The Obligatory Spring 2018 Anime Preview Post

Yeah, I kinda dragged my feet on this one, but I finally finished it. Here are my belated thoughts on the upcoming spring season. 


3D Kanojo
Hoods Entertainment
PV: Here

So a nerdy guy who pretends to only like virtual girls ends up getting into a relationship with an actual person. Lucky. The PV shows the couple kissing each other over and over, so at the very least, they get together rather early on in the story (if not right away). I like that. I’m tired of the whole “will-they-won’t they” tango that plagues most romance series.

Verdict: Yeah, I’ll likely watch and blog it.


Aikatsu Friends!
Bandai Namco Pictures
PV: Here

Another season of some idol nonsense.

Verdict: Nah.


Amanchu! Advance
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

A second season of cute girls and one lone guy spending time at the beach and diving in the sea. I never saw the first season. Yo, is this worth watching? Probably not, huh?

Verdict: Probably not.


Beyblade Burst Chouzetzu
Oriental Light and Magic
PV: Here

I have no clue what this is about, but the PV gives me the impression that it’s full of loud, obnoxious shounens shouting at each other.

Verdict: Nah.


Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu HAPPY KISS
Studio Comet
PV: Here

Pretty boys doing stuff. I couldn’t even finish the PV. I think it’s a sequel.

Verdict: Nah.


Boku no Hero Academia 3
Bones
PV: Here

At this point, we all know what My Hero Academia is all about (that’s right, I’m using both the Japanese and English titles). Hopefully, the girls will get to share some of the spotlight this season. Hopefully, someone kicks Bakugo’s ass, too. I hate that guy.

Verdict: Yeah, I’ll definitely watch and blog it.


Butlers ~Chitose Momotose Monogatari~
Silver Link
PV: Here

Pretty boys turn into “Butlers” and fight bad guys?

Verdict: Probably not.


Caligula
Satelight
PV: Here

The Caligula I know is that terrible quasi-porno film from Gore Vidal. This Caligula is apparently about a group of people stuck in a program that forces them to live out their high school years indefinitely. That… that actually sounds kinda interesting.

Verdict: Yeah, I’ll definitely watch and blog it.


Captain Tsubasa (2018)
David Production
PV: Here

Remake of an old football soccer anime.

Verdict: If I’m gonna follow a sports anime, it wouldn’t be this one.


Comic Girls
Nexus
PV: Here

Cute girls aspire to become mangaka. Unfortunately, it looks to be as dry and dull as every other show about making manga, anime, or games that I’ve seen. Look, I didn’t even like Shirobako, and that’s widely regarded as one of the best anime series ever. I doubt this show will stand a chance.

Verdict: Probably not.


Cutie Honey Universe
Production Reed
PV: Here

Huh, is this a reboot of the original Cutey Honey series? Either way…

Verdict: This isn’t really my thing, but I won’t rule it out completely. It might show up in the weekly “Everything Else” posts.


Devil’s Line
Platinum Vision
PV: Here

Wait, the main character is half-devil, but this means he’s also a vampire who desires blood? And as a result, he might drink the heroine’s blood even though he just saved her from another devil who is also a vampire? Huh?

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episodes first, I guess.


Dorei-ku The Animation
Zero-G
PV: Here

Wearing some retainer-like device allows you to enslave others, but here’s the twist: they can also enslave you. Oooooh. Yeah, this looks hella trashy. The PV even features a girl getting cunnilingus from (presumably) her slave while tears of pleasure stream down her face.

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episode, but it’s probably destined for the “Everything Else” posts.


FLCL Progressive
Production IG
PV: Here, have both trailers in one.

C’mon, it’s FLCL.

Verdict: Of course.


Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
Xebec
PV: Here

I enjoyed Fumoffu, but I could never get into the rest of the FMP! universe. I never finished the first anime adaptation, and I barely remember anything from The Second Raid. Most of all, Xebec has never created anything that I can honestly say that I enjoyed.

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episodes. Likely destined for the “Everything Else” posts, though.


Future Card Buddyfight X: All-Star Fight

Verdict: Um, no.


Gegege no Kitarou (2018)
Toei Animation
PV: Here

Verdict: No.


Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu – Die Neueu These – Kaikou
Production IG
PV: Here

Oh no, not another Legend of the Galactic Heroes anime series! I still haven’t finished the previous series and films! I’m not ready! The animation here looks great, though.

Verdict: I’ll try, but it’s unlikely I can fully appreciate this show since I’m still halfway through season three of the original anime adaptation. Hey, I’m busy playing Blitzball, okay?


Golden Kamuy
Geno Studio
PV: Here

There appears to be a rat race for a hidden cache of Ainu gold. Considering how poorly the Ainu people have been treated throughout history, this treasure probably shouldn’t go to anyone but the Ainu heroine. Nevertheless, the protagonist is a former soldier who wants the money to help his dead friend’s wife. The anime looks to be rather violent. That’s just an observation, not a criticism. On the other hand, Kokkoku really sucked so I don’t have high hopes for Geno Studio.

Verdict: Yeah, sure.


Gundam Build Divers
Sunrise
PV: Here

This is a successor of the Gundam Build Fighters series. Instead of playing with toys in real life, our protagonists will upload themselves and their robot dolls into a Gundam-themed VRMMO.

Verdict: Probably not.


Gurazeni
Studio Deen

The synopsis on Anichart confuses me:

“The ‘baseball money survival’ story focuses on a baseball team that operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player’s performance determines his annual salary.”

Is… is that not how it’s supposed to work? Are baseball salaries different in Japan or something?

Verdict: Probably not. I like baseball, but sports anime bore me unless there’s compelling character drama (see: Ping Pong). This doesn’t look like it’ll deliver on that front.


High School DxD HERO
Passione
PV: Here

For some reason, I saw the name and thought Highschool of the Dead. Unfortunately, this anime doesn’t have any zombies. In fact, this is the fourth season of some long-running series, but I’ve never seen any of the previous seasons. Something about angels and devils at a school… but all I see from the PV are generic-looking battles and harem hijinks.

Verdict: Probably not.


Hinamatsuri
feel.
PV: Here

One day, a strange girl with special powers appears out of nowhere in a yakuza’s home. She proceeds to turn his life upside-down, but in a good way. Unfortunately, she also looks like she’s a teenager while he’s a grown-ass adult. Judging from the PV, this looks to be purely comedy. Eh…

As an aside, a cursory search on Google reveals that Hinamatsuri is an actual holiday in Japan involving dolls.

Verdict: At best, this is destined for the “Everything Else” posts.


Hisone to Maso-tan
BONES
PV: Here

Cute girls in the air forc–… wait, is that a fucking dragon? Anyways, the art direction is cute.

Verdict: I’ll give it a shot.


Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2: Part II
Studio Deen

It’s a sequel to something I’ve never seen. Actually, I’ve probably seen the first two episodes of the very first season, but I just don’t remember anything from them. I do remember people telling me that the main character is very sarcastic.

Verdict: Nah.


Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin
Oriental Light and Magic
PV: Here

Apparently, this series takes place in an alternate timeline, but I’ve never touched the Nintendo DS games. At the end of the day, it’s still just a sports anime.

Verdict: Nah.


Juushinki Pandora
Satelight
PV: Here

The world is devastated after some “Quantum Reactor” goes awry. Years later, humanity is confined to a handful of remaining cities as they fend off a bunch of mysterious organic machines. I’ve also gathered from the internet that one of the show’s major themes is how AI has surpassed mankind’s intelligence. Eat your heart out, Beatless. In all seriousness, however, I would love to see an intelligent cyberpunk anime. I’ll have to watch the show to see if it’s any good, though. The PV mainly serves to get people excited, and as a result, you mostly get to see people jumping into badass vehicles that can transform into mechas. Hopefully, the actual show has more to offer than just that.

Verdict: Sure, I guess.


Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
GONZO
PV: Here

A god appears to a girl one day, and says that she’ll have to marry him in order to settle her late grandfather’s debts. What’s with Japanese romances and forcing girls into relationships they don’t initially want but eventually will? You know what I’m talking about. Along the way, she’ll also bump into other hot bishies vying for her attention, but at the end of the day, the first bishie she meets is the one she’ll love. That’s how these generic romances always play out.

Verdict: Meh. I’ll check out a few episodes before I decide whether or not to commit.


Kiratto Pri*Chan
PV: Here

Verdict: Of course not.


Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

J.C. Staff sure is busy this season. This anime is the adaptation of a super popular mobile game in Japan. I thought the main character was a girl at first, but nope, it’s a boy. He and other cute characters will do battle against cute monsters, but beyond that, the story appears to be paper-thin.

Verdict: I don’t think so. I’ll glance at the first episode at the very least, but I’ll be very surprised if I bother to follow it.


Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File
LIDENFILMS
PV: Here

Layton’s daughter Kat follows in his footsteps. In fact, she’s trying to find her father who has mysteriously disappeared. A little too cutesy for me, though.

Verdict: Eh, I’ll check out an episode, but Professor Layton has never been my thing.


Lostorage conflated WIXOSS
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

I covered selector infected WIXOSS way back in 2014, but I never bothered to follow up on the series. As such, I have no clue where the story is at anymore. I can’t even remember the heroine’s name (assuming that the story is still about her). I just remember her trying to live peacefully with her grandmother. Oh, and I think some girl had the hots for her brother. Just anime things, I guess. Look at these silly titles, though:

selector infected WIXOSS
selector spread WIXOSS
selector destructed WIXOSS
Lostorage incited WIXOSS
Lostorage conflated WIXOSS -missing link-

And now, we simply have Lostorage conflated WIXOSS.

Verdict: I’m not interested in getting caught up, so no.


Lupin III: Part V
Telecom Animation Film
PV: Here

Lupin goes to France.

Verdict: Maybe in the “Everything Else” posts.


Mahou Shoujo Ore
Pierrot Plus
PV: Here

Uh, the first two episodes are already out on Crunchyroll, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet. Maybe tomorrow after I finish up A Place Further Than The Universe. What’s the premise? Our heroine undergoes a magical girl transformation in order to save her crush, but she ends up becoming a buff, cross-dressing guy instead. But she’s no-… and boys can’t–… ho ho ho, how subversive~

Verdict: Like I said, I’ll check it out tomorrow. I doubt I’ll like it, but we’ll see.


Mahou Shoujo Site
production doA
PV: Here

An oft-bullied girl gets mahou shoujo powers from a creepy website. When she fires her wand (it’s a gun) at people, they die in unfortunate ways. Oh dear, it looks like we’re back to torturing cute girls for our entertainment. Boy, I can’t wait to feel bad!

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episodes. The PV makes the anime look kinda trashy, though.


Major 2nd
NHK Enterprises
PV: Here

Did you ever watch the original Major anime? Yeah, me neither.

Verdict: No.


Megalo Box
TMS Entertainment
PV: Here

Calling this simply a boxing anime is underselling it quite a bit. Megalo Box reimagines Ashita no Joe in a futuristic setting. The art style stands out immediately, and the cyberpunk feel is right up my alley. The PV looks promising, and if the actual show can also deliver compelling character drama, I’ll be over the moon. The potential downside, however, is that TMS Entertainment can be pretty hit-or-miss (mostly miss).

Verdict: Hell yeah.


Nil Admirari no Tenbin
Zero-G
PV: Here

The synopsis is incredibly convoluted. A girl is about to marry someone she doesn’t know, but then her brother committed suicide. Why? Because of a book. Not just any book, mind you, but a mysterious, magical book that can drive its readers to madness (and, of course, suicide). Since then, the girl can now see the auras of similarly dangerous books. Not only that, she gets to know an official group in charge investigating these books, and they’re all incredibly hot dudes–… oh, why didn’t you just say so from the very start! This is simply another reverse harem!

Verdict: At best, it’s destined for the “Everything Else” posts.


Oshiri Tantei
Toei Animation
PV: Here

Butt… detective…?

Verdict: Of course not.


Persona 5 The Animation
A-1 Pictures
PV: Here

The game was long, and that’s the one thing that will always hold back any Persona-related adaptations. The games’ social links are the major appeal, but unless the adaptation is willing to leave a few of the clunkers on the cutting room floor (like, say, Tower or Hanged Man), then we’ll get yet another slapdash effort. Or they could, y’know, give the adaptation more than 24+ episodes to work its magic. In any case, I really want them to pick one of the girls to partner up with the main character. I hated how both the Persona 3 films and the Persona 4 series chickened out on the romance angle. Hell, do special OVAs for each of the main girls if you’re that scared of angering waifu-championing idiots.

Verdict: Of course I’m gonna cover this.


Piano no Mori
PV: Here

If I recall correctly, the kids were in elementary school at the start of the manga, right? So if this PV is accurate, then we’ll be jumping right into the middle of an ongoing story. Maybe we’ll explore Kai’s past through flashbacks or something. Either way, the manga didn’t really interest me all that much, so I’m not sure if I can muster up any excitement for this adaptation. Yeah, sure, I like classical piano, but I’m not going to pretend as though I’m an intellectual who knows everything from Bach to Schumann.

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episodes.


Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
ZEXCS
PV: Here

Four men and a tea shop. Sorry, but that sounds like a snoozefest to me.

Verdict: More than likely not.


Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru
Seven Arcs
PV: Here

Look at this synopsis on Anichart:

“The story revolves around “jushiki” (lit. spell equations), the equations that govern the quantum constant “h” of action, change the laws of physics at the local scale, give birth to TNT explosives and poison gas, and cause incredible physical phenomena such as plasma and nuclear fusion. Two “jushikishi” (spell equationists) who use jushiki in battle are Gayus (who deals with bad luck with tact) and the beautiful but cruel sword-wielder Gigina.”

Uh-huh, sure. The funny part is how the PV reveals yet another dumb action anime.

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episodes, but it’s most likely going to be “Everything Else” fodder.


Shiyan Pin Jiating
Big Firebird Cultural Media Co., Ltd.
PV: Here

So a married pair of scientists unethically experimented on four of their five children, and as a result, those kids are now hybrids. One girl appears to have insect or spider legs coming out of her back. Another girl can sprout flowers from her head. On the other hand, the youngest child managed to escape his parents’ recklessness, and as a result, he’s going to try to turn his siblings back to normal. But will he? Or will he just learn to appreciate their uniqueness? Is this a thinly-veiled story about accepting and loving people who have been born with disabilities or am I jumping the gun here?

Verdict: I’ll check out a few episodes. I’ve never heard of the studio behind this show, though.


Shokugeki no Soma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

Remember, if Soma can’t save Erina from her evil father, then no one can! Yeah, take that formerly arrogant and haughty classmate of mine! You can’t help but depend on me now! I hope this season features more shots of you looking sad in your underwear for no apparent reason!

Verdict: Yeah, I’ll follow the show, but I’ll also use this opportunity to talk about the restaurants I’ve visited over the years.


Souten no Ken: Regenesis
Polygon Pictures
PV: Here

I like how all of these badass manga that the internet loves always end up with these shoddy 3-D adaptations. First Berserk and now this. Anyways, I never gave a shit about Fist of the North Star, and I feel no different about this prequel. I also don’t care if you think this makes me a bad anime fan.

Verdict: Fodder for “Everything Else.”


Steins;Gate 0
White Fox
PV: Here

So in this alternate timeline, Rintaro never managed to save Kurisu. More specifically, they aired an altered version of the original series’ 23rd episode. I’ll have to dig that up before I watch this show. Not only that, I haven’t touched Steins;Gate since it ended, and that was… oh gosh, seven years ago. Goddamn, it’s been a long time. So yeah, I don’t remember any of the story’s finer details anymore. I remember Rintaro hopping through time in order to save Mayuri and Kurisu and, well, that’s about it. I think there was something about World War III… and a trap… oh yeah, I wrote a controversial post about how I thought the story had truly ended at episode 22, and how everything that followed was just bonus material. Boy, did people got mad over that. Good times, though… good times. Obviously, I’m not going to take back anything I said, but I’m also not going to defend a seven-year-old post either. As I’ve already said, I hardly remember anything about Steins;Gate and its universe anymore. Hopefully, this follow-up series can catch me back up to speed. Apparently, Kurisu is dead, but someone has created a simulation of her.

Verdict: Yeah, sure.


Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Studio 3Hz
PV: Here

As you all know, I’m the world’s biggest Sword Art Online fan. And if you don’t, read here.

Verdict: Of course. But without Kirito, can this spinoff really be any good? Even Death March scrounged up enough money for a Bargain Bin Kirito.


Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai
Doga Kobo
PV: Here

Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl… a Luxembourgian girl, in fact. How come she can speak fluent Japanese, though? I guess I’ll have to watch the show to find out. Jesus, spring is definitely coming, since we seem to be inundated with all these sappy romances.

Verdict: I’ll watch this show, though. ‘Cause shh, I like sappy romances.


To be Heroing
Haoliners Animation League

This is a sequel to something I never knew existed.

Verdict: Nope.


Tokyo Ghoul:re
Studio Pierrot
PV: Here

I kinda liked the original Tokyo Ghoul, then Tokyo Ghoul √A happened. I also got flamed for criticizing it, too. The internet is a wonderful place. Anyways, last I heard, Ken knocked up Touka and became a giant kaiju, but this is secondhand knowledge from a coworker. As for this anime adaptation, he has lost his memories, but he’ll surely gain them back along with his power over the course of the series. So… this is kind of like a reboot? Either way, I don’t expect it to be any good. The story just has too much edgy shounen action in it for me to handle.

Verdict: Again, “Everything Else” fodder at best.


Uma Musume Pretty Derby
P.A. Works
PV: Here

This is what P.A. Works has been up to? Horse girls?

Verdict: Fuck no.


Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
A-1 Pictures
PV: Here

Nerds are growing up, so now we get all these stories about otaku and fujoshi falling in love at the office. This one appears to involve former middle school classmates fortuitously bumping into each other, because there’s always this need for a childhood connection for some reason. Like some of the other romances on this list, however, we luckily don’t have to wait all season for the main couple to start dating like, say, Net-juu no Susume. These two appear to dive into a relationship right from the get-go.

You know, the whole nerd thing just isn’t really a big deal anymore. A lot of my coworkers like to play video games for hours when they come home from work, and likewise, a lot of my coworkers watch anime and openly admit it. There’s even this cute girl who has a Princess Mononoke tattoo on one of her arms. It’s just nothing to be ashamed. Nobody really cares.

Verdict: Sigh… yeah, I’ll watch it.


Continuing Winter Shows

Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou
BEATLESS
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen
Darling in the FranXX
Grancrest Senki
Hakyuu Houshin Engi
Idolish 7
Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan 2
Toji no Miko
Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE

I’ll just be watching Darling in the FranXX, Beatless, and Grancrest Senki. I’m debating whether or not to continue following Toji no Miko.


So yeah, what are you guys looking forward to watching, what do you guys think I should be covering on this blog, so on and so forth…

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36 Replies to “The Obligatory Spring 2018 Anime Preview Post”

    1. Isekai Izagaya Nobu

      Is it airing this spring?

      since you did Restaurant to Another World last time.

      I don’t remember that.

      1. You didn’t? Dang, you didn’t. Sorry, I got confused.

        It’s definitely airing this spring and I still think you should at least check it out, though.

  1. I’ll just comment on the stuff that you consider watching and I have something to say about it. Most of these anime are either crap or uninteresting to me as usual. This season appears to be lame at the moment, but there might be a few surprises. Not counting on it, though.

    3D Kanojo, Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii: I don’t know. These anime look like crap. Sappy romance just isn’t my thing I guess. At least no one is forced to be in a relationship in these anime I guess.

    Boku no Hero Academia 3: According to a friend of mine who read this because he got nothing better to do in his spare time, nope, the girls are still not doing anything important. They do got some spotlight, but in a day in the limelight that is separate from the main plot. At least, he said someone will indeed kick Bakugo’s ass later. I don’t know if the anime will reach that point or when it does happen, though. I don’t read this.

    Caligula: It looks like your average magical high-school battle anime, though. And to make it worse, it also looks like another crappy light novel-adaptation.

    FLCL Progressive: Let’s see if this new FLCL can keep up or even surpass the original.

    Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: I’m not a big fan of FMP. It tried to become a fun high-school romantic comedy and a serious action drama about war and soldiers at the same time. Let’s just say it isn’t working for me. Fumoffu is better because it’s just stupid high-school shenanigan but its sense of humor isn’t working for me. I’ll probably just read your posts about it if you decide to blog it.

    Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: It seems solid and I hear a lot of good things about it. Unfortunately, I’m too daunted by its enormous backlog to watch it. I mean it’s like trying to watch or read One Piece or Dragon Ball now.

    Golden Kamuy: The premise is interesting, but I doubt that it’ll realize its potential. A story with the Ainu people as its focus will also have to touch upon the fact that they have been mistreated by the Japanese (and Russian) government and I doubt that this anime will go there, considering how Japanese media is reluctant to be critical about Japan and its past. Not to mention this anime got no allegory to take cover.

    Juushinki Pandora: I don’t think this is an intelligent cyberpunk anime, though. It’s probably just going to become a mecha action anime with some cyberpunk as its backdrop.

    Megalo Box: This one looks interesting at the moment. Do you think it’ll just become a boxing anime with some cyberpunk as its backdrop or something akin to the classic Rollerball?

    Persona 5: The game has its heart in the right direction, but its execution leaves something to be desired and I doubt this anime is going to fix that or add something new. This anime is just another attempt to milk the franchise for more money.

    Shiyan Pin Jiating: Let’s hope you’re right, Sean. I think the world has more crappy slice of life anime than it need.

    Shokugeki no Soma: I don’t give a damn about this anime, but I would love to read more about your opinion about the culinary world.

    Souten no Ken: Regenesis: I also find it hilarious this kind of anime got crappy 3-D adaptation while other anime despite being nothing more than a mediocre soap opera got enough budget to be considered an OVA. The committee clearly know the ones that they should pander to and got their priority straight.

    Steins;Gate 0: I like Steins;Gate, but I don’t think this anime should be made. The story already end and got its golden ending. I can’t help but feel this anime is nothing more than an attempt to exploit and milk an old franchise for more money because the creators run out of idea. What next? Are we going to get a Steins;Gate mobile game?

    Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online: This anime reminds me of a spin-off of an anime based on a light novel like SAO but about a high-school for armed detectives or something like that. That spin-off follow a group of cute girls who are a fan of the heroine and it sucks even more than the already shitty main anime.I guess this anime is going to follow that anime.

    Tokyo Ghoul:re: I like the manga of Tokyo Ghoul and the first season of the anime. It got an interesting premise. I could never sympathize with the homicidal, man-eating ghouls, though. Unfortunately, the second season sucks. I can only watch the first few episodes of the second season before I dropped it for good.

    As for the sequel… I don’t like it. I tried to read it, but it lost the charm of the first manga. Not to mention that the new characters aren’t as interesting as the old ones. It also feels rushed, so even if the new characters have potential and they have. It doesn’t have the time to show it off. There are other problems, but those two are the ones that stand out to me.

      1. It’s indeed massively overrated. People think that it’s deep and complex and stuff. Meanwhile, I just watch it for the romance. Its time travel and science stuff isn’t as solid as its fans think. Yes, I watched an anime about time travel and mad science (sort of) for its romance. I’m weird. This spin-off seems to be more focused on the non-romance, pseudo-science stuff, so I’m just ehh…

        And that childhood friend also still alive in this spin-off, so I’m even more ehh… To be honest, almost all female characters in Steins;Gate suck, though. It isn’t like the male characters are any better, but their number are much fewer, so…

  2. People are already calling Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu the second coming of Space Jam, since plenty of staff (including the character designer) worked on Kuroko no Basket.

    You’ve omitted Uchuu Senkan Tiramisu (another short anime) – it’s based on a gag manga in space and seems like fun.

  3. Tokyo Ghoul: Re is a sequal, with focus switched to ghoul-hunters (protagonist is a comrade of psychotic old guy that died in first season).
    Starts good, keeps getting worse .

  4. Man you have unlimited patience. I sift through the season just by cover art and maybe the synopsis. Yet you are willing to watch the ridiculous looking crap with very low chances of striking gold.

    Anyways, this season looks much more promising than the last.

  5. I’ve already written up my stuff on my blog… But man, it looks like you’re going to have a busy season.

    https://apprenticemages.com/2018/03/19/hope-springs-eternal-anticipating-spring-2018/

    Hisone to Maso-tan: High on my list, basically because of the art, especially once the PV showing the dragon in flight came out.

    Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Yeah. WTF P.A. Works?

    Sword Art Online Alternative: I’m a huge SAO fan too, and I’m checking it out on that basis – but GGO was the crappiest arc, and I’ll have to work at it to avoid having that color my opinions.

  6. Some of the comedy sequels you’re avoiding are actually good and weird shows worth seeing. Hoozuki is funny, though it helps if you know anything about shinto and buddhist beliefs about hell. Even better if you’ve seen Big Trouble In Little China: “The Chinese have a lotta hells.”
    Amanchu is the story of a high school club getting scuba certification. If you don’t care about it, and the cute girls aren’t your thing, that’s fine.
    I agree with you about Full Metal Panic. Fumoffu is the best part of it. The first half of the first season is also excellent and a great balance between drama and comedy. After Fumoffu it gets too serious, too emo, and stops being fun.
    To Be Heroing is basedon a very short show which was funny and gross, about a father who was turned ugly in exchange for superpowers, without his permission. He mostly wants his daughter to call him Daddy again but she doesn’t recognize him anymore and thinks her father has run off. There are dumb aliens and toilet jokes.
    I have personally given up on some of the shows you’re watching, and that’s mostly a difference in both tastes and patience. Food Wars started interesting and used to have recipes to follow but now its just plain tournament anime and what should have ended continues on as a money printing scheme because it is easy. Sigh. I’ll eventually go through my own list and post what I’m going to watch with comments on what I keep or discard. Cheers!

    1. I avoid comedies on this blog not because I don’t like comedies. It’s because they’re not worth blogging about. There’s often nothing to say other than “lol that was funny.”

      Plus, Japanese humor isn’t my thing.

      1. I found Japanese anime humor relied too much on parody and pop culture reference nowadays. Parody just fall flat when one did not have a point to make about the media, and it’s often the case with most anime. And some of them reference really obscure stuff that even many Japanese people could not get.

        And there’re some very, very lame puns being thrown around in anime….But maybe it’s just me, because I have never found puns particularly interesting.

  7. Here are the shows I plan to start

    Hype: FLCL

    Cautiously optimistic: 3D Kanojo, Megalo Box

    Worth a shot: Devil Line, Dorei-ku, Golden Kamuy, Hinamatsuri

    Time-wasters: Steins Gate, Tokyo Ghoul, Academia

    Dafuq: Oshiri Tantei

    I’ll watch the new LOTGH too. 12 episodes + 3 movies seem way too short for something of that scope, but I can’t miss seeing one of my fave franchises get a fresh new make-over.

    I’m curious about Persona 5, I never bothered to play those games (and frankly, hadn’t even heard about them before seeing Persona 3 posts appear on here). Why are you enthusiastic about this show?

      1. https://caneandrinse.com/why-you-should-play-persona/

        “This system is also linked with another mechanic called social links. […] You upgrade social links by completing side missions with members of your party, and other NPCs. [You] get to help party members deal with their personal issues, except that these missions are on a much more personal scale and stretch out over the full length of the game.”

        Interesting, seems well-suited for a show.

        “It particularly focuses on the emotions and thoughts we choose to [hide] from others around us. On multiply occasions, the cast of Persona 4 have to come face to face with their inner selves, and come to terms with who they really are. But by accepting the aspects of their personality that they might otherwise reject, they become more mature and more fulfilled.”

        OK, this is intriguing. Do you recommend the previous two adaptations?

        1. Ehh… it’s complicated. The thing about the games is that the social links by themselves are nothing all that groundbreaking. They’re only special because you, the player, choose to prioritize certain ones over the others. You have a finite amount of time in the game to advance the story and maximize your social links. If you choose to go dungeon crawling on any given day, you can’t hang out with your best bud on that same day and vice versa. Now, you can certainly do a 100% run, but it’s next to impossible for any first timers. So through this gameplay conceit, the player gets to decide which relationships are important to them and which aren’t. I max out, say, Chie first because I like her as a character. I rarely max out the Tower in any of the Persona games, because I don’t like those stories. As a huge JRPG fan, this illusion of freedom is refreshing. Also, if you like to have waifus, I guess Persona caters to you.

          Anyways, the adaptations leave a lot out of the games, obviously. Not only are important details left out, the illusion of choice is left out too. Persona 3, especially, doesn’t have anywhere near the same impact to me as the game itself. The game’s ending is… it’s something if you’re invested in the characters. But the films, eh. Anyways, I’d recommend Persona 4 first, I guess, if you really can’t play the games.

  8. Out of curiosity how do you feel about fan skepticism towards the FLCL sequels. There’s quite a vocal group discounting the sequels out of fear that they’ll never be anything but cheap imitations of the original. I’m quite intrigued to see what new seasons of flcl have to offer but i was wondering if you have similar feelings of apprehension even if you ‘re ultimately down to see more flcl. I’m currently a bit more interested in alternative over progressive. I don’t know; for one, the four girls are giving me “a place further than the universe” vibes seeing as we just got off that series. Not to mention that based off the trailer, it seems that the central conflict the main female (and to an extent the other girls) will be experiencing is the uncertainty of life after high school and whether the friendships you make within those years will survive. It looks like the girls mostly spend their time slacking off, covering up the aimlessness in their lives by skipping class and having late night fun. I find that premise to be a bit more interesting than the shut-in girl having to come out of her shell (although i still think that fits perfectly in line with what flcl is all about). It also looks like the 17 year old girl might be infatuated with Haruko in a way similar to Naota from the original. Anyway, I’m cautiously optimistic.

    1. I’m going in as blind as possible. I haven’t read any discussion on either sequels, and I’ve barely seen the trailers (glanced at it for a few seconds). I do this for anything I’m interested in, honestly. I don’t want to have preconceived notions going into the actual show, game, or what have you.

      1. That’s a good idea; I’m gonna try that sometime for a future film release this year to see how that affects my views on it.

        1. I’ve been doing this lately for games. Went into all the major RPGs last year blind (Nier, Persona 5, Xenoblade). It’s a little harder with movies since I can’t help but sit through 30 minutes of trailers if I go to any theater.

          1. good point; going into Nier blind must have been an extremely satisfying game experience considering how effective that game’s heel turn is. Still waiting on that Nier write-up; no pressure though

            1. Just in case you might be interested and wasn’t in the know; adult swim pulled a pretty cheeky april fool’s joke and aired the first ep of flcl alternative which wasn’t supposed to air until september. You can check out the first ep if you so choose

  9. DxD is actually a pretty great show, but picking up at Hero would make no fucking sense whatever unless you are inclined to invest the time in the previous seasons. And ignore the last few episodes of the last season where it veered off plan…yeah, maybe not.

  10. This reboot of legends of the galactic heroes has only 12 episodes, i predicts it would not get pass a little more than mid way of the first season of the original 26 episode format. First episode is done well enough to catch up to standards.

    Gundam build third season rips the idea in Ready player one almost directly…. watch for gundam fight scenes…. pretty much that is it….zero expectation in story.

    Turns out Franxx is the best mecha theme show todate of 2018…

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