Welcome to the Fall edition the Anime Audiolog Audio Season Preview! The Fall season is just about to start, and we're giving you the valuable information you need to get right into the season. We're trying something new out this year, and we've even brought in a special guest. The Fall season has a the most we've seen in a long time, so don't miss out. Check out our preview below!
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All descriptions are sourced from a combination of Anime News Network, Wikipedia, Baka Updates, and My Anime List. You can find the season preview charts we use at:SHOW INDEXAOKI HAGANE NO ARPEGGIO - ARPEGGIO OF BLUE STEEL
Description: Suddenly, a fleet of ships with mysterious super weapons called the "Fleet of Fog" appeared all around the world. Humanity didn't have the technology to fight such a fleet, so they were driven out of the sea. Seventeen years after the battle, Gunzou Chihaya and his crew mates aboard the I-401 and the personification (Mental Model) of the I-401, Iona, started fighting the Fleet of Fog.
Studio: SANZIGEN Animation Studio
Director: Seiji Kishi (Carnival Phantasm)
Notable Seiyuu: Manami Numakura of Aikatsu, Idolm@ster. Yukana of Infinite Stratos, Futari wa Pretty Cure
Things to Note: Adaptation of a multi-volume manga, director has very little series experience
Preview Video:KIKOU SHOUJO WA KIZUTSUKANAI - UNBREAKABLE MACHINE DOLL
Description: During the early 20th century, along with technological advancements, scientists were able to develop sophisticated magic. The combination of science and sorcery was Makinot, circuits made from spells that were put into objects to bring them to life and even gain a personality. It was developed as a military weapon and has now spread throughout the world. Akabane Raishin is now attending the Royal Academy to become the best in the world. Accompanied by the lovely teenage girl Yaya, who is actually Raishin's puppet weapon, he plans on rocketing to the top of the class. However, his test scores come nearly dead last although his combat skills and determination are second to none. Raishin has to compete with the deadliest of classmates if he wants to come out as the King.
Studio: Lerche, with Genco and Media Factory
Director: Kinji Yoshimoto
Notable Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono (Keima) from TWGOK, Ai Kayano (Mikono) from Aquarion EVOL
Things to Note: Light novel series written by Reiji Kaitou. The illustrations are done by Ruroo. Currently, the series has 12 volumes, and a manga adaptation. Another director with some, but not a lot, of experience.
Description: Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.
Studio: Toei Animation
Director: Rie Matsumoto
Notable Seiyuu: Chiwa Saito, Rie Kugimiya
Things to Note: previously an OVA an web series, now getting a full series
Preview Video:GOLDEN TIME
Description: Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. Due to the after-effects of an accidental fall from a bridge shortly after high school graduation, he lost all his memories from before then. Now a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony.
Studio: J.C. Staff, Genco, Starchild Records
Director: Chiaki Kon
Notable Seiyuu: Satomi Satou (Eru Chitanda of Hyouka), Ai Kayano (as Saori Takebe from Girls und Panzer)
Things to Note: A light novel adaptation, 6 volumes, 3 spin-offs, and has a manga. Chiaki Kon is known for her interesting directing style
Preview Video:INFINITE STRATOS - SEASON 2
Description: A continuation of the first season, Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is Ichika Orimura, an orphan raised by his older sister, who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with Infinite Stratos is discovered after he accidentally touches one at the age of 15, he is given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which means an interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi
Notable Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Marina Inoue, Yukana
Things to Note: Changed the character designer to Tsubasa Shimizu
Preview Video:LOG HORIZON
Description: Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, "Cultivate the Noosphere," is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn't very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called "Log Horizon" with an eclectic group of other players.
Director: Shinji Ishihira
Notable Seiyuu: Takuma Terashima and Emiri Kato (both from Baka Test), Tomoaki Maeno
Things to Note: Similarities to Sword Art Online; 6 volume light novel series with manga adaptation
Preview Video:SAMURAI FLAMENCO
Description: The anime's taglines read, "To those 'adults' who don't want to become adults " and "Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil.'
Studio: Aniplex (on Noitamina)
Director: Takahiro Omori
Notable Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Haruka Tomatsu
Things to Note: Show has been kept under wraps for the most part, not a whole lot is known at this time.
Preview Video:STRIKE THE BLOOD
Description: The fourth primogenitor - is the strongest vampire who exists only in the world of legends; yet when this masters the 12 kenju, the spread of the catastrophe of the vampires will appear in Japan. In order to spy on and erase this, "fourth primogenitor,"the government owned Lion organization have decided to send an attacking magician, "sword shaman" to complete the task. Yet unknowingly, the one who was selected to spy was actually a trainee "sword shaman" girl - Himeragi Yukina
Studio: Silver Link
Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
Notable Seiyuu: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Risa Taneda, Asami Seto, Rina Hidaka,
Things to Note: 6 volume light novel, also has a manga adapatation
Preview Video:WALKURE ROMANZE
Description: The story centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a begleiter (knight's assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to this academy to train as a knight, after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament's finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a begleiter to one of the academy's maiden knights and help her win.
Director: Yuusuke Yamamoto
Notable Seiyuu: Didn't bother to check
Things to Note: It's an eroge adaptation, so take it for what it is (i.e. it has no redeeming qualities). Director is only good thing about this show.
Description: Many years after a great tragedy killed 90% of the people in Japan, three girls arrive in the ruins of Tokyo. In the devastated capital, their unusually clean clothes set them apart. But that's not the only strange thing about them - they also each wield supernatural powers. They call themselves "Coppelion," and are on a mission to save the people of Tokyo.
Director: Hiromitsu Kanazawa, Susumu Kudo
Notable Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Haruka Tomatsu, Satomi Akesaka
Things to Note: Long running manga, show held back after earthquake and Fukashima events
Preview Video:ACE OF DIAMOND
Description: Ace of Diamon, or Diamonds Ace, is a shonen story about about a boy that leaves his rural high school to pursue his baseball dreams. Based on an award winning manga.
Studio: Production I.G and Madhouse Studios
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Polar Bear Cafe)
Notable Seiyuu: Ryota Ohsaka, from shows such as Valvrave, where he plays the male lead Haruto, Staz from Blood Lad, and Sugane from Gatchaman.
Things to Note: It has been serialized by Weekly Sh nen Magazine since 2006. In 2008, Ace of Diamond received the Shogakukan Manga Awards for the sh nen category. In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best sh nen manga. The manga has 37 volumes, and is still on going.
Preview Video:YOWAMUSHI PEDAL
Description: Sakamichi Onada is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.
Studio: TMS Entertainment, Toho Company
Director: Osamu Nabeshima
Notable Seiyuu: Kousuke Toriumi (Andy from Aquarion EVOL, Kiyotaka from Dangan Ronpa, Giuliano in Majestic Prince)
Things to Note:
Preview Video:TOKYO RAVENS
DESCRIPTION: In the "Great Disaster," Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji (a kind of magician). Harutora Tsuchimikado was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power whatsoever. His estranged sister appears to him one day to take him up the promise he made long ago to become her shikigami (familiar). A battle between onmyouji is about to begin.
DIRECTOR: Kanasaki Takaomi
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Hanazawa Kana, Toyosaki Aki, Kitamura Eri
THINGS TO NOTE: The main character screams Hanazawa Kana, which is a good thing.
PREVIEW VIDEO:KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE 2
DESCRIPTION: Second season of Valvrave
DIRECTOR: Matsuo Kou
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Tomatoes
THINGS TO NOTE:
PREVIEW VIDEO:SEKAI DE ICHIBAN TSUYOKU NARITAI
DESCRIPTION: Hagiwara Sakura and Miyazawa Elena are the leading members of a popular idol group Sweet. One day, Elena is injured by the attack of a female pro-wrestler Kazama Ruo during the recording of a TV program. Sakura gets mad at Ruo and gives her a dropkick.
DIRECTOR: Kujo Rion
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Asumi Kana, Takahashi Chiaki, Kitamura Eri, Tomatsu Haruka, Kanemoto Hisako, Hanazawa Kana, Satou Rina
THINGS TO NOTE: Looks like a dicey show, but has a packed voice actor cast
PREVIEW VIDEO:FREEZING VIBRATION
DESCRIPTION: Second season of Freezing
DIRECTOR: Watanabe Takashi
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Hanazawa Kana, Mamiko Noto
THINGS TO NOTE: NTR arc not animated, starts at chapter 39.
PREVIEW VIDEO:SUPER SEISYUN BROTHERS
DESCRIPTION: The story involves two pairs of teenage elder sister and younger brother, Shinmoto's who are a bit of narcissist and Saitou's who look a bit mysterious, and their everyday life in school and at home.
STUDIO: AIC Plus+
DIRECTOR: Takata Masahiro
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Kayano Ai
THINGS TO NOTE:
PREVIEW VIDEO:NON NON BIYORI
DESCRIPTION: Elementary school student Hotaru Ichijou has moved with her parents from Tokyo to the middle of the country. Now she must adapt to her new school, where there are a total of 5 students in the same class who range through elementary and middle school ages. Join their everyday adventures in the countryside.
STUDIO: Silver Link
DIRECTOR: Kawamo Shinya
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Asumi Kana
THINGS TO NOTE:
PREVIEW VIDEO:KYOUKAI NO KANATA
DESCRIPTION: The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.
STUDIO: Kyoto Animation
DIRECTOR: Taichi Ishidate
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Akeno Watanabe (To Love Ru's Rito, Anju Kuroki in Majestic Prince), Ayako Kawasumi (Saber in Fate/Zero, Kanako Ohno in Genshiken)
THINGS TO NOTE: Japanese light novel series by Nagomu Torii, with illustrations provided by Chise Kamoi. The work won an honorable mention in the Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2011.
PREVIEW VIDEO:KILL LA KILL
DESCRIPTION: The story is set on a high school that the student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin rules by force. Wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, the wandering transfer student Ryuuko Matoi brings about upheaval on the campus. Ryuuko searches for the mysterious figure who caused her father's death, but confronting her are the student council's "four divine kings." Fortunately, Ryuuko is aided by a talking sailor uniform who tells her, "Wear me. When I am worn by you, this power will become manifest."
STUDIO: Trigger, Aniplex
DIRECTOR: Hiroyuki Imaishi (TTGL Movie, FLCL, Redline)
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Ryouka Yuzuki(To Love Ru, Naruto), Ami Koshimizu(Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Strike Witches)
THINGS TO NOTE: Trigger's first full length series.
PREVIEW VIDEO:GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS
DESCRIPTION: The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the "Second GunPla Boom." Sei Iori, a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji, who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships.
DIRECTOR: Kenji Nagasaki
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Mikako Komatsu(Bodacious Space Pirates, Heroman, Nisekoi)
THINGS TO NOTE: Cross-universe and cross-time battles between models
DESCRIPTION: The story revolves around a group of 5 glasses-wearing high school boys and their relationship.
STUDIO: Studio DEEN
DIRECTOR: Soubi Yamamoto
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Ryouhei Kimura, Junichi Suwabe, Kenji Akabane
THINGS TO NOTE: Pretty Boys + Megane what else is there to say. You should know already at this point whether or not you are gonna watch this show.
PREVIEW VIDEO:MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC
DESCRIPTION:The sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Judging from the previews and promotional art the anime will be covering the current arc in the manga taking place in the Magic Kingdom of Magnostadt
DIRECTOR: Koji Masunari
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Ishihara Kaori, Tomatsu Haruka, Kaji Yuki, Ono Daisuke
THINGS TO NOTE:
PREVIEW VIDEO:NAGI NO ASUKARA
DESCRIPTION: Tsumugu Kihara, a land dweller, makes friends with four girls who live in a underwater city.
STUDIO: P.A. Works
DIRECTOR: Toshiya Shinohara
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Natsuki Hanae, Hanazawa Kana
THINGS TO NOTE: Mari Okada (Blast of Tempest, Sakurasou, AKB0048) is the writer for this show. Buriki (Haganai, Denpa Onna) is the character designer.
PREVIEW VIDEO:GALLELI DONNA
DESCRIPTION: Three sisters, the descendants of Galileo, are on the run after a bounty is placed on them by a mysterious organization.
STUDIO: A-1 Pictures
DIRECTOR: Yasuomi Umetsu
NOTABLE SEIYUU: Rina Hidaka (Inu Boku SS)
THINGS TO NOTE: Original work.