Posted by AidanAK47 on 16 December 2016 with categories: Seasonal Previews

It’s that time of the year again. With snow on the ground and Christmas lights about but that’s not what we are here for. Anime be my bread and my wine, and my presents if luck be true. I am lamenting over not being able to get the Spice and Wolf Collector’s edition book. Living in Europe can be quite troublesome sometimes but hey at least I got a Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s edition that has a replica of the gate which just looks beautiful. Who knows, maybe I might even get around to watching that stockpile of Blu-ray anime i have sitting in my room. After the steam backlog is done i will have time…hopefully. Moving on to what really matters, a new anime season is coming up and forgive me if this sounds uncharacteristic of me but this season is looking very promising. We got second seasons of great shows along with Trigger saving anime again and even some pretty interesting shows in the lineup. I got my eye of a few here and while we got the usual lineup of straight to trashcan anime, there’s quite a lot of good to make up for potential bad tidings to come. 2016 certainly ended on a ominous note.

Same rules apply as before. The poll below will be used to gauge what you readers want us writers to cover this season. Vote for as many shows as you like. In regards to opinions on most sequels, if you liked the previous season then by all means continue. As usual I have checked out every source I can find, read manga, light novels, played video games…If I can get my hands on it then I will look at it to get a better idea of what the anime can offer.

Which series would you like covered for the 2017 Winter Season?

Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images. With that let’s get this show on the road.

 

The sequels/prequels I don’t care about

Gintama(2017)

Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku

Rewrite / 2nd Season Moon-Hen/Terra-Hen

SUPER LOVERS 2

Yowamushi Pedal: NEW GENERATION

Tales of Zestiria the X 2

 

Series I don’t look forward to

 

AKIBA’ S TRIP: THE ANIMATION


Studio: Gonzo

Director: Hiroshi Ikehata

Script/Series composer: Kazuho Hyodo

Akihabara, a broad-minded neighborhood where everyone from beginners to masters are welcomed. Even when you’re alone, if you go to Akiba, you’ll find someone who understands you. It’s a neighborhood where anything is possible, where anyone can do seemingly anything; a place where you can lay bare your body and soul. In this neighborhood of Akiba, which has everything including anime, games, maids, idols, secondhand parts, and cheap food, battles are fought against the “Bagurimono,” and a steadfast “boy meets girl” story begins!

Let it never be said that I am not through and to get an idea for what we are in for I bought Akibas’trip Undead and undressed on steam and played through it. Admittedly the story of this anime isn’t related to the story of this game as it’s the second game of the series and I see none of the characters in the promo art. But it does give me an idea of what we are in for. I was really surprised by how much the story of the game took itself seriously. The characters treat the whole idea of stripping vampires to expose them to the sun with a surprising amount of righteousness. However unlike Keijo which shines in not recognising the utter ridiculousness of it’s concept, Akibas’trip just becomes another supernatural battle story when it disregards the whole stripping aspect. It also feels like a tourism ad for Akihabara at times. In fact that description up there is more endorsement of Akihabara than saying anything meaningful about the show. I truly don’t expect much for this and having Gonzo at the helm doesn’t make me think this is going to change my expectations. Director is a newbie and the series composer worked on Relife and that’s about it.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Koichi Hatsumi

Script/Series composer: Toshiya Oono

In the late Edo Period, a demon known as the Impure King killed thousands of people. After defeating the demon, the Knights of the True Cross kept its left eye safely sealed away on Academy grounds – but now someone has stolen it! Hearing the thief has taken a child hostage, Yukio and Rin go to help. The investigation and pursuit will lead Rin and his friends to Kyoto and involve them even deeper in a sinister plot! But will his friends’ knowledge that Rin is the son of Satan drive a wedge between them?

I seen the first Ao no Exorcist series quite a while back and I really didn’t expect that it would be one to get a sequel. For one I heard that the anime derailed away from the manga to do it’s own thing so the start of this series is likely going to have to do some disaster recovery in order to get it back on track. That said based on my impressions of both the previous anime series and the manga I only ever found this series to be decent at best. It started with good potential but I found the minute it introduced a high school my interest just died. True enough as soon as that school was introduced it became another series jumping through the same shounen hoops. THe director is a newbie for this one and the series composer has Gatchaman Crowds, Tsuritama and The Perfect Insider under his belt. We might have a fund shounen on our hands or more likely a decent but forgetable show.

 

BanG Dream!


Studio: Xebec

Director: Atsushi Ootsuki

Script/Series composer: Yuniko Ayana

A next generation Girls Band Project which links characters with real live performances! BanG Dream! is a media mix project featuring animation music videos, comics, song releases, and many more. What’s more, the voice cast for the characters of BanG Dream! will also hold real live performances as the Girls Band, “Poppin’Party”.

Isn’t this literally the idea that the terrible producer in Girlish Number had? The idea of “Hey, people like idols right? So how’s about we make anime/idol collaboration and print money!” You know the idea that resulted in the creation of the trainwreck in story anime the poor characters of Girlish Number have to act in? In my experience, when you attempt to do everything you just end up with subpar results in every category. Make an anime, make a band, or make a comic, don’t try to do it all at once. This is counting your chickens before they hatch and the smart idea is milk something to death after it’s successful. Trying to milk it before it’s even a thing is the same mistake Keiji Inafune made. Either way the Director has a season of working and pretty much all of To Love-ru in his resume. Considering this is from Xebec I wouldn’t be surprised if it was heavy on the fanservice. Series composer is a bit more interesting as they are the one currently working on Flip Flappers this season. However this does feel like a paycheck job for them and their other work isn’t all too impressive. I am willing to bet this won’t be worthwhile. It might get some Otaku hot and bothered but as far as I am concerned it isn’t something I would look twice at.

 

Fuuka


Studio: diomedea

Director: Keizou Kusakwa

Script/Series composer: Aoi Akashiro

The story centers on a young man named Yuu Haruna who has just switched schools. He’s a bit shy, and he’s constantly glued to his smartphone so he can check Twitter. He meets a girl named Fuuka Akitsuki, who doesn’t even have a cell phone, is free-spirited, and naturally fascinates others. Yuu recently has been getting back in touch via Twitter with his childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi, who is now a popular singer. One day Yuu invites Fuuka to one of Koyuki’s concerts, and there the three meet for the first time. The story follows the love triangle between a love that started through electronics, and a love that didn’t start through electronics.

Here comes poor man’s Beck. Well that might be giving it too much credit but it does have a similar kind of story. Except the romance aspect is given higher priority over the band. My basic response to hearing this manga was getting an anime was general apathy. I read through the chapters of the manga on a particularly boring day and kept up to date with it for a while before just losing interest completely. What’s the problem? It’s predictable, immensely predictable. It hits all the story beats you expect it to besides a rather malicious twist later in it’s story. There’s also a harem as girls fall for our protagonist despite him being about as exciting as paint drying on a wall. Director pretty much has nothing good in his resume. Series composer is a newcomer. You might find it interesting in the beginning but as the series goes on I think people will just care less until the finale where no one will care at all.

 

GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not Listed

Video game developer Cygames announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game will receive an anime adaptation.

I have seen this title pop up in a number of places and from the looks of things it’s a smartphone game with bejeweled gameplay combined with Kantai Collection. As a veteran gamer I have a certain deprecating attitude towards mobile gaming. There are certainly exceptions but the majority of mobile games tend to be time wasters and nothing more. A lot of it is geared towards skinner box tactics to push for microtransactions and I doubt that this title is any different. In general while video game adaptations fair better than card game adaptations, it still is a rarity to find a worthwhile title. Games with not much of a story and a large cast of characters really also don’t translate well to anime seeing as they need to pay service to fans while forming a coherent story.

 

Hand Shakers


Studio: GoHands

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not Listed

They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them?
And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked,
join hands and head for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.

That description sounds like pure chuunibyou fodder to the degree that I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea came from eyepatch wearing bandaged hand teenager with a superiority complex. Despite the vagueness of the story synopsis this feels like a regular old supernatural battle anime which I wouldn’t be completely opposed to if it wasn’t for one thing. This anime is animated by GoHands and I utterly despise their tendency to ignore visual sense and make everything look like someone dyed it in blue. Looking at the PV this looks to have the exact same problem. Colour is just thrown on to the screen regardless of the lighting or even common sense and it is aggravating when you notice it, because you just can’t stop it from being distracting. However there is some impressive animation in the trailer and it really is rocking that piano tune. I can’t say I approve of the CGI backgrounds as they really don’t gel well with the characters. Still, that piano tune really was good.

 

Idol Jihen


Studio: MAPPA

Director: Daisuke Yoshida

Script/Series composer: Naoya Takayama

Part of MAGES’ multimedia “Idol Jihen” project.

You are not going to beat Love Live! There are dozens, literally dozens of other pretenders out there! There is even one in this season! Just stop! You don’t get a hit by following a already done to death trend. I understand that as a business you need to follow the smell of money but copying will only result in a meager paycheck. Anyway, this actually seems to be part of some project to make a bunch of idol anime or something as it’s related to an anime we had airing recently called “B-Project”. The director did nothing of worth and the only thing worth noting with the series composer is that they worked on Chihayafuru. This is prime example of disposable anime.

 

Kemono Friends


Studio: Yaoyorozu

Director: TATSUKI

Script/Series composer: Shigenori Tanabe

The anime’s story takes place in Japari Park, a “gigantic integrated zoo.” In the zoo, due to the mysterious “sand star” substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure.

I got nothing. Well alright, there’s a promo video which seems to suggest that it’s a fully CGI anime. Considering the studio’s only other work, Tesagure! Bukatsumono, was CGI animated it’s a high chance this will be too. I don’t really have any hope for this one. Not only is it based on a smartphone game but the premise just sounds like pandering. Both the director and script writer mainly worked on ten minute shows. I say give this one a pass.

 

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon


Studio: Kyoto Animation

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!

I am going to be blunt, this manga is pretty bad. It’s just a series of gags and implied Yuri. Girl finds a dragon while drunk, invites here to stay at her house, dragon has the ability to transform into a girl in a maid outfit. That is generally what I expect now when it comes to anime Dragons. Scales, breathes fire, wings, sexualised as hell human female form that says baka. Considering that KyoAni is going to be animating this that means it’s going to be beautifully animated and that just kills my soul. Maybe some will get a kick out of it if you are into the Lucky Star format but I just find it rather dull.

 

Marginal#4 KISS Kara Tsukuru Big Bang


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Kentarou Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Masahiro Yokotani

The anime follows the Marginal#4 idol unit, who made their debut at Pythagoras Production on February 13. The members give their all for their fans in their idol activities, but they are also normal high school students. The anime will follow both their everyday lives as high school students and their lives as idols.

A while back I saw an article stating that idol boy band anime was becoming a thing and I wrote it off because I didn’t really see much sign of it. However many seasons later and now I find we got two or three of these shows in every season. I just want to say that nows the time to stop. Directors a newbie but the series composer worked on Re:Zero, Shimoneta and Hataraku Maou-sama. Personally I would prefer if he would get right back to writing Re:Zero because White Fox is going to need him for that second season that we should be getting notified about. Because if there isn’t a second season planned then my rage shall pierce the heavens. As a last note, I can’t be the only person to look at these four boys and see they are exactly the same. All they did was change the hair colour, oddly enough not a single natural hair colour in the four of them.

 

Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-Bu


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

The story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her new life in Kamakura and her first day in high school by bicycling to her school, but she has not ridden a bicycle since she was young. On the way to the ceremony for the first day, she meets Tomoe Akitsuki, and Tomoe helps her train to be better at bicycling.

Oh look it’s cute girls on bicycles….again. Come on! We did this just last season! Reading the manga again it’s literally long Riders again except with High School students instead of college students. What’s the point of this? It doesn’t matter if you swapped some character designs around if all you are gonna do is tell an inferior version of an already existing product.

 

Onihei


Studio: M2

Director: Shigeyuki Miya

Script/Series composer: Not listed.

The historical novel series depicts Heizō Hasegawa, who metes justice on wrongdoers and supervises the crackdown on arsonists and robbers in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868).

There’s pretty much nothing on this. No source material, no trailer, only Director listed and it’s the animation studio’s first work. Director hasn’t done much besides two episodes of Aoi Bungaku and blood lad. Other than that I got nothing.

 

Schoolgirl Strikers


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori

Script/Series composer: Takao Yoshioka

An adaptation of Square Enix’s smartphone “light novel-style RPG” app Schoolgirl Strikers.

The game is set in Goryōkan Academy, a new private senior/junior high school for girls with a vast downtown campus. This highly popular school has “another face” — a secret hidden side. It organizes and trains the special unit Fifth Force to protect the world from invisible supernatural entities known as “Oburi” that are devouring the world. A team of five trained with powers against the Oburi is to be chosen from the student body to perform missions. A new team leader has been appointed to assemble the five students.

Well well, the third series this season being made by JC Staff. i wonder which one is getting the shaft when it comes to the budget. Unlike Glanblue it looks like there is some effort into making this more of a game than a general timewaster based on gameplay footage. Sadly the story sounds so run of the mill I don’t think it’s going to pan out. Video game adaptations already have a bad reputation in regards to anime adaptations. Mobile phone apps have an even worse success rate. Director worked on a lot…not as if any of it was good but he did work on a lot of stuff. Writer has better resume but we have more bad than good here. Sure there’s Your lie in april and Watamote but then there’s Queens blade, Dears, Senran Kagura…basically lots of throwaway fanservice shows. Considering the content of this show i think I know what inspiration he will be drawing from.

 

Urara Meirochou


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Youhei Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Not listed

The story is set in Meiro-chou, a town where all-female diviners (uranaishi) live and where girls from all over the country yearn to become the top diviner — “Urara.” Today, a solitary girl named Chiya enters the town’s gates. However, she has another purpose coming here, besides becoming the Urara. Chiya’s days as an apprentice diviner begin as she meets three friends — the earnest Kon, Koume who is a fan of Western culture, and the shy Nono.

A fourth JC Staff show? That animation budget is going to be stretched thin, let me tell ya. Director worked on Shimoneta and the Hentai Prince and the Stony cat. Other than that he just did episode director work for other shows. Can’t really speak for the original work but I know that it’s a 4-koma manga which generally is for quick fire gag stories. Based on that we may just have another cute girls cute things story here or at least something I doubt would be worth your time.

 

ēlDLIVE


Studio: Pierrot

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy – right until the day when a strangely-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force, although Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong.

It’s Studio Pierrot so regardless of source quality it’s going to be subpar. Yes, I know this is heavy dismissal but they certainly haven’t proved it untrue. Regardless I read the manga and found it to be nothing of real worth. It follows a pretty standard story for shounen and doesn’t really add anything interesting. It’s a little strange in how it has to do with arresting aliens. In fact this may be what you would get if you took the story of Space Patrol Luluco and made it take itself seriously. I am putting a firm bet on this anime being bad or at the very least medicore.

 

Series I am middling on

 

ACCA Jusan-Ku Kansatsu-Ku


Studio: Madhouse

Director: Shingo Natsume

Script/Series composer: Tomohiro Suzuki

The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

This really didn’t turn out to be anything like I suspected upon first seeing the cover art. I was looking at this as some kind of supernatural battle anime but as it turn out it’s something more along the lines of Ghost in the shell Stand alone complex. Well not exactly like it of course, it doesn’t have the aspect of existentialism but it does have the nature of police work to it. Our protagonist investigated for fraud or corruption within the system by looking through paperwork and the like. As such it’s a fairly mature story and one I am not certain on what my thoughts are. It’s a nice unique idea for once and with Madhouse at the helm I am guessing that it will have a solid adaption. This may be a case of it simply not being my thing but that could change when it’s translated into a animated format. Director has experience with One Punch Man and Space Dandy. Series composer also worked on One Punch Man and a Saint Seiya movie. At least this certainly does look to be an interesting anime.

 

Chaos;Child


Studio: Sliver Link

Director: Masato Jinbo

Script/Series composer: Masato Jinbo

In the original visual novel, after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo’s Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as the “Shibuya Earthquake” kills 3,851 people and injures 30,927 more.

The game is set in a reconstructed Shibuya district in October 2015. A string of mysterious deaths occurs in Shibuya amidst the reconstruction. People begin to take notice as the strange events start on the same day that chaos broke out in Shibuya with a certain incident five years earlier. The events are called the “Return of the New Generation Madness.”

Well I don’t think any of us were expecting another semicolon series so soon after our last one. And considering how the last one turned out I wouldn’t blame you if it pushed you to write off this show. But there is something different about this one that at least gives me some hope for it. Namely that it has a different writer than the fellow behind many of the other semicolon series. I actually heard good things about this one but sadly couldn’t check it out myself due to it not being in English. Despite the insinuation it doesn’t appear to have any real connection to Chaos;Head and that’s just fine by me. Though the director/Series composer has only worked on the last two seasons of Prisma Illya and the Shomin Sample anime. Both of which I found rather disappointing.

 

Demi-chan wa Kataritai


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Ryo Ando

Script/Series composer: Takao Yoshioka

Succubus, Dullahan and Vampire. They are known as Ajin, or “demi”s and are slightly different than the average human. They have lived alongside humans for ages under persecution. However, in recent years, they have become accepted as members of society. This manga follows a high school biology teacher who has a great interest in demis and his interaction with the various demis in his school, each with their own cute problems.

It’s alright. That’s pretty much my feelings on this. This is a decently watchable story. However I think it’s concept was done better by Monster Musume which basically took the whole monster girl thing and went full throttle with it. This is more a toned down version with more human girls set in a high school…sigh…because you know a high school always makes a story more interesting right?(I swear to god. If I burn down all the high schools in japan would you stop making anime about them?! Can we not move it up to college?! It wouldn’t even take much effort to move the setting to that!) The director is a newcomer and the series composer is the same guy working on Schoolgirl Strikers this season. Well anyway this isn’t going to be a hit of the season but if you miss Musume and want something to sate your hunger for a season 2 this will due for the meantime.

 

Gabriel Dropout


Studio: Dogakobo

Director: Masahiko Oota

Script/Series composer: Takashi Aoshima

The comedy follows Gabriel White, who graduated at the top of the class at angel school and attends a human school on earth in pursuit of knowledge, but then gets engrossed in a web game and decides its too much trouble to go anywhere.

This show is essentially about angels and demons who spend a short time on earth during their training. So a pure hearted angel comes down to earth and gets completely corrupted by modern media turning her from sanctimonious to cynical and jaded. The big joke is that the angels act more like demons and the demons act more like angels. Thing is that the whole heaven and hell aspect seems more or less irrelevant in regards to the main plot of the manga. Which more or less is a cute girls cute things show with more comedy. You can essentially remove the heaven and hell aspect entirely and it wouldn’t make much of a difference. My general impression of the manga was that it wasn’t bad and was decently readable. Director seems suitable as he’s done a lot of shows similar to this like Love Lab. Series composer fairs worse as they got Hatsukoi Monster, Umaru-chan and Rewrite as previous work. All three shows I would consider terrible. But there’s nothing here that would push me to recommend it. It’s just rather unremarkable how they make use of the heaven and hell aspect for a dull run of the mill story.

 

Kuzu no Honkai


Studio: Lerche

Director: Not Listed

Script/Series composer: Not Listed.

Hanabi and Mugi are bathed in envious gazers from all around as a beautiful couple with excellent moral conduct. But these two apparently perfect people in an apparently perfect relationship share a secret they can’t tell anyone.

Truly I don’t know quite what to think about this one as it’s a bit of an oddball. Let’s say I don’t quite like the story but I find it has a rather addictive quality to it. I have long complained about stories with teenagers moaning about love troubles while doing nothing to actually change the situation and to be blunt that’s really is all this is. This story starts out with two people who have one sided loves and decide to use each other to help with the heartbreak. However they are not the only ones with a one sided love here, there is actually a full on conga line of unfulfilled love. He’s in love with her, but she’s in love with some other guy who’s in love with some other girl, who’s in love with another girl, who’s in love with another guy and so on and so forth. Basically everyone’s in love with someone who doesn’t love them back and nobody’s happy. It’s a Soap Opera and whether this drama is your cup of tea is up to you. Personally I think that while I am fine reading it, watching it would be an immensely annoying experience.

 

Masamune-kun no Revenge


Studio: Sliver Link

Director: Mirai Minato

Script/Series composer: Michiko Yokote

As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation. Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki’s school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?

I read this manga quite a while back and my opinion of it is somewhat ambivalent. Let me say that you and I both know exactly where that synopsis is going. If you have seen a romantic comedy in your lifetime, you know where this is going and it certainly doesn’t break expectations. We also have a harem and your usual fanservice. Overall I don’t consider this to have anything that bad or good. The director is once again a newbie and the series compose worked on a large number of works but not a lot of great ones. They have Dagashi Kashi and I guess prison school here. Though they did work on Shirobako as well. this shows likely a mediocre watch to help you pass time in the season but a fairly forgettable title.

 

Seiren


Studio: Gokumi

Director: Tomoki Kobayashi

Script/Series composer: Kisai Takayama

The anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines. The three planned story arcs will focus on Hikari Tsuneki, Tōru Miyamae, and Kyouko Touno. The love stories take place in the summer of the main characters’ second year of high school. The protagonist Shōichi is anxious about growing up, and his homeroom teacher calls him to talk about his career plans. Shōichi meets various girls and heads to an unknown future.

Well we have girls in a school and if we are real lucky then maybe the won’t be doing cute things. Director worked on Akame Ga Kill and Hundred so that certainly doesn’t look promising. This seems to be Kisai Takayama’s baby as he is listed as the original creator though I don’t know what he is like as a writer considering this is his first work. He did do minor work with the Amagami series but I don’t know if that would influence this. Though the trailer certainly does make it seem like this story will be quite a bit like Amagami and by the syponsis it looks like they are going with Omnibus format like Amagami which has it’s hit and miss aspects. On one hand we get conculsive love stories. On the other hand having love stories consecutively with each girl one after another somewhat undermines the romance. Might prove more interesting with an original work but the school setting really does kill a lot of my interest.

 

Series I do look forward to

 

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2


Studio: Deen

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

The second season of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

The popular “alternate world home comedy” centers around Kazuma Satou, a hikikomori (shut-in) die-hard fan of games, anime, and manga. A traffic accident brings his disappointingly brief life to an end … or it should have, but he wakes up and sees a beautiful girl who introduces herself as a goddess. “Hey, I have some good news — would you like to go to an alternate world? You may only bring one thing you like with you.”

He responds, “…So, I’ll bring you.” With that, he is transported to another world and his great adventure subjugating the demon king begins … but first the hard work of finding food, clothing, and shelter begins. Kazuma wants to live in peace, but the goddess raises one problem after another, and then the demon king’s army has its eyes set on him.

In an old preview I made a miscalculation regarding this series. I wrote it off as the humor just didn’t really work for me in a written format and I thought that the anime would be hit or miss. Yet through direction or some magic I found the anime to be a great watch that had me smiling ear to ear. I think Studio Deen was with me in thinking that this series wouldn’t be any good as the first season only got a ten episode run. Yet with just how much the series exploded a second season was announced right at the shows end. So here we are at the second season and I certainly am ready. More fantastically animated explosions please.

 

Little Witch Academia (TV)


Studio: Trigger

Director: You Yoshinari

Script/Series composer: Not Listed

TV series of Little Witch Academia.

I personally loved the first two OVA’s of Little Witch Academia and have been wishing that Trigger would make a TV series ever since I seen the first one. In truth it really should have been their first project instead of making something as ambitious as Kill La Kill. Maybe then Kill La Kill could have been given the budget it deserved. But what’s done is done and we are getting a little Witch Academia anime now. All I truly want from this series is for it to have the same level of fun and lighthearted humor of the OVA’s. Sadly it looks like it will disregard the events of the OVA’s themselves and start the story anew. My biggest worry is that in an attempt to make a longer narrative they push it to become more serious. Though we do have the same director as the OVAs so that could be an unlikely scenario. Having watched the OVA’s recently i certainly am looking forward to this.

 

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen


Studio: Deen

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

Second season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.

It’s a no brainer I am watching this. Though it is rather funny that two of Studio Deens heavy hitters this year are getting sequels on the same season. Hopefully it doesn’t effect the quality of each series as they deal with two shows in the same season. There is the question of whether the second season can bring the same character development and Rakugo performances of the first season and how things are going to change from now after Yakumo’s story conclusion.

 

Youjo Senki


Studio: NuT

Director: Yutaka Uemura

Script/Series composer: Kenta Ihara

The novel series centers on a young girl who fights on the frontlines in war. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and nearly transparent white skin, and she flies through the air and mercilessly strikes down her opponents. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff, and she speaks with a young girl’s lisp and commands the army. Tanya used to be one of Japan’s elite office workers, but because of a wrathful god, was reborn as a little girl. Tanya prioritizes optimization and career advancement above all, and she will become the most dangerous entity among the Imperial Army’s sorcerers.

For anyone keeping up to date on the current status of light novels and manga you may find an overabundance of Isekai stories. Reincarnated into another world as a spider, a slime, a dragon, a slave master, a goblin, a butler, a wizard, a demon king, a farmer…there is a heavy saturation of these stories. I will at least say that Youji Senki is different. For one the common thread in these stories is the level of self congratulatory power fantasy present in them. However the protagonist of this story may gain high acclaim and respect, she is not a good person. She’s self serving, completely apathetic on human morals and willing to go to any degree if it means she gets a cushy job pushing paperwork. What makes this story interesting is that our main character is more a villain than a hero. There’s a level of comedy in how the story is told, namely in how the protagonist’s efforts to land a desk job often end up pushing her into more battlefields. In a strange way the setting is similar to that of Strike/Brave witches with a WWII setting and flying magical girls. However this certainly isn’t some bubbly tale of friendship and moe girls. Because they are here to fight people to ensure the prosperity of a military dictatorship. The studio is going to have to work hard as this story has a lot of war scenes which are going to be hell to animate. Of course this story isn’t perfect, for one this adaption is going to have trouble with transition as the novels rely heavily on internal narration. Also despite changes it does have some of the bothersome aspects of a Isekai story. But if handled well this could very well be a hit of the season.

4 Responses

  1. LookingForKeys says:

    Youjo Senki sounds like a story(told inside a story) I read in one of Heinlein’s books, something about a guy who’s ideal was to laze around on his own farmhouse…he got there as a retired general, with each decision on the way driven by what he *thought* at the time was a step involving the minimal work possible.
    Definitely going to try watching it.

  2. theemathas says:

    FYI, Chain Chronicle is missing.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      That one wasn’t listed on the site I usually used but yes it does appear so. However no real harm as that series isn’t really a series. It’s just the Chain Chronicle movies chopped up into TV episodes from what I hear.

  3. Firechick says:

    The only show that even remotely interests me this season is Tales of Zestiria 2.

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Niello
How come Violet went through war and back and still doesn't even recognise, in the slightest, the grim emotions humans sometimes feel such as pain, worry, distrust, anger, hate etc. Then the premise set up that she's going to learn love and all the other emotions, good and bad, though ghost writing and empathise with people. I call bull.
Niello
@Mario: The writing is disappointing and underwhelming, especially the characterisation. I would rant, but I'd rather not. It's just, if this show doesn't have the amazing visual or Kyoani name attached you can just imagine that its fate would be rather bleak.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: hhhmmm, I have good news, the French dvd of that film let the corpses tan is coming out in March, well before the vod release, so it'll probably get fansubbed or something before we have to wait for an official English web-dl/cast.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Was never much of an on stage/presentation man really, I was always rubbish at it, to quiet an introverted person really to get up in front of a crowd and give a lecture/speech.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: And this would be the part where I say it would be great if I even had half your presentation ability or sounded that clever.
Your voice is as imagined it, though I'd pictured you younger looking in my head.
KTravlos
fianlly done with the academic meeting I was organizing. Should get back to some anime watching. Also if you want to see my presentation go here

https://youtu.be/GNjtuf-nJ-s?list=PL7qM1ZYRwV_DbcW31vF_Codobpq7u6ffS
SuperMario
@Niello: Aside from your #1 (which ưe'll agree to disagree here), it's a nice set of shows you're follwing this season. Did you watch Violet Evergarden first episode thou and how did you think about it?
SuperMario
Great. Now I can't even send message here through my laptop.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: i think it's the same issue with kisscartoon. The original site was shut down sometimes ago, and now there are plenty of Kisscartoon's fake domains that are annoying as hell
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: its back up now though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its front page has server issues from time to time sometimes for hours.
SuperMario
I just read some manga on kissmanga a week ago, is the site down already?
Niello
Well to be fair batoto is down because of the site owner personal reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So Mangahere, mangachapter, baoto, animea seem to be gone and kissmangas front page is down , mangafox is slow, whats next to go down....
Niello
I don't currently see an anime this season that really stands out from the others. Right now if I have to rank them
1) Miira no kaikata
2) Kokkoku
3) Sora yori mo tooi basho
4) Koi wa ameagari no you ni
5) Takagi-san.
Not counting Devilman Crybaby since it's already finished.
Niello
@Eoghan I love Urobuchi and still find the Godzilla film weak.
SuperMario
I just looked through the nominations for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards and to my surprise, it's a pretty solid lineups. Find myself agreeing with most of their choices there
AidanAK47
Actually forgot about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know why you don't just read kara no shoujo 2 instead.
AidanAK47
And Himawari is actually boring me. It's proving difficult to push myself though just to see where the point that makes it highly regarded comes in.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: In the end I was pretty much curious about it.
AidanAK47
Yep, that's it. Gonna stop discord displaying what I play from now on. It's weird when people comment on it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now my current rankings: 1. Devilman
2.Junji itou
3. sangatsu
4. Cardcaptor sakura
5. Pop team
6. Evergarden.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Aidan
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm joking obviously, but I am surprised to see you playing Himawari Aiden.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh Aidan you and your lolicon visual novel you =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Alonaria: Shin Godzilla had the evolving godzilla thing and that freaky ass final shot too, it also justified itself quite well i think by showing how relevent he is today, given the nuclear thing and that it drew on the Fukushima incident essentially.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Alonaria: Thats a far better and shorter way of putting it than I.
Alonaria
I wish I'd just waited for the other parts of the Godzilla movie trilogy to be released. As it is, I'm just going to remember it as "that incomplete movie." And the character designs kind of blurred together for me, which was really disorienting.
Anonymous1746949
Oh psgels is back
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I've seen other Godzilla things so I pretty much was supposed to see this anyway.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or you know you could always take what I said with a pinch of salt, because you know....I don't get on with Urobutcher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The idea behind it is definately cool and a different spin for the franchise though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Maybe I was held back a bit by the cgi or the mediorce voice acting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I'd need to see its followup before properly assessing it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Godzilla often makes for silly films, but lke alot of silly older films the silliness and seriousness combine without clashing, this one is too Poe faced .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I saw that Godzilla anime film, I'd describe it as watchable in parts but far too caught up in setup mode and an unlikeable protaganist , it could go somewhere with what it raised at the start but this is an example of a first film in a trilogy that suffers from being unable to currently stand on its own.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I generally feel that Itou's stories have a winning track record but theres exceptions, Uzumaki and Gyo in manga form struggle toward the end and the first episode story the anime chose to adapt is, while fun one of the weaker offerings.
Alonaria
Honestly, the shorter stories have been more effective at getting a reaction out of me, though. I actually didn't really enjoy the first episode's first story, mostly because I found the MC too obnoxious. :.D Maybe because my younger brother chased me with a bug once and it was really unpleasant. XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: It wasn't just it coming out of her mouth, but when they were stamping on them too.
Anonymous1743747
@Kaiser: Yah, I was horrified for like 5 seconds but the other characters made me crack up. :.D
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although it was mixed in with laughing my ass of eventually.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of all the Itou stories to be un-nerved by, its the second half of this third episode oddly that does it for me and I never get uncomfortable during anything .
AidanAK47
@Anon, We are working on it.
Anonymous1742736
Are you planning on making a top anime of 2017 list?
Amagi
Yeah Mash is one of the few good ones it seems.
Amagi
Oh damn, good that you remind me, I didn't pick anything yet. But I guess I will go with Altera, considering that some of them don't look that good and I own her anyway. Would have wanted the Scat one but the drawing looks weird.
AidanAK47
Which Bond CE did you pick for the 2 mill? I went with the Mash one. Only only whose artwork I liked.
AidanAK47
Might settle for making Bryn my endgame lancer though.
AidanAK47
As I said in my Apocrypha post, I have no interest in any version of Jeanne. My top priorities for my endgame team is Isekander, Scathach and assassin Shiki. And Shiki is a welfare so only need to worry about the other two.
Amagi
Yeah, I was considering to keep rolling for the new 4* at first but I really want Jeanne Alter and she's coming soon.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I tried rolling for Karna and got nothing. Though I think Bryn is better. I plan on rolling one more time with the saint quartz we are getting to try for NP2. Though we do have the valintines event coming.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here, just got Brynhildr. Even though I already got Karna last month. But I wanted her, nice design, finally a single-targed 5* and she's even one of the few servants related to my country.
KTravlos
@SuperMario. The contemplation of the death of humanity, and the loneliness, both were very disturbing to me. Kinda like thinking of my grave.
AidanAK47
YANDERE GET. Bryn's mine baby.
AidanAK47
Gonna try rolling for Brynhildr tomorrow. Bit annoyed they chose to translate it as Brynhild. I mean it's not incorrect but her name is far more recognisable as Brynhildr
AidanAK47
@Amagi, The grind wasn't that bad for me. Mordred carried me for it. Though I managed to get Siegfried in the gacha despite not being on rate up. I admit that the event was rather lackluster. Story wasn't that fun and the whole saber restriction was a pain. Also gonna take me a while to readjust to regular damage.
Amagi
Man that FGO Saber Wars event was annoying. I am happy finally I have 2 mio. altrium now and am done with it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Reminder that netflix Godzilla anime is later today.
Amagi
Damn I didn't noticed that ankle band of the little demon from the intro scene of FranXX 01, now I feel stupid.
Lenlo
Yuasa is great! Ping pong and Tatami Galaxy are still some of my favorites
SuperMario
Oh fuck, the lead singer of the Cranberries passed away. I literally just listened to their music yesterday. Damnn, sad news
SuperMario
@Kaiser; thanks for considering me but I believe Wooper is much more a Yuasa's fan than I am
SuperMario
Far out!!!
SuperWooper
Yuasa will be answering questions on Reddit's anime board on the 20th.
SuperMario
@Niello: what do you mean regarding Yuasa?
SuperMario
@Travlos: I agree that Girls Last Tour is a special little gem, but in what ways it's disturbing?
Niello
Holy cow, Masaaki Yuasa AMA!! What magic is this?
Niello
Meawhile, Japan took a different approach and we ends up with a bunch of .hack rehash and diving more and more into escapism. Until we eventually got isekai and then it just spiraled into a sea of mediocrity.
Niello
While that opened its own can of worms, at least it opens up element about making ends meet, managing irl relationships, earning extra income for a poor family, getting cheated etc.
Niello
in the characters real life just fine. Something more a long the line of Net-juu but more technologically advanced. And I would say that plenty of those have been superior to Japanese online game and isekai story shenanigans. That said, it doesn't mean that those don't have their own kind of traps they usually fall in. A bunch of those instead focus on the aspect of making money off of games.
Niello
...Getting stuck in a virtual reality game and being transport to another world that happens to be like a game are completely different though. I don't know what is it with Japan and getting stuck in game plots considering that there are loads of other game-base Asian novels that came before it that manage story lines where they manage to tell compelling stories in game while balancing what happen
KTravlos
I finally finished Girls Last Tour. What a profound, fluffy and disturbing masterpiece. Bravo.
Amagi
Yeah. I feel the world swap is pretty much pointless when real life isn't relevant anymore. It's just a stupid as hell excuse to combine fantasy wish fullfilment with self-inserts, which is why these main characters tend to be 29 by now, just like the big part of the otaku community.
Lenlo
Of those you listed, no, I dont think they get explained? I mean, SAO did, but I dont think that falls into your category.

Thats why I liked .hack//sign over alot of more modern game Isekai. Also .hack//sign did explain what happened to Tsukasa.
Amagi
Considering how bad most of these are I wouldn't wonder if they wouldn't even bother with an explanation and just end it with the characters being happy in that game world and that's it. Or magic and the whole harem gets transported into reality at the end because power of love and such.
Amagi
I have no problem with a sci-fi fantasy mix, I liked .hack//sign for example, but it annoys me that such an incredibly bizarre situation gets never explained. Or maybe it will but it never happened so far because none of these LNs was ever finished and concluded yet. I just wish to know how they explain that.
Amagi
I mean all those shows in which the character just finds himself stuck in a real world that's (coincidentally?) the same as the game he recently played. Be it Overlord, Death March, Log Horizon or the 300 other series with that premise.
Amagi
Some thing that always bothered me about game isekai for which I never got an answer so far: did any of those series ever end and/or explain how the warp has happened and why the MC is in the game? - Not talking about .hack, SAO and such where the action of getting trapped is part of the premise
Niel
@Eoghan - Btw, Kokkoku isn't a time travel. it's stasis, apparently. Looks very promising so far. Though if I am to trust the manga score, it's shit.
Niel
But is Toradora really slice of life? As far as I can see it's straight up romance.
Lenlo
And Mario, ill rag on SOL all I want! :P

Wooper, its true good shows transcend genre, as there are still some like Toradora I like, but those are exceptions that prove the rule so to speak.
Lenlo
@Niel, yeah I base my potential % on the odds something gets/stays good.
AidanAK47
I am of similar mindset about Franxx. I want it to get better but I don't really see it doing so. Unless the other characters get a majority personality boost or the MC stops being a plank.
Niel
XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
I confess....I only sat through just over half an episode of aldonoah.
Niel
Since it's Trigger, I will give the benefit of the doubt. I'm just very skeptical about this whole formula.
Niel
The way I can see this series improving is through world building. And if other aspects are going to improve too, it's going to revolve around that.
Niel
It leaves about as much impression on me as much as the first episode of Aldnoah did, and I dropped that one straight away. The character chemistry doesn't look like it will go places that's not cliche. The gimmick doesn't seem like it has much potential either.
Niel
So you're all betting it on "this is going to get better". I mean, I hope it gets better. Though right now this feels more Kiznaiver than Kill la Kill or LWA.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd nominate Mario to do the devilman review as he's the most immediate Yuasa fan to do it and Bam is too awol to write it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The cute girl shows just bleed and blend in my mind now, same with the isekai shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Devilman, my show of the season, unless after the rain ends up having some emotional wallop.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So for me its looking like: Junji itou, Cardcaptor sakura, keeping up with sangatsu, wait and see on amegari . Not watching a time travel or trigger show and I remain unable to sit through Mahoutsukai .
Amagi
The story itself is generic so far but so are most Trigger series at the beginning so not sure. Maybe it will stay weak, but in general I prefer series that start with the weaker episodes and get better and better over time over the many series that use up all of their budget and trump cards in the first episode and drag on after that.
Amagi
I really love Trigger's esthetics and their characters. I am happy they're more often involved in non-trigger-only productions because I honestly think that most of the stuff I enjoyed about FranXX was heavily influenced by them.
SuperMario
@Nielo: Franxx's first ep was stellar for me. Storywise, it's lackluster (and I see the similar in tropes between this and Beatless) but production-wise it's excellent
SuperMario
I think I just keep watching it on a weekly basis. Still trippy as hell
SuperMario
Okay, I just watched second episode of Devilman Crybaby and it's still pretty good.
Nielo
By the way, what's up with Darling in the Franxx? I thought it's a very weak first episode.
Nielo
@Lenlo: Slice of life isn't my thing either, and I usually avoid series set in high school.
Nielo
@SuperMario: Takagi-san is cute, I'll admit that, but since I already read the manga it's not new to me. Sora Yori is good, but it's not particularly cute. I found Hakumei to Mikochi and Yuru Camp very boring. Haven't got the chance to watch Mitsuboshi Colors or Gakuen Babysisters but I don't think they could be more cute than Mii-kun.
SuperWooper
HOT TAKE: Genre is irrelevant. What matters is whether a show is good.
SuperMario
Don't knock off MY genre Lenlo. It's one of the reason I got into anime in the first place :)
Lenlo
Im not saying it doesn't do what it sets out to. I just don't think what it sets out to do is all that... great.
Lenlo
@Niello, Slice of Life was never my Genre in the first place :/ I typically avoid them. I have my own life to deal with and already graduated high school, why would I want to deal with a melodramatic anime highschool, is my line of thought.
SuperMario
@Niello: okay, let's see:Takagi-san (the titular character), Mitsuboshi Colors, Gakuen Babysisters (Toddlers!!), Hakumei to Milochi (tiny girls) and two more slightly more mature but equally cute: Sora Yori and Yuru Camp's casts
Nielllo
@SuperMario: I'm sure this is where our definition of "cute" parts way, but I'll ask anyway, what are those 5 shows?
SuperMario
@Niello: seems so because I can eaisily pick 5 more shows that are cuter, and better than Mummy this season ;)
Nielllo
...So I suppose I'm the only one who's kinda bored out by a lot of the slice of life shows that's trying to be cute this season and only perked up by the Mummy anime because it's actually do what it's meant to do and be legit cute.
Lenlo
I am interested in Koi, but still have concern about the relationship itself.

@Vonter, the mummy anime would be better as short vignettes together I feel.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Koi amegari is surprisingly tasteful, subdued and pretty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*to where
Kaiser-Eoghan
Try as I might, my love of kyoani tv anime has largely evaporated did where I no longer want to bother at this stage, I'll just wait and see. I'll just stay quiet on the franxx anime, theres little value in me trying to get through a trigger work at this point.
SuperMario
I get the exact same feeling with Takagi-san. It's pretty good on what it does but 20 minutes of the same thing for a whole season doesn't sound that promising
Vonter
The chibi mummy anime
Vonter
It's a shame it isn't a shorter 10 or 5 minute series, I think that format would make it shine more, since it does what it's trying to do.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I liked the second episode of Kokkuko or whatever the name is even more than the first one.
Amagi
I really have a problem with all these shows that rely on one single thing, joke, shenanigan or whatever. Be it something cute, some certain kind of interactiong or whatever. It doesn't matter how good it is it will bore me with episode 2.
Lenlo
Like, yeah, the mummy was cute. But the cute became rote/bland really quick. There has to be more than "cute" to be worth watching for more than a single episode to me.
Lenlo
@Niello, I was harsh because its not aimed at me. I wanted to drop it 5 minutes in, kept up for the post, then was thankful it was over. There wasnt anything overtly bad about it. Its just there was nothing good either.
AidanAK47
To be fair it's not as if we are lacking cute in this season.
In fact it's in danger of inflation.
SuperMario
@Niello: yes, the mummy is cute, the show is cute but beside that it's pretty mediocre. That show in particular is the only show that I have the damnest time to give it a potential rating.
Niello
It's not even down because of legal reasons, since the site pull down contents that are lincensed. It's down cause it's too much for the site owner to manage. Much of it also have to do with too many bots, which comes back to how a lot of other sites are relying on batoto.
Niello
@Masky: Not enough manga titles are getting translated. Batoto is the site scanlation groups basically rely on, and where other aggregation sites pull their content from. No batoto no obscure titles, a big blow to small scantation groups and one big manga/scanlator community down.
Niello
Why are you guys so harsh on the mummy show? It's so darn cute. Give it some credit. If a comedy show can be good because it does comedy well I don't see why a show ike Mummy can't be good if it can make people go "aww".
Masky
I don't really know why that is the case, maybe marketing budget and UI friendliness when done right? :P
Masky
Eh, wouldn't say it will kill manga industry. I mean, more and more official methods of reading manga online is starting to pop up and legit channels to pay to get access to manga can surprisingly enough harm free channels to get manga.
Masky
Anyway, I do find it funny how how the isekai character dies can be so meaningless that is joke in most of them
Niello
Batoto is going down, how this affect the manga reading is going to be interesting. Hope it's not slowly dying.
Masky
(at least that one, besides forgetting to introduce what the heck is gimmick besides generickness, acknowledged how most of otaku mcs shouldn't erally want to get transferred to fantasy world since they never get to see how their favourite mangas end :P )
Masky
Anyhoo, it gets annoying since its not just isekai being cliche, sometimes is just them being kind of badly written(or at least adapted to manga). Like, I found one new isekai today, but I have no idea what its gimmick is(from what I understood, its that "cute companion" that character gets is hideously op because mc didn't spefy cute girl when he asked god manager dude for cute companion)
Masky
Slime one is one of better from the more generic ones weirdly enough :P I mean I still wouldn't call it good, but at least MC character isn't god tier, just top tier and it has sort of village building simulation feel to it. Plus at least naming things giving monsters more powers is something funny regarding jrpg mechanics
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or alternatively the car was on a boat with the character or parents in it and the boat and car were hit by a falling plane lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its always "car accident" that sends the characters to another world or in harem cases "Lost parents due to car crash", for christs sake doesn't anyone die in out of control plane or speedboat crashes anymore, at least make it a motorbike....
Nayrael
Ah sorry, should probably not have touched the colors...
Nayrael
Trust me, Isekai is better when it doesn't try to be imaginative. When it tries to be original then... Isekai with a Smartphone... Isekai where the MC turns into a Slime... and my favorite: Isekai where the MC became a Hot Spring popular with sexy girls.
Masky
Assuming "new" things can happen under the sun
Masky
Anyhoo, I do wonder what the heck will be next "popular genre trope that will become so overused cliche that everyone groans whenever show uses it even if its actually good show"
Masky
Like, seriously you could do really interesting story variant on isekai with that if done right. Suddenly becoming characters you have roleplayed would be trippy as hell espicially if one of characters went really into detail with backstory while one of them is just "Bob the fighter, he likes fighting" and has to deal with what happens when you assume life of such a person
Masky
But I wouldn't honestly be surprised because of my anger issues related to amount of unimaginative isekai :P Though I guess trpg based one would be more imaginative in comparison
Masky
I'd assume not since I assume tabletop rpgs are much more niche than jrpgs in japan
Masky
So has anyone yet done isekai where guys getting transferred were playing trpg? :P
KTravlos
quite happy with most recent Attack of Titan manga chapter.
SuperMario
Alright, one more impression post to go before we really get on to new season
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, I just fixed it. Thank you
Kaiser-Eoghan
*than just the reviewers names
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Hello and welcome to the new year! New Year, a new Cour for Mahoutsukai no Yome, this time with slightly more plot. These past two weeks have been a bumpy ride of Mahoutsukai, with plenty to talk about. So let’s jump in! To start off, the new OP is terrible. The music isn’t as good […]

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