The Fall season inches closer, as the Summer shows inch closer to their inevitable conclusions. This time around I decided to cover a sequel anime, but if you haven’t seen the first season of this show you really need to. I’m also coming to the anime that don’t have PVs, so if I find out later that these shows got PVs I’ll share them on my social media for you guys. This season is shaping up well, and has a couple shows I’m hopeful for. Let’s jump into the next three now.
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Ono, Manabu
The PV for “Gakusen Toshi Asterisk” pretty much gives it away as a school show. I’ve been seeing a lot of these lately like Sky Wizards Academy, Infinite Stratos, and Seiken Tsukai no World Break. Hopefully this one is a better example of the genre than those three. A-1 Pictures is one of the studios that will be releasing two anime this season, the other being “The Perfect Insider” which I covered in my first part. Director Ono-san is a fairly new director, but he does have a couple of titles under his belt (A-Channel/Dragonaut: The Resonance). This light novel adaptation anime’s story is as follows:
The Academy City on the water, Rikka (otherwise known as Asterisk) is the world’s largest stage for the integrated battle entertainment, “Star Wars Festival.” The young boys and girls of the “Starpulse Generation” belonging to the six academies made their wishes with Shining Armaments in their hands, vying for supremacy—Amagiri Ayato is one of them.
Ayato arrived at Rikka at the invitation of the Student Council President of the Seidoukan Academy, Claudia, and right after that he incurred the wrath of the “Petalblaze Witch” Julis, and ended up having to duel her.
The greatest academy battle entertainment, begins here!
I’m not going to sugar-coat this, I HATE the naming structure of this story already. Asterisk is a punctuation mark, and are they serious with the Star Wars Festival? Sounds like they’re shooting for a copyright lawsuit! I’m not expecting anything spectacular from this show, but I’ll reserve reservation till the first 3 episodes come and go.
Verdict: Meh, but I’ve been wrong before.
Director: Tamura, Koutarou
“Noragami Aragoto” is the second season of this series, but if you haven’t seen the first season you really should get on that. It’s an excellent show with a fantastic story, and amazing visuals that pour life into every moment of the show. A-1 Pictures also has “Concrete Revolution” coming in the next season, so this studio has a great amount of potential in Fall 2015. For those wondering, yes Tamura-san was the director of the first season of Noragami. The second season’s plot is:
In the second season of Noragami the main focus is on Bishamon, god of combat. She has many shinki due to her being unable to abandon spirits attacked by Ayakashi. She has a large group of shinki with her as leader, causing her trouble as she sometimes cannot tend to all of them properly, especially when one of them gets sick or is in pain. She has a strong hate for Yato, as a dark past binds the two of them. How will the horrifying events dated hundreds of years ago in combination with current evil happenings affect Yato and Yukine?
This season will be the Bishamon arc, who was a very interesting character in the first season. It’ll be good to uncover the mystery behind this blond god of war, and it’ll help to answer some of the lingering questions about Yato’s past. Noragami’s second season will most likely be the show I follow the closest next season, so needless to say I have big expectations for this one. “Noragami Aragoto” will be on Funimation when it airs on October 3rd.
Verdict: High Expectations
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
Studio: Asahi Production
Director: Yanase, Takeyuki
I can tell from all of the pictures of the manga this comes from that this show is going to be my moe (cutesy) fix. On first glance I’m not expecting more than a cute girl, doing cute things, because anime. Still that’s something I enjoy watching, but I know all I’m going to hear from the moe haters is how terrible this show is, and how it’s “killing anime”. Asahi Production certainly has experience in moe, including the idol short “Million Doll” from this season. I was surprised to find out that along with “Himegoto”, Yanase-san’s directorial career includes two hentai OVA series. I’m sure that won’t bleed through this one, but it was interesting none the less. In terms of story the following is what we can expect:
The story follows Hakone, a hot spring spirit who descended to a spa resort on Earth. However, with her long slumber, she looks like a little girl on the outside. (The “Yousei” in the title is a wordplay on the Japanese words for fairy and a young child.) The high school boy Touya stumbles across her at a hot spring and ends up joining Hakone in retrieving her original powers.
Yet another boy meets strange girl story in the season, this one a little different than the last though. Unlike “Comet Lucifer”, this show looks like it’ll be more of a comedy. I’m expecting a show akin to “Etotama” in the ridiculous comedy department. Something enjoyable, but it might not be something I buy on blu-ray immediately. This title is up in the air still, so keep an eye on it to see which streaming site makes a grab for it.
Verdict: Mildly Intrigued
There are your next three anime for Fall 2015 anime season. What do you think of the coming season? Let me know what you think here or on my social media. As always I’m interested to hear what the otaku community thinks, so that we can keep the anime conversation going. Thanks for reading, and…
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!