It is the 22. March of 2014 and the Anime community is going insane…Anime Japan, one of Japan’s biggest Anime conventions started around 24 hours ago! This usually is the time for people to go there and buy a lot of stuff, fangasm about amazing people going there! However it is also the time of tons of new shows and sequels to existing Anime to get announced and that is exactly what I want to talk about here! The amount of news that has been coming from that convention has been huge and I honestly have no idea how to deal with that kind of info-dump so I’ll just give it to you guys! This is what so far has been coming from Anime Japan. Now not all of these are news from Anime Japan, but some have been announced a little while ago and I still wanted to mention them!
New P.A. Works Anime in Summer:Once again, P.A. Works gets ready to produce another Anime! P.A. always has been a mixed bag for me, since I feel like half of their shows are really good and the other half are rather boring to watch. They have shows like Angel Beats, which may be a clusterfuck, but is still a lot of fun to watch but they also did shows like Red Data Girl, which bored me to death…Due to Nagi no Asukara being really well received though, I am definitely going to watch Glasslip though, even if only for the reason how P.A. Works will do after that massive success they had with NagiAsu! They already streamed a Promo-Video for their new show and in all honesty, it looks really good! The animation style is typical P.A. Works level and the story does sound quite intriguing! I am definitely watching this. (Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-20/p.a-works-streams-1st-promo-for-glasslip-anime)
New Satelight Anime by the Sailor Moon and Anohana Staff members:
I am not the biggest fan of Satelight! After fucking up Nobunaga the Fool horribly and even though producing a good show with Log Horizon, still having really bad animation, I really would not look forward to this show at all, if it wasn’t for one thing: The staff! The Anime called “M3~Sono Kuroki Tetsu~” is being Directed, by the person that did both the Sailor Moon Anime, Aria The Origination and Princess Tutu, and the Series Composition is being done by the same person that did AnoHana, Wandering Son (OH MY GOD YES), Nagi no Asukara and ToraDora! Honestly, if it were for Satelight alone, I would not be watching this show but seeing how many amazing people are working on this, I can’t wait at all! It looks like it might end up being one of the best Anime next season and I am not even exaggurating! The story so far looks really interesting as well and I just can’t wait to see this show!(Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-18/sailor-moon-sato-anohana-okada-macross-kawamori-unveil-m3-story-cast-staff)
New Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno Collaboration: Space Dandy has not even ended yet and as it seems, Watanabe has already announced his next work! After Space Dandy has not really flopped, but has been a bit of a disappointment to a lot of people nontheless, I am not sure exactly how much hype this show is going to get, but to be honest I personally think it will! This show looks brilliant so far! The trailer looks really good and with Watanabe directing it, it will most likely be a lot of fun! I may not be the biggest fan of Watanabe, as I did not quite enjoy them as much as others did, but I still think he is a really good director! With Yoko Kanno doing the Soundtrack this show will most likely sound amazing as well. The story for now looks really interesting and I would love to know more about it. It did get me intrigued after only 40 seconds of PV and I absolutely can’t wait for this to get released! (Souce: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-21/cowboy-bebop-director-watanabe-composer-kanno-make-zankyo-no-terror-anime)
New Durarara Season and new Studio funded for it:And there I thought the wave of new studios was over…well damn! With Studio Shuka, we get after the funding of Trigger and Tryoca yet another new studio whose members have gotten themselves quite some attention elsewhere already. This announcement really came out of nowhere and I wasn’t really prepared for it. I have not seen Durarara myself, but I do know that it is supposed to be really good! It is also done by the same people who did Baccano, which is supposed to be absolutely amazing. Starting our with this show, I personally think that Shuka will definitely have a good chance of staying alive in the industry at least for a while. I am still really interested in how they are going to do and will definitely watch Durarara’s first some time soon! (Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-15/durarara-gets-new-tv-anime-series)
Ano Natsu de Matteru Sequel Announced:Done by the same director that also did To Aru Kagaku no Railgun and AnoHana, AnoNatsu has been quite a hit and was pretty popular! Now the show seems to be going into a second season. I haven’t seen season 1 myself to be honest, so I can’t really comment on that. I know that this show is supposed to be really good so I guess I will have to watch the first season some time soon so I can watch the second season when finally airing! (Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-21/waiting-in-the-summer/ano-natsu-de-matteru-gets-new-anime)
Psycho Pass 2nd Season stated for Fall and Movie stated for Winter: Psycho Pass has been one of the most popular Anime that has been airing last season! Being by Gen Urobuchi, it did get quite controversial as some people say it’s absolute garbage while many other people keep telling me that it is really really good! I myself have not seen it, but knowing Urobuchi, I am expecting a rather good show and hope for good entertainment from this show! I don’t really know if this second season will be necessary but as far as I know it is not. I will definitely watch Psycho Pass soon though, so I can see the second season once it airs. I do suspect though, that the second season will end with an open ending and it will only get closure after the movie, that is going to air exactly one year later. Until it gets over here though, it will probably take ages and I don’t know just how long we will have to wait to finally get the series done! (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-21/psycho-pass-02-to-debut-october-followed-by-winter-film)
Space Dandy 2nd Season for Summer Season confirmed: And here we go again…Watanabe apparently didn’t have enough of his latest work Space Dandy yet and decided to make a new season for it only shortly after the first one finished. I myself have only seen 3 episodes of Space Dandy so far and I certainly did quite like it! The show is fun and as I stated earlier already I do think Watanabe is a good director. I will finish the show before saying anything about a second season though. Only one thing: As the show so far is really episodic and everything seems to reset after every episode, I am kind of confused about what exactly Watanabe is going to do in his second season. Either he will start with an actual plot or he will simply go on with what he did for this whole time. I’ll definitely watch at least! (Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-22/space-dandy-2nd-anime-season-to-air-in-july-in-japan)
Expelled from Paradise previewed:This is only worth a really short mention! The only reason that this is on here for, is it’s writer! Gen Urobuchi is the one that wrote this movie and that is exactly the reason why I want to see it! However so far it does not seem like anything Urobuchi would write. The PV does look good, but not at all like Urobuchi, but that said, Madoka didn’t do that either, so I guess we can’t do anything but wait for it to actually get released! (Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-21/expelled-from-paradise-theatrical-trailer-streamed)
Hanamonogatari to start in 5 weeks!
YES! I AM SO HYPED! The Monogatari franchise has been one of my all time favorites for quite a while now and the second season made that even more obvious! With a new series of OVAs getting released over the course of 5 weeks, I absolutely can’t wait for this! Hanamonogatari is the next instance for the series and focuses on Araragi and Kanbaru after the ex-vampire graduated from highschool! There is only few franchises I can get this excited about and the Monogatari series definitely is one of them! With Kanbaru being one of my absolute favorite characters in the show, I definitely think that this season could be a huge success! I absolutely can’t wait! (Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-03-21/hanamonogatari-slated-for-5-weeks-starting-may-31)
By now, the new season has started to air and all the new shows have reached the first checkpoint of 3 episodes. Now before we get into the list, let me explain the rules first! I have made a Top-list for this season, saying which Anime I liked best and which one was rather bad. For the actual list, I have only chosen those shows that I have watched up to the last episode that aired before I wrote this reaction, meaning that anything I have dropped during this season is getting mentioned, but not listed (it won’t get a number)! Also if there are second season in this chart, I am only going to talk about it’s currently airing season!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, my top 16 shows for the Fall Season of 2013, based on the first 3 episodes.
16: Nagi no Asukara: Nagi no Asukara is another one of those shows, that actually don’t do a lot wrong, but rather have one or two huge mistakes that seem to ruin it. For this show, one of the things that I really don’t like about it, is the main character. While at times being a character that doesn’t seem bad, but rather being a pretty reasonable young boy, he often just annoys me. Whenever he gets angry and starts arguing with people, it gets really hard to understand why the hell he is losing it. Otherwise the show is perfectly fine so far. The characters are decent for the most part and even though there is no stand out one and everyone seems to be a little boring to watch at times, there is still plenty of time for them to develop. Another huge plus point for the show is it’s theme, being the acceptance of other cultures which I do really like, as it gives a lot of room to toy with different kinds of situations. The art for this show looks amazing, especially the backgrounds. P.A. Works once again shows, just how good they are at making an Anime look good! The OST is quite decent while not being overwhelming either.
15: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova: The reason why this is ranked higher than Nagi no Asukara shall always be unknown…no seriously though, I myself don’t have any idea why I like this more than the underwater Anime I just talked about, even though it technically should be a lot worse. Getting to the first thing that really annoys me in this show: The CGI! This show looks bad! Really bad! Not that the animation itself is outstandingly bad, but the Studio, being Sanzigen seems to really adore CGI-Animation. Unfortunately, I myself am not that big of a fan, if it doesn’t look good. And guess what…it doesn’t. Which is weird, considering this is done by the same studio that produced the Black Rock Shooter TV Series, which had amazing CG. The characters for this show aren’t really special and did only get brief screentime as far as the supporting cast goes. The two main characters are focused on a lot more, which frustrates me, as it probably would do the show a little better if they gave the minor characters a little more screen time since the main duo doesn’t look too interesting to me, especially the main character. What probably keeps me watching this Anime is the premise, which I so far really like as well as the fights, that are well coordinated and nicely done, giving an atmosphere of an actual ship battle just in a lot more fun.
14: Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta For this show I have one particular problem that I just don’t really get. The show has a weird preference to quite often jump to really dark passages, making you a) wonder what the f*ck is going on and b) look forward to more dark passages in the future, since the darker parts actually are really well executed. Unfortunately though, it often doesn’t get explained just what happened and the viewer is left with confusion for the rest of the episode.
Also the show really likes to go back to a really light hearted part, directly after showing something really dark, leaving that one scene as a single dark part in a quite light hearted show, making me wonder what the show wanted to accomplish with it. That probably is my biggest problems with this show. I just don’t really get what is going on at times. From what we have seen so far, I can say that there was happening a whole lot, but I never really did get a proper explanation for why it even happened. We don’t really have any villains that we know (except for the two that got only a few seconds of screentime each) and we don’t really know a lot about the characters. I am hoping that the show is going for a character of the week style though, as the characters are really interesting to watch and the interactions are a lot of fun to see!
13: Non Non Biyori: It is no secret I guess that I am a Moe Zombie! I freaking love K-On, I love Love Lab (No pun intended) and I love every moe that is well done (KyoAni ftw <3)! And as I love it that much, there was no doubt about me at least liking this show a little, if the humor was done well and it really is! So far I really do enjoy to watch the girls doing their stuff and I think it is pretty funny. But honestly, it didn’t grab me as much as other moe shows like Lucky Star or K-On did, but is something that I can smile about, while not really bursting out laughing. It is definitely a good show so far, but nothing that really stands out to me.
12: Gundam Build Fighters: Shows like Yu-Gi-Oh or the original Dragonball have been stuck in our minds, eversince they they got popular in the west and even though the genre of tournament shounen is getting rare, we finally did get a fighting Anime that is only focused on the tournament. With Gundam Build Fighters coming along as a show that can be described as fanservice for every Gundam Fan and a pretty decent show for everyone else. Unfortunately I belong to the second group, as I have never seen any Gundam at all. But even though I originally thought that most of the fun in watching this show wuold only be accesable to the hardcore Gundam lovers, the show was a lot more enjoyable than I thought. The battles look amazing and the characters are quite interesting as well, even though I had to laugh at some of the stupd stereotypes, such as the old man…I do really like what Sunrise is doing here and it makes me want to watch Gundam soon.
11: Coppelion: When I saw Coppelion on the seasonal chart, I was really confused, since I didn’t really know the reason for this project to have already been stopped in the past. What irritated me the most though, was the fact that it wasn’t even grown adults who were going into a highly radioactive area, but highschool kids and as we know Anime, it likes to produce something really lighthearted about every single topic, however serious it might be. That is what I thought about Coppelion and while I was hoping for this show not to do the thing that I expected it to do, being it failing horribly due to them not taking the matter seriously, I kept my hopes low. I am pretty happy about where the show turned out to go now, as it goes into a rather serious direction, that has lighthearted elements to it and so far I do quite enjoy it. The biggest problem that I have with the show for now, are the characters. There is not a lot wrong with the three main characters so far and I did get quite attached to them, even though they are a little cliched and at times don’t really seem to fit into the shows setting. But the minor characters, which are the main source of the Drama accuring aren’t really interesting so far, leading to a Drama that l honestly can’t care about, as much as I would like to! I do enjoy the show itself but only to an extent.
10: Kill la Kill: I guess I will have quite some people bitching at me for this one…Kill la Kill is the by far most hyped show for this season and people seem to really enjoy this show for one reason. As it is by the same guys that also did Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which was incredibly popular as well and really well known for it being mindless fun. Kill la kill seems to be a lot like it’s predecessor Gurren Lagann and seems to be just as much mindless fun as the latter one was, but I personally can’t really see the appeal. It is flashy, it is over the top and it is quite funny at times and while I definitely do enjoy it for how mindless it is, I can’t really say that I like it as much as others do. The characters seem pretty dull the story is really meh and whatever they are saying makes no sense. As this is what the Anime wants to accomplish though, I probably should give it credits for just how well it does it. To me though, it is fun to watch, but nothing that would hurt not watching!
9: NouCome: Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru: This….is….weird…Not only the name is damn long, but the show itself is really weird, but in a surprisingly good way! The premise alone is something that makes it worth watching the show, as it makes really curious about how they are going to get it working, but as soon as the show starts, I really started enjoying it. The premise while being really weird works a lot better than I thought it would and the humor of the show really did get me laughing a lot. The characters are pretty blant so far, but all pretty enjoyable nontheless. The humor at some points in time is pretty dark though and it is hard to watch it without pausing, which kind of ruins the experience for me at some points in time since it just feels really awkward to watch. It is the same feeling I l had watching WataMote from last season, just not as bad.
8: Kyoukai no Kanata: I probably wouldn’t have started this show, if it wasn’t for the Production Company behind this being Kyoto Animation and eversince I finished watching Chuunibyou I pretty much turned into a KyoAni fanboy. As for Kyoukai no Kanata, I really do enjoy it and after seeing four episodes of it, as it seems to be pretty interesting. The premise of the show, while at first seeming a little overused, looks quite interesting to me personally and as far as the characters go, I am interested in most of them. The main heroine of the show, while being a moe stereotype is really likeable and the one of the few problems I had with the show got resolved in the latest episode, being the main character being really boring. The biggest plus for this show though, probably is the animation done by KyoAni, as it looks bloody amazing! The fights are really fluent and the animation really detailed. The characterdesigns are really moe influenced, but that is to be expected from a Kyoto Animation show. I do however like, that they are finally going in a dircetion away from their slice of Life moe style.
7: Galilei Donna: This is another show that I only decided to watch the second I saw that it came out and so far I am pretty happy that I did start it! While rest of the show of course wasn’t bad either, the thing that I personally liked the most was the first half episode, as it had an atmosphere of great suspense and really well done scenes cut into each other. I absolutely loved the direction of that part an while everything else was done pretty well too, it was that part that kept me hoping that something like that was going to come back. It of course still has time to do so, but as far as I watched it, it didnt. The story for this show so far, has been pretty intriguing and the characters are interesting, making for a pretty cool experience and I do really enjoy it so far. We don’t really know anything and I am definitely interested to learn more about Galileo’s Inheritance and what there is about it!
6: Machine Doll wa Kisutsukanai: Machine Doll is another Anime that my expectations were really low for, but that pleasently surprised me. Starting off as rather weird, with Yaya being a character that really says some damn perverted stuff and some scenes that leaves the imagination of the viewer to interpret what just happened…if you know what I mean! The mystery that the show presents is pretty cool though and I like the way they executed it so far. The story in total was well done and the world the show is set in is well fleshed out and thought through. The characters for the most part are pretty interesting, leaving a lot of mystery at this point as well, since we really don’t know a lot about some characters that actually seem to be really important! The Animation though is something that looks a little weird, since there is a lot of CGI in there that often looks really out of place and even the faces of the characters look really static at times, so much that it sometimes is really hard to distinguish how they are feeling about their current situation. In total I can see a lot of potential in this show, tbat i hope is not going to be wasted!
6: Log Horizon:
As many others, I went into this show expecting a badly executed SAO clone, that would either only be a little better than it’s impopular predessecor or even worse. What I got though, was something I really didn’t expect! The setting is really well executed, making the world of Elder Tale a really interesting one, which it mostly does by adding one thing: Game Mechanics! The Anime keeps really original to how a game works. That is something no other VR-Anime has explored so far and adds a lot of pretty cool moments to it. Instead of dull hitting each other and boring fights, the main characters are winning by defeating their enemies with tactics. Speaking of the characters, they do seem quite interesting and while there still is a lot of mystery about their gaming past, they are really likeable. The only thing that displeases me a little so far, is the type of story they seem to be going for, which is really episodic and it might take a while before we get to see the more serious stuff!
4: Golden Time:
Golden Time is another great example of an Anime that I didn’t think would be good that suddenly turned out to be one of the best! Being written by the same person that wrote Toradora, of course there was something to expect, but I personally haven’t seen Toradora, making me go into this show blindly. So far I really did like it and the characters are a lot of fun to watch. The show features a wide cast of characters and for the most part, they are really interesting. Ranging from the obsessive one, to the really nice one, every single character got a little bit of screentime and I hope they will keep getting more as the show goes on since I do like a of them. The main character while annoying me a little at first did get a lot better as well and after the most recent episode, I started to really like him.
3: Strike the Blood:
I only recently finished a pretty good show, with the name of To Aru Majutsu no Index and even though I don’t really want to start talking about that one, I can safely say that I really liked it, which was mostly thanks to it’s style of pacing. Strike the Blood now, could honestly be considered an Index spin-off, if it wasn’t for me to know that those two were written and published by entirely different people and another Index spin-off never getting announced. The two shows so far show a lot of similarity, not only plot and setting wise, where it already is pretty close, but in it’s pacing as well. The climaxing in Strike the Blood is done exactly the same way as it was in Index and the slower parts of the show do feel the same way! The thing that makes this a slightly better show, is that the main character really has been a lot better than Index’, which doesn’t mean a lot though. I do really enjoy strike the Blood and hope they will keep the good pacing and ark style they seem to be going for!
2: Kakumeike Valvrave 2nd Season:
After finishing the first season of Valvrave, I was really surprised, by the sheer amount of fun that I had while watching it, even though the plot was horrible and the characters as unbelievable as it was possible. I did really enjoy it, probably most due to the fact that I am a sucker for epic giant mecha fights. With the second season now having started, I can safely say, that while it still doesn’t deserve the hype it gets to me, that they put a lot more effort in the first 2 episodes, than they did in season 1. I can finally care about the characters and while still being really melodramatic, I do really enjoy it! The fights are as awesome as before and the plot just keeps bombing stuff from every region of Anime to us. It shows that while being a clusterfuck of pretty much everything that Anime is able to give us (the moe part is missing though), it is really enjoyable and I certainly will have a lot of fun following this show!
And the number 1 spot of the Fall 2013 Impressions goes to:
Outbreak Companz is something that I started watching for the sole perpose of wanting to know, how they would be able to execute the concept! I started watching it with the expectation of getting your usual fanservice heavy, moe influenced show that’s only actual plus point would be the reference humor that would be expected from a show like this. But what I got, was what I was expecting (except the fanservice) and a lot more. We do have quite some moe influenced characters, ranging from the clumsy and cute girl to the flat-chested little tsundere. We do have a lot of reference humor and hidden references and posters to Anime that either are popular right (*cough* Attack on Titan *cough*) or have been popular for a long period of time, but we also get a lot of really serious stuff and many situations that are a lot more serious than I would have expected from a show like this! The biggest thing that this Anime shows, is the differences that always exist between two cultures and how hard it is to overcome them. The society of the fantasy world that the show is set in being completely different to what our society in this world is like. The show really goes in depth about that and shows many differences, like equality that doesn’t exist in the medieval like world. It is really good at presenting all those strong themes, due to a really strong character cast so far, with the three characters that did get a the most focus so far, as every single one of them is written amazingly well and they’re actions are really logical and easy to follow. They are really likeable and while there are situations, when it really seems to escalate, it is easy to forgive the characters for everything bad they seem to have done, as it actually is just normal for them. Those are the reasons I think that this Anime so far is the best for this season and I am really looking forward to seeing more of it!
This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)
This glasses thing just srsly happened waaaaaaaay too often!
After the huge success of last year being Sword Art Online (I am not going to discuss whether it was good or not at this point), there was a massive hype around it and as we know from experience, hype always ends in things that want to be just as good as the hyped show, for the most part leading to shows that are quite similar (looking at Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou and Raxephon for example). Now for the SAO fans, next to the second season coming at some point in time, we now have Log Horizon, which can pretty much be summed up as SAO itself. What we have seen in Log Horizon so far, certainly does not live up to how well Sword Art Online started (I only watched the first few episodes), but still I personally think that the beginning of Log Horizon itself was pretty decent! For now I have quite few complaints about how this has been so far, one being that the characters acted way too calm to the fact that they suddenly were within the world of a game and seemed to just accept it. The characters themselves don’t really seem to be anything special, but until I really say anything about this I am going to wait for the developement. Up to the end of episode one though, they seem pretty likeable and I am looking forward to see more of them. I also like the fact that they are stilling trying to figure out how this whole world works and not just know everything. All in all I think, that Log Horizon started decent. It wasn’t the best start for this season, but it wasn’t bad either and I am looking forward to see just where this show is gonna go!
Although this years summer season only began a few weeks ago, this years first seasonal Fall chart (version 1.0) has been published already, and bored as I was I took my time to research the Animes themselves. Here I shall present you the staff, the Synopsis and my personal thoughts on them. Hope you enjoy it and it helps you out a little! I am not going through anything that has had a prequel and through the movies and OVAs. I hope you appreciate that since I can’t cover most of them due to not having seen the Prequel. (My source mostly is ANN and the chart itself)
Galilei Donna: Synopsis: The story is about “three moons” — three of Italian astronomer Galileo’s female descendants who are on international wanted lists. (Anime Original)Staff: Right now we don’t really have a lot of information on who will work in this project, besides the Director and the Studio, of which only the studio seems to impress with earlier major works, being A1-Pictures, with being known for Animes such Sword Are Online, which had even though the show itself was only decent pretty good Animation. They also were responsible for Animes such as Anohana, Kuroshitsuji and Ao no Exorcist. The director, being called Umetsu Yasuomi doesn’t really have anything that stands out for him. Personal Thoughts: Due to what we have heard of it so far, it might be a little bit of a fantasy adventure, being featured by A1-Pictures, which I think could get really interesting and I personally think that I’ll check it out!
Samurai Flamenco: Synopsis: Plot summary not available yet! (Anime original) Staff: The studio for Samurai Flamenco has yet to be announced, just as the plot, which makes for a really unsafe bet for this one. The Director though is available and he doesn’t seem to be too bad. His name is Omiro Takahiro and he has done works such as Baccano and Durarara, who both were quite good. Personal Thoughts: With both Studio and Plot unknown, I am expecting the worst out of this and the picture doesn’t really make me want to watch this either….I guess I’ll stay away for now, until I get a full plot description that I can orientate at!
Gundam Build Fighters:
Synopsis: The story is set in the near future when GunPla battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular world wide in the “Second GunPla Boom.” Sei Iori a first-year-middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reijiwho happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle World Championships. Sei’s customized GunPla is the Build Strike Gundam. (Anime Original) Staff: While we do have a Director that isn’t too experienced in his work and doesn’t have any known works, we still do have a studio that made some pretty good stuff, including all of Gundam and quite some other Mecha shows, known as Studio Sunrise. Their works also include the oh so famous Cowboy Bebop and the quite new Accel World. With Kuroda Yousuke being the one doing the Series Composition there is another really good addition to the cast, since he did stuff like parts of Hellsing Ultimate, Jormungand, Trigun and Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. Personal Thoughts: Even though I think that the synopsis in itself seems more like Pokemon than like Gundam, I still think that I am going to watch this, but more to see the work of the staff and how they are going to do this Pokemon x Gundam crossover since that actually seems a little weird to me!
KILL la KILL:
Synopsis: The story centers around two fiercely fighting schoolgirls, Ryuuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuuin. On a Campus ruled by force, a transfer student wielding a Basami sword brings about upheaval. (Anime Original) Staff: The Staff for this show pretty much has one thing common in particular: Gurren Lagann! We have the Series Composition and the Director from this show and while I didn’t recognize anything else from what they have done so far, this is the only thing that really makes them seem amazing. I have to be honest, I haven’t seen Gurren Lagann yet so I can’t say anything about that yet! The studio for the show, being Trigger has done nothing that would be worth mentioning. Personal Thoughts: I don’t think that this Anime seems appealing to me. While I still am not sure, whether I will pick this up or not, I can safely say that it won’t be the cast that will make me watch it. It seems to be not too bad, but I am not too sure about it either. The story just seems to not be my taste. The art though is something that seems quite cool…
Synopsis: The story revolves around a group of 5 “Ikemegane” (handsome eye-glasses-wearing) high school boys. (Drama CDs) Staff: The Animation is going to be done by Studio DEEN, which actually might be the biggest thing here, due to them having done amazing works such as Higurashi, but at the same time having done really bad adaptations of really good source material, look at Fate/Stay Night and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. The director is going to be Yamamoto Soubi, who doesn’t really have any major works yet and the Series Composition is going to be done by Akao Deco, who has been responsible for Mysterious Girlfriend X. Personal Thoughts: By just looking at this…I see free! This really looks like free without the stripping. We have a few handsome good looking guys and a bit of slice of life. The Synopsis says pretty much nothing about the plot itself, so I actually would have said, looking at the Studio that is doing this that this is more like Fantasy, but there is not really a lot that makes it seem this way. After looking at the website, that seemed even less likely to me.
Yozakura Quartet ~Hana noUta~: Synopsis: The story revolves around a quartet of teenaged heroes: A super strong girl named Hime, a mind reader named Ao, a conjurer named Kotoha and an ordinary, powerless boy named Akina. The three girls and Akina protect the city of Sakurashin from supernatural threats. (Manga) Staff: The staff in here is nothing special at all. We have Ryo-Timo, a pseudononym that I don’t know who is behind, as the director, not having done anything noteworthy. We have Ishikawa Manabu for the Series Composition, who doesn’t really have any special shows as well. We have Yaki Shin doing the music. For him it’s the first time working in an Anime ever! And the only thing that is notable is the production studio, being Tatsunoko Production did the original Gatchaman Series and the currently airing Gatchaman Crowds, which I do really enjoy! Personal Thoughts: I don’t know what I should be thinking about this. On one hand, the synopsis looks kind of interesting and the pics look promising, but on the other hand I know that the original that this one is a retelling of, was shit and that the Staff is not the best either. It’s another Anime that I might be going to watch, that I am not sure about though.
Sekai de ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!: Synopsis: Hagiwara Sakura and Miyazawa Elena are the leading members of the popular idol group “Sweet”. One day, Elena is injured by the attack of a female pro-wrestler Kazama Ruo during the recording of a TV program. To avenge Elena, Sakura enters the female pro-wrestling matches. (Manga) Staff: I think we all know and love the beautiful works of a studio called Arms, that everyone is familiar with. The studio mostly has done Hentai shows, that I obviously haven’t watched due to me not really liking it. Other works of them include the quite hated Ikkitousen and the really popular Elfen Lied. I think we can safely assume, that during this show we are going to see more than one pair of breasts. The other members of the Staff didn’t get announced yet so the only thing that we know about this show is arms… Personal Thoughts: I don’t think that I have to say that I am not a huge fan of arms works, with Elfen Lied being their best one even though I am not a huge fan of it either. With this being the only thing we know I think it is quite obvious to assume, that I won’t be watching this. The sports genre is something that I haven’t been into either, so I don’t guess I need more explanations do I?
Yowamushi Pedal: Synopsis: The story centers around Sakamichi Onoda, a high school Otaku who loves figures from Anime and Games so much that he would ride his bicycle to and from Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district in a 90 kilometer (= 60 miles) round trip over steep slopes. Onoda ends up joining the competitive sport of bicycle racing. (Manga)Staff: Just as in most Anime this season the staff is nothing really special, mostly being people that didn’t have any known work before, This time we have Nabeshima Osamu as the Director, Sawada Kan for the Music and TMS Entertainment for the Animation Production. The only one that has provided us with anything being a little more popular is Yoshida Reiko for the Series Composition, who also did K-On! and Girls und Panzer. Personal Thoughts: And here we go with another sports Anime…and there we go with another staff that isn’t really any popular. Even though the Synopsis features the word Otaku that doesn’t mean that it is any good…I don’t think that I will watch this, since as I said, sports Anime just aren’t a genre I really did get into yet.
Nagi no Asukara: Synopsis: The story is about Manako Mukaido, a middle school girl who is indecisive and Hikari Sakishima Manaka’s caring childhood friend (Full summary not available yet) (Anime Original) Staff: The most notable thing about this would be the Animation Company, being P.A. Works, who are responsible for shows like Angel Beats, Another or the currently airing Uchouten Kazuko, who all looked pretty good! I really like their animation style. The director, being Shinohara Toshiya has done nothing that is worth pointing out, while Okada Mari who is going to do the Series Composition, also did it for Toradora and Kuroshitsuji. Thoughts: The Synopsis doesn’t really say a lot, but for now the staff looks promising enough for me to pick this show up for now. Maybe I will decide against it later when the full Synopsis is out, but for now…the name of P.A. Works is enough for me!
Outbreak Company: Synopsis: Shinichi Kano is a “thoroughbred class” with a light novelist father and an erotic game artist mother. He has no special talents except for his vast knowledge, opinion and insight on moe. Despite this, the Japanese government assigns him as a “moe” evangelist to the Holy Eldant Empire, a parallel world. In this fantasy world where dragon soar the skies, shinichi forms a deep friendship with the half-elf maid girl Myuseru and the beautiful young empress Petoraru. Even as he deals with the threats of war between different fractions, he worries that he himself is an invader to this wondrous land. (Light Novel) Staff: This is probably one of the cast that we know the most and at the same time the least about. There is nothing notable for anyone in this staff besides Inai Keiji for the music, who did the music for Btoom!. For the Direction Oikawa Kei was hired, while the Series Composition is going to be done by Arakawa Naruhisa. The whole thing is in the hands of the company feel, who doesn’t really have any major works either, Personal Thoughts: This sounds like fun, while at the same time bearing a little bit of dark undertones. A mixture that is not that easy to do, but if well executed this could really be a better Anime for the fall season. Actually really looking forward to it!
Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai: Synopsis: The “Symphonic School Battle Action” story follows a boy puppeteer named Raishin Akabane who travels from Japan with his female Automaton Yaya to study at the highest institution for “Machinart” (The craft of making Automatons). A combat tournament at this Walpurgis Royal Academy in England determines the top puppeteer or “Maou”. (Light Novel) Staff: Again an Anime, that we don’t know anything about but the studio that is going to animate it, which this time is called Lerche and the only notable works are the currently running Danganronpa and the Fate parody Carnival Phantasm. Personal Thoughts: First off: can anyone tell me what a “Symphonic School Battle Action Story” is? Like seriously what do they want to do with that? While the staff for this one is not yet announced, I don’t know if I should pick this up. I am pretty much half interested in the Synopsis, not sure if this is something worth picking up or not. The character design looks really good though!
Synopsis: The story begins when 30000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy online game world Elder Tale. What was once a “Sword and Sorcery World” is now the “real world”. The main lead Shiroe attempts to survive with his old friend Naotsugu and the beautiful assassin Akatsuki. Nyanta is a mysterious player who looks like a cat. (Novel) Staff: If it comes to the staff of this Anime, they actually did something that I can talk about, not always in a good manner but at least something. The Director Ishihira Shinji has done parts of Fairy Tail which I myself haven’t seen due to it’s length, but heard of that it actually is really good. The Series Composition is done by Nemoto Toshizo, who was responsible for Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou, which so far hasn’t been really good as an Anime and a show called Inu x Boku. At last we have the Animation studio being Silverlink, who have done quite good Animation before, for example in parts of Hellsing Ultimate. Personal Thoughts: I guess it’s just normal, that the first thing that comes to mind is Sword Art Online and that doesn’t really leave a perfect taste behind. Still this show pretty much just has as much potential and I am looking forward to if it will actually live up to it or just go down like SAO did.
Coppelion: Synopsis: The story is set in 2036, after radioactive contamination from a nuclear accident has put Tokyo under a blockade. Three high school girls have been sent to this dead city. Thanks to genetic engineering, the three girls have been impervious to radioactivity since birth. They form a special forces unit, codenamed “coppelion”, in the third division of Japan’s ground self defense force. (Manga) Staff: I know nothing about this Staff…there has been nothing announced and no information on anything else about this Anime. I am sorry! Personal Thoughts: Honestly…I’ve had enough of special forces consisting of high school girls. Still this might be good, as long as the Anime really focuses on the radiation thing and the isolation and not the girls doing their girls things plot. I hope they will do so and might give it a try!
Walkure Romanze: Synopsis: The story centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a Begleiter (knight’s assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to the academy to train as a knight after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament’s finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a Begleiter to one of the academy’s maiden knights and help her win. (Visual Novel) Staff:The Staff for Walkure Romanze is relatively balanced with no one having anything incredibly good, but everyone having something to show. The Director, Yamamoto Yusuke has been also working for Sgt. Frog, while the Series Composition also has done works such as NANA and Kaempfer. The Anime is going to be animated by 8Bit who also did the Infinite Stratos Anime that is going to get a sequel in the same season. Personal Thoughts: One one side, right here we have the only Visual Novel Adaptation for this whole seasonal chart, as they seem to tempt to die out. And Visual Novels often pretty fast become a Harem and do like to go into the direction of an erotic game. On the other hand though, while I see the possibility to make this a Harem, I kind of like the premise. The thing that right now actually makes me turn down the Anime is the screen shots of the Visual Novel that remind more of a Hentai than anything else. (I don’t want to use them here though, go search for them yourself!)
Synopsis: The school romantic comedy of Golden Time revolves around Banri Tada, a college student who lost all of his memories before his high school graduation. The story follows Banri, Kyouko Kaga (a girl whose seemingly perfect looks belies her hidden regrets), Kyouko’s significant other Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and other students at Banri’s college in Tokyo. (Light Novel) Staff: This is another occasion, where nothing really has been given out to the public other than the Synopsis. I don’t even know the Studio yet…sry about that! Personal Thoughts: I didn’t watch too many RomComs yet so I don’t know too much about the genre but it just doesn’t seem to really work out for me. Nothing that I wouldn’t watch, it doesn’t interest me too much. Has yet to be decided!
Strike the Blood:
Synopsis: The school action fantasy story of Strike the Blood revolves around Kojou Akatsuki, a boy deemed the world’s most powerful vampire (once thought to only exist in legend and lore), and Yukina Hirameki, a girl entrusted with watching over the vampire and if needed, hunting him down. (Light Novel) Staff: While both the chief director (Takao Sano) and the normal Director (Yamamoto Hideyo) haven’t done anything special, the Series Composition is what catches my eye for this staff, since it was done by Yoshino Hiroyuki, who worked for shows like Accel World, Sound of the Sky and Magi. The show is also going to be animated by Silverlink, who I mentioned earlier as being a company that actually does pretty good animations. Personal Thoughts: Honestly I think the thing that this will depend on is how the original author sees Vampires. Does he see them as awesome fighting blood sucking creatures? Or are they just plain boring things? By now vampires in total are getting old (even though they normally can’t age…) and we really need some vampires that are original or just really badass again!Will try this out!
Daiya no A: Synopsis: The story follows Eijun, a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan’s storied Koushien championships through hard work and determination. (Manga) Staff: The notable thing again is neither the Director nor the Series Composition, but the Studio that is producing this show. Better said the studios. The two studios working together for this are both pretty known. Production I.G. is known for the still, 10 years after it’s release, amazing looking Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex series, or for it’s only recently aired Suisei no Gargantia. Madhouse on the other side has amazing animation in works like Btoom, High school of the Dead or the currently airing Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, making for an incredible production cooperation. The director’s name is Masuhara Mitsuyuki and didn’t really do anything worth mentioning, while the only thing notable that the Series Composition (Konuta Takeshi) has done is Blood Lad Personal Thoughts: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand it’s more sports again. Honestly…I live in europe so I don’t really have anything to do with Baseball as a sport. That alone would be a reason to not watch it, but the combination of Studios really makes me interested, since both Madhouse and Production I.G. just do amazing work. I am still thinking about this, but it’s most likely for me to not watch it.
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta: Synopsis: The story of love and aerial combat follows a former prince who lost everything to a revolution, a girl who became the symbol of revolution, and another girl on a journey on her own. The orphaned prince, now renamed Karueru, embarks on a one-way voyage to discover the ends of heavens. Aboard the levitating island of Isura, he meets a girl named Claire. (Light Novel) Staff: Another Anime we don’t know the company that is doing it yet. The director’s name is Suzuki Toshimasa and has done almost nothing worth mentioning and the series Composition is done by Yamamoto Hideyo, who also did the Series Composition for the Zettai Karen Children Spin Off called The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyousuke which I really liked, even though it is quite underrated. The Script is also written by Yoshida Reiko, a man that is responsible for multiple shows this season, that has done works like K-On and Girls und Panzer. Personal Thoughts: We already have 3 girls and a boy in the Synopsis…this kind of makes me think of a Harem! The only reason I might be watching this for is for Hyobu Kyousuke since it was an Anime that really is underrated. The other parts of what we know by now, I am not sure about whether or not I do like it. Thinking about picking it up.
BlazBlue Alter Memory: Synopsis: The story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of a new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierachical city of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the “Grim Reaper” is the destruction of the System controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi. (Game) Staff: The staff for this show doesn’t stand out in any possible way. The Director called Tachibana Hideki hasn’t done anything special just as the script writer Takahashi Tatsuya. The only one having done anything notable is the earlier mentioned Akao Deko, who is responsible for two shows this season and has done Mysterious Girlfriend X before. The work is again divided into two studios, one being Hoods entertainment, the studio that did Mysterious Girfriend X and TeamKG who have their debut with this one. Personal Thoughts: I have to admit I am kind of interested in this one, but still do fear that this is going to end in a bad way. The Synopsis looks good so I might give it a try. Not sure yet.
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru: Synopsis: The story centers around Kanade a boy cursed with the mental power of “absolute multiple choice” – A multiple-choice quiz will suddenly appear in his mind and the choice he makes will become his reality. For example he would have to chose between going nude from the waist up or from the waist down in school. While in school, he is given another choice: 1) beautiful girl will fall before him or 2) he will fall from the rooftop in female clothes. He chooses option 1, and a blonde girl called chocolat falls before him. (Light Novel) Staff: The staff for this is just another staff that has almost nothing that I knew. The only thing that actually was worth mentioning was that the Anime called Campione is done by the same Studio being Diomeda. The director Inagaki Takayuki and the series composition Kanasugi Hiroko have both nothing they can really show. Personal Thoughts: This time I really don’t care about the Staff, because the concept just looks so hilarious that I just want to watch this, even though I think that this would perfectly fit for a Visual Novel, since the Multiple Choice is the main element that distinguishes Visual Novels from Light Novels, but anyway. I am kind of looking forward to this one and hope that they will do i well!
Non Non Biyori: Synopsis: The Slice-of-Life Comedy is set in a countryside school with only five students total. The nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle , a certain “J_up” magazine comes out on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, and the video rental store is 10 stations away. Fifth-grade school girl Hotaru Ichijou transfers from Tokyo to this school and readjusts to the slow life in the country. Her fellow schoolmates are Natsumi, Korami, Renge, and Komari’s big brother Suguru in the third year of middle school Staff: In here, we have one person that really impressed me, being Shimo Fumihiko, who has written the script for shows such as Air, Clannad, Higurashi Kai (which doesn’t fit in there at all..) and the disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. That guy really seems to know how to do things. The Director is the same Director as for Kokoro Connect and is called by the Kawamo Shinya. The Series Composition is again Yoshida Reiko, who has also done K-On and Girls und Panzer. The studio for this one is going to be Silverlink who do a good job animating and have done things such as Kokoro Connect and Fate/Kaleid Liner. Personal Thoughts: This is an anime that I wouldn’t consider watching without the staff…but with the staff being this good, I really am looking forward to this! I also can relate to the situation a little, since I am living in the country myself and a SoL comedy never really is too bad.
Diabolik Lovers: Synopsis: The story centers around the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers. Yuki Komori is a positive thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year of middle school, she transfers to a new school – a night school for entertainers and celebrities – due to her father’s work. There are rumors that there are vampires among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the Sakamaki brothers. (Drama CD) Staff: The thing that me might be most notable is the studio again, but this time not for it’s amazing earlier arts, but for Aku no Hana which if people look at the beginning of it, looks horrible. The character designs were good due to the shows nature, but the animation itself just wasn’t good, but for more information just look at my Review on it. The director called Tagashira Shinobu, is here doing work for the first time and the series composition (Nagatsu Seiko) has done nothing worth mentioning either. The only thing that was notable is the music which is scored by the same person who composed for Robotics;Notes and Blood Lad, being Hayashi Yuuki. Personal Thoughts: I think everything should have been said as soon as the titles involved Lovers and the Synopsis the word vampire right? The staff is nothing special either, so this is over for me already. No thanks
Pupa: Synopsis: The “life-and-death-sibling” story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone. One day Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis – into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister. (Manga) Staff: Again only the Studio is interesting, being once more Studio Deen, who have done works like Higurashi before, but also things like the original Fate/Stay Night and the Umineko series. The director Mochizuki Tomomi has done nothing I should mention. Personal Thoughts: personally this is the Anime I am looking forward to the most, since the Synopsis seems really appealing to me and I still haven’t lost my hope in DEEN (even though I still hope for a Umineko Sequel). Gonna watch this!
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio -Ars Nova-: Synopsis: In the story, humanity lost much of it’s developed land due to global warming in the first half of the 21st century. Then, a “Fleet of Fog” loaded with Super Weapons suddenly appears all over the world. Without the ability to withstand this fleet, humanity was defeated and could no longer travel the seas. 17 years after the devastating naval war, Gunzou Chihaya and his friends somehow commandeer a “Fleet of Fog” submarine and rename it I-401. Together with Iona (I401’s “mental model” or physical incarnation in human form) they take on the “Fleet of Fog”. (Manga) Staff: And this time we actually have it the other way around, as the studio (Sanzigen) is the one that has nothing to offer, while everyone else does. The director is Kishi Seiji, who has done the direction for several game adaptations, like Persona 4, Danganronpa and Devil Survivor 2, plus the Direction for the quite popular Anime Angel Beats. The Series Composition is Uezu Makoto, who also worked for Danganronpa and Devil Survivor 2. But he has something that makes everything a little worse, being the name of School Days in his record and making him a little suspicious. The music is going to be handled by Kouda Masato, who is going to have it’s debut with this soundtrack. Personal Thoughts: I personally think that this show looks really interesting and I really want to check it out! The staff in total looks awesome as well, so this is another one that I am actually quite looking forward to.
With this I am done with the first seasonal chart of Fall! I don’t know yet if I am going to do this for other seasons too since that was a heck of a lot of work (around 4 hours I think ‘-.-) and I don’t always have that time. Hope it helped you out though and I kind of look forward to the fall season!