ERASED / Boku dake ga Inai Machi #1 – Regrets, withdrawal and revival

Notabilities: Itou Tomohiko is an accomplished director with a wide range of series he’s had under his belt, primarily at A-1 Pictures and Madhouse. Occult Academy, Silver Spoon and Sword Art Online are his leading directorial statements, but he’s worked as a storyboard artist and episode director for a number of distinct shows, from Madoka Magica to Michiko to Hatchin and his Madhouse gigs on Death Note, Kurozuka (Araki Tetsurou shows) to Monster, Kobato, Kurozuka and more!

So, it’s fair to say we’re in good hands visually, but what about the writing? Well, I can’t speak to the quality of the mangaka, but he has a distinct focus on psychological thrillers, and this is his most recent, and appraised work, though unfortunately it’s an ongoing manga, so don’t hope too high for a solid resolution.

The series composer adapting BokuMachi is Kishimoto Taku, who worked with this same director before on Silver Spoon, and interestingly, Haikyuu, but the most relevant link, is that he worked on the much revered Usagi Drop.

So, expectations are high, the premise looks unorthodox, it’s not a sword-magic-boobs-highschool show, so lets dive in!

INDEX

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – Episode 1

Notabilities: Whenever a new Gundam series airs, its a big deal in its own right, but this new AU (Alternate Universe, meaning it has no relation to the existing Canon, UC) Gundam is a bit of an anomaly because of the key-staff helming it. Mari Okada and Nagai Tatsuyuki are quite big names in their own right, with many successful series to their name, but they’ve also worked together in the past with hits such as Toradora and AnoHana, and with that, you’ll probably see that this is kind of a big deal. A gritty Gundam series delivered by staff who’re more well-known for romantic-comedies and light-drama is well worth keeping an eye out for.

Mobile Suit Gundam - Iron-Blooded Orphans Episode 1 Anime Review

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Charlotte: Episodes 1 and 2 / First Impressions

Charlotte: Episodes 1 and 2 / First Impressions

Index

  • Part One: Gakkou Gurashi, Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Gangsta, Chaos Dragon and Okusama ga Seitokaichou
  • Part Two: Prison School, Classroom☆Crisis, Gate, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, and Various Shorts

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Summer 2015 First Impressions — Part 2

The gauntlet continues.

Index

  • Part One: Gakkou Gurashi, Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Gangsta, Chaos Dragon and Okusama ga Seitokaichou
  • Part Two: Prison School, Classroom☆Crisis, Gate, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, and Various Shorts
  • Charlotte: Episodes 1 and 2

For an explanation of the format I’m using, look to the first part.

There is no more time for delay, but first, I must kick things off with a special segment…

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Summer 2015 First Impressions — Part 1

Index
  • Part One: Gakkou Gurashi, Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Gangsta, Chaos Dragon and Okusama ga Seitokaichou
  • Part Two: Prison School, Classroom☆Crisis, Gate, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, and Various Shorts
  • Charlotte: Episodes 1 and 2

The Summer season avalanche hit last weekend. But as readers will know, I was busy working on my latest two posts back then. I hadn’t even started a single show, until I finished writing those pieces.

That means I am behind. Very behind.

I’ll be catching up now. About 5-6 shows per post, coming out over the next week or so. Last season I did 3 parts, with many titles per post, but short impressions. I want to spend more time talking about each show this time.

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Spring 2015 First Impressions: Part 3

Yes, this is coming out earlier than expected. It turns out that Ninja Slayer is just a 15 minute bi-weekly short, and it would be unwise to delay everything else a few days just for that since all the other first episodes have already aired.

You can check out part one and part two of my first impressions here. Continue reading Spring 2015 First Impressions: Part 3