It’s a new year and time for some new anime. This season has some returning favorites and a few new series in among the plethora of sequels and spin-offs. Keep reading to find out what we’re excited for here at Clouded and be sure to tell us what you think is worth watching this season!
This season has sequels a plenty, which I say as if that hasn’t been the trend for many years now. But there is some variety as well beyond the continuation of beloved and sometimes questionable continuations. There are obscure sports anime, adaptations of stripping video games, more shows about being trapped in another world, and another series with a semicolon in its title – all the bases covered.
As per usual, this is just a small selection of series that we are looking forward to watching and possibly reviewing weekly, and the reasons why. For a full rundown of all of this season’s offerings, check out the fantastic Winter 2017 Preview at Random Curiosity. As of right now there is also little information on Crunchyroll’s winter simulcast lineup. Keep an eye out for any updates, but most of these are likely to appear there.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
English Title: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Studio: Studio Deen
Premiere: January 12, 2017
Watch: Tokyo MX
Plot (Season 1): After dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and recluse Kazuma Satou finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, he can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake—Aqua is completely useless!
This is clearly a highlight of the new year with the highly anticipated return of what was possibly 2016’s greatest comedy. In a time when ‘trapped in a fantasy world’ series abound this is exactly the parody the world needs, and best of all its two seasons now perfectly bookend the largest trope-laden and all-to-serious example from the past year. The characters are fun, sometimes ridiculous, takes on the genre expectations – it’s hard not to love all of them for at least one reason. If you enjoyed the first season this should take no convincing, we’re in for another wild ride.
Will this be reviewed weekly? 100% yes.
Kuzu no Honkai
English Title: Scum’s Wish
Genre: Romance, Drama
Premiere: January 13, 2017
Watch: Fuji TV
Plot: Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share physical intimacy driven by loneliness. Will things stay like this for them forever?
High school drama and romance are nothing new in anime, but the twist here is what caught my attention. Rarely do you see a series with the couple already formed. It’s usually the build-up that’s all the fun and excitement, but this is strangely different. The main characters of this series are in quite possibly the most ridiculous love-hexagon (probably) that I have seen in a while. Not only do they not like each other for real, but they have unrequited feelings for teachers. Both of them! This series is just begging to be emotionally draining and disheartening with how many awkward situations and impossible dreams can arise out of the circumstances. I can already feel the fake love becoming real. The source material is also noted for not shying away from the real intensity of romantic pain and unrequited love, so for some straight up drama this looks to be a good source for the winter.
Will this be reviewed weekly? Maybe.
Masamune-kun no Revenge
English Title: Masamune’s Revenge
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Studio: Silver Link
Premiere: January 5, 2017
Plot: As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance. With the aid of the rich girl’s maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, […] you get the idea.
I find it hard to resist a tempting romcom, and fortunately there is always at least one intriguing offering per season. The concept to differentiate this one seems almost too interesting to have never been done before – at least not notably. Although the source material is still ongoing (and slightly controversial), you can just feel what has to happen here. Although it’s telegraphed a hundred miles away, I just can’t help but want to see two people that hate each other fall stupidly in love through hilarious anime circumstances. The revenge concept is a great premise as well. Considering there’s no more powerful emotion than hate and the desire for revenge is quite motivating, there is no question that these two are at least going to get pretty close. Also, Aki looks wonderfully tsun.
Will this be reviewed weekly? Probably.
Dragon Ball Super
Check out the backlog of reviews for Super here, and stay tuned for more reactions to this kind of wacky series. We’re likely to see the next big universal tournament coming up soon, after a few more short-arc fillers. If you have yet to start watching Dragon Ball Super and pine for the olden days of english dubs on the Cartoon Network, you’re in luck! Super is coming to Toonami starting January 7 in english. Better yet, the animation has been considerably improved from the original broadcast as the dubs will be using the Blu-ray releases as their source.