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This fall is going to be insane for anime

By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

For many people, the seasons are marked by the change in weather. As the sunlight becomes stronger and the air gets hotter, everyone understands that summer is here, and when temperatures cool and the leaves on the trees begin to change from green to orange and yellow, most people acknowledge that it’s fall.

But for anime fans in Japan, the seasons are marked not by weather, not by school schedules, and not by the holidays that come with them–but by the changing of the anime on TV. Yes, anime broadcasting seasons are the most important evidence of time passing for otaku, and our reporter and resident otaku Seiji Nakazawa is looking past summer, all the way to autumn.

Why? Because this autumn is going to be huge for anime, with five awesome titles either making their triumphant return or making their debut to TV. Which five shows is Seiji most looking forward to? Let’s find out!

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" is arguably one of the most popular series of all time, and Seiji, having cut his hair to look like one of the characters from the show, is arguably one of the anime’s biggest fans. After the manga’s great success, it was made into an anime whose first season debuted to massive popularity in 2019. Last year’s movie, "Demon Slayer-Kimetsu no Yaiba-The Movie: Mugen Train," was so incredibly successful that it surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s "Spirited Away" as the number-one grossing movie of all time in Japan.

Though it’s not been officially announced that "Demon Slayer" will return for fall, it is slated to return to TV before the end of 2021, which, in Seiji’s eyes, means fall. Additionally, according to the special Kimetsu TV segment, which shared special news and information about "Demon Slayer" on July 13, it was announced that the "Mugen Train" movie would be broadcast for the first time on television on Sept 25 at 9 p.m., after which a never-before-seen promotional video for the new season will debut. They’re also expecting to announce the voice cast for the new characters and other info, so if you’re a "Demon Slayer" fan, you should not miss it.

2. Attack on Titan

"Attack on Titan" became a social phenomenon when it first debuted as an anime in 2013, and though it took eight years, it’s finally approaching its thrilling end. Much to fans’ simultaneous joy and despair, it’s been announced that the long-awaited 76th episode, titled “Danzai” or “Judgment”, will air “this winter”, meaning that the show’s finale will soon be upon us.

Now whether that means it’ll come out before the end of the year or in January or February, we can’t say for sure, but since the first episode of the Final Season was aired in December 2020, Seiji feels reasonably confident in saying that the next episode will too. Of course, “winter” doesn’t quite qualify as “fall”, but in Seiji’s mind, December generally falls into the category of fall simply by virtue of still being in the same year, which is why he included it in his list.

However, the anime’s producers took four years to put out season two because they, for whatever reason, decided to make a terrible live-action movie, so Seiji dearly hopes they don’t follow that road again and part two of "The Final Season" releases as scheduled.

3. World Trigger

Originally a manga serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, this series debuted three years before "Demon Slayer" began, and is now in direct competition with it. The series, which tells the story of two students in a city that is the site of regular battles between monsters and a special force of fighters known as “Border”, is expected to air its third season in October, and Seiji is pretty stoked to see one of his recent favorites come back.

4. Baki the Grappler

This series started as a popular manga series in the 1990s but has continued to delight fans ever since with several manga sequels and anime adaptations. The most recent is a Netflix-directed anime that currently has two seasons, with a third expected for release this fall. Seiji is particularly excited for this one because it’s going to hit one of the story’s major climaxes, and since Netflix has done such a great job on it so far, it’s sure to be awesome.

5. Muv-Luv Alternative

You’ve probably heard of most of the titles above, and they are absolutely worth aniticipating, but Seiji also has a lesser-known franchise that he’s looking forward to: "Muv-Luv Alternative." It’s based on a video game series produced in the early aughts that started as an adult love-adventure and eventually morphed into an alien vs. mecha sci-fi battle story. The games are typically categorized as “gal games” for their focus on pretty girls as the main characters, but players know them to be something far more complex and engaging than that.

The fact that it’s going to be turned into an anime for the first time and broadcast this October has Seiji tentatively excited, though he’s a little bit worried about whether the scope of the story can be addressed within the limits of a typical anime. If they can pull it off, it’s sure to be spectacular, so that’s why Seiji thinks "Muv-Luv Alternative" might be the most must-watch anime of the fall of 2021.

Those are the titles of the fall 2021 anime broadcasting season that Seiji is most looking forward to. Some shows, like the second season of "The Rising of the Shield Hero: The Manga Companion," were originally announced for fall but were postponed, leading to some disappointment, but we still have a lot of big-name titles coming at us fast and hard, and Seiji literally cannot wait.

And who knows? It’s still early in the summer; there could be even more great anime coming our way. What more could an anime fan want?

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- Demon Slayer breaks Spirited Away’s record, becomes number-one movie of all time in Japan

-- Demon Slayer Mugen Train movie finally has U.S. release date for theater and digital format

-- Hayao Miyazaki considers Demon Slayer his rival, Studio Ghibli producer says

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Considering how slowly demon slayer merchandise is selling, more so not selling, they have foolishly missed their chance. Unless they plan on extending from the poor rushed finish of the manga that left many very disappointed, then rating will be extreme low compared to season 1

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Can't wait for Baki and Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Muv Luv Alt looks kinda worse than the VN.

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I also noticed the items just don't sell that much. I guess it was an over saturation of products on one side & misjudging and misunderstanding the target market and fanbase. Pretty bad merchandising, or perhaps I should say pretty rushed and poorly thought.

the poor rushed finish of the manga that left many very disappointed,

You lost me there. "Poor and rushed ending"? I have never seen or heard that complain about the manga anywhere. What do you mean? The ending does not seem rushed at all, it's one thing the author didn't want and actually couldn't drag along the manga forever as others do, so it had to end when and how the author had originally planned it to, no matter how successful it were. That's the author's prerogative. As for the disappointment, on some level it does feel disappointing, after further thought, but how many endings for manga or anime have ever been fully completely satisfying??

On a side note, am I the only one who sees a psychological and ideological correlation between how demons are and think and the left, woke people, and how the demon slayers and right, conservative people.

I don't mean to politize the story, nor do I mean to imply the author had any of that in mind. But it just fits perfectly to each side of this world political divide so well. As Tanjiro sees demons as pitiful, sad humans who couldn't overcome their hurt or obstacles or character tests and thus become irate and spiteful of anything pertaining to the establishment and societal rules and norms, looking to achieve what they were denied wrongfully or from birth, by inflicting on others the same level of treatment or wrong they complain about. While the slayers sometimes go completely berserk to eradicate the demons being blind as to their original humanity and what originally pushed them to become demons. You cannot tell me it doesn't perfectly illustrate the worldwide divide, in this initial superficial degree of course.

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How absurd. The articles make the first connection between the video games and the crimes, but ASSUMING that is the sole reason, cause or factor is beyond irresponsible and pathetic. And no, I don't like video games, haven't played one in decades. But just the reasoning and logic you show is dumfounded.

Perhaps the fact that those mentioned were all unemployed and well beyond their 30's is more telling about their character and why they recurred to violence. Surely for them the games could be an escape, but so is pachinko, mahjong, and other stuff. Also murder also occurs after road rage, couple unfaithfulness, money disputes and such, but you wouldn't blame cars, love or money for it, right? It is always the people. People are responsible. Not things. Think through things before posting.

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Everything has a context. What you see @Chikatilo 11:58am is just some of the same ‘bit of hyperbole’ used in retort & demonstrate to an errant poster from earlier in the a.m. whose offensive posts have since been removed. That commenter may have overreacted when a recent “news” event was cited in relation to the hyperbolic headline. The @11:27am comment your offended by will also be removed, possibly after getting enough traffic here first.

Agreed, those comments were:

- “How absurd, …dumfounded.” -

Would it also surprise you @Chikatilo 11:58am to learn I agree with Your observations and comments?

- “People are responsible. Not things. Think through things before posting.” -

“Peace to ALL of us here who enjoy Anime” for what it is: “escapist entertainment” from ‘the realities of life’.

To the others ‘obsessed with anime & expressing less regard for real humans & their hardships’ in other threads: Perhaps some time outside, at a safe distance yet, amongst people, would be equally advised to avoid the headlined “insanity” and enjoy this fall? - Best wishes -

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The Muv-Luv Alt trailer was enjoyable but just action and no dialogue or voice over? - Still, Looks interesting.

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The Son of Ogre trailer is better with dialogue, voice-overs, music and some cool, fluid, ‘hand-drawn’ & animated style rather than the CAD design prevalent in much of mecha anime today. - Will watch it as not to run the chance of developing an anime disorder this fall.

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You right, I have no idea of the context you were replying to. Appreciate your calm reply.

Understood. Will not jump to conclusions next time.

And let's enjoy some of these new anime.

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there has been plenty written about the rushed ending of the manga. And most people I have spoken to who followed it were dissatisfied with the ending and the amount of story unresolved or ignored once introduced.

people have moved on to new manga/anime like jujutsu and lost interest in demon slayer.

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Really? I am intrigued. Could you provide some link that sums up what people thought of the ending and the unresolved issues. Personally, I if think further I do feel some faintly touched side-plots and some backstories unrevealed or such, but nothing that ruins the end for me at least, every other manga/anime story I know (which is not an extraordinary amount) has those issues as well. Anyways, I'd like to know what the complaints were.

But like I said, it's the author's prerogative, so it it what it is.

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Fans abroad @Chizuko are intrigued by the recent Yaiba movie & backstory are picking manga as a result. Manga is flourishing because mainstream comic stores have died and too much of the established lore & canon storylines have been changed to suit a current yet, non-subscribing audience and writers with their own agendas.

It would be really disappointing for them to get involved in another Game of Thrones rushed-ending and multiple unresolved character arcs because the creators’ blew up and they grew tired of it. So, will wait to read your answers to @Chikatilo.

Thanks for the healthy opinions and conversation. Best wishes.

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I really liked Attack on Titan season 1 (it's labeled in weird parts on Netflix) but it just seemed to slow down for me after that.

I'm really waiting for One Punch Man to return, seemed like not many people were happy about the 2nd season but I thought it was fun to watch.

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Yooo, You forgot the GOAT, Chainsaw man

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