Sunrise head up production on futuristic fantasy light novel adaptation Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (aka Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere in English) - at a galnce, this certainly seems like perfect Sunrise fare, set in a far-flung future where humanity abandoned the Earth only to find themselves forced to return despite its near-uninhabitable nature, creating a parallel world to house the remaining populace. As war and the collapse of this parallel world threatens to tear humanity apart, the fate of the world might just rest in the hands of a bunch of students...
Should I watch it? Sunrise tend to produce pretty slick fare, and its concept sounds intriguing (albeit convoluted) - don't expect this to be the next Code Geass or anything given the amount of fan service and general craziness exhibited in the trailer.
Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam
After returning to the anime sphere in relatively quiet fashion with Nyanpire for the summer, this autumn sees the Gonzo production studio looking to mark their return to the big-time by revisiting the popular Last Exile franchise. Subtitled Ginyoku no Fam (or Fam, the Silver Wing for us English speakers), the series looks set to move into new territory by shifting away from the story, characters and designs of the first series to concentrate on a conflict between two factions through the eyes of an ace pilot and his female navigator. Okay, so maybe it *won't* be so different from the original after all.
Should I watch it? FUNimation Entertainment have already snapped up this series for a release in North America long before its airing, which pretty much goes to show the enduring success and popularity of Last Exile. Can this sequel live up to the original? Perhaps not, but it'll be widely watched nonetheless, and if you're a fan of the first series you won't want to miss it.
Such is the classic nature of Lupin the 3rd, I'm not sure it needs any introduction here, but what does certainly deserve some fanfare is the news that this autumn will see yet another TV special anime outing to keep Kazuhiko Kato's work in the spotlight, granting us another slice of crime comedy-adventure capers courtesy of Arsene Lupin III and his nemesis Inspector Zanigata once again.
Should I watch it? Given the classic, much-loved nature of the series, you probably should at least consider checking this out whether you're an existing fan of the franchise or not.
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!
No new anime season preview would be complete without at least one adult visual novel adaptation, and this autumn brings us LARC's take on Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai (or Do Love Me Seriously, in English). The story takes place within a city with a lot of admiration for its samurai ancestors, and features a group of friends who find things changing considerably when they allow a couple of girls to join their group...
Should I watch it? It seems safe to assume a lot of fan service, and as a result a lot of censorship, from this one - I doubt there will be anything too exciting to look forward to here.