Now, with the halfway point to the Summer 2014 anime season having passed, it is a reasonable time to take a look at what is currently being offered by the Fall 2014 Anime season. Summer 2014 is turning out to be a solid season thus far, and even as we enter Fall 2014, that momentum does not appear to have fallen: there are at least three shows and four OVAs that have caught my eye and will be followed, with another two that I’ll follow once they’re a ways into their run. Once the term starts, I’ll be stepping back the number of posts that will appear here, and continue with the format I began with the Summer 2014 season. All anime will get an impressions post about a quarter of the way in, and then get a final impressions post after it’s over. However, that’s enough out of me; the chart below is what’s scheduled to play.
It looks like Kantai Collection will be airing in the Winter 2015 season, which is unimaginably far away right now. However, in the meantime, there are a handful of anime that have caught my eye for the Fall 2014 season. These shows include Shirobako, Sora no Method and Amagi Brilliant Park. The TV shows, however, are not the only thing I’ve got an eye on. The OVAs look exciting, with Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow, Ika Musume and Suisei no Gargantia getting shows. Infinite Stratos also looks to be doing something, so I’ll check that out, too. In particular, Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow is the most intriguing of the bunch, and I resolve to, as per usual, get a talk and screenshots out as soon as the OVAs come out. I’ve been following Strike Witches since 2011, and although it might lack any semblance of a real storyline and have a generous dose of pantsu, the character dynamics and animation are sufficient to keep me interested. Besides these shows, Gundam Build Fighters Try is something I will pick up once the season is underway. After an impressive first season, I’m curious to see where they go will next, although with two shows carrying over from Summer 2014, plus the three that I’ll be picking up, my plate seems pretty full for the present. As per usual, this list could change quite quickly once the season starts.
Sora no Method
One winter day, the wish of a few girls was realised with a miracle that changes the landscape of a town when a disk-like object appears.
- For Sora no Method, I have no idea what to expect going in. From the trailers, it’s looking to be a cross between speculative fiction and slice-of-life, a unique combination that merits checking out. I imagine that the miracle’s arrival will disrupt the equilibrium amongst a group of friends, and seeing where they will go after all this is something I look forwards to.
Aoi will never forget how she felt the day her high school animation club’s labor of love was shown at the cultural festival. The sense of awe and the feeling of accomplishment that came with completing their very first project are exactly what encouraged Aoi and her club mates to enter the animation industry in the first place. But two years later Aoi has graduated, and now that she works as a production assistant for a big-name animation studio, the daunting reality of her job has somewhat diminished her enthusiasm. Despite the long hours and the punishing schedule, Aoi still hopes to fulfill the promise she and her club friends Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori made: to one day reunite and make a real animated feature of their own as professionals!
- Shirobako is another P.A. Works anime, and is quite simply, an anime about making anime. It’ll be quite interesting to see a fictionalised account about the production process, especially since this offers another perspective on the industry that fans and viewers often take for granted, rather like how some do not really understand how games are made and expect their favourite studios to continue making games year after year. Moreover, the unique premise is a refreshing take from the other offerings (even psychological and science fiction anime ultimately wind up being derivative), and given how Glasslip has been ailing, it’ll be nice to see P.A. Works return to the realm of pure reality.
Amagi Brilliant Park
Seiya Kanie is a self-proclaimed genius with looks, intellect, and athletic ability. On a Sunday, a mysterious transfer student who carries a musket gun takes him to an old and deserted amusement park, Amagi Brilliant Park. He is told that, if the park can’t attract 100,000 visitors in the next two weeks, it will be closed immediately.
- I haven’t been anywhere near KyoAni since the K-On! Movie ended, and although I know that Amagi Brilliant Park is set to be a “business-comedy”, the anime looks to be exploring what happens when someone takes a haikyo amusement park (like Nara Dreamland) and attempts to resurrect it. Haikyo arise from decay, but things that decay can sometimes be revitalised. Even if the story turns out to be less focused than expected, as a KyoAni work, the production values ought to be good.