By the time this post is published, the autumn season of anime will be underway. As per usual, I shall be sharing my initial impressions of each of the shows I have chosen to watch.
As usual, these first impressions were written shortly after watching the first episode of each show.UQ Holder!So this is the sequel to Negima! Magister Negi Magi, a manga series which unfortunately never got a full anime adaptation. I read the Negima! manga to completion, including disappointing ending, and I did start reading the UQ Holder! manga. I ended up losing track of it though.
This first episode is pretty much standard shonen stuff. It’s pretty inoffensive in its execution, and I enjoyed seeing the return of Evangeline A.K. McDowell. Probably won’t be a favourite of the autumn season, but I will continue to watch it.
For those of us in the UK, UQ Holder! is available on HIDIVE.
URAHARAThis was certainly somewhat surreal. Fortunately, I tend to enjoy things that are on the surreal side, and URAHARA‘s first episode was no exception. In fact, I enjoyed it enough that I decided to cover it on a weekly basis – my thoughts on the first episode can be found by clicking here.
URAHARA is available to watch on Crunchyroll.
KONOHANA KITANOne of my most anticipated shows for this season, and the first episode managed to live up to my expectations. It’s adorable, and has a good sense of humour to it. Much like URAHARA above, I’m covering it on a weekly basis. Click here for my thoughts on its first episode.
KONOHANA KITAN is available to watch on Crunchyroll.
Girls’ Last TourOnly one episode in, and I already really like Girls’ Last Tour. Sure the setting is bleak, but there is just something incredibly charming about it. The interactions between the two girls, Yuuri and Chito, were great, and I reckon the soundtrack is going to be quite good as well.
At the moment, it seems like the show will simply be about Yuuri and Chito surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Perhaps there’ll be something more, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Girls’ Last Tour is available on HIDIVE in the UK.
Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated SeriesI may not be familiar with Kino’s Journey, but I reckon I’ll be able to get into it after watching the first episode of this anime. I quite like the idea of Kino travelling from country to country, only staying three days at a time. The first episode also showed us that it is a good idea to befriend the locals.
Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series is available on Crunchyroll.
Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Washio Sumi Chapter/Hero ChapterAs far as I know, this second season of Yuki Yuna is a Hero will be split into two parts: the prequel The Washio Sumi Chapter, and the sequel Hero Chapter. They are also TV versions of the films that were released not that long ago, and I suspect that both parts will be around six episodes long.
The Washio Sumi Chapter gets into the magical girl action fairly quickly, and the three main characters are pretty happy to be chosen as heroes. If only they knew what awaits them…
So, yep, Yuki Yuna is a Hero returns once more, and I enjoyed this first episode. The interactions between the characters were fun, and their first battle against the Vertex was pretty good.
Yuna Yuki is a Hero: The Washio Sumi Chapter/Hero Chapter is available on Amazon Prime in the UK.
Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2
At the end of the first season, Aqours gained their own identity – they were no longer just trying to imitate those that came before them. Due to that, I feel like I’m going to enjoy this second season a little more than the first, and the first episode was something that I enjoyed quite a bit.
It just feels good having Aqours back, and though they were met with bad news in the first episode, they still remain determined to achieve their objective. I look forward to their new performances, and just the general interactions between the nine girls.
Love Live! Sunshine!! is available on Crunchyroll.
TWOCARLet’s start with a negative – main characters Yuri and Megumi seemed to have a thing for their former coach, which really didn’t sit well with me. However, he’s gone off to the Isle of Man, so we may not have to worry about him again.
On the plus side, the racing was pretty fun to watch, and each team consists of a pair of girls. Yuri and Megumi are similar, but they don’t exactly share a mutual relationship. Perhaps their relationship will develop over the course of the season.
TWOCAR is available on Crunchyroll.
This turned out to be some dumb fun. I liked the main character, Maika, as seen above, and her fellow female employees as the café she started working at. The manager, Dino, is something of an idiot, but he it seems like he will be kept in line.
Seems like this could be a fun watch.
BLEND-S is available on Crunchyroll.
Anime-GatarisI found the first episode of Anime-Gataris to be fairly enjoyable. We’ve only really been introduced to two of the cast members proper at the moment, though, so it’s probably best to reserve judgement for the time being.
The girl on the left on the screenshot is Alice Kamiigusa – a rich girl who is passionate about anime. The fact that she is able to summon servants with a mere click of her fingers amuses me a fair bit. The other girl, Minoa Asagaya, is your typical clumsy girl who sleeps in late. Not exactly ground-breaking, but she’s not a terrible character either.
We got a glimpse of future anime club members, and there’s a talking cat as well. I don’t really have any gripes with the first episode, so I’ll continue watching it.
Anime-Gataris is available on Crunchyroll.
Himouto! Umaru-chan RYep, Umaru returns once more and she is still the same as ever. The highlight of Himouto! Umaru-chan R‘s first episode has to be the football match. Nothing much else to add here – if you enjoyed the first season, then this second season looks to provide more of the same.
Himouto! Umaru-chan R is available on HIDIVE in the UK.
Wake Up, Girls! New ChapterAqours aren’t the only idol to return this season, and I found the first episode of Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter to be pretty good. Wake Up, Girls! may have had success previously, but it seems being an idol has become tougher with the economy not exactly being great.
A new trio of girls have also been introduced. They are fans of WUG, and it looks like they’ll end up working together with them, if not becoming part of the group.
Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter is available on Crunchyroll, together with the prequel movie and the Wake Up, Girl ZOO! spinoff. Unfortunately, they don’t have the two films that are set between the first and second seasons.
Land of the LustrousThis show wasn’t really on my radar, but I saw that OG-Man was covering it over at the Yuri Nation, and I figured I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did, because it turned out to be quite an interesting watch.
I like lead character Phos, and the others seem to be fairly interesting as well. An enjoyable first episode, I’m looking forward to seeing what else this has in store for us.
Land of the Lustrous is available on HIDIVE in the UK.
That pretty much covers everything I have chosen to watch for the autumn season of anime. Crunchyroll has three more shows to add to their line-up, so it is entirely possible that I’ll add to my watchlist for this season.
Based on first episodes alone, my top five looks a little like this: Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2, KONOHANA KITAN, Girls’ Last Tour, URAHARA and Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter.
I think I need to see at least one more episode of both Anime-Gataris and TWOCAR to get a better idea of how I feel about those two particular shows.
The weakest show on this list is probably UQ Holder!. I definitely remember enjoying what I read of the manga, so maybe it just needs a chance to get going properly.
I will be covering URAHARA and KONOHANA KITAN in their own posts – perhaps you’ve already seen them. I was considering covering TWOCAR, but the first episode didn’t exactly convince me.
Whilst I may have some issues with what a couple of the shows I chose to watch are doing, I feel that the beginning of this season has been more on the positive side of things. The summer was a very strong season, but I feel like the autumn is going to be pretty good as well.