Spring 2022 Preview

Spring 2022 Preview

Spring 2022 Preview

Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Spring 2022 Preview
Ah, spring, when the bone-chilling snow melts into refreshing puddles that feed the budding spring blooms. Similarly, our dashed hopes and exceeded expectations from winter melt into our hopes for a blossoming Spring anime season. Will the anticipated premieres bloom into a beautiful sakura-lined avenue or a putrid bed of carrion flowers? Well, we will have to tune in to see! What I can say is that there are some very promising buds.
Back in fashion for the season are , , , and . On the sports field, we have the unique horse-racing anime and the anticipated . While not a sport (although some may claim it is a game), love is in the air too with the high school romance , battle-crossed lovers in , or the hilariously stubborn Shinomiya Kaguya and Shirogane Miyuki in for added (viewing) pleasure. For a heartwarming story of a not-so-usual “family”, check out (which I think may be one of the standouts of the season). Or, for a bit of supernatural mystery, may be just the thing. Sometimes (at least for me), life is about the finer arts and , a coming of age story about finding one’s own self-expression through the art of ballet, promises just that. Spring really is here at last, and anime isn’t far behind: this is Random Curiosity’s Spring 2022 Preview!
As is tradition now our Excitement Levels previously introduced shall again be used. With every anime a cacophony of hype and wholly immune to objective thought (because art), we will embrace the spin and give you our visceral gut reactions to what is likely to transpire. For more information, check out the section at the bottom, which includes an expanded explanation of each category and a list of all shows by Excitement Level.

Disclaimer: Considering how substantial a task the Random Curiosity season preview is, we’ve divided it up among our active (Choya, FJ Freeman, Gabie, Guardian Enzo, Pancakes, Princess Usagi (that’s me!), Miss Simplice, Takaii, Yaseen Hijazi, Zaiden, and Zephyr) in order to maintain the quality of this preview. We will try to point out what appeals to us in each series, in the hope it will help you determine if it coincides with your tastes.
Disclaimer #2: Please note that this list does not reflect all the series airing this coming season. It is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, but omissions have been made for shows that stray from the anime norm, seem to be oriented toward young children, or of late, shows being exclusively batch released through Netflix (refer to the OVA section for mentions on these). Likewise, any shows which have been postponed or currently are not confirmed to premiere have also been excluded. Please check out MOON PHASE for complete listings, syoboi for specific air times, and Fansub DB for a list of potential sources for each series. And if we happened to miss something major, don’t hesitate to poke us!
Above all else, however, let me take this chance for a big thank you to the Random Curiosity team for this season’s preview. Life is hectic at the best of times (especially now more than ever), and if not for the help of everyone this preview wouldn’t have been possible – so the thanks are persistent and kudos plentiful. Also remember if in need of some differing perspectives to check out the LiA Spring preview for a second opinion on many of these shows.
Finally, and as always, many thanks to the entire Random Curiosity community. Whether you read every post or only a handful, whether you’re involved with and/or contribute to our Discord channel, or simply just lurk the site and stop by for the seasonal preview roundup, it’s your time, attention, and company which keep us going. Here’s to another fun season of anime for us to enjoy together!
Technical Note: The chart below is ordered by the date and time that the shows premiere. The links in the schedule will take you to a series’ corresponding entry and the “Top” links on the right will bring you back. You can also use the back/forward buttons in your browser to jump between links you’ve clicked. All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For example, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night. Series being streamed and season carryovers are excluded and series lacking confirmed air times are excluded until further airing info is released.


19:00 TOKYO MX (04/03)

21:00 AT-X (04/10)

22:00 AT-X (04/03)

23:00 TOKYO MX (04/03)

23:00 TOKYO MX (04/04)

24:00 TV TOKYO (04/11)

26:29 Yomiuri TV (04/11)

22:30 AT-X (04/05)

23:00 TOKYO MX (04/05)

24:00 TV TOKYO (04/05)

25:29 NTV (04/05)

21:00 AT-X (04/06)

21:30 AT-X (04/06)

22:00 AT-X (04/06)

23:30 AT-X (04/06)

24:00 TV TOKYO (04/06)

24:55 Fuji TV (04/06)

21:00 AT-X (04/07)

22:30 TOKYO MX (04/07)

23:30 AT-X (04/07)

24:00 TOKYO MX (04/14)

25:28 TBS (04/07)

25:58 TBS (04/07)

00:00 Netflix (04/08)

21:30 AT-X (04/08)

22:00 AT-X (04/08)

24:00 TOKYO MX (04/08)

24:30 TOKYO MX (04/01)

25:25 MBSTBS (04/08)

25:30 TOKYO MX (04/01)

26:25 TBS / MBS (04/01)

10:00 TV TOKYO (04/02)

17:30 Yomiuri TV (04/02)

18:25 NHK-E (04/09)

22:00 TOKYO MX (04/02)

23:00 TV TOKYO (04/09)

23:30 TOKYO MX (04/02)

24:00 NHK (04/09)

24:00 TOKYO MX (04/09)

24:30 TOKYO MX (04/02)

25:30 TV Asahi (04/23)

26:00 ABC (04/09)

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Wikipedia (EN)
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Preview by Guardian Enzo
Guardian Enzo
By the time you read this Kotaro Lives Alone will already have dumped on Netflix, but it’s a notable enough property that I wanted to include it. Kotarou is a manga with quite an interesting history. The manga itself is an award winner, and the live-action adaptation has been one of the most well-received TV dramas in recent years. It’s little-known outside Japan but quite a prestige property here.
Manga and anime’s fascination with children living alone seems to reach the point of absurdity here, where the child in question is 4 years old. I’m withholding judgment on that premise (update: it’s great) until I see how it’s rationalized, but there is obvious potential for emotional resonance in the story. Director Makino Tomoe did good work on Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro (though he’s actually directing two series this season, which can be worrisome). An odd duck, certainly, but Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi has a lot to recommend it, not least that it’s a seinen and that always improves the odds of a series being good.
Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi represents the challenges Netflix presents to a blogger. Is it a winter series? Spring? How does one cover it? Preview it? Netflix stubbornly refuses to distribute anime in the manner fans are used to, and as a result their series seem to generate less buzz among serious fans than they otherwise might (as witness excellent works like Great Pretender and Godzilla Singular Point). The trade-off I suppose is greater exposure to the general public – one Netflix is willing to make. Kotarou at least was dumped worldwide as opposed to making subscribers outside Japan wait a season.


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