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Fall 2014 Anime (PREVIEW)
Notable Fall 2014 Anime (PREVIEW)
Summer is at its end and with it brings arguably the busiest season of the year. Fall has always been my favorite season since it is at this time of the year that we often see some two season anime filled with potential that will continue into the next year or some worthy continuations of anime of the past. This season is no different, and to welcome what I think could very well be the best season of the year, I decided to couple my regular previews with a video of most of the anime that I find the most notable this season. It’s the reason why I took so long to create this particular preview in comparison with all my other ones. I must note that there are certain shows like Gundam: G no Reconguista that I am moderately anticipating but won’t cover in the video since I don’t have a lot to say about it as I’m not overly familiar with the Gundam franchise. This written list contains all the anime I’ll be checking out from the beginning of the season. From my experience, a lot of them will be dropped in a few weeks. However, with anime like the remake of Fate/Stay Night, the second season of the DATABASE WOW WOW, the return of the glorious Chaikabrows, more Mushishi, the second season of Psycho-Pass, and many others, it looks like I’ll be quite busy let’s season. Without further ado, let’s get this preview started!
Apologies for taking so long on this preview. The video gave me a lot of unforeseen trouble.
Note: I am only previewing TV Series that I will at least watch the first episode of. I will not preview series that I haven’t watched previous seasons of either. I skipped a lot of series for this preview. For a list of all airing anime in spring 2014, please refer to this list.
Within the tier, it starts from what I least anticipate to what I most anticipate. The last (most anticipated) few ones of the tier can sometimes be fairly close to the next tier. Consequently, the first few of each tier can sometimes be close to the previous tier. The tiers are not relative to the anime in each season. This means that there are no fixed number of any tier for any season. It’s possible for there to be no tier ones. The number of tier one and tier two anime are probably good indicators of how good the season looks at a glance. I have removed the status because I’ve changed the way I am reviewing episodically. Refer to this post for more information.
Note: These are tentative. Also, if any anime, regardless of tier, has noteworthy episodes, I will try to do reviews.
Tier 4: Least anticipated – Will try it out, but very prone to being dropped.
Tier 3: Moderately anticipated – Looks at least somewhat interesting. Will probably hold out for a few episodes.
Tier 2: Heavily anticipated – At first glance, appears to be above average. Three episode rule at least.
Tier 1: Extremely anticipated – Very promising looking anime that I will most likely watch every episode of.
Tier 4 (Least Anticipated)
This one is an adaptation of a four panel comedy manga. There’s only one chapter translated right now, and I can say that I’m not too pleased with the humor so far. It’s got the typical silliness that comes with many of these four panel manga, but it isn’t particularly funny, and it doesn’t stand out too much in any way. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be one of those five minute anime. This may also be the kind of show that works better in anime format. It’s probably in your best interest, if you’re even remotely interested in this type of thing, for you read the first chapter of the manga and watch the first episode. Heck, I don’t think you even need to watch the whole first episode to realize if you’ll be liking this anime. The director has been involved in some interesting shows like AKB0048, Amagami SS, and Aria The Natural. However, his involvement is limited to just a few episodes, so I wouldn’t put too much weight on this. I suppose if you want to listen to Ono Daisuke or Sakurai Takahiro voice acting, feel free to check it out. The comedy isn’t for me though, and I’m actually not even sure if I’m going to check out the first episode. Not really looking forward to this one, so let’s move on.
Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.
DO YOU LOVE TWINTAILS? BECAUSE THIS MALE PROTAGONIST REALLY DOES. SO MUCH SO THAT HE IS GIVEN THE POWER TO TRANSFORM INTO THE TWINTAILS WARRIOR TAILRED… Wait, what the fuck… the guy transforms into a girl and… HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FAP TO THIS NOW?! Did they not consider this a possible obstacle for people who really view this to be the typical generic action romcom with one thing that’s slightly different slapped on top of it? I mean, it may sound a bit interesting, but it’ll probably just end up like the typical harem romcom (though I’m not sure how the “harem” part will work since he’s not a he) that many of us have seen in shows like Date A Live, Infinite Stratos (May Lord Tatsuya Stu save the universe from Ichika’s density), and so on. Even though the staff isn’t bad at all for this adaptation, it’ll still be mostly up to the source material anyways. If you like anime in the same vein as the aforementioned anime, you’ll want to keep an eye on this. Otherwise, feel free to move on. I doubt you’ll be missing too much.
Okay, I’ve actually read a good chunk of the manga, so I’m pretty confident with my opinion about this. This title definitely has an interesting premise, its similarities with Gantz, and the sci-fi feel to it originally got me reading the manga. While it starts off entertaining, it eventually dissolves into a mess of action scenes with a bad story, and characters I couldn’t care less about. The concept of humans transforming to different insects via injection is pretty cool at first, but it eventually became tedious revelations of what abilities this insect has followed by some scenes where he or she beats bugs up. The process repeats again and again as I wonder just how many insects there are on this fucking planet that this manga needs to copy before its satisfied. What’s even worse is that unlike other shounen characters that have multiple abilities, these insects have very few major distinguishing traits that make them one trick ponies. As such, it ends up lacking when it comes to variety. It’s extremely disappointing that Hamasaki Hiroshi, the director of Steins;Gate, is stuck with this adaptation. What a waste of talent. He should be off adapting something else instead since no matter how well he adapts this, it won’t matter if the source material isn’t good. I highly recommend you to tone down your expectations for this. Even though it may be okay or perhaps even good in the first few episodes, I don’t think it’ll stay that way for the whole season. Then again, if you like some mindless action and bug squashing, feel free to watch this. Just don’t hope for much aside from that.
Well, this one is an interesting one. It’s an adaptation of a mobile game where players can have girlfriends through playing the game. As of June 2014, it has over 5.3 million users. Japan, can you just start making babies instead? Your country has a serious problem, and this does not solve it. Here’s something else. There are over 100 different characters each with a unique voice actress. Yeah, over 100. So, you probably think from the cover of this adaptation that they’re going to narrow this down to five girls, right? Yes they are, but holy shit there are a lot of supporting characters. Look, if you just want to an eargasm, this is the anime to watch. You got Kugimiya Rie, Chihara Minori, Tomato, Kayano Ai, Sato Satomi, Nazuka Kaori, and a whole bunch of others. The director has been sparsely involved in a whole bunch of anime which isn’t great, but the series composer has quite a bit of experience. She did the series composition for shows like Kobato, Nourin, and Gintama. She also did the script for eight episodes of Cowboy Bebop, Ika Musume, and xxxHolic. For a more recent example, she did the series composition for Love Stage which I didn’t watch since it’s yaoi, but apparently it isn’t that bad? I have no clue. Anyways, as long as Silver Link animates some cute girls doing cute things with some moderately entertaining scenarios, it’d be more than what I’m hoping for. I know I’m going into this for the eargasm. Yes indeed.
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
Is this the second coming of Aku no Hana CGI edition? Well, this is Studio Ghibli’s first time doing a TV series, and we sure have a surprise in store for us. I honestly don’t really care that much about CGI as much as other people do. I watched Sidonia no Kishi, and Aoki Hagane without pulling my eyes out. I know some people just can’t handle CGI, and that’s fine. This trailer though… this just looks bad. At least in Sidonia and Aoki Hagane the mechs and the ships made up for the not so great character models. This anime has got nothing going for it in that regard. I mean, isn’t Studio Ghibli known for its quality animations and… Just, why? Are they trying to do do some experiments and just in case if it fails they can fall back on the fact it’s a TV series and not a movie? It doesn’t help that the music makes it sound like some kids show. Obviously, I’ll still be checking this out since it is Studio Ghibli. I am hoping that the story will be enough to pull this one through. If so, then I can overlook the CGI. It better be a damn good story though. Please, Miyazaki Gorou and Kawasaki Hiroyuki. Please pull through.
Tier 3 (Moderately anticipated)
Orenchi no Furo Jijou
What happens when you wish for a beautiful mermaid to appear from your bathtub? A fucking merman comes out because fuck you for wishing such an impossible thing. You will be forever slapped across the face by that tail, even when more sea creatures, that are obviously masculine because fuck you, come out of the bathtub. Oh, and you should know by now that I’m talking to the male audience. If you’re female then this must be the second coming of Free!… except we already had a second coming of Free!… (The voice actor of best husbando is making a return in this animu though) Anyways, if you’re looking for bromance like that shown in Free!, you’re not going to get it. I’m not going to lie. This is more of a… homo kind of bromance. If you’re into the more homo kind of bromance with some comedy with a merman and an octoman thrown in, this is the anime you’ll want to keep a very close eye on since I don’t think you’ll see any anime with a merman and an octoman any time soon.
Do you want to watch a shounen anime this season? If so, then you may want to keep an eye on World Trigger. If you don’t, I wouldn’t bother with it. I read a bit of the manga some time ago, and from it I concluded that this is a fairly typical shounen with sci-fi mixed in. There’s honestly nothing that really stands out that much. I suppose there aren’t that many sci-fi shounen anime out there as many shounen anime tend to have a fantasy setting. Nevertheless, aside from that aspect, which isn’t exactly anything that greatly separates it from other shounen, there’s not that much else to say about the source material. Visually, the preview doesn’t look impressive so that’s a pretty big blow to the action side of things, which is one of the biggest parts of this anime. The one thing that’s going to stand out in this anime is going to be the music since Kawai Kenji, so at least that’s something to look forward to. If you’re fine with watching a typical shounen, then by all means, go ahead. Otherwise, it’s perfectly fine to skip this one. You won’t be missing much.
Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
Here we have a twenty-five episode original Sunrise mecha anime. I… honestly have no idea what to think of this. On the one hand I’m glad that it’s an original, and on the other hand I’m wondering just how much potential this anime really has with a premise like this. Humanoid robot weapons hunting giant dragons? That sounds cool, but this synopsis and the preview don’t show much about how this anime is even going to last twenty-five episodes. I suppose it could be about the princess’ development after having everything stolen from her, and maybe the fighting with the dragons will be more intense and put Earth, which is apparently now a utopia, in jeopardy. Both the director and the series composer don’t have particularly impressive track records, and the preview shows CGI usage so some of you may be turned off by that alone. It’s hard to tell whether this will be any good. If you want some mecha action or some tits and ass, I don’t think Sunrise will disappoint you in those regards. However, it’s probably best that you don’t hope for much else right away since this anime could go a lot of different ways. The safest bet as always with these more ambiguous shows is to wait until it finishes and see what people think of it then. If you want to participate in the weekly discussions, wait until some episodes have aired, judge the response, and act accordingly. With other Sunrise mecha available this season as well, I’d recommend doing that even more.
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
After reading other people’s thoughts on the visual novel, I can say that there are mixed opinions. Some say the story is decent, and other say it’s bad. A commonality I am seeing is that the characters are likable and that the art is fairly good. Well, at least when it comes to art, the anime certainly won’t have that kind of quality as shown by the preview. It appears that the different routes stick to a strict format which is going to make it difficult to adapt. All adaptations of visual novels have this kind of problem, and it’s very difficult to make it work out without changing things around too much. Though, it seems it may be even a bit more difficult with this adaptation? So then, can the director handle this? Well, I’ll leave you to judge his record since people’s opinion on Mirai Nikki is mixed, and it’s been a long time since I watched it so I won’t take a stance. At the very least, I hope that the affable characters can be properly adapted into anime format even if the writing and the romance may not turn out that well. Even if you like the romance genre, I’d be very cautious going into this adaptation as it looks like it can go wrong fairly easily.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
This is an original anime created by the original creator of Akame ga Kill and directed by Seiji Kishi. So the original creator went from a story about rape, killing, torture, and more killing to what seems to be a calm slice of life anime. I sure can’t wait for the twist where everything turns dark and Esdeath commands a legion of masochists appear from the ground and destroy the characters’ peaceful lives. There’s hardly any information about this series aside from the short premise, a preview, and a short TV spot showing that there are going to be some supernatural elements to this. Are they just going to transform for fun or is the show going to be a tad bit more serious? I have no clue. Although it’s not much to go by, if you want to watch a slice of life, I suppose you could give it a shot.
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
So, if you’re a masochistic girl looking for a hot prince to be mean to you and make you do all sorts of embarrassing things, then wow do we have an anime for you. Want to be a dog taking a bishounen’s orders like an obedient shameless masochist? Don’t worry, self insert yourself into this one and you’ll be set for life. On a more serious note, this is actually somewhat of an interesting romcom shoujo from the few chapters I’ve read. From the premise of the male protagonist being sadistic towards the female protagonist, you know that they’ll actually end up being close even though they’re just pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Looking at the staff, I’m sure that the director, who is quite decent, will be able to carry the adaptation even if the series composer is lacking experience. Aside from the strange premise, the manga still gives off a very “shoujo vibe,” so if you’re not into that kind of thing, this won’t be an anime that you’ll be interested in. If you don’t mind, then this may not be a bad change of pace with a somewhat different male protagonist. It looks pretty low budget though, and I’m really not sure about the choice of voice actors. I don’t think you’ll be missing out on too much if you decide to skip this one unless you’re a pretty big shoujo anime fan.
Sora no Method
Not to ruin the interesting premise or anything, but the government would be all over that flying disc if it ever appeared in real life. The miracle would be explored by the government, exploited by the government, and Noel would be taken as an extraterrestrial alien for experimentation. So, the story has to change to be one where the group of people have to protect Noel from the evil government overlords by piloting that disc and obtaining world domination while
brutally murdering seeking out all the people responsible for trying to put their peace at risk. In the process of doing so, they disrupt the peace of people around the world and wonder if they have become the very people they tried to defeat. Super deep moral dilemmas and internal conflicts destroy the hearts of these characters as they struggle to hang on to who they are. But who are they? Were they still the same children who had innocent hopes and dreams? What happened that made them like so? Did their hopes and dreams blind them? Were those hopes and dreams the facade of inevitability and despair? Was their power too great for them to properly handle? The tragedy descends further into chaos as the characters eventually self-destruct. The fucking end of my what the fuck super shitty story that I don’t even know what I’m- I’ll just stop. Anyways, I’m honestly not too sure what to make of this. The director has an… interesting record, and the series composer was the main writer for the visual novel, Kanon. There are actually three previews, so it’s not as if I have nothing to go by. It’s just that the previews don’t really show that much. The previews at least do make it apparent that this is going to have more of a drama focus rather than a comedy focus. I know some people are going to watch it because it’s by the creator of Kanon. I’d say it’s caught my attention with the flying disc (no, it’s not because I made a random shitty story about it), so I’ll see where it’ll go.
I remember reading some chapters quite some time back, and after refreshing my memory, this is indeed a show that has a little bit of everything. Well, okay, not everything, but it’s an ecchi harem comedy action magic romance that actually emphasizes those points fairly evenly. Usually, when you see titles that have all those tags, a few have far greater emphasis than the others, but that’s not the case for this anime. Everything is mixed together quite evenly in a show that is, at least from what I’ve read, self aware. If you have even a passing interest in these types of shows, you should definitely give it a shot because it’ll probably be one of the better ones you’ll watch. Just remember that such praise is not really high praise considering the quality of many anime that have the ecchi harem comedy tags. The staff should also be good enough to be able to pull off this adaptation decently. It’s not exactly my kind of thing since I’m already very familiar with these types of anime. However, if it can actually deliver an interesting story later on, I will be interested. I’ll be keeping my eye on this to see if it develops into anything better than what I’m expecting since there is a good amount of praise surrounding the source material.
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
This one is an adaptation of a romcom visual novel by a studio that does hentai and anime with lots of boobs in it. Now, this may sound absolutely atrocious or damn awesome depending on who you are, but this isn’t a hentai, and I don’t think it’ll have as much fanservice as something like Seikon no Qwaser. More importantly, we should be looking at the source material, but sadly as with all visual novels, I haven’t played this. Crunchyroll states that it “has become one of the recent most successful adult games,” and some forum discussions lead me to believe that this will be a good anime to watch if you’re looking for something more lighthearted. Apparently, the dialogue between the characters is also pretty good. The series composer was a series composer in shows like Akuma no Riddle, Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, and the second season of Last Exile. I’ll leave you to determine whether he’s a mixed bag or not yourself. For some reason there’s no listed director now that I check it even though it was listed before. Anyways, you can usually judge if you’ll like a lighthearted anime in the first episode, so if you’re interested in something like this, give the first episode a shot, and you’ll probably know if you want to continue watching.
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
Next we have a series related, and I say related because they don’t share the same story, to the tokusatsu show “Garo.” Tokusatsu means “special filming” which is a Japanese live-action genre that uses special effects. Examples include Kamen Riders, Ultraman, and so on. The preview barely shows anything aside from CGI, but I will say that the premise regarding taking back the kingdom with the help of this Gold Knight is at least interesting. For me, anything that has a large sense of scale automatically piques my interest. Hopefully there will actually be some strategy and political commentary and not just tons of action. Though, when it comes to those two things, I’m not really too hopeful since there aren’t many anime that do those things well. Actually, there aren’t too many anime with a large sense of scale in the first place. I’m not even sure if this one will have it either. The director has had some experience as a key animator, (Not a director. A key animator) in a variety of different shows like Code Geass, Eureka Seven, and did the storyboard for Kill la Kill’s 10th episode. Since he hasn’t proven himself with a director position yet, and the roles he played in the anime he was involved in were arguably minor compared to the role he has now, I’m very cautious. Thankfully, the series composer does actually have experience as a series composer in shows such as Jojo, Attack on Titan, Shakugan no Shana, and so on. She also did the script for 11 episodes of Jojo, 9 episodes of Attack on Titan, and 15 episodes of Shakugan no Shana. She also has experience adapting another tokusatsu film by the name of Casshern which you probably know to be Casshern Sins. At least there’s a decent chance this won’t be a complete disaster with her involved. MONACA is also doing the music which is great since they did the music for shows like Nisemonogatari, Monogatari Series: Second Season, and Oregairu. However, with the lack of information surrounding this anime, unless you’re one of those people who watch 20+ anime per season, you can probably skip this one and come check this out after others have watched a few episodes.
Nanatsu no Taizai
Ah, the glorious MyAnimeList reviews where two of the top reviews are completely conflicting in opinions. Few things are better than this stark contrast especially when the two reviewers actually explain their opinions in some detail instead of writing severely lacking, six-hundred word cursory reviews. One says that the world is complex and many interesting mysteries appear which make it unlike the generic shounen. The other says that it “offers a narrative not that far off from your average shounen series, the likes of which only people with reprehensible taste would fall in love with (either that, or children and newbies to anime/manga).” Well, that’s quite a jab at people who just find those manga entertaining. That aside, it’s a bit difficult to gauge how generic this really is without reading a few dozen chapters of it. I don’t have the time for that right now, but what I will say is that the staff for this adaptation is pretty good. The director directed shows like Darker than Black, Wolf’s Rain and Zvezda. He also had far more minor roles in all kinds of different shows like SAO, Uchouten Kazoku, NGE, and even Guilty Crown. Still, keep in mind that most of the time he only did the storyboard for an episode or two for these anime, so the success or failure of the show overall isn’t really indicative of his abilities. The series composer is actually the one who caught my eye since he did the series composition for shows like OreGairu, Uchouten Kazoku, and Isshuukan Friends all of which are pretty well done. If you’re worried that he’s taking on something more action oriented, just know that he also did the script for nine episodes of Eureka Seven, and was the series composer of Darker than Black for a handful of episodes. Sawano Hiroyuki is also doing the soundtrack for this anime. Now, before you either hate on this fact or rejoice, I will agree that he has been taking on more jobs than he can handle I get that he needs to eat, but it doesn’t help his music quality. Undoubtedly, some of his best soundtracks are absolutely fantastic, but the bulk of them aren’t. They sound too similar. I think if he gets a break for a season or two, that can reinvigorate his creative side. Anyways, I’m pretty confident that at least the source material will translate well into anime format. If you’re a fan of the manga, you should almost certainly watch this. If you aren’t and you’re looking for a shounen anime to watch this season, this one is definitely not a bad one to pick. If you hate the typical shounen anime, you will probably want to stay away from this one until there is more of a consensus as to whether this anime is a typical shounen type of show or not.
Denki-Gai no Honya-san
Cute, lighthearted, and fun, this anime has the potential to be one of those fun and relaxing shows that you look forward to watching every week for this season. In the six chapters of the manga that I read, I saw some humorous moments, and a ton of strangely adorable ones as well as the characters manage a manga shop. Like other anime and manga of this type, it’s all about the character interactions. While I can’t say that it’s as funny as something like Gekkan Shoujo or as soothing as Non Non Biyori, it highlights the various quirks of the characters well to make some scenarios that are a bit different from other similar anime of this type. I would also say that the voice acting for some characters is extremely crucial for this anime. Thankfully, with Taketatsu Ayana voicing Rotten Girl, and Takamori Natsumi voicing Hio, I have nothing to worry about when it comes to voice acting. However, as you can see from the preview, the animation quality isn’t necessarily the best. Both the director and the series composer are also mixed bags. Still, I think you should still give it a shot if you’re looking for something lighthearted to pad out your weekly viewings. Checking out just the first episode will most likely give you a good idea of whether it’s your kind of thing or not.
Akatsuki no Yona
Next, we have Akatsuki no Yona which is an adaptation of a shoujo, adventure, romance manga. After reading the first dozen chapters, which is probably around two to three episodes, I can safely say that so far, it’s pretty decent. The key factors that make me think this way, at least from what I’ve read are two things. The first is the character development. While the male protagonist do undergo some form of development, the one who really grows as an individual is the female protagonist, Yona. As you can see from the synopsis, she lived a pampered princess life until it all came crashing down when her father was killed by someone she loves. She then has to deal with all these mixed feelings, and her own powerlessness. She begins to step outside of her usual self and tries to obtain her own strength without relying as much on others. Personally, I really like strong female protagonists, especially ones that undergo change to become strong. For the most part the manga does a decent job of portraying her character development without making it too sudden or too slow. As long as the source material keeps this up, I can see her being a great character. The second key factor are the intertwining relationships between the characters. The person who kills the king, Yona’s bodyguard, and Yona herself were all very close when they were children. Now that they’ve been separated under these circumstances, there’s this gradual build-up in the overarching story since you want to know what would happen when they meet each other again. How would they feel towards each other? How would they act? The suspense of their eventual encounter builds up more and more as we see things unravel. As long as we see the story from the different perspectives and see the growth in the characters, their inevitable encounter can bring about a sense of anticipation within the viewers.
As good as all this sounds, I’m not too confident about the staff behind this. This is the first time that this director is a director, and not just an episode director, of an anime. He hasn’t got much experience other than being involved in either one or two episodes of something like Infinite Stratos, Code Geass R2, Tiger and Bunny, and some others. Now, some of you may think, “Oh wow, Tiger and Bunny and Code Geass! That’s a good sign right?” Well, he was only responsible for one episode for each, and it’s not like he’s the main director so I’m not even sure how important his involvement really is. The person responsible for the script is more or less the same except he’s had a bit more involvement. Though the ones he was more responsible for, like The Pilot’s Love Song, wasn’t exactly good not to mention that Studio Pierrot isn’t exactly known for its animation quality. So while the source material is fine, I’d be wary of this adaptation considering who’s involved. It is great that Saito Chiwa is getting a role like this though. I think it fits very well and I’m sure she’ll do a fantastic job as always.
Donten ni Warau
Next we have an adaptation of a supernatural manga. The interesting thing about this, unlike most other manga adaptations is that this manga is actually finished. The last chapter is still being translated, but by the time the Fall season starts, it probably will be. Since I don’t have the time to finish the twenty-nine chapters if I want to finish this preview on time, and that I generally prefer anime over manga, I only read the first seven chapters. At first, it seems like it’s just about these three brothers transporting criminals to this inescapable lake prison, but as the story progresses, it’s clear that there’s a lot more to it than this premise may show. You can probably guess from the cover that the creature on it will be an important factor. Moreover, since it is actually finished and is only twenty-nine chapters long, this will probably be one of those instances where you’ll actually get to see the conclusion of the story by the end of the season. Whether this conclusion will be good or not, I have no clue, and both the director and the series composer don’t give me too much hope. At least the animations look decent from the preview. Whatever the case, it’s still nice going into a show knowing that you’ll actually see some kind of ending. Unless, for some reason they don’t manage to finish it. I can’t imagine that this will be a two season long anime since one season should be just right. You’re probably wondering why I’m not talking too much about the contents of the manga, and that’s because this is one of those stories where it’s hard to judge without reading a lot more than what I have. I feel the build-up towards something greater happening, all kinds of characters are being introduced, and the core of the story is just being revealed. As such, my opinion of the characters and the story will most likely change quite a bit from now until the end. Therefore, I don’t think that it’s a good idea to tell you guys what I like about the manga from what I’ve read so far. At the very least, if you’re looking for a supernatural anime, keep an eye out for this one.
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
Here we have a show animated by none other than Studio Trigger, which most of you should know did Kill la Kill. This is the first anime adaptation that this new and talented studio is now in charge of. Before we talk about this adaptation though, let’s talk a bit about animation studios and the staff behind anime. When an adaptation goes poorly story-wise, dialogue-wise, or something like that, it’s not necessarily the animation studio’s fault. The reason is that directors, series composers, and other staff members sometimes don’t stick to just one studio. It wouldn’t be inappropriate at all to say that they’re freelancers. They move around, and they work with different studios on different anime so it’s important to take into account not only the animation studio, but also the other staff members when it comes to judging things outside of animation quality. Actually, even when it comes to animation quality, the director could have a significant impact. So, don’t just blame the studio right away when you don’t like an adaptation. I do see people making that kind of mistake. However, there are obviously directors and series composers that do stick to one studio or work very closely with one. Shinbou Akiyuki, for example, is “a freelance director, who is now working with SHAFT as an educator.”
In Studio Trigger’s case, the people who founded this new studio are obviously going to stick closely to it since they left Gainax to create it in the first place. The company director and co-founder, Masahiko Ohtsuka is now the director and series composer for this adaptation. So, people wouldn’t be inaccurate if they were to blame Trigger if the adaptation doesn’t go well story-wise or something like that as long as they take the source material into account. Some of Masahiko’s accomplishments include being the episode director for five episodes of Gurren Lagann, doing the storyboard for six episodes of that, being Kill la Kill’s animation producer, writing Little Witch Academia’s script, being an assistant episode director of twelve episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and so on. When it comes to experience and a good record, this guy’s got it, so this most likely won’t be a bad adaptation. Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a bad anime. The thing you may be confused about is why they chose to do an adaptation for this light novel to begin with. You can see from the preview that it looks like it was animated by any other studio. I mean, it looks fine, but it just looks very typical. Hiroyuki Imaishi, who is a co-founder of Studio Trigger, isn’t involved in this, and he’s the one that adds his own unique style to the animations. It is obviously understandable that he’s not involved in this anime since it’s a romcom and it’d be very strange for Imaishi to add that same flair to something like this.
So then why did they choose to adapt this in the first place if it doesn’t accentuate their uniqueness as a studio? Well, it could simply be a monetary reason. Being a new studio, they have very limited budget as you probably saw from Kill la Kill. Personally, I loved their usage of their limited budget. How they reuse the scenes, and the general animation direction that saves budget in a way that doesn’t negatively affect the show too much while still giving the anime that kind of style, really impressed me. It’s sad that some people just say, “Oh, the animations are okay” because honestly, the techniques they used that even someone like me realized, were pretty damn awesome. If you actually know anything about animations, or know how to draw, (Trust me, I don’t.) you probably realize the difficulty of what they’re doing, and you can probably find a plethora of other little things that they did in Kill la Kill that’s incredibly impressive when it comes to animations. If the same budget were given to any other studio, I doubt they would have done as good of a job. This is why I’m a bit sad that they’re taking the more typical approach with this one. If this is what it takes for them to get more resources to make something better in the future though, I’m all for it. That, or you know, they’re thinking of a new anime to make and are doing this in the meantime.
So enough of Trigger, what about the source material? Well, the first chapter gives a pretty good idea of what this anime will offer. Essentially, the main protagonist has chuunibyou. If you don’t know what that is, just remember back to when you were in your early teens and how you’d copy the moves of some superhero or something like that. I remember when people did the ninjutsu hand seals from Naruto and imitated stuff like that back when I was younger. Good times. But embarrassing times now that I reflect upon them. The thing is, he and the four other girls actually do have special powers, and holy shit are they special… all except for the male protagonists’, at least for now. One person can fully manipulate time. Another has control over fire, earth, wind, light, and water. Another has the power of creation. No, I’m not shitting you. Creation. That’s getting a bit too close to Tatsuya Stu level, guys. And another has the power to restore things to its “original form.” So, basically if someone gets hit by a truck and they’re not Tatsuya Stu, their body can be restored to a state before they got hit by that truck. The male protagonist has this apparently useless lukewarm dark flame that totally would not make Dark Flame Master jealous, but I’m sure it’ll be revealed to be a powerful ability later on. A lot of the first chapter focuses on gags revolving around how the male protagonist has chuunibyou and how the other characters react to that which is the standard light novel comedy kind of thing that you’ve probably seen before. What was interesting, however, was a bit more of a serious part where they saw a cat on the streets dying. They ended up saving the cat with their powers, and the protagonists start to ponder whether what they did was the “right” thing. Although I highly doubt they will take the more serious path for most of the anime since it is more of a lighthearted romcom, perhaps there is more potential here than meets the eye. If they also utilize the fact that they actually have powers well, it could be interestingly different from other romcoms out there. Nevertheless, it’s probably for the best that you don’t go in thinking, “Oh wow, it’s TRIGGER!” and holding high expectations because of that. If you like the typical lighthearted romcom stuff with a bit off chuunibyou thrown in, you should keep an eye on this one.
Tier 2 (Heavily anticipated)
Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis
I actually saw the trailer quite some time ago and was quite impressed because from a visual standpoint, it’s great. If I didn’t see the trailer first and just saw it being labeled as an anime based on a card game, I am pretty sure I would have skipped this for the preview. Heck, if this card game is summoning creatures and fighting each other with this level of animations, I don’t even care what the story is. If it can keep up this kind of animation quality, it’d be great entertainment every single week on that basis alone. I mean, just look at this second trailer. I am hoping that this is not extremely handpicked footage. I’m not even sure how it got this much budget to work with in the first place. I’d recommend at least checking out the first episode to see if the animation quality is roughly as good as the trailer makes it seem, and whether the story is any good (The staff isn’t bad). I know I’ll be watching this one week to week as long as it delivers those visually impressive action scenes.
Gundam: G no Reconguista
It’s time for some GUNDAMU. This is going to be a two season Gundam anime created and directed by, you guessed it, none other than Yoshiyuki Tomino the creator of the Gundam franchise. Whether you like him or dislike him, the impact he’s had on the industry can’t be ignored. He’s been the original creator or the one responsible for the original concept of numerous anime, many of them being of course from the Gundam franchise. He’s also held chief director positions in a decent number of these anime like the original Mobile Suit Gundam which will undoubtedly come in handy as he’s now the chief director for Reconguista this time as well. There is an episode 1 preview up on Youtube right now, so you can check that out as a preview of sorts though the video quality is really bad and doesn’t do the animation quality justice. I don’t really want to comment too much on the story or the setting or what I want from this anime. More accurately, I actually don’t think I have the right to do so since the only Gundam anime I’ve watched were Seed, Destiny, 00, and Gundam Build Fighters. No, seriously. I didn’t watch the original Mobile Suit Gundam or The 08th MS Team or Gundam Wing, or all of those other Gundam shows. I obviously saw bits and pieces here and there, but I never sat down and properly watched all of these long series. As such, I’m not the person you want to listen to when it comes to things based in the Gundam universe. You’d have a better time trying to get me to justify Gundam Seed Destiny as a good sequel rather than asking me to explain what Universal Century is because I got no fucking clue what that shit is, but I got some ideas as to what Tomino was smoking when he decided to make Destiny. All I’ll say is that if you’re looking for an anime with Tomino behind it, maybe without the meth, along with Sunrise’s mecha action, this is the one to watch.
AN ANIME ABOUT MAKING ANIME? COUNT ME IN. I always want to know more about the industry, and the process of creating an anime isn’t exactly something I, or most anime viewers, know that well. Even if it’s not that in-depth of a look, if it can give me a bit more idea as to how things work, I’m all for watching this. Add in a very strong list of staff, P.A. Works animating this, and I’m very excited to see where this anime will go. A large part of me wants this to be somewhat more technical when it comes to detailing the process of making an anime, but I know that this is a comedy, so it has to mesh with the story of working in the anime industry. In the best case scenario, we get some great information about the inner-workings of the anime creation process while the comedy is smoothly implemented alongside that without disrupting the informational side. Thankfully, both the director and series composer are very experienced and have good records overall. This seems to be the show that would work well under their care, so I have a lot of hope for this anime. Whether you want to know more about creating anime or just want some slice of life comedy goodness, this will be a show you’ll want to watch this season.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Now this anime has potential. Perhaps the staff may not be the best, but the source material holds a lot of promise. From the few chapters I’ve read, I think this anime can be hugely inspiring and emotional given that they portray the rebirth of Arima, a pianist who can’t play piano anymore, and the contrast between him and Kaori properly. The importance of music to an individual, and how a person can open a blocked path for another can be very emotionally impactful if done properly. While I’m not far enough to know whether it can truly deliver beautiful messages surrounding hope and rebirth, it seems very much possible from what I’ve read. However, this is not an easy thing to do especially in anime format. Not only that, but they have to play music and Kaori plays violin with a unique style. They’ll need to get a performer who actually knows how to do that well to make this effective. Yes, I’m basically saying that the music is probably going to be more important in this anime than any other anime this season. Yokoyama Masaru is definitely not bad, but can he make it as good as it needs to be in order for the emotional parts to be as impactful as the story tries to make it seem? If he can’t then I’m afraid this anime will lose most of its potential. Just reading the performance parts makes me very worried for whether the anime will be able to do the music properly. Making drama scenes with Arima not being able to hear the sound of the piano will also not be easy in anime format. There are a lot of difficulties ahead for this anime, but if it is to pull through in most of them, I think this will be one of the best anime of the season.
Grisaia no Kajitsu
Now this anime has quite a bit of hype behind it. Why? Because the visual novel is pretty damn popular. As with all visual novels, I haven’t played this, so remember that what I’m going to say is from a person who knows almost nothing about the title. Ignoring the conflicting opinions about the visual novel, it seems that Grisaia no Kajitsu looks deeply into the minds of the five female protagonists each with their own dark past, and how the male protagonist deals with each of their circumstances. If you are looking for something that takes a closer look at characters’ internal states, how they develop, and maybe more of a psychological look into the various characters’ problems, this may be a good anime to keep an eye on. How deep psychologically the visual novel is, and whether the writing is actually good or not, I have no clue. What I will say is that for an anime like this to do well it needs to create not only likable characters, but thoughtful dialogue and it also must have superb execution. Look, when it comes to more dramatic shows especially ones that try to dig deep into the characters’ psyche, it can get unnecessarily melodramatic or can be filled with cliche, uninspiring dialogue that can seriously destroy the show. Even if the visual novel overcomes these problems, the process of making this into anime format can be a huge challenge. They have to take into account all the different routes, and other difficulties. As such, the staff is incredibly important for an adaptation like this. Preferably, I’d like the writer of the visual novel to partake in the anime creation process. It worked out fantastically for White Album 2, and I doubt it’d be one of my favorite anime of all time if the original writer didn’t hold a major role like being the series composer. I don’t know if the original writer is involved in this adaptation or not. There’s no information about it, but at the very least he isn’t the series composer or the director which makes me think that even if he’s involved in this adaptation, he won’t be involved to a great degree.
So, is the series composer and the director any good? Well, the only anime the director did in which he was actually a director, and not just a key animator, was Kiniro Mosaic. Don’t get me wrong, Kiniro Mosaic is great, but I don’t know how useful that kind of experience will be in an adaptation like this. He was involved as an episode director, animation director, or as a key animator in shows like Utawarerumono, Katanagatari, and Tears of Tiara. However, most of the time he was only responsible for one episode or something like that. Okay, that’s not so good. What about the series composer? Well, he was a series composer in both seasons of Oreimo, Galilei Donna, Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Samurai Flamenco, and… Tokyo ESP? Oh lord. The adaptation is absolutely horrendous. I read all the translated chapters of the manga, and liked it quite a bit. The adaptation though was just a mess. Well, this series composer sure is a mixed bag. I can’t say I’m too confident about this adaptation for Grisaia right now. I see that some people are complaining about 8bit being the studio animating this, but I think if they’re given the budget, they’ll do fine. Tokyo Ravens, for example, wasn’t animated that badly. Besides, the animation quality is the least of my concerns when it comes to an anime like this. Whether you’re hyped because it’s an adaptation of a visual novel that you really enjoy or if you’re looking forward to this anime because of this hype or for some other reason, you should be very careful going into this anime. As always, but perhaps especially so for this one, it’s best to go in ignoring the hype surrounding it.
Next is an adaptation of an old manga which started publishing before I was even born back in 1989 and finished in 1995. It won the Kodansha Manga Award in 1993 for best general manga, and also won the Seiun Award in 1996 for best comic. There are going to be two seasons, so you’ll be seeing the full story since the manga is sixty-four chapters long. As you can probably tell from the animation quality in the preview, it’s animated by none other than Madhouse which is great… as long as they’re given the budget which appears to be the case. The director has a great amount of experience when it comes to being the key animator, but not a lot when it comes to being a director. I am fairly confident that this anime will look decent throughout with his help though. The series composer did the script for nine episodes of Death Note, thirty-seven episodes of Fairy Tail, twenty-seven episodes of Hunter x Hunter, the original Pokemon, and others. At the very least, when it comes to manga adaptations, I think he’ll do a fine job. Of course, no matter how good the staff is, a lot of how good the anime ends up being depends on the source material. I actually stumbled across this manga some time ago, and ended up reading around twenty-two chapters, or around a third of the manga. After seeing that an anime was coming out, I stopped reading since I wanted to see it in anime format first. From what I’ve read, the story is different from the typical alien invades Earth storyline in that the aliens take a more subtle approach. They take over human bodies, merge into human society, and kill off people that way. It’s not one of those doomsday storylines where aliens with advanced technology invade Earth and humanity has to fight against this threat. In fact, aside from our main protagonist, no one really knows that these creatures even exist. The thing is that I haven’t read all the chapters, so I’m not sure if this will be at a more global scale or if it will stick to the individual conflicts concerning the main protagonist. Whatever it will be, seeing the main character deal with the alien that invaded his body can be in and of itself interesting to watch. If you want to know whether the whole storyline will be good, check out some reviews of the manga and you’ll get a decent idea. If you’re even remotely interested in some sci-fi alien goodness, you’ll probably want to at the very least check out the first few episodes.
Amagi Brilliant Park
With the source material by the creator of the Full Metal Panic series, the director of shows like Hyouka, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, Fumoffu, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, and animated by KyoAni, Amagi Brilliant Park is probably an anime you’re going to want to keep an eye on even in this hectic season. I’ve expressed my opinions of what KyoAni has done in the past year before, and I’ll say it again now. Quite simply, they’ve been very rocky. Their competence in terms of animation quality is irrefutable, but when it comes to the writing… Things are not so good. For example, I have plenty of problems with Kyoukai no Kanata that make me think that it’s mediocre at the very best, and it’s not just because of the last episode. This is debatable to some, but I’m sure that almost all agree that the second season of Chuunibyou is… yeah… However, I’m not going to start saying that Free! is a fujoshi baiting piece of shit like many others do because it’s not. People who have actually pushed aside their preconceived beliefs and actually sat down to watch it probably think the same. Better yet, the second season actually does drama very well in that it’s surprisingly enough, not very melodramatic. It’s moderately realistic, and the bromance is pretty awesome. The themes are not badly touched upon, and the entire package is the best that KyoAni has offered by far in the past year or so at least in my opinion. Of course, this doesn’t really mean that much. So, will KyoAni find a way with Amagi Brilliant Park? Well, given that the staff behind this adaptation is not bad at all, I do think that the way can be found by. I’ve read five chapters of the manga, and the premise is quite interesting. You don’t really see amusement park related anime, and seeing the characters manage one with a narcissistic genius male protagonist (that’s right, narcissistic genius male protagonist) in the lead, this show holds a lot of promise. Maybe the strategies he’ll use to quickly attract visitors in the time he’s allotted could also be surprisingly creative. Of course, I’m still a bit apprehensive about this. Hopefully, my instincts are right, and it ends up being at least decent. Then again, even if KyoAni doesn’t find a way, their quality animations with dem Sentos… Mmm… That’ll be good.
Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR SOME CHAIKABROWS THAT MAKE YOU QUESTION YOUR SEXUAL PREFERENCES? ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE FUCKERS THAT WANT TO SHAVE OFF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN EXISTENCE? IF YOU ARE, THEN FUCK YOU. As for the rest of you glorious bitches who want to rub those eyebrows until your hands and arms are too tired to move, it’s time for the second season of Chaikabrows’ adventures with Tooru and his big booty sister that’s ready to chop off his boner for the CHAIKABROWS. On another note, I think this is the last season the title has to offer. I’m not 100% sure about this, but I believe the 10th volume is the last one in the series, and that’ll be released, actually, it’s already released to you guys now, since it takes me a long time to do this preview, on September 20th. I’m also not sure about this, but I think the writer is working closely with the anime staff to make a proper ending. Just the fact that this season is going to have the light novel ending makes me pretty excited since endings for adaptations, especially light novel adaptations, can be kind of rare. The staff is exactly the same, so I won’t talk too much about that. Instead, I’ll talk a bit about how good the first season was. The first season was an adventure involving the three protagonists trying to get the remains of the emperor. As the series progressed, the overarching story regarding this became more and more complex as the mysteries revolving around Chaika’s mission became more and more perplexing. This is why I’m a bit surprised that the story is going to end in one season because it feels like there’s a lot left regarding Chaika’s mission, the nation itself, and all the weird things that went on during the second half of the first season. It’s been an interesting adventure, but so far it’s been nothing great. The overall first season is solid in that a lot of what it does is done decently. Not bad, but not great. For example, even though the main characters are somewhat likable, it feels like they can be fleshed out a lot more. Thankfully, this second season is coming to give some more character development, and hopefully a good closure to the story. Since it did feel very incomplete at the end of the first season, I can’t really judge whether the story is good or not which is probably why they planned to make a second season from the get-go. A lot of how good this anime as a whole will be depends on this second season since the first one set things up more than anything else. What shocking truths will arise from the myriad of questions? Find out on the second season of Chaikabrows’ adventures with Tooru and his big booty sister that’s ready to chop off his boner for the Chaikabrows.
Gundam Build Fighters Try
The first season of Gundam Build Fighters came as a big surprise. It went so far beyond my expectations that I made a video trying to convince others, who didn’t watch it due to its bland premise and the childish look and feel to it, to watch it. Why? Because it’s damn awesome. Sunrise may be promoting its Gunpla, but they sure did a great job making some likable characters, an intense sense of competition, and some great action scenes. If you haven’t watched the first season, just watch my video. I explain there in far more detail why you should actually watch the first season. What can be unsettling about this second season is that it’s set seven years after the end of the first series. This means a whole set of different main characters, and a story filled with uncertainty. However, if you think about it a bit more, it’s actually not a bad move at all. While there was definitely potential for a sequel with the same characters, they were already fairly thoroughly explored. Perhaps more importantly, the characters went through whatever ordeals they went through, and completed their journey for the most part. It was all about Sei and Reiji’s rise to try and win the World Championships. Seeing them do it all again after what they went through would be a bit redundant. This is why a new adventure with a new cast of characters that haven’t been thoroughly explored can be a great thing for this second season as long as we get to see the old characters once in a while, which I’m sure we will.
The first season consisted mostly of 1v1 battles. This second season will be three versus three which could open up some interesting routes in the battles that were previously nonexistent. The first season has a solid cast of side characters as well as main characters, so hopefully we’ll see this second season have the same quality when it comes that. Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if this season focused more on the three characters and the relationship between them as teamwork is now even more essential than before. The same person is responsible for the series composition which is good, but the director is different. He was, however, involved in some episodes of the first season, and some other shows so I’m not too worried about the staff. The mecha action should be superb as always because, well, it’s Sunrise. Also, interestingly enough, this time we have two people responsible for the music. Yuuki Hayashi, who did the music for the previous season, which was absolutely fantastic by the way, is back, and with him is a person called Asami Tachibana. She did the music for Robotics;Notes, Soul Eater NOT, and Haikyuu. Actually, all the music she did in these other anime, she did with Yuuki Hayashi. So, they’re definitely not new when it comes to collaborating with each other which makes me excited to see how the music will turn out this time now that they’ve obtained quite a bit of experience working with each other. If the fights also contain a bit more tactics, which was something very much missing in the first season, I think this will be just as great of a ride as the first.
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Some of you are probably wondering why this anime is so high up on the list. Isn’t it just going to be one of those typical fantasy ecchi harem super big triple D boob shows? Well, it is a fantasy ecchi harem super triple D boob show, but I wouldn’t exactly say it’s typical. My experience with the title extends only as far as chapter eighteen of the manga and volume two chapter two of the light novel, so keep that in mind. Firstly, let’s go over the character designs (second one). Why am I placing emphasis on the character designs when I never go over that in any other show? Because when you show them double Ds, you got to have some nice character designs to back it up. The art in the manga was the reason this series originally caught my eye, and I was actually very surprised that the anime’s character designs were even better than the manga’s in the promotional pictures for the anime. Then, the preview was finally released and… I don’t think it looks as good as the manga’s character designs anymore. Here, compare the two (Picture 1) (Picture 2). I don’t know if it’s the hair, eyes, or whatever, but something in the anime’s art, at least when it comes to the girls, seems a bit off compared to the manga’s art. The male characters do look better though. I suppose it could just be me preferring one art style over another. I don’t know if you guys feel the same way or not, so it could just be me.
While we’re on the subject of characters, let’s talk about them. The male protagonist actually has some balls, cares about the people he leads, and is reasonably intelligent. This is an ecchi harem anime as well, so you’re going to get the typical stuff when it comes to those boob gropes and the fanservice scenes. However, when it comes to the actual affection the female characters have towards the male protagonist, it’s actually portrayed fairly reasonably. They’re not completely infatuated with him right away, and they get closer to him gradually instead of spontaneously. Moreover, I’d say that their interest towards him actually makes sense since he has quite a few good traits and isn’t just a useless wimp girls like for no reason. Still, none of the things I’ve mentioned so far are enough to get it this high on the list. What things do are the following: The scale, the potential for great strategies and tactics, bits and pieces of diplomacy, politics, and of course, the fantasy elements. From the very beginning, there are battles involving territory and thousands of soldiers. While the tactics involved in those battles are still very basic, they nonetheless contain some instead of none at all. The political conflict within a nation and between nations are also areas the show focus on quite a bit. If you combine this with the strategies that the characters’ use, it’s not the standard harem ecchi fantasy romance that you’re probably used to.
Some people say that this is a fantasy version of Kingdom which is, at least in my opinion, very high praise since I really enjoyed the 200 or so chapters I’ve read so far. Yes, yes, I know I’m barely halfway. I’ll catch up soon enough. I’m very doubtful as to if Madan no Ou will be as good though since even if it touches upon these aspects that allow it to differentiate itself from the crowd, they aren’t as well done as they are in something like Kingdom. The complexities of the strategies and tactics simply aren’t there, and the political struggles still don’t have that depth and tension. Nevertheless, it could very well improve from the point that I’ve read up to since it is only the beginning of a lengthy story. Light novel readers can enlighten me if that is the case. There’s one person who’s responsible for the series composition, screenplay, and being the director which is… interesting. I haven’t seen a lot of the anime he was part of, but from what others have said, he is very hit or miss. Also, I’m not sure why but I am getting a bad vibe from the preview. Let’s just hope that this won’t be one of his anime that’s off the mark because I really want this anime to succeed.
Tier 1 (Extremely anticipated)
Mushishi Zoku Shou Season 2
Yes, this is the second part of the continuation of the very well respected Mushishi. While it’s fantastic seeing more Mushishi, it is sadly also the last season of the title. After this second season, there will be nothing else left to adapt. The manga finished at fifty chapters and a two chapter special. So unless the author decides to write more, this’ll be the last of Ginko’s adventures that we’ll see. Keep in mind that I haven’t read the manga, so I have no idea how conclusive it will be since Mushishi has always been episodic. Moreover, I’ve been saving up the first season of Zoku Shou so I can marathon it all by the end. As such, I am not sure how good the anime adaptation is beyond the fourth episode. I will say that from what I have seen, it felt like I was watching the first season all over again. The quality is almost exactly the same in every respect which was what I and probably most others hoped for when this continuation was originally announced. If you’ve watched the first season, you are most likely following this one since the original is absolutely fantastic, so this preview part is kind of useless for you. However, this is a reminder for those of you who haven’t watched Mushishi to watch it. Atmosphere, characterization, thematic portrayal, animation direction, sound direction, the tenderness of its execution and the pacing are just a few things that this anime does phenomenally well. This is no place for a review so you’ll have to bear with such shallow praises. Many others have reviewed the first season, so refer to those for more thorough explanations. But even then, do you really need another in-depth review telling you how great this anime is? If you’ve been involved with the anime community even somewhat, you’ve probably seen praise after praise for this anime. Just experience it yourself. Those reviews can only go so far for an anime like this. You need to watch it to understand, and if you do, I’m sure you’ll be amazed.
After almost exactly two years since the first season started airing, Psycho-Pass makes its return with an extremely anticipated eleven episode sequel. This time Urobutcher will be supervising instead of writing the script and being the series composer. In his place, is the original creator of Mardock Scramble. Now, since I haven’t seen Mardock Scramble or Heroic Age, two titles that he was very much involved in, it’s difficult for me to judge whether he’ll do a suitable job replacing Urobutcher. I am hoping that Urobutcher’s role as a supervisor is an active one instead of one holding little power. Tatsunoko also takes over for Production I.G. as the animation studio for this second season. I don’t think people should be either too happy or upset about the change in studios since they both do fine given enough budget. I don’t think Tatsunoko will do considerably better or worse. The director remains the same, and Ling Toshite Shigure as well as EGOIST are back to perform the theme songs which is great. I have to admit that Tokyo Ghoul’s opening really got me liking their style since I didn’t particularly like the opening they did for the first season. It’s been quite some time since the first season aired, and I never made a review of the entire series, so my opinion on the anime is not as thorough as it should be. However, I do remember greatly enjoying the middle climax, but not enjoying the final arc much at all. The first season has its fair share of flaws, and some of the ideas it touches upon I find Shin Sekai Yori to execute them better. But that’s a discussion for a different time. Even if it has its flaws, it is still one of the better anime of that year, and one you should still experience since you don’t see these types of shows too often. I’m sure just about everyone who’s watched the first season will be watching this one. If you’ve delayed watching the first season, now’s a great time for you to catch up if you want to follow the second season week to week. Being one of the most anticipated anime of the season, it’s a great one to follow week to week with how many people are going to discuss it and the nature of the show that will probably allow for a lot of analysis to make those weekly discussions even better. Will it end up surpassing the original? We’ll have to wait and see.
Log Horizon Season 2
IS YOUR COUNTERACTION RISING? ARE YOU READY FOR THE PUNCHLINE? ARE YOU READY TO DATABASE WOW WOW? Ladies and gentlemen, it is time. After a year since it first started airing, the second season is here! I looked forward to every Saturday during the fall and winter seasons of 2013 because of this anime. It’s an anime that’s very entertaining to watch due to the exploration of its fantastic setting, the schemes of the main protagonist, and its focus on MMORPG mechanics among other things. You can check out my review of the first season if you’re interested. The reason why I’m so excited for the second season isn’t necessarily just because I found the first season to be a solidly enjoyable experience. It’s also because the first season felt like a prologue teasing the potential of the anime. For example, in the first season we get a glimpse of the large scale battles which will almost certainly become even larger and hopefully even more strategic in this second season. There’s also a huge amount of mysteries surrounding things that the players can do now that they’re actually in the game that they couldn’t do when they were playing it on their computers. Let’s not forget that the half-gaia project makes the in game world half the size of the real world. Just thinking of how conflicts will extend outside of the small area of Japan and into the rest of the world is enough for me to greatly anticipate this second season. The staff is pretty much exactly the same, so that’s good. What’s even better is that the DATABASE WOW WOW is going to be the opening for the second season as well. At least, I think so. Oh, and I wouldn’t worry too much about Studio DEEN taking over. It’s not like the previous season’s animations are great anyways. As long as this anime continuously builds upon those aspects I mentioned that are filled with potential while emphasizing the game mechanics like it always has, there’s a good chance this will be quite a bit better than the previous season especially since this second season is also going to be twenty-five episodes long. There’s a lot to hope for this season, and I’m sure the DATABASE WOW WOW will pull through again.
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Guys. Guys. It’s time. It’s time for some Fate Stay Night by Ufotable. Now, before you start asking in which order you should watch things, and whether you should watch Studio DEEN’s abominations or not, (Hint, do not watch them.) Here’s a link to a Reddit thread that discusses this in more detail by a person who actually knows what they’re talking about. I haven’t read the visual novel, I haven’t watched the adaptations by Studio DEEN because the consensus is that you shouldn’t, and I only watched Fate/Zero. On that note, I’m not too sure what I can really add to the discussion since there are a ton of other people who have actually finished the visual novel, and there are many reviews of it out there. What I will say for those few of you who are perhaps unfamiliar with the Fate series is that this is a very, very, very popular series. Even Gilgamesh’s non-existent nipples don’t print as much money as this series does. This anime is probably many people’s most anticipated anime, not just of this season, but of this entire year. So, in order to not sound like a complete moron who doesn’t understand what the hell they’re talking about and to actually say something about this anime, I’ll start by talking about some of the reasons why I’m going to be following this anime week to week. Obviously, you could have a different course of action depending on what you want to do as directed by the Reddit thread. Firstly, the ufotable animations. Look at this preview. It’s fucking gorgeous isn’t it? And the video is compressed by Youtube as well. There’s no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the most, if not the most, visually impressive anime of the year.
Secondly, I have to jump on the hype train. Whether it derails and becomes a complete trainwreck or meets expectations, participating in the weekly discussions will be in and of itself entertaining provided I avoid the million spoilers that people are bound to post. It’s like watching Valvrave and not talking about it with others week to week. You- You can’t do that, okay? That simply isn’t the right way to do things. For those of you who didn’t follow the absurdly crazy ride that is Valvrave, tough fucking luck. Now go get shot by ERU ERUFU. As for the staff, this director is different from the Fate/Zero director. He’s got some involvement in Fate/Zero, but it’s only a few episodes and the opening. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles this since he was a director for the sixth Kara no Kyoukai movie, and that wasn’t particularly well received. I haven’t watched it though so make of that what you will. The soundtrack this time is also not done by Yuki Kajiura. Now, before you start despairing, it is done by Fukasawa Hideyuki. Most of you probably have no idea who this guy is. Well, he did music for Aku no Hana, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu, Vividred Operations, and some other anime. After listening to some soundtracks from Bakumatsu Kikansetsu, I’m not too worried about him taking over. In fact, it could be a nice change of pace. All in all, I’m very excited to see where this anime will go which is why it takes my top spot as my most anticipated anime of fall 2014.
Fall 2014 Anime Roundup
Phew, well, that was a lot of shows and a lot of words. The word count is more than 2.5 times that of my other previews, and it’s not surprising considering that I’m going to be watching 32 different anime this season. As usual, Thursdays and Saturdays are absolutely crazy, and I have 14 shows above the third tier 10 of which are in the third. This is a considerable amount, which means I’m just asking to be disappointed at this point. Still, I think the anime at the top of the third tier and all the anime in my fourth are fairly solid picks if you’re looking for shows with the least amount of potential disappointment at a glance. Well, except for Madan no Ou to Vanadis since I fear that one staff member responsible for all those different roles will screw the whole anime over. For people who have watched the previous seasons of shows like Log Horizon, Psycho-Pass, Hitsugi no Chaika, Mushishi, or saw something related to Fate/Zero, this is probably a great season for you since they are all returning. For people who didn’t watch these shows, there honestly aren’t too many great offerings from the preview since many of them I am not very confident about. Madan no Ou, Grisaia, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, and Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis are all examples of this. The only non-sequels above the third tier that I think have a high chance of being at least decent are Shirobako, and Kiseijuu. Of course, we shouldn’t ignore the bottom half of the list either as every season tends to have a few shows that end up being fairly good in those tiers. I have no doubt this season will be the same. Overall, I think from a preview perspective, this season is the best one of 2014. Whether you’re jumping on the numerous hype trains or you’re watching dozens of anime like me, this season should be quite a blast. Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time.