Whew, my early thoughts are, uh, really early! I just kind of felt like doing the research this morning, and since it can sometimes be a chore, I decided to run with it! Besides, it is only 3 weeks again until the next season, so yeah…
Anyway, much like the Summer Season, the Winter Season this year is jam packed with a boatload of new stuff. As per usual, I’ll post them in some random arbitrary order, giving a short description with the promo image and quite possibly a disturbing caption if I can think of one. On top of that, I’ll put a couple of thoughts and a chances of watching.
There’s alot of random sequels and continuations as well this season:
Asura Cryin’ II, Inuyasha Final Act, a Kanokon OVA, a retelling of Koihime Musou, Natsu no Arashi II, Nogizaka Haruka Himitsu: Purezza, a Mahoromatic OVA, and Darker than Black II.
I won’t include these in the lineup as they are obviously continues and if you’re watched the original, you’ve probably got a good idea of what they’ll be like and whether you’ll want to watch them.
A dating game adaptation, it also seems to take the generic ‘lets throw everyone into a fantasy world and give them cool powers’ theme. Sliders gone Shounen. Of course, there is the usual disparity between male and female numbers, since out of seven students there are just 2 guys. I took a quick stare at the CG set, and it seems to involve lots of magical circles, giant explosions and bizarre mecha. So it could be interesting, I guess.
Odds of Watching: 11 out of 15 eyes.
Obviously Shounen Harem, but sometimes you need a mindless action series. I’ll look at it.
Tartan skirts and berets are popular at the moment, apparently.
I also felt the need to share this image from the CG set:
This girl is holding Index! I LOL’ed.
Seitokai no Ichizone
Not alot to go on here, but its about a student council. Which, given the usual theme, is overpopulated by female specimens. One guy is, according to the literature, ‘given the honour of gracing this nirvana’. We can probably safely assume its a least a little silly or ecchi (delete as applicable). What is about anime and the all powerful student council, eh?
Odds of Watching: 2 votes for yay, 3 for nay
Not terribly enthusiatic. I get irritated by all powerful student councils.
I’m guessing the Chibi is the guy. This kind of promotional shot only reminds me of Shana-Tan though.
I’m thinking it really should be Fiery Tail, given the below image. But apparently this refers to some sort of mages guild on a fantasy world. A girl is striving to join this guild, whom are known to be dangerous lunatics (what?) when she is kidnapped and subsequently rescued by a guy who apparently knows Dragon Slave (or some other very similar tactical nuclear class magic). The two join up and hilarity ensues.
Odds of Watching: Three giant explosions, two fizzles.
The character design irritates me, but I’ll look into it and maybe change my mind.
Well, he looks like the bastard child of Black Star from Soul Eater and Sakura from Naruto. And apparently Lina Inverse is his grandmother. Thats a fracking scary combination.
An anime adaptation of a prolific novel by Hideo Okuda about a psychiatrist and their various patients. Given the frankly bizarre promotional image, I think we can safely say this is not your average family bereavement councilling. More likely total lunatics and people with vivid imaginations gone awry. Weirdness on a stick, huh?
Odds of Watching: 89% chance of insanity
I like weirdness on a stick. I shall certainly at least try to watch this.
I’ll just hide in these clown trousers, m’kay?
The Japanese love to use random German stuff in their anime, don’t they? This looks like it could turn into a general shounen fanservice flick, though, given the old cliche of needing girls bodies for power (sigh) in a fairly generic battle royale scenario. When they don’t even feature the male lead in the promo shot, you have to wonder whether he’s just going to be a lazy lecher.
Odds of Watching: Five bodies available, but can only manage a threesome… (sadly)
I’m very wary about this. Depends on how much bang there is for your buck. Too much innuendo!
I appear to be tripping over for no discernable reason.
Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra
Now here’s something interesting. In this, people turn into books when they die, and are stored thus in a library called Bantorra. There’s a guy with amnesia sent to kill the ‘worlds most powerful librarian’ (blimey, thats a title I doubt anyone would have!?) who’s in charge of Bantorra, but he falls head over heels for her instead and gets embroiled in the conflict surrounding these dead people books and the library which contains them. Yami to Boshi meets Toshokan Sensei, anyone? And its a fantasy light novel adaptation, which is always a good sign in my books (lol)…
Odds of Watching: Five years of library fines, repaid in full
I’m very interested in this, and it seems a dead cert.
Kinda trendy animation style too, I must say.
Well, with a title that literally means ‘Meow Love’ I don’t think you really need any indication that this will be at least slightly ecchi. Nevertheless, I have to say I was vastly amused by the concept. A guy with cat allergies unfortunately has a crush on a girl who loves kitties. Annoyed with his situation, he kicks the crap out of a trash can, which through some supremely bad fortune, contains a Cat Deity. As a curse to the poor guy, he now finds he can understand what all cats say, and if he does not grant 100 wishes from random cats, he will turn into one himself. Talk about a personal hell.
Odds of Watching: Four striped kittens, One black kitten.
I like cats. I like the stupid concept. I will probably throw away my pride and watch it.
Its raining cats. Just cats. Not cats and dogs. Just cats.
A Certain Scientific Railgun
SQUEEEEE!!!!!!! A series based on Misaka Mikoto!!!!! My delightful Railgun Girl! BiriBIRI!!! <SMACK> Ouch. Yes, I need to control my oozing fanboy tendancies. I apologise. As you might imagine, this is a gaiden (side story) to A Certain Magical Index. We’ll probably get to see more of Academy City and doubtless learn just why her self proclaimed sister has such extreme Yuri tendancies. All good, if you ask me. But you shouldn’t, of course, I’m hideously biased.
Odds of Watching: Five Headshots out Five
I’m a squeeling biri-biri fanboy, of course I’m going to watch it.
The imouto looks pretty scary chasing that crepe, I have to say.
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Apparently something between Shigofumi and the Postman (with 100% less Kevin Costner), it involves a steampunk world where governement employees replace the usual mailmen. A young boy idolises one of these mailmen who delivers him a letter, and strives to become one himself. When, after several years training, he finally does, his idol has disappeared. So the mystery of finding him (no doubt whilst engaging in some hardcore action mail delivery) begins.
Odds of Watching: Three successful deliveries, Two lost in the mail
I’m actually quite interested in this. Not because of the Loli with the monkeydragon. Not at all. No really.
I hope Royal Mail staff don’t actually adopt this uniform change anytime soon.
Seiken no Blacksmith
Another one based on a fantasy light novel. Cool. A nobles daughter joins a knighthood in a land which is recovering from a Supernatural war which involved a ‘devils contract’ being forced upon the land. She is looking for a blacksmith called Luke to repair her heirloom sword when she encounters some bandits who are dispatched by a guy wielding a bizarre weapon that appears to also be imbued with the ancient devils contract power.
Odds of Watching: 80% chance of Broken Steel
Again, I like the concept, and I think it has potential.
What are the bets that the green clothed girl is a mage, then?
Well, as you might ascertain from the title, this is about a dejikko (clumsy) girl who dreams about being a pastry chef, when she is admitted to the St. Mary Academy culinary school and meets a Sugar Fairy who decides to help her. Might form a cute slice of life comedy. Looks like a similar art style to Gakuen Alice or Fruits Basket too. It seems like all good pastry chefs have sugar fairies to act as inspiration in this!
Odds of Watching: Four delicious fairies, one burnt grig
I’m vastly amused by the concept of a patissiere anime.
That fairy she has is so a strawberry glutton. I can tell.
Sora no Otashimono: Lost Property of the Sky
Almost invariably a Harem comedy, this series is about an angel that gets lost and falls from the sky. Naturally, into the life of a random middle school boy. All angels in this apparently have flight assisting hairclips and prisoner collars for no reason, and as per usual, theres a loli and busty pair. Can’t say I have high hopes, given how far Princess Lover and Akane Iro have raised the bar for Harem comedies recently, but we shall see.
Odds of Watching: Two cute angels, Two scary devils
Yeah, its a 50/50 thing. Depends on the time available.
“Wah! Wah! I’m a king dammit! I can roll on your lap and chibi all I want! WAHHH!”
A new offering from the ladies of CLAMP, this time trying their hands at Shounen. Its about a clone of Tohru Honda stupendously perky girl who is the series namesake. She has a mission to fill a bottle with the suffering collected from peoples hearts. Apparently, doing so will allow her a wish granted by a certain special place. In the meantime she also has a crush, but cannot fall for this guy as he is one of the hearts she has decided to heal or something. She also has a vicious looking blue dog plush for some reason.
Odds of Watching: 75% chance of annihilated innocence
Its CLAMP, so I should give it a chance. I like the blue dog. Reminds me of Max.
She seems to literally RADIATE innocence with that character design.
Kimi No Todoke: Reaching You
A shoujo school romance about a girl who for some reason terrifies everybody she wants to try and make friends with because she comes on too strong or something. This is despite the fact that she only wants to accepted. Poor lass. However, she encounters an easy going, relaxed and lazy kind of guy she admires for his attitude, and this show chronicles the hijinks. Again, I’m a sucker for a good romance, so I’m interested.
Odds of Watching: 80% chance of Sakura today
Only because I’m always on the lookout for WAFF Romance.
SO…MANY… cherry blossoms!
So, fourteen potentials. Again, I have about six-seven slots (if I’m not mistaken, all of them will be emptied too) so it’ll hotly contested as per usual. Anyway, hope the report is of some usage to you. Enjoy, and cya soon.
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