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Anime fall season 2013

September 30, 2013

With the onset of autumn, the new anime season is upon us. At first glance, the fall season line up suggested there would be only a a few series to watch for me, but after having a thorough look, seems there’s plenty of shows that look interesting enough to try out.

The series am most looking forward to is “Kakumeiki Valvrave 2”, the second season of the sci-fi series that ran earlier in spring which I quickly got hooked when watching it not too long ago.
Even though it is not groundbreaking mecha show, “Valvrave the Liberator” has provided solid action and thrilling episodes, am curious to see how all the plot’s mysteries will be unraveled.

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Will definitely watch “IS: Infinite Stratos 2”, second season of the mecha series featuring cute girls flying around in futuristic powered suits. Although at its core it is a mediocre harem show, the various girls are simply too cute for me to not watch this sequel.
Of course, me having a penchant for Charlotte may have some influence in that.

Next to those two series there’s plenty of other shows that judging by their synopsis and promotional videos look promising and worth to try out.

One of several heavily promoted shows is “Coppelion”, anime adaptation of the sci-fi manga set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo which has become deserted after a nuclear incident. The anime was put on hold for some time after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, quite understandable considering its main theme. The trailer looks terrific, with splendid animation and lots of action.

Another series that seems to be rather hyped is “Kyoukai no Kanata” by studio Kyoto Animation, a light novel adaptation that at first glance may seem akin to “RDG Red Data Girl”. However, am hoping it will be less of a shoujo show but darker like other supernaturnal themed franchises such as “Kara no Kyoukai”.

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Judging by the synopsis, a series that may be right up my alley is “Non Non Biyori”, looks like it will be a lovely tale about four school girls and their everyday life in the quiet countryside of Japan.
As a slice-of-life aficionado, will of course sample this series in what seems to be a season without that many of slice-of-life genre shows. There is also “Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono”, but am not sure how much I will like its all CG animation.

“Nagi no Asukara” sounds like it might be quite an enchanting story, but it seems more romantic and fantasy oriented than slice-of-life. Studio PA Works has a good record creating such anime, personally really loved “Hanasaku Iroha” and “True Tears”.

An anime original project, “Galilei Donna” has piqued my curiosity, with cute character designs for the three Ferrari sisters. Its promotional videos give it somewhat of a “R.O.D. The TV” or “Noir” vibe, all taking place in a futuristic setting.

Although am not familiar with the original manga it is based on, “Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova” sounds like it may offer a good dose of sci-fi action and futuristic warship battles, so will give this show a try since I am always keen on watching a good science fiction story.

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Light novel adaptation “Golden Time” sounds promising enough, though am unsure about supernatural elements being added into a romantic drama. Another series in this genre is “Gingitsune”, while in that show the supernatural element will be a lot more prominent judging by its trailer, it seems to be a more mellow slice-of-life show instead.

Apparently a tradition these days, there is of course a light novel adaptation with an impossible long title: “Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuuhoku wo Ketsui Shimashita” . Judging by the synopsis it could be somewhat like “Hataraku Maou-sama!”, a silly comedy about daily life in the workplace with demons and other fantasy creatures of whom most conveniently are cute babes.

Token otaku themed harem show of the season will no doubt be “Outbreak Company”, with its story about an otaku who finds himself transported into a fantasy realm where he is to promote the moe culture. While the promotional trailer promises it will be the usual fare for this type of show, will still give it a try.

The wildcard for this season could be “Pupa”, while haven’t found a commercial with actual animation footage, the original manga art for this horror story seem really jarring, suggesting it may provide quite a thrilling watch.

What’s on your to watch list this autumn?

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