It’s the Fall Season, and we all know what that means… a week of a slightly diminished drive to write, and classes calling me out at all hours of the day! Also, more new shows to watch. Okay, so in the latter regard it’s just like every other season of anime that’s come before, though with a larger selection of more interesting, less generic shows than this past summer, this is poised to be an interesting season to say the least. With shows like Guilty Crown, the anime adaptation of Mirai Nikki, and Fate/Zero, this will (hopefully) not be easily forgotten. So as usual with these season previews, there will be the five series that I’m most looking forward to and will definitely watch at least the first episode of. However, because I just don’t feel like writing too much for this post past those top five, the rest will be put up in a post later this week. Most of these are based off of the synopses and promotional art sounding at least a little cool, so I won’t go past superficial details except where necessary, mostly because I know nothing past those details.
The premise is interesting enough. A boy with psychic powers in his right hand that allow him to take weapons from the chests of those around him is inadvertently drawn into a power struggle, a coup against the government on the side of the rebels. I can’t say it’s definitely going to be anything spectacular, but that trailer got me unreasonably hyped. The pedigree’s good and the story isn’t bad, so I see no reason why this wouldn’t be entertaining… unless everything just kind of ended up sucking. But enough negativity, let’s move on to something possibly near and dear to my heart.
Coming fresh off of playing the visual novel, imagine my surprise when I first saw that this was in the works. And since it’s a prequel to the VN, I’ll only have the slightest inkling of what to expect. Here’s hoping it’ll be good, and better than the first anime supposedly was, while properly explaining the details of the previous Holy Grail War that left Shiro orphaned. I’ll probably make an effort to watch it before the Fall Season starts, for the sake of completion and a place to start from.
Placed firmly in the “At least the promotional art looks cool” category, this will likely get knocked further down the list as it progresses. But hey, I’ve been wrong before, so there’s no reason to let my expectations die already… or at least that’s what I thought until I saw that it was touted as “A school battle action & love comedy with ecchi elements.” Still, BakaTest wasn’t bad, and that was pretty much the same thing that beat its jokes to death. Okay, so I have nothing positive left to say, moving on!
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
The synopsis to this is absolutely bananas, layered with needless exposition. But at least it sounds cool. Let it never be said that I can’t be shallow and superficial sometimes.
Anime has proven time and time again that traditional tabletop games of various sorts can be made suspenseful and riveting, given proper storytelling and unreal levels of suspense. Enter Chihayafuru, which takes the game of karuta and makes it the focal point of a story. Unfortunately, it looks rather subdued, which discards the one gimmick these kinds of shows have to make them good (Over the top actions and motivations for playing). Still, it looks interesting enough. It isn’t a plot to write home about, but you won’t find too many people saying that it’s stupid either.
Also, every piece of art I could find from this had that same hollow smile, so I chose the one that was the least terrifying.
Please flip the tape over to Side B come Thursday-ish.