Our resident otaku gazes into the long run and chooses 4 reveals to look at that hold getting left off others’ “most anticipated” lists.
Some folks really feel a sure bittersweet emotion as they stare at a late August sundown, with regularly cooling temperatures heralding the top of summer time. Not our Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa, although. Seiji can’t anticipate the autumn season, as a result of he can’t anticipate the autumn anime season.
In preparation for the brand new crop of reveals, Seiji has been taking a look at on-line ballot outcomes for essentially the most anticipated anime debuting in fall 2021, however he can’t assist however really feel they don’t inform the entire story. The highest-rankers, i.e. those that get essentially the most votes, are the sequence with the broadest attraction. As a veteran otaku, although, what Seiji’s extra involved with are discovering sequence that hit proper within the middle of his explicit strike zone, and what he’s accomplished is put collectively his personal listing of his preemptive picks for the 4 finest anime that’ll be premiering subsequent month.
Let’s have a look into his crystal ball for what he believes are going to be the 4 finest anime of the upcoming season, in no explicit order.
1. takt op.Future
It’d be troublesome sufficient to learn even with out the invisible S, however Seiji guarantees there’ll be extra to “Takt Ops Future,” because it’s pronounced, than funky linguistics. The unique anime portion of the brand new takt op. animation/recreation combined media challenge, the official web site describes the premise as “a fragilely lovely and fateful story of women preventing with the facility of music in a music-less world.”
There aren’t a number of concrete story or character particulars but, so why is Seiji so assured this might be value watching? “As a result of the sequence creator is Oji Hiroi, who additionally created Sakura Wars and Tengai Makyo/Far East of Eden,” two of the most well-liked online game sequence within the Nineteen Nineties in Japan. There’s extra ‘90s-solidified pedigree with the involvement of animation studio Madhouse, who’s teaming up with the extremely revered MAPPA to supply the visuals, so odds are we’re in for one thing with a grand scale and lovely artwork.
2. Deep Madness THE LOST CHILD
“A near-future dystopia the place an odd illness ravages humanity” could also be a baseline premise that’s been accomplished earlier than (arguably most lately by actual life because the begin of the pandemic). It’s all within the execution, although, and as soon as once more Seiji is betting on the folks behind the challenge, anime studio Silverlink and director Shin Onuma, whose earlier credit embody the light-hearted Baka and Check. Onuma has additionally dealt with tales with some darker sides to them too, although, directing Watamote and Destiny/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, and it’ll be fascinating what he does with an particularly gritty setting.
3. Muv-Luv Different
Seiji has been a giant fan of the Muv-Luv anime and recreation franchise since manner again, and he’s joyful to see the Different arc of the sequence get the anime remedy. The source-material visible novel recreation was launched again in 2006, and given the prolonged, optionally branching storylines of the style it’s a on condition that not each attainable state of affairs will make the bounce to the anime, however Seiji’s maintaining his fingers crossed that his favourite scenes will.
4. Megaton-kyu Musashi
And eventually, we come to a different sequence that doubly ignites Seiji’s twin otaku and gamer souls, as Megaton-kyu Musashi is getting each an anime and a online game from developer Degree 5, whose resume consists of Ni no Kuni, Professor Layton, Yo-kai Watch, and Darkish Cloud. The “kyu” a part of the title means “class,” and whereas Seiji isn’t certain what the precise parameters of a megaton-class mecha are, he’s nonetheless excited to see the robotic energy up and leap into motion in what seems to be prefer it’s additionally going to be an emotionally shifting sequence.
Now, in fact, no true otaku are going to restrict themselves to watching a mere 4 reveals per season, and Seiji has a lot extra on his viewing schedule. These are those he needs to take a look at first, although, and he has a hunch he’ll be sticking with them by the entire fall season.