GLORIO Fall 2015 Anime Guide Part 1

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Like the changing of the leaves the Fall anime season brings a change in source materials, with the latest crop of shows full of light novel adaptations and anime originals. Part one of our guide is anchored by solid, know entities like Noragami and the inevitable return of the Monogatari series, but there’s a lot of other interesting new shows as well. We’re all at least curious to see if Mari Okada can turn the new Gundam series into anything less that a train wreck and I’m rather intrigued to see the stylish but infuriatingly misspelled Concrete Revoltio. Just watch out for those “Light Novel Mad Libs” shows that seem to make up the rest.

Noragami Aragoto

Manga Adaptation by Bones
Air Date: 10/2/2015
If you missed out on this under appreciated series (for shame), it’s about a stray god wandering around modern Japan, taking odd jobs to pay for his own shrine. Along the way he picks up a girl whom he accidentally gets stuck between the world of the living and the dead, as well as a boy that is literally his sword. If that doesn’t sound cool, I can’t help you. The second season of Noragami picks up Yato’s story as he confronts his long standing feud with the goddess Bishamon, so we’re really looking forward to this.

Young Black Jack

Manga Adaptation by Tezuka Productions
Air Date: 10/2/2015
Remember those days when Black Jack, anime’s original shady back alley doctor, was a hot young student back in medical school? No? Well, now you can as that is apparently the premise of this series. Spinoffs like these can be a little hit and miss, and the trailer looks like they’re spinning the Osamu Tezuka classic into some kind of hospital romance thing. That could still be good I guess, so we’ll see where they take the material.

Lance n’ Masques

Light Novel Adaptation by Studio Gokumi
Air Date: 10/2/2015
Alright folks, strap yourself in for the first of many light novel adaptations that look really, really bad. Lance n’ Masques is about a knight who fights with, you guessed it, a lance and a mask and apparently he picks up a girl along the way that he has to take care of. I guess the premise sounds fine, albeit boring, I’m just really turned off by the character designs. Everyone looks like they’re 10 years old or younger. Maybe this is like anime classic Dog Days and they actually are really young? Oh wait, that didn’t work out so well either…

Heavy Object

Light Novel Adaptation by J.C. Staff
Air Date: 10/3/2015
“Mecha anime with a female lead” is enough to pique my interest, but forgive me for being a little skeptical after surviving the existence of Cross Ange. One skin tight underboobed body suit aside, the trailer seems to indicate Heavy Object might at least keep its pants on long enough to put together something decent. A lot of that will depend on the chemistry of the main trio, that consists of the main girl who is a Heavy Object Pilot, another girl who wants to be a mechanic, and a dude training to be a soldier. So the parts are there, we’ll just have to see if they can make it happen.

The Asterisk War

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk

Light Novel Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 10/3/2015
The wiki page says it all:

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OK seriously, the actual plot is about six academies who stage battles for fun, profit, and entertainment and uhhh… alright maybe it is a little light on plot. All other descriptions I’ve seen are full of anime technobabble, so there is that. The fighting for sport and technobabble all sounds suspiciously like Infinite Stratos, but at least the trailer seems to indicate a lot of action. Hopefully there will be more of that and less of the inevitable school hijinks.

Legend of the Failure Knight

Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan

Light Novel Adaptation by Silver Link
Air Date: 10/3/2015
And this season’s winner of “Light Novel Mad Libs” goes to… seriously, I can’t even keep track of all the clichés here. Dude who is the worst at magic school who meets the girl who is the best at magic school and probably bests her with whatever his hidden true power is? Seriously, are we still doing that? Bonus Round: he accidentally meets her while she’s changing in his room! There’s plenty more if you dig deeper, but I’m not going to waste too much energy on this. At least the trailer seems to indicate it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but unless they go full on parody I don’t care.

Mobile Suit Gundam: IRON BLOODED ORPHANS

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans

Anime Original by Sunrise
Air Date: 10/4/2015
A private military company hired to escort a diplomat from Mars? Yes! Super cool robot tanks that will probably make Iro and Gee buy lots of gunpla kits? YES! A story written by Mari Okada… wait, what? The big story here isn’t that we’re getting a new Gundam, it’s seeing what a writer best known for more personal, emotional drama can do with the classics series. Will it be a forced, melodramatic cry fest or will those elements mesh well with Gundam’s usual cautionary tales about war? I have no clue, but it’s at least worth checking out.

Owarimonogatari

Light Novel Adaptation by Shaft
Air Date: 10/4/2015
I’m not even sure I understand what’s happening in the Monogatari world these days. It’s probably telling they had to release a timeline chart along with the trailer. What I can tell you is this takes place somewhere before everything went down with Nadeko, which was such a big event that I’m kind of having trouble getting excited about going back. I suppose it will be interesting to learn more about Ougi, but they are also introducing a new girl which is the last thing this series needs. It’s also worth noting this will be a full 12 episode series for the first time in 2 years and we’re almost, almost at the end of the novels, so at least that’s something to look forward to.

Comet Lucifer

Anime Original by 8-bit
Air Date: 10/4/2015
A boy who collects rare crystals meets a beautiful girl in the mines under his town. They go on an adventure together? That’s all I got. Not much information is available on the plot and the trailer looks like a magic space idol music video, so I’ll withhold judgement until we see more. The promo art does seem to have some imagination behind it, so maybe they’ll come up with something cool and creative.

Concrete Revolutio: Superhero Fantasy

Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou

Anime Original by Bones
Air Date: 10/4/2015
Elephant in the room: that is not a typo, every source I’ve checked spells it “Revolutio” and it is driving me insane. I’d also say the premise of fictional super humans through history actually existing is a little tired as is the concept of humans trying to regulate them, although it remains to be seen if that’s to be taken literally or not. What I do know is I am in love with the art style in the trailer and even if it’s just people and robots fighting covered in sweet halftone patterns I will probably be satisfied. Definitely one I’m keeping my eye on.
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4 thoughts on “GLORIO Fall 2015 Anime Guide Part 1

  1. Norogami, Gundam and Heavy Object seem worthy of the 3ep challenge. Not sure how I feel about watching two mech shows though.

    Looking forward to part 2

    • I think there’s a good chance we could see a 3rd season, it’s pretty popular and this season ended with setting up the next part of the story.

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