I think I can, I think I can. After a few misfires, for the first time since the Summer 2011 season, I’m finally back with a seasonal anime preview. 🙂 The purpose of this post has always been twofold. The first is for those reading this so that they might watch a series that might not otherwise. The second is for me because when I don’t make this post I always feel a little lost when the new season comes and I haven’t made any decisions on what to watch and what to definitely not watch.
The Fall season was a very strong season and many of these most excellent anime series are continuing into the Winter season so even if there was nothing new that will be good, there’s still plenty to watch; but, there’s going to be at least a few new hits. Read on to see my picks.
One of the reasons I like to blog about anime is that it helps focus my thoughts about the anime I watch. This extends to doing these seasonal anime previews; not only do I hope it helps some people out there to try anime they might not have otherwise, I also discover series that I should try and other series I should pass over.
This season is shaping up to be potentially a very strong season, though the lack of a new Shaft series is kind of a disappointment.
With the Summer season all but over and the Fall season starting within a week, now is a good time to start getting excited about the new anime shows that will take the baton from the Summer shows and attempt to win the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world.
If the Fall series succeed will only be answered in the course of the next few months but that doesn’t stop some, including myself, from trying their hand at prognosticating the results now. My gut tells me that this season will be a strong one, maybe even on par with this past Spring season (which was probably the best season for the last couple of years), and I want to get my somewhat educated guesses written down to see how I did later as well as push the adventurous souls out there to try an anime they probably wouldn’t otherwise.
This seems to happen every time, just when I’m finally feel like I’ve got used to the season’s mix of shows, a new season comes along and offers a completely different set of shows to watch.
At the start of the spring season, I was unsure if there’d be as many quality titles as the past several seasons had. As a result, I looked at the early previews of the summer season with a bit of longing because it looked like a much stronger mix of shows. Going through the spring season though, I discovered many great shows this season and now the summer season doesn’t look as strong as it did. For example, the spring’s high concept show, Production I.G.’s Eden of the East, turned out very good but will summer’s apparent high concept show, Bones’ Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, be able to match. Or will either of J.C. Staff’s two new summer shows be able to match the great characters and storytelling found in the superbly entertaining Hatsukoi Limited – the spring offering by J.C. Staff? I don’t know but I looked over the entire season’s offerings, found all those shows that I think have the potential of being good shows and will display those choices below, ranked roughly by how excited I am about the title and how likely the show will a great show.
Just within the last few days, winter’s frigid fingers have finally loosened their grip around where I live. We had been experiencing high temperatures well below freezing and that’s not conducive to getting in the spring mindset. Yesterday we got into the 50’s and today our high was 65˚F (18˚C); I finally feel like spring is on the way and with spring, comes a new season of anime.
There’s definitely several good shows this season, but after two stellar seasons I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. Since I will probably end up watching a fewer number of shows, maybe I’ll get to some of my backlog. Or maybe a bunch of these shows will surprise me. My criteria for picking shows is the same as last time. I’m looking for which animation house is doing it, if the summary/source material sound very enticing and if one of my favorite seiyuus will be involved.
Like the title says, it know appears that KyoAni’s Munto TV series, aka Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai, will be starting January 14 and not in the spring. Since I haven’t seen many previews, including my own, mention this show and because this will be KyoAni’s first original tv series, I thought I should go more in-depth.