Anime always has amazing concepts that go nowhere. This season has none.
Read part one here fools
Studio: Satelight (Akame ga Kill, Steins;Gate)
Director: Shinki Takamatsu (Gintama, Everyday Lives of Highschool Boys)
First of all the designs are the most unironically bad, edgy webcomic-like designs I have seen in literal years and the dude with heterochromia triggered me thinking about middleschool. Either way, this will definitely be some light campy comedy shtuffs that will probably get old after a couple of episodes. Harmless but nothing to care about. Might be worth a shot for the director.
Studio: A1 Pictures (nope)
Director: Kyohei Ishiguro (Lance n Masques, Your Lie in April)
As someone who has never seen the appeal in Steins;Gate it’s hard for me to judge a preview like this when it’s predecessor is literally the main selling point of it for now. Either way, for a season that doesn’t have a lot of focused hype I’ve seen a couple of people talk about this. However not the context, the studio and much less the director does anything for me, so I’ll check it out but knowing I’ll pass big time.
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
Studio: Kinema Citrus (Black Bullet, Under the Dog)
Director: Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Alien 9)
The anime recession hit Ping Pong the Animation hard so they sold out and did this.
Shuumatsu no Izetta
Studio: Ajia-do (Sensitive Pornograph, Vampire Hunter D)
Director: Masaya Fujimori (Some Fairytail movie)
I really don’t know what to say about this man the trailer looks Good™ and reminiscent of Aldnoah.Zero (which should be a contradiction) but I just know that I won’t finish this even if I were to start it even if it might be alright – kind of like Re:Zero, actually. Anyways, y’all tell me about this one.
Soushin Shoujo Matoi
Studio: White Fox (Akame ga Kill, Steins;Gate)
Director: Masayuki Sakoi (Strawberry Panic, Sora no Method)
White Fox continues to be my least favourite studio ever with a triggering strike of shit-I-don’t-like-anything-they’ve-ever-made-god-damn. I’m not sure who this is for but I guess the girlies would look cute on little figurines so have fun with that you figurine fuckers.
Stella no Mahou
Studio: Silver Link (Watamote, Kokoro Connect)
Director: Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Byori)
Figurine fuckers continue to thrive with Stella no Mahou which has the least helpful preview of all time but the fact that I don’t know Japanese might have a lot to do with it. I won’t look up the description so I’ll take a wild guess: cute little girls gather together to learn about programming and add some innocent animu humor in it to make it relatable. It’s probably not even 24 minutes long. Am I right?
Tiger Mask W
Studio: Toei Animation (Sailor Moon, One Piece)
Director: Lol no one knows
This seems like the type of shit older anime fans would just eat up straight from the floor three second rule to be damned, but this is the first time I’ve heard of this and can barely find any information of it online apart from it having another 100 plus episode series in the 70s. The fact that it’s Toei might have something to do with it and it’s sad because it could have probably been lit if it was done by anything else. If any of y’all have another explanation for why this is getting no attention whatsoever, please tell me.
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
Studio: Dogakobo (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki kun, Plastic Memories)
Director: Takashi Naoya (Watashitachi Luck logic-bu!)
More of nothing from Dogakobo who released one good show and ever since then has been struggling to be mediocre at best. Not harmful in any way, I wonder if they get paid by whatever company is behind the franchise for them to release this kind of thing time after time. I would have probably watched this if I was a little younger and ate up anything with pretty boys, but now I’ll pass.
Trickster Edogawa Ranpo Shounen Tantei dan Yori
Studio: TMS Entertainment (Re:Life, Orange)
Director: Masahiro Mukai (Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation)
It seems like TMS is trying to get rid of it’s ecchi tag for a little while now, and while I appreciate the effort, they have yet to hit the note. Orange promised (and by all means, should have been) greatness, but had a ri-di-cu-lous amount of animation directors which made it inconsistent, and just like Ao Haru Ride, the melodrama translated horribly on screen. As for Re:Life, I haven’t watched it yet, but I haven’t heard a lot of good from it. Either way, this time they try their luck by creating a show inspired by a Ranpo Edogawa book (in case you don’t remember, a while ago brought us another Ranpo Edogawa inspired anime called Ranpo Kitan which no one actually liked but had a dope opening) and tries to muster up a little bit of interest with character designs from mangaka duo Peach-Pit aka the creators of Shugo Chara. I appreciate the effort, but I’m doubting the results.
Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
Studio: LIDENFILMS (Terraformars, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)
Director: Yoshihide Ibata (Shingeki no Kyojin Chuugakkou)
Lord have mercy on Liden Films, the studio that will forever be remembered for taking censorship to the next level even though they had nothing to do with the censorship in the first place. Being one of the three people who actually genuinely liked Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches I fear for their image. Regardless, this is another family-oriented slice of life show with a little kid so I can’t watch it because I’ll probably cry at the opening. Otherwise I might have given it a shot.
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star
Studio: A1 Pictures (I’m not even gonna bother)
Director: Probably the same director as the 20 previous seasons
The Utapri train just doesn’t stop thriving and while I’m sitting here being Bothered™ that no season will be as good as the second one, I still trick myself into watching a couple of episodes to be inevitably disappointed and ready to tie the noose. Either way, diversity in the charts is cool, and Utapri kills it everytime and will continue to do so till the fanbase has enough. Which is never.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda
Studio: Brains Base (Durarara, Princess Jellyfish)
Director: Hiroshi Ishiodori (Peach Girl)
I should be excited for this and be jumping up and down for a Junko manga to be adapted into anime, my little fourteen year old heart is happy for this, but seventeen year old me just knows that this is going to get repetitive fast, the fangirls will eat it up but eventually it’ll tank in sales. It’s not even the teams fault, because Brains Base is a solid studio and Hiroshi Ishiodori has a lot of experience with a variety of shows. The manga itself is funny and #Relatable, but something is just off and I can’t tell what it exactly is. Of course I’ll watch it.
Yuri on Ice
Studio: MAPPA (Zankyo no Terror, Punch Line, A bunch of good shit)
Director: Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko to Hatchin, Samurai Champloo episode director)
I’m not sure what I should talk about first. Is it the image of Sayo Yamamoto I found on MAL where she looks like a total badass who will fuck you up? is it that she has had a hand in most iconic anime shows of the decade? is it that she’s not only the director, but actual creator of this show animated by MAPPA? Is it that MAPPA is doing this? is it that it’s the only show of the season which has the hype and attention of the community? One way or another, this trailer is animated art. I know this is going to be good. I just hope fujoshi’s buying power will help MAPPA out a bit because I’m always worried they’re being too experimental for their own good. Bless up.