Spring TV Anime, Part 4

by Sage Ashford

And here we are, wrapping things up by covering the last of the late entries for the Spring television season. There aren’t many series here, as most of these are last minute replacement series popping up at either the tail end of April or the middle of May.  Still, it’s worth a look, and there’s at least one highly anticipated series in the bunch!   If you missed the first three, they can be found at the end of the article.

King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars: After appearing in the Prism King Cup representing Edel Rose, and getting a glimpse of what it was like to a be a future Prism Star, Ichijo Shin entered Kakyoin Academy’s High School division in spring and became a first-year high school student. Koji, Hiro, and Kazuki from Over The Rainbow left Edel Rose and established a new agency. Meanwhile, after having the title of Prism King stolen by Hiro, the leader of Schwarz Rose, Norizuki Jin, proposes PRISM.1, which would decide a new king other than Prism King. He then announces that Schwarz Rose and Edel Rose will be competing with each other. (Crunchyroll)
Thoughts: I’m going to stick with Love Live. Nah but seriously, I could do with fewer series like this if they’re going to transition from traditional anime to low-quality 3D CGI as soon as it comes time for a dance scene. The sad thing is I’m not sure I’d be against a series like this (at least for a couple weeks) if they were actually trying.  The different characters is neat and I’m digging the face-off aspect being hinted at in the trailer.  I understand animation budgets (and more importantly time and incredibly overworked, disgustingly underpaid animators) are an issue…but then…don’t do series like this?  Or just do them as a single theatrical film where you don’t have to short change us?
Premiering: April 16th.

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part Two: The battle to retake Wall Maria begins now! With Eren’s new hardening ability, the Scouts are confident they can seal the wall and take back Shiganshina District. If they succeed, Eren can finally unlock the secrets of the basement—and the world. But danger lies in wait as Reiner, Bertholdt, and the Beast Titan have plans of their own. Could this be humanity’s final battle for survival?  (Funimation)
Thoughts: Everyone’s favorite wall running, giant-fighting anime returns!  This series was never my thing, and I’m not going to jump in now that we’re on episode 50, but I’ve heard some things from friends and things are only going to get more wild and over the top.  I will say I wish I knew what the deal was with splitting the series up like this–if you’re that close to the manga, why not wait it out another season so you can get a full 13 episodes out of this?  They’re already starting at the end of April, what’s waiting until July?
Premiering: April 29th.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin: TV: The six OVAs which made up the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin series, telling the story of Casval Rem Deikun, the man who would become Char “The Red Comet” Aznable, the key antagonist of the original Gundam series, has been recut into a thirteen episode series to air on television this Spring.
Thoughts: I’m low-key disappointed as a Gundam fan that one of Bandai’s big plans for the 40th anniversary was “television adaptation of an existing OVA”, as it’s just such a bottom of the basement idea.  It rarely adds anything to the story and the drop in animation quality is just a bummer.  I’d have loved to have seen the Universal Century get a return to the small screen instead of always being films and ONA/OVAs, but it was not to be.  I might check this out for a bit, but having already finished five of the six stories making up The Origin, it’s unlikely.
Premiering: April 29th.

Cardfight!! Vanguard: High School Arc: A continuation of the current manga adaptation of Cardfight!! Vanguard, but also featuring an original story arc written by Akira Ito.  The story will follow the Miyaji Academy Cardfight Club, as well as Kai and Ibuki, after the twelfth volume of the manga.
Thoughts: What happens when I tell myself I’ll keep up with a new season of Cardfight Vanguard:

This one’s even worse since we’re picking up after these guys have already gone through a bunch of middle school adventures and made their way into high school.  On the one hand I hate the lack of continuity between Yu-Gi-Oh! series (what century does YGO even take place in anymore?), but the switching protagonists thing makes it easier to get into the series, even if it’s just for a little while. It also doesn’t help that this isn’t even a game I’m close to interested in playing since I’m already keeping up with more than one as it is and they’re all so time-consuming.
Premiering: May 11th.

Zoku Owarimonogatari: A television adaptation of the last Monogatari film, telling the story of how Koyomi Araragi makes his final decision over being a human and a vampire. This is scheduled to run six episodes.
Thoughts: They call this the last of Nisio Isin’s Monogatari novels which began back in 2009, but there’s like another ten novels which happened after this one…so I’m having doubts. As long as these things are profitable enough to not only make theatrical versions, but take the theatrical version and air it on television for extra $$$, there’s a good chance this will carry on. In any case, this makes nearly one hundred episodes of a story that’s been running for a decade now, so even for a guy who used to run a blog called Jumping in Headfirst I think starting out with this is asking a lot of oneself.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you might as well go back to the beginning of Koyomi’s story and go from there–this will still be waiting for you when you finish.
Premiering: May 19th.
And that about covers it! Hopefully this season isn’t too overwhelming for anyone.  Of course, I say that as I try to keep up with roughly a dozen series so I’m already a next level lost cause.
Spring TV Anime Guide Part One
Spring TV Anime Guide Part Two
Spring TV Anime Guide Part Three

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