FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Tokyo Ghoul

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Scene from Episode 1: Tragedy. The 'binge-eater' Rize lures Kaneki to a secluded area and attacks him after their date.

Tokyo is secretly under attack by flesh-eating ghouls. Since the ghouls look like their prey, authorities are having a hard time eliminating them from society. A 'binge-eater' ghoul (ghouls usually eat once a month) is particularly wreaking havoc in the city and as authorities rush to stop her, a young college boy Ken Kaneki unwittingly runs into the binge-eater and goes on a date with her, believing her to be human. As expected, the binge-eater, who is called Rize, attacks him but subsequently dies after a beam falls on her. Kaneki is taken to the hospital where the surgeon transfers some of Rize's organs to him, turning Kaneki into a half-ghoul, half-human abomination. The subsequent episodes follows Kaneki's life as he tries to resume his normal human life while struggling with his ghoulish instincts. He also introduced to the staff of Anteiku Cafe who are all ghouls and learns how the ghouls organize themselves in order to survive in a world where they are hated and hunted.
Scene from Episode 2: Incubation. Toka gives Kaneki a tough lesson about being a ghoul.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
It's a basic fish-out-of-water story. Kaneki somehow becomes half-ghoul and learns all about the ghouls' lives. Naturally, the ghoul whose organs are transplanted to him happens to be an extra powerful one and he inherits these traits, giving him an edge over other ghouls who pose a danger to him.
People may not take to Kaneki immediately because he's kinda whiny. But I think it's understandable, considering that he's been practically torn out of his previous life and forced to live a life he did not choose. His moral compass is necessary and makes him essentially a stand-in for the audience.
I do like Toka, the tsundere, and Yomo and the mask guy. From the opening, there are bound to be more interesting characters who are probably going to be introduced in the later parts of the series. 
The art is good but not High School of the Dead level of good. The same goes for the animation and production values. I don't particularly like the music but they're passable.
I have to admit, I'm not as excited about this series as I was before and I don't know if I want to continue it. 
Scene from Episode 3: Dove. Kaneki goes hunting for food with mysterious Anteiku staff, Yomo.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Glasslip

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EPISODE 1: FIREWORKS

In a quiet seaside town, a new boy, Kakeru Okikura, moves into town. Four friends, Touko Fukami, Yukinari Imi, Yanagi Takayama, and Hiro Shirosaki gather to watch the fireworks together. While having fun with bestfriend Yanagi, Touko spots Kakeru making his way through the crowd, seemingly unmindful of the festivities around him. Touko plays around with a pair of glasses that makes her see the fireworks differently and hear something strange. The next day, Touko helps with her family's glass factory business and afterwards hangs out with her friends at a cafe shop. The four friends are joined by Sachi Nagamiya and it becomes apparent that Sachi is the object of Hiro's affections. Later, Touko spends a day in the school yard, sketching the school chickens. She meets Kakeru, whom she unconsciously calls "David" as in the sculpture by Michaelangelo. Even though this is their first meeting, Kakeru calls Touko by her first name and says that the chickens will get attacked by cats. This prompts Touko to take the chickens home and forces her friends to take care of them, which pisses Yanagi off. The next day, the friends hang out at the cafe once more, and to Touko's surprise Kakeru is there and he tells her that he heard the same thing she heard at the fireworks festival.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
Slice of life of anime is not something I take to immediately. The first episode of Glasslip doesn't particularly stand out for me but I think it has potential. The art is good. Not brilliant or anything outstanding like that but it serves the genre well and the story being portrayed. My one issue with it is that I can't tell Touko and Yanagi apart because both have long brown hair. -_- 
One of the things that really stood out for me was the BGM. For slice of life anime, that's really a good thing since most of the time, nothing really happens on screen and oftentimes it's the BGM that carries the story along. 
I'm curious about Kakeru but I'm not blown away by Touko. I almost never am with the main characters. I do find Sachi cute and want to know about her and Hiro. There seems to be a love triangle going on with Yukinari, Yanagi and Touko. And with Kakeru's introduction, it's about to become a love square. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
All in all, I'm going to watch the next episode and see if things get interesting.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Mushi-shi Zoku-Shou 1-3

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EPISODE 1: Banquet at the Forest's Edge

A young man recalls the story of how his father, a master brewer, once lost his way in the woods and found himself in strange company. He partook of a strange golden sake, the taste of which he has never been able to forget and has been trying to emulate in his brewery with little success. The son has since taken over the business and finally succeeds in brewing "golden" sake. On his way home, he runs into the same kind of people his father met a long time ago and they trade for his sake, thinking it is "kouki," which they use in a ritual involving the Light Vein. When they find out their mistake, the young man gets chased out of the company. Ginko befriends him and later advises him not to sell the "golden" sake officially. But unofficially, Ginko says that the "golden" sake's property of making the person who drank it see mushi is useful for mushishi and he promises to spread the word.



 


EPISODE 2: The Warbling Seashell

Ginko wanders into a seaside village where he discovers bird-like mushi hiding inside seashells. Knowing this to be a bad omen, he warns the villagers of an impending disaster. One man, who lives on the cliff by the sea, refuses to help. His daughter, Mina, loses her voice after listening too close to the "birdsong" of the seashell mushi. Ginko learns that the man has lost his wife in a tragic accident that happened at sea and since then he has not wanted anything to do with the village. However, the disaster makes him see things in a different way.


 

 

EPISODE 3: Beneath the Snow

In a snowy village, Ginko encounters Toki, a young man who always seem to have snow falling around him. The condition is caused by mushi that attaches itself to a warm body in order to absorb its warmth. Toki doesn't feel the cold and reacts to the slightest heat as though he is burned. It turns out that his little sister drowned in the icy lake near his home, and he continues to grieve her demise. One night, he goes to the lake by himself and falls in the water. He survives but is near death from frostbite. An act of kindness warms his frozen heart.


COMMENTS:
I just heard about this show. I've seen the first season but I didn't know they decided to air a second season, let alone an OVA Special. The series opens with a fairly generic episode that works more like a prologue than an actual story. Banquet at the Forest's Edge isn't really as mushi-centric as many of the stories in Mushi-shi. But it does provide a nice introduction into the way of life of the mushishi, particularly of Ginko, the main character of the series. I consider the next episode as the proper season premier as it sets down the mood and the kind of low-key drama that one can expect from Mushi-shi. Episodes 3 does more of the same as Episode 2.
All of the first 3 episodes more or less begin with Nui (Mika Doi) telling us about mushi. The manga pretty much begins the same way and it's great but I tend to fast forward through that stuff. The opening theme is "Shiver" by Lucy Rose and has a calming and soothing sound that suits the series' mood. It's a worthy successor to season one's "Sore Feet." The ending theme and the BGM are instrumental timeless pieces that reflect the setting of this anime. I love the music of Mushi-shi!
So far, I like it. Many of the stories are already familiar to me since I own several volumes of the manga. But still, it's nice to see them in anime format. Looking forward to more.