You may recall a fairly silly post I wrote a few months back about how to write (and find a good) season preview. Well, with other anibloggers’ season previews starting to come out and more and more trailers for fall’s shows hitting the net, I got back into that same over-exuberant spirit for this week’s Aniwords. I’ll admit it’s a fairly fluffy post to read, but that’s more or less just the way I wrote it. And its core, “A Foolproof Guide to Getting Hyped for Next Season’s Anime” really does walk you through the way I approach each new season.
As I continue to stick to my silly self-ordained philosophy of No Season Previews, your bonus content for this week is a quick run down of the shows I’m looking forward to for the spring season. Usually I get at least one ask.fm question about this, but it hasn’t shown up yet so I’ll put it all here and then I can link to it for juicy blog views.
* Comet Lucifer: The super cool video I thought was a trailer turned out to just be a promotional music video (ala the super cute Engaged to the Unidentified mv), with the anime’s key visual boasting a robot and GASP a boy, so we all know where this is not going. It’s not going to be a super atmospheric aesthetic-focused space exploration show like I wanted it to be. Oh well. Still gonna give it a try!
* Concrete Revolutio: It’s a BONES original and I love BONES—great visual aesthetic with BONES’ inconsistent storytelling seems to be a great combination. Apparently there’s also a plot summary out there for the show, but I haven’t read it so I ain’t got the foggiest what it might be about (don’t ruin my streak now!).
* Garo: The first Garo escapade into animeland was a huge success as far as I’m concerned, so definitely up for another go, especially with a female protagonist. Not a huge fan of the character designs from what I’ve seen, but I’m waiting until I see them in motion to give a real verdict.
* Gochiusa S2: I once swore an oath to myself that I would never go a season without at least one moe show on my roster—having a sequel to a reasonably good one makes that oath easy to keep (although, in my opinion, Gochiusa isn’t quite as good as, say, Kinmoza).
* Haikyuu!! 2: Oh man, oh man, I’m excited for this little show to be back! It’s by far my favorite pure sports series that I’ve ever watched, and having it back thanks to fujoshi buying power is yet another piece of evidence in their favor for having better taste than the mainstream male otaku crowd. Volleyballllllllll…
* Heavy Object: I’ve always wanted to watch an anime about rocks…
* Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: I don’t think I’ve gushed about my love for Mari Okada as much on here as I do on Twitter, but let me tell you guys—I really, really like Mari Okada. Watching her tackle a storied franchise like Gundam is gonna be a whole heckuva a lot of fun for me, whether we get super competent Okada or kind of crazy Okada.
* K: Return of Kings: A throwback to my very early anime-watching days, K was the very first anime I watched weekly (before I even knew what anime really was). It wasn’t a great show, but I enjoyed it quite a lot and like the characters enough to be intrigued by the prospect of a new season. The interim movie was just alright, so here’s hoping GoHands puts together a solid storywriting team for this one.
* Noragami Aragoto: I’ve actually got two separate pieces in the works on Noragami‘s first season right now (one for Otaku Review and one for here), and I’m pretty excited to see what I’ve been told is the manga’s best arc animated. Plus, this is just a good cast of characters, so having them back is great.
* One Punch Man: Because it’s probably the single biggest anime airing this season. No personal investment in it, though.
* Owarimonogatari: In all honesty, I’m sincerely hoping it’s just another 4-5 episode arc, not a full season. I love the heck out of the franchise, but watching it in chunks is the best way to go and I don’t anticipate avoiding spoilers on a weekly basis being much fun at all.
* Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umattieru: I dunno, the key visual was pretty and the plot synopsis sounds fairly intriguing. Hoping for the best.
* Subete ga F ni Naru: Looks weird, and it’s noitaminA, so weird in that case could potentially mean good!
* Utawarerumono Itsuwari no Kamen: My obligatory seasonal light novel flier. I swear, one of these will turn out to be really good one time and people will praise me for my astounding foresight.
* Star-Mu: A shoujo about male idols with pretty designs? I’m so in.
So, that’s 15 shows to start with, which is nowhere near as bad as last season was (although I’m sure I’ll end up trying out a few more). Here’s hoping it’s a great season, but it’s not like this season’s been all that awful (more on that tomorrow).