|Kamisama no Memo-chou
(aka. The Notebook of Gods)
|We’re continuing the recent trend of Loli-detectives it seems. It’s about the usual eccentric pairing of semi-regular male protagonist with a self proclaimed NEET, Alice. (Let’s face it; Victorique would also be one if Gosick were modern day).
What I can only hope is that it abates the rather flaccid performances of most anime mystery shows. I don’t know about you, but nearly all of the ones I’ve seen are in the ‘huh?’ category, whereby only the prescient could possibly guess their plotlines, whereas, were one to watch a good episode of say, Midsommer Murders, you can often get it as you go along if you’re sharp, and certainly with a second re-watch.
The other point of note… just how many NEET girls are actually in Japan? Really? Oh well…
4 out of 5 cuddly toys are covered in chloroform, so don’t sniff them.
|Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
(aka. Navigating a Labyrinth of Foreigners)
| 19th Century Japanese girl goes to France and goes to work in a blacksmith whilst applying genki and kawaii to everything she sees. Culture shock ensues.
I’m guessing its going to be slice-of-past-life. Possibly a romance in disguise. And in all likelihood, the stage is set for more misunderstandings than you can shake a stick at.
There are probably better ways to interpret the title, but that sounds politically incorrect, so I’ll leave it.
50% of Europeans stated the language barrier was a legimate reason for not visiting far eastern tourist destinations.
| Number Six
||I’m not a number, I’m a free man!Ahem, references to ‘The Prisoner’ aside, this is the anime take on Gattaca. Number 6 is an archeology-city which is big on meritocracy. It is determined at age 2 that the protagonist is uber-smart and awesome, and so his position in society is assured.At least, until age 12, where he shelters a criminal and gets exiled to the bad part of the archeology-city.
Four Years Later on he gets framed for a murder, and sent to prison, but is then rescued by the guy he sheltered previously. The two join forces and try to uncover the truth of the dystopia in which they reside.
Could be interesting; depends on how futuristic they try to make it, apparently the light novels have finished their run so they’ll be plenty of material.
75% percent of the population remain vigilant in this time of darkness. What about you, citizen?
| Rou Kyuu Buu!
|| The Loli-basketball fanservice show. Wow, that sounds alot worse than it did on paper. Err… anyway: Guy goes to high school. Basketball club is shut due to coach sexing up a loli and eloping with her.
He’s bummed since he has talent. Receives dubious offer from aunt to coach a team of elementary basketball girls and follow the same dark path. Apparently not realising the moral of the story, he accepts.
Hilariously, Google Translate makes the title of this show to be ‘save the meat!’ and I think that about sums up everyone’s expectations when an elementary schooler has C-cups.
Thinking about it, there’s alot of balls and girls lately, with Sofutenni last season. I hate to assume a trend with phallic imagery, but its SO DAMN OBVIOUS…
Anime; replacing 1 in 5 of your racial stereotypes with underage girls and calling it entertainment.
| Mayo Chiki!
|| Traps and butlers aren’t exactly my first thought when confronted with the demon fusion screen, but apparently this is the case for somebody.
Secret (REALLY?) identity cover of butler girl is blown and beating the memory out of the protagonist ends in failure. So an unholy alliance based on secrets is born as usual.
Oh, and lets throw gynophobia, masochism and yuri in there just cuz.
Seriously guys, did you just roll a dice and mix random cliches together? Sigh.
1 in 5 nosebleeds are systemic with allegies to the opposite sex.
|Here’s your sugary sweet ‘raise the little girl in a correct fashion whilst undergoing antics of absurd gravity and somehow surviving’ anime.
This one follows a 30-year old salaryman who discovers at his grandad’s funeral that the old geezer was fertile in his twilight, since he managed to make a young illegitimate daughter. None of the family want anything to do with the poor young girl, and, disgusted by their behaviour, he adopts her.
And so begins the weirdness of middle-aged nephew raising his 6-year old aunt.
Well, its been done before with stuff like Ashiteru ze Baby, but I’d still be interested because I’m a sucker for heartwarming things in this vein.
9 out 10 people incorrectly assume that your auntie or uncle cannot be your junior.
|Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel
||Considering how Madoka has redefined the Magical Girl genre of late, it really surprises me that Pretty Cure clones continue to be churned out. Guess there’s still an audience who care for genre stagnation, eh?
Oh, but there’s more. This is another one, third season in a row, thats based on pachinko characters. Its like somebody pointed out one day that mining sludge can produce gold.
Maybe so, but it also makes alot of sludge.
15% of washed up magical girls swear that holding a staff and doing a transformation sequence really used to MEAN something.
|| Well (chuckle) this one is a harem show that I might actually think about looking into due to its severe case of cannabis induced plot.
So, the main guy gets a scholarship to a prestigious academy because (drumroll)… he’s a well established pornography writer at age 15. Laughly evily, he aspires to use this opportunity to build a harem
and save the world.
Sorry, what? Seriously? Did they even interview him? At what point does his porno writing at all place him on the level of medical and musical prodigies? And how does one become a well celebrated porno writer? (PROTIP: Call yourself Boon Mills).
It sounds like the bastard child of B-Gata-H-Kei and God Only Knows. So yeah, I’ll look at it and if it makes me laugh I might well stay; some braindead shows are occassionally enjoyable.
If you watch this, there is a 75% chance of going blind, but its okay, since its all for art!
|Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
||Its got a Raiju-Loli with Byakuren hair on the poster, so you must watch it regardless of your opinions.
The protagonist figures out he’s immortal after dying in a hit and run whilst trying to save his cute classmate (did I mention she had byakuren hair?) from a truck. This awakens memories of a vampire he made a promise to 9 years ago. Monsters begin to appear suddenly in his life and he also clashes with a black mage who had been lying in wait for this moment.
Anyway, its like Korewazombie, but hopefully with less male panty shots and a story that doesn’t abruptly disappear halfway through the season.And did I mention the… (shot)
Haha! Your pathetic bullets have a 85% chance of reflecting off my impervious hide! Wait! No! Put the P90 down!
(aka. Endless Cat Gods)
|A Nekomata girl, whom is the god of lost stuff freeloads at an antique store, playing XBOX all day.
The show catalogues her absurd interactions and antics with the other local gods.
I’m a little dubious since alot of the staff came from GA Art Class which I couldn’t get into at all a while back, but others liked it.
As usual, we shall see. A show like this always lives or dies on the power of its punchlines, and at least this one has a good grounding to leap from.
I mean, hey, the PV has a flying anteater, and two girls dueling apparently with a buster sword and mallet. I guess thats gotta count for something.
7 out of 10 Kannushi concur that Cat Gods are fine too.
|Dantalian no Shoka
||Written by the Asura Cryin writer (hopefully with fewer mecha in suitcases here), this follows a bibliomaniac guy who inherits his grandfathers estate, and with it, a loli in the cellar whom is the storage device of 900, 666 books of forbidden lovecraftian magic.
United, they then start to investigate incidents caused by the misuse of dark and unholy tomes.
So, Index, Gosick, and Demonbane meet in an unholy fusion then. The result?
Well, I’m not going to say this without watching it, am I? But hey, the ingredients are there and even better, Gainax are in charge.
Hopefully they’ve got all the stupidity out of their system in the atrocity that was Panty & Stocking; but even that got points for being a riot of the senses and a pisstake of western cartoons. Besides that, they tend to have a good enough track record, though, so this is perhaps the most anticipated of the shows this season for me.
10 out of 10 numerologists agree that having a number divisible by 666 is asking for trouble.