October 28, 2014
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It’s no secret. It was love at first sight for a beautiful story this fall. Can you guess which title it is?

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Akatsuki no Yona
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.0/10

On her 16th birthday, Yona witnesses her cousin Soo-won take the life of his father and is saved by her childhood friend Hak. What will become of the sheltered princess who had lost her beloved, father and place in the kingdom?

The pacing is quite slow with only the assassination of the King as the single major event so far. However, the opening theme teases us with much material and even more characters left to introduce. I’m not too excited but there is interest to see what else this manga adaptation has yet to offer.

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Cross Ange: Tenshi no Ryuu to Rondo
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 6.5/10

Angelise, first princess of the Misurugi Empire, discovers that she is a Norma during on her 16th birthday. Devoid of the “Light of Mana”, she is stripped of her crown and thrown into prison. She faces the reality that to live is to fight.

Sunrise brings us an anime-original mecha with a female lead. It sounds pretty cool when we say that most of the cast are female characters who pilot mechas and wield guns. The series is also not afraid to kill off characters  and have them kissing each other left and right. The animation is excellent but if you cannot stomach the yuri, skipping this title is the better option.

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Donten ni Warau
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.0/10

The Kumoh brothers are in charge of transporting criminals to prison. But Family Head and eldest brother Tenka seems to be hiding something behind the smile he has always shown his brothers.

What’s not to like about getting some bishounen from the Meiji era? We’ve got a solid historical fantasy in the works too. This manga adaptation is loyal so far and hopefully keeps at it until the end.

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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV)
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 8.0/10

The Holy Grail War has come upon us once more, this time following the Unlimited Blade Works route. Ufotable is definitely doing a great job, delivering movie quality production in each episode. We may know how it will end but it doesn’t make each episode any less exciting.

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Gundam Build Fighters Try!
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.5/10

Set 7 years after the end of Gundam Build Fighters, this second season brings us new characters and more gunpla battles!

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Inou-Battle wa Nichijoi-kei no Naka De
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.0/10

The members of the Literature Club one day awaken to their special powers. How and for what reason do they possess them? If you enjoy chuunibyou, then this series might be for you!

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Log Horizon 2nd Season
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.5/10

Log Horizon’s second season begins with a foreshadowing of death. Will this finally lead them back to their original worlds?

The story is currently showing us two character perspectives, simultaneously revealing two arcs in the light novel. I’m surprised to see them keep the same opening song with a different and intriguing animation sequence. If you enjoyed the first season, this is a must on your list!

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.0/10

As an Earl of a small land, Vorn Tigrevurmud is called to arms in a war that they immediately lose. Witnessing his skill with a bow, war maiden Viltaria Ellenora takes him as prisoner.

Aside from all the magic and superhuman abilities, the key to war is strategy. With an accompanying narration, Madan no Ou shows the war through a strategy perspective as if it was a game board. It also delivers harem fans with a fair share of fanservice.

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Magic Kaito 1412
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.5/10

Kaito Kuroba takes on the identity of Kaitou Kid, a Phantom Thief, to discover the truth behind the murder of his father 8 years ago.

From movie cameo appearances and special episodes with Detective Conan, the Phantom Thief finally earns himself a solo show. Gosho Aoyama brings us similar and cross-over characters in the two series and their interactions are something to look forward to.

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Psycho-Pass 2
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.5/10

Continuing one and a half year from the events of the first season, Psycho-Pass brings us back to its world with more questions about good and evil. We also seem to follow the same format of a mastermind instigating small crimes and rebelling against the Sybil System. The concept of an individual is also challenged by the mastermind’s plan of making one “colorless” to become invisible in the prying eyes of a mechanical system. Psycho-Pass 2 is an intriguing sequel that cannot be missed this Fall.

 

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 8.5/10

Piano prodigy Arima Kosei disappears from the music scene after his mother died. 2 years later, he is pulled out from his monotone world and brought back to the stage by violinist Miyazono Kaori.

After Nodame Cantabile and Sakamichi no Apollon, I didn’t think I’d find another great music anime until I saw Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. The opening song also perfectly fits the series and you’d love to hear it on repeat. Not picking this up will be one of your biggest mistake this season!

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Trinity Seven
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.5/10

Arata Kasuga becomes a mage to bring back his cousin Hijiri who disappeared because of his uncontrolled magic. He enrolls in the Royal Biblia Academy and meets the 7 strongest mages – the Trinity Seven.

We have a harem high school magical mayhem all in one package! Fan service is tame and tolerable and does little to harm the potential of a solid and funny storyline. An overall balanced series worth picking up.

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World Trigger
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.0/10

Border agents protect humanity against monsters that appear from another world. How will the battlefield change when these monsters called Neighbors take human form and cross the gate to this world?

Three episodes in and we only see the gap in strength between two major characters representing Neighbor and humans. I hope this pace picks up soon. On another note, I rarely pick second best opening song and this time it goes to World Trigger.

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