Noitamina is Japanese television channel Fuji TV’s anime programming block, with past works including Silver Spoon, Princess Jellyfish, and Psycho-Pass. Just announced last night, here’s the full lineup of Noitamina TV anime scheduled for this year:
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Title: Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai)
Premiere Date: January 13, 2017
Format: TV Anime
What it is: Adapted from a manga by Mengo Yokoyari, this story revolves around two high school students who are in love with adults that work at their school despite knowing their beloved doesn’t love them back in the same way. In order to cure the loneliness of their unrequited love, the two students–named Hanabi and Mugi–begin dating, using each other as replacements for the one they yearn for. However, because they are only in it for the emotional aspect, they are not friends-with-benefits (although they do kiss).
A live-action adaptation will air on TV during the same season as the anime. The staff of Noitamina announced yesterday that the original manga will end this spring, and both the live-action show and anime will be adapting the ending of the source material.
Title: Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat (Saenai Kanojo no Sodatekata Flat)
Premiere Date: April 2017
Format: TV Anime
What it is: The second season of an anime adapting Fumiaki Maruto’s series of light novels. The story of this anime follows a boy who wants to make his own indie game to sell at Comic Market (Comiket), an open market held twice a year where independent creators can sell their original or fan-made works. He encounters a girl named Megumi completely by chance and decides that he wants to make her the heroine of the romance visual novel game he’s writing, but finds out that she actually is his classmate. He recruits his other classmates–a genius novelist and a genius artist–to help him make the game that he hopes to complete before Comic Market.
Fun fact: the original creator of Saekano is a scenario writer for romance visual novels himself, with one of his most famous works being White Album 2, which was adapted into an anime (that he also did the scripts for).
Premiere Date: July 2017
Format: TV Anime
What it is: This anime adapts a novel series by female author Eto Mori that was published between 2000 and 2002. The novel series already inspired a radio drama in 2003, a manga adaptation in 2007, and a live-action film in 2008. The story of DIVE!! follows Tomoki Sakai, a middle school student whose parents were Olympic divers. Unfortunately for him, the diving club he attends is fairly weak and is in danger of being closed. However, he is given the chance to save the club under one condition: his team must qualify for the Olympics. With the help from a female coach, an elite high school diver named Shibuki, and another diver with unorthodox techniques named Yōichi, his fight for his club’s survival begins.
The original character designs for the anime are drawn by Suzuhito Yasuda, a manga creator and illustrator known for his work on Yozakura Quartet and Durarara!!.
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Premiere Date: October 2017
What it is: This anime adapts a manga by Gantz creator Hiroya Oku that began serializing in 2014. The story of the manga follows a 58-year-old, cowardly man with the family name Inuyashiki (literally meaning “Dog Mansion”) who is neglected and unloved by his family despite his efforts. His life is turned upside down when he is injured in a strange explosion and his body is turned into that of one with human skin covering robotic flesh. Although the old man uses his new-found powers to heal others and fight crime, the other young man that got the same powers as him chooses to use his powers for murder. Like Oku’s past works, Inuyashiki is a work filled with dark, lonely, depressing themes, as well as plenty of violence.
A live-action adaptation of the story was also announced last night. It will premiere in 2018.
Title: Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome
Premiere Date: April 7, 2017
What it is: This movie is based on a novel by The Eccentric Family author Tomihiko Morimi and is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, a director known for his work on Ping Pong and Kick-Heart. The story of the original novel revolves around a young man (known only as “Senpai”) who falls in love with his underclassman at school, a girl only known as “Black-Haired Girl.” As he continues to pursue her, stranger and stranger things begin to happen. Just like The Eccentric Family, this film takes place in Kyoto.
If you don’t have enough from director Yuasa, he also revealed in a video message played at the conference that he has another project in store that will premiere this spring.
Title: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (New Project)
Premiere Date: 2018
What it is: Not much is known about this project at the moment, other than that it is coming. The first Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime aired this past summer. An original anime project from the studio that animated Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga, the story takes place in a world where humanity lives in “stations” connected by a giant railway in order to protect themselves from the undead, which are called “Kabaneri.” A group of survivors from a deadly zombie attack ride a train in hopes of escaping danger.