Finally done compiling! Here’s a rough list of anime that will be airing this Fall 2009 season. There are several titles with much hype that are eagerly anticipated by viewers this season. As usual, batch lists of my first impressions will follow when the subs are released. I might have missed a few others, but anyway, here’s the information I’ve managed to gather (listed in alphabetical order). All series in this list will start airing this October.
Off to the Fall 2009 anime preview list!
Cast: Yuki Aoi, Anzai Chika, Satou Satomi, Tanaka Hideyuki, etc.
Synopsis: The “heartwarming comedy” story poses the following premise: “What if you can really transform into an animal?” Riko, Rimu and Nagisa Mikogami are three cute sisters who live in Kamihama, a Japanese city abundant with natural wonders. On an otherwise peaceful day, the three come across a mysterious Kirumin compact in an attic. With the Kirumin, these character-costume-wearing girls can transform into real animals. The anime’s title is an apparent wordplay on “animal,” “tantei” (detective), “kigurumi,” and “zoo.” “Kigurumi” is a type of cosplay that essentially turns a wearer into a giant plush toy or doll. (from: ANN)
More info – Official Site
Also known as Blue Literature
Can’t find much info on this one. All I could gather is that the retailer website for the Japanese publisher Shueisha lists the new anime adaptation of four Japanese literary works as a 12-episode Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature) television series. The anime series will premiere on October 10, 2009. (from: ANN)
Check out the official site for more details (it’s in Japanese though).
Edit (10/2009): Updated info — more details about this series on this post.
Second season of Asura Cryin’
Production: Seven Arcs
Cast: Irino Miyu, Nonaka Ai, Toyosaki Aki, Shimono Hiro, Tomatsu Haruka, Kitamura Eri, etc.
The first Asura Cryin’ anime series adapted Gakuto Mikumo and Nao Watanuki’s Asura Cryin’ light novel series of the same name. The semi-serious school action story revolves around Tomoharu Natsume, a boy who has been haunted by a ghosty girl who was a childhood friend. (from: ANN)
Cast: Ohashi Nozomi, Tsuchida Hiroshi, Cho, etc.
Anime based on the Russian “national character” Cheburashka on October 7 during the Nori-Suta 100% television program. The character comes from Eduard Uspensky’s story about a mysterious creature who gets accidentally transported in a box of oranges to Russia. (from: ANN)
Second season of Darker than Black. Also known as Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
Cast: Kiuchi Hidenobu, Mizuki Nana, Fukuen Misato, Hanazawa Kana, etc.
Synopsis: Two years have passed since Hei and Yin escaped the Syndicate after the events of the first season. Making their way to Russia, Hei encounters a young girl named Suou Pavlichenko, whose family is gradually pulled into the war between contractors and various intelligence factions. Meanwhile, Misaki Kirihara has quit her position in Foreign Affairs to begin her own investigations into Hei, the Contractors and the Syndicate. (from: ANN)
Cast: Hirano Aya, Kakihara Tetsuya, Kugimiya Rie, Ohara Sayaka, Nakamura Yuuichi, etc.
Synopsis: A young sorceress, Lucy Heartfilia, travels to the land of Fiore to join the magical Fairy Tail Guild. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a teenage boy looking for a dragon named Igneel. Shortly after their meeting, Lucy is abducted by Bora of Prominence, who was posing as Salamander of Fairy Tail, to be sold as a slave. Natsu rescues her and reveals that he is the real Salamander and has the skills of a Dragon Slayer. He offers her membership into the guild, which she accepts, and they become a team performing various missions for the Fairy Tail guild. (from: Wikipedia)
When: 10/17/2009 (episode 1), 10/24/2009 (episode 2)
Cast: Asumi Kana, Mizuhashi Kaori, Goto Yuko, Shintani Ryoko, Kugimiya Rie, Matsuki Miyu, etc.
Synopsis: On a weekend in February, Sae purchases a Polaroid camera and the girls spend the day having fun taking pictures of each other in various positions and poses. (from: ANN)
Also known as Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen
Cast: Yukino Satsuki, Yamaguchi Kappei, Kuwashima Houko, Narita Ken, Tsujitani Kouji, Watanabe Kumiko, etc.
General Synopsis: Higurashi Kagome, after being pulled down a well by a demon, finds herself in Feudal Japan, where she learns that a powerful jewel has been reborn inside her body. After the jewel shatters in an attempt to retrieve it from one of the many demons who was after its power, Kagome must join forces with the half-demon Inu Yasha (also after the jewel’s power) to track down the shards of the jewel before its power falls into the wrong hands. (from: ANN)
Also known as Thriller Restaurant
Production: Toei Animation
Cast: Yuuki Hiro, Asano Masumi, Shiraishi Ryoko, etc.
The anime is based on an anthology storybook series of the same name that has reached 50 volumes as of 2007.
Synopsis: Each episode will consist of three stories or “dishes”: the appetizer, the main dish, and dessert. The first two “dishes” will deal with an ordinary sixth-grade schoolgirl named Ako Ōzora and the bizarre occurrences that befall her and her classmates. The third “dish” will be a standalone short ghost story told by Ako and her friends. (from: ANN)
Cast: Inoue Marina, Horie Yui, Mizuki Nana, Tamura Yukari, etc.
Synopsis: The story revolves around Natsuru Senou, a normal high school boy. One day he wakes up to find himself turned into a girl. A stuffed tiger “Harakiri Tora” comes to life and tells him to fight as a female psychic fighter “Kämpfer”. Having no idea about what’s going on, Natsuru is involved in the battles against other female Kämpfer. (from: Wikipedia)
Cast: Uchida Aya, Goda Aya, Hirano Aya, Ishida Akira, Fukuyama Jun, etc.
A spinoff of the series Kiddy Grade
Synopsis: The story is set in the Star Century year 0379, roughly two centuries after the original Kiddy Grade anime and about five centuries after our present day. The spirited Asukūru and serious Ku Fīyu work for the galactic government known as GTO. The two girls are members of ES, GTO’s finest secret agents with special abilities — or, rather, they are training to become ES. (from: ANN)
Also known as From Me to You; Reach You; Reaching You.
Production: Production I.G
Cast: Namikawa Daisuke, Noto Mamiko, Hirano Aya, Sanpei Yuko, Nakamura Yuuichi, Sawashiro Miyuki, etc.
Synopsis: It follows the coming-of-age story of Sawako Kuronuma, a high school girl whose long black hair and pallid skin leads the other kids to call her Sadako (after the ghost character in The Ring horror stories). She eventually changes her life with a little help from the popular boy Kazehaya and her other classmates. (from: ANN)
Cast: Hanazawa Kana, Inada Tetsu, Saito Chiwa, Tomoaki Maeno, Orikasa Fumiko, etc.
Anime adaptation of CLAMP’s manga of the same title.
Synopsis: Kobato is sweet and perky girl, but also extremely naive about the world around her. She has a “mission”, which is to fill a mysterious bottle of hers with the suffering from people’s hearts so her wish to go a certain place that she desires to go can be granted. However, she has a restriction, she is not allowed to fall in love with any person whom she heals the heart of. (from: Wikipedia)
Also known as Tegami Bachi
Production: Studio Pierrot
Cast: Fujimura Ayumi, Sawashiro Miyuki, Koshimizu Ami, Kishio Daisuke, Fukuyama Jun, Mizuki Nana, Konishi Katsuyuki, etc.
- An adaptation of the manga series about a boy who runs deliveries as a “Letter Bee” messenger throughout a strange fantasy land.
Synopsis: The story takes place in the land of AmberGround, a place of perpetual night only partially illuminated by an artificial sun. Lag Seeing works as a “Letter Bee” (delivery boy) at the “Bee Hive” (a delivery service), with his Dingo, Niche, and her “pet”, Steak, traveling with him. He is entrusted with the “hearts” of everyone in AmberGround to deliver their packages. (from: Wikipedia)
Also known as Miracle Train: Welcome to Ōedo Line
Production: Yumeta Company
Cast: Kenn, Okiayu Ryotaro, Ono Daisuke, Kaji Yuuki, Sugita Tomokazu, Morita Masakazu, etc.
Synopsis: The Miracle Train project anthropomorphizes several heavily travelled train stations in Tokyo into young handsome male characters. The television series will feature a different cast of characters inspired by the Ōedo subway line — specifically, Fumi Roppongi, Shintarō Shinjuku, Izayoi Tsukishima, Iku Shiodome, Saki Tochō, and Itsumi Ryōgoku. (from: ANN)
Second season of Natsu no Arashi! Also known as Summer Storm! Open for Business
Cast: Shiraishi Ryoko, Nonaka Ai, Horie Yui, Sanpei Yuko, Omigawa Chiaki, etc.
General Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Yasaka is a boy staying at his grandfather’s house during his summer vacation. One day he entered a store and met Arashi, a beautiful sixteen-year old girl working there. After trying to protect her from a man who claims to have been hired by her family to take her back by force, Yasaka ran away with her and now she stays at his grandpa’s place with him. It didn’t take much time for Yasaka to figure out that his new friend is far from an ordinary girl, as she possesses mysterious powers. The plot thickens when he finds a sixty-year-old picture of Arashi and another girl named Kaja, and to the surprise of all Kaja suddenly appears, and just like Arashi, her appearance hasn’t changed at all since then… (from: Wikipedia)
Second season of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Production: Diomedea (formerly known as Studio Barcelona)
Cast: Noto Mamiko, Hatano Wataru, Ueda Kana, Goto Mai, etc.
Synopsis: Like the first series that ran in 2008, the new project adapts Yūsaku Igarashi’s otaku romance comedy light novel about a boy who discovers that his high school’s most unattainable girl is a secret otaku. (from: ANN)
Cast: Asanuma Shintaro, Iguchi Yuka, Fukuyama Jun, Kobayashi Yu, etc.
Synopsis: Junpei Kōsaka is a second-year high school student who despises cats and has an allergy to them. It just so happens that his high school crush is Kaede Mizuno, a girl who adores cats. One day, while walking home from school, Junpei kicks an empty can and unfortunately stains the local neko-jizō-sama (guardian deity of cats). He finds he can now understand what cats are saying, including his family’s own ill-tempered cat, Nyamusasu. However, if he does not grant 100 wishes from cats, he will turn into cat himself. (from: ANN)
Cast: Takagaki Ayahi, Takamoto Megumi, Katou Emiri, Saitou, Chiwa, etc.
An anime adaptation of Takashi Ikeda’s Sasameki Koto yuri manga
Synopsis: The story, mainly set in a co-ed school, revolves around Sumika Murasame, a 15 year-old girl who is secretly in love with her female best friend, Ushio Kazama. Ushio likes girls too, but she’s only into cute girls, while Sumika is tall, good at sports and she has a cool personality. (from: Wikipedia)
Production: Studio DEEN
Cast: Honda Mariko, Kondo Takashi, Togashi Misuzu, Saitou Yuka, etc.
Synopsis: The series, which is also called Hekiyō Gakuen Seito-kaigi Jiroku (The Records of the Hekiyō Academy Student Council’s Activities), revolves around a private high school whose student council is chosen entirely by popularity vote. Because of this, Ken Sugisaki is the only male representative, in the otherwise all bishōjo student council, that may enter the “sacred sanctuary” of the council’s meeting room. At the behest of Council President Kurimu Sakurano (pictured at right), Sugisaki records the minutes of the council meetings, which devolve into daily conversations about the students’ lives and interests. (from: ANN)
Cast: Motoi Emi, Goto Mai, Narumi Erika, Nishizawa Hiroka, etc.
Anime adaptation of BaseSon’s Shin Koihime†Musō: Otome Ryōran Sangokushi Engi adult adventure game for personal computers. The game is spinoff from the Koihime†Musō: Doki—Otome Darake no Sangokushi Engi game, which has already been adapted into a television anime series (Koihime Muso) and a video anime.
The franchise re-imagines the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi) as a “moe (fiery), moe (preciously cute) action love comedy” with an almost all-female cast. The Shin Koihime†Musō game was just released in Japan on December 26, 2008. (from: ANN)
Cast: Ito Kanae, Mizuki Nana, Nakamura Yuuichi, Yahagi Sayuri, Takagi Reiko, etc.
Shugo Chara! will have another series starting October 3. The new program, Shugo Chara Party! containing Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki and Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi! will follow the current anime series as its power-up.
General Synopsis: Every child has an egg in their heart, unseen at first, an egg with the would-be self of their dreams. Hinamori Amu, part of a group called the Guardians, protect those eggs from becoming x-eggs, eggs filled with resentment and resignation that gives children troubles. Amu’s job is to capture and restore x-eggs to their orginal form. She does this with the help of her three Shugo Chara (guardian characters or her would be selves), Ran, Miki and Su. Thanks to them she can change her character and abilities, and so fight against the mysterious organization Easter which aim is to find a special egg called Embryo using the x-eggs. (from: ANN).
Production: AIC A.S.T.A.
Cast: Hayami Saori, Hoshi Souichiro, Takagaki Ayahi, etc.
Synopsis: Tomoki Sakurai often encounters a strange girl in his dreams asking for his help, but he can’t remember her face when he wakes up. When an Unidentified Mysterious Animal (U.M.A.) falls out of the sky, his life of pacifism suddenly becomes complicated. The animal turns out to be an angel, Ikaros. (from: ANN)
Second season of Stitch!
Synopsis: The show is to feature a Japanese girl named Hanako (in place of Lilo), and will be set on a fictional island off the shore of Okinawa instead of Hawaii. It is to be animated and co-produced by the Japanese animation house Madhouse. (from: Wikipedia)
Production: David Production
Cast: Paku Romi, Tomatsu Haruka, Nakamura Yuuichi, Irino Miyu, etc.
Synopsis: In the story of the light novels, all the dead people of the world have been turned into “books” stored in the Bantorra library. A boy named Koria Tonisu has had his memories erased and his chest embedded with a bomb. He is sent to kill Hamyuttsu Meseta, the world’s most powerful armed librarian. However, he falls in love at first sight with this beautiful woman in charge of the “books,” and he gets enveloped in the great war over the library. (from: ANN)
Also known as Seiken no Blacksmith
Production: Manglobe Inc.
Cast: Fujimura Ayumi, Okumoto Nobuhiko, Toyosaki Aki, Inoue Kazuhiko, etc.
Synopsis: The story takes place after an abominable war that foisted a “devil’s contract” upon a land. Cecily Campbell, a former noble’s daughter who joined a knighthood, encounters a man who dispatches some hoodlums with one sweep of a mysterious sword. The man possesses the power of the same “devil’s contract” that has become taboo, now that peace has been restored. Cecily has been searching for a blacksmith who can repair an old sword she inherited from her father, and that mysterious young man happens to be blacksmith named Luke Ainsworth. This encounter launches their adventures together. (from: ANN)
Also known as A Certain Scientific Railgun
Production: J.C. Staff
Cast: Satou Rina, Abe Atsushi, Ito Kanae, Toyosaki Aki, Arai Satomi, etc.
- A spin off of the manga/anime series To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index).
Synopsis: The spinoff is based on Kazuma Kamachi’s original story set in Academy City, a city where about 80% of its 230,000 citizens are students. The story deals with the adventures of Mikoto Misaka, one of the Level 5 psychics in the To Aru Majutsu no Index light novels. (from: ANN)
Cast: Nakaya Sayaka, Satou Amina (both from AKB48 female idol group), etc.
Synopsis: In the original story, an ordinary male rabbit (usagi) can transform into Usaru-san by wearing a monkey (saru) costume (mon-kī-gurumi) and eating bananas. (from: ANN)
Production: Seven Arcs
Cast: Mizuki Nana, Hirano Aya, Maeno Tomoaki, Tomatsu Haruka, Paku Romi, etc.
The official website for the White Album television anime series has announced that the second half of the television series will air in Japan this fall. The second half will consists of episodes 14 to 26. The first half of this adaptation of AQUAPLUS and Leaf’s adult romance simulation game has been running in Japan since January 3.
Synopsis: Tōya Fuji, a college student is dating a rising idol singer named Yuki Morikawa. There are numerous challenges to the couple’s relationship from the other people at Fuji’s college, Morikawa’s work, and elsewhere. (from: ANN)
Also known as Fuyu no Sonata
Cast: Bae Yong Joon, Choi Ji Woo, Park Yong Ha, Park Sol Mi, Jung Dong Hwan, Kim Hae Sook, Lee Eye Heun, etc.
Anime adaptation of the popular 2002 Korean drama of the same title. The actors will reprise their respective roles by lending their voices to the anime series.
Synopsis: The drama follows Jung Yoo Jin and her male classmate Kang Joon-Sang as tragedy and angst befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood. (from: ANN)
Production: Studio Pierrot
Synopsis: The story centers on a 14-year-old girl named Ichigo Amano who wants to be a pâtissière (female pastry chef), but she is stymied by her own clumsiness. One day, she enrolls in St. Mary Academy, a culinary school for sweets, and meets a “spirit of sweets.” (from: ANN)
- Other than one title, I don’t have a definite watchlist as of yet but in the meantime, based purely on the synopses and the looks of them, the titles which sound interesting to me are:
Will definitely watch…
- Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini – YEAH, BRING IT ON! More Hei awesomeness! :3 Been wishing for this one ever since season 1 ended in 2007. Hopefully, we’d get some backstory on how exactly contractors and dolls came about. From the promo trailer, there looks like a bunch of new and cool characters too, and we’d also get to see some of the old ones (like April and July, for instance). I’m planning to blog episode summaries of it, just like I did the latter part of season 1 (though not as detailed)… we’ll see if that plan pans out. ^^;
Will probably check out…
- Fairy Tail – Because a friend of mine loves the manga. I don’t read that much manga, so I’ll check out its anime adaptation instead (Nakamura Yuuichi is also voicing one of the characters, in #2 too)
- Kimi ni Todoke - Sounds like a slice-of-life, romantic comedy, and its Production I.G. Worth checking out for me. ^^
- Kobato. – Sounds a bit interesting, plus Maeno Tomoaki! <3 Madhouse animation isn’t so bad either.
- Letter Bee - Sounds interesting. Pretty strong cast list too. (yay, Fukuyama Jun!)
- Miracle Train – Bishie dose of the season, plus Ono Daisuke. Not bad.
- Winter Sonata - I heard this K-drama was good, though I haven’t seen it because it sounded too dramatic and emo of a story for me and I don’t like crying too much over a story and its characters. I’d still check out this anime adaptation though because it looks like it might be worth it. If I get the hang of it, then I guess I’ll just prepare a box of Kleenex. ^^;
- Yumeiro Patissiere – Maybe. Looks cute and yummy (literally)!
- The Sacred Blacksmith - Maybe it could be my (mindless?) action anime of the season…
~ Which titles made your watchlist this season?
As usual, thanks to Fansub Wiki where I got the Fall 2009 series list. ^^
You might also wanna check out my other posts:
- Anime Preview: Fall 2009 First Impressions – Batch 1
- Anime Preview: Fall 2009 First Impressions – Batch 2
- Other anime season previews