I’m running a bit late this season, but I finally found some time to write up my Winter 2015 anime pre air review. There are plenty of great Fall 2014 leftover series, but the winter season is looking to be a great season with these added shows:
Aldnoah Zero 2
While the first season of Aldnoah didn’t blow me away, it did leave me entertained. I’m not a huge fan of meccha series, but the characters and plot development is what kept me going. The first season ended on a major cliffhanger with Saazbaum’s plan being put in motion. Overall,
I’m looking forward to seeing how the story advances, along with the amazing OST by Sawano Hiroyuki.
Based off a successful manga, Assassination Classroom has caught my interest. My initial impression was that it’d be a darker series based on the name and synopsis. But after reading into it a bit more, it seems more like a comedy to me. Here we have an alien teacher who plans to destroy earth. His students are assigned to deal with him before he can destroy the earth. The students, however, have second thoughts since this alien teacher is actually the best teacher they’ve ever had.
I guess I’ll have to wait and see what this series is actually like when it airs.
I’m not familiar with the movie, but it seems like Death Parade is a remake (or expansion) of Death Billiards, a short movie. Being produced by Madhouse, I have high expectations for it, given how Parasyte and No Game No Life entertained me so much this past year.
From the description, it seems like a sort of death game in which the participants have to fight for their survival. Either way, the key visual looks promising, definitely giving me a darker vibe from the series.
Five years since the original series aired, we’re finally getting the Durarara sequel! I actually only began watching it recently (have yet to finish it), but it definitely has an interesting way of storytelling. The narration focuses on the point of view from several main characters, and eventually ties everything together. From seeing the story unfold from their perspective, we learn a lot of their personalities and develop their characters.
The second season of Durarara has already been confirmed to be 3 split-cours which has me excited since it seems like we’re adapting the rest of the series. If you haven’t watched the first season, I highly recommend it. They show different sides of human nature and have a well written story to boot!
Every season, I always find myself watching at least one shoujo series, no matter how similar they all feel to me. Having watched the first season, I can say that I enjoyed it. The characters are pretty typical for your shoujo series, but the plot is a nice change of pace from the high school drama shoujos.
Not really sure what I’m getting myself into with this one, but it’s about food, and it’s done by SHAFT. It sounds like it’ll be a fun, relaxing series about cute girls doing cute things (cooking).
From the synopsis, I’m not expecting too much, but hey, maybe SHAFT will go all out and make our mouths water all the way from Japan.
Tokyo Ghoul S2
While the first season got a lot of flak, I still thought it was pretty enjoyable. It strayed from the source, condensed and rushed parts of the story, but it did have some moments that expanded on the original story (Hinami’s family). The second season is more promising than the first one, with Ishida Sui being in charge of the story. I have no doubt that he’ll be able to craft something that does the series justice.
On the other hand, with an anime original story, there’s a high possibility that we’ll be changing events from the manga. While it’s fun to have a fresh story, the second half of Tokyo Ghoul is where the series really shined (IMO). At the end of the first season, Kaneki finally broke from Yamori’s torture. The entire second half focuses on his downward spiral after those events, which had some of the best action and character development I’ve seen.
Regardless, Tokyo Ghoul season 2 has a lot of people waiting in anticipation. Even having read the manga, it’s confusing as to what the series will actually be focusing on. Ishida Sui claims for an original story, but the previews show clips from scenes that occurred in the manga. Either way, I’m excited to see what they have in store for us, and will likely continue covering the second season on an episodic basis (like the first one).
Well there’s my rather short Winter 2015 anime preview. Unfortunately, I haven’t watched the prequels for Jojo or Kuroko no Basket, so I can’t join in on the hype for those highly anticipated series. My list seems pretty short, but I’m sure I’ll fill it out with some fun romantic comedies (Isuca, Absolute Duo), and top it off with my continuing Fall 2014 anime series.
What are you guys looking forward to the most this season?