We are barely into the winter 2018 anime, which has been a stunning season thus far, but while winter was building up, April anime was already being announced.
Just like that, we already have the full schedule so early. At the time of writing this article, some anime haven’t even hit episode 4 of their shows yet. Initially I was over the moon because new anime seasons feel like Christmas for me, but this season looks pretty bad to be honest.
To summarize the schedule, it just looks terrible. While some nice sequels are hiding in the group like Tokyo Ghoul and Boku No Hero Academia, there is so much loli trash and empty-looking slice of life anime on display. This is, of course, first impressions but nothing jumps out and many of the big studios are sitting this season out. We’re going to suggest five options from this schedule to try easing the pain. Naturally we skip sequels because if you are going to watch a sequel, you don’t need motivation from outside sources.
Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru looks fairly decent as a fantasy anime; done by Studio Seven Arcs who recently have nothing to their name to show off as accolades, but I’m always hopeful of studios trying to push themselves further to create more business opportunities for themselves. Where physics and the laws relating can be bent, creating everything from poisonous gas to nuclear explosions, two bounty hunters who use such skill are in the midst of fighting dragons and catch the eye of great nations.
Persona 5 is one promising anime being done by Studio A-1 Pictures. If the game is anything to go by, the series should be stellar. Hopefully like Persona 4 the Animation attempted, we’ll have Persona 5 covering the basics and coming to one of the conclusions from the game. A-1’s most recent anime currently airing is a cooperative project with Studio Trigger - Darling in the FRANXX - which is spectacular to say the least thus far, and notably Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale too.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is another A-1 Pictures project this season and honestly, the dynamic of a Fujoshi and an Otaku being involved in a romantic comedy sounds all too good. A-1 has given me faith from the first PV alone that this will be hilarious for anyone even remotely familiar with the two cultures.
Golden Kamui has me quite excited to be honest. Since we saw Tanya the Evil come out sometime ago, it paved the way for War being more front and centre as a theme for anime. Before that it was actually quite taboo to cover War within anime for whatever reason. Set in the early twentieth century, a Russo-Japanese War veteran is trying to make a living off a gold rush. As he catches wind of a potential hidden gold mine, he sets off to find it, but he isn’t alone. Geno Studio is quite the small new studio, having only one film prior to the previous season to their name. However, they are busy with Kokkoku in the current season which thus far is very interesting and will be covered soon after this article goes up.
Hinamatsuri sounded incredibly daft from the description; a yakuza member named Nitta encounters a super-powered girl named Hina who appears in his room, and begins to live with him after threatening him with her extraordinary powers. The PV, like many anime picks before, swayed me. It strongly reminds me of Sakamoto Desu Ka and Cromartie High put together which can only make for some top quality 4 panel-inspired comedy. Studio Feel is a bit unknown to me, but they do have some highly rated shows under their belt such as OreGairu (as it’s fondly known) and Outbreak Company.
Megalo Box sneaks in next. I know I said five anime but this is simply too good to pass up. No description is available yet, just a PV showing off some people wearing skeletal machines to help them take boxing to the next level, but sports anime in Japan is always done well. If it’s a sport you enjoy, you can normally fall in love with it and boxing is up there for me (thank you sneaky sixth anime). Studio TMS Entertainment has done many solid anime but one to note is All Out, a rugby anime that was also quite well done and helped me have faith in this project.
So after closely examining the season and sifting through the trash, there are some gems hiding in and amongst the list. Hope this helps narrow things down just a tad!
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