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

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

Whaddup, my friends? The new fall anime season is almost upon us, and you know what that means: everyone’s favourite franchise Sword Art Online is back! This time, they’re doing a four-cour adaptation of the beloved Alicization arc. That’s right: 50+ episodes of Kirito and friends, baffling fanservice, and cages with bars placed so far apart you could drive a truck through the gaps.

For those of you not aboard the SAO train, there’s a variety of new series to choose from. Not much has really jumped out at me, but I think I’ll check out the super-stylish buddy cop dramedy Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, and yuri romance Bloom Into You has some positive buzz as well. I’m also a sucker for short-form anime, so if Capsule Hotel de (no, I’m not typing out the entire title) gets a Western release, I might watch it.

Also of note:

  • Dragon Pilot, the new series from Mari Okada, writer/director of the beautiful but flawed Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, just premiered on Netfix. This is considerably more cartoonish and comedic than Maquia, from what I’ve heard.
  • Fan favourite and Ainu history lesson Golden Kamuy is back for its second season. I hear this series has bears. I like bears.
  • Crime thriller/BL melodrama Banana Fish continues with its second cour.
  • The ludicrously popular Fairy Tail series is entering its final season. I have no idea what it’s about.

What are you folks planning on checking out? Any recommendations? And as always, please share what you’ve been reading/playing/eating/listening to lately.