I get the feeling I've used that line before...
Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and saved up on leftovers, because there's very little aside from overly-sweet candy ahead this season. Granted, I could be wrong about a few shows. After all, everyone thought Shinryaku! Ika-Musume!
would be some kiddy show, but then it turned out to be somewhat humorous and even (dare I say?) heartwarming on occasion (I didn't even think it was worth mentioning back in my blog previewing the Fall season). For the most part though, the Fall season has unfolded just as I thought it would. I hope that I'm wrong about this upcoming season, but if it turns out I'm right, then I'll have a little more time to complete that massive backlog of shows I have yet to watch.
Somebody remarked that you could probably fill in most of the shows described here with Mad Libs. Let's see how long I can keep this up in my highly-subjective capsule previews. In no particular order...
- Fractale: An ordinary high school boy and his mysterious girlfriend fight against The Matrix in an action show. Might actually be cool, but I have very little information to go on outside of a couple translated manga chapters.
- Kimi ni Todoke (2nd season): An ordinary high school girl and her popular boyfriend fight against loneliness and stereotypes in a shoujo romance show. Not my cup of tea.
- Gosick (possibly "Gothic?"): An ordinary transfer student and his goth-loli incarnation of Sherlock Holmes fight against clever criminals and an incompetent inspector in a mystery show. This one's being done by Studio BONES. Might be worth a look.
- Beelzebub: An ordinary delinquent schoolboy and his demonic baby fight against other delinquents and possibly hellish demons in a shonen action show. This is one of those manga I enjoy, so perhaps the anime will be good as well. Not just the fact that it's a shonen show, but that the designated hero doesn't seem to care that he might be raising the very child destined to destroy humanity.
- Wandering Son: An ordinary cross-dressing boy and his transgender-ish girlfriend fight against strict gender identities in a dramatic show. The question is if they'll take the subject seriously or subject it to the usual fucked up anservice. Based on skimming the wikipedia entry, it might actually be the former. Maybe.
- Merry Dream Eater: An ordinary boy who can see colored auras and his loli-witch fight against evil cats in a shonen and/or harem show. Pass.
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: An ordinary schoolgirl and her magical powers fight against...I'm sorry, this being another ShaftXShinbo show I don't have any frame of reference other than it will involve zooming in on several people's faces combined with random shots of background scenery. I'd also throw in "lead male yells at cock-blocking girl," but this one seems to be a magical girl show. Who knows how this one is going to turn out? But because it's ShaftxShinbo, I'm probably gonna watch it anyway.
- Wolverine: Oh come on, you should fucking know what this one's going to be about.
- Level E: An ordinary high school boy and his disguised alien prince with amnesia fight against idiocy in this sci-fi comedy show. I have no clue about this one.
- Dragon Crisis: An ordinary high school boy and his surprisingly-human dragon girl fight against other surprisingly-human dragon girls in a fanservice-laden action show. This one's mostly my prediction, considering it's based on a light novels series I will never read. But if this turns out to be inaccurate, I will watch one episode of something terrible that isn't this show.
- Infinite Stratos: An ordinary boy and his mech suit fight against some mysterious enemy in a sci-fi/harem show. I can already see where this one is going.
- Is This A Zombie?: An ordinary zombie boy and his necromancer fight against a magical girl-hating system in a fantasy-ish show. This one could be a clever meta look at magical girl shows...but considering that Studio DEEN is behind it I'm willing to bet that this boy will just be another celibate harem lead.
- HP Lovecraft the Anime: Fuck you Japan. Fuck you with the many-tentacled reach of Cthulhu.
- Rio ~Rainbow Gate~: An anime based on a pachinko machine mascot. I have no fucking clue what this one will be.
- Houkago no Pleiades: Do you find yourself turned on by that fucking weird scene in the Utena movie? This collaboration between Gainax and car-maker Subaru might just be your thing!
- Freezing: An ordinary superpowered ice-queen and her affectionate not-quite-boyfriend fight batshit crazy super-girls in a shonen anime. If it's anything like the manga, expect big-breasted girls in fights that take five episodes apiece just to resolve, intertwined with flashbacks and some fanservice.
There are others that might deserve mention, but I really can't be arsed to bother with them. Supposedly there's a BakaTest OVA coming out, but I will bet that it just turns out to be 10 minutes of Hideyoshi taking his clothes off and blushing while everyone just stares at Hideyoshi and blushes back. Part 3 of Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail is supposedly dropping in January, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
I'm sure you folks have your own Winter Preview blogs and forum posts lined up, but this has been my own. Feel free to comment on it.