Light novel fans are about to see a lot of titles come to life all at once — the spring 2017 anime season will boast no fewer than eight novel adaptations (some being continuations of existing series) in its line-up.
Written by OreImo creator Tsukasa Fushimi and illustrated by Hiro Kanzaki, Eromanga-sensei centers on high-schooler Masamune Izumi, who loves writing light novels and has them illustrated by an anonymous artist dubbed “Eromanga-sensei” because of their penchant for lewd drawings. Masamune eventually discovers that his collaborator is actually his 12-year-old shut-in sister, Sagiri. The anime adaptation is being released by Aniplex in April 2017.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ♭ (Flat)
A continuation of the existing Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, the new “Flat” series will begin airing in April 2017, revisiting Tomoya Aki and his visual novel team.
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho
The grand prize winner at the 20th annual Dengeki Novel Awards, Zero kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho (“Starting the Magical Book from Zero”) follows a naive witch named Zero on a quest for a magical book with the power to destroy the world, accompanied by her half-beast bodyguard who longs to be human. The anime will be released in April 2017 by White Fox.
Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
Skilled magician Glenn Radars becomes the substitute teacher for a magic class — however, his lazy attitude leads people to believe he’s an incompetent, causing the student Sistina to keep a close eye on him. In actuality, he’s developed a special type of magic that cancels out all magical effects within a certain radius, allowing him to focus on hand-to-hand combat. The anime, directed by Minato Kazuto and released by Liden Films, will be released in April 2017.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria
The DanMachi spinoff covers many important events from the original series, as told from the point of view of Ais Wallenstein. The anime adaptation, featuring the return of the primary voice cast from the original series, starts in April 2017.
Written by Tsubaki Himana and No Game No Life writer Yuu Kamiya and illustrated by Shino, Clockwork Planet takes place in the present day, when a box crashes into the home of high school boy Naoto. In side is RyuZU, an automaton from a thousand years after the demise of Earth and its reconstruction by a mysterious man known simply as “Y.” The adaptation will be animated by Xebec and released in April 2017.
In this teen-centric fantasy series, around half the population of the town of Sakurada possess special powers. Two students — one who can remember anything he sees or hears, and one who can turn back time a maximum of three days — use their powers to solve crime around town. In addition to the anime adaptation coming out in April, two live-action films will be released during the second quarter of 2017.
Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?
The light novel series, whose title is translated as “Do you have what THE END? Are you busy? Shall you save xxx?” and abbreviated as Sukasuka, is the story of young girls called Leprechauns who use ancient weapons to protect the remains of earth from giant beasts. The anime adaptation will begin airing this spring.
And the adaptations don’t end there. Fall 2017 will see a new Full Metal Panic! series, with adaptations of High School DxD Phase 4, Record of Grancrest War, Gamers!, Tenshi no 3P!, Knights & Magic, and The Other World Dining Hall due to premiere at an as-yet-unknown time.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, runs social media and interviews for (Re)Generation Who, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.