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Edited by Hylarn on Jul 7th 2019 at 6:55:23 AM
Eh, looking like a dud aside from Symphogear and maybe Sacred Beasts. Arifureta at least looks better than the last couple isekai we've gotten.
Eh, looking like a dud aside from Symphogear and maybe Sacred Beasts.
If nothing else, I'm pretty impressed by what I've seen of Granbelm. Mecha design aside
Arifureta at least looks better than the last couple isekai we've gotten.
...It starts well, at least. The whole "from commonplace to world's strongest" thing takes place over the course of the first arc
Edited by Hylarn on Apr 28th 2019 at 4:29:23 AM
Definitely gonna catch up this summer. There's a lot of animes I want to see btw.
Forgot that Granbelm was slated for summer too. Guess you can add that one to the list.
Yeah, but the MC has that chuuni-edgelord aesthetic to him that I just plain love. Plus he's a gunslinger on top of that, which adds to the cool factor. So long as he doesn't become a slave owner, I already like him better than Naofumi.
Oh, Sacred Beasts is getting an anime? I remember reading a free sample of the first chapter a year or so ago, it looked interesting.
Dr. Stone is a good chance to see all the Scenery Porn in color and animation. Hopefully they don't botch it.
Vinland Saga is a no-brainer. Tis gun' be gud.
edit: Aaand you can add In Another World with a Smartphone and Giant Robots Trying to Kill Me to my list. An isekai with a female lead? What kind of nonsense is that?
Edited by Lyendith on Apr 28th 2019 at 2:47:47 PM
@Lyendith Which Isekai you're referring to?
Aaand you can add In Another World with a Smartphone and Giant Robots Trying to Kill Me to my list. An isekai with a female lead? What kind of nonsense is that?
I think there's going to be travel between the worlds? Not really traditional isekai, in that case. As for female-lead isekai, there's Kumo Desu ga? Nani ka? and Honzuki no Gekokujou, both quite good (and have anime announced), plus all those otome game villainess ones
Anyways, I can't wait for Summer for coming in. I've been interested with many anime that will be included in Summer and while I probably won't watching it, the existence of Vinland Saga further cements it why I'm excited with Summer as I did with Fall
@Lyendith Granblem is not a first Isekai with female protag tho if you count Escaflowne, Inuyasha or Rayearth (Not sure if Rayearth is one of them) as one :P (Whoops, didnt read ur post there :3)
Edited by ElfenLiedFan90 on Apr 28th 2019 at 8:05:13 PM
Granbelm, Symphogear, and Fire Force are the ones I'll probably follow.
Hopefully Crunchyroll actually gets the 4th and 5th seasons so I don't have to go for fansubs the whole time.
Danmachi, Lord El Melloi Case Files and Vinland Saga are already on my must watch list. Everything else... we'll see. Though Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? is a hard pass. I read the first novel and... no. Just no.
Why tho... Might gonna give it a shot cuz I like milf Isekai But its understandable if its not your taste
I will give it a shot too, if only for the titular Okaa-san herself.
Boy do I do not trust Japanese light novel media to not put in a bunch of incest-esque shit in such a story.
Aaaanyways.... Where to start with this Summer. There's Granbelm, Arifureta and Fire Force which I started a thread on though. Cop Craft isnt bad either, BEM is another one
Boy do I do not trust Japanese light novel media to not put in a bunch of incest-esque shit in such a story.
My understanding is that it's intended as satire of such... which does mean that the incest-esque shit is still there and may come off as creepy anyway
..... I could really do with that just never being put in or mentioned ever.
It being satired does not make it in any way better.
A shame because there is an inherent comedy to being stuck and forced to do something with your parents.
Edited by slimcoder on Apr 28th 2019 at 5:53:32 AM
The parady elements were shallow, far too much of the so called comedy is just dumping on the protagonist and the narrative isn't much better in that regard either. It wasn't funny, it was just tedious.
More isekai, because that's what this season needed
This one’s gimmick is that there’s an overpowered boy & a girl this time.
I read Arifureta manga and it start off quite good. It seem like the manga skip over a lot of stuff but after the first arc the MC and his group become so OP that isn't even fun anymore. Like he create drones, railgun and a humvee with his power... it really take my out of the story and the world. But beside the OP group, i would said there some good thing about the story too. I like that i not just the MC that got Isekai and how they react when they learn that he still alive and what he had became.
I can't speak for everyone but I think the entire appeal of the series after the first novel (I don't read the manga.) is the fact that the main cast is OP and we get to see them easily deal with enemies. That and the humor. I don't know about anyone else but for me at least the fights in the novels are really fun to read even though I know there's little to no chance of the main cast losing. Maybe you'd enjoy the novel more? It sounds to me that the manga doesn't do the fights any justice. Hopefully the anime will be better.
Tsujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaa-san wa Suki desu ka?/Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
Did not take long for this one to get an anime— Dates from early 2017. But the author has proven prolific, and it sold well... though that's generally accepted as having more to do with the marketing and sheer novelty than actual artistic merit. So, uh, I think it (or the manga version, at least) is vaguely okay? Kind of at odds with itself, trying to be a goofy comedy, but also centering the whole thing on a (mostly) realistically strained relationship between a clingy mother and her rebellious son. On the plus side, we can look forward to some quality character designs that look like they'll be well-animated. And the staff is solid, so who knows, maybe it'll improve on the source
Right, the incest thing. By most accounts there is some elements of it, but it appears to be intended as satire of the more standard Brother–Sister Incest, and is never in danger of going anywhere
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
When you first start this one it'll look like a fresh, interesting take on the genre. This doesn't last. By the end of the first arc the main character is overpowered in 3-5 different ways (depending on how you count) and is ready to start stomping around invincibly and building a harem. That said, it does strike me as one of the better power fantasy isekai stories, as it at least tries to give everyone personalities
It is not only not slavery apologia, but actively opposed to slavery. Which is nice
Isekai Cheat Magician
In some ways I'd consider to be above-average for the genre, as the author does show signs of having a basic understanding of how stories are supposed to work: The RPG elements are limited to things that kinda make sense, there's some thought put into how the world works, foreshadowing exists... But none of this really helps with it just being bland. If you just want a no-frills power fantasy it'll work, but don't expect to remember much of it in a year's time
Slavery didn't come up in what I read of it, and with the way the story is set up I doubt the MCs will end up buying slaves at some later point
Another power-fantasy isekai. Wants the MC to have badass antihero cred, but doesn't want to actually give him meaningful character flaws. Otherwise, bunch of game elements, general "girl collection" vibe, not much plot apparent in what I read. Oh, and for some reason the MC spanks one of the girls after defeating her? That was weird
This was easily my least favourite of the stuff I read when researching this season, but I couldn't actually tell you why. Something about it just aggravated me.
Anime-wise, it looks like shit. And the staff and studio mostly work on shorts, but I'm pretty certain it'll be full length
Slavery is specifically noted to be illegal in the area where it starts. So I wouldn't be surprised if the protagonist buys people at some point, but I don't know if it'll happen within the anime (or it could go for abolitionism, I guess)
Dumbbell Nan-Kilo Moteru?/How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?
The manga does three things: explain work-outs, make jokes, and provide fanservice, in that order. It is good at all of them! But if you're looking for things like "plot" or "character relationships" you might want to give it a pass
For some reason this has a director that normally does shoujo? She's proven to be fairly good at comedy, but still an odd pick
There's a link to the first 10 minutes of this in the first post of the thread. You should watch it
So, it's gorgeous, has great sound design, and is about cute girls trying to kill each other with SD mecha. Some tonal issues, certainly, but I for one am willing to overlook that, particularly with how solid the staff is (director of Re:Zero and writer of most of the best cute-girl-centric anime)
On a tangent, does anyone else find it weird that yuri-ish mecha series tend to be fantasy epics? Kannazuki no Miko, Regalia, and now Granbelm. You'd expect something layed-back and sci-fi like Lagrange, but, no, that's the exception and bombast and magic is the order of the day
Joshikousei no Mudazukai/Wasteful Days of High School Girl
Schoolgirls sniping at each othernote as in, comically insulting each other. Guns are not involved. It's funny. Should be shorts (chapters are tiny), but does not appear to be
I don't really know much about it, but it runs in Manga Time Kirara, so I'd expect moe, comedy, and yuri subtext
Re:Stage! Dream Days
No idea! It's spawned from a fairly typical idol mobage, but the anime seems to be really playing up how young and cute the characters are. I'm not sure if they're trying to appeal to lolicons, young girls, or if there was just a horrible mistake made somewhere. It's airing late at night, but the director mostly does shoujo, which makes the last option seem most likely...
Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV
Is Symphogear. At the time of this writing basically all we know is "Miku is probably going to be important this time around"
...I like the series fairly well, but I hope this is the end (at least with this cast). They've been struggling to come up with new stuff for the characters to do for a while now, and this looks like it should be a good chance to end things
Sounan Desu ka?/Are You Lost?
Cute girls in a Robinsonade. Despite what you might expect, it's the "robinsonade" part of that statement that's dominant. Like, wacky antics and yuri subtext are present, but it's very much about wilderness survival first and foremost
This was easily my favourite when I was doing research, though that probably says as much about me as anything
While the game is a reverse harem, there's no sign of a female lead in the anime
High School Star Musical
This keeps happening. Same staff as ever
Can't find much on the source material, but it's on noitaminA, so I'd expect something fairly decent and not as creepy as a lot of BL tends to be
Kochoki Wakaki Nobunaga
They're advertising this one as a tonal mishmash. Dark brutal warfare... but also cute boys doing cute things back in Nobunaga's boyhood!
I mean, it could work out in practice, but I'm not seeing much reason to be hopeful
I don't know anything about the manga, they've yet to release a PV, and no staff have been announced
Netflix wants you to think that this is a sci-fi survival thriller. Netflix is lying. Or at least actively misleading. See, this is a shoujo manga, and while it does involve surviving is a strange, somewhat alien wilderness, it also does the sort of things you'd expect from a shoujo manga. Lots of character drama and romance
Also of note is that the manga is finished, which often means that they're going for a complete adaption, but at 35 volumes loooooooong it has enough material to cover the better part of two years. So it'll be interesting to see what happens with that
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
A remake of Saint Seiya. And Saint Seiya is absolutely something that could use a remake! It has a bunch of neat stuff in it; an interesting setting, good design work, and some pretty wild powers. But it also has fairly awful plotting, dubious gender politics, and no real fight choreography to speak of. Going back in and tightening up the script, reworking a few problematic bits, and touching up the fights could make for something genuinely great. ...That's not what we're getting, though. All signs currently suggest that the guy mainly in charge of this series doesn't really get the original and is trying to push it into a more typical western action cartoon mold
Tangent: I've seen people using this show as evidence that Netflix has a strategy of picking up anime that were big in Asia but not the westnote Which is already questionable, since Saint Seiya did do well in parts of the west, but I don't think that's the case? Most of them are just down to 80s/90s anime leaning more to the thriller style Netflix likes so much, but I think in this case Netflix wanted shounen-style cartoon Saint Seiya has some production oddities that made it easier to work with than would normally be expected. See, Saint Seiya is actually an active franchise currently getting anime released (in the form of spinoffs), but it's also long over and not something anyone but maybe the author is seriously worried maintaining brand integrity for. So they didn't have to try to make something new, the studio was already used to dealing with spinoffs, and no one really cared if they made another Dragonball Evolution
Martial arts manga. Not as over-the-top as Baki, but still has some pretty crazy shit. Going to be in 3DCG, which I think looks like ass, but not everyone seems to agree with that
And the rest
Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo/O Maidens in Your Savage Season
A group of girls' sexual awakening. It feels genuine! It's funny! It's... not really the sort of thing I'm interested in, or I imagine the sort of thing more people here are. If it sounds at all interesting I recommend it, but I entirely understand if you give it a pass
Another one of those revivals of an old series that was reasonably popular in Japan and not really anywhere else. Doesn't look like it'll expect knowledge of, or be too similar to, the original material
The staff is kind of worrying here. Mostly done shows aimed at young boys, and the writer in particular has more misses than hits with original material
A Certain Scientific Accelerator
A To aru spinoff focusing on everyone's favourite villain-turned-antihero, Accelerator. The manga has received such rave reviews as "boring", "a mess", "the worst material in the franchise", and "Yamaji Arata ate my baby and this manga is still the worst thing he's responsible for", and I only made one of those up. I'd say that if this turns out okay you'd have the director to thank for it, but this is the guy responsible for the Big Order adaptation, so that can be safely discounted
The latest series from Gatoh Shoji, the Full Metal Panic/Amagi Brilliant Park guy. ...I don't really know much about it beyond that. The anime looks low-budget and has the 2016 Berserk guy directing, though, so I don't really have the highest expectations
This is one that's going to take a few episodes to come to it's own. It's starts out with a bland MC helping an entertaining scientist guy run experiments in a post-apocalyptic world. Then some stuff happens, the entertaining scientist becomes the new main character, the rest of the cast becomes more fun, and the focus is now on rebuilding tech. Post-shift, it's about 50% comedy, 25% plot and 25% science facts. Distinctly shounen
Enen no Shouboutai/Fire Force
A shounen fighting manga from the Soul Eater guy. Also, another one for "gets better after the first arc". Oh so I heard. I didn't like the first arc enough to want to power through. The director is a SHAFT alumni, and it looks like they'll be applying that stylishness here, going by the PV, so that's something
Oh, it also has this thing where there's a character who has ecchi accidents happen to her constantly and she's either the best or the worst part of the manga depending on who you talk to
Kanata no Astra/Astra Lost in Space
Shounen comedy/adventure. There is plot and character depth here, but how much you like it is probably going to be determined by how much you like shounen comedy sensibilities
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
No, you don't need to have watched the movie
Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e/to the abandoned Sacred Beasts
It's a shounen fantasy manga where soldiers trying to come to terms with the end of the war is a major theme. It's interesting, but it does kinda have issues with the tone matching the subject matter
Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka?
Harem comedy! Specifically a light novel harem comedy, so it's pretentious, doesn't have that much fanservice, and the main character's little sister is one of the haremettes. Also the anime looks like it's going to be real ugly
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files
There was an episode 0 released back in January. It's fairly representative of the series as a whole
If for some reason you don't want to watch that but are still interested in the series, basically imagine Fate/ without famous dead people trying to kill each other, but way more of discussion of how magic works instead. It's one of those things I find simultaneously interesting and boring
Naka no Hito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]
A stylish series about young people with big personalities trapped in a strange, malevolent game. It is a bit inspired by Danganronpa. More upbeat, though
A busty but air-headed girl getting into ecchi situations, this time with a stage magic theme. Probably shorts
Uchi no Ko no tame naraba, ore wa moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamoshirenai./If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord
As far as I know, there's no actual demon lord defeating involved. It's very much slice of life. I find it pretty boring! It's pretty focused on the daughter, who's very much the generic anime child— Cute, sweet, and has no real personality
Right, elephant in the room: There is daughter-fucking. This happens in the fourth volume, after a time skip. I don't really expect the anime to get to this? At least in one cour. The novels are recently finished, so this might be intended as a full adaptation
Historical fiction as an action manga. Which is to say that there's no overt fantasy elements, but the major characters sure are implausibly good at killing people. The manga started out in a shounen magazine before eventually moving to a seinen mag, which I understand is the point where it really gets good. I think this should like four episodes?
The anime is being helmed by a 3DCG guy. Looks like they'll be using 2D for shots where they need character detail, but 3D for most everything else. The PV looks pretty good, but worth keeping in mind if you're allergic to 3D animation
Man, I think four Isekai shows in one season is a new record. And the fact that you felt the need to specifically state the stance each one takes on slavery is kind of a cutting inditement of the genre.
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