The spring anime season has just begun, and that means lots of new shows, new seasons of your favorite series, spinoffs, and more. This weekend is especially packed; among the premieres is the anime adaptation of Persona 5, but there are a few big shows to keep an eye on as the season kicks off. Here are all the notable shows premiering this weekend.
First up is Persona 5: The Animation, which has the same premise as last year’s acclaimed RPG. A-1 Pictures, which worked on Persona 4: The Golden Animation, is producing this series as well. You’ll be able to watch the first episode on April 7 on Crunchyroll in the Americas, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. You can also watch it on Hulu in the US.
Smash-hit superhero series My Hero Academia is returning with Season 3 on April 7. It’ll be available on Crunchyroll and Hulu in Japanese with English subtitles, while Funimation will be streaming the English dubbed version. Funimation recently tweeted that the first episode’s dub is delayed; the site will be streaming the subbed version in the meantime and resume simuldub streaming with episode 2.
Next is a spinoff of popular series Sword Art Online. Called Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, the series follows a female gamer whose avatar dresses in all pink, and the in-show game features a battle royale mode. SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online also premieres on April 7 and will be available on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Lewd food anime Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma starts back up again this weekend as well. The first episode of the second half of season 3 (which sounds complicated but is common in anime) premieres this weekend on Crunchyroll. Be warned; it’s NSFW.
Finally, the reboot of classic ’70s series Cutie Honey, Cutie Honey Universe, premieres this weekend. It’s being produced as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of creator Go Nagai’s work in anime and manga. While no streaming service has been announced, Cutie Honey Universe has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in a ton of regions outside Japan (via Crunchyroll), so be on the lookout for it soon.
As the season continues, look out for series like Steins;Gate 0, Golden Kamuy, and more. For more anime, see our list of the biggest anime to watch in 2018. And if you’re looking for new shows to watch in the meantime, check out our gallery of the best anime available on Netflix and our top 10 anime of 2017.