Anime Spring Season 2017: First Impressions

2017 spring anime

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the spring anime season that just started~

Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai
Studio: Artland, TNK • Genre: Ecchi, Fantasy

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Okay guys, I know this show is bad. Very bad, to be honest. We won’t get much plot, what we get might not make any sense, and the whole show will simply focus on girls with big boobs in skimpy clothing fighting girls in even less clothing with even bigger boobs.

Let’s just move past the fact that it’s just not gonna be the best show of the season and focus on something else, because what this show will feature is yuri content, a lot of it actually, if what the first episode had to offer will be continued—and I sure believe it will.

So far, it really all reminds me a little of Valkyrie Drive, just without the yuri romance, and funny thing is, I’m actually enjoying it. Not such a big surprise to some of you, I’m sure, but I personally didn’t expect that. So I guess this means this show is going to be my personal guilty pleasure of the season~

Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season
Studio: Bones • Genre: Action, Comedy, School, Super Power

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I think one of the more pleasant surprises of 2016 turned out to be Boku no Hero Academia, and the group of aspiring heroes are once again back for more. After how things ended in season one, the villains seem to be taking a bit of a break, so at the moment, we’re left with our quirky (pun intended) heroes taking part in the U.A. sports festival, where they’ll take another step towards becoming pro heroes.

Despite the lack of villains to battle, we’ve still gotten to see a lot of what makes this series so much fun, and that’s the heroes themselves. Pretty much none of them are lacking in personality, and with all their unique and strange abilities—not to mention developing rivalries—they’re largely the reason I like this so much.

If you’re into Marvel superhero movies, or just superhero movies in general, I think you’ll like what this series offers, and it’ll be offering more of it than ever before, because this season will be two cours instead of one. Considering how entertaining this is, that’s pretty great news.

Eromanga-Sensei
Studio: A-1 Pictures • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

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Eromanga-sensei comes to us from the creator of OreImo, and if you know anything about that, it’s more or less a sibling romantic comedy that some love while others loathe. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with the subject matter of OreImo, and I thought it was actually a pretty good show, but enough about that.

The parallels between the two shows are obvious. Both of them have an older brother and little sister, but while OreImo sported a little sister who was secretly an otaku, Eromanga-sensei gives us a little sister who’s a hikikomori and relies on her brother (who she lives alone with) for pretty much everything. The two older brothers are just somewhat generic salaryman-types, but these two shows are really all about the girls, so enough about those two.

Through the first couple of episodes, I can’t say that I’m enjoying this much at all, and that’s mostly because of Sagiri. While OreImo also had a little sister character, Kirino, she was brash and bitchy, and I loved her attitude. That attitude clashed well with her onii-chan, and it made for a lot of funny moments, but Sagiri is just too much of a cutesy tsundere, and compared to Kirino, I think she’s just lacking that same charisma and charm. Maybe she’ll grow on me, but right now, I’m not feeling it, and I might end up dropping this one pretty soon.

Re:Creators
Studio: TROYCA • Genre: Action

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Just based off the first two episodes, the fiery redhead that somehow makes her way from her fictional world to the real world, Celestia Yupitilia, is already looking like she might be one of the better characters of the season. She’s a strong female fighter-type that hasn’t lost the cuteness factor, and what could you possibly dislike about that?! That said, the main protagonist, despite being an ordinary student (that aspires to be able to create stories himself), isn’t all that bad either, and he and Celestia already have some nice chemistry going.

The story of fictional characters that are being brought to the real world is interesting, especially seeing as these characters view the real world as the “land of the gods”, where their Creators are responsible for their existence. With more characters inbound, things are getting more interesting, and it should be entertaining to see where the story goes from here. I like to think of this kind of like The Avengers or something like that, where it’s an all-star cast of heroes and villains… except we don’t know who these characters are. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing how this show ultimately turns out, because so far, there isn’t much to complain about.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Studio: MAPPA • Genre: Action, Adventure, Demons, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural

shingeki no bahamut season 2
Even though I already miss Amira (and Favaro) from the first season, the new season is already off to a pretty good start. Nina, the new protagonist, seems a bit cuter and more girly than Amira, but she still has a ways to go before she matches up to her awesome predecessor.

Taking place ten years after the events of the first season, Kaisar returns as one of the main characters, and Favaro was shown in both the key visual as well as the PVs, so it’s a given that he’ll also be back. In addition to those two, the action and the high production values looked to have returned as well, so all in all, things are looking really promising for fans of this one.

Now we just need Amira to come back and for Kaisar to scream “FAVARO!” once again, then all will be right~

Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2
Studio: Wit Studio • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Super Power

shingeki no kyojin 2nd season
Four years after Shingeki no Kyojin first shook up the anime world, here we are with the second season, and through the first couple of episodes, it seems like this series hasn’t missed a beat. Once again, the drama and tension are palpable, the sense of mystery is just as strong as ever, and for someone like me, this series continues to be just about as entertaining as anime can get.

I loved the first season so much that I actually started reading the manga and picked up where the anime left off, so I have a vague idea of what to expect going forward, but I’m already enjoying watching it far more than I ever did reading it. For yuri fans, we have Krista x Ymir, and even though they haven’t had huge roles thus far, I remember both having very interesting story developments in the manga, so we should probably rejoice, as we’re likely to see plenty of them in the not-too-distant future.

The expectations for this season may be impossibly high, but if any series can possibly meet them, it’s this one. I doubt it’ll manage to turn out as amazing as season one, but I’d love to be wrong about that. One downer is that this season is only twelve episodes. After such a long time, I’d definitely like more than that, but maybe this means that we might get a season three sooner rather than later? Here’s to wishful thinking.

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8 thoughts on “Anime Spring Season 2017: First Impressions

  1. A pretty good season at the moment with a lot of good anime.
    Personally enjoying Boku no hero and Sakura Quest the most.

    Also Frame Arms Girl has Yuri in it, a lot of it actually. It’s also a surprisingly entertaining show even with the 3d models.

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  2. The shows I’m enjoying most this season so far are Alice to Zouroku, Shingeki no Bahamut S2 (I want Favaro back and I want him back right fucking now), and Hinako Note. The ones I’m watching as a whole are the aforementioned 3, Berserk (2017), AoT S2, Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho, Uchouten Kazoku S2, Boku no Hero Academia S2, Nobunaga no Shinobi S2, Sekaisuru Kado, and Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine. I probably won’t be picking up any others unless someone puts forth some very convincing evidence.

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    • Ahhh. I remember the days when I’d pick up like ten or twelve shows any given season… .

      The very first season I started doing this we had twelve shows on there, just over a couple of years later, and we have six. Looking at what’s coming the rest of the year, I wouldn’t be surprised if summer or fall have no more than that. 😛

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      • Yeah, I’m usually following around 10 shows per season depending on what’s airing, but I haven’t been watching nearly enough anime recently; I’m at around 240-ish shows watched at this point (Not including hentai, movies, OVAs, etc), so I can’t help but feel that I’ve watched everything that I want to watch and can only wait for seasonals, although I’ll admit there are a few shows I’m thinking of watching.

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      • My MAL Watched List was pretty extensive (yet still not as extensive as my blogging better half’s), but I had a lot more that I wanted to watch. I’m envious, man. 😛

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