Anime held during Fall are usually plentiful and usually contain the highest quality anime among other seasons of the year. Here are some of the picks and flops that I’ve managed to catch over the past two weeks.
Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Ufotable’s repertoire of creating masterpieces out of TYPE-MOON’s works (Garden of Sinners, Fate/Zero) continues on with the prologue episode. I’ll even go as far as saying that they outdid anything they have done so far, be it attention to detail, direction, pacing, and action sequences.
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
Another dramatic anime enters the fray, this time exploring death and time travel. It does feel like Kimi ga Nozomu Eien within Steins;Gate‘s world, but we’ll see how the story develops. Sad to say, the art direction of the anime looks totally different from the source material.
Gundam Build Fighters: TRY
When the first season was out, I was quite skeptical about the premise of using Gunpla within a system to do simulated battles. Boy, I was so glad it proved me wrong. The battles are intense, engaging and most of all, a treat to watch. TRY picks up 7 years after the events of Season 1, but the creators mentioned that it’s a side story and not a direct sequel. Nevertheless, TRY doesn’t try too hard to fit into the shoes of its predecessor – it created its own identity, yet providing familiar plot points for viewers to follow.
G in Reconguista
G-reco’s two episodes were a hot pile of mess, be it artistically, its directing or the plot development. Everything about it screams dated and passé. And that’s coming from a huge Gundam fan such as myself. The only saving grace that it fits into the Universal Century timeline, about a thousand years after its formation. The series felt like it took everything bad about Zeta Gundam and Turn A series, hire Eureka Seven’s character artists and directed by Tomino back in the 80s, with modern technology as tools to create it. At least Gundam AGE’s first episode was acceptable, but this – totally off my books.
Not exactly a flop, but it felt like a step down from its first season. The animation quality was sub par, as was its pacing and direction. That said, I feel that judging the entire series from its first episode would be a disservice to its very good first season.
I have not watched every anime out this season, and have more series to add to the list eventually. I have high hopes for Amagi Brilliant Park (since it’s made by the pros at Kyoto Animation) and Girlfriend [Kari] (because Silver Link; they made the well-adapted Prisma Illya series).
Which anime will you be watching this season? Let me know in the comments!4 comments