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As we roll into the new year with our newly refreshed state of mind, we all are just about excited for what's to come in 2016. However, there is that time when we sit there and reminisce about those moments when that one favorite action scene blows you away with spectacular visuals, and over the top craziness. It's for that reason that we have decided to provide you with something to hold onto, in those times when you need a reminder of how awesome 2015 anime was. Honey's Anime presents to you, the top 10 list of fall 2015 action anime.
10. Hidan no Aria AA
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 6, 2015 – December 22, 2015
Flying in at number ten on our list of heavy hitters is Hidan no Aria AA. The show stars a young Akari, who finds herself infatuated with one of the worlds strongest gunslingers, Aria Holmes. Akari's dream was to become a world renowned butei much like her subordinate, but due to her extremely low rank, nobody in the school has faith in her. That soon turns around however, when Akari starts to display some unique skills of her own which catch the attention of her sensei Aria. Throughout the show we get to see a great relationship between the two, which develop into a great cohesive team that is full of non stop action.
Hidan no Aria comes in at number ten because from the beginning of the anime, we are rewarded with great action scenes that immediately draw you in for more. The character personalities of both Aria and Akari are polar opposites, which make for more wild action which you'll see later in the series. Akari has a modest and carefree persona, and yet when it comes time to let loose and come to her senpai's aid, she showcases some very fancy yet clumsy maneuvers to save the day. If you enjoy the very cutesy but strikingly powerful cast of female characters, then we definitely suggest you go and watch Hidan no Aria AA.
9. Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: October 10, 2015 – December 12, 2015
Slashing its way into the number nine spot of the top ten fall action anime is Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst. The plot follows characters, Basara, Mio and Yuki who are on a mission to put an end to the onslaught of demons in the demon realm. With the help of Maria's sister Rukia, everyone must come together to stop the madness that is about to ensue.
Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst greets you with a nice warm opening that has a great introduction to the main cast. You are constantly reminded of how corrupt the world around them is, and their determination to see it all come to an end. This receives the number nine entry due to its short ending however. At ten episodes, the action was non stop all throughout leaving you with a taste for more after the series finale. It's for that reason that we recommend watching this series, because it really emphasizes the phrase less is more in every possible way. If you enjoy demon slaying, stunning visuals incorporated with well designed action movements then go and check this one out. You will not be disappointed.
8. Garo: Guren no Tsuki (Garo: Crimson Moon)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 10, 2015 – ongoing
Garo has become a very popular series in Japan, and has also been reproduced into a live action television series. The popularity comes from its historic charm and great use of classic kanji which only further develop the story even more. Taking place in the Heian period of Japan, Raikou is a lone wolf who was left out in the blistering cold to die, since his family didn't care for him. Fortunately, Seimei discovers the young boy and presents him with the power of the golden armor. We are also introduced to Raikou's sidekick Kintoki, who wields two medal bars which can discover the evil inside those around them. These evils are known as horrors, which come from having dark desires in ones heart, and from there the horrors attack everyone around them. Douman, the main villain in the series, is the one who brings these horrors to life to inflict pain upon the commoners in town.
This anime is really cool not only because of its extremely different kanji and great story, but the magical spells and the almighty golden armor really keep you glued to the screen for more action. As each episode progresses, we get to see more and more character development which then leads into more action packed events that will keep you entertained at all times. The comedic factor also makes you stick around as well, since you grow to love and admire all of the main cast. Definitely cast your spell on this one!
7. K: Return of Kings
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 3, 2015 – December 26, 2015
Making its way into the number seven spot on our list of top fall action anime is K: Return of Kings. K tells the story of a modern Japan, where special “kings” were gifted with extraordinary superpowers. Each clan was represented by colors which had different abilities, one of which, red which defined chaos. The story of K revolves around each clan fighting for their own fate, in hopes that one of them will stand tall as the greatest among all kings in the world.
With a mixture of history and the more modern take on Japan, K: Return of Kings is really exciting as it gives you an interesting look at how superpowers can be formed. The use of colors to represent certain motives was a really cool way to interpret things, since we don't really see many anime that incorporate such ideas. Each scene is filled with sword slashing and spell casting which is more than enough to satisfy any action connoisseurs palate. If a little history mixed in with reality, and tons of special techniques tickle your fancy then make sure to check this one out.
6. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 10, 2015 – December 26, 2015
Owari no Seraph has seen its popularity grow over the past few seasons, with its first season doing very well for its opening entry. The story takes place in Tokyo, where Yuuichirou had just finished his battle in Shinjuku with fellow comrade Mikaela. However, things start to turn sour as Mikaela suddenly changes form and becomes a vampire. This startles Yuuichirou which then drives him to gain more insight on the constant changes around him. His goal became to find a way to reverse the transformation of vampires back into humans. This goal yet again hits another bump in the road as he is now confronted with more grim news of the vampire attacks in Tokyo. It's now up to Yuuichirou and his team to put a stop to the chaos that is about to begin.
Vampires, cursed gear and tons of weapon swinging. What more can you really ask for in an action packed anime. Owari no Seraph draws you more into the story the more you start to realize how much trouble Yuuichirou finds himself in. It's that passion to overcome adversity and work together as a team that makes this anime a must see. With great character plot and a wide array of drama, Owari no Seraph is sure to blow you away. Check this one out.
5. Heavy Object
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 3, 2015 - ongoing
The top five are always a tricky bunch to skim through, looking for the right pieces to finish that ultimate puzzle. But here at Honey's Anime, we make sure to provide you with something plentiful in your anime journey. Dropping a bomb on the top ten fall anime is Heavy Object. This action comedy mixture pairs Qwenthur and Havia who always seem to find themselves in the middle of every battle there is, but are always rescued by Milinda and her object. Havia grows an attraction to Milinda, who at times due to his shy nature, can never admit his true feelings to her. This leads Qwenthur to step in to be more of a man in his actions, and take initiative. The premise of the anime revolves around the revolutionary objects which have become the main center piece for all things war. It's Havia's mission to seek the truth about them.
With great visuals right off the bat, and a very nice creative storyline surrounding the use of objects, Heavy Object deserves top five. Every episode is set in a different terrain, and both Havia and Qwenthur have to come up with strategic ways to destroy the enemy object, and allow Milinda to take care of the rest. It's exciting to see because you're always greeted with something intriguing with regards to the tactical approaches that Qwenthur and Havia demonstrate all throughout the show. As the enemies grow stronger, so too does their prowess and ability to overcome anything that stands in their way. It's a must watch for those who love tactical thinking and mechs.
4. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 3, 2015 – December 19, 2015
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is an action anime that is situated within school grounds where students equip special weapons created from their souls. Ikki Kurogane was considered to the the worst knight in all of the academy, and due to this nobody really cared about his performance. That was until he came across an S rank student named Stella who changed his life forever. This romantic team grew stronger over the course of the series, with Ikki demonstrating his ability to make amazing reads on his opponent to overcome any obstacle. The number one student and worst knight battle it out to see who must be obedient to the other for their entire life.
We see the relationship between Ikki and Stella grow rapidly and due to this relationship, the action in the show is more entertaining. They both learn from each other which grows into a strong bond. With every battle that Ikki has, Stella is there to guide him and vice versa. This goes to show you that love is a powerful weapon, and when wielded properly it can be unstoppable. If you enjoy tons of fights with weapons coming from ones soul, then we suggest checking out Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry.
3. Noragami Aragoto
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 3, 2015 – December 26, 2015
Yato is no ordinary teenager. He is a god who has the ability to wield weapons by summoning spirits tied to that weapon. In this season, we see a heavy rivalry between Yato and Bishamon, whom is the god of war. After an incident in which Yato killed the spirits tied to Bishamon, she grew a supreme hatred towards him and made it a goal to kill him at all costs. Using his shinki, Yukine, the two must come together along with the rest of their friends to put a stop to the evil that is tearing the world apart.
Noragami Aragoto has seen a fair share of popularity as this is its second season. The first season was more of an introduction to Yato and his character profile, but this time around the story focuses more on Bishamon. While Bishamon has a clear hatred for Yato, he has a wonderful quirky personality but blends it well with sheer confidence in battle. Alongside his close friend Yukine, the two are on a search to find the truth.
There are constant battles all throughout the series, where Yato must defend the community by taking small part time gigs. The battles only grow larger, when Akayashi brings about a curse which turns the shinki against their own will. With a plethora of action scenes, tons of shinki usage, and wonderful visuals we highly recommend watching Noragami Aragoto.
2. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 4, 2015 - ongoing
Mobile Suit Gundam has always been a household name since its release in the late 70's and revolutionized the entire anime world with its highly detailed mech warriors and spectacular action scenes. Over the course of its original release, we have seen an array of gundam shows that to this day are still considered to be some of the best of all time. And so we fast forward to present day and we now have another series to discuss. Coming in at number two is Iron-Blooded Orphans. The story takes place roughly 300 years after the calamity war and now follows Mikazuki, a member of the private security firm known as CGS. He was hired to be the bodyguard of Kudelia, who is known to be of high royalty. However, things turn ugly when the elite Gjallarhorn unit raids the CGS headquarters. This didn't sit too lightly with Orga, as he took charge of this situation and created the team known as Iron-Blooded Orphans. It's now their goal to protect Kudelia, but also stop the threat that faces them by the hands of Gjallarhorn.
This should be no surprise that gundam has made its way to number two. This anime comes fully equipped with action right off the bat, and mechs flying from every direction. Mikazuki's gundam looks extremely cool and when inside the cockpit, we are never short of impressed by the amount of acrobatic sword beam wielding action Mikazuki provides. We recommend hopping into your own cockpit, turn on the monitor and most definitely check out Iron-Blooded Orphans.
1. One Punch Man
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 5, 2015 – December 21, 2015
Landing its way into the number one spot is none other than One Punch Man. This should come as a no surprise, considering that this anime had been one of the most highly anticipated for over a year. Ever since it was announced that the popular manga would see an anime release, people were counting down on their calendars as to when the launch day arrived. It didn't disappoint, as the anime made its way to number one on popular anime charts in Japan.
Saitama was just your ordinary salaryman in Japan, who after some time realized that he wanted to do something to help those around him. He saw a boy in trouble, but due to his weak stature at the time, he was pummeled into the ground. It was at this moment that he decided he wanted to become a hero to save the world from evil. Teaming up with Genos, the two work together to help restore balance to the city with amazing action scenes that will leave you both laughing and fist pumping at the same time. Every episode introduces a new enemy which Saitama takes care of very convincingly. We could talk about this show for months, but we recommend checking it out for yourself to see what all the excitement is all about.
Action themed shows are always a seller since they demonstrate extremely cool abilities that regular human beings could ever attain. But for that reason, it's a spectacle to watch simply because it creates a wonderful imagination inside the mind that makes you wish that performing these over the top moves were possible in real life. For these reasons, action anime will always be at the top of the food chain as it stimulates you in more ways than one.
We hope you enjoyed the article and that you check out our recommendations. If you have any other action anime that you think should have made the list, feel free to post your list in the comments section below.
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