Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall 2011 Anime Series -- full previews with staff, cast, image, trailer, manga, etc.

Last Exile -- Fam the Silver Wing
There are 32 new shows in this fall's list of new series, about the same number as the 30 last fall. Promising shows cover many genres, from shounen and mecha to comedy, moe, slice-of-life, yaoi and josei.

The five shows I myself am most interested in are:
  • Chihayafuru -- A strong teen girl who is a brilliant prodigy at the Japanese poetry card game. The director of NANA animates a manga by Suetsugu Yuki.
  • Un-Go -- Director Mizushima Seiji did FMA, Gundam00, and Hanamaru Kindergarten. Writer Aikawa Shou did FMA, Ayakashi Ayashi and, under an alias, Simoun. Mysteries in a near-future postwar Tokyo.
  • Last Exile -- Ginyoku no Fam -- Sequel to the classic, featuring Toyosaki Aki and Yuuki Aoi darting through the sky together in their tiny simoun vespa.
  • Guilty Crown -- Violent romance/adventure, directed by Araki Tetsurou, who did Death Note, Kurozuka, and Highschool of the Dead. Writer Yoshino Hiroyuki did My-Hime, Macross Frontier, and Sora no Oto. How will those two ancestries combine?
  • Kimi to Boku --  Slice-of-life comedy featuring a group of…high school boys! What a concept! Directed by Kanbe Mamoru, director of Elfen Lied and the underappreciated Denpateki na Kanojo. Adapted by Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, K-On, etc.) from a good manga.
But there are lots of promising shows. Here are a few more I'll be looking at, in alphabetical order:
  • Ad-lib Anime Laboratory -- Katou Emiri and Fukuhara Kaori and a "guest researcher" ad lib the dialogue, which then has an anime built around it.
  • Ben-Tou -- A comedy that is only on my list because of Yuuki Aoi, Katou Emiri, Kayano Ai, and Miyano Mamoru.
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai -- Highly awaited adaptation of a popular manga about a high-school club for people who haven't any friends.
  • -- Oonuma Shin (ef, Baka to Test) tries an ecchi contemporary fantasy. Written by Yokote Michiko (Squid Girl, Genshiken). Starring Tamura Yukari, Chihara Minori, Kitamura Eri, and Kaji Yuuki.
  • Fate/Zero -- Prequel to F/SN, but made by ufotable rather than Studio DEEN. The director of Hourou Musuko. From a story by Urobuchi Gen.
  • Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon -- A distant-future world, from the director and writer of A Channel, with a great experienced cast including Chiwa and Jun-chan, Amisuke, Miyukichi, Minorin, Marina, the Master Painter, and Kamo-san.
  • Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The color of lovers -- An unassuming moe ero-game conversion, starring the game seiyuus, but directed by the director of Kodomo no Jikan and Sasameki Koto.
  • Mirai Nikki -- The director of Shuffle and the writer of ef and Baka to Test: will they make the most of an excellent shounen manga?
  • Persona 4 -- Koshimizu Ami and the director of Angel Beats, with a violent mystery involving both the police and high school students.
  • Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle -- A high-school boy who is a great puzzle-solver joins the fight against a mysterious intelligence group. Directed by Satou Junichi (ARIA) and written by Sekijima Mayori (Pandora Hearts). 
  • Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2 -- If you have any interest in understanding the appeal of boys' love (yaoi), this might be a good place to start. Enjoyable parallel romances set in the world of manga publishing.
    And that list doesn't even include such highly anticipated and possibly excellent shows as Gundam AGE, Tamayura, and Working 2.

    Alphabetical list, linked to full previews

    Ad-lib Anime Laboratory    ● Bakuman 2    ● Battle Spirits: Heroes    ● Ben-Tou    ● Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai    ●    ● Chibi Debi!    ● Chihayafuru    ● Cross Fight B-Daman    ● Digimon Xros Wars: Toki o Kakeru Shounen Hunter-tachi    ● Fate/Zero    ● Fujilog Season 2    ● gdgd Fairies    ● Guilty Crown    ● Hunter × Hunter    ● Kimi to Boku    ● Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon    ● Last Exile -- Ginyoku no Fam    ● Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!    ● Maken-Ki!    ● Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The color of lovers    ● Mirai Nikki    ● Mobile Suit Gundam AGE    ● Persona 4    ● Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle    ● Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2    ● Sengoku Paradise Kiwami    ● Shakugan no Shana III (Final)    ● Shinryaku!? Ika Musume    ● Tamayura - Hitotose    ● Un-Go    ● Working'!!    

    Notes:
    -- info from official sites, Anime News Network, AnimeSuki forums, Anidb, 2channel, Japanese Wikipedia, MoonPhase, etc.
    -- I will post a weekly broadcast calendar when the season is about to start, including broadcast schedule changes that will probably occur between now and then.
    -- English titles link to the Anime News Network encyclopedia; Japanese titles link to official sites.



    Full previews (chronological order)
    (click images to enlarge)


    Battle Spirits: Heroes
      (jp: バトルスピリッツ 覇王(ヒーローズ))   jpWiki

    young shounen battles
    Yet another series of the popular Sunday-morning franchise based on the Battle Spirits trading card game.

    seiyuus: Hirata Mana, Fukuyama Jun, Fujita Saki, Takagi Reiko, Hatano Wataru, Takahashi Mikako, Mizusawa Fumie.
    director: Nishimori Akira   writer: Tomioka Atsuhiro.
    animation: Sunrise. chara-des: Hirata Ryou.
    music: Segawa Eishi.
    sun 18 sep 07:00




    Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
      (jp: 侵略!?イカ娘)   jpWiki

    comedy
    A second season for the popular comedy in which a squid girl leaves polluted oceans to invade the land, and ends up working in a beach café.

    seiyuus: Kanemoto Hisako, Tanaka Rie, Fujimura Ayumi, Ootani Miki, Nakamura Yuuichi, Nabatame Hitomi, Koyama Rikiya.
    director: Yamamoto Yasutaka; Mizushima Tsutomu (chief dir)   writer: Yokote Michiko.
    animation: Diomedea. chara-des: Ishikawa Masakazu.
    OP Sphere, ED Kanemoto Hisako.
    trailer. manga. forum.
    mon 26 sep 26:00


    Bakuman 2
      (jp: バクマン。2)   jpWiki

    shounen comedy drama
    Second season for the story of two high-school boys working toward becoming top mangaka. Good cast, written by Yoshida Reiko, with Kasai Kenichi as supervising director. But the good manga seemed to me to move rather slowly as an anime.

    seiyuus: Hino Satoshi, Abe Atsushi, Hayami Saori, Yahagi Sayuri.
    director: Akitaya Noriaki, Kasai Kenichi   writer: Yoshida Reiko. Ohba Tsugumi (manga).
    animation: JCStaff. chara-des: Shitaya Tomoyuki, Ohata Takeshi (orig).
    trailer. manga. 25eps. ED Tommy Heavenly6.
    sat 01 oct 17:30


      (jp: C3-シーキューブ-)   jpWiki

    ecchi fantasy
    A somewhat ecchi contemporary fantasy directed by Oonuma Shin (ef, Baka to Test), written by Yokote Michiko (Squid Girl, Genshiken) and starring Tamura Yukari, Chihara Minori, Kitamura Eri, and Kaji Yuuki.

    A high school student named Haruaki receives a mysterious, super-heavy black cube from his father overseas. That night, Haruaki wakes up to a suspicious noise, and he discovers a naked girl stealing rice crackers from his kitchen. The girl, Fear, is the first of several surprises for him. (anidb)

    From a novel. The staff and cast make me want to take a look.

    seiyuus: Tamura Yukari, Chihara Minori, Kitamura Eri, Kaji Yuuki, Ogura Yui, Terashima Takuma, Asumi Kana.
    director: Oonuma Shin   writer: Yokote Michiko. Minase Hazuki (novel).
    animation: Silver Link. chara-des: Ooshima Miwa.
    music: Ichikawa Jun. OP1 Tamura Yukari, OP2 Kitamura Eri, ED1 Kitamura Eri.
    trailer. forum.
    sat 01 oct 23:30

    Working'!!
      (jp: WORKING´!!)   jpWiki

    ensemble comedy
    A second season for the popular working-life comedy. Having seen a preview of episode one of this new season, I think they may have exhausted the subject in season one. But the director has said that this first episode was just a reintroduction, so perhaps things will speed up from here on.

    seiyuus: Fukuyama Jun, Asumi Kana, Fujita Saki, Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi, Kitamura Eri, Watanabe Kumiko, Hirohashi Ryou.
    director: Ootsuki Atsushi (Kanokon, Ladies v. Butlers)   writer: Yoshioka Takao (DearS, Elfen Lied, Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou). Takatsu Karino (manga).
    animation: A-1 Pictures. chara-des: Adachi Shingo. animation supervisor: Adachi Shingo. art: Kinoshita Ryouka.
    OP Asumi Kana, Kitamura Eri, Fujita Saki. ED Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi..
    trailer. manga. forum.
    sat 01 oct 23:30

    Fate/Zero
      (jp: Fate/Zero)   jpWiki

    seinen fantasy
    Adapts Urobuchi Gen's novel about the Fourth Holy Grail War. Set ten years before the events of Fate/Stay Night. Much the same cast returns, but the staff and studio are new. The studio is ufotable instead of Studio Deen. The director is Aoki Ei, who did Hourou Musuko and Ga-rei Zero. There has been lots of criticism of DEEN, so we'll see if the change raises this to a new level.

    Definitely worth a look. Music by Kajiura Yuki.

    seiyuus: Seki Tomokazu, Koyama Rikiya, Nakata Jouji, Kawasumi Ayako, Oohara Sayaka, Kadowaki Mai.
    director: Aoki Ei (Ga-rei Zero, Hourou Musuko)   writer: Urobuchi Gen (orig), Type Moon.
    animation: ufotable.
    music: Kajiura Yuki.
    trailer. manga. 25eps. forum.
    sat 01 oct 24:00

    Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!
      (jp: 真剣で私に恋しなさい!!)   jpWiki

    fighting, comedy, romance, erogame
    Motonaga Keitarou is one of my least favorite directors, for shows such as School Days, Amenaideyo, Tayutama, and Katanagatari. Writer Takayama Katsuhiko did the ef shows, which I loved, as well as Baka to Test, Natsu no Arashi, and Asobi ni Ikuyo, which were just okay. How will the two combine their approaches?

    The cast is a mix of lesser names and complete unknowns (Asakawa Yuu, Sakata Kayo) with top names such as Kamiya Hiroshi, Ono Daisuke, and Itou Shizuka.

    At a high school that teaches fighting, a group of friends of both sexes is joined by two newcomers, and changes follow.

    seiyuus: Asakawa Yuu, Kamiya Hiroshi, Sakata Kayo, Tomonaga Akane, Hyousei, Yusa Kouji, Ono Daisuke, Itou Shizuka, Ogata Megumi, Yamaguchi Kappei, Mizuhashi Kaori, Fujita Yoshinori, Yuuko Gotou.
    director: Motonaga Keitarou   writer: Takayama Katsuhiko. Minato Soft (erogame).
    animation: Lerche. chara-des: Watanabe Mayumi. animation supervisor: Watanabe Mayumi.
    trailer. forum.OP SV Tribe, ED Asakawa Yuu, Tomonaga Akane, Hyousei, Itou Shizuka, Gotou Yuuko.
    sat 01 oct 25:00

    Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
      (jp: 境界線上のホライゾン)   jpWiki

    future fiction school comedy action drama
    "Horizon Above the Borderline." Set in a far future in which the law of causality has been broken and humans are returning to Earth to try to reestablish history. But the trailer combines stirring events with broad comedy, so I am not sure what to expect.

    Great experienced cast featuring Chiwa and Jun-chan, with Amisuke, Miyukichi, Minorin, Marina, the Master Painter, and Kamo-san (see cast list below). The director and writer just finished doing A-Channel together.

    There is enough here that I will watch a couple of episodes, at least, just to find out what's going on.

    seiyuus: Saitou Chiwa, Fukuyama Jun, Koshimizu Ami, Sawashiro Miyuki, Chihara Minori, Inoue Marina, Oohashi Ayuru, Morinaga Rika, Nazuka Kaori, Kobayashi Yuu.
    director: Ono Manabu (Saki, A Channel)   writer: Urahata Tatsuhiko (A Channel, Strawberry Panic). Kawakami Minoru (novel).
    animation: Sunrise.
    OP Chihara Minori; ED Ceui, AiRI.
    trailer. forum.
    sat 01 oct 26:58

    Digimon Xros Wars: Toki o Kakeru Shounen Hunter-tachi
      (jp: デジモンクロスウォーズ 時を駆ける少年ハンターたち)   jpWiki

    shounen fighting
    Second season for the Sunday morning shounen show Digimon Xros Wars.

    seiyuus: Inoue Marina, Watanabe Kumiko, Kakihara Tetsuya, Sudou Yumi, Han Megumi, Kuwashima Houko.
    director: Kaizawa Yukio (Digimon Frontier, Binbo Shimai)   writer: Hongo Akiyoshi (concept).
    animation: Toei
    forum.
    sun 02 oct 06:30

    Cross Fight B-Daman
      (jp: クロスファイト ビーダマン)   jpWiki

    shounen toy battle adventure
    Sunday morning shounen fighting anime.

    A rumor has spread among children worldwide regarding the popular B-Daman matches: a select group will be allowed to participate in an upcoming secret competition, known as "Cross Fight"! (anidb)

    seiyuus: Itou Kentarou, Takeuchi Ryouta, Oohara Momoko, Kokuryuu Sachi, Okamoto Hiroshi, Aizawa Mai.
    director: Odaka Yoshinori   writer: Inotsume Shinichi. Fujisaki Kenji.
    animation: Synergy SP.
    sun 02 oct 08:45

    Hunter × Hunter
      (jp: HUNTER×HUNTER)   jpWiki

    shounen action adventure
    A remake of the original series with different staff and cast.

    Gon is a youth who lives on Kujira Island. His dream is to become a Hunter like his father, to search out lost treasures, artifacts, and mythical creatures.

    Determined to challenge the unknown, he sets off on a journey, meeting fellow aspiring Hunters Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio along the way.

    Competent core staff of the director of Grenadier and Rainbow and the writer of Prince of Tennis and Jewelpet. Excellent sub-cast includes Sawashiro Miyuki, Fujiwara Keiji, and Namikawa Daisuke.

    This is a tremendously popular manga in Japan, and fans hope that the new series will do it justice.

    seiyuus: Han Megumi, Ise Mariya, Sawashiro Miyuki, Fujiwara Keiji, Namikawa Daisuke.
    director: Koujina Hiroshi (Grenadier, Rainbow)   writer: Maekawa Atsushi (Prince of Tennis, Jewelpet, Bakugan Battle Brawlers). Togashi Yoshihiro (manga).
    animation: Madhouse. chara-des: Yoshimatsu Takahiro.
    OP Masatoshi Ono, ED Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
    trailer. manga. forum.
    sun 02 oct 10:55

    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
      (jp: ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル)   jpWiki

    shounen adventure
    Through solving puzzles, a high-school boy joins the fight against a mysterious intelligence group.

    Directed by Satou Junichi (ARIA) and written by Sekijima Mayori (Pandora Hearts). It will be interesting to see what this strangely assorted pair of top talents can come up with.

    There are some good names in the cast list -- Miyano Mamoru, Fujiwara Keiji, Sakurai Takahiro -- but the name I am most pleased to see is Yukino Satsuki, who has been hard to find for the past few years.

    seiyuus: Asanuma Shintarou, Shimizu Kaori, Yukino Satsuki, Miyano Mamoru, Miyata Kouki, Ishida Akira, Fujiwara Keiji, Sakurai Takahiro, Fukuyama Jun.
    director: Satou Junichi (ARIA)   writer: Sekijima Mayori (MoonPhase, Pandora Hearts). Sunrise (orig. story)
    animation: Sunrise.
    OP May'n, ED Kiyoura Natsumi.
    trailer. 25eps. forum.
    sun 02 oct 17:30

    Tamayura - Hitotose
      (jp: たまゆら~hitotose~)   jpWiki

    slice of life serio-comedy
    The enjoyable OVA has given birth to a full series. After having done little but versions of Aria for several years, Satou Junichi did the OVA, then last season he did Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, and now this season he is doing both this show and Phi Brain.

    I look forward to seeing what he can do with more episodes of this slight tale, set in a town on the Inland Sea. The cast has possibilities. But I have to admit that the second episode of the OVA didn’t do much for me.

    seiyuus: Taketatsu Ayana, Asumi Kana, Iguchi Yuka, Gibu Yuuko, Miyamoto Kanako, Ogata Megumi, Matsuo Yoshiko, Oohara Sayaka, Matsuki Miyu, Kotobuki Minako.
    director: Satou Junichi (ARIA)   writer: Satou Junichi.
    animation: TYO Animations. chara-des: Iizuka Haruko.
    OP Sakamoto Maaya, ED Ohe Senri and Shimizu Nobuyuki.
    trailer. manga. forum.
    mon 03 oct 09:00

    Kimi to Boku
      (jp: 君と僕。)   jpWiki

    slice-of-life comedy drama
    Follows a group of friends in high school: five boys, each with his different character, and each with a different love-interest. Slice of life comedy featuring a group of…boys! What a concept! Enjoyable manga should make a good anime.

    Directed by Kanbe Mamoru, director of Elfen Lied and Denpateki na Kanojo. Written by Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, K-On, etc.). Interesting cast includes Kimura Ryouhei, Uchiyama Kouki, Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Irino Miyu, Kaji Yuuki, and Toriume Kousuke.

    This could work. Second season planned for next April.

    seiyuus: Kimura Ryouhei, Uchiyama Kouki, Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Irino Miyu, Ono Yuuki, Kaji Yuuki, Toriume Kousuke, Nakajima Saki.
    director: Kanbe Mamoru (Elfen Lied, Denpateki na Kanojo, Sora no Oto)   writer: Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, K-On, Bakuman). Hotta Kiichi (manga).
    animation: JCStaff. chara-des: Onji Masayuki.
    music: Elements Garden. OP 7!!, ED Sawai Miku.
    trailer. manga. 13eps. forum.
    mon 03 oct 25:30

    Sengoku Paradise Kiwami
      (jp: 戦国☆パラダイス-極-)

    bishounen historical drama
    Based in a cellphone game for girls, featuring manly heroes you can have fight for you.

    The fact that few staff members have been announced makes me worry, but the cast looks reasonable.

    Details are still thin. Episodes may or may not be only ten minutes long.

    seiyuus: Kakihara Tetsuya, Kajikawa Shouhei, Namikawa Daisuke, Mochizuki Rei, Yamamoto Kanehira, Imai Asami, Kanbara Daichi, Eguchi Takuya, Kawahara Yoshihisa, Hatano Wataru.

    chara-des: Haneda Kouji.
    13eps. forum.
    mon 03 oct 27:15

    Chihayafuru
      (jp: ちはやふる)   jpWiki

    josei
    Star Asami Seto played Takatsuki in Hourou Musuko. Co-star Hosoya Yoshimasa was Nezumi in No.6. Director Asaka Morio directed NANA. This show has possibilities, especially with Mamo-chan also in the cast.

    Mangaka Suetsugu Yuki lost her place in magazines after a scandal involving copying some frames from other manga. But she dropped two manga, apologized for her "immorality," and this, her return work, was voted best manga of 2009, vaulting her to the top again right away. Maybe she doesn't draw very quickly, but she is a good artist and excellent storyteller.

    All her life, Chihaya's dream was to see her model sister become Japan's best…until a quiet, unassuming transfer student named Arata explains to her that a dream is something she needs to work at herself.

    Arata plays a competitive version of a traditional Japanese poetry card game -- known as karuta, and based on the One Poem from 100 Poets poetry anthology -- in a way Chihaya has never seen before. After taking Arata's place in a game, Chihaya discovers she has a passion for it. Now she wants to become number one, the Queen of Karuta. (J-SiS)

    seiyuus: Seto Asami, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Miyano Mamoru, Kayano Ai, Nara Tooru, Yonaga Tsubasa.
    director: Asaka Morio (NANA)   writer: Takayama Naoya. Suetsugu Yuki (manga).
    animation: Madhouse. chara-des: Hamada Kunihiko.
    OP 99RadioService, ED Seto Asami.
    trailer. manga. forum.
    tue 04 oct 24:59

    Maken-Ki!
      (jp: マケン姫っ!)   jpWiki

    ecchi school fighting comedy
    The director of Ikkitousen, working with the writer of Big Windup, Requiem for the Phantom, and Gundam00. Odd couple or what?

    Sex-obsessed Ooyama Takeru enrolls into Tenbi Gakuen, which has only just changed from all girls to co-ed. He doesn’t know that, the only students admitted are those who are able to control a source of energy found in all living things, called Element.

    On the first day, he meets Amaya Haruko, his childhood friend; Kushiya Inaho, a weird big busted girl who declares she's his fiancé; and Himegami Kodama, a blonde oujo-san who wants to kill him. The three girls and he end up sharing one dorm room….

    seiyuus: Shitaya Noriko, Yahagi Sayuri, Maeno Tomoaki, Nomizu Iori, Harada Hitomi, Mina, Togashi Misuzu, Tsuruoka Satoshi.
    director: Oohata Kouichi   writer: Kuroda Yousuke. Takeda Hiromitsu (manga).
    animation: AIC Spirits. chara-des: Yuuki Nobuteru. animation supervisor: Yuuki Nobuteru, Sunagawa Masakazu, Koshiishi Satoru.
    music: Watanabe Cheru.
    trailer. manga. forum.
    tue 04 oct 25:05

    Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The color of lovers
      (jp: ましろ色シンフォニー)   jpWiki

    moe ero-game romance
    Shingo's school is about to merge with a girls' school. He is temporarily transferred to the girls' school, to begin the integration process. But all the girls hate boys….

    Unassuming ero-game conversion, apparently starring the game's cast. But for some reason I have a good feeling about this one. Perhaps it's because I thought the director did a good job of his previous shows, Kodomo no Jikan and Sasameki Koto.

    I have seen this compared to Shukufuku no Campanella, with more romance. Sounds good to me.

    seiyuus: Mizushima Takahiro, Rikimaru Njoriko, Ichimura Oma, Yoshida Mayumi, Ono Ryouko, Gotou Mai.
    director: Suganuma Eiji (Kodomo no Jikan, Sasameki Koto)   writer: Team RIKKA. Palette (erogame).
    animation: Manglobe. chara-des: Kawamura Toshie. animation supervisor: Kawamura Toshie.
    OP Choucho, ED marble.
    trailer. forum.
    tue 04 oct 26:00

    Persona 4
      (jp: persona4 the ANIMATION)   jpWiki

    police adventure romance school fantasy
    Due to family circumstances, Narukami Yuu moves from the big city to his uncle's place in the country. On his first morning there, a woman is found dangling from a television antenna, dead. (anidb)

    I will watch any show that stars Koshimizu Ami, who I think is underappreciated. Voices like Morikubou Shoutarou, Namikawa Daisuke, Horie Yui, Kugimiya Rie, Paku Romi, and Yamaguchi Kappei will also be on display here.

    Director Kishi Seiji did Angel Beats and Seto no Hanayome. Writer Kakihara Yuuko did Sora no Otoshimono and Jewelpet Sunshine. What will they come up with for this very different story? I'll watch an episode to find out.

    seiyuus: Koshimizu Ami, Morikubo Shoutarou, Namikawa Daisuke, Madono Mitsuaki, Horie Yui, Kanda Akemi, Ishizuka Unshou, Kugimiya Rie, Yamaguchi Kappei, Paku Romi.
    director: Kishi Seiji (Angel Beats, Seto no Hanayome)   writer: Kakihara Yuuko (Sora no Otoshimono, Jewelpet Sunshine).
    animation: AIC ASTA. chara-des: Morita Kazuaki; Soejima Shigenori (orig).
    music: Meguro Shouji. OPED Hirata Shihoko.
    trailer. forum.
    thu 06 oct 25:30

    Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
      (jp: 僕は友達が少ない)   jpWiki

    harem comedy
    This is one of the most anticipated shows of the season, with already over 500 posts about it in the AnimeSuki forum. It's basically a harem show about misfits, but maybe it will be a bit special. I mean, having two girls vomit all over the hero in the preview episode is fairly unusual.

    The story revolves around Hasegawa Kodaka, a half-Japanese/half-British transfer student whose delinquent-like blonde hair scares people, and a seemingly perpetually sullen girl named Mikazuki Yozora. The two decide to form Rinjinbu, a club for people with hardly any friends. (anidb)

    The character design is from originals by buriki, which explains the enjoyable echoes of the look of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko.

    The director did Sora no Otoshimono. The writer did Monster (!) and Strawberry Panic. A nice cast includes Kimura Ryouhei (Eden of the East), Itou Kanae, Inoue Marina, and Hanazawa Kana.

    seiyuus: Kimura Ryouhei, Itou Kanae, Inoue Marina, Hanazawa Kana, Yamamoto Nozomi, Fukuen Misato, Iguchi Yuka.
    director: Saitou Hisashi (Bamboo Blade, Sora no Otoshimono)   writer: Urahata Tatsuhiko (Monster, Strawberry Panic). Hirasaka Yomi (novel).
    animation: AIC Build. chara-des: Watanabe Yoshihiro, buriki (orig). animation supervisor: Watanabe Yoshihiro.
    music: Tom-H@ck. OP seiyuus. ED Inoue Marina.
    trailer. forum.
    thu 06 oct 25:55

    Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2
      (jp: 世界一初恋2)   jpWiki

    yaoi comedy/drama
    "The Best First Love in the World." A second season for the enjoyable boys-love romantic comedy following three all-male couples. A bevy of good seiyuu and interesting relationships -- even if I do find Kondou Takashi a bit extreme in the lead role.

    Even if you have never watched yaoi, try this show. It works on its own terms. And we learn something about the business side of the manga industry in Tokyo.

    Directed by Kon Chiaki (Higurashi, Hanasakeru Seishounen), and written by Nakase Rika (Junjou Romantica, Kanamemo).

    seiyuus: Kondou Takashi, Konishi Katsuyuki, Nakamura Yuuichi, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Midorikawa Hikaru, Kamiya Hiroshi, Horiuchi Kenyuu, Tachibana Shinnosuke, Maeno Tomoaki.
    director: Kon Chiaki (Higurashi, Otome Youkai Zakuro)   writer: Nakase Rika (Junjou Romantica, Kanamemo). Nakamura Shungiku (manga).
    animation: Studio DEEN. chara-des: Kikuchi Youko.
    music: Anze Hijiri. OP Kita Shuhei, ED Sakura Merry-men.
    trailer. manga.
    fri 07 oct 25:05

    Shakugan no Shana III (Final)
      (jp: 灼眼のシャナIII (Final))   jpWiki

    supernatural adventure romance
    The final season of the smash hit that made Kugimiya Rie a star. It's refreshing to see Itou Noizi's sharp original character designs again.

    seiyuus: Kugimiya Rie, Hino Satoshi, Ebara Masashi, Oohara Sayaka, Noto Mamiko, Nojima Hirofumi, Iwata Mitsuo, Nabatame Hitomi, Kobayashi Yumiko, Nojima Kenji.
    director: Watanabe Takashi   writer: Kobayashi Yasuko. Takahashi Yashichirou (novels).
    animation: JCStaff. chara-des: Ootsuka Mai, Itou Noizi (orig.) animation supervisor: Ootsuka Mai, Imoto Yuki.
    music: Ootani Kou. OP Kotoko, ED Altima.
    trailer. 24eps. forum
    fri 07 oct 25:30


    Last Exile -- Ginyoku no Fam
      (jp: ラストエグザイル-銀翼のファム-)   jpWiki

    shounen adventure romance
    The kingdom of Turan is about to fall, under attack by the great Adess Union. In the midst of battle, flier Fam and her friend Giselle offer to protect the princesses of Turan in return for their ship. Episode 1 was shown at Anime Expo in July and comments were highly positive. The settings are apparently fantastic, and the charcters likeable.

    I'm not normally a fan of old-fashioned future machines, but this is one of the shows I'm most looking forward to: Gonzo's sequel to Last Exile, starring Toyosaki Aki and Yuuki Aoi, among others. But the staff gives me pause. The director did Tokyo Babylon, FMP and Tower of Druaga, which is good. But the writer did Linebarrels and Legendary Heroes, which is not so good. Personally, I am mainly watching this for Yuuki Aoi's voice-acting, and her few words in the trailer did not disappoint.

    seiyuus: Toyosaki Aki, Yuuki Aoi, Kayano Ai, Sawashiro Miyuki, Matsukaze Masaya, Kuwatani Natsuko, Noda Junko, Konishi Katsuyuki, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Fukuyama Jun, Nakamura Yuuichi, Kitamura Eri.
    director: Chigira Kouichi (Tokyo Babylon, FMP, Tower of Druaga)   writer: Yoshimura Kiyoko (Linebarrels, Legendary Heroes).
    animation: Gonzo. chara-des: Horiuchi Osamu; Murata Range (orig). animation supervisor: Takaoka Junichi.
    music: Kuroishi Hitomi. OP Sakamoto Maaya (song written by School Food Punishment).
    trailer. forum.
    fri 07 oct 26:00

    Ben-Tou
      (jp: ベン・トー)   jpWiki

    school comedy
    Penniless high-school student Satou You goes to the supermarket one day and discovers a bento on sale at half price. He reaches to grab it, and suddenly finds himself on the floor unconscious. He has just entered the fierce supermarket survival battle for half-price bento. (ann)

    Katou Emiri in yet another leading role. She is truly hitting the big time, as she deserves. Ise Mariya, Taketatsu Ayana, Miyano Mamoru, Shimono Hiro, Kayano Ai, Yuuki Aoi -- a very interesting cast.

    Director Itagaki Shin did Black Cat (good) and Basquash (not so good). Writer Fudeyasu Kazuyuki wrote Kamen no Maid Guy (good) and Kampfer (not so good).

    seiyuus: Katou Emiri, Ise Mariya, Taketatsu Ayana, Miyano Mamoru, Yuuki Aoi, Shimono Hiro, Kayano Ai.
    director: Itagaki Shin   writer: Fudeyasu Kazuyuki, Itagaki Shin. Asaura (novel).
    animation: David Production. chara-des: Hirata Katsuzou. animation supervisor: Hirata Katsuzou.
    music: Iwasaki Taku.OP aimi, ED Ise Mariya.
    trailer. forum.
    sat 08 oct 26:20

    Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
      (jp: 機動戦士ガンダムAGE)   jpWiki

    mecha science fiction adventure
    The new series will have three generations of father, child, and descendant as the lead characters, piloting Gundams against unknown attackers to save Earth in a Hundred Year War.

    Director Yamaguchi Susumu has been involved with various Gundam Seed projects, but his only directoral credits are for three Sergeant Frog movies. Writer Hino Akihiro has a short list of credits and this is his first time as lead writer. We shall see how they do.

    Mixed cast sends the wildly underrated Endou Aya (Sheryl in Macross Frontier) back into space.

    seiyuus: Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Endou Aya, Miyata Kouki, Ono Daisuke, Touchi Hiroki, Inoue Kazuhiko.
    director: Yamaguchi Susumu   writer: Hino Akihiro. Tomino Yoshiyuki/Sunrise (orig).
    animation: Sunrise. chara-des: Chiba Michinoru, Nagano Takuzou (orig).
    OP Jam Project, ED Kuribayashi Minami.
    trailer. forum.
    sun 09 oct 17:00

    Mirai Nikki
      (jp: 未来日記)   jpWiki

    shounen supernatural adventure
    After a fairly successful OVA, the same staff and cast give us a full series from this top shounen manga.

    In a cast of unknowns, keep an eye on Togashi Misuzu, who plays Yukiteru. She has gone from a role in Seitokai no Ichizon to roles in Nichijou, Maken-ki and this show. As well as singing with Lia's group.

    Director Hosoda Naoto did Shuffle and Minamike Okawari. Writer Takayama Katsuhiko did both ef shows and Baka to Test.

    This manga is so strong that whatever they do will likely be entertaining. Our hero finds that his cellphone becomes a diary of the future. And then he meets….

    seiyuus: Togashi Misuzu, Murata Tomosa, Wakamoto Norio, Kawahara Yoshihisa, Domon Jin, Sanada Asami, Seki Tomokazu, Hashi Takaya, Sendai Eri, Kuwatani Natsuko.
    director: Hosoda Naoto (Shuffle, Minamike Okawari)   writer: Takayama Katsuhiko (ef, Baka to Test). Esunio Sakae (manga).
    animation: asread. chara-des: Hirayama Hidetsugu. animation supervisor: Hirayama Hidetsugu, Okada Maiko.
    music: Katou Tatsuya. OP Yousei Teikoku, ED Faylan.
    trailer. manga. 26eps. forum.
    sun 09 oct 24:00

    Chibi Debi!
      (jp: ちび☆デビ!)   jpWiki

    shoujo
    The story follows a middle school girl who one day discovers a devil baby on her bed. From a super-cute shoujo manga.

    I look forward to seeing how a sweet orphan girl looks after a devil baby, as opposed to how a tough high-school guy does (Beelzebub). So I like shoujo. So sue me.

    writer: Shinozuka Hiromu (manga).

    manga.
    mon 10 oct 18:20

    gdgd Fairies
      (jp: gdgd妖精s)

    fairy fantasy
    Fully computer-animated series centers around three little fairies who live inside the trees in Fairy Forest.

    seiyuus: Akesaka Satomi, Mimori Suzuko, Mizuhara Kaoru.
    director:   writer:
    animation:
    wed 12 oct 27:00

    Un-Go
      (jp: UN-GO)   jpWiki

    future fantasy mystery
    The main staff alone makes this show worth taking a look at. Director Mizushima Seiji did FMA, Gundam00, and Hanamaru Kindergarten. Writer Aikawa Shou did FMA, Ayakashi Ayashi, and, under aliases, Love Hina and Simoun.

    Names in the cast are also promising: Toyosaki Aki, Irino Miyu, Honda Takako, Miki Shinichirou.

    In a near-future post-war Tokyo, the two main characters work together to solve mysteries. Based on the works of Sakaguchi Ango, the post-World War II Japanese novelist and essayist who wrote the "In the Forest Under Cherries in Bloom" part of Aoi Bungaku.

    Noitamina.

    seiyuus: Toyosaki Aki, Katsuji Ryou, Irino Miyu, Yamamoto Nozomi, Honda Takako, Miki Shinichirou.
    director: Mizushima Seiji   writer: Aikawa Shou. Sakaguchi Ango (novel).
    animation: Bones. chara-des: Kouga Yun.
    music: Narasaki. OP School Food Punishment, ED LAMA.
    trailer. forum.
    thu 13 oct 24:45

    Guilty Crown
      (jp: ギルティクラウン)   jpWiki

    violent adventure romance
    Director Araki Tetsurou did Death Note, Kurozuka, and Highschool of the Dead. Writer Yoshino Hiroyuki did My-Hime, Macross Frontier, and Sora no Oto.

    After the outbreak of the unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multi-national organization called GHQ. A boy with psychic powers joins an organization fighting against GHQ.

    Add to all that a good looking trailer, and a cast including Kaji Yuuki, Hanazawa Kana, Taketatsu Ayana, Kayano Ai, Endou Aya, Kotobuki Minako, and Koyasu Takehito. Have to take a look at this one. Noitamina.

    And music by Ryo of Supercell.

    seiyuus: Kaji Yuuki, Hanazawa Kana, Taketatsu Ayana, Nakamura Yuuichi, Kayano Ai, Shimamura Yuu, Kotobuki Minako, Uchiyama Kouki, Endou Aya, Koyasu Takehito.
    director: Araki Tetsurou   writer: Yoshino Hiroyuki.
    animation: Production IG. chara-des: Katou Hiromi. animation supervisor: Chiba Takaaki, Yahagi Toshiyuki, Kadowaki Satoshi, Asano Kyouji.
    music: Ryo. OP supercell, ED Egoist.
    trailer. forum.
    thu 13 oct 25:15

    Ad-lib Anime Laboratory
      (jp: アドリブアニメ研究所)

    experimental comedy
    Emirin and Kaorin -- who played the Hiiragi sisters in Lucky Star -- get together with a new guest star every week to ad lib an anime. The first week's "guest researcher" will be Sakurai Takahiro.

    The three start with a setting and ad lib all the lines, then animators build an anime around them. This kind of "pre-scoring" was used before in Red Garden, but this is the first time I know of that the ad-lib has become the heart of an anime. I’d expect to hear Sugita Tomokazu as a guest star at some point, since he is well known for his ad libs.

    There is apparently a live-action part to each episode.

    seiyuus: Katou Emiri, Fukuhara Kaori, Sakurai Takahiro.
    theme: Katou Emiri, Fukuhara Kaori
    sat 15 oct 24:30


    Fujilog Season 2
      (jp: フジログ シーズン2)   jpWiki

    comedy
    A second season of the CG comedy anime about a weird family in Saitama, in the outer suburbs of Tokyo.

    seiyuus: Kusao Takeshi, Ootsuka Hiromi, Sakuma Natsumi, Shiratori Tetsu.
    director: Shichiji Shigeo   writer: Shichiji Shigeo.
    chara-des: Shichiji Shigeo.
    trailer.
    october

    4 comments:

    Furuba-tan said...

    oh, Ad-lib Anime Laboratory seems interesting. now is the question if there will be sub for this. XD

    omo said...

    Just a quick comment: Asakawa Yuu is actually rather well-known in some circles since she used to be in some very popular shows like Love-Hina, and also this past year with her web show Otaku Versus Zero and being an active tweeter in English.

    hashi said...

    @omo -- Yes, she is well known, especially for past work. I was putting her in the category of "lesser names," referring to quality. To be honest, I like her singing and don't mind her acting, but some people seem to just loathe her work. Thanks for letting me know she tweets in English.

    Justin said...

    *Crossing my fingers that Chihayafuru and Last Exile do well this Fall*