Oh my daaays, I’d almost forgotten just how much effort putting together a previews post took! This has taken me well over a month to put together- not only did I struggle to condense what I wrote, I also struggled to find sufficient information on a lot of shows (I’m looking at you PSYCHO-PASS, Litchi Hikari Club and K!!) But it all came together in the end. I hope I’ve done a good enough job to help inform and aid in any of you guys’ decisions as to what to watch! Though I have to say, if like me you restrict yourself to only a small portion of shows every season, you’re going to have a tough time deciding what to watch regardless of whether or not you read my previews! There are quite a few really promising looking shows coming out…
As with my last preview I’m excluding remakes and sequels- I try to avoid parading my ignorance when I can help it…
Just as this season wouldn’t be complete without its token incest-riddled piece of pooh (it’s further down), it just wouldn’t be complete without its token fujoshi-bait! But not one to condemn something without first knowing enough about it (despite what my sister thinks!), I checked out the first chapter of the manga. I’ve heard people compare this to Natsume- both involve a human’s escapades with the spiritual world, but after reading a bit of the manga I can confirm that that’s where the similarities end. Natsume is a wonderfully atmospheric show about a boy’s various encounters with spirits, as well as his social inadequacies, whereas Kamisami Kiss is, dare I say it, a shouty comedy, which is OK, I suppose, if you like your comedy completely unoriginal, for it to follow the format of mean guy says mean thing, protag retorts with equally mean comeback/cries VERY LOUDLY- now laugh bitch, laugh! Eh, as for positives… the director is, supposedly, very good at handling comedy (I dunno, I haven’t seen any of his comedies, only Now and Then, Here and There, which is, most definitely, not funny!!) and the art is quite pretty. And by art, I mean guy. What!? I’m a girl too…
Verdict: As tempting as fox-dude’s ‘come hither’ look makes this to watch, I’m not sure it’d be a worthy use of my time- I bet I’ve already watched something like this a zillion times already! I mean, as well as Natsume, I’m immediately drawing comparisons to Fruits Basket and Hayate the Combat Butler, amongst other shows…
Ixion Saga DT
The fact that this will be directed by Shinji Takamatsu, the director of Gintama and Nichibros- two of the funniest shows EVAR- and produced by Brains Base, a studio with consistently good releases does little to take away from the fact that Ixion Saga sounds so dull! Some guy embarks on a journey, saves a princess and gets caught up in battle, eurgh… But, then again, if this does go down the comedy route, which I sorely hope is the case, the storyline doesn’t need to be terribly gripping- I mean, some of the best comedies have incredibly boring premises! And some snippets from the trailer would suggest the show will have a comedy aspect such as main-character-guy literally falling into this new alternate world from the sky whilst still sitting in his desk chair and the fact that the princess is totally voiced by a dude (seriously, watch the trailer and listen out for… um… him…?), so I live in hope! But seeing as Ixion Saga is essentially just one big promotion for the upcoming release of the game this is based on, this will probably be incredibly action-based, the comedy aspect relatively small, making the fact it’s got a comedy genius working on it seem a waste and giving me very little reason to anticipate it…
Verdict: I think the best tactic here would be to wait it out and see if it does turn into some kind of comedy before watching it to avoid disappointment, don’t you? I mean, this show’s biggest draw for me is the hope Takamatsu will turn this into some kind of parody of the RPG format of game, but that’s not altogether likely when you consider the show’s reason for being is to promote one.
I’m quite excited about this, and you should be too- according to those who’ve read the manga, this is going to be far better than the trailer’d have you believe! The trailer portrays Magi as some kind of shounen battle show, but apparently it’s not like that at all- whilst there are a few shounen-esque fights, conflicts are often resolved through discussion and fierce political debate, which definitely appeals to me- I’ve had enough shounen battle shows to last me a life-time! Not to mention the story’s loosely based off of stories from the Arabian Nights, which its popularity despite its age, I believe, is a testament to the quality of its stories. I also believe, being a Westerner unfamiliar with that region of Asia, the exotic setting is another point of interest. The only itsy-bitsy problem is that the director is relatively unknown (he’s directed a couple of shows, but nothing since ’04, so who knows how his directing, in regards to a full-length show, has progressed since then?) Oh, and Hiroyuki Yoshino (a guy someone described as being, much to my amusement, cancer itself), the guy responsible for the series composition of masterpieces Dance in the Vampire Bund and Guilty Crown, is working on this too… I’m not sure how much he can screw this up given the basic structure of each story is already laid out for him by the manga, but perhaps that’s naïve of me given his history…
Verdict: The pros definitely outweigh the cons in this instance. I think the strong source material, based on an equally strong (if not more so) source material mean I can rest easy about this being handled by an amateur and a guy with a tendency to routinely cock up shows. I mean, was Dance in the Vampire Bund’s source material really all that strong!? Was it? Was it!? Please tell me it wasn’t… T.T
Wait, still your beating heart! This isn’t being produced by White Fox! I repeat, this isn’t being produced by White Fox! Or directed by Steins;Gate’s director, but rather, produced by Production IG and directed by Kazuya Nomura Also, the visual novel this is being adapted from hasn’t actually been released yet. So basically, no-one has the foggiest what Robotics;Notes’ gonna turn out like! Will it be as God-standard as Steins;Gate or as much of a train-wreck as Nitro+’s first project, Chaos;Head? My main concern is that the interactions that take place between the characters won’t be as compelling as the ones that occurred between the Steins;Gate characters. There was always such a great rapport between the Steins;Gate characters- they teased one another mercilessly, yet good-naturedly, but were always able to say what needed to be said when the time called for it, and that played a huge part in how enjoyable I found the show- the relationships felt genuine. Now, providing Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes won’t go on to share a script-writer, and considering the cast of characters are a bunch of high-schoolers, therefore, the dynamic between them will be influenced by their lesser maturity and school-politics, the interactions are unlikely to be all that similar, which removes a hefty chunk of my interest in the show right there!
Verdict: I must have flitted between wanting to and not wanting to watch this show a million times already, but I’ve finally made the decision to give this a go- it could either turn out to be brilliant, or abysmal, and if it does turn out to be the latter, well, it won’t be the first time I’ve found myself stuck watching a show I don’t enjoy week after week after week after week after week.
For a show that’s supposed to air during October, which is but little more than a month away, there is next to no information on it at all, so all I can do is present you with what little information and theories flying around there is and allow you to make your own inferences from that. From the promo-art that has been released I am able to guess that this is a dark show, possibly set in a hospital or revolving around some kind of investigation agency. It is one of two noitamina shows this season, so is likely to have a strong, interesting storyline, a point reinforced by the rumour that Urobuchi Gen, creator of Fate/Zero and Madoka may also be responsible for the creation of PSYCHO-PASS (he tweeted from the show’s twitter account!) And let’s face it, you’ll watch anything with Urobuchi Gen behind it regardless of its subject matter! Um, character designs are being done by Akira Amano, KHR’s mangaka, for all you equally shallow fangirls out there partial to a bit of a bishie-fest… aaand that’s about it… at least until the 30th when a proper (as opposed to troll) trailer is supposed to be released. I will probably update this preview then.
Verdict: It’s a curious method of promotion that the producers have chosen (as in not telling their audience to be anything), but effective- you want to watch it to see what the hell it’s about, whereas you shoot down other shows simply after reading a short synopsis. Nevertheless, it would be foolish (and kind of inconsiderate) of me to choose this over some of the other shows coming out this season when I have next to no idea what it’s even going to be about…
Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
Cars that transform into robots that battle. In the assumption that very few of you reading this will actually start this show seeing as it is aimed at very young kids, I’m not going to do an in-depth analysis of it, instead I’m going to copy/paste two individuals’ responses to hearing that this show was going to air on MAL.
“Since when is originality particularly relevant for children’s programming? (this was in response to someone who mocked the show’s concept for lack of originality) I’m sure a lot of the stuff you loved as a kid was derivative as fuck too, and there is honestly nothing wrong with that.”
“This look so silly, so I will not be watching it. Although, hopefully it’ll create some nifty memories for some random kids. -thumbs up-”
So yes, this show is likely to seem unoriginal and silly to us jaded grownups, but some kids out there are gonna love it and that’s what’s important…
Verdict: Maybe in a parallel universe where I am eight, and also a boy.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
What originally drew me to this is that it is being produced by Brains Base, who, in my opinion, have a knack for producing quality shows! Aside from that nothing really stands out about Tonari for me… The plot summary kind of reminds me of Kare Kano, and like Kare Kano’s Yukino, Shizuki is a strong-willed heroine, which makes me think we’re in for a lot of what I like to call ‘shouty humour’, but I could be wrong… On the up side, Haru, our male protagonist, according to the summary, promptly confesses to Shizuku, so there won’t be any of that frustrating skirting around each other, which may come as a shock to director Hiro Kaburaki, who directed the anime with the most awkward ‘argh-you-just-want-to-knock-their-heads-together’ couple in anime history, Kimi ni Todoke. Yeah, that’s it from me…
Verdict: Will watch, though not for a gripping synopsis, might I add. Simply because the fact there won’t be any excessively awkward and prolonged prelude to a confession on the part of one of the characters and the kooky promo-art set it apart somewhat from the other cliché rom-coms out there.
Aikatsu: Oh dear, I typed Aikatsu into Google and looked at the Wiki page for it (wanting to learn a bit about the card game this show is going to be based on, natch- knowledge is power), and learnt that the card game basically involves collecting cards with items of clothing on them. I suppose each item of clothing must be worth a certain amount of points because they’re supposed to help the aspiring idols pass their auditions… What I found so funny about this is that passing the auditions isn’t about the girls’ talent, but about the clothes they are wearing. Nice. This is essentially ‘Stardoll, the anime’! I guess viewers might not have to put up with any sickening “work hard enough and your dreams will come true speeches” (it’s a worthy sentiment and one I wholeheartedly support, but anything becomes slightly sickening and pretentious-sounding when coming from the mouths of squeaky moe-blobs!), but is the concept of appearance counting for everything really a better alternative? Hmm… Please go back to what we all know and love you for Sunrise: your shows about giant robots completely destroying the lives of unsuspecting, angst-ridden 14-year olds…
Verdict: Usually just knowing an anime has Sunrise backing it up is enough to make me at least consider watching it, but not this time ‘round- something with such a shallow concept is only going to make me angry if I watch it!
Sukitte Ii na yo
If you’re thinking this is just another Kimi ni Todoke clone, stop right there- you’re sorely mistaken!! Sure, both Mei and Sawako have difficulty making friends until they’re befriended by the shows’ respective popular pretty-boys, but that’s where the similarities end! Unlike Sawako, Mei struggles to make friends not because she’s cripplingly shy, but because she simply does not like people, and unlike Sawako it’s not going to take her a millennium to indulge in the act of physical contact with her pretty-boy, in fact, the topic of sex is even discussed at points in the manga this is being adapted from, making Sukitte Iinayo seem a lot more realistic, like it’s actually portraying the lives of high school students, not pre-schoolers who still think you can get cooties just by touching a member of the opposite sex! So already this is looking a lot better than KNT, and I haven’t even seen the PV yet! Not to mention the director, Satou Takuya, already has a few decent shows under his belt, including Steins;Gate, which managed to create a balance between comedy and drama, something this show could also benefit from doing…
Verdict: It was always going to be between this and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, unfortunately- I try to restrict myself to one fluffy shoujo show a season- too much and I break out in a rash! Why Tonari over this, you say? Well, it definitely looks the less fluffy of the two- I mean, sure this has promised me a grumpy, antisocial heroine, but look at the picture- they’re holding hands and are about to kiss in front of a bloody sunset!!
What I love about the first line of its summary: “Riki was a child when his parents died, leaving him hopeless and depressed”, is that it encapsulates how viewers will feel upon finishing this show: hopeless, and depressed. Yup, it’s another Key adaptation! And one that fans have been waiting for for many a year, but wait! It’s not being produced by KyoAni (they’re too busy, apparently), but by JC Staff, a studio infamous for its horrific romcoms, which Air, Clannad and Kanon, LB’s sister shows, could very well have turned out to be were the comedy aspects further emphasised over the more tragic aspects, or the two aspects allowed to roam freely through one another’s territory, resulting in episodes feeling positively bipolar, a lá Angel Beats! It’s also worth noting that LB’s being directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa, who seems inexperienced to say the least, having only previously directed 3 shows, one of which is Kill Me Baby. Now, I haven’t seen Kill Me Baby, but I’ve heard enough about it, and I’m sure you’ve already made your own inferences from that. Little Busters is a show that needs to be produced and directed masterfully in order to handle two very different elements- comedy and tragedy- and I’m just not convinced that’s going to happen…
Verdict: Despite being wary of how the show’s going to be handled, Little Busters is a must watch- not only is its source material, like all other Key productions, very good, it will also be somewhat satisfying to either see JC Staff fail as predicted once again or see them surprise everyone (including myself) by handling a comedy/drama/romance with a little sensitivity and tact.
Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areb-lah, blah, blah, blah, blah…
Oh God, really Japan!? Why!? I may have been able to forgive a show like this were it to take a more serious approach to GSA (that’s genetic sexual attraction to those alien to the phenomenon where relatives separated at birth meet during adulthood and immediately feel sexually attracted to one another), at least then it may have been interesting to watch from a psychological standpoint, but this show is obviously going to make the somewhat tragic condition out to be simply hot, or hilarious, or both (watch the trailer and see for yourself!), and that’s not something I, a person with 1 sister, 1 half-brother, 3 step-sisters and a step-brother could ever comprehend…
Verdict: No, no, definitely not. So are there actually any anime out there that handle attraction to a family member sensitively? I’d be interested to know.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
A show I originally looked over merely because I was unfamiliar with the term ‘chuunibyou’, so to prevent you from doing the same, let me try to explain to the best of my ability what it means. ‘Chuunibyou’ can be translated into Middle-school 2nd Year Syndrome, and refers to the delusions of grandeur those in the second year of middle-school often have, but, make no mistake, it’s not just restricted to 14-year olds, those in adulthood can also suffer with ‘chuunibyou’, and that’s when it’s seen as a problem. This Pixiv article further explains it, but to put it into some kind of context: it’s Okabe thinking he’s Hououin Kyouma, the mad scientist, it’s Black Star thinking he’s ‘the chosen one’. So basically this is a show about a kid who grows out of this phase, only to go on to meet a girl in high-school still stuck in that mind-set who soon makes him a part of her crazy delusions, sounds funny, no? And given that the light novel this is being adapted from won the Kyoto Animation Encouragement Award and is being animated by them, and is being directed by genius Tatsuya Ishihara who already has comedies K-ON!, Lucky Star and Nichijou under his belt, not to mention Key works Air, Clannad and Kanon, this is definitely one to look out for!!
Verdict: Given that this show is more likely to provide the level of funny I’m looking for than Ixion Saga DT and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, of course I’m gonna watch it! I haven’t watched a decent comedy in months and it’s something I’m really pining for! And you know what? Kyoto Animation shows can be really funny when they’re not trying to be utterly tragic…
Zetsuen no Tempest
This was one of the many shows I originally overlooked, but now I’ve given it the time of day by reading some of the manga, I’m actually quite interested. Taking inspiration from the work of Shakespeare himself, Zetsuen no Tempest is the story of one boy’s quest for revenge after his family is murdered. It also tells the story of the sorceress Hakaze who is marooned on a desert island (The Tempest anyone?) by her followers whose quest to obtain more magic is disturbing the balance of the Earth. So what’s actually captured my interest here? Well, this seems to be a fairly strong story- I mean, it’s taken inspiration from Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers of all time- the peril in the story isn’t restricted to just the main characters, but the whole world, making the consequences even higher should they fail to stop the villains, which is a little more exciting than if the peril were just restricted to them, it features magic, which is kind of cool considering the story’s set in modern-day Japan, and then, of course, there’s the whole is-it-OK-to-take-justice-into-your-own-hands issue I love so much, which always involves so much delicious character development. I do have a couple of issues though, the first being: is there going to be much point to Yoshino, as a character? The only significance I see him having is to reign in Mashiro if he strays too far from the side of justice, will he end up being a character in his own right? Also, the manga only has 17 chapters so far, is that enough source material to adapt? I’m not sure… But ZNT certainly shows plenty of promise regardless!
Verdict: Despite it covering some of my favourite themes that can be covered in anime, and the fact its story was inspired by some of Shakespeare’s works (I’m a giant Shakespeare fangirl), I’m afraid this is a show I’m going to have to come back to at a later stage- there are already a lot of others shows I’m planning to watch this season, and now that I’m heading off to uni I’m going to have to prioritise my time and restrict myself to watching only the shows I can’t do without watching! And as far as dark-shows-that-make-some-sort-of-commentary-on-humanity-or-society go, I’ve already got my bases covered with Litchi Hikari Club and Shin Sekai Yori (which I talk about below), which, if I’m honest, I’m faaar more excited about!
OK, so this is vaguely interesting. s’about a guy who takes it upon himself to go around killing criminals who’ve escaped conviction with his badass super-powers, very Death Note. ‘cept where Light’s a big wuss and kills the crims from the shadows, Oogami gets all up in their grills, which is probably a little more appealing to you shounen fans out there! Should also cover similar themes as Death Note such as whether capital punishment is right/wrong and whether or not individuals should take justice into their own hands, themes I’ve always found fascinating. The director of Code:Breaker is another point of interest: Code:Breaker’s being directed by Yasuhiro Irie, director of FMA: Brotherhood, one of the greatest shows ever made. Now, obviously that doesn’t mean this will be another one of the greatest shows ever made as it’s as much about the strength of the source material as it is the skill of the director, however, his presence does suggest good things for the show, which, apparently, should feature much character development and, it is hoped, may turn into a lengthy series to cover a sufficient amount of the manga- it’s reassuring to have someone who knows how to handle a more long-running series working on the show!
Verdict: See my reasoning for not watching Zetsuen no Tempest- my reasoning for deciding against watching this is practically the same.
This is another show with little information on it, which is a little cruel, to say the least, on the part of the producers. The promo-art that can be found for Litchi Hikari Club makes it seem some quirky, high-school drama, but all it took was reading a couple of reviews (including sweetpea616’s excellent review of it over on Paper Chimes) to see that it is an entirely different beast altogether. The story is comparable to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (the club members create a robot that struggle to attain a resemblance of humanity once unleashed into the real world) and like in Frankenstein there will be death and sex and violence- sometimes at the same time… -which may put off a lot of potential viewers (and is why I believe it is cruel for the producers to provide so little info on the show- think of those poor innocents who thought they were in for some reasonably light-hearted high-school tomfoolery!) Yet I am undeterred. Why? Because I am fascinated by the deviant mind. I love to puzzle over why it is they think and behave the way they do- are they born with the stain of evil or tarnished by it as a result of their life experiences? This is something which (more often than not) completely absorbs me into a show, and such a thing’s almost guaranteed in this instance!!
Verdict: How can I pass up the opportunity to watch a fascinating character study reminiscent of my favourite book of all time, Frankenstein? Sure, the gore and sex is meant to be a little excessive, but I’m a big girl now, I’m suuure I can handle it *rolls eyes*
Shin Sekai Yori
For me, this is the show to beat- there’s just so much about it that’s promising! The synopsis is super interesting (not surprising given the story won the Japan Sci-fi Award in 2008), and I think there are a lot of fascinating themes ready to be explored, e.g. the nature of humanity and how this psychic ability (making things materialise out of nothing) works- kind of goes against the whole equivalent exchange thing our planet seems to work around! It’s also pretty exciting that the story’s focus is a group of seemingly young (you can never be sure with anime!) kids- their helplessness once powerless and inexperience with how to survive on their own will no doubt ramp up the tension a couple of notches when they’re placed in a sticky situation. The setting of the show should also pique the interest of many- whilst the characters are situated in our world, it is a vastly different world set a 100 years or so from now. The unfamiliarity of this completely different landscape should add further add to the tension, and, well, it’s a bit more interesting than simply having it set in a high-school, huh? My only concern is that director Masashi Ishihama has directed only a few shows in the past, this is quite a big project, I just hope it’s something he can handle with his inexperience and that he’s not bitten off more than he can chew!
Verdict: This has everything I’m looking for in a show: interesting concept, characters and setting, not to mention simply gorgeous art! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it, inexperienced director or no inexperienced director, they all need to start somewhere, huh?
Girls und Panzer
What is that!? Like, German for pants!? I guess I shouldn’t worry though, director Tsutomu Mizushima has informed the general public that “the anime doesn’t show Pantsu.”, how very nice of him to inform us! So I guess this is very much going to be a cute girls doing cute things kind of show, just with tanks. So has moe girls in the military become A Thing? ‘Cause shows like Soranowoto and Uppotte!! are definitely becoming more prevalent. Perhaps the juxtaposition of two contrasting elements just adds to the moe-ness or something… *shrug* Anyway, I wouldn’t expect too much of this show- aside for the fact the synopsis is boring as hell, it’s being produced by a studio which has produced not a single show that has achieved more than a 7, on average, on MAL (in fact, the large majority of their shows are only worth positively meagre 6’s!) and directed by the guy responsible for abominations Another and Blood-C… ah, what’s the point in continuing? I probably lost you at “the anime doesn’t show Pantsu.”
Verdict: This show has absolutely zero qualities that redeem itself to me… uninteresting story and (doubtless) characters, dubious studio and terrible director… I would really rather not…
Another show I’m not quite sure what to think of. There’s very little info to be found on it on MAL, so instead I read the first, and only, manga chapter I thought K was to be based on that has been released. I wasn’t terribly buzzed about it, if I’m honest, whilst the prospect of a gang war where the gang-members have supernatural powers and the josei tag amongst the list of genres this manga falls into is kind of interesting, the dynamic between some of the characters really bored me- the two male leads constantly argued, but in actuality they were totally tsundere for one another *rolls eyes* But it turns out I wouldn’t have to worry about those cliché interactions plaguing the anime as they’re not even in it! In fact, watching the trailers you get the impression the manga and the show, whilst sharing a basic premise, head off in two very different directions. Aside from the awesome animation displayed in the trailers that the manga obviously won’t have, the show looks to be a lot more male-friendly- the manga only had one female character, whereas the trailers and MAL character list promises many. The trailers also seem to promise mucho fanservice-o for you guys, and part of it looks to be set in a high-school, I’m not sure how that fits into the whole hard-core gang-war theme this show is supposed to have going on though… You know, it’s almost as though the show’s juggling way too much at once to appeal to as many people as possible: the gang-war theme, the high-school setting, way too many characters to remember in the space of just 13 episodes, fan-service for both genders… all whilst being directed by a guy completely new to directing and being the love-child of the Gora-project, a project which involved a team of ‘innovative thinkers’ throwing ideas about and forming the basis of this show… I’m thinking too many cooks may have spoiled this broth right here…
Verdict: I may have been more likely to watch this were the show to follow the same path as the manga, but the way in which it deviates (introducing a bucket-load of walking, talking
fanservice women and having part of the story set in a high-school) really puts me off. I mean, what I liked the most out of what I saw from the trailers wasn’t the story, but rather, the animation, and what kind of a reason is that to start a show?
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Dear me, what to make of this… This is very much the Jekyll and Hyde of the season, as in, it could turn out to be one of two very different things: 1. A light-hearted depiction of the lives of a bunch of eccentric high-school students, one of which can’t resist looking after the seemingly vulnerable and helpless, another a ditsy painter who hasn’t the first idea how to live in the real world (I’m picturing Honey and Clover, but with less dorama), 2. A condescending portrayal of how useless women can be without having a man to guide them. Now, I’m naturally more inclined to hope for the first possibility, but, to make things a little more uncertain, it’s being produced by JC Staff who, as of late, have developed quite the reputation for producing crappy romcoms, and being handled by Mari Okada, the marmite of the anime industry (but is more my mayonnaise, in other words, I haven’t yet decided whether or not I like her!) Who knows, maybe the fact that both the directing and series composition are being done by women will mean that the portrayal of Shiina (Kanda’s ‘pet’) is less likely to have a misogynistic undertone…
Verdict: As with Ixion Saga, this is a show I’d rather wait and see what it becomes before starting. Although, despite what I’ve said, I’m faaairly confident Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo isn’t going to turn into some otaku-pandering, women-hating pile of pooh- I mean, look at the promo-poster… so many pastel-colours… nothing with that many pastel-colours can be so belittling of women, can it? No Ty, listen to your brain and wait this one out!
Another promising season! In fact, this year has been made up of promising seasons! I don’t know whether or not it is an indication of the quality of anime being released becoming higher (because I’ve also gone on to enjoy a vast majority of the shows I’ve chosen to watch) or because now I’m actually bothering to further look into all the shows that are coming out I’m less likely to overlook a possible gem I may have otherwise have previously overlooked due to a boring synopsis/uninteresting promo-art! Anyway, this season I’m planning to start: Magi, Robotics;Notes, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Little Busters!, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, the second season of Jormungand, Litchi Hikari Club and Shin Sekai Yori. As for what I plan to blog next season: I believe I’m going to go with Shin Sekai Yori- its story is definitely meaty enough to base many a discussion around and its linear narrative means I’ll find it easier to talk about development than in, say, Magi, which was a close contender for the show I’m going to blog. I hope you enjoyed my post and that it helped you to narrow down your very own list of shows you’re going to pick up- oh, and I also hope you go on to read and enjoy my upcoming Shin Sekai Yori posts *shameless plug, shameless plug* >.>