5 shows to not overlook this coming Fall season.
This Fall season looks particularly meager when I look at the release chart. I miss a production of Kyoto Animation which most of times really shapes a season for me. Something I often look forward to. There will be a Free! movie, but I’m solely focusing on week to week releases.
A new production from White Fox, the studio that gave us Steins’Gate, Hataraku Maou-sama and Katanagatari. Quite the reputation considering the high critical claim from the anime community. Especially Katanagatari, whose visual design and creative setting are still standing strong as of today.
Utawarerumono Itsuwari no Kamen looks like its sharing some similarities with Katanagatari when it comes down to the timeframe. The visuals style may be more modest and mainstream, the timeframe seems to be the familiar shogun era we’ve seen in Katanagatari. This setting is refreshing among seasons that a bloated with high school set anime.
The plot is still rather vague in Utawarerumono Itsuwari no Kamen, but it hints towards a main character who has lost his memory. And as tradition goes with these kinds of series, he’ll probably rediscover tragic moments from his past. The synopsis hints towards a romantic element, since the main character is saved by a beautiful girl.
The third installment in the yuri centered anime franchise, namely Yuru Yuri San Hai. After Sakura Trick, which bordered between main stream yuri and real yuri, Yuru Yuri is the more modest variant. The real action isn’t really present, its innocent, but it isn’t go further than that. Quite frankly I do believe this is where the franchise should stay, since it’s the sincerity and innocence made it an enjoyable watch.
The four girls share a lively dynamic. They interact naturally and the comedic moments concerning Akari are a nice addition. It will be fun seeing the over top scenes return again. I also don’t expect a radical visual style change, despite the switch to another studio for a fulfledged season. The previous season was made by Doga Kobo and is now produced by TYO animations. TYO animations is nontheless familiar with the series since they made the Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi! OVA.
The plot of Gakusen Toshi Asterisk hasn’t much going for it. An academy city, with young boys and girls, probably high schoolers who are part of the world’s largest battle entertainment stage. Excuse me? Doesn’t matter. It’s more that the cover visual triggered me.
The set up seems flamboyant and colorful, giving the studio possibility to play around with the visuals. I suspect it will be a series that scrapes together common elements such as fan service and stereotypical characters. Nonetheless does it look like it could be entertaining enough to be worth the watch. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk is developed by A1-pictures which has some ups and downs, but on the visual side of it is pretty steady and can even be outstanding such as with AnoHana.
The second season of supernatural series Noragami. The first season brought some interesting themes to the table, but in all honesty it has become a vague memory. I remember fragments of the series. In retrospect, Noragami did lean heavily on the spiritual side, which created an atmosphere that it would be better suited for its domestic audience. Something I’d like to call the Red Data Girl Effect(I’ve called it a bit different in the past). The synopsis is very original, but it can be difficult to comprehend for a foreign audience.
A rather interesting addition to the Fall season, called Comet Lucifer, which on the surface reminds of No Game No Life. The character design and color scheme have at least a familiar feel.
The synopsis revolves around a special world covered in glittering blue crystals. I wonder how they are going to create this effect into the anime. It would be an interesting dynamic to create a lively world, but that remains to be seen. The story revolves around boy Sougo who collects rare crystals for a hobby and one a fateful day meets mysterious girl Felia.
Comet Lucifer is developed by 8bit have produced Toyko Raves, which I’ve dropped after several epsisodes and Yama no Susume. The studio has some proving to do and its difficult to determine what sort of style Comet Lucifer might have.