Winter 2006 Shows!
December 31, 2005 at 6:01 pm
||Airtime in Japan (GMT +9)
||Airtime in US (EST, GMT -5)
|Nerima Daikon Brothers
|Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru…
|Shinigami no Ballad
|LEMON ANGEL PROJECT
|Kage Kara Mamoru!
Note: All times are given in a 24 hour format, using what I call relative day time where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For instance, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night.
By no means is this list complete, these are just the series I’m planning to watch. Check out MOON PHASE for an entire listing and AndrewLB’s Winter 2006 Wiki for who’s tentatively subbing what.
A brief run-down on my choice of shows:
Nerima Daikon Brothers – The director is Watanabe Shinichi (aka. Nabeshin). For that reason alone, this should be pretty interesting.
Magikano – This series sounds like magical girl/harem-romance fluff, but I’m willing to give it an episode to see how it is. It’s airing on Tuesdays though, so if it doesn’t impress, I probably won’t stick with it.
Kashimashi – Boy gets hit on the head by a UFO, turns into a girl, and shoujo-ai ensues. This is probably the series I’m looking the most forward to this next season after having read some of the manga.
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora – Two kids hospitalized kids fall in love, one of whom is going to die. The introduction for this makes it sound like a fairly decent romance drama, and since it’s airing on WOWOW, I’m expecting good things from it. The series is only six episodes long…
Shinigami no Ballad – …and Shinigami no Ballad is taking its spot midseason. Another six episode series, this is looking to be another cute and heartwarming drama about Momo the shinigami. Again, WOWOW, so I have high expectations.
REC – Funny story about REC: not knowing what the story is about, I picked up volume four of the manga and opened it up. Lo and behold, there was the main girl sprawled out naked having sex with a man who wasn’t the main character. That was quite the eye-opener. I don’t expect the animated series to be quite so ero, but it should be interesting. Incidentally, REC is about that girl, Onda Aka, an aspiring voice actress, and her relationship with the male lead, Matsumaru Humihiko.
Fate/stay night – The series that needs no introduction, Fate/stay night is probably the best known of the upcoming series. This is looking to be the action series for the winter season, which is mostly why I’m picking it up. It helps that the Curtain Raiser made the production quality look really good (though I doubt that will fully carry over to the actual series).
LEMON ANGEL PROJECT – This has the potential to be good and the potential to be really crappy. We have what a group of singing girls, part of the Lemon Angel revival project, complete with a meganekko and a goth girl. I think how good or bad this series is will ultimately be decided on the music that comes out of this, so I’m being cautiously optimistic about it.
Kage Kara Mamoru! – A ninja boy protecting a girl sounds like another hit or miss show. The premise is interesting enough for me to give this show a try, and I’m hoping for some good laughs out of this.
There are three shows – Ergo Proxy, Bincho-tan, and Rakugo Tennyo – which I am very iffy about, enough not to put them on the schedule. I’ll watch the first episodes of these (or in Ergo Proxy’s case, the mini-program/preview), but they won’t get blogged unless I feel like I can commit to watching the show. I’ve also got my eye on a few JDramas, but I’m waiting for first episodes to air before I decide on any of those.
Suggestions/Corrections/Questions are welcome :)