First Look: Muv-Luv Alternative

Aliens known as BETA have invaded Earth and slowly spread across the planet, destroying all life in their path. Humans have developed mecha called Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) to combat the threat, but this has only slowed their advance. As the alien wave moves into northern Japan, TSF pilot Sayoko Komaki witnesses the horror of the BETA first hand, powerless to stop them.

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: Sonny Boy

For unexplained reasons, an ordinary Japanese high school has been pulled into another dimension, with 36 seniors still inside. What’s more, some of them have developed unusual superpowers.Thinking the school is in danger of falling into anarchy, a small group take it upon themselves to govern the rest of students.

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.

Lightning First Looks: Winter 2021

It’s been an incredibly busy time over at GLORIO Towers, what with the new season and also gestures at everything. As a result we haven’t been able to roll out our customary slate of First Loooks, but here instead are some quick bite-sized opinions on everything we’ve been watching.

First Look: Dropout Idol Fruit Tart

Ino moves to Tokyo with dreams of becoming an idol. Unfortunately the agency she joins is full of failures and they can’t even afford to keep their house. With no other way to pay the bills, the girls team up to form a new idol group.

First Look: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

Yuna is addicted to a fantasy VRMMORPG and logs so many hours that the creator gifts her a special gear set that looks like a cute bear. The bear suit is extremely powerful, but accepting the gift comes with a cost.

First Look: The Day I Became a God

Yota Narukami is a approached by a little girl who claims to be a god, and she informs him that the world will end in thirty days. He is naturally skeptical, but a series of events leads him to wonder if she might be telling the truth.