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Otome Yokai Zakuro: First Impressions





No doubt about it: this is going to be epicness in motion.

Air Date: 10/4/10

Studio: J.C. Staff

Plot: In an alternate history of the Meiji era where humans and magical beings known as “younin” live side by side, half-younin girls team up with army lieutenants to fight younin wrongdoers. (From ANN)

Normally, shows that feature mimi chicks (I just made that up, lawl) are either fanservice-ridden or just plain sucky. Or at least that’s what I’ve found…you just can’t find a good nekogirl anime these days, and Tokyo Mew Mew disappointed me, I’m not gonna lie. (How did that come up? It’s so freaky…Zakuro, Zakuro~) And so came Otome Yokai Zakuro to remedy the situation. Aha, correction: so came a bunch of bad@$$ half-demon, half-human, fox mimi chicks to remedy the situation, with the one and only Zakuro to lead the way with a devilish fanged smile and an uber sword from a sakura branch.



OreImo: First Impression



Haruhi wannabe...?


Konata Izumi, run for your life. There’s a new otaku queen on the block.

Air Date: 10/3/10

Studio: AIC

Plot: For several years, Kyousuke’s relationship with his younger sister Kirino has been cold, to the point that they only share greetings. But one day, Kyousuke finds a moe anime DVD fallen in their entry hall. His interest piqued, he looks for the owner, only to realize it belongs to Kirino. He’s shocked, but more surprises lie just ahead…

This was pretty much the first anime I heard about for the fall 2010 season, so I was pretty excited for it. Heck, today was a big day for the new season, and tomorrow will be, too; however, I’m not gonna have time to review Yakumo today, sadly…maybe later, after I’ve chosen one to review for tomorrow…*sigh* Whatever. Either way, I’ve got conflicting emotions over it. And I’ll tell you why.


Bakuman: First Impression


Death by pen? Again? Really?



Future mangakas of the world, unite! This one’s for you!

Air Date: 10/2/10

Studio: J.C. Staff

Plot: Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, content to live out a relatively normal life as any other does, is persuaded by his classmate, Akito Takagi, to become an aspiring mangaka when the latter realizes his natural talent as an artist. However, Moritaka is reluctant to pursue his dream as his uncle, once a mangaka with his own serializations, died from overwork trying to regain his lost status. With Akito’s help, Takagi gets another classmate and his school crush, Azuki Miho, who is an aspiring voice actress, to voice in the anime adaptation of their future manga once it is completed. However, Mashiro also proposes to Azuki, who surprisingly accepts only on the condition she will marry him when both of them have achieved their dreams. With a goal set before him, Mashiro begins a long and struggling path to become a famous mangaka. (From ANN)

To be frank, I’ve been waiting for something like this for a LONG time. As an amateur mangaka myself, I could tell this was gonna be interesting from the summary—I heard somewhere that the manga goes into what it’s like to be a Jump mangaka, and if that’s true, this is gonna be the sickest, most ground-breaking thing since some random cavemen figured out that round objects can be used to move things faster.