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Fall 2008 Preview!

The new fall season is almost here, and it’s going to be quite a doozy with big names like Gundam 00 alongside sequels like Nodame Cantabile Paris and new titles like Michiko to Hatchin. There are a whopping 35+ series premiering – that’s not even counting the kiddie shows – and there should be something for everyone, from mecha to space operas to slice-of-life comedies to dark romances and more. As usual, I’ll try to 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 – which incidentally there is a ton of this time around. 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 Fall 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.

hakushaku to yousei Hakushaku to Yousei
http://www.myfairy.tv/index.html
Special Early Broadcast Premiere on September 28th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:15
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:15
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Based on a long-running set of shoujo light novels, this series is about a female “fairy doctor” who heads to London to see her father and meets a young knight-earl who she ends up joining on a quest to get a treasured sword. It stars Mizuki Nana and Midorikawa Hikaru in the lead roles, and is being animated by Artland under the direction of the same guy who did Bokura ga Ita, but the story doesn’t sound horribly interesting and the the promo video didn’t do much to improve that, so I’ll probably skip it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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toradora Toradora!
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/toradora/
Premieres October 1st, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:20
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 12:20
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Toradora! follows a guy and girl who are in love with each other’s best friends and decide to help each other out. Along the way, they develop a very unique and close relationship. The female lead here is a role that was tailor made for Kugimiya Rie due to the way she acts and how she treats the male lead like a servant (much like Louise or Shana). Being animated by J.C.Staff as well will probably only increase the likeness. Horie Yui also has a role in this, and put all together, this is a series generating a lot of buzz – I’ve even heard it called the next Suzumiya Haruhi. I don’t think it’ll have quite that much impact, but I’ve liked what I’ve read of the light novels and manga so far, so I’m tentatively planning on watching this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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noramimi2 Noramimi 2
http://noramimi-anime.jp/
Premieres October 1st, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:29
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 12:29
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, syoboi
This is the sequel to the first Noramimi series which aired earlier this year about a world where children can have special “characters” who keep them company through their elementary school years. If you missed it, you can read impressions of the first episode of that here. It doesn’t look like much has changed for the sequel, including the fact that I probably won’t watch it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
casshern sins Casshern Sins
http://casshern-sins.jp/
Premieres October 1st, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Casshern is a series that’s stayed moderately popular through the years with various incarnations, from the original 1973 series to a 1993 OVA to a 2004 live-action movie This latest incarnation follows a similar story of a cyborg fighting in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by robots. Having never seen any of the versions, I can’t really say that this excites me any, but the PV at least makes it look like a decent action series. Given all the other Wednesday shows though, I probably won’t feel too bad about skipping this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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rosario + vampire capu2 Rosario + Vampire CAPU2
http://www.rosa-vam.com/
Premieres October 1st, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 26:25
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 13:25
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Rosario + Vampire is back after half a year for a second series, and it looks to build on what was introduced in the first one – which, given that the Gonzo staff is the same, probably means a lot more panties and fanservice. For those of you who don’t know, this series is about a human boy who gets stuck at a youkai school and becomes acquainted with a beautiful vampire girl (voiced by Mizuki Nana). CAPU2 will introduce a new character (see image at left) from the second manga series despite the fact that the original series didn’t cover the entire first manga series. Despite not having watched the entire first series, I’ve read a lot of the manga, so I could still blog this if I wanted to, but the odds aren’t great because I tend not to like comedy shows based mostly around fanservice.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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hyakko Hyakko
http://hyakko.jp/
Premieres October 1st, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 26:35
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 13:35
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Hyakko is a slice-of-life school comedy that reminds me a lot of Manabi Straight. It takes place in a large private school and follows the lives of a group of four girls who are led by a very active and spunky girl. It also features music reminiscent of Manabi Straight (see the PV below), and both Hirano Aya and Horie Yui are voicing characters – in fact, Hirano Aya is going to be singing the ED, which, depending on how much you like/dislike her music, might be a bad thing. Anyway, the manga actually made me laugh – a rarity these days – so I’m curious to see if the anime can do the same.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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shikabane hime aka Shikabane Hime Aka
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/shikabanehime/
Premieres October 2nd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 10:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 21:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
From the director who who brought you Jinki:EXTEND and the team at feel and GAINAX who brought you Gurren Lagann comes a story about a girl known as a shikabane hime (corpse princess). This girl is tasked with hunting undead corpses and is herself relatively unkillable due to the fact that she’s also a corpse – the story can get pretty violent in exploiting that fact (heads cut off, blood everywhere). Judging by the PV though, I doubt the anime will be quite as bloody as the manga is. In any case, I’m curious about this adaptation, but I can’t give it better odds because of all the other Thursday shows.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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kuroshitsuji Kuroshitsuji
http://www.kuroshitsuji.tv/
Premieres October 2nd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:25
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:25
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Taking Macross Frontier‘s timeslot is a show about an incredibly powerful and skillful butler who serves an aristocratic family. More specifically, he serves the 12-year-old boy head of the family, and he’s capable of taking out entire armies of bad guys. This might sound a little like Hayate no Gotoku!, and it does have a lot of lighthearted moments and characters, but it’s far from that kind of a comedy series and much more an action series where people get shot, killed, and there’s blood everywhere. I found the first volume of the manga very intriguing, and there’s an added bonus of a fairly strong voice cast in Sakamoto Maaya, Ono Daisuke, and Fukuyama Jun. The only downside is that this airs on Thursday, and there are a lot of other promising series on that day (see below).
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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akane iro ni somaru saka Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka
http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/akasaka/
Premieres October 2nd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka is a series I would watch for two main reasons. The first is that are a truckload of big names present in cast, from Hirano Aya to Kugimiya Rie to Inoue Marina to Tanaka Rie – the list goes on. The second is that, for better or worse, it’s got the TNK staff that did School Days working on it. The story doesn’t sound like anything to write home about – it involves a boy who finds out that he’s engaged to a girl who hates him after a less-than-pleasant first encounter – but the combination of the two aforementioned things is more than enough to pique my interest in this series.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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hokuto no ken Hokuto no Ken Raoh Gaiden – Ten no Haoh
http://www.haoh.tv/
Premieres October 2nd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:28
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:28
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) series, Satelight is animating the manga that centers around Kenshiro’s brother and nemesis Raoh. Given that the Hokuto no Ken series really isn’t my cup of tea and since the PV doesn’t really do anything to change those feelings, I’ll keep this short and just say that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll watch this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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yozakura quartet Yozakura Quartet
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/yozakura/
Premieres October 2nd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:29
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:29
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Yozakura Quartet is a series that reminds me a little of Rental Magica in that it involves a group of powerful teens (one of whom is a catgirl) who work freelance cases protecting a city from various youkai. I’m usually more inclined to talk about plot, but the main appeal of the manga for me was the art and characters drawn by Kamisama Kazoku illustrator Yasuda Suzuhito . The anime adaptation – which is being animated by Nomad and brings back together the Rozen Maiden/sola staff – looks pretty good as well judging by the promo material. I do have some reservations about the overall story though, and I’m hoping the production quality will at least make the first episode worth watching.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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clannad after story CLANNAD AFTER STORY
http://www.tbs.co.jp/clannad/
Premieres October 2nd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:59
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:59
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
As the name implies, this is the continuation of the first Clannad series that ended earlier this year. If the visual novel is any indicator, this should focus on Nagisa’s path now that she and Tomoya are more or less a couple. I know a lot of folks weren’t completely happy with the way the first series ended or with how it treated the stories of certain characters, and I personally thought the first series was good, but not great, so I’m hoping that Kyoto Animation will make this second series really shine.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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tales of the abyss Tales of the Abyss
http://www.tv-toa.jp/
Premieres October 3rd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 21:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Fridays at 8:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
One of the two major series Sunrise is working on this upcoming season, Tales of the Abyss is based on the PS2 game of the same name. It involves a rich guy who has no memories of his childhood because of the shock of being kidnapped when he was young. He gets thrust into the middle of an old prophecy after a mysterious girl attacks his home, and they magically get transported far away. I haven’t played the game myself (which is good for keeping the material here fresh), but I’ve heard a lot of positive things about the story, and despite the ups and downs I’ve experienced with Sunrise shows, having them working on the animation production is still a plus for me. I’m also going to assume that it’s a good thing that all the game’s voice talent are reprising their roles for the anime, including Yukana and Koyasu Takehito. On a side note though, the Pizza Hut tie-ins have already begun.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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tentai senshi sunred Tentai Senshi Sunred
http://www.sunred.jp/
Premieres October 3rd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 24:45
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Fridays at 11:45
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, syoboi
The staff of Seto no Hanayome are back with a new comedy series, this time about a masked hero going up against an evil organization that plots world domination. Being a gag series though, it makes fun of the tokusatsu genre, so the hero does things like abusing the hapless bad guys and smoking. They’ve even hired comedic duo Higedanshaku to play two of the main bad guys. I don’t know if the animated adaptation will actually turn out to be funny (the manga was amusing, but not uproariously so), but it might be worth checking out.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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kurogane no linebarrels Linebarrels of Iron
http://www.linebarrels.jp/
Premieres October 3rd, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 26:25
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Fridays at 13:25
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
The big series Gonzo is pushing for the fall season – to the point where they’ve released a PV in English – starts with a boy who meets a naked girl with no memories and obtains a mecha via an accident. He subsequently becomes a powerful pilot and has a to fight a lot of battles and such. My initial reaction to the plot was that it’s rather generic sounding, and it doesn’t help any that this is being animated by Gonzo and has character designs by Hirai Hisashi (those of you who have been reading RC for a while now will remember that, thanks to SEED Destiny, I get a bad feeling whenever I see a show with his character designs). On the other hand, this has a pretty strong cast including Fukuyama Jun, Hirano Aya, and Noto Mamiko, and the PVs don’t look that bad. Fridays are likely going to come down to a choice of this or Tales of the Abyss.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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jigoku shoujo mitsuganae Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae
http://www.jigokushoujo.com/
Premieres October 4th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 17:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Saturdays at 4:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Enma Ai is back for a third Jigoku Shoujo series, this time with a new girl who’s got some deep connection to the Jigoku Tsuushin (Hell Correspondance). I’ve always felt that the episodic nature of this really detracts from what could be a much more compelling title – Shigofumi did better in that regard – and that (along with time) is one of the main reasons I didn’t end up watching the second series. I’ve heard that the second series ended in such a way that’ll make it interesting to see how Enma Ai will return in a third series, but given my past experiences with this show, I’m not really inclined to want to watch more.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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kannagi Kannagi
http://www.nagisama-fc.com/anime/
Premieres October 4th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 22:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Saturdays at 9:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Kannagi is the story of an art student who carves a statue of a spirit, only to have it come alive as the embodiment of a goddess. She turns out to be a very spunky girl who takes her cues for doing her job (purifying the land) from magical girl anime. I enjoyed reading the manga which was amusing and cute, but the main draw for the anime is probably the fact that Yamamoto Yutaka is directing. For those of you unaware, he’s the mastermind behind the hugely popular Suzumiya Haruhi ED and the Lucky Star OP dances, and he’d worked on a lot of KyoAni’s productions before being fired off of Lucky Star. I’m curious to see what he’ll cook up for this, and the PV makes the series look pretty good.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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to aru majutsu no index To Aru Majutsu no Index
http://www.project-index.net/
Premieres October 4th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:35
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Saturdays at 12:35
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
To Aru Majutsu no Index mixes religion with magic and the supernatural powers in a modern city where such ability development is part of the school curriculum. The main character finds a girl dressed as a nun hanging on his balcony one day, and it turns out that this girl has all of the church’s magical texts stored in her mind. Things get messy from there as the main character has to protect the girl from those who come after her. Parts of the story – including the main character and his ability to negate magic and supernatural powers – remind me of the manga Mx0 (though it should be noted that this came first), but the anime adaptation reminds me much more of Shakugan no Shana because of J.C.Staff’s animation style (which is very apparent in the PV) and how I’ve sound and Kawada Mami are onboard with the project. In any case, I’m optimistic about this series, but not enough to guarantee that I’ll blog it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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kemeko dx Kemeko-DX
http://www.kemeko.jp/
Premieres October 4th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Saturdays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
The Kemeko in the title of this series is the name of the powersuit that bursts into the room of the main character one morning and declares that she’s his bride. She’s short, stubby, and not much to look at, but it turns out that inside of her is a beautiful girl whose mission it is to protect the main character because of his hidden special ability. The story can get a little crazy and sometimes gives me To Love-Ru vibes from it), but I thought the manga was overall a decent read. The anime adaptation will include some strong voice talent (Saitou Chiwa, Kawasumi Ayako, Kugimiya Rie), and it could be a good watch if the Hal Film Maker team creates a good balance of action, humor, and harem elements. The promo videos certainly show a lot of the action.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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gundam 00 s2 Gundam 00 Second Season
http://www.gundam00.net/
Premieres October 5th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 17:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Sundays at 4:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Taking over CODE GEASS R2′s Sunday timeslot is the continuation of last year’s Gundam 00 series. This picks up four years after, and in that time, the Earth Federation government has established an independent security preservation force named A-LAWS that is actually oppressing people under the guise of peace and unity. All signs point to Saji playing a pretty significant role this time around along with Setsuna, and things should get pretty interesting since Louise is going to be a mobile suit pilot on the Arrows side. I’m pretty excited about this series, and hopefully story will get off to a faster start than it did in the first series.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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ga rei zero GA-REI -zero-
http://www.ga-rei.jp/
Premieres October 5th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 24:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Sundays at 11:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Ga-Rei Zero shares the same basic name as the Ga-Rei manga, but it won’t be following the same story. So instead of two high school kids fighting evil spirits for a government agency, this will chronicle an older special forces unit that’s fighting evil spirits for a government agency. It looks to be a lot darker and grittier than the manga as well, though I find the anime version’s character designs still pretty appealing. Also, for better or worse, this is being produced by asread in conjunction with AIC Spirits and has a lot of the SHUFFLE! staff on it, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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macademi wasshoi Macademi Wasshoi!
http://www.macademi.tv/
Premieres October 5th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 24:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Sundays at 11:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Based on the Magician’s Academy set of light novels, this series is about boy who summons an incredibly powerful girl capable of destroying entire countries. She has the maturity of a little kid though and ends up living with him. The premise sounds a little like Zero no Tsukaima, but from all the promo videos, the style and speed of the anime adaptation reminds me more of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. I’ve had poor luck with these kinds of comedy series though, and I’m not a big fan of the character designs here, so odds are pretty low that I’ll watch this, even with Koshimizu Ami and Kawasumi Ayako on the cast.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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kyou no go no ni Kyou no 5 no 2
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/5no2/
Premieres October 5th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Sundays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Compared to Macademi Wasshoi, odds are a slighly better that I’ll watch Kyou no 5 no 2. Despite the focus being on fifth graders in often perverted situations, I found the manga quite funny, and I’ve been meaning to watch the OVAs that were released a while back. What’s rather unappealing however – based on the commercial (see below) – is the art style and animation quality which look rather simplistic and even cheap. You’d think Xebec would try to put their best foot forward to promote the show. Those of you who have seen the OVAs should also keep in mind that the entire cast is different for this new version: Kobayashi Yuu instead of Kuwashima Houko, Mako instead of Noto Mamiko, etc. Still, I’ll probably watch at least a little of this to see if it can make me laugh like the manga did.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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skip beat Skip Beat!
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/s-beat/
Premieres October 5th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Sundays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Skip Beat! starts with a girl who’s been working her ass off for a rising star who happens to also be her childhood friend and lives with her. He treats her like crap though and the final straw comes when she overhears him badmouthing her and hitting on his manager. Wanting revenge, she decides to become a star as well, and the bulk of the story chronicles her climb up. It’s not a bad story, but it’s one that I lost interest in after reading a number of volumes (there are currently 19 total and still going) several years back, and I was never motivated to try to get back into it. This means that I’m curious about what the anime will turn out looking like – especially since Inoue Marina and Miyano Mamoru are voicing the two main characters – but I doubt I’d watch or blog this long-term.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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vampire knight guilty Vampire Knight Guilty
http://www.vampire-knight.jp/
Premieres October 6th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 25:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Mondays at 12:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Interestingly enough, the director for Skip Beat!, Sayama Kiyoko is also directing the sequel to Vampire Knight this season. Guilty (I still don’t understand why they chose that title) continues the love triangle story started in the first series of a human girl caught between a pure-blood vampire and a former human vampire. One of my main complaints about the first series was the pacing – some parts went quickly and others dragged on – so I hope this second one has better balance. The reason I’m not guaranteeing that I’ll blog this series is because I’m already watching Soul Eater on Mondays, and I’m also interested in the new ef series (see below).
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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bihada ichizoku Bihada Ichizoku
http://www.lovelabo.co.jp/anime/
Premieres October 6th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Mondays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo
Apparently they are making an anime based on a manga that was created to promote a line of beauty products. It’s billed as a cosmetic love story (whatever that means), and I really have no idea who they’re catering to with this show because it’s airing in a late night time-slot, but anyone who’s watching at that hour probably isn’t the type to go out and buy these beauty products. Regardless, I’m pretty sure I won’t be watching this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
ef a tale of melodies ef – a tale of melodies
http://www.ef-melo.com/
Premieres October 6th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 26:15
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Mondays at 13:15
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
ef – a tale of memories was one of the better series from last year, and it was popular enough to warrant a sequel. melodies brings back the same SHAFT staff and cast, and it will explore the relationships not covered in the first series – Yuuko/Yuu and Mizuki/Kuze. Aside from the story, one of the strongest parts of the first series was the animation quality and the music, and if the promos are any indicator, the style hasn’t changed. I’m looking forward to this, but as I said above in the Vampire Knight Guilty section, I can’t guarantee I’ll blog this because of everything else on Mondays.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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kurozuka KUROZUKA
http://www.bs11.jp/anime/212/
Premieres October 7th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 22:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 9:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
The director and studio (Madhouse) that produced the Death Note anime have another adaptation in the works. This time it’s Kurozaka, the 1000+ year journey of two vampire lovers from medieval to future times. It includes a ton of fighting and a good deal of sex & nudity, and it ended up reminding me of Blade of the Immortal crossed with maybe Final Fantasy 7. It doesn’t have the best of stories though and can be quite confusing at times, but the manga managed always to stay exciting enough to keep me reading. The anime version also has a nice cast list too, with Miyano Mamoru, Paku Romi, and Kuwashima Houko, but the downside is that the style and character designs will take some getting used to. Still, I’m probably interested enough to take a look.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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one outs ONE OUTS
http://www.ntv.co.jp/oneouts/
Premieres October 7th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 24:59
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 11:59
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Speaking of Madhouse, their Akagi and Kaiji team is back with a baseball series. This one in particular follows a professional baseball player who’s lacking something that will allow him to win a championship with his team until he meets an amazing pitcher who plays a type of “one out” gambling baseball. If I were a big baseball or sports anime fan, that might sound interesting, but I’m not, so it’s highly unlikely that I’d watch this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
mouryou no hako Mouryou no Hako
http://www.ntv.co.jp/mouryou/
Premieres October 7th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:29
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:29
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, syoboi
This is yet another Madhouse show, and it’s not even the last one on the list. The biggest distinction production-wise is probably that this series has character designs by CLAMP, but it’s is a mystery thriller series, not a mecha one (sorry Geass fans). It involves a group of detectives and writers who come together to solve the case of a murder spree where beautiful girls are being mutilated. That sounds like it could have potential, and in the absence of more promotional material, all I can say is that I’m a little intrigued.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
chaos;head CHAOS;HEAD
http://www.chaoshead.jp/
Premieres October 9th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 10:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
The final Madhouse show on the list is one that reminds me a lot of Myself; Yourself because of the character designs by Sasaki Mutsumi and the opening song by Itou Kanako. It’s about a reclusive high school boy who gets caught up in the middle of a series of mysterious murders when he receives an Internet link detailing the next one. This one looks like it could get pretty bloody – I saw an image of a severed hand as I was researching the series, and I’m pretty sure that’s not the worst of it. I tend not to be drawn towards those kinds of titles, but I like what I’ve seen in the promo videos, and I think this could be exceptional.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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tytania TYTANIA
http://www.tytania.jp/
Premieres October 9th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:32
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 10:32
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
For those of you who’re itching for a good space opera, TYTANIA might just be your cup of tea. It’s based on a set of novels by Legend of Galactic Heroes creator Tanaka Yoshiki, and the anime adaptation is being helmed by LoGH and SDF Macross director Ishiburo Noboru. The story involves a city-state engaging the powerful Tytania family in battle, and what happens there leads to more people acting against the Tytania dominance. This sounds like one of those series with a lot of political intrigue as people vie for power and control of the Tytania family, but despite the staff credentials, I suspect the complicated plot won’t appeal to me as much as it will to others.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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nodame cantabile paris Nodame Cantabile Paris
http://www.nodame-anime.com/
Premieres October 9th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:45
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Thursdays at 11:45
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
Nodame Cantabile is back in the noitaminA time-slot this fall, and the new series will cover the main characters’ rise to fame in Paris. Given that the current manga story is still taking place in Europe, the anime won’t be able to cover it all, and supposedly it’ll include material from volumes 10 to 16. It’s also worthwhile to note that although most of the J.C.Staff crew is the same, the director will no longer be Kasai Kenichi but Higurashi director Kon Chiaki instead. Hopefully the general feel of the series won’t change too much, and I’m looking forward to hearing Kawasumi Ayako as Nodame again.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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junjou romantica 2 Junjou Romantica 2
http://www.suzukisan.info/
Premieres October 11th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:00
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Saturdays at 12:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
The boys’ love series Junjou Romantica is back as well, and after seeing screenshots of what happened in the first series, I’ll say upfront that I have absolutely no interest in this and am not even going to attempt a brief summary of what the second series will be about. Instead, if this is your kind of series, I’ll point you to Hinano who covered the entire first season and provide the video below.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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michiko to hatchin Michiko to Hatchin
http://www.michikotohatchin.com/
Premieres October 15th, 2008
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 26:08
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 13:08
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, syoboi
From the studio – manglobe – that brought you Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo comes a new series about two girls on the run. One destroyed a prison that’s supposedly impossible to break out of, and the other wants to live freely away from her strict foster parents. I guess they’re kind of like an odd couple Thelma and Louise, and I can already tell from all the promotional material that this’ll be full of South American style and flair. This looks like it’d be a fun series, and if nothing else, I’m probably going to watch at least one episode just to see how good the animation quality is.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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Note: I have uploaded all of the promotional material to Yahoo Video streaming, but I am currently away from home and have a very poor connection, so I can’t provide a torrent for the 700MB batch of all the files until Wednesday at the earliest. If I find a solution or a better connection, I’ll update this post with the appropriate download links.

There are many promising shows this upcoming season – so many that I’m probably not even going to be able to write about everything I have marked as “Good”. I’m committed to blogging Gundam 00 and CLANNAD, but pretty much everything else is up in the air. Having said that, I’ve also been itching for another true tears type show, so Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, ef – a tale of melodies, and CHAOS;HEAD are all fairly high on my priority list. Also, divine has expressed an interest and has already started in reviving the old Snapshots category, so he’ll probably end up covering more first episodes than me, though probably not full series.

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

September 29, 2008 at 4:48 am
148 comments »
  • September 29, 2008 at 7:03 pmYoko

    I’ve been looking forward to your Fall preview for a long time. Thanks for the hard work, nobody takes as much time and does as good of a job as you do on this.

  • September 29, 2008 at 7:33 pmmulligan

    Looking forward to Mouryou no Hako and Michiko+Hatchin :D

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:38 pmAmatsu

    wondering if i could watch everyone of them in time..

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:41 pmgrOOvy

    Sorry for being slightly off-topic, but does anyone know what music is used in the Kannagi PVs?

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:46 pmmiken-chan

    I’m going for Tales of the Abyss, Gundam00, Tytania and Vampire Knight Guilty.

    Tales of the Abyss I have faith in, since Sunrise is animating and they’re not making up the entire story — Thank goodness (!!!), since it was solid already in the game. The VAs were also strong. I’m also more trusting in Sunrise than I am with Gonzo, which I consider a shaky studio at the moment. Being roped into subbing doesn’t hurt it either, since it’s obligatory that I have to watch every episode then. *already cleared 10 GB for it*
    (Oh yeah, a new trailer came out for it today) For Omni — If you like an insteresting but slightly convoluted story held together by strong characters and a good bit of character development, I think ToA will be a safe choice.

    Gundam 00 is definite since last season ended with an interesting cliffhanger and I really want to get into the spoiler character on the site. I really don’t need to explain this any more. XD;;

    Vampire Knight Guilty is kinda shaky right now. From the previews of ON/OFF’s Rondo, I’ll be fine in terms of music…but I have an extreme dislike of Kaname and I kinda want to shove him off a cliff and watch him go splat. If the anime moves too much in the direction of the manga, I might drop it for at least a couple episodes.

    Tytania…I have an honest interest in. I’ve had no encounters with the source material, so it’ll be a new face in a list of adaptions, sequels and ongoing Shonen anime

    Kuroshitsuji, Shikabane Hime:Aka and Kurozaka are my fallback anime on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where nothing else I am following will air. If I get attached, they might stay on my list. XD;;

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:01 pmXellos

    Wow a lot of good choices this season LOL.

    Thanks for the preview.
    Hope you’re able to cover all the good ones lol

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:54 pmEspada

    GUNDAM!!! xD

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:03 pmTyrenol

    I’m watching: Kuroshitsuji, Linebarrels of Iron, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Vampire Knight Guilty, (maybe) TYTANIA

    These are instant GARBAGE: Toradora!, Rosario + Vampire CAPU2, Hyakko, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saku, Yozakura Quartet, CLANNAD AFTER STORY, Tales of the Abyss, Kannagi, Kemeko-DX, Gundam 00 Second Season, Macademi Wasshoi!, Kyou no 5 no 2, ef – a tale of melodies, CHAOS;HEAD

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:15 pmEld

    Toradora! is the cutest manga i have read, and it is excellent

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:19 pmSerena

    I WILL MISS CODE GEASS!!!!!! But i am currently waiting for Gundam 00!
    This serie cannot surpass code geass(in my world) but at least, it’ll heal the little scar in my heart! (i mean, everyone is going to forget code geass…i hope not…)
    GOO GUNDAM!!!!

    *cough cough
    Vampire knight…the manga rocks, the anime sucks! And this is not only a love triangle anime, there more to it..(READ THE MANGA) since its a darker story and an inoccent Yuuki trying to seduces 2 hot vampires(omg im joking, im just high, just high! GO KANAME!!!)
    Anyways, just put in mind that the anime can sometimes become a big misunderstanding…
    thats all for today!

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:30 pmEld

    @Tyrenol

    your garbage.. toradora is good and so is Clannad

    god dam it why don’t they make an anime for Mx0? the manga is already done

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:45 pmEnternal

    Wow! Most of them to me looks great! Awesome!

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:18 pmMiraNai

    I wanna try out more shows than I ever have before for a new season…

    Vampire Knight Guilty (Only because I watched the first season and want to finish the story)
    Kemeko (Sounds a bit interesting…and Kemeko’s suit looks similar to Asuka’s…on purpose…?)
    Yozakura Shijuusou (Intesting enough for a go)
    Shikabane Hime – Red (Really excited for this series; the PV doesn’t disappoint either)
    Skip Beat! (The animation looks a bit rough, maybe because I’m used to the manga, but as long as the story and humor is kept, I’ll really like it)
    To Aru Majutsu no Index (It sounded just okay in another summary, but looking at the PV makes me a little more enthusiastic)
    Toradora (Sounds okay; might pick it up for the tsundere)
    Ga-Rei-Zero (Animation looks very nice on this and action is good)
    Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka (I want a good harem anime this season, too)
    CHAOS;HEAD (I really want to see this; it’s reminding me a little of Higurashi after reading/watching previews)

    Other possiblities are Tales of the Abyss, Hyakko, Kannagi, and Kyou no Go no Ni. But those are up in the air….

  • September 30, 2008 at 12:25 amcarebear

    Toradora,Kannagi,gundam00

    WOOOOOTTT

  • September 30, 2008 at 1:33 amyanipheonu

    Ewwwww Linebarrels of Iron looks like it will be voiced entirely in engrish. Sweet…

  • September 30, 2008 at 1:44 amMeraxes

    I’ll be following Michiko to Hatchin, thank you =D.
    I’m curious as to how they’ll manage to blend in the South American culture. Plus, it seems original and looks interesting.

  • September 30, 2008 at 7:57 amEskel

    The only anime I plan to follow religously on that list is Kuroshitsuji — looks like Tobosa Yana’s beautiful artwork got a little desaturated in the transition from manga to anime, but I’ve seen a few trailers…and Sebastian’s fight scenes seem to be promising. :D

    FORKS FTW

  • September 30, 2008 at 8:16 amona

    Going to college has… really diminished the amount of anime I watch. The combined awesome of Clannad and Gundam 00 is enough to get me to start watching again, though.

  • September 30, 2008 at 10:32 amRie-chan

    ef – a tale of melodies, definitely.

  • September 30, 2008 at 2:23 pmHighman

    Only six shows!

    Gai-rei
    Gundam 00 2nd Season (ten bucks, that will have a thrid season.)
    Shikabane-Hime Aka
    Toradora
    Tales of the Abyss
    Kurogane no Linebarrels

    I’m feeling it that in 2009 will be the year of the sequels for anime! I’m calling it!

  • September 30, 2008 at 4:15 pmKazuhide Aeiji

    Definitely looking forward to Gundam 00 and Vampire Knight (being that I have some sort of weird obligation to finish a series). Also interested in Kurozuka; haven’t see anything violent and bloody in a long while.

  • October 1, 2008 at 2:53 amelvadrieng

    Kurozaku’s main storyline was good. With a nice twist too. I hate the constant deviation to porn and the nonsensical FF style fighting near the end of the manga. And it’s a pity that one of the characters was not developed more. Hope they made the change in personality of the main character more obvious in the anime as well.

    I’ll probably watch Kuroshitsuji and Kurozaku.

  • October 1, 2008 at 3:59 pmCaptain127

    my list got bigger now! im definitely watching

    Toradora!
    Rosario + Vampire CAPU2 (unless it becomes totally crap ill just skip 2 last ep wen it finishes)
    Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka
    CLANNAD AFTER STORY (bin lookin forward 2 it)
    Tales of the Abyss
    Linebarrels of Iron(it seems 2 be good….)
    Gundam 00 Second Season (mental note watch season 1)
    GA-REI -zero- (i like military lol)
    Skip Beat! (potentially funny perhaps)
    Vampire Knight Guilty (its dam intriguing)
    ef – a tale of melodies (i seriously prayed to God and my prayers has been answered, if it was a sad ending i wuld be crying loads and be sad for days, Ef appears in my head MANY times)
    KUROZUKA (action ftw!)
    CHAOS;HEAD (seems gory though, if its way too gory then its out which has 2 include clear graphics of guts spilling out)

    Maybe watch these depending on 1st ep

    Casshern Sins
    Hyakko
    Shikabane Hime Aka
    Kuroshitsuji (seems good though dont like too young animes)
    Yozakura Quartet
    Tentai Senshi Sunred (perhaps, it seems funny)
    Kannagi (im guessin i probz droppin it after ep 1)
    To Aru Majutsu no Index (may drop as again i dont like 2 young animes)
    Kemeko-DX (graphics seems shady and plot line aint 2 appealin like wot he said)
    Mouryou no Hako (dunno only the graphics look good)
    TYTANIA (maybe but music….)
    Nodame Cantabile Paris (perhaps but seems lame)
    Michiko to Hatchin (possibly….)

    well pratically all of it though potentially many of it will be dropped, LOL i shulda just said half of list yes half list no

    this season (literally) seems interestin, alot of potential animes though obviously not all good

  • October 1, 2008 at 4:45 pmMurphy

    nice line up and its so funny because i just picked up the linebarrle manga series a few days ago before i knew it was gunna be made into an anime XD

  • October 1, 2008 at 10:04 pmcapture

    gosh late here ^^ To Aru Majutsu no Index weeeee gonna follow this one here and of course clannad ^^

  • October 2, 2008 at 12:15 amOMFGROFLLMAOWTF !?

    OMNI YOU SUCK !!!
    Jigoku Shoujo BEST AND YOU SUCK COCK MOTHERFUCKER

  • October 2, 2008 at 1:13 amJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    *siiiiigh* @ Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka (especially the picture)

    I’m really getting tired of ecchi harem series, but I may have to watch that anyway, as it vaguely resembles one of my stories. I wonder if that would be considered narcissism or keeping an eye on the competition.

    Hopefully this link doesn’t get me blacklisted again (the last time I included a link in one of these posts I got blacklisted by the spam filter) :P

  • October 2, 2008 at 1:19 amBoxOffice

    NODAME!!! MUGYA!!!

  • October 2, 2008 at 2:12 amJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    That’s an assload of stuff. Ones I’m definitely interested in (although if they turn out to suck I might stop):
    Toradora!
    Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka
    CLANNAD AFTER STORY
    Skip Beat!
    ef – a tale of melodies
    Nodame Cantabile Paris

    Others I’ll try watching (they sound someone interesting) and see how they are:
    Hyakko
    Kannagi
    To Aru Majutsu no Index
    Kemeko-DX
    Mouryou no Hako
    CHAOS;HEAD

  • October 2, 2008 at 3:19 pmCaptain127

    dam man thats some list, graphics, plot line and the girls and age is what interests me,
    you shuld watch vampire knight and ef, i ef was infact actually the anime which got me interested in romance animes completely and vampire knight is kool with nice graphics, i hope it gets more action (which it shuld) in the new season

  • October 2, 2008 at 6:48 pmRyvius

    Linebarrels of iron looks cool(albeit freaky name!), but the OP is dreadful! Just another ALI PROJECT song that sucks big time. It made me cringe so bad…

    Watch it on my new anime music blog and feel the horror (and the out of tune singing):
    http://worldofanimemusic.blogspot.com/

  • October 2, 2008 at 7:51 pmRingo

    ……I really think you should blog Kuroshitsuji. :-/
    that and Kannagi.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:20 pmsacchi

    Looks like I’ll have a lot to see this fall, except for Code Geass there wasn’t a lot to see.

    Tytania, Tales of Abyss, Gundam 00, Vampire Knight Guilty, Hyakko, Rosario+Vampire, Michiko to Hatchin Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~, Shikabatne Hime: Aka, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Kurogane no Linebarrel, Casshern SINS, CHAOS;HEAD, Kuroshitsuji, KUROZUKA

    I’ll think of Toradora…and I’ve first got to finish Clannad before I even think of starting with the After Story.

  • October 3, 2008 at 9:44 amFloma

    Tales of the abyss is too good XD

  • October 3, 2008 at 9:09 pmCommendatore

    hola, por lo que mas quieras saca los capitulos de Macademi Wasshoi!
    Me fascina el Anime Ecchi y se ve que esta serie esta de fabula.
    Mucho animo, y adios.

  • October 5, 2008 at 9:44 amAiwritingfic

    This has been an amazingly useful guide. Thank you very much.

  • October 6, 2008 at 8:24 amSmaher

    Hi there, Ive been a fan of your blog for quite some time now. Its great that you have so much information on the upcoming animes. But I was wandering.

    Are you going to blog Tentai Senshi Sunred.

  • October 6, 2008 at 8:47 amtinydestiny

    The list is missing 1 major new anime that will be out this season which is The Tower of Druaga season 2

  • October 6, 2008 at 5:28 pmdesho?

    Druaga 2 isn’t airing this season.

  • October 7, 2008 at 12:16 amTom

    I really hope there’s a Shana season 3

    and another zero no tsukaima…do you guys think there will be one? :O those are the only good things i’m expecting for this year’s anime. And also are there any animes like Zero no Tsukaima or Shakugan no Shana or Hayate no Gotoku in anime seed? I like all these and I’d like to see some more anime like these ahha

  • October 8, 2008 at 6:44 pmdesho?

    CLANNAD is bacckkkk

  • October 9, 2008 at 11:37 pmTerror and Love

    Am I the only one that is interested in Michiko to Hatchin?

    A hot brown-skinned female lead? Count me in.

  • October 11, 2008 at 7:21 pmAsamore

    dont rate if you haven’t seen the anime. Some of your poor rate is good to me

  • October 13, 2008 at 9:19 amPyro

    Sweet, Rosario + Vampire CAPU2 FTW! ;D

  • October 31, 2008 at 1:00 pmluis

    looks pretty good the line-up hope to have even more good animes for chrismas!

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  • March 26, 2011 at 4:49 pmoli

    i think this is one of the best seasons i have ever seen, so much good anime.

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