Cross-posted from my work at TheDigiQuest.com
Hello and welcome back to my Upcoming Anime of Spring 2017 list. For those who missed it, you can find a link to Part 1 of this two-part post here! Now, without further a do, let’s hop back onto the anime 2017 hype train with this second batch of hot anime takes. Buckle up, it’s shounen fight boy time.
Attack on Titan Season 2
When Attack on Titan first aired back in 2013, the show was an exciting spectacle. As one of the first anime I came across on my own and my first seasonal series, I hopped on the hype train for the “gritty” action series and enjoyed myself. Four years later, however, time and my increasing knowledge of anime and story telling hasn’t been too kind to Attack on Titan. Poorly written characters, deaths for the sake of being edgy, and poor pacing are a few of the gripes I’ve come to have over the past few years, not including the fact that it’s been just too long between seasons. Now that being said, I expect that Attack on Titan season 2 will be a fun action-packed adventured with a high quality art-style regardless of whether or not the substance is worthwhile and that’s why I’ll still give it a chance to entice me. Maybe the series will manage to surprise me or fix some of the pacing issues that bogged down the first season for anyone who wasn’t able to binge watch it. Regardless, Attack on Titan is probably going to be the biggest anime of the season to the point that it may even pour over into the casual audience yet again. We shall see.
Taking place centuries after mankind was pushed to the brink of extinction by the fearsome giants known as Titans, humanity hides at their last bastion of hope, a city surrounded by three layers of massive walls. One day, however, the titans manage to breach the outer wall, causing massive destruction and revealing to humanity the existence of the “colossal titan”, a skinless titan that towers over the walls themselves. Years after the fall of his outer town, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to taking down the titans and joins the elite military unit known as the Survey Corps. Attack on Titan Season 2 continues the story of Eren Yeager and friends, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, as they partake in the brutal fight for survival and discover that there is much more behind the power of the giant titans they yearn to kill.
Boruto: The Next Generation
There’s not to much to say about Boruto: The Next Generation except that it’s on this list because Naruto has a special place in my past. Naruto and Sword Art Online were the gateway series that propelled me into the weeb boy I am today. Just last week, Naruto Shippuden finally came to a close when its 500th episode aired and put a cap on an anime that’s been in the industry for 10 years (not including the length of original Naruto). I’ll probably won’t watch it for long but it still deserves a mention on this list. This time around, Naruto’s creator Kishimoto Masashi isn’t directly working on the series but instead supervises the series from a far. The anime project will be an original story taking place a little later than the beginning of the current manga series. While I don’t have much faith in Naruto anymore, I enjoyed the Boruto Movie and intend to give the first episode or two a try for old times sake.
Boruto: The Next Generation follows the new generation of ninja brought up long after the Fourth Shinobi World War with defeat of Kagura. Naruto and friends have saved the ninja world, Naruto has become the leader of the Hidden Leaf Village, and now the children of our heroes aim to become the next great ninja, including Boruto Uzumaki and Sarada Uchiha. Does Boruto have what it takes to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the greatest ninja of his time?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria
In this week’s edition of ridiculously long anime titles… Now, while DanMachi, the shorthand title for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, may have been another harem fantasy anime cashing in on the gaming world craze created by Sword Art Online, I’ll admit that I, well, somewhat liked the first season. It’s generic at times but had some very endearing characters and relationships that managed to keep me invested long enough to say “fuck it, let’s finish out the season”. There was a charm that, despite not persisting to the later half of the season, made me feel okay about this particular series as the story plot was fun and not over-bearing. So, I’m interested to check out the side story being presented in DanMachi: Sword Oratoria because one such character that interested me the first time around was Aiz Wallenstein, a secondary character early on in the main series but the main character of the side story. Aiz was one of those more endearing characters I mentioned before. Her relationship with the main protagonist was genuine and pure, much like her character, and it was refreshing to watch someone who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I have hopes that if done right, Sword Oratoria could end up slightly better than the first season of DanMachi and if it manages that, well, then it will be a fine piece of entertainment to chill out with.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria is the spin-off series to the light novel and anime Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. This story focuses on the 1st class adventurer and strongest swordman of Orario, Aiz Wallenstein the “Sword Princess” and her guild-mates of the Loki Familia. After a fateful encounter with a boy named Bell Cranel and the introduction new monsters within the underground labyrinth know as the Dungeon, Aiz decides she wishes to become stronger. Taking place along side the main-line series, Sword Oratoria shows the other side of this fateful story between Aiz and Bell and how it came to be.
Honorable Mention: Tsuki ga Kirei
Tsuki ga Kirei is an original romance anime by Studio feel., following the story of third-year junior high students who relate through their mutual understandings of one another and help each other overcome their own personal growth and changes. Studio feel. is one of those anime studios that I like to keep an eye, even though they’ve only really put out two anime that I’ve cared for (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too! and Outbreak Company). Plus, I like to check out slower paced romance anime and see what sticks. I don’t have any exceptions for this series so fingers crossed that it’s a nice surprise of the season.