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Whew, I’ve been beyond busy lately, especially with work, and haven’t had much time at all to post here since the new anime season started. In all likelihood, I’ll merely try to put up a midseason look in a few weeks rather than try to catch up with First Impressions posts.

In the meantime, thought I’d just throw out this quick filler post, with yet another new wallpaper!

It came from the sea, to conquer the world!

As always, click Ika-Musume to see her full size.

Of course, whether conquering the world can be a cinch when you’re as much of an idiot as Ika-chan is… well thats debatable. She can’t even conquer a seaside cafe. Lol. After seeing the above vector, I almost immediately envisaged this wallpaper design, and set to work on it straight away, though the initial version has the tentacle hair blowing through the world. Then I thought, actually, she doesn’t want to destroy it, evil genius style, just control for the sake the environs. So the wrap around was added instead.

From the new season, it seems likely that my lineup is:
Index Season II (well duh, I’m a total fanboy)
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii (very pleased how well they’ve adapted the novel!)
Shinryaku Ika Musume (naturally, very amusing)
Samurai Girls (not normally my cuppa tea, but the art style has me all ‘oooh’)
World God Only Knows (Only barely holding its slot at the moment, not certain about the adaptation)
Amagami SS (still going from last season, with its awesome dose of Warm and Fuzzy)
Legend of Legendary Heroes (also still going, though sometimes I do wonder why)

And possibles:
Soredemo Machi ma Watteiru (weird, marginally funny, maybe it’ll improve)
Fortune Arterial (always wary of harem animes, but the main hero seems to at least have a spine)

Thats about it for now. Cya soon.

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Welcome again to this preview post for the Winter 2010 (October 2010-December 2010) Anime season.

To be honest, there’s a metric fcuk-tonne of material this season, (16 new, unique shows!) so apologies it took a while to collate. As a result, we also don’t know loads about every series, but I’ll cover things as best I can. Naturally, things can and will change as we actually approach the season, and my criteria excludes most sequels that are airing (if you’re interested, this therefore excludes season 2 of Sora no Otoshimono, Yumeiro Patisserie, Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) and Arakawa Under the Bridge, all of which are also happening this season).

Anyway, without further ado…


MM! (aka. Massive Masochist)


Well, lets start with the contraversial. This is a show about masocism and incest.

No really. It follows Taro, who apparently loves to be abused by girls doing ‘this’ and ‘that’ to him. When I first read up on this, I figured this and that was just normal perversion, but nope, this guy has wire crossings. Serious ones. And apparently, just to add further stupidity to the proceedings, apparently, alot of the girls are related to him in some form. Theres apparently a plot about him wanting to cure this malady (involving a wannabe Haruhi and abusive girl template XXI).

Well, I guess there is a small chance that this could be somehow funny and positive, if it handles such an issue with the same finesse as B Gata H Kei handled female sexuality, but I already have about 12 warning bells sounding, so I’m highly dubious.

Anticipation: 2 vicious dominatrixes, 8 wimpering idiots


Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls


This has actually already aired a teaser episode, which I haven’t yet bothered looking into yet. I hear it involves a wussy guy and nakedness in the first episode, and that instantly put me right off. My immediate thought was, “oh look, another generic fighting anime with a samurai theme and many scantily clad girls in a fapfest.”

Of course, it does have a couple of possible saving graces. It has a bloody nice artstyle, for one, that looks similar to the Wii game Muramasa: The Demon Blade, with really nice outlining that gives it a feel of being traditional Japanese fine art.

Second, if you’re not taking things seriously, I guess its hilarious to learn this follows alternate 21st century where the Meiji restoration never happened and the Japanese learnt to take out fighter aircraft WITH THEIR KATANAs.

Yeah, figure that one out. I’m not holding my breath, but I guess it could be stupid enough to be amusing. We’ll see.

Anticipation: 5 Hypersonic Katanas


The World God Only Knows


Aha, at last something to look forward to. I followed the Manga for this for quite some time.

It involves Keita, the ‘God of Capturing’; a guy so masterful with his dating games that he is considered the online de-facto source for all Visual Novel knowledge, able to clear the routes of several heroines in just a single evening.

He is accidently recruited by a ditzy, bumbling Shinigami girl, Elsee, who has the job of capturing escaped souls and needs a partner. She interprets the ‘God of Capturing’ as someone really useful to her! Uh oh…

And so, Keita is forced into a contract to extract malevolent souls inhabiting girls, and ends up having to use every modicum of his dating sim knowledge to actually charm 3d girls; using love to force the alien element out of them for collection.

It’s surprisingly hilarious, especially from my perspective, having played a bunch of Visual novels myself, and is probably one of my guaranteed watches this season.

Anticipation: 10 out 10 heroines flags have been raised


Panty&Stocking with Garterbelt


And this is Gainax apparently trying to troll us again, with a Powerpuff girls artstyle.

By the sounds of it, its utterly bizarre, with characters named after various indications of undergarments, angels descending from heaven (wait, is this Evangelion again!?), and battles between supernatural forces.

Now, since its Gainax, it could turn out okay, but damn, looking like that, really? I know I’m a bit of drawfag, and I find it hard to take this kind of thing seriously, it has to be said. Quite often, for example, I can’t get into retro games when they burn my eyes.

So, I really don’t know, especially given I know so little about this series.

Anticipation: 5 Lulwuts, 5 O RLYs


Bakuman


Well, this is partially inevitable, I guess, as this is the second story written by the wildly popular creators of Death Note.

It is, however, a completely different kettle of fish. Its a story covering a pair of guys whom try to become Manga-ka’s after an accidental incident at school where Moritaka leaves his notebook with his amazing drawings in and it is found by classmate Akito. Moritaka had an uncle in the business whom was a one hit wonder, and is reluctant to follow that path, but accidently ends up there anyway when his crush, Azuki, becomes involved (and she wishes to be a voice actress).

It could be an interesting portrayal of the industry, and the manga has had mixed reviews, so again, I guess we shall see.

Anticipation: 7mm away from the border


My Little Sister Can’t Be THIS CUTE! (aka. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai)


Another fairly surprising (in a good way) announcement for me, as I recently read the first Light Novel on which this is based, and found it fairly chuckle-worthy (if not awe-inspiring).

In in a way, this is a different take on the secret otaku genre started partly by Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. Kyousuke doesn’t get along with his younger sister, Kirino, as she is always trying to be a cool, respected girl.

However, this all changes one day when he accidently stumbles across a dropped DVD of Stardust Witch Merle in his hallway, which starts a chain of events that not only has him talking with his sister again, but also discovering she is a hardcore closet anime and visual novel otaku. Suddenly, he is only one she can speak to about her long term secret, and he is forced to help her come to terms with her duality.

I believe this is ridiculously popular in Japan. I guess Otaku like to believe that all beautiful girls are actually just shells for their inner geeks; and this thing is interesting in the way it handles whether it is okay to be a geek in public. I’ll look forward to it.

Anticipation: 9 out 10 JUST can’t be this cute!


Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (aka. Yakumo, Psychic Detective)


Ah, another show espousing the power of hetereochromia. (sigh)

Saito was born with a strange red left eye that has the power to see the astral plane, and all the ghosts and spirits that are there. He teams up with a girl called Haruka, whom asks him for aid in investigating and letting these spirits rest in peace, which he plans to do by removing the cause for their haunting.

I’m sort of dubious about this, because although the artwork looks interesting; the formula is very cookie cutter and liable to devolve into a monster of the week format. On the other hand, this is based on a novel, so perhaps it’ll avoid the obvious traps this kind of show normally falls into.

Anticipation: 7 benevolent spirits, 3 rowdy youkai


Yosuga no Sora


Hmm, part of me seems to vaguely remember this from somewhere. I’m sure I saw the game CG at some point.

Its based on a fairly generic dating game premise. A guy, Haruka, and his twin sister, Sora, go to live in a remote village, Okukozome, where their grandfather once lived. They have also recently lost their parents and have no other place to go, so end up staying in their Grandfathers old place.

Not alot else is known, and its quite possibly generic romantic comedy fare. Of course, like I say, I did see the CG, and if I remember right, there was the eyebrow raising potential for twincest in there.

So yeah. Of course, I guess it depends what they want to do with the anime version. I’ll probably keep an eye on it regardless in case it somehow turns into a sweet romance.

Anticipation: We’re only 75% related, so its not incest at all!


Otome Youkai Zakuro


And here’s your Kemonomimi (animal ears) fix for the season.

Apparently, this is set in alternate Meiji restoration era Japan, where Kitsune (Fox) Youkai are an actual recognised segment of the Japanese population. A delegation of Japanese troops are then placed to live with the foxes to apparently help promote interracial understanding. Of course, our focus is upon the strong willed and probably tsundere Zakuro (who looks suspiciously like Asuza from K-ON, if you ask me).

Now, at first glance, it looks to be trying to a take on warped military history, and not a fanservice show, but its funny how all of the Kitsune are female, which is making me wary.

Anticipation: 7 pairs of kemonomimi


Shinryaku! Ika Musume (aka. It came from the Sea)

Or, if you want to get technical, “The girl that invaded from the bottom of the sea”, but I thought “It came from the Sea” sounded like a hilarious horror B-Movie and went with that.

Well, despite my title, this actually seems to mix your classic weird girl franchise with a slice of life show. I’ve heard the Manga is 100% Kawaii in a huge mass, and is fairly popular. Basically, this central girl is a Squid (?) Princess or something, and decides in a serious flarp moment to invade the beaches in retaliation for human pollution of the oceans. Of course, being an idiot, she fails, and the show then chronicles her interactions on dry land.

It does look cute, I have to say, and if shes a squid, it suggests that she has prehensile hair, which is always a good (and hilarious) thing.

Anticipation: 8 tonnes of CALAMARI!


Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

Milky Holmes? Really? I don’t think the good Sherlock would approve of his descendant being named after a dairy product. Arthur Conan Doyle must be rolling in his grave. LOL. Oh well. This is another show based upon a card game product, perhaps a little like Weiss Survive!

Now, this usually ends up being a seriously meh kind of thing. It sort of depends on how badly they try to insert their inevitable advertising. If the show ignores its roots and tries to make a serious show, it could be decent. All we have on the plot is that its based on four girls whom live in a city locked in film noir territory full of phantom thieves and private detectives. Of course, they ditched the art style and made it cute. Which is kind of silly. But oh well. This band of girls has aspirations to become famous private detectives of some renown.

I can’t say I feel either here nor there about this, but its not high on my to watch list.

Anticipation: 4 cases closed, 6 police fumbles


Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (aka. And yet the Town still turns)

A slice of life show by SHAFT?

We follow a crazy clumsy dejikko girl, Arashiyama, who works in a maid cafe but has a knack for investigating mysteries. Her cafe is lacklustre and doesn’t attract much business due being poorly staffed, and probably partially because of her clumsiness and the fact they like hiring old ladies. The only consistant customer is the guy who fancies her, Sanada. All of a sudden, Arashiyama’s friend Tatsuno comes to cafe and decides she also wishes to work there (partially because she seems to fancy Sanada as well, ye gads love triangles again!). Subsequently, weird craziness occurs.

Though I’m not normally much for maid related franchises, I am mysteriously interested in this. Perhaps its the picture being so weird. Does she really get to fly? Somehow I wouldn’t be surprised.

Anticipation: 8 bermuda love triangles, 2 ruined maid uniforms


A Certain Magical Index: Season II

Okay, so I lied about not including any sequels. But then, I’m a total Index/Railgun fanboy, what do you expect?

Anyway, after the side diversion of Railgun offering us the view from Misakas eyes (and Kuroko’s loins!), it’ll be nice to see Touma and Index properly again, and this should be darn good, because from what I’ve heard, the novels only proceed to get even better at this point (unlike, say, the Zero no Tsukaima novels, which start awesome and gradually degrade).

Of course, they had better also make more Index-tan to go with the DVDs. Haha. So yeah, this is probably one of my guaranteed watches this season.

Anticipation: 100% comprehension of magical studies


Togainu no Chi

Based on a Yaoi visual novel, which I’m generally allergic to, but if the show is decent enough, I may ignore that element.

Its set several years after a devastating third world war that has left Japan in ruins. The setting is what is left of Tokyo, which is now called Toshima, and is run by the dregs of a criminal syndicate called Vischio.

A man called Akira is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and to get out of his sentance, he is offered the chance to play in a brutal battle survival game called Igura, where he has to defeat a champion to win and be declared innocent. The show follows his trials in the lawless streets of Toshima as he stuggles to survive and prevail.

A bit of a battle royale scenario, this could end up cheesy, unless they balance the brutality correctly. So I may look into it, but I don’t hold any breaths for following it.

Anticipation: 3 destructive fight scenes, 7 dead idiots


Fortune Arterial

Based upon a PS3 dating game, I believe, I have heard of this before.

A guy, Kouhei, moves to a new prestigious private school which is off on a small island reachable only by boat (seriously, who decides these things!). Of course, the weird title all becomes logical when you consider that the first beauty he meets, Erika, turns out to be a certain kind of vampire (the right hand blonde, in the above pic).

Of course, like all dating game scenario based animes, its ability to thrive is likely very dependant on how strong our male lead is. I know I say this alot, but its always true. Otherwise, it’ll just descent into a bunch of moronic Youkai girls chasing an idiot for reasons beyond human comprehension. The official site doesn’t seem to play into the whole vampire concept too deeply, and is more concerned with the cuteness, which is sometimes a dubious sign.

Anticipation: Only 45% of vampires have sufficient Iron in their diet


Kuragehime

Based upon a popular josei manga. There seems to be an unhealthy squid fixation this season. (The main character has a strange collection of squid plushies.)

This follows Tsukimi, a girl who moves to Tokyo to become an illustrator.  She moves to an all female apartment complex that is full of girls like her, that are also diehard female otaku. The one day later, she also invites a beautiful glamourous woman to stay at her room, only to discover that the woman is not what she seems. Of course, the preview material heavily implies the ‘glamourous beauty’ is actually a trap. Though apparently not as good at disguise as most traps.

Now, again, cross-dressing craziness is not really my usual cup of tea, but it can be handled well and made really funny, like in Maria+Holic, so I’m not going to discard this out of hand.

Anticipation: 50% of guys admitted to crossdressing

And there you have it. As I say, there may have been some missed items and stuff that get annouced late, but eh. Hope, as usual, it helps you make you watching selections this season.

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And here’s the next set. Again, I’ll start with Mayoi Neko, and go onto Night Raid.

Mayoi Neko Overrun

Here’s yet another surprise for me this season. There was very little information originally on MayoiNeko, so I wasn’t really expecting anything from it, but it turned out to be better than I anticipated. Hardly world class, but worth a giggle or two. Anyway, as previously noted, our setting is a run down sweet shop called (bizarrely) Stray Cats. Takumi is a generic harem anime protagonist (TM) who also appears to be an orphan adopted by the Sister, Otome. He also has another childhood friend, Fumino, whom is textbook tsundere.

Interestingly though, Takumi actually seems to understand Fumino’s nature (as dishonest and double-sided) with an insight rarely exhibited by protagonists, so maybe he has some potential after all.

I assume she was going for a spine breaking wake up move, but it failed. Oh dear.


The middle guy is an Otaku at war with Fumino because he feels she’s too much of a cliche. I had to laugh at that.


Rich Loli with Ninja Maids and a cosplay fetish? Check.
As a hilarious side note, Chise (the Loli) has the voice actress of Index, and the maids serving her are Mikoto and Kuroko from the same series respectively.


One wonders whether the maids are begrudging servants when things like this happen, though… LOL…


Hey, it’s an anime about catgirls, so that makes perfect sense. Of course, in the real world, I’m sure Fumino would be straight-jacketed in short order. Oh, and the loose plot is that a young boy claims to have seen a huge (girl sized) cat that ate an important cake. Despite the fact that we eventually learn that the boy was fibbing, Fumino goes off to search. Fortunately, said cat-girl is actually discovered thieving a fish from the market.


The catgirl has some real serious agility powers to evade capture; and gets away, until the sister returns with…


Oh my gods! Its Patchiouli!

I laughed my ass off when I saw how close the character design was (somehow it didn’t click when I was doing the preview). Especially considering that there have been fanarts of Patchy with cat-ears. I also agree with the sisters sentiment since I’m fond of purple haired, red eyed combos.

Well, like I say, I wasn’t expecting anything, but the fact that this show doesn’t try to lampshade its identity and is rather tongue in cheek scores it alot of bonus points. The daft references help too. I’m not sure about our male lead at the moment, but he has some slight potential due to insight, domestic prowess, and not ~seeming~ to be too perverse. I guess we’ll see.


Senkou no Night Raid

Yet again, I was surprised by this one, and my early estimate had a bit of a crippling oversight. Namely, I thought they were going to play it straight without a fantasy element. I was wrong, since all of the protagonists have some kind of special power.

Because of this, it shares some more similarities with Bantorra besides its artsy style. Everything else about the preview was correct, however. It follows a special Japanese military spy operation in China. The first part follows a rescue operation of an important Japanese Businessman from a Chinese Paramilitary group whom have taken him hostage. However, there is a small conspiracy intertwined when it is discovered that said man is actually selling weapons to them for his own profit.


He hasn’t got a foot to stand on! (wow that’s a bad pun…) Ahem. Anyway, Aoi (right hand chap) seems to have some kind of time control. I suppose it could be telekinesis, but he’s continually going out about ‘running out of time’, so I’m thinking its an ability to mess with causality of certain objects (as in, actually, this bullet from this timeframe was going to hit over there, then I’ll speed to 14X your timeframe and slap you in the face etc.)


This is the guy whom is be rescued. He looked a bit dodgy to me as soon as I saw it.


There’s always time for bike stunts off the side of a bridge girder. LOL.


This shady chap seems to be in charge of the secret service. His shadow bodyguard also seems to remind me of Spike Spiegal, LOL.


They’re pretty advanced for their time period, this lot, with aerial photography and paratrooper assaults.


Natsume the uber sniper shows off his infinite zoom vision by picking off a carefully placed det-pack on a roof from about 3 miles away.


Kazura, meanwhile, has matter tranmogrification. In other words, he can Flash Move to a place he can see, and take people with him.

It’s hardly Allison & Lillia level conspiracy, but the first episode was a pretty fun ride overall. What is especially interesting was that they aren’t afraid to use a good chunk of Mandarin. Its a common anime failing to think everyone in the world speaks fluent Japanese, so its a nice change to see this decision.

Ah yeah, also, didn’t mention the girl operative, Yukina. She has telepathy, long distance mental communication and mind-melding, and really connects the whole team together.

Anyway, it was a pretty (if dark) first showing, and it whet my appetite, so I’m looking forward to this providing a nice action/thriller mixture.

That’s all for now. I think we’re pretty much done with initial previews. I still have to look at Daimaou and Hakuouki, but I’ll probably do those as well soon.

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BIRIBIRI!!! <Mallet Smaash> Ouch. Thats better. I think I have more in common with Kuruko than I’d normally love to mention. Namely being a Misaka Mikoto drooling fan. Anyway, the railgun is back and she’s better than ever.

As anticipated, we hear a bit more about Academy city when we’re following some actual good students rather than everyone’s favourite luck and power dispelling level 0, Touma. Which is nice. More amusingly, we get to see Kuroko completely going over the top with providing Mikoto fanservice for the universe. She, as per usual, is the epitome of power, which is demonstrated in the episode by the fact that they have to test her railgun in the pool since its velocity cannot be measured out of water, which is pretty awesome.

Its also nice to see some more the esper powers. Kuroko gets to show off her teleporting alot here, something which she combines adeptly with the classic ninja pinion seal needles. Theres also the pyrokinetisist that she has a scrap with, which is very nicely animated.

Finally, we’re introduced to Kuroko’s partner in crime, whose esper ability appears to be related to the flowers on her head. There is also her friend, the mysterious other level 0 girl who makes friends with flower girl and Misaka, then acts all hero in rescuing a little kid from the hooligan (and her being kicked in the face allows Misaka to make it personal: of course, out comes the railgun.)

I’d assume Touma and Index, as well as the sisters, will eventually wander into the picture, but for now, its nice seeing this side of academy city and the opening episode is a truly magnificent start (even if I wasn’t biased!). Check out the caps:

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Devastation follows in her wake as usual. The guy on the left shares Touma’s (lack of) hairstyle, amusingly

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Kuroko, for your service to the fan community, we salute you!

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The new girls. LOL at the sparklyness aura.

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Wow, Kuroko REALLY is a complete hentai when it comes to Misaka. She even has a love hotel date plan sorted.

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“Its time to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I’m all outta gum.”

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Not something to be on the recieving end of…

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As this poor bank robber discovers. The moral? Do not play chicken with railguns.

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This part of the ending sequence was epic too.

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Kuroko herself is apparently going to be providing service for us next week. You go girl!

And yeah, this has its own post. I told you to begin with I would be oozing all over it, you shouldn’t be surprised. Lets hope it continues to deliver, eh?

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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.

11 Eyes

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.

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Tartan skirts and berets are popular at the moment, apparently.

I also felt the need to share this image from the CG set:

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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.

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I’m guessing the Chibi is the guy. This kind of promotional shot only reminds me of Shana-Tan though.


Fairy Tail

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.

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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.


Kuuchuu Blank

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.

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I’ll just hide in these clown trousers, m’kay?


Kampher

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!

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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.

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Kinda trendy animation style too, I must say.


Nyan Koi!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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What are the bets that the green clothed girl is a mage, then?


Yumeiro Patissiere

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.
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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.

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“Wah! Wah! I’m a king dammit! I can roll on your lap and chibi all I want! WAHHH!”


Kobato

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.

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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.

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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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Uh, yeah, just another quick post today.

In the same vein as the previous post I made about not actually putting up any sketches for awhile, I also realised that I haven’t put any of my new Wallpapers up recently either.

This is partly because I suddenly had to get used to a new resolution. My new Widescreen is now a bigger 1440 x 900 affair. Naturally, I lost all of the other walls from the old size when my Laptop died, so I’ve had to make more new stuff for this new rig of mine.

Not that I mind, as I find it to be an interestingly recreational activity (yes, I’m aware I’m weird…LOL). Anyhow, enough waffling from me, here’s some sugar (or something…):

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Don’t Forget to Save Electricity!

Well, Index was of course an awesome show in general, but to me, Mikoto (also known as Railgun Girl or Biribiri or Shocker) was obviously the real star to me. She’s just awesome. I won’t continue because I’ll fall into oozing fanboy mode, and that won’t be pretty.

The above quote will make sense to you if you saw the DVD bonus, Index-tan. Which is obviously a piss-take of the show, but more fundamentally is also a pisstake of Shana-tan (and the fact that the same studio made both awesome shows).

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And here’s Lilly Pendragon from Suikoden III. I haven’t actually played Suikoden III (I’ve only played number 1 on the PSX, and the new one for DS, Tierkries) but when searching for artwork of the games, I pulled up this wonderful profile artwork of her, and thought it looked totally awesome.

Then I altered her slightly in Photoshop (made her smile! yeah!), and put her into this lovely background from that talented guy at Digital Blasphemy (Long ago, I used to be subscribed to that site. Something which I highly recommend if you like lovely 3d renders on your desktop, especially of cool space-scenes! Long ago, before I started making my own stuff, I always had his stuff instead!). And I was in love. Naturally, this is my current Wallpaper. Its epic and lovely at the same time.

Anyways, enjoy. I realise I haven’t actually updated the Unsorted/Misc Artworks Page in awhile.  If you’re interested in my newer stuffs, just hit the Wallpapers or Artworks Tags on the sidebar, since I’m too lazy at the moment to change to it…

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Well, I’ve been immensely busy…

But, here I am, finally, with a ‘what’s cooking this season?’ post, having finally got around to watching all of the initial episodes. Let me state immediately for the record that I’m not blogging all of this. I’ve still got to catch up with the blogging of last seasons shows for crying out loud. If only work didn’t consume a ludicrous amount of my time…

Also, the format will be:

  • Title
  • LOLCaption
  • Genre
  • Summary
  • Screen Caps
  • Likeliness of me watching/pursuing…

Anyhow, without further ado:

White Album

Ah, the romanctic eighties pop-scene (no really…)
Romance

Well, this looks to be the winter romance entry. Its been a while since theres been a good one. I took up Akane-Iro under the false pretense that it could have been something, but it devolved into mind-slop (in a good way, mind you, I still mostly enjoyed that series). So, again, the last proper romance focused series I finished would be True Tears. Which was probably this time last year. Jeez. Though I suppose Toradora is partially filling it currently in a rather quirky little way.

Anyway, this is set in the eighties, and follows our male protagonist and his love for childhood friend Yuki, whom has recently become a pop-idol. However, she has become friends with an already famous idol, Ogata Rina, and evidently, a love triangle forms. I also think Yuki has a thing going on with her manager, whom I believe is Rina’s brother. And then there’s the other friends hanging around. Who knows what could happen.

What is interesting in this is how character thoughts are articulated through on-screen subtitles, which is an interesting direction choice that I’ve not seen before. Usually, the characters have monologues to themselves. I also suck up a good sappy piece of entertainment every so often, so thats good. That said, this hasn’t done anything to totally grab me yet, much to my surprise. Its felt, I dunno, wishy-washy? Even after two eps.

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Yuki does look very ‘eighties’ here with the weird hair, doesn’t she?

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Yeah, maybe, but its in a cute way, right? The subtitle is of him watching her (above) on the telly.

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I did? Well, I guess it never hurts, right?

Likelihood of Watching/Pursuing? : 7/10 ~ I’m interested since I like this stuff, but it hasn’t grabbed me yet.


Maria + Holic

How to take traps to new extremes…
Yuri/Mindfuck

Eh, well what can I say? The LOL caption sums it all up. Its an anime about traps. If you’re not up to date with your 4chan vocabulary, a ‘trap’ is literally a guy whom is so beautiful that they can easily get away with being a girl, and is hence skilled in trapping poor innocent hearts (and crotches). They naturally wear clothing of the opposite gender and its very hard to tell the difference. The classic example is ‘Jun’ from ‘Happiness’, but there are innumerate others.

In this case, however, our trap goes to new extremes. She goes to an all girls school and everything. I have no doubt weirdness will ensue. This is definately one of those times where you get confused as whom in this Girls school is ACTUALLY a girl… (sigh…)

When I first watched this, I thought I had a very poor copy, but I eventually figured out that the animation is supposed to be favouring a pastel like, patterned effect, a bit like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. The animation style certainly reminds me of that, along with the questionable sense of humour. Eh, its not my cuppa tea, but I know alot of people like this stuff.

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Our premium trap, above, gets revealed in the first episode.

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The catgirl landlady has a most excellently dressed dog. What the hell did I screencap this for?

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Ah, the overflowing Yuri (or is it?) begins…

Likelihood of Watching/Pursuing? : 4/10 ~ Not really my thing….


Asu no Yoichi

A Samurai learns the wonders of fanservice.
Harem

Again, not much to say here. Its the obvious fanservice show of the season, and it doesn’t even try to hide that fact. I laughed when the little girl is asked about the defining features of her older sister, and replies ‘She has huge breasts…’

Its very much a face-palm moment, I’ll agree. But at least it doesn’t pretend to be intellectual. Also, it does have the rare benefit of having a stronger than usual male lead. He actually appears to be a pretty adept swordfighter, rather a total loser as is often the case in these scenarios. I also sympathise with him getting lost in a department store. They are a terrifying place. And, he manages to get nicked by the cops at least three times in the episode, which is refreshing given how the perverts usually get away scott-free in anime.

So yeah. It might have potential if approached with low expectations.

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Well, trust the man with the bow. Just do it!

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Indeed. A wise choice. Who knows what that handbag thief could do with it.

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The cops have some dirt on him. Brandishing a weapon in public, (supposed) kidnapping of a minor, and perversion. But then, he also stopped a thief, rescued a lost child, and apologised for his actions, so they have to let him go.

Likelihood of Watching/Pursuing? : 5/10 ~ Maybe. Depends on how bored I get.


Kurokami

Dopplegangers galore and thirty-hit combos.
Fantasy Action/Mindfuck

See the below post for details of this. I’m definately watching it, and probably blogging it.

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Likelihood of Watching/Pursuing? : 10/10 ~ Hell yes.


RIDEBACK

Transforming mecha-motorbikes learn to do ballet.
Mecha

Well, this is last one I watched, since I’m not normally a mecha lover, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Basically, there are psuedo-sentient motorbikes, called RIDEBACKs, which can operate in three dimensions more easily than usual, going into standing modes, having arm like attachments, and even understanding voice commands.

Its set a bit into the future, where the superpowers were apparently taken down by a band of freedom fighters using superior technology. Sounds a bit like a Command & Conquer plot to me with a weird high tech terrorist organization taking the reigns from the UN. Presumably this techology was the RIDEBACKs, but this is not actually stated.

Anyway, our protagonist is the grand-daughter of Ogata Rina, and is hence expected to be an entertainment star. I had to do a double take on that. Yep. Its true. IS IT ONE HELL OF A COINCIDENCE or is this show is related to White Album, above, huh? The generational gap is correct and everything since thats in the 80’s and this the 2020’s. LOL.

However, our protagonist goes in ballet, but tears a ligament, crashing face first on stage, ruining her career before it ever really takes off. Now at college, she accidently gets involved in the RIDEBACK club, and find her old dancing skills are surprisingly cross compatible in making the machine move like a dancer. Some amusing chereography here.

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The GGP has taken over the world.

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A thunderstorm leads our heroine to seek cover in a club building…

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Wow, she has a pretty orgasmic face riding that thing…heh…

Likelihood of Watching/Pursuing? : 8/10 ~ Despite initial reservations, I’m quite interested in this…


Akikan!

My girlfriend is a can of Melonade. I like to slurp her.
Fanservice

Well, that quote really sums it up. This is an obvious fanservice anime that follows the old ‘a strange object actually turns out to be a girl’ premise. Of course, you can do this right, and you can do it wrong. The right way is making a cool series like Demonbane, with its ancient Lovecraft ties and magical tomes that are girls. The wrong way is this way.

This guy randomly buys a can of melonade. He gives it a slurp, and it transforms into a girl. He believes this is a dream and tries repeatedly to do questionable things to her (sigh…). Then we have the ridiculous side-plots, like you must drink from this girl every day (kiss her), re-fill her from time to time (with extra cans from the machine), and make sure that she doesn’t lose her carbonation and go flat, because this kills her (so you need to put her in the fridge).

Despite the rampant objectophilia, there’s really nothing going for this series. Unless total mindless fanservice is your thing. Personally, I need a little more most of the time (even AkaneIro had more, thats as low as I go…)

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And I wonder why anime gets a bad rep from the un-educated… (sigh…)

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Wow, yeah. Everyone has hobbies like that.

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Down the toilet, apparently…

Likelihood of Watching/Pursuing? : 1/10 ~ For the sake of my sanity. No.


Ah yeah, I’ll also continue to watch Toradora, Index, and Tytania.

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