8 New Anime Titles to Spring on this Season

This anime season we have a nice blend of newer and older titles: some features; some series; and some donations – one of which is of an extended series that has now actually become out of print in Australia. Sweet!

Let’s start with the feature film releases:

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Mirai

“When four-year-old Kun’s new baby sister, named Mirai (meaning ‘future’), quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family, his world is turned upside down. As his mother returns to work, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai, until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters guests from the past and future, including his sister Mirai as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time, uncovering their family’s incredible story.”

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Fireworks

“One day during summer vacation, a group of boys try to view a fireworks display from the town light-house to see if they look round or flat when viewed from the side. Meanwhile, one of the boys, Norimichi, receives an invitation from his crush Nazuna to run away with her.”

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Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Take On Me!

“During their third year of high school, Yuuta and Rikka might be forced to separate as Rikka’s family is moving to Italy for her sister’s job. The club suggests they runaway and elope, setting the stage for this exciting drama.”

The second feature length followup to the Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! series’ – yes, that’s series plural. It started with the original series Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! – which got it’s own follow up movie: Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Rikka Version – which got a second followup complete series: Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Heart Throb.

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Digimon adventure tri. Part 6 : Future

“In this climactic finale, the DigiDestined have suffered; friends are lost, there is a new threat from a mysterious and newly formed Digimon, and the Real World is threatened to be swallowed up by the Digital World. The DigiDestined must stand together to save their friends and our world. Who knows what the future holds for the DigiDestined as they prepare for their biggest battle yet.”

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One piece. “3D2Y” : Overcoming Ace’s Death!

“Haunted by the tragic loss at Marineford, Luffy continues his two-year training session under Rayleigh’s tough tutelage. His Haki power is hardly developed when the escaped convict, Byrnndi World, wreaks havoc on the high seas and kidnaps Boa Hancock’s sisters! Determined to save them, Luffy teams with Hancock for a bold rescue operation that won’t just test his new powers – it’ll test his will to get stronger for the crew, that awaits his return.”

We’ve had some luck with our series choices this season: they all came in together, so you can borrow up and binge-watch some awesome complete series’ …

“Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. A new threat to humanity has arrived in the form of a Parasyte. In order to survive these organisms burrow in and replace their host’s head, assuming their shape. Shinichi Izumi, a sixteen-year-old high school student, falls victim to this Parasyte and loses his right hand to save his mind. With the loss of his hand and the Parasyte’s instinct to survive Shinichi and his new companion, Migi, have no choice but to work together as they soon realise that this alien species has a new plan for the human race.”

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Kokoro Connect : the complete series

“You’ve heard of foreign exchange in high school, but body exchange? Having seemingly been caught up in the whims of a supernatural character called Heartseed; Taichi, Iori, Himeko, Yoshifumi and Yui are about to learn more about each other than most. Not only are they switching bodies, they’re also switching genders! Now they’re truly discovering things about each other!”

And last but not least, if you like to laugh and cry in equal measure try out this distinctive and offbeat extended series:

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Clannad and Clannad: After Story

“Tomoya Okazaki is depressed at the prospect of school. His days are spent considering the path which lies ahead of him, the shadow of his vacant alcoholic father constantly looming over his daily void. He meets a group of strange girls at his school, each with unique social problems, and begins to gain perspective on the deep loneliness he feels. When the drama club is established, paranormal turmoil unfolds and hearts are broken …

After Story follows on from the original Clannad series and further expands on the themes of family, trust and empathy.”

What I’m Watching …

No Ganzu Raifu (aka No Guns Life)

This is a brand new series that just began screening in Japan and is being simulcast in Australia on AnimeLab. It’s still early days but it already ticks several boxes for me: grungy dystopian sci-fi future; detective noir style and grumpy, beat down main character; a cool music track for the opening theme (I know this last one is not something to judge a show by but if it turns out to be a good series, it’s like the icing on the cake!)

Synopsis

“Humans that have been physically altered and turned into dangerous weapons are known as the Extended. Juzo Inui awakens as one of these weapons—with amnesia. But his job as an agent investigating the Extended leads to a mysterious child with Extended ties showing up at his office. Now Inui must keep the child away from street gangs and the mega-corporation Berühren, and it won’t be easy.”

Fair warning before you watch the trailer:

I almost skipped this show entirely because of the visual design of the main character looking so ridiculous at first glance (you’ll know what I mean when you see it) but I’d urge you to suspend your disbelief for a moment and give it a go. If it’s not your thing, that’s cool but I have regularly been pleasantly surprised by titles I’ve often thought, at first glance, “Pffft! Really?!”