Musings and Reflections – Spring 2018 Week 0

     For some time I’ve been trying to keep an eye on the shows that will air very soon – continuously checking if there are any interesting news, reading others’ opinions and peeking at their watchlists… And still I don’t have a clear grasp about the next season. There are some notorious shows that I won’t watch simply because they are continuing ones and I didn’t care much about them anyway (yep, that’s Boku no Hero for example). Inevitably some shows are looking to be more promising than others but it just so happens that I don’t possess any strong feelings to any of them. Before the Winter season began, I had my lineup pretty much set so I guess the fact that I have no clear preferences now somewhat balances that out. I guess I’ll have to pick up my usual lineup of four or five shows along the way. It’s not that my backlog is depleted so either way it’ll probably be a season just like any other.

SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online

     Is it alright that the only show I’ll definitely watch I predict to be mediocre at best? First few episodes should confirm that I’ll just waste my time with this one but it’s still interesting to see how will everything look without A-1 and Reki Kawahara at the helm. Light novels whose adaptation this show will be were written by Keiichi Sigsawa of Kino no Tabi. Knowing that he’s a buff of guns, it’s clear why he decided to board this SAO hype train, and chose this game in particular. I think that the guy has lots of ideas of whom many are great but it’s their transition to an entertaining story that I usually have a problem with. The original Kino no Tabi was ok but its recent sequel showed that, paired with not the best production, his stories can turn out to be pretty bad. I’m not sure he can create a good story about an RPG and make use of its mechanics, but that remains to be seen. Studio 3Hz on the other hand most of times has provided pretty entertaining shows. Princess Principal was very enjoyable, Flip Flappers was a feast for the eyes and I like to believe that Dimension W had some moments (though few to be frank) and its flaws mainly came from the source material. So yeah, everything should become clear after several weeks – will the change of the studio (and absence of Tomohiko Ito – for better or worse) bring more heart to the visuals? Will Sigsawa’s writing be able to evade stuff that people reproach Kawahara for but at the same time retain the feeling of the original? Will the story come down to a girl riding a motorbike and solving all her problems by shooting people?

      Wotaku ni Koi wa Mazukashii seems to be getting some attention, Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai will be directed by the guy who brought the terrific Nozaki-kun, but it’s likely I’ll pass. I remain a bit guarded about several other shows for various reasons but these are the most likely to be picked up:

  • Golden Kamuy – the manga has stirred the community a bit since its publication and the idea of getting more exposure to Ainu culture looks very compelling, as well as the clear spirit of action and adventure. OST by Kenichiro Suehiro (Re:Zero and Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou) should be a treat, but some problems are to be expected because the manga is still ongoing and the proficiency of Geno Studio might come and bite the show in the ass.
  • LotGH – the story seems to be classic but I’m not sure if I should watch it without experiencing the original first. I know that the remake might be a great one, but it as well might not and I wouldn’t want to taint my opinion about the franchise, would I? PVs show that Production I.G will nail the CG space battles though the characters look a bit stiff. By the way, the VA selection is ridiculous – Mamoru Miyano, Kenichi Suzumura, Aya Endou, Yuki Kaji, Daisuke Ono, Junishi Suwabe, Yuuichi Nakamura… It’s terrific.
  • Steins;Gate 0 – a very similar situation. Steins;Gate was one of my first anime and I’m not sure I should watch this without reconfirming my opinion about the original. ~300 anime may have changed my opinion, and that also means that little details are definitely forgotten by now. Also there’s no guarantee that the quality of the show will be able to live up to the hype, especially with a changed director.

  • Hisone to Maso-tan – yes, Bones have another show this season though for some reason barely anyone mentions that. If Boku no Hero won’t suck all the budget away, it might be something. Serious moeblob shows seem to be viral. Also, Mari Okada is there.
  • Piano no Mori – an anime about classical music will always catch my attention. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso had some lovely moments and Nodame Cantabile was a blast. There’s very little information available though it seems that the music side will be taken very seriously. The visuals don’t look amazing but I could live with that. In 2007 there was a film by Madhouse adapting the same story so I guess I should watch that one first?

          And that’s that. Much uncertainty but I guess everything will sort itself out eventually.  What do you think about these shows? Did I miss anything substantial?


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