Charlotte(シャーロット)First Impression

Charlotte(シャーロット) Charlotte Key Image

Director: Yoshiyuki Asai, Script/Original Creator: Jun Maeda, Character Designer: Masahiro Fujii, Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji, Original Character Designer: Na-Ga, Music: Jun Maeda, Anant-Garde Eyes,

Voice Actors: Kouki Uchiyama (Yuu Otosaka), Momo Asakura (Ayumi Otosaka), Ayane Sakura (Nao Tomori), Maaya Uchida (Misa Nishimori, Yusa Nishimori), Takahiro Mizushima (Joujirou Takajou),
Studio: P.A. Works

Airing Date: July, 2015

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As far as I was concerned all the signs going into this anime were not positive. The creator of this is Jun Maeda, a man famous for creating visual novels and his work (writing and music) on anime shows like Air, Angel Beats, and Clannad. The style of these shows is moe and melodrama and that aesthetic and style is a massive turn-off for me. Also a turn-off is the generic concept of the show which is all about teens with super powers. Colour me surprised that three episodes in and Charlotte has turned out to be more amusing and different than I could have guessed…
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Prison School (監獄学園 プリズンスクール) First Impression

Prison School (監獄学園 プリズンスクール)   Prison School Key Image

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima, Series Composition/Scripts: Michiko Yokote, Original Creator: Akira Hiramoto, Character Designer: Junichiro Taniguchi, Music: Kotaro Nakagawa, Art Designer: Maki Morio,

Voice Actors: Hiroshi Kamiya (Kiyoshi), Kana Hanazawa (Hana), Daisuke Namikawa (Joe), Katsuyuki Konishi (Gakuto), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Andre), Kenichi Suzumura (Shingo), Sayaka Ohara (Mari), Shizuka Itou (Meiko), Chinami Hashimoto (Chiyo)

Studio: J.C. Staff

Airing Date: July 10th, 2015

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Ushio to Tora (うしおととら) First Impression

Ushio to Tora (うしおととらUshio to Tora Key Image

Director: Satoshi Nishimura, Series Composition: Kazuhiro Fujita, Toshiki Inoue Original Creator: Kazuhiro Fujita, Character Designer, Chief Animation Director: Tomoko Mori, Music: Eishi Segawa, Art Director: Tomoyuki Shimizu

Voice Actors:  Tasuku Hatanaka (Ushio Aotsuki), Rikiya Koyama (Tora), Mikako Komatsu (Asako Nakamura) Kiyono Yasuno (Mayuko Inoue), Ai Kayano (Omamori-sama), Keiji Fujiwara (Shigure Aotsuki), Kiyono Yasuno (Mayuko Inoue), Maaya Sakamoto (Sumako Aotsuki), Mamoru Miyano (Giryou),

Studio: MAPPA, Studio VOLN,

Airing Date: July 03rd, 2015

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Ushio to Tora Temple

The story begins at a Shinto temple run by a priest named Shigure Aotsuki (Keiji Fujiwara). He lives with his son, a middle-school student named Ushio (Tasuku Hatanaka). The two have your standard issue squabbling father-son relationship typically seen in shounen shows.
Ushio to Tora Father and Son

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Honey and Clover Brief First Impression of Episode One

So Honey and Clover…

What a pleasant surprise. I watched it as part of an anime challenge given to me by Beats Lars. In the first part I answered questions and I sent him some questions for him to answer and recommended he try the first ep of the anime [C] The Soul of Money and Possibility Control. Now I have to review the first episode of this anime. I had no expectations about this.

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Tokyo Ghoul First Impression

Tokyo Ghoul      Tokyo Ghoul Key Image 2

Staff 

Director: Shuhei Morita, Original Creator: Sui Ishida, Series Composition: Chuuji Mikasano, Character Designer: Kazuhiro Miwa, 

Voice Actors and Characters 

Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki, Kana Hanazawa as Rize Kamishiro, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Hideyoshi (Hide) Nagachika, Sora Amamiya as Touka Kirishima, Mamoru Miyano as Shuu Tsukiyama, Takahiro Sakurai as Uta, Sumire Morohoshi as Hinami Fueguchi, Takayuki Sugou as Yoshimura, 

Studio

Studio Pierrot

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Synopsis

Reports have it that “Ghouls” roam the streets of Tokyo and are devouring humans. Nobody has seen these things and lived until a bookish college student named Ken Kaneki encounters them. 

Tokyo Ghoul Ken Kaneki 2

We first meet him chilling at his favourite coffee shop with his friend Hide, he sneaks quick looks at a beautiful girl sat across from him and talks about his dream of winning a date with her. It seems that he is too shy to act. 

Tokyo Ghoul Ken and Hide in the Coffee Shop

Hide mocks his friend’s guileless and naïve love and tries hitting on the Tokyo Ghoul Rize in Kisatensilent waitress Touka but fails miserably and decides to fly the coop and leave Ken for the night. With Hide’s departure it seems that Ken’s luck takes a change as he attracts the attention of the girl. Ken discovers that her name is Rize and she is obsessed with the same writers that he is. He also discovers more, darker things about her as he hangs out with Rize and from that very moment he met her at the coffee shop his life takes a dark and ghoulish turn…

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No Matter How I Look at it, It’s Yous Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular First Impression

No Matter How I Look at it, It’s Yous Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular (Watashi gaIt's Not My Fault I'm Unpopular Anime Image Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!)      

Director: Shin Oonuma, Series Composition: Takao Yoshioka, Character Designer: Hideki Furukawa

Voice Actors: Izumi Kitta (Tomoko Kuroki), Kana Hanazawa (Yuu Naruse), Yuichi Nakamura (Tomoki Kuroki)

Studio: Silver Link

 It's Not My Fault I'm Not Popular Tomoko by Herself

Tomoko Kuroki has never been a popular girl and is quite lonely since she spends most of her time playing otome games (maiden games) where the female characters are the centre of attention and get a hot guy at the end. Although she’s brilliant at Otome games, those skills don’t translate into the real world with real guys. 

But she tries! With her entry into high school she dreams of becoming as popular as the protagonist of one of her games and developing a romantic connection with a boy. 

She aims to achieve her goal by becoming sociable by any means necessary but breaking out of her shell is proving harder to do than she thought. Merely talking to others leaves her in a state of panic and every time she is ignored or rebuffed she falls further into depression. Can she break the cycle of loneliness and negative thoughts and blossom?

Three episodes in and it’s looking very unlikely but I hope to God she can because this is making me upset.

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Danganronpa The Animation First Impression

Danganronpa The Animation (Danganronpa Kibo no Gakuen to Zetsubo no Danganronpa The Animation Image 3Kokosei The Animation)         

Director: Seiji Kishi, Series Composition:Makoto Uezu, Character Designer: Kazuaki Morita

Voice Actors: Chiwa Saito (Aoi), Yoko Hikasa (Kyoko), Megumi Ogata (Makoto), Takahiro Sakurai (Reon), Akira Ishida (Byakuya)

Studio: Lerche

Hope’s Peak Academy brings together the top students in fields like sports, fashion and art, being an overzealous hall monitor and an elite yankee.

The main protagonist is Makoto Naegi, a normal guy who was admitted to the school through a lottery. Standing at the gates he looks on in confidence. “My high school life starts now. The very first step I take is supposed to be full of hope…”

Sounds great but as soon as he steps through the door he is plunged into darkness. When he wakes up he is in a classroom with a camera monitoring him and steel plates on the walls with no exit in sight.

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“What’s with this room?” he wonders. Makoto is in the school but less as a student and more as a prisoner and he’s not alone as a group of fifteen other students are with him, each with a peculiar trait and ability that makes them elite.

Danganronpa Cast in Anime

As the students try and figure out just what is going on and why they are imprisoned in the school a twisted looking black-and-white bear appears. Amidst all of his incessant cackling and laughter he introduces itself, “I’m Monobear, the principal of this school…” He soon explains the rules:

The only way out is to kill another student without getting caught. After a murder, the remaining students must hold a trial and figure out the guilty party. If the students fail they die and the murderer walks to freedom!

This is getting a bit overwhelming for Makoto but he is not alone because he knows one of the girls. She is named Sayaka and she attended the same middle school as him. What’s her special ability? She is an idol singer. She decides to work alongside Makoto. With the fridge refilled daily and the students allowed their own rooms, they could theoretically live in the school forever unless they follow the rules.

As Monobear says, “It is not the strong or the smart who survive, but the ones who can bring about change.”

The only questions left are who will be the one to bring the change and how?

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The Sunday Without God (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi) First Impression

The Sunday Without God (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi)       Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Director: Yuuji Kumazawa, Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu,Character Designer: Shinichi Miyamae

Voice Actors: Aki Toyosaki (Ai), Daisuke Namikawa (Humpnie Humbert), Akeno Watanabe (Anna), Eiji Maruyama (Yuto) Eri Kitamura (Dee Enjy Stratmis) Rina Satou (Hana)

Studio: Madhouse

 It started 15 years ago when God forsook the world.

 “Heaven and hell are too crowded. It won’t be long before this world is too.”

Those were the last words heard from him and people stopped dying. The dead now walk the earth regardless of injuries even as their flesh rots. In order to save those people God sent one final miracle, Gravekeepers. Only burials by Gravekeeper grants permadeath.

 Cut to a European landscape that could be from Kino’s Journey. Green fields stretch into a mountain range, forests spring up intermittently and an aqueduct towers over a village which is where our protagonist lives. The place is beautiful but violence is about to tear everything apart as a mysterious stranger walks into the village and men grab rifles and prepare for a gun battle.

 Cut to a girl wiping her brow after digging graves. Her name is Ai and she is the lead character.

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She inherited the position from her mother Lady Alfa who died when was seven. On the day of the funeral, Ai discovered that as the last of her mother’s bloodline she must take over the role of village Gravekeeper.

 Ai is finished digging graves and heads back to town where she encounters the mysterious man from earlier. The two talk and Ai discovers that he is Humpnie Humbert a.k.a the Man-eating Toy. Humpny Humbert is the name of her father and she starts to follow him but when she gets to the town square she sees the scene of a massacre.

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Gatchaman Crowds First Impression

Gatchaman Crowds        Gatchaman Crowds Anime Image

Director: Kenji Nakamura , Series Composition/Scripts: Toshiya Ono, Animation Character Designer: Yuichi Takahashi

Voice Actors:  Maaya Uchida (Hajime Ichinose), Ryota Ohsaka (Sugune Tachibana), Daisuke Namikawa (Jo Hibiki),  Aya Hirano (Paiman), Ayumu Murase (Rui Ninomiya), O.D. (Daisue Hosomi), J.J. Robinsoun (Katsuji Mori), UTsu-Utsu (Kotori Koiwa)

Studio: Tatsunoko Productions

It is the year 2015 and the place is Tachikawa City, the “second metropolis” of the Tokyo area.

Gatchaman Crowds Tachikawa City

The city has a population of 180,000 people and rumour has it that amongst these people are beings known as “Gatchaman”. Nobody believes this because they have never been seen.

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