It’s that time of year again… As one season comes to end, another season begins. That whole circle-of-life thing. Or, at least that whole anime calendar cycle thing. Except for a couple of standouts (which I’ll talk about in my upcoming season review post), Spring 2018 wasn’t that great… But a new season brings new hope, and there’s some potential for Summer 2018.
The picture, taken from Mount Omuro on the Izu peninsula, is actually related to my most anticipated anime of the season… Can you guess what it is? Hit the jump to find out and to see more of what I expect from 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. But that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to some shows and hope they get a legal stream…
I’m not going to give formal “tiers” as some folks do (and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that), I usually do but just didn’t feel like it this time.
I’m going to just list off the shows more-or-less by the level of anticipation.
Encouragement of Climb 3 / Yama no Susume 3
Aoi, Hinata, Kaede (Best Girl), and Kokona return for another season of mountain climbing adventure. I’m not going to lie, flat out my most anticipated show this season. When I talked about the “Cute Girls Having an Adventure” genre in my Winter 2018 Preview, this was the show I was thinking about most. If you enjoyed Yuru Camp and/or A Place Further than The Universe… I suspect you might enjoy Encouragement. Not as laid back as Camp, and certainly not as dramatic as Universe, it’s a solid character driven SOL show.
Honoka, a photographer, features in the artwork and the PV… so maybe I need to finish the Photography in Anime feature on her that I’ve been pecking away at for months now.
While the standout second season isn’t streaming anywhere, the first is still solid and worth watching and is streaming on Crunchyroll. It’s a short (3mins/episode), so it won’t take much time, so if you haven’t I encourage you to watch it.
Attack on Titan 3 / Shingeki no Kyojin 3
A show that needs no introduction or explanation from me…
Honestly, I dithered over where to put AOT on the anticipation scale. If you were reading this blog back in Spring 2017, you’ll remember that I didn’t think very highly of the second season. (And I wasn’t alone in that, it was a mess.) However, when Titan is good – it’s very good. (And when it’s bad, it’s very bad.)
So it’s end up near the top of the list, but I’m not sure why.
Grand Blue Dreaming
I’ve read the manga, and honestly the first PV is an epic troll. The second PV, if you know what you’re looking at, is a bit more truthful. Grand Blue is about drinking, partying, various shenanigans, oh… and occasionally they go diving. I’m curious to see how they choose to play it.
That brings us to the end of the anime I know much of anything about/am very seriously looking forward to… Everything below is a bit more speculative.
Revue Starlight / Shōjo Kageki Revue Starlight
This falls under the “if you know Derek at all” category… I pretty much always at least check out idol shows. Starlight seems like there may be something more than usual, so we’ll see. I’m hoping it’s the in-universe idol unit that singing the theme song in the PV, because they’re pretty damn good.
Music Girls / Ongaku Shoujo
I can’t find much about this one other than that it’s what sounds like a fairly generic idol show… But I’ll check it out on that basis alone.
Speaking of idol shows, as far as Back Street Girls goes… I’m undecided as of yet. It seems faintly repugnant to me, though I can’t explain why. I’ll wait for the initial reviews and impressions to roll in.
I’m slowly becoming something of a fan of sports anime, at least those that feature cute girls. :) Seriously though, this does look like a straight up sports anime and thus worth checking out.
Another sports anime? From the PVs, I can’t really tell if this is CGDCT, fan-service oriented, or if there’s anything serious to it all. Still, why not. It’s not as if I object to fan-service so long as there’s decent characters and a competently executed plot. With rare exceptions, there’s gotta be something more than just skin and bounce to grab my attention.
Aguu: Genius Dolls / Aguu: Tensai Ningyou
The description sounds… generic. But the art style looks interesting, and the PV (especially the music) is pretty hot. So, sure… Why not?
Chio’s School Road / Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro
The PV opens with a schoolgirl on a stripper pole – and from there it just gets weird. The description implies that weird just might be the whole point… OK, you’ve got my attention!
Cells at Work
Cells falls into the “looks cute, sure why not?” category…
OK, once I’m down to one-liners and “sure, why not”… It’s time to wrap this up. As usual, there’s a ton more shows I’m mildly curious about but won’t be heartbroken if they don’t get a legal stream. No point in trying to list them, and it’s hard to come up with something to say about them.
I’m also going to try to not overload myself this season. (As if! Famous last words.) From mid/late-August through the first week of September I have commitments that will eat a ton of time and catching up on watching will be difficult. (Let alone writing!)
Anyhow, what do you think of these shows? What are you looking forward to? Drop a comment and let me know!