Top 10 Fantasy Anime of 2014
1. MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage 2
Second season of Mushishi Zoku Shou.
Ghostly, primordial beings known as Mushi continue to cause mysterious changes in the lives of humans. The travelling Mushishi, Ginko, persists in trying to set right the strange and unsettling situations he encounters. Time loops, living shadows, and telepathy are among the overt effects of interference from Mushi, but more subtle symptoms that take years to be noticed also rouse Ginko's concern as he passes from village to village.
2. MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage
They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre creatures and called them "Mushi."
People once again began to believe in the existence of these "Mushi" when they began affecting their lives in inexplicable ways.
The one who connects the world of "Mushi" to the world of humans—they were called the "Mushi-shi."
All life exists not to hinder others in this world.
They are simply there to live as they were meant to.
(Source: Aniplex USA)
3. MUSHI-SHI Special: Hihamukage
New one-hour special which will adapt an upcoming two-chapter manga. When an eclipse occurs, the sun remains dark in one area. The mushi expert Ginko must come and determine how to return the sun to the village before their crops die. The secret seems connected to twin girls who live nearby. (ANN)
4. MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage Specials
Unaired episode of Mushishi Zoku Shou bundled with anime's third Blu-ray/DVD volume.
Adapts "Odoro no Michi" (Path of Thorns) manga chapters.
5. Natsume's Book of Friends OVA
Natsume Yuujinchou OVA which will be aired on 5th February 2014. The Blu-ray & DVD package will also includes the Chapter ~ SOUND THEATRE x Natsume's Book of Friends ~ gathering sound play which was held on September 28.
6. Attack on Titan: No Regrets
This prequel to megahit Attack on Titan answers the questions: How did Captain Levi of the Survey Corps go from street tough to humanity's strongest soldier? And how did Commander Erwin become a cold, calculating leader, ready to sacrifice anything to save the human race? The fires that forged this bond of loyalty and trust were intense indeed!
7. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Fuyuki City, a coastal city surrounded by mountains, is the setting for an age-old ritual. Seven Masters are chosen by the Holy Grail, the legendary cup said to grant every wish, to fight against each other until only one remains. Each Master summons a Servant, a mythological or historical figure, to aid them into battle and lead them to the victory that will earn them the coveted Cup.
Includes Episode 0.
8. No Game, No Life
The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers have spawned urban legends all over the Internet. These two gamers even consider the real world as just another "crappy game." One day, they are summoned by a boy named "God" to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where "everything is decided by games" - even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the "Saviors of Humanity" on this alternate world? "Well, let's start playing."
(Source: Anime News Network)
9. Black Butler: Book of Circus
A new Kuroshitsuji animated project.
The TV series is subtitled Book of Circus and will air July 2014 in the Animeism block. It will adapt the Noah's Ark Circus Arc, picking the manga story back up from the point at which they diverged.
This arc immediately follows the Curry Contest Arc in the manga, which ended at episode 15 in the first season of the anime.
(Source: MAL News)
10. Black Butler: Book of Murder
At the Queen's behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London's elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it's too late!