This season more or less sucks. There’s Hidamari but I keep forgetting it’s airing now. The only other good shows this season aren’t even on TV – Xam’d is on PSN and DETROIT METAL CITY is an OVA. Ordinarily when a season sucks it’s because half of the previous season is still airing. But Kanokon and Kurenai are all that mattered last season. The two solid 26-ep shows, Code Geass and Macross Frontier, are both just okay at best.
Well, maybe I’m not being fair. I’ve heard good things about Natsume Yuujinchou, Mission E, and Birdy the Mighty and I liked all of their first episodes but didn’t continue any. It’s just hard for me to get into a season when it’s lacking any truly awesome surefire hits. I was pretty proud of myself with how far I got last year having Kurenai and Code Geass as support beams, but I’m not seeing one this season. At least I’ve started Sekirei and it seems to be fun.
However, next season looks FUCKING OMG YES! So here’s my fall season excited-dar.
HOLY SHIT FUCK YES OMG WIN NO WAI WIN of fall 08 (in broadcast order)
Yozakura Quartet – you only need to know one thing: MATSUO FUCKING KOU. He directed RED GARDEN and KURE-NAI and if this show’s any good, he will give Shinbo a run for his money for the top director spot. I don’t know much about the plot, except that I’ve almost bought the first volume of the manga multiple times just because it has a girl with a guitar on the cover. Patz tells me it’s pretty good, so maybe I’ll go pick up the manga. I mean, it’s got a girl with a guitar on it : D
EF ~ A TALE OF MELODIES~ – FUCKING EF MOTHAPHUKKA!!!!!!
CHAOS;HEAD – <- how it’s always written. This one is a non-H visual novel known for violence. I’ve been told the main character is hatable but just insane enough to be forgiven. Anyway there’s grisly murders and psychological mystery. But you know that’s not enough to get me excited!! It’s being done by MADHOUSE which is always a good thing and the people working on it seem to be pretty solid, though the director has done nothing particularly good, however this might be his breakthrough anime. Here’s hoping, because this could be seriously fucking awesome!
To Aru Majutsu no Index – First of all, long-ass running series of light novels (16!), second of all, plot sounds interesting, and of course, from the director of Melody of Oblivion and Azumanga Daioh (neither of which is one of my favorites, but one of which is great, and the other of which features fuckwin directing). Lead female is adorable and ‘Index’ is an epic name.
Casshern SINS – MADHOUSE is fucking busy this season! This looks awesome. Reawakened classics with the right people working on them always kick ass and I’ve needed my transforming hero fix from something more recent (maybe I’ll watch eps of this back to back with guyver or tekkaman)
Hyakko! – Slice-of-life comedy with all female cast. Always means good things!
SHIKABANE HIME ASA – GAINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAX!!!!!!! Also, director did Mazinkaiser and the TV version of Giant Robo as well as episodes of Lain and Boogiepop. A catalog that sounds right at home with GAINAX.
Michiko to Hatchin – Going by the looks and description, this has the potential to be the best anime ever. It’s Manglobe, who shat it up with Ergo Proxy but also did Samurai Champloo and since this seems to be in the vein of the latter, I’m getting excited! The director is having his first directing job but everything he’s been involved with kicks ass and Shinichiro Watanabe is actually getting off his lazy ass and doing the show’s music! This could be a godly combo.
MAYBE! (same order)
Toradora – The description sounds the fucking EXACT same as the shitty Nogizaka Haruka however it’s a light novel adaption and I am 100% obligated to try out all light novel adaptions.
Gai-Rei-Zero – Potentially fucking awesome and has the director of the first Kara no Kyoukai movie.
Macademi WAsshoi! – RO! RI! I! TA!
Kyou no Go no Ni – I haven’t finished the OVA but what I saw was fucking hilarious and beyond loli-tastic.
KUROZUKA – It’s Madhouse once again, and this time the director who did Death Note. The plot is totally nonsensical from ANN’s blurb, but it might be one of Madhouse’s arts forays which would be great.
Tytania – I can already tell this will be the season’s popular anime. Looks either really cool or really boring. It’s Artland who have done stellar (Mushishi) and shitty (Yugo the Negotiator and Gunslinger Girl il treano) so could go anywhere.
Kuro Shitsuji – I can’t find any info on this but the site is gothic, and the main character kid wears an eyepath. however there’s an equal chance it’s boys love. Must be cautious.
Kurogane no Linebarrel – GONZO.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens – Did you read the name?! Also excellent designs.
Alive – GONZO does Suicide Club?! Will wait for more info since it starts late.