The fall season is finally here, and this is going to be one hell of an anime season. There is a lot of good stuff airing this season, and there is something for everyone. I know I tend to say this a lot, but I can’t reiterate this enough, there really is a bit of everything out there this season, even if you don’t find it in this article. Probably the biggest show of this season that EVERYONE is talking about would be Kill la Kill, studio Trigger’s debut into TV anime. Read on for my first impression on it, and check out the other stuff I’m watching this season while you’re at it. And yes, I will be covering the insanity that is Valvrave next week after it airs, along with a few other shows that start next week.
Coppelion is a really interesting anime about a team of three genetically engineered girls sent into the ruins of Tokyo after an accident at a nuclear power plant. With bodies that can resist deadly radiation, their mission is to locate any possible survivors and investigate the city ruins. One of the first things viewers will notice about this show is the incredibly detailed and beautiful backgrounds. The environment of this show isn’t some kind of lifeless desert wasteland, but instead it is a lush garden where nature thrives in the crumbling city abandoned by humans. Coppelion isn’t just pretty to look at, however. Viewers will find themselves drawn in by the handful of mysteries presented in this first episode. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, and I think this could be one of the best shows of the year.
Readers who stumbled upon my articles on ecchi anime probably know by now that I was a fan of the first season of this show. For those not in the know, Freezing is about mankind’s war with inter-dimensional beings known as the “Nova.” The only beings capable of fighting the Nova are the Pandora, female warriors capable of using “Stigmata”, special implants that grant superhuman abilities. What this all really amounts to is a show about really hot girls fighting monsters (and each other) in clothing that shreds way too easily. What, did you think this was going to be really serious? This show is also airing on AT-X in all of its uncensored glory, so be prepared for Highschool DxD levels of sexiness.
This is the sequel to the Infinite Stratos, a sci-fi/harem/comedy about powered suits that can only be used by women, and the misadventures of the one guy that can somehow pilot one. If you haven’t seen the first season, you are instantly going to be at a loss for what is going on, so you should probably move along… ditto if you have something against the “harem” trope in anime. For those of you still here, we have yet another season of cute girls in badass mecha-suits to look forward to. This seemingly “quiet” episode about the girls trying to lure Ichiga out on a date for the summer festival gets crazy when the most unexpected action scene of all time breaks out in a maid café. Yeah, this is gonna be fun.
This is studio Trigger’s first TV anime, and for those wondering why this is important, studio Trigger is full of staff that worked on Gurren Lagaan, and you will notice that almost instantly when you watch this. There has been a lot of hype about this show, even in the west. I honestly went into this show expecting disappointment, because the levels of hype were too high; and the show had begun to form a very obnoxious fanbase of casual anime fans praising this show as some sort of savior in their misguided hatred of “modern” anime.
After watching the first episode, however, all of my doubts about this show were blown away by pure awesomeness. This show combines the extreme, over-the-top insanity from Gurren Lagaan and mixes it with Quentin Tarantino-esque camp. The animation is still very much like most anime, but with a cartoon-like western flair and a “retro” touch. It sounds strange, and it is, but this is a really cool-looking show. Story-wise, this is the tale of a school led by an oppressive regime/student council that grants power to students with “Ultima” uniforms, special school uniforms that give superhuman abilities to the wearer. One day a transfer student named Ryuuko appears, with half of a scissor-blade that is said to counter the power of Ultima uniforms. Eventually Ryuuko stumbles upon a mysterious talking uniform that also grants superhuman abilities, and she quickly sets out to fight the student council and announce her quest for revenge. If you think this show is going to rock the foundations of anime, you may be a bit off the mark. This show isn’t going to change anime, it IS anime, anime on steroids. That is still no excuse to miss this, especially since there are several websites offering both legal AND free streams of this. Go fucking watch Kill la Kill. NOW.
Kyoto Animation always seems to have something lined up each season that everyone deeply into anime just has to talk about. This time around they are trying yet another twist on their trademark slice of life programming (no, this time it does not involve fanservice for women,) now they are going with supernatural action. Yes, you read that right, action. Unknown to “normal” people, there is a hidden battle between spirit hunters and phantoms. The story is centered around a student named Akihito, a half-human, half-phantom immortal whom is constantly pestered by a seemingly cute, yet dangerous spirit hunter named Mirai that simply loves to stab him with her blood-sword. This show combines KyoAni’s beautifully animated cuteness with a bit of really cool action. I really enjoyed this episode and there is a lot of potential for this to be a great show.
Everyone’s favorite show about baseball that isn’t about baseball at all is back! Things pick up where last season left off, and the Busters have gathered together to explore new methods of screwing around. As soon as everyone is starting to have a good time, a few old enemies from Yuiko’s past show up looking for petty revenge. They are about to learn a hard lesson as to why no one should ever piss off a Little Buster.
Nadeko finally falls asleep after getting lectured by Shinobu, only to wake up and get a lecture from the youngest of the Fire Sisters. Nadeko then finally sets off to school, only to be confronted by one of her teachers. Finally, thanks to some help from the snake spirit, she snaps. I have to admit, it was pretty fun to watch the normally shy and repressive Nadeko flip the fuck out on her classmates for no reason.
Shinichi Kanou is an otaku outcast that finally decides to come out of seclusion and enter the workforce. He notices a job opening that actually asks for a knowledgeable otaku, applies for it, and even aces the interview. That’s when he suddenly is drugged and wakes up in a fantasy-type realm of magic. Now Shinichi is working for the SDF on a peacekeeping project to distribute products in high demand in this magical realm: anime, manga, and video games. Seriously.
The type of comedy here is obviously aimed at a more “hardcore” crowd, so if you only have a casual interest in anime/manga/Japanese games, a lot of the jokes are likely to go right over your head, or even potentially offend you. For the rest of us, however, I think this show is going to be a blast. This episode was pretty fun, and it was nice to see the comedy doesn’t rely on a continuous stream of references and parodies to get laughs.
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita (AKA Yuushibu)
(I Couldn’t Become a Hero, so I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job)
Before this show even aired, this show has been panned by “serious” critics as the kind of depraved, smutty anime that is killing the industry, etc. etc. This tells me right off that bat that this show is probably going to be lots of fun. Yuushibu is an odd blend of fantasy, ecchi, and… work comedy? This show takes place in a realm where mankind was once at war with a powerful demon lord. When the demon lord is suddenly defeated, aspiring heroes everywhere are suddenly put out of work. Raul, who had once dreamed of being a hero, now works a mundane job at a “magic” appliance store. Things get interesting when his new coworker happens to be the daughter of the defeated demon lord. For whatever reason, the goofy antics of this show are augmented with an ample supply of bouncy boobs and shameless upskirt shots, because why not? I came into this expecting a silly comedy with fanservice. I got a silly comedy with LOTS of fanservice. Great job, anime!