Summer’s pretty much over now. You know what that means? It’s time to get to checking out what new heroes (good anime) and villains (awful anime) will emerge from the Fall anime season.
As always, or in case you guys happen to be new to the blog, this list only features every new anime that’s gonna air this season. After all, everyone will be keeping up with sequels and existing franchises if they’ve watched the first season or series, but more often than not, we’re gonna be looking for new franchises to emerge, or just some really good anime to watch. Anyways, this list should — should — be devoid of sequels, existing franchise anime, shorts, etc. So no Hajime no Ippo or Freezing: Vibration. Instead, I have 26 anime series I need to rank. Let’s get started!
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26. My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy (Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteru) [Noucome]
Title: My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy (Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteru)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Takayuki Inagaki (Desert Punk, Rosario + Vampire)
Series Composition: Hiroko Kanasugi (Series Writer debut)
Original Creator: Takeru Kasukabe
Air Date: Oct 9, 2013
Official Website: http://noucome.jp/
The story centers around Kanade Amakusa, a boy cursed with the mental power of “absolute multiple-choice” — a multiple-choice quiz will suddenly appear in his mind, and the choice he makes will become his reality. For example, he would have to choose between going nude from the waist up or the waist down in school. While in school, he is given another choice: 1) A beautiful girl will fall before him or 2) he will fall from the rooftop in female clothes. He chooses option 1, and a blonde girl named Chocolat falls before him.
My Take: This will undoubtedly be the best anime of the Fall Season. I mean look at that staff! Look at that premise! Look at that studio! It’s legit going to be the best anime to air this season, and I will hear no different!
(This is going to make people frustrated isn’t it?)
25. Outbreak Company
Title: Outbreak Company
Director: Kei Oikawa (Minami-Ke: Okaeri)
Series Composition: Naruhisa Arakawa (So, I Can’t Play H, Kingdom, Maoyu)
Original Creator: Ichiro Sakaki
Air Date: Oct 3, 2013
Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/obc/
Having a light novel author father and an eroge illustrator mother, Kanou Shinichi is a thoroughbred otaku. However he does not have any special power except for his broad knowledge, sharp insight, and impeccable instinct about “MOE” and its products, from manga to anime to games to light novel to figures. One day he found himself transported to a fantasy world where elves live and dragons fly. And he is given a task—not to fight monster or embark on a quest, but to enhance cultural exchange by becoming a “moe missionary” in this fantasy world! He meets a palace guard who has a bit of fujoshi taste, a half-elf maid, and the empress who is a little girl. He comes up with the idea of building a school. At first it runs as a comedy but later there are serious matters that Shinichi needs to face: ethnic discrimination, social problems, conflict with neighboring countries, sabotage by opposition elements including Japanese government, etc. Can he overcome the obstacles, successfully bring “moe” culture to the fantasy world, and help the people there as well?
My Take: The only way I can actually see this type of premise succeeding is if it goes the route of parodying the entire “moe” culture trope, in a manner that makes it extremely funny, or somehow manages to be all moody about it and makes you really think about what moe is…but I doubt it’s going to be that. It’s probably going to be pretty boring. Trailer was nothing special either so…yeah, good luck Outbreak Company.
24. Gaist Crusher
Title: Gaist Crusher
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
Director: Nobuhiro Takamoto (O7-Ghost, Beezlebub, Starry Sky)
Series Composition: Satoru Nishizono (B Gata H Kei, Digimon Adventure, Welcome to the NHK, Needless)
Air Date: Oct 2, 2013
Official Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/gaist/
In the story, Gaimetal, a metal ore with high amounts of pure energy, was discovered 50,000 meters (160,000 feet) underground in 2047, and mining began all around the world. However, Gaist, metallic lifeforms whose bodies are entirely encrusted with Gaimetal, emerged in 2055 and began attacking people. In 2064, Rekka, Hayato, Kurama, and Siren are among those who suit up in Gaist Gear and battle over 100 varieties of Gaist creatures.
My Take: You know, for an anime with the kind of staff it has, you think it’d be something special or good right? But no…it’s Gaist Crusher. Gaist Crusher is a video game property by Capcom, and that seems to be the next thing that’s coming at a certain point. But it does look like it’s for kids. (Sorry MAL, that seinen label you gave it doesn’t fool me!). I’m also probably the only one who thinks this, but the all male cast in armor kind of reminds me of some of the designs of Saint Seiya. I really haven’t watched that much Saint Seiya. Anyways, I probably shouldn’t dismiss this outright, as the last Capcom game turned anime that turned out be all right (just bear with Episode 1) was Ixion Saga DT. Will this turn out to be better? With a flimsy story and no anime trailer, I don’t believe so.
23. Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! (Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!) [SekaTsuyo]
Title: Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! (Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!)
Genre: Action, Ecchi, Sports
Director: Rion Kujo (Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero)
Series Composition: Kazuho Hyodo (Robot Girls Z, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (assistant), Tactical Roar)
Original Creator: ESE
Air Date: Oct 6, 2013
Official Website: http://www.sekatsuyo.com/
Hagiwara Sakura and Miyazawa Erena are the leading members of a popular idol group Sweet. One day, Erena is injured by the attack of a female pro-wrestler Kazama Rio during the recording of a TV program. Sakura gets mad at Rio and gives her a dropkick. To avenge Erena, Sakura enters the female pro-wrestling matches.
My Take: Believe it or not, I actually read a few chapters of this anime! It was on JManga. (RIP JManga.) And if I remember correctly, it is exactly what it looks like: Wrestling…and lots of exaggerated moaning. With the staff that’s working on this anime, you can be sure there’ll be some oddly placed camera shots at certain parts of the female anatomy, boobs, and maybe 5 minutes of actual wrestling moves.
…This is probably going to turn out to be my guilty pleasure of the fall anime season. I can already see that happening.
22. Non Non Biyori
Title: Non Non Biyori
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Studio: Silver Link
Director: Shinya Kawamo (Kokoro Connect)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls und Panzer, Kaleido Star, Kimi to Boku)
Original Creator: Atto
Air Date: Oct 7, 2013
Official Website: http://www.nonnontv.com/
Asahioka Branch School, a combined elementary and middle school in an isolated village, has only five students total, four girls and one boy. The girls are best friends, and pass the season with traditional activities like harvesting mountain herbs and fishing.
My Take: I don’t really have too much hope for this. The trailer was pretty unspectacular, and the synopsis makes me think either A) it’s gonna be a short or B)it’s gonna be 22 minutes of girls being unsufferably nice to each other. Unless it’s gonna be as good as Love Lab or Yuyushiki, I’m betting I’m going to bored with this anime immediately. So for Non Non’s sake, it better be a short anime.
21. Yowamushi Pedal
Title: Yowamushi Pedal
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sports
Director: Osamu Nabeshima (D.Gray-man, Saint Tail, Zetman)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (K-On!, Tamako Market, Mayo Chiki!)
Original Creator: Wataru Watanabe
Air Date: Oct 7, 2013
Official Website: http://yowapeda.com/
Sakamichi Onada 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 famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.
My Take: This might require a look for two reasons. One, it is a sports anime, and sports anime are what we call a rare breed of anime nowadays. Two, this anime is adapted from a manga that’s in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shounen Champion. If you haven’t heard of Weekly Shounen Champion, let me give you a list of works that have run in that magazine:
Iron Wok Jan
But generally, they sometimes publish weird and crazy stuff, so Yowamushi might be in the same vein. Buttttt….the trailer not only was lackluster, but also has CGI cycling. It looks like crap. Will still give it a look, but not exactly going to look forward to it being good…
20. Blazblue: Alter Memory
Title: Blazblue: Alter Memory
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Director: Hideki Tachibana (Dragon Crisis)
Series Composition: Deko Akao (Noragami, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream)
Air Date: Oct 8, 2013
Official Website: http://blazblue-am.jp/
The story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of the new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the “Grim Reaper” is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.
My Take: Literally the only way I can see myself watching Blazblue is to hear Tomokazu Sugita’s voice as Ragna. Aside from that, cue the “Video games turning into anime suck”, and with that history, who knows how the story will be managed here. The trailer didn’t really show too much animation so it’s hard to say how it’ll turn out. It doesn’t seem to have the best of staff though. I won’t be having high expectations for this series.
19. Walkure Romanze
Title: Walkure Romanze
Genre: Romance, Sports
Director: Yusuke Yamamoto (Aquarion Evol, Welcome to the NHK, Yama to Susume, Sgt. Frog)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-To, Hajime no Ippo, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Muromi-San)
Air Date: Oct 6, 2013
Official Website: http://walroma.com/
The visual novel centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a begleiter (knight’s assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to this academy to train as a knight, after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament’s finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a begleiter to one of the academy’s maiden knights and help her win.
My Take: With the staff for this anime, this seems to have a chance to be a pretty solid title for the Fall. The only problem is I watched it’s trailer. Seems to be about the standard, typical anime we get every single season, with it’s ecchi trappings and some action here and there. And it is based off an adult visual novel. We probably won’t be getting anything over 18+ on TV, but instead we’ll most likely get an indecisive bland male lead try to figure out what woman he’s going to or not going to make his lover in a 12 or 13 episode stretch. Sounds like a waste of time.
18. Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova)
Title: Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Director: Seiji Kishi (Danganronpa, Persona 4: The Animation, Full Metal Alchemist, Devil Survivor 2)
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (School Days, Devil Survivor 2, Danganronpa)
Original Creator: Ark Performance
Air Date: Oct 7, 2013
Official Website: http://www.aokihagane.com/
By 2039, global warming had caused sea levels to rise and large amount of territory to be lost. As though in response, a mysterious group of warships clad in mist, “the Fleet of Mist,” appeared in every corner of the ocean, and began attacking human ships. In spite of humanity mustering all their strength, they were utterly defeated by the Mist’s overwhelming force. All of humanity’s trade routes were blockaded by the Fleet of Mist, their political economy was destroyed, and the human race was steadily beaten down. Seven years later, the Fleet of Mist’s submarine I-401 appears before cadet Gunzo Chihaya. The humanoid life form that pilots the sub, who should be their enemy, is instead offering her services to mankind.
My Take: The actual premise seems like it can be pretty solid. But there’s a few problems. The first is the trailers. It features CGI. Um, the CGI reminded me of Appleseed XIII. Yeah, not the good kind of CGI. And the second thing is in those trailers, I wasn’t very impressed with a good portion of them. So yeah, that’s some strikes against this anime already.
…But really, the real issue is the staff working on this show. The good news for Seiji Kishi and Makoto Uezu is that this is not a game adaptation. The bad news is this is their last chance to prove to me the anime they’re working on is any good. At this point, they haven’t done anything worthwhile together in a good while, and coming off of Devil Survivor and Danganronpa, this needs to be pretty good. Otherwise, I’ll be staying away from any anime these two are together on. Even if it looks amazing and has a HELL YEAH premise.
Title: Log Horizon
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Director: Shinji Ishihira (Fairy Tail)
Series Composition: (Dog & Scissors, Inu X Boku SS, Tokyo Majin)
Original Creator: Mamare Touno
Air Date: Oct 5, 2013
Official Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/loghorizon/
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.
My Take: Poor Log Horizon. Thanks to the likes of stuff like SAO, Ixion Saga DT, and Btooom!, it doesn’t look anyone’s going to give this a chance, and that’s kind of shame. Heh, I say that and I rank it this low. The only reason I have it so low is because the trailer was kind of ok, nothing too spectacular, the staff doesn’t give me any confidence, and Log Horizon was created by the same author who worked on Maoyu…and Maoyu the anime was pretty boring. However, I noticed it was airing on the NHK Educational station in Japan. My first research into it led me to find that station aired:
Bottom Biting Bug
Then I just looked at what NHK aired in general, and found a few of these:
Ginga e Kickoff!!
The Beast Player Erin
…Not implying Log Horizon will be as good as them — it might just suck — but I’m secretly hyped for this anime, and I hope it does fairly well.
16. Tokyo Ravens
Title: Tokyo Ravens
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
Director: Takaomi Kanasaki (Is This a Zombie?, Magician’s Academy)
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Brigadoon, Magical Project S, Dragon Crisis)
Original Creator: Kouhei Azano
Air Date: Oct 8, 2013
Official Website: http://www.tokyo-ravens.com/
In the “Great Disaster,” Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji (a kind of magician). Harutora Tsuchimikado was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power whatsoever. His estranged sister appears to him one day to take him up the promise he made long ago to become her shikigami (familiar). A battle between onmyouji is about to begin.
My Take: Talk about fairly generic. That doesn’t actually mean it’ll be awful, but at this point, based on the trailer and the premise, if I watched the whole anime I’ll probably rate it at a 6. The staff doesn’t give me confidence it’ll be a very good or great show. So I’m not expecting too much from this anime, but maybe this has a decent chance of being ok.
Genre: Slice of Life
Director: Soubi Yamamoto (Creator of This Boy Can Fight Aliens, This Boy Caught a Mermaid)
Series Composition: Deko Akao (Arakawa Under The Bridge, Asura Cryin, Mysterious Girlfriend X)
Official Website: http://mgnb.tv/
Akira Souma attends a rural school and has a passion for his glasses. He forms a Glasses Club and makes his various bespectacled classmates join.
My Take: This is honestly listed this high for one reason, and one reason alone: the director. Now, I haven’t watched her works yet, but I do remember that she did This Boy Can Fight Aliens all on her own, which is pretty impressive. I also remember the interview she did with ANN talking about her work and influences as well. So for me, I’m curious to see how she’ll do with a TV work. The only problem is the premise…and is this really going to be a TV series? This might be a short! But I guess we’ll have to find out.
14. Silver Fox (Gingitsune)
Title: Silver Fox (Gingitsune)
Director: Shin Misawa (Dr. Rin ni Kitemite!, Fire Emblem, Tsuyoshi Shikkari Shinasai, Shura no Toki)
Series Composition: Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Comic Party, Rosario + Vampire, To Heart)
Original Creator: Sayori Ochiai
Air Date: Oct 6, 2013
Official Website: http://gingitsune.net/
Makoto is the fifteenth generation heiress of a small shrine to the god Inari. Her father is still the shrine’s priest, but Inari’s divine messenger, Gintarou, has appeared to Makoto, marking her as true successor. Gintarou has the ability to see a short distance into the future and to find lost objects, but is unmotivated and foulmouthed. In spite of this, he becomes friends with Makoto, and together they help those who come to the shrine.
My Take: This is probably the anime that’ll I watch where it’s slow moving yet hopefully poignant. Well, it looks like it could be that way. I sincerely hope it’s not mind numbingly boring, but come on, it has a fox, a bit of Japanese history, and it looks ok. *Looks at Diomedea* you better not screw this up!
13. Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
Title: Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mecha
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Director: Masayuki Sakoi (Kamen no Maid Guy, Princess Resurrection, Strawberry Panic)
Screenplay: Norimatsu Kaihou, Ukyou Kodachi
Original Creator: Sunao Yoshida
Official Website: http://bushiroad-anime.com/
A restart of “Neppu Kairiku Bushi Lord”, a previously stalled mecha mixed-media project.
The anime will air this fall under the new name “Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road”, as a collaboration between Bushiroad, video distributor Bandai Visual, software company Nitroplus, and anime studio Kinema Citrus.
My Take: This is one work that I’m actually hoping does really well, but more or less because of its history rather than anything else. Originally called Neppu Kairiku Bushi Lord, the project, which was intended to be aimed towards North American audiences, ended up getting stalled, and I bet that has to do with the fact that Gainax started to begin its downfall and its various animators started to leave. Or…something I guess. Fine, fine, I don’t what happened, but whatever the case, it was brought back this summer and it’s slated to air sometime in the fall. My first thought is I wonder if it’ll resemble the original premise (story where everything is set 500 years in the future with warlord characters) or will it be entirely different? Whatever the case, interested to see what’ll become of this one. Also, those eyes!
12. Unbreakable Machine Doll (Kikou Shoujo Wa Kizutsukanai)
Title: Unbreakable Machine Doll (Kikou Shoujo Wa Kizutsukanai)
Genre: Action, Ecchi, Fantasy
Studio: Media Factory
Director: Kinji Yoshimoto (Genshiken 2, Queen’s Blade)
Series Composition: Yuuko Kakihara (Chihayafuru 2, Heaven’s Lost Property, Persona 4: The Animation)
Original Creator: Reiji Kaitou
Air Date: Oct 7, 2013
Official Website: http://www.machine-doll.com/
It is the early 20th century, and Raishin Akabane is a student puppeteer from Japan, who has come to the Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machine Arts in England to study the emerging field of Machinart: a combination of magic and technology with military applications. He is accompanied by a girl named Yaya, who is actually his Automaton: a living machine doll powered by magical circuits specialized in hand-to-hand combat. In the Academy, there is a combat tournament exclusive to the Top 100 students and their automata, to decide who shall be bestowed with the title of “Wiseman”, the greatest puppeteer.
My Take: I have to admit, I liked the trailer I found of the anime. There were some parts that made me think “Uh-oh, it’s gonna be that kind of anime” but aside from that, I thought it was fairly respectable. I have no idea if it’s a good thing to have the director of Queen’s Blade on this project, but it surely must be a good thing to have the series writer of Chihayafuru 2 on staff though, right? Yeah, I’m a sucker for Chihayafuru. But honestly, this either will have boom or bust potential. I hope it booms.
11. Golden Time
Title: Golden Time
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Studio: J.C Staff
Director: Chiaki Kon (Junjou Romantica, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi, Umineko)
Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (Air, Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu, Kanon 2006, Kokoro Connect)
Original Creator: Yuyuko Takemiya
Air Date: Oct 3, 2013
Official Website: http://golden-time.jp/
The school romantic comedy of Golden Time revolves around Banri Tada, a college student who lost all of his memories upon graduating his high school. The story follows Banri, Kouko Kaga, a girl whose seemingly perfect looks belies her hidden regrets, Kouko’s significant other Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and other students at Banri’s college in Tokyo.
My Take: The first thing I say about this is why the hell is this named Golden Time? What in the world could that possibly mean? Welp, I would have to watch the anime to find out…but the trailer doesn’t exactly give me the “Oh hell yeah, I gotta watch it” vibe. The staff’s experienced, so I think it’s all going to come down to the source material. And the source material is written by the same author who wrote Toradora!. That alone at least deserves a look.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki (House of Five Leaves, Momo: The Girl God of Death, Twin Spica)
Original Creator: Sayako Mogi
Official Website: http://www.pupa-anime.com/
The tale of “ultimate sibling love” follows the younger sister Yume Hasegawa who turns into a monster, and her elder brother Utsutsu who will become her food.
My Take: The premise in itself seems simple enough, so it’ll come down to how interesting it becomes later on, while remaining constrained by appealing to the shounen audience. The thing that worries me is the tagline. “Ultimate sibling love” huh? The last time I remember an anime getting a tagline — most notably “Corrupt pure love story” — was Flowers of Evil.
…Well, we know how that turned out.
Anyways, the staff seems good enough, and *gasp*, Studio DEEN seems to be on the rise with their works recently? Either way the premise seems worthy of a look.
9. Strike the Blood
Title: Strike the Blood
Genre: Action, Ecchi, Fantasy, Supernatural
Studio: Silver Link
Chief Director: Takao Sano (Chitose! Get You)
Director: Hideyo Yamamoto (Directorial Debut)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Guilty Crown, Denpa teki na Kanojo, Magi, Vividred Operation)
Original Creator: Gakuto Mikumo
Official Website: http://www.strike-the-blood.com/
The school action fantasy story of Strike the Blood revolves around Kojou Akatsuki, a boy deemed the world’s most powerful vampire (once thought to only exist in legend and lore), and Yukina Hirameki, a girl entrusted with watching over the vampire and if needed, hunting him down.
My Take: I actually really liked the trailer for Strike the Blood. Or maybe it was the music. I have no idea. Whatever the case, it’ll probably have its troublesome moments (I mean look at all that blushing in the trailer), but it might be something crazy stupid. After all, it has Hiroyuki Yoshino working on it. As far as I know, the only really good work he’s worked on was Denpa teki na Kanojo. Everything else sucked. (Well, maybe except Vividred since the writing is not what people came for). But more often than not, they’re just stupid enough to keep people watching. So that means you should totally go see if Strike the Blood will be an entertaining piece of art or a trite, overwritten mess.
8. Ace of Diamond (Daiya no Ace)
Title: Ace of Diamond (Daiya no Ace)
Genre: Sports, Comedy
Studio: Madhouse, Production I.G
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Kobato, Polar Bear’s Cafe, Blade, Chi’s Sweet Home)
Series Composition: Takeshi Konuta (Library War, Blood Lad, Haitai Nanafa)
Original Creator: Yuuji Terajima
Air Date: Oct 6, 2013
Official Website: http://diaace.com/
The story of the original manga follows Eijun Sawamura, a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan’s storied Koushien championships through hard work and determination.
My Take: Hey look, another sports anime! I hope this sports anime is good though! It’s off to a decent start — it’s about baseball. It’s been a while since we’ve had a baseball anime. The staff seems to be ok enough to adapt this anime. We also have the two generally reliable anime studios working together on this show. Finally, the trailer was nothing special, but nothing offensive either. It’s gonna be your usual shounen sports anime, but let’s hope it’ll be a very good usual shounen sports anime.
7. Nagi no Asukara
Title: Nagi no Asukara
Studio: P.A Works
Director: Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, Red Data Girl)
Series Composition: Mari Okada (Zetsuen No Tempest, Ano Hana, Toradora!)
Air Date: Oct 3, 2013
Official Website: http://nagiasu.jp/
Long ago, humanity lived in the sea. But the humans who longed for the land left the sea behind. They cast aside the special raiment they’d been given by the sea god that let them live in the ocean. The thinking of the sea humans and the land humans became as separate as the places they lived, and as countless time passed, they forgot they were once one people. This will change as the land-dwelling human Tsumugu Kihara befriends four girls who live in a village at the bottom of the sea.
My Take: You know, I used to remember P.A. Works being a really high quality studio. Well, visual wise at least. I had a ton of fun with Hanasaku Iroha, and I know my anime club enjoyed watching Angel Beats, even with its flaws. Another I had some fun with, though I know people didn’t like it that much. Since then, they’ve worked on Tari Tari (bleh), Red Data Girl (didn’t continue after Ep 1), and The Eccentric Family (On hold after 3 episodes). In other words, they haven’t managed to keep my interest. I’m going to assume by bringing in Mari Okada, they’re going to create a work that’s going to at least get me interested. After all, it is Mari Okada. That’s either going to be a good thing or a bad thing.
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Series Director: Hiromitsu Kanazawa (K, Seitokai Yakuindomo), Susumu Kudo (Chance Pop Session, K, Dear Boys)
Director: Shingo Suzuki (K)
Series Composition: Makoto Nakamura (Cuticle Detective Inaba, Noramimi, Princess Lover)
Original Creator: Tomonori Inoue
Air Date: Oct 2, 2013
Official Website: http://starchild.fm/anime/coppelion/top.html
Many years after a great tragedy killed 90% of the people in Japan, three girls arrive in the ruins of Tokyo. In the devastated capital, their unusually clean clothes set them apart. But that’s not the only strange thing about them – they also each wield supernatural powers. They call themselves “Coppelion,” and are on a mission to save the people of Tokyo.
My Take: Another anime that also has a bit of history to it. This was supposed to air two years ago, but then the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. With the type of content displayed in the work, it was decided to postpone the anime, and that was the right decision. Now this time Coppelion will try to air again, and I’m mostly sold on the premise alone. You then add GoHands and their weird visual filters yet again, and Coppelion will turn out to be the most controversial anime that will air this season. You can totally count on that!
5. Beyond The Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata)
Title: Beyond The Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata)
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Director: Taichi Ishidate (directorial debut)
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Campione!, Level E, Nichijou, Robotics;Notes, Steins;Gate)
Original Creator: Nagomu Torii
Air Date: Oct 2, 2013
Official Website: http://anime-kyokai.com/
Akihito Kanbara is a high school sophomore in the literature club who believes himself to be a “Meganest”, and although he appears to be human, he is actually half Youmu, which makes him invulnerable to wounds, due to the fact that he can heal so quickly, and also immortal. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it appears as if she is about to attempt suicide by jumping off of the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is considered heresy even among other members of the underworld, so she is shunned. Soon after Akihito saves Mirai, disturbing events begin to arise.
My Take: My only hope is that the writing is wayyyy better in this series, Jukki Hanada, than in Robotics;Notes. That ending was bleeehhhhhhh
Otherwise it’s hard to not be excited about this. It’s KyoAni doing a fantasy work. When’s the last time they’ve done anything that involves fantasy (or action)? Of course, it’ll be interesting to also see how it’s directed, but otherwise, this should be a safe bet to be a solid title for the fall anime season.
4. Galilei Donna
Title: Galilei Donna
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite, Kiss and Cry)
Script: Atsushi Oka, Hideyuki Kurata (Oreimo), Jun Kumagai (Aura), Touko Machida (Amnesia)
Air Date: Oct 10, 2013
Official Website: http://www.galileidonna.tv/
In 2061, global warming is a thing of the past as a new ice age covers the world. Hozuki, Hazaki, and Kazaki Ferrari, three descendents of Galileo. live in Tuscany. A mysterious organization is searching for the “Galilei Donna,” and put out an international arrest warrant for the three sisters. The sisters must put aside their differences to join forces in fighting the organization and learning their true destiny.
My Take: Oh hey there Kite director. I don’t think I’ve heard from you in a while. Now you return and you’re ready to direct a noitaminA show? Excellent!…Maybe. Not precisely sure if I’m feeling the premise, and there aren’t any trailers that show off any animation. But A) It’s A-1 Pictures and good or bad, they’ve worked on some hit titles recently and B) It is noitaminA. That generally means it’s worth a look since that’s supposed to be the ambitious block. Let’s hope it doesn’t crash and burn like recent stuff though.
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: Rie Matsumoto (Directorial Debut)
Series Composition: Rie Matsumoto, Izumi Todo (Creator of Ashita no Nadja, Dokidoki! Precure, Ojamajo Doremi)
Original Creator: Izumi Todo
Air Date: Oct 2, 2013
Official Website: http://www.kyousougiga-tv.com/
Hidden within Tokyo is the “mirror capital” where youkai and humans live together and no one ever dies. It is protected by three people – Kurama, Yase, and Myoue – as they await the return of their parents, Myoue Jonin and Koto. One day a young girl named Koto (same name, different spelling) wanders into the city from a different dimension looking for her mother. A mecha-geek with red eyes, it’s not immediately clear whether she’s human or youkai. Her arrival upsets the long peace that had ruled the capital.
My Take: If you haven’t checked out the first Kyousogiga ONA and then the 5 short episodes after that…don’t worry. The first two episodes will be recaps. With that out of the way, count me in on this anime. I took a look at the first ONA a month ago. I’m not sure if there was a really coherent plot in the anime, but something about it made it intriguing, and then when the second half came I really got into the action that took place. I meant to watch the 5 ONAs — I still might — but I haven’t checked it out yet. Still, with it now being a TV series, it has a chance to define what it wants to do, and hopefully it will. This has some potential.
2. Samurai Flamenco
Title: Samurai Flamenco
Genre: Action, Superhero
Director: Takahiro Omori (Gakuen Alice, Natsume’s Book of Friends, Baccano, Princess Jellyfish)
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Now and Then, Here and There, The World God Only Knows, Kannagi)
Air Date: Oct 10, 2013
Official Website: http://www.samumenco.com/
Masayoshi Hazama has decided to become the superhero Samurai Flamenco in spite of having no special abilities or modifications. Hidenori Goto is a police officer who learns his secret identity by chance, which causes him all sorts of trouble.
My Take: The other noitaminA show, though this has my interest a bit more. I blame Tomokazu Sugita. But it’s a superhero show! It has a really solid staff! Yeah, it’s Manglobe, but don’t worry about that! This should be a solidly entertaining anime throughout it’s run. Let’s hope just like all the other noitaminA shows that have been on the block (sans Silver Spoon since that’s re-running in the Winter), this doesn’t fall apart.
Oh, and as usual, cue anime of the year/lots of talk about it for reasons. Omitting Bakumatsu (Winter 2013), my previous rankings in the #2 slot:
Fall 2011: Chihayafuru
Winter 2012: Danshi Kokusei no Nichijou! (Nichibros)
Spring 2012: Kids on the Slope
Summer 2012: Sword Art Online
Fall 2012: Shin Sekai Yori (From The New World)
Spring 2013: Valvrave The Liberator
Summer 2013: Uchoten Kazoku (The Eccentric Family)
So Samurai, good luck to ya!
1. Kill La Kill
Title: Kill la Kill
Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Inferno Cop, Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt)
Series Composition: Kazuki Nakashima (Nodame Cantabile: Finale, Gurren Lagann)
Air Date: Oct 3, 2013
Official Website: http://www.kill-la-kill.jp/
Ryuuko Matoi carries a large weapon shaped like half of a pair of scissors. She’s looking for the woman with the other half, who killed her father. Satsuki Kiryuuin, student council president of Honnouji Academy, is said to know the woman’s identity, so Ryuuko transfers there. Those who arrive at the school receive a special “reverse uniform,” and Satsuki has used that power to rule the school in fear.
My Take: And now cue, “omfg Justin you bastard why the hell did you rank this anime #1 in your compendium you’re an awful human being.” This stems from my ranking of a few shows #1 that…didn’t come close to living up to expectations. Aside from Silver Spoon (Summer 2013), my rankings of #1 shows:
Fall 2011: Guilty Crown
Winter 2012: Another
Spring 2012: Zetman
Summer 2012: Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Fall 2012: Zetsuen no Tempest
Winter 2013: Sasami-San@Ganbaranai
Spring 2013: Attack on Titan
Ok, some of the shows on the list I enjoyed well enough (especially Tempest), but other people…not so much. Thanks internet! But otherwise, I don’t have a good history of ranking the top show, for whatever reason.
Welp, Silver Spoon has turned out to be exactly what I wanted, and internet consensus for the most part agrees that it’s a very good show. Now the next hyped to holy hell production is Kill la Kill, done by the folks at Studio Trigger. You know, the crew that did Little Witch Academia and Inferno Cop. Yeah, those guys. Admittedly, when I heard about the show I didn’t really do any research into it, knowing I’d look at it in doing this compendium. So at the time I wasn’t all that into it. But I finally did give it a look, and watched the trailer.
It really put a smile on my face, from the designs, to the actions, etc. I really enjoyed what I saw, and now I guess you can add me to the hype to holy hell bandwagon.
…Just don’t look at me if it does turn out to be awful.
And if you all hate my rankings, here’s some others with superior thoughts…
RandomC: Fall 2013 Preview
Shizuo Nyan: Shizuo’s Anime Watch List Fall 2013
The Cart Driver: Fall 2013 Anime Season Preview
Star Crossed Anime Blog: Autumn Season Preview
Subdued Fangirling: Fall 2013 Season Preview
Lost in America: Fall 2013 Season Preview
Caraniel Ramblings: Autumn 2013 Anime Preview
Anime Mage: Fall Anime Season Lineup 2013 – Watch or Drop?
Deadlight’s Anime Blog: Fall Season Preview 2013
UK Anime Network: Autumn 2013 Anime Preview
Draggle’s Anime Blog: Fall 2013 Anime Preview
Femservice: Fall 2013 Anime Preview
Genkinahito’s Blog: Autumn 2013 Anime Preview Selection Part I
Anime Tree: Extremely Short and Inconsiderate Fall Anime Lineup
Sekijitsu: Umizi’s Preview of Autumn 2013
Capsule Computers: Frank’s Fall 2013 Anime Picks
Denshiraku’s (Mostly) Anime Blog: Fall 2013 Anime
Lower Mid-Table: A Look Ahead to the Fall and Why it Doesn’t Really Matter
Standing On My Neck: Let’s Talk About The Fall 2013 Anime Season
Note: If I neglected to link to anyone, shoot out an email to organizationasg at gmail dot com or in the comments. Most likely will add some more myself later.
So…what about you guys?
So ok guys, time to throw down on what you’re looking forward to…and not looking forward to this season. For example, I’m definitely not looking forward to seeing how a fairly ok arc in Freezing is going to get obliterated by Media Factory….
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