Favourite Anime Of Autumn 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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