Ahh… Spring. The sakura are in bloom, a new school term starts, and it’s time for a new anime season! That means it’s time to read the tea leaves and take a look at what new shows catch my eye!
So, hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!
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.
SPY X FAMILY
This mission is known as “Operation Strix.”
It consists of “putting together a family in one week in order to infiltrate social gatherings organized by the elite school that Desmond’s son attends.”
“Twilight” takes on the identity of psychiatrist Loid Forger and starts looking for family members. But Anya, the daughter he adopts, turns out to have the ability to read people’s minds, while his wife, Yor, is an assassin! With it being in each of their own interests to keep these facts hidden, they start living together while concealing their true identities from one another.
Not a show that had been on my radar… Then I just happened to randomly see the trailer.
And then I realized that found family was a huge part of the plot… and of course, that’s one of my favorite genres. Saori Hayami voicing one the main characters is just icing on the proverbial cake.
A Couple of Cuckoos
Kakkou no Iinazuke
Nagi Umino is a 17-year old second-year high school student who learns that he is not the biological child of the family that raised him. On the way to his first meeting with his biological family he meets Erika Amano, a popular internet celebrity who is trying to escape from an arranged marriage. Later, Nagi and Erika discover that their parents had accidentally switched the two after their births and were now aiming to put them in an arranged marriage. To facilitate this, they are made to live in a house owned by Erika’s family.
(Parenthetically speaking… Man. Some of these plot summaries are getting to be like light novel titles – overly long and weighty. This is the short version!)
Despite it’s odd premise, probably going to be a straightforward rom-com. But, you never know what surprises may await.
Of course there’s the now common run of various isekai and copycats of various popular concepts… I’m mostly skipping those.
Ya Boy Kongming!
Fate and reincarnation deliver brilliant military strategist, Kongming, from warring, ancient China to Japan’s modern party hot spot in Shibuya City, Tokyo. After a lifetime of battles and military skirmishes, Kongming wished with his last breath to be reborn in a world of peace and prosperity. It’s nearly two millennia later and he’s finding his way in a very different world than that of his past life. When he meets Eiko, an amateur musician with big dreams, the unlikely duo strikes up an even unlikelier friendship. Eiko has street smarts to help Kongming navigate this strange new world, and Kongming will use his strategic mind to help Eiko achieve stardom!
OK, that being said… Yah, this is isekai adjacent. But it’s also music and (maybe?) idols. And both are pretty much in my wheelhouse as anyone knows. Onto the list it goes under “more curious than anything else”.
The story is set in a world where three schools of medicine are pervasive: Western medicine, Eastern medicine, and “vocal medicine.” The healing of illness and injuries via songs is a special technique that not only improves the metal health of patients, but also the mental health of doctors. Such “Healers” strive to sing when called upon to respond to the health and anxiety of patients and doctors alike.
Cute girls and music… What more needs to be said? I like what I like.
Yes, I know some of the blurbs are short. But what ya gonna do? Sometimes, there’s just not a lot to say.
To Become a Real Heroine! The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
Hiyori left her hometown to pursue her passion, track and field, by enrolling in Tokyo’s Sakuragaoka High School. Looking for a part-time job in Tokyo, she ended up working as an apprentice manager for her classmates (and LIP×LIP members) Yujiro Someya and Aizo Shibasaki. The story revolves around the coming-of-age of Hiyori (as she juggles school, extracurricular life, and managing) and LIP×LIP (as they shine on stage).
We round out the musical portion of our program with something adjacent to a genre I’ve bounced off of hard in the past… Boy bands. I usually end up dropping these because they turn out to be reverse harems. And that’s another genre I tend to bounce hard off of.
But, just maybe. The PV makes me think this might not take that route.
But sadly, no legal stream has been announced.
BIRDIE WING -Golf Girls’ Story-
A youth story centering on two young women golfers named Eve and Aoi Amawashi. The two come from completely different backgrounds, and have the completely opposite play styles, and together they will shake the world of golf.
I can’t say that I’ve ever seen an anime about golf… So, naturally I’m curious. That it’s not set in a high school just adds to the appeal. Sports anime not set in high school are something of a rarity.
No legal stream has been announced for this series. <crossing fingers>
And we round out my picks with what looks to be this season’s one serious slice-of-life… Plus food, and hints of found family? Get on my screen! Quite possibly the most Derek of shows this season.
And, dammit, no announced stream.
Well… a couple that I’m interested in, and a whole slew of “well, I’m kinda curious” or “these are my usual interests”. Not really a promising start. But it wouldn’t be the first season I fell in love with something entirely unexpected.
And as usual, I’ll be checking out a lot more than are listed here… and keeping my ear to the ground for buzz, first impressions, and early reviews.
Anyhow – check out Spring 2022 season chart and drop a comment with what your thoughts and choices for the upcoming season are!