As mentioned in the newspost, reviews will be starting a couple weeks late as I settle into my new home, but I do have just enough time from stressing out to compose a preview of our schedule here on DDA.
And unlike last season, there is no shortage of contenders for our attention. That’s good! I’m really itching to get back in the game after my long mandatory vacation.
The following will definitely be appearing on the blog.
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Set in Western Europe during times of war, Eleanor “Ellen” Vertalia, one of the Vanadis of Zhcted, leads the battle into Brune. There are, in fact, seven Vanadis, named for having each received a powerful weapon from the dragon to individually reign over seven territories. The power of the Vanadis invokes dread and fear from their enemies. An earl in the service of the country of Brune, a young archer by the name of Tigre, experienced the Vandis’s power firsthand after being defeated on the battlefield by Ellen. However, Ellen chose to spare his life after witnessing his skills, but in exchange, he is asked to serve her.
So…you took Game of Thrones, and made a harem anime out of it?
You bet your fucking ass we’re taking this on. Bring it on, shitcan. I’m ready!
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
Trigger’s new series follows the antics of the Literature club, who a year ago found themselves afflicted with supernatural powers. Initially excited to be dragged into a world of magic and intrigue, all were disappointed to find life kept going on. They still hold out hope, however, that their days of glory are yet to come!
The concept here alone is enough to draw me in. There’s just something inherently silly in the premise. I mean, if you woke up with super powers, wouldn’t you be expecting to be the next Spiderman? It’s so anti-climactic it’s farcical. And I did enjoy our time with KILL la KILL, so, you win my attention, Trigger. High hopes for this one.
Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu
Mitsuka Souji is a first year high school student who greatly loves the “twintails” hairstyle. One day a beautiful girl, Thuearle, who comes from another world suddenly appeared in front of him and gave him the power to transform into the twintails warrior TailRed. Now Souji, with the help of his childhood friend Tsube Aika who can becomes the twintails warrior TailBlue, must fight in order to protect the peace on earth.
Yep, more comedy. Odd, innit? Guess I’m in those moods. But I’m actually hoping (praying) that I can approach this in a manner similar to Sakura Trick. Because while comedy, the gender-swapping super hero idea has lots of wiggle room for social commentary. IMS’s last show, Inari, Konkon, Koi, Iroha, was a reasonable little comedy, nothing groundbreaking but not bad. Maybe they’ll find their footing here. Extra curiosity points to see HOW they handle their concept. It could also be REALLY offensive, let’s keep an open mind here, but here’s another where I’ll be optimistic as long as possible.
Studio: Production IMS
Wild Card Series
Your hostess DoubleD cannot confirm or deny the presence of any of the following series. Depending on how premiere night goes, we may adopt one, two, or none of the following.
They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade–and take control of–a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret–except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?
This is the most likely candidate to show up, as of now. We just need something dark and heavy to balance out the season, for one. For two, that’s a damn good premise and could be very enthralling. Of course, the issue with horror, as with mystery, is that it can be done well, or piss awful, there is no in-between, not really.
Akatsuki no Yona
Since Yona is the only princess of a grand kingdom, she has been raised with great care by her doting father and protected by her childhood friend/guard Hak and others. However, her fate changes on her 16th birthday, when her beloved cousin Soo-won murders her father to claim the throne. She flees the castle to Hak’s hometown and begins her new life.
This may also fill our itch for a drama component to the season, but my big fear is the inevitable feeling of bland on the horizon.
Studio: Studio Pierrot
A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth’s only defense is a mysterious group of warriors who have co-opted the alien technology in order to fight back!
Sometimes you just want a good old fashioned beat-em-up. Not to mention I’m getting a very Phantasy Star vibe here, which is always a bonus in my book xD
Studio: Toei Animation
Other things to watch: Magic Kaito 1412, Kaitou Joker, Garo, Nanatsu no Taizai, and Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo. None of these are extremely high hopes for me, but just maybe.
Finally, if NONE of these wild cards pan out…I am keeping the option open to myself to fudge my rule regarding second seasons since Log Horizon HAS made an appearance on the blog. Technically. Again, this is only as a last resort, if I just can’t find it in my heart to cover any of this other material. I do need something heavier to balance out the season, after all.