FALL/WINTER 2015 MEGAGUIDE: Anime You Should Watch
Fall is in full swing, even though there were a few moments that this Deadly Diva thought Winter was going to bully her bitter ass in early. So as the nights get longer, I have just what you need to make it through. New anime—fifty-four brand spanking new soul consuming anime. We have a few more weeks of the Fall/Winter anime season, so there is just the time to find a new binge-worthy series. Now let’s take a look and see what there is to see…and let us know what you’re watching.
This Deadly Diva is intrigued by quite a few of these. Pay attention & you’ll know which ones.
ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR
Diabolik Lovers More, Blood
What It’s About: This is the second season of a short-form anime based on the visual novel of the same name that follows a young woman and the beautiful vampire men who are too willing to let her drain them of their life’s blood.
What It’s About: Have you ever danced with a demon in the pale moonlight? Probably not. But that may be in Ritsuka Tachibana’s future since some of her classmates are attractive demons trying to gain her affection.
What It’s About in One Sentence: When a prestigious all-girls high school finds that more and more of its graduates are having problems coping in the world after graduation, they kidnap a boy and enroll him in the hope that his presence will ease the girls into a world with men around.
SWEET, SWEET FANTASY & SCI-FI BABY
Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama (Apprentice of the Gods: Secretive Cocotama)
What It’s About in One Sentence: A Cocotama (tiny god) was born from the colored pencil Kokoro Yotsuba cherished the most, leading her to befriend a group of cute fledgling gods who want to be of use to humans. This sounds super cute, but unfortunately, this Deadly Diva does not have a Western simulcast link.
Lance N’ Masques
What It’s About: Yōtarō Hanabusa, a member of “Knights of the World”, finds a six-year-old girl living all alone and decides to take care of her.
What It’s About: This is the second season Noragami focuses on Bishamonten, god of combat.
What It’s About: In a modern Japan where reality and history overlap, seven super-powered kings exist with their faithful followers. This is the second season of the anime about the boy caught up in their power struggles.
What It’s About: After an unprecedented disaster strikes Earth, a new element is discovered that leads to the rise of super-powered humans.
What It’s About: In a magical knight high school, the worst and best student duel where the stakes are a lifetime of servitude to the winner.
What It’s About: This is the fourth season of the Monogatari series following a high school boy who helps people dealing with supernatural curses and creatures.
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Faces)
What It’s About: An amnesiac finds himself standing in a snowy plain being attacked by an insect-like creature. Luckily, a girl with animal ears saves him.
What It’s About: A crystal collector meets a mysterious girl in the ruins of an underground mine and their meeting is the beginning of a new adventure.
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (Anti-Magic Academy 35th Test Platoon)
What It’s About: At the Anti-Magic Academy, a sword fighter and demoted pistol master must combine their forces to prove their worth in a world where witches have run amok and wreak havoc.
What It’s About: This is the second season of an anime about Basara , a boy who finds himself to be the master of a demon lord and a succubus. Did I forget to mention the demon lord and the succubus are his stepsisters?
What It’s About: This is the second season of an anime where humans wielding demonic weapons battle vampires in the ruins of a world decimated by a virus.
What It’s About: A wise woman, a cat or maybe a bat once said that a kiss can be deadly if you mean it. However, something tells this Diva they didn’t intend for someone to turn into a sword after being kissed.
What It’s About: Imagine you’re playing your favorite mobile phone game and the monsters within find a way out. Now imagine a Western simulcast because there isn’t one.
What It’s About: How does a banished Dancerian get his groove back? By gathering dance stones that have been scattered across Earth.
LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.
Lupin III: L’avventura Italiana
What It’s About: Any anime fan worth her salt knows of the world’s greatest thief, Arsene Lupin III, grandson of the master thief Arsene Lupin. Well now he and his friends have returned return to take Italy by storm…and without a Western simulcast.
What It’s About: What if every fabled superhuman existed in the same time and place? In another Japan, it’s not a matter “if”. In this world, some choose to keep their identities a secret, while others revel in their fame.
What It’s About: This superhero has a problem – he is so strong he can defeat anyone with just one punch.
What It’s About in One Sentence: This new chapter in the GAROfranchise follows our hero in Japan during the Heian Period.
World Trigger: Toubousha Hen (World Trigger Second Season)
What It’s About: In the second season this this anime, a team of warriors with alien tech continue to battle inter-dimensional creatures who broke through to our world. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simulcast.
DON’T BE SUCH A DRAMA KING
What It’s About: This prequel to Black Jack follows the genius Hazama Kurō in his early years as a medical student.
THIS IDOL HAS A SONG TO SING
Miss Monochrome The Animation 3
What It’s About: Normally this Deadly Diva is better than a simple copy/paste, but… The third season of this anime continues to follow Miss Monochrome—a virtual girl with a pet Roomba—as she strives to become a top idol.
What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime tells the story of five students, Yuta Hoshitani, Toru Nayuki, Kaito Tsukigami, Kakeru Tengenji, and Shu Kuga, as they struggle to enter the music department of the prestigious Ayanagi Academy.
COMEDY & COMEDY ADJACENT
Hacka Doll The Animation
What It’s About in One Sentence: This short-form anime, based on the “Hacka Doll” app, showcases the customization engine personified as three “Hacka Dolls” — the personal entertainment AI and main navigator Hacka Doll #1, the anime expert Hacka Doll #2, and the knowledgeable otaku Hacka Doll #3.
Itoshi no Muco (Lovely Muuuuuuuco!)
What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the third season of the anime depicting the life of the pet dog Muco and his owner, a glassmaker named Komatsu, who lives in workshop in the mountains.
What It’s About: Did anyone ask for a middle school comedy based in the Shingeki no Kyojin universe? I didn’t think so, but we have it.
What It’s About in One Sentence: The everyday lives of classic characters from Tezuka Production and Tatsunoko Production, like Astro Boy, Yatterman, Black Jack, and Casshern Sin, are the focus of this short-form anime.
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan (Hakone)
What It’s About in One Sentence: This series is about the hot spring spirit Hakone who descended to a spa resort on Earth, but because of a long slumber, she looks like a little girl.
Ameiro Cocoa: Rainy Color e Youkoso
What It’s About in One Sentence: Life at the Rainy Color café is anything but boring with its endless stream of pretty boy regulars. What this Deadly Diva doesn’t have is a stream for this series.
What It’s About: Imagine not being able to turn down any request. That is the life of Komori Shuri. However, not being able to say no has given her special abilities.
What It’s About in One Sentence: A young bug goes to “biting school” so he can inherit the family “biting shop” in the fourth season of this short –form anime.
What It’s About: This is a short-form anime about a trio of high school girls who share a love of cooking.
What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the sixth season of a short-form anime about the crazy lives of girls in a high school tennis club.
What It’s About: The Matsuno brothers are back for their third season in all their identical sextuplet glory.
Yuru Yuri San Hai! (Yuru Yuri Season 3)
What It’s About: Cute girls doing cute things in their Amusement Club is the focus of this anime…Three seasons of cute.
What It’s About: What do you do when you are the worst student at your mercenary school? Obviously, you team up with your idol—the school’s best student.
What It’s About: The classic post-apocalyptic anime Fist of the North Star has been reimagined as a comedy set in a peaceful 21st century.
What It’s About: In this short-form anime we follow Somera Nonomoto, user of the strongest kenpo.
What It’s About: The second season of this anime follows the life and experiences of a girl who makes daily visits a particular café.
Ketsuekigata-kun! Season 3
What It’s About in One Sentence: Faceless people represent the stereotypical personality traits if each blod type in the third season this short form anime. Too bad the blood type profiles do not include a Western simulcast.
HMMM… THERE ARE MYSTERIES AFOOT
What It’s About: Mysterious monsters start to appear and it’s up Sōsuke Banba to find out what’s going on.
What It’s About: The third season of an anime about a young man who plays the fool, but is actually a genius detective.
What It’s About: Sixth-grader Aya Tachibana frets over friends, family, grades, and more. One day, she joins the “Tantei Team KZ” and gets involved in solving modern-day mysteries by pooling their talents to solve these cases.
What It’s About: Shōtarō Tatewaki is a high school student with a beautiful girlfriend in her twenties, Sakurako Kujō. Together, they seem to find themselves in quite a few incidents involving bones.
What It’s About: While on vacation, a member of a research team and the daughter of his mentor stumble upon a corpse. Little do they know that this discovery will set them on the trail of a serial killer.
SO…THIS IS THE MECHA SECTION
What It’s About: Here’s the story of a mecha pilot in training and her friend, an apprentice mechanic.
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor EXODUS 2 (Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor EXODUS 2)
What It’s About: Borrowing elements of Norse mythology, this is the third season of an anime about a group of children who pilot (what else) giant robots against giant invading aliens.
What It’s About: What mecha section is complete without Gundam? In this iteration, child soldiers are tasked with protecting a Martian princess who is determined to liberate her nation from Earth.
WHERE WE ROLL INTO HORROR UNHEEDED
What It’s About: These days, we are monitored nearly 24/7. Using a technique called rotoscoping, this short form series examines the darker side of the digital age. Unfortunately, there is no Western simulcast.
ARE YOU UP FOR A GAME?
Haikyuu!! Second Season
What It’s About: This is the second season of the popular anime about a boys’ volleyball team.
What It’s About: This is the seventh season of the Cardfight!! anime. It is also a direct sequel to the last season.
What It’s About: Five girls trying to become idol exercise with you in this short-form anime.
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