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Autumn 2013 Anime Preview

September 1, 2013

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I’m back bitches~!  I have been back in the warm embrace of my PC & wonderful internet connection for three weeks now – it’s been a strange experience.  For a start Ireland feels bloody tiny, but the crap public transport means that I am sorely missing not having a car.  I am pretty much bankrupt thanks to my trip (which was loads of fun) so had a frantic first week home of job searching.  Thankfully I got a temporary 2 month contract to tide me over for a while….which meant very little time being a NEET and catching up on things.

Being the obsessive fan I am, I did manage to keep up with a choice selection of shows from the seasons I was AWOL, but still have a lengthy list of things I want to check out – will get round to them eventually.  But anyhoo, you’re here for the Autumn Preview, so lets get cracking! (Can’t tell you how much I missed doing these things – exhausting, but satisfying~!)

EDIT: I’ve also made a guest appearance on Anime Audiolog’s Fall season preview podcast – check it out if you want to hear me discussing some of the upcoming titles with JoeAnimated!

Super Seisyun Brothers

Website: http://comic-polaris.jp/superseisyun/
Animation Studio: AIC Plus+ (Date A Live, Cat Planet Cuties)
Japanese Airdate: 13th Sept 2013
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Kaito Ishikawa, Nozomi Yamamoto, Ryota Ohsaka
Director: Masahiro Takata (Ganbare! Odenkun)
Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Chi’s Sweet Home)
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Summary: Adaptation of Shin Shinmoto’s manga series.

The story involves two pairs of teenage elder sister and younger brother, Niimoto’s who are a bit of narcissist and Saitou’s who look a bit mysterious, and their everyday life in school and at home.

This looks much more s’life & shoujo-y than I’m accustomed to seeing from AIC Plus+ and the team that brought us that timeless classic “Cat Planet Cuties”.  Information is slim on the ground considering it’s airing pretty soon too, so I guess it is a wait and see what happens kind of thing.

Diabolik Lovers

Website: http://anime-dialover.com/
Animation Studio: ZEXCS (Aku no Hana, D.C. ~Da Capo~)
Japanese Airdate: 16th Sept 2013
Seiyuu: Daisuke Hirakawa, Hikaru Midorikawa, Rie Suegara, Katsuyuki Konishi, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Shinobu Tagashira (Character designer for D.C. ~Da Capo~, Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?)
Series Composition: Seiko Nagatsu (Futari wa Precure Splash, Mokke)
PV: http://youtu.be/YUH-gQ6-BaI

Summary: Adaptation of Rejet’s vampire drama CD/PSP game.

The story centres around the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers. Yui Komori is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school — a night school for entertainers and celebrities — due to her father’s work. There are rumours that there are vampires among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the Sakamaki brothers.

Oh here we go, the latest in rape-y bishie crap and Zexcs to boot!  I’ll probably watch this if I’m completely honest, even though it looks horrendous on nearly every level (great cast though), because there is just something oddly compelling about these multi-coloured, by-the-numbers bishie shows that I don’t seem to get bored of.  No doubt it will be awful, but hey at least I can laugh at it and enjoy the voice actors.  I’m kind of amused that the director here is mainly a character designer – a sure sign that there is going to be loads of depth to these characters……at least it will look sort of pretty, in a our vampires shop at Hot Topic kind of way.

Miss Monochrome -The Animation-

Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/miss_monochrome/index2.html
Animation Studio: Linden Films (Aiura, Genshiken 2nd Season) / Sanzigen (Black Rock Shooter, 009 Re:Cyborg)
Japanese Airdate: 1st Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Yui Horie
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, Zero no Tsukaima)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger)
PV: http://youtu.be/2o2H-8F4iqg (Miss Monochrome in concert)

Summary: “Miss Monochrome” is an original character design from seiyuu Horie Yui. In March 2012, she first used the “Miss Monochrome” character as a 3D virtual singer to sing her songs at her concert “Horie Yui wo Meguru Bouken III ~Secret Mission Tour~”. Later, the character appeared in a range of merchandise as well as in the social network game “Girlfriend (Beta)”.
According to the setting, Miss Monochrome loves only the monochrome style, dislikes all kinds of colour, and always dreams about changing the world into her favourite monochrome colour.

This has me slightly bemused as Miss Monochrome is basically a Hatsune Miku clone made up by Horie Yui.  Apparently she has quite a sizeable fanbase in Japan, so I’d imagine this is being made to capitalise on that.  It may turn out to be pretty amusing, but I won’t hold my breath.

Outbreak Company

Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/obc/
Animation Studio: feel. (Kiss x Sis, Shikabane Hime: Kuro)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Mai Fuchigami, Suzuko Mimori, Maaya Uchida, Sumire Uesaka
Director: Kei Oikawa (Minaki-ke: Okaeri)
Series Composition: Naruhisa Arakawa (Yosuga no Sora, Upotte!!)
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Summary: Adaptation of Ichiro Sakaki’s light novel series.

The story centres around Shinichi Kano, a “thoroughbred class” otaku with a light novelist father and an erotic game artist mother. He has no special talents except for his vast knowledge, opinions, and insight on moe.  Despite this, the Japanese government assigns Shinichi as a “moe” evangelist to the Holy Eldant Empire, a parallel world with an entrance through a thick forest of trees in the Mount Fuji area. In this fantasy world where dragons soar the skies, Shinichi forms a deep friendship with the half-elf maid girl Myuseru and the beautiful young empress Petoraru. Even as he deals with the threats of war between different factions, he worries that he himself is an invader to this wondrous land.

Hello magical girlfriend light novel series – and bye-bye, I shan’t be bothering with you and your overdone concept.

Nagi no Asukara

Website: http://www.nagiasu.jp/
Animation Studio: P.A. Works (Tari Tari, True Tears)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Natsuki Hanae, Yūichi Nakamura, Aya Endo
Director: Toshiya Shinohara (Kuroshitsuji, Red Data Girl)
Series Composition: Mari Okada (AKB0048, Hanasaku no Iroha)
PV: http://youtu.be/RfC2qr8IS2I

Summary: Original anime from P.A. Works.

A story between the Sea and the Earth. Childhood friends Hikari and Manaka, who live in the sea, together with their friends Kaname and Chisaki, are forced to attend school on land after their own undersea school is closed. But due to a special encounter, their lives gain a new twist.

There’s those overly polished PA Works character designs again – I really wish they’d make their characters look a bit more interesting and less shiny.  On the flip side the backgrounds look absolutely gorgeous – as I’ve come to expect from PA Works.  This is an original story from Mari Okada who adores melodrama, so expecting a tonne of that from Nagi no Asukara.  It sounds like a pretty run of the mill kind of show with beautiful visuals – so basically typical PA Works.  Not overly excited by this.

Log Horizon

Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/loghorizon/
Animation Studio: Satelight (Aquarion Evol, Fairy Tail)
Japanese Airdate: 5th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Emiri Katō, Takuma Terashima, Tomoaki Maeno, Ayahi Takagaki, Jouji Nakata
Director: Shinji Ishihira (Fairy Tail, Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho)
Series Composition: Toshizo Nemoto (Dog & Scissors, Inu x Boku SS)
Music: Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail, Shiki)
PV: http://youtu.be/duboBiAKmX0

Summary: Anime adaptation of Mamare Touno‘s fantasy light novel series.

The story begins when 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy online game world Elder Tale. What was once a “sword-and-sorcery world” is now the “real world.” The main lead Shiroe attempts to survive with his old friend Naotsugu and the beautiful assassin Akatsuki.

Once upon a time I’d have been interested in this concept, but then Sword Art Online happened and I don’t want to go back there again.  Looking at the staff Log Horizon will probably have some pretty action scenes and since it is slated for 26 episodes I’d imagine Satelight are putting a fair bit of money into the production values.  That premise though – I just can’t do another SAO.  Maybe I’ll grab the Takanashi soundtrack though.

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Wanna be the Strongest in the World!)

Website: http://www.sekatsuyo.com/
Animation Studio: Arms (Ikki Tousen, Queen’s Blade)
Japanese Airdate: 6th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Ayana Taketatsu, , Kana Hanazawa, Eri Kitamura, Haruka Tomatsu
Director: Rion Kujo (Asu no Yoichi, Hagure Yusha no Aestetica)
Series Composition: Kazuho Hyodo (Gundam AGE, Tactical Roar)
PV: http://youtu.be/-kCFtL-kfXU

Summary: Adaptation of ESE ‘s manga series.

Hagiwara Sakura and Miyazawa Erena are the leading members of a popular idol group Sweet. One day, Erena is injured by the attack of a female pro-wrestler Kazama Rio during the recording of a TV program. Sakura gets mad at Rio and gives her a dropkick. To avenge Erena, Sakura enters the female pro-wrestling matches.

Why don’t Arms just go do some hentai instead of all this soft-core porn?  Not a hope in hell of me watching this.

Gingitsune

Website: http://gingitsune.net/
Animation Studio: Diomedea (Lotte no Omocha!, Ika Musume)
Japanese Airdate: 6th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Hisako Kanemoto, Shinichiro Miki, Ami Koshimizu, Ayumi Fujimura
Director: Shin Misawa (Capeta, High School Mystery)
Series Composition: Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Rosario + Vampire, Comic Party)
PV: http://youtu.be/dpv639zbnc4

Summary: Anime adaptation of Sayori Ochiai‘s Shinto themed manga series.

The story is set at a small Shinto harvest shrine dating back to the Edo period. Makoto Saeki lives with her father (the head priest of the shrine) and Gintarō, a kitsune (fox spirit) who happens to be a messenger for the gods. Makoto also happens to be the only one who can see the shrine’s kitsune. The series follows the everyday life of Makoto and Gintarō as they act as the go-between for the gods and humans.

This is something a bit different from Diomedea, but it still looks rather underwhelming on the whole.  It all sounds pretty typical of the child sees spirits genre, so nothing to really get concerned/excited about.  May be worth a look just to see how Diomedea deal with a show out of their comfort zone though.

Gundam -Build Fighters-

Website: http://gundam-bf.net/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gintama, Valvrave)
Japanese Airdate: 7th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Sachi Kokuryu, Mikako Komatsu, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yūichi Nakamura
Director: Kenji Nagasaki (No. 6)
Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda (Gundam 00, Infinite Ryvius)
PV: http://youtu.be/tGA_xKm95zg

Summary: The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the “Second GunPla Boom.” Sei Iori , a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships. Sei’s customized GunPla is the Build Strike Gundam.  Other characters include Tatsuya Yūki, the model club president and resident campus “idol” at Sei’s school. He is talented at both GunPla building and GunPla Battles, and he already placed in the last GunPla Battle world championships. His nickname is the “Crimson Comet,” and his GunPla of choice is the Zaku Amazing.  China Kōsaka is a first-year school girl at Sei’s academy and a member in both the class council and art club. Her family runs the Kōsaka restaurant.

Yay more Gundam!……..oh wait, more GunPla.  Sunrise clearly just want to sell toys with this show, and that’s pretty okay with me so long as the show looks pretty and has lots of mecha action.  It is kind of sad that the Gundam franchise has become such a blatant toy advertisement, but Sunrise have still put a solid staff on this show, so they aren’t completely selling out….well they are, but at least they’re putting some effort into it.  I mean Gundam has always existed to sell toys, but at least we used to get all that fun Sunrise Politics and shipping built around it!  I’ll be checking this out though, because Gundam.

Yowamushi Pedal

Website: http://www.yowapeda.com/
Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan, Kamisama Kiss)
Japanese Airdate: 7th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Daiki Yamashita, Jun Fukushima, Kousuke Toriumi, Atsushi Abe, Daisuke Kishio
Director: Osamu Nabeshima (D.Gray-Man, Zetman)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, K-ON!)
PV: http://youtu.be/33yw5EijUsg

Summary: Anime adaptation of Wataru Watanabe’s cycling manga series.

The story centres around Sakamichi Onoda, a high school otaku who loves figures from anime and games so much that he would ride his bicycle to and from Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district in a 90-kilometer (about 60-mile) round trip over steep slopes. The series follows Onoda as he ends up joining the competitive sport of bicycle racing.

First of the sizeable batch of sports anime coming out this season and I am pretty interested in this.  I can’t profess to be a massive fan of cycling, and the character designs don’t really get me massively excited about seeing lots of men in spandex.  However I usually end up pretty engrossed by sports anime once I give them a fair chance, so I’ll be checking out Yowamushi too.

Galilei Donna – Storia di tre sorelle a caccia di un mistero

Website: http://www.galileidonna.tv/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, AnoHana)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Rina Hidaka
Director & original concept: Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite, Girl’s High)
Character Design: Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online, Working!)
PV: http://youtu.be/W508qZIYdBo

Summary: Original anime series airing in the noitaminA timeslot.

The story is about “three moons” — three of Italian astronomer Galileo’s female descendants who are on international wanted lists.

Looks like noitaminA is back in top form this season with not just one original series, but two!  Galilei Donna is A-1 Pictures offering and has a trio of bishoujo, some pretty nice promo art and an unusual choice of director.  Umetsu has been in the business quite a long time, but he’s probably best known for gritty, violent and borderline pornographic OVAs, so I am very interested to see what kind of angle he’ll be going for with Galilei Donna, especially with those very standard character designs.  Definitely one to check out.

Samurai Flamenco

Website: http://www.samumenco.com/
Animation Studio: Manglobe (Karneval, Samurai Champloo)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu:
Director: Takahiro Omori (Baccano!, Durarara!!, Jigoku Shoujo, Natsume Yuujinchou)
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Kannagi, OreImo, Read or Die)
Character Designer: Chinatsu Kurahana (Uta no Prince-sama, Aquarion Evol)
PV: http://youtu.be/k8VsTu6xoJ4

Summary: Original anime series airing in the noitaminA timeslot for two cours.

The anime’s taglines read, “To those ‘adults’ who don’t want to become adults…” and “Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil.”

The other original show airing in noitaminA, and I am trying not to get overly excited about it…..with little luck, there is just too much here that I like the sound of.  First off let’s talk Manglobe – looks like they may be making a comeback after a run of abysmal, uninspired shows.  Samurai Flamenco certainly looks like something that the Manglobe of old would turn out – the studio that gave us unrepentantly stylish shows like Samurai Champloo & Ergo Proxy.  However the real reason I’m so excited about this is the director – Omori has worked on so many shows that ride high in my favourites, and I’m really excited to see a new show from him that isn’t Natsume Yuujinchou (even if I adore that series).  The pretty bishie character designs from the lady who gave us the UtaPri boys doesn’t hurt my excitement any either.  Can’t wait to check Samurai Flamenco out.

Kill La Kill

Website: http://www.kill-la-kill.jp/
Animation Studio: Trigger (Inferno Cop, Little Witch Academia)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Ami Koshimizu, Ryoka Yuzuki
Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Gurren-Lagann)
Series Composition & Script: Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren-Lagann, Nodame Cantabile: Finale)
Character Designs & Animation Director: Sushio (Redline, One Piece)
PV: http://youtu.be/85X_tmunBNY

Summary: Original series.

The story is set in a high school that the student council president Satsuki Kiryūin rules by force. Ryūko Matoi, a transfer student wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, brings about upheaval on the campus.

Here we go.  Studio Trigger’s first foray into the world of tv anime after a testing the waters with low budget web ova’s.  Trigger are basically all the talented people from Gainax who left to form their own studio – so essentially all those who worked on shows like TTGL & Panty & Stocking led by Hiroyuki Imaishi.  It will be interesting to see how Kill La Kill turns out – there is no way it can be anything other than superbly animated with jaw-dropping action scenes, but I am slightly concerned about how much actual depth there will be to the story.  Beautifully animated action can only get a show so far, I need to care about the characters to really love a series.  I’m still pretty damn excited to see what Trigger can do with a proper TV budget though considering I adored the dirt cheap Inferno Cop.

Tokyo Ravens

Website: http://www.tokyo-ravens.com/
Animation Studio: 8-bit Studios (Busou Shinki, Infinite Stratos)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Aki Toyosaki, Hiro Shimono, Eri Kitamura
Director: Takaomi Kanasaki (Kore wa Zombie desu ka?, School Rumble S2)
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Kannagi, OreImo, Read or Die)
PV: http://youtu.be/7MuxbeVaoDM

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kōhei Azano’s supernatural fantasy light novel series.

The story centers around Harutora, a boy from a branch of the Tsuchimikado family of onmyōdō occult practitioners. However, he lacks the ability to see spirit energy, so he is now just an ordinary high school student. Natsume, a girl who was Harutora’s childhood friend and the next head of the Tsuchimikado family, reunites with Harutora and changes his future.

Let us do the check-list. Light novel, set in high school, supernatural elements, beautiful girl randomly attached to ordinary protagonist…..I wonder how many shows with exactly the same building blocks are out there?  The only positive thing I have to say about this show is that they seem to be putting a lot of effort into the action, rather than focusing on the boobs/arse of the lead girl, even though the budget is clearly not stellar.  The staff have worked on a mixture of good & bad stuff and Tokyo Ravens does have a pretty decent cast too.  I’m still not excited about it, but it may turn out to be watchable.

Ace of Diamond

Website: http://diaace.com/
Animation Studio: Madhouse (Death Note, Chihayafuru) /Production I.G. (Blood-C, Eden of the East)
Japanese Airdate: 6th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Natsuki Hanae, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ryota Ohsaka, Takahiro Sakurai
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Polar Bear Café, Kobato.)
Series Composition: Takeshi Konuta (Blood Lad, Toshokan Sensou
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Summary: Anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima’s baseball manga series.

The story follows Eijun Sawamura, a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan’s storied Kōshien championships through hard work and determination.

Next sports series on the block.  This one is yet another baseball series, but can boast that it has both Madhouse and Production IG working on it!  There’s no PV or anime promo art about though, so I can’t judge how much of a budget this is getting.  Other than that rather amazing animation studio collaboration, Ace of Diamond doesn’t really stand out – it seems like your bog standard baseball series with a hot-blooded main character.  I will of course look at the first episode, but think that the other sports series this season may have more potential.

Kyoukai no Kanata

Website: http://anime-kyokai.com/
Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation (Free!, K-ON!)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kenn, Minori Chihara, Risa Taneda, Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Director: Taichi Ishidate (KyoAni episode director)
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Level E, Steins;Gate)
PV: http://youtu.be/6LdyN0wgaDQ

Summary: Anime adaptation of Nagomu Torii‘s light novel series.

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half Yōmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the underworld. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.

You either like KyoAni stuff or you don’t.  The studio is exceptionally consistent with what they turn out – beautifully animated shows filled with cute girls, doing cute things.  I like personally like KyoAni.  Even if I detest K-ON! the studio still gave me Haruhi, Hyou-ka & Free!, so they’re okay in my book.  The setup for Kyoukai no Kanata seems rather familiar, and I definitely can’t say it’s the most original concept in the world.  There are a tonne of these girl/boy with supernatural powers shows, most notable being the Monogatari series, which relies on its dialogue & crazy direction/animation to save it from being boring.  Not sure how it will work out, but my god does the animation ever look spectacular, hope the writing is as good.  I’m pleased that KyoAni are trying a new genre, even if they can’t tear themselves away from highschoolers yet, so I’ll definitely be watching this.

Strike the Blood

Website: http://dengekibunko.dengeki.com/mediamix/stb/
Animation Studio: Silver Link (BakaTest, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) /Connect
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Risa Taneda, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Asami Seto, Ryota Ohsaka
Chief Director: Takao Sano (Chitose Get You!) Director: Hideyo Yamamoto (Prince of Tennis II)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel World, Magi)
PV: http://youtu.be/YoqgLCATqUk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Gakuto Mikumo‘s (Dantalian no Shoka, Asura Cryin’) vampire light novel series.

The school action fantasy story of Strike the Blood revolves around Kojō Akatsuki, a boy deemed the world’s most powerful vampire (once thought to only exist in legend and lore), and Yukina Hirameki, a girl entrusted with watching over the vampire and if needed, hunting him down.

Oh hello typical light novel set-up, and Silver Link to boot!?  Having watched the previous adaptations of this author’s work, I can’t say I’m too excited about Strike the Blood – generally his work is watchable, but pretty forgettable.  There’s too much else going on this season to bother with this.

Golden Time

Website: http://golden-time.jp/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Hayate no Gotoku, Kimi to Boku)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kaito Ishikawa, Ai Kayano, Makoto Furukawa, Yui Horie, Takahiro Hikami
Director: Chiaki Kon (Higurashi no naku koro ni, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi)
Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (Clannad, Infinite Stratos)
PV: http://youtu.be/LqcxfmkBnAI

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yuyuko Takemiya‘s (Toradora) light novel series.

The school romantic comedy of Golden Time revolves around Banri Tada, a college student who lost all of his memories before his high school graduation. The story follows Banri, Kōko Kaga (a girl whose seemingly perfect looks belies her hidden regrets), Kōko’s significant other Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and other students at Banri’s college in Tokyo.

Oh look – college students! Not highschoolers – YAY!  And the author of the pretty decent Toradora?  I could get behind this.  However the combo of JC Staff and Chiaki Kon puts a bit of a dampener on things.  JC Staff haven’t really turned out anything worthwhile in recent years, while Kon has been lost to the world of rape-y BL for a while now, so I’m not sure how she’ll handle this show, which actually does have an interesting premise.  A wait and see show I think, hopefully it will turn out decent.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova-

Website: http://www.aokihagane.com/
Animation Studio: Sanzigen (Black Rock Shooter, 009 Re:Cyborg)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kazuyuki Okitsu, Mai Fuchigami, Manami Numakura, Yukana
Director: Seiji Kishi (Humanity Has Declined, Persona 4)
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (Danganronpa, Katanagatari)
PV: http://youtu.be/30GHXmIyWJk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ark Performance‘s science-fiction naval manga series.

In the story, humanity lost much of its developed land due to global warming in the first half of the 21st century. Then, a “Fleet of Fog” loaded with super weapons suddenly appears all over the world. Without the ability to withstand this fleet, humanity was defeated and could no longer travel the seas. 17 years after the devastating naval war, Gunzō Chihaya and his friends somehow commandeer a “Fleet of Fog” submarine named I-401. Together with Iona (I-401’s “mental model”), they take on the “Fleet of Fog.”

The series features four ships with female Mental Models (physical incarnations in humanoid form).

I was pretty interested in this until I saw Seiji Kishi is the director.  Kishi is one of the most inconsistent directors out there and all his shows seem to have some sort of weird choppy feel to them where he can’t decide what tone he wants to settle on. The PV seems to be mostly focusing on the action aspect, so that doesn’t really raise my hopes for a meaty story either – but I’ll be pretty okay with cute girls taking each other out with massive battleships.  Will check it out.

Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai -Unbreakable Machine Doll-

Website: http://www.machine-doll.com/
Animation Studio: Lerche (Carnival Phantasm, Fate/Prototype)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Hitomi Harada, Ai Kayano, Jouji Nakata, Nobuhiko Okamoto
Director: Kinji Yoshimoto (Genshiken 2, Queen’s Blade)
Series Composition: Yuuko Kakihara (Chihayafuru 2, Persona 4)
PV: http://youtu.be/v3EMc5EFUYo

Summary: Anime adaptation of Reiji Kaitō‘s light novel series.

It is the early 20th century, and Raishin Akabane is a student puppeteer from Japan, who has come to the Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machine Arts in England to study the emerging field of Machinart: a combination of magic and technology with military applications. He is accompanied by a girl named Yaya, who is actually his Automaton: a living machine doll powered by magical circuits specialized in hand-to-hand combat. In the Academy, there is a combat tournament exclusive to the Top 100 students and their automata, to decide who shall be bestowed with the title of “Wiseman”, the greatest puppeteer.

I believe that there are quite a few fans of this light novel series, but in my experience that doesn’t mean a show will be good – just look at Sword Art Online.  Seems like a reasonable amount of effort has gone into this adaptation, which should make the fans happy.  However I shall be avoiding as it is just screaming ‘bog standard light novel’ at me.

Coppelion

Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/coppelion/
Animation Studio:
Japanese Airdate: Autumn 2013
Seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu, Kana Hanazawa, Satomi Akesaka, Kenichi Suzumura, Maaya Sakamoto
Director:
PV: http://youtu.be/Ifbc-FRXs4c

Summary: Anime adaptation of Tomonori Inoue‘s sci-fi military action manga series.

The story is set in 2036, after radioactive contamination from a nuclear accident has put Tokyo under a blockade. Three high school girls have been sent to this dead city. Thanks to genetic engineering, the three girls have been impervious to radioactivity since birth. They form a Special Forces unit, codenamed “Coppelion,” in the 3rd Division of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force.

Judging from the random filters and camera angles on display in the PV, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is obviously GoHands.  Coppelion has an interesting history – it was originally supposed to be made a couple of years back, but its premise hit a little too close to home in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and was shelved.  But now Coppelion is back, and it does look pretty amazing.  Not entirely convinced by the genetically engineered school girls (why school girls?) but the action looks pretty cool & the promo art is gorgeously detailed.  I will definitely be checking out Coppelion, hopefully it delivers.

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shite (NouCome)

Website: http://noucome.jp/
Animation Studio: Diomedea (Lotte no Omocha!, Ika Musume)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kaori Sadohara, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Ayumi Tsuji, Yui Kondou
Director: Takayuki Inagaki (Muv-Luv Alternative, Rosario + Vampire
Series Composition: Hiroko Kanasugi (Jewelpet)
PV: http://youtu.be/QCgAbU5Xpeg

Summary: Anime adaptation of Takeru Kasukabe‘s light novel series. Translates as My Mental Multiple-Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy.

The story centres around Kanade Amakusa, a boy cursed with the mental power of “absolute multiple-choice” — a multiple-choice quiz will suddenly appear in his mind, and the choice he makes will become his reality. For example, he would have to choose between going nude from the waist up or the waist down in school. While in school, he is given another choice: 1) A beautiful girl will fall before him or 2) he will fall from the rooftop in female clothes. He chooses option 1, and a blonde girl named Chocolat falls before him.

The girl in the PV has clearly been huffing helium.  This show just seems like a collection of things that make me want to run for the hills.  Light novel with ridiculously long name and stupid gimmick.  Magical girlfriend falling into bland male leads lap. The director of Rosario+Vampire.  Diomedea.  All things that trigger my flight response.  This is going to be terrible – avoid.

Megane-bu!

Website: http://mgnb.tv/
Animation Studio: Studio Deen (Sankarea, Junjou Romantica)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Atsushi Tamaru, Junichi Suwabe, Kenji Akabane, Kouki Miyata, Ryohei Kimura
Director: Soubi Yamamoto (This Boy Can Fight Aliens!)
Series Composition: Deco Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Mysterious Girlfriend X)
PV: http://youtu.be/lRmaKwIO2tc

Summary: Anime about an ‘Eyeglasses Club’ based on a drama CD.

Akira Sōma is the 17-year old club president and founder of the eyeglasses club. He categorizes all of humanity into three groups: “glasses,” “those who don’t wear glasses,” and “the ladies.” He scolds those who wears contacts, going around and calling them “weaklings!!” There are many times when he, the passionate boy that he is, would argue with his fellow club-mates about glasses. His favorite kind of glasses are ones with square frames, and both of his eyes have 0.03 vision (in the Japanese eyeglasses prescription notation).

Hahahaha~! I am so watching this~!  This has to be one of the most vapid premises ever, but it looks PRETTY!  I enjoyed Soubi Yamamoto’s two ‘Kono Danshi’ BL OVA’s so I’m interested to see what she does with a full show.  Of late Studio Deen have been putting a lot of effort into making their shows look really pretty (if kind of shallow) so I have no doubt Megane-bu will be more of the same.  Still there is no getting around the fact this show has the depth of a puddle – it’s based off a fecking drama CD. About boys who wear glasses.  How does this even work!?  Still I generally like the megane bishie of any show, so with that in mind (and my innate enjoyment of mindless bishie fluff) I’ll be watching Megane-bu!

Non Non Biyori

Website: http://www.nonnontv.com/
Animation Studio: Silver Link (BakaTest, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)
Japanese Airdate: 7th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Kana Asumi, Kotori Koiwai, Rie Murakawa
Director: Shinya Kawamo (Kokoro Connect, .hack//Gift)
Series Composition & Script: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Tamako Market)
PV: http://youtu.be/GtOCzzLNsOY

Summary: Anime adaptation of Atto‘s schoolgirl manga series.

The slice-of-life comedy is set in a countryside school with only five students total, including: first grader Renge Miyauchi, first-year middle school student Natsumi Koshigaya, and second-year middle school student Komari Koshigaya.  The nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain “Ju_p” magazine comes out on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, and the video rental store is 10 stations away.  Fifth-grade schoolgirl Hotaru Ichijō transfers from Tokyo to this school and readjusts to the slow life in the country.

This is from the same Silver Link team that put together Kokoro Connect, complete with the director who used to do a lot of Bee Train stuff.  Kokoro Connect was pretty different to most other Silver Link shows, even if I did get frustrated with it by the end, but that was more to do with the story than the direction.  Non Non Biyori looks like another different kind of show for the studio – it feels very quiet and s’life, but given my history with quiet, s’life shows, I don’t think I’ll enjoy it.  Still this seems like it will be harmless and cute – if you like this kind of show.

Walkure Romanze

Website: http://walroma.com/
Animation Studio: 8-bit Studio (Infinite Stratos, Encouragement of Climb)
Japanese Airdate: Autumn
Seiyuu: Ai Shimizu, Seiichirō Yamashita, Eriko Nakamura, Hiroko Taguchi, Kei Mizusawa
Director: Yusuke Yamamoto (B Gata H Kei, Welcome to the NHK)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)
PV: http://youtu.be/XUwLvFetyLc

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ricotta‘s eroge.

The story centres around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a begleiter (knight’s assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to this academy to train as a knight, after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament’s finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a begleiter to one of the academy’s maiden knights and help her win.

Why do these shows feel the need to ram in a school setting regardless of the subject matter?  Anyway, this looks like your classic trashy eroge adaptation, complete with the usual set up of a bland male lead surrounded by vapid women scrambling for his cock. The setting for this is slightly unusual given the jousting angle, but those completely impractical armour designs are just stupid.  The staff is noteworthy in that they can usually make the worst premise kinda fun, but I don’t think they can work their magic on this rubbish.  Avoiding

BlazBlue -Alter Memory-

Website: http://blazblue-am.jp/
Animation Studio: Team KG/Hoods Entertainment (Mysterious Girlfriend X)
Japanese Airdate: Autumn
Seiyuu: Kana Ueda, Kanako Kondou, Tetsuya Kakihara, Tomokazu Sugita
Director: Hideki Tachibana (Dragon Crisis!, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira~!)
Series Composition & Script: Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Asura Cryin’)
PV: http://youtu.be/f_V79VL23us

Summary: Anime adaptation of Arc System Works‘ fighting game franchise.

The story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of the new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the “Grim Reaper” is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivalled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.

This looks like your stereotypical anime game adaptation – just look at those character designs!  Not being a gamer I don’t really get these shows since the mechanics of anime are utterly different to a game, causing most adaptations to feel clunky and awkward.  I don’t really have much faith in the staff on board here either – Hoods turn out the trashiest shows and the director has produced some garbage too.  I suppose if you just focus on the action and ignore everything else BlazBlue may work, but I can’t see much hope for this adaptation no matter how entertaining the source game franchise may be.

Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road

Website: http://bushiroad-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Kinema Citrus (Bottom Biting Bug, Yuyushiki)
Japanese Airdate: Autumn
Seiyuu:
Director: Masayuki Sakoi (Princess Resurrection, Needless)
Screenplay: Norimitsu Kaihō (Nitroplus writer)
PV:

Summary: Collaboration between Bushiroad, video distributor Bandai Visual, software company Nitroplus, and anime studio Kinema Citrus. Will be part of a new card game and involves mecha somehow.

The character Ame is a princess miko formerly of the country Ise, Yagyū Suō is a cursed human weapon and Kazusa Shin is a young leader of the mighty country Tōrai.

Apparently this is a reboot of this project after everyone originally working on it bailed.  Originally it was a collab between Broccoli, Gainax & Nitroplus, but that has changed to Bandai, Kinema Citrus & Nitroplus.  There is no actual word on if this will actually happen this season, and details about the plot/cast are non-existent at this stage.  It kind of feels like a glorious mess & I’m actually pretty interested in seeing what comes out of this strange mixture.  Will be looking out for more information.

Pupa

Website: http://www.pupa-anime.com/
Animation Studio: Studio Deen (Rozen Maiden, Hetalia)
Japanese Airdate: Autumn
Seiyuu: Ibuki Kido
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki (House of Five Leaves, Ocean Waves)
PV:

Summary: Anime adaptation of Sayaka Mogi’s horror manga series.

The “life-and-death sibling” story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis — into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister.

This is going to be a strange one.  There is incest, terrifying monsters & cannibalism in the manga and most of the reviews I’ve seen have seemed very reluctant to praise it while resisting saying it’s bad.  The feeling I get is that Pupa is a series that will stick with you for a while – which means it has the potential to be a great horror series.  Personally I really like horror series and the director on board here is an absolute master at creating evocative atmosphere and building up remarkable characterisation, so I’m pretty damn excited about Pupa.  Studio Deen will probably pour their best animation team into this series, and they’ve been turning out some glorious looking shows recently, so I’m really hoping they nail the atmosphere for Pupa.  Definitely going to be watching this.

Kyousougiga TV

Website: http://www.kyousougiga-tv.com/
Animation Studio: Toei Animation (Dragonball, Precure)
Japanese Airdate: Autumn
Seiyuu: Rie Kugimiya, Akira Ishida, Aya Hisakawa, Kazuki Yao
Director: Rie Matsumoto (Kyosougiga, Precure episode director)
Series Composition: Izumi Todo (Precure, Mari & Gali)
PV: http://youtu.be/In4YoCWTKiM (OVA PV)

Summary: TV anime expanding the original OVA.

Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.

Hoorah! We’re actually getting the full TV version of Kyousogiga!  I’m really pleased that this is happening, because I really liked the world presented in the original OVA and really wanted to see more of it. The OVA was frantic and had loads of really interesting ideas, but ultimately felt rushed and left me wishing they had more time to present the characters and world properly – hopefully that’s what we’re getting here.  The team on board have mainly worked on the various Toei Precure shows, so expect lots of colourful, well animated action.  Looking forward to this.

IS – Infinite Stratos 2

Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/is/
Animation Studio: 8-bit Studio (Busou Shinki, Infinite Stratos)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Yōko Hikasa, Kouki Uchiyama, Chiwa Saito, Kana Hanazawa, Marina Inoue
Series Director: Susumu Tosaka  Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi (Busou Shinki, Infinite Stratos)
Character Designer: Kumi Horii (Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, Seitokai no Ichizon)
PV: http://youtu.be/mV_Ms5mJ0VI

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Izuru Yumizuru‘s light novel series.

Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponised 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 one exception – Ichika Orimura.  Ichika is an orphan raised by his older sister, who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with Infinite Stratos is discovered after he accidentally touches one at the age of 15, he is given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which means an interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.

Do you like mecha?  Do you like harem shows?  Well if so Infinite Stratos is the show that was made just for you.  I actually watched all the 1st season despite knowing I should have bailed after the first episode, but it’s rather harmless in the grand scale of stupid harem shows, and I enjoy the mecha. This will be more of the same I’d imagine.

Phi Brain ~Kami no Puzzle~ Season 3

Website: http://www.phibrain.net/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass, Gintama)
Japanese Airdate: 6th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Shintarō Asanuma, Jun Fukuyama, Akira Ishida, Kaori Shimizu, Satsuki Yukino
Director:
Series Composition:
PV:

Summary: Third season of puzzle-solving awesomeness.

Oh hell yeah I am all over this one!  Originally I was one of the non-believers who thought that Phi Brain was pure tripe cooked up by Sunrise staff who were a bit too obsessed with the Sudoku puzzles in their daily newspapers.  However after hearing a lot of people (mainly the UK crowd) say that this show was more fun than it had any right being, I accepted the challenge and gave it a go.  I was promptly addicted and converted to the cult of Phi Brain, and the rest is history.  It really is a show that has elements of absolute genius to it – the world is utterly ridiculous as are the characters, but it is so endearingly honest in its portrayal that you just can’t not love it.  I’d really recommend giving the show a chance – it’s so much fun and has an absolutely stellar cast!

Magi S2 -The Kingdom of Magic-

Website: http://www.project-magi.com/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Servant x Service)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kaori Ishihara, Yuuki Kaji, Haruka Tomatsu, Daisuke Ono, Yui Horie
Director: Koji Masunari (Kamichu!, Read or Die)
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Code Geass, Guilty Crown)
PV: http://youtu.be/m3YPJ9Y2L_I

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Shinobu Ohtaka’s fantasy manga series.  The setting for this season is the kingdom of Magnostadt.

This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1001 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check!

I really like the Magi manga, but the anime adaptation doesn’t really do the series justice.  It is very well animated and acted, but the changes made undermined essential character development and made the pacing very choppy – some arcs were done very well, others not so much.  I will be watching this second season though; the Magnostadt arc mainly focuses on Aladdin and introduces interesting new characters while exploring the magic system and politics of the world.  I hope it is a better adaptation than the first season.

Kakumeiki Valvrave -2nd Season- (Valvrave The Liberator)

Website: http://www.valvrave.com/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gundam, NichiBros)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Ryota Ohsaka, Asami Seto, Ryohei Kimura, Haruka Tomatsu,
Director: Kou Matsuo (Kure-nai, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Red Garden)
Series Composition: Ichiro Okouchi (Planetes, Code Geass)
PV: http://youtu.be/4q7D6p3jqTg

Summary: Second season continuing the story.

Thanks to the development of the Dyson Sphere, The majority of the human populace lives in space. The Dorssia Military Federation, and the Atlantic Rim United States exist as major Military countries, while JOIR is a neutral principality, the story follows Haruto Tokishima as a normal boy going thru high school in T.C (True Calendar) year 71. This all changes when Haruto meets the humanoid weapon Valvrave.

Ah Valvrave you glorious trainwreck you!  Everything I find hilarious and entertaining about Sunrise mecha shows is found in abundance in this series – it is absolutely impossible to take seriously.  But hey, that’s why I enjoyed it so much – every week Valvrave delivered some sort of ridiculous plot twist and every week I found myself looking forward to the next episode.  Can’t wait for more!

Freezing Vibration

Website: http://freezing.tv/
Animation Studio: A.C.G.T. (Monochrome Factor, Kino no Tabi -Life Goes on)
Japanese Airdate: 4th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Mamiko Noto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki, Marina Inoue, Rie Kugimiya
Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana, Slayers)
Series Composition: Masanao Akahoshi (A Certain Magical Index, Ikki Tousen)
PV: http://youtu.be/hKNHhpbp0BQ

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Dall-Young Lim and Kwang-Hyun Kim‘s original 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 Pandoras 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.

Clothing Damage The Anime 2.  Want more girls beating the crap out of each other with giant weapons whilst shredding each other’s clothing?  Well Freezing is your show – now with bonus innuendo laden title!

Kuroko no Basuke 2nd Season

Website: http://www.kurobas.com/
Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Eden of the East)
Japanese Airdate: 5th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kensho Ono, Yuuki Ono, Chiwa Saito, Jun Fukuyama, Junichi Suwabe
Director: Shunsuke Tada (Prince of Tennis, Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations)
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Sankarea)
PV: http://youtu.be/5ox9aQTegrU

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki‘s basketball manga series.

Tetsuya Kuroko is a former member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”. Upon meeting Taiga Kagami he decides upon becoming his shadow to help him become Japan’s greatest basketball player.

Really looking forward to this! It’s a fairly standard Shounen Jump sports series, but the characters are all really likeable (and shippable – the series has a massive fujoshi following), which makes it a lot of fun to watch.  Great cast with solid if not overly impressive production values – it does what it does well.  Definitely watching.

White Album 2

Website: http://whitealbum2.jp/
Animation Studio: Satelight (Aquarion Evol, Guin Saga)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Madoka Yonezawa, Hitomi Nabatame, Takahiro Mizushima
Director: Masaomi Ando (Muv-Luv Alternative)
Series Composition: Fumiaki Maruto (Writer for original games)
PV: http://youtu.be/5rITDXhpfaE

Summary: Anime adaptation of Leaf’s visual novel.

The story centres around a college junior named Haruki Kitahara (and his relationships with Setsuna Ogiso and Kazuki Touma in the light music club.

So apparently the only thing this has to do with the previous White Album anime is the shared name.  This involves new characters and different setting.  I couldn’t get into the original White Album, but apparently this one is a bit more popular.  Not being a fan of visual novels I’ll be skipping this one – doesn’t look like my kind of thing.

Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~

Website: http://yozakura-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: Tatsunoto Production (Sket Dance, Gatchaman Crowds)
Japanese Airdate: 6th Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Misato Fukuen, Miyuki Sawashiro, Saki Fujita, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Ryo-timo (Hoshi no Umi, Birdy the Mighty Decode)
Series Composition & Script: Manabu Ishikawa (Hoshi no Umi)
PV: http://youtu.be/E-osUEd2CRc

Summary: New anime adaptation of Suzuhito Yasuda‘s supernatural action comedy manga.

Sakurashin is a town where supernatural beings called youkai can coexist peacefully with humans. The city was built around the “Nana-gou”, seven huge cherry blossom trees that connect the human and youkai worlds. About half of Sakurashin´s population is composed of youkais who have migrated from the other world. Four young but powerful individuals are chosen to protect the town and the gate, A super-strong girl named Hime, a mind reader named Ao, a conjurer named Kotoha and an ordinary, powerless boy named Akina.

We’ve already had a few anime adaptations of Yozakura Quartet, the first being a TV anime back in 2008, which was extremely stylish but pretty boring over all.  The OVAs dispensed with the original artstyle employing a much more visceral, fluid style and this new anime is also going to be in that style.  It makes for fantastically dynamic action scene, but static scenes look a bit messy in comparison to the very clean original artstyle used in 2008.  It appears that this new series is a complete reboot, so you won’t need to have seen any of the previous adaptations to jump right into this one.  It is an interesting setup, and the characters are quite engaging – will be checking this out.

Hajime no Ippo: Rising

Website: http://www.vap.co.jp/ippo/
Animation Studio: Madhouse (Black Lagoon, Casshern SINS) /Mappa (Sakamichi no Apollon, Teekyuu)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Kohei Kiyasu, Rikiya Koyama, Daisuke Namikawa, Keiji Fujiwara, Kohei Kiyasu
Director: Jun Shishido (Saiunkoku Monogatari, Oku-sama wa Joshi Kōsei)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)
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Summary: Third season of the anime adaptation of George Morikawa‘s long running boxing manga series.

Ippo Makunouchi continues his boxing career and his goal on knowing the meaning of being strong, and the desire on fighting his idol Ichiro Miyata once again. Along him are pro boxers Takamura, Aoki and Kimura that each one of them aspire to their own dreams.

Someday I will watch Hajime no Ippo and I too will get really excited every time it gets a new anime.  I will get round to it someday because I keep hearing such awesome things about this series – I even have it downloaded, just need to find the time!

Little Busters ~Refrain~

Website: http://www.litbus-anime.com/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Honey + Clover)
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Hikaru Midorikawa, Tomoe Tamiyasu, Yui Horie, Yusei Oda
Director: Yoshiki Yamakawa (Hatsukoi Limited, Kill Me Baby)
Series Composition: Michiru Shimada (Shugo Chara, Before Green Gables)
PV: http://youtu.be/uNEQUd7BT_U

Summary: Second season of the anime based on Key’s visual novel.

Riki Naoe was orphaned when his parents died, but his depression is slowly lifted when he befriends a group of kids calling themselves the Little Busters. The series takes place during his second year of high school.

This is the one Key adaptation I haven’t watched – nor do I have any plans on doing so since I haven’t heard anything good about JC Staff’s attempt at Little Busters.  I hear this second season is where all the good stuff is, so if you’ve made it this far, best of luck to you!

Seiyuu Sentai Voice-Torm 7 (Voice Actor Force Voicetrom 7)

Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/voicetorm7/
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Tetsuya Kakihara, Kouki Miyata, Shinichiro Miki, Takahiro Sakurai, Emiri Katō, Wataru Hatano, Chinatsu Akasaki
Director:
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Summary: Adaptation of Masaki & Sae Matsunaga’s manga series in collaboration with the talent agency 81 Produce.

Billed as ‘motion comic’ rather than a fully animated series, it will follow the adventures of a group of voice-acting heroes who protect world peace & otaku.

So this is a picture slideshow that exists to promote a seiyuu talent agency.  Could be hilarious(ly bad).

Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono

Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/tesabu/
Japanese Airdate: Oct 2013
Seiyuu: Asuka Nishi, Ayaka Ohashi, Karin Ogino, Reina Ueda, Satomi Akesaka
Director: Kōtarō Ishidate (Straight Title Robot Anime, gdgd Fairies)
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Summary: GC anime centred around the extracurricular activities of students.  Series will use MikuMikuDance software to animate its characters.

Another show produced for very little money thanks to the MikuMikuDance software programme.  I haven’t watched anything that’s been made in this style, because the uncanny valley-esq way characters look & move freaks me out a bit.  Will also be avoid this thing as it’s just cute girls doing cute things as usual.

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Okay, well quite a heavy season with lots going on.  There is sure to be a great show in among all those trashy light novel adaptations – and I intend to find it!  Hopefully something will demand I blog it so I really get back into the swing of things – will be seriously rusty for a while, but shouldn’t take me too long (hopefully).  First Impressions posts will start going up end Sept/ start Oct regardless.

As ever all information has been cobbled together from the ever reliable ANN, The Fansub Wiki, MAL, AniChart.net and everyone’s friend – Google.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2013 5:06 pm

    Log Horizon seems to be better than SAO based on what I’ve heard, but my bias against the latter and the fact that I don’t really get into the fantasy genre is a big turnoff.

    Little Busters is total shit. The sad part is that occasionally there’s an episode that’s kind of funny and actually well-executed, but then the next three episodes are awful. The only real positive is that I had more fun with it than that semi;colon VN adaptation that aired around the same time, although I can’t find many people to agree with me on that (except for the general MAL public).

    Couldn’t get into Valvrave. The style quickly wore off and I was left with nothing to really care for. Then when it got to “that” scene, my interest just went kaput.

    Personally, I’ve got all the beautifully animated stuff like Kill la Kill, Kyousogiga, Beyond the Boundary, etc. on my “must watch”. The others I’ll go in with modest expectations depending on my schedule. I also might check out is Hajime no Ippo 3. Haven’t seen the first two but I know enough about the series and am hoping it can stand on its own.

    Anyways, glad you’re back Cara.

    • September 2, 2013 5:14 pm

      Yeah I’ve also heard that Log Horizon is the series SAO should have been – wish that it had of come out before I got burned by SAO though, really not ready to dip back into that premise.

      Have no plans to watch Little Busters any time soon – sort of curious about how JC Staff handled its Key-ness, but not enough to subject myself to it.

      I love stupid Sunrise mecha shows – Valvrave kept me entertained for the majority of its run so I’m more than happy to watch more stupidity.

      There is plenty to kept everyone happy this season – I’m also really excited about the stuff with awesome animation (a given since we’re all animation fans). It’s a good time to be back – looking forward to getting properly back into my routine!

  2. September 1, 2013 11:34 pm

    I am hype for Valvrave s2, Kill la kill, Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ and Phi Brain ~Kami no Puzzle~ Season 3! HELL YA!!!😀

  3. September 2, 2013 2:21 am

    Welcome back, Caraniel! I’m amazed that you were able to post an opinion of some kind on so many anime, most of which seem to be very mediocre. Perhaps you should start watching Hajime no Ippo and more old anime!

    Anyway, because of the manga, I’m looking forward to Coppelian and Unbreakable Machine Doll. The former has an incredibly interesting setting, and the latter some very amusing characters. Because of their first seasons, I’m looking forward to Infinite Stratos and another season of Freezing. Most people say that I see too much in the latter, but I find the action and characters quite compelling–so much so, that I sometimes ignore the shredding clothes–sometimes. As for completely unfamiliar shows, Golden Time, Samurai Flamenco, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road, Pupa, and Kill La Kill hold some interest for me. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pupa disturbs me too greatly in one or two episodes. I’m not a fan of horror.

    So much to look forward to!

    • September 2, 2013 5:19 pm

      I have ‘opinions’ on lots of things, it’s one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place! I have quite a lot of older anime sitting ready to be watched – but I think there is plenty in this season to keep me happy for a while anyway.

      Coppelion definitely has my attention – certainly checking that out. I read the first volume of the Unbreakable Machine Doll manga and wasn’t much impressed – seems like fairly standard faire to me.

      With such a packed season there are bound to be a few surprises – looking forward to finding them.

  4. September 2, 2013 2:23 am

    Reblogged this on Medieval Otaku and commented:
    I’m so happy to see Caraniel blogging again! She gives a most thorough rundown of perhaps every show this season. I hope that this whets your appetite for some new shows. I was certainly pleased with a few of them!

  5. A Day Without Me permalink
    September 6, 2013 2:57 am

    “Sunrise clearly just want to sell toys with this show… It is kind of sad that the Gundam franchise has become such a blatant toy advertisement…”

    I will point out that this franchise became a blatant toy advertisement when Bandai bought Sunrise way back in the early 90’s and they demanded G Gundam be made to increase Gunpla sales.

    I think I kind of love everything about Diabolik Lovers already, starting with that hilariously trashy title. It seems pretty much like ‘Hot Topic: The Anime’.

    I figured Meganebu looked like it could be harmless fun, but I’m actually looking forward to it now that I know who is directing – I really enjoyed both of the Kono Danshi OAVs, even if they were a touch on the short side.

  6. September 9, 2013 2:21 am

    So good to have you back!

    The one show I am really looking forward to here is Kyoukai no Kanata. I like fantasy stuff, and Chu2byou gave us a taste of what KyoAni could do if they ever really tackled a fantasy action series.

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