10 new anime titles to look out for this Autumn
Well, I’m a bit late on this one but since we’re finally getting some Autumn weather (and there’s only a few weeks of the season left) it’s time for another Anime Update. I’ve said it before but since it’s true, I’ll say it again: we have another great selection of new titles for you to check out, so let’s get on with it!
Making a nice change we can start with a couple of feature films. First is a new title I’m interested to see myself and second is an old one I saw many years ago that has just become available on DVD in Australia again, after a long period out of print:
“Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more.”
“Three homeless people make do the best they can on the streets of Tokyo – middle-aged alcoholic Gin, teenage runaway Miyuki and former drag queen Hana. On Christmas eve they discover an abandoned newborn baby in a trash bin, dramatically changing their odd family dynamic and giving them purpose to search the streets of Tokyo for help in returning the baby to its parents.
A touching anime tale from the acclaimed director of Perfect Blue and Paprika.”
Moving right along to a few new series I know you’ll like:
“Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her? But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?”
“Buntarou is a student who wants to be something, but doesn’t know what. One day his female classmate Sayuki announces she is working on a bishoujo (pretty girl) game. Sayuki scouted him because he wrote a good script for drama club, but Buntarou doesn’t know anything about bishoujo games.”
Beautiful Bones (aka Sakurako’s Investigation)
“Sakurako Kujo has a rather unique obsession much to reluctant assistant, Shotaro Tatewaki’s chagrin. Solely focused in the pursuit of studying bones Sakurako does not have the time or tolerance for dealing with much else. But as luck would have it Shotaro is a magnet for the dead and so long as he keeps unearthing these remains the more mysteries are solved.”
“Male model Masayoshi Hazama decides to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero, despite having no superpowers or the technology to create a high-powered suit. He becomes the hero Samurai Flamenco and begins to fight crime in the name of justice. Police officer Hidenori Goto finds out about Samurai Flamenco and his real identity by a twist of fate, which leads to him getting sucked into the crazy world of vigilante justice. These two young men will come face to face with the hardships of being crime-fighters while discovering what it truly means to be a hero of justice”
Here’s an interesting new series in the ever expanding Gundam universe:
“Universal Century 0068, Side 3 – The Autonomous Republic of Munzo. Zeon Zum Deikun attempts to declare the complete independence of Munzo from the Earth Federation Government, while he preaches the evolutionary potential of humans who have advanced into outer space. Deikun however suddenly falls to his death in the middle of his speech at parliament… ”
We also have a sequel series to the creepy, bloody, suspense-horror that was When they cry (Higurashi no naku koro ni) …
“Is the nightmare finally over… or is a new phase about to begin?
Having finally escaped the brutal cycle of madness and murder that transformed the town of Hinamizawa into a hell on Earth, Keiichi, Rika and their friends are looking forward to simply being teenagers and living a normal life. But as strange things keep happening, it soon becomes apparent that fate hasn’t finished toying with them yet. Especially when the incidents escalate dramatically, transitioning from relatively benign and even humorous…to lethal.”
And to finish off, we have a couple of new volumes to add to some existing title series:
But wait, there’s more! This segment has gotten away from me the last few posts, so in case you were wondering, here’s:
What I’m watching …
Youjo Senki (aka “The Saga of Tanya the Evil”)
This will definitely not be a series to everyone’s tastes – I’m not even sure how I feel about it myself – but it has piqued my curiosity and now I have to see how it plays out. It is a very strange and unusual combination of genres and themes and the main character’s motivations and means appear thoroughly cold and ruthless. Imagine weaponised quidditch and magic on an alternate WWI era battlefront as the backdrop to a mortal battle of individual rationalism and self-determined fate verses belief, faith and the true existence of a Being X, or God, and you have some idea of what’s in store if you give it a go.
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