The last couple of weeks have seen a colourful blizzard of freshly inked anime storm across our screens. For those of you who feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of fall releases, we’ve put together a compact roundup of the most promising storylines from the most outlandishly complex fantasy adventures to the more down-to-earth world of high-school romance.
The Fighting Librarians (Tatakau Shisyo) – The Book of Bantorra (8/10)
We kick off with The Fighting Librarians (Tatakau Shisyo) – The Book of Bantorra; the librarians in the title are not fighting to retrieve overdue tomes but instead use their super powers to protect magical stone tablets that contain the memories of deceased people. Lead by the voluptuous and rather bloodthirsty Hamyuts Meseta they are fighting a sinister cult called Shindeki Church who seem to preach the rather disturbing doctrine that men are not created equal and that ascent to heaven can only be achieved by indulging your own appetites to excess. While the latter debauched tenant of faith is rather attractive, their treatment of those who they consider to be lesser beings is pretty appalling. They appear to have enslaved an army of people and brainwashed them into believing they are less than human, referring to these slaves as “meats.” If this wasn’t enough some meats have also had bombs surgically implanted in them and are hell bent on killing Hamyuts Meseta. While the librarians are fighting to free the meats, it’s not their first priority and conflict about this issue among their ranks appears to rankle. The difficult moral issues involved are sure to make good fodder for this first season’s viewing. The downside is that we are plunged directly into the complex action from the get-go and if you’re not paying close attention, you’ll easily lose the thread of the storyline.