Hey guys, welcome to Winter 2018! After the absolute masterpiece of a season that was Fall 2017, the various Anime studios around the world had a massive hurdle to jump. How do you follow up such a season of magical moments, romance, fantasy, and beautiful art? It seems they discovered the solution, though. MOEEEEEEEEEEEE
… Ahem. I’m a huge fan of moe shows, they have such a warm, fluffy quality to them, they’re a perfect fit for these winter months. Not to worry, then, as cute girls abound in this current Anime season. We’re only a week or two into the season, so a lot of shows haven’t had the chance to release yet, but already we’ve got some promising moe shows on the list, in the form of Slow Start and Laid-Back Camp.
Slow Start follows a shy girl named Hana who starts high school a year late, having taken a year between Middle and High School to study. Though she has worries about being a year older than her classmates, will she be able to discover friends and have a fun and fulfilling high-school life?
Laid-Back Camp, or Yuru Camp, is exactly what it sounds like. A cutesy, slice-of-life about high-school girls who like to camp. With some pretty visuals and adorable characters, the show has a cozy and laid-back feeling right from the get-go. For the winter season, this might just be the perfect medicine.
Then there’s what is, for me, the biggest surprise of the season, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, or A Place Further Than The Universe. What’s it about, you ask? Well, it’s about a group of high-school girls trying to go on an expedition to Antarctica. And no, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. It’s much, much more ridiculous than you’d expect. Madhouse has done a great job with this show; it’s funny, adorable, and just downright enjoyable, and i’m very excited to see more.
Speaking of Madhouse, we’ve got a continuation of Overlord, a show based on a LN series that I follow religiously. Imagine an Isekai show, but the protagonist is actually a villain! It’s a bundle of fun, with some really great moments, and it does a great job avoiding many Isekai tropes. It’s dark, it’s gory, but with some lighthearted moments thrown it, it never gets too dark or gritty.
Speaking of Light Novels that I follow, and Isekai as well, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody finally has an Anime! An Isekai show with a bit of a twist, as the main character is not only an adult, but doesn’t want to be a hero. He just kind of wants to go on a tour of the world. That being said, expect some tropey Isekai goodness here.
There’s a few other shows that i’m looking forward to this season, but i’ll get to them in a later post. If you’re looking for just one or two shows to carry you through this season, i’d look at some of the moe titles I mentioned here, they all seem like they will be pretty good, though i’d put Sora yori mo Tooi Basho at the top, by a pretty wide margin.
Thanks for reading, you guys, and I hope you’ll have an enjoyable Winter 2018 season along with me!