(There’s so many awesome new anime this Fall, we couldn’t just do one short list, so here’s the second set of anime that you should be looking out for!)
1) Kyoukai no Kanata / Beyond the Boundary
Kyoukai no Kanata, or Beyond the Boundary, follows the story of Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Kuriyama, both of whom are quite different from normal humans. Although Kyoukai no Kanata has various slice of life elements, this is very much a world filled with supernatural phenomena, such as Spirit World Warriors and Youmu. Think of this as a much simpler, romantic version of Bleach, where Spirit World Warriors aim to defeat Youmu (which translates to Dreamshade), and cash in on the objects that Youmu become once defeated.
Akihito, who is half-Youmu and half-human, comes across Mirai, who is a Spirit World Warrior with a unique ability to manipulate her blood. It’s a strange, dark romantic comedy filled with small action sequences, but it’s not quite overdramatic–and that’s good, since Kyoukai no Kanata doesn’t really aim to be as over-the-top as, say, Bleach. The animation is quite good, and the characters seem quite unique overall, making this one of the better 13-episode series that has debuted this season.
2) Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens centers around Harutora Tsuchimikado, Natsume Tsuchimikado, and Toji Ato, all of whom belong to a group called onmyouji (people who mix natural science with occultism). For anyone who has seen Blast of Tempest, the character and storyline is rather similar; Harutora is a logical thinker, Natsume is a prodigal onmyouji magician, and Toji is a “former” delinquent with some yet-to-be-revealed tricks up his sleeve.
The story is set after the events of “The Great Disaster”, which threw Japan in to chaos after an onmyouji-related accident. Like Blast of Tempest, the animation is top notch, and serves as one of the more logical-based anime with both lighthearted and heart-wrenching moments. There are clans of onmyouji, as well as an elite class of onmyouji, so those familiar with magic-based anime will find similar elements scattered throughout Tokyo Ravens. The story moves quite fast as well, comparable to Kyoukai no Kanata, but will last 24 episodes instead of 13.
3) BlazBlue: Alter Memory
This one has been quite anticipated by BlazBlue fans, but for those of you who don’t know, BlazBlue: Alter Memory is based off of the 2009-2010 XBOX 360/PS3/PSP/PC game, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. The anime seems to do well for series fans, but for those who haven’t really delved in to the world of BlazBlue, some things might seem just a bit unknown at first. Things like “Why’d she stab him,” or “Why is there a robot there?” and other questions might pop up, but I’d suspect that series fans would be able to pick up what’s going on instantly. Of course, the series does do well in explaining some things, but the pacing in terms of explanation is a bit slow (which could be good for series fans anyways).
In either case, the story centers around Ragna the Bloodedge (a.k.a. Grim Reaper), who holds the power of the Azure Grimoire. This is a very action-y anime, so expect quite a bit of sword-and-gun fights with each episode. Series mainstays like Jin Kisaragi, Noel Vermillion, Rachel Alucard, and Yuki Terumi all make an appearance, so if you’re a BlazBlue fan, you’ll definitely have to check this one out.
(Got any other anime that caught your fancy this season? Sound off in the comments below!)