The fall anime season is in full swing, and thus far, it seems that we are in for some high quality anime, particularly in the fantasy, sequel, and comedy genres. As with my summer impressions, I will review the episodes that have aired, provide my score, and now I have added a "Recommended For" section so that you will know if this is a series that you might want to watch. Of the series airing this season, I plan to review a whopping 35 anime, although that does include a few short series. I will be reviewing the series in alphabetical order by the series' romaji title, and please note that all scores are relative to a series' respective genre. However, if two episodes of a series have not yet aired, I will skip it until the next part of the impressions. Without further ado, let's proceed.
Note: Plot summaries are from Anichart.net.
Akatsuki no Yona
My biggest complaint about the series thus far is the bishounen (translated as "pretty young boy/man") designs of the male characters. Why does every historical set series need to have a bunch of bishounens as the main characters? All of the recent samurai era series have bishounen characters, when more standard designs would lend themselves to a more serious series. However, unlike most of the historical bishounen anime, Akatsuki no Yona made it work for me. Also, Yona does have a crush on her cousin in the beginning of the episode, and while that may seem odd, it is not particularly strange in the Japanese culture, so be aware.
Recommended For: Historical fans, Romance fans,
Plot Summary: "Since Yona is the only princess of a grand kingdom, she has been raised with great care by her doting father and protected by her childhood friend/guard Hak and others. However, her fate changes on her 16th birthday, when her beloved cousin Soo-won murders her father to claim the throne. She flees the castle to Hak's hometown and begins her new life."
|Looks like Katniss has some competition!|
Amagi Brilliant Park
After two episodes, the series most definitely has me hooked. In fact, Amagi Brilliant Park reminds me of Outbreak Company, one of 2013’s the best series, which also had an interesting fantasy element. While not all of the comedy works, the second episode introduces some great story elements, and if you are familiar with Full Metal Panic, there are a few funny references to that.
Kyoto Animation takes the beautifully flawless character designs of the female characters, from Free, which I praised in my review of said series, and combined it with their usual stunning animation to create the most polished series of the year (excluding Fate/stay night). Everything in the series is beautiful and incredibly fluid; Kyoto Animation is still at the top of their game. The only negative with the series thus far is that there is one scene of random fanservice towards the end of the first episode. Also, the series under the genre of ecchi, and while there have only been mild hints thus far, it could turn into one. Other than that, there is no reason not to give the series a watch for an interesting and unique fantasy series with beautiful animation!
Recommended For: Outbreak Company fans, Kyoto Animation fans, Ecchi fans, Comedy fans, Fantasy fans,
Plot Summary: "The "slapstick drama" begins with Seiya Kanie, a high school boy who is invited on a date in an amusement park by a mysterious beautiful transfer student named Isuzu Sento. He is introduced to Ratifa, a "real" princess and the park's manager, and is asked to be the acting manager of this "disappointing amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs.""
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
Recommended For *18+*: Seinen comedy fans, Otaku comedy fans,
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."
Denki-Gai no Honya-san
Recommended For *18+*: Otaku comedy fans, Genshiken fans, Seinen comedy fans,
Plot Summary: "The "youthful bookstore comedy" revolves around the folks who work in a manga shop deep in a certain "Electric Town" neighborhood. ("Denki-Gai" or "Electric Town" is a popular name for shopping areas that specialize or used to specialize in electric and electronic items, like Tokyo's Akihabara.) The protagonist Umio works part-time at "BOOKS Umanohone" along with his senior at work (but not in age) Hiotan. As many dedicated manga fans visit the store, there is always something going on."
Donten ni Warau
Recommended For: Bishounen fans,
Plot Summary: "In the eleventh year of the Meiji era carrying swords was forbidden by the government and those known as samurai were slowly fading away. However, there were plenty who didn't like those changes taking place in Japan and inevitably the crime rates increased. The country's only solution was an inescapable lake prison. Since the prison had no other way to access it except by water, the three boys of the Kumo family were assigned to transport the criminals to their new "home". Although, is that the only thing they were doing...?"
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Recommended For: Anyone that watched Fate/Zero, Action fans, Fantasy fans, Ufotable fans,
Plot Summary: "Adaptation of the 2nd route of the popular visual novel: Fate/Stay Night. In this route, Tohsaka Rin will be the major female character. Revelations about Shirou and his destiny will be made."
Recommended For *18+*: Seinen action fans, Dark fantasy fans,
Plot Summary: "Based on the Garo Project tokusatsu drama. The Garo drama franchise has a dark story that revolves around humans that have the job of "Makai Knights," people who fight against demonic beings called Horrors. The first television series in the franchise revolves around Makai Knight Kōga Saejima, who tries to save a girl named Kaoru from her fate of death after being tainted by demon blood."
What anime are you watching this fall? What do you think of the series that I have reviewed thus? Please comment below and let me know.
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