Fall 2012 Anime Preview
After looking at this list here, I’ll add moe shows Joshiraku and Oda Nobuna no Yabou to my backlog >_>; It’s getting harder to watch anime when all you see is the same thing. I might as well give most of these an episode 1 watch, but I do wonder how many will survive long enough to make it to the impressions list or the skim and garbage pile. Oh well, I am excited about one series in particular; Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! As a fan of the manga, I can’t wait to finally see all the arcs animated. WRRRRRRRYYYYYY
Ah another season down and a new one freshly lined up to take its place. While there are a few shows that will be good this season there are many more that feel as though they could go either way, which kind of sucks for me since that usually means they end up terrible thanks to bad decisions by the staff who made them. It is nice to have some hope for a season with so many bad seasons both with anime and the eroge sides of things.
Here’s a summary chart and unfortunately no preview from Random Curiosity yet. We sure pushed this post out a lot faster this time!
Shin Sekai Yori (9/28 Fri)
The promotion pictures and premise really does set this to be something more than the other anime on the list. With this tagged as a sc-fi/fantasy adventure, this does pique my interest way more than anything on this list (except for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure!). I was wondering when we would get anymore anime from that genre, but let’s hope that it doesn’t fail like Fractale.
I agree with Wanko on this series, potential but if it turns out to be another Fractale I’m gonna murder someone.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (10/01 Mon)
I do like romantic comedies, but as this anime is also within the shoujo category, it’s going to give me an image of Kimi ni Todoke. I did like that series mainly due to awesome seiyuu Mamiko Noto, but I’m not seeing any familiar seiyuu for this anime here. I mean the premise and animation doesn’t exactly stand out, so it feels like a rehashed formula at first glance.
Not so interested in the typical shoujo plotline where the plain and boring girl suddenly has guys fawning over her in dramatic and passive aggressive ways. While there are a few shoujo style series I enjoy, most lack any sense of story or character development, choosing instead to focus on drama, angst, and excessive amounts of jealousy. Maybe the comedic aspect would be enough to carry this series but it is hard to be hopeful with such a terrible track record for this genre.
Kamisama Hajimemashita (10/01 Mon)
No, no, no! Inu x Boku came out just recently too, and just based on this picture alone, I’m going to shoot it down without a second look. Kemonomimi on males will never look right to me. >_<
I have actually read some of this manga out of sheer boredom before, and I can safely say this is as stereotypical shoujo as it gets, so this is one huge pass for me.
Litchi Hikari Club (10/01 Mon)
“Nine sexually frustrated teenage boys build a robot fueled by lychee fruit to help them kidnap girls and aid them in their plot for world domination.” I grabbed that from a plot summary somewhere, but sadly you have to admit that sounds better than a lot of the crap on here. But then I notice the guro and yaoi tags… not exactly a great combo for me there. It does feel misleading since they’re kidnapping girls >_O
I don’t even know what to think, so I won’t.
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! (10/03 Wed)
Finally, we have an actual love triangle going on here versus a harem that most protagonists normally come equipped with. But despite the limited amount of love interests, we have a cutesy anime done by KyoAni that depicts the battle for love. From what I read, our characters have mental problems, so despite being a romantic comedy, the battle scenes will be over the top in order to demonstrate how delusional they are. Either way, KyoAni has unfortunately forced me to see K-ON character designs in all their new anime :(
I originally thought this was a LN when it first revealed. Now that it’s confirmed to be an anime instead, I’ll still probably check it out. Don’t care too much about chuuni, but when they have cute chars…
Nothing here interests me in the slightest but since I can’t be one hundred percent sure till I suffer the twenty odd minutes of probably wasted life to find out.
Hayate no Gotoku! Can’t Take my Eyes off You! (10/03 Wed)
As much as I do like Hayate no Gotoku, I do feel wary about the fact that part of the title consists of ‘Can’t Take my Eyes off You!’. Hayate no Gotoku is better off as a comedy than anything else, and I wouldn’t like for it to shift more into the romantic direction. But given that this is an original project rather than adapting the rest of the manga, it’s hard to tell what will happen here.
I liked this series back when it was mostly comedy, eventually it became too serious for my liking however and with the introduction of the Athena plotline I couldn’t have anything to do with it anymore. As a result even saying something here is more than I care to bother with so rather than trying to look up information, lets have fun with random speculation! Judging by the above image it would seem to imply that this is going to be an alternate story in the same universe that focuses more on Hinagiku in order to cater to that characters overwhelming popularity when it comes to this series. If its not, well I don’t care and I have no intention of watching it one way or the other.
BTOOOM! (10/04 Thu)
As of late, I have been reading a lot of survival manga ranging from Cage of Eden to Kamisama no Iuutori. I am quite excited to see that a manga that I had on my queue, end up becoming an anime before I could even read it! Just based on the tags listed on mangaupdates, I do believe that there’s a lot of potential for this seinen series. However, despite its potential, I do wonder if it’ll ever make use of it. I’m actually starting to feel even less enthusiastic compared to when I wrote the second sentence to this paragraph as I remember how disappointed I’ve been >_>; I can’t believe my feelings toward this has changed within a minute x_x;;
I remember seeing this manga, I also remember discarding the very idea of reading it so it must suck. Since it sucks lets just leave it at that.. probably. Well unless it turns out to be good in which case I’ll take back that it sucks.
Zetsuen no Tempest (10/04 Thu)
Just looking at the picture, I don’t even want to write anymore. Shoo, we have other stuff to cover.
I had completely forgotten about this series a long time ago after reading some of the manga and finding it way too disjointed in its story presentation to be worth reading. Perhaps the anime may clarify it to some degree but with what hazy recollection I have I seem to recall Zetsuen being something of a reverse Queens Blade type of story, where the guys fight each other and go emo in that special fabulous way shoujo manga is known for. Also I seem to recall the one guys sister dating the other guy without telling her brother and a lot of angst looming over the impending homoerotic sword fight that would ensue upon discovery.
K (10/04 Thu)
Information is lacking at the moment for this anime, but there are a few trailers out which still doesn’t help narrow down the premise. All I can get from the multiple trailers is that this will be battle-centric. However, the different trailers give this anime a different image. One trailer has me thinking that this was going to be some harem anime and another got me thinking that it was going to be as yaoi as Togainu no Chi. Either way I’m not really that impressed with what the trailers had shown me.
Lack of info is K by me. Tee hee, bad puns are all you get for now! Maybe by the time this is posted there will be more info, but by then I doubt I will care enough to update anyway..
Oniichan Dakedo Sae Areba Kankei Nai yone (10/05 Fri)
So in the world of 2D, what is better than normal incest? Well, in this anime here, we once again have some twincest going on! It’s been awhile since we had such action, and I do remember how awesome Kasugano Sora (Yosuga no Sora) was. Well, unlike the latter, this is a simple harem/comedy anime, so it should definitely be a lot more safer to watch this time around! Yet, I still feel sick of all the harem anime from this current season, so I don’t know if even a twintail character can lure me into watching this.
Eeh.. certainly not my cup of tea by the sounds of it, but ya know maybe just maybe this will be one of those rare few series where the sibling is not an annoying pestilence upon all creation. That aside I’ll probably watch the first few episodes for the sake of something funny, then drop it once it tries to pretend as though it actually has a story to tell.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (10/05 Fri)
I am extremely excited to see that they are finally adapting this legendary series. There aren’t many series that use protagonists from one bloodline, and unlike Gundam Age, this anime manages to give more life to these characters and establish a setting that connects all the story arcs together. The manga is still running and is almost as old as myself, but either way you also have to consider that this is a shounen. For those who aren’t interested in super-powered battles, this isn’t for you. But I have to admit, the usage of the super abilities are a lot more interesting than what you normally see in any average anime.
The main problem I have with this series is how much of a good guy Jojo is, seriously there are limits to innocent naivete. If not for Jojo being such a terrible protagonist I would have enjoyed the series a lot more, as is I will leave it in the “Maybe” group that I watch when I just want something in the background.
To Love-ru: Darkness (10/05 Fri)
From what I’ve seen of random articles, this series is now borderline hentai. Too fanservicey now for me to enjoy :3
This is the kind of series where it is probably best to mute the sound and enjoy the fanservice if you enjoy that kind of thing, because there sure as hell can’t be anything else to consider here.
Haitai Nanafa (10/06 Sat)
Based on the premise alone, I do think we got a supernatural Minami-ke in the works. Seeing as it is a 5 minute show, I do think I’ll pass for something better. The only short I managed to watch in full was Recorder to Randosell, and that was only mainly because I liked seeing the guy arrested for hanging out with his elementary school chums :3
Looking at the art made me think “This is what Pangya would look like if you chopped someones head off and sat him on their neck” .
Little Busters! (10/06 Sat)
I’m not too familiar with this KEY adaptation, but I am aware that people have been clamoring for an anime adaptation of this for awhile. The only thing I am looking forward to is Kudryavka Noumi. I do have her nendoroid after all! Although I wonder if this anime will get as dramatic as its Clannad or Kanon.
Little Busters is the point where Key started to go downhill so whole lot of pass here from me.
Sukitte ii na yo (10/06 Sat)
Here’s a line I read from the summary chart… “He protects her from a stalker by kissing her”. After blinking several times, I realize that the best way to remedy this situation and restore my sanity is to send all these characters off to an island so they can re-enact Battle Royale.
Aww, thats so sweet, he’s like her knight in shining armor! In fact he is so brave that when facing down a stalker he chooses to take advantage of and kiss her instead of standing up to the stalker. My hero he’s so dreamy I can but swoon when faced with his overflowing gentle masculinity that compels him to aid a damsel in distress with no regard for his own well being.
CODE:BREAKER (10/06 Sat)
I’ve only read a few chapters, but I think the female protagonist would make a great contender for the most annoying female protagonist in manga/anime. With all the shounen battles going about, I have never seen someone so useless. As I haven’t read too far, I still do believe that the puppy probably makes a better character than she does XD
The very premise of this series is painfully stupid, not the powers or the existence of an above the law organization created to outright kill criminals but rather the heroine. This series revolves around the idea that the heroine is the only person who is immune to the powers of the male characters. Now here is the real problem, they want to kill her but because their abilities fail to work on her they just kind of give up on the idea and watch her instead. Come on now, you don’t need to set someone on fire to kill them, there are plenty of other ways it can be done even if you wish to avoid alerting the authorities. The very idea that they allow her to live as an exception for such a silly reason is painful at best. How hard could killing one little girl be for an organization of specialized assassins? I swear if I was given the right to kill without fear of judgement by law I wouldn’t fail at it, especially not this badly. I guess I just find it hard to believe how such an organization could continue to exist without being known despite the gross incompetence of its members.
Magi (10/06 Sat)
Another typical shounen battle series, but at least it has that Arabian Nights theme going for it. Unless there’s been a drought for battle anime, it’s hard for me to get interested in this genre. Besides, I still have Toriko running in that slot for me.
Interesting theme that makes me wonder what kind of spin they will put on it, so I’ll watch a little of it before deciding, although generally these series start out intriguing before turning to rubbish so we will see. I do think I saw this title before in a manga or light novel maybe, I can’t be bothered to look but if it does happen to be the same series I’ll drop it fast.
Ixion Saga DT (10/07 Sun)
A hero from another world given super abilities in order to help fight in a war… like I haven’t heard that before >_<; Seeing that this is adapted from an MMORPG, I don’t really expect much from this as it is supposed to help boost game sales. I can’t even remember the last time when an anime adaptation for a video game ended up being anything close to satisfactory.
I’d rather play a game than watch a show about a game.
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (10/08 Mon)
I don’t think I like the message of this anime… girls that can’t take care of themselves? So our main protagonist has to care for her as he would a pet o_o; It would be reasonable if she was an imouto, but we’re dealing with a girl that’s the same age as the protagonist. I just hope it doesn’t go as far as to show us scenes of him feeding her. Hopefully this will never catch on in real life… right?
I get this but I am just going to say I don’t and leave it at that.. How silly, he treats her like a pet, right?
Girls and Panzer (10/08 Mon)
I’m honestly quite disturbed by how simple the title of this anime is..and the sad thing is that this anime will probably garner quite a bit of fans. I didn’t like the similar Upotte, but seeing that people did enjoy that and Strike Witches, I do have a feeling it’ll be a top moe pick this season if it ends up showing enough pantsu shots to satisfy the audience.
When I look at this series I am truly amazed, in awe even of how no matter how painfully stupid the world can be and no matter how close to the bottom of the barrel you think you are, someone, somewhere, somehow manages to trump your foolish preconceived limitations. I welcome you ladies and gentlemen to the new bottom of the barrel, and to celebrate I propose we think of how to go even further, pushing the bounds on suck to new heights before they arrive so we shall not be stunned by the next generation of “How sad does your life have to be to actually take this crap seriously” that the anime industry throws at us.
Jormungand S2 (10/09 Tue)
This should have really went through 24 episodes instead of taking a break and ending the way it did in the first season. Heck, with the way it ended, I was expecting more episodes the week after instead of a long wait for a new season. I am fine if an anime takes a break but it should at least finish up with a satisfying ending or arc for the end of the season. After what they did, I seriously cannot hype myself up for this series. Just like with Fate Zero, some series are better off riding the train all the way. Perhaps my patience has thinned with age ^^;;
While I do agree with Wanko when it comes to not taking a break for multiple seasons with any anime series, I disagree about the ending of the fist season. I prefer they follow the actual manga storyline instead of trying to mold it to fit in a tv time slot, it is something so few companies manage to do with adaptions and I appreciate the extra thought put into making a quality adaptation. Definitely topping my list of series to watch this season I hope they continue a faithful rendition of this show all the way to the end.
Robotics;Notes (10/11 Thu)
I liked Steins;Gate but I hated Chaos;Head, but I do think with the premise set by this series I’ll probably give it a shot. As I do love giant robots, I do have to see how these students do with their attempts to create one. If it’s more like Steins; Gate than Chaos;Head, I’ll be thankful that they didn’t name anything that sounds similar to gigalomaniac.
I liked the protagonist for Steins Gate but I hated everything else about both Gate and Head. These series feel like they are taking a Star Trek approach to anime, throwing as many incoherent buzz words and techno-babble at the audience as possible to make them feel smart or something. Maybe if I were illiterate on the subject matter or perhaps even illiterate in general I may have been more keen to like these series. Or maybe I prefer my series with sci fi elements to be more than a disjointed collage of themes thrown in a blender with some standard anime character archetypes made “Fresh” again by the change in setting.
Seitokai no Ichizon S2 (10/13 Sat)
Mafuyu! Mafuyu! <3
Zen x Echo of Death! Zen x Echo of Death!
Mafu! Mafu! Aka-chan! Aka-chan! Ringo-chan please!!!
One of the better parody animes I have seen, this ends up as one of the must see shows for me this season. Though unlike the other two, I prefer Chizuru, I also love the protagonist for this series, capable yet silly instead of just complete failure makes his character much more memorable.
Aoi Sekai (10/20 Sat)
Once again, we have another anime adaptation made by an H-artist. If it’s anything like Maken-Ki, I think that these guys should stick to what they do best and provide more H-doujins. I’m sure the audience would prefer being able to release their pent up lust rather than building it up with all the teasing! But other than that, the story here is supposed to be one huge parody of the video game console wars… and that guy in the middle is supposed to be a parody of Sonic the Hedgehog? I can’t wait to see how Mario looks…
Ehh… I’ll save most of what I want to say for the impressions post.
On a side note did anyone else notice the Mass Effect animated movie, and just how bad it is?