All right, a new season of anime has descended upon us, and I shall be sharing my initial thoughts on everything I’ve chosen to watch. Lots to look forward to this season, so let’s see how it is shaping up right at the start.
Each comment was written shortly after viewing the first episode of each show, so these are all my thoughts on a whole bunch of episode ones.
My Master Has No TailA tanuki girl discovers rakugo, and wants to learn the art from a master so she can trick humans – like the tanukis did in the past. Pretty decent first episode here, which had some pretty amusing moments. Very interested to see how the dynamic between Mameda and Bunko ends up playing out.
My Hero Academia Season 6I’m actually impressed with My Hero Academia this time around, as it spent minimal time setting things up before jumping into action. Feels like a good way to start a much anticipated arc. Let’s just hope it can keep up that kind of momentum for the whole season.
POP TEAM EPIC Season 2This was certainly more POP TEAM EPIC. Wasn’t expecting the video game cameo, but still enjoyed it. There’s not much more that can really be said here, so moving on, I guess.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from MercuryThis wasn’t something that I was initially going to pick up, but then certain events in the first episode came to light and turns out it had one of the best premieres of the entire season. Oh, I’m specifically referring to episode 1 here, but do also check out the prologue episode if you decide to pick it up.
The duel we saw in this first episode gave us some pretty nice animation, and I am very interested in seeing how things develop between Suletta and Miorine.
Management of a Novice AlchemistAfter seeing this first episode, I’m more convinced than ever that “Atelier Sarasa” is an acceptable alternative name for this show. I did like what I saw here a lot; it very much gives off the same kind of vibes as the Atelier games. Sarasa may be a licensed alchemist now, but it’s apparent she’s going to have her work cut out for her.
Encouragement of Climb: Next SummitSome familiar faces return with Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit. It’s so nice to have Aoi, Hinata, and all the others back on screen. We may be treading some familiar ground as earlier seasons are retold, but with the full-length episode treatment. Doesn’t matter, Encouragement of Climb always deserved to have more than short-form episodes to shine, and seeing this makes me happy. Funny to think that Encouragement of Climb was encouraging people to get outside even before Laid-Back Camp.
Reincarnated as a SwordThis first episode definitely drew me in. The soundtrack for this show is good, as I expected it to be. I don’t find the sword’s character to be annoying or anything, but obviously Fran is the main highlight when it comes to the cast. Some pretty nice action in this first episode, especially when Fran first gets her hands on the sword.
Mob Pyscho 100 IIIMob returns and is contemplating his future. That definitely doesn’t sound like a source of stress that will progress towards his next explosion…
Just some pretty casual exorcism in the first episode of this third season. Still good stuff from this one.
Do It Yourself!!This was a pretty fun premiere, although I have to admit I wasn’t really into Miku’s whole tsundere routine. She’ll have nobody to blame but herself when Serufu drifts further and further apart from her… you know, besides the part where Serufu definitely feels something towards her, too.
I haven’t decided if Serufu’s full name being a pun subtracts or adds points for this one.
Plot is pretty typical girls’ club stuff so far – finding enough members to the club can continue – but the characters we’ve met so far have been pretty fun. Miku being an exception, because that whole tsundere act just came off as annoying.
Akiba Maid WarNow this show kicked off with one heck of a first episode. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, and even then I was surprised by Akiba Maid War‘s premiere episode. It was so insane. I loved it though, and hope the show continues with that level of madness.
BOCCHI THE ROCK!Enjoyable first episode here. I’ll always be up for watching shows about anime girls playing guitars, and BOCCHI THE ROCK! is definitely delivering on that premise so far. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take too long for Hitori to overcome her social anxiety. But hey, at least the comedy was on point – that credits fake out being a good example.
BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood WarBLEACH is back, and what a phenomenal return for the series. I am so, so happy that they got Shiro Sagisu to return as the composer, and that new version of Number One that plays when Ichigo and company make their entrance is so good. It doesn’t just sound good either; it looks amazing. Very happy with BLEACH‘s return.
Chainsaw ManPretty interesting premiere… although my personal bias says that BLEACH far outdoes this show. Still, I did enjoy what I saw here. Lots of gore in this one, which you’d kind of hope for in a show called ‘Chainsaw Man‘. Some people out there were hyping this show up as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’ll be keeping a more calm opinion of it – and so far that opinion is “yeah, that was all right, actually”.
That covers almost everything I’ll be watching this season. There are a couple of other shows set to start airing a little later on – KanColle Season 2: Let’s Meet at Sea and The Little Lies We All Tell – that I intend to pick up as well. Maybe some short-form anime as well, if anybody decides to pick those up.
If you were to ask me to pick my top three premieres of this season, BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War definitely ticks all the right boxes to start. Akiba Maid War was completely insane and I loved it, and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury also had a strong start. A show that I hadn’t planned on picking up, but I’m glad I did.
Eh, you know what, let’s include Management of a Novice Alchemist and BOCCHI THE ROCK! to round out that list into a top five. And maybe Reincarnated as a Sword to make that six-
I should probably stop.
I guess what I’m actually trying to say here is that there were a lot of great premieres, and this season of anime looks like it will shape up to be a very good one.