Just like last season (and the seasons before it) in this post I’ll be talking about the Spring 2019 Anime that i’ll be watching. Unlike previous seasons though I’ve yet to decide whether I’ll be reviewing seasonal anime week-to-week so any sort of announcement with regards to that is still pending. Anyway, on to the Spring 2019 Anime Watch List!
Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world)
What they say: “Takuya Arima is a young student whose father, a historian who has conducted various researches, disappeared recently. During a summer vacation Takuya receives a peculiar package from his missing father, along with a letter containing information about the existence of various parallel worlds. At first Takuya doesn’t take it seriously, but soon he realizes that he possesses a device that allows him to travel to alternate dimensions. Is his father alive, after all? If so, where is he?”
What I say: Straight off the bat this is my most anticipated anime of the season. Why? Oh it’s got nothing to do with the plot, I didn’t even read the synopsis until I pasted it in just now. It’s because it’s based on a visual novel and I’m a sucker for visual novel anime adaptations! No, I haven’t played the VN it’s based on and that’s going to make it all the more fun! Also it’s 26 episodes so it’ll at least have the time to tell the story it wants to.
Han-Gyaku-sei Million Arthur 2nd Season (Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur 2nd Season)
What they say: “Based on Square Enix’s massively multi-player online role-playing game.”
What I say: The first season aired last year (2018) and I feel like it was criminally underrated. (Also it didn’t help matters that no English streaming services got the rights to the show but that’s a whole ‘nother story entirely). Regardless, I’m quietly optimistic about the direction this second season seems to be taken given the finale and look forward to seeing all the cute ‘n sexy characters in this show once more!
Fruits Basket: 1st Season
What they say: “High school student Tohru Honda begins living alone in a tent after she loses her mother, who was her only remaining family member. However, it turns out that the land she pitches her tent on is part of the distinguished Sohma family estate! When Shigure Sohma sees the value of her housekeeping skills, Tohru ends up living with Yuki Sohma, who is essentially the prince of her school, and Kyo Sohma, who regards Yuki as the enemy. Still, there’s something Tohru doesn’t know yet: the Sohma family has been bound for centuries by a horrible curse…”
What I say: I don’t have the same close, personal attachment that a lot of people have to the original series (never watched it) but I am curious to see what all the hype is about. Plus it’s likely going to have more than one season since they’ve titled it ‘1st Season’ so at least it’s going to be a more complete story than some other romance anime I’ve watched recently.
Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (Ao-chan Can’t Study!)
What they say: “When Ao was in kindergarten, she smiled ear-to-ear as she told her classmates how her father (a bestselling erotic author) chose her name: “A as in apple and O as in orgy!” That day still haunts her ten years later as she studies with a single goal in mind: get into an elite university and achieve independence from her father once and for all. She has no youth to misspend and no time to think about boys … until her classmate, “King Normie” Kijima, approaches her with a shocking confession of love. She tries to lose Kijima, but he just can’t take a hint … and as her mind runs wild with impure thoughts, she realizes her father has totally influenced her!”
What I say: It’s an ecchi with a cute girl on the poster, I’m in! Just a shame it’s only 15 minutes long (that’s what she said).
Hitoribocchi no ○○ Seikatsu (Beyond of Being Alone)
What they say:“Hitori Bocchi suffers from extreme social anxiety, she’s not good at talking to people, takes pretty extreme actions, is surprisingly adept at avoiding people, her legs cramp when she overexerts herself, gets full of herself when alone, will vomit when exposed to extreme tension and often comes up with plans. Now she is entering middle school and her only friend, Yawara Kai, is attending a different school. This leaves Bocchi alone, surrounded by new classmates with whom she must make friends before Kai will talk to her again.”
What I say: This looks adorable, and weird, and silly and (as I learnt from reading Xenodude’s similarly themed post) it’s by the mangaka of ‘Mitsuboshi Colors’–one of my absolute favourite adorable, weird and silly shows!
Chou Kadou Girl ⅙: Amazing Stranger (Over Drive Girl 1/6: Amazing Stranger)
What they say: “Bouida Haruto, a hardcore otaku with no interest in 3D (real) women, once appreciated figures from afar, accepting that “if you get into them, there’s no turning back.” However, when Nona, a character he loved from an anime called “Girls→Planetary Investigation” had a figure of her released, he ended up purchasing it. And then that night, the figure of Nona somehow came to life, and a couple-like lifestyle between man and toy began.“
What I say: Again, a bit annoyed that this is only a 15-minute anime but the premise is intriguing and I’m curious as to what direction this show will take (and how perverted it could get seeing as the love interest is 1/6 the size of the male protagonist).
Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma
What they say: “The romantic comedy manga’s story centers on Nobunaga, a middle school teacher who constantly dreams of a beautiful girl who loves him appearing in front of him. One day, the 14-year-old Kichou, the wife of the real-life Warring States period warlord Oda Nobunaga, appears in front of him, having apparently traveled through time. She mistakes the present-day Nobunaga for the historical Oda Nobunaga, and tries to get him to get her pregnant.”
What I say: Another short ecchi anime, what do they think us perverts have a short attention span or somet…
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (We Never Learn)
What they say: “Yuiga Nariyuki tutors three genius of different subjects in highschool to get a scholarship. Furuhashi Fumino is a genius on literature but horrible in math, Ogata Rizu is a genius on mathematics and science but literature and arts are terrible subjects for her and Takemoto Uruka is a genius in the athletic field but really bad in all the others. Together, they study very hard and want to get better at their worst subjects while Fumino and Ogata wants to go to college and work on these subjects for life.”
What I say: A harem about a tutor huh, seems like someone’s trying to ride in on that ‘Quintessential Quintuplets’ train. I’m watching it because it’s a harem anime–not because it particularly interests me but maybe it’ll be good?
Shoumetsu Toshi (Where I End and You Begin)
What they say: “One day, a city suddenly disappears. Takuya, a professional by-the-contract courier and lone wolf, meets Yuki, the only survivor from the city’s extinction. The two rely on a message from Yuki’s father, who was heard to be missing, and head toward the disappeared city, Lost.
However, unexpected obstacles strike before the pair, with the reality especially shocking for Yuki. Before them are the feelings of those left behind, a mysterious group manipulating in the shadows, and unveiling the hidden conspiracy. Takuya and Yuki, who both were initially strangers, would deepen their bond during the journey and unravel the mystery of the Lost city.”
What I say: While I was staying in Akihabara during February of this year there was a video billboard that was playing anime trailers on the main street that was visible from my hotel. It was mostly playing previous and current season anime advertisements but the one show it was promoting from ~next~ season was this one. I think I’ve seen the trailer for it like fifty times thanks to that video billboard so I feel almost obligated to watch the show now!
Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? (Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?)
What they say: “17-year-old Ichirou Satou is an average teenager who always happens to find himself in perverted situations with his teacher, Kana Kojima. Follow this erotic love comedy about their mishaps throughout their daily lives and how Ichirou and Kana choose to handle them.”
What I say: Dammit, another 15 minute ecchi?! What are you trying to do to me, Japan?! Anyway, blah blah blah I like sexy anime girls and boobs boobs, blah blah blah I can’t wait.
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine
What they say: “In the game, the player takes the role of an unnamed former little senior league baseball ace who lost his or her baseball career after suffering an unspecified injury. The character moves to his or her grandmother’s hometown and enrolls in the local high school, resolved never to enter the world of baseball again. When the character meets Tsubasa Arihara, he or she is persuaded to be the manager of the school’s baseball team, and to take the team to the high school nationals at Koshien.”
What I say: I do love a good sports anime! Wait, no I don’t–they’re one of my least favourite anime genres–but what I ~do~ love is cute girls and if I have to sit through them playing baseball to get them then that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Batter up!
What they say: “Neo Tokyo, the year G.C. (Galaxy Century) 0051, which marks a half century since first contact was made. Humans have obtained super light-speed navigation technology and formed a commonwealth of planets with aliens. A streak of bad luck is continuing for self-proclaimed freelance reportage writer Robby Yarge, who is around 30 years old. He fails at work, so his contract is cut. His girlfriend leaves him, he nearly dies in a traffic accident, and debt collectors come after him.
One day, a bag snatcher steals Robby’s bag, and a young man helps him. Hatchi Kita, an 18-year-old part-time worker, catches the criminal and returns Robby’s bag. Robby offers him his gratitude and a meal in return. The pair discover they are complete opposites and soon part ways.
However, Hatchi turns up again in Robby’s life as a debt collector. Hatchi explains that it’s his part-time job working for the loan shark Yan. A cat-and-mouse chase begins, and Yan’s Finance president Yan takes his subordinates Aro and Gra along for the ride. Robby manages to elude Hatchi and escape to space while shaking off Yan’s group. Robby thinks of escaping to Isekandar, a distant and legendary planet in the Milky Way that is said to bring happiness to those who go there. Though Robby thought he had escaped to space alone, he discovers Hatchi inside his spaceship. The two decide to travel across the galaxy together in search of Isekandar.”
What I say: Man, that sure is a long plot summary! This is my obligatory “something different from the cute girl stuff I usually watch” pick of the season. I have nothing to say about the show other than, ‘looks interesting’.
One Punch Man 2nd Season
What they say: “Saitama is a guy who’s a hero for fun. After saving a child from certain death, he decided to become a hero and trained hard for three years. Though he’s now so strong he can defeat any opponent with a single punch, lately he feels as if, in exchange for overwhelming power, he’s lost something even more important.”
What I say: I had various ~issues~ with the first season of ‘One Punch Man’ (which you can read in my review of it here!) but at its core it was still an entertaining show. And hey, at least it’s better than ‘Mob Psycho 100’!
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san
What they say: “The everyday life of Nakano, a salaryman working for an exploitative company, is suddenly intruded upon by the fox, Senko-san (800-year-old little girl). Whether it be cooking, cleaning, or special service(?)… she’ll heal his exhaustion with her tender “care.”
What I say: “800-year-old little girl” huh? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Seriously though, while the premise is a little on the ‘ick’ side (yes, even for the likes of me!) Senko-san is proper adorable and I need her in my life.
Kenja no Mago
What they say: “A young man who had surely died in an accident was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin’s teachings earning him some shocking power however, when he became 15 his grandfather Merlin said: “I forgot to teach him common sense”!
An “abnormal” boy’s unconventional other world fantasy life starts here!!”
What I say: ~Obligatory Isekai anime of the season~ But seriously, this seems incredibly generic and ordinary sounding–hoping to be surprised but out of all the show’s I’m watching this show could be dropped quickly unless it has some exceptional anime ladies in it.
Carole & Tuesday
What they say: “Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It’s an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers. There’s a girl. Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she’s working part time while trying to become a musician. She’s always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole. There’s a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday. A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger…”
What I say: The premise doesn’t particular interest me but I feel like (aside from ‘Fruits Basket’) this will be the anime that gets a lot of attention so this is me basically watching something because it’ll be talked about and not because of any particular inclination towards its plot, art-style or anything else. Could be amazing or could be a big ‘ol jar of “not for me”… only time will tell!
What they say: “The East Side of Shinjuku Ward … The neon-lit Kabuki-chou district stretches across the center of this chaotic city. Where light shines, there are also deep shadows. The curtains rise on this night stage where bizarre murders occurred! Is this suspense? No, comedy? An indistinguishable drama is about to begin…”
What I say: *shrugs* I’ll give it a go, I suppose…
And that’s my 17 anime I’ll (probably) be watching for Spring 2019! Compared to previous seasons’ this is among the weakest in regards to any kind of overall hype I have for the season but things can change! At the very least there’s more ecchi this season, even if it is all shorter length ones! *shakes fist*
Let me know what shows you are looking forward to the most and/or if you think I’ve missed a show that’s “unmissable”. Thanks for reading!
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