I’ve been meaning to get around to this, but this past season has kept me swamped with anime! It’s been difficult to find time to go over the fall season, but I buckled down and forced myself to get through this. Here’s the rundown of what shows I’m looking forward to for the Fall 2014 season!
Amagi Brilliant Park
To be honest, I have no idea what this anime is about. I’m mainly interested because it’s KyoAni and their anime is always pleasant for the eyes. The premise involves something about a boy running an amusement park which I assume will produce harem antics. Overall, I’m not really expecting anything, but hey, it might be a fun series to sit back and relax to.
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
Another series that I’ll be going into with ZERO expectations. It’s another one of your boy meets girl stories, guy’s life changes because of the encounter. I’ll probably give this this a few episodes, but if depending on the energy and chemistry between the characters, it may be on my drop list.
Donten ni Warau
Once again, I don’t know what to expect from this series, but judging from MyAnimeList, the source material is positively viewed. My only main concern is the historic setting since I’ve found them to be to be a bit hard to follow (in general). At least with all of the Nobunaga adaptations, I always felt that I was missing out on something by not being familiar with the history it was based on. Aside from that, Donten has a stacked line up of male voice actors, including Nakamura Yuuichi (the almighty Tatsuya) and Yuki Kaji (everyone’s favorite angsty male lead).
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Probably one of the most hyped series of the Fall season! Although it’s not the Heaven’s Feel route most people were expecting, I believe in the hands of ufotable, we’ll have an amazing adaptation regardless. You can expect stunning visuals, well choreographed fight scenes, and an amazing soundtrack to accompany everything. This will probably be the highlight of the season for me, based on entertainment factor alone!
Grisaia no Kajitsu
Based on a popular visual novel, Grisaia has caught my eye this season. While it’s tagged as a psychological and drama, the synopsis screams harem/romcom. They’re throwing a male lead into a sea of girls so it’s only natural to suspect it being a harem. The synopsis also promises to be a sort of healing series. All these girls are damaged or haunted by their past, and from interacting with this male lead, they slowly readjust to life and heal.
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
Before reading the synopsis, seeing the key visual along with the fact it’s a light novel adaptation basically tells me what it’s about. Harem, ecchi, and some sort of super powers. I think the wild card though is how studio Trigger will be adapting it. Unlike their other works, this one has a source material and doesn’t seem to be fit their artistic style. Regardless, I tend to enjoy these types of LN adaptations, as long as it doesn’t turn into another Mahou Sensou!
One of my most anticipated series for the fall season! Humanity is being threatened with the invasion of aliens who take control of their bodies. Darker series are rare to come by, but I tend to enjoy them. Nothing beats the thrill of an adrenaline rush as you watch your favorite characters in despair. One of the key things about Kiseijuu is that the source material is already complete, which leads me to believe that it’ll receive a proper adaptation. It’s scheduled to be two-cour already which should give it enough room to fully adapt the 64 chapters.
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
My shoujo pick of the season. Since Ao Haru Ride will be leaving a void within many hearts, Ookami Shoujo looks to fill the void. What can I say, from the synopsis, it seems like any other shoujo. A female lead who can’t stand the smug male lead. She slowly warms up to him as the series progresses. The cast line up is also something I’m looking forward to. I’m a fan of Itou Kanae (Elsie from TWGOK) and Sakurai Takahiro (who has several main roles this season!) who will be voicing the main leads.
Let me start off by saying I absolutely loved the first season of Psycho-Pass. For the most part, I find the Urobuchi’s themes and writing just tend to resonate with me. Unfortunately, he won’t be having as much of an influence on the second season which concerns me a bit. On top of that, I thought the first season ended off on a good note. While the Sibyl system still controls society, order had been restored and life moves on. Hopefully this won’t be one of those cases where a story was better left untouched.
At first glance, this series doesn’t seem to be anything special. We have a threat to humanity, and a group of superheroes who fight to save the earth. To me, this just seems like your typical over the top shounen (like Tokyo ESP, Hamatora). However, World Trigger definitely has a line up of well established voice actors/actresses. We have Yuki Kaji, Fukuyuma Jun, Nakamura Yuuichi, Hanazawa Kana, and many more.
Well, this wraps up my Fall season preview. As always, I’ll probably pick up more series as they begin to air. There are plenty of light hearted comedies that will appeal to a wide range of preferences this season. There’s also a ton of anticipated sequels for a lot of popular series (Log Horizon, Chaika). Overall, the Fall anime season has such a large variety of series to choose from, which leads me to believe that it’ll be one of the best yet.
You can find the full list of Fall 2014 anime over on AniChart
Let me know what series you’re looking forward to the most!