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Fall 2009 Preview!

The Fall 2009 season is upon us, so here’s the seasonal preview of all the shows that’ll be premiering! As usual, I’ll try to watch the first episode of as many shows as I can within certain parameters (in other words, not those kiddie shows), and what I list here are the chances of me actually blogging something based on my initial impressions from promotional material. However, even if I list the chances for a show as good or guaranteed, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll stick with it for more than a few episodes unless it actually is good.

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 airtimes, and Fansub Wiki’s Fall 2009 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.

queens blade Queen’s Blade – Gyokuza wo Tsugu Mono
http://queensblade.tv/
Premieres on September 24th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 08:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 19:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
The fighting series with copious amounts of breasts and fanservice is back for another uncensored run on AT-X. The story continues with the Queen’s Blade tournament that the large cast of women are participating in to decide the next queen, and it looks to feature a bunch of new characters (almost all busty females of course). I would say that the highly talented cast is the main draw for me, but like with the first series, I’m mostly just curious about how much they push the envelope with what they show. So if I do end up watching this series (and the odds are pretty bad), it won’t be seriously.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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asura cryin Asura Cryin’ 2
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/asura/
Premieres on October 1st, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 09:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 20:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Also coming back for another season on AT-X is Asura Cryin’, the series with story focused on parallel worlds and mecha. I didn’t watch the first series past the second episode because it didn’t hold my interest, and since I’ve been told the plot stayed rather cryptic throughout (meaning the sequel will probably be hard to just pick up), I highly doubt I’ll be following this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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kampfer Kämpfer
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/kenpu/
Premieres on October 1st, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:29
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:29
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Replacing Pandora Hearts on Thursdays is a show centering around the novel concept of special high school girls who have to fight each other with guns, swords, or magic. The twist (if you could even call it that) is that the main character is actually a guy who transforms into a girl every time he has to fight. If you can’t tell, I don’t think this story concept is very interesting, and I found the manga to be only good for some mindless entertainment. For now, the main thing drawing me towards this series is the cast of Inoue Marina, Mizuki Nana, Horie Yui, and Nakajima Megumi, but maybe the first episode will surprise me.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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nyan koi Nyan Koi!
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/nyankoi/
Premieres on October 1st, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:59
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:59
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
From the director of Moetan comes a story about a boy who dislikes cats yet suddenly finds himself able to understand them thanks to a curse. And because of that curse, he now has to fulfill 100 good deeds towards cats. The original manga is cute thanks to the cat theme and is a decent read, though not too plot heavy. I’m not expecting too much out of it, but it’ll probably be a solid series if you’re looking for a high school romance comedy and like cats.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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bantorra Tatakau Shisho – The Book of Bantorra
http://www.bantorra.com/
Premieres on October 2nd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 22:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Fridays at 9:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Tatakau Shisho takes place in a world where the dead are turned into books that contain all their memories. Those books are kept in a library entrusted to powerful Armed Librarians whose main enemy is a religious organization, and the story follows this conflict. The promo videos (see below) look really good (animation by David Production), and the series has a solid cast (Paku Romi, Ishida Akira, Kawasumi Ayako), so I’m really looking forward to it. The only downside is that the OP will be by ALI PROJECT since I still don’t like their music.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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railgun To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
http://www.project-railgun.net/
Premieres on October 2nd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Fridays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
If you watched To Aru Majutsu no Index, you probably don’t need to be introduced to this spin-off series at all. If you didn’t, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun centers around a girl who can generate electricity and mimic a railgun using coins as projectiles. The story follows her and her friends in a group that protects their city, and what I’ve read of the manga (admittedly only a few chapters as I didn’t want to go too far and spoil myself) has been quite entertaining. It’s a lot less preachy and confusing than Index, and I actually like Touma’s character in it. J.C.Staff is back to animate it, and as perhaps an added bonus, some of the Toradora team is working on this as well. I’ll definitely be watching this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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WHITE%20ALBUM%20 %2004%20 %2030 WHITE ALBUM
http://www.whitealbum-tv.com/
Premieres on October 2nd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EST, GMT-4): Fridays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
This is the continuation of the series that started in January, and it follows a 1980s love web involving one guy and a bunch of girls, the main two of whom are popular singers. You may remember that I got rather fed up with the first series because of its deliberate pacing and dropped it part-way through, and it’s probably for the best that I did because most of the people I’ve talked to about it who did finish the first half didn’t have anything good to say about it. Regardless, I have no plans to pick this up again.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
seitokai Seitokai no Ichizon
http://anime.webnt.jp/seitokai/index.html
Premieres on October 2nd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 25:58
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Fridays at 12:58
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
As the name implies, this series is about a student council. In it are several beautiful girls and one guy, and the guy’s ambition is to make the girls into his personal harem. Along the way, there’s tons of meta-humor and references to other series like Higurashi and Haruhi. Patrik hated the light novel the anime is based on, and he told me that it’s dialogue-heavy and resembles the humor parts of Bakemonogatari, but not nearly as good. That alone makes me curious about this series, though I’m not sure if I’d blog it even if I did find it funny since I have a poor track record with pure comedy series (divine and jaalin write about them so much better).
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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blacksmith Seiken no Blacksmith – The Sacred Blacksmith
http://www.blasmi.com/
Premieres on October 3rd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 09:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Fridays at 20:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
From the studio that made Samurai Champloo comes a new series about a relatively inexperienced female knight whose sword breaks during battle, but she’s luckily saved by a powerful guy who also happens to be a blacksmith. The plot sounds a bit like run-of-the-mill fantasy action with monsters and everything, and the promo videos only reinforce that notion, so normally I probably wouldn’t put this very high on my priority list. But since it’s being produced by the studio manglobe, I’m cautiously optimistic about it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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tegami bachi Tegami Bachi – Letter Bee
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/tegamibachi/
Premieres on October 3rd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 22:55
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 9:55
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
It seems that everything is better with fighting: whereas Tatakau Shisho above is about warrior librarians, Tegami Bachi is about warrior postmen. The story takes place in a highly segregated and dangerous world where postmen (called Letter Bees) have to fight giant bugs in order to reach their destinations, and it follows one young boy in particular who first gets delivered as a letter (he’s the actual letter/package) and as a result of that, aspires to become a Letter Bee. A lot of it is typical shounen fare, but I found the manga hard to put down, so I’m pretty interested in this series. The one potential downside is that Studio Pierrot will be animating it, so the production quality might be all over the place, and there could be a lot of filler. That’s not going to stop me from watching the first episode though, especially not when Suga Shikao and HIMEKA are performing the opening and ending songs.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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sunred2 Tentai Senshi Sunred 2
http://www.sunred.jp/
Premieres on October 3rd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 10:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Another series getting a sequel is Sunred, a comedy about the normal lives of a superhero and the incredibly inept evil organization that constantly tries to go after him. I watched the first few episodes of the first series a while back, and while it’s an amusing concept, the humor was inconsistent, and it’s not the kind of series I’d want to follow regularly.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
inuyasha InuYasha -Kanketsu-hen- (The Final Act)
http://www.ytv.co.jp/inuyasha/
Premieres on October 3rd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 26:20
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 13:20
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
I don’t think this series needs much of an introduction, but just in case: InuYasha centers around a modern girl who gets thrown into the past and meets a half-demon, and it follows their quest to recover the shards of a powerful jewel. It’s a fun series, and the original broadcast covered up to volume 36 of the manga. The new series, which is bringing back the same Sunrise staff and cast, will cover up to the end of it. I watched and enjoyed a good portion of the original many years ago, but my memory is really, really fuzzy, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t watch the last couple of seasons of it, so I’ve been trying to read the manga to fill those holes. Basically what this means is that I’m going into the new series with no knowledge of what will happen, which is pretty much the same as I did for the Fullmetal Alchemist series running right now (and it’s worked out pretty well). The news that Do As Infinity will be performing the opening song just makes me even more excited to see it. Oh and I almost forgot, Viz is apparently going to be simulcasting this on Hulu for viewers in the US.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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sora no otoshimono Sora no Otoshimono
http://anime.webnt.jp/soraoto/
Premieres on October 4th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 24:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 11:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
From the folks at AIC ASTA who animated Bamboo Blade comes Sora no Otoshimono, which follows a normal boy who loves his peace and quiet. He’s always been haunted by a dream of a girl though, and one night, something called an Angelroid Type crashes near him. It’s in the form of a large-breasted girl with wings and has futuristic technology that can grant his wishes. They made a pretty nice-looking PV for the series (see below), but after reading a few chapters of the manga, I’m not so enthusiastic about it. It’s an android-discovers-human-side story mixed with some normal high school comedy stuff, and it takes a while to really get going, so I’m not going to get my hopes up for it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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natsu no arashi 2 Natsu no Arashi ~Akinai-chuu~
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/natsunoarashi2/
Premieres on October 4th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 25:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 12:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
SHAFT‘s only new offering this season is the sequel to the spring’s Natsu no Arashi. As you might remember from the spring preview or my write-up of the first episode, it follows a boy who meets a beautiful girl who he thinks is a ghost after seeing her in a photo from 60 years ago. I didn’t watch the entire first series, but divine did, and he thought it was a fun comedy series with some great time paradox humor and good character development. The second series should continue this, and with the way he made it sound, maybe I should be watching this on Sundays. By the way, if you’re confused/curious about the commercial below, divine tells me it parodies this PV.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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miracle train Miracle Train ~Ooedo-sen e Youkoso~
http://www.miracle-train.tv/
Premieres on October 4th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Sundays at 26:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 13:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
If you watched or know about Hetalia Axis Powers, you’re probably familiar with the concept of turning WWII countries into pretty boys. Well, now Miracle Train is here, and it’s doing the same for train stations! I’ll pause here for a moment to let you soak in the absurdity of that concept…. The series appears to be aimed at girls and is about those guys solving various people’s problems, but the really crazy thing (at least in my mind) is that Kasai Kenichi of Honey and Clover and Nodame fame will be directing it (I should point out that it’s not a J.C.Staff series). Regardless, I highly doubt I’ll be watching this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
shin koihime musou Shin Koihime†Musou
http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/shinkoihime/
Premieres on October 5th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 11:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Sundays at 22:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
This is the follow-up to last year’s series that re-imagined the Romance of the Three Kingdoms plot with an all-female cast, and this second series will continue with the same two main characters and their new battles. My interest in this title is really, really low because I didn’t find the first series interesting or promising enough to watch past the first episode, and I’ve had no experience with the games it’s based on.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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anyamaru Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu
http://www.kirumin.com/
Premieres on October 5th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 17:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Mondays at 4:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu is a light-hearted comedy about three sisters who find a magical compact that allows them to transform into animals. So why am I even mentioning this here when I state above that I normally ignore all kiddie shows? It turns out that this show is created and being partially produced by Kawamori Shouji and Satelight. That’s right, the same people that made popular mech shows Aquarion, Macross Frontier, and most recently Basquash are now working on this. It’s a bit puzzling to say the least, but it doesn’t make me any more likely to watch this show.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
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nogizaka haruka 2 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza
http://www.nogizaka-haruka.com/
Premieres on October 5th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 26:14
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Mondays at 13:14
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Yet another series getting a sequel is Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, a story about a beautiful closet otaku girl who becomes friends with a boy who knows of her secret hobby. The new series should pick up where the first left off, with the two main characters very close and with her father still not approving of the relationship. Divine, who blogged the first series, described it as a romance comedy with a heavy emphasis on the romance. Hopefully he’ll be interested in writing about it again because I’m leaning towards picking up a different Monday show (see below).
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
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kobato Kobato.
http://www.kobato.tv/
Premieres on October 6th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 20:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 07:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Kobato tells the story of a girl whose goal is to go to a certain place, and to do that, she needs to heal wounded hearts and fill a special bottle. Along her journey, she’s accompanied by a dirty-mouthed and often-angry stuffed dog who serves as her guide. I know all that sounds vague, but that’s really all they say in the beginning. Probably the most important thing to note is that this is a CLAMP work, and that’s immediately apparent in the character designs (many familiar looking faces even pop up). The original manga is incredibly cute and endearing, and I’m hoping Madhouse does a good job animating it. The promo video was certainly promising, and I’m definitely planning on watching this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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kimi ni todoke Kimi ni Todoke
http://www.ntv.co.jp/kiminitodoke/
Premieres on October 6th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 24:59
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 11:59
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Production I.G‘s sole series for the season is popular shoujo manga Kimi ni Todoke. It follows a misunderstood girl who wants to get along with everyone in her class but is hindered by how creepy she sometimes looks, and the open and friendly boy she meets and starts to get along with. What little I’ve read of the manga has shown it to be a pretty well-written love story that does a great job conveying character emotions, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Production I.G adapts it since they’ve done so much great work in the past. The lead role is tailor made for Noto Mamiko too.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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11eyes 11eyes
http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/11eyes/
Premieres on October 6th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Based on a popular PC game, 11eyes follows the story of an eye-patch wearing boy who, along with his childhood friend, gets transported one day to an alternate world that’s distinctive because of its red night, huge black moon, and monsters. The characters in this look somewhat generic, but the story seems like it’d be at least a decent supernatural action one, and I’ve seen some good things said about the game, so it might be worth a watch.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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himitsu kessha Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume Countdown
http://takanotume.jp/
Premieres on October 6th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:21
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 12:21
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Based on a popular and award-winning flash animation created by a single guy, this comedy series follows the eclectic members of a secret society in their quest to take over the world. It reminds me a bit of some of the stuff that Williams Street produces, but I didn’t find the original all that amusing (the videos are available on YouTube in both Japanese and English), so I doubt I’ll be watching this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
sasameki koto Sasameki Koto
http://www.sasameki.com/
Premieres on October 7th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Wednesdays at 26:20
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 13:20
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
If you like yuri series or enjoyed the recent Aoi Hana, then Sasameki Koto might be the show for you. It features two girls at a normal high school, the first of whom openly likes other girls and the second of whom secretly likes the first girl. The main story follows the second girl, and there’s a good dose of humor plus some crossdressing thrown in to go along with the romance (can you guess which girl in the picture is the trap?). The few chapters of the manga I read made this seem like a decent title, though I got the feeling that the plot didn’t move forward very quickly. In any case, it might be worth checking out since there’s a dearth of Wednesday shows this season.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Decent
dtb2 Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini
http://www.d-black.net/
Premieres on October 8th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:25
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 12:25
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Given how much I’ve already said about this show, I don’t think there’s much left to cover, but let’s review. Darker than BLACK is a series from BONES about certain people with special powers who have to pay a price (unique to each of them) to use those powers. The first series took place in Tokyo around a place called the Hell’s Gate, but this sequel will take place in Russia and will have a bunch of new characters to go along with the surviving old ones. It’s got most of the same staff and cast working on it, but unfortunately, that doesn’t include composer Kanno Yoko. It’s also very likely to be only 13 episodes long, and I suspect that means one coherent arc instead of a bunch of mini-arcs like the first series had. Regardless, the promo videos make it look pretty exciting, and I’m definitely planning on watching it.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed
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aoi bungaku Aoi Bungaku Series
http://www.ntv.co.jp/bungaku/
Premieres on October 10th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:20
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Saturdays at 12:20
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Aside from Kobato., Madhouse‘s other new series for the fall is actually six separate stories, all of which are classic literary works published in the early to mid 1900s. The six are: Dazai Osamu‘s Run, Melos! and No Longer Human, Souseki Natsume‘s Kokoro, Akutagawa Ryuunosuke‘s Hell Screen and The Spider’s Thread, and Sakaguchi Ango‘s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom. These are good stories, and they’ve tried to make it a little more appealing by advertising the fact that some famous mangaka (Obata Takeshi, Tite Kubo, and Konomi Takeshi) worked on the character designs, but it’s hard for me to get excited about a series like this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
fairy tail FAIRY TAIL
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/fairytail/
Premieres on October 12th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Mondays at 19:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Mondays at 6:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
This is the Monday show I was alluding to above in the Nogizaka Haruka blurb. It’s a popular Weekly Shounen Magazine series about a female mage who meets a reckless but powerful boy from the infamous mage guild Fairy Tail. She’s able to join Fairy Tail with his help, and the story follows their adventures. I’ve only read a little bit of the manga, but it seems like a fun series, and a lot of people I know are excited about it. A-1 Pictures and Satelight are working together to produce it, so I’m hoping for good things. The caveat of course is that this is the kind of shounen series that can drag on forever, so while I’m keen right now on seeing it, that interest can go away quickly if there’s too much boring filler-esque material.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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kaidan restaurant Kaidan Restaurant
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/kaidan_restaurant/
Premieres on October 13th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 19:30
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Tuesdays at 6:30
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Based on a long-running children’s book series, Kaidan Restaurant is a collection of ghost stories. Each episode of the anime adaptation will apparently feature three of them, with the first two being about an elementary school girl’s encounters with strange events and the third being a standalone short. It’s an interesting idea that seems perfect for Halloween coming up, but it’s borderline a children’s show, and I can’t see myself following it because of its short stories format.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
kiddy girl and KIDDY GiRL-AND
http://www.kiddygirl-and.com/
Premieres on October 15th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:40
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 11:40
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
For those of you who can still remember, Kiddy Grade was about two girls with special powers who are part of a galactic trade and police organization at a time when humanity has expanded into space. This sequel takes place 50 years after the events of the first series and follows two relatively new members. Having never watched the original series and having heard very mixed reviews about it, I’m cautious about a sequel, but the character designs are appealing, Satelight is animating it, and what I’ve seen of the manga doesn’t seem to indicate that the story will require too much prior knowledge.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Good
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kuuchuu buranko Kuuchuu Buranko
http://www.kuchu-buranko.com/
Premieres on October 15th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:45
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 11:45
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Taking over the noitaminA timeslot on Fuji TV is a story about a psychiatrist with unorthodox methods for his unique patients (like a man with an erection that won’t go away). The series looks really colorful in a trippy sort of way, with production to be done by Toei, and it will apparently be a hybrid of regular animation and live-action, with gravure idol Sugimoto Yumi playing the sexy nurse (see promo video below). I’m intrigued by the style, but I’m not sure if I’ll have time for this given the other Thursday series airing that I’m more interested in.
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winter sonata Fuyu no Sonata (Winter Sonata the Animation)
http://anime-wintersonata.com/
Premieres on October 17th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Saturdays at 12:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Fridays at 23:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList
This Japanese and Korean joint venture project animates the hit Korean drama of the same name from 2002. From what I can tell, it’s a complicated story about lost loves and tragedy, and trying to summarize it in one or two sentences probably isn’t the best idea. The animated version’s style reminds me a little of WHITE ALBUM, and it will feature the original Korean actors voicing their characters, so the series will be in Korean with Japanese subtitles. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out.
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As you probably noticed, there’s a ton of sequels this season – almost a dozen out of thirty-something series. This is good because it means that I know what shows I already like, so it’s a bit easier to choose what I’ll probably be following, but it’s bad because it leaves less room for newer stuff. There’s a ton of promising non-sequels too – Kobato. and Kimi ni Todoke for example – and I’m hoping I don’t miss out on anything really good (I’m aiming to follow 8 to 10 shows). That should be a little less likely than usual thanks to how the shows are spread pretty well throughout the week for once, instead of being all concentrated on Thursday and Sunday as they have in past seasons.

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

September 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm
124 comments »
  • September 30, 2009 at 6:46 pmJerk

    Hey, Omni, do you think you could update schedule link on the topright with this season’s post? I tend to come back to these posts often once the season actually starts but by then it’s usually several pages back. Would make it a bit easier for me and anyone else who uses this as a reference. Thanks.

  • September 30, 2009 at 8:48 pmZero

    Lol. Fairy Tail has an Anime. So watching it now.
    In other news: THANK GOD Inuyasha did not end with that ****ing retarding movie.

    Haha, Railgun. That’ll be fun. Better than the manga… I hope.

    Darker than Black. Ok, I swear, if there are just a bunch of all new characters, I am going to stop watching the first series. It’s such a drag!

    Yeah, I’m done wasting space.

  • September 30, 2009 at 9:35 pmJB

    wow inuyasha, definitely will be the best, inuyasha should be the best anime ever now if they didnt stop air it during all these years.

  • October 1, 2009 at 3:36 amkay0ss

    FUCK Queen’s Blade. Seriously. Waste of fucking animators, good voice talent, and space in life.

  • October 1, 2009 at 3:56 amAnt

    Not gonna lie, most of these shows don’t interest me. I tend to think that at the beginning of every season though.

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:58 amvelo

    Will you continue to blog the absolute trash known as Bleach? Still surprised you blog Bleach instead of a worthy long-running shonen like One Piece.

  • October 1, 2009 at 11:46 amKagayuzen

    I stopped watching Anime for a while, but I guess I’ll go back and check some of this out.
    Darker than Black 2 most definitely, since I watched the first series and loved it. And maybe out of sheer curiosity, the Winter Sonata animation (why do I do this to myself?? lol)

  • October 1, 2009 at 2:39 pmTrejon

    im expecting something better in inuyasha 2, cause the first season was to damn extended with naraku being an inmortal being, the finals episodes of inuyasha werent good, so i hope inuyasha 2 get the plot somewhere

  • October 1, 2009 at 4:39 pmferggggg

    WOW. Why the hell are they making more Inuyasha? That show is garbage incarnate full of pointless filler and the villain escaping every 50 episodes to try the same plot over and over again.

  • October 1, 2009 at 7:28 pmTheone

    FAIRY TAIL FTW!!!!!!!!

  • October 1, 2009 at 7:45 pmvoxune

    So far interessed in Tegami Bachi, Fairy Tail and Darker than BLACK 2
    Thou I still really have my doubts about how DtB 2 will be, but its just wait and see.

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pmBakazuki

    Oh geez. With that first promotional trailer for Winter Sonata, I was almost convinced that you had uploaded the original movie for viewing. Can’t wait to go through that cheese and melodrama all over again in anime form. >>;;

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:27 pmnadeko x bern

    holy shizz winter sonata…that’ll be pretty hard to top

  • October 1, 2009 at 11:55 pmyanipheonu

    It feel redundant to watch Inuyasha, since I’ve already read the end, but considering it’s one of the first anime I watched, I should probably check it out.

    All I know is somebody needs to work on the next epic mecha anime.

    On that note, I wonder what’s happening with the Macross Frontier and Gundam 00 movies… haven’t checked up on that for a while…

  • October 2, 2009 at 1:13 amPfft

    Oh jeez, Inuyasha? Really? I thought that ended YEARS ago.

  • October 2, 2009 at 3:34 pmYoruhime

    You dont have to worry too much about the Inuyasha part. I found most of the episodes fillers anyway. D:

  • October 2, 2009 at 11:22 pmarlulez

    i’m waiting for Fairy Tail, Kobato, Darker than Black, Kimo no Todoke, To ARu kagaku No Railgun, The sacred Blacksmith and Tegami bacho.. yesh~

    So many anime to watch, make me excited

  • October 3, 2009 at 12:19 amkayne001

    I’m glad Kimi Ni Todoke has an anime, the manga is great.
    Unfortunately I will not have time to watch it.

  • October 3, 2009 at 4:10 pmZero

    Yurohime- The ENTIRE series was filler!

  • October 3, 2009 at 10:12 pmreklam

    11eyes, Sacred Blacksmith, Nyan Koi, and Letter Bee.

    The first Nogizaka was a bit too…lovey-dovey for me so I’m not sure I want to follow this one. I haven’t watched the first DtB yet, but I hear it’s good / decent.

  • October 3, 2009 at 10:14 pmgay sohbet

    thanks

  • October 6, 2009 at 1:58 pmyukino

    omg.. I’ve been soo deprived of anime recently and this season has a lot of good stuff compared to the last season (though there’s still the usual otaku appealers -.-).

  • October 6, 2009 at 4:24 pmMirai

    FAIRY TAIL,Are you ready? HELL YES :):)
    Huuu I’m in love with this manga, so I think I will love the anime too ;)

    “Do whatever you think is right!!!That’s the way of the Fairy Tail mages!!!!”

    Natsu:’2 million?! Hold on! If we divide it by three.. Arghhh I can’t calculate!’
    Happy:’It is easy.I get 1 million, Natsu get 1 million and the rest is Lucy’s ‘
    Natsu:’You are smart Happy!’

    Must see it!!!!!

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