What you should be watching this season – Autumn 2014 Anime Roundup

What you should be watching this Autumn – Now with bonus clarity! Mostly because of how many shows there were this season, and the fact I was forgetting which show was which, new starting this season are 1 line summaries and aggregate scores – each of the two episodes are scored out of 10, for a score out of 20. This’ll hopefully let me filter out the trash into clearer tiers.

Rad Tier:

Hi Scoool! Seha Girl

Seha girls(20) The one with the gillius fucking thunderhead
It’s fantastic and yet awful at the same time. Seha Girls is about personified sega consoles, featuring Megadrive, Saturn and Dreamcast on their journey through various sega games to gain credits to graduate. The style is CGI rather than anime, which on the one hand makes it look clumsy and awkward, yet once they start descending into video game worlds it begins to make more sense why they chose this animation style. While watching, you will be somewhat aware of how bad the show itself is, but at the same time the wealth of Sega references will have you grinning from ear to ear throughout. Seha girls is aimed at video gamers more than fans of anime, which may very well be why I love it so damn much.

Shigatsu wa kimi no uso

Shigatsu no uso(19) (Your lie in april) – The one with the pianist
Episode one started off with a bit of a Nisekoi comedy kind of flair, however episode 2 has moved swiftly into the drama/music genre. Though it’s hard to say for now, this show might be the one to watch – a strong backbone of drama behind what could possibly be another Nodame Cantabile style romantic comedy. Plot wise, because even though two episodes have passed, not a whole lot has actually happened, it’s one of those shows that seem to pass by in a flash without feeling long, our main character has a troubled past with professional music, but looks like he may be about to rejoin that world..

Parasyte

parasyte
(18) The one with the hand that talks back
Another anime adaptation of a manga, the Parasyte manga I hear is doing pretty well recently, and so now we get this. Solid concept, alien parasites which invade people’s brains and control them, our hero however gets his hand possessed – or rather, the parasite straight up eats his hand and replaces it. The alien right hand proceeds to get him into all sorts of trouble, and yet at the same time, saves his life from other infested humans who try to murder him. It’s an interesting sci-fi show, with some good action and well animated monsters.

Amagi Brilliant Park

amagi brilliant park
(18) The one which feels like an anime adaptation of theme park
This season’s kyoani production, Amagi brilliant park feels like an odd spin on tycoon games theme park or rollercoaster tycoon, requiring the new elected manager to bring in 250,000 guests to the park before the deadline, or the park closes. To accomplish this task he is given the power to read minds, and is reluctantly supported by a huge cast of mascot characters who aren’t actually people in suits, but genuinely living mascot characters – with some odd personalities.

Gurure! Kokkuri-san

gokkuri-san

(17) The one with the adorable little girl
Probably the best comedy of the season, kokkuri-san is about a little girl who thinks she is a doll, and the spirit who decides to haunt her. Little kohina is a adorable, and the show is genuinely pretty entertaining even without any real plot or even attempt of plot so far.

Rage of Bahamut : Genesis

shingeki no bahamut

(16) The one with bahamut and the afro guy
Following a bounty hunter who gets turned into a demon of some description. It’s pretty interesting so far, and varied, with equal amounts of story, character development and slaughtering giant monstrs, arguably most interesting is the fantasy world they’ve set, which manages to have a medieval feel to it yet maintain a vivid palette.

Nanatsu no Taizai (7 deadly sins)
nanatsu no taizai

(16) The one about searching for 7 murderers (action, not murder mystery)
Your somewhat typical shounen action show, our hero and female sidekick are trying to find 7 legendary murderers and solve a few problems along the way. 2 Episodes in and it seems pretty solid, though the hero seems a little bit too overpowered for now.

S’alright Tier:

Vanadis (Lord Marksman and Vanadis)
(15) The one with the harem archer
A fantasy action show with action and service, doesn’t appear to be doing anything extraordinary, but is solid so far. Has some strong, likable characters and is showing some development already.

Kaitou Joker
(14) The one clearly intended for a young audience
It’s a show for children vaguely in the same plot style as Lupin 3rd, following a talented thief as he outsmarts detectives. It’s a good show, though don’t expect a deep plot or complicated characters.

Magic Kaito 1412
(14) The Magic Kaito series
The show plays out almost exactly as you would expect of a spinoff from detective conan, the styling and animation is almost identical, yet the focus is on Magic Kaito instead of our usual Conan. There is light plot, but one can only wonder if it’ll be a repeat of conan’s plot which never goes anywhere. Good show, though I hope Kaito’s girlfriend gets more love than Ran.

Inou battle wa nichijou-ke no naka de
(13) The one with the special powers club
School club group of friends, throw in some superpowers (which don’t actually seem to mean much after episode one), add in some comedy and drama and we have… this. It’s solid, it’s well drawn,

Ushiniwareta mirai o motomete
(13) (In search of lost future) The slice of life that turns into sci-fi drama?
A fairly boring slice of life, however one that seems to have some sci-fi twists up it’s sleeve, the first episode eludes to some sort of time travel/jump stuff, while there is also a mysterious character who appears randomly and seems to have some special interactions with the world. It’s hard to explain much more because not much as been revealed. Unfortunately, these more interesting sci-fi elements seem buried underneath a more orthodox and boring slice of life student club sort of scenario.

Grisaia
(12) The ‘source material was obviously a VN’
Stylized in a cinematic wide aspect ratio, I was hoping for more from this show, however it has started slow so far. It’s based on a visual novel which i’m told does have a decent story, and so far it is apparently sticking to the source material well. It’s not particularly good so far, but according to my sources, it’ll get better… Perhaps wait this one out if you’re unsure.

Daitoshokan to hitsujikai
(12) The slice of life with the shephard via mobile phone texts
Started reasonably well, but episode 2 brought it firmly back into standard ‘group of friends in a club’ land. As far as plot goes, the students are recieveing mysterious messages from someone called the shephard, it’s fairly light hearted rather than mysterious though. Plot is also very slow moving, this one could easily swing either way so far, but as of 2 eps, is a fairly average school club show.

Terra Formars
(12) The one with the giant cockroaches
About a team of genetically engineered humans who go to fight a bunch of humanoid cockroaches on mars, yes, really. It’s actually not a horrible show, however the TV censoring really kills the mood of the show, a disappointment because evidently the animators have really gone out of their way to make it really gory, only to have the censors black out 70% of  the screen for some segments.

Trinity Seven
(12) The one with magic school
Semi typical ecchi magic school scenario with a harem thrown in, there are supposedly 7 powerful magicians in the vicinity but all we get instead are adorable blushing schoolgirls with magic powers. Not awful, but a somewhat cliche premise makes it hard to recommend unless you are into harem shows.

Eeehhh Tier:

Garo
(11) The one with the demons and karas wannabe
Medieval age superpower suits versus monsters of the night kind of affair, there is some fancy CGI and the fight scenes are well done, making it maybe worth watching if you fancy yet another action show. Monster design thus far seems very interesting (think Bayonetta), unfortunately the ‘knights’ clad in shiny CGI armor are significantly more orthodox.

Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru
(5,?) The one that’s like Madoka Magica but without the dark undertones (yet?)
So didn’t really know what to expect going into this one, started off as an everyday school kind of show and then suddenly our club of 4 girls gets whisked off into another world and essentially turned into magical girls, where – surprise surprise, their everyday lives come to an end. How cliche. Functionally it’s very similar to how Madoka Magica started off, even down to the musical styling (orchestral). For now, i’m somewhat skeptical as to whether this will turn into anything more than just a magical girls fight monsters kind of show.

Cross Ange
(10) The one where she gets her panties ripped off
First episode was pretty odd and bad, episode 2 puts our princess in a pilot school and introduces what is basically a female version of hitler who proceeds to try and rape the main character. The show seems to be about saving the world from dragons, so if half naked girls flying about shooting at dragons sounds like your thing…

Sora no Method
(9) The boring show with the blue haired chick
What even is this show about? I’ve watched 2 episodes and both have bored me to the point where i’m barely paying attention to the show anymore. Something about removing a giant saucer from the sky, and a blue haired girl who (I suspect) may not even exist. It’s nicely drawn girls doing nothing in particular, it’s style over substance, it’s glasslip V2.

World Trigger
(9) The one with the least likable main character
Another show about saving the world, with one of the main characters being an alien in disguise or something. While the premise isn’t horrible, it’s so bland and uninspired, and the characters are especially generic and unlikable.

Akatsuki no Yona
(9)The one with the redhead and guy that isn’t Zhao Yun
A king is assassinated, and a princess has to flee the castle to begin anew. It was a show that, whilst boring, was looking appealing mostly due to the drama – however towards the end of the second episode it seems to have turned into yet another generic action show in a vaguely dynasty warriors fashion (only less cool).

Girl Friend Beta
(4,?) The one where girls do nothing in particular for 20 minutes.

Trash Tier:

Denki Gai no Honya San
(7) The one with the bookshop clerks
I think it’s supposed to be a comedy, however it doesn’t manage character humour or even slapstick humour particularly well, the result being a show which is just kind of stupid. Perhaps i’m just too old for the jokes to be funny.

Ookami Shoujo to kuro ouji
(7) (wolf girl and black prince)The shoujo with the S male pretending to be her girlfriend
A fake boyfriend scenario, yet while Nisekoi turned it into a comedy, Ookami shoujo seems to have taken it on a darker, more abusive route? With the heroine basically being a toy for men and literally treated as a dog. It’s awkward to watch, and I find it odd that a show for girls would tell this sort of story of basically a girl who gets bullied and then falls in love with someone who is clearly a complete fucking asshole.

Donten ni Warau (Laughing under the clouds)
(6) The one with the blunt swords
Very generic ninja-esque anime, pretty one dimensional characters and not much plot either. Second episode gets a bit more actiony but the animation is sub-par and reminds me of a bad version of bleach or naruto or some shit.

Shirobako
(6) The one about anime production where nothing really happens
Boring as shit show about making anime, PA works seem to have a real knack for making good looking shows with zero content lately.

Gonna be the twin-tail
(2) The one with the twin tails that was fucking awful

Sequel Tier:

Log Horizon 2

Psycho Pass 2

Yowamushi Pedal : Grande road