The Fall 2019 simulcast season is just around the corner and I must confess that I am shocked at the offerings headed our way this year. What’s even more astounding is that I’m going to partake in watching a decent chunk of the treats that shall be releasing relatively soon.
After failing at keeping up with the last few simulcast semesters, so to speak, I had decided that I would take a break from them for the remainder of 2019. However, what I never expected were shows like Psycho-Pass 3 and Chihayafuru 3 to rise out of the shadows and blind me with their glistening and almost legendary appearances. Feeling mesmerised by their presence, I went ahead and looked up the rest of the line-up, which made me cede my break for the Fall season completely. Besides, with my life turning into a chaotic, beyond busy, pile of hysteria, I figured I owed it to myself to make the most of the simulcasts while I’m still relatively able to indulge in them.
Out of the plethora that has either been announced or hinted at, I’m going to stick to six shows at most. Most of these are the ones I’ve been anticipating for over a year or so, and one or two just sounded really interesting, which also makes them the first ones I’ll pause watching if I feel like I can’t keep up. The rest of the anime that sounded great, but I knew would be overkill for my time commitments, I’ve added to my watchlist, and I’ll make a separate post about those at the end of the year with others that I missed in 2019 that I hope to watch in 2020.
All of the anime on my Watchlist are listed in the order of most excited to least excited, which is still a giant, steaming pile of fanhumaning excitement either way.
Psycho-Pass 3 (サイコパス3)
Before I jump in, I’d just like to say… AAAHHHHHHH!!!! FUCKING FINALLY!!!!! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s continue.
Psycho-Pass 3 is the third television season for the immensely badass seinen, cyberpunk, futuristic crime series that swooned my heart many years ago. It’s an original work being produced by Production I.G. and is scheduled to begin airing on October 24th (my birthday, fuck yeah!). The first episode will be airing on Amazon Prime!
Chihayafuru 3 (ちはやふる3)
I feel like I should fanhuman to this one as well, but I shall restrain myself. Chihayafuru 3 is the third season of the josei, slice-of-life, sports (karuta) series that follows a trio of teens as they compete to be the best players in the country, while navigating tricky hormones and finding themselves. The anime is being produced by Madhouse and is scheduled to premiere on October 25th and shall be airing over on CrunchyRoll, where you can catch up with the first two seasons.
Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人)
HOLY FUCKING HELL, YES!!!!!!!
Yeah, there was no way I wasn’t going to be excited about this one. Blade of the Immortal is a seinen, supernatural, historical samurai series that is so exceptionally badass and iconic, and if there is any series that deserved a new adaptation, it’s this one! The series follows a guy who is essentially immortal and trying to make up for some fucked-up stuff he committed. Enter a young girl who is hell bent on vengeance against the slaughtering of her family. The two of them end up teaming up in unexpected ways to satisfy one anther’s pursuits. It is dark and disturbing. It is gloriously violent. It is fucking perfection. Blade of the Immortal is being produced by Liden Films and is set to air on October 10th (my mum’s birthday!) over on Amazon Prime.
Granblue Fantasy: The Animation Season 2 (グランブルーファンタジー ジ・アニメーション – 新作)
Granblue Fantasy: The Animation was an anime that I found much delight in, especially being a fan of JRPGs. The first season left me wanting much more than I received from it and I had resigned myself to never getting it. However, I was wrong, happily so. In the essence of the standard fantasy trope, a lonely boy who wants to learn more about himself and his family, ends up going on this long journey of self-discovery in the process. Along the way, a bunch of eccentric folks join him, creating an interesting dynamic of personalities. This season picks up where season one left off. The anime is being produced by Mappa and is going to premiere on October 5th over on the Rolls that are Crunchy. You can also watch the whole first season over there as well.
Sounds of Life Season 2 (この音とまれ! 2)
Sounds of Life! is shōnen, slice-of-life, music anime series about a group of kiddoes who are all from different walks of life that come together due to their love of the koto, which is a classical Japanese stringed instrument (also the national instrument), or simply to support their friends. Granted the series is supremely formulaic, but it had a few things that I found to be incredibly wholesome and encouraging. My ridiculously overdue review for it will finally go up next week (already have it scheduled). So, suffice to say that I’m happy there shall be a second season to (hopefully) wrap-up all of the koto shenanigans. The series is produced by Platinum Vision and will be premiering over on Funimation (where you can catch season one) on October 6th.
Kabukichō Sherlock (歌舞伎町シャーロック)
Last but not least on this list is the one show that interested me enough to want to add it to my watchlist, and of course it had to be Sherlockian. It takes place in the Shinjuku ward, which is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan that’s mostly a commercial and administrative hub. A string of bizarre murders begin to occur and they must be solved! So, why not bring in some genius dude named Sherlock? The anime is being produced by Production I.G. and set it premiere on October 12th. There hasn’t been a streaming source announced for it yet, however I’m going to hope that it ends up on HIDIVE because I love that site and it deserves to have more simulcasts added to its catalogue.
Overall, I feel like the Fall 2019 simulcast season is going to be filled with tons of excellent storytelling and breath-taking animation from an array of genres, which sounds like a fantastically fun time to me.
What are some of the anime that you’re looking forward to watching during the Fall season? Is there anything that’s receiving a second (or third) season that you feel doesn’t need it?
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