It is that time of the year when people across the aniblogosphere write about which new anime excite them most. I myself thoroughly enjoyed the present season–despite feeling the need to prune my watch list–and hope that the next season produces an equally enjoyable a crop of anime. Many bloggers seem to be disappointed with the current season in general, but the fault seems to lie in certain shows not meeting the expectations the bloggers placed in them. What I mean to say is that the majority of shows still being quite good in themselves, just not so great in the minds of the critics. (But, I will say that I feel very sorry for the people that slogged through Glasslip.) Shortly, I even hope to pick up all the summer 2014 shows I stalled and finish them by way of marathoning them–the most enjoyable way to watch any show.
At any rate, hence follows the list of shows I intend to try out next season along with a brief description of why. To my mind, the list looks a little weaker than the one for the summer season. Of course, some of these anime might hold some latent excellence. Since this list concerns the shows I am not already sold on, I shall not include Hitsugi no Chaika 2 and Psycho-Pass 2. How could I not watch the sequels to my favorite show of 2013 and my favorite show of the prior season? Whether the sequels prove to be delightful or disappointing, I’m certain to watch through them both. If they do prove disappointing, I hope that my complaints and vexation may at least prove enjoyable for you!
1) World Trigger
Sounds like Freezing without the fanservice. Fighting off giant alien invaders always sounds like an interesting premise for me, so I must give it a shot.
2) Nanatsu no Taizai (aka The Seven Deadly Sins)
While perusing the aisles of Kinokuniya in New York City (the best Japanese bookstore on the east coast since the demise of Sasuga–yet another reason to hate the current recession), I came across this manga among the “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” award winners. With that endorsement, I purchased the volume one. Though I have not yet gotten around to reading this Japanese edition yet, the artwork looks rather amazing and the action intense–big pluses in my book. For the above reasons, I’m giving the anime a shot. I really need to read volume one before it premiers.
3) Amagi Brilliant Park
Here’s an addition whose inclusion owes much to Caraniel’s excellent season preview post. Before reading this post, I had not known that the author of Full Metal Panic was behind this series. That’s all the endorsement a series needs in my book. Though, I hope the dark and twisted psychological influences present in Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid are utterly, completely, and absolutely gone, lost, abandoned, forsaken, and anathematized from this new series!
4) Denki-gai Honya-san
Another comedy, this series of shorts involves the workers in a manga bookstore. Can’t hurt to give it a shot.
5) Akatsuki no Yona
The manga version has the honor of being dropped by yours truly. At a certain point, the plot and characters ceased to hold interest for me. This does not exclude the anime version from outdoing the manga–as, exempli gratia, is shown in the cases of Knights of Sidonia and Saber Marionette J. Especially as the scenario is rather interesting (though Rolan the Forgotten King executes a similar idea better), I am willing to give this story another shot.
6) Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis
Can’t be worse than that other Shingeki anime, can it? (I jest.) The preview boasts cool swordplay in a dark fantasy setting. Worth a shot just for that.
7) Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Another show I wish to check out just because of its fantasy setting. It must be confessed that this anime almost failed to make the list. But, this preview promises the possibility of a fun show. It could turn out to be another Blade and Soul, i.e. atrociously fanservicey and dull; but, one can’t know for sure until one tries it.
8) Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
If you haven’t perceived it ere now, I’m a sucker for fantasy settings. This one seems to have a good story. A mix of Scrapped Princess and Chronicles of Lodoss War perhaps?
9) Inou Battle Within Everyday Life
Solely because Trigger is behind it.
10) Terra Formars
The plot sounds like a combination of the movies Starship Troopers and Mimic. (I had no idea those came out in the same year.) What’s not to love about a show about soldiers fighting giant man-eating cockroaches on Mars? In any case, man-eating cockroaches are eminently preferable to man-eating monsters in human form–at least, to me.
11) I don’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
My line-up this season is devoid of comedy except for Denki-gai Honya-san, so I feel compelled to give this show a shot. Besides, few anime I know focus on married couples, so this should be interesting.
12) Whatever You Like
As long as my list is this long, I might as well add a twelfth show, right? No, that’s not the name of an anime coming out next season. Rather I’d like to invite my dear readers to recommend a series for me that’s not listed above. Whatever most people tell me I should watch by October 1st, I shall watch!
Within the first two weeks of the season, this long list shall be pruned by two-thirds, which means I’ll shoot for a total of six shows this season. (I include Hitsugi no Chaika and Psycho-Pass in that sum.) How does my list of shows to sample compare with yours?