The Spring 2018 Anime season has officially begun and, to be quite honest, I am feeling very excited as a few of my most-anticipated serials for the year shall be airing this season.
After taking some time to look over all the offerings for the next three months, I have narrowed down my watchlist to about twelve shows. While I may not be optimistic for every single one of these shows, I am going to stay very hopeful. During the Winter season, a series that I had the lowest expectations for ended up being one of the best shows of 2018 (for me), so you never know what you shall receive!
They are not listed in any order and you can expect my first impressions to start going up at the end of the week as the titles begin to roll out.
- Japanese: 東京喰種トーキョーグール：re
- Source: Manga by Ishida Sui
- Genre: Seinen, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural, Horror
- Studio: Studio Pierrot
- Director: Odahiro Watanabe
- Synopsis: The series takes place 2 years after the events of Tokyo Ghoul √A and is the third serial instalment in the anime franchise.
- Why I’m Interested: I loved the first two seasons of the anime, and I am excited to see where the series will go next.
Persona 5: The Animation
- Source: Video Game – JRPG
- Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Director: Masashi Ishihama
- Synopsis: This is the anime adaptation of the video game and follows a group of rebellious high schoolers who come together and formulate a gang known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, whose main goal is to fight corruption in society.
- Why I’m Interested: I loved the video game! While I have not really enjoyed other Persona anime adaptations, I have decent expectations for this series because of how beautifully stylish it is; a quality that I would love to see translated into the anime medium.
- Japanese: デビルズライン
- Source: Manga by Ryo Hanada
- Genre: Seinen, Dark Fantasy, Crime Fiction
- Studio: Platinum Vision
- Director: Yoshinobu Tokumoto
- 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 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 sadomasochistic 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.
Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love
- Japanese: 多田くんは恋をしない
- Source: Original
- Genre: Romantic Comedy
- Studio: Doga Kobo
- Director: Mitsue Yamazaki
- Synopsis: Mitsuyoshi Tada is a boy who has never been in love. One day while photographing the beautiful cherry blossoms, he comes across a girl named Teresa Wagner, who is a transfer student from Luxembourg. Upon arriving to Japan, she gets separated from her travel companions, so Mitsuyoshi decided to help her out and brings her to his grandfather’s coffee shop.
- Why I’m Interested: I do no naturally gravitate towards romance or rom-com shows, but honestly the visuals for this series look beautiful. I am a sucker for stunning virtual cinematography and animation. It also sounds like it will be an amusing, feel-good series, which I am also rather weak for.
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
- Japanese: フルメタル・パニック！Invisible Victory
- Source: Light novel by Shoji Gatoh
- Genre: Shōnen, Action, Military Sci-Fi, Mecha
- Studio: Xebec
- Director: Katsuichi Nakayama
- Synopsis: To avoid spoilers, I will just mention that this is the third season for the Full Metal Panic! anime series.
- Why I’m 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 also love mecha shows, but there have not been a lot of decent ones (that are not Gundam) as of late.
- Japanese: ゴールデンカムイ
- Source: Manga by Satoru Noda
- Genre: Seinen, Adventure, Japanese-style Western
- Studio: Geno Studio
- Director: Hitoshi Nanba
- Synopsis: Saichi Sugimoto, a survivor of the battle of 203 Hill in the Russo-Japanese War, has become a miner in Hokkaido to support the widow of his dead comrade, Toraji. He hears a dubious story of hidden Ainu gold stashed by a criminal group, and accidentally finds clues to its location. After being attacked by the 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army and other mysterious groups, he decides to search for the gold along with an Ainu girl, Asirpa, who rescues him from Hokkaido’s harsh northern wilderness.
- Why I’m Interested: I love historical shows and this one sounds different than many others that I have seen.
Piano Forest (TV)
- Japanese: ピアノの森
- Source: Manga by Makoto Isshiki
- Genre: Seinen, Drama, Music
- Studio: Fukushima Gainax
- Director: Gaku Nakatani
- Synopsis: The story revolves around two boys who had opposite upbringings from one another. One of them is the son of a prostitute who discovered an abandoned piano in the forest and taught himself to play, while the other was raised by a family of prestigious pianists, who have trained him in the art of the instrument since he was little. Their common passion for the pianoforte eventually brings them together in a special bond.
- Why I’m Interested: My brother was a piano prodigy and as such the instrument is very sentimental to me. I always gravitate towards stories that involve the piano, and this is no exception for me.
Dances with Dragons
- Japanese: されど罪人は竜と踊る
- Source: Light novel by Labo Asai
- Genre: Shōnen, Action-Fantasy, Science-Fiction
- Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures
- Director: Hiroshi Nishikori
- Synopsis: Gayus and the beautiful but cruel sword-wielder Gigina are “special equationists,” individuals that manipulate the equations that govern world’s laws thus allowing fantastic and deadly results. These two bounty hunters are caught up in a battle with dragons in the city of Eridana and in the intrigue of great nations. (Source: Anime News Network)
- Why I’m Interested: I love the fantasy genre, but it seems virtually impossible to find a decently written and well-developed fantasy series lately. This one has a slightly convoluted premise, but it has me intrigued and I really want it to be good.
Kakuriyo —Bed & Breakfast for Spirits—
- Japanese: かくりよの宿飯
- Source: Light novel by Midori Yūma
- Genre: Josei, Supernatural
- Studio: Gonzo
- Director: Yoshiki Okuda
- Synopsis: Aoi, a college student, inherits her grandfather’s ability to see ayakashi. One day while she is feeding some of the ayakashi, a demon appears and declares that due to her grandfather’s large debt, she must marry him. Aoi flat out refuses, however. Determined to pay off the debt owed, Aoi decides to start working at the demon’s inn.
- Why I’m Interested: I loved the anime Restaurant to Another World, which aired last year, and the synopsis reminds me of that series a little bit. Anime food also always looks so appetising and gives me great cooking ideas. Perhaps this show will do the same! But, in all honesty, I am not expecting much from it at all, as Elegant Yōkai Apartment Life also sounded good, but ended up being a huge disaster.
The Scales of Nil Admirari ~ The Mysterious Story of Teito ~
- Japanese: ニル・アドミラリの天秤 帝都幻惑綺譚
- Source: Video Game – Visual Novel
- Genre: Seinen, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical
- Studio: Zero-G
- Director: Masahiro Takata
- 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 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.
The Legend of Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter
- Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説 Die Neue These 邂逅
- Source: Novel series by Yoshiki Tanaka
- Genre: Shōnen, Space Opera, Military Sci-Fi
- Studio: Production I.G.
- Director; Shunsuke Tada
- Synopsis: In humanity’s distant future, two interstellar states—the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance—are embroiled in a never-ending war. The story focuses on the exploits of rivals Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power and fame in the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance.
- Why I’m Interested: This is the remake of a classic and I love the space opera subgenre of science-fiction.
Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori
- Japanese: 鹿楓堂よついろ日和
- Source: Manga by Yū Shimizu
- Genre: Seinen, Slice-of-Life
- Studio: Zexcs
- Director; Tomomi Kamiya
- Synopsis: Four men—Gure, Sui, Tokitaka, and Tsubaki—each help run a Japanese tea shop together called Rokuhōdō. When one visits the shop, they are greeted warmly, is served with tea, and are often helped with any problems they may have.
- Why I’m Interested: I love simple, feel-good, slice-of-life shows, and this one sounds like it will be right by my alley.
These twelve anime serials are the ones that I plan on checking out over the next couple of weeks! While some of them sound like they will be average at best, I am still eager and excited to see what the season shall bring overall. As I mentioned earlier, you can expect me to start sharing my first impressions as the shows begin to air during the first few weeks of April.
What are some of your most-anticipated shows for the Spring 2018 Anime season? Do any of the shows that I mentioned sound appealing to you? Is there something that I did not list that you think I may enjoy? Please, chat with me in the comments.