The GLORIO Fall 2016 Anime Guide – Part 3

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We’ve saved the best for last as the third part of our guide seems to have the most interesting looking shows. I’ve got my eye on wacky musical comedy Classicaloid as it seems to fit my personal tastes rather well, but other shows to watch like new Shaft joint March Comes in Like a Lion and MAPPA’s latest, Yuri!!! On ICE, top off a list that seems to have a lot less duds than the previous two. Now that all the guides are out, check out all the shows and let us know what you’re looking forward to.

Part 1 of the guide can be found here and Part can be found here.

Tiger Mask W

Manga Adaptation by Toei Animation
Air Date: 10/2/2016
Director: Toshiaki Komura (Marvel Disk Wars and that’s all you need to know)
Series Composition: Katsuhiko Chiba (Baby Steps)

Two dudes in tiger masks fight for supremacy in an underground wrestling organization? Paging Dragonzigg (he likes wrestling), this one is all you. For further context, this is a revival of a beloved manga and anime from the 1970’s which was most recently revived as a live action movie in 2013. It appears this will be a new story altogether with a new hero taking up the Tiger Mask, so it looks like it will be fine to start here if you’re not familiar with the previous story.

Yuri!!! On ICE

Anime Original by MAPPA
Air Date: 10/6/2016
Director & Series Composition:
Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko & Hatchin, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine)

No not THAT kind of yuri, this is about not one, but TWO dudes named Yuri who are top level figure skaters. Yuri #1 is on the verge of retirement until he encounters the up and coming Yuri #2 and the living legend five time world champion, with the three of them… going for gold? Are the olympics involved in this somehow? Honestly I don’t care what the premise is, I’m automatically interested in any pairing of the visual flair of director Sayo Yamamoto with the always impressive production values of MAPPA. The fact that this is a completely fresh setting for anime is just a bonus. At the very least the trailer guarantees it will look fantastic, we’ll just have to see if the story and characters can keep up with the pretty visuals.

Kiss Him, Not Me

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

Manga Adaptation by Brains Base
Air Date: 10/7/2016
Director: Hiroshi Ishiodori (Gunslinger Girl, Peach Girl)
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Yamada-kun & The Seven Witches)

Alright everyone, in this post-Osomatsu world we have officially arrived in the era of the fujoshi harem. In this particular title our heroine doesn’t eat for a week after her favorite character dies, resulting in her losing a lot of weight and suddenly becoming super hot. Shortly thereafter a bunch of cute boys ask her out, but of course she is still a total fujoshi and is more interested in seeing them make out with each other. I’d like to say this is harmless fun, but man I’m having trouble getting by that rather problematic initial set-up. At the same time, I am not a woman so it’s not my place to make that call. I believe the manga is fairly popular so maybe that’s just a bump road and in the long run it’s fine. Let’s hope that’s the case, and if any of our female readers would like to share their thoughts, please do.

Classicaloid

Anime Original by Sunrise
Air Date: 10/8/2016
Director: Yoichi Fujita (Gintama, Mr. Osomatsu, Binbougami ga!)
Series Composition: Ichiro Sakaki (Outbreak Company), Michihiro Tsuchiya (Cross Game)

Two kids in a small town run into weird modern day versions of Beethoven and Mozart called “Classicaloids”. They play music called “mujik” (classical works remixed by modern musicians) which makes bizarre and possibly dangerous things happen. Eventually more Classicaloids based on famous composers appear and man I am totally into this. It’s essentially been billed as a crazy comedy with heart, something that director Yoichi Fujita (look at that resume!) has mastered and what is basically my favorite genre. The trailer doesn’t give away much but it does show the incredibly colorful and creative art style that only increases my expectations for this show. I usually try not to get my hopes too high with an original series since we really don’t have much to judge it on, but based on what we know and the show’s pedigree, I’m all in on this one.

Long Riders!

Manga Adaptation by Actas
Air Date: 10/7/2016
Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume, Yatterman Night)
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi (My Love story!!, Yuyushiki)

In this edition of Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, our band of heroines gets into long distance bicycle riding. I suppose the fact that they are all in college is a bit different than usual but let’s be honest, that probably won’t make a difference. The trailer does not do much to change my mind as the bland looking characters go through the motions of your average girls’ club anime, right down to eating sweets more than doing whatever it is they ostensibly do. Of course I have often been proven wrong on these shows and they turn out to be totally bonkers, as most recently scene with motorcycle club themed Bakuon!!, but given the evidence at hand this looks totally average and inoffensive.

March Comes In Like a Lion

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Manga Adaptation by Shaft
Air Date: 10/7/2016
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo (Madoka Magica, Monogatari series)
Series Composition: Not credited, original creator Chika Umino (Honey and Clover)

Based on the manga so popular that it’s also getting a live action adaptation early next year, our story is based around a high school age pro Shogi player. After losing his real family and straining his relationship with his adoptive one, he moves out on his own and befriends a family of three sisters. Shinbo is one of the most interesting and distinctive directors in all of anime and I’d love to see him put his touch on source material that isn’t super pervy otaku bait. And as much as I’m sick of stories starring anti-social loners, I do see a lot of potential for this developing into a good coming of age story. Definitely one of the shows at the top of my list this season.

Poco’s Udon World

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

Manga Adaptation by LIDEN FILMS
Air Date: 10/8/2016
Director: Yoshihide Ibata (Attack on Titan: Junior High)
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi (My Love story!!, Yuyushiki)

A Tokyo web designer returns home to his parents’ udon shop, where he finds a strange little boy with ears and a tail. He decides to leave his job and take care of the boy, and their adventures carry on from there. If you’re already missing Sweetness and Lightning, fear not because it seems anime about dads and food seem to be a thing now. This one has a bit of a fantasy twist to it, but I’m not sure how much that will actually factor into things episode to episode. It’s a premise that can definitely work and I’ve long been a fan of Liden Films’ watercolor-esque art style, so you can also stick this on the list of shows to keep an eye on.

Occult;Nine

Light Novel Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 10/8/2016
Director: Kyouhei Ishiguro (Your Lie in April, Lance N’ Masques)
Series Composition: Not credited, original creator Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes)

Just to address the first question a lot of people with have, it has been stated this is not technically the next part of the loosely connected SCIENCE series stories (Steins;Gate and anything else with a semicolon in the middle) but it is the same writer so you can still aim your expectations in that general direction. That out of the way, the story centers around a blogger who writes about the occult and his weirdo friends as they piece together small incidents into something much more larger and meaningful. I’m down with that in principle, and the art style and animation look fantastic in the trailer. A-1 still spending that Sword Art Online money! I am pretty wary of the amount of boobs it immediately smashes in your face though, and this particular writer seems to love digging deep into otaku in-jokes. Will the story and characters be good enough to overcome that as it was with Steins;Gate or will it be too much to ignore as with, well, anything else in the SCIENCE series? It’s worth at least a look to find out.

Luger Code 1951

Manga Adaptation by Studio Deen
Air Date: 10/21/2016
Director: Shinya Takahashi (Debut)
Series Composition: Katsuhiko Takayama (Future Diary, Aldnoah.Zero)

I know I was hard on the other alternate WWII era animes this season, but this one is about a code breaker trying to crack enemy radio transmissions, only to find out that the code is a bunch of werewolves howling at each other. Yep, ANIME. Honestly I’m not really excited for this show but that concept is crazy enough that there’s at least a sliver of hope that it could be something interesting. It also always helps the story a lot when the manga is finished before the anime is created, which was the case here. Still, watching the trailer it seems to take itself waaay too seriously and I have a feeling they will suck the life out of any potential fun we could get out of that premise.

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3 thoughts on “The GLORIO Fall 2016 Anime Guide – Part 3

  1. As an avid reader of the Kiss Him, Not Me manga (… what?) I can attest that it quite the enjoyable little comedy, in the vein of Ouran High School Host Club. I’ll be the first to admit that the whole everyone-loves-her-now-that-she’s-skinny premise is super iffy, though, yet at least they sort of acknowledge how fucked up it is that people’d only like her after she lost a bunch of weight?

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