As the Winter season comes to a steady close, the Spring simulcasts are starting to sprout up. When I sat down to browse through the season’s offerings, I never imagined that my list of shows to test out would end up becoming as large as it did. I remember mentioning to a fellow blogger recently that my plan was to invest my time in two or three serials tops. However, if half of these anticipated titles end up being even remotely decent, that number shall be increasing quite drastically. I can’t tell if I’m excited or intimidated by this, to be perfectly frank with you.
Today, I shall be sharing my Master List of Spring Simulcasts and Films that have hit my radar. What that means is that, aside from my top five serials here, my current plan is watch the first episode for the remainder anime to see if I truly want to take the time this season to watch them on a week-by-week basis. There are some shows that I am currently hoping to keep up with, but if the impatience within me becomes too strong, I may hold off on them so I can binge them later (Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 immediately comes to mind here, as well as Bungō Stray Dogs Season 3).
The list is broken down by type, starting with television serials, then followed by films and specials; all in order of most-anticipated to least-anticipated within the relative medium. I did not include the synopsis for most of these titles. The reason for that is simple: I don’t really know how to explain them since I haven’t seen them yet, and I don’t feel like copying the synopsis when I can just as easily provide you with a link to their perspective MAL pages. Instead, I shall give you that link and then chat briefly about what attracted me towards the specific series or film.
Also, this is going to be a long post. My original plan was to make it a two-parter, but then I figured it would be easier to bookmark one post than multiple ones, for anyone who may be interested in saving this post to reference later. Yay, cheers to laziness and convenience here on BiblioNyan.
01. Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット)
Fruits Basket is a shōjo, supernatural, slice-of-life anime series from TMS Entertainment that is the one title that will be on virtually every otaku’s watchlist this season. It was originally a manga series by Natsuki Takaya and the first anime adaptation for this series released way back in 2001. That was eighteen years ago! You’re welcome for making you feel old, by the way. Recently, the manga was re-released in gorgeous omnibus editions and with that came the remastered version of the older anime, and now a new adaptation entirely that shall be true to how things developed in the manga.
I’m looking forward to Fruits Basket because it has become one of my favourite shōjo manga serials in existence. I bought those beautiful omnibus manga volumes and read through (almost) all of them. The 2001 anime was also one of the first shōjo anime that I had ever seen, and I recall liking it immensely but feeling so unsatisfied with the ending. Naturally, this had to be on my anticipated list, and number one to boot; more so knowing that the newest addition to the franchise shall be getting a proper ending this time around.
02. Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 (進撃の巨人)
Attack on Titan is a shōnen, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic anime phenomenon and the second serial that almost everyone shall be watching like starving zombies stuck in a vegetarian universe. I’ll admit that I didn’t care for the second season, but the first half of the third season blew my fucking mind. It reminded me so much of the quality and intensity that season one captured. Then we were left with that godawful cliff-hanger. What the hell was that?! My heart has beating ferociously waiting to find out what happened to Levi-senpai (yup, I went there… I blame the coffee).
I know a lot of people were pissed that AoT was broken up into two parts, but I honestly felt grateful to Wit Studios for wanting to take their time with the show. I’d rather they take it slow than fuck it up for life. If the previous paragraph didn’t explain why this is on my list, well, let me just say that shit is about get royally fucked (more so than the norm) and I’m ready to watch it all go to hell as I consume my popcorn and mango lassi.
03. Bungō Stray Dogs Season 3 (文豪ストレイドッグス 第3期)
Bungō Stray Dogs Season 3 is a seinen, supernatural, action series from studio Bones that can essentially be tied for number two most-anticipated anime of the season for me because Dazai is the best. This is a show that I originally went into (during season one’s simulcasting) with little expectation only to be floored by the quality. The action was badass. The characters were all multi-dimensional and fell into the forays of either grey and shady, or extreme in one sense or another. Then season two came out and we learned about the past of some folks and shit kept getting more intense. Now season three is here and I’m so eager to see how the story shall develop from where it was left. I also love the connections between the story of Bungō Stray Dogs and the themes that can be found in Osamu Dazai’s literary works. The Japanese literature nerd in me just can’t get enough.
04. Carole & Tuesday (キャロル&チューズデイ)
Carole & Tuesday is an original seinen, science-fiction series that is the 20th anniversary celebratory project for the studio Bones. I hadn’t heard much about this series until I went Spring anime hunting. After seeing some PVs for it, I must say that it looks phenomenal.
Bones is one of my favourite animation studios. So many of the anime that define my tastes within the medium stem from this studio. Wolf’s Rain was one of my newbie experiences and to this day it’s still such a brilliant series that is far from being dated. They know how to make brilliant, contemplative shit and to be able to see what they will conjure up for this fantastic milestone has me bouncing on my tippy toes with anticipation.
05. Stop This Sound! (この音とまれ!)
Stop This Sound! is a shōnen, music, slice-of-life anime adaptation of the manga, courtesy of Platinum Vision that basically revolves around Japan’s national instrument: the koto. Traditional and classically cultural Japanese music is very near and dear to my heart, thanks to my best friend growing up, Zen. He played many traditional instruments as a child as a way to stay connected to his Japanese heritage and roots. Traditional Japanese instrumental music is probably one of my favourite genres of music, and I have never really seen a narrative surrounding this subject, whether in literature or cinema. Colour me fabulously intrigued and delightfully thrilled to see how it shall fair.
06. RobiHachi (ロビハチ)
RobiHachi is an original seinen, science-fiction anime from Studio Comet that I wasn’t really planning on checking out until I took the time to read a little bit about the premise. Science-fiction is one of my favourite genres. Anyone who has been hanging around BiblioNyan for a little while has probably heard me gush about it in one way or another. This series is a sci-fi one that’s futuristic with artificial intelligence and galactic things and other spacey stuff. I know, I’m so marvellously detailed. Taking that information and then seeing some of the beautiful PVs for it, I felt compelled to at least watch the pilot and see if it can catch my seasonal interest.
07. Midnight Occult Civil Servants (真夜中のオカルト公務員)
Midnight Occult Civil Servants is a shōjo, urban fantasy anime adaptation of the manga being done by Liden Films. The show basically revolves around a department that’s tasked with handling supernatural and occult related cases. Now, I’m not usually someone who likes to read urban fantasy books, but when it comes to anime, it’s a genre that I find pleasurable to watch. Maybe my brain just prefers this genre in this format; who knows. Decent urban fantasy is also not a super common thing in anime. I felt that I owed it to myself to see what the series entails at the very least.
08. Annihilated City (消滅都市)
Annihilated City is a fantasy, thriller anime that is an adaptation of a video game. The story follows a city that has disappeared, and a solitary dude who comes across the sole survivor. When he receives a message left behind by his dad, together they embark on a quest to find this lost city. Typically, my luck with anime adaptations of video games—that aren’t from the Persona franchise—tend to be rather terrible. They always feel inadequate in one way or another. However, this anime is being produced by Madhouse, another big-name production company that usually has a track record for making good shit, and because of that I found it difficult to ignore. Plus, those visuals are quite stunning (at least from the PV).
09. Senryū Girl (川柳少女)
Senryū Girl is a shōnen, slice-of-life, comedy series about a girl who speaks in Haiku. A couple of weeks ago I asked fellow otaku people for recommendations of manga to read and anime to watch that had spring vibes to them. This was one of the suggestions that I received! As a poet, I love Haiku. It’s one of my favourite styles of poetry to write as well as to read. I’m not sure how well it can translate into an anime (or manga), but seeing that it’s getting an adaptation via studio Connect makes me very happy! I also do feel it’s appropriate for Spring given how lovely the aesthetics looked from the PV I saw.
10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃)
Demon Slayer is a shōnen, dark fantasy, adventure, from the studio ufotable, about a kid who comes from a family that protects the realm from demons. Then one evening his entire family is brutally slaughtered and his sister has been transformed into a demon herself. I haven’t heard much about this anime until I saw it’s poster on the line-up. I checked-out the PV and was the blown-the-fuck-away by how gruesome and violent it is! The artistry is also unique, with thick obnoxious lines and giant eye designs that remind me a little bit of One Piece. I’m not sure if the animation will be agreeable with me, but all of the violence and dark malevolence definitely caught my attention.
11. Fairy Gone (フェアリーゴーン)
Fairy Gone is a seinen, dark supernatural fantasy series that is an original work from P.A. Works about a world where fairies and demons reside within animals, sometimes possessing them. When these parts are transplanted into humans, it can give them alter ego capabilities that is akin to summoning persona from the Persona franchise. I almost didn’t put this anime on my list, however I’m not typically too disappointed by titles from this studio. In fact, quite a few of them are ones that I would gladly re-watch due to how much I liked them. I’m also weak for supernatural serials (thank you Natsume’s Book of Friends and Kakuriyo for that), so seeing it combined with some dark fantasy elements peaked my fascination. Fairy Gone is definitely on a trial basis, mostly because I already have so much other shit that I want to taste this season.
01. Promare (プロメア)
Promare is a seinen, mecha film produced by TRIGGER. The film has three words that guaranteed my interest in it: 1) seinen, 2) mecha, and 3) TRIGGER. Boom, that’s all I need. Why lie? I believe this is TRIGGER’s first motion picture, but I’m not one-hundred-percent sure. I’m curious as to what they shall come up when given a larger budget to work with. I do know it’s essentially supposed to be a love-child between Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann.
02. Twilight (薄暮)
Twilight is a drama, slice-of-life film that has nothing to do with that horrendous fucking atrocity that was mediocre, adolescent, vampire snuff. No, this is a film, which is being produced by Twilight Studio, that follows some youths and their lives post-tsunami era. There haven’t been many narratives that explore life and what it was like for people to try to get their daily existence back after the earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan on March 11, 2011. It felt like an original and possibly thought-provoking topic that is quite different from other offerings this season. I also like that the youths each have various forms of art that they engage with.
03. Children of the Sea (海獣の子供)
Children of the Sea is a mystery, drama film from Studio 4°C. I honestly don’t know much about this film other than it revolves around the ocean somehow and that the visuals for it are so breath-taking, at least from what I’ve gathered via the ambiguous PV. As a Polynesian person, I fricking love almost anything related to the ocean. I remember picking up Tsuritama back in the day solely because it was marketed as being a series that took place in a coastal town.
04. Birthday Wonderland (バースデー・ワンダーランド)
Birthday Wonderland is a fantasy film from an unknown studio about a young woman who somehow gets shanghaied into a plot to save the world on her birthday! It’s an adaptation of a novel that was written in the 1980s. The PV for this film looks so fucking gorgeous! I love the character designs. Everyone appears to be charming and whimsical. There is so much vibrance in it as well. Out of all of the films, I feel that this one may capture the palettes that resonate excellently with the season of Spring. The only reason this isn’t higher on my film list is because the ocean has my soul.
Persona 5: The Animation Special: Stars & Ours
Persona 5: Stars & Ours is the second special and the final conclusion to the fantasy, action series Persona 5: The Animation, produced by CloverWorks. Persona 5 is one of my favourite JRPGs that isn’t a Final Fantasy game and I thoroughly enjoyed myself with the anime. Check-out my review for it here! I’m curious to see how they will wrap everything up. I was very impressed with the first special as it was a decent length, had amazing animation quality, and great pacing to it. If this one keeps up with those traits and has the ending the series deserves, then I know I won’t be disappointed.
Thirteen titles later, we have finally reached the end of this post! There definitely seems to be a decent amount of variety out this season for anime watching, particularly if you are a fan of the science-fiction genre. Robots, AIs, and galactic shenanigans almost make me feel like I’m getting a chance to ride in Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (I’d die of joy and fanhumanism; also, I’m gushing again, woot). I’m keeping my tiny fingers crossed that there shall be far fewer disappointing things this season than there has been in the past.
What anime are you anticipating the most this Spring? Is there an anime or two or three that you are interested in that I haven’t mentioned?