MANILA, Philippines – With the groundbreaking success that has been Cyberpunk: Edge Runners releasing last month, many are craving more anime to watch. With the start of the new quarter, the anime industry has now entered its “autumn season,” signaling the release of many anticipated new and old shows.
Besides the continuation of familiar names such as Spy × Family, Mob Psycho 100, Bleachand my hero academiaThis season’s release schedule also features a motley bunch of unique and never-before-seen shows that might pique your interest, depending on what kind of entertainment you’re looking for right now!
IIf you want to have light fun
Do it yourself!!
“Building furniture and friendships have a lot in common. Intention, effort and hard work are required for both trades.…Furniture, friendships and the future – they build everything with their own hands,” reads the show’s synopsis, according to the anime website. Crunchyroll.
Blending the ever rigorous yet fulfilling hobby of woodworking with the daily shenanigans of teenage life, Do it yourself!! is for those looking for a momentary escape from the wholesome mundanities of teenage clubs and arts and crafts. With its striking yet simple crayon-like visuals, this slice-of-life comedy is sure to etch itself into the minds of anyone who gives it a watch.
Do it yourself!! begins streaming October 6 at Crunchyroll.
A group of middle-aged men take center stage in this comedy idol anime. Eternal boys centers on the titular idol group and its 30-40 year old cast, as they attempt to defy idol convention and overcome their aging bodies in order to achieve their dreams.
Whether or not you’re interested in idol culture, the show is a breath of fresh air from the typical youth-dominated main cast of other anime.
Eternal boys aired on Animax sometime after its Japanese premiere on October 10, according to ANN. 24 episodes are scheduled for this season.
If you wanna get your blood pumping
In a bid to win the World Cup, the Japan Football Association hires eccentric coach Jinpachi Ego, who then launches a national competition, the Blue Lock Project, to find the perfect striker for his national team. Among these competitors is Yoichi Isagi, determined to win the competition and become the greatest striker in the world.
blue lock is an adaptation of the popular manga series of the same name. Compared to more realistic sports anime like Haikyu!! Where slam dunk, blue lock instead focuses on high-intensity action alongside its ruthlessly competitive tournament plot and strong characters.
Blue Lock begins streaming October 9 on Netflix and Crunchyroll. Its first season will consist of 24 episodes.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury
According to official site, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury takes place in “an era where a multitude of corporations have entered space and built a huge economic system”. In all of this, lone pilot Suletta Mercury “walks step by step into a new world, with a scarlet light burning in her pure heart.”
Featuring the franchise’s first female lead protagonist, The Witch of Mercury tackles themes of anti-war, political corruption, and capitalism to the beat of riveting political space drama and mechanical battles at the edge of your seat.
Set in its own original timeline, The Witch of Mercury serves as a good entry point into the franchise as it can be viewed without prior knowledge of past entries in the series. As a taste of what’s to come, the official Gundam Channel has also released a prologue of the show on Youtube.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury visible on the official website of Ani-One Asia Youtube channelwith the first episode airing on October 2. The first season will consist of 25 episodes.
If you wanna send shivers down your spine
What can be said of Chainsaw Man hasn’t that already been said?
Produced by MAPPA, the groundbreaking studio that worked on The attack of the Titans and Jujutsu Kaisenthe show is an adaptation of the popular manga of the same name. Chainsaw Man focuses on Denji, who gains the ability to turn parts of his body into chainsaws after fusing with a demon named Pochita. Working for the Public Safety Devil Hunters, Denji battles nightmarish demons while yearning to be loved.
With over 11 million views on its YouTube trailer alone, this action-packed gore fest is easily the most anticipated show of this season.
The first episode of Chainsaw Man will be released on October 11. According to official site, the following services will stream the show: Amazon Prime, Ani-One, bilibili, Netflix, Crunchyroll and Hulu. 12 episodes should be released.
Housing Complex C
Produced by Adult Swim, Housing Complex C is about a girl named Kimi who encounters a series of horrific incidents in her housing complex after new residents arrive.
Not much else is known about this deliberately cryptic show, so it would be best to jump straight into the horror yourself.
Housing Complex C can be viewed on HBO Max, with the first episode airing October 2. The first season will consist of four episodes.
If you want to immerse yourself in a new world
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn
Based on the gacha mobile game of the same name, the show revolves around the Doctor, an enigmatic amnesiac tasked with running a pharmaceutical company to help those infected with the debilitating disease known as Oripathy.
Alongside his colleagues, known as “operators”, the Doctor must save the infected and uninfected before they are killed by an increasingly desperate and war-torn world.
The show will adapt the main story from its mobile game counterpart, which is known for its compelling world-building and heavy themes of war, class conflict and discrimination. If you want to immerse yourself in a gritty war story, check out the show.
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn will premiere on October 28. No other details have yet been announced regarding its release.
Koukyuu no Karasu/Crow of the Inner Palace
According MyListAnime, Inner Palace Raven is about the Raven Consort, who is rumored to fulfill any requests made of her through the use of mysterious arts. There is a catch, however, because it takes something of equivalent value in return. The Emperor seeks his help for something, unaware that their meeting will have serious consequences for the entire royal dynasty.
Inner Palace Raven is an adaptation of the light novel of the same name. Set in a fictional ancient China, this political drama weaves great animation with a gripping plot. If you have any interest in Chinese historical stories, this show might be for you.
Inner Palace Raven can be watched on Crunchyrollwith its first episode already released on October 1st. Its first season consists of 13 episodes. – Rappler.com
Disclaimer: Some shows may be region locked due to licensing issues. A VPN may therefore be necessary to view them.
Manolo Soliven is a Rappler trainee.