After testing it out last season with Grace doing episode reviews of Food Wars, we here at Fighting for Nippon are extending that to many other writers and many new shows! Sit back and enjoy what anime series the team and I will be looking at in the upcoming Fall 2016 Anime season.
Sound! Euphonium Season 2
Written by Daryl Harding
After a musically charged final episode, and a beautiful series, the band at Kitauji High School are back and grander than ever before with the introduction of new characters and more music to get you bopping your head! That’s what the kids do these days right? Bop their heads? Anyway, the first season was praised for it’s gorgeous animation thanks to director Tatsuya Ishihara, series director, Naoko Yamada, and the rest of the team at Kyoto Animation who made the best looking animated series ever. Fact.
With the director of my favourite anime of all time, Haruhi Suzumiya and Tatsuya Ishihara, and the best character animator and storyboarder in the business, Naoko Yamada (who is the most moe anime director, just watch the K-ON! film location scouting documentary), it was no surprise that I’d love Sound! Euphonium, and that I’m so excited for season two. Though I am a bit worried that Yamada’s work on the series would be lessened due to her directoral duties on A Silent Voice.
The first episode airs on October 6th, and is a freaking hour long!
Magical Girl Raising Project
Written by Alex Jackson
Magical Girl Raising Project is an anime that I’m very excited to watch this October. This isn’t even because I think it’ll be good. The anime takes place in a world where a special app allows 1 in 10,000 to become an actual magical girl. One town has 16 magical girls, so the creators of the game decide that is too many, and that the magical girls of this town must fight to the death until their numbers are cut in half. Thus begins a magical girl death game.
The premise quickly reminded me of Danganronpa, which I’m a big fan of. I am worried though, the source material for Magical Girl Raising Project isn’t complete. So the killing game in this show probably won’t end. This show seems fated to have a read the light novel ending which is sad. It still seems like It will be quite the ride until them. The director for this show is Hiroyuki Hashimoto. This is the Hashimoto’s second series as director, after doing both seasons of Is The Order a Rabbit? I haven’t seen that show, but I bet he’ll be taking this one in a different direction, seeing as this is a death game and that was a slice of life.
Magical Girl Raising Project premieres on October 1st.
Written by Jackson Wyndow
Take some of the Japanese histories most famous figures and throw them into a dark fantasy world. Mix it with Kouta Hirano’s writing and art style and you have Drifters, a show about heroes pulled from our world to fight battles in fantasy settings. Shimazu Toyohisa (A real guy) is critically wounded during the Battle of Sekigahara. Before he dies, Shimazu finds himself transported to a long corridor with doors on its sides. A lone man at a desk, without saying a word, forces the samurai to fight in a fantasy world as a Drifter, alongside other Japanese heroes. The manga, by Hellsing creator Kouta Hirano, has been running since 2011 and is currently in its fourth volume. Drifters releases on October 7th in Japan, with Funimation to handle the streaming, broadcast, and distribution rights overseas.
Bungo Stray Dogs! Season 2
After the events of the first season, an organization called “The Guild” from North America has set its eyes on Atsushi and the Detective Agency. With a third party involved, the war of the gifted between the Agency and the Port Mafia escalates once again. Directed by Takuya Igarashi (Ouran Higschool Host Club, Star Driver: Takuto of the Radiance) and with music by Taku Iwasaki(Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Noragami), the show is produced at Studio Bones and will hopefully be the exciting bundle of supernatural action and fun that its first half promised, but slightly missed.
Bungo Stray Dogs! Season 2 airs October 6th
Written by Nicolas Guaqueta Hofs
Even though we have the third season of Haikyu!! this season, as well as ALL OUT!!, I do believe that Keijo!!!!!!!! can be a contender for sports anime of the season. Keijo!!!!!!!! will follow Kaminashi Nozomi, voiced by Lynn (Lisesharte Atismata from Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle & Maya Kyoudou from Sabagebu!) a brilliant gymnast who due to her poor family decides to participate in the gambling sport known as “Keijo”. The way you play Keijo is by having a couple of girls stand on a small floating platform who must compete against one another by pushing each other off the platform into the water. However they’re only allowed to push the other contestants into the water with their butts & breasts.
While this premise may sounds ridiculous, which granted it is, the trailers for this show have shown that as long as a show is well directed & animated you can get hype for it! Even though this will be Hideya Takahashi´s first full length series he´ll be directing I do have faith in him since he´s directed Oregairu Episode 13 & Pokemon The Origin Episode 3 to name some standouts. Additionally, the music will be provided by Hayato Matsuo who has done the music for all installments of The World God Only Knows. As well as the 2012 adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate & he will also be providing the music for this season’s Drifters.
You can look forward to the blockBUSTer of the season dropping on October 6th.
Written by Nicolas Guaqueta Hofs
With the constantly increasing idol anime there is something that makes Idol Memories stand out from the crowd. Firstly, there’s the premise. Idol Memories takes place in the near future where Live Idol performances are now in virtual reality. And secondly there’s the fact that the show is going to focus on a rivalry between 2 idol groups. While rivaling idols groups is nothing new within the genre, the rival group usually gets introduced partway through the story and only acts as a way for the main group to develop. But in Idol Memories it looks like they’ll each get equal amounts of focus which will be very interesting to see. Idol Memories will be following the groups of StarRing & Shadow.
StarRing for the most part is made up out of new faces in the industry with Vivi Lin‘s VA, Toyota Moe being the only noteworthy one because of her role in Hibike! Euphonium as Kawashima Sapphire. But on the flip side, Shadow isn’t any more interesting with them also consisting of new faces. However Yucho La‘s VA, Ruriko Aoki is worth of a mention for she already has experience as a 2D Idol because she voices iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls‘ Tada Riina.
All in all, Idol Memories will be an interesting watch, whether you’ll be siding with StarRing‘s Shine or Shadow’s Burning, you’ll be able to follow these 2 new groups’ adventures on October 3rd.
Written by AniTess
Occultic;Nine, the popular light novel that has already inspired a manga and video game adaptation, finally is made into an anime! From the mind of Chiyomaru Shikura, creator of Steins;Gate, Occultic;Nine is a Paranormal/Science themed show that is set to air on Oct 9th, The main character is Yuuta Gamon is a Highschool student whose occult summary blog brings together a group of nine quirky individuals. Strangeness ensues and pieces of their world are altered.
Director Ishiguro Kyouhei will be working at A-1 Pictures to bring us this much anticipated series. The sound design promises to be something to look forward to with direction done by Jin Aketagawa (Anohana, Re;Zero and Your lie in April.) and music by Masaru Yokoyama (Arakawa under the bridge and Your lie in April). The opening will be performed by Kanako Itou and the ending by Asaka.
Kiss Him Not Me
Written by Grace_Yuu
Watashi ga Motete Dosunda, or Kiss Him Not Me, is about your average, chubby fujoshi girl named Kae Serinuma. Not only is she a hardcore otaku, but also likes to pair her handsome male classmates together and compare them to anime characters. One day when her favorite anime male character dies in a recent episode, she locks herself in her room and doesn’t eat for a week to mourn the death. When she makes her return, she has lost so much weight to the point that she looks like a beautiful, thin lady. Even though she still has the mind and heart of a fujoshi, the male classmates she usually pairs together want to date her now after such a physical transformation.
This show should cater to fujoshi’s alike since director Hiroshi Ishidori (Peach Girl) is assigned to this show. Not to mention the amazing Michiko Yokote (Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Gravitation, Love Stage!!, Genshiken, RELife) is the writer for the production. Seems like from her resume, she is no stranger to writing for shoujo’s. Unlike my Food Wars series, I will be comparing the anime with the manga and have it read by the time this show airs! Despite the questionable premise, I have high hopes for this show considering the team behind it!
Will Serinuma fall for one of the four handsome boys? Or will she stay true to her fujoshi ways? Will any of the boys like her for more than just her looks? Find out October 7th for the first episode premiere!
That’s it for now, check back on the site for the upcoming Fall 2016 Anime episode reviews! We all have our own style and are super excited to be trying this out for the new anime season!