It rained last night! There was thunder and lots of beautiful, loud rain. It was a lovely way to spend the evening reading and watching anime. I feel so excited that I just had to share that first!
Speaking of anime… Welcome to my quarterly post of the anime serials that I plan on watching during the Winter 2018 season, which will be running from January until April. After checking out multiple sources to see what’s going to be airing for the next twelve to thirteen weeks, I have accumulated a small list of eight shows that appealed to me the most. I even had an opportunity to watch the pilot episode for one of these, and it left a very promising first impression!
Last year, despite my best efforts, health issues and anime watching ruts prevented me from being able to partake in seeing simulcasts, and from all of the reviews and musings that I have read/watched, I can safely assume that I was lucky enough to not have missed much. Nonetheless, with my health on an incline towards positive improvements, and my otaku passions returning with a vengeance, I want to work diligently to be more proactive with new releases and the ever-evolving anime industry. My reasons for doing so are rather simple. Firstly, I fucking miss anime. Secondly, I really want to create more anime-related content. So, please wish me luck as I get back into the swing of otaku things.
Each series listed below will be accompanied with general information, such as genre, studio, etc., and a brief reason for why I want to check it out. Enjoy.
🎎 Originally a light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki
🎎 Seinen, Science-Fiction
🎎 Studio: Kyoto Animation (CLANNAD, Free!, Tamako Love Story)
🎎 Director: Taichi Ishidate
🎎 The story revolves around Auto Memory Dolls: dolls initially created by a scientist to assist his blind wife in writing her novels, and later rented out to other people who needed their services. While the initial function of these Auto Memory Dolls is only to generate voices into text, a second group of people created a company that rented out beautiful talented women who, while having the same function as the original Auto Memory Dolls, also can perform military-related tasks.
🎎 The synopsis has me quite intrigued, and very rarely do I watch works by Kyoto Animation and not enjoy them.
Record of Grancrest War (Grancrest Senki)
👹 Originally a light novel series written by Ryo Mizuno
👹 Seinen, Action, Fantasy
👹 Studio: A-1 Pictures (Anohana, Aldnoah.Zero)
👹 Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama
👹 On a continent ruled by chaos, the Lords have the power of a holy seal that can calm the chaos and protect the people. However, before anyone realizes it, the rulers cast aside their creed of purifying the chaos, and instead start to fight each other for each other’s holy seals to gain dominion over one another. Shiruuka, an isolated mage who scorns the Lords for abandoning their creed, and a wandering knight named Theo, who is on a journey to train to one day liberate his hometown, make an everlasting oath to work together to reform this continent dominated by wars and chaos.
👹 I love fantasy and need more fantasy anime in my life.
Darling in the Franxx
🤖 Original anime series
🤖 Shōnen, Science-Fiction
🤖 Studio: TRIGGER (Kill La Kill), A-1 Pictures (Tsuritama, Black Butler)
🤖 Director: Atsushi Nishigori (IDOLM@ASTER)
🤖 The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the “birdcage.” Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyōryū, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence.
🤖 My main reason for wanting to check this out: TRIGGER. They do phenomenal stuff. Second reason: Kill La Kill was a huge bag of strange and over-the-top theatrics. A part of me hopes that this will be too… to an extent.
Love is Like After the Rain (Koi wa Ameagari no Yō ni)
☔ Originally a manga series written by Jun Mayuzuki
☔ Seinen, Romance
☔ Studio: Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
☔ Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers, Mysterious Girlfriend X)
☔ Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling in love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son.
☔ I have absolutely no shame when I say that the only reason I want to see this is because it’s being produced by Wit Studio. I’m an unapologetic whore for anything from Production I.G. and Wit Studio. Yuuup.
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
🕰️ Originally a manga series written by Seita Horio
🕰️ Seinen, Horror, Mystery
🕰️ Studio: Geno Studio
🕰️ Director: Yoshimitsu Ohashi (Aquarian Age: Sign for Evolution)
🕰️ The story revolves around Juri Yukawa, who during a kidnapping of her nephew and brother, discovered that her grandfather can stop time using a mysterious stone and that can move freely when time is standing still.
🕰️ The premise sounded very different from most other offerings over the past few seasons, and the animation looked absolutely stellar.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
🔫 Originally a light novel series written by Chiaki Kisaki
🔫 Shōnen, Crime Fiction, Action
🔫 Studio: Satelight (Log Horizon, Bodacious Space Pirates, Fairy Tail)
🔫 Director: Kenji Yasuda
🔫 In the city of Fukuoka, crime exists subtly beneath a seemingly peaceful façade. Within the Hakata Ward of the city, there are various individuals with unique talents ranging from being professional killers, detectives, informants, and even professionals in the way of seeking vengeance. One such individual is known as nothing more than an urban legend: the killer of professional killers, has arrived within the city to create chaos.
🔫 I really enjoy crime fiction serials, and while the premise for this sounds a bit mediocre, I’m curious to see what it has to offer.
Junji Ito: Collection
🐛 Originally manga stories written by Junji Ito
🐛 Seinen, Horror
🐛 Studio: Studio Deen (Fruits Basket, Ranma 1/2)
🐛 Director: Shinobu Tagashira (Hunter x Hunter, No Doubt)
🐛 The anime will be a collection of stories written by Junji Ito.
🐛 This is going to be creepy and terrifying. I can’t resist.
A Place Further Than the Universe (Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)
🚢 Originally a manga written by Nene Yoimachi
🚢 Seinen, Adventure
🚢 Studio: Madhouse (Trigun, One-Punch Man, Black Lagoon)
🚢 Director: Atsuko Ishizuka (Nana, No Game No Life, The Pet Girl of Sakurasō)
🚢 The story centres on a small group of high school girls who embark on an adventure to Antarctica.
🚢 I wanted to see this because the premise sounded original and the animation looked amazing.
🚢 The first episode was excellent and makes me feel that this series has great potential to be the season hit.