Spring 2017 Anime Guide

The sakura are in full bloom, let's do it!

Alice and Zouroku (manga)

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A young girl with special powers (Sana) escapes from her life as a research subject and runs into an irritable old man (Zouroku) who wants nothing to do with her.

Patrick's Take: The PV looks cute! I've been a sucker for stories with adopted children esque relationships lately (I swear I don't want one of my own... a dog someday maybe) and it'll be cool to see one with a super old dude and a supernatural twist.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiouYAL7eRA

ATOM: THE BEGINNING (manga)

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One scientist wants to make a god and the other a friend. While their end goals may be different they work together to make the robot A106. A prequel story to Astro Boy.

Patrick's Take: Taking on Tezuka's works always presents a considerable challenge - the man is sometimes literally referred to as a god. And yet, here we are again! That's not to say this ultimately going to be bad, and in fact the staff that Production I.G. have on this manga adaptation are quite good, but I'm curious at best.

Marc's Take: The last time a studio tried this it was with Young Black Jack, a few seasons back. While that wasn't necessarily perfect, when it was good it was among some of the best stuff to watch that season. I'm interested to see what direction Production IG takes this, because it seems at least at a cursory glance that they're taking the same prequel-style storytelling approach that Young Black Jack did.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfZ4HPUHSTI

BERSERK 2 (manga)

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A continuation of Millipensee's adaptation of the manga.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImzOBnMhUho

My Hero Academia 2 (manga)

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The continuation of Bones' adaptation of the popular manga.

Patrick's Take: HIT ME WITH THAT TOURNAMENT ARC. HIT ME HARD. I'M REEEEEEADY!!!! But for real, HeroAca is great and I have no doubt that this is going to live up to the greatness of the first season. But as a manga reader I just hope it's paced a bit quicker.

Marc's Take: This was by far one of my favorite shows in 2016 so I'm beyond excited that it's coming back, I don't expect much else beyond fantastic voice acting, animation, music and character development but hey what else is there to a good show anyway?

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEPneR3KFK8

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (manga)

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An adaptation of the manga following Naruto Uzumaki's son, Boruto.

Patrick's Take: I don't hate Naruto, it was just never for me. However, I can respect how popular it is and has been, and as such, I'm going to try to start Boruto and watch it as it airs. God knows I already know enough about Naruto just through osmosis.

Marc's Take: Unlike Patrick I take a pretty hardline anti-Naruto stance. I find most of the characters pretty insufferable (especially Naruto himself) and the fact that the series is so full of a ridiculous filler and barely passable animation isn't ever made up by the supposedly "good" parts for me. That said, I'll be watching at least the first episode of Boruto, albeit with quite low expectations.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JJ2b4ZsCw0

Armed Girls' Machiavellianism (manga)

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Fudou Nomura transfers to a school where the girls are all armed with weapons (to rule over the boys, of course). Decrying the school's status quo, he uses his fists to protect himself from the school's Five Ruling Swords, the girls that govern the school.

Patrick's Take: This is a mid 2000s anime coming out in 2017. The plot synopsis guarantees it'll be the type of fare that people like Stacey Dooley use to call for anime being deleted. All that having been said... Silver Link has churned out some fun action lately and the blonde twin tail loli character (of course there's one) has a pet bear she sics on people so I'm in.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghi2R6-HcMA

CLOCKWORK PLANET (light novel)

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High school drop out and tinkerer Naoto Miura has his life interrupted when a female automaton crash lands into his home. The automaton's appearance marks the beginning of huge changes for his over-exploited mechanical world.

Patrick's Take: Steampunk anime? Definitely worth a shot. The plot has me curious enough that I'm having trouble not looking into the LN or manga more, but I think I want to leave this one as a surprise.

Marc's Take: Steampunk is a woefully underserved genre in anime most of the time, despite its punchline status in the west. The only two I can reference easily are Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Steamboy, both of which didn't exactly live up to their respective expectations so let's hope this show is bound for a better fate. Unfortunately the fact that it's based on a light novel and has a premise eerily similar to a lot of eromanga storylines I've seen does not give me very high hopes.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8AhkWM9uNs

Danmachi: Sword Oratoria (light novel)

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A side story to 2015's anime, Sword Oratoria follows Aiz Wallenstein and the Loki Familia.

Patrick's Take: DanMachi was a surprisingly good show, and much of that was due to its interesting world. While I'm sad that we aren't getting more of the main story, I am glad that we're delving deeper into the setting!

Marc's Take: I did very much like the characters that this spinoff is based on so I would normally pretty excited to watch this show, however it came out recently that that it will be an exclusive to Amazon's Anime Strike streaming service, something that I'm pretty vehemently opposed to paying for, so I guess I'll be skipping out on it.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHvYC49JD28

eromanga sensei(light novel)

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Masamune is an aspiring light novel author in high school tasked with taking care of his demanding shut-in younger step sister. As it turns out, his long time illustrator partner is none other than that sister! My, what hijinks ensue!

Patrick's Take: I'm not shy about my love for OreImo. Fushimi-sensei has built a similarly as lovable cast of characters for eromanga sensei and the light novel has been a blast so far. I'm definitely hyped for this show in all of its cliche loving glory.

Marc's Take: I'm letting most of the things I could look up about this adaptation stay surprises, because Patrick's been talking up the LN for a long time and I'm excited to see if my somewhat high expectations are met. The chances for trashy light novel comedy abound and that is something I always have a place for in my lineup. Also Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is voicing the main character and boy have I grown to love his performances.

PV: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ekrfg_eromanga-sensei-tv-anime-pv2_tv

Frame Arms Girl (original)

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Based on the plastic model sets by the same name, Frame Arms Girls is about a girl who knows nothing about the autonomous fighting robots, but nonetheless winds up with three of them!

Patrick's Take: I've been looking for a good excuse to start building these girls and this is all I needed! The girls themselves will look great, being designed by Humikane (of Strike Witches fame), however the rest of the staff seems to be cobbled from whoever the production committee could tap. Regardless, I'm hoping for some silly cute fun from the show, and the PV shows me that.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh7RHTJGczQ

Fukumenkei NoiseAnonymous Noise (manga)

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A romance story orbiting music, Fukunenkei Noise has Nino making a promise with her two childhood friends to keep singing to ensure that they meet later in life. Once they run into each other in high school they're drawn into bands and romantic drama.

Patrick's Take: I wish I liked the character designs, but they're really holding me back from being excited about this one. Regardless, music and angsty teen drama tend to work pretty well for anime so I'll be sure to try this one out.

Marc's Take: The insert songs actually sound good and the voice cast is pretty damn well filled out with people I like so I'm definitely going to give this a watch simply because anime about rock bands really don't come around too often anymore, and I think that's a tragedy. I was burned pretty bad by Fuuka last seasons so hopefully this will give me more of what I'm looking for.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qw9Fu7NvMk

GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation (game)

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Gran spends his days training for the time he'll eventually get to follow in his father's footsteps and search for the end of the world. One day, a girl falls out of the sky, and Gran decides to help her and thus starts his own adventure.

Patrick's Take: I'm a huuuuge fan of the mobage and loved the first two preview episodes aired earlier this year. I'm a sucker for a strong fantasy story and GBF is nothing if not that. The characters and backgrounds are beautiful, befitting of the game's originals designs. It's looking to be a looooong show and I am A-OK with that!

Marc's Take: I never played the mobage but I finally got around to watching the preview episodes, and I liked them! I usually turn my nose up at most medieval/fantasy anime just because that genre is so, so done already but this looks to be some honest-to-god high fantasy without any isekai nonsense to trip it up. Count me in!

PV: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5g42hn_granblue-fantasy-the-animation-pv3_tv

Hinako Note (manga)

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The titular Hinako moves from the boonies of Japan to Tokyo to improve her country bumpkin speech and be more outgoing. When she gets to Tokyo she finds out her boarding house is a used bookstore with some interesting tenants.

Patrick's Take: As with all cute girls do cute things show, it's gonna be up to the cast of cute girls to make this one work. They seem pretty eclectic from the start with one of them... eating books.... yeah.... On the plus side the staff is certainly competent, with a number of hits and pretty decent non-hits between them, though none in this enre stand out.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02hOrfTxmN0

ID-0 (original)

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While piloting an I-Machine, Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri gets mixed up with some space pirates then joins the crew of an excavation ship.

Patrick's Take: Oops, I slept on this one! I'm a big fan of Sanzigen's 3D work in Bubuki Buranki and this show seems to have muuuch better designs, mecha and otherwise.  The story itself looks to be some curious mix of Bodacious Space Pirates and Planetes, and with Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, Planetes) directing it as an original work it's sure to be one hell of a ride. Pretty excited for this.

Marc's Take: Goro Taniguchi's triumphant return to science fiction anime with a space setting, especially with Sanzigen's CG expertise backing him up, has me sitting on the edge of my seat to say the least. His work on Planetes in the early 2000s at Sunrise turned an incredible yet unfinished manga into one of the most memorable and underrated series I've ever had the pleasure to watch, and Sanzigen has shown time and time again they can make a show wholly from CGI and still make it look smooth and good. To say I have high expectations is an understatement.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzfVwKcDduA

Kabukibu! (light novel)

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Kurogo Kurusu is a boy who loves kabuki theater. A lot. His school doesn't have a kabuki club, and that's a problem. So he makes one!

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KbgsBSYq0

Kyoukai no RINNE 3 (manga)

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A continuation of Rumiko Takahashi's Kyoukai no RINNE.

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku (manga)

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The sixth season of the anime.

Patrick's Take: Truly, we Natsume fans are blessed.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine The Royal Tutor (manga)

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A rather small teacher is tasked with being the personal tutor to the Greannzreich Kingdom's four wild princes.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb3xSrejKx0

Re:CREATORS (original)

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What if characters from various entertainment media came to our world and had a bone to pick with their creators (us)? Studio TROYCA's second original anime after Aldnoah.Zero.

Patrick's Take: The PV has me every bit as interested as the key visual doesn't. The staff and production value are definitely here in spades, and it's set for a 22 episode run so I'd be remiss if I didn't give it a shot, but I think it'd be silly to not go into this pretty cautiously. Regardless, the idea of various ridiculous anime tropes duking it out in the real world sounds like a lot of fun.

Marc's Take: I made this point the other night to Patrick: the only thing that made Aldnoah.Zero bad was Tow Ubukata's writing, and he's not working on this show so I assume it will at least look and sound good. They've even managed to get Hiroyuki Sawano to return for the soundtrack, which is a guaranteed watch for me, always.

PV: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5f83c9_re-creators-tv-anime-pv3_tv

Renai Boukun (manga)

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Take a Death Note and make it a Kiss Note! Also, harem aspects.

Patrick's Take: I started this manga a few years ago and have unfortunately fallen quite behind, but it was an enjoyable romp with quite the yandere twist. Unfortunately the PV looks less than mediocre, but I'll give it a shot.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixAK3zJpbwE

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Kinki KyoutenRokuAka (light novel)

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A take on the battle magic school anime where the teacher is the protagonist instead of a student.  The title loosely translates to " Akashic records of bastard magic instructor".

Patrick's Take: I'm contractually obligated to check out all high school battle academy anime as a by-product of starting anime with a harem show. If I can be blunt, at least the ZR and navels are nice.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzlblisGahI

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭ SaeKano 2 (light novel)

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The second season of 2015's popular adaptation.

Patrick's Take: Good harem shows are rare. This is one of them. I'll be watching.

Marc's Take: I don't know why, but I have an almost fatal attraction to Saekano. The protagonist is goofy as hell and an awful otaku, and all the women he surrounds himself with are inexplicably falling over each other to get with him, and yet I have been waiting for this show to return for over two years (at least it feels like that long). I will be watching with bated breath.

Sagrada Reset (light novel)

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Two members of Sakurada's super-powered populace use their skills of perfect memory and time resetting to solve mysteries.

Patrick's Take: I've heard some pretty good things about the original and David Pro has been doing some solid adaptations, however the Series Comp/Script writer Katsuhiko Takayama (Big Order, Heavy Object) has me more cautious than I'd be otherwise.

Marc's Take: While the writing staff doesn't inspire too much confidence in me, I don't think I've ever seen DavidPro...production that wasn't a Jojo property, so I'll be checking this out simply by way of morbid curiosity and my propensity for mystery shows.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSVn4h0Ia58

Sakura Quest (original)

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Five girls work in the tourism bureau of their small backwoods town. In order to boost tourism they revive a micro-nation program and act as monarchs of their village.

Patrick's Take: I'm never shy about my love for P.A. Works, and this is the newest entry in my beloved Working Girls series that depicts women in the professional world (Hanasaku Iroha, SHIROBAKO). Sakura Quest is pretty easily the original work I'm most excited for this season.

Marc's Take: This show has been getting a lot of pre-season buzz, and it seems to be for good reason given that it is a P.A. Works show. I almost always manage to keep the premise of P.A. Works shows a secret going in, and I'm always pleasantly surprised.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReFziIMt-Mk

Sekaisuru KadoKADO: The Right Answer (original)

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An original CG drama from TOEI about a mysterious man who abducts an entire airplane and threatens to meddle in Japan's internal affairs.

Patrick's Take: This might just be my biggest question mark of the season.  Toei itself is a big question mark! But their originals are generally pretty damned good (and born as labors of love from talented staff), the plot synopsis for this one is just waaaay out there.

Marc's Take: A CGI original series...from Toei? The last time I saw an all-CGI thing from Toei it was that insane Captain Harlock movie, so I have no idea what to think about this. The premise reminds me a bit of Eden of the East, but knowing Toei it'll be very different. I can't wait to see what this thing is.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufxk2GNXqNg

Shingeki no Bahamut: VIRGIN SOUL Rage of Bahamut 2 (game)

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The second season of Rage of Bahamut, set 10 years after the events of the first. The previous balance of Gods, Humans, and Demons has been thrown completely out of whack.

Patrick's Take: The first Bahamut's quality took everyone by surprise, considering it came from a not-so-amazing mobile phone game. This second one seems to have the same amount of pre-production care put into it as the first, and as such has me pretty excited. And a theme by DAOKO!

Marc's Take: Damn, I never finished the first season of this...guess I gotta catch up.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSczPBZeNRc

Attack on Titan 2 (manga)

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SEID IHR DAS ESSEN NEIN WIR SIND DE JAGER

Patrick's Take: About fucking time. There's a lot to look forward to story-wise, not the least of which being our horrible talking sasquatch friend.

Marc's Take: Literally the entire world has been waiting for this for a very long time. I was trying to contain my hype until the first PVs started coming out, and I was immediately sucked back into why I loved the look and feel of the first series so much. The expansive CGI background work, the fantastic sakuga and action direction, the thick black lines and morphed off-model character designs during movement. HIROYUKI FUCKING SAWANO...I want more. I need more. And finally I have it.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLaVP8IhIuc

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? Sukasuka (light novel)

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What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? The last living human wakes up from a 500 year sleep to a world of fairies and beasts and is thrown into their lives.

Patrick's Take: I didn't really pay any attention to this one until the latest PV showed up and it immediately caught my interest due to the atmosphere. The last two times that happened it was Grimgar and Demi-chan so let's try to make it three in a row!

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGfC2boki-I

sin Nanatsu no Taizai (original)

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Loosely following the biblical story of Lucifer being cast out of heaven into hell, this version of Lucifer embarks on a journey to defeat the seven deadly sins to restore her powers.

Patrick's Take: Confession time: I have three of the figurines this anime is based on. Judge all you want, I'm not quitting until this show offends my soul itself. Also, I like Queen's Blade and this looks damned similar.

Marc's Take: Wasn't there already an anime with this name? Hmmmm

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqiRF7ovKM4

Tsugumomo (manga)

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A fighting anime about exorcists who use tsukumogami, the spirits of items cherished by humans, in their battle.

Patrick's Take: I fucking love this manga. Half of it because the fighting is badass and the other half because it is lewd as hell. That having been said I have no idea what I actually want from this anime - I feel that lewdness on its scale is better left to manga and would like to see it focus more on the fighting... but at the same time that just wouldn't be the Tsugumomo I love.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptCRrKccB0E

Tsuki ga Kirei (original)

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Classic coming of age romance story by a capable staff.

Patrick's Take: Sorry I didn't write more for the synopsis, that's really all we've got so far! The director and write staff are no stranger to sappy love stories, and the title hearkens back to a famous line by romanticist Natsume Soseki, so I'm hoping this show will please my inner teenage girl.

PV: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5eo8li_tsuki-ga-kirei-pv_tv

Twin Angel BREAK (manga/panchinko)

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The latest entry in the long running Twin Angels magical girl series, BREAK follows two middle school girls fighting evil under orders from their magical mascot hedgehog Miruku.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvnl3RDam7U

The Eccentric Family 2 (original)

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A followup to 2013's acclaimed series, the struggle between Tanuki, Tengu, and Humans continues as Professor Akadama's estranged son reappears.

Patrick's Take: After completely ignoring everyone saying Eccentric Family is PA Work's best work, I finally got around to watching it three weeks ago. What the fuck was I waiting for?! As long as this season builds on the strengths of its first (story building, complex characters, awesome loose art) it'll be another lovable story to recommend to anyone.

Zero kara Hajimaru Mahou no Sho (light novel)

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A half-beast joins a witch named Zero on her quest to find a tome that can end the world.

Patrick's Take: This isn't re:zero this isn't re:zero this isn- It's unfortunate that the name is so fuckin similar! I'm going into this one cautiously, it seems like an LN plot that could go somewhere pretty fun. And Zero is cute.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr_8ZXgzGT8