Long before I sat down to write these 12 Days of Anime posts, I knew that I’d be writing about Attack on Titan Season 3’s basement reveal. How could I not? It was, arguably, one of the biggest anime-related events of 2019. I would be remiss, as an aniblogger, not to write about it!
I used to write what I called season previews, where I would write a little bit about every single upcoming anime (yes, even the ones for children) after digging up some info on them. The aim was to help inform my readers’ decisions on what shows to watch. But the amount of anime that airs every season has increased substantially, so from now on I’m only going to write about the shows that I’ll be watching. I’ll cover three kinds of show: the ones that I’m continuing to watch from previous seasons, sequels, and standalones. I’ll also write a short summary on my overall impression of the upcoming season. I hope that this will not just help you decide what to watch, but also give you an idea of what especially stood out to me and what I may end up writing about in the not-too-distant future.
Disclaimer: I know that some people really commit to their research into new shows, even going so far as to check out the source material, but I prefer not to do that. Partly because I think this can reduce the impact of the first episode and partly because I can’t afford to invest in manga, games, etc. that I don’t know for sure that I’ll like. My “research” usually involves watching trailers and doing a bit of digging on the forums. If that doesn’t sound in-depth enough for you, you’re not going to get much out of reading further.
There’s a tendency within the anime fandom to hate on anything popular – just look at the amount of threads on the MAL forums dedicated to slating Sword Art Online or the backlash that Gintama receives for having six seasons listed in MAL’s top 20 most popular shows. Sometimes this vitriol is warranted, but sometimes it’s simply because it’s considered cool to criticize something that’s popular. The extremely popular show My Hero Academia has also fallen prey to this tendency, with some becoming upset over the number of awards it received at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards this year (seven) and others writing it off as your run-of-the-mill shounen trash. Below I’ll argue why it’s deserving of its popularity, especially when compared to its shounen predecessors.