Winter Premiere Review Round-Up


Premiere season is finally winding down, meaning it’s time for me to crawl under a rock and sleep for a week. In the meantime, this also means I can do a single post for everything I reviewed this season. Short version: the season started out strong with some amazing titles and kind of petered out at the end.

Also, because I didn’t review it because sequel, but Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc made me tear up.


A Place Further Than the Universe

A really fantastic, grounded dramedy with good kids and great female friendships. It’s already given me so many feelings.


Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

It’s solid food porn but if you’re not into that there’s not much there (not thinking the gay stalker will ever get the time of day).


Katana Maidens ~ Toji no Miko 

The premiere cycles through trying to be half a dozen genres and can’t commit. It’s not necessarily awful, just super scattered.


Junji Ito Collection

It’s got a star Madhouse animator in the director’s seat and a smart eye. Anthologies are inherently uneven but this one looks like it’s going to be consistently interesting.


DEVILMAN crybaby

It’s hyper-exploitation and it takes almost half of its run to settle down from TITS TITS TITS to saying something, but I dug it.


Slow Start

Plastic and manufactured for maximum kyootness; it made me feel vaguely unclean.



It’s not that I don’t see its appeal as melodramatic trash–but its position as the most marketed, well-funded yuri that’s attracted a lot of horny straight dudes fapping to it depresses me.



A lady-led thriller with potential but also some heinous sound design and some fanservice red flags at the end.


The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done

It really loves shogi but not as much as it loves loliporn of its nine year old co-lead. Anime was a mistake.


Maerchen Maedchen

I want to like this one so bad. The premise is my brand, but the execution is sleazy as hell.


How to Keep a Mummy

It’s sweet, wholesome, and adorably relaxing pet shenanigans.


After the Rain

It was already gross Woody Allen bullshit, but then they cast Kotetsu. I loathe it.


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

I want to like it as an ensemble mystery but I’ve got all my side-eye on the cis crossdressing co-lead.


Killing Bites

I thought it would be a dumb fun battle anime but it’s just JUNI TAISEN with an extra thick coating of slime.

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