Every new season brings a collection of original anime projects. These anime are not an adaptation of sorts, and rely completely on the staff to create a new story. Here are the originals for the Winter 2017 season.
Premier: January 11
Quick Pitch: Hand Shakers are partners who can summon Nimrodes, which are weapons born from the psyche of the partners. Hand Shakers compete and fight with other Hand Shakers in order to have their wish granted. The top pair will also have a chance to challenge God.
Genre: Magical Girl
Studio: Toei Animation
Premier: February 5
Quick Pitch: The newest entry into the Precure! franchise. The tag line is "Make food! Eat! Fight!"
Genre: Action / Comedy / Fantasy / Magic
Studio: Studio Trigger
Premier: January 8
Quick Pitch: Akko enrolls in the Luna Nova Academy in order to train as a witch. When not in class, Akko and her friends Sucy and Lotte get wrapped up in dramatic events and face off against rival students.
Genre: Slice of Life
Studio: Typhoon Graphics
Quick Pitch: A short format series that focuses on, "three stories fostered in your room."
Studio: AXsiZ / Studio Gokumi
Premier: January 6
Quick Pitch: An omnibus style series that will comprise of independent three story arcs containing four episodes. Shōichi is a second year high school student and is anxious about growing up. During the summer, he meets a girl and forms a relationship. Each of the three arcs will focus on a different "main girl."
Studio: Studio 4ºC
Premier: January 9
Quick Pitch: The short format comedy focuses on a team of sukiyaki ingredients that fight to protect Gunma prefecture.
Studio: Issen / Xebec
Premier: January 21
Quick Pitch: The original anime entry into a multi-media project. Kasumi comes across a star-shaped guitar in a pawnshop. Feeling a magical rush, she gathers four other girls to form a band.
Studio: J.C. Staff
Quick Pitch: The original anime entry into a multi-media project. Marginal#4 is an idol unit composed of normal high school students. The members juggle between daily high school life and their idol activities.
Genre: Action / Fantasy
Studio: Studio Khara
Quick Pitch: A two-part original anime project that expands on a short shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. Nonoko is a dentist who is tasked with protecting her country's guardian dragon from tooth-cavities. One day, she finds an enemy soldier that has been resurrected from the inside of the dragon's tooth, which is a sign that a disaster is coming.
Are you planning on watching any original anime during the Winter 2017 season?
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry. Feel free to connect with him on GoBoiano Social.