Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Montmorency trained at a knight school, but his true love is alchemy. When the English invaded France his secret love is set to fight at the Battle of Azincourt. In his attempts to save her he summons a fairy queen to help him become immortal. Seven years later, he still hasn’t figured out how to do it, but maybe he could successfully transform another to stop the Hundred Years War.

What are your first impressions? I was actually a little disappointed. I’m not a huge fan of time jumps so ending the first episode with a seven-year jump wasn’t the best start for me. There were some fun characters, but I’m finding Montmorency to be a bit annoying. So far it’s been very disjointed, jumping forwards in time and location. Hopefully, it’ll come together as it progresses.

Favourite character so far? So far, it’s the mercenary La Hire, but only because she kicks ass and doesn’t back away from a fight. I’m not sure how realistic a pistol would have been in the Hundred Years War, but then there are fairies and whatnot.

Who do you want to see more of? Richemont needs to some more screen time. Her whole ordeal at the Battle of Azincourt, subsequent capture by the English, and then escaping only to be captured by the French deserved more than five minutes. Although, I’d be happy with more time for anyone if it means less Montmorency.

Are you going to continue watching? I probably will, but it’s bottom of my priorities as of right now. There have been a couple of good moments, but I’m not overly optamistic. I am hoping to be surprised.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Sakuta can’t help but stare as Mai Sakirajima, the famous teen actor walks around the library in a bunny suit, but bizarrely, he’s the only one that does. Mai suffers from a strange affliction called Adolescence Syndrome. It this particular version no one can see her. Sakuta is determined to help her, being no stranger to Adolescence Syndrome himself.

What are your first impressions? This anime, despite its long and absurd name, is spectacular. The weird afflictions plaguing various students seem to be physical manifestations of the mental anguish and isolation of a school’s atmosphere. It’s bizarre and incredible all at the same time. Sakuta is an interesting character and has some of the best lines. His relationship with Mai is fun, as she likes to torment him at every possible opportunity.

Favourite character so far? It has to be Sakuta, mostly for his comment about his lewd thoughts being a million times worse than Mai could imagine. He just seems to end up in the worst and funniest situations. After just four episodes, I can’t wait to see what else he gets up to.

Who do you want to see more of? I really enjoy Sakuta’s interactions with Futaba, the sole science club member. It’s really interesting to see her applying science concepts to the Adolescence Syndrome, something clearly she does not believe in.

Are you going to continue watching? Absolutely. This is one of the reasons I kept watching seasonal anime after diving into it last season. Just trying to watch everything has opened up numerous anime series that I would never have watched if I was sticking to bingeing shows. I love it when a show surprises me, and this one blew me away.

Goblin Slayer! – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

You may not think about goblins all too often, but here’s a vital piece of information for you. The only good goblin is a dead goblin!

What’s it about? The story follows a young Priestess who wishes to become an adventurer. Almost immediately upon registering with the Guild, she is convinced to join a party on a quest to rescue some girls from the goblins. Assuming they will be easy to defeat was a massive mistake. With everything going horribly wrong, the adventurer known only as Goblin Slayer intervenes.

What are your first impressions? Brutal! You get the sense that the Priestess joining the party was a terrible idea from the start. Then you are left with this lingering sense of dread as they enter the goblins’ lair. It doesn’t take long before you get to see just how evil and twisted the goblins really are. This series is dark and awesome.

Favourite character so far? Goblin Slayer! He is devious and determined. Well accustomed to the goblins and their attacks, he leaves nothing to chance. He doesn’t care that the other silver ranked adventures look down on him, he just wants to kill all the goblins and he’s fines tuned his armour and weaponry to be the perfect goblin killing machine!

Who do you want to see more of? I loved it when the High Elf, Dwarf Shamen, and Lizard Priest joined their small party. Together they make a formidable group. Seeing them going after the goblins and other dark creatures is all I want. Kill all the goblins!

Are you going to continue watching? Oh, yes! This was epic! I love dark fantasy where there is a little more realism. To think that every party of adventurers is going to win and that the monsters aren’t going to embody everything that is wrong with society is a little nieve. There’s been a lot of complaints about Goblin Hunter for glorifying certain darker elements, but I saw none of that. If anything it was the complete opposite. It was in there to make you hate the goblins and it bloody worked!

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RErideD: Derrida, Who Leaps Through Time – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? The son of a robotics genius discovers a flaw in the programming just as an army of robots is about to be activated. When his father is killed, Derrida flees and accidentally cryogenically freezes himself for ten years. He wakes to the destruction caused by the robot army.

What are your first impressions? There are a lot of really cool elements going on here. You have the evil corporation putting profit above all else. There is an out of control robot army, laying waste to the world. Then we meet Vidaux who is a Demolition Man. Seriously, Terminators versus Demolition Man!

Favourite character so far? So far, no one has really stood out. Vidaux is cool, but there needs to be more to him. Mage has the most potential to be interesting, with the possible time travel stuff, but that’s not got there yet. Other than that there is Donna, a crazy contract killer hired to get rid of Derrida, and she is cool.

Who do you want to see more of? There is bound to be more Mage. I think time travel is going to be a big part of this. So, we definitely need to see more of her. I also feel like Donna will end up on Derrida’s side, so that’s going to be interesting to see… if it happens.

Are you going to continue watching? Yes, there are too many awesome science fiction elements for me to put this down, even if the characters are a little flat at this point. I hope they develop more, but if not, I’m all in on this one for the plot anyhow. I love a good time travel story.

That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episodes 1-4)

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A new life in a new world in a new body… hang on… a slime! Really! Oh, well, best make do with what you’ve got I suppose.

What’s it about?

A thirty-something office worker is murdered on the way to lunch. As he lays there dying, he complains about the pain, the heat, the cold, and then with his dying words he asks his friend to destroy his hard drive. He awakens in a strange world with a strange body and strange new abilities that all seem to reflect his dying thoughts.

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