Time again for the ol’ season preview, where I run down everything that looks mildly interesting next season. This time that’s actually pretty easy, considering virtually everything I’m enticed by is either a sequel or a second half. Unfortunately (well, for me anyway), that really just means the actual madness will have to wait until I watch everything else for the preview guide anyway. As usual, my preview won’t actually cover everything – it’s easy enough to check out the full list at anichart if you’re interested in checking out the other shows, if you want to for some dumb reason. Winter is looking a great deal more manageable than fall, but winters are always kind of sparse, and there’s certainly still some cartoons to look for. Let’s run ‘em down!
Also known as Love Bullet, also known as motherfuckin’ Yuri Bear Storm, also know as What’s Subtlety Pff Sounds Dumb TIME FOR LESBIANS. The promotional material for this show is complete madness, but that doesn’t matter at all – Ikuhara’s back, and I’m on board for whatever insane ride he wants to take us on. Ikuhara’s currently batting two for two on solo projects that are more poignant, insightful, and entertaining than virtually anything else out there, and it would take a whole lot more than shapeshifting lesbian bears to derail his wild talent. In fact, “shapeshifting lesbian bears” pretty much sounds like exactly the show Ikuhara was born to create. I’m excited. You excited? Sounds like we’re all excited. YURI BEAR STOOOOORM.
Here’s the PV, which feature some lovely scenery and not much else!
I’m a big fan of this new Monogatari release schedule – release them when they’re ready, make them actually feel like event television, and give us some breathing room between doses of this sometimes exhausting show. Yotsugi’s about as far from my favorite character as anyone in this show, but season two has demonstrated Monogatari can wring poignant dramas out of any of its characters, and so I’m ready to see where this one goes. The synopsis mentions a “story of farewell,” which would certainly put this in line with everything else the show has been doing recently – Season Two was all about closing the doors of adolescence one after another, and saying goodbye to Yotsugi would push us even closer to the point where everyone has grown out of this narrative. Monogatari’s overall structure is turning out to be as surprisingly intelligent as everything else about it, but it seems like the shape of the whole is finally coming into view.
Here’s the uselessly vague PV.
Yeah, the first half had its bumps, but this is still goddamn Jojo we’re talking about. I mean, the cast member with top billing on MAL is a dog named Iggy. Either you’re with Jojo or you’re against Jojo, and you obviously know where I Stand.
Here’s the “hey, they fight a dog in the first episode” mini-PV.
My thoughts on Death Billiards were basically, “eh, that was pretty good,” and Death Parade’s placement this far up this list is really just reflective of how weak the winter season looks. That said, Death Billiards was pretty good! It was well produced, it had a solid core concept, etc. And in fact, one of the things that makes me most interested in Death Parade is how much Death Billiards wouldn’t lend itself to a full series – that is, the fact that Death Billiards was so self-contained means Death Parade will definitely have to introduce some interesting new variables, and I’m very ready to see what they come up with.
Here’s the PV.
I mean, come on. After that ridiculous finale, how could I not keep watching this show? I’m very ready for more Slaine suffering, more absurd tonal clashes, more spinning-in-a-sad-circle narrative failures. I had real hope for Aldnoah for pretty much its entire first half, and though it didn’t turn out “good,” it was still a very fun watch. Bring on the trainwreck, Aldnoah!
Here’s a sort-of-PV teaser thing.
Running into the first of the speculative picks, Assassination Classroom is on here purely because the manga seems like a crowd favorite. It’s quite possible that just means the show will turn out to be this season’s Akame ga Kill or Terraformars terrible action-fest, but hey, sometimes things also turn out to be good! Granted, the fact that the early preview material is barely animated nonsense and the director is Seiji “Nice Show Be a Shame if Something Happened to It” Kishi don’t really inspire tremendous confidence, but I’m giving it an episode anyway, so…
Here’s the almost-animated PV.
Look, I know the title and premise are ridiculous. You don’t have to tell me that. But for some reason, possibly because I’ve heard vaguely positive things about the source material, possibly because the Code Geass director is on board, possibly because my bad knee is acting up again, I’ve got the vaguest hint of a feeling that this’ll be this season’s comfort food show. The Chaika, the Witch Craft Works, the Yozakura Quartet – every season needs some endearing popcorn, and my magic dart board of show titles is telling me this time it’s gonna be Maria. Don’t hold me to that. Don’t listen to me at all, in fact. But if this show ends up being surprisingly good, you heard it here first.
Here’s the PV.
Another one I know basically nothing about, but the PV does show some promise. Nice animation, a great sense of style, a clear love of whimsy. That’s not much to go by, but down here in the speculative section, we take what we can get.
Here’s that PV.
Aaand that’s my starting list, along with the continuations of KimiUso, Shirobako, Parasyte, and Log Horizon II. What are you guys looking forward to? Any big hits I missed? Let me know, and look forward to seeing me stagger my way through basically every first episode anyway in a few weeks’ time. Hurraaay…