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Fall 2014 Anime overview – picks and flops

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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.

Picks
Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
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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.
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Sora no Method
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Right off the bat, Sora no Method gives the viewers AnoHana & Ano Natsu de Matteru vibes, with a touch of KEY’s style of introducing characters with melodramatic plot.
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Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
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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.
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Gundam Build Fighters: TRY
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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.

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Flops

G in Reconguista
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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.

PSYCHO-PASS 2
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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.

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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

4 Comments so far

  1. iron2000 October 11th, 2014 4:37 pm

    Just finished GBFT ep1 and dumped my thoughts at Youtube :P

    Where was it said that GBFT is not a direct sequel?
    I think its a direct sequel, the 7 years is a buffer to setup whatever mysteries that take place in GBFT like the origins of Jigen Haoh Style (Reiji?) and Build Burning Gundam (Sei?).

    Oh! Psycho-Pass 2 is out?
    Need to get to watch it.

    Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works will watch that too.

    G-Reco, I think its fine.
    I just want to find out what big secret the main plot will eventually reveal.

    Maybe I’ll watch that Cross Ange Sunrise mecha show?
    Yes, watching Log Horizon too.

    Still quite a few that I would like to watch but theres still stuff I would like to watch(and yet to start) from last season like Zankyou no Terror and SAO2. And theres those from last last season…

    Looking for something funny like Nozaki last season, any recommendations?

  2. sentinel011 October 11th, 2014 5:23 pm

    My info may be outdated, though it isn’t specifically stated that GBF Try is a direct sequel to the first. Just because they are in the same timeline doesn’t necessarily mean the one after is a sequel of the other, just like how V Gundam isn’t a direct sequel to Char’s Counterattack, or Zeta Gundam is to 0079.

  3. sentinel011 October 11th, 2014 5:26 pm

    Cross Ange is codenamed “mecha with nana buttsechz” anime to me. =P

    Standard comedy/harem/slice of life anime includes Amagi Brilliant Park (Kyoto Animation) and Inou Battle (Studio Trigger).

    http://randomc.net/2014/10/07/amagi-brilliant-park-01/
    http://randomc.net/2014/10/06/inou-battle-wa-nichijou-kei-naka-de-01/

  4. iron2000 October 12th, 2014 12:48 pm

    Well, all I know is that GBFT is definitely not a side-story.
    Perhaps the meaning I give to “direct sequel” is not as strict as yours.

    Amagi Brilliant Park and Inou Battle, well-known studios.
    I know Amagi is KyoAni but never notice Inou Battle is by Trigger. The art style became like other moe cutesy shows, should be following the LN chara designs. School life is very different from Kill la Kill. Take a look to see how they tackle this type.

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