It’s that time of the summer: the part that heralds the ending and return of this land back into eternal night and the cold of winter. Even if global warming were to have increasingly pronounced effects on our weather patterns, it won’t stop the fact that the days will grow ever shorter, and the lack of light makes this side of the planet desolate and painful during the winter. The prospect of having several good anime in the fall session, however, might just be enough to ward off the despair associated with cooling days and darker skies.
Shows of note this season include Coppelion, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio ~Ars Nova~ and Infinite Stratos², which I have an interest in following. Coppelion is, in a sense, similar to Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro series in setting, and as such, I will anticipate the setting and atmospherics behind this one. I anticipate more amusement from Infinite Stratos². For the present, I’m still working on Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ and have picked up Servant x Service out of curiosity. I’ll probably do a single mid-season talk for them once their respective halfway points are reached. Aside from these anime, there are also several titles of note, such as Nagi no Asukara, Gundam Build Fighters, Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsui Shimashita and Non Non Biyori are on my list of things to watch. Long story short, there are a great many promising shows in the upcoming fall, and I’ll probably be short of time to watch all of them. I will at most follow four series as the shows air and pick up any other shows after the season ends. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a season with such promise in recent memory, so this will be quite interesting.
After the Odaiba nuclear facility suffers an atomic disaster in 2016, the Japanese government is forced to evacuate Tokyo and relocate its capital city, but nonetheless suffer 90 percent casualties in Tokyo, causing the city to become a ghost town. Twenty years later, a sudden distress signal leads to the deployment of “Coppelion,” a special forces unit within the Self Defense Force. Composed of three high school girls in Fukusaku Aoi (Hanazawa Kana), Naruse Ibara (Tomatsu Haruka), and Nomura Taeko (Akesaka Satomi)–all of which have been genetically engineered to withstand radiation–the girls are sent to the city to find and retrieve any survivors. Amidst a city reclaimed by nature and filled with nothing but the remnants of the past, the girls find themselves searching for people that shouldn’t exist, all the while unraveling the mysteries of a land long abandoned by mankind.
- I cannot wait to see Coppelion: on first glance, it has a highly intriguing setting that seems like it came right out of Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us and Metro: Last Light, both of which are unique in their own right. The Fujishima Nuclear Meltdown resulted in the delay of this series, but presently, its premise could be very promising. I’m no politician or environmental expert and therefore won’t offer any meaningful insights about philosophical or moral aspects surrounding nuclear reactors (unless it’s to explain why another opinion is lacking), but I can offer opinion and discussion once the ball gets rolling. One way or another, I anticipate an anime I will really enjoy, even if high school girls are taking the place of battle-worn men (think Battlefield, Call of Duty, Halo and every other shooter with spec ops forces).
The second season of Infinite Stratos ought to be interesting: season one introduced us to the world of IS, exosuits created by a Japanese scientist. These exosuits could only be operated by women and so, women came to dominate society over men. The plot began when Orimura Ichika (Uchiyama Kouki) was found to be able to operate the IS despite being male, and he finds himself at the prestigious international Infinite Stratos academy, which includes an abundance of beautiful (and powerful) young women like Shinonono Houki (Hikasa Yoko), Cecilia Alcott (Yukana), Lingyin Huang (Shimoda Asami), Charlotte Dunois (Hanazawa Kana), Laura Bodewig (Inoue Marina). This season introduces two new characters: student council president Sarashiki Tatenashi (Saito Chiwa) and her younger sister Sarashiki Kanzashi (Mimori Suzuko).
- Harem anime may not have substance or anything meaningful to talk about, as I found out with Infinite Stratos’ first season, but what Infinite Stratos does well is its seamless blending of romance-comedy and science-fiction elements that play off one another rather well. The interactions between the girls also are amusing to behold, and with the introduction of two new characters this time around, things could get interesting. While I do not anticipate much story-telling, I expect more of the same comedy that impressed me from the first season. I also hope that Houki wins out over everyone else.