Fall Season Anime Preview

And once again, the fall season is upon us. It’s been a merry year of interesting productions, from Chuunibyou to K to Robotics;Notes, and the recent wave of Shingeki no Kyojin and Valvrave. The fall season is traditionally known to be a fruitful one of major productions, but will it hold true again this year? The first anime to kickstart the fall season arrives in only 4 days!

Well… you know me. I’m a pessimist when it comes to new anime line-ups, and I must regrettably say that nothing has really made me change my mind this time.

But you find out for yourselves, okay?

1. Diabolik Lovers

Diabolik Lovers started off as a visual novel for the PSP, and I’m fairly sure that as an anime, if it ever follows the twisted plot of the game, it deserves a rating of M18 or higher. Diabolik Lovers is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s classified as Supernatural + Romance, and basically teaches viewers that girls really like bad, screwed-up, twisted vampire boys.

So basically this girl named Yui can see supernatural creatures, and she is abandoned by her priest father and forced to stay in a household of 6 brothers who are vampires. I won’t say what happens next, but do not expect this to be like Twilight.

On the bright side, it features cast such as Hirakawa Daisuke, Kaji Yuuki and Kondou Takashi. Not quite enough reason to get me to watch this yet. Airs 16th September.

2. Kyoukai no Kanata

Ever since Free!, I’ve noticed there’re many anime fans who will watch anything by Kyoto Animation, no matter what the anime’s about. Good news to such people, for Kyoukai no Kanata is here! So if you enjoyed Free!, Chuunibyou and/or K-On, you may like Kyoukai no Kanata too.

KyoAni returns with its familiar grown-ups-looking-like-kiddos art style. The show seems to talk about a guy named Akihito who saves a girl named Mirai from jumping off the roof of their school, only to find that both of them have pretty peculiar abilities. Sounds like it’s going to be all about spiritual powers in a real-world setting again, but we never get sick of that, do we?

Features some less-known cast such as Taneda Risa, KENN (Phinks from Hunter x Hunter) and Chihara Minori. Yeah, they haven’t quite made it in the big scene yet, but then again, isn’t that another trait of KyoAni? This show starts 2nd October.

3. Gundam Build Fighters

This isn’t really a gundam anime! I find this extremely humourous because the show is listed as part of Sunrise’s Gundam franchise (the thirteenth instalment, in fact) but is about 2 boys who like to build gunpla models. Judging from the poster, though, their plastic gundam models do become life-size in the end, which is something to look forward to.

The air date is set to be in October but we’re unsure when. No further details have been found, but there’s confirmation that gundam collectors will have something new to swoon over now.

4. BlazBlue: Alter Memory

Ahh, what’s not to love about this? It comes from a popular game that has seen incarnations in PS3 and Xbox 360, the letter “z” is silent in the Japanese reading of the word (making it sound like Bureburu — not to be confused with that Flow song!), and one of its production studios is Lantis!

It’s hard to summarise the storyline, but it’s set basically in a world where magic is strictly controlled, and there’s a rogue with some powerful magic skills who wreaks havoc. The government sends out a bounty to catch him, and thus attracts a team of capable people. It’s a fighting game, yeah?

You get some pretty cool people such as Sugita Tomokazu, Saitou Chiwa and Sawashiro Miyuki. Yup, not too sure where the A-listers have been going to this season. Oh wait a sec…

5. Kakumeiki Valvrave 2

Yup, that’s where your beloved Seto Asami, Tomatsu Haruka, Kayano Ai, Yuuki Aoi, Horie Yui, Fukuyama Jun, Miyano Mamoru, Ono Daisuke, Mizuki Nana and Toyosaki Aki, among many others, have busied themselves with this season. The second season of this laughingstock. Everybody just watches it for the lulz and the cast, and also to hear Mizuki Nana sing with T M Revolution. By the way, they’ll be singing yet again in order to capture your attention, so stay tuned to Season 2 sometime in October.

6. Pokémon XY

Just copy-paste the plotline from Pokémon Seasons 3, 6 and 10, because they’re all the same. Everything. Even Ash and Pikachu. Especially Ash and Pikachu. They didn’t even bother giving it a fancier season title now.

Aaand that’s it for all the notable things coming up! Do tell me if you think there’s any anime I’ve missed out that you’re particularly looking forward to. Enjoy the last few episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin!

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