Posted by AidanAK47 on 13 September 2016 with categories: Seasonal Previews

There are times when I think that time hates me. After all my work hours go by so slowly that one would think time has stopped. Yet my spare time flies by that I look at a clock and one minute later look again to see an hour has gone by. I barely feel this season even started and yet it’s already ending and we got a whole new lineup to see. I previously said the current season looked to be a rather weak one but it has brought a number of surprises. The question is whether that will happen again as this season is looking potentially weaker. The large amount of original shows certainly increases the chances of a number of hidden gems so you never really know until it’s over.

My usual method of checking out every bit of source material I could find didn’t fair too well this time due to the large amount of anime original and untranslated works. But if I could get my hands on it, I checked it out. This season we are doing something a bit different. My usual way of doing this has become a bit outdated not that we have a number of authors on the blog. So instead of the poll below being used to decide one of the shows I will cover, we will use the poll as a means of figuring out just what you want us to cover. Basically it will be more or less the same but the top pick may not be covered by yours truly. Feel free to vote for as many shows as you would like.

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Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images and the others for inputting their two cents on certain shows. Let us get started.

 

The sequels/prequels I don’t care about

12-Sai. Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki 2

AJIN 2

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

BUNGOU STRAY DOGS 2

Cardfight!! Vanguard G Next

Digimon Universe: App Monsters

Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou

Hibike! Euphonium 2

Kaitou Joker 4

SHOW BY ROCK!! 2

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star

ViVid Strike!

 

Series I don’t look forward to

 

Bloodivores


 

60 years ago, a strange case of insomnia struck the population, forcing them to stay awake for more than a full week. The victims, completely sleep deprived, all went mad. To cure this illness, a new medicine was produced, but the side effects turned the patients into vampires. Humanity went to war against this new species and triumphed, but some of the vampires managed to survive. Born from a Human and a Vampire, the main character Mi Liu, “The Child of Hope”, is to represent the new hope that will connect the two species. Ringleader of a bank robbery, Mi Liu is arrested and transferred to a special prison of the National Defense Agency that monitors Vampires. Trying to break free with Anji, Mi Liu is attacked by strange monsters and he finds out that the prison location corresponds to the birthplace of Vampires, the old capital “Blue Town.” Why are Vampires trapped in Blue Town? What are those strange monsters attacking them? Our heroes must fight to solve those mysteries.

Studio: Creators in Pack TOKYO

What happens in the backstory of this show sounds much more interesting than the show itself. A world driven made by insomnia? That is actually a pretty interesting concept. But nope, it’s just backstory to justify vampires. Really gotta hand it to the scientists that somehow managed to turn people into vampires when trying to cure insomnia. Anyway we have no staff information and it might surprise some that this is an adaption of a Chinese web comic originally called Space-TIme Prisoner. Based on what little I read it’s really nothing to write home about. Fairly mediocre, much like The Outcast series airing in the summer season. I quite like that anime is being created of non-japanese works but I really wish they could pick something a little more worth it.

Brave Witches


A Strike Witches spin-off, featuring the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, the Brave Witches.

Studio:  Silver Link

Director: Kazuhiro Takamura

Music: Seikou Nagaoka

I don’t know a lot about strike witches other than it being a manga that was axed, then made into a light novel by the author of Familiar of Zero(Who unfortunately passed away three years ago at the age of 41. God rest his soul.) And then made into an anime Television series. All I really know about it was that it’s seems to be Kancolle before Kancolle was a thing. Either way this is a spin off with a brand new cast so I guess the previous entries won’t factor in too much. The previous director of the last two seasons of the show is here as well as the original manga creator. This looks to be a case of, if you liked the last seasons then this is for you. I however don’t care all too much.

 

ClassicaLoid


 

The story follows high school students Kanae and Sousuke, who live in a provincial town that is trying to revitalize itself with music. One day, suddenly “Classicaloid” versions of Beethoven and Mozart appear in front of Kanae and Sousuke. When the suspicious-looking Classicaloids play music they call “mujik,” it has a strange power: stars start to fall, and giant robots appear. Now every day is tumultuous. Eventually, more Classicaloids start to appear such as Bach, Chopin, and Schubert. What is the great power that the Classicaloids have? Are they friends or foe to humanity?

Studio:  Sunrise

Director: Yoichi Fujita

Music: Seikou Nagaoka

Well this is certainly weird. Being sunrise we got mecha involved but oddly they have decided to involve classical music for some reason. Beethoven and Mozart have been purely bastardised as seen above and I don’t know what to think of this concept. The director has mainly done comedies with Gintama and Binbougami Ga under his belt as well as the recent Osomatsu-san. So I suspect this won’t be taking itself very seriously. Based purely on sunrises previous work I suspect this will end up being poorly written yet entertaining garbage. But frankly one can only tell when the first episode just what exactly we are in for. The trailer doesn’t give many hints as to whats to come.

 

Heybot!


 

The anime takes place on the screw-shaped island country of Nejigajima and follows the two “Bokyabots” Hebot and the Yurui Prince Nejiru as they collect different “Bokya Neji” screws. When the Bokyabots wear the Bokya Neji screws on their heads, they’re able to compete in “Bokya Battles,” battles for who can think up and tell the best jokes.

Studio:  Bandai Namco Pictures

Besides Gintama the studio hasn’t done much worth a damn. Looks to be a screwball comedy and the main purpose is the sell some toy line. This not worth anyone’s time.

 

Idol Memories


 

The anime takes place 2035 where virtual reality technology has evolved enough that people can experience world travel and other live event experiences from the comfort of their own home. In this space, idols perform live events for a worldwide audience. As worldwide popularity of idols performing in “VR Rooms” increased, the Kanon Private Academy was established on Beginning Island to train new idols. These idols compete and strive to reach the top of the “World Idol League.” The anime will focus on the six idols who make up two units “StarRing” and “Shadow.”

Studio:  Seven Arcs

Director: Katsuya Kikuchi

Series composer/Script: Hiroshi Ohnogi

If it’s something I wish the entertainment industry would take into account, it’s that you don’t make a hit product by chasing the coattails of another hit product. Perhaps i should be thankful that Seven Arcs isn’t making another Dog Days sequel but this isn’t exactly an improvement. Director is a newbie and the scriptwriter is mixed. I see BIrdy and a number of Eureka Seven episodes in his resume but I also see Rinne No Lagrange, Seisen Cerberus and some rather underwhelming titles here. So Virtual Reality has reached the levels dreamed of it in this series and the best use they can think of for it is Idol groups. A change in priorities may be required. Look, I am fairly certain I know exactly who this anime is trying to dethrone and it most certainly not going to succeed. I predict this being mediocre at best and forgettable at worst.

 

Long Riders!


 

The manga follows Ami Kurata, a first year college student with no special qualities. One day she happens to notice someone riding a folding bike, immediately falls in love with it, and uses all her savings to buy one. She eventually gets introduced to the world of long-distance bicycling and road racer bikes, and she forms a cycling team called Fortuna with four other female college students from the same school. Their goal is to ride in a “brevet” or long-distance event called “Fresh.”

Studio:  Actas

Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara

Series composer/Script: Natsuko Takahashi

Cute girls on bikes…didn’t we do this already? Pretty sure we had cute girls on motorbikes. Is mountain bikes such a massive distinction? I really do have to wonder if they are running out of ideas for this particular genre. We have had cute girls doing manga, games, music, photography, survival games, tanks, running battleships, being battleships…what’s next? Cute girls being janitors? Cute girls insurance salesmen? Cute girls conmen? Really I am not sure what to say here. Look at that image up there, you know what you are getting. The only question is if it’s your thing or not.

 

Lostorage incited WIXOSS


 

The official Twitter account for the WIXOSS trading card game announced that a new anime project titled Lostorage incited WIXOSS will be broadcast this fall.

Studio:  J.C. Staff

Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

Series composer/Script: Michihiro Tsuchiya

Music: Maiko Iuchi

I remember watching the first season of wixross and it was a complete mess. Filled to the brim with Okada angst and generally tried to be dark without having the writing skill to pull it off. Okada isn’t writing this one but the guy who is has pretty much nothing good to his name. The director fairs a little better with Flying Witch and Asatte no Houkou but I really don’t see this series improving on it’s pretty terrible storytelling. May be premature but I pass on this.

 

Luger Code 1951


 

The story centers around the young linguistic genius and university professor Testa. He is introduced by his senior, Sergeant Rossa, to the Allied Cryptanalysis Department. There, he is tasked to break the enemy werewolves’ code, which the werewolves are using to encrypt their radio transmissions. Testa is astounded, as the only sound the encrypted code produces is the howling of a wolf. His research yields no results, and he resolves to capture a live werewolf for better cryptanalysis. After exhausting all possible means, he finally finds a female werewolf, Yonaga.

Studio:  Studio Deen

Director: Shinya Takahashi

Series composer/Script: Katsuhiko Takayama

This is an odd one for you see what this anime is adapting appears to be a three chapter concept which was the winner of some shounen jump competition. The theme of the competition was “your original scenario in the image of Shounen Jump” but orignal isn’t the word I would use to describe it. Despite the interesting concepts of werewolves and a German setting, this story is firmed rooted in the standard tropes of the shounen genre. Shonen Jump works especially. Based on the source I read this will be a rather mediocre action show but what interests me is that there are only three chapters which suggests that either this will be a 3 episode show or Studio Deen plans to go anime original to make the rest of the cour. This looks to be the director’s first time directing though he has had experience in an number of different areas. The script writer may have Gai-Rei Zero and Full Metal Alchemist in his resume but his recent work has been terrible as of late. I don’t really hold out much hope for this as even with good hands the story itself is just rather unremarkable. Unless they can rework the material into something more interesting this is bound to be forgotten fast.

 

Magic-kyun! Renaissance


 

A world where art becomes magic. In this world, people who can inspire passion with their Magic Arts are called Artistas, and are employed in show business. In Hoshinomori Private Magical Arts High School, where Artistas are taught, a strange new student named Ohana Aigasaki transfers into the school.

Studio:  Sunrise

Director: Yoichi Fujita

Series composer/Script: Mitsue Yamazaki

Would it be ignorant for me to say that I have absolutely no interest in this one whatsoever and doubt it would be worthy of note? Well the director was an assistant director for Pengiundrum and also directed Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun. Series composer has Sunday without god and a lot of old Shoujo series under his belt. Though he did also doing series composition for what I can accurately assume is the ten thousand sequel to Uta no Prince-sama. (Well to be honest it’s the fourth season of it. But I swear I have seen this show on previews more times than I can count.) So will it be any good? Probably not but if it’s your thing then knock yourself out.

 

Monster Hunter Stories: RIDE ON


 

CAPCOM announced during Tokyo Game Show 2015 on Thursday that its upcoming Monster Hunter Stories game will receive a TV anime adaptation. The anime will premiere in 2016 on Fuji TV.

Studio:  David Production

You know when I think monster hunter, the last thing that comes to mind is a kids TV show. I mean the game series is about going out into the wilderness to kill monsters so you can harvest their bodies to make better armour and weapons. I notice the kids up there aren’t getting ripped apart by those monsters which gives the impression of this being more of a Digimon/Pokemon style show. Which quite frankly defeats the purpose. It’s Monster Hunter, not Monster Befriender.

 

Nanbaka


 

Four men are assigned to the prison: Juugo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rokku, a man who likes to get into fights; and Niko, a man who likes anime.

Studio:  Satelight

Director: Shinji Takamatsu

Series composer/Script: Mitsutaka Hirota

Obnoxious is the word of the day. This is somewhat similar to servamp except you remove all the action and replace it with comedy. Did I mention that the comedy of servamp is what I hated the most about it? The characters all just have a single quirk and it’s just a directionless series of skits with them having wacky adventures at a prison. I know I don’t tend to take to comedy but this one really is terrible. Unless you are a fan of “shout till it’s funny” comedy, I wouldn’t recommend this.

 

Stella no Mahou


 

The story follows Tamaki Honda, a first-year high school girl who joins a somewhat peculiar “SNS-Bu” circle that makes doujin video games.

Studio:  Silver Link

Director: Shinya Hasegawa

Series composer/Script: Fumihiko Shimo

Cute girls being indie developers. Yeah that’s a show that everyone…really…wants. Look you guys have got to be running out of ideas at this point if we are going to this level. This is the first work for the the director but he has worked on a large number of shows as a Key animator and Character designer. Guy even did key animation for Evangelion and Utena of all things. And now he’s working on this, oh how his soul must be crushed. Series composer previously did Kokoro connect and Kanon 2006. But well they also did Infinite Stratos. Well…I normally try to not be too openly dismissive but I think there no one here would would blame me for expecting absolutely nothing from this? Right?

 

Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume


 

Ever since their champion was defeated, the world of girls’ junior high ping pong has been in turmoil. Koyori is the new smirking transfer student at her junior high and she’s ready to shake up girls’ ping pong.

Studio:  Kinema Citrus

Director: Yasuhiro Irie

Series composer/Script: Hideyuki Kurata

Cute girls play Ping Pong…really? You guys really are running out of ideas at this point. Let’s see, the director of Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood and Alien Nine? And the series composer has more misses than hits. I read the first chapter of the manga and it’s well…meh? The ping pong aspect could make it visually interesting but the interaction between the girls is pretty much the standard cute girls routine. If you look up the promotional materiel for this show, do you see the girl with the boobs? She’s generally the butt of boob jokes. Yep, that classic joke that never gets old…in theory. Also the girls tend to get rather sexually excited when playing ping pong which just has me wanting to tell them to calm down. It’s ping pong, not a heavy night of yuri loving. You are not going to learn any ping pong moves during this show and it’s likely going to be more about girls gone wild than actual ping pong but well at least it’s trying. I suppose.

 

Time Bokan 24


 

The anime centres on Tokio, a junior high student living in the present time who is suddenly made a member of the 24th century’s Space-Time Administration Bureau. Immediately, he learns that the history he has learned in the textbooks is wrong, and there is a more interesting version of history where the peerless beauty Cleopatra is actually the comic duo of Cleo and Patra, Momotarō is more of an ogre than actual ogres. Together with his teammate Karen, they use the 24 Bokan Mecha to search for the True History.

Studio:  Tatsunoko Productions

Director: Takayuki Inagaki

Series composer/Script: Yoichi Kato

Seems to be a rather unremarkable but harmless little show. Can’t say the director has directed anything of note. The series composer has two Aikatsu sequels and that’s about it. The concept is somewhat novel but I can’t see it carrying the show. I am rather apathetic about this one.

 

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru


 

The year is 2205. The “historical revisionists” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects. Strongest among these are the Touken Danshi. The story centers around their cheerful lives.

Studio:  Dogakobo

Director: Takashi Naoya

Series composer/Script: Pierre Sugiura

Oh no. Not another card game adaption. I have been wary about these before and there isn’t a show that’s proved me wrong yet. This season Ange Verge is particularly garage for example. The promo image already has far too many characters and I don’t see myself getting attached to any of them. The staff looks to be new to the business as this is the director’s first show and the series composer only previously did the script for Kumo Miko. I may have a fondness for Nitroplus(The makers of the card game) but I am fairly certain is show will be terrible at worse, unremarkable at best.

 

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda


 

Kae Serinuma is what you’d call a “fujoshi.” When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn’t exciting to her at all — she’d rather see them date each other!

Studio:  Brains Base

Series composer/Script: Michiko Yokote

So a fat fujoshi girl gets immensely depressed because her favorite anime character died. Thus she proceeds to starve herself to death in her room. Yet as it turns out this happens to be the greatest diet plan of all time as she not only slims up but becomes really good looking. Then suddenly a bunch of guys are all interested in her and she gains her own harem. I don’t think I need to point out that this plot is problematic. For one they never seem to address the fact that no one wanted her before yet boys want her now, even so much to put up with her fujoshi tendencies. So the moral of the story is that it doesn’t matter if your personality is rotten to the core, as long as you look pretty on the outside then everyone loves you. I am making this out to be more insidious that it really is to be honest. The story itself is a rather harmless unremarkable harem show. I consider it better than usual shoujo tripe but overall I can’t see this being recommendable.

 K-Off: I gave a quick read through the manga under someone’s recommendation and to its credit, the premise isn’t as problematic in the way you’d expect at first. Her sudden attractiveness is an issue that’s raised time and time again – but on the contrary, the gimmick is done to death. It isn’t boring at the very least, so watch out for this if you don’t mind brainless shojo comedies.

 

Series I am middling on

 

All Out!!


 

Gion Kenji is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall but timid. Although it’s bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it’s the rugby club that will make them friends.

Studio:  Madhouse Studios

Director: Kenichi Shimizu

Series composer/Script: Masahiro Yokotani

Do you happen to remember Day’s last season? Well here’s Day’s again, except with Rugby instead of football. Well admittedly there are a few more differences than that but really this plays all the usual sports anime tropes. I have come to lose all interest in this kind of series as I know how this goes and I know exactly how it’s going to end. All to often a sports series ends inconclusively, more so than a usual anime series. Always with a life goes on ending that waits for another season never to come or pushes you to read the rest in the manga. However even then I find sports series tend to be the most interesting at the start and then fall into a pattern when the rookie reaches a level of expertise. When it hits that pattern, all development just grinds to a halt. Chihiyafurya was a good example of this as it managed to get two 25 episode seasons and still went nowhere by it’s finale. After all this set up is done I know what awaits is a pattern of train, win a game, train, win a game, train…and there is only so long that can hold interest. If you like this kind of series then this should be entertaining for you. However be warned that it doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

 

Flip Flappers


 

How does the world look in your eyes? Papika and Cocona, the heroines of the story, hold the keys to open the door. When the two girls meet, their adventures in a different time and different overlapping dimension called “Pure Illusion” begin. Many things in Pure Illusion will stand in the girls’ way on their search for the mysterious crystal called the “Shard of Mimi,” an item that is said to grant any wish. However, when the girls find themselves in danger, the Shard of Mimi shines, and they are able to transform.

Studio:  Studio 3Hz

Director: Kiyotaka Oshiyama

From the studio that brought you Dimension W we have…something. A magical girl series perhaps? The trailer displays a rather interesting art style with some impressive animation which intrigues me. The staff appear to be newbies that have mainly done key animation for other series and the animation studio is fairly new. Still I actually find this quite interesting and believe it can hold potential, provided those transformations don’t get too fanservicey. Depends on how seriously the story plans to take itself. Based on the trailer I get the feeling of it being more that meets the eye but again this needs to be shown to get a gauge of it’s real quality.

 

Fune wo Amu


 

The series follows the employees at the Genbu Shobō publishing company. Araki, who is a veteran editor for the dictionary department, is looking for a successor now that he’s approaching retirement age. After Majime Mitsuya — a salesman who’s a poor talker — meets Masashi Nishioka — Araki’s coworker who is sociable and frivolous — Araki overhears their conversation and decides to recruit Majime into the department. The story follows “the awkward humans” Majime and Masashi as they work together to compile a medium-sized Japanese dictionary titled “The Great Passage” (Daitokai).

Studio:  ZEXCS

Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi

Series composer/Script: Takuya Satou

From a studio that brought you more crap than you can count comes an anime that actually seems somewhat interesting. Personally I take anything I can get that moves away from the high school setting and an anime about working adults fits my demographic. Still the Director is a first timer and the series composer has pretty much nothing of worth. I am willing to give this a chance for while slice of life is massively abundant, slice of life with working adults is a much rarer subcategory. The trailer shows promise and the animation looks quite good so it could end up being one of the most interesting titles of the season. Provided it’s done right.

 

Girlish Number


 

The story follows the lives of Chitose Karasuma, a college student who aspires to be an idol voice actress, and other young women in the industry.

Studio:  Diomedea

Director: Shota Ibata

Series composer/Script: Wataru Watari

Alright points for going with college instead of high school but didn’t we do this story already. I mean disregarding Shirobako, there was also Sore ga Seiyuu. Either way a manga chapter is out despite it being anime original and based on that this feels very much like this seasons “New Game” except with more factoids about the voice acting industry. I will give it points for throwing out how the voice actors phoning it in due to the anime being a boring light novel adaption. Not often I hear criticism of Japanese voice actors. Most treat them like golden gods who can do no wrong. Main point is that I have been here before and it was recently. Looking at it this provides nothing new so I really wonder what’s the point of going anime original with a concept that’s already been done. The director is a first timer. But one note of interest here is the creator and series composer for this show is a Wataru Watari, the creator of SNAFU or otherwise known “My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected” so perhaps this could have a dash of delightful cynicism to make it break from the mold. Though then again this is the guy who worked on the script of Qualidea Code which hasn’t been doing too great.

 

Keijo!!!!!!!!


 

Kaminashi Nozomi (17) is an exceptional gymnast. So much so that colleges with some of the best gymnastic programs are trying to recruit her. Unfortunately for them, she has other plans. Due to her family being extremely poor, money is everything to her. That’s why she wants to step into the world of “Keijo.” “Keijo” is a type of gambling sport where girls stand on a small floating platform and compete against one another. The aim is to push the other contestant off of the platform into the water, but they are only allowed to use their butt or breasts to push the others off. Will Nozomi be able to compete in the intense world of “Keijo” and bring wealth and fortune for her family?

Studio:  Xebec

Director: Hideya Takahashi

Series composer/Script: Takao Kato

I am certain eyes have rolled upon reading the synopsis of this particular title. I too had a similar reaction. Is this another “Wanna be the Strongest in the World” where the sport is merely a means to shove as much fanservice in as possible? Well actually, no. Certainly on a surface level this story looks to be pandering to the lowest common denominator but there is actually more to it. To put it simply, Keijo differentiates itself from other fan service tripe by doing one thing. It treats it’s sport 100% seriously. I kid you not, in the world of this story, a sport where women use their breasts and ass to push each other off a platform is treated with the same level of respect as an Olympic sport. It is a factor with makes it utterly baffling yet unintentionally(Or maybe intentionally) hilarious. Imagine if you will, if women’s mud wrestling was dignified sport with no sexual innuendo or intent involved. The cognitive dissonance  just makes me laugh as the characters participate in a exam were judges stare at their ass with full concentration and without any sexual intent as they swing it in figure eights. Besides that we are actually looking at a typical sports anime that plays all the usual tropes. What will determine whether this anime works is if the animators can stop themselves from sexualising it. If they stick in ass shots and have the camera ogle the hell out of the girls then the illusion will be broken. For this to work, presentation is key and it needs to be as straight face as possible for it to get full effect. I am a bit worried on that front as the character designs have already gotten a bust size boost so it’s possible the anime might miss the point and attempt to  turn it into a fanservice fest. But if they stick true to the tone of the series this this could have people calling it the comedy of the year.

 

Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku


 

The novels are set in a world where a social game called The Magical Girl Raising Project allows one in tens of thousands of people to be a “magical girl” — possessing extraordinary physical capabilities and looks, as well as special magical powers that set them apart from the rest of the human race. But one day, in a district containing 16 magical girls, the administration announces that it must halve the number of magical girls to solve the problem of magical energy. At first, the 16 magical girls race to collect more “magical candy” than their competitors, but the rules quickly become twisted, and it quickly becomes a murderous battle for survival among them.

Studio:  Lerche

Director: Hiroyuki Hashimoto

Series composer/Script: Takao Yoshioka

I have long scoffed at the idea that Madoka “revolutionised” the industry. To me this felt like a misunderstanding birthed from its comparisons to Neon Genesis Evangelion as both were deconstructions of their representative genres. Truly the only thing Madoka birthed was a rise of Mahou Shoujo shows which have all been terrible to mediocre at best. Why is that though? The answer is that the balance of Madoka’s dark and light elements is one not easily accomplished. A story such as that can easily turn juvenile and tries too hard that the story turns unintentionally comical or contrived. It’s is something that requires a talented hand and the question is that does the writer of this show meet that criteria? Take note that it’s not as if I don’t want someone to try to make a story like Madoka as I feel the concept of dark Magical girls shows has more alternative story potential than was brought out in Madoka. I would welcome it but I am skeptical that someone really can carry that delicate balance of tones. Studio Leche has proven they can contrast between cute and dark with School-Live but sadly none of the people who worked on that are here. Instead we have the script writer from High school DXD, Ikkitousen, Dears and queen’s blade, as well as the director of Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka. This does not bode well. I would like to hold out hope that the original creator is somewhat involved and the original source might be excellent. Sadly no English translation of the novels exists so I can only speculate as to their quality. I like the idea of a magical girl battle royale but with a staff like this I find it hard to see this meet the potential of it’s concept.

 

Occultic;Nine


 

The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yuuta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

Studio:  A-1 Pictures

Director: Ishiguro Kyouhei

Music: Masaru Yokoyama

The directors only previous two works are Your Lie in April and Lance N’Masques so talk about hitting high and hitting low. The semicolon in the title and that the original creator is the director of 5pb who you may know for Chaos;head, Robotics:Notes and Steins;Gate. I don’t know his level of influence over these titles but it still makes me worried as two of them I consider flops and the third I pretty much give thanks to White Fox for adapting it so excellently while removing the dumber elements of the original storyline. It at least gives an idea about what we might be in for, most likely a story about a group of eccentric otaku individuals who get involved with a conspiracy of some sort. With a large amount of general slice of life grouped with high stakes drama. Whether it will be any good really depends on just how stupid this story is going to get. Will it pull its punches and provide another steins;gate? Or go full idiot and give us another Robotics;Notes?

 

Shuumatsu no Izetta


 

If I am promised to the princess, then I will fight for her sake.
In 1939 C.E., the imperialist nation of Germania invaded a neighboring country. All at once, that war spread throughout Europe, and the era was dragged into a spiral of a great war.
Then, in 1940, Germania’s attack turned towards the Principality of Elystadt, a small Alps country abundant with beautiful water and greenery.

Studio:  Ajia-Do

Director: Masaya Fujimori

Series composer/Script: Hiroyuki Yoshino

This studio really hasn’t produced a whole lot recently. Most recent work was a Fist of the North star spinoff 3 years ago and before that their last series was Genshiken in 2007. Well this seems rather interesting with witches and war. Though the director has pretty much nothing worthwhile in his resume.(Depending on whether you liked the first Fairytail movie) Series composer has Denpa Teki no Kanojo(That needs a sequel), Mai-Hime and Macross Frontier here but he also did Vividred Operation and is listed as the creator of Seikon no Qwaser so um….yeah. Also was the main series composer for  Guilty Crown so i got to say I really can’t trust this guy when it comes to quality. Even Mai-Hime and Frontier had some pretty big problems.(Denpa still deserves that sequel though.) I am feeling rather cautious of this one, I have a bad feeling we may have a disappointment on our hands. But there’s always hope.

 

Soushin Shoujo Matoi


 

It is 2016. Matoi Sumeragi, a second-year junior high school student, works part-time as a shrine maiden at Tenman Shrine in the city of Kamaya. Ever since being separated from her mother in early childhood, Matoi has been entrusted to her grandparents on her father’s side, but three months ago, she finally began to live with her father Shingo. In those circumstances, she only wishes for a peaceful, normal life.
Her close friend and part-time workmate Yuma Kusanagi is part of the family of the shrine’s chief priest, and is a candidate to be the successor shrine maiden. For generations, her family has performed exorcisms of evil spirits. She invites Matoi to one of these exorcism ceremonies, a so-called “Divine Possession” that she will attempt.
One day, Matoi and Yuma walk from the school to the shrine as usual, but when they arrive, they are greeted by the shrine’s now damaged grounds, and Yuma’s parents have both collapsed from their wounds. Matoi’s father Shingo, a police detective, launches an investigation, and he comes upon a man who does not seem entirely sane: his only witness. When he holds down the man, Yuma begins the ritual of Divine Possession.
Something strange then happens, not with Yuma, but with Matoi. Matoi Sumeragi, who had only wanted a normal, peaceful life, takes the role of a god, and gains the power to banish evil spirits! To get her precious everyday life back, Matoi must conduct exorcisms!

Studio:  White Fox

Director: Masayuki Sakoi

Series composer/Script: Yousuke Kuroda

Music: Tatsuya Katou

White Fox’s first show after Re:Zero, hopefully to grab a budget for Re:Zero’s second season which absolutely, positively needs to happen. It must, no excuses. The director doesn’t have much to brag about, unless you liked Needless or Princess Resurrection.(Or that Yuri ova) Series composer wrote the script for Ano Natsu de Matteru, Trigun Excel Saga and Gungrave. His series composer work is significantly impressive with Hellsing ultimate, Highschool of the dead, Infinite Ryvius, and Requiem for the Phantom. Not to say he doesn’t have duds but this guy might produce something quite interesting. So far the show looks like a pretty typical magical girl show but the synopsis does seem a little too detailed to be a by the numbers magical girl show. The trailer shows a lot of girls acting cute(Though those monsters seem a bit intense.) so frankly this really could be exactly what it appears to be. Regardless I will be keeping an eye on this one to see what it brings to the table.

 

Tiger Mask W


 

In “The Tiger’s Hole,” the behind-the-scenes organization of the revived wresting world, two young wrestlers take a stand. One of those fighters has inherited the training facility and mask of a tiger that Naoto Itou left at the foot of Mount Fuji. The other fighter has been victorious at fierce competitions since entering The Tiger’s Hole, and has obtained the black Tiger Mask. A Tiger Mask that walks down the path of light, and a Tiger Mask that walks down the path of shadow. Neither of them have ever seen each other’s face… In the ring, the two are fated rivals, but their goals are the same: “Crush The Tiger’s Hole!”

Studio:  Toei Animation

Director: Toshiaki Komura

Series composer/Script: Katsuhiko Chiba

Music: Yasuharu Takanashi

I didn’t expect to see an anime sequel to an anime made in the 80s which was based on a manga made at the end of the 60’s. I did check out the original manga and I am not certain as to how much it speaks for the quality of this newer adaption. I will say that the manga did contain a lot of fighting but not a lot of wrestling. I say this will not be an accurate representation of the sport as what constitutes wrestling in the manga can range from judo throws to karate chops. Director only has one previous work which was a film adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha manga and the series composer is a complete newbie. It’s decent as an battle manga but I don’t really see this being something that’s going to blow people away. It’s old school anime so it will be hot blooded and in your face. Maybe to a ridiculous degree.

 

TRICKSTER: Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tantei-dan” yori


 

It is the 2030s. The Boy Detectives Club gathers under Kogorou Akechi, the mysterious detective. The group solves cases great and small using their unique skills. One day, a member of the club, Kensuke Hanazaki, meets the boy Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi’s body cannot die due to the effects of the “Unidentifiable Mist,” but he yearns for death, and shirks from contact with other people. Taking an interest in him, Hanazaki invites him to join the Boy Detectives Club. Their meeting is connected to the fate tying together Kogorou Akechi, and the era’s greatest villain, the Fiend With Twenty Faces.

Studio:  TMS Entertainment

Director: Masahiro Mukai

Series composer/Script: Erika Yoshida

Music: Yuuki Hayashi

An Edogawa Rampo show? I don’t know, I have been burned before on this. For anyone not aware, Edogawa Rampo is a famous Japanese novelist and this work looks to be taking inspiration from his Boy Detectives Club series which features a character called Akechi Kogoro who could be considered Japanese Sherlock Holmes. After reading one or two of his short stories i have taken an interest in this author’s work as it is in the style of murder mystery that i have kind the fondness for. However a previous anime series called “Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace” mainly used his works as wall dressing and make a subpar spell it all out for you mystery show. Based on what I see here and the fact this is set in the future i think this show is following the same vein of thought. I even spotted some mecha in the trailer. The staff is all newbies and the studios recent work is Relife and Orange. I doubt this will be representative of Rampo’s work but perhaps it could be a decent story in it’s own right.

 

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari


 

Souta Tawara is a web designer working in Tokyo. When he visits his family’s Udon place in his hometown Kagawa Prefecture, he discovers a young boy. Upon confronting the boy, Souta soon learns his secret and decides to quit his job in order to take care of the boy, Poko. The daily adventures of the two slowly enfold as Poco energetically navigates his way through Kagawa, the “Udon Kingdom,” along with Souta.

Studio:  LIDENFILMS

Director: Yoshihide Ibata

Series composer/Script: Natsuko Takahashi

From the studio that brought you Arslan Senki and Schwarzesmarken comes…oh bloody hell…another slice of life? This even looks to be the same kind as Amaama to Inazuma of this summer season. Director’s previous work was that pointless Attack on Titan school chibi version. Series composer fairs a bit better with her writing the scripts for Gankutsuou, Hell Girl and Chrno Crusade. Her Series composition work is less encouraging though as while she has Ore Monogatari, she also did Norn9 and Divine Gate. She is also doing the series composition for long riders this season so I don’t expect her putting in her A game. As far as slice of life goes then “March comes in like a lion” is going to win this season without doubt. But if you want another slice of life or something to numb the pain of Amaama to Inazuma being over then this might work.

 

Series I do look forward to

 

3-gatsu no Lion


 

Rei Kiriyama is a 17 year old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he’s yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students.
Meanwhile, his professional career in Shogi has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed upon him, his wins and losses are fluctuating as his record and progression into the ranks begin to stagnate.
Acquainted with Rei are the three Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Unlike Rei, they live happily in their modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. He frequently visits the family, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection he never quite had while under his foster home.
This is the story of Rei’s triumphs and failures, relationships new and old, and his growth as a person.

Studio:  Shaft

Director: Akiyuki Shinbou

Music: Yukari Hashimoto

I must admit that I am burned out on slice of life. Take heed that when you check out everything a season has to offer you tend to run into a lot of slice of life which could be the reason why this particular genre fails to excite me. Though truthfully I have never been fond of anime whose goal is to simulate average everyday life when I watch anime to escape from that very thing. Still this show differentiates itself from others in that the main character has a particularly tragic history. So basically you get slice of life hijinks and the main broods over his past time and again. Overall I do think the source has value and could make for an engaging watch. I say this is one to check out yourself as it does have potential to be a hit of the season.

 

Drifters


 

The May 2015 issue of Young King Ours magazine announced than an anime adaptation of the manga “Drifters” is in the works. The story of the manga centers around Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world of magic with other famous warriors throughout history. These warriors are forced to fight each other in an endless battle.

Studio:  Hoods Entertainment

Director: Kenichi Suzuki

Series composer/Script: Hideyuki Kurata

From the author of Hellsing we have Drifters and that would likely give you an idea of what this is going to be. Now the authors previous work which was faithfully adapted into hellsing ultimate was a series that depended on the rule of cool. After all it was a show about Dracula fighting vampires and Nazi’s, a concept which I feel cannot fail to peak interest. If you look at the story objectively, it was over the top, ridiculous and stupid as hell. Drifters is very much in the same vein as this time we have a story about famous historical figures getting thrown into a fantasy world to have a battle Royale against one another. So if you are interested in Oda Nobunaga teaming up with Yoichi to fight the likes of Joan of Arc, Rasputin and Anastasia Nikolaevna then you have come to the right place. Plenty of ultra violence, psycho smiles and badassery to go around. Still I don’t think it’s as good as hellsing and a lot will depend on the quality of the animation. The director is a newbie and the series composer is hit or miss. He has some good titles under his belt(Maria the virgin witch, Read Or Die OVA, Here Now Then and There) but some real duds as well.(Samurai flamenco, Grisaia, Oriemo) The studio is really bad as well with their primary output being porn and anime that’s pretty much porn. I would like to hope but there’s a high chance of this turning out to be pretty disappointing.

 

Natsume Yuujinchou Go


 

Fifth season of Natsume Yuujinchou

Studio:  Studio Shuka

Director: Takahiro Omori

Series composer/Script: Sadayuki Murai

Music: Makoto Yoshimori

Psgels himself was quite fond of this show but I found it not really to my liking. Nothing to fault the show itself over as it is a fairly solid story if a bit too episodic at times. I have never quite liked the concept of Youkai which just felt like really silly and weird monsters. If there is one thing I can call a negative in this show it’s that even with four seasons this show hasn’t made progress towards wrapping the story up or developing the characters. Natsume may be getting a bit more involved with the youkai scene but overall it doesn’t really feel like the show has gone much of anywhere. I suspect the fifth season to follow in the same fashion. I don’t think I need to make a judgment on this as if you have watched the previous four seasons then it’s likely you are watching the fifth.

afgm: It’s been around half a decade, but Natsume Yuujinchou is finally back under a new studio but with a nearly identical staff from previous seasons. There is not much to say about this show, beyond the obvious fact that this new season has been long overdue, with many plot lines from the previous seasons remaining unresolved. I’m thankful that it appears that most of the main Youkai have kept their voice actors in the transition to the new studio, as the diverse cast is arguably the show’s greatest asset. The resurgence of Natsume Yuujinchou is a relief from the swamp of tropes, multicolored hair, and bug eyes that have plagued the past few seasons, and I’m thankful for this opportunity to rewatch this down to earth, cheerful series.

 

Yuri!!! on ICE


 

The show’s story revolves around Yūri Katsuki, who carried all of Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. With those mixed feelings swirling inside him, he confines himself inside his parents house. Suddenly the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Victor Nikiforov appears before him, and along with him is Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater who is already defeating his seniors. Victor and both Yuris take up the challenge on an unprecedented Gran Prix series.

Studio:  MAPPA

Director: Sayo Yamamoto

Series composer/Script: Sayo Yamamoto

More like Yaoi on ice if you know what I mean. Well the director/scriptwriter of the series previously worked on Michiko to Hatchin and Lupin the Third: The woman called Mine Fujiko. This series has another creator who made a manga about time traveling called “again!!” and two other alright manga. This is from studio Mappa, the same people who brought you Ushio to Tora, Rage of Bahamut, Kids on the Slope and Terror in Resonance. The animation in the trailer certainly is impressive with a lot of movement but I find myself cautious as to the quality of this series. Studio Mappa has yet to truly impress me with their works(Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Ushio to Tora) as while they are visually impressive, they tend to be lacking storywise. At the very least this should be interesting with the Ice Skating premise so it at least warrants a chance.

afgm: Yuri? On Ice? Well… kind of — but if you’re expecting a show about ice-skating lesbians, it’d be best to look somewhere else. Indeed, this is a show with over 10 characters, the minute minority of which are women. It is clear from the promotional material that if love will ever play a role in this plot, it’s going to be boy’s love; and a brief glimpse of romance (complete with quivering lips) in the promotional video all but confirms this. Yet unlike most anime with gay characters, romance does not appear to define this plot nor are the characters stereotypically frail or feminine. On the contrary, they weem well rounded with diverse motivations. What we can expect from this anime is an uplifting tale of redemption and self-advancement; discipline and competition; sportsmanship and skill. At its core, this is a sport’s anime — one with a beautiful score and a talented staff behind it. The director and original creator, Sayo Yamamoto, appears to be very talented and experienced. She worked as story board artist for Death Note, Ergo Proxy, Psycho Pass (season one), Samurai Champloo, and Space Dandy. Moreover she was both director and storyboard artist for Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and Michiko to Hatchin, both of which were shows that pushed the boundaries of anime and were strong and beautiful in spite of their flaws. This show is one to watch.

11 Responses

  1. Topgavin says:

    Being into rugby and wrestling myself, tiger mask and all out should be interesting. I just hope that they focus on the sport itself, sicne both are pretty interesting themselves, and not some scrawny kid trying to redeem himself etc etc.

    I’ll probably end up watching most of the cute girl shows for time filler, but Drifters and Keijo are the only other ones that I’m really looking forward too. Overall it looks like an average season

  2. Mari says:

    Thanks for the seasonal previews. Just my opinion but the fall season seems to be a weak one. I only found 2 or 3 that interest me while in other seasons I had my eye on atleast 5 series. Well, atleast Natsume is back…..

  3. Aramus says:

    Would it be possible to have something like

    Studio: Name of Studio
    Director: Name of Director

    In the description of each anime? There’s a lot of talk about what studio or director did what but no mention of who or what they actually are. It’d make the descriptions a bit easier to follow.

    Anyway, great descriptions!

  4. Andmeuths says:

    It’s interesting to see that you’ve decided not to cover Vivid Strike, but considering the recent material in the Nanoha-verse, that might not be that surprising. That being said, I do get the sense from watching the first episode that Vivid Strike might be more in the spirit of the first two seasons (even if it has a completely new protagonist, and there’s a very, very high chance that the most the eponymous original protagonist of the series, is not going to show up at all) , and seems to be written with the awareness that a large proportion of new audiences may never have heard of the Nanoha-verse franchise before this. Still, I suppose if one dislikes the first two seasons of Nanoha itself, Vivid Strike wouldn’t change their minds at all.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      Well I left it out because I haven’t actually watched the previous Vivid season but it seems that’s not needed. I will give it a first impression at least.

      • Andmeuths says:

        I think watching Vivid first might make you even more confused about Vivid Strike, because the Vivid anime is an unfinished adaptation, and Vivid Strike seems to be touching on things that have not even happened yet in the Vivid manga. The protagonist and deutargonist has no prior connection in the Vivid manga, and the show seems to be told mostly through their eyes, so I think no prior exposure to Vivid is necessary.

        In some ways, Vivid Strike seems to be a soft-reset of the franchise meant to bring new audiences to the franchise, since this is the first Nanoha-verse series without the prefix Magical Nanoha, and the first main protagonist with completely no direct connection whatsoever to the eponymous magical girl of the series. It might be better to watch Vivid Strike first as a standalone entry in the Nanoha-verse set Post Striker S, and treat Vivid as a prequel to be explored if Vivid Strike makes you curious about the backstories of the supporting cast of Vivid Strike.

        • Andmeuths says:

          P.s: It’ll be very interesting to see what someone who doesn’t know anything at all about Vivid would think about Vivid Strike.

          Because I suspect the show does not need knowledge of Vivid to be watchable, but as a manga reader of Vivid itself, I might be biased. Almost every development and revelation in Vivid Strike so far is news to me basically.

  5. JMCS says:

    Hey, look:

    sengoku choujuu giga

    The anime will use a sumi-e (traditional Japanese ink painting) motif, and will feature Japan’s famous Sengoku-era warlords as animals.

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Kaiser-Eoghan
I may aswell finish it given that that its the last episode.
AidanAK47
So Planet With ends and the madman actually did it. Besides needing a bit more of a epilogue, that was a great finale.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I try to understand, make sense of the other sides views within reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really want a successful fantasy go on an adventure style show though, I feel like I'm genuinely in the mood for one, I've actually considered watching some old ovas of that nature.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The most common thing my father and I talk about is Brexit really and how once upon a time we actually went after tyrants.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And even though I have the God thing, never became a burn the witches kind of person. I do want to put the far right/fascist people in gulags though lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
The Kaiser thing, now that I think about it is actually really odd, I speak minimal German, am no monarchist and am a leftist. Yet even though I hate the bougoiuse , I love aristocratic costumes lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again, it may not be overly odd, there were Maoist priests.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: This is pretty common here too. Organized religion isn't popular but most people believe there is a God and, depending on the person and cultural background, that parts of the holy books are true (or not, if they're real agnostics), usually in a metaphorical sense though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*upbringing
Kaiser-Eoghan
That mixed upbringoing of having a communist father and religious relatives is an interesting thing.....for all of the exploitation I watch, I ctually feel nunsploitation is going too far lol I also sometimes check with my dad before watching certain things to make sure it isn't "too anti-left/anti socialist".
Amagi
@Animosh: No problem. I think it depends a bit on how people were brought up decades ago. It's probably different nowadays, no idea. The arguing was kinda fun though, especially for the teen me (I bet I annoyed the shit out of my father).
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet having no regard for organized religion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I however am a mutt though, believer in some kind of a God to an extent....while also having communist sympathies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh@Amagi: As it stands neither my mother or brother are communists, actually my mother while very left wing would criticize my father when going "too communist". My parents and my brother are the only members of my family who could be considered leftist/non-religious.
Amagi
@Animosh: Planet With definetely needs some sort of epilogue OVA. You can somewhat guess the dragon's story but it's not the same as seeing it and there are still a few of semi-loose strings like the people who are still dreaming.
Animosh
@Amagi: my apologies for my presumptuousness. ;) My mother occasionally also participated in political discussions, but yeah, for some reason it's often men who have strong political opinions and are not willing to admit defeat in discussions.
Amagi
Also I don't spoil anything but the last minutes of the first episode just feel stupid. I think/hope there will be an explanation later for how something has worked so perfectly that shouldn't have worked at all. In general it seems to be a show that tries hard but can't deliver for some reason. I won't completely judge it yet though.
Animosh
Planet With also wrapped up things nicely. Unfortunately the dragon remains a bit underdeveloped, which makes it difficult for me to care about his fate, and I would have liked to see at least the main ship officially confirmed, but other than that it was an excellent finale that satisfactorily ties up all loose ends. This is how you do a one-cour.
Amagi
Regarding RErideD I have conflicted feelings. As said, the premise sounds pretty good but the budget is damn dab, especially for the beginning of a show. There is a scene in which the MC is so badly animated you can't even recognize what's going on at first.
Amagi
@Animosh: funny enough I am female, but yeah somehow these discussions only exist with fathers while the mothers are just trowing the towel and say "fuck it", I mean it usually doesn't change anybody's mind so it's more of a hobby I guess.
Animosh
It's a bit late, but Hanebado is finally giving me what I wanted from the show: tense, well-animated badminton matches. The match does feel a bit rushed, the overexplaining can be annoying and there's still plenty of melodrama, but it's a lot more enjoyable than what we got in the previous weeks at least.
Anonymous2822860
will be seeing what kind of flaws Ash has. Also, I think this way of characterizing him also fits into the narrative. This strength that Ash has is what pushes his gang members away and see him not as a normal human, but a "king."
Anonymous2822860
That was some interesting insight on Ash as a "perfect" person. While I do think that Banana Fish shows that Ash is an extremely capable person time and time again, he cannot win this "war" alone. There's too many enemies and too many things that need to be done. Also, I think as we get further on into the second cour, we
Anonymous2822162
Also, it's neat watching the first few episodes again after what goes down throughout the first half of the series; you get to see all of the characters together before everything blows up in their face.
Anonymous2822162
When I say perfect characterization, I should say I mean the way he's characterized as this perfect supremely capable person. The other characters do help reveal other aspects of Ash though: Eiji is his age and allows him to be a normal teenager; Max is like a surrogate father and lets him act like a son; Arthur and Dino are kind of evil inverses of that.
Anonymous2822162
When I say perfect charac
Anonymous2822162
Anyways, not to hate on Ash because he's still a fantastic main lead and anchors the whole show. It's just that because he loses sometimes I push some of the problems of his perfect characterization to the side, but when you actually think about it, he seems more like a character than a real person.
Anonymous2822162
Also the fact that Ash has been through a super tragic backstory doesn't help a lot: it seems like the writers are trying to make him a character who has been through all the tragedy in the world and has overcome it and became the most skilled person in the world. I will say though that any onscreen tragedy is 100% believable, it just some of the flashbacks that are a bit too much.
Anonymous2822162
I guess that slightly cheapens Ash's character on retrospection: of course he is still the charismatic lead, but he feels a bit too perfect at everything. Dino must have taught him quite a bit, but Ash is skilled in, like, everything. It just seems a bit too much.
Anonymous2822162
Like the whole Yut-Lung Shorter Eiji situation was beyond Ash (in fact he still knew something was off but couldn't pinpoint what); that wasn't really a mistake Ash made, it was just that he couldn't have known the secret connections Yut-Lung had.
Anonymous2822162
Something I noticed about Ash is that he is, as some of you pointed out, a Gary Stu but it doesn't immediately jump at you. The thing is that Ash still loses quite a bit, so he doesn't seem invincible, yet at the same I think the majority of his losses were beyond his control. It doesn't feel like he makes mistakes, rather that other people outmaneuver him due to factors beyond him.
Animosh
@Kaiser & Amagi: I also had lots of political discussions with my father. Didn't know that was such a common occurrence. Boys will be boys I guess? And he's actually a former Marxist too, having grown up in the 60's-70's and all. Now he's just a boring socialist though. ;)
Animosh
RErideD seemed really promising in theory: an original time travel anime written (at least in part) by Abe, with the director of Steins;Gate in charge? Count me in. But unfortunately the reviews so far seem to be uniformly negative. So I'll probably avoid it for now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Four episodes of RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida got uploaded at the same time earlier.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Yes, although probably just for the Saturday, usually the best day to do so because thats when the sellers are there, usually everythings gone by Sunday. Friday is generally anime pub quiz.
Lenlo
Its just a saturday, so busy. And Kaiser, nice. Gonna go to the con at all?
Lenlo
As a writer for it, I dont believe so?
Anonymous2818178
is this site dead?
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is an animecon here in two weeks. That eyepatchwolf youtuber will be there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still have old single issues of fushigi yugi, inuyasha, Ah my Goddess, narutaru laid around.
Kaiser-Eoghan
They used to realease them like single American comic book issues in the west.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not talking bound volumes but actual 20-30 pages chapters and these would be expensive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Who remembers RENTING anime dvds and RENTING videogames? Does anyone else remember buying each individual manga chapter as they came out when the official English translations rolled around?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Anyone willing to post their desktop? https://ibb.co/buc4Zz
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or things like Mischief makers .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know vonter mentioned Mystical ninja 64. But I remember after I'd moved on from the snes to the N64 when I was younger, growing up with that obscure castlevania game on it, or stuff like those 3D bomberman games no-one cared about. Or obscure stuff like body harvest, jet force gemini, blast corps , turok, quest 64 and shadowman.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love coming across those online lists of literally WHOtier, WHOcares , games literally only YOU liked and heard of/played. Makes me feel less alone.
Amagi
I was also always discussing about politics with my father. Whenever we started with this my mother just said "porca putana" and went into another room to watch tv in peace.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animemosh: lol I have daily political discussion with my Marxist-Leninist father just like that =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh I should state, even though I'm not as bothered by the modern setting, I actually do prefer the cold war narrative.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The documentries name was Battle of Chile by Patricio Guzman.
Amagi
Especially since I don't think that the typical BF audience is of a kind that would lose interest because a series is taking place in the past. It was just written for the 80s, people can't just change that without changing the story itself to some degree.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I thought the anime did such a good job with Shio's backstory , that I didn't miss what was omitted. The anime is now up to date with the scans. I do agree that Satou's obsession with Shio is non-pedophilic but I think the scene itself is kind of going to give the wrong message.
Amagi
@Animosh: one of the many reasons why I would have prefered Banana Fish's original setting.
Animosh
By the way, apparently the backstory of Shio's mother - which supposedly is really tragic - was largely skipped. Guess I'll have to read the manga.
Animosh
I get what they're going for, recreating the ritual and all, but I also thought the Shio-Satou moment was a bit forced. I still think their relationship is platonic though. Satou has never been shown to lust after Shio: she just fills her with warmth and happiness. They're more like messed up siblings than (romantic) lovers.
Animosh
@Kaiser: sounds interesting! Chile is an excellent example of the kind of Cold War intervention that I really don't see happening today. Although you never know with an impulsive narcissist in the White House.
Animosh
End of monologue. Sorry about this. :p
Animosh
Long story short: I think the Banana Fish conspiracies fail to adequately represent the current situation. At the very least, it fits the Cold War world order much better.
Animosh
That includes the US (backing the Kurds and the rebels), but also Turkey and the Arab states (Sunni rebels), Russia and Iran (Assad), and so on and so forth. You can't act like this is the fault of one party. Hell, I'd say Russia and Assad are more responsible for failing to a peaceful resolution when they had the chance.
Animosh
As for Syria, it's a mess, but the US is only one of many parties responsible. And oil isn't particularly important in this conflict. It's a civil war that's been made much worse by the influx of money and weapons from many different parties vying for regional influence.
Animosh
So what does it do? It gives military and financial backing to militias with shared interests (which is much less than Russia does, by the way), orders drone strikes, and perhaps the occasional tactical strike. But overthrowing countries and setting up puppet regimes? I don't see it happening. That's basically declaring war on the other big powers.
Animosh
And even when it does intervene militarily, it rarely goes all out. The US has learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. It doesn't want to be dragged into another endless conflict, or see its efforts end in another brutal civil war that destabilizes the region.
Animosh
So although the US occasionally still intervenes militarily in other countries' affairs, other means of pressure are now more popular. The sanctions against Iran and North Korea are a good example of this.
Animosh
The current landscape is much more complex. America is still powerful, of course, but relatively speaking it is in decline, and that means it can get away with much less. Today's world is closer to a multipolar world, with many sides fighting for influence. And because the ideological conflict is much less pronounced, the US is much less willing to go against its purported values.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: Coincidentally I recently watched a series of Chilean documentaries regarding the murder of Salvador Allende and the installation of the Pinochet Junta.
Animosh
And that meant both that America was far more powerful than it is now, and that much more intervention was considered acceptable - including shamelessly backing dictators that oppressed and exploited their people. After all, a defeat meant evil would prevail.
Animosh
Obviously the US still interferes in other countries. Quite a lot, actually. But there's a big difference between its current policy and that during the Cold War. Back then the geopolitical landscape was very different. It was bipolar, with two big Isms (capitalism and communism) fighting it out.
Animosh
@anon: not sure if this is the right place for a political discussion, but whatever. I like politics, so here we go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*was no exception
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: If, out of the many moments in happy sugar life that I'd consider unsettling, it would be the one's with the aunt and this weeks episode was an exception. That last part of the episode will be interpreted as shoujo-ai bait by people though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking forward to Angels of death next week, I think we're getting answers, glad to get answers on bad guy even if he is a simple villain.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now this is an interesting coincidence as last night I just got done watching a documentary about cyberwarfare against Iran.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thats alot more detailed than what I was going to say. I was just going to say that it reflects current foreign policy.
Anonymous2808488
however the current stalemate in Syria is a reflection of the intransigence of the monied elite to not let go of ill-gotten gains, constantly provoking conflict with Russia/Assad/Iran
Anonymous2808488
Its a documented fact the US/EU promoted the Arab Spring/ISIS rebellions and it was stopped by patriots with a conscience
Anonymous2808488
replace with the mexican cartels/Hezbollah, and oil money promised to Cheney-connected Genie enerrgy
Anonymous2808488
its a pretty accurate description of the current reality minus a couple silly things like the mafia and mind control drugs
Anonymous2808488
You guys realize this plot is unfolding in Syria just replace drugs with oil money
Lenlo
Its hokey in the now, but in the original context the series was written, the Cold War, I think it could fit really well.
Animosh
@Kaiser: what felt awkward to you? I thought the pumpkin stuff in particular was pretty hilarious. Eiji is an evil guy. :p
Animosh
Yeah, the conspiracy stuff feels a bit wacky in the present. But in the context of the Cold War, it makes perfect sense. The USA supported plenty of bloody coups after all, especially in Latin America. Hell, they even backed the Taliban in their war against Russia.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In the future I want to make a bigger effort to follow MORE of whats being covered on here seasonally.
Kaiser-Eoghan
http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Red
https://manganelo.com/manga/red_naoki_yamamoto Two history manga, wonder if they'll be fully translated.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I imagine most will probably agree with you anon though. I have alien taste/opinions. I also love conspiracy stuff =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Originally, in the manga version of that part, it was attacking communism in south America.
Anonymous2805624
I don't know; I kinda find the whole Middle East stuff a bit hokey; maybe that's just me.
Lenlo
Im about to watch it. Looking forward to it
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know its only one line, but that they still mention skip and shorter, even its just their names, at least the show keeps them in mind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
With episode 12, Banana fish has successfully contemporized its political/cospiracy aspect for me . Eiji is semi-uselful. Humour in this episode for the first time feels awkward, fast pace kind of means that the quieter slower scenes , though I still enjoy them, feel slotted in.
Lenlo
Most of my emotions this week came because of the original and my love of it, not this one
Lenlo
I agree, Steins;Gate 0 had all the potential, and there are some specific episodes that realized it. Like this episode had a lot of touching scenes cause it slowed down to play up Okabe's relationship with Amadeus. But most of the time, it fails to reach that potential. So as a whole it just feels... lacking
Kaiser-Eoghan
Plebs, not combining both into a single dessert.
Anonymous2802297
I'm talking about that sweet saccharine Chocolate Mousse, the Ganache, or the Chocolate Gâteau. Your puny muffin stands no chance. Mwahaha!
Anonymous2802297
Blasphemy. As a proud American, I can't stand for anything less than pure unadulterated diabetes-inducing sugar in chocolatey cake form. Anything less is an insult to my great nation. /s
SuperMario
@anon2801739: that's a nice analogy but I can't say I agree as I prefer chocolate muffin much more than chocolate cake :)))
Anonymous2801739
Steins;gate 0 is all potential but generally it's wasted. Whenever it actually seems promising they manage to jump plot points to boring nonsensical melodrama for a century. It was supposed to be a chocolate cake. Instead what we got was a muffin with tiny chocolate chips buried few and far between. Yeah it's still sweet at some points, but most of the time you're chewing through pointless fluff.
Lenlo
Like I said in my last post on it I think, the pacing is fucked
Animosh
I did like that the lab members finally acted like scientists again, methodically thinking through their options and all, and there were some pretty touching individual moments and nicely tied up ends. But mostly I'm just annoyed by all the unfulfilled potential of this show.
Animosh
I also hated the backtracking in the beginning. Don't make such a big deal of The Return if you're going to throw it out of the window in the next episode.
Animosh
I really don't understand Steins;Gate's pacing. It slows down to a trickle in the largely irrelevant middle part, and now that things are finally getting somewhat interesting again it just speeds through everything without building things up properly? I don't get it. And how on Earth are they going to resolve everything satisfactorily in one episode?
KTravlos
Reinhard (old series). Ash is interesting and depicted well, but not close to Reinhard. There is something noble in Reinhard, something beyond charisma.
Anonymous2797046
In a charisma battle between our two favorite Blond Boys (doing what blond boys do), who'd win: Reinhard or Ash?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Kind of felt this is what prelude penultimate episode/calm before the storm episode should be and I liked quite liked the ginko and souya scene, but I'm still eh, I shrug at this.
Vonter
After watching some more Star vs. the forces of evil. I'm getting Jitsu wa Watashi wa vibes. The Sailor Moon-like character episode was cute.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The bullying arc in sangatsu made me want to shootup the school.
Lenlo
I will admit, the family life stuff is less engaging than the crippling depression, but I dont think that would hit as hard with out the relaxing bits in between. Dont want to overload the audience.
Anonymous2791561
3-gatsu no Lion has its ups and downs; its ups are the intense emotional drama or shogi matches, while it's downs are the more relaxed slice of life food porn stuff. When I say up and down, I don't necessarily mean good and bad, just more about the intensity. I personally found that I could enjoy both styles, but sometimes I'd find the slice of life stuff dragging on.
SuperMario
Well, I regard 3-gatsu as one of the best character-writing in this medium in recent years. As for shaft, I'm their fan but even me was worried when I learnt Shaft adapting this. They did a nice job thankfully
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I was glad that the comedy becomes more reigned in later on.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I got used to the tonally discordant humour eventually, accepting that the show essentially exists in two plains.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In tsukiyomi moon phase Shinbo made some of the shots look like photos, which was cool given the protaganists profession. Their weird style also was a good fit for an oddball show like Zetsubou-sensei.
Lenlo
I just finished the 4th episode, and so far I am torn on Akari. Im still not sure what to make of some of these relationships. I love the permeated depression theme in every episode though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wonder if it will get a third season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I want Akari to be my mom.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm only 9 out of 13 volumes adapted, which means the anime hasn't adapted the best bit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Unfortunate that the sangatsu manga doesn't update often.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't seen it, I heard that vocaloid thing shaft adapted was very poorly suited to their style.
Lenlo
If a drama can actually make me feel something, actual emotions, then its a success. But it takes a pretty good, well made drama to do that.
Lenlo
I am very particular about my Drama'
Lenlo
Im planning on burning through the whole thing in the next few days. Maybe then ill try the manga, since there is probably more
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I didn't think your lie in April or sangatsu would actually be your thing. They're very drama-ey.
Lenlo
Basically im with Kaiser on this one. As for Shaft, I am very show by show with them. I couldnt stand Nisekoi, yet Sangatsu's color palette and way of drawing faces really has me
Lenlo
See, so far it has a very Mushishi/Fune wo Amu/Your Lie in April feel to me. I love these kinds of things animated, because I feel the music and color-choices really help set things in the mood.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario@Lenlo: We can be Kanabros for life all three of us ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in general I do think shafts style lends itself at its best to more comedic work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually felt that shafts style elevated their adaptation of Sangatsu. I find it easier to watch these slow paced shows than reading them. Also Kana Hanazawa.
SuperMario
Shaft's style can be a hit or miss with the audience, however. While I don't mind that, I still would recommend you try the manga instead
SuperMario
Oh, so you still have, like, 40 episodes left
Lenlo
Huh. Finally got around to March Comes in Like a Lion, gotta say. 3 episodes in, its pretty good
Kaiser-Eoghan
Speaking of it though, I wish they'd get that proposed new Vampire hunter D anime off the ground.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though my memory on this is extremely fuzy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know, I saw an article there on anime news network referring to the second vampire hunter D film, I know I watched it years and years ago, loved it, but I forget the plot, thinking about it now, how was the dude D was after supposed to survive without blood after buggering off to space alone with the girl?
Anonymous2786239
Amen to that
Anonymous2785164
I read blogs to see opinions on anime, not to read about how blog writer is much better than some youtuber I probably have never heard of :D
Anonymous2785164
Anyway, don't any of you guys let that get up to your head :p I'm also annoyed whenever media producers start mocking each other and setting themselves up as better.
Anonymous2785164
Nothing is more annoying to me than nerd doing the stereotypical nerd voice to mock people
Anonymous2785164
Either way, I kinda dislike majority geek youtubers because I find them all to be hypocrites. Like for example, complaining about commentors correcting them or nitpicking them when all of them are nitpickers themselves :P
Anonymous2785164
That said, he has habit of commenting on things way too early only to later on to be proven wrong by end of the anime :P
Anonymous2785164
That said, I don't remember Mother's Basement being that bad besides that he for most parts really sucks when talking about video games despite apparently having studied game development
Anonymous2785164
@AidanAK47: I don't actually like any of anime youtubers. They all seems to be pervs to me and I'm actually rather prude person :p
Anonymous2785164
Hmm this chat is being buggy again and I can't change username from anonymous right now :P ANnoying~
SuperMario
@Lenlo: Readers will enjoy us more if we can throw some meme references... proof that we're still not out of touch with current trends ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I mean the opposite, the posts here are good because they don't use quips. They aren't fanboyish either.
Lenlo
Are you telling me I need to insert more quips. jokes and one-lines into my posts? Cause I can do that
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Drop grand blue if its taking up too much time, I know you are busy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thats why I enjoy reading blog articles like on here. I feel the writers on here never sound like awful fanboys or quiplords.
Kaiser-Eoghan
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