Fall is upon us, which brings with it a new anime season. Summer's anime line-up was slightly compromised due to the pandemic, which means a few of the anime that were scheduled to be premiered earlier this year was forced to air later. The good news is we'll be able to finally watch some of our long-awaited shows very soon. Here's a guide to some of the most notable releases you might want to check out.
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (S3)
Season 3 of light novel adaptation known as DanMachi for short is finally here. If you haven't watched the first two seasons, the series is about Bell Cranel, an adventurer who was rescued by a high-level adventurer named Ais Wallenstein when he was 14 years old. Gods come down to see what the mortal world is like, creating groups called Familia and offer mortals the chance to fight monsters in Dungeons. Any adventurer who joins a Familia will receive that god's blessings. The second season ended with Bell saving Haruhime and her joining the Hestia Familia.
The third season premieres October 2 on Crunchyroll.
Before the final season of Attack on Titan hits in December, MAPPA will be bringing another highly-anticipated anime to the screen: Jujutsu Kaisen. The anime follows the adventures of a young boy named Yuji Itadori who gets wrapped up in a life-or-death situation after he swallows a finger and becomes the host of a powerful Curse named Sukuna. If Yuji can find and swallow the rest of Sukuna's fingers, Sukuna can be destroyed.
Jujutsu Kaisen will premiere October 2 on Crunchyroll.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
A sequel to Inuyasha, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon has attracted a lot of anticipation and hype. The series follows the adventures of the main characters' children. Sesshomaru's twin daughters, Towa and Setsuna, are separated: Towa gets stranded in the modern era while Setsuna becomes a demon slayer in the feudal era. In order to reunite with her sister, Setsuna enlists the help of Moroha (daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome) to travel to the future.
It's a nostalgic spin for fans who have watched the original but it also raises a lot of questions: As of now, it's still unclear where the main characters are -- did they die? Is something preventing them from being with their kids? Or worse -- are they neglectful parents? We'll hopefully be able to get some insight when it airs on October 3 on both Crunchyroll and FUNimation.
Following closely on the heels of Webtoon adaptations Tower of God and The God of High School, Noblesse is based on manhwa by Son Jeho. about a Noble named Cadis Etrama Di Raizel, more commonly known as Rai, who wakes up in the 21st century and has no knowledge of what happened during those 800 years that he was asleep for. He sets out to find his loyal servant Frankenstein and subsequently, decides to go to high school, all set against a backdrop of Rai's past continuing to chase him and causing him trouble.
Noblesse is set to premiere on October 7 with a Crunchyroll simulcast.
Keiichi Maebara moves to idyllic Hinamizawa to attend the village's annual festival, but something feels off about this village. Then he discovers that someone died or disappeared on a certain day in June every year for the past four years. The series' light novel source material detail alternate realities for the characters to try to simultaneously solve the mystery and prevent their deaths. Needless to say, those coming into the show unaware of the horror twists are gonna be in for a shock.
Higurashi will stream on FUNimation on October 1.
Haikyuu!! To the Top (S2)
The second part of season 4 of Haikyuu!! will return with the continuation of Karasuno's match against Inarizaki High. It was supposed to air soon after the first part finished in April but was delayed due to COVID-19. Kageyama, Hinata and the rest of their Karasuno teammates face off against the formidable Miya twins, who prove to be a handful not only as individual players but as a team. Despite how tough their opponents are, this only motivates Hinata further to keep running faster and jumping higher. No matter what obstacles he's up against, as long as he believes in his teammates, Hinata can definitely see over the wall.
Haikyuu!! To the Top is set to air on October 2.
The Irregular at Magic High School (S2)
In an alternate reality, magic exists, enhanced by technology and students are enrolled in one of nine magic schools in Japan. Because magic is determined by a person's genetic makeup, those who possess magical abilities are treated as commodities. The main character, Tatsuya, and his sister Miyuki enroll in First High School. While Miyuki soars above and beyond as one of the most gifted students, Tatsuya is anything but. However, his combat abilities and technical knowledge give him the edge, marking him as an irregular.
The first season premiered in 2014, and while it's been a long wait, the second season will finally premiere October 3 on FUNimation.
Tonikawa! Over the Moon For You
Ever since he was young, Nasa Yuzuki was teased for his name sounding like NASA. As he's walking home from school one day, he notices a girl, Tsuukasa Tsukuyomi, who saves him from getting hit by a truck. He confesses his love to her, and she agrees to go out with him on one condition: they have to get married first. Before they can seal the deal, however, she disappears. Will their story be like The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, where the couple ultimately can't be together?
We'll have to see when it premieres on Crunchyroll on October 2.
Golden Kamuy (S3)
Set in the 1900s, shortly after the Russo-Japanese War, Golden Kamuy tells the story of a veteran named Saichi Sugimoto, who now works as a miner and discovers that there's a hidden trove of indigenous Ainu gold. The problem is is that the location to this trove can only be found on the pieces of a treasure map tattooed on a group of escaped convicts. He teams up with Asirpa, a young Ainu huntress, to track down the location of the gold.
Two years since Season 2, fans will finally be able to watch the third season starting October 5.
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is based on the hugely popular video game series, created by Yuji Horii with designs by Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama. Dragon Quest has seen multiple anime adaptations in the past. The 2020 version will follow Dai, the only human on Delmurin Island who dreams of becoming a hero. When the Demon King Hadler gets resurrected, he receives training from another hero named Avan who once defeated Hadler.
The anime, produced by Toei Animation, will premiere on October 3.
Moriarty the Patriot
Moriarty the Patriot focuses on the arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, William James Moriarty. When the Moriarty family adopts two orphans, the cruelty with which they are treated prompts elder son Albert James Moriarty to ask his adopted sibling Willian, a mathematics prodigy, to help him destroy the world of nobles and create a new one... and they'll start with the Moriarty family.
Moriarty the Patriot will be animated by Production I.G., the same studio behind Psycho-Pass, Guilty Crown and Ghost in the Shell. It will premiere October 11.
Adding to MAPPA's growing library of sports anime like Yuri!!! On Ice and Hajime no Ippo: Rising, Taiso Samurai focuses on a gymnast named Shotaro Aragaki who, at 29 years old, is at the point in his life where most athletes retire. However, his love for the sport spurs him forward, and with the ongoing support from his daughter, his coaches and his friends and rivals, Shotaro continues to compete.
The anime is set to air October 10.
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin
Who do we call when a mysterious alien force invades Earth and threatens the safety of humankind during World War II? The Strike Witches, of course! These girls sprout animal ears and tails every time they use their powers. Inspired by real-life aircraft, the Witches fly through the sky using Striker Units, which basically transform their legs into mini propellers. The Witches are the only thing between the Neuroi and the fate of the universe and it's up to them to try to stop it.
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin will premiere on October 7.
The Day I Became a God
If a girl dropped out of the sky, claimed she was a "god of omniscience" and informed you that the world would be ending in 30 days, would you believe her? Yota Narukami is having a hard time believing her: he's a third year in high school -- he has exams to study for! But when it's obvious that Hina really is a god, it seems the only thing that's left is to spend the rest of the remaining weeks of summer with her and make the best use of his last few days.
The Day I Became a God will premiere October 10.
Adachi & Shimamura
Adachi & Shimamura follows the growth and development of the romantic relationship between Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura. The two girls first met when they were skipping class and hanging out on the second floor of the gym. The anime looks to have a soft, slice-of-life look as the girls' friendship grows into something more. Tezuka Productions is handling the animation.
Adachi & Shimamura is set to premiere October 8 on FUNimation.
Adapted from a video game, Studio Pierrot brings the futuristic sci-fi series Akudama Drive to fans. From the looks of the trailer, the anime promises to be sleek and fast-paced. Kantou and Kansai are divided as a result of a war that broke out, leaving the government and police scrambling for control against a group of criminals called Akudama. The anime was produced in collaboration with Too Kyo Games, a video game company created in 2017 by Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka.
You can catch the first episode of Akudama Drive on FUNimation October 8.