Hey folks, the summer's almost over. Kids are going back to school, manchildren are going back to college, adults are still working, afraid to use their vacation time for fear of being cut in this horrible economy. But the world of anime continues to turn, so forget your troubles and relax by looking down on fictional characters who are creepier than you instead! Or just watch some anime. Or both.
In either case, here are some summarized previews of shows for the upcoming Fall 2011 season. As always, keep in mind that 1) these previews are pretty subjective and may contain unserious language and 2) premiere dates are subject to change depending on whims of animation studios and Japanese broadcasters.
[Note: I will update this thing with pictures and stuff to make it more readable sometime soon. Enjoy the bulleted text for now.]
She could have been an international model, but she chose a trading card game.
- Cross Fight B-Daman (10/02): Replace "Trading Card" with "Toy" above.
- Chihayafuru (10/4): Girl thought about being a fashion model like her sister, but instead decides to play a card game called "karuta." I'm getting a theme here, TCGs ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS.
- Hunter x Hunter (10/02): A retelling of the long-running manga series, this one animated by Studio Madhouse.
- Gundam AGE (10/9): That giant robot franchise you all love. This one involves a guy, his kid, and his future "descendant," and the Gundam that can transform into three different forms. The dad form will lecture you on "the way things used to be," the kid will roll his eyes and the descendant will save the world after learning from their mistakes.
- Mashiro-Iro Symphony (Oct.): Boys and girls academies slowly merging together, and a small group of boys enter into the former all-girls school. One boy finds love on the battlefield of romance or something, but can it survive? Ah, you already know where this is going: Terrible romantic comedy.
- Shinryaku!? Ika Musume (The Squid Girl S2) (Oct.): More cute and funny adventures of a human-like squid girl slowly learning about the human world she plans to conquer one day...or at least a small corner of it. Watch the first season. You'll like it.
- Working! S2 (10/01): Crazy cast of characters works in a restaurant in Hokkaido, including the lolicon, the midget high-schooler, and the lazy manager. Hilarity ensues, sorta.
- Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing (10/07): The sequel to Last Exile starring different characters in a similar setting. The young vanship pilot Fam, her trusty navigator Giselle and their vanship Vespa. Hopefully this time it'll actually come out. All I can say is...please, please, pleeeeeease don't suck!
- Un-Go (10/13): Studio Bones makes anime about "Ango Sakaguchi's Meji-era detective stories in a near-future setting." The detective's assistant wears a panda suit in this one for some unexplained reason. This makes three detective shows in the past three seasons, two of which were done by BONES. Hopefully this one will be better.
- Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon ("Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere") (10/01): An anime by Sunrise involving sci-fi action and as many anime cliches as possible, but to its credit it does have several big voice actors lined up. The plot is supposedly about the Earth being destroyed and humans escaping in airships, but then they screw something else up and decide to repair the world they left. Instead, just watch this trailer. Try to write down all the cliches you see. You have until the trailer ends to finish your list, and it is not recommended you make a drinking game with them.
- Kimi to Boku (10/03): Four or five guy-friends doing things in high school. Like a gender-flipped K-ON, I guess.
- Fate/Zero: Prequel to Type Moon's Fate/stay Night. Several of you ( like this guy) probably have a nerd-boner over the very title and don't need me to convince you. For those that don't...six magi (who all happen to be in Japan) each have control over a reincarnated legendary historical figure, and must use their powers to kill their opponents in order to acquire the Holy Grail.
- Guilty Crown: Psychic-powered boy meets mecha-piloting guerrilla girl, fights the man before they take him down. Rumored to be this season's Code Geass. Production I.G. handling the animation. I'm going to call this my sleeper hit. The show is airing on noitaminA, so it's already looking good.
- Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi S2: Continuation of the BL story between a manga editor and his ed-in-chief. One of you will have to fill in for this one.
- Tamayura ~Hitotose~ (10/03): Photographer girl moves to new place with dead father's camera. A mostly peaceful slice of life series, or so I hear.
- Maken-ki (10/04): Shitty shonen battle with clothes-exploding, giant-breasted girl action manga now becomes an anime! Don't watch it.
- Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle (10/02): Original anime by Sunrise about a group of high school students who fight evil by solving puzzles. Can they defeat the NY Times Crossword Puzzle and his evil robot henchman S.U.D.O.K.U. before the Earth is destroyed?
And here I thought the post office set weight limits for this kind of thing.
- Bakuman S2 (10/02): The continuing story of a young artist-writer duo who aspire to get their manga published and score with the ladies.
- C^3(Cube x Cursed x Curious): Ordinary High School Student receives a giant cube from his estranged father. Then he wakes up the following night to see a naked girl stealing rice crackers from his pantry. I know what you're thinking, "Who still eats rice crackers? Doesn't he have some pop-tarts or at least some Pocky in there?" Directed by the same guy and produced by the same studio behind the BakaTest anime adaptation, but other than that I expect it to be horrible.
- Ben-to: An EPIC BATTLE between customers of a local supermarket trying to claim a special bento box...AT HALF PRICE! Sorry Japan, but America beat you to it with Black Friday footage of people trampling minimum-wage workers and each other at midnight at the front door of a Wal-Mart for $50 off a flatscreen TV.
- Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai: Harem comedy based off an eroge visual novel. Something about a guy and 4-5 girls with powerful ass-kicking abilities. Will probably be bad.
- Mirai Nikki ( Future Diary) (10/09): The God of Time and Space grants a boy named Yukiteru (voiced by relative newbie Misuzu Togaishi) the power to record events that will happen in the near future. Said boy competes with others in a game to determine who will take God's place when he's done. Features that legendary yandere, Yuno Gasai (voiced by another unknown, Tomosa Murata). Deus ex Machina is voiced by motherfucking Norio Wakamoto himself.
- Lupin III: Based on "Monkey Punch's" manga about a descendant of legendary thief Arsene Lupin who leads a small crew consisting of a gunman (Jigen), a samurai (Goemon) and a sexy lady (Fujiko) as they commit capers around the world, staying one step ahead of the obsessed Interpol agent Zenigata. Recent news says this might just be a new one-shot special than a full-on new season, but I'll be watching it anyways.
- Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai ("I don't have many friends") (10/06): Based on a light novel and manga: Half-British kid meets girl with imaginary friend one day, and the two friendless high-schoolers decide to form their own club for people without friends. Slowly turns into school romantic comedy as other weird students join up. Hilarity ensues, though YMMV.
- Shakugan no Shana S3 (10/07): The final season of that show with the fiery tsundere girl that I never got around to watching. I plan on replicating the experience by having Rie Kugumiya shout "INUBAKA!" into a microphone, looping it for 30 seconds, and then selling it as a ringtone to lonely otaku.
- Digimon Xros Wars S2 (10/02): For those of you that still care about Digimon, I hear this one is a good series and they came out with a second season. You know the one: Kids with pets inside the computer fight other, eviller pets inside the computer world. Yes that's probably oversimplifying the plot but unless any of you care I won't be expanding on it any further.
--The World God Only Knows
--Saiyuki Gaiden: How many Sayuki-related anime are there now? Somebody give me a number.
--Infinite Stratos: "A Sextet that Wants to Jump the Same Oblivious Boy"
--Queen's Blade: Probably picks up where the last OVA left off.
--Seitokai Yakuindomo: Unaired episode.
--Deadman Wonderland: Unaired episode.
--Hakuouki: Multiple endings about a show based off a visual novel that stars the Shinsengumi. All I can say is that ever since Gintama, I cannot think of the Shinsengumi the way the rest of Japan sees them.