where a tsundere is fine too…

Fall 2009 Anime Preview

Last season’s shows we’re quite good actually but at first glance I was disappointed. Lessons learned don’t judge a show by its PV or plot summary. My favourite would be Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Bakemonogatari, Aoi Hana and even Canaan. Now here’s the fall line up and honestly it seems that it lacks some kick unlike previous fall season that includes interesting titles but I won’t judge shows easily so I’ll try a couple of episodes. Oh btw, I apologize for the late preview I’m quite busy this past couple of days but thanks to the storm that hit out country there is a one week vacation so I have enough time to write this post.

As usual I’ll list shows that have caught my attention and the pics that I’ll be posting are from the PV of that anime but if the one on the PV sucks then I’ll stick with the promotional poster. I’ll try to blog the first episodes of the series listed below but I can’t guarantee that I’ll blog them. The summary are courtesy of Danizen’s very helpful chart and AniDB.

Queen’s Blade – Gyokuza wo Tsugu Mono
Animation Production:
ARMS
Release Date (in Japan): Sept 24
Episodes: 12

Summary:
A competition to decide the next Queen. The strongest warrior will rule the country and expand it. The contestants need to be older than 12. They need not be human, intelligent or even of that country. The rules for the tournament: murder is allowed. Any weapon can be chosen.

Impression:
Oh ugh, this series is the continuation of a fighting series with a huge amount of fan service close to a hentai. I can’t take the fan service of the first season so no I’m not interested in watching this one but I have to admit that I’m impressed that this is being aired in AT-X again and uncensored.

Watch: Absolutely Not

Blog: Nope

Asura Cryin’ 2
Animation Production:
Seven Arcs
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 1
Episodes: 13

Summary:
Tomoharu is a normal high school student… except for he’s not alone. Haunted by the ghost of his dead childhood best friend, he moves into a new home in time for the new school year. That becomes a little more difficult than anticipated when his house becomes overrun with various female occult users. Even worse than that he has been pulled into a fight to protect a trunk within the house that others want to steal.

Impression:
Honestly, I haven’t finished the first season of this yet mainly because I have lost interest in the story so I doubt that I’ll be blogging this. Though I still plan to finish watching the first season but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it anytime soon so I won’t blog this.

Watch: When I finish season 1

Blog: Nope

Kämpfer
Animation Production:
NOMAD
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 1
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Senou Natsuru is your normal, everyday high school student. He´s been chosen to be a Kämpfer (German for “fighters”), whose objective consists of fighting other Kämpfer with either guns, swords or magic. However, there´s a couple of catches; you can´t chose if you´re a Kämpfer or not, and you must have the body of a girl in order to use your powers.

Impression:
So the lead character seems a tramp since he transforms into a girl…I found this series interesting thought it seems that the plot is not the strongest part of the series but the main draw for me is the seiyuu cast. There’s Yui Horie, Megumi Nakajima, Nana Mizuki and Inoue Marina. Maybe if I want to watch a shallow show I’ll watch this. I also find the girls in the promotional poster and even the PV hot so yes another reason to watch this show.

Watch: Yes

Blog: No, I’ll just have a final impression

Nyan Koi!
Animation Production:
AIC
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 1
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Kousaka Junpei is a second-year high school student who despises cats and has an allergy to them. It just so happens that his high school crush is Mizuno Kaede, a girl who adores cats. One day, while walking home from school, Junpei kicks an empty can and unfortunately beans the local neko-jizou-sama (guardian deity of cats). He finds he can now understand what cats are saying, including his family’s own ill-tempered cat, Nyamusasu. However, if he does not grant 100 wishes from cats, he will turn into a cat himself.

Impression:
This looks like a decent high school love comedy series so yes I’m in since I’m such a sucker of a love-com series. Add the factor that it has cats so I think I’ll really watch this but as for blogging I’m not sure yet.

Watch: Absolutely

Blog: Maybe

Tatakau Shisho (Armed Librians) – The Book of Bantorra
Animation Production:
David Production
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 2
Episodes: 26

Summary:
In a world where dead people turn into books and are stored in the Bantorra Library where anyone who reads a book can learn their past. Bantorra Library is maintained by Armed Librarians who wield psychic powers and their enemy is a religious society known as Sindeki Kyoudan.

Impression:
Wow the animation in the preview looks good and the atmosphere sure is intriguing. Actually I’m not quite familiar with the animation company who animates this but the PV sure boasts a really solid animation. I think I’ll watch this but as for blogging it I’m not sure yet. Btw ALI PROJECT is the one doing the OP and all I could say is what the heck? I really hate their songs.

Watch: Sure why not?

Blog: Maybe…depends on the first couple of episodes

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Animation Production:
J.C. Staff
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 2
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Based on To Aru Majutsu no Index, the side story follows Mikoto Misaka, a level 5 psychic of “Judgement” that preserves law and order in the Academy City.

Impression:
I haven’t finish To Aru Majutsu no Index mainly because I lost interest and just got tired of it’s pacing and confusing terms. I like Mikoto better than Index because her character is more interesting than Index’s and maybe because she’s a tsundere. I think I’ll watch and blog this one since I like Mikoto and it’s her side story. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint and I also hope it’s a lot better than To Aru Majutsu no Index

Watch: Yes

Blog: Most likely

White Album Final
Animation Production:
Seven Arcs
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 2
Episodes: 13

Summary:
Toya Fuji, a college student, is dating a rising idol singer named Yuki Morikawa. There are numerous challenges to the couple’s relationship from the other people at Fuji’s college, Morikawa’s work and elsewhere.

Impression:
I dropped this series and I’m not gonna pick that up again. I don’t like the pacing of the story and I don’t care about the character’s relationship and whatsoever so it’s no use picking it up again. Obviously since I don’t like the first season of White Album I won’t be watching nor blog the second one.

Watch: Nope

Blog: NO, NO

Seitokai no Ichizon (Student Council’s Judgement)
Animation Production:
Studio DEEN
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 2
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Ken Sugisaki attends a private high school and is chosen by popular vote to be the only male in the otherwise all female student council, who may enter the council’s meeting room, where the council president records the minute of the meetings – daily conversations about the students.

Impression:
It looks mediocre even the PV and the summary. Maybe I’ll try the first episode.

Watch: Maybe

Blog: No

The Sacred Blacksmith
Animation Production: Manglobe
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 3
Episodes: 12

Summary:
The story takes place after an abominable war that foisted a “devil’s contract” upon a land. Cecily Campbell, a former noble’s daughter who joined a knighthood, encounters a man who dispatches some hoodlums with one sweep of a mysterious sword. The man possesses the power of the same “devil’s contract” that has become taboo, now that peace has been restored. Cecily has been searching for a blacksmith who can repair an old sword she inherited from her father, and that mysterious young man happens to be blacksmith named Luke. This encounter launches their adventures together.

Impression:
The PV looks cool and the summary looks decent enough. If this is a combination of action, romance and comedy then I’m absolutely in. It seems that Cecily (the red head protagonist) will eventually fall for Luke. I don’t know yet but it seems that way because of the preview.

Watch: Yes

Blog: Maybe?

Letter Bee
Animation Production:
Studio Pierrot
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 3
Episodes: 13

Summary:
Gauche is a governmental employee, given the task to deliver any letter to it’s destination. Meeting a young boy who is the letter to be delivered, Gauche makes friends with Lag and inspires him to take up the job. Five years later, Lag Seeing finally realizes his dream, that of a Letter Bee. However, the one who inspired him has gone missing and only there does the mystery start.

Impression:
The summary seems silly and it seems like a shounen and slice-of-life show. I’m not quite fond of shounen show but let’s see maybe it’ll be interesting. HIMEKA will be the one doing the ED song and I like her song specially the first OP of Valkyria Chronicles so more reason to try watching at least the first episode.

Watch: Maybe?

Blog: Probably not…

InuYasha – The Final Act-
Animation Production:
Sunrise
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 3
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Oh come on…..you don’t know Inuyasha?? For those who don’t know…

Higurashi Kagome, after being pulled down a well by a demon, finds herself in Feudal Japan, where she learns that a powerful jewel has been reborn inside her body. After the jewel shatters in an attempt to retrieve it from one of the many demons who was after its power, Kagome must join forces with the half-demon Inu Yasha (also after the jewel’s power) to track down the shards of the jewel before its power falls into the wrong hands.

Impression:
I haven’t watched this series in like for years but I really like it and I tuned in the t.v. everyday just to watch this. I can’t remember what happened in the previous season but oh well maybe it’ll come back when watch this one.

Watch: Absolutely!!

Blog: I don’t know…maybe

Yumeiro Pâtissière (Dream-Coloured Pastry Chef)
Animation Production:
Studio Pierrot
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 4
Episodes: ?

Summary:
The story centers on a 14-year-old girl named Ichigo Amano who wants to be a pâtissière (female pastry chef), but she is stymied by her own clumsiness. One day, she enrolls in St. Mary Academy, a culinary school for sweets, and meets a “spirit of sweets.”

Impression:
A kiddie show with a twist of romance. Hmmmmm….I don’t know what to expect but the summary it seems like it’s mediocre. Maybe I’ll try it but I’ll drop it after the first episode if it sucks.

Watch: Maybe?

Blog: Nope

Sora no Otoshimono (Heaven’s lost property)
Animation Production:
AIC ASTA
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 4
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Sakurai Tomoki has been having the same strange dream since he was a child and would wake up in tears. Sugita, an upperclassmen at his school, believes the dream to be of the new continent. Later that night, while waiting under the cherry trees for Sugita and Sohara, his childhood friend, an angel, comes flying down.

Impression:
The PV looks promising though it seems ecchi but I think I could tolerate that. The summary is quite interesting too and if the first episode is good I’ll continue watching this one or even blog it.

Watch: Probably Yes…

Blog: 75% Maybe

Natsu no Arashi ~Akinai-chuu~
Animation Production:
SHAFT
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 4
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Thirteen-year-old Yasaka is a boy staying at his grandfather’s house during his summer vacation. One day he entered a store and met Arashi, a beautiful sixteen-year old girl working there. After trying to protect her from a man who claims to have been hired by her family to take her back by force, Yasaka ran away with her and now she stays at his grandpa’s place with him. It didn’t take much time for Yasaka to figure out that his new friend is far from an ordinary girl, as she possesses mysterious powers. The plot thickens when he finds a sixty-year-old picture of Arashi and another girl named Kaja, and to the surprise of all Kaja suddenly appears, and just like Arashi, her appearance hasn’t changed at all since then.

Impression:
Honestly, I like the first season of this. I like the characters, the time paradox etc. though the last episode was quite disappointing but good thing there’s a sequel.

Watch: Yep

Blog: Maybe??

Miracle Train ~Ooedo-sen e Youkoso~
Animation Production:
Yumeta Company
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 4
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Adaptation of the Miracle Train multi-media franchise that depicts stops on Tokyo’s Chou commuter train line as handsome young men.

Impression:
Ugh can’t find any PV and good summary. What’s this? It seems like Hetalia and they used handsome men depicting as trains just like in Hetalia but the only difference is in Hetalia it was used as country. Didn’t watch Hetalia so I doubt I’ll watch this but honestly, the characters sure are handsome.

Watch: Nope

Blog: Nope 2x

Shin Koihime†Musou
Animation Production:
DogakoboRelease
Date (in Japan): Oct 5
Episodes: ?

Summary:
After losing her family to bandits during a night raid, Kanu vows not to let others share the pain she had, and quickly becomes a widely-known bandit hunter feared amongst villains. During her journey she meets others who wish to join her cause.

Impression:
The PV looks dull, the characters looks dull and the summary looks dull. It doesn’t interest me even for a bit.

Watch: Nope

Blog: Nope again

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza
Animation Production:
Diomedea
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 5
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Yuuto Ayase is an ordinary boy in an private high school with the usual cliques. Haruka, the school’s most unattainable girl, is so idolized in the school for both her beauty and smarts that her classmates nickname her Nuit Étoile (The Silver Star of the Night) and Lumière du Clavier (The Shining Princess on the Piano). However, in the school’s library, Yūto stumbles across her and her darkest secret — she is a diehard fan of anime, manga, and otaku culture.

Impression:
I really find the first season interesting and a decent love-com series but I don’t have the time to watch it yet. Sigh, I want to watch it already but so many things to do and watch with so little time….I hope I could control time. I probably won’t be able to watch this since it’s a sequel so no blogging also.

Watch: Nope but I want to

Blog: Nope

Kobato.
Animation Production:
Madhouse
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 6
Episodes: 24

Summary:
Kobato is sweet and perky girl, but also extremely naive about the world around her. She has a “mission”, which is to fill a mysterious bottle of hers with the suffering from people’s hearts so her wish to go a certain place that she desires to go can be granted. However, she must not fall in love with a particular boy she works with and whose heart she must heal.

Impression:
The first thing I noticed in this series is that it was made by CLAMP and the title (is the dot really included??). Holy crap, as expected of CLAMP’s art it sure is gorgeous and the animation in the preview looks good too. I haven’t read the manga version of this yet and it’s fine since I don’t want to be spoiled with the story. Everything is interesting so sure I’ll watch this one. I think the series seems a promising slice-of-life and love-com so yeah I’m quite excited about it.

Watch: Absolutely!!!

Blog: I’ll try my best!! I hope I have the time

Kimi ni Todoke
Animation Production: Production I.G.
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 6
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Kuronuma Sawako’s one wish is to make friends, a difficult thing when everyone who meets her cowers in terror of her likeness to “The Ring’s” Sadako. She admires her classmate Kazehaya, a laid-back, easygoing and in her opinion refreshing guy who is nice to everyone, including her.

Impression:
This is one of the series which I’m excited to watch this fall. I love the manga mainly because I can relate to Sawako. I really2x love this series since the message it wish to deliver is that misunderstandings arise because most people are not honest enough to express their feelings (well that’s true..). Oh, I just can’t wait to watch this series. I hope Production I.G. would be successful in adapting this very addicting manga.

Watch: Yes oh yes!!

Blog: Yep2x

11eyes
Animation Production:
Dogakobo
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 6
Episodes: 12

Summary:
Satsuki Kakeru lost his sister by suicide and has been living a dull life ever since then. One day, he is transported into a bizarre world “Red Night” along with his friend Minase Yuka. In order to survive and escape from Red Night, he fights against Dark Spirits (Ralva) and Black Nights.

Impression:
I’m not really fond of game to anime adaptations but this seems interesting specially the PV. The character design on the other hand looks dull but it seems that it’ll be a decent action fantasy anime. I’m not sure if I’ll watch it though but I think I will.

Watch: Yep sure but only a couple of episodes

Blog: Probably not…

Sasameki Koto
Animation Production:
AIC
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 7
Episodes: ?

Summary:
Murasame Sumika is popular in the high school for her excellence in the marks and sports. However, she has a secret: she is in love with her classmate Kazama Ushio. Ushio also has a liking to the love between girls, but she hasn’t noticed Sumika’s feeling and always been refused by other girls.

Impression:
Holy crap, Yuri anime sure is plentiful this year. I really enjoyed Aoi Hana and Saki for its Yuri overload so yeah expect me to watch this one. Yuri banzai!! I really find it weird that I like Yuri anime instead of Yaoi even though I’m a girl. Though I’m not a lesbian or anything hmmm…strange I enjoy watching Yuri anime.

Watch: Yep..Of Course

Blog: Hmmmm maybe???

Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini
Animation Production:
Bones
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 8
Episodes: ?

Summary:
In the sequel, Hei and Yin are now on the run after betraying the Syndicate in the previous season. After leaving Japan, Hei encounters Suou Pavlichenko, a 13 year old Eurasian girl who becomes embroiled in the war and politics of the various factions and Contractors vying for power. Meanwhile, Hell’s Gate remains standing in Tokyo, after Hei’s efforts to stop the Saturn Ring anti-Gate particle weapon from activating. Although Contractors are safe from the danger of having their existences erased, this does not prevent new and old Contractors from abusing their powers. As Misaki Kirihara and her team in the Public Security Bureau deal with the increasing Contractor cases, she also has to keep the Syndicate at bay, who has major positions in the Japanese police and intelligence bureaus around the world. The storyline setting primarily takes place in both Japan and Russia.

Impression:
I haven’t tried watching the first season of this but I’ve read some positive reviews about the series. I tried watching the first episode but I have to put it on hold because I just don’t have the time to finish it. I probably won’t watch this.

Watch: Nope

Blog: Nope2x

Aoi Bungaku Series
Animation Production: Madhouse
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 10
Episodes: 12

Summary:
The series will consist of adaptations of six modern classics of Japanese literature: Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) & Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!), Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) & The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito), and Ango Sakaguchi’s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita).

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) – A high school student becomes lost and alienated. Despondent and aimless, he falls into a cycle of self abuse, depression and drugs that taints his life for years. Told in three chapters, each chapter deals with a different point in his life and the final chapter leaves him standing alone – an empty and hollow charicature of his former self.

Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!) – An updated retelling of a classic Greek tale of the story of Damon and Pythias. The most prominent theme of “Run, Melos!” is unwavering friendship. Despite facing hardships, the protagonist Melos does his best to save his friend’s life, and in the end his efforts are rewarded.

Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) – A famous artist is commissioned by a great lord to create a series of paintings depicting scenes of the ‘Buddhist Hell’. The artist is unable to paint scenes that he has not seen himself, prompting him to torture and torment the Lord’s staff to create his imagined images of hell. His creative efforts taint the household, as the story descends into madness and destruction.Kokoro – A 1914 tale of a young man’s life journey during the Meiji era. The work deals with the transition from the Japanese Meiji society to the modern era, by exploring the friendship between a young man and an older man he calls “Sensei”. It continues the theme of isolation developed in Soseki’s previous works, here in the context of interwoven strands of egoism and guilt, as opposed to shame

The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito) – The Buddha Shakyamuni chances to notice a cold-hearted criminal suffering in Hell. But this criminal did perform one single act of kindness in not stepping on a spider in a forest. Moved by this selfless act, Shakyamuni takes the silvery thread of a spider in Paradise and lowers it down into Hell, but it falls upon the criminal to seize the opportunity and pull himself out – if he can.

Impression:
I’m not quite interested in classic Japanese literature so nope I won’t probably watch this even though it was advertised that Obata Takeshi, Tite Kubo, and Konomi Takeshi would be doing the character designs.

Watch: No

Blog: Nope

FAIRY TAIL
Animation Production: Satelight and A-1 Pictures
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 12
Episodes: (Probably Endless)

Summary:
Story follows a teenaged girl named Lucy Heartfilia who aims to join the world’s most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. During a daring rescue, Lucy encounters Natsu “Salamander” Dragneel, a quirky Fairy Tail member and a teenaged practitioner of the ancient Dragon Slayer magic. Lucy is eventually welcomed into the Fairy Tail guild as she, Natsu, and other members go on various quests together.

Impression:
I’ve read the manga though I wasn’t able to continue it because it’s just so long. I like the story and the action but it seems that this series will be long like Naruto long so I probably won’t blog this one though I think I’ll watch it. The animation would seem good in the hands of A-1 Pictures and Satelight so I think the animation quality won’t drop drastically unlike Bleach and Naruto…

Watch: Sure why not?

Blog: Nope too busy…

KIDDY GiRL-AND
Animation Production:
Satelight
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 15
Episodes: 24

Summary:
50 years after Kiddy Grade, the galaxy once again stands on the brink of chaos. This conflict will see the dawn of two new heroines; Asukuuru and Kufiiyu.

Impression:
I haven’t watch Kiddy Grade and I’m not interested in watching the first season so nope I probably won’t watch this one but because of the PV(the PV has some good action) I’m quite intrigued in watching an episode or two of the sequel even though I don’t have prior knowledge about the series.

Watch: Maybe 1-2 episodes

Blog: Nope2x

Winter Sonata the Animation
Animation Production:
G&G Entertainment and JM Animation
Release Date (in Japan): Oct 17
Episodes: 24

Summary:
Kang-Joon Sang, a high school boy, has his life inextricably tied to that of his classmate, Jung Yun-Jin. The drama follows the two as tragedy befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adult.

Impression:
At last it has finally come. I love the Korean drama that this was based on so yeah I’ll watch it since I can’t remember what happened in the original drama so it seems new to me.

Watch: Yes oh yes!!

Blog: Maybe?

Wow there are a lot of shows this fall season. At first glance they look like trash but if you read the summary or watched the PV you’ll be encouraged to watch a series. I’ll most likely watch the book of Bantora, Railgun, Sacred Blakcksmith, Inuyasha, Natsu no Arashi2, Kobato, Kimi ni Todoke, Sasameki Koto, Fairy Tail and Winter Sonata. Whew those sure are a lot of interesting shows this season. I most probably marathon most of them but to those that are really2x interesting I’ll try blogging them alright?

So what are your picks this fall??

Until then…

~ja

2 responses

  1. Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu…
    I’m just letting you know it really isn’t worth the watch. I left a review here if you want to see it:

    http://breakingtheboundary.com/nogizaka-haruka-no-himitsu/

    But yeah, it was a real let down😦

    May 15, 2010 at 12:12 am

    • chidori3souske

      Oh?? The premise looks interesting but oh well….tnx for the warning😀

      May 16, 2010 at 4:26 am

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