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] 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] ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

Plot:

On the 99th birthday of Douwa’s king, Jean Otus reveals to his department at the ACCA that they could be shut down. Douwa is an island nation, split into thirteen districts, each with their own government offices. Jean is second-in-command in the Investigation Department, an agency whose job it is to oversee government activity across the entire country, travelling to each of the districts to carry out audits. When Jean uncovers a case of corruption, he’s put under pressure to keep his job as the political elite discuss cutbacks to the system. Something is about to happen, and it seems as though Jean will be caught in the crossfire…

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] March Comes in Like a Lion 3月のライオン

Plot:

Shogi matches and convenience store runs are the only things that get Rei Kiriyama out of the house. After losing his family when he was younger, he rarely goes to school, rarely eats properly, and rarely socialises. Fortunately for Rei, he can live off the income he earns from playing shogi, so he has an apartment and enough food to keep him alive but it’s not exactly a fulfilling life. Sisters Akari, Hinata and Momo try their hardest to include him in their family, inviting him over for dinner and forcing him out of isolation. It isn’t easy but Rei gradually begins to change.

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[REVIEW] ReLife リライフ SPOILERS

One year to change your life, all expenses paid… sounds good, right? For Kaizaki Arata, a part-time conbini worker, it seemed too good to be true. Approached in the middle of the night by an employee of the ReLife organisation, he’s promised a full time job if he agrees to take part in a social experiment for a year. Drunk and desperate, Arata takes the pill he’s offered, which makes him look ten years younger. It’s his job to infiltrate the local high school and act as a normal student, but it’s not exactly easy. His body is still physically 27 years old, and he hasn’t sat in a classroom for years. Add a smoking habit and a dash of alcohol dependency… well, he’s not exactly the star pupil.

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[FIRST IMPRESSION] Tamen de Gushi 她们的故事 Chapters 1-10

Plot:

Tamen de Gushi is an ongoing manhua by Tan Jiu, first published in 2014. With currently over 100 chapters, it tells the story of Sun Jing, a hopeless lesbian infatuated with a girl she saw at the train station. Sun Jing and her group of friends are the troublemakers of her school, playing pranks and getting sent out of class. But all that bravado melts away when confronted with beautiful women, and when Sun Jing approaches Qiu Tong at the station to get her number, she freezes and runs away. Determined to at least talk to her, she waits at the same spot, hoping that they’d meet again.

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[REVIEW] She and Her Cat: Everything Flows 彼女と彼女の猫

She and her Cat tells the story of Daru, a beautiful black cat who keeps his owner company in their shared apartment. The girl’s roommate moves out to live with her fiancé and now faced with double the rent bill, she needs to find a job on top of her college studies. She becomes somewhat depressed after several failed interviews and her estranged mother calls her, begging her to move back home. But she refuses, because no matter how hard things get, she still comes home to Daru every night and everything seems okay again.

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[REVIEW] Shingeki no Kyojin 84 SPOILERS

After concluding the last chapter with Eren and Mikasa’s mutiny against Levi’s orders, tensions are high in the Survey Corps. The surviving members argue over who should receive the Titan serum: Armin, who was left severely burned and critically injured after his attack on the Collosal Titan, or Erwin, who emerged from his suicide mission against the Beast Titan on the brink of death.

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