The end of the year is upon us, and with the New Year rolling in there comes yet another Anime Season of promising shows.
I normally avoid trying to make impressions about shows before they air, but I thought it’d be fun to give a rundown of the upcoming season and my thoughts on said shows.
So here we go!
Konosuba Season 2 – The first season of Konosuba was an unexpected hit for me last year and one of the funniest series that I’ve seen in a long time. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this second season will add to the overall narrative while still being equally as hilarious as the first season. Oh and of course I’ll be looking forward to more explosions!
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Arc – I really didn’t like Blue Exorcist. In fact, I hated it. It was awful in my opinion. It was a really bad fighting Shounen that felt like a significantly worse version of D. Gray Man. It lacked any uniqueness and had far too much Slice of Life antics and cheesy characterisation for me to ever consider taking it seriously. This is a continuation of the original series that supposedly adapts one of the later arcs in the Manga. Since I dropped the original Blue Exorcist after 10 episodes and it’s unlikely I’ll ever pick it up again, so I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be watching this. Happy for the fans though.
Masamune-Kun’s Revenge – As a Manga reader, I can safely say that this show is going to be a fantastic comedy with a very unique and interesting premise along solid characters who have a fantastic chemistry. If it stays true to the Manga, and gets a full adaptation like I suspect it will, this could wind up being one of my favourites of the year. It’s funny, charming and very entertaining. Let’s hope Silver Link do it justice.
Scum’s Wish – I love dark and twisted Manga about psychologically messed up people going down the road of self-destruction. Among my favourites are Aku no Hana and Oyasumi Punpun. Scum’s Wish is another Manga, that while not as dark as those two series, shares a lot of the same elements. It’s emotionally twisted and very messed up in a lot of ways with some serious emotional stakes, and I sincerely hope that this Anime adaptation does the source material justice. It’s being adapted by Lerche, who created a very dark atmospheric tone with Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, so hopefully they’ll pull off a similar mood with this series. This has the chance to be the Anime of the season, especially if we get a full adaptation.
Little Witch Academia – I haven’t seen the original movies, mostly because of this series which is apparently going to retell the stories of those movies and expand on them, so I have no idea how good this is going to be. I’m not as big as a Trigger fan as most people seem to be, but they’ve put out some pretty good shows recently, so I have high hopes for this one.
Chaos;Child – I’ve only seen a small amount of Chaos;Head. I own it on DVD, but I’ve never gotten around to watching it all. As such, I’ll probably be giving this a miss until I finish Chaos;Head.
Hand Shakers – Every time I see that something is made by GoHands, my first thoughts are “This is probably going to look stunning but the story is going to be something weird that involves different superpowered teams battling against one another for some abstract goal”. Hand Shakers is probably going to look stunning but the story is going to be something weird that involves different superpowered teams battling against one another for some abstract goal.
Gintama. – Gintama is pretty great. I’m only on episode 60 something of the first series, but I’m sure this season will be just as great as everything else Gintama that came before it. Maybe this time the series will actually end.
Tales of Zestiria the X (2017) – You already know how much I didn’t care for the first season of this show. I also don’t care for any continuation of it. The game is better and this offers nothing that the game does not. Looks lovely though, I’ll give it that.
Seiren – I can’t seem to find anything on what this is about. All I know is that it’ll be told in an omnibus format and that the staff behind it has me intrigued.
Fuuka – Seems like a pretty standard Ecchi series. Doesn’t seem like my thing, but it’s by Diomedea, so I’ll give it a go.
Rewrite Season 2 – The first season of this was a boring and incoherent mess that really didn’t grab me at all. Unless this one has some dramatic changes, it will most likely be the same.
Super Lovers 2 – I dropped the first season after episode 1… Yeah…
ACCA – I’ve heard some good things about this one, so I’ll be checking out based purely on hearsay. Also Madhouse.
Interviews with Monster Girls – Are Monster Girls the recent trend in Japan or something? This looks like it could be pretty cute and funny, so I’ll be checking it out.
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2 – The first season was incredible, so I’m really looking forward to this. Hopefully it’ll continue the shows trend of being a solid, dramatic, character driven narrative. I have high hopes for this continuation.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – It’s a Kyoto Animation show about a dragon girl maid. I probably won’t enjoy it because Kyoto Animation. Could wind up being fun though.
Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation – I haven’t seen the first two seasons, but I’m sure it’ll please fans of the series. I’ll get round to it some day.
Chain Chronicle – This show looks pretty cool from the few things I’ve seen. However, it’s a Mobile game adaptation, and we all know those never seem to turn out great. Who knows though, maybe it’ll be fun.
ēlDLIVE – This series is a fighting Shounen that serves as the spiritual successor to Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, which is one of my Top 10 Anime series. It’s by the same artist, has a similar aesthetic and is contains just as many awesome and unique ideas as her first work, and as a result, I am incredibly hyped for this series. If it lives up to the quality of its predecessor, ēlDLIVE could wind up being the best thing to come out in its season, or all of 2017. I have extremely high hopes for this one, and it’s definitely going to be an underdog this season, since no one has even remotely cared to acknowledge its existence at all. I urge you all to check it out, and I look forward to gushing about it in a First Impressions post at the start of the season. Also, it’d be great if it was ongoing. We deserve more than 1 cour of this.
Urara Meirochō – This seems like a unique little Slice of Life that could be really fun. I don’t have much else to say on this one other than I’m looking forward to it.
Spiritpact – Hey look! It’s another Chinese Manga adaptation by that studio that made Bloodivores and Hitori no Shita! We all know how amazing these have turned out to be so far! Maybe this will be the one that finally breaks the trend of these adaptations being painful and boring to watch and we’ll end up with something great. A man can dream…
One Room – A series of shorts about three sisters being raised in “your” room apparently… This sounds weird and creepy.
Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – It’s Yowamushi Pedal: Girls Edition. I guess I see the appeal?
And that’s all I have to comment on this season. We have a pretty scarce selection this season compared to last, but most of the shows look very promising or are continuations of already well established franchises, so it looks like it’ll be a pretty solid season.
I know I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how all of these shows turn out!
What are you most looking forward to next season?