Anime Fall Season 2019: First Impressions

2019 fall anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2019 fall anime season that just started~

Azur Lane
Studio: Bibury Animation Studios β€’ Genre: Action, Historical, Military

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You’d think that because this anime bears such an uncanny resemblance to KanColle that Lena would be all over it, but she actually didn’t enjoy the first episode. We’re officially living in a bizarro world… πŸ˜›

But back to the subject at hand. Azur Lane does seem A LOT like KanColle, but I think there were just enough differences that this might be able to stand on its own. The four different camps trying to repel the Sirens was an interesting development, but seeing those four camps split into two warring factions was even more interesting. I’m not familiar with the game at all, but all I know is that it’s basically more anthropomorphic ship girls fighting one another, so I’m not expecting anything too compelling from a story standpoint.

Compared to KanColle, I thought that Azur Lane seemed to have more cutesy characters, with the main exceptions being Akagi, Kaga, and Enterprise. KanColle had an entire class (Akatsuki Class Destroyers) of cute little girls, but it seems Azur Lane might have it beat in that regard. Laffey was probably my favorite character, but Unicorn and Enterprise were also likable to me. It’s early, but I’m thinking I prefer the characters from KanColle. And then there’s Akaga, who seem awfully close to one another, but in direct comparison to that other Akaga, they don’t seem as charismatic to me. Yuri-wise, there only seems to be Akaga at the moment, so this show has some ground to make up to reach the yuri level of KanColle. Overall, I think this seems like it could at least be a decent bridge until the second season of KanColle, if it ever happens…


Kandagawa Jet Girls
Studio: TNK β€’ Genre: Sports

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This show is directed by the same guy who directed Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid and Seikon no Qwaser, so in addition to the inevitable ecchi aspects of this show, I was hoping we’d eventually get some yuri as well. Through the first episode, things looks pretty promising, and I’m not just talking about the fanservice.

Rin and Misa already become teammates, and given Misa’s embarrassed reactions, it seems like there’ll definitely be some more subtext to come from them. We get a brief glimpse of another pair, Misuda and Fuka, and they seem like they’re going to be the gayest pair, so things are looking up. We got some other brief looks at a few other pairs, but for my money, Misa is clearly going to be Best Girl, and hopefully Rin will help bring out the best in her. The jet ski racing seems kind of fun, and when you take into account that there’s going to be girls shooting each other (in the ass) with guns, causing their suits to automatically disassemble, ecchi fans will probably love this show.

With some fanservice and some yuri in the first episode of Kandagawa Jet Girls, this seems like it’s an anime that we should be keeping an eye on. I’m not expecting this show to be anything more than a guilty pleasure, but as long as it continues to show some yuri promise, I’ll keep watching~


No Guns Life
Studio: Madhouse β€’ Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

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This was one of my most anticipated shows of the fall season, mostly because of the unique main character and the fact that it’s from Madhouse. The main character in this, Juuzo, has a gun for a head, so I’d say that that’s pretty unique. Anyway, he’s a badass hard-boiled detective, and although he doesn’t do much more than talk in this first episode, I can already tell I’m going to like him.

I thought that the story was pretty interesting, and all this body modification and use of robotics really stand out compared to most other anime out there. We even got a tiny glimpse of some potential laws of robotics similar to Asimov’s (that are sure to be broken), so I’m excited to see where the story goes from here. There was less action than I expected in this first episode, but I didn’t mind at all, given the interesting characters and setting. The little spurts of comedy weren’t anything we haven’t seen a million times before, but in this situation, I think it helped keep the episode from becoming too serious, so I welcome it.

Nowadays, it seems like there isn’t much originality in the anime industry, but at least in terms of plot and scenario, I really liked this first episode of No Guns Life. Shounen fans with short attention spans probably won’t embrace this as much as they should, but who cares, because the rest of us can still enjoy this seemingly more mature and deliberate anime. It certainly doesn’t hurt that this show reminded me a little bit of Cyberpunk 2077, and if that game doesn’t allow you to mod your character to have a gun for a head, I’m rioting. πŸ˜›


Null & Peta
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation β€’ Genre: Sci-Fi

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First off, I’m really disappointed that Null & Peta is a short-form anime. I was under the impression that this was going to be a full-length anime, but nope. At only five-and-a-half minutes (four-and-a-half, if you don’t count the ED), time just flies by, which is unfortunate, because I think it has a unique premise.

This is basically about a genius elementary school inventor who tries to bring back her late sister in the form of a robot, but things don’t go exactly as planned. This anime was described as a “slapstick comedy” and that describes it quite well. The jokes come early and often, and I thought this first episode was somewhat amusing. Now that I know this is a short anime, my expectations have lowered tremendously, but I’m hopeful this can still be a decent, little time waster. This show was brought to our attention because of Eku Takeshima’s presence as character designer, but it’s anyone’s guess whether this’ll actually have any yuri…


Rifle is Beautiful
Studio: Studio 3Hz β€’ Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

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It was YR reader MarkS00N that brought this show to my attention (so if it doesn’t have enough yuri, let’s blame him instead of me :D), and seeing that it’s Studio 3Hz behind this one (Princess Principal and Flip Flappers), I was hopeful that this could be more than just your standard cute girls doing cute things anime, but the first episode didn’t inspire much confidence that that’ll be the case.

This looks to be yet another club anime, but the club in question here is a rifle shooting club, so at least that’s a little different. The cast of high school girls seem pretty by-the-books as well, and it’s probably just me, but the main character, Hikari, is already starting to annoy me with how enthusiastic she is. At least the girls are cute, but the lack of originality doesn’t help matters at all. Things also move along pretty quickly in this first episode, and it just seems to be lacking something, anything, to make it seem really worthwhile.

Hikari and Izumi have been friends since elementary, so they’re really close and the most likely yuri suspects to keep an eye on, but even Erika ends up fondling Hikari, so I guess there is hope for us yuri fans after all. I wasn’t expecting this anime to be great or anything, but I think I still expected something more entertaining than this. Comedy-wise, I thought this first episode was pretty meh, and the same applies to the rest of the show. I think Rifle is Beautiful might end up being another generic slice of life anime, but it’s only one episode, so let’s hope things get better soon.


27 thoughts on “Anime Fall Season 2019: First Impressions

  1. Oh~ I thought Kandagawa Jet Girls SCREAMED Valkyrie Drive. So hearing it’s the same director makes alot of sense ^^ I generally don’t like ecchi shows, but still really enjoyed Valkyrie Drive. (For sure not one I’d recommend as “a good show”, but definitely a feelgood anime imo, and HEAVY on the yuri) So I have some hopes that Kandagawa Jet Girls may deliver in a similiar way.

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    • It was very guilty pleasure-ish and just so absurd that it was pretty entertaining. Can’t argue with you there. πŸ˜€

      In my usual fashion, I probably won’t watch any more episodes and just binge it all at the end of the season, so that would be a nice Christmas present~

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  2. I’m surprised you didn’t look at Z/X: Code Reunion, some good subtext between the two main characters. Tsundere subtext/yuri is always the best kind.

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    • I saw that it was apparently a second season or sequel or spinoff or something like that, so I was thinking I’d be missing out on the story. I’ll need to look into it more.

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  3. Oops, I go mentioned. XD
    Hopefully Rifle is Beautiful can live up to the expectation for 3Hz, but the first episode is a let down for me. It felt like someone reading a 4-koma with moving picture, instead of an anime adaptation of a 4-koma. Hopefully a better episode director can make it better for future episode. The character interaction is pretty promising though (that nonchalant boob grab is interesting…) with the MC and her childhood friend seems to be really close. Anyway, if the show give me some yuri, I won’t complain (much).

    Speaking of adaptation, there are two adaptation that worried me before I watched it. Azur Lane and Noukin (Or “Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!”, but that title is too long, so I’ll call it Noukin). These two series has a strong male presence in the original source. Unlike Kancolle that has gender neutral commander, Azur Lane has a male commander. Characters in Noukin talked a lot about liking boys and getting married in LN. So after watching the anime I am relieved to say that so far, they’ve made them more yuri relevant.

    Azur Lane remove the commander, and apparently transfer the romantic interaction with commander to other character (such as Akagi protective and possessiveness is transferred from commander to Kaga). So in that front, I think there will be more yuri in the future for Azur Lane. The poster and ED scene seems to pair Enterprise and Belfast, so let’s see how that goes.

    Noukin on the other hand seems to be completely retooled a lot of things. There are rumbling of reader who are displease with the change the anime has done, but as a yuri fan, I am extremely pleased. Namely, in the first episode, the MC is shown to be clearly interested in girl (or at least feminine feature), while her interest with male seems to be missing, and invent a completely new character as villain (a woman who kidnapped little girl so she can hug them). Apparently the director also direct Yuru Yuri, so I expect a very funny show out of this adaptation (and hopefully become completely yuri).

    Kandagawa Jet Girl comes from the mind of Senran Kagura + Valkyrie Drive, so I expect fan service and yuri, and the show delivers. Null Peta is cute, although I wish it to be longer.

    Another show I think worth seeing is Z/X Code Reunion. Which is an all-girl spin-off of Z/X, just like Hina Logi: From Luck and Logi is an all-girl spin-off of Luck and Logi. With seiyuu from Vivid Strike and its mecha-esque design, it felt like a spiritual successor of Nanoha meet Hina Logi. Hopefully it can gives that sweet-sweet yuri.

    Well, so far Fall 2019 is very promising, and I hope it can deliver.

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    • Just prepare yourself for the mean messages that may come your way. They totally wouldn’t come from me or anything… πŸ˜€

      I didn’t know that about Azur Lane. Maybe he’ll just mostly stay off-screen and do things that way? As for that second one, I tend to stay away from the shows with the absurdly long titles, like that one. Weird habit to have, but if people seem to think it’s pretty yuri-ish, maybe I’ll eventually check it out once it’s over.

      Ah, so it is a spinoff. Maybe I’ll eventually check that one out as well. πŸ˜€

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      • Well, as long as it is yuri (or at least tease yuri), I think we can be all happy right? XD

        >Maybe he’ll just mostly stay off-screen and do things that way?
        As far as I understand, he simply doesn’t exist in the anime. The girls are doing all the planning and strategizing themselves.

        >I tend to stay away from the shows with the absurdly long titles
        Well, I orginially try to stay away because the source material is absolutely not yuri. But with the change so far, I hope the anime will continue to turn the material in to yuri.
        Noukin apparently one the most popular isekai with female MC, so it would be great if other isekai with female MC that get anime can follow Noukin lead and become yuri…
        Speaking of long title and yuri, when WataMote get S2? The manga become yuri it will be a waste if we don’t get another season… :v

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        • That’s a relief. But now it seems even more like KanColle. πŸ˜€

          And since I’m not watching a lot of shows this season, maybe I’ll pick this one up before it ends. Can’t really say I enjoy isekai, but at least you made it sound interesting, so I guess it can’t be that bad.

          WataMote should definitely get another season! The OVA was okay, but it just wasn’t as good as the TV anime. The world needs more Mokocchi. πŸ˜₯

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  4. Been a while since I been on here! This season’s shows seem promising in the yuri department. Azur Lane surprised me with the images and previews I have seen, I never expected it to have highly suggestive yuri touching so lets hope more intense stuff happens later on!

    Kandagawa Jet Girls is definitely the most promising for yuri considering the people behind Valkyrie Drive and Senran Kagura are behind it. At the least it will probably provide good yuri fan service and nothing more. Hopefully it does go beyond basic fan service! For sure we need to keep watching for those boo- I mean PLOT! We need to keep watching for the plot! Yeah thats it! πŸ˜›

    On a side note, I sure wish Lena were here to talk yuri with us… T.T

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    • Long time no see. πŸ˜›

      It was only the first episode, so hopefully the yuri will only get better~

      I was pretty surprised to see those people behind it. It totally makes sense now. And I totally agree about the plot. That sweet, sweet plot. πŸ˜€

      And I showed her your comment again, but I’ll withhold her reply and invite her to say it to you directly instead.

      ^^ If I’m never heard from again, you’ll know who to suspect in my murder. πŸ˜€

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  5. Not gonna lie, this anime season is just blegh so far, maybe I’m just in an anime funk idk. I might have to re-watch Sakura Trick (or Citrus or Bloom into You etc.) to make me last until Fragtime is released.

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  6. Theres many anime this fall that looks like it might have yuri, even the slightest is good for me but I don’t have time to check them all lol. So thanks for this!

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