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Autumn 2014 Anime Preview

September 13, 2014

autumn lrgBeen a bit quiet round here – I basically lost interest in writing again, and decided to just sit back and enjoy watching stuff again.  I have enjoyed the Summer season quite a lot – plenty of entertaining shows, but not many that really fuelled any kind of need to write extensively about them.

However I do enjoy putting together season previews, so here I am looking at the up-coming Autumn season.  Some great sequels and interesting looking new shows coming out in the next few weeks, so maybe that urge to blog may come back?  Who knows!  I’m not going to force it either way (should really be focusing on finding employment anyway!)

Okay, onto the preview then – long post is fecking long.

TV

 

Shirobako

Website: http://shirobako-anime.com/
Animation Studio: P.A. Works (Glasslip, Nagi no Asakura)
Japanese Airdate: 9th October 2014
Seiyuu: Asami Takano, Haruka Chisuga, Haruka Yoshimura, Hitomi Ohwada, Juri Kimura
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls Und Panzer, Genshiken)
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, Love Stage)
PV: http://youtu.be/2ZR6fCnPcvA

Summary: Original TV anime.

Five girls chase their dreams. The story revolves around the everyday troubles and hardships that occur when working in the anime industry, and the results and conflicts that happen day-to-day among the group of girls.

I wish this was being done by someone other than PA Works – I really have developed a rather fixed bias towards that studio and their irritating tendency to kill any interesting premise they get their hands on with lifeless, overly shiny looking characters and awful pacing.  But this is an original show with a pretty decent team on board……..but the cute girls!  Why are there cute girls toasting with donuts in the PV!?  I want to be interested since stuff about the industry is pretty fascinating, I just can’t, but I am willing to give it a look.

 

World Trigger

Website: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/wt/
Animation Studio: Toei Animation (Sailor Moon Crystal, Dragonball Kai)
Japanese Airdate: 5th October 2014
Seiyuu: Tomo Muranaka, Hideyuki Tanaka, Jun Fukuyama, Kana Hanazawa, Keiji Fujiwara, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Sakura Taisen)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus, Macross Frontier)
PV: http://youtu.be/2oui7JLlBpk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Daisuke Ashihara’s Shounen Jump manga series.

A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth’s only defence is a mysterious group of warriors who can use alien technology in order to fight back!

So this is the latest Shounen Jump series to get an anime – currently there are 55 chapters of the manga available so that is a pretty decent buffer to get started with, but I’m not sure if this is going to be 2 cours or never-ending.  The premise is pretty straight-forward and if it is well written and animated this could be a pretty solid shounen show – I do like the artwork (had been considering picking up the manga before I heard there was an anime coming out), so will definitely check World Trigger out.  I do have a weakness for shounen shows after all.

 

Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Website: http://www.7-taizai.net/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, AnoHana)
Japanese Airdate: 5th October 2014
Seiyuu: Misaki Kuno, Sora Amamiya, Yuuki Kaji, Aoi Yūki, Jun Fukuyama, Mamoru Miyano
Director: Tensai Okamura (Ao no Exorcist, Darker than Black)
Series Composition: Shôtarô Suga (Darker than Black, Lagrange)
Music: Hiroyuki Sawano (Kill la Kill, Aldnoah.Zero, Attack on Titan)
PV: http://youtu.be/64KKe2Sb3D0

Summary: Anime adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki’s shounen manga series.

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth – the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights – too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated?

This reminds me of Fairy Tail, and there was a cross-over chapter of the manga at one point, but I never really felt like picking The Seven Deadly Sins up because I’m not really a fan of the character designs.  Yeap, I am that shallow.  The story totally sounds like my kind of thing though (being a generic shounen adventure type of thing) and the staff on board is really quite impressive, so I’m more than willing to give the anime a whirl.

 

Amagi Brilliant Park

Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/amaburi/
Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation (Kyokai no Kanata, K-ON!)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd October 2014
Seiyuu: Kouki Uchiyama, Ai Kakuma, Yukiyo Fujii, Ai Nonaka, Ayako Kawasumi
Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto (Full Metal Panic, Hyouka)
Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (Clannad, Infinite Stratos)
PV: http://youtu.be/WGMLDSTkvDo

Summary: Anime adaptation of Shoji Gatoh’s (Full Metal Panic) light novel series.

The “slapstick drama” begins with Seiya Kanie, a high school boy who is invited on a date in an amusement park by a mysterious beautiful transfer student named Isuzu Sento. He is introduced to Ratifa, a “real” princess and the park’s manager, and is asked to be the acting manager of this “disappointing amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs.

So KyoAni’s latest offering and we’re back to cute girls after a brief detour into buff bishie territory.  A bit surprised that this is the same author as Full Metal Panic, but that is the only thing that is making me give this a second look.  If it has the same sense of humour as Full Metal Panic Fumoffu it may turn out to be a fun watch, but I don’t know if it can pull that level of genius off.  Will give it a look, but I’m not optimistic…..it is current KyoAni after all.

 

Parasyte (Kiseijuu)

Website: http://www.kiseiju.jp/
Animation Studio: Madhouse Studios (Hanayamata, Hunter x Hunter)
Japanese Airdate: 9th October 2014
Seiyuu: Aya Hirano, Kana Hanazawa, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Miyuki Sawashiro
Director: Kenichi Shimizu
Series Composition: Shoji Yonemura (Guin Saga, Kaidan Restaurant)
PV: http://youtu.be/5hHXtiIm6ug

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s body horror manga series.

Shinichi Izumi is a normal high school boy whose right hand has become infected with an alien parasite that names itself “Migi” (“right”). Migi is the first parasite to develop a symbiotic relationship with its host, as he and Shinichi slowly develop a grudging friendship. Migi isn’t the only Parasite on earth, however, and as cases of Parasites killing humans begin to emerge, humans seek to kill off Parasites. Shinichi and Migi find themselves caught in between these two sides of the struggle over planet earth.

Have heard all sorts of positive things about the Parasyte manga, and I was on the verge of picking it up myself when I head there was an anime coming out.  Slightly apprehensive given the current quality of shows Madhouse have been putting out, but with such great source material hopefully they do it justice and don’t kill it with censoring.  On my must watch pile.

 

Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons

Website: http://crossange.com/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gundam, Love Live)
Japanese Airdate: 23rd September 2014
Seiyuu: Nana Mizuki, Ami Koshimizu, Eri Kitamura, Kaori Ishihara, Yui Horie, Yukana
Director: Yoshiharu Ashino (First Squad, The Moment of Truth, Tweeny Witches)
Series Composition: Tatsuto Higuchi (Inazuma Eleven, Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman)
PV: http://youtu.be/Fw1sJFpK2mo

Summary: Original TV anime.

Due to humanity obtaining the data technology that has evolved to a great amount- called “Mana”- the human race is able to subjugate all wars, starvation, pollution, and other problems on Earth by using its power, which is similar to magic. Earth has obtained the utopia of complete peace and no wants.

First princess of the Misurugi Empire, Angelize. As with everyone else, she also had no wants or worries. She was celebrated by the people of the empire, and was supposed to wear the crown. However, she realizes the shocking truth that she is a Norma. “Norma”: An irregular existence that cannot use Mana, and are treated as heretics and as “things” rather than people. Having everything stolen from her, she isolates herself on a remote island.

What was waiting for her there was a fateful meeting with a group of Norma girls who know nothing but battle. The girls spend their days riding humanoid robot weapons called “Barameiru” hunting giant dragons that have come from another dimension to invade. Having her name taken from her, what will soldier Ange see at the end of the fight? What can she believe in? What will she obtain? The story of a single girl’s fortitude starts now.

One thing I can say about original Sunrise shows is that they always create a pretty involved world for their shows full of random terminology – I kinda like that they go to so much effort even if the shows don’t always turn out to be the most coherent of things.  This show has magic and mecha dragons – it is so anime I kind of have to give it a look, it would be a grievous error of judgement to pass it over……even if those character designs are a bit off-putting.

 

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: A Good Librarian is Like a Good Shepard

Website: http://www.daito-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Hoods Entertainment (Mysterious Girlfriend X, Flag no Kanojo)
Japanese Airdate: 9th October 2014
Seiyuu: Atsumi Tanezaki, Eri Sendai, Junji Majima, Madoka Yonezawa, Yuka Saitou
Director: Team Nico
Series Composition: Kiyoko Yoshimura (Last Exile – Fam the Silver Wing, Linebarrels of Iron)
PV: http://youtu.be/CPRMH7bapwY

Summary: Anime adaptation of August’s eroge visual novel.

The story is set at Shiomi Academy, a vast, prestigious academy with a Daitoshokan (literally, “great library”) that rivals Japan’s national library. As a member of the Library Club, Kyōtarō Kakei goes to Daitoshokan to enjoy reading by himself. He then meets a second-year girl named Tsugumi Shirasaki through the efforts of a so-called “shepherd” who fulfills people’s wishes. Eventually, more girls join the club thanks to the “shepherd.”

Can’t really think of a single positive thing to say about this – don’t like the character designs, the cast and staff don’t do anything for me and the whole premise sounds boring.  Avoiding.

 

Denki-gai no Honya-san (Electric Town Bookstore Worker)

Website: http://umanohone.jp/
Animation Studio: Shin-Ei Animation (Crayon Shin-chan, Doraemon, Tonari no Seki-kun)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd October 2014
Seiyuu: Minami Tsuda, Natsumi Takamori, Ayana Taketatsu, Ryota Ohsaka, Yu Kobayashi
Director: Masafumi Sato (Saint October)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Milky Holmes)
PV: http://youtu.be/meLiPx5WiKo

Summary: Anime adaptation of Asato Mizu’s comedy manga series.

The “youthful bookstore comedy” revolves around the folks who work in a manga shop deep in a certain “Electric Town” neighborhood. (“Denki-Gai” or “Electric Town” is a popular name for shopping areas that specialize or used to specialize in electric and electronic items, like Tokyo’s Akihabara.) The protagonist Umio works part-time at “BOOKS Umanohone” along with his senior at work (but not in age) Hiotan. As many dedicated manga fans visit the store, there is always something going on.

I’m sort of wondering if this is going to be shorts given the paper-thin premise or if it will end up being something like Servant x Service with a load of snap-shots of daily life.  PV looks entertaining and could be a fun ‘spot the reference’ series.  Will give it a look, hopefully the comedy hits the right note.

 

Donten ni Warau

Website: http://dontenniwarau.com/
Animation Studio: Dogakobo (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Majestic Prince)
Japanese Airdate: October 2014
Seiyuu: Kenichi Suzumura, Rina Satou, Takahiro Sakurai, Yūichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji, Tsubasa Yonaga
Director: Hiroshi Haraguchi (Eureka Seven movie, KAHEY)
Series Composition: Yuuya Takahashi
PV: http://youtu.be/n0-auCj8Mv0

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kemuri Karakara’s supernatural manga series.

In the eleventh year of the Meiji era carrying swords was forbidden by the government and those known as samurai were slowly fading away. However, there were plenty who didn’t like those changes taking place in Japan and inevitably the crime rates increased. The country’s only solution was an inescapable lake prison. Since the prison had no other way to access it except by water, the three boys of the Kumo family were assigned to transport the criminals to their new “home”.

Bishie show!  I like these historical bishie shows with a supernatural slant – they’re sort of a weakness of mine.  Voice cast is pretty impressive – slightly less keen on the staff, but definitely interested in the look of the show.  If it is pretty and sufficiently interesting I’ll be more than happy to keep this show on.

 

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu (I, Will Become a Twin Tail)

Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/ore_twi/
Animation Studio: Production IMS (Date A Live II, Inari Konkon Koi Iroha)
Japanese Airdate: 10th October 2014
Seiyuu: Maaya Uchida, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Sumire Uesaka, Chinatsu Akasaki, Yuka Aisaka
Director: Hiroyuki Kanbe (Oreimo)
Series Composition: Naruhisa Arakawa (Outbreak Company, Yosuga no Sora)
PV: http://youtu.be/Jkq3qLNpltw

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yume Mizusawa‘s light novel series.

The story centres around Sōji Mitsuka, an ordinary high school boy who happens to have an obsession for twin-tail hair. One day, a mysterious beautiful girl named Thouars (Tuaaru) appears before him from a parallel world. At the same time, monsters appear in his town, and they declare that all twin-tails in the world belong to them. These monsters feed off the “attribute power,” the spiritual energy of humans. Thouars entrusted Sōji with Tail Gear, imaginary armor initiated by powerful Twin-Tail attributes. With the armor, Sōji transforms into Tail Red, a twin-tail warrior girl, to protect Earth.

This sounds so fecking dumb I sort of need to watch at least one episode.  The whole ‘turning into a girl to fight’ thing kinda reminded me of Kampfer, but I doubt this will be as surprisingly fun as Kampfer ended up being – especially with that staff.

 

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince)

Website: http://www.ookamishojo-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: TYO Animations (Utakoi, Tamayura)
Japanese Airdate: 5th October 2014
Seiyuu: Kanae Itō, Takahiro Sakurai, Ai Kayano, Mariya Ise, Nobunaga Shimazaki
Director: Kenichi Kasai (Love Stage!, Honey & Clover)
Series Composition: Sawako Hirabayashi
PV: http://youtu.be/nXlrO0VaO0w

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ayuko Hatta’s shoujo manga series.

The story centres around Erika Shinohara, a vain 16-year-old girl who tells her friends about her romantic exploits, but she actually has no boyfriend. She claims that a handsome boy in a candid photo is her boyfriend, but it turns out that boy is a schoolmate named Kyōya Sata. She has no choice but to make him her fake boyfriend. Unfortunately, Sata may look like a sweet person, but he is actually an ultra-black-hearted sadist. Sata takes advantage of Erika’s weakness and treats her like his dog.

I think I have remembered why I stopped reading/watching shoujo series – I really can’t understand the attraction of these abusive male / shallow female relationships – Ao Haru Ride pretty much highlighted that to me this season.  There are good shoujo series that don’t resort to this dynamic but they seem to be buried under a plethora of these tired old stories.  Everything about this synopsis is rubbing me the wrong way – avoiding.

 

Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Website: http://marv.jp/special/yona/
Animation Studio: Pierrot (Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, Polar Bear Café)
Japanese Airdate: 7th October 2014
Seiyuu: Tomoaki Maeno, Chiwa Saito, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Hiro Shimono, Junichi Suwabe, Nobuhiko Okamoto
Director: Kazuhiro Yoneda
Script: Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate no Gotoku, The Unlimited – Hyoubu Kyousuke)
Music: Kunihiko Ryo (The Twelve Kingdoms, Fantastic Children, Tegami Bachi)
PV: http://youtu.be/s3gTtIQfE9Q

Summary: Anime adaptation of Mizuho Kusanagi’s shoujo manga series.

The story is an “epic fantasy romance set in a country in ruins.” Since Yona is the only princess of a grand kingdom, she has been raised with great care by her doting father and protected by her childhood friend/guard Soon Hak and others. However, her fate changes on her 16th birthday, when her beloved cousin Soo-won murders her father to claim the throne. She flees the castle to Hak’s hometown and begins her new life.

Now here’s a shoujo series I can see myself enjoying – do enjoy a fantasy adventure show with a strong female lead and loads of bishies!  Hopefully this won’t have the creepy shotacon plotline that ruined The World is Still Beautiful for me and has more of a Twelve Kingdoms or even Fushigi Yuugi kinda approach – been a while since we’ve had something like this, definitely checking Akatsuki no Yona out.

 

Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis (Rage of Behamut Genesis)

Website: http://shingekinobahamut-genesis.jp/
Animation Studio: Mappa (Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance)
Japanese Airdate: 7th October 2014
Seiyuu: Ayako Kawasumi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Risa Shimizu, Shuuichi Ikeda, Tsuyoshi Inoue
Director: Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Asura)
Series Composition: Keiichi Hasegawa
PV: http://youtu.be/oNUHp_yavjY

Summary: Anime based on Cygames’ fantasy social card game.

Mistarcia is a magical world where humans, gods, and demons mingle together. In the past, the black-and-silver winged Bahamut has threatened to destroy the land, but humans, gods, and demons overcame their differences to fight together and seal its power. The key to that seal was split in two, one half given to the gods and the other to demons, so that they would never be united and Bahamut never released. Now, two thousand years later, the world is in an era of peace – until the day a human woman steals the gods’ half of the key.

This looking amazing – so much eye-candy!  A bit wary of the fact it is based on a card game – not sure how that will be reworked into a coherent anime, but it still looks fecking gorgeous from the art and PV!

 

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

Website: http://garo-project.jp/ANIME/
Animation Studio: Mappa (Teekyuu, Hajime no Ippo Rising)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2014
Seiyuu: Katsuhito Nomura, Daisuke Namikawa, Kenyuu Horiuchi, Romi Park
Director: Yuichiro Hayashi
Series Composition & Screenplay: Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, Claymore, Shakugan no Shana)
PV: http://youtu.be/9oiEp62Te4M

Summary: Anime based on the Garo Project Tokusatsu drama with an original story.

Mendosa, the chief adviser of the king of Valiante, begins a campaign to hunt down “witches,” resulting in the deaths of many magical knights and their sorcerer assistants. Anna, a sorceress married to the knight Herman Lewis, gives birth to a son before her execution. Herman takes their child, Leon, and flees, raising him to be the heir of the legendary Golden Armor. By the time Leon grows up, Valiante is completely in the control of Mendosa, who drives out Prince Alfonso and his mother. Alphonso decides to seek out the man who inherited the Golden Armor to reclaim the throne and save his people.

Despite being utterly clueless about Tokusatsu drama, I am pretty damn excited by this show – it seems to have a whole load of my favourite things!  Really like the look of the art and the plot synopsis is all kinds of “my kind of thing” – if this delivers on the action and angst it could be a winner!

 

Girl Friend BETA (Kari)

Website: http://girlfriend-kari-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (Watamote, OniAi, No-Rin)
Japanese Airdate: 12th October 2014
Seiyuu: Hitomi Harada, Kaori Nazuka, Rina Satou, Sakura Tange, Satomi Satou
Director: Naotaka Hayashi (Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, Morita-san wa Mukuchi)
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, xxxHolic, Ika-Musume)
PV: http://youtu.be/ZJoFo3ZthEs

Summary: Anime adaptation of a dating sim game created by Cyber Agent’s blogging website Ameba for smartphones. The game features over one hundred girls for the player to date, each voiced by a different voice actress.

Urgh……get it away from me!!  I think the only attraction to this show is its stacked cast of female seiyuu – everyone seems to be in it!  Aside from that there doesn’t seem to be much point – probably better to get the game instead.

 

Le Fruit de la Grisaia (Grisaia no Kajitsu )

Website: http://www.grisaia-anime.com/
Animation Studio: 8 Bit (Infinite Stratos, Tokyo Ravens)
Japanese Airdate: 5th October 2014
Seiyuu: Hiroko Taguchi, Takahiro Sakurai, Ai Shimizu, Erika Narumi, Kaori Mizuhashi
Director: Tensho (Kinmoza)
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Samurai Flamenco, Tokyo ESP, Read or Die)
PV:

Summary: Anime adaptation of Frontwing’s eroge light novel.

The game is set in an academy that is a cloistered “orchard” for girls to be educated and cultivated away from external influences. Five girls spend their lives within these walls in repentance and atonement. Yūji Kazami has just enrolled as the sole male student there.

Yet another ‘sole male student in a school of pretty girls’ harem set-up.  The quirk on this one is the dark, mysterious pasts of the characters……..yawn.

 

Gugure! Kokkuri-san

Website: http://www.gugukoku.com/
Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment (Yowamushi Pedal, Kamisama Kiss)
Japanese Airdate: 6th October 2014
Seiyuu: Daisuke Ono, Jouji Nakata, Ryou Hirohashi, Takahiro Sakurai, Yukana, Yukari Tamura
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike (AKB0048, Amagami SS, Working!!)
PV: http://youtu.be/Kktj7HRIQi0

Summary: Anime adaptation of Midori Endō’s supernatural comedy manga series.

A little girl named Kohina ends up summoning by a Kokkuri-san, a lower-ranking ghost in Japanese folklore. The Kokkuri-san she calls ends up being a white-haired handsome, young man. Although he had intended to merely haunt her at first, he becomes worried about her terrible eating habit of cup ramen for every meal, so he decides to haunt her in order to protect her.

Could be cute and I am weak to supernatural bishies.  Will probably be utterly forgettable, but I’m pretty attracted to that wonderful cast list…..will be checking it out.

 

Inou Battle Within Everyday Life (Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de)

Website: http://inou-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Trigger (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia)
Japanese Airdate: October 2014
Seiyuu: Haruka Yamazaki, Nanami Yamashita, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Risa Taneda, Emiri Katō
Chief Director & Series Composition: Masahiko Otsuka (FLCL, Little Witch Academia)
Director: Masanori Takahashi
PV: http://youtu.be/Ni_KP1PLmoM

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kota Nozomi’s light novel series.

In the original novel series’ story, the five members of the literature club awakened with extraordinary powers half a year ago. Although the members expected to be thrown into a world of super-powered battles (inou-battle) at their school, their normal daily routine continued. No secret organizations bent on world destruction, no super-powered wars, no braves or demon kings. However, the members still look forward to the possibilities of adventure, and continued to believe that with each day, they were getting ever closer to those days of fantasy. Their days of romantic comedy and battles with extraordinary powers begin!

The only thing that really gives me pause from declaring this light novel trash is that it’s Trigger.  I still can’t really get excited about it since it is so painfully light novel sounding, but I will give Trigger a chance to prove me wrong.  It still smacks of the studio trying to pay the bills though.

 

Orenchi no Furo Jijou (The Circumstances in My Home’s Bathtub)

Website: http://www.orefuro.jp/
Animation Studio: Asahi Production (Blue Drop, Himegoto)
Japanese Airdate: 6th October 2014
Seiyuu: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yuichiro Umehara, Ibuki Kido, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Natsuki Hanae
Director: Sayo Aoi
Series Composition & Screenplay: Yuniko Ayana (Locodol, Kinmoza)
PV: http://youtu.be/Y0UKyE8mmlo

Summary: Anime adaptation of Itokichi’s 4-koma manga series.

Tatsumi is a high school student who lives on his own, until a merman named Wakasa takes up residence in his bathtub. His solitary lifestyle is turned upside down by the self-centered (but handsome) new roommate.

This looks almost identical to the This Boy Caught a Merman OVA, but without Soubi Yamamoto’s beautiful signature style and obvious BL theme, which makes it less exciting, but I’m still sort of interested.  I’m working if this is going to be shorts since it is such a thin premise, but maybe there is a plot in here somewhere…..however unlikely that seems.  Mr Merman’s face is kinds a creepy looking though……that is such an odd expression.

 

Madan no Ou to Vanadis

Website: http://www.madan-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: Satelight (Aquarion EVOL, Log Horizon)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2014
Seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu, Kaito Ishikawa, Ai Kayano, Juurouta Kosugi, Sumire Uesaka, Yu Kobayashi
Director, Series Composition & Screenplay: Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates, Tokyo Tribes 2)
PV: http://youtu.be/IsOHiK8s6wo

Summary: Anime adaptation of Tsukasa Kawaguchi’s fantasy light novel series.

The titular Vanadis are beautiful girls who ride into battle, brandishing weapons received from dragons. There are seven such Vanadis who rule seven territories and instill fear in neighboring countries. A boy named Tigre is a minor noble in the kingdom of Buryūnu who encounters a Vanadis in battle. She is the silver-haired, red-eyed “silver fraulein” Ellen. She defeats him, but instead of killing him, she takes him prisoner.

Think this is fanservice heavy female warrior series of the season……….so very uninterested.  Character designs are hideous – boobs do not work like that.

 

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April is Your Lie)

Website: http://www.kimiuso.jp/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Aldnoah.Zero, Kuroshitsuji)
Japanese Airdate:  October 2014
Seiyuu: Natsuki Hanae, Risa Taneda, Ryota Ohsaka, Yuuki Kaji, Ayane Sakura, Saori Hayami
Director: Kyōhei Ishiguro
Series Composition & Screenplay: Takao Yoshioka (High School DxD, Watamote)
PV: http://youtu.be/EnE2sYAJaHY

Summary: Anime adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa’s manga series. Airing in the Noitamina timeslot.

Kousei Arima was a piano prodigy until his mother died when he was eleven years old. The shock of losing her made him lose any interest in piano, and his life has felt monotonous ever since. Then, when he’s fourteen, his childhood friend Tsubaki introduces him to her classmate Kaori, a free-spirited violinist. Her enthusiasm reignites his interest in music and in life.

That Noitamina tag doesn’t really mean much these days – I’m still more likely to give those shows a look, but it doesn’t automatically spell quality like it did in the past.  This looks to to be a fairly solid series – a free-spirit teaches a gloomy character to embrace life again – probably heartwarming and well produced as well.  However I just can’t get excited about it – it’s too polished looking and a bit by the numbers.  Will be giving it a look and hopefully there will be some sort of spark or chemistry between the characters to make it worthwhile……don’t think this is another Nodame Cantabile though.

 

Sora no Method

Website: http://sora-no-method.jp/
Animation Studio: Studio 3Hz
Japanese Airdate: 5th October 2014
Seiyuu: Inori Minase, Shiina Natsukawa, Aki Toyosaki, Haruka Yoshimura, Kaito Ishikawa
Director: Masayuki Sakoi (Strawberry Panic, Needless)
Original Concept & Screenplay: Naoki Hisaya (Sola, Kanon)
PV: http://youtu.be/G4ybgMqAHiU

Summary: Original TV anime.

The story begins one winter day when the wish of a few girls was realized with a miracle, changing the landscape of a town. “In the skies above this town, a disc is always there.”

Looks boring, but a bit interested in the director since he usually does stuff with loads of action, however the writer gave us Sola and Kanon so I don’t think action is on the cards. Character designs are super generic too – avoiding.

 

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

Website: http://yuyuyu.tv/
Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi (Nakaimo, The Severing Crime Edge)
Japanese Airdate: October 2014
Seiyuu: Haruka Terui, Suzuko Mimori, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Yumi Uchiyama
Director: Seiji Kishi (Danganronpa, Hamatora, Angel Beats)
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (Akame ga Kill, Humanity Has Declined, Katanagatari)
PV: http://youtu.be/BJ20efh7MSI

Summary: Original TV anime.

The story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yūna Yūki lives an ordinary life as a second year middle school student, but she’s also a member of the “Hero Club,” where club activities involve dealing with a mysterious being called “Vertex.”

The staff on this is a real mish-mash who tend to produce really choppy shows with tons of interesting ideas and no real idea how to tell a linear story.  On the surface this looks like a typical ‘cute girls do cute things’ show, but I think there is a whole other layer of insanity here.  I’ll check out the first few episodes, because apparently I am unable to quit Seiji Kishi shows despite knowing his weird tonal see-sawing direction style irritates me.

 

Terra Formars

Website: http://terraformars.tv/
Animation Studio: LIDEN FILMS (Aiura, Miss Monochrome, Senyuu)
Japanese Airdate: 26th September 2014
Seiyuu: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Kaito Ishikawa, Shizuka Itou, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Akira Ishida
Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki (Blade & Soul, Steins;Gate)
Series Composition: Shogo Yasukawa (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?)
PV: http://youtu.be/ykhhGafkm2g

Summary: Anime adaptation of the Annex 1 arc of Yū Sasuga & Kenichi Tachibana’s sci-fi manga series (20 years after the Bugs 2 arc covered in the earlier OVA).

The story begins in the year 2577, hundreds of years after scientists sent cockroaches and mold to terraform Mars. However, when the first manned ships land on Mars, they encounter large humanoid cockroaches with great strength, and are wiped out. Humanity then sends elite warriors to Mars to eliminate the cockroaches.

So I did watch that prequel OVA that came out a few weeks ago and I can’t say it got me super hyped for the TV series.  I think it is my squeamishness towards creepy-crawlies that is the primary culprit……and the slightly substandard production values.  Saying that I have head good things about the manga series, so I will give the TV show a fair chance to impress.

 

Trinity Seven

Website: http://trinity-7.com/
Animation Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures (Dog Days”, Mushibugyou)
Japanese Airdate: 8th October 2014
Seiyuu: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Yumi Hara, Aya Suzaki, Aya Uchida, Nao Tōyama
Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori (Azumanga Daioh, A Certain Magical Index)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Qwaser of Stigmata, Guilty Crown)
PV: http://youtu.be/DO49_W622Rs

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kenji Saito & Akinari Nao’s manga series.

In the “romantic comedy but sometime serious magical school story,” life as Arata Kasuga knows it is wiped out by a bizarre incident known as “Collapse Phenomenon,” which causes worldwide destruction and takes his cousin Hijiri Kasuga to the next world. To resolve the “Collapse Phenomenon” and bring back Hijiri, Arata enrolls in the Royal Biblia Academy. Waiting in the school are seven beautiful female magic users — the Trinity Seven.

Of course it is seven beautiful girls – couldn’t be a mix of male & female!  This just looks so super generic I can’t even be bothered looking into it properly – although I am surprised it is a cousin MC-kun is looking for rather than an imouto.  Avoiding.

 

Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete (Searching for the Lost Future)

Website: http://ushinawareta-mirai.com/
Animation Studio: feel. (Shikabane Hime, Kiss x Sis, Outbreak Company)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2014
Seiyuu: Akane Tomonaga, Hatsumi Takada, Takuma Terashima, Atsumi Tanezaki, Kappei Yamaguchi
Director: Naoto Hosoda (Hataraki Maou-sama, Mirai Nikki, Shuffle!)
Series Composition: Rie Kawamata
PV: http://youtu.be/cBjs8KO3htY (Game OP)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Trumple’s eroge visual novel.

The story is set one autumn at the beginning of the 21st century in the Uchihama area. Uchihama Academy is growing by leaps and bounds. With the construction of a new school building, there will be one last General Club Festival at the old building that is slated to be closed. The students vow to go all out to make this final cultural festival a success.

The Astronomy Club of the protagonist Sō Akiyama is filled with the big names on campus. Just before the festival on October 1, the club receives a request from the student executive committee to calm the uneasiness among the students. There are reports of ghost sightings, accidents, sleeping sickness, and other mysterious incidents at the old building. When Yui Furukawa, a quiet girl who transferred late into the school, appears before Sō, the gears of fate slowly begin to move.

So the director can be good……..and I’ve run out of good things to say.  Eroge’s generally don’t make good anime series and I don’t think this is going to be the exception to that rule.  Avoiding.

 

Sanzoku no Musume Ronja (Ronja The Robber’s Daughter)

Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/ronja/
Animation Studio: POLYGON PICTURES (Knights of Sidonia) & Studio Ghibli
Japanese Airdate: 11th October 2014
Seiyuu: Haruka Shiraishi, Atsuki Tani, Keiji Himeno, Saori Kato, Takaaki Seki
Director: Goro Miyazaki (From Up On Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Kawasaki (Godannar, Gundam X)
PV: http://youtu.be/JNwP3lv1BeU

Summary: Anime adaptation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s children’s fantasy books.

Ronja is the only daughter of Mattis, a bandit leader who lives in a castle in the middle of a large forest. When Ronja grows old enough, she ventures into the forest to interact the strange and magical creatures that live there. She learns to live in the forest through her own strength, with the occasional rescue from her parents. Ronja’s life begins to change, however, when she happens upon a boy her own age named Birk.

So the things that jump out immediately are the names Ghibli & Miyazaki.  But this is Goro Miyazaki and a Studio Ghibli undergoing a bit of a restructure.  Indeed this is a collaboration with Polygon Pictures and will be entirely CG.  Polygon are probably the best studio dealing in CG animation at the moment, but it faces are still a bit uncanny valley.  And that kind of worries me given this series will depend entirely on how likeable its characters are – facial expressions are sort of important to get right.  I imagine this is a show that is tailored for little kids, but Ghibli have always been great at cross-over appeal – hopefully some of that magic will make its way into this series.

 

Sequels/Spin-offs

 

Aikatsu! 3

Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/aikatsu/index2.html
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gintama, Mai-Hime, Natsuiro Kiseki)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd October 2014
Seiyuu: Shino Shimoji, Sumire Morohoshi, Yui Ishikawa, Yū Wakui
Director: Ryuichi Kimura (Sakura Taisen, Aikatsu)
Series Composition: Yoichi Kato (Miracle Train, Mushibugyou)

 Summary: Third season of the idol series.

Completely clueless about Aikatsu – not my thing, but here’s another season for those of you who like this terrifying looking show.

 

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014)

Website: http://www.fate-sn.com/
Animation Studio: ufotable (Kara no Kyokai, Fate/Zero)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2014
Seiyuu: Kana Ueda, Junichi Suwabe, Noriaki Sugiyama, Ayako Kawasumi, Jouji Nakata
Director: Takahiro Miura (Kara no Kyokai 6)
PV: http://youtu.be/spseKv7jtmY

Summary: New remake of Type-Moon‘s Fate/Stay Night visual novel, focusing on Rin Tohsaka’s ‘Unlimited Blade Works’ route.

Shirou Emiya finds himself an unwilling participant in a deadly competition where seven Mages summon heroic spirits as servants to duel each other to the death. They compete for the chance to make a wish from the Holy Grail, which has the power to grant any wish. Shiro is unskilled as a mage and knows nothing of the Holy Grail War, but he and his servant, Saber, enters into a temporary partnership with another Mage, Rin Tohsaka. However, problems arise between Shirou and Rin’s servant, Archer, who seems to seriously despise him.

Because the Fate franchise hasn’t been milked enough, here’s another series going over ground we’ve already covered twice.  Granted DEEN’s attempts at F/SN weren’t exactly wonderful, and ufotable are covering a slightly different route from the DEEN TV series, but do we really need this remake?  Can’t we just let the Fate franchise die??  I know I’m being rather negative all while knowing rightly that I’m going to watch this because I can’t seem to quit Fate and the animation looking fecking glorious.  Plus I have a soft-spot for Archer.  Yes I am shallow, you should know this by now.

 

Psycho-Pass 2

Website: http://www.psycho-pass.com/index.html
Animation Studio: Production I.G (Eden of the East, Usagi Drop)
Japanese Airdate: October 2014
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Kenji Nojima, Tomokazu Seki, Kinryuu Arimoto, Shizuka Itou
Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani (Blood+, Tokyo Marble Chocolate)
Series Composition: Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier D’Eon, Mardock Scramble, Heroic Age, Fafner)
PV: http://youtu.be/2fSb2qXRbH8

Summary: Second season based on Gen Urobuchi’s (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) original concept. Airing in the Noitamina time slot.

The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person’s state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term “Psycho-Pass” in the anime’s title refers to a standard used to measure an individual’s being. The story centers around the “enforcement officer” Shinya Kōgami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.

I’ve been rewatching Psycho-Pass with the extended edition episodes that aired this season, so I’m all kinds of excited for the continuation.  Psycho-Pass is an intelligent show with some interesting things to say, even if it can be a touch heavy handed at times.  The whole premise is fascinating and there is fantastic potential in the world setting.  Urobuchi is no longer the writer on this sequel, but Tow Ubukata is capable of really stellar things when he has the right material to work with.  I’m really looking forward to this.

 

Yowamushi Pedal 2: Grande Road

Website: http://yowapeda.com/
Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan, Itazura na Kiss)
Japanese Airdate: 6th October 2014
Seiyuu: Daiki Yamashita, Jun Fukushima, Kousuke Toriumi, Showtaro Morikubo, Tsubasa Yonaga
Director: Osamu Nabeshima (D.Gray-Man, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls Und Panzer, Majestic Prince)
PV: http://youtu.be/sBef-5c3R7U

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Wataru Watanabe’s shounen manga series.

Sakamichi Onoda is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already accomplished cyclists. He undertakes the gruelling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.

Basically just a continuation since the first season ended right in the middle of the Inter-High race.  I am so psyched for more cute boys cycling though, I ended up liking YowaPeda much more than I initially thought I would.

 

Mushishi Zoku-shou 2

Website: http://www.mushishi-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Artland (Bokura ga Ita, LOGH)
Japanese Airdate: 19th October 2014
Seiyuu: Yuto Nakano, Mika Doi, Yuji Ueda
Director: Hiroshi Nagahama (Detroit Metal City, Aku no Hana)
PV:

Summary: Second part of the second season of the anime adaptation of Yuki Urushibara’s manga series.

They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as “Mushi”. Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a “Mushi-shi” who travels around to investigate and find out more about the “Mushi”. In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurances which may be related to the “Mushi”.

FUCK YEAH MORE MUSHISHI!!

 

Hitsugi no Chaika 2: Avenging Battle

Website: http://chaika-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: BONES (Captain Earth, Space Dandy)
Japanese Airdate: 9th October 2014
Seiyuu: Chika Anzai, Junji Majima, Yuko Hara, Chiwa Saito, Kazutomi Yamamoto
Director: Soichi Masui (Scrapped Princess, Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu)
Series Composition: Touko Machida (DRAMAtical Murder, Wake Up Girls)
PV: http://youtu.be/coQHwcwW8Ao

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Ichiro Sakaki’s light novel series.

Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru’s adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru’s source of income.

I dropped the first season of Chiaka when it became apparent there would be no more exploding unicorns.  But good news for those you who enjoyed S1!

 

Log Horizon 2

Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/loghorizon/
Animation Studio: Satelight (Macross Frontier, Nobunaga The Fool)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2014
Seiyuu: Takuma Terashima, Emiri Katō, Tomoaki Maeno, Jouji Nakata, Ayahi Takagaki
Director: Shinji Ishihira (Fairy Tail, Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho)
Series Composition: Toshizo Nemoto (Dog & Scissors, Inu x Boku SS)
PV:

Summary: Second season of the anime adapatation of Mamare Touno’s light novel series.

Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, “Cultivate the Noosphere,” is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn’t very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players.

I got bored of the first season within a couple of episodes – I head it got better, but I have zero interest in going back to the show.  Also the amazingly boring looking promo materials don’t exactly do a good job of hyping the show.

 

Selector Spread WIXOSS

Website: http://selector-wixoss.com/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Golden Time, Witch Craft Works)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd October 2014
Seiyuu: Ai Kakuma, Misaki Kuno, Ai Kayano, Ayako Kawasumi, Ayane Sakura
Director: Takuya Satō (Say “I Love You”, Steins;Gate)
Series Composition: Mari Okada (AnoHana, M3 The Dark Metal)
PV: http://youtu.be/xpy8joNsPcg

Summary: Second season of the card game anime series.

WIXOSS is a card game that’s popular with teenagers. Supposedly there exist “LRIG Cards,” female character cards with wills of their own. Special girls can hear the voices of the LRIGs, and those who possess them are called “Selectors.” These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It’s said that whoever triumphs in these battles will have their wish granted. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find a LRIG card. She names hers Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.

Dropped first season of this after a few episodes as well – characters were pissing me off.  I’ve heard that it all goes very dark and angsty, but with this being a show penned by Mari Okada that doesn’t really surprise me.

 

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Website: http://en.gundam.info/topics/white/34833
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Accel World, Tiger & Bunny)
Japanese Airdate: 8th October 2014
Seiyuu: Kazumi Togashi, Yui Makino, Yūma Uchida, Aya Endo
Director: Shinya Watada (Gundam AGE – Memory of Eden)
Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda (Hellsing Ultimate, Infinite Ryvius, Gundam 00)
PV: http://youtu.be/XKMwhn7hFhc

Summary: Sequel series.

It has been seven years since Sei Iori won the 7th Gunpla Battle Championship World Tournament. Gunpla Battle is now more popular than ever, with new rules and new ways to battle. Fumina Hoshino is the president of the Gunpla Battle Club at Sei’s old school, Seiho Academy, and a big fan of the game, but unfortunately, she cannot attend the upcoming All-Japan Gunpla Battle Championship tournament without a three-person team. Desperate to participate, she meets transfer student and young martial artist Sekai Kamiki, as well as a young Gunpla builder named Yūma Kōsaka. The three decided to join up to form Team “TRY FIGHTERS”, a new team of Gunpla builders and fighters that will together face the challenge of winning the tournament.

Hell yeah more Gundam Build Fighters!  The first season was super fun and entertaining, being stuffed full of easter eggs for Gundam fans.  And while I am slightly disappointed the old cast don’t seem to be returning, the new cast does look fun and shippable.  I am really pretty excited about this!

 

Gundam G no Reconguista

Website: http://g-reco.net/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass, Phi Brain)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd October 2014
Seiyuu: Mark Ishii, Yu Shimamura, Ayahi Takagaki, Minako Kotobuki, Ryota Ohsaka
Chief Director & Original Creator: Yoshiyuki Tomino (Gundam, Garzey’s Wing)
Character Design: Kenichi Yoshida (Eureka Seven)
PV: http://youtu.be/I6ByoabdSRk

Summary: Part of Gundam’s 35th anniversary celebration, this show marks the return of franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino as chief director, and features a new timeline, the Regild Century, which takes place in the future of Gundam‘s original Universal Century calendar.

Some time has passed since the end of the Universal Century, a history marked by space colonization and space warfare. Humanity’s prosperity, which ushered in a new era known as Regild Century (R.C.), was believed to endure alongside the global peace.

It is the year R.C.1014. The Capital Tower is an orbital elevator that rose above the Earth’s surface and linked Earth and space. As the conduit of the Photon Battery energy source to the surface, it is regarded as sacred. Beruri Zenamu is in the middle of training for the Capital Guard (established to protect the Capital Tower), when the tower is attacked by G-Serufu — a highly maneuverable mobile suit with technology that is not from any known country. Beruri, who joins the battle in the maintenance mobile suit Rekuten, successfully captures the G-Serufu. However, Beruri feels something for the space pirate girl named Aiida Reihanton who piloted the G-Serufu. It is the same feeling he has for G-Serufu, even though he supposedly never seen it before. The G-Serufu, which should only be operable under specific conditions, is somehow started up by Beruri.

The objective of Aiida and the space pirates who attacked the Capital Tower, and the fate followed by Beruri who was chosen by G-Serufu, will lead to truths that will shake the entire Regild Century era.

So Tomino returns to the directors chair for this latest serious entry in the Gundam franchise.  I’m not sure if that is going to be a good thing or a bad thing at this stage – Tomino runs pretty hot & cold.  However it is still pretty exciting to see the original creator of the franchise take hold of the reins again, and I expect all the usual hallmarks of the Gundam franchise to be in place given this is part of the 35th anniversary celebrations.  So this series is taking place in the far future of the Universal Century timeline, so while all that history there, this is probably more in line with some of the AU shows.  The character designs obviously give Eureka Seven vibes, which is throwing me a bit and I’m not sure what to think about the mecha designs at the moment – definitely need to see more before making any judgements.  A must see for me – love me some Gundam!

 

Magic Kaito 1412

Website: http://www.ytv.co.jp/magickaito/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Ao no Exorcist, Shin Sekai Yori)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2014
Seiyuu: Kappei Yamaguchi, M.A.O, Eri Kitamura, Mamoru Miyano

Summary: New anime series based on Gosho Aoyama’s manga series. The anime is part of a project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Detective Conan manga’s serialization in Shonen Sunday.

The original Magic Kaito manga revolves around a young budding magician named Kaito Kuroba who follows in his late father’s footsteps as the legendary thief Kaitō Kid. The character has since appeared in Detective Conan stories, often as a formidable rival.

I never got into Detective Conan so I’m a bit clueless about this spin-off.  Does sound like an interesting premise though so I may give this a look.

 

Ai Tenchi Muyo!


Website: http://www.ai-tenchi.jp/
Animation Studio: AIC (Wandering Son, Nyan Koi!)
Japanese Airdate: October 2014
Seiyuu: Masami Kikuchi, Nao Tōyama, Yō Taichi, Kana Yūki, Ai Fukuda, Rui Tanabe
Director: Hiroshi Negishi (Tenchi Universe, Saber Marionette J)
Character Designer: Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!, Yozakura Quartet)
Series Length: 50 x 5 minutes

Summary: New series in the Tenchi Muyo franchise sponsored by the city of Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture to promote tourism to the area.

In the story, the world is in trouble because Washu is stirring up trouble again. In order to save the world from crisis, Tenchi goes undercover as a teacher in a girls’ school. However, many problems arise as Tenchi is predisposed to finding trouble.

So this fits in with the original OVA series that was one of my gateway anime series.  Because I have so much nostalgia for Tenchi Muyo I’m not really sure what to think of these shorts – the new character designs are definitely going to take a bit of getting used to, even if I normally love Yasuda’s designs.  This seems to be set a few years after the Ryo-oki OVA with Tenchi now being a student teacher, and it seems the old cast will be making an appearance with most of the original voice cast returning.  The new girls seemed to be themed after the legend of Momotaru, but god knows what the plot will be!  Not really hoping for much given these shorts are more or less tourist promo videos, but the pull of nostalgia for the original cast means I’ll have to check this out.

 

Shorts/OVAs/Specials

 

Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girl

Website: http://shg.sega.jp/
Animation Studio: Jinni’s Animation Studios & TMS Entertainment
Japanese Airdate: 8th October 2014
Seiyuu: M.A.O, Minami Takahashi, Shiori Izawa, Haruna Momono, Yūko Takayama
Director: Sōta Sugahara (gdgd Fairies)
PV: http://youtu.be/9XCc_71mheo

Summary: Anthropomorphised Sega consoles animated in MikuMikuDance software.

The story of the anime will revolve around Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive, who have just enrolled in SeHaGaga Academy at Tokyo’s Haneda Ōtorii station. They are given an assignment needed to graduate by a suspicious teacher, and to clear this assignment, the girls need to enter the world of Sega games. The girls must try their best to graduate without incident.

Latest thing to be anthropomorphised into cute girls are Sega consoles……..not touching with a bargepole.

 

Hybrid Child

Website: http://www.hybridchild.jp/
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Junjou Romantica, Bakumatsu Rock)
Japanese Airdate: 29th October 2014
Seiyuu: Daisuke Hirakawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ryohei Kimura, Tsubasa Yonaga, Yuuki Ono
Director: Michio Fukuda (Hyakko, Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyō)
Series Composition: Aki Itami (The Flowers of Evil, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to)
PV: http://youtu.be/UglJLJRjKIk

Summary: Four episode OVA adaptation of Shungiku Nakamura BL manga.

Kotarou found Hazuki at the trash dump one day and took him into his home. It turned out that Hazuki was a Hybrid Child, a doll that grew and developed in response to its owner’s love and attention.

I’m really not a fan of Shungiku Nakamura’s series, but they seem to be the only BL series that ever get animated so I always end up watching them!  Hybrid Child sounds interesting, if a touch creepy, but those ugly character designs are such a turn off and Nakamura’s series always follow the same pattern.  Going to watch anyway because there just aren’t many BL anime out there – have to take what we’re given!

 

Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pâtisserie

Website: http://www.bonkoi.com/
Animation Studio: CONNECT (Strike the Blood) & SILVER LINK (Non Non Biyori)
Japanese Airdate: 11th October 2014
Seiyuu: Tetsuya Kakihara, Kaito Ishikawa, Ryohei Kimura, Hikaru Midorikawa
Director: Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman)
Character Designer: Utako Yukihiro (Makai Oji: Devils & Realist, Uta no Prince-sama)
Series Length: 24 x 5 minutes

Summary: Anime adaptation of mobile app otome game.

The original story follows Sayuri Haruno, a girl who attends an elite confectionery school Fleurir on a scholarship to follow her dream to open a pastry shop. There she meets several charming young men.

I like the character designs……and that’s all I really have to say about this.  At least the short running time means that this will just be pure, condensed bishie fluff, without any plot or filler.  It is what it is.

 

Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder

Website: http://www.kuroshitsuji.tv/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Sword Art Online II)
Japanese Airdate: 25th October 2014
Seiyuu: Maaya Sakamoto, Daisuke Ono, Emiri Katō, Ryohei Kimura, Shintarō Asanuma
Director: Noriyuki Abe (Bleach, Tokyo Mew Mew)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Sora no Woto, Guilty Crown)
PV: http://youtu.be/LxQFqU1ZN6c

Summary: Two episode OVA for Yana Toboso’s manga series covering the Phantomhive Manor Murder Case Arc, which follows the circus arc in the manga.

In Victorian era Europe, a young boy loses everything he once held near and dear to a vicious plot. In his moment of death, he strikes a deal with a demon: his soul, in exchange for revenge. Ciel Phantomhive is now the head of the Phantomhive Corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the underground work for the Queen of England. His new partner is a demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, whose prowess as a butler is only surpassed by his strength as a demon. The story follows the two along with their other servants, as they work to unravel the plot behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrendous tragedies that befell Ciel in the month directly after.

This arc of the manga is about 12 chapters long if I remember correctly, which about the same as the Circus arc, so they’re really going to have the streamline the plot quite a lot to fit it into two OVAs! It can probably be done since it is a linking arc between the Circus and the Ship arc (which I really hope gets an anime adaptation) and doesn’t really have much essential material in it.  More Kuroshitsuji is always welcome – it’s an entertaining series.

 

Strike Witches Operation Victory Arrow

Website: http://s-witch.cute.or.jp/movie/
Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (BakaTest, Kokoro Connect)
Japanese Airdate: 20th September 2014
Seiyuu: Misato Fukuen, Ami Koshimizu, Ayuru Ōhashi, Chiwa Saito, Rie Tanaka
Director: Kazuhiro Takamura
Original Creator & Character Design: Humikane Shimada (Sky Girls, Girls Und Panzer)
PV: http://youtu.be/sYK1aN5oMF0

Summary: Three episode OVA set between the 2nd TV series and the 2012 movie.

The short stories will depict the lives of the members who returned to their respective homes after the end of Operation Mars in the second television series.

Haven’t watched a single minute of Strike Witches – not starting now.

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And we’re done!  Harems seem to be back in force this season after taking a backseat to the fujoshi-bait shows of this Summer season – not something I’m entirely happy about.  There are quite a few shounen shows I’m interested in though and some great sequels to keep us all happy – looks like a decent season is in store for us!

As ever all information has been cobbled together from the ever reliable ANN, MAL, Crunchyroll, AniChart.net, Neregate and everyone’s friend – Google.

As ever expect first impressions spam to take over the blog at the start of October.

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  1. September 13, 2014 1:42 am

    “Hopefully this won’t have the creepy shotacon plotline” since I think Yona is the youngest character in the story at 16 (one character might be a year or two younger but he’s the most mature of the group) I can assure you there is 200% less shotacon here.

    • September 13, 2014 3:34 pm

      That is a huge relief – maybe Akatsuki no Yona actually will be a shoujo show I’ll like!

      • September 13, 2014 11:31 pm

        I’m really in love with the manga myself, it’s the type of shojo adventure you don’t see as nearly as much these days as you did in the 90s so I’m really pumped. (also, being a fan of an obscure manga can be so lonely at times, NOW I CAN MAKE PEOPLE JOIN ME!)

        • September 14, 2014 8:36 pm

          90s Shoujo adventure series were great – a revival would be pretty cool.

          I don’t have the obscure manga fan pain though – I’m very much a mainstream fan it seems.

  2. September 13, 2014 11:13 pm

    Another anime season with a ton of interesting shows–at least, superficially. We’ll see how many of them turn out decently! Thanks for noting that Amagi Brilliant Park comes from the pen of the author of Full Metal Panic. I was going to pass on this series until I read that.

    The character designs in Ore Twintails ni Narimasu remind me strongly of Infinite Stratos. Actually, everything about that show screams derivative. Definitely not a show I shall pick up either!

    As usual, you wrote my favorite preview post for the upcoming season. Now, I have a much better idea of what to watch!

    • September 14, 2014 8:41 pm

      The author is the only reason I’m willing to give Amagi Brilliant Park a chance – would have dismissed it out of hand otherwise. Still not convinced by it though.

      Twintails just looks like a mash-up of things we’ve seen before – I am curious about how it will turn out, but definitely not interested in picking it up for the whole run.

      Flattery will get you everywhere – I have been doing season previews in some capacity since Winter 2008 – I enjoy them a lot and they help me choose what I’m watching too!

  3. higgsbosoff permalink
    September 14, 2014 9:56 am

    “Can’t we just let the Fate franchise die??”

    MWAHAHAHAHA, do you really mean it XD? Just accept that we’ll watch and re-watch Fate ever and ever in multiple reiterations. Revel in that feeling! And still they’ll never adapt Heaven’s Feel, by the way.

    • September 14, 2014 8:47 pm

      I’ve never played the VNs, but I’ve watched pretty much all of the Fate anime adaptations (except for Prism Illya – because nope)…..kinda wish I’d stop getting suckered into the prettiness and interesting concepts since the endless talking and Type Moon bullshit ends up pissing me off!

      Actually Heaven’s Feel is getting a movie – there’s even a PV out! Ufotable know Fate gives them a license to print money. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-07-27/fate-stay-night-heaven-feel-route-gets-film/.77059

      • higgsbosoff permalink
        September 14, 2014 10:36 pm

        Ah, yeah, heard about that today😀. I stand corrected. Actually I mostly watched… only Fate/Zero and the UBW movie, plus played around 1 hour of the VN under insistence of a few friends who totally love it. But I still think I know a good bit about Fate, just for cultural osmosis. But yeah, the Nasuverse seems one of those things that are overly silly in many ways but still somehow draw in a simpler, more animalistic part of your mind. Like junk food or a catchy pop tune. Fate S/N doesn’t look really GOOD but it’s still something I kinda WANT to see.

  4. Rocco B permalink
    September 30, 2014 12:55 pm

    Unlimited blade works is the second route to fate. Since you love Archer. This will make you sit up and watch it. Since this route focuses on Archer and Shiro, despite Rin taking the lead. Deen did an alright job with their UBW movie attempt back in 2010.

    • October 3, 2014 6:20 pm

      Yeah I’m aware that UBW is focused on Rin & Archer which is why I’m willing to give it half a chance. Can’t say I liked DEEN’s film take on it – will never forget the awful, awful CG dragon!

      I just want ufotable to put their considerable talent into something other than Type Moon stuff at this stage because I’m really tired of their style of storytelling now – ie endless talking!

      • Rocco B permalink
        October 3, 2014 9:33 pm

        Yeah that god awful CG dragon scene. Better to erase that out of my memory, xDD. Well, it would be a shame to miss out on the most bad ass line “Do you have enough sword in stock, king of heroes?”. Lets hope that line doesn’t come across as yet another anime male lead scream to his opponent.

  5. November 20, 2014 7:42 am

    In the amagi brilliant park light novel, Latifa Fleuranza is actually blind.

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