Fall Anime TV Preview, Part 2

by Sage Ashford

As the fall season draws ever closer, we’re back with another installment of the fall season’s anime TV guide! I’ve decided to shorten this one down for the sake of readability, but there’s still plenty of anime to look through! Though I can’t promise all of them this time around will be good. On the contrary, some of these are…well.  They’re really something.

A Certain Magical Index III: Kamijou Touma has the power of the Imagine Breaker, the ability to negate any form of special power–magical or otherwise. One day he meets a young woman from the Church of England who’s had the Index-Liborum-Prohibitorum placed inside of her mind, which contains all the grimoires the church wanted removed from circulation. Together, their abilities force them into numerous conflicts in the confines of Academy City.

Thoughts: ACMI is one of those series that manages to rise above “forgettable” status but was never quite good enough to become a timeless cult classic. The first season premiered literally a decade ago in 2008, with the second season showing up barely a year after the first one finished, so anyone could be forgiven for thinking the series was dead. But apparently merging with Virtual On for a video game was enough to remind people this show was actually quite popular for a time. Still, for my part I’ve missed the first two seasons, and in the middle of a busy fall, forty-eight episodes is a big ask. In any case, if an anime with a lot of mysteries, outlandish character designs, a fair amount of action, and a ton of lore like only a bloated light novel could give appeals to you? This is absolutely worth a shot.

Premiering: October 5th.

Gurazeni Season 2: The story of one of the highest paid baseball players in the game, Honda Natsunosuke, who wants to maintain the respect in the world of baseball by keeping it that way, proving himself against any player who poses a challenge.

Thoughts: Covered in the Spring Preview.

Premiering: October 5th.

The maid at my house is too annoying!: Misha Takanashi is a young girl who moves in to live with her Japanese father after her Russian mother passes. Tsubame Kamoi, once a member of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, is given a job at Misha’s house as a housekeeper, and is obsessed with getting Misha to like her.

Thoughts: I really sanitized the series description there, so let’s just say: Anime was a mistake, it’s nothing but trash.  It seems every season I get some series that would’ve been better off if it didn’t exist. For the spring season it was Sweet Punishment, then in the summer it was Happy Sugar Life. Why’s anime have to so weird???  Can’t I just have my absurd giant robots and ridiculous memes (“It was me! Dio!”) and let that be that?

Premiering: October 5th.

The Most Huggable Man Has Threatened Me: Saijou Takato was the idol industry’s “Most Huggable Man” for five years, until Azumaya came along. Frustrated with having lost his place, Takato goes on a drinking binge…only to get caught by Azumaya!  Azumaya decides to try and blackmail Takato into embracing him, the most huggable #1.

Thoughts: While there are plenty of people who would argue this is great material for a rom-com, this is actually really skeevy. Some dude’s upset ’cause he’s not the best at his job, gets drunk about it, then suddenly gets blackmailed into giving the guy who took his spot a bunch of hugs? Isn’t there a better way to ask your co-worker out on a date?

Premiering: October 6th.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind: In the middle of Naples, Giorno Giovanna (the son of Dio Brando himself!) is aiming to become a mafia gangster, with the power of his Stand the Gold Experience.  When he meets Bruno Buccellati, a mobster from Passione, he realizes he can achieve his dream…he just has to topple the leader of the gang. The only problem? The entire gang is littered with Stand users!

Thoughts: JoJo, the most meme-worthy anime Japan has ever blessed us with. Hirohiko Araki is a mad genius who’s been telling stories inside this universe for over three decades now, and my understanding is that every season only gets better. Already Golden Wind looks even more appealing than Diamond is Unbreakable, and I can’t wait to dive headfirst into this new world.

Premiering: October 6th.

Boarding School Juliet: At Dahlia Academy, a prestigious boarding school attended by students of two feuding countries—the eastern Nation of Touwa, and the Principality of West—Romio Inuzuka, leader of the dorms’ Touwa first-years, wishes for a romance that can never be. For his ladylove is none other than his arch-enemy, Juliet Persia, leader of the dorms’ West first-years! Is Inuzuka ready to risk it all to confess his feelings? And even if Persia somehow agrees to go out with them, how long can they keep a forbidden relationship under wraps?! (Kodansha Comics)

Thoughts: I don’t think I’ve ever gone from excited to uninterested from a trailer this fast.  It’s always cool to see anime pull from classic literature for it’s adaptations–but everything about this just feels so low-effort. The art style is bog standard boring, it’s listed as an “action” series but it’s clearly falling more into the crowded school comedy category, and it feels like it’s going to play every trope as straight as possible. This will probably serve as a decent comfort food show if its your thing, though./

Premiering: October 6th.

From the Color-Changing World’s Tomorrow: Hitomi Tsukishiro is a young girl growing up in a time several decades from our own. She lost her ability to discern colors as a child, and it’s resulted in her having stunted emotions.  Fortunately for her, she comes from a long line of witches, and her grandmother Kohaku uses her powers to send Hitomi back into the present day, where her ability to experience colors return. There in the past, Hitomi gets to know her grandmother as a teenager.

Thoughts: Looks like PA Works is out here doing its best Studio Ghibli impression. The world looks pretty enough, and there’s something pretty cool to the idea of going into the past to meet your relatives when they were young.  Hopefully the series has plenty of timey-wimey shenanigans while Hitomi learns to experience emotions.

Premiering: October 6th.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Season 2: The second season of the anime based on Capcom’s popular Phoenix Wright character. Based on the third game in the series, Trials and Tribulations.

Thoughts: If you don’t know about Phoenix Wright, it’s a series about a attorney solving ridiculous cases in a world where cases have to be solved in no more than three days.  If you’re addicted to Law and Order’s ridiculous courtroom drama, imagine if you didn’t have to obey the laws of live-action and could get completely over the top with it like only anime could.

Premiering: October 6th.

Fairy Tail: The third “season” of the popular shonen series, this one is finally meant to wrap up the adventures of Natsu and the other members of the most dangerous guild in Fiore. Will they finally be able to put an end to the unstoppable black mage, Zeref?

Thoughts: It might not be the most popular thing to say, but Fairy Tail is by far one of my favorite shonen anime series. It has some pretty low lows, but also some high highs, and one of the most likable main casts in battle shonen anime by far.  I’m fairly excited for this, if only because it’s extremely rare for a shonen series to receive an adaptation when the manga’s already finished.  The quality of a shonen anime lives and dies by its pacing, and the folks at A-1 Pictures are now free to adapt this at their own pace, so hopefully there’s no “one chapter an episode” silliness like Black Clover struggled with at the beginning of its run.

Premiering: October 7th.

Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemy Knights: An alternative telling of Joan of Arc’s story during the Hundred Years War between France and England. The story follows Montmorency, a teenaged boy studying to become a alchemic knight until the war leads to his school being shut down. Having lost his school, and forced to go on the run, when he is at his lowest he meets a young woman named Jeanne.

Thoughts: I was positive I was going to watch this until I saw that gross trailer.  It’s a minute long, but what isn’t wasted on showing off a supporting character’s absurdly large bosom is used on gratuitous shots of literal spit swapping. Silly me for expecting a cool version of Jeanne d’Arc’s story with some magic added.  This is again a series where I went from interested to passing just by looking at the trailer. Incredible.

Premiering: October 7th.

That’s it for this entry.  Next time, we go down another ten, and hopefully we can stray as far away from maids and spit swapping as possible.

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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