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This is for early 2011; If you want the newest Anime Season that will be starting in APRIL 2011, CLICK THIS LINK!

Hey all, its that time again, as promised, for the early look at what we’ve got coming up this season.

Starting with this one, I’ll ditch the somewhat marginally confusing seasonal identifier, and just state which months we’re covering. Previously, this post would have been known as Winter/Spring 2011, for example.

Anyway, I’ve identified 14 shows that meet the usual criteria this time, so without further ado, let’s leap straight into frying pan, shall we?

Rio: Rainbow Gate

Okay, this made me immediately go ‘wut?’, as my first reading of some of the previews suggested it might have been an anime about Japan’s favourite gambling pastime, Pachinko. In fact, it seems that the story is merely inspired by some of the artwork on one of those machines.

This is about the dealer at a famous (if fictional) Howard Resort casino, Rio Rollins (her entire name reeks of gambling, eh?). However, there are some Yu-gi-Oh! type foundations here, as she is actually searching for a set of legendary cards called Gates. Which, if my spider senses are correct, are probably of the summoning variety. The person to gather all (13?) of these cards gains a special title.

The previews suggest it might be laden with fanservice, and possibly battle maids. And perhaps a perverse loli. The fact that there is a suspicious number of cards that convieniently match a standard seasons number of episodes (i.e. 13) also makes me think its going to be monster of the week. So, overall, I’m rather wary about it.

Anticipation: I’d put my money on Red 4 over 10 Black anyday.


Kimi no Todoke 2

Yes, I’m breaking my criteria again by including a sequel, but quiet you. This immediately had me out in fanboyish squeeing, since I absolutely loved the first season of Kimi no Todoke. It was so warm and fuzzy and delightful, even when there was angst.

Its about Sawako Kuronuma, whom has the unfortunate blessing of looking exactly like Sadako from the Ring. Terrifyingly so. As a result, she was a lonely girl shunned by most of the class. At least, until popular and kind Kazehaya Shouta steps into the picture. This season is the continuation of their romance.

Since I’m a romance junkie, this probably my only guaranteed watch for this season. I’m glad its come along since Amagami has finally finished and I’m always in need of good Fuzzy Feeling Fix.

Anticipation: 10 tonnes of KAWAII!


Infinite Stratos

I also don’t normally analyse obvious Mecha shows, but for some reason, this vaguely reminded me of Stratos 4 and Vandread; so I gave it a look. The initial description is kind of rife with cliche, though. It is about the namesake of the title, which are exoskeletons that sort of resemble samurai armour. Unfortunately for the guys, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos… with very few exceptions.

As you might imagine, our male protagonist, Ichika, is an exception, a (cough) orphan raised by a famous pilot. When his compatibility is found at 15, he’s gets a scholarship. Which means this is a harem mecha show.

I guess, as usual, we’re going to be analysing whether or not Ichika has a spine, and whether the actual combat and plot are any good. I’m not exactly holding my breath, but since this could be alright, I’m interested.

Anticipation: 7 dancing mecha, 3 stupid perverts


Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magicka

What’s this, a magical girl show? You bet. Again, normally this might not meet the criteria and I’d pass it off as a kids show; but… its directed by Akiyuki Shinbou! And since the last magical girl series he directed was indeed Nanoha… you’ve got my attention (even if he hadn’t have made other brilliance like Bakemonogatari under his belt).

There is therefore no way that this is just a magical girl show. If that wasn’t enough, Urubochi Gen is the writer (that guy who wrote the Fate\Zero novels!!). So yeah… my only reservation is that they obviously have the Hidamari Sketch character designer, but I might forgive that, if the others pull that up.

Basically nothing is known of the plot besides the usual magical girl faire. Normal middle schooler has strange encounter with cute sidekick, and the magic hits the fan. Chaos ensues.

Anticipation: 9 Divine Busters


Yumekui Merry (aka. Merry Nightmare)

Hohum, its another one of those ‘attack from the mysterious alternate world’ scenarios. I do have a bit of weak spot for these kinds of concepts, actually, and who can blame me when they can produce things as interesting as Shana and PandoraHearts?

Anyway, this about a student called Yumeji whom has a secret ability: he can gaze into other peoples dreams. One day he stumbles across a midriff bearing girl who calls herself Merry (wanna take bets if she falls from the sky?), whom wandered into the Real from the dream, hunting escaped nightmares. The two, naturally, have a duo in the making.

Possibly quite generic, indeed. Merry also looks like Al-Azif with a fashion statement (what is that, a prehensile coat?) and a haircut. With so little to go on, I guess it could go either way, but we shall have to see.

Anticipation: 8 dreams of striped stockings


Gosick

Gothaloli detective that resembles Evangeline from Negima? Well, I’m sold.

Ahem. This is set in the roaring 20’s (specifically, 1924), where a transfer student from the Japanese Empire, Kujo, comes to study at St. Marguerite Academy in the fictional country of Sauville (though by that name I think we can assume they’re going for a French tone). In this traditional place, he meets a genius girl called Victorique that finds school boring and prefers to read the entire contents of the library and solve puzzles and crimes.

By the sounds of it, he is made into her sidekick, and together they go onto fight crime solve mysteries.

Basically, they’ve taken Detective Conan, turned him into a loli, and chucked him into a time machine. Thats a good recipe for success in my opinion, and I’m quite interested to see how this turns out.

Anticipation: Its 85% elementary, my dear Victorique!


Beelzebub

The latest Jump franchise, and quite likely a very long running series as a result.

This is probably the shounen interpretation of Ashiteru ze Baby, with 100% more demonic blood in your resident child. Also seems to remind me a bit of Tenjou Tenge. Tatsumi attends a school for delinquents (seriously, I don’t think any school would advertise itself as such an institution!) and is the most feared and strongest fighter. He is fishing (whilst plotting downfall of his enemies) one day and sees the body of his friend floating downstream. The body splits in half revealing a strange baby; which so happens to be the son of the demon king. He suddenly inherits a maid called Hilda to aid in the process of raising the child; and tries to find someone more evil and powerful to take the burden of raising it.

Its unlikely I’ll pick this up, mainly because I don’t really think I can stomach a huge series (I always lose interest after 50+ episodes). If it turns out to be shorter, I may pick it up after the matter, however, and I’m likely to, at the very least look at the first episode.

Anticipation: 6 Googoogaa’s, 4 Raaagh’s!


Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!

I don’t even really need to say anything about this, do I? Really?

Take perverse male lead. Add to NOT RELATED BY BLOOD sister. Insert four pairs of used panties. Dash with a character designer who thinks girls shoulders should be half the width of their thighs. Blood extracted from the nose of a virgin is optional.

I think that should give you a good idea of what to expect. If you like this, then here it is, but I’ll be standing over there, thanks.

Anticipation: 10% of your bodies haemoglobins are expelled with your semen*

* = This is not a medically endorsed fact. Please ignore it.


Dragon Crisis!

A comtemporary fantasy based on a light novel? That often works out pretty decent.

One day, Ryuji, an otherwise normal high school student, is unwillingly dragged along by his cousin Eriko on a dangerous excursion to retrieve a strange box from black-market dealers. Ryuji finds he is able to open, and inside there happens to be a golden haired, blue-eyed girl called Rose, that actually turns out to be some kind of dragon with alot of firepower. He is drawn into an underground conflict for relic boxes, and Ryuji decides to fight to protect Rose, whom becomes utterly dependent on him.

So yeah, I guess this is your exotic girl franchise of the season; I guess its cashing in on D&D thing where Gold Dragons like to turn into humans for the lulz. Oh, and guess what, Shana’s voice actress is being the dragon girl. Oh dear. Still, could be fun.

Anticipation: My breath weapon melts 75% of your steel from half a mile away!


Freezing

Boobs, check. Underwear Flashes, check. Improbable destruction of cloth in an inappropriate manner, check. Genetically modified super girls, check. I guess this one is going sweep the ‘ecchi girls with stupid weapons’ category this season.

Its semi-futuristic. Earth has been invaded by pan-dimensional aliens. Our protagonist, Aoi, enrolls to train in a school to become a handler for a genetically modified girl (a ‘Pandora’) that is made to battle the aliens. All Pandoras have a male partner called a Limiter, that is trained to limit their foes mobility with a power called Freezing. Aoi meets a weird older girl called Bridgette (hopefully not a trap), who seems to be powerful yet is lacking a partner. He is warned about her by all the others, but chooses to be her limiter in spite of this.

On the other hand, its by the same author as Kurokami, so its not a complete bust from the word go (yes, pun intended). If you can blind me with enough awesome, I might forget about the pointless fanservice, I suppose. Not holding my breath though.

Anticipation: A 6-billion dollar female taskforce against 10 aliens?


Kore wa Zombie desuka? (aka. Are you a Zombie?)

Who knows what kind of crack they were smoking when someone had this idea.

Ayumu is a lazy boy who suddenly gets killed during a run of bizarre serial killings. However, he is then resurrected as a zombie by a necromancer girl called Yuu, whom he had met shortly prior to his untimely demise. He enters this strange world of magical girls and supernatural creatures, and chaos ensues.

So, err, Necromancer girls wielding colour co-ordinated chainsaws. Oh, and some valkyries, and vampire ninjas. Okay then. Like I said, who knows what crack was involved in the pre-production of this show. Maybe it’ll be amusing though.

Anticipation: 7 stoned golems, 3 fantasy cliches.


Level E

Hmm, some Sci-fi that isn’t mecha based? Thats a nice change. This is apparently based on a nearly forgotten work from the 90’s by the author of Yu-Yu- Hakusho, that looks almost inspired by the Men In Black idea that loads of aliens are living among us, as us, but we are not aware of their presence.

One day, Baka, the prince of the planet Dogra, crash lands on Earth and loses his memory. He forcibly moves in with Yukitata, a first year high school student whom had just moved out on his own. The normal life Yukitaka once knew is quickly pulled away as he becomes the target of the prince’s torment, as the alien has an exceptionally high IQ and has little interest other than using it to torment those around him for his own amusement.

Hilariously, in japanese, Baka-ouji means ‘stupid prince’, which is perhaps ironic given the main characters intellect. I have to say I’m quite interested in how this one pans out.

Anticipation: 9 out of 10 surveyed adults claimed they had spoken to an extraterrestrial


Fractale

One of those oh so very rare (these days) animes that is actually an original work, rather than being based upon something. The idea reminds me of some kind of mid point between now and what happens in H.G. Wells The Time Machine or the Setting of Metamorphosis Alpha to Omega.

With the creation of the “Fractale”, a computer system that manages every aspect of the world, humanity creates a kind of ultimate paradise; in which living requires absolutely no effort and everyone is free to do whatever they like. But, a 1000 years after the systems creation, there is no one alive who understands it, with the vast majority seeing it as a kind of myth, and whom unquestioningly believe that it is the only requirement of human happiness. However, on a distant island, the system finally shows signs of wear and tear. Crane is a boy who lives an aimless life until he helps a girl being pursued. She disappears before his very eyes, leaving only a brooch that contains data, which can project itself as Nessa, an avatar in the form of a girl. Crane, together with Nessa, leave on a journey in search of the girl. In doing so, he will learn the truth behind the System.

Well, an actual solid plot is a darn good start here, and this is definately getting a look (especially since I also like the art style as well). Part of me is also reminded of the wonders of Kino’s Journey and Scrapped Princess.

Anticipation: 100% agreement that ignorance is never bliss.


Hourou Musuko (aka. Wandering Son)

Huh, and I guess we’ll finish with the semi-contraversial this time. Though it doesn’t look it, huh?

Hourou Musuko is based upon a manga that addresses the identity crisises of an effeminate boy and a masculine girl that become friends when they realise they both feel they are of the wrong gender. It follows them from 4th grade until high school and their relationship troubles and conflicts with the society that raises them.

Pretty serious stuff, but presented in a lighthearted way, and resulting an eventual Trap + Reverse Trap romance by the sounds of it (Yes, in the above image, I believe left is a boy, right is a girl, by the way). I’m quite enamoured by the art style, so I might give this a look. If it doesn’t turn out to be too heavy going with its transgenderisms, I may watch it.

Anticipation: 7 x/y, 3 y/x


And there you have it, thats all for now. Phew!

Hope you can find something to whet your palete there. As always, there is no guarantee I didn’t miss something, but these things happen, don’tchaknow?

I imagine I won’t be posting anything else until after Xmas now, but hopefully I’ll put something new out before the new year. See you soon, and have a good festive holiday, people!

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Urk, well its actually episode 9 territory right now, so my usual midseason post is…uh…two weeks late. Dang!

Oh well, you can put it down to either laziness or negligence if you want. Both are probably applicable, LOL.

Regardless, I’ll put one up anyways. Perhaps it’ll help you in picking up something you may have missed, perhaps?

The current inhabitants of my slots are:

Nyan Koi!


Kotone is actually pretty disturbing…LOL

Well, its definately a Harem Comedy. However, it has continued to impress me and make me laugh, and evidently takes a cue from things such as Akane Iro Somaru Saka since it manages to cover all of the cliches in a refreshing way. And,  it does have a unique distinction: the main protagonist, Junpei, is definately 100% focused on Kaede, despite all the other girls pining for his attention, which is a rare and positive quality in the hero of an anime like this. I know I’ve said it a thousand times, but good, strong male leads REALLY make a good Harem Anime. They are the foundation on which the love polygon is built, after all, so if they’re an idiotic pervert/loser, the whole concept collapses unless you assume each girl is retarded. This even manages to have a good underlying subplot with the cats, too, though, adding to its quality.

Anyway, its going well, and assuming they don’t go for a undecided finish, it’ll probably be quite satifying.


A Certain Scientific Railgun


Kuroko finally got to show off a bit in this last episode, by telefragging a building using its OWN panes of glass. No really. ROFL.

Hmm, this floundered around a little bit to begin with (that is to say, around episode 2 and 3 was…odd), but pulled itself out of the mire and eventually got its act together with some plot. Unlike alot of people, I actually enjoyed Touma and his righteousness in Index (but then I see an ideal of myself in such characters, since I’m also a stubborn optimist).

Nevertheless, its surprising to hear how many people suddenly like his character now in this compared to before based on his interactions (i.e. fights) with Mikoto. The highlight of these was her creation of a frickin’ Chain Sword by magnetising iron filings in the sand around her. LOL. Nevertheless, the Imagine Breaker always beats her best efforts.

On other topics, Uiharu and Saten, the new girls still haven’t really shown their colours, leaving most of the smackdown to Mikoto and Kuroko whilst offering a primarily support role. Not that this is neccessarily bad, but I’m itching to see what their actual ESPer abilities are. We can assume Uiharu does something with growth or flowers, but Saten is pretty mysterious as another proper level zero. (However, the level upper plotline is building to a climax which may well show us something, I’d assume, even if I want to slap Saten for her stupidity in accepting the bait).

Kuroko… well I’d don’t know what to say about her. Her perversion regarding Mikoto just crosses so far over the line it goes right through disturbing and returns to being funny, I guess. Especially the whole headdesk incident at the resturant.


Letter Bee


Niche’s Sword Hair is awesome! Don’t mess with the MakaLoli!

I had some reservations about this to begin with since Lag’s incessant crying can and will grate even the most patient of observers. However, I guess, at some point, I just stopped noticing the tears and realised that actually, the plot on this is pretty meaty. I guess Niche’s introduction as inevitable inaugation as Lag’s ‘Dingo’ also helped tremendously, since she is such a simple minded but fascinating character.

I now get the feeling that Lag is actually a very strong character too. It may not fit the pre-concieved notion of being ‘manly’, but his ability to cry about stuff and move on without much hesitation in his stride is actually very admirable. He’s also demonstated that he can be a prodigy in the Tegami Bachi world too, able to shoot Shindan from his arms (not needing a gun like others) and realise what others need to attain closure.

This is also definately set up for the long haul (i.e. 26 episodes), which is nice. I hope it’ll continue to entertain me.


Kimi No Todoke


When Sawako forces a smile…something just doesn’t quite work, eh?

As noted before, I decided to drop 11 eyes in favour of this. And…I’m very glad I did.

Its just…well… I can’t find fault at all in it. Perfect comedic timing, just enough angst, an adorable (if dense) female lead, a strong (if selfish) male lead, excellent use of chibification to enhance scenes, and an amusing supporting cast. Its got everything one needs in a proper romantic comedy and since I’m a sucker for such things, I’m literally hoovering up every second of it.

I realise such things are hardly everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’d like a fine example of romance, look no further.


Fairy Tail


Scary Natsu is scary. Or something.

Interesting and exciting. Two terms that perfectly encapsulate what Fairy Tail is. In the same way that Kimi no Todoke can get me all swooning and fuzzy every time, I can barely watch ten minutes of this and NOT be grinning inanely from ear to ear like a hyper little boy. It may not dig deep, but it hits hard and you feel every punch.

One thing that is interesting to note is that you can almost ‘see’ the manga chapters behind this. There are very obvious mini-arcs and they don’t attempt to illustrate parts that the manga didn’t (with the whole ‘and then…’ moments), presumably to keep the show moving and action thick and fast. It works quite well, it has to be said, though it would be nice if they let you pause to catch you breath more often!

My only concern is Natsu’s propensity for overusing his small handful of FMV attacks. He really needs a bigger repotoire or more moments like the one from the most recent episode where he grabs onto a railbridge with a flaming hand.


Seiken no Blacksmith


Yes, at last, you realised your obvious character flaw, Cecily!

Somewhat like Letter Bee, this started with very little momentum. I was considering dropping it, in fact, because it was getting pretty retarded. Then, in a similar fashion to the aformentioned, it all started to click into place around episode 4. Aria appears, Cecily shouts her title less and stops getting beaten up as much, Luke being a jerk takes up less of an episode, Lisa gets some marginal development, etc.

Its never really gotten over some of its comical flaws, but I appreciate its courage in not even attempting to lampshade or handwave them away. And the above screenshot made me far more satisfied on whole with Cecily, too. Now, if only Luke will do something similar. He’s just an eyesore in my opinion at the moment, unfortunately, and we don’t even know why.


Book of Bantorra


Enlike brings new meanings to ‘Thunder Palm’. Or something.

I can’t actually ascertain why I’m still not pissed off with Bantorra. I somehow get the feeling that…well…its out of control whilst knowing exactly where its going, if that makes any sense.

I watch each episode in a vague sense of confusion, after all. Its like the anime version of the movie Memento…fragmented all over the place with only the viewer able to properly pick up the pieces. Something which is difficult given that it has no real appreciation for the 4th dimension, and from my perspective it felt a little like the first arc concluded too much in a rush only for it to crash headlong into the second.

So…I don’t know. I feel like I enjoy it, but it confuses me. It may well be that at the end, some amazing revelation will occur and everything will suddenly make sense and this will be the anime of season, or it may well be that it just ends up being a confusing pile of junk. Until we find out, I’m strangely interested, and at the very least its pretty. Yeah.


And there you go, midseason special over. Thats all for now, hope you had an enjoyable read and all that. I might be doing another Visual Novel Diary soon of Syarin no Kuji: Himiwari no Shoujo, which I just started playing on the side, so stay tuned, eh?

 

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Gah, dangnabbit. This turned out to be surprisingly cute. Despite my previous assertion that the schedule was closed, I guess I’m going to have to accommodate this too now, since it was real nice. I also can’t really call this a ‘First Impression’ since I went and marathoned the first three episodes all at once. That said, I’m getting a little impatient with 11eyes, so I may just drop that in favour of this. We shall see.

Anyway, to summarise, Kimi no Todoke is about Sawako, a kind, pretty, introverted girl completely lacking in social skills. She is…kind of a school idol, but in a rather bad way.

This is partly down to the afformentioned lack of social staying power, but also a bit because she shares her looks and some of her names syllables with a certain legendary ghost, Sadako, from the Ring. (of course, if you know your Japanese mythology, you’ll know that Sadako herself is a modern re-imagining of several classic Japanese ghosts. Alot of their supernatural creatures take the form of traditional looking Japanese Ladies to decieve people.)

Of course, this leads to scenarios like this:
todoke-sawako-being-sadako

Yikes. Nevertheless, the poor girl is only trying to be loved. Unfortunately, despite her best efforts, people seem to treat her as furniture at best and creator of curses at worst. She often takes the jobs no-one else wants on the assumption that people will appreciate her hard work, and even reads ghost stories in order to try and meet peoples expections of her better, in that infuriatingly Japanese way.
todoke-weird

Of course, that all changes thanks to the actions of a certain guy, Kazuhiya:

todoke-kazehaya

He, in massive contrast to her, is a conspicuous extrovert who makes friends easily and fits in with everyone. And so, with a degree of slow progress, he begins to smash down the walls she builds about herself with all his might. Of course, the anime maps this process and their developing feelings for one another in amongst the chaos of Sawakos new found social skills.

As I said before, dang this show is cute. Sawako somehow manages to make being dense quite funny (wisdom was her dumpstat, actually, since she’s ludicrously clever), and Kazuhiya is also pretty infectiously decent as a character. He certainly has charm (and actual courage), two points which are always good things for male leads to have in an anime (and things which are often depressingly absent, as I’m sure you’ve heard me bitch about on many an occassion). The comedic timing is excellent and I found myself giggling quite alot throughout the show, something that not alot of shows can boast to me. Also, though I usually grow to hate chibification, it is used exceptionally well here.

todoke-shaking

Anyway, the pacing is slow but not in a bad way. Theres just enough development in an episode to keep it fresh, but its mellow enough for you to sit and bask in the warm and fuzzy feelings. For a romance like this, thats just about right, in fact.

And just to add to its selling points for me, theres also epic cuteness from Sawako:

todoke-lovely

Kirei! Sugoi, sugoi, ne?

Well, I won’t deny that with its impressive performance, its snapped up a slot from me. I love a good romance (as I’m sure you’re aware by now) and this may just be my shoujo anime fix for the season too. I guess, in a way, it reminds me of one of my old all time favourites, Kareshi Kanjyo no Jijyo (aka. Karekano, His and Her Circumstances), and thats always a good thing.

Anyhow, thats about all I have to say, so see ya again soon.

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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.

W2009-Fairy-Tails
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!

W2009-Kampfer
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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