Spring 2017 Anime Season

Looking at the lineup for the Spring 2017 season of anime, I gotta say there’s nothing much that seems to be for me — even less than the winding down Winter 2017 season (the only series that really grabbed me this season was Onihei).

Of all the regular series debuting, the only ones I’m interested in watching are GranBlue Fantasy The Animation, which I though was starting during the Winter season, but they just released the first 2 episodes, with the series proper starting next month, and Atom: The Beginning, a prequel series to Astroboy. I am very happy to see that on the OVA front we’re getting a sequel to the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderboltthe first series was really fantastic, with super slick animation, and a jazz-heavy soundtrack. On the movie front, there’s of course Masaaki Yuasa’s Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome and Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta, as well as the Blame movie, and maybe also Biohazard: Vendetta.

Lu Over the Wall

I was so excited when I found out that we were getting a new film directed by Masaaki Yuasa this spring (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome), and now there’s the news that, by the way, he has yet another movie coming out this spring. Here’s the trailer for Lu Over the Wall, which comes off as a an acid-like take on Ghibli’s Ponyo (although Ponyo itself is pretty acid-like in its own way). You’ll find more details in this Cartoon Brew post.

Ping Pong The Animation

Last month marked the start of a new season for anime, and the series I was most excited to check out was a new animated adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto’s Ping Pong. So far, 4 episodes in, I’m truly enjoying it. I should mention that it’s not the prettiest show out there – the animation style is actually crude and fairly ugly, which I get is a nod to Matsumoto’s illustration style, but as we saw with the Tekkon Kinkreet film, it can be done to look more beautiful. But what shines here is the construction of the scenes – brilliantly directed by Masaaki Yuasa – and the characters. It’s been a while since I’ve watched an anime series in which I really can’t wait to watch the next episode.