Fall 2016: Anticipation, Expectations & Impressions, What am I Watching?

After 2 seasons that I’ve been hyped up for after seeing what was relatively airing at those times, Fall brings it back to the surface with a lineup which quells those ideas. With no many anime being 2 cour, this season brings a new set of anime seasons hoping to live up to what has already been a good year in anime.

  • note: Most of my expectations and anticipation for each anime is generally based off the 1st episode, if I’ve read the manga and any news (e.g. seiyuus, synopsis) regarding the anime that I’ve read.

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High Expectations:

  • WWW.Working!!: Working comes back with a new season, based of its web novel series. The initial episodes actually provided a lot of fun and funny moments. With a mix bag of different personalities it does provide that go to comedy anime when in need of a laugh. Hopefully this track record continues as hilarity ensues.
  • Brave Witches: Brave Witches is a spin off the series Strike Witches. Having not watched Strike Witches, Brave Witches actually seems to be an amusing show. Going back on previous anime which are similar (KanColle), I can see why I’ll probably like this.
  • Keijo!!!!: Ahhhh Hopes and Dreams, hopes and dreams. Keijo in its first couple of episodes provided to be something more than boobs and butts. Sport anime has always been about the journey and Keijo has not been any different. It’s was also nice to see both moments full of action and comedy and hopefully that continues.
  • Drifters: Bringing well known figures into another world is something I’m familiar with. The fact that they fight within a war highlights some of the reasons why I see this anime doing well. With all there characters different personality’s existing over different timelines coming together it provides to be a nice anime so far, with that “what comes next” monocle.

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Moderate Expectations:

  • Stella no Mahou: After it’s first couple of episodes, Stella no Mahou takes up the cute girls doing cute things mantle for this season. Mainly using its comedic and slice of life elements, it provides to be that go to show for me this season, when I’m looking for something where I don’t have to worry about anything and just enjoy the ride.
  • Okusama ga Seitokaichou! S2: Back again afters its “lewd” first season, it continues the interactions between the student council and the disciplinary committee. Having read the source material, I can say if its like the first season, it’ll end up being pretty solid.
  • 3-gatsu no Lion: After watching the first couple of episodes, it does provide that dramatic-vibe to it (very similar to Shigatsu). From my perspective this anime has the potential to be an absolute hit, or just very solid, which is a very positive outlook. The idea of shogi being the facilitator towards this also provides to be something I haven’t really delved into before, so here’s hoping.
  • Ani Tore! XX: Exercise has always been an important factor in keeping healthy, with Ani Tore coming back for its second season, providing more tips on simple exercises + a bit of fan service, hopefully it keeps being a solid anime like its first season.
  • Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki: The first couple of episodes were actually quite informative. For being a short, it does provide that educational aspect towards learning about different youkai in Japan, in a comedic format. It’s been good so far, so hopefully I learn some more.
  • Girlish Number: From it’s initially set out, this is not your ordinary cute girl seiyuu anime. It did surprise me in that aspect but its ability to show the possible other side of seiyuu’s and the industry itself, makes it to be something I’ll find interesting having an interest in the anime industry.

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Low Expectations:

  • Lostorage incited WIXOSS: Based off a card game, this season is actually a spin off based off the original. Essentially a “death” game advertising the whole franchise, it has its moments in wanting me to try it out, and hopefully it does well in trying to shake that inkling.
  • Hibike! Euphonium S2: From what I’ve mostly seen Hibike tends to be an anime that’s hit or miss. After watching the 1st episode, there were already things I didn’t “agree” upon, however this may change. With it coming back for a second season, it continues its strong art style and hopefully it does get better.

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Continuation:

  • Sousei no Onmyouji

Overall

Overall, for many of the anime this season I haven’t read any source material and am going in basically blind. With everything so far however, it falls to be more on the solid side, with a few specks of potential here and there to be considered I guess “Super-duper good”. However, this does leave the door open for anime to exponentially get better (again, it’s easier to go from 60 to 90 than 90 to 100). In saying so, I have picked up fewer than I usually do.

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