Whew, its time for the winter season already? How time seems to fly this year…
I’ll keep up the style I did last time for now. All the usual rules apply, that I’ll rank things by how much stick and faith I’m putting into them based on the promotional materials and pitches we’ve seen. There are in fact 32 new shows that I can see this season, which is pretty ridiculous. Naturally, as I’ve stated before, I tend to want to kill myself after writing up a preview for such a huge volume, so I won’t. You can visit Random Curiosity for a good rundown of everything if you like. The links on the titles of each show will also send you winging off to the AniDB entry for that show, from where you can follow other links and read more synopsises and such.
Probable Must Watches
In the future, they can accurately tell your state of mind and potential neuroses in an instant, and compare it to a standard personality, the titular PSYCHO PASS. Of course, with this level of advanced profiling comes a whole new form of policing and investigation. We follow such a cop, Shinya, and his trusty dominator pistol, in their cases.
Now this wouldn’t normally get this high, but oh look, Urobuchi Gen wrote the screenplay. If he or Shinbo get involved in anything I immediately pay attention and so should you. It will interesting to see what spin he can put on the cyberpunk-ish cop genre after his triumphs with Madoka and Fate/Zero. I’m sure that, one day, he’s going to slip, but at the moment he still seems in his prime, making this a must watch for now.
Kaito and Akiho are the only members of the High School Robot research club of Chuuoutanegashima High, Date 2019, Divergence Ratio 1.048596. Together they strive to construct a working battle robot amidst a conspiracy in order to restore their clubs good name and honour.
If the needless semi colon didn’t instantly give it away, this is based on a Nitroplus VN (like Steins;Gate and Chaos;Head). Whilst the Chaos anime adaptation was pretty poor compared to the VN, Steins managed to be pretty decent, and the novels and concepts themselves are always fairly strong, so I have high hopes for this, despite the handover of the reigns to Production IG.
Cautiously Optimistic About…
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Shizuku, a girl whose only interests include grades, studying, and worth is one day forced to deliver class notes to the ever absent and delinquent Haru. This encounter makes Haru conclude she is his friend, much to her irritation. But perhaps this will be the event that thaws out her otherwise frozen grey life?
Somewhat generic, but it reminds me partially of one of the old classics, His and Her Circumstances, so it’s got at least a chance before I dismiss it, since the potential seems to be there.
Suki-tte Ii na yo
We focus on Mei, a reclusive girl who has spent her life without anyone who she felt she could a friend until one day she roundhouse kicks the most popular guy in the school over a percieved prank. Who would have thought this event would lead her to all those things she’d never previously had?
My romance sense is tingling, waiting for its fix, and this has the notions of that, so I’m interested in it.
Presumably continuing the fad of single letter titles (after C, and X), nobody has any clue what the heck this show is about, and the producers are keeping it that way, by providing only rather random PV’s. They seem to be trying to cater for a massive demographic though, since we’ve got a loli, a catgirl, some yaoi bishies, a swordwielding girl, cool guys, mysterious waif guys, and a boatload of other tropes.
Still, if they consistently demonstate the frankly AMAZING scenery porn seen in this preview video on YouTube, I’m in. 😀
Ryouta is a NEET 22-year old whose only claim to fame is his skill in the online demolitions focused game ‘BTOOM’. One day though, he awakens on a tropical island thrown into a real life Battle-Royale esq. version of his old favourite game. How will he survive?!?
The onomatopoeia for a grenade explosion as the title… isn’t exactly an inspired choice, but oh well. This will provide Explosions, probable gore and fanservice for your visceral fix of the season I guess.
May Possibly Look Into…
Sakuraso no Pet na Kanojo
Boy adopts a starving kitten… and is promptly thrown out of his no pets school dorm. Banished to the dorm for problem children as a result (harsh!) he has to deal with a bunch of lunatics. Its troperiffic, and we’ve heard all this before so many times. But for some reason I can’t bring myself to kill it off instantly. Maybe its artstyle or the fanservice, or the cats. Don’t know. Call it a moment of madness.
Girls und Panzer
In this world, one of the accepted, required arts for being a lady, alongside of tea ceremony and flower arrangement, is Sensha-do. Literally, you know, Tank Operation. Yep, the military vehicles. Looks to be full of military otaku-ism bundled with cute girls driving devastating combat vehicles. Which, in standard anime fashion, is so retarded it might just work.
A shounen show par standard. Blue flames, martial arts happy girl, ridiculous powers. Arbitrary dispensation of justice, etc. But again I can’t bring myself to instantly dismiss it. Could be amusing fun since it seems in the vein of Ao no Exorcist. Of course, the instant it takes more than 52 episodes to finish its story, I’ll be gone, but maybe it’ll work.
Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
A year on after his families murder, a boy forges a link with an exiled sorcerer to help investigate what killed them in exchange for his help in preventing the growth of a magical tree that may end in the worlds destruction. A pair of guys, magic, and a mildly interesting if unspired sounding fantasy series. Still, it could be something… and has it actually got any relation to The Tempest? Probably not.
A crazy anime adaptation of Arabian Nights and the tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and the Genie. No really. How everybody manages to be pale skinned when living in the desert is frankly astonishing. Oh, and Aladdin looks like Cinque from Dog Days wielding a Black Claymore (at least make it a scimitar!). Go figure. Still, its again in the ‘so obscene it just might work’ category.
No, just NO!
Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
Onii-chan! I’m a woman now, so maybe we should… <shot> Seriously, theres a show like this EVERY season!
Actually, thats the only one this season that screams oh god no. Makes a nice change. Though perhaps its because I’m feeling charitable today. Certainly there are things that could go here, and probably will after the initial flurry.
Anything else, well… as per usual its just not even caught my radar.
No, I haven’t forgetten Little Busters, but frankly I’ve never been much of a fan of the Key visual novels, so its in the ‘meh’ box.
I think thats about it. So stay tuned and good hunting.