Winter 2017: Anticipation, Expectations & Impressions, What am I Watching?

Another year, another new whole season of anime. Winter 2017 kicked off recently and brought with it a myriad of anime series. With the continuation of some series, but a whole bunch of new ones, my expectations are high as there are some well known, and strong previews coming into the season.

  • note: Most of my expectations and anticipation for each anime is generally based off the 1st episode, if I’ve read the manga and any news (e.g. seiyuus, synopsis) regarding the anime that I’ve read. (This post is a bit late (almost half way through) but it’ll still be about impressions from about watching 2 or 3 episodes per series.)

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High Expectations:

  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2: KonoSuba is back after its superb first season. After watching the first couple of episodes, it still has all of the makings of why the first season was so good. For me, it probably started off better than its first season, and with all the hi-jinks and comedy its been great. With an advance in the story line, it has opened up more of the paths it could take.
  • Seiren: Amagami’s (one of my favorite series) spiritual successor hit the screens and it was hyped up for me. In following its omnibus format and having different girls revolving around the main protagonist brought some nostalgia for me. It’s been good so far, sticking to a great formula, so hopefully it continues to do so.
  • Demi-chan wa Kataritai: Solving peoples problems is tough but also being different from the norms of society is tough. With Demi-humans trying to live a normal life in society, and being taught by a teacher interested in helping them grow as people it creates a nice interesting premise within a school.
  • Masamune-kun no Revenge: Exacting revenge isn’t something that’s uncommon, and doing it via love isn’t either. Masamune-kun did have both its comedic and more dramatic moments in its opener and it has an interesting premise towards where the series can go, I have read the source material and its a fun ride.
  • Fuuka: Notorious mangaka Seo Kouji’s manga Fuuka gets its adaptation, just from this premise I know its not going to be a smooth ride. I have read the source material (being the manga) and it does have its both emotional ups and downs, hopefully they stay faithful to the material because its a good series.
  • Rewrite ~ Moon and Terra:  Rewrite is back too finish what it started. Going through 1 of the routes of the visual novel in the first season, and showing basically the others this season, allowed it to take the true route path. Where it shines is its comedy and its drama being placed in the right place, it had an interesting first season, and being done by key, its going to hit somewhere pretty hard in the future.

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Moderate Expectations:

  • Urara Meirochou: My cute girls doing cute things anime for the season. With a premise around divination’s and fortunes within a town it allows itself to be both informative about fortune telling, whilst also maintaining that “cute” vibe to it. It started off well, hopefully this continues.
  • Ao no Exorcist – Kyoto Fujouou-hen: Ao no Exorcist comes back after a long time with its 2nd season. I have read the source material and it is on the right path. If everything gets animated well and they follow the source material it’ll be a nice watch.
  • BanG Dream!: Possibly K-On 2.0, and with a formula of having 5 girls creating a band and singing in a school, it provides to be very close to that formula. However, it’s less of a moe blob, and hopefully the music is good too.
  • Akiba’s Trip The Animation: It’s not just about the stripping, but the other insights into Akihabara and its culture. It’s a different way of fighting (stripping people), and fan service is something I don’t mind. With lots of quirky personalities and flashy colors, it has been enjoyable so far, and hopefully it continues its pace.
  • Nyanko Days: A short about a girl and her daily life with her cats. It’s simple, clean and brings a smile to your face when watching, nothing more, nothing less. 🙂

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Low Expectations:

  • Hand Shakers: Revolving around more of a steam punk (when fighting) but set in modern times (Daily life) like theme, it creates an interesting premise. Having to hold hands while fighting seems annoying, but hopefully they make it work well.
  • elDLIVE: Becoming a space police officer seems like a hard job, and with the premise of capturing criminals and having a weird alien inside of you, it seems very silly. However, silly is good as it does bring laughs and hopefully it continues to do so.
  • ChaoS;Child: I never really understood what Chaos;Head was about, and after watching the first couple episodes of its sequel, I still don’t. But with murders happening in Shibuya, the mystery kicks up and hopefully it brings a thrilling ride with more of an explanation.

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Continuation:

  • 3gatsu no Lion
  • Sousei no Onmyouji

Overall:

Overall this season has a lot of great anime, with a majority probably falling on the better side of 50/50 (e.g. If i think its going to be a 7.5/10 it’ll probably be an 8/10). It’s early to say but there are potentials here (just going off name) to be some of the best this year, Winter is usually jammed packed with goodies, and it was good too see that it didn’t let down. It does set a high bar in regards to initial premises, so a positive outlook from here.

 

 

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