Winter Anime Season 2015: New Shows

“Winter is coming” is the motto of a certain fictional medieval family, and it has, inevitably, arrived. Fortunately, it also brings with it an abundance of brothers and sisters to watch, so here’s a list of three brand new series I’ll be giving a warm welcome to. (I will cover returning series in a post in the near-future.)

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

Yuu and Mitsuki facing one another as Iris looks on

Unlimited Fafnir begins twenty five years ago when massive life forms called Dragons suddenly appear across the world, wrecking havoc, and from then on, girls possessing their power start being born. In the present, for some reason, Yuu Mononobe is the only male in the world with the Dragons’ power and is sent to a special academy for those who have it. There, he meets fellow users and even reunites with his long-separated sister, Mitsuki, who also has the ability, and together, they learn more about and fight against the Dragon threat.

First of all, yes, the Only Guy Among Girls premise will likely remind many anime viewers of the similar Infinite Stratos series, except with Dragons as the enemy instead of other humans, but that’s fine. Even if the template is the same (right down to the use of Unlimited in the title instead of Infinite), they can still tell an interesting tale. Right? Right?

Seiken Tsukai no World Break

Moroha and Satsuki facing one another

World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman features another school that teaches students who have special abilities. In this case, both male and female students possess reawakened memories and skills from their past lives that were either weapon techniques or magic powers, but never both. It is here that Moroha Haimura meets a girl named Satsuki Ranjo, and it turns out that they were brother and sister in a previous existence. Not only that, Moroha finds out that he is the first person to have memories of both weapon- and magic-users, abilities that he will use to protect his sister and classmates, no matter the cost.

The world can always use more magical siblings, which is good. And the show certainly presents a … novel way of getting around the whole related-by-blood business, so there’s that. (Un)fortunately, there’s another love interest with similarly close ties to the protagonist, so it should be fun to see how it all plays out.

Shinmai Maou no Testament

Basara and his step-sisters

In contrast to the other two series, Basara Tojo already knows who he is in the action/eros series The Testament of Sister New Devil, but his life changes when he gets two new step-sisters after his father announces his plans to get remarried. Moreover, these are not just any girls; they’re literally demons, and even darker forces are after them.

The premise makes it sound like it’s a going to be a comedy series, but it’s not. I mean, there will be funny bits in there, but there will be plenty of fighting going on, too. It should be an interesting ride.


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