Azario’s Top 5 Anime of Fall

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Fall has come and gone. This season in anime brought us some great new shows that made it pretty difficult to put into a top list. However, it had to be done, so here are my top 5 anime of the Fall season, spoiler free. The only condition to make this list is that the series must have started in October 2014.

5. When Supernatural Battle Became Commonplace

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This anime I found to be quiet, delightful and hilarious. The story focuses around a literature club who obtain super powers, and how they deal with them on a daily basis. One of the main characters, Jurai Ando, is quite amazing when he goes off on his chunibyo speeches and tries to make his useless power look amazing. If you enjoy make-believe and hilarious situations with very cool characters, you should give this anime a watch.

4. Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons

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This is a great mech anime that focuses on issues such as discrimination and governmental power. The tone of the anime is always emotionally intense as we follow princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, or simply called ‘Ange’, as she finds herself hated by her country for being something that is internationally despised. Without giving too much away, this anime needs to be watched with an open mind as it shows potentially distasteful scenes of a race being discriminated against. Cross Ange features amazingly fast and well drawn battle scenes with your fill of fan service, but in the end it’s a show that shouldn’t be overlooked.

3. Terra Formars

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After Linden Films allowed the airing of uncensored episodes on Crunchyroll, Terra Formars became one of my favorite anime to watch and ask “Who’s going to die?” The premise is that in the future we attempt to colonize Mars by sending plants and bugs to the planet in order to find out if it will be able to sustain human life. This backfires as the cockroaches we sent begin to evolve and produce a virus that starts killing people on Earth. In response to this, humans begin to modify their bodies in order to be strong enough to fight off the towering cockroaches. This anime is very bloody and full of anxiety inducing fight scenes. The art style reminds me of Castlevania and the story plays out very similarly to Attack on Titan. This anime is one to binge watch for sure, because every episode will leave you wanting more.

2. Parasyte -The Maxim-

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This anime is from a manga that ran from 1988 to 1995. While I’m not quite sure why it is barely becoming an anime these days, I’m very glad that it exists. The story follows a nervous, but very thoughtful, student named Shinichi Izumi, as he falls into the worst luck of becoming a host to a Parasyte from another world. The Parasyte, Migi, originally aimed for Izumi’s brain, but ended up getting stuck in his arm. This mistake fuels the story of them learning to co-exist with each other and keep the secret of Migi to themselves. This doesn’t sound too difficult in the premise, but add in an army of other Parasyte who completed their missions of infecting the brains of their host and one could see how this has disaster written all over it. I enjoy the character development and the humor, it goes very well with the art style as the creators try to stay true to the aged manga. The music is great and keeps you paying attention to even the more lengthy scenes. I highly recommend Parasyte to anyone who enjoys tense moments, bloody fights, and sci-fi.

1. The Fruit of Grisaia

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I honestly don’t know where to start with this anime, as it caught me by surprise and became one of my most loved anime within a few episodes. The main protagonist, Yugi Kazami, longs to experience a normal school life after never being in a school environment his whole life. He is so calm and cool about situations that other characters would never be able to handle, like split second decision making or shooting down girls’ attempts at wooing him. Throughout the episodes Kazami helps students who also live the same outcast life style as him and the story all ties together in different ways from there. These students are not normal by any means, with some holding very dark secrets, and Kazami doesn’t waste a second when figuring out how to handle their situations. I enjoyed the theme of friendship and romance, with every character adding so much life to a very well written story. The Fruit of Grisaia has been approved for two more seasons and I could not be more happy, so please don’t pass this up!

Now, these might not be your favorites so I’d like to know – what are your favorite anime of the Fall season?