(There’s been so many new awesome anime this time around, we felt like picking our favorites and doing a First Impressions segment encompassing all of the anime! So, without further ado, let us introduce you to our favorite picks this season!)
1) Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill has been on quite a few peoples’ most anticipated anime for the Fall 2013 season, after all, why not? Kill la Kill was created by the same people who headed Gurren Laggen, and it shows. With over-the-top fights, hilariously comedic scenes, and highly animated characters, saying that this is an extreme show would be an understatement!
The story follows Ryūko Matoi, a girl with half of a massive scissor blade whose goal is to find her father’s killer. She eventually finds herself at Honnōji Academy, a school set in post-apocalyptic Japan and led by a rather intimidating student council headed by none other than Satsuki Kiryūin. The most powerful members of the school are granted power-giving Goku Uniforms, with more powerful uniforms having more stars on it. As Ryūko enters the academy, she soon realizes that her quest may not be as easy as she would have imagined…
The post-apocalypse seems to be a running theme throughout the new anime this season, and Coppelion is yet another one set in a part of Japan that had suffered a nuclear attack. Coppleion is a story that follows three girls–Ibara Naruse, Aoi Fukasaku, and Taeko Nomura–all of whom were genetically engineered to be immune to radiation. Each of these girls also have some enhanced abilities, although most of their abilities have yet to be revealed.
The story can be rather slow at times, but the story in itself is quite compelling. The team of girls were sent in to the heart of the disaster zone in order to find survivors who had not left yet, though there is a sense of looming tension as the reasons as to why some had not left the radioactive area are revealed…
3) Valvrave the Liberator 2nd Season
Valvrave the Liberator has finally picked up after a few months in hiatus, and the story picks back up exactly at the same moment where the 1st season left off. There have been many mech animes in the past, but only a few can be likened to Valvrave in terms of story and animation quality.
The story seems to be moving more towards solving the mystery of the Valvraves, and the team starts to unravel some of the mystery shortly after the Dorrsian infiltration from Season 1. The story is now much more emotional as the main protagonist, Haruto Tokishima, struggles to keep his power in check, especially after a certain event in Season 1 occurred. Fans of the series would be happy to know that Valvrave the Liberator 2nd Season is just as entertaining as its predecessor.
4) Log Horizon
Last year’s epic, Sword Art Online, has sparked quite a few game-based anime in which players are trapped, and the only escape is victory. Introducing Log Horizon, which is essentially the same concept, but slightly more comedic with a wider cast.
In comparison to Sword Art Online, Log Horizon’s story moves much faster, integrates more main characters, and is quite light-hearted overall. There are some serious moments scattered throughout the story, but it’s largely comedic-yet-deeply-engaging. Classic game-to-reality elements are all here, including a rather generic heads up display (HUD) system, spells, combat, and classic roles such as defenders and mages. This is a game brought in to the real world, requiring strategy and coordination in order to achieve victory. Although you can respawn in the world within Log Horizon, the real mystery is how everything came to be and for what purpose.
5) Magi 2: The Kingdom of Magic
Following hot off the trails of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Magi 2 continues off where the first season left off. For those of you who haven’t seen Magi, the story centers around a magi named Aladdin and a prince named Alibaba. Special areas known as dungeons have mysteriously popped up around the world, and for those who can survive the ordeals set by the dungeon, fame and riches await. There are also a select few in the world who hold the title of magi, beings who are capable of using immense power granted by soul-like entities known as Rukh.
If you’ve been a fan of the first season of Magi, then its second season will definitely not disappoint. There’s still quite a bit of action and comedy scattered throughout, but this new season introduces other new elements and groups that Aladdin, Alibaba, and the rest of their party must face.