Anime I’m Excited About: Winter 2018

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*NOTE: This is being written before having watched any episode for any of the mentioned shows.

With another new season starting, I am again behind on my anime. That being said, there are a few anime I’m excited about. These are the series that I genuinely expect (or hope) will turn out to be worth watching. Let’s watch me be wrong.

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Violet Evergarden

 

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The latest work coming out of the infamous Kyoto Animation is Violet Evergarden. This anime is an adaptation of the original novel’s written by Kana Akatsuki in late 2015.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.

This series is by far one of the most popular of the season, mainly because Kyoto Animation’s name is on it. Regardless of that fact, besides the guarantee of visual bliss, The show has a lot of promise in the story department as well. With the stakes high, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

 

Citrus

 

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Citrus is probably one of the more infamous yuri manga series, and for good reason. Besides containing beautiful art, the source material does a solid job of representing the internal conflict of coming to terms with yourself and your sexuality.

Fashionable Yuzu imagined the first day at her new school she transferred to after her mother’s remarriage a bit differently; she didn’t know it’d be an ultra-strict and conservative girls’ school. So instead of a sweet high-school romance, she butts heads with the stern student council president Mei—who turns out to be her new stepsister. And she has to learn that hate and attraction are often not that far apart.

While I’m not expecting the upcoming anime version to compare with the original, I am always interested in seeing how it fares as a stand-alone work. When done right, yuri series’ can be extremely riveting. Will this be the first solid Shoujo-Ai anime to release in the last few years?

 

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

 

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There really isn’t too much for me to say in relation to Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody. The Isekai genre has been beaten to death ever since Sword Art Online premiered in 2012. Nevertheless, I do enjoy the source material for this show, so I mine-as-well watch it and find out how the adaptation holds up.

29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he’s dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satou decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people. However, developments in the game’s story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satou’s plans.

Again, I don’t expect much from this show either; but I would love to be proven wrong.

 

After the Rain

 

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I thought that the premise of this show was intriguing, and if done right, could result in a very compelling series. Other than that, Wit studio has done a fantastic job in the visual department here, as well as getting both HoneyWorks and Aimer to work on the show’s OST.

Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling in love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son.

Despite the age gap, Akira wholeheartedly embraces his mannerisms and kind nature, which is seen as spinelessness by the other employees, and little by little, the two begin to understand each other. Although unable to explain why exactly she is attracted to him, Akira believes that a concrete reason is not needed to truly love someone. On a rainy day, she decides to finally tell her manager about how she feels… but just how will he react?

 

Laid-Back Camp△

 

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The anime genre is always so unique with what it decides to use when setting up a show’s premise. Continuing that trend, Laid-Back Camp△ is about just that; camping. A cute little Slice of Life show with loveable characters and gorgeous scenery; what more do you need?

Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to Motosu, she’s forced to turn back because of worsening weather. Unable to set her eyes on her goal, she faints partway to her destination. When she wakes up, it’s night, in a place she’s never been before, with no way of knowing how to get home. Nadeshiko is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girls story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin.

 

A Place Further Than The Universe

 

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Again following the trend of the previously mentioned show, the premise of A Place Further Than The Universe is just as, if not more unique. Antarctica, while desolate, is a very intriguing place and I look forward to seeing how the amazing cast of characters in this show fare down there in the cold.

Mari Tamaki is in her second year of high school and wants to start something. It’s then that she meets Shirase, a girl with few friends who’s considered a weirdo by the rest of the class and nicknamed “Arctic” since it’s all she ever talks about. Unlike her peers, Mari is moved by Shirase’s dedication and decides that even though it’s unlikely that high school girls will ever go to Antarctica, she’s going to try to go with Shirase.

It wasn’t the show itself that originally got me interested here, but the cast of VA’s. Let’s be honest; Hayami Saori, Minase Inori, and Hanazawa Kana all in one place? Count me in! Additionally, the PV’s displayed fantastic direction, fluid animation, and a unique art style. This show is probably the one I am most looking forward to for the Winter 2018 season.

 

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Originally this was looking to be a season filled entirely with sequels, which was disappointing for me seeing as I haven’t seen the first season of the shows. But in the end, there are a few anime I’m excited about, and I look forward as always to seeing how they turn out!

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Want to read something else of mine? Check out my recent 12 Days of Anime 2017 thread.