As some of you may know, we are currently in the mid-season break. That is the time when some of the summer season shows have ended but the fall shows have not started. And that’s the time when I take a minute to figure out what I’m watching next. Seriously, I put way more effort into planning my anime watching, than figuring out my taxes. Priorities!

Just for fun, I figured I would share my thoughts with you guys. And if you want to let me know what you’re planning to watch, that would be great!

Anime I will watch as it’s airing (might review)

I only realized recently that the new season of Demon Slayer is airing and that was a no-brainer. Unlike a lot of my blogging contemporaries I had a lot of fun with this show and thought that after a rocky start, it got really good. I also had a great time reviewing it with Crow so I hope to do it again this season!

I will also be reviewing Kyoukai Senki with Scott this season. I have had great luck with mecha shows in the past few years. Not only have I enjoyed them all (quite a bit) some of them even made it to my favourites. And I feel like watching a mecha with Scott is the premium experience so I wasn’t going to miss out.

I really love the Blue Period manga. A LOT! And when I heard it had gotten picked up for an anime adaptation I got very excited and very curious. I’m not saying this isn’t a story that is going to be great as an anime but it’s not as obvious a fit as other titles. I can’t wait and there’s no way I will wait for any more than I have to. Let me know if you would like episode reviews. Or Gallery reviews, it would be fitting for this show.

Platinum End activated me because it reminds me of Angel Sanctuary. On top of that, it’s labelled as a mystery which is a great way to get my attention. I think there’s a 50% chance that this is going to be a complete mess but also a decent chance of it being a fun hot mess! I wanna find out which.

I think I’m one of the very few bloggers that bother with what could be considered pretty boy shows and I sort of feel an odd sense of duty to review visual prison. I also like visual kei. So you know…

Anime I will definetly binge after the season

I really like both Jojo and World Trigger. There was absolutely no question that I would be watching these seasons. But I do enjoy watching them in one fell swoop. They’re both high-action and it’s just great to get the adrenaline going and go through a fight in one go!

I played Muv Luv as a visual novel and I did like it. It got a bit long in places but there are some interesting plot points. Visual Novel adaptations tend to be great or barely watchable and I’m not sure how easy this particular pick will be to adapt ut I definitely want to see. I’m in no hurry though.

Both Deji Meets Girl (a short, YAY) and Kyuuketsuki Sugu Shinu got me on the key visuals. Not that the descriptions weren’t interesting, that’s why they’re on the list at all, but those visuals just caught my eye. Deji just looks beautiful and the colours are amazing while Kyuuketsuki reminds me a bit of Kemono Jihen’s character designs. I recently watched Kemono and loved it so I was sold. I also liked the Kemono visuals a whole lot! Kyuuketsuki is also a supernatural comedy with vampires… it was always going to be on this list!

Finally, we have Sakugann!!, another mecha and the third one so far. Like I said, I have had great luck with them. The premise sounds very familiar, almost cliché but also like a lot of my favourite fiction. I can wait the season but I want to watch it.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window or Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru is probably the oddest pick. But listen, that title rocks, the genres AniChart has it as is simply Comedy, Drama and the key visuals are super ominous. It got me by curiosity, I want to watch it.

I will probably watch these, I just don’t know when

Sometimes seasonal reviews come out and make me drop a show. Honestly, this often happens because of an exhausting fanbase rather than anything to actually do with the show but it does happen.

This said all of these are shows I really do want to see eventually. I’m just not in a hurry. I feel like Komi is the one I’m most likely to drop. I’ve read a few volumes of the manga and it was fine but probably something I’m more likely to enjoy in anime form. However, I found the fanbase of the Komi manga a little intense as it is, I don’t know what’s going to happen with the anime fans. It might turn into a show that I hear so much about I sort of no longer feel the need to watch it.

For the others, it’s pretty sure that I will watch them, probably sooner rather than later as my to-watch list is slowly widdling down. I’m actually really interested in Deep Insanity. I’m just a little worried that it’s going to be depressing. I’m not a big fan of depressing fiction.

17 anime is actually on the low side for me in a season. Which explains why my to-watch list is so monstrous. I’m not saying 17 anime is not a lot, in fact, I think I should keep it at around that number if I can because my usual number is just ridiculous!

That’s it for me. What are you guys thinking of seeing next season? Is there anything I should add or anything you want episode reviews of? Let me know.

24 thoughts

  1. I’m liking ‘Komi Can’t Communicate’ a whole lot, though it’s not for everyone: A “Slice of Life” anime whose slices are often very, very small, it somehow hits the sweet spot for me.

  2. I’ll probably watch most of these anime after the season because of my busy schedule. I will be watching Visual Prison though. If there is an anime that involves music of some kind I will definitely watch it.

    The one I am most excited to see is a movie called Kamiarizuki no Kodomo (Child of Kamiari Month). It’s coming out in Japan, but I don’t know when it will come out in the West.

  3. Oh don’t worry, I’ll be your unofficial companion for Visual Prison. Although I think you and I are going to have very different opinions. Since I’ve already been obnoxious about my pre-pre(?)season impression lol.

    Also, I didn’t realize you were a fellow VKei fan!

  4. Thank you for watching Kyoukai Senki with me :). I think that I will learn more from your larger sense of Youkai knowledge too, so it should be a good time for both of us!

  5. The Fall animes I plan on watching and reviewing are:

    Platinum End (Because I am a fan of Miyu Irino and it’s his long awaited come back to the anime world)
    Blue Period (An anime about art and I like art)
    Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc (It’s Demon Slayer)
    The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (It’s BL and Supernatural, two genres I love)

    I think that’s it. I was planning on only watching three, but Blue Period looks promising, so I decided to give it a try.

      1. Tricornered is written by a BL author, so it is BL, but more on the shounen-ai aspect but it’s more supernatural than the usual BL.

        Yeah, it seems that we have similar interests in anime. I can’t wait to see what sort of reviews you’ll write for the fall 2021 animes.

  6. Hm, I’ve only superficially glanced over the LiveChart for fall, so far, and there’s only one standout: Heike Monogatari. Wakanim has it in my region, so it should be on Funi elsewhere? I think? I’m very interested in an anime based on the story, and I’m also interested what Yamada’s going to do away from KyouAni (i.e. not bound by the corporate look). The previews look great.

    Other than that, I’ll just click start on anything that looks remotely interesting, as I always do. There’s going to be another Muv Luv Alternative anime? I dropped the first fairly quickly: I got horrid nationalistic vibes (“We must protect our beautiful Japan from those horrible faceless aliens,” is easy to drive into a familiar propaganda groove, and if you’ve been raised in 70ies Austria with “Vergangenheitsbewältigung” [~dealing with the past] you can get a bit oversensitive to certain idyll/threat combinations…). I was tempted to get back to the show after hearing that Masaomi Andou took over the project after episode 2, but I couldn’t bring myself around even for one of my fave directors. I tried Schwarzesmarken, too, but didn’t last more than one episode. So at this point I just think it’s not my franchise.

    I love the promo art for Kyuketsuki Sugu Shinu and Sempai ga Urusai, so I’m sort of low-key looking forward to those, but promo art isn’t always reliable. I’m interested in Komi-chan and Mieruko-chan (though I’m concerned about the show’s look).

    I usually really like the start of a new season, and part of it is me not researching the hell out of what’s coming (but also not avoiding information), so that I can have a good mix of pre-excitement and pleasant surprises. I hope there’ll be something catching me unawares, as Vanitas did this season, or Pretty Boy Detective Club did the season before. It’s so much fun to be blindsided by awesome.

  7. Unless it is a continuation of a favorite or a classic I haven’t got around to, I probably won’t watch any anime until I see a few reviews. Been getting more finicky about how I spend my spare time. I have come to trust you and a few other WP reviewers to help with the decisions. Nothing glorious is going to sneak by without at least one of you reviewing it.

    Right now I have been rewatching “Mushishi.” It is the perfect “last one before I go to bed” anime/.

  8. Irina, do you plan to watch the Demon Slayer movie, before the second season rolls around? I think it’ll pick off from where the movie ends.

    Speaking of movies, I’m intrigued by Summer Ghost, helmed by first-time director “loundraw”. He cut his teeth as a character designer — I loved his art for Vivy / I Want to Eat Your Pancreas / Tsuki ga Kirei.

    The movie seems to follow three aimless, wandering teens who somehow stumble upon each other. I found the preview gently evocative, in a nostalgic way. I know nothing more, but I don’t mind going in blind, with no expectations. Best of luck to “loundraw”, who’s only 26.

    Here’s the preview for Summer Ghost: youtube[dot]com/watch?v=gvCgklCAe7w

    Finally, I’m a little curious about the upcoming Star Wars anime. Nine different directors from seven separate studios participate in this anthology of short films, set in the iconic universe. You have big names like Imaishi from Trigger, Kamiyama from IG, Choi from Saru… They’re joined by some younger animators, who’ll take their first shot at the hot seat. I think I’ll be tuning in, despite my mild indifference to the franchise.

    1. I’m afraid the DS movie will make me sad. I sort of spoiled myself for it. I am also intrigued by Star Wars. I’m sure plenty of people will watch it and let me know if it’s worth it. at least I hope. I have had mixed luck with these anthology type series.

    2. Summer Ghost looks good. I’m trying to remember when I first heard about loundraw? It’s a name you remember. Tsuki ga Kirei? It would have to be?

      And their doing an Animatrix for Starwars? I love themed anthologies, so I’ll definitely look into it once it comes out.

      Thanks for the heads-up.

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