Good morning, otaku, and bookish mates everywhere. Today, I wanted to share with you my five most-anticipated anime titles for the upcoming Spring 2018 season. These are not all the anime that I plan on checking out, just the ones that have caught my interest with most-enthusiasm.
After taking an hour or so yesterday to look at the season’s line-up, I must confess that compiling this list was difficult. I already knew what my top three shows were going to be before I even began the process, but afterwards, I had about eight shows on the list! I did some research and managed to narrow it down. To be perfectly blunt, I did not have lofty expectations for the Spring season. Yet, now that I have an idea of what the offerings shall entail, I am quite a bit more hopeful!
Okay, let us move on to the good stuff. All the titles are ranked from number five to my number one most-anticipated release. Although, if any of you follow me on Twitter, you may already have an idea of what that show is. The excitement for it is so hard-core, I cannot begin to express it in words. 😁
5. The Scales of Nil Admirari ~ The Mysterious Story of Teito ~
- Japanese Title: ニル・アドミラリの天秤 帝都幻惑綺譚 (Nil Admirari no Tenbin)
- Genre: Seinen, Fantasy, Mystery
- Studio: Zero-G
- Original: Visual Novel
- Written by: Yuma Katagiri
- Developed by: Otomate
- Published by: Idea Factory
- Synopsis: In a world where the Taisho era lasts 25 years longer, a young girl decides to marry a stranger to protect her waning family. However, prior to her marriage, her younger brother commits suicide by self-immolation and was found holding a book in his hands. Appearing before the girl was the “Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau,” or more commonly known as “Fukurō.” In this world, there are books that can affect their readers in a literal sense (“maremono”), and these folks are there to help regulate/investigate these books. The girl also obtains the ability to sense these books by seeing lights surrounding them that is invisible to regular human eyes. As she deals with the grief of losing her brother, she must now learn to understand this new power as well, one that will constantly test her with struggles and entice her towards the darkness.
- Why I’m So Interested: As a bibliophile, the concept of this anime really intrigues me. I think the notion of books having a real and physical effect on the people who read them is simultaneously strange and original. But it is an adaptation of an otome game, so my expectations are not super, duper high.
4. Full Metal Panic! IV – Invisible Victory
- Japanese Title: フルメタル・パニック！Invisible Victory
- Genre: Shōnen, Action, Military Sci-Fi, Mecha
- Studio: Xebec
- Original: Light Novel
- Written by: Shoji Gatoh
- Illustrated by: Shikidōji
- Synopsis: To avoid spoilers, I will just mention that this is the third season for the Full Metal Panic! anime series.
- Why I’m So Interested: I remember watching the first season and enjoying it quite a lot. It was not a masterpiece of an anime, but it had plenty of things that made it very good and pleasant to watch, even re-watch. I hope to catch season two this month so that I can be ready when the third season begins!
3. Persona 5: The Animation
- Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Original: Video Game
- Written by: Katsura Hashino, Shinji Yamamoto, Yuichiro Tanaka
- Developed by: P-Studio
- Published by: Atlus, Atlus USA, Deep Silver
- Synopsis: It takes place in modern-day Tokyo and follows the main protagonist after he transfers to Shujin Academy upon being put on probation for assaulting a guy. During the school year, he meets and makes friends with other students, who through various plot points, awaken their Persona Powers, and become a group of secret vigilantes known as the Phantom Thieves.
- Why I’m So Interested: I loved Persona 5. It is hand’s down the most stylish and beautiful game in the franchise, with interesting characters, a kitty-cat companion, and plenty of other goodies. While I have not enjoyed the anime adaptations for the other Persona games in the past, I am still going to remain hopeful that this will be a good one.
2. Tokyo Ghoul:re
- Japanese Title: 東京喰種トーキョーグール：re (Tokyō Kūshu:re)
- Genre: Seinen, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural, Horror
- Studio: Studio Pierrot
- Original: Manga by Ishida Sui
- Synopsis: This is the third season of the vastly popular franchise. Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Antēku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organization Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence.
- Why I’m So Interested: I fucking loved the anime for Tokyo Ghoul and, while it received a lot of hate, I also really enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul √A. It has everything that I love in a violent and psychologically fucked up anime series. I have only read the Tokyo Ghoul manga so far (not any of the sequels), but I plan on remedying that later this year.
1. Devils’ Line
- Japanese Title: デビルズライン
- Genre: Seinen, Supernatural, Psychological, Crime Fiction
- Studio: Platinum Vision
- Original: Manga by Ryo Hanada
- Synopsis: Tsukasa is a college student that is rescued one evening from an attack by a devil, vampires that blend in among the human population. Anzai, her saviour, is a devil himself who utilises his unique gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force specialising in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly develop an intimate bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood.
- Why I’m So Interested: I FUCKING LOVE THIS MANGA SERIES! It is something that I became addicted to within the first two volumes and I love everything about it. It is super dark and violent, super psychological and fucked up. It has brilliant motifs on good, evil, and the grey areas in between. There are plenty of sado-masochistic themes. But my favourite part is the examination of how humans always enslave/destroy things and people that they fear, or don’t understand. It never crosses their mind to learn or educate themselves on these mysteries to create a harmonic balance. All the options that occur to them first, are disturbingly violent ones. The manga is one of my favourites of all-time, even though it has not ended yet, and I have extremely optimistic expectations for this anime. Hopefully, it will not end in disappointment.
Well, those are my most-anticipated anime serials for the Spring 2018 season! Are you guys interested in these titles as well? Do you have other shows that you are eagerly awaiting? Please let me know in the comments! I shall always reply.