Welcome to the Spring 2017 season preview, here to help you decide what to watch this season and with so many series coming out each season it can be a daunting task. To help you even further we will be giving links to any simulcast that a series may have and will keep them updated throughout the season. You can also find our writers thoughts on select series that they are interested in.
This is by no means a complete list of every series airing this season, shows geared towards young children have been omitted as have OVAs and Movies. We have deemed it necessary for TV shorts to have their own season preview which will be available soon.
The fantasy story begins with a group of young girls who hold a power named “Alice’s Dream,” which allows them to make their imaginations come true. These girls have been locked up and treated as research subjects. Sana, one of these girls whose specific power includes the ability ignore the laws of physics and physically manifest anything she can imagine, has escaped. Afterwards, she meets an old man named Zouroku, who dislikes disruptions in his everyday life. (Source: ANN)
Apr 2, 2017 | J.C.Staff | Manga | Adventure, Mystery, Seinen
Nick: Initial impressions upon reading the synopsis I thought this sounded interesting but when I watched the PV I was meet with some rather awful CG. I’m still somewhat interested in the series but I think I’ll be waiting it out for a couple weeks to see what the general opinions of the series are before jumping in.
Atom The Beginning’s story takes place in Japan after a great calamity. There were two geniuses who dreamed of the future. One was Umatarou Tenma. The other was Hiroshi Ochanomizu. The two labored day and night in robot research — Tenma to create a “god,” and Ochanomizu to create a “friend.” Thus a robot, A106, was born from their collaborative friendship. Would A106 really become a god, or a friend? The manga and anime tell a prequel story leading up to the birth of Astro Boy. (Source: ANN)
Apr 15, 2017 | Production I.G, OLM, Signal. MD | Manga | Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha, Seinen
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)
Nick: A prequel to Astro Boy, sign me up! Now I’ve only read and seen a little of Astro Boy but I really like Osamu Tezuka’s work and a prequel to one of his most famous works sounds like a lot of fun and something a little different to todays anime.
The second season of Shingeki no Kyojin. Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues! (Source: Funimation)
Nick: I have to wonder who isn’t excited for and planning to watch Attack on Titan season 2 this season. It’s been the most asked question since the end of the first season “when is season 2 coming?” and now it’s finally here. I’ll definitely be watching but I have to admit my interest in the series has waned a lot the recent chapters of the manga have not helped in that regard. From memory, it was pretty slow going after the events of the first season and I don’t think this season will match that same level of insanity without some major changes to the story.
Spurred by the flame raging in his heart, the Black Swordsman Guts continues his seemingly endless quest for revenge. Standing in his path are heinous outlaws, delusional evil spirits, and a devout child of god.Even as it chips away at his life, Guts continues to fight his enemies, who wield repulsive and inhumane power, with nary but his body and sword—his strength as a human. What lies at the end of his travels? The answer is shrouded in the “night.” Strain your eyes and stare into the dark! (Source: Crunchyroll)
Apr 7, 2017 | Millepensee, GEMBA | Manga | Action, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural, Fantasy
Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto! (Source: VIZ Media)
Apr 5, 2017 | Studio Pierrot | Manga | Action, Adventure, Super Power, Martial Arts, Shounen
Nick: I never managed to catch the theatrical screening of the Boruto movie so I’ll have to wait for the home video release for that. I have, however, been keeping up to date with the monthly manga chapters through the Weekly Shonen Jump app and it’s fairly decent. I’ll probably be watching to see how it goes but I’m not sure I fancy investing in a long-running series.
The “battle action” story follows Fudou Nomura, who transfers to a school where girls carry weapons to rule mercilessly over the boys. Shortly after transferring he becomes a target of Rin Onigawara, a member of the the Five Ruling Swords that commands the school. In order to break free he must defeat the Five Ruling Swords. (Source: ANN)
Apr 5, 2017 | Silver Link. | Manga | Action, School, Shounen
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)
Naoto’s a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer. He lives in a world that has been so over-exploited that the entire surface has become one vast machine. When a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton, it’s a harbinger of change that will rock the entire globe, and give Naoto his chance to be a hero. (Source: Kodansha Comics)
Apr 7, 2017 | Xebec | Light Novel | Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Nick: The premise of Clockwork Planet sounds really interesting but I’ve never been overly fond of Yuu Kamiya’s previous works so we’ll have to see how this one plays out.
The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family.
Masamune’s novel illustrator, penname “Ero Manga Sensei,” draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed … that his “Ero Manga Sensei” is his own younger sister! To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shōjo manga creator becomes their rival! (Source: ANN)
Nick: I really don’t care much for “sibling romantic comedies” and actually find it a little weird but aside from the sibling dynamic Eromanga-sensei sounds like a fun series.
The anime’s story begins when Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gourai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gourai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls. (Source: ANN)
Apr 4, 2017 | Zexcs, Studio A-CAT | Other | Mecha
The manga tells a romance story with the themes of “music x one-sided love.” Nino, a girl who loves singing, made a childhood promise with her first crush Momo and song-composing Yuzu to someday find her voice. The three went their separate ways, but Nino kept her promise and continued to sing. Years later, the three are now high school students, and Nino is drawn into the world of band clubs. (Source: ANN)
The fourth season of Future Card Buddyfight. The anime will feature a new character named Kanata Oozora, a mysterious boy who play soccer, rumored to be an undefeated fighter. He will have a buddy monster named Atora. (Source: ANN)
Apr 1, 2017 | Xebec, OLM | Original | Game
Hinako is poor at speaking and lives in a rural part of Japan. She wants to improve her speech to be able to talk to people freely, so in high school, she transfers schools to Tokyo and plans to join a theater club. When she arrives, it turns out her boarding house is a secondhand bookstore, and a girl who eats books lives there. (Source: ANN)
Apr 7, 2017 | Passione | 4-koma Manga | Slice of Life, Comedy
I-Machines are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company’s spaceship. (Source: ANN)
Apr 9, 2017 | SANZIGEN | Original | Sci-Fi, Mecha
Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. “Um, are you OK?” In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect! (Source: ANN)
Apr 15, 2017 | J.C.Staff | Light Novel | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)
The series revolves around Kurogo Kurusu, a high school student who loves kabuki so much that it’s annoying. Kurogo yearns to perform kabuki as part of a club at his school, but currently his school doesn’t have a kabuki club. So Kurogo sets out to create a kabuki club, and his first order of business is to gather members. (Source: ANN)
Apr 7, 2017 | Studio Deen | Light Novel | School
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)
The shinigami Rinne Rokudou, and Sakura Mamiya, the girl who can see ghosts, attend the same school. The two spend their days solving the worries of spirits. Rinne is so poor that he is forced to borrow money from Sakura to buy shinigami tools to solve their cases. Rinne and Sakura care for each other, but their relationship is not progressing. However, with the appearance of a new contracted black cat, a beautiful damashigami, and a person with whom Rinne shares a special circumstance, the situation becomes even more chaotic! Rinne and Sakura’s after-school time wrapped up in the world of spirits continues! (Source: ANN)
Apr 8, 2017 | Brain’s Base | Manga | Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, School, Shounen
The story begins when Guri, an angel with a mysterious item which turns any two people who kiss into a couple, appears before a high school boy named Seiji Aino. However, there is a yandere high school girl named Akane who loves Seiji. (Source: ANN)
Apr 7, 2017 | EMT² | Manga | Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, School
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested extraordinary superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Becoming a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? U.A. High’s Hero Program of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?
Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all gives him a chance to change his destiny… (Source: Viz Media)
Nick: I have been eagerly awaiting the second season of My Hero Academia and like other fans of the manga I’m very excited for what’s to come in this season! Season one was a bit slow going but the manga was the same and once it got going it really got going so expect a lot more action and epicness this time round.
Takashi Natsume continues to return the names of the spirits that have been written in the “Book of Friends” he inherited from his grandmother, Reiko Natsume. While Natsume is still aided by the chubby Nyanko-sensei, he’s now helped by some of the friends he had made in his journey; be it human beings or spirits. As he becomes closer to both, Natsume faces the inevitable question of the sides he has to take especially when there is a conflict between the two. (Source: ANN)
Apr 12, 2017 | Shuka | Manga | Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo
Accepting the post of Royal Tutor at the court of the king of Grannzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions! (Source: Yen Press)
Apr 5, 2017 | Bridge | Manga | Comedy
Quan Zhi Gao Shou (Full-Time Expert, The King’s Avatar)
MAL | AniList
In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad of reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the pro scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself in to the game once more. Possessing ten years of experience, the memories of his past, and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins! (Source: MAL)
Apr 7, 2017 | G.CMay Animation & Film | Light Novel | Action, Game, Adventure, Comedy
The second season of Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis.
The story takes place 10 years after the world escaped destruction due to the revival of Bahamut. Humans at the royal capital gather wealth, the demons are enslaved to assist with the capital’s revival, and the gods lose their power due to a decrease in religious piety. The world is thrown off balance as humans, gods, and demons hold their own ideas of justice. (Source: ANN)
Humans have created many stories. Joy, sadness, anger, deep emotion. Stories shake our emotions, and fascinate us. However, these are only the thoughts of bystanders. But what if the characters in the story have “intentions”? To them, are we god-like existences for bringing their story into the world? Our world is changed. Mete out punishment upon the realm of the gods. In Re:CREATORS, everyone becomes a Creator. (Source: ANN)
Apr 8, 2017 | TROYCA | Original | Action
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)
Nick: Re:Creators has a lot going for it from the director (Ei Aoki: Fate/Zero) to the original creator (Rei Hiroe: Black Lagoon) but I can’t help feeling burnt out on these types of series. I would hope for it to turn out really good but I’ll be waiting before jumping in to see how its received after a couple of episodes.
In the “action fantasy” story, Guren is a part-time teacher at a magic school who is inclined to write “self-study” on the blackboard and then take a nap. One of his students, Sistina, gets angry and challenges him to a duel and he is easily defeated. However, when a terrible incident threatens the school, Guren shows intense dedication to protecting his students. (Source: ANN)
Apr 4, 2017 | LIDENFILMS | Light Novel | Action, Magic, Fantasy, School
Tomoya Aki, an otaku, has been obsessed with collecting anime and light novels for years, attaching himself to various series with captivating stories and characters. Now, he wants to have a chance of providing the same experience for others by creating his own game, but unfortunately, Tomoya cannot do this task by himself.
He successfully recruits childhood friend Eriri Spencer Sawamura to illustrate and literary elitist Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the script for his visual novel, while he directs. Super-group now in hand, Tomoya only needs an inspiration to base his project on, and luckily meets the beautiful, docile Megumi Katou, who he then models his main character after.
Using what knowledge he has, Tomoya creates a new doujin circle with hopes to touch the hearts of those who play their game. What he does not realize, is that to invoke these emotions, the creators have had to experience the same feelings in their own lives. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The story centers on five girls who work in the tourism bureau of their small provincial town. The town revives its “micro-nation” tourism program, which originated from a nationwide movement during Japan’s bubble economy period, and hires the five girls as “monarchs” (tourism ambassadors). The anime will depict one year in their jobs in the tourism industry, and show how they change and grow. (Source: ANN)
Apr 6, 2017 | P.A. Works | Original | Comedy
Streaming: Crunchyroll, FunimationNow
Nick: Every season I have that one (or two) series that is the easy going comedy that I can just relax with, plus its P.A. Works which makes it an instant watch!
The novels’ story is set in a town called Sakurada, where almost half the population possess some form of special powers. The story centers on two high school students. Kei Asai has the ability to perfectly remember anything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can turn back or “reset” time for a maximum of three days.
Both students are members of their school’s “Service Club,” which their town’s administration bureau uses to observe people with powers and protect the peace. By using their powers together (Kei can remember things even when time has been reset), they solve cases for the club. Kei learns of the “MacGuffin” stone, which looks like a worthless black stone, but in reality will turn out to be the stone upon which the existence of Sakurada will hinge on. (Source: ANN)
Apr 5, 2017 | David Production | Light Novel | Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural, School
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)
Kojirou Shindou. Cabinet Office Director-General for Policy Planning, is at Haneda Airport for a business trip.
While the plane is on the runway, a giant structure suddenly appears out of thin air. The plane carrying Shindou and 251 passengers is taken undamaged inside the giant structure. After everyone disembarks, a man who looks like an ordinary human being shows up. He assures those from the plane that they’re not in any danger. Shindou asks him to identify himself and explain the situation. Then the outside of the structure is displayed on a large screen, and at the same time, every passenger’s cell phone starts ringing all at once. On each cell phone screen is a message from this man, to every one of Japan’s citizens: “I, Yaha-kui zaShunina, hereby notify you that I am going to intervene in Japan’s internal affairs.”
What is this young man’s goal? And will Shindou manage to become an intermediary between Japan and the Anisotorons…? (Source: ANN)
Apr 7, 2017 | Toei Animation | Original | Sci-Fi
Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious ‘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.
Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.
Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his ‘Daughter’ once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting. (Source: NovelUpdates)
Apr 11, 2017 | Satelight, C2C | Light Novel | Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
In the story, the prideful archangel Lucifer disobeys God and is cast into the lowest level of hell as a fallen angel. On her way to hell, Lucifer happens to meet a high school girl on Earth named Maria, who helps her. In hell, Lucifer meets Leviathan, and Leviathan explains to Lucifer about The Seven Deadly Sins, the seven demon king rulers of hell. After The Seven Deadly Sins seal Lucifer’s powers, Lucifer goes on a journey with Maria and Leviathan to defeat them. (Source: Official Website)
Apr 15, 2017 | Artland, TNK | Other | Ecchi, Fantasy
“I don’t know how to give up on my dreams…”
Yuuta Hoshitani, who enrolled in the prestigious Ayanagi Academy for music entertainment, passed the first-year test to become a musical department student in his second year. However, the new school year immediately presents new trials for the returning students.
The first task on the second-year curriculum is supporting the graduation stage performance of Ootori and the other graduating Kaou Council members. There are five roles known as “second-year training roles” in the legendary musical Shadow & Lights.
Every year, a team of only five second-year students get to step on stage as performers in the musical. It is a great honor for the musical department students, to co-star with their respected former leaders. To earn a ticket to glory, Hoshitani and 24 other new musical department students take on the training auditions.
At that moment, the coming-of-age slapstick musical story raises the curtains once more. (Source: ANN)
Apr 4, 2017 | C-Station | Original | Music, Slice of Life, School
One day, “The Junior”, estranged son of Professor Akadama, who disappeared after losing a fierce father-son dispute, has returned home after a century, now an English gentleman. The big news spread in and out of the Kyoto area in the blink of an eye and shake up both the Tengu and Tanuki worlds. The paths of Humans, Tanukis and Tengus intertwine in Kyoto as the second volume of the furball picture scroll unravels! (Source: AniList)
Apr 9, 2017 | P.A. Works | Novel | Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Nick: I’m really happy that The Eccentric Family has made a return this season. Not sure if it really needed a continuation as it’s been a while and I probably need to refamiliarise myself with the series again before jumping into this season. Either way I really enjoying the first season so I’m definitely happy with more.
Lu Shuiyin (Riku Suigin in Japanese) is a master of gaming, a skill only known to his classmate Lu Lian (Riku Lin in Japanese). One day, Shuiyin receives a device from Lu Lian for a tomb raiding online game. While Shuiyin is excited to receive the device, Lian is suddenly kidnapped. Shuiyin touches the device that was left behind, pulling him inside the game and trapping him there. What is the imaginary world inside the device? What will Shuiyin find there?
It is a world where two groups of people fight over the power of the gods, which originates from the tomb the mother goddess Pangu (Bango in Japanese). The two groups are the tomb raiders and the tomb protectors. The device Shuiyin received from Lian is called the Monolith, and it allows a normal gamer to go near the tomb. The tomb raiding group plans its attack by recruiting common people in the name of gaming. Shuiyin, as the final tomb protector, must fight against the raiders in order to save Lian. (Source: MAL News)
Apr 1, 2017 | Haoliners Animation League | Web Manga | Adventure, Fantasy
Kazuya Kagami never goes anywhere without the precious “Sakura Obi” his mother gave him. One day a beautiful, kimono-clad girl named Kiriha appeared before him. Kiriha naturally began to live with Kazuya in his room. Then there’s Chisato, Kazuya’s childhood friend with glasses and a ponytail, who meddles in his affairs. Soon there’s also an overprotective older sister who seems to want to take baths with him. Jumble in a huge-chested priestess, a good-looking sorceress named Kokuyoura, beautiful women, and hot girls, and Kazuya’s happy, embarrassing, confusing life begins… (Source: MAL News)
Apr 2, 2017 | Zero-G | Manga | Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, School, Seinen
The series focuses on characters Akane Mizuno and Kotarou Azumi, two third-year middle school students who become classmates for the first time. The series will depict each characters’ growth and connection to the people around them, such as classmates, club-mates, teachers, and parents. The anime will also center on the youthful adolescent romance of the characters, who are hounded by change and uncertainty as the seasons inevitably pass. (Source: ANN)
Apr 7, 2017 | feel. | Original | Romance, School
Each episode follows Fukuzou Moguro, a traveling salesman, and his current customer. Moguro deals in things that give his customers their heart’s desire, and once his deals are made and their unhealthy desires are satisfied, Moguro’s customers are often left with terrible repercussions, especially if they break the rules of his deals… (Source: AniList)
Apr 3, 2017 | Shin-Ei Animation | Manga | Comedy, Drama, Seinen
Sixth anime series in the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise.
The new anime will feature characters using leading-edge technology to create a virtual space where they will host VR duels. The show’s protagonist is Yuusaku Fujiki, and his ace monster is named “Decode Talker,” who wields a giant sword. Yuusaku transforms from his school uniform when he enters the VR space for duels. He also has different color hair after he transforms, and he rides a surf board while dueling. (Source: ANN)
May, 2017 | Studio Gallop | Manga | Action, Game, Fantasy, Shounen
Streaming: Crunchyroll, FunimationNow
The “grimoire fantasy” series follows a witch named Zero who is ignorant of the world and a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. Witches who practice sorcery exist in the world, however, in this era no one knows how about the art and study of witchcraft. Zero is going on a journey to search for a magical tome called “The Book of Zero” that hides a power that can destroy the world. The mercenary travels with her as her guard. (Source: ANN)
Apr 10, 2017 | White Fox | Light Novel | Action, Fantasy
Streaming: Anime Strike (US)