I like to say that every season of anime has a different character to itself then the preceding seasons but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such an extreme change as the coming spring season appears to herald.
For the record, that’s not a bad thing because I think keeping an open mind about what I watch is one of the main reasons why I have not gotten bored of anime.
One of the reasons this spring season already feels different is the lack of several prominent (or, at least, frequent contributing) animation studios sitting this season out – Kyoto Animation, Shaft, Bones, Diomedea, Silver Link, and Studio Deen – amongst others. Another reason is the noitaminA time slot will be re-airing Katanagatari instead of offering one or two new series as has been the case for several years now.
Then there’s the mix of genres of the new series versus the old. There are several mecha series this season, for instance, along with several more SF-themed series. There’s also a relative dearth of new slice-of-life (and slice-of-life/something else) series; this season has only Danchi Tomoo filling the space where, for example, last spring season was filled with Natsuiro Kiseki, Hyouka, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Sakamichi no Apollon, and Space Brothers.
Another interesting observation I noticed, not that it will necessarily impact the feel of the season, is there are three series being helmed by first time directors – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, and Photo Kano. Normally there might be one series a season helmed by a first time director; so, it’ll be interesting to see how these series turn out and impact the feeling of this season.
Okay that’s enough rambling; let’s get to the list. 🙂
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