A new anime season is like the opening of baseball season. There’s a great feeling of anticipation. Every show you’ve looked forward to is excellent. There’s no disappointment…
With that in mind, hit the break and let’s take a look at the shows I’m anticipating in the coming weeks. (And a few thoughts on how I’m going to blog the upcoming season.)
I normally don’t get too excited about seasonal shows until I see if they’re going to get a legal stream in the US. It’s not that I object to seeing them via ‘alternate’ means, but many of those can’t be played on my TV (which makes it difficult for both of us to watch) and it’s a massive PITA when they’re not neatly lined up in my queue. (Life is busy enough without adding another task to my weekly to-do list.) But that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to some shows and hope they get a legal stream…
These are more-or-less in order from top (most anticipated) to bottom (mostly because I’m curious).
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend 2
Because of some poor choices on the part of the production staff, Saekano got tagged in the minds of many as “that fanservice show”. Which is actually kind of sad because it was a smart, well-written comedy filled with snark and commentary about otaku culture. I’ve been looking forward to more ever since the first ended. Sadly, along with its reputation, it’ll be airing on Amazon Strike giving many people yet another reason to avoid it.
A PA Works original series set in the rural countryside? About girls at work? Sign me up! Seriously, according the show’s promo material it’s in the same vein as Hana-Saku Iroha and Shirobako. That’s some big shoes to fill, but if Sakura Quest is even half as good as it’s older sisters, it’ll still be very good indeed.
My Hero Academia 2
Despite the pacing problems of the first series overall, most individual episodes were very, very good. The animation and characterizations were top-notch. I’m hoping they keep it up.
Looks to be the only SOL/CGDCT on offer this season, and that’s two of my favorite genres so Hinako Note goes onto the list pretty high up.
Attack on Titan 2
Now, some might reasonably ask – “why would such a good show be so low on the list? And after SOL/CGDCT fluff to boot?” Well, here’s the thing – for me, the first season was like Scum’s Wish this season… I liked the show, I looked forward to it each week, but I didn’t always enjoy it very much. It’s hard to explain, even though it makes sense in my head.
Alice to Zouroku
Found families, mysterious pasts, a complacent loner finds themselves no longer alone, and liking it… Alice punches a lot of “things Derek finds interesting” buttons.
Atom: The Beginning
Astro Boy – there’s simply nothing more that needs saying.
The description and PV’s aren’t actually all that promising, but I’m an absolute sucker for idol/band/music anime… I can’t resist at least checking it out.
I’m mostly curious about Sakurada, though I can’t quite put my fingers on why. Off the top of my head I’ve watched three “boy and girl team up to save the world” anime (Absolute Duo, Luck & Logic, Handshakers) and ended up dropping all three. I wasn’t even interested in Sakurada until I saw the PV while writing this entry, but now… for some reason my interest is piqued.
Nine shows seem like a reasonable list and a decent stopping point… If history is any guide, I’ll check out as many as twenty shows if they’re available and I usually end up watching somewhere in the neighborhood of twelve to fifteen… If my/our schedule gets too crowded, I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to culling to get things down to a reasonable level. Sometimes even “it airs on Tuesday” (when I have a meeting every week) suffices if the show doesn’t offer enough on its own. Plus Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesday, so we’ve already got an hour taken up on Wednesday. And with it being Spring I hope to squeeze in at least a few baseball games. (That is, until the Mariners piss me off enough that I stop watching.)
That being said, one thing I found out this season is that I have difficulty blogging in any depth about more than four or five shows. So this season, I’m going to restrict myself to commenting only if I have something to actually say about a given show in a given week. If I’m at a loss for words, I’ll simply note the show as “watched, no comments”. If all I have is a line or two, then all I’ll post is a line or two. I watch anime for fun, I blog for discussion, and I don’t want either to become burdensome.
So, drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you’re looking forward to!