As the Spring season of anime comes to a close, I wanted to look back on my favorite shows from this past season, and why I loved them dearly, and then talk about some shows that I’m excited to watch!
Best of Spring 2018 (in order):
5. Megalo Box
While I’m not caught up past episode 8, I deifnitely loved the style and feel of Megalo Box! As I said in my first impressions of it way back when the show started airing, Megalo Box feels like a relic of a lost era, and seems like it fit more with the anime of the late 90s to early 2000s anime like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Hajime no Ippo. We don’t really see anime like this nowadays, and if it had JUST a bit more uniqueness or flair to it, it would stand out and be revered like these anime of old in the future. As of right now, it feels like a very solidly made tribute to that era moreso than it’s own thing. Of course, I haven’t watched anything past episode 8 yet, so maybe my problems have been fixed by now. I’ll let you guys know if it does!
4. Sword Art Online – Gun Gale Online Alternative
Lots of other bloggers I follow dropped this show, and while I understand that, I just have a soft spot for this stuff. I highly disliked Sword Art Online as a series after Aincrad, but this show is far enough removed from it that I actually enjoy it! It’s ridiculous and contrived, and it KNOWS that and embraces it.
LLENN might be an OP protagonist as well, but the difference between her and Kirito is two things. One, she’s OP but also still very beatable, which is often why she has a partner, and two, she actually has a fun personality that doesn’t feel like the shut-in cardboard self-insert that Kirito always was. It also helps that most of the characters we’ve seen so far are all likeable, instead of being people that are just there to cheer the protagonist on (which they do, but most of them try to kill her first).
While some episodes have some stupid moments beyond belief, the action and tactics on display are so fun and adrenaline-filled that I tend not to dwell on them for too long. It’s the very definition of a popcorn anime, and I loved every second of it!
3. Wotakoi – Love is Hard for Otaku
What happens when you get two, well-adjusted adults who are otaku into a relationship?
One of the fluffiest romcoms I’ve seen in a while, that’s what! Wotakoi stands out in a sea of high school romcom misunderstandings, with two working-class adults talking out their problems honestly, and hanging out with friends instead of sulking over some melodrama. I love how realistically they portray a relationship between two nerds, it feels very organic, and not as referential to pop culture as some lesser writers would have done. I hope the manga does extremely well because of this, because my only complaint is that we didn’t get to see enough of the third girl, Sakuragi Kou, who was introduced in the second to the last episode,and makes me not not question my sexuality.
2. My Hero Academia Season 3, First Cour
Despite a rocky start, My Hero Academia S3’s first cour ends with an emotional and explosive bang. The buildup to probably one of the best shounen fights I’ve ever watched is great, and the fight itself, as well as its conclusion, shakes this series to the core in a very interesting direction. I just love My Hero Academia a lot, it’s one of the few anime series that makes me feel like a kid again while watching. I also can’t say much about it without spoiling it, and that’s something I wanna save for a later post.
One of the funniest comedy animes ever I’ve watched, and also one of the most heartwarming. The comedic timing is on point, the story is captivating, the characters are all over the top and yet somehow down to earth at the same time, and the few dramatic moments here and there are done incredibly well. Anzumatsuri is without a doubt my favorite show of the season, and the main character, Anzu, is such a cinammon bun of purity that it should be illegal.
Hina’s cool too, I guess.
However, I HAVE read the manga, and I have to say, they cut out a lot of character moments. I still love the show because it gave the characters perfect voices, but if it ever gets a S2, I hope they do a much straighter adaptation.
Now with that over with, here’s a quick rundown of what I want to see this summer season and why, in no particular order:
With the amount of absolutely despicable and heinous actions that the denizens of the Great Tomb of Nazaricke’s did last season, I am excited to see what atrocities they commit this season. It’s so fun to watch a show from the perspective of an amoral overlord who is basically just bluffing his way through overlording, and with how good the VNs are, I’m excited to see more.
Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san
Anohana, but with hot springs and ghost boobs.
Every episode’s a beach episode.
Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger
It reminds me a lot of Hellsing. I miss 1930’s style vampires running about and causing havoc, and the plot is interesting enough.
(Synopsis from MAL) The series takes place in the Imperial Capital of 1930. A group of people known as “Jaegers” landed on Tokyo Station. They carry musical instrument cases and came to hunt vampires. A man named Yuliy stood among them with a striking serenity and unusual aura. Known as a werewolf who had his home village destroyed by vampires, he and the Jaegers engage in battle against the mysterious holy arc known as the “The Arc of Sirius”. What truth awaits them?
My only concern is that P.A. Works is handling it, and they’re handling of violent action anime has been okay, not amazing. It will probably look really good, at least.
Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
The premise of three Yakuza toughs getting sex reassignment surgery to become idols and make their boss money is so ridiculously stupid and offensive, that I just have to watch it. I really hope that this is funny, because if it isn’t, hoo boy, there gonna be some shit.
I just like the girl’s designs, to be honest. If it’s as good as Haikyuu, then it should be fine.
That’s about it for today. What shows are you excited about this season? Feel free to comment down below, or maybe even link your post there, and I’ll add it here. Always good to get a second opinion, be it doctors or Japanese cartoons.