A new season of anime brings with it a new batch of hopes, most of which will likely be crushed before the first episode of each series even finishes. But I’ve done this every season so far and it’s not like there’s a dearth of things to write about for the upcoming Spring, so I’m not going to stop now just because my choices generally tend to be total shit. Well, for the most part, I did predict Penguindrum being interesting after all. Enough blathering about nothing though, here’s some blathering on what I’ll watch in the upcoming season!
For reference, and so I won’t have to explain the synopsis for every bloody show, here’s the chart that everybody seems to be going by. I assume pretty much everybody reading this has read season previews elsewhere, so I don’t think I need to explain anything but what I thought of the shows.
When you’re given a synopsis like this, it doesn’t really give a good impression. When somebody tries to sell a show, they want to give a basic outline of where it’s headed or at least leave things open-ended and vague enough to pique the audience’s interest. When the description of a show ends at “the destroyers surround Sam and Maya” it doesn’t leave one feeling that the people in charge have much confidence in what they’ve penned.
It doesn’t look all that bad, in all honesty, though the post-apocalyptic trader in the desert isn’t exactly breaking new ground. Still, doesn’t seem that there’s much confidence in the production.
Saint Seiya Omega
Raise your hand if you watched the original Saint Seiya. Now put them down, because I wouldn’t know anything about it considering that I just have it on my ‘To Watch’ list. All I know is it’s around 114 episodes too long to watch before the new season starts, so I’ll likely be going into this completely blind without a guide.
Uchuu Kyoudai, or Space Bros as it will be known for the sake of easing repetition somewhat, is what we get when somebody says they want orange spacesuits coupled with a dog in space. The plot synopsis that I read from the manga, which goes slightly more in depth regarding the non-astronaut brother’s past, is pretty interesting on its own, and I look forward to where they plan on taking it. Still, I’ll be going in even blinder than I am into Saint Seiya, but I”m actually kind of excited for it in this case.
Arashi no Yoru ni
I don’t know what it is about the promo art, but something about it is just off. Maybe it’s the somewhat creepy looking eye-popping effect, or the deceptively innocuous smile that the wolf gives off, but I can’t help but be a little put off by the poster. But I’m not expecting much good or bad, so I’d might as well give it a watch.
Holy shit, another anime based off of Sengoku-era characters! This has happened with such rarity that I’m positively bounding with excitement! And it’s based off of a social networking game? Fucking hell, anime of the year folks! The boundless originality is so great that I can’t contain my enthusiasm sufficiently in order t- wait, is that an airplane and a modern city in the promotional image?
Phew, for a second there I thought it was going to be terrible.
Somewhere in the expansive sea of anime premises, Upotte’s falls between the antifreeze-drinking stupidity of Rio Rainbow Gate and the characters-turning-into-weapons deal that Soul Eater is based around. Whether it’ll have the same overall charm of Soul Eater remains to be seen, and is very unlikely, but I’m counting on it to at least deliver a laugh or two at its expense. Given its dubious pedigree, I’d honestly feel a bit insulted if it weren’t so blisteringly awful that it came right around to become entertaining.
Kuroko no Basuke
We all know those “inspirational” sports movies that induce more bile spewing than a gallon of Ipecac with salmonella mixed in, films like Coach Carter and Remember the Titans. Well, maybe not those since they’re actually tolerable, but I think I got my point across. KuroBasuke will likely be one of these deals where the underdog comes up on top and cringe-worthy speeches about never giving up are given en masse, so keep your buckets ready and your dinners light if you plan on watching this hefty abomination.
Provided it ever gets subbed, there will be two kinds of people watching Thomas the Motherfucking Tank Engine: Those that loved it as a child and want to blind themselves with nostalgia for a few minutes, and those that “like” it ironically and will proclaim with unforgivable capslock abuse that IT’S THE BEST FUCKING SHOW OF THE SEASON GUYS. I look forward to being in the second group with hints of the first.
With the animation being the lovechild of K-ON and the Idolmaster with a dash of Kamisama no Memochou thrown in for the plot, I couldn’t have less enthusiasm for this show if it were Kuroko no Basuke. Still, it’s KyoAni and the hype behind it is pretty strong, so I’m almost obligated to watch it so I can be justified in proclaiming it utter shit.
The first season of Fate/Zero ended on a cliffhanger that almost rivaled that of Code Geass for sheer audacity. It shouldn’t need to be said that if you haven’t seen the first season of Fate/Zero, you need not look here. And those of you that haven’t seen it yet should really get on it, because that’s a damn fine show worthy of the time to watch. Though I’ll admit, most of the reason why I’m watching is so I can see Rider continue to be his bad self. Never change, Rider!
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka OH FUCK ANOTHER ONE
The first season of KoreZom was an enjoyable, yet entirely forgettable supernatural romp that peaked at the halfway point and stumbled through what little story there was before finally succumbing to the dullness and climaxing with a lackluster pool episode. As long as the sequel doesn’t hold similar pretentions to a plot, it should go over well enough. Otherwise, it can be safely avoided.
Shining Hearts: The Bread of Happiness
I can count the number of good anime video game adaptations on one hand, and that likely won’t change after this airs. Borrowing significantly from the plot to Castle in the Sky, apparently just with more emphasis on bread, I can see nothing in the premise that makes me feel anything other than existential dread at this getting adapted. Though I’ll admit, the fact that Rick the swordsman is the only one with a fairly common western name is kind of funny in a way that likely wasn’t intended.
Natsuiro no Kiseki
Unlike the past few series that I’ve talked about, this actually has a fairly good chance of being an interesting, charming show. Hell, if it pays anywhere near the attention to voice recording that Rec did, which was damn good despite only dwelling on it for maybe a third of the show’s run, there’ll be plenty to look forward to. While I’m not exactly jumping for joy, it’s left me cautiously optimistic without getting my hopes up too much. Which, of course, is more than I can say for…
There are very few ways to fuck up an adaptation featuring Lovecraftian deities—making it about Nyarlathotep in the form of a teenage girl is one of them. Unless it manages to steer clear of standard ecchi tropes, which is doubtful at best, I don’t see this as anything other than something to be politely swept under the rug by Lovecraft enthusiasts.
Kimi to Boku 2
I gave up on the first Kimi to Boku after the first excruciatingly boring episode. After hearing time and time again that it improved, I held my breath and jumped back in only to find that what I heard was completely true; Kimi to Boku, while nowhere near fantastic, was a relaxing yet engaging watch that deserved a sequel more than anything else. Definitely going to be watching.
Train Hero wins the award for most straightforward premise of the season, as well as the shortest: There are trains, and there are heroes that make sure the passengers stay safe. There’s not much else to say since this is an original work, so on we go!
No, it’s not just Zetman, that’s boring. It’s ZETMAN, the same story that we’ve heard a million times before but IN ALL CAPS about a hero unwillingly drawn into a conflict after his idyllic life is threatened by an outside force. It’s also supposed to be ultraviolent, so that should be good wholesome fun. If you can’t get enough of this pap shoveled into your mouth, give it a look. Who knows, it just might be good.
Sakamichi no Apollon
Apollon gets several brownie points right out of the starting gate by being directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, famed director of Cowboy Bebop, and by featuring jazz as a prominent part of the story. Yeah the story of a student transferring to a new school and bonding with new friends over music isn’t new, but I’m excited nonetheless.
Of all the things to adapt into a Sci-Fi story, I didn’t imagine fishing to be anybody’s first choice. I mean Futurama did it, but that was utterly deranged in the best kind of way. I just don’t see how it could function as a real story. Then again, I said the same thing about ARIA and that turned out to be pure bliss on a sandwich that released a load of dopamine whenever I so much as thought about it, so the lesson is that I’ve been wrong before and it’s perfectly reasonable to discredit what I say about Tsuritama before it airs.
The prominent wish fulfillment fantasy of the sason, Accel World is looking to pioneer absolutely fuck all while killing more brain cells than an assassin specifically hired to off brain cells when they’re not looking. Still, here’s hoping it’s at least entertaining while it does so!
Mysterious Girlfriend X
If one word describes the MGX manga, it’s “bizarre”. Everything about it, especially the mysterious girlfriend in question, screams “Help! I’ve taken too many hits of acid and now I have no idea what I’m drawing!” However, it makes up for this with a (sort of) memorable cast and a plot that progressively gets stranger as it continues. I don’t have high hopes for the adaptation, but it’ll be worth a glance at the very least considering how odd a choice it is.
Saki S2: We Have No Idea Why We Made Another
I understand that this is supposed to be a sequel, but it’s kind of weird to have a sequel named after a character that isn’t even starring in it. To say that I have low expectations is an understatement. But if it’s anything like the first series, at least we’ll have a quirky cast, exaggerated games of strategy, and enough yuri to choke a yuri-loving mule. And really, isn’t that all you need in life?
If there is one thing that I’m anticipating being fucking awful this season, but in a good way, it’s AKB0048. It’s pretty much the one episode of UN-GO with the forbidden idol song, but stretched over the course of an entire series IN SPACE. As long as it provides for plenty of campy, cheesy fun, you bet I’ll be looking forward to what’s in store.
Well, here’s the token dating sim of the season for us all to ignore! Boy, and I was worried for a second that we’d escape!
This season, I made the concentrated effort to read the manga for some of the series being adapted so I could give this post a little more weight. While I did somewhat well with some, others proved to be an ordeal to get through. I managed well enough through Medaka Box until Page 2 of the first chapter. Suddenly all interest was lost and I moved on to give the first volume of Sankarea a read, something that I promptly regretted. Maybe I didn’t give it a fair shake, but nothing about it came close to captivating me, and I can only assume that’s how the anime will be as well.
I gave this one more of a chance than Medaka Box, but it was still only barely tolerable. None of the characters are all that likable, the zombie thing has kind of run its course in pop culture as a whole, and the fact that it’s ecchi is a bit of a turn-off. Still, with all that said, at least it doesn’t look boring which I guess is a plus… in any case, I’m not eager at all for this to start for several reasons.
Having not read the manga, I don’t know what to expect from Jormungand. All I know is the plot is vaguely reminiscent of Black Lagoon and will likely feature incredibly grey morality the likes of which I just love. Unless the ball is dropped beyond retrieval right away, I can see myself enjoying this for the entire run.
Alright, that should be all for this season. I look forward to seeing my predictions blown to smithereens as the shows that I look forward to are proven to be utter shit, and those that I made fun of for being awful sounding end up blowing me away. Though to be honest, I don’t think anything, KuroBasuke aside, will be so boring that I’ll turn away in disgust, which is quite the improvement over the Fall season.
Anyway, if any thoughts are had on this coming season and my choices in shows to potentially cover (Jormungand, Fate/Zero S2, AKB0048, Sankarea, Tsuritama, Mysterious Girlfriend X and Tsuritama) I’d like to read them.