With the Fall 2014 anime season imminent, we will be taking a look through the best and worst upcoming series set to premiere this season. We will be detailing which series you should watch, which series you should consider and which series you should avoid all means necessary. So without further adieu, here is SnapThirty’s handy Fall 2014 anime season watch guide.
These are the series that look to be the cream of the crop, these are the series that you must watch:
The Seven Deadly Sins (A-1 Pictures, October 5th)
Based upon the popular Shonen Magazine manga of the same name, The Seven Deadly Sins has built a significant following for itself, leading to some pretty major anticipation for this anime adaptation.
The series follows Meliodas, the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, a ragtag band of assassins who must help Princess Elizabeth reclaim her kingdom from the sinister Holy Knights who have taken control and oppress the masses. It is a traditional shonen adventure in every sense but with its unique medieval setting and straightforward approach, there is a genuine air of freshness to The Seven Deadly Sins that makes it stand out from the pack.
The manga upon which this anime is based has been critically acclaimed and for good reason. How A-1 Pictures handles this adaptation will prove to be very interesting. I for one hope that knock it out of the park, because this is a must-watch shonen anime.
Psycho-Pass Season 2 (Tatsunoko Productions, October 10th)
One and a half years has past since the world experienced the psychological thriller of the decade, Psycho-Pass. Now the team is back together, over a year since the events of the first series. Will the Sybil System ever be stopped?
While Psycho-Pass was never an anime that necessarily required a sequel following its epic conclusion ended the series on a profound and thoughtful note, I don’t think fans of the series are going to say no to another trip into this twisted cyberpunk world.
With Tatsunoko Productions taking the reigns from Production I.G. for this sequel, it is hard to determine where this series will go but with the incredible track record and history that Tatsunoko has, I’m sure it will be brilliant.
Parasyte (Madhouse, October 9th)
The outrageous alien invasion manga classic from the 90s is at long last getting an anime adaptation and it is about damn time. The series has been critically acclaimed for its twisted horror take on the shonen genre.
Parasyte follows Shinichi Izumi who becomes infected by an alien parasite that embeds itself into his hand. While most aliens embed themselves in their target brains, Shinichi’s alien is a bit of a loser and couldn’t get the job done. Ultimately the two decide to team up to end the alien invasion all the while learning to coexist with one another.
The series is a classic for a reason and considering that Madhouse is handling the adaptation I fully expect this to be one of the best series of Fall by far. Parasyte is coming and you better be watching when it does.
Your Lie in April (A-1 Pictures, October 10th)
I love the noitaminA anime block. Many of my favourite anime series of the past decade has come out of the block. Your Lie in April looks to be another brilliant addition to the brilliant legacy of the late-night anime block and I for one cannot wait to get my eyes on this series.
Based upon a popular manga of the same name Your Lie in April is a touching musical slice-of-life series that follows a talented young pianist who loses touch with music after the death of his mother, until one day he meets a girl with a violin that changes everything for him.
It looks to be the heartwarming anime series of the Fall season and with a quality team behind the production this is a must-watch anime.
These are the series that look like they could be worth considering watching, they may not be obvious standouts but there is a chance they could be something special:
Cross Ange (Sunrise, October 5th)
Three words: Mecha, Dragons, Sunrise. That sells itself doesn’t it? Well for a certain subset of fans that is no doubt enough to entice them into this wild fantasy ride.
Sunrise are of course the kings of the mecha genre, pioneering it with Gundam way back when. Now with Cross Ange we have a pretty interesting concept of Mecha vs Dragons and there looks to be a bit of a fan-service side to the series as well.
This doesn’t look like it is for everyone but it will no doubt prove to be one of the bigger hits due to the pedigree behind the series and its mainstream appeal. It looks real good and if you’re in the mood for some mythical war Cross Ange has you covered.
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (MAPPA, October 6th)
Dragons are really just running wild this anime season. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is based upon the mobile game phenomenon Rage of Bahamut and looks to take viewers of a swashbuckling fantasy adventure through the game’s wonderful world.
The character designs look rather unique, in particular the orange afro-clad hero. I get the feeling that some may be deterred from the series due to the convention breaking designs. But I think that if given the chance this series has the potential to be something truly special.
Rage of Bahamut has a huge following globally and I can only imagine that fans of the game would be excited to see what an anime adaptation of the social game has to offer.
World Trigger (Toei Animation, October 5th)
Based upon the relatively unpopular Shonen Jump manga of the same name, World Trigger is like the little engine that could. Despite a small viewership and meandering critical reception, the series has managed to keep on plugging along in spite of it all.
The series follows students of a military school that must fight against alien invaders from another dimension called ‘Neighbours’. It is an interesting concept to say the least, but has garnered the ire of many fans due to its slow and meticulous pace. World Trigger is thoughtful and takes its time telling its story. If that sounds like your kind of thing, then you should definitely consider giving World Trigger a go.
World Trigger isn’t going to be an anime for everyone, it isn’t even a manga for everyone. But it has lasted this long because it has always remained resolute to its style and message. There is something admirable about that and World Trigger is interesting enough to warrant at least a look in.
Terra Formars (LIDEN FILMS, September 27th)
This is one that has been the subject of much fandom response, the hype surrounding the series is almost too much to contain. Terra Formars is of course based upon the popular manga of the same name and has a reputation for its hyper violence and insane action.
The story follows a space crew sent to Mars to exterminate a mutant cockroach threat that has enveloped the planet before it takes humanity to the brink of extinction. The concept is one hell of a killer hook but the likelihood of censorship ruining the show is pretty damn high.
With the relatively inexperienced studio LIDEN FILMS tackling the production there is some questions to be raised on how well they will handle the adaptation. I for one am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and take a chance on Terra Formars, where it goes from here is anyone’s guess, only time will tell.
Tribe Cool Crew (Sunrise, September 28th)
Could this be the first ‘dance’ anime? I can’t recall any others and Tribe Cool Crew seems to be really unlike anything else ever seen in anime. The series is described as a coming of age series all about the spirit of dance.
The anime looks to be Japan’s take on something like Step Up, with hip-hop influenced dance moves seeming to be the show’s signature style. Whether the story will be any good is any question all together, but for a series about dancing I can only hope that this series will have some pretty remarkable animation.
This isn’t going to be something for everyone but it sure does seem interesting. Step it up and dance with Tribe Cool Crew? I’ll consider it.
These are the series that look just plain bad and you’d be best served by avoiding them at all costs:
Amagi Brilliant Park (Kyoto Animation, October 3rd)
When an anime is described as a ‘slapstick drama’ you just know that it couldn’t possibly be good. The studio behind Amagi Brilliant Park is none other than Kyoto Animation, who have over the years built a rather mixed bag of a legacy. Sometimes they trike gold and other times they just seem to be banging their head against a wall, Amagi Brilliant Park looks to be the latter.
The series follows an average high school boy who is suddenly asked on a date by a beautiful transfer student to an amusement park. At this amusement park he meets a princess who just so happens to be the park’s manager. It sounds like Kyoto Animation pulled words out of a hat and threw them together and called it an anime. “Amusement Park”, “Princess”, “Cute Girls”, “Moe Moe” for example.
This just looks to be another bottom of the barrel effort from Kyoto Animation and I’d recommend avoiding Amagi Brilliant Park because quite frankly it looks anything but brilliant.
Did we miss an anime you are looking forward to for Fall 2014? If so let us know what you are looking forward to watching in the comments section below. Do you agree with our watch guide? Let us know!