Anime I’ll Be Watching: Spring 2018

I’m not usually one to watch anime seasonally.  The sheer number of shows airing each season can be overwhelming.  There’s only so many shows a person can watch.  Normally, I wait for the season to end and binge all the shows I was interested in (sometimes a few years later).  Hopefully, things can change for this season.  The problem I always run into is I forget when the shows air and go weeks without watching it.  I will attempt to keep up with the anime airing this Spring.  Anyway, here’s what I’ll be watching in Spring 2018.

The Sequels

Boku no Hero Academia Season 3

my hero academia

  • Episodes: 25
  • Studio: Bones

I absolutely adored the first season of My Hero Academia. Sure, it was your typical underdog story, but it had an incredible amount of heart.  Deku’s struggle to realize his dreams despite the lack of natural ability really struck a cord with me.  Despite its short run, it managed to introduce many interesting and likable characters (not Bakugo).  Before I watch the third season, I have to catch up on the second season.  I know, I’m a pleb who can’t keep up with seasonal anime.  This will be a repeating pattern.

FLCL Progressive

flcl progressive

  • Episodes: 6
  • Studio: Production I.G.

FLCl is an anime classic. Many of us in the West got our start in anime with this title.  Holy shit was this anime weird.  Gainax was infamous for its experimental animation and stories.  FLCL fits neatly into that reputation.  Whether it was a pink haired alien wielding a bass guitar as a weapon or a boy with a horn growing out of his head that I think represents puberty.  Its Gainax, don’t question it.  And of course, you can’t mention FLCL without a shout out to the outstanding music written and perform by The Pillows.  I even have it on CD and that shit’s my jam.   But I am skeptical of how this will turn out.  I hope its not just a cash grab preying on nostalgia, like we’ve seen many times before.  Only one way to find out.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

full metal panic invisible victory

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Xebec

I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was upon hearing that Full Metal Panic! was getting a sequel after 13 years since The Second Raid. The series ranks as one of my favorites.  The perfect balance of action, comedy, and drama.  Full Metal Panic! manages to excel in all these genres.  Quite an impressive feat.  Something that may be concerning is Kyoto Animation is no longer working on the series.  Instead, Xebec will be leading this project.  None of the Xebec series I’ve watched have impressed me.  Another concern is if Funimation can retain most of the original voice actors from the ADV dub.  Its impossible to imagine anyone other than Chris Patton and Lucy Christian playing Sosuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori.

High School DxD HERO

high school dxd herp

  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: Passione

Man, am I really behind on this series.  I’ve only watched the first season and very much enjoyed the “plot.”  High School DxD reveled in its sleaziness and I couldn’t help but respect that.  It bombards you with marshmellowy boobs and perversion.  Yet, it somehow managed to provide a somewhat interesting story.  This will be another one I watch once I’ve caught up with the previous seasons.  I am not a fan of the new art style. It may be closer to the light novel but looks more generic.

Shokugeki no Souma San no Sara-Tootsuki Ressha-hen

food wars

  • Episodes: n/a
  • Studio: J.C. Staff

Once again, another series I’m several seasons behind on. If only real cooking shows could be like this, with food so good it makes your clothes explode off.  When I’m all caught up, I’ll get around to watching this.

Steins;Gate 0

steins gate 0

  • Episodes: 23
  • Studio: White Fox

If you haven’t seen Steins;Gate, what are you doing with your life? Go watch it now, a modern classic.  Steins;Gate mixed otaku culture humor with an intense scfi thriller to exemplary results.  White Fox is back to animate an alternative retelling in which Okabe failed to save one of his friends.  Simply put, more Steins;Gate, no problem.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

sao alternative

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Studio 3Hz

Let’s address the elephant in the room, SAO is crap. The writing is embarrassingly incompetent and lazy.  Reki Kawahara is a frustrating author.  He is capable of better but seems to not put much effort or research into his light novels.  Anyway, enough beating that dead horse., lets discuss the series at hand.  Finally, an SAO series without Kirito and the rest of the awful cast.  No A-1 Pictures, no Reki Kawahara, no Kirito, now I’m interested.  I am hopefull that this could be genuinely enjoyable, not ironically like the main series.  The world of SAO always had great potential that was never realized.  Maybe this has a chance to be decent.

The New Shows

3D Kanojo

3d kanojo

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Hoods Entertainment

The guy only likes 2D girls and has resigned himself to not be interested in 3D girls. That is until he is approached by a beautiful classmate.  This seems like the set up for a hentai but looks like it’s a normal high school romance/drama series.  I am not all that familiar with Hoods Entertainment’s body of work.  It seems to be mostly ecchi/softcore porn.  I don’t expect 3D Kanojo to be the next great romance anime but its does look very pretty.

Caligula

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  • Episodes: n/a
  • Studio: Satelight

Caligula is an adaptation of the video game The Caligula Effect produced by the excellent folks at Satelight. A virtual idol brings people who are suffering in the real world and strongly relate to her songs to a digital world called Mobius.  Everyone is turned into a high school student (because anime) regardless of actual age.  They now must experience high school over and over again because she believes this to be the best part of a person’s life.  I don’t know about you, but I hated high school more than anything.  That sounds like a punishment.  Caligula is yet another anime about being transported to another world.  I’m getting Shin Megami Tensei vibes from this.  I’ll give it a look see.

Devils Line

Devils-Line

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Platinum Vision

This sounds to be in a similar vein to the Devilman reboot we saw earlier this year and Ajin, and of course, Tokyo Ghoul. Devils Line seems to be another run of the mill vampire series with copious amounts of edge.  The studio, Platinum Vision, has not done much of note other than assisting the production of Servamp, whatever that’s worth.

Dorei-ku The Animation

doreiku

  • Episodes: n/a
  • Studio: Zero-G

A psychological drama revolving around enslaving another person. A new creation called the SCM allows the user to enslave who is also wearing another SCM.  The catch is that one must win over the other at any cost to become their slave.  This sounds like it could have a lot of potential to be a fantastic psychological thriller, or it could be laughably awful (cough…King’s Game…cough).  Zero-G is the studio behind Dorei-ku has not much of a track record, so I don’t know what to expect from them.

Gegege no Kitarou

gegege no kitarou

  • Episodes: n/a
  • Studio: Toei Animation

A modern retelling of a classic manga. This video from Gaijin Goomba got me interested in watching.  Its from Toei so who knows how good the animation quality will be.

Golden Kamui

golden kamui anime

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Geno Studio

A historical action drama about a treasure hunt and survival. Sign me up.  Geno Studio is yet another relatively new animation studio with too little of a body of work to judge quality.

Hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: feel.

One day, a young yakuza named Nitta is sitting in his room when suddenly a girl with special powers randomly appears and threatens him. They decide to live together.  Sometimes you read a description that you will only find in anime.  This is certainly the case with Hinamatsuri.  This looks to an almost absurdist comedy series with a lot of weird stuff happening, kind of like The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.  Animation will be handled by feel., who have made few solid slice of life/comedy series.

Juushinki Pandora

Juushinki-Pandora

  • Episodes: n/a
  • Studio: Satelight

A mecha series from Satelight. Satelight usually delivers visually stunning series.  The description really doesn’t really grab my attention, but as a mecha fan, I feel the need to watch it due to how little mecha series there are outside of Gundam.

Mahou Shoujo Ore

mahou shoujo ore

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Pierrot Plus

Madoka ain’t got shit on this magical girl “deconstruction.” Saki forms a contract with the yakuza to become a magical girl.  The twist is that she turns into a crossdressing dude.  Pierrot plus will be bringing us this utterly bizarre series.  Hopefully it doesn’t get the Pierrot filler treatment.

Mahou Shoujo Site

magical gurl site

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Production doA

A Battle Royale with magical girls on the internet. I’m just curious at this point.

Megalo Box

megalo box

  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment

TMS Entertainment is bringing us an anniversary series of the classic boxing manga Ashita no Joe. The Anime Man posted a video covering this and it had me intrigued.

Nil Admirari no Tenbin

nil-admirari

  • Episodes: n/a
  • Studio: Zero-G

I had a difficult time trying to understand what this anime is about. But it still sounds interesting.

Persona 5 The Animation

persona 5.jpg

  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: CloverWorks

This is something I’ve been waiting for since playing Persona 5 last year. I cannot wait to sit down and watch this.

Piano no Mori

piano no mori

  • Episodes: 12
  • Studio: Fukushima Gainax

A drama about playing the piano. As a lover of piano music, I’ll be taking a look at this series.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

  • Episodes: 13
  • Studio: P.A. Works

This anime is about horse girls. No, not centaurs, but girls that have horse ears and tails.  It takes place at an academy for horse girls and to become better racers.  Also, idols.  The idol thing just comes right out of nowhere.  I want to watch out of morbid curiosity.  A. Works usually does good work.

Wotaku ni Koi Muzukashi

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  • Episodes: 11
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures

Two office workers find out the that one is a fujoshi and the other is a gaming otaku. Romantic comedy hijinks ensue.

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