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


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


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


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-


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


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?

  • Russell Miller

    My top five were Gundam build fighters try, Sword Art online 2, Parasite, 7 deadly sins, and fate/stay night unlimited works. Honorable mention is one piece. When its not on filler always one piece. 🙂

    • azariosays

      I cried so much during SAO2!

    • Russell Miller

      I know right. I can’t believe they went that real and dark. It put the whole series in a much deeper light. I applaud them for taking on such sad topic.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    Parasyte -The Maxim-, Shingeki no Bahamut, Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Gundam Build Fighters Try, and I guess Nanatsu no Taizai.

    I watched a bunch of others with special mentions to Mushishi Zoku Shou 2, Unlimited Blade Works and Magic Kaito 1412 which did not make the list. The reason UBW missed a spot is because outside of the fighting it’s been pretty mediocre, it’s a beautiful series with great art and animation, but the slice of life is terrible and the characters spend time doing nonsensical things most of the time. I showed big signs of improvement in the last episode, but I’ll have to wait until Spring to see how it goes. The first two episodes were also big misses being nearly 50 minutes long and having almost nothing happen in either of them.

    Mushishi is a series I love but it misses the list because Zoku Shou 2 was largely some of the weakest episodes in the series with some exceptions and it did bore me at times. Kaito and a few others miss the list for not being good enough.

    As for the others Parasyte was the best bar none and proved to be my favorite despite its horror elements which are usually something I avoid and I instead enjoyed those aspects.

    Bahamut had one of the best leads I remember seeing in a while and had amazing animation (second best after UBW this season) and a sort of scale and setting that made it seem like a solid anime movie made into a series instead of an adaption of some card game.

    Garo was really good and like Bahamut was done by the new studio Mappa made from former Madhouse employees and based on the tokusatsu drama series of the same name. Garo seems more fantasy based than what it draws its basis from and features a very solid story with some nice dark elements that starts to get really amazing at the halfway point, it continues to impress me as it airs every since then. Also German is just amazing, I’d love to see a spinoff about him. It seems pretty popular since S2 was already confirmed as well as a movie, though I don’t know if it’s with the same characters or not.

    Gundam Build Fighters Try surprised me, it takes place 7 years after the first series and really knew how to build upon its existing foundation and has a more compelling main trio compared to the duo in the first season. The fights are bigger and better and I can’t wait to see where it goes, even if nationals is lower in scale than worlds. Also the sheer number of G Gundam references makes me happy…also the shipping wars.

    Nanatsu no Taizai kind of barely makes the list but it’s quite a good series and a manga that I’ve followed just a bit past where the current anime is. It’s a series that loves subverting existing shounen tropes and keeping you guessing even as it follows the somewhat tried and true “mainstream battle shounen” formula. It takes a bit to get going good and introduce more characters but even early moments like the spear scene in I think episode 2 or 3 is amazing.

    • azariosays

      I’m watching build fighters try now! It’s great! Awesome list!

    • Russell Miller

      G gundam unrated gundam series. Have you seen the other gundam series. The Tomino one. Gundam Reconguista in G?

    • MusubiKazesaru

      I actually dropped G-reco because of the extremely mediocre first few episodes, but picked it back up because some people said it got better and it did around episode 5. But the plot still doesn’t have a clear goal or focus and it reminds me of the bad points of Unicorn. The mobile suits are colorful and pretty good looking and the fights are good with very solid animation, but there’s nothing really grabbing me even as I watch it. I do like Klim and Mask though. There seems to be something going on but nobody seems to know what it is. It’s better than I initially thought it was, but it’s fairly low on the Gundam totem pole.

    • Russell Miller

      Same here. I have been watching, but its a struggle who and whats everyone’s motivation is sometimes. Why is Bell allowed to walk around and fight even though he is a prisoner?. What exactly and side his mother is on? I adore the visuals, fighting, and even character designs, but I really can’t tell whats going on most of the time and thats very disappointing. Hopefully its like Unicorn when it ends very strong. At least Try is great and up and coming Origins looks fantastic.

    • MusubiKazesaru

      The character design is fine, but they tried to make it too old school and made them unrefined in the process, the outlines should be more solid and it leads to some characters looking inconsistent. They need to make the story more clear for sure.

      Unicorn actually got worse as it went on for me and went out on a very sour note, even if it was aesthetically incredible. Episode 7 was just awful plot-wise and Banagher is by far the worst protagonist I’ve seen in Gundam.

  • Gurick

    If I had to choose my top 6 they’d have to be Psycho-Pass 2, Shirobako, FSN: UBW, Akatsuki no Yona, and Grisaia and Inou Battle. I put top 6 cause I didn’t know whether or not to put Yona or Inou in, so I put both. I should probably start watching Parasyte since some of my friends keep telling me how good it is.

    • azariosays

      i haven’t started psycho-pass 2! i loved the first season, i’ll check it out for sure now.

    • MusubiKazesaru

      I’d recommend you avoid it. A different writer and studio led it to being significantly worse than S1 and morbidly silly. I was a big fan of season 1, but season was pretty bad. Just wait for the movie which just came out in theaters (and will be on BD whenever).