Musings and Reflections – Winter 2018 Week 0

     Even before going through the list of all upcoming anime, I have only one thought about the Winter season. Violet Evergarden!!! Everything else seems hardly to matter. Sure, I may be too hyped up and therefore more prone to be disappointed, but overall it looks to be an exciting season, even if we would disregard Violet Evergarden. Everyone will probably enjoy some sequels – Overlord, Nanatsu no Taizai and Dagashi Kashi are all coming, I’m also happy for yuri fans as well as those who thoroughly enjoy endless isekai light novel adaptations. Sure, if any of these will prove to be great, I’m all for it, but as of now I have something else on my mind.

Violet Evergarden

     If there’s a show worth watching this new season, it’s hands down this one. There’s very little negative I could think about – probably only the source material might theoretically be a problem, though in any case an adaptation usually can improve some things if need be. And I have utmost faith in KyoAni (well, I had it also when Musaigen no Phantom World came, but let’s forget it). The PVs look absolutely stunning, as if the anime was a film and not a TV series. The first episode was already finished half a year ago, so even considering the insane amount of work the studio has decided to do, there shouldn’t be much problems with the schedule. To be frank, after seeing the first PV I had a rare feeling similar to one I had before starting Flying Witch and Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni – as if it’s  an anime made specifically for me and I have to watch it no matter what. These two turned out to be my favorites so I have no pretext to think Violet Evergarden won’t be.

Mahoutsukai no Yome

    Continuing from the last season, it doesn’t look to offer anything that unexpected. Chise still has a long road to go in order to overcome all of her emotional issues, and her backstory, particularly everything concerning her parents, is still virtually unknown. Also, all these sorcerers/magi rivalries and stuff could be brought back to the picture any time soon, so there’s definitely huge possibilities for the story. Even Elias is still so mysterious that apart from Lindel’s recollections we barely know anything about him. The PV promised quite an action-heavy turn of events, and while I adored the more peaceful moments, some action, if well made, won’t go to waste. So yeah, the bottom line is that the show can simply continue what it has been doing so far and everything will definitely be fine and enjoyable.

Ito Junji: Collection

     It’s pretty weird but my guilty pleasure watching anime turned out to be particularly bad horror shows. You know these shorts that you can laugh at pretty much any time at because of their incompetence. As much as I love stuff that Junji Ito comes up with, I don’t think this anime will be any good. Firstly, even if Ito’s mind can create very powerful  and horrific scenarios, the man just can’t finish his stories properly. As this anime seems to cover his short stories, the problem becomes far less important, but still relevant enough. Another thing is that I’m not sure Ito’s stories are suitable to be animated. Well, just look at Gyo. There might be a reason why such a prolific mangaka hasn’t had his stuff adapted into anime. I think one of the reasons are that static images sometimes may be better at evoking horror. Black and white also works well with that and I have some reservations about adapting everything in color. The final point might seem not the fairest one but I’m afraid I don’t trust Studio Deen enough to make this a good adaptation.

Fate/Extra Last Encore

     Well, this is a difficult one. After skipping Apocrypha I thought that I actually might be in a mood for some Fate and its endless spawn of content. The problem of course is that I know practically nothing about this side story and its suitability to be adapted. Quite a significant fact is that this iteration will be done by Shaft. Yet, after watching the PVs it’s clear that the anime looks nothing like the usual Shaft fare (for better or worse). Sure, the anime will even feature Shinji, Sakura and Rin (with their original VAs), but these three look very different from their canon character designs, almost if this was some doujinshi. Well, there seems to be a possibility for the anime to feature lovely Arcueid from Tsukihime visual novel (because Tsukihime anime doesn’t exist) and my absolute favorite girl Shiki Ryougi from Kara no Kyoukai. If that will prove to be true, I don’t no, I’ll go bananas. But other than that, it’s better to remain cautious.

      Other than these 4 most likely ones, there are several others that look to be interesting (like that Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse thing about Antarctica), but not interesting enough to get hyped without first getting to know them better:

  • Koi wa Ameagari no You ni – Wit studio will had to divide its forces between this one and Mahoutsukai no Yome. Still there should be enough manpower left as usually the studio provides quite good visuals. I’m not a fan of character designs, but a story might be not the most usual one.
  • Kokkoku – most definitely can develop to be the Edge-lord of the season, but despite quite appalling CG it can probably have some surprises, though it’s doubtful.
  • Yuru Camp△ – probably standard moe-blob slice of life, reminding me of Yama no Susume. Well, doesn’t look ambitious but if a need for speed relaxation arises, this one might do the job.

  • Darling in the FranXX – nothing to say apart from the fact that it’s Trigger. The story seems fishy but going to the roots of mecha and just providing usual Trigger-level of animation should make at least an adequate anime.

     So yeah, I may be a bit overexcited, but this season really looks likely to leave an impression. What about you? What would you watch? Did I miss anything interesting?

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  1. I have yet to decide what I am going to be watching. Availability is for me always a factor, so I am waiting to see what everybody is going to look at, before deciding 😊

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  2. Fueled by Smiling

     /  January 4, 2018

    I have the same fears about Ito Junji’s anime. I’m a big fan of his work and the black and white elements of the manga really add to the horror and dark humour, but Gyo was such a huge letdown. I’m cautiously optimistic about this though. And you never know, maybe Studio Deen may surprise us?

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    • Yeah, Deen did great with Rakugo. Also, they seem to have only this one show this season, so there should be enough manpower for the production. It sounds optimistic, but I’m still afraid.

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