Saturday, April 20, 2019

First Impressions of Spring 2019 Anime


There are a lot of cute anime girls this Spring season...


Winter came and left and now we're starting the Spring season of anime! Right off the bat, I'm noticing that there is a near overabundance of cute anime girls this season. As a fan of anime about cute girls doing cute things, I'm already loving this season. So far there are not a lot of phenomenal anime, but there are a lot of decent shows that I can't imagine dropping anytime soon.

So without further ado, here is a list of some of the new anime that I'm watching this Spring season and some of my first impressions!


Fruits Basket

This is a remake of the original Fruits Basket anime, except that this version will adapt the entire manga. I have never watched the original, but I know that a lot of fans love the series and consider the main character Tooru to be one of the best of the best girls. Just a couple episodes in and I can already tell why people love the original. Tooru is such a sweet and goofy girl and this whole series is just as sweet and goofy.


Ultraman

This is a Netflix anime that serves as a sequel to the original tokusatsu show Ultraman. So going into this anime, I was expecting something like SSSS.Gridman but instead got something more like Marvel's Iron Man. I've actually already watched the whole series and I'll write an anime recommendation later. Overall, it's a really cool superhero story and I'm hoping a second season comes out in the future.


Hitoribocchi

This anime is so adorable, funny, and relatable to any socially awkward person. Hitoribocchi is one of my favorites from this season. It's an anime about a girl who made a promise to become friends with her entire middle school class. Unfortunately, Bocchi is so shy and meek that she can barely speak to her new classmates. If I haven't made it clear, this is such a cute show and I love it!


We Never Learn

I'm not really a fan of harem anime. It just annoys me that all of the girls love the same guy and that one girl always ends up being heartbroken when she's not chosen. But I'm kinda interested in We Never Learn, an anime about a guy tutoring a girls so they can get into the college of their choice. I wouldn't say it's the best anime of the season, but I'm definitely getting attached to some of the characters, especially the swimmer Uruka Takemoto...I'm probably going to be upset if she doesn't get a happy ending.


Joshi Kausei

So Joshi Kausei is a slice of life comedy with characters who don't talk and just express themselves through actions and noises. I like the concept more than the actual anime. The jokes are amusing but not hilarious, at least to me. Each episode is only a few minutes long, so it's not really a waste of time. I'm hoping it gets funnier as it goes on, but based on these first couple episodes, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone yet.


Cinderella Nine

So this is pretty much an idol anime...except instead of idols, the girls are baseball players. Cinderella Nine reminded me of Love Live. There's a girl who is trying to start a baseball club and she's gathering other girls and helping them come to the realization that they have a passion for sports and baseball. It's a cute anime and I think it's alright, but so far there's nothing about it that I find phenomenal or special, so I have a feeling I'll probably drop this series sometime later this season.


Senryuu Girl

Yukishiro Nanako is a girl of few words...specifically she communicates through haikus. She's definitely one of the cutest girls of this season and definitely one of the reasons I like this anime. But I also like her friend, Eiji Busujima, a tough looking guy who enjoys writing poetry. Even though all of his classmates are afraid of him and consider him to be a delinquent, Yukishiro has a bit of a crush on him and only cares about his soft heart. This is a cute anime that is also kinda short, so I think it's worth checking out.


Why the hell are you here, Teacher?

My problem with a lot of ecchi anime is that a lot of the jokes are kind of repetitive and I get bored of all the boobs. Fortunately, Why the hell are you here, Teacher? is pretty short so the boobs and risque situations don't get boring. The basic premise is that the main character is a high school student who keeps ending up in suggestive situations with his young teacher. It's got some pretty funny moments that are maybe worth a chuckle, but if you're just looking for something sexy this is probably an anime for you.


Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is a shounen anime about a boy fighting demons after his family is slaughtered by a demon. The twist is that his younger sister has become a man-eating demon. So far, the world and premise are really attracting me to this series. The main character, Tanjiro Kamado, is a nice guy who loves his family. He's kinda boring and doesn't stand out among other shounen protagonists. Maybe my feelings will change as I progress through the series, but those are my early feelings. 


Yatogame-chan

I'm having trouble getting into this anime. I'm not saying that Yatogame-chan is bad, but that it really was not made for someone like me. Kaito Jin is a high school student from Tokyo and Monaka Yatogami is from Nagoya. Most of the jokes are centered around Monaka's Nagoya-dialect...and I don't get it. Most of the jokes go over my head. I'm sure Yatogame-chan is funny...but I don't get the jokes.


Ao-chan Can't Study

I'm surprised at how much I really like this anime. For being an ecchi comedy about a girl who can't stop thinking about sex, Ao-chan Can't Study is actually kind of sweet and innocent. I think the fact that the main character is an intelligent but clumsy and inexperienced girl is a big part of why I like it, but it helps that the main guy isn't a creep and genuinely likes Ao. This anime also has one of the best opening themes of the season.



Saranzamai

If you watch any anime this season, I highly recommend you watch Sarazanmai. After the first episode, I fell in love with this anime and like with other anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, I couldn't stop thinking about what I experienced. It's an anime about some guys who turn into kappas to fight zombies, but it is also about desire and how those desires may keep us from connecting with others. I'm loving this anime and I'm almost sure that Sarazanmai is going to be my Anime of the Year.


One Punch Man (Season 2)

If you liked the first season of One Punch Man, you'll probably like this second season. If you really liked the animation and fight scenes in the first season, you'll probably be disappointed by this season. In the second episode, it became really apparent that shortcuts were taken to animate certain scenes. I'm not hating on this season, I'm just saying that I notice a drop in quality. Besides that, it's got the same humor and tone of the first season. It's good stuff.


Fairy Gone

Fairy Gone hasn't hooked me yet. It may be more accurate to say that the characters haven't hooked me yet. I don't really care about any of them yet. The world is very interesting. A post-war setting with fairies, soldiers, and gangsters is really different compared to other anime that have come out recently. I'll stick around with it for now and hope that the world is what really pulls me into these characters and their lives.



And that's all the anime I'm watching this season! I'm definitely going to keep up with Sarazanmai, Fruits Basket, and Hitoribocchi, and I'm probably going to end up dropping Cinderella Nine, Yatogame-chan, and Fairy Gone. But let me know what anime you're watching this season and let me know if there are any anime that I should check out or really stick with throughout this Spring season.

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