The blogosphere seems to be a buzz with news concerning the autumn anime season. You can see Caraniel’s thorough description of each show below. Of these, three familiar titles stand out: Hajime no Ippo, Coppelion, and Unbreakable Machine Doll. I have watched the prior seasons of Hajime no Ippo, and hope for good things in the latest installment.
Yet, the last season caused me to worry that the show might be losing its way, especially in the last fight with Mamoru Takamura. That fight featured less of the highly realistic, blow by blow fighting one comes to love in the show. That fight contained moves which seemed to make it degenerate into a DBZ skirmish, with the boxers moving faster than the eye could follow and delivering hundreds of punches at once. If they manage to veer away from that course, then I’m sure that this will be a great season of Hajime no Ippo. I’m especially curious to see Miyata and Ippo in the same ring, but my brother said that this hasn’t even occurred in the manga; so, I don’t have much of a hope of that.
The reason I look forward to Coppelion and Unbreakable Machine Doll lies in the fact that their manga were so enjoyable to read. Coppelion offers a truly unique setting. Three teenage girls who have been genetically engineered to withstand radiation are sent to a city which has suffered a meltdown in its past. They seek to find survivors in this incredibly inclement environment–some of whom are not too friendly. All three of the girls are rather likable and the action promises to be quite fierce.
Unbreakable Machine Doll may be considered standard shonen, harem fantasy fare, but I find the characters and the action very enjoyable. Our main character, Raishin, has control over a doll–i.e. a fighting automaton–named Yaya. He enters a magical academy with the hope of becoming the strongest by winning a certain competition which will earn him the title Wiseman. In addition to the standard tournament format, we have levels of intrigue surrounding the academy’s workings to lend more interest to the scenario. But, I cannot stress how enjoyable the characters are to watch, especially hilarious are the scenes where Yaya expresses jealousy toward women who approach Raishin and her attempts to seduce him. All of these advances, Raishin fights off with impeccable chastity. The fights are hard-hitting and Raishin and Yaya form a cool fighting combination.
There you have it, my dear readers. I’m most looking forward to these three shows due to my experience with them. Otherwise, I’m going to give Golden Time, Samurai Flamenco, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road, Pupa, and Kill La Kill a shot; but these shows are further down the list.