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Autumn 2015 Anime Preview!

September 15, 2015

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Hello!  Yes it is me and I’m still breathing – my ever problematic arm decided to go on an unsanctioned strike a few weeks back, and then I just wanted a break from the internet for a while.  But I’m still a creature of habit, so had to do my usual preview – so here I am full of pain meds and ready to pass judgement on the upcoming Autumn season shows!

Summer ended up being a much, much better season than I thought it would be, will Autumn manage the same feat?  Lets have a look shall we, starting with the sequels & spin-offs again.

Sequels / Spin-offs

 

Diabolik Lovers More, Blood

Website: http://anime-dialover.com/
Animation Studio: ZEXCS (Flowers of Evil, Fortune Arterial)
Airdate: 23rd September 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Hirakawa, Daisuke Hirakawa, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kousuke Toriumi, Rie Suegara
Director: Risako Yoshida
Series Composition: Hiroko Kanasugi (NouCome)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation based on Rejet‘s vampire drama CD and PSP game project.

The story centers around the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers. Yui Komori is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school — a night school for entertainers and celebrities — due to her father’s work. There are rumors that there are vampires among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the Sakamaki brothers.

I barely made it through the rather offensively terrible first episode of this show, so there is no way in hell I’ll be watching this sequel.  Really not my kind of series.

 

Garo: Guren no Tsuki

Website: http://garo-project.jp/ANIME2/
Animation Studio: MAPPA (Punch Line, Ushio & Tora)
Airdate: 9th October 2015
Seiyuu: Akiko Yajima, Daisuke Namikawa, Kenyuu Horiuchi, Romi Park, Tomokazu Seki
Director: Atsushi Wakabayashi (Guin Saga)
Series Composition: Shou Aikawa (Ayakashi Arahsi, Oh Edo Rocket)
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Summary: Second anime adaptation based on the live action Garo Project. This series will be set in the Heian period. Further details to be released.

Not entirely sure how this second season is going to link to the first anime season, but I’m more than willing to pick this up.  I ended up really liking the first Garo anime, the characters and story were very interesting and MAPPA did a pretty great job on the medieval setting and animation.  Looking forward to seeing what they do with the story in a Heian period setting.

 

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (Is the Order a Rabbit? S2)

Website: http://www.gochiusa.com/
Animation Studio: Kinema Citrus (Barakamon) & WHITE FOX (Akame ga Kill!)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, Maaya Uchida, Risa Taneda, Satomi Satou
Director: Hiroyuki Hashimoto
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Hajime no Ippo, Miss Monochrome)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Koi’s 4-koma manga.

In story, the main character Cocoa (a pun of “hot cocoa”) arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that café. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino (from “cappucino”), a tough and soldier-esque girl named Rize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiya (“Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Sharo (“Kilimanjaro” coffee).

Not for me thanks – first episode of S1 was quite enough diabetes for me.

 

Haikyuu!! 2nd Season

Website: http://www.j-haikyu.com/anime/
Animation Studio: Production I.G (Kuroko’s Basketball, Ghost in the Shell)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Ayumu Murase, Kaito Ishikawa, Kouki Uchiyama, Yuuki Kaji, Miyu Irino, Satoshi Hino
Director: Susumu Mitsunaka (Cuticle Detective Inaba)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s shounen sports manga.

Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the “small giants” who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama. So, Hinata joins Kurasuno High School’s volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama. However, Kageyama is also on Kurasuno’s team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata’s mobility and Kageyama’s precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Kurasuno’s fated rival school in the nationals.

Hell yeah! I am all over this~!  Haikyuu!! was a delight to watch – great characters, brilliant facial expressions and fantastic action direction – Production IG really have mastered the fujoshi-bait shounen sports show.

 

Hidan no Aria AA (Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A)

Website: http://ariaaa.tv/
Animation Studio: Dogakobo (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Plastic Memories)
Airdate: 6th October 2015
Seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Rie Kugimiya, Ai Kayano, Aoi Yūki, M.A.O, Sarah Emi Bridcutt
Director: Takashi Kawabata
Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (Amagi Brilliant Park, Clannad After Story)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu’s light novel series. Based on the manga by Shogako Tachibana.

Akari Mamiya is a freshman and E-rank student who looks up to her upperclassman, the S-ranked Aria H. Kanzaki. They both attend Tokyo Butei High School, which employs the “Amica” system, allowing an underclassman to train alongside an upperclassman. Akari is determined to be paired with Aria.

I think I watched all of Hidan no Aria S1 for some mysterious reason, but I honestly can’t remember a single thing about the show apart from the titular character being a stereotypical Rie Kugimiya tsundere.  But gone are the days when I’d watch a sequel just because I made it through the first season (thank god I managed to get rid of that annoying compulsion).

 

Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji (Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavour)

Website: http://www.hikanukobinukaeriminuteiounitousouhanainodaaaaa.com/
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Airdate: 6th October 2015
Seiyuu: Banjou Ginga, Daiki Yamashita, Junichi Suwabe, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kishô Taniyama
Director: Mankyū (Tono to Ishho, Gundam-san)
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Summary: Comedy spin-off of Buronson & Tetsuo Hara’s Fist of the North Star manga series.

A fun version of the Holy Emperor Souther tries to find ways to become friends with Kenshirō, demonstrates his party techniques, and sometimes plays with the Gosha Sei.

Haven’t actually seen any of Fist of the North Star As sacrilegious as it seems coming from a long-term anime fan, it just never seemed like a must watch to me.  This spin-off does look amusing though and it has a pretty star-studded cast list.  I think this may actually be shorts though, just going by the what the director usually deals with.  Might give it a look if it ended up being easy to get a hold of.

 

K: Return of Kings

Website: http://k-project-come-back.jpn.com/c
Animation Studio: GoHands (Coppelion, Mardock Scramble)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Daisuke Ono, Mikako Komatsu, Jun Fukuyama, Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano
Director: Hiromitsu Kanazawa (Princess Lover) & Shingo Suzuki (Coppelion)
Series Composition: GoRA (Original creator)
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Summary: Second TV series – picks up after events of the K: Missing Kings film.

In modern Japan there are seven “Kings” who share power with their fellow clansmen. The Blue King Reishi Munakata, the leader of the Blue Clan “Scepter 4,” held great responsibilities on his back. The tower that Gold King Daikaku Kokujōji supervised called the “Dresden Slate” was still on his mind, and he felt a great burden by killing the previous Red King, Mikoto Suoh. On the other hand, the former Red Clan “HOMRA” clansman Anna Kushina experienced the attacks from the Green Clan “Jungle” and awakened as the next Red King. By doing this, she bound her comrades through a strong bond once again. Finally, White Clan members Neko and Kuroh believe that the White King Yashiro is still alive, and seek his whereabouts. However, it was not just them searching for the White King. With “Jungle” once again jumping back into action, the fates of the various Kings are brought together.

I am super hyped for this.  K wasn’t exactly the best show in the world, but it was so bloody pretty and had exactly the kind of characters I like, that I ended up watching the show 3 times!  The movie also really impressed me – it is visually stunning – rainbow filters and fish-eye lenses galore and so many swoopy camera pans that really make the action scenes something to behold.  K isn’t complex or particularly layered, but it is pretty much exactly my kind of thing – I’m really excited for the second season.

 

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans)

Website: http://g-tekketsu.com/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gintama, Cross Ange)
Airdate: 4th October 2015
Seiyuu: Kengo Kawanishi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuka Terasaki, Daiki Hamano, Natsuki Hanae
Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai (Anohana, A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Series Composition: Mari Okada (Aquarion Evol, Selector Spread Wixoss)
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Summary: New original anime in the AU Gundam franchise.

The show is set 300 years after a great conflict between Earth and Mars known as the “Calamity War,” a woman named Cordelia sets out on a journey to Earth to speak for the independence of the Martian city of Chryse, which is under the control of the Earth government. Escorting her is the private security company CGS members Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka. When a group named Gjallarhorn attacks CGS and Cordelia, Orga sees this as a chance to rebel against CGS and launch a coup. Mikazuki and Orga are thrust into a new conflict. To fend off Gjallarhorn, Mikazuki rides an old mobile suit from the Calamity War, powered by a nuclear reactor, the Gundam Barbatos.

It’s Gundam – of course I’m going to watch it, don’t ask silly questions!  More seriously, I’m actually pretty interested in this as it seems to be a bit more grown-up looking than the recent Gundam shows.  Build Fighters was pure kiddie joy, Reconguista was a colourful, chaotic shambles and AGE was definitely pitched at a younger audience, even if it was a fairly typical Gundam show at heart. G-Tekketsu also sounds typically Gundam, but doesn’t look quite as rainbow coloured as the others – it’s also a story coming from Mari Okada’s pen working with a director who also has a penchant for melodrama, so I’m expecting lots of ‘war is hell’ moments.  I’m certainly interested, will be checking out.

 

Noragami Aragoto

Website: http://noragami-anime.net/
Animation Studio: BONES (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Show By Rock!)
Airdate: 3rd October 2015
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Uchida, Yuuki Kaji, Miyuki Sawashiro, Rie Kugimiya, Jun Fukuyama
Director: Kotaro Tamura
Series Composition: Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Adachitoka‘s manga series.

Yato is a minor deity who lacks even a single shrine. In order to build his own shrine, he scrawls his cell number on the wall of a downtown bathroom telling people he will help them in exchange for a 5-yen offering, becoming a self-styled “delivery god.” Hiyori, the daughter of a respectable family, is almost killed in a traffic accident, but is rescued by Yato. This causes her to become a “hanyou,” a person who can easily lose her soul. She chases Yato down, and they begin to work together. Yato also finds a boy named Yukine who becomes a “sacred treasure” that can be used by a god. The three of them battle “you” who bring harm to humans as Yato’s hidden history is gradually revealed.

Noragami is one of those shows that is extremely solid, but just lacks that little something extra that would make it legitimately great.  Visually the series is pretty flawless – I love the artstyle and the direction, some of the action sequences in season one were breathtaking, but the story just wasn’t quite up to par.  I have since picked up the manga, and can say that the arc that this second season is covering is definitely one of the strongest in the series, so I’m really looking forward to seeing it animated.

Owari no Seraph 2 (Seraph of the End 2)

Website: http://owarino-seraph.jp/
Animation Studio: Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Hozuki no Reitetsu)
Airdate: 10th October 2015
Seiyuu: Miyu Irino, Kensho Ono, Aoi Yūki, Aya Endo, Yūichi Nakamura, Kaito Ishikawa
Director: Daisuke Tokudo
Series Composition & Script: Hiroshi Seko (Terror in Resonance, Attack on Titan)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Daisuke Furuya, Takaya Kagami, and Yamato Yamamoto‘s vampire manga series.

After an unknown virus wiped out all adults on earth, vampires appeared and ruled over the surviving children, treating them like livestock. Yuichiro Hyakuya survived along with other orphans by giving their blood to vampires, until Yuichiro escaped four years ago. Now he is a member of the Moon Demon Company, a unit in the Japanese army dedicated to hunting down the vampires he blames for the death of his family.

Now this I am also definitely watching, but not because it is good.  Owari no Seraph is a popcorn series, I really enjoyed watching it because it is very pretty with lots of attractive character designs and beautiful backgrounds, and it delights in pulling the most ridiculous plot twists, and making its characters do stupid things – truly the Rule of Cool reigns supreme.  It makes for a very silly series, but it is also a very entertaining series and that’s why I legitimately enjoyed watching it every week.  Definitely looking forward to more.

 

Owarimonogatari

Website: http://www.monogatari-series.com/
Animation Studio: SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Hidamari Sketch)
Airdate: 3rd October 2015
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kaori Mizuhashi, Marina Inoue, Chiwa Saito, Satsuki Yukino
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo (Mekakucity Actors) & Tomoyuki Itamura (Monogatari Series)
Series Composition: Akiyuki Shinbo (Astarotte’s Toy) & Fuyashi Tou (Nisekoi)
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Summary: Latest anime adaptation of NisiOisin’s light novel series. The three-volume Owarimonogatari novel is part of the “final season” of the Monogatari series. The fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth books overall, they contain the stories Ougi Formula, Sodachi Riddle, Sodachi Lost, Shinobu Mail, Mayoi Hell, Hitagi Rendezvous, and Ougi Dark.

I have to admit to being a bit burned out on the Monogatari Series at this stage.  I still continue to watch it, but that’s more to do with being in this far and wanting to see it through to the end, more than any true interest in the story.  These shows are always worth watching, simply for the visuals and verbal banter, so it’s not like I’m ever truly bored when watching them, but I’m ready for the series to be over.  One day we’ll get to see that mythical Kizumonogatari movie and we can all finally close the book on this verbose series!

 

Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou (Attack on Titan: Junior High)

Website: http://kyojinchu.tv/
Animation Studio: Production I.G (Suisei no Gargantia, Psycho-Pass)
Airdate: 3rd October 2015
Seiyuu: Yuuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue, Hiroshi Kamiya, Kishô Taniyama
Director: Yoshihide Ibata (Ashiaraiyashiki no Juunin-tachi)
Series Composition: Midori Gotou (Hozuki no Reitetsu)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of the comedy spin-off manga by Saki Nakagawa, from Hajime Isayama’s original series.

The series re-imagines Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and other characters from the original manga as students and teachers at Titan Junior High School.

So I thought this was a joke to start with.  Then I realised that this was a spin-off gag manga that actually exists, and given how Attack on Titan is a license to print money at the moment, was suddenly no longer surprised that this is getting the anime treatment.  I’m not even going to pretend that I’m above watching this, because we all know I’m not.  I really do enjoy Attack on Titan and will be super hyped for the inevitable second season, so I’m probably going to watch, and enjoy, this chibi ridiculousness.

 

The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst (Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha Burst)

Website: http://anime-shinmaimaou.com/
Animation Studio: Production IMS (Castle Town Dandelion, Gonna be the Twin-Tail)
Airdate: 10th October 2015
Seiyuu: Yūichi Nakamura, Sarah Emi Bridcutt, Ayaka Asai, Iori Nomizu, Keiji Fujiwara
Director: Hisashi Saito (Heaven’s Lost Property, Haganai)
Series Composition: Sumio Uetake (R-15, Destiny of the Shrine Maiden)
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Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Tetsuto Uesu’s light novel series.

The “rather risque battle action” story centres around Basara Tōjō, a first-year high school student who is flustered by a sudden question by his eccentric father, “Hey, didn’t you used to say you wanted a little sister?” In addition, his father announces that he is getting remarried. His father brings over two beautiful step-sisters, but then embarks on an overseas trip. However, the two sisters Mio and Maria Naruse are actually a novice devil and succubus.

Basara almost ends up forming a dangerous servant and master contract with them, but due to an error, the contract becomes reversed, and Basara becomes the master instead. To add to things, erotic situations continuously start to happen in Basara’s life. However, it turns out Mio is having her life targeted by other monsters and heroes. And so, the “desire/action” tale of the strongest contractor begins.

Thought this was a High School DxD thing for a while, then remembered it was a completely different show – they all kind of look a like to me.

 

Soukyuu no Fafner: Exodus 2

Website: http://fafner-exodus.jp/
Animation Studio: XEBEC zwei (Heroic Age, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Kohei Kiyasu, Makoto Ishii, Marika Matsumoto, Sanae Kobayashi, Sumire Morohoshi
Director: Takashi Noto (Heroic Age) Nobuyoshi Habara (Broken Blade)
Series Composition: Tow Ubukata (Le Chavalier d’Eon, Psycho-Pass 2)
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Summary: Second part of the sequel to Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor, set in 2151, two and a half years after the events of the Heaven and Earth movie (and four years after the original TV series).

Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island’s young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught…but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity’s continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind.

Will definitely be watching.  Fafner can be a bit all over the place, but the first part of this season did have some interesting episodes, so I want to see how the story pans out.  It is a hard show to really get into though, since it is pretty obsessed with ‘Proper Nouns’, and has tons of characters that all look pretty similar.  I still mostly like it though.

 

Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Mask)

Website: http://utawarerumono.jp/
Animation Studio: WHITE FOX (The Devil is a Part-timer!, Steins;Gate)
Airdate: 3rd October 2015
Seiyuu: Keiji Fujiwara, Risa Taneda, Ai Kakuma, Kentarou Tone, Yumi Hara
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Jormungand)
Series Composition: Takamitsu Kouno (Minami-ke Tadaima, Ayakashi)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of AQUAPLUS’s second game in the franchise.

The nameless protagonist awakens to find himself standing in the middle of a vast, snowy plain he doesn’t recognize. Suffering from amnesia, he remembers nothing about himself. Suddenly, he’s attacked by an insect-like creature but is saved by a beautiful girl with animal ears and a tail named Kuon. She names him Haku.

First season aired back in 2006 when I was first getting into the habit of watching shows weekly, but this wasn’t a show I was remotely interested in.  Still isn’t so I’ll not be watching this sequel – not sure if you’ll need to have watched season one or if this is pretty stand alone though.

 

World Trigger: Isekai Kara no Toubousha (World Trigger: Fugitives From Another World)

Website: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/wt/
Animation Studio: Toei Animation (Sailor Moon Crystal, Dragonball Super)
Japanese Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Tomo Muranaka, Hideyuki Tanaka, Nao Tamura, Kana Hanazawa, Yūichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Sakura Taisen)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus, Macross Frontier)

Summary: New anime based on Daisuke Ashihara’s manga series. This new series will be anime original.

World Trigger begins when a mysterious gate to another world is opened in Mikado City, letting invaders from another dimension called “Neighbours” overrun the area.

A new defence league called “Border” is created in order to protect the City from these apparitions. The fighters are equipped with an amazing weapon called “Trigger” allowing them to put on an armour and use special powers.

The story takes place four years after those events, when a young student, Yuma Kuga, arrives at Mikado City. He witnesses, along with another student Osamu Mikuno, a portal opening. To fight the creature, Osamu finds himself forced to reveal his affiliation to the Border and pulls his Trigger out. When Osamu is injured, Yuma joins the fight and saves him. Yuma turns out to be very powerful!

Who is really Yuma? Why did he come to Mikado City?

After the depressingly bad opening episode of the first season of World Trigger, I never bothered with the show again, but it seems to have done alright if its still continuing on.  Not sure how manga fans will feel about the series veering off into the murky waters of anime original though – that generally means trouble.

 

Young Black Jack

Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/ybj/
Animation Studio: Tezuka Productions (Genji Monogatari Sennenki, Mokke)
Airdate: 1st October 2015
Seiyuu: Junichi Suwabe, Yuichiro Umehara, Koji Yusa, Shizuka Itou, Akio Ohtsuka
Director: Mitsuko Kase (Saikano, Ristorante Paradiso)
Series Composition: Ryousuke Takahashi (Armored Trooper Votoms, Blue Gender)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Yoshiaki Tabata & Yū-Go Ōkuma’s mange series, based on Osamu Tezuka’s original character – a brilliant maverick doctor who practices without a license.

The prequel follows Black Jack when he was still a medical student in the 1960s.

Young Black Jack is hot!  Yeah I’m totally watching this.  I’ve only seen the 90s Black Jack OVA series, but he’s an interesting character – definitely up for learning about his younger years.

Yuruyuri San Hai! (Yuruyuri S3)

Website: http://yuruyuri.com/nachup/
Animation Studio: TYO Animations (Sengoku Musou, Tamayura)
Airdate: 5th October 2015
Seiyuu: Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ookubo, Shiori Mikami, Yuka Ōtsubo, Emiri Katō
Director: Hiroyuki Hata (Recently my sister is unusual)
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Summary: Third season of the anime adaptation of Namori’s manga series.

The series is about four fun-loving schoolgirls who take over the former room of a tea ceremony club for their own “Goraku-bu” (amusement club).

Nope.

 

Lupin III – The Italian Adventure

Website: http://lupin-new-season.jp/
Animation Studio: Telecom Animation Film (Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief, BUTA)
Airdate: 1st October 2015
Seiyuu: Kanichi Kurita, Daisuke Namikawa, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Kouichi Yamadera, Miyuki Sawashiro
Director: Kazuhide Tomonaga (BUTA) & Yuichiro Yano (Moyashimon)
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Summary: New anime adaptation of Monkey Punch‘s popular manga series. It will be the first full-fledged Lupin III television anime series to star the legendary thief character since 1984-85’s Lupin III: Part III ended three decades ago. The story of the new series will take place in Italy and San Marino and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s

It finally surfaces!  Still looking forward to this, looks like a lot of crime caper fun.

 

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Comet Lucifer

Website: http://comet-lucifer.jp/
Animation Studio: 8 Bit (The Fruit of Grisaia, Tokyo Ravens)
Airdate: 4th October 2015
Seiyuu: Yūsuke Kobayashi, Ayaka Ohashi, Ayaka Suwa, Rie Takahashi, Takuma Terashima
Director: Atsushi Nakayama (Absolute Duo) & Yasuhito Kikuchi (Infinite Stratos)
Series Composition: Yuuichi Nomura (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne, Xam’d)
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Summary: Original TV anime.

On the planet Gift there are precious crystals called Giftjium buried in the earth. A young man named Sōgo lives in Garden Indigo, a prosperous mining town. Sōgo’s hobby is to collect rare crystals. One day, he gets wrapped up in a riot caused by his classmates Kaon, Roman, and Otto, and he loses his way until he finds a lake deep under the ground’s mining ruins. There, he meets a mysterious girl with blue hair and red eyes that gaze straight ahead. The story follows the adventure of what happens after this meeting.

So that PV is pretty – doesn’t really give much away though, more like an AMV than anything else.  The plot synopsis sounds like a bog standard magical girlfriend set-up and the promo art suggests there will be mecha.  Not entire sure what to think about the whole package, can’t say I’m particularly excited about the staff on board, but it does look nice.  Going to be one of those wait and see things.

 

Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou (Concrete Revolutio: Superhero Fantasy)

Website: http://concreterevolutio.com/index.html
Animation Studio: BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Space Dandy)
Airdate: 4th October 2015
Seiyuu: Kaito Ishikawa, Aki Toyosaki, Sumire Uesaka, Eriko Nakamura, Eriko Nakamura
Director: Seiji Mizushima (Un-Go, Gundam 00)
Script: Shou Aikawa (Angel Cop, The Twelve Kingdoms)
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Summary: Original TV anime.

The stage is set in “Another Japan” as a banquet of diverse superhumans unfolds…
In an imaginary “age of gods” about 20 years after the war, Japan has grown and developed by leaps and bounds. What if all the superhumans ever written about in fictional stories existed at the same time? Superhumans who came into existence through different circumstances, and who are special in different ways — Titans from outer space, lifeforms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations, and the list goes on. One segment of these superhumans makes no secret of their existence and has gained popularity in society. Others cloak their identities and fight in secrecy.
There are enemies of superhumans as well, organizations that operate in the shadows.
The Japanese government has taken many measures to secure peace and order.
One is the establishment of an organization under the Ministry of Health and Welfare — the Overpopulation Research Laboratory, a.k.a. the Superhuman Bureau.
Their mission is to identify and approach suerhumans, then oversee and safeguard them. One member of the Superhuman Bureau, Jiro Hitoyoshi, is protagonist of this series.

Have to say I’m pretty interested in this one.  It’s visually striking – I really like all the bright colours and the slightly retro feeling character designs, and has a pretty solid staff on board at the ever reliable BONES.  The plot synopsis also appeals to me, what with all the superpowers and shadowy organisations – it’s the kind of thing that I gravitate to.  Looking forward to checking this out.

 

Dance With Devils

Website: http://dwd-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Brain’s Base (Amnesia, Assassination Classroom)
Airdate: 7th October 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Hirakawa, Himika Akaneya, Sōma Saitō, Subaru Kimura, Wataru Hatano
Director: Ai Yoshimura (Ao Haru Ride, Oregairu S1)
Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Uta no Prince-sama)
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Summary: Anime part of game developer Rejet, music production studio Elements Garden, and music production company Avex’s Dance With Devils project.

Ritsuka Tachibana is a female second-year high school student who attends Shiko Academy in Shiko Town. She enjoyed her school life while living with her mother Maria, but one day, that balance fell into ruin when she discovers several of her attractive, male classmate are demons.

Sounds like another bog standard reverse harem, but it doesn’t even look pretty enough for my shallow inner fangirl to get excited about.  The main girl is really bland looking and the fellas all seem to have crazy/soulless eyes.  Not really a great start when your property clearly only exists to sell the supplementary character image song CDs and tie-in game.  On the positive side Brains Base seem to have the right people working on the show and the cast is pretty decent.  Will check out the first episode to see if it manages to convince me it has any unique spin on things.

 

The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk)

Website: http://asterisk-war.com/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (GATE, Aldnoah.Zero)
Airdate: 3rd October 2015
Seiyuu: Atsushi Tamaru, Ai Kakuma, Ari Ozawa, Tomokazu Sugita, Yūma Uchida
Director: Manabu Ono (Mahouka) & Kenji Seto (Weiß Survive R)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Yuu Miyazaki and illustrator okiura‘s light novel series.

In the previous century, humanity was attacked by an unprecedented disaster… The impact “Invertia.” The whole world was destroyed. However, humans acquired a new potential…”The Genestella.”

Finding myself more impressed by the great English in the very nice PV than anything else about this series.  Aside from the well put together PV, absolutely nothing else about this show stands out – it is a completely unremarkable light novel adaptation.  These things all start to blur together after a while.

 

Heavy Object

Website: http://heavyobject.net/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Prison School, Golden Time)
Airdate: 2nd October 2015
Seiyuu: Eri Suzuki, Kaito Ishikawa, Natsuki Hanae, Shizuka Itou
Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana, Freezing)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Code Geass, Qwaser of Stigmata)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Kazuma Kamachi’s light novel series.

Objects are powerful, massive weapons that change the course of warfare and are manned by Elite Object pilots. An odd Elite girl named Milinda meets Quenser, a student who aims to become a Object mechanic, with the soldier-in-training Heivia on a snowy battlefield.

I’m pretty indifferent to this one – doesn’t look bad, but doesn’t really jump out as something I need to check out either.  JC Staff are making better choices recently with the shows they’re putting out, and the staff are pretty accomplished with action series.  Could be good, could be yet another forgettable light novel adaptation – will have to see what way it falls.

 

Lance N’ Masques

Website: http://lanceandmasques.jp/
Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi (Hello! Kinmoza, Yuki Yuna is a Hero)
Airdate: 1st October 2015
Seiyuu: Ari Ozawa, Daiki Yamashita, Akira Ishida, Ayaka Suwa, M.A.O, Mami Koyama
Director: Kyōhei Ishiguro (Your Lie in April)
Series Composition: Hideaki Koyasu (Akikan, GJ Club)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Hideaki Koyasu’s light novel series.

Yōtarō Hanafusa is a young man who is part of the last remaining order of knights in the 21st century, “Knights of the World.” As he fights as the mysterious Knight Lancer, he must hide his identity behind a mask. One day he meets a girl named Makio Kidōin, and when finding that she lives alone, decides to watch over her.

Got irritated by the supersonic squeaking in the PV and decided that if I was annoyed by the voice acting in a short PV, this is definitely not something I’m interested in watching – not that it was ever really in the running.

 

One Punch Man

Website: http://onepunchman-anime.net/
Animation Studio: MADHOUSE (Death Parade, Hunter x Hunter)
Airdate: 4th October 2015
Seiyuu: Makoto Furukawa, Aoi Yūki, Kaito Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Katsuyuki Konishi, Minami Takayama
Director: Shingo Natsume (Space Dandy, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun)
Script: Tomohiro Suzuki
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Summary: Anime adaptation of ONE & Yuusuke Murata’s manga series.

One-Punch Man is a super hero who has trained so hard that his hair has fallen out, and who can overcome any enemy with one punch. However, because he is so strong, he has become bored and frustrated with winning all his battles so easily.

Ah now here’s something I am legitimately excited for.  I’d been toying with picking up the manga for a while since it sounds like all sorts of my kind of thing, but decided to hold out for an anime adaptation – and here it is!  Really pleased the series was picked up by a great studio, who look to be having plenty of fun with the action judging by the PV – and a JAM Project OP!  Yay~!  Pretty hyped for this, definitely looks like fun.

 

Ore ga Ojou-sama Gakkou ni ‘Shomin Sample’ Toshite Gets-Sareta Ken (The Case of My Abduction as a “Commoner Sample” by a School for Rich Ladies)

Website: http://syominsample-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (Chaos Dragon, Yuri Kuma Arashi)
Airdate: 7th October 2015
Seiyuu: Atsushi Tamaru, Yū Serizawa, Chitose Morinaga, Yūki Kuwahara, Saori Ōnishi
Director: Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!, Kyou no Asuka Show)
Series Composition: Kento Shimoyama
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Takafumi Nanatsuki’s light novel series.

Kimito Kagurazaka is an ordinary high school boy who is kidnapped by an elite young lady’s academy to be a “sample of the common people.” The school is full of sheltered girls who have never met male peers before.

Yeah…no.  Just going on the lengthy title, the studio & director, this just has NOPE stamped all over it.  The PV of harem clichés just sealed the deal.

 

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry: A Tale of the Worst One (Chivalry of the Failed Knight)

Website: http://www.ittoshura.com/
Animation Studio: Nexus (Santa Company) & SILVER LINK (Kokoro Connect)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Shizuka Ishigami, Ryota Ohsaka, Hisako Kanemoto, Izumi Kitta, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Director: Jin Tamamura (Iron Vendetta) & Shin Oonuma (BakaTest)
Series Composition: Shogo Yasukawa (Shokugeki no Soma, Terraformars)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Riku Misora’s light novel series.

Magic Knights are modern magic-users who fight with weapons converted from their souls. Ikki Kurogane goes to a school for these Magic Knights, but he is the “Failed Knight” or “Worst One” who is failing because he has no magical skills. However, one day, he is challenged to a duel by Stella, a foreign princess and the “Number One” student. In this duel, “the loser must be obedient for life.”

Of course he’s a ‘failure’, but of course he ends up the tsundere princess, and of course we mustn’t be surprised if he ends up being some sort of magical genius in some obscure skill!  I don’t think there is a shred of originality in this series – although I will admit that the PV is one of the better put together ones this season.  Still, I doubt very much that this will end up being something worth watching.

 

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet)

Website: http://sakurakosan.jp/
Animation Studio: TROYCA (Aldnoah.Zero)
Airdate: 7th October 2015
Seiyuu: Junya Enoki, Shizuka Itou, Akira Ishida, Ayaka Imamura, Hiroki Takahashi
Director: Makoto Katō
Series Composition: Takayo Ikami (Mawaru Penguindrum, Yurikuma Arashi)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Shiori Ōta’s light novel series.

Shōtarō Tatewaki is a normal high school student with a serious demeanor who likes to show off his girlfriend Sakurako Kujyō. Sakurako is an extraordinarily beautiful woman in her mid-20s from a rich family who loves “beautiful bones.” The two live in the city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido, and they get involved in various incidents regarding bones.

This looks interesting, I do like a series with a mystery element.  It also looks very pretty just looking at the promo art and PV.  Will have to see how they writing holds up, but I am definitely going to be checking this out.

 

Star Mu – High School Star Musical

Website: http://hstar-mu.com/
Animation Studio: C-Station (Dragonar Academy)
Airdate: 5th October 2015
Seiyuu: Natsuki Hanae, Arthur Lounsbery, Kensho Ono, Tomoaki Maeno, Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Hirakawa
Director: Shunsuke Tada (Bungaku Shoujo, Kuroko’s Basketball)
Series Composition: Sayaka Harada
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Summary: Original TV anime.

Yūta Hoshiya enters Ayana Academy, a school focusing on show business activities, specifically music. The academy has a group of the three students with the highest grades in the musical department, and they are known as the Kao Kai (Cherry Blossom Flower Association). This organization stands at the top of the pecking order within the academy. The shortcut to entering the musical department is to enter the Star Frame class, which is directly taught by the members, and to be recognized by them. Unfortunately, due to their own problems, students Tōru, Kaito, Shō, Shū, and Yūta are all struggling to even remain candidates for the musical department. By a stroke of luck, however, the five are spotted by Kao Kai member Ōtori, and they pique his interest.

Multi-coloured musical bishie fluff!  Not as technicoloured, flamboyant or pretty as UtaPri, but I’ll take it.

 

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider (Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider)

Website: http://www.f-noitamina.com/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Your Lie in April)
Airdate: 8th October 2015
Seiyuu: Ibuki Kido, Atsumi Tanezaki, Yasuyuki Kase
Director: Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, Sora no Oto)
Series Composition: Toshiya Ono (Gatchaman Crowds, Tsuritama)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Hiroshi Mori’s mystery novels. Airing in the Noitamina timeslot.

Sōhei Saikawa is a member of the Saikawa Research Lab. He goes on a vacation held by the lab, and Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor, joins the group on their vacation despite not being a part of the lab. There, the two end up finding a corpse. The two work together to solve the mysteries of what becomes a serial murder case.

Our Noitamina show for the season, and this looks pretty promising.  Based off actual novels and with a serial murderer mystery to get stuck into, it certainly sounds like all sorts of the kind of thing I usually like.  PV doesn’t really have the polish I’ve come to expect from an A-1 Pictures show, but the direction looks decent.  Optimistic about this one, hope it delivers.

 

Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (AntiMagic Academy ‘The 35th Test Platoon’)

Website: http://35shoutai.jp/
Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (Watamote, C3)
Airdate: 7th October 2015
Seiyuu: Reina Ueda, Rumi Ookubo, Ryoko Shiraishi, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Shinichiro Miki
Director: Tomoyuki Kawamura (Binbougami-ga, Kamigami no Asobi)
Series Composition: Kento Shimoyama (Servant x Service, Bleach)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Tōki Yanagimi’s light novel series.

People with magic powers are close to being wiped out. Just as the balance of power and military might had once shifted from swords to sorcery, it shifts once again to guns. Takeru Kusanagi goes to “AntiMagic Academy,” a training facility for Inquisitors of Heretics who crack down on the dwindling threat posed by magic users. However, Takeru cannot use guns at all and can only fight with a sword. As a result, he is relegated to the 35th Test Platoon, the motley “small fry platoon” for poor students. One day, Ōka Ōtori, the ultra-elite pistol master who already has her qualifications for witch-hunts, joins the platoon.

Usual battle harem thing with our MC-kun being a super special snowflake with a very particular talent……everyone knows that Katana’s are just better anyway!  Anyway, doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world, but doesn’t sound like something I’d be interested in watching either.  Pass.

 

Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid-

Website: http://valkyriedrive.jp/anime/
Animation Studio: ARMS (Ikki Tousen, Wizard Barristers)
Airdate: 10th October 2015
Seiyuu: Mikako Izawa, Yuka Iguchi, Asami Seto, Kikuko Inoue, Saori Ōnishi
Director & Character Design: Hiraku Kaneko (Maken-ki, Qwaser of Stigmata)
Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda (Gundam Build Fighters, High School of the Dead)
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Summary: Anime part of the Valkyrie Drive multi-media project.

In a world where five artificial islands exists, Mamori is a “mermaid” transferred to one of those islands. When Mamori is attacked, a newly transferred girl named Mirei saves her. The enemy doesn’t stop, however, and the two are soon cornered. Just when they think all hope is lost, Mirei kisses Mamori, and Mamori turns into a sword. Mirei then wields the sword and launches a counterattack against their enemies.

You only need to glance at some of the promo materials for this thing to know it is ARMS – they’re nothing if not consistent in what they turn out!  So here we have the basic concept of Soul Eater mixed in with some yuri vibes and run through the ARMS fanservice filter repeatedly. Not my kind of thing, but does look like some effort has been put into the setting and action, and the people involved definitely know what they’re doing with this kind of show.

 

Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! (Komori Can’t Refuse!)

Website: http://www.komori-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Artland (Mushishi, Hitman Reborn!)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Ari Ozawa, Aya Uchida, Maria Naganawa
Director: Kenichi Imaizumi (Brynhildr in the Darkness, Hitman Reborn!)
Series Composition: Yūka Suguro
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya’s manga series.

Middle school student Shuri Komori is too kind and is unable to say no when someone asks her for a favor. However, she has gained various amazing abilities as a result.

This is probably shorts given the source material. Looks pretty inoffensive.

 

Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan

Website: http://www.ota-suke.jp/news/147657
Animation Studio: Asahi Production (Million Doll) & Production Reed (Otona Joshi no Anime Time 2)
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Saki Ono, Taishi Murata, Aoi Yūki, Ayaka Asai, Ayana Taketatsu, M.A.O
Director: Takeyuki Yanase (Himegoto)
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Daisuke Yui’s manga series.

The “warm slapstick hot spring comedy” takes place in the Japanese resort town of Hakone, and it follows Hakone-chan, a hot spring spirit who descended to a spa resort on Earth. However, with her long slumber, she looks like a little girl on the outside.The high school boy Tōya stumbles across her at a hot spring and ends up joining Hakone in retrieving her original powers.

This is also probably shorts, can’t imagine a full length series with this thin concept. I’ll not be watching anyway, doesn’t really seem like my kind of thing.

Shorts

Ameiro Cocoa: Rainy Color e Youkoso! 2 (Rain-colored Cocoa: Welcome to Rainy color!)

Website: http://rainycocoa.jp/index.html
Studio: EMT Squared
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Hirakawa, Hikaru Midorikawa, Hiro Shimono, Mamoru Miyano, Ryo Horikawa
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki (House of Five Leaves, Twin Spica)

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of IAM Denshi Shuppan’s bilingual digital manga series.

An ordinary college student, Aoi Tokura, was having a bad day. It was so bad because he was called ugly by a good-looking guy on the train. Walking down the street in the rain, Aoi found a small, but cozy cafe, Rainy Color. He started to work part-time there because he enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate he was served. Then a guy came into Rainy Color… It was Keiichi Iwase, the one who told Aoi was ugly!!??

First season was ugly as sin, but rather harmless since each episode is super short.  Will watch more.

 

Miss Monochrome – The Animation 3

Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/miss_monochrome_anime/
Animation Studio: SANZIGEN (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) & LIDEN FILMS (Arslan Senki)
Airdate: 2nd October 2015
Seiyuu: Yui Horie, Akemi Kanda, Keiji Fujiwara, Kikuko Inoue
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Zero no Tsukaima, Love Hina)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)

Summary: Third season of the anime based on Yui Horie’s Miss Monochrome vocaloid idol.

The original story follows Miss Monochrome, an android girl that decides she “wants more than ever before!” In order to achieve that desire, she puts her plan into motion to become the hottest idol. Usually the type to run around in circles, Miss Monochrome scrambles to make it in the idol industry.

Still haven’t got round to watching this.

 

Teekyuu 6

Website: http://te-kyu.com/
Studio: Millepensee
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Kyōko Narumi, Suzuko Mimori, Yui Watanabe
Director & Scripts: Shin Itagaki (Ben-to, Mayoi Neko Overrun!)

Summary: Sixth season of the anime adaptation of Roots and illustrator Piyo’s tennis manga series.

High school student Yuri Oshimoto joins her school’s tennis club, but finds out that the club consists of her three strange upperclassmen and they rarely play tennis at all.

Ditto……will do one day.

 

Ani Tore! EX (Anime de Training! EX)

Website: http://anime-training.com/
Animation Studio: Rising Force
Airdate: 12th October 2015
Seiyuu: Miku Itō, Azumi Waki, Maria Naganawa, Miyu Komaki
Director: Atsushi Nigorikawa
Series Composition: Daisuke Ishibashi

Summary: Original anime.

The anime follows five young women who are aiming to become idols as they do different exercise routines such as push-ups, situps, dance, yoga, stretching, Tai Chi, and more.

LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!

 

Fushigi na Somera-chan (Magical Somera-chan)

Website: http://dreamcreation.co.jp/somera/
Animation Studio: Seven (Strange+, I can’t understand what my Husband is saying)
Airdate: 9th October 2015
Seiyuu: Sayaka Nakaya, Kaede Hondo, Maria Naganawa, Rika Momokawa
Director & Script: Itsuki Imazaki (Ai Mai Mi)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Choboraunyopomi‘s manga.

The series follows the daily life of Somera-chan, a wielder of mysterious magical powers, and those around her.

Probably complete randomness.

 

Hacka Doll: The Animation

Website: https://hackadoll.com/#anime-section
Animation Studio: Creators in Pack TOKYO (Danchigai) & Trigger (Kill la Kill)
Airdate: 2nd October 2015
Seiyuu: Kaya Okuno, Miyu Takagi, Nanami Yamashita
Director & Character Design: Ikuo Geso
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Summary: Anime based on a phone app.

The original Hacka Doll app delivers a customized feed of news for each user. The user answers some simple questions when launching the app for the first time, and then the app will filter the news that caters to the user’s personal interests — boys love (BL), cosplay, anime, manga, games, light novels, voice cast members, and more. With daily use, the app automatically analyzes and learns which news articles the user reads and recommends to further personalize the feed.

The anime personifies the app’s customization engine as three “Hacka Dolls” — the personal entertainment AI and main navigator Hacka Doll #1, the anime expert Hacka Doll #2, and the knowledgeable otaku Hacka Doll #3.

Fecking phone apps are getting the anthropomophic treatment now! Really don’t think there is anything that Japan can’t turn into a cute girl!  Does look cute though…..

 

Kagewani

Website: http://kagewani.com/
Animation Studio: Tomovies
Airdate: 2nd October 2015
Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Ryotaro Okiayu, Fumiya Kosugi, Mai Aizawa, Yukiko Morishita
Director: Tomoya Takashima (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories)
Script: Hiromu Kumamoto (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, Kurayami Santa)

Summary: Original anime.

Mysterious monsters called “UMA” suddenly appear in the present day and attack humans. The scientist Sōsuke Banba pursues the truth with the keyword “Kagewani,” a word that literally means “Shadow Crocodile.”

I quite liked Yamishibai so I am certainly interested in watching more from the creators.  This one seems to have an over arching plot, so that should be interesting.

 

Kowabon

Website: http://www.kbc.co.jp/kowabon/
Animation Studio: ILCA
Airdate: October 2015
Seiyuu: Natsu Amano, Yūmi Takaki
Director: Kazuma Taketani
Script: Hiromu Kumamoto (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, Kurayami Santa)
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Summary: Original anime.

Kowabon will be produced through rotoscoping live-action footage, and will feature “Bondage x Stylish Horror” as a theme.

The official website contains the following tagline: “There are cameras everywhere in the world. Those ‘eyes’ have seen the world you do not know.”

This also looks creepy – definitely checking out.

 

Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

Website: http://www.signal-md.co.jp/works/team-kz/
Animation Studio: Signal.MD
Airdate: 7th October 2015
Seiyuu: Mitsuhiro Ichiki, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Sōma Saitō, Takuma Terashima, Yuiko Tatsumi
Director: Kazuya Ichikawa (Monster Strike, Shadow Skill 3)
Series Composition: Yuka Yamada (Bungaku Shoujo, Tide Line Blue)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hitomi Fujimoto & Ryō Sumitaki’s detective novels.

Aya Tachibana is a sixth-grader who frets and obsesses over friends, family, grades, and more. One day, she joins the “Tantei Team KZ” with four very idiosyncratic boys she met at cram school. There is the glib and attention-grabbing leader Kazuomi Wakatake, the mysterious “expert of personal relationships” Takakazu Kuroki, the smart and stoic math genius Kazunori Uesugi, and the sweet-hearted Kazuhiko Kozuka who is good at social matters and science. Aya finds her place among them as the “language expert.” “Tantei Team KZ” gets involved in modern-day cases, and even if they bicker from time to time, they collaborate by pooling each of their talents and skills to solve these cases.

This one looks super cute and is clearly targeted at the same kids the novels are aimed at.  Might watch if it gets subbed.

 

OVAs / Specials

 

Gundam: The Origin II – Artesia’s Sorrow

Website: http://www.gundam-the-origin.net/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass, Aikatsu!)
Airdate: 31st October 2015
Seiyuu: Shuuichi Ikeda, Megumi Han, Akeno Watanabe, Banjou Ginga, Shigeo Kiyama, Tohru Furuya
Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Venus Wars) & Takashi Imanishi (Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory)
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Summary: Second volume of the OVA project which is adapting Yoshikazu Yasuhiko‘s manga.

The episode’s story moves three years ahead to U.C. 0071. The story will follow the tearful separation of the siblings Casval and Artesia (before they became known as Char and Sayla). It will also feature more of the development of the mobile suits, particularly on the Zeon side.

First episode was really excellent, I’m definitely enjoying this look at just how Char Aznable came to be the man we meet in the first Gundam series.

 

Big Order

Website:
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Airdate: 3rd October 2015
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Summary: Anime OVA for Sakae Esuno’s (Mirai Nikki) manga series.

Eiji Hoshimiya is an introverted high school student with a huge secret — he wished for the destruction of the world when he was younger. Fairies give certain people special powers called Orders. What Order Users can do with their power depends on their wishes. 10 years after the Great Destruction, Eiji struggles to come to terms with his immense power.

There is next to no information about this OVA.  I’ve been meaning to check out the Mirai Nikki mangaka’s new work, hopefully if this OVA surfaces it will give me a good taster.

 

Hero Company

Website:
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Junjou Romantica, Sankarea)
Airdate: 5th October 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Lynn, Mai Fuchigami, Miyu Irino, Tomokazu Sugita, Tomokazu Seki
Director: Bob Shirohata (Hetalia- Axis Powers, Hiiro no Kakera)
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Summary: Anime OVA for Kazuhiko Shimamoto’s manga series.

Five workers workers at a giant corporation are dedicated to protecting people from disasters and other events all over the world. Together, they transform into the superheroes Dessert Five: Chocolate Red, Macaron Navy, Langue de Chat White, Soft Ice Cream Yellow, and Parfait Pink.

This looks hilarious – definitely want to check it out.

 

Tokyo Ghoul Jack

Website: http://www.marv.jp/special/tokyoghoul/special.html
Animation Studio: Pierrot (Naruto, The World is Still Beautiful)
Airdate: 30th September 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Ryohei Kimura, Saori Hayami, Rumi Ookubo, Yuji Ueda
Director: Sōichi Shimada
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Summary: OVA for Sui Ishida’s prequel story to Tokyo Ghoul.

An incident involving a human-devouring Ghoul occurs in Tokyo’s 13th Ward. To seek the truth behind what happened to his friend, the rebellious high school boy Taishi Fura pursues the Ghoul named Lantern with the young ace investigator Kishō Arima. The story follows how the ace investigator Arima and the talented 7th Ward investigator Taishi Fura first met.

I’ve already read the manga and it’s a nice self contained story that fleshes out two of the more interesting side characters from Tokyo Ghoul’s main story.

 

Aria the Avvenire

Website: http://www.ariacompany.net/
Animation Studio: TYO Animations (Wolf Girl & Black Prince, Yuruyuri)
Airdate: 26th September 2015
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Erino Hazuki, Kaori Mizuhashi, Chiwa Saito, Junko Minagawa
Director & Series Composition: Junichi Sato (Pretear, Phi Brain, Princess Tutu)
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 Summary: Three episode OVA for the Aria franchise.

The anime will consist of three episodes: the first episode is titled “Sono Aitakatta Anata ni…” (To You, Who I Wanted to Meet…), the second episode is titled “Sono Atataka na Sayonara wa…” (That Warm Goodbye…), and the third episode is titled “Sono Harukanaru Mirai e…” (To That Far Away Future…). The first two episodes are two stories from the original manga that were not previously adapted into anime.

The first episode’s story starts with Ai practicing on the gondola with Akari. As they travel through a canal, they meet Aika and Alice. All three have not had much time to meet since becoming Prima undines. Considering even the little time they spend together a “miracle,” Akari remembers a certain incident and relates it to Ai.

The second episode’s story begins with Ai relating a story to Akari of her experiencing a “miracle” while she was practicing. She saw Cait Sith as she was traveling down an unfamiliar path. When she disembarks from her gondola to follow it, she meets two Single undines from Himeya company and Orange Planet in the middle of practice.

I watched one season of Aria and that was more than enough for me.  If I ever suffer from insomnia I may try more of it though – it has that kind of narcopletic affect on me.  Which is a shame, because the setting for Aria is still one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in anime.

 

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Okay, we’re done!  Pretty heavy season, but at the moment there isn’t much I’m super excited for.  There are a lot of magical battle LN adaptations in there and they’ve all sort of blurred into one……..maybe one of them will rise above the others and provide something entertaining?  I live to be surprised!

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

First impressions will start flooding in at the start of October and hopefully something will finally get my blogging juices flowing again……I really hope something does!

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  1. September 16, 2015 12:27 am

    Nice preview, as always.🙂

    As you probably gathered from my thread, I’m really not feeling positive about the Autumn. Noragami is my most anticipated sequel, but I agree with you that it’s missing that 5 star factor. More Haikyuu! should be fun, but fun characters and expressions aside, it’s a run of the mill sports anime. Yuru Yuri varies, some episodes were hilarious, others not so much, but it’ll be nice to see it again. Can’t believe the second series was three years ago!

    Must watch the K – Missing Kings movie between now and October… K’s another show that lacked a certain something, but this is no time for being picky. At least it looks nice!

    As for the new stuff, mostly falls into the ‘looks meh, hope it surprises’ or ‘looks intriguing, but very little info’ categories, there’s nothing there that really excites me in the way that Rokka no Yuusha did (and still does), or Chaos Dragon (can’t be right all the time…)

    • September 21, 2015 3:23 pm

      So long as there are a few good shows to get stuck into I’ll be happy – think I took on way too many shows this season, got entirely too swamped.

  2. September 16, 2015 5:03 pm

    Can’t say Summer defied my negative expectations all that much. A good amount of the shows have their moments, but practically all of them look to be heading towards some really half-assed conclusions.

    By the way, the first four episodes of Lupin are out already.

    • September 21, 2015 3:26 pm

      Summer ended up being a pleasant surprise – I wasn’t really expecting to find anything I really liked, but ended up with 10 more shows than I really planned on watching. Don’t think there is much that will really threaten my favourites though.

      Think those Lupin episodes are from the Italian release – it premièred in August over there.

      • September 21, 2015 4:32 pm

        Those four Lupin episodes are subbed in English and spoken in Japanese, so even though it is the Italian release…although it’s not like anything else got subbed yet, so meh.

        I ended up watching about twice what I stuck with in Spring myself because I thought most of the shows I consider bad had both occasional moments of entertainment and some stuff I could write about. Then again, that doesn’t explain why I finished Chaos Dragon, a show that has absolutely nothing good about it whatsoever and I’m kinda at a loss on how to review it. Since practically nobody but me and four others finished it, let’s just say the ending was pretty icky and put it out of our minds forever.

  3. September 21, 2015 3:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Medieval Otaku and commented:
    Be sure to check out Caraniel’s Season Preview post, especially as her expertise in this area has few equals. The fall season looks pretty good. I found a dozen titles I’d like to try.

  4. September 21, 2015 3:36 pm

    What an excellent preview! I find myself most looking forward to Noragami, Utawarerumono, Seraph of the End, and Sakurako-san no Ashimoto. Sakurako-san strikes me as having a similar vibe to Kara no Kyoukai, which I highly enjoyed. I’m not sure whether this sequel to Utawarerumono will be as good as the first series, which is one of my all time favorites and possibly has the most addictive opening song ever. I remember describing Seraph of the End as “the most anime of current anime” when it was airing this spring. It’s flaws are more entertaining than most shows’ good qualities.

    • September 21, 2015 3:52 pm

      Thanks! I’m definitely interested in Sakurako-san, although I’m getting Hyouka vibes for some reason – think it’s the pretty promo art coupled with the mystery tag.

      Utawarerumono is one of those shows that came out when I was getting into seasonal anime and I just never got round to it, despite hearing fairly positive things about it over all. I’m not really interested enough at this point to consider picking it up though.

      Seraph is definitely very, very anime – all style with very little substance. Still it is pretty endearing in its commitment to being the most anime it can possibly be!

  5. September 30, 2015 7:10 am

    Okay.. What to watch this season.

    Concrete Revolutio, Noragami and Sakurako-san because these are visually striking.
    One Punch Man because of the hype train and the first episode was.. well, fun.
    That Monogatari sequel.
    The Perfect Insider because I still hope for a good noitamina show yet I have now my good warning since this will be done by A-1.
    I am going to watch Haikyuu S2 once it finishes airing. For me, sports animes are to be consumed via marathons.

    As with others, I will really rely on your first impression. Haha! Thank you in advance.

    • October 1, 2015 12:19 am

      Hahaha~! I try out all the rubbish so you don’t have to.

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