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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.
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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 4:51 amdivine

    divine takes first comment. :P

  • September 29, 2008 at 4:53 amNekki

    Second! Tear and Luke look so weird…

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:05 amhei

    It would be nice if you one of you guys will be able to blog kemeko dx. Ive read people comparing it to to-love ru but its really not that similar and even if it was the kemeko dx manga come out before to love-ru so it would be the other way around. Anyways thanks for the great preview. Oh and hopefuly J.C. staff doesnt ruin toradora! The light novels are lovely and it would be a shame of they take the zero no tsukaima route and disregard so much of the soruce material

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:15 amOropher

    Whats with all the violent anime this season? =D I suppose its more exciting than previous seasons in terms of less amount of harem/fanservice shows and more mature stuff. Good luck blogging some of these.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:18 amCherubium

    The skip beat promo video doesn’t look all that good….

    Tytania’s promo video seems lacking as well.

    Though Kuroshitsuji and Junjou seems like i will be following this season

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:26 amIse

    I’ll be mostly looking forward to:

    Hyakko, Shikabane Hime Aka, Yozakura Quartet, CLANNAD AFTER STORY, Tales of the Abyss, GA-REI -zero-, Kyou no 5 no 2, CHAOS;HEAD.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:28 amseki

    haha cleanwater is a tard.

    Good looking shows this fall. I got at least 7 I’ll have to start watching. Michiko to Hatchin looks really good though, as does toradora.

    thx for the update!

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:33 amDelfofthebla

    I have high expectations for fall :D

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:35 amAgito

    I don’t think i am gonna leave my PC this season~~~Kuroshitsuji is gonna be the first to watch!!! ~~~~so excited about this anime~~~(currently reading the manga)

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:35 amAKIRAN

    T.T i do really hope something new and really give a good anime that we all want.
    No more lousy anime an no more common anime.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:40 amShash

    On my list are :
    Kuroshitsuji
    CLANNAD AFTER STORY
    Kyou no 5 no 2
    ef – a tale of melodies
    KUROZUKA
    Nodame Cantabile Paris

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:45 amkaisis

    hot damn, looks like this will be an interesting season

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:46 amAkiha

    Wow Tales of the Abyss anime! Hope it is as epic as the game. CHAOS;HEAD looks promising too along with many others. Looking forward to this anime season.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:48 amNawk

    I’m pretty sure CHAOS;HEAD would be more than it seems, since it was originated from a PC visual novel (not an h-game, was 15+ only), thought the re-newed character designs kinda put off the horror aspect of it…

    To aru Majutsu no Index has a rather decent plot and interesting world views, definitely one to go after.

    Linebarrels of Iron – did they completely changed the story or what?! The manga did NOT start off with the guy meeting the female lead naked with her memories lost O_O, if you’re interested in the real plot then read the manga. I would expect some good mecha fights from GONZO but a bit unsure about how they will lead it’s plot…

    Also interested in the new Casshern series, looks way darker than its previous ones.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:51 amA Anime Loving Republican

    I hope you do blog To Aru Majutsu no Index. Even though i haven’t read the novels, i have seen some illustrations of the novel and read the manga and its side story manga, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun and i can tell you i enjoy it very much. I have high expectations for this show so maybe you should try to watch & blog it.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:52 amEri

    I’ll probably watch most of the anime this season!

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:52 amthe burnt shadow

    So many new anime coming out, well got more to watch. YAY for Gundam 00, TOA and Tora Dora…

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:53 amAnin

    Oh my God the list just doesn’t end. Fortunately most of it is crap, so scheduling what to watch and what not to won’t be too hard.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:59 amEri

    Lol. A good way to discover potential good anime is to try out and watch everything on its first 6 episodes!

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:00 amAnimeGirl181

    I thought that Claymore season 2 will released now !!

    =(

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:04 amButter Cookies

    SHIKABANE HIME

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:13 amVincent.

    Woo, thanks for the schedule and plot synopsis.

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:18 amRandom Boy

    Wow a lot to choose from. Well other Gundam 00 and Ef – A Tale of melodies i’ll probably check out a few like Chaos;Head, Gai-Rei-Zero, and Kurozuka. Overall very interesting season.

    As always, thanks for all the hard work you put into this Omni. I’m sure you saved a lot of time for many people.

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:19 amakuma

    Thanks for blogging this. There are a lot of series to watch this season. I am definitely watching Clannad, To Aru Majutsu no Index, CHAOS;HEAD, and ef – a tale of memories. Depending on how GA-REI -zero- goes, will determine if I watch it for long. I kinda liked the manga story line and was ready to watch and anime adaption to it.

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:46 amsuckoja

    Hehe, Gundam 00 2nd season & CLANNAD ~After story~ is a must following for me.
    Might try for Toradora!, Nodame, CHAOS;HEAD, ef – a tale of melodies too.

  • September 29, 2008 at 7:01 amtolitz

    Argh, why didn’t they keep the animation quality of the Kyou no 5 no 2 OVAs?! They look fugly now! The OVA animation was awesome…

  • September 29, 2008 at 7:03 amd4rkie

    lots of work for me this season… anyway will look forward for upcoming shows. there are Kannagi, Hyakko, Jigoku Shoujo, Clannad and Gundam 00 to watch and lots of potential shows to follow

  • September 29, 2008 at 7:03 amyUkishin

    weeehhh…at long last..gundam 00!!!!!!!!!!!! and i think i’ll check tales of the abyss…^^

  • September 29, 2008 at 7:05 amSadmask

    Please please please Yozakua Quartet

  • September 29, 2008 at 7:58 amneKomimi

    YEAH AT LAST TORADORA COMES OUT!!!

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:05 amLeSire

    That’s quite the list, no wonder it took you a while !
    Nicely done!

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:05 ammoondoggiebuiscuit

    @divine

    nice pics this season…

    Ganbatte Kudasai!

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:11 amDahlia

    OMG… Junjou Romantica it;s one of the best BL series… I don’t agree with Your opinion.

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:19 amk0na-yume

    My top and sure to watch are:

    -Toradora!— i like the manga and i miss Shana for this! XD XD
    -Yozakura Quartet— i’ve ordered the manga and i hope it has interesting plot and stuff
    -Clannad After Story— watched the 1st season and i do love Nagisa!
    -To Aru Majutsu no Index— I’ve Sound!!!! go Mami Kawada!!!
    -Chaos Head— it really hook me up in the game and i do love Itou Kanako’s songs and i do like the bloody stuffs here so i’m going to watch this!

    maybe i’ll try watching these animes too depending on the 1st episodes:

    -Hakushaku to Yousei—they’ve got cute bishounens there
    -Tales of Abyss— already played the game 4x and maybe i’m over spoiled but i’ll try watching it full time animated
    -Kannagi— it has interesting plot and sounds i guess

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:21 amABPsycho

    Nothing Im jumping up and down in excitement about so I guess what I watch depends on how good the first episodes are or the second one if the first one keeps me interested.

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:29 amyanipheonu

    Wow nice season this fall :D

    You give ToraDora too little credit, the character are FAR more likeable.
    To Aru Majutsu no Index looks like it’ll be sick too.
    And I may have to try Shikabane Hime Aka just because Gainax is involved.

    But gawdamn I am looking forward to Gundam 00!!!

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:33 amMaximilian

    Kyouko-samaaaa!!!!! Beat me with your devils, please!!!!!!! :goes out of fanboy mode:
    Ahem, well you can guess what I’ll be really looking forward to :D .Ever since I read the manga, I was wondering how an anime version could be and now I can see it.

    I’ll definitely be sticking with Clannad and Gundam 00 to the end. Of course, I’ll be watching the first episodes of most series. But I’m most definitely looking forward to To Aru Majutsu, Toradora!, Chaos Head and ef- a tale of melodies. However, I’m dreading Kurogane no Linebarrels, what with Gonzo and Hirai Hisashi designs and plot change from manga. Well, I’ll have to watch to make a judgement.

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:37 amvortex

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:38 amUnknownVoice

    Will watch:

    For sure
    TYTANIA – FFS, its adaptation of novel by author of Legend of Galactic Heroes. FFS, finally something in anime with actual plot and characters! Maybe this will end the “all glow and no flow” show era which started with 2000? I am hoping so. Much love for this one already.
    Gundam 00 Second Season (no questions about this one. watching for sure. loved the first season)
    Tales of the Abyss ( I was in love with game. Really waiting for this.)

    will try
    Casshern Sins (Loved the movie. Perfect dark cyberpunk atmosphere, hoping for it to be retained in remake too)
    Kuroshitsuji (interesting…might drop after few episodes if it turns out as pure shit)
    Linebarrels of Iron (loved the manga. Hoping to not get turn off by lame anime-character-designs)
    GA-REI -zero- (interested)
    KUROZUKA (watching for sure.)
    CHAOS;HEAD( from what i heard – good reception about the source material.)

    Overall – better season than previous, thankfully. Yet again tainted by shows like clannad and etc, but at least not that much of cheese-shows starting this season.

    man, this will be an epic ride

    *goes off to drool over Tytania*

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:48 amFabienne

    Man,so many shows

    I’ll definetly watch Michiko to Hatchin and Gundam 00(I hope I won’t regret that).
    I’also interesred in Toradora!, Rosario + Vampire CAPU2,Hyakko,Akane Iro ni Somaru Saku and
    Kemeko-DX

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:58 amSpecie

    Haaaa… Currently the only anime I’ve decided for sure to watch is Toradora – dunno about others. So for the time being, toradora and Xam’d are the only animes I’ll watch. The others.. Well, I may give one or two of the other fall animes a try after two episodes or more has been released.

  • September 29, 2008 at 8:59 amMabo

    Yay,
    Some good animes will air, like Tales of The Abyss (can’t wait for it :p), Ef, Yozakura Quartet, Ga-Rei…
    Omni, Divine, I’m waiting your next entries impatiently!

    Random Curiosity FTW!

    Mabo xxx

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:02 amkts

    michiko! cant wait

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:07 amTwirble

    Hakushaku to Yousei has a soft fluffy velvety animation quality in the promo so I might watch just for that light happy feeling it gives out. Everyone is talking about Yozakura Quartet, so I’ll probably watch that at least once for that reason, otherwise the only series I am excited about is Kuroshitsuji.

    I found four more trailers on youtube and posted three of them here-
    http://hijutsu.yuku.com/topic/477/t/Kuroshitsuji-Anime.html

    (one was just a reediting of the footage from the first trailer, the second two is all new footage:))

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:09 amSyaoran Li

    I guess this season I’ll be a little more selective with my series ^_^

    Thanks for always being a good guide Onmi.

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:13 amAnon

    wooo jigoku shoujo, always fun to watch other people’s demise

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:16 amelfboy

    Thanks for the preview. Can’t wait for the comedies to get out… (I watch anime to get happy, not depressed, and I’m not a schadenfreude kind-of-guy).

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:23 amPYROtechnic

    Gundam 00, CLANNAD, ef – a tale of melodies I will definitely watch, having enjoyed the first season for all of them ESPECIALLY Gundam!! CHAOS;HEAD also look very interesting! As for the others I will probably watch the first few and then it’ll just slowly get dropped like I do with most animes that I’m not obsessed about xD!

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:40 amRitsuki

    Kuroshitsuji please! :3

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:54 amtommykn

    yay…new animes ^^ no hayate no gotoku :-(

    my list (if somebody cares…..):

    -Toradora!
    -Hyakko
    -Yozakura Quartet
    -CLANNAD AFTER STORY
    -Tales of the Abyss
    -Kannagi
    -To Aru Majutsu no Index
    -Kemeko-DX
    -ef – a tale of melodies
    -KUROZUKA

    thought, animes like TotA, Clannad and ef will be watched after they are finished, since they are sad and can get annoying, if you hav to wait a whole week for a new episode.

    the rest is action or comedy based – so easy to take down.

  • September 29, 2008 at 9:58 amAiras

    I hope you do blog To Aru Majutsu no Index & Toradora & Tales of Abyss.
    Good luck

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:37 amtflops

    There aren’t any decent original, so I might as well go for game and manga adaptation, and yeah, there aren’t any sequels as well as for Clannad that goes on my watch list.

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:57 amSetsuken

    I must say, I’ve seen many Fall 2008 Previews (even written one for my own site), but RC continues to have the best one seen to date.

    Awesome work Omni, you have my praise and respect for this well written preview :)

  • September 29, 2008 at 10:58 amExia

    dammmmit. doesnt seem like much appealing shows besides gundam.

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:00 amanonymus

    Hey Omni,

    How you could say that Casshern Sins is bad???

    Remember it’s MADHOUSE, you should expect more

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:04 ammiko86

    So many shows….(drools). My definite to watch list are Ef, gundam 00, and clannad. Chaos Head also looks interesting. I liked the TotA game, but I’m concerned on how well the anime will turn out. I hope they stay faithful to the game.

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:08 amBlue

    That’s weird. I thought the original Linebarrel designs in the manga were done by the guy who did Zone of the Enders.

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:13 amdward

    NODAME~!

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:23 amIlias

    Screw clannad already who doesnt know the story nowadays….
    JUST GIEF HARUHI 2 NOW

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:41 amquibijo

    they are butchering Kurogane no Linebarrel and Ga Rei from your description and the videos

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:46 amKoenig

    This may be a little early, but the best news recently has to be the new season of Hajime no Ippo airing in January 2009 :D .

  • September 29, 2008 at 11:52 amdaniel

    What a crappy season :(
    For me the only one interesting seems to be CHAOS;HEAD, GA-REI -zero- and MAYBE KUROZUKA … Toradora could be fun but only if they don’t follow the novels all the way.
    I mean i don’t like tsundere characters but i could tolerate a few volumes of it … but 8 volumes, all of them up until now, of _complete_ bitchyness ? that’s pushing it …

  • September 29, 2008 at 12:09 pmDosky

    yaa I want to see toradora and CHAOS;HEAD *ç*

  • September 29, 2008 at 12:18 pmKaitune

    Kuroshitsuji is on my number one list since I like the manga a lot (so far I have read through Vol.3). Unless the anime version is totally crap, which I would curse the production team for eternity, I would definitely watch it. Can’t wait to see the fight between Sebastian and the queer Grim Reaper with Chainsaw!!!

    Chaos Head looks interesting. Have to watch a couple of episodes to decide about it anyway.

    I like Skip Beat the manga a lot, so if they do quite a good job with it, I probably would follow.

    I don’t like Shikabane Hime Aka as a manga that much, may be because I expect it to be quite like Hellsing. However, I am definitely interested in the production team, so I would see how it goes.

    And I would need to download the rest of Nodame series for my mom… (She totally digs it, can’t believe I can finally get my mother into manga and anime)

  • September 29, 2008 at 12:20 pmYukiruchan

    Anyway (shakes head in attempt to remove Lelouch from mind),
    I’ll be watching:
    - Gundam 00
    - CLANNAD After Story
    - Innocent Romantica 2

    Trying:
    - Kuroshitsuji
    - Linebarrel
    - Mouryou no Hako
    - Tales of Abyss

    Plan to watch after it ends:
    - Vampire Knight (still haven’t watched the first series)

    Rewatching:
    - Code Geass S1 and R2…
    ( Lelouch: Omae ha mirai nanka miteinai!
    Watashi: DEMO!! ;_; )

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:04 pmNightflame

    yeah some rlly good ones…
    vampire knight ~guilty~ is getting awesome (like the manga just now)
    clannad ~after story~ is a must (even after, or shall i say because of the movie?)
    To Aru Majutsu no Index is a funny one (damn unlucky guy xD)
    Rosario to Vampire… hell no… just looking what they did with the first season.. >..<

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:04 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    WTF!!! NO BLACK LAGOON…………………………………………………?? it’s gonna be a COLD winter

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:09 pmtotali

    Oh dang, I completely overlooked that manglobe was doing Michiko to Hatchin….I guess I’ll have to at least give that one a chance then.

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pmKaitune

    @vortex
    Nah, he looks much more like Mukuro from Reborn. Actually, it would be even right to say that they are evil twin.

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:22 pmMatheus

    GUNDAM 00 2ND SEASON
    CASSHERN SINS (How can you mark this series as poor?, my god)
    CLANNAD
    TYTANIA (Based on a excellent book)
    TORADORA!
    KANNAGI
    EF -A TALE OF MELODIES-
    AKANE IRU NO SOMARU SAKU
    KYOU NO 5 NO 2

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pmLACNE

    Please blog Tytania
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    Director of Macross, Legend of Galactic Heroes and Yamato + Writer of Legend of Galactic Heroes + Studio of Mushishi, Bokura ga Ita and Katekyo Hitman REBORN! = It cant be bad

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:38 pmFX102

    My list so far is:

    Definitely Watching:

    Tales of the Abyss (Never got to play the game, live in UK)

    Gundam 00 (Does this even need an explanation?)

    Vampire Knight Guilty (Watched the first one, guess I’ll continue)

    Rosario + Vampire Capu2 (I know it was bad season 1 but I have to continue and I need to watch some mindless drivel)

    Toradora! (Sound good and enjoyable)

    Kurogane no Linebarrel (You can never have enough Mecha in a season)

    ga-rei-zero- (Can’t even remember what this is about but perked my interest)

    ef ~ A tale of Melodies~ (Loved the last show)

    Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka (My romantic comedy fix of choice, hopefully will not have as much fan-service as Rosario + Vampire)

    Kyou no 5 no 2 (Loved the OVA, excited about this one)

    Probable

    Tytania
    Hyakko
    Clannad After Story (See explanation at bottom)
    Kannagi
    Kemeko Deluxe!
    Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~
    Shikabane-hime Aka
    Casshern SINS
    Chaos Head
    Skip Beat

    Now I know, why is Clannad in my probable not definite? Well, Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pmRaso

    @LACNE umm have you looked at the anime style on the clips it looks like early 80s gundam. ><

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:20 pmJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    Yeah! I’ve been waiting for this. Thx, Omni

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:27 pmRurushu

    many shows! most likely will watch Shikabane Hime Aka, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saku, CHAOS:HEAD (this one for sure), Mouryou no Hako and ef – a tale of melodies (this one also for sure)

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:30 pmLiz

    I’ll probably watch all the first episodes and maybe the second ones, then pick a handful to watch, plus the full seasons of shows that I didn’t watch during the last season, plus mangas for whatever I end up watching if available.

    Definitely watching Gundam00 and Clannad, and maybe ef -a tale of melodies if I like the first season.

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:31 pmmeh

    On my list

    Kuroshitsuji
    Tales of the Abyss
    To Aru Majutsu no Index
    Gundam 00 2nd
    KUROZUKA
    CHAOS HEAD
    Michiko to Hatchin

    Doesnt sound too bad, however… no Black Lagoon D:

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pmlux

    Tales of the Abyss and Clannad After Story on my definite watchlist.

    I’ll watch Linebarrels of Iron only if they stop speaking Engrish, which wasn’t that bad, but just…no.

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:44 pmYotaru Vegeta

    Always love your previews. ANN, eat your heart out!

  • September 29, 2008 at 2:58 pmbigger_is_better

    can’t believe the number of blood splattering anime shows coming this autumn 2008.
    Did anyone even doubt the appearance of another gundam series?

    Clannad is worth watching it because it’s a continuation of the first series.

    this series is a big suprise for me (To Aru Majutsu no Index), because i didn’t think they would add another religion x magic anime series.

    Thnx alot for the preview

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pmUnknownVoice

    @Raso

    Since when animation is requirement for quality?

    From reading the excerpts of novels, I can already say that Tytania is one of best-written shows. Not to mention the epic ost, reminiscent of “Legend of Galactic Heroes”. Animation quality for battles is not that bad, and honestly i am not watching it for animation quality.

    I will be watching it because its the first anime with a real convincing and epic story…in a VERY long time.

    Its something worth turning into feature films or even more, and I am happy that I will have at least two non-mindless shows this season ;]

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:13 pmStory

    CLANNAD AFTER STORY IS HEEERRE. FINALLY. YES.

    (And more Junjou, but nobody besides me seems to care.)

    Other than that, CHAOS;HEAD (the next Higurashi?) and Toradora look good.

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:29 pmDarknessheal

    GUNDAM 00 FTW AND CLANNAD AFTER STORY =)

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:42 pmfalconx0101

    comment count +1

    Definitely watching Clannad and Tytania

    Still not sure whether or not to stick with Casshern Sins. I’ll give it a couple of episodes before making any final decisions.

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pmP3

    Can’t wait for Tales of the Abyss.
    I recommend everyone to watch and play the game!

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:50 pmDan

    Wow,
    Lookin at this list I will probably only follow EF gundam 00 and Clannad After (which is a guarenteed since I am a key fan.)
    I’ll be checking this site just to get a feel for how the other series are turning out in the off chance I decide to watch them as well.

  • September 29, 2008 at 3:55 pmHudson

    Man talk about a less than lackluster line up. This season is shaping up to the the most boring and ununique season in the past 4 years.

    Rosio and Vampire 2 and CLANNAD AFTER STORY are on my list. Maybe Torodora!, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saku, and maybe Kyou no 5 no 2. Have to wait and see.

  • September 29, 2008 at 4:35 pmreks

    +1 for Gundam 00 and Tales of the Abyss.
    And maybe some Vampire Knight “2″ on the side (I refuse to call it Guilty -_-; )
    KUROZUKA also looks interesting so I’ll check that out.

  • September 29, 2008 at 4:47 pmHeiae

    Gundam 00 is the only sure-fire choice for me. I enjoy the Linebarrels of Iron manga, but the anime seems to be changing things for the worse (and making it even more generic), so I don’t know about it. And I’m terrified Tytania won’t live up to my expectations.

    I really want Tytania to rock. I really do. Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one of the most spectacular animated features ever made – I hope Tytania can at least reach half of its glamor.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:01 pmfinalnight

    Watched the first episode of Linebarrels of Iron at Anime Expo and it looked really goods. Director seemed pretty enthused too afterwards.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pmfrubam

    Looks to be a good lineup this season. Toradora better live(or almost live) to the manga’s expectations. Index is looking good too.

    I’m not trying to knock you or anything Omni, but hopefully you’ll blog a bit more this season :).

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:46 pmSagaraSouske

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:49 pmMark

    ooh, I like the look on the butler’s face in Kuroshitsuji.

  • September 29, 2008 at 5:57 pmpimpolla

    wow! i catn wait for this!

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:03 pmsae

    Kuroshitsuji & Kurozuka look awesomeee
    i’m so glad gundam is a guarantee :D

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:08 pmsnooze

    Chunky Fall is CHUNKY

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:23 pmAzumi

    Ugh,I don’t see what’s the big deal with these kiddish/harem/true tears type of animes.
    Not my types at all. D: *looks at CLANNAD and such*

    What I’m definitely watching are:
    Kuroshitsuji
    Gundam 00
    Skip!Beat
    Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae
    Vampire Knight Guilty
    Junjou Romantica 2

    Most likely will watch:
    Tales of the Abyss

    Maybe will watch:
    Hakushaku to Yousei
    Casshern Sins
    ..others?

    ..I can laptop crying already.

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:29 pmKaris

    Now this looks good, espessially Shikabane Hime Aka with Angela singing the OP & ED of the series, I love her songs!

    there are so many manga just turning into anime is really unexpecting, but exciting too.

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:47 pmLulu FTW

    Don’t know what I’m going to watch after my fave show of all time is now over. T_T I hope they do an OVA of it. But, I’ll watch ToA I know, since I have the game. :D

  • September 29, 2008 at 6:58 pmLeo

    awsome fall 2008 that too awsome

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