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Autumn/Fall 2014 First Impressions

Excluding shows I haven’t seen the previous seasons of, and continuing series. Based off the list at AniChart

PV = Promotional Video

 

Ai Tenchi Muyo!

There hasn’t been much revealed about this anime so far, what has been revealed though is some of the character design. I like it.. mostly. There are some pretty standard fare designs (see no.1 – Typical shy-to-a-fault schoolgirl who is bodily conscious and put in embarrassing attire/situations) but there are also some original ones (no.2 – surprisingly the science club girl isn’t the nerd, in fact she’s strong as an ox and has some interesting style to boot).

The show will be 5x50minutes which isn’t a large time investment, so I might try it. We’ll see.

Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girl

As much as I loved (/sarcasm) Sailor Moon, I know the target audience isn’t me with these types of shows and I’m avoiding them unless they are historically significant. Like SM or Cardcaptor Sakura.

Francesca 2

I think I missed this one last season and I liked the character concepts so I checked out the PV for taking up in this season. I am pretty disappointed sad . Jarring CG, overly simplistic design and the comedy doesn’t look overly great either. Bit of a let down.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

This seems to be an odd slice of life. Firstly there is a lot of puppet waving, and secondly about a third of the cast seem to be in wheelchairs. Media in general isn’t kind to roles for disabled people, so it is nice to see their inclusion – if it isn’t used purely as a gimmick. I will watch the first two or so episodes of this show, just to see what it transpires as.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Another shoujo gets animated (yay!). It definitely seems like publishers are realising the real potential of the female otaku market as in recent years shoujo shows have been steadily on the rise. I’m quite excited for this as this is a shoujo I hadn’t heard of before, never mind hadn’t read – which is a nice change from watching purely shoujo adaptions. The trailer is nice and simple, the girl follows a cat around the town – and it still managed to impress me. It could end up being a very stereotypical show, but I think it is worth watching to find out what it could be smile

Psycho Pass 2

Having watched the Psycho Pass New Edit Version anime last season, this falls right into place to carry on the story. Of course, this was the animator’s intentions – This anime has been revived and has both the previous large fanbase and a supplemental one who caught up in the Summer. This is a pretty big title and will be one to watch how it meets fan’s expectations from the old series. Personally, I quite enjoyed the new edit and am looking forward to it

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

Seems pretty typical of a rom-com shounen. Although no ecchi tag. Probably still pretty sub-standard. I’ll Pass.

Gundam: G no Reconguista

A new gundam! I need to catch up with this franchise so I’m missing this for now, but this will be interesting to hear from the fans on this one – the 2010 artstyle will be a certain no for a lot of fans I will imagine, trying to hold on to their old nostalgia. This is a bold move for Gundam however, as they have broken free of their rehashing of previous works and started on something quite refreshing.

Donten ni Warau

The art style and creation of the characters in this PV scream Free! 3 to me. I reckon this is another one for the girls (and guys too) who want to swoon over lovely 2d men. That being said, I can’t hear the PV at all, but it was the only animated one I could find quickly so shrug. I’ll probably skip it unless I’ve been told something contra my opinion.

Girlfriend (Kari)

I thought this was going to be a different series and was semi-excited, but it’s based upon a dating sim with either 500 or 80 girls to choose from (either way, a lot). So this show is complete ecchi drivel. I’d say this is an almost 100% miss , even if you usually like these types of show.

Sanzoku no Musume Ronja

This will get a lot of attention just because of the production company – Ghibli. No-one in anime doesn’t know who Ghibli are, but this is Ghibli’s first TV series, and to tell you the truth – it looks no better than an average show. I am not a major fan of Ghibli to begin with (go on, send the death threats) but this work seems more lifeless and a bit of grasping at straws (with the loss of Miyazaki, Ghibli have been in disarray) rather than attempting something significant. Their choice of 3D CG is an interesting one for a company with such a large budget, and while many enjoyed Nani No Kuni on the PS3 – Do their 3d characters work as a completely animated work? It’ll be left to see, but I’m sceptical. I’ll watch at least the first episode just because it’s Ghibli, but I won’t let the prestige of the name push me to watch any more than that.

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.

There’s a lot to be said for a title, and something with twintails in it is defining a show to be all about the girls. The trailer seems alright, but I have more than a hunch that this show is no more than a particular-hairstyled version of Infinite Stratos. It will get some love, but not from me. Saying that, I didn’t hate Infinite Stratos as much as I say I do.

SHIROBAKO

Alright, this is the first show which changed my opinion entirely from what I had expected during the course of watching the PV. The setting is 4 (obviously moe and female) characters making an anime, with different roles and what not. Usually I would dismiss this one nearly immediately, but after listening to the opening do-do-doughnut cheer and suspending my disbelief that this would be a semi-accurate portrayal, I have been convinced to watch a few of these. I have a (probably temporary) positive outlook on watching the rest of the series as well.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

This is an anime based on an eroge, as can clearly be seen by the scantily clad characters in the PV. Undoubtedly this will be driven by merchandise.  This show is not for me.

Kiseijuu

I’m really looking forward to this one. The manga has both great reviews and an enormous fan backing. I haven’t watched the PV for fear of spoilers, but you can watch it below. Psychological anime are generally of a high enough calibre  that this is probably a safe bet even if it doesn’t turn out to be quite as good as expected.

One comment I’ve heard in this regard is that the character design is quite different to the design in the manga, but this strikes me as fans being fans and hating change. I think you can disregard it.

Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Mahoutsukai

A harem anime, but maybe it’ll turn out good (unlikely). There are some nice effects going on here and I didn’t see much overtly haremy things asides from the obvious situation. I really enjoyed 11 eyes the time I watched it (many years ago) which had a similar plot (although it isnt a rare one) and I would be willing to give this a watch if it got good reviews (some people I’ve been talking to are watching it for sure). For now its an ignore though.

Akatsuki no Yona

Another theme I’m seeing continued from Spring is the historical romance for guys from a woman’s perspective. Granted at least the men in this are closer to the age of consent than in The world is still beautiful,  but it feels somewhat similar in approach. I could be wrong again though, I like the main character design, but this is also what I said about TWISB.

Orenchi no Furo Jijou

Catering to the crowd who love homoerotic men again, this one takes the fish out of the sea rather than put the men in the ocean. Not much sense going on here if you don’t speak moontongue, but you can clearly see that this is a yaoi anime between a man and his live-in merman. Again a skip, it doesn’t look like it has any other particularly discerning features as of right now.

Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis

I was just about to head to bed halfway through these trailers when I thought I’d do one last one. I’m glad I did – this show looks very good. Attack on Titan  fans will be raving about this show I would imagine, and with the passable CG, the cinematic angles and seemingly fast-paced thrilling action – I think I will also be recommending this one once I’ve seen it through.

Kaitou Joker

Another one that isn’t targeted at me, this is for the yung ‘uns

Gugure! Kokkuri-san

The PV doesnt have much information on this show, It’s not particularly grabbing me as thrilling – but it could be okay. Probably not for me just based on the description on Anichart.

Sora no Method

Lolis, Slice-of-life & non-events seem to be the theme of this show, none of which strike excitement into me instantly. Seems very bland. Pass

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Another Shoujo! What did I tell you? I’ll check this one out too, but I’m not sure that it’s going to be as good as the other one – this seems pretty typical of the genre, Bad-boy and clumsy/shy girl relationship story

Nanatsu no Taizai

Promising at first, but the character design is off-putting – I don’t know how to describe it, but you can see it below at least. Despite the initial interest I’ll probably miss this also.

World Trigger

This looks pretty good, I’m afraid I don’t like these manga/anime hybrids though, The lips dont match up to the voices and it really feels like it should be back in a book. The introduction of CG characters will make this even more prominent I fear. I am interested to know how these types of series do in general though.

Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo

Robots vs Dragons? This PV didn’t sell itself quite enough to get me to watch the show, it all went downhill since the crotchshot midway through. It also doesn’t seem to be anything special (this is beginning to become a trend)

Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete

Another VN adaption, seems to be ecchi at the very least. Pass.

Madan no Ou to Vanadis

Harem, Not much to say about this either, just a predictable conveyor-belt show

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

The PV for this is short and focusses on a single scene. I was a bit iffy about the design in this as I’ve seen a lot of similar shows gone wrong with this style, but the trailer has made me want to check it out – I do note however, that the PV did not contain much design that was featured in the title cover.

Selector Spread WIXOSS

The first season of this was really good. A fine balance struck between enjoyable card games and psychological issues without going too deep into either to define the tone of the show. I’m looking forward to a lot of the plot points being covered (and possibly finished, I can’t see this getting too many more seasons unless the card game is massive in Japan). I also have slightly been spoiled and saw some events that can’t have happened unless something significant had happened, so I can’t wait to see how that actually played out.

Amagi Brilliant Park

This also seems pretty crap. However – it may be my tiredness influencing me, but I spy an element of Chuunibyou animation going on and the characters seem interesting enough to live with (fire girl smile ) I reckon I’ll watch this purely to fill the mass of space in my watch list after Summer, we’ll have to wait and see if I will drop it immediately or stick with it.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san

So… I think this one is yet another mangaka life anime. The sections with the strange horse character seem humorous enough and as long as it’s not too overbearing with the fanservice, I could end up liking this show. I’ll give it a go just to assess it and go from there.

Tribe Cool Crew

Woah, I was not expecting a dance anime. I am all up for watching this show, but I think I will be an easily lost viewer as dance really isnt my genre of television normally. I thought the PV was quite funky though, so if the rest is like that then I might be jamming to it.

Terra Formars

Coming from a similar fanbase to Parasyte, this show also has rave reviews for its manga counterpart. If these are anything to go by, this may be the hit of this season, if they pull it off correctly. 100% going to be watching this , probably regardless of if it holds up well or not.

Notes:

Schedules change a good bit, depending on which websites you check  out, so I can’t guarantee that this is all the shows that are going to be on.

General Overview:

Autumn (Or Fall if you’re American) looks to be pretty slim pickings this time round, There are a few that stand out though, but the rest is pretty formalistic and generic. I haven’t looked that much into the general populations hype levels, but I’d be suprised if they’re much different than what I’ve speculated here.

On another note, I think I have figured out a better setup for these bulk posts.

Definite Watches:

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Psycho Pass 2

Selector Spread WIXOSS

Terra Formars

Kiseijuu

Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis

 

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