Every year, Spring and Autumn have always been the highlights that usually caters to avid anime viewers and fanatics. The general idea or perspective in respect for these seasons is that the former has promising yet dreamy titles, whilst the latter has always competitive yet overwhelming ones that would only leave you breathless and awestruck as the year metaphorically closes its red curtain; afterward, the audiences give round of applause towards the actors, actresses, playwright, and all of the staffs who worked hard on the said play. Given that no one would literally expect the myriad of fresh upcoming titles such as sequels, light novel adaptations, original ones, and remakes for this blessed, grand year, this season truly delivers the expectations and promises in passive yet progressive manner towards the enthusiasts. Here are my initial thoughts and impressions so far:
Definitely Must Watch
Title: Shinryaku! Ika Musume Season 2
Prerequisite: Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Airing Schedule: Monday
After its well-deserved sales last year, Ika Musume finally returns from the depths of the sea and tries to invade the humanity once and for all. A slice-of-life, comedy show that doesn’t take itself seriously but a source of fun and heartwarming scenarios as she learns not only to protect her home called “ocean”, but to learn to protect those people she encountered and loved. The new opening song has a pleasant, catchy ring to it and decent lyrics, and I daresay, it’s far better than the first. Will she be able to recognize to herself that despite she always fails to conquer the land, she has already conquered.. their hearts? Can she be able to pay off on her debt from the Lemon Beach’s damage? Anyway, Ika Musume’s cuteness and her antics are a miracle to the universe as I’m willing to protect her innocent, white as snow smile which symbolizes hopes and tomorrow’s future for the mankind.
Title: Shakugan no Shana III Final
Prerequisites: Shakugan no Shana Season 1 and 2
Airing Schedule: Friday
The last installment of Shakugan no Shana franchise is taking its toll and nearing its grand finale. After hearing the announcement from J.C. Staff a few months ago, the feeling of excitement and happiness were unrestrained and had finally been paid off the latter as I watched the opener last week. The overall quality did really fulfill my expectations — from the opening song, the cliffhanger storyline which follows the major events happened at the end of S2, and serious interactions of the main casts. Sakai Yuuji, the protagonist of the story, has unexpectedly turned into an antagonist of the show as the “Silver” provoke his resolve who leaded him to become the leader of Bal Masque. While Shana investigates on his disappearance way back in Christmas Eve, she participates to train herself with Margery Daw for unknown, future battles. This rare set-up upon the various shows has peeked my interest, and their fate of encounter will surely hit the fans ablaze and blown away.
Title: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Optional but not required: Reading the manga or the light novels
Airing Schedule: Thursday
An anime adaptation of one of the most recent popular novels/manga that I liked the most has begun its airing. I daresay it’s predictably decent enough to follow through. There were few issues to say, “it would have been better if..”, but it’s just personal wishlists that I dreamed of before its airing. On the other hand, the opening song and its visuals actually surprised me, delivering K-ON-esque music rhythm (Tom-h@ck) and its creativity put an overall effort and projection to it. One thing that bothers me the most was the comedic timing and its humor. It’s mandatory and necessary because the show itself is basically a comedy and not just an excuse as a setting for a harem atmosphere. That said, viewing enjoyment is a must.
Prerequisites: Fate/Stay Night Anime and UBW Movie or Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel (Recommended)
Airing Schedule: Saturday
Easily the most regal and spectacular cream of the crop of all time along with the amount of production budget, unyielding effort, and utmost dedication that were poured into to make everything that includes minor details and animation directing look promising as possible. As expected from the tandem of UFOTABLE and Type-Moon, it certainly didn’t let the fans down and whatnot since Kara no Kyoukai. Nothing really beats one of the best music composers in the industry, Yuki Kaijura, and the rookie but groundbreaking Japanese rock band, LiSA. They, without a doubt, did wonderful job to contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the actual storyline. In contrast to its sequel, the basic premise of 4th Holy Grail War has depicted far superior to the 5th and what should have been prior to the war. It’s nothing but more serious matter, exquisite character introductory and their resolution, and straightforward exposition whereas Kirei Kotomine and Kiritsugu Emiya had a blind confrontation and analysis within a mere sheet of paper. The development of masters and servants, particularly to Waver-Iskander and Uryuu-Bluebeard, is something worth a sight in the near future as well. Still more things to come as the burning desire to win slowly unfolds into reality.
Title: Guilty Crown
Prerequisite: Original Concept
Airing Schedule: Thursday
The level of competition this season is seriously entering at maximum overdrive, and one of the most anticipated shows, Guilty Crown, has been reached into the top as expected and looked really promising at finest. The animation, visual gist, music timing, and exposition are nothing but stunning and cutting edge. The only downside I can nitpick of was the exploit of a typical high school protagonist set-up without any sense of interesting pointers. I may not be a fan of this static to dynamic development, but I think his resolve is solid enough as he protected what driving on his mind. People might even say that it’s a carbon copy of Code Geass, but who would have thought that they both have the same writer, Yoshino Hiroyuki?
One thing for sure, it would be either a blockbuster hit or completely wasted product. But still no one can predict the outcome unless you see it through the end and hope for the best.
<<to be continued >>