Spring 2015 is starting soon, and unlike most seasons, this time my post is done more than a day or two before the shows start dropping, hurray! I actually took time and wrote this monstrous post over two days, so I’m not entirely drained.
As always, in these posts I cover shows I plan to follow, or have thoughts on why I will not follow them, or considered following and decided not to. As always, I try to strike a balance between giving you enough information on the show, and telling you why I think it is or isn’t worth watching. Shows ordered by day, and by expectation within the day, since I might pick or not pick a show up based on how busy that day is. That’s only sensible. Unlike past seasons, I included “Almost In” as a new category, describing shows that I’d pick up in prior seasons, but decided to put aside in order to make more time for backlog, after growing unhappy with how many shows I pick up end up “not worth the time”, even, let alone “good”.
Most of the information about the shows can be had from the helpful Neregate Chart, and what I’ve happened to see on various sites, such as The Cart Driver. Check them out if you want more information, or information on shows I didn’t cover (such as follow-ups to shows I don’t watch).
Arslan Senki / The Heroic Legend of Arslan – An 80s epic fantasy series, a contemporary of Lodoss. This anime is an adaptation of the modern and ongoing adaptation by Hiromu Arakawa, the mangaka behind Fullmetal Alchemist (which I liked), and Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon, the anime adaptation of which I liked). As the manga adaptation is ongoing, and anime is often used to help market source material, I wonder if we’ll be allowed a conclusive ending, as the original material is there, or if we’ll be forced to wait, or told to go and follow the manga?
The material is there, but the studios are mostly known for shorts such as Aiura and Miss Monochrome, or shows such as Terra Formars or Arpeggio of Blue Steel. Abe Nokiyuki as the director is known for Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, Great Teacher Onizuka, and well, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), while the script composition is handled by the very prolific Uezu Makoto (Katanagatari, Humanity Has Declined, School Days, Danganronpa, and many more).
This is the show I have the most hopes for this season, but production is looking a tad iffy. I really hope they pull it through.
Interest Rating: 2/3. Epic fantasy? Good source material? I’m in. Though maybe I should just read the source material, eh?
Airing Date: April 5th. Preview.
Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture (TV) – Ghost in the Shell Arise are hour-long film continuations of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex franchise. GitS: SAC is very good. I haven’t seen Arise yet, but I can’t imagine splitting each such film into three episodes will do the content any favours. I highly recommend watching the original method of delivery, and then watching only the two new episodes that will lead to the upcoming film. Watching weekly is probably easier, but I don’t recommend it.
So even though this is, by all accounts, very good content, and although I haven’t watched the Arise films yet, I’m not going to watch this.
Interest Rating: 2.5/3. What should be really good material, just not in the optimal configuration, which exists, so go and watch that.
Airing Date: April 5th.
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches / Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo – A boy kisses a girl, and they swap bodies, turns out she’s a witch. Turns out the school has six more witches, all of whom have their powers unlocked when kissed by Yamada. Hijinks and romance ensue. The plot sounds quite similar to The World God Only Knows, another show whose premise sounded to me as not worth my time and ended being very enjoyable, and even good later on. But reading over this story’s plot, it seems the author doesn’t know where to take it and just keeps escalating by adding more nonsense to the mix. Fittingly enough, the person in charge for composition, Yokote Michiko, aside from taking care of series such as Genshiken and Shirobako, also took care of xxxHolic, Witch Craft Works, Naruto, Bleach, and even Ranma 1/2, so is no stranger to these things. This is the director’s first work, and the studio (LIDENFILMS, behind Terra Formars and Miss Monochrome), and recent OVA (which seems to contain material that’ll be used in the proper series) don’t put forth a good showing.
If this weren’t me attempting to cut down on shows, I’d pick it up. Heck, I might have picked it up as a “fun shounen” which I drop mid-season if it didn’t come out on Sunday, where I’d still be recovering from Saturday. It’s a close call, but I’ll probably only pick this up if people say really good things about it, or after it ends. An ongoing manga that isn’t going to end anytime soon is also a strike against the show, but something we’re used to by now.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. Looks pretty stupid. Looks like it’d be reasonably fun. It’s one of those “I want to watch it, though I know I shouldn’t” calls. Except I’m not picking it up, yet.
Airing Date: April 12th. Preview – Two minute preview, apparently for the recent OVA. The anime preview is 100% material from this, however.
Didn’t Make It In:
Show by Rock!! – Based on a mobile rhythm game, this anime’s focus seems to be to create and move songs. The lack of plot in the original game means the staff behind it would have more leeway to basically treat it as anime original (which could be good, such as last year’s Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis), but it usually ends badly. Animated by BONES, it’s going to look good, though the director isn’t known for anything in particular. What’s the show about? Animal-eared girls band together and battle other bands for dominance of the music scene, or something. Have a preview. That some previews exist with multiple versions where only the background music differs says a bit.
Ameiro Cocoa / Rainy Cocoa – Our protagonist had a rough day, they’ve been called ugly by a pretty boy, and then come across them at the cafe where they work! Sounds like the most bog standard shoujo ever? Yes, except our protagonist is a boy. The art looks bad, the director’s only two notable works this millennium are House of Five Leaves and Pupa, yes, that Pupa. Also, if that’s not enough, episodes are two minutes long. So much “pass”. Preview.
Overall Sunday Thoughts: Sunday is actually pretty respectable. Arslan Senki is the show I have the most hopes for this season, with strong staff and material behind it, Ghost in the Shell Arise is basically “proven good”, for people who didn’t already watch it, though I again recommend the original, and even Yamada-kun is likely to be fun, but even if it’s bad, will likely have quite a following based on the manga following. A nice day, where I only watch one show, but based on how Saturday pans out might pick up more.
Didn’t Make It In:
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku / Mikagura School Suite – A song-series based show (in the style of Mekakucity Actors and Black Rock Shooter) does not fill one’s heart with much faith. The show seems like it’d be a fun little nonsense show, about clubs fighting and a story one shouldn’t pay attention to. The director, Iwasaki Tarou was recently in charge of One Week Friends, that was well directed. The series composer is Yokotani Masahiro, who aside from Free! mostly deals with “anime comedies” such as Beelzebub, The Devil is a Part Timer (Hatarku Maou-Sama), and the Maria Holic series.
I’m sure this show will have plenty of fans, as “plot” isn’t as much of a necessity for this brand of comedies, but it’s not for me.
Airing Date: April 6th. Interest Rating: 1/3. Preview.
Overall Monday Thoughts: Merciful Monday. While this show may surprise and be quite good, it’s just that anime comedies are almost always misses for me. Time to recuperate from the extended weekend of shows, and the Sunday catch-up.
Sound! Euphonium / Hibike! Euphonium – That preview sure has great music. After the failures of trying to adapt light novels they own the rights for and mostly butchering them, KyoAni is back to taking others’ works, and hopefully giving them more air, as it seems to be original changes to scripts where KyoAni’s shows often fail.
Speaking of which, there’s a lot of experience helming this show, with Ishihara Tatsuya as the director, who directed the Jun Maeda Key adaptations (Clannad, Kanon), and who also directed the Haruhi franchise, and Chuunibyou, and Nichijou. If I had to describe his style, it’d be as inconsistent, with a tendency to lean on melodrama. The series composer, Hanada Jukki, is behind some shows I quite loved the composition and/or scripts for, such as Steins;Gate, Chuunibyou, and Rozen Maiden, but also recent failures such as Chuunibyou Ren and Kyoukai no Kanata, where it seems he was also in charge of the script; the feeling I get is that he can make content sing, but absolutely falls apart as a writer of original content and its composition. While this duo is experienced, I can’t say I have too much faith in them, as they’re inconsistent.
So much depends on how much KyoAni will change from the original material. And that brings us to the final issue, while “spending time with characters” certainly seems to be KyoAni’s forte compared to “plot-driven shows” or even “character-driven shows”, they’re not the sort of shows I care much for, and KyoAni’s recent track record leaves this off more as a show I might check based on word of mouth. And this is even assuming this is the sort of show it’d be, as anything about the show seems to hide that there are, actually, male characters involved as well. Drama, club competition, slice of life? Who knows.
Interest Rating: 1/3. Likely to be a very lavishly produced show, competently made, but with a chance of imploding, and not what I usually look for.
Airing Date: April 7th. Preview.
Overall Tuesday Thoughts: A KyoAni show! Some people will watch it, and some people won’t. It’s possible it might get bumped up, I’ll likely wait until it’s over, or turn to some of the other shows on my backlog. Tuesday is a relatively empty day, always is. Combined with Monday being empty for me, it’s going to be beneficial, as Wednesday is when I have schoolwork to hand in this semester.
Ore Monogatari!! / My Love Story!! – If you’ve read my past season previews, you might have seen me say I prefer to marathon shoujo RomComs after they end, and also put them off because most tend to be very samey to one another. So, what changed? We’re all used to a shoujo RomCom revolving around an unpopular girl who might not be all that pretty who just happens to have the most popular guy in school fall for her, but this time it seems we have such a series, revolving around an unpopular guy. This is not common in the shoujo RomComs I’ve consumed, and usually can be found in shounen RomComs, who then become harems. So this is an opportunity to see a show that’ll tread all the usual lines, while still being different, or so I hope.
Of course, that the series is directed by Asaka Morio, who’s been behind Chihayafuru, Nana, Gunslinger Girl, and Cardcaptor Sakura doesn’t hurt. I’m really pleased Madhouse keeps adapting manga, which I feel is a very fruitful source for good material, as opposed to most Light Novels we seem to get.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. I like Shoujo RomComs, and this seems different enough, and with good enough people behind the helm to follow weekly.
Airing Date: April 8th. Preview.
Houkagou no Pleiades / Wish Upon the Pleiades – (Japanese title literally reads as “Afterschool Pleiades”) Pleiades is the western name for the constellation known in Japan as Subaru, who helped fund this show. That aside, it’s also the name of an alien who bestows a bunch of girls with magical girl powers to help collect the fragments it needs to go home. This show seems like a bog-standard magical girls-club show, which is pretty standard. It could be great, or it could be terrible, and is likely to be mediocre. There’s just nothing about it to make me go out of my way to check it. If I weren’t resolved to cut down on the number of shows I watch, I’d probably have given it a couple of episodes.
Directed by Saeki Shouji, who directed FLCL, Medaka Box, and not much more. The show is listed as “G – For all ages,” while I love Avatar and Princess Tutu, combined with all of the above, there’s nothing to get me excited.
Interest Rating: 1/3. This show could go anywhere, but there’s nothing about it that draws attention.
Airing Date: April 8th. Preview.
Didn’t Make It In:
Triage X – I wanted to like this, boobs and all, as a potentially solid if somewhat silly action series. Well, it’s by the author behind Highschool of the Dead, one of the two directors is new while the other is most recently responsible for Pandora Hearts and To-Love Ru, and the series composer is responsible for shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Ef, but also Boku no Pico and Aldnoah.Zero. This looks like it’s going to be trashy fun at best, and simply trash in any case. I’m gonna skip. I suggest most of you do the same.
Overall Wednesday Thoughts: There’s nothing mind-blowing about Wednesday, but a show that I expect to enjoy every week, without it exceeding my expectations, or failing to meet them, is nice. I suspect the other two shows will be the same for those who choose to watch them – they’ll give you just what the cover says (“Average and bog-standard magical girl” for Pleiades), and if you’re fine with that, great! But it doesn’t make for an exciting day.
OreGairu Second Season / Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku / My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2 – I liked the first season, I’ve rewatched it last month and I still liked it. I may not be head over heels about it, but it has amusing characters, it has characters I can empathize with, and even sympathize with, even as I see people online get entirely the wrong ideas about it, thinking the protagonist’s lines are vindicated, and so they too, but the cynical outlook is something the show keeps criticizing as running away.
Well, another season, of a show with some sharp writing and smart moments, about the loneliness of growing up. The director changed, and the new director, Oikawa Kei, directed Minami-Ke’s third season as well as Outbreak Company, so we might see a bit more comedy. The series composer remained the same.
Interest Rating: 2/3. I am not excited about this show, but I’m looking forward to it. I expect to enjoy it, and not get disappointed; the best outlook to have.
Airing Date: April 2nd. Preview.
Punchline – Studio MAPPA (Zankyou no Terror, Garo, Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis)’s new show, and they can crank out good-looking shows, and this certainly seems to continue that trend. Directed by the director of Dantalian no Shoka, and written by Uchikoshi Kotaro, the man behind visual novel puzzle games such as the Zero Escape series.
Oh yeah, what’s the story about? A boy who gets super-powers when he sees panties. Err, uh, yes. It seems silly, it seems stupid, even, but it’s colourful, and I’m going to make this anime-original colour explosion my speculative pick of the season.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. Seems silly, seems fun. I should hold off (and place it under “Almost In”), but the power of colour compels me! I might regret it, but hey, that’s life. Also, I’m not watching much prior to this in the week.
Airing Date: April 9th. Short preview, long preview, NSFW.
Ninja Slayer From Animation – Trigger’s latest offering, directed by the man behind Inferno Cop, which I hated. A parody of what the Japanese think 90s’ anime fans from America would think Anime looks like. Garish colours, superviolence. Definitely what some people would describe as “So (intentionally) bad and over the top it’s good,” but which I think is “Stylistically choosing to be crap still leaves you as crap”, and I know it’s unlikely I’ll like it. I’m probably going to have to ignore all the “THIS IS SO GOOD!” cries, because I literally fell asleep in the middle of Inferno Cop, which was only 36 minutes long.
Interest Rating: 1/3. This is just not my sort of thing. It’s interesting, but I just know I’m going to not like it. In prior seasons, I’d have tried it out anyway, and then suffer as I did with NouCome.
Airing Date: April 16th. Preview.
Didn’t Make It In:
Re-Kan! – 4-koma adaptation on a girl who can see ghosts, following her daily life. If it’s a short, I might check it out, as it sounds similar to the lovely Pupipo!, but 4-koma adaptations don’t make for compelling long form experiences, certainly not when directed by Kudou Masashi, known for Ikkitousen and the later Hayate no Gotoku seasons… ew.
Overall Thursday Thoughts: Definitely another day for boys. Well, more seriously, it’s a day with a serious tonal shift, from a RomCom with less romance and more social commentary (which the target audience which it describes mistakes for affirmation), to silly and over the top action shows. Well, it’s not crazy as Thursdays used to be every single season, as that gradually seems to have become Saturday’s lost.
Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki / Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine – The first season of Sidonia had a pretty standard plot, and nothing in its presentation gave us much hope for it, certainly not it being drawn entirely in CGI. And yet, it ended up being my 4th favourite show in Spring 2014. It had a very distinct sense of place, and an attention to detail with regards to the setting, and it had a sense of drama. It was just well-done, beyond what one could assume from the cover.
It’s somewhat troubling that Seshita Hiroyuki, the assistant director of the first season is now listed as the director, but I’m going to tune in even so.
Interest Rating: 2/3. The first season came out of nowhere, but we’re ready now.
Airing Date: April 10th.
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma – “Shounen food battles”? After reading the Weapons of the Gods manwha, I felt ready, then raised an eyebrow at the “Ecchi”, wondering if we’ll simply have big-breasts everywhere, but it seems there’ll be foodgasms to put Koufuku Graffiti to shame. I found myself highly entertained by the preview. A shounen, an elite gourmet food where fights are handled via cooking. Hey, it’s not like it’s any different from any sports show or any other shounen, except the format of the fights. I like shounens, it looks highly entertaining, so I’m in.
People behind it haven’t done anything noteworthy, and J.C. Stuff can be feast (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) or famine (Golden Time), in terms of production. So not much to go on beyond the source material.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. I expect to be highly entertained. Anime-induced laughter is sorely missing in my life, these days. A fighting-sports shounen, that’s all I’m expecting.
Airing Date: April 3rd. Preview (NSFW), made me laugh.
Assassination Classroom / Ansatsu Kyoushitsu – An enjoyable show, which hammers us unsubtly with its “life-changing messages”. I enjoy it alright, and it’s harmless, but in retrospect, it definitely deserves room in the “Almost In” category, it’s an alright show, but it’s nothing I haven’t seen, and don’t get several shows each season that are better than it. But being “average and enjoyable” is far from terrible, and I’ve already watched enough episodes, so I’ll keep watching. I mean, I do enjoy it, overall.
Current Rating: 6/10. Take it or leave it, a “good enough to not drop” show, basically. If you haven’t watched Great Teacher Onizuka, watch that, much better.
Episodes Watched: 9/22.
Nisekoi: (Nisekoi 2nd season) – In the same season that Sidonia ended as my 4th favourite show, Nisekoi’s first season ended 5th. I liked the show, overall, though it sometimes frustrated me. It’s the epitome of “Shounen Harem RomCom,” and it’s comfort food, so long you don’t need the consummation of the relationship for that, because you won’t be getting it with this show. I’m sure I’ll enjoy most episodes of the show (at least those not featuring Marika), but as part of trying to cut down on watching airing show, this show is literally not interested in giving us anything new, so it’ll be kept for until after it finishes airing, when I’m in the mood for what it’s selling. I’ll miss Chitoge and Raku some, but so it goes.
Interest Rating: 1/3. Enjoying each episode of a show does not mean you’ll enjoy the show, and it does not mean you won’t enjoy other things more.
Airing Date: April 10th.
Familiar Myth – Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a Dungeon? / Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteriru Darou ka? – Can you tell by that mouthful of a title that this is a a light novel adaptation? No, then seeing Matsuoka Yoshitsugu in the lead role (Kirito in Sword Art Online, Sora in No Game, No Life) should suffice. A Dungeon city, fantasy, antics, some harem romance, everything sounds terribly ordinary. Honestly, this is the sort of show I usually enjoy (for the most part, with some reservations, especially when watched weekly).
I expect it to be fun, somewhat offensive, quite stupid, of a show. The people behind this show aren’t known for doing anything of note either. Apparently a girl does the saving here, not the boy, but the focus on harem romance in such shows makes it a thin veneer (I bet she’ll be dubbed a tsundere, in show, even). This is the sort of show I’d pick up if I were going to pick up everything that is “my taste”, even if I think it’ll end up utterly forgettable, but since that’s exactly what I think this show will end up being, I’m not.
Interest Rating: 1/3. Are you in the market for a standard power-fantasy fantasy action RomCom light novel adaptation? Yes? Then this one’s for you. No? Then move on.
Airing Date: April 3rd. Preview.
Didn’t Make It In:
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki /Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu – Take a popular franchise (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), create an alternate timeline where none of the characters are the same as in the original, and even the premise is different (removing all ESP, aliens, and time-travel from the original), mix it a bit, and end up with a bog-standard manga adaptation that tries to cash in on the original’s popularity. Watch if you like this sort of tepid comedy slice of life manga, or skip it, like me.
Overall Friday Thoughts: A lot of interesting shows on Friday! Provided you’re a boy, preferably young (ergo shounen). For those who like shounen shows (and I’m one of them, admittedly), there’s enough content here to last a season. Most of it isn’t going to be all that good, but that’s how things work. If you’re not into “boys’ shows”, and especially if you’re not into continuing shows (and there’s also JoJo: Stardust Crusaders for those who want both), Friday is basically a loss. I mean, even Sidonia sometimes leans into the Harem antics.
Plastic Memories – Hayashi Naotaka, the author behind Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, and Robotics;Notes creates his first original anime. The story revolves around androids with emotional circuits that malfunction, and the human and android team charged with collecting them. There’s rich ground here, of the sort explored by Asimov and other authors, to comment on the human condition. It’s interesting, and being handled by a proven author, so I’m definitely interested.
It’s somewhat unfortunate the character designs evoke that “Standard 2005-2007 anime” style one associates with shows such as Index, and that the director is mostly experienced with slice of life shows such as GJ-bu and Engaged to the Unidentified, but that won’t stop me from picking up this sort of show, which is far too rare.
Interest Rating: 2/3. An actual sci-fi story from an author with a proven track record? I can’t say I’m not excited.
Airing Date: April 4th. Preview, longer preview.
Write-ups: This might actually get weekly write-ups, believe it or not.
Kekkai Sensen / Blood Blockade Battlefront – An adaptation of the newest action manga by Nightow Yasuhiro, the mangaka behind Trigun and Gungrave, directed by Matsumoto Rie, the director behind the exquisite Kyousougiga (Capital Craze, my top show of 2013), and handled by the capable (especially for stylish and great-looking action series) Studio Bones, that’s all I need to watch this.
I have to admit, a premise of high and stylish action anime that takes place in New York is also of interest, as I like the spin Japanese often give to such locales (and was part of my interest in Baccano!), and from all of the “fun and slightly serious action anime” of the season, this one is the most interesting to me.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. It’s an action show, with a focus on spectacle seeming likely, but if any such show this season seems to be especially promising, it’s this one.
Airing Date: April 4th. Preview. Speaking of Baccano! earlier, that Sakaguchi Daisuke, the voice actor for Jacuzzi Splot narrates the preview is just perfect.
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd season – This is the second cour, at this point you should know what you’re getting into – too serious and introspection-lacking chuunibyou discussions on honour and ethics courtesy of Shirou, Archer, and the rest, some lovely comedy and RomCom sequences, and lavishly animated backgrounds and fighting sequences. The show is definitely at its weakest when it engages in “serious talk”, as the writing and characters just can’t support it, but that is part of its charm, you can’t help but feel some fondness for the little kid who imagines himself an adult. I enjoyed the first season for the most part, entirely unironically. It’s not great, but it’s solid, and it has many enjoyable bits.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. Sometimes I hate myself, but I actually enjoy the show, warts and all.
Airing Date: April 4th.
Write-ups: Since I did some write-ups for the first season (reminder I need to upload the rest and collect them all), I might do for this one as well. With how crazy busy Saturdays are though, I’m not sure. There’s a lot to write, which actively works against it, especially as most of it isn’t truly with weight.
Denpa Kyoushi / He Is an Ultimate Teacher – Great Teacher Onizuka, a teacher who has to handle a rough class, always with a twist, right? This time the twist is that it’s a young anime blogging NEET who used to be a genius physicists. Shounen harem antics ensue. Will it be good? I doubt it. Will it be enjoyable in the sort of comfort food I often look for? Probably. Nothing about the production stands out.
I do hope the focus is on the RomCom, not the anime-pandering “memes and references as jokes” that will probably be also present.
Interest Rating: 1/3. I love RomComs, including shounen ones. This is the comfort food I was looking for from Nisekoi’s first season, for me.
Airing Date: April 4th. Preview.
Owari no Seraph / Seraph of the End – A virus wiping out adults, vampires appearing and enslaving the remaining humanity, and our hero who wishes to rise up against them. Sounds like Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)? Thankfully, it’s the same studio behind it, with Sawano Hiroyuki, the same music composer who had given us the music in Shingeki and Aldnoah.Zero back as well. The art in the preview looks sweet, and this is just what I enjoy, but Saturday is already so stacked on shows, specifically action shows, that I’m going to give this one a pass, and likely watch it after it ends.
Both the director and the series composer have this as their debut in the lead roles, having only been in charge of single episodes in the past for other shows.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. This is my kind of show, which I often tire of by the end if I watch weekly, and quite enjoy marathoning. Putting it here is hard, but Saturday has so much action already.
Airing Date: April 4th. Preview.
Kyoukai no Rinne / Circle of Reincarnation – The latest anime based on a manga by Takahashi Rumiko, the mangaka behind InuYasha, Urusei Yatsura (Lum), and Ranma 1/2. What is this show about? It’s basically Bleach, but with some more romance, and Takahashi’s art-style. The preview made it seem like a blast from the 90s. It seems quite slow, at that. It just doesn’t seem as interesting to watch weekly as the rest of the sugar-high action shows of the season, it’s like a sedated Bleach, and anti-action is not the vibe I want from my action shows.
Interest Rating: 1/3. The least interesting action series of Saturday. Might be worth a check after it ends, or just watch or read Takahashi’s older material, there’s plenty of that to go around.
Airing Date: April 4th. Preview.
Didn’t Make It In:
Gunslinger Stratos the Animation – A show based on a shooter by Square Enix, to which Urobuchi Gen wrote the original script (and considering it’s mostly a plot-less shooter, that means squat), produced by A-1. That’s all we know. Just like Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis, the lack of any real story means something could be made out of it, but I’ll let other people take the time to vet this one out for me, especially as the director and series composer are both entirely new. Preview.
Overall Saturday Thoughts: Do you like action shows? No? Then you still have Plastic Memories, a bona fide sci-fi show, and I guess you also have the haremy Denpa Kyoushi, and a sane Saturday night. You do like action? Well, there’s enough material here to fill an entire season, and they all premier on the same day, even. You could watch all of these shows, but how much action can one person watch in one evening? I suggest finding the couple of shows you like best, and dropping the others, or saving them for a rainy day.
Saturday is somewhat of a “tentative” day for me this season, it’s possible any of the shows I watch will tire me and I’ll drop them, and it’s still far from impossible for me to watch Owari no Seraph. If I had better self-control, I’d just put all these shows on hold and watch them as the season ends, alas. And I’m happy with the non-action shows as well.
Lupin III (2015) – My only experience with the Lupin the Third franchise is with The Castle of Cagliostro, which I thought was “okay”. I don’t even know if this series will have multiple arcs and each being a “case”, a case per episode, or one long adventure. I don’t know what to expect, but hey, I may as well dive into what Lupin has to offer with a currently airing show.
Interest Rating: 1.5/3. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m curious.
Airing Date: TBA. Preview: None yet.
Didn’t Make It In:
Digimon Tri – I watched Digimon back during junior high school. I have some fond memories of it, but I’ve also had fond memories of Poke’Mon, and I haven’t watched Poke’Mon X/Y. Who knows, maybe some day.
Overall Season Thoughts:
First of all, how am I looking with regards to number of shows? 12! That’s usually my goal after three weeks into the season, usually achieved around the mid-way point. How many shows would I have picked up had I also watched all the “Almost in” shows? 23, which is at the same time as many as I’ve picked up in several prior seasons, and too many by far. It’s good to make more time for better backlog shows, non-anime interests, and of course, my school work.
What do I think of the season as a whole? It’s an absolutely amazing season if you’re into shounen, with quite a bit of shounen harem RomComs, and an absolute flood of action series. But we still have some shoujo RomComs, and more serious series, such as Plastic Memories, Lupin, and Arslan Senki, rubbing their elbows against absolutely bizarre shows such as Ninja Slayer from Animation. There’s a couple of “cute girls being cute” shows which I didn’t mention, but this season has something for everyone, I’d say, and a few shows that are very promising, alongside high profile continuations (Nisekoi, Sidonia, OreGairu, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and Nanoha).
Which shows are you excited for? Anything you think will be terrible but can’t avoid checking out? Anything you’d like to see me cover in particular?