April 2019 Season Sees 36% Drop in Late Night Anime Premieres
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The last few years were dubbed a "good harvest" by viewers with plenty of anime to choose from the crop. Last year's spring season alone included 42 television anime premieres on Japan's late night programming blocks. Twitter user Anime_Local noticed that the harvest was pruned for this year's spring season; only 15 anime series are set to premiere in late night slots this April by their count.
The late-night spring 2019 line-up includes:
- Bakumatsu Crisis
- Carole & Tuesday
- Fruits Basket
- Gunjō no Magmell
- Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine
- Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
- Kenja no Mago
- Kimetsu no Yaiba
- King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars
- Kono Oto Tomare!
- Namu Amida Bu! -Rendai Utena-
- One-Punch Man
- Shōmetsu Toshi
- We Never Learn
- YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.
Anime_Local asserts that the previous late night series deluge wasn't a good idea to begin with and most of the 42 series from 2018's spring season weren't memorable.
The list itself still stands incomplete and doesn't account for short-form late night series like Senryū Shōjo, or some standard length series like the second season of Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur, Ao-chan Can't Study!, Nobunaga Sensei no Osanazuma, Fairy gone, Over Drive Girl 1/6, RobiHachi, Strike Witches 501 Butai Hasshinshimasu!, or Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san. Additionally, the premiere times for Sarazanmai, I'm From Japan, Midnight Occult Civil Servants, and the third season of Bungo Stray Dogs are still unknown.
If we do not include any shorts and presuming none of the 12 listed anime above are shorts, this April's season includes 27 late-night series, a 36% drop from last year. The AnimeJapan convention is also on the horizon for any last minute series announcements.
Would you like to see smaller offerings every three months and do you think it's an indicator of a higher quality season? Let us know in the forums!