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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.

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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: Fantasy/Magic


Magic can be quite…well, magical. It can also be, like science fiction, an avenue of pure creativity; you can do whatever you want and claim that magic is behind it. Yet despite that freedom, you’d be surprised the number of times I’ve seen a magic-based show follow the same trends as all the other ones instead of branching out in its own direction. Do any of these shows buck said trend? Let’s find out!

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis
(The King of the Magic Bullet and Vanadis)

Animation Studio: Satelight
Origin:  Light Novel [Kawaguchi/YoshiO]
Date of Premiere: October 4th

Summary
The European country of Zhcted [I think I missed that geography lesson] is in the middle of a great war. Seven beautiful women lead the country as ambassadors or Vanadis despite there being an overall king. Enter Eleanor Vertalia, the silver haired main protagonist and Tigre, a young earl who is taken prisoner by Eleanor after one battle and is taken into her court to serve her as a warrior.

Initial Thoughts
As much as I think that the animation looks pretty good and the idea is sort of decent, it feels like a stock slice-of-life plot disguised as a harrowing and action-packed romp with the whole “From today you must serve me” angle. It DOES look cool but all I sense is a buddy-cop scenario with the potential for unnecessary fanservice; here’s hoping it doesn’t go there but my hopes are tempered.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-Low

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Magic Kaito 1412

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Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Origin:  Manga [Aoyama]
Date of Premiere: October 4th

Summary
Kaito Kuroba is a young magician who takes revenge on his father who died eight years previously in somewhat shady circumstances. Upon further investigation, Kaito discovers that his father was the infamous thief The Kaito Kid. In memory, the young Kaito takes on the moniker. From there begins a tale of revenge, illusion and having a thing with the Chief Inspector’s daughter!

Initial Thoughts
This goes without saying, this is going to be good. Magic Kaito has been around since the late 1980s in either his own manga or making cameo appearances in Aoyama’s other famous work Detective Conan as a rival. I am curious to see the origin story of this character as there is a lot to him. As for the product by A-1, it looks the business and you can expect a great amount of care with this show as it’s a national icon. You might wonder that since this is a spin-off and not a WHOLLY new show why I’m covering it. I feel it’s a re-telling in the same vein of Sailor Moon Crystal and it’s popular so people want to know my thoughts – OK, you got it!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: High

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Nanatsu no Taizai
(The Seven Deadly Sins)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Origin:  Manga [Suzuki]
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
In Britannia, seven powerful knights [the Seven Deadly Sins] struck fear into the heart of the nation’s monarch. After wiping them out with his own Holy Knights, rumours begin to spread that the group are in hiding. However, the king’s own Holy Knights use their power against their ruler and take over the kingdom by force. The king’s daughter Elizabeth escapes capture and goes on a quest to find the Seven Deadly Sins in order to dispose the usurping warriors from the throne.

Initial Thoughts
I’m getting a very 90s vibe here. It looks quite retro despite being a new property with the manga only starting in 2012. The overall feel is that I think this will be a fun adventure with seven colourful characters and a plot that would appeal to younger boys akin to Naruto or Bleach. There is some potential for fanservice to come into play but I’m somewhat confident it won’t be an issue.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
(Ronia the Robber’s Daughter)

Animation Studio: Studio Ghibli/Polygon Pictures
Origin:  Novel [Lindgren]
Date of Premiere: October 11th

Summary
Based on the classic Swedish children’s book, Ronia is the daughter of a group of bandits and the heir apparent to the tribe. She and the gang live in a fort in the middle of a forest. One day she comes across another child from a rival tribe and together they come across mystical creatures and powerful truths.

Initial Thoughts
It’s Ghibli. It’s Polygon Pictures. These two powerhouses in anime have come together to produce the former’s first TV series after decades making movies. It’s unusual to see studios go the opposite direction from the silver screen to the small screen but it’s an interesting prospect. We all know what Ghibli can do and we all know this could be the last thing we see from the fabled studio after the upcoming restructuring or it could be the start of a new path for the beloved animation house. I’m most intriuged as are you as to how Ghibli adapts this story into anime form.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: High

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Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis
(Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

Animation Studio: MAPPA
Origin:  Game/Rage of Bahamut
Date of Premiere: October 6th

Summary
This adaptation of the mobile game Rage of Bahamut chronicles the tale of how the legendary dragon Bahamut was sealed by all living factions to protect the world from his tyranny and the only way to open it is a key which is cut in half. All is well for many years until one human decides it would be a great idea to steal half of the key; this sparks a conflict between gods, demons and humanity after millenia of peace. Smooth.

Initial Thoughts
Good golly this looks amazing! The lush colour palette and organic movement all come together spectacularly and to think that all this came from a phone app. This is going to be epic and despite the fact that this is to promote a smartphone game it doesn’t feel like a cheap marketing ploy; it feels like a genuine product with a lot of care and attention put into it. MAPPA are building a strong reputation in that regard.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium-High

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Sora no Method
(Celestial Method)

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Animation Studio: Studio 3Hz
Origin:  Cross-platform original
Date of Premiere: October 5th

Summary
From the creator of Kanon, this tale is about a wish that five girls made one summer which comes true seven years later. This wish takes the form of a magical disk which hovers over the town which they all met in. Nonoka, our main character, returns after this timeskip and finds the friends she met that one summer including the colourful Noel, who hasn’t aged at all. Duh-duh-duuuuuuh.

Initial Thoughts
There’s not much to go on here. This being an original production with little information released so far save for a few chapters from the manga which came out a month previously. I can’t really say whether this will be good or not but I will check out the first episode with great interest to see what it’s all about. Perhaps the mystery is part of generating hype…or to hide something they don’t want you to know.

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Mahoutsukai
(Trinity Seven: The Seven Magicians)

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Animation Studio: Seven Arcs
Origin:  Manga [Nao/Saitou]
Date of Premiere: October 7th

Summary
Arata is living out his normal humdrum existence until one morning when he is greeted by a black sun caused by the Breakdown Phenomenon. This doesn’t cause people to go insane, it causes them to LITERALLY break into pieces including Arata’s family and friends. He is only saved when his childhood friend Hijiri entrusts a special grimoire which saves the town for the time being. Because of this, Arata is enrolled into Royal Biblia Academy where he can learn how to disable the Breakdown Phenomenon and save his home town from ultimate destruction with the help of the Trinity Seven.

Initial Thoughts
I feel like this will be a harem show with a bit of class. The premise is engaging enough to be different in that Arata has a real and worthy reason to join an academy of magic. He seems like a guy who knows what he wants instead of a whiny and naive frontman we’re all too familiar with. The production feels serious and yet funny at the same time; the show is a comedy mixed with magical action so it’ll be necessary to strike a balance between the two contrasting genre in order to make a good story; do that and things will be bright!

Review Priority Rating [RPR]: Medium

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The rabbit is truly out of the hat! We have one more genre showcase coming up tomorrow and that’s the fabled Slice of Life/Drama category. Catch you later!