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Winter 2008 Preview!

Another year has come and gone, which means that it’s time for a new season to begin! Unlike Fall, which had a ton of shows, this upcoming Winter season is relatively light on new titles, though hopefully not on quality titles. 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 Fansub Wiki’s Winter 2008 page 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.

GUNSLINGER GIRL -IL TEATRINO-
http://www.gunslingergirl.com/
Premieres January 7th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 27:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-5): Mondays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
And speaking of which, after a four year period, Gunslinger Girl is getting another anime series too. For those who might not be familiar with it, Gunslinger Girl is about a group of cybernetically enhanced girl assassins who work for an Italian counter-terrorism agency. Now, it’s easy to dismiss this as another girls-with-guns show, however there are actually a lot of interesting themes explored here, including brainwashing and the relationships between assassins and their handlers – it can be a pretty dark series at times. In any case, the first anime more or less covered the first two volumes of the manga, and the sequel looks to pick up right where that left off. It should be noted though, that pretty much the entire cast and crew have been changed (Artland will be animating it instead of Madhouse), so the sequel will likely have a different feel to it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
Ookami to Koushinryou
http://www.spicy-wolf.com/
Premieres January 8th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-5): Tuesdays at 11:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
First things first, I can’t help but be amused whenever I look at the URL of the official website. The series’ Japanese name translates to “Wolf and Spices,” but seeing spicy wolf just makes me laugh. Anyway, the show is about a traveling merchant who one day finds a wolf harvest goddess stowing away in his wagon. The two start traveling together, and she ends up helping him with his work. I haven’t read the light novels (here’s a review of someone who has), but supposedly they focus a lot on Middle Ages economics and trade, which sounds unique, however I don’t know how interesting that’ll turn out to be. The biggest draw to this show for me is actually the combination of Fukuyama Jun (Lelouch) and Koshimizu Ami (Kallen) voicing the two main characters. Plus, aside from Sisters of Wellber Zwei, Ookami to Koshinryou is the only other show airing on Tuesdays this upcoming season, so there’s a pretty good chance I’ll watch it. Oh, and ROCKY CHACK is performing the ED, and since I haven’t heard them since ZEGAPAIN, I’ll be looking forward to that too.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed

Note: This is a rather long and fairly comprehensive list of the shows coming in January. Much much more after the jump, including the torrent link for promotional material.

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December 30, 2007 at 4:57 am Comments (111)

The Best of Anime 2007

With the end of 2007 almost upon us, here’s a look back at some of the best series this year had to offer. Also included at the end are the final results to the Reader’s Choice Poll.

Disclaimer: These are purely my personal opinion based on the shows that I saw in the past year. You could argue that I’m ignoring some of the less popular but equally good shows like Seirei no Moribito or BACCANO!, but I unfortunately don’t have the time to watch everything and can only talk about what I’ve seen. For a show to even qualify for consideration, it had to have met the requirements outlined in the Reader’s Choice Poll. That means that series like CLANNAD, Shakugan no Shana II, and Gundam 00 are not up for awards this year – they’ll be saved for 2008. There is also a big spoiler in here for those of you who haven’t seen School Days and still plan to do so, but hopefully that’s not too many people.

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December 28, 2007 at 5:01 am Comments (206)

Dragonaut – 13

Summary:
Ten years ago, representatives met with Sakaki and Kiril about the Girouard Military’s new, Type-X warhead.

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December 26, 2007 at 7:33 pm Comments (32)

Bleach – 154

Summary:
While Sado and Ishida have their hands full with their respective Privaron Espada opponents, Rukia finds herself face to face with her old vice-captain Shiba Kaien.

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December 26, 2007 at 11:57 am Comments (25)

Blue Drop – 13 (END)

Summary:
As she works on some last minute adjustments for the play after everyone else falls asleep, Michiko starts thinking about Hagino and about what she had overheard.

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December 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm Comments (131)

Myself; Yourself – 13 (END)

Summary:
Many years ago, Nanaka had a violin teacher named Sakuraba Kaoru who was an old friend of her parents.

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December 25, 2007 at 3:12 pm Comments (91)

Macross Frontier – 01

Summary:
In humanity’s past, there was a war with a race of giants called the Zentradi.

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December 25, 2007 at 12:40 am Comments (152)

Da Capo II – 13 (END)

Summary:

Having never found Sakura, Yoshiyuki goes to school the next day and sees all the students gathered outside because they’re boycotting class.

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December 24, 2007 at 3:28 pm Comments (38)

Random Musings – H2O Rocks Your Soul

This is a few days old, so some of you may have already seen this, but this video was so hilarious that I can’t not blog about it. H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~ is a new series coming out in January about a (blind) boy who has lost his mother and moves to her hometown to recuperate. It looks like an interesting series, and as I was writing up my Winter 2008 preview, I saw the PV. If I could give out an award for the most unintentionally funny promotion video ever, this series would get it. I was laughing for a good five straight minutes when the narrator suddenly started spouting random phrases designed to make the series sound exciting. I don’t know why they decided to have the trailer in English, but it certainly made my day. H2O Rocks Your Soul!

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December 23, 2007 at 10:23 pm Comments (81)

ef – a tale of memories – 12 (END)

Summary:
In the aftermath of Chihiro throwing her diary pages away, Renji visits all of the places where they share memories together.

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December 22, 2007 at 5:56 pm Comments (59)

Gundam 00 – 12

Summary:
In Azadistan, a group is gathered in a mosque to discuss with their leader Rasa on how the legislative assembly is going against God’s teachings.

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December 22, 2007 at 7:38 am Comments (41)

CODE GEASS – DVD Magazine 01

The first CODE GEASS DVD Magazine came out this week, and it’s full of fun stuff, including a short teaser trailer for the sequel.

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December 22, 2007 at 12:04 am Comments (54)

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ – 01

Summary:
On the day that Haruka leaves the hospital, Takayuki, Shinji, and her father come to pick her up.

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December 20, 2007 at 4:15 pm Comments (129)

Shakugan no Shana II – 12

Summary:
Sparring with wooden poles as part of training one morning with Shana, Yuuji comments on how good it feels to move around after so long.

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December 20, 2007 at 3:53 pm Comments (59)

CLANNAD – 12

Summary:
With the recital over, Kotomi and Tomoya return the violin to the girl they got it from, and Kotomi makes a plea for her not to throw it away even though it’s such an old violin.

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December 20, 2007 at 3:23 pm Comments (70)

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