22 Sep 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Preview Highlights

Not gonna replicate the awesome legwork RC has already done for the upcoming season. Go over there to read the full preview. This post highlights some of the shows I'm looking forward to.
[Spoilers: Kyoukai no Kanata and Kill la Kill are my top picks for the season!]

Super Seishun Brothers
What: Two pairs of otaku siblings with different personalities.
Why: The slice-of-life genre relies heavily on the characters and the general "atmosphere" of the series. This 4-minute slice of the show was enough to convince me the studio knows what it is doing.

What: Set in the near-future after a nuclear meltdown.
Why: Interesting to hear that this was in production before the events of March 2011, which then caused them to delay it till now. This is a GoHands production which, if you have been following my blog for the past few years, has really talented animators and great potential. Unfortunately, none of their works so far have gone beyond just having potential. If they stick to a more serious story, this might be it.

Kyoukai no Kanata
What: Girl fights demons with her blood-manipulation powers.
Why: KyoAni is finally doing an action series again. You can be sure both the action and light-hearted moments will be top-notch. Also, interested to see new StylipS member Toyota Moe in her first role.

What: Basically Alice in Wonderland with a crazy anime twist.
Why: This is one of those shows I've always wanted to watch but didn't for one reason or another. People liken it to FLCL, and the trailer does look enticing.

Nagi no Asukara
What: A world where there are two types of humans; the land-dwellers and the sea people.
Why: I always give P.A. Works a chance since I see them as the Makoto Shinkai of TV anime. Gorgeous backgrounds and an interesting original premise. Also helps that Okada Mari is writing this.

Kill la Kill
What: Transfer student fights the student council with her scissors sword and talking uniform.
Why: Imaishi Hiroyuki is helming this with a bunch of ex-Gainax staff. Fans of his work are all eagerly anticipating this, especially after the awesome Little Witch Academia.

Golden Time
What: University students in Tokyo trying to run away from their past.
Why: This is based on a light novel written by the author of Toradora, and it's being produced by JC Staff. They know how to do a good slice-of-life adaptation. Having Director Kon Chiaki on board could potentially lead to something special.

Ace of Diamond
What: Baseball.
Why: I don't know if I'll ever like a baseball series NOT written by Adachi Mitsuru, but this has Madhouse and Production IG collaborating and it's based on a popular manga.


Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai
What: Sexy wrestling.
Why: Taketatsu Ayana, Asumi Kana, Tomatsu Haruka, Hanazawa Kana, Kitamura Eri, Satou Rina, Kanemoto Hisako. I'm only watching this for the seiyuu, I swear!

What: Shinto Shrine slice-of-life.
Why: Looks like an interesting slice-of-life show, produced by the same studio that brought us Ika Musume.

Yowamushi Pedal
What: High-school cycling club anime.
Why: This seems to have the makings of a great sports anime. The manga seems to be quite popular and there is more than enough content for a few seasons, so this should be good.

Tokyo Ravens
What: The main character can see spirits.
Why: This looks like an interesting mix of modern day with supernatural and some sci-fi.

Galilei Donna
What: A "battle action adventure" anime featuring the descendants of Galileo.
Why: Original series, produced by A-1 Pictures, for the noitamina timeslot. Also, Umetsu Yasuomi seems like an interesting director.

Samurai Flamenco
What: A male model who is also a superhero.
Why: There is very little info about this title, and the premise seems a bit cliche, but its on noitamina so I'll at least give it a chance. The art style and music could potentially set it apart from the other regular-guy-superhero shows.

What: Siblings suffering from domestic abuse. Throw in some monster horror and a dark psychological narrative and you get pupa.
Why: Despite not having much of a trailer, the story alone sounds incredibly promising. I get a Shinsekai Yori vibe from it for some reason.

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