It’s October now, and it has gotten way colder in Japan. It really feels like winter is coming and unlike Jon Snow, we know something and that’s all the latest news about anime.
2016 is going to say goodbye in two months from now and it will take with it the last cour of this year’s anime. We’ve seen so many great TV anime and anime films this year and the Manga.Tokyo team is already anxious to see what 2017 has in store for us. We have already started getting new info on upcoming anime and we want you to be the first to know all the latest anime news!
For starters, let’s see three anime series a few of our staff members are looking forward to in 2017!♪
【クズの本懐/ Kuzu no Honkai/ Scum’s Wish】
Winter anime. January, 2017
Written by Mengo Yokoyari
‘Is heartrending love really beautiful?’
‘Love is the only thing that your efforts never pay off’
Am I the only one who instantly fell in love with these lines?
This is a series focused on a love romance that everyone has been through. And it’s not what you often see in anime like first love, platonic love, or romcom, but it’s about a deep and mature romance about some high school students getting twisted and crooked by it. The plot is often used in dramas, but we hardly see this kind of romance in anime. Our expectations are over the roof and we want to see how it’s going to be interpreted and described in the anime.
The title of the show is a hint in itself. 【クズの本懐/ Kuzu no Honkai/ Scum’s Wish】: Honkai here can be interpreted to mean both ;the original desire’ and ‘to attain one’s desire.’ I guess that the protagonist is the scum of the story, but is the female protagonist’s desire the key to the story development?
The illustration is very cute and reminds us of shoujo manga. There is only a preview with static images available as of now, but we really like the art style! The original source is a manga, but anime adaptation often change the original atmosphere. This seems like a romance show that can be seen from anime fans who usually don’t watch that kind of series.
【ゼロから始める魔法の書/ Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho】
Spring anime. April, 2017
Written by: Kakeru Kobashiri
Illustrated by: Yoshinori Shizuma
The original light novel the anime is based on won the grand prize at the 20th Dengeki Novel Awards in 2013!
I’m sure some people might recognize the title, Zero kara Hajimeru (Starting from Zero). Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? To be honest, there are many members of the team who haven’t seen Re:Zero! So why did we get interested in this series? This story is set in a world where witches and magic are widespread. The protagonists are a half-beast mercenary and the heroine Zero who travel together seeking the Book of Zero, a magical book lost in a fantasy world.
We’ve seen the preview of the show and its beautiful world view and it’s really amazing. Its human-beast hybrid characters remind us of anime films by Mamoru Hosoda like Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. Both have different themes, but they develop their characters through interaction with different races. Fantasy is a fan-favorite genre because of its exciting world visuals and the fight scenes. It’s always feels a bit extraordinary to witness events happening in a fantasy world
Even if you enjoy opposite genres like Slice of Life, this feels like a show that can show you an exciting fantasy world and the fantastic adventure of two characters as they travel the land and develop a warm friendship.
【正解するカド/KADO: The Right Answer】Directed by Kazuya Murata
Summer or Fall anime, 2017 (season uncertain)
Would you say that the name ‘Ghibli’ is the one most associated with Japanese anime? The director of this anime series, Kazuya Murata, once worked for Ghibli! It’s an original anime for which we don’t have much information yet. Let’s check out what we know so far.☆
The advertising line is ‘The world’s end and start. Can humans get “the right answer”?’
Woot, that’s as enigmatic as it can be. The line makes the anime sound all mysterious. The plot of the show is still mostly unknown, but the promo material says that ‘everything started with the first encounter that defies our imagination.’ The word ‘Kado’ in the title is someone or something that the humans will probably encounter, and maybe ‘Kado’ will be throwing us a question that we may be or may not be able to answer correctly? It sounds very cryptic and profound. The normal daily life of the protagonists will suddenly change, common things will become uncommon. What or who is ‘Kado’? What is the question to the humans? What happens if they fail to get the right answer?
What do you think? You can’t get Kado off your mind already, can you? This series has some kind of mysterious gravity that draw us in. It sounds like a large scale project, and we suspect this is going to be a two-season (24 episodes) show. Speaking of a large scale project, the show will be done in CG! We don’t have many CG anime series, and after the recent Berserk CG flop many fans are worried about the use of the technique in the medium. We hope they will accompany the computer generated graphics with beautiful hand-drawn animations that will make us completely forget about the CG. Since the director used to work for Ghibli and since Ghibli works are all known for the great attention to detail given to landscapes, small items, and of course to the characters, we expect this anime series to be fascinating with beautiful CG and filled with the director’s original point of view.
Happy Anime Year
Well, it’s a little too early to start wishing everybody but we are so excited we can’t help it. Did you like any of the three anime we’ve introduced,【クズの本懐/Scum’s Wish】,【ゼロから始める魔法の書/Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho】and【正解するカド/Kado: the Right Answer】?
These are definitely not the only shows coming in 2017 so expect a lot of article and news coming to Manga.Tokyo! Don’t forget to check our anime reviews for this season. We have the link just below!
Thank you very much for reading this to the end, and if there’s anyone who doesn’t usually watch anime and decides to watch one after reading our articles, we’d weep with joy! After all, anime is our life!
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