Tuesday, December 23, 2008

January 2009 New Anime Season Preview

2008 is nearly over, so are many anime series. Soon I'll have a post for 2008 in review. But now, let's see what awaits at the dawn of 2009. As usual, all gundam animes, sequels to something I've already rejected, sports animes, and yoai animes are automatically filtered from my previews.

Hetalia - Axis Power

It's a story about personified countries from the world...I have a feeling that many people will be offended by this anime...

Forecast: I like offensive stuff, so, I think most likely it'll be good...

Genji Monogatari Sennenki

The oldest Japanes novel, now made into anime. There might be some culture barrier to understand this anime though...

Forecast: We'll have to see...

Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai

This supposed to be the alternate retelling of Munto II. That reminds me Munto is still among my unfinished backlogs...

Forecast: Um...I'll tell you after I finish Munto...

Slayers Revolution-R

More slayers, yeah...

Forecast: When is this going to end...

Girl and her robotic motocycle? That sounds like an interesting concept...

Forecast: Looks very elegant, could be a good one...

Kemono no Sou-ja Erin

Not sure what it's about, but I don't like its art style.

Forecast: I'd give 2 episodes...

Chrome Shelled Regios

Not entirely sure what it's about, but looks somewhat interesting.

Forecast: could be good...

Tetsuwan Birdy Decode:02

Sequel to the first series, which I thought was ok.

Probably ok...

The Tower of Druaga: the Sword of URUK

Sequel to the first Tower of Druaga series, which was way below Gonzo's normal standards. Hopefully, they're doing something good with the second series.

Forecast: Not so good...


Not sure what it's about, but I do kind of like its art style.

Forecast: Could be good...

Asu no Yoichi!

Looks like a modern day sumari boy story.

Forecast: I'm not entirely interested in this type of anime, so it's all depends on its quality...

Viper's Creed

Some futuristic mecha action anime, directed by the director of Appleseed, and Appleseed Ex Machina. It could be interesting, but as a mecha anime, it'll start off with a slightly lower rating than other animes just because I don't like mecha animes in general.

Forecast: It could go either way...

Zuko Natsume Yujincho

If you followed my blog, you'd know I LOVED the first series of this anime, and gave it the most heart touch anime of 2008 award. I would expect no less from this second series.

Forecast: This is definitely a keeper.
Sora Kake Girl

Looks like some space thingy involves girls. Also looks like it'll contain some significant amount of fan service.

Forecast: Totally unsure...

Maria Holic

Animenewsnetwork.com has too good of a plot summary, I think I'll just quote them:

"The story centers on a sophomore named Kanako who enrolls in all-girls school because she has a phobia of men and wants to find her destined yuri partner. She meets a captivating freshman named Mariya who fits her criteria — except her seemingly ideal mate happens to be a cross-dressing sadistic boy."

Forecast: If it really is what the plot summary says, it ought to be interesting.

White Album

This was originally an visual novel created by Leaf, the company created To Heart series. To be honest, I wasn't really impressed by either To Heart or To Heart 2. This may just be another mediocre love anime.

Forecast: Though it could be mediocre, generally, this type of animes are keepers for me.

Maria Sama ga Miteru 4th Season

This is one of the very few ultra shoujo anime that I follows. I call it "ultra" shoujo because this is pretty much as shoujo as anime could become. Generally, shoujo anime are interesting to me at the beginning, but I lose interest in them soon after. But Maria Sama ga Miteru somehow managed to hold its place.

Forecast: I think it'll be good


About a guy met a girl that transformed from a can of melon juice (?!). One plus for this series is that the original illustrator is the artist for Shuffle!.

Forecast: I think it has 50/50 chance to go either way.

Shikabane Hime: Kuro

This obviously is the Shikabane Hime: Aka's sequel. Though the production quality of the original is below average, it's still interesting. Since I'm already dragged into the story, I most likely will follow the second series as well.

Forecast: I think it'll be ok as long as it's no worse than first series.

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