What To Expect from Crunchyrolls Fall Season

first_imgStay on target Cut the Cord and Subscribe to These Streaming TV ServicesBest Horror Anime Available For Streaming Crunchyroll Announces Fall Lineup, A New Convention, and LeSean Thomas ShowIf you ever want to watch ad-free, high definition anime aired minutes after it debuts in Japan, Crunchyroll is where you go. The streaming service, which also offers manga and the ability to watch shows on a variety of devices (including phones and video game consoles), revealed its fall lineup at New York Comic Con. And boy has it got something for everybody.First up: Izetta: The Last Witch. Not to be confused with The Last Witch Hunter (or The Last Samurai or The Final Sacrifice), the alternate World War II-set show premiered this past Saturday at 11:45 am ET. Aand yes, it takes place in an alternate history around the beginning of the Second World War, in a German-ish country, being invaded by another German-ish country, called Germania. And, wouldn’t you know it, only the last witch on earth can save everything. A trailer showed off characters saying things like “The princess is our last hope.” And I’m pretty sure I saw a character named Sieg. And one named Bassler. The animation looked pretty good, but the character design was very cutesy. Then again, so was Madoka and that show went into some dark territory. If you want to see a witch riding what looked a giant gun through the sky, you could check out Izetta on Saturday mornings, or you could just play Valkyria Chronicles.Izetta: The Last Witch via YouTubeNext: Bungo Stray Dogs, Season 2, which airs Wednesdays at 1:35 am ET. It takes place in modern-day Japan, where the members of the Armed Detective Agency handle everything from solving crimes to guarding bodies. It’s based on a manga from Kadokawa Publishing and a light novel, both of which are coming out later this year. Similar to ClassicaLoid, an anime based on musicians, the characters of Bungo Stray Dogs, are based on literary authors from literature. Most characters from the first season, like Edogawa Rampo, were from Japanese literature. But at the end of the first season, F. Scott Fitzgerald showed up. Here’s the further twist: they all have super powers based on a major work of theirs. So, F. Scott’s secret power is that…wait for it…he’s very, very rich. And his power has a name: the Great Gatsby. Which is kinda great. Trailer quote highlights include “That city will be mine” and “All who oppose us must be annihilated into oblivion!”Oh, and “Who are you people?” “Enemies to bad people.”After that, the crowd got a taste for Yuri On Ice, which airs Wednesdays at 1 pm ET. No, its not an H-show. It’s a sports anime about being and doing your best. The main character is Yuri, a disgraced former Olympic figure skater who meets a coach who pulls him back into the world of competition. And you know, it actually looked pretty good. No, doe-eyed, disturbingly young little girls here. Just manly dudes shredding the ice. The animation was detailed and fluid, and the overall atmosphere was classy. No J-Pop ballads, just a tinkly little piano, and some well-animated dancing and spinning, based on footage of real ice skaters. And it’s directed by Sayo Yamamoto, who also directed Michiko to Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.Yuri On Ice via YouTubeAfter that unique title, we went back to the type of show that everyone thinks of when they think of anime: Magical Girl Raising Project. It airs Saturdays at 12:15 pm ET. In this show, there’s a city that has too many magical girls! So of course, they must battle to see who can remain a magical girl! It involves playing a mobile RPG with super-deformed characters. Can you say “otaku bait”?Then we got a look at Nanbaka, which airs Tuesdays at 3:30 pm ET. It takes place on an island prison, where no one has escaped. The prison looks very glittery. The main characters are four prisoners, and it looks like they go on lots of wacky hijinx. Will it be better than Superjail? Or Oz? Probably not. But you can read the Nanbaka manga right now on Crunchyroll’s app!Finally, Drifters. It premieres Oct. 7 at 4 pm ET. (TODAY!) The protagonist is a samurai transported to a place where he has to battle other legendary warriors. It’s from the creator of Hellsing, and you tell because everyone was huge, scratchy eyes and they’re all scowling. The trailer has a deliberately slow pace, with the samurai, dripping with blood, droning, “I’m going home…to Satsuma.” It was very moody. Then it looked like he suddenly appeared in a weird Matrix-y place, with a guy sitting behind a desk reading a newspaper. Then there was some more confusing imagery involving a female ninja and an evil woman taunting the man behind the desk. There was a lot of talking. Hopefully, there’s some action in this anime about dueling warriors.Drifters via YouTubeBut there’s more besides the new fall shows. There’s also JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Digimon Try, and Nyanbo! a show that mixes live-action cats with CG box-cat characters. At this point, I think my soul left my body and entered Cute Heaven. I’m dead now. Sayonara.Just kidding. The panel also reminded us that Crunchyroll is the new digital home, both dubs and subs, of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, an Actual Great Anime. If you haven’t seen it, think of it as an animated Final Fantasy VI. And if you don’t know what that means, go play Final Fantasy VI, an Actual Great Game. It’s worth mentioning FMA: Brotherhood‘s premiere on Crunchyroll on Oct. 3 broke the site.As if that wasn’t enough, Crunchyroll announced the creation of a new anime convention in New York City, called AnimeNYC. There are no other details to share yet, but it’ll happen sometime in 2017, and it’s “powered by Crunchyroll.”And in case you missed it, LeSean Thomas, a South Bronx native and co-director on shows like Black Dynamite, The Boondocks, and Legend of Korra, is working on an anime with Japanese animators and directors called Children of Ether (LINK). It looks bomb.Don’t miss any of these shows. Sign up for your free 30 day trial on Crunchyroll now!last_img read more