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.

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!

First Look: By the Grace of the Gods

After suddenly dying in his sleep, middle-aged salaryman Ryoma Takebayshi is given a second chance by the gods of a parallel fantasy world. He is reincarnated as a young boy with great magical powers and uses his abilities to lead a fun, peaceful life.

First Look: Gibiate

A global pandemic is ravaging mankind and world leaders have failed to stop it… and in this anime, a virus that turns people into monsters is ravaging mankind and world leaders have failed to stop it. A samurai and a ninja from the edo period are transported to the present day and join a team of researchers trying to stop the virus.

First Look: Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice

A girl whose name I didn’t catch (possibly because she isn’t given any) has inherited a company from her late father. Unfortunately, that company is on the brink of bankruptcy, and it’s now up to her to save it by producing… stuff. She’s a producer or something, idk. In the course of her work, weird supernatural stuff starts happening and she just so happens to meet four hot guys, none of whom she will probably date or sleep with because that would ruin it for the viewers rooting for any of the other guys.

First Look: Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out

Shinichi Sakurai enters college and discovers his high school underclassmen named Uzaki is attending the same school. After observing Sakurai for a full year, Uzaki decides he’s too much of a loner and is determined to pull him out of his shell.

First Look: Deca-Dence

Facing extinction at the hands (claws?) of the Gadoll, mankind has found safety inside the mobile fortress called “Deca-Dence”. A young girl named Natsume is locked into career of maintaining the ship, but her true desire is to be a solider fighting the Gadoll.

First Look: The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

Haru Katou works in a section of the police department that could only be described as deadbeat, assigned to looking out for wayward children when he’d clearly rather be out there cleaning up crime and looked upon as a real police officer. His office is thrown into disarray when Daisuke Kanbe, a detective with both God-like assets and a God-like attitude, enters the picture.

First Look: Sakura Wars The Animation

Set after the 2019 Sakura Wars game, the Imperial Combat Revue Flower Division – a troupe of mech pilot troops – must deal with a new demonic invasion as well as take care of the amnesiac sole survivor of the Moscow Combat Revue. Also the OP is a banger.

First Look: Appare-Ranman!

Genius mechanic Appare and beleaguered samurai Kosame find themselves shipwrecked and penniless in Los Angeles, California. They decide to participate in the Trans-America Wild Race Big Boss Grand Prix in a custom made steam car to win the $10,000 grand prize and buy their way back to Japan.