Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Anime Spotlight : Promising New Shows From Fall 2015 Anime Season

The Fall 2015 Anime season is in full swing with a lot of the shows on their second episodes already. One thing about this season, there is a ton of sequels from shows that had great previous seasons. But I want to focus on the NEW shows that had promising starts. While there were some really good ones, I feel like there is more good shows in the sequels than in the new stuff.

One-Punch Man

Synopsis : The story takes place in the fictional metropolis of City Z, Japan. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause many disasters. Saitama is a super powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters and other villains with one punch. However, after becoming too strong, Saitama has become bored with his powers and is always trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him.

On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and his own disciple, the cyborg Genos, and also joins the Hero Association in order to gain fame for all of his actions to prevent evil. Despite defeating many strong monsters that even the Hero Association's top heroes are unable to defeat, Saitama struggles to gain respect. Most people discriminate him due to his plain physical appearance and some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals recognize his incredible talent and humility towards others.
Thoughts : For fans of the manga, One-Punch Man needs no introduction, for everyone else like me. One-Punch Man is a comedic super hero tale of a guy that is a bit too powerful for the poor bad guys. Great animation and high action makes for a very entertaining watch, Also that OP by Jam Project is soooo good.

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans

Synopsis : 300 years after a great conflict between Earth and Mars known as the "Calamity War," a woman named Cordelia sets out on a journey to Earth to speak for the independence of the Martian city of Chryse, which is under the control of the Earth government. Escorting her is the private security company CGS members Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka. When a group named Gjallarhorn attacks CGS and Cordelia, Orga sees this as a chance to rebel against CGS and launch a coup. Mikazuki and Orga are thrust into a new conflict. To fend off Gjallarhorn, Mikazuki rides an old mobile suit from the Calamity War, powered by a nuclear reactor, the Gundam Barbatos.
Thoughts : Most of the time with Gundam, UC related series are usually best, but that doesn't mean non UC Gundam can't be good. Iron-Blooded Orphans looks to be quite promising, first two episodes set the bar of what to expect later on, and being Gundam, there is usually going to be some kind of twist later on. Going to keep my eye on this one.

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

Synopsis : The story revolves around Tatewaki Shoutarou and Kujou Sakurako. Shoutarou is a normal high school student with a serious demeanor who likes to show off his girl friend Sakurako. Sakurako is an extraordinarily beautiful woman in her mid-20s from a rich family who loves "beautiful bones". The two live in the city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido, and they get involved in various incidents regarding bones.
Thoughts : Everyone loves a good mystery and Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru seems to have some promising murders in it. The anime starts of well with the introduction of the two main characters and an explanation of their relationship, not lovers, but not quite just friends. Seems like Shoutarou is hopeful but not sure if there is going to be any progress on that front as Sakurako is engaged. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru features beautiful animation and I'm quite interested to see if it will improve as the season progresses.

Garo - The Crimson Moon

Synopsis : Set in the same "world" as Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Garo - The Crimson Moon is set quite a few years after. The GARO armour bloodline is no more, and completely new characters unrelated to the original are the focus. Surprisingly this time Makai Alchemist and Makai Knight are working together.
Thoughts : I won't lie, a big reason I'm interested in Garo - The Crimson Moon, is mostly due to how much I enjoyed the world introduced to me in the original Garo anime. The first episode contained the same action I loved with great animation. And Seimei is such a cool character. Will it be as good as Garo : Honno no Kokuin? That remains to be seen.

Heavy Object

Synopsis : The story revolves around Objects — powerful, massive weapons that change the course of warfare — and Elite Object pilots. An odd Elite girl named Milinda meets Quenser, a student who aims to become an Object mechanic, with the soldier-in-training Heivia on a snowy battlefield.
Thoughts : First episode of Heavy Object kicked off by introducing these new almost unbeatable war machines called Objects. And then swiftly focuses on a base in the middle of nowhere with a nice light hearted, military tone. You wouldn't be wrong to fall into some sort of false security. With scenes of fishing and hunting and fanservice. Luckily things got interesting at the end of the first episode as a battle broke out. The show seems to follow from said battle where everything seems to go wrong. Hopefully this show will improve, but that remains to be seen.

What new shows are you looking forward to? I'm sure a fair bit of you all are amped for more Noragami, Monogatari and Seraph of the End among others. Let me know your thoughts and we'll see which was the best when season ends.