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Anime spring season 2018

March 30, 2018

This past anime season was a real powerhouse, featuring more outstanding series than the average season usually does, from epic shows like “Uchuu yori mo Tooi Basho”, “Violet Evergarden” to charming surprise hits like “Yurucamp△” or little gems like “Hakumei to Mikochi”. Looking at the spring schedule, there’s notably less anime I picked out to watch.

  • Amanchu! Advance
    Loved the first anime adaptation of Kozue Amano’s enchanting “あまんちゅ!” manga, it offered everything that fans of slice-of-life series adore: from endearing characters, heartwarming moments to soothing music and rustic backgrounds. Was overjoyed when they announced a sequel had been green lit, am very much looking forward to another season of this excellent slice-of-life story and seeing more of Futaba and Hikari’s antics.
    Like its predecessor “Aria”, “Amanchu!” is really a staple of the slice-of-life genre.
  • Steins;Gate 0
    For those viewers who were able to get into its pace and enjoy its more unique style, the first “Steins;Gate” anime was nothing short of a masterpiece full of thrilling moments, a real emotional roller-coaster with an intriguing approach to time-travelling. Am keen on watching this sequel although I am a bit anxious it could be a rather taxing viewing experience if the anime’s tone is overly dark and brooding.
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
    It has been more than 10 years since we got a “Full Metal Panic” show, still find it hard to believe that a new season will begin to air a few weeks from now! While I never got into the original light novels, did enjoy its anime adaptations, including the slapstick comedy spin-off “Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu” so am looking forward to see more of Chidori, Sousuke & Tessa’s adventures. Do expect this new anime may be action oriented and have little to no comedy in it, but we shall see.
  • Hisone to Maso-tan
    An original anime concept from studio Bones, the trailer for “Hisone to Maso-tan” looks quite promising, suggesting this could be a rather different slice-of-life series with a rather unique animation style not unlike “Shoujou Shuumatsu Ryokou”. Its cutesy character design style notwithstanding, the promotional video does seem to hint this show may have a more serious undertone, it might even feature some drama.
  • Comic Girls
    Based on the “こみっくがーるず” four-panel manga, the promotional video for the “Comic Girls” anime suggests it may be a light & fluffy slice-of-life comedy akin to “Hinako Note”, “Wakaba*Girl” and “Anne Happy♪”. Hope this show will provide a weekly entertaining moment of relaxation watching cute girls their silly shenanigans.
  • Hinamatsuri
    Plan to sample the first few episodes of “Hinamatsuri” as the core plot premise of a high school girl with esper-like superpowers living together with yakuza thug suggests plenty of potential for hilarious moments, one of the promotional videos does suggest this might be an excellent comedy. This show’s show’s success will likely depend most on the chemistry and verbal banter between its two main characters Hina and Nitta, so do hope we’re in for a treat.

There’s several other anime I might try the two or three episodes of to check if they might be enjoyable enough to follow throughout the season, this includes series like “Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai”, “Uma Musume Pretty Derby” or “Golden Kamui”.

What new anime do you plan on watching?

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