So I haven’t been quite active lately, and it will most likely stay that way until I get back into the groove of college. I’ll try not to completely disappear for long periods of time but I make no promises. Anyway, back on topic, what I want to talk about right now is the upcoming anime season, specifically the shows I’m most looking forward to this fall. So, without further ado, let’s get this party started.
Shinryaku?! Ika Musume
Shinryaku?! Ika Musume is a continuation of Shinryaku! Ika Musume (gotta love those added punctuation marks) from 2010′s fall season. Its a story about a Squid Girl who attempts to invade and conquer the human world because of their disregard for her own world under the sea. It was a rather charming series that had me laughing quite often. I’m not sure where exactly they’ll be taking the story plot wise but if it continues to make me laugh then there’s no reason why I shouldn’t check it out.
Working’!! is also a continuation from the 2010 year (also with added punctuation marks) that tells the story of a small family restaurant, where – it appears – all the weirdos have gathered to work. There’s the guy who only likes cute things (basically anything under the age of 12), the girl who has a severe androphobia problem, the manger who doesn’t work, the head waitress who’s obession with said manager borders on insane, and the poor cook who’s in love with the head waitress. If this doesn’t make for one crazy ride then I don’t know what will.
In all honesty the one thing I’m hoping for in the sequel of the hilarious 2010 comedy, is the one sided romance between Yachiyo (the head waitress) and Jun (the cook). There was actually a bit of progress in their relationship at the end, but it was overshadowed by Souta’s quest to rid Inami of her androphobia. Here’s hoping this show delivers, but either way I expect some hilariousness to ensue.
Mirai Nikki is most certianly the thriller of the 2011 fall season. It follows a young boy named Yukiteru, an anti social kid whose only hobby is the daily diary he keeps on his cell phone. However, this diary of his can actually tell him the future. As such he is drawn into a vicious game where the winner will be crowned the new god of time and space.
I’m looking forward to this mainly because of my love for the Manga. I haven’t finished it (I’m hoping it gets re-licensed) so the ending will be news to me. It’s running for 26 episodes, so there is certainly potential for them to do this story justice.
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam
There isn’t much out story wise about the Last Exile Ginyoku no Fam, but I’m glad to see Gonzo back and kicking. They have serious potential to create amazing stories, like Gankutsuou and the first season of Last Exile (Which I immensely enjoyed), not to mention its the same director who worked on the previous season. The Trailer looks awesome but really that’s just me being a fan girl. I honestly can’t wait to see what they do with this.
I quite honestly don’t know much about this show other than what is said on myanimelist, the promotional art is what caught my eye. I guess it’s about a detective and a boy named Inga (Really? Inga?) who go around solving mysterious cases. The director previously worked on Fullmetal Alchemist (2005) but I’m more of a Brotherhood fan. We’ll see how this one turns out.
Every Time I try to read the synopsis, my head starts to hurt, but I know it involves vigilantes fighting the government. The animation looks fantastic, but that is to be expected of a noitaminA series. Will it be good? I think so, as long as its eleven episode run doesn’t ruin the plot development. In all honesty though, I’m here for the awesome animation and art design, if the story turns out to groundbreaking too, than that’s just icing on the cake.
If you’re familiar with my love for Aria, then this shouldn’t be all that surprising to you (as well as my next pick). Sato Junichi is the master of slice of life and the four episode OVA of Tamayura showed that. As a result I knew I shouldn’t pass up Junichi’s latest, a direct sequel of the OVA about a girl who likes to take pictures. Can’t get much more mundane than that. I wonder if it will be able to surpass Ikoku Meiro no Croisee (One of my top shows from this season, which Junichi was also involved in). It’ll be tough considereing how much I’m enjoying Ikoku. Plus I doubt there will be any romance in Tamayura. Oh well, I still expect great things from it.
At First Phi Brian sounds like your average shounen battle show but instead its based around puzzles. Its quite hard to imagine really and as a result I’m not quite sure what to think of it. All that I’m sure of is that Sato Junichi is directing it, so I’ve got to at least check it out.
Last but not least there is Chihayafuru, The show I’m looking forward to most this upcoming season. It follows a girl name Chihaya who decides to take up Karuta – a japanese card game – after being inspired by a new classmate. There’s no trailer out (that I know of) which is kind of a shame since I would like to see it in action. Its an adaption from a manga of the same name which I have not checked out, but I am thinking of giving it a peek. It’s considered josei, so hopefully the romance, if there’s any at all, will be handled gracefully. If the promotional art is anything is to go on than I feel that there may be a bit of a love triangle going on.
And that just about sums it up. Are there any shows I have not mentioned that you’re going to check out?
(I’ve found out that with school closing in the only thing I’ll be able to handle are episodic reviews. If there are suggestions on which one’s you’ll like me to follow let me know – or if that’s even something you want to see me post on Yumestate. Chihayafuru is almost likely a given but I’m open to suggestions. I’ll try to post things besides episodic reviews but those will likely be only every once in awhile.)