1. Fena: Pirate Princess
This is fine so far. I like it well enough, but it's by no means a masterpiece from what I've seen of it so far. It does seem to want to rush through things really quickly, though I think that's because it's only been allowed to have 12-13 episodes. The characters are alright, but still very archetypal. The animation is great, and I'm a sucker for Yuki Kajiura's music, but she doesn't seem to be bringing her A-game here. I'm kind of conflicted, because it does have the ingredients for a great show, but its short episode number is clearly detrimenting it. Also, Yukimaru's kind of a dick. I don't like him, mainly for the way he treats Fena. But I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
2. Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 3
Oh yeah! One of my favorite magical girl anime gets a third season! Which reminds me, I really need to watch the second season. I did find out Sentai Filmworks rescued the series from licensing limbo, and am curious to see if they'll dub the other seasons. Who knows? But once I finally sit down and watch the second season, you can bet I'll be watching this, too!
3. Yakunara Mug Cup Mo Season 2
I really found myself liking season 1, but I was sure it'd just be one of those anime that would have one season and then be forgotten. So you can imagine just how happy I was when it was announced that it was getting a second season! Man, a lot of shows I like are getting sequels this time around, aren't they?
4. Waccha PriMagi!
Yeah, that PriPara series has yet another show in the works. I never got into it myself, but I'm thinking about doing so. Junichi Sato is directing this one, and he's usually pretty good at making something at least decent out of fairly childish and cliche premises. And HiDive is streaming it, and I have a HiDive subscription, so maybe this'll be a fun, light-hearted watch. But man those character designs are way too flashy and overstuffed!
5. Heike Monogatari
Hot damn! Now this anime really blew my mind in the best way possible! A fun female lead, a deep story that promises a lot of intrigue, animated by Science Saru, directed by Naoko Yamada, written by Reiko Yoshida, and takes place in the Heian Era?! Sign me the hell up! I was already sold from the trailer, and while there are a few things about episode 1 that bugged me—some exposition, one particularly jarring change in tone, and the rather odd soundtrack that doesn't feel like it fits certain scenes at times—I was still blown away by just how amazing this looks. I honestly can't wait for more, and considering one of my favorite anime of all time has a similar premise and setting, I'm curious to see if Heike Monogatari will live up to its ambitious premiere.
1. Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics (Seasons 1 and 2)