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Oct 02 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Watch List

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The time has finally come to be fashionably late posting the list of shows I plan to watch this season. This time around I’ve tried to limit the number of shows I plan to follow due to time constraints. In fact I haven’t even watched some of the things I was planning to from last season. The list is shorter than normal since I decided to forgo a few shows I was only sorta interested in. With that said it’s not as small as it could be but I think it is a much more manageable and might give me a chance to catch up on some older series included stuff from the aforementioned previous season. Interestingly enough the list contains a lot more action-oriented material than usual which might be a nice change of pace. As for the OVAs and Movies sections, I’ve once again omitted writing explanations if it’s obvious why I’m watching something and don’t have anything important to say. I also haven’t listed stuff I have mentioned in previous posts. Anyway, that’s enough of an intro so onto the list!

TV Series

White Album 2 [PV1] [PV2] #wa2anime
Let’s start off with one of my most anticipated shows of this season. It’s kinda strange that I’m looking forward to this so much given that the first White Album wasn’t exactly my favorite show (nor was it something hated it). However I was quite captivated by the messy and tragic way it handled its crazy love polygon. In a way I found it appealing in the same fashion as Kimi ga Nozomu Eien which I both love and rage at simultaneously. Even without that prior exposure though, I’ve heard very good things about the games’ story not to mention the PVs look pretty nice. I also have fate in Satelight when it comes to “music” shows. I wonder if they’ll split the show up into two seasons between the Introductory and Closing Chapters.

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio -Ars Nova- [PV1] [PV2] [PV3] [PV4] [PV5] [PV6] #アルペジオ
This is another one of my most anticipated shows. Unlike the romantic drama above, this satisfies my craving for military action in particular naval warfare. I’m intrigued by the premise and want to see what kind of crazy threat the Fleet of Fog poses and how they will be tackled. I find it interesting that it looks like the show will be done completely in CG. The vessels themselves look fine but the characters sometimes look a bit weird. I don’t think it’ll be too distracting but perhaps my outlook is tempered by the fact that I really want to see sci-fi ship-to-ship combat.

Kyoukai no Kanata [PV1] [PV2] #kyo_kai
I’m not really sure what to expect from this show in terms of story or characters but the promo videos certainly look pretty. The fight scenes remind me of another KyoAni show, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, not that that’s a bad thing at all. The main heroine seems like a Honya-type character and her blood powers look pretty cool so I’ll be looking forward to seeing her adventures.

Nagi no Asukara [Dengeki PV] [PV] #nagiasu
P.A. Works is another of my favorite studios and this looks like it might be similar to works like Hanasaku Iroha. The visuals look quite beautiful and the soothing music have me excited to learn more about this fantasy world.

Coppelion [PV1] [PV2] #coppelion
The nuclear disaster backdrop coupled with genetically engineered girls is right up my alley and sounds like it could make for an interesting sci-fi anime. The PVs had a little more action and military vehicles than I had expected from the synopsis but it looks like fun. I’ll be greatly amused if this turns into something vaguely resembling Metal Gear.

IS: Infinite Stratos 2 [PV1] [PV2] [PV3] #is_anime
I know that the light novel has switched publishers but I don’t quite understand why it was kinda being marketed as a “reboot” since the anime itself is a continuation. Anyway I’m mainly watching this to see more of Charlotte and to a lesser extent Laura. I found the dynamic between these two the most enjoyable from the original and it looks like there will be some more fun moments between them. I really want to know what the context behind the pajamas and stuff is all about. I also hope there’s more aerial action this time.

Gundam Build Fighters [PV1] [PV2] #g_bf
Based on my experience with Gunpla Builders and other similar shows, I can say I’ll probably enjoy this series as well. The explanation for how the technology works is kinda silly but the lighthearted self-parody nature of it sorta adds to the appeal. I expect there’ll be more examples of this which is perfectly fine with me. My body is ready for Bearguy.

Outbreak Company [PV] #ob_c
This seems like it’ll be one of those stereotypical otaku shows so I’m going to keep my expectations at bay at least for now. I heard the story actually gets serious at some point dealing with topics such as political and social issues so I want to know how the protagonist’s moe knowledge figures into that.

Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season [CM] #valvrave
Honestly it’s not like I particularly want to watch this or anything. However my curiosity is driving me to find out what’s even going on in the series. I just want answers to the goofy stuff that happens but I have a feeling I’ll be trolled again. At least it sounds like it’ll have nice music again.

At Some Point

Little Busters!: Refrain [PV] #litbus_anime
As a Key fan it’s kinda strange that I haven’t finished watching the precursor. In fact I’ve only watched the first two episodes which isn’t because of disinterest. I rather enjoyed it but as mentioned I’m finding my time being consumed by more serious matters. However I’ll be sure to catch up once I find a good chance.

Aikatsu 2nd Series [PV]
I’ve only watched the first few episodes of Aikatsu! but I really enjoy Ichigo and company’s idol activities so I’ll catch up at some point hopefully soon. (I’m more of a Pretty Rhythm person myself though.)

OVAs / Specials

Pokemon: The Origin #pokemon
Ever since I saw the animated promo videos for Pokemon Black and White 2, I’ve been wishing for a more serious take on a Pokemon anime. Although this is only a few episodes in length, it seems to deliver plenty of what I want. I hope we get to see more Pokemon anime like this.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Specials #prismaillya

IS: Infinite Stratos 2 – Hitonatsu no Omoide #is_anime

Hidamari Sketch: Sae Hiro Sotsugyou-hen [PV]
It’ll be kinda sad seeing these two leave after so many episodes but it had to happen eventually. I wonder if I’ll feel the same way as I did near the end of K-ON!!

Genshiken Nidaime Specials #げんしけん二代目

FrFr!~Free! short movie~ [PV] #TV_Free

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku OVA #miyakawake

Movies

DokiDoki! Precure Movie: Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibou no Dress [PV] #dd_precure
The girls end up time traveling to Mana’s wedding day!? I really want to see everyone as adults especially Mana in her wedding dress but I’m sure plenty of people like the yuri fans will be raging over her choice of partner. Regardless I’m excited to see what everyone’s futures hold.

Sakasama no Patema [PV] #patema
After watching the specials I was really captivated by the strange world and wanted to know more about the unusual gravity and the societies the protagonists live in. The direction looks magical and I can’t wait to see how the relationship develops between Patema and Age.

Persona 3 the Movie: #1 Spring of Birth [PV1] [PV2] #P3_M
I’m interested in this since I’ve played the game albeit as the female protagonist. I wonder how much they’ll end up compressing the story between all the movies though.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate [PV] #anime_bayonetta
As much as I like the game I’m not particularly excited for this movie especially since its best aspect is the gameplay. At least it might provide a novel way of presenting the very silly story.

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  1. chikorita157

    I’m clearly watching anything from Kyoto Animation as always along with PA Work’s new show for this season… but considering I finished Little Busters, I thought JC Staff did a decent job and it’s not as bad compared to any of the adaptations Toei Animation made. However, I still feel that it kind of lacks the polish that other Key adaptations had, but still hopeful that there is one than rather none at all.

    1. Honya

      Yeah, I can’t stand the Toei adaptations but it’s nice to hear JC did a decent job. I agree that having it is better than nothing.

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