Fall certainly crept up on me! We’re only two weeks out from the first episode 1s. Announcements should be final at this stage, so here goes.

Guaranteed Watches, Sequels
Log Horizon Season 2 – AKA the “MMO/trapped in a game” show I like! As long as the love triangle stays reasonably understated and we don’t get into blatant harem territory with Shiro, this should be really great. Just keep focusing on that really fascinating world building and slowly unraveling the mystery of how they got there, and I’ll be very happy.

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – The sequel to the show with probably the best ending so far this year. Yay more Chaika!

Guaranteed Watches, New Shows
Amagi Brilliant Park – It’s KyoAni, otherwise I wouldn’t even have it on my list. I’m not expecting much to be honest, but the Takemoto/Gatou combo gave us Hyouka, which is only one of the best shows ever made, period. Soooo… worth a shot. If nothing else the character designs are ludicrously attractive.

Possible Watches, New Shows
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru – In theory this should be right up my alley. In theory… But I dunno, I feel like getting excited about this would be a mistake. So I’m taking a very reserved stance towards it to avoid disappointment.

Sora no Method – I’ll at least try it because it seems to focus on the two female leads, but if the dude in the background of the promo art plays any kind of romantic role, I’m probably out.

Shirobako – Not really big on any of the recent originals animated by PA Works, but maybe this will change things given it focuses on an all-female cast. I also really like the idea of a show depicting the anime industry, after being interested enough in Bakuman (flaws and all) to watch six cour about the manga side. Fingers crossed that this is one of the good Mizushima shows.

Nanatsu no Taizai – With HxH finally ending and Jojo taking a one cour break, my shounen block has started to unravel, reduced to only Fairy Tail (which I enjoy, but having only one is a little sad). I’m hoping I enjoy this so I can fill the gap a little.

Shows continuing from earlier seasons
Fairy Tail and Yama no Susume

Gotta say, I really think that’s it, and I doubt they’ll all turn out to be good, even if they don’t get ruined by CGI or bad streams or any of the other reasons independent of actual story/character execution that can sink a show. Nothing else jumps out at me at all, unless there’s one or two cute shorts I missed. The only other show I might be keeping an eye on is Denki-Gai no Honya-san in the event I hear it’s something along the lines of Working!!, though ideally with less focus on romance. If I’m going to watch a show with guys in it, ideally it isn’t a show taking place in a school.

Honestly, by and large I’m just dying to get Fall over with and get to Winter, which is going to be INSANELY GOOOOOOOD even if just the four shows I’m currently anticipating (Koufuku, Imas, Drrr, Dog Days) turn out well.

23 Responses to “Fall 2014 Viewing Plans”

  1. rederoin says:

    You could always catch up with Wixoss for the 2nd cour, if you can deal with mrs.bro-con(but just like Sayaka in Madoka, none of the other girls show signs of heterosexuality). It has some nice yuri under-tones. But atleast we’ll get 2 shows that look like they could be CGDCT shows(Shirobako and YYY). But no Manga Kirarara adaption ;_;. But i’ll be trying out most of the shows, as ussual. Not that I have high hopes for most of them, but I could always get a pleasant surprise such as NGNL

    1. Log Horizon 2nd Series
    2. Terra Formars
    3. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
    4. Selector Infected Spread
    6. Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
    7. Mushishi S2
    8. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
    9. Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    10. Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu.

    After exhausting the adaptions of manga i’ve read, sequals and shows in genres I love, 9/10# became kinda tricky. 9# is set in a fantasy medieval western-europa, it seems. So I think it has potential. We don’t get many anime in that setting. And 10# has twintails and genberbending.

    • something says:

      I’ve already heard about all the major plot reveals and such in Wixoss, so that would kill any tension. I also skipped it because it’s a Funi stream.

      • Yukinee says:

        Why don’t you watch raws since you know Japanese? This is a good alternative to the shitty FUNi encodes.

        • something says:

          I don’t know Japanese, or rather, only enough to get through certain sorts of shows. And only for series I really, really want to see. It;’s most feasible for series with a setting and vocabulary I’m more familiar with, which tends to be normal everyday slice of life stuff. So recent shows I’ve watched some or all of raw are Sakura Trick (couldn’t wait a day for the streams!) and Yama no Susume s2 (subs have been very slow/irregular). I did watch Neptune raw, which was quite a different setting, but managed to be pretty easy to understand.

          It’s a last ditch thing though, not something I’d do for a show I’m not particularly invested in.

  2. Nico87 says:

    Ended up importing the following three so I’ll definitely watch them in addition to Amagi and probably Psycho-Pass 2.

    Log Horizon S2
    Hitsugi no Chaika
    Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road

  3. Anon-kun says:

    You skipping Cross Ange? Not a fan of mecha, magic and Nana Mizuki?

  4. rederoin says:

    I agree that winter is probably going to be far better, the line-up is already starting to look amazing.

    -yuri kuma
    -Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
    -Drrr S2
    -Dog Dogs S3
    -JoJo P3 – 2nd half
    -THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls
    -Koufuku Graffiti
    -Kan Colle(if it has Z1 as a main character, but I doubt that. So i’m putting it down as a ‘maybe’).

    And who know what could air in winter. Working S3, NNB, Strike witches – new series, Symphogear S3(going by the 18 month gap between S1 and S2), Nanoha or Yuki-chan. I doubt Kiniro Mosaic or Gakkou Gurashi! will air in winter since we already have a Kirara times adaption in winter. So I’m betting those 2 will air in spring and summer, but who knows? Either way, 2015 is looking rather good.

  5. Ejc says:

    I agree as well with what you said about Winter 2015. I’m looking forward to that season way more, even if there are only 10 anime have been currently announced for Winter 2015.

    Will watch:
    Dog Days 3
    iM@S Cinderella Girls
    Koufuku Graffiti
    Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

    For Fall 2014, i’m watching quite a bit (but some may be dropped after 3 episodes if they don’t live up to my expectations).
    Amagi Brilliant Park
    Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
    Fate/stay night
    Girlfriend (Kari)
    Grisaia no Kajitsu
    Hitsugi no Chaika AVENGING BATTLE
    Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
    Log Horizon 2nd Series
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.
    Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
    Sora no Method
    Trinity Seven
    Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
    Wake Up Girls ZOO!
    Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

  6. Not counting sequels, Reco-G, Yuuki Yuuna, Madan no Ou Vanadis, and Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai are all things I’m definitely watching at least one episode of. Everything else will depend on how much time I have.

  7. pippi says:

    GOD I hope Amagi does really well. It will look really bad if a lot of KyoAni recent titles aimed for guys ended falling flat to a point they “have” to rely on the other demographic.

    • something says:

      But Kyoukai did perfectly fine at 4.3k, and Chuunibyou Ren will average almost 7k, well above average despite the huge drop from season one. They’re not under any dire pressure here. Not to mention Amagi is owned by Kadokawa anyway, not KyoAni (unlike the CTFK works), so whether it does well or badly has rather less direct impact on KyoAni than how their self-owned IP perform.

      I know that fandom must make extreme predictions about KyoAni 24/7 or it will asphyxiate and die, but this idea that Free being so successful means they will only make shows aimed at women ever is one of the stranger ones. KyoAni animates what they want to animate, they’ve managed to carve out a business model that affords them that luxury. Hence why Tamako gets a movie, for example.

      In any event, even as a guy I think Free is quite solidly the best of the CTFK works so I’m glad it’s selling the best out of all of then, and I’d love for it to get a movie or third season. But it’s by no means a sign they’ll only animate with women in mind. And financially, KyoAni is in very good shape right now.

      Frankly, I’d much rather have more Free or something like it than an adaptation of that action fantasy light novel (Phantom World something or other) they most likely have lined up as their next self-owned property, bleh.

      • lesterpox says:

        I feel it’s not so much of how much it sells but the quality of the story as well. It’s a real shame the other recent KyoAni titles aimed for guys (especially KnK), the storytelling was iffy at best. Chu2Koi S2 made me feel like the otaku lost interest of the story fast. One hope Amagi has an attractive story that’s able to hook them in the long run and gets them to buy a ton of discs and merchandise. Though Fall season has quite a few number of heavy hitters like Gundam and Fate/stay night

  8. hpulley says:

    I’ve already started one fall show with WUG putting the first episode of WUG Zoo up on youtube. Not sure I’ll ever get to see episode 2 however.

    As usual, my list would be much shorter if I simply listed what I don’t intend to start but here is my complete list of shows of which I will watch at least the first episode. I will watch them live or on nosub, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Daisuki… don’t really care but wish I could get high quality HD on Crunchyroll or Funimation one hour after broadcast, anything longer than that and I’m tempted to go live or nosub these days. I will likely drop a bunch of these, some within minutes or seconds but I will give them all a shot.

    Out of all of these, as usual the main ones I am really looking forward to are the sequels: Hitsugi no Chaika – Avenging Battle, Log Horizon 2, Psycho Pass 2, WUG Zoo, selector spread WiXOSS. Others that look interesting are Girlfriend(Kari) with half the currently active female seiyuu already in the cast, Amagi Brilliant park from KyoAni and Shirobako from PA Works and Kiseijuu for which I read the manga like 20 years ago!

    1 Akatsuki no Yona
    2 Amagi Brilliant Park
    3 Bonjour Koi Aji Patisserie
    4 Crossrange Tenshi to Ryuu no Rinbu
    5 Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
    6 Denkigai no Honya-san
    7 Fate/stay night
    8 Girlfriend (Kari)
    9 Grisaia no Kajitsu
    10 Gugure! Kokkuri-san
    11 Hitsugi no Chaika AVENGING BATTLE
    12 Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
    13 Kiseijuu
    14 Log Horizon 2nd Series
    15 Madan no Ou to Vanadis
    16 Nanatsu no Taizai
    17 Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
    18 Orenchi no Furo Jijou
    19 Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.
    20 Psycho Pass Season 2
    21 Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
    22 Sega Hard Girls Hi Coool! Seha Girls
    23 selector spread WiXOSS
    24 Shigatsu wa kimi no Uso
    25 Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS
    27 Sora no Method
    28 Terra Formars
    29 Trinity Seven
    30 Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete
    31 World Trigger
    32 Wake Up Girls ZOO!
    33 Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

  9. Amari says:

    When did you started being so picky when selecting new anime to watch? Or better, why?
    You used to watch more new anime in the past, is that correct?

    Sometimes I wonder why I watch most new anime that come out, even when I really don’t like them (but they’re usually entertaining), for instance, I picked up around 30~ shows to watch this summer season, but I’m only /actually/ enjoying… 5 of them?

    Also, do you dislike males in anime? Or, do you only dislike males when they’re blended with females? (I’m not talking about a harem, look at Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun to have a better perspective of this scenario).

    Don’t you have that feeling that you are missing something out from a certain season sometimes? Or you’re always secure with your picks, and you just don’t really think much about it?

    • something says:

      Fall 2013.

      In short, I came to fundamentally doubt the future viability of the medium and started cutting my level of investment in it (this seems not to have lowered my overall spending, oddly… but a chunk of that was my Sakura Trick binge, which is sadly now over). Couple that with a lack of free time, and I plummeted from completing 15 shows in Summer 2013 to 3 in Fall. Before Fall 2013 I tended to start 15-20+ a season and finish between 9 (in some smaller Winter/Summer seasons) and 16 (in bigger seasons).

      Yes, I generally dislike male characters in anime, or more specifically male protagonists in late night anime. Anime tends to be really bad at telling male-female romance stories (and very rarely gives any other permutations a chance), and shows with a male protagonist typically go the romantic route to some degree. In the past I used to watch shows with annoying leads if a couple of the girls around them were enjoyable, but I don’t do that anymore. There’s only a limited number of special exceptions to the rule.

      The following are very likely (90%+) to cause me to skip or drop a show outright:
      1. Anything beyond the most incidental background use of CGI for anthropomorphic models (e.g. humans, humanoid battle suits, and humanoid mecha), or very very heavy use of CGI for other models.
      2. Male protagonist in a romance, or a school-type setting, outside of very rare exceptions. Male protagonists in other settings have slightly more exceptions, but romance will still often result in a drop.
      3. Being streamed by any service other than Crunchyroll (unless it’s of such interest to me that I’m willing to watch raw and think I can keep up, e.g. Yama no Susume or Choujigen Game Neptune).
      4. Focusing on “traditional” physical sports (with the exception of Free).

      And sometimes I suppose I’m just feeling contrarian. My reluctance to try a show tends to increase in direct proportion to the number of times I’m told I should watch it, unless I had some spark of interest in it beforehand.

      Can’t say I feel like I’m missing out, no. I’ve looked back on recent seasons a couple times trying to determine if anything that could have appealed to me was missed, and haven’t ever come up with a show that screamed out to me to be given a chance. If I’m hearing very very good things from a small handful of people I trust about a series I planned to skip, I might check it out, but only within the first 3-4 weeks at most, like I did for Chaika and No Game No Life (both of which are fantastic). But there was no show like that in Summer and I can’t predict if there will be in Fall.

      And I just don’t have the time to feel like I’m missing out. Now I could probably fit in a little bit more than the 5 I finished this season. Especially with HxH ending, freeing up a slot that had been held for over three years. So I’m on the lookout to go to six, maaaaaaaybe seven for Fall, but pickings are slim. I don’t want to pick up something I’m not very interested in just because I have time to do so. Also depends on when they air, this season 3 of the 5 new shows I finish I’ve been watching during the week, leaving only two shows + the shounen block for the weekends. I’ve never been so consistently caught up on anime…

  10. AnimePhoenix says:

    Definitely these:

    – Akatsuki no Yona
    – Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
    – YowaPeda season 2
    – Donten ni Warau
    – Psycho Pass 2
    – Gugure! kokkuri-san
    – Orenchi no Furou Jijou
    – Bonjour! Koiaji Patissiere

    Will try out:
    – World Trigger
    – Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
    – Shirobako
    – Nanatsu no Taizai
    – Garo
    – Shingeki no Bahamut
    – Kisejuu

  11. hpulley says:

    While not as bad as Buddy Complex, seems like Chaika’s poor sales did truncate the second cour a bit, just 10 episodes this time like Mondaiji and Noucome, a common light novel adaptation season length now but short after getting 12 in the first cour. Without great novel or disc sales, I guess we should be happy with 10 episodes.

    And yet with good game and CD sales somehow Milky Holmes is getting a fourth season of anime, now with almost half the cast of LoveLive! singing and dancing for their concerts.

  12. something says:

    I’ve only started two shows so far, and with Nanatai looking like Netflix is screwing everyone over by taking it and holding it until it’s all done six months from now or some bulllshit, and Denki-gai getting very mixed reactions, it looks like I’ll only be trying six shows total.

    But holy shit fucking call the game right now, Sora no Method just won this season, hands down. That was one of the most powerful first episodes I’ve seen in ages. There is no chance anything else this season comes close if the rest is one iota as good as the opener. On the other hand, wow that sets a brutally high bar for the show to sustain now.

    • hpulley says:

      Don’t count AmiBuri out as show of the season yet. Episode 1 is what I’ve been waiting for from KyoAni. Best KyoAni show ever in my opinion after just one episode. If that was the whole season, I’d be happy. I’d be very happy if the rest was just like that as well.

      Same sort of goes for Sora no Method. If that was a short anime film and it ended just like that, I’d be very pleased. I’m glad we have the rest of the season to go but wow, what a first episode.

      • hpulley says:

        Oh I can’t type as always. AmaBuri, Amagi Brilliant Park. Just in case someone wonders what I meant by AmiBuri. I just hope Crunchyroll gets it though I fear it shall be on a long TBS delay.

      • something says:

        I doubt a show with a male lead can beat Sorameso for me, but who knows, if it’s half as good as Hyouka then…

        Subs came out too late to watch yesterday so I’ll check it out today. Reaction on Amazon has certainly been positive. All 7 volumes in the top 64 right now, with v1 Amazon version at #21 and even the non-Amazon version at #283 (who would buy this without the artbox…?). Early, only one ep, KyoAni shows tend to have decent starts, etc etc etc. Still, it’s nice to see the bump post-airing be stronger than the bump at initial solicit.

        I still fully intend to, like, halve Stalker’s prediction in my mind because I think the Amazon-exclusive artbox is going skew sales very Amazon-heavily. Obviously half is an exaggeration… but it’s too easy to get let down otherwise!

        (Again this is all assuming I even like the show but given the overwhelmingly positive reception I’ve seen so far, I’m sure I will.)

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