The fall 2014 anime season is now underway! While some series still have yet to air, I wanted to share my first impressions of the season so far. I already posted my thoughts on Fate Stay Night earlier this week, so I’ll be excluding it from this post.
Amagi Brilliant Park
I went into this with very little expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. While it isn’t your most thought provoking anime, I definitely found it entertaining. Kanie was a refreshing main lead for me. He knows exactly who he is, and has absolute confidence in himself to the point he’s a narcissist. He doesn’t succumb to other people’s orders, granted that they don’t have a musket in his face. With his decisive attitude, we can see why he was chosen to manage the Amagi Brilliant Park.
I wasn’t expecting the magic aspect to come into play. At first, I thought it was just part of the comedy, pretending that they were from a far away land. Either way, it doesn’t seem like that will play a major role. The main focus of the show is more about driving traffic to the amusement park and I’m assuming silly antics will ensue. This is kind of reminiscent of the Two Broke Girls TV show where we keep track of the progress at the end of each episode.
Grisaia no Kaijutsu
This was definitely an interesting series. At first glance, it looks like your typical visual novel adaptation, where one guy is thrown into a sea of girls and chooses one in the end. It’s loaded with fanservice (and manservice), but there’s still this eerie or mysterious feel surrounding the show. With the introduction, and the ending, it looks like Yuuji has a connection to all of them, but in what way?
Speaking of Yuuji, you have to appreciate his character! He’s as emotionless as the almighty Tatsuya, and is incredibly blunt. He doesn’t tip toe around what he wants to say, he’ll just say it. Like everyone else in the series, he has an aura of mystery surrounding him. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out.
We’ve been introduced to all of the girls right off the bat. While they seem like a fun bunch, there’s something off about all of them. There’s also the mystery as to why they appear to be the only students within the school. It looks like they experienced some sort of trauma in the past, which may explain why they’re isolated within this school.
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
I’m not really a fan of shoujos, but I couldn’t stop grinning (or cringing) throughout this episode. I was pleasantly surprised when the male lead was actually nice for a change. Unfortunately, things reverted back to your traditional shoujo rather quickly, when he begins showing his true colors. Despite that, I thought the comedy was on point.
The show felt eerily similar to last season’s Ao Haru Ride. The protagonist finds herself in a situation where she doesn’t have many friends. In an effort to not be left out, she befriends the “popular” girls who are incredibly materialistic. She ends up faking who she is in order to fit in, but can’t keep it up forever. The key difference between these two series, is the direction they take. Ookami Shoujo takes the more comedic route while Ao Haru took the more dramatic route. Either way, I’m finding myself enjoying this a lot more than I predicted initially.
Nanatsu no Taizai
I can’t believe I didn’t notice this show earlier. I was familiar with the series, but didn’t recognize the name at first glance. It was actually a series I had been anticipating, but had completely forgotten about. After looking further into it, Sawano Hiroyuki (composer for Attack on Titan, Guilty Crown, Kill la Kill, Aldnoah Zero) is working on the Seven Deadly Sins so we can all look forward to more masterpieces from him.
I haven’t been following the manga, but my initial impression of Nanatsu is that it reminds me of Akame ga Kill. The bad guys are actually not as evil as they’re made out to be, while the good guys are corrupt. The animation felt really cartoony for me, but it suits the series. It reminds me of more old school anime like Dragon Ball, where we have a goofy main character setting off on a quest.
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
This was another series that caught me by surprise. It’s not based on a modern setting, which did make it a bit difficult for me to follow. We also didn’t get a whole lot of back story for the characters. The thing that sold the series for me was the characters. The second Ellenora and Tigre began interacting with each other, I could just feel the chemistry between them. While I may not know what’s going on, the characters carry the show for me.
I felt that we had a great atmosphere set at the beginning. The life that Arata once knew was gone. The city had been destroyed, and his loved ones had vanished. But then we transition to a more traditional school setting. All of the tension and despair just disappears, and silly antics ensue! I guess we’ll see how this one plays out, but I would have enjoyed a darker premise (to offset all of the relaxing comedies of the season!).
Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
I found this series to be a bit underwhelming. With so many other strong romantic comedies in the fall lineup, it wasn’t surprising there were some shows I find lacking. Maybe this will improve in the future, but I just didn’t find myself getting into the first episode. We’re shown a group of kids, and how they interact on a normal basis. Everything just feels ordinary, but then they throw in the supernatural element to it. In the end, they still carry on with their normal lives, and it just felt like nothing of importance happened to me. I’ll probably still stick around to see how it plays out, but I’m not expecting much from this series.
Denki-gai no Honya-san
Another workplace comedy series, similar to other works such as Working, and Servant x Service. I’m probably not going to follow this series for much longer. The problem I tend to have with these series, is that I find the characters and the comedy to be extremely bland. I mean, I can’t really blame them, it’s a show about a the daily life of an average worker.
Sunrise… you’ve done it again. Well, the series starts off pretty standard. We have a princess who’s loved by everyone. What she doesn’t realize though, is that her entire life has been a lie. She’s been raised as a part of the royal family, despite being classified as a Norma or basically an evolved human. Since people fear change, it’s only natural that they prosecute these mutations in order to protect themselves. Things quickly spiral out of control. One minute she’s royalty, the next she’s reduced to literally nothing. This was represented pretty well by the invasive physical she receives at the end of the episode.
If you’re familiar with some of Sunrise’s other works (Valvrave in particular), you can expect some over the top action, and sometimes nonsensical plot. Going into this series with zero expectations, I have to say I found myself entertained. While I’m not a fan of mecha series, I can’t stop watching since you never know what Sunrise will throw at you!
Well, I guess I’ll cut off my Fall 2014 anime first impressions here. I still have plenty of shows that I need to sample, including World Trigger, Akatsuki no Yona, Donten ni Warau, Shingeki no Bahamut, and Parasyte. While I may not have covered everything that has aired so far, stay tuned for my mid season review where I’ll cover everything that I decided to stick it out with! I’ll also probably do a separate series of posts for Psycho-Pass once that airs as well.
Anyways, enough about my thoughts on the Fall 2014 anime season. What shows have caught your eyes so far?