Alright, what’s coming up, what’s coming out? In the past, a bad season like the one we’re currently in probably would’ve made me quit, but I’m hanging on by a thread. Hopefully, spring will give me more reasons to blog. By the way, I’m still recovering from an illness, so if I seem more irritable than usual, you can blame it on that. Or my old age. Either way…
Bungou Stray Dogs 2
…suuuuuuure… I think I have to refresh myself on the first season, though. I only blogged half of it, and the second half didn’t seem all that memorable when I watched it later.
Fruits Basket – PV
Apparently this will cover the rest of the manga. Does this mean that a certain someone will be the right gender this time? Eh, I dunno. I feel like I cover so many dumb harem anime series that one of these reverse harems deserve time in the
crosshairs spotlight. More than anything, I just wanna see these characters in a new light, ’cause that 2001 anime was butt-ugly. To be fair, the manga was pretty booty too.
One Punch Man 2
Oh, I’m definitely blogging this. A couple of caveats, though. One, I don’t think this series is as good as Mob Psycho 100, so naturally, any post on the show will be less interesting. Two, I’m not sure how I feel about JC Staff taking over the reins from Madhouse.
On the Fence
Carole & Tuesday – PV
The premise doesn’t excite me one bit, but Bones usually puts out stuff I like. Usually. If anything, at least the animation will be good. I’ll give it a chance, I guess. It’s just too bad that I won’t like the music. I just know I won’t. I just hope the drama doesn’t end up being too mawkish. Kinda feels that way from the PV.
Fairy Gone – PV
I can’t really get a good feel from the PV. Let’s just hope it’s not another Killing Bites.
Hi no Tori: Dogo Onsen-hen
Based on Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix. Might be good, but I really have nothing to go by. Couldn’t find a PV, and I haven’t always been super impressed with Tezuka Productions.
Kenja no Mago – PV
Another isekai with a small twist, but at the end of the day, it’s just going to be yet another dude leaving his boring, humdrum life to be a badass in a made-up fantasy world full of big titty babes. I’ll probably spend weeks ranting about how much I dislike it until I get bored. Or better yet, I’ll stick with it just to spite people (like with that slime anime).
Kimetsu no Yaiba – PV
The PV doesn’t excite me; it feels kinda generic. I also don’t like the character designs. They look too young for my tastes. They probably are too young for my tastes. Anime is the medium for heroic children, but I’m getting pretty weary of it. I also don’t really care for ufotable’s animation style.
Konoyo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NO – PV
I was pretty interested in the premise (parallel worlds and all that) up until the PV flashed a bunch of hot babes in front of me. Groan. Whatever, stick it in the maybe pile.
Kono Oto Tomare! – PV
The school delinquent wants to join the koto club. Have your expectations defied! Feel the emoshuns!
Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin – PV
Doesn’t look like it’ll bring anything new to the table. It’ll probably end up being forgettable.
RobiHachi – PV
Sounds like a sitcom where an unlikely couple is forced to live and work together. I’m kinda interested in this series if only because of the futuristic setting. A decent adventure anime would be nice to watch, but I don’t know how bloggable that would be.
Sarazanmai – PV
You can see Ikuhara’s influence from a mile away. I dunno, I was pretty burned by that stupid yuri bear anime, so I’m not going to get my hopes for this show. Plus, the whole “connect” business in the PV sounded mega pretentious. Gave me Kiznaiver vibes, which was a dreadfully self-important show.
Shoumetsu Toshi – PV
Loner dude meets mysterious girl who might have magical powers (I think). They have to uncover a mystery behind a destroyed city where the girl is the sole survivor, but for some reason, idols are also in this story. I’m on the fence just because of the idols.
Aikatsu Friends!: Kagayaki no Jewel
Sequel to something I didn’t watch.
Sequel to something I didn’t watch.
Boku-tachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai – PV
Another dork is “forced” to spend time with the opposite sex by being a tutor. Woe is him. How unlucky.
Diamond no Ace Act II
Sequel to something I didn’t watch. Plus, most sports anime are terrible.
Gunjou no Magmel – PV
Feels too shouneny for me.
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine – PV
Hangyaku-sei Million Arthur 2
Sequel to something I didn’t watch. If it didn’t interest me before, it’s not going to start now.
Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu – PV
Slice-of-life anime usually bores me to tears.
Jimoto ga Japan
No clue what this is, and I don’t care enough to find out.
Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin – Zenya Akai Suisei
A recompilation. Huh. So nothing new?
King of Prism -Shiny Seven Stars-
Sequel to something I didn’t watch.
More sports anime I’m not interested in. Plus, I highly doubt that anyone’s going to pick this up and stream it for the West. The sad part about me as an anime fan is that I still haven’t picked up the damn language after all these years! I’m just that bad at learning new languages.
Namu Amida Butsu!: Rendai UTENA – PV
Hot boy anime of the season.
Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? – PV
“17-year-old Ichirou Satou is an average guy who always happens to find himself in a perverted situation with his teacher…”
Alright, we’re done here.
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san
“The everyday life of Nakano, a salaryman working for an exploitative company, is suddenly intruded upon by the Kitsune, Senko-san (800 Years Old – Young Wife). Whether it be cooking, cleaning, or a special service…She’ll heal his exhaustion with her tender care.”
Shingeki no Kyojin 3 Part 2
Meh, I gave up on this series a long time ago, and nothing I’ve heard from other people has convinced me that diving back in is worth the effort.
Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki
The description of the show doesn’t tell me anything other than that the show will “[highlight] regional cultural differences from the area of Nagoya, Aichi.” Pass.
Leftover stuff from last season
Will Continuing Blogging
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
Yeah, I’m following this show to hell and back. Like with the slime anime, spite is a great source of motivation.
Oh, I wasn’t aware that this show was 2-cour. More demons-of-the-week to slaughter.
I usually don’t talk about upcoming movies, because who knows when they’ll be localized for the West. Nevertheless, I’m obviously interested in Promare. I’m also kinda curious about Koutetsujou no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen just because I want to know how everything turned out for the characters, but that series didn’t end too well.
Just for fun, here’s a poll:
You know what i would be totally down for? You doing more game posts whenever you find that your interest in a season waning. I definitely wouldn’t mind shooting the shit about games if spring season ends up being unremarkable
I’ve thought about it, but I don’t think I’ve been playing games that I feel my readers would talk about. With Trails of Cold Steel III coming out in the West soon, I’ve been replaying the entire Kiseki series. Unless you’re familiar with the seven games leading up to CS3, eh… Too many spoilers to dodge.
I’m hyped as hell for Sekiro, though.
I’m actually not all that familiar with cold steel, but just like you, i am hyped as all shit for Sekiro; definitely a day one purchase for me. Also highly anticipating my day one copy of Devil May Cry 5 so i’ll definitely have my hands full with games this month. At the moment, I’m finishing up kingdom hearts 3 while trying to figure out if i really even like the game; I’m still struggling to process how i feel about the game as a whole
That being said, I get you on the whole readers not connecting with the games you’ve been playing point of view, However, i’d argue that if the passion to talk about those games ever overcame you, it’d probably be still worth writing about because you could probably get some of your readers interested in games they never thought they’d be willing to play.
I’d argue that the games I have written about are the ones I’m super passionate in, so that’s why I haven’t posted anything new since Dragon Quest XI. The Kiseki series has been entertaining, but by god, is it full of bad anime writing.
But while we’re here, I may as well drop a few thoughts on recent games.
I used to have Devil May Cry 5 preordered, but after replaying 1, 3, 4 (skipping the dreadfully boring 2 and the ill-advised reboot), I just realized that I don’t want to plop 60 bucks on Dante and his buddies. Maybe when it drops to 30.
I liked the Resident Evil 2 remake, but it just reminds me of the weird Resident Evil 4 conundrum. It is the best game in the series, but it also completely ruined the series.
I haven’t touched KH3. Like with DMC5, I tried to replay the previous games. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get through ten hours of KH1 before throwing in the towel. The simplistic dialogue and gameplay just bored me to tears. Plus, KH3 spoilers didn’t inspire much hope. What’s that? A certain someone is stuck being the damsel-in-distress again? What’s that? Yet another cliffhanger ending? After making your ardent fans wait 17 years? Fuck off outta here, Nomura. The Kiseki series might be 9 games in total with more to come, but at least each arc gets a definitive wrap-up.
Other than that, I’ve been enjoying the schadenfraude of watching pathetic multiplayer cash grabs completely tank on release (Fallout 76, Anthem, etc)
Holy shit, so upon reflection I think I came across your blog in Spring 2014, almost 5 years / 2 hiatuses ago.
I vividly remember how our insights on Ping Pong converted me into a faithful reader. Pretty solid season overall — Mushishi was consistently great, Sidonia entertaining enough… Plus your Mahouka posts brought all fanboys to the yard!
Anyway, thanks for sticking it out as long as you did.
As for next season, I’ll probably shadow you as I usually do. Though I don’t think I’ll follow Fruits Basket (unless it’s more than just a harem) or One Punch Man (that story bored me more than it did Saitama).
Voted for the two titles currently leading your poll. Who knows, Carole & Tuesday might have some decent character drama. Certainly a better shot than most titles on that list. Music’s not half-bad either.
Intrigued by Ikuhara’s title, if only because of the PV’s weird composite aesthetic, which fits his metaphorically superimposed style. Plus at least he tries to say something — no matter how silly his stories, pretentious his allegories, simplistic his conclusions. Relationships in the social media age, I’ll definitely check out the first episode. Hopefully no gratuitous BL…
Those were the halcyon days. As shit was Mahouka was, the blog raked in the views. I don’t think I’ll ever reach those numbers again.
I wouldn’t say it has much of a story (this is where some hardcore manga reader pops in and goes, “ACKCHYUALLY”).
Vague pontificating about the same tired subjects no longer interests me. Oh yeah, modern society erases old traditions without any regard? Ah man, haven’t felt smug about that topic in a while. Let’s dredge it up again.
Voted for Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Ufotable (yay, trying to do something beyond adaptations of Nasu’s chuuni porn games!) doing a long running manga of Shounen Jump? Will be the hypecow of the season, alongside the generic isekai trash.
Premisse sounds okay (I am a sucker for youkai stories and swordfights), but because is a shounen, plot will probably overstay it’s welcome, also, will almost likely have tons of protagonism. And with the main party being young, expect them getting much stronger than aged veterans really fast.
At least is not the MC the one with a superpowered evil side, but the sister…on the other hand, when was the last time we saw a NORMAL brother and sister relationship in anime? I can’t remember…
Shounen Jump manga huh? Leaning hard towards not watching it then.