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Autumn 2009 Preview! (Part A)

September 21, 2009

So another season is upon us already – I’ve already done my usual preview for TSR (here), but thought I would take the 17 series that I’m kind of interested in out of the 32 I previewed there and stick them up here. 😛  I intend to at least give these ones a look, but probably won’t pick them all up (I’m getting more selective these days – I used to just watch everything regardless of how dull it was!)  Anyway, sequels 1st then new shows……..this is mostly a duplication of the TSR thread, I’m just posting this to waste time really 😀

Natsu no Arashi 2


Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/natsunoarashi2/
Japanese Air Date: 4th October 2009
Animation Company: Shaft (Bakemonotogari, ef: A Tale of Melodies)
Seiyuu: Ryoko Shiraishi, Yuko Sanpei, Chiaki Omigawa
Number of Episodes: 13
PV:

Summary

Second season of the adaptation of Jin Kobayashi’s (School Rumble) Natsu no Arashi (Summer Storm) manga.
The story centers on a boy named Hajime Yasaka who meets an older high school girl named Sayoko “Arashi” Arashiyama in an old town coffee shop. “Arashi” happens to have a secret that Hajime learns one fateful summer vacation. Arashi makes a bond with Hajime, enabling them to travel back through time, sometimes to rescue those who died in WWII.

Ah now here’s a sequel that I’m looking forward to! The 1st season of Natsu no Arashi was a surprise – I wasn’t keen to start off with, but by the end of the season it was a firm favourite. The mix of serious, heartwarming WWII stuff, with quirky slice-of-life comedy was very well done and complemented nicely by the ever interesting SHAFT animation. I’m hoping that we get proper answers to the questions posed in season one regarding the whole time-travelling thing – definitely watching this. Natsu no Arashi S1 was simulcast on Crunchyroll, I’m assuming they will be doing the same with this 2nd season.

Asura Cryin’ 2


Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/asura/
Japanese Air Date: 1st October 2009
Animation Company: Seven Arcs (Nanoha, Inukami)
Seiyuu: Miyu Irino, Ai Nonaka, Haruka Tomatsu, Rie Tanaka
Number of Episodes: 12
PV:

Summary
Second season of the adaptation of Gakuto Mikumo’s light novels.
Tomoharu is a normal high school student… except for he’s not alone. Haunted by the ghost of his dead childhood best friend, he moves into a new home in time for the new school year. That becomes a little more difficult than anticipated when his house becomes overrun with various female occult users. Even worse than that he has been pulled into a fight to protect a trunk within the house that others want to steal.
I’m torn on this one. On one hand I watched the 1st season to its cliffhanger end and my completionist nature means I feel obligated to watch the 2nd season. On the other hand, the 1st season was crap (if quite fun). I don’t know who I’m trying to kid though, I know I’ll end up watching this in the vain hope it ends well!

Darker Than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini

Website: http://www.d-black.net/
Japanese Air Date: 8th October 2009
Animation Company: Bones (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Fullmetal Alchemist)
Seiyuu: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Kana Hanazawa, Misato Fukuen, Nana Mizuki
Number of Episodes:
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMAD7bG4MMA

Summary

Second season of the Bones original created by Tensai Okamura.
Hei and Yin are now on the run after betraying the Syndicate in the previous season. After leaving Japan, Hei encounters Suou Pavlichenko, a 13 year old Eurasian girl who becomes embroiled in the war and politics of the various factions and Contractors vying for power. Meanwhile, Hell’s Gate remains standing in Tokyo, after Hei’s efforts to stop the Saturn Ring anti-Gate particle weapon from activating. Although Contractors are safe from the danger of having their existences erased, this does not prevent new and old Contractors from abusing their powers. As Misaki Kirihara and her team in the Public Security Bureau deal with the increasing Contractor cases, she also has to keep the Syndicate at bay, who has major positions in the Japanese police and intelligence bureaus around the world.

Woo! More Hei!  Another for the definitely watching pile and one of the sequels I’m looking forward too. The original DtB series was very good (although it had a very odd ending) so I’m hoping for more of the same. BONES are a very capable studio and I’m expecting good things from this 2nd series, even if the addition of another loli worries me – Yin was awesome enough.

Inuyasha: The Final Act


Website: http://www.sunrise-inc.co.jp/yasya-kanketsu/
Japanese Air Date: 3rd October 2009
Animation Company: Sunrise (Gundam, Cowboy Bebop)
Seiyuu: Houko Kuwashima, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kouji Tsujitani, Kumiko Watanabe, Satsuki Yukino
Number of Episodes: 26
PV:

Summary

Sequel to the adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi’s manga.
Higurashi Kagome, after being pulled down a well by a demon, finds herself in Feudal Japan, where she learns that a powerful jewel has been reborn inside her body. After the jewel shatters in an attempt to retrieve it from one of the many demons who was after its power, Kagome must join forces with the half-demon Inu Yasha (also after the jewel’s power) to track down the shards of the jewel before its power falls into the wrong hands.

OMG we’re going to get an ending!!  The original InuYasha anime went off into the land of fillers and then just stopped mid plot – bad times, so I’m more than happy to see that the final part of the manga plot is getting animated. Having read the manga to the end, I can only hope that they tighten up the plot a bit as the pacing is rather slow – but on the bright side there is a lot more Sesshoumaru!  Yes I’m looking forward to this a lot, Inuyasha was a great shoujo series.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun


Website: http://www.project-railgun.net/
Japanese Air Date: 2nd October 2009
Animation Company: JC Staff (Shakugan no Shana, Hayate no Gotoku!!
Seiyuu: Rina Satou, Aki Toyosaki, Atsushi Abe, Kanae Itou, Satomi Arai
Number of Episodes: 12
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOCm2…eature=related

Summary
Adaptation of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun), Motoi Fuyukawa’s manga spinoff of Kazuma Kamachi’s To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magic Index) light novels.
In a world where science clarifies supernatural powers. In a huge college that has power development in its curriculum. To a resident high school student, Kamijou Touma, a pure white sister appears. She calls herself “Index” and says that sorcerers are chasing her. Thus, Kamijou Touma enters the world of the occult.
The spinoff focuses on Mikoto Misaka, one of the Level 5 psychics in the To Aru Majutsu no Index light novels

Now I said when Index finished airing that I would definitely not be watching a sequel as Index was dull. However Railgun takes the best thing in Index (Misaka) and makes her the main character – this could be watchable. I don’t know though – judging from the PV it nearly seems like yuri :S   I’ll look at the 1st episode before deciding – do not want to be saddled with another show like Index though.

Kämpfer


Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/kenpu/
Japanese Air Date: 1st October 2009
Animation Company: Nomad (Rozen Maiden, sola)
Seiyuu: Marina Inoue, Nana Mizuki, Yui Horie, Yukari Tamura, Megumi Nakajima
Number of Episodes: 12
PV:

Summary
Adaptation of Toshihiko Tsukiji’s (Maburaho, Umi Monogatari) light novel series, which has also been adapted into a currently-running manga.
Senou Natsuru is your normal, everyday high school student. However he’s been chosen to be a Kampfer, whose objective consists on fighting other Kampfer with either guns, swords or magic. But there´s a catch: first you can’t chose if you´re a Kampfer or not, and second, you must have the body of a girl to use your powers.

Ooh Gender-bending! Always good for a laugh! 😛  Excellent cast on board for this, and I quite like the promo art (although I am wondering where Nomad are going to squeeze in their obligiatory nod to Rozen Maiden :)). Shall be checking this out in the hope that it has Traptastic comedy, mahou-shoujo style transformation sequences and good action scenes. It shall all depend on the quality of the script and fight choreography.

Tatakau Shisho – The Book of Bantorra


Website: http://www.bantorra.com/
Japanese Air Date: 2nd October 2009
Animation Company: David Production (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, Ristorante Paradiso)
Seiyuu: Romi Paku, Akira Ishida
Number of Episodes: 13
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3K5l_H6dmI

Summary
Adaptation of the Tatakau Shisho (Fighting Librarians) light novel series written by Ishio Yamagata.
All the dead people of the world have been turned into “books” stored in the Bantorra library. A boy named Koria Tonisu has had his memories erased and his chest embedded with a bomb. He is sent to kill Hamyuttsu Meseta, the world’s most powerful armed librarian. However, he falls in love at first sight with this beautiful woman in charge of the “books,” and he gets enveloped in the great war over the library.

I spotted in the details for this series that the OP will be by ALI PROJECT >.< I am trying to get over that, but think that’s a bad sign 😛  The cast list looks promising, but the concept doesn’t really feel all that original. Armed librarians have been done before (Toshokan Sensou, R.O.D.) and the idea of having dead people in books seems startlingly similar to the Death Records of the Shinigami in Kuroshi~tsuji!  The PV was pretty decent looking though, I liked the BGM music at least and the character and set designs look pretty good. Shall give it a look, but I’m not really excited by this.

The Sacred Blacksmith


Website: http://www.blasmi.com/
Japanese Air Date: 3rd October 2009
Animation Company: Manglobe (Mitchiko to Hatchin, Samurai Champloo)
Seiyuu: Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Aki Toyosaki, Megumi Toyoguchi
Number of Episodes: 12
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPZ1aj08x2c

Summary
Adaptation of Isao Miura’s fantasy light novels.
The story takes place after an abominable war that foisted a “devil’s contract” upon a land. Cecily Campbell, a former noble’s daughter who joined a knighthood, encounters a man who dispatches some hoodlums with one sweep of a mysterious sword. The man possesses the power of the same “devil’s contract” that has become taboo, now that peace has been restored. Cecily has been searching for a blacksmith who can repair an old sword she inherited from her father, and that mysterious young man happens to be blacksmith named Luke. This encounter launches their adventures together.

High fantasy stuff is usually hit or miss, but Manglobe are a very capable studio and the cast seems decent……hopefully the Luke in this series is a better protagonist than Luke in Tales of the Abyss! The PV was pretty good – like the animation and designs, but still feels quite ‘meh’ – not feeling a whole lot of originality here, the plot seems generic and overdone. Another wait and see, I’ll be checking out the 1st episode to see if Manglobe have put any quirky spin on the concept.

Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee)


Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/tegamibachi/
Japanese Air Date: 3rd October 2009
Animation Company: Studio Pierrot (Bleach, Naruto)
Seiyuu: Ayumi Fujimura, Miyuki Sawashiro, Jun Fukuyama
Number of Episodes: 13
PV:

Summary
Adaptation of Hiroyuki Asada’s manga.
Gauche is a governmental employee, given the task to deliver any letter to it’s destination. Meeting a young boy who is the letter to be delivered, Gauche makes friends with Lag and inspires him to take up the job. Five years later, Lag Seeing finally becomes his dream, that of a Letter Bee. However, the one who inspired him has gone missing and only there does the mystery start.

Promo art looks pretty (ooh sparkly purpleness), but Studio Perriot are quite inconsistent when it comes to their animation, but since this is only 13 episodes I’m sure they can’t mess up that much. I haven’t really heard much about Tegami Bachi, I know there was an OVA released a while back, but I skipped that as I don’t follow the manga. The synopsis doesn’t sound all that exciting, but I’ve spotted Jun Fukuyama in the cast list so I’m probably going to end up watching this anyway.

Miracle Train ~Ouedo-sen e Youkoso~


Website: http://www.miracle-train.tv/index.html
Japanese Air Date: 4th October 2009
Animation Company: Yumeta Company (Neo Angelique Abyss, La Corda D’Oro)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kenn, Kouki Miyata, Miyu Irino, Ryotaro Okiayu
Number of Episodes: 12
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_mObCVJ9JE

Summary
The Miracle Train project anthropomorphizes several heavily travelled train stations in Tokyo into young handsome male characters. This television series will feature a different cast of characters inspired by the Ouedo subway line — specifically, Fumi Roppongi, Rintarou Shinjuku, Izayoi Tsukishima, Iku Shiodome, Saki Tochou, and Itsumi Ryougoku.

Oookay!  Well it worked for Hetalia, why not train stations!? Um, yeah – looks like they have the full complement of bishie stereotypes on board and I’m getting major yaoi vibes (although I’ve heard that there is none 😦 ) I’ll be watching this for the laugh – doubt it will have the same brilliance as Hetalia though.

………..Next part tomorrow!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 10:22 am

    As usual, I’ll watch the first episode of practically everything that’s airing this autumn, but will stick to the six I’ve chosen up to episode five. From that point, I’ll decide whether to continue weekly until they finish or place them on my ever-growing ‘stalled’ pile. Of course, the first episode of something I initially chose not to follow might surprise me and end up being a favourite. That’ll be nice. 😛

    Nice write up, Cara. Looking forward to the next one. 🙂

  2. September 27, 2009 9:52 pm

    this isnt your next mecha favourites thing 😐

    • September 27, 2009 9:54 pm

      Nope it isnt……arm hasnt been up to writing any new reviews or mecha entries this week 😦

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