[Winter 2018] What I’ll be watching

A new anime season is coming, and I’ve barely finished the series I liked from the fall, but I’m still ready to tackle the task of twenty new series. Or, at least, I’m ready to watch at least the first few episodes of twenty new shows before giving up and rewatching Revolutionary Girl Utena again.
This season looks like it’ll be an interesting one. On one hand, we have a lot of highly anticipated new seasons of shows (that I’ve never watched the first seasons of), an anime adaptation for horror king Junji Ito, the return of a magical girl classic, and new shows from the likes of Studio Trigger and Kyoto Animation. On the other hand, we’ve got a lot of meh, with a few ecchi titles popping up and at least three generic looking slice-of-life anime that feature high school girls jumping up into the air. The season does look comfortingly devoid of incest, sisterf*cker anime, though, so that’s one definite plus it has going for it.
Anyways, here’s what’s on my radar for the season for now.

High-tier Hype


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
I’m so excited for more
Cardcaptor Sakura!! It was one of my first anime ever, and was actually my first magical girl anime. I really, really, really, REALLY hope this has the charm to match the original series. I also hope it’s still super gay. Hopefully, this will be successful and will bring us more future CLAMP content, since they’ve been pretty quiet ever since the Blood-C flop. Please, may this succeed and bring us more of the off-beat shoujo content I love so much.

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Junji Ito Collection
Horror king Junji Ito finally gets an anime adaption. Well, I guess
Gyo got an anime, but I’m choosing to ignore that trainwreck. I really hope this goes well and captures the essence of Junji Ito’s stories. Specifically, I’m really looking forward to see Tomie in anime-form. Studio Deen, please don’t let me down!!


Violet Evergarden
Kyoto Animation is back again! I don’t really know much about the actual premise of the show. It’s apparently about a “Auto Memories Doll” who puts thoughts into words for other people, sort of like a robot ghostwriter. I’m a slut for KyoAni, so, whatever it’s about, I’m in!

Darling in the FranXX

Studio Trigger is back, as well, with a ridiculously named mecha show that’s one letter away from being a porn parody. The trailer for this one has a really nice, operatic soundtrack, and there’s a hot pink haired anime girl who is almost definitely going to be super mean, and that’s enough for me. Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s a mecha, or maybe it’s just the fact that the pink-haired girl looks like Anemone, but I’m getting some serious Eureka Seven vibes from it, and since that’s one of my all-time favorite anime, I’m really drawn to this one.

Mid-tier Maybes


Ah, an anime adaptation of the trashy, pulpy yuri manga Citrus. I’m determined to watch this through to the end, because I love trashy yuri. What can I say, I’m garbage!

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Moment by Moment

This one’s a psychological seinen from newcomer Geno Studio, who will also be responsible for the upcoming Golden Kamuy anime. A woman’s nephew and brother get kidnapped, and she only has thirty minutes to meet their demands. Luckily, her grandpa has a magic rock that stops time, and so they set out to rescue them, but soon realize that other people have the ability to stop time and move around with them. Reminds me of a more intense Erased. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not they’ll manage to make the same thirty minutes frozen in time fun to watch.

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After the Rain

I make it a point to check out each seasonal Noitamina slot, and After the Rain is this season’s. It’s a seinen romance about a young woman who falls in love with her divorced 45-year-old manager. I’m a sucker for anime romances that aren’t set in a high school, so hopefully this offers a realistic look at growing up and falling for someone significantly older than you.

A Story That Leads to the Antarctica

Four girls girls go to visit the South Pole. That’s all I know. But, Madhouse is behind it, and their shows are always really pretty, so I’m trusting them and giving it a go.

Low-tier Leftovers

yuru camp
Yuru Camp△
A seinen about a bunch of high school girls who go camping because they want to see Mt. Fuji. I like the promotional art, so I’ll watch, but it doesn’t look like much more than a “cute girls doing cute things” type show.

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Katana Maiden

I don’t know, it’s cute anime girls with katanas. I’ll give it a shot.

Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls

Generally, historical anime is not my cup of tea. However, it is very much my boyfriend’s cup of tea, and he’s a big fan of the original anime, so it looks like I’ll be watching this all the way through whether I want to or not. I did really enjoy the art of the first anime, so I might get a kick out of this sequel, too.

Absolutely Nots

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25-year old Highschool Girl
This is an ecchi about a grown-ass adult woman whose cousin refuses to go to school, so she puts on her cousin’s uniform and pretends to go to school and be her. That plan would never work for a lot of reasons. She gets to school and finds out she knows the world history teacher from her Real High School Times, and then he sexually harasses her a bunch in exchange for keeping her secret. Oh boy. Oh no.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

It’s another trapped in an RPG show. I’m tired. Stop making these, please.

killing bitesKilling Bites
This one’s like, a furry ecchi horror. It’s about rich people betting on human-animal hybrids in a battle royale. In the trailer, there’s an ugly hippo-man. No thank you.

And there you have it. That’s everything I’m even remotely interested in this season. Yeehaw, can’t wait to only watch like, two to completion.

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