Winter 2012 Preview!

It feels like 2011 went by in the blink of an eye, as I haven’t even had a chance to look back on my favorites of the year. Before I do so, let’s first take a look at what’s just around the corner in the new year. Winter is generally not one of the busier seasons, but there are actually 23 offerings in 2012, which is pretty close to the 27 this past fall. Of the new titles, some of them stood out immediately — the sequel to my favorite romance of 2010 Amagami SS, the horror series Another, the sequel to Sousei no Aquarion, the TV version of Black Rock Shooter, the sequel to Bakemonogatari, and the fourth and final season of Zero no Tsukaima — but as is often the case when I put together a season preview, I discovered many are a lot more interesting than they originally appeared. Best of all, there is a wide variety of shows from various different genres, so there’s a good chance there will be something for everyone. Care to find out which ones I’m talking about? Then do read on.

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Chihayafuru – 09

「(しのぶれど」 (Shinoburedo)
“But I Cannot Hide”

I know this is just an anime, and the way we interpret it is a matter of opinion and subject to personal tastes. But I’ll say this – anyone who wants to argue that Chihaya doesn’t belong with Taichi, I’ll fight you right now. Name the time, name the place – I’ll be there. And in true shounen style, I’m willing to battle to the death.

THE IDOLM@STER – 01

「これからが彼女たちのはじまり」 (Kore kara ga Kanajo-tachi no Hajimari)
“It’s the Beginning of These Girls from Here On”

Fans of the IDOLM@STER franchise should be happy about this incredibly faithful adaptation, as it felt like I was watching someone play the Xbox 360 game it’s based on before my very eyes. The twelve aspiring female idols (and one producer) constantly broke the fourth wall to communicate with the nameless cameraman (soon to be producer), whose unvoiced lines were subtitled for most of the episode.

Summer 2011 Schedule

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Ao no Exorcist
17:00 MBC TBS (4/17)
Natsume Yuujin-chou San
25:30 TX (7/4)
Bleach
18:00 TX
Nyanpire The Animation
22:54 Kids Station (7/6)
Usagi Drop
24:45 CX (7/7)
BLADE
22:00 ANIMAX (7/1)
Nekogami Yaoyorozu
08:30 AT-X (7/9)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou
17:30 MX (7/3)
Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel
25:45 tvk (7/4)
Kami-sama Dolls
25:30 TX (7/5)
NO.6
25:15 CX (7/7)
Ro-Kyu-Bu!
23:00 AT-X (7/1)
Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE 1000%
24:00 MX (7/2)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Hanasaku Iroha
22:00 MX (4/3)
Yuruyuri
26:00 TX (7/4)
Double-J
25:29 NTV (6/28)
THE IDOLM@STER
25:25 TBS (7/7)
Ouran High School Host Club Drama
24:20 TBS (7/22)
R-15
25:00 tvk (7/9)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation
24:30 CTC (7/3)
Morita-san wa Mukuchi.
25:30 KBS (7/5)
BLOOD-C
25:40 MBS (7/7)
Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
25:05 TVS (7/8)
Nichijou
26:20 TVA (4/2)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Manyuu Hikenchou
25:00 tvk (7/10)
Steins;Gate
26:05 TVS (4/5)
Mayo Chiki!
25:55 TBS (7/7)
Dantalian no Shoka
25:23 TX (7/15)
Sacred Seven
26:28 MBS (7/2)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Mawaru Penguindrum
26:10 MBS (7/7)
Kami-sama no Memo-chou
25:30 MX (7/8)
D P T E D P T E
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
26:15 TX (7/7)
D P T E
Legend: 8 Divine 2 Prooof 6 Takaii 5 Guardian Enzo Not covering/watching

First off, Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian readers and an early Happy Fourth of July to all our American ones. The summer season is upon us now, so it’s time to give a quick overview of what the writers and I will be watching, and more importantly, what we’ll be covering. As always, please note that this is a tentative schedule and shows may be shuffled around after the first week. Any changes will be noted on this post as they’re made.

…More after the break.

Spring 2011 Schedule

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Metal Fight Beyblade 4D
08:30 TVA TX (4/3)
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
09:00 AT-X (4/11)
Bleach
18:00 TX
30-Sai no Hoken Taiiku
27:00 MX (4/6)
SKET DANCE
18:00 TVA TX (4/7)
X-Men
22:00 ANIMAX (4/1)
Jewelpet Sunshine
09:30 TVA TX (4/2)
D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T
Bakugan Battle Brawlers Gundalian Invaders
09:00 TVA TX (4/3)
Gintama’
18:00 (4/4)
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji Hakairoku-hen
24:59 NTV (4/5)
Hyouge Mono
23:00 NHK-BS (4/7)
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san.
23:00 AT-X (4/8)
Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
10:00 BSJ (4/9)
D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T
Toriko
09:00 CX (4/3)
Fireball Charming
19:28 MX (4/4)
Yuruani?
25:29 NTV (4/12)
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
24:45 CX (4/14)
Hen Zemi
23:15 AT-X (4/8)
Deadman Wonderland
25:00 tvk (4/16)
D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T
Ao no Exorcist
17:00 MBC TBS (4/17)
Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL
19:30 (4/11)
Steins;Gate
26:05 TVS (4/5)
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae…
25:15 CX (4/14)
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
25:05 TVS (4/8)
DOG DAYS
25:35 TVS (4/2)
D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T
Ring ni Kakero 1: Sekai Taikai-hen
21:00 ANIMAX (4/10)
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai II
25:30 TX (4/11)
Hidan no Aria
25:25 TBS (4/14)
GOSICK
25:23 TX (1/7)
TIGER & BUNNY
25:58 MBS (4/2)
D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T
Hanasaku Iroha
22:00 MX (4/3)
Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~
26:00 TX (4/4)
A-Channel
25:40 MBS (4/7)
Nichijou
26:20 TVA (4/2)
D K P T D K P T D K P T D K P T
Showa Monogatari
22:00 KBS (4/3)
Tono to Issho: Gantai no Yabou
26:14 ytv (4/4)
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
25:55 TBS (4/14)
D K P T D K P T D K P T
Astarotte no Omocha!
23:30 CTC (4/10)
Seikon no Qwaser II
26:30 MX (4/11)
Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera
26:10 MBS (4/7)
D K P T D K P T D K P T
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
24:30 CTC (4/3)
Moshidora
24:15 NHK (4/25, weekdays)
Maria Holic Alive
26:15 TX (4/7)
D K P T D K P T D K P T
Softenni
26:30 MX (4/7)
D K P T

* Others: Appleseed XIII

Legend: 0 Divine 5 Kiiragi 3 Prooof 4 Takaii Not covering/watching

Despite the horrific earthquake earlier this month, Japan’s anime industry trudges along and doesn’t miss its originally scheduled start date for the spring season. With the exception of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, the rest of the winter shows will conclude by next week, ending with Yumekui Merry on Thursday. So with that in mind, it’s time to give a quick overview of what will be covered on the site in the upcoming weeks.

… Please note that this schedule is tentative. More after the break.

Spring 2011 Preview!

In light of the earthquake and tsunami that Japan is still recovering from, most shows were postponed for a week. As a result, the premiere dates listed in this preview are likely to get pushed out by at least a week. Some series’ homepages have already reported new start dates, which I’ve highlighted below by writing the date in red. You can expect more dates to be updated in the upcoming weeks.

Please read: The start of the spring 2011 season marks the one-year anniversary of my tenure heading Random Curiosity. Looking back, it’s been a rather ambitious year that was never short of sleepless nights, so I’d like to believe that I’ve taken things in a positive direction after the site was about to shut down. It definitely hasn’t come without a cost though, as I haven’t taken a proper day off and have even used my vacation days to work on season previews and year-end posts. As such, I’m contemplating taking the entire season off to unwind and recharge. The idea is to take one season off and then ease my way back into things in summer.

Unfortunately, it comes at somewhat of a bad time given how busy this season is, but the other writers will still be covering a handful of shows on a regular basis while I’d be shifting to a more administrative role. I know some people are going to see this as an opportunity to help, so I want to make it clear that I’m not looking for any more writers since I’m happy with the reliable ones I currently have. I’d only make an exception if you’re an avid anime fan with a lot of dedication, good writing skills, insightful input, and fairly fluent Japanese so that you can cover raws on my behalf. If this sounds like you and you’d like to help contribute, please e-mail me.

At the moment, I’m just heavily considering taking a break or risking overworking myself, hence why nothing is marked as a guaranteed blog. If you feel opinionated about it either way, feel free to share your input in the comments. As always, I’ll be reading.

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Hanazawawawa!! (Durarara!! ED1 Parody)

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Nico Nico Douga users never fail to impress by creating amazing fan-made videos. There’s been a sort of a craze going on at Japan’s popular video sharing site in recent months over creating seiyuu-based parody videos of Durarara‘s first ending sequence, featuring “Trust Me” by Matsushita Yuuya. It’s likely due to how the sequence itself is fairly straightforward with a vertical scrolling of characters, but when you see it with an interesting assortment that are all played by one seiyuu of the Durarara series, it’s still pretty cool to see.

Some are particularly well done, but I find this “Hanazawawawa” one featuring Sonohara Anri‘s seiyuu — the always moe Hanazawa Kana — to be one of the nicer ones. It’s Hanazawa Kana all the time here and I love how this version lists credits for each of the characters to make it look like an ending sequence as well, all played by Kana of course. Some characters that most people will recognize in addition to Anri are Tenshi from Angel Beats, Nadeko from Bakemonogatari, Suou from Darker than BLACK, Zange-chan from Kannagi, and Kobato from Kobato. For a full-list of the characters in the order they appear, see below. Enjoy!

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