First Look: Summer Time Render

Shinpei Ajiro is returning from Tokyo to his island home in Wakayama prefecture to attend the funeral of his childhood friend Ushio. Although Ushio supposedly died while saving a young girl from drowning, there were bruises around Ushio’s neck, making the exact cause of her death questionable. Meanwhile, doppelganger-like entities are supposedly haunting the island, and Shinpei keeps experiencing visions of a deceased Ushio asking him to save her younger sister Mio.

First Look: Dance Dance Danseur

After discovering an unexpected passion for ballet as a child, Junpei, now a middle-school student, has forsaken his childhood dream to follow in his deceased father’s footsteps as a more ‘manly’ stunt coordinator. However, his perceptive classmate Miyako, a ballet dancer herself, recognizes Junpei’s talent and is determined to have him perform in an upcoming recital.

First Look: Fanfare of Adolescence

Yu Arimura is a 15-year old boy and former idol who quits his highly successful entertainment career to become a jockey. Enrolling in a prestigious horse racing academy, he meets several other first-year students, each with dreams and challenges of their own.

First Look: Sasaki and Miyano

When high schooler and boys’ love fan Miyano has a chance encounter with a senpai named Sasaki, a delinquent with a heart of gold, sparks fly as Sasaki finds himself attracted to Miyano’s cute face, and Miyano soon finds himself opening up to the older student about his favorite manga genre.

First Look: Requiem of the Rose King

In the Middle Ages, England finds itself at a crossroads, and all-out war breaks out between the House of York and the House of Lancaster, each of which desires to claim the crown. A young Prince Richard III, neither man nor woman, battles his own inner demons as well as (apparently very real) fearsome spirits as he strives to help his family ascend the throne.

First Look: My Dress-Up Darling

Wakana Gojo is a first-year high school student who’s made not a single friend all throughout his academic life because of a shameful secret: his love of dolls and his goal to be a hina doll craftsman, just like his grandfather. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Marin Kitagawa, a trendsetting and popular classmate with an unexpected passion for anime and cosplay. When Marin spots Gojo using a sewing machine in the school home ec room, she unselfconsciously declares her hobby and convinces him to make her cosplay outfits for her.

A Very GLORIO 2021: Artemis’ Nicest Anime Award

When it comes to end-of-year anime wrap-ups, unsurprisingly, people tend to write about the best and/or worst shows of the year. You know, the ones that practically emitted a heavenly glow as angels burst into perfect harmony during the opening sequence, or else made viewers want to hurl themselves into the black, black void, cursing…

First Look: Taisho Otome Fairy Tale

Alternative title(s): Taishou Otome Otogibanashi Manga Adaptation by SynergySP Streaming on Funimation Premise Exiled to a rural villa when he’s ‘crippled’ in an accident that also kills his mother, Tamahiko Shima has resigned himself to living out the rest of his life useless and alone, out of sight of his very wealthy yet incredibly distant…

First Look: Blue Period

Manga Adaptation by Seven Arcs Streaming on Netflix Premise Yatora Yaguchi is in his second year of high school and bored with a life spent studying and hanging out with his ‘bad boy’ friends. However, upon seeing a painting by a member of the art club and trying to express himself with the medium, he…

First Look: The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

Kosuke Mikado is a bookstore clerk with the ability to see ghosts, which is unfortunate, because they terrify him. When he’s approached by Rihito Hiyakawa, an exorcist who works to help crack mysteries or quiet the undead on behalf of both individual clients and the police, the two end up becoming a pair (presumably in more ways than one), combining their powers to solve unconventional and often gruesome cases.

First Look: Night Head 2041

In Japan, 2041, adherence to or even belief in any kind of religion, spiritual movement, or supernatural phenomena has been completely outlawed. As a security force is tasked with tracking down and incarcerating anyone found guilty of committing such a crime, two brothers have seemingly broken free of a research lab and are on the run, and must keep their psychic abilities hidden for fear of alerting the authorities.

First Look: D_Cide Traumerei the Animation

Ryuuhei, a high schooler in Shibuya, Tokyo, is bitten by a mysterious cat-like creature named Tris. He is soon transported to an alternative realm populated by ancient and deadly entities that he is tasked to defeat as a “Knocker Up”, alongside a cast of fellow superpowered fighters.

First Look: Kageki Shojo!!

The Red Flower Musical School has trained thousands of young would-be stars over the years to become fixtures of the Red Flower Opera Company – an all-female musical theater troupe created solely by unmarried women. When ex-idol Ai Narada and the granddaughter of a kabuki actor, the enormously tall Sarasa Watanabe, are both accepted into the prestigious school, personalities collide and dreams of the ultimate stardom – playing a lead role in The Rose of Versailles – are born.

First Look: 86: Eighty Six

The Republic of San Magnolia, made up of eighty-five territories, has long been at war with a neighboring country, but has created a series of supposedly unmanned drones that allows them to wage battle with zero casualties. However, the truth is that beyond San Magnolia’s utopian-like walls lies a forsaken eighty-sixth sector, whose population, tasked with piloting these “unmanned” mecha, are regularly slaughtered on the battlefield. Lena, a handler employed by the San Magnolia military, has just been assigned to command a detachment of these Eighty-Sixers.

First Look: Fairy Ranmaru

Five transforming fairy bishounen are sent to Earth to heal the hearts of humans – although it is strictly forbidden to form romantic or sexual relationships with any human (of the opposite sex, apparently). Naturally, their sacred task involves setting up a bar, going to high school, and generally wearing as little clothing as possible between times.

First Look: Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway

After crushing rejection, Tokyo office worker Yoshida stumbles home, drunk and frustrated, to find a high school girl sleeping on the side of the road. Rejecting her repeated attempts to seduce him, he nonetheless allows her to sleep in his apartment for the night, discovering the next morning that the girl, Sayu, is a runaway teen from Hokkaido who’s been trading sexual favors to get by for the past six months. Nobly continuing to refuse to sleep with her, Yoshida instead decides to let her stay with him indefinitely in exchange for taking care of the housework.

A Very GLORIO 2020: Artemis’ Midnight Diner

When people finish their day and hurry home, his day starts. His diner is open from midnight to seven in the morning. They call it “Midnight Diner”. He makes whatever customers request as long as he has the ingredients for it. That’s his policy. Does he even have customers? Well, more than you might expect……

First Look: Taiso Samurai

Jotaro Aragaki is a 29-year-old widower and father who has devoted his life to gymnastics but is now staring down the barrel of retirement, having performed poorly over recent years as he battles both aging and a persistent shoulder injury. However, he’s loathe to tell this to his daughter, and a chance encounter with a foreigner ninja (and a group of mysterious ‘agents’ hot on said ninja’s tail) are about to change the course of Jotaro’s life.

First Look: Noblesse

Raizel, a powerful noble freshly awake after 820 years of slumber, is enrolled in a high school, presumably to learn about the customs of twenty-first century society. He is looked after by his servant, Franken(stein?), and a newly-acquired bodyguard with special abilities, himself an escapee from an experimental lab. However, Union, a nefarious secret organization that probably wants to rule the world or something, is hot on Raizel and his team’s trail.

First Look: Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Ikebukuro: where you will apparently never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. In this violent and crime-ridden district, where yazkuza and youth street gangs rule the streets, a young man named Makoto protects his friends by mediating disputes among rival groups, while also saving innocent children, defenseless single moms, and frowning very heavily on drugs. Remember kids, drugs are bad!