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Fall 2014: Preview Summary


The Fall 2014 season is just about to begin in earnest, with some shows beginning their runs in the past few days and others very shortly. This season has had a mixed bag and a surprising lack of NEW sports anime. Also I have merged the Game genre into the others to save confusion. One thing I’ve noticed is that there a lot of visual novel adaptations this season and not as many light novel adaptations.

If you missed any of the individual genre videos, click the following links to catch up!
Action / Fantasy & Magic / Comedy / Slice Of Life / Sci-fi & Mecha /

Now let’s take a look at my Review Priority Rating index [RPR] and how I rated the twenty nine anime eligible for review:

RPR #
High 4
Medium-High 11
Medium 11
Medium-Low 2
Low 1

You can rate the anime you’re most looking forward to in the poll below or CLICK HERE.

Remember, these ratings are based on first impressions and things can change as I begin watching them. Some can go up or down in estimation, you never know!

These shows have managed to catch my interest down to their innovative art styles, compelling plot and different spin on previously established archetypes. Reviews will be more forthcoming for these titles.

High Priority: Denki-gai no Honya-san, Kiseijuu, Magic Kaito 1412 and Sanzoku no Musume Ronja

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The medium-high list are the shows which are still very good but didn’t quite fill me with rapture at first sight or seemed to play it a little to safe for my liking. Reviews will be posted slightly later.

Medium-High Priority: Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken, Donten ni Warau, Garo: Honou no Kokuin, Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de, Nanatsu no Taizai, Ore Twintails no Narimasu, Orenchi no Furo Jijou, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis, Shirobako and Terra Formars

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The medium list comprises those productions which have either been considered good or inconclusive based on little or no information. This third premise is for shows that have either had no trailer or minimal content surrounding it published. Instead of labelling it bad, medium is a temporary default for such titles.

Medium Priority: Akatsuki no Yona, Amagi Brilliant Park, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo, Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, Grisaia no Kajitsu, Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, Sora no Method, Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Mahoutsukai, Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete and Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

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The medium-low priority list is populated with shows that seem to either be OK or slightly disappointing based on its promotional presentation. Some of these shows DO have sparks of potential and I’m hoping to see them shimmer and generate a better review score.

Medium-Low Priority: Madan no Ou to Vanadis and World Trigger

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The low priority list. The shows which seem to have no hope for being good or original. The shows whose existence is questionable, depressing or bemusing. Two of these titles are here because there’s no trailer or supporting content to go with it other than one poster and a small blurb surrounding its plot. Their outlooks aren’t good but you never know. What I do know is that these will be reviewed with less of a priority than the other shows listed.

Low Priority: Girlfriend (Kari)

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Based on the tally, the season is looking to be quite good! Most of the anime are in the average/above-average category and only three are less than average. Of course that can differ once the shows begin broadcasting but for now I have high hopes for the season ahead! These results should be used as a barometer about what to watch; these are what I think will be good or not so good. In the end, it’s up to you; we have anime to watch! Good hunting.

So what anime are you looking forward to? Now’s your chance to vote for as many shows as you like so we can get a gauge on what the Anifile audience is excited about. If the results for one show in particular are high enough but the show is further down the review list, I will respond by pushing it up a little bit.

CAST YOUR VOTE!

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Fall 2014: Slice of Life/Drama


Our final genre is probably one of anime’s most defining genre – the slice of life. Second only to giant robot anime, the slice of life can chronicle any sort of ‘real-world’ scenario from schools to work to life in general. Most tend to gravitate to school environments and be the most prone to fanservice. Despite this, I think this is probably my favourite genre because it’s the most relaxing and easiest to understand; very little chance of learning specific terminology or complicated story arcs. Just kick back and enjoy the drama!

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Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
(I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying)

Animation Studio: Dream Creation
Origin:  Manga [Kyoshinsha]
Date of Premiere: October 2nd

Summary
Welcome to the internet, we say to Kaoru [our leading lady]. She is married to Hajime, a full-blown otaku to which she is the almost complete opposite; she smokes, has an office job and is cynical as all hell. Now she’s wed to this guy, Kaoru feels like she needs to understand the world her husband inhabits if she wants to save her sanity.

Initial Thoughts
If the producers of this anime wanted to appeal to their target market with something relevant, then they did a good job. I’m sold! This is a five-minute anime series so the time invested is minimal so the risk factor is negligible for those skeptical. This is probably one of the shows I’m looking forward to the most because of the fact that I’m a geek and I want to see what happens. Plus the animation looks cute!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
(The Shepherd of the Great Library)

Animation Studio: Hoods Entertainment
Origin:  Manga [August/Sasaki]
Date of Premiere: October 9th

Summary
Kyoutarou just wants to read a book, to nocialise in peace in the school library. One day though, his wish to read fantastic tomes is granted with the proviso that he acts like a good samaritan. With the guidance of an outside figure known only as the “Shepherd”, he is charged with spreading happiness to five female classmates with different quirks and personalities.

Initial Thoughts
As soon as I saw Hoods Entertainment were the animators of this I sort of knew where this was going. Hoods primarily animate racier productions and it implies that there will be plenty of stimulating material for young men; of course there will be, this is based on a visual novel game! Predictable and pandering but it looks very good, I’ll probably save this for the latter half of the review season.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Girlfriend (Kari)
Girlfriend (Beta)

Animation Studio: Silver Link
Origin:  Game [CyberAgent/Ameba]
Date of Premiere: October 13th

Summary
You want a girlfriend? Take your pick! You have over thirty girls to choose from in this anime adaptation of the hugely popular iOS and Android game [those have over one hundred to choose from!]. Other than that not much else has been divulged in terms of plot but I think you can guess where it’ll go.

Initial Thoughts
This is certainly…ambitious. One of the most inclusive dating sims in circulation, Girlfriend (Kari) will not have anyone feeling left out, but does it need an anime? This linear art form may not lend itself well to what is essentially an endless video game; people will feel like their favourite has been given short shrift or left out all together. Also nothing about the plot has been explained so that adds to the uncertainty. Not sure about this.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Low

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Grisaia no Kajitsu
(The Fruit of the Grisaia)

Animation Studio: 8-bit
Origin:  Game [Front Wing]
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
Yuuji Kazama is the first boy to enrol in a special school for troubled children where the only other classmates are attractive girls. Each of these characters has a tragic past which has affected their daily lives and it is believed that Yuuji’s presence might be the solution to their problems and help them get over their trauma…it doesn’t help though that Yuuji is there because he has a past he’d want to forget too, can everyone get over their woes?

Initial Thoughts
Another visual novel, Grisaia no Kajitsu seems to be a lot more cerebral than most. The idea of investigation psychological trauma through compassion helping the girls solve their issues is noteworthy but it still could fall foul that plagues most adaptations of visual novels – condensing. You have HOURS of content from five different plots and you have to shrink them all and pick one of the girls to get with Yuuji [probably Sakaki]; people who played the game will again feel left out if their girl isn’t chosen. Risky but interesting enough to give a chance.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
(Your Lie In April)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Origin:  Manga [Arakawa]
Date of Premiere: October 9th

Summary
Kousei was a child prodigy when it came to playing the piano, but when his like-minded mother passed away he was unable to hear his piano play and as such vows to never play the instrument again. After that, life becomes meaningless…until he meets Kaori, a wonderful violinist, who could restore his love for music and rekindle his passion!

Initial Thoughts
This looks really good. A-1 Pictures has picked a cracker of a series to adapt. It’s a simple plot about conquering one’s fear and trauma but it looks like it will be done rather tastefully and eloquently with plenty of visual cues and use of the colour palette. Kaori and Kousei look to be a solid match and I’m keen to see how this relationship unfolds.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Shirobako
(White Box)

Animation Studio: P.A. Works
Origin:  Manga [Sugihara/Mizutama]
Date of Premiere: October 9th

Summary
Five girls want to make an anime, simple as. Each girl has a specific trait and together they start to carve their way into the animation industry, one trial after another; with donuts. Lots of donuts.

Initial Thoughts
There’s not much to say really with this one. You can sum it up in a sentence which is good. The story is uncomplicated and should actually be interesting as it goes through the animation process and deconstructs it into its component parts; colouring, voicing, 3D work and so on. The story is meant to be heartwarming as these girls will stick together and I will stick around for this because I want to know how a modern anime is made! I mean after last season’s Glasslip, anything that PA Works makes will be better!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
(In Search of A Lost Future)

ushinawareta

Animation Studio: Feel
Origin:  Game [Trumple]
Date of Premiere: October 4th

Summary
Uchihama Academy is planning to move to a new location and this year’s school festival will be the last at the current campus. The student body work together to make this festival the best ever…that is until the campus fights back with sightings of ghosts, seizures and unexplained accidents. The school’s Astronomy Club, led by Sou Akiyama, is charged with investigating the phenomena and finds odd things tend to gravitate toward him, especially when new transfer student Yui comes into his life. What happens next?

Initial Thoughts
Oooh, paranormal elements. I like that! Other than that, the premise is solid enough. The original game is based on a long-running novel À la recherche du temps perdu or In Search of Lost Time written by Marcel Proust and in that themes of loss, anxiety as well as tragedy! In all it’ll be interesting to show how this high-brow visual novel is adapted into an anime; based on visuals alone it feels like a Clannad in its sophisticated colour palette but we shall see if that holds true!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
(Yuna Yuki is a Hero)

yuyuyu

Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi
Origin:  Manga [Takahiro/Kotamaru]
Date of Premiere: October 16th

Summary
Four girls from the same school form a “Hero Club” which saves the world for what is known as the “Vertex”. When these girls aren’t fighting demons or otherworldly oddities, they are standard moe girls doing adorable things together without a care in the world with cute plushy mascots to accompany them…then they go fight demons!

Initial Thoughts
I think this could be good? It feels almost like a magical girl anime but a lot more grounded. The girls look pleasant enough and the ambience seems rather mellow. It’s a more laidback action anime with chances to have a chuckle with the girls as they go about their lives. Quaintness aplenty.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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And thus concludes our showcase of anime for the upcoming fall season. Our final post will be our Fall Preview Summary where you can see what anime excites Anifile and which leaves us feeling cold and a chance to cast your vote for the anime you’re most excited to see!