Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fall 2012 Anime

So, even though we're still in the middle of the summer anime season, a lot of anime have already been confirmed for the fall season this year. I'm extremely excited for this next season, because I saw that not one, not two, but three manga I'm currently reading are getting anime adaptations! So, I'm extremely excited about that, and there are also going to be quite a lot of other ones that sound good. Anything that isn't mentioned here is probably not of any interest towards me, or I haven't heard of it.

The chart can be found here:
Animucharts v2.0 chart

Since more information has yet to be released about a few of the anime, this post will probably be updated a few times.

So here's the list in order of interest:

Magi

Synopsis:
This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1000 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check!

Opinion:
No questions to be asked here, I'm looking forward to this anime the most. Magi is my favorite manga, I love all of the characters, the action is epic, it's completely and totally awesome. The cast has yet to be revealed, but I'm sure it'll be good.


Bakuman 3

Synopsis:
Third season of Bakuman.

Opinion:
I've seen the previous two seasons of this series, and I love it. The character development is perfect, and the characters all contribute to the story well. This season they'll be introducing the antagonist, so all the more reason to be excited.






Zetsuen no Tempest

Synopsis:
The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose family was mysteriously murdered one year before and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakase Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown desert island by her followers, and agrees to help Hakase in exchange of her help to find out the culprit for the death of his family. Upon learining of his friend's intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the Kusaribe clan who intends to awake the "Tree of Zetsuen" whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.

Several dialogues and plot elements in Zetsuen no Tempest pay homage to the works of William Shakespeare.

Opinion:
Bones has to be one of my favorite production companies, everything they make is at least good. I'm sure it's gonna be great, apparently the manga is also really good, so maybe I'll check it out in the mean time.

Shin Sekai Yori

Synopsis:
About one thousand years into the future, civilization has been retrograded and humans are living dispersed within small communities. People in this era have a psychic power called "Juryoku" which materializes things they imagine. In the absence of advanced scientific technology, people are using this power as a major source of energy.

One day, a girl called Saki, along with her friends, finds a small archive robot outside the town. It records the ancient history of humans. It tells them that Juryoku was found in the 21st century and the discovery caused a world war between psychics and non-psychics. The psychics won this war and thus their reign of terror began.

When the adults in town figure out that the children discovered this forbidden knowledge, they seal their Juryoku and exile them. Saki and the others end up in a forest where they meet a huge hairless bipedal mouse known as a "Bakenezumi" and get involved in a violent war the creatures are currently engaged in.

Opinion:
This show is set one thousand years in the future. This series already gives off a movie-like feel to it, and the cast is pretty good, and the animation looks spectacular. I've also seen the previews, and it's got some fantasy and horror elements to it. I love that combination of genres, I'm really interested in what this series will turn out to be like. It looks really good.


Psycho-Pass

Synopsis:
The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person's state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term "Psycho-Pass" refers to a standard used to measure an individual's being. The story centers around the "enforcement officer" Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.


Opinion:
So, as of now more is known about this series than when I had previously commented about it. The cast has been announced, and I must say, it is pretty damn good. Not to mention that the character art is done by the same guy who did the art for Katekyo Hitman Reborn, AND it's a mystery series. The plot sounds very similar to one of the fictional manga in Bakuman, and I am very interested in how this'll turn out. I have a feeling I'll like it a lot.

 Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun 

Synopsis:
Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, he becomes convinced they are friends.

Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would've thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku?

A cold-hearted girl and super-troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective.

Opinion: 
I'm pretty excited about this one, this'll be an adaptation of one of my favorite shoujo manga. The cast is pretty good, a few familiar faces , a couple of pretty new voice actors. The story is really cute, and the characters are all really good. I'm pretty excited about it.

Btooom!

Synopsis:
The story centers around Ryūta Sakamoto, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young man and a top-ranked player in the online combat game Btoom! One day, he wakes up on a tropical island without remembering how he got there. He sees a figure in the distance and asks for help. However, the figure responds by throwing something at Ryūta — a "BIM" bomb. In that moment, Ryūta comes to realize two things: one, his own life is in danger, and two, he is now in the world of Btoom!

Opinion:
This is another show where people are stuck in a videogame, but a much darker version of that genre. It looks really good, and I do love really dark shows. Someone's probably gonna get raped in this show judging by the trailer, I'm hoping there won't be too much of that...

 K

Synopsis:
Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings.

Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.

Opinion:  
I've seen trailers, I've read the first chapter of the manga, and I still don't know what the hell this show's supposed to be about. The cast is pretty much amazing, the action looks good, and the animation is great-looking. Sure, I'm definitely up for some pretty boys and chicks with big knockers.



Little Busters!

Synopsis:
Riki was a child when his parents died, leaving him hopeless and depressed. What saved him was a group of four kids calling themselves the Little Busters. They took Riki out and played with him during his time of need. He really enjoyed being together with them, and his grief gradually faded away. Now in his second year of high school they still hang out, fight and live together, and enjoy their school life.

Opinion:  
This is an anime adaptation of Key's ( the people who brought you games/anime like Clannad, Air, and Kanon) sixth game. The cast is full of great voice actors, and the animation looks good. And judging by it being based off of a Key game, it's probably going to be really nice, but sad, real sad.

Robotics;Notes

Synopsis:
2019, Divergence Ratio 1.048596. The near future, where a device popularly called the PokeCom, packaged with PhoneDroid OS, spreads, bringing the Augmented Reality world close to existence.

Chuuoutanegashima High School's Robot Research Club is in danger of losing its club status. Kaito Yashio, one of only two members, is only obsessed with robot fighting games, showing no interest in the Robo Club even in this situation. The reckless, useless club head, Akiho Senomiya, aims to complete a giant robot, struggling hard to avoid losing the club's status.

Then, one day, Kaito discovers the A.R. annotation that becomes the Kimishima Report. Written in that report is the indictment of someone named Kou Kimishima's conspiracy involving the world

Opinion:
This story is set in the same universe as Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate, both of which I've seen. The animation looks pretty good, and the cast has quite a few really good voice actors. I'm pretty excited about this series, I'm hoping that they'll be able to deliver just as they did for Steins;Gate.

Code:Breaker

Synopsis: 
Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who's unharmed and standing over the people.

She comes back to the site the next day and there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. She then goes to class to find there's a new transfer student, Oogami Rei, who looks exactly like the boy she saw before and wears a black glove only on his left hand.

Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who "does not exist". He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of "an eye for an eye", to "use evil against evil". Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart.

Opinion: 
I've read a little bit of the manga, it's really good. I do love dark shows, this is a little bit dark, and it's definitely a shounen, which I also like. The cast is decent, the animation isn't really anything special, but with a story like that to work with, I'm sure it'll be good.


Litchi☆Hikari Club

Synopsis:
The story starts of with 9 boys, all in the Hikari Club, who are driven to make the ultimate Artificial Intelligence, and will stop at nothing to create it. The leader of the club, Zera, is an attractive boy who is very sick and twisted. He has complete control of the members. The second-in-command and previous leader, Tamiya, is not happy with the way Zera is controlling everyone, so he tries to reclaim the club, and eventually everything begins to crumble and turn into chaos

Opinion:  
I've read the summary, this show sounds disturbing as hell. I haven't really seen a legitimately scary anime this year, so I'm hoping this might be it. No cast details or animation has been revealed yet, but I'm hoping it'll be good. I'm crossing my fingers here.


Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

Synopsis:
Yuuta Togashi suffered from chuunibyou while he was in middle school. When he graduated, he put that dark history behind him and forgot about it... or he was supposed to. High school was smooth sailing and full of enjoyment - until the unavoidable, sad event occurs. The event that locks Yuuta into a contract with Rikka Takanashi and disrupts his desperately ordinary life.

Opinion:
This is a romantic comedy about a delusional girl and a formerly delusional guy. Yeah. It sounds pretty funny, the animation looks like a combination of Hyouka and Madoka Magica. The cast isn't really completely announced yet, but a few voice actors have been confirmed, and it looks like a decent cast.

Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de

Synopsis:
Segua Kingdom has been losing the war against Ninterdo Empire but the tables are turned by the appearance of a boy called Gear. All the characters are parodies of Nintendo or Sega games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda etc.

Opinion:
I actually read about this anime a couple of months back, and as a major Nintendo fan, I have to watch it. I have to, it is my obligation. I actually am kind of looking forward to watching this, but it might be stupid. I'll still watch it though.


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Synopsis: 
This is the story of the Joestar family, and their battles against bizarre enemies. Jonathan Joestar's battle against the vampire Dio Brando starts it all, and it continues into roughly each second generation of Joestars through all parts of the story.

Opinion:  
To be honest, I don't really know much about this series, only the cast and animation. It's a very old-fashioned kind of animation, which I find kind of appealing, and the cast is pretty good. I'm basing my desire mostly on the title and the picture, and I have a feeling it'll be a little creepy, but that's okay, I like creepy anime.
Kamisama Hajimemashita

Synopsis:
Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!
Nanami has all kinda of new responsibilities she doesn't understand, dangers she's unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who's...actually pretty hot. What's a new-fledged godling to do?

Opinion:
I'm reading the manga this series is based off of, it's a pretty good manga. Plus, the cast is pretty good. The story is pretty good, it'll definitely make a good addition to the shoujo anime genre. I'm looking forward to it.


Jormungand Second Season

Synopsis:
The second season of Jormungand.

Opinion:
I've already seen the first season, and I don't really have a reason not to watch the second season. Plus, seeing as there was a very interesting development at the end of the first season, I kind of want to find out how everything turns out.







Haitai Nanafa

Synopsis:
Nanafa Kyan lives in Okinawa with her grandmother who runs the "Kame Soba" soba shop, her beautiful older sister Nao who is in high school, and her younger sister Kokona, who is in elementary school and has a strong ability to sense the supernatural.
One day, Nanafa witnesses a seal fall off of a Chinese banyan tree, and three spirits who live in that tree are unleashed. These spirits include Niina and Raana, who are "jimunaa" spirits. The third spirit is Iina, who is an incarnation of an Okinawan lion statue. As spirits start appearing one after another, the peaceful life of Nanafa and her family begins to change.

Opinion: It looks cute, I do like slice-of-life series with some supernatural, and the characters look extremely cute. It looks so damn cute, I'm gonna watch it.


Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Synopsis:
The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata's school. One day, Mashiro Shiina —a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist— moves into Sakurasou.

Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no idea how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata's dorm mates designate him as the "master" of Mashiro, and thus, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like "a master and his pet."

Opinion:
This sounds like a cute, romantic comedy about a bunch of artsy kids living in an apartment complex. It has really cute animation, and a pretty good cast. I'm hoping this'll be a good one, but I'm not very sure about it.


Ixion Saga DT

Synopsis:
The game and anime follow Kon Hokaze, a boy who embarks on a journey from our world to an alternate world known as Mira, which is full a mysterious energy known as Alma. After saving Princess Ecarlate from attackers, he soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle around Alma.

Opinion:
To be honest, I'm really not too sure about this one. It has potential, and if they use it right, this'll probably be a really good show. I'll give it a chance, and see what comes of it.


To Love-Ru Darkness

Synopsis:
Sequel to To-Love-Ru, all of our main characters make an appearance along with some new additions. Rito continues to be caught in over the top uncensored ecchi scenarios.

Opinion:  
To-Love-Ru has to be my all time favorite ecchi series. That being said, I'll probably wait until the uncensored version comes out, because I don't like censored fanservice. Although it says it won't be censored, I really can't 100% rely on that until I see it for myself.
Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Synopsis:
A completely new Hayate no Gotoku! anime, independent from the previous seasons series and written by the author, Kenjiro Hata.

Opinion:   
This isn't a sequel to the original series, it's an original anime. It's probably not going to be based off of much of the manga, but the cast does remain the same as the previous series. I haven't seen the other Hayate series, and seeing as this isn't a sequel, I might watch it.





Teekyuu

Synopsis:
Teekyuu is based on a sports comedy manga of the same name featuring four high school girls who belong to a tennis club, though they hardly play any actual tennis.

Opinion: 
This is one of those 3 minute per episode shows, at least according to myanimelist, so even if it's garbage I'll watch it. It's only 3 minutes.






Sukitte Ii na yo

Synopsis:
Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years without a boyfriend or friends. One day, she injures the most popular boy in school, Yamato Kurosawa, due to a misunderstanding. For some reason though, it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they're friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, but does so with a kiss…?!!

Opinion:  
I could never get into the manga, I never could. It's a smutty, shoujo romance. It's not anything spectacular, but it's decent. The cast is pretty good from what I've seen, and the animation looks pretty good. It'll be worth a shot, but I'm not sure if I'll get into this series.

Girls und Panzer

Synopsis:
In the world, the manipulation of tanks (Sensha-do) is one of the traditional martial arts especially for girls. Miho doesn't like Sensha-do and moves to Oarai Girl's High School. But the chairperson of the student council orders Miho to participate in the national Sensha-do championship.

Opinion:   
The military's been taken over by a bunch of adorable school girls you say?!? Can't say much about the series, except the trailer was extremely boring and long. The animation is cute, nothing really special. The cast is pretty good, full of lots of good female voice actors. Men seem non-existent in this one, I did not see any prominent male characters in this one at all. It might be a shoujo-ai series, I'm not sure. I might give it a chance, but my expectations are fairly low.


Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai yo ne—

Synopsis:
Himenokouji twins Akito and Akiko have finally reunited with each other after separation due to the death of their parents. After six years of living apart they suddenly began to live under the same roof due to Akito's desire to live as a family unit once more. Things were fine at first until Akiko began to express her incestuous love for her older brother, who only sees her as a little sister.

Opinion:
Oh boy, incest! The animation practically screams fanservice, the cast is pretty good though. I might like this one if I gave it a chance but...my gut's telling me to stay away.





Well, those are my pre-season thoughts, most likely, most of these series will be on my watch list. Now, if only October would get here faster....

I am going to watch Kyousogiga, but since it's an ONA series, I didn't put it in the list.


Edit:
Added the available summaries for each series, apart from Haitai Nanafa and Psycho-Pass.

Edit 2:
Moved Psycho-Pass up on the rankings, rank increased based on staff and cast members.

Edit 3:
Added descriptions for Psycho-Pass and Haitai Nanafa, changed Haitai Nanafa's picture, moved it up on the ranking, changed comments for Haitai Nanafa and Psycho-Pass, added link for version 2 of the animucharts's chart for the season.

Edit 4:
Moved up Psycho-Pass in ranking, changed photo for Magi.

Edit 5: 
Added Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de to the list.

Edit 6:
Added Ixion Saga DT and Teekyuu to the list.

Edit 7:
Added the description for K

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