Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2016: Markermus Prime Edition

Occultic; Nine

“The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Chōjō Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yūta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.”

Occultic; Nine draws me in by synopsis alone, I enjoy mythology, the occult and general supernatural story lines which is what intrigues me the most. The art is great, however I’m hoping the show doesn’t have as much fan service as the trailer focuses on.  However I’m really hopeful for this anime as the light novel series its based on was written by the creator of Steins;Gate a series and Visual Novel I really enjoyed.


“Shimazu Toyohisa, whilst involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field broken and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as ‘Drifters.’ ”

Drifters‘ synopsis caught my attention but I quickly dismissed it as another, warrior in another world anime. While it still seems that way what I really like is the art style I saw in the trailer. It looks like an interesting watch and based on the art style it seems like it will be more interesting than the typical warrior in a strange land/dimension story.

Monster Hunter Stories

“This is a world where both men and monsters exist. Those who hunt the monsters are called Hunters. But in a small corner of the Hunter’s world, there are those called Riders who bond with and coexist with monsters. With their Kizuna Ishi (Bonding Stones) that allow them to awaken the hidden power inside monsters, Riders live in secrecy together with their Otomon, the monsters they formed a connection with.
Ryuto, a young boy living in the Rider village of Hakum, dreams of becoming the world’s best Rider. Having just turned 12, he sets out to find his own Otomon for himself before the ceremony where he is given his own Kizuna Ishi. Together with his kind-hearted childhood friend Cheval, his inquisitive childhood friend Lilia, and his partner Naville, he sets out deep into the forest, and has a miraculous encounter with a Rathalos.”

I’m not going to lie, I’m excited juts on the fact that this is a Monster Hunter anime, although focusing on the Monster Hunter Stories series, I love Monster Hunter and am excited to see more of it. Mainly because from the time I started playing Monster Hunter in the early 2000’s while working at Gamestop not a lot of people knew the game in my area and it seems that more often there are those who don’t care for the series. So the more Monster Hunter the better in my eyes, especially reaching state side.

Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl and Samurai Master)

“Chidori is a little ninja girl living in Japan’s Warring States Period. One day, Oda Nobunaga rescued her from drowning in a river. Since that day, Chidori knew she wanted to serve Nobunaga. Five years later, she and Sukezou (who likes her) head out from their ninja village, determined to serve Oda Nobunaga!”

The story of a girl and her friend on a quest to become the Ninja of Oda Nobunaga sounds like an epic and stoic tale to be told with feats of daring and action packed battles. However the art style of this series seems to promise something more comical and light-hearted. The trailer seems like it might include both in the anime and that’s what makes me want to  check out this anime.

Sangatsu No Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion)

“Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he’s yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students. Meanwhile, his professional career has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed on him as the fifth to become pro in middle school, his wins and losses are fluctuating as his record and progression into the ranks begin to stagnate.

Acquainted with Rei are the three Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Unlike Rei, they live happily in their modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. Despite his reservations about becoming too close to the family, he frequently visits, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection he never quite had while under his foster home.

This is the story of Rei’s triumphs and failures, relationships new and old, and his growth as a person.”

The art of this anime looks really interesting to me, and I’ve always been interested in slice of life style animes. The story of Rei’s struggles at its core hit home for me and I’m highly interested in seeing where he goes with his career, his adoptive family and his relations with his peers. It seems like a story that will inspire and motivate through wanting him to succeed and find inspiration while experiencing failure.

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