Five Anime in Fall 2014 You Shouldn’t Miss

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We’re closing in on the half-way point of the Fall 2014 Anime Season and it’s shaping up to be quite an impressive one. Hosting many shows that range from romance, action, feel-good, and more.  Over 40 shows that not everyone can see all of.

With that said, there are quite a few shows that shouldn’t be missed. While we could name them all, we’ve managed to limit ourselves to a solid list of 5 to help you out. The only limits is that they must be licensed in America, able to be picked up without prior knowledge, and of course peak our interest.

Keep in mind that this is our recommended list and doesn’t mean that it will match everyone’s list. This list is for fun and informant purposes only and not meant to discourage other’s taste in anime.

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Yona of the Dawn

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Yona of the Dawn, or Akatsuki no Yona, tells a tale of Princess Yona who is forced to flee her Kingdom after her father is murdered. With only her loyal personal guard Hak to protect her, she must muster the courage to stand on her own feet and fight back to protect her people.

Set in a fantasy world, this series has all the workings of a great story filled with emotion, warring states, competing factions, romance, action, and more. Despite what its first episode would have you believe, it’s all held together by great art direction, animation, and pacing. Causing its viewer to constantly root for a princess to rise from her tragedy.

This series is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.com

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Parasyte -the maxim-

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Diving into the realm of the strange, Parasyte -the maxim- (Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu) follows a boy named Shinichi who finds himself nearly killed by a parasyte that burrows into his hand.  Normally these recently invading parasytes find their way into the skull, eat the human’s brain, and then takes over their body to continue to feast on other humans.

Now with a shape-shifting parasyte in hand, Shinichi must learn to co-exist with his new partner while attempting to stop the continued murder of his fellow man.

If Parasyte does one thing right, it’s in creating a fascinating situation.  Migi, the parasyte in Shinichi’s hand, only cares about living and won’t hesitate to destroy anything Shinichi loves in order to remain safe.  This forces Shinichi to calculate his decisions and try desperately to not only keep his secret, but also protect the ones he loves.  Tying this in with great presentation, it’s a show that shouldn’t be missed.

This series is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.com

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Your Lie In April

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Tugging on both the heart-strings and the musical strings, Your Lie In April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) is a touching and emotional tale of a boy named Kousei trying to rediscover a life he once lost.  Once a piano prodigy crafted by a strict mother, he loses all ability to hear his own playing after his mother passes away.

Your Lie In April excels in two ways.  Creating a beautifully crafted show that attacks both your eyes and ears with stunning music and visuals.  Wrapped up in this presentation is a story of a boy bring pulled from his rut by a girl trying to hide all fear in hopes of having others hear her music and be changed forever.

This series is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.com

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Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works

e3fatestaynightunlimitedbladeworkshdrSet in a near present time, the Holy Grail chooses 7 Masters to command 7 Servants in a bloody battle of power and minds.  All in search for one worthy to hold it and be granted their wish.  Each of the 7 Servants are heroes of the past brought forth with special talents to fit their given class.  Archer, Assassin, Saber, Berserker, Caster, Rider, and Lancer

Even though the world Fate/stay night is set in is quite a daunting one, Unlimited Blade Works is easily pick-up-and-go for anyone seeking to dive in.  Taking its time in the early episodes to explain its ins and outs.

What makes this series so amazing is Ufotable’s amazing work in crafting this series.  Absolutely breathtaking battles that are enhanced by fantastic sound effects that let you feel every impact of each weapon swing and clash of warriors.  While using CG for most of its animation, the work done to marriage traditional styling and animation makes for a very pleasing experience that even the most anti-CG activist can enjoy thoroughly.

This series is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.com

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Mushishi The Next Passage

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While technically on its second cour, Mushishi is unique in that it is a very episodic series that takes little to no knowledge to jump into any episode.  It follows a man named Ginko who is what is called a Mushi-shi.  Gifted in being able to see life forms known as mushi, he travels the world seeking to help people who are ailed by the interference these mushi can cause.

Each episode is beautifully crafted stories that almost seem like open and shut story books.  Each episode manages to capture the viewer, bring them into their world, give them a truly emotional and entrancing tale, and then send them on their way.  The musical scores and beautiful environments are only out-shined by some truly amazing stories that it tells.

This series is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.com

There you have it!  A complete list of 5 great titles you shouldn’t miss this season.  Still looking for more?  There’s plenty to be had but sadly didn’t make the top 5.  Action seekers may fancy Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, and those seeking a good laugh could find Gugure! Kokkuri-san able to tickle their funny bone.  But that’s enough from us, we wan’t to hear from you!

Did you find something that shouldn’t be missed?  Be sure to let others know in the comments below.  We’re always happy to hear your take on the subject!  Be sure to check back with us later as we’ll be discussing all the shows of the season during our Mid-Season and Final Reviews Podcasts in the coming months.

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Co-Founder of OtakuSpirit.com and Co-Host of the OtakuSpirit Animecast. A huge fan of anime since the early 1990s, consuming over 800 shows. While he's late to the collecting scene, he's found a lot of joy in filling his DVD/Blu-ray collection as well as collecting figures. Once a week, he posts unboxing and feature videos on anime goods to YouTube.