Are you ready for baseba- I mean a new season of anime? Although this season looks riddled with sequels, including one of the most awaited in years, there are some great offerings to be had across the board.
Seriously, so many sequels.
Below you can find the series that we’re interested in covering here at Clouded Anime this season. For a more comprehensive list of anime airing this season, check out Anime News Network’s upcoming anime list.
Attack on Titan 2 (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Premiere: April 01, 2017
Studio: Wit Studio
Watch It: Crunchyroll, FUNimation
Plot Summary: Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues. (via ANN)
This one is just obvious. The first season of Attack on Titan was one of the best series of 2013 and has become wildly popular in the anime community and beyond – thanks in part to Netflix and clever merchandising. After suffering a pair of dismal live action adaptations, the series is set to pick up where it left off, and with plenty of great source material to adapt it promises to be an exciting ride.
Alice & Zouroku
Premiere: April 03, 2017
Studio: J.C. Staff
Watch It: Animax Asia
Plot Summary: A group of young girls possess a mysterious power known as “Alice’s Dream,” which gives them the ability to turn their thoughts into reality. Detained and experimented upon, these youths are locked away in secret until one of them manages to escape. Her name is Sana—a girl with the power to ignore the very laws of physics. When this willful powerhouse crosses paths with a stubborn old man named Zouroku, his carefully-ordered life will never be the same again. (from manga, via ANN)
The first of the non-sequels, this one sounds kind of interesting. With a little bit of Haruhi’s ability to control reality with thought, the escaped powered girl of Elfen Lied, plus the surrogate father-daughter relationship of Logan (2017), the plot of this is intriguing. It’s not something I can immediately recall as having been done before, so it really gets a boost in interest.
Premiere: April 05, 2017
Studio: David Production
Watch It: TBD
Plot Summary: A town where over half of the residents have a special power of some kind. An administration bureau controls the use of these powers and employs a special task force to conduct missions. The protagonists, Haruki Misora – who has the ability to rewind the world back three days – and Asai Kei – who has the ability to remember everything even after time has been rewound – as members of the bureau task force.
A time travel series is practically a requirement of each new season of anime, and this one sounds promising. It does remind me a lot of the concept for Charlotte, which was less than stellar, but the source material has received good reception. The animation and characters designs look absolutely generic – bland even – but that doesn’t have to get in the way of a potentially interesting plot. Even that poster looks bland.
Atom The Beginning
Premiere: April 15, 2017
Studio: Production I.G.
Watch It: Showgate
Plot Summary: In Japan after a great calamity, there were two geniuses who dreamed of the future. One was Umatarō Tenma. The other was Hiroshi Ochanomizu. The two labored day and night in robot research — Tenma to create a “god,” and Ochanomizu to create a “friend.” Thus a robot, A106, was born from their collaborative friendship. (from manga, via ANN)
Heralding back to near the origins of anime itself, this series is a prequel of sorts to the iconic Astro Boy. That alone is generating quite a bit of interest, plus the son of the original creator is overseeing the project. Definitely worth a look.
Other Interesting New Series
Sakura Quest – The next entry in PA Works line of cute girls doing cute things in beautiful locations, Sakura Quest follows a group of girls tasked as tourist ambassadors in a small town. This will be worth a look just for the track record of PA Works in this kind of setting, considering some of their other series like Tari Tari, HaruChika, Hanasaku Iroha, True Tears, and Angel Beats!
Clockwork Planet – In the future the world dies far sooner than expected (thanks Al Gore) but it is rebuilt, or kept alive, by clockwork automation. The gravity, atmosphere, and even the life on the planet are all clockwork and robots. This is a wildly steampunk kind of setting and could be intriguing to those interested in such a setting. As for the plot – machines can be controlled. What does it mean to control an entire planet like this?
Eromanga Sensei – If you’re looking for comedy and romance (uh), this is probably the entry of the season. Masamune Izumi is a light novel author in high school. His artist, known only as “Eromanga Sensei” is reliable but Masamune has never met him and assumes he’s just a perverted otaku. Turns out that this is his shut-in little sister! Let hi-jinks ensue.
Honorable mentions of sequels that I have not finished or seen the first seasons of: Boruto, Uchōten Kazoku 2, Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku, Saekano Flat.
The ongoing series of choice, Dragon Ball Super, will of course continue in to the new season.