The season of pheromones, horny gambling and boyfriends having boyfriends has passed, and new greens are (not) ready to blossom.
This time, in the form of oldschool gore parties, idol shows and a lot of sequels. Never change, anime.
At first glace it’s not difficult to see that this is sequel heavy season. From the unrivalled acclaimed Osumatsu-san, to the ever so famous Umaru-chan to the lesser known shows like Wake Up Girls, Hoozuki no Reitetsu and Yuuki Yuuna Yuusha. It’s easy to overlook some of the first time gems, but thankfully for you, I’m here to tell you what hot stuff to add to your must watch list beyond the inside anime jokes and the male Idolmasters.
Every season has its peak show that the entire community silently agrees on following, during the spring season it was Eromanga-sensei, last season it was Kakegurui, and now I predict Inuyashiki will take the seasonal popularity crown.
Easily the most hyped and anticipated show of the season, Inuyashiki was originally penned by Hiroya Oku, the creator of the profilic Gantz and, of course, animated by studio MAPPA which has served us the anime to watch for nearly three seasons straight now.
Proving to everyone that it’s okay to colour out of the lines even if you drown yourself in debts with Yuri on Ice, earning the studio nothing less than six million US dollars based purely and solely on Japanese disc sales. It’s safe to say they’re taking Kakeguri’s advice to heart, meaning – we’re going to put millions in show no one else will put money into and bet on it.
No matter how many financial dunts they have in their repertoire, they still serve us some of the most visually appealling shows season after season, and judging by the preview, the highly anticipated Inuyashiki is not an exception, but a cocky nod of accepted challenge.
Death Note meets Gantz in this manga which is equally depressing as it is bombastically fun to watch. Part unique in it’s main character being a lonely and depressed elderly man, part insane in its plot reminiscent of mid 2000’s Madhouse classics. Inuyashiki, no matter how harsh it may be, is the anime to watch this season, and is a strong contender for anime of the year on all fronts.
That isn’t enough for Mappa however, because apart from producing a major contender for the win they’re also airing the third season of Garo, which technically isn’t actually a third season, because you can watch it without watching the first two and I strongly urge all of you to do so.
Or, alternatively, watch this opening of the first season released in the Fall season of 2014 and let it convince you instead. It might be intimidating to start a show based on a tokusatsu classic, but I promise you all it is absolutely worth it.
As with all seasons, not all studios put their thinking cap on and we’re left with an overwhelming wave of idol shows for all fits and sizes, sexes and appeals. From the male rendition of Idolmaster (nicely titled Idolmaster M) to the equally not-homoerotic-enough Dynamic Chord by studio Pierrot, Kpop fans worlwide will have a field day of watching exactly none of these shows, because why would you when the real thing is so much more dramatic, interesting and pretty to begin with?
Male idol fans in Japan didn’t get the memo. Love Live is back, except that it never left in the first place, and Tsukipro the Animation – the third male idol show and fifth idol show of this season – makes an attempt at summing up all of these shows in one, dull, boring line,
‘Follow this group of teens as they live day by day,’ and frankly, that’s all the description all the five idol shows of this season need.
I wasn’t kidding when I said that the wheels of this season are its overkill of second and/or third seasons. Shokugeki no Souma will continue its surprising reign beyond the anime fan sphere, Kekkai Sensen fans will finally receive their long awaited second season, and 3-Gatsu no Lion will follow its own footsteps of being one of the most heartfelt anime we’ve had in a long, long time.
It’s interesting to note that all of these shows are sequels from fairly new shows, so colour me surprised when a Kimi no Tabi, The Beautiful World remake was announced. Old timers will remember this show, while the new kids should imagine classics like Natsume Yuujinchou and Mushishi, before Natsume Yuuchinjou and Mushishi were even a thing.
I sincerely don’t expect this to get big. Or that a lot of people will talk about it, even with the fact that it is backed by Crunchyroll – this is the absolute worst season for an oldschool, serene show like to make a comeback on, but hopefully fans of this genre will give it the love it deserves.
Now, we talked about potential sleeper hit Garo, we’ve talked about the show of the season Inuyashiki, we’ve covered the idol shows and the majority of the sequels we’re getting. What’s missing here is a big shonen hit that may or may not carry over to another season a lá Shokugeki no Souma and Boku no Hero Academia.
Unfortunately, there’s only one contender for this spot. Black Clover is a manga serialized in the shonen Jump and if you haven’t heard about it it’s probably because this has got to be the most mixed received series I have seen in my entire life.
From looking at the teasers, covers and the fact that studio Pierrot is doing this, I’m expecting it to be along the lines of Owari no Seraph, meaning, pretty boys doing shonen Jump things, with a touch of grimmness. You never know with shows like this, they either fade into the same place where every other seasonal anime goes to die or they take off and become huge hits.
Examples being Owari no Seraph, which has the same ingredients as this show upon first glance, and the other example being shows like Boku no Hero Academia which are living fame above and beyond its season. Take your bets, guys.
If you asked me for the show I was most looking forward to, I’d be a difficult choice chosing between Inuyashiki, Garo and Mahoutsukai no Yome. Which is studio WITs entry of the season.
Mahoutsukai no Yome tells the story of Chise Hatori, an abused and enslaved girl who finally finds hope when a demon slash demon lord slash hades buys her. Not necessarily the most heartwarming of concepts, Mahoutsukai is more of a Disney princess story than it is an anime that takes the opportunity of an enslaved girl for unecessary sexual tension and shoujo clichés.
Mahoutsukai is magical and a rarity, which should be more than enough reason for you to watch it.
Which wraps up the potential highlights and general consensus of the upcoming season. Apart from the aforementioned shows, Ousama Game gets a special mention just in case it is really good and I can tell you all you saw it here first.