Spring 2017 Anime: What I’m Looking Forward To This Season
The 2017 Spring Anime Season is almost (actually it is) here and there are plenty of new and returning anime coming up to watch. I admit that I haven’t been watching a lot of anime these past few seasons, however, this season has piqued my interest where I would rather watch weekly than binge watch at the end. Some of the titles are some highly anticipated returns while others are getting their debut. Not all of the series have been confirmed for legal streaming yet. Within the comes days we should be getting more news in addition to titles that have be announced already. In the meantime, here are the shows that I will definitely be watching and hope you check them out as well. If nothing from my personal list of shows interests you, there are plenty of other titles you can check out here. Check back close to air dates to find LEGAL places to watch if not already mentioned.
Anime: Attack on Titan Season 2 | Start date: April 1 | Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, Toonami (4/29).
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. Based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga, Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached.
Anime: My Hero Academia 2 | Start date: April 1 | Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation (w/ Eng. Dub)
The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.
Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!
Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
Anime: Kyoukai no Rinne 3 | Start date: April 8
A very strange thing happened to Mamiya Sakura as a child: She disappeared in the woods behind her grandmother’s house. Of course, Sakura doesn’t quite recall what happened next, but she’s been seeing dead people ever since—ghosts at home, ghosts at school, and even ghosts on the street.
Now that she’s in high school, another strange thing has happened in her life. A desk next to her that’s sat empty all year is suddenly filled by an oddly-dressed boy named Rokudou Rinne. Rinne seems to be capable of seeing the same things Sakura does, and sometimes, other people can’t even see him. What sort of secret is Rinne-kun hiding, and how is he connected to Sakura’s strange power? In Kyoukai no Rinne, another world exists alongside the one we live in. Thanks to Rinne, Mamiya Sakura will get to know this world and the wacky characters that inhabit it.
Anime: Sakura Quest | Start date: April 5 | Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation (w/ Eng. Dub)
In the wake of a nationwide movement during the Bubble economy period, a small town in the countryside has revived its “mini-nation” tourism program; hiring five girls as travel ambassadors. The series will follow a year’s time of the five girls as they work in the tourism agency of a small failing town in an effort to reinvigorate it.
Anime: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations | Start date: April 5 | Watch: Crunchyroll
Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!
Anime: Warau Salesman NEW | Start date: April 3 | Watch: Crunchyroll
Each episode follows Fukuzou Moguro, a traveling salesman, and his current customer. Moguro deals in things that give his customers their heart’s desire, and once his deals are made and their unhealthy desires are satisfied, Moguro’s customers are often left with terrible repercussions, especially if they break the rules of his deals…
Anime: Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni… | Start date: April 3
The reunion of Kujo with his old female classmate. He has inherited his parents’ temple and became a priest. However, after the two became drunk, he does something unexpected of him to her!
Anime: Tsuki ga Kirei | Start date: April 7
Kotarou Azumi and Akane Mizuno became third year students at junior high school and are classmates for the first time. These two, along with fellow classmates, Chinatsu Nishio and Takumi Hira, relate to their peers through mutual understandings and feelings. As their final year at junior high school progresses, the group overcome their challenges to mature and become aware of changes in themselves.
Anime: Sakurada Reset | Start date: April 5 | Watch: Anime Strike
Nearly half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some sort of unique power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past. There is a group known as the “Kanrikyoku” that controls and monitors the use of these powers. Asai Kei and Haruki Misora work for their school’s club called “Houshi” club, which execute any missions received from the Kanrikyoku. Misora has the ability to reset the world 3 days. This means that all events and any memory of the past 3 days that “could have” happened, never happened. Kei has the ability to “remember” the past. Even after Misora uses her powers to reset the world back 3 days, Kei will retain those 3 days in his memory. Combining their powers, these two solve missions issued by the Kanrikyoku.
Anime: Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys | Start date: April 12
Kenka Banchou Otome – Girl Beats Boys, Hinako Nakayama has spent all of her life being raised in state-run orphanages, without ever knowing her family. As she’s about to enter high school, Hinako is approached by Hikaru, a boy who claims to be her twin brother.
According to Hikaru, Hikaru and Hinako are the children of the head of the powerful Onigashima yakuza family, and Hikaru wants Hinako to switches places with him at Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school overrun with the nation’s toughest delinquents. Can Hinako save her brother, find romance, and become the new boss of the school?
Anime: Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism | Start date: April 5 | Watch: Anime Strike
The Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy was originally a high school for high-class girls. When it became co-ed, the girls, out of fear, asked to be permitted to bring weapons to school. When that was enforced, a five-member vigilante corps-like organization called the “Supreme Five Swords” was also formed.
After many generations, the five swords eventually became a group which corrected problematic students, and the academy started proactively accepting such students in order to correct them.
Nomura Fudou was sent to this school after being part of a huge brawl. What will he do when the only options he has after enrolling are being expelled from that school or being corrected the way the rest of the male students there were…by being forced to dress and act like a girl!
Anime: Anonymous Noise | Start date: April 11 | Watch: Anime Strike
Nino, a girl who likes to sing, experienced two farewells in the past. First, with her first love, Momo, and second, with Yuzu, a boy who composes music. But upon those two farewells, she made a promise with each of them: to continue singing until they find her voice again. Time has passed, and now these three are in high school…?!
Anime: Alice to Zouroku | Start date: April 2 | Watch: Crunchyroll
The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of “Alice’s Dream,” an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?
*Updated 4/3/17 with where to watch information for Alice to Zouroku and Warau Salesman NEW
*Updated 4/4/17 with where to watch information for Sakura Quest