to stick to what I know.

So I’ve proposed four rules to follow when choosing what to watch this season…

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