Spring 2015 Preview
The winter is nearly over, and thank fucking god because I have more snow then I care to deal with around this house, and it’s going to take a long time for it to melt at this rate. I’ve tried to keep up with this season’s current lot, but frankly it’s been kind of a wash with a few decent originals and moderate on-going shows in their final legs. Nonetheless, I am pretty hype for this spring with the return of Nanoha to the airwaves, among some other fare. So without further introduction, here is more shit I might watch and you may too.
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid I binged watched Nanoha overnight as my wife was sleeping back in 2009, and it’s remained one of my favorite series of all time. I wrote a review of the first three television series in 2010, and a bit about Force in 2012. Suffice to say, StrikerS was the last Nanoha television series we got in the spring of 2007, so it’s been eight years past due for new Nanoha action. The Vivid manga covers events surrounding Vivio from the end of StrikerS years after, and depicts the major characters alongside Vivio and her friends, including many of the Numbers from StrikerS. Unfortunately, most of the plot surrounds battle games, where mages compete for fame and glory, so I imagine most of this show is going to be TRAINING and FIGHTING with probably little plot in-between. So I am slightly skeptical on the end result, especially in today’s MOEVOLUTION times. Still, I’ll probably be okay with it since Nanoha is Nanoha, and we still have the third movie to look forward to, plus hopefully if things go well, they’ll animate Force which, contrary to some people’s belief, it pretty fucking awesome.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu Ah, Haruhi. I haven’t really watched anything since the Endless Eight episodes, which I consider to be one of the most successful KyoAni trolls of all time. I hung around /a/ a lot back then, and the threads were just a delightful mix of rage, salt, and general indifference to watching simply for the sake of seeing if anything would be different. Suffice to say, this iteration is likely not going to be like that, if I recall, it’s sort of an alternate universe featuring Nagato. Satelight is picking this up, so I expect the animation to be different as well. From the director who brought you GOSICK.
High School DxD BorN Ah, the true King of Lewd returns for another season, and by god have we missed thee. Expect your standard fanservice and uncensored tits, presuming that version airs. Cast your MALE GAZE nets now, folks, before I give zero fucks. Actually, I give zero fucks already. TOO LATE.
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me The first season, albeit short, was enjoyable enough to merit continuing.
Denpa Kyoushi A kid who becomes a NEET and blogs about anime?
Yeah I was thinking of changing my field to match my experience, and become a productive member of society again. But I guess I'll just NEET
— Center ★ Nova (@CirNobar) March 10, 2015
The toppest of keks.
Kyoukai no Rinne It’s got a very Bleach vibe to it, but with Brains at the helm and the director of Kamisama Dolls, it might be interesting.
Plastic Memories One of my favorite classic shows was Hand Maid May, and it’s almost criminal that no one has tried to revive that franchise at all. This looks to be more like Chobits in terms of life-size androids, but Dogakobo at the helm and GJ-bu’s director, can only hope for good things.
Houkago no Pleiades I think I vaguely remember seeing the OVA episodes a long time ago, so a full series seems interesting enough.
Lupin III (2015) Lupin has always been a staple franchise, and I very much enjoyed the last Lupin series Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna when it aired a few years back. So when in Rome…
Re-Kan! No aliens, psychopaths or MTV hosts, scares me like vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka? JC STAFF’s entry for the season looks to be very MMO-ish but I don’t think it actually involving the vidya, instead, some kind of DUNGEON QUEST. Probably best to go into this with low expectations.
Owari no Seraph I’m not much for vampires, or shounen series really, and with a director who was involved with Shingeki and Guilty Crown, given its premise, ya got to be a little skeptical. Worth a preview though.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Body swapping eh? Maybe want.
Grisaia no Meikyuu / Grisaia no Rakuen I honestly haven’t finished the first Grisala series, or I was very close, forget exactly. This one will probably be a low-priority to finish towards the end of the season. It’s pretty good stuff, but it didn’t seem to climb on my weekly list of HAPPENING.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku Nope. As I quipped reviewing its first season:
In SNAFU’s case, it tried to use Hachiman to force this whole DEEP character into a room full of other misfits and have them collectively solve cancer, only to realize they’re all socially awkward teenagers that are trying too hard for their socially-successful jock friends. In the end, when the jock pushes the nerd against the wall for calling his kind out on their bullshit, the whole “joke” comes about face, the point being, being an outcast means you shut your mouth. No one wants to hear your shit, and no one cares about how deep you think you are. So was this supposed to be srsbins anime, or a comedy? Was it supposed to be a romantic comedy? What did we watch?
No sir, I don’t like it.