First impressions: Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/yuragi-sou-no-yuuna-san

Well…I’m…slightly disappointed, but happy at the same time, maybe?

Here’s the full comparison between the Manga of Yuuna-san and what I’ve seen from the first episode of Yuuna-san the anime.

The manga has absolutely amazing art. It’s stunning, and not just the fanservice parts. The anime has great art and animations, but the artstyle clearly defers from the more beautiful manga counterparts, but it’s for obvious reasons(keeping costs low etc.). While it’s justified…I can’t be happy about this. I mean, come on…seeing your favourite characters in slightly less beautiful forms is definitely a minus. However, seeing them being animated in the first place was pretty good so urghhhhh…..

The manga’s pacing is slightly slower than the pacing shown in this first episode. This is definitely a good thing, since speeding up the pacing is appropriate since we are watching an anime and at the same time speeding up the slower pacing of the manga is welcome.

Kogarashi’s voice sounded different in my head than what he sounded on TV… I mean, the VA would have had to been approved by the mangaka, but argh… I can’t get over how different sounding he is compared to my mental image of him. Yes, this is selfish and definitely not objective, but you are reading my blog, the hellhole full of subjective reviews, so I’m not letting this go. Give me back my manly sounding Kogarashi-kun~ :<

The ecchi amounts is actually REDUCED for the anime. WOW. This is a first. Like, in the manga, the ecchi amount is actually wayyyyy higher. They must have taken into consideration the people that watch anime will probably like less ecchi, because holy hell, the censoring is real here. I’m definitely not complain, because the comedic moments are still funny, while keeping the lewdness level down. But HA, take that you perverts.

Overall, I would say this is a great adaptation. It wasn’t as insane in terms of quality as I had hoped for but hey, I’ll take what I can get. I’ll recommend this series to anyone not turned off by ecchi and hentai stuff!

Oh. One last difference, that I don’t know if I should mention…hmm…
Well, the opening of the anime contains a scene that the manga never EVER showed. Not even in the latest chapters. I’m very intrigued by this, because this either means that the creator already has the end in mind for the manga, or this is a lead-in to how the anime will end off so that we don’t get a “read the source” ending.
Either way, it’s interesting and I’ll note it down.

 

First impressions rating: Biased 9/10
Most impressive part: My favourite characters are coming to life~! Whooo!

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Honestly, I was so happy to just see this title card.

With Yuragi-sou no Yuna-san done, there’s actually no other first episodes released as of time of writing!(except for those netflix ones that I’m waiting on fansubs for)

Therefore, this is the end of the first impressions flood for now! Hurray!

As more first episodes are released by fansubs, I will take a look at them. Be sure to be on the lookout for those! For now, I must binge all my anime to release some posts I’ve been holding in draft status for the longest time…

See you around and thank you for all the amazing support shown throughout this period!

 

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First impressions: Grand Blue Dreaming

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/grand-blue

Holy shit. That was so fun! I never knew it would be this fun to watch a bunch of half-naked guys screw around with alcohol.

…and now that I’ve said it, this sounds worse than it needs to be, haha. Anyways, Grand Blue is a series that is very fun and entertaining, provided that you like the type of adult humour they present.

At its core, it’s a seinen comedy, so don’t expect too much else from it. There’s probably going to be a little romance as well, but for now it’s not present.

There isn’t much that can be said about the show without spoiling the jokes present in this episode. All I can say is that the art is pretty nice, the sounds department is doing fine too, oh, and they even ended the episode with a joke ending song. What a joke.
*Oh and the faces is brilliant.

Overall, I loved this first episode, and I laughed a lot. It was great. I would recommend this to anyone who can appreciate seinen humour.

 

First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: Vodka is just flammable water.

Remember kids, bring lighters so you can differentiate between vodka and water.


That was a barrel of laughs! With that done, I can now move on to the next show…Yuuragi-sou no Yuna san! Whooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Happy Sugar Life

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/happy-sugar-life

WARNING: DO NOT BE FOOLED. THIS SERIES IS SICK. IT’S CUTE AND SICK AT THE SAME TIME, BUT IT’S STILL SICK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Holy freaking shit. I felt something was wrong ever since the start, but I never expected things to go so wrong just in the first episode alone.

I have no be honest here: I was entertained. I know I may be incurable at this point to find entertainment in all this darkness, but I can’t help it. It’s just…gripping. The cuteness mixed in with the darkness made for a recipe that is sweet but also disturbing.

The main themes of this anime is pretty simple, yet complex. What seems normal on the surface always have a harsh reality behind it. I swear, this kind of anime is sometimes even more disturbing than the likes of Mahou Shoujo Site, where the screwed up things are clearly visible…

Either way, it was an entertaining watch, art/sound/plot are all above average.

I…really can’t say much other than watch it for yourself to understand the feelings I’m having right now. It’s good…but so bad…but good…

Urgh. I can only recommend this to people who can stomach dark themes though, so be warned yet again.

 

First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: This is like those type of prank candy where there’s an “explosive” interior and a sweet exterior…


With that done, we can now move on to the next, which is …Grand Blue ! I’m looking forward to watching it, if it means shaking off the feelings I have currently.

See you in 6 hours!

*No screenshots this time since…there really isn’t one I can take without spoiling or anything.

First impressions: Overlord III

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/overlord-iii

What an episode! This was pretty much the perfect episode to start off on and to “reset” all the tension and action that we stopped at during the ending of season 2.

The many different things that have happened during this one episode are mostly generally not that progressive in terms of overall plotline, but they all serve to further develop the many lovely characters in Overlord, especially our MC, Ainz, even further.

Furthermore, the way many things are being presented is just hilarious, and there’s definitely going to be memes about them next time.

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The coolest way to declare a perverted action. We shall enter the women’s bath, FOR SCIENCE!

Next thing that has seen vast improvement is the art and animations. It seems that with each passing season, Madhouse is animating Overlord better and better. From the start, Overlord never had the same amazing animations as other series such as No Game No Life or Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, but that never stopped it from being good. And now, with the animations stepping up and actually started to look a little good for once, I have high hopes.

As for the music, it’s very surprising. I expected a great OxT opening song yet again, but instead, we were greeted with an opening song by MYTH&ROID, and OxT is doing the ending song instead. Well, not that I’m complaining, because they are both, yet again, as expected, amazing. The animations that paired up with the opening this time is probably the best we’ve seen yet, and I have to give props to Madhouse for that. Will probably be unskippable for me yet again…

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The lip sync by Albedo and Shalltear was perfect! Gave me the chills…

Overall, I loved this episode, it may have been much more SOL focused compared to the action and politics heavy episodes that we ended S2 with, but it’s a welcome change of pace and entertaining as heck anyways.

Again, I recommend Overlord to basically anyone who doesn’t dislike isekai. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it. If you have, watch this new season dammit!

 

First impressions rating: 9/10
Most impressive part: D…Did Ainz just get raped? The opening animations.

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Goodness gracious! But then again, fans of the show pretty much had the same reaction when S3 was announced right after S2…Wait, that includes me. Shit.

Whoo! That was great, yet again! It seems that most of the picks in this season turned out to be good in their own right! Now, let’s see what’s next on my agenda!

OOOOOHHHH…It’s the original anime by P.A. Works, Sirius the Jaeger! I’m pumped for this! See you in 6 hours!

EDIT: …or so I would have. But of course, Netflix comes around and ruins the day~ Whoo! No decent fansubs this time round(as of time of writing) so uh…let’s wait till next time…;.;
To make up for it, I will do the next available anime instead: Happy sugar life. Yes, I skipped several because they aren’t available for viewing either…I really need to pick up Japanese.

First impressions: Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/kyoto-teramachi-sanjou-no-holmes

This was a pretty good first episode. What became clear at the end of it is that this anime will be one focused on mystery solving, a little dash of romance, and…appraising antiques.

On the topic of antiques, I really can’t understand half of what was being presented during the first episode so…I clearly can’t appreciate art properly. That said though, the art and animations of this first episode is pretty nice. The artstyle still looks like Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi to me, but…it’s not like it’s a bad thing.

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Oh look, they sell and buy old stuff here. 

Either way, the plot so far is pretty interesting. While I am clearly not fit to say anything about antiques and such, the way it was presented was entertaining and engaging. Furthermore, the doses of mystery solving we’ve already gotten is already getting me hooked. This Tokyo(EDIT: Kyoto, I’m stupid) Holmes-san really caught my attention, and hopefully with the coming episode they will start solving bigger mysteries.

Overall, it seems like the plot really is similar to Hyouka or Gosick, since they are focused on solving mysteries. I like it, a lot. There’s also the ending song which was very nice, but the ending animations went the lazy route and was just a replay of certain moments during the episode. Not that I can blame them, but I really did expect a better ending to fit the good song…

I liked the way the series is going, and although the pacing is very slow as of now, it is pleasant and relaxing. I would recommend this anime to anyone that likes mystery solving types and doesn’t mind a slower paced anime.

 

First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: Figuring out everything about someone just by looking at them.

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I smell it already. This man is going to be the husbando of the season for so many.

With that being over, it’s time to move on to the next. And what would be after that…?

Overlord III. YES. I’m so looking forward to this, and so far it seems that the opening song alone already generated lots of discussion. See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Jashin-chan Dropkick

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/jashin-chan-dropkick

Well, if I were to conclude this series in a nutshell in one sentence, it would be: Hilariously idiotic and being very self-aware at the same time.

But of course, I’m gonna go into more details now. First, I will have to talk about the pros.

The good parts of this anime is definitely the self-aware comedy and the character interactions. This appears to be another one of those episodic type of comedy, with reoccurring characters. The situations are very stupid, and the humour is very stupid, but at the same time, it is exactly this very self-aware stupidity throughout the show that made me laugh quite a bit. The characters are also constantly breaking through the 4th wall, which is refreshing.

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Hint: It isn’t.

Another good part I can think of would be the opening and ending songs, and the animations that come with them. The opening and ending songs are really good, with the opening song being especially great. The opening animations is also currently the first opening to make me laugh out loud. Yes, I laughed at the opening animations.

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Such a good opening.

 

But…that’s about all the good parts. Even with all the positives I’ve stated, there’s a number of negatives present throughout the show. The most obvious will be the weird thing where it seems they are continuing the anime from…somewhere, but we were given absolutely no context and just thrown into the fray right away. It makes us very lost and even by the end of the episode and through the preview of episode 2, it doesn’t look like they intend to give us the context or introduce any character properly. This means that we were never given a chance to know the characters, let alone begin to like them.

Now, that’s not the only problem here. The other problem seems to be that for some reason it seems that they have spent all their arts budget on that amazing PV, so that they no longer have the animation budget left for the actual anime, because as much as I want to defend a “simple artstyle”, they are just animating poorly here. I can see how much more charm it would have had if they just animated with more quality, but since they didn’t a lot of the scenes look…crude, or just looks as if they cut corners.

But…I have to say, overall, it was dumb, stupid, and full of flaws, but I was very entertained nonetheless. It’s different from Backstreet Girls’ WTF factor with the slideshows, in that the stupidity will probably make you laugh even if you don’t know why exactly you are laughing, and it’s probably worth a continued watch for now.

I wouldn’t exactly recommend this to anyone, unless you just want to laugh at stupid stuff. In which case, give Jashin-chan Dropkick a try!

 

First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: The 4th wall breaks and the stupid humour.

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LITERALLY JASHIN CHAN DROPKICK!

Well, with Jashin-chan Dropkick done, it’s time to move on to the next anime!

And that would be…Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes. The Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi lookalike that seems to be similar to Hyouka and Gosick in terms of genres??

Well, whatever the case, I’ll be checking it out. See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Hataraku Saibou

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/hataraku-saibou-tv

This is it. Humanity has achieved a new high–we can now lewd our very own blood cells. A M A Z I N G.

But for reals though, this was a very nice show. To put it simply, it’s the biology lesson I didn’t know I needed, but it’s one that is very welcome. Throughout my life, because of how I hated blind memorisation, biology has always been on the top of my hate list in terms of subjects due to just how much you have to memorise. But now, after watching this anime, my eyes has been opened, and I’ve realised how Biology can be so fun to some people.

Being a show about personafying cells, I half expected it to be full of fantasy and things, and true enough, it is, but everything is based on true facts(or at least it seems like so, can a Biology Major confirm the facts?). I liked how informative it was while still having an engaging story, and man…did they seriously get us to ship a red blood cell and a white blood cell?! And those blood platelets…SO FREAKING CUTE!!!!!!!
God, just the thought of having so many amazing things actually being inside my body makes me happy for some reason. Maybe it’s the thought of being amazing despite not actually being amazing? Hmm….

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My reactions exactly.

Oh, right, gotta review at the very least. Well, the art and animations is definitely good. David Production, as always, kept up their high quality animations for this series, same as their other series. I was half expecting a JoJo’s reference somewhere since it’s David Production, but I guess not…
The character designs are definitely great. They are great representations of the different types of cells we have, and I REALLY WANT TO CUDDLE THE PLATELETS, PLEASE.

As for the overall comedy/story/pacing, it’s great. Very engaging despite feeding us facts every now and then, and the humour is very on point. The VAs are also very good at their jobs, and the soundtrack is good.

Have I praised it enough yet? I think I’ve met the quota. Great.

Now, to end off, I believe this was a great first episode that made me chuckle at the simplest things we do, like sneezing, because of the way it was represented. Truthfully, this one episode alone already changed my perception of biology somewhat, and I believe if future episodes continue with this quality, I might just fall in love with my own body, quite literally.

I would recommend this to just about anyone that enjoys anime.

 

First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: The blood platelets. LOOK AT THEM AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THEM.

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SO FREAKING CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AHHHHH

And that’s the end of the first impressions. I’m going to need to calm down from the cuteness first before I begin another first episode, but let’s just see what’s next…

Oooh, Jashin-chan Dropkick! I’m looking forward to this. See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro (The next Nichijou?!)

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/chio-chan-no-tsuugakuro

Excuse me for adding in the extra tagline in the title, like something a clickbait YouTuber would do, but I seriously could not contain myself after watching the first episode of Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro. Everything in this first episode went well.

First off, there’s that hilarious comedy. From overthinking things(and Chio does it a lot), to doing embarassing things, to just hilarious coincidences, this series has got it all, and it’s all in this one episode that we get so much comedy gold. It might not have been as freaking hilarious as Hinamatsuri, but the comedy’s styles reminds me of Nichijou a lot. Like, a lot alot.

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God, this face is so good…and I’m 100% sure this is going to be turned into a reaction face. Calling it now.

And it’s not just the comedy itself that reminds me of Nichijou. The arts and animations too. With the amount of overanimation that has been put into some scenes, you would think that it’s a waste of budget. However, all it does is concentrate most of the animations towards where the overanimations will come in handy and make the scenes more hilarious/engaging. Other times, they keep a relatively simple style so the load isn’t too hard on the animators(I assume). Either way, this way of animating really reminds me of Nichijou. It’s brilliant, it’s charming, and it’s plenty unique nowdays, with most anime focusing on overall looking amazing instead of having more simple artstyles.

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“Boss, where’s most of the animation budget going?” “To the scene with her sliding out of the shop of course, you idiot!”

But of course, with the art style being simple, what carries the show the most(apart from humour) is the voice acting and the story “plot”. I put quotation marks on “plot” because its a comedy, and comedies don’t always need a sensible or good plot to be good. However, in this case, Chio-chan’s plot is actually quite engaging, being a blend of everyday situations together with slight fantasy/impossible elements, with exaggeration of course. As the story goes on, it looks like it might go into actual fantasy, but they’ll probably handle it fine. Either way, the voice acting is yet another plus, with the voice actor for Chio doing an amazing job at bringing her over-analysing, over-negative personality to life. She succeeded in making even me, a viewer, nervous at the most simple actions like greeting someone, and proceeded to make me subconsciously analyse things even though there was no need to. But of course, we can’t forget the sound effects department too, with their sounds being very on point and bringing more life to what would otherwise be mundane actions. This is again comparable to Nichijou.

I really can’t help it. This anime has so much Nichijou vibes, and made me genuinely laugh so much at the stupidest and most overexaggerated stuff, that I can’t help but think it’s going to be the next Nichijou. I might have only taken a look at it because of Tate no Yuusha being on the same cover as it, but damn am I glad that I took a look. This was one of the most worth first episodes from this season so far.

I honestly, from the bottom of my heart, recommend this to everyone. It’s such a good comedy for relieving stress and whatnot.

 

First impressions rating: 9/10
Most impressive part: E V E R Y T H I N G. I LOVED IT.

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IT’S OVER 9000!!!!

That was a blast! With Chio-chan being such a good watch, I’m looking forward to the next one. And it is…Hataraku Saibou! I’ve heard so much good things about this. This is going to be great!

See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Harukana Receive

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/harukana-receive

Well…uh…

Moya is a prophet confirmed™

If you read the pre-season preview, you would know exactly what I mean now. Yes, Harukana Receive turned out to be a Hanebado with more fanservice.

Like…that’s all. They both still focus on the sports aspect really well, and they have plots, but Harukana Receive has more “plots”, and not only on the chests, but on the bottoms too.

*Not inserting any screenshots here since it’s borderline NSFW but you can imagine it yourself*

Other than the eye-catching fanservice, Harukana Receive turned out to be actually a pretty good watch. Beach Volley turned out to be much more different from Volleyball than I thought, and at the same time, it seems that it’s probably just as competitive and exciting to watch, as this first episode has demonstrated. The characters presented so far are already pretty well developed and they all seem very interesting, as well as the plot.

That aside, the music and sounds is…average. The sound design falls behind compared to Hanebado’s excellent ones(read more about that on this amazing post by Jenn!), the voice acting is pretty good but with a not as good OST behind it it sounds…bland. That’s about all I can say.

Now, the animations for this anime is what I would call “selective animating”. Why would I say that? Well, it seems that a lot of scenes, although equally as important as others, simply get fewer details and quality just because it doesn’t have fan service. In fact, I feel like most of the animation quality seems to have went to when they went into their swimsuits and are doing their…things. But, it’s understandable, and the animation quality is good regardless, so I’m not complaining.

Overall, I would say that this was a good first episode, and if not for the existence of Hanebado, this would probably have been the sports pick of the season. I would recommend this to anyone who isn’t allergic to fanservice and likes sports.

 

First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: Actually learning about beach volleyball! And not being borderline hentai!

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Famous last words.

With Harukana Receive done, we can now move on to the next on the list, and that would be Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro, the anime I picked up because of Tate no Yuusha.

See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Satsuriku no Tenshi(and talking about another similar game)

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/satsuriku-no-tenshi

Well, that’s that I guess. Overall, it was a pretty good horror watch, but note that my words can’t really be trusted since I’m so easily scared…

The overall tension is there. It really is there. And the actual horror aspect, since this is a horror anime, is…pretty OK so far. I can imagine how this would have been as a game, so it was probably scarier in the game itself. The adaptation really did well though. The suspense really is there, and I fear for what’s coming next. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into something full of edge, because currently there’s already a lot of it and we don’t need extreme stuff just for the sake of having extreme stuff…

That aside, everything else in this anime is well done. The art and animations were smooth, the character designs are…relatively fresh, and the voice acting is top-notch so far. Especially whomever did the second character, really giving me Beetlejuice flashbacks there…

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What? Don’t give me that look OK? (Sorry not sorry for this horrible pun.)

The ending music that was shown is pretty good. And well…that’s about all I can say for now. And now that I’ve run out of things to talk about, let’s talk about another similar game instead!

Now, Satsuriku no Tenshi is a Japanese horror game made with RPG Maker that is also a freeware. You know what else is a Japanese horror game made with RPG Maker that is also a freeware? If you guessed Ib, you are correct. Ib is a game that was hugely popular and played by almost all the YouTubers back then.

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That’ Ib!

For what reason, you might ask? Well, Ib had a really good plot. Not just one relying on edge, but moreso the actual psychological horror it strikes into your hearts without actually relying on jump scares and the likes too much. The scenario presented in slightly similar to this game in a way, but also different.

Either way, along the way Ib actually meets different companions. And depending on your many different choices throughout, you can get quite a lot of different endings.

Why in the heck would I bring up Ib for no reason you might ask…? Hmm…

BECAUSE IB NEEDS AN ANIME, OF COURSE!!

Come on, J.C. Staff. And all you anime studios all there. Adapt Ib next time, please. If you thought Satsuriku no Tenshi was good enough, Ib is DEFINITELY good.
*I mightwill rant if you botch the adaptation though.

Yup. Either way, if you are craving for something like Satsuriku no Tenshi, or are now simply interested in seeing what Ib is all about, there’s a lot of playthroughs available on YouTube, or you can also grab it for yourself for free. Just search it up on google.

Back to the first impressions, overall this first episode was pretty good and sets up the stage for better follow-up episodes. Let’s hope it gets better from here, because I would only recommend this to hardcore horror fans currently.

 

First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: The voice acting and the atmosphere.


With that done, we could move on to the next anime, whooo…

And it seems it is Harukana Receive! Let’s hope it’s not exactly as Moya had predicted, just volleyball with more fanservice…

See you in 6 hours.