Posted by AidanAK47 on 30 September 2017 with categories: Seasonal Previews

Yet again we are here in a new season of anime even though it feels just a moment ago the summer season had started. Seasons come and go, stupid controversies rise and fall and yet life goes on as it has always gone on. Well then enough with the sloppy rhetoric and let’s just get to what you are all here for. I must say that this season is looking very promising indeed as while we don’t have the abundance of shows present in the summer season, we do have quite a number of shows with the potential to be something real special. Depending on how this turns out I may be dropping less shows than I usually do and end up watching a majority of the season.

Same values as usual apply as I check out the source material of everything in the season along with the staff to give a better idea of what might turn out well. Below is a poll which can influence what we writers pick up to cover for this season so vote for as many shows as you want. Truth be told a lot of us have already decided on what we will cover for this season, but should we change our minds we will certainly take the poll results into account when choosing a new show.

Which series should we cover for the 2017 Fall Season?
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Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images and helping with the format. And thanks to Wooper and Lenlo for helping with editing. Let’s get rocking.

The sequels/Shorts I don’t care about

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara
Himouto! Umaru-chan R
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Yuusha no Shou
Love Live! Sunshine!! 2
Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2
Osomatsu-san 2
ClassicaLoid 2
Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Z
Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10cm datta
Time Bokan: Gyakushuu no San-Okunin
Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shou

Series I don’t care about

Anime Gataris


Studio: WAO World
Director:: Kenshiro Morii
Script/Series composer: Mitsutaka Hirota
Source: Original
The anime centers on Minoa Asagaya, a new high school student in Sakaneko Private High School. Despite being a novice to anime, Minoa’s classmate Arisu Kamiigusa invites her to make an “anime research club” at school. Through conversations with her classmate Miko Kouenji, as well as various anime-loving upperclassmen, Minoa gradually gets hooked on anime. While they stand against the student council’s continuous efforts to disband their club, and they ignore the impending end of the world, they talk about anime, whether in Akiba, or in real-life “sacred place” anime settings, or the hot springs.

I am very ready to write this off as a rather uninteresting show as all signs point to this being a cute girls doing cute things show. This appears to be an adaption of what was originally a short animation screened during intermission at TOHO cinemas. The PV points to this being just cute girls in a club as well. But there is one thing here that throws me off and that is that tiny detail in the description: “and they ignore the impending end of the world”. My interest in this show depends on how literal that statement is. That is the make or break point for this show for me, because an anime club by itself isn’t going to sell this show (I would be better off watching Genshiken). But an anime club at the end of the world? There’s something to get me interested. Director really hasn’t worked on anything of note and the same goes for the series composer unless you liked the anime X-men adaption or the New Prince of Tennis. Despite this I don’t have very high hopes for this as it likely won’t be anything of note even if it goes for the impending apocalypse scenario.

Blend S


Studio: A1 Pictures
Director:: Ryouji Masuyama
Script/Series composer: Gou Zappa
Source: Manga
The story centers on a girl named Maika who gets a job at a cafe where all the waitresses are given certain attributes — such as “tsundere” or “little sister” — to embody while serving customers. The manager asks Maika to be the “Do S” (extreme sadist) waitress, so she will have to adopt a dominant and aggressive persona.

Comedy in manga has always been a thing I don’t find funny. There are of course exceptions, like Kagura Wants to be Confessed To or the fantastic Grand Blue. However despite not often finding comedy funny in manga I get the feeling this manga here just isn’t really funny. The main joke here is that this girl needs to pretend to be a sadist for her job but always feels guilty about it. However she always ends up playing a perfect sadist by complete accident. It’s just very one note and isn’t helped by having a manager character who is just dreadfully obnoxious. His thing is getting nosebleeds and constantly asking out the main character. Director is a newbie and the series composer’s latest work is Tenshi no 3P! So I am fairly certain this show is just not worth your time.

Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken


Studio: diomedea
Director:: Nobuyoshi Nagayama
Script/Series composer: Hideki Shirane
Source: Manga
With nothing left to lose, ordinary high school student Haruka Shinozaki confesses to beautiful, diligent class representative Akiho Kousaka and to his surprise she accepts. Kousaka takes dating as seriously as she does everything else, but does not quite get it. She pragmatically suggests activities that are too sexual.

Again my crippling inability to appreciate Japanese comedy appears to affect whatever enjoyment I could have gotten from this story, but even then this is about as lowbrow as it gets. The title basically translates to “My Girlfriend is a Faithful Virgin Bitch” and mainly deals in sex jokes. So many sex jokes. The comedy boils down to Subject A making a comment and Subject B turning that comment into a sex joke. Such as the guy commenting about how it looks nice outside and the girl stating that it’s too early in their relationship to consider exhibitionism. That’s basically all that’s here. There isn’t really a plot nor does it go anywhere. Might be some people’s cup of tea but for myself I think there are better shows to spend time on.

Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi


Studio: MSC
Director:: Hideyo Yamamoto
Script/Series composer: Sayaka Harada
Source: Visual Novel
Restricted to an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of London in fulfillment of a promise to her father, lonely Cardia lives day to day isolated from the world. Her body carries a deadly poison that rots or melts anything her skin touches, prompting the locals to call her a “monster.”
One day, her quiet solitude is interrupted as the Royal Guards break in to capture her. It is then that Cardia meets Arsène Lupin, a chivalrous thief, who helps her escape the soldiers’ clutches. She soon finds herself on a journey with Lupin to locate her father, who holds the answers to her mysterious condition.

Oh no, an Otome game adaptation. No offense meant but from all the time doing these previews I have yet to encounter one good Otome game adaptation. Maybe that Free Running one was the closest to passable but most of these things turn out pretty terrible. This doesn’t mean that the game itself is terrible as I don’t know but these kinds of games generally receive poor adaptations. Director has previously done Strike the Blood and the New Prince of Tennis. Series Composter has pretty much nothing of worth as her most recent work is Konbini Kareshi which was mediocre at best. Seeing as this is a lower tier studio and has lacking staff, I don’t see how this could turn out well. I mean by all means surprise me but I certainly won’t be holding my breath.

Dia Horizon


Studio: Fanworks
Director:: Haruki Kasugamori
Script/Series composer: Yuuki Takabayashi
Source: Multimedia Project
We met and shared one death in two lives – What’s beyond the end of the horizon? Death… hope… freedom… … A girl has born with the secret to the end. She… is not allowed to live freely. “Freedom” was just a word she yearns for. She lived in a closed and narrow world. Her life is chosen by someone. Therefore, she thought, if the God only gives me scenario with no freedom, I want to share the “death” with you, not that “someone”. I want to give the half of destiny to her, even if I have to share the “death” with her.

A multimedia project by Square Enix and my opinion on this is much the same for any multimedia project. If you are going to make an anime then make an anime. If you are making a game then make a game. Don’t attempt to make everything at once because that is a jack of all trades, master of none situation. It’s attempting to make a franchise out of something which hasn’t even taken off yet. So that description up there tells me absolutely nothing about the story and the PV is no more helpful but I am willing to bank on this being some sort of Granblue Fantasy competitor. Considering how the anime for that one turned out I think it’s a safe bet this will be rather generic. It’s just an advertisement for some mobile game or something and I feel like we could be taking the money being thrown into this and putting it to better use. Here’s a freebie Square, how’s about instead of a stage play, we get Yoko Taro to write up an anime. Regardless of whether it’s Nier related or not you can bet that’s something I would pay to see.

Dynamic Chord


Studio: Studio Pierrot
Director:: Shigenori Kageyama
Script/Series composer: Shigenori Kageyama
Source: Video Game
The project follows the musical careers and personal lives of several bands under the “Dynamic Chord” agency and music label.

This is by Studio Pierrot so don’t expect the animation to be anything stellar, and despite that description it’s actually an Otome game. Again I say that does not bode well. Plus we have one guy acting as Director and writer whose portfolio doesn’t seem to have a single good thing in it. Queen’s Blade along with hentai. Yeah, I just don’t see this being worthwhile.

Evil or Live


Studio: Haoliners
Director:: Dongyi
Script/Series composer: N/A
Source: Web Manhua
In the current youth, a certain disease started to spread among young boys and girls. Loneliness, rebellion, avoiding friends. In addition, they obsess over the internet and other electronic devices, unable to avoid them. Experts call this disease ‘net addiction’. And there is an rehabilitation center built with the wish to ‘lead young people back on the right path’, but for one of the residents called Hibiki, the facility is more of a prison than rehabilitation. Will Hibiki be able to escape his desperate hell, where they do not forgive you for leaving?

Mario: It’s becoming a cruel recurring joke now that everything our Chinese neighbor Haoliners touches will turn into crap. Evil or Live doesn’t seem to break that trend as like its predecessors, it has a mildly intriguing concept but terrible execution. The premise leans heavily on societal commentary (but seriously: a disease called ‘net addiction’? Way too blatant here), although I think it only serves as a backdrop and not something they will dig deeper into. The PV doesn’t look good with plain character designs and average production quality. I don’t think it’s worth our time but of course, nothing’s set in stone until we see the first episode. I do appreciate the work the Chinese animation studios have been doing lately to bring their shows to the Japanese markets and our attention, but really I would’ve prefered much more if Korean animation and their manhwa got adapted instead. There are many much better manhwa out there to choose from than these mediocre Manhua sources.

Imouto sae Ireba Ii.


Studio: Silver Link
Director:: Shin Oonuma
Script/Series composer: Yomi Harasaka
Source: Light Novel
This is the story about the daily life of a young siscon novelist, Itsuki Hashima with his perfect little sister Chihiro, the genius illustrator Nayuta Kani, his best friend Shirakawa Kyoto and some insane partners from his publishers.

YOU MANIAC! YOU BLEW IT UP! AH, DAMN YOU! GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!… Well you loved EroManga Sensei right? Anime is Trash and so am I, hahaha. Well look, here it is again. From the author of Haganai we have something that’s just as terrible. The main character of this show is just awful in every regard. Comedy is the pits, the story is absurd… we don’t need this now. Look, just take my word for it and don’t subject yourself to this. It’s not worth it. Not even to laugh at. Let it stay in the trash where it belongs.

Infini-T Force


Studio: Tatsunoko Productions
Director:: Kiyotaka Suzuki
Script/Series composer: Toshiya Ono
Source: Manga
The story of the original manga begins when a girl named Emi uses a pencil that can grant any wish. Emi gets caught up in the robbery of a convenience store, and her life is in danger. She uses the pencil to wish for a “hero that will save everyone.” Four heroes appear in response to Emi’s wish to change the course of the future. The anime will have a different story from the original manga.

There is no translated version of the manga to my knowledge but it seems that doesn’t matter as this plans to go anime original. It’s the Director’s first time in the seat, though he is set to direct the upcoming sequel to FLCL so this could be a preview of what he can do. Series composer is working on two shows this season, the other being Houseki no Kuni. He’s previously worked on the Second season of Ao no Exorcist and Gatchaman Crowds, though he also worked on the rather lackluster Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider. I can’t say I have much interest in this one as it seems to be a more traditional Sentai work from looking at the studio and what looks to be the inclusion of Gatchamen. If you are a fan of these kinds of works it could be for you but otherwise I think most will pass on it.

Konohana Kitan


Studio: Lerche
Director:: Hideki Okamoto
Script/Series composer: Takao Yoshioka
Source: Manga
The story is set in Kokohana-tei, a hot spring hotel located in an inn town between our world and the other world, where many people go to visit. The story portrays the lives of fox spirits, who take the form of girls and work at the hotel.

Cute girls run a hot spring resort and this had better not be getting a bigger budget than Kino, Lerche. Not much to say on this one as it pretty much is hijinks with cute fox girls. Not my thing personally but someone might get a kick out of it.

Ousama Game The Animation


Studio: Seven
Director:: Tokihiro Sasaki
Script/Series composer: Kenji Konuta
Source: Novel
Nobuaki Kanazawa, who transferred to a high school far away, is afraid of getting intimate with his new classmates because of the events that happened from his previous school. This led him to shut his heart. However, he starts to open up during the sports festival’s class relay. He and all his classmates received an email from “Ousama.” At first, his classmates didn’t take what they were told seriously, thinking it’s just a joke, but Nobuaki, the only one who knows the real meaning of it, fights against the “death” game that will soon begin…

Normally I would rejoice at seeing a horror anime in a seasonal lineup, as within the world of anime, horror is a rather rare occurrence. Sure you may have series with horror as a subgenre but there are stark few genuine horror series. So while I can confirm that Ousama Game is a horror focused story, sadly I cannot be too happy about it. For you see Ousama Game was originally a cell phone novel, which in terms of writing and storytelling quality is about maybe a slight bit above fan fiction. The best comparison I can make to this series would be the anime “Another” as the two do share a number of similarities. But again I would consider it a step down as Ousama Game is like those B grade slasher films that are watchable but well…not particularly good. Personally I would have prefered to see the prequel of this series animated, as while that was also not that great it was at least a little more interesting in execution. This is likely to catch people’s attention at first but eventually the paper thin characters might wear on people. I can tell you that the final payoff is really not worth it. To top it off the Director is a new face and the series composer really hasn’t worked on anything of note. While I normally don’t bring studios into things, this studio has mainly worked on shorts series and well…genuine porn. On the positive side of things this is a completed story, and while I reaffirm that it’s not well written it still at least could make for something mildly enjoyable.

Robomasters The Animated Series


Studio: DandeLion Animation Studio LLC
Director:: Yasutaka Yamamoto
Script/Series composer: Kenichi Yamashita
Source: Original
Anime based on the DJI-hosted RoboMasters competition, which is the world’s biggest student robotics competition. The series will depict college students as they prepare and participate in a RoboMasters tournament.

Over in Europe here we have a little show called Robot Wars and this looks to be Robot Wars: the anime. Director worked on Jitsu wa Watashi wa, Servant x Service and Shinryaku? Ika Musume. Scriptwriter also worked on Jitsu wa Watashi wa and a bunch of shows I am certain you wouldn’t really care about. I appreciate this series going with college students over high school students but other than that I don’t expect much from this series. It’s really more of an advertisement for the event itself and as such I feel building a good story is likely secondary on the agenda.

Sengoku Night Blood


Studio: TYPHOON GRAPHICS
Director:: Katsuya Kikuchi
Script/Series composer: Yuuko Kakihara
Source: Visual Novel
Set in the flourish world of Jinga that was formerly a prosperous and peaceful realm, the female protagonist is deemed to be the key to bring back order and to rule this world. Chaos started when people, specifically soldiers, who has special powers like turning into a vampire and a manwolf, called the Getsugazoku, fight for their land. These soldiers of different species would put their life on the line and fight as they follow their own thoughts and ideals. Until one day, she was called by a mysterious lady named “Hime Miko” due to the protagonist’s blood bearing a mysterious power to give strength, healing, and to awake Jingazoku’s real form. This is a story of love and war that she must not miss in order to rule the world.

Look, an anime based around the Sengoku period of Japan. Boy I have only seen that done twenty times before and it’s likely been done more times than that. Truth be told I had to check whether this was some sort of sequel because the title Sengoku is rather common in these works. Plus with the bishounen characters I already think this is another one for the fujoshi fans. While the plot summary appears to be trying I think that will fall apart fast once the boys are on screen. We already had Ufotable provide one of these so this is likely going to feel like a lesser version. Plus it’s an Otome game so yes…not looking good here. But anyway the Director only worked on Oushitsu Kyouushi Heine and Idol Memories besides this. Series composer did the second season of Chihayafuru and Tsuki ga Kirei but other that that I don’t see anything else notable. I guess if you liked Katsugeki Touken Ranbu last season then this might take your fancy. I meanwhile will pass.

The Idolm@ster SideM


Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director:: N/A
Script/Series composer: Yuniko Ayana/ Yukie Sugawara
Source: Mobile Game
Based on the Idom@ster SideM app.

Idolmaster with guys, I guess that’s something that some people wanted. To be perfectly blunt I don’t quite see how these male idol shows are proving very profitable for everyone to jump on the bandwagon. At least with female idol shows I can somewhat get with shows like Love Live and Idolmaster which are fairly decent. But male idol shows just seem to be at a far lower bar.

TsukiPro The Animation


Studio: PRA
Director:: Juria Matsumura
Script/Series composer: Reiko Yoshida
Source: Original
The music anime will follow the daily lives and associated drama of four of TsukiPro’s very unique groups — SolidS, Quell, SOARA, and Growth.

I could swear I covered this show already in another season, but perhaps these male idol shows just blend into one another so I just can’t tell the difference between them anymore. Is it okay if I just write this one off? I mean I don’t care and I am fairly certain you don’t care either. Even if you are a fan of these kinds of shows this one looks to be a low effort.

Two Car


Studio: SILVER LINK.
Director:: Masafumi Tamura
Script/Series composer: Katsuhiko Takayama
Source: Original
The anime is set on Miyake Island, a small and sparsely populated island south of Tokyo, but still lies within the boundaries of the Tokyo Metropolis. The main characters are Yuri Miyata and Megumi Meguro. Yuri is the girlish, cool-headed, and slender driver who works the accelerator and brake, and whose household runs a guesthouse. Megumi is the boyish, impulsive, and glamorous passenger who uses acrobatic skills and body weight to handle the corner work, and whose household runs an inn. Both are students at the Tokyo Metropolitan Miyake Girls High School. While they are the complete opposites of each other, and often butt heads, they compliment each other well during races.
The team will fight other motorcycle sidecar teams from all over Japan, each with their own opposing traits, such as honor student and working student, sadist and masochist, and a funny man and straight man.

WIth the all female cast this looks to be Yuri undertones on motorcycles. Director only previously directed Ange Vierge, a card game show with an all female cast which was pretty terrible. Series composer fairs a bit better with Gai Rei Zero, Ef and Baka to Test, but has a large number of terrible shows like Big Order, Triage X and Aldnoah Zero. His most recent work is Sakurada Reset. With this staff and premise I can’t really see this being that worthwhile and I particularly don’t like the sound of the other teams having their own gimmick in characterization. I would be willing to give it a chance for the racing aspect but I don’t hold high hopes.

UQ Holder! Mahou Sensei Negima! 2


Studio: J.C.Staff
Director:: Youhei Suzuki
Script/Series composer: Shogo Yasukawa
Source: Manga
In the decade since the world became aware of the existence of magic, the world has undergone massive upheaval. However, a boy named Touta lives in seclusion in a rural town far removed from these changes. His ordinary life is highlighted by his magic-using female teacher and his supportive friends. When his tranquil daily life is disrupted, he embarks on a unique adventure.

This is a very weird one. Four score and seven years ago or so I read the Negima manga and it was an odd one. Starting off as a rather bad harem manga, over the course of the series it evolved into a fairly decent shounen battle manga. Fanservice aside I actually enjoyed it a bit up until its sudden ending that resolves very little. That’s where UQ Holder comes in, as at first it acted as a brand new story within the Negima universe, but then turned into a sequel as older characters were reintroduced. But what makes this a difficult adaption is that the Negima manga was never fully adapted. Two of its anime adaptations stopped before it became a shounen battle manga and the only parts of that side of the manga were adapted into a couple of shoddy OVAs. Considering the appeal of this story is its connections to Negima I don’t see new viewers getting much out of it. Even then as someone who has read the manga I can say this story isn’t anything special, as the only time it becomes worth reading is when it refers its predecessor. As such this show is for big Negima fans only and as for the rest of us it would be better to just pass this show by.

Series I am middling on

Black Clover


Studio: Studio Pierrot
Director:: Tatsuya Yoshihara
Script/Series composer: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Source: Manga
In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. At the age of fifteen, both receive grimoires, magic books that amplify their holder’s magic. Asta’s is a rare Grimoire of Anti-Magic that negates and repels his opponent’s spells. Being opposite but good rivals, Yuno and Asta are ready for the hardest of challenges to achieve their common dream: to be the Wizard King. Giving up is never an option!

Gah! Not Studio Pierrot. Sigh…I was worried about this. Anyway I read the manga of this and it looks like we have our standard shounen of the season. If you watch the likes of Boku no Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece, Seven Deadly Sins and others like them then this is very much in the same vein. However I will say that from what I read of the manga this is one of the better executed ones. It’s nothing new or groundbreaking but it is entertaining and I found myself reading up to chapter twenty before stopping myself. This could turn out to be a worthwhile shounen series…provided that Studio Pierrot doesn’t screw it up again. I know that studios themselves aren’t really the determining factor on the quality of a show but this studio has managed to butcher some promising titles before. We have the Director of Monster Musume, Long Riders and Yoru no Yatterman. The series composer is stretched thin here are they are working on three shows in this season (the others being White Fox’s Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou and Net-juu no Susume), so I think he won’t be giving this his full attention. The main character of this series could turn out annoying in animated form but if Pierrot could just stay faithful to the source and not try to turn this into another Naruto then this could be fun to watch.

Dies irae


Studio: ACGT
Director:: Susumu Kudou
Script/Series composer: Takashi Masada
Source: Visual Novel
The story features an alternate history of World War II. On May 1, 1945 in Berlin, as the Red Army raises the Soviet flag over the Reichskanzlei, a group of Nazi officers conduct a ritual. For them, the slaughter in the city is nothing but the perfect ritual sacrifice in order to bring back the Order of the 13 Lances, a group of supermen whose coming would bring the world’s destruction. Years later, no one knows if this group of officers succeeded, or whether they lived or died. Few know of their existence, and even those who knew began to pass away as the decades passed.
Now in December in the present day in Suwahara City, Ren Fujii spends his days at the hospital. It has been 2 months since the incident that brought him to the hospital: a fight with his friend Shirou Yusa where they almost tried to kill each other. He tries to value what he has left to him, but every night he sees the same dream: A guillotine. Murderers who hunt people, and the black clothed knights who pursue the murderers. He is desperate to return to his normal, everyday life, but even now he hears Shirou’s words: “Everyone who remains in this city eventually loses their minds.”

Fairly recently I played the original source for this work and found it to be an interesting but rather flawed story. As such I don’t find myself all that excited for its anime adaption though I am curious as to how they will handle it. With the right hand an animated adaption could very well help remove some of my issues with the original source material, such as the intrusive writer’s prose in action sequences. However this is a story that very much rides on the rule of cool and if the anime adaption cannot capture that then this entire story will fall flat on its face. The story itself could be described as the epitome of chuuni entertainment. This my friends is the kind of entertainment that chuunibyou characters would froth at the mouth for. As such it’s the kind of entertainment that not everyone will go for. The Director of the series doesn’t give much confidence as he previously worked on the Mardock Scramble movies, the K series and the fourth Ghost in the shell Arise OVA. Surprisingly enough the series composer for this series happens to be the original creator and while it is good to see he’s handling the story directly, anime and visual novels are very different mediums. The studio isn’t all that impressive either from an animation standpoint but hopefully they can pull through for the large number of action scenes in this story. So if you are a fan of Hellsing and Fate/Stay Night who would be interested in seeing a battle royale between superpowered Nazis with banter over the futility of existence then this just might be the show for you.

Houseki no Kuni


Studio: Orange
Director:: Takahiko Kyougoku
Script/Series composer: Toshiya Ono
Source: Manga
In the distant future, a new life form called Houseki (gems) are born. The 28 Houseki must fight against the moon dwellers who want to attack them and turn them into decorations, thus each gem is assigned a role such as a fighter or a medic. Though he hopes to fight the moon dwellers, Phos is a gem who is given no assignment until the gems’ master Adamantine asks him to edit a natural history magazine.

I guess it’s another Madoka? Truth be told I find myself at a loss to evaluate this, as when I try to read the manga it just disengages me immediately. I don’t know if it’s the artstyle or something but I just can’t get into this story. It might be because of the lack of background art in the manga which makes it feel like the characters are in a white void all the time. I try but I just can’t connect to the characters and really can’t follow what exactly is going on. This may be one that gains new value once given an animated makeover, but as I see it now I find it just confusing and dull. We have the Director of Gate and Love Live alongside the series composer of Ao no Exorcist season 2 and Gatchaman Crowds. I believe he is working on two shows this season with the other being Infini-T Force. It would be best to reserve judgement on this one until the first episode airs, as the story does seem to be trying something unique that doesn’t quite work in manga form. Perhaps this will blossom into something worthwhile, but at least it will be a strange oddity.

Just Because!


Studio: Pine Jam
Director:: Atsushi Kobayashi
Script/Series composer: Hajime Kamoshida
Source: Original
At the end of the second semester of third year of high school, four students are prepared for graduation and feel the ending to their high school life. But that changes a little with the arrival of a transfer student.

This is the Director’s first work and the scriptwriter seems to be the original creator of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. Other than that he worked on a couple of episodes on Gundam Orphans, M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane and Wixoss. The studio is fairly new as well, with one of their only other works being Gamers from the Summer season. Not sure what we could get here and usually school slice of life doesn’t take my fancy. However if I had to guess based on the PV and staff this looks to be going more in the direction of love triangles and drama. This seems to be one where we don’t know what we are getting until we have got it. So judgment is reserved until the first episode drops.

Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau


Studio: J.C. Staff
Director:: Kyouhei Ishiguro
Script/Series composer: Michiko Yokote
Source: Manga
Chakuro is the 14-year-old archivist of the Mud Whale, a nigh-utopian island that floats across the surface of an endless sea of sand. Nine in ten of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale have been blessed and cursed with the ability to use saimia, special powers that doom them to an early death.
Chakuro and his friends have stumbled across other islands, but they have never met, seen, or even heard of a human who wasn’t from their own. One day, Chakuro visits an island as large as the Mud Whale and meets a girl who will change his destiny.

If you are a fan of Made in Abyss’s world building then this should be right up your alley. I don’t think it will rival it but nonetheless this is a rather interesting concept. But there is a big problem, this one’s got the Director of Occultic;Nine on it and truly the direction of that series was a nightmare. Well yes he also directed Your lie in April, so maybe he’s not completely hopeless. Series composer has quite a lot of experience though her more recent works were Masamune-kun no Revenge and Re-Life. Though she seems to have worked on Naruto and Gintama too. In the right hands this could turn into an interesting gem of the season.

Net-juu no Susume


Studio: Signal.MD
Director:: N/A
Script/Series composer: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Source: Web Manga
Moriko Morioka is a 30-year-old single NEET woman. After dropping out from reality, she has taken off in search for a fulfilling life and ended up in a net game or “netoge.” In the netoge world, she began her new life as a refreshing and handsome character named Hayashi. While starting out as a beginner, a pretty character named Lily reached out to help her. Meanwhile, in the real world, awaits a shocking encounter with a good-looking elite company employee, a mysterious blue-eyed blonde.

The web manga didn’t really give me much of an idea of what to expect as it was mainly this NEET woman getting into the online game. Overall it seems to be about two people playing opposite their genders in an online game and somehow falling for each other. The premise does at least hold some interest and it’s nice to see a female NEET lead, though I hope it doesn’t go about glorifying the NEET lifestyle. Only the scriptwriter featured on this one and they are also working on Black Clover and Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou this season. He has a number of decent works in his CV like the Hajime no Ippo sequels, episodes of Jojo seasons 2 and 3 and Ben-to. Studio hasn’t done much either besides Napping Princess and Atom the Beginning. Provided they don’t make use of shoujo humor and handle the romance with care this could turn into something watchable.

Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte Kara


Studio: Creators in Pack
Director:: N/A
Script/Series composer: N/A
Source: Web Manga
The “slightly sweet tipsy couple comedy” anime centers on the 28-year-old senior public relations company staff member Chisato Mizusawa. The story follows Chisato’s daily life as she enjoys her husband Sora’s cocktails. Chisato has secrets that only her husband knows.

Despite the rather depressing sounding English title being “Alcohol is for Married Couples” this series is fairly lighthearted. We have the type of anime we call food porn and in this case this show would be considered drink porn. The premise is just about a husband mixing drinks up to give to his normally uptight wife who becomes more honest and easygoing after she gets drunk. The manga even tells you how to mix up the drinks yourself and chances are the episodes of this anime will feature a “Do it yourself” section. That’s about it really. Could be a decent time waster and educational tool for college parties but nothing too memorable.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou


Studio: White Fox
Director:: takaharu Ozaki
Script/Series composer: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Source: Manga
Civilization is dead, but Chito and Yuuri are still alive. So they hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and aimlessly wander the ruins of the world they once knew. Day after hopeless day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their ride. But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine in it, whether they’re sucking down their fill of soup or hunting for machine parts to tinker with. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences and feelings the two share give them something to live for…

I am beginning to think that we need a new term for these shows that look cutesy but have really dark themes. Maybe dark Moe? Well in this case I wouldn’t be looking for much on the dark side of things. While the setting is very heavy with death and destruction, our two protagonists often just approach things with the attitude like this was a day at the park. My feelings on the story are a little mixed as while I do like a depressing scenario, the protagonists treat it with a large degree of apathy. Director is brand new as he mainly directed photography in other works and the Persona 5 animation. Series composer has a number of decent works in his CV like the Hajime no Ippo sequels, episodes of Jojo seasons 2 and 3 and Ben-to but is also working on two other shows this season. I would say with White Fox’s hand this show could turn out to be pretty decent but I still wish they were working on a second season of Re:Zero instead. And yes, I will not shut up about that because how else am I to see Echidna in glorious animated form?

Urahara


Studio: Shirogumi
Director:: Masatsugu Arakawa
Script/Series composer: Natsuko Takahashi
Source: Original
Three high school girls are putting together a limited-time shop called “PARK” in Japan’s Harajuku. One day, aliens come to Earth with the intent to steal the famed district’s culture. At the same time, a mysterious girl appears. The three girls band together to defeat the alien threat and protect their beloved Harajuku.

I feel the artstyle and animation of the PV is a little rough though the idea seems somewhat interesting. Director is a complete newbie though, and has only directed a small 13 minute short. Series composer has a lot more under her belt but it’s such a mishmash of good and bad that it’s hard to know how she will go with this. Being an original show with a decent idea I am willing to give this a chance. But it does feel like this rather new studio may be biting off more than they can chew. Hopefully it works out for them but we can only tell when the first episode airs.

VANISHING LINE


Studio: MAPPA
Director:: Park Seong-Hu
Script/Series composer: Kiyoko Yoshimura
Source: Original
In a prosperous city named Russell City, an omen that threatens to shake its world begins to move within it. A man named Sword is the first to hear the first stirrings of the plot, and throws himself into a shadow war in order to expose it. His only clue is the key word “El Dorado.” He meets Sophie, a woman searching for her missing older brother who has only left her with the same words: “El Dorado.” With Sword having also lost his younger sister in the past, both are drawn together by the words, and work together to find out its meaning.

I remember hearing about this and was interested up until I heard it was related to the Garo franchise. The previous Garo work I watched didn’t really catch me as it felt very much like a traditional tokusatsu show, which isn’t to my tastes. The animation and art in the PV however does look quite impressive. The Director is a newbie and the scriptwriter hasn’t really worked on anything I would consider worthwhile. I say if you liked the previous Garo anime this might be for you, and it could be interesting to non-Garo fans as well depending on the execution.

3-gatsu no Lion 2


Studio: Shaft
Director:: Akiyuki Shinbo
Script/Series composer: N/A
Source: Manga
The second season of 3-gatsu no Lion.

Mario: You bet I will return to 3-gatsu, as it still remains one of the best character-piece series in the past few years. It’s pretty telling that my coverage of 3-gatsu feels more like me writing a personal diary to the show, rather than reviewing it. It has that intimate feeling that no other show can quite reach. Some might have a problem with Shaft adapting it, but let me just say that they do a pretty damn good job at restraining themselves and staying faithful to the source material. Too faithful in fact, to the point that sometimes I really want them to speed things up a bit. If nothing goes wrong the same staff members would be in charge, so on that front I have no real worry. The next arc of 3-gatsu that focuses on the 3 sisters (especially Hina) will prove to be an emotional ride, and I can’t wait to spend more time with its lovely cast, the shogi matches and Rei’s progression.

Kekkai Sensen & Beyond


Studio: Bones
Director:: Shigehito Takayanagi
Script/Series composer: Yasuko Kamo
Source: Manga
Second season of Kekkai Sensen.

Mario: I know most people have a lukewarm reaction towards the first season, especially with the double-length ending that took so long to release and didn’t end up justifying the whole series. I believe it was a matter of momentum. I fell behind after a few episodes of BBB during its airing and picked up only when I heard about the releasing of the last episode. When I binged through the show my investment kept building for the climax and the show ended up in my top 5 of that year. I really have a feeling that if people didn’t have to wait for 3 plus months for a finale they would have enjoyed this show far better. It’s Bones who blew their chance so they have no one else to blame if that is the case. Back to this season, one noticeable bit of news is that Rie Matsumoto won’t be back to direct this (and I heard she’s busy directing other shows, sounds good to me), which for BBB:B is not a welcome sign. Bones is still the studio behind the show, though, and Bones is one of the most consistent anime studios right now. The story might follow the manga more closely than the first season, which for my money will focus more Leonardo and his sister. If you enjoyed the first season you can’t go wrong here, and for those who haven’t checked it out but like an intriguing setting with heaps of over-the-top, fun-to-follow characters, look no further than this.

Series I do look forward to

Inuyashiki


Studio: MAPPA
Director:: Shuhei Yabuta
Script/Series composer: Hiroshi Seko
Source: Manga
Inuyashiki has a family, a wife and two kids, none of which care about him. When he learns that he has only three months to live, he realizes that the only one who will miss him is his dog. Shortly after this realization, he is killed in a crash landing by aliens. He is rebuilt by them as a machine with a human exterior. How will his life change now that he isn’t human?

This manga is by the author of Gantz as you would see by the artstyle. That might give you an idea of what to expect. This is sort of a superhero tale about an older-looking man who happens to be turned into a machine. I rather like that our protagonist this time is a man in his senior years and the story generally is in a moral grey area with plenty of dark aspects and gore. The PV’s are looking very promising and it could very well turn into a hit of the season. Maybe even an overseas hit. I generally lost interest in the manga as it continued but with an animated adaption this story could take on brand new life. We have the Director behind Rage of Bahamut’s two seasons and Tiger and Bunny. Series composer is a bit spotty as he worked on Resonance of Terror, Seraph of the End and Empire of Corpses. Though he also worked on a lot of Attack on Titan episodes and did the series composition for Mob Psycho 100 and Ajin. I recommend checking this one out.

Juuni Taisen


Studio: Graphinica
Director:: Naoto Hosoda
Script/Series composer: Sadayuki Murai
Source: Light Novel
12 warriors who are burdened with the names of the 12 Chinese Zodiac members fight with each other’s lives and pride at stake, all to grant just one wish.

Well well, I was ready to write this one off fast until I noticed who penned the light novel. This work comes to us from Nisio Isin, otherwise known as the author of the Bakemonogatari series and its numerous sequels and spinoffs. The PV also looks rather impressive, though the action packed focus is something rather different for NisiOisiN’s rather talkative works. I am rather mixed on his works as a whole because he can have interesting ideas but some terrible execution. We have two cours for this show and the Director of Hataraku Maou-sama and Mirai Nikki. Series composer worked on Knights of Sidonia, Cowboy Bebop, Perfect Blue, Kino’s Journey and Natsume Yuujinchou’s sequels. Given his track record, this series could actually turn out to be something rather interesting indeed. I will keep an eye on this one and perhaps we could have something special.

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World – the Animated Series


Studio: Lerche
Director:: Tomohisa Taguchi
Script/Series composer: Yukie Sugawara
Source: Light Novel
The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.

Without a doubt my most anticipated title of the Fall anime season. I adore the original 2003 adaption of Kino’s Journey and I have read some of the novels. This is a title I have been dying for a new season of, although from the looks of it this appears to be a full remake, hopefully with two cours. Now this story is an odd one as it serves more as a series of parables that serve to make you think. For example, what would happen if everyone could read minds, or lived in a country where murder is legal? Kino remains an observer as she travels to each country with its own strange quirk and how that has changed it. It’s a really thoughtful series and bound to give me much material to work with as I cover it for this season. No way I am passing up covering this. This receives my highest recommendation based on the source material alone but there are some reservations about the staff. The Director has mainly worked on the second and fourth Persona 3 movies, Twin Star Exorcists and the Persona 4 The Golden Animation. While the Persona 3 movies were fine, I believe this would be better handed off to someone more experienced. The series composer is a bit of red flag as well, as her main works are Overlord and Hina Logi: From Luck and Logic, and she did scripts for episodes of Sword Art Online’s two seasons, Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and Mahouka. The original writer is also on the staff so I hope he has greater creative control over the show than these two do. I do find the studio trustworthy as well, as Lerche have done a great job in the past. It doesn’t need to be an animated visual powerhouse just so long as it can capture the spirit of the books. There is a preview of the first episode on October 1st, so we could get an idea of how this may turn out with that. If they can do that then this is an automatic winner of the season for me.

Mahoutsukai no Yome


Studio: Wit Studio
Director:: Norihiro Naganuma
Script/Series composer: Norihiro Naganuma
Source: Manga
Chise Hatori has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again.

Definitely something to keep an eye on this season. There is a chance the first few episodes are the OVA repackaged as a series but this story is one of the most unique of the season. I particularly like that it takes more inspiration from celtic folklore, and if I had to make a comparison I guess it’s like the beginnings of Howl’s Moving Castle. A girl is taken in by a mysterious individual and slowly gets involved with a strange and wonderful world of magic. Director directed the OVA and the Blood-C film and the series composer is new with not much on his resume. While Kino is my most recommended of the shows this season, this series makes for a close second.

22 Responses

  1. nodbgp says:

    I’m looking forward to many of the sequels, specially Hoozuki no Reitetsu, shame none of you guys seem to like it. Was really surprised hearing that Kino was getting a remake, it was one the first anime that I’ve watched and the one that showed me that the medium didn’t revolve around action and harem shows only.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      It’s not that we(Or in this case, I) don’t like them. I just don’t care about them because I haven’t watched the predecessors and can’t provide much commentary besides “If you liked the first season then by all means continue.” These things take quite a while to write up so I need to lighten the workload a bit.

    • SuperWooper says:

      I watched and enjoyed the first season of Hoozuki, and plan to follow the second season as well, even if I don’t cover it here. The change in studios from Wit to Deen is a bit of a concern, but Deen have done some good work in the last couple years, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

  2. Niello says:

    Please don’t skip over Houseki no Kuni. it’s a gem of a manga whose crimes lie in getting published in an obscure magazine and the fact that mangas come in black and white. I really don’t get it when people say the story is confusing, in truth it is rather straight forward. I suppose the setting is somewhat abstract and that might turn off some people because it’s outside what they are familiar with. The story is actually quite unique, and focuses on character explorations with a little touch of mystery focused on unveiling how everything came to be.

    That said, the anime will likely only cover what is equivalent to the prologue, where the main subject of interest is setting up the story by getting the audience accustom to the setting. It is also likely a better way to experience this because of the colours and clarity in the events that unfold, in the scenario of a competent direction. Admittedly the manga art doesn’t do the best job at telling the audience what it’s conveying

    • Niello says:

      Btw, it is also interesting that you used the image of the PV for the manga that came out years ago and not a screenshot of what is from the anime. I’d like to recommend that you look up the OP music video for the anime if you haven’t already.

      • SuperMario SuperMario says:

        Is it? I just chose the image that caught my attention the most. You bet I’m interested to see how Houseki turns out as well. I heard that the anime will use CG character designs in an 2D background, which admittedly doesn’t sound that promising but it’s rather fitting with them being gems.

        • Niello says:

          The moment I heard it was CG my heart sinked, especially after I recently experienced a case of irredeemably disappointing manga adaptation. A few PVs later, I got hyped. The CG is one of the best I have seen for a TV anime so far. Plus, despite being mainly CG they seem to be using 2D for more than just backgrounds. What worries me more is the directing. From what has been show, I have the feeling that they are trying to overly dramatise certain scenes, which I’m not sure will do the tone a favour.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      I plan on giving the anime a try at least. I hit a similar situation with Made in Abyss where the manga didn’t really catch my attention, yet the anime is my favorite of the season. I do feel like there is something interesting going on in Houseki no Kuni but I just can’t quite get into it. A change of format may remedy that.

  3. Jedman says:

    Aldnoah zero a ‘terrible show’ think you must have made a typo there.

  4. Puran says:

    Ugh, I don’t know what to feel about a new Kino no Tabi.

    I really love the original series, but what made that special was more than the (excellent) stories. I thought it had great direction and mood, kind of a weird but fitting art style (those over-exposed shots looked great), kino being mostly expressionless was a weird but appropriate choice and I really loved the music.

    The PVs for the new one look really generic. Which would not be a huge issue if we were getting new material, but if it’s going to retell the same stories, I fail to see how it can improve on the original series.

    Bah, whatever, I’ll watch it anyway.

  5. Jedman says:

    Think you could do a season follow up article maybe after you’ve watched the shows? Just seeing if they matched your expectations or not.

    Would make it convenient when deciding what shows are worth watching if you don’t get round to it till later.

    I know a lot of shows sound good in the predictions but turn out too be disappointing over all.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      Sounds good on paper but these posts take time. Doing a write up on all the shows to report how they turned out would require me keeping up with a lot of the season and could only write it up when the season ends. But by that point I should be working on the next preview.

    • SuperWooper says:

      I’d be interested in doing a round-up post after every season, where each of the writers list and discuss their top three shows or something. It’s not as comprehensive as what you’re proposing, but it does supply our readers with a few different perspectives on what’s worth watching.

      For this particular season, though, I have to imagine that the bulk of our extra work will go toward the 2017 yearly summary.

      • SuperMario SuperMario says:

        It’s not a bad idea and I don’t mind doing the round-up post, only thing is more work for us writers, which some of us might haven’t had the time to.

        @Jedman: I think it’s better to do a follow up post to see if OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS turn out to be right or wrong. For the last season alone My feeling towards shows like Classroom of the Elite or Ballroom remain the same after the first episode, whereas I was off on Gamers and Altair for example. Like Aidan said it’d take a huge chunk of efforts though but it’s interesting to note how our expectation can match the actual quality nonetheless

      • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

        I suppose that could work. Sort of a writers afterword on the season. Though easier said than done. We could give it a shot next season, or depending on this season we could try it at the end of this one.

  6. Jedman says:

    Just a brief summary of how your hot picks turned out, or if you ended up watching anything else good.

    I don’t really follow anime on an episodic basis. Il wait till the end before I decide to watch it, mainly because I have such a huge backlog.

  7. donhumberto says:

    A bit late to the party but here I come :)
    To be honest, my two most anticipated shows are the 2 MAPPA series. I love Garo (I consider the first season as the best fantasy anime show of the decade by a long margin)and Vanishing Line looks extremely cool (and, what do you know, women in the trailer look like actual badass women and not moefied little girls as in 99% of current anime, so that’s a big plus in my book). Let’s see what they do with the new setting but so far I can’t wait to see it.
    As for Inuyashiki, I’m not familiar with the manga (not a manga reader, to be honest, just don’t have time for it anymore) but again the PV looks extremely cool and I LOVE the character desings. Plus, I know I’m in the minority here but I loved GANTZ so I’m looking forward to seeing what the author has done this time.
    As for the rest, I also have high expectations for Children of the Whales (some serious Shin Sekai Yori vibes from the PV, although there seem to be a few moe girls here and there, which is a bit concerning,but the rest looks extremely promising), new Kino (although I share with Puran exactly the same concerns: I love the original and how it looked but this new version looks pretty generic… let’s hope they don’t ruin it) and , surprinsingly, Juni Taisen (not sure about the spelling), which despite being written by the monogatari guy ( I LOATHE all things Monogatari) it actually looks pretty damn badass…let’s hope it’s not tainted with random otaku crap and it can be a fun show from start to finish.
    Other than that, I also hope they tone down the crappy humor and the randomness in the sequel of Bloob Blockade Battlefront (really, the first season would have been sooo much better without those elements)and, after reading some comments, I’m now really curious about Land of the Lustrous too… it looks weird but the good kind of weird…
    Well, thanks for the preview and let’s hope for a good season!

    • SuperMario SuperMario says:

      “my two most anticipated shows are the 2 MAPPA series”

      then you’re my enemy since those 2 MAPPA shows are the “promising” ones that I don’t really look forward to. I hated Gantz with a passion so I’m not too fond with the mangaka of Inuyashiki and I have a feeling Vanishing Line is style-over-substance kind of show, just like Kakegurui or Virgin Soul last season.

      “I LOATHE all things Monogatari”

      Now, you’re my eternal enemy haha. I will follow Nisio Isin anywhere. The guy’s seriously in love with the sound of his banters.

      This season looks super promising for me.

  8. I think that JUST BECAUSE! fulfilled its promises. The series has a realty affect. Every photographer will enjoy JUST BECAUSE! because of the canon cameras look so real and vivid.

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niello
@Animosh Tbf that was her in middle school, so a few years ago. I'd imagine she's more comfortable with it now. Unless it said she started the bunny thing in middle school and I miss it.
Animosh
@Amagi: going by the preview it'll be about the kickass kouhai. I'm also surprised this arc ended so soon, but I'm kind of happy they didn't drag it out. Memory loss arcs can be really dull if taken too seriously.
Animosh
@Kaiser: yeah, strangely enough the whole bunny girl thing feels really out of place. I mean, Mai quit being an actress (for the time being anyway) because her mother forced her into a swimsuit shoot, but she's okay with walking around in a bunny suit? Seems out of character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Someone has uploaded all the chapters of Opus by Satoshi Kon: https://manganelo.com/manga/sw917587
Kaiser-Eoghan
Such lies though, she was only a bunny girl in the first episode =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
I would like them to develop on this adolescence syndrome thing further too.
SuperMario
*haganai
SuperMario
But I do have a strong urge to rewatch OreGairu or watch Hanagai after watching Bunny Girl... maybe I will watch them again
SuperMario
@Amagi: it's typical for a LN series. I guess the next arc will be about another girl with the same phenomenal. She might likely have a feeling with our protagonist as well, but he has his eyes on Bunny girl senpai so he doesn't accept her feeling. You know, the usual stuffs
Amagi
In general I mean.
Amagi
I didn't even know it would get resolved before the end of the series. So it isn't just about the initial problem but this youth phenomenon as well. I wonder what the next arc will be about.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Some are saying material is being rushed through though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm surprised that bunnygirls first ark is already done though, this felt like some kind of end.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Jesus christ ore ga suki imouto's animation is unbelievably awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well, thats certainly quite the confession isn't it? @bunnygirl ep 3.
Vonter
@Niello - That's 'cause Miayano isn't Pepe Macias: https://youtu.be/nCL6e5TmVG8?t=34
Lenlo
Personally I like this Miyano voice, but only because it sounds like Old Okabe before 0 ruined him
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Wouldn't go that far. But as I've said this show did not click with me at all on most levels.
Niello
Am I the only one who think Miyano sounds annoying in Zombieland Saga? It was the same in Tadakoi too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Castlebros4life.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I forgot to mention, what I like about this guy is that he actually does have a plan rather than just milling it into the goblins.
Lenlo
Castlevania hype! I cant wait for season 2
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm more looking forward to reading The year one side story which is more about Goblin slayer himself.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, I've caught up to the 28th chapter of Goblin slayers manga chapter, in spite of being rinse and repeat with not much depth, so far its remains fun. There will definitely be a "human shield" scene that won't appear in the anime. I'd hoped the side story manga would go into priestess girls past our something but it doesn't.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Castlevania season 2 is out next week.
AidanAK47
Damn, Youtubes down
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mamoru Miyano is the same voice actor for the producer and Okabe.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think they are doing other genres in zombieland too, I think one is vaporwave.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It would be very strange if the guy who is the past version of Hitomi's grandfather started falling for her.
Kaiser-Eoghan
That leads me to consider , should the search bar be moved?
AidanAK47
Pretty Sure he mistook the chat window for a search bar
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Fell behind, part 3 too long aswell.
SuperMario
@anon: it's just too little too late...
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Interested in seeing more of that horse guy who showed up in the recent beastars chapters. Also liked how they co-relate lion guy with louis' dad.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Not that I'm knocking Honda-san, as that simple/minimalist style is another thing that makes these gag comedies work also.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Animation's a bit BARE BONES though wahaha!
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I'm quite amused by the surrealism of it all, a skeleton working in a bookshop =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: A quick random fact, one of the manga the blonde girl in episode 1 is asking for is a legendary, old shounen-ai classic from the 70s. The short format suits these gag comedies because I feel that stretching them out to 20 something minute runtimes kills the joke.
Lenlo
Honda-San continues to be the funniest thing I have seen in awhile
AidanAK47
@Vonter, That should not go together as well as it does
Kaiser-Eoghan
The Goblin slayer did nothing wrong.
Animosh
It's dumb, but I can't deny it's uplifting. :)
Animosh
The slime anime really offers the perfect counter to Goblin Slayer. In Goblin Slayer murder is the answer to everything, peace is impossible and revenge will haunt you forever. In the slime series? A short speech about the benefits of kindness and cooperation and the pitfalls of revenge is enough to convince everyone to get along (and that includes two races who were on the verge of war).
Vonter
Also because I just had to: http://vmashup.com/yvDoiQhU
Vonter
Zombieland gives me Scooby Doo vibes. With a silly premise of reviving moe girls to make a band. How they're prey to their instincts and I do like the music aspect doesn't feel as artificial as other shows that may also promote the songs to be sold. Since the music seems more to play for the story than to be good songs. Not remarkable but enjoyable I'll say.
Vonter
So far I've more issue with what the maid says than what she does. Since the anime wants to paint her in a good light but some of the things she says are very creepy. On the other side, there seems an underlying sadness since she seems capable but dumbfounded on how to live her life.
Vonter
I checked UzaMaid! and Zombieland Saga, which were funny and silly and entertaining, nothing major, but I also don't found them bad. The first one treads the line so far of having creepy implications, but it has a bit of John Hughes slapstick thrown a bit. I'll like it more if the little girl were a bit more like Kevin from Home Alone or Junior from Problem Children.
Amagi
Seems like a part of the background has changed after the post-kaiju fight reset in Gridman. I wonder what's even real in this series.
SuperMario
Gosh, how I love the improv dialogues and the indie Kemono-Friends level of visual flourish in Himote House
Masky
Like Zero Escape series itself goes through pretty much everything related to psychology
Masky
In general I don't really get what is up with japanese fictional works running different scientific paradoxes or theories into everything unrelated ._.
Lenlo
Mmm Im so glad I started throwback thursday. 2 episodes in and I already love Planetes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think might know it off by heart now I hear it mentioned so much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I hope I haven't doomed you, I voted for Goblin slayer .
Amagi
Hate that too and I actually got my hopes up in episode 1 since it seemed like they wouldn't explain it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I was hoping someone else would bring that up.
Niello
Bunny Girl is pretty good so far, but I do have to say that I rolled my eyes at another rundown of Schrodinger's cat. What's with the obsession?
Amagi
Drama never works for me with Key and even most of Kyoani's works in general.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I already mentioned about how surprisingly solid/serious bunny girl senpai takes itself for the better, but I'd like to add, the drama doesn't feel obnoxious either such as in a Key work.
Amagi
I love those first impression reviews of bad series.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Yeah, it's why I never picked HxH up again as well. I also think there are still tons of issues with SAO although most of them come up later. AW will always be way better in my opinion.
Anonymous2948346
Glad the Imouto review was good for something, niello. The show itself certainly isn't.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wouldn't deny that for some a series could improve as it went on, but with sword art, its now three seasond and a movie , thats alot to watch and quite the ask to get to the "good" part.
Amagi
@niello: I meant that key visual https://d38fgd7fmrcuct.cloudfront.net/1_3p7wgf1obds2mkioy1cmi.jpg - but as said it doesn't mean anything. I will only get hyped once I see the first animated scene and confirm that the boats aren't CG or at least a good kind of CG.
Lenlo
Oh baby. Spring 2019, One Punch Man S2 and Hero Aca S4. Can't wait
niello
@Amagi, Vinland Saga promo pic looks good? Aren't those just manga cover pictures that they showed in the promo...
niello
"Ore ga Sick of this Shit dakedo Shit Keeps Getting Made", I laughed so hard, thanks.
Lenlo
Will probably do a final review but not weekly episodes
Lenlo
But I watched it. Its alright, im gonna watch it to the end.
Lenlo
@animosh, I dont know about them.
Animosh
Oh, that sounds very promising! I've always found thematic explorations of virtual reality very interesting. You know: What is "real" and what isn't? Does it even matter? And what place should virtual reality have in society? In previous seasons those themes were a bit dumbed down, so I'd be up for seeing them explored in some more detail. And with four cours, there's plenty of time to do so.
Amagi
I am not yet sure how much SAO III will suffer from the lacking inner monologue though. The interesting part fo it was the world building and the taboos and how it was the first actual simulation and creation of humanity and the birth of a virtual culture, with mods and admins being literal gods in the VR, like some matrix thing. The anime skipped a lot and actions they do feel more casual there.
Amagi
@Animosh: Well the author did improve a lot, I actually consider most of Accel World as pretty good, especially the later arcs. Thanks for reminding me to buy the last two volumes by the way.
Animosh
I'm sure it won't be great (hell, given SAO's track record, it'll almost certainly end up punishing me for getting my hopes up), but there are at least signs that the author has recognized what went wrong in previous seasons and is trying to correct his mistakes. So with some luck, I might just end up enjoying this season! Maybe. Not getting my hopes up too much though.
Animosh
And where previous seasons barely made any attempts to build up the various virtual worlds, this season is taking it slow so far, which makes it feel more like a well-realized world than a generic fantasy blob. And last but not least, it seems Kirito will have to start over, so even if he'll inevitably end up OP again, he'll probably have to work for it, which is something the series really needed
Animosh
For example: the old cast has been stuck in the harem-mold for a long time, and that makes them incredibly dull. Most of them only exist to make Kirito look good, and barely have any agency of their own. But the new characters are different (so far at least). The most prominent new character (Eugeo) is male, and has clear goals of his own.
Animosh
By the way, did you guys skip Sword Art Online for your first impressions posts? I know you're not fond of the series (and rightly so, because it's way too popular for such a mediocre series), but I actually think it's been pretty decent so far. A fresh start with a largely new cast is exactly what the series needed, and there are some promising signs it's heading in a positive direction.
Animosh
@Amagi: I felt the same way after the episode. It's a very predictable move, but somehow I still didn't see it coming. I guess I should have known better than to trust a happy-go-lucky love interest (although I'm rooting for Rikka) after Darling in the Franxx.
Animosh
But in their own ways they still offered the kind of wild and wacky ride through adolescent insecurities that FLCL is known for, and the characters were likable enough (even if underdeveloped). The OST remains strong too. So although the series could definitely have been better, overall I think this has been a pretty enjoyable revival of the series.
Animosh
After its slow start I'm glad FLCL at least managed to end on a fairly strong note. I still think it's a shame none of the two series really managed to replicate the surreal craziness and visual inventiveness of the original (though Progressive did try), and the wider focus of both series compared to OG FLCL (with the same number of episodes) backfired a little.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Sometimes the offscreen content can allow our imaginations to work and disturb us more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Deception more like.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Girl wasn't even pregnant, show telling lies, too lazy to draw pregnancy too probably .
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Was your internet acting weird today? Don't know what provider you're using but mine only came back an hour ago or so, lots of people in Dublin were reporting connection issues and in other counties too.
SuperMario
@Amagi: still haven't watched the second one but the first episode did surprise me
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Still ain't watching it
Amagi
Okay I didn't really see the content of ep 2 of Gridman coming. I feel like I should have seen this coming, but I didn't.
Masky
I'm honestly confused about Conception since I'm under impression that Conception games are about "Do some sort of weird ritual to create "Star Child" which doesn't actually involve pregnancy". Like did game also go this far, did anime change this or is this setup for second episode to start with "lol just kidding" or what the frick
Amagi
I think deaths are often the best examples of failed attempts to keep the audience invested. Regardless how many tears there are and how tragic the death is, I won't care when the series itself is bad, the character not flashed out or the scene forced. I have seen series in which one died offscreen that hit me harder than a full episode of whining over some dead moe blobb.
Amagi
There are a lot anime like that since the presentation is important. There are many of those convoluted trainwrecks with 10 different plot twist where one or two of them are actually good on paper but do nothing when you watch it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Regarding those crap light novel shows...it really is a sign isn't it, that its so bad sometimes, that even if it does something that appeals to you/would titillate you, you still don't care and won't watch it, because its so shit.
Lenlo
A poll assumes people would actually vote in it. I guess I can try it out and see if people care enough for it, sure. Still, would need things to put on said poll, so feel free to suggest
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sometimes with these shows you just have to let them wash over you.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Perhaps I could say similar about irozuku as I do Yagate.
Amagi
I am kinda happy I managed to avoid all bad series this season with the exception of Release the Spyce which I only tried because I gave it the benefit of doubt due to having enjoyed Princess principal to some degree despite its many flaws.
SuperMario
I'm back after a week vacation and the first thing I watched again was Conception. I mean I was prepared but this show is one of the reason we all need break to stay sane
Kaiser-Eoghan
I need a refresher on the early bits of vinland and Viking Count Dooku (Askeladd) arc so watching the anime would be a great recap oppurtunity.
Amagi
I really hope Vinland Saga will have a good budget. The promo pic looks pretty damn good but I also liked the very first promo pic of the last Berserk series and we all know how that one turned out.
Amagi
And yes Legosi also always makes me think of Bela Lugosi. I guess I watched too many old movies.
Amagi
@Kaiser: I strangely also lost interest in some game series I liked as little kid, Megaman too for example. I guess there are just series that can work on NES and SNES but not that well as 3D series on modern consoles.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I come away from irozuku feeling I watched an aethetically pleasing, somewhat cute show but not much else, but that may not be an entirely bad thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@lenlo: Alternatively you could put up a poll.
Lenlo
Thats a good idea Kaiser! I read all the comments, so if there are any you think would be good feel free to suggest them. I can compile a list and pick one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: To make things easier, perhaps each season, for variety, the throwback Thursday thing could pick a different genre for it each season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Every time I read his name in Beastars, I kept thinking the actors name "Bela Legosi" because the wolf's name was legosi.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Weird tangent, looking up Irozuku on google image search reveals theres a porn actress with the same name as the lead female character =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sometimes I think the fans had better ideas for the games.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Not that I hated any of his games though, but they did have diminishing returns and weren't always consistent in quality. It was disappointing when they started going for some kind of story, then kind of dropped it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was a big fan of megaman growing up, but like sonic, unlike Mario and Zelda, his games got increasingly diluted the more the franchise went on, megaman didn't work in 3D either. Also the second nes one has a really neat soundtrack =)
Vonter
Megaman 11 made me want to play the old games. So I bought the first Legacy Collection pack which has a rewind feature. The first game is hard and cheap at some spots. It also feels a bit stiff. Still it's funny spotting things that were changed in every other entry. Like the boss checkpoints having enemies and traps. Also I think this is the only game showing Dr. Light's house from the outside.
Lenlo
Ah, that anon was me! Was on my phone
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: My beastars post would have gone into spoilers. I decided to private message instead.
Anonymous2930785
I am very happy that Shorter isnt a one and done event.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: In regards to humour. However in terms of anime humour, something like hoozuki no reitatsu would have me losing my shit laughing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I love stuff by Bunuel or Roy Anderson.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I prefer sardonic, sad bastard, bleak, dry/depressing or particularly serious but surreal comedy, humour/comedy played straight .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, yes as expected with Zombieland saga, I gave it a second episode chance, but this is an easy drop for me, its just how comedy goes sometimes, but I didn't laugh once during this episode , just left me cold/blank to it.
Amagi
It's like that season that had SoraYori, I watched like 7 other shows but I only remember SoryYori by now.
Amagi
I think for the last season (counting finished series) this is only true for Planet With. I do remember Chiochan when I think a bit but spontaneosly I couldn't come up with anything else if I had a time limit of 20 seconds or so.
Amagi
I often only really become aware about which series I liked the most when I try remembering the respective season months later. I often enjoy a bunch of shows and watch even more, and yet, at the end of the day, there is always onely one or two that actually stick in my mind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have to say again, I'm glad that Shorter is still being remembered episodes after him leaving the show. Thought they could have held that scene with yut-lung longer, its obvious he despises Eiji. Sudden gag in this episodes middle threw me off. lol at that killing attempt in the second half.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There's also a horror manga about Robert Johnson, me and the devil blues.
Amagi
Speaking of great manga series, everyone should try Shiori Experience, the Jimmy Hendrix manga. There is barely any series that hypes me up as much as this one and I read a lot. This could be the anime of the year if it would get adapted by a competent team and get a good budget and appropriate OST.
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think I will marathon the rest of Dorohedoro the next days. And then looking forward to her next series.
Amagi
Zombieland Saga is the only new anime that actually surprised me. I am not talking about good or bad here, there are a bunch of other pretty good series airing right now but Zombieland is the only one that caught me off-guard in a positive way.
AidanAK47
Okay, I think I love Zombieland Saga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've embraced bunny-girls approach to its dialogue/drama now with the second episode, also they go a bit into her past in this episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I'll be posting my thoughts later. Also, there's on one chapter of dorohedoro left.
Amagi
There are 7 new Beastars chapters out, I really liked the climax here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On a tangent, damn you mappa, adapt Freesia already .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I needed to watch red garden twice to really "get" it, as in for it to click for me, its a show that picks up near the middle.
Amagi
It had scenes you rarely see in anime that do happen all the time in real life, like friends talking across each other, people talking at the same time or interrupting others.
Amagi
@Niel: Have you seen Red Garden? A lot of people agreed that it had the most natural dialogues of the anime that aired that year so maybe you would enjoy that too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animmosh: josei yuri I would welcome being adapted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: Hana wa saku, yuutsu no asa and Acid town adaptation WHEN.
Animosh
Yuri gets all the hype, but yaoi gets all the glory.
Animosh
So, yeah, if other folk here haven't seen it yet, give it a try! By the way, it's interesting how what probably were my two favorite shows of the past season (Banana Fish and this one) were both BL shows. Can't say I saw that coming.
Animosh
It's kind of reminiscent of classics like Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but with some anime tropes added to the mix (the bubbly main character and his tsundere love interest), and with less emphasis on politics and more on horror and fantasy. And for a Chinese series, the animation is really solid, in spite of the occasional CGI hiccup. The backgrounds in particular are very easy on the eyes.
Animosh
I don't remember who it was, but thanks for recommending Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation! It's surprisingly good for a show I had heard so little about. I love historical epics, and the main characters are built up very well and have a lot of chemistry. I do wish the antagonists were more interesting (they're very black-and-white), but the protagonists are all a lot of fun to watch.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*didn't work for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niel: Garo didn't work for outside of the fantasy setting.
Niel
The exceptions to this are usually shorts and films. You don't get to see them often in TV series. As for the story, I don't have nearly enough patience for monster-of-the-week formula as I did years ago, so if it's just going the generic tokusatsu route then you'll hear from me. but since Garo wasn't too bad I have hope that they will do something interesting with this.
Niel
The environments also feel so much more like places where people live and hang out. Take the school room for example. Anime rarely portray school rooms as this place where teenagers gather and play during break. It's usually only consist of people talking with no mischieve whatsoever. And when there are scenes of bedroom they often feels more like a showroom than a place where someone live in.
Niel
@Lenlo @Aidan Your impressions of Gridman are fair. I'm just really excited for Gridman because two of my main pet peeves with anime are the unnatural dialogue, and bland and sterilised background environments. Here when characters talk, it actually seem so much closer to the conversation flow you'd see more in everyday life, and I'm kind of starving for that in my anime.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although with drugs and anime in mind, I do wish that a sports anime that addresses cheating through performance enhancing drugs would be made.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Release the spyce and drug use? I find this odd, I think I heard that the Japanese had a thing about depicting that (drugs) in animation/on tv when it came to young charcters.
Masky
Like, sure, it has tactical goblin slaughter action, but its more about how broken mess of person Goblin Slayer is and how he learns to connect with people. Its surprisingly insightful at times, but the trashy parts really clash with the actual tone of series considering its only purpose is pretty much "Goblins are horrible" which is point you got with gore in first place
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