To that end, I thought I'd talk a little bit about some shows that are supposed to be coming out in the winter 2010 anime season in Japan this January. Note that as this is a very early list, some of these shows might get pushed back or even canceled. But here are the three coolest-lookin' anime of winter 2010!
He Is My Master, Hanaukyo Maid Team, Hand Maid May, Mahoro-Matic...we've seen tons, and tons, and TONS of maid anime. And there have been a couple of butler shows-- Hayate the Combat Butler and Kuroshitsuji are both quite popular, in fact. But it's about time we saw a show that spotlighted a potentially less-than-perfect butler...or several.
Ladies vs Butlers is about an orphan who, in an attempt to get ahead in life, begins to take courses in butler-hood at an academy for wealthy young women. All of the boys at the school are butlers-in-training paired up with female students in order to learn how to best serve them. Combine that story with the character designs and I think this one sounds like it could be a real treat.
With no more Soul Eater, Gurren Lagann, or anything else with a really hefty Badass factor airing-- Hayate doesn't count, it's still more of a moe show --Durarara!! is set to give us a taste of what we want. Set in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, which (in this iteration) is home to a variety of teen gagns, a high school guy named Mikado transfers in looking for "unusual beings." As it happens, there is one around: Dullahan, the headless motorcycle rider.
Did I mention that the anime is based off the light novel by Ryougo Narita, author of Baccano!-- or that the soundtrack is being written by Baccano! composer Makoto Yoshimori? Or that Jun "Lelouch" Fukuyama and Mamoru "Light" Miyano are both in it?
I know a lot of you are already enjoying this season's Bakemonogatari, so I'm assuming that like good little fans of NisiOisiN-- who wrote the original novel Bakemonogatari AND Katanagatari --are already looking forward to this one, right? But Katanagatari is NOT a part of OisiN's monogatari series, which consists of Bakemonogatari, Kizumonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Kabukimonogatari, and Nekomonogatari.
No, Katanagatari is a samurai epic all on its own, a twelve-volume serial novel whose books came out once a month for all of 2007. The story revolves around Yasuri Shichika, who is the seventh head of a sword and martial arts school on Fushou Island. But Shichika abandons his family when a female samurai named Togame sets him on a task: to find twelve legendary swords created by Shikizaki Kiki, a famous swordsmith.
It looks like it'll be a pretty different style from Bakemonogatari-- it may even be (dare I say it?) more kid-friendly. But OisiN has a tendency to surprise, so we'll see. In the meantime, we've got a nice little Katanagatari gallery going.
Okay, folks: of these three, which strikes your fancy?