Garo The Animation - 01 -00021

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Garo: Honoo no Kokuin #01. 「業火 HELL FIRE」

That level of lasciviousness wasn’t quite what I was expecting Garo: Honoo no Kokuin to bring to the table, but the series premiere’s mixture of peculiar artistry and mature subject matters is definitely not something I’m inclined to turn away.

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Cross Ange - 01 -00124

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo #01. 「堕とされた皇女」

Sunrise sure knows how to put variation in its mecha series, but I guess if I were to expect any mecha series with just as much fantastical dragon-blood splattering on screen as mechanical explosions, it would be one created by the same production studio responsible for the spasmodic sensation that was Code Geass.

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis - 01 -00059

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Madan no Ou to Vanadis #01. 「戦場の風姫」

Juding solely from the attractive promotional art, I was sincerely hoping Madan no Ou to Vanadis to be a potential comeback for the fantasy genre in anime; but while the visual appeal teased through promotion definitely retains enough of its brilliance in actual episode content, whether the dissatisfaction is just as quiet on the western front of scriptural story-telling or not is still contentious.

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Grisaia no Kajitsu - 01 -00116

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Grisaia no Kajitsu #01. 「普通の学園生活」

Silly male protagonist, the main character of a visual novel story can never have a “normal high school life”. The premiere of Grisaia no Kajitsu doesn’t escape the generic feeling of adult visual novel premises, but in a way, it does bring to the table the best of those elements you already expected it to have.

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Shirobako - 01 -00083

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」SHIROBAKO #01. 「明日に向かって、えくそだすっ!」

If there’s one thing P.A. Works knows how to do flawlessly, even more so than visual quality, it’s swiftly establishing a heart-warming atmosphere through both sound and art. Shirobako’s premise of “an anime about making anime” may seem tripe and akin to other such series that overdo the parodical caricature of it all, but it’s meaningful to not forget the P.A. pedigree that this project derives from.

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Amagi Brilliant Park - 01 -00070

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Amagi Brilliant Park #01. 「お客が来ない!」

I more than welcome the long-awaited Kyoto Animation production that deviates away from the studio’s usual moe-dominating character designs and art style, but I guess it has to come as a trade-off for Amagi Brilliant Park.

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Hitsugi no Chaika - Avenging Battle - 01 -00006

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle #01. 「遺体あつめる皇女」

Slow and steady wins the race, but will it win the race to collect all of King Arthur Gaz’s body parts? Now that’s the question to be asked, and honestly, if it did, that would be quite the shocking じじつ.

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Parasyte  - 01 -00070

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Parasyte -the maxim- #01. 「変身」

Parasyte wastes absolutely no time conveying the narrative subject matter at (horrifically mutated) hand, as a pre-opening sequence spanning less than twenty-five seconds depicts a helpless housewife having her noggin chomped off by the mutated head of her parasite-infected husband. If that isn’t enough of a fair warning for those faint of heart, I don’t know what is.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Nanatsu no Taizai #01. 「七つの大罪」

I’ll admit that I came into this season with moderately high, perhaps unfair, expectations for Nanatsu no Taizai. With the large-scale promotion and hype surrounding the anime series prior to its premiere, it wasn’t hard for me to foresee it as the first good medieval-fantasy series in a long, long while.

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Yowamushi Pedal - Grande Road - 01 -00143

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road #01. 「フェイズ49」

Yowamushi Pedal returns for its coverage of the second and third day of the anticipated (by canonical characters and show viewers alike) Inter High, and the high-flying bicycle intensity is even more grand, or should I say grande, than I can even remember.

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Fate Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works - 00 -00088

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] #01. 「プロローグ」

Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in, from the magical world of wonderful anime productions. Ufotable’s TV anime adaptation of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] makes its gallant premiere oh-so-similarly to the studio’s previous adaptation of Fate/zero in form, but the results couldn’t have been any more different.

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World Trigger - 01 -00005

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」World Trigger #01. 「異世界からの来訪者」

I’ve been eagerly waiting to see whether World Trigger would to end up on the Kyousougiga end of the modern Toei Animation’s spectrum or the One Piece (what the anime series is today at least) and Toriko end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to have to write it off as one amongst the latter.

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Log Horizon 2 - 01 -00012

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Log Horizon 2 #01. 「北の国のシロエ」

Log Horizon returns in the hands of a new production studio, but nonetheless remains true to form. A montage of party-quest battles, a display of various character classes’ skills, and dialogue from the players who seem bent on having the time of their lives despite being trapped in a game for quite possibly the rest of their virtual-human lives remind me instantaneously why I adore this show and its take of this niche sub-genre.

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Denki-gai no Honya-san - 01 -00131

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Denki-gai no Honya-san #01. 「ラブ&エロス フォー オール / ナイトメア ビフォア カルナバル」

Come one, come all to the bookstore located in the electric town of Akihabara, Umanohone, where you might just find yourself, whether it’s through the large collection of manga series with beautifully captivating stories or through the group of employees themselves, each of whom represent a particular essence of the comic readership.

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