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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September Updates:

Moon Phase is back online, making my 'announced anime' permapost redundant.  Moon Phase has more details and keeps better track of these things, so just check out their website from here on:

Use google translate to switch from Japanese to English and you're good to go.

Meanwhile, Dynasty Warriors 8 has lots of good news.  The Japanese voices feature should be available October 9th, after delaying it from August 25th.  Then and only then will the game play as intended, the way it should have been from the beginning but oh well.  In addition, DW8 XL is up to four new announced characters, all very critical personages to the story that have been sadly missing up until now -- Chen Gong, Zhu Ran, Yu Jin and Fa Zheng.  There's probably still more to come, but it's anyone's guess who.  The four that have been announced were all in the famitsu's 10 most wanted poll, however, so this has been an expansion very considerate of its fans so far.

The DBZ movie is out and it's surprisingly good.  Coalgirls has also released the first Madoka Magica movie, which is simply brilliant.  The second should be coming soon.  The Hanasaku Iroha movie will be out in blu-ray 10/16.  The Miyakawa-ke no Kufuku OAD comes out 10/26.  The Steins;Gate movie comes out in blu-ry 12/13.  The Ghost in the Shell ARISE movie 2 comes out in blu-ray 12/25.

A new preview of the fall season is up at Random Curiosity, with a more positive spin than Cart Driver's.  The more previews I see of the fall season, the more excited I become about it.  There seems to be a lot of talent behind the new series coming out, and overall, just a plain lot of series coming out this fall.  Almost every day is chock full of new anime broadcasts on the calendar provided.  This could set a record for the number of series I'm simultaneously following.

This summer provided 14 watchable shows (13 of which I have in my rankings as a result.)  Nine of them are ending in a week or two.  The five that carry over will be Precure, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto and Monogatari.  Replacing these nine shows seems like a pretty easy feat, though, considering what's coming:

First off, Infinite Stratos, Valvrave, and Little Busters Refrain are sure to be good.  That gets us down to just six shows that need to step up and produce among all the remainder.  The six most likely to fulfill those roles are:

Golden Time, Pupa, Galilei Donna,  White Album 2, Outbreak Company, and Coppelion.

But these shows will also likely be good:

Blazblue, Non non Biyori, Log Horizon, Kyoukai no Kanata, Tokyo Ravens, Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsui Shimashita, Ace of Diamond, Walkure Romanze, Unbreakable Machine Doll, and Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru.

I wouldn't even be surprised if these shows were good:

Kill la Kill, Nagi no Asakura, Super Seisyun Brothers, Miss Monochrome,  Strike the Blood, Yowamushi Pedal, Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!, and  Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio ~Ars Nova~.

I would be surprised if these shows were good, but I guess I'll try them out at least once:

Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road, Samura Flamenco, Gingitsune, Yozukura Quartet.

Not gonna bother:

Diabolik Lovers, Tesagure! Bukatsumono, Meganebu, and all the sequels to shows I already dislike.

So if all goes according to plan that's 33 watchable shows, more than double what we had this summer.  That's somewhat frightening, so hopefully a few will be bad so I don't have to fit them all in.  The overall point, though, is that the fall season is huge.  It's huge, and there's no obvious flaws in it either.  Every company is bringing top of the line writers, animators, and voice actors into every show.  Japan is just brimming over with talent.  The Fall Season of this already prodigious year in anime is just another example of this platitude.

Tomorrow, Saimoe enters round 2 of its cuteness deathmatches.  A particularly bloody spectacle awaits in the competition between Homura and Madoka from Puella magi as well as Ayase from Oreimo.  Any of these three are superstars in their own right, but only one can make it to the next round.  Vicious!  If for some reason you haven't tuned in to Saimoe yet, now's the chance, when it jumps into a higher level of competition than ever before and there's no clear losers at the beginning of each match.

In addition, Little Busters EX and Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya 2wei have been announced.  If 2wei has been announced, it's almost certain that 3rei will be coming along eventually as well.  With the last part of Little Busters sure to now be included in the series, I think its ranking of 29th is about right.  However, with Fate getting two more seasons in addition to its Heaven's Feel adaption, it's probably about time to elevate it up again.  The Fate franchise is slowly becoming a dominant megalith of the entire industry.  If they really wanted to be awesome, J.C. Staff should have announced an anime adaption of Kud Waffe, but I guess that dream is still far off.  While they were at it, they could adapt Clannad, Tomoyo After Story, Planetarian, and Rewrite + Harvest Festa.  Every Key work is a classic so there's no point leaving any of them out.

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