The Seasonal Anime Draft: Fall 2019

Fall is upon us, and so is the fall lineup of anime series, which means I have to decide what new show to pick up for this stupid Seasonal Anime Draft thing I’ve cursed myself with.

It’s impossible for me to use this SZS screenshot too many times.

I’ve got good news and bad news about that.  The bad news first (because that’s always the best way to deliver it): I don’t plan to write episode-by-episode posts this season like I did for Cop Craft.  This is partly because I’m losing some of my free time to work now in my efforts to make more money that I really need at the moment, and partly because there isn’t a single show this season that immediately grabs me in the way Cop Craft did.

That’s not to say there’s nothing that interests me, though.  Which leads me to the good news: I’ll be watching not one but three series this season and probably writing both a mid-season piece for all of them together and separate end-of-season reviews for each one.  I’ll do my best to stick with all of them, but I will drop one or more of these series if it somehow turns out to be unwatchable garbage.  In that unfortunate event, I’ll also write up a piece explaining what exactly made me hate said show(s) so much.  But again, that hopefully won’t happen.

And the shows I’ve chosen to watch are…

Val x Love: This is an adaptation of a manga series I haven’t read, so I’m going in blind here.  The premise sounds fantastic, though: a loner student nobody likes is contacted by the Norse god Odin, who tells him he has to save the world “with love” and sends his nine valkyrie daughters to help out.  This series sounds like it could be amazing or a complete disaster, or possibly both at the same time. Expecting some grade A fanservice either way.

Kemono Michi: Rise Up: I don’t typically go for isekai series, but this one looks different enough to capture my attention. The setting seems like the most generic isekai medieval/Renaissance European town you could possibly imagine, but the protagonist is a pro wrestler who loves animals.  So when the princess of this world asks him to exterminate the beasts of the kingdom, he refuses and instead tries to make friends with all of them.  This show also looks like it’s going to contain fanservice, this time mainly of a bunch of animal-eared/tailed girls.  (Okay, you’re probably not that surprised that I picked this show to watch.)

Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia: I have a weird history with Type-Moon.  I really liked the original VNs Tsukihime and Fate/stay night, even with all their flaws, and I loved Fate/Zero without any reservations at all. Ever since F/Z, though, I haven’t been keeping up with any of the Type-Moon properties.  So jumping into this spinoff series based on a mobile game of all things might be a horrible idea. I can’t even give you much idea of the premise because I honestly don’t understand it, even after reading the synopsis and watching the extremely confusing mess of a trailer. The best I can do is “someone time travels to ancient Babylonia to fight gods or something.”

Also, Gilgamesh is back.  Here he is in Fate/Zero, chilling out on his giant golden throne.  By the way, if you haven’t watched Fate/Zero, do that as soon as possible.

But I figure why the hell not give it a try?  The prospect of seeing the supremely arrogant Nasuverse version of Gilgamesh ruling over his native city of Uruk is interesting.  And even though I haven’t played Fate/Grand Order, I have seen plenty of pictures of the new Servant Ishtar around, and… let’s just say I’m a fan of the character design.  Because it’s simply Rin Tohsaka in a skimpy outfit.  From what I gather, the Mesopotamian goddess of love has possessed Rin for some reason that you probably know if you’ve played this section of F/GO.  I read it as Nasu’s excuse for putting Rin in a skimpy outfit and nothing more.  Not that I’m complaining.

I’m still not playing this god damn “free-to-play” trap game, though.  I don’t care how hot Ishtar Rin is.

Anyway, a question for you, dear reader: what anime series are you looking forward to this season, if any?  Feel free to post a comment telling me about it, or telling me I’m an idiot with shit taste, or telling me anything at all.  In the meantime, I’ll be working my day job and writing up my full Cop Craft review.