Fall Season 2013 Preview Podcast

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Welcome to the Fall edition the Anime Audiolog Audio Season Preview! The Fall season is just about to start, and we’re giving you the valuable information you need to get right into the season. We’re trying something new out this year, and we’ve even brought in a special guest. The Fall season has a the most we’ve seen in a long time, so don’t miss out. Check out our preview below!

Our special guest this year is Caraniel, everyone’s favorite Irish blogger (sorry Scamp), of Carniel’s Ramblings. Her insights and unique charm add a bit of color to our preview this season.

All descriptions are sourced from a combination of Anime News Network, Wikipedia, Baka Updates, and My Anime List. You can find the season preview charts we use at:

Moetron Fall 2013  Neregate Fall 2013
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Show Index

 Arpeggio of Blue Steel by JoeAnimated and Caraniel  Unbreakable Machine Doll by JoeAnimated and Caraniel
 Kyousougiga by JoeAnimated and Caraniel  Golden Time by JoeAnimated and Caraniel
 Infinite Stratos – Season 2 by JoeAnimated and Caraniel  Log Horizon by JoeAnimated and Caraniel
 Samurai Flamenco by JoeAnimated and Caraniel  Strike The Blood by JoeAnimated and Caraniel
 Walkure Romanze by JoeAnimated and Caraniel  Coppelion by JoeAnimated and Caraniel
 Ace of Diamond by JoeAnimated  Yowamushi Pedal by JoeAnimated
 Tokyo Ravens by Numberss  Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season by Numberss
 Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! by Numberss  Freezing Vibration by Numberss
 Super Seisyun Brothers by Numberss  Non Non Biyori by Numberss
Kyoukai no Kanata by Acostoss  Kill la Kill by Acostoss
 Gundam Build Fighters by Acostoss  Megane-bu! The Animation by CrazyDave and Sabas
 Magi Season 2 by CrazyDave and Sabas  Nagi no Asukara by Sabas and CrazyDave
 Galilei Donna by Sabas and CrazyDave

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio Ars Nova

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio – Arpeggio of Blue Steel

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Description: Suddenly, a fleet of ships with mysterious super weapons called the “Fleet of Fog” appeared all around the world. Humanity didn’t have the technology to fight such a fleet, so they were driven out of the sea. Seventeen years after the battle, Gunzou Chihaya and his crew mates aboard the I-401 and the personification (Mental Model) of the I-401, Iona, started fighting the Fleet of Fog.
Studio: SANZIGEN Animation Studio Director: Seiji Kishi (Carnival Phantasm)
Episodes: ?? Website: http://www.aokihagane.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Manami Numakura of Aikatsu, Idolm@ster. Yukana of Infinite Stratos, Futari wa Pretty Cure
Things to Note: Adaptation of a multi-volume manga, director has very little series experience
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-IyaozXh4

Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai -Unbreakable Machine Doll

Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai – Unbreakable Machine Doll

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Description: During the early 20th century, along with technological advancements, scientists were able to develop sophisticated magic. The combination of science and sorcery was Makinot, circuits made from spells that were put into objects to bring them to life and even gain a personality. It was developed as a military weapon and has now spread throughout the world. Akabane Raishin is now attending the Royal Academy to become the best in the world. Accompanied by the lovely teenage girl Yaya, who is actually Raishin’s puppet weapon, he plans on rocketing to the top of the class. However, his test scores come nearly dead last although his combat skills and determination are second to none. Raishin has to compete with the deadliest of classmates if he wants to come out as the King.
Studio: Lerche, with Genco and Media Factory Director: Kinji Yoshimoto
Episodes: 12 Website: http://www.machine-doll.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono (Keima) from TWGOK, Ai Kayano (Mikono) from Aquarion EVOL
Things to Note: Light novel series written by Reiji Kaitou. The illustrations are done by Ruroo. Currently, the series has 12 volumes, and a manga adaptation. Another director with some, but not a lot, of experience.
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3EMc5EFUYo

Kyousogiga

Kyousougiga

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Description: Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.
Studio: Toei Animation Director: Rie Matsumoto
Episodes: 13 Website: http://www.kyousougiga-tv.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Chiwa Saito, Rie Kugimiya
Things to Note: previously an OVA an web series, now getting a full series
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In4YoCWTKiM

Golden Time Anime

Golden Time

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Description: Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. Due to the after-effects of an accidental fall from a bridge shortly after high school graduation, he lost all his memories from before then. Now a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony.
Studio: J.C. Staff, Genco, Starchild Records Director: Chiaki Kon
Episodes: 12? Website: http://golden-time.jp/
Notable Seiyuu: Satomi Satou (Eru Chitanda of Hyouka), Ai Kayano (as Saori Takebe from Girls und Panzer)
Things to Note: A light novel adaptation, 6 volumes, 3 spin-offs, and has a manga. Chiaki Kon is known for her interesting directing style
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AV9PqwaMok

Infinite Stratos-2

Infinite Stratos – Season 2

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Description: A continuation of the first season, Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos…with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is Ichika Orimura, an orphan raised by his older sister, who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with Infinite Stratos is discovered after he accidentally touches one at the age of 15, he is given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which means an interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.
Studio: Lantis Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi
Episodes: 12? Website: http://over-lap.co.jp/is/
Notable Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Marina Inoue, Yukana
Things to Note: Changed the character designer to Tsubasa Shimizu
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t45iL_4aq4c

Log Horizon

Log Horizon

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Description: Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, “Cultivate the Noosphere,” is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn’t very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players.
Studio: Satelight Director: Shinji Ishihira
Episodes: 25 Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/loghorizon/
Notable Seiyuu: Takuma Terashima and Emiri Kato (both from Baka Test), Tomoaki Maeno
Things to Note: Similarities to Sword Art Online; 6 volume light novel series with manga adaptation
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7k0ojMDP2E

Samurai Flamenco

Samurai Flamenco

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Description: The anime’s taglines read, “To those ‘adults’ who don’t want to become adults…” and “Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil.’
Studio: Aniplex (on Noitamina) Director: Takahiro Omori
Episodes: 22 Website: http://www.samumenco.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Haruka Tomatsu
Things to Note: Show has been kept under wraps for the most part, not a whole lot is known at this time.
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N184vpfST18

Strike the Blood

Strike the Blood

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Description: The fourth primogenitor – is the strongest vampire who exists only in the world of legends; yet when this masters the 12 kenju, the spread of the catastrophe of the vampires will appear in Japan. In order to spy on and erase this, “fourth primogenitor,” the government owned Lion organization have decided to send an attacking magician, “sword shaman” to complete the task. Yet unknowingly, the one who was selected to spy was actually a trainee “sword shaman” girl – Himeragi Yukina
Studio: Silver Link Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
Episodes: 12? Website: http://www.strike-the-blood.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Risa Taneda, Asami Seto, Rina Hidaka,
Things to Note: 6 volume light novel, also has a manga adapatation
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoqgLCATqUk

Walkure Romanze

Walkure Romanze

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Description: The story centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a begleiter (knight’s assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to this academy to train as a knight, after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament’s finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a begleiter to one of the academy’s maiden knights and help her win.
Studio: Lantis Director: Yuusuke Yamamoto
Episodes: 12? Website: http://walroma.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Didn’t bother to check
Things to Note: It’s an eroge adaptation, so take it for what it is (i.e. it has no redeeming qualities). Director is only good thing about this show.
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LaShtE9U-o

Coppelion

Coppelion

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Description: Many years after a great tragedy killed 90% of the people in Japan, three girls arrive in the ruins of Tokyo. In the devastated capital, their unusually clean clothes set them apart. But that’s not the only strange thing about them – they also each wield supernatural powers. They call themselves “Coppelion,” and are on a mission to save the people of Tokyo.
Studio: GoHands Director: Hiromitsu Kanazawa, Susumu Kudo
Episodes: 12? Website: http://starchild.fm/anime/coppelion/top.html
Notable Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Haruka Tomatsu, Satomi Akesaka
Things to Note: Long running manga, show held back after earthquake and Fukashima events
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifbc-FRXs4c

Ace of Diamond

Ace of Diamond

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Description: Ace of Diamon, or Diamonds Ace, is a shonen story about about a boy that leaves his rural high school to pursue his baseball dreams. Based on an award winning manga.
Studio: Production I.G and Madhouse Studios Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Polar Bear Cafe)
Episodes: ?? Website: http://diaace.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Ryota Ohsaka, from shows such as Valvrave, where he plays the male lead Haruto, Staz from Blood Lad, and Sugane from Gatchaman.
Things to Note: It has been serialized by Weekly Shōnen Magazine since 2006. In 2008, Ace of Diamond received the Shogakukan Manga Awards for the shōnen category. In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen manga. The manga has 37 volumes, and is still on going.
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9izUS7M7UTg

Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal

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Description: Sakamichi Onada is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.
Studio: TMS Entertainment, Toho Company Director: Osamu Nabeshima
Episodes: 12? Website: http://yowapeda.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Kousuke Toriumi (Andy from Aquarion EVOL, Kiyotaka from Dangan Ronpa, Giuliano in Majestic Prince)
Things to Note:
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLZJUBspgO4

Tokyo Ravens

Tokyo Ravens

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DescriptionIn the “Great Disaster,” Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji (a kind of magician). Harutora Tsuchimikado was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power whatsoever. His estranged sister appears to him one day to take him up the promise he made long ago to become her shikigami (familiar). A battle between onmyouji is about to begin.
Studio: 8-bit Director: Kanasaki Takaomi
Episodes: 12 Websitehttp://www.tokyo-ravens.com/index.html
Notable Seiyuu: Hanazawa Kana, Toyosaki Aki, Kitamura Eri
Things to Note: The main character screams Hanazawa Kana, which is a good thing.
Preview Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVC-aro_BBs

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Kakumeiki Valvrave 2

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Description: Second season of Valvrave
Studio: Sunrise Director: Matsuo Kou
Episodes: 12 Website: http://www.valvrave.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Tomatoes
Things to Note:
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q7D6p3jqTg

sekatsuyo

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai

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Description: Hagiwara Sakura and Miyazawa Elena are the leading members of a popular idol group Sweet. One day, Elena is injured by the attack of a female pro-wrestler Kazama Ruo during the recording of a TV program. Sakura gets mad at Ruo and gives her a dropkick.
Studio: arms Director: Kujo Rion
Episodes: 12 Website: http://www.sekatsuyo.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Asumi Kana, Takahashi Chiaki, Kitamura Eri, Tomatsu Haruka, Kanemoto Hisako, Hanazawa Kana, Satou Rina
Things to Note: Looks like a dicey show, but has a packed voice actor cast
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kCFtL-kfXU

Freezing Vibration

Freezing Vibration

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Description: Second season of Freezing
Studio: A.C.G.T. Director: Watanabe Takashi
Episodes: 12 Website: http://freezing.tv/
Notable Seiyuu: Hanazawa Kana, Mamiko Noto
Things to Note: NTR arc not animated, starts at chapter 39.
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNHhpbp0BQ

super seisyun brothers

Super Seisyun Brothers

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Description: The story involves two pairs of teenage elder sister and younger brother, Shinmoto’s who are a bit of narcissist and Saitou’s who look a bit mysterious, and their everyday life in school and at home.
Studio: AIC Plus+ Director: Takata Masahiro
Episodes: 12 Website: http://ssb-love.tv/
Notable Seiyuu: Kayano Ai
Things to Note: http://comic-polaris.jp/superseisyun/
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A8PD6dOx5I

Non Non Biyori

Non Non Biyori

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Description: Elementary school student Hotaru Ichijou has moved with her parents from Tokyo to the middle of the country. Now she must adapt to her new school, where there are a total of 5 students in the same class who range through elementary and middle school ages. Join their everyday adventures in the countryside.
Studio: Silver Link Director: Kawamo Shinya
Episodes: 12 Website: http://www.nonnontv.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Asumi Kana
Things to Note:
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9izUS7M7UTg

Kyoukai no Kanata

Kyoukai no Kanata

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Description: The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.
Studio: Kyoto Animation Director: Taichi Ishidate
Episodes: 12? Website: http://anime-kyokai.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Akeno Watanabe (To Love Ru’s Rito, Anju Kuroki in Majestic Prince), Ayako Kawasumi (Saber in Fate/Zero, Kanako Ohno in Genshiken)
Things to Note: Japanese light novel series by Nagomu Torii, with illustrations provided by Chise Kamoi. The work won an honorable mention in the Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2011.
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCdtxu3l17w

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill

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Description: The story is set on a high school that the student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin rules by force. Wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, the wandering transfer student Ryuuko Matoi brings about upheaval on the campus. Ryuuko searches for the mysterious figure who caused her father’s death, but confronting her are the student council’s “four divine kings.” Fortunately, Ryuuko is aided by a talking sailor uniform who tells her, “Wear me. When I am worn by you, this power will become manifest.”
Studio: Trigger, Aniplex Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi (TTGL Movie, FLCL, Redline)
Episodes: 12 Website: http://killlakill.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Ryouka Yuzuki(To Love Ru, Naruto), Ami Koshimizu(Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Strike Witches)
Things to Note: Trigger’s first full length series.
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHRmyeMk_rg

Gundam Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters

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Description: The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the “Second GunPla Boom.” Sei Iori, a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji, who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships.
Studio: Sunrise Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Episodes: 12??? Website: http://www.gundam-bf.net/
Notable Seiyuu: Mikako Komatsu(Bodacious Space Pirates, Heroman, Nisekoi)
Things to Note: Cross-universe and cross-time battles between models
Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGA_xKm95zg

Meganebu!

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Description: The story revolves around a group of 5 glasses-wearing high school boys and their relationship.
Studio: Studio DEEN Director: Soubi Yamamoto
Episodes: 12? Website: http://mgnb.tv/ 
Notable Seiyuu: Ryouhei Kimura, Junichi Suwabe, Kenji Akabane
Things to Note: Pretty Boys + Megane what else is there to say. You should know already at this point whether or not you are gonna watch this show.
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGXfRPV7wy0

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

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Description:The sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Judging from the previews and promotional art the anime will be covering the current arc in the manga taking place in the Magic Kingdom of Magnostadt
Studio:A-1 Pictures Director: Koji Masunari
Episodes: ? Website: http://www.project-magi.com/
Notable Seiyuu: Ishihara Kaori, Tomatsu Haruka, Kaji Yuki, Ono Daisuke
Things to Note: 
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihI35n-ZmSQ

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Nagi no Asukara

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Description: Tsumugu Kihara, a land dweller, makes friends with four girls who live in a underwater city.
Studio: P.A. Works Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Episodes: 12 Website: http://www.nagiasu.jp
Notable Seiyuu: Natsuki Hanae, Hanazawa Kana
Things to Note: Mari Okada (Blast of Tempest, Sakurasou, AKB0048) is the writer for this show. Buriki (Haganai, Denpa Onna) is the character designer.
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpWCIwPQS3Y

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Galleli Donna

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Description: Three sisters, the descendants of Galileo, are on the run after a bounty is placed on them by a mysterious organization.
Studio: A-1 Pictures Director: Yasuomi Umetsu
Episodes: ?? Website: http://www.galileidonna.tv
Notable Seiyuu: Rina Hidaka (Inu Boku SS)
Things to Note: Original work.
Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yv13QAG8Z0

3 thoughts on “Fall Season 2013 Preview Podcast

  1. foshizzel

    Fall has a lot of damn shows that look like a lot of fun like Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Kyousougiga, Log Horizon, Strike the Blood, Walkure Romanze, Coppelion, Kakumeiki Valvrave 2, Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai, Kyoukai no Kanata, Gundam Build Fighters and Kill la Kill! Yeah I have a lot on my list…

    Looking forward to blogging Yozakura Quartet, Arpeggio, Valvrave and girls wrestling lolol

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