So this was meant to be posted some days ago, but I came down with an illness and then my cat got really sick, so blog stuff fell to the wayside. Even though a lot of these shows have already started their broadcasts, I put a lot of work into cropping images so I'm posting this anyway ;)
Like just about any other anime blog out there, I decided to do a Fall Preview of the shows that are about to burst forth onto the scene. These previews aren't meant to be full-on judgments of these series - something which seems like it has a bad or unoriginal premise, or which has character designs that I might not really like, might end up to be a perfectly enjoyable series. Likewise, something that I anticipate to be interesting might turn out to be a miserable failure. Also, some of these series might not even end up getting fansubbed or otherwise released in English. But it's fun to get at least a little excited about series to come, especially since Fall is one of the big seasons and there are a lot of choices out there. Anyway, these are in Alphabetical order, based on info from Anime News Network:
Official Site (Japanese): 11 Eyes
Story: Ordinary high school boy gets transported to an alternate world called "Red Night," and must fight dark spirits and black knights in order to return to his own world.
Thoughts: Looks like another bland eroge adaptation that probably won't interest me. Unappealing character designs abound including dumb, impractical school uniforms. My prediction is that it'll fade into the background like most of these series do.
Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu
Official Site (Japanese): Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu
Story: Three sisters enjoy cosplaying different animals. One day they get their hands (paws?) on a magical compact that allows them to transform into real animals.
Thoughts: The cute, it buuurnssss ussss! Seriously, this looks like fluff, pure and simple. Might have the side effect of rotting one's teeth. Apparently this is also being billed as a comedy, so I wonder just how funny it could be, or what type of humor it'll have (I'm guessing 4-koma-style gags, but who knows?).
Official Site (Japanese): Aoi Bungaku
Story: A series consisting of six short arcs based on various volumes of Japanese literature. The character designs for the various stories are provided by high-profile manga artists, including Tite Kubo (Bleach) and Takeshi Obata (Death Note).
Thoughts: The idea behind this intrigued me right away after hearing of it. The quality of the end result will obviously depend on the quality of the story adaptations - no high-profile artist could rescue something ill-suited for TV animation, but I'm optimistic that this will be something interesting to watch.
Asura Cryin' 2
Story: A high school boy is haunted by the ghost of his childhood friend. His life gets flipped/turned upside down when he gets a suitcase from his brother and there's a robot in it.
Thoughts: A sequel to a show that didn't interest me in the slightest, which is, unfortunately, how it seems to work most of the time. I can't imagine this continuation would be sufficiently different that it would be any more interesting than season 1. Will be broadcast on Crunchyroll for those of you enjoy your anime being of the streamed variety.
Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
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Story: Takes place following the original series, where Hei and Yin travel to Russia and meet a mysterious girl names Suo.
Thoughts: The original series was something that most people I knew really enjoyed, but I was never that interested (never mind the fact that I stopped downloading it after it got licensed and everyone else I know kept watching it all the way through, so now I'd be watching it on my own if I decided to). It also doesn't look like the type of thing that one could jump into cold, but I'll see. If this seems promising I might go back and pick up the DVDs for season 1.
Website (Japanese): Fairy Tail
Story: The story of a girl who wants to be a mage and the boy she meets who happens to be one.
Thoughts: Apparently this is the next big shounen thing, which means it'll be about 50/50 whether I can stomach it at first, with my tolerance level going downhill the longer the show is drawn-out (I still haven't managed anything longer than 52 episodes, if that tells you anything). What might save it are the characters. If the hero is a d-bag, obnoxious shounen protagonist, then I'll be running for the hills really fast.
Website (Japanese): Gokyoudai Monogatari
Story: The story of a twin sister and brother who have heartwarming encounters with the people they meet in Tokyo's lower-class neighborhoods.
Thoughts: Despite the girl's creepy forehead, this could be an interesting show depending on the quality of the humor and the stories. Don't know if anyone will sub this one, though (maybe Crunchyroll will grab it like they did Mainichi Kaasan?)
Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume Countdown
Story: I can't find info for this season, but Crunchyroll has the original and it's about an evil organization whose plans are continually foiled at the last minute by Deluxe Fighter, a meddling hero.
Thoughts: Sounds like a crappy version of Astro Fighter Sunred.
Inuyasha: The Final Act
Official Site (Japanese): Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen
Story: The tale finally comes to a close as the end of the Inuyasha manga is at last animated.
Thoughts: Did I mention that I don't dig long series? That especially goes for stuff like this, which shamelessly repeats itself and doesn't go anywhere meaningful. It'll be nice to see the story put to rest, but from what I've heard of the manga ending, not a whole lot is resolved anyway. I can't imagine that I'll be watching more than an ep of this. Viz media will be broadcasting the series on Hulu and their Shounen Sunday website soon after the Japanese broadcast.
Official Site (Japanese): Kaidan Restaurant
Story: Classmates experience bizarre encounters, and tell ghost stories. Based on a series of books.
Thoughts: I can't say how creepy it'll end up being, but it looks like kind of a cute little ghost story anthology series. Might be fun for Halloween, of course, someone would have to be lined up to fansub it first -_-
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Story: A normal high school student is suddenly forced to become a Kampfer, someone who fights other Kampfers with guns, swords or magic, and who must have the body of a girl to utilize their powers.
Thoughts: So the main character is a trap, nice. The show looks completely goofy, by the way. It's series like this that make people lament the lack of quality in Japanese animation (I don't, personally, but it's difficult to look past such dumb premises sometimes).
Official Site (Japanese): Kiddy Girl-and
Story: 50 years after the end of a conflict that decided the fate of the universe, it's again threatened and only two young girls, Ascoeur and Q-feuille, can defend it.
Thoughts:... and? And what? Seriously, what a dumb name for a sequel. In any case, this sequel was announced like two or three years ago and no one knew if it was actually coming out or if it had been canceled. I don't think I would have noticed if it had been canceled. Seems like a magical-girl premise with some sci-fi, but not a very interesting blend of either.
Kimi ni Todoke
Official Site (Japanese): Kimi ni Todoke
Story: Kuronuma Sawako often gets called "Sadako" because people find her odd and scary. She meets a guy named Kazehaya who becomes friends with her in spite of (or because of ) this.
Thoughts: Your average shoujo premise, though I've heard really good things about the manga and the adaptation is being animated by Production I.G. which means I'll probably be watching this.
PV: At Youtube
Story: Kobato is a sweet girl, but naive about the world around her. She carries a bottle that she fills with the suffering in people's hearts so that she can go to the place she desires.
Thoughts: I'm extremely wary of anything CLAMP nowadays, especially since they forgot how to properly draw human anatomy (not that anime is especially accurate, but their style of bodily distortion has become highly unappealing). This looks like it could be cute, however.
Story: A series of five-minute shorts about a group of cats who live below a kotatsu (a table draped with a blanked with a heater underneath).
Thoughts: I seem to be kind of a sucker for these silly cat shows, so this might have some appeal to me if it gets subbed.
Official Site (Japanese): Kuuchuu Buranko
Story: Irabu Ichiro is a strange psychiatrist who puzzles his patients with his bizarre behavior.
Thoughts: This was originally an instant watch for me, since it brings back a lot of the Mononoke staff, it's a Noitamina show and it's an unusual-looking series. I've heard that there are live-action segments with an actress dressed up as the nurse character, and I'm not so sure about that. I'm still hoping that this features some good stories and I'm sure my worries are unfounded, but I don't know why that unusual choice was made.
Official Site (Japanese): Letter Bee
Story: Gauche is a government employee who delivers any letter to its destination. He inspires a young boy to follow in his footsteps. Five years later, Lag is a letter bee, but now Gauche has gone missing.
Thoughts: This is the other big shounen series this season, but this one looks leaps and bounds more interesting to me than Fairy Tail. The only thing that might be a problem is the age of the protagonist. It's difficult to tell if he'll be more of the sweet kid type or a little shounen piece of crap. Crunchyroll has already snatched up this series.
Miracle Train - Ouedo sen e Youkosou
Official Site (Japanese): Miracle Train
Story: Stops on the Japanese Ouedo subway line are personified as young attractive men.
Thoughts: Man moe? No thanks. This series would have to be really good for me to watch much of it, but I have the distinct feeling that it's just a bunch of eye-candy.
Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chu
Website (Japanese): Natsu no Arashi 2
Story: The second season of the show revolving around a young boy and his interaction with time travelers at his relative's cafe.
Thoughts: I seriously didn't like what I saw of season 1 of this show (which was two or three episodes) and in saying so managed to piss some people off (oh noes, a disagreement on the INTERNETS). This season doesn't look to be any better, it's major flaw being that the little d-bag protagonist is still present. Remove him and the show would be much easier for me to sit through.
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza
Official Site (Japanese): Nogizaka Haruka 2
Story: More adventures with the popular girl who's a closeted otaku and the man who loves her.
Thoughts: I thought that the premise of season 1 was dumb and that hasn't changed here.
PV: Nyan Koi
Story: A guy who's allergic to cats has a crush on a girl who loves them. An unfortunate accident leaves the boy able to understand what cats are saying.
Thoughts: This show could go either way, I suppose. The premise is funny enough if not exactly cutting-edge. It'll depend on the characters and the comic timing.
Queen's Blade: Gyokuza no Tsugumono
PV: At Youtube
Story: The continuation of Queen's Blade season 1, where the characters actually fight in the Queen's Blade tournament.
Thoughts: Ugh. You probably know that I suffered through the first season of this series, mostly out of morbid curiosity. Then I got to the end and they didn't even get to the tournament. Not that I'm interested in seeing how things play out this season; I'm done.
The Sacred Blacksmith
PV: At Youtube
Story: Cecily is on a mission to find a blacksmith who can repair her father's sword. She meets a young man who can harness the Devil's Power - magic which has been banned since a great war. This is the beginning of her adventure.
Thoughts: Though the Manglobe studio's involvement promises some nice animation, the subject matter looks a little bit uninteresting to me. Standard fantasy stuff. Also the female characters are looking a bit too cutesy for my tastes.
Website (Japanese): Sasameki Koto
Story: Murasame Sumika is popular but she harbors a secret - she's in love with her female classmate. And the feeling is mutual, though Kazama Ushio, the object of her affection, is nervous about confessing.
Thoughts: I've heard people say that this is a worthy successor to this Summer's yuri series Aoi Hana. Prove it. The premise seems way more goofy and juvenile to me, compared to Aoi Hana which had young characters but which didn't aim low.
Seitokai no Ichizon
PV: Seitokai no Ichizon
Story: The student council at Hekiyo is chosen entirely by popularity vote, and only members may enter the sacred sanctuary of the council meeting room. Their daily meetings seem to devolve into conversations about their daily lives.
Thoughts: Wow, talk about a boring premise. I don't want to sound like an ass (some may say that's too late) but there's a limit to how "slice-of-life" my slice-of-life anime should be, and this goes over the line. I'm not against fully character-driven series, but this doesn't strike me as interesting in the least. Perhaps the final product will turn out to be more than just a string of conversations, who knows.
Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Ryouran Sangokushi Engi
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Story: The moe-licious re-imagining of Romance of the Three Kingdoms receives another anime incarnation that is supposedly more accurate to the game on which it's based.
Thoughts: Didn't like the first series because it was all about the boobies (there was a bath scene in the first episode - not a good sign for my enjoyment) and I honestly don't know what could be very different about this incarnation.
Sora no Otoshimono
PV: At Youtube
Story: A boy has strange dreams about a girl asking for help. Suddenly one day, a girl falls from the sky who happens to be an angel.
Thoughts: An angel with giant titties, of course. I'm not gonna pass my final judgment from one piece of artwork, but when the promo art has a crappy little male character getting tits in the face, you know there's probably something wrong.
Website (in Japanese): Tamagotchi
Story: The daily lives of the Tamagotchi are laid bare in this series.
Thoughts: Sorry, it's silly to try and make a series like this sound serious. Sounds like a kids show and I doubt anyone will bother to sub it.
Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra
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Story: The souls of the dead are kept in books in the Bantorra Library, where anyone can read about the past. The library is guarded by armed librarians.
Thoughts: I've heard people make story comparisons to Library War because of the armed librarians, but it sounds like this series involves more magic and fantasy elements. I've been curious about it. Crunchyroll has this one.
Tentai Senshi Sunred Season 2
Website (Japanese): Sunred
Story: More quirky comedy involving the jaded superhero Sunred and his persistent adversaries, Florsheim.
Thoughts: I loved the first season, and if the second is able to maintain a similar pacing and comedy style, then I think this will be great as well. Looking forward to it.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Website (Japanese): Railgun
Story: A story that takes place in Academy City, a location where most of the occupants are students, and starring a character from the To Aru Majutsu no Index.
Thoughts: I thought that To Aru Majutsu no Index was grossly overhyped; the first episode lost me when the main female character's clothing literally exploded from her body. I don't know if this will interest me any more, but it sounds like a completely different story so it's possible that it might be enjoyable (or at least different enough to distinguish itself).
PV: Winter Sonata
Story: An anime based on the super-popular Korean Drama from several years ago, starring the original male lead reprising his role.
Thoughts: I'm sort of torn on this one. I enjoy romance stories, but I understand that Korean drama is somewhat more melodramatic than I might have the stomach for. I'm definitely curious about the choice to use the Korean actor for the male lead. Does he speak Japanese? I guess it remains to be seen (or I could just go look it up, but I'm lazy).
Website (Japanese): Yumeiro Patissiere
Story: Overly-cute clumsy shoujo wants to become a pastry chef. She enrolls in culinary school and meets a spirit of sweets.
Thoughts: Too cute and the heroine seems vapid and uninteresting.
I guess that's it. Now to start with the reviewing!