Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Anime Spotlight : Spring 2018! The Season of Sequels

Spring 2018 is upon us, and with it comes a plethora of sequels,spin offs and remakes! Heck even Full Metal Panic has a sequel! But as usual I'll focus on the NEW anime that started so. If you wanted to ask where is season X of some show or the spin off or remake to whatever. That's why they aren't listed ;) As usual I'll share which 5 shows I think are the most promising based on their first few episodes, and then share my thoughts on the rest of the new anime.

Golden Kamuy

Synopsis : In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Sugimoto "Immortal" Saichi scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck - and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa - to survive.
Thoughts : Golden Kamuy is set in an era which hasn't been covered a lot in anime in general, which is pretty cool. Characters introduced in the anime thus far are pretty interesting and I do enjoy the premise of it all. Have to say the anime features some brutal scenes and I'll honestly be surprised if it isn't hugely popular this season.

Hinamatsuri (2018)

Synopsis : One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn't use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina's strange life together is just beginning...
Thoughts : First off, Hinamatsuri is HILARIOUS to say the least, I'm pretty sure it's going to get a lot more serious nearing the end but for now the first two episodes have been filled with laughter. Another anime with quite the interesting premise with a lot of questions I'm hoping that will be answered...

Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Synopsis : A gaming otaku and a fujoshi reunite for the first time since middle school at work.
Thoughts : I'll admit, I do like seeing young working adults in anime, especially as the main characters. Wotakoi has a TON of coincidences in the first episode, but so far it's been quite an enjoyable experience that has left me wanting more!

Megalo Box

Synopsis : A desolate land stretches out from the city of poverty. A motorcycle speeds recklessly, blowing clouds of sand and dust. The rider is the protagonist of this story – he has neither a name nor a past.

All he has is his ring name, Junk Dog and a technique for rigging MEGALOBOX matches with his pal Nanbu Gansaku, which they use to support their hand-to-mouth lives. Although he has the skill, he isn't dissatisfied enough to change his ways- but he's not satisfied with his life either. JD is bored, resigned, and unfulfilled. He lives with frustration in a life of shadows beneath the lights of fame.

Meanwhile, under the bright sun is Shirato Yukiko, the daughter of Shirato Konzern - the reigning family of the wealthy class. Yukiko decides to advance her career by using MEGALOBOX to organize a large fighting event, MEGALONIA: the tournament to determine the champion of MEGALOBOX. She creates a scenario: MEGALOBOXER Yuri, under her control, will win and become the champion to further promote the Shirato brand gear and expand business. Yuri has been the reigning champion of MEGALOBOX for the past few years. Driven by self-discipline and his strong will to practice, he has the skills and presence of a true champion. The man himself is a shining exemplar of virtuosity.

This is a story of JD and his rival, Yuri. An encounter between shadow and light; a fast-paced story begins when their paths cross.
Thoughts : As a HUGE Hajime no Ippo fan, seeing a new boxing anime has my hyped. And that it's based on the classic Ashita no Joe is even better!

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

Synopsis : This is a tale of a world where "horse girls" with glorious names and incredible running abilities live alongside humanity.

Horse girl Special Week has moved from the country to the city to attend Tracen Academy. There, she and her classmates compete to win the Twinkle Series and earn the title of "The County's #1 Horse Girl."
Thoughts : I know what you are thinking.. AN ANIME ABOUT HORSE GIRLS THAT ARE HIGHSCHOOL IDOLS!!!??? But hear me out, as crazy as Keijo!!! was it was actually a lot of fun, Uma Musume is the same case so far. One a more realistic side, the horse girls are all named after historic japanese race horses...so there is that.

That's my personal 5 most promising shows this season, now on to the other shows I'm following for now!

Hisone to Masotan : I'll admit the first episode threw me off quite a bit, the art style is a bit different than usual...and the idea of piloting dragons by being swallowed by them. But when I saw a dragon turn into a jet fighter I knew I had to see more..

Caligula : Yes it's based on a game, and so far makes no fucking sense. So far it's only morbid curiousity that's keeping my interests vested in this.

3D Kanojo Real Girl : Yes the title is as stupid as they get, but this seems to be quite an enjoyable romance anime between a "otaku" and a "slut"

Dorei-ku the animation : The premise of this anime feels like a hentai, just without the lewd bits. Honestly don't know in which direction this anime is going, only time will tell.

Comic Girls : Cute girls drawing manga! With shoujo ai undertones. Yip pretty much the moe show of the season.

Isekai Izakaya : The Isekai genre has been very hit and miss so far, but it does seem that Isekai Izakaya might be better than Isekai Shoukudo. Also who doesn't like seeing tasty food?

Mahou Shoujo Site : Without any doubt, this is the dark anime of the season. I do hope there are glimpses of things going better though...

Mahou Shoujo Ore : And just to throw a curve-ball into the whole thing. Mahou shoujo ore is as ridiculous as you get! Male magical girls!!

Tachibanakan To Lie Angle : If lewd yuri is more your thing, this short anime has you covered...

Alice or Alice : The other short anime this season mixes more cute and lewd in 3 minute batches...

Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai : Looks to be the stereotypical foreign exchange student comes to japan and forces guy with no interest in girls to fall in love anime...also she is possibly a princess...

Fumikiri Jikan : Also known as Crossing time, is literally about the conversations or interactions between students waiting at a railroad crossing. Only time will tell if it gets stale quickly or not.

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori : If you are looking for a relaxing anime, with good looking guys, good looking food this delivers in spades.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi : This romance anime uses a lot of cliches, but so far it's working! Especially seeing as they are leaving a bit of a mystery as to what the heck her grandfather really did...

And that covers all the new shows I'm following for now. Well excluding remakes, sequels and spin offs that is ;) What is your thoughts in the Spring 2018 Anime season so far?