Fall 2014 Anime
September 23, 2014 8:30 AM - Subscribe

The Fall 2014 anime season is nearly upon us - which are people planning to watch? Which ones would people like to follow on FanFare? Perhaps take a cue from other FanFare discussions and have a "New Anime" club to watch a number of these, whether they continue to get covered or not?
posted by needled (27 comments total)
I don't think I would be able to necessarily commit to new shows, but I do think trying to put together a New Anime Club is a smart idea to get those interested, as well help coordinate where to watch what and when.

Also, as someone who watched stuff from primarily the 90's and early 2000s, it blows me away that its possible to legally watch brand new stuff as it airs - CRUNCHYROLL EFFECT!
posted by Atreides at 11:24 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm up for anything, but give me a heads up if it's Psycho-Pass 2, as I'll need to binge the first season.
posted by Ian A.T. at 12:37 PM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

Preview of Fall 2014 anime from Random Curiosity.

I'm definitely going to be watching Psycho-Pass 2, once I get caught up with the first Psycho-Pass series. Also Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle, as the first season was surprisingly enjoyable. I'm on the fence about Fate/Stay Night. Probably passing on Log Horizon 2nd Series, even though I watched the 1st series. It was enjoyable, but it was turning into a harem series in later episodes and I wish it had retained more of the initial spirit of exploring as a group the MMORPG universe the characters found themselves caught in. Orenchi no Furo Jijou looks amusing but it may not be to everybody's tastes.

Wondering what will turn out to be this season's Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun type sleeper hit.

From comments I've read from early viewers of the first episode Cross Ange sounds really gross. Just staying away from that one.
posted by needled at 12:55 PM on September 23, 2014

I loved Psycho-Pass to the point that it got me watching Anime again, after a multiple year break because I was so dang bored with everything, so I'll definitely be watching Psycho-Pass 2.
posted by bswinburn at 1:23 PM on September 23, 2014

I'm most excited about GUNDAM Reconguista in G, as it's original Gundam creator Tomino coming back to the franchise for the first time since the amazing Turn A. It's not guaranteed that it's going to be good, but it is going to be interesting.

I'm not expecting the adaptation of Parasyte to be anything other than competent (that's all Madhouse can do these days) but it still should be super cool.

I love sports anime and while Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapedia) isn't something for people who aren't already into this stuff it's really really solid, and I'm pumped as hell that it's coming back.

Same for Mushi-Shi. The first season was already required viewing and the new episodes they made last spring were even better. The OVA over the summer was wonderful and god this is going to be so good.

The Circumstances in My Home's Bathtub is pandering exactly to what I want out of life and I hate that I want this.

Psycho-Pass 2 may end up being as good or nearly as good as the first season but it's being made by second string directors and writers so I'm still skeptical. That said, it's not like Urobuchi on the project would have guaranteed that it was good so here we are.

noitaminA's other show, musical romance drama April is Your Lie, is a manga adaptation but I don't know anyone who's read it so like who knows. Definitely worth a shot tho.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 1:26 PM on September 23, 2014

I'm really pumped about the new Gundam too. I'd say I'm all excited about JoJo too, except that actually just went on hiatus until January, thereby making it specifically NOT a fall 2014 anime show
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:50 AM on September 25, 2014

Well right now the only anime I'm really anticipating are the following:

Log Horizon 2: I hear it's going to be going back to the ensemble feel. Maybe. In any case, I'm looking to the continuing adaptations people make to the world.
Mushishi 2: Because the first series was incredible. I'm a sucker for the rural spirit strangling genre, and Mushishi is ready the best of them.
Hitsugi no Chaika: I enjoyed the first season a lot, especially the semi-industrial magical setting. I love the idea of "magic as oil" and I'm looming forward to seeing the concept explored.
Psycho Pass 2: it's worrying about the second-tier directors and writers. Still, the setting itself may be enough to keep it a good series. Also, a serious SF series that doesn't involve giant robots is a rare thing.
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja: it's aGhibli series, it's a classic story. The animation is being done by a different studio, but my expectations are stl fairly high.

I'll be checking out:
Parasyte: I enjoyed the manga way back when, it'll be interesting to see if the anime managed to be as fun, and convert the alien natures of the parasites.
Nichijou-kei no Naka de:
Suisei no Gargantia: it's only two episodes. And I enjoyed the original.
Vanadis: a relatively low-key fantasy faux Europe might have promise, but I'm ready to be disappointed.
Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de,: I have a soft spot for "slice of life superpowers" doors, so I'll give this at least one episode.

And I'm sure people are going to tell me about how wonderful all the fantasy, mecha, harem, high school, fantasy high school, fantasy harem, fantasy high school mecha harem shows are. It's a better looking season than spring and summer, but it remains to be seen how many will make the cut.
posted by happyroach at 8:58 AM on September 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Vanadis is a harem show, and if character designs are based on the light novel illustrations, it's going to be a harem fan service show. Pass.
posted by needled at 6:52 PM on September 25, 2014

Vanadis is a harem show, and if character designs are based on the light novel illustrations, it's going to be a harem fan service show. Pass

Eww. And that's what I get for going by the short descriptions. Oh well, that's another half hour I can spend catching up on Pumpkin Scissors.
posted by happyroach at 8:12 AM on September 26, 2014

Series for which more than 1 person has expressed so far (premiere dates in parenthesis):
Gundam Reconguista in G (October 2)
Hitsugi no Chaika (October 8)
Parasyte (October 8, 2014)
Psycho-Pass 2 (October 9)
Mushishi 2 (October 18)

Who's interested in taking on which show? At this point it would just be a commitment to put up a post for the 1st episode.

(Just caught the first episode of Terra Formars - not bad, but not compelling, either. Personally there's something off-putting about the character designs, whether human or cockroach. Having read some of the manga, I suspect the weekly recap of the show would be who lived and who died that episode.)
posted by needled at 8:01 AM on September 28, 2014

Is Mushi-shi still non-serialized? I'm about 2/3s of the way through the first season of self-contained stories, but I'd be happy to jump ahead if it was being covered weekly, assuming I don't miss anything by doing so.
posted by Ian A.T. at 12:02 PM on September 29, 2014

> noitaminA's other show, musical romance drama April is Your Lie, is a manga adaptation but I don't know anyone who's read it so like who knows.

The title didn't ring a bell until i saw this trailer and remembered I'd read some of the manga (it's still an ongoing series). Maybe because I already know some of the plot developments, but the combination of the background music and the scenes in the trailer feel super sad, and I think I'll find it too sad to watch.
posted by needled at 6:33 PM on October 2, 2014

> Wondering what will turn out to be this season's Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun type sleeper hit.

I think we have a contender: Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying). Like Nozaki-kun, it is adapted from a 4-panel manga, but sadly each episode is only 3+ minutes. It does require being a manga / anime otaku to fully appreciate the sight gags (and I hear there were a fair number of Futaba and 2ch in-jokes in those brief 3 minutes). It is refreshing in that the main characters are an adult married couple, who get along reasonably well despite their differences. The husband is an otaku who manages to derive an income from his otaku pursuits, while the wife has a regular office job.
posted by needled at 7:03 AM on October 4, 2014

Brief impressions on first episodes watched:

Fate/Stay Night (Prologue) - amazing animation quality, especially the Archer-Lancer fight scene. The episode also did a good job of building up the relationship between Rin and Archer. Downside is it makes you notice more the poorer animation quality in other anime this season. Probably will continue watching, unless Emiya Shirou gets really annoying.

World Trigger - so far seems to be a faithful adaptation of the manga. I think the story and the characters, especially Yuma, are interesting, so might continue watching.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis - this was the surprise of the bunch. I couldn't quite figure out what all was happening in the episode, but it was entertaining. One of the bounty hunter main characters reminded me of Spike from Cowboy Bebop for some reason. It's probably the fantasy title I would recommend out of this fall's anime offerings.

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin - another fantasy offering from MAPPA, who are also doing Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis this season. I think I liked Bahamut a little more, but it's still a solid fantasy offering. I find it interesting that both MAPPA fantasy titles feature adults as main characters (well, Garo's title character is 17 years old but the other main character is an adult, as are the supporting characters), in contrast to the middle school or high school-age characters more prevalent in other anime series.

Log Horizon 2 - there were some lapses in animation quality, but it was a lot of fun. New characters were introduced and a new story arc started. Looking forward to Shiroe's exploits with William Massachusetts.

Orenchi no Furo Jijou - adaptation of a 4-panel manga into 4 minute episodes. It didn't quite grab me the way Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken did. I learned less about Tatsumi and Wakasa's relationship in 4 minutes than I did about the couple in Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken's 3 minutes. Couldn't help tittering that Haru from Free! as well as other Free! voice actors will play characters in this series. From the swimming pool to the bathtub!
posted by needled at 6:10 PM on October 6, 2014

So we're up to episodes 2 and 3 for most series. The ones I've seen, ordered by day of week they air, are:
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
Orenchi no Furo Jijou
Akatsuki no Yona
Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
Kiseijuu (Parasyte)
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying)
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
Donten ni Warau
Log Horizon 2
Fate/Stay Night
World Trigger

Any interest in following any of these on FanFare? Personally I'm leaning towards Akatsuki no Yona, Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, or Log Horizon 2. Your Lie in April almost had me bawling on ep. 2 so I might follow on FanFare if others are recapping it. I like Fate/Stay Night so far but waiting to see if/when Emiya Shirou makes the series unwatchable.
posted by needled at 1:37 PM on October 19, 2014

Reconguista in G has been an interestingly Turn-A-feeling throwback in ways that I am eager to learn more about the world of

SeHa Girls has been a delight so far, being basically like if Captain N were a comedy full of inside jokes, and about Sega instead of Nintendo

Sailor Moon Crystal just feels like a god damned mess — like, I am not even actually sure what happened in the most recent episode. Was it really all just exposition? Was I just drunk? Was it all just a dream?
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:32 AM on October 23, 2014

The way Your Lie in April is playing with my emotions - I'm not a big fan of shoujo manga or anime with middle school/high school age characters, but this one just grabbed me. I think I grinned all through episode 3. The background music is gorgeous, as well as the animation when Kaoru or Arima are playing their instruments.

The series that's developed a lot of buzz is Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis, and it's considered the must-see series by other animators. The story is that game company Cygames told the animation studio to make something with their Rage of Bahamut game characters and universe, and gave them a lot of money for the purpose and let them be. So it got some of the best talent in the business working on the series, with no budget worries and supposedly 30 episodes. I think this is the anime to recommend to people who haven't watched anime before or have pre-conceived notions of it all being loli fan service.

The impression I've gotten online about Sailor Moon Crystal is that at this point people are watching it just to give it the MST3K treatment on Niconico. Blu-ray/DVD sales numbers indicate even the Sailor Moon fandom dropped this series. It's sad to see what's been done to such a venerable franchise through this anime adaptation.
posted by needled at 6:54 PM on October 23, 2014

Weird. I've Bern enjoying SMC- I consider it superior to the earlier anime. What's really hitting it for me is the bizarre two-week pause between episodes.

Over in Garo the anime has been taking a really creepy turn because subtext is now text. Also, someone has been watching too much CLAMP. I should run screaming, but
It's skewering of the subgenre (rural idyll with spirits? Girl meets spirit?) is hilarious.

For me the stand-out is Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de. It's a perfect send-up of superhero and sentai shows through the simple medium of "we've been given these powers...but there's no menace for us to fight.".
posted by happyroach at 8:46 AM on October 24, 2014

For those watching Psycho Pass Season 2, Episode 3, now has its own dedicated Fanfare post for discussion.
posted by Atreides at 5:10 PM on October 26, 2014

I like Garo probably because I had low expectations due to the semi-generic setting/world yet it's a fast-paced adventure/magic story.Also, It's rare for a shounen anime series to have parents involved in the MC's quest and I'm partly surprised they travel together vs just going off on their own for training.

I'm following a few other series but nothing much to say about them for now. Oh and like everyone else I'll be watching P-P S2.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 5:58 PM on October 27, 2014

I'll start watching anything that anyone posts, to be honest, though I'd prefer first seasons to second or beyond, because I feel like I should have seen the prior episodes.

I enjoy watching anime and having little conversations about the shows, especially with folks who are in touch with the larger anime communities and can provide some context/background for the current shows as they fit with modern anime.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:37 PM on October 31, 2014

Post for Garo ep. 5 up.

(i'd been hoping to have a post for ep. 4 done before ep. 5 aired, but real life got in the way. Oh well. On the other hand episode 5 seems to be a better entry point to start discussion than episode 4, as a lot of questions get answered in episode 5.)
posted by needled at 6:23 AM on November 1, 2014

I dropped Terraformars after episode 2, and these series are take-it-or-leave-it for me, as in I'll watch if I have some time to kill: Orenchi no Furo Jijou, Donten ni Warau, and World Trigger. I'm enjoying the other series I listed previously, with no clear favorites among them.
posted by needled at 5:58 AM on November 2, 2014

I've started a thread for Gugure! Kokkuri-san, which is a sleeper this season but surprisingly good.

It's a dark comedy involving a girl who's decided to become a doll, the fox spirit who takes on for himself the mission of making her human again, and various other traditional Japanese animal spirits each with conflicting agendas, and a hell of a lot of cup ramen. Like you wouldn't believe how much ramen.

I began watching it on a whim and was really taken. Like most good things, it transcends its elevator pitch description. I don't usually have the patience to binge-watch but it was very easy to watch all the episodes in a single sitting.

The thread starts at episode 1 and, to keep from flooding FanFare, subsequent episodes will be posted every other day until caught up, next week Wednesday. Afterwards, the show airs on Sunday so new posts will go up Monday.
posted by ardgedee at 3:57 PM on November 2, 2014

My favorite Fall 2014 anime OPs, of the ones I've seen:

Kiseijuu (Parasyte) - the visual presentation reminds me of the Tokyo Ghoul OP from this summer.

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin - I love the visual style and visuals and music work well together.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis - another good example of visuals and music working well together. (What's with Studio MAPPA this season? How can they be doing such a good job with both Garo and Bahamut?)

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) also has a great OP, but I couldn't find a good video link for it. As consolation, here's the full song performed by Goose house.

Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn) gets a special mention for its instrumental theme, although I didn't think it was that great an OP visually.
posted by needled at 6:31 PM on November 6, 2014

Oops, screwed up the Akatsuki no Yona link - here's the correct one.
posted by needled at 6:44 PM on November 6, 2014

Who is watching Gundam Reconguista in G? What are your opinions? Also, would this be an enjoyable watch even for somebody who is not familiar with the Gundam universe?
posted by needled at 10:12 AM on December 1, 2014

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