It’s been an entire year since I’ve last done a “What am I watching?” post and that’s because I’ve been avoiding seasonal anime so I could catch up on my backlog a little bit better.
This all changed, however, when the great illintelligence told me to watch The Promised Neverland this last season. I’m glad he did because otherwise, although I started a few weeks after everyone else, I wouldn’t have had the rollercoaster of emotions each week. Admittedly, having something to look forward to watching every week really did wonders for my mood as well, as trivial as that sounds, so I’ve decided to get back into the swing of seasonal anime! Woo!
So, what am I watching this season? Let’s find out!
Fruits Basket – Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
This was going to be a given! I am HYPED for this series. The original Fruits Basket series was one of my first anime, so I am really glad that there is going to be a remake of it! I’ve been wanting to read the manga of Fruits Basket for the longest of time, but I’ve been unable to find it at any bookstores, so I’m glad that this remake is going to cover more of the manga as well. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, it follows 16-year-old Tooru Honda who takes matters into her own hands after a family tragedy. She moves into a tent in a lovely scenic spot, however, unfortunately for Tooru, she pitches the tent on private land that belongs to the Souma clan and it isn’t long before the owners discover her secret. However, when the Soumas take Tooru in, she soon discovers that they have a secret of their own – when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the characters of the Chinese zodiac!
Fairy Gone – Action, Demons, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural
Fairy Gone certainly got my attention for two things. Firstly, it’s an original by P.A. Works, so it’s going to look pretty darn good. And secondly, I am loving the vibes that the art is giving off. I am a sucker of demon supernatural anime, so I am definitely going to check this one out. The story takes place in a world where fairies possess and dwell in animals, giving them mysterious abilities. By removing the organs of a possessed animal and transplanting them into humans, fairies can be summoned as an alter ego and be used as a weapon. Fairy Soldiers used these during the war and soon lost their purpose once the war was over. Some began working for the government, some joined the mafia, and some even became terrorists, as each chose their own way to live. Mariya is a new recruit of Dorothea, an organization which investigates and suppress fairy-related crimes. With an unstable political situation, criminals involved in the war and past conflicts emerge and engage in terrorism as an act of revenge. This is their story as they fight for justice in a chaotic postwar world.
Senryuu Shoujo – Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Shounen
This one certainly makes my list for this season as it sounds so cute and wholesome! Yukishiro Nanako is a cute, cheerful high school girl with one peculiar trait—instead of verbal communication, she writes senryu (a type of haiku) poems to relay her thoughts. Together with ex-delinquent Busujima Eiji, they are budding freshmen of the school’s Literature Club. Even though Nanako doesn’t talk, with the power of senryuu, the adorable pair has no problem enjoying their fun school-life.
Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin – Mystery, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, Shoujo
My second demon series in one season? I told you I’m a sucker for them! I have really been enjoying supernatural series recently, so I’m hoping this is another one that I’m going to enjoy. The show follows Miyako Arata who has been newly assigned to the Shinjuku Ward Office’s Nighttime Regional Relations Department. Each of Tokyo’s 23 wards has one such department, established to mitigate paranormal and occult-related events. Arata’s special skill is the understanding of non-human speech, and the story begins with him encountering a youkai at Shinjuku Gyoen park who refers to him as the legendary Heian-era exorcist, Abe no Seimei. So, supernatural creatures, demons and the concept of non-human speech? As someone with a big interest in linguistics and languages as well, this show has definitely got my attention! And, what’s this? LIDENFILMS is the studio? Sold!
Kono Oto Tomare! – Action, Drama, School, Shounen
This series intrigued me for a number of reasons. The first reason is that it’s already got a second season confirmed for Fall 2019. The second reason is that I sort of feel as if the synopsis and the genres don’t quite match up. The series follows the protagonist, Takezou, who ends up being the sole member of the Koto (traditional Japanese string instrument) club after the other members graduated. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. The show explores how Takezou can maintain the club as well as dealing with the rascal of a new member. This, at least to me, doesn’t scream “action”, but considering I have not read the source material, I can’t really say for sure. MyAnimeList does seem to have the genres for the manga wrong as well, according to the forums, so I suppose I’ll just have to see for myself what this show brings to the table.
Hitoribocchi no ○○ Seikatsu – Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Shounen
This is also a show that I am hoping is going to be the wholesome content I need to see after a long week because it definitely sounds like it could be wholesome… if not incredibly relatable. The main character, Hitori Bocchi, suffers from extreme social anxiety, she’s not good at talking to people, takes pretty extreme actions, is surprisingly adept at avoiding people, her legs cramp when she overexerts herself, gets full of herself when alone, will vomit when exposed to extreme tension and often comes up with plans. Now she is entering middle school and her only friend, Yawara Kai, is attending a different school. This leaves Bocchi alone, surrounded by new classmates with whom she must make friends before Kai will talk to her again. I do have some high hopes for this show, as the manga (or at least what I’ve seen from the manga) is certainly adorable and funny, so fingers crossed that it adapts well into its animation!
So, these are the shows that I’ll definitely be checking out as the Spring season gets underway. However, there are still a couple of shows that I’ll be keeping an eye on such as Carole & Tuesday and Shoumetsu Toshi.
I will also be checking out shows such as Bungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season and Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 eventually, however, I still need to catchup on their prequels, so they might not be happening any time soon! Similarly, the same more or less applies to the Netflix original of Rilakkuma and Kaoru, which I’m very much looking forward to, but it’s simply not a priority for me as of right now.
That concludes my Spring 2019 watch list! Have we got any shows in common? What are you watching this season? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!
– Amelia xo