Baseball is suddenly really popular again, the leaves are changing color, and you might need a jacket if you ever decide to go outside. Are you ready for prime anime season?
Now I may have just called this prime anime season, but it might actually be a little less-so this year. The line-up is dominated by sequels and magical girl series – there are at least four, and more if you consider Mozart and Beethoven capable of being magical girls – leaving big dramas and the usual heavy hitters in the dust. But it’s not all doom and cheap production values with the hopes of BD sales. There look to be some interesting offerings to sate the appetites of all anime lovers.
These are just a few series that Clouded is looking at covering this season. For a full preview of all shows airing, check out the fantastic Fall 2016 Preview over at RandomC.
Hibike! Euphonium 2
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Premiere: October 5, 2016
Watch: Crunchyroll, Tokyo MX
Via ANN: Kumiko and her teammates have won the Kyoto regional tournament. From now on, life will be getting a lot more hectic. With the national tournament fast approaching, Kumiko’s band is doubling down on practice and discipline, leaving little time for sleep or other recreational activities. The redoubled practice schedule brings Kumiko and Reina closer together, but elsewhere in the band, it seems like drama threatens to tear the group’s unity apart. The ghost of the prior year’s mass band exodus still haunts many of Kumiko’s classmates, and with former band member Nozomi Masumi now asking to return, it seems like the grudges of the past will soon be impossible to ignore.
I may have also just called out the plethora of sequels, but this is one that I can’t resist. The first season was just so charming and emotional with great production values and catchy band music. It’s hard not to love Kumiko and her extremely close friendship with Reina. The push to nationals will be the focus. The only drawback I find in these high school band competition shows is that the bands sound like pros – it’s so unreal! Yes, I know, that’s a little bit ridiculous of a nitpick, considering how fun it is to hear great band music.
Premiere: October 4, 2016
Watch: Crunchyroll, MBS
Via ANN: Four men are assigned to the prison: Jūgo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rock, a man who likes to get into fights; and Nico, a man who likes anime.
Now this is an interesting looking affair. If I don’t go blind for at least 20 minutes after watching this show each week, it probably didn’t do its job right. If anything, my first impression seems to be prison school without all of the insane rated-R material. It could turn out to be a real on-the-level comedy. Looks like there could be some serious elements, so balance may be an issue, but I’m willing to give it a shot. Every season needs some fun.
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Premiere: October 8, 2016
Watch: Crunchyroll, Tokyo MX
Via ANN: Nine idiosyncratic individuals are linked by the “Chōjō Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yūta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.
From the creators of other popular titles with semicolons in them (Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes) comes Occultic;Nine. And based on those other titles we can probably expect secret organizations, internet conspiracies, dark drama, and probably something to do with the occult. Steins;Gate is one of my favorite shows out there, so I’m definitely on board for a similarly-themed adventure. The other title that description above also reminds me of is the recent Mayoiga. Let’s just leave that one alone for now.
As per usual, there are a number of shows that are definitely worth watching that won’t be covered here with weekly episode reviews. There are even still a few hold-overs from last season, like ReLIFE, that will be continued in the Extras category. Here’s a shortlist of some of the extra things Clouded is looking forward to this season.
Naruto Shippuden Binge!: It continues, slowly. There are just so many episodes and so little time, but from the looks of the recent events in Naruto, it is definitely worth catching up.
ReLIFE: This show has a lot of charm and great comedy. It kind of got pushed to the side with its all-at-once release, but it hasn’t left the playing field altogether.
Mobile Suite Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: It’s been a while since Gundam has been a big powerhouse, but the first season of IBO was a pretty big hit, and well received by critics. High production values abound, and giant robots are a great draw. The second season looks to continue the powerful line of Gundam history, even if it is just another alternate universe.
Classicaloid: Just on the concept alone, I can’t help but give this show a try as a classical musician. If Mozart or Beethoven transform, magical-girl style, it will all be worth it.
That’s it for the Fall 2016 Anime preview from Clouded. There are obviously a lot more than just the series above on offer, so don’t feel limited by just our interests! The search for great anime is one of the most rewarding things about being a fan, and you never know what you might find. As for episode reviews, expect them to start mid next week – Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!