The Fall anime season is right around the corner, so it is now time discuss some of the upcoming series and which ones I am most excited about. Today, I will be ranking the Top 15 series that I am most excited about seeing. Admittedly, aside from the top ten, I have no idea what to expect, except that other people are interested in the series, and therefore I am going to watch it. After my brief thoughts on each series, I list the animation studio, genre, and the plot summary from Anichart.com. Please let me know in the comments which series you are most excited about, and which ones that I should watch in addition to the ones listed below.
Honorable Mention: Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled From Paradise
Expelled from Paradise is actually a film written by Gen Urobuchi, the best writer in anime. If you want to know more about it and watch the trailer, click here to read my full post about it.
At Number 15: Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
Another instance where the animation studio is the only reason that I am interested in watching it, Garo: Honoo no Kokuin is based on a semi-popular manga, and since MAPPA's animation for Zankyou no Terror is amazing, I am want to see what they do next.
Animation Studio: MAPPA
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Plot Summary: "?"
At Number 14: Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis
Normally, anything based on a card game is an automatic turn off, but it seems that a surprisingly large amount of people are hyped up about Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis. The series is also animated by MAPPA, and it does look kind of cool, except for the design of the protagonist.
Animation Studio: MAPPA
Genre: Shounen, Action, Fantasy,
Plot Summary: "An anime adaptation of the Rage of Bahamut social card game."
At Number 13: Sora no Method
Sora no Method just looks pleasant. I have no other reason to be interested in the series other than it looks like we might have another Barakamon.
Animation Studio: Studio 3Hz
At Number 12: Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden: Kuinaki Sentaku
Honestly, I do not know what to think of Attack on Titan: No Regrets, aka Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden: Kuinaki Sentaku. For one, it is a prequel to last year's best anime, Attack on Titan, yet it is based on a spin off shoujo manga. If you are not familiar with the term, shoujo manga refers to the young female demographic, and I suppose the manga is like fanservice for the Levi fangirls. Also, unlike the rest of the series on the list, this is an OVA, hence the low ranking, with only two episodes. The director of Attack on Titan, Tetsurō Araki, is returning to direct this OVA and Studio Wit is animating it, so maybe he will take creative license and make it something more in line with the Attack on Titan series. Regardless of what it actually turns out to be, it is more Attack on Titan, and I will watch it. The OVA premieres December 9, 2014.
Animation Studio: Wit Studio
Genre: Shoujo, Action, Fantasy,
At Number 11: Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka deDespite looking fairly generic, Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de is the most recent effort from Studio Trigger, the studio behind Kill la Kill; therefore, I want to see what they do next.
Animation Studio: Trigger
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, School, Shounen
At Number 10: Denki-Gai no Honya-san
Denki-Gai no Honya-san is listed as a "Seinen" series; therefore I must at least give it a watch. From what I have seen, this could be a hilarious series! And one of the characters believes she is in a zombie apocalypse, which should create some hilarious comedy.
Animation Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Genre: Comedy, Seinen
At Number 9: Amagi Brilliant ParkKyoto Animation is possibly my favorite animation studio. They have animated several of my favorite series including, Clannad, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu, and Free. Despite the ho-hum plot summary, Amagi Brilliant Park should at least look freaking amazing! And there are references to Full Metal Panic, so I am definitely going to watch it.
Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation
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Genre: Comedy, School, Romance, Ecchi
At Number 8: SHIROBAKO
SHIROBAKO is a series about making anime, and it is an original series not based on a manga or light novel, which is always exciting. SHIROBAKO is also from the writer of Genshiken, one of my favorite series about Otaku, and the series is animated by studio P.A. Works, who made Glasslip, which is the most beautiful series of the year. Right now, anything from P.A. Works is something that I will watch for the animation alone.
Animation Studio: P.A. Works
At Number 7: Sanzoku no Musume RonjaIf you read my post from earlier, I am skeptical about Studio Ghibli's TV series, but I am definitely excited. For more of my thoughts about Sanzoku no Musume Ronja, click here to read my original post.
Animation Studio: Studio Ghibli
Genre: Adventure. Fantasy
At Number 6: Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken
Every season needs a great comedy, and Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken, or I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying in English, appears to be that comedy. Two aspects of the series make me very interested in it, 1: it is not set in high school, and 2: it is about an Otaku! It is also listed as Seinen, which makes me even more interested.
Animation Studio: Seven
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen
Plot Summary: "The anime follows the daily life of an earnest, hardworking office lady named Kaoru and her otaku husband, who is totally immersed in a certain huge net bulletin board system."
At Number 5: Kiseijuu
Kiseijuu, aka Parasyte in English, is based on a popular psychological horror manga with science fiction elements. While I have not read the manga, Kiseijuu is from Madhouse (Wolf Children, Black Lagoon), and they always have top notch animation. Kiseijuu is hopefully going to be the definitive dark series of the year, and maybe it will make people forget about the overrated Tokyo Ghoul.
Animation Studio: Madhouse Studios
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological
At Number 4: Akatsuki no Yona
Despite original skepticism, Akatsuki no Yona is starting to build up some hype, and what I have seen of the manga, this should be an interesting fantasy series.
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot
Genre: Action, Romance, Fantasy
At Number 3: Psycho-Pass 2Season 1 of Psycho-Pass was one of my favorite series of last year, and even though Gen Urobuchi is taking a step back from main writer on the series, Psycho-Pass' concept is so interesting that I am excited to see the direction the it takes next. If you missed the first season, you can catch on Netflix.
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Genre: Cyberpunk, Action, Crime,
At Number 2: Log Horizon 2nd Series
Of the series that have completing airing in 2014, Log Horizon is, by far, my favorite series, which is evident by my review here, and it should be no surprise that I am so hyped for season two. Unlike a lot of series, Log Horizon ended with the sole intention of having a second season; therefore this 2nd series is an entirely valid and worthwhile continuation. Basically, go watch season one of Log Horizon so that you will be ready for season two. My only slight problem is that Studio Deen is attached to animate the series, whereas Statelight animated the first season.
Animation Studio: Studio Deen
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama/Comedy,
At Number 1: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
If you remember from my post earlier in the week, I am beyond excited for Ufotable’s upcoming remake of Fate/stay night, and it is, unquestionably my most anticipated anime of not just the season, but also the entire year. To read my brief guide to the Fate franchise and Fate/stay night, please click here.
Animation Studio: Ufotable
Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Action,
Which series are you watching from this upcoming season? Are there some that I should add to my Watch-List? Also, my plan is to try virtually every series that is not a sequel or a kid's show, plus anything that the Anime Addicts Anonymous podcast gives a pass will be added to my watch list. Please comment below and check back next week for my review of the series from Summer season.
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