GLORIO Fall 2014 Anime Guide Part 1

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This past Summer season was great for comedy anime, but as we move to Fall it’s time to get SERIOUS. Part 1 of our guide features two huge names with a brand new Gundam series and the revisiting of the massively popular Fate/Stay Night. The return of F/SN also marks the return of the visual novel adaptation, which seems to be making a comeback this season. Throw in a new series from Kyoto Animation that is as close to more Full Metal Panic as we’re ever going to get and there’s quite a bit to see. Take a look these sweet trailers, let us know what looks good to you, and be ready for more when we launch Part 2.

Amagi Brilliant Park

Light Novel Adaptation by Kyoto Animation
Air Date: 10/2/2014
To say Kyoto Animation’s latest adaptation is a middle finger to Full Metal Panic fans might be harsh. Maybe a thumbing of the nose would be more appropriate? Either way I find it amusing that KyoAni chose Shoji Gatoh’s other light novel series despite years of clamoring for more FMP. Amagi Brilliant Park does seem to have more in common with KyoAni’s recent works as the trailer abounds with cute girls that don’t appear to be doing much. The premise itself is kind of interesting as a princess recruits our main character to restore a rundown amusement park, plus there’s a girl with a musket and that’s always cool.

Gundam Reconguista in G

Anime Original by Sunrise
Air Date: 10/2/2014
I don’t know too much about Gundam or this new series but I can tell you that it’s the first Gundam to be directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino in a really long time and that has a lot of people excited. The plot seems to be your typical “young man syncs with awesome mysterious mecha” setup and I’m not sure how I feel about the colorful, youthful art style, but they do fight Space Pirates so that’s something.

Electric Town’s Bookstore

Denkigai no Honya-san

Manga Adaptation by Shin-Ei
Air Date: 10/2/2014
A slice of life comedy set in a doujin-shop? Sounds like pure otaku bait but the trailer looks cute and I love the music. I’m also going to take our own Irothtin’s word on the manga in which he says “I found it enjoyable enough to keep reading” and that’s about as high praise as he will give something in this genre.

Log Horizon Season 2

Light Novel Adaptation by Studio Deen
Air Date: 10/4/2014
Our #4 anime of 2013 returns for another season. Log Horizon managed to make something good out of the tired “trapped in a game” premise and another 25 episodes of Shiroe and the crew has our own Glorio team pretty excited. Less exciting is the switch from Satelight to Deen which might raise some concerns over quality, but hopefully that will not be an issue.

Fate/Stay Night

Visual Novel Adaptation by ufotable
Air Date: 10/4/2014
I am one of the few people on the planet that thought the original Fate/Stay Night anime adaptation was competent, but after seeing the fantastic job ufotable did with Fate/Zero I’m really looking forward to this makeover. If you’ve somehow avoided any info on the Fate series over the past decade, the story centers on a modern day war between mages who summon powerful heroes from history to fight for the Holy Grail. This new anime will be adapting the “Unlimited Blade Works” route of the visual novel, which most fans would agree is the best choice as a sequel to Fate/Zero. Already knowing the general plot dampens my enthusiasm slightly, but I can’t wait to see ufotable give this the huge, cinematic treatment it deserves.

The King of the Magic Bullet and Vanadis

Makan no Ou to Vanadis

Light Novel Adaptation by Satelight
Air Date: 10/4/2014
Seven beautiful girls called “Vanadis” rule seven lands with their powerful weapons. A young archer is defeated by one of these Vanadis and becomes her servant. The premise and trailer don’t make this look like much more than generic anime fantasy, and I have to wonder if this is just going to be an excuse to cart out some scantily clad busty animu babes. I think the best I can give this is a “wait and see” but not getting my hopes up.

In Search of a Lost Future

Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete

Visual Novel Adaptation by feel.
Air Date: 10/4/2014
Mysterious accidents and ghost sightings trouble a student body as it prepares one last festival to send off their old school building. Our story begins as the protagonist, a member of the astronomy club, encounters a quiet girl who just transferred to the school. I suspect there will be some romance and some supernatural shenanigans. The trailer looks pretty serious so maybe there could be some good drama here, the actual animation quality looks pretty rough though. This series is going to have an uphill climb to impress me.

Cross Ange

Anime Original by Sunrise
Air Date: 10/4/2014
I am offering up an alternate title of “Gunadams and Dragons” as that is essentially what is going on here. I love the idea of an angry deposed princess fighting to reclaim her land, I also love that this somehow involves killing lots of dragons with robots. I DON’T love the gratuitous fan service however, as it seems like they are undermining what could be a potentially strong female lead. They make her look so hardcore (especially in the first trailer) but still can’t help focusing on the T&A. I want to be excited for this but I can’t ignore that big warning sign, hopefully Cross Ange will prove me wrong.

Method of the Sky

Sora no Method

Anime Original by Studio 3Hz
Air Date: 10/5/2014
A group of girls make a wish that is miraculously granted which probably has something to do with the giant magical disc floating in the sky. Not too much is known about this yet but the trailer has a sweet, uplifting tone to it… until you get to the ultra moe helium voiced girl with the blue hair halfway through. I am willing to put up with that if they nail the rest, so we’ll see how it pans out.

Le Fruit de la Grisaia

Grisaia no Kajitsu, The Fruit of the Grisaia

Visual Novel Adaptation by 8bit
Air Date: 10/5/2014
I’m just going to steal the description that’s been floating around (sorry, can’t find original source, if anyone knows please tell me) because I don’t want to devote any more time thinking about it: “The story is set in an academy that is a cloistered “orchard” for girls to be educated and cultivated away from external influences. Five girls spend their lives within these walls in repentance and atonement. Yuuji Kazami has just enrolled as the sole male student there.” Gross. My guess for Worst Anime of the Season.

Wolf Girl  and Black Prince

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Manga Adaptation by TYO Animations
Air Date: 10/6/2014
A girl gets caught bragging about her love life when she lies about a hot guy being her boyfriend. Of course her only option is to reel him and pretend to be his girlfriend. This season’s Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun has pretty much made it impossible to take a shoujo romance seriously, but the trailer makes me think this might lean more toward the “Com” side of “RomCom”. Assuming they are going more for laughs than feelings, this might be worth a look.

4 thoughts on “GLORIO Fall 2014 Anime Guide Part 1

  1. Studio Deen is just handling animation and nothing else. I don’t mind the change seeing Satelight didn’t had any good animation to begin with in Log Horizon S1, and this won’t affect the story and the staff from S1 is still there.

  2. “Le Fruit de la Grisaia” is… okay. I played it, but for some reason the details never really stuck in my mind. I’ll probably be skipping it.

    So many sequels and continuations are coming this season and the next, it’s kind of crazy. Obviously I’ll be checking out Gundam (Both of them – Build Fighters is getting a sequel this season, isn’t it?) and Fate Stay/Night. I’d love to check out Log Horizon, but it’s currently the show that tops the, “I know I’ll enjoy this, so why the hell haven’t I watched it?” list.

    There’s a lot of stuff I’m looking forward to this coming season… but honestly, after Nozaki-kun, everything else seems a bit underwhelming. It’s easily my anime of the year already.

  3. Probably the only anime I’ll be watching out of this particular group is Fate/Stay Night – which, interestingly enough, is a franchise that I have indeed more or less completely avoided up until now. Though ‘avoided’ possibly makes it sound like I’ve been actively trying to stay away, when really I just haven’t had sufficient motivation to dip my toes. I’m not holding my breath that this new anime series will be absolutely amazing, but I’m looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about nonetheless, and I assume it’ll make for as good an entry point into the franchise as I could reasonably hope for.

    • It’ll probably be a reasonable entry point, but as a big dumb nerd I feel like UBW relies on themes/knowledge from the Fate route. Then again, I thought Fate/Zero relied a lot on themes/knowledge from all three F/SN routes (since as a prequel it has to build up to all three, even though the routes are mutually exclusive), and it turned out decently as an introduction for a lot of people. Hmm.

      Either way, UBW is the prrrrobably most thematically appropriate route to act as a sequel to F/Z, which seems to be the game plan for the new adaptation.

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