GLORIO Fall 2014 Anime Guide Part 3

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It’s time for the final part of our season preview, featuring the highly anticipated Parasyte, the return of Psycho-Pass, Studio Ghibli’s (sort of) first foray into television anime and (not so) many, many more! Just in case you missed the last two parts, they are right here and here, so if you missed them, make sure you’re all caught up. Let’s get this show on the road.

Parasyte – the maxim –

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

Manga adaptation by Madhouse
Air Date: 10/8
Parasyte is a classic science-fiction horror manga from the 1990s that’s been having a bit of a revival in recent years, with two live-action movies in the works, and this anime hitting television screens next fall. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has proven that beloved older source material can still become immensely popular in the year 2014, so if Madhouse has the same loving treatment in mind for Parasyte as David Production set apart for that show, fans should have their years of waiting rewarded at last. There’s a lot of question marks surrounding this overdue adaptation though, from the inexperienced staff to the prospect of the series’ signature body horror being massacred by censors. I have no idea if the director of Avengers Confidential has the talent to properly convey the manga’s trademark gore without turning the anime into exploitative torture porn and the odds that we’ll be presented a glorified movie advertisement aren’t unlikely either. On the other hand, Parasyte does have Aya Hirano voicing a Lovecraftian abomination possessing the main character’s right hand, so how can it not be great?

I, Will Become a Twintail

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu

Light novel adaptation by Production IMS
Air Date: 10/9
Ah, finally a documentary that will provide some scientific insight into one of the most infamous and elusive creatures of the Japanese fauna: the twintail. Thoroughly researched for its odd mating ritual, in which the coupling male and female twintails attach themselves on opposite sides of their chosen host’s head to reproduce, which is known to create a perpetually bad mood in the host, the twintail can take on all kinds of colours and shapes, and feeds itself with sweat and dandruff. As the host grows older, the twintails grow longer, until they eventually wither and die when the host decides to adopt a more mature hairstyle. On rare occasions, average teenage males have even been reported to turn into a twintail for reasons yet unknown to biologists. Truly a fascinating animal, that twintail. I look forward to seeing which interesting theories the creators of this highly anticipated feature will come up with to explain its bizarre biology. Too bad the director of Oreimo and the writer of So, I Can’t Play H probably won’t do this majestic creature the honour it deserves.

Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle

Manga adaptation by Bones
Air Date: 10/9
Chaika popular anime. Speech impediment. Named after Volkswagen? Beloved by many. Second season. Same staff. Silly name. Only ten episodes? Chaika, adventure with mercenary guy. Sister, yandere. Aqua, no think first season good. But, Bones animation, pretty. Eyebrows!

White Box

Shirobako

Anime original by P.A. Works
Air Date: 10/9
At last, an anime that caters to a grossly underrepresented target audience — people who like anime! All joking aside, White Box is filling up the very important void left by Bakuman being only half as entertaining when it’s not a manga about manga. It’s an anime about anime, in other words, but because this is anime all the people involved have to be quirky teenage girls in stead of, y’know, a varied cast of professionals. Luckily, the trailer promises at least some marginal insight in the production of anime, with various characters being active in various stages of the process, from conceptualizing to voice acting. The staff could’ve been worse as well, with Girls und Panzer and Squid Girl director Tsutomu Mizushima at the helm and the (all-female!) writing team behind Princess Tutu hopefully putting that dreadfully generic looking cast of cute girls to good use. I’m only bracing myself for disappointment hoping for White Box to address the sexism these girls would face in such a male-dominated line of work, but I’ll give Studio At Least It Looks Pretty the benefit of the doubt here… though, honestly, I don’t know if they still deserve it.

Psycho-Pass 2

Anime original by Tatsunoko
Air Date: 10/9
Psycho-Pass is back for another round of philosophical pontificating and cyberpunk ultraviolence, but with Gen Urobuchi opting out to write the feature film and Production I.G. being traded in by Tatsunoko, things aren’t looking so certain for Akane and co. In Mardock Scramble‘s Tow Ubukata, Psycho-Pass 2 could’ve found a worse writer to fill Urobuchi’s shoes though, and the man might even manage to erase some of his predecessor’s more rampant quirks. Furthermore, the show’s strong art design remains striking (though questionably animated) as ever, if the trailer is to be believed. For its pandemonium of flaws, the original show had some very strong ideas, so I’m definitely looking forward to see where the story heads next — especially since half of the first season’s cast is being replaced with new faces. If anything, the edgiest band in the universe will be back to do the OP.

Your Lie in April

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Manga adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 10/9
The other noitaminA show of the season takes the time slot back to its roots with a muscial romantic drama, though Your Lie in April continues to focus on a decidedly younger and more male audience than, say, Honey and Clover or Nodame Cantabile did. It’s the rather unoriginal tale of a former piano prodigy who’s cast music out of his life due to a traumatic experience and meets a Manic Pixie Dream Girl violinist who helps him break free from his structured, rigid playing style, but as always, coming of age stories rest entirely on the strength of their characters. Does our hero have believable motives for his angst? Does our heroine have any traits not centered around the boy she’s trying to cheer up? Will the show have any believable drama not set up by boring love triangles? For what it’s worth, Your Lie in April at least looks absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful hand-drawn animation and a colourful art style. Sadly, they thought it was a good idea to set the writer of High School DxD, Elfen Lied and Queen’s Blade loose on the award-winning source material, so this show will need a miracle to end up something worthwhile. My fingers are crossed, in any case.

Ronia the Robber’s Daughter

Sanzoku no Musume Ronja

Novel adaptation by Studio Ghibli & Polygon Pictures
Air Date: 10/11
Ronia the Robber’s Daughter is a beloved children’s novel by Astrid Lindgren, the writer of Pippi Longstocking, and with its child heroine, mysterious creatures and lush forest setting most definitely sounds right up Studio Ghibli’s alley. After his father’s retirement from the industry, Goro Miyazaki is bringing the Ghibli spirit to television screens for the first time, though no without a few significant caveats. First of all Goro’s own talent is a controversial topic to say the least (though From Up On Poppy Hill was generally received), but secondly, his choice to outsource animation production to 3DCG company Polygon Pictures has yet to be applauded by anyone. Ronia the Robber’s Daughter still looks to feature a lot of the beautiful Ghibli scenery and simplicity, though it looks more Ni no Kuni and less Spirited Away, which seems to defy everything the studio has ever stood for. It’s Ghibli in name only, in other words, though that doesn’t mean it’ll inevitably be complete garbage. It’s gonna be incredibly hard to stomach, though.

Girlfriend

Girlfriend (Kari), Girlfriend BETA

Game adaptation by Silver Link
Air Date: 10/13
Girlfriend, not to be confused with Girl Friends, is an adaptation of a smartphone game in which you have a girlfriend. That’s all we know about Girlfriend, but I’m going to assume that the anime will also involve the main character having a girlfriend. Or girlfriends. Or girl friends who compete with their girl friends to be his girlfriend. Or girlfriends.

Yuuna Yuuki is a Heroine

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

Anime original by Studio Gokumi
Air Date: 10/17
Not to be confused with the 1980’s drug-prevention PSA, Yuuna Yuuki is on Heroin, YuYuYu is the latest work by the Uwe Boll of anime himself, Seiji Kishi. Luckily, he’s not butchering beloved video games this time, but adapting an original script by… the author of Akame ga Kill. For all the train wreck potential these two names should bring to the table, YuYuYu surprisingly looks like the kind of painfully generic cute girls doing cute things anime Studio Gokumi is known for. The official summary blathers something about ‘the era of the gods’ and ‘Vertex’, though, so I hope the writers aren’t waiting for people to be fooled by this teaser when the show pulls off a Samurai Flamenco. On the other hand, that does sound like the only kind of show I’d trust Seiji Kishi with… So this show had better not try to be good.

Mushishi: The Next Chapter (Part 2)

Mushishi Zoku-Shou 2

Manga adaptation by Artland
Air Date: 10/19
What can I even say about this? It’s more Mushishi. Mushishi is one of the best anime ever made. Watch it.

And that’s about what we’ll have to live with to make that wait for season 2 of Durarara!! just a bit more bearable. What are you looking forward to, or what should we be looking forward to more? Make sure to let us know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “GLORIO Fall 2014 Anime Guide Part 3

  1. Mushishi is Mushishi and Mushishi is love (last season’s double episode at the end was simply amazing).

    YuYuYu only serves to remind me how much I want a YuYushiki season 2 (Apparently, it has a really devoted cult fanbase). I didn’t follow Glorio’s coverage of Akame ga Kill, but it seems like Aqua is not very fond of it?

    I was surprised and pleased to know Parasyte was finally getting a long, long, long-overdue adaptation, but I’m worried from what I’ve seen and heard. My hopes are about as high as that for Terra Formars – so, yeah, not very high.

    I’m going to try Shiro Bako, but don’t know what to expect, honestly.

    …I just realized Seiji Kishi is directing Assassination Classroom. I fear for that beloved property, now.

    • I feel so, so, sorry for Assassination Classroom fans. Also, Life covered Akame ga Kill in the Roundup, but all I’ve seen from it is a single manga chapter in which a girl got her fingers blown off and was then decapitated with her head put on a spike, so that’s all I need to know…

  2. ALL MY FEELS FOR MORE MUSHISHI. Also Pyscho-Pass, because despite the change in staff, season one was good enough to have my greatly anticipating the sequel anyway. I’ll also certainly be checking out Parasyte and Ronia, and maybe Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso as well.

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