Fall 2022 Anticipation – Part I I – new series

Gundam - Witch From MercuryOK, so here’s the other reason I split this season’s anticipation post into two parts…  I narrowed it down to two screenshots, and couldn’t decide between them!  Not buying it?  Not even a little?

Ah, well.  OK then.  Hit the jump and let’s take a look at the new & original anime I’m looking forward to checking out this season.

The shows that I’m watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italicsstrikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Suisei no Majo
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

Rather than a screenshot or promo art and/or a plot summary as usual, I’m just going to post the prologue video…  I mean, I was already curious from the first announcement – it’s Gundam after all.

But watching the prologue a few weeks back, I went right from curious to straight up fanboy.  I’ve watched entire series that weren’t a good as this single episode.

Hands down my most anticipated new anime this season.

Eikyuu Shounen
Eternal Boys

“The Mature Idol Project”

The latest project proposed by Manpuku Entertainment Productions, in a bid to revive the company. Experienced in the successes and failures of the business world, 6 middle-aged men now face the many hurdles of age and physical ability, whilst pursuing their goal to become idols.

Fuji Creative Corporation

One of only two idol or idol adjacent show on offer this season…  So it all but automagically earns a slot on my anticipation list.  Even without that, I think I’d check it out as it’s a kinda different take on the genre.  It’s nice to mix things up in a while.

But sadly, I must temper my interest with the fact that it currently has no announced legal stream.

VAZZROCK THE ANIMATION

VAZZROCK

The 13-episode anime follows the daily lives of the 12 members of the two units as they prepare for the upcoming “VAZZROCK LIVE FLAWLESS” in three months. Each episode focuses on a different duo, with each relationship explored in depth.

Crunchyroll

Male idol anime are fairly scarce, so it’s pretty unusual to see two in one season.  They’re also frequently harems or other forms of thinly disguised romances.  But neither series on offer this season seem to be in that vein.  So, that’s a solid reason to be interested.

But, two things concern me about this series.  First, it’s part of a larger franchise that I’m seen none of.  Hopefully it’s standalone.  Second, it’s already been announced that each episode  that each episode “focuses on a different duo” [within the two featured groups].  It’s not impossible to do that and maintain a decent narrative through line…  The iDOLM@STER and The iDOLM@STER SideM both managed something close to that.  But it’s difficult and requires some pretty sharp writing.

But I’m willing to give it a chance.

BOCCHI THE ROCK!

The story follows Hitori “Bocchi-chan” (“Loner”) Goto, a lonely high school girl whose heart lies in her guitar. She does nothing every day except strum her guitar by herself at home. However, one day she happens to meet Nijika Ijichi, who is looking for a guitarist for her group named “Kessoku Band.”

Crunchyroll

It’s a music show, not an idol show, so that sounds promising.  But it’s based on a 4-koma, which I have a mixed track record with… (They’re hard to adapt cleanly into a full episode length series.)  On the other hand, Cloverworks has a solid production track record…

I’m thinking this one belongs in the “curious but skeptical” folder.

Do It Yourself!!Do it yourself

Building furniture and friendships have a lot in common. Intention, effort, and hard work are needed for both crafts. This is a story of girls in a DIY club building both as they carve out their futures. None of it comes easy, but that doesn’t stop any of ’em. Furniture, friendships, and the future—they’re building it all with their own hands!

Crunchyroll

Cute girls?  check.  School club?  check Friendship? check Weirdly specific subject matter?   After Let’s Make a Mug Too (both seasons!) and After School Dice Club, you still have to ask?  CHECK

Seriously, this is such a specifically Derek show I’m a bit offended they didn’t notify me personally and directly.

Cool Doji Danshi
Play It Cool, Guys

They’re so goofy, they’re cool.

Enter: a group of cool guys who seem like they’ve got that unapproachable swag. But look closer and you’ll find a bunch of dorks who’ve gotten the act down pat. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy watching these clumsy dudes try to look cool all day, every day.

Yen Press

On one hand we have the outstanding Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto – where the MC is actually every bit as cool as cool can be.  And that makes me curious about Play it Cool because it appears that the MC’s are faking it (until they make it?).

A concept so undeniably silly that you can’t help but be curious.  Am I right?

Seriously, it’s tagged as a comedy and so long as it doesn’t fall into too deep of a rut it could actually be good.

URUSEI YATSURA (2022)

A remake of a series from the 1980’s…  That could be good (Yamato 2199Fruits Basket), or it could be horrible (Cutey Honey Universe).

But I find the idea of a male protagonist that’s an outright scumbag rather than a Nice Guy or some variant kind of attractive.  It’s something you don’t see a lot of nowadays.  Crossing my fingers here.

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And after URUSEI YATSURA, we’re down to the “curious but don’t have much to say” tier, and that’s where I usually stop.  Between sequels and new shows I just barely broke the traditional ten…  But, so it goes.

I see I didn’t mention Yowamushi Pedal Limit Break…  I’m curious about it too, but that’s mostly on the strength of the Anime x Para Cycling [Featuring “Yowamushi Pedal”] episode of the Animation x Paralympic series.  (Linked rather than embedded because embedding is disabled.)

And I really, really need to write about that series someday…

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Anyhow…  If you haven’t, check out Part I (sequels) of this post.  And then, check out the full list of Winter 2022 series over at Live Chart.

Drop a comment and let me know what new series you’re anticipating!

8 thoughts on “Fall 2022 Anticipation – Part I I – new series”

  1. Mobile Suit Gundam: Suisei no Majo:

    But watching the prologue a few weeks back, I went right from curious to straight up fanboy. I’ve watched entire series that weren’t a good as this single episode.

    I went from long-term burned-out fanboy to rejuvenated. The animation was amazing for a TV series, the prologue sets up the main story nicely, and the characters drew me in. Hope they can keep that up.

    URUSEI YATSURA (2022):

    But I find the idea of a male protagonist that’s an outright scumbag rather than a Nice Guy or some variant kind of attractive. It’s something you don’t see a lot of nowadays. Crossing my fingers here.

    Ataru is practically the prototype for the Trash MC, but the creator and the audience are both in on the joke, so he’s not nearly as cringey as modern Trash MCs, where I get the creepy feeling that the creators intended for the audience to identify closely with the MC.

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    1. Re:Mobile Suit Gundam: Suisei no Majo

      The animation was amazing for a TV series, the prologue sets up the main story nicely, and the characters drew me in. Hope they can keep that up.

      Yeah, that’s my biggest concern too… It’s damm hard to sustain that. IBO had a fantastic first cour, then flagged in the second…

      Re: URUSEI YATSURA (2022)

      Ataru is practically the prototype for the Trash MC, but the creator and the audience are both in on the joke, so he’s not nearly as cringey as modern Trash MCs, where I get the creepy feeling that the creators intended for the audience to identify closely with the MC.

      I’m not at all certain that “creepy feeling” is unwarranted.

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  2. Out of the show you mentioned here, only Do it Yourself has caught my interest. Bocchi the Rock, maybe. Cool Doji Danshi could be fun, too. The rest I’m not that interested in.

    Urusei Yatsura is a bit of a special case: a retro classic, I’ve never seen beyond episode one (sort of like Tokyo Mew Mew, come to think of it). The voice acting cast is mostly composed of veterans, to the extent that it might be easier to say who’s not in… My main problem is that I don’t click very well with Rumiko Takahashi’s humour; I click better when she has a story to tell, and she can write characters I like, but she also tends towards long-runners and repeat gags of the kind I don’t like, and the usual result is that I just… lose interest.

    Gundam is usually not my thing, so I might not even try it.

    For me, of the new shows, only one show had me actually excited: My Master Has no Tail – a tanuki rakugo show. First episode’s already aired, and I’m happy to say I adored it.

    Other than that, as I said, Do it Yourself was on my radar. I’m curious about Chainsaw Man, which could be a hit with me or fail, who knows? But the buzz is impossible to escape. Also mildly looking forward to Akiba Maid Wars – it’s the combo of PA Works and Cygames that brought us Uma Musume, which worked pretty well. We’ll see.

    But I’ll click play on lots of stuff, as usual, and hoping some nice surprises.

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    1. I’ve looked at the promo material for Chainsaw Man and despite the buzz, I’m not feeling it one bit. I’m planning on skipping it.

      Akiba Maid Wars is on my list, but below the “worth posting on” tier. Surprisingly my wife wants to check it out too. Comparing it to Uma Musume, all I can think of was how well S1 worked and how S2 didn’t.

      But I’ll click play on lots of stuff, as usual, and hoping some nice surprises.

      Yeah, me too.

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  3. I’m going to be honest, I watched the first episode of Gundam: The Witch from Mercury yesterday, and it left me thinking of Revolutionary Girl Utena: new girl comes in, stands up for an abused lady, defeats the abusive fiance, and becomes the new fiance.

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    1. Similar setup… Doesn’t mean it’s going the same place though. (I have not watched Utena, so my ability to comment on the comparison is basically non-existent.)

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      1. I only saw the first episode (practicing my one-episode rule), but I certainly hope this has a different ending. From what I understand, Utena ended very tragically.

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