The GLORIO Spring 2018 Anime Guide – Part 3

We survived the first week of the spring ANIMEPOCALYPSE, now let’s take a look at what’s coming up next week! Part 3 of our guide features the adaptation of popular cooking manga Golden Kamuy, a show with a cute dragon that turns into a fighter jet, and the long awaited return of classic mecha school comedy Full Metal Panic. Personally I’m betting I’ll be more into the show about adult nerds falling in love at the office, but either way we can say there’s plenty of things to watch.

Golden Kamuy

Manga Adaptation by Geno Studio
Air Date: 4/9/2018
Director: Hitoshi Nanba
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi

​Gee did a much better job selling this in our spring preview podcast, but I’ll do my best. Set in the snow covered Hokkaido wilderness at the turn of the century, Golden Kamuy is about a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war and his Ainu traveling companion searching for a lost treasure. Along the way they meet and fight with criminals, the military, and other mysterious groups also looking for the treasure. There’s also a lot of… cooking? While personally I am not usually interested in this kind of thing, I must admit the trailer feels like a breath of fresh air. Give it a shot, and if you don’t like it you can blame Gee.

Piano Forest: The Perfect World of Kai

Piano no Mori

Manga Adaptation by Gainax
Air Date: 4/9/2018
Director: Gaku Nakatani
Series Composition: Aki Itami

​As the first anime made by tomato farming company Gainax, I’d say that this is at least a point of interest. The story is about two boys who play piano: one who grew up in poverty and learned by playing a piano in the forest (???) and the other from a wealthy family that raised him from birth to play. I guess they become friends or something. I can’t say I’m terribly impressed with the quality of the trailer, although this seems like the kind of thing that will be entirely dependent on how good the characters and the story are. But hey, looks pretty good for tomato farmers!

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori

Manga Adaptation by ZEXCS
Air Date: 4/11/2018
Director: Tomomi Kamiya
Series Composition: Deko Akao

We’re hitting a saturation point with these chill food shows. Do I think people will be into a show about Good Boys™ serving you tea and snacks and listening to your problems? Sure, and that’s cool. I just want something more ambituous. I guess whether or not this becomes something special will depend on what type of guests come through and how our Good Boys™ help out. I’m not holding my breath, but we’ll see.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Manga Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 4/12/2018
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike
Series Composition: Yoshimasa Hiraike

​As Recovery of an MMO Junkie showed us, I am all for more anime about awkward adult nerds falling in love. The Pixiv sensation turned proper manga turned proper anime stars two otaku who knew each other in middle school and meet again at work. It’s a more straightforward angle than MMO Junkie and I’ll be curious to see how much of the otaku element plays into it, if at all. Definitely a show I”ll be keeping an eye on.

Last Period: The Story of an Endless Spiral

Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari

 

Game Adaptation by J.C. Staff
Air Date: 4/12/2018
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Series Composition: Hideki Shirane

​Let’s be honest, this game is a Granblue Fantasy ripoff which itself is a pretty generic fantasy anime concept to begin with. So if you’re looking something original and ambituous this does not appear to be the show for you. That said, the trailer looks lighthearted and fun and probably full of in-jokes, so it’s probably not without merit. At the very least I want to see what the deal is with the black-clad Team Rocket-esque group that keeps showing up.

Butlers x Battlers

Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari, Butlers: A Millenium Century Story

Anime Original by SILVER LINK
Air Date: 4/12/2018
Director: Masaru Takahashi
Series Composition: Megumi Shimizu

​If you need any evidence of anime’s shifting demographic, consider the fact that a series about hot time travelling butlers fighting to protect the family they serve seems like a pretty normal thing. To be honest it doesn’t look like much more than your average harem of cute boys, and it’s hard to judge from the trailer exactly how seriously we are supposed to take all this. It might be fun if they lean into the comedy angle, maybe even parody as I think we’ve seen enough of these types of shows that they’re about due for it.

Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan

Hisone to Maso-tan

Manga Adaptation by BONES
Air Date: 4/13/2018
Director: Shinji Higuch
Series Composition: Mari Okada

​What if the JSDF had adorable anime dragons that turned into jet fighters? That’s basically what’s going on here, with a story about a young SDF rookie discovering a dragon at her base. That sounds cool in itself, but I’m also interested in the really unique art style. It looks incredibly cute but somehow still kind of gritty? It makes me wonder if they’re going to use that contrast to their advantage. Considering this is a military story, I’m assuming they’ll be some kind of fighting and I do not want think about that adorable dragon getting hurt. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

Doreiku: The Animation

Dorei-ku: Boku to 23-nin no Dorei

Manga Adaptation by Zero-G
Air Date: 4/13/2018
Director: Ryuichi Kuraya
Series Composition: Ryuichi Kuraya

​Ugh, I was just starting to have fun and now I have to talk about this? So this show is some kind of survival game thing where the participants have devices that let them make people their slave or something. The “word” slave comes up a lot in general in researching this, which right away is a red flag. I suppose it is trying to be some kind of cool, edgy psychological thriller, but all I’m anticipating is unhealthy, non-consensual bondage fetish material. Just watch the trailer and tell me I’m wrong.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Light Novel Adaptation by Xebec
Air Date: 4/13/2018
Director: Katsuichi Nakayama
Series Composition: Shoji Gatoh

​It’s been so long since the last Full Metal Panic series I probably need to explain what is: a military dude who knows nothing outside of combat is assigned to watch over a popular high school girl who happens to have latent mysterious anime powers. Most of the time its funny, some of the time they get serious and blow things up with cool robots. The important things to know with this new series are A. it appears to be a continuation and not a remake, so it might not be the best point to jump in and B. the long running dream of Kyoto Animation (who did the last FMP series nearly 15 years ago) applying their considerable resources to a mecha anime can now officially die. Sorry. That taks now falls on Xebec, who did a fine job with their revival of Space Battleship Yamato and I suspect will do fine here.

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