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Fall 2014 Preview!

Say good-bye to the hot summer temperatures with a refreshing fall breeze and a slew of new anime for your viewing pleasure. There are some big hitters making their triumphant return, like Fate/stay night diving into its Unlimited Blade Works route and Log Horizon starting its second season. Some crazy slice-of-lifes making their fall debut include the mermaid-related Ore no Furo Jijou and the Akiba based bookstore Denki-Gai no Honya-san. There’s also a bunch of your typical fare to fill in the cracks, like Kyoto Animation’s slapstick drama Amagi Brilliant Park, a Sunrise original called Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo, A-1 pictures’ part-medieval part-shounen Nanatsu no Taizai, a high school based fantasy known as Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de from Studio Trigger, and Studio Ghibli’s first foray into television with Sanzoku no Musume Ronja. One’s taste in anime can be really subjective, but I think this season’s offerings provide enough for anyone to find something they’ll like. So what are you waiting for? Start scrolling!

 

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. As always, remember that these reflect our own subjective excitement level for each show, and 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 ancient era of 2012, previews were done by a single writer, Divine. Unfortunately, none of the current writers are as crazy awesome as him, so we’ve divvied up the the process among our staff (Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Stilts, Takaii, our tech guy Xumbra, Zanibas, and Zephyr) in order to maintain the quality of this preview. As always, 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 towards 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.

 

P.S. From Takaii: Once again, a huge thank you to the entire staff at RandomC for helping out with the preview. Without everyone’s consolidated effort, we probably wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. Also, for anyone looking for a second opinion, don’t forget to check out LiA’s Fall Preview, completely written by Enzo himself. And finally, a special thank you to all of you for continuing to support Random Curiosity. I really mean this — you are the best. Without you, there’s no us!


TV Series


Technical Note: The chart below is ordered by the date and time that the shows premiere. The links in the schedule will take you to a series’ corresponding entry and the “Top” links on the right will bring you back. You can also use the back/forward buttons in your browser to jump between links you’ve clicked. All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For instance, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
World Trigger
6:30 EX (10/5)
Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS
22:30 SUN (10/6)
Akatsuki no Yona
23:00 AT-X (10/7)
Gundam Build Fighters Try
18:00 TX (10/8)
Denki-gai no Honya-san
22:30 MX (10/2)
TERRAFORMARS
24:30 MX (9/26)
Log Horizon 2
17:30 NHK (10/4)
Nanatsu no Taizai
17:00 MBS (10/5)
Orenchi no Furo Jijou
23:54 BS11 (10/6)
Trinity Seven
25:40 TV (10/7)
Hi sCoool! Seha Girl
22:00 ANIMAX (10/8)
SHIROBAKO
23:30 MX (10/9)
Selector Spread WIXOSS
25:05 MX (10/3)
Magic Kaito 1412
17:30 ytv (10/4)
Grisaia no Kajitsu
20:30 AT-X (10/5)
Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
25:35 TX (10/6)
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
24:30 MX (10/8)
Gundam Reconguista in G
24:00 MBS (10/2)
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
25:35 TX (10/3)
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
19:00 NHK (10/11)
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
22:00 MX (10/5)
Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
26:05 TX (10/6)
Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
25:05 MX (10/8)
PSYCHO-PASS 2
24:50 CX (10/9)
Donten ni Warau
26:28 NTV (10/3)
Bonjour: Koiaji Patisserie
19:00 Niconico (10/11)
Sora no Method
22:30 MX (10/5)
Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
25:29 NTV (10/8)
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
25:00 TVS (10/2)
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
20:00 AT-X (10/4)
Gugure! Kokkuri-san
25:05 TX (10/5)
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
25:20 CX (10/9)
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
20:30 AT-X (10/4)
Girlfriend (Kari)
25:35 TX (10/12)
Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.
25:33 TBS (10/9)
Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works
24:00 MX (10/4)
Amagi Brilliant Park
26:03 TBS (10/2)
Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season
24:30 MX (10/18)
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
26:34 MBS (10/16)
Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
25:30 MX (10/4)

* Jump to OVA/Movies.
** Ai Tenchi Muyou! airs every day Monday to Friday at 21:55 MX (10/6).

TERRAFORMARSTop
http://www.terraformars.tv/
Animation: LINDENFILMS Premiere: September 26, 2014
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 24:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @_terraformars or #terraformars

Preview by Zephyr

Tasked with enabling humans habitation on Mars, 21st century scientists devised a cost-efficient (albeit slow) method of terraforming the planet by introducing cockroaches and mold. Five hundred years later, the year is 2577, and the transformation is complete. A manned crew is sent to eliminate the roaches and pave the way for humanity’s migration, but upon their arrival, they realize that the roaches are no longer the ones they left behind. Now two meters tall, humanoid in form, and possessors of immense strength, they wipe out the crew–but not before they manage to send an emergency transmission back to Earth. Years later, humanity returns once again, armed with a new group of genetically enhanced warriors. Based on the immensely popular 2013 Manga Taisho Award nominee, this adaptation is being produced by LINDENFILMS (Aiura, Senyuu.), led by Hamasaki Hiroshi (Steins;Gate, Texhnolyze).

Oh, evolution, how does it work? Essentially a mixture of Bug Wars and Starship Troopers, TERRAFORMARS focuses on the demolition of giant humanoid cockroaches and delivers with all the exploding bug guts, death, and destruction a premise like this demands. It’s a rather ridiculous story, but it’s extremely entertaining and possesses a bit of intrigue with its plot lines about evolution and the world itself. It remains to be seen if the latter developed to its full potential–I only previewed the first few chapters–and I’m not sure how LINDENFILMS will do with its first non-short TV production, but this should be worth watching (if only for the entertainment value and Hamasaki Hiroshi’s involvement). Whether you should watch this show depends on whether you like this sort of premise. If you’re squeamish when it comes to large bugs running all of the place, and if you’re sensitive to elements that some viewers may construe as racist, you may be better off passing on this series for something else.

Watching This: Stilts, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Denki-gai no Honya-san | デンキ街の本屋さんTop
http://umanohone.jp/
Animation: Shin-Ei Animation Premiere: October 2, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 22:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_denkigai or #denkigai

Preview by Takaii

Have you ever wondered what life would be like working in a bustling bookstore located smack dab in (most likely) Akiba? Well wonder no longer! Denki-gai no Honya-san is the story of a high school kid named Umi (Ohsaka Ryota) and his struggle to survive at his grueling workplace. Between trying to deal with his rowdy coworkers – with nicknames like Sensei, The Director, and Zombie Girl – to periodic inspections from government workers whose sole job is to check that all the ero-hons or PORNOS are labeled and sealed properly, Umi definitely has his work cut out for him.

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten this excited for a show after researching it. I’m completely in love with everything the manga has shown me, and I’m really hoping its unique charm doesn’t get lost in translation. From the art style to the Seitokai-levels of dirty humor, I had to restrain myself from reading too much. If I had to pick my favorite character, it would be a close battle between Umi and Hio (Takamori Natsumi). With the former being the straightman for just about everyone and the latter ending up in hilariously awkward situations (like rampantly running around yelling that she loves porn), there’s more than enough reason to like them both! All in all, if you’re looking for a quirky slice-of-life that’ll get you laughing, this show should definitely be on your list.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken | 旦那が何を言っているかわからない件Top
http://www.dreamcreation.co.jp/danna/
Animation: Seven Premiere: October 2, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:00
Episodes: 13 Station: TVS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_danna

Preview by Passerby

Being a nerd is serious business in Japan, and Tsunashi Hajime (Suzumura Kenichi) is as otaku as they get: he makes his living blogging, gets worked up about video games, and sings only anime songs at karaoke. The only anomaly: he’s happily married, and to someone who’s nothing like him. Tsunashi Kaoru (Tamura Yukari) is a straight-talking, chain-smoking pragmatist with a stable office job, and she’s completely unfamiliar with her husband’s world. Not that that she doesn’t try. The story of Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken is the story of one woman boldly going where no one (sane) has gone before: cohabitation with a raving, shameless, internet-based organism. There is no Rosetta Stone for this. She’ll need to learn the language through trial and error alone. Does she succeed? Only for certain definitions of success. But it’s cute to watch her struggle nonetheless. This series will be comprised of 13 five-minute episodes.

If anything, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken has its target audience completely pinned down. It’s about otaku and for otaku, and if you’re not in tune with that culture (or at least the stereotypes surrounding that culture), you’re probably not going to get it. The humour of this fish-out-of-water comedy is, for the most part, parody, something for nerds to laugh at their own idiosyncrasies. The rest is wish fulfilment, the dream that there are those out there who are entirely accepting of whatever strange person you are deep down. The idea of the otaku, personally shunned and socially reviled, actually attracting a mate is as amusing as it is fascinating. And I suppose on some level the entire thing is a model for human interaction as a whole: the need to cross barriers, to find compromise, and to treasure what’s unique in each other. You don’t need to be a hardcore geek to appreciate Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken in that way.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
Amagi Brilliant Park | 甘城ブリリアントパークTop
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/amaburi/
Animation: Kyoto Animation Premiere: October 2, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:03
Episodes: 13 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @amaburiANIME or #amaburi

Preview by Passerby

Based on a light novel of the same name, Amagi Brilliant Park marks the second time writer Gatoh Shouji has collaborated with Kyoto Animation to bring one of his original works to the screen. The story features misanthropic narcissist Kanie Seiya (Uchimaya Kouki) getting on with his generic high school life, until one day a mysterious transfer student Sento Isuzu (Kakuma Ai) threatens him, at gunpoint, to go on a date with her to the titular theme park. There Seiya meets self-proclaimed princess Latifa Fleuranza (Fujii Yukiyo), who assigns him a quest: take management of the park and attract 100,000 customers in two weeks. Unfortunately, Amagi Brilliant Park is but a decrepit remainder of the economic bubble from a previous century. Success will take nothing short of a miracle.

Having had just a peek at the original source, Amagi Brilliant Park seems very different from what we’ve come to expect from Kyoto Animation, or at least its modern incarnation. Sure, comedy has always been in KyoAni’s genetic blueprint, but the apparent harem antics? Not so much these days. This may be a good thing because Gatoh Shouji’s Full Metal Panic!, which has had no new anime in eight years and counting, also does not fit into KyoAni’s current mold. Not that I expect Amagi Brilliant Park to also be a sci-fi mecha romp–far from it–but it does evoke some of that old KyoAni flair. For those clamouring for more FMP this may be as close, spiritually, as we’re going to get, especially with veteran director Takemoto Yasuhiro also on board. On my part, KyoAni has not really impressed since Hyouka, and what do you know, Gatoh was also involved there (with Takemoto), albeit in the (important) role of series composition. The evidence mounts: whenever the two collaborate, in whatever capacity, only good things happen. Amaburi promises to at least be something different, but I have faith it will turn out to also be something worth watching.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Gundam Reconguista in G | ガンダム GのレコンギスタTop
http://www.g-reco.net/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 2, 2014
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at
Episodes: Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @gundam_reco or #gレコ

Preview by Zephyr

Gundam is back and so is original creator Tomino Yoshiyuki. After nearly 10 years, Tomino returns to the scene as writer and director of Gundam Reconguista in G, a series made to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary and “give children of Gundam fans a series to enjoy.” Set in a new era known as the Regild Century (R.C.), Reconguista takes place after the Universal Century (U.C.), a time of human prosperity and world peace, symbolized by a space elevator known as The Capital Tower. The year is now R.C. 1014, and space pirates wielding a unique mobile suit known as the G-Self suddenly launch an attack on the Capital Tower. As a Capital Tower Guard trainee, pilot Bellri Zenam (Ishii Mark) deploys in response to the threat, successfully fending off the attack and capturing the G-Self in the process. Upon doing so, he meets the G-Self’s pilot: Rayhunton Aida (Shimamura Yuu). Stirred on by inexplicable feelings for a pilot he’s never met and for a mobile suit he should know nothing about, Bellri suddenly finds himself piloting the G-Self, starting a series of events that will reveal Bellri’s destiny and change the Regild Century forever.

Considering how Gundam Unicorn recently put a wrap on the Universal Century, Gundam Reconguista in G couldn’t have come at a better time. The first main line Gundam TV series since Age in 2012, Recongista arrives amid much fanfare as the franchise’s celebratory 35th anniversary work, and it comes with the added treat of original creator Tomino Yoshiyuki helming a Gundam series for the first time in nearly a decade. This is a Gundam series in every sense of the word, and despite the “children of Gundam fans” focus, I would say this qualifies as a must watch for all fans of the franchise. Ultimately, it’s a brand new story set in a brand new timeline, and it’ll be nice to see how it ends up while we wait for the imminent arrival of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Origin OVA. The fact that it’s oriented to new viewers also makes this a good access point to first-time Gundam viewers, although it’s no substitute for actually watching the franchise’s previous iterations.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Selector Spread WIXOSSTop
http://selector-wixoss.com/
Animation: J.C. Staff Premiere: October 3, 2014
Genre: Psychological Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:05
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @selector_anime or #selector_anime

Preview by Zanibas

The second season of suffering continues for the players of WIXOSS after only a one-season break! The Madoka-esque show continues as Kominato Ruuko (Kakuma Ai) attempts to decipher the flurry of events that ended the first season. With Urasoe Iona (Seto Asami) as Ruuko’s LRIG and Tama (Kuno Misaki) nowhere to be found, Ruuko must continue to unravel the secrets of the card game WIXOSS, whose purpose and ultimate goal is still shrouded in mystery. Joined by her LRIGified friend Kurebayashi Yuzuki (Sakura Ayane) and Uemura Hitoe (Kayano Ai), the trio will unveil the madness behind the diabolical card game, as well as the secret behind Iona’s wish.

With struggles of unrequitted love, friendship, and denying one’s potential, all wrapped in a manipulative contractual situation, Selector Spread WIXOSS has earned a label of J.C. Staff’s Madoka Magica in certain circles. Despite the flack, the show has become infamous for its constant flood of despair on every character, as well as extending the series one season longer than its spiritual predecessor. Fans of the first season should be excited to see the second season come out with all the loose ends that the cliffhanger left. Considering the decent job J.C. Staff did with season one, I expect season two to be on the same level of quality. This isn’t your Yu-gi-Oh! card game, this is psychological drama thanks to a card game.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Garo: Honoo no Kokuin | 牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印-Top
http://garo-project.jp/ANIME/
Animation: Mappa Premiere: October 3, 2014
Genre: Action, Horror Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:35
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_garo or #anime_garo

Preview by Zanibas

A kingdom is in turmoil. With a witch-obsessed advisor in control of the country while its king ails, the crown prince, Alfonso san Valiante (Nomura Katsuhito) seeks the power of the Gold Knight to aid his quest to retake the throne. His search leads him to Leon Lewis (Namikawa Daisuke), a young Makai Knight, adpoted son of Lewis Herman (Horiuchi Kenyuu) and biological son of the a late Makai Priestess. Although a capable fighter, Leon is unstable due to his mother’s death, and can lose control whenever memories of her arise. Perhaps this is why a fellow Makai Priestess Emma Guzman (Park Romi) distrusts the Makai Knights and has her own agenda concerning the country. Together, these unlikely four come together to fight demons, save a country, and make peace with their pasts.

Honoo no Kokuin is the latest production of the prolific Garo franchise. Focusing mainly on horror, drama, and demonic folklore, the series will weave a story independent of the main franchise, yet borrowing the same feel as its predecessors. Since the series hails from a show that heavily used CGI and special effects, its no surprise that the anime will also feature such techniques. The quality of animation should be good with studio MAPPA, whose work on Hajime no Ippo: Rising and Zankyou no Terror has turned out well. Notable staff and cast include series composer Kobayashi Yasuko, as well as seiyuu Park Romi and Namikawa Daisuke. If Japanese folklore mixed with European medieval elements sounds up your alley, this might be a title to watch out for.

Watching This: Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Donten ni Warau | 曇天に笑うTop
http://www.dontenniwarau.com/
Animation: Doga Kobo Premiere: October 3, 2014
Genre: History, Action Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 26:28
Episodes: 12 Station: Nippon TV (NTV)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @donten_pr or #donten

Preview by Kairi

In the early Meiji period, carrying swords in public was prohibited by the government. Samurai suddenly found that they no longer had a place in society and many became outraged. As a result, crime rates shot up and there was a need for further policing and detention. A small island on a lake, containing a massive tree, became the country’s most fortified and inescapable prison. Three brothers, the heirs to the Kumo family, were assigned the duty of catching and ferrying criminals to this prison. However, things in this lake town, and the Kumo brothers themselves, may not be all they seem.

Another historical shoujo, Donten ni Warau leans even further to the dark side of the spectrum than the other shoujo offerings. The manga is popular enough and the story intriguing, if mysterious in some ways. The Kumo brothers seem at first like shoujo tropes all around, from their bishounen looks to their rather flamboyant style, but that isn’t really a detriment here. In fact, the art in the manga is quite pretty, and hopefully we can see the adaptation take advantage of that. In terms of plot, it’s hard to determine early on just what kind of series this is, but it does have quite a lot of action, spiritual magic, and fairly good characters. The first part of the manga focuses on the middle Kumo brother, Soramaru Kaji Yuuki), and his dream of becoming useful to and acknowledged by his older brother, though we do see quite a few dark threads beginning to unravel in the background.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Log Horizon 2 | ログ・ホライズン 第2シリーズTop
http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/loghorizon/
Animation: Studio DEEN Premiere: October 4, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 17:30
Episodes: 25 Station: NHK
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @nhk_loghorizon or #loghorizon

Preview by Stilts

Touno Mamare’s MMORPG fantasy Log Horizon 2 is back for a second season. When the twelfth expansion of the global hit MMO Elder Tale launched, thirty thousand Japanese gamers (and several hundred thousand worldwide) found themselves sucked into the PC game’s world. Forced to deal with their complicated new reality, the adventurers of Akihabara banded together to form the Round Table Alliance, led by master strategist and “Villain in Glasses” Shiroe (Terashima Takuma). Together they tamed Akiba and formed strong alliances with the People of the Land. Now a real villain has appeared, and Shiroe – along with his guild Log Horizon, which includes the cheerful tank Naotsugu (Maeno Tomoaki), the loyal ninja Akatsuki (Kato Emiri), the rapier-wielding werecat Nyanta (Nakata Jouji), and a spate of promising newbies – is leaving Akiba on a new quest that could have major implications for their new reality.

Log Horizon is the MMORPG anime I always wanted. It’s not just the MMORPG-style classes and magic—though those help suck the viewer in, since so many of us are familiar with tanks, healers, nukers, DPS, etc. It’s that Log Horizon embodies the cooperative nature unique to MMOs; they’re games not of individual heroes, but of groups and guilds. Even someone as powerful as Shiroe can’t do it all alone, and its in the group dynamics that Log Horizon 2 shines. It reminds me of when I played late 90′s / early 2000′s MMOs like Everquest and Dark Age of Camelot, which is fitting because Touno Mamare apparently based Elder Tale off his time playing EQ and EQ2. They had to censor some events during the first season becase of the channel it airs on, but the underlying story remained true, even if there were a few hiccups along the way. It’s an open question whether Elder Tale is a game or another reality, but the show’s feeling is that of an MMORPG through and through. I look forward to more adventures as the boys and girls of Log Horizon leave Akihabara on whatever crazy quest Shiroe has in mind.

Watching This: Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
Magic Kaito 1412 | まじっく快斗1412Top
http://www.ytv.co.jp/magickaito/
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 4, 2014
Genre: Adventure Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 17:30
Episodes: 24 Station: Yomiuri TV (ytv)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Passerby

Before the Kaitou Kid was a recurring rival in Aoyama Goushou’s Detective Conan, he actually had his very own manga series, and it’s finally getting an anime adaptation this fall. Kuroba Kaito (Yamaguchi Kappei) is a young and budding magician whose father died eight years ago under suspicious circumstances. One day he discovers that his father was actually the alter ego of the famed thief and illusionist Kaitou Kid. Kaito decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and don the costume of the Kaitou Kid, carrying on his capers. Of course, this attracts the attention of the law, made doubly awkward by the inspector’s daughter, Nakamori Aoko (Ichimichi Mao), also being Kaito’s nominal love interest. And thus begins Kaito’s routine—operate as a professional jewel thief, evade capture, and conceal his secret identity—all while trying to uncover the mystery surrounding his father’s death.

If a manga can ever be considered a cultural icon, then Detective Conan is one. It has a significant local and international presence, and has been going for a good twenty years and counting. Magic Kaito is of an even older pedigree—older, by now, than its target audience. That makes it slightly dated—it’s like something from the Silver Age of manga—but still evidently loved. Aoyama adds chapters to it between pumping out more Detective Conan, and the two have crossed paths enough for Magic Kaito to almost be a spin-off of Conan, despite its seniority. Indeed, Magic Kaito has already appeared in anime form as Detective Conan specials, so one can consider this season’s offering a remake of sorts. The thought of remaking the anime of an old manga may bring to mind Sailor Moon Crystal—they’re even bringing back the original seiyuu for the main role!—and one can make of that what they will. But A-1 Pictures usually gives their adaptations a fair bit of respect (and a respectable budget), so there’s no reason to not be positive. Fans of Aoyama Goushou’s works are probably obligated to watch Magic Kaito 1412. Even if you’re not one, something so closely connected to a Japanese cultural icon is definitely worth a look.

Watching This: Passerby Expectation Level: Established
Madan no Ou to Vanadis | 魔弾の王と戦姫Top
http://www.madan-anime.jp/
Animation: Satelight Premiere: October 4, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 20:00
Episodes: Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @madan_anime or #madan_anime

Preview by Stilts

Set in (fictional) Western Europe during a time of war, there lies the nation known as Zhcted. Though ruled by a king, it’s the seven Vanadis of Zhcted, beautiful women who reign over the country’s seven provinces and wield weapons they received from dragons, who strike fear into the hearts of their neighbors. Eleanor “Ellen” Vertalia (Tomatsu Haruka) is one such Vanadis, the silver-haired, red-eyed “Silver Fraulein” who leads a small Zhcted army against neighboring Brune. In the battle that follows, Ellen meets a young earl in the service of Brune, Tigrevurmud “Tigre” Vorn (Ishikawa Kaito). Tigre is an expert archer, and though he is defeated by the Vanadis’ overwhelming power, Ellen chooses to spare his life after witnessing his skills. In exchange, she takes him prisoner and asks him to serve her.

Though the synopsis sounds terminology heavy, the setting really isn’t that complex; it’s medieval Europe, and countries are attacking each other for all the stupid reasons medieval European countries were always fighting (glory, pride, resources, grudges, boredom). But there’s something romantic about the medival setting that draws fantasy authors to it. War is a constant, but it’s not apocalyptic; it’s not a matter of good or evil, it’s just something people do, more a sport than a moral cause. I like how the story gives a realistic view of human aims in a medieval setting, as well as how the Vanadis’ magic is, at least so far, almost mundane. In a good way! Ellen bats arrows out of the sky and can move her sword with a word, but these are presented as the astonishing feats they are, rather than as commonplace as they are in so many other fantasy shows. I also liked Tigre instantly, though when he’s harassed by a bunch of sniveling nobles who think only swords and lances are “proper” weapons, it’s not hard to like the guy who sees the sense in sharpshooting. This is being produced by Satelight, who have a respectable track record with fantasy, and I can say the same about the staff. I don’t know if it will shatter stereotypes or upend expectations, but it’s looking like a solid fantasy series so far.

Watching This: Stilts Expectation Level: Moderate
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete | 失われた未来を求めてTop
http://ushinawareta-mirai.com/
Animation: feel. Premiere: October 4, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 20:30
Episodes: Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @waremete_anime or #waremete_anime

Preview by Passerby

In Uchihama Academy, the student body is busy preparing for their school festival. Their school will soon be moving to a newly constructed building, and this festival is the last to be held at the old campus. All the clubs at Uchihama plan to make it something to remember, but things are going awry. Students report ghosts, mysterious accidents and sudden narcoleptic fits that are plaguing progress at the old building. The Astronomy Club is commissioned to investigate. Akiyama Sou (Terashima Takuma) is a member of this singular group. But he needn’t go out in search of oddities; oddities find him. For example, mysterious transfer student Furukawa Yui (Tomonaga Akane). What are the circumstances behind her sudden and peculiar appearance? How does she know Sou? And why does she want to join the Astronomy Club?

Some of you might recognise Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete by its French title: À la recherche du temps perdu, a direct allusion to an influential (and long) twentieth century novel. This apparent literary underpinning may set it apart from other anime adaptations of visual novels, which tend to be hit or miss. While this one still has that veneer of generic high school romance, there are already indications that it will lead to something more—more than even the hints of supernatural mystery may suggest. If anything, In Search of Lost Time speaks of the themes of its namesake novel: separation, regrets, and ultimately, tragedy. It also forgoes some of the multi-route-pick-a-girl affair for something more linear. Those familiar with the big finales of titles like CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ or Little Busters! Refrain may take heart in this formula. A closer point of comparison, however, may be ef – a tale of memories—a similarly introspective piece that ultimately comes together. We have several visual novel adaptations this season; I would expect Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete to hold its own.

Watching This: Cherrie, Passerby, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade WorksTop
http://www.fate-sn.com/
Animation: ufotable Premiere: October 4, 2014
Genre: Action, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @Fate_SN_Anime or #fate_sn_anime

Preview by Zephyr

Two years after Fate/Zero, ufotable returns to the Fate universe with their first of two Fate/stay night adaptations. Like the original 2006 series, Fate/stay night (2014) focuses on the fifth iteration of the Holy Grail War, which revolves around “Masters” fighting for the Holy Grail, a device said to be capable of granting any wish. To aid in their cause, each Master is allowed to summon a powerful Heroic Spirit, a legendary figure from the past with powers based on his or her achievements. As this adaptation will focus on the Unlimited Blade Works route of the visual novel, the story will revolve around both Tohsaka Rin (Ueda Kana) and fellow schoolmate Emiya Shirou (Sugiyama Noriaki), who ends up caught in a war he knows nothing about. Brought together by circumstance, they fight to survive as they realize the ties of fate that bind them.

I was quite excited upon hearing this series’ original announcement. ufotable’s treatment of Fate/Zero was a sight to behold, and rumors abounded that they would adapt the well-known and much liked Heaven’s Feel route. It didn’t quite work out as anticipated, but the fact that they’re planning to do HF in a separate movie makes it only a slight disappointment, and I’m eager to see how ufotable does things here. It’s surprising that they chose to go the Unlimited Blade Works route over remaking the original series, but it must be said that the events of UBW make it a more enjoyable choice. Whether or not you should watch this depends on your prior experience with the franchise, as those with experience should know what to expect. For those who haven’t experienced Fate/stay night (or the Fate universe overall), it’s a good a time as any to get started on one of the most popular fantasy franchises out there.

Watching This: Cherrie, Divine, Passerby, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
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Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo | クロスアンジュ 天使と竜の輪舞Top
http://crossange.com/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 4, 2014
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_crossange or #クロスアンジュ

Preview by Zephyr

Adding to Sunrise’s mecha lineup is the new original series Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryu no Rondo. Scheduled as two-cour, Cross Ange is set in a world where humanity has successfully obtained “Mana” technology. Akin to magic, the usage of Mana leads to the creation of an utopian Earth free from wars, starvation, and pollution. It is at this time that Angelize (Mizuki Nana), first princess and heir to the Misurugi Empire, realizes she is in fact a “Norma,” someone incapable of using Mana. In a blink of an eye, Angelize loses everything and becomes an outcast, shunned by society. A fateful meeting brings her together with a group of Norma girls, whom she joins in their fight against dragons from another dimension. Wielding the humanoid weapon “Barameiru,” Ange fights to survive in a world that discarded her, hoping to find something she can believe in.

Here we go again. Sunrise is doing what they do best and adding a dragon’s touch while they’re at it. The premise is a bit generic, but the animation quality is bound to be high, and it’s great to see Mizuki Nana back in not only a main role, but also the singer for series’ OP. More Mizuki Nana is always a good thing in my book, but the jury’s still out on a series that interests me with its all-female cast–a rarity, considering the genre. Don’t get me wrong, the cast’s pedigree is anything but lacking, including Koshimizu Ami, Kitamura Eri, Kuwashima Houko, and Ishihara Kaori, but the blatant use of their pilot suits as fanservice has me tempering my expectations, as is the general lack of directorial experience from Ashino Yoshiharu. I think the safest bet here is to consider it your general Sunrise affair. It’ll likely be worth watching for fans of the genre, but it’s hard to tell whether there’s any significant appeal besides that plus its status as an original series.

Watching This: Cherrie, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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World Trigger | ワールドトリガーTop
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/wt/
Animation: Toei Animation Premiere: October 5, 2014
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays 6:30
Episodes: Station: TV Asahi (EX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Takaii

Part Sci-Fi and part AWESOME, World Trigger (or WaTori for short) is the story of the defenders of Mikado City and their constant struggle against creatures known as Neighbors. Four years ago, a portal to an alternate dimension opened and out emerged monsters that completely wrecked the eastern part of the city. With traditional weaponry proving useless against this new foe, a mysterious group known as Border appeared with weaponry known as Triggers that dealt with the new threat. Fast forward to the present where the people of Mikado City have returned to their daily lives with the help of Border and their defense grid that suppresses new portals from opening, you’d think everything’s peachy. That is, until a mysterious humanoid neighbor named Kuga Yuuma (Muranaka Tomo) appears with his special Black Trigger.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too hyped about this show after simply reading its plot. I mean, how many times have you heard about a show that incorporates a mysterious threat that can’t be dealt with without special weaponry? Luckily the source material seems to downplay the whole catastrophic mess part in favor of giving you a super enjoyable story. Blending intense action scenes with a good amount of humor, and tossing in a few tsunderes for fun, everything about this show oozes shonen awesomeness. I’m a big fan of main character duos who grow off of one another, and Mikumo Osamu (Kaji Yuki) (the level headed one) and Kuga Yuuma (the OP one) don’t disappoint. So if you’re looking for a fun show that blends some sci-fi elements with the fairly grand shonen style fights, you won’t go wrong with WaTori.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Nanatsu no Taizai | 七つの大罪Top
http://www.7-taizai.net/
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 5, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays 17:00
Episodes: Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @7_taizai or #七つの大罪

Preview by Takaii

If you’ve wanted to scratch that medieval/fantasy itch, look no further than Nanatsu no Taizai. Taking place in the nation of Britannia, Nanatsu no Taizai, or the Seven Deadly Sins, were a group of seven powerful knights who were suspected of plotting to overthrow the king. After being disposed of by the King’s Holy Knights, all that was left were rumors of the members being in hiding. Years later, the King himself has been overthrown and killed by those very same Holy Knights. As the knights begin their tyrannical rule, the former king’s daughter Princess Elizabeth (Amamiya Sora) barely escapes and embarks on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins, in the hope of removing the Holy Knights from power and recapturing the throne.

I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy, and especially fantasy based in the medieval era. As I read the first few chapters of Nanatsu no Taizai, it slowly dawned on me that the story had the potential to become a really popular shonen anime. The characters are memorable and I wouldn’t hesitate to assume each member of the Seven Deadly Sins has some quirk that matches them to the sin they’re depicted after. On the plot, I love how there’s an air of mystery to the whole thing, even though the story is fairly simple. Toss in the remarkably level-headed main character Meliodas (Kaji Yuki), who’s also pretty epic in his own right, and I think you have all the pieces to turn this show into something really special!

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Takaii, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Grisaia no Kajitsu | グリザイアの果実Top
http://www.grisaia-anime.com/
Animation: 8bit Premiere: October 5, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays 20:30
Episodes: Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Zephyr

Made by Studio 8bit (Tokyo Ravens), Grisaia no Kajitsu is the first of what could be a line of adaptations based on Front Wing’s visual novel trilogy. Led by Tanaka Motoki (creator of the Rewrite VN’s opening sequence) and Kurata Hideyuki (Oreimo, TWGOK), this first installment focuses on the newest arrival at Mihama Academy, Kazama Yuuji (Sakurai Takahiro). In seeking a normal student life, Yuuji joins the five previous inhabitants of the Academy, which was established as a closed learning environment for students with special circumstances. The first and only male student at the school, his arrival may very well be the trigger that allows the academy’s students to overcome their traumatic pasts. That is, if Yuuji himself manages to face his own past, which could be the weightiest one of them all.

Initially announced over a year ago, the arrival of this adaptation comes as a pleasant surprise after I posted about its source material not too long ago. I’m always excited to see a good visual novel receive an adaptation, and there’s much to be said about the series’ interactions and the strength of the cast’s stories once you get into them (more details in the spoiler-free VN retrospective). The problem is, it’s not an easy job to do an adaptation of a series with five distinct stories to tell, and the staff’s lack of anime production experience has me concerned. It’s balanced out by the fact that the visual novel’s original staff is assisting, but that doesn’t change the fact that a proper adaptation of Grisaia no Kajitsu is a tough task, and this could go either way. It probably won’t be a substitute for playing the visual novel, but it’s likely worth a look if the premise and/or my post have you interested.

Watching This: Cherrie, Passerby, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji | オオカミ少女と黒王子Top
http://www.ookamishojo-anime.jp/
Animation: TYO Animation Premiere: October 5, 2014
Genre: Romance, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @ookamishojo_tv or #ookamishojo

Preview by Kairi

Erika Shinohara (Itou Kanae) is a high school student who believes in the power of appearances. Her friends know her as the mature, popular girl, and in keeping with her self-styled personality, she brags about having a hot boyfriend. In reality, however, Erika’s “boyfriend” is just a random guy she snapped a picture of on the street, and she has no more experience with men than most young girls. Unfortunately, Erika’s little white lie ends up backfiring when she finds that her “fake” boyfriend is actually her classmate, and that if she hopes to keep up her appearances, she’ll have to convince this “dark prince”, a sadist, to pretend to be her boyfriend for real.

Unlike most of the other shoujo adaptations on the list this season, Ookami Shoujo is more along the usual lines of the genre. I find that to be less of a perk here, especially since the manga itself lacks the charm or grace of some of the better offerings (Strobe Edge comes to mind). However, the manga does have some comedy to go along with the drama, even if the characters are a bit flat. Erika is pretty much a normal heroine who happens to be a “wolf in disguise”, so to speak, and Kyouya (Sakurai Takahiro) is the classic sadistic (and rather abusive) bishounen. Obviously romance does bloom, and both characters end up genuinely liking each other eventually. It’s worth watching if you prefer simpler and to the point shoujo romances with a bit of comedy on the side.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Sora no Method | 天体のメソッドTop
http://sora-no-method.jp/
Animation: Studio 3Hz Premiere: October 5, 2014
Genre: Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays 22:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @sora_no_method or #sorameso

Preview by Stilts

A new original anime from the creator of Kanon and sola, Sora no Method is the story of five friends who made a wish when they were younger. The wish was realized with a miracle in the form of a disk that hovers above their town. It’s been seven years since then, and Furumiya Nonoka (Natsukawa Shiina) has returned to the “Town of the Disk” after moving away to Tokyo for her father’s work. She’s reunited with her childhood friends, including the mysterious Noel (Minase Inori), a bright and innocent girl who appears to be of elementary school age … and has been since Nonoka left seven years ago.

It’s always hard to know whether an original series will be good, so let’s go over its bona fides first. With script writer and original creator Hisaya Naoki on board, I would expect there to be a mixture of the realistic and the fantastic, and perhaps some tragedy as well. Director Sakoi Masayuki has directed before, but nothing lately and nothing I’ve watched, so I can’t speak to him. This is being produced by Studio 3Hz, a new studio, but it could be made up of industry veterans for all we know. As for the story, they’ve released precious little information so far, and the promo videos aren’t forthcoming. Right now we know there are five childhood friends with varying agendas + a mysterious little girl. It all piques my interest enough that I want to watch the first episode and see exactly what it will be about, but I can’t grab a hold of anything to know whether to suggest it or not. It’s reminding me of Glasslip or Natsuiro Kiseki, with its group of disparate friends and the wonder/miracle element, but I have no idea if that will hold true. We’ll have to wait until the first episode airs to know more, but hopefully it will at least turn out better than the former.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san | 繰繰れ!コックリさんTop
http://www.gugukoku.com/
Animation: TMS Entertainment Premiere: October 5, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays 25:05
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @gugukoku_anime or #gugukoku

Preview by Passerby

Kokkuri is a Japanese table-turning variant once believed to have been a communication with the spirits, but has since fallen out of fashion. That is, until Ichimatsu Kohina (Hirohashi Ryou), an unwaveringly deadpan little girl, performs the ritual with the intent of summoning a spirit. And a spirit she gets, in the form of a white-haired, fox-eared young man. This Kokkuri-san (Ono Daisuke) initially intends to haunt Kohina like a good spirit should, but takes pity on her self-abusive lifestyle in which she subsists only on cup ramen. He is reluctantly roped into Kohina’s surreal lifestyle to serve as an ad hoc housekeeper. But Kohina is hardly going to be satisfied with just one spirit. Expect other supernaturals to join the fun, including creatively named characters like racoon-themed Shigaraki (Nakata Jouji) and dog youkai Inugami (Hirohashi Ryou). And more! Needless to say, hijinks ensue.

4-koma like Gugure! Kokkuri-san do not receive adaptations as often as their normal manga counterparts, perhaps because they do not typically conform to those traditional narrative forms. But Kokkuri-san isn’t the typical 4-koma, and it doesn’t let itself get stuck in the four panel format too rigidly. The stereotypical 4-koma is something of a light-hearted gag roulette, and while Kokkuri-san has that too, there’s some heavy themes about solitude, self-neglect, and societal commentary lurking under the surface. From the looks of it there are plenty of opportunities for black humour, though whether they’ll be fully capitalised on remains to be seen. Not that Kokkuri-san necessarily needs to buck the norm to be good—the staff is surprisingly solid with a seasoned voice cast (lead by Ono Daisuke, still eternally typecasted as good-looking young men). Perhaps the seiyuu talent is indicative of a strong character focus—you don’t need much more than a zany cast forced to interact with each other to produce comedy. If you’re in the mood for laughs from the occult this fall, then Gugure! Kokkuri-san is your ticket.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderate
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Ai Tenchi Muyou! | 愛・天地無用!Top
http://www.ai-tenchi.jp/
Animation: AIC Premiere: October 6, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Monday to Friday at 21:55
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @ai_tenchi or #ai_tenchi

Preview by Takaii

Ai Tenchi Muyou! is another spinoff based in the Tenchi Muyou universe. With Masaki Tenchi (Kikuchi Masami) reprising his role as the male lead, he has to once again deal with some sort of impending disaster caused by none other than the devilish Washu (Kobayashi Yuuko). But in order to prevent it this time around, he must infiltrate a Girls-only school under the guise of a student teacher. For any of us who’ve watched anything Tenchi Muyo before, it should be clear just how rough of a time he’s in for. Oh, and did I mention the show is slated to be 5 minutes long airing every weekday?

For those of you who didn’t grow up in the era of Saturday Morning Cartoons, the original Tenchi Muyo (I’m using original loosely there) that aired on cable television in the states was arguably one of the best anime of the time. It was a little raunchy, tossed in hints of romance here and there, and had an awesome depiction of what technology could be in the future. So when I heard the words “Tenchi Muyo” and “new show” in the same sentence, I was stoked. After doing a bit of research though, I’m not sure how I feel about this upcoming spin-off. Even if you look past the 5-minute nonsense, I can’t help but feel its use as a form of advertising for the city of Takahashi is only going to hurt it. It is Tenchi Muyo though, so you bet I’ll be at least taking a look!

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS | 神撃のバハムート GENESISTop
http://shingekinobahamut-genesis.jp/
Animation: Mappa Premiere: October 6, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 23:30
Episodes: Station: Sun TV (SUN)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @bahamut_genesis or #bahamut_genesis

Preview by Zanibas

Humans, gods, and demons, though drastially different, once banded together to seal their common foe, the dragon Bahamut. The seal to Bahamut could only be opened by a key, which was split into half and split between the gods and demons respectively. All is at peace in the world of Mistarcia for many millenia, until one human disrupts the peace by stealing one half of the key. Amira’s (Shimizu Risa) intentions are unknown, but her path will undoubtedly cross that of Favaro Leone (Yoshino Hiroyuki) and Kaisar Lidfort (Inoue Go), who will find themselves at the crossroads of a battle between gods, demons, and humans once again.

I don’t usually consider myself an action fan, but when I watched the promotional video, I was blown away. Although based on a mobile game, this adaption doesn’t look like a mere “cheap promotional show” with no heart. Although 3D CGI is utilized a fair amount, the amount of detail to the drawings and shading is remarkable. What’s most striking though is the art style, which is very distinct—of all the previews I’ve written this season, this one is the most memorable. It’s no surprise that MAPPA is the animation company, as their recent success with Sakamichi no Apollon and Zankyou no Terror have illustrated. The music is also a great addition to the epic feel of the show—Ike Yoshihiro might not be popular yet, but after this season, he may well be. Overall, I recommend this show to anyone looking for a “sweeping visual fantasy” of epic scale, complete with epically large Shadow of the Collosus scale foes.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Orenchi no Furo Jijou | オレん家のフロ事情Top
http://www.orefuro.jp/
Animation: Asahi Production Premiere: October 6, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 23:54
Episodes: Station: BS11
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @orefuroTV or #orefuroTV

Preview by Takaii

Let me preface this with this statement: this show is going to be absolutely hilarious! Orenchi no Furo Jirou, or the Special Circumstances of my Bathtub, is the story of a typical high school kid named Tatsumi (Shimazaki Nobunaga) and the life he leads after discovering a merman named Wakasa (Umehara Yuuichirou) lying on the side of the beach. Like all sane people, Tatsumi ends up taking Wakasa home and “saves” his life by tossing him into his bathtub full of warm water. To his surprise, Wakasa decides to move into his bathtub, which in turn leads to a bunch of crazy things happening. Things like a half-octopus, half-man with serious handyman skills named Takasu (Suzuki Tatsuhisa) randomly coming over, to his water and gas bill literally quadrupling.

I still can’t get over how much I think I’ll enjoy this show. While I have some serious doubts about how it’ll hold up in the transition from a 4-koma to anime, there’s no doubt in my mind the show will be pure comedic gold. It’s not often you find a comedic duo that works right off the bat, but the contrast between the busybody Tatsumi and the hyperactive Wakasa seems to strike all the right notes whenever they’re within twelve feet of each other. And when they’re not, there are still other elements to hold the story up as it prepares to hit us with another joke. From the mantopus Takasu to the consequences that come with awkwardly high water and gas bills, I think there’s more than enough to keep the jokes flowing.

Watching This: Takaii, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road | 弱虫ペダル GRANDE ROADTop
http://yowapeda.com/
Animation: TMS Entertainment Premiere: October 6, 2014
Genre: Sports, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:35
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @yowapeda_anime or #yp_anime

Preview by Guardian Enzo

What a delight it is to see Yowamushi Pedal achieve the success it so richly deserves (and I so richly predicted). Not only is Yowapeda itself a terrific series, but its popularity got mangaka Watanabe Wataru’s other manga, Majimoji Rurumo, a wonderful anime this past season (and shame on you if you haven’t watched it). Watanabe-sensei is a real talent, a writer of boundless wit and heart, and by all accounts one of the true nice guys in the business.

Content-wise, things should be pretty straightforward here – it’s the much-anticipated third day of the Inter-high, which sees first Hakogaku and then Sohoku having clawed their way back to catch Kyoto Fushimi and the Chimera cyclist, Midousuji-kun. We don’t know if this season will also be three cours, but Yowapeda has proven popular enough (in terms of disc sales and massive merchandising tie-ins) to hope that we might eventually see something close to a complete adaptation of the manga, which is still ongoing. It’s not the staggering monster hit with females that Haikyuu!! and Kuroko no Basuke have been, but it’s a hit nonetheless – and it’s the sports manga that’s perhaps most effectively crossed over to the new audience while still retaining a sizeable chunk of the old. Yowapeda comes as close as any sports anime to bridging the gap between old-school and new-school, but more importantly, it’s simply a blast – a fun, exciting and witty series full of great characters and an unabashed love of cycling.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de | 異能バトルは日常系のなかでTop
http://inou-anime.com/
Animation: Trigger Premiere: October 6, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 26:05
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @inou_pr or #異能バトル

Preview by Passerby

If one were to learn about Japanese society entirely from their entertainment media, one would get the impression that high school in Japan is a very dangerous place. Every student is an alien, a time traveller, or an esper, and they’re called up routinely to save the world as we know it. But in Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de, the members of the literature club (of course it’s the literature club) suddenly gain superpowers, and nothing comes out of it. Kanzaki Tomoyo (Yamazaki Haruka) controls time. Kushikawa Hatoko (Hayami Saori) is an elementalist. Himeki Chifuyu (Yamashita Nanami) creates matter. Takanashi Sayumi (Taneda Risa) is a pseudo-white mage. Andou Jurai (Okamoto Nobuhiko) is a standard loser harem lead. Half a year has passed, but none of them have been scouted to attend a school for mutants or participate in deadly battle royales. Yet. Deep down, the literature club is confident that their physics-defying abilities have a higher cause. The superpower battles will begin any day now! Right?

Adapted from a light novel by Kota Nozomi, Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de does not come off as a satire per se, but does make light of a number of shounen manga tropes. The idea of a bunch of people expecting the Call to Adventure that never comes actually has some depth for exploration, like a cross between Waiting for Godot and those chuuni shows, or a variation on the Suzimiya Haruhi schtick. Whether or not Inou-Battle continues in this direction remains to be seen; the promotional material paints the picture of an unassuming harem comedy. With over-the-top powers, of course. The bit of silliness will make Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de a perfect palate cleanser for those who already consider superpowered high school kids to be mundane.

Watching This: Passerby, Stilts, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Akatsuki no Yona | 暁のヨナTop
http://www.marv.jp/special/yona/
Animation: Studio Pierrot Premiere: October 7, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 23:00
Episodes: Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @yona_anime or #暁のヨナ

Preview by Kairi

Princess Yona, sole heir of the Kouka Kingdom, is raised in luxury and lives in ignorance of the world outside the castle walls. Her father dotes on her, her childhood friend serves her, and she has no worries beyond her attraction to her cousin, the handsome Soo-won, and the annoyance of her unruly red hair. On her 16th birthday, however, everything changes when Yona simultaneously loses everything and becomes a fugitive of her own kingdom. With no one but her bodyguard, Hak, at her side, she flees her pursuers for the relative safety of the outside world where she will have to learn to fend for herself.

On the heels of Pierrot’s adaptation of Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii comes another shoujo manga adaptation. However, Yona has far less in common with Soreseka than it does with Watase Yuu’s shoujo classic Fushigi Yuugi. As a result, Akatsuki no Yona leans a bit more toward the harem side of the spectrum, but it’s no “BroCage” either. It’s an adventure with dark undertones and some light humor on the side, and likes to reflect on Yona’s predicament as a fallen princess. Unfortunately, fans of Soreseka may not be quite as enthralled with this princess, though she’s not exactly a pushover herself. Unlike Nike, she is spoiled and weak at first and has to change to survive. However, she does have an army of shoujo boys ready to dazzle and save the day, and she does undergo vast character development, so if that’s more your style of romance, you should give Akatsuki no Yona a try.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Trinity Seven | トリニティセブンTop
http://trinity-7.com/
Animation: Seven Arcs Pictures Premiere: October 7, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:40
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @TrinitySeven_PR or #トリニティセブン

Preview by Stilts

Kasga Arata (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) leads a normal everyday life … until one day everything changes after he wakes up to a black sun, and a magician appears before him. The black sun was caused by a mysterious disturbance dubbed as the Breakdown Phenomenon, which disintigrated his entire town, including his cousin and childhood friend Kasuga Hijiri (Suwa Ayaka). Arata is saved by the grimoire Hijiri thrusts on him, which temporarily resurrects the town for his benefit. That’s what draws the magician Asami Lilith (Hara Yumi), and eventually gives Arata his ticket to Royal Biblia Academy, a school of magic where he hopes to learn how to resolve the Breakdown Phenomenon and rescue Hijiri from the other world. Waiting in the school are seven beautiful female magic users who might be able to help—the Trinity Seven.

I like this story already! It doesn’t show in the synopsis, but based on the source material it has the potential to be an upper tier fantasy-action harem show. First of all is Arata as the male lead. He’s unabashed about his tastes and perversions, though he’s not goofy about it like Issei. He’s also decisive; this is no wimpy guy who will be pushed around by his harem—he’s going to be the one doing the pushing. But his haremettes are fun too. Some of them start out stereotypical—Lilith is a textbook tsundere to start—but others are quirky from the get-go, either fueling his antics or perpetuating their own. This is the story of a guy who will take a good long look at a naked girl if given the chance, and will enjoy the accidental grope if it happens. But it mixes in some surprisingly serious material in the beginning, and in the manga, it works. The trick will be whether Seven Arcs can balance the tone between serious fantasy-action and silly harem comedy, and that’s a delicate act. Director Nishikiori Hiroshi has experience, though nothing quite like this, and while series composition is being done by Yoshino Hiroyuki, who has Magi, To Aru Majutsu no Index, and Strike the Blood on his resume, he also did series composition for one Guilty Crown, so consider my optimism tempered. If they can balance things well, this could be one of the best fantasy-action harems out there, but I’m going to need to see more evidence before I sing it any more praise.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Gundam Build Fighters Try | ガンダムビルドファイターズトライTop
http://gundam-bf.net/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 8, 2014
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 18:00
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @buildfighters or #g_bf

Preview by Zephyr

A year after the series’ original run, Gundam Build Fighters Try returns with a new cast of characters led by Fumina Hoshino (Makino Yui). The sole remaining member of Seiho Academy’s Gunpla Battle Club, Hoshino finds herself in desperate need of two additional members, as three are now required in order to participate in the national Gunpla tournament. In a chance encounter, Hoshino stumbles upon transfer student Kaimiki Sekai (Togashi Kazumi), who joins the club along with model-building champion Kousaka Yuuma (Uchida Yuuma). In a time where Gunpla Battle has never been more popular and new rules and battle modes are the name of the game, they begin their march to the top, eager to reverse the academy’s decline following Iori Sei’s victory seven years ago.

While I didn’t watch the original series, I heard good things about its entertainment value and how it’s essentially a celebration of the kits that formed the basis of many fans’ childhoods. The director may have changed–Watada Shinya of the Gundam AGE OVA takes the reigns–and the cast may be completely different, but there’s no reason to expect anything radically different with this new iteration of Gundam Build Fighters Try. Sunrise will be Sunrise in regards to its animation quality, and the core story about Gunpla battles remains the same, meaning this will stay a Gundam series made for Gundam fans. It goes without saying that fans of the original series will find something to like here, though Gundam fans who haven’t watched the original should be able to join in too, courtesy of the new rules and cast.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Hi sCoool! Seha Girl | Hi☆ sCoool! セハガールTop
http://shg.sega.jp/anime.html/
Animation: TMS Entertainment x Jinni’s Animation Studio Premiere: October 8, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 22:00
Episodes: Station: ANIMAX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @SHG_Official or #セハガール

Preview by Stilts

Hi sCoool! Seha Girl is part of the Sega Hard Girls multimedia project, which reimagines Sega video game consoles as anthropomorphized goddesses who appear all over modern Japan. The anime follows the story of Dreamcast (Ichimichi Mao), Sega Saturn (Takahashi Minami), and Mega Drive (Sega Genesis, Izawa Shiori), who have just enrolled in SeHaGaga Academy at Tokyo’s Haneda Otorii station. They are given an assignment required to graduate by a suspicious teacher, and to clear it, the girls have to dive into the world of Sega games. The girls must try their best to graduate without anything going wrong.

I was a Sega kid. I had a Genesis, I had a Dreamcast, and then I gave up on consoles when the Dreamcast died an ignominious death. Yet I still don’t understand the nostalgia for Sega consoles, nor the multimedia anthropomophized (and frequently moe) franchises it spawns (Ex: Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de, Choujigen Game Neptune, this). Don’t get me wrong, Sega games were fun! Maybe they still are. Sega still exists, right? But the consoles were just a way to get to the games. This project is being directed by Sugahara Souta, who also directed gdgd Fairies and Boku no Imouto wa “Osaka Okan”, so at least he’s in familiar territory. The entire premise just seems like a shallow nostalgia grab, and I have little desire to encourage this kind of pandering. It could be good, but I wouldn’t bet on it. If you’re nostalgic for Sega consoles, or have a fondness for low-budget CG adaptations—they’re using the MikuMikuDance software, like in Minarai Diva—this could be up your alley. Otherwise I would probably steer clear. I usually only account for one exception with odd premises like this, and since I’ve heard good things about Neptunia, I’m going to assume that was the one. I’ll be skipping this one unless someone tells me it’s amazing.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
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Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai | 大図書館の羊飼いTop
http://www.daito-anime.com/
Animation: Hoods Entertainment Premiere: October 8, 2014
Genre: Comedy, School-Life, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 24:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @daito_anime or #daitoanime

Preview by Zanibas

Academy student Kakei Kyoutarou (Majima Junji) loves reading peacefully. His childhood wish was to read magical texts, which was soon granted with a caveat that he spread happiness and kindness to others. Although his days in the library are initially solitary, a text from someone only known as the “Shepherd” changes everything. Under the distant guidance of the Shepherd, Kyoutarou ends up meeting many girls, such as the excellent cook Shirasaki Tsugumi (Yonezawa Madoka), the high-class and self-sufficient Sakuraba Tamamo (Saitou Yuka), the stoic Misono Senri (Yamamoto Nozomi), the girl-next-door Kodachi Nagi (Tanezaki Atsumi), and the polite Suzuki Kana (Sendai Eri). The five of them all share an interest in the library and/or Kyouarou, and are most likely the people he must spread happiness to.

When you’ve got to list a whole bunch of girls after one guy, it’s definitely from a visual novel, which Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai hails from. Labeled as the best Bishoujo VN of 2013 by Getchu, its strong points draw from its excellent music and character design. It’ll be interesting to see such an esteemed title adapted by Hoods Entertainment, which has been taking interesting risks with the likes of Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara and Nazo no Kanojo X. With only one-cour, the series will have to be economical to quickly tell its story. For seiyuus, I’m personally excited to see Majima Junji onboard, whose voice is underused, considering how well he played Ryuuji from Toradora!. Saito Yuka is also a welcome sight, whose voice of Chizuru from Seitokai no Ichizon is also appropriate in her assigned role. Although the quality and staff is up in the air, I do recommend watching this series if you like visual novel character designs and plots. With the ranking so high, I’m sure that loyal fans and newcomers alike will find something to enjoy with this large female cast in tow!

Watching This: Stilts Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle | 棺姫のチャイカ AVENGING BATTLETop
http://chaika-anime.jp/
Animation: Bones Premiere: October 8, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:05
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @ChaikaTrabant or #棺姫のチャイカ

Preview by Passerby

BONES reprises its adaptation of Sakaki Ichirou’s light novel from Spring to bring us Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle. Picking up from the end of the first season, gun-toting, magic-shooting Chaika Trabant (Anzai Chika) is still lugging her coffin across the continent, intent on collecting the body parts of her dismembered father. Acting bodyguards for the Coffin Princess include former mercenary Tooru Acura (Majima Junji) and his stoic yandere (yes, that’s a thing) sister Akari (Hara Yuuko). As their quest brings them into conflict with mystical native fauna, government authorities, and the Chaika family franchise, there are always unsettling questions. Why are there forces that wish to see them fail? And for that matter, why are there forces that wish to see them succeed?

Hitsugi no Chaika reminds me of an RPG plot, but from the villain’s point of view. Our protagonists are trying to collect what seem to be the parts of an Evil Mage Emperor and the antagonists are a quirky band of adventurers who have come together to stop them, but are always one step behind. There certainly is an epic adventure feel to the whole affair, and the first season proved to be a fairly fun fantasy romp. The writing had a tendency to dip a bit heavily into exposition, but a good chunk of the setup (like world-building, back-stories, various mysteries, etc.) should be done by now, which leaves us with more time to get into the meat of the narrative. Which is good, because the last season ended at a climatic point (at least as far as the antagonists are concerned), and there are plenty of plotlines left unresolved. We can also expect more crisp action sequences and those hints of romantic tension. There’s no indication that BONES means to deliver anything different from the first season, so if you enjoyed that, odds are you’ll enjoy Avenging Battle as well.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Stilts, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu | 寄生獣 セイの格率Top
http://www.kiseiju.jp/
Animation: Madhouse Premiere: October 8, 2014
Genre: Sci Fi, Action, Horror Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:29
Episodes: 24 Station: Nippon TV (NTV)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @kiseiju_anime or #kiseiju_anime

Preview by Kairi

A worm-like species of alien called Parasytes has invaded Earth, taking human beings as hosts by wrigging in through their noses and ears and taking over their brains. A young man, Izumi Shinichi (Shimazaki Nobunaga), falls prey to a Parasyte named Migi (Hirano Aya) when it tries to enter his ear and fails, burrowing into his arm instead. Since Migi fails to inavde Izumi’s brain, the two become seperate entities residing in the same body. Upon realizing that Izumi is still human in his mind, other Parasytes attempt to kill him, leading Migi and Izumi to learn to work together in order to survive.

The latest in a recent surge of adaptations including creatures that eat humans, Kiseijuu is in actuality a very old manga (it began in 1989; wow, it’s older than me). It’s rare in the first place that a manga this old is only now getting an adaptation (and it gives hope for those series that have passed into silence without seeing the light of a television screen), but it does offer variety in style. The synopsis doesn’t sound that original in our time, but it’s actually a pretty creepy and chilling story, and doesn’t focus one-mindedly on the Parasytes as evil creatures. Instead, we see both Izumi’s dilemma and Migi’s, as well as that of how Parasytes in general exist in their human hosts. Character oriented and psychologically driven, Kiseijuu promises to deliver a slightly denser plot than most, and it seems to be in fairly good hands as far as adaptations go.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
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SHIROBAKOTop
http://www.shirobako-anime.com/
Animation: P.A. Works Premiere: October 9, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @shirobako_anime or #musani

Preview by Zanibas

P.A. Works enters the ‘making-an-anime’ genre with its newest production, SHIROBAKO. The story revolves around a group of five girls who each play a distinct role in producing an anime. Miyamori Aoi (Kimura Juri) leads as director, while the aspiring writer is Midori Imai (Ouwada Hitomi). Misa Toudou (Takano Mami) is in charge of the 3D CGI, while Yasuhara Ema (Kimura Haruka/a>) is the representative animator. Finally, Sakaki Shizuka (Sakaki Shizuka) represents a new seiyuu in the industry. These five, along with supporting animating cast members, will reveal the hardships of anime…or not. While technical aspects of anime production will be revealed, the story will mainly be a heartwarming tale of friendship and lots of donuts.

As a collaboration between P.A. Works and director Mizushima Tsutomu, SHIROBAKO has potential to become a fairly decent “anime-about-anime”. Judging from the PVs, the animation quality won’t be on-par with some of P.A. Works’ previous productions, Mizushima Tsutomu still has some great titles behind his back, such as Another, Ika Musume and Girls und Panzer. Promotional videos indicate an authentic portrayal of its premise, unlike Glasslip of last season. In fact, the show itself will focus less on dramatic and interpersonal drama, and more on the technical and group struggles of producing an anime. Since this is original material led by an experienced director, this may be Mizushima Tsutomu’s way of lifting the curtain on the anime industry to the general public, even if done in a broad and simplified manner. If the combination of a behind-the-scenes premise with the standard P.A. Works character design interests you, watch a few episodes and see if those expectations are met.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts, Takaii, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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PSYCHO-PASS 2 | サイコパス 2Top
http://psycho-pass.com/index.html
Animation: Tatsunoko Production Premiere: October 9, 2014
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:50
Episodes: Station: Fuji TV (CX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @psychopass_tv or #pp_anime

Preview by Xumbra

Two years after its initial air date, PSYCHO-PASS returns to the noitaminA block for a much anticipated second season. Like its predecessor, the series will focus on a dystopian future originally crafted by Urobuchi Gen (Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica), where one’s mental state, personality, and likelihood of committing crimes can be quantified and represented by a statistic known as a “Psycho-Pass.” In a new age led by the Sibyl System, inspectors at the Ministry of Welfare’s Public Safety Bureau use special weapons known as Dominators; capable of performing instantaneous measurements of one’s Psycho-Pass, they dispense justice on those that would seek to commit crimes. PSYCHO-PASS 2 will continue the story of inspector Tsunemori Akane (Hanazawa Kana), who will be joined by the MWPSB’s newest inspector, Shimotsuki Mika. Mardock Scramble’s Ubukata Tow will replace Urobuchi Gen as the writer for this series.

When I first watched PSYCHO-PASS, I enjoyed how it showed this incredible world where technology pretty much determines your entire life, and how, just when you started to think there’s no way a system like that would work in the real world, the show explored and subverted the rather clear flaws of this system. For example, bystanders get their Psycho-Passes infected by being near traumatic scenes or people are assigned to detention facilities when they are young because of one Psycho-Pass scan. I expect the second season to explore three things: Tsunemori’s interaction with the Sibyl System, the new recruit getting accustomed to life as an inspector, and the whereabouts of the ex-enforcer Kougami Shinya (Seki Tomokazu). This show gives me the same vibes as another favorite sci-fi show, Ghost in the Shell, and I’m looking forward to more action and crime scene investigations. If you’re interested in this series but haven’t watched the prequel, you may want to skip the first season entirely and instead watch the New Edit version, which gives a good recap plus some extra content.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Stilts, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: High
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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso | 四月は君の嘘Top
http://www.kimiuso.jp/
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 9, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:20
Episodes: Station: Fuji TV (CX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @shigatsuhakimi or #kimiuso

Preview by Kairi

Arima Kousei (Hanae Natsuki) was a child prodigy, a piano player instructed by his mother. Though he had a lot of promise, his career came to a screeching halt when his mother died and he became psychologically unable to hear his own piano playing despite having good hearing. After a failed recital, Kousei becomes depressed and refuses to play again. His world becomes plain and without color until he meets Miyazono Kaori (Taneda Risa), a beautiful violinist with plenty of spirit. She helps Arima become interested in music once again and has him realize that passion is just as important as technique.

A-1 Pictures is bringing us the adaptation of Naomi Arakawa’s award-winning manga of the same name, and from the PVs, this looks like it’s going to be one pretty production. On top of that, Ishiguro Kyouhei, who worked on the quirky Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, is directing, which promises us some interesting things as far as characterization. Being a series about music also wins a point in my book, and the series seems both straightforward and charming. Obviously this is a character-driven show, and Arima’s PTSD-like problem serves as the reason for why he finds Miyazono so alluring and special. Hopefully the romance and drama aspects are well executed, and if so, I find no reason why this shouldn’t be one of the best series of the season.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Stilts, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. | 俺、ツインテールになります。Top
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/ore_twi/
Animation: Production IMS Premiere: October 9, 2014
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:33
Episodes: Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @ore_twi_anime or #ore_twi

Preview by Passerby

Tired of people calling anime weird Japanese cartoons? Tired of getting suspicious looks about your hobby? Tired of being on all the government watchlists? Then this show is…hell yeah, for you! It’s time to embrace the stigma and watch something completely ridiculous! And it doesn’t get much more ridiculous than Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.. This is an adaptation of a light novel by Mizusawa Yume, in which high school hairstyle-fetishist Mitsuka Souji (Shimazaki Nobunaga) is visited by Thouars (Uchida Maaya), a girl from an alternate dimension. She grants him the power to use his love for the twin-tails hairstyle to transform into a superpowered twin-tails girl named “Tail Red”. Now he and his childhood friend Tsube Aika (Aisaki Yuuka), alias “Tail Blue”, must fight against monsters that have suddenly invaded the town in conquest of twin-tails. The fate of the world now rests on their shoulders.

Let it not be said that Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. ever pretended to be anything other than what’s on the tin. And if the summary sounded tongue-in-cheek to you, make no mistake: I can’t make this stuff up. Frankly, if you’re going to make something like I, Will Become a Twin Tail, you might as well be completely shameless about it. While guys turning into girls isn’t necessarily new or high brow, this show separates itself with what can only be described as surrealism. If you think about it that way, Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. works out to be a strangely postmodern super sentai series. The absurdity of the premise is but a deconstruction of superficiality in anime. Underneath the action and the harem comedy is a self-aware commentary on…something. About hair. Whatever. So, yeah, anime can be art, peoples. We’re going to run with that.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja | 山賊の娘ローニャTop
http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/ronja/
Animation: Polygon Pictures Premiere: October 11, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 19:00
Episodes: Station: NHK
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Kairi

From the amazing studio that put out amazing movies like The Wind Rises and Kiki’s Delivery Service comes their first foray into the realm of television with Sanzoku no Musume Ronja, or Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Based off of the popular children’s novel of the same name, the show focuses on the journey of a young girl named Ronja (Shiraishi Haruka), the heir to a village of thieves, as she slowly discovers the secrets of the dark pine forest she resides in. Secrets that can make a kid grow up too quickly. And while it’s hard to say how closely Studio Ghibli will stick to the source material, it looks like we’re going to get a whimsical tale as Ronja discovers the joys of growing up and finds out what it really means to live.

Seeing how it’s possible that this may be the last work Studio Ghibli ever produces—or at least, the last one for a while—fans of the studio may be disappointed to learn that even though Ghibli is directing the show, the character art is being entirely handled by Polygon (who animated Sidonia no Kishi), meaning we’re getting really thick CGI. That’s a shame considering this may be the last time we see the beloved studio, and even more so because the charm of the show will probably be undermined by the CGI. It’s also unclear just how much the series will be influenced by the book, so at the moment it looks more like a slice of life show with adventure thrown in. We do know that Goro Miyazaki is directing, and that he’s quite good at these kind of productions, so hopefully the CGI will not be a major detriment for anyone interested in watching.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Kairi, Passerby, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Bonjour: Koiaji Patisserie | Bonjour♪恋味パティスリーTop
http://www.bonkoi.com/
Animation: CONNECT x SILVER LINK. Premiere: October 11, 2014
Genre: Romance, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 19:00
Episodes: Station: Niconico
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @bonkoi_pj or #bonkoi

Preview by Xumbra

Produced jointly by CONNECT and SILVER LINK, Bonjour: Koiaji Patisserie is an anime adaptation of a mobile game app that is currently in production. The story revolves around Haruno Sayuri (Ishikawa Yui), a girl who attends a confectionery school on a scholarship to learn how to make sweets so she can open her own pastry store. There she meets many handsome and suave men who are either learning or teaching others the joys of candies, desserts, and pudding! This includes Aoi Mitsuki (Kakihara Tetsuya), Kouduki Ryou (Ishikawa Kaito), Hanahusa Gilbert (Kimura Ryohei), and Suzumi Yoshinosuke (Midorikawa Hikaru). Bonjour: Koiaji Patisserie‘s director is Akitaya Noriaki, who also directed Bakuman, and its character designer is Yukihiro Utako, the creator of Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist and the artist for the Uta no Prince-sama manga. This series will be available as a web release on NTV On Demand, Nico Nico, and Hulu.

There’s not a lot of information about the anime—or the game, for that matter—but what’s obvious is that this is an otome series. We don’t know anything about the main character, other than that she’s really motivated to start her own patisserie, but I’m sure she’ll meet and develop relationships with the other charming (and very good looking) men of this series, such as the popular and kind Aoi Mitsuki or the brusque Kouduki Ryou. Since this is a show about making sweets, I’m interested to know whether there will be any cooking or baking competitions. I’m not expecting anything over the top like Shokugeki no Soma’s cooking matches, but I can easily imagine an episode dedicated to the guys competing to win the main character’s praise or to assert dominance over each other (in the kitchen, of course). And as expected of someone of Yukihiro Utako’s caliber, the character designs are really nice and clean, and they really bring out the personalities of the men we’ll be seeing in this confectionery school. If you’d like to see attractive men making sweets, this may be the show for you.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Girlfriend (Kari) | ガールフレンド (仮)Top
http://girlfriend-kari-anime.jp/
Animation: SILVER LINK. Premiere: October 12, 2014
Genre: School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 25:35
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @gf_anime or #ガルフレ

Preview by Zanibas

The hugely popular Japanese dating game on mobile, Girlfriend (Kari), is getting an anime adaptation. The twist: a cast list that is way too long to list, and can be found here. Centered around the concept of choosing your ideal girlfriend (and her ideal voice), the game is an ambitious project in itself. The anime is no less inclusive, with well over 30+ voice actors portraying 30 different girls (as of this writing), with voices including the likes of Kugimya Rie, Sato Satomi, Harada Hitomi, Kato Emiri, and more. Not much about the plot has been revealed, nor how the anime plans to convert a game with over 100+ characters into a cohesive show.

With a huge backing from fans for its mobile app, a good number of those users will most likely follow this show. SILVER LINK. is qualified to handle a show full of girls no matter what direction it takes, considering its passing success in handling Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? and Nourin as romantic comedies. However, without much more information, all that can be said is that the scope of the project is at least ambitious, hoping to appeal wide due to its large selection of girls and their various “moe points”. If you’re the kind of person who likes the concept of IDOLM@STER with the many-girls approach, then this experimental anime may be something to check out. Just think cute-girls-doing-cute-things, but with a cast eight times larger. Whether that will work is up in the air, but at least SILVER LINK. will know how to make these characters appeal to their target audience.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
Show Girlfriend (Kari) Promotional Videos ▼

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru | 結城友奈は勇者であるTop
http://yuyuyu.tv/
Animation: Studio Gokumi Premiere: October 16, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:34
Episodes: Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_yukiyuna or #yuyuyu

Preview by Zanibas

In a supposed “era of the gods”, four middle schoolers form a “Hero Club”, with one goal in mind: dealing with the “Vertex”. With Yuuki Yunna (Terui Haruka) leading the charge, she is accompanied by her fellow clubmates: wheelchair maiden Yougou Mimori (Mimori Suzuko) and sisters Inubouzaki Fuu (Uchiyama Yumi) and Inubouzaki Itsuki (Kurosawa Tomoyo). Together they enjoy a fairly normal middle school life, except for those moments when club activities call. It’s a slice of life about cute-girls-doing-cute-things plus fantasy action, all mixed into one package.

Studio Gokumi has been one of my favorite underdog studios for a while, especially their comedy division. With Kishi Seiji as director, we can expect some well-directed scenes—the man does the best with the time and source material he’s given, which could be good news, considering this is an anime original production. While the show has fantastical elements, consider it a combination of slice of life with some fun fantasy elements, much like how Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? played out this summer. I’m already liking the character designs, which aren’t too extravagant, yet are uncommon enough to distinguish themselves from the herd. It’ll be even better once we see the transformation scenes, especially from our wheelchair-bound heroine Tougou Mimori. If slice of life club activities plus fantasy fighting is up your alley, give this four-person cast a taste.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Stilts, Zephyr, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
Show Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Promotional Videos ▼

Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season | 蟲師 続章 後半エピソードTop
http://www.mushishi-anime.com/
Animation: Artland Premiere: October 18, 2014
Genre: Mystery, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:30
Episodes: Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @mushishi_anime

Preview by Guardian Enzo

Mushishi is like a gift to anime, and anime’s gift to the world. Timeless, ageless, heartbreaking, fantastic and beautiful – there’s nothing else like it. It seems almost redundant to summarize the show, because Mushishi is never-changing – every episode is frozen in time, both in the narrative and literal sense. I don’t know what’s more remarkable – that we don’t see any other series try and copy Mushishi, or that it’s managed to be as much of a commercial success (a modest one) as it has. I suspect if Mushishi had premiered now, it would have failed to find the audience it did in 2005, because that sort of viewer isn’t watching anime any longer – but fortunately, the series seems to have banked enough supporters to keep the new disc releases from sales ignominy.

It’s remarkable how little Mushishi changed in the eight-and-a-half years it was gone – it returned as if it had never left, as magical and mystical as ever. You’ll rarely see backgrounds this beautiful or writing this subtle and profound, or stories and characters that will stay with you for so long. Mushishi is special, and this season will bring the comprehensive adaptation of Urushibara Yuki’s manga to a close. Artland’s financial adventures may have given it more fits and starts than ideal, but if we get through this cour (and with Artland, it’s never safe to assume), Mushishi will – like Hunter X Hunter – be that exceedingly rare great manga that gets the anime adaptation it deserves.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Stilts, Samu Expectation Level: High

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 one of us directly (Stilts, Zephyr).

Release Date Title Notes
09/18 Ane Log OVA | 姉ログ OVA
http://websunday.net/rensai/anelog/
Bundled with manga Vol. 5 (Limited Edition).
09/18 Fantasista Stella | ファンタジスタ ステラ
http://websunday.net/rensai/fantasista/
Bundled with manga Vol. 8 (Limited Edition).
09/20 Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow OVA
ストライクウィッチーズ Operation Victory Arrow
http://w-witch.jp/
Episode 1 of 3.
09/22 D-Frag! OVA | ディーふらぐ! OVA
http://www.d-fragments.net/news/
Bundled with manga Vol. 9 (Limited Edition)
09/24 Gokukoku no Brynhildr: Kara Sawagi. | 極黒のブリュンヒルデ
http://www.vap.co.jp/gokukoku/
Episode 11.5. Bundled with BD/DVD Vol. 2.
09/25 Bakumatsu Rock: Mystery! Onsen Kaijiken ze yo!! OVA
幕末Rock 湯煙推理劇[ミステリー]! 温泉怪事件ぜよ!! OVA
http://bakumatsu.marv.jp/anime/
09/30 Buddy Complex: Kanketsu-hen – Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de
バディ・コンプレックス 完結編 ―あの空に還る未来で―
http://news.buddy-complex.jp/app-def/S-102/news/?p=743
September Hayate no Gotoku! OVA | ハヤテのごとく! OVA
http://ani.tv/hayate/
Episode 2 of 3. Bundled with manga Vol. 42 (Limited Edition).
10/03 Nisekoi OVA | ニセコイ OVA
http://www.shonenjump.com/j/2014/05/140519news03.html
Bundled with manga Vol. 14.
10/9 The iDOLM@ASTER Movie
http://www.idolmaster-anime.jp/movie/
BD/DVD Release.
10/11 Zephyr | ゼファー
http://rejetweb.jp/zephyr/
10/15 Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda – Shin Zvezda Daisakusen
世界征服~謀略のズヴィズダー~ 新・ズヴィズダー大作戦
http://www.sekaiseifuku-zzz.com/pkg/07.html
Episode 13. Bundled with BD/DVD Vol. 7.
10/17 Inawa no Kuni no Alice OVA | 今際の国のアリス OVA
http://websunday.net/rensai/alice/
Bundled with manga Vol. 12 (Limited Edition).
10/22 Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! OVA
私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 未放送第13話
http://www.ganganonline.com/special/watamote7/
Episode 13. Bundled with manga Vol. 7 (Limited Edition)
10/25 Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder OVA | 黒執事 Book of Murder OVA
http://www.kuroshitsuji.tv/bom/
Episode 1 of 2.
10/29 Hybrid Child OVA | ハイブリッド チャイルド OVA
http://www.hybridchild.jp/
Episode 1 of 4.
10/29 New Prince of Tennis OVA | 新テニスの王子様 OVA
http://tenipuri.jp/
Episode 1 of 5.
October Tsubu★Doll OVA | ツブ★ドル OVA
http://www.tubudol.com/
Episode 1 of 5.
11/12 Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
モーレツ宇宙海賊 ABYSS OF HYPERSPACE -亜空の深淵-
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/mo-retsu/gekijo/
BD/DVD Release.
11/15 Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder OVA | 黒執事 Book of Murder OVA
http://www.kuroshitsuji.tv/bom/
Episode 2 of 2.
11/17 Daiya no Ace OVA | ダイヤのA[エース] OVA
http://diaace.com/
Episode 1 of 3.
11/18 Nozo x Kimi OVA | ノゾ×キミ OVA
http://websunday.net/rensai/nozokimi/
Episode 2 of 2.
11/21 Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kouro, Haruka OVA
翠星のガルガンティア~めぐる航路、遥か~ OVA
http://gargantia.jp/blog/?p=1953
Episode 1 of 2.
11/21 Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi! OVA | ゆるゆり なちゅやちゅみ! OVA
http://yuruyuri.com/
11/22 LOVE STAGE!! OVA
http://lovestage-tv.jp/
Bundled with manga Vol. 5 (Limited Edition).
11/26 Hybrid Child OVA | ハイブリッド チャイルド OVA
http://www.hybridchild.jp/
Episode 2 of 4.
11/26 IS: Infinite Stratos – World Purge OVA
IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉ワールド・パージ編 OVA
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/is2/
11/28 Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou | LUPIN THE IIIRD 次元大介の墓標
http://jigen-movie.com/
BD/DVD Release.
12/09 Date A Live: Encore OVA | デート・ア・ライブ アンコール
http://store.kadokawa.co.jp/preorder/888800000003/
Bundled with Encore LN vol. 3.
12/09 Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku | 進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択
http://shingeki.net/#!/page/comics_15_16ltd
Episode 1 of 2.
12/10 Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Thank you Mr. Accomplice
ペルソナ4 ザ・ゴールデンアニメーション Thank you Mr. Accomplice
http://www.animate.tv/news/details.php?id=1409330831
Alternate ending.
12/10 Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled from Paradise | 楽園追放 -Expelled From Paradise-
http://rakuen-tsuiho.com/
BD/DVD Release.
12/12 Ao Haru Ride OVA | アオハライド OVA
http://aoha-anime.com/
Episode 13.
12/12 Strike Witches Operation Victory Arrow Vol. 1: St. Trond no Raimei
ストライクウィッチーズ Operation Victory Arrow Vol.1 サン・トロンの雷鳴
http://w-witch.jp/
BD/DVD Release. Part 1 of 3.
Fall Futari Ecchi (2014) OVA | ふたりエッチ (2014) OVA
http://futarihanime.com/
Episode 1 of 3.

Overall Impressions


 

They say that the Fall Season is one of anime’s biggest, and I wouldn’t disagree — there are quite a few diverse offerings this season. With some awesome sequels like Log Horizon 2 and Fate/stay night Unlimisted Blade Works ready to strut their stuff, and a bunch of new shows to fill in the gaps, I can’t help but feel that we’re all going to have a lot on our plates. Thanks again for going through our preview! I hope it was able to provide you with some useful information or help you find something new to watch!

Onto the rundown! Our rubric remains the same, with the five main expectation levels ranging from High to Low, plus Niche and Established hanging around for special cases. Hopefully this guide will help viewers with limited time know which shows to try first, based on our preliminary examination of the show’s staff, seiyuu, and source material.

We arrived at these levels by convening our regular (and reliably shady) “anticipation council,” which consists of Zanibas, Zephyr, and Stilts. While we’ve gone to great lengths to be as objective as possible, we’re all fallible human beings around here, and even the most well-considered predictions can prove themselves wrong in a hurry. Take these designations with a grain of salt.

Note: The 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.

  • Niche: N/A

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 18, 2014 at 10:57 am
264 comments »
  • September 18, 2014 at 11:04 amGlow Worm

    I am going to watch Vanadis just for the relative lack of Tomatsu this year.

    • September 18, 2014 at 1:25 pmPockyG

      Lack of Tomatsu is a crime against humanity.

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:08 amgcsasuke

    Grisaia no Kajitsu.. The visual novel was so awesome and creepy at the same time. Looking foward towards it

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:12 amFabio

    I will watch the new Tenchi Muyo.
    Ryoko is awesome. :)

    • September 19, 2014 at 4:14 amBROOKLYN otaku

      Ahhh Ryoko……my first,last and only anime love… That cyan hair, wicked smile and ruthless monstrous power….with that said. KEEP YOUR DAMN DIRTY PAWS OFF MY GIRL FABIO!!!!!!! I‘LL KEEEEEL YOU!!!!

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:18 ammega-dark

    I really think Gundam Build Fighters isn’t given enough credit for what it accomplished. For one, back when it was first announced, practically everyone said that there was no way it could not suck and that Gundam was dead after Age. Then it aired and not only did it surpass expectations as more episodes were released but it brought in new watchers to the Gundam franchise. Does it have it’s problems, yes it does but it was still a fun ride when it aired and I know Build Fighters Try will be as well. And I really hope the ost is as awesome as the original.

    To anyone who hasn’t watched Gundam Build Fighters and isn’t sure if they should watch it, I say watch at least the first 6 episodes. If it doesn’t strike your fancy then drop it. If you want to watch it, you can watch for free LEGALLY on Sunrise’s youtube channel. So don’t let the premise turn you away from Gundam Build Fighters. Give it a TRY (shot).

    • September 18, 2014 at 12:44 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Yeah, I definitely felt Gundam Build Fighters got a lot more hate than it deserved, much like AGE (at least when it came to the first 2/3 of it).

      Sure, the story was nothing “deep” or philosophical or anything you’d expect from a (UC) Gundam show, but it was fun, the characters were very likable and unique from each other, and the various customized Gunpla were awesome to watch fighting each other. And considering Try is a direct sequel to Gundam Build Fighters (seven years after, IIRC) rather than an entirely separate series (like Build Fighters was to the first Gunpla OVA), I’m hoping we get much of the same that Gundam Build Fighters gave us and maybe more.

    • September 18, 2014 at 1:09 pmTakaii

      I have to agree with you guys — Gundam Build Fighters was pretty awesome. From the moment that announcer yells “PLEASE SET YOUR GUNPLA” in that robotic voice, my body was ready.

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:35 pmMasterDragonKnight

      I cannot agree more.

      While Gundam Build Fighters is far from being the deepest of all the series in the Gundam franchise, I personally think it is the most enjoyable. You would think that being a fan of other Gundam series would make you dislike it for being a shameless plug for the plastic models, it actually does the opposite and makes it even more amazing.

      When AGE was first released, people hailed it as a return to the boyish charm of the original Gundam, but that failed spectacularly. And when Build Fights was announced, people pegged it as the last nail in the coffin. However, despite being only about plastic models, I think Build Fighters is the true return of Gundam charm that AGE failed to deliver.

      I’m holding fairly high expectations out of the second season.

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:51 pmRita

      Sometimes I just want to watch a no strings attached, carefree kids’ show from time to time and just be able to enjoy everything that comes with it- celebrations of youth, fun, and stupidity (the kind that only kids can really pull off)- and sometimes those series end up being a lot more than just that.

      The show was a lot of fun. Sometimes the Gundam series tries to get a bit too serious and it ends up really not working for me, but GBF was just a rollercoaster of simple straightforwards fun, which is fine by me.

      • September 21, 2014 at 8:48 pmJohn Hunt

        Absolute agree. Sometimes it’s just nice to return to what I enjoyed about mecha anime and arguably what got me into anime period in the first place and just have a good old fun time without all the cynicism and popularity grabs that the genre tends to suffer from currently (eyeballing Aldnoah.Zero). The staff has an idea, they’re demonstrably committed to making it work, it’s just genuinely enjoyable for me to watch, what more can I really ask for if the first season is like the second. It helps that the 2D animation quality is phenomenal and puts a lot of the fights in more “serious” mecha anime to shame.

    • September 18, 2014 at 3:51 pmfragb85

      I love Build Fighters. Its without a doubt a big love letter to Gundam fans.

      To me its Gundam in its most honest form: A marketing of Gunpla while still having tons of fun with Mecha battles. And its devoid of the ham-fisted double standard approach that I’ve been hating on mainstream Gundam. (Remember kids! War and killing is bad! Just buy our Gunpla models of highly destructive war machines!)

    • September 18, 2014 at 6:05 pmZephyr

      Just to elaborate on the expectations for GBF:

      It’s a give and take. I mentioned in my preview that it’s a Gundam series made for Gundam fans. You’ll like the series if you like Gundam, but for those who aren’t fans of the series won’t necessarily find as much to like here. So the expectation level takes that into account. It’s meant to be a general thing for your average viewer, not to hate on it or discredit it in any sense of the word. It’s merely that the expectation levels have to be tempered for other viewers that may not like Gundam.

      Meanwhile, Gundam fans clearly will like it more, so the expectation level can be disregarded for those fans precisely for that reason, which is why I made a note in my preview about that.

      • September 19, 2014 at 11:42 amAtalla Wanderer

        @ Zephyr – Gundam Build Fighters was the first gundam show I’d watched, and one of the few mecha shows I’d watched (I broke in with MJP), and I absolutely loved it. So I wouldn’t discount it’s appeal to non-Gundam fans. It nostagicly reminded me of Pokemon (which I watched as a kid), but was obviously of much higher quality, since I can’t stand Ash’s voice anymore, and tend to throw things when I re-hear Pokemon.

        I have abnormally high expectations for this sequel season. :)

      • September 19, 2014 at 12:20 pmZephyr

        I’m not discounting its potential appeal. It’s highly possible for it to appeal to non-Gundam fans, but the fact is that people who aren’t in to Gundam are likely to look at it and go “Hmmm.” rather than label it as a must watch, and that’s really the point here: going in with the right expectations.

        The basic thing is that it’s a Gundam show made for Gundam fans. Some may not like it as a result, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible you can’t. It’s just about making sure the expectations are proper before going in and in this case it’s better to be slightly toward the lower end of the moderate spectrum than say, labeling it a moderately high, because that would mean it has a high amount of general appeal, which is not necessarily the case.

        Indeed, if you gave it say, a mod high, it’s more likely for a non-Gundam fan to go in expecting something that they shouldn’t, which would set the tables more for disappointment more than anything. The way the expectations are now, it leaves a lot of room for it being a pleasant surprise, which is a lot better alternative. The name of the game here is watch cautiously. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised or you might not. But at least if you don’t, you won’t be going “I was misled” or what not.

        Anyway, it’s a more reserved expectation level more than anything. Grain of salt and what not.

      • September 22, 2014 at 10:06 amJohn Hunt

        I don’t see why it being aimed at Gundam fans should be held against it so much expectation wise, if anything it just makes it look like there’s a bias against the franchise on the part of the blurb writer or something or at the very least a lack of knowledge and appreciation. I mean god knows the franchise barely gets any respect at all these days nor does the mecha genre, but here you have stuff like Fate/Stay Night which is obviously aimed at Type/Moon fans by and large yet for some reason that’s highly anticipated while Build Fighters Try is lowly anticipated and you don’t see anybody holding it against it or believing it can’t attract new fans or ones that haven’t really been into a Type/Moon work before.

        I just wish people would come out and admit more freely they don’t think much of the Gundam franchise and possibly that they feel on some level that mecha is a lower tier genre (sorry but I see a lot of soft bias against the genre and low expectations in general except when there’s mega popular staff like with Aldnoah.Zero) and that’s okay, but it’s like I just don’t get why these things are held so much against particular genres and franchises while others it’s seen as not a factor. Action is action and fun is fun and tons of things are designed with a primary install audience in mind (Gundam BF also sought to win over new franchise fans which it largely did with it’s first season so I don’t see why that wouldn’t be accounted for) so to me it’s just plain bias and there’s not much else to be reasoned about it.

      • September 22, 2014 at 10:17 amJohn Hunt

        Also just a couple of factual corrections for the blurb on G-Reco, Tomino is returning after 15 years since his last Gundam TV series Turn A Gundam, not nearly 10 so it’s actually been a lot longer than they make it sound here, not sure where Zephyr got that number from exactly or if he’s talking in general and about about the Wings of Rean OVA that came out in 2006 or something. Even then Tomino still directed a short called Ring of Gundam for the franchises 30th anniversary in 2009.

        Also Gundam Unicorn does not put a wrap on the U.C franchise at all either chronologically speaking or production wise since Gundam The Origin is coming in 2015. Hell just watching it makes that incredibly obvious since it ends with events still to transpire and there’s plenty of conflict to be had after. It comes right smack dab in the middle of the timeline in U.C 0096. Maybe do a little more research or ask a friend here guys. I know it’s kind of a long complicated timeline, but it’s really not that hard to look this stuff up and there’s plenty of resources for this sort of thing:

        http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Universal_Century

      • September 22, 2014 at 10:54 amRita

        Personally, I don’t think the expectations level is really that bad. It isn’t so much a strike against GBF as it is the fact that, regardless of what secondary demographic it happens to appeal to as well (like non-Gundam fans like me), it was indeed made for Gundam fans. There’s no getting around that. The series is a nonstop parade of homages and shoutouts (apparently a lot of the major characters are based off of characters from other Gundam series).

        And it’s fine if non-Gundam fans look at it a go “eeeh”, because that’s kind of what people outside a fandom do for any other franchise, especially one that’s as big a homage to the series proper as this is. In the end, the expectations is just the opinions of a small group of people. People can have different opinions. If some of the RC writers aren’t really interested in GBF, I don’t think it’s a big deal.

        THAT BEING SAID. THIS IS ME AGGRESSIVELY ADVERTISING GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TO ALL NON-GUNDAM FANS (YES THE CAPS ARE NECESSARY) BECAUSE IT WAS A SUPER FUN SHOW AND YOU DON’T NEED TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT GUNDAM TO ENJOY. GO WATCH IT.

        Ok, plug over.

    • September 18, 2014 at 9:41 pmFlameStrike

      Gundam Build Fighters was AMAZING. I was one of the few people who completely wrote it off when it was first announced, thinking it was some lame children’s plastic toy commercial. Boy was I wrong! Gundam Build Fighters has the true essence of Gundam in it. A worthy addition to the great franchise. The anime had great characters, a fun plot, and most of all, AWESOME Gundam battles. I can’t wait for the next season. Hopefully Sei and his friends will make a cameo appearance or two. Their story was more or less completed in the first season so I can understand the new cast, still it would be nice to see them pop up for nostalgia’s sake. Maybe they’ll even be the new last boss XD.

    • September 18, 2014 at 10:08 pmCybersteel

      Dat dericious Rinko though…

    • September 18, 2014 at 10:27 pmMormegil

      Worth watching for the MILF.

      • September 19, 2014 at 10:49 amRita

        Right, can’t forget the one of the greatest MILF in anime history either.

        Also, to Zephyr, I’m not really a Gundam fan. I’ve watched bits and pieces (usually the beginnings) of a few series, but I don’t think I’ve ever made it through any one in it’s entirety except GBF, so it’s enjoyment factor is most definitely not limited to only fans of the previous series. Granted, I’ll admit I got almost none of the shoutouts or callbacks to previous series, so I’m missing out on a bit, but the characters and story were enough to make it enjoyable even without knowing all that. In fact, I think it’s a nice standalone show for new viewers as well because it’s basically separate from all the other series.

        It’s also just plain fun. Never underestimate the power of fun XD

    • September 22, 2014 at 3:31 ammegalith

      Definitely the most surprising show for that season.

      I literally came to a point where I gave up on Gundam due to the 00 S2 trainwreck. This however managed to put me back on track. I’m hoping this delivers since I haven’t watched AGE so I can’t imagine how this director will handle the show.

      I hope they manage to capture the tense moments of the battles. The OST side is safe as long as the guy who did the original is involved. He really shines for making tunes for competitive themed shows. I really like his work on Haikyuu.

    • September 25, 2014 at 10:47 amSurprised

      Thanks for this post. I initially blew it off as “too childish” simply after a glance at the promo picture (I didn’t even read the premise lol). After reading this, I gave it a shot, and ended up marathoning through it in 2 days. It’s certainly got the entertainment factor. I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this and now eagerly await the 2 new Gundam series this season.

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:25 amAlec

    Mushishi and Psycho Pass, oh yeah!

    • September 19, 2014 at 3:32 amSwarz

      Don’t forget Fate stay/Night

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:39 amadeeba

    Book of murder OVA!!!!!! Gosh , I can’t wait after just how damn good this season was

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:53 amSeya-san

    I am very interested in:
    World Trigger
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (too bright animation for me, but I somehow like it)
    Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Kasai Kenichi)

    Will definitely watch:
    Mushishi
    Psycho Pass
    Hybrid Child OVA (^^)

    May be:
    Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS (Satou Keiichi)
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou
    Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:00 pmboingman

    Looks like it’ll be a pretty good season
    Mostly ready for Fate, Log Horizon and Grisaia. If the Grisaia anime turns out to be good, I’ll probably give the VN another try. The demo kinda bored me since it was pretty long-winded.
    Also hoping that Amagi Brilliant Park might be finally a new Kyoani title that doesn’t play it safe like the last one’s and that I like.
    Still have to watch Psycho Pass S1.

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:01 pmHochmeister

    Wow, there are a lot of shows which look somewhat promising this upcoming season! I’ll be checking out 15+ shows, which is more than I can ever recall even considering to watch in previous seasons. Unfortunately there’s nothing new that I’m completely hyped for, but out of this spread there’s bound to be one or two gems! Goodbye sleep…

    Terraformars – Could be a good sci-fi action flick, but I’m not really expecting anything more.

    Amagi Brilliant Park – I’ll check this out from respect for FMP, but to be perfectly honest the plot description just doesn’t really sound interesting to me. Sounds like one of those trashy Adam Sandler movies…

    Gundam Reconguista in G – I love Gundam, but I’m still working my way through the rest of the UC. I’m guessing I should wait on this one until I’ve finished Age.

    Wixoss – To be honest season one really didn’t leave me with a burning desire for a second season. It just didn’t have the energy or charisma to get me fully invested in the characters or setting. I’ll hold off until I hear about the end of this one.

    Garo: Honoo no Kokuin – Sounds interesting, I’m always up for a good action fantasy show with elements of politics sprinkled in.

    Log Horizon 2 – Counteraction rising! I’ve really missed my weekly dose of the good MMO show.

    Madan no Ou to Vanadis – It’s always amusing to see Medieval Europe viewed through the Japanese lens. Could be fun, but I can’t tell anything more until it starts airing.

    Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo – Giant robots vs. dragons? Sunrise you beautifully mad maniacs… WHY HAS THIS NOT BEEN DONE BEFORE?!

    World Trigger – Gotta agree with you on this one, the setting does absolutely nothing to inspire excitement (and brings up repressed memories of Black Bullet). I’ll give it a chance, but have very low expectations.

    Nanatsu no Taizai – ALL HAIL BRITTA- oops, wrong show. Premise sounds OK, but the art style looks a bit weird. Could be good if the characters and plot are.

    Grisaia no Kajitsu – This is my grand experiment for the season; after seeing some hilarious screencaps I decided to read the source material beforehand and experience the joy of being one of the “read the manga” folks. The VN itself is quite good (despite having enough food porn and pacing issues to give George RR Martin a stroke), but I’m worried that they’ll flubb up the character dynamics and humor. Or go with someone other than best girl. Either way, it should be interesting to view the show from the other side so to speak.

    Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS – Man, there’s really a lot of western fantasy this season. The setup is fairly standard but solid, so it will all come down to the execution again.

    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – The idea of a bunch of superheroes not having anything to do actually sounds like a pretty hilarious premise to me, definitely gonna give this a shot.

    Trinity Seven – Could be a good action harem, but after Bladedance I’m somewhat wary of the genre. As long as everyone’s not a tsundere [shudders].

    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – More Chaika? Yes, Chaika!

    Girlfriend (Kari) – Will check out for the moe and lolz, but am not expecting much

    Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu – (ಠ⌣ಠ)… This is firmly on my “watch while drunk” list.

    Thanks for the reviews!

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:41 pmboingman

      >best girl
      Who is that? Amane?
      The pacing issues worry me.

    • September 19, 2014 at 2:38 pmMgMaster

      About Grisaia no Kajitsu: seeing as it’ll be one of the few shows that I actually played the VN of(Amane’s & Yumiko’s routes only and not gonna bother with the rest), I’m actually somewhat hopeful that the anime might be able to eliminate some of the issues I had with the VN, which is that drag’s out way too much in the common route and I consider this a rare case where not having enough time can actually work in the adaptation’s favor.

      @boingman

      Best girl is definitely Amane although despite that. I did her route first without hesitation but I actually found Yumiko’s route more interesting. I guess it’s because

      Show Spoiler ▼

      Personally, I hope they adapt Yumiko’s route since it has some pretty well-written & exciting romance(moreso than any of the other routes, or so I hear) and

      Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 19, 2014 at 2:50 pmHochmeister

      Haven’t finished all the routes yet so the best girl crown is still up in the air, but from what I’ve seen so far picking any of them will piss of at least someone. Supposedly there’s a route where he goes with none, which may be what they decide to adapt…

    • September 20, 2014 at 2:14 amerck

      dont worry about Trinity Seven, the characters are way better especially the MC, its more a town own version of high school dxd

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:03 pmduck

    Ill watch Mushishi and thats it since im not stupid enough to enjoy the rest of the lined up anime above.

    • September 27, 2014 at 11:25 pmYeahRight

      “Look at me! I am so sophisticated because I only watch deep and thoughtful anime like Mushishi!”
      #MushishiMasterRace

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:10 pmShiden

    Trinity Seven tops my “I NEED THIS” list by a mile. It is one of my favorite manga reads right now, and I’m really looking forward to the anime. :D

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:15 pmPatsuan

    Oh man, what a season: New Fate, more Chaika, Yowapedal and Mushishi and also finally Grisaia airs (Dear god, 8bit, don’t ruin it! ಠ_ಠ)! Plus, I bet I’ll find some new favourites from the stuff I don’t know yet..
    And to think this is the season I’ll be so busy I won’t be home, or anywhere near technology for that matter, for sometimes weeks a time T_T
    Damn you, real life!! *shakes fist*

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:17 pmYanDaMan

    Wow this season has some amazing series. A Garou anime was unexpected. I enjoyed the live action series so will be checking it out.

    Fate/UBW is a no brainer and is the big one of the season.

    Trinity Seven was a great manga with one of the best harem protagonists ever made who isnt your stereotypical pansy. Will definitely check it out animated.

    Log Horizon and Psycho Pass both gets 2nd seasons.

    A lot of the new shows even, seems interesting.

    This’ll be a busy season.

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:27 pmImpel Down Hippo

    Chaika’s back! Grateful.

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:46 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Wow, a bunch more this season that I’m willing to at least check out than before lately.

    In terms of Fate/UBW, at least, being an actual series, it should be able to provide a lot more development and fill in a bunch of the holes left from the movie version. And considering Heaven’s Feel is a movie, perhaps there may be a series of it later on too, I’d hope.

    And Chaikas. Chaikas everywhere. lol

    • September 18, 2014 at 1:12 pmTakaii

      I AM THE BONE OF MY SWORD

    • September 18, 2014 at 3:18 pmflap

      In terms of Fate/UBW, at least, being an actual series, it should be able to provide a lot more development and fill in a bunch of the holes left from the movie version.

      Yeah, if they want to reboot a 10-year old franchise, UBW is definitely the way to go. It starts out ‘normal’ enough that you can introduce people to the series with character introductions, everyday life & school, and have enough light hearted moments to make the two cours fun to watch. On the other hand, Heaven’s Feel demands familiarity with the characters and the story, and gets serious very quick.

      The UBW movie only covered the core plot aspects that dominated the second half of the UBW arc; there’s a lot of source material left to make a proper TV series out of.

    • September 18, 2014 at 10:10 pmCybersteel

      UFOTABLE-quality Unlimited Blade Works reality marble will be orgasmic.

  • September 18, 2014 at 1:12 pmNadester

    GG Harddrive. So much shows..

  • September 18, 2014 at 1:45 pmRonan Wills

    I’m quite looking forward to World Trigger and would definitely be on board with Mushishi except I have yet to watch the first season of the new series.

    I’ll check out Ronia, although finding out that it’s CG dampened by enthusiasm. I really didn’t like the animation in Sidonia.

  • September 18, 2014 at 2:05 pmDoubt

    Fate/stay Night !!!!! UBW!!!! Rin!!!!
    People die if they are killed !!!

    Can’t wait to see how they will adapt this into anime. So hyped about this.

    • September 18, 2014 at 11:53 pmblkoopers

      People die if they are killed !!!

  • September 18, 2014 at 2:06 pmUrahara

    ok so the sequels ( chaika , fate , mushishi and psycho ) are what makes this season interesting
    other than that it looks like a dull one

  • September 18, 2014 at 2:24 pmZaiden

    When I first started anime/manga, there were series which I really loved and wished to see animated. It is my joy and pleasure to see my six years of devotion bear fruit, as many of the beloved manga I read have received recognition in the form of anime adaptions, though I have also been severely disappointed at adaptions that did not go as brilliantly as I’d hoped for. Fortunately those disappointments have been far and few, and I have found more unexpected pleasant surprises, whether by chance or by providence.

    Strangely, I look back to the ‘Random Manga’ button with a nostalgic craving, since that was the very button which introduced me to four of the adaptions we see on the Autumn List, which are ‘Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji’, ‘Denki-gai no Honya-san’, Shigatsu Kimi no Uso, and ‘Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken’. That button was also how I tried to find new material to devour after exhausting all the shounen that existed 5 years ago. Nowadays, most of what I read/watch today is obscure Seinen/Shoujo that’ll probably never get an anime adaption. The monochromatic, printed, paper world manga finds itself confined to is also perfectly fine, as manga has a uniquely unequivocal beauty, that is more than worth settling for in comparison anime.

    While I still rely upon the ‘Random’ to decide what I watch, the ‘Manga’ has been replaced by ‘Curiosity’. I hope that says everything about my gratitude to you guys :)))

  • September 18, 2014 at 2:31 pmRita

    There’s precious little in this season that I really want to watch that aren’t already established series (my shining light of sanctity Mushishi being the major one for me) so I’m not entirely sure how to feel. Most LN adaptations really just aren’t my thing, so that limits a lot of the season.

    Cross Ange wasn’t on my radar either until someone told me that Shikata Akiko was doing the music for the show (*insert ear shattering screams of joy here*) at which point I am basically bound by personal duty to watch the whole damn thing just for the soundtrack. I think this is her first time doing music composition and not just singing the opening or end songs. So like, it could bomb in the worst way possible and I would still watch it. But it’s Sunrise and mecha, so I’m willing to bet it’ll at least be a pretty good show.

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:35 pmRita

      ALSO I WOULD LIKE IT TO BE KNOWN MY EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT THAT HEAVEN’S FEEL IS GOING TO BE A MOVIE. I love UBW, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a reason it didn’t work as a movie (which UFOtable already did), which was too much content jam packed into too little time. It didn’t work the first time, so I don’t know why they think it’ll work with HF, which has even MORE content to pack into too little time. Heaven’s Feel was my favorite route in the game so I’m just….arrrrgh.

      Unless there’s an announcement that it’s going to be a series of movies (ala Kara no Kyoukai), I’m going in with pretty low expectations.

      • September 18, 2014 at 3:00 pmDiabloCthulhu

        As I’ve already said to you on Enzo’s blog: firstly, UBW movie was made by Deen, not Ufotable, and secondly, it’s highly likely that there’s gonna be several HF movies. And I doubt that they gonna be hour and the half long. Ufotable and Type-Moon are not stupid and I think they know what they’re doing.

      • September 18, 2014 at 3:53 pmsealouse

        Well I sure hope they know what they’re doing with HF.

      • September 19, 2014 at 10:54 amRita

        WHoops, that’ll show me XD In which case, that was very pretty for a DEEN movie (ok, maybe I’m not being fair, but their shows usually aren’t…um highest quality production)

        The rest of my trepidation still stands though. The main problem is that, assuming their shooting for a fall release date, when you’re this close to production release and there’s still no news about the movie being a series of movies, it usually isn’t. Kara no Kyoukai went in with the fact that it was going to be a series of movies established. I’m sure hoping it’s more than one movie, because most anime movies are not an hour and a half. They’re usually quite a bit shorter.

      • September 19, 2014 at 12:00 pmDiabloCthulhu

        They’re not shooting for the fall release date with HF movie(s). As far as I know, they didn’t even announced the release date.

      • September 19, 2014 at 12:34 pmZephyr

        Yeah, there is no release date scheduled at this time and considering ufotable’s already working on fate/stay night 2014 (which will be a split 2-cour), it’s more like a summer/fall 2015 for HF more than anything.

        We’ll see how it goes. Ufotable has a good track record so…

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:58 pmLibélula

      Thanks for letting us know about Shikata Akiko!!:D I didnt want to watch that show, guess Ill give it a try now;)

      • September 19, 2014 at 11:12 amRita

        I ADORE Shikata Akiko. Most people just know her for her songs in video games and anime, but she was a indie composer first before she was a singer. I loved her soundtrack for Hanakisou. This should be the first time she’s composing for an anime show so it’s like, watershed moment or something (probably not but it is to me shhhh).

        I’m probably going to throw the soundtrack for Cross Ange around like a red-headed stepchild when it’s released. My goddess of music needs more worshippers *____* *may be slightly too obsessed*

  • September 18, 2014 at 2:32 pmCeimur

    Very high Chance to watch this season:
    Trinity 7
    Log Horizon 2
    High Chance to watch:
    World Trigger
    F/Sn: UBW
    Gonna watch if I have time:
    Grasaia no Kajitsu
    Amagi Brilliant Park

    PS: What!! Trinity 7!!! You’re Coming!!! Praise the (Black) Sun!!

  • September 18, 2014 at 2:34 pmAni_BEE

    my picks which are thankfully a bit more concentrative this times although I still hope I can drop some. lol

    Amagi Brilliant Park (long time no see Bonta-kun! Are you packing this time as well.)
    Gundam Reconguista in G (give it a try)
    Garo: Honoo no Kokuin (look ridiculous but might be up my alley)
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis (kick ass woman I hope)
    Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo (give it a try)
    World Trigger (give it a try)
    Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS (give it a try)
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou (for the lolz)
    Akatsuki no Yona (yes shojo is back, but we will see)
    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (give it a try)
    Sanzoku no Musume Ronja (give it a try)
    Donten ni Warau (give it a try)

    Sequels:
    Log Horizon 2
    Selector Spread WIXOSS
    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works (got to better then the original anime)
    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
    PSYCHO-PASS 2

  • September 18, 2014 at 3:10 pmTre

    It pisses me off to see the Gundam “”Reconguista””. It’s supposed to be the Spanish word “reconquista” (reconquest), but Tomino gave some BS explanation about how Japanese fans prefer the ‘g’ sound instead of the ‘q’, so they changed it.

    I guess it’s this kind of thing that prevents anyone in Japan from learning foreign languages well.

    • September 18, 2014 at 3:43 pmLibélula

      Yeah, Spanish gets the same treatment like all the other languages. We have “Break Blade”, “Zwei Herz” for next Fate/kaleid and now “Reconguista” but my all time favorite has to be the one from last exile. in ep 1 you can see the name of the airship in greek (just), but just to make sure, they also put the feminine and neutral form behind it so that the ships name is now “dikaios/dikaia/dikaion.” they obviously just looked that up in a dictionary and didnt even know that there are different grammatical gender in this language. Nothing, not even reconguista, will ever top the flying “he just/she just/it just”

  • September 18, 2014 at 3:15 pmWanderer

    This season has Log Horizon and Chaika… and other stuff that I’ll probably watch too. I don’t have time to do detailed picks right now, and my list always fluctuates thanks to reviews alerting me to things I wouldn’t have paid attention to and such, but those two there are locks.

  • September 18, 2014 at 3:26 pmTre

    Also, FYI, À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time), is the longest novel ever written, according to Guinness World Records

  • September 18, 2014 at 3:34 pmSweetCoconut

    Hello there again Kairi. About your Akatsuki no Yona’s preview, yes, it is animated by Pierrot who animated Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii but I wish that you didn’t compared SoreSekai’s female MC to AnY’s female MC because they are complete different characters despite being a princess, right?

    Well, thats only my opinion but one more thing, welcome back Kairi :3

    • September 18, 2014 at 4:35 pmSekaya

      I completely agree with you there. Both heroine’s are their own people and live in totally different worlds.
      Having sped through the currently translated manga of Akatsuki no Yona, I really think the expectations should be higher than they were for Soredemo. I enjoyed Soredemo and it’s manga, but Akatsuki is really setting everything up for the quite the epic. It’s going in a much different direction, and so the comparison of the two really falls flat.
      But I digress. Very excited for it among a few others, and hope it gets a good adaptation! =)

      • September 19, 2014 at 10:58 amRita

        While I agree that Akatsuki no Yona is the more epic series of the two, it’s also got a much slower startup. Sure the Fire tribe and Water tribe arcs get seriously tense and dramatic, but the first dozen chapters are essentially just gatheriing teammates, which is fine, but if we’re looking at a one cour show (which we probably are), I don’t know how much they can fit in. And I’d hate to see it rushed in order to reach the later arcs.

  • September 18, 2014 at 3:46 pmCat

    Good list, better than I expected! I’m going to be checking out quite a few… (really, help me)

    Terraformers
    Denki-gai no Honya-san
    Amagi Brilliant Park
    Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
    Magic Kaito
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomet
    World Trigger
    Nanatsu no Taizai
    Grisaia no Kajitsu
    Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
    Sora no Method
    Gugure! Kokkuri-san
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou
    Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
    Akatsuki no Yona
    Trinity Seven
    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
    SHIROBAKO
    PSYCHO-PASS 2
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
    Bonjour: Koiaji Patisserie

    But those are just to see the first episode or two to see how I feel.

    But by far I’m most excited about “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.” It looks absolutely stunning and definitely the type of anime I love most. I’m also really excited for YowaPedal, Chaika, and Orenchi no Furo Jijou.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:01 pmN

    Here’s hoping that Stilts will blog about Madan no Ou to Vanadis.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:21 pmLaughingMan

    So fucking hyped for Fate/stay night.
    I’m also totally fucking stoked for Gundam Reconguista and Mushishi.
    I’m a little worried about Psycho-Pass 2 since Urobuchi isn’t writing it, but I’ll give it the benefit of a doubt.
    Gundam Build Fighters was also fun as fuck so I’m definitely watching Try.

    Might also watch Terraformers, Kiseijuu, Cross-Ange, Amagi Brillian Park, Madan no Ou to Vanadis, and Ai Tenchi Muyo.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:27 pmfabuleux

    What’s the OAV titled ‘Zephyr’ about?

    • September 18, 2014 at 4:42 pmCherrie

      The link isn’t working. Let me fix that!

    • September 18, 2014 at 6:09 pmZephyr

      “The story revolves around the boy band named Zephyr, who lives in the slums of Tokyo in the near future. They stopped producing music after a war. One day Ned, the lead vocalist, receives a message on his phone from his girlfriend who he thought died in the war.”

      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-08-08/satelight-rejet-announce-collaboration-event-anime-zephyr/.77436

      And yes, I had to reply to this because it shares my name, haha.

      • September 18, 2014 at 10:20 pmImpel Down Hippo

        you were pretty much required to!

      • September 19, 2014 at 6:22 amfabuleux

        Yikes! I thought you lot were taking the piss…

        So, looks like Free! meets Beck.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:36 pmLulu

    I remember reading the manga of Parasyte a loooong time ago, it was really good, definitely looking foward to the anime.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:43 pmSin1505

    The Heavens smile upon me! Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu & TERRAFORMARS !! I am truly blessed!

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:44 pmBakanekokun

    YEESSSSS!!! Ufotbale is doing Fate/Stay…I was waiting on this since I heard the announcement months back. So that’s a must. Then, Madan no Vanadis as I have been following the light novel. Hope they do it justice. Mushishi 2nd season and then maybe Chiaki and Log Horizon.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:53 pmShuA

    Not really impressed with the preview and not so sure why I’m getting the impression usually darker and more mature shows tend to be classified as high and moderately high expectations.
    I’m looking forward to Log Horizon 2, Amagi, Psycho Pass, Donten ni Warau, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Inou Battle, Yowapeda and Fate/Stay Night UBW

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:54 pmgawrshness

    ah another season and still no Rozen Maiden…
    It would also feel exceedingly heavy watching unlimited blade works after a full season of a cute illya doing cute things.

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:01 pmm0ng

    No Oregairu S2?

    • September 18, 2014 at 6:10 pmZephyr

      OVA’s airing tomorrow, so it’s not part of the Fall.

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:08 pmewok40k

    things I am interested in and why:

    Terra-formers – ok it’s Space Marines versus Bugs, give m that flamer, sarge!
    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken – for it’s silly idea… we all know there is much higher probability than otaku will end up with a vampire, witch, demon or angel than some down-to-earth office lady… which means the probability is less than zero. still, nice fantasy to have!
    Garo: Honoo no Kokuin – for it’s european medieval climate, and political struggles for the kingdom’s throne
    Log Horizon 2 – because it is moar of log horizon, if you haven’t watched it already, go do it NOW!
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis – swords and not so much sorcery, interesting take on fantasy
    Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete – supernatural trouble in a seemingly normal if old school? count me in!
    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – because it’s UBW dammit!
    Ai Tenchi Muyou! – THE original harem king is back, and i can have never enough of his haremettes.
    Akatsuki no Yona – for the Princess trying to survive after her lifestyle goes out of the window…
    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – Shocking truth! I like Chaika!
    PSYCHO-PASS 2 – one of best animes since few years (imho) gets a second season – must watch for me
    Sanzoku no Musume Ronja – Studio Ghibli + Astrid Lindgren = WIN

    12 shows in total, plus whatever I pick up here as “lauded hit”. Gonna be a busy season…

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:28 pmKuntzy

    Why is there so many shows? I can’t…

    My watch list:

    Terraformars – I’ve never actually seen a live cockroach before. Anyways, action and death, the recipe for fun.

    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken – Actual adult main characters in a comedy setting? I’ll watch for this being an extremely rare occurrence in anime if nothing else. (And Yukarin.)

    Amagi Brilliant Park – “We heard you like FMP, so we decided to do the other Gatoh Shouji work.” Based Kyoani trolling, lol.

    Gundam Reconguista in G – I am ashamed to say that I’ve never actually seen a Tomino directed Gundam (though I’ve got the first series, Z and ZZ sitting around somewhere) so this’ll be my first time seeing his work.

    Log Horizon 2 – Currently watching the first season and through 15 episodes I can say this is a guaranteed watch. (Hopefully I can finish this and my 50 or so other backlogged episodes from this season before it starts.)

    Madan no Ou to Vanadis – Truthfully, I don’t know too much about this other than Tomatsu Haruka is in a major leading role. That pretty much makes any series a must-watch for me.

    Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete – So, I kind of laughed when I read the preview there by Passerby. He went into all this stuff about the story (influence, themes, comparisons, etc.) and when I decided to watch this, it was pretty much just to see how they adapted Kurehito Misaki’s amazing art. My priorities… lol.

    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Redemption for that cash-in movie from DEEN. UBW’s my personal favorite of the three FSN route, mostly because it has the most Rin tsundere moments has the best pacing of all the routes and Shiro’s actually tolerable for the most part. Did I mention more Rin?

    World Trigger – Blind watch, I seriously know nothing.

    Nanatsu no Taizai – Pretty standard shonen as far as plot structure and tropes go. I’m kind of uneasy about Sawano handling the music as his style doesn’t seem like it fits the series. Also kind of disappointed in the casting except for Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Ban and Fukuyama Jun as King.

    Grisaia no Kajitsu – Don’t even really know if I should watch this. VN got backlogged and this kind of seems like it could be a butchered rush job. I might just put it on hold so I get the intended initial experience.

    Sora no Method – I enjoyed both Kanon and sola so I’m hoping this garners similar enjoyment.

    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – Anybody who actually reads my pre-season tl;dr’s (anybody? T_T) knows whats coming next. Hayamin♥. Also, I find anime chuuni shows to be hilarious.

    Gundam Build Fighters Try – Hayamin♥. Wait Aila might not be in this? Insta-dropped. :P The first season was pretty fun if nothing else. I still can’t get over the whole “With Plavsky particles we could possibly cure thing like cancer.” “Don’t mess with our Gunpla!” exchange.

    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Those butchered character designs. Well, if nothing else I’ll get to hear Saitou Yuka and Yonezawa Madoka again. That’s always worth it.

    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – Excitement level. High. Second season. Waited impatiently. Celebration! (And I’m pretty sure that was terrible, but I wanted to try once. I’ll never do it again, I promise! T_T)

    SHIROBAKO – Hopefully P.A. Worked steps up their game from Glasslip. I’ve actually kind of been interested in the whole process of how animation teams work, so hopefully it’ll provide some insight into that for me.

    PSYCHO-PASS 2 – I haven’t watched anything by Ubukata Tow so I’m kind of intrigued how he’ll continue this. Hopefully he can construct a villain that rivals Makishima. (Even if that ends up being you know who.)

    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Animation looks gorgeous (how surprising A-1) and I’ve always been a sucker for stories like this. Waiting warmly. I know Hayami Saori’s in this, but I’ll restrain myself since it doesn’t seem appropriate for this kind of show.

    Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. – I expect to be laughing my a** off majority of the time I watch this.

    Sanzoku no Musume Ronja – I figure I might as well watch this sort of as a possible farewell tribute to Ghibli even if I haven’t watched all that much of their stuff. (I believe I’ve only watched Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.)

    Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru – I feel like I’ll regret this.

    Holdovers are SAOII, Argevollen (why am I still watching this?) and AgK.

    Mushishi and WIXOSS need to be caught up on.

    Might watch Trinity Seven, Akatsuki no Yona and Cross Ange depending on receptions and time.

    So that’s like 25 series with a possibility of 30.

    I can see the ending already. orz

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:57 pmJason Isenberg

    Aw yeah Chiaka fix coming! So excited, also I’d like to say we’re getting into fall but already there’s snow over in Alberta OTL;;

    • September 18, 2014 at 6:23 pmPancakes

      There was, but it has already melted (thankfully). Did feel like Christmas for a good 3-4 days though :P

  • September 18, 2014 at 6:01 pmichigo

    I will definitely take a look at these:
    Amagi Brilliant Park
    Magic Kaito 1412
    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works
    Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
    Sora no Method
    Akatsuki no Yona
    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
    Sanzoku no Musume Ronja

    ===
    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle and Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season will also be checked out once I finished their first seasons. As always, thank you for the season previews, Random Curiosity! They are a pleasure read every time (-^o^-).

  • September 18, 2014 at 6:22 pmPancakes

    Goddamn why did I choose this year to go back to university, there’s so much that I want to see but am going to be hard pressed to find the time (evening labs can go f*ck themselves :D)

    Chaika
    Log Horizon
    Terraformars
    Fate Stay Night
    WIXOSS
    Kiseijuu
    Psycho-Pass
    Plus all the SoL/comedy offerings that look interesting and carry overs from this season (Akame, SAO)

    Multivariable calculus practice might just have to take a backseat for a few days a week :P

  • September 18, 2014 at 6:46 pmMincemaker

    Seeing the Bonta-kun, I am sure that everything that has happened to that theme park in the backstory of Amagi Brilliant Park is all Sousuke’s fault. Every single one of them. How on earth are you supposed to be attracting visitors with a shotgun-packing mascot, eh?

    It’s all his fault and the poor MC is going to fix it. Good luck to him.

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:07 pmlebleu

    nice summaries from Passerby, amusingly trechant. more sycophantism from Enzo (majimoji = mediocre btw).

    looks to be a resonably good season overall.

    P.S. – what series would people recommended to start with for a person who hasn’t watched any of the fate/stay animes?

    • September 18, 2014 at 7:44 pmdaikama

      @lebleu: “P.S. – what series would people recommended to start with for a person who hasn’t watched any of the fate/stay animes?”

      If you’re asking whether there’s a need to watch any of the previous series before watching Unlimited Blade Works (UBW), I’d say no. Unlike the UBW movie, I expect UBW TV series to be just fine on its own (the UBW movie was very compressed).

      Other than that, I’d probably stick with the VN route order = FSN -> UBW ->HF (Heaven’s Feel – movie out later). As for Fate/Zero, you could watch that whenever, even before FSN, though you might be better off having some exposure to series in general before watching it. So maybe FSN -> Fate/Zero -> UBW when it airs. I won’t speak as to which route is “better” since everyone has their favorites, but I do think that FSN visual quality is noticeably worse than the later series.

      • September 18, 2014 at 7:56 pmZhinvu

        Thanks for this daikama. I was about to ask if it’s necessary to see the 2006 TV series and/or Unlimited Blade Works before jumping into this new adaptation. The only Fate related anime I finished was Fate/Zero. I only got through half of the original Fate/Stay Night anime and never watched the Unlimited Blade Works movie.

      • September 18, 2014 at 8:32 pmPasserby

        I would personally say that experiencing the VN order (Fate –> UBW –> Heaven’s Feel) is optimal because while the stories of each route can certainly be standalone there is an overarching meta-narrative that connects the routes in order.

        That said, the original Deen series is a somewhat…sub-par. I wouldn’t blame anyone who decides to give it a miss.

      • September 19, 2014 at 12:37 pmZephyr

        Yeah, the VN order’s probably the best way to experience it and make sure you don’t miss any details and what not, but there’s a kind of irony to it that if you watch it that way, you’re starting with the original F/SN, which is arguably the worst of the Fate anime franchises out there.

        At least though, if you watch F/SN, UBW (Movie) or UBW (ufotable ver), HF (ufotable), then Fate/Zero, you’re only going to get things that are more enjoyable as you go on so, there’s that.

    • September 19, 2014 at 10:56 amlebleu

      yes that’s why I asked – i tried the original FSN series a few years ago and couldn’t really get into it; didn’t particularly like it TBH.

      since you guys suggest watching the original first, hopefully they will remake the original series and then I can get into the franchise.

      • September 19, 2014 at 12:40 pmZephyr

        I was thinking ufotable was going to remake that at some point, but they’re doing UBW and HF instead, so it’s probably not likely any remake will happen soon (if at all). Better to get started rather than wait at this point, as the alternative is to wait until the split cour of ufotable’s F/SN 2014 is done in the Spring, wait until they release HF a cour or two later in theaters, and then some.

      • September 19, 2014 at 2:17 pmcyberdemon

        Yeah the Fate route in general is consider the least interesting routes by a majority of fans. Even playing through the VN I feel that it is a bit of a chore to do. It’s (even according to Nasu the creator) poorly written. I also find the Shirou/Saber romance unrealistic and boring.

      • September 20, 2014 at 5:39 amPatsuan

        Cyberdemon,
        Can’t say I share your feelings. Saber is my favourite character from the franchise, and though the anime really was no good, I immensely enjoyed her route in the VN (the ending was beautiful!). Which is why I’d suggest to newcomers to the series to play the game instead of waiting for a remake. Especially now that are several improved versions (voice, cg, and all that) out.
        Incidentally, I never liked Sakura too much, so to me HF was simply good to quite great and not the “omg amazing!” most people think.

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:10 pmberrish17

    Orenchi no Furo Jijou=Shimazaki nobunaga and Suzuki Tatsuhisa <3 Saw on their twitter about nagging they have to work together again.ahaha Of course Free! couple <3 I mean….buddies.lol

    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso has beautiful artwork, even official homepage. Psycho-pass 2, Mushishi, Fate/stay night, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, etc.

    Hybrid Child OVA!! Nakamura Shungiku-sama I love you <3 Can't wait for the release season for Junjou Romantica 3!! (too early for excitement.lol)

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:12 pmRick Anime

    Log Horizon, Sanzoku no Musume Ronja, psycho pass 2, Fate Stay/Night, & Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle are my most anticipated

    Will also be checking out Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS.

    Might try to add one or two wildcards into the rotation. Will be busy since there’s a few good summer season shows that will be going forward into Fall

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:16 pmdaikama

    “Second” seasons form the foundation of my watch list – Fate UBW (hence the quotes around second), Log Horizon, Chaika, etc. Will also try some other shows (“3 Ep. Rule) though that part of my list is still undecided. Some notes about a couple of shows:

    Terraformars

    Perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see any mention of the Terra Formars OVA (already out) which covers the first 6(?) chapters of the manga. You can get it at the usual places. I didn’t watch the OVA, but read through most of the translated manga. Personally, I’m going to pass on the show, but those interested in the series should probably watch the OVA.

    Madan no Ou to Vanadis

    Read the LNs and I like the series (JMO). Tigre is not a typical, worthless harem male lead. Definitely no “Ichika issues” here. There are a number of battles fought (large and small) featuring some decent tactics so there’s potential for good action depending upon how well the adaptation is done. And that brings me to my main concern. Normally, I would be looking forward to the anime adaptation, but I have concerns over adaptation quality risk. Been burned too many times before on that. :/ Studio aside, personally, the show’s director does not inspire much, if any, confidence.

    My main concern is about rushed pacing/excessive material cuts/trying to cover too much material for the allotted air time (regardless of one or two cours). There’s a character listed on the official anime site who does not appear until LN vol. 06 >_> … and LN vol. 06 is not a good place to end. So I guess that means the anime will attempt to cover 6 1/2 or 7 (or God forbid 8) LN volumes. Either that or there is some serious rewriting going on with the anime. What’s frustrating is that the end of LN vol. 05 is literally a perfect place to stop. Seriously, I can’t see how you can ask for a better ending point other than the actual end of the series. *sigh*

    So while I do plan to watch the anime adaptation for at least a few episodes, my expectations are “prepare for worst, hope for something better.” Perhaps unfair, but I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed (again). That being said, I would NOT dissuade anyone interested in the anime (or any series for that matter) from watching, but I would temper expectations for the reasons noted above.

    FYI – Here’s the PV for Vanadis

    • September 18, 2014 at 8:20 pmN

      I’m hoping that they do vol.1-5 justice (assuming this is one cour), and then show Show Spoiler ▼

      in the stinger of the last episode, as a sign of things to come. I don’t think you have to worry about the warfare part, though- there’s an interview with Tatsuo Sato (the director) on the anime’s website, and he really seems really fascinated with the war aspect of the story. So hopefully, they’ll do the source material justice. I’m not going to complain if they downplay/remove the overt harem/ecchi elements of the series, though- those are probably my least favourite parts of the novels.

      (And I wouldn’t say that Tigre’s immune to the Ichika syndrome, heh- he’s just a relatively mild case).

      • September 18, 2014 at 9:50 pmdaikama

        @N “I’m hoping that they do vol.1-5 justice (assuming this is one cour), and then show…”

        Five LN volumes in 12-13 episodes (e.g. one-cour)? I’ll pass on that. Don’t see how you can “adapt” that much into 12-13 episodes and still do “justice” to the source material. Maybe LN volumes 1-3 in 12 episodes. Log Horizon Season One worked just fine with 5 LN volumes covered in a 25 episode, 2-cour run (even then some stuff was cut/shortened here and there). So I don’t see why similar pacing wouldn’t work for Vanadis (ironically produced by the same studio).

        Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I don’t see either one happening (e.g. one-cour run or only vol. 1-5 covered). Your spoiler is on the official anime site character list which is why I posted I think at least 6-7 LN volumes will be covered (or there will be some serious rewriting going on). With that much material to cover, I’m expecting a 2-cour run.

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:25 pmHigure

    Without a doubt, the shows that I’m looking for the most is the new Fate, Psycho-Pass (since the first season still give me chills) and Grisaia, because the Novel is one of my favorites.

    I’ll pick almost everything else, but those 3 are my biggest hopes

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:42 pmion52

    Please… do NOT fuck up Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Nanatsu no Taizai or Orenchi no Furo Jijou.

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:50 pmYukie

    Soo many fantasies..what is this, a Game of Thrones backlash?
    I’m sad that the fantastic summer season is coming to an end..along w/ HxH and Haikyuu :’( But I guess this is what a normal season is like, 3-4 standout animes for me.
    Gonna be tuning in for Psycho-Pass 2, Yowamushi Pedal, and Donten ni Warau for sure. Might check out Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Denki-gai too.

  • September 18, 2014 at 8:12 pmKF

    I’ve been hearing people giving undue grieve to Gundam Build Fighters Try – and I don’t care. I watched the prequel and I like it!

  • September 18, 2014 at 8:35 pmChar

    I am so disappointed in Sunrise and Tomino. Since Unicorn just finished a while ago, one would think that it is about time to make a proper series out of F91 since it is the series that would follow chronologically. Then they can proceed with a 50 or so episode of Crossbone gundam which every gundam fan is holding their dikcs for.

    Then they do this shit. Another shitty gundam series aimed at the so-called “children of Gundam fans”. Didn’t AGE do that job already?!?! I will watch the new series but I will go in with no expectations.

  • September 18, 2014 at 8:36 pmGinobi47

    My freaking god…. Fall 2014 has some of the biggest names in Otaku history and I love it!

    Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works- Fuk Yeah! The hole that Fate Kaleid Ilya is to be plugged up with the best route that Fate Stay Night has to offer! I am HYPED!

    Log Horizon 2- Another heavy hitter has returned in full glory! Akatsuki I missed your loli ninjaness so much!

    Madan no Ou to Vanadis- One of the greatest war Light Novels I’ve ever read. Very good depiction of thousands vs thousands of soldiers. I cant wait!

    Grisaia No Kajitsu- I may be a Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel fanatic but Grisaia No Kajitsu is most certainly the best Visual Novel I have ever came across. While it did lack the action that made the Fate series so enjoying, the character driven story makes Grisaia one of the funniest/saddest/traumatic/emotional VN I have ever read. I have extremely high hopes for this…. and I’ll be pissed off if it isnt a masterpiece

    • September 18, 2014 at 8:50 pmGinobi47

      PS: Senjogahara Hitagi is gonna be in Grisaia *wink*

      PSS: Curse the lack of an edit button

  • September 18, 2014 at 9:38 pmTreyon

    Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Paradise!! OVA
    Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kouro, Haruka OVA
    IS: Infinite Stratos – World Purge OVA
    Ane Log OVA
    Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
    Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.
    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
    Trinity Seven
    Akatsuki no Yona
    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
    Ai Tenchi Muyou!
    Grisaia no Kajitsu (MAYBE, i am not really good with tragedy animes)
    Nanatsu no Taizai
    Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works (GOTTA SEE IT)
    Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    Log Horizon 2
    Amagi Brilliant Park (just because of the full metal panic bear in the background lol)
    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
    TERRAFORMARS (seems good)

    HOLY SH*****T…. i cant remember the last time i wanted to see so many new series… and to only select 5 of these without conting the ovas… it will be HARD, but the first 3 are already decided. 1 Fate. 2 Trinity Seven, 3 Log Horizon… the others will be hard

  • September 18, 2014 at 10:08 pmzztop

    Tatsunoko Production is replacing Production IG for PsychoPass Season 2.

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-09-18/psycho-pass-2-cast-staff-promo-video-unveiled/.78920

    Also, Log Horizon 2 listed for 25 episodes.

    • September 20, 2014 at 8:13 pmsonicsenryaku

      yea i could tell from the promotional video that it wasnt production IG doing the animation…something just felt different…had to do with the camera perspectives, shading, and artistic layouts

  • September 18, 2014 at 10:13 pmechykr

    It’s been awhile since I’m actually looking forward to a Kyo-Ani title. Their last really good series was Hyouka, and that was also a collaboration between director Takemoto Yasuhiro and FMP writer Gatoh Shouji, so I’m glad that they have reunited to work on Gatoh’s new novel Amagi Brilliant Park.

    Also looking forward to see more characters illustrated by Nakajima Yuka (Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai, the DL Action doujinshi series) appear on screen.

  • September 18, 2014 at 10:30 pmMormegil

    Why is Urobuchi not writing Psycho-Pass Season 2?

    • September 18, 2014 at 11:58 pmGuardian Enzo

      Urobuchi seems pretty disinterested in writing endings to the series he does write, never mind sequels.

    • September 19, 2014 at 3:48 amZephyr

      He’s also working on a bunch of stuff at the moment too (like the Exiled from Paradise movies).

    • September 19, 2014 at 6:33 amfabuleux

      He added a lot of meat to Psycho-Pass, but I think it will survive fine without him. Personally, I find his name rings hollow these days.

      Katsuyuki Motohiro’s outsider film maker experience would have had the greater influence on the show’s style & design. Tatsunoko Production replacing I.G is odd though.

      • September 19, 2014 at 8:49 amYause

        There are several staff changes across the board:

        - studio
        - writing team
        - day to day production director (related to studio change, I guess)
        - art director

        This isn’t necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. However, you kind of worry that Psycho-Pass 2 is more of an obligatory sequel (because Psycho-Pass sold well) than a show that everyone wanted and was prepared to make.

      • September 20, 2014 at 5:26 pmfabuleux

        It probably doesn’t even need a sequel (you could say that about a lot of series), but it certainly deserves one (you can’t say that about a lot of series).

  • September 18, 2014 at 10:50 pmrh75

    Log Horizon 2 – Loved the first season so have high expectations for enjoyment.
    Psycho-pass 2- First season was interesting despite the hiccups.
    Mushishi Zoku 2 – It’s Mushishi nothing else needs to be said.
    Trinity Seven – Oh please merciful deities don’t let this adaption suck like so many recent ones.
    Chika – Because it is quirky.

    Given the last two seasons which have disappointed me immensely, I will be sticking to only these titles. Everything else doesn’t pique my interest.

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:28 pmSummer was lacklustre

    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
    > “There is no Rosetta Stone for this.”
    That’s a good thing right? :P

    Amagi Brilliant Park
    Premise seems incredibly generic but it’s by the creator of FMP? Have to give it a shot then.

    Gundam Reconguista in G
    Another “kiddy” Gundam seri–
    After reading mega-dark’s comment, I’m going to try Gundam Build Fighters despite dropping AGE.

    F/SN UBW
    Looking forward to ufotable + Kajiura Yuki’s OST + Shiro being badass

    Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
    Hopefully it’ll be a good popcorn flick at the very least.

    Grisaia no Kajitsu
    Curious as to how badly they’ll screw it up

    Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS
    Doubt there will be much plot but going by the trailer, there’s action eye candy in spades.

    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
    If only it August’s Aiyoku no Eustia instead (which I only just finished reading a few days ago T.T)

    I’ll try most of the shows next season but I suppose the only thing I’m really looking forward to is UBW. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:16 amDiabloCthulhu

      Kajiura Yuki’s OST

      The composer is actually Fukasawa Hideyuki. And he’s awesome. He was the lead composer for Mahoutsukai no Yoru, and the soundtrack in that VN is incredible, so you don’t need to worry about the soundtrack for the UBW.

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:52 pmDiabloCthulhu

    > Girlfriend (Kari)

    I’ll just leave this hilarious thing about the game here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/chloe-lemaires-japanese-speech (yes, this character will be in the adaptation).

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:14 amsonicsenryaku

    top list of of anime i want to watch this fall
    1.Mushi-shi- It’s freaking mushishi….the directorial display, narrative cohesion, and moral profundity that oozes out this series is enough to be satiated for weeks on end….then you got to shoot up again because you realized how good of an experience it was
    2. Parasyte- I love me some good psychological horror, and in the right hands, this classic manga can instantly become a profound anime series
    3. Fate/stay night (UBW)- It’s fate- F***ing/stay night. I personally think the default route is the weakest, with UBW striking a great balance between the other two routes, and Heaven’s feel being the darkest and most gripping. Essentially, if Ufotable is going to do a set of movies for Heaven’s feel (which im almost 100% positive they will otherwise they would have never announced it this early), then i sure am glad UBW is being made into tv eps while HF gets the movies…the tone of HF works better in movie format.
    4.Psycho Pass S2- The whole first season of Psycho Pass served as Akane’s character arc, and while characterization wasnt exactly Psycho-Pass’s strong suit, the world building and cases where and there was some interesting ideologies being explored with the characters. Now is the time i expect for S2 to relly bring out the big guns and capitalize on the many strengths of the series while ironing out the weaknesses. Akane’s character arc was the entire build up of the first season…now let’s see her be a badass with what she has learned, streut her intelligence, and become an even more interesting lead along with the rest of the cast. Here’s to boarding the psycho pass S2 hype train…i always appreciate good anime that tries to use the medium for truly interesting stuff and challenge its viewers with some compelling story-telling.

    ………..yea that’s it. Im fairly interested in everything else on the list and to be quite honest, im actually optimistic about this fall season. I dont think it is as terrible as it may seem or that others make it seem. I will be looking out for kyoto animation’s amagi brilliant park because on the technical side of things, i really respect kyoani as an animation production. Their drawings are almost always moving within the frames, expressive, and vibrant. The artist there really took animation 101. They have a great understanding of how to use the medium of animation reach out to the audience even if their actual material may be lack luster at times. I think the stuff coming out by Mappa certainly looks interesting as well. Im always looking out for any works by Mappa seeing the talent that composes that production studio. It seems like they are finally getting into putting out more work. Overall, I feel like this season is going to surprise us and ive usually been on the money when it comes to judging an anime season.

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:20 aminfo600

    This is going to be one heavy cour…

    Continuing Shows that I’m watching:
    Sword Art Online 2 – It’s finally starting to show more actual sword arts, not just the butts…(not that I’m complaining or anything)

    The “must see” shows of the cour:
    PSYCHO-PASS 2 – Will this finish the PSYCHO-PASS world? Cause I don’t think it can continue for another season after this…
    Gundam Reconguista in G – An original Gundam Series? COUNT ME IN!
    Selector Spread WIXOSS – let the mind screwing continue…finally
    Log Horizon 2 – (the only Saturday show I’ll end up watching for sure) – it’s watchable for me, since I’ve read through the LN already…
    Gundam Build Fighters Try – *crosses fingers for the show not to run out of ideas mid way through.*

    The “3 episodes timer” shows:
    Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo – interesting mech designs (a statue on the head? that’s new), though the story sounds like something from similar mech shows (ie. buddy complex for the most recent example in my memory).

    The “Blog Stalking” shows:
    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken – may end up skipping it…especially when it’s right after 2 much more established shows
    Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomet – may give it a whirl, seeing PASSERBY is comparing this to Ef and CLANNAD…

    The “no no no no no no no no no no*cliff drop* ” Catagory…(I’m making it up, it’s still “blog stalking”):
    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu – hmm….old-school animated Retro Horror? might have a peek (through gaps of my fingers, that is.)
    TERRAFORMARS – Arcade Fighter Action, Body Mutation Horror, Alternate Planet Sci-Fi…I may have to second guess my judgement of even pushing myself for a second look at this show.

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:20 amcshin9

    I’m looking forward to:

    Log Horizon 2
    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works
    Parasyte
    Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

    I’m a bit reserved on:

    Amagi Brilliant Park
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
    Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS (because of the dragon)

    I still need to see the first season:

    PSYCHO-PASS 2

  • September 19, 2014 at 1:10 amSK

    Bonta-kun!? I would love to see something on the level of Fumoffu, that Rugby episode still cracks me up.

    Huh, didn’t realize Shingeki no Bahamut (AKA Rage of Bahamut in English) was getting an anime. Seems like mobile apps/games might be a new source for adaptations? I’ll give it a look, though I have no idea where the plot will lead. It is nice to see that some of the beautiful art from the cards is being reproduced in animated form.

    Never actually watched the original F/SN, as I’ve heard it’s subpar, though I have played the VN. Looking forward to UBW, especially as it’s being done by ufotable rather than Deen.

    Hopefully Log Horizon and Psycho-Pass both pick up where their first seasons left off, I enjoyed both immensely.

    Grisaia is on my (rather long) list of VNs to play, so dunno if I’ll watch it as it airs; I don’t want to ruin the experience and the best medium for most stories is the original. Might marathon it in the future, or maybe I’ll bump it up the list and finish it before it airs.

    Gotta finish marathoning 5 or 6 shows from this season, and I’m sure I’ll pick up some of the ones I haven’t already mentioned.

    • September 19, 2014 at 4:47 amboingman

      Would be great. Fumoffu has to be one of the funniest anime comedies I’ve ever seen.

  • September 19, 2014 at 1:29 amReianz

    Thanks guys as always! Really appreciate the time and dedication you guys put into this for us!

  • September 19, 2014 at 2:59 amBROOKLYN otaku

    *vigorously slaps AC Vein*….I BEEN WAITING FOR THIS sooooo bad!!….thanks!!

    • September 19, 2014 at 3:19 amBROOKLYN otaku

      Ohh and BTW- “This may be a good thing because Gatoh Shouji’s Full Metal Panic!, which has had no new anime in eight years and counting, also does not fit into KyoAni’s current mold.”……………THIS, is the saddest thing i‘ve read all year.

  • September 19, 2014 at 3:20 amJiCi

    Psycho-Pass 2 is gonna be the one I’ll be checking out… I just want MORE development for the enforcers, like Shion and Yayoi. I also want more team-ups with these ladies, if possible. Without spoiling the 1st season, Akane got paired up with Kogami (obviously, great main male character though), Ginoza and Masaoka. Kagari and Yayoi? Barely even got some screen time… which is a little disappointing. I honestly would have preferred a few episodes where both Kogami and Akane would have been paired with Kagari and/or Yayoi to see how the dynamic would have turned out.

    Just… don’t screw up the relationship between Yayoi and Shion, ok?

  • September 19, 2014 at 3:59 amLAboy 456

    The ones I’m sure I’ll see:

    - World Trigger (from what I read and from what I saw on its first CM, I’m really intrigued. A pity this hasn’t a big support)
    - Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road (it’s back for me – can’t wait)
    - Gundam Build Fighters Try (loved the first series (it’s so different from a normal Gundam series) from , so I can’t wait for this sequel)

    But I might also watch out for a few others, such as the 2nd season of Log Horizon, Donten ni Warau and maybe also Orenchi no Furo Jijou

  • September 19, 2014 at 4:02 amnatsumy

    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu. It’s been so long since I read the manga… I thought this day would never come.

  • September 19, 2014 at 4:05 amJordan

    Loved Passerby’s preview of “Ore, twintails ni narimasu…”, i couldn’t stop laughting the entire time until he started being all serious and then started laughting again.

    Great writing Passerby.

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:49 pmPasserby

      That stuff? It writes itself.

  • September 19, 2014 at 5:29 amMurazrai

    Thanks for this preview. However, the anime that I anticipates the most in this season is Tribe Cool Crew, which is not in this preview. I got a feeling that it will give a pleasant surprise the way Gundam Build Fighters does.

    • September 19, 2014 at 8:16 amCherrie

      The list above is not comprehensive unfortunately =( and we note that on Disclaimer #2 above. However, thanks for the heads up for all the folks reading ^^

  • September 19, 2014 at 5:58 amZxenon

    Will there be multiple people reviewing “Fate Stay Night unlimited blade work” and will “Divine” also reviewing something this season?

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:43 pmZephyr

      If you’re talking about coverage of UBW, I’m quite certain someone will cover it. Divine will be at least continuing coverage of Argevollen last I checked. Full blogging picks haven’t been done yet, so no other details at this time.

  • September 19, 2014 at 6:06 amJhacks

    Finally, Ufotable will show how you do a proper way of saving an anime.

    /glassesadjust for more Database! Database!

    • September 19, 2014 at 10:47 amTakaii

      Living in a database, database

      • September 19, 2014 at 1:21 pmJhacks

        Wow Wow xD

      • September 20, 2014 at 8:16 pmbaubo

        Are you ready for the punchline?

  • September 19, 2014 at 6:35 amtoti

    there´s nothing from shaft this season, maybe they’re working in kizumonogatari D:

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:48 pmZephyr

      One can only hope.

  • September 19, 2014 at 7:13 amSetsu

    I’ll watch
    Psycho-Pass 2
    World Trigger
    Denkigai no Honya-san
    Le Fruit de la Grisaia
    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
    Grisaia no Kajitsu
    Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
    Girl Friend BETA
    Inou Battle Within Everyday Life

    World Trigger seem like interesting show.

  • September 19, 2014 at 8:06 amMasterman

    Am I missing something about Zephyr’s preview of Build Fighters Try? Why is it that despite him hearing good things about the entertainment value of BF and having nothing bad to say about Try his expectations of it are “moderately low”?

    • September 19, 2014 at 8:13 amCherrie

      The expectation levels are not judged by the sole writer of the article. It’s based on a collective agreement from (mainly) Zanibas, Zephyr and Stilts and maybe another person if a tie-breaker is required. We’re trying to capture what the “general” audience expectation levels should be. Hope that helps =)

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:47 pmZephyr

      I mentioned it in a comment-chain above, but basically my reasoning was that it’s a Gundam series made for Gundam fans. In that context, those that aren’t fans of the genre may not find as much to like about it, which is why expectation levels are tempered slightly because the levels are for the perceived average viewer. Of course, it doesn’t mean typical viewers may not like it, just they’re not as likely to feel the same as a Gundam fan would, the latter of which clearly would have different expectations of the series.

      So while it might be enjoyable, it could depend a lot on your view of Gundam in general, hence why moderately low, which basically means approach cautiously. Don’t be surprised if you’re a non-Gundam fan and don’t like it, but don’t assume that it means you won’t find anything worth watching either. Just make sure not to expect a masterpiece or anything of the sort.

  • September 19, 2014 at 8:18 amHoshi

    Its sad that you guys put akatsuki no yona on moderately low expectations because its a really great manga. Yona is an amazing character who evolves into someone much different than when you first meet her in the series and it also has the luxury of having great characters in the mix. I hope you guys give this a blogging chance because trust me the story is huge and interesting. You won’t regret it.Its really rare that I get excited over a female heroine because honestly in the shoujo genre they are a rarity. As for my picks this season its definitely Akatsuki no Yona and Mushishi.

    • September 19, 2014 at 10:48 amTakaii

      We arrived at these levels by convening our regular (and reliably shady) “anticipation council,” which consists of Zanibas, Zephyr, and Stilts. While we’ve gone to great lengths to be as objective as possible, we’re all fallible human beings around here, and even the most well-considered predictions can prove themselves wrong in a hurry. Take these designations with a grain of salt.

  • September 19, 2014 at 8:42 amofislacker

    Where’s the poll? I’m interested in what RC patrons are interested in.

    “Captain, huge wave of awesomeness incoming!”
    “But we haven’t even overcome the previous wave!”
    Damn, I need to catch up on this season’s show.

    • September 19, 2014 at 9:07 amCherrie

      I’ll have the poll posted within the next day or two. Giving the readers a chance to go through the preview first.

    • September 20, 2014 at 7:23 amCherrie

      Poll posted and new button for the fall preview =)

  • September 19, 2014 at 10:00 amHunter-Wolf

    This season really seems to be the season where many good shows get their 2nd season (Psycho Pass, Log Horizon, Hitsugi no Chaika, .. etc) , and some unexpected ones get adaptions (Parasyte, Nanatsu no Taizai).

    2nd Seasons i will watch:-
    -Psycho Pass 2 (It’s always good to watch a thought-provoking anime from time to time, one that deals with heavy dilemmas and moral issues, and the first season of PP delivered that in spades, i want to know what will they do now to create more thought provoking conflicts)
    -Log Horizon 2 (loved the fresh take on the “trapped in an MMO” theme done many times before, the attention to detail and mechanics while also world building and developing the characters, it’s quality entertainment and i want to know what’s going to happen next).
    -Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd season (It’s Mushishi, i need no excuse to watch it, ’nuff said).

    New series i will pick up for sure:-
    -Gundam Reconguista in G (i’m a big fan of Gundam and mecha anime in general, it’s interesting to see Gundam done in a new style and one that’s interesting like this).
    -Parasyte (While i never read Parasyte it was on my “to read” list cause i heard a lot of good things about it, it’s the scary but fascinating body-snatchers scenario, so it’s good to see psychological and body horror animated based on quality material)
    -Nanatsu no Taizai (I’m a sucker for medieval fantasy themed manga, add to that the theme of the seven sins and i’m in, funny thing i just happened to check Nanatsu manga and pick it up only to find the anime announced, lucky me)
    -Shingeki no Bahamut (I’ll admit that i’m picking this one first and foremost for the fantastic characters designs, animation and epic magic battles, just watch the trailer and you will understand).
    -Sanzoku no Musume Ronja (It’s Ghibli, need i say more, i love everything Ghibli, and i don’t care if it has CG, the company did a fantastic job on Sidonia, in fact an all CG series works way better than mixing animated cells and CG, it’s more coherent, either way i’m really hope we will still find the magic of Ghibli here CG or not).

    Show i might check (bless the 3 episode rule):-
    -World Trigger
    -Terraformers
    -Denki-gai no Honya-san
    -Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    -Hitsugi no Chaika

  • September 19, 2014 at 10:07 amGermanguy

    I need to see this Animes in Motion to get a feeling for them. Pretty Pictures and Text can be just a nice Illusion. But when it comes to entertainment there the chaff separate from the wheat

  • September 19, 2014 at 10:49 amTakaii

    I’m so happy to see people putting Denki-gai on their to-watch list :’)

    I really hope it’s as awesome as the manga is LOL

  • September 19, 2014 at 11:51 amAsianEngineer

    So many things to watch this season!

    YES
    Denki-gai no Honya-san | October 2
    Amagi Brilliant Park | October 2
    Grisaia no Kajitsu | October 5
    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu | October 8
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso | October 9

    Maybe+
    WIXOSS 2nd Season | October 3
    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de | October 6
    Girlfriend (Kari) | October 12
    Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru | October TBA

    Maybe-
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou | October 6
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai | October 8
    SHIROBAKO | October 9

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:00 pmWindaerie

    “A worm-like species of alien called Parasytes has invaded Earth, taking human beings as hosts by wrigging in through their noses and ears and taking over their brains”…Sounds like the Yeerks! :P

    And not to rail on Chaika season 2…but BONES, where is my Darker Than Black season 3?! ;___;

    Thanks for the preview, guys! Look forward to following the posts since there’s less and less time for me to actually watch the shows. @_@

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:52 pmPasserby

      My guess? No DtB3 ever because 2 didn’t get enough disk sales. I’m as devastated as you are. Every season I hope. But if DtB taught me anything it would be that optimism gets you killed. Very applicable lesson.

      • September 19, 2014 at 2:43 pmMgMaster

        I’m the same in that regard :( I know it’s less & less likely that we’ll ever get more DtB but I still hope from time to time. I guess it’s time we give up on the idea though…SIGH!

      • September 19, 2014 at 6:42 pmsonicsenryaku

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! never give up on the idea that a third DTB could happen…neveeeerrrrrrrrrr hahahaha : P. If we give up, we may actually never see a sequel. DTB (season 1 anyway and the gaiden OVA’s) are some of my favorite anime of all time. I liked season 2…just not as much as i liked season 1. I liked the fact that DTB was a supernatural anime series that actually handled itself seriously, with great writing and an execution similar to that of refined live-action action dramas. I really want to see more as the lore of DTB has sooooo much room to explore and expand.

      • September 20, 2014 at 4:56 amMgMaster

        It’s one of my all-time favorites as well. Although I don’t have the numbers, I remember S1 being fairly popular while the 2nd season season might not have been all that great, it’s hardly bad. A main problem which BONES probably realized but it was too late was how the 2nd season came out before the 4 OVAs, leaving viewers with so many questions. Even if those questions were answered when we got the OVAs, a lot of people were left with a “meh” impression of the 2nd season, at least when compared to the 1st one. I think there would be a reasonable number of people interested in a 3rd season featuring our awesome chinese electric batman – whether it’s a prequel or another sequel.

      • September 20, 2014 at 8:18 pmsonicsenryaku

        @MgMaster yea that’s pretty much what i assumed; regardless of how interesting the OVA’s were, the “meh” feeling viewers had from S2 was so pungent that BONES perhaps wanted to hold back on continuing the story.

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:08 pmAtalla Wanderer

    I haven’t watched any fate shows except Fate/Prisma [Magical Girl]. Is it alright for me to watch Fate/Stay Night UBW?

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:34 pmGermanguy

      Perhaps, but free your mind from the Fate/Prisma time line, here the Cards have Masters

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:58 pmPasserby

      I would expect that UBW, being a full anime season, will start from the very beginning and you won’t be left out of the loop. In fact, it may be better if you somehow forget everything you know from Prisma Ilya. Get that brain bleach going.

      If you have odious amounts of free time, though, it’d be best to start at some version of the first Fate route for the most complete experience. It won’t necessarily be for any plot, but more for the thematic buildup. No, it’s not required reading and none of it will be on the test. It’s just in case you are really obsessive about stuff like this. And it’s completely fine if you’re not.

      • September 20, 2014 at 8:58 amlebleu

        can whoever blogs UBW please make a mention of whether it does start right at the beginning (and hence is OK for newbies to the franchise) or not.

        thanks.

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:33 pmLonghaul

    Amazing season so far. Looking forward to Log Horizon, Chaika, Seven Deadly Sins, Gundam Reconguista and Twintail.

    • September 19, 2014 at 12:36 pmLonghaul

      * cant forget Fate/Stay Night

  • September 19, 2014 at 2:02 pmMgMaster

    From a 1st glance, fall 2014 looks pretty mediocre to me :( Also, I haven’t seen this many RomComs in a while. It means I have to try most of them in hopes of maybe finding one or more that stand out, besides settling with 2-3 mediocre ones. There’s little “I know for sure I’ll like this.” and more “I’m gonna have to give try this out.” this season for me.

    Shows that I’m somewhat excited but uncertain nonetheless for are Psycho Pass 2, Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete & Akatsuki no Yona(at the same time, I’m also very worried about this one as I can easily see myself dropping it in a heartbeat if it plays those reverse harem tropes too much).

    Shows that I’m moderately interested in but will surely watch ’till the end no matter how they turn out are Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works, Grisaia No Kajitsu & Hitsugi No Chaika S2.

    Otherwise I’ll be trying out:

    - TERRAFORMARS
    - Amagi Brilliant Park
    - Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    - Cross Ange Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
    - World Trigger
    - Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
    - Sora no Method
    - Gugure! Kokkuri-san
    - Ai Tenchi Muyou!
    - Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS
    - Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
    - Trinity Seven
    - Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
    - Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu
    - SHIROBAKO
    - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
    - Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
    - Denki-gai no Honya-san

    Trying out 20+ shows will be a 1st for me and as usual, I’ll be happy with 8-12 among which some will be above average, some will be good-to-very-good and a great one which I can consider a candidate for my AOTY(of course, more never hurt but I’m satisfied just finding one per season, or every two seasons even). At any rate, here’s to a season full of much-needed surprises!

    • September 19, 2014 at 2:11 pmMgMaster

      Oh and of course, can’t forget Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder OVA. Definitely excited for that!

  • September 19, 2014 at 3:43 pmGoukaRyuu

    Will Watch

    Denki-gai no Honya-san
    Amagi Brilliant Park
    Nanatsu no Taizai
    Ai Tenchi Muyou!
    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
    Akatsuki no Yona
    Gundam Build Fighters Try
    Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

    Will Try

    Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
    Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
    World Trigger
    SHIROBAKO
    Donten ni Warau

    Will Wait For Someone to Canary First

    Sora no Method
    Gugure! Kokkuri-san
    Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou
    Trinity Seven
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

    A pretty good season overall, though for me personally not as interesting as Summer was.

  • September 19, 2014 at 4:50 pmKerensa

    Why is Akatsuki no Yona moderately low? :’(

  • September 19, 2014 at 4:50 pmomegadir

    I wonder if setting of Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo is ripped from Broken Blade of vice versa. The magic world there human mastered magic and forgot other science, main lead what can’t use magic and thus shunned by others until have chance in giant robot to protect others. Even titular mech strongly resembles Delphine from Broken Blade. Only 2 major difference between them is main lead is female and fight against dragon instead of other mecha (although I hope that will be too). Still I watch for Cross Ange just in case it can stand on its own merits.

    • September 19, 2014 at 5:16 pmZephyr

      Hmm… Junichi Akutsu did the mecha designs for Geass and Gundam Seed. Perhaps it’s more apt to say it resembles a mixture of the Strike Freedom from Seed and the Knightmares from Geass more than anything eh.

      As for the former… hmmm… I kinda got more of an Escaflowne vibe with the dragons and bits myself, but I can see what you mean.

      • September 19, 2014 at 8:17 pmomegadir

        Then I first saw image of main mecha on this page first though was “It look like Delfine”. Maybe it was because of low resolution and mech seen from above, but now after I looked on main site of Cross Ange I agree with you, it is really looks like cross between Freedom and Lancelot. Aside from that what more can you tell about Cross Ange please. What designer of Code Geass mecha in project already enough to jump my hope up several times, but story don’t impress me because its as I said just like Break Blade. In my opinion Sunrise do either masterpieces (Code Geass) or complete garbage what painful to watch (Gundam Age). Its just my opinion, but other people in project (not seiyu) how they other works was? My fear: Design may be great but story is utter cr*p, because as you said “blatant use of their pilot suits as fanservice has me tempering my expectations” but to me then someone use fanservice to much its spell doom to everything else. For example Fuuun Ishin Dai Shougun. There was very little information about it before release but I had good hopes. After it was released I watched only 2 episodes, first and last. Of course this example is worst case and I don’t think Cross Ange will be this bad, but without good story it can became just another case of bad mecha porno there good visual bud not depth at all.

  • September 19, 2014 at 6:41 pmSilivious

    Madan, Log Horizon, Fate, and maybe a few others….Hard Drive…prepare to be filled!

  • September 19, 2014 at 6:58 pmnexuszero

    Definitely gonna watch Psycho Pass and gundam but I’m seriously worried about FSN. I’ve seen the UBW movie so I pretty much get the idea of what events would unfold in the series and I honestly think the first FSN anime had a more fulfilling resolution than UBW, at least in terms of serving as a sequel to Fate/zero.

    Hopefully, ufotable will do a proper remake someday…

  • September 19, 2014 at 7:42 pmikramit

    the anime adaptation of madan no ou to vanadis was looking good until it turns out it going to be a train wreck with 6 volumes turned into 12 eps. That means 9 different battle in 12 eps its impossible for this to be anything but bad

    • September 19, 2014 at 7:53 pmN

      Oh, no…

    • September 20, 2014 at 3:03 amdaikama

      @ikramit: “The anime adaptation of madan no ou to vanadis was looking good until it turns out it going to be a train wreck with 6 volumes turned into 12 eps.

      I agree 110% that it would be a train wreck if they tried to “adapt” 6 LN volumes in 12 episodes. However, I haven’t seen anything official (or otherwise) stating that the anime will for sure be one-cour, 12 episodes. Did I miss something? Was that officially confirmed? If so where?

      Thanks.

  • September 19, 2014 at 8:38 pmSekaya

    Definitely Watching:

    Akatsuki no Yona (High expectations – just more worried it won’t get enough time/eps)
    Orenchi no Furo Jijou (Really like the idea – should be funny as all get up!)
    Parasyte (Looks great – really curious where it’ll go)
    Log Horizon (Loved the first season)
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (sounds promising)
    Psycho-Pass 2 (Loved the first season)

    As for everything else…will be playing it by ear and seeing.

  • September 19, 2014 at 8:43 pmmagoiichi

    Looks like I’m gonna be watching 80-90% of the new shows this time around. My backlog is no where near being completed though, shit…

  • September 19, 2014 at 11:02 pmos

    if Sora no Method’s studio was drawing Trinity Seven, then that would be fantastic……….

    Sora no Method (I am watching for plots……)
    Trinity Seven (pushy male lead + harem = hentai plots, right?)
    Denki-gai no Honya-san (I already saw a little bit of plots in the preview)
    Parasyte (if it is not as censored as Tokyo Ghoul)
    TERRAFORMARS (it looks more like Fist of the North Star than Starship Troopers, but that is great, too.)
    Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works (was this shown in ova already?)
    Akatsuki no Yona (looks new to me)
    PSYCHO-PASS 2
    Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
    Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season
    Amagi Brilliant Park

  • September 20, 2014 at 1:12 amNachtwandler

    > Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken | 旦那が何を言っているかわからない件Top
    http://www.dreamcreation.co.jp/danna/
    Animation: Dream Creation

    Dream Creation is a production company. Animation one is Seven. Like with all the past Seven’s short series.

  • September 20, 2014 at 3:55 amikramit

    @daikama
    scroll down and you will see pre order dvd sales options for all 12 epdoise :http://www.madan-anime.jp/product/ and all vanadis are set to appear so v6 or anime original both of which are terrible

    • September 20, 2014 at 7:47 amdaikama

      @ikramit: Thanks for the info (not going “shoot the messenger” :D), but wow… Just WOW! Un-freaking real.

      “…so v6 or anime original both of which are terrible.”

      Could not agree more. WTF are they thinking? Who makes these decisions? Is there some massive financial incentive to “adapt” as much source material as possible? Dammit! So much for any expectations other than FUBAR adaptation. :<

  • September 20, 2014 at 4:29 amRandom Comment

    Log Horizon: Studio Deen will replace Satelight for animation and art direction. Other than that, the staff remain largely unchanged. Hopefully this means we’ll be looking at better animation in S2 =3

    Also PV: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/loghorizon/2nd/movie/

    • September 20, 2014 at 7:11 pmLonghaul

      The character designs seem slightly closer to the LN art.

      Here is a youtube upload of the PV, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSHRFIYEmck

    • September 21, 2014 at 4:41 pmviss

      News has been out for a while, I wish someone can update the main article of the studio change and PV.

      New designs needs sometime to get used to for me. I have a bad feeling about DEEN and honestly their track record isn’t as good compared to Satelight. At least PV confirms the part I wish this season should cover.

  • September 20, 2014 at 4:30 amcaromokyulin

    panty and stocking 2… why…

  • September 20, 2014 at 5:53 amCroos

    Zeypher-chi!!
    It’s going to be a blast!

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