Another season is upon us, and here is my short rundown of the new shows I’ll be watching (just not ASAP, but some time in the future, hopefully before I die…).
(All shows listed in alphabetical order)
Right off the bat we have the obligatory CGDCT of the season. There’s just something about Doga Kobo and the genre I guess. Even though it’s “sports”, I’m expecting mostly non-sports antics.
I actually really like the designs for this show, seems like a devilishly cute show (pun intended). A shame that the mangaka is rather secretive and doesn’t share his/her art much at all…
One of those RPG game adaptations (think Akiba’s Trip, Caligula). I thought the game premise sounded pretty weird (have children with different girls and make your children do battles with you?). But no matter, with the same artist as Re:Zero behind the character designs, it’s probably worth a watch on that alone.
One of three hotly anticipated action fantasy light novel adaptations of the season. I’ve only read one chapter of the manga, but boy, was it gory. If the rest of the story can stick to the bloody stuff, then this has a good chance of a seasonal favorite.
I love P. A. Works’s scenery porn, and I like Fly’s character designs for this show. A slam-dunk? If the story holds up, then this would be in the running for my show of the year.
The other weird slice of life comedy show, Jingai-san no Yome is about, well, the daily life of a high school boy married to a… creature. Seems rather funny, and a shame that it’s only 5 min. per episode.
One of the several romcom of the season, Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet is the classic story of Romeo and Juliet rehashed once again. Expect lots of romcom antics, and, if we are lucky, some kind of confession by the end. But probably not.
There seems to be no end to “meta” stories lately, with Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai being the latest in the trend. This time, it’s the imouto who writes light novels instead of the brother; think Eromanga Sensei, Imouto sae Ireba Ii (review pending). Expect it to be more like former instead of the latter.
One of the two new original anime (the other being Endro next year) with designs by Namori of Yuru Yuri fame, this show is seemingly one of CGDCNT (cute girls doing cute ninja things). That, and a pun-ny name, is worth a watch in my books.
For some reason this reminds me of chuunibyou. Instead of the afflicted acting out a fantasy, in this case the afflicted sees others acting out a fantasy. Also gives me an Oregairu vibe, for better or worse.
Something about girls fishing in space. And spacesuits!! Not expecting anything but some fan service and comedy.
The 600-lb juggernaut, the white elephant in the room. Sword Art Online is the Donald Trump of anime; most people either love it or hate it, with few in between. After two seasons and two movies though, I feel like I’m experiencing Stockholm Syndrome. I absolutely hated the first season, but felt that each successive installment has slowly improved that the Ordinal Scale movie actually felt OK. Does this mean I’ll actually end up liking Alicization?
Another light novel adaptation, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken sounds like just another isekai/action/fantasy story… except the protagonist is a slime. A slime, you say? It’s eye-catching for sure, and with 24 episodes planned, there’s a good chance the story and characters get proper treatment… assuming they don’t rush it.
Vampire loli yuri.
It feels like every season there is one “trashy” light novel adaptation, and Ulysses appears to be this season’s. From the PV it looks to be somewhat dark, but really though, the “plot” is the attraction of this show.
I’m genuinely surprised by how many serious shoujo ai shows cropped up in the last year, from Netsuzou TRap to Citrus and now this anime. It’s like shoujo ai is finally getting a mini renaissance after a decade (Maria-sama, Strawberry Panic back in the old days).
A mysterious zombie (idol?) show pops in just in time for Halloween. There’s nothing I know about it except it’s an original concept and the crowds gave a 96% approval rate in its first screening in Japan. Talk about building up the hype.
And that’s my list for Fall 2018. Do you have any show you are looking forward to this season, especially shows that aren’t as well-known?