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Fall 2007 Preview!

With October finally here, the new fall season is set to begin with a lot of promising shows including a new Gundam, a new Da Capo, and lots more. As usual, I’ll watch the first episode of most shows within certain parameters (in other words, not the kiddie shows), and what I list here are the chances of me actually blogging something based on my initial impressions from promotional material. However, even if I list the chances for a show as good or guaranteed, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll stick with it for more than a few episodes.

By no means does this list reflect every single anime series that is going to be aired, though I did try to be as comprehensive as I could. Check out MOON PHASE for an entire listing, syoboi’s calendar for specific air-times, and AndrewLB’s Fall 2007 Wiki for who’s tentatively subbing what.

Technical Note: All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format 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.

dcii D.C.II ~Da Capo II~
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/dc2/
Premieres October 1st, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 24:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Mondays at 11:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Da Capo is back with a sequel set 53 years after the first two series. It’s got a whole new cast of characters who are the descendants of the previous cast, including Junichi’s two granddaughters, but some things stay the same – Suginami’s still around, a Shirakawa is still the school idol, etc. Though the animation production is still being done by Feel, character designs are now being done by Shimazawa Noriko (who also worked on Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru), and it’s scheduled to be only 13 episodes long. Hopefully that’ll be a good thing and they won’t waste any time getting to the story.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
bamboo Bamboo Blade
http://www.bambooblade.jp/
Premieres October 1st, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Mondays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
From the staff that brought you Gun X Sword comes a story about a high school teacher who has to find five girls to compete in a kendo match so that he can win a year’s worth of free meals through a bet. I thought the concept of five girls doing kendo had potential, but after reading the first volume of the manga, I didn’t find the story to be really exceptional, despite some interesting characters.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
sketchbook Sketchbook ~full color’s~
http://www.sketch-full.net/
Premieres October 1st, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Mondays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
This slice-of-life story based on a 4-koma manga is about a girl who enters high school and joins the art club. The promo video for this had a very peaceful piano piece and showed a lot of landscape and sky views, giving me the feeling that this could be similar in style to a series like ARIA. Hal Film Maker is animating this and it’s being supervised by Sato Junichi, so that might not be too far off the mark. Fans of Makino Yui should also note that she plays a role and sings the ending song here too.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
kaiji Kaiji
http://www.ntv.co.jp/kaiji/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 24:59
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 11:59
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo
If you’ve seen any of Akagi, you should recognize the art of Kaiji since it’s by the same creator Fukumoto Nobuyuki. This is also produced by the same team at Madhouse and will have Akagi’s voice actor playing Kaiji, so I’d think that if you enjoyed that, you’d probably enjoy this. Unlike Akagi’s mahjong though, Kaiji has various types of games and is about a guy who enters into the dangerous world of gambling. I never got a chance to watch Akagi though, and with the large field of other shows on Tuesdays, I suspect that I probably won’t be watching this either.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
neuro Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
http://www.ntv.co.jp/neuro/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:29
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:29
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
The title character of this series is a demon who comes to the human world to devour mysteries. Enlisting the help of a girl named Yako whose father was recently murdered, Neuro starts solving mysteries and eating them. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of the manga, though it’s less because of the murder mysteries and more because of Neuro himself. He’ll be voiced by Koyasu Takehito in the anime while Yako will be voiced by Ueda Kana, and with Madhouse animating the series, this might turn out to be pretty good.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
labyrinth Suteki Tantei Labyrinth
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/labyrins/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
This story takes place in the forgotten Old Tokyo where mysterious incidents that are beyond human understanding are occurring. Challenging these is a boy detective with a special insight power that allows him to understand the whole picture behind them. I was originally considering writing this one off because I could just watch Neuro if I wanted a mystery series, but this show actually has a pretty strong cast – including Sawashiro Miyuki in the main role, Paku Romi and Inoue Marina playing a pair of (male) twins, and Horie Yui too – that might warrant it a look when it airs.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
night wizard Night Wizard The ANIMATION
http://www.nightwizard.jp/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Based on a pen & paper RPG, this series takes place in a world where Wizards with magic are fighting invaders called Emulators. The anime version revolves around a female transfer student who has the power to end the war, and the others at her school. The whole thing looks and sounds a little generic to me, and the PV didn’t impress me that much either, so this isn’t on my priority list.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
blue drop BLUE DROP ~Tenshitachi no Gikyoku~
http://blue-drop.jp/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Blue Drop is the story of two girls: one who is the sole survivor of a mysterious incident where all the people of an island disappeared, and the other who is an alien sent to Earth to do reconnaissance for an invasion. Like the manga it’s based on, the anime looks to have yuri themes (the aliens only have one gender – female), and as it’s been a while since I’ve watched a yuri show, I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. The animation quality looks like it’ll be really good too, so I’ve got my fingers crossed in hopes that this won’t disappoint.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
myself yourself Myself;Yourself
http://www.anime-myyour.com/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 26:15
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 13:15
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Myself;Yourself is a new title that’s had a light novel going since earlier this year and has a game for the PS2 coming out in November. The story involves a boy who moves to Tokyo when he’s in the fifth grade and returns back to his old town five years later, but he finds that things have changed, especially the girl who was his first love. It sounds rather average as far as these kinds of stories go, and without a review or word-of-mouth on the game to rely on, I have no idea if this’ll turn out to be any good, but I’m not very impressed by this at first glance.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
mokke Mokke
http://www.avexmovie.jp/lineup/mokke/
Premieres October 2nd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 26:43
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 13:43
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Mokke is about two special sisters who live in a rural town with their grandfather. The older sister can see spirits while the younger sister is easily haunted by them, and through their grandfather and their own experiences, they learn to respect and co-exist with all the spirits around them. This is a good series for those of you who are folklore buffs since each chapter of the manga deals with a different situation and spirit, and I imagine the anime will take a similar approach. I’ve gotten used to the manga, so the anime adaptation’s character designs look a bit odd to me, but Kawasumi Ayako and Mizuki Nana voicing the two sisters should more than make up for it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
dragonaut Dragonaut -The Resonance-
http://www.dragonaut.com/
Premieres October 3rd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:50
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 12:50
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
The background here is that, faced with impending doom from a huge asteroid, humanity created a weapon called a Dragonaut after the discovery of a dragon egg under the ocean. That sounds like standard sci-fi/mecha stuff, and the 3-D battle from the preview didn’t really excite me, but the contrast of red and blue between the two lead characters reminds me enough of Romeo and Juliet to think that their romance could be interesting. And unlike the majority of shows this season, Dragonaut is an original concept not based on a manga, game, or novel, though those of you wary of Gonzo productions should probably take note since this is one. It’s also worth mentioning that the three main voice actresses from the Suzumiya Haruhi anime (Hirano Aya, Gotou Yuuko, and Chihara Minori) are in this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
negima drama Mahou Sensei Negima! Drama
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/negima-drama/
Premieres October 3rd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:50
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 12:50
Information Links: Here and here
I am expecting this to be a complete disaster, but morbid curiosity compels me to watch it. The recently released trailer pretty much confirmed my suspicions, but I’ll need to see the entire first episode to see just how ridiculous it really is. At least Setsuna doesn’t look too bad…
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
ninomiya kun Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun
http://pc.webnt.jp/ninomiya/
Premieres October 3rd, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 27:13
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 14:13
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
The title character here finds himself – thanks to his own sister – living with a pair of siblings who are incubus and succubus, and it turns out that the succubus is afraid of men, so the main character has been chosen to help her get over it. But that’s not all! The rich and popular student council president is also his live-in maid. The whole succubus aspect sounds like it could have potential, but having not read the light novel that this is based on, I can’t vouch for how good the story is since at first glance it sounds rather haremish.
Note: This is premiering on a Wednesday, but normal weekly first airings are on Thursdays on a different channel.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
taiho Taiho Shichauzo Full Throttle
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/taiho/
Premieres October 4th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:25
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:25
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, syoboi
The third You’re Under Arrest series reunites Natsumi and Miyuki after their respective stints with the Special Forces and the LAPD. It’s been many years since the last series, but they’ve managed to keep all the original voice actors, and Studio DEEN is animating it again. Given the other two big shows airing on Thursday though, I’ll probably be skipping this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
Shakugan%20no%20Shana%20II%20 %20CM%20 %2008 Shakugan no Shana II
http://www.shakugan.com/
Premieres October 4th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:25
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:25
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
When the first Shana series ended, most of us were sure there’d be a sequel, and after a year and a half of waiting, it’s finally here. Unlike the second season of Zero no Tsukaima (which had a change of director and writer), the entire first series staff is back for Shana II, so I expect that this will be as good as or better than the original. I’ll need to brush up on my Shana terminology, but this series should turn out to be a lot of fun. The first arc is apparently going to involve an original character from the Shana DS game named Mare.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
CLANNAD%20 %20Announcement%20CM%20 %2003 CLANNAD
http://www.tbs.co.jp/clannad/
Premieres October 4th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:55
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:55
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
CLANNAD is easily the most anticipated show of the season for me because of all the great things I’ve heard about the original game coupled with Kyoto’s Animation’s record of beautifully animated and faithful adaptations. Having such a talented cast too – including Nakahara Mai, Kanda Akemi, Kuwashima Houko, Nonaka Ai, Inoue Kikuko, and Noto Mamiko – is just icing on the cake. I’ve been trying my best not to read up on the story before seeing this, so all I’ll say about it here is that it starts with a troubled delinquent whose life changes when he meets the main heroine.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
shugo Shugo Chara!
http://shugo-chara.com/
Premieres October 6th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 9:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 20:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Joining the Saturday morning lineup on TBS is a shoujo story about an elementary school girl who finds three eggs in her bed, each containing a small character that can grant her a personality (and costume) transformation. The manga turned out to be a better read than I thought it’d be, but I just don’t think this is the kind of series I’d regularly follow.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
gundam 00 Mobile Suit Gundam 00
http://www.gundam00.net/
Premieres October 6th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 9:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 20:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
The newest title in the Gundam franchise is about a group that wants to stop war on Earth, and they have (in a bit of an ironic twist) the power of four Gundams piloted by Gundam Meisters. It feels like it’s been way too long since I’ve watched a Gundam series, and since this isn’t taking place in the Cosmic Era, there’s no reason for me not to be excited about it. The promos have thus far shown lots of action, and I look forward to seeing how popular director Mizushima Seiji influences the show. It should be also noted that although this series totals a year’s worth of episodes, half of it is going to be shown in the next two seasons, and the other half will be reserved for a later date. Popular speculation right now is that CODE GEASS will replace Gundam 00 in the spring of 2008 before Gundam 00 comes back in the fall.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
ef ef – a tale of memories
http://www.ef-memo.com/
Premieres October 6th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:35
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 12:35
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
ef is a story that starts with a guy who draws shoujo manga who by chance meets a girl on Christmas night as he’s going to his childhood friend’s party. I’m cautiously optimistic about this series because the prologue has some wonderful animation (by SHAFT, though at some points I could have been fooled into thinking it was Kyoto Animation), and I love the music, but preview DVDs aren’t the best judges of what the actual series will be like. It’s 12 episodes long – which I think is a good thing for these kinds of series – and the game this is based on apparently had set pairings, so I don’t think ef will be anything like how people view traditional harem series to be.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
kimikiss Kimikiss pure rouge
http://www.kimikiss-pure-rouge.jp/
Premieres October 6th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 26:55
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 13:55
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
As the title implies, Kimikiss is about the protagonist trying to get a kiss from one of the six main girls. The primary reason I’m interested in this show is because it’s being directed by Kasai Kenichi who is probably best known for directing Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile. However, as far as I’m aware, he’s never directed a series based on a game like this, and this isn’t airing in the Noitamina programming block like those two series did, so I’m very curious how Kimikiss will turn out.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
maple story Maple Story
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/maplestory/
Premieres October 7th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 08:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 19:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Based on the popular Korean MMORPG, the plot of the anime adaptation revolves around a boy on a journey to restore a world tree. This is taking Gurren Lagann’s timeslot, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be nowhere near as good, even if it does have an OP by Younha (heck, I might watch the first episode just to hear that). But thinking about this brings back memories of Ragnarok The Animation, and well, that wasn’t the best of shows, so I don’t have high hopes for this either.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
rental magica Rental Magica
http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/sneaker/magica/
Premieres October 7th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 24:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 11:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Replacing Lucky Star in many channels’ lineups is a show based on a light novel about a boy who succeeds his father as the president of a magician employment agency. Though he himself possesses no magical power, he apparently has a legendary demon eye that allows him to see everything. The image at left reminds me a lot of a similar shot of Allen from D.Gray-man, but since Fukuyama Jun is voicing him, I can’t help but make the bigger connection to Lelouch and his GEASS eye.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
prism ark Prism Ark
http://www.p-ark.tv/
Premieres October 7th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 24:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 11:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Prism Ark centers on a guy and girl who are training to be knights at a school during a time when war is looming. The predominately female cast – likely due in no small part to the fact that this was developed as an eroge – wield various weapons and magics, and the promo material seems to emphasize the action (including some large mechanical looking weapons called Angels) as well as the romantic relationship between the two main characters. Those trailers didn’t seem too bad, so I may give this a look when it airs.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
minami ke Minami-ke
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/minami-ke/1/index.html
Premieres October 7th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
This is a comedy that follows three sisters in high school, middle school, and elementary school who have very different personalities. I’ve read a few chapters of the manga and found it pretty funny, but I worry a little because the director and animation studio working on this – Oota Masahiko and Doumu, respectively – also did Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na -Crescent Love- together. The interesting thing is that Minami-ke is scheduled to run for two seasons, and the second season (coming January of next year) is being worked on by the Hosoda Naoto and asread, the combination behind SHUFFLE!. Maybe if this season doesn’t work out, the one in the winter will be better.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
jyuushin enbu Jyuushin Enbu -HERO TALES-
http://www.jyushin.jp/
Premieres October 7th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Jyuushin Enbu is originally a manga from the author of Fullmetal Alchemist, Arakawa Hiromu, that takes place in ancient China and has some elements of Chinese folklore. It features a headstrong boy with special powers who embarks on a journey with his sister and his friend to recover a sword that was given to him after his coming of age ceremony but was subsequently stolen. The manga’s still relatively new, so the anime will probably take a different route than the manga like FMA did, but it’s hard to say whether this’ll end up being a good thing or not since it seemed to work out pretty well in that case.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
genshiken2 Genshiken 2
http://www.genshiken.info/
Premieres October 9th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Genshiken 2 continues the story left off from the OVAs from earlier this year, which got into volume 6 of the manga. That leaves plenty of material to work with for these 12 episodes, and I imagine Ogiue will be getting a large part of the focus if they go all the way to the end. I probably won’t blog this since I read through the manga not all that long ago, and the anime thus far has been a pretty faithful adaptation (meaning that there’s a good chance I’d get bored of it), but I might watch it casually just to see how some of the important story points turn out.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
Kodomo%20no%20Jikan%20 %20OVA%20 %2027 Kodomo no Jikan
http://www.kojika-anime.com/
Premieres October 10th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Kodomo no Jikan is a controversial series about the lives of three elementary school girls, one of whom has a crush on their male teacher. Critics say that the series is just an outlet for lolicon fanservice while advocates will point to the strong storyline that gets developed later in the manga. As resident lolicon jaalin noted in his writeup of the OVA earlier this month, the anime adaptation could go either way. He’s also expressed an interest in continuing blogging this, so I’ll be leaving this series up to him.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
moyashimon Moyashimon
http://www.kamosuzo.tv/top.html
Premieres October 11th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:45
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 11:45
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
This series has one of the more interesting concepts of the season, with a first-year college student who is able to see and talk to germs that, as you can see from the image, are portrayed in a fairly cute way. This figures greatly into his life because he’s enrolled in the agriculture department, so things like fermented food and alcohol production come into play. It looks like it could be a fun and maybe even educational series, but with CLANNAD and Shana II on Thursday, odds are low that I’d pick this up.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
shion no ou Shion no Ou
http://www.shion-oh.com/
Premieres October 13th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays late night
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturday afternoons
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
For those of you familiar with Hikaru no Go, Shion no Ou has some similar qualities, except with the game of shougi instead of go. However, there’s also a deep sense of mystery because the lead girl’s parents are murdered when she’s young. She gets adopted by the professional shougi player next door, and although she turns mute after the incident, she herself is becoming a pro at the beginning of the manga with part of her motivation coming from the fact that she thinks a shougi player killed her parents. The anime adaptation is set to be 12 episodes long, and while the character designs look a bit off to me, I look forward to hearing Kawasumi Ayako as Shion (despite being mute, she does have a few lines here and there).
Note: As of this writing, Shion no Ou still doesn’t have an airtime to go with its premiere date.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
ghost hound Shinreigari/Ghost Hound
http://www.ghosthound.tv/
Premieres October 18th, 2007
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 10:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, syoboi
Being billed as a Production I.G’s 20th anniversary project in collaboration with Shirow Masamune, Ghost Hound has three boys who all experienced trauma in their childhood and have learned a sort of soul escape that lets their spirits enter what’s called the Unseen World. The character designs might look very familiar because they’re done by Oka Mariko of Jigoku Shoujo fame, but more importantly, several members of the staff from Serial Experiments Lain are working on this including the director and writer. Like Moyashimon though, I probably won’t be watching this because of the two other big Thursday shows.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor

The list above tallies up to 30 series premiering in October, not counting the kiddie shows (stuff like Mameushi-kun and Pururun Shizuku-chan) or any OVAs. Of those, there are four that I’m definitely going to be following (Da Capo II, Shana II, CLANNAD, and Gundam 00) and a few others that I’ve got high hopes for (BLUE DROP, Dragonaut, and ef), but it’s hard to say at this point what will turn out to be really good – that’s what first episodes are for. Jaalin did point out to me that there just don’t seem to be as many comedy series as the previous seasons, but he still expressed interest in Sketchbook, Kodomo no Jikan, Kimikiss, and especially in Ninomiya-kun.

Like last season, I’ve uploaded a torrent with the promotional videos and commercials of many of the shows I’ve just talked about. Included in the pack – 31 files total – are: Bamboo Blade (CM, PV), Blue Drop (PV), CLANNAD (CMx2, OP, ED), Dragonaut (PV), ef (prologue), Genshiken 2 (PV), Ghost Hound (CM, PV), Ninomiya-kun (CM), Gundam 00 (CMx4), Jyuushin Enbu (CM, PV), Neuro (CM), Mokke (PV), Night Wizard (CM, PV), Prism Ark (CM, PV, OP), Rental Magica (CM), Shakugan no Shana (CM, PV), and Sketchbook (CM, PV).
Note: CM = Commercial, PV = Promo, OP = Opening Credits, ED = Ending Credits.

Torrent Link

As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

September 30, 2007 at 7:28 pm
145 comments »
  • October 1, 2007 at 10:33 amVoid

    definitely:
    Shakugan no Shana 2
    Rental Magica

    Maybe:
    Ef – a tale of memories (the bgm of the offical website got me >.

  • October 1, 2007 at 10:48 amTTT

    not only that… the 2 main guys of suzumiya haruhi is also doing Dragonaut…
    A full SOS dan meeting imo

  • October 1, 2007 at 11:10 amf(_)ck

    Kodomo no jikan
    shana II
    Goshuushousama ninomiya kun

    Clannad is a nice show,but it seems to like the story is like air,kanon or maybe even Da Capo

    Cmon why gundam is it bcuz it’s the only 1 that has a better robot story compared to the other robot anime series coming this season. F&*$ i’m sick and tired of the gundam coming every once in 2-3 years can’t bandai get over the mobile suit franchise ever!

  • October 1, 2007 at 11:24 amTyrenol

    Suteki Tantei Labyrinth: BOY DETECTIVE.
    Night Wizard: GUY W/ SWORD & HAREM.
    Rental Magica: PIMP MY MAGISTER.
    Shinreigari/Ghost Hound: Shirow Masamune finally getting off the GitS crackpipe.

    Every other show: MASSIVE POTENTIAL NOT-EVEN-HILARIOUS FAIL.

  • October 1, 2007 at 11:35 amaquastar831

    My picks out of that list:

    Definite:
    Da Capo II
    Shana S2
    Clannad TV (Tomoyo and Nagisa. Yay!)
    ef -a tale of memories (most likely subbing this. Playing the game currently)

    Interested in checking out:

    Sketchbook
    Myself;Yourself
    Mokke
    Ninomiya-kun
    Kimikiss
    Prism Ark
    Night Wizard
    Rental Magica
    Minami-ke
    Kodomo no Jikan

    On Da Capo II, have good expectations for that one. Feel has been on a roll recently with Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru and Nagasarete Airantou. Interesting that Yui Horie is voicing one of the Asakura girls this time instead of Shirakawa.

  • October 1, 2007 at 11:37 amWestlo

    100% watching

    Clannad
    Shana II
    Ghost Hound
    Gundam 00

    Will check out a few episodes of

    Ef – A Tale of Memories
    Blue Drop
    Mokke
    Dragonaut

  • October 1, 2007 at 11:48 amAndri

    I’ll definitely watch:

    Sketchbook – I love animes adapted from 4-koma manga
    Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro – seeing that this is from a shonen jump manga, shld be good.
    Dragonaut – incredible cast and the animation looks decent
    Gundam 00 – I never miss a gundam series
    Ef – the animation looks awesome
    Prism ark – Chicks with swords, definitely gotta watch this
    Minami-ke – Need more comedy this season, and i hope this is good.

    I’ll consider watching
    Bamboo Blade – reminds me of my kendo lessons…
    Blue Drop – i;m not a fan of yuri type anime, but the animation looks good.
    Ninomiya-kun – another harem anime, the succubus/incubus chars lookSha interesting.
    Shakugan no shana – I didn’t watch the first season but this series seem to have lots of positive feedback, might try watching it.
    Clannad – Lots of romance anime this season, might watch this one as well.

    Shakungan no shana = I didn’t watch the first season but there had been lots of praises for

  • October 1, 2007 at 11:50 amGermanguy

    wow,Awesome. Even a Torrent link.

    Thanks for your hard Work, Omni. I appreciate it.

    Mfg,
    Seska

  • October 1, 2007 at 12:20 pmraegria

    @TTT
    “not only that… the 2 main guys of suzumiya haruhi is also doing Dragonaut…
    A full SOS dan meeting imo”

    Yes.
    Ono Daisuke (Koizumi) as Jin Kamishina (Hero)
    Chihara Minori (Yuki) as Toa (Heroine)
    Goto Yuko (Mikuru) as Makina
    Sugita Tomokazu (Kyon) as Howlingstar
    Hirano Aya (Haruhi) as Garnet

  • October 1, 2007 at 1:30 pmSpieler

    KimiKiss the game itself is great,even i`ll grant it the best koi slg since tokimeki 1&2.And the CVs are including koshimizu,noto,kawasumi.I`m sure the anime `ll be a big surprise in the fall.

  • October 1, 2007 at 1:46 pmno0ono0o

    I hope it will be good year of anime^.^

  • October 1, 2007 at 2:04 pmHudson

    Looks like a decent line-up this season well except for the horror show Live Action Negima!

    Da Capo II – I’ve haven’t even seen the 1st season yet. The animation looks very good and i hear the story line is very good also. I approve of this being blogged.

    Bamboo Blade – Coming up next on ESPN Woman’s Professional – OK LET’S DO SOMETHING ELSE! No to this anime.

    Sketchbook full color’s – Look interesting. I’m willing to see how the 1st episode goes for this series.

    Kaiji – no

    Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro – no

    Suteki Tantei Labyrinth – Conan ripoff! no.

    Night Wizard The ANIMATION – no. Looks like a rip-off of 12 Kingdoms.

    BLUE DROP Tenshitachi no Gikyoku – HELL YES!

    Myself;Yourself – After School Days i bet everyone here is willing to see a nice ending to an anime series again.

    Mokke – nice look animation style. But I will have to say no to this. Story just seems like an animated version of Ghost Whisperer.

    Dragonaut -The Resonance- Have to watch the 1st episode before i make my decision about this one.

    Mahou Sensei Negima! Drama – HELL NO!!! After Negima!? I can’t see how anything could get any worse…. this just might do it though.

    Goshuushousama Ninomiya-kun – girls with pointy tail never peeked my interest. no.

    Taiho Shichauzo Full Throttle – never even seen the other 2 seasons. no.

    Shakugan no Shana II – looks nice but I’d have to see the 1st episode 1st.

    CLANNAD – yes.

    Shugo Chara! – i love magic girls but this seems ridiculous. no

    Mobile Suit Gundam 00 – I hope you realize this is supposed to be a Yoai Gundam Series…. no.

    ef – a tale of memories – have to watch the 1st episode 1st.

    Kimikiss pure rouge – animation look familiar. Maybe I’ll give this a try.

    Maple Story – NO

    Rental Magica – no.

    Prism Ark – Negima meets Nanoha. no.

    Minami-ke – looks cute. I’ll give it a try.

    Jyuushin Enbu -HERO TALES- – no.

    Genshiken 2 – no.

    Kodomo no Jikan – YES YES YES YES YES!

    Moyashimon – WTF!? HELL NO!!

    Shion no Ou – no.

    Shinreigari/Ghost Hound – no.

    well i hope this helps for which animes you’ll blog!

  • October 1, 2007 at 4:11 pmOwned4eva

    Woot Clannad And Shana II are airing on my birthday!!!!
    Cant Wait for such a great day ^^

  • October 1, 2007 at 4:31 pmGermanguy

    Sketchbook: looks like a slow peace anime, with lot of nature screens. a Girl that like to draw Cats, Cats foots… Btw, where there a scene with the Cat from ARIA?

  • October 1, 2007 at 5:14 pmcoriel

    SHAKUGAN NO SHANA II!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!

  • October 1, 2007 at 6:20 pmJoichiro Nishi

    I miss the old days when anime was about action and dark stories. Nowadays, anime is about fanservice.

  • October 1, 2007 at 7:08 pmislandloner

    ah…nothing seems to stand out to me…is there anything that can give me the darker than black feel?

  • October 1, 2007 at 7:42 pmanonymous

    Bamboo Blade as a manga, and i’m going to assume the anime as well, is probably more amusing to those that’ve actually practiced or do practice kendo. because while things are obviously comedic and over the top, core of the characters and some of the stuff your see (in the manga at least, anime only came out today and i haven’t watched it yet) you actually tend to experience in kendo at some point or another giving it a sort of “heh, i’ve been there” dimension of amusement.

  • October 1, 2007 at 9:50 pmfake

    can’t wait for ‘Kodomo no Jikan’

    I forgot what is it like to wait for a really good anime, but I remembered it after seeing an OVA of KnJ. I’m all fired up for this!

    Very good drawing, one of the top character setup with psychological and psychosocial development of characters (and their personal and family problems) and on top of everything it seems that everyone are VIRGINS (not only students but also teachers shown as failures at life)

    I read the manga and I was surprised how deep storyline is.
    It would make best drama ever with some funny moments, sad moments, etc.
    seems very balanced, but later it gets more sad.

    Manga has some ecchi moments from time to time but Kokonoe is teasing her teacher because of his reaction. Read manga chapter 21 before calling it lolicon will ya! (sudden and big change of the story) otherwise you won’t understand what is it all about.
    Quote=Kokonoe (to her teacher [Daisuke Aoki])
    ‘The truth is that… You see me as a woman, don’t you?

    Anime has excellent voice acting, it just smashed me out. Especially Kitamura Eri. I think that she gives everything she has to her character (not just voice but also her emotions [soul?]).

    I’m also waiting for ‘Genshiken 2′, ‘Clannad’, ‘ef’ and ‘Minami-ke’.

  • October 1, 2007 at 10:48 pmASDAS #>)

    i think ill get bored of gundam if they use their standard plot formula all over again
    Mahou Drama looks hilarious after seeing the trailer

    Kaiji looks interesting since a lot of people at sub group forums are apparently asking for it

    other than that ill try some of the other ones listed if they seem remotly interesting according to my standards

  • October 2, 2007 at 12:09 amDm

    It’s a bit early, but here are my favorite shows of the year

    Spring: Claymore, what a great show! The ending was decent, but the rest was awesome!

    Summer: Moetan, even I’m suprised about this choice. As soon as I saw episode 10, I finished the entire series.

    I’ll most likely pick 2 shows. Ninomiya-kun, Da Capo II, Myself; Yourself, Kimikiss, and Kodomo no Jikan seem the most promising.

  • October 2, 2007 at 1:13 amShirou

    personally i will definitely watch D.C.II~ Da Capo II and Shakugan no Shana 2, as for the rest i will watch their first episodes to decide but prism ark and clannad looks promising…lolx

  • October 2, 2007 at 1:26 am-kun

    Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro! YES.
    I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER♥ xD

  • October 2, 2007 at 2:35 amTerry-Kun

    Yay! URUSAI URUSAI URUSAI, All the way with Shakugan no Shana 2…and I’ll watch Clannad, EF, Da Capo…man they could of made Maple Story look cool. Could of made the main char a blue haried dude as an assassin…but the anime looks like crap…

  • October 2, 2007 at 7:49 amMalaya

    Omni, any chance of you bloggin’ D.Gray season 2 now that it finally seems to be back in the manga plot?

  • October 2, 2007 at 11:44 amNeo Horizon

    Huge LOL at the Negima drama’s appearance on this list. XD

    Thanks for the fall preview, as always. There’s a whole bunch of series I’m looking forward to: Clannad, Shana II, Genshiken 2, Da Capo II, ef, Blue Drop, Mokke, Minami-ke, Sketchbook and possibly Myself; Yourself, Rental Magic, Kimikiss, and Bamboo Blade. I’ve never had a season where I’ve wanted to watch so many series! ^^

  • October 2, 2007 at 2:07 pmVera

    ironically enough, I look forward most to Gundam 00 … and yet I rather dislike mecha (the only exception being Gundam Seed/Destiny which I liked a lot). I guess I’ll be watching some 5 series of these… well first episodes at any rate. But I don’t really have high hopes. We’ll see though… right now I’m only enjoying Dennou Coil. Pity subs are so slow…

  • October 2, 2007 at 3:12 pmChalk

    All of these look like crap except Ghost Hound, though I might watch Gundam 00 to see how they pull it off.

  • October 2, 2007 at 3:51 pmEz Mac

    Shakugan no Shana II & movie when it comes out(guaranteed)
    CLANNAD & movie when it comes out (guaranteed)
    Gundam 00 (guaranteed)
    Bamboo Blade (why not looks interesting)
    Goshuushousama Ninomiya-kun (why not looks interesting)
    Ghost Hound (why not looks interesting)
    Rental Magica (I’ll watch this if none of the others seem interesting)
    Kimikiss pure rouge (why not looks interesting)
    Dragonaut (guaranteed)
    Ef (guaranteed)

  • October 2, 2007 at 4:52 pmE_I

    It sucks that you won’t be blogging Ghost Hound. It looks freaking awesome. What happened to Hayate the Combat Butler?

  • October 2, 2007 at 7:34 pmMaedhros

    LOL, Negima Dorama…
    I’ll give it a chance. Other than it, just Clannad (Key never disapointed me, so KyoAni), Shakugan no Shana, Dragonaut and Gundam 00.

  • October 2, 2007 at 8:57 pmPanzone

    Man whenever i see the name semtex i think of TG semtex from counterstrike hahaha. Some of these anime look great, I hope they turn out as good as they sound.

  • October 3, 2007 at 1:14 amX

    WHEN IS CODE GEASS SEASON 2 GOING TO AIR? THAT’S THE MOST AWAITED ANIME FOR ME THIS SEASON

  • October 3, 2007 at 1:45 amDavwon

    Sketchbook ~full color’s~
    Dragonaut -The Resonance-
    Goshuushousama Ninomiya-kun
    Shakugan no Shana II
    Mobile Suit Gundam 00
    ef – a tale of memories
    Kimikiss pure rouge
    Genshiken 2
    Kodomo no Jikan

    That’s the confirm watch…..
    others may have to wait for the review to convince me^_^

  • October 3, 2007 at 12:56 pmAnon

    @Hudson: Stop being troll for once in your life and yet Omni blog whatever anime he wants to blog.

  • October 3, 2007 at 8:55 pmMirari

    I WANT GEASS!! T_______T

  • October 4, 2007 at 2:56 amhmmm

    hmm, after watching full gundam wing and seed + destiny , im hoping for a new plot of 00… i hope it wont be a war of “no one is right no one is wrong” and there will be a terrorist group that runs in their own rule and trys to define the meaning of what is “right”….

    Clannad is maybe a promising one.. the only thing is, the fact that Tatsuya Ishihara
    is the director mean its going to be tear fest again i suppose ( I watched both air and kanon 2006… and cried both times… in fact, i cried more than half of the kanon 2006 episodes )

    Hero tales might be a good one hmm, having it being written by Arakawa Hiromu is what interest me

    Shakugan no shana is most likely to be a very good one except that extending its old plot and story line might be quite boring … not only that, the 1st few episodes which i guess is going to be recaps of the old one for those new to this , might be boring for those who watch the 1st season

    I might be watching draugnaut just to hear The SOS Dan seiyuus only lol ( AYA HIRANO DAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII SUKI)

    the rest is probably just waiting for previews or watch 1 – 2 episodes to get a test it out…

  • October 4, 2007 at 4:08 pmhhv94

    Thanks for the info on the upcoming anime, I may watch a few that you deemed poor, just becuase we have oppiset tastes and it usualy works out good for me! ;)

  • October 11, 2007 at 6:15 amAnonymous

    Never watched Akagi? As expected from poor taste blog

  • October 22, 2007 at 3:32 amDevilBoy

    Too many romance animes… but I will be watching these few

    Shakugan no Shana Second – Fantasy, Romance
    Myself; Yourself – Romance, Drama, Harem
    Clannad – Romance, Drama, Harem
    Kimikiss Pure Rouge – Romance
    Minami-ke – Slice of Life, Comedy
    Suteki Tantei Labyrinth – Mystery, Supernatural
    Rental Magica – Fantasy, Supernatural
    Night Wizard the Animation – Fantasy, Action
    Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun – Ecchi, Romance

    Dropping
    Ef – a tale of memories
    D.C.II – Da Capo II

  • October 24, 2007 at 2:25 amCreardCit

    A man is trying a very unusual way to propose to his girlfriend. He wants people to forward an email to as many people as possible and he hopes that it will eventually get to his girlfriend. Details here: http://www.proposal-to-mary.com

    Here is what he wants people to send by email:

    You could help me a lot to spread my proposal to Mary – it is important that it is distributed as widely as possible so that it eventually reaches Mary. If you would like to support my proposal to Mary, please send the following text by email to a lot of people :-)

    ————- SNIP (email text end) —————

    WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS, PLEASE HELP TO DISTRIBUTE IT TO OTHER PEOPLE!

    For a long time I have tried to find a special way to propose marriage to my girlfriend Mary, whom I know for five years now. I wanted it very special, romantic and memorable, something our grandchildren would still remember.

    And here is my idea: I will send out the proposal to Mary to 50 complete strangers, people I don’t know – hoping, that they will forward my proposal to as many people as possible, which in turn forward it etc. And some day, I hope, it will reach Mary, after it has travelled a very long way. I know, it will take a long time and I am quite nervous…

    From the poem MY Mary will know immediately that the proposal is for her.

    I have created a homepage ( http://www.proposal-to-mary.com ) where you can find the current status of my quest. You can use the homepage to check if the proposal has already reached Mary (in that case it is not necessary anymore to forward the mail).

    Once the proposal has reached Mary, I will put a note on these pages. Also I will publish there how many people have read the proposal so that everybody can see how far it has spread and that it is getting closer to Mary.

    And of course you will find there what I am waiting for most: Mary’s answer! I can’t tell you, how nervous I am… Will she accept my proposal? Will she like the unusual way how she got it, through the hands of thousands of messengers all over the world?

    Please cross your fingers for me! And please – help me by sending the mail to as many people as possible, to help it spread, so that it eventually reaches Mary.

    And here is my proposal:

    Mary, please forgive me, as you know English is not my native language. And I am not a poet. But I mean it from my heart.

    My angel,

    Five years ago, I will always remember the day When fate made us meet, blissful Alaskan moments in May Earth spun around us and a journey began Love, warmth, happiness, enough the years to span.

    The longer it lasts the more grows our bond And with 80 still – of you I will be fond Whatever happens, I will stay at your side Through good and bad, together let us stride

    No second with you was ever wasted
    You are the sweetest I have ever tasted
    We have spent so many years – why not a life?
    Mary, will you marry me – and become my wife?

    Mary, if you have received that and have recognized me, then give me a sign so that I can continue with the romantic part of my proposal…

    ————- SNIP (email text end) —————

  • October 25, 2007 at 5:29 pmSilver

    Wow… Shugo Chara is actually more interesting than it looks. So this will also be on my watch list.

  • February 29, 2008 at 5:50 amrEdgiE

    nice anime, wanna watch these soon

  • November 8, 2008 at 1:13 pmlhuv

    keep up the good work!o

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