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Spring 2015 Anime Season Preview

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Welcome to The Cart Driver Dot Com’s World Famous Anime Season Preview, Spring 2015 edition. This makes 26 season previews over the course of almost 8 years for me and tracking trends in anime over that time has been fun. I remember thinking a year or two ago that it seemed like the tide was changing just a little and the hot naked bishie anime were starting to creep up on the cute moe girls anime. Was anime starting become more gender neutral? Turns out that was just a brief blip and we’re in full on Anime for Boys territory now. The amount of shounen manga adaptations this season is staggering. But wait, shounen manga have realised girls like to read them and have started frequently including hot naked dudes whose nipples are covered by cherry blossoms and dicks covered by pink aprons. So maybe we’re still making progress.

TV Series

The Heroic Legend of Arslan

arslanIf you recognise the name Heroic Legend of Arslan, it’s probably because you are old and smell funky. Arslan is based off a novel series by the author of Legend of the Galactic Heroes that has had two manga adaptations in its time. The first was back in the 90’s which in turn got an OVA anime series made, which is probably where you funky smelling old people have heard it from since it was popular back in the VHS fansub trading days. It was known for gorgeous artwork and generic high fantasy story. Then some 20+ years later the author still hadn’t finished those novels so they decided to do another manga adaptation, this time with Full Metal Alchemist author Hiromu Arakawa doing the manga. I have a personal issue with Arakawa doing Arslan because she’s such a great storyteller that I want her doing her own material, not adapting someone else’s work. It’s not like her art is so amazing either that you want her drawing amazing worlds.

At least that’s what I thought until I actually gave her version of the manga a shot and it was really excellent. It’s well told and paced with good characterisation like all Arakawa’s previous works. Plus I feel bad for dissing her artwork earlier because it’s great in Arslan. So while I still have an issue with her not doing her own work, if this is what we’re getting then it’s still pretty good. I wish I had the same confidence that the anime would be good. It’s certainly getting the best placement on a primetime TV slot in Japan, but my issue lies primarily with the animation studio. It’s being done by Liden Films whose only previous TV anime have been a bunch of shorts and that awful Terra Formars adaptation that took something which really should have been a hit and made it sink faster than a brick in a swimming pool. We’ll have to see, since the trailers haven’t shown off any animation yet, but I’m approaching with caution.

Ninja Slayer From Animation

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This thing is amazing but it takes a bit of explanation to get why. Ninja Slayer was originally a story posted in a series of tweets by two Japanese dudes who claimed to be translating the works of “Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez”, two American weeaboos. There are, of course, no actual American weeaboo authors, rather a Japanese parody of what they think American anime fans from the 90’s thought anime was.  It’s a Japanese take on the American take on Japanese anime from 2 decades ago. It took until I saw the trailer that it all really clicked for me. Those awful colours, bizarre shading and weird poses! It’s like Chinese whispers where the original phrase becomes so warped after multiple transitions that it barely resembles the original product. And this is all done on purpose!

You don’t get it? How can you not, this is amazing! It’s by Trigger, the ex Gurren Lagann staff who did Kill la Kill, now that they’ve stopped animating that shitty everyday battles light novel from last year. It’s the director of Inferno Cop doing something that could possibly be even more stupid and yet more lavishly so. They’ve got music by the Boom Boom Satellites, who did the absolutely fantastic Xam’d OP and Gundam Unicorn ED. What, you think it looks dumb? Well yes, of course it looks dumb and will probably be ‘bad’. But it will be amazingly bad in that very special intentional way that could be truly magical. They even went as far as to shoot the trailer in 4:3 to mimic 90’s anime. That’s some dedication to this stupid idea of theirs that I truly respect.

Ore Monogatari!!

ore monogatariYou may have heard of Noitamina, the late night anime timeslot in Japan that used to air a combination of ambitious anime original science fiction and josei manga adaptations. The dream lasted for about 6 years but then died around about the time they aired Black Rock Shooter and Guilty Crown at the same time. Now they mostly do otaku pandering light light novel bullshit. I’ve been trying to keep track of other timeslots and producers to see what other trends there are, which is really difficult because the English resources for that sort of material is basically non-existent. The late night Nihon TV timeslot is the next best thing I’ve found. Monster, Death Note, Ouran, Chihayafuru, Kimi ni Todoke, One Outs, Kaiji, and I’m 90% certain Parasyte is currently airing there. Actually late night Nihon TV appears to be a good thing to keep an eye on anyway given some of the other stuff on there recently have been Barakamon and Death Parade. As far as I can tell, the next show taking over that slot is Ore Monogatari, a critically acclaimed multi-award winning shoujo manga adaptation. Meanwhile in Noitamina they’re airing the second half of a shitty light novel adaptation and an original anime about a teenage boy who gets super powers from looking at panties. Yeah.

Long introduction about a ruddy timeslot out of the way that might actually be completely wrong, what can I tell you about Ore Monogatari? It’s a fairly generic shoujo highschool romance manga except with this big ugly dude as its central lead character, which is why I was sceptical going in despite it winning tons of awards. Whoop de doo, you stuck in a big guy, it’s still the same goddamn story…is what I thought I would say, but turns out I was completely charmed by the whole thing. The main guy has this Harima Kenji from School Rumble way of being endearingly stupid yet genuine in his actions and while the artwork is kinda bad, it’s used effectively to add to the humour. Let me emphasise here though how shocking this is. I don’t like shoujo high school romance manga at all. I don’t like Fruits Basket, Chihayafuru, Kimi ni Todoke, pretty much every highly rated shoujo romance manga adaptation you can name I don’t like. So me liking Ore Monogatari is a real shock. The anime is being done by the same Madhouse team who did Chihayafuru and the director also did Cardcaptor Sakura so it’s a team that knows what they’re doing.

Punchline

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Remember that Noitamina anime I shit talked about the guy looking at panties? This is it. And now let me infuriate you by explaining why I think this anime has a lot of promise and you should give it a shot because I’m just like that. It’s by Mappa, the new studio founded by the bunch of ex-Madhouse people who have been putting out some quality product with Bahamut and Garo recently (and Terror in Resonance, which…at least looked good). The staff working on Punchline meanwhile are mostly ex-Gainax staff, as you can tell from the vibrant animation in the trailer. Most excitingly for some people is it’s being written by the fellow who wrote the Zero Escape games and the Ever 17 visual novel. So there’s some talent behind it and perhaps on some level I should trust that they’re going to do something with this. But…man fuck that light novel premise and that panty-tacular trailer. Maybe there’s a FLCL-esque underlying narrative about puberty under here. A man can wish that’s the case at least.

Shokugeki no Souma

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Of the numerous shounen manga adaptations coming out this season, this is the one with the most weight behind it, being the latest Shounen Jump hit. It’s the food battle manga made famous by the fact it’s drawn by a porn artist who transcribes ecstasy cumming faces onto people eating delicious food. On their knees, drooling with out of focus eyes, begging for more of that juicy tender thing to fill their mouths, pleasure spreading all over their body as they leap from the clothes, Aquarion EVOL style, devouring this delicious food. It treads a delicate line of not being straight up softcore porn and from what little I’ve read I thought they managed it surprisingly well. I would be quite excited for this if not for the studio.

JC Staff. They were case zero with light novel trash adaptations. They got a hit with Shakugan no Shana and dug deep into the bowels of light novels for worse and worse titles like Aria the Scarlet Ammo. But it’s not only that. They took Bakuman, the new manga by the Death Note author, one of my favourite anime of all time, and created an absolute travesty that focused on the worst parts. They adapted Kimi to Boku, the boys doing nothing anime that nearly drove me from anime entirely until Daily Lives of Highschool Boys came along and showed me the light. Every now and then I take a peek at their latest property and remain shocked at the terrible production values on things that really should look better, from Golden Time to Little Busters. I swore off them completely over a year ago and have remained a much happier person for it. But this once, just this once, I might make an exception. I hope I don’t regret it.

Gunslinger Stratos

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If I had a sandwich for every anime that stuck the name of Gen Urabuchi on when in reality he had little to do with the final product, I would have…at least 3 sandwiches. I don’t really know how much he had to do Blassreiter and that was before Madoka anyway. Look guys, I love Madoka Magica. I rewatched it quite recently and I still think it’s an absolutely fantastic anime and will probably make my top 10 anime of all time once I redo that list. But you know what part made it great? The incredibly tight script and how deliberately paced and structured everything was. Sticking him on an anime to come up with the concept and write maybe the first episode but then buggering off to let others write the rest has not been good. Gargantia was a mess after a promising first episode and some really interesting ideas, and Aldnoah Zero has become the butt of jokes it got so bad. Also the less said about the second season of Psycho Pass the better.

Seeing this new anime Gunslinger Stratos, some video game adaptation being animated by A-1 Pictures so you at least know it will have the most generic visual design ever, slap Gen’s name on it because he wrote the original scenario irritates me. Did Gen play the game, scribble a few ideas on a beer mat while he was out drinking with the producers and now they’re turning that into an anime and people will still turn out because they can put his name on it? The actual writer is some guy who writes stories for Guilty Gear fighting games and boy if there was ever a genre of video games known for their amazing story telling it would be fighting games. Also it’s a bloody video game adaptation.

Seraph of the End

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I like Wit Studio a lot. In my head the studio was formed as a sort of healing experience after they all had to work on the trainwreck that was Guilty Crown and vowed to actually try make good anime for a change. Their output is pretty limited as they’re a young studio, consisting only of Attack on Titan, Hoozuki no Reitetsu, HAL and Rolling Girls, but what I like about them is all their anime have very distinct individual styles to them. They seem to have a vision for how this show should look and sound, which is something I appreciate a lot. Sure they might not live up to their own ambition and struggle keeping the animation up to standard, but I find that gives them an endearing quality like old Gainax.

Their new anime is Seraph of the End, a shounen battle manga with vampires. Not exactly the most original of topics but hey. The staff are a bunch of relative newbies but with impressive anime in their background. Gurren Lagann, Titan, early Xam’d (different from later Xam’d in that they don’t suck). There’s a lot of cross-pollination with old Gainax and Bones guys moving to Wit Studio, Trigger and Mappa, three new but highly promising studios. It’s interesting to see just how much crossover there is with these new talents so long may it last. In the meantime, Seraph of the End will probably be pretty good if you’re into shounen action, in a Blue Exorcist sort of way. I liked what little I read of the manga, although I heard it turns more generic later on.

Sound! Euphonium

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Oh Kyoto Animation. Going back to the well on this one I see. Last two light novel adaptations didn’t exactly do gangbusters and there’s only so long you can animate swimming boys before you get bored of that. So instead we’re back to K-ON and making an anime about the general going-ons about a high school music club. At some point everyone who disliked K-ON forgot about it so perhaps newer fans need reminding what an almighty furor surrounded K-ON when it came out. It was a symbol for many people of how moe was killing the anime industry. In retrospect it was more a niche trendsetter, spawning multiple cute girl club clones, each trying to out-boring the previous one. At least the negative trendsetters of later years like OreImo or Sword Art Online had things happen you could point to and laugh at, while with K-ON clones all you could do was smash your head repeatedly against a wall while screaming “NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENS ARGH ARGH ARGH”.

Anyway, Sound Euphonium. I have a pretty strict no KyoAni rule because KyoAni sux. It’s going to take more than some flashy jazz music in a trailer to convince me to watch something they make. Actually no, I don’t want them to make anything else for a reason I will call the Shit Sandwich Shop Principle. People ask me “urgh you’ll never be happy with anything KyoAni puts out, what do you even want them to make” to which I would say I want them to keep making this stuff. I want the Shit Sandwich Shop to keep making shit sandwiches. If the Shit Sandwich Shop suddenly advertised they were making a really amazing sounding sandwich, I would be conflicted because if I go there and eat it and it turns out to have shit instead of butter, that’s my own fault because I went to the place literally called Shit Sandwich Shop so what was I expecting. I would just be happier if they continued making Shit Sandwiches so I didn’t suffer the mental anguish and eventual disappointment if they said they would make anything else.

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Blood Blockade Battlefront

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‘An manga adaptation by the author of Trigun’ is probably what would top most headlines about Blood Blockade Battlefront. Which is fair enough I guess, given how big Trigun was with English speaking fandom back in the day. Like most of those anime that got popular from airing on TV in the early 2000’s though, I don’t think Trigun has aged particularly well. Especially in the animation department, even if it had bundles of style. From what I’ve read of Blood Blockade Battlefront, he certainly still has that style. It’s set in New York (or at least a western media-obsessed Japanese person’s view of New York) after it has been invaded by aliens but now live in an awkward Gintama-esque coexistence. The manga is cool but has some real issues in the writing and pacing department, with the whole story flowing really poorly. An anime adaptation could really fix those issues.

So who’s the director…Rie Matsumoto…oh right, the young director who did Kyousogiga, a show I respected a lot but really felt I should have liked it more than I did. She’s both the best and in a way the worst choice for this. Blood Blockade Battlefront has bundles of style but poor cohesion, so they gave it to the director whose main previous work has bundles of style but poor cohesion. I would really like her to succeed because she has plenty of talent and it’s encouraging to have a young female director breaking through. She certainly has some incredibly experienced people behind her on this. OK I can’t say much about the script writer since he’s only done live action stuff previously, but the art director worked on goddamn Akira doing the background art. That’s a strong background to pull from.

Kyoukai no Rinne

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Outside of literal founding father type manga authors like Tezuka, it would be hard to argue that there are many or even any manga authors more influential than Rumiko Takahashi. Oda the One Piece guy could have a good argument in his favour, as would Akira Toriyama arguably much more so since One Piece probably only exists thanks to Dragonball, but this is a discussion for another day. You could probably trace every romantic comedy magical girlfriend type anime back to Urusei Yatsura. Then throw in Ranma, Maison Ikkoku and Inuyasha for even more multi-blockbuster, generation defining anime and you get an idea of her influence.

Perhaps it’s because of her money and success that she doesn’t have to pay attention to what else is happening in the world of manga. No editor is going to turn down what she passes them because she’s goddamn Rumiko Takahashi. Which is the only explanation I can think of for why nobody threw her opening chapters of Rinne back in her face saying “this is just Bleach, go back and try again”. Well it’s Bleach except without the humour, character, cool art and basically everything that made early Bleach good. It seems to sell well enough but it’s so aggressively bland that I don’t understand the appeal. The staff for the anime aren’t great either with it being done by Brains Base. Not the good Brains Base under Omori that did Baccano, DRRR and Natsume. No, the shit Brains Base that did Akikan, Amnesia and D-Frag.

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki

yuki nagatoOh yeah, Haruhi Suzumiya! That’s a thing people cared about and I imagine a number of people still do, although considerably less after Endless Eight. There’s still more of those novels left to adapt but it was looking increasingly unlikely that anyone would. KyoAni broke up their relationship with the publisher Kadokawa when they realised they could make more money just doing their own stuff. Plus there was the whole deal with pathetic Japanese otaku losing their shit because Aya Hirano, the voice actress for Haruhi, admitting she liked having sex with attractive men. But in pops Satelight instead with a whole new team to adapt this dumb spinoff novel and we’re saved!

The story is that it’s set in the world from Disappearance in which there is no science fiction stuff, Haruhi is not a god and Yuki Nagato is a cute bookworm girl rather than the stoic character she was from the original. If this was a character from an established franchise I loved and they took my favourite character, completely changed their personality and repackaged it in a new story that completely stripped everything that made the original series unique, I wouldn’t touch that garbage with a 10 foot pole. But from what I’ve read on forums, people are super excited because Yuki Nagato is now cute and moe which goes to show how completely shallow some anime fans are. Then again, Haruhi Suzumiya has never been good anyway so blergh. Actually wait, since this isn’t by KyoAni anymore it will probably be the best in the franchise. Phew!

Afterschool Pleiades

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Man this was a title I never thought I’d see again. The original Pleiades was a short anime collaboration between Gainax and Subaru where the only Subaru involvement was the magical girls had brooms that made engine revving noises. The piece was boring and forgettable but apparently the team at Gainax thought it was good enough to bring back and do a full anime about. I’ve been doing the Gainax lament every time their name comes up in season previews, but none of the crew who made the Gainax anime you care about are there anymore. As I said earlier in this preview, most of them left to join studios like Trigger and to a lesser extent Mappa and Wit. The only director left appears to be the one who did the Gainax anime people hate, such as He Is My Master and This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Who incidentally is the director for this thing.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

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I can get pretty dismissive about certain anime when doing season previews which can sometimes annoy people who are fans of those things (especially this season if you’re a kyoani fan, but kyoani fans more closely resemble the amorphic sludge we began our evolutionary path on rather than the homo sapiens we are today so I don’t consider them as people). I am going to also be dismissive of Yamada-kun and the 7 Witches because it’s a generic high school pseudo-harem romcom with a story that goes nowhere and an anime staff with nothing interesting to say about. But when reading it I felt a touch nostalgic. It reminded me of Pretty Face or one of the many generic light-ecchi high school shounen romcom mangas I read when I was a teenager. I started out as someone who excitedly read Love Hina and Ichigo 100%. So I won’t laugh at you for liking Yamada kun because you’re probably a teenage boy. I was there once too.

Plastic Memories

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I feel like I should be more interested for Plastic Memories than I am. It is an original anime by the person who wrote the Semi;Colon visual novels, most notably Steins;Gate. It isn’t another bloody high school setting but instead young adults in new jobs set in the future focused around collecting robots that have become too human. Promising writer, interesting setting, so why isn’t this tickling my fancy? Maybe it’s that I don’t care for the studio, Dogakobo, who mostly do cute girl comedies like Engaged to the Unidentified, Love Lab and Yuru Yuri. They have done some other stuff like Nozaki-kun and Majestic Prince, but I didn’t really like any of them either. Maybe it’s the character designs and general art design which sure is drawn like every other crappy moe visual novel adaptation. I think most of all it’s the trailer appears to be going for this touching, melodramatic tone with some light comedy beforehand. It brings to mind things like Clannad, Ano Hana or Your Lie in April and I cannot stand those types of anime. I’m sure this will find and audience. It just looks like so not my kind of thing.

Triage X

triage xBefore writing my season preview I like to read the first chapter or two of the manga that are set to become anime. I got 5 pages into Triage X before I alt-tabbed out, did a quick check and discovered I was totally right in thinking this came from the same author who wrote Highschool of the Dead. Same pointy chins and horribly grotesque bosoms. I watched all of HOTD back when it aired and didn’t hate it for some reason. Something about the site of a pair of bosoms apparently gyrating so quickly that bullets could fly between them just made it hard to dislike. In retrospect though, I probably only watched it because it came out in Summer 2010 and there was fuck all else to watch that season. Anyway Triage X is just as classy and has the director of Rio Rainbow Gate on it so a bonafide classic in the making is what we have here.

Mikagura School Suite

mikagura gakuenThe latest in a series of anime that started as a series of Vocaloid songs with interconnected story that eventually spreads to other mediums, in this case light novels. I guess this is officially A Thing now, between Black Rock Shooter, Mekaku City Actors and this. Given how those previous two anime were about as well received as a salt bath after a series of paper cuts (I personally thought Mekaky City Actors wasn’t bad, but I was apparently the only one and I never finished it anyway so obviously I didn’t think that highly of it), I think this path to anime might be a dud. Its problem is the original medium’s concern is whether the music and accompanying music video is good, not whether the story is worth a damn. It’s much the same problem with video game adaptations. In neither medium is the story the main draw so strip them of their original main draws and suddenly you realise how poor the underlying narrative actually is. Mikagura School Suite is a completely unremarkable magical high school anime the kind of which we’ve seen a million times before. Studio and staff are unremarkable too. Watch this anime disappear off the face of the planet in no time.

Denpa Kyoushi – He is a Ultimate Teacher

denpa kyoushiBefore we begin the actual previewing, let me start by saying I am guaranteed to give this anime more leeway than usual because it is about an anime blogger. Similarly I would give an anime far more of a chance if it was about a snobby Irish man who got mad about other people’s terrible tastes in chocolate, pizza and Asian cartoons. It’s yet another shounen manga adaptation, this time about an anime blogger turned teacher. It’s a GTO clone in that he goes in and shows the bullies what’s for and gets the rowdy kids on his side. Or for the younger generation, it’s like Assassination Classroom except not as bafflingly disappointing. I’m honestly struggling to say much else about this (ooh boy the animation studio is A-1 Pictures, I bet it has competent animation but terribly boring stylistically) and I can only really think about how maddening it is that Assassination Classroom managed to be as bad as it was with such an amazing premise.

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

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Yes! Thank you light novel adaptations for continuing this naming trend. I am so pleased about this. There was a time after My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute that all light novels wanted to follow that naming scheme. The idea was that people looking for light novels couldn’t be arsed picking up the books in the store and reading the back for a synopsis, so instead they had to start including the synopsis in the book title. But more recently that trend has been dying and they’ve been getting more innocuous titles like No Game No Life. That’s awful! I want trash to advertise itself properly as trash! Someone can say “oh I watched Sword Art Online” and have it not sound like the garbage it is. I want them to say “I watched The Pet Girl of Sakurasou” and people will instantly know that it’s dogshite about a guy keeping a sexy mentally disabled girl as a pet. I want my Yuji Everylead the Bland deposited in Generic Fantasy MMORPG and his gaming skills get him all the sexy ladies to be advertised as such on the box so everyone knows what it is going in. So thank you ‘Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon’. Hopefully other light novels will follow your lead.

Re-Kan!

re kanA 4-koma adaptation about a large breasted high school girl who can see ghosts being directed by the same guy who did the Hayate sequels nobody likes and……………….sorry, dozed off there for a second. What do you want? It’s close to the end of the original anime section where I shoved all the boring anime nobody will ever remember. Of course I’m running out of things to say.

Show By Rock!!

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The video game market in Japan as we know it is dying. The games you loved as a kid are raking in less and less money. Console sales are dropping like flies and Japan has never quite taken to PC gaming. Although this is only true if you consider large PC and console games and the gaming market. Mobile gaming is booming with all the talent moving over there as that’s where the money is. These games start to become really popular and with all the money they rake in, they’re looking for more and more extravagant ways to promote their material. So of course they turn to anime. In a way this is actually not a bad thing at all. Unlike big console games, they rarely have any story they’re required to follow. Bahamut was based off some card phone game and, while it ultimately didn’t completely deliver on its early promise, it showed that the more freedom creators have with the intellectual property, the better they can make the stories.

This does not mean I think Show By Rock will be any good. It’s a phone rhythm game by Sanrio, the creators of Hello Kitty, that features various cute girls with animal ears and sexy dudes with animal ears. They released information about all the voice actors before any of the staff or even the studio, which is good sign the producers have their priorities horribly misaligned. But this mobile phone games getting lavishly produced anime adaptations I say is not a bad thing. They’re much better than normal video games getting anime adaptations I can tell you that much. No matter how much you think you like Fire Emblem, any anime adaptation of them would be garbage because the stories in them are awful.

Lupin III

lupin iiiWhat do you even title this? Lupin III part 4? This is the first proper Lupin III TV series in 30 years, not counting that Fujitits thing that came out a few years ago since that was its own weird thing. If you’re new to anime fandom, Lupin III is an old TV series from back in the 70’s whose influence is absolutely massive with the founders of Ghibli, amongst others, cutting their teeth on the franchise. It proved so popular that it got a couple of movies and about a bajillion TV specials that air every single year. I don’t think it’s even been that big in English speaking fandom but it’s huge in Italy. I was there recently and saw a truly remarkable number of Lupin bootleg items on sale.

Its Italian popularity may go some way to explaining why this all brand new TV series is airing in Italy first and is being set in Italy and San Marino. The staff includes a huge industry veteran from back in the day who worked on Castle of Cagliostro, the best known of the Lupin franchise entrants, plus the script writer for Tiger and Bunny. It’s not low on talent. Honestly this is just so…I mean, they’re straight up saying they’re making a brand new real true Lupin III series. It’s kinda hard to know what to say about that beyond good luck. I’ll be watching certainly. I’m glad the promo art at least promises to keep Lupin’s hairy palms.

Etotama

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When I first saw Etotama I thought it was another bland moecrap title about the zodiac animals all turning into cute girls. Then I saw the trailer and…OK technically it still is about the zodiac animals turned into cute girls, but in reality it’s a tech demo for where CG animation is now. Around Christmas I mentioned the Studio Khara CG short featuring a mascot girl fighting a giant cat and pointed out how impressive it was that they had figured out things like weight and cartoonish movement exaggeration to get the CG looking more, if not natural, at least less stilted and awkward. This appears to be a whole anime of that. I mean, I don’t think it will be good since it’s by the director who made that anime about the semen sucking loli, but as a step towards our glorious CG anime future, it’s the next step forward. It’s a long path and anime has made many missteps, but we are definitely seeing significant progress.

Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold

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It’s weird how certain anime franchises get incredibly popular in certain parts of the world. I’ve already mentioned Lupin III and Italy. Then there’s France’s love of Captain Harlock. The Spanish world cup winning football team from 2008 can basically be blamed on them all watching Captain Tsubasa as kids (no really, people like Iniesta and Torres have come out and admitted as much). Perhaps the oddest is Igano Kabamaru, a show nobody has heard out outside of Greece and Saudi Arabia where it practically defines a generation. Then there’s Latin America’s love for Saint Seiya, particularly Mexico. I’m surprised they don’t go set this in Mexico like they’re doing with Lupin and Italy, except it might be a touch harder to ground a series about mystical pretty boys in skintight bodysuits punching each other with the powers of the constellations.

I’ve trotted out the old “boy Mexico sure loves Saint Seiya” shtick before because my personal knowledge of the franchise is non-existent. I tried a few episodes of that Saint Seiya Omega anime from a few years back since it seemed like a good starting point but I never got far and it doesn’t seem like it ever lit the world on fire. This appears to be a whole new story again, but I’m honestly not sure. I don’t know if this is a thing Saint Seiya does frequently or not. But it will have pretty boys punching each other with the power of stars so hey.

Ghost in the Shell Arise: TV

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Normally I wouldn’t put TV broadcasts into season previews since who cares you’ve already seen it. But I’m putting Arise in here for two reasons. One because they actually have two new episodes in this rebroadcast of the OVA, so there’s some new content in here. The second is to try rep Arise again because gosh darn I thought it was pretty great yet anime fans didn’t give it the time of day. Ghost in the Shell Arise is a much better entrant to the Ghost in the Shell franchise than that bloody Innocence movie for one. Watch Arise guys. It’s confusing for the first episode but it definitely finds its stride after that.

Sequels

Unlike things like Lupin III and Saint Seiya, these are sequels to anime you have to have seen the first season of. Hence there’s not much point in previewing them since you already know if you’re going to watch them. But preview them I shall anyway!

Baby Steps 2

baby stepsI remember when this came out. I think it was at the same time as Haikyuu did. Haikyuu was better, why isn’t that getting a sequel instead? Oh wait, it is? Never mind then, carry on.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Boring Words

fateI’ll give this to the Fate series: They sure do have awesome promo art. Look at that picture, doesn’t it bring to mind a rip roaring amazing action series? Shame it’s actually really boring oh well.

Gintama

gintamaI watched 100 episodes of Gintama back in the day and I really liked it. I was a believer. But with every attempt to get back into it I’ve failed and I think I know what the problem is: The fucking translator notes. I know Gintama references a lot of Japanese culture that flies over the heads of what we dirty gaijin could understand, but one of those cultural barriers is not rock paper scissors. I know what Bleach is for christ sake, and Sherlock Holmes isn’t even Japanese why do you think that needs a translator’s note? It’s absolutely maddening to have a joke every minute explained to you by this translator’s across the top of the screen. And this is official translations on Crunchyroll! I don’t think I can go back. I’m sorry Gintama, it’s not you. It’s the translators.

The Labyrinth of Grisaia and The Eden of Grisaia

griasiaInushinde’s “favourite” anime of 2014 and winner of The Cart Driver’s Symphogear Memorial Award for Best Worst Anime is back! I thought what little I saw of Grisaia was pretty bad but it sounds like it really went off the rails in a truly spectacular fashion. This sequel also plans to include the prequel to the original Visual Novel. It hasn’t been made terribly clear how they plan to adapt them both without being horribly condensed.

Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic

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Cast your mind back to earlier on in this preview. Around about the part I was mocking KyoAni fans because they probably eat their own shoes. About how K-ON spawned this trend of cute girls doing nothing anime that seem to have largely died out by now bar the odd show. Well this is one of them. It took me a while to remember which one of the many cute girl anime this was the sequel to, until I saw the character designs. This is the one with the British exchange student! They’re supposed to be in their mid teens. They look like they’re about 6 years old. Where’s my cute fetuses anime damnit, you know the girls are just going to keep looking younger. You know you want to Japan.

High School DxD BorN

dxdHighschool DxD makes me angrier than it probably should. I can’t wrap my head around people who try to say this is actually good no really. I choose to believe it was created by a 12 year old boy whipping his dick out and slapping repeatedly it on a keyboard. I could just list a bunch of the crap written in the light novel, but I’ve done that before back in the last season preview a sequel for this thing aired. You know this is why nobody will listen to you light novel fans when this is the kind of thing that gets so highly rated and touted? I mean, are you all preteen boys or something? That can be the only explanation.

Nisekoi

nisekoiOh boy, another sequel for me to get weirdly mad at. I actually watched and blogged about half of the first season because I lost at Fantasy Anime League. The only way I could get through it was watching it without English subtitles and writing poetry. It was fun in its own weird way because the formula for Nisekoi is so endlessly repeatable that it was so easy to follow without knowing all the language. I don’t think I missed any plot points at all. Nisekoi is the most quintessential harem anime ever made. It’s harem boiled down to the repeated formula of giving each girl equal time so no side ever ‘wins’ and we ride this magical merry go round until the end of time.

Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine

knights of sidoniaOh look another sequel for me to get angry about rawr rawr rawr why don’t anime I like get sequels rawr rawr…wait a second, Knights of Sidonia. I remember that name. I actually liked this anime! Hurrah for me!

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions

prince samaOh look, the one pretty boy VN adaptation where the guys aren’t all completely horrible to the main girl is the big success that gets multiple seasons. You see that Diabolik Lovers and Amnesia? That’s what you need to do if you want to be successful. Not treat your audience as a bunch of idiots who want to be raped by men in fedoras…wait, Diabolik Lovers is getting a second season? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2

love com snafuThis show ended up being an underground hit. It’s one of those anime that hasn’t fallen off anime fandom’s radar anything like most other light novel adaptations. Probably because it’s basically an anime version of Catcher in the Rye, meaning it’s about a grumpy teenager moaning about how nobody understands him.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

nanoha vividI had originally placed this among the rest of the anime airing this season, until I did some reading up on it then plonked it straight back into sequels. At first I figured since it was set a few years later and was about the daughter of the lead two girls (the power of yuri apparently being strong enough that they can impregnate each other now but whatever) so I thought it would be its own new story, but after some reading it sounds like all Nanoha sequels are set several years in the future with all sorts of shit that I can’t follow. Nanoha is the only sequel this season where I haven’t at least tried the original. Probably because for every person who compares it to giant robot laser battles it’s usually followed up by someone, often the same person, saying omg this is great look at all the loli fanservice. Which, from reading up on this manga, appears to be one tradition they’ve been perfectly happy to keep with this new edition.

Shorts Sequels

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying  is getting a sequel, an anime about a wife who can’t understand what her anime blogger husband is saying. I should watch it since I am an anime blogger husband and I can’t understand half the shit that comes out of my own mouth. Robot Girls Z+ proves yet again that apparently the only way to get the modern otaku to care about super robots is to turn them all into cute girls. Finally Teekyu gets a fourth season by Mappa in which a bunch of girls in a tennis club do everything in their power to perform every action under the sun that is not tennis.

Kids

Battle Spirits Burning Soul, Mysterious Joker 2, Duel Masters VS Revolution, PriPara 2, Digimon Adventure tri. For a brief period there I used to try cover the kids anime that was coming out, but it ended up being not worth it. Information was limited and they never got subbed anyway. Once they did come out in English, it was 3 or so years down the line after the toy line had completely blown up. I remember covering Yokai Watch a few years ago and knowing nothing about it. Fast forward 2015 and it’s the biggest shit in Japan, basically taking over Pokemon as what kids are watching and buying. How do you predict that? I don’t even know where to start looking to predict that. I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what will be big/good in the late night otaku targeted TV anime department, but kids anime completely eludes me. They might as well be entirely different mediums.

Movies and OVAs

Movie release date figures are for when the home video release comes out and dirty foreign pirates can watch it. For OVA’s and specials, I don’t cover random special episodes for completed anime because there are too many and they’re normally just some fun fanservice for people who watched the original.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

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Release date: 28 February

I finished watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam movies this month for the first time (yes the compilation movies, and I highly recommend them over the TV series). I’m now able to pick up on a bajillion references other anime have made, about half of which I swear were from School Rumble, although they even had a reference in the opening chapter of Ore Monogatari so it’s evidently still relevant. If I was to pick one story from Mobile Suit Gundam I would like expanding on, it would have been Char’s backstory and how he developed the ambition and hatred he has, and how he and his sister grew apart.

Well, guess what Gundam the Origin is about! At least it appears to be what the anime is about. It’s supposed to be adapted from the Gundam the Origin manga, although that’s a straight retelling of the original Gundam story. Meanwhile the trailer here shows child Char so eh. It looks pretty flashy either way. The fight scenes look kinda similar to the ones in Yamato 2199, which makes sense since the director of Gundam the Origin did the CG for Yamato 2199. It’s being streamed on Daisuki of all places at a cost, so if you’re desperate to watch this first then that’s where you can get it. It’s coming out real soon first with the first of the planned 4 episodes. Let’s just hope it takes slightly less time than Gundam Unicorn did.

When Marnie Was There

When Marnie was There

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Release Date: 18 March

I really want to like this movie because I feel Ghibli set this up to fail. It was their first movie released in the post-Miyazaki/Takahata era by the director who did Arrietty but the way both the people of Japan and the studio talked about it, it was like they just assumed it would fail. “Oh look, no Miyazaki, let’s just leave this thing to rot”. I loved Arrietty so much. It’s my favourite Ghibli after Porco Rosso. This new director returns to direct another beloved classic English novel and suddenly everyone stops giving a shit because Miyazaki isn’t standing in the background anymore. The statements after the movie came out from the studio were things like “idk if we’ll make movies anymore”. Maybe it’s just me, since alongside Arrietty my next favourite Ghibli would be Cat Returns, another non Miyazaki or Takahata joint. I am a weird outsider who doesn’t actually like the original two co-founders movies that much but wants to see the legacy of their studio continued with these younger directors. I appear to be the only one.

K: Missing Kings

K Missing Kings

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Release Date: 22 April

Watching the trailer for this movie gave me a wave of…I wouldn’t say nostalgia since K wasn’t good, but wave of memories about when it came out. I remembered the original trailer for the TV series looking awesome, much like this movie’s trailer but both essentially told us nothing about what happens in the story. Also how that original trailer included every well animated scene in the entire anime and the rest was staid and forgettable. Ah K, how hard you were to google search with your dumb name.

And if this season is terrible
There’s always next season

…I’m sorry.

I can’t keep making these.

I’ve run out! I’m finding it increasingly difficult to stick in a bunch of manga and video game adaptations people actually want to see without scraping the bottom of the barrel. The moment that turned that for me was when Crunchyroll posted a news story of the top 10 manga Japanese fans wanted adapted into anime. I took a peek hoping for some new material for my charts, only to find I had already used the top 8 and 3 of them I had used twice. Besides, so many of the things I put on there have been adapted into anime. Silver Spoon, Durarara sequel, Assassination Classroom, Shougeki no Soma, Mushishi 2, Parasyte, Stardust Crusaders, they all got anime adaptations. I’m sure this means all those other anime I’ve put on charts will get anime too. Pluto, Oyasumi Punpun, Bride’s Story, Yotsuba&, Real, Vinland Saga, Vagabond, Saya no Uta, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, One Punch Man, Franken Fran, Oresama Teacher, they will all get an anime adaptation some day.

But not Full Metal Panic final. Never Full Metal Panic final.

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100 Comments

  1. Posted February 24, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    But the question is: how many of these will get banned in FAL next season?

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Probably just Fate I think. Nothing else sticks out as an obvious ban.

  2. Sataniel
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    it’s being written by the fellow who wrote the Zero Escape games and the Ever 17 visual novel. So there’s some talent behind it

    As we can see no in writing department. Uchikoshi is terrible with actually doing anything with things he set up.

    And no fake chart? I’m disappointed, it was the best part of those previews.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      Fake charts had to be stopped at some point. I ran out of material

      • Sataniel
        Posted February 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

        They should be stopped when the people will stop thinking they’re real (aka never).

  3. GoukaRyuu
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Looks like only 2-3 things i will be interested in next season. Definitely a season to work on the backlog.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Really? I’ve got at least 10. That backlog isn’t getting touched anytime soon

  4. Nasch II
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Oresama Teacher and Haikyuu better hurry the hell up.
    So in other words, Gintama, Fate/Stay Night, Nisekoi, Saint Seiya, Lupin III, Girls in a Dungeon, Denoa Kyo-something, Triage X, Seraph, Food Wars, Arslan, and NINJA FUCKING SLAYER AKA TRIGGER will be worth a look. Not to mention Kuroko continued.

    Also, why do you hate Bleach so much? AIZEN is amazing.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      I like early Bleach. Then it falls into shounen action trap of too many characters in too many drawn out fights. And Aizen is boring

    • Outcast
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      The only good moment Aizen has is when ***SPOILER ALERT*** he reveals reveals himself as the villain and explains his master plan. ***SPOILER OVER*** After that, however, he’s just a pretty boring villain knows everything and is also OP as fuck, and STILL some of his actions come out seeming completely pointless.

  5. arcanes
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Nooooo!!! why no fake chart??? I mean it’s like eating a really good meal but without dessert.

    Not so into anime these days, so I will probably only check out what you blog.

    And holy shit were getting old.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      This winter season is particularly good though, do give a few of them a shot.

  6. Phantom Renegade
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! T.T

    RIP fake chart.

    Anyway while I’ve done no research on it at all but those gold knights kinda look like the ones from the main series (omega didn’t happen, and omega season two definitely didn’t happen) so this is probably just some spin off that they’re making.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Man people really didn’t seem to like Omega at all. I thought it looked cool at least even if I didn’t like the actual content

      • Phantom Renegade
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

        eeeeeeeh. A lot of people are probably Seiya fanboys like me and were really disappointed not to see him. I don’t actually think the first series of Omega was all that bad, i wasn’t really super happy with them adding elements to all the cloths for reasons, and i wasn’t super happy with the redesigns either(with the exception of the pegasus gold cloth which actually looked amazing) but the series was fine for the most part.

        The main problem was that they really painted themselves into a corner with the cloth’s, they’re supposed to cover more of your body the higher level they are, but in Omega they cover all of the saint’s body right away so when second season rolled around they suffered a major case of overdesign, the cloth upgrades looked like they had been designed by a mech designer just really bulky and edgy which just completely ruined the series for me.

      • Posted February 26, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

        Omega was my first experience with the series, and I watched somewhere around a dozen episodes before I got distracted by other things and just never caught back up. I thought it was fine, but there’s so much other stuff I need to watch (like Hunter x Hunter) that I don’t see myself watching the rest of it any time soon.

  7. Kenjeran
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Wait, what’s this Psycho-Pass second season you are talking about?? I thought the only sequel was the movie.

    • lmm
      Posted February 24, 2015 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

      You may have forgotten it to protect yourself. There is a second short series, 11 or so episodes, but they went full Guilty Crown on it. Which is to say high production values, good music, and a plot I would describe as “fun” but also a total trainwreck.

      • Kenjeran
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:12 am | Permalink

        Hmm…now that you mentioned it I remember some vague memories of it, but wasn’t that a fanfiction..? Wait let’s stop this, my head is starting to hurt.

      • Scamp
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        I remember that piece of fanfiction. The author called in Psycho Pass Season 2 so a lot of people got confused and thought it was the actual sequel.

  8. lmm
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    As someone who likes a) KyoAni, more than half the time b) Aya Hirano, especially when she really trolls it up like in TO / 2001 Nights / Elliptic Orbit / whatever TF you call it c) The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya d) Nagato Yuki, am I supposed to like this new series or not?

    Nanoha splits pretty cleanly into the first half of the first series (loli), the second half of the first series plus the entirety of the second series (laser battles), and the series we don’t talk about. If you just want the good non-pedo parts then just watch the two movies.

    Still hoping for a Hanabira adaptation – though as I said at the time, turned out it was coming out in the season you put it in the fake chart after all, it was just called Sakura Trick.

    • David
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      Disappearance was.. kind of interesting. Starts out slice of life, starts looking like it’s going interesting places in the middle, then just sorta drops back into slice of life til the end (at least I think it’s the end; sort of lost track of if there was any more after a certain point).

      It’s not a bad story, but by the end of it you’re really feeling an appreciation for why Kyon’s best choice is to return to his original world. Everyone of the cast is happy in Nagato’s world, but at the same time it’s just rather bland. I think the main thing I didn’t like about it was the feeling that the Nagato Yuki of Nagato’s world was solely the character she thought Kyon wanted her to be — a sort of parody of herself — rather than her true self.

      Having a different art style is probably for the best, to really signify that this is a very different story than the original. I doubt it will be a notable detraction, other than an excuse to rail against it by those who hate it for the sake of hating it.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      By my understanding it’s pretty standard highschool s’life series with nothing really remarkable about it at all apart from the fact it has Haruhi characters in it.

  9. C
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Quick correction. Triage X is written and drawn by the guy who drew Highschool of the Dead. His brother is the one who wrote Highschool of the dead.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      Well poop. They certainly have similar sensibilities

      • C
        Posted February 27, 2015 at 1:18 am | Permalink

        It’s apparently why Highschool of the Dead can’t be bothered to get out of Hiatus. Apparently the writer brother is lazy.

  10. Leo
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    It’s been many many months since I stopped reading Nisekoi weekly, yet every now and then if I pick up the latest chapter I have no trouble whatsoever understanding what is happening. That’s how much the story doesn’t progress.
    Also, I feel the need to pointlessly try to defend My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU just because I really liked it. There’s no getting around the fact that it is your typical teenage romcom (the title sort of gives it away), and the main character’s main activities are complaining and being a bit of a cynical, pessimistic prick. But heck, I wish every teenage romcom main character was like that.

    On a separate note; holy crap, look at all those tags!

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Would you deny that it’s basically Catcher in the Rye though? Cynical pessimistic prick sure sounds like Rye to me.

      • Leo
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:28 am | Permalink

        It’s not quite as bad. It gets alleviated by the fact that it’s still a teen romanctic comedy.

  11. anon
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    fyi – the trailer you included for Seraph of the End is actually the one for Gunslinger Stratos.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      whoops…fix’d now

  12. PapaGreg
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I guess the Japanese view of New York doesn’t have black people in it

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Japan keeps forgetting black people exist. They don’t see many in their own lives.

  13. Zephex
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Recommendations for the Fake Chart: Sekien no Inganock (VN), Kaiji 3, Baccano 2, Kino’s Journey 2, Remember 11 (VN), Hikari no Valushia (VN), School Rumble 3, Kara no Shoujo (VN), Phoenix Wright, Ghost Trick, 999
    and Virtue’s Last Reward.

    “Most excitingly for some people is it’s being written by the fellow who wrote the Zero Escape games and the Ever 17 visual novel.´´

    But those never had any kind of fanservice (not even Never 7, which is the most cliched), actually, I think he is desperate since none of the 0′ Escape games sold well in Japan.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      I actually had half a chart completed with some of those suggested titles on it, but gave up in the end because it was getting too difficult. Also I think I used like half of your suggested ones already.

  14. il-Palazzo
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    I picked up book 1 of “Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” and to my surprise, it’s really, really good.

    Seriously, this would be my No.1 suggestion for this season. It has a very likeable male lead (and an overall likeable cast in general) and his struggling with being woefully underleveled in a small guild with practically no support is very well-written.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      Ehhhhhh I read some myself and I felt it was just another SAO-type guy in generic video game world with girls falling over for him.

      • Ibri
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 10:18 am | Permalink

        Well it’s not a video game just a world which includes weird video game mechanics like stats and a dungeon with spawning monsters. Which I always found kind of odd why take videogame elements if it isn’t one and you don’t want to play with the results of putting them in a non video game world?

        I would put it above SAO i find the MC tolerable (and he isn’t super awesome and beats everyone with his leet skills, granted that is only a question of time since he gets faster progression) but yeah it’s a harem anime.

  15. ThePatriarcheopteryx
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    I think you should give Inou Battle a chance, Scamp. It’s still a cliche comedy harem but it was surprisingly not as shitty as I expected it to be. It was actually entertaining and the characters actually had chemistry. OVerall, not amazing but like 6/10 material and was a pleasant surprise. Plus Saori Hayami’s voice is orgasmic.

    People tell me Sakurasou has some depth to it and and judging from the first episode, it doesn’t seem skeevy at all which is the exact opposite of what I’d expect from a show about an autistic “pet” girl.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      I did give it a chance though and it was pretty much exactly what I expected.

    • Outcast
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Sakurasou episode 07 starts with the main character’s (prepubescent) little sister singing and skipping on the way to his boarding house. Along the way, her panties are flashed on screen. Front and centre. TWICE. And the animators were trying to be cute by censoring it an instant after flashing, presumably going “Oh no no, we’d totally be huge perverts if we showed you that.” Same episode, little sister in the public bath with two other girls, engaging in boob grabbing.

      Oh, it’s skeevy all right.

    • Outcast
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  16. Someone Else
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Ignoring witchcraft works I see

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      And shall continue to do so :D

      • Shinmaru
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

        Both Inushinde and I like Witch Craft Works, so The Cart Driver is officially pro-Witch Craft Works.

      • Someone Else
        Posted February 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        Democracy!

  17. fifteenth
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    A little bummed you put Digimon Adv Tri in kids section since it’s a sequel of the first Digimon and I would like to hear your opinion more. I was going to say it’s going to be a more mature take on Digimon world, but the fact is the character only aged up as highshool students… which is a very boring premise for an anime. I wish they made the setting where they’re in college/work, since that’s the majority age range of people who watched the original 15 years ago.

    So far three staff are revealed, but they don’t seem that promising. Except maaaybe Atsuya Uki, if not for the fact that he’s only the character designer, as usual, so meh. Compared to the original anime staff, with people like Mamoru Hosoda and Reiko Yoshida, Keitarou Motonaga is a wild card, since he has bad anime and good anime on his belt, but all the good ones are adaption while Digimon Tri is an original anime which is what I’m worried the most.

    Anyway, if the show is a let down, at least there’s still Gintama this season, so I don’t have any complain. Arslan and Ninja Slayer also looks promising too and lots of classic anime new adaption. I say this season isn’t that shabby, except there aren’t a lot that scream potential AOTY.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      I did originally put Digimon in the regular section, but after reading up on it I decided I couldn’t be arsed to do a proper preview on it. Digimon is not my thing. I didn’t grow up on it and always saw it as some pretender to Pokemon’s crown. Whether true or not, it means I have no affection for the franchise whatsoever.

      • fifteenth
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

        That’s what I thought, I guess the only who actually anticipate the sequel are old fans of the series.

        But Digimon anime>Pokemon anime yo. At least the anime is decent coming-of-age anime where the characters actually grow up, not staying as 10 years old for years.

      • Phantom Renegade
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Agreed, i’d actually restarted watching pokemon at one point and got into the first episode of best wishes (or whatever the black and white analogue series is) Ash loses a fight with pikachu against a snivy some dude just got off professor “oak”. Needless to say i never touched it again.

  18. Shadow
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    yeah i agree with Scamp being the oracle of future anime upcoming.

    The hype on the urobutcher is dying slowly (specially after slapping his name on mediocre anime every season), in a couple of years, on a desperate move to stay relevant he will decide to animate the visual novel that made him known, Saya no Uta.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      And then people will realise Saya no Uta is not as good as VN fans claim it is. Although an adaptation could clean up a lot of my problems with the original certainly.

      • Posted February 26, 2015 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        Someday, people will finally take my cries of “UROBUTCHI IS OVERRATED” seriously.

        Someday.

      • Scamp
        Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:04 am | Permalink

        Madoka is still every bit as good as its hype though. And considering how much hype it gets, that’s impressive.

  19. Outcast
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    “I personally thought Mekaky City Actors wasn’t bad, but I was apparently the only one”

    No, you’re not alone. I thought the series was pretty watchable…until the final episode (or maybe even the one before). I have no idea what the ending was. I mean, I can write down bullet points of the events of the plot, but I couldn’t for the life of me explain how those events took place; but I’ve heard it’s explained better in the source material…somewhere.

    • lmm
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      The new one at least has some good songs. I think the best thing with these is to treat them like a phone card game or whatever and just come up with a story that actually works rather than trying to adapt the original narrative.

      • Scamp
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Problem with that is Japanese fans, even more so than English fans, are sticklers for adaptations remaining true to the source material. So I can’t see that happening.

  20. Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    There are too many interesting titles to choose from this season, but the ones I’m very very excited about are Gintama and Teenage RomCom SNAFU 2.

    I loved Gintama and I told you to continue watching it past episode 100, strangely I didn’t see those translator notes you were talking about when I watched horriblesubs. I’ll also probably forget to watch gintama weekly when it comes out, like what happened with mushishi s2. oh well.

    I know you’re quite busy these days scamp, but can I make at least 1 request? It would be interesting to see what anime is big on every country, like how Lupin is big in Italy, Saint Seiya in Mexico or that anime I don’t know anything about in Saudi Arabia. Can you do it like how you did that franchises post before?

    Lastly, is there an anime that you could say is big in Ireland? like if you don’t know how to speak english/gaelic and you come across an green irish dude with a four leaf clover on his hat and dragging a pot of gold behind him, you can just chant the name of that anime and you’ll instantly understand each other?

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      I can’t really do that post because to do so would require the person to be from the respective countries. It would be an interesting thing to collaborate with different nationalities with, but would require more organisation than I’m willing to do…at least more than I’m willing to do now anyway.

      As for Ireland….eh, we got whatever UK got so basically it’s Pokemon and Dragonball. Couldn’t tell you what was big from the olden days of anime.

  21. Shikamaru
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Stop bashing Kyoani Scamp. Moe is genre just like action, harem or romcom. I get it, you think that they are really boring. I undestand why you don’t like Hidamari Sketch. I don’t care that you don’t like it, but the fact that you are saying that SAO is better than K-on! is just insulting. K-on! is supposed to be moe anime and guess what? It’s the most perfect moe anime ever made. I don’t like Code Geass at all, but you don’t see me complaining about it anywhere. There is no bad or good anime. There is just anime. Well except SAO and HotD, those two sucked hard. You’re just Kyoani hater who couldn’t even enjoy Amagi Brilliant Park.

    As a huge Yuki Nagato fan I also don’t understand the hype behind this new Nagato anime. If I could pick any girl from any anime then she would be wife. But she is supposed to be emotionless. That’s her charm. Why change the ONE THING that you should never change. You are supposed to be the guy who opens her heart, open her emotions and spends time with her. That’s the charm!!!

    Kyoani’s new anime could be anything from boring to awesome. We’ll see. Just give it a fair chance like I’m going to do. Please?

    Nisekoi 2. UGHHHH…. I finished the first season, but it was really fucking repetitive. Nothing important happened during the series. Fucking nothing. They are still trying to find the right key. For the love of fuck MOVE FORWARD! I’m going to try to watch it, but I will immediately drop it if they continue with the key bullshit.

    SNAFU 2. Really enjoyed the first season so this is the only must see anime for me. Which is kinda depressing that I’m only looking forward to watching only one anime.

    Still no Non Non Biyori 2? :( Fuck Durarara!!. Where is my Non Non Biyori sequel?

    I also missed the fake chart. Oh well, nothing last forever. I do really appreciate these preview posts because it must take forever to write them and to find something to say about every single anime. Keep up the good work.

    • shytende
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      KyoAni is mostly an empty shell. It will always looks really pretty (except Air, but no one talks about it.), but there rarely will be much substance to it (For AmaBuri that worked well, and it’s when they tried to add substance that it failed).
      I will watch the first episode because I have still some weird attachment to it, even if I won’t have any biig hope for it (I won’t have any until we have either a Hyouka or FMP sequel, and both will probably never happen).

      But it’s not shit. I mean, it’s not at Ebiten’s level.
      Nothing is at Ebiten’s level.
      (I never saw an anime chose all the wrong choice one after another. It ended up both needlessly complicated, boring, and twisted to insane levels. A true masterpiece of bad taste.
      …And it’s where I learned everything I know about Saint Seiya)

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      kyoani sux

    • Posted March 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Don’t worry. The locket and the key haven’t been mentioned at all in recent chapters.

  22. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    “I don’t think it’s even been that big in English speaking fandom but it’s huge in Italy.”

    This. As an Italian who started watching anime on horrible TV dubs I find it baffling that comparably so little people even in the anime world knows much about Lupin, when in Italy it’s not even niche geeky culture – it’s straight out pop culture. EVERYBODY watched Lupin. Cool, hip shops for people who goes to clubs ‘n’ stuff sell sweaters with the effigies of Lupin, Fujiko, Goemon and Gigen. A weird case of cultural relativism: Italian jocks wearing stuff that would make them look nerdy elsewhere.

    Am I excited about this new series? Surprisingly, not so much. My parents weren’t very fond of animu so I never watched it when I was little and I lack the nostalgia factor – my gateway anime was Dragonball (still pretty mainstream but not as much. The pecking order probably goes something like Lupin > Kenshiro > Saint Seiya = Dragonball). But I watched a lot of Lupin movies later and always kinda enjoyed them. I will give it a try.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      I bought myself a super cheap Lupin bootleg t-shirt while I was in Sardinia the other year. Still have it sitting around somewhere.

    • SPQR
      Posted March 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      What Lupin anime do you think are worth watching? I’m thinking of giving that franchise a try

      • Scamp
        Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:37 am | Permalink

        Castle of Cagliostro. That’s about as safe a recommendation as you get but hey it’s still really good

  23. Johnny Joestar
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I’ll just watch Lupin, Ore Monogatari!!, Arslan, maybe Nagato Yuki and maybe Trigger’s new show. I hope the new Lupin is less pretentious than Fujitits and less bland than the gorillion TV specials.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      Man that Fujitits show sure was pretentious, wasn’t it.

  24. Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    RE: Mikagura Gakuen

    Watch this anime disappear off the face of the planet in no time.

    I’m betting you’ll have to eat your words on this one. Not that I think it’ll be excellent or that you’ll even like it – in fact you definitely won’t like it – but other people will! I can see it making a bit of a splash. And if I’m wrong, at the very least it’ll be much better than the last two Volcaloid thingies

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      It’s hard for anime to be worse than Black Rock Shooter, that’s for sure. As for your prediction of it making a bit of a splash, I hope you are ready for me to link this comment in 5 months time alongside its MAL rating and sales figures :P

  25. Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    A lot of anibloggers have praised the current winter season for its variety and overall quality, but it looks to me as though spring will outstrip it by a mile. Arslan, Ninja Slayer, My Little Romcom Can’t Be This Fat, new Trigger series that doesn’t look like ass, Bones action show with a 50% chance of being watchable, new Wit Studio that isn’t Boring Girls, new Gintama, new Lupin. Feels good man.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      I’m not getting my hopes up any anime season will as good as this winter. I have 10 anime I’m enjoying all airing at once. I genuinely don’t remember the last time I had that.

  26. Nazaren
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Arslan, Ninja Slayer, and Sidonia. It’s no Winter 2015 for me, but I am pretty damn stoked for these three at least. Still no Spice and Wolf; still no Kizu.

    The Nagato Yuki thing is gonna force me to rewatch all of Haruhi, which should be interesting, as I watched it early in my embrace of anime, and hadn’t yet developed any tastes or critical thinking. Will it hold up for me now? I’m guessing no. (Code Geass does, to the surprise of no one.)

    As someone who just can’t get into manga, the fake chart didn’t often resonate with me, but I am sad to see it go. Maybe just outsource it next season? Reanimating the soulless husks of yesterday is all the rage lately.

    Also, ” I don’t like… Chihayafuru…”. Gtfo. Blog DROPPED.

    • kai
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      Sidonia’s continuation and Arslan will be my pick me up after this dull, dull season. The Sidonia site teased fans with a Blame anime too though I’m not sure how well they will shoehorn it in, the story is going to get pretty busy.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      I might bring back the fake chart sometime in the future when the manga world has picked up a few good titles to add to fake charts all over again.

  27. Mr. Anon
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    For all your anime TV info needs: http://www.mahou.org/Showtime/

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Mahou Showtime is still a great url

  28. Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the season preview. Your opinions may be wrong a lot of the time, but it is still fun to read them. :)

    Soma and Ore Monogatari are the two series I am most hyped for (if only because I love their respective manga).

    Yamada might be amusing for a while and Arslan would be great, but the lack of confidence shown in the adaptation by folk like you and Kvin has it scratched of my hype list.

    Thanks for the explanation on Ninja Slayer From Animation. Had I just seen the trailer without context, I probably would have skipped it, but now it looks real promising. I am looking forward to it.

    Should be a fun season.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      I hope I haven’t led everyone astray with Ninja Slayer and it turns out to be some 5 minute short…wait, so was Inferno Cop. Never mind, Ninja Slayer will still be amazin.

  29. Ze Toshiest
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Ninja Slayer. Oh my Ninja Slayer. I’m so hyped for Ninja Slayer that I even bought the figma. The series hasn’t even aired and it already has figures.

    Besides Ninja Slayer, I only have my eye on a few shows: BBB, Lupin, Gintama, Sidonia, and the rest of Stardust Crusaders. I might have a trial run with OreMono, Punchline, and Souma.

    Motherfucking Ninja Slayer.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      That figure did look pretty awesome, although you will feel very silly indeed if it turns out to be awful. I still feel guilt for being hyped for Guilty Crown and I never even bought a figure for that.

  30. OnaniKnight
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    C’mon Scamp, you have to keep making more fake charts. The fact that so many of the series you used ended up with an adaptation proves that you have special powers to have anime be made when you make a chart for it. Just go wild with your predictions and we might end up with some of the best shows or best worst shows simply because you randomly said crap like Blazblue would one day end up animated.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      I had to stop making as, after 2 years of consistently putting it in, they still never made that Full Metal Panic sequel.

  31. Posted February 25, 2015 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I am legitimately excited for Digimon Adventure tri. Digimon Adventure was pretty much the first anime I made it all the way through.

    Lots of interesting titles this season. Shonen fans are rejoicing.

  32. billish
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Eyyy Lupin. And Ghibli movies, now without Miyazaki, are still about the only anime I look forward to these days. I might check out Lupin and I ll still follow the blog!

  33. Nagisa33
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Ninja Slayer Woo Woo! Please be good.

    There’s a lot to get excited about this season.

  34. TheVoid
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I will watch Yamada-kun for best girl Miyamura.

  35. Posted February 26, 2015 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    My Hero Academia and Daily Life with a Monster Girl are both good choices for a fake chart.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      I did the monster girl one in the first iteration of the fake chart. Don’t think I did My Hero Academia

  36. Roghek
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I think Yotsuba& will never get an adaptation either, I’ve heard somewhere that this is at the request of the author so you you can feel good about that one too.

  37. Dav
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Just wanted to say, that Saint Seiya trailer is subbed in Portuguese and not Spanish, funnily enough.

    Also, Crunchyroll a shit

    • FelixL
      Posted February 28, 2015 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Still better than Funi

    • Scamp
      Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Ah my bad. Brazil loves them Saint Seiya too it turns out

  38. KK
    Posted March 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I remember the first fake chart I ever read on this blog. I remember seeing Mx0 on it and proceeded to cry like a little baby. I after I told 2 of my friends about the chart I realized that it was a FAKE CHART. I didn’t know. I didn’t know. Goodbye Mx0

    • Scamp
      Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Maybe one day it will get an anime.

      Hahaha no it will never all your dreams are lies

  39. Hurvilo
    Posted March 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, watching Nisekoi without subs sounds like a fine idea, I am stupid enough that I’ve actually learned some amount of Japanese now so I might as well put my skills to the test.

    Your KyoAni hate would have made me boil in the past, but after Hyouka they really haven’t made a show worth more than a casual glance. I mean, I liked Chuunibyou just fine, and I respect Free for being a fanservice show for female viewers with actual budget and talent – but I wouldn’t recommend them.

    K-ON, HARUHI, LUKCY STAR, FMP AND NICHIJOU ARE FUCKING AMAZING THOUGH

    Thanks for the preview, always a fun read. :)

  40. quantumrei
    Posted March 9, 2015 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    RIP fake charts…they have given me so many smiles

    Man thinking about Bleach makes me sad to this day
    Early Bleach blew me away, it’s just disappointing

    Also seeing mention of Pretty Face got me really excited just because after Love Hina Pretty Face was also my gateway drug, since those were among the first things I found; I randomly bought Pretty Face in the book store back when I had no idea what I was doing I ended up rereading it so many times, so it’s very nostalgic…
    But I have never heard anyone mention it in ages. Doesn’t help that I’m a female with mostly female friends who like anime but haven’t seen 1/2 as much shit as I have (Code Geass, why no Code Geass? Why let the mecha scare you away?)

  41. elior1
    Posted March 10, 2015 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    scamp did you tried the new yugioh? many think ti the best one out of all the seasons fot it plot and places from older season

  42. Volbla
    Posted March 17, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Haruhi is the best “use ideas for exciting storytelling” science fiction made. It’s just coated with a thick, thick layer of cute nerd bullshit. Which i am personally completely fine with.

    But that’s the ticket to success, man. Mix something new and good with something safe and familiar to the target audience. Bakemonogatari does the same thing. Heck, Lady Gaga does the same thing.

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