Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Fall 2016 Anime

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead at the upcoming season of Anime! It’s my Most Anticipated Fall 2016 Anime!

3-gatsu no Lion: I love reading the Manga for this series and I’m really looking forward to watching the Anime, plus Bump of Chicken is going to do one of the theme songs, which should be awesome. The story follows a boy who is a professional Shogi player who has trouble interacting with people, except for a family of three sisters who take him into their home and lives one day.

Drifters: I’ve never read the Manga that this Anime is an adaptation of, but I have read the author’s Hellsing series. If Hellsing is anything to go by, this should be a really awesome Anime. I have no clue about the plot, but that’s intentional as I really want to watch it without reading about it before hand.

Luger Code 1951: Another adaptation of a Manga series I’ve never read, I read the Fantasy genre tag online and was curious as it seems to be about Cryptanalysis or code breaking. So I’m curious to see what this is all about. My only concern is that it’s being animated by Studio Deen, the worst Anime studio ever.

Occultic;Nine: This seems to be adapted from a Light Novel series, so I’m curious as to what this is all about. Maybe it’ll be really awesome, but like the rest of the series I’ve already mentioned except 3-gatsu I have no clue what this series is all about.

Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans 2: The second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, I stopped watching after the first cour of the first season.  I heard that the series would be getting a second season and I wanted to save something to watch for when I go house sit for my folks during the College Football Season. This should prove to be an awesome second season to what I think is the best Gundam series since Zeta, sorry Wing fans.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday! Next week I’ll be covering the winners of the Summer season!

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Anime Sunday: Top Anime of 2015

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the best of this last year. It’s my Top Anime of 2015!

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is my personal favorite of the routes, with Heavens Feel being a very, very close second. ufotable blew this series out of the water with their excellent animation. I loved this series and seeing Rin kick major ass and bring Shirou in line was great. This definitely has a place in one of the greatest Anime of all time, if only for the sheer beauty of the animation.

Danmachi: I love the Light Novels and seeing them animated was great, although there was a lot lost I feel because of the choice to run for only one cour. That isn’t to say they can’t come back to the series, because they can and probably will at some point. It’s just as shame to see a series not live up to it’s full potential.

GATE: I’ve always been interested in this Light Novel series and I can’t wait to see the second season of the series start in just over a week. The political intrigue portrayed filled a gap that’s been in my Anime viewing till now. Anime typically doesn’t cover socioeconomics, though Maoyuu comes to mind, and I’m psyched to see what Itami and the gang go through next.

One Punch Man: For lots of people this came out of left field, but I knew this would be an instant hit. It didn’t fail to deliver and I loved every second of watching the series. I can’t wait for a second season, but it will be at least a year away if not more.

Sakurako-San: I enjoy this series, though I’ve fallen behind in watching every episode and need to catch up to releases. It wasn’t my absolute favorite, but it was good and deserves a place in this list, if just barely.

Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans: Like Sakurako-san I’ve fallen behind in watching the series, but I’ll get to it in a couple days.  That being said having a brand new Gundam series that isn’t a rehashing of the original series like SEED was or a new spin of Wing like 00 is great. Especially after the disaster that was Reconguista in G.

That’s it for this year’s Anime Sunday! What are some of your favorite series from this year? Leave your thoughts in a comment below and I’ll see you all in 2016!

Anime Sunday: Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m taking a look at one of the break-out series of this Fall 2015 season. It’s Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The year is Post Disaster 323. More than 300 years after a great war between Earth and Mars known as the “Calamity War”, Mars has been successfully terraformed and colonized by humans. However even with the technological advancements, the humans on Mars crave freedom against the government of Earth and seek to improve their livelihoods. Furthermore, while most of Mars’ nations have received autonomy, the planet is virtually dependent on Earth for economic development. A young orphan named Mikazuki Augus is part of a group of children who work for the civilian security company Chryse Guard Security, entrusted with the safety of the Martian Princess Kudelia Aina Bernstein, who has plans for her nation of Chryse to secure independence from Earth.

Plot: Where to begin with this one. Well I guess this is Sunrise’s take on what the atrocity we call Child Soldiers. It shows the absolute brutality that is ever present in their lives and what they have to do to survive. It’s not a pretty picture making this one of the most grim Gundam series ever. It’s most certainly not for kids. I thought Gundam Zeta was bad, and I’ve heard that Gundam Victory is so depressing that I can never actually watch it for fear of it affecting my personal struggle with Depression. Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans takes all that and tops it by a huge margin. I’m a little surprised that they got the go ahead to actually make this series. Now this isn’t to say the series isn’t good, in fact everything I’ve just mentioned makes this series one of the best Gundam series I’ve ever watched. There is nothing cheesy, there is very little humor and it’s purely serious to a degree that is refreshing after Reconguista and AGE.

Characters: Orba and Mikazuki, called Mika by many, are the show’s male leads and while Kudelia doesn’t show much of her face in this episode I hope to see her develop into a strong character. Orba is cruel and vicious to those who raise his ire, but is loyal and protective of those under his command and protection, which is mostly a bunch of kids younger than him. Mika is his best friend and the ace pilot for this Gundam series. Mika has very little emotions show on his face, in fact I’ve rarely seen such an emotionless character. This makes them incredibly strong leads and great foils to one another. Kudelia will be an interesting wrench to throw into the mix for them and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Art: It’s amazing, and while it’s not ufotable quality it is the best quality animation Sunrise has produced in years. Reconguista was a travesty and looked like it was produced in 1970 rather than 2013. AGE wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t nearly as good as this.

Music: The musical score is amazing and epic. In addition Man with a Mission performs the opening theme and does an amazing job with it. It’s not the first band I’d have picked for this series, but it’s not the last either.

Overall: This is looking like it will be one of the best Gundam series in decades and is a must watch for all Sci-Fi and Action lovers.

For those who like: Drama, Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha, Gundam, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork, Excellent Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate it?