April means the spring anime season is upon us, so get ready for idols, isekai, and mecha. The anime industry drops nearly every premiere within a two-week span toward the start of each season. That means they get much more grouped up than Western shows. This week, there are three new anime series by women, a new K-drama, and new films from Norway and the U.S.
Heroines Run the Show (Crunchyroll)
directed by Noriko Hashimoto
Hiyori Suzumi moves to Tokyo to train as a track athlete. The job she gets stuck with is managing a male idol group. It’s difficult for her to balance school, track, work, and free time, especially when the pair she’s managing is in her class.
This is the first series Noriko Hashimoto is directing.
You can watch “Heroines Run the Show” on Crunchyroll. The first episode is available now and new episodes arrive Thursdays.
The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (Crunchyroll)
directed by Minato Mirai
Varvatos has grown to become too powerful a sorcerer. The only option left is to travel into the future and become an average kid…who boasts tremendous powers.
Minato Mirai has directed extensively in the “Fate/Stay” universe and helmed last year’s “The Dungeon of Black Company”.
You can watch “The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody” on Crunchyroll. The premiere is available now and new episodes arrive on Wednesdays.
Tiger & Bunny 2 (Netflix)
directed by Kase Mitsuko
Netflix resurrects a classic anime series where superhumans are sponsored and climb annual rankings for their heroics. Veteran heroes Kotetsu and Barnaby may struggle to stay in the game after all these years.
I normally focus on series premieres and not second seasons, especially because anime universes can grow enough offshoots to make the MCU multiverse look tame, but given that there’ve been no new entries since 2011, this is a bit of a unique case.
Director Kase Mitsuko also helmed “Ristorante Paradiso” and “Saikano”. Her career stretches back to mecha series in the 70s and 80s.
You can watch “Tiger & Bunny 2” on Netflix. The series should be able to stand on its own, but Netflix does have the first season from 2011 if you want to start there. All 13 episodes are available immediately.
Green Mothers Club (Netflix)
directed by Ra Ha Na
In this Korean series, five mothers meet through their children’s school. Despite their different outlooks and experiences, they learn to support each other in ways they can’t find elsewhere.
Ra Ha Na directs. She’s also directed “Tinted with You”.
You can watch “Green Mothers Club” on Netflix. The premiere is available now and new episodes arrive every Wednesday for a total of 16.
co-directed by Kate McLean
An elderly, off-the-grid pot farmer sees her business dwindle when cannabis is made legal. She considers what to do next as she harvests her final crop.
Kate McLean writes and directs with Mario Furloni. McLean has primarily worked in documentary films up till now.
Life After You (VOD)
directed by Sarah T. Schwab
After the death of their 19 year-old son from an overdose laced with fentanyl, a family struggles with who is responsible.
This is the first feature film from director and co-writer Sarah T. Schwab.
See where to rent “Life After You”.
Battle: Freestyle (Netflix)
directed by Ingvild Soderlind
Amalie is torn between love, an absent mother, and going with her dance team to the global finals in France. The Norwegian film is based on the novel by Maja Lunde.
This is the second feature film from director Ingvild Soderlind.
You can watch “Battle: Freestyle” on Netflix.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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