High School DxD New
One of the funnest ecchi series in a while returns for a new season with the continued adventures of Issei, Rias and co. A new season means new girls (Xenovia & Irina Shindou) which means more eye candy. Details of the new season’s plots are scarce, but also irrelevant since your interest in this series can easily be determined by two things: whether you liked High School DxD season 1 or if you like the genre of ecchi.
This anime is shit. I could waste your time by telling you how this is a stupid looking Yu-Gi-Oh, which is an acomplishment itself, but instead I’ll just let the trailer speak for itself.
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
It’s hip these days to do demons, and with Hataraku Maou-sama having just ended and High School DxD New catering to a male audience, perhaps Makai Ouji will be another demon series worth a watch. Main character William Twining finds an underground room which leads to summoning a devil and being responsible for choosing who will be the acting ruler of the demon world. While the character designs with all of the male characters gives me the reaction I have with most of these shows, most recently Karneval for example, I’m more suspect of how well the story can keep me engaged and if studio Dogakobo can make this an entertaining series.
Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi
I admit that I only know Gatchaman from an appearance in the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom game, and that Gatchaman is one of the classic anime heroes. The benefit for folks like me is that past experience with the franchise appears to be unnecessary and also that Kenji Nakamura (Tsuritama, Mononoke) is bringing his unique directing talents to this series.
The only reason I was interested in Blood Lad was that it is being animated by Brain’s Base, which has made some of the best anime as of late. However, after watching the trailer and learning what the series is about, I must admit my interest has been piqued a little. The show is about a vampire that loves the Japanese culture and when a girl dies after wondering into the demon world, he vows to help bring her back to life. It has potential to be fairly action packed and the characters look like a lot of fun. The main character is also being voiced by Ousaka Ryouta (Tsuritama, Hataraku Maou-sama, Valvrave), who has played some great rolls as of late, including Yuki from Tsuritama, Maou from Hataraku Maou-sama, and Haruto from Valvrave.
The World God Only Knows: Goddess Arc
If you haven’t seen The World God Only Knows yet, then you are missing out on one of the best romance series out there. The characters are just absolutely fantastic. Keima is one of the best leads of all time and his supporting case hits all the right notes. Each girl he has to conquer is unique and it adds even more to the series. The show only gets better with each episode so I am quite excited to see this. Manglobe might not be the studio it once was, but this is easily one of their best series to date. If you haven’t watched the latest OVA, then now is the time because it will go on from there.
Comedy, Slice of Life
This is probably going to be one of the best new comedies of the season. The show is practically a reverse version of The World God Only knows, a girl who is unpopular is a master at video game romances.. What more do we need? Well, it is also being produced by Sliver Link, which has made some great comedies over the last few years, including Baka To Test. To make it even more enticing, both Baka to Test and WataMote have the same director. So I have pretty high expectations for this series and I do think it has the potential to meet them.
Slice of Life, Drama
From the mangaka that brought you Fullmetal Alchemist comes a noitaminA-slotted anime series about farming and agriculture. That sentence went differently than you thought, didn’t it? Hiromu Arakawa was raised on a farm and she draws from her daily experiences in this series, which by the way is not her first farm-themed series. Knowing that, I’m really interested in the idea of a series that’s introspective of moments from Arakawa’s life and appears to be more grounded in reality. Director Tomohiko Itou (Sword Art Online, Occult Academy) is directing this anime, which is an ongoing manga, so we’ll have to wait and see how much of the manga will be animated.