We add a few more Winter 2023 shows, say some parting words for NieR:Automata ver. 1.1a as it goes on hiatus, and dive back into our complicated feelings toward Trigun Stampede.
Hyouma Kunato is heir to the Saenome clan, which is responsible for sending tsukumogami – spirits that can possess physical objects and thus gain physical form – safely back to their own world before harm occurs to either them or any hapless civilians who happen to be caught in the middle. However, due to a traumatic childhood event, Hyouma hates tsukumogami and always responds with violence, regardless of the circumstances. In order to help him resolve this issue, Hyouma’s grandfather sends him to live with Botan Nagatsuki, a girl who lives alongside six tsukumogami and views them as family.
Known of only by a select few, the 52 X-Playing cards can each grant their owners superhuman power and abilities. After the cards are stolen from the Kingdom of Fourland in a daring heist, an elite group of operatives known as High Card is put together to hunt down and retrieve them. As the new owner of one of the cards, orphan and petty thief Finn is inadvertantly caught up in the conflict.
Wisteria is a young girl that is forced to beg on the streets to pay the slave trader that feeds her. Her only comfort in life is Marbas, a large demon only she can see, who recounts stories from his past to her while she sleeps. After learning that Wisteria has been sold to a man that tortures children, Marbas storms off to save her.
Vash the Stampede, aka the “Humanoid Typhoon”, wanders the planet Noman’s Land righting wrongs and causing problems for the establishment as he searches for his nefarious brother, Millions Knives.
Amane seems like an OK guy but he’s kind of a slob. On a rainy day he gives his umbrella to Mahiru, the beautiful, popular “angel” of the school. To repay him, she takes up cooking, cleaning, and doing whatever it takes to help get his life in order.
Branded with her grandfather’s reputation as a traitor, Lavian Winslet joins the Northern Jaegers where she’ll put her life on the line to protect her country against an invasion by the mighty Erebonian Empire.
In the far future, the remnants of humanity have been driven to the brink by the rise of machine lifeforms. The YoRHa model androids, including battler-model 2B and scanner-model 9S, are their last hope to battle the machines and retake Earth.
Kazuki Kurusu and Rei Suwa are assassins who live and work together, a deadly combo despite being polar opposites in personality. However, their lives take a sudden turn when, while working a job on Christmas Eve, they unexpectedly cross paths with a young girl named Miri who is searching for her father – who just so happens to be connected to the mob boss they’re contracted to kill.
A bold new experiment in narrative anime criticism.
The fantasy world of Ars is beset upon by the eponymous giant beasts, which can only be defeated with entire armies or with the magical powers of Paladins and their mystical weapon-people, Clerics. A mysterious girl known as Prototype #22 escapes her captors and meets a former Paladin named Jiro the Already Dead, and the two form a new pact to fight the giant beasts.
Mahiro is a deadbeat shut in who sleeps all day and plays eroge all night. One day he wakes up and discovers Mihari, his mad scientist little sister, has turned him into… her little sister.
After being dumped by his party, Nick finds himself struggling to make the money he needs to support his newfound idol obsession. He comes across three other adventurers with trust issues, and they decide to form a party together.
Anisphia, the first princess of the Kingdom of Palettia, has always loved magic, but couldn’t use it herself. So, in comes science with a bit of fantasy to help, particularly with her dream of wanting to fly. After a flying mishap, she ends up crashing her brother’s dramatic break up with his then fiancée Euphyllia, who was being lumbered with various lies as justification for the break up. Anisphia saves her from further abuse and the pair work together to restore her good name. Also it’s an isekai, but don’t worry about that, it adds nothing to the plot.
Aizawa Tomo wants to confess to her childhood friend Jun. Unfortunately, her boyish looks and rowdy personality keep getting in the way and Jun just sees her as “one of the guys.” How will Tomo convince Jun of her romantic affections, prove her femininity, and affirm her identity as a cool girl who likes to do karate?
Newly-minted office worker Himuro may look human, but he’s actually a descendant of a Yuki-onna, or snow woman, which means he inadvertently produces snow or ice whenever he gets especially fired up or emotional. Meanwhile, his human colleague, Fuyutsuki, is an outwardly stoic young woman who is nonetheless very kind and sensitive to others’ needs. When the two meet on their first day, sparks soon fly, leading to a variety of somewhat unusual situations.
In all the 13 years obtaining and tagging music for Neko Desu, there is one song that has given me constant headaches. It’s time to talk about Black★Rock Shooter.
Our Top 10 list, now in podcast form.
Our ten favorite anime (and anime adjacent) series from the past year, 2022 edition.
In his annual musing on the year past, Zigg talks about 2022 being dominated by high-profile sequels and adaptations, and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Realistically, not every series can be a gem, and not every series even strives to be. So, here’s a toast to the little guys – those anime that aren’t great but also aren’t terrible, the shows that got people through seasons full of outright shite, the titles that helped fill in the blanks and got a “well, that was at least okay” seal of approval in return.