Fall 2014 Anime Season: First Impressions

Akatsuki no Yona 01  Amagi Brilliant Park 04  Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie 01Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works 03  Hitsugi no Chaika Avenging Battle 01  Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de 02Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu 02  Log Horizon S2 03  Madan no Ou to Vanadis 03Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji 01  Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 04  Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis 03Yuuki Yuna wa Yuusa de Aru 02

As the year winds down, we come to our final anime season of 2014… I’ve found that there’s plenty to choose from this fall, with a good amount of fantasy oriented series airing in particular. There’s also a ton of sequels, including the much anticipated Ufotable adaptation of Fate/Stay Night.

In this addition of First Impressions, I’ll be looking at 13 series! There’s just so much to choose from this season, but they can’t all be worth watching, can they?? Let’s see what the 2014 fall anime season has to offer…

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Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 19, 2014

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?
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Turning up the Temperature with the Simple and Social Chicken Nabe

Nabe chicken - Glasslip 01 - 01Whether it’s the depths of winter or the height of summer, it always seems like it’s a perfect time for nabe, a variety of Japanese hot pot dishes that is generally eaten communally from a pot placed on a portable burner situated at the center of the dining table. Warm, filling, and social, nabe is essentially a one pot dish where an assortment of vegetables and meats are cooked in a flavored broth. It’s perfect for the cold winter months and will warm you up from head to toe!

While most might be familiar with the more strongly flavored sukiyaki (also a nabe dish), in today’s post, we’ll be taking a look at chicken nabe (tori nabe, in Japanese), which boasts a much simpler taste, using fewer sauces, and instead relying on the freshness of the ingredients to provide most of the flavor. To complement this simple nabe dish, ponzu or soy sauce are generally used as a light dipping sauce. Continue reading

Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 12, 2014

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?
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Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 5, 2014

Osembe - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 01Curry rice - Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu 01Anpan - Log Horizon S2 02 - 01

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?
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Warming the Heart and Body with the Deliciously Robust Tonjiru

Tonjiru with fish - Nagi no Asukara 09Fall has arrived, and with it colder, crisper days await…. And, what better to share with you than a heartwarming, hearty soup recipe?

Soups are an integral part of many Japanese meals, and while the most commonly known soup is the standard but delicious miso soup, there’s more than just one way to prepare a miso-based soup… Today we’ll  be looking at a soup inspired by the anime Nagi no Asukara: tonjiru! Continue reading

Summer 2014 Anime Season: Final Impressions

Aldnoah Zero 01    Ao Haru Ride 04    Barakamon 02    Captain Earth 03    Free Eternal Summer 01    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki kun 01    Glasslip 02    Tokyo Ghoul 03    Zankyou no Terror 04

The beginning of the summer 2014 anime season gave me lots to look forward to, with plenty of high profile series and funny little gems just waiting to be discovered. But, now that it’s all over and done with, how did all my picks pan out?

All in all, this season was full of characters I generally cared nothing for, and series with stellar first and last episodes bookending a more mediocre and dull middle section. While some series were better than others, there really wasn’t anything that blew me away, grabbing my attention and making me wish for the next episode to hurry up and air already. Continue reading