Well my BrOtaku the another season is inching closer to its end, and with that a new season crests the anime horizon. This time around however, I decided to take a somewhat different approach to the process of introducing you to the next season’s shows. Eschewing the “reaction” posts of the previous season, this season I’ve decided to simply tell you what’s coming up. I’ll also include my level of excitement for said anime title, and what I am expecting from it as a show to add my own influence to the discussion. This will be a multi-part series with all the anime coming out, and like last season you can find all these titles on AniChart. To kick off the first BrOtaku anime rundown, let’s start with…
Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
Director: Mizushima, Seiji
Upon first glance the show is very good-looking with it’s various neon backdrops and unique characters. The studio behind this show is Bones, which released “Snow White with the Red Hair” this season. The director (Mizushima-san) is responsible for Fullmetal Alchemist, and a host of mech anime. Which is a good thing since this show seems to be a blending of mech with supernatural elements. The story according to the official site is as follows:
The stage is set in “another Japan” as a banquet of diverse superhumans unfolds…
In an imaginary “age of gods” about 20 years after the war, Japan has grown and developed by leaps and bounds. What if all the superhumans ever written about in fictional stories existed at the same time? Superhumans who came into existence through different circumstances, and who are special in different ways — Titans from outer space, lifeforms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations, and the list goes on. One segment of these superhumans makes no secret of their existence and has gained popularity in society. Others cloak their identities and fight in secrecy.
There are enemies of superhumans as well, organizations that operate in the shadows.
The Japanese government has taken many measures to secure peace and order.
One is the establishment of an organization under the Ministry of Health and Welfare — the Overpopulation Research Laboratory, a.k.a. the Superhuman Bureau.
Their mission is to identify and approach suerhumans, then oversee and safeguard them. One member of the Superhuman Bureau, Jiro Hitoyoshi, is protagonist of this series.
I am actually pretty excited about this one. It looks interesting enough, and seems to break away from one set style of show. It looks good, has an interesting plot, and a decent cast as well. One of the female characters is played by Sumire Uesaka who was Dekomori in “Love Chuunibiyo and Other Delusions”, and Shalltear in “Overlord”. I definitely love her voice acting! If nothing else it’s an original IP in a season that has many sequels in it. You’ll be able to watch this show when it airs on Daisuki!
Verdict: Eager Anticipation
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
Studio: Silver Link
Director: Jinbo, Masato
First off, wow that is a hell of a name. The English translation seems to be “Story in Which I Was Kidnapped by a Young Lady’s School to be a ‘Sample of the Common People'”, and apparently the shortened version is “Shomin Sample”. Right away you can tell this is going to be a harem of sorts just by the name of the show. The studio behind it is responsible for shows like “Baka Test”, “Non Non Biyori”, and surprisingly (to me) “Kokoro Connect”. With mixed bag shows like that who knows how this one’ll turn out. Jinbo-san (the director) has mostly been an episode director with the exception of the recent “Fate/kaleid” show. The plot synopsis, as reported by Manga Helpers is:
In a hidden school surrounded by mountains, young ladies of good families are taught everything a high class lady needs to know. They are also completely cut off from the outside world, keeping them sheltered and innocent. However, a problem has come up recently– more and more graduates are failing to cope with the modern world after graduation. To deal with this problem, they’ve decided to kidnap a male commoner student, and enroll him as a student. They hope that this will be a gentle way to introduce the girls to the outside world.
Kagurazaka Kimito is chosen for this dubious honor, mostly because he seems utterly average. However, the school leaders also seem to have concluded he’s a homosexual with a muscle fetish. When Kimito hears that the alternative may be castration (to protect the girls’ purity), he eagerly plays along with this misconception. Now he’ll just have to survive the attention of many high class young ladies that are completely out of touch with the world!
In short, yeah it’s a harem. The plot synopsis does remind me of the “SHIMONETA” world though, with the girls playing the part of the sexually uneducated masses. I sincerely doubt it’ll be as risque as that show, but you never know with anime. Now say what you will about harems, but I personally love them. They offer a nice reprieve from some of the heavier shows in a season, and are generally the “old faithful” of anime for me in terms of what I can expect. I don’t know what streaming site will get this show, so keep up with my social media to find out when I do!
Verdict: Juvenile Glee (for panty shots)
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Kanbe, Mamoru
“The Perfect Insider” looks like one of those heavy anime I was talking about before, but I’m okay with that. The darker tones in the PV really give a sense of gloom that balances out all the happiness in shows I typically watch. A-1 Pictures has a long list of anime of varying acclaim. Titles like OreImo, SAO, Fairy Tail, Aldnoa.Zero, and the Persona 4 anime make up the impressive record of the studio. The same can be said for the director’s, (Mamoru Kanbe), impressive record. He’s been a director as far back as “Ninja Ryuukenden” in ’91, and he was even an episode director for the beloved magical girl anime “Cardcaptor Sakura”. The plot for this anime then is as follows:
Sōhei Saikawa is a member of the Saikawa Research Lab. He goes on a vacation held by the lab, and Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor, joins the group on their vacation despite not being a part of the lab. There, the two end up finding a corpse. The two work together to solve the mysteries of what becomes a serial murder case.
As you can see they’re not giving much away, which is good because this appears to be a mystery. I’m somewhat interested after reading the plot since this season’s mystery (“Rampo Kitan”) is pretty good. Hopefully it’s one of those that you can piece together as you go, though I’m not particularly good as solving mysteries. With a premise this promising it’s possible that this show could be a huge hit of the season, if they do it right that is. In any case it’ll be good to see a more serious show to balance out the previous two shows I covered.
Verdict: Cautious Optimism
That does it for the first of the Fall 2015 Rundown. Check back soon for more, and let me know what you think so far of the shows coming out next season. On a last note I’m not really planning on covering a good portion of the next season, because many are sequels of shows I haven’t seen yet. If I have seen the show I’ll cover the sequel season, and I’ll even try to burn through a couple I’ve never seen to get to the sequel. If I don’t end up covering the show you’re excited for, drop me a line and I’ll do some digging on it for you if I can.
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!