Summer is shaping up to be my favourite season of anime for 2017, and the spring season has barely even started. I’ve already posted about Symphogear AXZ, but there are two other shows set to start in July that I am interested in.
One is the second season of NEW GAME!, whilst the other is an adaptation of a smartphone game called Battle Girl High School.
First up, NEW GAME!!. The first season was in my top ten anime of 2016, so I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more. I also think that calling it ‘NEW GAME+‘ is a terrible idea – a new game+ is when you play through a game for a second time, keeping items and experience earned previously. I don’t know about everyone else, but I would rather see new content in NEW GAME!‘s second season, rather than going through season one again. So, technically, wouldn’t rewatching the first season be considered NEW GAME!+…?
Mind you, adding an extra exclamation mark to the title isn’t very creative, either…
Anyways, the returning cast members:
– Yūki Takada as Aoba Suzukaze
– Yōko Hikasa as Kō Yagami
– Ai Kayano as Rin Tōyama
– Megumi Yamaguchi as Hifumi Takimoto
– Megumi Toda as Hajime Shinoda
– Ayumi Takeo as Yun Ijima
– Madoka Asahina as Nene Sakura
– Chitose Morinaga as Umiko Ahagon
– Eri Kitamura as Shizuku Hazuki
The returning staff:
– Director: Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
– Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo
– Character Design: Ai Kikuchi
– Chief Animation Directors: Ai Kikuchi, Manamu Amasaki, Chisato Kikunaga
– Prop Design: Eri Nakajima
– Art Director: Shunsuke Suzuki
– Colour Design: Kei Ishiguro
– Director of Photography: Takafumi Kuwano
– Editing: Daisuke Hiraki
– Sound Director: Masanori Tsuchiya
– Sound Effects: Yasumasa Koyama
– Sound Production: delfi Sound
– Music: Hajime Hyakkou
– Music Production: Kadokawa
– Animation Production: Doga Kobo
– Production: NEW GAME! Production Committee
For the second season, Sumie Kinoshita is now a chief animation director, and Yuka Itō joins as a colour key artist. As mentioned in the title, NEW GAME!! is due to air in July. The official website can be visited by clicking here.
I already thought summer was the best season thanks to Symphogear AXZ alone, but NEW GAME!! has come along to make it even better. It’s probably safe to say that Symphogear and NEW GAME!! are my most anticipated shows, but there are others that I have at least a passing interest in.
One such show is Battle Girl High School. This adaptation of a smartphone game recently got a PV and revealed the cast and staff.
The voice actresses for the game will be reprising their roles in the anime:
– Aya Suzaki as Miki Hoshitsuki
– Ayane Sakura as Subaru Wakaba
– Sora Amamiya as Haruka Narumi
– Nao Toyama as Nozomi Amano
– Sumire Uesaka as Yuri Himukai
– Saori Hayami as Kurumi Tokiwa
– Yumi Uchiyama as Anko Tsubuzaki
– Yoshino Nanjo as Renge Serizawa
– Mutsumi Tamura as Asuha Kusunoki
– Misaki Kuno as Sakura Fujimira
– Hiromi Igarashi as Hinata Minami
– Ibuki Kido as Kaede Sendoin
– Hitomi Harada as Kokomi Asahina
– Emiri Kato as Michelle Watagi
– Maaya Uchida as Urara Hasumi
– Aoi Yuki as Sadone
The main staff:
– Director: Noriaki Akitaya (Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Rebirth)
– Assistant Director: Yasuyuki Oishi (Psychic School Wars)
– Series Director: Kazuo Miyake (Buddy Complex)
– Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda (Gundam Build Fighters)
– Character Design: Hideki Furukawa (Watamote), Shuuhei Yamamoto (Anime de Training! Ex!)
Seems like the plot is simply about high school girls who fight monsters. Seems pretty simple. Whilst I have no doubts that I’ll be watching NEW GAME!!, I’m not too sure about Battle Girl High School at the moment. It’s sitting in the ‘probably’ pile at present.
Summer’s shaping up to be quite the thing, huh? I like how some people, myself included, see the spring season as a breather, even with big shows like Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia and Boruto airing.