Out of the many titles I threw onto my watch list for this autumn’s anime season, here are short blurbs describing my initial thoughts:
- Anime On The List That I Knew I’d Like From The Start
Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Vento Aureo (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind) – Unlike the other Jojo protagonists thus far in animated form, Giorno Giovanna’s character is a blend of them all. He possesses Jonathan’s polite demeanour, Joseph’s ambition toward big dreams, Jotaro’s cool-headedness and matches Josuke in youthful swagger (but mostly fashion). The narrative of part 5 leaves behind the adventure of saving the world from big baddie(s) and their legacy to focusing on a young man’s path to achieving his dream and follows a quicker pace with more action-fighting scenes as compared to the franchise’s previous arcs. And because the story uses mobsters as a theme, the level of savageness of the characters is at a whole new height.
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime) – Satoru Mikami’s transformation into a slime, becoming “Rimuru Tempest” and his development in the first two episodes of the series through Kirby-esque “ingest everything his body could potentially wrap itself around” and inheriting numerous skills while level-grinding in a cave was enjoyable to watch. The added detail of having a computerized voice explain all the skills Rimuru gained was interesting and gave the series a more Japanese role-playing game feel. The fantasy world of this anime appears pretty standard but the naming aspect that causes a “level-up” factor to monsters is an interesting idea. As one of the big fantasy manga adapted into an anime, I really like its lighthearted and funny tone. It greatly contrasts the next title on this list.
Goblin Slayer – Remember what I wrote in my watch list about this anime? Whelp, watching the first episode of the series definitely showed me that the anime studio followed the manga adaptation to an extent. The series itself generated a lot of buzz and reaction from the anime community for how the anime tackled the manga’s mature and graphic representation of the original light novel. In response to criticisms about the series, Crunchyroll created a warning caption on screen during the first few minutes of the second episode and onward. So, let this be a lesson in putting warning labels for mature content on everything in the future, preferably before the airing of a series’ first episode. I do have to say that, I’ve enjoyed watching the Goblin Slayer’s tactical schemes and how he takes down his enemies, especially with how he uses the priestess’ shield ability and his use of flaming arrows.
- Anime That I Find Are Kinda Meh But Will Be Better Later On… Maybe?
Tsurune – It’s a pretty standard KyoAni anime series, in that:
- It has a cast of cute and/or cool looking teenage boys or girls,
- It has at least one or more character(s) dealing with a trauma (big or small) related to the sport, art or type of activity they are participating in,
- It has a good looking mentor character,
- It also has a cute mascot character, and
- The backgrounds and animation are really pretty to look at.
It’s toned down compared to the Free! franchise, but that is most likely because of the sport the story is involved with. If I were to assign a numeric value to Free!, I would give it a solid 8.5 on moe-ness, and on the same scale, Tsurune would be at a 2. I do enjoy the fact that this series isn’t going to be dependent on moe-ness to appeal to me, although that factor isn’t something that I dislike. The first episode gave a taste of our main cast who all follow a distinguishable stereotype and a hint of what competitive high school archery clubs look like. I hope that there will be more development with the other characters and that they won’t only act as foil for the main protagonist.
- Anime That Missed The Mark For Me
RErideD: Koku Koe no Derrida (RErideD: Derrida, Who Leaps Through Time) – I couldn’t find myself enjoying the anime as much as I would have liked. The pacing was pretty quick, passing through some scenes that gave context to the protagonist Derrida’s life and focusing on his best friend, Nathan’s daughter, Mage, for a good portion of the first half of the first episode. There was a lot happening in the second half but the execution of the story events felt like they were pasted together into a “and then this happened” sequence to me.
Jingai-san no Yome – I actually found that I didn’t really care for this series after watching the first three episodes. The idea is cute and the series is meant to be lighthearted. I find myself wanting more from this one but with its length, each episode can only tackle and fit so much.
- Anime That Pleasantly Surprised Me
Zombieland Saga – When I originally thought that this series would be a typical horror anime with gore and strange surprises, I was taken aback to see that it defied my expectations. Cute girls + zombies + idols + Mamoru Miyano as a manager who is the definition of extra = I am completely and utterly satisfied by this formula. What separates this series from other girl idol anime is that the girls are not only dealing with becoming a team of idols but deal with their mortality and keeping their true identities secret at the same time. My favourite girl is Yuugiri.
Gaikotsu Shoutenin Honda-San (Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San) – As humourous as watching someone work in customer service, this TV-short anime series also gives us a glimpse into how Japanese bookstores selling manga and comics function through a relatable main character.
Kaze Ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run With The Wind) – First and foremost, Haiji is the best character in this anime. As a Production I.G sports anime, I’m surprised I didn’t catch this title on my watch list, but I’m happy to come across it as it’s a solid story featuring college kids (with the exception of Nico-chan sempai me thinks) gathered together to be an underdog team. I like the different characters creating the team as they all don’t necessarily fit into a cookie-cutter mold of sports anime stereotypes. I also give bonus points for the Jo Twins because it feels like forever since I’ve watched an anime with a pair of twins.
What do you think of the Autumn Anime 2018 series so far? Let me know down below!