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Aug 152010
 

With the end of the Summer season of anime fast approaching, it’s become that time of year; the time to start looking at the next season of anime. Fall season is usually one of the major anime seasons of the year, and this year in particular it looks like Fall season could have quite a bit of potential. There are a few big names such as To Aru Majutsu no Index II, Bakuman, and Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai (aka The world god only knows), but there are also a bunch of sequels in this upcoming season. Let’s see how this upcoming season will turn out.

A quick note, the anime targeted towards children (e.g. Karl to Fushigi no tou, Pokemon, Rita, etc) have been omitted from this preview. You can always reference this chart, courtesy of the blogger at The Cart Driver, if you want to check the details for the omitted shows. Or you could just look at Chartfag‘s chart at here., which tend to be more reliable.

Continue reading ahead for a sneak peek at the upcoming season shows, a basic overview of their plots, and for our impressions of each.

Bakuman (バクマン。)

Air Date: October 2, 2010
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
Channel to be aired on: NHK
Official Site: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/bakuman/
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shounen

Overview:

An anime adaptation of the shonen manga Bakuman, created by the infamous duo who also authored the series Death Note. The story is pretty much about two ninth graders, Moritaka Mashiro (Atsushi Abe) and Akito Takagi (Satoshi Hino), who get together and eventually decide to try and write popular manga. What’s unique about this anime is it’s premise; it’s an anime about people writing manga, and trying to get the manga to get an anime adaptation. Essentially, Bakuman is an anime about how to make an anime. This series is most certainly shonen, with a lot of exaggerated motions and “battles” typical to the shonen genre. The “battles” in Bakuman don’t involve physically fighting like in most other shonen manga. Rather, the battles in Bakuman are between fellow mangaka (mangaka = manga writer) competing through popularity contests, ratings, and other indicators of manga popularity.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 95% - I’ve been following the manga for a while; the manga at first was relatively fresh and interesting with it’s unique premise. Seeing the system of how manga are created in Japan would also be an interesting little plus to watching this. I am a little wary, however, because the manga did get rather stale pretty fast, but as of now I think this unique show would be worth covering.

Steve: 80% – Even though I haven’t read the manga, the fact that it was written by Death Note author definitely makes it a must-watch show. The cast of the main characters aren’t amazing at first glance, but it wouldn’t be a big problem since they handled the main character’s role in some major J.C. Staff shows pretty well (Touma in To Aru Majutsu no Index and Saito in Familiar of Zero, respectively). Unless there’s a significant drop in the production quality with J.C. Staff, which is something I’m little bit worried about, there’s a very good chance that I’ll be following Bakuman.

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Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku (FORTUNE ARTERIAL 赤い約束)

Air date: October 8, 2010
Animation Studio: ZEXCS/FEEL
Channel to be aired: To be announced
Official Site: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/fortune/
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Vampire, Harem

Overview:

Based off an adult eroge dating sim, Fortune Arterial is set to begin airing in October of the fall season. The story revolves around Hasekura Kohei, who transferred into a school located on Tamatsu Island, called Shūchikan Academy. After transferring to this remote island, he discovers that a female vampire is a resident of the class next door, named Sendou Erika.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 5% – From what I could tell, the original visual novel source isn’t very well known for it’s story, and the visual style for this anime looks uninteresting. Coupled with a generic looking plot, and no notable seiyu, I’ll most probably just watch the first few episodes. And, as Steve mentioned, this anime is directed by the same director as kiss x sis, which already makes it less appealing.

Steve: 1% – Generic harem eroge anime with vampire fantasies directed by KissxSis‘s Nawa Munenori? I bet it’s going to be one of those boring fan service oriented shows.

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Hakuoki Hekketsuroku (薄桜鬼 碧血録)

Air date: October 2, 2010
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Channel to be aired: AT-X
Official Site: www.geneonuniversal.jp/rondorobe/anime/hakuoki/
Genres: Drama, Historical, Shoujo

Overview:

The sequel to the first season that aired in Spring 2010, this season of Hakuouki continues the Shinsengumi’s struggle with both the rebellious Choshu clan and the strange Oni existences that have been attacking them. Based on a visual novel, Hakuouki puts a supernatural spin on the events preceding the Meiji revolution that toppled the Tokugawa Shogunate during the late 19th century. The visual novel source material itself was targeted towards girls, which explains why the main heroine, Chizuru,  is surrounded by a cast of pretty-boy Shinsengumi males.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 25% – I covered a decent chunk of the first season, only to drop it because the main cast was so generic and boring. The plot was somewhat interesting, but overall the first season was lacking. Maybe I’ll blog this season if the story improves tremendously.

Steve: 2% – I’m not a big fan of Shinsengumi-style edo-period animes (even though I like the live-action dramas of such kind), so I haven’t even watched the first season yet.

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Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Girls (百花繚乱 サムライガールズ)

Air date: September 26, 2010
Animation Studio: ARMS
Channel to be aired: ChibaTV
Official Site: http://www.hyakka-ryoran.tv/
Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School

Overview:

Based on a series of light novels, the story takes place in Japan during the early 21st century. The twist here is that the Tokugawa Shogunate never lost it’s authority in Japan. That pretty much means that this story takes place in an alternate future, where Japan has maintained it’s isolationist policies for centuries, with shoguns and such still in power. A major school at the base of Mt. Fuji is being terrorized by its student council, so a group of rebellious students decide to fight against the tyrannical council. Yagyuu Muneakira (Hirakawa Daisuke), a 16 year old student, as well as Yagyuu Jubei (Yuuki Aoi) set out against the council. They both get help of girls who have the names of famous samurai heroes of Japan. This anime is pretty much a modern day samurai anime, somewhere along the lines of Ikkitousen, but instead taking place in the Sengoku time period.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 15% - After watching the Preview Video for this show, I’d say this show feels like Queen’s Blade. I’m fine with ecchi shows as long as everything else is executed well. So far it seems like as long as I ignore the fanservice, the fights are actually decently choreographed and the setting has a darker feeling to it.

Steve: 10% – I don’t personally like ecchi shows, especially those combined with fantasy genre, so there’s a very low chance of me following this show unless I hear great words about it.

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Kuragehime (海月姫 〜くらげひめ〜 )

Air date: Oct 14, 2010
Animation Studio: Brains Base
Channel to be Aired: Fuji TV/Noitama TV
Official Site: http://kuragehime.noitamina.tv/
Genres: Josei

Overview:

A new anime to air on the Noitamina time slot, Kuragehime is an adaptation of a Josei manga (manga targeted at Japanese females) written and illustrated by Akiko Higashimura (東村アキコ). Kuragehime was the winner of the 2010 Kodansha Best Shoujo Manga award. Our main protagonist is called Tsukimi Kurashita, and is a huge fan of jellyfish. Her name is actually based on a little wordplay for the word “Kurage” (jellyfish), where her name could also be read as “kurage”. She moves into an apartment that she shares with other fujoshi (Female Otaku), where there is a no-men rule in place. Tsukimi invites a lady into her room one day, only to figure out that the person isn’t who you think “she”. Noitamina shows tend to be more targeted towards a female audience, so expect more shoujo vibes from this show. Kuragehime is being directed by Omori Takahiro, who has previously directed Durarara!!, Natsume Yuujinchou, Baccano, and helped with the storyboards of Aria.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 85% – The Noitamina timeslot has always had some interesting and unique anime, and Kuragehime seems like it will continue the tradition. The premise of the story doesn’t exactly sound amazing, but having Omori Takahiro as the director already has me excited for this series. Takahiro was the director for Durarara!!, one of my personal favorites from this year, as well as had involvement with some other well received anime such as Aria and Natsume Yuujinchou. I have high hopes for what he will do with this show.

Steve: 60% – As the show is aimed at Josei audiences, it has a mature feeling similar to that of Yojohan Shinwa Taikei. Honestly, I have no idea what the story will be about, but I will be definitely watch the first episode to see if it fits my tastes.

Preview Video:

Tegami Bachi Reverse (テガミバチREVERSE)

Air date: October 2, 2010
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot
Channel to be Aired: TV Tokyo
Official Site: http://www.ani.tv/tegamibachi/
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural

Overview:

The sequel to the first season of Tegami Bachi, which finished airing early on in 2010, Tegami Bachi Reverse continues the storyline from Asada Hiroyuki‘s original manga. A series with a unique art style and color palette, Tegami Bachi has quite a bit of interesting visuals. This season pretty much continues the quest of our main protagonist, Lag Seeing (Sawashiro Miyuki), along with his companion/dingo Niche (Fujimura Ayumi), in his search for the missing Gauche (Fukuyama Jun). Lag seeing is a Letter Bee, whose job is to deliver letters amidst the dangerous wilderness filled with Gaichuu. The setting for Tegami Bachi is in a perpetual night, with the Gaichuu roaming about. This new season will probably delve further into the mysteries behind Gauche’s disappearance, the role of the mysterious government in the world, and fierce battles with Gaichuu.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 40% – I haven’t completely watched the first season, mainly because of how slow the story progression for the anime was. The first season was pretty slow paced in terms of plot developments and such, so if that is an indicator of anything, expect the second season to be similar. From what I saw of the anime and read of the manga, though, Tegami Bachi was a pretty good series. If I manage to catch up on the first season, maybe I’ll blog this anime.

Steve: 5% – I haven’t watched the first season of Letter Bee yet, so it looks like I won’t be watching this show. However, I heard that the first season was well-received, so I’m thinking about giving it a try in the near future.

Preview Video:

MM! (えむえむっ!)

Air date: September 26, 2010
Animation Studio: Xebec
Channel to be Aired: AT-X
Official Site: http://www.butaro.net/
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, School

Overview:

Also based on a light novel series, MM! is a fanservice series along the same lines of Ladies x Butler and Kanokon. Our main character, Sado Tarou (Fukuyama Jun) suffers from sexual masochism; in other words, he pretty much experiences sexual pleasure from pain. He hides away his condition from his high school crush, afraid of the repercussions, while seeking out help. Sado ends up visiting the “2nd Volunteer Club” for a cure. At the club, he finds Isurugi Mio (Taketatsu Ayana), a girl who thinks of herself as a god, and Yuuno Arashiko (Hayami Saori), the girl that caused his condition in the first place. Another character would be Hayama Tatsukichi, voiced by the seiyu Satou Rina.

A brief summary of the entire premise of the plot would be: MM! is about a masochist and his tsundere friend in a fanservice comedy anime. It’s pretty obvious on what you could expect, considering the genre.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 5% – If this show turns out even remotely like Ladies x Butler, consider this show dropped. I’ve never been a huge fan of fanservice anime, mainly because they always end up annoying to watch. MM! has some interesting artwork though, so I might keep up with it for a few episodes. The big draw for this show, for me, would be the seiyu for the characters. The seiyu for the cast of MM! could make things more interesting; Taketatsu Ayana is known for her role as K-ON’s Nakano Azusa, while Satou Rina is known for her portrayal of Railgun’s “Biribiri” Misaka Mikoto, and Tanamachi Kaoru of Amagami SS.

Steve: 0.1% – Xebec. Check. Ecchi. Check. No, Thank you. (Oh, no pun intended with K-ON!!’s ED theme song)

Preview Video:

Motto To Love-Ru -Trouble- (もっとTo LOVEる -とらぶる-)

Air date: October 5, 2010
Animation Studio: XEBEC
Channel to be Aired: Tokyo MX
Official Website: http://www.j-toloveru.com/
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Harem

Overview:

A new anime adaptation of Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki‘s To Love-Ru -Trouble- manga. This installment of To Love-Ru is expected to follow the manga storyline more closely, as opposed to the previous seasons. Atsushi Ootsuki is the director for this anime. For those that don’t know, Atsushi Ootsuki was the director for both Kanokon and Ladies vs. Butlers.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 2% – As I mentioned in my comments about MM!, I’m not a big fan of fanservice anime. Although the character designs aren’t bad, I probably wouldn’t be able to get into this show because it is the third season for the franchise; I don’t ever plan on watching the previous two series, so that almost automatically rules out this anime. Admittingly, I’ve heard that To Love-Ru is one of the better fanservice animes out there. However, shows with eechi overload aren’t exactly to my liking.

Steve: 0.1% – Xebec. Check. Ecchi. Check. Please no…

Preview Video:

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない)

Air date: October 3, 2010
Animation Studio: AIC
Channel to be Aired: Tokyo MX
Official Website: http://www.oreimo-anime.com/
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Seinen

Overview:

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai is another anime adaptation based on a light novel series, by Fushimi Tsukasa (Story) and Kanzaki Hiro (Art). The plot focuses on an ordinary seventeen year old high schooler, Kyousuke Kousaka (Nakamura Yuuichi). He pretty much hasn’t ever gotten along with his younger sister Kirino (Taketatsu Ayana). One day, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime at the doorway to his house. Inside, to Kyousuke’s shock, was a adult eroge video game titled Imouto to Koishiyo! (Love with Little Sister!). It ends up that the game was Kirino’s, who had been keeping her otaku obsessions a secret from her family. The story focuses on how Kirino reveals her hidden obsessions as an otaku, as well as other issues, to her brother. The production of this anime is being handled by Aniplex, which recently made a public contest for fans to submit their own ED themes for the show (contest is already over). With Aniplex choosing 12 fanmade ED themes for this show, there probably will be a new ED theme for every episode of this anime.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 70% – Although the plot/premise to this show sounds a little suspicious ( hints at incest… >.>;; ),  the synopsis is very misleading. According to steve, this show pretty much pokes fun at otaku culture. The target audience for this show would be those who enjoyed Seitokai no Ichizon and Lucky star.  So if you’re a fan of either Seitokai no Ichizon or Lucky Star, Oreimo should turn out interesting to you. Since I liked both of those shows, I’m actually looking forward to this comedy anime.

Steve: 100% – This was the first light novel series I picked up (and fell in love with), so there’s no way I’m going to miss this show. Due to the themes of the show, it may not be for everyone. But I really loved the light novel and even listened to the drama CD, so I’m definitely looking forward to this show. Also, the casting of the main characters makes me drool over (I actually really liked the voice acting in the drama CD which features the identical cast). The preview’s production quality looked pretty good, so if AIC can maintain even 80% of that quality for the whole season, I have confidence that this show will make it into my list of top three anime of the Fall 2010 season.

Preview Video:

Otome Yōkai Zakuro (おとめ妖怪ざくろ)

Air date: Oct 4, 2010
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
Channel to be Aired: TV Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.otome-zakuro.jp/
Genres: Demons, Historical, Supernatural

Overview:

The Otome Youkai Zakuro anime is based on it’s manga counterpart authored by Hoshino Lily. The story takes place in an alternate version of Japan during the Meiji era, where youkai (demons) and people live together in peace. The government established a Ministry of Youkai and Humans to deal with problems between both races. The fox-eared girls living amongst the youkai begin working together with a bunch of young human soldiers, to promote a better understanding of each other. Amongst the youkai is our main protagonist, a girl named Zakuro (Nakahara Mai) with half-human, half-youkai blood. Other main characters include Bonbori (voiced by Horie Yui), Hoozuki (voiced by Toyosaki Aki), and Agemaki Kei (Sakurai Takahiro).

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 40% – I honestly can’t really say for sure if I’d follow this or not. There isn’t too much information released about this anime, and even after watching the PV on the official website, I’m more neutral in regards to this show. I’ll have to wait and see a few episodes before I decide on this anime.

Steve: 10% – I don’t really like supernatural fantasy combined with demons (Bakamonogatari and Mononoke have been exceptions though), so I don’t think I’ll be watching this show, even though the character design have drawn me some interest.

Preview Video:

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (パンティ&ストッキングwithガーターベルト)

Air date: October 1, 2010
Animation Studio: Gainax
Channel to be Aired: Unknown
Official Website: http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/psg/
Genres: Action, Supernatural

Overview:

An Anime directed and designed by the same people that did Gurren Lagann?!?  Imaishi Hiroyuki (director of Gurren Lagann) along with assistant director Otsuka Masahiko (also Gurren Lagann) are in charge of this show. Nishigori Atsushi (character designer for Gurren Lagann) and Yoshinari Yoh (another Gurren Lagann veteran) are in charge of character designs and concept art. Shigeto Koyama is the acting “coordinator” for this show, also one of the original staffers for Gurren Lagann. Alot of Gurren Lagann influence you see here, eh? Totally didn’t expect that of this show, especially with an odd name like Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. The main characters are aptly named Panty (Ogasawara Arisa) and Stocking (Ise Mariya). The story pretty much centers around two angels “Panty”, a teen-celebrity-like blond girl, and “Stocking”, a goth Loli girl. They were sent by the Upper Region (aka heaven) to battle ghosts on Earth.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 65% – Although the title of this anime is kind of awkward, being staffed by the same crew that did the infamous Gurren Lagann series is a definite plus in my book. I have high hopes that they will be able to pull off a creative and intriguing plot, after seeing how Gurren Lagann had turned out. However, I’ll probably be cautious in regards to this show; the character designs have a strange resemblance to the Powerpuff Girls, which definitely doesn’t have me thrilled. The premise of the story could turn out intriguing, but I’ll wait for the first episode or two before I decide in regards to this anime.

Steve: 60% – This show is littered with Gurren Lagann stuff, even though it won’t be about mecha this time. I have no idea what the story of this show will be like, but I’ll keep a close watch on this show just for the sake of the awesome production staff. :)

Preview Video:

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (心霊探偵 八雲)

Air date: October 3, 2010
Animation Studio: Bee Train
Channel to be Aired: NHK
Official Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/yakumo/
Genres: Mystery, Horror, Shoujo, Supernatural

Overview:

Another light novel adaptation, Shinrei TanteiYakumo is based on Manabu Kaminaga‘s original novel series. The director for this series is Tomoyuki Kurokawa, also having been the director of Tsubasa Chronicle and Murder Princess, and the head writer is Kawasaki Hiroyuki, who had worked on Silent Möbius.  The main story follows a college student, Saitou Yakumo (Ono Daisuke), who has Heterochromia (two different colored eyes). His red left eye allows him to see ghosts and spirits, so he uses this ability to solve supernatural murder cases. He helps bring the ghosts and spirits he meets to rest in order for to solve some cases. With the help of Ozawa Haruka (Fujimura Ayumi), they investigate the supernatural together.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 85% – The original light novels were apparently good enough to get a manga adaptation, a live action adaptation, and now an anime adaptation, so the story should have potential. The only noticable seiyu would be Ono Daisuke, who has experience as Shizuo from Durarara!!, Battler from Umineko no Naku Koro ni, and Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji. His diverse voice acting talents should certainly prove to fit the main character pretty well, and I wouldn’t mind another murder mystery show to watch.

Steve: 40% – The synopsis of this show sounds pretty interesting, but I can’t rule out the chance that this show could turn out to be rather tedious. I’m definitely going to watch the first episode as it seems to have the potential to become a hidden gem for the fall season.

Preview Video:

Shinryaku! Ika Musume (侵略!イカ娘)

Air date: October 4, 2010
Animation Studio: Diomedea
Channel to be Aired: Unknown
Official Website: http://www.ika-musume.com/
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural

Overview:

An anime adaptation of the Shinryaku Ika Musume comedy manga by Anbe Masahiro. The story is rather simple, with it centering around a Ika Musume (Squid Girl), voiced by Kanemoto Hisako, who decides to invade the beaches of mankind with the intent of trying to rule over the world. Her reason for her “invasion” is mainly retaliation to all the trash and pollution that humankind has thrown into the sea, making the deep seas rather unpleasant to live in. Clueless about the lives of the surface dwellers, she ends up working at a beach house for damaging one of it’s walls. Shinryaku Ika Musume is is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, who is known for being involved in Hale Nochi Guu, Ookiku Furikabutte, and xxxHolic Kei.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 30% – A moe anime squid girl comedy anime? It looks like the whole moe trend hasn’t quite died down yet. That being said, I’m not completely against moe anime. This anime can prove to be entertaining; it’s premise certainly sounds amusing enough, and the mentioning of human pollution as a main plot device is a little interesting. Kanemoto Hisako certainly fits as the seiyu for Ika Musume, having played as the energetic Kanata Sorami from Sora no Woto. Overall, I’m expecting this series to turn out like K-ON, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your preferences.

Steve: 50% – If this is as good as another classic alien invasion show, Keroro Gunso, then I’ll be watching this. Otherwise, I’ll probably stop at the first episode.

Preview Video:

Sora no Otoshimono: Forte (そらのおとしもの (フォルテ))

Air date: October 1, 2010
Animation Studio: AIC A.S.T.A
Channel to be Aired: Unknown
Official Website: http://newtype.kadocomic.jp/soraoto/
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen

Overview:

The second to the first season of Sora no Otoshimono, infamous for it’s depiction of flying panties. If that didn’t cue you in as to the nature of this anime, Sora no Otoshimono is a ecchi anime involving humanoids from heaven bearing wings, called Angeloids. Our main character, Sakurai Tomoki, has finally begun getting used to the presense of his harem the Angeloids Ikaros and Nymph. However, Synapse sends Astraea (a Close Combat type Angeloid) to kill Tomoki after he breaks one of Synapse’s rules.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 30% – I’ve seen a decent chunk of the first season, and found it surprisingly fun to watch. The jokes weren’t the best, but they got me chuckling quite often. Sora no Otoshimono doesn’t really stand out from the typical ecchi genre much, with a generic perverted main character and all, but this season looks like it’ll turn to the more serious plot events of the manga. People who don’t like fanservice beware of this series.

Steve: 1% – I haven’t watched the first season of the show, and I don’t think I’ll bother watching the first season for a while. I’ll pass on this one.

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Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (それでも町は廻っている)

Air date: October 7, 2010
Animation Studio: SHAFT
Channel to be Aired: TBS
Official Website: http://seaside.ponycanyon.co.jp/
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

Overview:

A television anime adaptation of Masakazu Ishiguro‘s Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru comedy manga, set to air on TBS. The story is pretty much about Arashiyama Hotori, a dojikko (clumsy girl) who has a knack for getting into trouble. Hotori daydreams about being a high school detective all the time. She works for an old lady in a slightly odd traditional maid cafe in an otherwise normal shopping district. The cafe is pretty unsuccessful aside from Sanada Yuuji, a regular customer and Hotori’s classmate. Hotori, along with the other workers and Seaside Cafe’s few customers, have various slice of life adventures.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 85% – A Shaft slice of life production definitely has some potential in my book. After their success with Bakemonogatari, and the strangely entertaining Arakawa under the Bridge, I’m expecting this anime to turn out quite funny to watch. The person behind the screenplay is Katsuhiko Takayama, who has also worked on some wonderful series such Natsu no Arashi, Ef a tale of memories, and Ga-rei zero. Considering Ga-rei zero is one of my favorite shows from 2008, this show already sounds more appealing to me.

Steve: 100% – As a Shaft fanboy, I’ll probably be watching this anyways, no matter how good or bad it turns out to be. If this is as good as the first season of Natsu no Arashi, then I’ll be very happy. If this becomes like the second season of Natsu no Arashi or Dance in the Vampire Bund, then I’m going to be quite sad.

Preview Video:

Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto (STAR DRIVER 輝きのタクト)

Air date: Oct 3, 2010
Animation Studio: BONES
Channel to be Aired: MBS, TBS
Official Website: http://www.star-driver.net/
Genres: Action, Mecha, Shounen

Overview:

An original mecha anime, Star Driver is the next of Bones’ original mech series following in the footsteps of Eureka Seven and Xamd: Lost memories. To the south of Japan, on a cross-shaped island called Southern Cross Isle, our main protagonist Takuto Tsunashi (Miyano Mamoru) washes up on the shore of the island alone. He enrolls in a school on this island, and gets to know Wako Agemaki (Hayami Saori) and Sugata Shindou (Fukuyama Jun). Deep within the school, however, there lies a secret; there are mysterious gigantic humanoid robots termed “Cybuddies” are sealed deep in underground ruins. A group called the “Order of the Glittering Star Cross” attempt to remove the seal by kidnapping Wako Agemaki, the “Key” to unlocking the seasl on the robot.Takuto arrives in his own Cybuddy Tauburn to rescue Wako, which triggers a conflict to unlock the secrets of the sealed advanced technology, and to prevent disaster. The series compostition is being done by Yoji Enokido, who has previously worked on the script for Neon Genesis Evangelion, while the director is Takuya Igarashi, known for his involvement in the Darker than Black series, Mushishi, and Soul Eater.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 100% - A action mech anime by studio BONES, with the involvement of Yoji Enokido AND Takuya Igarashi?!? Instant guaranteed watch from me, especially because I was a fan of Eureka Seven, Xamd, and Darker than Black. The story itself could be potentially good, but the main draw here would be studio Bones. Bones just knows how to make good action adventure anime; their adaptation of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood should just speak for itself.

Steve: 80% – This one seems to be a pretty promising show from BONES. As long as there’s not significant quality drop like the second season of Darker than Black, I’ll be very likely to be following this series all along. There’s also a small chance that this series may not fit to my tastes (e.g., too much fantasy elements), but I think the six bishoujo girls shown in the poster will definitely make me to stick to the series. XD

Preview Video:

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ)

Air date: October 7, 2010
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
Channel to be Aired: MBS, Tokyo MX
Official Website: http://milky-holmes.com/
Genres: Mystery, Fantasy

Overview:

An anime adaptation of a franchise owned by Bushiroad, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes doesn’t have much info available about it at this time. All I know is that the story takes place in an imaginary world in the “age of detectives”, where phantom thieves and private detectives overwhelm the cities. Four young girls aim to be great detectives. The director for this series is Makoto Moriwaki, while the Series composition is done by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu. Imagine Sherlock Holmes as a Japanese pink hair loli with three buddies, where solving crimes, to them, is synonymous with being cute. Expect a lot of moe.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 5% – The little bit of info I could find on this anime made me facepalm. This show doesn’t sound terribly good, with a joke of a plot and a lot of moe elements. I doubt I’ll continue this series at all.

Steve: 1% – Is this some kind of ecchi detective anime? That sounds like topping a cup of espresso with cheddar cheese to me.

To aru Majutsu no Index 2 (とある魔術のインデックス II)

Air date: October 8, 2010
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff
Channel to be Aired: AT-X
Official Website: http://www.project-index.net/
Genres: Action, Magic, Sci-Fi, Super Power

Overview:

The sequel to the first season of To Aru Majutsu no Index, which is based on Kamachi Kazuma‘s light novel series. The plot essentially starts off where the previous season ended, with Kamijou Touma (our main protagonist), involved in various magical and scientific affairs, along with the main heroines Index and “Biribiri” Misaka Mikoto.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 100% – After watching the first season (and being disappointed by it), I’m certainly hoping the second season turns out better. The original source material light novels are actually pretty interesting to read, so I was quite disappointed with the dialogue heavy first season, which focused on all the wrong points of the original source material. I’m looking forward to the various arcs hinted at in the preview for this show.

Steve: 85% – Even though I preferred the Railgun series over the Index one for a variety of reasons, the latter actually had more depth in regards to the storyline. J.C. Staff is producing a lot of shows in the fall season, so I’m quite worried about the production quality in this show. If there are too many fillers in this season, there’s a small chance that I might hold off the show for a while. On the other hand, if J.C. Staff can keep up the same level of quality as the first season, then I’ll be glad to finish through the second season of To Aru no Majutsu no Index.

Preview Video:

Togainu no Chi (咎狗の血)

Air date: October 7, 2010
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Channel to be Aired: MBS, TBS, CBC
Official Website: http://www.togainu.tv/
Genres: Action, Shounen Ai (Boy’s Love)

Overview:

A adaptation of a PS2 game, Toiganu no chi takes place after the occurence of the third world war (termed the Third Division in the anime). Japan was divided into two parts (similar to the North-South Korean divide today). A crime organization, called Vischio, takes control of former Tokyo (now called Toshima),where they hold a battle royale caleld “Igura”. The game’s main protagonist, Akira, is falsely accused of a crime and arrested. A mysterious woman appears before him, offering him freedom if he participates in Igura once he is released. He is made to agree to a certain term upon his release; that he defeat Igura’s strongest warrior, called “Il-re”. The story follows Akira’s harsh life in former Tokyo as he seeks to figure out the mysteries around him.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 40% – The plot certainly seems to be intriguing and quite dark based on it’s description. However, this anime is based on a shounen-ai (aka boy’s love) visual novel/dating sim, which has me a little wary of this series.

Steve: 15% – I’m turned off by the Boy’s Love theme in the show, even though it is produced by my favorite studio A-1 Pictures. For now, I’ll consider giving a try on the first episode of this show.

Preview Video (Low Quality):

Yosuga no Sora (ヨスガノソラ)

Air date: October 4, 2010
Animation Studio: Starchild Records
Channel to be Aired: AT-X
Official Website: www.starchild.co.jp/special/yosuganosora/
Genres: Romance

Overview:

Based on an Eroge Visual novel, Yosuga no Sora is set in a small mountain village of Okukozome-chou. Kasugano Haruka and his twin fraternal sister Kasugano Sora have fond memories of the village as a child; after their parents pass away in an accident, however, both must move into this small village. Living with their grandfather there, they get reacquainted with their old childhood friend Yorihime Nao, their new classmate Nakazato Ryouhei, the miko Amatsume Akira, and Akira’s friend Migiwa Kazuha. Everything seems peaceful, but the two twins have a secret promise regarding an important lost item that they made with each other, which is the real reason why they came back to the village. To be directed by Takahashi Takeo, who has worked for the Aki-sora series, as well as the Spice and Wolf series.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 70% – The artwork for this show is nice, but that is to be expected considering this is based on a visual novel. I can’t say that I’m exactly thrilled with the story, but it has enough potential to be interesting. Because it’s based on a dating sim, I’m not sure as to how the creators plan on accounting for all the various paths (whether they choose a single canon route or do an omnibus format like Amagami SS is yet to be announced). Considering that Takahashi Takeo is directing this show, and how I liked his directing in Spice and Wolf, I have high hopes for this show.

Steve: 40% – I personally like the style of the artwork shown on the official website, so I think I’ll give this one a try. On the other hand, I have almost no clue about the storyline, so I guess that will be one of the most important determining factors.
Preview Video:

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (神のみぞ知るセカイ)

Air date: October 6, 2010
Animation Studio: Manglobe
Channel to be Aired: TV Tokyo
Official Website: http://kaminomi.jp/index.html
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shounen, Harem

Overview:

A anime adaptation based on the hit manga series, Kami nomi Zo Shiru Sekai is also known as “The World God only Knows” or Kaminomi. The main character, Katsuragi Keima, is well known in the gaming world as the “capture god”, known for his ability to “capture” the hearts of the main heroines in video games. However when Elsee de Lute, a young demon in training, arrives from hell, Keima’s life is forever changed when he is forced to apply his skills to capture women in real life. If he doesn’t make girls infected by evil spirits, which live in the girl’s hearts, fall in love with him, his entire city faces extermination. This series pretty much pokes fun at typical dating sim video game tropes, and is pretty much a fun to watch comedy.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 100% – I’ve been following the manga for quite some time now, and although I dropped blogging it on this site (blogging manga is seriously annoying), I’ve still been following the manga series. The manga has always gotten laughs out of me, and in some ways, reminds me of the Hayate no Gotoku manga. Both Hayate and Kaminomi are fun comedy series in my book, so I definitely plan on watching this series. Having Hideyuki Kurata on board for this series, as well as it being animated by Manglobe, pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Steve: 75% – Even though I haven’t read the manga, I’ve heard good things about it, so I’ll definitely give a try on this one. According to the synopsis, it looks like this show might appeal to Seitokai no Ichizon fans like myself. :)

Preview Video:

Arakawa under the Bridge 2 (荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ2)

Air Date: October 3, 2010
Animation Studio: SHAFT
Channel to be Aired: Unknown
Official Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/arakawa_ub/
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Seinen

Overview:

The second season to SHAFT’s Arakawa under the Bridge, which aired during earlier this year. A strange comedy show based on the inhabitants under a bridge, ranging from a kappa (also known as the Village Chief), the blonde haired Nino, the star-headed Hoshi, and our main protagonist Ichinomiya Kou. The final episode of the first season introduced a few new characters, Billy the parrot, Jacqueline the bee, and Last Samurai the… samurai >.>;;  Expect this show to continue the oddly funny comedic antics of the first season, with a few dramatic events here and there.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 100% – When I began watching the first season of this anime, I felt that the comedy was a little awkward and forced. However, after I adjusted to the odd premise and the unique directing style of Shinbo, this anime turned out quite hilarious. The humor isn’t for everyone, mainly because it uses a quick tsukkomi type style, which might feel too forced for your tastes. I personally had fun watching this show, so I’ll continue watching this almost definitely.

Steve: 100% – W00t! Another show from Shaft! I’ve really enjoyed the overall tone and the humor of this show in the first season, so I’ll be definitely be following the second season. There’s no question about it.

Preview Video:

Iron Man (アイアンマン)

Air date: Oct 1, 2010
Producers: Madhouse
Channel to be Aired: Animax
Official Website: Unknown
Genres: Action, Mecha

Overview:

Part of a four series collaboration between Madhouse and Marvel, Iron man will be the first of the four series, set to begin airing this upcoming October. This anime will have extensive usage of CGI for Ironman himself. With the financial backing of Marvel, the visuals should turn out rather impressive. There is little information released about the plot and such, but if you’ve read Stan Lee’s works before, you should have a general idea of what this anime is going to be about.

Chances of Following the Show:

Tsuki: 70% – Madhouse really outdid itself in the preview video, with some amazing animation and visuals. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this will last; besides the visuals and the action, there isn’t too much else to expect from this series. I’m not terribly familiar with the source material of this anime, so I can’t say for sure whether the plot will get good or not. Definitely has potential at a quick glance.

Steve: 50% – This one is from Madhouse, so I’ll definitely give this one a try. However I’m slightly worried based on the mediocre reception to BONE’s Heroman that was kinda co-directed by Stan Lee. However, Ironman is already a well-established franchised (I really enjoyed the hollywood movies) and Madhouse is a different studio from BONES, so this one might turn out to be the first success of marvel-comics-style anime depending on its production quality and how it is directed.

Preview Video:

Note: Sources for information include, but are not limited to, ANNAniDBMyAnimelistWikipedia (Japan), and Moonphase. Special thanks to Steve for compiling most of the air dates, animation studios, and official website URLs.

Update: Links to preview videos for some of the shows have been added. Note that they are VERY LOW in quality. Will add in higher quality PVs when they are released. Air date for Sore demo machi wa Mawatteiru confirmed.

Update 2: Some HQ PVs added. no new release dates yet.

Update 3: Air date for Arakawa 2nd season confirmed. Yosuga no sora PV added. Fortune Arterial confirmed as a Fall 2010 anime. Added in a few more PVs, including tantei opera PV.

Update 4: More PVs and finalized air dates added in.

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  6 Responses to “Season Preview – Fall 2010”

  1. Hmm, not many interesting shows this fall, only a few managed to get my attention with the previews alone, but i guess I’ll have to wait and see when they air.

    So far I’ll be watching Arakawa under the Bridge, twgok, Ore no Imouto and perhaps Star Driver.

    And lol, never expected an Iron Man anime to be made and I certainly never hoped it would be from madhouse, but since it is, I’ll be giving that a chance as well.

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    • Yea. Although I may have put down a lot of shows I plan on watching through, I’m not expecting any sort of stellar breakthough animes this coming fall season.

      I’m expecting a lot of mediocrity this season, but I’m seriously hoping at least one of these shows proves me wrong.

      Star driver is probably one of the only ones I think could potentially be awesome. I was a big fan of Eureka seven, which is why I have high hopes for this.

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  2. I’m only really excited about Togainu No Chi; If it is as good as the trailer suggests.

    Quite a few series do look interesting; enough to think it might be a good season

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  3. This was all in all quite informative. It had information I hadn’t bothered to or been able to hunt down yet, compelling opinions, and all the trailers in one place.
    I found it particularly interesting the take on index from someone capable of reading the japanese novels. Obviously I enjoy what I have immensely but I’ve suspected that there’s vast amounts of material in the novels left unexplored just from pieces I’ve seen, discrepancies in the manga and such. Much pointed to more left unsaid and it was good to receive confirmation of that.

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    • Well, the manga adaptations are a completely different matter. To be honest, I haven’t completed the To Aru Majutsu light novels that have been released, but from what I’ve read, the first season disappointed me.

      From the looks of it, from here on out the story should improve significantly. If we’re lucky, JC Staff will start covering the latest iterations of the light novel series, which have some great plot developments and twists.

      I hope they just don’t screw it up, but considering the overload of series JC Staff is responsible for this season, I’m expecting a significant quality drop.

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      • They aren’t animating the latest iterations. Currently, there are 21 volumes and 2 side-story volumes of the novel published, and of those 23 books J.C. Staff covered 6 in the first season. Judging from the preview and other reports, they are going to cover volumes 7-13 of the novel in season 2. J.C. Staff wouldn’t get to the current storyline in the novels until Index IV. That aside, as you alluded to in the preview, 7-13 is when the plot begins to get more involved and more characters outside of Academy City are introduced. It’s also when the fights and such begin to pick up. If you’re wondering how I know this, it’s because I’ve read all the novels.

        As for J.C. Staff taking on 4 shows, it means very little since most of the teams are made up of different people and each has it’s own budget, out of which Index seems to have the highest (look at those fucking backgrounds in the preview). I also trust that if they’re going to take on a wide variety of shows that they’re confident in their ability to handle it. So I don’t think that is too much of a concern.

        As for the shows this season, my list is looking like this:

        –Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu: Season carry over
        –Amagami SS: Season carry over
        –Shiki: Season carry over
        –Nurariyon no Mago: Season carry over
        –Toaru Majutsu no Index II: Only natural I watch my favorite series
        –Bakuman: Love the manga. Hoping the anime meets expectations
        –Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Very interesting series. I enjoy the manga very much.
        –Shinrei Tantei Yakumo: Sounds like a pretty good mystery anime.
        –Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai: The title piqued my interests.
        –Sora no Otoshimono: Forte: The first season made me lol
        –Iron Man: WHY THE FUCK NOT
        –Star Driver: Bone + Action + FABULOUS hair = Yes please.
        –Togainu no Chi: Maybe… if the boys love is not heavy
        –Fortune Arterial: For the lulz
        –Motto To-Love-Ru: To pass time and boners. Oh and I read the manga.
        –MM!: S no M
        –Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls: Sounds like an ecchi-er Sekirei. Preparing body now.
        –Yosuga no Sora: Just because.

        Well there goes my semester grades.

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