I used the same title last year… But what the heck, it’s only once a year, right? Hit the jump and let’s chat about the upcoming season and what I’m planning on watching!
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. But that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to some shows and hope they get a legal stream…
My Hero Academia 3 / Boku no Hero Academia 3
First up… an anime that needs no introduction. And an anime that pretty much everyone knows, so there’s not much to talk about. Season 2 ended on something of a cliffhanger, and I expect it dive right back in after a “what has gone before” ep.
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
SAO – need I say more? The first SAO project not animated by A-1… But Studio 3Hz does have an impressive (if mixed) resume. The staff’s resumes are also mixed, but still – SAO!
Hisone to Masotan / Dragon Pilot
An original work by Studio Bones… Honestly, Histone to Masotan has intrigued me ever since I first saw an article on it on ANN a few months back. I just can’t quite come with any particular reason why though. Maybe it’s the cute cartoon dragon in mecha armor? Maybe it’s Mari Okada’s involvement in the project? I just have this feeling that this could be a good one.
Cutie Honey Universe
Action, adventure, a certain sexiness… and a reboot of one of anime’s classic franchises? Straight onto the Must Check Out list it goes. The original was noted for its fanservice, and the PV leaves me with that nudge-and-a-wink feeling that the producers have not forgotten that aspect. Of course, as I always say, it’s gotta have more than that to keep my attention… and it has to be worth watching on its own to stay on my watchlist.
They don’t appear to be using the jazzy “Cutey Honey” OP theme that’s been used for several Cutie Honey series across the years. Which is kinda sad, because I love the tune.
If you know me – you knew I’d be checking these out…
Two idol shows based on games. Neither one looks particularly promising, but I love idol shows so I’ll give them a shot.
If I don’t sound that enthusiastic… That would be because I’m not. I’m hoping to be surprised, but they both give off a strong “paint by numbers” vibe. That doesn’t mean they’ll be unwatchable, it just reduces the chances.
Isekai Izakaya: Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu
“There’s a bar called “Nobu” located in Kyoto, Japan. In it is a door that is connected to a bar in another world. The visitors include denizens of the other world, and customers seek out its excellent “Toriaezu Nama” ale and cuisine.”
A food show, and I can never resist food shows. And who knows? Maybe it will turn out to be what Isekai Shokou (Restaurant to Another World) could have been.
Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
“The story takes place at a popular Japanese-style tea house called Rokuhoudou. Four specialists work there: Sui makes the tea, Gure creates latte art, Tsubaki makes the sweets, and Tokitaka cooks. In addition to serving their customers, they sometimes help them solve their problems.”
Another food(ish) show, but it also sounds a heck of a lot like Midnight Diner:Tokyo Stories which I enjoyed a great deal. (I wish Netflix would pick up the rest of the series.) It also looks to be bishonen so this also fills “try something out my comfort zone” slot for the season.
I don’t expect much, but just maybe…
School/club comedy, slice-of-life, cute girls (and nice moe character designs) – all things I like, so – sure. Why not?
Real Girl / 3D Kanojo
Could be a watchable high school romance, could go off the rails badly if it over-exploits its “fish out of water” and “odd couple” elements. Will check out, but with the drop button close to hand.
Ten shows, and my average in Spring is around eight. But of course, that doesn’t really say anything about the final count. A show might not stream where I can see it. I might drop it. I might pick up shows not even listed here…
Anyhow, what do you think of these shows? What are you anticipating for Spring 2018? Drop a comment and let’s chat!