The brand new season is starting and as usual I am looking at the upcoming shows intensely to see what I should watch. Below is a list of shows that I will be checking out at the start of the season each with a short summery and the reason why I decided to check the show out. I am not doing a full season preview because there are a lot of those already out there and done in far more detail than I have the time or energy to do.
All the videos and information come from Anime Vice please go there for their complete list of the Spring season shows. Time permitting I’ll also do some first impression posts for these shows. I liked how the Durarara!! one turned out but they take a while to write and I’lve been strapped for time the last few weeks. So we’ll have to see.
To the list!
This show is a reverse of the standard “perverted guy falls in love” story by replacing the perverted guy with a perverted girl. Well, I’m a sucker for anime romance so I’m definitely going to check it out but if the humor doesn’t hold up past the first few episodes it probably won’t sustain my interest.
The long awaited collaboration between BONES and Stan Lee, Heroman is a story of a boy who likes to fix things who stumbles across a discarded toy robot. After tinking with it the toy turns into a giant robot superhero that wears an American flag for some reason. I don’t think this show is going to go anywhere. The robot looks silly and out of place with the American flag and the trailer reveals nothing about any possibly story the show might have. I don’t have high hopes. But, considering how high profile the show is, I pretty much have to at least give it a try.
House of Five Leaves
House of Five Leaves is about a Ronin who gets hired by a crime family and slowly gets wrapped up into the life of an outlaw. The art and animation look amazing. I’m very excited for this show. It feels like an attempt to go back when Anime was more about kicking ass and taking names than cute girls starting a band… not that I’m against the latter…
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
The story of a student council president who is attempting to make a formally male only High School more feminine.. by beating boys up? Her plans seem to be flawless until the most popular guy at school finds out she works at a Maid Cafe and then… yup.. blackmail. This show looks like an insane amount of fun. They have a seemingly strong female character put into a vulnerable role and the only choice is for to explode and kill everyone. If this show, like so many others, end up turning a strong female into a submissive character I will be very disappointed. I want to see a satisfying story that involves a maid cafe… not another fantasy for teen boys.
A teenage boy gets a job at a local restaurant filled with insane girls. Standard harem show which means it will be AMAZING. I love harem anime! There isn’t enough haram anime! This show looks to be more comedy focused than romance so it might be a welcome mix up for some of the old cliches.
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
I couldn’t find no information about the plot of the show except for Anime Vice’s Gia Manry non-descriptive summery, “A college senior reflects back on his career as a student.” This doesn’t look like a show to watch late at night… or when tired… or ever. Your brain would be better off if you did not watch this show. I will watch the show and take the bullet for you.
These are shows that I will wait and see an initial reaction to before giving them a try:
Senkou no Night Raid
Takes place in 1931 and follows a group of spies sent into China to see what has happened since the first world war. Looks interesting but not enough to get excited about. The animation looks fantastic but spy fiction isn’t exactly my favorite genre. I’ll keep an eye on it and if I hear universally good things then I’ll jump on it.
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors
Chibi Gundams reenact the events of the famous novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms? I can’t see how this could not become an incomprehensible train wreck. My love of both Gundam and Romance of the Three Kingdoms forces me to check this out.. if someone takes the time to fansub it, of course.
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
A student at a magical academy takes an aptitude test and receives “King of Demons” as his preferred career choice.
The concept doesn’t sound all that interesting but the director, Takashi Watanabe, is a master animation Director famous as the director of the Slayers shows and the masterpiece Kino’s Journey. His credits alone keep me interesting in an otherwise standard show.