Where possible, I've provided links to manga scanlations, to give a fuller idea of the story.
As usual, these previews concentrate on the staff who make a show. For me, who the director and writer are is the best indicator of how good a show will be.
What shows am I most looking forward to this coming season?
- Fractale – Bad-boy director Yamamoto Yutaka directs his first series since Kannagi, a Ghibliesque show he says will appeal to more than just otaku.
- Hourou Musuko – A delicate drama involving cross-dressing middle-schoolers (right). Manga by Shimura Takako (Aoi Hana).
- Mahou Shoujou Madoka Magica – Shinbou's magical girl show, with music by Kajiura Yuki and starring Yuuki Aoi.
- Moshidora –"What If the Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Had Read Drucker's 'Management'?" From a popular novel that applies management principles to high-school baseball. Production IG and NHK, and the director and writer of Beast Player Erin, give us an anime aimed at men and women in their 30s and 40s. Doesn't start until March.
These next three could be run-of-the-mill ecchi/moe comedies, but each gives some reason for optimism: Rio - Rainbow Gate, Dragon Crisis, and Gosick.
And there are three shows that are highly awaited, but not by me: Mitsudomoe 2, Kimi ni Todoke 2 and Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!
Anyway, here are the 22 shows, in alphabetical order -- click to go to info and comments about each one: