Thanks to a childhood rhyme, April has become synonymous with “showers.” Though this is the first time I’ve come across an April showered with anime premieres. A few of the premieres I’d earmarked for viewing are OVAs or continuations of previous anime, but there is no shortage of new titles which is something I can’t say very often. Some of listed merely out of idle curiosity, but who knows; they may end up being lifelong loves.
Ao no Exorcist OVA
With the Impure King arc wrapped and the promise of an English dub on the horizon, Ao no Exorcist followers are left with the series OVA to wait for. Rewriting almost half of the first season, the Kyoto saga covers the revelation of Rin’s Satanic origins and impending threat of the Impure King’s resurrection.
For me, this was one of the few times I was ahead of the anime in terms of following the manga. However, Ao no Exorcist is one of the series in which I’m tragically far behind, so it wasn’t long before the anime passed me. The upcoming OVA is said to follow along with the 19th volume of the manga and is due to air on April 4, 2017 with a single episode.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
The tearful finale of the long-running Shippuden series left many loyal Naruto fans eagerly anticipating the spinoff centering around the titular character’s son. Once known as the “Number One Hyperactive Knucklehead Ninja”, Naruto has finally achieved his dream of becoming Hokage, leaving the troublemaking reputation to his young son Boruto.
The series will follow Boruto and his fellow second generation shinobi as they put their skills to the test with more than enough family drama to go around.
Honestly, I may have lost my zeal for pairings like NarutoXHinata or SasukeXSakura a long time ago. But if Kishimoto-sensei has decided to stick with them, then I accept them as canon and wait to see what Boruto has in store. The new series is set to premiere on April 5, 2017, with a currently unknown number of episodes.
Free!: Timeless Medley – Kizuna & Yakusoku
Kyoto Animation announced a Free! film trilogy back in August, two under the name Free!: Timeless Medley and a third entitled Free!: Take Your Marks. The Timeless Medley films were said to be compilations of the two anime seasons, with the first film Kizuna focusing on the Iwatobi team and the second film Yakusoku focusing on Rin and Sousuke. Kizuna is set to premiere on April 22 and Yakusoku on July 1.
At times, I feel like I can say I’m the only Free! fan who watches it for the plot. The only thing that bothered me following the announcement of the English dub was some fans’ “outrage” over Vic Mignogna’s casting as Rin Matsuoka. Now I may be biased in my love of dubs and Vic Mignogna, but even I’ve disagreed over casting choices made for him. All the same, it’s not worth organizing a petition over. Plenty of humor and a few choice emotional scenes made Free! a very enjoyable anime, in either language, and leave me truly eager for these movies.
With heart-wrenching farewells to her first love Momo and aspiring composer Yuzu in her past, Nino Arisugawa made a promise with each of them that she would continue singing until they find her voice again. Years later, she reunites with Yuzu, now a member of a band, who recruits her to be their vocalist to help her find Momo.
The series will premiere on April 11, 2017 with an unknown number of episodes. A live-action film is currently in production and slated for Japanese release on November 25, 2017.
I heard about the series from a February ANN article and am honestly not sure about what drew me to it. The article announced three new cast members for the anime, two of whom seem to be reprising their roles from the drama CD. Two previously announced cast members are also reprising their drama CD roles.
The anime is an adaptation of a still-running manga series being printed in English by Viz Media. Since the series centers around a band, you can certainly hope there will be an awesome soundtrack to accompany this anime.
Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys
Not gonna lie – Shouta Aoi is perhaps the only thing that drew me to this anime. It’s no secret I’m a sucker for his beautiful face and angelic voice, and the anime he’s drawn me to have so far not let me down.
Based on a romance simulation game series, this upcoming anime tells the story of Hinako Nakayama who has spent all of her life being raised in state-run orphanages, without ever knowing her family. Just as she’s about to enter high school, Hinako is approached by a boy claiming to be her twin brother who tells her they are the children of the head of the powerful Onigashima yakuza family. He also wants Hinako to switches places with him at Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school consisting of the nation’s toughest delinquents.
Certainly no anime would be complete without some sort of crossdressing. Fan favorites such as Ouran High School Host Club prove such gender ambiguity never fails to elicit plenty of squeal-inducing scenes and awkward almost-romantic encounters. Maybe it’s my Shouta Aoi bias, but I can safely say this is one my most anticipated premieres. The anime is due to air on April 12, 2017 with an unknown number of episodes.
Announced on the official website, Nanbaka’s Nanfes event in April will hold an initial screening for a previously unreleased anime special which is set for public release on April 29, 2017.
I certainly never expected a prison anime to land on my anime list. It’s not a genre I usually look into and even after a friend at a Christmas party recommended Nanbaka, I was still skeptical. I can’t say what made me finally give in and try it, but once I started, I knew I wasn’t going to stop.
Despite technically being classified as a “prison anime”, Nanbaka is literally far more colorful than the typical dismal prison setting. Set in the mysterious Nanba Prison, the series centers around four cellmates who all have reputations for breaking out of every prison they’d previously been sent to. Although they seem content in their current surroundings, one inmate Juugo continues his attempts at freedom, much to the chagrin of the building’s supervisor.
Even with a few serious moments tossed in, the series bills itself mostly as a comedy in both dialogue and physical humor, not to mention a setting colorful enough to make a chameleon dizzy. There’s also some not-so-subtle bird-flipping and “censored” references to outside anime. All in all, this is a highly recommended series.
Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
(The Royal Tutor)
Once again, Shouta Aoi was my primary draw. In this series, he plays the youngest royal educated by the titular tutor. An adaptation of the manga of the same name, Heine Wittgenstein is a child-sized adult who accepts the post of Royal Tutor at the court of the king of Grannzreich, tasked with turning the King’s four young sons into capable candidates for the throne. Each prince has a rather distinct personality, ranging from an aloof introvert to an androgynous playboy. Described as a “comedy of educational proportions”, the first lesson is scheduled to debut on April 5, 2017. Episode 1 will be previewed at Tokyo’s New Pier Hall on April 2. The anime’s five main voice actors are also to reprise their roles in a stage play beginning later this year.
On some level, part of the draw to this series was my previous interest in Code Geass with its similar cast of royals with foreign names. I don’t know what I expect from this anime, but after falling in love with titles such as Uta no Prince-sama and Magic Kyun! Renaissance, it’s always nice to hear Shouta Aoi voicing a character who’s not calm and composed all the time.
Sakurada is a small town near the Pacific Ocean where nearly half its inhabitants has some sort of unique power ranging from the ability to enter a cat’s mind to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past. A group known as the Kanrikyoku controls and monitors the use of these powers, enlisting Asai Kei and Haruki Misora, who work for their school’s club called Houshi club, to execute their missions. Misora has the ability to set the world back three days while Kei has the ability to “remember” the time that Misora erases. The anime is set to air on April 5, 2017 with 24 episodes announced.
Two live-action films were also planned for the series, the first premiering on March 25 and the second dated for release on May 13.
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?
(What are you doing at the end? Are you busy? Will you save us?)
For future reference, I will shorten this title to “Shuumatsu Nani” while the official shortening is “Sukasuka.” The scheduled premiere is April 11, 2017 with an unknown number of episodes. “Shuumatsu” in this case refers to “end” as in “end of the world”, rather than “weekend” as was my initial thought.
Five hundred years ago, the human race went extinct at the hands of fearsome and mysterious creatures known as ‘Beasts’. The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts. A small group of young girls called the Leprechauns can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Soon, a young man enters the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives: the last living human who has awakened from a long, icy slumber.
For the life of me, I could not tell you what made me curious about this anime. At times, I think it was the long and confusing title. Since I first thought “shuumatsu” meant “weekend”, the show’s intent was unclear and I resolved to watch the first episode and see if any lasting interest caught.
Starmyu 2nd Season
While I will not commit myself to saying I love idol anime, I have several anime under my belt with an idol-esque theme. Seems a bit more accurate to say I have a liking for boy band anime, which might’ve been what drew me to Starmyu, though seeing a non-Japanese seiyuu on the cast list did peek my interest a bit.
Honestly, despite admittedly catchy tunes, Starmyu didn’t completely capture my idol heart. But since I committed to watching the first season and its OVA, I intend to see it through and watch the second season; perhaps my heart will finally be captured. The second season is set to begin on April 4, 2017 with an unknown number of episodes.
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