The New Year is finally upon us! ‘Tis the season of taking the old stuff and hurling it out of the window because we’re ashamed of it, while bringing in the new pretty things! Animax UK have joined Wakanim and Crunchyroll by announcing titles that they will be streaming directly to us in this new anime season!
Arguably the biggest name on their slate is Nisekoi, a romantic comedy from SHAFT and Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Monogatari). Based on the original Shonen Jump manga by Naoshi Komi is about
love hate at first sight – Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki despise each other from the moment they meet, but when they discover that they’re the heirs of two organised crime families on the verge of war, the most mismatched couple of the century have to pretend to be an item! To complicate things even further, Raku is still clinging on to a promise he made to a girl ten years ago, which is symbolised by the pendant he wears around his neck. You can read my review of Nisekoi’s first episode here.
The next announcement was the second season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. Kyoto Animation takes us back to the world of teenage delusions with this sequel series that sees Rikka and Yuta now secretly living together and Yuta having to come to terms with not only having a girlfriend, but one who’s a chunibyo!
Hamatora is the third of the new announcements. Animated by Naz, this supernatural series focuses on Nice and Murasaki, two “Minimum Holders” – people who possess supernatural abilities. Nice and Murasaki form a detective agency called “Hamatora” that is based in their local coffee shop and find themselves involved in a serial murder case – where all of the victims are Minimum Holders!
The fourth and final simulcast anime of this season is Sekai Seifuku: World Conquest Zvezda Plot from A-1 Pictures. The series follows Kate Hoshima, who was born with magnificent skills in her attempt to conquer the world. Does she have what it takes to uphold the legendary Zvezda Plot?