The winter season anime has pretty much completely wrapped up, and it’s time to start thinking about what we’re going to be watching for the new spring season. The winter season knocked it out of the park with a line-up of amazingly entertaining series — it feels like it’s been a long time since we had such a strong anime season.
We must move on though! I will be going through five of the new season’s shows that I will most definitely be sticking with this season — or at the very least I will be following the three-episode rule.
My Hero Academia season 5
The rivalry between Class 1-A and Class 1-B heats up in a joint training battle. Eager to be a part of the hero course, brainwashing buff Shinso is tasked with competing on both sides.
The next season of Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia is here, and while it might be a bit of a slow burner at the beginning, I can promise new and interesting developments are coming — I’m what some may call a “manga reader”.
There always needs to be some shounen in my life each season; no matter how much obscure or niche anime I watch, I can always come back to shounen and be satisfied with the feelings series like these provide. Shounen series have this innate power to get you hyped up and want to go out and achieve something!
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro!
Nagatoro is a freshman in high school who loves teasing and torturing her older male classmate! What’s her motivation and why does Senpai put up with her? Does Nagatoro just want to create misery for Senpai? Or maybe she secretly likes him?
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is a high-school comedy romance series with a unique selling point: Nagatoro herself. I suppose this series shares the teasing theme with something like “Teasing Master Takagi-san” but does it in a way that sometimes feels a little bit closer to an (almost) Yandere-bully.
If you enjoyed “Uzaki-chan”, you will almost definitely find some entertainment watching Nagatoro — I also predict that Nagatoro will “break” the Internet in the same fashion as Miss Sugoi Dekai herself did. (Oh joy – Ed.)
On a starry night, middle-schooler Manta meets Yoh Asakura, a young shaman who has the ability to talk to spirits and also has the ability to let them possess him to use their powers.
Yoh has a heavy duty on his shoulders: he must become the Shaman King by winning the Shaman Fight, a tournament between shamans that happens only once every 500 years. Joined by his spirit medium fiancée Anna Kyouyama, his personal samurai spirit Amidamaru, and his other friends, Yoh must also face a larger evil: Hao, a powerful man who aims to create a new world with only shamans by becoming the Shaman King himself.
Whether you watched the original run of the anime back in the early 2000s or you’re going to be seeing the world of Shaman King for the very first time, we’re all in for a treat. Shaman King was one of the shounen that I grew up watching, and I have nothing but fond memories of the series.
It’s loaded with a great story, awesome powers in the form of Furyoku (spirit energy), and the Oversoul powers which allow Spirits to manifest themselves in numerous different ways to assist Shaman in battle. Lastly, a great cast of characters each with their own unique personalities and powers!
Curious about Shaman King but not completely sold on it yet? Read more here!
Takemichi Hanagaki is a freelancer that’s reached the absolute pits of despair in his life. He finds out that the only girlfriend he ever had in his life — Hinata Tachibana, who he dated in middle school — has been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang.
The day after hearing about her death, he’s standing on the station platform and ends up being pushed over onto the tracks by a herd of people. He closes his eyes thinking he’s about to die, but when he opens his eyes back up, he has somehow gone back in time 12 years. Now that he’s back living the best days of his life, Takemichi decides to get revenge on his life by saving his girlfriend and changing the self that he’d been running away from.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Tokyo Revengers and I’ve put off reading the manga for some time since I heard there was going to be an anime for the series — it’s finally arrived. The series has a very distinct style with the classic delinquent high school boys and their over-the-top pompadours.
The praise this series receives focuses heavily on the likable cast of characters and the speed with which you will find yourself becoming invested in them; the exhilarating story that will constantly have you on the edge of your seat; have you in tears, or screaming with joy. I’m greatly looking forward to this series and it sounds like it’s going to be hard to wait each week.
The Republic of San Magnolia has long been under attack from the neighboring Giadian Empire’s army of unmanned drones known as the Legion. After years of painstaking research, the Republic finally developed autonomous drones of their own, turning the one-sided struggle into a war without casualties — or at least, that’s what the government claims.
In truth, there is no such thing as a bloodless war. Beyond the fortified walls protecting the eighty-five Republic territories lies the “nonexistent” Eighty-Sixth Sector. The young men and women of this forsaken land are branded the Eighty-Six and, stripped of their humanity, pilot the “unmanned” weapons into battle.
This is the last series on my list and after watching the preview trailers I’m very invested in following through and watching the series. I feel like it’s been a long time since we’ve had any war-based anime or even mecha anime. 86 will be filling both of those holes and I am hopeful that the series will live up to my excitement.
There you have it. Let us know which anime you’re excited for and what you’ll be checking out this season!
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