Grisaia no Meikyuu
Genres: Harem, Romance, Golgo 13
Lazy Plot Synopsis: Yuuji wants a promotion at work so he will continue to do inexplicably awesome things as the girls back at the school wonder why he is so dreamy.
What I Knew About This Before I Did Research: What more do I need to know about this. Yuuji is the greatest hero of our times.
What I Think of It After Research: This is all going to laughably turn into a scenario where the girls have to use the talents that Yuuji showed them they had to rescue him from international conspiracy. Who doesn’t want to see a girl in a maid outfit setting up bombs like it’s going out of style.
Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Game Adaptation
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Ezaki Shinpei
Lazy Plot Synopsis: Some guys dual wield guns and they shoot at each other and it’s animated.
What I Knew About This Before I Did Research: So this is a Nitroplus game so I’m guessing there’s Super Sonico DLC involved in this somewhere. Otherwise I’ve got nothing.
What I Think of It After Research: I think this will end up closer to the Devil Survivor 2 camp than any other game adaptation. There’s really not a lot to go on other than the studios involved on the anime side and the publisher on the game side and you know I’m totally ignorant of both camps.
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
Genres: Yuri, Comedy, Chuunibyou Girls from England
Studio: Studio Gokumi
Director: Tanaka Motoki
Lazy Plot Synopsis: It is literally cute girls doing cute things, and I don’t mean that in the new sense of literal I mean in the old sense in that it is actually what is happening. The draw is the relationship between Alice and Shinobu, but Karen is really the best girl overall.
What I Knew About This Before I Did Research: I watched the first season. I know all there is about this show.
What I Think of It After Research: It’s probably going to be much of the same for the second season as the first. That means the best parts of the show are going to be the ones where they stop adapting the manga and decide to do their own thing with the characters. The starting and ending bits of the first season were the best parts.
Genres: Music, KyoAni
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Director: Ishihara Tatsuya
Lazy Plot Synopsis: Girls join a brass band club in high school after they did so in middle school, but there’s a history between them and one of the existing members that goes back to that incident at a concert.
What I Knew About This Before I Did Research: Seeing as Amagi Brilliant Park was kind of good, the studio is due to resume making forgettable shows again.
What I Think of It After Research: Despite Ishihara being behind many of KyoAni’s best works to date, Nichijou was several years ago and it hasn’t been great since. There’s also a character whose name is Sapphire that isn’t a nickname, but is an actual thing. I don’t even think it is like that for a joke. So I think this is going to be KyoAni’s Glasslip in the end.
Genres: Harem, Action, Too Many Best Girls
Director: Yanagisawa Tetsuya
Lazy Plot Synopsis: Issei spends his time doing perverted things and his dragon armor says “BOOOSTTO” a lot during battles. Yet, this is somehow awesome.
What I Knew About This Before I Did Research: This is a show that does a lot of piss-taking on the genre and does things over the top. They just offhandedly killed God last season. And Akeno is best girl. I will fight you if you say someone like Koneko or childhood friend is.
What I Think of It After Research: This is the third season of the show and they have not even reached close to half of the adaptable material in the light novels. You could say this could go on for years and years with new seasons as long as the publisher likes what they are getting in sales. Also as of the writing of this sentence, the new season is rated as the 11th greatest anime of all time by MAL, which is completely justified since the top ten is littered with survivorship bias.