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Ahead of the Curve: New Anime Winter 2010

A look at three upcoming winter anime YOU should be excited for.

I know that the fall season is just starting, and I only just got the season preview up on Sunday to boot. But we here at Anime Vice want to be ahead of the curve-- and we want you readers to be right there with us!

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!

Ladies vs Butlers

     

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.

Durarara!!

 

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?

Epic.

Katanagatari

 

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?
Noodleson Oct. 10, 2009 at 9:39 a.m.
Definitely looking forward to Katanagatari, mainly because of the author's work on Bakemonogatari. The art style looks pretty simplistic, but that could be a positive depending on how the action flows. Hopefully the winter season has more than just a few standout shows, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Dream moderator is online on Oct. 10, 2009 at 1:40 p.m.
None of them seem like anything I'd be willing to watch. For now, Nodame Cantabile's third season seems to be the only anime I'll be watching when Winter 2010 hits.
Nebson Oct. 10, 2009 at 2:10 p.m.

No love for Soranowoto ?  It's K-On meets Strike Witches, come on: 
 
http://nebs66.livejournal.com/1016298.html    
Black_Roseon Oct. 10, 2009 at 2:20 p.m.
All three look interesting to me.  
 
@Nebs said:
"
No love for Soranowoto ?  It's K-On meets Strike Witches, come on: 
 
http://nebs66.livejournal.com/1016298.html     "
OH YOU DID NOT JUST MENTION K-ON IN FRONT OF GIA! PREPARE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES. 
sunfloweron Oct. 10, 2009 at 6:22 p.m.
I'm not really interested in these three, sorry.  I hate the first one's character design of the blond chick (assuming that's hair and not a pair of those slug pillows from yesterday dyed yellow).
giaon Oct. 10, 2009 at 8:05 p.m.
@Nebs: ...Wow, what a...ringing endorsement...o_o;
Nebson Oct. 11, 2009 at 1:50 a.m.
@gia: The two greatest series of all time. =b
Noodleson Oct. 11, 2009 at 8:33 a.m.
@Nebs said:
" @gia: The two greatest series of all time. =b "
So true.

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