Spring 2017 Anime: Looking Ahead

With a new anime season fast approaching, I’ve decided that this time, I’m going to set myself a few rules.

I’ve recently hit my milestone of watching over 100 anime and looking at my list, I have a bit of a diversity problem. Sure, my taste ranges from Akira to YuruYuri, but I definitely tend to stick to what I know.

So I’ve proposed four rules to follow when choosing what to watch this season…

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Interviews with Monster Girls 亜人ちゃんは語りたい

Plot:

In a society where mythical beings live alongside humans, one teacher is desperate to find out more about them. Takahashi-sensei attends college while teaching biology at Shibasaki High School and wants to write his thesis about these demi-humans. But unfortunately for Takahashi-sensei, he hadn’t been able to find any participants for his research. That is, until four demi-humans turn up at once. All he needs to do now is convince them to take part.

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The Time of Eve: Sci-Fi as Social Commentary イブの時間

In the future, probably Japan… Robots have long seen practical use, and shortly after, Androids come into common usage.

…Are you enjoying the Time of EVE?

Sakisaka Rikuo notices odd behaviour in his family’s housedroid.  Her activity log is the first clue, with irregular movement patterns and a strange phrase in English. Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace her steps and come across a cafe hidden in a back alley. The cafe, known as The Time of Eve, has one house rule: there is to be no discrimination between androids and humans. In that cafe, both humans and androids act the same. His morning coffee is the second clue, after she switches the brand without permission. Rikuo and Masaki start to visit regularly and get to know The Time of Eve’s customers, which challenges the way they think about androids.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] BanG Dream バンドリ

Plot:

From the stars in the sky, to the stars on stage, Kasumi Toyama is desperate to capture that all important sparkle. As a child, she heard what she calls the ‘Star Beat’, an exciting sound from gazing up at the night sky. She is enamoured, and grows up keeping that feeling close to her heart. As she starts high school, she finds herself led to the warehouse of a pawn shop, where she comes across a star-shaped guitar and she instantly falls in love. One thing leads to another and she goes to a live event where local band Glitter Green are playing. In that moment, she feels the Star Beat once again, and decides that she is going to learn how to play the guitar and start a band after school.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

Plot:

They say that you never forget how to ride a bike, but in this case, that just might not be true. Maiharu Hiromi, a first year student from Nagasaki, transfers to Minami Kamakura High School in Kanagawa Prefecture. On her first day of school, she decides to dust off her old bike to get there faster, but quickly finds that she can’t remember how to ride it. Lost and confused, she bumps into another student on her bike. The student, Akitsuki Tomoe, helps her figure out what to do and how to get to school. Inspired by her new classmate, Hiromi decides that she wants to learn how to cycle again.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Plot:

A drunken offer leads to an unexpected situation as Kobayashi finds herself faced with a visitor on her doorstep. She’s hungover, late for work, and the last thing she needs is none other than a dragon saying she’s going to move in with her. The dragon, Tohru, transforms her appearance to look more like a human, and she starts acting as Kobayashi’s maid while she’s at work. But she has a lot to learn about fitting in with human society, not helped by the advice of other dragons.

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