Fall Anime 2013 Preview

I initially thought this would be the weakest Fall season I’ve seen to date. But let’s see, there’s always a hidden gem somewhere.

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Kill la Kill

  • Genre: Action, School
  • Producer: Trigger
  • TV Station: MBS
  • Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
  • Writer: Kazuki Nakashima
  • Will start in October 4, 2013
  • Number of episode: 24
Summary: The story is set on a high school that the student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin rules by force. Wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, the wandering transfer student Ryuuko Matoi brings about upheaval on the campus. Ryuuko searches for the mysterious figure who caused her father’s death, but confronting her are the student council’s “four divine kings.” Fortunately, Ryuuko is aided by a talking sailor uniform who tells her, “Wear me. When I am worn by you, this power will become manifest.”
Thoughts: The director and writer of Gurren Lagann are reunited. Here’s to hoping their creativity will recreate another epic anime!


Kyoukai no Kanata

  • Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Producer: Kyoto Animation
  • TV Station: Tokyo MX
  • Director: Taichi Ishidate
  • Writer: Jukki Hanada
  • Will start in October 2, 2013
  • Number of episode: 12
Summary: Although Akihito appears human, he is half yomu and invulnerable to wounds. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.
Thoughts: I love Kyoto Animation’s graphics. This one seems keen on details, which is perfect for such an awesome plot. If they are able to pull this off, this might be one of KyoAni’s exceptional works.


Little Busters: Refrain

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School
  • Producer: J.C. Staff
  • TV Station: AT-X
  • Director: Yamakawa Yoshiki
  • Writer: Shimoda Michiru
  • Will start in October 5, 2013
  • Number of episode: 24
Summary: Second season of Little Busters!
Thoughts: I was a bit disappointed with the first season but my friend is telling me that it’s just the set-up. The best part is yet to come. So I’m keeping an open mind that this will be better than the first season.


Log Horizon

  • Genre: Action, Romance, Shounen
  • Producer: Satelight
  • TV Station: NHK-E
  • Director: Ishihara Shinji
  • Writer: Nemoto Toshizo
  • Will start in October 5, 2013
  • Number of episode: 25
Summary: The story begins when 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy online game world Elder Tale. What was once a sword-and-sorcery world is now the real world.
Thoughts: We had a lot of MMORPG animes lately and frankly, I haven’t been too impressed with it. This would be my last try for this type of anime. Maybe with a strong team behind the anime, I might change my opinion.


Nagi no Asukara

  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen
  • Producer: P.A. Works
  • TV Station: Animax
  • Director: Toshiya Shinohara
  • Writer: Mari Okada
  • Will start in October 3, 2013
  • Number of episode: 12
Summary: A beautiful fairy tale that wanders through the earth and the sea. Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido are Sea Dwellers and childhood friends. When their school in the sea is closed they are forced to attend to an earth’s one, but due to a special encounter, their lives gain a new twist.
Thoughts: I was hooked when I saw the first sunset photo and the fact it was P.A. Works was animating it. The plot is more reminiscent of the current production, Uchoten Kazoku which took awhile before it grown to me. I love the slice of life tone P.A Works establishes. Even if the anime ends up so-so, you can expect pretty visuals to make up for it.


Samurai Flamenco

  • Genre: Action
  • Producer: Manglobe
  • TV Station: Fuji TV
  • Director: Omori Takahiro
  • Writer: Kurata Hideyuki
  • Will start in October 11, 2013
  • Number of episode: 22
Summary: The anime’s taglines read, “To those ‘adults’ who don’t want to become adults…” and “Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil.”
Thoughts: Anything that’s on the noitaminA block must be pretty good. I personally don’t know what to expect with a summary like that so I’ll just wait to be pleasantly surprised. It’s interesting to see how it’s incorporating the designs from the 90s. The colors are quite bold choices if I must add.


Unbreakable Machine Doll

  • Genre: Action, Ecchi, Seinen
  • Producer: Lerche
  • TV Station: AT-X
  • Director: Kinji Yoshimoto
  • Writer: Yuuko Kakihara
  • Will start in October 7, 2013
  • Number of episode: 12
Summary: In a world in which magic was discovered and weaponized in the early 20th century, the series follows a revenge seeking young man and his bishoujo puppet girl companion as they enter a prestigious school.
Thoughts: I love revenge stories. It has magic and dolls. Pretty much standard but let’s see how this will play out.


Yokazura Quartet: Hana no Uta

  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Shounen
  • Producer: Tatsunuko Production
  • TV Station: Tokyo MX
  • Director: Ryo-Timo
  • Writer: Ishikawa Manabu
  • Will start in October 6, 2013
  • Number of episode: 12
Summary: In a town where humans and demons co-exist, it takes more than a normal police force to maintain the peace. Enter the Hiizumi Life Counseling Office, a fantastic foursome of unique teenagers, each gifted with an amazing super power!
Thoughts: I enjoyed the first one even though I forgot most of the plot by now. I always love seeing remakes of good shows. I heard that the OVA which Ryo-Timo directed was a much more fantastic adaptation and follow the manga better. I didn’t like how the character designs became softer but maybe that’s part of the artistic effect of his storytelling method.



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