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Winter 2014 Anime Season Preview

NOBUNAGA THE FOOL

Welcome to The Cart Driver’s World Famous Anime Season Preview: Winter 2014 edition. If you are a regular of these most prestigious of lengthy blog posts, you will know that I like to let my cynical side take over and run amok over Japan’s latest animated offerings. Not this season though. This season looks quite excellent. It will start with an anime series involving a robot wielding a giant sword and donning a cape, riding on top of a horse robot with rockets for hind legs. I think it’s safe to predict that anime is going uphill.

New TV Series

Hoozuki no Reitetsu

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Hoozuki no Reitetsu is about a public affairs official in a mystical occult land filled with Japanese folk tales. It’s published in Morning manga magazine, a pretty big seinen magazine. It’s usually known for big manly titles for manly adult manly men like Vagabond, Zipang, Giant Killing and so on. Hoozuki stands out from the pack though for unusually having a massive audience with female readers. The first chapter I read had most of its jokes based around the Momotaro tale, a pretty famous story in Japan but one I only know of thanks to a chibi animation with Legend of the Galactic Heroes characters. Which if you’ve seen LOGH you should totally watch. Yang Wenli and Frederica play the parents and instead of a giant peach, they find Iserlohn floating down a river and a baby Julian Minci pops out.

Interestingly this is being animated by Studio Wit, the spin-off studio from Production IG set up to make Attack on Titan. Not that Hoozuki has any of the main staff that worked on Titan. The main staff here did Kimi ni Todoke and Monster-kun, which should give you an idea of the kind of style we’re going for here. Oppa Shoujo Style! Actually I doubt it will be anywhere near as shoujo-y as either of those two, since the source material is more s’life than romance. S’life in a demon world, but life is being sliced nevertheless. I also seriously doubt it will be anywhere near as popular as Kimi ni Todoke or Monster-kun and certainly not even 10% as popular as Attack on Titan with English speaking fans because it’s too grounded in Japanese folklore. All the jokes from that first chapter would fly completely over the head of anyone not familiar with the Momotaro tale. I predict ‘under-watched gem’ being used liberally in regards to Hoozuki.

Noragami

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Interesting fact about the mangaka who make Noragami. They’re by a female duo who dub themselves Adachitoka. This is their first manga by themselves, but in the past they did the art for a manga called Alive. It’s a psychological thriller about a world where people start contracting this disease which causes them to commit suicide. The author himself got cancer part of the way through writing it, but continued writing the manga even on his deathbed, finishing the 21 volume series barely 6 months before he died. I’ve been really fascinated by that manga ever since. I own the first volume too and it’s not too shabby, but never got around to reading the rest.

Sorry, all of that doesn’t have a lot to do with Noragami. Although if there’s a chapter where the main character goes into hospital and draws the stories someone in there tells them, you’ll at least know they authors are talking from experience. Noragami is otherwise a pretty run-of-the-mill teenage manga about a girl who is bullied but then a god comes to save her but it’s really about her saving herself and gaining confidence. It’s relatively well written without being outstanding. The animation in the trailer looks nice too, as is usually the case with Bones. Director’s first full gig, having previously only done storyboarding on a load of previous Bones anime. Seems like a perfectly adequate anime, but hard to work up much enthusiasm for it.

Space Dandy

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The hype is strong with Space Dandy. It’s Mr Cowboy Bebop Shinichiro Watanabe directing a 26 episode hugely ambitious anime original project. He’s got some of the top writers around with him. Dai Sato, whose quality you can tell with the two Eureka Seven anime. “But wait” I hear you say, “wasn’t the new Eureka Seven anime not that good and had very shoddy writing”? Exactly, the first Eureka Seven was scripted by Dai Sato, the second had all the same staff apart from Dai Sato. The other key writer is Keiko Nobumoto, who was a writer on Bebop with Dai Sato, but also responsible for writing Macross Plus and Wolf’s Rain. She’s been out of the business for the best part of 10 years but makes a triumphant return with Space Dandy. The trailer has brilliant animation, fantastic artstyle, catchy music, and glorious Engrish with “dandy man in the space”. If you live in the US they’ve already got Space Dandy booked for close-to-simulcast on Toonami, which shows how big their expectations are for this.

All sounds great, right? So time for me to do my job and find reasons to be sceptical! The last time Mr. Bebop was supposed to make a big triumphant return was with Kids on the Slope…although doing some glancing around at ratings, turns out everyone actually liked that schlocky awful drama. Huh, all right then, continue being hyped. Besides, it was really well directed schlocky awful drama and that drama came from the manga. Space Dandy meanwhile isn’t remotely serious. Watanabe described it at a panel as being 25 episodes of Mushroom Samba’s, that episode of Bebop where they all took hallucinogenic drugs and Spike walked on the spot on a single step for the entire episode. Space Dandy has been attracting a lot of comparisons to Redline, which I can definitely see. I’d also like to add my own comparison to Cobra, the other goofy space series about a dandy man in the space. Again, not remotely serious so set your expectations accordingly. If you don’t like anime like Redline or Cobra, then you probably won’t like Space Dandy. You monster.

Nobunagun

nobunagun Complete enigma. I have no idea what to expect from this, which is strangely thrilling. The story is about a string of weapons with the souls of famous historical figures inside them. The titular Nobunagun is a gun with Oda Nobunaga inside it. There’s a weapon with Isaac Newton, capable of controlling gravity. Another with Ghandi inside which can cause people to starve. OK I made that one up, but you get the general idea. The most common appearances of Oda Nobunaga in anime is either incredibly boring historical dramas or he’s magically become a moe girl, but Nobunagun is neither of them. It’s tentacles vs aliens vs massive boots vs god only knows what’s going on in that promo art. The staff are all over the place too. Director has done Sergent Frog and Kekko Kamen, as bizarre a mix as you can get. Script writer has worked on everything from Gurren Lagann to EVOL to Rosario and Vampire. Animation studio is Bridge, who have only previously done Devil Survivor 2 and Mitsudamoe, and none of the main staff from those shows are on Nobunagun so hard to draw any conclusions from that. None of the manga has been translated so I can’t read that. Complete dark horse in every way. So ultimately this preview is quite pointless and I might as well have spent this paragraph writing erotic kill la kill fanfiction for all the good it did.

Magical Warfare

magical warfare Magical Warfare, on the other hand, will be much easier to predict: It will be shit. It was one of the 5 light novel adaptations announced in one day by Media Factory that I covered pretty extensively when it came out. Magical Warfare is a horrible generic light novel with a boring ordinary high school lead has a girl fall into his lap, accidentally kiss him, and then through no effort on his part has a harem and magical powers and lots of girls to accidentally fall on, grope, and get glances of their striped pantie-what’s that? Oh shit, I almost forgot. What with me starting this season preview with 4 non-shit anime, I forgot there was a threat of actually having to cover this light novel dross hovering over me. Must come up with a reason to pretend this might actually be good. It’s being animated by Madhouse with the director of Kaiji and the script-writer for Monster. No I am not making that up. Clearly that means Magical Warfare will be as good as Monster and Kaiji combined. Can’t argue with facts.

Wake Up, Girls

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Oh Yamakan~! The guy who got a really big head because he made that dance sequence from the Haruhi ending and the moderately well received Kannagi. You might have thought everyone had forgotten about Fractale by now. Most people certainly have, what with Guilty Crown and Black Rock Shooter coming along and totally eclipsing your claim to fame of ruining Noitamina. But I won’t forget. I still remember you said Fractale was going to save anime. You made that stupid meme. You claimed you were going to retire if Fractale was not a success. I’m not going to let you forget…not that you’re ever going to read this…and not that I really care anyway. I just wanted to get that jab in. It’s in my contract to mock Yamakan’s miserable Fractale performance every time his name is brought up. Same why I’m contractually obliged to start frothing at the mouth every time I see Mari Okada on a staff list.

Anyway, Wake Up Girls. It’s another idol show to add to the heaps of idol shows the anime industry has been pooping out regularly. This one even has the main scriptwriter from the IdolmATster anime just to make it extra clear what we’re aiming for here. The story is set in the tsunami hit region of Tohoku where Yamakan has been heavily involved in the relief effort there. So good on him, I suppose helping areas ravaged by natural disaster and nuclear fallout might just make up for Fractale. Not that being involved with charitable causes means the anime will be good. As wonderful a person as Mother Theresa was, I doubt she was much of an anime director.

Nisekoi

nisekoi Nisekoi is a rather popular high school harem manga in Shounen Jump. It’s rather similar to ABSOLUTELY EVERY SINGLE HAREM SHOUNEN MANGA EVER! You know that segment in the last episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion where Shinji is magically transported to a generic high school romance anime? That is Nisekoi except it’s not a parody. It stars Yuji Everylead with and his childhood friend but then in comes the mysterious mixed race transfer student who is blonde and has blue eyes and it turns out the main character has a contract to get married to her but now she has to fight it out with the childhood friend and I think my fingers may have fell off through sheer unbridled excitement at this startling display of originality. It’s being animated by Shaft and Shinbo (Madoka, Monogatari etc.) which is annoying because I like Shaft’s style so I have to try Nisekoi. And it has to be good, right? The manga’s immense popularity can’t just come from people eating up the same wish-fulfilment generic harem pap time after time after time, right?

Tonari no Seki-kun

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When doing my research for this Tonari no Seki-kun, I went to read the first chapter to get a taste for it and accidentally read the entire thing and wrote a review. Long-ish review made short, I think it’s pretty great, albeit with the caveat that it’s totally My Kind of Thing. It’s a brilliantly surreal comedy about the strange things a guy does in class at his desk while the girl sitting next to him observes and tries not to get distracted. I can’t say I have a lot of hope for the anime adaptation though. The animation in the trailer is almost flash-level quality, which is a shame. I figured this kind of show would work great with Nichijou or Watamote style animation. The director’s work consists of classics such as Green Green and Arcade Gamer Fubuki. One good thing they’ve done is have the episodes be 10 minutes long. Each chapter follows the same formula of the girl reacting to what the guy does at his desk, never moving from there and having no ongoing plot. 20 minute episodes would get dull quickly. However I’ve personally found 5 minute episodes to not be long enough. Cromartie had 10 minute episodes and it worked a charm for that. Another good thing is that it has HanaKana voicing the girl. Since the manga is just her monologuing chapter after chapter, having HanaKana getting increasingly frustrated for 10 minutes per week sounds wonderful.

No-Rin

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Hey do you like Moyashimon and Silver Spoon? Was having more Silver Spoon air this season not filling your weirdly specific desire for anime set in agricultural schools? Then boy oh boy are you in luck! No-Rin is set in an agricultural college too, so obviously it will be just as good as Silver Spoon and Moyashimon. Yes I know it’s based off a terrible light novel with a cute girl plastered over the cover, but you know what else was based off a light novel? Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Yes I know the plot promises to have the tired harem tropes like childhood friend girl vs transfer student idol girl, but you know what other anime had idol girl meets male lead? Macross. It’s being adapted by Silver Link who I know have a terrible record and have their names constantly connected to crappy light novel adaptation after crappy light novel adaptation, but remember they did do Watamote which is better than Galactic Heroes and every Macross series (this is a statement I actually genuinely believe shut up don’t judge me). We can extrapolate from all of this that No-Rin will be amazing and therefore it wouldn’t be funny at all to get me to blog this.

Sakura Trick

sakura trick It’s difficult to keep track of who reads lesbian comics in Japan. Because this is what I do in my spare time. Try to keep track of yuri comic reading demographics. For years I was told yuri comics were primarily read by ladies, but now this is less the case with manga like Sakura Trick. It’s one of those manga in which the entire male population has been mysteriously eradicated from the planet and is now only inhabited by lesbians. If this was the plot something published in the west it would be called something like “The Feminist Nirvana” but in Japan it’s read by older dudes who don’t want men ruining the previous innocent image of young ladies but still want them to be romantic. Not sexual I must add. It’s pure innocent romance. So kissing but nothing underneath the frightfully short skirts. Sakura Trick is a 4-koma adaptation that completely fails in every attempt at humour but it does have little girls kissing each other. So you should only watch if you are into young teenage lesbians.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha

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A whole new animation studio! Say hello to Production IMS, the animation studio behind Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. Bells and whistles and confetti abound. All right maybe it’s not as exciting as Trigger opening but I’m sure the folks at this studio are thrilled to be working on their own project. Especially since all they’ve worked on before now since they set up in February is doing in-between work for Aikatsu and I Don’t Have Many Friends. Can’t say I’m an expert on animation studio politics, but the director is an old Madhouse hand with some really interesting work under their belt. Like seriously, episode director on stuff like Death Note and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Doing animation for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Macross Plus. Ex-Madhouse staff setting up shop in new studios is generally a good sign. That’s how Steins;Gate turned out so well. The manga in question is a classic shoujo romance with some supernatural elements. OK it’s published in a seinen mag but I hope your mighty brains can understand what I mean by shoujo romance. It seemed all right from what little I read, so I hope it goes well for them.

Wizard Barristers

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Yasuomi Umetsu will now be a household name if your household happens to follow currently airing anime beyond just the most popular and actually pays attention to director names. In which case you will have a curiously nerdy household and I want to live with you. He’s made a bunch of anime over the years, none of which have ever really caught on. There was Mezzo Forte and Kite from the late 90s which were only notable for including a curiously pornographic scene in each to try boost sales. Then Mezzo and Kite Liberator came along in the mid 00s and made little to no impact. As recently as this season he’s also made Galilei Donna. It can be tough to gauge how popular a series is while still ongoing, but after the episode where a character caught a cold from falling off a 6 storey high building, I think it’s safe to say it also hasn’t gone down as a memorable classic either. Why he keeps getting all these chances to make anime original material is a little beyond me. He probably knows people who know people who can sort him out. He’s teamed up with Arms this time around, the animation studio behind such classics as Queen’s Blade and Ikkitousen, so start counting them bouncing boobies in the trailer. Forgive me guys, for as cool as the material might sound (something about magical Starbucks employees oh wait no that’s Wizard Baristas doh ho ho I’m so witty) I’m not holding my breath on this guy making a good anime anytime soon.

Nobunaga the Fool

nobunaga the foolzShoji Kawamori has been on a bit of a roll recently. The man responsible for Macross (not exactly true but he’s been more than happy to take credit for it) had a bit of a weird time in the early 00′s. He went through a hippy phase and made anime like Earth Girl Arjuna. Lately though he’s been really delivering. What was once the unenthusiastically received Macross Zero has since become the much more favourably received Macross Frontier. What was once the generic forgettable Genesis of Aquarion became the brilliantly silly Aquarion EVOL. Regular readers of this blog will have heard this before, but in case you’re new here: WATCH AQUARION EVOL! It’s glorious and hilarious. I don’t care if you haven’t watched Genesis of Aquarion or did watch it and didn’t like it. EVOL requires no knowledge of that series. It was the best anime of 2012. Kawamori also did the two AKB0048 series, which I wasn’t into because idols, but I respect the decision to turn a property like AKB48 into a dystopia where the idols wield lightsabers inside their microphones.

You might not be into Kawamori if you’re not into the silliest aspects of anime, and with Nobunaga the Fool I don’t think there’s any chance of that changing. From what I can tell from the plot description it appears to be about one world ruled by Joan of Arc fighting against a mirror world ruled by Leonardo Da Vinci with Oda Nobunaga acting as a lone swordsman between the two. With giant robots, because giant robots improve everything. As if that didn’t sound ridiculous enough, it’s a cross-media project with stage plays being run before the anime airs. Not as rare as you might think. Plenty of anime get stage plays, such as Galactic Heroes, Code Geass, Bleach, Prince of Tennis, basically anything with a big fangirl following. The one area I’m a little worried about is the director of Basquash and Engage Planet Kiss Dum is the director for this, with Kawamori being listed as original creator and series composition. But I like silly anime, and they don’t get much sillier than whatever the hell Kawamori comes up with.

Witch Craft Works

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While not quite as amazingly generic as Nisekoi managed to be, I could probably predict most of the story for Witch Craft Works based off the first few pages alone. So there’s a normal guy living a normal life except he sits next to the most popular girl in school with her own fan club. Then magical bullshit happens and it turns out she has super powers. From here I’m guessing the two characters enter some sort of contract. The main character will have hitherto unexplained powers innate in him that required zero effort on his part. The fan club will get angry that popular girl is spending time with him and chase him round the school. Oddly there’s no childhood friend, but instead I’m betting the villain will show up as a Mysterious Transfer Student to give the popular girl competition for bland male lead’s interest.

In a move that surprised me in how obvious it was in retrospect, Witch Craft Works will be animated by JC Staff. Do JC Staff have some kind of computer algorithm that alerts them whenever a manga or light novel when it has enough of a list of clichés? Copypaste the Shakugan no Shana TV Tropes page into their algorithm and animate whatever pops out the other side? “Hey guys I don’t think we should do this one, it’s about a guy who keeps a sexy mentally disabled girl as a pet, isn’t that a little fucked up”. “No Pete, the Algorithm said we have to animate this, and we must all bow to the Algorithm’s great wisdom”. “But guuuys, remember when we used to make anime like Revolutionary Girl Ute-“, “WE MUST LISTEN TO THE ALGORITHM PETE”. The one good news is they have the director of Girls und Panzer on board, but frankly I doubt there’s much he can do with the JC Staff plus generic source material combo.

World Conquest: Stratagem Star

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The latest anime by the creator of Darker Than Black. Tensai Okamura has been around the block a lot. He directed Wolf’s Rain and Blue Exorcist, but Darker Than Black is very much his baby. Darker Than Black certainly had its problems but it was big and ambitious and had some great episodes. Yes even season 2, fuck you losers. This is his brand new show so it’s time for a change. A change that comes in the form of 10 year old girls wearing no clothes. Jeez, thanks for that Japan. There’s not a whole lot of other information out about the show. I think we can safely predict it will be a lot less serious than Darker Than Black, what with the silly costumes in the promo art. I actually quite like the sound of that, since the sillier episodes of Darker Than Black with the detective pretending he was in Film Noir were great. But I’d be hoping against evidence that it won’t have those 10 year old girls wearing no clothes as a central component.

My Big Sister Arrived

sister camThere are two things I find interesting about this otherwise not terribly exciting 4-koma incest fetish NOT BLOOD RELATED adaptation. First is that, in a startling display of originality, she is an older sister rather than a younger sister. I know right, a new era of anime is upon us. Secondly is that google translates the title as “My Sister Came” which my immature mind finds terribly amusing.

A Love Song to a Certain Airship Pilot

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Apologies for the not terribly exciting promo picture but that’s all the website has. This is based off a prequel novel to Recollection of a Certain Airship Pilot (or Princess and the Pilot depending on whether you watched it legally or like a dirty foreign pilot). And before you ask, no they have nothing to do with the Raildex-verse. Princess and the Pilot went by without too much fuss, possibly because it wasn’t particularly good. I know a few people liked it, but on the whole it disappeared about as quickly as it appeared. It’s being directed by the guy who did Heroic Age and Lagrange, two anime that appeared and disappeared in very similar fashion. A few people liked those two anime, but they were a minority. At a wild guess I would say this will appear and disappear in a very similar fashion. Which seems like a shame to me. None of the anime mentioned in this paragraph are that bad. They’re all serviceable in their own way. A Certain Airship Pilot probably won’t deserve to suffer in inglorious fate of being used by people in the future to out-hipster each other in their knowledge of mid 2010′s anime. But that is indeed its fate.

Pupa

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Man I hate writing season preview material twice. I wrote a pretty lengthy piece on Pupa last season preview, but it was delayed with the staff seemingly failing to find a TV station to run this incest cannibalism anime. There was talk of it being a 5 minute anime, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case. It’s finally coming out, in all its “My Cute Little Sister Can’t Help Consuming My Flesh” glory. So, will it be any good? It looks like very schlocky horror, particularly if you listen to that wonderfully gross chomping at the end of the trailer. They got the voice actress to eat meat into the microphone with instructions to be as sloppy as possible, which I personally love the idea of. It’s being done by studio Deen, but a resurgent Deen who have recently improved their animation far beyond the old lolDeen we’re used to. It’s still a schlocky horror so adjust your expectations according, but if you’re into that sort of thing I still think there might be something worthwhile with Pupa.

 

Super Sonico the Animation

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Super Sonico is one of those bizarre sensations that is nothing more than a popular character design that got a little out of control. It’s not exactly Hatsune Miku, but Sonico already has her own line of string-bikini wearing figurines including a 1/2 human size version. She belongs to Nitroplus but I don’t think she actually represents anything, unlike Miku. She doesn’t even appear to have a personality beyond being a gravure model. I’ve always found her a little skeezy, but I suppose gravure models by definition are skeezy concepts whether they’re animated or not. This anime version has a surprisingly good crew behind it, with White Fox (Steins;Gate, Maou-sama) doing the animation with an inexperienced director with some decent episode director roles on his resumé. I don’t really see what exactly what you can do with a personality-less gravure idol, but then again maybe having complete freedom will produce something entertaining? The trailer promises little mind you.

Hamatora

hamotoraMixed media projects wooh~! Don’t we all love them? You know the way when you watch an anime but can’t get the full story unless you also play the game and read the manga, except the game isn’t made yet and got stuck in development hell and won’t be released in English anyway because it’s too niche? Isn’t that wonderful! Hamatora feels like one of those games that gets made for the Vita and then forgotten instantly by all bar a few weird niche weeaboos who try to claim every Japanese RPG is actually really good yo. It’s getting a game sometime alongside the anime. The director is Seiji Kishi, king of the lame adaptations of Japanese games. He did Persona 4, which I thought was all right, and Devil Survivor and Danganronpa, which were not. It’s taken me a while to make up my mind on Seiji Kishi, but with the most recent evidence I think I’m firmly on the side that believes he’s a hack. There’s not a whole lot of information on the story. It looks like a mystery/action/teenage dirtbag story, like Persona. Because if a Japanese RPG isn’t copying Final Fantasy, it has to copy Persona. I’m being a bit overly negative here. Probably because I’m reaching the end of the TV series previews. The premise doesn’t sound bad and the studio is some brand new studio called Naz so I should give it a shot. But with Seiji Kishi on this I just don’t have much confidence.

Lately, My Little Sister’s Been Acting A Bit Strange

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Charmingly described by Crunchyroll as “chastity belt imouto anime“, this is based off a manga about a brother living with a NOT BLOOD RELATED sister who gets possessed by a demon which means she now has to make sexual advances on her NOT BLOOD RELATED brother to get her chastity belt taken off. That single image of your little sister is wearing a chastity belt wonderfully sums up otaku bait anime. Purity, sexuality and imoutos all in the single concept. No staff have been announced for this, and even if there were it would probably just be a load of pseudonyms because each member would be disowned by their family if they found out they were working on this. No studio have been announced yet either, although it will probably be some studio that is set up for this anime and then dissolved straight after so brands can keep themselves from being tarnished. In fact the only reason this is being made in the first place is because the government introduced a new bill proclaiming that there must be a new anime with the word ‘imouto’ in the title every 3 months.

Sailor Moon

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I’m going to keep this one short because I don’t think Sailor Moon will be made this season and I hate writing season previews twice for the same anime. Toei have been threatening this Sailor Moon remake for well over a year now. It was originally supposed to air last summer but was pushed back. Then they announced it was going to begin winter 2014 and that it would be streamed worldwide on Nico Nico, but there’s been no noise or trailer or even promo art since then. I’m not saying the project is dead. From what I’ve heard, the notoriously difficult to work with author of Sailor Moon is the reason behind the constant stalling. Keeping this section in because I’m sure if I didn’t I’d get some people asking why didn’t I include Sailor Moon. Toei haven’t officially said it’s been delayed yet. But it has guys.

Robot Girls Z

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Since Toei can’t roll in bathtubs of money generated by people’s nostalgia for Sailor Moon, they will instead try to generate some extra income through nostalgia for their old mecha anime. Those people who decry the newer moe-infested scene and long for the day when giant robots dominated the anime landscape. Yes, let’s attract those people by turning all their favourite robots in moe girls! So there’s moe Mazinger, moe Great Mazinger (who is apparently different), moe Grendizer and so on. My knowledge of these robots is pretty limited, but I did get a kick out of seeing moe Baron Ashura in that trailer. There’s only going to be 9 episodes, and they’re 10 minutes long to boot, so this is just the Toei folks mucking about. As an aside, I wish Toei made more vanity art projects. Between Precure and One Piece they have the two biggest money-makers in anime today and with Kyosogiga we’ve seen what their staff can do when let loose to do their own stuff. I’d love to see more original projects like that.

Go! Go! 575

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More companies trying to recapture some of the popularity of Hatsune Miku, this time in a more direct comparison. Project 575 is some iOS app and upcoming Vita game for people to make haikus (hence the 575) to be recited back to them by Vocaloid-like programmes. Not entirely sure how you make an anime out of that. Idols who recite haikus? Whatever, it has character designs by the OreImo artist so it’s obviously going to get viewers from that.

Unconfirmed & In-Progress

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This is one of the last previews I’ve written because I didn’t think this was coming out because of its name. Seeing “Unconfirmed and In-Progress”  just made me think it was some badly google translated way of saying the date wasn’t confirmed yet. It’s Yet Another 4-Koma adaptation. Director of GJ-Bu at the helm here, and I know a bunch of people with very strange and inexplicable taste in anime who enjoy 4-koma adaptations quite liked GJ-Bu. So maybe you might like this one? Maybe one day I will do a good enough job pretending to care about samey 4-koma adaptations about a bunch of cute girls that you won’t notice my indifference?

Pupipo

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Pupipopapupoipupopoipopopapeepiepoopepopipipi it’s some 5 minute anime.

Kids Shows

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Z/X Ignition and Future Guard Buddyfight are both card game anime in which you watch people play a card game. Laugh all you want, but I know a bunch of you losers watch Let’s Play videos so you are in no position to mock. Yokai Watch is some kids show that I remember writing a preview for a good year ago. I guess it’s actually coming out now. There will be another Precure. It’s called HappinessCharge Precure, which sounds like a sex toy. I can’t find any images for the new girls so I just made an artists interpretation.

Sequels

Silver Spoon more of it

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I don’t like how we now class 3 month breaks between seasons as being a ‘season 2’. Cowboy Bebop did that yet do we consider there as being two separate seasons of that? No, and yet apparently we do that with stuff like Fate/Zero and Silver Spoon. What’s weird about Silver Spoon is that they actually did a surprisingly good job of wrapping up the first 11 episodes to give it a great narrative arc. Do watch Silver Spoon if you haven’t. It’s by the same manga author of Full Metal Alchemist. I’m shocked at how few people watched this.

Seitokai Yakuindomo 2

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Chuunibyou something something

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I like it when KyoAni make sequels. That way I don’t feel bad when I don’t watch their new shows.

Maken-ki 2

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You guys do know they make actual pornographic anime, right? Where they actually have sex rather than this blue-balling?

Saki: Zenkoku-hen

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This is the Saki National Tournament arc, which I believe is a sequel to the original Saki TV series rather than that Side-A stuff. Same staff as the last two series. Most importantly, and I haven’t confirmed this yet but I’m 99% sure, the girls still aren’t wearing underwear.

Wooser 2

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It’s so coooooooooooooooool!

Sonovabitch.

Movies and Specials

As per usual, I don’t preview movies that are getting theatre releases in Japan over the next 3 months since nobody outside of Japan will be able to watch it. I cover the movies that are getting home video releases because that means us dirty foreign pirates get to watch it. Skipping stuff like Shounen franchise, Precure and Pokemon movies because there’s one of them every year and there’s nothing new to say. I also cover the TV specials and OVAs coming out that are worth mentioning, which mostly means everything that is not BD specials that are made to show the characters in disintegrating maid outfits

Bayonetta Bloody Fate

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Release date: 24th January

Dat ass. That’s not me reacting to the shapely bottom in the promo art. Rather it’s a short and simple plot description of Bayonetta. It’s based off a game featuring a lady with incredibly long legs whose clothes all fly off and nasty monsters jump out out of her hair. Also her high heels have guns instead of heels. I haven’t played the game so I couldn’t tell you the exact details of the story, but I doubt those who have played the games less than 6 times through could tell you the exact story either since it’s all a load of incomprehensible nonsense. Stylish nonsense though, and has a pole-dancing witch as the main character which is all that really matters. I think it’s clear with this movie they’re targeting western fans. It’s Gonzo (who I could have sworn had stopped making anime and were focusing on animation for games but I guess this is exactly the kind of thing you would see them do) with the director of Afro Samurai and that awful X-Men anime. I imagine it will do well too, since so did Afro Samurai and this has a sexy anime lady on the cover. Not a cute anime lady. A sexy anime lady. Important distinction.

Hal

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Release date: 18th December

Studio Wit making an anime movie. The guys that animated Attack on Titan. They’re also doing the Hoozoki no Reitetsu anime from earlier in this post. Remember me talking about that? It was an awfully long time ago. It’s right at the start of the post. The one about the demon local politics and involved Julian Minci popping out of Iserlohn as a recreation of the Momotaro folk tale? Anyway, Hal is by them too. Newbie director who has previously mostly done key animation, albeit key animation on some fantastically animated shows. Hal is about a lady falling in love with a robot and stuff. From the people I know who saw the film at festivals the reactions were mixed, so I’m guessing this movie will be quickly forgotten and barely watched like so many other anime movies, but I suppose it’s worth a shot.

Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu

EL PSY CONGROO

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Release date: 13th December

IT’S SO COOOOOOOOOOOL! Sonovabitch.

Should probably say something a little more substantive here. More Steins;Gate! That’s cool. While I’m a little perplexed by how Steins;Gate has become this modern classic and, at time of writing, is rated as the second best anime of all time, I like Steins;Gate a lot and would gladly gobble up more. This is a sequel movie when Kuuurrrristiiiiiiiiiiina ZA ZOMBIE comes back from wearing massive sunglasses in America to team up with the lab crew again to get all lovey dovey with the congroo of el psy himself before bad stuff happens and its up for our favourite megalomaniac to save her. Impressions of the movie from festival screenings have been unfortunately quite mixed, with an alarming number of people who otherwise are big fans of Steins;Gate giving the movie a big fat meh. However I’ve seen others fall in love all over again, so just keep those expectations in check.

Final Gintama: The Movie: Be Forever Yorozuya

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Release date: 18th December

At the start of movies in Japan they show this character with a video camera for a head as the star of their anti-piracy campaigns. The plot description for this new Gintama movie starts with Gintoki meeting this man and berating him for his actions. Fuck man, I love Gintama, I should really get back to watching this thing. I’m still only 100 episodes into it. They’re calling this the Final Gintama, but this being Gintama that’s about as believable as a politicians’ pre-election promises.

Mushishi Special: Sun-Eating Shade

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Release date: 4th January

There was a very strange moment while I was preparing for this season preview. When I originally heard the news that there would be this new hour special for Mushishi, it didn’t do much for me. I had already heard rumours that there would be more Mushishi, so to get the announcement to just be an hour special rather than a full second season was a little disappointing. But then when I was preparing for this season preview, going to the Mushishi website to get the promo art and crop for this post, it hit me. More Mushishi! Holy shit, more Ginko! Look at him there with his droopy fag and giant wooden box on his back and that ominous sounding episode title. We’re getting more Mushishi!

Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road

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Release Date: 31st December

I love that this was scheduled to come out in winter 2013, then they finally announce the date to be the 31st of December. Good job Bushiroad, making my prediction in the last season preview that this would be delayed until next year seem foolish. It will be a 3 hour TV special produced by Bushiroad, the company trying to take over the entertainment world through their card games. Don’t fall foul of their nefarious schemes, lest they draw you in with their pretty Madoka cards. This was some project they announced way back about 10 years ago when it was supposed to be animated by Gainax collaborating with writers from Nitroplus. Since its resurrection, Gainax have been all but rendered obsolete so the animation is now being done by Kinema Citrus, creators of such wonderfully animated cartoons as Yuyushiki and Bottom Biting Bug. Still got the Nitroplus writers, albeit no Butch Gen. Just those other household names from Nitroplus like…errr, Billy and Patrick.

The plot description has something to do with an evil monster called Shinbo coming in and making all their necks snap by twisting them into unfortunate positions, but then the good guys fight back with Proper Noun using Proper Nouns of the Proper Noun, which basically just means Giant Robots. It all sounds like a load of nonsense that I will admit I’m sorta looking forward to because I like silly nonsense. It doesn’t have much quality behind it, the director’s previous big works being Needless and Kamen no Maid Guy. But it sure as hell has a lot of Anime in it.

Short Peace

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Release Date: 16th January

To finish things off, here’s something we haven’t seen in a while: An anthology! Short Peace is a collection of anime shorts, brought together by Katsuhiro Otomo, the director of Akira. He’s done this before with things like Memories, Neo Tokyo and most recently Freedom, and they’re usually well worth the time. At least Memories and Neo Tokyo were, never watched Freedom myself. Like Freedom, Short Peace is all CG animated. Looks better than most CG anime judging by the trailer but that’s not exactly high praise. There are 5 short pieces in Short Peace. A piece at the start of Short Peace that’s short, and four other not short Shot Peace pieces. Two of them are by Otomo himself which is exciting since I’m a big fan of his. Two are by blokes who worked on Freedom which is less exciting. On the more bizarre end of the spectrum, the final piece within Short Peace is getting a game made by the creators of Tokyo Jungle and Lollipop Chainsaw. God only knows how that collaboration of Japanese media talents got together. I guess Otomo is kind of a legend within Japan and can draw people in from everywhere.

And if this season is terrible
There’s always next season

Spring 2014 Anime Chart

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87 Comments

  1. Posted November 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    More Mushishi, you’re right, my first and main reaction was blink, make sure my eyes don’t deceive me, and go “Hot damn!” – I like the show, it was solid, not amazing, but it still beats most shows that come out, and this is very surprising.

    This is actually the most informative winter preview I’ve read thus far (about the 3rd or 4th), good job in cutting down on my future research time. Now just need RandomCuriousity to release their table with days, so I could see how bad I’m going to fare next season.

    Many of the movies/OVAs really interest me, but then I often forget about them until they air, download them and don’t watch them. I have such a backlog of OVAs/movies I need to clear. On one hand, they don’t take much time, on the other, harder to marathon, since you need to get into each one on its own, and movies often feel “heavier” than shows.

    Also, way too many 2-cour shows from Fall that are sticking around clogging my time ;_;

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been doing these previews for 5 years, I’d like to think I’ve had enough practice to get good at them.

  2. gedata
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Makes me so happy to know that Jojo S2 and Parasyte have graduated from the fake preview list *sniff*

    • joinedforFal
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      i imagine somewhere in japan right now that fake preview has been printed off and taped to a dartboard on some studio wall just waiting for the random dart toss to decide on a studios next big project.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        And yet somehow they always miss the Full Metal Panic sequel

      • shytende
        Posted November 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

        Though I’m pretty sure that Imouto anime was in…

  3. Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Space Dandy’s first half airing in the same season as the second halves of Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco? AND it’s second half airing at the same time as the new Jojo? Can the world handle such awesomeness?

    Also, GAH! Forgot to add Mushishi on my preview. Better change that.

    Oh and not to be a dick to anybody, but that Seitokai Yakuindomo video reminds me of why you’re one of the funniest anime bloggers around IMO.

    • Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

      On another note, have you seen Aura yet? You know, that Seiji Kishi/Romeo Tanaka movie combination you hyped up in the last season preview?

      • ANON
        Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        The strange thing was I laughed out loud at all their jokes! Looks like I’ll be watching this for the jokes! thanks scamp!

      • Posted November 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

        I have it aimlessly sitting on my hard drive. I have a multihour road trip so I might as well watch it. Is it any good?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Why thank you on the compliment. That video was fun to make, even if all that forced laughing made me a little delirious.

      I haven’t watched Aura yet. I don’t think I’ve watched any movies from this year

  4. Fellow
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Since I know you value accuracy above all else in your quest for journalistic integrity, I guess I’ll inform you that you missed a few.

    D-Frag starts in Winter:
    http://0taku.livedoor.biz/archives/4579182.html

    Strange+ starts in Winter:
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-11-27/toshiyuki-morikawa-wataru-hatano-join-strange+anime-cast

    • Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

      Had to add those myself when I heard the news, but in all honesty, these don’t look very good. D-Frag looks like some bad sexist comedy based on what I read of the manga and Strange+ seems okay, but is being directed by a guy who’s only directed hentai up til now. NTR too. Bleh.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      I fucking saw Strange+ had been announced for winter literally 1 hour after I posted the preview. They did it on purpose, I just know it.

  5. Khainegom
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    I cannot fucking believe I fell for the fake chart even though I have been reading these previews for at least a year now. I managed to get as far down as Tower of God without seeing AoT S2 right next to it and was genuinely excited and yet confused that I had not yet heard the news. It’s funny how some of those terrible light novel titles are believable.

    • sqa
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      Most of the series are actually real. That’s probably what’s sadder.

      I especially liked “Exosister” from a few seasons back, though that’s apparently a hentai-LN. Though “My father is a loli” would make a very good 5 minute series. There’s so much room for parody that way.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        Yup, they’re all real. Apart from Blue Wolf Rule, all those light novel titles are real. That one about making you into an otaku will almost certainly get an anime at some point since its quite popular.

  6. Thanos
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Space Dandy and Sekai Seifuku are my bet. In the second I am most interested in the fact the writer is Hoshizora Meteo. Anime only viewers not know him much, but be prepared for a trip. Forest his only visual novel translated for english is insane. Trains morphing in dinossaurs, time-loops within time-loops, whole Shinjuku crazy with fairy tale characters and monsters and etc etc.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I saw the guy’s name attached to the project but hadn’t heard about any of the games he worked on so I didn’t mention his name in the preview

  7. Duelit
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Is it sad that the OAV’s and Movies this season are more exciting then the shows? Space Dandy and Silver Spoon are always nice, but nothing really stands out… :/

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty stoked for Nobunaga the Fool myself, but that may just be me

  8. il-Palazzo
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    My prediction on how all episode of 575 would go:

    1) Haiku-bu go somewhere/do something for inspiration.
    2) Wacky hijinks and/or Lucky Star-esq dialog ensues.
    3) Conclude the episode with a rather lame haiku, most of which means “What a waste of time”.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t that’s how Hidamari Sketch goes?

      • shytende
        Posted November 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        Replace Haiku by painting and Wacky Hijinks by Yuri Mmoments and you’re spot on.

  9. Kamui
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Man, based on the picture I thought Wake Up, Girls was going to be a mystery/thriller about a bunch of girls with exactly the same face. Pretty disappointed.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      I thought that was Love Live from last year. Maybe all idol shows are horror stories where everyone has the same face grafted onto them.

  10. spazer
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t tell if you accidentally copy pasted your Steins;Gate text for Wooser, or if you just didn’t feel like writing anything.

    And KanColle was confirmed for an anime in 2014! Your fake chart might be wrong (again)!

  11. lmm
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Where can I get previews of BD specials that are made to show the characters in disintegrating maid outfits?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      When you find it, ping me

  12. Fifteenth
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t believe I still fell for your fake chart for the first ten second, until I saw Banana Fish and Eden. It’s just too good to be true.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      Hey you never know with Banana Fish. Parasyte is getting an anime, so why not Banana Fish?

  13. Rait
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Shinbo doing Nisekoi? Whaaaaaaat. Seems like a waste of talent to me. Oh well,it will probably earn tons of money for Shaft again.

    Also ” Shinbo coming in and making all their necks snap by twisting them into unfortunate positions” – oh wow, I’m laughing.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      The villain in that is actually called Shinbo. It might be a misspelling and is meant to be Shinobi but I prefer my version

  14. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I’m telling you, my eyes are pointed on Nobunagun. This will be the new Valvrave.

    • Someone Else
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Only if they can pull PLOT TWISTS EVERYWHERE and CLIMAX AFTER A CLIMAX DURING A CLIMAX every episode. Or else Nobunagun will just become some wacky anime

      Valvrave is one of a kind

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure why anyone would want to be the next Valvrave

      • shytende
        Posted November 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

        If by “new Valvrave”, you mean Nobunaga’s Father is a Pervert Mad Scientist…

        Nope. Still not interrested.

        I see it more as the missing link between Japan History and Super robot Wars.

  15. Someone Else
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Nisekoi seems to be kind of hyped but probably because its shaft, though I’m not exactly sure how popular the manga is so I’m probably just seeing some spillover hype from the manga. I read few chapters and seems like a love hina copy with the childhood promise thing (and eventually partially revealed in first few chapters). Same reaction with your review, I’ll try because shaft

    Also Pupa, come on pleasee don’t get any more delayss. Though it’s possible that the delay is a publicity stunt saying “Oh we are so controversial that we can’t show this on tv” Oh well as long as we get it I’m cool with it

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      They never actually said it was too controversial though, which would have been a good PR move. Wonder why they never did

  16. AG
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I want Space Dandy to do well, I haven’t been hyped about a show for ages that now I don’t even care about nothing else in the preview.

    Also I don’t think a Shinbo anime means an obvious watch anymore, not since Sasami-san.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      Shinbo anime have never been obvious watches. Dance in the Vampire Bund anyone?

      • AG
        Posted December 3, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

        And that’s why I won’t try nisekoi.

  17. Cirith
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Shaft makes Nisekoi? Okay based on the few chapters I have read it’s not terrible interesting, but not the worst thing I have watched either. But it kinda seems to be a waste of time for shaft. Well I will try the first episode to see what they do with it.

  18. MaxonTreik
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I think Kids on the Slope was rather underwhelming because Watanabe had to be kept from going wild with it since it was a manga adaptation. Give him free rein and he’ll produce gems like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. Space Dandy is going to be so hype. The season as a whole looks good, though I tend to get disappointed by any season that I think looks good.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      Stop being sooo hyped, don’t you know the more people get hyped for it the more likely it will disappoint!

  19. ANON
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    themanwhoisnotlelouch? you want to start that one up again?

    LELOUCHE IS ALIVE, HE HAS A GEASS SO HE COULDN’T DIE! HE WAS THE ONE C.C. WAS TALKING TO AND WAS DRIVING THE CART!

    In all seriousness though, since EVOL was highly recommended and you told us to watch it, I’m bound to watch it now so I think I’ll cut down my weekly intake from the current 20 shows this season to around 10-15, including old and continuing titles.

    you should also continue watching gintama.

    ALSO:

    buttcheeks huehuehuehuehue

    • Scamp
      Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      LELOUCH IS DEAD STOP TRYING TO FORMULATE FALSE THEORIES!

      More people should watch EVOL so I’m glad I got a few more people to watch it.

  20. leokiko
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    “From here I’m guessing the two characters enter some sort of contract. The main character will have hitherto unexplained powers innate in him that required zero effort on his part.”

    Actually, he remains useless for the entire of the manga, being saved by her and many other females over and over again. It’s not really a good manga.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      But he gets held like a princess so that’s cool

  21. Cirith
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    The third one in the fake chart: WTF they break up with her after a week because she can’t cook. Does she force feed them? Even with deadly anime cooking you can just not eat it. I swear they come up with their premises in a few minutes and then just refuse to ever change them or think about them again.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      If it starts with “Yuji is just an ordinary high school student” then it’s my plot description. The title and picture are real. The plot isn’t

      • Cirith
        Posted November 30, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

        Ah embarrassing.^^ And I’m glad that the description is fake. But some ln/manga/anime having that plot still wouldn’t surprise me.

  22. Nazaren
    Posted November 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Your intro got me pretty hyped, but I ended up with quite a bit less than the past two seasons.

    Space Dandy, Nobunaga the Fool/gun, Mushishi (!!!!) and Steins.

    Granted, I’m pretty excited about most of those. Then again, EVOL has been on-hold at episode 9 for almost a year now, so what do I know?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      You need more EVOL in your life. We all need more EVOL in our lives

  23. Erif
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Physic-denying bouncing boobs or not, you have to admit the animation of Wizard Baristers looks awesome and characteristic. I haven’t watched Mezzo or Kite so I’m definitely looking forward to it.

    This is looking like a damn solid season, following up another solid season. Lots of potential small-scale gem potential.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      It does look nice, but so does Galilei Donna. So do KyoAni anime.

      • Erif
        Posted November 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        That is true. It may not be good, but I’m definitely gonna give it a chance.

  24. Posted November 29, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    What am I looking forward to most next season? Your erotic Kill la Kill fanfiction, of course.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Satsuki lukd at ryuko

      “i rabuj u” sed satsuki

      “i rabu u to” sed ryuko

      they fucd

  25. shirayuki75
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    No, why did you put Akagami no Shirayukihime on there?!

    Nisekoi’s going to suck, just by the source material alone. But if they do a one cour, I guess it’ll be okay since the first arc isn’t that bad.

    Even though it’s Kishi Seiji, I was lured in by the cool music and neat characters from the PVs. Sigh.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Need to have some shoujo on there every season, and I like the look of Akagami.

  26. Shikamaru
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Really fun post once again Scamp. Have you played the Steins;Gate game? You can find working english patch online. I totally recommend it. I’m so happy how popular Steins;Gate has become. I’m also really disappointed how low Kyoani has fallen. More Haruhi or Full Metal Panic please? Didn’t those both series sell really well? It would make sense to make more of them because both series already have a solid fanbase. More Wooser! I thought it was really fun series.

    And no I haven’t forgotten how bad Fractale was.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      I haven’t played it. I might consider buying the game, since I’m pretty sure its been brought out now. Not sure if its out over in the UK though

  27. Leah
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m hoping Space Dandy will have some cool female characters too.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      You mean the staff at Boobies aren’t enough!?!

      • Leah
        Posted December 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

        They might be if they are fleshed out, interesting characters. I was half hoping the cat alien would be a woman. I hope the show doesn’t go the tradition to simply slap some tentacles on an exposed female and call it a female alien, with the male looking more monster-like.
        Oh wait.
        http://adala-news.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/spacedandy-image-007.jpg

  28. Posted November 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    All right, you’re blogging No-rin.

  29. kai
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    The only thing that would make Space Dandy sound better is if Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts reformed to do the soundtrack.

  30. Nagisa33
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    As long as one of thefartdriver trio blogs about dandiest man in space then I’ll be feeling dandy quite myself!

    Here’s hoping to a wonderful season on all fronts! :)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      At this point, that depends on how kind the readers are lol. (At least for me, anyway, since both Kill la Kill and Hunter x Hunter carry over to next season, and three shows is my blogging limit at this point.)

  31. gw_kimmy
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    SILLY SCAMP KOREAN MANHWA CANT GET ANIME. seriously your chart almost killed me until i got to tower of god. lol. my sister has been bugging me to read ore no monowhatever since forever.

    wow this season looks frighteningly promising. maybe i’ll exit my cave–*rolls forever*

    damnit sailor moon ;_;

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      I’ve had to keep from including non-Japanese manga adaptations in those charts because they never get adapted, but I figured Tower of God was worth including.

  32. mellowship
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    In another year, Shokugeki no Soma would be plausible on your fake chart. The usual pattern for ongoing manga-to-anime adaptations is that they start running the anime after the manga has been serialized for at least two years. Nisekoi, for instance, is following this pattern just like clockwork. Shokugeki no Soma has only been serialized for a year so far.

    So, to make the most plausible fake chart, look for popular weekly series that have at least 100 chapters, or monthly series that have at least 24. For light novels, it’s harder to say, although the usual pattern there is that one volume gets turned into 4 episodes of anime. And I haven’t got a clue about video games or any of the other stuff that gets mined for anime adaptations.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      You’re right, but I’m still reeling from the first fake chart I made where I decided not to include Attack on Titan because that would be “too obviously fake”. I know something like Assassination Classroom is totally obviously going to be an anime someday but I want to get that fake chart version out before it gets officially announced.

  33. Hanasra
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Why does shitty anime keep getting second season while Mushishi just got ONE hour special?! I’m so angry with this.

    Though I’m happy nonetheless for more Mushishi and Ginko. Hurrah I guess, since all of the original crew coming back for this.

  34. elior1
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    looks like finally there is offfical site for the upcoming sailor moon http://sailormoon-official.com/ now that i think of it they said it going to be in winter 2014 but didnt said which month which mean it can be between jenuary to march

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      Heh, notice how the anime tab at the top is completely blanked out

  35. Daniel
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Please tell me that sample plebe is real, I so want it to be real. The premise sounds like the start of Hayate or some of the other anime I’ve enjoyed.

    I am writing this before I start my google search. You shall know in your heart what you have done.

    • Daniel
      Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

      Could you atleast tell me where the image came from? Is there a manga or VN similar to your lie of a premise?

      • Daniel
        Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

        Ha! It’s just not under the english name: 俺がお嬢様学校に「庶民サンプル」として拉致られた件

        Time to go download me some raw scans!

      • Daniel
        Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

        Judging from the manga covers, this is not going to be another gem like hayate.

        Still will read.

      • Daniel
        Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:31 am | Permalink

        I think I dislike you Scamp. Your fake description is much better than the one I’m reading on wikipedia.

        “Besides their fathers the students have never known other men”… This is going to junk, worthless junk. You have made me sad.

        So on that note, hows the job hunt? On a scale of -10 to 0 how proud are you making your parents? Are you giving them grandkids anytime soon?

  36. harlem
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Wizard Barristers…

    I took one glance at the picture and though ‘Mezzo’

    WOW, I was right. Their animation style hasn’t changed a bit since the 90′s when they released Mezzo. Hell, if you made that girls hair pink she’d look like the main character of Mezzo.

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