[NOTE: This post is very old and no longer reflective of my opinions or writing style.]
hokay! This is gunna be a big list and stuff. So get ready.
Blue Drop: Tenchi-tachi no Gikyoku
Summary: In 1995, all 800 habitants of the isolated Kamikakushi Island vanished in one night, all but a single girl who lost her memory. The cause of the disappearances was never identified. Four years later, that girl, Mari, transfers to a girl’s dormitory school, Kaihou Gakuen, leaving behind her grandmother who had been her guardian ever since the incident. There, she meets Hagino. Hagino is the school idol and completes her student council responsibilities flawlessly. The moment she touches Mari’s hand, however, Hagino freaks out, straddling atop Mari, hands around her throat. Mari is afraid of and angry at Hagino, who pretends as if nothing had happened while in front of other students, but at the same time, somehow, she is attracted to Hagino too. In reality, Hagino is actually an alien who was sent to Earth in order to reconnoitre prior to an invasion. The event on Kamikakushi Island occurred when the 200-member crew of a battleship, the Blue, whose captain was Hagino and the island’s inhabitants had killed each other. The Blue was seriously damaged and hidden. Hagino had since blended into human society and continued her reconnaissance. Within her school life, while fighting with fellow students, Mari begins to come out of her shell. Hagino has been living a double life, but her encounter with Mari makes her face human beings, and gradually she begins to have doubts about her mission. While the invasion and war draws closer unnoticed, the girls begin to understand each other. (animenfo)
My Impression: If you know me even slightly, or have been reading this blog at all, you already know why I want to watch this. Yuri relationship stuff over the backdrop of sci-fi intensity and an interesting story to boot? That’s unbeatable. The plot sounds more than cool, but more importantly, it’s got character focus and yuri! What’s not to love?!
Summary: A fantastic story about two sisters. Shizuru is a high school student who can see monsters which ordinary people can’t, while her little sister, Mizuki, is easily haunted by these monsters. They are living with their grandfather’s home separately from their parents because of their abilities. The theme for each story is not horror-centric, but rather, of a heart-warming nature.
My Impression: This looks to be a fun and heartwarming yet interesting series. Probaby next in line of Mushishi, Kino’s journey, and all that good stuff. The whole one person sees them, one attracts them thing is used a lot, but I’ve never seen it as sisters. And since it’s a slice-of-life story, it’s sure to be an interesting watch. One to look forward to.
Summary: No one knows!
My Impression: I find it interesting that this series is known nothing about, and yet already being looked forward to the most by a lot of people. Of course, that’s natural when you get Masamune Shirow doing anything. I was roped in by the fact that it’s the director from Kino’s Journey. If the very few images say anything, it’s that this will be a freaking awesome series.
ef – A Tale of Memories
Summary – The story revolves around the protagonist Hirono Hiro, a poor high school boy who draws shoujo manga for his living. One cold Christmas night after meeting a very strange woman in a church, who tells him that he’s going to meet someone he has to meet, his bike gets stolen by another strange girl. He runs after her and finds her collapsed on the street. Her name is Miyamura Miyako and her bag got stolen by a man on a motorbike. Soon after, they start hanging out together, enjoying high-school life. Miyako falls for Hiro pretty quickly but naturally finds a rival in his childhood friend, Shindou Kei, who has been dictating Hiro’s life since ever.
My Impression: Well, this summary doesn’t sound particularly impressive to me, but some people I tend to agree with are lauding it, and I’ve heard great things about the game. If nothing else, it will definitely be worth glancing over.
Kodomo no Jikan
Summary: 23-year old school teacher Aoki Daisuke has a huge problem. One of his precocious 3rd Grade students, Kokonoe Rin, has the hots for him?! Yes, mischievous Rin has proclaimed herself to be Daisuke-sensei`s girlfriend and is now on a warpath to win him over or cause him to lose his job…whichever comes first! Besides Rin, Daisuke`s got other problems to take care of — one of the students in his class, Mimi (one of Rin`s friends), hasn’t been attending school recently. – (Taken from AniDB)
My Impression: I am uber looking forward to this! Not just bcause of my lolicon-ness either! I’ve heard so very many good things about the manga, there’s no way I could miss out on the series. I was very disappointed when Seven Seas dropped the manga liscence, but they can kiss my ass while I laugh at them while I watch the subs. Bastards!
Summary: Minami-ke is a manga following three sisters, Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki in their lives at home and school. It’s a funny series that depicts how these characters interact with each other and their classmates. It’s a story about ordinary girls and their ordinary adventures told in an extraordinary manner. – (Taken from AniDB)
My Impression – Who doesn’t love a good funny slice of life? I wonder if the show will live up to what this summary promises, but if it does it will undoubtably be worth a watch.
Summary – Clannad follows a linear plot line, which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters. According to Jun Maeda, the main scenario writer of Clannad, the title means “family” or “clan” in Irish. Clannad is set in a high-school located in some Japanese town. Okazaki Tomoya is a third-year student who doesn’t take his studies seriously. Always late for class, he’s seen as a delinquent by the rest of his classmates who are busy preparing for their entrance examinations. Needless to say, he hasn’t too many close friends either. Tomoya seems not to mind too – until one day he meets a girl, Furukawa Nagisa, who is left alone without friends on this school, because everybody she knew already graduated.
My Impression: Oh, come on! Key and KyoAni, what more could you want?! Anyway, the plot sounds interesting enough, though if Kanon and Air are any indication, there will be plenty of surprises to be found.
Sketchbook ~full color’s~
Summary – Heroine: A very quiet high-school girl. Likes: Taking a walk, cats, sketchbooks, school’s Sui-mountain, relaxing at the art, picnic, neighbourhood cats on the way to school, strange surroundings, the art room during after-school hours, senpais that are just a bit strange, really odd creative works, rainbows, fireworks, sunsets, discovering tiny things that happens to anyone, any day, drawing quickly, quickly. Lots of laughs, just a bit of heartfelt emotion…? A faint smile, nostalgia slowly taking over. A high-school girl animation you’ve never seen before.
My Impression: That summary gives me the image of a quirky, cute show, and as many are comparing it, similar to Hidamari Sketch. And since I ZOMG LOVE Hidamari Sketch, it should be worthy of a watch. I’m putting a high rank on this one.
Genshiken Season 2
Summary: Based on a popular comic about the Japanese otaku lifestyle, this manga follows Sasahara Kanji as he dives face first into a world of anime, manga, video games, pornographic doujinshi, and the like. Kio Shimoku pokes fun at every element of the otaku world, so sit back and enjoy the ride. This is an anime for hardcore fans, with very complicated references that will test your knowledge of all things otaku.
My Impression: Recently watched all of Genshiken and have been reading the manga – awesome series that even inspired the desing of my room. I can’t wait to see more awesome hi-jinks of the Genshiken gang, especially if we get more Madarame!
Summary: The summary found on Wikipedia JP describes the story of Warrior Angels striving to receive the highest rank a Warrior Angel can receive–to be called Musou Tenshi (tl: Matchless Angel). The story focuses on a rori Warrior Angel Ryofu Housen, Ryofuko-chan. She needs to present seven gems from the battle arena to her Emperor, she also needs a good track record of taken heads from other warriors, say… ten thousand of them. With the assistance of another rori Warrior Angel, Chinkyou Koudai, the Emperor just might grant her that title.
My Impression: Completely depends on how serious it takes itself. I mean, who could’ve seen Higurashi coming? So it could be really cool.
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
Summary: Yako’s father was murdered in a locked room. She then meets a man named Neuro Nougami who is a demon from Hell who eats “riddles.” He forces Yako to act as a detective so he can solve mysteries. Neuro longs to eat the ultimate mystery.
My Impression: It sounds like it will go the Detective Conan route. Will be interesting for a while, but after 50-60 episodes, you just wanna see the goals fulfilled. Could be interesting, but might be one of those you wanna wait for to get overseas release.
Shion no Ou
Summary: Yasuoka Shion lost her parents, and her voice, when she was young. In a murder. She was found amidst a blood-soaked room, and the only hint for the suspect was a Shougi board and one piece: the King. Now, Shion steps into the world of female professional Shougi players. As her popularity and fame slowly rises, so do the questions about her past, particularly the murder case that was never solved.
My Impression: The art alone will have me watching the first episode, plus it sounds rather interesting.
Summary: This sports manga is about a teacher, Kojirou, who is also the Kendo instructor at a high school who decided to take on a bet by his senior, as he is totally broke. The bet requires him to send a team of five female kendo students against his senior’s team. For the sake of his empty tummy, he has to win the match! This first volume starts off by having Kojirou trying to get more female kendo students (at the moment, there’s only one female kendo student at the kendo dojo). The first female he had set his eyes on, has absolutely no interest in joining the kendo club, despite displaying great kendo skill, while welding a broom. However, he won’t give up that easily.
My Impression: Another one that I’m iffy about, but drawn in byt the awesome character designs. It has potential if nothing else.
Summary: The anime will talk about a transfer student named Ellis and her good friend Kureha who’s president of a run-down astronomy club. At first they seem to be getting along well, but something happens to Ellis one day on the school grounds. Kureha witnesses how Ellis’ eyes turn blue while she starts chanting some mysterious words. Based on an RPG.
My Impression: Well, seeing the man character and reading the summary made me think ‘ignore’ until I saw that it had the director of NHK ni Youkuso and a guy who worked on Aria. That kind of team alone means ‘promising’.
Shigofumi ~Stories of the last letter~
Summary: A story about a miracle, involving Fumika, a quiet but hard working girl who wears a uniform that of a mail carrier, and her talkative staff and partner Mayama. The Shigofumi is a posthumous letter, the last resort of relaying a deceased person’s last message to his/her loved ones: family, friends, and significant other.
My Impression: Yes. Now. Plz.
Summary: Everybody at Seiyo Elementary thinks that stylish and super cool Hinamori Amu has it all: But nobody knows the real Amu, a shy girl who wishes she had the courage to truly be herself. Changing Amu’s life is going to take more than wishes and dreams–it’s going to take a little magic! One morning, Amu finds a surprise in her bed: three strange little eggs. Each egg contains a Guardian Character, an angel-like being who can give her the power to be someone new. With the help of her Guardian Characters, Amu is about to discover that her true self is even more amazing than she ever dreamed.
My Impression: Worth a shot. After all that Hitohira and Manabi stuff, I’m looking forward to what could possibly be the next spiritual successor. And this one’s got magical girls! If nothing else, the ain character looks adorable.