2013 Fall Anime Previews

Over the next week we’ll be taking our 3D Maneuver Gear out for one last spin, going for a final dip with the boys of the Iwatobi Swim Club, and saying our goodbyes to the The Eccentric Family. There’s no time to get sentimental--we’re too busy planning our viewing schedule for the fall season.

We've each compiled our list of titles that will hopefully inspire us to get out of bed each day. How do our picks stack up against yours? Sound off in the comments!

Disposable Henchman



Since I haven’t read the manga all I know about this show is that the plot sounds like an amalgam of Kiss x Sis, Saya no Uta, and Return of the Living Dead 3. That alone sounds pretty dang interesting, but throw in the Lovecraftian creature designs and you have me hook line and sinker. Even against my better judgement chuunibyou shows like this get me every time. Unfortunately they have yet to release a trailer with actual animation. Here’s to hoping that Pupa metamorphoses into a beast of a show and doesn't let us down! 


While I adored the look and feel of the net episodes, Kyousougiga's plot and flow kind of left me scratching my head. With the original team coming back for the TV series we can expect more of what we love with improved pacing and editing. This may be the sleeper hit of the season! And let’s face it, we can never have enough figures of girls with giant hammers. 

Kill la Kill

Trailers available here.

Trailers available here.

An anime about a rowdy transfer student wielding a wicked sword seeking answers to her mysterious past? You don’t say! At first glance the Kill la Kill plot and tropes look to be more of the same, but it’s safe to expect that the team who turned mecha anime on its head with Gurren Lagann will do the same here for the high school fight genre. Behind the creative team is a super impressive laundry list of voice actors to make sure that the script gets proper treatment. Like I said, I can’t resist these chuunibyou shows--and it doesn't get any more chuuni than a crimson scissor sword!

Also on deck: 

Coppelion - The manga peaked my interest but so I’ll see how the anime plays out. 

Log Horizon - Let’s see what it does differently from Sword Art Online.

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! - Female pro wrestling?! Sign me up.

Samurai Flamenco - Pretty sure this is on everyone’s list, right? Right?!




Kuroko no Basket (Second Season)

Seirin’s Inter-High run ended with defeat and in the second season they’ll set their sights on the Winter Cup. Of course we can expect many formidable rivals to overcome, which means a number of new characters and more focus on the ones who were only briefly introduced before.

Well, this one’s a no-brainer. I've been looking forward to this since the end of the first season hinted at a continuation. I’m excited to see the match with Yosen, and hopefully Akashi will get more screen time. The big question for anyone who’s read the manga is how far will the season get. The second season hasn't begun yet and I’m already anticipating a third! Seirin, fight-o!

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Trailers available here

Magi takes back its Sunday evening timeslot this fall. In this season, Aladdin and co. will go their separate ways to learn more about themselves and to hone their skills. Aladdin studies at Magnostadt Academy and while he meets some new friends, he also learns some shocking truths.

Having already seen the first two episodes at an advance screening during last weekend’s Magi event, I can tease that Sinbad probably won’t get to appear much after Aladdin sets out on his journey, but he sure had a presence in the second episode. Very excited for this second season, especially with the amazing vocal cast that brings on Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Ryota Osaka, Tetsuya Kakihara, Satoshi Hino, Maaya Sakamoto, Kishow Taniyama, and Mamoru Miyano. WOW! My ears… they are ready.

Samurai Flamenco

“To the ‘adults’ who don’t want to grow up.” *raises hand*

Producers are being pretty tight-lipped about this original series that will be airing during the highly coveted noitaminA slot. All we  know is that the series has to do with heroes and justice, but if the reaction to the 2013 noitaminA Lineup Presentation that was streamed live on Niconico was any indication, this is one of the most highly-anticipated series of the season.

Director Takahiro Omori is no stranger to high-profile series, helming hits such as Durarara!!, the Natsume Yuujinchou series, and Fall 2010’s noitaminA series Princess Jellyfish. The characters look nice and sharp thanks to original character designs by Chinatsu Kurahana of UtaPri fame, and there are other familiar names such as Tatsuo Yamada and Kazuhiko Seki who have worked with Omori in the past. With an amazing staff behind this series, it’s no wonder it’s garnered this much attention. It’s certainly grabbed mine.

Also on deck:
Ace of Diamond - Baseball!
Gundam Build Fighters - There are obvious similarities between this and the Gunpla Builders OVA but I’m hoping it has a few surprises.
Kyoukai no Kanata - More gorgeous animation from KyoAni.
Meganebu! - I don’t have high expectations for a ground-breaking story but I’ll check it out.
Yowamushi Pedal - It’s got my attention.

Boke Nasu


Kyokai no Kanata

Between Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta and Kill la Kill this season is already packed with super-powered high schoolers, but KyoAni is looking to stand out from the class with a host of supernatural monsters. If you’re like me and felt that the Bakemonogatari series’ gorgeously animated fights deserved more screen time, Kyokai no Kanata looks to scratch your sakuga itch.

Galileo Donna

Trailers available here. 

Trailers available here

This surreal, though otherwise innocent story of the moons of Galileo embodied as three sisters on the run from interpol takes an interesting turn with Yasuomi Umetsu, madman director of Kite at the helm. The trailers promise missile strikes, lolis on jet powered scooters, and a randoseru-deployed rifle. All it needs is Umetsu’s trademark exploding bullets and ultra violence to bring me back to the heydays of 90’s pulp OVAs.

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet left me wanting more steel behemoth naval battles and this title looks like the perfect way to tide me over before the Kantai Collection anime hits next year. When sentient warships known as the Fleet of Fog suddenly appear to dominate Earth’s military and impose a global blockade, humanity must band together to develop new weapons if there is to be any hope to combat the invaders. 

The animation looks to be entirely CG which may turn off some, but if anyone can pilot this rig, its Sanzigen--the studio behind the awesome Otherworld action scenes in Black Rock Shooter.

Also on deck:
Kill La Kill - Can't wait to see what Studio Trigger can do on a TV series.
NouCome - You need at least one silly light novel adaptation per season to take the edge off.
Samurai Flamenco - Not sure what to expect but the noitaminA block never fails to impress.
Pokemon Origins - Because no one in their right mind would ever choose Pikachu as their starter.