Welcome to my Spring 2020 anticipation post! Some choices are easy, sequels, continuations, adaptations of material I’m familiar with… The rest, working from ad blurbs and PVs on YouTube… Sometimes it’s like reading tea leaves. Through the wrong end of a telescope.
Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s take a look at the upcoming season!
As is my usual habit here at the Lounge, these aren’t necessarily in any particular order. It’s pretty easy to sort by broad bands, but kinda pointless to sort in details.
The shows that I am anticipating are in bold, shows my wife and I are anticipating together are in bold italics.
That being said… Let’s dive in!
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2
Not going to lie, because anyone who knows me knows this – I’m mainly anticipating this for one reason only… A chance to see Asuna in action. We’ve endured 36 episodes, and it has not been SAO’s best outing ever.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 3rd Season
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan
The first series has been sitting in my Crunchyroll queue basically forever… When the 3rd season was announced, there were a lot of people over the moon. The other week my wife and I finally sat down and started watching and we’ve been quite enjoying it. That puts SNAFU firmly on the anticipation list.
Fruits Basket: 2nd Season
Loved, the first season… the second has been on my anticipated list since closing credits rolled on the last episode.
Though my memories of it are dim (hey, the late 60’s/early 70’s was a long time ago), I remember looking forward to Wacky Racers on Saturday mornings.
The story is set at the end of the 19th century and on the eve of the next one. After a certain mishap, the brilliant but socially inept engineer Sorano Appare and the shrewd but cowardly samurai Isshiki Kosame find themselves drifting on a boat from Japan to America. Broke, the two decide to compete in the Trans-America Wild Race to win the prize and return to Japan. The two battle crazy rivals, outlaws, and the great outdoors itself as they race through the wild West from the starting line in Los Angeles to the finish line in New York — in the steam-powered car they built.
So, when I read about the basic plot of Appare-Ranman!, I was hit pretty hard with nostalgia for those days so long ago. It’s tagged historical, but the PV shows steampunk(ish)… so who knows? It’s also a P.A. Works original, which can be hit or miss, but are always worth checking out.
I think much will depend on the personalities and interactions between the odd couple leads.
As I’m scrolling through the season chart… No idol shows this season. It’s been a long dry spell for idol shows.
Girls and baseball… Seems right up my alley. But is it just me, or do those character designs seem a bit oddly… dated?
Houkago Teibou Nisshi
Diary of our Days at the Breakwater
The story centers on Hina and her group of three other female high school students. Hina is an indoor-oriented girl who likes crafts and moves to a seaside town to continue with her high school education. She meets upperclassman Kuroiwa as she walks along an embankment and joins the mysterious “Embankment Club.” Hina dislikes sea creatures, but she fishes with her fellow club members and eats their catches. She gradually starts to appreciate the appeal of the ocean.
CGDCT, SOL, School Club, childhood friends, and it seems a bit of fish-out-of-water… I dunno, could they have a made an anime that’s more likely to attract my attention? They probably could, but until they do I’m looking forward to Breakwater Diary.
Note: When I mentioned this show to my wife and rattled off the list of genres… She commented “well, all they seem to have missed is idols”…
Yesterday wo Utatte
Sing “Yesterday” for Me
Rikuo has graduated from college, but has zero ambition or direction and works in a convenience store. A strange high-school dropout, Haru, keeps coming around with her pet crow. Rikuo still has a crush on his senior Shinako, who is beginning a teaching career, and who shows up in the store one day. Rikuo’s relationships with the girls, and his feelings about his life, keep changing as the story evolves, bringing in other important characters—Rikuo’s co-worker, the coworker’s sister, and a childhood friend of Shinako’s, etc.
If you were to ask me what attracts me to this show… I couldn’t answer you. Somehow, the PV just speaks to me. Maybe I should add “coming-of-age” or “strange relationships” to my list of preferred genres/story types? Maybe.
Well, I could rattle on for half a dozen more shows, but what’s left is in the “sure why not” category… And I usually check out most everything that gets a legal stream anyhow, so let’s save something for the first impression posts shall we?
Anyhow, check out the season chart and then drop a comment and let me know what you’re anticipating!