Vampires to feast with, this Fall
Yes, Halloween is upon us and this Fall anime season is filled with vampires and other ghastly dark encounters. In Kyuuketsuki Sugu Shinu we will meet what is the world’s weakest vampire, while in Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu we meet a vampire girl dreaming of being an astronaut. A third vampire anime Visual Prison is all about visual kei and vampire’s rocking under a red moon. Not into vampires? Don’t worry we have a few sci-fis, school dramas, mechas and more in the recommendations. Oh and there is more, three popular series are returning, here’s a hint: Kimetsu no Yaiba, but we spoiled enough, go read and check out our recommendations. Have a few bites to read. Itadakimasu!!!
BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Release Date: November 2021
Anime House: SOLA DIGITAL ARTS
This is taking place in the aftermath of Blade Runner Black Out 2022.
L.A. 2032. A young woman wakes up with amnesia but finds that she had deadly skills. Her only clues to her mystery, a locked data device and a black lotus tattoo. It’s up to her to piece together the story to her past, to hunt down the people responsible for whatever happened to her and to find the truth of her lost identity. This series will include ‘familiar characters from the Blade Runner Universe.
Release Date: September 25, 2021
Anime House: Seven Arcs
Based on: Manga
Second-year high school student Yatora Yaguchi excels in his studies but is bored and plagued by emptiness and frustration. He also envies those who are different. That starts to change when he sees a painting made by a member of the Art Club, the use of colours in the painting fascinates him. He decides to try his hand at painting, trying to convey himself through paint instead of words and becomes so invested in it he decides to become a painter for a living. But when one realizes one’s dream there can be obstacles like parents, other artists and more. This anime explores one young man’s dream and how it impacts his world and those around him.
Deep Insanity: The Lost Child
Release Date: October 2021
Anime House: SILVER LINK.
Based on: Media Mix Project
In a world similar to ours a new illness, Randolph Syndrome causes mass comas. This illness seems to originate from a huge underground world underneath Antarctica, called Asylum. Strange creatures, unlike anything on Earth seems to dwell there and the place also teems with unknown natural resources. To cure this disease, people bet their lives, go exploring to find a cure for the disease or gain riches from the resources in Asylum. This anime is set between the manga’s and game’s stories. In the manga, it follows a boy immune to Randolph’s Syndrome. What is his story? Why is he immune?
Release Date: Oct 5, 2021
Anime House: SUNRISE BEYOND
Based on: Original
In 2061 Japan finds itself divided and oppressed, ruled by four major trade factions since it lost its sovereignty. Japan now is at the forefront of the world thanks to the deployment of AMAIM (a special humanoid mobile weapon, by each economic bloc. Meet Amou Shiiba, a boy that loves machines. He will meet Gai, an autonomous thinking A.I. The meeting for these two will pull Amou right into the battle to reclaim Japan, piloting the AMAIM Kenbu he built himself.
Kyuuketsuki Sugu Shinu (The Vampire Dies in No Time)
Release Date: Oct 4, 2021
Anime House: MADHOUSE
Based on: Manga
According to legend, vampires are super strong and only have a few weaknesses such as garlic, crosses and sunlight. But gamer and vampire lord Dralc is not that type of vampire… he is weak to everything, the poor bloodsucker dies and turns into ashes at the slightest shock. Vampire Hunter Ronaldo heard of a castle that is rumoured to be infested by a children-kidnapping fiend and he journies there to take the heinous fiend down. That dark lord of blood turns out to be poor old Dralc, a wimpy vampire. Also, the kid that was rumoured to be kidnapped was just using the vampire’s home as his own personal playground! Carelessly Ronaldo destroys poor Dralc’s house and allows the pitiful vampire to move into his office. Now the weak vampire and vampire hunter’s adventures together begin.
Saihate no Paladin (The Faraway Paladin)
Release Date: Oct 9, 2021
Anime House: Children’s Playground Entertainment
Based on: Light Novel
J-Novel Club describes the novel:
“In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?” Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin. “I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”
Release Date: Oct 7, 2021
Anime House: Satelight
Based on: Novel
In the distant future, mankind is living in a deep underground world known as ‘The Labyrinth’. In a colony. The Labyrinth is undeveloped and mainly unexplored but there are ‘Markers’, people who dare to explore and mark undeveloped areas. A curious nine-year-old Memempu, who dreams of being a Marker and her father Gaganbar is about to take on The Labyrinth. This is their story.
Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru (The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window)
Release Date: Oct 3, 2021
Anime House: ZERO-G
Based on: Manga
Also known ominously as The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, the anime tells the story of Kosuke Mikado. A shy bookstore clerk with the creepy ability to see ghosts and spirits. He wishes he did not have this ability and lived his life pretending he sees nothing until a fateful encounter with an exorcist, Hiyakawa. The exorcist is able to see and exorcise ghosts by entering Mikado’s body and they end up working together on all the strange and bizarre cases coming their way.
Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu
Release Date: Oct 4, 2021
Anime House: ARVO ANIMATION
Based on: Light Novel
Set in an alternate world, it tells the story of the first astronaut who was actually a girl, a vampire girl. In that world, after World War II, two superpower nations, the Federal Republic of Zirnitra in the East and the United Kingdom of Arnack in the West, competed in a space race, much like the US and USSR in our world. The anime follows the story of Lev Leps, a backup astronaut and his new companion, the vampire Irina Ruminecu. They are part of the Nosferatu Project, a program that experiments with vampires prior to manned missions. Irina is the test subject and Lev is to monitor and train her. Both have dreams of going into space.
Genre: Music Supernatural
Release Date: Oct 9, 2021
Anime House: A-1 Pictures
Based on: Original
Ange Yuki is a boy that wrestles with loneliness and the fact that he can’t fit in anywhere. Having no family and friends to hold him back he travels to Harajuku. He wishes to see his favourite artist perform there. He sees an intense musical battle between two visual kei bands ECLIPSE and LOS † EDEN. Little does he know that they are vampires, there to perform at the ‘Visual Prison’ event under the red moon, entrancing the audience. His life forever changes when he feels a sharp pain striking through his heart…
Isekai Shokudou 2
The restaurant is opening up again with new characters and new dishes.
A restaurant somewhere in Tokyo that specializes in Western cuisine, Mondays to Fridays. On Saturdays, however, it is closed to the public but then it is when a dimensional door opens and beast-men, lizardmen, swordsmen, wizards, shape-shifting dragons, treasure hunters and other fantasy world surprises go to the restaurant ‘Western Restaurant Nekoya’ to eat from its exquisite menu.
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen
Ancient lore and rumours tell of man-eating demons roaming the woods, and because of this no townsperson ever ventured out at night even if there is also a legend of a demon slayer who also roams the night to slay these demons. Tanjirou, a youth supporting his mother and 5 siblings ever since his father’s death, finds his happy life shattered when one day he discovers that they all have been slaughtered and that his sister has been turned into a demon. As in all tales of heroes, he starts to walk the path of a demon hunter, to find a way to cure his sister and to find and kill the demon that murdered his family. Now the adventures continue in a new season.
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Cour
A 34- year-old underachiever gets run over by a bus while trying to save someone. His story does not end there, in fact, it just begins. He is reincarnated as an infant in a fantasy world, but all his memories of his previous life are intact. Now he will use his new life to be better than he was before. This is the next chapter of the much talked about anime. Get ready for more epic adventures with Rudy!
What did the AnimeFantatika staff watch last season?
Top 5 Summer 2021 Roundup Takeshi
Sonny Boy (If you want to watch an anime that will keep you intrigued by a good mystery then this is the anime for you. A little slow burn but worth the watch)
Peach Boy Riverside (I enjoyed the whole dynamic about racism that is very prevalent in this anime and may get you thinking about real-world issues and has some excellent fight scenes. The bunny with black wings was a woah moment)
Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun. (Nice to watch a light-hearted anime that gives you a good laugh but be warned, it can be very ecchi in certain places but the ecchiness lends to the story and is well-timed. Wasn’t sure where this anime wanted to go at the beginning other than being a harem anime but ended up thoroughly enjoying it)
Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid (My go-to anime this season. Loved the storyline of the man who can kill just by touch and the love interest with his maid. The 3D may put some people off but comparing with other 3D animes this is one on the better side)
Vanitas no Carte (If you like vampires and mysteries then this is the anime for you. Has a good storyline and keeps you intrigued)
Yami Shibai 9 (For fans of the Yami Shibai series. Never fails to absolutely scare the heck out of a person)
Baka list for the summer season
Uramichi Oniisan (I found the MC and concept of the series so boring and dull that I couldn’t even make the 3 episode rule for this series. If I had to meet this person in real life I wouldn’t give them 2 seconds of my time. This anime does appeal to a certain type of person as I have had great reviews from friends.)
Meikyuu Black Company (I would have enjoyed this anime if the MC was not so conceited and a good for nothing who only thinks about himself. The only redeeming factor he has is that no matter what bad situation is thrown at him he will persevere and come back stronger. Essentially Naruto but if Naruto was an arsehole and just straight out using the people around him)
2021 Summer Roundup Ookami
1 Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (This anime’s vibe is great, a bit like a strategy anime like Log Horizon, where the main character must strategize to save a whole kingdom and the whole world.)
2 Peach Boy Riverside (A nice spin on the Peach Boy folklore tales of Japan. For some reason, I fell in love with the character Frau’s mindset. She is loyal and has a lot of heart. The battle scenes in this anime are super awesome.)
3 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu (The gamer in me likes this series because it reminds me a little of that old Nintendo game, Breath of Fire. I like the character building, especially the two female leads, whose rivalry/friendship brings a lot of humour to the anime)
4 Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life Isekai ni Tsukurou Drugstore (Cutesy and fun. The werewolf girl totally steals the show with her kawaii craziness. It is also interesting what recipe the pharmacist is going to cook up next to solve problems.)
5 Fumetsu no Anata e (A beautiful anime that hits deep and is dark and light on many levels. Fushi trying to stay a good person when faced with so much darkness is one of the themes of the show I like. The battles are also interesting especially where our hero fights the Nokkers.)
100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru (The second season is as dark and interesting as the first season. The way they change classes is in a slight way reminiscent of the games Dungeon Siege and Final Fantasy 5, and makes fr interesting dynamics in the battles)
Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (it was recommended to me and I shuffled through both seasons and fell in love with the story. Poor Subaru dies more times in the anime than Kenny in South Park, perhaps, but he always finds a way to deliver and save the people he loves.)
To find out more about some of the series Takeshi and ookami enjoyed last season, check out the Top Summer 2021 Recommendations.