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Cloudy’s Fall 2015 Anime Favourites

Hello everyone, how have you been?

It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve done reviews and really, this absence wasn’t intentional. I moved to a new apartment, started a new school year, flew across the world for family and fought jet lag for an entire two weeks. I’m back now and it seems like despite the jam-packed nature of my day to day schedule, the anime world moves on… which brings me to my next point…

WELCOME TO THE FALL SEASON OF ANIME!!!

The Fall season is always one of the most anticipated season. For fans who really slogged through summer with many of its slow-paced slice of life and plethora of romance anime, action and mecha fans will rejoice to hear of all the newly adapted series from this season and really there are A LOT of them. Today I’ll be introducing some of my favourite anime selections. The ones I’ll be spotlighting are the select series that I particularly take an interest in, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of everything you’ll have better luck checking out something like Ani-chart for an entire run-down of new releases. No anime fan can watch everything or would want to watch everything. For me, I stick a lot to fantasy, action, romance and slice of life and while there four genres are my preferred and comfortable range of series, there’s two or three more suspenseful mystery anime or completely unique series that I’m immensely interested in. That being said, I will dip my toes into episode one of almost all new releases and first impressions posts will be published accordingly. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s… get… started…

[As always, my most anticipated series are at the top of the list while others will be listed alphabetically. Also, an extra smaller list of anime series will be listed in the recommendations section at the bottom of this post.]

K Project Return of KingsK: Return of Kings (Season 2)- THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND SEASON OF K PROJECT IS FINALLY BACK!!!!!! Now if you’re into supernatural action and gorgeous animation you’ll want to check out the First season of K Project which released back in 2012. Since then the franchise has really taken off with a movie and otome game subsequently released after season one. The world follows different groups ruled by “Kings” who possess supernatural powers who vie for power within modern day Japan. While the first season follows the mystery of the “missing King” and the memories of Isana Shiro, the second season picks up pretty immediately after the pseudo-concluded storyline of season one. The K movie released later on, served as a minor interjection and bridge between the two seasons and the Red and Blue Kings are once again brought together in season two when disruptions bubble up around the city concerning the Green. With voices such as Kenjirou Tsuda, Daisuke Ono and Mamoru Miyano reprising their roles fans will be ecstatic for more of this exciting and mysterious story.

(As of right now I’ve seen the first episode and the animation is JAW-DROPPINGLY STUNNING)

Release Date: Oct 3, 2015

Osomatsu-sanOsomatsu-san (おそ松さん)- Osomatsu-san is actually one of my most anticipated new anime series. At first glance the art seems rather simplistic and reminiscent of childhood anime series reminiscent of Chibi Maruko-chan and Crayon Shin-chan however the genre is mainly shonen and its over the top comedy will largely appeal to the male demographic. What intrigued me about the series was the vibrant colours and dynamic designs of the poster. The promotional video is engaging and fast-paced and the new adaptation of such an old series (its manga originally published in the 60s and 80s), is the stunning A+ veteran cast comprising the voices and talents of Jun Fukuyama, Yuuichi Nakamura, Kamiya Hiroshi, Daisuke Ono, Kenichi Suzumura, Miyu Irino and Takahiro Sakurai who all have great chemistry from previous series. Osomatsu-san is MUST WATCH!!

Release Date: Oct 6, 2015

The Comet LuciferComet Lucifer (コメット・ルシファ)- One of the rare new gems of the anime world is Comet Lucifer, a new series produced by 8-Bit which falls into the fantasy and mecha genres. It takes place in a futuristic world called Gift where beautiful crystals called Giftium are develop deep within the earth. Sogo Amagi is an average boy who comes from a town called Garden Indigo which thrives off of the mining industry. He ends up wandering into the mines and discovers an underground lake where he meets a mysterious girl… This fresh new anime comes with a fresh new cast starring Yuusuke Kobayashi and Ayaka Ohashi as the two leads. It’ll be interesting to see their chemistry develop.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

Concrete RevolutioConcrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou (コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~)- Right off the get go the colourful art grabs your eye. The production studio is diverse. The cast is curious. Most recently, we’ve seen Bones bring us shows like Akagami no Shirayuki and Kekkai Sensen. Now this season Bones will be producing the second season of Noragami as well adapting an action-packed manga series with story by Shou Aikawa and art by Nylon. Concrete Revolutio takes place in different version of Japan were superhumans from all avenues mingle and mix in this strange new era. With so many superhumans and super abilities, there’s bound to be trouble. Cue in the Superhuman Bureau whose mission is to manage and protect superhumans so that they might coincide peacefully.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

Diabolik Lovers More BloodDiabolik Lovers More Blood (Season 2)- Ah… with the train wreck finale that ended the first season of Diabolik Lovers it’s curious as to how and why production studios were given another chance to adapt this reverse-harem game into an anime. With only twelve to fifteen minutes per week it seems difficult for an anime adaptation to properly shed light on each of the characters (not to mention their mysterious and often traumatic back stories). Nevertheless, Yui Komori is back with a new group of cute-girl loving vampire pretty boys for another round of snack time.

Release Date: Sept 24, 2015

Gakusen Toshi AsteriskGakusen Toshi Asterisk (学戦都市アスタリスク)- Gakuen Toshi Asterisk happens to be one of the earlier releases this season and at the time of this post I have indeed watched the first episode… on a whim, I might say but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I have to say that this series begins with a much more complex world premise than usual and reminds me a bit of magic academies such as that of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and Mahou Sensou though not nearly as technical as the former nor as convoluted and sidetracked as the latter.

The series takes place on an island named Asterisk at an academy called Seidoukan Academy which basically trains the new generation students to fight for supremacy against one another and between the six famous schools at a yearly tournament called Festas which attracts huge worldwide reception. Our awkward and somewhat uncertain character Ayato Amagiri has recently transferred to Seidoukan on a scholarship. He ends up meeting the beautiful and fiery Princess Julis-Alexia von Riessfelt among other interesting characters… and school life goes on.

Release Date: Oct 3, 2015

KowabonKowabon (こわぼん)- Kowabon has one of the most interesting promotional videos I’ve ever seen. It takes live action and turns it into animation, featuring a story that has a horror and paranoia kind of theme. The website is vague and the teasers are even more mysterious but if you’re into something new and eclectic, definitely check this one out.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

 

 

Owari no Seraph NagoyaOwari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen (Season 2) (終わりのセラフ: 名古屋決戦編)- The first little arc of Owari no Seraph as seen from the Spring season was not enough to satisfy fans and left EVERYONE on a cliff-hanger. Owari no Seraph takes place in a fantasy-apocalyptic world where vampires and humans battle against each other. Humans contract demons in order to wield weapons powerful enough to slay vampires and one boy, Yuuichirou Hyakuya (after a long back story) ends up joining the army against the vampires while his childhood friend Mikaela Hyakuya ends up on the side of the vampires (again due to a long back story). Trust me, that wasn’t a spoiler because if you read the manga, it’s all revealed in the blink of an eye. If you’re interested in checking out season two you’ll definitely need to catch up on previous material or power through the twelve episode of season one. A later release date means you’ve still got a few days to catch up! And without question all voice actors are returning for their characters and hopefully season two will pick up in pace.

Release Date: Oct 10, 2015

SakurakoSakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている)-  With a long-winded title that translate to “A Corpse is Buried under Sakurako’s Feet” this anime series has arguably the most intriguing premise of the season. Judging from the name you can already tell that this series falls under mystery. The story follows a bow named Shoutarou Tatewaki who meets a girl named Sakurako Kujou who has the ability to analyze bones and discern clues. As a result the two team up to solve mysteries around the city… To be honest it reminds me a little bit of Gosick but with less Lolita frills and a much more detailed art style and more grounded story-telling. The animation is quite aesthetically pleasing to say the least. Average cast all around.

Release Date: Oct 8, 2015

Shingeki Kyojin SchoolShingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou (進撃!巨人中学校)- Fans of the popular Shingeki no Kyojin apocalyptic action shonen anime series will be excited to see their favourite characters chibi-fied and placed in an Attack on Titan middle school. This spin-off series doesn’t take itself too seriously (despite the impending doom of giant man-eating monsters) and serves as great light-hearted and endearing material for fans of the originally dark franchise to kick back and enjoy.

Release Date: Oct 4, 2015

 

 

Subete ga F ni NaruSubete ga F ni Naru (すべてがFになる THE PERFECT INSIDER)- The Perfect Insider- Adapted from an original mystery light novel by Hiroshi Mori published way back in 1996, another adaptation for this popular story is out this time in an animated medium. The story follows a professor named Souhei Saikawa who will team up with Moe Nishinosono to solve a murder case. For those interested in reading other adaptations you can check out the stand-alone manga or Japanese television drama recently released last year with a total of ten episodes. This season, Subete ga F in Naru will be animated and produced by A-1 Pictures and will feature the voices of Ibuki Kido, Atsumi Tanezaki and Yasuyuki Kase in the three main roles with voices such as Yui Horie, Yoko Hikasa and Tatsuhisa Suzuki in the plethora of supporting roles. With so much popular history in the entertainment world, this story is definitely worth checking out.

Release Date: Oct 9, 2015

Recommendations:

Shonen action: One Punch Man (Release Date: Oct 5, 2015)

Popular comedy: Ketsuekigata-kun! Season 3 (Release Date: Oct 13, 2015)

Otome and reverse-harem recommendations: High School Star Musical (Release Date: Oct 6, 2015) and Dance with Devils (Release Date: Oct 7, 2015)

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

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