Ready for Spring 2017? MANGA.TOKYO and its otaku team are ready to bring you the most interesting reviews on the web. We put aside all the technical details and the unnecessary jargon and focus on what matters: the fun part. We will discuss all the highlights that make us glad we watch anime and share the most compelling themes and trivia!
This article has a list of our episodic anime review titles for the new season, a few words about our writers, and a description of our permanent columns! Couple that with our Anime Hashtags list, our Anime Info page, and our constant coverage of all the latest anime and otaku news, and you have everything you need for an amazing spring season!
Atom the Beginning is the anime adaptation of a manga series written and illustrated by Tetsuro Kasahara, with writing contributions by Makoto Tezuka and Masami Yuki. The manga is a work of love, a testament to their childhoods. It is a prequel to Osamu Tezuka’s famous Astro Boy and explores up until his birth. The anime is scheduled to start on April 15.
Ere, Mikasa, Armin and the rest of the Survey Corps are back for another season. Based on the manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan has been praised for its action scenes, unique atmosphere, and thoughtful dialogues. It has also been criticized for its controversial themes and militaristic focus. You have a few days to see the first season (again or for the first time) and be ready for its premiere on 1 April.
Back in Summer 2016, Berserk came back for the first TV anime in 20 years after the 1997 adaptation. The series was a direct sequel to the Golden Age Arc film trilogy. This second season will cover the Hawk of the Millennium Empire Arc and beyond. Thanasis gave the series a somewhat favorable review considering the very harsh online criticism that spoke of cut-rate CGI, questionable music choices, and disorienting camera work.
Eromanga-sensei is our romantic comedy for this season. It is based on a Japanese light novel series written by Tsukasa Fushimi and illustrated by Hiro Kanzaki. The story follows light novelist and high-schooler, Masamune Izumi. Since he is terrible at drawing, he has an anonymous partner doing his illustrations who uses the pen name Eromanga-sensei. The comedy starts when he learns that the mysterious sensei is actually his younger sister Sagiri.
Little Witch Academia continues from Winter 2017 for a second back-to-back cour. The anime will continue following Akko Kagari and her friends who are students at the Luna Nova Magical Academy, a school for young witches.
My Hero Academia returns for a second season on 1 April! Based on the Japanese superhero manga by Kouhei Horikoshi, Boku no Hero Academia is part of the new wave of Jump classics. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that his main inspiration for the series has been Naruto. Masashi Kishimoto himself praised Horikoshi’s work, believing it would be a success overseas.
The main staff and cast of the first season will return for Saekano Flat. The anime is scheduled to start on 13 April. The series is based on a light novel series by Fumiaki Maruto, with illustrations by Kurehito Misaki. It has proved so successful that it has published 12 books so far, a manga adaptation, and two spin-off manga titles. The plot will satisfy both gamers and romance lovers: Tomoya Aki’s only care in the world is to somehow sustain his otaku lifestyle. He is working part-time jobs to get the money he needs to buy all his games, figures, anime. After encountering a beautiful girl during spring vacation, he enlists his friends Eriri and Utaha in his development team ‘Blessing Software’ to create a visual novel with that girl as the protagonist.
Grimoire of Zero is an anime based on a light novel (again) written by Kakeru Kobashiri and illustrated by Yoshinori Shizuma. The novel has won the Grand Prize at the 20th annual Dengeki Novel Awards and follows a humanoid beast that wants to be human and a witch named Zero whose book was stolen. Scarecrow and Dorothy are going for a walk.
Surprisingly enough, Re:CREATORS is an original concept by Black Lagoon’s Rei Hiroe that will be directed by Ei Aoki. It will borrow from many genres to create a story about stories. Expect magicians, soldiers, mecha robots, and more in an anime that our creations come to life.
Another series based on a light novel, Sword Oratoria is the anime adaptation of a popular spin-off story of the famous franchise Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, also known as Danmachi because let’s be honest, that’s a ridiculously long name. The light novel series is written by Fujino Oomori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda.
Asie:She is so happy that Little Witch Academiais continuing for another cour that she unearthed a magic wand she had hidden and frantically practices magic. Her next big dream is to attend either Hogwarts or Luna Nova. Until then, she is going to add the second season of My Hero Academia to her weekly reviews.
Marianne: Say hi to the newest member of our weekly reviews team, Marianne! She can be very critical and geeky, but always with an air of fabulousness. Sometimes she cares too much about her favorite seiyuu. She is going to cover the anime we’ve all been waiting for: Attack on Titan!
Most of us are not just fans. We are also creators of anime, manga, cosplay costumes, and so much more. This section wants to highlight that unique side of otaku culture. We have recently added a new section called World Cosplayers. The photo above is from our second spotlight on YoChris from Taiwan!