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Autumn 2010 Anime Preview!

August 26, 2010

Oh look it’s almost Autumn again, where does the time go?  Well new season means new shows and the Autumn season is always pretty big so there’s loads to cover in this preview.  I’ve tried to cover as much as possible (with the exception of kids shows, movies and continuing OVAs), but I’ve probably forgotten something anyway 😛

Insofar as what I’ll be blogging, I haven’t actually decided (although there are a few I’m interested in covering).  I’ll be continuing with Shiki so was thinking of taking on another 2 shows spread out throughout the week (Arakawa will likely be one) to see if I can cope with covering three shows.

Anyway enough of my blathering – you’re here for the preview, so let’s get on with it!

Iron Man

Animation Studios: Madhouse/Marvel (Mouryou no Hako, BECK)
Japanese Airdate: 1st October 2010
Number of Episodes: 12
Seiyuu: Keiji Fujiwara

Summary: Adaptation of the Marvel Comic.
Born Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark, he is an industrialist playboy and genius engineer who suffers a severe heart injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a massively destructive weapon. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. He later decides to use the suit to protect the world as Iron Man. Through his multinational corporation, Stark Industries, Tony created military weapons and his own metal suit is laden with technological devices that enable him to fight crime. Initially, Iron Man was a vehicle for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and business in the fight against communism. Subsequent re-imaginings of Iron Man have gradually removed the Cold War themes, replacing them with more contemporary concerns such as corporate crime and terrorism.

Well it’s finally airing, time to copy pasta from previous preview!
I’m not a fan of Marvel comics really – haven’t even seen the Hollywood Iron Man movie.  However I’m a fan of Madhouse and they’ve been given free rein to adapt this however they please, and the PV looks pretty damn cool!

Blogging Potential: Nah, I’ll pass.

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (Psychic Detective Yakumo)

Animation Studio: Bee Train (Noir, Blade of the Immortal)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd October 2010
Number of Episodes: 13
Seiyuu: Ayumi Fujimura, Daisuke Ono, Toshihiko Seki, Akimitsu Takase

Summary: Based on novel by Kaminaga Manabu.
The story of a college student, Saitou Yakumo who is born with different eye colors. His red left eye gives him a special ability to see ghosts and spirits. He believes ghosts and spirits are bound to earth because of a certain ’cause,’ and simply eliminating that ’cause’ will let those spirits rest in peace. Being asked for help by Ozawa Haruka, they begin the investigation together.

I have a love/hate relationship with Bee Train although I think I’m getting better at appreciating their particular manner of storytelling now that I’m a bit older.  I’m very interested in this series as it seems to be full of things I like – pensive looking bishie, special eye powers and the occult.  I’m quite optimistic about this, so definitely giving it a fair go.

Blogging potential: Depends on what day subs come out and how slow-paced it is.

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge

Animation Studio: SHAFT (Bakemonogatari, ef: A Tale of Memories)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd October 2010
Number of Episodes: 13
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Chiwa Saito, Keiji Fujiwara, Tomokazu Sugita

Summary: Second season of the series based on a gag manga by Nakamura Hikaru.
A young upperclass elite man, Ichinomiya “Ric” Kou, who has a policy of not being in debt to anyone, ends up owing his life to a strange girl who rescues him. Nino is a beautiful homeless girl who believes that she is a Venusian and lives under the bridge by the Arakawa river. So the young man ends up living there too.

Ah Arakawa, how much did I love you!  I’m all at once excited and apprehensive about this sequel.  SHAFT don’t really do sequels well, and I really don’t want the brilliance of S1 of Arakawa to be tainted by a lacklustre second season. However, so long as they don’t retread old ground and further develop the characters relationships I’ll be a happy bunny.

Blogging Potential: More or less definite – I really enjoyed blogging S1.

Otome Youkai Zakuro

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Honey & Clover)
Japanese Airdate: 4th October 2010
Number of Episodes: 13
Seiyuu: Mai Nakahara, Takahiro Sakurai, Aki Toyosaki, Satoshi Hino, Kana Hanazawa

Summary: Adaptation of Lily Hoshino’s shoujo manga.
It’s the Meiji Era in a slightly alternate Japan, and the Gregorian calendar has just come into effect. The fox-eared girls living in the youkai part of town are about to be put to work together with a delegation of young human soldiers, to promote interracial understanding. So what will happen when Zakuro’s strong personality collides with human sensibilities?

Hmmm. Looks very pink and painfully shoujo. Not fond of the character designs and the setting is a bit underwhelming.  Plus it looks like JC Staff’s B-Team is on this one so not holding out much hope for the quality.  Will take a look, but not expecting great things from this.

Blogging Potential: I think not.

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru

Animation Studio: SHAFT (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Natsu no Arashi)
Japanese Airdate: 7th October 2010
Number of Episodes: 12
Seiyuu: Aoi Yuuki, Chiaki Omigawa, Satsuki Yukino, Tomokazu Sugita

Summary: Adaptation of Masakazu Ishiguro’s manga series.
Clumsy Hotori Arashiyama is a girl with a love for mysteries and a knack for getting into trouble. She works for an old lady’s lacklustre maid café in a small shopping district. The cafe is largely unsuccessful in attracting customers aside from Sanada, a regular and one of Arashiyama’s classmates (who has a secret crush on her). One day Arashiyama’s clever friend Tatsuno is invited to the café, and, upon seeing the miserable state of things (and Sanada, whom she has a secret crush on), decides to work there. Don’t miss the crazy antics of Arashiyama and friends, mismatched love stories, and all the hilarity that is created as a result.

I’m not sold on this.  There’s a distinct lack of lol-shinbo quirks in the PV, which threw me slightly; I can’t help but think that without the classic SHAFT animation quirks this will be quite dull.  Wrinkly old meido is also a bit of a turn off!  Still it could be a grower, I’ll have a look anyway.

Blogging Potential: Completely dependent on first episode. Right now it’s a no.


Animation Studio: Brains Base (Durarara!!, Natsume Yuujinchou)
Japanese Airdate: 14th October 2010
Number of Episodes: 11
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Takehito Koyasu, Junichi Suwabe, Mamiko Noto, Sumire Morohoshi

Summary: Adaptation of Akiko Higashimura’s award winning josei manga series.  Airing in the Noitamina timeslot.
The story centres on Tsukimi Kurashita, a huge fan of jellyfish (kurage, a wordplay on the “kura/mi” and “tsuki/ge” in her name) and a girl who moves to Tokyo to become an illustrator. She moves into “Amamizukan,” an apartment complex that is full of fujoshi (diehard female otaku) with a no-men-allowed rule. However, one day, Tsukimi invites a stylishly fashionable woman to stay at her room at Amamizukan — only to discover that the guest is not who “she” seems to be.

Ah the ever reliable Noitamina timeslot!  Very much looking forward to this series – its got the Brains Base team from Drrr!!, a Trap and a load of fujoshi all living together – sounds like a recipe for genius to me!

Blogging Potential: I’m already blogging a Noitamina series so will unfortunately have to pass on this one due to time constraints.

Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

Animation Studio: BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Soul Eater)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Jun Fukayama, Mamoru Miyano, Saori Hayami, Ami Koshimizu, Maaya Sakamoto

Summary: Original production.
On a cross-shaped island in the South, a mysterious and gigantic humanoid robot known as the “Cybuddy” is discovered sealed in the underground ruins for untold ages. A group known as the “Order of the Glittering Star Cross” attempts to remove the seal by abducting a girl named Wako Agemaki, who they dubbed the “shrine maiden” and is the key to activating the robot. A boy named Takuto Tsunashi arrives with his own Cybuddy named Tauburn to rescue Wako. Thus begins a struggle to unlock the secrets of the advanced technology and prevent disaster.

Lulz, this looks Fabulous!  The mecha and costume designs are beyond camp (the mech’s are vaguely Xam’d though) and the premise sounds out there.  However despite that (or maybe because of it) I am extremely excited by this series.  The cast and crew lists are the stuff of dreams – serious amount of talent on board for this, so I’m hoping the result is something special.  God knows my inner mecha fangirl is dying for something new and exciting to watch; hopefully this is just what she needs!

Blogging Potential: Up in the air about this one.  On one hand it’s my kind of series, on the other I prefer to sit back and let this kind of show entertain me rather than think of writing about it. We’ll see how it goes.

Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku

Animation Studio: ZEXCS (Chrome Shelled Regios, Kiss X Sis) / feel. (Da Capo II, Shikabane Hime: Kuro)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Daisuke Ono, Erika Narumi, Hiroko Taguchi, Hitomi Nabatame

Summary: Adaptation of eroge by August.
Fortune Arterial’s story revolves around the male protagonist Kohei Hasekura, who transfers into a prestigious public school in the style of an English six-year school encompassing junior-high and high school students. The school is on an island named Tamatsu Island off-shore from mainland Japan, and the only way to get there is by boat. Soon after transferring, he discovers that one of the student in the class next door to his, Sendo Erika, is in fact a type of vampire.

More fecking vampires. Great.  Although maybe the secluded island setting will trigger Umineko scale slaughter!

Blogging Potential: Eroge + Cara – do not mix.

The World God Only Knows (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai)

Animation Studio: Manglobe (House of Five Leaves, Samurai Champloo)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Kanae Itou, Aoi Yuuki, Ayana Taketatsu

Summary: Adaptation of Tamiki Wakaki’s manga series.
Keima Katsuragi, a second-year high school student, is an avid galge gamer. He is known on the Internet as “The Capturing God” for his legendary skills to be able to “capture” any 2D girl in games. However, in his actual school life, Keima is known as otamegane (a derogatory portmanteau of the two words otaku and megane (glasses).
At the start of the series, Keima receives an e-mail offering him a contract to “capture” girls. He accepts what is thought to be a challenge, and a demon from Hell nicknamed Elsee appears. She asks for his cooperation to help her in catching the runaway spirits. These spirits hide themselves inside the girls’ heart, and Elsee suggests that the only method to force the spirits out is by “capturing” their hearts—making them fall in love and filling up the gaps which the runaway spirits hide in. Appalled by the idea, Keima refuses after clarifying to Elsee that he is only interested in “capturing” 2D girls and that he detests reality. Nevertheless, with the contract already accepted, Keima would have to help Elsee no matter what; if they fail, both Elsee and Keima would lose their heads.

Gut reaction = Meh.  However I know that this manga series has a pretty militant fan following who insist that its more than it appears and is more of a genre subversion than anything else.  Cara says that it would need to be pretty special to change my initial reflex reaction of ‘gah! Moe-pandering!’  Still I’ll give it a chance in the hope of being proven wrong.

Blogging Potential: Unless it’s completely amazing I doubt I could be arsed.

Tegami Bachi Reverse (Letter Bee 2)

Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot (Bleach, The Twelve Kingdoms)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Miyuki Sawashiro, Ayumi Fujimura, Jun Fukuyama, Nana Mizuki

Summary: Second season of the adaptation of Hiroyuki Asada’s manga series.
Apparently abandoned by his mother, orphan Lag Seeing is taken as a “letter” by “Letter Bee” Gauche Suede to a town where his aunt raises him. His affection and admiration for Gauche give Lag the ambition to become a Letter Bee himself, carrying mail through the dangerous wasteland between towns on his world. When he becomes a teenager, he makes the trip to the capital to take the examination to become a trainee Letter Bee. En route, he meets the strange, powerful girl-like creature Niche, who becomes his “dingo,” a Letter Bee’s travelling companion. Lag yearns to find his mother, and discover why she abandoned him, if she did.

S1 of Letter Bee was a really mixed bag and had awful pacing; but I fell in love with the setting and generally have positive thoughts about the show – it really laid the groundwork well.  I’m hoping that S2 just gets right into the meat of the plot after than cliffhanger at the end of S1. Definitely watching this.

Blogging Potential: If the pacing is as shambolic as S1 blogging this show would be an exercise in frustration.  I’ll pass!

Togainu no Chi (True Blood)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Occult Academy
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Kousuke Toriumi, Tomokazu Sugita, Jun Fukuyama, Katsuyuki Konishi

Summary: Adaptation of BL game by Nitro+chiral.
Akira, the young champion of a street fighting tournament called Bl@ster, is suddenly arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. He makes a deal with a mysterious woman to get out of prison on one condition: to defeat the strongest man, the Il-Re, in a deadly game called Igura, which is taking place under the rule of a drug ring in the abandoned remains of Tokyo.

I watched the trailer for this first and picked up BL vibes, so I was relieved to read it wasn’t my stupid corrupted brain seeing BL everywhere!  Still this looks like a pretty stylish, action packed series, however game conversions are pretty much universally crap.  I like the designs, loving the cast list and the presence of blood is good – I’m not expecting much depth, but looks like this could be my replacement for Uraboku.

Blogging Potential: Again it depends on when subs are out and how interesting the 1st episode is, but I’m not ruling it out.

Toaru Majutsu no Index II (A Certain Magical Index 2)

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Hayate no Gotoku, Aoi Hana)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Atsushi Abe, Rina Satou, Yuka Iguchi, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Summary: Second season based on a light novel series by Kamachi Kazuma, illustrated by Haimura Kiyotaka.
Toaru Majutsu no Index is set in Academy City, a technologically advanced Academic city located at western Tokyo which studies scientifically advanced superhuman students with powers, but is also set in a world where magic is also real. Tōma Kamijō is a student in Academy City whose right hand, the Imagine Breaker, has the ability to negate all magic and psychic powers, but also his own luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing named Index. She is a nun from Necessarius, the secret magic branch of the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum—103,000 forbidden magical books the Church has removed from circulation. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret world of science and magic and an adventure with his friends where science and magic collide. Tōma’s unusual power places him at the center of conflicts relating magicians and science-based espers in Academy City. As Tōma tries to help and protect his friends, he learns the people he knows are not as they appear and begins to attract the attention of magicians and espers alike as they try to unravel the secrets of Academy City and Index.

OK so Index S1 was less than stellar, and I couldn’t get into Railgun at all.  Despite this I still really love the setting of these shows and still hold onto to some hope that they’ll sort the pacing and writing out in this sequel and deliver on the potential this series has.  I’m also afflicted with this condition that states that if I watch the 1st season to completion, I must watch the sequel (even if I hated S1 – this is why I’m still watching K-ON!!); so I know I’ll be watching this.  Really don’t expect much from a 2nd season, but hope it isn’t awful.

Blogging Potential: Hell no.


Animation Studio: XEBEC (Kanokon, Heroic Age)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Ayana Taketatsu, Jun Fukuyama, Kana Asumi, Rie Tanaka, Rina Satou

Summary: Adapatation of Mastsuno Akinari’s light novel series.
Because of a certain incident, Sado Tarou has a problem with his body – he’s a masochist, but he wants to have a normal love life! In order to cure his ‘affliction’ and confess his love to “Shihori Hime”, Tarou goes to the Voluntary Club whom he has heard will fulfil student wishes. However when he goes to the club he finds Isurugi Mio, a girl who believes that she is a god, and Yuuno Arashiko, the girl who just so happens to be the cause of Tarou’s problem in the first place!

I don’t know what to say about this.  This seems to be another series that completely hinges on whether or not its ‘quirk’ produces quality comedy value or not.  In this case I can see the masochism jokes getting old within 3 episodes.  The art is pretty generic and not to my taste – I am impressed by the cast, but there’s very little else I can be positive about; XEBEC don’t inspire confidence either.  Really don’t think this is going to be worth looking at.

Blogging Potential:……..going into minus figures here.

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls

Animation Studio: ARMS (Elfen Lied, Queens Blade)
Japanese Airdate: 11th October 2010
Number of Episodes: 12
Seiyuu: Aoi Yuuki, Daisuki Hirakawa, Aki Toyosaki, Ami Koshimizu, Rie Kugimiya, Takahiro Sakurai

Summary: Anime adaptation part of Hobby Japan’s 40th anniversary mediamix project.
The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who’ve had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them.

If I roll my eyes anymore they’ll unscrew from their sockets. Yeah, this is not to my taste at all; is this all that ARMS are capable of putting together these days??  Anyway, if you’re a fan of Ikkitousen or Queens Blade this is the show for your – for everyone else there’s nothing to see here.  The use of ink blots as censor bars is the only original thing about this show.

Blogging Potential: So you really want me to answer that??

Motto To-Love-RU

Animation Studio: XEBEC (Ladies Vs Butlers, Pandora Hearts)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Akeno Watanabe, Haruka Tomatsu, Aki Toyosaki, Chiemi Chiba, Ayako Kawasumi

Summary: Second TV series of Saki Hasemi & Kentaro Yabuki’s manga series.
Following the adventures and trouble that surrounds Lala Satalin (princess of Deviluke stellar empire) and her unwilling fiance Rito Yuki (a mere human), and friends. The story from “ToLoveRU” continues with a lot of fun caused by Lala’s scientific research, her twin sisters, friends, and Rito’s sister.

Nothing to see here, moving on.

Blogging Potential: 😆 Maybe if pigs fly.

Sora no Otoshimono Forte

Animation Studio: AIC A.S.T.A. (Bamboo Blade, Gun X Sword)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Saori Hayami, Souichiro Hoshi, Ayahi Takagaki, Iori Nomizu

Summary: Second season of the adaptation of Suu Minazuki’s manga series.
The plot revolves around a boy in the town of Sorami named Tomoki Sakurai, who is one day invited by his childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki and Eishiro Sugata (the leader of “The New Continent” discovery club) to come at midnight to witness a strange object seen crossing through their town’s sky. Tomoki goes alone and as the strange object comes close, Sugata calls to warn him to get away from it. What falls from the sky is a creature named Ikaros, an “Angeloid”. Ikaros imprints on Tomoki after he rescues her from being destroyed by falling debris. She introduces herself as a “Pet-Class” Angeloid and offers to fulfill any wishes Tomoki may have. In time, she begins to pick up human characteristics from her involvement with Tomoki and more of her past is revealed. We soon discover that Ikaros has left “the Heavens” in disarray, and various Angeloids are sent to retrieve her.

I’m sure that those who enjoyed S1 will be very excited about this 2nd season of flying panties.  Me? Not so much.

Blogging Potential: Oh god no.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute)

Animation Studio: AIC (Amagami-SS, Nyan Koi!
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes: 12
Seiyuu: Ayana Taketatsu, Yuuichi Nakamura, Hitomi Nabetame, Kana Hanazawa

Summary: Adaptation of Tsukasa Fushimi’s light novel series.
Kyōsuke Kōsaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyōsuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime entitled Hoshikuzu Witch Meruru which had fallen in his house’s entrance way. To Kyōsuke’s surprise, inside the case is a hidden adult video game titled Imōto to Koishiyo! (Let’s Fall in Love with Little Sister!). Kyōsuke attempts to fish out the culprit who dropped the case by bringing up the topic of magical girl anime at the family dinner table. All that comes out is a strong negative reaction from his parents, especially his anti-otaku policeman father.
That night, Kirino bursts into Kyōsuke’s room and, in perhaps the first conversation she has initiated with him in years, says they “have things to talk about.” Kirino brings Kyōsuke to her room and shows him an extensive collection of moe anime and lolicon bishōjo games she has been collecting in secret.

Is this really what otaku dream of?  Having a cute little otaku sister? Maybe this is completely flying over my head because I’m a girl, and both my younger siblings have a passing interest in anime but nothing compared to my levels of fujoshiness.  Meh, other than the concept everything else seems pretty generic and I’m not really interested.  Also, long title is long.

Blogging Potential: Very slim.

Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan S2

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Hetalia, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Miki, Kouji Yusa, Shoutaro Morikubo, Kousuke Toriumi, Houko Kuwashima

Summary: Second series of series based on a PS2 game.
The protagonist, Yukimura Chizuru is the daughter of a doctor who works in Edo. The father leaves Edo to work as a volunteer doctor and moves to Kyoto without his daughter. As time passes by, Chizuru starts worrying about losing contact with her father, so she decides to go to Kyoto in search of him. On the way, Chizuru is attacked by few criminals and witnesses a fight between an oni and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody and saving her, the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for. So they decide to become Chizuru’s protectors and help her look for her father(the doctor). Lots of events happen while she stays with the Shingensumi, as they discover mysterious secrets and also fight against the Bakumatsu group. The story is overall romantic with a historical and political background.

Ah more Edo-period bishies – with costume upgrades for the new season! 😆 S1 of this show was beyond slow and tedious, however once again I’m saddled with the sequel because I watched S1.  Still at least it’s pretty!

Blogging Potential: I think I’d fall asleep before I could write anything.

Yosuga no Sora

Animation Studio: feel. (Shikabane Hime Kuro, Da Capo II)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Hiroko Taguchi, Kayo Sakata, Ryoko Ono, Tae Okajima

Summary: Adaptation of an eroge by Sphere.
Set in the distant mountain village of Okukozome-chō. Haruka Kazugano and his twin sister Sora have fond childhood memories of going to the village to visit their grandfather during their summer vacations. However, after losing their parents in an accident, the two must move in with their grandfather.
The twins get reacquainted with their old childhood friend Nao Yorihime, their new classmate Ryōhei Nakazato, the miko (shrine maiden) Akira Amatsume, and Akira’s friend Kazuha Migawa. All seems peaceful and familiar. However, beneath the surface is a secret promise that the twins made with each other long ago, the whereabouts of an important lost item, and the real reason they chose to come back here.

This is leaving no impact on me at all – I keep forgetting the title and the PV almost sent me to sleep.  Generic eroge adaptation is generic – this is so by numbers it’s not even funny.  Will probably be watchable, but ultimately forgettable – I don’t want to be stuck with it.

Blogging Potential: Cara does not do eroge adaptations.

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Toradora, Someday’s Dreamers)
Japanese Airdate: 7th October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Izumi Kitta, Mirai Sasaki, Nobuta Morishima, Sora Tokui, Suzuko Mimori

Summary: Anime phase of a multimedia project – game adaptation planned for winter.
The story takes place in an imaginary world in “the Age of Detectives”, where private detectives and phantom thieves overwhelm the cities. It’s about four girls who aim to be great detectives.

What is this? I don’t even……What??  PV smacks of mahou-shoujo – I’m not a fan of that genre and the character designs are freaking me out.  Pass, pass, pass!

Blogging Potential: Not a snowballs.


Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Zero no Tsukaima, Nabari no Ou)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes: 25
Seiyuu: Atsushi Abe, Satoshi Hino, Ayako Kawasumi, Kentarou Tone, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Summary: Adaptation of Tsugimi Ohbata & Takeshi Obata’s shounen manga.
Bakuman. follows the story of high school student Moritaka Mashiro, a talented artist who does not know what he wants to do with his future. One day he draws a picture of Azuki Miho, a girl he is secretly fond of, during class and forgets the notebook at school. He comes back to find that his classmate Akito Takagi is waiting for him with his notebook. Takagi tries to convince Mashiro to become a mangaka, a manga artist, with him, only leading to Mashiro’s disagreement. Mashiro goes home and thinks about his mangaka uncle, who had only one successful series before he died in obscurity. Mashiro is interrupted by a phone call from Takagi, who says that he is going to tell Azuki that Mashiro likes her. Mashiro runs down to Azuki’s house to find Takagi waiting for him. Once Azuki comes out to meet them, Takagi tells her that he and Mashiro are aiming to be mangaka. Mashiro then learns that she wants to be a seiyū, a voice actor, and has shown promise in the field. Mashiro, once again thinking about his uncle, accidentally proposes to Azuki. She accepts. However, she will only marry him after they achieve their dreams. In addition, they cannot see each other until then.

Now this is something I’m very, very excited about, although I’m also a bit worried as I don’t know how well the series will work in anime form.  I love the Bakuman. manga – it’s a completely different kettle of fish to Death Note, but still retains that “shounen but a bit different” feeling.  I’m pretty pleased with the cast & crew behind this – even though my preferred studio would have been Madhouse, JC Staff are fine too.  I’m a tad worried by how shiny the art is, but will probably get over that; however if they mess about with things too much and fuck up this adaptation I will cry.

Blogging Potential: I’m interested, but think I should keep my fangirling away lest I get bogged down in “they changed it and now it sucks!”

Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Invasion! Squid Girl)

Animation Studio: Diomedea (Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica crimson S)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Ayumi Fujimura, Hisako Kanemoto, Rie Tanaka, Yuuichi Nakamura

Summary: Adaptation of Masahiro Anbe’s manga series.
The adventures of Ika-Musume (Squid Girl) who has come from the sea to invade humanity. She is tired of humans polluting the ocean and decides that in order to protect the sea she loves, she must conquer humanity first. She starts off with a nearby beach house but is stopped by Aizawa Eiko who works there. Ika-Musume breaks down a wall of the beach house and is forced by Eiko to work there until she can pay off the repairing fees. Will Ika-Musume be able to successfully invade humanity?

Could be genius, could be disastrous.  I’m hoping that this turns out to be a pretty quirky and fun comedy series, but the potential for fail is high.  Designs are fairly generic, but clean and the cast is decent enough – it all depends on the writing.

Blogging Potential: Nah, I’m not really a fan of this type of show.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Animation Studio: GAINAX (Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, Hanamaru Kindergarten)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Arisa Ogasawara, Mariya Ise, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kouji Ishii

Summary: Original series.
The story centres around a teen-celebrity-like blond-haired girl named Panty and a black-haired Goth Loli girl named Stocking. The two are angels sent from the heavens to battle the “Ghosts” on Earth.

What the hell GAINAX?  What are you thinking these days?  I really don’t know what to think about this show.  It looks like Powerpuff Girs, the naming sense is way out there and the plot could be about anything!  Despite this the team behind TTGL are on board for this so there is an element of ‘this could be a surprise hit’ sitting in the back of my mind.  I really don’t know – definitely needs further investigation.

Blogging Potential: Wild card, could be a surprise hit.

Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes!

Animation Studio: Oriental Light and Magic (Berserk, Tears to Tiara)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Ikue Ohtani, Mamoru Miyano, Rica Matsumoto, Shinichiro Miki

Summary: Yet another Pokemon series!
This features the starting Pokemon of Mijumaru, Pokabu, and Tsutaaja along with the shadowy figure Zekrom. Iris and Reimsu have a Kibano and are later paired up with Ash and Pikachu. Victini appears later in this.

I stopped watching Pokemon when they hit Johto and all these new things started invading – I like my original kthnx.  I don’t play the games so I’m utterly out of touch with Pokemon, and so I have no clue what most of the summary means. The PV just left me a bit lolwut, especially when I heard Mamaru Miyano!

Blogging Potential: Not my thing.

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector

Animation Studio: Asahi Production (Blue Drop)
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Kaori Shimizu, Mikako Takahashi, Yujo Mizutani

Summary: Based on the tactical RPG by Banpresto.
It is two hundred years after the beginning of the “Space Era”, a time period when civilization began expanding into space. However, by the start of the 21st century, two meteors struck and destroyed much of the Earth, sending humanity into chaos. By year 179 of the Space Era, secret technology, dubbed Extra-Over Technology, or EOT, was discovered by the Earth Federal Government within a third meteor that had hit Earth at the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific. Dr. Bian Zoldark, while investigating the meteor, also found out that the creators of the Extra-Over Technology were heading to Earth to reclaim it. In order to defend earth, the government starts to develop a group of humanoid mecha, known as Personal Troopers.
The alien race that created Extra-Over Technology, called the Aerogaters by the Earth Federal Government, initially attacks an Earth ship sent out to investigate their presence in the far reaches of the solar system. This initial skirmish ends in a defeat for the Aerogaters, prompting them to sue for negotiations with the Earth Federation Army. Talks are arranged to take place at a secret facility in Antarctica, but the talks are targeted by a rogue faction called the Divine Crusaders.
The Divine Crusaders destroys the Aerogater delegation, then turn on the Federation forces. Bian Zoldark, revealing himself to be the leader of the Divine Crusaders, announces the existence of the Aerogaters to the world and rebel against the Earth Government. As Earth spins into civil war, a new Aerogater force is on the move, seeking to reclaim their lost technology.

Do these things even get subbed?  Either way I can’t say I’m too interested, even my inner mecha fangirl isn’t impressed.

Blogging Potential: Another pass for me thanks.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun OVA (A Certain Scientific Railgun OVA)

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Shakugan no Shana, Hayate no Gotoku!!)
Japanese Airdate: 29th October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Rina Satou, Aki Toyosaki, Atsushi Abe, Kanae Itou, Satomi Arai

Summary: OVA sequel to the TV 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.

Couldn’t sit out the TV series, won’t be bothering with the OVA.

Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi

Animation Studio: Tatsunoko Production (Yatterman, Beyblade: Metal Fusion) / KMMJ Studios
Japanese Airdate: October 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Misato Fukuen, Miyuki Sawashiro, Saki Fujita, Yuuki Kaji, Daisuki Ono

Summary: OVA sequel to the TV adaptation of Suzuhito Yasuda’s manga series.
The story revolves around four teenagers; Akina, Hime, Ao, and Kotoha; each of them having their own unique abilities. They run an office called Hiizumi Life Counseling Office, where their job is to help and protect the townspeople of Sakurashin, a town where humans and youkai co-exist with one another. The town is protected by a barrier created by the spiritual sakura known as The Seven Pillars. The Seven Pillars exist in both the human world and the youkai world and is the only thing that keeps both worlds connected to each other. However, recent bizarre incidents have occurred in their town and someone has threatened the safety of their town. It is up to the four of them to protect the town they love.

Nooo! What have they done to the really awesome character designs!?  Yozakura Quartet didn’t really have much going for it other than the stylish character designs, so the fact that this OVA has changed them to this meh-ness isn’t boding well.  Maybe I’ll pick up the manga, I did  like the premise, but the anime was subpar.

Koe de Oshigoto!

Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi
Japanese Airdate: 17th November 2010
Number of Episodes: 4
Seiyuu: Mako, Ayano Ishikawa, Juri Nagatsuma, Maina Shimagata

Summary: OVA adaptation of Azure Konno’s seinen manga.
Koe De Oshigoto is a story about Aoyagi Kanna, a 16 year-old girl who was asked to become an eroge seiyū on her 16th birthday by her 28 year-old sister at her eroge company. She disagreed at first, but after she thought about all the things her sister did for her she finally agreed. But being a high school student and knowing nothing about eroge can she do the job properly?

This could be very funny, the PV peaked my interest anyway. I’ll check it out; if nothing else it could be an interesting look at the seiyuu industry.


Animation Studio: Hal Film Maker (B Gata H Kei, ARIA)
Japanese Airdate: 25th November 2010
Number of Episodes: 2
Seiyuu: Ayana Taketatsu, Erino Hazuki, Kana Azumi, Yuka Iguchi, Yuko Gibu

Summary: For her first year of high school, Fu Sawatari moves to Takehara, a scenic old town near Hiroshima, on the Inland Sea. Her father, who has passed away, grew up in Takehara. She loves taking photographs with his old film camera, a Rollei 35S. This “healing” slice-of-life anime from the director of ARIA follows her and the friends who gather around her as she comes to love her new home.

I’m one of those Philistines that didn’t really like ARIA, and this looks to be in a similar ‘nice’ vein so really can’t see myself liking this much.  There’s only so much ‘nice’ I can stomach before feeling queasy.


And that’s everything! Phew, that took forever! As usual all information is taken from a mixture of ANN, The Fansub Wiki, Wikipedia, Chartfag, the official sites, Moonphase and various other place I didn’t write down.  My usual ‘First Impressions’ posts will start being posted when the season starts in October!  Until then~!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruu permalink
    August 26, 2010 6:28 pm

    Ô____Ô <—- My reaction to the fact that True Blood getting animated.

    I can't wait! Like really, I loved the game to bits (I'm unsure however what route are they going to take so there might be a problem) … does that mean I should expect an animation of "Lamento" somewhere next year? OwO?

    About Yozakura Quartet, I was highly dissapointed with the series (not even the BL potential was enough for me to like it, I'm not so much of a rabid fangirl) So I'll probably just going to download the op and ed.

    I've been waiting for Iron Man ~<3

    Shinrei Tantei Yakumo…. hmmmmm Sounds like Mononoke sans the "supernatural being" and the psycodelic backgrounds.

    Star driver sounds to me like: Bokurano meets Dragon out. Doesn't sound good in the least.

    I did not like Bakuman at all, and what's up with so many eroge anime adaptations? The moe and the fanservice will be the end of this all, gimme my manly men and shounen ai stories with decent plot!

    … wow I’m just going to watch two series this season. Incredible! (and is it kinda bad for the industry when I watched more series in the summer season?)

    • August 26, 2010 7:41 pm

      I’ll probably end up with about 10 shows and 2 OVAs – about my norm for an Autumn season (depending on how good the iffy shows are that may balloon to 13~15).

      Star Driver sounds Fabulous to me – mainly because of the amount of talent working on it 😛

      There are a lot of adaptations this season – I’d like to see some more original series coming through.

      • Ruu permalink
        August 27, 2010 7:30 am

        I’ll give a go for Star Drive, if only because the mecha design reminds me of Nirvash’s final form. If the first two episodes don’t get me in I’m off out there.

        Oh and it is three series: Shinrei Tantei, Iron Man (waiting for Captn America to appear somewhere) and Togainu no chi (My favorite pink-hooded sociopath being animated is something I can’t miss)

        before I ussually watched more series, but now it seems the quality and variety of the series is declining. 😦

        the last time I got something original was Eden of the East, they say Sora no Wo w/e was nice and original and stuff, but I’m extremely allergic to moe so anything going over there is an immediate ban for me.

        I however am very optinistic, with the Autum season decline I can focus more on my studies, and after I finish Winter season is here (hopefully with a nice menu) so everything will be allright!

        • August 28, 2010 9:07 pm

          I’m allergic to moe too so couldn’t hack Sora no Woto either.

          I’m remaining optimistic about this season – won’t know for sure how things will pan out until I try everything 😀

    • Saori-san permalink
      October 12, 2010 12:57 am

      Bakuman is a great manga and top in Japan…Start Driver is really good but moves fast…look into it and form your own opinion…

      Sorry, my english not to good 🙂

  2. twilightshiva permalink
    August 28, 2010 1:34 am

    From that list, Hakuouki 2, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, Bakuman, Togainu no Chi, and Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto have peaked my interest. But I highly doubt I will actually take on all of those shows. It’s so unfortunate that if I were picking shows to watch based on seiyuus as opposed to plot, I’d have a very different list. The only overlapping show I can see would be Star Driver.

    • August 28, 2010 9:09 pm

      There are some great names working on some pretty dodgy sounding shows aren’t there! 😆

      I have high hopes for Star Driver – with that many great names on board I can’t see how it can flop.

  3. August 28, 2010 3:33 am

    Following about 6 different shows lots to watch, mostly excited for Star Driver and Index2 and lots of Ova/movies to watch out for too.

    • August 28, 2010 9:10 pm

      Definitely excited about Star Driver – pretty apprehensive about Index2 though.

      I’ll end up with about 10-15 series no matter how hard I try to keep the list down!

  4. akani permalink
    September 15, 2010 1:27 am

    Don’t put down Index 2 so fast. The reason it wasn’t as great was because the first season was mainly exposition, introducing terms and characters to be used later (plus Touma’s annoying preaching). As a reader of the Index LN’s, I can assure you that the story will be better, expanding more on science vs. magic and building up tensions between the two factions. Expect loads of badassery, since the second season will put the characters and terms introduced in the first season to very good use.

    As for Oreimo, I have heard that it focuses little on the moe (at least the first part, anyways) and more about trying to fit in as an otaku in society. I’d say give it an episode or two.

    • September 15, 2010 6:31 pm

      As a rule I try not to be too down on anything (although sometimes I can’t help my kneejerk reaction :P). I will be watching Index 2, so I’m glad a LN reader is telling me its good. The potential was always there, its just that S1’s rather abyssmal pacing and scripting wasted a great setting.

      I’ve been hearing mixed things about OreImo so I will have to give it a look to make up my own mind – still not overly impressed by the premise though.

  5. September 16, 2010 7:29 am

    I’m really looking forward to Bakuman. Most of the rest of these shows are questionable in some way. Course that doesn’t mean I won’t be checking out an episode or two. Sometimes its fun just to see how awful a show turned out to be.

    • September 16, 2010 6:21 pm

      “Sometimes its fun just to see how awful a show turned out to be.”

      Lulz such a great attitude to take 😛 Although I completely agree.


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