Here’s a rough list of anime that will be airing this Fall 2008 season, wherein there are several titles that are eagerly anticipated by viewers. I might have missed a few others, but either way, here’s the information that I’ve been able to gather (listed in alphabetical order, by month). A few series will be airing in September but majority will be starting in October.
On to the Fall 2008 anime preview list!
- SEPTEMBER 2008
Also known as The Count and the Fairy.
Synopsis: The story is set in 19th century England and centers on a “fairy doctor” named Lydia. Her life takes a 180-degrees turn when she meets a legendary blue knight count named Edgar and his crew. He hires her as an adviser during his quest to obtain a treasured sword that was supposed to be handed down to him by his family. (from: ANN)
It’s a spinoff series based on Mach Go Go Go (the classic anime series that is better known outside Japan as Speed Racer).
It’s about a girl named Lip who wanders the land to compete in high-stakes races with her Mach Pink three-wheeler. Tatsunoko Production is streaming first 3-minute episode of the series: “Muteki no Racer: Sono na wa Lip” (The Unbeatable Racer: Her Name is Lip). The cast includes Marika Matsumoto as Lip, Yuji Ueda as Nuts, Shozo Iizuka as “Jean Wayne,” and Hozumi Gôda as the narrator. (from: ANN)
- OCTOBER 2008
An adaptation of an adult romance adventure game.
Synopsis: The story centers around a boy named Jun-ichi Nagase at a prestigious academy, and a female transfer student named Yuuhi Katagiri — who just happens to be Jun-ichi’s fiancée, as arranged by his family. (from: ANN)
When: Fall 2008
The promotional sleeve wrapper on the second volume of the Junai Cosmetic Comic: Bihada Ichizoku (Pure Love Cosmetic Comic: Bihada Family) manga has announced that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The manga fleshes out the storyline that the love labo promotional company and the manufacturer Bandai created for the Bihada Ichizoku (literally, “Beautiful Skin Family”) cosmetic lineup. In the story, there is a World Beautiful-Skin Competition (WBC) to which the 3 billion women of the world aspire. Carrying on the 300-year legacy of the competition are the twin Bihada sisters, Sara and Saki. (from: ANN)
Synopsis: Madhouse’s remake of the science-fiction classic, Shinzo Ningen Casshan. The original anime series recounted the story of Casshan, a cyborg who rises against the robotic armies that have subjugated all of humanity. (from: ANN)
An adaptation of the visual novel by 5pb.
Synopsis: Takumi is a high school student. He is withdrawn and is not interested in 3D things. In his town, a mysterious serial murder case happens and people get panicked. One day, when he chats on the internet, a man suddenly contacts him and gives him an URL. He goes to the website and finds a blog image that suggests a next murder case…. On the next day, it really happens…. (from: ANN)
Season 2 of Clannad. It is adapted from the After Story arc from the visual novel which is a continuation of Okazaki’s and Nagisa’s story. The anime will be broadcasted on television and will have the same staff and cast as with the first anime. (from: Wikipedia)
Season 2 of ef – a tale of memories.
I think it would pick up from where the first series left off. Based on the visual novel‘s plot, this series’ trailer, and season 1 in general, I assume it will deal with Shuicihi Kuze and Hayama Mizuki’s story. Maybe we’d get to see a bit of the characters from season 1 as well since this story is interconnected with that. Certainly, Yu and Yuuko will be present, and hopefully we’d get to learn more about them this time around.
Also known as The Enchained Spiritual Beast Ga-Rei.
Synopsis: The Japanese Ministry of Defense has an anti-paranormal special forces group called the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Office. They are the ones responsible to protect Japanese soil and its people from supernatural and paranormal events. (from: ANN)
Also known as Fist of the North Star Raoh’s Story: The Conquering King of the Heavens.
It is a spinoff of the Hokuto no Ken series which will be about the character Raoh, who is the main antagonist for most of the first series. He is the eldest of Ryuken’s adopted sons and is also trained in Hokuto Shinken. He takes on the mantle of Ken-Oh (Fist King), the self-proclaimed “Conqueror of the Century’s End.” (from: Wikipedia)
Not much info about it that I could find…
It’s a Japanese manga created by Haruaki Katō. It started serialization on Flex Comix’s free web comic FlexComix Blood on January 16, 2007. (from: Wikipedia)
Also known as Hell Girl.
Season 3 of Jigoku Shoujo. I suppose the story would pick up from where season 2 left off. Note that the following is just the general synopsis of the series.
Synopsis: Somewhere in the vast sea of the Internet, there’s a website that can only be accessed at the stroke of midnight. Known as the Jigoku Tsushin, rumor has it that if you post a grudge there, the Jigoku Shoujo will appear and drag whoever torments you into the inferno. Very little is known about the girl – all we know for sure is that she lives with her equally enigmatic grandmother, that three magical straw dolls accompany and serve her, and that whenever a posting on the Jigoku Tsushin moves her, she becomes the Jigoku Shoujo. (from: ANN)
Season 2 of the series with the same title. Synopsis taken from season 1.
Synopsis: It focuses on not only a main couple but two other male couples. Misaki is suddenly having some unexpected and odd problems. What started as a need for some college entrance exam tutoring has somehow led him to being romanced by a suave older man who also happens to be his big brother’s best friend. Confused by all of his brand new emotions, Misaki struggles to deal with his suddenly very odd life. And if that wasn’t enough, his suitor, Usami, has plenty of issues of his own. A man-child who decorates his room in giant teddy bears and toys, Usami is a famous novelist who also writes steamy boys’ love novels on the side. (from: Wikipedia)
Also known as Crazy Shrine Maidens.
Synopsis: An art student named Jin Mikuriya carves a statue from the wood of the Kannagi tree only to have the statue come to life in the form of a goddess, who has now taken over the statue. He and “Nagi” work together to destroy the impurities that are gathering in the town. (from: ANN)
Synopsis: A chibi robot doll appears in the room of a typical high school boy. The robot claims the boy as her husband and then a beautiful girl comes out of the doll’s mouth who knows the boy from 10 years prior and had been promised his hand in marriage. (from: ANN)
Also known as Black Butler; Dark Butler.
Synopsis: One of the noble families of England – Phantomhive, has a butler, Sebastian Michaelis. He has unquestionably perfect knowledge, manners, talent with materials. martial arts and much more. But he serves a 12 year old master. (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
Also known as Linebarrels of Iron.
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Kouichi Hayase’s life has always been a mediocre one, if not dismal. However, those days of being bullied by classmates and escaping to a fantasy of being a hero are put to an end when a certain “accident” bestows on him a girl and a gigantic humanoid robot called “LINEBARREL”. The extraordinary power that Kouichi obtains puts him and everything around him on a sudden rollercoaster ride of battles, intrigues and friendship! During the course of his adventure, the boy starts to learn what life has to offer; he meets new friends, bids farewell to the old ones, but most of all he now has considerable responsibilities and is forced to confront the world around him. (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
Synopsis: An adaptation of the supernatural romance novel about a 12th-century man named Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Kurō). Kurō flees into the mountains after losing to his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo — the first Shogun to rule all of Japan. History records that he committed suicide, but instead, Kurō meets a strange, beautiful woman named Kuromitsu in her mountain hermitage. Eventually, Kurō falls in love with Kuromitsu, but then realizes she conceals a dark secret. He learns that he is unable to die and continues to live for a thousand years as Japan evolves into a future society. (from: ANN)
Also known as Kyou no Go no Ni; Today In Class 5-2.
Synopsis: A school-life comedy about Ryota Satou and his hilarious events and often perverted situations that he goes through and ends up in. The main premise of Kyo no Gononi is the school life of the fifth grade class 5-2 in an elementary school in Japan. (from: ANN)
Synopsis: Magician’s Academy revolves around Takuto Hasegawa, who attends a magic academy that is not marked on any map. During a summoning spell exam, he accidentally creates a girl named Tanarot, who happens to hold enough magical power to destroy his country, but fortunately Tanarot professes undying loyalty to her “creator.” (from: ANN)
Synopsis: Michiko is a free-willed “sexy diva” who destroys a supposedly inescapable fortress, while Hatchin is a girl fleeing her strict foster parents. The two join forces on an improbable escape to freedom, with a woman named Atsuko Jackson in hot pursuit. (from: ANN)
Synopsis: 2312 A.D. Four years have passed since the final battle between Celestial Being and the UN Forces. Humanity, after having established the Earth Sphere Federation, forms an independent security force, Arrows, separate from the formal Federation army to further unify nations and the will of mankind. But the reality is the inhumane oppression of anti-government powers, doctrines, and ideologies in the name of unity. Setsuna F. Seiei, after surviving the battle four years ago, has decided to once again fight with his Gundam. (from: ANN)
Also known as Mouryo no Kou (?); Mouryo’s Box.
An adaptation of the mystery novel by Kyougoku Natsuhiko. Character concept/design for the anime adaptation will be done by CLAMP, animated by Madhouse.
Synopsis: In 1952 the mutilated corpses of young women are found in boxes and a strange psychic is thought to be responsible. When the daughter of a former actress goes missing, a private detective, a writer, and a policeman team up with a Shinto priest nicknamed “Kyogokudo” to get to the bottom of the mystery. (from: Chibi Yuuto)
Second season of Nodame Cantabile.
Synopsis: The series picks up after graduation from Momogaoka Music Academy, where Chiaki and Nodame left for Europe. It will center on Chiaki’s story about his dream to be a conductor. Nodame on the other hand attends a music conservatory in Paris to fulfill her dream to one day play the piano for Chiaki. (from: DramaWiki)
Second season of Rosario to Vampire. Synopsis taken from season 1.
Synopsis: Due to poor grades, Tsukune Aono, an average high school student, has been unable to get accepted into any private academy of his choice. By exceptional accident, the only school to accept him turns out to be anything but ordinary; the school is attended by youkai disguised as humans. Fearing for his life, he attempts to escape only to meet Moka Akashiya, a beautiful girl who just happens to be a vampire. Despite this, Tsukune decides to stay at the academy, hiding his human nature from students and teachers. Tsukune also discovers that when the rosary around Moka’s neck is removed, her true nature emerges. (from: ANN)
Also known as Corpse Princess.
Synopsis: The immortal girl, “Shikabane Hime,” has the mission to “kill” 108 corpses. It’s a contract she has between herself and the Buddhist monk, Keisei. After 108 corpses, she will finally get her happiness and go to heaven. (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
Synopsis: This is the story of Kyoko Mogami, a 16 year old girl who discovers her that childhood friend, Sho Fuwa, who is an aspiring pop idol as well as the boy she loves, only keeps her around to act as a maid and earn money. Furious and heart broken, she vows to get revenge by beating him in show business. (from: Wikipedia)
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.
Stitch! is scheduled to air on TV Tokyo and following affiliates at 7:00pm on October 8, 2008 and will have an hour premiere of the first two episodes. (from: Wikipedia)
An adaptation of the RPG game by Namco. The 8th title in the Tales series.
Synopsis: Tales of the Abyss takes place on Auldrant, a planet composed of elementary particles called Fonons. For much of Auldrant’s history, only six fonons were known to exist, representing the elements of Shadow, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Light; but eventually a seventh fonon, controlling Sound, is discovered. Its discovery brings great chaos: using this newest Seventh Fonon allows one to read the future. One such Seventh Fonist, Yulia Jue, puts in place a future for the world for thousands of years to come, with the promise of unlimited prosperity at its end. This prophecy of the future’s set path becomes known as the “Score” and is documented on “Fonstones” scattered throughout the world. The nations of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and Malkuth have fought over the fragments of these tablets for generations, each uncovering them and hoping to discover the future before the other. Meanwhile, a holy order emerges dedicated to the reading of the Score and the keeping of the peace. This “Order of Lorelei” is headed by a Fon Master and maintains both religious/political and military branches. Finally, the Score and its promise of prosperity lead to a dangerous complacency within the general population of Auldrant; the slaughter of an entire people living on the island of Hod and the destruction of that landmass are countenanced because it was predicted in the Score. (from: Wikipedia)
Synopsis: Set in a city of scientifically advanced superhuman students, but in a world where magic is also real. Toma Kamijo’s right hand, the Imagine Breaker, will negate all magic, psychic, or divine powers, but not his own bad luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing. She turns out to be a nun from the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum – all the magical texts the Church has removed from circulation. (from: Wikipedia)
When: Fall 2008
Synopsis: A man with eyes that are so scary, so mean looking, that he’s been isolated by almost everyone he’s ever met. A girl who’s said to be as fierce as a tiger. There is one girl who isn’t afraid of him, the tiger’s best friend, and as a result he’s developed a crush on her. However, his only male friend is the idol of the tiger’s affection. Due to a misplaced love-letter, the two team up in this odd-pair romance to help the other succeed in their love-goals. (from: ANN)
Synopsis: The capital of the empire of Euria is attacked by the empire of Titania, a much more powerful enemy that controls a large part of the galaxy. The story follows a soldier who flees the Titania empire and seeks refuge with the rebellion force, that rose up since the battle. (from: ANN)
Season 2 of Vampire Knight. It will pick up where season 1 left off. Note that the following is the general synopsis of the series.
Synopsis: Yuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, when she was attacked by a vampire, she was saved by another vampire, Kaname Kuran. 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian for the school, Cross Academy, with 2 purposes. That is to protect the Day class (humans) from the Night class’ (vampires) fang and protect the true identity of the Night class students from being discovered by the Day class students. Kaname Kuran, Yuki’s saviour, leads the group of night class, with the help of Takuma Ichijo. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend whose hatred for the vampires that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined to kill them all and never trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but the question remains, have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions? Is Kaname’s infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her? Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death. (from: Wikipedia)
This is also known as Yozakura Shijuusou; Quartet of Cherry Blossoms in the Night; Yozakura Yon Juusou.
Synopsis: Hime is a superheroine. Ao can read minds. Kotoha can conjure up anything with the right word. And Akina…well, he’s just a regular guy, surrounded by three supergirls! Together, they protect the town of Sakurashin. But that’s not easy, as the town faces demon dogs and other supernatural threats! (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
- Several of the upcoming series sounds promising. I don’t have a definite watchlist as of yet (except for 2 of the series) but in the meantime, based purely on the synopses and the looks of it, the titles which sound interesting to me are:
Will definitely watch…
- Nodame Cantabile Paris Hen – Loved season 1, so it’s a no-brainer that I’d be watching this one!^^
- Ef – a tale of melodies – I liked season 1, plus this will complete the overall story, so I’ll be watching it.
Will probably check out…
- Yozakura Quartet -sounds interesting. It’s basically the “quartet” part that caught my attention, which made me think of music. Will the story involve music, aside from the OP, ED and BGM? I wonder.
- Skip Beat! – Sounds interesting. It also reminds me of a movie or maybe a novel, though I can’t quite put my finger on which title exactly…
- Kuro Shitsuji – Sounds somewhat interesting. Although, it strongly reminds me of Hayate no Gotoku! with the butler theme.
- Mouryou no Hako – It sounds a tad morbid, but sounds interesting anyway. It’s based on a mystery novel and I’m a sucker for mystery stuff, so I’ll check it out.
- Vampire Knight Guilty – Because I like Zero. Oh, and because I saw season 1, so I feel kinda obliged to watch this too (I’m reading the manga so I’m way spoiled already).
- Clannad After Story – If you’re gonna watch this, stock up on your Kleenex. Me? I’ve been spoiled about this story already way back in season 1 because of my spying curiosity. I’ll just marathon it later, if and only if the anime ending is the alternate ending in the game. Otherwise, I’ll just leave it to my imagination.
- Ga-Rei-Zero – The supernatural theme and basic plot somehow reminds me of Ghost Hunt (which I liked a lot *still prays for a season 2 or a resolution of the light novel series*). It also reminds me of Zombie Loan too, even Ghostbusters. xD
- Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae – I saw seasons 1 and 2 mainly because my brother watches it. So I’d probably watch this on and off too because, well, my brother will be watching it.
As usual, batch lists of my first impressions will follow when the subs are released. ^_^
~ Which titles made your watchlist for this season?
As always, thanks to Fansub Wiki where I got the Fall 2008 series list. 🙂
You might also want to check out:
- Fall 2008 First Impressions – Batch 1
- Fall 2008 First Impressions – Batch 2
- Fall 2008 First Impressions – Batch 3