Fall Anime TV Preview, Part 3

by Sage Ashford

We’re a little over twenty anime deep into this season, and we’ve still got a whole mess of series to go!  If you missed them, here’s part one and part two to this guide. This time we talk about the return of several major series, and the debut of a few highly anticipated shows, so let’s jump in!

Radiant: Seth is a young wizard who’s trying to defeat the Nemesis, monsters who come down from the skies and attack humans, contiminating them. After the Nemesis lay waste to Seth’s home town, it sets him on a quest to find the Radiant, the so-called home of the Nemesis.

Thoughts: Radiant is unique for being the rare anime that’s based on an Western manga by French creator Tony Valente. Having grown surprisingly popular in Japan, I’m pulling for this series to do well. Japanese culture has been shaping fiction in the West for years, and it’d be fun to see how our stories could affect theirs.

Premiering: October 6th.

SSSS.Gridman: Yuta Hibiki can’t remember who he is, and now he’s seeing and hearing things that others don’t! A voice from an old computer tells him to remember his calling, and he sees a massive, unmoving creature in the distance. Nothing’s making sense—until the behemoth springs to life! Suddenly, Yuta is pulled into the digital world, reappearing in the real one as the colossal hero—Gridman! (Funimation)

Thoughts: As a kid, I was probably a bigger fan of Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad than Power Rangers. The basic Gridman design alone is just a special kind of iconic, and that’s without talking about how in certain situations he combined with a giant dragon and gained a massive BFG to fight monsters with. So given my geeky love for the Americanized version, I’m almost required to check out Studio Trigger’s revival of the original.

Premiering: October 7th.

Sword Art Online: Alicization: The fourth arc of the Sword Art Online saga.  This one begins with Kirito awakening into a new fantasy VR world, unaware of what happened before he logged in. In this world, Kirito interacts with AI who seem to possess emotions just like humans. But despite his best efforts, he proves unable to log out of the world, and tries to crack the secret of his memories. But while that’s happening, he meets a young girl named Alice, someone he definitely can’t forget.

Thoughts: Of all the light novel universes to take off in both Japan and America, it had to be Sword Art. Not Grimgar or Legend of the Legendary Heroes, no–it’s the one where the one of the lead villains is trying to NTR the main character’s girlfriend.  *sighs*  The world’s cuckolding fetish is getting out of hand. Huh?  You wanna know if I’m going to watch it?  Yeah sure, why not?  What else do I have to do with my time?  I’m still feeling somewhat good about this universe in the aftermath of SAO Alternative anyways.

Premiering: October 7th.

Goblin Slayer: Wounded and in shock, a young priestess is rescued by the Goblin Slayer, a man dedicated to slaughtering every goblin in existence.  (Funimation)

Thoughts: I wonder when people will realize at this point characters who don’t want to save the world are actually just as common (or moreso) than all the hero geeks, but not nearly as endearing. That said, an action series animated by White Fox is hard to pass up. If it can avoid being hopelessly grimdark, maybe I’ll stick around?

Premiering: October 7th.

Release the Spyce: To everyone around her, Momo lives a quiet life of solitude: going to school and keeping to herself. To the members of the private intelligence agency Tsukikage, she is their newest recruit, learning to hone her skills to help fight against a global crime organization. Under the guidance of senior member Yuki, Momo undergoes a series of dangerous, deadly and diabolical training scenarios and missions. With each victory, Momo’s confidence in her skills grows but it’ll take more than that to help keep not just her home but the world safe. (Sentai Filmworks)

Thoughts: Cute Girls Doing Spy Things. Seriously though, this looks appropriately ridiculous. The trailer kept the fanservice (aside from the absurd costuming) to a minimum, and kept the focus on a group of adorable girls being bad-ass spies. Yeah, it’d be nice if Japan weren’t so obsessed with having all their characters be teenagers, but that’d probably single-handedly devastate the shonen genre. Anyhow, despite being a fairly young studio, Lay-duce sure does know how to make a pretty show, so I’ll at least drool over the first episode or two before deciding if I’ll keep it around.

Premiering: October 7th.

Fairy Tail: Natsu, Lucy, and Happy return in the final season of Fairy Tail! Are they prepared to face the enemy kingdom of Alvarez? (Funimation)

Thoughts: By no means is Fairy Tail the best battle shonen, but it definitely has one of the most likable casts. It’s also got flying, talking, magic kitty cats, which automatically makes it better than whatever show you’re thinking of right now. Anyway, it’s hard to believe this series started nearly a decade ago, but I love that it managed to get it’s final season after going on break two separate times. I can tell you in advance I’ll be covering this series for Comicon–shonen series get more absurd as they reach the finish line, so I’m expecting things to be over the top stupid in the best way.

Premiering: October 7th.

Anima Yell: Adapted from a manga by creator Tsukasa Unohana, Anima Yell is about a teenage girl named Kohane Hatogaya forms a cheerleading club with her friends Hizume and Uki as she gets to high school.

Thoughts: In theory, I should have some kind of joke about how sports anime’s neverending quest to cover every sport in existence, but y’know what? No. The promotional video for this is really pure, the cast looks cute, and I actually chuckled a few times while watching it. I might even give an episode a watch as a sort of palate cleanser.

Premiering: October 7th.

Golden Kamui 2nd Season: Searching for gold in Hokkaido’s harsh climate is tough work, and after war veteran Sugimoto stumbles across part of a treasure map, things get deadly. The map is divided among several escaped convicts, and this war-hardened soldier isn’t the only one who knows it. Partnering with a local who can navigate the wilderness, will he have what it takes to find the stash—and live to tell the story? (Funimation)

Thoughts: Last season of this show tread a line between action being meme-tastic as the two main characters spend about as much time trying to survive in the wild as they do hunting for the gold in them thar hills.  The body horror in this kinda turned me off, but it’s always good to see adapted series make a return instead of getting a weird fake ending.

Premiering: October 8th.

Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season: A thrilling new chapter unfolds in Tokyo just two short years after the raid on Anteiku. Countering a resurgence of ghouls, the CCG selects young officer Haise Sasaki to lead an unruly team of humans infused with ghoul powers. Known as the Quinx Squad, they walk the line between humans and ghouls to rid the world of its most daunting threat. But no one said it would be easy. Let the hunt begin. (Funimation)

Thoughts: My favorite thing about shows like these tends to be the disparity between casual and core fans. Core fans continue to say “the show is terrible, watch the manga” while casual fans just keep coming back and the series just retains it’s ridiculous popularity. It’s still not my thing, but I’m glad horror/action fans have something this season. Especially during the spooky time of the year.

Premiering: October 9th.

Conception: Based on a dating sim video game series from Spike Chunsoft, Conception is pretty true to its name. The main character Itsuki is teleported to the world of Granvania, and as to father a dozen “Star Children” with the existing Star Maidens to save the land and be allowed to return to his world.

Thoughts: I feel like we were doing so well with shows without packed with so much fanservice this column, but then this came along and ruined it. The trailer doesn’t look too terrible, with a pretty awesome OP and more action than fanservice, but a character being asked to “produce” children seems like it can only go one place.

Premiering: October 10th.

And that’s part three down.  Part four will be up later this week, wrapping up the last of the new anime for the year.  We’ve still got quite a bit to go, so don’t get worn out yet!

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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