- pupa – Gore and horror from great director Mochizuki Tomomi (House of Five Leaves, YKK) and starring young Kido Ibuki as the girl who turns into a monster.
- White Album 2 – A new story with a new cast done by a new crew at a new studio. The trailer gives a good feeling: of romance, sadness, and pain.
- Golden Time – The director of Higurashi and the writer of Clannad adapt a comedy-romance novel by the author of Toradora. That’s enough for me.
- Kyoukai no Kanata – This is Kyoto Animation’s offering this season, a supernatural action romance written by Hanada Jukki and directed by a new KyoAni director, just risen from the ranks. Stars up-and-coming seiyuu Taneda Risa.
- Diabolik Lovers – A deliciously perverse reverse harem in which our heroine lives with six bishounen vampire brothers whose lust for her blood cannot be controlled.
- Kill La Kill – A new science fiction comedy-drama from the makers of Gurren-Lagann. One of the most hyped shows of the season.
- Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova – Speaking of hyped, Kishi Seiji and Uezu Makoto, who directed and wrote Humanity Has Declined and Danganronpa, are back together for this science-fiction adventure set in a world where alien invasion by the "Fleet of Fog" has denied humans the air and sea.
- Coppelion – Hanazawa Kana and Tomatsu Haruka star in a post-apocalyptic adventure from GoHands (Mardock Scramble).
- Galilei Donna – As a new ice age approaches, three girls who are descendants of Galileo are targeted by a mysterious organization. Great cast includes Hidaka Rina, Ookubo Rumi, Inoue Marina, Kamiya Hiroshi, Koyama Rikiya…and Kuwashima Houko
- Dia no Ace – Baseball anime from Madhouse and Production IG.
- Nagi no Asukara – Hanazawa Kana and Kayano Ai in a supernatural romantic comedy about underwater humans coming to school on land.
- Non Non Biyori – Slice-of-life starring Koiwai Kotori (Iwai in Crime Edge), directed by the director of Kokoro Connect, and written by Yoshida Reiko.
- Tokyo Ravens – I just have a feeling about this one. Another “supernatural action comedy,” starring Hanazawa Kana and Ishikawa Kaito (Ledo in Gargantia).
- Yowamushi Pedal – A cycling anime from the director of D.Gray-man and the writer of Marimite, D.Gray-man and K-On.
● Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova ● BlazBue Alter Memory ● Coppelion ● Dia no Ace ● Diabolik Lovers ● Freezing Vibration ● Gaist Crusher ● Galilei Donna ● Gingitsune ● Golden Time ● Gundam Build Fighters ● Hajime no Ippo - Rising ● IS: Infinite Stratos 2 ● Kakumeiki Valvrave 2 ● Kill La Kill ● Koroshiya-san ● Kuroko no Basuke 2 ● Kyoukai no Kanata ● Kyousougiga (2013) ● Little Busters! Refrain ● Log Horizon ● Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai ● Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (2013) ● Meganebu! ● Miss Monochrome ● Nagi no Asukara ● Non Non Biyori ● Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru ● Oshiri Kajiri Mushi 2 ● Outbreak Company ● Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle (2013) ● Pocket Monsters XY ● pupa ● Saikyou Ginga Ultimate Zero: Battle Spirits ● Samurai Flamenco ● Seiyuu Sentai Voicetorm 7 ● Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! ● Strike the Blood ● Super Seishun Brothers ● Teekyu 3 ● Tesagure! Bukatsumono ● Tokyo Ravens ● Walkure Romanze ● White Album 2 ● Yowamushi Pedal ● Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta ● Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsui Shimashita
-- information from official sites, MoonPhase, AniDB, Anime News Network, Japanese Wikipedia, et al.
-- English titles link to the Anime News Network encyclopedia; Japanese titles link to official sites. "forum" links to AnimeSuki forum threads.
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Autumn 2013 TV Anime Series
(in chronological order by date/time of first broadcast)
Super Seishun Brothers
(jp: Super Seisyun Brothers -超青春姉弟s-) jpWiki
comic-strip comedy, shoujo/josei
director: Takata Masahiro
writer: Konparu Tomoko (Daa!Daa!Daa!, Ashita no Nadja, NANA, Nodame Cantabile, KamiNai). Shinmoto Shin (comic).
seiyuus: Yamamoto Nozomi (Ogiue/GenshikenSS), Oosaka Ryouta (Eita/OreShura), Kayano Ai, Ishikawa Kaito (Ledo/Gargantia), Inoue Gou.
animation: AIC Plus+.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts fri 13 sep 25:53
A funny and good-looking little seven-minute show. The comic misadventures of two pairs of siblings: older sisters who are best friends and younger brothers who are best friends. One of the older sisters is in college, the other a freeter. The brothers are both in high school.
Yamamoto Nozomi (Ogiue in Genshiken SS) and Kayano Ai are the girls. Oosaka Ryouta (Eita in OreShura) and Ishikawa Kaito (Ledo in Gargantia) are the boys. Director Takata Masahiro did a number of storyboards for Petit Idolm@ster, but appears to have been more a production guy than anything, up to now. Writer Konparu Tomoko is one of the most expert and experienced of all anime writers.
This is from a web comic. The "manga" link is to the online Japanese comic.
(jp: Diabolik Lovers) jpWiki
director: Tagashira Shinobu
writer: Nagatsu Haruko. Otomate (game).
seiyuus: Suegara Rie, Midorikawa Hikaru, Kaji Yuuki, Hirakawa Daisuke, Konishi Katsuyuki, Toriumi Kousuke, Kondou Takashi.
animation: Zexcs. OP Midorikawa Hikaru & Toriumi Kousuke.
starts mon 16 sep 23:30
Yui transfers to a new school, but the house her father sends her to live in is inhabited by six sadistic bishounen vampire brothers. The first episode turned many people off, since the bishounen all seem to be heartless predators intent on drinking the heroine's blood, with nothing to stop them doing it. But I myself enjoyed that helpless sensation -- as a fantasy, at least. Things were even more intense in the second ep. I'll be watching this for a while.
Directed by first-time director Tagashira Shinobu. She did character designs for DC Da Capo and Zombie Desu ka. Adapted from an Otomate otome game by Nagatsu Haruko (Precure Splash Star, Mokke). Newcomer Suegara Rie is effective as the heroine, surrounded by a harem composed of some excellent male seiyuu.
Saikyou Ginga Ultimate Zero: Battle Spirits
(jp: 最強銀河 究極[アルティメット]ゼロ~バトルスピリッツ~) jpWiki
kids shounen adventure
director: Watanabe Masaki (Battle Spirits Heroes+)
writer: Tomioka Atsuhiro (Prince of Tennis, Pumpkin Scissors, Inazuma Eleven, Battle Spirits Brave+).
seiyuus: Nakamura Yuuichi, Suwabe Junichi, Ise Mariya, Iguchi Yuka, Kugimiya Rie, Fukuyama Jun, Shiraishi Ryouko, Horie Yui, Miyano Mamoru, Nomura Kenji, Shimono Hiro.
starts sun 22 sep 07:00
Kids shows like this often have powerful casts of top seiyuus. Perhaps it's because they have more viewers and can generate the money to pay for them.
Battle Spirits rolls on, with a new series for its 7 am Sunday time-slot.
Oshiri Kajiri Mushi 2
(jp: おしりかじり虫 第2シリーズ) jpWiki
director: Kozutsumi Pon, Kojima Masayuki
writer: Pierre Sugiura. Uruma Delvi (orig plan).
seiyuus: Kaneda Tomoko, Saitou Kimiko, Tokuyama Yasuhiko, Han Megumi, Ise Mariya, Suzuki Takuma, Hamazoe Shinya, Uchida Naoya, Sakuma Rei, Toda Megumi, Namikawa Daisuke, Futamata Issei.
animation: Kinema Citrus.
starts mon 30 sep 18:25
Second season for the "Bottom-Biting Bug." It's one of those comedies aimed at kids that carries along some adults, too. The protagonist is a ten-year-old "bottom-biting bug." The official site says that a bug like him can make bent people stand straight, depressed people laugh, and people without self-confidence act bravely.
The first episode of the new season involves the bug going to the public baths with his father and grandfather. Solid cast is headed by the super-high voice of Kaneda Tomoko. Directed by the director of Monster and the director of Rita et Matchin. Five-minute episodes.
(jp: pupa) jpWiki
director: Mochizuki Tomomi
writer: Mogi Sayaka (manga).
seiyuus: Kido Ibuki (Akiko/OniAi, Kasumi/GJ-bu), Shimazaki Nobunaga (Taichi/TariTari, Haruka/Free), Yusa Kouji, Narumi Kyouko.
animation: Studio Deen.
trailer. manga. forum.
starting date unknown
Utsutsu and his little sister Yume live alone, having escaped from their abusive father. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body metamorphoses into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister's humanity.
Shimazaki Nobunaga and young Kido Ibuki star, but the real hook for me is the director: Mochizuki Tomomi, who directed YKK, Zettai Shounen, and House of Five Leaves (the best show of 2010). I will watch anything he does. He was also lead writer for the remarkably constructed Touka Gettan.
This is where the good part of Studio Deen will be working this fall. The only problem here is that no date has been publicized for the broadcasts: just "autumn 2013." So we can't yet be sure this show will actually air this season.
Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
(jp: 機巧少女は傷つかない) jpWiki
action fantasy magic romantic comedy w/fanservice
director: Yoshimoto Kinji (Plastic Little, Ikkitousen DD)
writer: Kakihara Yuuko (Fairy Musketeers, Persona 4, Ebiten). Kaitou Reiji (novel).
seiyuus: Shimono Hiro, Harada Hitomi (Himeji/Baka to Test), Takamoto Megumi, Asumi Kana, Kayano Ai, Yukana, Itou Shizuka, Ogura Yui, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Nakata Jouji.
animation: Lerche. OP Harada Hitomi, ED Harada, Kayano Ai, Ogura Yui.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts mon oct 20:30
Science and magic combine to create humanoid weapons with intelligence and personality. Raishin (Shimono Hiro) and the cute teen girl Yaya, who is actually his "machine doll," enter the Royal Academy with the expectation of success. But although his fighting skills and determination are great, Raishin's exam results are poor. He has to compete with the deadliest of classmates if he wants to rise through the academy and become king.
Shimono Hiro may not be my favorite, but Harada Hitomi was very strong as Himeji in Baka to Test. We will also hear Kayano Ai, Asumi Kana, Yukana, Itou Shizuka, Ogura Yui, Okamoto Nobuhiko and Nakata Jouji. Not bad. The director did Plastic Little and Ikkitousen DD. The writer did Fairy Musketeers and Ebiten, two very different shows I liked a lot. This is a definite "maybe."
(jp: ミス・モノクローム) jpWiki
comedy idol shorts
director: Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Love Hina, Familiar of Zero)
writer: Fudeyasu Kazuyuki (Kamen no Maid Guy, Milky Holmes, Ben-tou, OniAi).
seiyuus: Horie Yui, Inoue Kikuko, Kanda Akemi, Fujiwara Keiji.
starts tue 01 oct 25:35
"Miss Monochrome" (Horie Yui) is working hard to become a super idol. The character is featured in 3DCG holographic concerts.
I'm not sure what the animation here will be like. The staff is capable: the director of Zero no Tsukaima and the writer of Ben-tou. Five-minute episodes. Could be watchable, for the music at least.
(jp: ガイストクラッシャー) jpWiki
kids shounen action
director: Takamoto Nobuhiro (Wandaba Style, 07-Ghost)
writer: Nishizono Satoru (NHK, Naruto Shippuuden, B-gata H-kei). Capcom (game).
seiyuus: Yanagihara Tetsuya (comic), Murase Michiyo (stage actress), Konishi Katsuyuki, Mimura Yuuna (TV actress), Suzumura Kenichi, Tone Kentarou, Futamata issei, Takagaki Ayahi, Baron Yamazaki, Iguchi Yuuichi.
animation: Studio Pierrot. OP Kitadani Hiroshi.
starts wed 02 oct 18:00
Shounen action aimed at young kids. Tie-in with 3DS game, etc. Stars an interesting mixture of a comic, some actors, and seiyuus. The director did Wandaba Style. The writer does Naruto Shippuuden.
(jp: Coppelion) jpWiki
seinen sci-fi post-apocalyptic dystopia
director: Suzuki Shingo (K)
writer: Nakamura Makoto. Inoue Tomonori (manga).
seiyuus: Hanazawa Kana, Tomatsu Haruka, Akesaka Satomi, Satou Tomohiro, Naka Hiroshi, Tanaka Masahiro, Noto Mamiko, Nakamura Koutarou, Suzumura Kenichi, Koyama Rikiya, Chafuurin, Horie Yui, Sakamoto Maaya.
animation: GoHands. OPED angela.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts wed 02 oct 21:00
It is 2036. Radiation from a nuclear accident has made Tokyo a no-go zone. Three high school girls have been genetically engineered from birth to be immune to the effects of radiation. As the special forces unit Coppelion, they are sent into the dead city….
GoHands (K, Mardock Scramble) brings us this post-apocalyptic adventure starring Hanazawa Kana, Tomatsu Haruka, and Akesaka Satomi. Director Suzuki Shingo did K. Writer Nakamura Makoto did Princess Lover and Seitokai Yakuindomo. GoHands does excellent animation, but these core staff members don’t inspire confidence. We shall see.
Kyoukai no Kanata
(jp: 境界の彼方) jpWiki
contemporary supernatural action fantasy romance
director: Ishidate Taichi (eps. of Haruhi, Clannad, K-On)
writer: Hanada Jukki (Rozen Maiden, Steins;Gate, Chuunibyou). Torii Nagomu (novel).
seiyuus: Taneda Risa, KENN, Chihara Minori, Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Yamaoka Yuri, Shindou Naomi, Watanabe Akeno, Toyota Moe, Matsukaze Masaya, Kawasumi Ayako.
animation: Kyoto Animation. OPED Chihara Minori.
starts wed 02 oct 24:30
KyoAni's offering for the fall is a supernatural fantasy adventure involving a boy who is half supernatural creature and half human, and has the ability to heal quickly from any wound; and a sad girl who has been expelled from the supernatural world because of her ability to manipulate blood. He stops her when she is apparently about to jump off a building. From that moment on, strange things begin to happen.
Directed by long-time KyoAni animator and episode director Ishidate Taichi, who is directing his first show. Working with him as lead writer is top writer Hanada Jukki (Rozen Maiden, Steins;Gate, Chuunibyou). Stars Taneda Risa (Saki in Shinsekai yori) who is one of my favorite young seiyuus, and Kenn (Jil in Druaga, Hibito in Space Brothers). This show also gives us one of our infrequent recent opportunities to hear the great Kawasumi Ayako (Lafiel in Crest of Stars, Kurau, Nodame).
I'm no fan of monster anime, but the PV grabbed my attention right away. One of the most promising shows of the season.
(jp: 京騒戯画 (2013)) jpWiki
director: Matsumoto Rie
writer: Toei staff, Matsumoto Rie. Toei staff.
seiyuus: Kugimiya Rie, Hidaka Noriko, Takemoto Eiji, Yao Kazuki, Ishida Akira, Hisakawa Aya, Nakahara Shigeru, Suzumura Kenichi, Saitou Chiwa, Shiraishi Ryouko.
trailer. manga. 10eps. forum.
starts wed 02 oct 25:30
Rie Matsumoto gets to turn her OVA into a full TV series (of ten episodes). Stars Kugimiya Rie and features such excellent seiyuu as Hidaka Noriko, Hisakawa Aya, Suzumura Kenichi and Saitou Chiwa.
Behind the normal Kyoto is a magical Kyoto where youkai (supernatural creatures, "monsters") and humans live together in peace, and no-one ever dies. One day, Koto and her little brothers wander in from another dimension and upset the shadow city's tranquility.
The trailer suggests this will be a feast for the eyes, at the very least.
(jp: 凪のあすから) jpWiki
romantic supernatural school comedy
director: Shinohara Toshiya (Black Butler, Bantorra)
writer: Okada Mari (true tears, Black Butler, Sakurasou).
seiyuus: Hanazawa Kana, Hanae Natsuki, Kayano Ai, Ousaka Ryouta, Ishikawa Kaito, Komatsu Mikako, Ishihara Kaori, Endou Aya, Hayami Saori, Inoue Kikuko, Nakamura Yuuichi, Ookawa Tooru, Shingaki Tarusuke.
animation: PA Works. OP ray, ED Yanagi Nagi.
starts thu 03 oct 22:00
Two Japanese towns, one on land and one beneath the sea, the latter inhabited by people who have always lived underwater. The school in the underwater town closes, and undersea kids are forced to attend the school on land. The two groups have difficulties with each other, but are learning to get along -- some may even develop romantic feelings for each other.
Director Shinohara Toshiya did Black Butler and Book of Bantorra. Writer Okada Mari has done many, many shows in recent years: true tears, Sketchbook, Black Butler, Zakuro, Bantorra, Hanasaku Iroha, Sakurasou, etc., etc. Original character design by Buriki (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Haganai). Strong cast, and the resources of PA Works. One of the most anticipated shows of the season.
(jp: アウトブレイク・カンパニー) jpWiki
fantasy adventure with fanservice and elves
director: Oikawa Kei (Minamike Okaeri)
writer: Arakawa Naruhisa (Rizelmine, H ga Dekinai, Kingdom). Sakaki Ichirou (novel; Scrapped Princess, Polyphonica).
seiyuus: Hanae Natsuki (Kiri in Crime Edge), Mimori Suzuko, Fuchigami Mai (Maekawa-san in Denpa Onna), Uesaka Sumire, Uchida Maaya, Fujiwara Keiji, Miki Shinichirou, Ichijou Kazuya.
starts thu 03 oct 25:28
Staff and cast make this fantasy adventure comedy seem to have possibilities. The director did Minamike Okaeri. The writer has done eveything from Rizelmine through Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai to Kingdom.
And the cast is a treasure trove of good young idol seiyuus: Mimori Suzuko, Uesaka Sumire, Uchida Maaya, and Fuchigami Mai (Maekawa-san in Denpa Onna). Lead guy Hanae Natsuki is a good young seiyuu who, based on the trailer, may be doing too much of a whiny Kaji Yuuki imitation here. But behind him are the voices of Fujiwara Keiji and Miki Shinichirou.
Protagonist Shinichi is an otaku with vast expertise on moe. No surprise, since his father is a light novelist and his mother a game artist. The Japanese government sends Shinichi as an evangelist of moe to the Holy Eldant Empire, a parallel world entered through a thick forest of trees on Mount Fuji. In this fantasy world of dragons and elves, he becomes friends with with the half-elf maid girl Myuseru and the beautiful young empress Petoraru, and deals with threats of war between various factions.
IS: Infinite Stratos 2
(jp: IS インフィニット・ストラトス 2) jpWiki
seinen harem fanservice romance mecha action
director: Kikuchi Yasuhito (JoJo 1993, Busou Shinki, IS1)
writer: Shimo Fumihiko (FMP, Clannad). Mayuzuru Izuru (novel).
seiyuus: Uchiyama Kouki, Hikasa Youko, Yukana, Hanazawa Kana, Shimoda Asami, Inoue Marina, Saitou Chiwa, Mimori Suzuko.
animation: 8bit. OP Kuribayashi Minami, ED Hikasa Youko.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts thu 03 oct 25:58
A second season for the popular 2011 mecha action school romance. Only women can pilot the powered exoskeletons Inifinite Stratos. But suddenly Orimura Ichika appears, a boy who can pilot them, too. Together, the boy and the girls defend Earth from invaders. And the girls provide the audience with fanservice at the same time.
Lots of good seiyuus, and the same main staff that gave us the first series.
Kill La Kill
(jp: キルラキル) jpWiki
mecha sci-fi w/fanservice and comedy
director: Imaishi Hiroyuki (Gurren Lagann, Panty+Stocking)
writer: Nakashima Kazuki (Gurren-Lagann, Nodame Finale).
seiyuus: Yuzuki Ryouka, Koshimizu Ami, Suzaki Aya, Miki Shinichirou, Hiyama Nobuyuki, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Inada Tetsu, Shintani Mayumi, Seki Toshihiko.
animation: Trigger. OP Aoi Eir, ED.
trailer. ~24eps. forum.
starts thu 03 oct 26:05
A new science fiction comedy-drama from the makers of Gurren Lagann. Former Gainax director Imaishi Hiroyuki did Gurren Lagann and Panty+Stocking, and his colorful, frenetic style is evident in the trailer.
Powerful cast stars Koshimizu Ami and Yuzuki Ryouka. Suzaki Aya has had 15 roles already this year, including Tamako in Tamako Market. Miki Shinichirou is one of my favorite male voices.
I was not the world's greatest fan of G-L, or of Panty+Stocking. I prefer Shinbou's visual madness to Imaishi's. But there is little doubt this will be a good and popular show.
Student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin (Yuzuki Ryouka) rules by force. Wielding a giant scissor-sword, transfer student Ryuuko Matoi (Koshimizu Ami) brings upheaval to the school. She is searching for the mysterious figure who caused her father's death. Confronting her are the student council's "four divine kings." Fortunately, Ryuuko is aided by a talking sailor uniform who tells her, "Wear me. When I am worn by you, this power will become manifest." (ANN)
(jp: ゴールデンタイム) jpWiki
director: Kon Chiaki (Higurashi, Zakuro)
writer: Shimo Fumihiko (Clannad, Kokoro Connect). Takemiya Yuyuko (novel; Toradora).
seiyuus: Horie Yui, Furukawa Makoto, Ishikawa Kaito (Ledo in Gargantia, Mantasu in RDG), Kayano Ai, Satou Satomi, Kido Ibuki, Hikami Takahiro.
animation: JC Staff. OPED Horie Yui.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts 26:35 03 oct thu
Kon Chiaki (Higurashi, Zakuro) directs, and Shimo Fumihiko (Clannad) adapts a novel by the author of Toradora. I'm in.
Tada Banri has gained admittance to a private law school in Tokyo. He gets lost on the way to the orientation and meets Mitsuo, also a new law student, with whom he hits it off immediately. But on their way to the orientation, a beautiful girl shows up and smacks them both across the face with a bouquet of roses. She is Mitsuo's childhood friend, whom he promised to marry when they were young. Beautiful as she is, he has been trying to escape her stalking for years. But Banri comes to feel sorry for her, as her glamorous aura isolates her from other students, and they begin to grow close.
Stars Horie Yui, who also does the OP and ED, with young seiyuus Furukawa Makoto and Ishikawa Kaito (Ledo in Gargantia, Manatsu in RDG). But I'm more interested in three names farther down the seiyuu list: Kayano Ai, Satou Satomi (Eru in Hyouka) and the 15-year-old with the great pipes, Kido Ibuki (who also stars in pupa).
(jp: フリージング ヴァイブレーション) jpWiki
ecchi seinen action
director: Watanabe Takashi (Slayers, Shakugan no Shana)
writer: Akahoshi Masanao (Strain, Index). Lim Dal-Young, Kim Gwan-Hyeon (manga).
seiyuus: Ichiki Mitsuhiro (Yuuki in Marimite), Noto Mamiko, Kugimiya Rie, Inoue Marina, Kaida Yuuko, Hanazawa Kana.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts fri 04 oct 21:30
A second season for Satellizer L. Bridget and company. Among the many shows that are basically pantsu and oppai with fighting, this is one I found myself able to watch most of.
The director did Shakugan no Shana. The writer, who adapts this from a Korean manhwa, did Index. Solid experienced cast includes Noto Mamiko, Kugimiya Rie, Inoue Marina, Kaida Yuuko, HanaKana.
Strike the Blood
(jp: ストライク・ザ・ブラッド) jpWiki
school action supernatural ecchi romance fantasy
director: Yamamoto Hideo (Prince of Tennis 2), Sano Takao (chief dir; Chitose Get You)
writer: Yoshino Hiroyuki (Mai-HiME, Accel World, Magi). Mikumo Gakuto (novel).
seiyuus: Hosoya Yoshimasa (Nezumi/No6, Shintarou/Kids on the Slope, Haruto/Kimi no Iru Machi), Taneda Risa (Saki/Shinsekai yori, Asami/Sukitte ii), Seto Asami (Yoshino/Hourou Musuko, Ran/Rinne no Lagrange, Chihaya/Chihayafuru), Hidaka Rina (Kaede/Tiger Bunny, Ririchiyo/InuBokuSS), Kanemoto Hisako, Ousaka Ryouta, Ishihara Kaori, Miyake Kenta, Iguchi Yuka.
animation: Silver Link.
trailer. manga. ~26eps. forum.
starts fri 04 oct 23:30
On an island in Tokyo Harbour where demons are allowed to exist, a young girl magician is set the task of spying on and then eliminating the legendary strongest vampire, whose powers present a danger to all of Japan. The legendary vampire turns out not to be the kind of person you would expect.
A director who has done a Prince of Tennis series. The writer who did Mai-HiME and Accel World. Nice animation by Silver Link. Terrific young cast. I am particularly eager to hear Taneda Risa, who has impressed me so far in her young career, especially as Saki in From the New World. She is also starring in Kyoukai no Kanata. This show might turn out to be nothing, but it has possibilities.
Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsui Shimashita
(jp: 勇者になれなかった俺はしぶしぶ就職を決意しました) jpWiki
comedy with fanservice
director: Yoshimoto Kinji
writer: Suzuki Masashi. Sakyou Jun (novel).
seiyuus: Koumoto Keisuke, Tadokoro Azusa (Aoi/Aikatsu!), Shimagata Maina, Kawahara Yoshihisa, Sowa Madoka, Takaragi Kumi, Nitta Emi, Yamada Natsumi, Iwasaki Kanae.
animation: Asread. OP ZAQ, ED Sphere.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts fri 04 oct 25:30
Raul could not become a Hero because the demon lord was defeated just before his Hero exams took place. His dreams dashed, he now works at a magic shop in the royal capital. One day, a young job-seeker shows up -- who turns out to be the daughter of the demon lord….
A cast full of young unknowns, except for Nitta Emi and 19-year-old Tadokoro Azusa (who plays the demon king's daughter). Tadokoro-san won the seiyuu contest Kido Ibuki was a runner-up in and has become very popular on 2channel.
Director Yoshimoto Kinji did the ecchi classic Plastic Little in the 90s, and has done three Queen's Blade shows more recently. Writer Suzuki Masashi did Shuffle, Kanokon, and Sacred Blacksmith. The manga is funny and cute, but I'm not sure I trust these guys to produce the anime. The OP and ED are by big names, though (ZAQ and Sphere), so it appears that some resources are being put into this show.
(jp: ログ・ホライズン) jpWiki
fantasy game adventure comedy
director: Ishihara Shinji (Tokyo Majin, Fairy Tail)
writer: Nemoto Toshizou (Tokyo Majin, Book of Bantorra, Inu x Boku). Touno Mamare (novel).
seiyuus: Katou Emiri, Maeno Tomoaki, Nakata Jouji, Terashima Takuma, Matsui Eriko, Tamura Nao, Kakihara Tetsuya, Yamashita Daiki.
trailer. 25eps. forum.
starts sat 05 oct 17:30
Thirty thousand Japanese gamers are suddenly trapped inside a sword and sorcery online game world. In order to survive, Shiroe (Terashima Takuma) combines with his old friend Naotsugu (Maeno Tomoaki) and the beautiful female assassin Akatsuki (Katou Emiri).
The trailer makes this seem like a somewhat more comic take on the situation than Sword Art Online. Director Ishihara Shinji did Fairy Tail. Writer Nemoto Toshizou did Book of Bantorra.
Little Busters! Refrain
(jp: リトルバスターズ! Refrain) jpWiki
seinen comedy romance tragedy
director: Yamakawa Yoshiki (Hatsukoi Limited, Kill Me Baby, Little Busters 1)
writer: Shimada Michiru (Angelique 2006-7, Shugo Chara, Emily of New Moon, Jewelpet Tinkle). Visual Art's/Key (game).
seiyuus: Horie Yui, Tamiyasu Tomoe, Midorikawa Hikaru, Kanna Nobutoshi, Oda Yuusei, Yanase Natsumi, Tanaka Ryouko, Suzuki Keiko, Wakabayashi Naomi, Kawaragi Shiho.
animation: JC Staff.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sat 05 oct 20:30
The same staff brings us a new season or two of Little Busters. I found the last series awkward and slow, but with occasional darts of deep emotion.
Director Yamakawa Yoshiki did Hatsukoi Limited and Kill Me Baby, as well as the first series. Writer Shimada Michiru has done a good job with various shows for young teen girls.
White Album 2
(jp: White Album 2) jpWiki
romantic drama from an ero-game
director: Andou Masaomi (Total Eclipse), Numata Seiya (chiefdir)
writer: Maruto Fumiaki. Leaf/Aquaplus.
seiyuus: Mizushima Takahairo, Yonezawa Madoka, Nabatame Hitomi, Terashima Takuma, Nakagami Ikumi, Sugiyama Noriaki, Kaji Yuuki, Natsuki Rio.
animation: Satelight. OP/ED Uehara Rena.
starts sat 05 oct 25:30
It's a month until the school festival. Haruki is alone, the last member of a dying music club, playing his guitar. Then he hears the sound of a piano. And then a light, clear voice rises. Six months begin that will pass like a dream....
This is from the second White Album ero-game, and involves a new set of characters living ten years later. New director. New anime writer (the game writer this time). New studio (Satelight instead of Seven Arcs). I found the first White Album strong but muddy. The trailer and the official site both give me a good feeling about this new series. The presence of Nabatame Hitomi is a plus.
Hajime no Ippo - Rising
(jp: はじめの一歩 Rising) jpWiki
director: Shishido Jun (Hajime New Challenger)
writer: Fudeyasu Kazuyuki (Hajime New Challenger, Milky Holmes). Morikawa Jouji (manga).
seiyuus: Koyama Rikiya, Namikawa Daisuke, Fujiwara Keiji, Kiyasu Kohei, Takagi Wataru.
animation: Madhouse, MAPPA.
trailer. manga. 25eps. forum.
starts sat 05 oct 25:35
The third series of the boxing anime Hajime no Ippo. Some great voices: Koyama Rikiya, Namikawa Daisuke, Fujiwara Keiji.
Kuroko no Basuke 2
(jp: 黒子のバスケ 2) jpWiki
director: Tada Shunsuke
writer: Takagi Noboru. Fujimaki Tadatoshi (manga).
seiyuus: Ono Kenshou, Ono Yuuki, Kimura Ryouhei, Hoshi Souichirou, Saitou Chiwa, Ono Daisuke, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Nojima Hirofumi, Hamada Kenji, Suwabe Junichi, Eguchi Takuya, Nakai Kazuya, Inoue Go, Orikasa Fumiko.
animation: Production IG. OP Granrodeo, ED Oldcodex.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sat 05 oct 25:58
Second season of the popular basketball anime. Director Tada Shunsuke did the previous series, as well as various Bungaku Shoujo and Prince of Tennis shows. Writer Takagi Noboru did Koi Kaze, Durarara, and Sankarea. Good cast. Promising for those who liked the first season, or who like sports anime in general.
Seiyuu Sentai Voicetorm 7
(jp: 声優戦隊ボイストーム7) jpWiki
seiyuus: Kakihara Tetsuya, Miyata Kouki, Miki Shinichirou, Sakurai Takahiro, Katou Emiri, Hatano Wataru, Akasaki Chinatsu, Seki Toshihiko, Chiba Shigeru, Eguchi Takuya.
trailer. 12x5min eps.
starts sat 05 oct 26:05
This is a "motion comic" produced by seiyuu agency 81Produce to showcase their seiyuus. And it's quite a list, especially of male seiyuus. Miki Shinichirou and Sakurai Takahiro are a good start.
A group of tokusatsu-like seiyuu warriors use their voices to protect Japan and its otaku from the forces threatening moe. The simple production process means that no director is named.
(jp: てさぐれ! 部活もの) jpWiki
CG comedy anime
director: Ishidate Koutarou (gdgd Fairies writer, Straight Title Robot Anime)
writer: Ishidate Koutarou.
seiyuus: Akesaka Satomi, Nishi Asuka, Ogino Karin, Oohashi Ayaka, Ueda Reina.
starts sat 05 oct 26:20
Fifteen-minute episodes about extracurricular activities. Created by members of the same staff that did gdgd Fairies and Straight Title Robot Anime.
Dia no Ace
(jp: ダイヤのA[エース]) jpWiki
director: Masuhara Mitsuyuki (Chii's Sweet Home, Kobato, Polar Bear Café)
writer: Konuta Kenji (Library War, Blood Lad). Terajima Yuuji (manga).
seiyuus: Ousaka Ryouta, Shimazaki Nobunaga, Sakurai Takahiro, Hanae Natsuki, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Asanuma Shintarou, Ono Yuuki, Namikawa Daisuke, Morita Masakazu, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Shimono Hiro, Hatano Wataru, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Hiyama Nobuyuki, Uchiyama Yumi, Touchi Hiroki.
animation: Madhouse, Production IG. OP Tom-H@ck w/Oonishi Masayoshi, ED Hikasa Youko.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sun 06 oct 08:30
Eijun pitches for a country school. He gets one chance to play with an outstanding catcher, and that makes him decide to leave his school to go play for the catcher's big urban school.
Anything from Madhouse or Production IG deserves attention, and this show is by both of them together. The director (Polar Bear Café) and the writer (Library War) have some good credits. But time will tell. Top cast stars Ousaka Ryouta, Shimazaki Nobunaga, and Sakurai Takahiro. Hikasa Youko is not listed in the cast, but sings the ED. The OP is by Toyosaki Aki's friend Tom H@ck.
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (2013)
(jp: マギ (2013)) jpWiki
shounen magic adventure
director: Yasunari Koji (Read or Die, Magi)
writer: Yoshino Hiroyuki (My- HiME, Macross Frontier, Accel World, Railgun S, Guilty Crown). Ootaka Shinobu (Sumomomo Momomo, Magi mangas).
seiyuus: Ishihara Kaori, Kaji Yuuki, Tomatsu Haruka, Ono Daisuke, Sakurai Takahiro, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Morikubo Shoutarou, Horie Yui, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Ousaka Ryouta, Inoue Kikuko, Chou, Sakamoto Maaya, Miyano Mamoru, Taniyama Kishou, Takagaki Ayahi, Asumi Kana, Mizuki Nana, Ono Kensho, Hanazawa Kana, Nakamura Yuuichi, Hino Satoshi, Kakihara Tetsuya, Kimura Ryouhei.
animation: A-1 Pictures. OP SID, ED Aqua Timez.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sun 06 oct 17:00
A good show gets a second series. Director Yasunari Koji did Read or Die, ROD the TV, and the first Magi series. Workmanlike writer Yoshino Hiroyuki did My- HiME, Macross Frontier, Accel World, Railgun S, Guilty Crown, and the first series.
I'm not a huge fan of the staff, but the cast is something else again. Magi gave Ishihara Kaori a chance to show she could do a young boy's voice. She had already made her mark as a lead in Rinne no Lagrange. She is now one of my favorite voices, despite coming to the profession as an idol. And just cast an eye over the cast list: a huge complement of excellent seiyuus. Eps 1-2 preview 22 Sept.
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle (2013)
(jp: ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル (2013)) jpWiki
shounen adventure puzzles
director: Endou Hirotaka (co-director, series 2)
writer: Satou Junichi (ARIA, Tamayura, dir. series 1), Sekijima Mayori (MoonPhase, Pandora Hearts, all prev. series). "Yatate Hajime" (Sunrise staff).
seiyuus: Asanuma Shintarou, Shimizu Kaori, Fukuyama Jun, Miyata Kouki, Yukino Satsuki, Chihara Minori, Nakata Jouji, Ishida Akira, Fujiwara Keiji, Sakurai Takahiro, Miyano Mamoru, Kamiya Hiroshi, Sugita Tomokazu, Saitou Momoko, Koyasu Takehito.
animation: Sunrise. OP neko, ED seiyuus.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sun 06 oct 17:30
Third series for Phi Brain. Satou Junichi directed the first, co-directed the second with Endou Hirokata, and Endou directs this third series. Sekijima Mayori (Saber Marionette J, MoonPhase, Pandora Hearts) has written all three series.
Fabulous cast includes older stars like Shimizu Kaori and Yukino Satsuki, and the great Koyasu Takehito appears. I never did get into the first series, but a lot of people did. Worth a try if you like puzzles.
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
(jp: 世界でいちばん強くなりたい!) jpWiki
boing sports comedy
director: Kujo Rion (Asu no Yoichi, Mayoi Neko Overrun)
writer: Hyodo Kazuho (Tactical Roar, Hayate!! scripts, Gundam AGE scripts).
seiyuus: Taketatsu Ayana, Asumi Kana, Narumi Kyouko, Tomatsu Haruka, Kanemoto Hisako, Hanazawa Kana, Mimori Suzuko, Uesaka Sumire, Satou Rina, Ootsubo Yuka, Itou Mikoi, Amamiya Sora, Kitamura Eri, Tokui Sora, Takahashi Chiaki.
starts sun 06 oct 20:30
Sakura, the lead vocalist of a famous idol group, suddenly decides to become a professional wrestler.
A comic director (Asu no Yoichi, Mayoi Neko) teams with a young but experienced scriptwriter. They get to direct a cast full of glamorous voices.
I wouldn’t expect high art here, just sexy comedy.
(jp: てーきゅう 3) jpWiki
director: Itagaki Shin (Basquash, Ben-tou, Teekyuu)
writer: Itagaki Shin.
seiyuus: Mimori Suzuko, Watanabe Yui, Narumi Kyouko, Hanazawa Kana, Ishihara Kaori, Ogura Yui.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sun 06 oct 22:27
Four girls are their school's tennis club -- but they hardly ever play any tennis. Funny three-minute episodes directed by Itagaki Shin (Ben-tou).
This third series follows right on the heels of the second series. Manga link is to the Japanese online manga.
(jp: メガネブ!) jpWiki
comedy with yaoi undertones
director: Yamamoto Soubi (This Boy Can Fight Aliens, This Boy Caught a Merman)
writer: Akao Deko (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Astalotte's Toy, Mysterious Girlfriend X).
seiyuus: Akabane Kenji, Miyata Kouki, Tamura Atsushi, Suwabe Junichi, Kimura Ryouhei.
animation: Studio Deen. OP MUCC, ED Sakou Tomohisa.
starts sun 06 oct 23:30
Souma Akira loves glasses and creates a "Glasses Club," forcing all his glasses-wearing friends to join. The trailers give off a "Free"-like yaoi air.
Director Yamamoto Soubi hasn’t done much. Writer Akao Deko has done quite a bit of good stuff: Arakawa, Astalotte, Mysterious Girlfriend X. I'm hoping this is the good Studio Deen, but I'm not sure. Most of the studio's top talent will probably be working on pupa. I look forward to Suwabe Junichi and Kimura Ryouhei, anyway.
Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
(jp: 夜桜四重奏 ~ハナノウタ~) jpWiki
supernatural shounen monster-fighting
director: Ryouchimo (Yozakura Hoshi no Umi)
writer: Ishikawa Manabu (Kuuchuu Buranko). Yasuda Suzuhito (manga).
seiyuus: Fukuen Misato, Kaji Yuuki, Fujita Saki, Sawashiro Miyuki, Ono Daisuke, Tomatsu Haruka, Mizuhara Kaoru, Tanaka Rie, Kase Yasuyuki.
animation: Tatsunoko. OP UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, ED phatmans after school.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sun 06 oct 23:30
This is an alternate retelling of the first Yozakura series. New director and writer...and new animation studio (Tatsunoko instead of Nomad). The new director has directed nothing but Yozakura OVAs. The new writer, however, did Kuuchuu Buranko (Trapeze). The cast remains subtantially the same as in the other series and the OVAs.
Sakurashin is a town where supernatural beings (youkai) can coexist peacefully with humans. The city was built around seven huge cherry blossom trees (Yozakura = "evening cherry-blossoms") that connect the human and youkai worlds. About half of the population is youkais who have migrated from the other world. Four young but powerful individuals are chosen to protect the town and the gate: a super-strong girl named Hime, a mind reader named Ao, a conjurer named Kotoha, and an ordinary boy named Akina. The three girls and Akina protect the city from supernatural threats.
(jp: ワルキューレロマンツェ) jpWiki
ecchi romantic comedy
director: Yamamoto Yuusuke (Keroro Gunsou, Aquarion Evol)
writer: Fudeyasu Kazuyuki (Kamen no Maid Guy, Ben-tou, OniAi). Ricotta (game).
seiyuus: Mizusawa Kei, Shimizu Ai, Taguchi Hiroko, Yamashita Seiichirou, Nakamura Eriko.
animation: 8bit. OP Hashimoto Miyuki, ED Aso Natsuko.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts sun 06 oct 24:30
From an erogame by Ricotta (makers of Princess Lover). Takahiro studies at an academy that has jousting as its main sport. His childhood friend Mio is enrolled in the competition, despite never even having ridden a horse before. Takahiro becomes her coach.
The seiyuu from the erogame play the same roles in the anime, under different names. Taguchi Hiroko is an excellent voice actress, in my opinion. She was Suzuna in Moonlight Lady, Miyako in ef memories, and Sora in Yosuga no Sora. Directed by professional director Yamamoto Yuusuke (Keroro Gunsou). Written by comic writer Fudeyasu Kazuyuki (Ben-tou, OniAi). The trailer looks workmanlike but unexciting. We shall see.
(jp: ぎんぎつね) jpWiki
seinen supernatural slice-of-life
director: Misawa Shin (Fire Emblem, Capeta)
writer: Yamaguchi Hiroshi (Desert Punk, ToHeart2, Rosario+Vampire). Ochiai Sayori (manga).
seiyuus: Kanemoto Hisako, Miki Shinichirou, Seki Toshihiko, Ono Kenshou, Fujimura Ayumi, Koshimizu Ami, Akasaki Chinatsu, Seki Tomokazu, Sugita Tomokazu, Nojima Hirofumi.
animation: Diomedea. OP fhána, ED SCREEN mode.
starts sun 06 oct 25:05
Makoto lives with her father, the head priest of an old harvest shrine. But only she can see the fox spirit and other gods who live there with them.
I like Kanemoto Hisako's work, and I love Miki Shinichirou's. Other names to admire: Koshimizu Ami, Seki Tomokazu, Sugita Tomokazu.
Director Misawa Shin did most of his work in the last century, but also did Capeta. Writer Yamaguchi Hiroshi did Rosario+Vampire, unfortunately. The look is nice. The story works. There are some good voices. But the staff seems questionable.
Gundam Build Fighters
(jp: ガンダムビルドファイターズ) jpWiki
shounen kids adventure
director: Nagasaki Kenji (Gundam00)
writer: Kuroda Yousuke (PuniPuni Poemi, Jormingand, Gundam00).
seiyuus: Komatsu Mikako, Kokuryuu Sachi, Mitsuishi Kotono, Ishikawa Yui, Nakamura Yuuichi, Fujii Minami, Satou Takuya.
starts mon 07 oct 18:00
A young-shounen Gundam show, made by the same director and writer who made Gundam00. Stars Komatsu Mikako (Marika in Space Pirates, Neko in K).
In the near future, GunPla Battles -- competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other -- have become popular worldwide. Iori Sei, a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model-shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji, who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive toward the GunPla Battle world championships. (ANN)
(jp: 弱虫ペダル) jpWiki
shounen sports comedy/drama
director: Nabeshima Osamu (D.Gray-Man)
writer: Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, K-On). Watanabe Wataru (manga).
seiyuus: Yamashita Daiki, Toriumi Kousuke, Fukushima Jun, Yasumoto Hiroki, Morikubo Showtaro, Itou Kentarou,Kishio Daisuke, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Suwabe Junichi, Suwa Ayaka, Han Megumi, Maeno Tomoaki, Yonaga Tsubasa, Kakihara Tetsuya, Hino Satoshi, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Abe Atsushi.
animation: TMS Entertainment. OP ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, ED UNDER GRAPH.
trailer. manga. ~39eps. forum.
starts mon 07 oct 25:35
High-school freshman Onoda rides a heavy old women's bike to do errands. One day, a road-racing cyclist in his school notices how strong he is on the bike and approaches him to join the cycling club. But Onoda is an otaku and wants to join the anime club. The anime club, however, has been disbanded, so….
Good staff includes director Nabeshima Osamu (D. Gray-man) and writer Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, K-On). Names that jump out at me from the cast include Toriumi Kousuke and Suwabe Junichi. Lead Yamashita Daiki sounds a bit too wimpy Kaji Yuuki in the trailer, but I guess he is supposed to be wimpy (yowamushi="weakling" or "wimp").
Non Non Biyori
(jp: のんのんびより) jpWiki
seinen slice of life comedy w/possible yuri undertones
director: Kawamo Shinya (Kokoro Connect)
writer: Yoshida Reiko (Scrapped Princess, Marimite, Girls und Panzer). Atto (manga).
seiyuus: Koiwai Kotori, Murakawa Rie, Sakura Ayane, Asumi Kana.
animation: Silver Link. OP nano.RIPE, ED seiyuus.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts mon 07 oct 26:05
Hotaru moves from Tokyo to the countryside with her parents. Her entire school now is one class: a multi-age group of four girls and one boy.
Director Kawamo Shinya did Kokoro Connect. Writer Yoshida Reiko did Marimite and K-On, among many other shows. Studio: Silver Link (Baka to Test, Dusk Maiden Amnesia, Kokoro Connect).
Koiwai Kotori (Iwai in Crime Edge) gets another big role, along with Murakawa Rie (Aoi in Vividred), who plays Hotaru. They are backed up by young star Sakura Ayane and older star Asumi Kana.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
(jp: 蒼き鋼のアルペジオ -アルス・ノヴァ-) jpWiki
seinen sci-fi action
director: Kishi Seiji
writer: Uezu Makoto. Ark Performance (manga).
seiyuus: Okitsu Kazuyuki, Fuchigami Mai, Matsumoto Shinobu, Miyashita Eiji, Tsuda Minami, Touyama Nao, Numakura Manami, Yamamura Hibiku, Uchiyama Yumi, Yukana, MAKO, Fujita Saki, Hidaka Rina, Yamamoto Nozomi, Hara Sayuri.
animation: Sanzigen. OP nano, ED Trident.
trailer. manga. forum.
starts mon 07 oct 26:55
"Blue Steel Arpeggio." Global warming has caused sea-level to rise, drowing much of the Earth's land. Suddenly, a fleet of unmanned ships, known as the Fleet of Fog, appears all over the world. Although the fleet has the appearance of WW2-era ships, its advanced weapons are irresistible. Mankind is blocked from travelling either oceans or sky.
Seventeen years later, Chihaya Gunzou and his friends are aboard the I-401, a former enemy submarine. The ship's "mental model," Iona, is now working with them to deliver plans for a powerful weapon to America, where the weapon can be manufactured.
Director Kishi Seiji and writer Uezu Makoto did Sunred, Humanity has Declined, and the summer's big hit Danganropa. To me, their work always seem clumsy, but they obviously have something going for them. This show provides the opportunity to choreograph "epic tactical naval battles." (quoting Tenzen12 on AnimeSuki)
(jp: 東京レイヴンズ) jpWiki
supernatural action romantic comedy
director: Kanasaki Takaomi (Zombie Desu ka)
writer: Kurata Hideyuki (Now Then Here There, OreImo). Azano Kouhei (novel).
seiyuus: Ishikawa Kaito, Hanazawa Kana, Kimura Ryouhei, Sakura Ayane, Kanemoto Hisako, Toyosaki Aki, Kitamura Eri, Shimono Hiro, Yusa Kouji.
animation: 8bit (former Satelight studio 1).
trailer. manga. forum.
starts tue 08 oct 24:30
Tsuchimikado Harutora was born into a prestigious family of sorcerers, but can't see spirit energy. He has been enjoying a peaceful daily life with his friends at a minor school. But one day, his childhood friend Tsuchimikado Natsume, heir to the head family, suddenly appears. What changes will her presence cause in his life?
Good-looking trailer, with magic, action, and moe. Nice cast headed by young star Ishikawa Kaito (Red in Gargantia) and superstar Hanazawa Kana. Directed by the director of Zombie Desu ka? And written by the writer of OreImo and other shows.
BlazBue Alter Memory
(jp: BLAZBLUE ALTER MEMORY) jpWiki
director: Tachibana Hideki (H2O, Dragon Crisis), Mizushima Seiji (assistance; dir. Oh Edo Rocket, FMA)
writer: Akao Deko (Arakawa, Astalotte, Nazo no Kanojo X).
seiyuus: Kakihara Tetsuya (Simon/Gurren Lagaan), Kondou Kanako, Sugita Tomokazu, Nakamura Yuuichi, Nomura Kenji, Matsuura Chie, Takahashi Chiaki, Isomura Tomomi, Ueda Kana, Saitou Chiwa.
animation: Hoods Entertainment, TeamKG. OP Faylan, ED Yuki Aira.
starts tue 08 oct 25:30
It is AD 2199. After the end of a rebellion, one great rebel is left -- Ragna. A huge bounty is put on his head -- and the chase is on. Based on the popular BlazBlue fighting games from Arc System Works, particularly Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift.
A fairly pedestrian director (Tachibana Hideki/Dragon Crisis) is assisted by a good director (Mizushima Seiji/FMA). Written by Akao Deko (Mysterious Girlfriend X). OP by Faylan, who doesn't do much for me, but is a good singer. ED by Yuki Aira.
Stars Kakihara Tetsuya, with other big names including Sugita, Nakamura Yuuichi, Ueda Kana, and Chiwa. And Isomura Tomomi as "squirrel girl."
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
(jp: 俺の脳内選択肢が, 学園ラブコメを全力で邪魔している) jpWiki
ecchi school love comedy
director: Inagaki Takayuki (Marginal Prince, Total Eclipse, Jewelpet Sunshine)
writer: Kanasugi Hiroko (debut as lead writer). Kasukabe Takeru (novel).
seiyuus: Sadohara Kaori, Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Kondou Yuki, Tsuji Ayumi, Yajima Akiko, Oozora Naomi, Igarashi Hiromi, Matsuzaka Rei, Misato.
animation: Diomedea. OP Afilia Saga, ED Two-Formula.
starts wed 09 oct 25:00
"The choices in my head totally interfere with my school love comedy." From a light novel. Kaede is a high school boy with an irresistible compulsion to choose and follow one of two orders which pop up in his mind from time to time. In other words, his life is like a dating sim. One day, another choice pops up. "1. A bishoujo is falling on you. 2. You fall in drag." When he chooses option 1, a blond girl named Chocolat falls on him.
An interesting cast headed by lesser-known names, but backed up by a couple of well-known stars: Yajima Akiko and Igarashi Hiromi. I have my doubts about the lesser names, but Yajima Akiko (Crayon Shin-chan) is one of the very best. The director and writer give us little to go on. This sounds like a sausage from the moe comedy sausage factory, but we shall see.
(jp: ガリレイドンナ) jpWiki
noitaminA battle action adventure
director: Umetsu Yasuomi (Kite Liberator)
writer: Kurata Hideyuki (Kannagi, OreImo, World God Only Knows), Machida Touko (Lucky Star, Idolm@ster, Karneval).
seiyuus: Hidaka Rina, Ookubo Rumi, Shindou Kei, Inoue Marina, Kusunoki Taiten, Kamiya Hiroshi, Koyama Rikiya, Kuwashima Houko.
animation: A-1 Pictures. OP Negoto, ED earthmind.
starts thu 10 oct 24:50
In 2016 AD, global warming has been replaced by the beginning of a new ice age. Three girls who are decendants of Galileo are suddenly attacked by a mysterious organization and must overcome their differences to fight back.
Excellent character design and animation in the trailer. Interesting young stars Hidaka Rina and Ookubo Rumi head the cast, with big names behind them (Inoue Marina, Kamiya Hiroshi, Koyama Rikiya…and Kuwashima Houko). This is director Umetsu Yasuomi's firsst show since Kite Liberator. No lead writer named, but Kurata Hideyuki and Machida Touko head the list of scriptwriters. Could be good.
(jp: 殺し屋さん) jpWiki
comic strip comedy
director: Ikegaya Ai
writer: Ichijo Masahide.
seiyuus: Sakurai Takahiro, Kanada Aki, Fujita Saki, Ookawa Tooru, Fujiwara Kiji.
animation: OperaHouse. OP Mix Speaker's, Inc..
starts thu 10 oct 25:00
He himself and everyone else thinks of "the Hired Gun" as the top assassin in Japan. But he is forced to expand his repertoire to many services, from summer homework to houekeeping.
Flash animation based on a comic strip. Stars Sakurai Takahiro, with Fujita Saki and the great voices of Ookawa Tooru (as a detective) and Fujiwara Keiji (as a police dog). Written and directed by Ikegaya Ai, based on a four-panel comic. Her only previous credit is for a flash anime called Beelzebub ("Run, Detective Bell-san"), but she has some short works on her website.
(jp: サムライフラメンコ) jpWiki
noitaminA comic madness
director: Oomori Takahiro (Koi Kaze, Hell Girl, Durarara)
writer: Kurata Hideyuki (Now Then Here There, Kannagi, OreImo).
seiyuus: Masuda Toshiki, Sugita Tomokazu, Tomatsu Haruka, M.A.O., Yamazaki Erii, Kosugi Juurouta, Ookawa Tooru, Nakamura Chie, Mikami Satoshi.
animation: Manglobe. OP Spyair, ED seiyuus.
starts thu 10 oct 25:15
The madcap adventures of an ikemen "self-styled hero" in a red jump-suit and a young detective he comes to know.
By the director of Durarara and the writer of OreImo (!). Interesting cast stars a young seiyuu (Masuda Toshiki, who is Ryouga in Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal), and a comic superstar (Sugita Tomokazu). Hard to know what this one will be like except by watching it. Could be the good noitaminA.
Kakumeiki Valvrave 2
(jp: 革命機ヴァルヴレイヴ 2) jpWiki
mecha action science fiction with some romance
director: Matsuo Kou (Dead Girls, Kurenai, Natsuyuki Rendezvous)
writer: Okouchi Ichirou (Azumanga Daioh, Code Geass, Planetes).
seiyuus: Kimura Ryouhei, Ousaka Ryouta, Seto Asami, Tomatsu Haruka, Ono Yuuki, Nakamura Yuuichi, Yuuki Aoi, Fukuen Misato, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Namikawa Daisuke, Kotobuki Minako, Hatano Wataru, Horie Yui, Fukuyama Jun, Mizuki Nana, Miyano Mamoru, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Kaji Yuuki, Ono Daisuke, Toyosaki Aki, Kayano Ai, Yonaga Tsubasa.
animation: Sunrise. OP Mizuki Nana x TM Revolution, ED Elisa.
starts thu 10 oct 25:35
A second season for the popular mecha show from spring of this year. The revolution, and the secrets, continue.
Great cast full of young stars, from Ousaka Ryouta and Kimura Ryouhei through Seto Asami and Tomatsu Haruka, to Yuuki Aoi and Kayano Ai -- and many more. Director Matsuo Kou did Dead Girls, Kurenai, and Natsuyuki Rendezvous. Writer Okouchi Ichirou did Azumanga Daioh, Code Geass, and Planetes.
The first season didn’t capture me -- I am not really a mecha fan -- but the ingredients are here for a good show. I will try to ride out the fighting to get to the human relationships.
Pocket Monsters XY
(jp: ポケットモンスターXY) jpWiki
kids shounen adventure
director: Yajima Tetsuo, Yuyama Kunihiko (gen. dir.)
writer: Tomioka Atsuhiro (Pokemon Diamond, B&W, Pumpkin Scissors, Inazuma 11).
seiyuus: Matsumoto Rika, Ootani Ikue, Makiguchi Mayuki, Kaji Yuuki, Ise Mariya, Hayashibara Megumi, Miki Shinichirou, Inuyama Inuko, Ueda Yuuji, Ishizuka Unshou.
animation: Oriental Light + Magic. OP Yusuke, ED J☆Dee’Z.
starts thu 17 oct 19:00
Yet another probably year-long series for this perennial top-ten anime. Long-time Pokemon franchise director Yuyama Kunihiko recedes to the position of "general" director, and episode director Yajima Tetsuo takes over as director. The same lead writer continues from Diamond+Pearl and Black+White.
For this new series, Iris (Yuuki Aoi) and Denton (Miyano Mamoru) are out of the picture, and Citron (Kaji Yuuki), Yurika (Ise Mariya), and Serena (Makiguchi Mayuki) move in. I'm hoping this means I will begin to see more of Ao-chan in other shows. This is hardly my cup of tea, but the great franchise rolls on.