A new season of anime is fast approaching. Hardly giving me any time recovery from last season, I am very much looking forward to what titles are on the lineup for Winter 2019. What titles have caught my eye this time? Allow me to share that unsolicited information in the 2nd edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday.
That magical time of the year where it is hard to decide on what to watch is nearly here. Where I’m usually a “sample it all for 4 episodes” kind of guy, I been getting kind of good at singling out shows I stick with till the end. While these are not the only ones, these Top 5 picks will be ones that have caught my attention above all others. To keep it interesting, no sequels or preexisting airing titles will be on the list. Let’s get started!
5.) 5-Toubun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets)
Synopsis: One day, a poor high school second-year named Futaro Uesugi comes across a private tutoring gig with good pay. But his pupils are his classmates!! And they’re quintuplets!! A-and they’re all gorgeous girls, but they’re also troublemakers who hate to study and are on the verge of flunking out! And his first task is simply gaining the sisters’ trust?! Every day is a party! The curtain is rising on the Nakano quintuplets’ quirky romantic comedy with five times the cute!!
Thoughts: Having devoured a ton of manga last year, The Quintessential Quintuplets is one that I unfortunately didn’t get to. With a small preview of the artwork and general premise, it seemed to be up my alley and think it will have a chance to be a hit, Then again, skipping to a manga series that I religiously kept up with last year that is sure to be a hit….
4.) Domestic na Kanojo (Domestic Girlfriend)
Synopsis: High schooler Natsuo is hopelessly in love with his cheerful and popular teacher, Hina. However, one day at a mixer, he meets a moody girl by the name of Rui and ends up sleeping with her. Soon after, his father announces that he’s getting remarried to a woman with two daughters of her own. And who shows up in tow, other than both Hina and Rui?! Natsuo’s outrageous new life starts now!
Thoughts: Drama, forbidden love, love octagons (if that is even a thing), and sometimes delightful with humor, this manga has it all. For those that have heard of Kei Sasuga, some might remember her past manga GE – Good Ending that contained some of the same elements and themes. And yes, the creator is a woman doing something other than the stereotypical shoujo or josei series. Consider me a fan, Sasuga and hoping for a successful run.
3.) Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai (Kotobuki Squadron In The Wilderness)
Synopsis: The story will take place in a barren frontier where people trade goods with each other in order to help each other survive. The Kotobuki Squadron are bodyguards for hire, led by a strict but beautiful squadron leader, an unreliable commanding officer, and a true artisan of a crew chief. Alongside pilots who don’t lack for personality, they take to the air in dogfights, letting the engine noise of their Hayabusa fighters ring out in the skies.
Thoughts: Besides having one of the more interesting outlines, this one does have a lot of odd talent attached. With the director of Girls und Panzer fame, artwork from Hidari, art direction from Kazuo Ogura (main art director for Wizard Barrister and Zombieland Saga), and script from Yokote Michiko (one major contributor to Cowboy Bebop), the lineup alone was attention grabbing. Another reason why this title grabbed me in particular is due to the fact that is it is really similar to an in-universe anime in Shirobako. It has been awhile since I watched Shirobako last, yet I have a vague feeling that I have seen something like it in the series before. That being said, Mizushima Tsutomu was the director so maybe….
2. Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me)
Synopsis: The four-panel comedy manga’s story centers on Miyako Hoshino, a shy college student and otaku. Miyako’s younger sister Hinata, who is a fifth grader, has a classmate and friend named Hana. When they meet, Miyako falls for Hana at first sight.
Thoughts: Much like Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! last season, I can already tell this will probably be the go to show I watch during the end of the week to relieve stress. Having already decided to watch Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale, The Quintessential Quintuplets, and Kaguya-sama, I will never be short on cute comedies this season.
1. Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka (Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka)
Synopsis: When the Earth is threatened by the sudden appearance of undead creatures, a group of young women blessed with powers from a mysterious source rose to defeat them. Now, after three years of apparent peace, the same malevolent creatures have resurfaced. Five magical girls are once again conscripted to war as the Magical Girl Special-Ops force, to defend mankind from an unholy nemesis.
Thoughts: Another manga I have read and would be willing to watch. Despite not having that much of an opinion on the manga itself, I am long overdue for another magical girl series that takes a tonal drop, so ready for the madness to come. Not expecting a whole lot from it, but here is to hoping it will at least be enticing.
With not much time left until most of the new anime titles make their appearance, Winter 2019 already seems to be a season full of promise to get the year started . What titles are you most excited to see? Oh, and quick note: I will be giving the Anime Alcove List Tuesday segment a rest next week and resume again on the 22nd. ~Until next time~