Avocado Japanese Pop Culture Thread

Weekly Japanese Pop Culture Thread (January 3rd, 2018)

The winter 2018 anime season is nearly upon us, and this one is shaping up to have quite a few interesting series. Here’s what I’m planning on checking out, time-permitting:

  • Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. [Pictured in the header.] This crime drama looks like it could fill the Durarara!!-shaped hole in my heart. Plus it’s nice to see a series that is set in a major city that isn’t Tokyo.
  • Kokkoku. I’m a little worried about the supernatural twist in the premise, but I’m also intrigued by the idea of an anime gender-swapped Liam Neeson movie.
  • Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles. I love ramen noodles too.
  • A Place Further Than the Universe. A bunch of high school students travel to Antarctica. What’s not to love?
  • Violet Evergarden. It sucks that we have to wait for Netflix to release this in the spring, but I think it’ll be worth the wait. After 2017’s amazing A Silent Voice and surprisingly warm Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, I have full faith in whatever KyoAni puts out. (Also hurry up and release Kakegurui, Netflix!)

What looks interesting to you? Here’s a handy chart of what’s airing for your reference.