SPRING 2017 ANIME PREVIEW

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Little Witch Academia; Yowamushi Pedal: NEW GENERATION

Last Updated: 23/03/2017


Alice to Zouroku

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://www.alicetozouroku.com
Genre: Fantasy, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: 2 April 2017
Summary: A group of young girls possess a mysterious power known as “Alice’s Dream,” which gives them the ability to turn their thoughts into reality. Detained and experimented upon, these youths are locked away in secret until one of them manages to escape. Her name is Sana—a girl with the power to ignore the very laws of physics. When this willful powerhouse crosses paths with a stubborn old man named Zouroku, his carefully-ordered life will never be the same again.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: This looks gorgeous, and Sana is a qt. The PV makes it feel more like an iyashikei or slice-of-life than anything else, however. The director of Flying Witch is on board, and on top of that Urara Meirochou from last season was fantastic, so I’ve got high hopes. J.C. Staff are very firmly in my good books these days. 

Berry: Don’t really like the art style much, but the premise sounds nice. I’d like to see the dynamics between a chipper young girl and a grumpy old man. :)

Nikolita: Definitely interested.

Oki: Eh… no thanks.

Possible Bloggers
Vantage, Nikolita


Atom: The Beginning

Animation Company: Production I.G.
Website: http://atom-tb.com
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Airing Date: 15 April 2017
Summary: The story of what happens up until the birth of Astro Boy. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I used to watch Astro Boy as a kid. I’m not sure that in itself will make me want to watch this prequel of sorts, but Astro Boy has a huge legacy within anime history and so I’m sure this will excite some people. 

Berry: I think I saw a couple episodes of Astro Boy as a kid. This sounds pretty cool so I might check it out!

Nikolita: No interest in Astro Boy whatsoever.

Oki: I think Astro Boy is really important to the history of anime but unfortunately I am not interested.


Berserk (2017)

Animation Company: Millepensee 
Website: http://berserk-anime.com
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural
Airing Date: 8 April 2017
Summary: New season of Berserk set for Spring 2017.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I’ve neither watched nor read Berserk, but I’ve heard it’s the very definition of suffering. Also, wasn’t there some controversy over its excessive use of CG when it last aired? 

Berry: I still can’t bring myself to watch Berserk. Not that it doesn’t look good or anything but people say it’s really graphic. A little too graphic.

Nikolita: YES MORE BERSERK!! I’ve been psyched for this since the last season ended.  Also yes Vantage is correct, many scores of fans and critics were unhappy with the combined use of 2D and 3D animation. I include myself in that list, but honestly I’m just so excited to see it animated that I’m willing to suck it up and deal with it.  

Oki: Noice. Hope it’s good Nikolita! 

Possible Blogger
Nikolita


Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season

Animation Company: Bones
Website: http://heroaca.com
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: 1 April 2017
Summary: Second season of Boku no Hero Academia.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I loved the first season, I’ll definitely continue watching this. I did think it was rather slow-paced, though, and it doesn’t help that after airing in Spring 2016 it disappeared for a year. Usually you’d expect better treatment for a Weekly Shounen Jump manga.

Berry: Really loved the first season, can’t wait to see more. I hope…Bakugou will shut the hell up though.

Nikolita: Haven’t seen anything from this series, so pass. 

Oki: I love this show! If no one is up for it I’m definitely game.

Possible Bloggers
Oki


Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Animation Company: Studio Pierrot
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Shounen
Airing Date: 5 April 2017
Summary: Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I wasn’t really a fan of Boruto the Movie. The current Boruto manga is also terribly drawn by Kishimoto’s assistant, and from the first chapter it looks like it’ll degenerate into some edgy story about god killer tattoos or something. I’m not even joking. I intend to catch the final Shippuden episode about Naruto and Hinata’s wedding, but that’s where the franchise will end for me. 

Berry: Is this necessary? Does anyone actually want this? When will this end?!

Nikolita: I’m not sure if I want to blog it, but I’ll definitely watch the first couple of episodes. If I like it and no one picks it up, I’d consider covering it. 

Oki: I will only watch this in 20 years when it ends and Sarada is the next hokage.


Busou Shoujo Machiavellism 

Animation Company: Silver Link
Website: http://machiavellism-anime.jp
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
Airing Date: 5 April 2017
Summary: The Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy was originally a high school for high-class girls. When it became co-ed, the girls, out of fear, asked to be permitted to bring weapons to school. When that was enforced, a five-member vigilante corps-like organization called the “Supreme Five Swords” was also formed.

After many generations, the five swords eventually became a group which corrected problematic students, and the academy started proactively accepting such students in order to correct them.

Nomura Fudou was sent to this school after being part of a huge brawl. What will he do when the only options he has after enrolling are being expelled from that school or being corrected the way the rest of the male students there were…by being forced to dress and act like a girl!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Just perfect for Silver Link, huh? This sounds hilarious, I’ll try out the first couple of episodes if I have the time. 

Berry: This sounds like a show that would piss me off.

Nikolita: Meeeeh.

Oki: I feel dis art style is meh.


Cinderella Girls Gekijou (TV Short)

Animation Company: Gathering
Website: http://cingeki-anime.com
Genre: Comedy
Airing Date: 4 April 2017
Summary: Spin-off of IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I’ve lost interest in Cinderella Girls. Nor have I ever tried Deresute, but I hear it’s a large, well-established country within Idol Hell. 

Berry: I’m sorry, I never tried IDOLM@STER because I’m too deep in Love Live. Also who else is excited for Sunshine’s second season?

Nikolita: Nope.

Oki: I can’t with all these lolis mane


Clockwork Planet

Animation Company: Xebec
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/cp/
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: Everyone on the Clockwork Planet considers Naoto Miura a machinery nut. Every moment of every day, he has his mind on gears and his hands tinkering with delicate mechanical motors, but nobody understand how he can hear and feel gears in operation, even from a long distance away. Then one day, a clockwork maiden falls from the sky, presaging events that would shake the whole world…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: It’s a little disappointing that the actual animation is nowhere near as good as the concept art in the key visual and light novel, but I’ll watch it for the fripSide music. Why is Nanjou’s voice so perfect? 

Berry: Same with Vantage, the animation doesn’t look as pretty as the key visual here. But it sounds interesting enough to check out.

Nikolita: Kinda curious, but not enough to cover it.

Oki: I fell in love with the key visual but then the actual animation. . blek


Eromanga-sensei

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://eromanga-sensei.com
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Airing Date: 9 April 2017
Summary: The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family.

Masamune’s novel illustrator, pen name “Eromanga”, draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed… that his “Eromanga-sensei” is his own younger sister! To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shoujo manga creator becomes their rival!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Sagiri is the cutest and the best. I’m a fan of the manga, so I’ll watch this for sure! A-1 Pictures feels a little premium in terms of studios (I was expecting AIC, Silver Link or J.C. Staff) but oh well, I won’t complain. Fushimi Tsukasa’s last work was the infamous Oreimo, and if he’s willing to make even blood-related siblings a canon couple we know how Eromanga Sensei will end, because Sagiri and Masamune aren’t blood-related.

Berry: I’M GETTING INCEST VIBES AND THAT IS NOT GOOD.

Nikolita: O_o  No thank you. Ugh. Anything incest is an automatic NO from me. 

Oki: I DO NOT I WILL NOT OH GOD 

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Frame Arms Girl

Animation Company: Zexcs
Website: http://fagirl.com
Genre: Mecha
Airing Date: 4 April 2017
Summary: The story begins when Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gourai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gourai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I’m quite happy to stick with Clockwork Planet for my dose of robot girls this season. 

Berry: The 2D and 3D contrast looks really bad here.

Nikolita: No mecha for me thanks. 

Oki: Is it just me or does anyone else want Japanese toast?


Fukumenkei Noise

Animation Company: Brains Base
Website: http://fukumenkei-anime.jp
Genre: Music, Romance, School, Shoujo
Airing Date: 11 April 2017
Summary: Nino, a girl who loves singing, made a childhood promise with her first crush Momo and song-composing Yuzu to someday find her voice. The three went their separate ways, but Nino kept her promise and continued to sing. Years later, the three are now high school students, and Nino is drawn into the world of band clubs.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: So like a shoujo version of Fuuka, except hopefully less rage-inducing and without all the unnecessary drama? Oh wait. 

Berry: This looks good and I’m excited for it. I-It’s not because Daisuke Ono voices one of the guys, that’s totally not it!

Nikolita: No thank you. 

Oki: I dunno man, can it really be better than K-ON?

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Gin no Guardian (TV Short)

Animation Company: Emon
Website: http://ginno-guardian.jp
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Game, Supernatural
Airing Date: 1 April 2017
Summary: Based on a Chinese Web comic. Sui Gin may be poor, but he is one of the best online video game players. This identity however, is unknown to all except for RikuLei, Sui Gin’s classmate. She delivers a mysterious mobile device to Sui Gin but before being able to explain herself, RikuLei is kidnapped and Sui Gin unwittingly finds himself wrapped up in series of problematic circumstances. Searching for a way to save her, he accidentally activates the device allowing him to dive into a new Virtual game-world.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I’m still waiting for an I Shall Seal the Heavens adaptation. I watched a poor-quality literal Chinese cartoon of Spirit Realm once, and that was surprisingly entertaining. 

Berry: This doesn’t look too good judging from the PV. :/

Nikolita: Maaaaybe?

Oki: Eeeeeh


GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://anime.granbluefantasy.jp
Genre: Fantasy
Airing Date: 2 April 2017
Summary: This is a world of the skies, where many islands drift in the sky. A boy named Gran and a talking winged lizard named Vyrn lived in Zinkenstill, an island which yields mysteries. One day, they come across a girl named Lyria. Lyria had escaped from the Erste Empire, a military government that is trying to rule over this world using powerful military prowess. In order to escape from the Empire, Gran and Lyria head out into the vast skies, holding the letter Gran’s father left behind – which said, “I will be waiting at Estalucia, Island of Stars”.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Wasn’t this delayed for a couple of seasons? Is it actually airing this time? If I’m going to be honest, I didn’t particularly miss its presence the first time… 

Berry: Isn’t it already airing or something?

Nikolita: No interest, pass. 

Oki: Will it actually air? Stay tuned on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z


Hinako Note

Animation Company: Passione
Website: http://hinakonote.jp
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: Hinako is poor at speaking and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech to be able to talk to people freely, so in high school, she transfers schools to Tokyo and plans to join a theater club. When she arrives, it turns out her boarding house is a secondhand bookstore, and a girl who eats books lives there.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: THIS IS TOO CUTE. For anyone who shares my patrician taste for such works of art, let it be known that Hinako Note will be the only CGDCT this season. Honestly though, I prefer countryside or fantasy settings for this sort of stuff, with Urara Meirochou being a recent good example. So it’s a little discouraging with how cookie-cutter this seems to be, and on top of that  it’s not even a Kirara, but they’re still extremely cute and that has to count for something. In particular, the blue girl looks so best it hurts. 

Berry: Jesus Christ she’s literally eating the books. That’s…not good for you. Also, I still can’t get into these shows. I try to watch these, just for a change of pace, but…errr. The main girl with the pink hair looks adorable and I’m actually interested to see how she’ll fare in the city, so I actually MIGHT try watching this. Just to try something different.

Nikolita: A girl who eats books…?  

Oki: so moe can’t

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


ID-0

Animation Company: Sanzigen
Website: http://id-zero.com
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: 9 April 2017
Summary: I-Machines are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company’s spaceship.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Eh. Not really feeling this. 

Berry: Oh goodness no.

Nikolita: Reminds me of an episode for Uchuu Patrol Luluco.

Oki: I feel like this looks a little too cutesy for a mecha


Kabukibu!

Animation Company: Studio DEEN
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/kabukibu/ 
Genre: School
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: Kurogo is a young boy who loves Kabuki, a traditional Japanese performing arts. When he enters high school, he finds out that there is no Kabuki performing club. Kurogo and his best friend Tombo decide to form a Kabuki club (Kabukibu) by themselves. Will they be able to find others who want to join and perform in front of an audience?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I’m not particularly interested in the subject matter, but I’m sure Studio DEEN will find a way. The absolute madmen. 

Berry: Another Studio DEEN show dealing with a traditional Japanese performing art! As if this’ll be on the same level as Rakugo, lmao let’s be real here nothing can top Rakugo. Not to say that this’ll be bad. I was excited for this too because I’m looking forward to learning more about kabuki. :)

Nikolita: Speaking of cookie-cutter…

Oki: I am more in the mood for supernatural, fighting, and intense anime, thanks!


Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys

Animation Company: A-Real
Website: http://kbo-anime.com
Genre: TBD
Airing Date: April 2017
Summary: Hinako Nakayama has spent all of her life being raised in state-run orphanages, without ever knowing her family. As she’s about to enter high school, Hinako is approached by Hikaru, a boy who claims to be her twin brother.

According to Hikaru, Hikaru and Hinako are the children of the head of the powerful Onigashima yakuza family, and Hikaru wants Hinako to switches places with him at Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school overrun with the nation’s toughest delinquents. Can Hinako save her brother, find romance, and become the new boss of the school?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Sounds interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be in the mood for something like this over the season.

Berry: This sounds so weird and funny that I have to check this out. Also the guys are cute.

Nikolita: Nope. 

Oki: ...I…new boss? Holy fucking shit this is metal as fuck

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Kyoukai no Rinne 3rd Season

Animation Company: Brains Base
Website: http://anime-rinne.com
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: 8 April 2017
Summary: Third season of Kyoukai no Rinne.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Haven’t seen the previous seasons. I hear it was kind of a mess.

Berry: How the HELL does this piece of crap keep getting more seasons?! STOP IT!

Nikolita: Haven’t seen any of the previous seasons and I don’t like the art style. 

Oki: I am with Berry on this one, why is this freaking running?


Love Kome: We Love Rice

Animation Company: Encourage Films
Website: http://love-kome.com
Genre: School
Airing Date: 5 April 2017
Summary: The “heartwarming ‘kome’dy with laughs and passion” promises to let audiences rediscover the virtues of rice (“Japan’s soul food”). It follows five handsome rice-inspired boys as they shine at the “Harvest Show” live event at the Kokuritsu Inahō Gakuen (“Rice Ear Academy,” a wordplay on national schools).
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I love rice too! But do I love rice enough to watch something about five handsome rice-inspired boys as they shine at the “Harvest Show” live event at the Kokuritsu Inaho Gakuen? I think not. 

Berry: I absolutely love rice, buuuut…no. Also the character designs are awful. Their hair makes me want to vomit.

Nikolita: I’m in the same boat as Vantage. Neat show idea though. :)

Oki: I love rice a lot too but this brings up so many questions. Why can’t this be a culturally inspired rice show with rice boys of different races and regions? Wouldn’t the history of rice be a more interesting concept than a virtual live event rice show? Yes. So I will pass, moving on in great disappointment.


Natsume Yuujinchou Roku

Animation Company: Shuka
Website: http://www.natsume-anime.jp
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Airing Date: 11 April 2017
Summary: Sixth season of Natsume Yuujinchou.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Haven’t seen the previous seasons. Only a finite amount of iyashikei exists and I don’t want to waste any of it. As Professor Oak would say, there’s a time and place for everything. But not now! 

Berry: I continue to fall behind on this series. ;_;

Nikolita: It’s so pretty… *0*

Oki: I tried to cover a season of this without seeing the previous ones. It did not work


Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Animation Company: Bridge
Website: http://heine-royal.com
Genre: Comedy
Airing Date: 5 April 2017
Summary: Accepting the post of Royal Tutor at the court of the king of Grannzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: This feels like the synopsis to an otome game. Although it’s a comedy, so maybe I’ll try it out if I hear good things about it.

Berry: I’ve never really blogged a pure comedy show before but I’ll try because the show looks cute and the animation is pretty.

Nikolita: Look everyone, more cookies!

Oki: Of educational proportions? I am so fucking out.

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Re:CREATORS

Animation Company: TROYCA
Website: http://recreators.tv
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April 2017
Summary: Humans have created many stories. Joy, sadness, anger, deep emotion. Stories shake our emotions, and fascinate us. However, these are only the thoughts of bystanders. But what if the characters in the story have “intentions”? To them, are we god-like existences for bringing their story into the world? Our world is changed. Mete out punishment upon the realm of the gods. In Re:CREATORS, everyone becomes a Creator.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Is this the next Aldnoah.Zero? It’s also by TROYCA and it’s got Aoki Ei as director and Sawano Hiroyuki on board for the music again. It’s probably worth trying out for the latter alone, but I had my disagreements with Aldnoah. Approach with optimism but caution.

Berry: I have NO clue what’s going on. It makes no sense and I’m not even going to bother with it.

Nikolita: I’ve only ever seen the first episode of Aldnoah, so I’m game. Bring it on!

Oki: This doesn’t strike me as the sort of show I’d be interested in for more than a few episodes.

Possible Bloggers
Nikolita


Renai Boukun

Animation Company: EMT^2
Website: http://renaiboukun.com
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: A Kiss Note is a powerful notebook that makes anyone who has their name written together will instantly fall in love if they kiss each other regardless of any circumstances. This magical and very familiar item belongs to an angel named Guri whose job as cupid is to create couples. However, she accidentally writes down Aino Seiji, a regular high school student, and unless he kisses someone, Guri will die. She convinces Seiji to go kiss his crush, Hiyama Akane, the school’s popular girl who turns out has even stronger feelings for him, bordering on obsessive and psychotic. Eventually Akane and Seiji come together but not before Guri decides that she likes Seiji as well. What seems awesome to most guys becomes hell for Seiji who just wants a normal relationship with girls.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: This sounds suspect. But I might try it out?

Berry: NO

Nikolita: I don’t like the art style, so pass. (I feel like such a snob whenever I say that… ;~;  )

Oki: I just don’t wanna


Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records

Animation Company: LIDEN FILMS
Website: http://rokuaka.jp
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magic, School
Airing Date: 4 April 2017
Summary: Sistine attends a magical academy to hone her skills in the magical arts, hoping to solve the mystery of the enigmatic Sky Castle. After the retirement of her favorite teacher, the replacement, Glenn, turns out to be a tardy, lazy, and seemingly incompetent bastard of an instructor. How is it that Glenn was hand-picked by the best magician in the academy?!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: It’s one of these again. I won’t lie, I kind of missed school battle harems. I’ll give it a go, but I won’t expect anything fantastic. It also has a hilarious Engrish name, Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor. Huhah!

Berry: Oh god not one of these again…

Nikolita: Lulz @ the English title. xD

Oki: I cannot tell you, I cannot emphasize enough, how completely bland this looks.


Room Mate (TV Short)

Animation Company: Typhoon Graphics
Website:
Genre: Romance
Airing Date: 12 April 2017
Summary: A “male version” spin-off of TV anime One Room. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I still haven’t finished One Room, even though the girls are very cute and it’s only asking for literally three minutes of my life every week. Do you think I can watch a male version of One Room

Berry: I’m a straight woman, I like guys. But these POV shows creep me out to be honest.

Nikolita: Alright, now this I think I can handle. I’m still not sold on the POV thing either, but I want to at least give this show a try. 

Oki: I have a boyfriend senpai leave me alone!

Possible Bloggers
Nikolita


Saenai Heroine no Sodakekata♭

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://www.saenai.tv
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School
Airing Date: 14 April 2017
Summary: Second season of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend).
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I remember this. I thought it was entertaining, and Megumi was very cute, but I never really understood why it gained such popularity. Something to do with its take on the harem genre? Also, the waifu wars are absolutely vicious for Saekano

Berry: Nah

Nikolita: This gets a pass from me. 

Oki: I ain’t about this life


Sakurada Reset

Animation Company: David Production
Website: http://sagrada-anime.com
Genre: Mystery, School, Supernatural
Airing Date: 5 April 2017
Summary: Nearly half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some sort of unique power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past. There is a group known as the “Kanrikyoku” that controls and monitors the use of these powers. Asai Kei and Haruki Misora work for their school’s club called “Houshi” club, which execute any missions received from the Kanrikyoku. Misora has the ability to reset the world 3 days. This means that all events and any memory of the past 3 days that “could have” happened, never happened. Kei has the ability to “remember” the past. Even after Misora uses her powers to reset the world back 3 days, Kei will retain those 3 days in his memory. Combining their powers, these two solve missions issued by the Kanrikyoku.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Hanazawa Kana is perfect for a show like this. It’s hyping itself up to be one of the season’s heavy hitters, I think. I’m happy to jump on the bandwagon, but I’m not the greatest fan of David Production and so I’m doing so with a slight feeling of unease.

Berry: David Pro is mainly known for Jojo now so it’s always surprising when they make something else. I mean yeah they’ve done other stuff in the last 5 years along with Jojo but…Jojo is Jojo. ANYWAY. This shows sounds very good and I’m totally up for this one.

Nikolita: I like the visuals and the premise intrigues me. I’ll take a look at least. 

Oki: I am just worried everyone will die in this show and have it retconned.

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Sakura Quest

Animation Company: P.A. Works
Website: http://sakura-quest.com
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Airing Date: 6 April 2017
Summary: The story centers on five girls who work in the tourism bureau of their small provincial town. The town revives its “micro-nation” tourism program, which originated from a nationwide movement during Japan’s bubble economy period, and hires the five girls as “monarchs” (tourism ambassadors). The anime will depict one year in their jobs in the tourism industry, and show how they change and grow.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: We Myamori Quest now. Looks like it’s basically Shirobako except set in the tourism industry instead. Count me in. 

Berry: This looks like Shirobako but with tourism so this has to be good.

Nikolita: Nope nope nope.

Oki: I can’t nope this any harder!

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Seikaisuru Kado

Animation Company: Toei Animation
Website: http://seikaisuru-kado.com
Genre: Sci-Fi
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: Kojiro Shindo, Cabinet Office Director-General for Policy Planning, is at Haneda Airport for a business trip. 

While the plane is on the runway, a giant structure suddenly appears out of thin air. The plane carrying Shindo and 251 passengers is taken undamaged inside the giant structure. After everyone disembarks, a man who looks like an ordinary human being shows up. He assures those rom the plane that they’re not in any danger. Shindo asks him to identify himself and explain the situation. Then the outside of the structure is displayed on a large screen, and at the same time, every passenger’s cell phone starts ringing all at once. On each cell phone screen is a message from this man, to every one of Japan’s citizens: “I, Yaha-kui zaShunina, hereby notify you that I am going to intervene in Japan’s internal affairs.” 

What is this young man’s goal? And will Shindo manage to become an intermediary between Japan and the Anisotorons…?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Indeed, what is this young man’s goal? 

Berry: This actually looks pretty interesting. I’m willing to check it out.

Nikolita: Kinda interested. 

Oki: It sounds good but I’ll have to check on it first.

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul

Animation Company: MAPPA
Website: https://shingekinobahamut-virginsoul.jp
Genre: Action, Adventure, Demons, Fantasy, Magic, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: 8 April 2017
Summary: Sequel to Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis. The story takes place 10 years after the world escaped destruction due to the revival of Bahamut. Humans at the royal capital gather wealth, the demons are enslaved to assist with the capital’s revival, and the gods lose their power due to a decrease in religious piety. The world is thrown off balance as humans, gods, and demons hold their own ideas of justice.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Haven’t seen the first season.

Berry: I’ve waited a million years for this, finally! I have no clue who our new protagonist is but I’m just excited. Also Rita. :’)

Nikolita: Haven’t seen the first season either. 

Oki: Shingeki no haven’t seen this or it’s prequel !!!


Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2

Animation Company: Wit Studio
Website: http://shingeki.tv/season2/
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Airing Date: 1 April 2017
Summary: Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Hmm. In hindsight, it might have been a huge mistake to wait so long before airing a second season. It feels like the hype has long gone by now. On top of that, there’s a potential minefield in how the manga became Attack on Government for a while and lost fans due to the genre change, which I think this season of Shingeki might have to deal with. I’ll watch this for sure, but what interests me even more is what sort of reception it’ll get. 

Berry: You know…I’m kinda over this series. Yeah I admit I was part of the people years ago that thought this anime was one of the best things ever, but looking back on it now, it certainly isn’t the best, but it’s good. I really don’t think it was a good idea to prolong the wait for the second season this much since the hype has really died down, but I’ll still watch this. Like Vantage, I’m interested in the reception it’ll get.

Nikolita: I haven’t seen the first season, and no interest in the series as a whole. 

Oki: I covered last season so of course I’m jumping right on this bandwagon!!!

Possible Blogger
Oki


Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? 

Animation Company: Satelight
Website: http://sukasuka-anime.com
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Airing Date: 11 April 2017
Summary: Five hundred years have passed since humanity went extinct at the hands of the fearsome “Beasts”. Even up in the sky, where the surviving races dwell on floating islands, these monstrosities constantly threaten to bring death and destruction. Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to defeat these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: That girl looks like Tenshi. I love fantasy settings like this, so I’m definitely going to try this out! 

Berry: People say this’ll be a tearjerker so I’m interested. But what’s the abbreviation for this series since I want to blog it? Help. I’m not typing all that in the header.

Nikolita: A little interested but I can’t tell if I like the art style or not. 

Oki: I will pass 

Possible Bloggers
Berry


sin Nanatsu no Taizai

Animation Company: TNK
Website: http://www.7-sins.tv
Genre: Demons, Ecchi, Fantasy
Airing Date: 15 April 2017
Summary: In the story, the prideful archangel Lucifer disobeys God and is cast into the lowest level of hell as a fallen angel. On her way to hell, Lucifer happens to meet a high school girl on Earth named Maria, who helps her. In hell, Lucifer meets Leviathan, and Leviathan explains to Lucifer about The Seven Deadly Sins, the seven demon king rulers of hell. After the Seven Deadly Sins seal Lucifer’s powers, Lucifer goes on a journey with Maria and Leviathan to defeat them.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: This looks extremely lewd. 

Berry: Maybe if I were a lesbian I would enjoy this. *sigh* Bye.

Nikolita: Oh good god no. 

Oki: I’m pretty sure Jesus isn’t cool with this


Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni… (TV Short)

Animation Company: Seven
Website: http://soryo.w-anime.com
Genre: Romance
Airing Date: 3 April 2017
Summary: The story begins when a woman reunites with her first love at a class reunion. She discovers that Kujō has taken over his family’s temple as a priest. The woman thought that priests did not have romantic relationships, but a passion ignites between the two. She wonders if what she and the priest do is really right.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Why isn’t this a full-length TV series? I’d watch the heck out of it if it were, this looks really interesting. 

Berry: Same with Vantage, this should be full length. Still I’m totally watching this! Never seen a love story like this.

Nikolita: Ha ha, definitely interested. >:)

Oki: I don’t know if any of this is kosher. .. . 

Possible Bloggers
Nikolita


Starmyu 2nd Season

Animation Company: C-Station
Website: http://hstar-mu.com
Genre: Comedy, Music, School
Airing Date: 4 April 2017
Summary: Second season of Starmyu.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: No thanks.

Berry: Watched the first season, it was cute and the music was actually pretty good. Happy to see this again. :)

Nikolita: I’m not the person who should be covering this. 

Oki: Blah blah blah.


Sword Oratoria

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://danmachi.com/sword_oratoria/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Airing Date: 15 April 2017
Summary: Spin-off of Danmachi. Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. “Um, are you OK?” In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I always liked Aiz and Lili better than Hestia. Although if this will be about Loki Familia there’ll be no Lili at all. More than anything, I’m really surprised that this exists. There’s so much of the Danmachi light novel to cover, why go for a spin-off over a second season? I’m watching this for sure either way.

Berry: Ummm…I saw Danmachi and thought it was fine, but I don’t know if I’d watch a spinoff? A sequel, maybe, but a spinoff?

Nikolita: I haven’t seen Danmachi, probably won’t watch this either. 

Oki: I saw this anime when it aired 50 years ago, because it seems that generic.


Tsugumomo

Animation Company: Zero-G
Website: http://tsugumomo.com
Genre: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, School, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: 2 April 2017
Summary: Kazuya Kagami’s most treasured possession in the world is the obi left to him by his late mother. The scent of cherry-blossoms infused into it helps him through his day – but he never expected it to save his life, becoming a beautiful kimono-clad girl who calls herself an “artifact spirit.” Her name is Kiriha, tsukumogami of the sash, who naturally moves in with him, as he is her “owner.” Throw in Chisato, his bespectacled friend, an overprotective older sister who wants to take baths with him, a busty priestess, a seductive sorceress named Kokuyoura, and Kazuya’s life has just gotten a lot more interesting.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: This is so last decade it hurts. 

Berry: This sounds…bad.

Nikolita: When Vantage puts it like that… very true. Also the whole fake sibling incest thing has never been an interest of mine. x_x

Oki: I ….is it still 1990?


Tsuki ga Kirei

Animation Company: feel.
Website: http://tsukigakirei.jp
Genre: Romance, School
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: Kotarou Azumi and Akane Mizuno became third year students at junior high school and are classmates for the first time. These two, along with fellow classmates, Chinatsu Nishio and Takumi Hira, relate to their peers through mutual understandings and feelings. As their final year at junior high school progresses, the group overcome their challenges to mature and become aware of changes in themselves.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Will there be tears everywhere? Will one of them turn out to have an incurable terminal disease? Will DRAMA ensue as they chase their respective loved ones and question the NATURE of LOVE? I’m actually rather disappointed by how sub-par the character art is compared to the amount of effort put into the backgrounds. Sort of like a bootleg KyoAni. 

Berry: Hmm, sounds nice but it sounds like it might be too slow for me. Still I can check it out.

Nikolita: The premise seems rather bland, and the art style is kinda retro? Like a “highlighted” style?  I don’t mind it but I don’t know if I could stand a whole season of it. 

Oki: I feel like this show will be filled with feels. Hahaha, feelings.


Twin Angel Break

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://twinangel-break.com
Genre: Magic
Airing Date: 7 April 2017
Summary: In the story, two third-year middle school girls fight evil as Twin Angels under orders from a hedgehog named Miruku-chan. The girls disagree, but as they work together, little by little they become friendlier with each other.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: Honestly, I include some things every season purely for the sake of completion, and this is one of them. 

Berry: I like magical girls but nah.

Nikolita: Cute but pass. Reminds me of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Oki: I am a little burnt out on magical girls…waiting for Sailor Moon.


Uchouten Kazoku 2

Animation Company: P.A. Works
Website: http://www.uchoten2-anime.com
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Airing Date: 9 April 2017
Summary: Second season of Uchouten Kazoku. “The Junior”, estranged son of Professor Akadama, who disappeared after losing a fierce father-son dispute, has returned home after a century, now an English gentleman. The big news spread in and out of the Kyoto area in the blink of an eye and shake up both the Tengu and Tanuki worlds. The paths of Humans, Tanukis and Tengus intertwine in Kyoto as the second volume of the furball picture scroll unravels!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I feel so sentimental every time I think about Uchouten Kazoku. In fact, it was my AOTY for 2013. It’s a beautifully crafted story with interesting themes, and alongside Nagi no Asukara it represented P.A. Works at its best before everything it touched started going to absolute shit (with the exception of Shirobako). I won’t have much time to cover shows this season, but if everything is how I remember it to be then Uchouten Kazoku will be well worth it. Also, I want Benten to step on me. 

Berry: Haven’t seen the first season, heard it was a sleeper hit.

Nikolita: Haven’t seen the first season. 

Oki: I can’t comment, I know nothing about it.

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Warau Salesman New

Animation Company: Shin-Ei Animation
Website:
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Seinen
Airing Date: 3 April 2017
Summary: Each episode follows Fukuzou Moguro, a traveling salesman, and his current customer. Moguro deals in things that give his customers their heart’s desire, and once his deals are made and their unhealthy desires are satisfied, Moguro’s customers are often left with terrible repercussions, especially if they break the rules of his deals…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I feel like I’ve seen this before. Somewhere. 

Berry: This sounds creepy but I think this is a sequel?

Nikolita: Little Pet Shop of Horrors anyone?

Oki: Given how creepy this guy looks only bad things can happen!


YuGiOh! VRAINS 

Animation Company: TBD
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yugioh-vrains/
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Game, Shounen
Airing Date: May 2017
Summary: New anime featuring characters that use leading-edge technology to create a virtual space where they host VR duels. The protagonist is Yuusaku Fujiki, and his ace monster is named “Decode Talker,” who wields a giant sword. Yuusaku transforms from his school uniform when he enters the VR space for duels. He also has different colored hair after he transforms, and he rides a surf board while dueling.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: [DRAMATICALLY SWEEPS INTO THE SCENE] |0ω0*)ノ゙ DID SOMEONE SAY YU-GI-OH!?! Wait I’m supposed to be on an indefinite hiatus right? Screw the rules! THERE IS NO WAY I AM MISSING THIS ONE!!!!
Also keep in mind while VRAIN will be premiering in May at a new time slot (***moved from Sundays to now Wednesdays), there will be a TV Special (Yu-Gi-Oh! Labo) airing on April 5, 2017 that is supposed to promote the show, so you can count on me covering that too, just to see what it’s going to feature. Also this is probably already wounded up as the shortest hiatus ever. Count on me being back full time sooner than later fufufufufufufu…

Vantage: I’ve never properly watched Yu-Gi-Oh. Came across a couple of episodes here and there when I was younger, though. In my primary school, Duel Masters were all the rage. 

Berry: Instead of fighting with cards they should just fight with their hair, I mean look how sharp it is. But yeah this is Eva’s thing.

Nikolita: *looks for Eva*

Oki: Card games on surfboards 

Possible Blogger
Eva


Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho

Animation Company: White Fox
Website: http://zeronosyo.com
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Airing Date: 10 April 2017
Summary: Year 526 of the Liturgical Calendar. The world knew that witches existed, and that they practiced the notorious art of sorcery. Nevertheless, the world did not know anything about the study of magic. Our story follows a half-man, half-beast mercenary; humans mockingly call his kind the “fallen beasts”. He always dreamt of becoming a human, but one day, he met a witch who would change his life forever. “Do you desire a human form? Then be my escort, mercenary!”

The witch introduced herself as “Zero”, and explained that she was searching for a one-of-a-kind magical tome that bandits had stolen from her lair. Entitled “The Book of Zero”, the grimoire supposedly contained valuable magical knowledge that could be used to effortlessly bring the world to its knees. Thus, in order to realize his dream of becoming a human, the mercenary must accompany Zero on her journey—despite her being one of the witches he so loathed. This is the story of a haughty sorceress and a kindhearted beast.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Vantage: I’ve been following the light novel since its translations first began, long before an anime was announced. It’s good. Rather thoughtful at times. White Fox will be a guarantee of quality, and I also can’t stop thinking about Shimakaze every time I look at Zero. I’d be more than happy to cover this. And really, after a certain roller-coaster ride last year, was there any possibility that I wouldn’t jump on a White Fox title with Zero kara Hajimeru in its name? 

Berry: This is pretty unique, this looks like it’ll be fun and sweet.

Nikolita: I feel like I’ve seen this before. 

Oki: I get this odd feeling this is more or less a Vantage show and a ‘wait and see’ show for me.

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Overall Thoughts

Vantage: With Uchouten Kazoku and Myamori Quest on the cards, backed up by not!Re:Zero starring not!Shimakaze, this is the season of P.A. Works ft. White Fox. Realistically, those three are all I will have time to cover. Alice to Zouroku would be the fourth, but I’m thinking I might prefer to just sit back and watch that on a weekly basis without worrying about what to write about it. In general, Spring 2017 looks like a strong season! Objectively, that is. As someone who loves slice-of-life and CGDCT more than anything else, I’m dying a little inside. Hinako Note, please be good. Please. Feels like there are a lot of potentially strong romance and fantasy series as well like Tsuki ga Kirei or Sakurada Reset, although stuff like that can go wrong so easily that I’m not sure whether to look forward to them or not. 

Berry: After a poop Winter season, Spring already looks a lot more better. Lots more shows I’m interested in and I’ve signed up for a lot more shows too. Can’t promise I’ll cover them all but the ones I really want to take on for sure are Fukumenkei Noise, Sakurada Reset, and the one with the really long name. The others I signed up also look great and I’m excited to try them out. There’s more variety this season so I guess that’s why I’m more excited haha. This will also be my last quarter in university before graduating in June and I’m only taking three classes, so I shouldn’t be overly busy like the last two seasons. I have high hopes for Spring season to deliver. :)

Nikolita: There are lots more shows I’m interested in this season compared to this past winter, but I’m still wary of overloading myself. I know I have a move coming up in several months and that will be taking up some of my time in addition to work, so I don’t want to burn out. That being said, I’m (obviously) the most excited about Berserk, and I’m really looking forward to Alice to Zouroku. There are also a few titles I want to at least watch a couple episodes of, to see whether I’ll follow them or not, such as Boruto and Tsuki ga Kirei.  I have a lot of faith in this season though, and I’m very eager for it to start. 

Oki: I am excited to see some shows I really love return. Attack on Titan Season 2 has been long in the making and I know a lot of North American fans are still really interested. I also want to see Hero Academy continue its winning streak, but otherwise there is a lot of hit or miss for me. Like, why is Rinne still running? I’m literally baffled! I’m sort of interested in mafia mystery twin show, though, but who can resist the idea of a lady yakuza boss teenager with a reverse harem? Not I, internet, not I.

Vantage

I love cute things.

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8 thoughts on “SPRING 2017 ANIME PREVIEW

  1. Guys, no one is blogging Saekano? That’s a travesty man, how can you not take part in Waifu Wars III?

    1. It’s because I don’t want to take part in Waifu Wars III that I’m staying away from it.

      Just for the record, Megumi is clearly best girl :^)

  2. Those of you that haven’t seen Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis need to get on it asap. You won’t regret it.

  3. I’m sad no one is covering season 2 of Starmyu….

    On the other hand there are still other interesting shows that you guys will cover so I’m happy!

    1. Charibo would have definitely done so if she weren’t on a hiatus!

      The season’s looking promising though, so there’s lots to look forward to :D

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