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Happy New Year! Did you have a good one? That’s nice. Mine was alright.

So how about that autumn season, eh? There was some alright anime in there. Parasyte has been excellent. Mushishi Zoku Shou was predictably breathtaking. Happiness Charge Precure! had some great episodes. Shirobako has been equal parts informative and surprisingly engaging/fuck Tarou. Garo has been unexpectedly great. Shingeki no Bahamut is pretty good – I’ve fallen behind on it though, and hear the ending is insane. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso keeps being powerful. All in all – pretty solid. Some disappointments, some utter crap, but I’ve avoided the worst of it.

Red, orange, green, I'm sure you know what they mean

Red, orange, green, I’m sure you know what they mean

I’ve seen some people pegging the upcoming winter season as “the season of sequels”, because holy crap there are a ton. Some people knew were coming. Some that people wanted to happen. Some no-one ever thought would happen. Some that no-one knows why they’re coming. But: a lot. Helps make deciding what to pick up a lot simpler.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ll be picking up for the first season of 2015!

  • Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
  • Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!
  • Death Parade
  • Durarara!!x2 Shou
  • Go! Princess Precure
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
  • Junketsu no Maria
  • Kamisama Hajimemashita◎
  • Koufuku Graffiti
  • Rolling☆Girls
  • Yuri Kuma Arashi

And as ever, some thoughts on them going in:

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KyoAni! But there was something a bit different from my usual KyoAni excitement for Amagi Brilliant Park – the author of the light novel that this is adapted from also wrote Full Metal Panic!, and the director of KyoAni’s Full Metal Panic! adaptations also directed this! Now, Full Metal Panic! is one of the very few KyoAni series I haven’t watched, but I’ve heard a lot of good things even from people who don’t particularly enjoy KyoAni’s regular output – hell, they ended up quite excited for Amagi Brilliant Park as well! Naturally, this got looking forward to it too.

Amagi Brilliant Park revolves around the failing eponymous theme park, and the efforts of one Seiya Kanie to reinvigorate the public’s interest and draw in 500,000 visitors before July 31st, lest the park be closed down. Also fairies and magic are involved.

I keep wanting to call this series "Amazing Brilliant Park" for some reason

I keep wanting to call this series “Amazing Brilliant Park” for some reason

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TRIGGER comfortably proved themselves with their inaugural TV series, Kill la Kill, easing concerns that they may not be able to live up to the legacy they were taking from GAINAX as well as setting up a lot of anticipation for any of their future work. And didn’t we feel surprised – and a little blessed – when it was announced they had another show in the works for the end of 2014! It seemed so soon, although in retrospect expecting a greater than year-long gap between shows was kind of silly from a business perspective, but we were all grateful regardless.

Even more so when you consider that their follow up to Kill la Kill is an adaptation of Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-Kei no Nake de (When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace) a high school romantic… comedy… light novel.

Hrrmm.

Going from an incredibly distinctive and original action/nonsense epic to adapting a light novel – one of the most trashy, banal and derivative aspects of otaku fiction – sure is… bold, I guess?

I’m not going to lie, I pretty much had no intention of even picking Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-Kei no Nake de up, but some reasonably positive early reactions combined with TRIGGER led me to biting the bullet. And here we are.

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This probably wasn’t meant to happen

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