I got too caught up with work and the holiday season and almost skipped out on this. Anyway, here’s a rough list of anime that will be airing this Winter 2009/2010 season. It looks a bit dreary, but there are a few titles that caught my fancy.
This is far from a complete list of all the shows that will air this season, but either way, here’s the information I’ve been able to gather (listed in alphabetical order, by month). Most of the series in this list will start airing on January, while some on February and March 2010.
Production: Silver Link
Cast: Harada Hitomi, Kato Emiri, Shimono Hiro, etc.
Synopsis: The story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the “baka” of the title. His academy rigidly divides up the student body into classes based on the results of tests. The prodigies are in the A class with reclining seats complete with air conditioning, but Akihisa is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder which is furnished only with low, decrepit tables and worn-out straw tatami mats. A girl named Mizuki Himeji is actually one of the smartest girls in Akihisa’s sophomore year, but she had a fever on test day and was pigeonholed into the F class. Besides Mizuki (who Akihisa secretly adores), the F class also has Yūji Sakamoto, the class president who has been Akihisa’s friend and partner-in-crime since the freshman year. The school happens to have developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. The F class uses the summoned creatures in an all-out battle for school supremacy. (from: MAL)
Cast: Kotobuki Minako, Chihara Minori, Yahagi Sayuri, Hikasa Yoko, etc.
Synopsis: The story centers on Nayu, a middle school girl who shocks her schoolmates on the first day of school by wearing black lace panties. She likes this kind of underwear, and she tries to “spread the word on the merits of [these kinds of] underwear” via an underwear club with her schoolmates, who are worried about their bodies’ development and which underwear to choose. (from: ANN)
Remake of Space Adventure Cobra
Production: Magic Bus
Cast: Uchida Naoya, Sakakibara Yoshiko, Ohstsuka Akio, Orikasa Fumiko, etc.
Synopsis: Cobra is very known space pirate, but decides to change his face and to clear all his memories. He becomes a common guy, with a common job, and a very boring life, but suddenly he starts remembering his true identity and new adventures begin. (from: ANN)
Cast: Yuki Aoi, Nakamura Yuuichi, Saito Chiwa, Kitamura Eri, etc.
Synopsis: After a millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven to vampires the world over. Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions plot to assassinate Mina before she has a chance to make her world-changing announcement. (from: ANN)
Also known as DRRR!!
Production: Brain’s Base
Cast: Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Miyano Mamoru, Hanazawa Kana, Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi, etc.
Synopsis: Ryuugamine Mikado is a boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi has warned him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: a champion fighter, an informant, and a mysterious gang called “Darazu.” Nervous from Masaomi’s stories, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city, the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Turbans will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will pushed to the breaking point. (from: ANN)
Also known as Hanamaru Youchien
Cast: Takagaki Ayahi, Shindou Kei, Mako, Hazuki Erino, Hino Satoshi, etc.
Adaptation of the slice of life comedy manga by Yuto. The story centers on three kindergartners and their teachers. As previously announced, director Seiji Mizushima (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) will be working with the veteran production studio Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) on the project. (from: ANN)
Also known as Haruka -Beyond the Stream of Time- 3: The Endless Destiny, or Haruka of a Distant Time
Production: Yumeta Company
Cast: Kamikawa Tomoko, Inoue Kazuhiko, Ishida Akira, Hamada Kenji, Kuwashima Houko, etc.
The Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Owari Naki Unmei television special is the final anime based on KOEI’s Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Neo Romance game series.
General Synopsis: The story follows three friends who are transported to an alternate fantasy world with ancient Japanese motifs. One of the friends, Akane, becomes the Priestess of the Dragon God who can help protect the land from demons. Protecting her are eight handsome Guardians, the Hachiyō. (from: ANN)
Another season of Hidamari Sketch. Also known as Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu
Cast: Asumi Kana, Goto Yuko, Shintani Ryoko, Mizuhashi Kaori, etc.
General Synopsis: Yuno has been accepted to her dream school: Yamabuki Arts High School. To attend the school, Yuno moves and starts to live in a small apartment building named the Hidamari Apartments located near the school. Once there, she starts making new friends like her classmate Miyako and the second year students, Hiro and Sae. Surrounded by good friends, Yuno starts moving towards her dream of being an artist. (from: ANN)
Cast: Tanaka Reina, Okano Kousuke, Youki Sou, Noto Arisa, etc.
A series of 12 anime shorts based on the Kaitō Reinya “nonsensical comedy” manga.
Synopsis: Reinya is a girl who wears a signboard for the Faminya convenience store near a police station by day. By night, she is a whimsical thief chased by bumbling police officers, led by the handsome Keiji-san (“Detective”) and the cool Keibu-san (“Inspector”). Joining Reinya on her escapades is her trusty assistant, the mouse Chūtarō (Okano). (from: ANN)
An adaptation of the light novel series by Nisio Isin (Bakemonogatari).
Production: WHITE FOX
Cast: Hosoya Yoshimasa, Suzuki Chihiro, Nakahara Mai, Ikeda Masako, Tamura Yukari, etc.
NOTE: This anime series is scheduled to air monthly rather than weekly. It will air as 12 monthly one-hour specials (one for each novel volume) starting on January 25.
Synopsis: The 12-volume historical epic centers on Shichika Yasuri, the seventh generational head of the Kyotō-ryū school of martial arts in medieval Japan. He and his older sister Nanami live on an isolated island, until a military advisor named Togame tells him of the final 12 swords forged by a legendary swordsmith. At Togame’s bidding, Shichika embarks on a journey to find all 12 of the swords. (from: ANN)
Cast: Kawasumi Ayako, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Nakahara Mai, Koshimizu Ami, Kugimiya Rie, etc.
Tsukasa Kōzuki’s romantic comedy light novels revolve around Akiharu Hino (Kazuyuki Okitsu), an ordinary high school student who unfortunately looks like a juvenile delinquent. He enrolls into an academy that was once a school for upper-class ladies, and he is placed in the school’s newly established servant training department. The students there are raised to be either maids or butlers, and Akiharu finds himself in the middle of the bickering cliques. (from: ANN)
The third and final season of the Nodame Cantabile anime series
Production: J.C. Staff
Cast: Kawasumi Ayako, Seki Tomokazu, Matsukaze Masaya, Kiyokawa Motomu, Ohara Sayaka, etc.
General Synopsis: At a top music academy in Japan, Shinichi Chiaki’s arrogance is matched only by his top-notch piano playing. But when Chiaki and the teacher get into a fight, he’s demoted to the reject class. Chiaki is left to pursue his dream of being a conductor while surrounded by a bunch of loser musicians and one annoying girl, Noda, who has proclaimed herself Chiaki’s girlfriend. It doesn’t help that Noda, who insists on being called Nodame, lives right next door to him. Having been given the opportunity to study at Paris, Noda accompanies Chiaki to Europe as he strives to become the accomplished conductor he always dreamt to be. (from: ANN)
Also known as Protective Charm Himari
Cast: Koshimizu Ami, Hirakawa Daisuke, Nomizu Iori, Shindou Kei, etc.
Synopsis: The slapstick romantic comedy centers around an ordinary 16-year-old high school boy named Yūto Amakawa who is protected by a spirit — specifically, a beautiful, sword-wielding cat girl spirit named Himari. Yūto is descended from a family that has subjugated demons since time immemorial. The charm that once protected him is now impotent, but fortunately, at that same moment, Himari appears before him as his new guardian. (from: ANN)
Cast: Kobayashi Yu, Katou Emiri, Fujita Saki, Ise Mariya, etc.
Adaptation of a PSP mystery game, which features creator and director Ryukishi07 (When They Cry – Higurashi, Umineko no Naku Koro ni) and the character designer duo Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara!, DearS).
Synopsis (game): A 16 year old boy, Hiroshi Kuzumi, has recently moved into a new town in the mountains. The town is separated into new and old streets by the river, and many mysterious local cultures still remain. Although confused and enjoying his new life, one person kept her distance from him: class committee member Kushinada Nemura. In their few encounters she gave him a word of advice: “Stay away from the old streets.” (from: Wikipedia)
Production: Taki Corporation
Cast: Fujimura Ayumi, Toyosaki Aki, Sanpei Yuko, Chihara Minori, etc.
Synopsis: The mature supernatural action story follows the students of the privately-run St. Mikhailov Academy — in particular, a boy named Aleksander who is a qwaser, or a manipulator of the element of iron. The story is known for its heavy emphasis on fan service, especially with breast milk as a plot device. (from: ANN)
Also known as Sound of the Skies
Production: A-1 Pictures
Cast: Aikawa Juri, Yuki Aoi, Endo Aya, Kitamura Eri, etc.
Synopsis: The story is set in the future on a land that, after being marred by long-lasting wars, has settled into quiet decline. Kanata Kumika, a 15-year-old girl who fulfills her dream of enlisting in the army and joins a unit of five girls who protect a fortress. The girls also play music that reverberate across the skies over towns without people and seas without fish. (from: ANN)
Another series from the Precure (or Pretty Cure) franchise by Toei Animation. It features two new Cures, Tsubomi/Cure Blossom and Erika/Cure Marine. No other details are known at this time. (from: MAL)
A special TV episode from the Lupin III series. It will be the 20th television special starring the crafty thief character from Monkey Punch’s caper manga.
Cast: Kurita Kanichi, Hirano Aya, Masuyama Eiko, Naya Goro, etc.
Synopsis: The premise of the new anime special will center around the supposed “death” of Inspector Zenigata, Lupin III’s nemesis from Interpol. The story begins with the discovery of a Japanese cultural treasure — at a Nazi Germany sanatorium. Morgana, a mysterious figure who leads a ninja thief gang, battles Lupin for the treasure, and he seemingly kills Zenigata. (from: ANN)
Third season of Hetalia: Axis Powers
Production: Studio DEEN
Cast: Namikawa Daisuke, Takahashi Hiroki, Yasumoto Hiroki, Konishi Katsuyuki, Taniyama Kisho, etc.
Like the first two seasons, it will run on the Animate.tv computer website and on the Japanese mobile phone site Mobile Animate starting March of 2010.
General Synopsis: Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world, has changed. This is the story of Italy, now a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends (other personified countries of the world) as they live through strange moments in world history. (from: ANN)
- This season looks a bit boring… 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…
- Nodame Cantabile: Finale – I’ve seen the first two seasons, and it would be weird if I won’t watch this one since it will be this series’ conclusion. On a slightly different note, I’m so excited to see the two Nodame Catabile live action movies! And if you haven’t seen the J-drama version of Nodame yet, go watch it! If you thought the anime was good, I’m telling you, the J-drama version is even better <3 ^^
Will probably check out…
- Durarara!! – Pretty interesting synopsis and the director (Omori Takahiro) is the same one who directed the Natsume Yuujinchou series (which I liked a lot) and Baccano! (which I haven’t seen yet, but heard was good), and adapted from the light novels written by Narita Ryohgo (who also wrote Baccano!). That aside, what primarily caught my attention was the cast, which comprises of a number of my favorite seiyus… Kamiya Hiroshi, Fukuyama Jun, Nakamura Yuuichi, Takagaki Ayahi, Ono Daisuke… hearing all of them in one show? It’s going to be music to my ears~♫ I hope the anime turns out to be good.
- Katanagatari – The premise sounds interesting and it looks good to me from the PV. But 12 special one-hour episodes for each LN volume and it’s set to air monthly?! Hmm. I think it would be best to watch this when all the episodes are in… which means after 1 year… Hmm. I guess we’ll see how it goes after watching episode 1.
- Hanamaru Kindergarten - I checked out the manga until chapter 5 (where the scans are at), and I found it to be pretty funny and cute. Kindergartner Anzu has a crush on Tsuchida-sensei, who has a crush on his fellow teacher Yamamoto-sensei, while classmates Hiiragi and Koume try to help Anzu catch Tsuchida’s attention. xD Oh, I hope the adaptation doesn’t end up on the p3do side (that would be so wrong on so many levels o_o). So far, the manga’s pretty much wholesome in general. I’ll prepare my ears for overly cutesy and shrill voices for the lolis kids. I hope they won’t be too annoying to listen to.
- So-Ra-No-Wo-To – Looks like it has some potential to be good. Though I can’t help but be reminded of K-ON! and Strike Witches every time I see it. I wonder why. ^^;
- Dance in the Vampire Bund – Hmm. I’m 50/50 on this one. I’m not into the character design much nor the story, but the premise does sound a bit interesting. And should it turn out that I don’t like it, at least I’d get to hear Nakamura Yuuichi. ;P
~ Which titles made your watchlist this season?
As usual, thanks to Fansub Wiki where I got the Winter 2009/2010 series list. ^^
You might also wanna check out my other posts:
- Anime Preview: Winter 2009/2010 First Impressions
- Year-End Babble: 2009 Anime Notables
- Other anime season previews