Before the next season, and subsequently, the next plethora of anime comes in, I’ll be covering the remaining anime I have just finished for Fall 2014 starting with…
Hands down, Fate Unlimited Blade Works is probably the best that Fall 2014 offered. Ufotable really outdid themselves for this franchise. The animation quality was superb, they revitalized characters of the series, especially the extras, and put up a cohesive story, tying the plot of Fate Zero to UBW. And while they did an anime-original scene during the Rin x Shiro date by adding Saber to the mix and changing the setting of where Caster’s ambush took place, Ufotable managed to retain the essence of it.
And while this approach in remaking original/source events to anime-original scenarios isn’t that uncommon in most adaptations, one of the reasons why I like Ufotable’s approach was it showed how much the events that took place made sense. For instance, Caster can easily evade Saber’s attacks since she can fly away on an open space. And it emphasized Caster having the high ground especially when Shiro approached her and began his bargain with caster. Also, the skeleton pawns that kept respawing as long as there’s water emphasized how fucked up they really are; Falling into enemy trap with Archer blocked outside of the Bounded Field.
It also emphasized how cunning Caster is and how powerful she has become. Rather than wait for the enemy and ambush them on their home, she made the enemy dance on the palm of their hand. That’s quality antagonist right there!
So yeah, season 2 will be on April. Quite a long stretch but it makes sense considering the budget they have for this. Will Ufotable set the bar even higher by then?
Denki-gai was good. This was one of the comedic series that really made my sides hurt yet can easily make me shed a tear for some of the characters (TSUMORIIIIIN). I’m not looking forward to another season but it certainly was worthwhile. And Minami Tsuda certainly caught my attention for this series. Her voice range seems limited considering I could familiarize myself with her voice as Sensei and Salama (AmaBuri) but her acting for such characters really fits the bill. I hope she lands on another main role on an anime i’ll be watching next season.
KyoAni might’ve been able to salvage its ass but not that much. Two good things of note for this series would be Sento’s thighs and Elementario ending song (release a textless version already!). That aside, I did enjoy hearing Ai Kakuma and Yukiyo Fujii with both of them having quite an exceptional voice range. I could hardly notice their voices in their Log Horizon roles: Mikakage (Kakuma) and Tetra (Fujii), especially Fujii and how she did Tetra’s voicework.
Trinity Seven was underrated but I really enjoyed that series. I think having a protagonist that’s not a total scumbag and balances his harem powers is a nice change of pace. If anything, Arata, voiced by Matsuoka, really carried this show.
Another underrated series for this season. Madan no Ou to Vanadis is another series that maintained its story-telling. Sure there were harem moments such as the boob grabs and skimpy costumes but the series was quite consistent with how it narrated Tigre’s plight and his quest to save his territory. Surprisingly, I accepted the event cutscenes that are done with narration. I guess playing Dynasty Warriors 8 helped me understand how much content they could squeeze in and why these narrative cuts are important.
And that probably wraps it up for Fall 2014. I haven’t checked what’s in-store for Winter 2015 yet but I’ll be most likely posting it here as I go along the next batch of anime.