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
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
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
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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