I know it will take forever for even fansubbed tapes to get over here, let alone official releases, but there’s such a hoarde of anime coming out over the coming Winter season that I thought a preview would be a great way to garner some hype and anticipation. Anyway, enough of an introduction, time to introduce the anime that are coming up over the next 2 months!
I’ll be going through these anime in order of release date. That means when the first episode is shown on TV for TV anime, first video release for OVA’s and when it’s going to start screening for movies. Dates are liable to change but I know a few people inside the industry so I’m pretty confident my information here is accurate. I’m also skipping over kids shows and hentai.
Air Date: 11 Dec
Studio: Dynamic Production
Synopsis: Something about robots and girls wearing not very much on their lower halves
Can’t find much info on this OVA. Not all that surprising since this is the very first anime made by Dynamic Production. So what can I tell you? Well, it has mecha. That’s a plus. It also has the director of Ramna, which is another plus. It has a character who looks like Char in the picture, which I’d say is a plus but I think that’s actually a shine from the camera rather than a helmet.
Apfel Land Story
Air Date: 12 Dec
Studio: JC Staff
Synopsis: Apfelland is a small but beautiful country surrounded by Russia, Austria, and Germany. Vel is a boy who lives in the capital, Charlottenburg. He happens to help a girl Frid. She was kidnapped because radium mine was found in her grandfather’s abandoned mine. Aiming at the radium mine, various people gather there, for example, an American who wants to make money, a Polish woman disguised like a man who wants to earn money for the revolution, and the ministry of Apfelland who plots to affiliate with Germany. Vel and Frida are involved in their plots, and they know the secret of the mine.
Can’t say the name JC Staff fills me with confidence. They’re a very new studio whose most notable work so far has been 1+2=Paradise, although Apfel Land Story at least looks like it isn’t another ecchi fest. The main reason I’m mentioning it here is because the director was one of the staff on Galaxy Express 999, which has to be worth something I guess.
Ancient Book of Ys II
Air Date: 16 Dec
Studio: Nihon Falcolm
Synopsis: Now that Adol Christen has saved the land of Esteria from the evil priest Dark Fact, Adol and the two priestesses travel to the floating land of Ys, where evil has an even greater influence on the people and no one has hope. The future of Ys falls to Adol, heir to the powers of the priests and the only one who can show the people of Ys the truth about their world. But, as Adol’s power grows, he may be the one who will save Ys — or destroy it.
I once managed to get my hand on a copy of Ancient Book of Ys. It’s some generic fantasy thing with goblins being killed. At least, from what I saw. I didn’t watch very far because it turns out the fantasy land language the characters were speaking was actually Russian. Yup, I’d picked up a Russian dub. Don’t ask how. Anyway, it was popular enough to get a sequel so I’m sure those of you who watched the first season will be delighted to get their hands on a new season, whether it be Russian or otherwise. Director’s changed this time round. He hasn’t done much before, but maybe Ancient Book of Y’s is his springboard to stardom. lol doubt it
Air Date: 17 Dec
Studio: JC Staff
Synopsis: The story begins with the Homeroom teacher Ms. Aoshika walking home drunk, sees Akira Inugami being jumped by Inugami’s old school rivals. The gang attacks Inugami without mercy and seems beat him to death and yet he keeps getting back up. Ms. Aoshika faints soon after witnessing it and then Inugami takes his true form, the form of a Werewolf and destroys the gang. When Ms. Aoshika awakes, she finds the gang dead around her and is escorted to her school by the police only to find that Inugami is her new exchange student.
JC Staff again eh. Guess that might be a name to get used to seeing in the future. It’s based off a rather old manga and I’m not sure why they’re going back to it now, but I suppose it’s better than jumping in before a manga is finished. The director was one of the directors of Maison Ikkou and also worked on Uresai Yatsura. However I’m not kidding when I say about a third of the directors for any new season seemed to have worked on Uresai Yatsura. It was like the ultimate breeding ground for the next generation of anime staff. Actually I’m quite interested in seeing Wolf Guy myself. Might be worth keeping your eye on.
Legend of the Hungry Wolf
Air Date: 23 Dec
Synopsis: Ten years after the death of their foster father, brothers Terry and Andy Bogard return to Southtown to extract revenge from crime lord Geese Howard. They team up with kickboxing champion Joe Higashi and participate in the prestigious King of Fighters tournament in hopes of facing Geese and giving him his well-deserved defeat.
Based off the super popular video game. Because video games have such extensive plots *sarcasm*. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing that it’s only a one episode OVA. That should be enough to cover what measly excuse for a plot the video game will have. But if it had more it might have given the creators more room to exercise their creative muscles. Eh, I guess it’s only meant to milk off the original fans of the game and I’m sure it will be hugely successful at achieving that.
Air Date: 8 Jan
Studio: Nippon Animation
Synopsis: Mikage and Tomomi Matsunaga are Mirace Girls, they have a telepathic link with each other and can teleport when they link their little fingers. Tomomi is a sports star and has a boyfriend called Noda. Mikage is the smartest student in the school and is in love with her sempai. He moved to London to study but they still kept in touch, that is until a selfish princess called Marie decides that he should come with her back to Diammas. Back in Japan the twins are having various problems of their own. But they soon realise that there is a link between Marie, an ancient legend and a girl they know called Emma.
Oh lookie here, it’s the other director from Maison Ikkou! Oh Rumiko Takashi. What would the anime world be without your manga adaptations. Over half the anime production world seems to have worked on either Ramna, Uresai Yatsura or Maison Ikkou. Mind you, that’s all this series really has going for it. Nippon Animation mainly just do kids shows and this looks more like cute harmless fun than anything else. It’s not that far of from being yet another magical girl show to be honest.
Little Women 2
Air Date: 17 Jan
Studio: World Masterpiece Theatre
Synopsis: Nan Harding is the new student at Mr. and Mrs. Bhaer’s school. Everyone thinks that she is a pain in the head, but not Mrs. Jo. Together with the other kids, they all embark on their personal adventures and misfortunes while learning in school.
World Masterpiece Theatre. Adapting famous novels into anime for family audiences. It’s a shame they don’t get much recognition in western fandom. Just finding subs is a struggle most of the time. So if you’re a fan of little women, good luck finding this. Plus it’s a second season. You’ll first have to track down the first series from a few years back. There are French and Italian versions if you happen to speak either of those languages.
Armored Dragon Legend Villgust
Air Date: 21 Jan
Studio: Bandai Visual
Synopsis: VIllgust is a peaceful world that exists parallel to ours. However, now an evil deity has been revived and has sent evil creatures to destroy many countries, which left darkness and terror to rule the world. The peoples’ prayers and cries has reached out to the goddess Windina and in order to free the world from darkness she chose eight brave warriors to defeat the evil deity. Although blessed, these warriors are unaware at the path chosen for them, thus the two groups of Kui, Chris, Fanna, and Youta must meet up with Murobo, Remi, Ryuquir, and Bostov before they can follow the path chosen for them and defeat the evil deity.
Woo Catgirls! Based off a game with Catgirls in it, that’s all we need to know! I could tell you about the director but that’s becoming an increasingly useless task. Which one of the Rumiko anime did this guy work on…aha, Uresai Yatsura! Worked on the animation there. Actually he was also the director for Project A-Ko, which is a pretty big title on his resume. Actually, for a game adaptation, this looks pretty cool. It even has Catgirls! Did I mention that yet?
Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Air Date: 25 Jan
Studio: Tatsunoku Prodction
Synopsis: Justy Ueki Tylor thought a career in the United Planets Space Force would give him an easy life: enlist, get a desk job, spend the rest of his life in quiet, boring comfort. No sooner does he take the qualifying exam than war breaks out with the Raalgon Empire, and circumstances quickly conspire to land this volunteer off the street in command of the cruiser “Soyokaze.” Now Tylor faces two uphill battles – against the Raalgon fleet that wants to kill him, and against his own crew, who expect him to conform to some standard of military discipline. But as the war rages, Tylor’s easy-going ways might have a better chance of converting his crew than vice-versa.
Based off a Light Novel? Now that’s something you don’t see very often. At least that promises a better story than yet another video game adaptation. Seems to be quite a bit of effort put into this as well. Director was the guy who did Dominion Tank Police and the Dirty Pair movies but, rather shockingly, hasn’t worked on a single Rumiko anime! Actually I quite like the look of this anime. The most promising anime this season? Certainly the most promising TV show.
The Brave Express Might Gaine
Air Date: 30 Jan
Synopsis: Senpuuji Maito is a billionaire crime fighting teenager, taking up his father’s company and assets at the age of only 15. Taking control of the Might Gaine team of robots that his late father created, Senpuuji and his free thinking robot teams take on the crime lords that plague Neo Tokyo City.
Screw Captain Tylor, this is where it’s at next season. A Sunrise production that sounds slightly like Batman with mecha? Sounds awesome to me. It’s part of this Brave Saga thingy, which I’ve actually never heard of. I think I’ll have to check some of these out though because they’re all mecha anime by Sunrise, such as Brave Fighter Exkizer. Umm, actually I might have to rethink my hyping up of this series. This guy seems to be the sucky Sunrise director. Gundam ZZ? Eh, maybe I’ll give the ‘most anticipated anime of the season’ award back to Captain Tylor.
Air Date: 25 Jan
Studio: Tezuka Productions
Synopsis: The alien invader Goa plots to conquer the Earth. He first warns the Murakami family (father Atsushi, mother Tomoko, and son Mamoru) of their invasion, and demonstrates his powers by transporting them to a prehistoric jungle and destroying a Giant Dinosaur before their very eyes. But they will not agree to surrender to Goa, so hope comes in the form of Magma, an armored, golden giant with long hair and antennae. He and his human-sized wife Mol, both created by the wizard Earth, are sent to defend the world against Goa.
Just…read that synopsis. What exactly was Tezuka smoking when he wrote this? I mean, I know this guy is the God of Manga and everything, but sometimes you really have to wonder. I wonder if it really is as nonsensical as the plot makes it sounds?
There’s always extra things I discover but can’t mention because it was in the future. The guy who directs Ancient Book of Ys, for example, went on to direct Shakugan no Shana, Ikkitousen, Slayers, Boogiepop Phantom and stick his fingers in a lot of other popular series, like Full Metal Panic, Durarara and Angel Beats. I guess Ys really was his leaping board to stardom