Almost as if to make up for a poorly received (though perhaps underrated) summer 2022 season, the anime premiering this fall are fierce and highly anticipated, and out in full force starting next weekend! They include adaptations of some of the most popular manga of recent years (Chainsaw Man and Blue Lock); sequels or second cour to beloved shows (Spy x Family, My Hero Academia, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, Pop Team Epic) and those critically acclaimed, too (Mob Psycho, Golden Kamuy, To Your Eternity); and even blasts from the past (Bleach, Urusei Yatsura). Of course, there’s always room for isekai (Eminence in Shadow, Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita) and original series (Do It Yourself!!, Shinobi no Ittoki) as well.
And fam, we’ve got you covered right here! As the series start premiering, you can come back to this page to see what our thoughts are about them as we provide initial impressions, streaming links, and links to our slightly longer first impression posts, which will be going up fast and furiously through the first couple of weeks in October. So bookmark us and visit us over and over again in the coming weeks as we review newly premiering shows and sequels to those that haven’t had a season in a number of years.
Happy fall anime season, everyone!
While we wait, let us know which shows you’re looking forward to most for the fall!
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (E0 Prologue)
First Impression: Twwk
I’m only occasionally an Okouchi fan, and I don’t necessarily have faith that the end of the series will be as good as the opening, but there’s no doubt that the prologue is excellent, and he and the rest of the staff have earned our attention, even in a season where there’s so much to divert it.Read More
Wow. (pauses to collect herself) It’s funny, Twwk said he hasn’t watched much Gundam, and then lists like multiple series. Well, I really haven’t watched any Gundam—not a single episode—and after watching this prologue, I’m thinking I’ve got a lot to catch up on. Not that I need to in order to follow or enjoy this new series though, which, as Twwk mentioned, provides an accessible entry point to the age-old franchise. The animation is out of this world: crisp, clean, and very well-designed. No surprise here, but Sunrise delivers on the beauty factor! The writing is tight and emotive, the characters, compelling and distinct. I for one am tagging along for this ride!
Witch from Mercury, in my opinion, marks a turn from the Gundam of the last decade, and it is a welcome sight. We don’t see superheroes. We see normal, frail, vulnerable human beings. Although exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning, the series is also set to teach viewers more about the nature of humanity than any other recent additions to the franchise, as it raises questions about where a person’s control ends and the AI’s begins. The fact that we also see what appears to be a healthy family relationship from the beginning is so new to Gundam that it almost feels like a plot twist. Witch from Mercury does indeed seem poised to take the series in a new direction with its focus on character growth coupled with humanity’s growth, and on the ethics of AI learning and its boundaries and limitations. I will be watching this series intently to see where it goes, and I hope you will too.
Streaming on Crunchyroll.
I’m the Villainess so I’m Taming the Final Boss
First Impression: Laura A. Grace
I will definitely be continuing the series because my heart was as captivated by the series on screen as on the page! I must see more of all these characters and I am looking forward to also seeing characters I know we will meet soon! If you’re a fan of villainess isekai, this is one I definitely recommend! While it might feel a little fast-paced for fans of the original series, it is no less engaging to see Aileen’s antics on screen! I am looking forward to next week’s episode!Read More
Streaming on Crunchyroll.