Hard to believe… It’s 2022 already. And time to preview a new anime season! So, without further ceremony, hit the jump and let’s dive right in.
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 mostly 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.
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
First up… the
Titan elephant in the room. The show that used to be a huge cultural touchstone in the anime community, but which hardly anyone talks about anymore.
Why? I have no idea. Maybe it’s overstayed it’s welcome. Maybe it was the odd trajectory of the third season’s narrative arc. (Though the discussion of that season was already muted compared to earlier.) It’s still good mind you, it’s just not attracting the buzz.
I’m mostly curious here to reach the ending scene. From what I hear, the final panel of the manga generated some huge controversy.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu
When Hiyori—a young girl whose deceased father taught her the joys of fishing—headed out to sea for some alone time, she never thought that she would encounter another girl there.
After a while, this girl—named Koharu—and her end up fishing and cooking together, and they get to know each other a bit in the meantime. During their brief time together Koharu finds out that the reason Hiyori went out to sea that day was because she’s hesitant towards meeting her new step family that same evening. But what a coincidence! Koharu is also meeting her new family tonight! “No. It can’t be a coincidence…” Follow these two ‘sisters’ and their new life together!
Found family, CGDCT, cooking… when I read the description out to my wife, I asked her if there could possibly be a more Derek show. “Only if one turns out to be an idol” she replied. Which I think is fair and accurate.
Unfortunately, this one hasn’t been announced for any streaming services. I’m crossing my fingers and toes!
For the trivia minded, we’ve now reached the year of SAO…
Leadale no Daichi nite
In the Land of Leadale
After being put on life support after a tragic accident, Keina Kagami’s only freedom comes from the VRMMO RPG Leadale.
One day her life support system shuts off and Keina passes away.
When she wakes up, she finds herself in Leadale two hundred years in the future.
So it’s interesting that right off the bat we get an isekai based on being trapped in a virtual world… Kind of Mother’s Rosario meets Overlord?
But not really. Sword Art Online and Overlord are both action-adventure tales, Leadale looks to be more CGDCT/maybe iyashikei. I think my taste for CGDCT is going to override my recent distaste of isekai. But, to be fair, that distaste has less to do with the genre than than the recent overload of low effort copypasta and increasingly bizarre conceits.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, VRV
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform
It’s Komichi Akebi’s first year of junior high and she has her heart set on one thing: Robai Private Academy’s sailor uniform.
As the next chapter of her life gets closer, she dreams of all the exciting new experiences she’ll get to have—school lunches, classes, club activities, and of course, making lots of friends! With her favorite outfit on, Komichi feels ready for anything.
Slice of life with a side helping of CGDCT? Of course I’m so there. As with Slow Loop (above) this is a very Derek show.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation
Ya gotta work with me here folks… The more I look, the more this looks like a slender season. Which is not actually a bad thing, it just makes writing an Anticipation post difficult when there’s so little to work with.
So, that being said, I think I’m just going to call it here rather than just continue in the same vein. As usual, I’ll check out a ton of shows and maybe find a few keepers… A lot depends on what commenters recommend, the initial reviews on ANN, and blog and Twitter buzz as well.
So, that’s enough from me – check out the Winter 2022 season chart and drop a comment! Let’s hear what you’re anticipating!