A very busy summer season.
Spring 2015 Anime (PREVIEW)
Hello, everyone! Summer is here and it brings forth dreaded allergies every fucking day for me to deal with. As snot drips down my nose, I present you the summer season of anime for 2015! And what a season it is! For a summer season, this is probably the best one I have ever done a season preview on. Not that I have extensive experience with doing this as I’ve only done two other summer seasons so far. Regardless, it is a jam packed season with something potentially decent to watch every single day. That’s fairly rare as they’re usually stacked on Thursdays and Saturdays. Not this time. We’ve got the second season of Non Non Biyori on Mondays, Overlord on Tuesdays, Gangsta on Wednesdays, Gakkou Gurashi on Thursdays, Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri, Wakaba Girl, and Ushio to Tora on Fridays, Durarara, Charlotte, Rokka no Yuusha on Saturdays, and Dragon Ball Super and God Eater on Sundays. That’s just to name some of the heavy hitters this season. Moreover, in this preview, I haven’t covered shows such as Working!!!, Gatchaman Insight, To LOVE-Ru, and Prisma Illya 2wei! since I have not finished the previous seasons. I’ve actually watched at least one episode of the previous seasons for all of these shows, but I just never ended up finishing them. So, just keep in mind that there are even more anime to look forward to than what’s shown here. That’s how packed this summer is. I have also added some short first episode impressions on some shows that have already aired. Now, let’s get started!
Note: I am only previewing TV Series that I will at least watch the first episode of. I will not preview series that I haven’t watched previous seasons of either. I skipped a lot of series for this preview. For a list of all airing anime in summer 2015, please refer to this list.
Note 2: If a manga version of the source material that is a light novel is available, I’ll read that and simply skim through the light novel briefly for the sake of saving time. I don’t think this is a problem as there are not many differences between the two for the shows I’m previewing. Just a warning to let you know in case you read the light novel.
Within the tier, it starts from what I least anticipate to what I most anticipate. The last (most anticipated) few ones of the tier can sometimes be fairly close to the next tier. Consequently, the first few of each tier can sometimes be close to the previous tier. The tiers are not relative to the anime in each season. This means that there are no fixed number of any tier for any season. It’s possible for there to be no tier ones. The number of tier one and tier two anime are probably good indicators of how good the season looks at a glance.
Tier 4: Least anticipated – Will try it out, but very prone to being dropped.
Tier 3: Moderately anticipated – Looks at least somewhat interesting. Will probably hold out for a few episodes.
Tier 2: Heavily anticipated – At first glance, appears to be above average. Three episode rule at least.
Tier 1: Extremely anticipated – Very promising looking anime that I will most likely watch every episode of.
Tier 4 (Least Anticipated)
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan
Ohhhh boy. Here we go again. It’s another fantasy harem cliché show. This is going to be something like Seiken Tsukai no World Break and the like. Well, at least there are far fewer of these kinds of shows this season than usual. You know what to expect from shows like this. The typical characters, the typical storylines, the typical magic jargon, yeah, yeah. I may be more willing to look forward to this if the staff had a better track record with these kinds of shows. Diomedea isn’t going to blow anyone out of the water either. I’d just say skip this one.
Tier 3 (Moderately anticipated)
Joukamachi no Dandelion
If you’re looking for a slice of life that is a bit different from the norm then this is the one to watch. Its premise of eleven people living in a solitary house with special powers, their father being the king (of what exactly I have no idea but he’s the fucking king so deal with it), and their house filled with over 200 security cameras to decide the next king certainly has me intrigued. With what little Japanese I know I scanned through some of the untranslated chapters of the manga. What’s got me looking forward to this show is its large cast of seemingly interesting characters. You often get a handful of them in other slice of life anime, but 11 is quite a lot more than usual. Not to mention the superpowers, which could help keep it interesting. The PV looks fine as well. Nothing spectacular it seems. Just another one of those slice of life shows with a slight twist.
Shinmoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
“A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist.” So, this is what would happen if SJW wet dreams came true? Well, okay. It’s more like moral guardians I suppose. Whatever the case, it would be one boring ass world. Thankfully, the potential of highly erotic material becoming almost nonexistent in Japan would be absolutely impossible, so we can all be safely reminded that this would never happen in real life, and the doujins will continue. When terrorism in this anime consists of throwing erotic pictures, you know this anime’s going to be random as hell. Seriously, watch this PV (NSFW) and try to convince yourself that you’re not confused. You are, and you know you secretly find it amusing. Love it or hate it, this is one of those nonsensically random shows with a ridiculous premise that makes anime as a medium interesting to watch. I’m always up for some absurdities (Valvraaaaave), so I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. J.C. Staff did surprisingly well in the spring season, so let’s hope they can do the same in summer as well.
Jitsu wa Watashi Wa
Want to watch a fun romcom this season? Then this is a show you probably want to check out. I’ve only read a handful of chapters of the manga, but it’s been enjoyable so far. It’s a decent romcom. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one if you like the genre. The staff is fine, and the PV looks alright as well. Just don’t expect much aside from the usual slice of life romcom material and you’ll most likely enjoy it. Plus, many people have said that the beginning few chapters don’t really show where this title really shines with its bizarre situations. Since I’m interested, I’ll just wait until the anime comes out to see anything more.
Aoharu x Kikanjuu
With the lack of any previews, I’ll just tell you what this is going to be about after reading the first bits of the manga. It’s about survival games. Not ones where people die but where people play with… toy guns. If that sounds fucking pathetic then just think airsoft. Oh, the main protagonist is a girl, so expect some reverse harem undertones. Well, kind of. Actually, there’s not that much of it from what I’ve read. It’s mostly just about them playing survival games, having fun, building friendships, with some comedy mixed in. It feels close to something like Sabagebu!, but I don’t think it’s nearly as funny. That could change for the adaptation, and besides, it’s appeal could lie in its more serious take on survival games. Because I like what I’m reading so far and there are not many chapters translated, I’ll be glad to watch the anime.
I am amused. The manga is amusing. The little sister is amusing. So this is an anime that will focus almost entirely on comedy. Is the manga a good gag manga? Well, it’s amusing. The character interactions are quite adorable. Especially the faces. (Umaru-chan’s chibi form is too moe.) The faces are good. Thank The Lord Tatsuya Doga Kobo is the animation studio. Looking at the PV, it looks like they’ll be able to capture the proper facial expressions as well as the overall feeling the manga gives off well. What this show also has going for it is its staff. The director, Oota Masahiko is a veteran when it comes to directing slice of life anime. He’s done Love Lab, Yuru Yuri, and Sabagebu, which I all very much enjoyed watching. If you’re looking for a slice of life comedy to watch this season, this is definitely the one to watch.
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku
There’s quite a bit of uncertainty with this show as there’s not a lot of information about it. It’s based on a novel called Red Dragon, which is also based on a tabletop game, but sadly nothing is translated. The director hasn’t done a lot so he’s a wild card, and the rest of the staff vary in terms of potential. The PV also doesn’t show much either. The few people that have seen the preview screening for the first three episodes reacted moderately positively, so this should be one of those decently entertaining shows of the season. I’ll be checking it out since its premise and genres interest me.
Sore ga Seiyuu!
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. We need more shows like Shirobako. Okay, well I’m not exactly expecting it to be as incredible as that since it looks like from the PV that it’ll be more lighthearted, but it’s great to see more anime about the industry. One of the original creators of this is Asano Masumi who is a veteran voice actor that will undoubtedly guide this show on its proper path. It is still an anime so arguably the director and series composer are even more important. But hey, they look fine. Especially the series composer. I’m also really glad that new voice actors are playing the main characters. It’s always great to see what new talents will appear, and there’s no better way to start things off by being super meta and voice acting some voice actors. Hell yes. Maybe this is the beginning of a trend of anime about making anime?! I can only hope.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
This is probably the most difficult show to rank this season. I… I don’t even. A part of me thinks, “AWWWW SHIIIT BOOOIIII THIS WILL BE SOME GOOD STUFF WITH SOME BEST GIRL WARS THAT WILL MAKE ME RETHINK MY SEXUAL PREFERENCES,” and another part of me thinks, “Dude, I’m not into spider legs.” Clearly this will be a very… sensual series that provokes your unknown inner urges. Just look at this. Yeah… if ecchi isn’t your kind of thing you’d best avoid this. That’s not to say it’s all fanservice. It’s actually a fun, lighthearted series if you read the manga and look beyond the boobs, snake tail… feathers… horse body… y-yeah… Look, I think there’s enjoyment to be had beyond the eccentric appearance of the characters. But if you can’t handle the ecchi stuff, that’ll go over your head. If you don’t mind the ecchi goodness, this’ll be a fun series to watch. I for one, will be looking forward to questioning my sexual preferences and the heated best girl debates.
Awwwww shiiiiiiit. It’s time for some cute girls doing cute things moe moe moeblob action time. Better yet, the original creator of this is Hara Yui who is also the original creator of Kiniro Mosaic. May The One True God Tatsuya Stu bless her (I think it’s a she) soul for bestowing upon us the glorious moe that soothes our souls from the treacherous world of real life. Hopefully, it’ll have the same level of charm as Kiniro Mosaic because that shit warms my hearto toki doki style mang. Alright, let’s move on before I start saying creepy shit.
Short first episode impressions: Shit, I did not know this was a short until I watched it. Length of the material aside, it’s roughly what I expected it to be. Lighthearted, fuwa fuwa fluffiness, cute characters, cute voice acting, and all those good things. I would actually recommend waiting until the whole season is over before watching it since seven minutes is really too little. It hampers the experience since right when you’re getting into it the episode is over. I wouldn’t say it’s quite as good as other more well-known slice of life anime, but it does the job if you’re into the genre.
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Horror? Sign me up. This anime being based on the Japanese mystery author, Edogawa Ranpo should make it interesting enough to check out. Couple that with experienced staff members like Kishi Seiji, and you’ve got something that has the potential to be quite solid. Though, I’m not exactly convinced by the series composer as his track record is a mixed bag. Even so, horror is one of those genres that I find to be very much lacking in the anime medium, so any new ones are appreciated. And even if it turns out to focus more on mystery, that’ll be just fine.
Short first episode impressions: Just to clarify after seeing the first episode that this is much more of a mystery show, as you’d expect from a mystery author, than horror, so I thought I’d correct the above paragraph. It still has horror elements, but it’s so far much more about solving a murder, which is great since we don’t get many detective, mystery shows that often at all. I have moved this show up the list five places due to this first episode. Looks very promising so far. I look forward to seeing what twists and turns it’ll deliver. If it can be mindblowing with the mysteries while maintaining its logic, this could actually be one of the best anime of this season.
It’s time. It’s time. It’s time. This isn’t just ecchi. It’s extreme. Like, this is probably as close as you can get to hentai. And not just any hentai. Let’s just say it’s got some fetishes thrown in there. Watch this obviously NSFW PV and see for yourself. If fanservice anime are not for you. Do not bother watching it. Yes, it can be viewed as a parody of the genre, but I doubt you’d be able to appreciate that if you don’t even enjoy fanservice. Heck some argue that it isn’t even a parody. I haven’t read enough to tell nor do I remember enough to argue for either side. I’ve read the first 40ish chapters (can’t remember exactly since it was a few years ago) of the manga. Personally, I found it to be absurdly awesome. Funny, and just downright awesome. Some dialogue and scenes are just incredible. (I’m not one to use that word lightly.) One in particular. You know which one I’m talking about. Yep. The ass one. (Mind blowing evolutionary theory right there.) Anyways, I’m actually more worried about whether J.C. Staff can really adapt this properly. Thankfully, the staff is very experienced. There is a chance that this will be executed well. Still, I can’t help but feel that the animations, as well as the execution, could be problematic for this series as the PV shows. While both elements are important, perhaps due to a lack of budget, time, or other constraints, they may not end up doing the source material justice, which is why this is lower on the list than I otherwise would. Regardless, as someone who enjoyed the source material, I’ll be looking forward to what random ecchi nonsensical shit will go down.
Ushio to Tora
This is an interesting one. It’s an adaptation of a manga going all the way back to 1990 of the same name. Furthermore, it will be done by MAPPA, and it will be 39 episodes long. 26 this season, and 13 next spring. I have not read the manga, so I’ll be going in blind with this one. Although it’s 39 episodes, the manga is 313 chapters long, so do not expect a full adaptation. Interestingly enough, from an interview (translated here (spoiler in the translation, but you’ll be fine if you don’t click on the spoiler), the staff actually wants to adapt the whole manga, but the manga author wants to see the ending animated. He thinks that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him, and he definitely wants to see the ending animated. So, I’m guessing that instead of testing the waters with 39 episodes not reaching the conclusion, and it possibly fumbling in terms of sales and they never get to the ending, he’d rather see it animated with a guarantee. I definitely understand where he’s coming from. This is a very old manga, and it seems strange to me that it would be receiving an adaptation now. However, it is by no means an unpopular series as it has 30 million copies in circulation. The PV looks good, and the staff do as well. I’m always excited to see some longer adaptations as those are fairly rare nowadays. And you know how I said I was going in blind? Well, I thought I’d read a bit of the manga and now I’m probably going to read the rest as the season starts. It seems like it’ll be a good shounen. I’ll be looking forward to MAPPA adapting this one.
Tier 2 (Heavily anticipated)
If you’re tired of the same old school slice of life anime then Classroom Crisis may give you some much needed variety. Or at least, so I’d like to think. Instead of being set in some high-school in Japan, this anime will take place on mars. Yep. Mars. Humanity has colonized all the planets on mars and Elon Musk is probably in the Andromeda Galaxy by now creating portals to go to other dimensions with other alien species. I’m a bit apprehensive about this taking an interesting setting and doing the same damn things other high-school slice of life are doing anyways. They must use the technological society, and the uncommon setting in unique ways or it’ll be no different from other anime that don’t take place on fucking mars. One thing that does make me very interested (and is also the main reason why this is as high up on the list as it is) is that Maruto Fumiaki, the creator and writer of SaeKano, and of course, my beloved White Album 2, is actually the series composer for this anime. This could be the surprising anime of the season if it manages to utilize its setting well, which appears to be the case going by the PV. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this one.
Short first episode impressions: Good start. Pleased with it so far. It does look like it is utilizing its setting, but that’s not even the major thing about this show any more. As the people behind the show say, “Thanks for watching the first episode. Welcome the world of betrayal and intrigue, to people who believed this would be your standard school romcom, sorry.” No, don’t be sorry. In fact, thank you. Thank you, Maruto. I want to read more of your betrayal and intrigue because those things appear to be your forte. So yes, this will have some psychological aspects to it, and we’ll be seeing manipulations, probably some Machiavellian shit go down, and some hopefully huge twists. It will still be important for it to use its setting well, which it is currently doing from the looks of this first episode, but now the real “point” of the show has been unveiled, so that’s what needs to be great. I believe you, Maruto. Just work your magic like usual. No biggie. (As a side note, Inaho is a girl now. As a side note of a side note, her voice actor is the voice actor for Asseylum. TOP. KEK.)
IT’S U F O T A B L E TIME! I’ll let this PV, and the opening of the game speak for themselves. So, are you hype? Because I am hype. Just as an aside the animations kind of reminds me of some manhwa. Anyways, it’s all about the animations, animations, animations, *cough*CGI*cough*, animations, animations, and animations. Story? Characters? Nice bonuses. I just want to see some badass shit go down with some monster action with special moves that will blow my mind. Frankly, I don’t know anything about the game, so I’m mainly diving into this for the visuals. It’s pretty much guaranteed to look amazing, but I wouldn’t hope for much beyond that just to be safe. Just go in for the visuals. Maybe you’ll stay for more than that.
Rokka no Yuusha
I love seeing more of the fantasy adventure genre, and by the looks of the PV this is just my kind of thing. After seeing a surprising amount of positive comments about the source material, I briefly skimmed through the first few parts of it and was pleasantly surprised. The large world is something it is not afraid to expand upon, its story is not as typical as it may first appear, and it’s got a good cast of characters. Especially the main character. Let’s just say that he’s not the typical overpowered male lead that has unusual powers. He uses his wits, which is something we sadly don’t see all that often nowadays. I absolutely love cunning characters, so this is some great stuff. Anyways, I don’t want to give away too much, but this is definitely a show to keep an eye on this season. Very much looking forward to this. (Animations and staff both look good as well.)
If you like Black Lagoon and other similar kinds of shows, do yourself a favor and keep a very close eye on this one. As a fan of these kinds of shows, I checked out the manga a few months back in anticipation for this adaptation. It has the grungy setting, a mature approach to its characterization and storytelling, and just feels downright badass. Death, corruption, greed, and all those gritty details are at the center of this show. Those are the kind of things we don’t like to see in real life, and yet they can be so very captivating in an entertainment medium. The list of staff and the PV both look fine as well. I’ll be following this one very closely.
Short first episode impressions: Good first episode. It’s faithful to the manga, and it’s not afraid to show some blood. It does what I call “smart censoring,” as in, it uses the right camera angles, without calling the help of shadow-kun and covering shit up blatantly, among other things to show violence instead of outright displaying things for all to see. Pacing and animations are solid as well. I definitely recommend this adaptation so far.
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Wow the manga is rated quite highly. Let’s see. It can’t be that good right? *One chapter in* It’s pretty sweet I guess. *A few more chapters in* … This will be pretty fucking good. Alright, I didn’t read that many chapters, but I don’t really need to read much more to understand that it’ll get better and better. If you like strong characters, especially strong female characters, this is definitely the show for you. Although the story is simple, it is an endearing one nevertheless. It very much reminds me of other shoujo manga like Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, which was another manga with a strong female protagonist that I really enjoyed reading. I’m not quite sure why myself, but I find peace and tranquility in reading these types of manga. It’s soothing. It’s simple. It’s calming. It’s earnest. It feels genuine. (*WINK* FELLOW OREGAIRU PEEPS.) The PV looks good as expected of Bones. It’s also got a solid staff. I’ll definitely be following this one.
Dragon Ball Super
Recently, my childhood, or what’s left of it after the Sailor Moon Crystal disaster, has really been catching up to me. Whether it be the absolutely atrocious Sailor Moon Crystal that was just… (Fuck. Why would you do this?) I don’t even want to talk about it, to Digimon Tri, which hopefully won’t be as shitty, now we have a continuation of the much loved Dragon Ball series. This time, it is no movie. It is a new series that will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fight with Majin Buu. That’s right. After 18 years, it’s time for a new Dragon Ball series. As we all chant “They better not fuck this up” in our heads, we can look to the PV and see that they won’t fuck up as much as Sailor Moon Crystal did. Most likely. I swear, if all three of these revisits to my childhood times end up as complete failures I’m… I’m going to sacrifice 100 lambs and call down The One True God Tatsuya Stu to smite them with His crotch smack alien suit of righteousness. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to be educated. Only infidels do not understand the might of The Lord. Anyways, The Lord is watching, so don’t you dare fuck this up, Toei and staff.
I ACTUALLY RECOMMEND YOU TO GO IN THIS SERIES BLIND. WATCH AT THE VERY LEAST THE FIRST EPISODE BEFORE READING MY COMMENTS ABOUT IT.
*Warning* If you don’t want to know anything about this series going in, skip to the next show on the list. It’s not spoilerish per-se, but this is one of those shows that you can’t really discuss without spoiling the premise. It may be important for some people, so I thought I’d just warn you all. *Warning*
Awww the character designs look adorable. Another cute girls doing cute things like Gochuumon or Non Non Biyori? Hell yeah. I’m down. Let’s read the manga to find out what it’s about. *Looks through first dozen pages* Damn the art is so moe. The characters are so cute! *Few more pages pass* Looks like this one will be a nice lighthearted series to watch… *Reads next page* Wait… Wait what?… What the fuck? *Reads next few pages in disbelief* … Uhhhhhhh… THIS IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR. Shit… But this just shot Gakkou Gurashi up in my list by a ton. This is definitely a title that’s… different. On the outside, it displays cute girls doing cute things that we usually see, but it’s severely contrasted with the dark setting and the themes it sets forth. Life, death, survival, moving on, the hardships that come with dealing with the world outside as they try to remember the long gone past. This is their current reality, but they no doubt want to escape it. Still, they tread forwards, living, while the world around them reeks of death. What should they do to survive in this apocalyptic setting with their old classmates that are mindless and no longer recognize them? How will they survive?
Look at all the color in this PV! How colorful! Those cute loli characters! Aaaaaaand it’s completely contrasted by the grim reality of the situation. What a lovely contrast. I love it. The manga switches between the lighthearted slice of life moments to the far more dark. There’s just something captivating about the way it’s done that makes me want to read more. Although, we all know terrible things will happen, and it’ll definitely tug at our heart strings, probably smash our kokoro with a shovel, and stuff like that. No biggie. They’ll just build up these cute, innocent characters living in this hellish world and then eventually dispose of them in the most brutal way possible. Probably. Most likely. Oh, and the director of this is the same person who directed White Album 2. Looks like the fates of the characters are sealed. Time for more despair I suppose. Anyways, this seems like it could be one of the better anime of this season. Keep an eye on this one.
You’ll know if you’re going to watch this if you’ve seen the previous seasons. For me, I’m pretty excited to see where things go since the previous season was more of a setup for the things to come. If you haven’t seen the series, I’d recommend checking it out since it is a unique show (huge cast of characters, supernatural elements, interesting character dynamics, unpredictable storytelling, things are deeper than they first appear) and a really popular one to boot. I just wouldn’t say it’s as good as some people make it out to be. Anyways, there’s not much else to say about it since it is a fairly established series already. There are plenty of reviews out there if you want to read them. Let’s move on.
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
Ohhhh man. I’m pretty excited for this one especially since it is going to be 24 episodes long. That’s right. 2-cours of GLORIOUS NIPPON ACTION. I’m actually caught up with the latest chapter of the manga, so I know what to expect. One thing you’ll hear people complain about is OH GLORIOUS NIPPON IS THE MOST SUPERIOR LELEL. That is, it has a nationalistic, political side to it that some people don’t like. Personally, while I found some parts to be extremely silly in terms of those things, the overall manga is much more than that. At least for now. I mean, how often do you see a medieval fantasy setting being invaded by a far more advanced modern society? What would happen if one country were to gain access to that land? What would the conflicts be like with modern weaponry at work? How would the mix between the two settings work out? You really don’t see this type of conflict of settings often, which is why I really enjoyed reading the manga.
Moreover, it’s actually fairly brutal. Death is definitely not out of the picture, and other atrocities aren’t either. But of course, the oh so glorious Nippon would never do such immoral things. They are the saviors of the people, and the good guys who will bring justice to all! Yeah, yeah. We all know what it’d really be like if this actually did happen in real life. But hey, seeing some demigoddess loli action with some magic pew pew, and hot elves to boot will make you forget all about that. Also, I’m fairly impressed with the animation quality A-1 Pictures is putting into this as seen in the PV. Mmm… Delicious elves. Let’s just hope it won’t be horribly censored (from the first episode it is censored in the sense that they don’t actually explicitly show the gore/deaths. It’s more… implied. Not the worst, but it may make future episodes a bit awkward) and that we’ll be seeing some modern weaponry action and that it’ll be paced well. There’s actually so much potential in this title that it makes me sad to see the source material come out so slowly. There’s a lot to explore, and a lot of unique things to be seen. Unlike Outbreak Company, it’s more serious. Though, it still has its less serious moments. It’s just that the serious parts are more serious. I’d recommend keeping an eye on this one.
Short first episode impressions: Man, is it just me or are studios generally getting better at making adaptations? Maybe it’s just because the whole industry has been on a roll. Shokugeki, Sidonia, Yamada (despite how fast paced it is it’s actually done fairly well), OreGairu, Ore Monogatari, Euphonium, and arguably DanMachi if you exclude the world-building, are all shows that were well adapted last season. That’s a very large percentage of shows that had good prospects last season that have received successful adaptations. Actually, the success rate is startlingly good now that I’m looking back on it. This season is looking to be very similar to that. This first episode is good. Solid pacing, good animations (some character designs take some getting used to but overall it looks surprisingly good), execution is on point, faithful to the source material… Good stuff. As a manga reader I’m satisfied with what’s been done so far.
Tier 1 (Extremely anticipated)
This is the original anime of the season the majority of seasonal anime viewers are excited for and for good reasons not the least of which is the fact that Maeda Jun is involved in it. Love him or hate him, no one can deny that he’s a big name in the industry, and his shows carry the anticipation of many fans. After watching the PV, yep. That immediately sounds like his kind of music. You can expect the drama and emotional impact that will naturally come from a title created by him and Key. Couple that with P.A. Works, and you can see why people are excited to see this. Will this show tug some heartstrings and make people cry? I sure hope so. Will the music be good? You bet. This being a show that’ll no doubt be emotionally driven, you can also expect people’s opinions to widely vary as it was the case with Angel Beats!. Whether it’ll impact me emotionally or not, I’ll at the very least be glad to have more of his soundtracks in my collection… Or so I’d like to say, but to be fair, I am always looking for a show to impact me emotionally, so I do have great hopes for what this anime will deliver even though I know I should know better than this.
Alright, before you skip over this one moaning “It’s another MMORPG anime again,” listen to what I have to say about the source material. I’ve actually read the first three volumes of the light novel so I know what will be good about this show. At least, when it comes to things outside of the actual adaptation as pacing, animation quality, direction, and so on will vary in the anime. Firstly, yes, this is one of those shows that have overpowered main characters. However, I will say that this is overpowered characters done right for a few reasons. Firstly, it makes sense unlike other shows where random ass-pulls happen out of nowhere. Secondly, the badass moments concerning their overpoweredness are executed fairly well as there is always a feeling of suspense not knowing just how powerful they really are relative to other characters in the anime. Thirdly, this is speculation since it isn’t quite like that for the translated novels yet, later down the line there will probably be conflicts with characters of the same power level as the light novel hints.
Some of you are probably scrolling down thinking that, “It’s one of those shows with overpowered characters again… Your reasons still don’t make me want to watch it. NEXT!” Hold on just a second. The real reason why this show interested me was actually because it’s like Dungeon Keeper. That’s right. This isn’t the typical adventure where the protagonist is the typical good guy. Oh no. This protagonist is a villain protagonist. Well, I mean, just look at him. He’s like the Lich King or some shit. This guy’s got his own dungeon, his own minions, and he’s out to seek power to benefit no one other than him and his minions. I wouldn’t say he’s downright evil and just wants to watch the world burn. Clearly, he’s not going to be altruistic, but he’s pragmatic and thinks of him and his closest allies first. It’s just that what he does, and the lengths he goes to in order to achieve his goals can be a bit… Machiavellian I suppose?
Personally, I’ve always wanted to see a Dungeon Keeper anime. Building his dungeon/empire up slowly, using his wide array of different powerful minions, finding out more about the world, exploiting the world, executing his visions with clarity and focus… These all contributed to me reading the first three volumes of the light novel. Sadly, the fourth volume isn’t even fully translated yet, and there are eight volumes out right now, which is a shame considering the amount of potential this series has. One of the things I’m afraid of is that it’ll skip much of the world building like DanMachi’s anime adaptation. It would be such a shame since the world is vast, and the light novel isn’t afraid to expand upon things like items, nations, monsters, magic, and even a bit of politics (though don’t expect that to be a focus this season).
Some of you may be afraid that the overpowered characters will make things boring, but I think Overlord does a good job of finding the right ways to make conflicts interesting. The first few conflicts are a bit “meh,” but I truly believe it gets better later on especially in the third volume, which this anime will certainly cover even if it’s only 13 episodes long. (Not to spoil anything of course.) Besides, it’s about building up his dungeon, learning more about the world, gaining resources, and so on in the beginning. I will not deny that it may not be as “epic” as some people may want it to be from the get-go, but compared to other MMORPG anime/light novels, I think even this first part is at least just as exciting as they are. Later down the line, it’ll most likely be way more epic so as I can see this becoming larger and larger scale with every passing volume, so hopefully we do see more seasons in the future. With Madhouse behind this, I’m a bit more at ease that this adaptation will turn out decently. The PV looks fine also I suppose. I just really, really hope Madhouse manages to capture the darkness of this series. AND I DON’T MEAN DARKNESS AS IN SHADOW-KUN CENSORSHIP. This show will be gory. Very gory. I don’t think they will want to show the gore that is in the light novel because it’s… quite descriptive. It will definitely contain death. Don’t worry about that. (I mean, the main character is a fucking skeleton.) It’s actually just downright gruesome. Don’t think I’ve mentioned that yet. If this adaptation is a good one, this will be one heck of an entertaining series. I think it’ll sell fairly well too if it is even though it’s in an oversaturated genre because it is quite different. It may revitalize some people’s interest in these kinds of MMORPG anime. Anyways, I’m pretty damn excited. Though as with all adaptations of titles I really enjoy, I will be cautious going in.
Non Non Biyori Repeat
YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS. IT’S TIME FOR SOME NYAN PASU~ Renge is just the most adorable moeblob ever. Good shit. Good shit. Some of you who haven’t seen the first season is probably wondering what’s my deal. Well, the first season is damn awesome in so many ways. Sometimes, it’s downright hilarious, other times it’s incredibly soothing, and even some other times it gives some surprising emotional impact to me. I don’t care if you’re not into these types of shows. You need to check this series out. It’s a very sweet experience that will leave you smiling throughout the episodes. This second season will no doubt do the same. (Thankfully the staff is exactly the same as the previous season.) Man, this year is really fantastic when it comes to these kinds of shows. The second season of Gochuumon will be out next season as well. The One True God Tatsuya Stu has truly blessed this medium with the proper quality of moe this year. Now, I just need to ready my kokoro for some doki doki moeblob action because it’s time for some NYAN PASU~~~~~~~~~
Summer 2015 Anime Roundup
What a busy season, eh? Phew, this past year has really been something. Season after season of packed seasons full of promising anime. However, if you have been following anime seasonally for a while, you should know that as the weeks pass, most shows are put into the “it’s okay” category, and only a few are put into a better one. Still, as I said above in my first episode impressions for Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, studios have been doing adaptations surprisingly well recently, which gives me more hope that this season may end up being better than average with some decent source materials in the mix. Also, I have to note that this may be the last time that I will do a seasonal preview. Now, now. I’m not saying I won’t post anything seasonally anymore. I think I may just end up doing first impressions of the entire season after three episodes have passed for every single show I’m watching much like what I did for the Fall 2014 First Impressions post. It’s just that I’ll probably cover more shows, and I won’t make any videos since that takes far too long to do.
I actually completely forgot about doing first impressions after that post and just fell into the rhythm of doing these previews again even though I think it’s far more beneficial for you all to read my first impressions instead. Why? Because a lot of what I wrote for this preview is full of speculation. I haven’t seen the final product, so I can only guess. If you all end up watching some show I rate highly based on the source material, but the studio sucks ass and fails, then you’ll have wasted your time. Instead, if I saw three episodes, I can judge that it’s shit, and you won’t have to waste your time on it. Even besides that, it makes it easier for you to judge whether you will really want to watch a show once I lay out the good and the bad for each of the shows since I’ll have actual evidence and better arguments. I know some people want to participate in the weekly discussions as soon as possible, so this preview is actually useful for finding out what shows to watch, but I think a majority of you will find my opinions of shows more useful if I have something to actually judge. So anyways, I’ll probably just skip the previews and do first impressions instead from now on unless someone has a different take on this. Any kind of feedback, suggestions, and opinions on this would be appreciated. And yes, I’ll give this season special treatment and do both a preview and a first impressions. I will not do this in the future. It simply takes far too long. Maybe I’ll make an exception for doing previews in seasons that look really exceptional. Anyways, that’s enough rambling. Some episodes are already out for some decent shows, so go out and watch them if you haven’t already. This season’s just getting started. STRAP ON FOR THE RIDE, FOLKS. THERE’S A LOT TO WATCH. SOMETHING EVERY DAY. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.