With the new fall season starting tomorrow, here’s a quick overview of what the plans are blogging-wise. Please note that this schedule may change in the upcoming weeks, but will likely remain very close to what’s listed here. As usual, I’ll be watching much more than I’ll be blogging, so Suzuku and Takaii have been brought in to help cover some other shows. Prooof is continuing on with Bleach and Nurarihyon no Mago like originally planned, whereas Kiiragi is going back to being the resident One Piece writer. If for some reason you haven’t checked out the Fall 2010 Preview already, all links in the schedule will take you to the series’ corresponding entry. I’ve added a lot of new promotional videos since the preview was originally published, so it’s worth checking out again even if you have.
At the moment, I’m not too keen on covering ten shows, even though it’s one less than this past season and six less than spring. Real-life priorities have significantly reduced the amount of time I can invest into the site, so I need to find a better balance between work, blogging, and recreation. With that in mind, Tegami Bachi REVERSE and Hakouki Hekketsuroku are two series that I really want to cover, but may forgo both depending on how covering two shows a day from Friday to Monday feels. My current plan is to cover them in a slightly reduced capacity as opposed to not at all, for which I’ve been tweaking the filmstrip post format in preparation. I also plan to use this season as an opportunity to try out a more image-oriented version of that format, particularly for comedies where the captions allow me to poke fun at various things that happen and the less rigid flow makes it easier to go off on a tangent with random thoughts. The ones I have in mind are Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, and Sora no Otoshimono Forte. I’ve been playing with the format for the past few days and really like how it looks and reads, so I’m looking forward to putting it into practice and hearing everyone’s feedback.
As for some other tidbits, I originally planned to let Suzuku cover To Aru Majutsu no Index II, but have also reluctantly let him cover STAR DRIVER in the highly coveted 5pm Sunday time slot, previously occupied by the likes of Macross Frontier, Gundam 00, and Fullmetal Alchemist. The reason being that I want to see Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls covered in an objective and unbiased light that looks beyond the surface, and didn’t want either him or Takaii to take a stab at a show that tends to attract “less agreeable” comments. I don’t feel too bad about leaving out the Arakawa Under the Bridge sequel, but do wish that I could make time for Kuragehime. Even without them, the 22 shows of coverage will be more than enough to keep the site bustling with impressions, plus there are three manga series on top of that. Please note that I’m the only one who will be covering off raws, so there will be a bit of delay for the other writers after something airs. I am pushing Suzuku to try and cover STAR DRIVER unsubbed though.
As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome. I’m also willing to listen to requests (complaints?) to a degree if you really want to a series covered that isn’t listed above, though it would have to fall under the list of ones I’m planning to watch to be considered.
– Crunchyroll has added Otome Youkai Zakuro to their line of simulcasts for the season.
– Aniplex USA will be streaming Oreimo and Togainu no Chi.
10/3: Suzuku has decided not cover Motto To LOVE-Ru anymore, as he has more shows than he can handle.
10/5: Hakuouki Hekketsuroku moved to Mondays as the first day it airs, in light of AT-X premiering a double-header of the special and episode 13.
10/15: Kiiragi has decided to drop One Piece in favor of covering currently airing series. He’ll be taking over coverage of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt from Suzuku and picking up Kuragehime as well.
10/20: Prooof has decided to drop Nurarihyon no Mago.
10/30: Suzuku won’t be covering Togainu no Chi after all, as he’s reached his limit on the number of shows he can cover concurrently.
12/09: Suzuku will no longer be writing for RandomC, so I’ve picked up STAR DRIVER, To Aru no Majutsu no Index II, and MM.