Posted by AidanAK47 on 28 March 2018 with categories: Seasonal Previews

Some seasons feel like they have ended before they have truly begun but that last season really couldn’t have ended any sooner. It’s funny as the word bad doesn’t quite describe it as the anime last season was basically fine quality wise. But everything was of such mild averageness that it sucked the enthusiasm out of all the writers on this site, including myself. There wasn’t a single anime that I would consider great and far too much easygoing fluff shows that didn’t leave much of an impression.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel my friends as this new season just may make up for the old one’s failings. We got a lot of sequels admittedly, but they are sequels to interesting shows at least, some of which needed a sequel very much. Not to mention we got high potential shows which are not sequels. Last season it was hard to find anything worth watching but this season we may have too much we want to watch. Both are not exactly ideal but I much prefer the latter to former.

So same deal as last time. I check out all the source and staff and see what we might be in for. Poll down below to vote which shows you wish to have covered. Thanks to Mario for gathering images, helping out with the format and chipping in on a few shows. Also forgive me for the lateness of the preview but things have been very busy lately for me.

Which series should we cover for the 2018 Spring Season?

 

The sequels/Shorts I don’t care about

Akkun to Kanojo (short)

Amai Choubatsu: Watashi wa Kanshu Senyou Pet (short)

Amanchu! Advance

Beyblade Burst Chouzetsu

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu HAPPY KISS

Fumikiri Jikan (short)

Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2: Part II

Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin

Koneko no Chii: Ponponra Daibouken 2

Ladyspo (short)

Lupin III: Part V

Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS

Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai (short)

Oshiri Tantei (short)

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen

Tachibanakan Triangle (short)

To Be Hero 2

Uchuu Senkan Tiramisù (short)

Souten no Ken: REGENESIS (prequel)

Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! (short)

 

Series I don’t care about

 

3D Kanojo


 

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

Director: Takashi Naoya

Script/Series composer: Deko Akao

Source: Manga

Hikari Tsutsui is a high school boy who is satisfied with the virtual girls he encounters in anime and games. He does not have many friends and he lives in his own world. One day, when he is stuck on pool cleaning duty, he is approached by Iroha, a “real girl” who is showy and popular with boys.

The good thing about this show is that the manga is complete so this could very well be a full adaption. The bad news is this is overdramatized shoujo nonsense where people get bent out of shape over the slightest of trivialities. There are likely those who might find it engaging but as for myself I just look at this over idealised version of love and shake my head. I can’t really see the relationship in this one as anything natural and more comes across as teenagers getting all over excited about pure infatuation. This is the director’s second show with his first being Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru. Series composer fares better with her most recent work being “After the Rain” in the current season. She also did Snow White with the Red Hair and Flying Witch so this looks to be in good hands on that front. If you happen to like Shoujo manga or anime this this might be for you but most certainly not for me. I hate shoujo with a passion.

 

Aikatsu Friends!


 

Studio: Bandai Namco Pictures

Director: Shishou Igarashi

Script/Series composer: Yuuko Kakihara

Source: Original

The new anime will have a theme of “Aikatsu with your friends!” and will center on a new protagonist named Aine Yuuki, who is good at making friends, and is enrolled in Star Harmony Academy’s general education track. She befriends Mio Minato, the school’s top idol, and becomes an idol herself.

Aikatsu Friends is a 38 episode show about idols in a high school and boy do I sure have no interest whatsoever. This is a spinoff of Aikatsu which is a show that had 178 episodes…oh my god. Look, I just don’t see this franchise having a story that requires 178 episodes to tell. I sure do look forward to the day the idol craze dies and hope it isn’t replaced by something more annoying. Director and Series composer did nothing of note. Sorry about not putting a lot of effort into this one but let’s be blunt, if you aren’t already into this series I am fairly certain this show isn’t going to suddenly convert you.

Alice or Alice (short)


 

Studio: EMT Squared

Director: Kousuke Kobayashi

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

This story gives a look at the daily life of a pair or Alice twins and their older brother who has a sister complex. Them eating meals, getting into fights, playing with friends… Would you like to peek at the heartful daily life of the cute Alices?

A 4 Koma manga so that means we got quickfire gags and not much substance. I have no real sense of humor when it comes to anime comedy most of the time but even with that I can tell this manga is just terribly unfunny. And comedy is all that it’s got cause the story isn’t there and the characters are archetypal. It’s bad, just pass on it. Trust me on this.

 

Butlers ~Chitose Momotose Monogatari~


 

Studio: Silver Link.

Director: Masaru Takahashi

Script/Series composer: Megumi Shimizu

Source: Original

Koma Jinguji (Jay) is the smart and handsome student council president. His elegant smile captures the hearts of women. Tsubasa Hayakawa is a multi-talented and gentle shop assistant at a café. His cafe latte with owl latte art is very popular with female customers. The two men travel through time to fight their archenemy. The charming “Butlers,” as they are called, fight supernatural battles and also experience a slapstick comedic life at their academy.

The word of the day is fujoshi bait. Alright it’s an original property so I don’t have any sources to look at and judging it like this may be unjustified, but just look at it. The promotional material and PV are showing off these boys as much as they can. You got your typical boy band line up and some poor excuse for a supernatural battle story to pretend it’s otherwise. This ain’t Shakespeare and you know it. It’s the first work of booth the director and series composer. If I am wrong then I will gladly admit so but I am more than willing to bet that I am not.

 

Caligula


 

Studio: Satelight

Director: Jun’ichi Wada

Script/Series composer: Touko Machida

Source: Video Game

The Caligula Effect is set in a virtual reality program known as “Mobius”, created so people can escape pain in their lives and live in an idyllic high school setting, forced to live out their 3 years Indefinitely. The main protagonist is one of a group who realize that they are in a virtual world, and form the “Go-Home Club”, a group dedicated to escaping from Mobius and its god-like overseer program, a vocal program called “μ”. They oppose the “Ostinato Musicians”, a group who supports μ and sees the Go-Home Club as traitors.

With any video game adaption it’s best to go in with low expectations, and those expectations should be lower when the game it’s adapting has an average review score of 5/10’s. I haven’t played it but from my estimate it looks like a poor man’s Persona which is rather unfortunate seeing as Persona also has an anime this season. I expect this to get overshadowed very fast and forgotten even faster but it is a wonder why they are attempting to gather promotion for a game that just isn’t particularly good. Wouldn’t that be better reserved for something like Radiant Historia, Atlus? On that topic, can we have ports of your games to other systems? You know there is a platform called PC that exists with a whole host of fans who would be more than willing to throw money at anything you got. Anyway we got the director of SukaSuka and Disappearance of Nagato Yuki. And the series composer behind Centaur no Nayami and Chain Chronicle. Oh and she’s doing Happy Sugar Life in the future, that’s rather interesting. Anyway when it comes to this show you likely are better off watching Persona 5’s anime instead.

 

Captain Tsubasa (2018)


 

Studio: David Production

Director: Toshiyuki Kato

Script/Series composer: Atsuhiro Tomioka

Source: Manga

Remake of the first series.

Tsubasa Oozora is an 11-year-old elementary school student who is deeply in love with football and dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. He lives together with his mother in Japan, while his father is a seafaring captain who travels around the world. Tsubasa Ozora moves to the town Nankatsu to increase his skills as a soccer player. He is challenged by the Super Goalkeeper Genzo Wakabayashi. He then agrees to compete and see who was the best soccer player there.

It’s David Production back with another series that isn’t Jojo part 5. Yes…why isn’t this Jojo part 5? Where is Jojo part 5 David? Where is it?! Alright jokes aside it just looks like a pretty typical sports series to me. This isn’t the first sports anime out there, not even the first to tackle football. Only difference is that this one is a lot more hot blooded and full of older tropes. Including highly enthusiastic exposition like “Holy jesus mother of christ Tsubasa just kicked a ball off a hill. By god!” Perhaps it’s just my general disinterest in football talking but this isn’t really grabbing me. There is some novelty but not enough to carry a full series. We have the director of Level E and the series composer has done a whole bunch of stuff of varying degrees of quality that it’s hard to gauge him. But one of his most recent efforts was 18if. If you like sports anime this might catch your interest but not much else here for the non-football lover.

 

Comic Girls


 

Studio: Nexus

Director: Yoshinobu Tokumoto

Script/Series composer: Natsuko Takahashi

Source: 4-koma Manga

Moeta Kaoruko ia a 15-year-old high school student and manga creator, who uses the pen name Chaos. After ranking at the bottom of a reader survey, Kaoruko’s editor recommends that she enter an all-female dormitory for manga creators. Kaoruko’s roommates are shoujo manga creator Koizuka Koyume, teen romance manga creator Irokawa Ruki, and shounen manga creator Katsuki Tsubasa. The girls support each other as they work to become better manga creators.

Cute girls be mangaka. I swear I have seen this before. Mangirl was it called? After last season I just have no patience whatsoever for these kinds of shows. This one really is exactly the same as any cute girls show you can think off. Topic may be different but the content is the same. Director is a first timer who is directing two shows this season which should totally not backfire at all. Series composer hasn’t really much to brag about besides maybe My Love Story and Tokyo Magnitude. Guess if you need a fix of this then it’s not a terrible show but part of me wants these shows to die out because god they must be running out of ideas by now.

 

Devil’s Line


 

Studio: Plantinum Vision

Director: Yoshinobu Tokumoto

Script/Series composer: Kenji Konuta

Source: Manga

Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood…

Uggh…there’s just something about this one I really don’t like. Maybe it’s the fact that this girl falls for this guy immediately after losing her current boyfriend and the guy pretty much forcefully kisses her out of nowhere. Basically it feels like a unhealthy relationship heavily romanticized with shoujo melodrama and I just hate it. Besides that this story is nothing new – it’s vampires so it’s the usual thing of them dealing with bloodlust while working for normal happiness. I don’t really see anything remarkable or that makes it stand out from any other kind of vampire fiction. The director has worked a lot of secondary roles but this is his first time in the director’s chair for a full series. Series composer is working on two other shows besides this and his resume isn’t too impressive. Look, unless you are a particular fan of vampire romance stories, I don’t think this will be remembered.

 

Dorei-ku The Animation


 

Studio: Zero-G

Director: Ryouichi Kuraya

Script/Series composer: Ryouichi Kuraya

Source: Manga

What if you could enslave anyone you ever wanted? Well, this comes close. The SCM lets you enslave anyone who is also wearing an SCM, at a price. One must win over the other, at anything, in order for the other to become their slave

My original first impression of this series from the cover art alone is that it was some BDSM thing and while it loves to represent itself with that kind of imagery it has nothing to do with it. Really it is a show about mind games, or at least trying to be as people enslave other people for their own agenda by making them play games. Think “No Game, No Life” though on a more realistic scale. While the concept is interesting, unfortunately this story falls apart on a number of levels, one of which being the large cast of characters that it jumps between. It starts with two people we think are the main characters only to jump to another pair of characters and another pair. With every new pair once again someone needs to explain the device and how it works. The narrative doesn’t seem to have a central plot and seems mainly character driven which moves to the next flaw. There is not one likeable character in this story, not one. They are all self-centered, abusive, idiotic scoundrels and the while some you may feel sorry for, that doesn’t last for long as they too become horrible. Case in point, the first chapter has a guy who thought that the best way he could break up with his girlfriend gently was to pretend he was gay and give another man a blowjob in front of her. Oh, and the reason he wants to break up with her is because she burped in his presence. Those are the kind of characters we got here people. Director and scriptwriter is the same fellow and seems he has mainly worked with series done by this relative new studio who made Dive, Tsugumomo and Battery which I have not seen beyond the first episode but seem to have mediocre reception. I suspect this may interest people at first but eventually viewers will drop off once they realize that they hate all the main characters.

 

Gegege no Kitarou (2018)


 

Studio: Toei Animation

Director: Kouji Ogawa

Script/Series composer: Hiroshi Ohnogi

Source: Manga

The stories center on an inhuman boy who straddles the line between the human and supernatural worlds.

I would like to be able to tell you what this show is about. I would like to…but the truth is that even after looking at several chapters of the manga, I still have no idea. Most I can gather is that this boy runs into supernatural stuff and hijinks ensue but the story structure is just so random that I can’t get a grasp on what is truly happening. For example, some old man is looking for an Ox spirit, finds it and dies. Then our protagonist somehow gets possessed by the spirit and it makes him take up some job performing. Then he gets kicked out for playing music from the underworld or something. It’s just that I look at this and think, “Okay, that happened. What now?” Director only previously directed Precure and the series composer worked on Birdy, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Noein. Yeah I can’t make head or tail of this one. I guess just check it out and see if it’s for you?

 

Gundam Build Divers


 

Studio: Sunrise

Director: Shinya Watada

Script/Series composer: Noboru Kimura

Source: Original

The Gunpla Force Battle Tournament is a big event held in GBN once per year. Competing in the final round are Avalon, led by the champion Kyoya Kujo, and the elite 7th Panzer Division led by the cunning Rommel. Starting with Kyoya’s Gundam AGE II Magnum, a variety of Gunpla take to the field to determine which is the strongest force!

Seems this series is a spiritual successor to Gundam Build Fighters which makes me wonder why they didn’t just call it a sequel. So is this the state of the once mighty Gundam? Gone from stories about war to children’s toys. Not sure how Gundam Build Fighters turned out but seems it wasn’t a bad show at least. Despite not being a fan of Gundam though I can’t help but look at this as a downgrade. Director previously directed a season of Gundam Build Fighters of course and series composer’s previous work is Kokkoku and the rest of his CV is rather bad with series like Knight’s & Magic and Seikoku no Dragonar. I feel this would be a series to appeal to fans of Gundam Build Fighters rather than something to jump into for a first timer.

 

Gurazeni


 

Studio: Studio DEEN

Director: Ayumu Watanabe

Script/Series composer: Hideo Takayashiki

Source: Manga

This is the story of Natsunosuke Honda, a pro baseball player—a relief pitcher who has been playing pro in a team called Spiders for 8 years. The team operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player’s performance determines his annual salary. Natsunosuke is one of the highest paid players in the game. He measures how good players are by how much money they make, and he intends to be on top and stay there, and as such is always looking for players to challenge and does everything to insure that he is better than they are.

What to even say about this one? Well it’s baseball, except with financial dependence. Meaning that players need to think about job security when playing as how well they do effects their paycheck. I only managed to read the first chapter which mainly was about the protagonist explaining the system and calculating finances. Besides the weird quirk though it’s basically a baseball anime and that is a sport I never found particularly interesting. Director is directing the other baseball anime this season and previously did Mysterious Girlfriend X and Space Brothers. Series composer worked on Maison Ikkoku and Rainbow.

 

High School DxD HERO


 

Studio: Passione

Director: Yoshifumi Sueda

Script/Series composer: Kenji Konuda

Source: Light Novel

The fourth season of High School DxD

You know I am not sure why but I tend to have a soft spot for this series over the rest of the usual tripe that this series wholeheartedly embraces. For someone who often decries fanservice in anime it may be surprising to see me actually enjoy a series like this. For make no mistake, this show is exactly what it looks like and I will not deny that it is pure fanservice mixed with some of the most stereotypical shounen crap you can think of. Yet I still find myself softening towards it and perhaps it’s because this series does not put up any pretense of pretending to have some story to tell. It’s silly and it knows it. But I don’t deny that could be my own bias. You watch this for boobs, butts and some decent action. I guess it reminds me of the harems of yesteryear and thus I go easy on it. Fact of the matter is I would gladly take another season of this over more Symphogear or god forbid, Eromanga sensei. Anyway we have a new studio doing this season and it looks like this series is actually getting good animation for once. The action might go from passable to actually pretty entertaining. We got the director of Rail Wars so that doesn’t bode well. Series composer doesn’t fair well as his most recent effort was King’s Game The Animation which was a trainwreck. Though that could be blamed more on the source. Staff looks bad but this series doesn’t exactly require Shakespeare. Still I will likely end up watching it, as it is fun garbage.

 

Isekai Izakaya: Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu


 

Studio: Sunrise

Director: Katsumi Ono

Script/Series composer: Shin Yoshida

Source: Light Novel

The anime center on a bar called “Nobu” — located in Kyoto, Japan, but with a door that is connected to the bar in another world. The visitors include denizens of the other world, and customers seek out its excellent “Toriaezu Nama” ale and cuisine.

Mario: The food-porn sub-genre might be the only slice-of-life type of show whose appeal I can never fully grasp. Its main sell is to get a group of people who spend time cooking or enjoy delicious foods on display. The joy of just looking at the dishes’ presentation and the “eureka” moment of having first bite. And I am here, looking at it from the far-distant screen, feeling nothing. I love good food but I have absolutely no interest in watching them on-screen. With Isekai Izakaya, didn’t this idea already get done last year? Mixing food-porn with isekai to grab our attention? Again? Granted, Isekai Shokudou has more fantasy elements than this, but looking at the PV, I don’t feel very confident. The visuals look lackluster and the character designs aren’t inspiring – even those from the old era look plain and old-school-y. The director’s previous works, however, are quite solid – he directed Hataraki Man and the Senki Zesshou Symphogear franchise. The series composer worked with the director in Yugioh! 5D, so at least… this can only get better, right? I don’t have high expectations for this one, unfortunately.

 

Juushinki Pandora


 

Studio: Satelight

Director: Shoji Kawamori

Script/Series composer: Toshizou Nemoto

Source: Original

On the day the Xianglong (Shanron or Soaring Dragon) Crisis occurred in 2031, Leon Lau was right in the middle of the unfolding events. The Quantum Reactor, a next generation energy device developed to replace dwindling environmental resources, exploded and unleashed an unknown energy. As a result, the global environment changed overnight. Living things (besides humans) and machines each underwent their own unique evolution, and the B.R.A.I. (Biological Revolutionary of Accelerated Intelligence) entities in particular evolved and came into being. Because of them, humanity was driven to the brink of extinction. Humans fight the B.R.A.I with M.O.E.V. (Multi-purpose Organic Evolution Vehicle) variable units. Seven years after the Xianglong Crisis, Leon is in the wilderness on the edge of the “absolute defense city” Neo Xianglong. Living with Chloe Lau under a “family pact,” he conducts his own research to counter the B.R.A.I. The awkward Leon and the busybody Chloe. They live day-by-day as if to forget the past for the moment. However, threats unrelentingly draw near.

I spy with my little eye an annoying imouto character. No source so I need to go by promotional material, and while the concept is interesting I find myself put off by the character designs and the presence of some standard tropes in the trailer. The little sister character in particular. The director appears to be the creator of this series and I don’t know much about the fellow other than he had a hand in designing the Transformers line of toys. He’s previously directed Macross Plus, Macross Frontier, AKB0048, Macross Δ, Sousei no Aquarion and Aquarion Evol. He also seems to have some other original anime coming which is called “The Next”. This guy looks to have a lot of experience with mecha so this could have some potential. Series composer did Log Horizon and the Towa no Quon movies. This is a wait and see kind of show as we really need to look at it properly before any real judgments can be made, though based purely on superficial attributes I would see it as a decent mecha show but not something that could become great.

 

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi


 

Studio: Gonzo

Director: Yoshiko Okuda

Script/Series composer: Tomoko Konparu

Source: Light Novel

The series centers on a female college student named Aoi, who inherited the ability to see spirits from her late grandfather. Aoi prides herself on her cooking, and one day she’s feeding some agricultural spirits when suddenly a god and the master of the “Tenshinya” (Heavenly Inn) appears and takes Aoi away. He says that due to her grandfather’s debts, she must become his bride. Aoi hates this idea and instead declares that she will pay back her grandfather’s debt by working at the Tenshinya.

Isn’t it fascinating that in harems girls are often the proactive ones in love, and yet in reverse harem shows the boys are more aggressive? it’s almost as if media portrays to either sex that they are not the ones to make an effort and instead should just wait for what they want to fall into their lap. Not really the best lesson…oh right the preview. It looks fairly typical really, willing to bet this might be the best of the female targeted anime this season but that isn’t really based on any kind of evidence. Only that the of the other two, one’s an otome and the other just looks low effort. Then again Gonzo are not exactly a high tier studio.

 

Kiratto Pri☆Chan


 

Studio: Dongwoo A&E/ Tatsunoko

Director: Hiroshi Ikehata

Script/Series composer: Kazuho Hyodo

Source: Original

First-year middle school girls Mirai Momoyama and Emo Moegi are two aspiring idols who decide to use the “Pri☆Chan System,” a system used by famous people and companies to broadcast content. Like many girls starting their own channels and uploading content, the pair decide to become their own producers, starting their own channel in an attempt to become Pri☆Chan idols.

If I didn’t hate idols before, I most certainly do now. How much money do these shows make honestly? Are Japanese otaku so easily satisfied that they just buy boatloads of the exact same show without remorse? Anyway, the director did Mahoujin Guru Guru and Akiba’s Trip: The Animation. Series Composer did Relife and Akiba’s Trip: The Animation. Look I don’t think I have to tell you this is a waste of time. Let it fall on the pile of other idol anime and be forgotten.

 

Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari


 

Studio: J.C. Staff

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki

Script/Series composer: Hideki Shirane

Source: Video Game

The story takes place in a world where fantastic beasts called “Spirals” are born from isolation. Those who can defeat the beasts are called “Periods.” Haru is an apprentice Period who belongs to the Arc End 8th Branch. However, after a mysterious theft incident, there is an economic collapse, and the Arc End headquarters abandons the 8th Division, leaving only three Periods left, including Haru. Haru and the other two Periods start their work to rebuild the 8th Division.

As with any video game adaption, your expectations should be low. With the exception of Visual novels, there hasn’t really been a video game adaptation that truly shone. Except maybe Gungrave. But to make matters worse, this is an adaption of a smartphone game which means it is rather doomed. Smartphone games are not really known for storytelling prowess and I highly doubt this will change that. The trailer has some truly cheap animation and the premise looks to be cute girls trying to be funny. We got the director of Familiar of Zero and the series composer of Yumekui Merry, Hidan no Aria, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka and Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken. I would pass on this, it looks pretty bad.

 

Lost Song


 

Studio: Dwango/ LIDENFILMS

Director: N/A

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Original

It tells the story of two young women in a fantasy world of music and war. One is Rin (Suzuki Konomi), an energetic girl who loves to eat and who lives in a verdant frontier village. The other is Finis (Tamura Yukari), a songstress who spends her lonely days deep within the royal palace. Both share a special power no one else has, a miraculous power that can heal wounds, create water, and stir the wind—the power of song. Guided by destiny, the two young women each face an arduous journey. The shadow of war looms over the kingdom, and loved ones will meet their deaths as silent screams echo through a stone prison. As their destinies intersect, will the final song be one of despair or hope?

Mario: Another title in Netflix’s string of original shows (reminds me that I need to catch up with other Netflix shows), so what do we have here? A non-isekai fantasy show (thank god!) that uses songs as its source of magic power (huh?). I guess the only good thing that will come out of this show is the soundtrack because it seems this story is made to have its two girls sing as much as possible. The PV looks decent with fantasy settings and passable character designs… until the jarring CG gets in the way. And at just one minute, this obvious issue isn’t a good sign. Director and Series Composer are a total mystery, but we already know Theme Song Lyrics and Theme Song Performers so yeah, you probably know what aspect this show will cash on. Really makes me wonder what Netflix saw when someone pitched this idea to them.

 

Mahou Shoujo Ore


 

Studio: Pierrot Plus

Director: Itsuro Kawasaki

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

This story is about a 15-year-old girl who is a newbie idol in love with her best friend’s brother who is also a popular idol. But she runs into a scary yakuza guy and finds out that her mother was an ex-magical girl, and the yakuza guy was her mascot. Her love interest gets kidnapped by demons that look like burly men with cute squirrel heads. So she contracts the yakuza to become a magical girl, which in this story means she turns into a handsome guy in a magical girl outfit. On top of that, her love interest shows an attraction toward her magical guy form. Her best friend turns out to be in love with her and also becomes a magical cross-dressing guy to save her life. Thus, their manager, who is a magical girl geek, then decides to turn them into an idol unit.

I was half convinced this was a surprise sequel to Pop Team Epic with that description but seems not. Anyway this show is rather off the wall but unlike the previously mentioned, in a much less creative way. See this show is attempting to parody the magical girl genre but instead of mocking the genre staples they instead just subvert expectations and pray that it’s funny. But the subversion is rather on the predictable side like “Oh hey she turned into a magical boy instead of a magical girl, isn’t that weird?!” or “Oh hey, she fights her enemies with grenades and brute force instead of magic, isn’t that weird?!” But having seen half a dozen magical girls parodies with the same kind of jokes this just doesn’t really do anything for me. The director really hasn’t worked on anything worth noting and I don’t know how Pierrot Plus is involved with Studio Pierrot but I call this adaption doomed just by their mere involvement. Though even if this wasn’t the case I don’t think this will catch anyone’s attention for long.

 

Mahou Shoujo Site


 

Studio: production doA

Director: Tadahito Matsubayashi

Script/Series composer: Takayo Ikami

Source: Manga

Asagiri Aya is a young girl who has fallen victim to bullies at her school. Looking for a way to escape her troubles, she looks to the internet for distraction, when a mysterious website called “Magical Girl Site” appears. Simply viewing the page is all it takes to hurtle Aya headlong into the deadly world of the Magical Girl Apocalypse. There, it’s fight or die, against a seemingly endless array of savagely adorable, frilly-skirted killing machines, each armed with magical powers and an unquenchable thirst for blood and chaos.

So fun fact, virtual youtuber Kizuna Ai is starring in this anime. You might not know her but she’s basically a cgi anime girl youtuber that does lets plays and general comedy. She’s pretty entertaining as well…unlike this show. This story very much feels like a teenager watched Madoka Magica and decided that he could do that too but darker and betterer. The end result is a series that is just trying so hard to be grim and mature that it veers into comically bad forced storytelling. As an example, the bullies of the main character decide to escalate things to the level of getting a guy to rape her, and ladies and gents that’s just episode one. The characters in this show just ham it up hard and have facial convulsions that would make Kakegurui shake its head in shame. For an example, think of it like Mirai Nikki where the scenario is so ridiculous and yet the characters take it completely seriously. This is this animation studio’s first TV anime and also the director’s first TV anime, though he worked on a lot of bit roles and the series composer worked on the two most recent Ikuhara shows and Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru. At best this could be a guilty pleasure but otherwise I wouldn’t really recommend watching this.

 

Major 2nd


 

Studio: NHK Enterprises

Director: Ayumu Watanabe

Script/Series composer: Kenji Konuta/Michihiro Tsuchiya

Source: Manga

Daigo is born as the son of Gorou, a father who is too great. What path will Daigo, who is burdened with great expectations, take in baseball?

Our protagonist wanted to be a pro baseball player but sucked at it and now in the future when he has given up on it people are trying to force him to play baseball again. Because in this universe baseball is everything. This is another one of those sports stories where it doesn’t do anything particularly wrong but still is rather unremarkable. There is a bit less on the sports formula due to the protagonists being familiar with the sport. Can’t say I am fond of the premise of forcing this kid back into baseball as I feel he has legitimate reasons for quitting. I mean if he continued to play he would be constantly compared to the skill of his father and the fact of the matter is that he isn’t that good and never will be. So yes, let him go off and find a new passion instead of forcing him back into his old one. Director previously did Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers and is oddly directing both baseball themed anime this season. We got a lot of script writers making me think this could be a 50 episode show. One of the script writers is in charge of three shows this season alone and the other listed here did ClassicaLoid. Anyway this is a passable sports show, nothing more.

 

Nil Admirari no Tenbin


 

Studio: Zero-G

Director: Masahiro Takata

Script/Series composer: Tomoko Konparu

Source: Visual Novel

The Taishou era didn’t end in 15 years, but went on for another 25. In order to protect her waning family, a girl resolves to marry a man she doesn’t even know the name of. However, just before the marriage was to take place, the girl’s younger brother mysteriously committed suicide by self-immolation and was found holding an old book in his hands. Appearing before the bewildered young girl was the “Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau,” more commonly referred to as “Fukurou.” According to these men, there exists “Maremono,” which are books that greatly affects its readers. On top of that, ever since the incident involving the girl’s younger brother, she unwittingly gains the ability to see “Auras” (the sentiments of the Maremono which manifest as bright lights and are usually invisible to humans). It was as though fate were trying to drag the young girl in its flames. And then, even though apprehensive, the girl chooses to venture outside her bird cage. Jealousy, hatred, scorn, compassion and love. What awaited the girl was the darkness of betrayal that had already begun to bewitchingly inlay the imperial capital. Toyed by and swayed within that darkness, will the young girl finally reach the truth after her struggles, or…?

It’s otome, therefore it’s crap. A prejudiced bias but dare tell me it isn’t true that every otome adaption has been bad. I have yet to see a good one, that’s for sure. And this honestly looks like the exact same thing as before. Plank for a protagonist that somehow gets all the boys after her. A series of archetypal males falling into the same old cliches. And an overly complicated backstory that ultimately means diddly squat. Director did nothing of worth and the series composer wrote a bunch of otome-like stuff. Zero expectations, only watch if you like this kind of thing.

 

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori


 

Studio: ZEXCS

Director: Tomomi Kamiya

Script/Series composer: Deko Akao

Source: Manga

Four men—Gure, Sui, Tokitaka, and Tsubaki—each help run a Japanese tea shop together called Rokuhoudou. When one visits the shop, they are greeted warmly, is served with tea, and are often helped with any problems they may have.

Hot guys in a tea shop, yep one look is enough to tell me that I am not the target demographic. Despite that the character designs seem rather bland and the premise isn’t all that interesting. I haven’t been able to check out the manga due to it being in Japanese only but from general image searches it seems this is a slice of life comedy of sorts. Director is new and the series composer has a body of work that makes them impossible to gauge. With a fair amount of certainty I can say this show likely won’t be missed or remembered by season’s end.

 

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru


 

Studio: Seven Arcs

Director: Hirokazu Hanai

Script/Series composer: Takayo Ikami

Source: Light Novel

The series takes place in an alternate world, staged mostly in the city of Eridana, whose territory is half in the Tseberun Dragon Empire, and half in the Lapetodes Seven Cities Alliance. Each half is separated by the Orielal River. In this world, special abilities called spell formulas (咒式, jushiki) exist, which are essentially chemical reactions augmented through special weapons that cause a magic spell-like effect. These special weapons are called Magic Staff weapons, and are as varied as regular weapons are. Spell formulists use these spell formulas to fight with “Beasts of Abhorrent Form,” natural creatures that use spell formulas and pose a threat to humans, such as Dragons, Aions, or Enormes. The story focuses on the two main characters, Gaius Sorel and Gigina Ashley-Bufh, the only two employees of Spell Formulist dispatch office Ashley-Bufh & Sorel Co. They are met with a variety of requests from a variety of clients, all requiring the adept use of spell formulas.

No translation of the light novel so I’m working blind, but I have a feeling this might be one of those shows. The ones that make a lay of having some supernatural battle story but in reality it’s all about appealing to the fujoshis. The all-male cast certainly seems to confirm that. And boy just what are these names for the characters? The main character’s name is Gigina Jerde Dolk Melios Ashley Boeuf. The animation in the trailer isn’t too impressive either. Honestly expecting nothing from this one. Director worked on Azumanga Daioh, Trinity Seven and a Certain Magical Index. Series composer worked on Ikuhara shows Penguindrum and Yuri Kuma. I don’t know a lot about this but I feel that it’s not going to be worth your time.

 

Tokyo Ghoul:re


 

Studio: Studio Pierrot

Director: Odahiro Watanabe

Script/Series composer: Chuuki Mikasano

Source: Manga

Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organization Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence. The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo’s unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures. The leader of this group, Haise Sasaki, is a half-ghoul, half-human who has been trained by famed special class investigator, Kishou Arima. However, there’s more to this young man than meets the eye, as unknown memories claw at his mind, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be.

Just let it die Pierrot. You already destroyed any merit the original manga had with the previous two seasons and making another season based on the manga’s sequel isn’t going to fix that. To begin with, this is where Tokyo Ghoul really started to lose me when I was reading the manga. Out of nowhere it ends abruptly and does a soft reboot with brand new characters in the same setting, never again building the same intrigue it originally had and having to rely on referencing the old series to keep people’s interest. Director only previously directed something called Soul Buster and seeing as neither you nor I have heard of it I think it speaks to the quality of that particular show. Same series composer who worked on the previous two series and nothing else so we can be sure to see this butchered as well. Honestly just pass on this if you are a fan, there is no way your expectations will be met.

 

Uma Musume Pretty Derby


 

Studio: P.A. Works

Director: Kei Oikawa

Script/Series composer: Akihiro Ishihara

Source: Video Game

The game’s concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent running capability, and who aim to become top idols and compete in the national sports entertainment show “Twinkle Series.”

Cute girls be horses. Yeah this just doesn’t have anything new to offer besides the horse gimmick. Main character is an energetic idiot and you got the usual gathering of template heroines. Hoping the director focuses more on the other show he is directing this season (Hinamatsuri) which has much more potential. Series composer is the former director of the Idolm@ster game series and this is his first time writing for an anime. I have no remorse in telling you to skip this one unless you are looking for a cute girl fix even after the overabundance from last season.

 

Series I am middling on

 

Cutie Honey Universe


 

Studio: Production Reed

Director: Akitoshi Yokoyama

Script/Series composer: Natsuko Takahashi

Source: Original

Honey Kisaragi appears to be an ordinary girl attending St. Chapel Academy, but in reality she’s the “Warrior of Love” Cutie Honey, a super-powered android created by Dr. Kisaragi. Honey and her allies investigate the evil schemes of Panther Claw, a criminal secret society, but Honey doesn’t realize that the leader of Panther Claw is already closer than she thinks…

Another Go Nagai adaption to commemorate his 50th anniversary as a manga artist and this one I have very little experience with. For the most part I think this is like a raunchier version of a magical girl show and I don’t know if this will be a update of the old story to fit modern conventions like Devilman Crybaby or a brand new thing entirely. Truthfully from my experience with Go Nagai works it seems that he is more famous for what he inspired, more than what he created. His works tend to be balls to the wall insane so for the most part it’s preferable to watch them for fun factor rather than any kind of storytelling excellence. So I believe that the deciding factor here is making this adaption as energetic and charming as possible. The director only previously directed PhotoKano and the series composer is all over the place in terms of quality. Some good, some great but quite a bit of bad. Recent efforts were “In another world with my smartphone”, “Renai Boukun” and “Hakyuu Houshin Engi” so staff-wise this doesn’t look good. But even then I think this would be a decent watch at best and not a hit of the season.

 

Boku no Hero Academia 3


 

Studio: Bones

Director: Kenji Nagasaki

Script/Series composer: Yousuke Kuroda

Source: Manga

The third season of Boku no Hero Academia.

Mario: Arguably one of the most popular anime shows in recent years, this third season is highly anticipated by anime fans, and for good reason. Boku no Hero is one of the rare shows that hits the right balance between embracing its shounen tropes and having enough heart to stand tall on its own. Admittedly, the team here isn’t quite as enthusiastic about it as the masses, but if you already like the first two seasons, then you can expect great things here. The same staff returns to this season, so the quality will be consistent, and the upcoming Training Camp arc, along with the fight against the League of Villains, is considered one of Hero Academia’s most satisfying arcs in the manga. So hop on for the ride, guys.

 

Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File


 

Studio: Lidenfilms

Director: Susumu Mitsunaka

Script/Series composer: Akihiro Hino

Source: Video Game

The story is set in London and follows Katrielle as she solves mysteries with her talking dog Sherl.

I played the first four Layton games and even bought the fifth only to never play it. Even watched that Professor Layton anime movie that came out and it wasn’t half bad. My main memories of the series were being interested in the story while losing all patience with the puzzles, and resorting to wild guesswork. Not sure what this new girl Katrielle is like, though it seems her game got decent enough reviews. I am cautious of an anime adaption however, as video games haven’t translated the best to this medium. Let us not be reminded of the Phoenix Wright anime. Seems we got a fifty episode run and from what I hear of the games this girl’s cases tend to be more episodic than having a ongoing plot. Even if executed well I have more of an attachment to the old characters than these brand new ones and I see this being more harmless fun than anything truly groundbreaking. We got the director of Haikyuu!! and the original writer of the games on the the staff. I say this could be fun for fans and maybe a decent watch for non-fans, but otherwise fairly forgettable.

 

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu -Die Neue These- Kaikou


 

Studio: Production I.G.

Director: Shunsuke Tada

Script/Series composer: Noboru Takagi

Source: Novel

In humanity’s distant future, two interstellar states—the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance—are embroiled in a never-ending war. The story focuses on the exploits of rivals Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power and fame in the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, a series so revered that you ascend into a new area of anime godhood if you ever manage to complete it. Or at least the legend goes. As someone who actually has watched it let me give you the rundown. When I watched the first series I thought the space battles would be the highlights of the series and in a odd twist of fate they turned out to be the least entertaining parts. Instead it’s the politics and epic scope of the narrative that make this truly special. The real achievement of this is that it tells a story that sounds like actual history as it recounts events and people whose influence is no less iconic than people you would learn about in school. But therein lies the problem, as anime today doesn’t quite give the episode count needed to tells such grand protracted tales of humanity throughout the ages, so this series could really suffer for that. On top of which, while some may argue otherwise, LOTGH was very much a product of its time and when adapted into a more modern climate, flaws that were easily overlooked can become glaring issues. I am also not too keen on the new character designs, in particular Yang Wenli who was more middle aged in the old series and that matched his character. Whereas here he looks like he’s the same age as Reinhard despite being ten years older than him. From my guess this looks to be a more faithful adaptation of the original novels which could be a plus or negative depending on your perspective. On one hand, this will be a more abridged, better-animated version of the series, but it will be missing the extra episodes of the original that helped flesh out the world and give a sense of time progressing. Director worked on Kuroko no Basket and that’s about the only thing worth mentioning in his resume so that makes me wonder just why he was placed in charge of a fairly beloved classic? Series composer is also fairly odd as he did Baccano, Durarara, Tonari no Kaibutsu-ku and C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control so yes, why is he doing this. He’s even handling Golden Kamui this season as well which makes me concerned that this might be a low effort cash grab of an adaption. I’m not sure how this one could turn out even if it’s adapted well, so rather than champion it I shall be cautiously optimistic.

 

Hisone to Maso-tan


 

Studio: Bones

Director: Shinji Higuchi

Script/Series composer: Mari Okada

Source: Original

Straightforward and innocent Amakasu Hisone is a rookie self-defense official. She was struggling with the fact that she sometimes hurts people unintentionally by her innocent words and decided to join in Air Self-Defence, hoping to maintain a certain distance from people. This decision led her to a fateful encounter which profoundly changes her life. It was the dragon hidden in the base and it chose Hisone as his pilot. When it soared into the sky with Hisone, her fate as a dragon pilot was decided. It is said that dragons have a key to the future of the world…

Original series so there’s nothing to go off besides a PV and the staff. The PV honestly gives me the impression that this is going to be some cutesy slice of life thing or go the Made in Abyss route of having moe designs in a dark serious story. We got the director of Kiznaiver running the show but the main point here that can give us a decent idea for what we might be in for is the scriptwriter who is Mari Okada. You likely know her for Anohana, Toradora, Gundam Orphans, Wandering Son or Kiznaiver. Okada is someone who can promise potential and disaster by her inclusion. I do not deny that she can be a talented writer but she can also overblow melodrama in her works or lead them down the wrong path. You may think I am being harsh but remember that this is the person who did series composition for the cerebral trainwreck that is Mayoiga and wrote the rather lackluster Wixoss. Even her greatest achievements are arguably flawed. So really it’s up in the air as to whether this series will be good or not, and even if it starts good there is no promise it will remain so.

 

Megalo Box


 

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Director: You Moriyama

Script/Series composer: Katsuhiko Manabe

Source: Original

JD (Junk Dog) participates in fixed boxing matches in an underground ring in order to live. Today, he enters the ring again, but he encounters a certain person. JD wants to take on a challenge that risks everything.

Another classic comeback with a sequel to Ashita no Joe. Or is it a spinoff? Does it have anything to do with it? Well it’s a boxing anime and out of all the sports I would say boxing is at least something I am interested in. I’ve never seen Ashita no Joe but I have heard good things and assume it’s somewhat like Hajime no Ippo. Except maybe more drama and manly energy to it. Both the director and series composer are new, though we have the original creators of Ashita no Joe on the staff. Overall it could be quite interesting and get me interested in watching Ashita no Joe.

 

Persona 5 The Animation


 

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Masashi Ishihama

Script/Series composer: Shinichi Inotsume

Source: Video Game

The official Twitter account for Atlus’ Persona franchise announced that the Persona 5 game is getting a television anime series by A-1 Pictures in 2018.

The Persona anime adaptions so far have been alright. Persona 4 the Animation was decent fun. The Persona 3 movies were actually good, at least concerning the first two movies I watched. Still, Persona is best experienced from the games themselves as there are factors which anime just can’t replicate. I have yet to play Persona 5, but I expect much the same here as I did in the others: a decent view of the games while not quite being as good as them. I myself will be stopping after watching the first episode because the game is on my backlog and I want to experience it through that…sometime in the future. (I mean jesus it’s pretty much a 90 hour game. Ain’t nobody got time for that.) We got the director of From the New World and the series composer did Gangsta, Hayate no Gotoku and Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited. I say this one is more for fans of the game or those who don’t have time to play it.

 

Piano no Mori (TV)


 

Studio: Fukushima Gainax

Director: N/A

Script/Series composer: Aki Itami

Source: Manga

A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who’s been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Syuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life.

Seems there has already been a movie about this which makes me wonder if they plan on reusing footage. The manga is completed with 241 chapters so that means this certainly won’t be a full adaption. I read the first few chapters but it failed to capture my interest. Mostly was about schoolyard antics and kids playing piano. Again my tolerance for slice of life styled anime has been lowered significantly so others might get much more out of it. We got the series composer of Nijiiro Days and Aku no Hana. Anyway, this could be a fine watch for those interested, though the lack of info about the studio and director has me wondering if it will really air this season.

 

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online


 

Studio: Studio 3Hz

Director: Masayuki Sakoi

Script/Series composer: Yousuke Kuroda

Source: Light Novel

Kohiruimaki Karen is a 183-centimeter-tall college student who’s insecure about her height and is bad at dealing with people in the real world. She enters the world of Gun Gale Online with her avatar, Llenn, who is less than 150 centimeters tall and wears all pink. She meets a beautiful, brown-skinned female player who goes by Pitohui. They hit it off but one day Pitohui pressures her to participate in “Squad Jam”, a team Battle Royale variation of the Bullet of Bullets tournament.

It just won’t die and fade into memory now will it? Is this PUBG inspired? Though this series isn’t written by the original author of Sword Art Online. Only read the first three chapters of this one and it’s alright I suppose. I like the complex of a tall antisocial girl seeking out VR games in order to play as a small character. Without Kirito here there’s none of the harem plot armour crap either so that’s a plus. Guess the only real problem is the lack of stakes but it looks like something is brewing under the shadows to give the story some direction. Can’t say the director has done anything worth talking about unless you were a fan of Needless. Series composer is working on Hero Academia season 3 as well. Series composer’s work seems split between fanservice shows and some pretty good shows like Hellsing Ultimate and Requiem of the Phantom. I don’t think this show will be stirring up as much of a fuss as SAO did but it could be a good time waster for fans.

 

Shiyan Pin Jiating


 

Studio: Big Firebird Cultural Media Co., Ltd.

Director: N/A

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

A scientist couple has been arrested for conducting illegal studies, allegedly for performing genetic modification on five of their children. Youngest children, Dannis, is the only one who grew up as a normal human, and has become the only family member who has to tend to rest of the members and to try to find a medicine to turn them into normal humans again.

We have a Chinese-made anime and considering our previous experience with Chinese anime that would mean low expectations. Despite that I admit that the production quality of this show from the PV actually looks quite good. The premise seems like a fun slice of life with a supernatural twist despite how dark their past sounds. We got nothing as far as staff goes and this is the animation studio’s first TV anime with their only other two preview works being short web shows. I am curious about this one and hopefully this means a change with China’s general anime track record.

 

Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai


 

Studio: Doga Kobo

Director: Mitsue Yamazaki

Script/Series composer: Yoshiki Nakamura

Source: Original

Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, a transfer student from Luxembourg. Upon arriving in Japan, she got lost, separated from her travel companion. Mitsuyoshi helps her and brings her to his grandfather’s coffee shop.

No source so I am working on first appearance and based on that I don’t see any major missteps here. It looks more focused on romance than slice of life which would be a blessing. Trailer animation looks good and cinematography seems spot on. Both the director and series composer worked on Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Overall seems rather promising.

Series I do look forward to

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory


 

Studio: Xebec

Director: Katsuchi Nakayama

Script/Series composer: Shoji Gatoh

Source: Light Novel

The third season of Full Metal Panic!

Back in the days of my anime youth I actually went and read to the end of the Full Metal Panic novels through what was a pretty terrible translation. Thankfully my memories of that readthrough have faded over time and I hope I can watch this series to its conclusion through this anime. That is of course if this anime intends to go to its finale. There are 12 main Full Metal Panic novels and so far 5 of them have been covered in anime form. The remaining 7 could potentially be covered with a two cour anime though more episodes would be ideal. The odd thing here is that this is the third studio to take to adapting this series with the first series being made by Gonzo, Fumoffu and Second raid by KyoAni and now we have Xebec who are primarily known for for their more fanservice driven works like To Love-Ru. I am rather conflicted by this but they have worked on mecha anime before with Fafner, Break Blade, Nadesico and some others. We got the original creator in doing series composer which is a nice trend in recent anime. Director is newer than I would have liked as he only directed the Planetarian OVA and movie as well as one episode of His and Her Circumstances. I am quite looking forward to this series and I am hoping they can do it justice as maybe I can finally see a genuine anime ending conclusively for a change of pace.

 

Golden Kamui


 

Studio: Geno Studio

Director: Hitoshi Nanba

Script/Series composer: Noboru Takagi

Source: Manga

In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.

Likely a contender for the most anticipated anime in this season and the manga does show why. This is certainly a story that grabs you from the start with two interesting main characters with a nice character dynamic. I have heard rumors that over time it becomes like a bit of a hunting manga rather than focusing on its core plot but I am not certain on how truthful that is. But if done well this will certainly catch people’s attention. Though this seems to be the second main work of a new studio who previously brought us Kokkoku. I would actually like to use Kokkoku as a guide to the animation quality we might receive but honestly I haven’t really finished it. We got the director of Gosick and Heroman. Series composer did Baccano, Durarara, Koi Kaze and Sankarea while he also appears to be working on the new LOTGH remake. I would say this should be on your radar if you are watching anime this season as no doubt it will end up near the top if done correctly.

 

Hinamatsuri


 

Studio: feel.

Director: Kei Oikawa

Script/Series composer: Keiichirō Ōchi

Source: Manga

One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn’t use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina’s strange life together is just beginning…

If this adaption is done correctly this could be a comedy hit of the season. The manga is one of the few I consider to be very funny and while the story synopsis above makes it sound like there is more action involved, this is mainly a comedy. It’s slapstick comedy and my personal favorite chapters are the ones that focus on a girl called Hitomi who has a hilarious character arc throughout the series. Only question is just how far in the story they will get with a single cour as I really like the escalation of misunderstandings over the course of the story. Director previously directed Snafu and Outbreak Company which were pretty good. Series composer has only one show to speak of called Kiniro no Corda and wrote some episode scripts. If done right I highly recommend keeping an eye on this one.

 

Steins;Gate 0


 

Studio: White Fox

Director: Kenichi Kawamura

Script/Series composer: Jukki Hanada

Source: Light Novel

An alternate ending to Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his lively scientist alter ego, in pursuit to forget the past. When all seems to be normal, he is seemingly pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing a device that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies…

Not a sequel, nor a prequel but the rarest of things, a midquel. As the description says, this series takes place near the end of the original Steins;Gate where Okabe never attempts a second time to save Kurisu. Now I have only played the start of the game so far but I must say that it’s looking quite promising. That said, I do know this author of this work has a tendency of starting strong and then running his stories into the ground with stupid plot twists and just mind numbing levels of storytelling incompetence. So it’s my hope that White Fox’s staff can once again cut out the dumb aspects of the original story while keeping the things that work. We have the original series composer for the first series but sadly not the director as this director is newer that I would have liked. His previous experience amounts to Qualidea Code and SoniAni which isn’t confidence inspiring. From what I have played the story starts off slow but looks to have great potential and I feel that Steins;Gate fans will certainly be engaged. But considering the author’s inconsistency, I cannot guarantee that will remain the case as the series finishes its course.

 

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii


 

 

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike

Script/Series composer: Yoshimasa Hiraike

Source: Manga

The story centers on the awkward romantic comedy between Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is secretly a game otaku.

If 3D Kanojo is the idealised version of romance, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (otherwise known as “Love is Hard for Otaku”) is the more realistic version of it. Even the manner in which they get together is relatively mundane compared to the bombastic showing of 3D Kanojo. And may I say thank god these two have the perfect relationship in this story. I am legitimately jealous of the connection these two have, basically their interests align so well that they have fantastic chemistry. Though this show is less of a romance and more a straight comedy and a pretty good one by my standards. Makes for a fun light-hearted show to sit back and relax to. Director is also the Series Composer which has me rather concerned as his only noteworthy outings are Amagami and Working, though that second one may help in this regard. Provided he can nail the comedy this show will be pretty good, and personally it’s one I am looking forward to.

11 Responses

  1. Evaluator says:

    I guess I’m finally past my anime prime, I literally do not care about a single entry and I even consider that a good thing! Instead, I’ll slowly finish City Hunter (Sunrise’s making a remake next year btw) and play more VNs.

    Some thoughts below:

    Something inside me wants Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii to be a hit. Although, seeing A-1 Pictures label right there tears off the other half of me that wants it to miserably fail.

    LoGH, my sentiments exactly. And what’s this cute design? I think LoGH already did all it could so I’ll simply pretend this does not exist. Is there any point to this? What justification is there for zombie-fying old classics? $? $$? Or is it $$$?

    Fullmetal Panic felt like a Sunrise mech show for me and I love Sunrise, and mechs, but I never truly engaged with FMP (I hated all main characters)
    and I couldn’t stomach Fumoffu so I do not particularly care for this entry.

    I found Steins;Gate anime very good, but I never finished (original) VN – getting sidetracked in the stupid one-off routes killed me (even though I liked all the characters). I know a milking when I see one, but this will probably be pretty good regardless, so I’ll check it out.

    Gundam Builders were good (both seasons), with awesome OST. It’s gonna be silly and goofy again and it’s okey. Builders to Gundam is literally what Boruto is to Naruto and hey, I’m still watching it every week! Builders’s burden is also the same as Boruto’s, it walks its own path and people feel needlessly betrayed or judge by the cover.

    I’m sad to not be interested in Precure, again! F you, Toei. Maho was simply bad and I didn’t muster any strength for KiraKira or whatever the latest entry was and this one looks even worse. I actually hold Precure franchise in an incredibly high regard, but I think its game over, until they finally make a Futari wa reboot (which will suck anyway) and hell would freeze twice over before that would happen. The franchise is in massive denial about its own roots (and if they went back, bunch of 5 year old girls would probably shat their pants at this point). Toei probably also never liked the entire nerds-watching-kid-shoujo stigma Precure was known for. It’s like they only use the franchise now to further their various agendas: building disney-cgi know-how, keeping the maho-shoujo door open, merchandise, etc.

    • Firechick says:

      I stopped caring about Precure the second I was bullied by a bunch of social justice warriors in the Tumblr part of the fandom, way back in 2014, so I don’t think I’ll ever be getting back into the show anytime soon regardless of their quality.

  2. SuperWooper says:

    Butt Detective is unironically one of the 5-6 series I’m most excited for. Probably just going to watch it raw, enjoy the picture book art and silly character designs, and laugh my ass off.

  3. Tayo Jones says:

    Personally, I am looking forward to Cutie Honey (not as deep as DMC, but it is insanely fun, and I like fun), Lupin the Third part 5 (haven’t finished Part 4, but I hope to soon) and the dragons anime.

    I might give Golden Kamui a watch, just for the premise alone.

  4. Space Dandy says:

    Dance with Dragons is actually one of the first “edgy” light novels out there (back in the beginning of 2000s), with gore, rape, despair and so on. Maybe it’ll get toned down, but it’ll be interesting to see it.

    • Bokusen says:

      How prevalent is the rape element? I don’t mind sausage fests in general, but with Berserk I wanted to burn the manga in disgust & frustration after I finished The Golden Age arc. Even though I really liked some of the other parts of the story, the way they kept raping & demeaning the only strong female character made me ultimately hate Berserk. If Dance with Dragons is exploitative junk like that I might as well give it a pass right now.

  5. mezzoguitar says:

    Your attempt at dissing Kiratto Pri☆Chan actually made me pick it up. I probably would have skipped it over but knowing that it’s directed by the director of Sore ga Seiyuu and Akiba’s Trip: The Animation, both of which I enjoyed watching, makes me curious how the director would handle an idol show. From the PV it looks like a similar show to Sore ga Seiyuu but with a take on the idol industry, with some Aikatsu influences.

  6. Bokusen says:

    Looks like I’ll likely be following Hoozuki, LOTGH (if it doesn’t screw up too much), Steins;Gate, Golden Kamui, Piano no Mori, maybe Pandora & maybe Wakaokami if it gives as many Ghibli-like vibes as the PV. If all or most of those turn out well (or there’s a sleeper hit I read about later) then this could turn out to be a fairly strong season for me.

  7. meow says:

    Curious about Cutey Honey. One of the first great manga I ever read had a bullied school girl in it cosplaying as Cutey Honey in order to kickstart her idol career. That’s about all I know about Cutey Honey. It was big at one time in history. Dibs to anyone who knows what I’m talking about.

    Play Persona 5. XD Your life is incomplete until you play Persona 5. Quit FGO and play Persona 5. The money you’ll waste seriously trying for a 5 star can afford you a PS4 and Persona 5. (Play Horizon Zero Dawn too.) I’m just..not sure the anime will be as good as the game. And yes, I don’t think it’s worth getting spoiled early either.

    I’m looking forward to FMP too but somehow I doubt it will be able to top Fumoffu in my books. There’s a small part of me that will be forever ROTFLMAO at that last episode.

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Kaiser-Eoghan
Even if it had been true, that still wouldn't have been enough to push me to watch it.
Lenlo
He tricked us. He tricked the world. This is what happens when series people make jokes. No one notices its a joke
Lenlo
Dangit
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I fell for it too but that was a joke. They really should have clarified it better in that video.
KTravlos
I watched the new Yamato 2202 episodes. Very good. Especially episode 13.
SuperMario
I don't get it either, and I'm still up to date with Franxx
Lenlo
I know. I dont understand it
SuperMario
It sounds... completely random to me.
Lenlo
Crap, I have to watch the whole season now
Lenlo
Miyazaki of Ghibli fame is directing the last episode of Darling in the Franxx?
Lenlo
Wait wait wait
Kaiser-Eoghan
*nearly two
Kaiser-Eoghan
On the golden kamuy manga, two volumes adapted in three episodes....is this going to be a rush job?
Kaiser-Eoghan
of course when I started watching it, I wasn't aware how far his character would come.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*off at the beginning
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, now thinking it over, I understand why it took so long for Julian to click with me as a character, he was the one adolescent among them all and that initially threw me off initially, at the same time, this did allow for great character growth.
KTravlos
I also dig the Hussar pelisse's in the imperial uniforms. Kudos for making Anschbach and Mecklemburg still fairly rational characters.
KTravlos
The new one is not bad, but unlike in the old series, here I enjoyed the Yang episode more.
KTravlos
One problem I have with the new LOGH. The new Reinhard does not evoke the charisma of the old one. The old one was a magnetic character. Hate it or like him, I would love to drink a beer with Yang Wen Li, but I was glued on the screen whenever Reinhard was on it. The voice actor had a way to convey a feeling that this guy is truly exceptional. The pathos, the authority, the charisma.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So hearing that the third season is apparently darker is a plus.
Kaiser-Eoghan
See that was my problem with full metal panic, genuinely disliked the school comedy bits and wanted it to focus solely on the war story.
Anonymous2049774
Besides that for the most part I'm really enjoying. The backgrounds are great, I think the CGI is actually pretty good with the ships, only thing missing is that classic Imperial/FPA themes, but I suppose they have to make new ones.
Anonymous2049774
Actually, Julian also looks pretty young right now, but that's probably because... he is at this point in the story. But I just hope throughout the series we get to see his character design grow.
Anonymous2049774
I agree. I honestly don't even mind most of the designs, there are only a handful of characters I feel like they missed the mark; only problem is most are pretty important characters (most notably Kircheis, I think Yang's design is somewhere in the middle for me)
KTravlos
just one issue. Annerose's weird eyelashes. They stood out. More than Reihards. But they did.
KTravlos
Episodes 3 and 4 of the new LOGH have won me over. Very good, good use of music, and economic but to the point. Episode 3 did a better job than the original in getting across the depravity of the nobility. And Jessica in episode 4 was great.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have successfully managed to ignore Darling in the Franxx.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Masky: I keep up with it because I'm so far in, some of the intrigue is gone, their just fighting the monsters now.
AidanAK47
Funny enough whle I was really into the promised Neverland before, I now have no real interest in it. After the first arc ended my engagement died out
Masky
Hmm, *bother to care at all makes more sense I think
Masky
If what is pretty much best of it that is out nowadays is just "semi" on level on caring, why ye care to care about shonen at all? :D
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: One of the very few shounen I semi-care about.
SuperMario
Good news, the Promised Neverland will be adapted into anime https://www.animefeminist.com/the-promised-neverland-gets-anime-adaptation/
AidanAK47
Heard of it, don't know anything of it.
Anonymous2043546
anyone know OpenGL
Kaiser-Eoghan
Rather nice inclusion that they had the voice actors actually speaking Ainu in Kamuy's third episode.
Anonymous2040262
its almost like he could be an antagonist
SuperMario
For me I don't mind if I have to pay to watch the series/ films, but damn it don't restrict me to access it. Entertainment medium is meant to be an exposure (for the lack of better terms), it's supposed to be available to the mass and nobody care for a series that isn't available for streaming. We have way too many other options out there
SuperMario
"Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem". Someone said that and I couldn't say it better
SuperMario
@Amagi: which part of Firework that you stopped? It's the movie that make less and less sense as the story goes on so I feel you on that
Amagi
I really wonder what's up with this guy. Considering the hype and VN screens he gets he seems to be more than just random side-protagonist. Looking forward to the rest of this series.
Anonymous2039704
One of my favorite OPs this season
Amagi
Now I textwalled again and feel bad.
Amagi
In short: be it indie-products or official series or papers, just upload everything on a virtual plattform and you'll get a bigger audience, many of them even willing to pay as long as they get what they want in high quality.
Amagi
Something might only become popular 4 weeks later but it doesn't matter because it's still there and people can watch it whenever they want and the other series don't matter since it isn't a classical rivalry as we know it from tv.
Amagi
"Less people watched the first episode than the 1000th iteration of [insert some "classic" movie old people watch for the sake if it]. With streaming plattforms like Netflix and others series just get dumped and are always accesible.
Amagi
Another reason for why I prefer streams and stuff: TV and quotes are a horror. They often cancelled series after one or two episodes because the quotes didn't live up to what they wanted. Instead of giving a new series some time. It needs time to get a fanbase and people often need weeks to even know about a new series, but nope.
Amagi
In the end such things are usually screened in ~3 places around the country for a day or two. So if you aren't living nearby or have work to do on that day: good luck.
Amagi
Sometimes it isn't their fault though, like when there is an anime or some indie guy from my country is making a movie - and nobody wants to show them.
Amagi
Same here. I really want to give small companies or indie/artists a chance, but it's not always easy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
What baffled me was the British film institute blocking Irish users using their legal streams.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Believe it or not I actually WANT to support.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I do pirate alot, in cases where an obscure film actually gets a cinema release I make sure to pay to see it at the cinema, I support all the rare anime screenings too.
Amagi
There is so much stuff I had to pirate or I would have had to relinquish it completely. Even with non-fiction books for my university studies.
Amagi
lmao. But I 100% agree. Maybe you're lucky if you live in the US but otherwise you are often enough f*ed. Bad marketing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Point I was trying to make is that, region blocking is only encouraging piracy more.
Amagi
narf~ couldn't manage to finish that Firework movie, do I miss much? It seems like something that might have a bunch of good ideas for the later part but the first half just bored me and I couldn't get into it for some reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Release your damn indie project on a reputable site or at least offer a paypal option and if its something off-colour in content, send the bloody thing digitally and not as a dvd.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh look, funimation releases eng dub trailer...think I'll...wat....oh wait this video is not available in your region"
Kaiser-Eoghan
"This video cannot be streamed outside of"
"Sorry we do not deliver to Ireland"
"Sorry this film from less than a decade is out of print"
Yeah, fuck legal streaming, just for that I'm pirating you.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Truly you have become the most super of Marios.
SuperMario
Finally pulling those reviews out. Guys, if you're expecting for Hinamatsuri and Masotan posts, the former will be done tomorrow and if I have more time I will do the second one too. Enjoy for now
Anonymous2037529
LWA academia is probably the only trigger project i've truly cared about. I haven't watched KlK to completion or luluco for that matter(i got to get around to that) but ive seen everything else and i just don't give a damn about any of em
Amagi
But to say something positive - I liked the second episode of Kamuy way better than the first one. Budget seems to be really bad but the rest makes up for it it seems.
Amagi
I think Luluco was the only one I enjoyed after KlK which already had a bunch of problems - but overall it was far too entertaining for me to seriously care about those.
Amagi
Guess the last 1/3 might be more interesting when they start with the actual world building for once, although they could probably slam the love stuff even more in our faces but who knows. Not fond of any of the latest Trigger anime to be honest.
Amagi
Also they're really overdoing it with all that obvious message stuff and the "love superpower" trope I always hated anyway. Still watching I mean at least it has a plot and tries.
Amagi
I still can't care about anyone or anything in this series I think it's really not made for me. I might have liked Goro but he's too unimportant and the sauros revelation was kind of a letdown since it's the most common twist for these kinds of things.
AidanAK47
Alright Franxx, you are forgiven for episode 14.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Do you ever go to those surprise horror/thriller preview screenings? Where they don't tell you what film it is until it starts?
Kaiser-Eoghan
*worrying about
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its saying something, when I haven't seen eternal sunshine since it came out, but even by re-watching the trailer, the feelings, the whole film comes back. At that point I'd grown out of Jim Carey's comedy, so seeing him play against type was refreshing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Ah, I'm more forgiving then, I'm likely to give higher points for sheer imagination that I'm not as bothered by worry about the story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Any negative argument against mood indigo by him can be countered by the fact it has Audrey Tatou in it.
Anonymous2035464
jhonrhean
SuperMario
and I just watched A Quiet Place. A solid indie horror one. It builds on atmosphere and it does the family chemistry right
SuperMario
I don't like The Science of Sleep to be honest. Tons of interesting ideas and visually creativeness but the story itself is a mess
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Gondry needs to avoid making any more commercial comedies, he also needs to start working with Kaufman again, they brought out the best in each other, although on his own, he can be playful and inventive with his films, such as mood indigo and science of sleep.
SuperMario
But check out his other movie Eternal sunshine of Spotless Mind. It has an inventive mind control/ mind altering concept in there
SuperMario
Jim Carrey is kind of mind controller himself. I couldn't take my eyes off him
SuperMario
@anon2028818: it was indeed season 5. SORRY FOR MY IGNORANCE :)
Vonter
The Jim Carrey movies.
Vonter
Dorei-ku seems like a Kakegurui. You see one episode you've seen all. It'll be better if it was crazier like Mirai Nikki. Mind control IMO could be a very creepy setup if it's watched through the perspective of the victim rather than the perpetrator. Losing notion or reality and control. Could liar liar and Yes man be considered mind controlled stories?
Vonter
Ore Mahou Shoujo, baffles me, since I had to skip another long musical off key number, which makes me wonder where the budget cut starts and where the trolling begins. Also makes me sad, there aren't a lot of female to male transformations since it'll be interesting watching that perspective. Maybe a love triangle from both genders could apply since females are more accepted to be bi, in media.
Vonter
Megalobox could be something really special, but I hope like with Ashita no Joe, the anime isn't solely boxing. Joe, had social commentary, had a personal struggle do to the protagonist origin, attitude and view of life, since he started very immature and rebellious.
Amagi
Megalo Box, Tiramisu (I find this genuinely funny), S;0, GGO which is so much better than SAO, Wotaku, Hinamatsuri, Cutie Honey, LotGH, Hisone to Masotan and so on
Amagi
I really love this season as well.
Lenlo
Also personally I am enjoying this current season a alot. But I also know/like a good bit of the reboots/sequels
Lenlo
Oh man... 2015 winter was good. Forgot thats when those came out
Anonymous2028818
@SuperMario: Wasn't that Natsume season 5?, pretty sure season 4 was several years earlier.
SuperMario
Another strong anime season for me was 2015 Winter, where we had YuriKuma Arashi, Maria the Virgin Witch, Death Parade, Durarara whatever season, second cour of Shirobako, Parasyte and Your Lie in April
SuperMario
Even so, with this season I'm still willing to give some shows another chance, like Caligula or Cutie Honey Universe(!)
SuperMario
For me, the best season in recent years was Fall 2016 when we had Flip Flappers, Sound Eupho 2, Yuri on Ice, Natsume 4, Fune wo Amu, Drifters and 3-gatsu no Lion. But I know that Aidan would disagree with me on this
SuperMario
@anon2028201: it's me who said this season is a mixed bag. It's like you said, this season is too heavily on sequels/ reboots and only some new anime stand out, the rest of the pack is just meh.
Anonymous2028201
To me this seems like a pretty good seasons, but judging some of the impressions, it's a bit more of a mixed bag for most. Just curious, what were the best seasons for recent anime? This one seems good to me, but to early to tell right now
Anonymous2028201
Lovin this season so far: a lot of reboots/reimaginings and sequels, but I'm enjoying them all. MHA S3, LOGH DNT, S;G 0, Megalobox, Golden Kamuy are what I'm watching right now. I hear Full Metal Panic is good as well, but I haven't gotten around to watching the original series.
Anonymous2028258
so i just recently rewatched fullmetal panic fumoffu and i gotta say that this is easily one of Kyo ani's best works. It's such a surprise that this was their first anime; it's a damn good romance comedy
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Lol I love B-movie type stuff, because the rules are off.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was the only person who watched Mazinkaiser skl and shin mazinger and skullman.
Anonymous2026379
@Kaiser Takeshi Koike really wanted to really sell it as a grindhouse feature and I ate that shit up; I really dug the tone he was going for.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: It was strange seeing that Goemon short, much as I enjoyed it, thats the goriest I seen lupin get.
Anonymous2026379
Megalo box is pure retro while lupin is a mix of old and new...and you're right; people just think they can't jump right into it. But that's why more people should be talking about it; to let the masses know that you don't need a starting point to get into the Lupin franchise
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm a massive fan of the devilman manga and I thought devilman crybaby was better than it.
Anonymous2026379
90's-esque throwback feeling shows like lupin and megalo box have been giving me
Anonymous2026379
Luoin part 5 is definitely mixing the best of new and old. Honestly, I've been having a blast with it as well as this generally 90
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think the problem is, people see lupin as this long thing they can't get into, when really its so episodic/standalone mostly you can pick up and watch.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And of course getting the best bits out of old and new.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*visual style
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm a fan of this hybrid old and new style, megalobox does it too, mine fujiko aswell and casshern sins.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised by how well the Fujiko mine show came together in the end.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'll be interested in picking up more facts about thrm.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come think of it, Akira Kurosawa did some old western (eastern?) in Russian, that had an Ainu in it.
Anonymous2026379
Asirpa is sooooo adorable.....almost feels patronizing to say that about her due to how badass she is
Anonymous2026379
What makes Fujiko work so well as this sexy icon is that she isn't just sexy: she's smart as shit and uses that sexiness to dominate and control her opponents (similar to bayonetta) rather than be chained by the objectification of her opponents (and the viewers for that matter)
Anonymous2026379
I wonder what other obscure cameos we may get this season. And yea you're right about some of Lupin's potentially sexist traits being assuaged by his level of cool and the genuine respect he shows a good deal of the women he has encountered throughout the series
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yet still a fun film at the same time.
Anonymous2026379
@Kaiser Yea, mamo was a pretty dark element introduced to the lupin franchise; and considering the tone of the gravestone of Jigen, it makes sense he would cameo there
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Help I want to kidnap Asirpa =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I'm probably as surprised as you, at finding someone to talk to about Lupin on here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: And through comparing/contrasting the jigen grave stone and Fujiko mine, with some of the sillier older ones, it shows the Lupin characters are flexible enough to work both in a darker AND sillier context.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*character
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Fujiko is precisely how a fanservicey character should work and how built in/essential it is to her haracter, without becoming an irritant.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: By all means Lupin himself shouldn't be a character we like, much like Bond, but like Bond theres a coolness to the character that allows us to love him.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Another great thing about Lupin is how it uses its 60s cool to get away with what would normally probably be considered fairly sexist.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I had a big smile on my face when Mamo made a cameo appearance at the end of one of the recent ones and thats because I remember the Lupin Mamo movie was one of those first anime that I watched about 20 years aago.
Anonymous2026379
not to mention that its one of the few anime this season that actually knows how to utilize dialogue to explore flesh out its characters rather than exposition or contrivance: looking at you darling in the franxx
Anonymous2026379
@Kaiser-Eoghan Nice fun facts; but yea Lupin III is a series that has always had an amazing sense of pacing and adventure, traits that are definitely on display this season
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Its a huge franchise too so I'm often never sure where to go next.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: You may or may not know this, but the voice actor for solid snake voiced Lupin in one of the dubs.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I watched a few episodes of the Italy set lupin show too .
Its a fun franchise due to its cast but its something I have to follow irregularly, lest it get repetitive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Fun fact, guy who directed the gold of babylon film was a famous B-movie noir director in the 60s.
Lenlo
Dont trust anything written by the original SAO author. Everything is his fault. Kirito is not in this series.
Lenlo
Even the original SAO author has little to do with it, which is why its actually good
Lenlo
So SAO Alt is basically completely removed from the rest of SAO
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Lupin is one of those things I dip in and out of, whatever part of the franchise it is. I've seen birdcage kingdom, Mamo, cagliostro, nostradamus, Jigens grave stone, mine fujiko and the recent Goemon centred special.
Anonymous2026379
it's a damn shame not a lot of ppl are talkig about/watching lupin the third this season
Kaiser-Eoghan
But for all I know with that team behind it, its an improvement, but theres probably not much point in me watching as I dropped the first season after less than 10 episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
See how he attempts to seduce me into watching something related to sword art.
Lenlo
Huh... I didnt know the writer for SAO Alt was written by the Kino's Journey creator and produced by the Flip Flappers people. Explains a lot
Lenlo
I wish I knew what you meant by shaman girls, and I cant wait
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Oh I know Leskinen. May he find his Japanese Shaman girls one day. But seeing as I know the story I wanna experience it differently.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its even set in hokkaido, Korean/Japanese director, Japanese cast, Ken Watanabe is in it: https://letterboxd.com/film/unforgiven-2013/
Lenlo
Also, I love the ED. Really, 2 episodes in, I love S;G all over again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: really? They remade Unforgiven in Japanese?
Lenlo
its*
Lenlo
Like... is good.
Lenlo
But your missing out on the cult of Leskinen. The engrish is actually one of my favorite parts
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Cute girls doing cute things is a genre that been done to death at this point. Even within this Winter 2018 we had been overloaded with big eyes fluffy face girls doing a lot of different things of interest. It takes a standout concept or a deeper narrative to make one stand out from this […]

After the Rain (2018 Winter) Review – 89/100

I suppose that most of us, even the perministic ones, enter After the Rain (Ameagari) with some reservations. After all, the premise about a crush from an 18-year-old girl to the store manager who is nearly 30 years senior raises a lot of red flags here. Yet the show handles this tricky premise with deep […]

Kokkoku – 42.5/100

There are lots of bad anime out there, for one reason or another. Whether it be stilted animation, terrible writing or bad direction, a good portion of each season is simply not worth it. Kokkoku is not a bad anime. It is something much worse. Kokkoku is a mediocre anime. Bad ones get talked about, […]

Junji Ito Collection Anime Review – 40/100

In the realm of manga there is a man whose name is inescapable when the genre of horror is brought up. That man is Junji Ito and his work is considered legendary for its artistic detail, mastery of manga paneling and it’s outlandish imaginative concepts. Up till now his work has yet to have an […]

Yuru Camp (Winter 2018) Review – 74/100

I admit that I underestimated Yuru Camp back in its first few episodes. I took it as a standard, run-on-the-mill slice of life show and I fully expected to give it 3 episodes at max before throwing it into the deep sea of forgotten anime. But as time pass, I can certainly see many good […]

Neo Yokio – 96/100

This may be half a year overdue but I simply can’t accept that none of the writing staff of Star Crossed Anime have cover the the biggest development in anime where Netflix took a hand in producing anime in the form of Neo Yokio. Taking place in the metropolis of Neo Yokio, a mashup between […]

Devilman Crybaby – 83/100

It’s an exciting time to be an anime fan where new business models and players are making big waves within the animation industry. After debuting with the original and excellently-produced Neo Yokio, the juggernaut streaming service of Netflix has decided to revive the classic series of Devilman and gives it the full adaption treatment. By […]

Mahoutsukai no Yome – 69/100

Fantasy is a rather prolific genre in anime, with a vast majority of Isekai and Shounen fitting snugly into it. Most take place in their own unique setting, either Amestris of Full Metal Alchemist or the made of world of the latest Isekai trash. Few however try to set themselves in our world. To peel […]