The Obligatory Summer 2018 Anime Preview Post

Yeah, this is super late, but let’s take a quick survey of the upcoming shows. I’m not too concerned with the quality of any given anime. Rather, I’m trying to see if there’s even anything on this list that I might want to blog about. Basically, I tend to avoid writing about comedies, sports and idols. Anything after that is generally fair game. And as always, I’m going to exercise a healthy dose of skepticism. I’m not going to pretend to be thrilled about shows I’ve never heard of before. Last but not least, I wrote this post tonight, because I didn’t feel like watching the rest of Tokyo Ghoul:re. Eh, what can I say? Ken’s journey is a trash heap. But I digress…


Aguu: Tensai Ningyou
Studio DEEN
PV: Here

Don’t bother with the synopsis, because it’s full of nonsensical in-universe jargon. Just watch the PV, which actually makes the anime look kinda interesting. I just hope the story leans more towards horror and less towards fighting the big, bad Seamtresses (whatever the hell they are). Either way, there’s a strong chance that I’ll cover this show.


Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki
NAZ

Historical epic? Instant pass from me. Not only do I not want to write about it, I don’t really want to watch it either.


Asobi Asobase
Lerche
PV: Here

Three girls having fun at school. Something about being a surreal gag comedy. Sure, sure, I’ll believe it when I see it. In any case, comedy isn’t usually something that I like to write about. For instance, I loved Hinamatsuri, but I barely covered it.


Attack on Titan 3
Wit Studio

I went and read ahead in the manga, and I’m not exactly pleased with where the story ended up going. So as you can imagine, I’m not super excited about the adaptation. To be honest, I never really was. Right from the beginning, I got the sense that the story would go on forever and over. Plus, every writer will have to provide some answers. If an ongoing series isn’t going to end anytime soon, the author can’t keep everything shrouded in mystery forever. But that’s the thing: the answers we get aren’t always going to be satisfying to everyone. Unfortunately, I fall into that camp with Attack on Titan. I really did not like learning the truth about the titans, and I don’t like the main cast enough to get over the shortcomings of the story. Anyways, I doubt I’ll cover this weekly. We’ll see, though. If there’s high enough demand, I’ll roll up my sleeves and do it.


Back Street Girls
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

So three yakuza are forced to become female idols or die. Not only that, they have to undergo a surgical procedure to look like women. Does this include hormone therapy or nah? Probably not. Either way, this show looks and sounds dumb. More importantly, it’s a comedy, and as previously mentioned, this blog doesn’t cover comedies.


BANANA FISH
MAPPA
PV: Here

I almost always give everything from MAPPA a shot. They don’t always make good anime (e.g. Inuyashiki), but I still feel like the studio has developed enough cachet. Anyways, I’ve read a bit of the manga. Not enough to spoil anything big. I just wanted to get the gist of the story. It’s intriguing. There’s a big mystery concerning a dangerous drug that everyone wants to get their hands on. Not only that, there’s a conspiracy that runs very deep. Unfortunately, this isn’t really a story for the faint of heart. If you don’t want to hear about a child being forced into sex slavery, you might wanna stay away… But yeah, I’m totally blogging this from start to finish (unless I quit the blog again).


Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro
diomedea
PV: Here

Another comedy about schoolgirls finding themselves in crazy, zany scenarios. Shrug. Looks fun. Might be entertaining, but I wouldn’t blog about it. Comedy strikes again.


Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa
MADHOUSE
PV: Here

It’s a spinoff from the Kaiji series. Not my thing.


Free! -Dive to the Future-
Kyoto Animation

Those boys are still swimming, huh? Good for them. I probably won’t watch it.


Gintama. Gin no Tamashii-hen 2nd Season
Sunrise

I’ve never touched the Gintama series, and I’m not looking to start now.


Grand Blue
Zero-G
PV: Here

Looks like another forgettable slice-of-life series. The PV is full of cute girls and dudes screaming at each other with silly faces. At least the characters are in college, I guess. I’ll check a few episodes out. If the character drama is compelling, then I’ll keep watching. Otherwise, it’s destined for the trash heap.


Hanebado!
LIDENFILMS
PV: Here

Cute girls play badminton. Lots of breast physics. Probably boring. I’m more of a tennis guy anyways.


Happy Sugar Life
Ezo’la
PV: Here

Oh hey, this show features a yuri romance. Wait, the second girl looks like a loli. Not only that, these genre tags give me pause:

Horror, Mystery, Psychological

I dunno, the PV looks really trashy to me. It sounds like the main girl will do whatever it takes to keep her loli. That sounds potentially unpleasant. I’m not really interested, but we’ll see.


Harukana Receive
C2C
PV: Here

Cute girls play beach volleyball. Lots of skimpy outfits. I mean, in terms of eye candy, it’s up there. I’m not gonna lie and pretend that I don’t like fit, athletic girls. But the actual plot is probably boring like most sports anime, and if I need visual stimulation, there are better ways to accomplish that.


Hataraku Saibou
David Productions
PV: Here

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell! But on a more serious note, the PV makes the show look fun. I just don’t know if there will be much to write about. Maybe I’ll just give it a weekly blurb.


High Score Girl
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

So a kid gets schooled by a girl in video games, and this all takes place back in the 90s. I’m hoping for some decent characterization, but the main characters are really young. As a result, I’m not betting on the show having too much complexity to chew on. Most of all, I just hope it doesn’t rely too much on its own gimmick. It’s likely going to happen anyway, but if we’re fortunate, it can avoid depending on referential humor (or just constant references in general) to carry it.


Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria
EMT Squared
PV: Here

Another isekai show, but this one is flavored with Norse mythology. Barely. I just got done playing the recent God of War, and that was pretty damn solid despite the liberties that it took in reinterpreting certain beloved characters. I also really enjoyed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. So now that I’m definitely an expert on all things related to Norse mythology, I’m confident I’ll enjoy this harem trash. Oh yeah. Totally.


Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu
Ajia-Do
PV: Here

Isekai stories where the main character pretends to be a demon lord is so hot right now. I guess readers can’t enough of an ego boost from the traditional ones anymore, so we need to kick the pandering up another notch. In any case, the PV makes the show look like harem trash, so I’ll probably watch it just to mock it. C’mon, I gotta get in shape for SAO III. You guys know the score.


Island
feel.
PV: Here

Dude shows up on an island and solves everyone’s problems. And by everyone, what I really mean is three cute girls. After all, loli is life. Loli is love. Loli is everything. But yeah, the three cute girls who look way, way too young. Not only that, I hate the dude’s haircut. The show look super melodramatic from the trailer, so the show will probably become a huge tearjerker at some point. Personally, I bet the show’s going to be painful to watch, but we’ll see.


Jashin-chan Dropkick
Nomad
PV: Here

I think this is a comedy involving a girl and her summoned naga. They want to kill each other or something. Throw in a few more supernatural lolis and there you go. You just made yourself a fresh steaming pile of anime. Pass.


Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes
Seven
PV: Here

Girl meets boy, girl solves mysteries with boy. The mystery part piqued my interest. Then I watched the PV, which has such a light and fluffy atmosphere. I dunno, man, I don’t think this show will feature the type of mystery I’m looking for. Maybe the characters will be likable. I’m not going to get my hopes up, but I’ll give it a shot.


Lord of Vermillion: Guren no Ou
Asread

I couldn’t find a good trailer. All I know is that this is based on some card game. I guess I’ll have to watch the show itself to see if I wanna blog about it. Unfortunately, Asread kinda sucks, so yeah…


Muhyo to Rouji no Mahoritsu Soudan Jimusho
Studio DEEN
PV: Here

Instead of an exorcist, a pair of boyish lawyers will help you with getting rid of the evil spirits bothering you. Yeah, this anime doesn’t look appealing at all.


Ongaku Shoujo (TV)
Studio DEEN
PV: Here

Idols. Nope.


Overlord III
Madhouse
PV: Here (more like a teaser)

Oh, Overlord, Overlord, Overlord. I really tried to give you a chance. Everyone seems to love you, so I watched both the first and second season. Unfortunately, I just don’t see the appeal. For a show like this, the characters have to be extremely likable, but Ainz isn’t doing it for me. He’s actually too nice and boring. As for the sycophants around him? Don’t get me started. So no, I won’t be blogging this show weekly. I tried before, and it just didn’t work. Between the horny lizards and the uninspiring Climb, I simply ran out of shit to talk about.


Phantom in the Twilight
LIDENFILMS
PV: Here

This looks like a reverse harem with supernatural elements. The PV features some action, but I can’t really tell if it’s going to be any good. The best part, however, is how one of the bishies has a really dumb haircut. Does he still count as a bishie in that case? Either way, the show’ll probably bore me, but I’ll give it a shot. After all, I gave that stupid book-burning show a shot, so why not this one?


Planet With
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

Jesus, just exactly how many shows is J.C. Staff working on? Anyways, the art direction isn’t appealing to me, so I’ll pass.


Satsuriku no Tenshi
J.C. Staff
PV: Here

Blonde loli teams up with an edgy dude. Edgy dude even wields a scythe. Together, they need to get themselves out of a building. Wait, the whole show is about escaping a building? Eh. Sprinkle in some generic side characters, I guess. Y’know, J.C. Staff has good production values, but I can’t remember the last time I actually liked anything that they made. Wait, lemme check their Wikipedia entry… dude, I have to all the way back to Nodame Cantabile to find something that I actually enjoyed, and even then, I preferred the live drama. Their tastes are just so wildly different from mine. Unfortunately, they get to make the sequel to One Punch Man. What’s up with that? Anyways, the PV has slick animation, but the show doesn’t look appealing at all. Sigh, I’ll check out a few episodes.


Senjuushi
TMS Entertainment
PV: Here

Cute boys with guns. The PV makes it look like a snoozefest. The boys are supposedly fighting against a fascist empire, but the PV barely shows any of that off. It seems more concerned with telling us about the hot main cast than giving us a taste of the plot. That tells me there isn’t much of one.


Shichisei no Subaru
Lerche

I couldn’t find a decent trailer. Basically, a guy logs into an online game and discovers that his dead childhood friend is somehow also playing it. So… Ano Hana but set in an MMORPG? Whatever it is, I almost always cover a show if it takes place in an MMO. Most of these shows end up being terrible, but I just can’t help myself. I played MMOs too much in college, so I’m always curious to see how they’re portrayed in fiction.


Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight
Kinema Citrus
PV: Here

This show is about cute girls singing and dancing in a troupe, so it’s not quite an idol show. Unfortunately, it’s not quite something I’d probably care about either. I’ll give it one episode, but I’m pretty confident I’ll pass on covering it.


Sunoharasou no Kanrinin-san
SILVER LINK.
PV: Here

Not only does the kid go and live with a bunch of girls, he even looks like one! But seriously, this looks like shit. Pass.


Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger
P.A. Works
PV: Here

Honestly, I actually think the trailer looks pretty good. The director has an okay pedigree, so count me in. If anything, at least P.A. Works won’t be wasting their animating talents on horse girls. Last but not least, I almost always blog anything that has to do with vampires. I can explain why I’m obsessed with MMOs, but I’m not sure about this particular fixation…


Tsukumogami Kashimasu
Telecom Animation Film
PV: Here

I kinda get the feeling that the show’s going to be episodic in nature. Plus, I’m not really big on Japanese spirits, so I really doubt I’ll cover this show. You never know, but sometimes, you kinda do.


Yami Shibai 6
ILCA

I won’t be writing about this series, but I’ll definitely be watching it. It’s horror, man. Even if it’s bad, I’ll check it out. Oh yeah, this is the only TV short that I’ll include on this list. I peeped the other ones, and they’re a bunch of uninspiring sequels. Yeah, yeah, Yami Shibai 6 is likely an uninspiring sequel too…


Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100 Nin no Ouji-sama
Project No.9
PV: Here

Another reverse harem, but this time, the girl and her princes have to go around and save dreams from being eaten. Something like that. I think this is based on a game, and… holy shit, look at all those princes on the official site. Yeah, I think if I’m going to give any reverse harems a shot, it’ll be the other one. The one with the word “phantom” in the name.


Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san
Xebec
PV: Here

Looks like another shitty harem. The main girl is a ghost who needs the harem lead’s help in order to move onto the afterlife. I bet she doesn’t. I bet she falls in love with him and decides to haunt him forever. If I have time, sure, I can post about it every week. It’ll be like revisiting Harem Hill all over again. Y’know, for old time’s sake.


Spring Carryovers

For better or worse, I’ll still be covering the following shows:

  • Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
  • My Hero Academia
  • Persona 5 The Animation
  • Steins;Gate 0
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7 Replies to “The Obligatory Summer 2018 Anime Preview Post”

  1. This is a really exciting season for me because of all the great manga adaptions.

    Grand blue is an excellent comedy by the baka test author with a comedy style similar to prison school.

    Hi score girl is more of a drama series focusing on arcade games and the main female char’s family life. There is a focus on romance too but it is mainly a drama series using arcade games as a driving force.

    Planet with is by one of my fav manga author and they brought him over to do the script and manga adaption. I highly rec spirit circle if you have the time. It’s a great short manga that is already completed focusing on reincarnation.

  2. All in all this season looks promising.
    * Planet With has a story penned by Mizukami Satoshi (dude who gave us Spirit Circle & Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer among the others), so there’s a fair chance for some nice characters & action.
    * Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight IIRC has got some sick fights (apparently to death, even?) and animation going for it – https://twitter.com/Yuyucow/status/1011596700941725704 + staff here does not look too bad either.
    Back Street Girls, Chio-chan and Grand Blue all look like a romp (and the latter two seems to be one of the readers’ most anticipated comedy manga getting an anime).
    I mistook Island for a Key title for a second there, but it’s actually a Frontwing affair (guys who made all the Grisaia’s) so it might not end up being a Key-level tearjerker after all.
    Sirius the Jaeger looks darn good, but i surely hope they got some compelling characters and direction to complement slick action here, the two things those kind of shows are rarely blessed with, unfortunately.
    On most of the others i don’t have much intel at all, so we will just have to see i guess.

  3. Compare Isekai Maou to Shoukan with SAO is a bit excessive, SAO is a pretentious anime about badly raised videogames and the other is a Harem ecchi wish fulfilment but honest y fun.

  4. Yo, long time no see. Real life kept giving me shit for the last few months, so no time for anime or even games. I pretty much miss an entire season… Oh well, I’m not exactly a hardcore anime fan and the stuff that I really want to watch isn’t that much. I’m just going to binge watch:

    Darling in the Franxx: It’s interesting and I’ve watched that far. Might as well watch the entire thing to the end at this point.
    Megalobox: I’m definitely going to finish this one. This anime is the most interesting anime in this season to me.
    Steins;Gate 0: I ‘m pretty sure this is going to become a mess, but I’m interested to know how much are they going to exploit and make a mess out of this one.
    Persona 5: I’m pretty sure A-1 going to mess this up. Not a big problem, though. It isn’t like the source material is some sort of perfect and sacred cow that shouldn’t be tampered with. In fact, I’m watching it out of some morbid curiosity.

    The only anime that intrigues me from the next season is Banana Fish. Never read the manga, but I hear it’s good. I guess it’s time to find out. And this is the season that I don’t miss. Damn…

    1. Persona 5: I’m pretty sure A-1 going to mess this up.

      I don’t think it’s a trainwreck. It’s just uninspired. A cash grab, pretty much.

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