0 Items | £0.00


Favourite Anime Of Autumn 2015

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Jordan and I have been checking out all of the new series that are being simulcast this season and have tried our very best to narrow down our favourites.

Make sure you tell us yours in the comments.

So, here they are, our favourite anime series of the Autumn 2015 season:

One Punch Man

One Punch Man originated as a Japanese web comic created by a manga artist going by the name of ONE. The series managed to go viral by 2012, and spawned a digital manga remake, utilising the text from the web comic alongside illustrations by Yusuke Murata. March 2015 saw the announcement of an anime adaptation of the OPM manga, which began airing last month as part of the Fall Season. The anime adaptation is produced by Madhouse, the studio behind such popular works as Parasyte –the maxim- and Black Lagoon, and is directed by Shingo Natsume who previously directed Space Dandy alongside the legendary Shinichiro Watanabe. OPM focuses on a fictional metropolis known as City Z, in a world plagued with monsters. The protagonist is Saitama, a hero that can easily defeat opponents with one punch. This ability has caused him to become bored of his powers, causing him to seek out stronger opponents.

The series is ridiculously funny, packed with incredible characters and some of the most epic battles ever!

KAZÉ have already licensed this title for UK release.

One Punch Man is currently streaming over at DAISUKE, and at Animax UK.

Haikyu!! 2

Haikyu!! 2 is the sequel series to 2014’s Haikyu, both produced by Production I.G., of Ghost in the Shell fame. The anime is adapted from the popular ongoing manga series of the same name, that runs in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Haikyu is absolutely incredible, even if you have no interest in volleyball, the series manages to hook you with its wonderful characters and hilarious comedy. This is not one to miss!

Both seasons of Haikyuu!! have been licensed by Animatsu for UK release. 2016 will see the release of the first season, spread over two parts, on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Haikyuu!! 2 is currently streaming over at Crunchyroll.

Chivalry of the Failed Knight

Failed Knight
Chivalry of the Failed Knight is an action, fantasy, romance anime produced by Studio Silver Link. Being animated by Silver Link, the series is stunning visually. Shin Oonuma, who you may know as co-director of Negima!? directs the series.

Every year we seem to get at least a couple of new series that follow the same formula – some type of magical school with battles between students, often a red-haired girl as one of the main characters. One notable example of this is Summer 2014’s Bladedance of Elementalers, (which was recently announced to be receiving a UK release from Animatsu Entertainment.) Chivalry of the Failed Knight is definitely one of the better examples of this formula, being thoroughly enjoyable to watch. The cast bounce each other well and so far the character development and action scenes really make it stand out.

Chivalry of the Failed Knight is currently streaming over at Viewster.

Noragami Aragoto

Noragami Aragoto
Noragami Aragoto is the second season of the Noragami anime produced by Studio Bones and based on the on-going manga of the same name. Studio Bones have produced some great titles over the years, such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Soul Eater and more recently Chaika – The Coffin Princess, and the first season of Noragami.

The title translates as “Stray God” and refers to main character, and god of war, Yato. It is, like the first season, directed by Kotaro Tamura, who worked alongside Mamoru Hosoda as Assistant Director for Wolf Children. The second season has a primary focus on Bishamon, god of combat. She has a large number of shinki compared to other gods, and a strong hatred towards Yato caused by their past. Episodes focus on the interactions between the two groups and remarkably it is even better than the first season.

The first season of Noragami is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from Manga UK.

Noragami Aragoto is currently streaming over at Animax UK.

Osomatsu-san / Mr. Osomatsu

Mr. Osomatsu is the latest outing from Studio Pierrot, the studio behind the long-running Naruto anime. It is a sequel to the 1966, or 1988, anime series titled Osomatsu-kun. This is the first adaptation to see any form of release outside of Japan, despite its popularity. Based on a gag manga, the anime adaptations focus on sextuplets; this new series focuses on the siblings as adults. Although it is intended to show how their lives have changed, while living in the same household, since they were grade-schoolers in the Shouwa period, prior experience of the series is unnecessary to enjoy the zany comedy throughout this new series.

You know the series is in good hands as the director, Yoichi Fujita, was also the director of Gintama. It’s packed with references to other popular Japanese series, so much so that episode 1 ended up being removed. Episode 1 is being replaced with an all-new episode for the Japanese home video release, and it is no longer available on streaming services, so you’ll have to jump in at episode 2 if you have yet to try the series. The series is so popular that a second cour, has already been announced and will begin airing this January.

Mr. Osomatsu is currently streaming over at Crunchyroll.

These are just our opinions, make sure you tell us yours!
Let us know in the comments, on Facebook and Twiiter which of the Autumn shows are your favourites.

About The Authors:
Fray lives in Japan and is a Marketing Assistant at Manga UK and Animatsu Entertainment. He is also the editor of the Manga UK blog. For more of his adventures in Japan, follow him on Twitter @FMBurst.

Jordan is a University student and anime enthusiast. He has been writing about anime, video games and all-things Japan for the last year over at Japan Curiosity.
Follow him on Twitter @Jaysgba.


Akira (the Collector\'s Edition) Triple Play Edition (incl. Blu-ray, Dvd, Digital Copy)

was £29.99
Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again. 
AKIRA The Collector’s Edition features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001

Pioneer/Animaze English dub!



Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira then and now

Helen McCarthy examines Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark Akira, then and now
1988 in Japan: Yamaha Motors won the J-League but Nissan won the Cup. Western pop divas Bananarama, Kylie and Tiffany were on TV. Japanese real estate values climbed so high that the Imperial Palace garden was worth more than the State of California, and Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward had a higher market value than Canada. The Government signed the FIRST Basel Accord, triggering a crash that wiped out half Japan’s stock market. Katsuhiro Omoto’s movie Akira premiered on 16th July.

Akira's Ancestors

Andrew Osmond on the unexpected forerunners of Neo-Tokyo
In Akira’s opening moments, a sphere of white light appears from nowhere in the centre of Tokyo, and swells to obliterate the city. Many Western critics saw the image as a symbol of the Bomb, like the earlier Japanese pop-culture icon, Godzilla. But the designer apocalypse could be taken as Akira’s own mission statement – to be a new kind of entertainment, blowing away its peers and reshaping the cinema landscape.

The Impact of Akira

Andrew Osmond reviews the reviews from 20 years ago.
On its explosive arrival in the West, Akira crossed the Pacific to catch the generation that grew up on the films of Spielberg and Lucas; it was also the generation that read adult superhero strips such as Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Akira, though, offered the shock-and-awe widescreen violence akin to that of enfant terrible live-action director, Paul Verhoeven. For example, both Akira and Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987) have a gory money-shot scene in their early minutes, in which a luckless bit-part player is graphically torn apart by a hail of bullets. Unsurprisingly, such imagery excited reviewers.

Akira 25th Anniversary Screenings

Your chance to see it in the cinema in the UK
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E. Katsuhiro Otomo’s debut animated feature AKIRA had its Japanese premiere on 16th July 1988. We are very proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of what is undoubtedly, one of the most celebrated animated movies of all time. Voted by Empire readers as one of the top 100 best films ever and cited by everyone from James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Daft Punk and Kanye West as a massive influence on their work, AKIRA kick-started the anime business all over the world, opening the doors for everything from Pokémon to Princess Mononoke.

The Art of Akira

Joe Peacock tracks down the original images from the anime classic
Watching Akira for the first time provokes a universal reaction of awe. And justifiably so: there’s often an overwhelming sense among audiences that this animated film is unlike any other they’ve ever seen. Casual viewers won’t be able to put their finger on it; they just know that Akira is visually striking. Art and illustration aficionados appreciate the intricacy of individual scenes, sometimes pausing the film to appreciate the detail in a particular frame.

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira then and now

Helen McCarthy examines Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark Akira, then and now
1988 in Japan: Yamaha Motors won the J-League but Nissan won the Cup. Western pop divas Bananarama, Kylie and Tiffany were on TV. Japanese real estate values climbed so high that the Imperial Palace garden was worth more than the State of California, and Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward had a higher market value than Canada. The Government signed the FIRST Basel Accord, triggering a crash that wiped out half Japan’s stock market. Katsuhiro Omoto’s movie Akira premiered on 16th July.


Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super, the first all-new Dragon Ball series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection, Dragon Ball Super will debut in July 2015 in Japan.
With plethora of live-action anime adaptations that are already out or in the works such as Parasyte, Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, it’s no surprise that studios are clamouring to get their hands on the next big live-action hit.
Some brilliant souls in South Korea are recreating Devil Fruits from One Piece in delicious looking, mouth-watering, cake form.

By the Will of Genghis Khan

“Not long ago, Genghis Khan evoked only unpleasant memories..." Er...
Andrei Borisov’s epic film By the Will of Genghis Khan presents the historical figure Temujin not as the terrifying bogeyman of European lore, but as he is remembered across much of the East, as a just ruler, a lawgiver, and a man of honour.
With Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Season 5 out now, we thought it was the perfect time to share with you our favourite duels from these five seasons.
Christmas is coming soon and our friends at Urban Species have the perfect gifts for any anime fan!
Contact Us   |   Refund Policy   |   Delivery Times   |   Privacy statement   |   Terms & Conditions
Please note your card statement will show billing by MVM. Favourite Anime Of Autumn 2015 from the UK's best Anime Blog.