Winter 2023 Season Guide (Updating)

Fall was a relatively cut-and-dried season, as we only dropped two shows and picked up two shows not on our original list. The first season of 2023 will be a little trickier. It’s packed both with sequels to huge titles, intriguing new shows, Fall carryovers. Whittling it down to our usual 10-13 shows won’t be easy, but we’ll do our best! Here’s what we’ll be initially taking a look at.

LAST UPDATED 23 Jan 2023 – * = Series Added


The Fire Hunter

Giant Beasts of Ars

Kaina of the Great Snow Sea

NieR:Automata Ver1.1a

Vinland Saga S2 (Sequel)


Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro 2nd Attack (Sequel)

Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible *

The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague

Spy Classroom

Tenten Kakumei (The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady)

Tomo-chan Is a Girl!

Urusei Yatsura (Fall 2022 Carryover)


BOFURI 2 (Sequel)

DanMachi IV Part 2 (Sequel)

The Eminence in Shadow (Fall 2022 Carryover)

In/Spectre Season 2 (Sequel)

Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World *

The Misfit of Demon King Academy II (Sequel)

To Your Eternity S2 (Fall 2022 Carryover)


Fall 2022 Season Guide (Updating)

New Season, new shows, new seasons of old shows, new seasons of very old shows, etc. Here’s what we’ll be initially taking a look at.



Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War (Franchise)

Chainsaw Man

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (Franchise)

Spy x Family S2 (Sequel)


Akiba Maid War

Bocchi the Rock!

Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman. (More than a married couple, but not lovers.)

Love Flops

Urusei Yatsura (Re-Imagining of 1981 Original)


C Danchi

To Your Eternity S2 (Sequel)

Golden Kamuy S4 (Sequel)

The Eminence in Shadow



Summer 2022 Season Guide (Updating)

Oh, hello there! We’re now in Week 11 and quickly approaching Week 12 of the Spring 2022 season, which means saying goodbye to a bunch of one-cours and nearing the midpoint of a couple of two-cours.

It also means, of course, that a whole mess of new Summer series and sequels await us in just a couple weeks’ time. We’ll try to make sense of the onslaught of new and familiar names, and hopefully whittle our watch list down from 14-15 to 8-10 shows (including carryovers).



KJ File

Overlord IV (Sequel)

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

RWBY: Ice Queendom


Call of the Night

Engage Kiss

A Couple of Cuckoos (Spring 2022 Carryover)

Lycoris Recoil

Rent-A-Girlfriend S2 (Sequel)


DanMachi Season IV (Sequel)

The Devil is a Part-Timer! S2 (Sequel)

Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun (Sequel)

Summertime Render (Spring 2022 Carryover)

Vermeil in Gold

Winter 2022 Season Guide (Updating)

This might be the latest (as in most tardy) season preview we’ve done, except for the early years when we’d just watch whatever whenever. It looks to be a full season full of new and old faces and a couple of bombshells. But let us not tarry: read on!


LAST UPDATED 16 Jan 2022


Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen
Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc

Koroshi Ai
Love of Kill

Sabikui Bisco
Rust-Eater Bisco

Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2
Attack on Titan: Maybe The Kina-Sorta
Final Final Season But Who Knows Anymore, Maybe the Anime Will Never End, Part 2

Tokyo 24-ku
Tokyo Twenty Fourth Ward


Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 3
Master Teaser Takagi-san

Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

Hakozume: Kouban Joshi no Gyakushuu
Police in a Pod

Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru
My Dress-Up Darling


Fantasy Bishoujo Juniku Ojisan to
Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout

Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt


Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2

Vanitas no Karte 2nd Season
Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2

Fall 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

The leaves haven’t come close to changing or falling and there’s probably still a heat wave or two in the offing, but that isn’t stopping us from plucking fifteen of the fifty or so anime that will air in the Fall and adding them to out tentative watchlist, as we tend to do this time of year. Aside from 86 and Mushoku Tensei’s second season, there’s a lot of all-new stuff to check out.




86 2nd Season

Build Divide: Code Black

Gyakuten Sekai no Denchi Shoujo
Rumble Garanndoll

Megaton-kyuu Musashi


Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru (Ansatsu Kizoku)
The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat


180 Byou de Kimi no Mimi wo Shiawase ni Dekiru ka?
Can I Make Your Ears Happy in 180 Seconds?

Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu.
Komi Can’t Communicate

Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shima
[Sighs, takes deep breath] Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, AKA I Was Kicked out of the Hero’s Party Because I Wasn’t a True Companion so I Decided to Have a Slow Life at the Frontier

Taishou Otome Otogibanashi
Taishou Maiden Fairytale

Takt Op. Destiny


Deep Insanity: The Lost Child
Spring 2021 Carryover

Spring 2021 Carryover

Mushoku Tensei 2nd Season
Jobless Reincarnation S2

Saihate no Paladin
The Faraway Paladin

Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu
Moon, Laika, and the Bloodsucking Princess


Summer 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

“Pleasure Boats On a Summer Evening Near Ryogoku Bridge”, by Kitagawa Utamaro, 1802-1804.

Summer Comin’. As usual, we’re a little late in listing out the series we’ll be taking a look at. As you can see, there’s plenty of choices, and many of the titles are as long as the days are going to get.

Assuming 86 and Tokyo Revengers take a season off before their second cours, only MagicalChurlSukui will be watching carryovers of existing shows or sequels to existing ones. Both Braverade and sesameacrylic’s Summer lists contain all-new shows; no sequels or spinoffs.

We don’t know if that’s ever happened before, but as usual, we’ll be trying to whittle our total watchlist down to around a dozen, which means dropping seven or eight of the titles below if they’re not worth watching or otherwise redundant to our anime needs of the moment.

As usual, bold titles below are the shows to which we’ll be paying particular attention, and titles may be added or subtracted as needed. That means non-bold shows aren’t guaranteed to be reviewed, just checked out.


LAST UPDATED 1 Sept 2021


Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – Skipped
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

Meikyuu Black Company – Dropped

NIGHT HEAD 2041 – Dropped

Scarlet Nexus – Dropped

Sonny Boy – Picked Up

Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. – Dropped
The Detective Is Already Dead / Tanmoshi

Tokyo Revengers– Dropped
Spring 2021 Carryover


Bokutachi no Remake
Remake Our Life!

Kageki Shoujo!!
Remake Our Life!

Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid
The Duke of Death and His Maid

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
Aquatope of White Sand

Uramichi Oniisan
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan


To Your Eternity
Spring 2021 Carryover

TenSura 2nd Season Part 2

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu – Skipped
Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU

Peach Boy Riverside

Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu

Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-

Vanitas no Carte
The Case Study of Vanitas

Spring 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

We’ve approached the halfway point of the Winter 2021 anime season, which is usually the time for us to start taking a gander at what’s on the horizon for the Spring. The biggest title on our list so far is the third and final season of Fruits Basket, which should be something.

    • We’ll be watching and reviewing all Bold titles below.
    • Crossed-out titles have been dropped or skipped.


LAST UPDATED 21 Apr 2021


Tokyo Revengers
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Mars Red


Don’t Toy With Me, Nagatoro-san

Those Snow White Notes
Zombieland Saga: Revenge

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!


Fruits Basket: The Final
To Your Eternity
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent
Slime 300

Full Dive
Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood
Tensura Nikki

Winter 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

We’re about to enter our twelfth year on the interwebz, and it will be hard to top the eleventh for pure strangeness. We’re not sure if we’ll get much snow this coming Winter (we didn’t get much last Winter) but the metaphor of a fresh blanket of snow providing a blank canvas for the year still fits.

As usual, we’re simply listing shows that are either from franchises we follow or new shows that look interesting based solely on the promo art and talent involved. As such, we’ll surely be adding and subtracting from this list as we draw closer to showtime. Recommendations are welcome!




Attack on Titan
Demon Slayer (Spring 2019)
Jujutsu Kaisen
Kemono Jihen
Otherside Picnic

Ex-Arm (NOPE)
Hortensia Saga


Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun
The Quintessential Quintuplets 2nd Season
Vlad Love (Resumes 14 Feb)
Wonder Egg Priority

Jimihen!!: Jimiko wo Kaechau Jun Isei Kouyuu!! (Skipped)
Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Skipped)
Ore dake Haireru Kakushi Dungeon (Dropped)


Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou (Fall 2020)
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Re:Zero 2nd Season Part 2
TenSura 2nd Season

Fall 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

So far it’s slim pickings this coming Fall—not surprising considering the state of the world. Only a handful of new anime are listed on MAL’s Fall 2020 list, and some of those are sequel seasons to shows we’ve either never seen or are too far behind to attempt to catch up.

Regardless of the number of shows we’ll ultimately be watching, we’ll be implementing an all-new 5-star rating system more akin to Anime News Network than the MAL’s 1-10 scale:

While some among the staff have long been proponents of the 1-10 scale, in practice there are rarely any episodes we’d rate 1-5, since it only takes one or two such episodes to cause us to drop the show entirely. We’ll see how it goes.

This list will be updated if and when we pick up or drop any additional shows. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments and we’ll take them under advisement. And as always, thanks for reading, and take care!




Akudama Drive
Assault Lily: Bouquet
Golden Kamuy 3rd Season
Warlords of Sigrdrifa


Adachi & Shimamura
Great Pretender (ONA)
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Sleeping Princess in the Demon Castle
Talentless Nana
TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You


DanMachi III
Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World
The Day I Became a God
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

Summer 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

Poem by Empress Jitou from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse, Hokusai, c. 1839.

We usually come out with a new season guide roughly halfway through the current season, so we’re running a little late. Depending on the state of Japan (and incidentally, the world) in July, many of the shows on this list may be further delayed or postponed…or they may all air on time! Only time will tell.

For now, here’s a brief look at the shows that have piqued our curiosity. We’ve only listed shows that have been confirmed to air or carry over this Summer. While sequels to heavy hitters like Re:Zero, SAO and  Oregairu are set to (finally) air, we’ll also be checking out as many new and original shows as time allows.

This list will be updated periodically. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading!


LAST UPDATED 27 Aug 2020


No Guns Life S2
SAO: Alicization: War of Underworld S2
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Fugou Keiji – Balance: UNLIMITED—Resuming from Spring

The God of High School—Dropped


Oregairu S3

Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!

Great Pretender (Netflix ONA)—Awaiting Remaining Episodes
Dokyuu Hentai HxEros—Dropped
Shokugeki no Souma 5—Dropped


Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
Fruits Basket
(2019) 2nd Season
Re:Zero S2
The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Lapis Re:LiGHTs – Dropped

Spring 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

Cherry Blossoms at Yoshino, Hokusai, c. 1833

Here we are, at it again. We’re halfway through Winter, so its time to prepare for Spring by taking a gander at what’s headed our way when the weather starts getting warmer.

There are were many huge shows returning (now postponed due to covid-19) and quite a few intriguing new ones airing. Only four sequels are locks so far: Railgun T Part 2, Kaguya-sama: Love is War 2, Food Wars 5, and Fruits Basket 2. We are currently reviewing 11 shows, right around usual.


LAST UPDATED 30 Apr 2020


Tower of God
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T—Winter Carryover
No Guns Life Season 2—Postponed Indefinitely


Appare-Ranman!—Postponed Indefinitely
Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Wave, Listen to Me!
Shokugeki no Souma 5—Postponed Indefinitely
Sing “Yesterday” to Me


Fruits Basket 2nd Season

Princess Connect! Re:Dive

Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle—Dropped
Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou!—Dropped

Winter 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

Koishikawa in the Morning after a Snowfall, Hokusai, c. 1830-1835

It’s right up there in the site description: Purveyors of Fine Anime Reviews and Ratings Since 2010. That means 2020 will be our tenth year in operation (technically our eleventh, but we didn’t start in January 2010). A decade might as well be a century on the interwebs, and all we can say is we’ve been both blessed and cursed with the time and the means to do this as a hobby for so long.

We’ve watched a lot of shows in the last decade—the 100 best of which we’ll probably be posting listicles for in due time—but before that, it’s time to do our thing we do when the current season is around half-over: present the shows we’ve penciled in for viewing next season, which will also mark Decade Number Two.

Those shows are below. We’ll update this list as we add or drop shows. Leave any recommendations you might have in the comments and we’ll take them under advisement!


LAST UPDATED 19 Feb 2020


Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia (Fall Carryover)
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Darwin’s Game
Infinite Dendrogram

Kuutei Dragons


Chihayafuru 3 (Fall Carryover)
Isekai Quartet 2nd Season
Jibaku Shounen no Hanako-kun
A3! Season Spring & Summer

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!

Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita.



In/Spectre (Kyokou Suiri)
Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden
Somali and the Forest Spirit
Kabukichou Sherlock
 (Fall Carryover)

Fall 2019 Season Guide (Updating)

“Autumn”, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 – 1861)

Lots of huge sequels/continuations air this Fall, which will make it tough for us to check out all-new shows. Here’s what’s on our radar so far. Chances are we’ll stick with most of these, and we’ll see if there’s any time for more.


LAST UPDATED 23 Aug 2019

Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia (Absolute Demonic Front)
Fire Force (Summer Carryover)

Psycho-Pass 3
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld

Vinland Saga (Summer Carryover)


Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai 2 (We Can’t Study 2)
Chihayafuru 3 
Kabukichou Sherlock
Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo (Are You Really the Only One Who Likes Me?)
Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara (Food Wars: The Fourth Plate)


Assassins Pride
Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! (CHOYOYU!: High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!)
Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tuee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru (This Hero is Invincible but “Too Cautious”)

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