SPRING ANIME 2018 PREVIEW

Continuing Titles
(Bolded: Currently Covering)
Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou, BEATLESS, Black Clover, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen

Classica Loid 2, Darling in the Franxx, GARO VANISHING LINE, Grancrest Senki,
Hakyuu Houshin Engi, Hugtto! PrecureNanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu,
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan 2 (TV-Short), Toji no Miko, Yowamushi Pedal: GLORY LINE, Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS

Excluded Spring 2018 Titles:
Beyblade Burst Chouzetsu, Future Card Buddyfight X: All-Star Fight, Puzzle & Dragon, 
Akkun to Kanojo Alice or Alice (TV-Short), Amai Choubatsu: Watashi wa Kanshu Senyou Pet (TV-Short),
Keifuku-san (TV-Short) Koneko no Chii: Ponponra Daibouken 2 (TV-Short), Kuroneko Monroe (TV-Short),
Nobunaga no Shinobi: Anegawa Ishiyama-hen (TV-Short), Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai (TV-Short),
Tachibanakan to Lie Angle (TV-Short), To Be Hero 2 (TV-Short), Uchuu Senkan Tiramisu (TV-Short), Usagi no Mathew (TV-Short)

Resources:
Anichart, ANN, CR, LiveChart, MALMoeTron

Writers on Season Hiatus:
Nikolita, MoonNyte

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Spring has come, and you know what that means? A new season! Please welcome our three newest additions to the team, Fuzzy, Shadow, and Tsuyoku, along a surprise return of one of our former writers, MidnightDevont! 

We would also like to note, in this edition of the Season Preview, due the lack of interest from the team, we have elected to exclude TV-SHORTS. Due to the the shows being as short as 3 minutes or 15 minutes long, we have also decided TV-Shorts are regarded as an Optional Side Project for the writers to pick up on the side if it garners their interest. So even though they may not be on the preview, there may be a writer or two who will may cover one anyways.

We are also aware about the rise of Netflix exclusive anime titles that can sometimes slip off the radar. If you see a Netflix exclusive anime you wish to bring to our attention, give us a shout at FAQ + Ask the Team!


3D Kanojo: Real Girl

Animation Company: Hoods Entertainment
Website: http://www.3dkanojo-anime.com/
Genre: Romance
Airing Date: April 4, 2018
Summary: Hikari Tsutsui is a high school boy who is satisfied with the virtual girls he encounters in anime and games. He does not have many friends and he lives in his own world. One day, when he is stuck on pool cleaning duty, he is approached by Iroha, a “real girl” who is showy and popular with boys.
Trailer: CM 1PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I am pretty sure I read a bit of this manga at some point, but I lost interest in it.

Berry: Characters like the main guy always annoy me and make me cringe, so I don’t think I’d like this show.

MidnightDevont: This is all kinds of not my kind of show. First off, the protag sounds really annoying, vague Dangan Ronpa reference but it’s like if Hifumi Yamada got hot and suddenly met a 3D girl he was interested in. No. Thank. You. I might give it a watch down the line if people start telling me that it’s any good but it’s not something I’d cover. Hard pass.

Pandora: Nah, but It seems like it will be funny like World Only God Knows. I loved that one.

Aplus: Hmm, yes. ‘Satisfied’ with virtual girls. This looks like one of the increasingly popular anime themes that try to go meta/ends up trash talking all anime fans. It looks a bit boring to me personally, but I’m always down to give it a shot. I mean, even if he ends up liking the IRL girl… it’s still a 2D person, so… win-win?

Fuzzy: I usually enjoy romcom type shows, but I don’t really see anything that piques my interest on this one. 

Shadow: Hmm, this could potentially be interesting and I’m always up for a romantic comedy.

Tsuyoku: The old 2D > 3D debate made into anime! A part of me feels a little bit curious, but I don’t particularly like the designs and overall it just looks bland, so pass.



Aikatsu Friends!

Animation Company: Bandai Namco Pictures
Website: http://www.aikatsu.com/friends/teaser/
Genre: Music
Airing Date: April 5, 2018
Summary: “Let’s go, together! Head for the goal, Diamond Friends!!”
The new anime will have a theme of “Aikatsu with your friends!” and will center on a new protagonist named Aine Yuuki, who is good at making friends, and is enrolled in Star Harmony Academy’s general education track. She befriends Mio Minato, the school’s top idol, and becomes an idol herself.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I never gotten into the Aikatsu series. It is too bad because they always have adorable character designs.

Berry: I had only watched a bit of the previous season, Aikatsu Stars, and thought it was cute and the music in it was pretty good. I fell behind on it but I love the designs here, so I’m gonna check it out!

MidnightDevont: IDOL ANIME, female idols? HAHAHAHAHA, HAHAHAHA, I had this talk the other day. I’m pretty much an exclusive ‘male idol’ anime kinda gal.

Pandora: They still making these?

Aplus: I will always give music anime a shot. I’ve regretted it more times than I’ve enjoyed it but, hey, they can’t all be winners, right?

Fuzzy: Not a really big fan of the art style, but the PV has some nice voice acting, so maybe it’ll have good songs? Still a no though. 

Shadow: Too many girls looking way too colorful and too moe. Was never into female idol animes so this is definitely a no go.

Tsuyoku: I have very little interest in idol anime in general and although this seems cute, I doubt it’ll be the exception, so I doubt I’ll check it out.


Amanchu! Advance (S2)

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://amanchu-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy Slice of Life
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: The second season of Amanchu!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I watched the first episode of the first season, and then forgot about it. I intend to get around to watch it at some point though.

Berry: Didn’t watch the first season. I watched the first episode and that girl with the green hair kept making that weird fish face with the giant smile and it was creepy.

MidnightDevont: Didn’t watch the first season, not even sure what it’s about. Not gonna lie, the art is pretty though. This might be something I double back and look at.

Pandora: Never seen this first season.

Aplus: Never heard of this show before. To be fair, Slice of life is my kryptonite. It’s the one genre I just can never get into even if I want to. It’s like the sims of anime. I’m good.

Fuzzy: Didn’t watch the first season, but the PV does look promising. Really pretty and seems to have a nice cozy vibe. Probably won’t touch it though. 

Shadow: I didn’t watch the first season.

TsuyokuI’ll be watching this, as I watched the first season and the OVA, but I don’t have much interest in blogging about it because it’s not a show that makes me want to say a lot about it.


Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu HAPPY KISS

Animation Company: Studio Comet
Website: http://boueibu.com/hk/index.html
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Parody, Magic, School
Airing Date: April 9, 2018
Summary: (Spin-Off Series) 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I couldn’t get into the original series, so I suspect I won’t like the spin-off either.

Berry: Saw the first season but not the second season. It was a fun watch but I don’t think I’d watch more.

MidnightDevont: -sighs- Well, I covered season 1 back in the day. I’ve watched season 2 and the OVA…I am genuinely curious about this entirely new cast and what they are going to do with the reality show plot threads from the original series and if they’re going to go down the more musical route of the second season. Which I genuinely enjoyed,So, sign me up.

Pandora: I watched the first season, and then I never watched the second season. I probably should. The first season was pretty funny, though, back in the day.

Aplus: Wow. If that picture isn’t enough to get someone interested, then I don’t know what is. There’s always one of these in every season. Just a bunch of bros, hanging out and drinking milk. Not my idea of a good night-in. I’m going to hard pass on this. 

Fuzzy: Nope, does not seem like my type of show at all. 

Shadow: I attempted to watch the first season of this with a friend but I honestly couldn’t watch more than three episodes.

Tsuyoku: Back in the day I would have watched this just for the voice actors, but I don’t really have the patient for it anymore.

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont


Boku no Hero Academia 3

Animation Company: BONES
Website: http://heroaca.com/
Genre: Action Comedy
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: The third season of Boku no Hero Academia.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

disTeam Impression

Eva: STARES AT BACKLOG … I really should be reading the manga and getting around to watch this show already….

Berry: This show is more fun to watch than to blog, so HOO BOY. HERE WE GO I CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE. Second season was absolutely amazing so I can’t even imagine what’s in store next (i don’t read manga).

MidnightDevont: Hmmmm, seems like Oki had been covering the other seasons. With her on hiatus…-snakes around the series- Seriously though! I love Hero Academia so much and my friend has me REALLY hyped up for the third season. So if none of the other bloggers want it, I’ll take it for sure!

Pandora: Nope. Everyone loves this show, but I only able to get through 3 episode. I don’t remember why though, it’s been awhile.

Aplus: Well, well, well. Here we are again. I have to agree with some of the other writers on this. Incredibly fun show to watch and that almost makes me not want to blog it. Sometimes shutting my brain off is the best choice.

Fuzzy: Okay, super excited for BnHA. Definitely one of my recent favorites and very excited for the content it’s covering, but I’m fine with just watching along.

Shadow: I have been so HYPED about this series and hoo boy, this season is going to be INTENSE. I’m sure a bunch of people would want to blog about this and I just want to enjoy watching it.

Tsuyoku: I’ll probably wait for the whole season to finish airing before I marathon it, so I won’t be following weekly, but I’m as hyped as everyone else!

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont


Butlers ~Chitose Momotose Monogatari~

Animation Company: SILVER LINK.
Website: http://www.butlers-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Comedy
Airing Date: April 12, 2018
Summary: Koma Jinguji (Jay) is the smart and handsome student council president. His elegant smile captures the hearts of women. Tsubasa Hayakawa is a multi-talented and gentle shop assistant at a café. His cafe latte with owl latte art is very popular with female customers. The two men travel through time to fight their archenemy. The charming “Butlers,” as they are called, fight supernatural battles and also experience a slapstick comedic life at their academy.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I am not entirely sure what to think of it, but it sounds and looks pretty cool. I will probably check this one out at some point or another.

Berry: This actually looks decent. And the slapstick comedy part throws me off because the PV looked pretty cool. I’ll probably check it out.

MidnightDevont: THIS SOMEHOW PASSED ENTIRELY UNDER MY RADAR! This sounds amazing! I have a ton of other things i’m thinking of putting my name down under for wanting to blog though. That is the only thing holding me back from throwing myself down as a possible blogger for this! I’ll be watching for sure though! Maybe if nobody else wants it i’ll look into covering it….AH! WHY IS THIS SEASON LOOKING SO GOOD?

Pandora: Seem interesting. I probably could watch for the comedy.

Aplus: Now, generally anything with the words ‘monogatari’ in the title gets me interested. It’s sort of like a Pavlovian response at this point. I will definitely give this show a chance, but the comedy-action balance is a hard thing to get right. I will hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Fuzzy: I like the premise, reminds me a bit of Sakamoto-kun except now there are two less Sakamotos, which is more than one whole Sakamoto I guess? Probably a pass though. 

Shadow: The premise does seem interesting and I wouldn’t mind giving it a look. But I’m a bit hesitant about it as well since Silver Link is a very hit or miss studio. Not to mention my sense of humor is… strange. I’m either dying laughing or it just kind of passes over my head. I think I’ll just be content watching this to see where it goes and if it tickles my funny bone.

Tsuyoku: I’m not interested in these butlers. I don’t know why, but the PV makes it seems really serious, yet there’s comedy in the summary. I find the contrast jarring.

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont


Caligula

Animation Company: Satelight
Website: http://caligula-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: The Caligula Effect is set in a virtual reality program known as “Mobius”, created so people can escape pain in their lives and live in an idyllic high school setting, forced to live out their 3 years Indefinitely. The main protagonist is one of a group who realize that they are in a virtual world, and form the “Go-Home Club”, a group dedicated to escaping from Mobius and its god-like overseer program, a vocal program called “μ”. They oppose the “Ostinato Musicians”, a group who supports μ and sees the Go-Home Club as traitors.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I was this close to buying the game, but changed my mind about it. So I might watch this, wouldn’t hurt to try- but I don’t have any major expectations from it.

Berry: Yeah, this could be a hit or miss. Like, it has the potential to be great but it could just as easily fuck up bad if handled wrong. I will tread cautiously on this one.

MidnightDevont: ….This sounds like Sword Art and Ready Player One had a baby, and it sounds kind of cool. -slams head on table- STOP TEMPTING ME WITH SHOWS SPRING SEASON. Alright, moderation is a thing…pass…pass…

Pandora: I feel like this will be one of shows that had a good idea, but they are somehow going to fail at episode 6. Interesting, though, nonetheless.

Aplus: History repeats itself. In this case, that means I am 100% going to watch this to completion and it will more likely than not get lost in its own premise and sputter out before anything actually happens. I wholeheartedly look forward to it. Plus, it’s ironic, isn’t it? The people there are using VR to escape the pain in their lives and I’m using the show to do the same…..

Fuzzy: It looks alright, a definite “maybe it’ll be a hit?” or “maybe it’ll be like the other twenty mediocre shows that are like it.” Not worth it in my opinion. Pass.

Shadow: This looks like one of the edge lords of the season and could be an interesting watch… as long as there is good writing which is definitely a 50/50 with most animes of this caliber. So pass.

Tsuyoku: Definitely looks like the kind of show I would check out! Though learning it’s based off a game put me off slightly, so now I’m on the fence about it.

Possible Bloggers:
Aplus


Captain Tsubasa (2018)

Animation Company: David Production
Website: http://ball-ha-tomodachi.com/
Genre: Action, Sports, Shounen
Airing Date: April 3, 2018
Summary: Captain Tsubasa is the passionate story of an elementary school student whose thoughts and dreams revolve almost entirely around the love of soccer. 11-year-old Tsubasa Oozora started playing football at a very young age, and while it was mostly just a recreational sport for his friends, for him, it developed into something of an obsession. In order to pursue his dream to the best of his elementary school abilities, Tsubasa moves with his mother to Nankatsu city, which is well-known for its excellent elementary school soccer teams. But although he was easily the best in his old town, Nankatsu has a lot more competition, and he will need all of his skill and talent in order to stand out from this new crowd. He encounters not only rivals, but also new friends like the pretty girl Sanae Nakazawa and the talented goalkeeper, Genzo Wakabayashi, who shares the same passion as Tsubasa, and will prove to be a treasured friend in helping him push towards his dreams. Representing Japan in the FIFA World Cup is Tsubasa’s ultimate dream, but it will take a lot more than talent to reach it.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I remember watching a bit of the original series during my “Sports Anime Marathon” I pulled one summer! :D I don’t think I ever completed it though…

Berry: I’ve always wanted to get into Captain Tsubasa but never did, but with a reboot and an easier way to watch, then heck yes! I love soccer and love sports anime, so I’m excited! I also love that they still stuck close to the original art style. Btw, 2018 World Cup this summer and I am PUMPED! >:)

MidnightDevont: Oh look, at last, something I could care less about…I’ve seen a total of 3 sports anime i’ve enjoyed and this does not look like it would be one of them.

Pandora: Nope. Sports

Aplus: I think soccer is the final ‘major sport’ I have yet to find a good anime for. Days and Clean Freak Aoyama just didn’t do it for me. Baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, ping pong, and more have already been covered. I hope this can enter my sports hall of fame. I 

Fuzzy: Never watched Tsubasa. YET! So pass.

Shadow: Seems like there’s been a trend of revamping old anime. Unfortunately I never got into this series in the past nor do I have much of an interest now. Pass.

Tsuyoku: I watched some of the original Captain Tsubasa on TV as a kid and I remember enjoying it, but I’m not really interested in getting back into it now. I’m more of a baseball person than a soccer person.

 


Comic Girls

Animation Company: Nexus
Website: http://comic-girls.com/
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy
Airing Date: April 5, 2018
Summary: The manga’s story centers on the 15-year-old high school student and manga creator Kaoruko Moeta, who uses the pen name Chaos. After ranking at the bottom of a reader survey, Kaoruko’s editor recommends that she enter an all-female dormitory for manga creators. Kaoruko’s roommates are shoujo manga creator Koyume Koizuka, teen romance manga creator Ruki Irokawa, and shounen manga creator Tsubasa Katsuki. The girls support each other as they work to become better manga creators.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I like the sound of it, but I am not sure if it will keep me interested from start to finish.

Berry: This is just going to be like another New Game where it’s less about making manga and more about the cute girls doing nothing. Boo, no thanks.

MidnightDevont: Wow, I can taste the cute rainbows and fluffiness from here…I might die from sugar overdose. Please, send help. No..um, pass, thanks.

Pandora: Looks interesting, only because I like to make comics. Probably won’t watch it though.

Aplus: Cute girls doing cute things? No one else is on board with this? Damn. It looks like a manga edition of New Game. Hopefully it’s as interesting and addresses the hardships of the industry as well as flaunting moe blobs. 

Fuzzy: Moebloberinos, not my thing. 

Shadow: Again, I’m not one for cute girls doing cute things aside from a few exceptions. Pass.

Tsuyoku: I’ll probably be checking this one out since I find these kind of shows educational, but I’m not very interested in blogging about it.

 


Cutie Honey Universe

Animation Company: Production Reed
Website: http://cutiehoney-u.com/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Magic, Ecchi, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: Honey Kisaragi appears to be an ordinary girl attending St. Chapel Academy, but in reality she’s the “Warrior of Love” Cutie Honey, a super-powered android created by Dr. Kisaragi. Honey and her allies investigate the evil schemes of Panther Claw, a criminal secret society, but Honey doesn’t realize that the leader of Panther Claw is already closer than she thinks…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I am liking the trend of old school titles making a comeback! :D Although I’m not big with ecchi, I will probably be tuning in for this one. I did watch a bit of the original series.

Berry: The original 80’s OP is catchy as hell, but I’m not an ecchi person so no thanks.

MidnightDevont: HONEY FLASH! While I’ve never been a Cutie Honey fan outside of listening to it’s super catchy opening. I hope someone covers it so I can read about it at least, I’ll pass, but I hope this classic gets some love.

Pandora: Looks cool and retro. I like old school shows like Dirty Pair and stuff like that.

Aplus: The resurgence of this type of animation is very cool! I probably won’t blog it, but I will definitely check it out. Tasteful ecchi is always a plus in my book.

Fuzzy: I’ve heard great things about the original Cutie Honey. But I think it’s a pass for me. 

Shadow: Ecchi is a no go for me.

Tsuyoku: I never watched the original Cutie Honey, but I’ve always wanted to get into it, seems like this might be the perfect time for it! I really like how it looks and I’m familiar with other works of Go Nagai, so I’m curious to see if this kept his essence. Definitely picking this one up!

Possible Bloggers:
Tsuyoku


Devil’s Line

Animation Company: Platinum Vision
Website: http://devilsline.jp/
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Romance, Supernatural
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Funny story, so I actually started reading the manga on a whim after I saw the announcement. The story and some of the characters interesting, but there are a lot of nasty stuff that happens in this series. That being said, I don’t see myself watching this.

Berry: It looks like a worse Tokyo Ghoul, so no. And I didn’t even like Tokyo Ghoul.

MidnightDevont: Huh, honestly I am conflicted. While this sounds like it would be entirely up my ally…it also has that ‘i’d lose interest quickly’ feel that I get every time I try to go back and watch Tokyo Ghoul…So it’s a pass for now. If I later hear that it’s good, maybe i’ll do a retro review or something.

Pandora: Reminded of Tokyo Ghoul, but I feel like I need more horror in my life. Too much comedy is bad for you, I guess. Gotta find something new and different.

Aplus: Ehhh, this looks ok I guess. I don’t get the ‘horror’ genre of anime. I haven’t been spooked yet despite watching a few horror titles. This is maybe a ‘binge at the end of the season depending on what I hear about this show’ show.

Fuzzy: I’m willing to give it a shot. Once again probably a strong hit or miss, but I like the music in the preview. What’s that you say? Music in a PV is a bad way to judge? Nonsense. 

Shadow: I am a complete baby when it comes to horror. The last time I tried to attempt horror, I lasted maybe three minutes into the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul until a jump scare happened and I NOPED out of that real fast. So I’ll pass on this.

Tsuyoku: It looks edgy and mysterious, but also average and forgettable. I’ll definitely pass on this one.

Possible Bloggers:
Fuzzy


Dorei-ku The Animation

Animation Company: Zero-G
Website: http://doreiku-anime.com/
Genre: Drama, Psychological
Airing Date: April 12, 2018
Summary: What if you could enslave anyone you ever wanted? Well, this comes close. The SCM lets you enslave anyone who is also wearing an SCM, at a price. One must win over the other, at the cost of anything, in order for the other to become their slave. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: How about nO! UGH. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Berry: Bitch what is this? Lmao. This looks trashy as hell. It’s also creepy and nasty sounding.

MidnightDevont:  I am at least doing a first impressions on this. I don’t know why, but I am SUPER intrigued…it reminds me of Kakegurui in that sense and I LOVE the character designs. 

Pandora: Hey! It’s seems weird. I’ll watch it.

Aplus: Now horror may not be my thing, but I can always get behind a nice psychological tag! I won’t enter the fray, but I’ll definitely be watching alongside whichever of the other bloggers ends up deciding to cover this show.

Fuzzy: Reminds me of Kakegurui also, but Kakegurui was enough Kakegurui for me. Pass!

Shadow: After watching the PV, I don’t think this is my cup of tea. So no thanks.

Tsuyoku: Towards the end of Fall 2017 I did a check on the 2018 charts and this was one of the few that stood out. It’s definitely weird, so I find it intriguing. I’d be interested in check it out.

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont, Tsuyoku


Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Animation Company: Xebec
Website: http://fullmeta-iv.com/
Genre: Action Mecha Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April 13, 2018
Summary: N/A – Coming Soon…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I am desperately trying to remember when I last watched this series….
OH MY GOD, THE LAST SEASON WAS IN 2005?! I’m pretty sure I watched it when it was complete, so it must’ve been 2006… I’m pretty sure of it! I’m going to have to binge watch the previous seasons again!

Berry: No mecha for me, but hey good for the fans.

MidnightDevont: Mecha anime, studio? Not Trigger, also I have never watched a FMP series in my life…pass. 

Pandora: Eww. Mecha.

Aplus: Haven’t watched any previous iterations, so this is a no go. I generally pass on mecha anyway. Trigger was my only exception, with TTGL being the deal breaker. I finally thought I found my ‘in’ into mechas. Then I watched Darling in the Franxx. Trigger is no longer the exception.

Fuzzy: This one’s been waiting for a long time, but I’m not too invested in FMP. Pass! 

Shadow: I’ve heard of this series but I was never interested in it.

Tsuyoku: I’ve never watched any of the previous ones and although it seems cool, I’d probably not play the catch up game on it yet.


Gegege no Kitaro

Animation Company: Toei Animation
Website: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/kitaro/
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
Airing Date: April 1, 2018
Summary: The story is set in the modern-day Japan, when people almost forget about yokai. Various phenomenons that cannot be explained by science start occurring frequently, and adult people are rushing around in confusion by groundless rumors. To settle the situations, 13-year-old girl Mana Inuyama sends a letter via the “Yokai Post,” then Kitaro appears with the iconic sounds of his geta, “Karan Koron.”
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I never watched this series, and I can’t imagine that I will start now.

Berry: Not sure what to make of this. If people say it’s good, I would check it out.

MidnightDevont: The art is kind of weird and the summery um, sounds nothing like something I would enjoy. I’ll pass on this one.

Pandora: That art tho. But anyways, people need to start coming up with other ideas and stop remaking everything. Thanks.

Aplus: I have no idea what’s happening. I can’t even tell if it’s a good kind of weird or a bad kind. I’ll need to watch it to see for sure. The last yokai based show I watched was Yokai Apartments and that was a huge mistake so yokai-themed shows leave a bad taste in my mouth right now. Hopefully this show will change that!

Fuzzy: A bit too crazy for me. Pass.

Shadow: This looks super bizarre. Like I can’t tell if it wants to be creepy or funny with the character designs. I don’t think this is something I’d want to invest my time in.

Tsuyoku: This actually looks kind of cool to me and I’ve been digging some of the old stuff remakes that have been popping up lately, like Mahoujin Guru Guru last year, but although I might check it out, I don’t think I’ll cover it.

 


Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu -Die Neue These- Kaikou

Animation Company: Production I.G
Website: http://gineiden-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Drama
Airing Date: April 3, 2018
Summary: In humanity’s distant future, two interstellar states—the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance—are embroiled in a never-ending war. The story focuses on the exploits of rivals Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power and fame in the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Surprisingly I don’t believe I have ever watched Legend of the Galactic Heroes series- OH WAIT A MINUTE. JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, I WAS THIS CLOSE TO PICKING UP THE NOVEL!!!! I didn’t realize…. oh my god, I have some serious catching up to do!

Berry: Now THIS is another classic that many people talk about and that I’ve always wanted to watch. This is another one I’ve been excited for.

MidnightDevont: It sounds like boring space politics with pretty boys to me. So i’ll be passing this one by.

Pandora: Nope. I don’t particular like space dramas.

Aplus: I desperately want to watch this, but I have not even started the original show. The void of the ‘Plan to Watch List’ is too strong. 

Fuzzy: The reboot of my favorite show of all time? I need this. Let’s see if this lives up to the expectations set by the first!

Shadow: I was never a fan of space themes (aside from Star Wars at least). If people say it’s really good later on, maybe I’ll watch it. But for now, pass.

Tsuyoku: I’m still about mid-way in watching the original show, which is amazing and totally up my alley, so I’ll be definitely watching this one. I’ve been looking forward to it since last year!

Possible Bloggers: Fuzzy


Golden Kamui

Animation Company: Geno Studio
Website: http://kamuy-anime.com/
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Airing Date: April 9, 2018
Summary: In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: This might just be too violent for me… otherwise, I would definitely watch it.

Berry: I’ve wondered about this series as the manga is pretty popular and people say it’s good, so this is going to be one of the few shows I sign up for this season.

MidnightDevont:  I don’t know how to feel about this one. I have no real strong feelings towards it one way or the other…it seems to me like a show that will pass into obscurity and maybe one or two people will look back fondly and go “Yeah, I remember that show.” and smile…but not me…not me. 

Pandora: Nope. Historical.

Aplus: I will probably watch this. Like Fuzzy mentions, it does seem to err on being violent for the sake of violence rather than establishing actual substance. I’m always ready to be proven wrong though. 

Fuzzy: I like how different the premise is. But the PV seems like edge central with a lot of blood, but not a lot of substance. Pass. 

Shadow: Looks too intense and dark for my liking. Pass.

Tsuyoku: Pretty intense indeed, which I don’t dislike, but I’m usually not that much into historical anime and if I do watch it, it’ll probably be after it finishes airing.

Possible Bloggers:
Berry


Gundam Build Divers

Animation Company: Sunrise
Website: http://gundam-bd.net/
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April 3, 2018
Summary: The Gunpla Force Battle Tournament is a big event held in GBN once per year. Competing in the final round are Avalon, led by the champion Kyoya Kujo, and the elite 7th Panzer Division led by the cunning Rommel. Starting with Kyoya’s Gundam AGE II Magnum, a variety of Gunpla take to the field to determine which is the strongest force!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I love Gundam, but I don’t love Gundam Builders. Eh, maybe I’ll try again.

Berry: Not a Gundam or mecha person, I don’t know how many times I have to say this.

MidnightDevont:  Mecha, studio? Still not animated by Studio Trigger? Nope, couldn’t care less then. 

Pandora: Nope. Mecha.

Aplus: Mecha. Gundam. No.

Fuzzy: Haven’t dipped in the ocean of Gundam yet. Pass!

Shadow: Not the biggest mecha or Gundam fan, so no thanks.

Tsuyoku: I like Gundam, but I’ve never watched Gundam Builders and I don’t think that’s changing any time soon.

 


Gurazeni

Animation Company: Studio DEEN
Website: https://www.bs-sptv.com/gurazeni/
Genre: Sports
Airing Date: April , 2018
Summary: The “baseball money survival” story focuses on a baseball team that operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player’s performance determines his annual salary. The story follows an eight-year relief pitcher with an odd left-handed side-arm throw as he fights to survive under the team’s strict system.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Oh you have my attention! It is a very different take from the usual sports anime we are used to! I will have to check this one out!

Berry: Another sport I love is baseball so again, I love this. Though the art style doesn’t really match the serious premise?

MidnightDevont: TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME! Honestly though, this does look like your different kind of sports anime. Perhaps this is the rare one that will catch my attention and I’ll enjoy it. That being said, I’m still taking a hard pass on covering it. 

Pandora: Interesting premise, but it’s sports and those always end up boring.

Aplus: Sports = automatic checking out. Whether or not I’ll keep up with it is another story. 

Fuzzy: Seems like it could be funny and has potential, but I’m pretty picky with sports anime, so nope. 

Shadow: I may give this a look since I’ve learned after Kuroko to give sports anime a chance, but I don’t think I would be that interested in blogging about it.

Tsuyoku: As a baseball anime fan, I’m definitely checking this one out! It also helps the cast is adult and it seems to include some of the problems of his professional life. I can’t tell yet if I’ll stick to it, but I’d want to give it a try at least.

Possible Bloggers:
Tsuyoku


High School DxD HERO (S4)

Animation Company: Passione
Website: http://www.haremking.tv/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance
Airing Date: April 10, 2018
Summary: The fourth season of High School DxD.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I will never watch this, period. On the side note, looks like another studio it picked it up! I wonder what fans think of the newly adapted character designs?

Berry: Yeah I really wonder what fans think of the new art style. They look like babies now. Either way, yeah nah.

MidnightDevont: Despite Oki’s best efforts to tell me that this series is actually way better then I would think it is. I still have yet to watch this series previous seasons, so I’ll pass. 

Pandora: Ay! I haven’t finished watching the third season, but I liked this show. It’s not just ecchi and craziness, it was an interesting story mixed in. About to finish watching it, just for this.

Aplus: I begrudgingly watched the first 3 seasons at the behest of a friend who swore by it. I do enjoy tasteful ecchi, but this show went a little too far over the line. When the ecchi becomes your main power source for getting stronger and drives the plot, I’m out. But this looks really cool… the new art style is really up my alley… I’ll let Pandora cover it, but I will most likely end up watching (and still not enjoying) this series.

Fuzzy: One day someone will convince me to give this a chance, but it is not this day. Pass!

Shadow: Yeah, no thanks. Ecchi usually equates to nope for me. Everyone looks really pretty I must say though.

Tsuyoku: I’m going to openly admit I always mix this up with other shows, that’s how small my interest in it is. Pass.

Possible Bloggers:
Pandora


Hinamatsuri

Animation Company: feel.
Website: http://hina-matsuri.net/
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April 6, 2018
Summary: The comedy manga centers around a super-powered girl named Hina and Nitta, a young member of the yakuza. Hina suddenly appears in Nitta’s room and threatens him with her extraordinary powers. However, they end up living together.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: For some reason this reminds me a bit of Level E…. It’s probably just me. Definitely looks like it will be a funny one!

Berry: No thanks.

MidnightDevont: Does…this picture have an E.T. reference? pfft. That’s kind of funny. Still, I think i’ll pass on this one for now. 

Pandora: The picture has an E.T. reference( when that movie is still revelant??) Interesting though.

Aplus: I laughed so I feel obligated to watch now. Comedies are always a huge hit or miss though. Anything to keep reality at bay. 

Fuzzy: Seems like it could be pretty funny! Willing to give it a shot. 

Shadow: When I first saw the cover image to this anime my mind immediately went: E.T.??? I may want to give it a couple episodes to see how it is. Who knows, maybe it’ll be a diamond in the rough. With that said, I don’t think I’ll be blogging about it.

Tsuyoku: Wow, this looks really funny! The art style is very nice and appealing to me too. It had slipped under my radar since the E.T. reference poster doesn’t really stand out to me much, but the PV convinced me. Not sure I’ll stick to it though.

Possible Bloggers:
Fuzzy


Hisone to Maso-tan

Animation Company: BONES
Website: http://hisomaso.com/
Genre: Military, Fantasy
Airing Date: April 13, 2018
Summary: Straightforward and innocent Hisone Amakasu is a Self-Defense Force rookie stationed at the Air Self-Defense Force’s Gifu Base. She was struggling with the fact that she sometimes hurts people unintentionally by her innocent words and decided to join the Air Self-Defence Force, hoping to maintain a certain distance from people. This decision led her to a fateful encounter which profoundly changed her life. It was the “OTF” dragon hidden in the base and it chose Hisone as his pilot. When it soared into the sky with Hisone, her fate as a dragon pilot was decided. It is said that dragons have a key to the future of the world…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I am not particularly a huge fan of the art style, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

Berry: Interesting art but where is your nose?! This looks interesting though and it’s Bones so what could go wrong?

MidnightDevont:  Cute girls and military situations are barely ever my cup of tea. See Saga of Tanya the evil for the only exception to this rule. I’ll pass on this one, even if there is a cute dragon. On that note, does the dragon look like anime toothless to anyone else? 

Pandora: The artwork is cool, but no.

Aplus: Yeah, I guess. Really have no strong opinion on this in either direction which probably means it’ll be great or really boring because my first impressions are usually incredibly off-target. 

Fuzzy: Ehhh, nothing about it makes me interested. 

Shadow: The art style looks interesting, but the fact that almost all the people in this series seems to be missing a nose is throwing me off a bit. I’ll probably look at the first episode but I’ll have to pass on blogging about this.

Tsuyoku: Original anime by Bones with series composition by Mari Okada? Nice and different-looking artwork? Check and check! I’ll be picking this one up since it seems character-oriented and has a touching vibe to it.

Possible Bloggers:
Tsuyoku


Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2: Part II

Animation Company: Studio DEEN
Website: http://www.hozukino-reitetsu.com/
Genre: Comedy Fantasy Supernatural
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: The second cour of Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Never liked it.

Berry: Couldn’t get into this series.

MidnightDevont: I’m conflicted, I liked season one well enough but not really enough to go back to it…so i want to pass…but at the same time…eh. I’ll pass. 

Pandora: Never seen season one.

Aplus: I’ve never heard of this show. It looks cool enough that I’d start watching it by accident while randomly browsing, but not cool enough that I’d decide to specifically start watching the show.

Fuzzy: Never heard of this, never touched season 1, so pass. 

Shadow: I didn’t watch the first season of this so no thanks.

Tsuyoku: I’ve always thought the character designs for this are awesome, but it’s never been enough to get me into it.


Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin

Animation Company: OLM
Website: http://www.inazuma.jp/ares/
Genre: Sports
Airing Date: April 6, 2018
Summary: The story is set after the first Inazuma Eleven, but will take place in a parallel world from all other Inazuma Eleven games apart from the first because the story has taken a different course. In the story, protagonist Asuto Inamori’s soccer club is disbanded after the school’s soccer field is destroyed. He and friends go to Tokyo to attend Daimon-chuu (Daimon Junior High) to play soccer.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: This is one of the few soccer ones I could never get into.

Berry: I’ve always hated the designs in this show.

MidnightDevont: didn’t see the FIRST Inazuma Eleven…not gonna see this one either. 

Pandora: No sports up in here.

Aplus: Sports = automatic checking out. I actually never saw the original series but, like I mentioned with the other soccer show airing this season, I really want to find a solid soccer anime. Out of all the sports anime I watch, soccer is the only sport I’ve actively played (for over a decade now) and am invested in so I guess my standards are just a bit higher.

Fuzzy: Maybe I’d watch this if I was ten. But not now. Pass!

Shadow: Some of the character designs are a little too out there for me. Not to mention I didn’t even watch the original series of this, so I’ll have to pass.

Tsuyoku: I’ve never seen the original so I don’t think I’d pick up this one up and there’s plenty other titles that interest me more.


Isekai Izakaya: Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu.

Animation Company: Sunrise
Website: https://r.gnavi.co.jp/nobu/
Genre: Fantasy
Airing Date: April 13, 2018
Summary: There’s a bar called “Nobu” located in Kyoto, Japan. In it is a door that is connected to a bar in another world. The visitors include denizens of the other world, and customers seek out its excellent “Toriaezu Nama” ale and cuisine.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Nothing about this is grabbing my attention.

Berry: This is literally like that other show with the restaurant, it’s literally the same thing. What the heck.

MidnightDevont: Huh, cute, good premise…if I wasn’t holding out to jump on three more very specific shows I might toss myself as a possible blogger on this one. 

Pandora: Hmm. The question is ” Is it going to be funny?”

Aplus: Wait, what? Did the isekai restaurant anime just not do well so they decided to remake it? What is happening? No, I won’t watch this. The other show was so horribly boring. Why would I subject myself to it again?

Fuzzy: This seems interesting and I love izakaya dens. Might take it up!

Shadow: Hmm, the premise sounds very similar to another anime a couple seasons ago. I may give it a watch, but I’ll pass on blogging.

Tsuyoku: I might watch this after the season ends, but I don’t think I’ll keep with it weekly or be interested in blogging about it.

Possible Bloggers:
Fuzzy


Juushinki Pandora

Animation Company: Satelight
Website: http://www.project-pandora.jp/
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: March 29, 2018 (Netflix Premiere) | April 4, 2018 (TV Premiere)
Summary: The new series is set in a near-future world where the boundary between human being and AI is vague. A rapid biological evolution, similar to “Cambrian Explosion,” is caused by one incident. This incident turns into the genesis of a new jostle for supremacy, and the influence of the evolution goes beyond biological framework and spreads to various kinds of materials and technologies. The era of massive evolution involving diverse existences, such as human, machines, and biotechnologies, is coming. Characters fight an existential war in such a world.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Well I don’t have a whole lot of expectations for this one, but I will be checking it out. But ugh, I wish Satelight could just improve the quality of their CG… It looks so dated.

Berry: No no no, where’s there’s too much going on in the synopsis, then that’s baaaaad. Keep your expectations low.

MidnightDevont: Alright, follow with me this time. It’s a mecha series…is it animated by STUDIO TRIGGER? Then I. don’t. Care. I have liked 3 mecha’s in my 20+ years of watching anime and they have been by Gainax[which fractured into studio Trigger], been a parody or are a currently airing show named ‘Darling in the Franxx’.

Pandora: No mecha and no apolcalyses.

Aplus: Looks like I’ll binge it, feel meh about it, and forget all the characters names and the plot a few weeks later because it ends up being cut short due to episode limits and ends up being an advertisement to read the source material.

Fuzzy: The synopsis alone is very very anime. Doesn’t seem like it’ll be anything special. Pass.  

Shadow: Sounds like a lot is going on in this plot and that rarely amounts to actual good writing. Unless I hear otherwise, I’m probably not going to be watching this. So, pass.

Tsuyoku: It seems to me like this will be the kind of show that will focus more in the action scenes than in trying to get across what’s going on. Not very interested at the moment.


Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

Animation Company: GONZO
Website: http://kakuriyo-anime.com/
Genre: Supernatural
Airing Date: April 2, 2018
Summary: Female college student Aoi inherited her deceased grandfather’s ability to see ayakashi. One day, while Aoi is feeding some ayakashi, a demon appears! He declares that Aoi’s grandfather owed a great debt, and as compensation, Aoi must marry the demon! Aoi refuses, and decides to pay off the debt by working.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Oh man when I first heard about this one, I knew I had to watch it. SIGN ME UP! Oh how I’d love to read the novel!

Berry: Definitely got Kamisama Kiss vibes as well and that series (before it fucked up) was great. This looks up my alley.

MidnightDevont:  Oh wow, the art here is super pretty. Like, that is some amazing promotional art. The plot however does not seem like my thing. Cute, but not my thing. So i’ll leave this one to the others!

Pandora: Nah.

Aplus: Looks nice. That’s about it. Sorry sakura blossoms. You won’t win me over this time.

Fuzzy: Looks interesting, and I love anime with ayakashi, but I’ll just watch it casually. 

Shadow: One glance at the PV and I immediately got Kamisama Kiss vibes from it. I have to say, I’m a little intrigued by this so I may just want to give this a go.

Tsuyoku: This isn’t the type of show I usually watch, but I might give it an episode or two to see if it holds my attention. The art is nice, even if it’s simple.

Possible Bloggers:
Eva, Shadow


Kiratto Pri☆Chan

Animation Company: Tatsunoko Production, Dongwoo A&E
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/prichan/
Genre: Magic, Music, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: First-year middle school girls Mirai Momoyama and Emo Moegi are two aspiring idols who decide to use the “Pri☆Chan System,” a system used by famous people and companies to broadcast content. Like many girls starting their own channels and uploading content, the pair decide to become their own producers, starting their own channel in an attempt to become Pri☆Chan idols.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I think the only Pripara “related” series I watched was Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream. I haven’t watched anything else ever since.

Berry: Again with kiddie idol shows, I did watch a bit of PriPara and loved it but fell behind. Don’t know if I’ll follow this one though.

MidnightDevont:  A magical girl series, but not either one of the ones I am holding out for. Cute, but pass. 

Pandora: Nope. I don’t really like too many idol shows.

Aplus: I’m not saying I will absolutely never watch this show. I’m just saying it’ll be a dark, dark time when my go-to anime is a middle school girl (that look like they’re 5) idol show.

Fuzzy: Yeah, no. 

Shadow: I think my limit of overly cutesy girls was Shugo Chara (which wasn’t too cutsey), and that was a while ago. So I’m gonna have to pass on this.

Tsuyoku: Not interested in this. Idol magical girls are not particularly my thing.

Possible Bloggers:


Ladyspo

Animation Company: *TBA
Website: N/A
Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy
Airing Date: April 10, 2018
Summary: The anime is a science-fiction comedy where various pro sports bounty hunters fight each other in sporting events. The story centers on Arigetti, Korupi, and Sabina, three women in a team who participate in various sports.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I can’t see myself liking this at all.

Berry: This looks like it could get trashy so I might pass on this one.

MidnightDevont:  Sci-fi…sports…hunters…IS THIS HUNTER X HUNTER? Wait, it’s not? What do you mean the manga is still on hiatus? Don’t get my hopes up? NOOOOOOOOOO. 

Pandora: Sports. I’ma need to pass.

Aplus: Yup. I’m in. It’s so mysterious, I just don’t see how it could go wrong.

Fuzzy: I might’ve been interested, but the title makes me think it’ll be like Keijo. Pass. 

Shadow: What even is this? Doesn’t seem like it’ll be up my alley so, pass.

Tsuyoku: I’m not sure what to think of this! An original anime with no studio, no PV, barely any information, it could frankly be a mess. It seems kind of interesting, though so I might give the first episode a look to get a better idea.

Possible Bloggers:
Aplus


Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://lastperiod.jp/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy
Airing Date: April 12, 2018
Summary: The story takes place in a world where fantastic beasts called “Spirals” are born from isolation. Those who can defeat the beasts are called “Periods.” Haru is an apprentice Period who belongs to the Arc End 8th Branch. However, after a mysterious theft incident, there is an economic collapse, and the Arc End headquarters abandons the 8th Division, leaving only three Periods left, including Haru. Haru and the other two Periods start their work to rebuild the 8th Division.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I am not feeling this one. It doesn’t grab my attention.

Berry: Eeeehhhhhh…doesn’t seem like my kind of show.

MidnightDevont:  Spirals? Is this Gurren Lagann? Just kidding, this sounds cute and all, but once again I am holding out grabbing any more spots until I see the three series I really want to sink my teeth into. 

Pandora: Nope. Don’t feel like it because it looks like the main characters will catch Ls.

Aplus: I’m into it. Will definitely check out. Will I blog it? No, probably not. It’s so close to being too childish.  

Fuzzy: A bit too cutesey daisy for me. Not just a bit. A lot. Pass! 

Shadow: This looks WAAAAYYYY too moe and kiddish for my liking. Pass.

Tsuyoku: This looks cute! Way too cute though, so I’ll pass.

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Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File

Animation Company: LIDENFILMS
Website: https://www.layton-anime.jp/
Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Kids
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: 50 Puzzling Episodes, One Gentlewoman Extraordinaire and a Whole Load of New Mysteries coming to the small screen in 2018! 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Never played any of the Layton games, but I am curious how it will turn out. I can see myself watching a few episodes.

Berry: Never played the Layton games but I always wanted to. Good for the fans!

MidnightDevont: Well, it can’t be any worse then the movie right? That being said, I’m not big on Layton and 50 episodes is a lot. So pass. 

Pandora: Nope. Couldn’t even play that game on the DS. So hard back in the day when I was ten because it was puzzle based.

Aplus: I’m not super into the mystery/puzzle genre. I still need to figure my own life out first. You feel me?

Fuzzy: I really should get into Layton one day. But I’m not too big a mystery guy. Pass!

Shadow: I was about to say, this style looks a lot like Dr. Layton. I never got into that series and I’m not huge on mystery anyways so I’ll give this a pass.

Tsuyoku: I’m a huge Professor Layton fan and a huge mystery fan so I’m pretty excited about this, but that episode count is terrifying.



Lost Song

Animation Company: Dwango & LIDENFILMS
Website: http://lost-song.com/
Genre: Fantasy
Airing Date: March 31, 2018 2018 (Netflix Premiere) | April 7, 2018  (TV Premiere)
Summary: Rin is an energetic girl who loves to eat and lives in a verdant frontier village. Deep within the royal palace in the bustling capital city, the songstress Finis spends her days in solitude. Both share a special power no other person has. A miraculous power that can heal wounds, create water and stir the wind — the power of song. Guided by destiny, the two young women each face an arduous journey with the power of song. The shadow of war looms over the kingdom, tainting even the miraculous songs with the blood of innocents. Loved ones meet their deaths as silent screams echo through a stone prison.
Trailer:  PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Musical Fantasy? Well that’s hard to pass now isn’t it! But the CG… cringes Stupid pet-peeves…. I will try my best to ignore it.

Berry: This slipped under my radar! This actually looks quite nice. CG is a little off putting, but the story grabs enough of my attention. Don’t know if I’ll cover it but I’ll think about it.

MidnightDevont: Is this Fire Emblem? It looks like Fire Emblem. All joking aside, it um, sounds interesting sort of? Not sure if I want to cover it, but I might watch the first episode out of curiosity. 

Pandora: Eh…not my cup of tea.

Aplus: A musical anime is something I’ve been waiting for! I also like the CG in it. In general, the quality of CG has been improving and I’m happy to be documenting it’s rise into mainstream. Infini-T Force and Houseki no Kuni are just two amazing examples of what can be done. Definitely checking this out. Come along for this sing-along journey with meeeee!

Fuzzy: It seems interesting, I’m not too turned off by the CG, and I love music in anime. Might watch the first episode. 

Shadow: I almost made up my mind on not even bothering with this with the cg dancing in the trailer. But I may want to give it a watch since I’m a huge fantasy fan, for at least a couple episodes to see if it’s any good. Probably won’t blog it though.

Tsuyoku: The designs are nice and the setting seems a little intriguing, but it’s not interesting enough to me.

Possible Bloggers:
Aplus


Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS (S2)

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://lostorage-wixoss.com/
Genre: Game, Psychological
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: The second season of Lostorage incited WIXOSS.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I haven’t seen the first season, but I haven’t heard good things about it either…

Berry: WIXOSS is a fantastic series that should have ended after selector spread WIXOSS. Lostorage was unnecessary and was so bad that I couldn’t even finish it. They even brought the original characters back for this, HOW DARE THEY.

MidnightDevont: Didn’t watch the first season, despite how interesting it sounded to me. I heard it was actually pretty bad, can anyone confirm?

Pandora: No, Wixxoss for me. One episode and I was done with that franchise.

Aplus: I don’t have enough time to binge the first season. I’ve been meaning to for a while now, ever since I found out this show existed! I’m weak…

Fuzzy: Never been a Wixoss fan. Pass!

Shadow: I never saw the first season so, pass.

Tsuyoku: I am familiar with this franchise in the sense that I know it exists, that’s as far as I’m willing to go.


Lupin III: Part V

Animation Company: Telecom Animation Film
Website: https://lupin-pt5.com/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Airing Date: April 4, 2018
Summary: In the new series, Lupin III will travel to France — the home of his grandfather and namesake, Maurice Leblanc’s master thief character Arsène Lupin.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I used to enjoy the Lupin series, but I am not really into it anymore.

Berry: Have never seen a single Lupin, though I feel that I would enjoy it a lot. Frankly, I think it’s too late to catch up.

MidnightDevont:  I do love Lupin, but it’s been forever and a day since i’ve actually watched a series for him. I’ll pass, but you keep doing you Lupin! 

Pandora: My brother was watching it on Adult Swim, but it was 2am, so I have never seen it before. I heard it was good.

Aplus: Lupin is one of the few series I’m 100% positive I would love and I have no idea why I haven’t even attempted to watch it yet. I have to pass, but maybe this will ignite the fire in me to actually watch.

Fuzzy: Haven’t dabbled in Lupin yet, so pass!

Shadow: I may want to pick this up eventually since it’s a huge inspiration for a certain game that I love. But for now, pass.

Tsuyoku: I’ve seen a handful of Lupin movies and the artsy Fujiko Mine show, so I’m familiar with the cast and I like them, but I’d have to let others gauge out this show’s quality before I decide to give it a watch.


Mahou Shoujo Ore

Animation Company: Pierrot Plus
Website: http://magicalgirl-ore.com/
Genre: Comedy Fantasy Mahou Shoujo
Airing Date: April 2, 2018
Summary: Saki Uno is a high school girl and rookie idol who has a crush on Mohiro, her best friend’s older brother. When Mohiro is kidnapped by demons, Saki hastily makes a shady contract to be able to transform into a magical girl, which transforms her body into that of a handsome man.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I KNOW I ASKED FOR MORE TRADITIONAL MAGICAL GIRL SHOWS… BUT… BUT… I CAN’T. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I NEED TO WATCH THIS!

Berry: You thought the memes would end after Pop Team Epic? WRONG! THIS IS THE TYPE OF SHIT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!

MidnightDevont: HERE IT IS, ONE OF THE SHOWS I’VE BEEN HOLDING OUT FOR! YES, YES, PLEASE. SIGN ME UP, THIS SHOW HAS HAD MY INTEREST SINCE THE FIRST PV DROPPED. I AM ALL KINDS OF HYPED FOR THIS MADNESS!

Pandora: Nope, but it’s looks like some weird stuff I’d watch.

Aplus: This is what we’ve come to?

Fuzzy: No words. This is a pass from me. 

Shadow: Watching the trailer for this made my brain melt a little and I don’t think I’d be able to handle the madness this series is guaranteed to bring XD;.

Tsuyoku: This sounds really insane but also hilarious, so I might give it a try.

Possible Bloggers:
Eva, MidnightDevont


Mahou Shoujo Site

Animation Company: production doA
Website: http://mahoushoujyo-anime.com/
Genre: Drama, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: Asagiri Aya is a young girl who has fallen victim to bullies at her school. Looking for a way to escape her troubles, she looks to the internet for distraction, when a mysterious website called “Magical Girl Site” appears. Simply viewing the page is all it takes to hurtle Aya headlong into the deadly world of the Magical Girl Apocalypse. There, it’s fight or die, against a seemingly endless array of savagely adorable, frilly-skirted killing machines, each armed with magical powers and an unquenchable thirst for blood and chaos. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Oh joy, another DARK!Magical Girl series! Can we have the nice and fluffy ones again? I’m so done with the dark ones. I just want more of the fluffy, magical girl romance!

Berry: So it’s Magical Girl Raising Project but even more brutal and violent. Well then sign me the fuck up please!

MidnightDevont:  oh joy, ANOTHER Dark magical girl series. Please, sign me up. This is another one that has had my interest for some time now and one of the ones I was hinting I wanted to gobble up earlier. 

Pandora: Nope. Madoka was too much for me.

Aplus: I completely agree with Midnight on this. I think dark themes in shows that typically aren’t dark are great! I will be excitedly watching this.

Fuzzy: Ehh, magical girls and edge? I’m not too confident in that combination usually. A pass. 

Shadow: Looks like another edge lord of the season and after seeing several uncomfortable images from the trailer (because I’m a huge horror baby), I’m giving this a big no thank you.

Tsuyoku: Eh, I’m not sure this would keep me interested long enough for me to have strong opinions about it.

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont


Major 2nd

Animation Company: NHK Enterprises
Website: http://www.shopro.co.jp/tv/major2nd/
Genre: Comedy Drama Sports
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: Daigo is born as the son of Gorou, a father who is too great. What path will Daigo, who is burdened with great expectations, take in baseball?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I can’t remember if I watched the original series… I don’t think I did…. adds Major to Animes to Marathon

Berry: Feel like I’d have to watch the original Major to fully appreciate this, so I’ll have to pass for now.

MidnightDevont:  GET ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKJACKS. I DON’T CARE…about this show at all. Pass please. 

Pandora: Nope. Sports, yet again..

Aplus: Sure, just pile on the sports! I will also have to marathon the original series before I watch this.

Fuzzy: I hate baseball. 

Shadow: This almost sounds like Boruto in a way lol. This season sure has a lot of baseball though. Nothing really sticks out to me reading the summary or from watching the trailer. Pass.

Tsuyoku: I love baseball but Major is so so so long that I’ve been putting it off for a while and now they go and start a new one. Sob.


Megalo Box

Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: http://megalobox.com/
Genre: Action, Drama, Shounen, Slice of Life, Sports
Airing Date: April 5, 2018
Summary: (Ashita no Joe 50th anniversary project.) JD (Junk Dog) participates in fixed boxing matches in an underground ring in order to live. Today, he enters the ring again, but he encounters a certain person. JD wants to take on a challenge that risks everything.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Boxing? I don’t like boxing, but this one looks interesting!

Berry: Hmm, very interesting. Lots of good sports shows this season of sports I actually care about! <3333

MidnightDevont:  Put me in Rocky, on second thought, take me out Rocky! No thanks, boxing isn’t even a sport I enjoy in real life. 

Pandora: Nope. More Sports…

Aplus: Yessss. Give. Me. More. Sports.

Fuzzy: Looks like it might be alright, could give it a shot!

Shadow: I was never really interested in watching boxing and I honestly would rather just watch people beat the crap out of each other with their bare fists, which I can find literally anywhere else. So this’ll be a pass for me.

Tsuyoku: I really really like how this looks! It seems it has no connection to Ashita no Joe, it’s just like a loose homage, but man if it doesn’t look cool. I’ll watch it for sure.

Possible Bloggers:
Fuzzy


Nil Admirari no Tenbin

Animation Company: Zero-G
Website: http://nilad-anime.com/
Genre: Romance
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: The Taishou era didn’t end in 15 years, but went on for another 25. In order to protect her waning family, a girl resolves to marry a man she doesn’t even know the name of. However, just before the marriage was to take place, the girl’s younger brother mysteriously committed suicide by self-immolation and was found holding an old book in his hands. Appearing before the bewildered young girl was the “Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau,” more commonly referred to as “Fukurou.” According to these men, there exists “Maremono,” which are books that greatly affect their readers. On top of that, ever since the incident involving the girl’s younger brother, she unwittingly gains the ability to see “Auras” (the sentiments of the Maremono which manifest as bright lights and are usually invisible to humans). It was as though fate were trying to drag the young girl in its flames. And then, even though apprehensive, the girl chooses to venture outside her bird cage. Jealousy, hatred, scorn, compassion, and love. What awaited the girl was the darkness of betrayal that had already begun to bewitchingly inlay the imperial capital. Toyed by and swayed within that darkness, will the young girl finally reach the truth after her struggles, or…?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Not gonna lie, I have been eyeing this game for a while now. So since I can’t play it, I sure do want to watch it! Only it comes out on Sundays. FML.

Berry: Damn this sounds intense! I hope this is good because reverse harems usually end up bad.

MidnightDevont:  Once again the art is gorgeous, but I can’t drum up any actual interest in the plot. 

Pandora: I saw historical and I was out. I just don’t really like history, don’t get me wrong.

Aplus: I am pretty selective with harems (reverse or not). I will check this out though. Looks intense and dark. 

Fuzzy: Yeah the art is great, but I’m not hooked onto anything else. No thanks. 

Shadow: Is this a reverse harem? watches trailer THIS IS DEFINITELY A REVERSE HAREM. Which means this obligates me to at least watch one episode to see if it’s worth keeping up with. But due to the track record of reverse harems ending up not that good, I’ll give this one a pass on blogging.

Tsuyoku: Reverse harem based on a game means I’m out.

Possible Bloggers:
Eva


Persona 5 The Animation

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://p5a.jp/
Genre: Action Fantasy Supernatural
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: Ren Amamiya is about to enter his second year after transferring to Shujin Academy in Tokyo. Following a particular incident, his Persona awakens, and together with his friends they form the “Phantom Thieves of Hearts” to reform hearts of corrupt adults by stealing the source of their distorted desires. Meanwhile, bizarre and inexplicable crimes have been popping up one after another… Living an ordinary high school life in Tokyo during the day, the group maneuvers the metropolitan city as Phantom Thieves after hours. Let the curtain rise for this grand, picaresque story!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: ALL BOARD THE HYPE TRAINNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!~ IT LOOKS SO GORGEOUS! I need to play the game already, it’s been stuck in my backlog… ; v ;||||

Berry: Now THIS….THIS….THIS. Persona 5 is the only Persona game I’ve ever played, but let me tell you how much I loved this game. It’s story was amazing, the characters were all simply fantastic, it had fun gameplay, the soundtrack is out of this world. It was a really sexy game with a lot of personality and I love it to death. I’m also a little scared because I know that anime adaptations of video games are usually almost always bad, but I really want to be optimistic for P5. It’s just so damn GOOD.

MidnightDevont: I am super conflicted on this. i’ve played the game twice, I love it. All of the art they have put out has looked amazing, the PV looked great, the hype train is all kinds of real…but I am a realist. Let’s face it, anime adaptations of games are almost never good. They suffer greatly from time constraints and trying to condense plot points and almost always end up subpar at best. [see Persona 4 the animation for more details]. That being said, I want to check this out really badly BECAUSE I loved Persona 5 so much. It was a great game, with great characters and I think the anime will be able to drum up at LEAST half the charm. I’m putting myself down as a possible blogger and hoping that I don’t come out crying. Oddly, this is not the last show i”ve been hinting I want…so I lied earlier. There were four shows. 

Pandora: Never watched or played Persona at all.

Aplus: I think the rest of the team has the hype-train covered… never seen it/played it…

Fuzzy: I’ve always wanted to play the game but my lack of PS4 made it impossible. Alas, I will settle for watching the anime. Definitely won’t take this one up since I think someone who has preexisting game knowledge would be better suited. 

Shadow: HOLY. CRAP. I have been WAITING for this anime since being introduced to this game! And while I am hesitant after what happened with Persona 4 (which honestly wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it wasn’t great), I love the characters way too much to not watch this. And as much as I’d love to cover this, I won’t step on anyone’s toes if they want it more.

Tsuyoku: So stoked about Persona 5! I will not be able to play this one, so I’ll only get the anime experience this time around which means I hope it’s really awesome and well done.

Possible Bloggers:
Berry, MidnightDevont, Shadow


Piano no Mori

Animation Company: Fukushima Gainax
Website: http://piano-anime.jp/
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music, School, Seinen
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who’s been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Shuuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Music and a good story? You have my attention.

Berry: This is another one that immediately caught my attention. The premise is so interesting and it sounds like there’s going to be lots of drama and emotions. Two boys with such polar upbringings, how will they interact and what will they learn from each other? It just makes me excited thinking about it!

MidnightDevont:  …holy hell this sounds adorable and like it had potential for sadness and shipping. I won’t be covering it, but i will be checking it out. 

Pandora: Nope. Seems kinda sad.

Aplus: Ah yes, the old ‘piano in the woods’ story. Classic. I like the potential idea of 2 styles of training competing and ultimately influencing each other. Kind of like Kids On the Slope and the mix of classical and jazz music. That being said, I don’t think I will be covering this. I’ll probably just be envious the whole time about how much I want to learn how to play the piano. I guess I’ll go wander off into the woods…

Fuzzy: I think the old movie version of this has been on my plan to watch for like three years. Sorry but pass. 

Shadow: Hmm, not sure how I feel about this. Sounds interesting enough to give it one episode, but I probably won’t be covering it.

Tsuyoku: I’ll be watching this one casually because I’m interested in the characters.

Possible Bloggers:
Berry


Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori

Animation Company: ZEXCS
Website: http://rokuhoudou-anime.jp/
Genre: Slice of Life
Airing Date: April 10, 2018
Summary: Four men—Gure, Sui, Tokitaka, and Tsubaki—each help run a Japanese tea shop together called Rokuhoudou. When one visits the shop, they are greeted warmly, is served tea, and are often helped with any problems they may have. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I wonder if I am not just not into the whole “Happy Food Shop” animes? Wait, have I ever been????

Berry: Not very appealing and sounds a bit boring.

MidnightDevont:  …zzzzz…huh? oh sorry, I fell asleep because of how boring this sounds. The animation looks pretty though…

Pandora: Are they going to do odd jobs like Gintama? Out of their tea shop? For customers?

Aplus: Yeah… pass. The cat and the pigeon head in the picture almost got me. Not this time.

Fuzzy: No thank you. I have Bartender for this. 

Shadow: Hm, none of the character designs are that appealing and it really just sounds like a more dull version of Ouran High School Host Club so, nope.

Tsuyoku: The cast seems huge and in general it doesn’t seem appealing to me.


Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru

Animation Company: Seven Arcs
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/sareryu/
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April 5, 2018
Summary: The series takes place in an alternate world, staged mostly in the city of Eridana, whose territory is half in the Tseberun Dragon Empire, and half in the Lapetodes Seven Cities Alliance. Each half is separated by the Orielal River. In this world, special abilities called spell formulas (咒式, jushiki) exist, which are essentially chemical reactions augmented through special weapons that cause a magic spell-like effect. These special weapons are called Magic Staff weapons, and are as varied as regular weapons are. Spell formulists use these spell formulas to fight with “Beasts of Abhorrent Form,” natural creatures that use spell formulas and pose a threat to humans, such as Dragons, Aions, or Enormes. The story focuses on the two main characters, Gaius Sorel and Gigina Ashley-Bufh, the only two employees of spell formulist dispatch office Ashley-Bufh & Sorel Co. They are met with a variety of requests from a variety of clients, all requiring the adept use of spell formulas.”
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: As complicated as it sounds, I intend to check this one out. But I right now I don’t see myself blogging it.

Berry: Again, too much going on in the synopsis. No way.

MidnightDevont:  This is another one that looks really pretty and honestly the premise sounds kind of neat, but because of the sheer amount of other things I am putting my name down on. I’m gonna pass, but I might watch it anyway. 

Pandora: Nope. I’m not even sure if I like fantasy shows..

Aplus: I almost want to write it off for trying to put such an unnecessarily complex idea into the synopsis. That being said, the hour-long intro videos of the Fate series put me off from watching it for a while but I ended up loving them. This is difficult…

Fuzzy: Once again, the synopsis is super ANIME. Looks gorgeous, but still gonna give it a pass. 

Shadow: I’d probably watch the first episode to see if anything would come of it, but I’ll probably just pass on blogging.

Tsuyoku: It’s always weird to me when there’s fantasy and sci-fi tags at the same time. Overall I’m still not into whatever is going on here.


Shiyan Pin Jiating

Animation Company: Big Firebird Cultural Media Co., Ltd.
Website: http://frankenstein-family.animen.com.tw/
Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Airing Date: April 9, 2018
Summary: A scientist couple has been arrested for conducting illegal studies, allegedly for performing genetic modification on five of their children. Youngest children, Dannis, is the only one who grew up as a normal human, and has become the only family member who has to tend to rest of the members and to try to find a medicine to turn them into normal humans again. Dog human, plant gene, spider web gene, as well as mind reading, how will these family members who grew up in the laboratory survive in the outside world?!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: This show has been delayed for quite a now, nice to finally see it back on the board!

Berry: Finally! I’ve been wondering where this show has been. I was excited for this one because it sounds so good so it’s about time. Looks to be a possibly heartbreaking show with a strong family bond, which I love watching.

MidnightDevont:  This could go one of two ways, it could be super cute and heart warming or it could be a trainwreck…only time will tell. I’ll be keeping an ear to the ground for word on this one, but I won’t be actively seeking it out. 

Pandora: I was supossed to do this one seasons ago. I’ll give it a nice first impression.

Aplus: So, this is where the data from Nina went? Good to see Shou Tucker’s work finally being acknowledged in the scientific community.

Fuzzy: If this goes well, I see it being amazing. I mean that spider web and plant girl designs are great! But it’s something I’ll wait on before picking up. Also that dog human hmmm. Pass!

Shadow: This could be the heartwarming, family feels anime I need… or it could just turn horribly wrong. Either way, I’ll give it a couple episodes, but I don’t foresee myself blogging this.

Tsuyoku: The character designs and the concepts are interesting and cool, but the fact that has been delayed gives me bad vibes.

Possible Bloggers:
Pandora


Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen (2nd Cour of S3)

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://shokugekinosoma.com/
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi
Airing Date: April 9, 2018
Summary: The second cour of the third season of Shokugeki no Souma.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: W

Berry: Never liked this series.

MidnightDevont: I really need to watch the other seasons of this show eventually. I hear that it’s really good…

Pandora: This is still going on? My brother is ready for this season, though.

Aplus: Eh, I was pretty disappointed with this show recently. Maybe that was more of a setup season though, so I won’t judge it too harshly. I sincerely hope it gets back on track, but I’m not really feeling it.

Fuzzy: Love Shokugeki. Not caught up in the manga, but the show hasn’t really disappointed me yet, so let’s keep the train moving! I’m fine with taking it! 

Shadow: Didn’t watch the first two seasons so a pass for me.

Tsuyoku: Ah! I forgot to watch the first cour to this season… I definitely need to catch up.

Possible Bloggers:
Fuzzy


Souten no Ken: REGENESIS

Animation Company: POLYGON PICTURES
Website: http://www.souten-regenesis.com/
Genre: Action, Historical, Martial Arts
Airing Date: April 10, 2018
Summary: A mysterious man known as “the King of Death” roams the streets of pre-war Shanghai in this action-packed prequel to Fist of the North Star. Shanghai in the 1930s is a dangerous place. Foreign governments and Chinese factions have carved the city into different quarters, each with its own laws and government, and all rife with corruption. As the major powers vie for political control, the streets are left to local gangs. Life is cheap, and death is always near. In days past, one man walked these mean streets battling the forces of evil. He was known only as Yan Wang, “the King of Death.” Few knew who he really was, but many knew that he was a master of Hokuto Shinken – Fist of the North Star – a lethal martial art. He disappeared years ago after dispatching the city’s worst gangsters, and is now rumored to be in Japan. Various people have come to Japan in search of him, but who will find him first?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Pass.

Berry: I keep telling myself I’ll get to watching Fist of the North Star, I mean Hulu has the entire series there. But I still haven’t!! Grrrrrrrr! I swear I will!

MidnightDevont:  My thoughts looking at the art ‘It reminds me of Jojo or Fist of the North Star’, my thoughts after finishing reading the description. ‘So basically, it’s a sequel to Fist of the North Star’…which I was never really a fan of.  May it be meme’d as much as it’s predecessor I suppose? 

Pandora: Nope. Saw historical tag.

Aplus: A prequel to Fist of the North Star? My god. The memes. I’ll check it out, but that’s probably about it. Never actually saw the original so I have never been too invested.

Fuzzy: Omae wa mou shindeiru. That is basically a summary of the chances of me watching this. Pass. 

Shadow: Not a fan of the art style so, pass.

Tsuyoku: Passing on this one even though I think it’s great they got a reboot of sorts.


Steins;Gate 0

Animation Company: White Fox
Website: http://www.steinsgate.tv/index.html
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fic, Thriller
Airing Date: April , 2018
Summary: The dark untold story of Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his lively scientist alter ego, in pursuit to forget the past. When all seems to be normal, he is seemingly pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing a device that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies. Zero is a side story that explores events from the Beta Attractor Field’s future that contribute in making the end of the original story possible. 
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Whoops, it’s been years, but I have still yet to watch the original Steins;Gate- I even have the game! And I haven’t played it yet halp!

Berry: I’m one of the very few people that DID NOT like Steins;Gate. It was extremely boring, so boring that I couldn’t even finish the show. I couldn’t force myself anymore. Go ahead and roast me but I can’t stand Steins;Gate. :|

MidnightDevont: -deep breath, pyrodactyl shriek- IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE. IT’S HERE, THIS ISN’T A DRILL. GET YOUR PHONES AND YOUR MICROWAVE TIME MACHINES. STEINS;GATE 0 IS HERE AND I AM 300 KINDS OF READY. My only regret in life right now is that as a returning writer I can’t shotgun this, if I could. I would. I want this so badly, I would sell my soul to cover this. I love Steins;Gate. I’ve watched the original anime multiple times, played the VN, watched the movie and dear LORD the black suit Okabe. I haven’t played the VN for 0 yet, but I want too so badly. Possible blogger? YES, ABSOLUTELY YES!

Pandora: Never watched this show or played the game.

Aplus: I will almost definitely get burned alive for this, but I’m really not a fan of the original. I’ve tried watching it maybe 3 times and lost interest every time. The farthest I got was 8 episodes in. Needless to say, definite pass. 

Fuzzy: Steins; Gate 0? The next installment of the series that pretty much got me SUPER hooked onto anime? Of course I’ll watch it, and i have no doubt I’ll love it! But I don’t want to pick it up, I’ll just give it a nice slow watch. Maybe play the VN before I delve in, but considering how long the VN is, the chances are very slim. Pass! 

Shadow: I should watch the original series, but I probably won’t due to general laziness.

Tsuyoku: It took me years to finally cave and watch Steins;Gate because I was dead set on playing the VN and eventually came to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t. It was love at first watch! I watched everything that was available in like a month and once I found out this new one was coming out, I knew it’d be hardcore high priority watch.

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont, Tsuyoku


Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Animation Company: Studio 3Hz
Website: http://gungale-online.net/
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Game, Military, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April 7, 2018
Summary: Karen Kohiruimaki always felt out of place in the real world. Due to her extreme height, she found it hard to make friends with other girls her age. Everything changes when she’s introduced to VR and Gun Gale Online. In GGO, Karen is free to play the cute, chibi avatar of her dreams! Can Karen find friendship in this bullet-ridden MMO…?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Eh, I am not big on the SAO series in general, so I am a bit skeptical of whether or not I will like this one.

Berry: Okay, here’s a series I love shitting on. SAO is absolute garbage and deserves to burn. Although this is tempting because Kirito’s dumbass isn’t in it, but…this is SAO. I’m not even going to risk it.

MidnightDevont: Oh um, I need to watch season 2 still. I’d probably grab this if I was up to date, but I’m not…

Pandora: Nope. Don’t like Sword Art Online. I watched the first episode and was like “Nah.”

Aplus: Hehehe. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure now and again. For some people it’s cat girl maids. For me it’s watching shows that can only be described as ‘basic’. What’s that? An OP character who’s flawless and ends conflict before it begins with his charm and overwhelming strength? This is another turn off your brain show, so I will be watching, but not blogging.

Fuzzy: I don’t think I’ll ever watch Sword Art without the main cast. Need me some Kirito. Pass. 

Shadow: Hmm, I might give this a watch since Kirito won’t be the main focus. But I’ll pass on blogging.

Tsuyoku: I’ve watched a total of 5 SAO episodes. It was okay, but I never continued so I’ll pass on this one too.

 


Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

Animation Company: Doga Kobo
Website: http://tadakoi.tv/
Genre: Romance
Airing Date: April 5, 2018
Summary: In the story, Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, a transfer student from Luxembourg. Upon arriving in Japan, she got lost, separated from her travel companion. Mitsuyoshi helps her and brings her to his grandfather’s coffee shop.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Oh my god, my heart is fluttering. I think this might be the one show I will cover from this season!

Berry: The PV gave me goosebumps. Wow, it looks gorgeous! The colors are soft and the movements are fluid. This looks extremely adorable and promising!

MidnightDevont:  Oh wow, this sounds and looks really cute. I’ve got enough i’m signed up for, so Eva can have it…but bless my heart this show sounds adorable. 

Pandora: Romance! Good Art! But at the same time, looks historical..

Aplus: I always say I don’t like romances. Then I watch them and get hooked immediately. Happened with After the Rain this season and I’m sure it’ll happen with this show next season.

Fuzzy: This show looks amazing, and I dig the vibe of the PV! But I’ve got a good number already signed up. Take it Eva!

Shadow: I saw the pv for this and it looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ll probably stay tuned for it, but Eva can take this one.

Tsuyoku: I found out about this one about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since! It’ll probably be one of those shows I love and hate to watch.

Possible Bloggers:
Eva


Tokyo Ghoul:re

Animation Company: Studio Pierrot
Website: http://www.marv.jp/special/tokyoghoul/
Genre: ActionHorror, Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological
Airing Date: April 3, 2018
Summary: Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organization Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence. The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo’s unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures. The leader of this group, Haise Sasaki, is a half-ghoul, half-human who has been trained by famed special class investigator, Kishou Arima. However, there’s more to this young man than meets the eye, as unknown memories claw at his mind, slowly reminding him of the person he used to be.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I really need to get around to reading the manga series… I know I am missing out.

Berry: Remember I said I didn’t like Tokyo Ghoul? More like I hate it, but you get the picture.

MidnightDevont:  Right um…so remember earlier when I mentioned I struggle immensely to watch Tokyo Ghoul despite it being just about everything I like in anime. That applies here…I just…don’t think I could. 

Pandora: Ay! What up! I’m watching this. I need some horror in my life. And I watched the rest of the Tokyo Ghoul. I wasn’t about to blog it, but everyone going to watch the first 3 episodes. Everyone hated root A, but seriously the author wanted to see this story a little differently, which I love.

Aplus: I don’t care what PV, review, or whatever comes out. After the ending of the last series, I won’t, nay, I can’t, trust this show without hard evidence. It looks soo cool though.

Fuzzy: Never read the manga, and I didn’t really like the original Tokyo Ghoul, so pass. That cover looks sick though. 

Shadow: Considering I never made it past the first three minutes of the first episode in the first season because I’m a pathetic, scaredy baby, pass.

Tsuyoku: I’ve been meaning to pick up the first Tokyo Ghoul manga for like 2 years and it hasn’t happened yeat. I don’t see that changing for this one.

Possible Bloggers:
Pandora


Uma Musume Pretty Derby

Animation Company: P.A. Works
Website: http://anime-umamusume.jp/
Genre: Sports
Airing Date: April 1, 2018
Summary: The game’s concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent running capability, and who aim to become top idols and compete in the national sports entertainment show “Twinkle Series.”
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: ….. It looks cute and all but… what a bizarre combination….

Berry: I know this is a fake Miyazaki quote, but he was right, anime was a fucking mistake.

MidnightDevont: What did I just read? 

Pandora: No. What is up with sports this season. Everyone calm down with the sports.

Aplus: Yesss. Give me more sports. Horses or not, I’m digging the animation and art.

Fuzzy: Horse girls? That’s my feti-Pass. 

Shadow: Um, what?

Tsuyoku: I have no idea what is going on with this one, but even though the art is pretty cute I don’t want to find out.

 


Wakaokami wa Shougakusei!

Animation Company: Madhouse
Website: http://www.waka-okami.jp/
Genre: Supernatural
Airing Date: April 8, 2018
Summary: 12-year-old Oriko Seki, who lost her parents in a car accident, ended up living in her grandmother’s Onsen Ryokan “Haru no Ya.” With the ghost “Uribou” cohabitating with her and all the other odds, she ended up training to be a young female innkeeper. At first, she didn’t like the training, but gradually felt her admiration for her title and began to train seriously. Thus, the growth of the young warrior Oriko begins.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: No. Pass. Not interested.

Berry: Looks harmless and cute, but maybe too kiddie for me.

MidnightDevont: words do not begin to describe how uninterested I am in this.

Pandora: Nah, but it looks cute.

Aplus: Nope.

Fuzzy: Yeah, not feeling this at all. Pass. 

Shadow: I think I’ve given up on watching series that star twelve year olds.

Tsuyoku: This looks really cute and like someone I could enjoy! I might watch it casually.

 


Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://wotakoi-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April 12, 2018
Summary: The story centers on the awkward romantic comedy between Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is secretly a game otaku.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I read a bit of this manga a while back, it is quite charming!!! I will be watching this one!

Berry: Hmmm….I’m not too sure on this one. Surprisingly it’s not making me crazy for it.

MidnightDevont:  Oh darn, it’s cute…and i relate to the main girl…and it’s animated by A-1….I know I said no more but….just in case one of my other shows gets shotgunned or I need to step aside and let someone else take one….

Pandora:  I like that, but I’m going to let everyone blog it like I did with After the Rain.

Aplus: I’m good. The fujoshi life ain’t for me. Anytime something like that is used it becomes the entire character rather than a trait of the character and, unlike other traits, I can’t relate to it at all.

Fuzzy: I might pick it up if I hear good things about it, but otherwise I got too much on my plate. Pass.

Shadow: I absolutely LOVE the manga for this and I made a rather embarrassing noise when I saw this on the list next season. It’s so freaking adorable and it’s definitely on my list to watch.

Tsuyoku: Kyaa! It’s finally here! I’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced. Can’t wait to check it out.

Possible Bloggers:
MidnightDevont, Shadow


Yokai Watch: Shadow Side

Animation Company: S
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/youkai-watch-ss/
Genre: Comedy, Demons, Kids, Supernatural
Airing Date: April 13, 2018
Summary: Keisuke is a fifth grader who does not believe in ghosts, UFOs, or even yo-kai. Lately, he has noticed that Natsume has been coming home late, and one day decides to tail her. When he discovers that Natsume goes to a yo-kai detective agency, Natsume is forced to involve Keisuke in her activities.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I haven’t actually watched any of Yokai Watch yet, so I guess should probably get around to see if it entertains me?

Berry: I saw like one half episode of Yokai Watch on TV and it actually made me laugh out loud. I can see why people like this series, but I’m not sure if I’d ever get into it.

MidnightDevont:  Never did get into Yokai Watch….

Pandora: Nope. Do people still watch Yokai Watch???

Aplus: Too many “nevers” in this reaction section. It’s so negative. I’ve always… been a fan of watching shows… that aren’t this one. That’s more positive, right? 

Fuzzy: Doesn’t interest me in any way. I do love yokai, but not enough to make me watch this. 

Shadow: Never got into it. Pass.

Tsuyoku: I’ve never watched Youkai Watch despite constant peer pressure, so I doubt this will change that.

 


Overall Thoughts

Eva: Welp, talk about a bad time to have your hands full! This season is looking great, but I am in a bit of a pinch because Darling in the FranxxHugtto! Precure, Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS are all carrying over into the Spring. With my current life schedule, I may be forced to pick only one title from this season, and I decided it will most likely be Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai. No question about it. Nevertheless it is frustrating to only pick one when there’s so many titles that have caught my attention, so maybe I can whip some magic together and make something work. The ones I will be keeping my close eye on this season will be Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi, Mahou Shoujo Ore, Nil Admirari no Tenbin, Persona 5 The Animation, Piano no Mori, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii! 

Berry: At first I thought the Spring season looked pretty boring but now that I’ve gone through this preview, it’s actually looking pretty good. There’s lots of different type of shows, and luckily for me lots of interesting looking sports anime with some reboots! That said, I didn’t sign up for that much because I kind of want to be on the down low this season. I’m working more on myself with job searching and such, you know, being a productive member of society, so I can’t swamp myself with too many shows. I only really wanted to do two shows, with Persona 5 being an absolute must, and picking between either Golden Kamui or Piano no Mori but I kind of want to do all three of them. Even worse, I might even pick up Lost Song, or at least do a Quick Look for it. I still don’t know what to do so I’m going to have to think about it. But, if anyone wants to share any other those shows (most likely Persona), then that’ll lighten the load and that could let me handle another show. We’ll see!

MidnightDevont:  THREE THOUSAND YEARS WILL GIVE YOU SUCH A CRINK IN THE NECK. I’m back from my supposed retirement [who could keep me from watching anime and blogging forever right?] and ready to cover shows. 9 shows, 9 shows my name is down on. This season is bursting with potential for good anime and I’m not even exactly sure how my brain is going to handle it all. I am so happy to be back and writing for the site at the beginning of such a promising looking season. I’m just hoping I can either split coverage on some of these or I am going to burn myself out for sure. Though, that being said, my biggest hype trains of the season are Steins;Gate 0, Persona 5, Mahou Shoujo Site, Mahou Ore and Hero Academia season 3. The others are just vague interests or things that sounded really neat or fun to me. I am hyped to bring you coverage and watch good anime! 

Pandora: Okay. Too many remakes/reboots, too many sports, too many historicals, too many idols, and too many fantasies. Ugh. What a mess up in here. Come up with better ideas or actually animate manga/ideas people really want instead of making remakes( just thought of shows that would be nice animes). I have found some ones I like including Devil’s Line,Shiyan Pin Jiating (Jikkenhin Kazoku) and Tokyo Ghoul:re to detox from watching too much comedy. And thay slavery one(Dorei-ku The Animation), also looks pretty good to be honest. I also still have Saiki, so I still have comedy. I’m just sort of disapointed, I didn’t really want to watch too much of anything this season.

Aplus: I wasn’t here for the last season (or two?) and I’ve become a very jaded old man in a very short amount of time. Everything in the lineup looks just OK. I’m really not expecting any gems out of this season. Maybe my low expectations will make it so I am pleasantly surprised. I personally see the increase in sports to be a great thing, the historical pieces are up my alley, and I always look forward to the action/adventure shows! While there were a bunch I would’ve like to have covered, due to time restraints, I will be checking out these three for first impressions (at least): Caligula, Lost Song, and Ladyspo. I mentioned my reasoning under each individual show but, to sum it up, I think Caligula will either be very, very good OR get completely lost in it’s own plot and do absolutely nothing with it’s time. I am excited to document that journey whether it be into the hall of fame or on a flaming, sinking ship. Lost Song and Ladyspo both just seem like shows I’ll enjoy. While the latter (even after researching on my own) has basically NO information available, I can’t see how some ladies playing sports for money could go wrong. Another Keijo? Sure, why not. Oh, it’s just another sports show? OK, that’s totally fine by me! See? It’s a win-win! Regardless, I’m glad to be back after my short, short hiatus and I’m looking forward to laughing, crying, and just generally being confused with everyone.

Fuzzy: Alright! Let’s go SPRING 2018! This is actually a pretty great season, with romances, a reverse harem, a lot of sports. It’s like crazy diverse. I guess I’m most excited for the reboot of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and although pretty much everyone is skeptical on the reboot, I have hope! Please don’t mess it up. Please. With Persona 5 and Steins;Gate 0 the anime community will definitely be busy this season, and of course there’s the big dog of shounen, My Hero Academia. But yeah, the season seems really good and I am excited for my first season as writer! 

Shadow: Freaking HYPED for a few of these titles such as Third Season of My Hero Academia, Persona 5 and Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii. There do seem to be a lot of other potentially interesting ones as well. I’m always hesitant going into a new season after such a good previous one, so it’s going to take some getting used to with these new shows. I’m excited to see what hidden gems there are this season though!

Tsuyoku: Very polarizing season lineup for me! I’m either really cold or hot on everything, very few titles I’m neutral about, but let’s ignore the riff-raff and focus on the amazing! I’m really looking forward to possibly blogging Cutie Honey Universe, Steins; Gate 0, Hisone to Maso-tan, Gurazeni and Dorei-ku the Animation. Besides these titles I’ll also for sure be watching Boku no Hero Academia 3, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu -Die Neue These- Kaikou, Hinamatsuri; Megalo Box, Persona 5, Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii and then there’s a few more I might check out for the heck of it!

Eva

Blogging Anime since Summer 2009, & Founder of AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog

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6 Responses

  1. zztop says:

    Some comments on the season:

    1) Mahou Shoujo Ore has preaired its 1st 2 eps on Crunchyroll.

    2) I’m rather impressed Cute Earth Defense Club got a S3, since it speaks volumes about the fandom’s love for it. Especially when you consider the director & producer said that S2’s existence was dependent on how many Blurays they could sell.

    3) Guns Gale Online is a spinoff written by Sigsawa Keiichi, author of Kino’s Journey. I’d expect its execution to be very different from Kawahara Reki’s. However, there will be an adaptation of SAO’s Alicization arc this fall, hailed by many as the best SAO arc and Kawahara’s growth as a writer.

    FYI, Kawahara has since apologized for SAO’s execution, especially the Aincrad arc. He’s regretted some plot directions he took, and admits as a then-amateur writer he made many mistakes contributing to the criticisms against him. (IIRC there was an interview where he admitted caging Asuna in Aincrad because he couldn’t think of any other way that time to “increase the sense of urgency and danger for Kirito’s adventure in the 2nd arc…there was hardly any problem they couldn’t overcome together”.)

    Not a SAO fan, just playing devil’s advocate to the hate for SAO. (If AngryAnime still thinks he deserves to be roasted on an open fire despite the apologies, that’s fine.)

    4) An LN reader of Dances with the Dragons says its violent, gory, things always turn for the worst, and everyone’s a terrible person.

    • Eva says:

      So Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru is actually quite dark and gory? Yikessss… looks like I better avoid it. I can read books like that, but I can’t stomach watching it X_X Thanks for the heads up!

      • zztop says:

        There’s no translation at the moment, unless you can read Japanese. (Some out there read the source in Japanese, but they don’t translate.)

  2. il-Palazzo says:

    Captain Tsubasa’s reboot are being made by David Pro, interesting.

    Will they breath new life into the old show like they did Jojo? I doubt it. I’m willing to give it a try though.

    But first thing first, must binge Gundam Build Fighter Try, now.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Man…slice of life is my weakness, and there’s a lot of cute anime that I look forward too. I haven’t really looked too deeply into the SAO spin off, but I do know that it was written by the author of Kino’s Journey, so given that, I’m gonna watch it, and I hope that you give it a try. Kino’s Journey was excellent, and I hope to see some of that in the new anime, at least the writing and story, so it won’t just be a SAO clone.

  4. V. says:

    Nothing unique really stands out for this season, at least regarding my tastes. I ended up only watching 3 shows (not including Vrains and Hugtto hasn’t really hooked me up yet so I watch if I’m bored) for Winter and the plot and first episodes will really determine which ones I’ll watch in Spring. Winter had a lot of misses, so here’s hoping Spring’s full of hits instead!

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