Before every season, I compose an informal list of shows I’m expecting to enjoy out this season and look back on it after I watch a show on that list. Well, now that I have a blog, I’m making the list formal, and adding in other shows I’ll watch but not necessarily expected to like all that much. Here is the inaugural list for the Spring 2018 season.
All shows listed in alphabetical order.
3D Kanojo: Real Girl
It’s high school, it’s rom com, it’s probably slice of life (as in, life of being a high schooler). I’ll watch it, but not expecting much out of it given the cliched, almost self-inserting, premise.
Alice or Alice: Siscon Niisan to Futago no Imouto
It’s moe; BIG PLUS. But it’s siscon and 5 minute short; BIG MINUS. Expect to be a fun-ish short watch but not something that could be recommended to anyone with a sane mind.
This certainly looks interesting. The designs are good; the escape-from-false reality premise is passable. But it’s a adapted from a game, and I’ve seen enough to know that they don’t always make for the best anime.
Alright Alright. Yes, I am a sucker for cute slice of life shows. That’s why I’m hyping Comic Girls. Having an industry-related theme doesn’t hurt either. Fingers crossed for a fun show about high school girls making manga.
Dorei-ku The Animation
Will give it a try purely because of the blonde twin-tailed eye patch loli in the upper left. I’m honestly not expecting to finish this show, but hey, it’s not like I can’t like an odd show every now and then (*cough* Meganebu! *cough*).
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
Hype confirmed since when this sequel was announced way back in 2015. I know Fullmetal Alchemist is the more famous of the Full+Metal shows, but FMP is still a good series and with thirteen years since its last anime, this show just HAS to be good. Or fans will riot.
Another short. Looks good, supposedly about stories at rail crossings. I’m guessing it’ll be a different set of characters every episode. Should be an OK watch.
I saw the PV for this and it made me hype this. Seems really funny; promotional material referencing culture (like the E.T. poster above) adds to its cred. A mix of mafia and psychic powers? I’m grabbing the popcorn.
Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
Anime adapted from shoujo light novels is a rarity, so I can’t say I’m not piqued based on that alone. That said, it seems like a slice of life with supernatural/demons/Japanese folklore, so I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll at least be interesting enough to worth a watch.
Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari
Looks moe. And that’s all the reason I need to give it a try. Not expecting anything for the masses from this.
Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
I’ve seen the other three seasons, might as well keep watching them. I can only that hope they wrote better characters/plot this time around.
Mahou Shoujo Ore
I don’t much like gender bender/cross dressing, but the premise is… out-there enough for me to find interesting. Another one for the watch-and-see pile.
Mahou Shoujo Site
Yuri + psychological? Now this I gotta see. Another one in the hype column. I haven’t been able to find much about Production doA; this would be their first full length TV show under their name. Then again, NUT did a great job with Youjo Senki as their first full length, so it’s not impossible to be good without much experience.
Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan
If there’s one thing good about otome visual novels, it’s the designs. Will watch at least one episode just because of that, even if it becomes as bad as Amnesia.
Piano no Mori (TV)
Admittedly, I’m not really into life dramas like Your Lie in April nor March Comes Like a Lion, but I’ll still give these shows a try, if only because they might still tickle my fancy.
Shiyan Pin Jiating
It’s a Chinese Cartoon!! Actually, it’s Taiwanese, but you get the idea. The art and concept of experimental human/animal/plant hybrids look pretty good, but Chinese studios have a pretty bad reputation in terms of quality, and I just hope that KJJ Animation can do a better job.
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Like WIXOSS, I’ll watch this simply because I’ve already seen the prequels. Though, Sword Art Online has been getting better since season 1, so either the writing is getting better or I’ve developed Stockholm Syndrome.
It’s yuri. ‘Nuff said.
Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai
I wasn’t sold on this initially despite it being produced by the same team behind my favorite romantic comedy, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. But… after watching the PV, while I’m still not sold on its comedy, it at least seems to be a good high school slice of life. And I very much like the designs, so another one for the hype column.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Adapted from a popular comic on Pixiv with animation duties by the popular studio A-1 Pictures, Wotakoi has the pedigree of a good show. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’ll turn out enjoyable.
And that’s it for my Spring 2018 list. Twenty shows that I’ll watch (barring any licensing issues), in addition to other unlisted shows. What shows are you looking forward to?