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Been over a year since I've done one of these on AV? Huh. Well, thanks to taka for doing the more detailed, serious summaries these days, but most people these days are too busy having all the sex or earning all the paychecks, and they want anime previews in bite-sized chunks, so I am here to deliver that. Someone's gotta dig through the crap to find the swallowed diamonds in the turd pile. Nothing like doing one of these long lists to make you appreciate Sturgeon's Law that much more.

Yeah, not anime-related, but fuck you, it's Josh Homme and QOTSA. Buy the new album you assholes.

Before reading, 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. I will try to edit in new dates and pics when I can to make this more readable.

  • 06/08 Kingdom 2 -- a sequel to Yet Another Adaptation of China's Three Kingdoms stories. Did anyone watch the first series?
  • 06/14 There goes Yuuto-kun (Yuuto-kun ga Iku) -- Kid plays soccer, does soccer things. Do they call it soccer or football in Japan? I'm just asking because I know there's like a niche of American Football fans over there. Or maybe that's just the Americans in the Okinawan army base. What were we talking about again?
  • 07/01 Recorder and Ransel Mi -- Here is every single joke in the show: little kid who looks ten years older doing childish things, but every adult sees him as a creepy pervert. His older sister who looks ten years younger wishes she was bigger. Her friend is sort of in love with the brother. Their neighbor is a NEET. Now you don't have to watch this series.
  • 07/01 Dog and Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou) -- bibliophile boy shot by a robber, reincarnated as a dog because JAPAN. Taken in (as a dog) by his favorite female author who abuses him with scissors. I don't even know what the fuck. Gonzo is doing this one.
  • 07/02 Kanetsugu and Keiji (Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu to Keiji) -- two Sengoku-era generals who aren't Nobunaga or Hideyoshi. Based on a manga by Tetsuou Hara (Fist of the North Star), directed by Bob Shirohata (Hetalia, Gravitation) with script by Yasuhiro Imagawa (G Gundam, Giant Robo, Shin Mazinger Z). The staff makes it sound manly, but on the other hand, Studio DEEN.
  • 07/02 Senyuu 2 -- Continuation of the crack series featuring a hero (kind of) who uncovered a conspiracy about the recent demon war and has to save humanity or something. There was a gag about a giraffe and a demon lord who accidentally opened a portal trying to make popcorn. Episodes only five minutes so whatever.
  • 07/02 BROTHERS CONFLICT -- Reverse harem where a girl has 11 "brothers" who all want her tits for whatever reason.
  • 07/03 Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ -- Shy girl makes friends, loves photography. I'm waiting for the big reveal where it turns out that photography is dead because any asshole with a cellphone can take a picture and put lolcat captions on it. Fuck you, internet. You destroyed the art of photography.
  • 07/03 FREE! -- Sexy high school boys in swimsuits. Who said creepy anime fanservice wasn't equal-opportunity? Kyoto Animation is handling the production, so it will be well-animated.
  • 07/04 Go-Home Club Activity Minutes (Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku) -- In Japan the "Go-home Club" is a way of saying "I don't have an afterschool club, screw you guys, I'm going home!" before you hop on your moped and speed away, flipping the bird at your teacher. Only problem is a schoolgirl here discovers someone made an actual club out of the name and she ends up joining it. Wacky hijinks ensue!
  • 07/04 Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Club C³ (Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu) -- Cute girls with [_________], this time it's airsoft club! On the other hand, they did have this sweet trailer.
  • 07/04 Rozen Maiden (New Series) -- a hikkikomori NEET plays with dolls that have supernatrual powers. Maybe the main character reacts to his sister's quips with "THEY'RE ACTION FIGURES ONEE-SAMA" while he frantically tries to yank his pants back up.
  • 07/04 Swan Song of the Valkyries: Symphogear G (Senki Zessho Symphogear G) -- J-pop idols with special music-powered armor to fight aliens.
  • 07/04 Servant x Service -- The name might make you run for the hills, but it's a comedy about the staff of a health and welfare office in Japan, based on a manga by the writer of "Working!!", directed by the person behind the Squid Girl anime, might be funny?
  • 07/04 Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair, the Animation -- Seiji Kishi (P4 and SMT:DS2 anime, among others) directing a game adaptation. Murder mystery set in an elite high school with Persona-esque social links? Someone here can probably explain it better.
  • 07/04 Love Lab (Ren-Ai Lab) -- Romantic comedy thing where girl helps her friend the Student Council President be less awkward.
  • 07/06 Golden Mosaic (Kin'iro Mosaic) -- about a Japanese girl who is friends with a blonde-haired British girl who is moving in with her in Japan. I'm going to start humming the Odd Couple theme. Da-dadadadaaaaaa dadada-dadadaaaaaaaa-daaaaaaaaaa...
  • 07/06 The Sun Penetrates the Illusions (Genei wo Kakeru Taiyo) -- Dark-magical girl series. Only a matter of time before someone tried to out-Madoka Madoka. At least it's not an adaptation of something else.
  • 07/06 Something-monogatari Series -- The prolific NisiOisiN, directed by ShaftxShinbo again. That supernatural mystery romance that veered straight into creepytown with Nisemonogatari (but managed to grab the #4 spot in the GB 2012 Anime Poll for Duders!).
  • 07/06 Genshiken: The Next Generation -- Another Genshiken series by Production I.G., but apparently with a different cast this time around?
  • 07/07 Ecstatic Family (Uchōten Kazoku) -- Original novel adaptation by the same author behind Tatami Galaxy, so it might actually be good?
  • 07/05 Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS -- Hello, my name is Chris Hansen. Maybe you'd like to take a seat over there? You're going to end up in the party van one way or another for liking this show unironically, might as well get a reacion from you before we let the sherriff burst through the door and haul you away.
  • 07/06 The Sunday God Wasn't There (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi) -- Manga adaptation handled by madhouse. A sci-fi/mystery story about a girl who works as a gravedigger in a world where no one actually can die or be born. Then crazy shit goes down. Might be good?
  • 07/06 Fantasista Doll -- Wait a minute, don't we already have a Rozen Maiden adaptation?
  • 07/07 Teekyuu 2 -- A group of girls who formed a tennis club but rarely play tennis. Budget of the first one consisted of 10 yen and a gum wrapper someone found on a Tokyo subway platform, I don't expect it will change much with this offering. At least the episodes are only like 3-4 minutes long.
  • 07/07 Demon World Prince: Devils and Realist (Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist) -- Comedy/fantasy/supernatural adventure thing for the ladies about a poor guy who summons a demon and ends up subbing for Lucifer. Kind of like Bruce Almighty but with Hell and no Morgan Freeman or good humor.
  • 07/07 High School DxD NEW -- The "W" in the poster is a giant pair of tits, or a scrotum, depending on how you look at it. Point is, this ain't exactly high art.
  • 07/07 Hakkenden something something who cares
  • 07/08 No Matter How I Look at It, It's Your Fault I'm Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!, or "WataMote!") -- A manga about a socially awkward girl where the majority of sales were actually driven by 4chan instead of Japan. 5 minutes in to the first episode and I guarantee you will know why without having to visit that site. 20 minutes and you'll start contemplating the meaninglessness of life.
  • 07/08 The World God Only Knows Season 3 -- In a world where dating sims = real relationship advice, a hardcore gamer has to date a new girl like each week to draw out some evil ghost from their heart or something.
  • 07/10 Blood Lad --Hikkikomori vampire who falls in love with the ghost of a human girl, so kinda like Twili--*USER WAS BANNED FOR LAME JOKE*
  • 07/11 Silver Spoon -- noitaminA series based on the award-winning manga by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist). About a nerdy boy who escapes family troubles by joining an agricultrual high school. Loosely based on the experiences that Arakawa herself had growing up in a farm family. Fucking read/watch it.
  • 07/12 Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation -- Game to anime adaptation by David Production (recently did the JoJo anime). It’s anime girl manifestation of the Console War, so you duders arguing over XBONE/PS4/Wii U/Ouya supremacy will love it.
  • 07/12 Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prism-Illya -- Fate/Stay Night spinoff with magical girls instead of ancient warriors fighting for a Holy Grail. A little more cutesy than the main story. Being produced by Silver Link (BakaTest, others), with Takashi Sakamoto (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) directing, take that as you will.
  • 07/13 Milky Holmes sequel --Yo Holmes, pass me another hit of dat magical-girl series, but make 'em detectives in school or some shit. I dunno. Who gives a fuck.
  • 07/13 A Town where you Live (Kimi no Iru Machi) -- A self-conscious male teen meets an extroverted female teen who moves from Tokyo to the other’s home in Hiroshima, sounds like 1-2 different adaptations that pop up every season. Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Dream Eater Merry). Maybe one of you have read the manga?
  • 07/13 Gatchaman CROWDS -- Remember Battle of the Planets? Or that Eagle Riders show that popped up in the west? Yeah this is like that but with teens now, and a female lead apparently. Produced by Tatsunoko Production, with direction by Kenji Nakamura (Tsuritama).

OVA's/Movies to watch for

[coming soon]

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Well, the winter season has been full of disappointments and downright creepy fucking shows. True, there were a couple of good surprises and a couple of okay shows, but Sturgeon's Law has held solid between NisioisiN's Meta Masturbation Show and the (SPACE) Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.

There's been about as much action in that awful cover of a children's song as there was in any four episodes of that latter show. Anyways...this season looks a little better. Sure, you've got your usual crop of shows that appeal to the creepers, the shows that are based off toys, and a couple based off of some new zombie fetish going around, but there are others that actually sound kinda interesting. Nonetheless, I will be doing a very brief list of the anime coming up this season.

As always, keep in mind that 1) these previews are pretty subjective and may contain unserious language (as if the lead didn't tip you off already) and 2) premiere dates are subject to change depending on whims of animation studios and Japanese broadcasters. I will try to edit in new dates and pics when I can to make this more readable.

They called me a fat pig in school, so I shall become Pigman on the internet! That'll show em!
They called me a fat pig in school, so I shall become Pigman on the internet! That'll show em!

(4/06) Accel World

Sunrise adapts a light novel series into an anime. Something about a fat boy who retreats into a futuristic cyberspace world to avoid dealing with bullies and the pretty school idol who enables him in order to win some sort of Bullet Time power called "Brain Burst." I don't know how it will go but I am railing against this solely because it encourages kids to escape into the internet instead of dealing with their problems the old-fashioned way: punching the bully and then telling a teacher.

(4/29) AKB0048

Very loosely based on the real-life idol collective of the same a world where idols and Jpop music is outlawed, one team of magical girl idols with hoverboards bands together to save a railway town through the power of song. You think I'm joking? Watch the trailer!

(4/04) One Stormy Night: Secret Friendship (Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi)

Kids novel series about a lamb and a wolf becoming friends while their parents constantly chastise their "lifestyle choices." Mostly a kids show. CG produced by a Singaporean studio.

(4/07) Bakutech! Bakugan

Something about toys and kids who yell at them and each other. I cannot be arsed to come up with an original joke about this one.

(4/08) Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit

Kids with cards who yell at each other and the cards and ah fuck nobody cares.

(4/12) Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean (Eureka Seven Ao)

Bones brings us a sequel to the original Eureka Seven, set in the future with a few descendants of the original crew (I think) as they fight for something. Hoping for the best but also preparing for disappointment and retcons (see: Fam The Silver Wing).

(4/07) Fate/Zero S2

The spirits of ancient heroes and their magician masters fight each other to acquire the Holy Grail, second part of the prequel to Fate/Stay Night. I really need to watch this, but the few times I tried there were mostly talking heads and random shots of scenery. Also if you haven't seen/played/read F/SN before it is recommended you do that first because otherwise Fate/Zero will spoil everything for you.

(4/09) Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

A moe version of Cthulhu but this time they've put more into the budget so it will be slightly better than the crappy 3-minute flash animation you can see on Crunchyroll now. Oh Japan what the fuck are you doing with Cthulhu mythos? Stop, for the love of Nyarlathotep, just stop.

(4/23) Hyouka

High school literature club investigating a decades-old mystery. Animated by KyoAni (Nichijou, Lucky Star among others) and written by Shoji Gato (the guy behind Full Metal Panic). I'm just going to make up a plot here: the girl is a blackmailing prostitute, the tall guy is a murderer, and the straight-A student is a cross-dresser. The mystery that they are trying to solve together is only a distraction so they don't have to admit their dark secrets to one another.

(4/03) Kickoff to the Galaxy!! (Ginga e Kickoff!!)

Shounen sports anime, based off a light novel. A high school soccer club member whose team is dying due to lack of members gets inspired by a great female soccer player to rebuild the team. Directed by Konosuke Uda (One Piece anime). Stay tuned for the plot twist where they have to go into space to beat an alien high school soccer team and the MVP gets to marry the alien school idol.

(4/02) Kimi to Boku S2 (You and Me season 2)

Essentially a gender-flipped K-ON! with schoolboys doing things. Sorry, but Daily Lives of Highschool Boys beat you at this game. Go home.

SPOILER: That is not a girl.
SPOILER: That is not a girl.

(4/04) Is This a Zombie? Of The Dead (Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Of the Dead)

S2 of that better-than-expected-but-not-by-much show based off a light novel about a zombie boy who is also a magical girl due to a power-transfer accident. Also a large-breasted vampire ninja and a powerful necromancer who rarely speaks. No word on if the fanservice will appear in every episode like last time.

(4/07) Kuroko's Basketball (Kuroko no Basuke)

Production I.G. produces a basketball anime about a great basketball player who helps take a team of ragtag underdogs to the top. At least it'll be well-animated.

I think I made the right choice to look for this instead of "femdom doujinshi" on GIS.
I think I made the right choice to look for this instead of "femdom doujinshi" on GIS.

(4/10) Jormungand

Adaptation of a manga where a young arms-dealing woman recruits an ex child-soldier who hates weapons to be her bodyguard, possibly "for the lulz." Despite that description, I am legitimately expecting this to be good after reading a few volumes of the manga. Considering Rei Hiroe is spending his time drawing femdom doujinshi instead of continuing Black Lagoon, you BL fans out there might want to consider this story as a good alternative.

(4/04) Lupin III: A Woman Named Fujiko Mine (Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~)

We've seen a lot of false starts and some less-than-stellar specials (including one disappointing crossover movie with a famous boy detective) but apparently this is going to be an actual, honest-to-Dog 13-episode series. Famous descendant of French thief Arsene Lupin goes around the world stealing things with his gunslinging partner Jigen and samurai dude Goemon while staying one step ahead of the relentless-yet-bumbling INTERPOL agent, Inspector Zenigata. Judging by the name it's going to focus on the past of Lupin's love/hate interest Fujiko Mine. The director is Sayo Yamamoto, who hasn't done much outside of Michiko to Hatchin. Expect a jazzy musical score in the background. More importantly, it gives me an excuse to post this video.

(4/04) Medaka Box

Another NisioisiN classic, but animated by Gainax, and it will likely focus on the first arc of the manga that no one really liked. I just hope they bring in Kumagawa in this season or else I will probably skip the show. Seriously, Kumagawa is the only reason I still read this manga from time to time.

(4/07) Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X)

Something about a boy who tastes an alien girl classmate's saliva and gets addicted to her bodily fluids and she has a giant pair of scissors but doesn't cut her hair. I hear the manga is popular, but it sounds creepy so fuck it let's move on.

(3/16) Ozma (Ozuma)

It&squot;s not about the "Lost Princess of Oz" but this is the first "Ozma" image I found.
It's not about the "Lost Princess of Oz" but this is the first "Ozma" image I found.

Anime miniseries, adaptation of Leiji Matsumoto's (Galaxy Express 999, among others) unpublished series he drafted the script for in the 1980s. Set in the far future, radiation from the sun has destroyed the environment of the Earth and reduced human birthrates. The government controls society through an army of cloned soldiers called "Ideal Children" and a trader named Sam Coin fights them after saving a girl. Old-school animation with a sort of Dune-meets-Last Exile plot. Bet you 10-to-1 the bad guy is Sam's brother.

(4/05) Summer Colored Miracle (Natsuiro Kiseki)

Directed by Seiji Mizushima (of FMA and Gundam 00 fame). There are four idols going to middle school based on real life pop group Sphere. That's all I have heard besides the cast, so I am going to make up a plot: One of the girls accidentally murdered their father, and through the power of song the group must send his soul to Heaven before one of the girls gets locked into a shotgun marriage to the Student Council President and the rest of them are haunted by his spirit forever. The ghost dad's spirit, not the President's. The Student Council President, not President Obama...let's just move on.

What is with those eyebrows? ($5 to read the original joke I had for this character).
What is with those eyebrows? ($5 to read the original joke I had for this character).

(4/03) Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth

An anime adaptation of the made-for-younger-kids Naruto side manga starring Rock Lee. It’s being directed by one of the Naruto movie directors (Masahiko Murata). More of a humorous, non-canon slant on the story. Naruto fans will like it I guess.

(4/08) Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S2

The sequel to the previous Phi Brain series from Fall. The hero and his female companion continue fighting the evil NYT Crossword and his villanous robotic henchman S.U.D.O.K.U. as they try to solve the ultimate puzzle: WHO IS HIS REAL FATHER?

(4/01) Saint Seiya Omega

A sequel to the previous Saint Seiya series. For those who don't know what that means:dudes wearing magical cloth yell out attacks and punch evil Greek gods (or avatars thereof I dunno) in the face with their magic fists. Animation director is Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Casshern Sins) so it will look cool but I stopped caring about Saint Seiya awhile ago.


Something about a boy who really, really likes zombie girls a bit too much. To the point where he raised one from the corpse of his girlfriend. I haven't read the manga but I'm told it's more comedic than that sounds.

(4/01) Shiba Inuko-san

4-koma manga adapted into anime. It’s a middle school student who acts like a normal person but looks like a dog. Hilarity ensues.

Like this, but with a dog instead of a chicken. I hope.

(4/05) Polar Bear Café (Shirokuma Café)

A low-key comedy about a polar bear (Takahiro Sakurai, Suzaku from Code Geass) that runs a cafe with three regulars: a panda (Jun Fukuyama, Lelouch from Code Geass), a koala, and a penguin. Don't know what to expect from this one, but it sounds amusing so I guess I can watch a few eps.

(4/05) Sengoku Collection

Sengoku-era generals are reimagined as young anime girls, who aim to conquer Japan by collecting cards or something. Oda Nobunaga is the large-breasted lady again. I could swear I've seen this show before starring a pachinko machine and the world's worst blackjack dealer.

(4/07) Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future

A second season of that other anime with the Jpop idols. Now they’re apparently facing off against a group of antagonist Korean idols. Maybe the girls will kiss each other in the spirit of harmony, though it's more likely there will be some racist jabs against Koreans.

(4/08) Saki: Achiga-hen episode of side-A

Sequel to the previous Saki anime, girls playing mahjong but a different cast and setting this time. No idea if there will be more jokes about girls who love tacos, so I will post this picture in preparation:

(4/12) The Hill of Apollo: Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Spring noitaminA block series #1. Adapted from a josei manga set in Japan in the year 1966, it follows an anti-social transfer student who discovers jazz and blues and, through his school's jazz club, true friendship. It's being produced Studio Madhouse and directed by Shinchiro Watanabe, a guy who directed such little known titles as COWBOY BEBOP AND SAMURAI CHAMPLOO with music by Yoko Kanno who worked on lesser-known titles like COWBOY BEBOP, GitS:SAC and DARKER THAN BLACK. WATCH THIS SHOW YOU MOTHERFUCKERS. WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT.

*ahem* sorry, I guess I was a little too super-liminal there.

(4/08) Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome x Amnesia)

The story of a ghost girl and the guy that found her in high school and they try to solve her murder along with other supernatural mysteries. Based off a manga. Kind of interesting, but don't know if I'll have time for it.

(4/12) tsuritama

Lonely boy on an island makes friends with an alien who came to Earth for the fishing. Sci-fi. Fishing. Also there's a kid with a turban who is Indian because he has a turban and engages in some kind of man-duck love? Directed by Kenji Nakamura who previously directed shows like [C] and Trapeze, so there will probably be high levels of mind-fuckery.

(4/01) Uchuu Kyodai ("Space Bros")

Anime adaptation of the award winning manga about of two brothers pursuing their dreams of becoming astronauts, one who spent his whole life training and another who got fired from his job and decided to switch careers to his dream job on a whim. Also there's a pug dog in a space suit. I've heard good things about this one, haven't seen the manga yet though.

If this is not the OP then they are missing a golden opportunity.

(4/07) Upotte!

You know what Strike Witches did to WWII-era fighter jets, or Akikan! did to aluminum soda cans? Well, Upotte! is doing that to guns. There are girls who personify guns like the FNC or the M16, and they carry their own models as they train themselves to be good guns, while holding copies of themselves, somehow. There's also a human teacher guy and I don't know how he can afford to be around a tsundere gun-girl that can literally kill him in her "tsun-tsun" state.

(4/02) Zetman

Think Kikaider/Guyver vs Batman/Ironman, or so I've heard. The manga-ka did the character designs for Tiger & Bunny so I'm guessing this is going to be an east v. west superhero idea battle? I really need to read the source material.

Now updated with images and various links. Tell me how right I am or if I missed anything in the comments.

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Christmas and Hanukkah are overlapping this year, though considering the commercials have been flooding the airwaves for over a month now, you could be forgiven for thinking they aren't around the corner (at time of writing). Nothing like the sight of Black Friday shoppers still macing, trampling and/or shooting each other to get a slightly-discounted gift for their children, who will likely forget about the blood-stains in a few months when they demand their parents buy them the Next Big Thing for their birthday, to remind you of how we should be thankful for...ah fuck, I lost my train of thought.

Anyways, this season's got a little something for everyone: a show for those of you who like harem comedies, a show for those who like harem comedies with some fantasy elements, a show for those who want harem comedies with fantasy elements set in a high school setting...oh, also something involving mechs, child assassins, space pirates and other stuff. So yeah, something for everyone.

Inga wants to know why you haven't been watching Un-Go instead of this crap.
Inga wants to know why you haven't been watching Un-Go instead of this crap.

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. I will try to edit in dates and pics when I can. Here we go!

Okay okay I won't prejudge the show just don't hurt me!
Okay okay I won't prejudge the show just don't hurt me!
  • Amagami SS+ (1/5): Sequel to Amagami SS, based off dating sim game where a boy tries to work up the nerve to ask out one of many girls in his class who might want to do him. Ask Psycosis about this one, because he knows more about Visual Novels than I do. [Update: Psycosis responded with this. Then said "Amagami SS did a really good job of adapting the visual novel style for anime and I'm looking forward to what's next."]
  • Ano Natsu De Matteru "I'll Wait In That Summer" (1/9): An "adolescent romantic comedy" with two girls and a boy. On the bright side, it's an original anime not based off another manga/eroge/other property. However, the creator of "Onegai Twins" is behind this one. Expect creepy harem antics.
  • Another (1/9): Supposed to be a mystery/horror show based off a light novel, with a middle school boy who thinks he sees a one-eyed girl in his class who supposedly died in the school 26 years ago. Might be good based on the impressions I'm hearing.
  • Aquarion Evol (1/8): A sequel to Aquarion, which was like Zoids Fuzors mixed with some vague references to Greek mythology, I think? It was so lame that I barely remember anything about that show aside from some fusing mechs, feathers and a lot of people screaming "APOLLO!" in the dub. On the other hand, this one is being directed by the same guy behind Macross Frontier and Yoko-fucking-Kanno is scripting the music. Let's just pretend that this is an original anime that is not a sequel to anything, as there are maybe ten people on Earth who will be disappointed that no characters from the original Aquarion will be in this show.
  • Area no Kishi (1/7): Highschool kids playing soccer with lots of lessons found in shonen sports series and a younger brother trying to live up to his older brother's expectations. I don't care, but maybe one of you will.
  • Black Rock Shooter (2/2): Anime based on an OVA which was based on characters from a Supercell/Vocaloid music video. Fuck if I know how this one will turn out. I guess you have to be part of the Vocaloid mothership to enjoy it?'re not Yukimura, are you?'re not Yukimura, are you?
  • Brave 10 (1/7): The legendary Yukimura Sanada assembles 10 brave warriors back in the Sengoku era to fight the good fight. Based off a manga. Probably going to tilt more towards Sengoku Basara in terms of "serious business," but with plenty of midriff-baring swordsmen to appeal to the ladies. We'll see how this turns out.
  • Danshi Koukousei No Nichijou "Daily Lives of High School Boys" (1/9): A gender-flipped K-ON!, but even more so than the last one (Kimi to Boku). The director of Gintama is behind this one, so I expect this will be a good show for those who like that sort of thing, but I'm not going to bother.
  • Highschool DxD (1/6): Stop me if you've heard this one before. An Ordinary High School Boy is chosen by a super-hot babe from his class who secretly happens to be a [devil] to fight against other [devils]. There will probably be a second [devil] girl sent to kill the first but ends up wanting the boy's dick soon after and joining them. Also the boy dies in the first episode, but gets better through magic.
  • Inu x Boku SS (1/12): A girl and her Secret Service agent/fox spirit/butler. Tilts more towards the shoujo end of the spectrum. If you liked Black Butler you'll probably like this one. (pssst...I haven't read it!)
This is literally half of the only joke in the story.
This is literally half of the only joke in the story.
  • Kill Me Baby! (1/5): A 4-koma adaptation about an airheaded schoolgirl and her assassin classmate. Essentially a nonstop "manzai" routine where the schoolgirl tries to do something stupid to the assassin who retaliates by putting her in a submission hold, and Hilarity Ensues. The manga's worth a chuckle, but the jokes might get old quick in the anime, especially with the studio putting maybe 10 yen and a candy wrapper towards the budget of this show.
  • Miniskirt Space Pirates (1/7): An Ordinary High School Girl discovers that her dead father was actually the captain of a pirate ship full of girls...IN SPACE! Based on how well my unseen sleeper picks have gone, I'm hoping that this pick for sleeper hit of the season makes it watchable, unlike Guilty Crown last season.
  • Natsume Yuujinchou Shi (1/1): The fourth season of a boy and his mentor who seek to put wayward spirits to rest. A competent show by Brain's Base, though I haven't watched it.
  • New Prince of Tennis (1/4): Wait, nearly 200 episodes/OVAs worth of anime and these guys still haven't graduated high school or gone to Wimbledon? What the hell are they doing with their lives? I guess if you liked Prince of Tennis before you'll still like it? Chances are you probably got bored and moved on to another show, as there are others with sports action and/or bishonen for those who are into that sort of thing.
  • Nisemonogatari (1/7): A semi-sequel to the weird and/or creepy Bakemonogatari, this time featuring Arararararagi's sisters front and center. They're the ones who only showed up at the ends of various story arcs to beat Koyomi with pillows when he wouldn't wake up, and then do the narration for the next episode preview. It's Shaft and they're adapting a NisiOisiN work, which means I am guaranteed to watch. Whether or not I will actually like it is up in the air.
Too late! He's seen into your soul!
Too late! He's seen into your soul!
  • "Listen to me girls, I am your father!" (1/10): The next Usagi Drop? Or the next "o hai 4chan party van?" Based on what I've seen and heard about the story, my compass is pointing towards the latter. Don't watch it.
  • Recorder to Randoseru "Recorder and Backpack" (1/5): A boy who looks seven years older than he truly is and his sister who looks seven years younger than she really is. Based off another 4-koma, but don't expect much from this show now that I have already spoiled the only two jokes that will be repeated ad nauseum.
  • Rinne no Lagrange (1/8): Your mecha show of the season, ladies. Three girls piloting giant robots fight bad aliens and I guess 80% of the show is them talking to each other about unrelated stuff. It's an original anime series so I don't have much to go on outside of a trailer. The studio behind this is Xebec, which has lately been producing QUALITY anime like Ladies vs Butlers and Rio: Rainbow Gate...let's hope they took a good hard look at themselves and decided to make something better.
  • Senhime Zesshou Symphogear (1/6): Your "magical girl" show of the season, gentlemen. Two female classical musicians fight to save humanity from evil 80s glam rockers trying to reclaim their lost glory one Bar Mitzvah party at a time. Okay, I'm assuming that last part, and I doubt it will be as subversive as Panty & Stocking or as meta as Madoka was. So...yeah.
  • Tantei Opera Milky Holmes S2 (1/5): Another magical girl series but pretends it's something better. Four girls in a school for detectives who can't solve a case to save their lives. Luckily, their villains are even dumber. If you think this counts as a detective show I will punch you in the jeans.
  • Thermae Romae (1/12): A 3-ep miniseries about a Roman architect who keeps passing out and waking up in various Japanese baths, then brings the lessons back to Rome when he comes back. From what little I've seen of the manga version it's amusing, but I don't know how that will translate to the anime.
  • Zero no Tsukaima F (1/7): The fourth and final(?) season of The Familiar of Zero, where a Japanese boy finds himself in old not-Europe with magic and has a talking sword to fight evil alongside the dumbest magician ever who only beats him with a riding crop repeatedly BECAUSE SHE LOOOOOOOOVES HIIIIIIM! I made it to the beginning of the second season before I decided I liked keeping my brain intact. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Just have Rie Kugumiya yell "INUBAKA!" into a microphone, record it, loop it over and over for 30 seconds, and then sell it to various otaku as a ringtone. That's pretty much the same experience you'll get from this show.

OVA's to watch for

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As usual, tell me how my opinions are completely right and/or what you're planning to watch in the comments below.

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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.
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.
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.

Upcoming OVAs:

--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.

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How is everyone doing? Though I wasn't able to stay for the full weekend, and had to deal with some incredibly sore legs, and got locked out of some primo movies and panels due to very long lines, and was using a digital camera that is probably obsolete and dying as we speak...I managed to take some interesting pictures. So words-wise, this will be a short blog. Then again, a picture's worth a thousand of those suckers, so here for your enjoyment are pics I took at Otakon 2011! You can find the gallery here, but in this blog are some highlights. 

Cap'n Smoker wants you to support your local tobacco growers! 
Cap'n Smoker wants you to support your local tobacco growers! 

 ...wait, which counter-move wins?
 ...wait, which counter-move wins?

 The One-Eyed Dragon, Date Masamune!
 The One-Eyed Dragon, Date Masamune!

 Bang Shishigami really let himself go...
 Bang Shishigami really let himself go...

 Excalibur explaining his rules to another unwitting victim
 Excalibur explaining his rules to another unwitting victim

 Mario is sad that Luigi left him for a brother from another mother.
 Mario is sad that Luigi left him for a brother from another mother.

 Ezio! Look behind you! EZIOOOO!
 Ezio! Look behind you! EZIOOOO!

A Sister of Battle! I thought the Machine Spirit had corrupted my camera!
A Sister of Battle! I thought the Machine Spirit had corrupted my camera!

 AHAHAHA! There's always one of these guys.
 AHAHAHA! There's always one of these guys.

 The Red Skull looking pretty menacing.
 The Red Skull looking pretty menacing.

 Tuxedo Mask acting as bouncer while the girls pose for pictures.
 Tuxedo Mask acting as bouncer while the girls pose for pictures.
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