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Autumn Anime 2009! (Part B)

September 22, 2009

Rest of the entries………feeling really lazy so this is about as much as I can be bothered writing 🙂


Japanese Air Date: 6th October 2009
Animation Company: Madhouse Studios (Black Lagoon, Saiunkoku Monogatari)
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Tetsu Inada
Number of Episodes: 24

Adaptation of the manga by CLAMP.
Kobato is a young girl that for unknown reasons, needs to fill a mysterious bottle with the feelings of people with a heart in pain. For that she needs to “cure” other people’s hearts and make them happy, but this could become even more difficult than she thought. Her companion for this task is a grumpy plush dog she calls Ioryogi-san.

Yay CLAMP – so pretty! 😀  I haven’t been following the Kobato. manga, I generally prefer CLAMP’s seinen and shounen stuff to their shoujo stuff. I know that Kobato. will contain characters from Wish as both manga take place in the same universe, and I quite like Wish (it has flying bunnies and Trappy angels! :P). I’ll be following this as if nothing else it will be pretty (plus I’ve heard Ioryogi-san is pretty awesome) – glad Madhouse have gotten this show, they seem to work best with CLAMPs character designs (yes I am still bitter about the Tsubasa Chronicle/Bee Train awfulness :D).

Kimi ni Todoke

Japanese Air Date: 6th October 2009
Animation Company: Production I.G. (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell)
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Mamiko Noto, Aya Hirano
Number of Episodes: 12

Adaptation of Karuho Shiina’s shoujo manga Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You).
Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine… for a horror movie. With her jet-black hair, sinister smile, and silent demeanor, she’s often mistaken for Sadako, the haunting character from Ringu. Unbeknownst to but a few, behind her scary facade is a very misunderstood teenager. Shy and pure of heart, she just wants to make friends. But when Kazehaya, the most popular boy in class, befriends her, she’s sure to make more than just that – she’s about to make some enemies, too!

Hmmm…..Sounds a touch like Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge but with less blood, bishies and side-splitting comedy. The fact that Production IG is handling this, plus the excellent cast makes me want to check this out though – hope it isn’t as generic shoujo as it sounds and that Sawako has some of Sunako’s awesomeness (and maybe a knife! :P)

Fairy Tail

Japanese Air Date: 12th October 2009
Animation Company: A-1 Pictures (Kannagi, Valkyria Chronicles), Satelight (Macross Frontier, Guin Saga)
Seiyuu: Aya Hirano, Tetsuya Kakihara, Rie Kugimiya, Sayaka Ohara,Yuuichi Nakamura
Number of Episodes:

Adaptation of Hiro Mashima’s (Rave Master) manga.
Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage who really wants to do is join a guild – and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a motion-sick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he’s none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu’s archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Ezra, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn’t matter as long as they get the job done… right?!

Now this is the 1st show on the list that I’m actually excited about! I’ve been following the Fairy Tail manga from about the release of chapter 30 (at time of writing its at chapter 152) and I’ve always said it would make a great anime. Its not the most original series and doesn’t have a lot of depth, but it is extremely entertaining and the characters are lots of fun. A-1 & Satelight are unusual choices to take on a traditional shounen series, but judging from the promo art on offer, they’ve done a good job with the character designs. There are some interesting choices in the cast list too, but some great names as well. Definitely watching this – hope it turns out well.

Winter Sonata

Japanese Air Date: 17th October 2009
Animation Company: Key East
Seiyuu: Bae Yong Jun, Choi Ji Woo
Number of Episodes: 26

Adaptation of Winter Sonata (also known as Winter Love Song), the blockbuster 2002 Korean drama television series that helped launch the “Korean wave” of pop culture in Japan.
The drama follows two childhood friends — a boy and a girl — and the tragedy and angst that befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood.

Well after much speculation, Winter Sonata is finally set an air date – I swear this series has been on my list every season for the past year only to have its air date repeatedly pushed back a season!
I’ve heard that this will have the original Korean actors reprising their roles for the anime, so I can only assume its airing as Korean audio with Japanese subs (no one seems to know for sure anywhere I’ve checked). Winter Sonata has been widely anticipated as the original K-Drama was a massive success…..I haven’t seen it myself. I’m expecting massive amounts of DORAMA and weepiness, and I’m actually quite looking forward to it – just hope its not too heavy or that could be difficult to watch.

Kuuchuu Buranko (Trapeze)

Japanese Air Date: 15th October 2009
Animation Company: Toei (Mononoke, One Piece)
Number of Episodes: 11

Adaptation of Hideo Okuda’s Kuuchuu Buranko (Trapeze) short story collection.
The collection is Okuda’s second book featuring the psychiatrist protagonist Ichirō Irabu and his various patients — the title refers to the first story about a circus artist who can no longer perform. In modern Japan, people visit “doctors of neurology,” rather than therapists. Dr. Irabu is an eccentric neurologist with an injection fetish, an Oedipus complex and a green Porsche, known for making patients much worse before they get better.

I can’t find a seiyuu list for this, but I know for sure I’ll be watching it! Look at the promo art and the summary – how could I not watch this!? Trapeze is the only series this season that truly looks and sounds original. I like psychological shows, and I enjoy unusual animation – Trapeze looks to have both so its going in the definitely watching pile – its promising that its from the same team who did Mononoke.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Japanese Air Date: October
Animation Company: Future Planet Co., Beijing Glorious Animation Co.
Number of Episodes: 52

A joint Chinese-Japanese adaptation of the classic novel depicting the tumultuous warring period of second-century China and the political intrigue between the different factions..

Um yeah. I can’t find much information on this at all. All I know is that it’s a joint effort with ‘Beijing Glorious Animation Co’ so I’m expecting it’s a bit of a propaganda wagon 😛  Still I’m interested in it – I’ve yet to watch or read The Romance of the Three Kingdoms although I am familiar with many of the characters as they tend to pop up in lots of shows.

Kaidan Restaurant

Japanese Air Date: 13th October 2009
Animation Company: Toei (Dragon Ball Kai, Mononoke)
Number of Episodes:

TV series based on the best selling Kaidan Restaurant line of ghost story anthologies by Miyoko Matsutani & illustrators Yoshikazu Takai and Kumiko Kato.
Each episode will contain three short stories, an “appetizer,” “entree,” and “desert.” The first two “dishes” of each episode will depict the ghostly events that revolve around sixth-grade schoolgirl Ako Ozora. The closing chapter of each episode will be a ghost story told by Ako and her classmates.
Publisher Doshinsha has released over 50 volumes of the Kaiden Restaurant book series since 1996, selling over 7 million copies so far.

This looking interesting. I really like ghost stories and horror in general and Kaidan Restaurant seems to have an interesting style about it. I’d like to get a bit more information about it (like a PV and a cast list) before I decide anything – but think I may like this.

Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature)

Japanese Air Date: 10th October 2009
Animation Company: Madhouse (Kurozuka, Black Lagoon)
Seiyuu: Romi Paku,Masato Sakai, Wataru Takagi, Aya Hisakawa
Number of Episodes: 12

TV series will consist of adaptations of six contemporary classic works of Japanese literature.
Episodes 1-4 will be an adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku). Death Note & Hikaru no Go illustrator Takeshi Obata will provide conceptual character designs. Morio Asaka (Chobits, Nana) will direct.
Episodes 5 & 6 will adapt Ango Sakaguchi’s 1947 short story In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita). Bleach creator Tite Kubo will provide the conceptual character designs. Ken Iizuka, who did series composition for Madhouse’s Rideback TV anime, will direct.
Episodes 7 & 8 will adapt Soseki Natsume’s 1914 novel Heart (Kokoro). Obata will again provide the original character designs. Shigeyuki Miya (Lupin III: Green vs Red, Buzzer Beater 2007 series) will provide the animation character design and direct.
Episodes 9 & 10 will adapt Osamu Dazai’s 1940 novel Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos). Prince of Tennis creator Takeshi Konomi will provide original character design. Ryosuke Nakamura (Mouryou no Hako) will direct.
Tite Kubo will provide original character designs and Atsuko Ishizuka (assistant director for Madhouse’s MapleStory) will direct the adaptations of Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s 1918 short stories The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito) – episode 11 – and Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) – episode 12.

It definitely sounds like it will be worth a look for the artwork alone! Haven’t read any of the stories that are going to be covered, but they sound interesting and the talent on board is impressive, no PV as of yet though, but I’ll definitely be checking this out!

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