Konnichiwa, my readers! I’m finally done covering episode reviews from Winter 2023, so it’s time to move on to the current season of Spring 2023. There are many choices of what to watch, such that I felt a bit overwhelmed. I don’t think I can handle more than 5 or 6 at a time of weekly watches. Therefore, I’ve chosen just 6 for this season. I have some information and notes about my choices in case anyone is interested.
1) Dr. Stone Season 3
Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Shounen, Post-Apocalyptic
Why I Chose This Anime: I’m thrilled for the third season of Dr. Stone! This series is so much fun. It’s a bit goofy, but that’s part of its charm. Besides cool art, silly humor, and great voice-acting, Dr. Stone is great because of its positive portrayal of science and humanity. It’s entirely refreshing to see this, since I traditionally like darker or sadder shows. Finding out more about the mystery of the world’s petrification is also another good reason to get excited for this anime.
2) Jigokuraku (Hell’s Paradise)
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Historical, Dark Shounen
Why I Chose This Anime: A good friend of mine is watching Hell’s Paradise this season. He spoke highly of it, and it seems to be popular on the streaming sites I frequent. Thus, I decided to try it out. I think the story premise is good. If I end up hating it, I can always drop this show. The studio that produced it is MAPPA, which generally turns out good stuff, although the visuals are often a little underwhelming. Finally, I noticed from the cast information that Mamiko Noto plays a supporting character. I’m a big fan of that seiyuu. To put it shortly, there are plenty of excellent reasons to check out Hell’s Paradise!
3) Mahoutsukai no Yome
(The Ancient Magus’ Bride) Season 2
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Drama
Why I Chose This Anime: I’ve been a fan of the first season since it started airing in 2017. I fell in love with the magical world and mystical concepts, the animation, the music, the character psychology, and more. But my thoughts on this anime have changed recently, and I now find aspects of it problematic. For example, Chise was only fifteen at the beginning of the first season. Elias is essentially grooming a young teenage girl. However, I believe it’s possible to watch anime with problematic elements as long as one recognizes the issues. If the grooming aspect becomes too uncomfortable for me, I may decide to drop this anime. For now, though, I’ll give it a try.
4) My Home Hero
Genres: Seinen, Organized Crime, Drama
Why I Chose This Anime: To be frank, I only chose My Home Hero because it reportedly features an adult cast. Sometimes, I get tired and frustrated with the sheer amount of anime that focuses on teenagers. I don’t know much about this anime yet other than the synopsis posted on MyAnimeList.net. Additionally, I don’t think I’ve ever watched a series produced by this studio (Tezuka Productions). I’m going into this blindly. It’s very possible that My Home Hero will suck. Still, I’ll watch the first few episodes and see for myself.
5) Niehime to Kemono no Ou
(The Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts)
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Furry, Shoujo
Why I Chose This Anime: The story concept seems good, and as someone who loves anthropomorphic animals, I couldn’t be happier to see another “furry” anime appear. Last season, I enjoyed The Tale of Outcasts, and Sacrificial Princess seems similar. Furthermore, main character Sariphi is voiced by my favorite female seiyuu, Kana Hanazawa. That’s plenty of reason to at least try out this anime.
6) Tengoku Daimakyou (Heavenly Delusion)
Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery
Why I Chose This Anime: The synopsis on MyAnimeList.net looks right up my alley. I love sci-fi, as well as thought-provoking stories. This seems like it will feature both. Another reason I chose this anime is that it was produced by Production I.G., one of my top ten favorite anime studios. They have a record of producing high quality shows, including memorable sci-fi anime like Psycho-Pass and Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex. I have pretty high expectations for Heavenly Delusion, and I can’t wait to start watching.
Note: I will also be continuing to watch Vinland Saga Season 2. Eventually, I want to see Ousama Ranking (Ranking of Kings) and catch up to Demon Slayer, but those are low priority for me right now. Anyway, I’m excited to start the Spring season, albeit late.
Thank you for reading~
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No doubt I’ll pick up on a couple of your shows if your reviews give them good marks.
The art you posted for “The Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts” has a strong Beauty and the Beast vibe about it. I don’t suppose her name is Belle?
“Home Hero” and “Heavenly Delusion” sound interesting. I love “The Ancient Magus Bride.” It has been a long wait!
I’m also watching Kami Katsu, Hells Paradise, Demon Slayer, and Dead Mount Death play. Plus I’m rewatching some old stuff.
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