At this point I can’t help but jump into more sequel seasons that I will be watching, so there might be a few spoilers coming up. I’ll try to keep it to a minimum for any readers that haven’t seen the original seasons yet. As an update to part 3, “Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan” has been moved to the “TV Shorts” category of AniChart. Instead of full 30-minute hot springs episodes, we’ll be getting 3 to 10-minute episodes of hot springs episodes. With that out of the way, let’s jump into some new anime…
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
Studio: Wit Studio
Director: Tokudo, Daisuke
“Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen”, or “Seraph of the End” as most know it, is the anticipated sequel to the first season from Spring 2015. This show takes the battle between humans and vampires and places it in a post-apocalyptic setting with a dash of demons. Aside from working on the original season, Wit Studio is also responsible for the critically acclaimed “Attack on Titan” anime. The director (Tokudo-san) is a new face in directing, with only the first season of this anime under his belt. For those of you who haven’t seen the first season, be warned that the following plot synopsis has spoilers.
Yuuichirou has reunited with Mikaela at the Shinjuku Battle. But Mikaela was turned into a vampire… To save the “family,” and to protect his fellow members, Yuuichirou needed to gain knowledge and power. He searched for ways to bring back vampire to human beings, and at the same time, trained hard working on the Cursed Gear.
Meanwhile, Kureto calls Guren and tells him a shocking truth. That in one month, the main unit of the vampire will start attacking Tokyo. To get a head start against vampires, Kureto orders Guren to go to Nagoya. The noble extermination mission is about to open fire!
Like I said in my Spring 2015 Review, there’s a lot of potential in this second season. I will be watching this season and hoping for the best, but the last season of this show was somewhat dull. Action scenes seemed to be cut out at times, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character or his little vampire buddy. Here’s hoping this season at the very least has more Krul(the vampire queen) in it. You’ll be able to stream this anime when it comes out on October 10th through Funimation.
Verdict: Cautious Optimism… for more Krul
Director: Shinbou, Akiyuki
This show is actually a prequel rather than a sequel. The “Monogatari” series is a supernatural show that features extremely heavy dialogue. It’s one of my favorite series despite the constant need to pause to read the mountain of subtitles on the screen. The series is adapted from light novels and the adaptations have been going on since 2009, so if you haven’t been watching you have a fair amount of catching up to do. Both Shaft studios and Shinbou-san are responsible for the Monogatari series as well as “Dance in the Vampire Bund”. The synopsis is mostly written for people who have read the light novel, but if you’re one of those people or just curious here it is.
The anime will cover the “Ōgi Formula,” “Sodachi Riddle,” and “Sodachi Lost” chapters from the first novel, as well as the “Shinobu Mail” chapter from the second novel. Iwakami stated that the scenario for the Owarimonogatari novel series’ third volume had already been written up, but that the production team was still deliberating on how best to present it, and that they would take a little more time to choose the best possible option for the story. The third novel covers the “Mayo Hell,” “Hitagi Rendezvous,” and “Ōgi Dark” chapters.
Fans of the show should recognize some of the names in those chapters, especially the fan favorite Shinobu. It’ll be nice to return to the Monogatari universe for a season to see another part of Araragi’s story. Again if you haven’t seen this series before and you’re cool with heavy dialogue, check out the first series called Bakemonogatari on Crunchyroll. You won’t be disappointed if you do, and you’ll have six other seasons (including this one) to look forward to after! You’ll most likely be able to find this show on Crunchyroll, but for now no word has been released about it’s streaming availability.
Verdict: Eager Anticipation
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
Director: Katou, Makoto
In case anyone was curious about the titles translation it is “A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet”. The promotional video has excellent visuals that I’m hoping last past the first episode. Apparently it’s an adaptation of a fairly well established light novel series. The studio (TROYCA) is fairly new, but they are responsible for Aldnoah Zero which was did fairly well for their first show. From what I can surmise Katou-san is also very new to directing, so new that I could only find episode director credits for four episodes in two anime. If I were a fan of this light novel series the fact that a rookie director was handling the story I love would make me a tad distraught. For those of us who don’t know Japanese, and thus can’t read the books though the story is as follows:
The novel series revolves around Shoutarou Tatewaki and Sakurako Kujyou. Shoutarou is a normal high school student with a serious demeanor who likes to show off his girlfriend Sakurako. Sakurako is an extraordinarily beautiful woman in her mid-20s from a rich family who loves “beautiful bones.” The two live in the city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido, and they get involved in various incidents regarding bones.
The skeletons in the PV make quite a bit more sense to me now. It seems pretty strange that a “normal high school student” is dating a woman in her mid-20’s, and that he is able to “show off his girlfriend” without the law getting involved. Then again the age of consent in Japan is… well technically 13, but there are laws that counteract that law and bring it up to 17. Japan is weird like that just don’t think about it too much. I’m getting off topic here, sorry about that. The point is I have no clue what to expect, so I’m going to throw a wild guess out that it’s a retelling of the popular US TV show “Bones”. Except this version will have a possibly annoying high school kid, rather than ruggedly handsome (I swear I’m not gay) David Boreanaz.
Verdict: Weirded out, but somewhat hopeful
Three more down on the fall 2015 rundown list. I would recommend catching up on “Seraph of the End” if you haven’t seen it yet because it might just surprise us this season. If you’re feeling particularly froggy, you can try to catch up on all five seasons of the Monogatari series too. Looking at the shows from summer I’m about to start writing reviews for, I know that I’m going to miss many of the shows I enjoyed this season. Let’s hope that fall 2015 doesn’t make us long for the anime of summer.
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!
Krul Pic – クルル by ほろくさ