Anime Preview Fall 2014

 
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After a glorious Summer season of anime, it’s hard for Fall to feel anything more than lackluster. But worry not, fellow internet wayfarer, there are still a handful of promising anime to check out this season—including new seasons of Psycho-Pass (so good I can almost get over the deaths of season one) and Yowamushi Pedal (as wonderfully SPORTS as the first installment), plus a new adaptation of Fate/stay night (superior to its predecessor, by all accounts, and with wildly entertaining fight sequences).

None of those pique your interest? Then get ready for parasitic alien hands, rooftop horseback chases, and teenage prodigy angst, because it’s time to dive into the best new shows of Fall season.

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)

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Adaptation of manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Studio: MADHOUSE (Death Note, Casshern Sins, Monster)
Similar to:
Tokyo Ghoul, Level E
Watch it now on Crunchyroll

I love me a good science-fiction horror, and while Parasyte was the most hyped show of this season, it still manages not to disappoint those elevated expectations. Solid writing and pacing paired with smooth animation makes for an intensely entertaining—and I’ll be honest, cringingly gross—show. Add to that a dash of twisted humor from the protagonist’s symbiotic parasite of a hand, and I bet you won’t be able to stop watching no matter how much these human-eating monsters creep you out.

Shinichi Izumi (Nobunaga Shimazaki) is your typical high school student—lives with his parents; does well at school; has a crush on his best friend, Satomi Murano (Kana Hanazawa); has an unfortunate fear of spiders—until the night he wakes up to a weird bug trying to crawl into his nose before burrowing into his hand. Shinichi wakes up the next morning with a vague memory of the incident, but calls it a nightmare and goes off to school without giving it another thought. Except, Shinichi doesn’t feel quite himself, his right hand keeps doing…things without his consent. It becomes obvious that Shinichi wasn’t dreaming when his right hand, Migi (Aya Hirano), manifest eyes and a mouth and limbs and speaks to him. Turns out humans all over the world are being taken over by similar parasites, which then consume other humans to stay alive, and in order to survive Shinichi will have to work with Migi to fight off others of its kind.

Get ready for cringing, gore, high school, HORRIBLE FACE MONSTERS, dog monsters, also hand monsters, what I’m saying is basically MONSTERS. Ready? Watch the preview.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

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Adaptation of cell phone card game (yup, that’s a thing that happened)
Studio: Mappa (Terror in Resonance, Kids on the Slope)
Similar to:
Legend of Legendary Heroes, Samurai Champloo
Watch it now on Hulu

Despite the inauspicious origins of Bahamut—it’s based off of a swords and sorcery card game for cell phones and tablets—its anime adaptation is a surprisingly fun romp through a world of knights, scoundrels, demons, gods, and magic. It may have the typical Quest of the Hero plot, but dynamic action scenes, appealing art and designs, and amusing character personalities promise to make Bahamut the surprise hit of the season.

Favaro Leone (Hiroyuki Yoshino) is a bounty hunter with a taste for drama and an eye for the ladies. When he isn’t hunting monsters or criminals (and also not flirtatiously drunk at the nearest pub), he’s dodging his stick-in-the-mud nemesis Kaisar Lidfard (Go Inoue), a fallen knight of a ruined house who is also scraping by as a bounty hunter. One night, after the typical bar shenanigans, Favaro meets Amira (Risa Shimizu), seemingly by chance, but actually because Amira heard him bragging (less than truthfully) about his traveling exploits and tracked him down for help. She needs Favaro to be her guide to a place called Helheim. Favaro reluctantly agrees to the task, but only because he refuses to give up the lie that he’s actually never been there and has no idea where it is.

Get ready for adventure, FABULOUS HAIR, divine conspiracies, mischief, DEMONS, Joan of Arc, and this guy. Ready? Watch the opening credits.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

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Adaptation of manga by Naoshi Arakawa
Studio: A-1 Pictures (Silver Spoon, Black Butler, Aldnoah.Zero)
Similar to:
Nodame Cantabile
Watch it now on Crunchyroll and Hulu

While KimiUso is undoubtedly one of the quieter shows this season, it still has a lot to offer to the right viewer. If you like a gorgeous classical soundtrack and beautiful animation, and you don’t mind trudging through some teenage angst for what is sure to be a bittersweet coming of age story, this is the show for you.

Kousei Arima (Natsuki Hanae) was a child piano prodigy, famous in competitive circles until the death of his mother (who was also his piano instructor) led to an emotional breakdown on stage. Kousei has not played the piano since. Now in middle school, he is content without the piano in his life, but not really happy. Then, Kousei’s friend Tsubaki Sawabe (Ayane Sakura) invites him on a group outing with mutual friend Ryouta Watari (Ryota Osaka) and Tsubaki’s friend, Kaori Miyazono (Rise Taneda). Kaori is a competitive violinist and her music breathes some life into Kousei after he sees her perform. So when Kaori’s piano accompanist drops her on account of her unpredictable playing style, Kousei reluctantly agrees to play the piano again for the first time in two years.

Get ready for pianos, violins, ANGST, middle school prodigies, feeeeeeeeels, SAKURA PETALS, and the healing power of music. Ready? Watch the preview.

That’s it for Fall! See something on this list that you love? Did I overlook something that you think deserves to be on here? Sound off in the comments—I want to know what you’re watching this season!


Logan Balestrino is the Publishing Coordinator for Del Rey and Digital Content at Random House. She is prone to Doctor Who rants, anime marathons, and extensive ramblings on Elven lineage and the creation of language in Middle-earth. When Logan isn’t working or hanging upside down at her aerials class, she can usually be found saving Hyrule or talking herself out of buying another pair of shoes.

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