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Fall 2015 Preview!

The fall may be upon us, but with El Niño in full effect and warmer than normal temperatures expected to continue, we’ll be keeping the spirit of summer alive as we go into the new season. First up are a slew of sequels, including the newest chapter of K in Return of Kings, the much anticipated second season of Haikyuu!!, the return of Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka??, the near final iteration of the Monogatari series in Owarimonogatari, and continuations of Hidan no Aria, Noragami, Owari no Seraph, and Shinmai Maou no Testament. Rounding out the mix are an assortment of light novel and manga adaptations, highlighted by Heavy Object (bought to you by the creator of Index/Railgun) and One-Punch Man, as well as the arrival of a new original Gundam series in Tekketsu no Orphans. Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider also warrants mention for its award-winning source material, adding a much needed mystery series and showing off the assortment of genres the fall has to offer. Ultimately, it’s a great season for those who wanted sequels to the aforementioned series, but the lack of other offerings (especially original series) makes this a weaker than normal fall season, and the season’s enjoyment may boil down to whether the other series pan out. Either way, it’s that time of the year again, and I’m proud to present to you Random Curiosity’s Fall 2015 Preview.

 

As a quick reminder, most entries are divided into two paragraphs:

  • A brief introduction to the series and its premise, often with the starring cast of characters.
  • The writer’s impressions, expanding on the plot and highlighting specific points of interest.

This season we’ll continue using our Expectation Levels. Remember, these reflect our own subjective excitement level for each show; they do not necessarily reflect how shows will pan out. For more information, check out the Overall Impressions section at the bottom, which includes an expanded explanation of each category and a list of all shows by expectation level.

 

Disclaimer: Back in the Stone Age, i.e. 2012, previews were done by a single writer, Divine. Alas, none of the current writers are as awesome as he, so we’ve divided them up among our staff (Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Takaii, Zanibas, and Zephyr) in order to maintain the quality of this preview. We will try to point out what appeals to us in each series, in the hope that it will help you determine if it coincides with your tastes.

Disclaimer #2: Please note that this list does not reflect all the series airing this coming season. It is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, but omissions have been made for shows that stray from the anime norm or seem to be oriented toward young children. Please check out MOON PHASE for complete listings, syoboi for specific air times, and Fansub DB for a list of potential subbers for each series.

As always, thank you to the entire RandomC staff for helping with this preview. Special thanks go to Divine and Xumbra, who encoded all the PV’s; Zephyr, who compiled the OVA/Movie list; Stilts, who organized yelled at people and edited the entire preview; Passerby, who did final checks; and Cherrie, who compiled the information links, pictures, and just everything else needed to create the preview. We couldn’t have done it without you all! As a bonus, you can find a second opinion on these previews via LiA’s fall preview, entirely written by the almost mechanical Guardian Enzo.

Finally, I’d like to say a special thanks to all of you for your continued support of Random Curiosity. You’re the reason we’re still around and doing what we’re doing, so thank you to all of you out there who come here day in, day out to read and comment on our posts!

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans
17:00 MBS (10/4)
World Trigger: Toubousha Hen
6:30 (10/5)
Shin Atashin’chi
19:00 ANIMAX (10/6)
Ore ga Ojou-sama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
23:30 AT-X (10/7)
Subete ga F ni Naru
24:55 CX (10/8)
Hacka Doll THE Animation
23:00 MX (10/2)
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Returns
17:30 ytv (10/3)
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
20:55 ANIMAX (10/4)
High Schol Star Musical
24:00 MX (10/5)
Hidan no Aria AA
23:00 AT-X (10/6)
Dance with Devils
23:30 MX (10/7)
Lupin The Third
25:29 ntv (10/1)
Miss Monochrome The Animation 3
23:00 MX (10/2)
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
20:30 ANIMAX (10/3)
Rainy Cocoa: Rainy Color e Youkoso
22:15 MX (10/4)
JK Meshi!
25:00 MX (10/5)
Hokuto no Ken 2: Ichigo Aji+
25:35 TX (10/6)
Fushigi na Somera-chan
23:55 AT-X (10/7)
Lance N’ Masques
25:46 TBS (10/1)
Kagewani
23:17 MX (10/2)
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka??
21:30 AT-X (10/10)
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!
22:27 MX (10/4)
Ani Tore Ex!
25:11 MX (10/12)
DD Hokuto no Ken 2: Ichigo Aji+
25:35 TX (10/6)
DIABOLIK LOVERS MORE, BLOOD
24:30 AT-X (9/23)
Young Black Jack
26:16 TBS (10/1)
Heavy Object
24:30 MX (10/2)
Owari no Seraph 2nd Season
22:00 MX (10/10)
Comet Lucifer
22:30 MX (10/4)
Osomatsu-san
25:35 TX (10/5)
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
24:30 MX (10/7)
Noragami ARAGOTO
25:05 MX (10/2)
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
23:00 AT-X (10/3)
Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
23:00 MX (10/4)
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
26:05 TX (10/5)
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
25:05 MX (10/7)
Garo: Guren no Tsuki
25:23 TX (10/9)
VALKYRIE DRIVE -MERMAID-
23:30 AT-X (10/10)
One-Punch Man
25:05 TX (10/4)
Shinmai Maou no Testament BURST
25:40 MX (10/9)
Owarimonogatari
24:00 MX (10/3)
K RETURN OF KINGS
25:55 MX (10/2)
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
25:00 MX (10/3)
Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS 2
26:25 TBS (10/2)
Kowabon
25:42 KBC (10/3)
Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou
25:58 MBS (10/3)
Peeping Life TV Season 1??
26:25 ntv (10/3)
Haikyuu!! Second Season
26:58 MBS (10/3)

* Jump to OVA/Movies.

DIABOLIK LOVERS MORE, BLOODTop
http://anime-dialover.com/dlmb/
Animation: Zexcs Premiere: September 23, 2015
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_dialover or #animedialover

Preview by Zanibas

Komori Yui (Suegara Rie) thought she had enough troubles with the six Sakamaki vampire brothers after her throat all the time. Without any escape from their mansion (or personality), Komori has even more troubles with the entrance of four more vampires who hail from the Mukami family–Azusa (Kishio Daisuke), Kou (Kimura Ryouhei), Ruki (Sakurai Takahiro), and Yuuma (Suzuki Tatsuhisa). Ten attractive vampires now chase her blood in this second season of bad-boy vampires overpowering one human girl!

I don’t usually outright pan shows in a preview, but Diabolik Lovers is infamous as a show that has some of the worst characters an anime can have. The main character is mind-bogglingly helpless and unable to take action—even by anime standards—and the male cast has personalities that are flat-out abusive and selfish. Most people genuinely excited for this show are usually only looking forward to the seiyuu and character designs, with maybe some hope that this season will focus more on the story rather than flat-out power fantasies. There is hope on both these fronts; all the seiyuu from last season have reprised their roles, along with some significant new additions such as Kimura Ryouhei. Additionally, the director and series composition staff are different this time around, while keeping the same character design staff. Maybe things will get better for a show that could be called worse than Twilight, but considering the significant hurdle the first season presents, I would only recommend this show to fans of the visual novel. For anyone else, I recommend reading Cherrie’s post on the first episode of last season (plus the comments) if you want a better impression of what this show is about.

Watching This: Cherrie Expectation Level: Niche
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Lupin The Third | ルパン三世Top
http://lupin-new-season.jp/
Animation: Telecom Animation Film Premiere: October 1, 2015
Genre: Adventure Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:29
Episodes: 24 Station: Nippon TV (ntv)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @lupinIII_4th or #lupinIII_4th

Preview by Passerby

If you’ve never heard of Lupin, that must be a crime in itself. The original Lupin III manga by Kazuhito Katou aka Monkey Punch debuted in 1967, itself inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s novels about the gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. The manga and its many anime adaptations stars Arsène Lupin’s grandson, himself a thief who travels the world stealing things, uncovering mysteries, and being a general rapscallion. This slightly delayed 2015 edition (distinguished by Lupin’s blue jacket) features Arsène Lupin III (Kurita Kanichi) and his trusty partners, the crack shot Daisuke Jigen (Kobayashi Kiyoshi) and stoic swordsman Ishikawa Goemon XIII (Namikawa Daisuke), capering around Italy, all the while chased by the indefatigable inspector, Zenigata Koichi (Yamadera Kouichi) and occasionally partnering with Lupin’s on-and-off-again love interest/rival/ally Mine Fujiko (Sawashiro Miyuki). Even though we’re in the Mediterranean this time, Lupin will no doubt be getting up to his usual mischief again.

The original Lupin III caused a stir back in its day for being rather adult for a cartoon, relatively shameless as it was about its titular protagonist’s violence and philandering. In modern times, though, it has garnered a well-respected reputation both in Japan and abroad, perhaps partially because of the involvement of eventual Ghibli directors Takahata Isao and Miyazaki Hayao. In particular, The Castle of Cagliostro, Miyazaki’s first feature film, has achieved cult status. Lupin III (2015)‘s director, Yano Yuuichirou, is no slouch either, with several significant titles under his belt. Even if you aren’t interested in Lupin III‘s pedigree, a hardboiled crime drama with a playful comedic edge may be just the kind of adventure you’re looking for this season. It’s a fun formula that has stood the test of time, and a certain level of entertainment value is guaranteed.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Established
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Lance N’ MasquesTop
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/lance/
Animation: Studio Gokumi Premiere: October 1, 2015
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:46
Episodes: 12 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_lance or #lanmas

Preview by Stilts

Studio Gokumi is adapting the light novel series originally edited by Studio Gokumi, and written by occasional Studio Gokumi scriptwriter Koysau Hideaki (Yuruyuri). Lance N’ Masques stars Hanabusa Youtarou (Yamashita Daiki), a young man who is part of the last remaining order of chivalric knights in the 21st century, the Knights of the World. While fighting the mysterious Knight Lancer, Youtarou (who himself uses a lance) must protect his identity by wearing a mask. One day he meets a small girl named Kidouin Makio (Ozawa Ari), and after finding out she lives alone, decides to watch over her.

It’s hard to shake the feeling that a light novel series which has only been published since December of 2013, and which hasn’t netted a manga adaptation or any other signs of significant buzz, is only getting an adaptation because of its creator’s ties with Studio Gokumi. Which doesn’t mean it’s bad—Studio Gokumi has yet to produce a truly bad anime, and I’ve seen nearly everything they’ve done. What it does mean is that Lance N’ Masques hasn’t penetrated far into the English-speaking anime world, so I wasn’t able to get my hands on the source material. From what I’ve seen, the art is adorable as hell, with a definite Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi feel—which is no surprise, since that series’ illustrator, Shino, also worked on these books as well. I also caught some talk of love and justice (ai to seigi no!) in the promo, which never fails to give me a Sailor Moon vibe. I have a feeling it’ll be equal parts fluffy gags and occasional action, and will probably lean more idealistic than not, but take that with a sizable grain of salt. After all, I thought the same thing of Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (also done by Studio Gokumi), and look how that turned out. We’ll have to wait and see what this one is like.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Young Black Jack | ヤング ブラック・ジャックTop
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/ybj/
Animation: Tezuka Productions Premiere: October 1, 2015
Genre: Drama Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:16
Episodes: 12 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_ybj or #anime_ybj

Preview by Passerby

The original Black Jack was the creation of legendary manga auteur Tezuka Osamu (father of Astro Boy, Japan’s Walt Disney, is kept cryogenically frozen in a basement in Akiba). The titular Black Jack, with his distinctive scars and shock of white hair, is definitely one of the most recognisable faces of the subculture. Black Jack was not a card game, but rather an unlicensed surgeon (i.e. quack) who performed miraculous procedures in exchange for exorbitant (but ultimately fair) prices. He also goes around punishing evil, brooding enigmatically, and generally making the medical profession look a lot cooler than it has any business being. If Batman had decided to clean up Gotham by going to med school instead of by punching criminals while dressed as a bat, he would be Black Jack. Young Black Jack, though, is not a Tezuka Osamu creation; it’s of a relatively modern vintage, written by Tabata Yoshiaki. As one would not be surprised to know, it’s a prequel of sorts, about a younger Hazama “Black Jack” Kuroo (Umehara Yuuichirou) when he was still a med student. He’ll probably still be the same brilliant, scalpel-wielding maverick even then.

Every popular character seems to eventually get a spin-off starring a younger version of him or herself. There will be a young Sherlock Holmes, a Robin Hood Jr, a Superboy. And they will almost invariably be exactly the same people except with a slighter build and a higher tenor. It’s standard fare. If you enjoyed the original, you’ll go for this version for more of the same, perhaps with fresher dressing. One of the interesting angles of Young Black Jack for the modern audience, though, is that the younger Black Jack would have lived in the 1960s, so we may be getting something along the lines of a period piece (woohoo, Vietnam War. What a great time it was). Even without, the medical thriller (yeah, thriller) will provide plenty of entertainment. Tezuka Osamu was actually medically trained, so his stories were always relatively informed, but he never let reality get in the way of making Black Jack crazy awesome. If Young Black Jack intends to emulate that success, then it’s already heading in a good direction.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Passerby Expectation Level: Moderate
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Hacka Doll THE Animation | ハッカドール THE あにめ~しょんTop
http://hackadoll-anime.com/
Animation: Creators in Pack TOKYO Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 23:00
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @hackadoll_anime or #ハッカアニメ

Preview by Stilts

Based on DeNA’s Hacka Doll news app (yes, you read that correctly), Hacka Doll The Animation is a series of 10-minute shorts animated by studio Trigger. The news app delivers a customized feed based on simple questions the user answers upon first launch, and further customizes based on the user’s activities. It filters news into areas such as anime, manga, cosplay, games, light novels, seiyuu, and more. The anime personifies the app’s customization engine as three Hacka Dolls: The personal entertainment AI and main navigator Hacka Doll #1 (Takagi Miyu), the anime expert Hacka Doll #2 (Okuno Kaya), and the knowledgeable otaku Hacka Doll #3 (Yamashita Nanami).

There’s no question that this anime is being made to promote DeNA’s smartphone app, and continues Trigger’s puzzling descent into shifty short-form anime. (Hey, no judgment from me—you gotta pay the bills somehow. I’m just bitter ’cause I want more Inou Battle.) Yet it’s still Trigger, which is why the promo videos look more stylish and lively than a glorified advertisement has any need to be. I have no idea what the anime will actually be about, though I’d guess light comedy, ’cause I can’t imagine trying to promote an app with grimdark drama. The three main Hacka Doll seiyuu are all Wake Up, Girls! alumni, so it should come as no surprise that they’re singing the theme song, and that it (and they) are kawaii as all get out. There are some office workers, a frumpy girl who uses the app… I’m grasping at straws here. All I can say is that, of the many thinly-veiled marketing efforts disguised as entertainment I’ve previewed—and there have been a lot—this one seems less cynical than most. It’s still an advertisement, but maybe Trigger can imbue it with enough character to make it an ad worth watching.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
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Miss Monochrome The Animation 3 | ミス・モノクローム -The Animation- 3Top
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/miss_monochrome_anime_2/
Animation: SANZIGEN x LIDENFILMS Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 23:00
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @miss_monochro

Preview by Zanibas

Airing simultaneously with reruns of season two in the same time block, Horie Yui’s brainchild, Miss Monochrome, continues with its third season. Our colorless idol continues her journey to become a top idol, along with her usual supportive manager (Fujiwara Kenji).

As the number of seasons of Miss Monochrome rise to Teekyuu levels, making a statement each season on its merits grows repetitive. Not much changed from season one to two, and not much will change for future seasons. Fans of the concept should expect nothing different from season three. Although the comedy is a bit weak by short standards, fans of Horie Yui’s personal project may see some growth from Miss Monochrome, who might strike something big this season. Although I recommend other shorts to fill your time, there isn’t anything especially bad about the series, and it may be worth it as a quick way to fill your time.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Kagewani | 影鰐Top
http://kagewani.com/
Animation: Tomovies Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 23:17
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_kagewani or #kagewani

Preview by Takaii

With a trend of more and more short format shows appearing as we go through the year, Kagewani is no exception. Literally meaning “shadow crocodile,” the show’s premise is based around mysterious creatures called Uma suddenly appearing and attacking humans indiscriminately. Given only a keyword of “kagewani”, biologist Banba Sousuke (Tomokazu Sugita) begins his search to find the truth behind the phrase, as well as the origins of monsters that have suddenly appeared. The show will be airing in the well known “Ultra Super Anime Time” block, alongside other shorts like Miss Monochrome S3 and Wakaba Girl, the latter of which is continuing on from the summer season.

Seeing how there isn’t a lot of information released on this show, let me dive into some conjecture here. We have a short format show that’s trying to pull the horror/suspense angle, it’s being directed by a director with only one show under his belt (luckily it’s a show based on Japanese ghost stories, Yami Shibai), and is brought to us by a completely brand new studio named Tomovies. All of which would lead me to believe it’ll be maybe good at best. In my mind it sounds really difficult to create a sense of suspense and panic with only seven or so minutes to work with. However, the show has one saving grace, and that would be its seiyuu. The lead is held by the fantastic Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon from Haruhi, Ragna from Blazblue) with Okiayu Ryotaro (Akio in Clannad, Scar in FMA: B) as his co-star, two people who I’d do almost anything to get the chance to see and/or hear. Overall though, this show is on some pretty rocky ground with short format and horror being put together. Hopefully it’ll manage to make something of it!

Watching This: Samu, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Heavy Object | ヘヴィーオブジェクトTop
http://heavyobject.net/
Animation: J.C. Staff Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 24:30
Episodes: 24 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @ho_anime or #heavyobject

Preview by Zephyr

It is the near future—an age where humanity has advanced to the point where it colonized the moon. Despite the many global changes resulting from our technological advancement, war has remained the sole constant, with only the method of waging it changing over time. No longer are soldiers deployed en masse, their roles now delegated to giant weapons known as “Heavy Objects.” Standing at over 50 meters and plated with armor capable of withstanding nukes, war has become a series of battles between these 200,000 ton monstrosities, and the winner decided the moment one’s Object ceases to function. Based on Kamachi Kazuma’s (Toaru Majutsu no Index) light novel series, Heavy Object will focus on Barbotage Quenser (Hanae Natsuki), a student hoping to become an Object mechanic. His arrival leads to a meeting with Object pilot Brantini Milinda (Suzuki Eri) and the revelations of a grim truth behind the wars they fight.

While our world likely won’t end up the way it’s depicted here, there’s no denying that the world of Heavy Object is an interesting one. The backdrop and chivalrous combat are reminiscent of lauded series such as Last Exile and So-Ra-No-Wo-To, the story seems rife with potential plot twists and serious developments, and the light novel’s first few chapters have a lot of the detail and terminology that sci-fi fans tend to love. Toaru Majutsu no Index fans may be disappointed that we’re not receiving a third season instead, but given that Heavy Object is made by the same creator, I’d reason that some of the things we loved about the former will carry over. That said, adaptations are always a tricky business, and both J.C. Staff and director Watanabe Takashi (Freezing, Shakugan no Shana, Slayers) have had their share of hits and misses. On the basis of premise and pedigree alone, it’s a safe bet that Heavy Object will be worth a watch, but its consistency and potential to be something more could very well boil down to whether this ends up being a one or two-cour show.

Watching This: Cherrie, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
Noragami ARAGOTO | ノラガミ ARAGOTOTop
http://noragami-anime.net/
Animation: BONES Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:05
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @noragami_PR or #ノラガミ

Preview by Zephyr

After a year and a half, Noragami returns with a second season in Aragoto. Once again led by director Tamura Koutarou and produced by BONES, the series continues the story of various Shinto gods in modern day Japan and their dealings with ayakashi, emotional fragments capable of possessing humans. Wielding shinki weapons made from the souls of dead humans, the gods remove ayakashi from the near shore, the part of the world where humans reside. Having acquired a new shinki in Yukine (Kaji Yuuki), the still shrine-less minor god Yato (Kamiya Hiroshi) returns as the series’ main protagonist, along with their friend Hiyori Iki (Uchida Maaya). The second season will adapt the popular Bishamon arc—exploring the god of combat, the stories behind her many shinki, and the dark past that binds her and Yato.

Considering the popularity of both its source material (over two million copies sold!) and the anime adaptation, it was inevitable that Noragami would receive a sequel. And here it is—returning with a story that focuses on one of the series’ more notable characters, while promising to also be more serious than its predecessor. The fact that the first season ended up more enjoyable than expected bodes well for Aragoto, and I’m looking forward to the continuation of a series that managed to combine a heartwarming story with gorgeously animated action sequences, the occasional comedic interlude, hints of romance, and a large dose of the supernatural. Kamiya Hiroshi stealing the show as Yato only helped, as did a rocking soundtrack from Iwasaki Taku. While this isn’t a must-watch in the sense that it’ll be a masterpiece, Aragoto’s a sure bet as any to be one of this season’s better shows.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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K RETURN OF KINGSTop
http://k-project-come-back.jpn.com/
Animation: GoHands Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:55
Episodes: 13 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_k11 or #anime_k

Preview by Cherrie

A direct sequel to the series that aired in 2012, K RETURN OF KINGS continues where K left off. If you haven’t seen the original series, I highly recommend watching it before starting this one. For some quick background on K though, it’s a story about seven clans who reside in Japan with supernatural powers (set by the clan’s “Kings”). There are laws and rules in place that govern their world, but balance is thrown off when one of the Kings is killed, and the main character, Isana Yashino (Namikawa Daisuke), is blamed for his murder. This is the basis for the first season of K, and K RETURN OF KINGS (as the name suggests) continues with the search for the White clan’s King. The Red and Blue clan return with their own agendas after the events at Ashinaka High School, and we’ll also be introduced to a new clan joining the party, Jungle (the Green clan). There was also a movie released in 2014 called K MISSING KINGS which might serve as a good supplementary watch if you’re looking for more context as to what happened between season one and two.

It has certainly taken a while but K is finally returning with a season two, which I’ve been expecting for some time now. It was an original anime at the time with a strong list of seiyuus backing it up, and they’re all returning to reprise their roles with the same staff as well. Season one was slow to ramp up, but it was well worth the ride seeing how characters were connected and the history behind the clans and Kings. I would expect K RETURN OF KINGS to be similar in feel and animation (that hue definitely irritated me a bit) with new characters and clans thrown into the picture. Thus, I highly suggest checking out the prequel before proceeding with the sequel. You’ll get a better idea of what to expect plus context for this season.

Watching This: Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS 2nd Season | 蒼穹のファフナー EXODUS 第2クールTop
http://fafner-exodus.jp/
Animation: Xebec Zwei Premiere: October 2, 2015
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 26:25
Episodes: 13 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @fafnerproject or #fafner

Preview by Takaii

In a world that’s been ravaged by aliens known as Festum, there lies a small island called Tatsumiyajima that’s managed to avoid most of the aliens’ aggression. Without falling to their attacks like other major cities, the island’s citizens live out their everyday lives in peace thanks to a sophisticated cloaking shield. However, this all changes when a Festum stumbles upon the lone island and begins assimilating anyone and anything that attempt to strike back. With everything on the line, the island’s defense group ALVIS launches a counterattack that literally transforms the island into a battle station, and in turn unleashes their trump card — the mechas known as Fafner. As the battle wages on, an unlikely hero in the form of Makabe Kazuki (Ishii Makoto) appears to pilot the first Fafner, as his childhood friend Minashiro Soushi (Kiyasu Kohei) guides him from mission control.

I’m not sure how I got this show again, but forgive me for I have still not watched it! I’ve been told it’s one of the better mecha series out there and I will get to it, one day. This second season is a continuation from the first cour which aired last winter. And while it’s tough for a non-mecha fan like myself to comment on the premise or the characters, I can say I’m still genuinely interested in what the series has to offer. With a huge cast of characters that all seem to fill their niche, amazing attention to detail on the Fafner designs, and the choice to use death as a way to create a enriching wartime story, there was a lot to draw in new viewers. For the returning ones, XEBEC is still handling the production, with director Habara Nobuyoshi and writer Ubukata Tow reprising their roles. And like I said last time, this seems like a nice present for veteran viewers, but for those just discovering the series it might be a bit difficult to jump in without catching up on the previous material.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderate
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Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Returns | 金田一少年の事件簿R 新シリーズTop
http://www.ytv.co.jp/kindaichi_r/
Animation: Toei Animation Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 17:30
Episodes: Station: Yomiuri TV (ytv)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Zanibas

The mystery-solving series Kindaichi is back again for a 2015 adaption, after its 2014 adaption resumed the story after 14 years. Kindaichi Hajime (Matsuno Taiki), genius detective, is back on the case. With his trusty assistant Nanase Miyuki (Nakagawa Akiko), the duo set out to solve cases that once again elude the Tokyo police. For the mystery anime that was the mystery manga before Detective Conan, the mysteries surrounding murder, theft, and revenge are just waiting to be solved.

Having previewed the last season in 2014, current fans of the series should already be familiar with what to expect. Although translation barriers for the original material prevent many from entering the series, most long-time fans are satisfied with the 21st century adaptation thus far. Toei has done a decent job maintaining the original look of the series without looking too outdated, but the series’ strong point continues to be its story and the resulting character development from our main duo. Again, prospective fans may find the length and lack of translation for the 1997 material discouraging, but for people looking for a supplement to their mystery repertoire, Kindaichi isn’t a bad choice to pursue.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Established
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Gakusen Toshi Asterisk | 学戦都市アスタリスクTop
http://asterisk-war.com/
Animation: A-1 PIctures Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Supernatural, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 20:30
Episodes: 12 Station: ANIMAX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Takaii

After a meteorite group known as Invertia struck the earth over a century ago, humanity was brought to the point of extinction. Of those who survived, some gained the ability to control something called “Mana” and in-turn gained immense powers. Fast forward a hundred years and you have a world where six major powers each control their own academy and wield their power by sending their best to a yearly battle tournament called the Festa, which is held on the floating city of Rikka (also referred to as Asterisk). It’s a tournament where the victor(s) can have any wish granted. That said, the story actually follows a fellow named Amagiri Ayato (Tamaru Atsushi) and his search to find his older sister who went missing over five years ago after transferring into a school on Rikka. Ready to do whatever it takes, he makes the plunge and transfers into the same school.

When I finished all the source material I could find, I remember the first thing that popped into my mind was, “Is this going to be another ballad of Magical Jesus?” But after giving it a little more thought, I think this show and its concept have a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. Even with a few similarities, like various schools that are lead by the world’s major powers and a power gap between proficient and non-proficient magic users, I personally enjoyed how the story focuses a lot more on the characters and their relationships with each other instead of trying to be as flashy as humanly possible. Luckily, there is a system in place to give us action whenever the story deems fit, since the option to duel any person at any time is always available so long as both parties agree (sort of like a Shokugeki). And as an added bonus, the show is jam packed with staff that have all worked on shows just like this! So if you want a fun show to watch that brings out some fancy looking magic within a school environment and gives us a protagonist with a little more tact than the rest, this show should definitely be on your radar!

Watching This: Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry | 落第騎士の英雄譚Top
http://www.ittoshura.com/
Animation: SILVER LINK. x Nexus Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: School-Life, Comedy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Takaii

Blending the idea of magic with the modern world, Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is a story of individuals known as blazers who have the ability to manifest their souls as weapons and utilize magic known as noble arts. These blazers have the overarching goal of becoming a Mage-Knight—someone who’s mastered both their device and their noble arts—and seven academies exist to train and certify them. There are rankings from A to F to categorize one’s strength and affinity to magic. In enters Kurogane Ikki (Osaka Ryota), one of the few F-ranked students. Repeating his first year because of low test scores, his life completely changes when his new roommate ends up being an A-ranked princess named Stella Vermillion (Ishigami Shizuka). With a rocky introduction of accidentally walking in on Stella changing, the two begin their school-life together by ending up in a magic duel to determine who’ll be the one in-charge.

Okay, so if you thought that this show was going to be your typical magic-high-school-swords harem show, you wouldn’t be wrong. It has a bunch of that, but with a slightly different take to it. Instead of tossing us all the cliché moments you’d normally get, we’re given a sense that the story ain’t got no time for that and instead blows right past all the little things. Our protagonist Ikki is totally the definition of a chivalrous knight, except his head isn’t stuck up his butt and he’s pretty sensible. The best girl Stella comes off as a tsundere except doesn’t beat around the bush about things that most would (you have to love that “JUST DO IT” attitude). You also might have caught that I put romance in the genre because well, this show has some of that too! And not your typical one hundred chapter build up romance, but the more spontaneous boy-meets-girl and stuff starts to happen after ten chapters kind. Which probably stems from the whole underdog mentality that you’ll quickly discover plays a large part in how the story gets you hooked onto it. Overall, I think this show will be a fresh breath of air for those of you looking for a fantasy-esque type show that has all the typical tropes, but takes itself just seriously enough to keep you from losing focus.

Watching This: Takaii, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Owarimonogatari | 終物語Top
http://www.monogatari-series.com/
Animation: SHAFT Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Supernatural, Drama Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Passerby

Following on from Winter’s Tsukimonogatari, Owarimonogatari is the latest iteration of the Monogatari Series. Our familiar protagonist is once again the (very) adolescent Araragi Koyomi (Kamiya Hiroshi), who would just be a normal kid fretting about university entrance exams if not for his bond with vampire Oshino “Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade” Shinobu (Sakamoto Maaya), which made Araragi into a half-vampire himself. There were times when he wasn’t the main character, though, and Owarimonogatari goes back a bit in the continuity to fill in the gaps about what Araragi was doing while he was off-screen and, perhaps more importantly, turns the focus onto the closest the Monogatari series has to a villain: the enigmatic Oshino Ougi (Mizuhashi Kaori). What is she? Or was it ‘he’? How did Araragi Koyomi get involved with this being? And is he going to regret doing so?

The Monogatari series has been doing its thing for some time now, but for those of you who are new to the franchise, there’s plenty of reason to consider getting into it (and if you do, start at Bakemonogatari). The highlight of the Monogatari series is definitely wit, both a cleverness in the turns of its story (which brim with references to folklore) and in the banter between its wide cast of interesting characters (which brims with very difficult to translate wordplay). That means it’s quite ‘talky’, something which I don’t usually approve of in anime, but the writing is strong enough to carry the show, helped along by an abstract visual style intended to keep the eyes from getting bored. It’s unlikely that Owarimonogatari will detract from this formula—the staff has changed little—but it should be noted that unlike previous iterations Tsukimonogatari and Hanamonogatari, Owarimonogatari is not going to be a movie-length feature, but a full TV series. I suppose it’s the ‘End Story’, after all, so it deserves more thorough treatment, but then again, it’s probably not really going to be the end per se, since there’s quite a few volumes of novel left to adapt, including the much belated Kizumonogatari. Regardless, Owarimonogatari is where the overall myth arc of the Monogatari series comes to a climax, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it on the screen.

Watching This: Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
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Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen | うたわれるもの 偽りの仮面Top
http://utawarerumono.jp/
Animation: White Fox Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:00
Episodes: 25 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Passerby

The Utawarerumono (roughly, The One Being Sung) game franchise originally received an anime adaptation back in 2006, and this season it is receiving a sequel of sorts in the form of Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (The False Mask), perhaps to coincide with the new game that is being released. It starts much the same as the first series: a young man (Fujiwara Keiji) wakes to find himself in an unfamiliar, snowbound land. He comes under attack from dangerous fauna, but is rescued by a young girl named Kuon (Taneda Risa). She is possessed of animal ears and a tail, but this does not appear to be unusual to her. Kuon names the amnesiac Haku, and so begins their journey in a mystical land that may well be on the cusp of war.

Though Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen is a game adaptation, for our purposes it may as well be an original. The game and the anime are being released at pretty much the same time, which is an interesting (and confident) choice. On the one hand, with the anime being ‘fresh’, it’ll suffer less from the source-was-better-itis that fans often diagnose in adaptations. On the other hand, they could well be playing the game and watching the anime side-by-side, which may just make the source-was-better-itis more virulent. It all depends on the content of the anime, and Itsuwari no Kamen holds the more informative cards close to its chest for now. I wasn’t sure that the original Utawarerumono even needed a sequel, but here we are all the same. What new angle will Itsuwari no Kamen bring? The strongest part of the original really was the world building, constructing an intriguing setting with a unique, fantasy north-east Asia flavour (especially based on Japan’s indigenous Ainu people). Maybe they’ll spend some time on that again. In any case, they’ll probably do something to ease in the new viewer, since it’s been a good nine years since the first anime, but the full experience will probably still include watching the original. Even if you haven’t, though, Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen may still be worth your watching. It looks pretty good, and will probably fill your epic fantasy quota of the season quite nicely.

Watching This: Passerby, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Kowabon | こわぼんTop
http://www.kbc.co.jp/kowabon/
Animation: Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Horror Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:42
Episodes: 13 Station: KBC
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Passerby

Now, for something completely different. Not much is known about the substance of Kowabon other than its website tagline going, ‘there are cameras everywhere in the world. Those “eyes” have seen the world you do not know,’ and a self-described theme of ‘Bondage x Stylish Horror’. No, I don’t know what that means, either. I’m guessing that they’ll be deriving horror from feelings of paranoia, from the sense of there being a hidden malevolence under our mundane world. The most interesting thing about Kowabon, though, is its use of rotoscoping, tracing over live-action footage to create an animated look, or alternatively, to give animation a ‘realistic’ look.

These days, rotoscoping is usually used in anime as an animation shortcut, often (and perhaps unfairly) sneered at by the discerning fan. Here we have Kowabon, which uses it heavily and deliberately in its visual style. It certainly does create a very different aesthetic to your average anime, perhaps creating that surreal atmosphere that can make for effective horror—perhaps deliberately pushing into the uncanny valley. Alternatively, it’s just a gimmick. Some may recall Aku no Hana as a psychological thriller of similar technique (though also to mixed reception). If anything, Kowabon looks like it’s going to push that angle even harder. Where will they go with it? It’s hard to say at this point, based only on a PV featuring music that sounds like a J-Pop massacre of Eye of the Tiger. But it’s certainly going to be a unique beast in its own way. And it’s also going to be a short, so it won’t take a lot of time to check it out.

Watching This: Passerby, Samu Expectation Level: Niche
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Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou | 進撃!巨人中学校Top
http://kyojinchu.tv/
Animation: Production I.G Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:58
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Cherrie

The highly popular series, Shingeki no Kyojin (which originally aired in 2013), gets a paraody spin-off series this upcoming season. This parody is also based on a manga by the same name, but written and illustrated by Nakagawa Saki (not the same mangaka as Shingeki no Kyojin). If you haven’t seen the original series, in a nutshell, it’s about giant human-eating titans that surround the only walled city with what’s left of humanity inside. The main story follows a teenager by the name of Eren (Kaji Yuuki), his adopted sister Mikasa (Ishikawa Yui) and his good friend Armin (Inoue Marina). The three of them attend school together and train to become cadets one day to venture beyond the walls. This parody series is focused mainly on the time that the three main characters spend in junior high school (hence the series name). All the same characters from the original series (e.g. Annie, Levi, Reiner, and Jean) return with all their original seiyuus also reprising their roles.

With such a popular series like Shingeki no Kyojin, I’m not surprised that it’s getting its own parody spinoff; I’m probably more surprised that it’s taken this long. The manga that this spinoff is based off of actually started serializing in 2012, so there’s plenty of content for the anime to use. I’ve never understood why serious anime get parody series as spinoffs – even if it’s not made by the original mangaka, it still doesn’t fit into the mood of the story for me. Nonetheless, this parody looks like a good chance for the audience to learn more about the characters, see them in incredibly cute chibi forms and of course, pump us up for the second season next year! The production is also top notch for our little (literally) heroes, and given that the threat of the titans is still real, it’s like re-watching the first season from a comedic point of view.

Watching This: Stilts, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Peeping Life TV Season 1?? | Peeping Life TV シーズン1 ??Top
http://www.ntv.co.jp/pltv/
Animation: Forest Hunting One x CoMix Wave Films Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 26:25
Episodes: Station: Nippon TV (ntv)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MAL, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Passerby

Peeping Life is actually a fairly significant media franchise, and not the low-brow voyeurism that its name might suggest. They were a series of shorts by Comix Wave Films (they produce Shinkai Makoto’s films. Yeah.) that would pop up now and again in Japanese theatres, comedy pieces that have a distinctive style courtesy of director Mori Ryouichi, who used a mixture of stop motion, improvised acting and deceptively simple CGI to make a commentary on the inanity of everyday Japanese life. This time, for the small screen, Peeping Life will also be drawing on intellectual property owned by Tatsunoko Productions and Tezuka Productions, which means it’ll feature some of Japan’s most beloved characters. So even if you aren’t drawn in by the gentle comic stylings of Peeping Life, you may still be entertained by familiar faces from Yatterman (which got another show earlier this year), Black Jack (which is getting a spin-off prequel this very season) and Astro Boy (which… you all know Astro Boy, right?).

The Japanese actually have a word for the kind of comedy that Peeping Life is: datsuryoku-kei, or ‘ennui-style’. It’s slow, mostly dialogue, and focuses on the little details of life that are sometimes overlooked but kind of silly when you get down to it. It’ll probably be the same kind of observational humour as slice-of-life/comedy/4-koma hybrids like Nichijou, but without the over-the-top acid trip—almost a theatre of the absurd, but without as much meditation on existentialism. Or maybe there is, who knows? With a bunch of pretty big (and decidedly fictional) personalities being thrown into the mix, there’s certainly room for Peeping Life to get a bit wilder for TV. More likely, though, it’ll follow familiar lines. If you’ve been exposed to Peeping Life before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, then this may be the time to give it a try, especially if you’re looking for short, comic sketches and a unique rendering of normal Japanese life and mannerisms every week.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Haikyuu!! Second Season | ハイキュー!! セカンドシーズンTop
http://www.j-haikyu.com/anime/
Animation: Production I.G Premiere: October 3, 2015
Genre: Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays 26:58
Episodes: 25 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @animehaikyu_come or #hq_anime

Preview by Samu

It’s back! The sports phenomenon of 2014 is returning for its second season, and it’s only going to get more popular from here on out. If you’ve been living under a rock or haven’t got into sports anime just yet, Haikyuu!! is the best place to start. The Weekly Shonen Jump series is commonly heralded as the spiritual successor to the massively popular Kuroko no Basuke, but the fact of the matter is Haikyuu!! has actually surpassed Kuroko’s peak sales and popularity; never underestimate the power of fujoshi and the appeal of emotional sports story! The same staff are returning for this second season, so the near-perfect adaptation is set to continue without missing a beat. For those unaware, the story is about two middle school rivals, the energetic, pint-sized spiker Hinata Shouyou (Murase Ayumu) and the scornful, gifted prodigy Kageyama Tobio (Ishikawa Kaito). Both of them want to be the best volleyball players in Japan, but just as they promise to defeat one another in the future, they end up in the same high school team, and have to work together to become the unbeatable setter-spiker duo.

It should be no surprise that I have nothing but love for Haikyuu!! It’s not only my favourite sports anime, but one of my favourite anime, period. Few series successfully capture the youthful energy and silliness of teenage boys, but mangaka Furudate Haruichi manages it in a fairly realistic manner. Unlike Kuroko no Basuke, there are no superpowers here – all the players have their strengths and weaknesses and have to come together if they hope to win their matches. The first season mainly focused on introducing the many quirky players of Karasuno, showing them in their first major tournament of the year. What followed was spectacularly smooth animation, heart-racing adrenaline rushes, and characters with their hearts on their sleeves, screaming their way to victory. Being a fan of the source material, I fully expect the second season to deliver everything the first managed, and then some. As the manga has gone on, the storytelling and the intensity of the matches have only improved, and that will reflect in the material covered this season. There’s still plenty of memorable characters to be introduced, whom manga fans will be highly anticipating, and I’m sure anime viewers will fall in love with them as well. Expect training arcs, new teams to face off with, and old rivals returning to push Karasuno to the edge. I’d say ‘sit back and enjoy the ride’, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be jumping from your seat and pumping your fist in the air as soon as the characters step onto the court.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig, Samu, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans | 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズTop
http://g-tekketsu.com/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 17:00
Episodes: 25 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Samu

“The sustenance of life, is on the battlefield.” With a catchphrase like that, you can expect Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans to embrace the thrill and devastation of war. But once you delve deeper into what kind of story Tekketsu no Orphans is aiming to tell, it promises to be a troubling yet potentially rewarding experience. 300 years have passed since the “Calamity War” between Earth and Mars. Since then, Mars has successfully been terraformed and colonized by humanity. However, even after three centuries, the inhabitants of the red planet still seek independence from Earth’s corrupt rule. Augus Mikazuki (Kawanishi Kengo) comes from the Martian city of Chryse, and is part of a group of orphaned children who work for the Chryse Guard Security. Their duty is simple: protect the Martian Princess Kudelia Aina Bernstein (Terasaki Yuka), who is leading the fight for freedom against Earth’s military organisation, Gjallarhorn. Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans is set during this war for independence, when the child soldiers of Chryse Guard Security are abandoned by the adults, left to fight as decoys. The lives of the orphans then lies in Augus’s hands, as he encounters the legendary mobile suit: the Gundam Barbatos, which may have the power to shift the balance of this treacherous war.

It’s always big news when a new Gundam series is announced, and there’s plenty of fanfare when it comes to Tekketsu no Orphans due to the staff involved. It should also be noted that no prior experience with the Gundam franchise is required for this one, as this is set in its own standalone universe (PD – Post Disaster). When it was revealed that Nagai Tatsuyuki (Ano Natsu de Matteru, Honey and Clover II, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) and Okada Mari (Hanasaku Iroha, Nagi no Asukara, Zetsuen no Tempest) were the director and series composer, respectively, there was an immediate divide in opinion. Okada Mari may be one of the most prolific screenwriters in modern anime, but her emotional and occasionally melodramatic writing style is lamented by some. However, one thing is for certain: it’s going to be an interesting viewing experience. It may be an emotionally-charged shambles or a new Gundam classic. As someone who enjoys Nagai’s directing and who has major respect for Okada Mari’s best works, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. The last time these two worked together they produced two classics: Toradora! and Anohana. Gundam may be a different beast altogether, but many of the beloved Gundam shows are heavy on the emotions and dramatics, which is exactly what Tekketsu no Orphans will deliver plenty of.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan | 温泉幼精ハコネちゃんTop
http://www.hakone-chan.jp/
Animation: Asahi Production x Production Reed Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 20:55
Episodes: 13 Station: ANIMAX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Samu

Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan, originally published on Aplix’s Comic Metero web platform between the years of 2012 and 2014, finished at only 2 volumes. This complete web manga is set for an adaptation directed by Yanase Takeyuki (Himegoto), who is also the chief animation director and character designer, with Murakami Momoko (Million Doll, Minami-ke Tadaima) writing the scripts. Neither are particular famed for their work (Yanase seems to have more of a history with hentai anime), but having the director in charge of the animation and designs may result in a more well-rounded final product. As for the story itself, Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan is a seinen comedy all about Hakone (Ono Saki), a hot springs fairy who has awakened from her many years of dormant rest to find herself in modern-day Japan. During her sleep, however, her outward appearance has changed to that of a little girl, which helps her on her quest to cooperate with the locals as she tries to regain her fairy powers.

The premise sounds harmless, but there isn’t much of a grab unless you’re in the mood for a comedy about a powerless entity in the form of a twin tailed loli. If Hakone were anything but a little girl, perhaps I could take the premise more seriously, but when it’s so abundantly clear that the series has been created for a very specific niche audience, I can’t help but be irked by what could come of this. There are far too many examples of young girls in anime exploited in this way that makes for uncomfortable and troubling viewing, but there’s also famed series like Yotsuba& that perfectly capture the daily life of a little girl. While I’m sure Hakone-chan isn’t anywhere near the same level as Yotsuba&, I do hope its approach to the story isn’t too dissimilar. If that is the case then hopefully Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan will turn out to be a sweet little show with the perfect dose of laugh-out-loud moments.

Watching This: Zephyr Expectation Level: Low
Rainy Cocoa: Rainy Color e Youkoso | 雨色ココア Rainy colorへようこそ!Top
http://rainycocoa.jp/anime/
Animation: Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:15
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Zephyr

After a brief hiatus, EMT2’s Ameiro Cocoa returns with a second season in Rainy Color e Youkoso!. Originally conceived as a digital manga with Japanese and English text/audio, Ameiro Cocoa debuted as a series of two minute shorts in the spring, and focused on Aoi Tokura (Shimono Hiro), a college freshman who suddenly finds himself working at the Rainy Color Café. This is a story of his interactions with its frequent customers and the hectic life he now leads. The original staff and cast (including Miyano Mamoru and Hirakawa Daisuke) will reprise their roles in this new iteration, with the results of an ongoing crowdfunding campaign determining if additional cast members will be added.

Considering its premise, e-manga background, and short length, this was a series I didn’t have much expectations for. Despite this, I still found myself disappointed at the series’ first season, and one could argue that the series’ short length ended up being its saving grace. The interactions between its characters are unoriginal, the content itself uninteresting, and there are few things of value to discuss as a result. The expansion of the series’ length from two to ten minutes will expand on the series’ content and make it a better watch, but that doesn’t say much considering its lackluster debut. I’d be hard pressed to recommend this to anyone but the most ardent of anime-viewers.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! | 小森さんは断れない!Top
http://komori-anime.com/
Animation: Artland Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: School-Life, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:27
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
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Preview by Takaii

From Cool Kyoushinja, the creator of the amazing I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying, comes another show based off another of his 4-komas. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (Komori-san Can’t Decline) stars Komori Shuri (Uchida Aya) and her two friends Nishitori Megumi (Ozawa Ari) and Neigishi Masako (Naganawa Maria), and the story revolves around Komori being a little too kind for her own good. Usually focusing on how she accepts nearly any request given to her (except for some really dumb ones, courtesy of Megumi), we get a close up look at the good and bad that come with having an “I love to help others” type of attitude. From the benefits like gaining a ton of knowledge and skills, to the downsides like getting stuck doing things for everyone except yourself, there’s rarely a dull moment watching Komori and friends go through their everyday lives.

With the synopsis out of the way, let me just say that I absolutely loved the source material for this show. Coming from the same person who created another one of my favorite shows, it has all the same things that made his other works so enjoyable. Besides hitting all the typical slice-of-life elements, there’s always just enough genuine character interactions that make each and every chapter worth reading. Be it Megumi trying to express her gratitude to Komori or Masako dropping the line “you guys are my first two friends” in such a nonchalant way because she’s trying to escape the embarrassment of expressing her feelings, it’s this special sauce that makes the content that much more enjoyable. In terms of staff we have Artland handling the reins with character designs taken care of by Kuniyuki Yurie (Denki-Gai). Overall, I think we have a great setup for what should be a fantastic slice-of-life if you’re into the genre. That and how can you go wrong when it’s a Cool Kyoushinja work?

Watching This: Passerby, Stilts, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderate
Comet Lucifer | コメット・ルシファーTop
http://comet-lucifer.jp/
Animation: 8bit Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Samu

In a season filled with sequels, reboots, and spin-offs, there are only a few original anime on offer. Comet Lucifer is one of those few. Produced by 8bit – the studio behind IS: Infinite Stratos, Grisaia no Kajitsu, and Tokyo Ravens – it tells the story of Amagi Souho (Kobayashi Yuusuke), a young boy whose hobby is collecting rare crystals for his own amusement. As it so happens, Comet Lucifer is set in a world called Gift, where the land is covered in blue crystals called gifdium. On this fantastical planet resides the crystal mining town of Garden Indigo, where our protagonist one day wanders into a mine and happens upon an underground lake. That’s when he first meets Feliua (Ohashi Ayaka), a strange red-eyed, blue-haired girl, unlike anything he’s seen before. Everything about this girl is a mystery, but their meeting is seemingly a product of fate, set to bring upon an adventure that Souho could never have anticipated.

When it comes to original anime, it’s difficult to predict how the finished product will compare to your expectations. When Comet Lucifer was first announced and the music video was released, and I thought this was going to be a magical, colourful fantasy adventure. It was only a few months later when more details were revealed that I realised my initial expectations weren’t exactly correct. As it turns out, Comet Lucifer is a mecha show, equal parts sci-fi and fantasy. Based off the promotional material, the world designs are still brimming with imagination, with Garden Indigo looking like something out of ARIA as opposed to your typical near-future Japan setting. Part of me wishes there wasn’t any giant robots involved, as this could have been a vibrant, fun-loving fantasy where anything could go. But Comet Lucifer was a mecha show all along, which may be a sign that it could be more like a harem-less Infinite Stratos. But at the same time it has some Eureka Seven vibes, so perhaps it will channel that sort of youthful energy and make the best of its interesting and fantastical world.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou | コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~Top
http://concreterevolutio.com/
Animation: BONES Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 23:00
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @conrevoinfo or #コンレボ

Preview by Passerby

Imagine if fantasy was real. Such is the world of Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou, a Japan of the 1960′s where all manner of supernatural phenomena have become completely mundane. Aliens, mutants, cyborgs… magical girls—superhumans (the titular ‘choujin’) and the foes they fight all coexist at the same time. There’s no real unifying element between them and no masquerade that they’re dedicated to uphold, so it’s up to the Japanese government to try to bring order to chaos (because government intervention is always so welcomed). Hitoyoshi Jirou (Ishikawa Kaito) is an employee of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as a member of the ridiculously named Overpopulation Research Laboratory, better known as the Superhuman Bureau. The Bureau’s agents, often superhumans themselves, publicly have the job of seeking out superhumans and bringing them under the oversight and protection of the Bureau. In practice, though, Jirou is probably going to spend most of his time getting into a lot of ludicrous fights.

I do personally enjoy fantasy-boiling-pots like Concrete Revolutio, something that could easily be a comic book setting, a universe where Superman can credibly have a fight with the Incredible Hulk. The tag-line of the PV is, ‘fight against reality and make fantasy the victor,’ and there is definitely a sense of imagination going a bit crazy (hopefully in a good way) in the production. You’ll notice the very colourful palette used in the backgrounds and character designs, which is an unusual choice for what could otherwise be a gritty action show—’psychedelic’ may be an apropos word here, or maybe they’re simply not going to take themselves all too seriously. And wasn’t this supposed to be the 60s? That’s an interesting time to set the story (woohoo, Cuban Missile Crisis. What a great time that was), creating something of an anachronistic alternate history. I am reminded somewhat of Samurai Champloo, not in substance but perhaps in style, as a period piece that isn’t really. That all looks fairly promising, and the staff, animation studio included, is also mostly the team of the original Fullmetal Alchemist (also UN-GO), which is a good thing (though screenwriter Aikawa Shou has a worrying lack of self-restraint when he goes original). There’s no lack of action shows this season, sure, but Concrete Revolutio is definitely one to keep an eye out for. Original series can surprise with an unexpected flair.

Watching This: Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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One-Punch Man | ワンパンマンTop
http://onepunchman-anime.net/
Animation: Madhouse Premiere: October 4, 2015
Genre: Action, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 25:05
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Guardian Enzo

The hype machine is off the charts for One Punch Man – the series which, more than any other, will define the success or failure of the Fall season for many. Why the massive buzz? It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love ONE’s manga, Madhouse has produced more great anime than any studio in the last few years, Natsume Shingo is a fine director and the previews have been jaw-dropping (as well as suggesting the show could run for quite a while). The expectations are probably unrealistically high, but we may as well indulge ourselves – this season needs something for the audience to get excited about.

I‘ve read some of the manga, and I agree that it’s unique and vastly entertaining. But I’ve resisted the preview screening so far because I really want to go into the season fresh. It’s hard to describe OPM, really – it’s a story about a superhero so overpowered his life is basically dedicated to finding a challenging opponent, but it’s a lot more – intensely satirical, introspective, and quite dark at times. It’s a singular and intoxicating mix of elements, and I think there’s a chance this series could be a very big hit both in Japan and in the West (where its themes should find a natural audience). Yeah, One Punch Man could be a bust, just like any new series could – but not only would that be a crushing disappointment, it would also be a huge surprise.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
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World Trigger: Toubousha Hen | ワールドトリガー 逃亡者編Top
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/wt/
Animation: Toei Animation Premiere: October 5, 2015
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 6:30
Episodes: Station:
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Join the conversation @W_Trigger_off or #ワールドトリガー

Preview by Samu

After a full year, World Trigger is coming to an end, only to be replaced by an original-anime spin-off entitled World Trigger: Isekai Kara no Toubousha. The first season followed the story of the underpowered protagonist, Mikumo Osamu (Kaji Yuuki), the eccentric and childlike Neighbour, Kuga Yuuma (Muranaka Tomo), and the kind-hearted yet inherently gifted Amatori Chika (Tamura Nao), as they formed an unlikely team of Border agents in hopes of protecting Earth from the monsters that spill from the other dimensions. Across the 50 episodes we’ve seen the trio improve and grow together, advance through the Border system, and even engage in the deadliest Neighbour invasion to date. However, the original story hasn’t focused much on the ‘other worlds’ of World Trigger. The details of this spin off may be limited, but going by the promotional material and the characters designs of the new anime-only characters, it seems like we may be heading into the other dimensions this time around. If that is the case, it should be an good opportunity to explore the foreign cultures, worlds, and civil wars going on whilst the main characters are training for their own mission.

Having blogged the first cour of the World Trigger anime, and continued to watch it since, my opinions on the adaptation have shifted from my initial expectations. I should have seen it coming when Toei Animation were set to produce it, given their recent track record of lackluster adaptations. However, I went in with an open mind, but still ended up disappointed. Thankfully, as time has gone on the quality of the art and animation has become bearable and we’re now adapting the interesting parts of the manga. But as they are nearly caught up, this spin-off is essentially serving as a placeholder for the original story to continue at a later date. This could just end up a skippable filler arc, but it may be worth checking out to see if World Trigger: Isekai Kara no Toubousha makes use of the imaginative foreign lands that the first season never got the chance to explore.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately Low
High School Star Musical | スタミュTop
http://hstar-mu.com/
Animation: C-Station Premiere: October 5, 2015
Genre: Music Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @hstar_mu or #スタミュ

Preview by Passerby

Ayano Academy is not just a run-of-the-mill high school. It specialises in producing stars for the world of show business, with a particular emphasis on the varied industries of music. Standing out in this elite institution is the Kao Kai, the three top students of the Musical Department, who are so esteemed that they have a personal class that they teach themselves: the Star Frame class. And our five protagonists are… not these honoured individuals. No, Hoshiya Yuuta (Hanae Natsuki), Kuga Shuu (Maeno Tomoaki), Nayuki Tooru (Ono Kensho), Tengenji Kakeru (Hosoya Yoshimasa) and Tsukigami Kaito (Arthur Lounsbery) sit firmly at the bottom of the barrel. Each, for personal reasons, have academic problems but each also dream of being big musical stars. It does not seem that they have much chance of getting accepted into the exclusive musical department, until one day they catch the eye of one of the Kao Kai. With the power of this patron, will these five be able to see their dreams through?

Considering the popularity and resilience of the idol anime genre (and the profitability of selling music to monetise your shows), I suppose it’s only a given, on the balance, that more ‘male-idol’ variants are emerging. And, yes, High School Star Musical really is an idol anime at heart, still much about the singing and dancing and chasing your dreams, though perhaps draped in the more sophisticated dress of professional musical theatre. Musical theatre is a grueling business, what with having to sing and dance and act all at once, and it may be interesting to see if they’re going to attempt to accurately portray the kind of sweat and tears that these kids are going to need to shed. High School Star Musical seems to bill itself as a comedy, though, so perhaps it aims for something lighter and softer. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that; it could do just as well being good, clean fun (and, of course, there will also be plenty of comely young men prancing about). If you enjoyed Uta no Prince-sama but thought the female cast was too large, this is the show for you.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderate
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JK Meshi! | JKめし!Top
http://www.jkmeshi.jp/
Animation: Kyotoma x Office Nobu Premiere: October 5, 2015
Genre: Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:00
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
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Preview by Stilts

JK means joshi kousei (high school girl). Meshi generally means cooked rice or meal. Thus, JK Meshi! is a story of high school girls engaging in cooking adventures! Those girls are Igarashi Ruriko (Tokui Sora), Asahina Ryouka (Fujita Nao), and Saeki Reina (Hara Natsuko). This will be a short-form anime.

Coming with a relatively late announcement for the fall season, JK Meshi is going to be about high school girls cooking. I assume. To say information is scarce on this anime is like saying the ocean is a bit wet. I’m working off one sentence and a piece of promo art here. It’s said to be a short, and I’ve heard a five minute run-time mentioned. It might be CG animated, as the aforementioned single piece of promo art gives off that feeling. And that’s all I’ve got. High school girls. Cooking. If those are among your favorite things (especially the cooking), check it out. Even if it’s no good, at least you won’t have to waste much time to find out.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
Osomatsu-san | おそ松さんTop
http://osomatsusan.com/
Animation: Studio Pierrot Premiere: October 5, 2015
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:35
Episodes: 2-cour Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Zanibas

Hailing from the influential gag manga and anime Osomatsu-kun, the story continues after 27 years. It revolves around a group of sextuplets from the Matsuno family, whose mischievous deeds did not outgrow their former 10-year-old selves. Now grown up from their youth, the Matsuno brothers get into all sorts of trouble even as adults, with all the brotherly quarrels and scheming that come with it. Ososmatsu (Sakurai Takahiro), Karamatsu (Nakamura Yuuichi), Ichimatsu (Fukuyama Jun), Choromatsu (Kamiya Hiroshi), Todomatsu (Irino Miyu), and Juushimatsu (Ono Daisuke) continue to be high-energy in what was a one-shot chapter turned anime.

The airing of the series coincides with what would have been Akatsuka Fujio’s 80th birthday. Akatsuka, having won both the Shogakukan and Bungeishunjuu Manga Awards, has had a considerable influence on gag manga, where his secondary characters have considerable recognition with Japan’s older population. The production staff is something to get excited about as well. Studio Pierrot, which produced the late 1980′s run of the series, has returned to animate the 2015 offering. Gintama director Fujita Yoichi is helming the production, guiding an all-star cast of seiyuu that includes Ono Daisuke, Fukuyama Jun, Kamiya Hiroshi, Endou Aya, and more. The series looks to be a wacky and faithful successor to Akatsuka’s work, blending both the art style of the original manga with updated visual improvements for the 21st century. I encourage people who love gag manga to check this show out. With the resurgence of rebooted franchises, Osomatsu-san is an interesting peek at 1960′s gag manga culture, with its characters all grown up.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! | ゆるゆり さん☆ハイ!Top
http://yuruyuri.com/3hai/
Animation: TYO Animations Premiere: October 5, 2015
Genre: Comedy, School Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 26:05
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Stilts

After two seasons and a few OVAs, one of the current kings of the cute-girls-doing-cute-things genre is back! Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! continues the story of Nanamori Middle School’s Goraku-bu (lit. Amusement Club), which includes four girls: The presence-less Akaza Akari (Mikami Shiori), the whimsical Toshinou Kyouko (Ootsubo Yuka), the sensible Funami Yui (Tsuda Minami), and the Yui-sempai-obsessed Yoshikawa Chinatsu (Ookubo Rumi). They frequently cross paths with the members of Nanamori’s student council, including the tsundere pun-master Sugiura Ayano (Fujita Saki), the kansai-ben nosebleed sufferer Ikeda Chitose (Toyosaki Aki), the polite and feminine Furutani Himawari (Mimori Suzuko), and the cheerful baka Oomuro Sakurako (Katou Emiri). They’ll continue their funny, fluffy slice-of-life adventures, with a spritz of yuri to spice things up.

Yuruyuri is a cute-girls-doing-cute-things series, and the cute things they’re usually doing is silly gags and banter. The Amusement Club is a flimsy excuse to get all the characters in one place after school without real club activities getting in the way, but it’s not like Yuruyuri is the first show to use that tactic, and hey, it works. This is a comedy/cuteness slice-of-life, though I feel it lives or dies on its comedy. Divine loved the previous seasons, whereas I merely enjoyed them. “You merely enjoyed them, Stilts? You act like that’s a bad thing!” Not at all. The comedy is solid, and with eight main(ish) characters plus a bevy of family members for each, there are so many possible intersections that at least a few of the jokes are liable to tickle your funny bone. Add onto that the yuri shipping (my favorite pairings are Himawari x Sakurako, and Chitose x delusions), and you have an enjoyable, adorable slice-of-life comedy. If you haven’t started the series yet, you’ve got some catching up to do!

Watching This: Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderate
Shin Atashin’chi | 新あたしンちTop
http://www.atashinchi.net/
Animation: Premiere: October 6, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Lice Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 19:00
Episodes: Station: ANIMAX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @atashinchi_new or #< あたしンちa>

Preview by Zanibas

After a six year hiatus, long-running series Atashin’chi returns to Japanese television for plenty more gags. Starring in this casual slice-of-life is the Tachibana family, headed by the housewife (Watanabe Kumiko). With her two kids Mikan (Orikasa Fumiko) and Yuzuhiko (Sakaguchi Daisuke) and her husband (Ogata Kenichi), the four of them always have an adventure, even in the confines of their own home and town.

As a manga that was serialized in one of Japan’s largest newspapers for 17 years, Atashin’chi has earned a staple place in daily Japanese life. Portraying the typical Japanese household and their stereotypes has been important in the show’s continued popularity domestically. However, beyond those expectations and the gag comedy lies a long-drawn characterization of each member of the Tachibana family, each with their own quirks, worries, and hopes. With the same production staff and seiyuu, not much will change, but for viewers, that is probably a good thing. Although the nostalgia may be lost on some viewers, the continuation of this series is an important signal in how gag manga and family portrayals such as in Atashin’chi continue to be a staple part of Japanese culture.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Established
Hidan no Aria AA | 緋弾のアリアAATop
http://ariaaa.tv/
Animation: Doga Kobo Premiere: October 6, 2015
Genre: Action, Adventure Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @ariaAA_anime or #ariaaa

Preview by Stilts

Is it a sequel? Is it a spin-off? Yes to both, sort of. Hidan no Aria AA stars not the titular Kanzaki Aria (Kugimiya Rie)—the S-ranked assault butei (armed detective) who gained fame for apprehending criminals in both Europe and Japan, and who is now studying abroad at Tokyo Butei High School—but lowly E-ranked assault butei Mamiya Akari (Sakura Ayane), a first-year girl who looks up to Aria. Akari wants to form an Amica (Italian for “friend”) pairing with Aria, so she can train under her for a year. But as an E-ranked butei, it doesn’t seem like she has a shot. Akari is determined to be paired with Aria anyway!

Among the Kugimiya-Rie-as-main-heroine-of-a-high-school-harem sub-genre—of which there are several by this point—Hidan no Aria is … I’m not going to mince words. It’s at the bottom. Toradora was better, Shakugan no Shana was better, Hayate no Gotoku! is a classic (and better), and even Zero no Tsukaima was more enjoyable, shifty anime-original ending notwithstanding. Having watched the first season, I was surprised Hidan no Aria got greenlit for a sequel. Not that it’s bad. It’s a fairly standard action-harem series, where its main sin is that it doesn’t stand out. Aria is the same wrathful loli tsundere for which KugiRie is known, without the complexity of other roles. And when an antagonist was revealed to be a descendant of Arsene Lupin, I started comparing it to Lupin III, and it came up lacking. But could this season be different? Rather than starring Aria, Tooyama Kinji (Majima Junji), and Kinji’s harem, the main character is Akari, in a Soul Eater NOT! or To LOVE-Ru Darkness kind of move. I checked out the manga, and my feelings are mixed. The old Hidan no Aria flaws remain (Ex: They are way to casual with firearms) and it can’t lean on the familiar cast (Aria excepted) to entertain, but it’s no longer a paint-by-the-numbers harem series. And here’s an odd fact: Apparently this story happens in parallel to the plot of the first season, which is … odd. Wouldn’t Akari have come up in conversation at some point? Overall, I’m willing to give it a shot again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it fails to exceed its serviceable but forgettable predecessor.

Watching This: Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Hokuto no Ken 2: Ichigo Aji+ | DD北斗の拳2 イチゴ味+Top
http://hikanuko…/
Animation: Premiere: October 6, 2015
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:35
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @hokuto_15aji or #北斗の拳イチゴ味

Preview by Stilts

Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) fans are in luck, because this season features not one, but two additions to the venerated series. Both, however, are gag anime, so I hope that’s what you were looking for. Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji (Straberry-Flavored Hokuto no Ken) adapts the gag manga drawn by Yukito Imouto and written by Kawata Yushi. It mainly follows “Holy Emperor” Souther (Ginga Banjou) and his craaaazy hijinks, such as him trying to become friends with Kenshirou (Konishi Katsuyuki), demonstrating his party tricks, getting impersonated by Rei (Toriumi Kousuke) during his iconic moments, inserting himself into parts of the series where he doesn’t belong, and getting repeatedly stabbed in the leg every time he climbs the pyramid’s staircase. Ouch!

This is a gag anime based on the Fist of the North Star series, and I probably don’t need to go on any further. If you’ve watched the original and are pining for some more from your favorite characters with a new attitude, this is made for you. I understand the appeal—this is exactly why I enjoyed Carnival Phantasm so much. I just haven’t seen the original series, so my interest is precisely zero. For fans, I do think this could be fun—I don’t know why, but I’m getting a Thermae Romae feel from it? (I have no idea if that’s valid.) It’s just a fairly binary choice. Seen the original, check this out. Haven’t seen the original, you probably didn’t read this preview anyway.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
DD Hokuto no Ken 2: Ichigo Aji+ | DD北斗の拳2 イチゴ味+Top
http://ddhokuto.com/
Animation: Premiere: October 6, 2015
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:35
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @DDhokuto_anime

Preview by Stilts

Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) fans are in luck, because this season features not one, but two additions to the venerated series. Both, however, are gag anime, so I hope that’s what you were looking for. DD Hokuto no Ken 2 Ichigo Aji+ is the second season of the super-deformed flash anime series DD Hokuto no Ken. It’s set in the year is 199x, and mankind was not engulfed in the flames of nuclear war. Join the characters from Fist of the North Star as they enjoy a peaceful life in modern day Japan. This season, the action has shifted to the academy. Except to see the existing cast, such as Kenshiro (Tachibana Shinnosuke) the convenience store worker, Raoh (Ichijou Kazuya) the factory worker, and Toki (Seki Tomokazu) the wracked-by-illness NEET. But you can probably also expect to see Souther (Namikawa Daisuke), who’s the star of this season’s other Hokuto no Ken series, Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji.

I’ll say the same thing I said about the other Hokuto no Ken series—this is a gag anime based on the Fist of the North Star series, and I probably don’t need to keep talking. This is aimed squarely at fans of the franchise, the people who will know Hokuto no Ken well enough not only to know who the heck these super-deformed characters are, but to get a kick out of seeing them. A combination of nostalgia, seeing beloved old characters with a new attitude, and decent gags are what makes a series like this fun, but since I lack the qualifications for the former two, I’ll once again abstain. If you’re a fan of the original series—and especially if you enjoyed the previous DD Hokuto no Ken two years ago—this series is for you. If not, there’s nothing stopping you from diving in, you just might be bewildered if you do.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
Ore ga Ojou-sama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
俺がお嬢様学校に「庶民サンプル」としてゲッツ♥された件Top
http://syominsample-anime.jp/
Animation: SILVER LINK. Premiere: October 7, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 23:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_syomin or #syomin_anime

Preview by Stilts

Based on the light novel of the same name, Ore ga Ojou-sama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken is the story of a lone boy in a school full of ignorant, sheltered rich girls. In a hidden school surrounded by mountains, there’s a school completely cut off from the outside world (no internet, no cellphones—it’s even hidden from Google Maps). Here, high class ladies are educated to become the ideal yamato nadeshikos. But in recent years, more and more graduates have been unable to cope with the modern world after graduation, and are becoming hikikomoris. It’s time to inoculate the girls against commoner culture, and Kagurazaka Kimito (Tamaru Atsushi) is the vaccine. Kidnapped and enrolled in the school because he’s utterly average (and because they think he’s gay with a muscle fetish), Kimito is their “Commoner Sample,” there to teach the girls about the real world, and to get them used to men, in a safe environment. And Kimito has to play along, because if they find out he isn’t really gay, they may decide to protect the girls’ purity by alternate means—namely, castration. (That sound you’re hearing is all men everywhere crossing their legs in sympathy.) Now Kimito just has to survive the attentions of these out of touch ojou-samas, with his lil Kimito on the line!

“How do I make my main character not bang the bevy of beautiful girls who are always crawling all over him?” That’s the eternal conundrum of light novel authors. Making him claim he’s gay with a muscle fetish under threat of castration is a pretty good solution! As for all the sheltered rich girls, their ignorance can be cringeworthy (and even annoying) at times, though generally it’s pretty funny, especially since Kimito occasionally gets the better of them with his knowledge (and outrageous lies) about the “commoner world,” which is fantastic. With veteran Silver Link director Jinbo Masato (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya) heading up the adaptation effort, the anime looks gorgeous from the promos. Plus, the likely lead haremette Tenkuubashi Aika (Serizawa Yuu) is giving me a serious Chiwa from OreShura vibe, which is great for me! (Chiwa5evar! …Takaii knows what I’m talking about.) Comedic sociopathy (trope!) and unfortunate implications abound, but as far as harem romcoms go, I feel like fans of the genre need to give this one a try, even those fans who are getting pickier (like me). If nothing else, it’s trying to do something a little different, even if it remains firmly routed in the genre’s best (and worst) traditions.

Watching This: Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Dance with DevilsTop
http://dwd-anime.com/
Animation: Brains Base Premiere: October 7, 2015
Genre: Romance, Music, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 23:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @dwd_info or #ダンデビ

Preview by Passerby

In a collaboration between game company Rejet, music group Elements Garden, and music company Avex, Dance with Devils is… Twilight: the anime musical? 16-year-old Tachibana Ritsuka (Akaneya Himika) was just a perfectly normal high schooler (such as they are in anime), living a peaceful life with her mother, until one day she becomes entangled with the (uniformly handsome) denizens of the abyss: devils. Now her world has been turned upside down by the enigmatic (but distinguishably eligible) young men that form the student council of her school. The diligent Kaginuki Rem (Saito Souma) is the president (and a devil). The charming Sogami Urie (Kondou Takashi) is the vice-president (also a devil). The haughty Nanashiro Mage (Kimura Subaru) is the secretary (a devil too, who’d have thought). The aloof Natsumezaka Shiki (Hirakawa Daisuke) is the treasurer (a fallen angel, which we can probably count as a devil). Together with the stoic Tachibana Lindo (Hatano Wataru), Ritsuka’s brother (not a devil, but a devil hunter, to spice things up), these five bachelors of conveniently assorted personality types vie for Ritsuka’s attention. Throw in some talk of a ‘forbidden grimoire’ with the power to TAKE OVER THE WORLD! and we have a dark fantasy romance plot in the making.

If all of that sounded like Diabolik Lovers, playing this very season, then, yeah, Rejet made that too. I must admit that I initially dismissed Dance with Devils as yet another standard reverse-harem thing with a requisite supernatural twist, targeted at young women seeking escape from banality into mediocrity. This is before I found that Dance with Devil sings, which immediately elevates it to awesome. We have anime with music, about music, and even about musicals this season, but an actual musical? That’s a compelling hook. It also doesn’t hurt that Dance with Devils looks and sounds pretty good, with a faux-opera (specifically, Faust) aesthetic that has the potential to metamorphose into something outright Transylvanian if we need to get dark. Combined with seasoned shoujo writer Konparu Tomoko on series composition, there really is more substance to Dance with Devils than may appear on first blush. Did I mention that they sing? I hope they stick with that. Musicals are hard to do, but when done well they really are something special. If nothing else, there is a unique amusement to people suddenly breaking out into song.

Watching This: Cherrie, Passerby Expectation Level: Moderate
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Fushigi na Somera-chan | 不思議なソメラちゃんTop
http://dreamcreation.co.jp/somera/
Animation: Seven Premiere: October 7, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 23:55
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_somera or #ソメラ

Preview by Takaii

From the creator who brought us Ai Mai Mi comes a show called Fushigi na Somera-chan, which focuses on the daily life of Nonomoto Somera (Nakaya Sayaka) and her friends. What makes Somera special is that she wields magical powers and can use the strongest kenpo known as Nonomoto Mahou.

Besides that, I wish I could give you a longer synopsis, but there hasn’t been much revealed about the show’s story! What I can give you though, is a general idea of the manpower behind the show, and what we should expect. Most likely a short format show, we have director Imazaki Itsuki rolling over from his work on Ai Mai Mi, where this time around he’ll also be handling the script, production, and character design. In terms of studio we have Dream Creation of I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying fame holding the reins, and for vocal work we have Nakaya Sayaka (a former AKB48 member) providing the voice for our main character Somera. Overall, the vibes I’m getting from this show seem to be pretty positive overall. Based off of what I’ve seen from Choboraunyopomi’s other works (Ai Mai Mi and its sequel), every episode can be wildly different. Luckily, if you think about it as a short format show, it probably means we’ll get a lot of jokes in a typical slice-of-life environment, except in this case there’s going to be some magic and robots involved. And who knows, maybe that’ll be enough to make it worth a watch?

Watching This: Takaii Expectation Level: Low
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっているTop
http://sakurakosan.jp/
Animation: Troyca Premiere: October 7, 2015
Genre: Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @sakurakokujo or #櫻子さん

Preview by Zanibas

Set in Asahikwa, Hokkaido, Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru is this season’s new mystery series. Kujou Sakurako (Itou Shizuka) has the skills to examine bones for important clues, and uses this to help solve various cases around the city. She is accompanied by her boyfriend Tatewaki Shoutarou (Enoki Junya), an average high schooler who helps Kujou case to case. Together they make the typical mystery-solving duo, focusing on the bones of victims to solve the cases that no one else can.

From a personal standpoint, I’m super excited for this series. The art for this show looks excellent thanks to Itou Akira’s work, both with its amazing backgrounds and detailed shading. Although not much information has been released, Kujou Sakurako looks like a promising lead character, both in terms of her eccentric detective personality and with veteran Itou Shizuka doing a great job as her seiyuu. However, at the same time, the production staff have a lot to prove with this series. TROYCA, although experienced in producing Aldnoah.Zero, has much to prove in their first independent work as a studio. Director Katou Makoto has just as much to prove with his limited experience, having only worked on a handful of shows in secondary positions. Despite these warning signs, I am optimistic from the trailer that this show can end up as a star for this upcoming season. From the premise, I would say that fans who liked Gosick will enjoy this series as well—both are mystery series that rely on their likable and competent female leads while simultaneously developing the main duo’s relationship. I am crossing my fingers that TROYCA and Katou can hit it big with their first real production. It’s definitely worth seeing the first few episodes to see what they can offer as a new studio and director.

Watching This: Cherrie, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai | 対魔導学園35試験小隊Top
http://35shoutai.jp/
Animation: SILVER LINK. Premiere: October 7, 2015
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:05
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @35shoutai_info or #35小隊

Preview by Stilts

An adaptation of the light novel of the same name, Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai is set in a world where a war against witches and wizards has been raging for 150 years. Lately, the balance of power has finally shifted from magic to guns thanks to the efforts of the Inquisition, which has been steadily cracking down on the threat posed by magic users. Kusanagi Takeru (Hosoya Yoshimasa) is enrolled in the Anti-Magic Academy, an academy that specializes in training inquisitors. Only, since Takeru is absolutely abysmal with any weapon except for a sword, he’s been relegated to the 35th Test Platoon, nicknamed the “Small Fry Platoon,” a collection of self-centered failures with personality problems and no teamwork. But the 35th is in luck, because the ultra-elite pistol master Ootori Ouka (Ueda Reina), who has already been working as a witch hunter (now temporarily demoted), has just been transferred into their squad. With her help, can they overcome their weaknesses and become a stronger platoon?

I’m a little excited about this series. When I first started reading about it, I was getting a Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan vibe, only not nearly that bad. Then I started reading the source material, and it’s looking solid. Every main character is twisted or broken in an interesting (and occasionally amusing) way. And sure, our male lead might inexplicably insist on bringing a sword to a gunfight, but fortunately that doesn’t make people treat him like a hotshot—he’s a reject like the others. It’s Ootori Ouka who’s the hotshot. Then there’s talk of Inquisitions, which had me worried. Only the Inquisition isn’t supposed to burn all the witches (because they know some magic users don’t want to be villains), so it feels more like a throwback name. It has its share of tropes, some of which made me roll my eyes, but the premise has some promise, and I really enjoyed the characters. Which is the key—eccentric characters can make any story fun. It’s still a magical-fantasy-action-harem anime, but it might have a little breakout appeal. If a gun-totting, spell-casting action series animated by Silver Link and helmed by the director and writer of Binbougami ga! sounds like a good time to you, I suggest you give the 35th Platoon a shot.

Watching This: Stilts Expectation Level: Moderate
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Subete ga F ni Naru | すべてがFになるTop
http://www.f-noitamina.com/
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 8, 2015
Genre: Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:55
Episodes: 11 Station: Fuji Television (CX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @f_noitamina or #すべてがFになる

Preview by Zephyr

Produced by A-1 Pictures and led by Kanbe Mamoru (Elfen Lied, So-Ra-No-Wo-To), Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider comes in as the newest addition to the noitaminA lineup. One of ten books from Mori Hiroshi’s S&M (based on the main cast’s initials) mystery novel series, The Perfect Insider was Hiroshi’s debut novel, and winner of the first Mephisto Prize in 1996. The story revolves around Saikawa Research Lab member Saikawa Souhei (Kase Yasuyuki) and the daughter of his mentor, Nishinosono Moe (Tanezaki Atsumi). Having met by chance during the former’s vacation, the two suddenly stumble upon a corpse, the mysteries of which give way to a serial murder investigation. Rounding off the staff are Oono Toshiya (Gatchaman Crowds, Tsuritama) on series composition and Kawai Kenji (Fate/Stay Night, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) as the series’ composer.

Considering recent lack of mysteries in general, Subete ga F ni Naru comes as a series worth keeping an eye on purely for its genre. The fact that it’s based off an award-winning novel written by the man behind The Sky Crawlers only helps its case. It’s not every day that such an adaptation receives the production backing of a large studio and a staff with such notable works behind them. Almost all the series listed above have been lauded or discussed extensively on RandomC, with a few (So-Ra-No-Wo-To, Tsuritama) being personal favorites. Kenji Kawai’s epic compositions promise to set the perfect atmosphere for a series such as this, and the expectations are sky high for a series that seems every bit as intriguing as the original creator himself. Considering he was once a mangaka, scientist, and a professor, that’s saying something, and here’s hoping that Subete ga F ni Naru continues the streak of award-winning novels (Shin Sekai Yori was one) carrying over as superb anime series.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
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Garo: Guren no Tsuki | 牙狼〈GARO〉 -紅蓮ノ月-Top
http://garo-project.jp/ANIME2/
Animation: Touhoku Shinsha x MAPPA Premiere: October 9, 2015
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:23
Episodes: 26 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_garo or #anime_garo

Preview by Samu

This time last year saw the rebirth of the famed Garo franchise, with MAPPA’s Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, a story of witches, knights, and priests, set in a world unlike our own. Afterwards, a second season and a movie (due June 2016) were announced. However, if, like me, you were expecting to continue the journey of Leon and Alfonso this season, you may have to wait until the movie comes around. This second season, entitled Garo: Guren no Tsuki, is less of a sequel and more of an alternate setting. The basis of the Makai knights is still the same, but the location, the characters, and even the art style are completely different. Garo: Guren no Tsuki is set in Japan during the Heian Period, meaning we’re more likely to see emperors and samurai than the European-inspired witch hunts of Honoo no Kokuin. It was originally claimed that we were getting a female protagonist in Seimei (Park Romi), a Makai priest of great power with a love for strange things, whose past is shrouded in mystery. However, it’s just as likely that Seimei’s pupil, Raiko (Nakayama Masei) will play an equally pivotal role in the journey ahead.

Part of me is disheartened that we won’t get the same characters returning, but on the other hand I’m glad that everything will be fresh and hopefully this time around more people will jump aboard the Garo train. If you missed it last year, now is your chance to give this fantasy epic a shot, especially if you’re intrigued by the historical Japanese setting. It’s difficult to gauge how Garo: Guren no Tsuki will turn out, due to how little plot details have been revealed, but it was the same situation last year and my expectations were exceeded, so it wouldn’t a stretch to assume the same again. I hope the the promise of a female protagonist wasn’t a red herring, since she’s my main draw going into this; I hope she’s a well-written, important figure who can carry the story. But even if she isn’t, this still promises to be another entertaining addition to the Garo franchise.

Watching This: Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
Shinmai Maou no Testament BURST | 新妹魔王の契約者BURSTTop
http://anime-shinmaimaou.com/
Animation: Production IMS Premiere: October 9, 2015
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:40
Episodes: 10 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @shinmaimaou or #shinmaimaou_セリフ募集

Preview by Zephyr

“Hey, you said you wanted a little sister, right?” Following his father’s departure overseas, first-year high school student Toujou Basara (Nakamura Yuuichi) suddenly found himself living with two beautiful step-sisters in Naruse Mio (Asai Ayaka) and Naruse Maria (Fukuhara Kaori). Secretly the future Demon Lord and her succubus protector, the two try to force Basara into a master/servant contract, only to end up with Basara as the master instead. As it turns out, Mio is caught in the middle of a power struggle between demons, and Basara vows to protect them. Fending off both powerful demons and the hero tribes that find her a threat to societal stability, Basara is thrust into increasing dangerous and erotic situations—the centerpieces of this “risqué battle action” series. The first season saw our cast fend off Zolgear, an ambitious demon aiming to become the ruler of the Demon Realm, with the second season picking up immediately afterwards. Joining the staff is Uetaku Sumio (Angel Heart, R-15), who will co-write the script with the original series’ writer, Yoshioka Takao (Elfen Lied, High School DxD).

As someone who usually avoids series with ecchi as their main selling point, Shinmai Maou no Testament ended up being a series that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. It is a magical-fantasy-action-harem-ecchi series through and through however, so there’s bound to be a gratuitous amount of fan-service, but the action scenes were actually a sight to behold at times, and it was actually quite fun seeing Basara just blow through enemies with his special abilities. A strong soundtrack helped things along, setting the foundations for an actual plot—which while average when compared to the typical series, ended up surprising for a series of this nature. It’s arguably one of the better ecchi series as a result, so it’s great for those that like the genre. For those who are unsure, I’d say your initial reaction to the premise will likely determine whether or not it’s your kind of show.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka?? | ご注文はうさぎですか??Top
http://www.gochiusa.com/
Animation: Kinema Citrus x White Fox Premiere: October 10, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 21:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @usagi_anime or #gochiusa

Preview by Stilts

After a year and a cour, the cute-girls-doing-cute-things series that’s obsessed with all things caffeine is back with a second season. Is The Order A Rabbit?? stars five friends whose names even allude to caffeinated drinks: The excitable, bubbly, and air-headed Hoto Kokoa (Sakura Ayane, a pun on “hot cocoa”), the tiny and cool Kafuu Chino (Minase Inori, from “cappucino”), the tough and militaristic Tadeza Lize (Taneda Risa, from “Thé des Alizés” tea), the spacey and quintessentially Japanese Ujimatsu Chiyo (Satou Satomi, from “Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Kirima Sharo (Uchida Maaya, from “Kilimanjaro” coffee). The series revolves around the café Rabbit House, where Kokoa and Chino live and work (Lize works there too), as well as their friends, their friend’s cafés, and the idyllic town they live in.

This is an easy preview to write, because almost nothing has changed since last season. The cast is the same, the staff is the same, and the studio is the same, though WHITE FOX is being joined by Kinema Citrus on animation, which should change precisely nothing. This isn’t a series that changes a lot itself, being one of the most pure slice-of-life shows you’re going to find. “Idyllic” is the word I would use for it, or perhaps “fluffy.” Not much changes, it’s relaxing, and there’s little drama, and that’s why it’s enjoyable (or piss boring, if that isn’t your sort of thing). This is a slice-of-life show for slice-of-life fans—I don’t see it having the crossover appeal of more popular fare, because it’s just so damn committed to being fluffy and harmless. The only strange part is Tippy (Kiyokawa Motomu), a talking rabbit that becomes fridge horror (trope!) when you learn more about him. But aside from that, it’s all good, pure slice-of-life fun. If you’re a fan of the genre, tune in.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Owari no Seraph 2nd Season | 終わりのセラフ 第2クールTop
http://owarino-seraph.jp/
Animation: Wit Studio Premiere: October 10, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @owarino_seraph or #終わりのセラフ

Preview by Samu

Owari no Seraph returns for its second cour after a three-month break, continuing right where the story left off. The series follows Hyakuya Yuuichirou (Irino Miyu), a survivor of an unknown virus that ravaged Earth, killing everybody over the age of 13. Yuu, along with his fellow orphan, Hyakuya Mikaela (Ono Kensho) were captured by an army of vampires and taken underground for several years. However, Yuu managed to escape from the city, whilst Mika was left behind and turned into a vampire. Years later, Yuu ends up re-integrating into what remains of human civilisation, attaining his own cursed demon weapon and joining the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, seeking revenge against the vampires who took everyone he held dear. However, once on the battlefield, he encountered the now-vampirised Mika, who tried to stop him from being consumed by his quest for vengeance.

Having blogged the first cour of Owari no Seraph, my expectations for the series have fallen since its first (and strongest) episode. If you’re looking for something particularly original, then you’re likely to be disappointed. Owari no Seraph embraces nearly every shonen battle trope and runs with them. You can expect friendship power-ups, tsundere sidekicks, a boneheaded protagonist, and pretty much any other cliché you can come up with off the top of your head. However, the art direction is striking and lovely to watch, especially the watercolour backgrounds, which make it seem like the characters are living inside a series of paintings. Funnily enough, whenever the focus is more on the vampire side of the conflict, I find myself much more interested. It’s possible that the morals of this war between humans and vampires aren’t as black and white as they originally appear. Yuu may be simple-minded, but there’s a fascinating deuteragonist in Mika, who struggles with being born a human and now cursed with vampirism – caught in a conflict he seeks to abolish. If you missed out on the first 12 episodes and are in the mood for a classic shonen battle anime with vampires, bishounens, and tsunderes, then now is your time to catch up before the second cour is under way.

Watching This: Cherrie, Samu, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
VALKYRIE DRIVE -MERMAID-Top
http://valkyriedrive.jp/anime/
Animation: Arms Premiere: October 10, 2015
Genre: Action, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @valkyriedrive or #vdproject

Preview by Stilts

This original anime is part of a three-part (so far) multimedia franchise launch. The story is set on five artificial islands. There’s the island of Bhikkhuni (female monks), on which the PlayStation Vita game is set; there’s the island of Siren, on which the free-to-play microtransaction social game is set; and Mermaid, on which the anime is set. (Also, there’s two others.) Billed as a “beautiful girl sexy battle action anime,” Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid starts when Tokonome Mamori (Izawa Mikako) is transferred to artificial island Mermaid. Once there, she’s attacked, only to be saved by an also-newly-transferred girl named Shikishima Mirei (Iguchi Yuka). But the enemy doesn’t stop, and when they’re cornered, Mirei kisses Mamori, and Mamori turns into a sword.

Valkyrie Drive is what you get when you combine Soul Eater with Senran Kagura, with weapon transformations by way of Sakura Trick. (Plus probably some Ikki Tousen in there somewhere.) Why do I mention Senran Kagura? Why, because Senran Kagura’s original creator Takaki Kenichirou is, and I shit you not, serving as the “enormous breasts” producer for the Vita game! (Yes, that’s a job title someone has. You jelly?) I’m not going to pretend this is fine art—this is bouncing boobs, gratuitous lesbian kisses, and equally-gratuitous fantasy action. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be bad, as long as you know what it is going in. Kaneko Hiraku—who also did Maken-Ki! and Seikon no Qwaser, which seems appropriate—is directing for ARMS, so you can’t fault them for not getting the right man (and the right studio) for the job. It’s unclear who exactly the “enemy” they’re fighting is, which is the biggest potential weak spot I’m seeing. That and the mood—Senran Kagura works because it’s cheerful and silly, and other booby fighters work because they’re too over-the-top to take seriously, but if Valkyrie Drive tries to play its ridiculous premise straight, it’ll slide into cringeworthy pretty quick. But as long as it’s something we don’t have to take too seriously, it could be fun.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
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Ani Tore! EX | あにトレ!EXTop
http://anime-training.com/
Animation: Rising Force Premiere: October 12, 2015
Genre: Slice of Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:11
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anitore_ex or #anitore_ex

Preview by Stilts

Ani Tore! EX (Anime de Training) is an exercise and diet anime being produced with the help of Earth Star Entertainment, the company behind anime such as Teekyuu and Makura no Danshi. Ani Tore! EX follows five women who are aiming to become idols, so they do different exercise routines to get in shape. Some examples: Push-ups, sit-ups, back extensions, dancing, yoga, stretching, core exercises, and Tai Chi. The five women: Hoshi Asami (Itou Miku), Higuchi Eri (Waki Azumi), Saotome Shizuno (Komaki Miyu), Tachibana Shion (Naganawa Maria), and Hiraoka Yuu (Takao Kanon). The anime is set to premiere on October 12th, this year’s Health and Sports Day.

If I was looking for diet and exercise advice, I wouldn’t turn to anime. Most diet and exercise advice is crap anyway, but I wouldn’t expect the rare gems to appear in anime form. With Makura no Danshi, I could understand who is was aimed at, even if the idea of “watching” something like that wasn’t appealing to me in the least. (Not even if it had been changed to cute anime girls, ’cause cute anime boys just aren’t my bag, baby.) For this, I can only imagine it’s a combination of YouTube demonstration videos (“This is how you do this exercise!”) with some kind of social pressure incentive (“Let’s all do this together now! Ganbare!”). Kind of like when you promise to exercise with a friend so the social cost of waffling on them makes you actually do it, you know? If the exercises they show are actually done correctly, then no harm done I suppose. I just wouldn’t build your exercise routine off of what cute anime girls are doing.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low

OVA / Movie


 

Technical Note: OVAs are sorted by the date they are released. For series that have multiple episodes coming out over the course of the season, please refer to the Notes column for additional dates. More information on each OVA can be found on their respective websites, including promotional videos in some cases. Movie premiere dates are not included since they don’t mean a whole lot to viewers outside of Japan. DVD/BD movie releases are, however. This list is likely incomplete and will be updated as more titles surface. If you notice anything missing or incorrect, please feel free to point it out in the comments or e-mail Zephyr directly.

Release Date Title Notes
09/03 Aru Hi Inu no Kuni kara Tegami ga Kite OVA | ある日 犬の国から手紙が来て OVA
http://www.shogakukan.co.jp/books/09387837
09/05 Typhoon Noruda OVA | 台風のノルダ OVA
http://typhoon-noruda.com/
BD/DVD Release.
09/11 PriPara Movie: Minna Atsumare! Prism☆Tours
劇場版プリパラ み~んなあつまれ!プリズム☆ツアーズ
http://pp-movie.com/
BD/DVD Release.
09/16 Haikyuu!! Movie 1: Owari to Hajimari | ハイキュー!! 終わりと始まり
http://www.j-haikyu.com/movie/
BD/DVD Release. Movie 1 of 2.
09/17 Seitokai Yakuindomo* OVA | 生徒会役員共* OVA
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/seitokai2/
Episode 4 of 4.
09/18 Akatsuki no Yona OVA | 暁のヨナ OVA
http://www.marv.jp/special/yona/
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 19.
09/30 Tokyo Ghoul: Jack | 東京喰種 トーキョーグール【JACK】
http://www.marv.jp/special/tokyoghoul/products_ova.html#filter=.jack
09/30 Wild Adapter: KOU | ワイルドアダプター航 -KOU-
http://wild-adapter.com/
Episode 2 of 2.
10/03 Big Order | ビッグオーダー
http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/sp/201112-04/
10/05 Hero Company | ヒーローカンパニー
http://www.heros-web.com/works/herocom.html
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 8.
10/07 Dragon Ball Z Movie 15: Fukkatsu no F Movie
劇場版 ドラゴンボールZ 復活のF
http://www.dragonball2015.com/
BD/DVD Release.
10/07 Kyoukai no Kanata Movie: I’ll Be Here – Mirai-hen
劇場版 境界の彼方 I’LL BE HERE 未来篇
http://anime-kyokai.com/
BD/DVD Release.
10/07 Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 2 – Hibiki
たまゆら~卒業写真~ 第2部 響-ひびき-
http://tamayura.info/bluray/bluray_2nd_theater
BD/DVD Release.
10/10 Hantsu x Trash OVA | ハンツー×トラッシュ OAD
http://yanmaga.jp/spcontents/hantsu_torasshu_kc7.html
10/10 Monster Strike | モンスターストライク
http://www.monster-strike.com/
10/17 Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman OVA | サイボーグ009VSデビルマン OVA
http://www.009vsdevilman.com/
10/19 Himouto! Umaru-chan OVA | 干物妹!うまるちゃん OVA
http://umaru-ani.me/
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 7.
10/26 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu OVA | 長門有希ちゃんの消失 OVA
http://www.haruhi.tv/yuki_chan/main.html
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 9.
10/28 Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 4 – Nikushimi no Kioku Kara
コードギアス 亡国のアキト 第4章: 憎しみの記憶から
http://www.geass.jp/akito/
BD/DVD Release.
10/28 Ghost in the Shell (2015) Movie | 攻殻機動隊 新劇場版
http://kokaku-a.jp/
BD/DVD Release.
10/30 Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage Movie | Wake Up, Girls!青春の影
http://wakeupgirls2.jp/
BD/DVD Release.
October 2015 Jakusansei Million Arthur | 弱酸性ミリオンアーサー
http://www.kairisei-ma.jp/
11/02 Triage X OVA | トリアージX OVA
http://triagex-anime.jp/
Bundled w/ manga Vol. 12. Unaired Episode 11.
11/04 New Initial D Movie: Legend 2 – Tousou
新劇場版 頭文字[イニシャル]D Legend2 -闘走-
http://initiald-movie.com/
BD/DVD Release. Movie 2 of 3.
11/17 Noragami Aragoto OVA | ノラガミ ARAGOTO OVA
http://noragami-anime.net/index.php
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 14. Episode 1 of 2.
11/25 Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Oukoku-hen
ストライク・ザ・ブラッド ヴァルキュリアの王国編
http://www.strike-the-blood.com/#/homepage
Episode 1 of 2.
11/26 Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN II – Kanashimi no Artesia
機動戦士ガンダム ORIGIN II 哀しみのアルテイシア
http://www.gundam-the-origin.net/world/02.html
BD/DVD Release.
Episode 2 of 4.
11/26 Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai | 百日紅~Miss HOKUSAI~
http://sarusuberi-movie.com/index.html
BD/DVD Release.
11/27 Sonoato no Makura no Danshi Special
枕男子 (まくらのだんし)「その後の枕男子」
http://makuranodanshi.com/
Bundled w/ BD/DVD.
Unaired Episode.
12/15 Love Live! School Idol Project Movie | ラブライブ! The School Idol Movie
http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/sp_movie_theater.html
BD/DVD Release.
12/23 Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Oukoku-hen
ストライク・ザ・ブラッド ヴァルキュリアの王国編
http://www.strike-the-blood.com/#/homepage
Episode 2 of 2.
12/24 ARIA The AVVENIRE
http://www.ariacompany.net/
Bundled w/ Aria the Animation BD Box. Episode 1 of 3.
Fall 2015 Queen’s Blade: Grimoire | クイーンズブレイド グリムワール
http://queensblade.net/grim/
Episode 1 of 2.

Overall Impressions


 

Traditionally one of the year’s stronger seasons, a quick glance at this fall’s line up leaves you wondering if that’s truly the case anymore. The spring has been a reliable source of the past few year’s best shows, and the summer’s been upping its game in regards to both its quality and number of offerings. The fall’s no slouch, but there’s a certain hesitation when looking at a season filled with mostly sequels (even if we loved a lot of them) and light novel adaptations. Whether this season ends up being great will likely rest on a handful of adaptations and originals panning out better than expected, and I suppose we’ll just have to see how things turn out.

Going back the last few years, the rubric remains the same, with the five main expectation levels, ranging from High to Low, plus Niche and Established for special cases. Hopefully this guide will help those of you with limited time understand which shows to try first, based on our preliminary examination of the show’s staff, seiyuu, and source material. Failing that, it’ll give you something to make fun of us for when we invariably peg one or two wrong.

We arrived at these levels by convening our regular (and reliably shady) “anticipation council,” which this time consisted of Passerby, Stilts, and Zephyr. While we’ve gone to great lengths to be as objective as possible, we’re all squishy, fallible human beings, and even the most well-considered predictions can prove themselves wrong in a hurry. Take these with a grain of salt, or sugar, if you’d prefer something more sweet.

Note: Lists are sorted in alphabetical order.

 

The Rundown:

High expectation shows give us reason to believe they have the makings of a very good series that should appeal to the widest audience in their given genres. If you consider yourself a “casual” fan who only gets your toes wet every season by watching the “best” shows (i.e. popular ones that generate the most buzz), then these are the ones we feel you should keep an eye out for. We’re also expecting good things from these shows, so if they fall short, disappointment is understandable.

Moderately High expectation shows are ones that came close to joining the High expectation crowd, but missed out due to one or two elements that gave us concern. The series underpinnings are generally strong, but there is just something that keeps us from putting all our hopes and dreams on these shows. They still have most of the makings of very strong series, so if you watch only the “best” shows but want more than what the High category provides, keep an eye out for these as well.

Moderate expectation shows, also known as “True Moderate”, don’t provide any immediate indication that they’ll be amazing in retrospect. This is often the case with shows that fall into one of anime’s overused plot devices, which most people, particularly self-proclaimed critics, will perceive as mediocre at best. However, in many of our experiences these shows still provide a great deal of entertainment and may turn out a lot better than they appear. They’re good for “regular” fans who are aware of all these tropes and don’t mind seeing them used in different settings. Personal tastes come heavily into play, so your mileage will vary.

Moderately Low expectation shows don’t seem to be aspiring to much, but it’s hard to call them bad exactly. They might focus on senseless humor or fanservice, but there’s often at least one element that elevates them above other members of their genre. Once again, personal taste comes heavily into play with these shows, because if they’re part of one of your favored genres then chances are you’ll enjoy them no matter what. Just don’t expect them to break the bank with originality.

Low expectation shows don’t seem to be striving for much and choose to focus on more frivolous aspects such as senseless humor and fanservice. That doesn’t mean they’re the bottom of the barrel and shouldn’t get any consideration, but simply that you need to keep in mind what kind of show it is. Generally only “avid” fans will be interested in seeing what these have to offer, because they’re already watching all the better shows.

Niche shows break away from the norm by being slower-paced, extremely dark/grotesque, or even controversial. In most cases these shows are oriented towards older audiences or those who feel that anime has become far too repetitive and want something different. Shows of this category tend to be highly under-appreciated, but can turn out to be hidden gems for that very reason. Includes some works oriented toward younger audiences.

Established shows are generally long-running manga/anime series, geared towards younger viewers who are already fans of them. A commonality is that they all air early morning on weekends or well before midnight on weekdays so that “normal” people can watch them. They aren’t very dependent on expectations, but a love for never-ending shows and a willingness to get into all the material that’s out if they’re completely new to you. Shounen series fall into this category, hence why we treat them differently.

September 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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  • September 24, 2015 at 10:13 pmNice Boat!

    Gotta say, it’s looking like a pretty solid season! Thanks for the preview!

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:19 pmDwarg

      I’m usually very optimistic about previews, but this time i got to say, fall 2015 looks to be shit, it’s mostly moe and shoujo crap, only handful of decent shows.

      • September 27, 2015 at 7:35 pmdeVaras

        Agreed, looking at this list all I could think was “man these shows seem kinda meh.” Sequels to a couple forgettable shows, two Hokuto no Ken comedy spin-offs, generic fantasy harem battle school show and a iffy looking Gundam.

      • October 5, 2015 at 12:22 pmsavofenno

        So back to rewatch your old favorites Woody Woodpecker and Huckleberry Hound you go!

        You seem to hate all anime.

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:20 pmskylion

    Chiwa5evar! …Takaii knows what I’m talking about

    I know what you’re talking about too!!!!!

    • September 24, 2015 at 10:53 pmStilts

      Hellz yeah! *high fives*

    • September 25, 2015 at 12:22 amTakaii

      OSANANANANANANNANANANNANANANNANANNANANANANAjimi

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:21 pmFlareKnight

    This really does feel like one of the weakest fall seasons we’ve seen in years.

    Maybe it does come down to the sequels either being for shows some like more than others, but for me it’s really quite bleak. The season is basically going to ride on shows I know next to nothing about. Going to need a lot of surprises to hit.

    • September 24, 2015 at 11:13 pmichigo

      I feel the same way. The only series I will definitely watch are One Punch Man and Noragami ARAGOTO. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru and Subete ga F ni Naru are others I will check out for their mystery elements. Comet Lucifer is another I want to check out as I did not expect it to be a mecha series. That is about it. I just haven’t gotten around to watching the first season and/or second seasons of those that have sequels (like Haikyuu!).

      • September 25, 2015 at 10:40 pmSadamitsu

        Haikyuu! is only for those that can stand the super annoying MC with negative self confidence. It seems like his confidence drops every time a new opponent shows up to the point where he just freezes on the court thinking to himself how horrible he is. I couldn’t stand it after first season and the only reason i watched through it was hoping for some development with the manager girl.

    • September 25, 2015 at 12:30 amGoodwill Wright

      I know how you feel… But for me it’s the exact opposite for the very same reasons you stated. Namely the sequels to Utawarerumono and Soukyuu no Fafner. Although to be fair, some of the other sequels I don’t really care about, again for the same reasons.

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:02 amNishizawa Mihashi

      Hooooleeeee fug, this season is an absolute far cry from 3 years back! Perhaps I should turn my attention towards completing my backlog and various other things that are more ‘fun’ to do!

      In all earnestness, it only serves to strengthen my conviction that it’s time for me to tear the multi-media world a new asshole for the posterity of future generations. Anybody on board? :D

    • September 25, 2015 at 8:58 pmKaleRylan

      I basically agree. It’s almost shocking how bland 90% of it looks.

    • September 25, 2015 at 10:33 pmSadamitsu

      Yeah, the only show i am looking forward to is Soukyuu no Fafner and maybe Yuru Yuri because i love Mimorin and World Trigger because the manga story is getting better and better. Other than that, everything else seems very bland. Where is my sequels to Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon and Kamisama Hajimemashita ; ;

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:28 pmNex

    the island’s defense group AVIS launches a counterattack

    Just a little note on the Fafner summary, that should actually be ALVIS. And the description as a whole pretty much just applies to the first season, from 2004. But oh well, sadly the series probably isn’t popular enough for it to matter much.

    Either way, lots to look forward to this season, so much mecha especially. Keep up the great work guys!

    • September 24, 2015 at 10:55 pmStilts

      Danke. Fixed it.

    • September 27, 2015 at 1:44 pmLyfe

      It’s a shame that Fafner was never as popular outside of Japan as it is in Japan. When you look at how well Exodus sold, it has quite a decent following. It has all the makings of an excellent series, but it never quite hit mainstream status in the U.S. and Europe. Shame that.

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:34 pmKuroko

    One-Punch Man = AOTS

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:35 pmskylion

    Heavy Object is slated to be a two-cour show.

    @Stilts. I have this weird vibe about Lance & Masques. It just looks like it could be a great little show that fails to get the proper attention. Like you, I like to be bitten by the Studio Gokumi bug. So maybe that’s it?

    • September 24, 2015 at 10:58 pmStilts

      Yar. I like me some Studio Gokumi (they’re one of the few studios I consider united enough to actually judge them AS a studio, instead of places like J.C.Staff and Madhouse and Sunrise and especially A-1, where it’s all about the staff), but I’m also not calling sleeper on this one. Could be, could be, but nothing about the premise gave me that “lightning strike” feeling of something that could be amazing, ya know? Though maybe it’s like Tokyo Ravens, and it’s all in the execution.

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:50 pmBigFire

    Most people expect One Punch Man to be one cur. The Murata redrawn webmanga is half way through the second !akor story arc. While the original ONE webcomic have already finished that arc, the anime adaptation is unlikely to use that.

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:58 pmRaijinoh2002

    Really thanks for all the season previews up until now. While they may not accurate, they gave me something to work on to decide on the shows I wanna watch and follow. Keep up the great work ☺

  • September 24, 2015 at 11:05 pmDafuq

    And Ani Tore has nothing to do with Hinako?

  • September 24, 2015 at 11:09 pmJayDrink

    Ah, what a neat surprise, waking up to this so early in the morning.

    The RC previews guarantee at least 4 entertaining days every year, and I’m sure everyone reading these appreciates your hard work (even those who don’t bother to comment). Thanks guys!

    Time to find me some good anime..!

  • September 24, 2015 at 11:44 pmduck

    Lupin The Third
    Heavy Object
    Comet Lucifer
    One-Punch Man
    Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
    Subete ga F ni Naru

    They all look interesting but for this season the only thing watchable this season for sure is Owarimonogatari

    • October 14, 2015 at 11:30 amduck

      Now after the first impressions this season series worth watching are:

      “Owarimonogatari”
      “One-Punch Man”
      “Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru”
      “Subete ga F ni Naru”

      And of course the ongoing “One piece” series.

  • September 24, 2015 at 11:51 pmMarina2

    Hidan no Aria AA is like the “Railgun” of Toaru Index series.

    It’s a spinoff series and you don’t really need to watch the original series to understand the story.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:19 amTrippwire

    …no P.A. Works? :’(

    • September 25, 2015 at 10:15 pmSadamitsu

      Hopefully they take the time off to start working on the next season of Horizon..

      • September 25, 2015 at 10:17 pmSadamitsu

        Opps! Replied on the wrong topic – -

      • September 27, 2015 at 1:38 pmLyfe

        If you mean Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, that was done by Sunrise. I’ve been wanting a Season 3 of that since forever. But I get the feeling that was probably crazy expensive to produce judging by all the battle scenes.

    • September 27, 2015 at 4:17 amAki-Chan

      @ Trippwire Well, P.A Works are doing an adaptation of HaruChika in the Winter 2016 season, so you can look forward to that!

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:31 amGoodwill Wright

    Sequel to Utawarerumono and Fafner. Just need sequels to Kyoukaisen and then I probably could die happy.

    • September 25, 2015 at 1:56 amStilts

      I heard the next season of Kyoukaisen would need to be two-cour. I will offer myself to once again die on the cross that is blogging that beast of a show!

      *takes a deep breath*

      WOOOOOOOOOORTH IIIIIIIT!!

    • September 27, 2015 at 1:41 pmLyfe

      I’d take a sequel to Full Metal Panic The 2nd Raid. More than enough material is there, it just needs a studio with enough faith to produce it.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:33 amMentar

    I’m happy that one of my favorite shows gets animated: Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry. Because while it is true that the overarching setting is something we’ve often seen before (Magic+Swords academy action romcom), it breaks so many taboos that have plagued the genre for so long.

    - The male MC is neither a dense loser nor an uber-powerful demigod who is just “pseudo-weak”. He has a brain and uses it, and he is consciously pursuing his romantic interest.

    - The female MC seems to start out as a run-of-the-mill violent tsundere, but is very quickly revealed to be a kind and refreshingly honest character. With her 30% tsun 70% dere ratio, she is outright endearing at times. Probably my favorite character in the entire genre.

    - There is _actual_ _lasting_ and _believable_ character development between them. If you are like me and always wanted to scream due to the lack of progress, Ichika-density and the likes, the rapid progression over all the bases in Rakudai will be a breath of fresh air.

    So, if this show gets a proper conversion, it could very well become a black horse.

    • September 25, 2015 at 2:40 amStilts

      That’s good to hear. I wasn’t even planning to watch it until I read takkun’s preview. I’ll have to pay it a little more attention.

      • September 25, 2015 at 3:25 amTakaii

        :D

        I’m totally excited to see it in animated form.

      • September 25, 2015 at 5:16 amHanabira.Kage

        @Takaii: Two words – Sword Eater.

        I’m totally looking forward to that. I’m not entirely certain it’ll get in if it’s only one cour, but I hope it will.

      • September 25, 2015 at 7:19 amNeoAnkara

        @Kage

        Raikiri is even better.

      • September 25, 2015 at 8:49 amMentar

        Hanabira.Kage: The key visual shows Touka, so Volume 3 content is pretty much guaranteed. Besides, 3 LN volumes would be pretty much par for the course even for only one season.

    • October 1, 2015 at 11:55 pmSilver

      Yes this show is actually quite unique. In terms of light novel adaptations, I’m looking forward to this and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk which shares quite a few similarities with Rakudai like those listed by Xellos (Mentar lol) above except for the MC pursuing his romantic interests.

      I also heard good things about Heavy Object and Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai but I have yet to read so I’m really anxious to see how it is.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:43 amUnajuuphile

    Finally, a RC anime preview. one of my favorite things in life.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:52 amOnePunch_Guy

    One Punch Man is the only anime I will definitely watch in this season. I will also watch Comet Lucifer and Sakurako-san if I hear any good news about them.

  • September 25, 2015 at 1:26 amMi-Chan

    Mostly looking forward for Noragami and Owari no Seraph, but this season looks promising.

  • September 25, 2015 at 1:29 amAmiluhur

    Only after season schedule come out will this preview be worthwhile. Because an awful season can sometimes be rescued by proper coverages from RC writers.

  • September 25, 2015 at 2:03 amMoetron

    Wow…. this season is fucking nothing. I normally watch around 20 shows / season but look like this season would be an exception.

    But I could just see it as quality over quantity though. With owarimonogatari, gochiusa, yrys and other great stuff.

  • September 25, 2015 at 2:03 amFrog? No. Hippo!

    This season looks pretty meh overall.

    And for the first time, I’ve read a manga that I now get to see an anime for! One Punch Man! The leaked first episode stayed close to the manga, so looks promising.

  • September 25, 2015 at 2:12 amdaikama

    @RC Staff – thanks for the preview. Added a couple of shows to my trial/”3-Episode Rule” list because if it.

    Eh… not the strongest season from my perspective. :/ Pretty much everything on a “3 Episode Rule” list apart from one show. A few shows on my initial watch list include:

    - Owarimonogatari: Big Monogatari fan and very much looking forward to this. Only “will watch entire season for sure” show for me.
    - Noramgami: Definitely will try this. Thought the first season was pretty good and same goes for what I read (long ago) of the Bishamon arc.
    - Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!: Supposedly this is seinen and comedy. I like seinen and I like comedy so… might as well give it shot. That’s kind of where the season is for me.
    - Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai: From Stilts’ comment: “When I first started reading about it, I was getting a Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan vibe, only not nearly that bad.” I also hope it’s not nearly as bad as Kuusen because I dropped Kuusen. This appears to be another one of those HS+Magic+Harem LN deals which more and more are hit or miss. I’ll give it a try, and hopefully it pans out.
    - “Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen”: Honestly, I totally forgot about the first season, but had marked this for a trial run anyway based upon the description. Not sure if I should rewatch the first season or not since I don’t remember much about it.
    - One Punch Man: Not familiar with the series, but seen a lot of hype elsewhere on top of RC’s preview. So on the trial list it goes. It’s comedy, which is very subjective, not to mention so much hype isn’t good IMO so I’ll try to keep expectations tempered. I’d rather be surprised to the upside than disappointed.

  • September 25, 2015 at 2:15 amWarriorsHeart

    A weak fall season but much better than summer I have to say.

  • September 25, 2015 at 2:33 amSMinsterel

    Definitely recommending Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry.

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:19 amHanabira.Kage

      Seconded. They’d better not mess it up.

      I doubt they will though. Silver Link has a fairly good track record (Illya 2wei Herz! notwithstanding), and so does the director…more or less?

    • September 25, 2015 at 12:33 pmTakaii

      I pray for a good adaptation ;_;

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:21 amSaber

    Weakest season so far. Nothing stands out at all, maybe except Noragami for me. Good thing, because my exams are coming up, so nothing to watch means nothing to distract me.

    • September 27, 2015 at 7:13 pmKarmafan

      I liked the original World Trigger series (even with its problems) so I hope at least the spin-off is good. My biggest complaint with WT was the recap and discussion at the end of each episode seemed to take up so much time there was not enough time each week for storytelling.

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:36 amGLUE

    Silver Link handling three harems like nobody’s business.
    That being said, seems like a fun season. We’ve got the harems numbers back (which don’t seem as bad as the harem shows during the Winter season) and the mecha series have finally come out of the wood work again.

    This is gonna be fun.

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:21 amHanabira.Kage

      Except that Rakudai isn’t really a harem series. While there are a bunch of girls crushing on the male lead, he’s only interested in one girl.

      And from what I heard, Shomin Sample is a harem series in name only.

  • September 25, 2015 at 5:35 amFlayvorOfEvil

    If you want to get fit, just PT every day!

  • September 25, 2015 at 5:42 amChar

    We have some good lineup this coming season.

    What i’ll watch:
    Heavy Object, OPM, and Noragami.

    Promising titles:
    Gundam, Comet Lucifer, and Sakurako.

    I will definitely watch Owarimonogatari once it finishes airing.

  • September 25, 2015 at 6:07 amKaizuka Inaho

    I notice this season don’t have KanaHana in any of the shows.

  • September 25, 2015 at 6:41 amIncognito

    I seriously expected to watch only one show this season (Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans), but it looks like I’ve picked up a few more (as usual) thanks to this preview.

    Will surely watch:
    - Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans – I’ll probably just watch this show just to see whether it will redeem the Gundam franchise (again) after the trainwreck that was Reconguista In G, or–in the worst case–follow its predecessor’s footsteps and be an even bigger trainwreck that will require new episodes of Gundam: The Origin just to forget. In any case, I need a good mecha fix, since Summer 2015′s Aquarion Logos feels like it was made on drugs… (But to be fair, May’n’s opening theme–”Yamaidare darlin’“–still sounds awesome.)

    Might take a look at:
    - Ore ga Ojou-sama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken – I know that this type of show could easily devolve into mediocre harem anime fare, but for what it’s worth, the premise/trope(?) of “one [lucky] guy getting enrolled in a school full of girls” is still interesting to me, because of the many variations that could be done to the base premise.

    - Heavy Object – To be honest, I’d rather watch a new season of To Aru Majutsu no Index instead of this, since the story in the Index light novels has progressed a lot so far and I’d love to see those chapters in animated form.
    That being said, Heavy Object looks promising, and I’m excited to see the show’s visuals–what those titular “Objects” look like, in particular. I’m also looking forward to the worldbuilding in this show (though based on the initial premise of “giant robots fighting each other in lieu of actual war,” it sounds similar to the early 90′s movie Robot Jox, or–in the case of younger audiences–Mobile Fighter G Gundam).

    Want to watch, but I need to catch up on the previous season(s) and/or OAV(s) of the series:
    - Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka?? – Just waiting on that one fansub group to finish the season 1 Blu-Rays, though I might have to resort to watching the TV version of season 1 in a pinch. (Or, just marathon season 1 and 2 once season 2 finishes airing.)

    - Owarimonogatari – I really, really, really want to pick up the Monogatari series again, but I kinda forgotten where I stopped watching (probably season 2–at least I ended the season when it was airing). Compared to GochiUsa, there’s a lot more in this series I have to catch up on (or worse, rewatch)…not to mention the oft-delayed Kizumonogatari film which I’ve been raring to watch if not for the aforementioned delay/s. (The fact that some of the arcs are in anachronic order only serves to complicate things…)

    - Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! – Well, this is probably a good time to take a look at the Nachuyachumi! OAVs…

    Reluctantly watching:
    - Shinmai Maou no Testament BURST – *sighs* I’ll be honestly pleased if this becomes a surprisingly improved sequel with ecchi comedy that’s actually funny and fight scenes that are actually awesome to watch (bonus points if it involves battles of wit).

    - Hidan no Aria AA – No guarantee that I’ll keep watching this, though… I mean, I love the gun pron, the main male character’s “Hysteria Mode,” and Riko Mine, but the rest? Not so much.

  • September 25, 2015 at 6:44 amsamui

    So… looking at the previews, I cannot help but feel dread with the titles. Assuming I am still going to follow Fall animes this year, I am going to watch the following:

    Owarimonogatari
    Lupin III
    Concrete Revolutio
    One Punch Man
    Sakurako
    Noragami Second Season
    Haikyuu Second Season

    I don’t know with others. I may pick them later but… given my experience this summer probably, I won’t.

  • September 25, 2015 at 6:46 amNeoAnkara

    Please someone pick Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry. That’s the only thing that I want RC to cover this season. People need to see couple of the season.

    Also AMA is certainly better that Kuusen Madoushi. I’ve read up to 3 volume and still on the fourth volume. I’m gonna say that the story is rather different. It’s filled with cliche, blood, war, fanservice, semi-incompetent MC and lot more.

    • September 25, 2015 at 8:52 amMentar

      I’d like to add in my thanks to the RC staff for giving us one more excellent season preview.

      It’s heartening to see that at least SOME sites bother to actually get to KNOW the stuff they are writing about before they do – too many don’t nowadays.

    • September 25, 2015 at 12:32 pmTakaii

      I think.. I’m probably going to cover it because that main couple just makes me fucking d’awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

      • September 25, 2015 at 12:39 pmMentar

        I’m sure not following the show as LN and manga because of the original setting and battles.

        But the Ikki/Stella developments are so diabetes-inducing cute. Almost unique that a designated pair is actually _getting somewhere_ with each other relatively quickly.

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:23 amRui Craveiro (LAboy 456)

    The ones I’m sure I’ll pick this season:

    - “Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou” (interesting plot, characters and animation. Hoping it’ll flow nicely

    - “Haikyuu!!”, 2nd Season (can’t wait for the new season)

    - “One Punch Man” (knowing the popularity of the manga, I hope the animated adaptation won’t be a dissapointment)

    - “World Trigger: Isekai kara no Toubousha” (I know the animated adaptation isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I liked the first season very much – so I can’t wait for this spin-off series)

    I’ll keep an eye on “Garo: Guren no Tsuki” and “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans” as well ;)

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:28 amdanes256

    holy shit THAT nagai will be directing the new gundam ????? i think this one might turn out well

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:41 amKingofConquerors

    Young Black Jack, The Perfect Inside, Sakurako-san no Ashimoto

    All i’ll surely be watching, although i’ve also been contemplating watching the new Lupin series, but it’s been so long since i watched a lupin series so i might have to try to rewatch the older ones to get myself excited.

    In a way i’m glad i won’t be watching a lot of series this season since Fallout 4 and and my mounting pile of schoolwork will keep me busy, but i still have high expectations for the ones i’ve picked to watch.

  • September 25, 2015 at 8:16 amGouka Ryuu

    I’ll add what I’m watching this season later, but i just wanted to point out the Girls und Panzer movie comes out November 21. Probably something to add into the OVA/Movie section.

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:21 pmdaikama

      @Gouka Ryuu: The Girls und Panzer movie Nov. release date is for Japanese theaters/cinemas, not BD/DVD which may be why it’s not on the RC movie/OVA list.

      • September 25, 2015 at 10:33 pmStilts

        daikama is correct. We don’t add Japanese theater releases ‘case Western fans aren’t liable to be able to watch those. We wait for the DVD/BD release.

      • September 27, 2015 at 8:11 amGouka Ryuu

        Sorry, I hadn’t realized. It is probably the thing I am most excited for this season to be honest. Anyways, like always i end up revising my list once the RC Preview comes out, and by that I mean adding more shows that I’d be interested in checking out.

        Definitely Watching (IE stuff i was already planning to watch before reading this preview):
        * Gundam
        * Heavy Object
        * K: Return of Kings (Saw first season and movie and they were at least very pretty to look at)
        * One Punch Man
        * Young Black Jack
        * Miss Monochrome (If I can actually catch up with the season 2 because I drifted away from it)

        Stuff I will Check Out (IE stuff the RC guys convinced me to try):
        * Concrete Revolutio
        * Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
        * Subete ga F ni Naru
        * Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! (I hadn’t realized this was by the same people behind “I can’t Understand What my Husband is Saying”)

        Honestly, this season doesn’t look too bad. Could be better, sure, but as those that read my entry into trying to be RC ctaff know I am doing a backlog challenge of watching 5-6 hours of stuff a week on top of everything else I am watching. I wouldn’t mind a shit season, though the last one I had (though is retrospect there was ones I should have watched) was Spring 2014. So, you never know. It varies from person to person.

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:11 amOri

    Can you please try to blog the Gundam show this time around?

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:41 amzztop

    Personal thoughts on the season:
    1) Noragami Aragoto – Ebisu’s (man in black suit) appearance is surprising. Show Spoiler ▼

    2) Diabolik Lovers – I did hear the ‘abusive/sadistic love interest’ was the in thing amongst certain Japanese otome gamers. Strong niche support is all the company needs to make more games of that type.
    That said, I prefer watching something more fun and silly, like Kamigami no Asobi. Even heroine Kusanagi Yui had 3/4ths a brain. Sadly they can’t do an anime sequel yet, since the sequel game isn’t even out yet. What did Randomc think of Kamiaso?

    3)Strike the Blood OVA – The Valkyrie Kingdom sounds interesting. Hopefully Kojou and co. go overseas to that place instead of sitting around in Itogami all the time.

    • September 27, 2015 at 1:37 pmLampazo

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:44 ammaiku

    I guess there won’t be outstanding show this fall….

    I will be looking for the digimon movies

    i try to at least see the first two episodes of each show… maybe someone exceeds my expectations

  • September 25, 2015 at 9:52 amSK

    Whole lotta sequels/spinoffs again, for better or worse.
    I’m curious about Utawarerumono, though I’m not entirely sure where they would go with it considering how the first game/season ended. Assuming this takes place after the first, it seems like Hakuoro did, indeed, return. Also looks like the red jellies are out and about, though.

    It’s nice to have another season of Monogatari, though at this point I’m not expecting Kizu to come out until after the rest of the series has been adapted.

    Gochuumon should be a good SOL fix, though I’m curious if they’ll ever actually delve into WTF happened to Tippy.

    I’ll probably pick up at least one of the various new LN adaptations, as well as the second season of Shinmai Maou no Testament.

    Also, Stilts, it’s not just anyone who can be in charge of “enormous breasts” in anime. Like Rito falling down in To-love-ru, they defy the laws of physics. Only trained professionals can possibly handle such mysterious objects, which have also recently shown an improved ability to summon flashes of light from nowhere to shield us from their overwhelming glory.

  • September 25, 2015 at 10:23 amPancakes

    Well if there was ever a time to catch up on backlog and focus on school this was the season for it. Haven’t seen such a weak lineup for a long while.

    Gundam and Yuru-Yuri are my two anticipated ones, followed up by One Punch Man, Noragami, and Owari no Seraph. I’ll take a look at Heavy Object and Comet Lucifer and probably Fafner for completion sake (the last season was decent). Otherwise just too many shorts, too many LN “special powers in academy” series, and too many uninteresting sequels/spin-offs.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:26 pmjayce

    For Utawarerumono, do I need to know the source material or at least watched the 2006 adaptation first in order to “understand” the story?

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:00 pmSK

      I have a feeling you won’t need to have prior knowledge, but it’ll probably help. Judging from the PV, the characters are mostly new, so the plot likely isn’t a direct sequel. MC is new, though the old MC (masked guy in the middle back of the picture) seems to have a role, which makes sense given what he is (or maybe was?). There are some fairly significant reveals in the original, so how the story deals with those elements will probably be the deciding factor. I’d recommend playing/watching the original if you have the time, though the anime does recycle background CGI battles often.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:38 pmWade

    Aww, only Stilts is watching “Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai”… It’s like “Tokyo Ravens” where the later volumes are just so damn good and way better than the earlier volumes. Dark horse of the season for sure!

    • September 25, 2015 at 2:19 pmStilts

      The big question there will be if they GET to those later volumes. After all, if Tokyo Ravens had been one cour, we wouldn’t be talking about it. We’ll have to see how many eps it gets greenlit for.

      • September 25, 2015 at 3:20 pmNeoAnkara

        According to the fans that I know on MAL it will cover many volume so probability of it being two cour is high.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:44 pmasdf

    The new gundam show is going to be the eye-candy this season for me. Most likely their mechs have zero-to-none ventilation systems installed. Which explains why they’re all shirtless while fighting, in the Full OP preview (and damn they’re stacked!). Sure, it could have a solid plot-line (already sounds like an ALdanoah….but with its sh*t together)….and of course shirtless muscle guys.

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:28 pmWanderer

    Moar bunnies pls.

    Other stuff when and as the bloggers convince me that it’s interesting.

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:31 pmMormegil

    Looking forward to S2 of Diabolik Lovers. The show teaches you how to pick up women.

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:08 pmKiminobokuwa

    Why is it that everyone says that this season’s line up is poor or weak?? I don’t understand.. this season is going to be so good!! And why is the seraph of the end moderate?? I think it may be pretty awesome!! I mean, i saw the preview and it looks very slick with the animation upped. But i can see that the arc may be bland. It better not be or I swear to god i’m going to be upset.

    My series that I MUST watch:
    Noragami Aragoto (YUKINE!! MY LOVE!!)
    Seraph of the End season2
    One-Punch Man (i never read the manga so this will be a first for me)
    Aria the scarlet Ammo AA
    And that’s it. It’s short but i would probably watch the OVas that come out like Tokyo Ghoul Jack (i love Arima!!) But my body is ready for it!!! Bring it!!

    • September 25, 2015 at 5:01 pmStilts

      Bear in mind that many of the people saying that watch a LOT of anime. For instance, I regularly watch 20+ shows a season (slotted for 18 this time). If you only watch 5-10 anime, every season can be amazing. It’s when you start getting into the mid-listers that the true strength of a season becomes apparent, usually by how big of a drop-off there is.

      Also, opinion and YMMV and all that : )

      • September 25, 2015 at 5:25 pmNeoAnkara

        Stilts you are reading too much TVTropes. Remember it will ruin your life.

      • September 25, 2015 at 5:46 pmStilts

        The funny thing? I haven’t actually gotten lost in TVTropes for YEARS. I binged so many of ‘em way back then, and the same 50-100 come up so often that I don’t often go down the rabbit hole anymore, haha

      • September 26, 2015 at 7:11 amWanderer

        I don’t necessarily wander off looking at specific tropes much, unless I run across one I’m unfamiliar with, or don’t remember the details of, but I keep a window open to the TVTropes page for every series I’m currently watching, every manga I’m currently reading, and every game I’m currently playing. Of course, I don’t watch as many series or (I suspect) read as many manga as you do, so that’s more feasible for me, I guess. I like to see what tropes people ascribe to a series, and the descriptions they put in for them. This is fun for me.

      • September 26, 2015 at 2:36 pminfo600

        Funny, I just binge tropes within a single series and branch off lightly (that burns a few hours every time I look up a series, recently Working!!!)

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:11 pmKay

    I’m relatively happy with the fall season because of the following sequels : Haikyuu, Soukyuu no Fafner, Noragami, and K.

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:41 pmfragb85

    Gundam + Okada Mari = WTF!?

    Why am I suddenly afraid of the future of Gundam? I guess we’ll have to see when it airs.

    At least there is Fafner Exodus to fill my mecha show quota. Incidentally, I watched the first season and the movie again, and it still amazes how well the continuity holds up.

    • September 27, 2015 at 7:57 amZephyr

      Depending on who you ask, that might not be a bad thing. The last few Gundam series haven’t received stellar reviews aside from Unicorn, so her writing could change things up in a positive way, however dramatic it is.

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:45 pmYurekaFreelancer

    Some really good mecha anime coming out this season with Fafner and Gundam. Comet Lucifer and Lance N’ Masques could be surprising for me. If Seraph of the End 2nd season can have consistent animation, this show should be good.

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:53 pmDoctor Hochmeister

    This season looks rather barren, but that’s fine since I still need to catch up on my backlog while getting back into watching shows as they air.

    Intruigued:
    Gundam – it’s big box mecha and not set in a universe I haven’t finished watching; count me in! It’s also a crapshoot whether it’ll be good or not, but at least it’ll look pretty.
    One Punch Man – The hype machine has built this up enough that I’m interested.
    Garo – While I’m sad that this isn’t set in Europe following Leon and Alfons, if it’s even half as good as the last season I’ll enjoy it.

    Checking out:
    Lance, Heavy Object, Gakusen, Rakudai, Ore ga Ojou-sama, Taimadu Gakuden – In the eternal hope of finding a good highschool/ecchi/harem LN adaption.
    Comet Lucifer – Sci fi and mecha warrents a looksie.
    Concrete Revolutio – Superhero anime tend to be hit or miss, but on average are better than highschool harems.
    Valkyrie Drive – Or maybe I’ll just wait for the Blue-rays…

    Sequels:
    There’s some shows I’d watch if I’d seen the previous season, but the only one I’ll be following is Owari no Seraph, solely for the gorgeous scenery and Shinoa’s adorable trolling.

  • September 25, 2015 at 5:37 pmleongsh

    I’m expecting the rare reappearance of Divine here to write about Haikyuu!! Second Season.

    • September 25, 2015 at 6:33 pmSamu

      Shhhhhhhhh. If we don’t tell him it’s coming back, maybe some other blogger will get a chance to write about it. :D

      • September 26, 2015 at 2:33 pminfo600

        *is expecting an epic knife fight video(game)*

  • September 25, 2015 at 6:02 pmhleeda

    I am actually quite stoked for this season. Normally, I don’t get this hyped up but there are a few good ones out that I really excited about:
    - Subete ga F ni Naru
    - Owari no Seraph 2nd Season
    - Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
    - One-Punch Man
    - Haikyuu!! Second Season
    - Noragami ARAGOTO

    Thank you for the preview, much appreciated!

  • September 25, 2015 at 8:36 pmfomite

    Fall used to be the season of blockbusters. But these days, it is hard to really justify that.

  • September 25, 2015 at 10:18 pmSadamitsu

    Wait Soukyuu no Fafner will be reviewed by somebody who hasn’t watch any of the previous work?

    • September 25, 2015 at 10:35 pmStilts

      If by that you mean blogged, then no, probably not. Hard to blog a second season you haven’t seen the first season of.

      • September 25, 2015 at 10:46 pmSadamitsu

        Understood. There would be a lot of episodes to watch if you wanted to blog it because there is Right of Left, Dead Aggressor, Heaven and Earth, Exodus and now Exodus 2

  • September 25, 2015 at 11:14 pmv1cious

    The first episode of One Punch Man is already out, and it’s amazing.

    • September 25, 2015 at 11:40 pmRaiu

      Not really out, it was illegally ripped from its advance screening.

      • September 27, 2015 at 9:36 pmquigonkenny

        You say that like 90% of anime being viewed isn’t “illegally ripped” from one source or another…

        Besides, that episode was a planned leak if there ever was one. Before that episode release, there was as much worry going around about the series as there has ever been about any adaptation of a highly respected source. Since? Mostly squeals of joy and calendar watching. If the full HD version of the adaptation is half as good as the incomplete SD ripped one, OPM is going to be HUGE. AOTS? It could be AOTY.

  • September 25, 2015 at 11:39 pmRaiu

    Wow… excited for some bland ecchis this season when MonMusu was not even in the radar of RC bloggers last season. Well, everyone has different tastes. Though it was sad that all RC bloggers seems to frown upon MonMusu when it offered more than your usual ecchi anime notwithstanding the monser girl fetish.

    In other news, Haikyuu hype train full steam ahead.

    And a new Gundam is also nice. And so is Fafner. Season 2 was a big LEAP in animation quality by XEBEC. Can’t believe I survive watching S1 last year.

    Unless the anime make some changes, Owari no Seraph will be boring AF based on what I read on the source.

    And only 1 JC staff anime this season and no Lerche? Whoa!!!

  • September 26, 2015 at 2:36 amRS456

    Definitely a better season than last season. There are a few definite to watch series with a few most likely and a lot of maybe. Last season was a lot of maybe and 1 or 2 definite and no most likely.

  • September 26, 2015 at 7:55 amStyx

    So happy for Noragami sequel is finally HERE!

    Also looks like there are a few interesting shows to have a look at

  • September 26, 2015 at 8:45 amLawson

    Indeed, this season looks rather weak. In fact I feel that last year’s summer season was fantastic. (maybe fall/winter season too but I don’t remember).
    As for Owari no Seraph, I agree that it’s very shounen. But what I like about it is that neither vampires nor humans are good. In fact, I believe we have yet to see the real antagonist in the series. And I’m also watching it because male adults in this anime are sexy.
    Diabolik Lovers, and that other Rejet anime – Many Rejet foreign fans living in Japan think that Rejet has dropped in quality. Be it anime, games, drama cds or music. In fact, the only two things that Rejet should be proud of are it’s two game series – Black Wolves and Ken Ga Kimi. Everything else is crap for middle schoolers.
    Super excited about Noragami, and the original anime.
    And I would still like to look at K the Missing Kings, actually. Not a fan, but I’m very curious what kind of content creators are going to present.
    It’s a pity and even a bit unusual to see no words like “Mushishi” and “sequel” here T^T

    Thank you for notifying about the release of Kyoukai no Kanata movie. I watched it at the cinema and jumped right to KyoAni’s page to preorder the Blu Ray but it’s already been sold out, unfortunately.

  • September 26, 2015 at 9:44 amleatherhead333

    You know as time has gone on I feel myself just mostly looking for sequels to stuff I already liked in the past or just seeking out what’s most anticipated. For the most part I just have a hard time watching every single thing like I used too. Everything just starts to blend together as uninspiring recycled mush. This season is much of the same. Hardly anything really looks interesting. Really looking forward to those harem shows that look about as original as a damn forgery. Wait no I’m not! :D

    Hoping for a decent surprise this season. Maybe it will help me through my “anime burn out” phase =/.

    • October 3, 2015 at 9:06 amElevator

      That’s what being burnt-out means. The same stuff no longer looks as interesting to you as they did a few years ago. Even a few excellent shows won’t change that once they are over. Maybe it’s time to move on.

      As for me, I am just here for cute girls doing cute things.

  • September 26, 2015 at 10:09 amphossil

    Long time since my last comment in the site and now Im comment no. 100. I will need to bookmark these anime shows since Im still catching last season shows. :)

  • September 26, 2015 at 11:13 amMoetron

    I think it would be great if you guy included “source material” in the information table. (manga/LN/original/VN etc.)

    Would be much easier than finding it in the sea of words under the table.

    • September 26, 2015 at 12:09 pmStilts

      Not a bad idea. Granted, I kinda like that the current format forces people to actually READ about each show, rather than shrugging them off by their source (some LN adaptations are good, some originals are shite, etc). But I do like the idea of having all the information here.

      I’ll try to remember to bring it up to the team when everybody can stomach thinking about previews again, nyahaha

    • September 28, 2015 at 12:12 pmgrayne

      excellent idea. would probably be extremely easy/quick/simple to implement as well.

  • September 26, 2015 at 1:08 pmYanDaMan

    I hate to say this but this season…SUCKS.

    Going through the list shown here, theres only 3 series that I’m remotely interested in, both being a second season of previous series, while the only new series that peak my interest is Sakurako-san.

    • September 27, 2015 at 12:03 pmLyfe

      Agreed. I’m looking through this list feeling next to no hype for anything really. I am happy a few shows are back though, like Fafner Exodus. I’ll probably sample a few random shows and if they’re good, stick with them.

  • September 26, 2015 at 2:30 pminfo600

    My mecha edition preview (with a splash of Vitamin RandomC for taste)
    -Continuation / Delayed finishes
    Aquarion Logos (AniDB listed it with 4 more episodes)
    God Eater (more online specials somewhere waiting to be posted on Daisuki.net…)
    Working!!! (1 hour finale?? Count me signed up)

    -Guaranteed
    Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS 2nd Season (can’t blame me for watching it while being confused on EVERYTHING when the animation was THAT good)
    Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans (No questions asked guaranteed.)

    -3 episode acid test
    Comet Lucifer (instead of E7series vibe, it actually reminded me of FRACTALE. No idea why…)

    -on the fence
    World Trigger: Toubousha Hen (can Toei do any worse? I hope not. Cause that’d be terrible…and because I am/was watching WT)
    Fushigi na Somera-chan (??? This might be a special 1-episode acid test.)

    -blog watch
    Lupin The Third (throw me into a hole with a tablet filled with episodes from the previous series, cause I’ve never heard of it until this year’s previews…)
    Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou (Tiger&Bunny? Is that you?)
    One-Punch Man (it’s reputation is the manga isn’t for show…)

    -nopenopenopenopenopenopenope~ *goes off a cliff in fear* (honorable mentions of horror series recommendation will also go here)
    Kowabon

    • September 26, 2015 at 2:50 pminfo600

      …Whoops didn’t notice one more series that should be in the 3-episode acid test: Heavy Object (mecha series? at least show it in the promotional posters!?!), and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Absolute Duo vibe… but sounds better)

  • September 26, 2015 at 4:06 pmEryx01

    Can’t wait for most of these but Mostly excited for this is season 2 of Owari no Seraph, and on my watch list is Rakudai kishi no cavalry, Valkyrie drive, Heavy object, Comet Lucifer, Concrete Revolutio: Choujoin Gensou, Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai, Onepunch Man, OVA`s for both STrike the Blood & Tokyo ghoul: Jack I`most excited for.

  • September 26, 2015 at 8:02 pmAnza

    Okay so seriously, WATCH FREAKING FAFNER!! Catch up and watch the original series, the movie, and the first season of Exodus, IT IS BLOODY AMAZING. Exodus was hands down the best anime I watched last year and it bothers me to absolutely no end that so few people actually watched it. Episode 9 of Exodus was one of my favorite episodes of any anime EVER and the way that the season ended I still have freaking goosebumps about.

    WATCH IT ALREADY ALL OF YOU!!!

    • September 28, 2015 at 12:13 pmgrayne

      not going to, but +1 for your zeal

  • September 26, 2015 at 8:30 pmsealouse

    Damn. How did I miss the release of the K movie? Someone should have blogged about it. Anyways if the second season is even half as good as the movie was (production-wise anyways) then we’re in for a treat.

  • September 26, 2015 at 10:30 pmArisu

    Is Aria the Avvenire being left out is… intentional?
    Aria got 3 special OVAs this year.

    • September 26, 2015 at 10:32 pmZephyr

      It’s in the OVA/Movie list.

  • September 27, 2015 at 4:24 amAki-Chan

    K RETURN OF KINGS, Noragami Aragoto, Sakurako-san and The Perfect Insider…that’s this season sorted for me. With the possibility of adding Kowabon and Lance N’Masques to that list as well :) :)

  • September 27, 2015 at 7:11 amaeria

    Sakurako-san, Haikyuu and SnF: Exodus are on my must watch list. Will add a few others after the 3-episodes rule.

  • September 27, 2015 at 11:15 amJason

    Not much pops out for me by looking at the images. I’ll have to wait for the season to start but I’m definitely going to be watching Heavy Object (I enjoy the Raildex anime and since the source material is from the same author I trust it to be good), Owarimonogatari (I still need to watch the most recent Monogatari anime but I plan on watching all of them) and the new Gundam series (I’ve made it a point to try and watch every series since 00 provided they have official subs and can hold my interest). I’ve heard good things about One Punch Man so I might check that out too if I hear the anime adaptation is good.

  • September 27, 2015 at 11:50 amLyfe

    The fall 2015 season is possibly the most underwhelming anime season of 2015. There’s only like a handful of must watch shows on that list, and that’s being generous. The Winter 2015/16 season looks so much better for shows. Oh well.

  • September 28, 2015 at 8:32 amserv

    too much sequels and homoshit

  • September 28, 2015 at 6:02 pmTitanAnteus

    Guys. I always look forward to your previews. Like seriously, it’s like… the definitive feeling that we’ve moved on to the next season when I see your previews.

    That being said, I know you guys give everything a shot, but I’d like to urge you early on to try and look at every anime objectively.

    I know a lot of commenters are going, “this season is going to be shit cause haremshit and homoshit” but I kid you not, all the light novel adaptations they’ve picked are interesting (Yes even ojou-sama gakuen. It’s fregin hilarious.)We’ve got a musical for gods sakes.

    This season, will turn out to be objectively better than summer. I don’t think I’m biased either, even though, I’ve already been privy to the source materials of most of the stuff, including the manga adaptations, but yeah… there’s lots of good shows. The low expectations list + hidan no aria AA are the only shows I foresee not being interesting.

    • September 28, 2015 at 6:31 pmStilts

      If you’re speaking to us writers, I wouldn’t worry too much. We usually try to damn with faint praise even if stuff doesn’t light our fires, but we always give things a shot. We watch too much anime to write things off immediately : )

  • September 28, 2015 at 8:26 pmEmictavice

    @Passerby Will there be a summary post for Cinderella Girls Season 2 once it ends? There are a lot of strong/intense opinions surrounding the second cour, and I’m curious as to what the people here at randomc think about the show.

    • September 30, 2015 at 5:08 amPasserby

      I did intend something like that. It’ll happen. Probably.

  • September 29, 2015 at 11:05 amGabriel

    thanks for the previews RC!!

  • October 1, 2015 at 6:10 amkerfirou

    My pick of the Season :

    -Heavy Object.
    Its a show about infantry duos going against Gundam with only rifle & C4 equivalent…..And winning. Multiple times. As usual, the protagonist is Badass normal…..or Badass Demolition expert & Radar Analyst. Of which the Radar analyst later on was commented on has been having enough skills to match Special Forces due to all their misadventures. Despite by the meaning of his jobs he should be doing desk works. Definitely Watch. Also, a lot of lolis.

    -Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
    I watched the original Utawarerumono. No way I’m missing this.
    -Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans
    Gundam, enough said. I’m rather wary, though, reconguista doesn’t do good enough for me.
    -Comet Lucifer
    Hey, original works. Always open for those ones.

    -OPM
    Well, lets see how good it was translated into an anime.

    -Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
    Having read it, the story is actually pretty good, and quite different from other magical fantasy harem action anime, mostly due to the fact the the MC have an imouto and……quite devoted to her. Yeah, let’s go with that.

  • October 1, 2015 at 3:38 pmphenolphthalein

    ctrl+ f: Matsuoka

    No matches.

    Is this the real life?

  • October 2, 2015 at 6:13 amAnon

    Sakurako-san description is wrong. They aren’t a couple.

  • October 4, 2015 at 5:48 amWorldwideDepp

    @Heavy Object | ヘヴィーオブジェクト

    Since there is no Entry for this Anime, i do it here.

    Dear Script writer. How old are you and how old you thing the Spectators are, too?

    This Sleepyhead mess up the Belt thing, and the Pilot is about to “die” (Precious Pilot out of all), and what he do? Panic about touching her Boobs. Seriously, really? Imagine, if in GATE they all forget the Dragon and look at the naked Elf in their Gar. The Soldier will not fire the Bazooka, the Soldiers not firing at the Eye..

    I found this “badly timing” joke even in the latest Gundam out of place, a Girl holding on her bed for not falling to their death, and they play “do not show your sexy butt to my Friend!!” Joke? seriously, really?

    Get your points together, are you an Mecha Show about giant Balls of them, or pre-teen puberty joke failure Anime?

    Seriously, this Panic attack risk killing their Gigant Elite Pilot, and what would happen then? Oh, we get more on stand-by so do not worry, Anime show. We can keep rolling out

    These kind of Jokes are old generation, or for puberty Kids. But not fitting in this setting of the World

    Episode 1 of 3

    Bad, just about this Panic attack of Boobs, if greater then save her life.. As if you refuse to give an CPR and ashamed of kissing…

    Please fix this ASAP

  • October 4, 2015 at 7:05 amWorldwideDepp

    @Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry | 落第騎士の英雄譚

    A really good first Episode for the Start

    The Mix is okay, this Ramen soup can become delicious over time for me.

    Solid first Episode for me.

    Episode 1 of 3

    Passed without Problems

    • October 4, 2015 at 7:09 amWorldwideDepp

      …But….

      The ED has to much Blood colors. i wonder if my stomach will handle the Future path they take..

      Naruto’s Lee teaching an “i wanna break out of this Golden Genius Cage” Flame Girl, the World of “Pain”?

      So.. it’s is not written in Stone. Let’s see if they do not make this into an Blood gore mess thing

  • October 4, 2015 at 8:23 amWorldwideDepp

    @Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans | 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ

    Solid first Episode for me.
    A fresh Wind, where Child Soldiers aka Slaves, are not used as Meat Shields. And begin to have an own Will.
    Yes, a mix of Gundam and Aldhona.Zero (The Princess). But we have here nearly the same Pilot from Aldhona.Zero.. same emotionless.. Looks like he had an capable Leader..
    This Anime blow a new fresh Wind into Gundam Universe. Where the Pilots are also important and not only the Shiny Mechas

    Episode 1 of 3
    Passed.. Lucky, they did not show us an Slaughter Party, i feared at the Start

  • October 5, 2015 at 12:52 pmsavofenno

    Many here says this season is bad, and they will not watch many titles. How can they say so before they have seen at least 3-4 episodes? Arrogant attitude!

    And i think summer season was very good. What narrow and limited taste some people have!

  • October 8, 2015 at 8:10 amiron2000

    Nice! Quite a few in the mystery genre :)
    But I’m still lagging behind much :P

  • October 11, 2015 at 6:38 amWorldwideDepp

    So 1 Week has passed, since the New Season has begun. And i want to share my List of Animes i am watching of the New ones

    Hackadoll the Animation:
    The Character Design, their behavior and Humor, in Short, that’s Trigger Style for me (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia). But sadly i do not like Mystery or Horror, so i pass on them

    Heavy Object:
    The World build is good, the first Episode was not the “Burner” for me, but the 2nd looks Promising

    Gakusen Toshi Asterisk & Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry:
    Both are Brothers with their First Episode for me. But with 2nd Episode they begin to walk their own Path of telling their Story. One goes for the Battles and Mystery (Asterik) and one for the Social bonding and Fights (Cavalry). I like both so far, so looks Promising for both to grown up on their own

    Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen:
    Even if i know the Original older one, and still have the Backbone of its Story inside my Mind. I still enjoying this one. I know the Secret behind this “Curse”, i know the Background of our MC and his Weakness, and know the Secret behind the first Pictures with the Night Sky and its Stars. But i still enjoy the V2.0 of this “reboot” for me (Yeah, i know its years later and from the Game. But how inspired the Game in first Place? the Original Anime?)

    Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans:
    An Mecha Anime that i begin to like the World building. The Persons behind this “Shiny Mechas” (Heroism of the Mechas was a bit over edge in the Past). The Bond here of the Humans behind this Machine, keep me hooked.

    Comet Lucifer:
    These mix of Vibes from others Show, get me Hooked. Letter Bee is also included. World building is interesting for me. Looks promising

    Dance with the Devils:
    The Female MC, seems to have a Strong Will/Ego like our Akatsuki no Yona-chan. But not necessary have Red Hair. First Episode my me curious, lets see how it develop

    Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai:
    This Show was at first not on my Watch list, but a Posting here on RC made me curious, and i watched it and found it Promising. It has some Joke attitude at the beginning, but hide an Serious undertone in the end, that made me curious. If this Guy can calm the Hatred of this Girl

    Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka S2:
    It is back, the Show where you can Enjoy it’s Moe of Coffee and Sweet things, an Stress reliever Anime Paradise. Welcome back, i missed you

    Noragami Aragato:
    I dunno, perhaps i give it a Try. because Season one did pass on me, and Season 2 looks like it has more warmth i missed in first Season. Let’s see in how it develops.

    Summary:
    This is a piece of my Mind, and not an Order to watch. You should watch what your heart like, and not just for the Hype and to be Cool, even if you do not touch you

    p.s.:
    I just hope, i did not made my usually Typos so far. i really put my effort this time into this. Thank you for reading

    • October 21, 2015 at 10:02 amWorldwideDepp

      @Dance with Devils

      Episode 03:

      Looks like this Anime is more an Musical with a bit Love story, and play around with Devils?. Yeah, Musical, where the girl is somehow lost in between.

      We did get a glimpse that Rem, seems to like her. But thats all. She is also begin to get the truth about Nii-san, but still do not suspect the Devils. Mothers pendant the Curse breaker. Save the day again. but what will happen, when the Pendant runs out of Power? Like she swap the inside all week?

      oh, well. Also, this Show is more an Musical, and perhaps directed to Otome fans. So this is not my cup of tea

      But, i wish you all luck on your Way. the art is good

  • October 15, 2015 at 4:12 pmswa

    Woohoo, nice Agent Orange spraying in that Young Black Jack opening.