Just when you’ve had your fill of new anime and J-drama, one TV season ends, and the next begins. There’s always a string of new TV shows coming out. Some bad. Some good. Some great. However, when you have a dozen or so new shows released every few months, you have to do some sorting. You can’t watch them all. You wouldn’t want to watch them all. Maybe a handful of new ones you really like.
How do you wade through the new-season waters?
The common method many of you use is to do a Google search for “new anime” or “new j-drama.” You then probably go to a site like MyAnimeList, which neatly arranges all the new shows for you, with a picture, a blurb, run time, ranking, etc.
There is nothing wrong with this method. Except… it’s English.
I know, I know. This is just a little English to a gateway of Japanese. But why not do it the Japanese way, and make your anime/J-drama search also count as study time?
Anime New Seasons
The 2 major options I’ve used are:
Matome is the massive Japanese website that gathers information and creates articles on every topic imaginable. They have a roundup of the new and upcoming anime for every season. However, it’s a bit simple, and only gives you a title, official website link, and a short description.
I prefer あにぽた (anime portal?) as this specifically caters to anime. First you get everything a lot bigger and brighter.
You usually get a longer and better description, with links to the voice cast.
You get news-related links to the anime as well as links to the manga, if you want to buy/read it.
You get Japanese comments (more practice!)
Finally, you get a number of preview videos of the anime. Usually a trailer, an anime song, or some other promotion. Occasionally it’ll be Japan-restricted (which I think is ridiculous to put on an anime trailer), but you know… Japan.
I haven’t found as good a specific site for J-drama, so I usually just use the Matome website for J-drama.
Similar to anime, you get the title, picture, description, and link to official site.
From there, if you like the picture and/or the description, you can click on the official site, and usually you can find a trailer for the J-drama. I wish they would just include the trailer on the Matome site, but J-drama trailers are weird. Sometimes they don’t exist. Sometimes the site makes them only available through their site. It can be a little frustrating.
Enjoy the new season!
Make the search be fun and part of your studying.
And what am I watching this new season? So far the following have piqued my interest.
Do you have any other (Japanese) sites you use to search for new anime/J-drama? What are you watching this new season?
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