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Winter 2011 Anime Preview!

December 12, 2010

A new season is looming, and I’m pretty damn late with this post!  Still, better late than never eh!?  Thank god Winter is a small season, once I got started it only took me a few evenings to finish up XD  As usual I try to cover as much as possible, and its a fairly mixed bag, but there are definitely some intriguing looking series.  For a change I have have no real idea what I want to blog, it’s really going to be mostly dependant on the first episodes and airing dates – all three of the shows I’m currently covering are ending (and Katanagatari has also finished), so I’ll have a completely fresh slate to pick up some new stuff.

Anyway, on to the actual preview!

Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr Lovecraft

Website: http://ga.sbcr.jp/bunko_blog/nyaruko/
Animation Studio: DLE Inc.
Japanese Airdate: 10th December 2010
Seiyuu: Eri Kitamura, Kana Asumi, Miyu Matsuki
Director: Azuma Tani
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doBypUMzSME

Summary: The story centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.

I’ve never read anything by Lovecraft (yes I know – burn the heretic) but something seems deeply wrong about turning a huge tentacle monster into a silver-haired moe girl.  The animation looks utterly terrible too – even for a flash series.  Don’t think I’ll be bothering with this.

Blogging Potential: Extremely slim.

Starry Sky


Website: http://sta-ska.com/index.html
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Japanese Airdate: 23rd December 2010
Seiyuu: Akira Ishida, Hikaru Midorikawa, Daisuke Ono, Fumiko Orikasa
Director: Nobuhiro Takamoto (Hatenkou Yugi, Ookamikakushi)
PV:

Summary: Anime based on a series of otome games featuring western zodiac constellations personified as bishounen.

The heroine, Tsukiko, enrolled to a school that was recently changed from all-boys school to co-ed. Since the area where the school is conveniently rural and the rather exclusive curriculums the school has, up until now the heroine is the only one female who enrolled to the school.

Woo reverse harem! Bishies! Star-studded voice cast! I am so watching this – the shallow inner fangirl demands I do so.  There is absolutely no depth here, just your extremely generic reverse harem bishie series; but hey, I need one of those every now and then…….please let it be a bit more interesting than Hakuouki though DEEN!

Blogging Potential: Don’t think I’d be able to write something about this paper-thin premise every week!

Rio – Rainbow Gate!

Website: http://riorainbowgate.com/
Animation Studio: XEBEC
Japanese Airdate: 4th January 2011
Seiyuu: Marina Inoue, Ayana Taketatsu, Sayaka Ohara
Director: Takao Kato (Buso Renkin, Pandora Hearts)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiuJprc40tg

Summary: Anime based on a series of pachinko parlor games.

In the story, Rio Rollins is a popular casino dealer at the Howard Resort, an entertainment resort hotel where people from all over the world gather. She competes for the greatest honor among dealers — “Most Valuable Casino Dealer” (MVCD) — by collecting 13 legendary cards known as “Gates.”

“Anime based on a series of pachinko parlor games” – yeah I tuned out right there, but watched the PV anyway, and that kind of sealed the deal.  This series is about boobs, gambling, cosplay and some more fanservice – not my kind of show in the slightest.  Shouldn’t have really expected anything else from XEBEC!

Blogging Potential: Big pass on this one!

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season

Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/kiminitodoke/index.html
Animation Studio: Production I.G.
Japanese Airdate: 4th January 2011
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Mamiko Noto, Aya Hirano, Yuuichi Nakamura
Director: Hiro Kaburaki (Kimi ni Todoke, Welcome to the NHK)
PV:

Summary: 2nd season of the anime based on Karuho Shiina’s manga.

Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring”, which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns great admiration from Sawako.

I really liked season one of Kimi ni Todoke – sometimes a bit of pure shoujo fluff is nice.  It’s a slow-paced show, but the characters are fun and the production values were excellent – so I’m looking forward to more of the same from this second season.  Sawako is made of ‘d’awwww~!

Blogging Potential: Reasonable – although I think I’d struggle to find different ways to describe how adorable Sawako is every week!

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Website: http://www.madoka-magica.com/
Animation Studio: SHAFT
Japanese Airdate: 6th January 2011
Seiyuu: Aoi Yuki, Chiwa Saito, Eri Kiramura
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari, Dance in the Vampire Bund)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XByTeuBgAeg

Summary: Original series – a twist on the mahou-shoujo genre.

Madoka is a kind, friendly, but ordinary second year middle school girl.  She wonders aloud what she would do if she gained the ability to grant wishes through magic.

Normally I’d see the ‘mahou-shoujo’ tag and immediately turn up my nose, but this show has me intrigued simply because it has some interesting people working on it (the PR machine is also in overdrive for Madoka – and its working on me).  I want to see what kind of spin Shinbo & SHAFT can put on the mahou-shoujo genre – if done correctly this could be a series to look out for.

Blogging Potential: A possibility, but it’s entirely dependent on the 1st episode.

IS: Infinite Stratos

Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/is/
Animation Studio: 8-Bit
Japanese Airdate: 6th January 2011
Seiyuu: Kouki Uchiyama, Yoko Hikasa, Kana Hanazawa, Marina Inoue
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi (Macross Frontier, The Legend of Black Heaven)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjbYa5at5CA

Summary: Anime adaptation of Izuru Yumizuru’s light novel series.

Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos… with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is ORIMURA Ichika, an orphan raised by his older sister who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with IS is discovered after he accidentally touches an IS at the age of 15, he’s given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which of course means an… interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.

Gut reaction is ‘urgh, generic concept is generic’, however I do like the mecha musume designs in the PV, and the staff & cast isn’t bad.  I’ll give it a look, but I’m kind of expecting lots of generic harem antics with a small side of exciting mecha action – not sure how long I’ll last with this.

Blogging Potential: Unless it turns out to be groundbreaking I doubt I’ll sit this one out.

Wolverine

Website: http://bd-dvd.sonypictures.jp/marvelanime/
Animation Studio: MADHOUSE / MARVEL Entertainment
Japanese Airdate: 7th January 2011
Seiyuu: Rikiya Koyama
Director: Rintaro (Metropolis, X)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k8Vq8a5P9Q

Summary: Next adaptation in the four-part Marvel Anime project.

Wolverine is a mutant, possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at an accelerated rate.

I really wanted to like Iron Man, and I honestly did try!  But the show was just so sloppily thrown to together that it was extremely hard to enjoy it and I gave up after 5 episodes.  As such I’m very unsure about this next Marvel/Madhouse production, because if it’s as poorly written as Iron Man was its dead in the water.  Still I do want to give it a go, because I did like X-Men & Wolverine back in the day and would like to see Madhouse’s spin on the character.

Blogging Potential: Unlikely, but never say never.

Gosick

Website: http://www.gosick.tv/
Animation Studio: BONES
Japanese Airdate: 7th January 2011
Seiyuu: Takuya Eguchi, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Michiko Neya, Miyuki Sawashiro
Director: Hitoshi Nanba (Baki the Grappler, Heroman)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMFLC-SKtFs

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba’s light novel series.

GOSICK takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can’t solve.

I’m interested in Gosick.  The historical setting, Sherlock Holmes-esq mysteries and the fact its BONES all really sparked my curiosity – however the director of Heroman has me a touch worried and the PV didn’t really excite me as Victorique just looks like your bog-standard moe girl and generic male lead is generic.  Still I’ve heard reasonably good reports about the source material, and BONES are generally quite good at adaptations, so I’m definitely going to give Gosick a good go.

Blogging Potential: Strong contender, but completely depends on how the 1st episode grabs me.

Freezing

Website: http://freezing.tv/
Animation Studio: A.C.G.T.
Japanese Airdate: 8th January 2011
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Mamiko Noto, Misuhiro Ichiki, Ami Koshimizu
Director: Takashi Watanabe (Ikkitousen, Shakugan no Shana)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5ljt1b5aPc

Summary: Anime adaptation of Dall-Young Lim & Kim Kwang Hyun’s manga series.

Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandora’s who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called “freezing” to limit their opponent’s mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Bridgette L. Satellizer who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.

Ah. Here we have the classic action girl series, complete with disappearing clothing (seriously, why don’t they make their clothes out of the same material as their underwear? – that stuff is indestructible!).  Freezing’s PV looks like it wants to be all srsbns, but then the website has a mini-game section where you shoot the clothing of a variety of female characters…….classy stuff.  The premise could have been interesting, but I doubt that Freezing will amount to more than fanservice given its director and the promo art

Blogging Potential: Highly unlikely – I don’t really like this kind of show.

Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! (I don’t like you at all Big Brother!!)

Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/oniichan/
Animation Studio: ZEXCS
Japanese Airdate: 8th January 2011
Seiyuu: Eri Kitamura, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Marina Inoue, Ryoko Shiraishi
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (Princess Princess, School Days)
PV:

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kouichi Kusano’s manga series.

Junior High student Nao’s brother complex is so strong, it’s almost at the point of incest. She’s determined to make her brother, High School student Shuusuke, see her as a woman. So determined, that she goes as far as going into his room to throw away all his non-incest related porn. But as she’s looking for his porno stash, she finds a photo album… and she’s not in any of his childhood pictures.

Urgh! Look at those hideous character designs!  The main girl looks like some sort of mutant giraffe-woman! Premise also has me running for the hills, as this series is clearly going for the incest end right from the beginning – but it’s OK, they’re apparently not blood related!  Expectations are on the floor for this – what’s with all the incest Japan!? I do not like this new moe sub-genre! (although id the director of School Days suddenly turns this into a potential Nice Boat ending, I may be compelled to watch).

Blogging Potential: ………do I really need to answer that?

Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!

Website: http://www.mitsudomoe-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Bridge
Japanese Airdate: 8th January 2011
Seiyuu: Ayahi Takagaki, Haruka Tomatsu, Satomi Akesaka, Hiro Shimono
Director: Masahiko Ohta (Minami-ke, Mitsudomoe)
PV:

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Norio Sakurai’s manga series.

Satoshi Yabe alias Yabe-cchi is just starting his new life as an elementary school teacher and on his first day of work he falls in love immediately with the natural airhead School Nurse, but little does he know that in his assigned class the law is made by the Marui triplets – Hitoha, Mitsuba and Futaba. Can Yabe-cchi survive this ordeal or will the three sisters get the best of him …

This sequel is only 8 episodes long, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.  Regardless I’ll be watching this since I watched (and quite enjoyed) season one.  The weird thing about Mitsudomoe is how the characters grow on you – the humour is repetitive and crude, but the characters have a strange charm that really appealed to me.  Mitsudomoe was a surprise to me when it aired a few seasons ago.

Blogging Potential: Maybe – its only 8 episodes so not really a major commitment.

Beelzebub

Website: http://www.shonenjump.com/j/rensai/beelzebub/
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot
Japanese Airdate: 9th January 2011
Seiyuu: Katsuyuki Konishi, Aki Toysaki, Shizuka Itou, Takahiro Mizushima
Director: Nobuhiro Takamoto (07-Ghost, Ookamikakushi)
PV:

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ryuuhei Tamura’s shounen manga.

The story follows the “strongest juvenile delinquent”, Oga Tatsumi, a first year in “Ishiyama High” the school for delinquents. One day while sleeping next to a river he sees a man floating down it, he pulls him to shore and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby’s demon maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school.

I got into this manga at the start of the year and blitzed through it while laughing my head off.  It’s a very fun series, but is kind of getting repetitive now.  Still I’m really looking forward to this anime adaptation – its got some great seiyuu on board and Studio Pierrot are old hand at Shounen Jump series at this stage, so I can’t really see this series failing to entertain.  Basically if you have any weakness for shounen series, Beelzebub will be worth looking at; it’s a series that knows its target audience well.

Blogging Potential: Fairly high, but I’m not sure if I could commit to a long running shounen show.

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is this a zombie?)

Website: http://newtype.kadocomic.jp/zombie/
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Japanese Airdate: 10th January 2011
Seiyuu: Iori Nomizu, Junji Majima, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Ai Shimizu
Director: Takaomi Kanesaki
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYopij1eR8s

Summary: Anime adaptation of Shinichi Kimura’s light novel series.

Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system “Megalo” in her place.

I really don’t know what to say about this series.  The generic moe is oozing off the screen, but that wee girl has a fecking chainsaw and I find that kind of awesome! The concept sounds like one of those “suppose we’d better think of an excuse to have all these cute girls in ridiculous costumes with superpowers” kind of deal.  Studio DEEN never inspire confidence and I haven’t heard much about the source material.  I’ll give the show a look, but really think this will be terrible!

Blogging Potential: I don’t think so!

Dragon Crisis!

Website: http://dragoncrisis.jp/
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Japanese Airdate: 10th January 2011
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, Yukana
Director: Hideki Tachibana (H20~Footprints in the Sand~)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkyXswK-lo

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kaya Kizaki’s light novel series.

A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji’s peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl named Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.

More DEEN, more genericness – although I am kind of surprised that JC Staff didn’t grab this series instead, looks like their kind of show.  Some very well-known seiyuu on board, but they sound to be playing their usual bread & butter roles in the PV unfortunately.  Struggling to think of anything positive to say here, so just going to give up!

Blogging Potential: I don’t think I’ll even last 2 episodes of this let along blog it!

Level E

Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/level-e/
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot & David Production
Japanese Airdate: 10th January 2010
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Masaya Takasuka, Takehito Koyasu, Fumihiko Tachiki
Director: Toshiyuki Kato (Code-E, Full Moon O Sagashite)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRclK3t_jwk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s (Hunter x Hunter) shounen manga series.

Tsutsui Yukitaka is a freshman who has finally convinced his parents that he is ready to live on his own. When he arrives at his new apartment, he is surprised to find that someone has arrived before him; A young man who claims that he is an alien and that he is suffering from amnesia. A series of short stories involving aliens on Earth.

Now this I am really interested in.  At first going only on the promo art, I thought it would be some high concept sci-fi, but having looked more into the series it seems that this will be much more lighthearted and entertaining.  David Production are a small studio but they’ve put out some decent shows like Book of Bantorra (although I think I’m in the minority that actually liked that series), and they’re working with Pierrot who are probably the most experienced studio when it comes to adapting shounen manga.  Level E seems to be in fairly safe hands, so I’m quite confident that this will be a good watch.

Blogging Potential: High – I’m quite excited about this.

Fractale


Website: http://fractale-anime.com/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Japanese Airdate: 13th January 2011
Seiyuu: Yu Kobayashi, Kana Hanazawa, Minami Tsuda, Shintaro Asanuma
Director: Yutaka Yamamoto (Lucky Star, Kannagi)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbpD4IJmcGw

Summary: Original production airing in the noitaminA timeslot.

The story takes place in an island, where a “Fractale System” is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.

There is some really gorgeous art floating round for this series – and I really like the almost Last Exile kind of feel some of it has.  Yutaka Yamamoto is a director whose reputation precedes him, but not really on the merits of his past productions……that being said, I have the utmost faith in the noitaminA timeslot – its never really failed to deliver on some level.  I’m feeling positive about Fractale.

Blogging potential: High – I’d like to cover another noitaminA series.

Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son)

Website: http://www.houroumusuko.jp/
Animation Studio: AIC
Japanese Airdate: 13th January 2011
Seiyuu: Asami Seto, Kosuke Hatakeyama, Aki Toyosaki, Kaoru Mizuhara, Keiji Fujiwara
Director: Ei Aoki (Ga-Rei Zero, Girls Bravo)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pejectC1SVU

Summary: Anime adaptation of Takako Shimura’s manga series airing in the noitaminA timeslot.

Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be.

The other noitaminA series this season, and this one has some really interesting art going on.  I wouldn’t have expected this kind of animation style or subject matter from a studio like AIC, but I’m very pleasantly surprised.  Wandering Son looks like high melodrama potential, and it could be a disaster if dealt with in a heavy-handed manner, but the PV seems to promise that this isn’t the case.  I’m really interested in seeing how this sensitive subject material is portrayed.

Blogging Potential: I think I’m more interesting in the other noitaminA series – Fractale, to write about, but I’m not ruling this series out.

Yumekui Merry (Dream-eater Merry)

Website: http://yumekuimerry.com/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
Japanese Airdate: January 2011
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Ayane Sakura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Aya Endo
Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Hara Yori Dango, Casshern SINS)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdGmz6P-g5w

Summary: Adaptation of Yoshitaka Ushiki’s manga series.

Ten years ago Yumeji Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding the person’s body. Ever since then he’s been having a weird dream about a war with cats. Then one day a mysterious girl falls on top of him…

Oh JC Staff! Are you even trying!?  This is almost painfully generic sounding – it even has the magical girlfriend literally falling into the bland male protagonist’s lap!  Why is stuff like this popular? It’s just beyond me.  That being said, the director of Casshern SINS is on board, so there isn’t a lack of talent behind the show……maybe it will surprise me?  Or maybe it will turn out like every other JC Staff with this exact concept – only watching the first episode will tell!

Blogging Potential: Only if every other show I’m interested turns out to be crap.

Houkago no Pleiades

Website: http://sbr-gx.jp/
Animation Studio: GAINAX & Subaru
Japanese Airdate: January 2011Seiyuu:
Director: Shouji Saeki (FLCL, He is My Master)
PV:

Summary: A collaboration between GAINAX and the car manufacturer Subaru.

Complete wild-card here. No one knows what this is about or if its even a proper TV series.  Since its being made for the Subaru car manufacturer I wouldn’t rule out Hokago no Pleiades turning out to be a series of commercials or a OVA/ONA release.  Regardless all the promo art is of moe girls with some really pretty backgrounds – not really expecting much from the show, but GAINAX are always worth looking out for.

Blogging Potential: Who knows!

OVA’s

Yuri Seijin Naoko-san

Website: http://dc.dengeki.com/naokosan/index.html
Animation Studio: ufotable
Japanese Airdate: 10th December 2010

Summary: OVA adaptation of the Kashmir manga series.

The surreal gag manga follows a quiet, timid girl named Misuzu whose older sister Naoko is returning from studying aboard. However, when she hurries home to meet her sister, Misuzu instead encounters Naoko-san, the strange alien from Yuri-sei (Yuri Planet) who loves eroticism, yuri and girls.

Yuri.  I’m not a fan of yuri, but ufotable are a studio I quite like, so I’ll probably give this a look out of curiosity.

Goulart Knights: Evoked The Beginning Black

Website: http://www.goulart.jp/index.php
Animation Studio: Lantis (Subsidary of Bandai Visual)
Japanese Airdate: 25th December 2010
Seiyuu: Yuuki Kaji, Atsushi Abe, Takuma Terashima, Kazuma Horie

Summary: Original project to promote four voice actors known as G.Addict – OVA to be bundled with manga adaptation.

The story begins after mysterious creatures named “Archons” suddenly appear in the world. Humanity faces the threat of annihilation from these creatures. Only the “Chalice,” the source of humanity, can defeat the powerful Archons. So, the humans assemble an Archon-slaying unit from fighters who have the ability to bring forth the Chalice to fight. The ones chosen to fight the Archons with the Chalice as their weapon are called Goulart Knghts.

This is just a glorified promo video for a group of male seiyuu/singers, so not expecting any depth from this OVA at all.  The character designs aren’t really appealing to me, and the costume design is actually making me laugh –  still I’ll watch this regardless, because I am shallow!

Supernatural: The Animation

Website: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/supernatural/#/animeTop

Animation Studio: Madhouse
Japanese Airdate: 23rd February 2011
Seiyuu: Hiroki Touchi, Yuya Uchida, Mabuki Andou, Takaya Hashi
Director: Atsuko Ishizuka & Shigeyuki Miya
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDrkostBx8Y

Summary: A 22 episode OVA adaptation of the US TV series.

The original live-action series follows the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as they hunt creatures and other supernatural phenomena across the American landscape.

Now I haven’t actually seen any of the live action Supernatural series, but I do know that its massively popular and has a huge fangirl following.  From the PV it seems like the kind of show I’d really love and I’m really looking forward to this.  It’s a full 22 episodes, but it’s unclear what the release schedule is going to be like for this OVA – I hope to god it isn’t going to be dragged out at the pace of 1 episode a season!

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And that’s just about everything – sorry for taking so long, I was struck by the lazy-bug this season! As usual all information is taken from a mixture of ANN, The Fansub Wiki, Wikipedia, The Cart Driver’s chart, the official sites, and various other places I didn’t write down.  My usual ‘First Impressions’ posts will start being posted when the season starts properly in January!  Until then~!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2010 4:54 pm

    seriously, why don’t they make their clothes out of the same material as their underwear?

    Swap the words ‘clothes’ and ‘underwear’, then we have a real winner

  2. December 13, 2010 12:51 am

    I know what I want to watch at least but I don’t think I’ll be blogging specifically about them anytime soon. They don’t look that interesting to warrant that kind of attention.

    Or maybe I’ll just blog about Fractale. I love A1-Pictures.

    • December 13, 2010 1:05 pm

      Fractale looks really interesting and A1 have been on great form lately – I’m definitely interested in blogging that myself.

  3. adaywithoutme permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:05 am

    I’m so glad someone else pointed out how weirdly proportioned the character designs are for the Onii-chan whatever it is show. When I first saw it, I was shocked at how demented they looked!

    Starry Sky will probably be awful. Its too bad Hakuouki wasn’t better – I heard everyone died at the end! I love shows like that! But the female lead was just too boring and incapable of anything. Ah well, better luck next time.

    The Hourou Musuko manga is fantastic. I really hope AIC doesn’t screw it up =( I don’t think the manga is terribly melodramatic, since Takako Shimura handles it all with aplomb.

    • December 13, 2010 1:10 pm

      Those character designs are just hideous – on what planet do people have those proportions!? I know that most anime designs suffer from noodle-limb syndrome, but thats just bad looking!

      StarrySky will definitely be a terrible cheese-fest, but it couldn’t be worse than Hakuouki. That show, even with everyone dying off, was one of the most boring things I’ve sat through…….I swear the only thing I watched it for was the pretty character designs, but then they started killing off my favourite bishies which just killed the show completely.

      I’m glad to hear Hourou Musuko isn’t heavy on the melodrama as I’m really interested in that…….AIC worries me slightly given their preference for generic harem series lately, but I’m hoping that they prove us wrong.

  4. December 13, 2010 2:52 am

    I’m very much looking forward to Gosick. There are a few others I plan to give a shot, but Gosick is the one that immediately caught my eye, what with the mystery stuff, and the time period and all. It looks like my sort of show, so I hope it turns out well.

    • December 13, 2010 1:12 pm

      Gosick is standing out as one of the more promising titles, I need to get over my aversion to having cute little moe girls in the lead role though……

  5. December 13, 2010 4:48 am

    When i visit a blog, chances are that i get disappointed. On the contrary,I could honestly say that you writting is decent and your website solid.

  6. December 13, 2010 5:59 pm

    Looking forward to

    Fractile,Freezing,Gosick,Infinite Stratos and Yumekui Merry. Those shows look somewhat interesting! but like normal I will try everything at least once😀

    • December 13, 2010 9:50 pm

      Yeah trying everything is the only way to really know what you want to watch – I try to do the same

  7. LuvnAnime permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:27 am

    I’m interested to hear what your thoughts are on Beelzebub when it comes out. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your post.

    • December 14, 2010 11:38 pm

      I hope the anime adapatation is good – that director is really worrying me since Ookamikakushi & 07-Ghost were pretty woeful. However the source material is pretty solid so hopefully it will turn out ok.

  8. December 15, 2010 9:23 pm

    I’m intrigued by Level E, too. All the shows I’m thinking of watching are big question marks at this point (in addition to Level E: Fractale and Gosick). But that’s fine, it just means I have to wait for the season to start, so I can watch it myself, and make up my mind about them.

    • December 15, 2010 10:31 pm

      Its always best to go in with a blank slate I think – that way you aren’t really expecting anything and can be pleasantly surprised!

  9. Pman permalink
    January 1, 2011 3:20 pm

    Freezing, believe it or not is actually serious business as its PV implies. True, it has fan-service and I stumbled into the manga expect nothing more than a boring read but boy, was I proven wrong when I couldn’t stop reading well into Volume 4. Past the big-breasted but beautifully drawn girls is a dark story wherein mankind is fighting a serious battle with high attrition rates against alien invaders – generic harem romance doesn’t really kill off any girls, even the token women, but that happens here and it happens often. Looking past the dark setting, the story is rife with serious topics ranging from bullying to trauma from combat casualties, Freezing is a character-driven series that I think, people should give a chance.

    After all, how can you judge something you’ve never tried for yourself right?

    • January 2, 2011 11:20 pm

      After all, how can you judge something you’ve never tried for yourself right?

      Its for precisely that reason that I try to sample everything each season – never know when you’ll stumble across a hidden gem.

      I’m sure Freezing has its fans, and it does sound like it has some interesting points – but the anime adaptation director doesn’t inspire confidence…….and that website mini-game is doing the show no favours with me!😄

  10. ojisan permalink
    January 4, 2011 8:29 pm

    Fractale’s art & setting remind me of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou – another great story that doesn’t summarize well. I’m a sucker for well-done watercolour backgrounds.

    Otherwise –
    SA-WA-KO!
    SA-WA-KO!
    SA-WA-KO!

    • January 5, 2011 12:41 am

      The art is very pretty, loving all feeling of a vast landscape – looking forward to being submersed in the world of Fractale.

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