Last Updated: March 25, 2024

Yay~ Shadow and Quietcupcake are back this season! Not much to say for this season’s update, though we did cross a big milestone I forgot to mention two weeks back!

As of March 16th, 2024 we have reached our 10,000th published post with A Sign of Affection Ep 9 & 10!!! Wowwwwwie! This is the result of 14 years of team work! Congratulations team!

Oh yeah before I forget! You can now follow us on BlueSky!

Preview Format!

The following titles featured in this season preview was decided by each of the writer who are participating this season by making a list and ranking then titles them by levels of interest.

  • High: Most Anticipated
  • Moderate: The Eye-Catchers
  • Low: Wild Cards

Participating writers’ rankings were then tallied and placed within the categories of interest based on the majority of votes or compromised when tied. So you will continue to see a variety of reactions based on the titles which have been selected to be featured. At the time same, the writers are not obligated to share their thoughts on the titles they are not interested in/unlikely to watch.

If you wish to see the full list of the preview, you will be able to find it in Live Chart.

Resources: AniList, A.I.R, ANN, Crunchyroll, FanSub DB, LiveChart, MAL


Most Anticipated


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc
鬼滅の刃 柱稽古編 | Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hashira Geiko-hen

Source: Manga | English Publisher: Viz Media
Animation Company: ufotable
Website: demonslayer-anime.com/hta/ (EN) kimetsu.com/anime/hashirageikohen (JP)
Premiere: May 12, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action Adventure Drama Fantasy Supernatural
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis: Adaptation of the Hashira Training Arc.

The Hashira, the Demon Slayer Corps’ highest ranking swordsmen and members. The Hashira Training has begun in order to face the forthcoming battle against Muzan Kibutsuji. Each with their own thoughts and hopes held in their hearts, a new story for Tanjiro and the Hashira begins.

Note: The first episode will have a 1 hour special

Shadow: As much as the third season of this series disappointed me, I am still looking forward to see more of the Hashira. Even Tengen is coming back for a bit and it’s always a good time whenever he shows up. And this series has a special place in my heart so I wanna be able to see this series all the way through even if the writing isn’t and comedy isn’t the best at times. The Hashira are probably one of my favorite parts of the series and I can’t wait to get to know the ones that haven’t been focused on yet.

Possibility of Blogging: Shadow


Black Butler: Public School Arc
黒執事 寄宿学校編 | Kuroshitsuji: Kishuku Gakkou-hen

Source: Manga | English Publisher: YenPress
Animation Company: CloverWorks 
Website: kuroshitsuji.tv
Premiere: April 13, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action Comedy Fantasy Mystery Supernatural
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis: Continuation of the Kuroshitsuji anime adaptation.

In Victorian era Europe, a young boy loses everything he once held near and dear to a vicious plot. In his moment of death, he strikes a deal with a demon: his soul, in exchange for revenge. Ciel Phantomhive is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the underground work for the Queen of England. His new partner is a demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, whose prowess as a butler is only surpassed by his strength as a demon.

The story follows the two along with their other servants, as they work to unravel the plot behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrendous tragedies that befell Ciel in the month directly after.

Quietcupcake: You know how middle school obsessions can follow you for life whether you want it to or not? That’s me with Black Butler. I was in shock when they announced a new season since it had been so long! And while I have thoughts about season 2 of the anime, I’ve been pretty impressed with the ones that came out after (Circus, Murder, and Atlantic)! It’s been a long time since I’ve read this arc, but I remember enjoying it so I have high hopes for Black Butler’s return! Who knows, maybe if it does well, we’ll get even more animated. Or even if we don’t get more animated, I can at least hold out for more stage plays.

Possibility of Blogging: Quietcupcake


Spice and Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf (2024)
狼と香辛料 merchant meets the wise wolf | Ookami to Koushinryou: merchant meets the wise wolf

Source: Novel | English Publisher: YenPress
Animation Company: Passione 
Website: spice-and-wolf.com
Premiere: April 1, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Adventure Fantasy Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Lawrence is a traveling merchant selling various goods from a horse-drawn cart. One day, he arrives at a village and meets a beautiful girl with the ears and tail of an animal! Her name is Holo the Wisewolf and she brings bountiful harvests. She wishes to return to her homeland, and Lawrence offers to take her. Now, the once-lonely merchant and the once-lonely wisewolf begin their journey north.

Eva: [TAKES OUT MEGAPHONE] LETS FREAKING GOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh man, I can’t believe we’re getting a complete remake. I absolutely love this series, it’s in my top three favourite novel series of all time, so I’m really looking forward to this! I’m totally down for covering it even though I know it’s going to be slow at times, but I’ll double post it when it comes to that. There’s absolutely no way I’m missing out on this series, it deserves to be covered. I hope the adaption turns out well, the new characters designs since I’ve watched the 2008 adaption, (though this time it’s more faithful to the novel’s character designs) so it will take some time to get used to, but at least it’s already growing on me.

Possibility of Blogging: Eva


Unnamed Memory

Source: Novel | English Publisher: YenPress
Animation Company: ENGI
Website: Adventure Fantasy Romance
Premiere: April 9, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Adventure Fantasy Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis: “My wish as champion is for you to descend the tower and be my wife.”

Climbing a deadly tower, Oscar seeks the power of its master, the Witch of the Azure Moon. He hopes her incredible magic can break a curse that will kill any woman he takes for a wife. When the prince sees how beautiful Tinasha is, though, he has a better idea-since she’s surely strong enough to survive his curse, she should just marry him instead! Tinasha isn’t keen on the idea, but agrees to live with Oscar in the royal castle for a year while researching the spell placed on the prince. The witch’s pretty face hides several lifetimes of dark secrets, however-secrets that begin resurfacing…

Eva: Not gonna lie, I’ve been eyeing this series for a longggg time now purely because it’s a non-isekai fantasy romance, and I’ve only recently gotten around to picking up the first three volumes of the novel. It’s a short series of only six volumes long, so there’s a good chance we might see the entire story adapted. It’s kinda been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read since I bought it at the same time I picked up 7th Loop and I’ve kinda been neck deep with Apothecary Diaries novels too soooooo it’s been on the back-burner ehe… We’ll see if I get around to reading a bit of it before the anime airs though, I still have time. Though there’s certainly pros and cons of doing so. It is admittedly easier to cover when I don’t know what’s going to happen, hahahaha.

Possibility of Blogging: Eva


Wind Breaker

Source: Manga | English Publisher: Kodansha USA
Animation Company: CloverWorks
Website: wb-anime.net
Premiere: April 5, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action Comedy Drama
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Haruka Sakura wants nothing to do with weaklings—he’s only interested in the strongest of the strong. He’s from Fuurin High School, a school of near-dropout degenerates known only for their brawling strength. And in a town known for its territorial disputes, Haruka’s got only one goal—become the hero his town deserves.

Eva: A friend of mine been nagging me to read this, but it looks like I’ll be watching this first hahahaha!

Quietcupcake: I know next to nothing about this series, but the PV had it all: Delinquents, banger music, and man oh man do the characters seem like a lot of fun. I think it’ll be a good time!

Possibility of Blogging: Quietcupcake


Moderate


BARTENDER Glass of God
バーテンダー 神のグラス | Bartender: Kami no Glass

Source: Manga
Animation Company: Liber
Website: bartender-anime.com
Premiere: April 4, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Drama, Slice of Life
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis: This brilliant bartender can uplift any troubled soul with a glass of God.

Eva: Wow talk about a callback. I’m aware of this series, but I can’t remember if I’ve ever gotten around to watching the original adaption (2006). It was around the time I was just getting into anime.

Quietcupcake: I don’t have any experience with the original series. But the premise of this one caught my attention. A lot of people speak highly of the source and the original, so I’m interested in giving it a try!


Oblivion Battery
忘却バッテリー (TV) | Boukyaku Battery (TV)

Source: Manga
Animation Company: MAPPA
Website: boukyaku-battery.com
Premiere: April 10, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Sports Comedy
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Iron-armed pitcher, Haruka Kiyomine, and the shrewd catcher, Kei Kaname, AKA the “Skilled General,” were considered to be an unrivaled, monstrous battery duo in the middle-school baseball world. They were both scouted by various powerhouse high schools across the nation, but somehow, they both ended up at Tokyo Municipal Kotesashi High School, which wasn’t known for baseball at all. On top of that, other star players who had lost to that duo in the past and completely strayed from baseball coincidentally also enrolled at that school, and…

Their meeting sets everything into motion once again.

Their high school baseball story begins now!

Eva: Ever since I’ve actually gotten around watching a bunch of baseball series (Diamond Ace being my favourite), I’m more more inclined to checking out the new ones.

Possibility of Blogging: Eva


YATAGARASU
烏は主を選ばない | Karasu wa Aruji wo Erabanai

Source: Novel
Animation Company: Studio Pierrot
Website: nhk-character.com/karasu
Premiere: April 6, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action, Supernatural
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

In the world of flying crow-humans, trouble is brewing…

YUKIYA is the lackluster second son of a regional boss in the North House territory. His younger brother has overtaken him in academics. He is no good at sword battle, either. Not that this ever bothers him. So it comes as a shock when this boy, who claims to have no ambition whatsoever, is the one chosen to attend the Imperial Prince in Court–. What awaits YUKIYA and his new master is intrigue, murder, a mysterious drug, and invasion from an unexpected enemy. Can they save the world of Yatagarasu (three-legged crows of Japanese myth)?

Eva: I don’t know how I feel about this one yet. It definitely piques my interest, but I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to be watching it this season.

Quietcupcake: I’m in the same boat as Eva! I almost skipped over this one in my initial look over of the spring season, but this seems interesting enough to give it a go!


A Condition Called Love
花野井くんと恋の病 | Hananoi-kun to Koi no Yama

Source: Manga | English Publisher: Kodansha USA
Animation Company: East Fish Studio
Website: hananoikun-pr.com
Premiere: April 4, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Hotaru Hinase is a first-year in high school that has a great family and wonderful friends, but not much luck when it comes to romance. One day, she happens to see the hot boy from the class next door, Hananoi, get dumped. Seeing Hananoi standing in the middle of a park all alone, Hotaru decides to hand him an umbrella.

That little act causes Hananoi to ask her out soon after.

What does love even mean? What does it mean to be in love? Hotaru is flustered at suddenly being asked out by Hananoi, who has an endless amount of love for the person he loves and wants to do everything he can for them. This is a story about first love between a girl who doesn’t understand romantic love and a boy that may be a bit too heavy-handed when it comes to love.

Eva: I read this one and I will admit, the beginning had me iffy but it quickly grew on me so I’ve come to enjoy it. Can’t remember where I left off, I’m pretty sure I caught up to the latest chapter at the time I’ve read it– which I also can’t remember when I last did aha… But man,  I still miss his long hair man, I liked it a lot… q v q RIP Long Haired Hananoi.

Quietcupcake: It’s been a couple seasons since I’ve found a slice of life romance that I’ve enjoyed. I’m just hoping this can fill that void!

Possibility of Blogging: Eva


Whisper Me a Love Song
ささやくように恋を唄う | Sasayaku You ni Koi wo Utau

Source: Manga
Animation Company: CLOUDHEARTS | Yokohama Animation Lab
Website: sasakoi-anime.com
Premiere: April 14, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

After performing a song at her school’s opening ceremony, musician Yori Asanagi receives an apparent love confession from freshman Himari Kino. But just as Yori decides she wants to return Himari’s feelings, Himari reveals that she did not “love” her, but “admires” her! But you can’t unring a bell once struck, and Yori is determined to make Himari fall for her, not just her music. Will their hearts ever beat as one, or will their love fall out of tune?

Eva: Not gonna lie, when I saw the key visual I had immediately thought: I SHIP IT.

Quietcupcake: This one looks really cute! I saw some people hyping this one up on social media, so I’m willing to give it a go!


WILD CARDS


An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride
魔王の俺が奴隷エルフを嫁にしたんだが、どう愛でればいい? | Sasayaku You ni Koi wo Utau

Source: Novel | English Publisher: YenPress
Animation Company: Brain’s Base
Website: madome-anime.com
Premiere: April 5, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Zagan might be the most feared evil sorcerer, but when it comes to social interactions, he’s the most inept. All those days studying the dark arts won’t help him when he falls in love at first sight with Nephelia, the beautiful elven slave, and spends his entire fortune to purchase her. With no clue how to talk to each other, the awkward arrangement for a bumbling sorcerer and timid elf begins.

Eva: I hear this series is actually quite fluffy and funny, so I’m going to give it a shot because I’ve been meaning to try the novel for a longggggggggggggg time now.


Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again
じいさんばあさん若返る | Jiisan Baasan Wakagaeru

Source: Manga
Animation Company: Gekkou
Website: jisanbasan.com
Premiere: April 7, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

The story of Jii-san Baa-san Wakagaeru follows Shouzou and Ine, an elderly couple who are living a quiet life in a farming village in Aomori Prefecture. After eating a mysterious apple that they discover on their apple farm, Shozo and Ine spontaneously regain their youth, but even after being reinvigorated they continue to live life at a grandparent-ly pace.

Eva: This looks very wholesome, so I’m definitely checking this one out!

Shadow: This one actually sounded really cute, especially since the couple is already married and have been through a lifetime together. The premise sounds interesting and fun and I might give it a look all the while hoping there won’t be someone trying to split up the couple or get in between them because I’m sure that would upset me lol.

Quietcupcake: It was the synopsis that got me with this one. I’ll be honest, I’m not expecting much, but I’m hoping for silly, goofy, and all around something that’s lighthearted!


Mission: Yozakura Family

Source: Manga | English Publisher: MANGA Plus
Animation Company: SILVER LINK
Website: mission-yozakura-family.com
Premiere: April 7, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Taiyou Asano is a super shy high school student and the only person he can talk to is his childhood friend, Mutsumi Yozakura. It turns out that Mutsumi is the daughter of the ultimate spy family! Even worse, Mutsumi is being harassed by her overprotective, nightmare of a brother, Kyouichirou. What drastic steps will Taiyou have to take to save Mutsumi?! A spy family comedy – the mission begins!

Eva: This sounds like pure chaos, but I’m down to seeing whether it entertains me or not.


Rinkai
 リンカイ!

Source: Manga
Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: rinkai-pj.com
Premiere: April 9, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Sports
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis: The story centers on the sport of women’s cycling, which debuted in Japan shortly after World War II. However, organized competitions folded after just 15 years and laid dormant for several decades. Then the Rinkai! League launched to revive the sport.

Eva: This is a toss up for me, but I’m very interested in seeing if this will be any good.


Go, Go, Loser Ranger!
 戦隊大失格 | Sentai Daishikkaku | Ranger Reject

Source: Manga | English Publisher: Kodansha USA
Animation Company: Yostar Pictures
Website: anime.shochiku.co.jp/anime-sentai-daishikkaku
Premiere: April 7, 2024 (JST)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

When the Monster Army invaded Earth thirteen years ago, the Divine Dragon Rangers rose up to stop them! With the war raging on, these great heroes are mankind’s last hope!

…or are they?

In truth, the invaders were subjugated within a year, forced to continue to crank out a monster a week for the Rangers to crush in front of their adoring fans! But one monster has had enough. Something has to change! He’ll rebel against the might of the Dragon Rangers and destroy them all…from the inside!

Eva: Oh my gosh, this looks like an absolutely riot. I cannot wait to watch this. I’ll give this one whirl!

Possibility of Blogging: Eva


Train to the End of the World
終末トレインどこへいく? | Shuumatsu Train Doko e Iku?

Source: Original
Animation Company: EMT Squared
Website: shumatsu-train.com
Premiere: April 1, 2024 (JST)
Genre: TBA
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3
Synopsis:

Set in a town in a not-so-ordinary countryside, where a big and strange occurrence is happening to its residents. But a young girl named Shizuru Chikura has a strong desire to see her lost friend again. Shizuru and three other girls board an abandoned train, and they set out to the outside world, where survival is not certain. What awaits them at the last stop of the “Doomsday Train?”

Eva: Okay this is probably my biggest shot of the dark this season. I’m really curious about the direction this series is going to go, so I’ll be checking this one out.

Possibility of Blogging:


Overall Thoughts

Eva: I’m looking to take it easy with maybe two or three shows this season. Spice & Wolf is a given, not doubt about it, so it pretty much comes down to what clicks with me between Unnamed Memory, A Condition Called Love, Go, Go, Loser Ranger! I’m mainly looking to avoid two shows airing on the same day, so we’ll see how this will pan out. There’s definitely a handful of shows I’ll be watching on the side, namely Windbreaker, Whisper Me a Love Song and BARTENDER Glass of God. As for YATAGARASU, Oblivion Battery, and Train to the end of the World, those three are probably the biggest toss up for me. But who knows, maybe I’ll end up covering one of those instead of one of the above haha!

Shadow: Not much besides Demon Slayer really caught my attention for this season. Though Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again does sound really cute and I might give it a watch once I hear a popular consensus about it. Overall, a pretty lowkey season for me so I might actually find some time to do my AOT posts that I had planned on doing this past season but unforeseen events sprang up where I couldn’t. Not to mention the new season of Demon Slayer doesn’t start until later in the season sooooooo hopefully I can get AOT out during that time.

Quietcupcake: I’m still recovering from all the fantastic anime that came out in the winter season, but it looks like there’s a pretty decent line up for spring! A lot of them I’m planning to take a step back and wait to see what sticks with the rest of the community, like Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again and Yatagarasu. But then there’s the opportunity for some romance with Whisper me a Love Song and A Condition Called Love! I’m rooting for one of those to satisfy my desire for a cute romance this season. However! When it comes to what I’m covering this season, I’m mostly looking towards Black Butler and Wind BreakerOne will satisfy my inner middle school and the other to find even more delinquents to enjoy! I’m looking forward to getting back to getting back into blogging! (❁´◡`❁)

Eva

Blogging Anime since Summer 2009, & Founder of AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog ...I may or may not be addicted to writing

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Vance

    Eva, I haven’t watched Spice and Wolf in the past, but seeing that this remake is made by Passione makes me question the quality of it as this studio definitely doesn’t have what I would call a good track record. I think there’s a high chance the studio will do a poor job, and there will be no continuation for Spice and Wolf in anime form.

    1. Eva

      We’ll have to see how it goes. Interestingly the chief director also worked on the original adaption, which I enjoyed a lot (even have the DVD of), though there were certainly some deviations made. Anyhow this is a long series, and just because of that it’s a toss up of whether we’ll ever see them adapt beyond volume 5 (and hopefully they don’t skip over vol 4 this time >_>;;;)

  2. Vance

    Overall, I feel that I’m not all that interested in the shows this season. Spice and Wolf, Karasu wa Aruji o Erabanai, Go! Go! Loser Ranger!, and Wind Breaker are the only ones I’m fairly sure I’ll try although I’m already despairing for Spice and Wolf already.

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