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Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu: Buntaro is one of those kids who doesn't have any good friends, but that means he can get along with everybody. He doesn't have a purpose either, but when a girl from his class invites him for something that seems like a date, he has a bit of a weird day with her. At the end, she decides he is good enough to become part of her dating sim creation circle.
Seems like a variant on 'How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend', but now with a weird girl as the centrepiece. Probably based on a dating sim itself, since the protagonist has the usual bland personality.

Nijiiro Days: The story focusses on four friends in highschool. One of them got stood up on Christmas Eve (traditionally a time that lovers spend together in Japan), and he got a pack of tissues from a girl dressed as Santa. (This is actually a common form of advertising: there are many public toilets in Japan, but none of them have toilet paper. So having a pack of tissues in your handbag is very useful. There is often an ad sheet inserted in the pack.)
He falls for her, and then he finds out she goes to his school, and that she often sleeps in the math prep room -- what's her relationship with the math teacher? And then he finds out she works at a karaoke place.
The boy is all up in puppy love, but the girl doesn't really register him. And his friends tease him where they can and support him when they must. We liked it.

Active Raid: The police has some sort of mecha body armour -- but of course the bad guys have those too. Teams outfitted with the armour take their tanks/mobile operations base around Tokyo to supress mecha-related crime. One young policewoman is assigned to a unit of these mecha-users, but the unit has a reputation of being misfits. She thinks she is there to get them to shape up, but of course reality doesn't really line up with her preconceptions of how things should work.
Mecha police series. The cast is colourful, but we thought it lacks depth and personality. Probably some sort of 'caper-of-the-week' coupled with bureaucratic infighting. Meh.

Norn9: Some teenagers have powers to manipulate water, fire, plants etcetera. They are 'collected' into a large floating city by some mysterious organisation. There, they have to live together and be self-sufficient, until the time comes that they are sent to the different nations of the world. Perhaps they will turn into enemies at that time, but for now they have to form friendships and work together in this floating microcosmos, leaving their old lives behind.
I really liked this one. It looks really nice, with some sort of magic/steampunk aesthetic. The setup is also interesting: what would become of a society of superpowered teenagers, who put them there, and what happens when they get split up?

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Rakugo is the traditional Japanese storytelling technique: sometimes comedic, sometimes scary. With voices and hand movements (because you keep seated on a cushion), the tale-teller delivers a story to the audience. The series is set in the 1970's. A convict was so impressed with the rakugo of a master who visited the prison, that when he is released, he throws himself at the master to become his apprentice. He has nowhere else to go, and so the master takes him in. The daughter of his deceased rakugo friend/rival is also living in the house, and together with her, Yotaro (his nickname, meaning 'foolish boy') starts to train.
I have nothing with rakugo, just like I don't have much with the Dutch comedic routines when they're shown on TV. But this series shows the emotions and the training behind the scenes. The characters are very rounded and have a (murky) past together which is only gradually revealed. The master seems like a cold-hearted asshole, but at the end of the first episode (which is double-length!), we see that he is merely driven, and that he demands total dedication from his students. Given the description and subject matter of the series, I would not have expected to like it, but I really want to know how it continues.
Tags: anime, first episode review

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