It’s that time of the anime season where we have been graced with at least three episodes to make up our minds on whether or not we are going to stick with a series. Now, I’ll be honest with you I came into this season with very low expectations. With the knowledge that some shows (the ones that I really wanted to watch) would be extremely difficult to get access to legally I figured that this would be my season where I would be catching up on series I haven’t completed from previous seasons. That said I have found myself now watching seven new shows this season and I feel that I will not be giving up on them anytime soon. So here are my picks for the season!
My first girlfriend is a gal [Hajimete no Gal]: Crunchyroll & Funimation
Imagine if ‘Prison School’ and ‘Nisekoi False Love’ had a child, this would be the result. So far each episode has left me in tears and sides hurting from laughing. It is definitely a no holds barred comedy which gives the female characters more power over the male characters. It is not one you would watch with the family as there is a lot of sexual content but take it from me if you are looking for something to laugh at and something that doesn’t take itself very seriously go and check out this one.
Love and Lies [Koi to Uso]: HiDive
This premise for the show had me hooked from episode one. Imagine if the Government controlled who you would end up marrying even though you are in love with someone else. This show explores that concept. I don’t know what it is about this show but the healthy mix of drama and light comedy makes this show not to be missed. This show has the making where there will be lots and twists and turns and that we are all going on this insane ride with all four main characters. Admittedly there have been some slight animation problems in the recent episode, but the context of the story is what keeps you hooked.
Tsuredure Children: Crunchyroll
If you are looking for something sweet and wholesome this season then look no further than this show. Each couple is explored with a sweet avoidance of getting to the point. The flaw I find with this series is that each episode is so short and you crave more story but at the same time you don’t mind because you don’t want to be emotionally exhausted. It is one of those shows that takes people back to their high school days with their crushes.
Netsuzou TRap (NTR): Crunchyroll
What I would consider the most sinful show this season, this is definitely NOT one you would watch with the children. This show is dark from the set up. Best friends entering an unhealthy practice relationship with each other (admittedly its very one sided) to make it easier for one of the friends to establish a more adult relationship. It is definitely a dangerous show to watch because there are themes that might make you go ‘nope’ but it is a show that is like a car crash that you know you shouldn’t look at but you do.
Welcome to the Ballroom [Ballroom e Youkosu]: PrimeVideo
If you haven’t figured it out already this one is my favourite this season in terms of the new shows. Everything about it just makes me smile. The characters, plot, dance routines and yes even the animation style is all I want in an anime. There is something so incredibly wonderful about this show that it instantly connects you to the characters. It reminds me so much of ‘Nana’ in regards to animation but has heart like ‘Yuri on Ice’. Definitely one to check out because I feel it is only going to get better and better as episodes continue to come out.
Vatican Miracle Examiner [Vatican Kiseki Chousakan]: AnimeLab & HiDive
I came into watching this show with no proper exception but I have left curious as to where the story will progress. Whats not to love about an anime that genuinely makes you question everything that you believe in. The series has a unique approach to it delivery of story that it is one you can definitely watch for the suspense/mystery factor. The animation alone is worth sticking around for. I will admit this probably won’t be everyones cup of tea but if you are into something a bit more adult in terms of themes the give this one a go.
Princess Principal: AnimeLab & HiDive
This one is just brilliant. I remember watching the first episode and thinking ‘Okay this is good’ and then coming to watch the second episode and my mind being blown away. This is an anime that is set up in the steam punk era where these girls are spies who pose as high school students at a very prestigious school. The style and animation kill me with how good it is and the story is going to flat our ruin me I just know it. Definitely my dark horse favourite this season.
There you have it, an intriguing season of anime for all of us to watch! Of course I am still watching My Hero Academia and Sakura Quest as they are still continuing this season and my God if you haven’t started watching those shows, you really need to get onto them now. MHA is going to a dark place in the anime whereas SQ continues to tell an absolutely beautiful story with the animation to support it.
Let us know what you are watching this season!