9 Anime to Keep an Eye On for the Spring Season
4My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia, also known as Boku no Hero Academia, seems like a solid choice of anime for anyone who likes superheoes, especially stuff like the X-Men.
The story follows a young boy named Izuku, who is born into a world where 80% of the population has superpowers and heroes and villians abound. Unfortunately for Izuku, he is part of the 20% born without powers. Despite this, he desperately wants to be a hero. An encounter with the world’s greatest hero, All Might, changes Izuku’s life and he soon becomes a student at U.A. High School, an academy geared toward training young heroes.
The manga this anime is based on is fairly popular and it looks like some good old shonen fun. Studio Bones is animating this, so naturally it looks like it will be nice and dynamic animation. The lead also looks adorable.
The series is set to premiere April 3, and it will be streaming on Funimation’s website. Here’s a trailer!
5Bungo Stray Dogs
The plot of Bungo Stray Dogs is certainly an intriguing one. This anime involves real life authors gaining supernatural powers and then forming a detective agency. The manga has featured appearances from authors like Agatha Christie, Dan Brown and Dostoyevsky.
But even the main characters are notable names in the literary world. For instance, the female member of the main squad is Akiko Yosano, who was a feminist poet, author and activist. Her first book of poetry was published in 1901 and she was active throughout Japan’s Meiji, Taisho and early Showa era.
A young boy named Atsushi gets involved with this group of superpowered author investigstors when he is kicked out of his orphanage and comes across a man attempting suicide. He rescues him only to find out he’s a part of this group.
The series is being animated by Studio Bones, so it’s likely to look nice. As a writer myself, I have to admit I’m a sucker for anything involving superpowered authors, so I’ll likely give it a look. The anime is set to premiere April 7.
Mayoiga is an anime I’m cautious about, mostly because of the character design. The 16 and 24-year-olds in this series look more like 8-year-olds and that kind of stuff is unsettling and also tends to send up red flags for potential badness. However, I have to admit the plot summary intrigued me, it talks of 30 people going on a bus tour to a village that only exists in urban legend. But they find the village, and disappear into it.
It’s possible this anime might turn out to be an interesting mystery with weird character design, but it’s equally possible it could be a mess. The studio producing it, Diomeda, isn’t a big name. The series is set to premier on April 1st.