With the Winter 2015 anime season imminent, we will be taking a look through the best and worst upcoming series set to premiere this season. We will be detailing which series you should watch, which series you should consider and which series you should avoid all means necessary. So without further adieu, here is SnapThirty’s handy Winter 2015 anime season watch guide.
These are the series that look to be the cream of the crop, these are the series that you must watch:
Death Parade (Madhouse, January 10th)
In 2014 we were treated to something rather unique in the anime world, a billiards anime. Now here we stand at the threshold of 2015 with that very same OVA now getting a full fledged series. Death Billiards (as the OVA was known) was a suspenseful thriller that saw two unlikely bar flies finding themselves wrapped up in the most important game of bar room billiards of their lives. Now that same concept will become a full length series. What possibilities await leaves me highly curious for this upcoming series.
With the incredible Death Billiards OVA as its foundation, Death Parade looks to be a thrilling suspense drama set within a dark underground world were life and death hangs in the balance of a simple bar room game. With Yuzuru Tachikawa helming the project once again, I can’t wait to see how he handles making this fascinating concept into a full length series. This could be a sink or swim moment for this relative newbie director, but given his small yet quality history of work, Death Parade looks to be a must watch series of Winter 2015.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders – Egypt Arc (David Production, January 10th)
After the long journey that was the first part of Stardust Crusaders, we have finally arrived at ground zero – Egypt. The long awaited Egypt Arc is here and now the crusaders can finally get down to business of taking out 100 year old murderous evil villain/vampire Dio. There was many speed humps in the rude, some rather unnecessary bouts of faking ones own death and who could forget that time they fought an Orangutan on a boat.
It goes without saying that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is downright bizarre but ultimately that is what makes it such compelling viewing. The show can literally go anywhere and do anything regardless of any preconceived notion of rules, the series throws them out the window time and time again all in the name of doing it bigger and louder than before.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a hell of a lot of fun and it is undoubtedly a series to watch in Winter 2015. I mean they have a stand using dog on their team now, what’s not to like?
Assassination Classroom (Brains Base, January 10th)
Assassination Classroom is undoubtedly a modern day Shonen Jump mega hit. With millions of volumes in circulation and a fan base growing larger each week, the series has captured the imagination of readers across the globe with its quirky concept and oddly endearing cast of characters. This is without a doubt one of the most unique Shonen Jump manga in years and that definitely has contributed to its success.
The series follows a tentacled alien being known as Koro-sensei who one day decides to invade Earth for a laugh. Rather than immediately destroy the planet and all life on it, he decides to have a bit of fun and challenges the students of Class 3-E to assassinate him within 1 year or else he will destroy the world. It doesn’t seem too difficult a challenge right? Well the problem is, Koro-sensei moves at Mach 20 speed and may very well be the best teacher Class 3-E has ever had.
Its a quirky comedy to say the least but one that must be seen. All eyes will be on Assassination Classroom in Winter 2015, make sure your paying attention students, you have a teacher to kill after all.
These are the series that look like they could be worth considering watching, they may not be obvious standouts but there is a chance they could be something special:
Absolute Duo (8bit, January 4th)
Magic powers, school setting, cute girls, cool action. Its the simple things in life that sometimes bring us the most joy. The simple things seems to be what Absolute Duo is aiming for because the plot here reads like the plot of a thousand other anime before it. What will set Absolute Duo apart however? Well I don’t quite know. The reason I’ve put this under ‘Consider’ is that series like this often turn out being decently enjoyable in their own right, even if they aren’t exactly original.
The series follows a school of magic powered students who must partner up as part of the ‘Duo-system’ and train in combat for reasons that remain a mystery. It is a light novel adaptation so definitely weigh that up when considering whether you’ll watch this one or not. I know I’ll be giving it a look in just to see if I can have a bit of fun with it. 3 episode test it is for Absolute Duo.
Durarara!!x2: Shou (Studio Shuka, October 6th)
There are some series that demand a sequel, they leave the audience hanging in a way that they just can’t not have more. Durarara!! wasn’t exactly a series that needed a sequel, let alone 3 of them spread out across the next 12 months. I love Durarara!! don’t get me wrong, but I feel like there are some things better left as is and to me Durarara!! was perfect just the way it was. Obviously there are DRRR!! fans out there who’d disagree vehemently with me hence why there is 3 sequels on the way.
So essentially the deal with this continuation is that Brains Base is no longer helming the project, rather Studio Shuka a relative unknown in the industry is handling the project. Shuka plans on release 3 series each spanning 13 episodes spread out over the year. It could be great or it could be an example of too much of a good thing. Definitely put this one in the ‘to consider’ pile.
Kuroko’s Basketball 3 (Production I.G., January 11th)
Who ready to slam dunk again? Well if you’ve stuck with Kuroko’s Basketball this far I’m sure you’ll be watching this. I’d however caution the consider option for the very same reason as Durarara!!x2 – too much of a good thing can be bad for you. As much as I love Kuroko and Seirin I’m at an impasse with the series.
I’ll be sure to give it a go but it if the series can’t hold me like it did in its earlier seasons I may have to put down the basketball and call it a day. Fortunately I have faith that Kurobas can still maintain the same level of intensity and excitement that it has in both its previous seasons. So I’ll definitely be giving this one the test and I advise all fans of the series to do the same.
Tokyo Ghoul Root:A (Studio Pierrot, January 9th)
This one is really a case of whether you liked the first season enough to want another dose of the macabre world of Tokyo Ghoul. The sequel looks pretty interesting in the direction it looks to be taking but really its inaccessible to those who haven’t seen the first season. So for the fans of the first series, take a gander of Tokyo Ghoul Root:A (terrible name by the way) and see if it continues on strong from the rather mixed bag that was the first season.
Tokyo Ghoul’s first season had sparks of brilliance throughout although it was mired by some disappointing lows in the middle of the season. Hopefully the second season will be more of the former than the latter.
Rolling Girls (WIT Studio, January 11th)
There has been a lot of talk about this original anime from Wit Studio. the concept is certainly intriguing. After a war in Tokyo the nation is divided into clans or ‘mobs’ who are in conflict with one another. The titular four ‘rolling girls’ must travel Japan on motorcycles mediating conflict between warring mobs all the while fighting the sense that they themselves are becoming a ‘mob’.
Rolling Girls could either be very good or very very bad. I’m optimistic though that it may wind up being actually quite good. The art is rather stylish and the concept is interesting enough that I’m willing to give it a look in. Also Wit Studio are really forging a name for themselves and this is arguably their first major series since Attack on Titan so I for one am curious what they can put together. This is one worth a look in.
These are the series that look just plain bad and you’d be best served by avoiding them at all costs:
Koufuku Graffiti (SHAFT, January 9th)
If you are a long time reader of mine you’d know I am not a big fan of SHAFT and their particular ‘brand’ of anime. Koufuku Graffiti looks to be SHAFT at their most crass and I am going to be to sure to avoid this one at all costs.
The series follows a girl who makes friends through her cooking. SHAFT describes the series as an ‘erotic meal time anime’ which will ‘whet your appetite’. I am not one to judge based on fetish, but I am far from interested in erotic food scenes. Sorry Koufuku Graffiti but I think I’ll have to skip lunch. Good luck with the whole erotic meal time thing though.
Did we miss an anime you are looking forward to for Winter 2015? If so let us know what you are looking forward to watching in the comments section below. Do you agree with our watch guide? Let us know!