Winter 2010 Anime Season Preview
The end of the year is approaching fast and so is the end of the current season of anime. Although I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a season preview since I’ve been neglecting the anime side of this blog for a while but I know some of you like to know what’s coming up so this is for you! From my past experiences Winter season always had a number of shows that I thoroughly enjoyed, but looking at the current list there doesn’t appear to be that many that perk my interests. Sources from Moonphase, Animesuki forums, and GIGAZINE.
Cobra the Animation - 2nd January
Synopsis: Cobra is very known space pirate, but decides to change his face and to clear all his memories. He becomes a common guy, with a common job, and a very boring life, but suddenly he starts remembering his true identity and new adventures begin.
Adun’s Bit: A classic turned into TV series. Cobra was one early anime that I watched when I started watching anime, but of course that was only the movie and OVA series. I look forward to seeing a new Cobra TV series (there was an original 31 episode series but I never watched it).
Mini’s Bit: I never any of the original Cobra anime (I started with Dirty Pair and Gunbuster), so this could be a belated chance for me to get onto the bandwagon.
Chu-bra!! – 4th January
Synopsis: A girl who loves underwear so much she tries to start an underwear club at school.
Adun’s Bit: When I read the synopsis I was like WTF. Now I know fanservice is basically a basic element in a lot of anime, but I can sense that this kind of series is going to go overboard. Sure I do like some fanservice however but I prefer it in moderation. Of course I will watch the first episode to see how it goes. Though I doubt I will go any further than that.
Mini’s Bit: Gonna have to disagree with you there, brother. The more fanservice, the better – revel in it! I’ll be sure to check this series out. Note that this series is directed by Hiiro Yukina who was also the director of Gakuen Heaven, so there might be some girl-on-girl lovin’ too.
So Ra No Wo To – 4th January
Synopsis: In the future on a land that, after being marred by long-lasting wars, has settled into quiet decline. Kanata Sorami, a 15-year-old girl who fulfills her dream of enlisting in the army joins a unit of five girls who protect a fortress. The girls play music that reverberate across the skies over towns without people and seas without fish.
Adun’s Bit: At first when I saw the images on the official site I immediately thought that Kyoto Animation was doing it. However that isn’t the case even though the style is very similar. Still the premise does sound interesting and I liked the music from the preview that I saw so this is one to watch for me.
Mini’s Bit: The character designs will look familiar because the designer, Toshifumi Akai, is a big fan of Yukiko “K-On!” Horiguchi. This military musical girl series is a must-watch on my list. Watch the trailer!
Ladies versus Butlers! – 5th January
Synopsis: Hino Akiharu sees on the news about the newly-established Hakureiryou Gakuin, a school which was re-built from an elite girls’ school. He decides to take the exam for that school and succeeds in entering the House Management Department (the place to train maids & butlers). He wants to become a butler, although his appearance scares the ladies. Akiharu has a sinister look in his eyes, a scar on his right eyebrow, and bristled up hair. Add 3 piercings on his ears and he indeed has a typical bad boy look on him.
Adun’s Bit: If anime has taught me anything, its that maids and butlers are freaking awesome. But it being a Xebec production and the same director as Kanokon, I can only think there’ll be fanservice about. Not such a bad thing but again, if its the same level as Kanokon I’m going to cringe watching it. Still having Kawasumi Ayako and Nakahara Mai as the lead female characters is always a pleasure.
Mini’s Bit: Once again I must dissent. Any series that is influenced by Kanokon gets a “hell yeah” from me. Not only does Ladies VS Butlers has the same director, but also the same character designer. Furthermore, Mai Nakahara voicing drill-hair-girl Selnia is going to be amazing. Watch the trailer!
Omamori Himari – 6th January
Synopsis: 16-year-old high school boy named Yūto Amakawa is protected by a spirit — specifically, a beautiful, sword-wielding cat girl spirit named Himari. Yūto is descended from a family that has subjugated demons since time immemorial. The charm that once protected him is now impotent, but fortunately, at that same moment, Himari appears before him as his new guardian.
Adun’s Bit: Seeing the preview available on the official site, it certainly appears to be another ecchi type series with plenty of breast jiggling. But my initial thoughts aren’t that bad, perhaps because of a cat girl who wields a katana? Well this is what ZEXECS is offering this season and with Koshimizu Ami (seiyuu for Horo) as Himari I’ll definitely check it out.
Mini’s Bit: I’ll check out at least the first episode since this series is an adaptation of a manga by Matra Milan. However, this series is going to need more than a name-check to hold my attention.
Baka to Test to Shokanju – 6th January
Synopsis: Akihisa Yoshii attends an academy where they rigidly divide the student body based on the result of the tests taken: the best students goes to A class, the most incompetent students to F class. Akihisa, known as the idiot or the baka of the title, is naturally placed in the lowest F class. The students can summon Beasts that are used for battles and war between each classes. The better you score, the stronger Beast you can summon. So the A class always wins, having the smartest students and strongest Beasts.
On the day of the placement test, a smart girl named Mizuki Himeji had a fever and couldn’t complete her test. As a result, she was pigeonholed into the F class together with Akihisa. Together they set on a plan to bring down the domineering A class.
Mini’s Bit: Another light novel adaptation. Magic combined with literal class warfare perks my interest. As far as characters go, my eye’s on Minami (fourth from the left, with the big bow). Watch the trailer!
Dance In The Vampire Bund – 7th January
Synopsis: After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven to vampires the world over! Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes before she has a chance to make her world-changing announcement.
Adun’s Bit: I remember seeing the preview for this a few weeks ago and was quite impressed with it. With this being SHAFT’s newest work I’m guessing it’ll be pretty epic, though whether epic on the same level as Bakamonogatori is a different question. So far this series is the stand out for the Winter season and I do look forward to it.
Mini’s Bit: Now this is how a story about vampires and werewolves should go, not that poncey Twilight crap. As far as I’m concerned, the further it can get from Bakemonogatari, the better – less talk, more action. Another must-see anime.
Durarara!! – 7th January
Synopsis: Ryuugamine Mikado came to Ryou Gakuen to study at his childhood friend Kida Masaomi’s invitation. Masaomi told Mikado must not antagonize several special people if he were to live in Ikebukuro, especially not delinquents Heiwajima Shizuo nor informant Orihara Izaya. Also, there is a strange, unknown street gang known as “Dara-zu”. As fate has it, the first day Mikado arrives at Ikebukuro, he saw the urban legend “Headless Rider”. A series of events, with another rival gang “Koukinzoku” surfaces, cause Ikebukuro’s streets to fall into chaos.
Adun’s Bit: Based on a series of light novels authored by the same person who wrote Baccano! I’ve been told before that Baccano! is pretty good, however I have never actually watched the series. So based on this assumption I’ll give this series a go and see where it goes.
Mini’s Bit: Bit of a dark-horse series for me (pun not intended). A series about Dullahans is at least a fresh concept.
Hidamari Sketch × ☆☆☆ – 7th January
Synopsis: Follows the everyday life of Yuno, Miyako, Hiro and Sae, art-major students of Yamabuki Highschool living in “Hidamari-so (Sunshine Apartment)”.
Mini’s Bit: Hey, it’s Hidamari. I’ve been slack in not watching the second season; if there’s not much that I’ve missed, I’ll jump straight into this series and hope for the best. Yuno promises to be as adorable as ever, anyway.
Adun’s Bit: Hidamari is always a yes on my list and there even appears to be some new characters to come. I also look forward to the ending theme if Marble is the one to do it again.
Okami Kakushi – 8th January
Synopsis: A 16 year old boy, Hiroshi Kuzumi, started to live in a new town that is located in the mountains. The town is separated into new and old streets by the river, and many mysterious local cultures still remain. Although confused and enjoying his new life, one person kept her distance from him: class committee member Kushinada Nemura. In their few encounters she gave him a word of advice: “Stay away from the old streets”.
Adun’s Bit: Based on a visual novel from game director of Higurashi and character designs from Peach-Pit, this certainly rings some bells for me. The promo I saw at the end of Nyankoi didn’t have anything too impressive but I’m willing to give this series a try.
Mini’s Bit: Higurashi touched me in a bad place – I still have nightmares about it. So I’m not touching this series with a fifty-foot pole.
Seikon no Qwaser – 9th January
Synopsis:The story takes place on the grounds of St. Mihailov Academy, a Japanese Eastern Orthodox school, and draws heavily on religious references from the aforementioned religion. Here it follows the trials and hardship of two of its students, Oribe Mafuyu and Tomo Yamanobe, until the encounter with a mysterious, silver-haired, Russian boy named Alexander, or Sasha for short. This pits them and the whole school in an all-out war between the Church itself and the so-called “Adepts”, a sect of individuals wielding powers linked to the elements of chemistry.
Mini’s Bit: If the anime is anywhere near as dynamic and action-packed as the manga, this will be a winner. Sasha’s method of powering up should prove to be an amusing gimmick on-screen; I wonder how far the production company can go with regards to broadcast decency.
Hanamaru Kindergarten – 10th January
Synopsis: On the entering day of Hanamaru Kindergarten, Mr. Tsuchida finds Ann standing alone on a sidewalk waiting for her mother. Mr. Tsuchida calls out to her but Ann mistakes this as flirting. This is the start of Ann and her friends’ happy days in the kindergarten.
Mini’s Bit: This could be my required dose of comedy for the upcoming season. Apparently the humour in the original manga is pretty bonkers, so it’ll be interesting to see how the anime turns out.
Nodame Cantabile Finale – 14th January
Synopsis: Nodame continues her piano studies at a conservatory at Paris while Chiaki starts a professional career as a conductor. In Europe, they encounter new friends and rivals, as well as keep in touch with their friends from Japan.
Adun’s Bit: I’ve always been a big fan of the Nodame Cantabile series and I’m hella excited about the 3rd and final season.The manga has recently finished so I wonder how far this 3rd season will go but the downside is that it is only an 11 episode run. The only thing I fear is that they will rush this series just like the second season. Anyway let’s hope for an exciting 3rd season!
Adun’s Final Thoughts:
Well this season has a lot more series that I’m certainly interested in than I had anticipated. Though given my rather busy schedule I am unsure whether I’ll blog anything this season but if I do it’ll be Nodame Cantabile. But we shall wait and see how things go. So my picks for this season are: Dance In The Vampire Bund, Ladies versus Butlers, and Nodame Cantabile Finale.
Mini’s Final Thoughts:
I was in same same boat as Adun – I figured the upcoming season to be a wasteland, then *bam* a whole ton of moé. Now I have too many series picks and damned if I’ll actually find the time to watch them all. I hope So Ra No Wo To turns out strong so that I can continue my musical posting gimmick. I’ll also try to cover Baka to Test to Shokanju and Seikon no Qwaser.