Since the great winter season of anime has now come and gone, we are now entering the next season of our yearly anime schedule from Japan, and as such, there is now a good amount of new series worth checking out. Historically speaking, the spring season of anime is usually when most of the heavy hitters from a specific year of anime would drop (With the others mainly dropping during the fall season) and as such we have fan favorites, and or all time greats in Bungou Stray Dogs, One Punch Man, Diamond no Ace and most of all Attack on Titan, all of which are returning with new seasons. In addition to this, we also have a very popular and classic romance series in Fruits Basket that is returning with a brand new remake anime that promises to be more faithful to the manga this time around. However, instead of me taking the easy way out by just recommending either of these series, I’m going to select 5 brand new series that are coming out and also give a bit of background information to aid my reasoning for as to why you should check these series out.
1. Fairy Gone (Genre: Action, Supernatural, Fantasy, Demons, Magic) – 24 Episodes
The synopsis reads as follows:
“Once upon a time, fairies were tools of war.”
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. Such individuals who used fairies as war tools were called “Fairy Soldiers.” Once the war was over and they completed their roles, the soldiers lost their purpose. Some began working for the government, some joined the mafia, and some even became terrorists, as each chose their own way to live. Nine years have passed since the war. The protagonist Mariya is a new recruit of “Dorothea,” an organization which investigates and suppresses fairy-related crimes. Amidst the unstable political situation, criminals with lingering wounds from the war and past conflicts emerge and engage in terrorism as an act of revenge. This is the story of Fairy Soldiers, fighting for their own justice in a chaotic postwar world.
Source: MAL News
The first series I’m going to recommend (Fairy Gone) is an anime original series being helmed and produced by Japanese studio P.A. Works whom are well known for series such as Angel Beats, Nagi no Asukara, Shirobako, and most recently the film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Which was in my opinion, the best anime movie to come out of 2018). In addition to this, the main staff consists of the director of the series (Kenichi Suzuki) whom has worked on many great series such as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate and Drifters and then the script writer (Ao Sjyumonji) whom is best known for being the creator of the brilliant and realistic isekai fantasy series known as Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. With the staff and good visuals aside, P.A. Works have more than shown that they are very capable of producing great original anime via the likes of things like Shirobako, Sakura Quest and Nagi no Asukara, however due to the fact that they are going outside of their norm and are making an original action/fantasy/supernatural series, one cannot help but feel curious to see just how they will handle a series of this nature. Even so, with the addition of their script writer and director, these genres are something that they are both familiar with and with their collective minds together, I think that they can make this into another hit for this anime studio.
2. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Genres: Action, Demons, Supernatural, Historical) – 26 Episodes
The synopsis reads as follows:
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjirou, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality… since the death of his father, Tanjirou has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they’ve found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjirou finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought…
Thus begins Tanjirou’s quest to fight demons and turn his sister human again.
Source: Viz Media
The second series on our list is one of the most popular new series to come out of the most critically acclaimed Japanese manga magazines, Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump (Whom are famous for series such as Dragon Ball, Full Metal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Death Note, Kuroko no Basket, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Haikyuu and most recently, Boku no Hero Academia, Black Clover and The Promised Neverland). The highly anticipated anime is being helmed by Studio Ufotable (Which is comically known in the anime community as “Studio Unlimited Budget) whom are known for the ever so popular Fate series (Fate Zero, Fate Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works, Heaven’s Feel). This series is also being directed by Hauro Sotozaki (Gintama, Blade of Tempest, and the Tales series) with the aid of producer Kondou Hikaru (Fate Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works/Heaven’s Feel, Kara no Kyoukai and Fate Zero). With all that being said, it’s more than evident as to why this series is here. Not only is it also one of the more popular new series in Weekly Shounen Jump, but due to the fact that it’s following in the footsteps of it’s fellow magazine series The Promised Neverland, it’s more than likely that this too will be a series filled with quality (And from what I’ve personally seen and heard from manga readers, this will be a real treat). That combined with the fact that Ufotable is creating this series, we are more than guaranteed to be getting a series with the highest quality of art and animation that Japanese money can provide, so be prepared for some great eye candy as well.
3. Carole & Tuesday (Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Music, Romance) – 24 Episodes
The synopsis reads as follows:
Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It’s an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers.
There’s a girl. Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she’s working part time while trying to become a musician. She’s always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole.
There’s a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.
A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger…
Source: Viz Media
The third series on our list is a new romance drama series that is being helmed by my second favorite Japanese studio, Studio Bones (Known for series such as Boku no Hero Academia, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Soul Eater, Bungou Stray Dogs, the Cowboy Bebop film, Sword of the Stranger and most recently, Mob Psycho 100). The co-directors of this series are Motonobu Hori (Beck, Susei no Gargantia and Ghost in the Shell 2015) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Blade Runner 2022, Gundam Wing, Samurai Champloo and Zankyou no Terror) with an original script by newcomer Aya Watanabe (Whom I’m assuming is related to Shinichiro somehow). Putting aside the fact that this will be Bones’ star series next to Bungou Stray Dogs this season, the inclusion of the legendary Japanese director, Shinichiro Watanabe is something that will get veteran to semi-casual anime watchers very excited due to the fact that this man has given us so many classic and great series like the ones listed above. This being an original work means that we have no source material to go off on, but that is where Shinichiro shines, especially when he’s given a well written script, and due to the fact that this Aya Watanabe may or may not be related to him, it’s more than likely that he hand picked her himself to assist him and Hori with this series. The story also sounds like it’ll be very deep and heartwarming too, so with the addition of what is sure to be some great musical sequences, this series just might end up being one of the sleeper hits of the season.
4. Gunjou no Magmel (Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Super Powers) – Episodes N/A
The synopsis is as follows:
One day in the middle of the Pacific Ocean a miracle occurred, a new continent appeared out of nowhere! The new continent was the home for new and mysterious plants, creatures and minerals!
Humanity is excited as the age of exploration has returned.
Unlike the other series on this list (And most anime) this series is being adapted from a manhua (Basically it’s a Korean manga) and will be helmed by Studio Pierrot (Famous for works such as Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden, Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul , Yu Yu Hakusho and most recently Boruto and Black Clover). Other staff members includes the director Hayato Date (Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden) and scriptwriter Chuuji Mikasano (Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul re:). As someone who has dwelled into the world of Korean manhua, I can say that the series that I have read are a lot more mature, violent and refreshing than what you typically get from Japanese manga, with a lot of them also having great art to go along with them. Another thing to take note here is that the studio behind this series is known to have some of the best animators in the game, and if they put these guys onto the animation team for this series (Note: the visuals in the PV looks pretty great if you ask me) then we should get some very nice fight scenes from this one. Lastly, based off of the PV, I got serious some serious Made in Abyss and Hunter x Hunter vibes and it just so happens that this series was recommended by the creator of Hunter x Hunter himself, Yoshihiro Togashi (Who happens to be my favorite mangaka of all time), so with the added bonus of this adventure manga getting his seal of approval, makes this that much more enticing in my honest opinion. However, this is Studio Pierrot we’re talking about and we’ve seen via the Tokyo Ghoul series, just how easily they can butcher the source material for a series, so fingers crossed that we’ll get another Naruto, Black Clover or Yu Yu Hakusho on our hands instead of another Tokyo Ghoul Root A.
5. Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (Genres: Romance, Comedy, Ecchi) – 12 Episodes
The synopsis is as follows:
When Ao was in kindergarten, she smiled ear-to-ear as she told her classmates how her father, a bestselling erotic author, chose her name: “A as in apple and O as in orgy!” That day still haunts her ten years later as she studies with a single goal in mind: to get into an elite university and achieve independence from her father once and for all. She has no youth to misspend and no time to think about boys…until her classmate, “King Normie” Kijima, approaches her with a shocking confession of love. She tries to lose Kijima, but he just can’t take a hint…and as her mind runs wild with dirty thoughts, she realizes her father has totally influenced her!
Source: Kodansha Comics USA
To conclude this list, we have here an romcom anime short series (It’s going to be approximately 15 mins every episode) that will be helmed by Studio Silver Link (Whom are known for series such as Fate Kaleid, Kokoro Connect and Strike The Blood) with Keisuke Inoue (Fate Kaleid, Masamune-kun no Revenge and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry) as the director, and Michiko Yokote (Bleach, Gintama, Prison School, Cowboy Bebop, Masamune-kun no Revenge, Yamada and the Seven Witches, Osomatsu-san and Shirobako). Out of all of the series on this list, this one in particular adds for more diversity since it is a romantic-comedy series with a little bit of ecchi mixed into it, and given the absurdity of the premise, it already sounds like this series has the potential to be very funny (And kinda lewd too for those that like ecchi series). What makes this stand out however is the fact that the scriptwriter has worked on many comedic series in the past like Gintama and Prison (Both of whom were a huge hit in terms of comedy), so with her inclusion on this staff, it seems like Silver Link will manage to give us all a decent comedy series to look forward to each week.
In conclusion, there are other series to look out for like Studio Madhouse’s (Hunter x Hunter, Overlord, No Game No Life, Hajime no Ippo, Diamond no Ace, Nana, One Punch Man, Black Lagoon and Death Note) “Shoumetsu Toshi”, Studio Silver’s “We Never Learn” (Weekly Shounen Jumps latest hit romcom series) and Studio Silver Link’s “Kenja no Mago” (The latest isekai/magic light novel series which I have heard good things about) but alas, these 5 here has the biggest potential to become one of the better series from this anime season.