BlazBlue Alter Memory
10.9.2013
Action, Fantasy
Hoods Entertainment

Alright, I’m an avid player of Blaz Blue. I main Nu-13/Lambda-11. I think the style, character design, and story behind the franchise is all good stuff. So, why am I not excited about this show? There’re a number of reasons, the foremost of which is that this is a fighting game adaptation. Yes, BlazBlue has a big focus on story, and that’s evident to anyone that has played the games. However, that story is all told through static character portraits talking back and forth. The games have animated cutscenes here and there, but the story serves as pre and post battle dialogue. I’m really hoping this adaptation turns out fine, but I’ve set my expectations to the lowest to hopefully not be disappointed.

NouCome (Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru)
10.10.2013
Comedy, Romance
Diomedea

Gotta be some in-joke at this point amongst LN writers to make these titles progressively longer to the point where all front cover space will be needed for a series title, and they all have to make sure they clearly state in the title that it is a rom-com series. I think I’d only list SNAFU as a good long-named anime, but the longer the name the quicker I get bothered with the idea of the series even being a thing and in some strange way appreciate the title telling me all I need to know. After muting the trailer due to the appropriately annoying music track, I will admit that I found the female character designs by Yukiwo a bit attractive. Yukiwo’s previous work includes ecchi and even a hentai or two in her resume, so that’d explain why blondie and brunette are rather buxom girls. The multiple-choice idea maybe could churn out some funny results and force MC to make decisions, but my interest coming in to episode 1 will be very low.

White Album 2
10.10.2013
Drama, Romance
Satelight

You might be asking yourself if this is a sequel to White Album and that answer is yes… and no. Technically it is a sequel, but in itself is a brand new series with new characters. Therefore, you don’t have to have seen the previous series to watch this one. This is an idol show, but it also is about college-aged idols and will have a strong romantic element to the anime. It is based off of a game, so I wouldn’t expect too much from it. I just liked the idea that it is based in college and not high school or younger. It makes it feel more mature and I am curious to at least check out the first episode. I do hope that whichever idol the main character ends up with gets shamed for having a boyfriend and is forced out of the industry.

Galilei Donna
10.11.2013
Drama, Suspense
A-1 Pictures

This is an original work from A-1 Pictures, which has made some generally good original series (Anohana, Tsuritama, etc.) though the end results can vary based on whose opinion you ask for. This one will be directed by Yasuomi Umetsu (Mezzo Forte, Kite) and character designs by Shingo Adachi (Working!) and is about 3 female descendants of Galileo who must work together to protect the titular “Galilei Donna” from a mysterious organization. The trailer gives little to work off of plot-wise, but the visuals I’ve seen so far look splendid and I’m pretty hopeful for this anime being a good watch.

Valvrave 2
10.11.2013
Action, Scifi
Sunrise

Woot, more Valvrave! The Spring 2013 season was a great time for me with three Mecha shows running at the same time, and Sunrise’s definitely-not-Gundam show, Valvrave the Liberator, was one of them. The show was entertaining, to say the least, and rife with twists and turns that made tuning in each week to find out what happened next a must. Now after a season off, we can see where the story wraps up. This is a slight spoiler from the first season, but there were hints at some far future stuff going on, and it’ll be interesting to see if season 2 runs with that or not.

Samurai Flamenco
10.11.2013
Action, Comdey
Manglobe

This is a series about a guy who decides to become a hero even though he doesn’t have any special powers or technology to be one. This does sound kind of funny, but without any trailers that show the anime itself, I am a bit unsure about it. Manglobe use to produce some of the best anime around, but as of late they’ve barely produced anything worth mentioning. However, this is going to be on the nointaminA block and it has already been announced that it’ll be 2 seasons long. So I do feel like this show could be good and I’ll have some limited expectations for it.

Pokémon XY
10.17.2013
Fantasy, Pokémon
Oriental Light & Magic

Ash Ketchum and Pikachu and a bunch of new pokemon having battles against each other. The games are still going very strong ever since I was a teenager trading with Red & Blue and it keeps pumping out new anime series for kids to enjoy. As though I needed to write anything about this series to tell you what’s going on.