No HxH, Penguindrum or Blood-C means I can actually write this post instead of pondering about Saya’s coffee. Summer has been a good season, not necessarily as great as spring but still good. But damn it, fall has a great line up too.
1. Hunter x Hunter
Hands down this is the one I need to see. I loved the original animated series and the manga is one of the best shounen mangas out there. The world is dense and the battle system is possibly one of the most intricate and realistic battle systems out there. That aside, it has a great array of characters and the development they go through is fantastic. This is the one series I expect a lot from. Plus, this might also mean that we’ll get to see the Chimera Ant arc animated next year.
But here’s the problem– the Nippon Animation adaptation was superb, it followed the manga very closely and the fillers were very good, they actually enriched the characters a bit more. The only thing that may need improving is the Greed Island arc. It wasn’t the best and the manga was far superior. If there was one part of the anime OVAs I’d like to see improved, it’d be the GI arc. Anyway, I’m not sure how Madhouse is going to fare with the original adaptation but I’m still excited!
Another BONES project for NoitaminA. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. The art spread for Newtype August (?) had me. The whole premise sounds intriguing enough, and I liked that they didn’t release a lot of information for some time because it brings that air of mystery to it. The chart doesn’t have a synopsis but you can read it here at AniDB. Yun Kouga’s character designs are sleek and minimal, it really looks like this show could end up looking fantastic. I’m not a huge fan of her character designs, but her work here looks great.
3. Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
There was a brief feature on Phi Brain on NHK’s Imaginenation a few weeks back, I think. What really struck me about it is that this show aims to make you think. And no, I don’t think the mean in an End of Evangelion way. The show is about puzzles and puzzle solving. Plus, with Junichi Sato on the director’s seat– you can expect some good things from this show. Oh, and it’s a Sunrise production. You may hate Sacred Seven, but when Sunrise wants to bring it on, they bring it on. Which by the way brings us to…