As the temperature rises and students finish up the school year, it is time to say goodbye to spring and hello to summer! After picking up my badge for this year’s Anime Expo (AX), I feel that it’s appropriate to reflect back on this past anime season. Spring season has given me a variety of great shows to watch, such as Tsuki ga Kirei, Eromanga-sensei, Attack on Titan 2, etc., while also surprising me with the amazing show known as Boku no Hero Academia. Now with the anticipation of AX hanging over my shoulders, I am more than ready to start the SUMMER ANIME SEASON!!!
Here are the shows that I am planning on watching:
- Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu
AHHHH I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SINCE IT WAS ANNOUNCED! LETS GO!
- Ballroom e Youkoso
An anime on ballroom dancing…as a dancer it’d be a crime to not watch it!!!
What can I say…I’m sports anime trash.
- Koi to Uso
The premise of this show seemed interesting and Kana Hanazawa is one of the main characters!
- Netsuzou TRap
I’m probably cursing myself by watching a Shoujo Ai anime for the first time…but I’m curious hehehhehe
- Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun
A sports anime with a clean-freak protagonist naturally poked my interest.
- Tsurezure Children
Each episode is only 15 minutes, but COME ON the characters are adorable!
There’s a lot of hype for this and it’s connected to the Fate franchise! WOOO!
- Konbini Kareshi
I actually have no excuse why I’m watching this…LOL XD
- Hitorijime My Hero
YAOI YAOI YAOI YAOI
- Boku no Hero Academia 2
I picked this show up on a whim and I can say that I now understand the hype for this anime. I never expected to love the show and it’s characters so much to the point that I’m begging all of my anime friends to watch it so that they can geek over it with me. Consider me a part of this fandom from now on!
I’m super, super excited to start watching these shows! This summer season is even more special since I am starting it by attending all 4 days of AX. I am cosplaying as Yuuri Katsuki from…you guessed it, Yuri!!! on ICE. Plus, I have a chance to meet Kubo-sensei and Yamamoto-sensei! In the words of Yuuri, “I’m still in denial that this is actually happening!”
I’m praying to the anime gods that I will be able to get autographs from both of these lovely ladies and attend their panel. While I wait in line in the ungodly hours of the morning, I will be waiting to start this great line-up of anime. Thanks for reading!
Beginning Thoughts of the Summer Anime Season 2017. . .
Summer Season of Anime is already among us, and I’m so glad it’s here. With Spring being so incredibly weak, I find myself enjoying the fact that the Summer Season is already this good and it’s only the better. Regardless, here are my thoughts on the beginning shows I’m watching. Please keep in mind that these are based solely on the first episode or two, and are purely just my opinion. So please, if yours differs, I’d love to here it.
Kakegurui: Studio MAPPA
Hi, I’m one of the contenders for best show of Summer Season. Gambling. Finally something different. There aren’t as many series about Gambling as there is with so many others, much less done in this high school setting. Regardless, I love the art style of this series, especially when it gets to be those truly disturbing scenes. I can say without a doubt that this is definitely going to be one of the highlights of this season.
Hajimete no Gal: Studio NAZ
Would you hate me if I said this is one of my favorites so far? Yeah, I’m trash, and this is trash, but I don’t care. It’s an ecchi series that isn’t making me hate everything around me so far, so I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts. DO NOT WATCH THIS WITHOUT HEADPHONES.
Koi to Uso: LIDENFILMS
This show is a perfect example of a series where the plot is good enough to save the series. The art style is very generic, granted, it’s higher quality generic, but generic and bland nonetheless. I would love this series so much more if it was done in more of a March Comes in Like a Lion, or even a Scum’s Wish Art Style, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case here. However, I am loving the plot thus far. Who honestly isn’t interested in this concept of Forbidden Love. I honestly can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.
: Creators in Pack
Disappointed. Nine Minute Series. Nine Freaking Minutes. Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Yuri, don’t waste your time. I happen to really enjoy Yuri, so I’ll keep watching it for a little while. The manga is a billion times better compared to this. #StopMakingShittyAdaptations.
Ballroom e Youkoso: Production I.G.
Hi, I’m the other top runner for best series of the season. I really love this series. It’s amazing. It’s unique, and I can honestly see this being almost as big as Yuri on Ice. Check this shit out. I mean you could also just check it out solely for the purpose of that unique I.G. Art Style; I mean, hello this has Haikyuu written all over it.
Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: Production Reed
Dropped. I’m sick of the “another-world-harem-series” it’s getting old. Granted, this is a slightly different “another world harem” by having the main guy getting to keep his smartphone in this other world. I know right? God understands our first world struggles. Also, this art style is bland. But who knows, maybe you’ll like it.
Nana Maru San Batsu: TMS Entertainment
Annd this is going to be dropped. Calling it now. I hate the art style. I also hate the main girl; in fact, I hate her so much I don’t even like her enough to learn her name. I really liked the concept. A Quiz Anime. It’s completely different from everything else, the only thing that truly kills the series for me is the execution. The execution is absolutely terrible. It had potential, and it’s just really sad to see it wasted.
Dive!!: Studio Zero-G
Honestly, this is probably going to get dropped. As much as I hate to admit it, I find this show just underwhelming. When I first heard about the show, I had high hopes that it was going to be something, maybe not as awesome as Free!, but at least as eye catching, or entertaining, or hell, even just partially lovable as Free!. I find myself disappointed, both with how the show is turning out, as well as with how much I expected from it. Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Sports Anime, don’t bother. I would also like to point out that everywhere I’ve read about it does have Comedy tagged before Sports, yet I have not found a bit of it even relatively close to “comedy,” so there’s that as well…
Hitorijime My Hero
: Encourage Films
Watching this. Why? Meh, I like BL. In all honestly though, it’s turning out alright; it is a Shounen Ai, series, so regardless, I always go into them with no expectations, so for now, it’s just meh. I’ll let you know more when it gets further along.
Tsurezure Children: Studio Gokumi
I’m actually really enjoying this one. It’s a cute little time killer that’s pretty funny, and is all about kids with these love problems. How cute. The art style is very generic, and the plot isn’t exactly reverting, but it’s entertaining and that’s all that matters.
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: Studio Lerche
I’m interested. Very interested. I went into it thinking that it was just going to be some Assassination Classroom wanna be by the same studio: Class of Underachievers, given up on by this precious elite school. I’m honestly glad that it, so far, isn’t turning into that at all. I’m curious to see where it goes from here.
Jigoku Shojo: Studio Deen
Hell Girl!! *Crying* I missed you so much. You never realize just how much you miss a show until you get another season and it just makes you so happy. This is me with Hell Girl. Thank you. I needed this. I needed an excuse to binge the series again, (which I totally did) just to mentally prepare myself for this new season.
Boku no Hero Academia: Studio Bones
That second half art style change though!!! Still best show so far. Best show of the season. Best Show of Last Season. Just Best. Show. WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING THIS?!?!?!
So anyways, that is my first impressions of the series so far that I am watching. Please keep in mind these are merely my thoughts, and I am not going to be watching everything this season. If there’s something I’m not watching that you think I should be, please let me know. Also, let me know what you’re thinking of this season so far!
the end of spring is upon us yet again, summer
is approaching bringing with it my first quarter-century birthday and a wave of
new anime of which there are no sequels of interest for me, so the list of
shows I may end up watching is unusually diverse and pretty wild. HeroAca,
Virgin Soul and Re:Creators continue into the summer too, the first two being
brilliant, the latter… eh. I’ll talk about it in my final review of the season
Altair: Definitely my most anticipated show of the season. The manga’s been
making waves all over the place and getting praised for its story and beautiful
artwork and since MAPPA now has all the money in the world after Yuri on Ice
became the fifth (potentially even third, time will tell) best-selling anime
since 2000, I hope they’ll do something really good with it.
Youkoso: Production I.G. picking up another sports anime? And one based around
an artistic-interpretative competitive sport? Sign me the fuck up a hundred
times over! I gotta say though, that my excitement for this show has soured due
to 1) the fucking giraffe necks in the concept art and 2) All the fuckboys
rallying up around it saying “don’t worry, this one isn’t gay shit like Yaoi on
Ice™”. But I still have high hopes for this
Kiseki Chousakan: The premise sounds so kooky and cool and fun and I’m weak okay?
It’s definitely different and sounds interesting so I hope it delivers
Touken Ranbu: After the massive let down that was Hanamaru, my interest in this
franchise has dwindled quite a bit. Since they’re doing this as a more
plot-heavy historically-focused rendition of the characters, I’m hoping it’ll
be more my kind of thing and that ufotable makes it look amazing.
other sports anime of the season and it’s about diving of all things! Diving is
one of my favorite sports to watch, but the studio doing this is kinda new so I’m
worried they won’t be able to produce the animation this kind of sport would
require. Fingers crossed. Just hoping it won’t be another Battery.
Looks cool? Not a concept I’ve seen before so I think it could be very fun and
unique. I literally don’t know, I’m casting a sort of wide net because there
are no sequels of interest for me this season but there seems to be an
abundance of “I’ve never seen an anime about this!” shows which is kind of a
rare thing in the medium.
Shokudo: I’d usually pass on anything that uses ‘isekai’ on its title, but my
interest for the growing trend of food-centric anime beats my zealousness
against otaku isekai LN. Hopefully it’ll turn out sweet and fun
Danshi Aoyama-kun: The concept sounds weird enough to work in the same way that
Tanaka-kun, Sakamoto, Saiki Kusuo and Nozaki-kun did. I’m only crossing my
fingers for a weird af comedy, I ain’t asking for much.
Who the fuck knows, could go either way
Reflection: This has been in the works for a while and it’s actually a collab
with Stan Lee so basically I have no idea of what to expect but it has 50/50
chances of being amazeballs/a train-wreck and I’m quite curious.
Nayami: In principle I like the idea of a slice-of-life about centaurs,
definitely looks like something more in my taste than raunchier monster girl
shows, but since this is a Chinese coproduction and the main girl has huge
tiddies I’m cautious about it.
Reload: I haven’t watched the original Saiyuki –I’ve meant to, but my pile of
shame is so big- so I don’t even know if I’d be able to watch it, but if it
turns out to be something newbies on the franchise can enjoy, I’m definitely
interested in checking it out
The Fate Line aka I have no expectations whatsoever but still intend to check them out (maybe)
Back when this blog was young I managed to anger the Fate otaku because UBW was
shit, but as I said repeatedly back then, Fate as a concept is something I find
very engaging. Do I expect this one to be good? Nope. Why am I watching it
then? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I mean if I suffered
rape-facilitator Archer in UBW I can’t imagine Apocrypha can have something
that’ll make me quit… unless it’s offensively boring which can always happen
Kareshi: Everything below the Fate line I have no real expectations for, but if
I have time to check this out it might turn out to be dumb and fun ala Starmyu
or Dance with Devils. Who knows
my Hero: I mean, it can’t be worse than Super Lovers…. Right?
Trap: If there’s something I have even less faith in than questionable power
dynamics BL it’s fetiche yuri. Still might try to watch ep 1, depending on the
kind of reactions it gets
And that’s the season folks. Really lots of variety and with no sequels, pretty much everything on the list is a wildcard. Still I hope the top 5 shows won’t be a disappointment. Oh well, even if they are I’ll stillhave HeroAca and Virgin Soul.
What shows are you looking forward to for next season?