This fall there are 27 new TV series being released, we have previewed all but two of them and written them up on one easy to access page with all the links regarding the anime. We have left out two for reviewing on a later date as they are targeted towards a much younger audience.
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Kimi to Boku
The anime will be 2 seasons long of 13 episodes each. The is a slice-of-life anime about 4 teenagers who grew up together, and a transfer student who joins the friends. The 4 teenagers are Asaba Yuuta and his twin brother Asaba Yuuki, along with Matsuoka Shun and head of the class Tsukahara Kaname, they are all childhood friends. Tachibana Chizuru, the transfer student, becomes part of the friends group. The anime is basically about the fun things that happen in the daily lives of the teenagers.
Shinryaku! Ika Musume
A squid called Ika Musume come from the bottom of the ocean to try and conquer humanity as payback for polluting the ocean. After trying to make a beach house her base, she causes damage to it and is forced to work as a waitress to payback the owners.
This anime is entering it's second season.
A anime adaptation of the four OVA episodes which followed a girl's return to her hometown after the death of her father. The anime will be based around her everyday life, where she rediscovers her hometown in Hiroshima through a camera and her new friends.
Note: We couldn't find the trailer for the anime, so here's last years OVA trailer.
After her sister becomes a fashion model and being inspired by a new classmate, Chihaya decides to pursue her dream of taking up karuta (A Japanese card game) competitively.
At first look this just seems like another harem-like anime with 99% of the cast being female, but as the preview progresses it reveals another side to the story; school girls who use magic weapons to constantly duel each other!
It follows a young perverted guy around (seemingly one of the few guys in the entire anime) who has yet to find his Maken (the name of the magic weapons everyone uses), whilst being hated by the entire school of girls bar one or two.
Another adaptation of an adult visual novel this time the story revolves around a prestigious all girls school turning co-ed and a young guy now being surrounded by beautiful girls because he and his stepsister are chosen to be testers of the new system before the merger is official. The boy Shingo meets a lot new girls including the principal of the all girl school's daughter and a third year who helps him fit in.
Busou Shinki Moon Angel
A young boy called Tsubasa dreams of becoming a shinki master (figurines resembling miniature mecha from Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan), when one fateful day he comes across Arnval Mk.2 - a damaged shinki lying in the trees due to a battle with Starf Mk.2. The episodes are short, the premise has been used before but the anime could be promising.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Another light novel adaptation this time revolving around students who find it difficult to make friends. A natural born blond haired guy (Kodaka) finds it hard to make friends at his new school because of the prejudice against the colour of his hair when he meets a girl with an imaginary friend (Mikazuki) and together they proceed to start a club for equally friendless students. The result is kind of a Breakfast Club scenario with students from many backgrounds joining, even one of the most popular girls at school.
The anime takes place in the year is 2039 and the location is Tokyo, 10 years ago there was the epidemic called the "Lost Christmas" and ever since then GHQ (a multinational corporation) has taken control of Japan. The protagonist is psychic called Ouma Shuu and he is 17, he has a psychic power called "Ability of King" which can make tools or weapons from his friends. One day he meets a girl called Yuzuriha Inori, who is part of the "Undertaker" resistance and his life changes.
Persona 4 the ANIMATION
Based on the popular role playing video game, the protagonist Yuu moves to the rural town of Inaba where a series of murders by TV antennae take place only days after his arrival. Rumours start flying around about a certain TV programme where people able to see their "other" self, and soon Yuu and his new-found friends get sucked into the programme in almost Digimon style fashion where they encounter monsters called "Shadows". In order to confront these shadows they have to awaken their connection to this world, otherwise known as their "Persona's".
In the post-world war era, the detective profession has become obsolete due to the creation of an intelligence agency run by the "Media King" Rinroku. Rinroku's ability to solve so many cases doesn't sit well with the last greatest detective Shinjirou, who despite having a bad reputation amongst society will continue to solve cases with his mischievous sidekick Inga and possibly reveal Rinroku's secret.
Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam-
The planet was polluted and the inhabitants of the planet had to escape. The anime starts with the decendants returning to the planet which has now been rejuvenated. But now they have a new problem; a conflict between the inhabitants who were abandoned and the returning evacuees. A peace treaty is about to get signed between the Turan Kingdom and the Luscinia Kingdom, but the day before it is signed the princesses' of the Turan Kingdom are attacked by Luscinia and this results in a war breaking out. The princess' are abandoned by the Turan Kingdom who think they are dead, when they are found by the Fam Fan Fan of the Sky Pirates. Fam Fan Fan is the protagonist and she is the pilot of a Vanship called The Vespa.
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2
A tale of forbidden love between two men has been picked up for a second season. The premise; after leaving his father's publishing company, the main Ritsu get's a job with a literature department of a manga company where the initial hate of his boss develops into a forbidden romance between the two. Evidently this anime created primarily for female audiences.
Shakugan no Shana III
This is the 3rd and last season of Shakugan no Shana, you will have to watch the preceeding seasons to understand what is going on. The main characters are Shana and Yuuji. Yuuji first meets Shana when time suddenly freezes one day and he notices only a monster and he can move. The monster runs towards him to attack and consume him, but then suddenly Shana comes and saves his life. I can't say much more without giving things away.
A story about two high school boys trying to make it as mangaka (manga artist) and get published in Weekly Shonen Jump. Akito writes the stories whilst Moritaka tries to illustrate his rather strange plots and at the same time battles with his emotions for high school crush Miho and his uncle's mangaka past.
This anime is entering it's second season.
Note: This is the original Bakuman trailer
Set primarily around a shop which sells half-price Bento, the story follows You and his friends who quite literally fight over these cheap lunches and form groups to ensure they somehow aqcuire them. This anime has been adapted from a light novel series.
C -C Cube-
The anime begins when Yachi Haruaki's father sends him a mysterious black cube. Yachi Haruaki is a high school student, and on the night of receiving this cube he hears an unusual noise from his kitchen, and when he looks inside his kitchen he finds a completed nude female called Fear stealing his rice crackers.
A prequel depicting the events of the 4th Holy Grail War which took place 10 years prior to Fate/Stay Night. The contest between seven magus that was founded by 3 families had been inconclusive for 3 straight years, thus enacting the 4th Holy Grail War which the Einzbern is determined to win even if it means bringing in the magus killer.
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
In the distant future humanity has to abandon it's upper world and return to a derelict planet Earth where there is only one inhabitable area. As the area is incapable of accommodating all the humans a duplicate area has to be created and sure enough years later war breaks out due to individual interpretations of the "Testament" ( transcription of the worlds history) which stopped at A.D 1648. A rather apocalyptic tale that's been adapted from the light novel series.
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
This anime is based on the adult visual novel and game. It follows a young guy who has hung out with his same group of friends for years and things get complicated when there's an addition of 2 more females. As all of the women are of warrior descent, the men have to try their hardest not to lose against them.
An anime about restaurant life and the very colourful characters that work in it including a girl who has an intense fear of men, a girl who carries around a katana and a complete look alike of Sanji from One Piece.
This manga is entering it's second season and has already been picked up in the USA under the title Wagnaria!!
HUNTER x HUNTER
The anime is a remake of the original Hunter x Hunter but should continue beyond that and follow the manga to the end of the series (once the manga finishes). The voices of the characters are different because the old voice actors are no longer in the industry, and you can read more about it on a post here.
The protagonist is Gon who resides with his aunt on Kujira Isle. He was told that his parents had died when he was younger. But one day he finds out from one of his father's apprentices that his father is alive. So Gon wants to become like his father and aims to become a Hunter. Hunters generally look for ancient artefacts, lost treasures and mythical creatures. On his journey to become a Hunter he meets Killua, Leorio and Kurapika.
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
A young high school freshman (Kaito) with a knack for solving puzzles finds a puzzle near his school with his best friend Noah. The puzzle is revealed to be an "unsolvable" life-threatening philosopher's puzzle created by a mysterious group called POG. After solving this puzzle, Kaito is bestowed the role of a Solver and is tasked with finding and solving all of the remaining philosopher's puzzles in the world to take down POG.
An adaptation of 60 chapter manga, makes it's way to the television screen after being completed in December last year. Yuki is a loner who's only friend is the imaginary Deus Ex Machina; the God of space and time. However Yuki soon comes to discover that Deus Ex Machina isn't actually a figment of his imagination but rather something very real. The story takes a battle royale approach with Yuki being pinned against 11 others and their weapons are personal diaries which predict the future amongst other things. What's the aim of battle royale Lets just say that in 90 days there will be only 1 survivor.
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
The background to the anime is set in the year 101 A.G. (a new Gundam universe). The space colony Angel is attacked by a mysterious being called "UE" and the colony falls, the day is called the "The Day the Angel Fell" and begins the war between humanity and these beings.
The anime then begins 7 years later when the space colony Ovan gets attacked by the mysterious "UE". The main character Flit Asuno witnesses the "UE" kill his mother when the colony gets attacked. He then finds an "AGE Device" and begins making the "Gundam" for several years, he finally completes the "Gundam AGE-1" and pilots it to fight for humanities survival.
The series is supposed to cover a 100 years of war with Flit and his descendants (basically 3 generations of Flit's family). This is the first time a Gundam series like this has been released, however the original Gundam series was similar but did not have the family connection between the main characters like Gundam AGE will.
azeriraz: I like the look of a few of these but if I had to choose right now I'd be most likely to pick up Mirai Nikki, Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle, Persona 4 and maybe Busou Shinki.
sintaku: I m interested in Guilty Crown, Persona 4, UN-GO, Last Exile, Shakugan no Shana III (Once I catch up with the last 2 seasons which shouldn t take long), Fate/zero, Hunter x Hunter and Mobile Suit Gundam AGE.