Winter 2018 Anime Season
January 1, 2018 7:31 AM - Subscribe

Another anime season is upon us - what do you plan to watch, skip, hate-watch?

Season preview from Random Curiosity.

Or watch all the trailers at one go, through one of the many compilations on YouTube, although in the past I have found this is a way to end up not wanting to watch most of the shows.
posted by needled (25 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Here's another trailer compilation, just trailers without commentary.
posted by needled at 7:34 AM on January 1


I will be over here singing "hime hime, suki suki daisuki" under my breath.

I don't really expect anything of it besides More YowaPeda, but they're such good boys and YowaPeda has gotten me through so much shit in the last year, you have no idea.
posted by Sequence at 3:10 PM on January 4


I see the first episode of Pop Team Epic has showed up on Crunchyroll. I'm hoping it's as weird as its advertising seems to want me to think it is.

Sangatsu no Lion has been several seasons worth of superb so far, and it's continuing, so I'll be watching that. Ancient Magus' Bride has been... a great deal less than the sum of its parts, somehow; I guess I'm still watching that because the idea of a love story with one character who's basically a moose trophy is sorta funny.

A Place Farther Than The Universe had a few funny moments, and features a character so rule-and-habit-bound that she couldn't bring herself to cut class, even after planning it elaborately. That sort of reminded me of myself at one time... so, I'll give it a few episodes. It seems not great, but neither terrible.

Devilman Crybaby is Masaaki Yuasa's loveletter to the days when anime meant gratuitous nudity and extreme violence. If you don't find that offputting, it's weird and stylish.

And I'm gonna watch Violet Evergarden, and the Trigger thing even though it's robots, and... isn't there a Shaft Fate show this season?
posted by Sing Or Swim at 3:49 PM on January 6


> I will be over here singing "hime hime, suki suki daisuki" under my breath.

Augh, curse you! It's now stuck in my head and I'll be randomly blurting it out.

So far I have been pleasantly surprised by Record of Grancrest War - I really like the female mage and I am hoping her role doesn't deteriorate to mostly fan service as the series progresses.

I also enjoyed IDOLiSH7, it's much better done than TsukiPro the Animation, albeit that is a low bar. It shows the trajectory of a new idol group, starting with a poorly attended first concert. It's not something I would recommend to folks who don't share my fascination with idols, though.

Have yet to see Devilman Crybaby. I was a bit surprised when I first heard that Masaaki Yuasa was working on it, but then I remembered a previous work, Kemonozume, which I'd found quite affecting despite the violence. It will be interesting to see his spin on Go Nagai.
posted by needled at 7:34 AM on January 7


>Grancrest War - I really like the female mage and I am hoping her role doesn't deteriorate to mostly fan service

Yeah, when she made her pact with the guy by kneeling down in front of him, I became suspicious. I guess we'll see where it goes--it's not exactly my cup of tea, but it's early in the season yet and I'm still in 'just watch everything' mode.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:26 AM on January 7


> I see the first episode of Pop Team Epic has showed up on Crunchyroll. I'm hoping it's as weird as its advertising seems to want me to think it is.

I haven't seen any of the advertising but I've read the manga. The anime is far, far stranger than the comic. I'm not quite sure yet whether it's anarchy for anarchy's sake or they're building up to something, or they are trying to make the viewer think they're building something, or they're building something now and will change their mind about it later, or... It demands an amazingly broad level of nerd-culture literacy that's going to challenge the most obsessive western otaku, and I'm not sure that even typical Japanese viewers are going to make heads or tails of it, and I guess that's the point. I mean, it's called "Pop Team Epic", maybe the whole point is an assimilation of all popular media, not to revel or wallow in but to destroy.
posted by ardgedee at 3:12 PM on January 10


I have to add: the first episode of Pop Team Epic does something I've never seen anybody have the nerve to do on TV. I won't spoil it, but I'll caution it's not necessarily as incredible to watch as I might be making you assume.
posted by ardgedee at 3:14 PM on January 10


Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles: I love ramen noodles too, but we only made it five or six minutes into the episode before the high school moe girly blargh overwhelmed our willingness to hold out for the promised food porn. I'll keep an eye on the reviews to see if it gets better later, but I'm not expecting it to.

Mitchiri Neko: Very stupid and easy-going. I don't know anything about this but I assume it's based on some Sanrio-type mascot product. Three minute episodes good for watching when thinking is too hard.

Working Buddies! In a world of anthropomorphic cats, two high schoolers work part-time at a shipping company. One is an eager but not particularly bright go-getter, the other is laid-back and glum but gets the job done. Episodes are also only a few minutes long. Produced by Good Smile, so again I assume it's either based on or a setup for mascot collectibles.
posted by ardgedee at 3:29 PM on January 10


Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is pretty adorable and without resorting to just stock characters.

Kokkoku throws a lot at you in one episode and I'm interested in where it's going.

I'm going to keep watching Ancient Magus' Bride but I'm going to complain about the new opening. So generic compared to the first one.

Yuru Camp I like, though that's probably just my own love for when a show is randomly educational about a very particular interest, in this case camping.
posted by RobotHero at 5:09 PM on January 10


>Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is pretty adorable and without resorting to just stock characters.

I thought maybe I just liked it because I was impatient for new shows, but having seen the second episode: it's really quite good--it's genuinely funny and the art is lovely. Best new show so far, for my money.

I liked Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, too. It's about a girl who's constantly messing with one of her male classmates; he wants to get back at her but she's always one step ahead of him. It could easily go wrong in a lot of ways--the teasing could seem mean-spirited, or the pranks too farfetched, or it could just be predictable (I mean, you KNOW she's gonna get him)... but it kind of threads the needles and manages to be mildly charming and funny anyway. Of course the implication is that they have a mutual crush, and the way the show acknowledges this was subtle and very sweet.

>the first episode of Pop Team Epic does something I've never seen anybody have the nerve to do on TV.

Yeah, it made me think of Endless Eight, not because I think it's anywhere near that good, but just in its willingness to do something that could so easily alienate so many viewers. Maybe people who know the manga know what they're getting, but I thought it was still pretty bold. I'm not convinced the show is any kind of masterpiece, but it's an extreme outlier, which is good enough for me.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:45 AM on January 11


>I'm going to keep watching Ancient Magus' Bride but I'm going to complain about the new opening. So generic compared to the first one.

Remember the episode where it's revealed that whatshisname, Linden?, the dragon guy, is a mage who casts spells by singing? It was such a great opportunity for a neat musical choice, and what they ended up with was this awful, generic New-Agey-sounding, echoey pap...
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:57 AM on January 11


>Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles: I love ramen noodles too, but we only made it five or six minutes into the episode before the high school moe girly blargh overwhelmed our willingness to hold out for the promised food porn.

Yeah... the one thing I liked about it was: Koizumi is kind of chilly and standoffish, and the main character is a girl who wants to be friends, and just WILL NOT be put off. She keeps getting the brutally cold shoulder, and then giving a big thumbs-up like she's one step closer to opening the door to Koizumi's heart or something... which she CLEARLY is not.

The convention, of course, is that Koizumi will eventually accept her friendship... but it seems to me the one shot the show has at actually being funny is if Koizumi genuinely dislikes her, and continues to dislike her, and really can't figure out why they keep ending up eating together.

It seems like the kind of show that's neither quite bad enough to drop nor good enough to keep spending time on... but I'll give it another episode or two.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 5:07 AM on January 11


Sora yori mo tooi basho: the animation really elevates it, in my opinion. The story is unexceptional, but the animation is much more dynamic and fluid than I expected, and it has a very engaging effect. Probably because it's an anime original, not an adaptation.

Citrus had me honestly on the edge of my seat. I usually don't like shoujo and I often don't like adaptations ... But there was so much tension the whole episode and I definitely want to find out what happens next.
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 2:03 PM on January 11


Mitsuboshi Colors is VERY VERY Good and fun and you should watch it, it is not loli or moe
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 2:08 PM on January 11


Also I really liked Yuru Camp. I don't often like hobby animes, but it's engagement with the landscape and scenery is lovely.
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 2:10 PM on January 11


I keep hearing that Mitsuboshi Colors is good, but I don't think I can legitimately get at it, unless I sign up for HiDive. And I'd sort of like to let the stake in Anime Strike's heart cool off for at least a few days before I sign up for ANOTHER goddamn streaming service...
posted by Sing Or Swim at 2:25 PM on January 11


Watched 3 episodes of Devilman Crybaby and stopped. The pacing felt really off to me, as in instead of telling a story at its own pace, it was all about hitting certain story points to make sure they fit all of them in the allotted 10 episodes. The anime didn't draw me in like Masaaki Yuasa's earlier work, Kemonozume, did.

I am already familiar with Devilman manga and Go Nagai's other works, so gratuitous nudity and extreme violence were no surprise - I suppose I was hoping the anime would have been less faithful to the source material and be more Yuasa and Eunyoung Choi, and less Go Nagai.
posted by needled at 6:14 PM on January 11


I watched the first episode of Pop Team Epic at 3:30 in the morning awake with a stomach bug, and I'm not 100% sure that actually happened. I'm not sure if I'm okay. I'm not sure if anything is okay.
posted by Sequence at 2:09 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


>I'm not sure if I'm okay.

Are you upset?

Come on, there's no point in a show like that even existing if we're not gonna make it into a bunch of stupid references. Beef! Your life has been spared!
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:11 AM on January 12


I'm at least more convinced this morning that I didn't in fact have a stroke, so there's that!

I also watched the first episode of Devilman Crybaby and should say--I'm not sure what I think about the plot but I'm likely to watch the rest of it just for the aesthetic. It kept making me think of Hannibal; not the same design sense or anything, but while I like Hannibal's plot, I really could have just watched it for the art murder.
posted by Sequence at 1:07 PM on January 12


I thought Devilman Crybaby had a lousy ending that made the whole thing kind of impossible to care about. But if anime has taught me anything (and it hasn't), it's that endings are hard. Most of the rest of it was bizarre and excessive and fairly entertaining. And the Beatboxing River Delinquents were great, and should have gotten all the girls, and now I want to be a Beatboxing River Delinquent.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 1:34 PM on January 12




Cool, thanks for posting--I didn't realize there was such a site as 'Anime Feminist'.

I mostly agree with their assessments--though putting 'How To Keep A Mummy' in the 'mostly harmless' category ignores the fact that, though it may not be offensive to progressive sensibilities, it's best avoided anyway because it REALLY sucked...
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:28 PM on January 19


Really? "How to Keep a Mummy" is cute for cuteness's sake; there's nothing there except threadbare stories about cute miniature yokai and the harmless trouble they get into. There's no there there in terms of characters, narrative arc, or setting that isn't provided by trope. It's safely in the "turn brain off, turn tv on" category of viewing. I can neither hate it nor totally like it, so I'll keep watching it with absolutely zero expectations.

The second episode of "Pop Team Epic" went similarly to the first, but at a couple points it made me laugh uncontrollably and so I think I'm going to continue watching it. I'll spoil one sketch for you all: The two main characters' signature pose involves them giving the reader the middle finger. In the anime this is always censored out. There's a wordless skit with the shorter main character feeding birds by scattering seed in a slow, dramatic motions while the birds freak out from ecstasy in slow, dramatic motions. That's it, on to next scene. But to review that sketch: there was one short bird, one tall bird, and two short birds in a row onscreen, making it appear like a blue-gloved fist was giving the viewer the middle finger. And then the birds began freaking out: The apparent joke was about feeding birds in a silly way, hiding the actual gag that the animators were getting past the censors to literally flip the bird at the viewer. And yes, this works a lot better as a 10 second blackout sketch than as a 100 word essay. There's always been a sense that most of the non-jokes might be jokes specific to Japanese language and culture, and English speakers find them funny because the non-sequitur makes them indistinguishable from the deliberate anti-humor. But jokes involving breaking the fourth wall have been a part of the comic and show from the start, and there's a lot of metahumor based on that as well. In a terribly weird way, it's a show that makes you think.
posted by ardgedee at 5:54 AM on January 20


>"How to Keep a Mummy" is cute for cuteness's sake; there's nothing there except threadbare stories about cute miniature yokai and the harmless trouble they get into. There's no there there in terms of characters, narrative arc,

Well, it sounds like the only thing we disagree about is whether or not to watch it. :) It struck me as something that had no thought or effort put into it at any stage, something its creators are only interested in because the mummy might sell keychains or something. I guess it's pretty close to the boundary between harmless and actively irritating, but I called it on the actively irritating side.

Pop Team Epic: I don't see how anybody can dislike a show that's got stop-motion felting. It's completely stupid, but it's elaborately, inventively stupid... it's RIGOROUSLY stupid. Anyway I like it, it certainly seems like an idea that could wear out its welcome but so far it hasn't and I hope it don't.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 7:44 AM on January 20


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