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Winter 2011 Preview:


Yeah this post is later than I expected to make it and the Winter season is starting in just over a week (well Starry Sky and Haiyoru! Nyaruani have already started airing), but anyway let's see what the Winter season has to offer. Used the version 2 of season chart when writing my opinions of the Winter Season anime - only found version 3 after I finished the writing this =P.

Shows that I will probably watch:
>>Fractale:
The story takes place in an island, where a "Fractale System" is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.

The trailer for this looks amazing, has that 'Ghibli-feel' to it. The world artwork and town settings look so good, and the lead character is voiced by Yu Kobayashi, I really like her voice, expressive and distinctive - she can voice both male and females. Yutaka Yamamoto, the guy who directed Kannagi and worked on some Melacholy of Haruhi episodes, is directing Fractale. That piece of information didn't convince me to watch Fractale, but the fact that it is airing in the noitaminA timeslot is what convinced me. noitaminA airs great and quality anime; from what I've watched, I have yet to be disappointed - Library Wars, Eden of the East, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Kuuchuu Buranko, The Tatami Galaxy, House of Five Leaves, Shiki, Kuragehime - all these shows were a pleasure to watch and are quality anime series. I haven't watched all the shows that aired in that slot, but since finding out about the noitaminA slot last year when watching Eden of the East, I made sure I watch the series that air in that timeslot during the seasons =).



>>Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season:
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Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from "The Ring", which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose "100% refreshing" personality earns great admiration from Sawako.

Oh hell yes, I love the first season to bits, and have been looking forward to this since it was announced. You can argue that the Japanese like to stagnant relationships in stories (especially shojo), but I don't mind, the stagnating is so quality, it's enjoyable. Complimented by Production I.G's soft and lovely animation style, the emotion and character personalities really shine through. Looking forward to season 2.

>>Gosick:
GOSICK takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can't solve.

Studio BONES new anime, adapting the novels by Kazuki Sakuraba. The trailer looks cool and has that dark and mysterious feel to it. And just as BONES does amazingly, the background and setting of the world is animated wonderfully, such quality. The 1920's Western setting is great, the architecture and building style in that period are quite something - beautiful and grand. The story itself sounds incredibly interesting; mystery + detective + supernatural does intrigue me.



>>Beelzebub:
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Baby Zoro? hahah awesome =P

Oga Tatsumi is a first year in Ishiyama High, the school for delinquents. One day while sleeping next to a river he sees a man floating down it, he pulls him to shore and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby's demon maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school.

Yeah, one of the popular series in JUMP gets an anime adaptation. The story is done quite well and even though it uses formulaic shounen elements, the addition of Baby Beel is refreshing and along with the story and comedy he brings, he also helps to establish a unique characterisation within Oga (you don't get to see many teenage shounen heroes looking after children when in highschool, if any at all that is). The ensuring conflict with enemies and the unwanted title that Oga gets is amusing, especially the outcomes of all the fights he ends up in. The story starts of as a highschool fighting manga and only recently has it gone into the supernatural element that was highlighted in the start of the series. The highschool brawl part of the story I feel was more entertaining, as it was different from the other shounen for not focusing on the supernatural/power-up story. The focus instead was on comedy, humans and Oga owning. But I haven't seen much into the new arc, so I'm not basing my thoughts on much, beyond an initial feeling.

Looking forward to this, though it is being adapted by Studio Pierrot, and I am concerned about that. Shaunz did tell me how Pierrot spreads it's budget when producing a show and it is concerning when you have a couple of really nicely animated episodes and the rest done averagely. For Bleach, the Ichigo vs Ulquiorra fight was animated amazingly, but Bleach does have a lot of those forgettable episode with subpar animation quality. Anyway hopefully the quality remains consistent through the series. The good thing though is that it is only 26 episodes - seems like JUMP titles nowadays are going the route of 24-26 episodes and than breaking for a year and adapting the other manga material (like Nurarihyon no Mago and Beelzebub, the second seasons for both to air Autumn next year). It's a nice change from what the big three do, filler can become annoying I suppose (though One Piece rarely has fillers and even when it does; it's either entertaining or expanding on a story Oda conveys through the coverpages of the chapters).

>>Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko):
Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be.

A drama, slice of life story huh, but more importantly, it is the other show that airs in the noitaminA timeslot =). Studio AIC is adapting Takako Shimura novels. Takako Shimura is also the author of Aoi Hana, not sure if anyone else watched that series, but I thought it was fantastic. It's a romance, slice of life and yuri series. Don't let the yuri tag fool you, it's more about the relationship rather than the intimate act that takes place within it. I actually wrote my impression of it last year but I didn't end up posting it, so I'll it post now:
Syphin wrote:
Aoi Hana - Overall I must say, it's really well set out, touching and sweet series. The way the relationships in this series were developed which exposes the characters weakness and reveals their growth was very nice, especially that of the two main characters (Fumi and Akira). It's a short series (11 episodes) but it's a good watch (if you like the genre) and the ending itself was satisfying, though it would be nice if there was a second season. I like the opening and the way it is introduced in every episode is very effective. [Can't find the actual anime opening on Youtube, so I'll just link the full song]:

Full opening song for Aoi Hana

The sales for Aoi Hana weren't that high, so most likely there will not be a second season.

Anyway back to Wandering Son, the fact that it is written by Takako Shimura and is airing in the noitaminA timeslot is reason enough for me to want to watch it. And plus the trailer is sweet and quite moving, especially with the background music - it has me interested in it. Also I like the animation style, it's different, simple and beautiful:



>>Wolverine:
Second in the four-part Marvel Anime project, broadcasting after the Iron Man anime. Wolverine is a mutant possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at a accelerated rate.

Probably the best X-men character, so should be interesting to see what Madhouse and Marvel has planned for this series - Wolverine in Japan huh. I only watched episode 1 and 2 of Iron Man, so I'm not sure how that turned out, but I am looking forward to seeing what Wolverine has in store.



>>Level E:
Tsutsui Yukitaka is a freshman who has finally convinced his parents that he is ready to live on his own. When he arrives at his new apartment, he is surprised to find that someone has arrived before him: a young man who claims that he is an alien and that he is suffering from amnesia.

From the author (Yoshihiro Togashi) of Hunter X Hunter and Yu Yu Hakusho, comes Level E. I don't know much about his work as I only got into a couple of episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho and have not read/watched any of his other works. But from his usual shounen type stories, Level E is a sci-fi. David Production and Studio Pierrot are producing this - I already outlined my concerns about Studio Pierrot in the Beelzebub part, and as for David Production, I know about them through their work in Tatakau Shisho - The Book of Bantorra, and the first three episodes I seen of Ristorante Paradiso. I like how Tatakau Shisho turned out, very detailed and the classical music complimenting the show was superb. As for Level E, the story does seem interesting, but will see how it turns out.

Anyway here's the trailer, it seems to want to be a serious and comical show:


>>Freezing:
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Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called "freezing" to limit their opponent's mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Bridgette L. Satellizer who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.

I really enjoy the manga and was quite excited when I found out that this would be adapted into an anime series. I love the stories Dal-Young Lim comes up with, I follow all the manga/manhwa that is released authored by him (well except Re:Birth - The Lunatic Taker, I'm waiting for chapter 4 to be translated =/). Even though most of the stories Dal-Young Lim comes up with is ecchi, he actually has it back up a good story (unlike some other series). To be honest, from the manga and manhwa I read, I find manhwa > manga. Koreans don't mess around, the Japanese tend to lose their focus in some series and just lean back on fan-service or fan-characters and completely forget about the story. From the manga/manhwa I read that has Koreans involved, they back whatever they use; be is fan-service or extreme action, with a story, a good story. Sure the manhwa may not continue for long but the stories they come up with are interesting.

Kurokami was another work authored by Dal-Young Lim, and as I stated in the posts relating to my thoughts on it (this thread), I feel Sunrise butchered the adaptation and shounenised the manga material they used. All the complex developments and character changes amounted to nothing with the rapid pace the anime covered it in, it almost seemed like Sunrise wanted to get done with the manga material, just so they could move on to the original material, which I admit, I found quite enjoyable.

Anyway I hope with Freezing, the ecchi isn't highlighted as being the main point of the show, the story and developments are strong enough for the fan-service to be sufficient supporting it (rather than the fan-service carrying/dragging it). Bridgette L. Satellizer is awesome, will be nice to see an animated version of her.

Other series that interest me:
>>Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica:
Madoka is a kind, friendly, but ordinary second-year middle school girl. She wonders aloud what she should do if she can grant whatever you may wish through magic.

I don't normally watch moe or loli type shows, but Madoka is being produced by SHAFT and I do love the shows SHAFT produces. The fact that it is a magical girl show does make me feel anxious, but since it's SHAFT I will most likely give the first few episodes a try, to see what the feel of the series is like.
-Trailer

>>Infinite Stratos:
Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos... with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is ORIMURA Ichika, an orphan raised by his older sister who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with IS is discovered after he accidentally touches an IS at the age of 15, he's given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which of course means an... interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.

A boy getting a harem-type anime? The action in the series could be interesting (Mecha!!), the animation is okay, and the story seems plain (but who knows, it could turn out complex).
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>>Is this a Zombie? (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?):
Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system "Megalo" in her place.

Sorry but the title of this series got me good. It stuck out like a black dot on grey paper. The trailer does establish that mysterious, dark and gloomy atmosphere and that has me intrigued (though the story doesn't seem that deep). I'm also quite freaked out by a magical girl with a chainsaw!!
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>>Houkago no Pleiades:
A collaborative project between Gainax and car manufacturer Subaru

I have no idea what this show could be about, one big advertisement? But you can't help but be curious with the Gainax name attached to it. Can't say I liked their latest work - Panty and Stocking, it started off as interesting but just got old fast (though I only watched 'til episode 4, does it get better?).

>>Mai no Mahou to Katei no Hi (Mai's Magic and Family Day):
In the story, eight-year-old second-grader Mai Tatsumi uses magic to understand her family's feelings.

Studio P.A. Works new series, should be something that could be worth checking out.

Other series:
>>Yumekui Merry (Merry Dream Eater):
Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding the person's body. Ever since then he's been having a weird dream about a war with cats. Then one day a mysterious girl falls on top of him...

-Trailer

>>Dragon Crisis:
A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji's peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.

-Trailer

Hahah wow that female voice is cute.

>>Rio -Rainbow Gate!-:
Based on Tecmo's Rio Super Carnival pachinko slot machine games. Rio is a popular casino dealer at the Howard Resort, an entertainment resort hotel where people from all over the world gather. She competes for the greatest honor among dealers β€” "Most Valuable Casino Dealer" (MVCD) β€” by collecting 13 legendary cards known as "Gates." "The Goddess of Winning" first appeared in 2003 in the Super Black Jack game franchise from the pachi-slo company Net, thanks to Net's collaboration with Tecmo (Dead or Alive) to create female characters. Rio's popularity led to several more games, including 2005's Rio Carnival, 2007's Rio Paradise, and 2009's Rio 2 -Cruising Vanadis-.

An anime based on a pachinko slot machine game, hmmmmmmm...O.o.
-Trailer

>>Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara neβ€”!! (I don't like you at all, Big Brother!):
Junior high school student Nao is determined to make her brother, high School student Shuusuke, see her as a woman. So determined is she that goes to his room to throw away all his non-incest related porn. But as she's looking for his porno stash, she finds a photo album...and she's not in any of his childhood pictures.

What?

OVAs:
>>Supernatural the Animation:
The series looks very good from the trailers. Looking forward to this 22 episode OVA. The original American TV series is great and one of the better series airing on TV.



>>Tailenders:
Creative art style and interesting setting. It is similar to Redline but from the trailer it doesn't look as good. Still a story about racing with a creative animation style like this looks like something to keep an eye on.



>>Koisento:
The story takes place in Nara city in 2710. Shin'ichi visits there on a school excursion and a white deer suddenly takes his bag away. He chases the deer and meets a mysterious girl called Toto, who is running away from a gang of chasers.

I know nothing about this show beyond the summary of it's story but it does sound interesting.

>>Yuri Seijin Naoko-san:
Ufotable is a great studio, so I am interested in their works. The story is about a planet inhabited by lesbians, hmmmmmm, I'm not exactly sure what to say about this apart from it could be entertaining O.o.

>>Mirai Nikki (Future Diary):
A supernatural, psychological thriller based on the story of Amano Yukiteru, a second year middle school student who is introverted and spends most of his time detailing his life in a cell phone diary. Due to his loneliness, Amano begins to imagine an other-worldly friend named Deus Ex Machina who claims to be the Lord of Time and Space. Deus gifts Amano with the ability to record the happenings of the near future as if he was reading the diary of his future self on his cell phone. Amano gets caught up in a sinister game of survival where twelve contestants will compete to become the next Deux ex Machina. Each diary has special attributes depending on its owner's personality and lifestyle which leads different strengths and weaknesses. Each diary is also directly connected to its holder and its destruction would lead to the end of the owner's life.

The OVA is 7-8 minutes, I have yet to watch it.

Continued OVAs:
>>Black Lagoon - ofcourse.

>>Tales of Symphonia: Tethe'alla-hen

Movies:
>>Well I want to watch the Gintama movie and the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie.

>>Ghost in the Shell: Stand Along Complex: Solid State Society 3D: Yes please!!!!! Even though it's the same movie, it looks great in 3D.



>>Showa Monogatari:
THINK Corporation's original story follows the human drama of the Yamazaki family in Tokyo in the Year Showa 39 (1964) β€” the year that the city hosted the Summer Olympics.

Sounds interesting.



>>Colorful (movie):
Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is 'lucky' and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a neutral spirit named Purapura, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake in his former life was before his time limit in Makoto's body runs out. He also has a number of other lesser duties he must complete, such as understanding what led Makoto to commit suicide in the first place and learning how to enjoy his second chance at life.

You got to admit, this does sound fascinating.

>>Sokyu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Heaven and Earth (movie):
Two years after the end of the original Soukyuu no Fafner TV series, Kazuki is slowly losing hope that Soushi will return to Tatsumiya Island as he promised. Meanwhile, the awakening of Misao Kurusu, the new core of the island, sets in motion a series of events that will decide the very fate of humanity AND the mysterious Festum aliens who are moving to renew their attack on earth.

No idea what this is about, but it looks cool =/. Character designs remind me of Gundam Seed. Trailer

Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku- (movie): Tezuka Osamu =D, will be waiting for the trailers to pop up.

Other News:
>>Fate/Zero: Yeah that's right, the Fate/Zero novel's are getting an anime adaptation and this time studio Ufotable is producing it, hell yeah. Ufotable and Type-Moon really compliment one another - I love the work Ufotable done on Kara no Kyoukai (my anime of 2008 and 2009, if I watched the first movie in 2007, it would also probably be my anime of 2007 - I just love the series).

The story is set a decade before Fate/Stay Night are reveals the 4th Holy Grail War. Also I hear Fate/Zero is more mature and complex than the Fate/Stay Night story. I'm excited (there is also going to be a manga release of Fate/Zero).

The website for Fate/Zero is up - here

>>Girls' Work: Ufotable also adapting another of Type-Moon's works (Girls' Work) into an anime. No idea what it is about but I am interested.

>>Toriko: Announced in issue #03-04 of JUMP (last weeks issue - ANN), Toriko will be getting an anime next year April. I have read the manga and I must say, this will probably be JUMP's next big hit, the sales are doing quite well and the timeslot it is airing in is the slot which DBZ Kai is current holding. Seems like DBZ Kai will stop after the Cell Saga (they can't possibly cover the Buu saga in under 3 months, can they?). The fact that Toriko is replacing DBZ Kai in that timeslot (airing before One Piece) shows just how much Shueisha expects from Toriko and the potential they feel it has. It's an entertaining series, so it's nice that it is being adapted into an anime series. Also for the next issue of JUMP (#05-06); Luffy, Naruto, Ichigo and Toriko appear on the cover - just goes to show what level Shueisha thinks Toriko is at, classing it with the big three JUMP titles.
In the world of Toriko, many extravagant and delicious ingredients exist in the most dangerous places, and it is up to the Bishoku-ya, or Gourmet Food Providers, to hunt down these animals and plants in the face of danger. Toriko is one such Bishoku-ya, taking his place as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Bishoku-ya with his immense strength and appetite. Together with Komatsu, a timid chef trained in the art of preparing food; Coco, the poisonous Bishoku-ya who can see the future; Terry Cloth, the offspring of a clone of the long-extinct Battle Wolf; and many more, Toriko takes on job after job while searching for the foods great enough to make it into his dream full-course meal.

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Yeah, it's here!!

Lots of JUMP titles getting anime adaptions recently - Sket Dance also has an anime adaption for April next year.

And yeah, the new Gintama season starting April next year =D.

If you want a look at what anime will be airing next year, visit ANN's upcoming anime page. [Should also note, the series descriptions I used are from ANN].

Have a nice day,
-Syphin-
Ayiru
I saved this post to read while stuck on a tedious and long train trip between Sydney and Gosford, totally worth it. Epic! :D
Oli
Syphin wrote:
Panty and Stocking, it started off as interesting but just got old fast (though I only watched 'til episode 4, does it get better?).


It gets better at episode 6 with the introduction of the demon girls but then the next episodes it kind of goes back to normal, i suppose if you wanted to watch more i'd say watch 6 and maybe 12 & 13 to see the end
Darkshaunz
retsgip wrote:
looks like, as usual, maybe 1% of anime is quality.


Yo sempai I checked out the first few chapters of the Beelzebub manga, it's pretty hilarious.

I think you'd like it.

It's so shounen, it shits friendship and adventure.
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