Amanda Liu September 16, 2007
Yes I’m aware that we are late and I’m at 100% to blame since I was the last one to get my part done. Moving aside, this was my idea and I was the one who put this together as well as wrote all the summaries which is why it’s getting posted under my name. Many thanks goes to Scrumptious for the group collab inspiration as well as Puri Wiki, anidb.net, psgels, and Impz for info. Oh and if you were wondering why there’s only four of us writing this…Well Darren AKA Mr. Administrator is busy working and Sean Wong never goes on forums to make sure that Shadro is the only guy left for the preview. So it’s just Alex (bladegirl), Senna (Milly), Shadro (Garrett) and me Amanda or kiseki gurl. Everybody else…disappeared. Now without further ado…
Summary: Look at what Alex said below.
Alex: I know the Aria series is about some gondola girls who are called “undines”, who live on a refurbished Mars in the future. I’m not sure what the purpose of the premise is but it doesn’t really interest me. But I’m sure old time Aria fans are interested.
Amanda: Despite the countless recommendations I’ve gotten for ARIA, I still have two seasons of it still sitting untouched on my hard drive. Maybe I’ll catch up to it someday…Maybe…
Senna: Haven’t watched any Aria, so I won’t be watching this either.
Shadro: Hm…nice looking girls and art looks nice…thats a maybe.
Summary: A kendo sports anime. One teacher is broke so he’s desperate to find five girls to train for a competition.
Alex: It’s listed as “school, kids, comedy” so I guess it’s a sports series with kendo. I’m not a huge fan of school and/or sports series so I probably won’t watch it.
Amanda: I may or may not watch this depending on what I hear. I normally don’t go for sports anime but I do take tae kwon do so I have experience sparring and what not (yeah right). Neutral.
Senna: A show based on a seinen manga about young girls in a kendo club. No thanks.
Shadro: Looks cool, kendo anime…why not OverDive was a bike anime
Summary: Based on a manga where a girl who was the only survivor of a disappearance (and lost her memory for it) forms a friendship with an alien who’s living a double life of warrior/school idol.
Alex: Yuri sci-fi. Hmmm…I’m wary of anything with the word “drop” in the title.
Amanda: Uhhh…I personally think the plotline is kinda too outlandish for me (I’ve never liked sci-fi) and I hate shoujou ai (look at the volume cover). I know most people are looking forward to this one but NO.
Senna: The sci-fi elements of aliens and so forth appeal to me, but the shoujo-ai tendencies that shows set in all girls’ schools tend to have really aren’t my thing.
Shadro: Remember there is a sci-fi quote that must be meet, the bike…ship…whatever looked cool, but that’s about it.
Summary: Tomoya is a kid that everyone thinks is a delinquent. Nevertheless, Wannabe Punk meets up sees this one girl who wants to set up an acting club. And while Wannabe Punk helps her because he has no life, he meets up with other chicks. Woo-hoo!
Alex: Get thee to a nunnery.
Amanda: I hated AIR and dropped Kanon after 1 episode. How do you think I will fare? Yeah, I thought so. I do like the song in the PV though. And the animation….
Senna: Sad girls in another H game adaptation makes me sad too : (
Shadro: Looks like Air…I didn’t like Air…put 2 and 2 together oh and apply the same with Kanon
Summary: All I know is that this is a continuation and the original was based of a ero dating game.
Alex: I was never interested in Da Capo and will likely not start being interested.
Amanda: So this is another one of these harems? And I haven’t seen the first season either. Nope.
Senna: Please see “Harems.” See also “Sequels to shows I haven’t watched.”
Shadro: There is a tree, its not the mana tree it is/could be your mother; but hey tress are cool.
Summary: No clue what this is about except that it has mecha, fanservice, what looks like romance and is made by GONZO.
Alex: Mecha? Probably. The only question is whether it’ll be good GONZO or GONZO with its badly rushed endings, poor plot development but extremely good animation.
Amanda: Wow. SOS-dan seiyuu reunion. I saw the trailer way back in July and it looked cool. Now I just have to hope this is good GONZO and not bad GONZO (please see Kaze no Stigma and Gankutsuou for examples).
Senna: Somehow, the title reminds me of Code Geass. Hmm. Anyway, I like the look of the main character (neither cocky or wimpy), so I’ll definitely check it out. Besides, this show would be worth it just for reuniting the cast of Suzumiya Haruhi (Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, and Yuko Goto all appear, with Minori Chihara in the main role). Plus, it has Jouji Nakata. Jouji Nakata, people!
Shadro: Dragons, Space, and there could be mechs…most excellent.
ef.-a tale of memories:
Summary: Guys meets this chick who has passed out. Guy hangs out with this chick. He falls in love. He has a rival. And there are other chicks.
Alex: I really don’t like these fated-esque romances unless it’s a Korean drama with Lee Da Hae.
Amanda: Too much of a sola vibe going on. Looks like a pretty series with nothing actually good in it.
Senna: Remember what I said about harem shows? Booo-ring.
Shadro: Have some manga, art book that came with something, the whole time I have wanted an anime…now I’m getting one.
Alex: I heard the first one was good and a parody about anime is always welcome.
Amanda: I haven’t seen the first one so this is out of the question.
Senna: I’ve heard some great things about Genshiken, but since I have seen the first series … maybe later?
Shadro: Thank the geek/nerd/otaku gods, what many have been waiting for is coming back.
Summary: A supernatural show about three kids who have unique pasts. They soon learn that by extraction of the soul, they can hop between different worlds.
Alex: Finally…something that looks interesting to me. It’s based on Shirow Masamune’s work and is backed by Production I.G. That is bound to be at least interesting.
Amanda: The title reminds me of Ghost Hunt. Which I hated. It’s all by Production I.G. Who I hate. The story sounds really good. And the trailers looks awesome. I guess I’ll see. I’m on neutral at the moment.
Senna: I’m very much hoping for a serious and complex plot from this show, even though I know very little about it.
Shadro: I am reminded of Hell Girl, if it turns to be Hell Girl but good we have something here.
Alex: School life and shoujo ai. Possibly action? Probably a no on my part.
Amanda: Look below at Senna’s comments.
Senna: Some of the promo art features two girls in skimpy bikinis. Somehow, I don’t think I’m the intended audience for this show.
Shadro: er…I was distracted by maid outfits on nice looking girls and stuff like that, other than that I have no clue.
Alex: I am not a Gundam fan. I have nothing against it, I just don’t watch it. No further comment.
Amanda: I’ve never been into the Gundam franchise either.
Senna: Love it or hate it, it’s Gundam so everyone will be talking about it. Might as well get in on the action.
Shadro: WIN NUFF SAID MOVE ON.
Summary: The picture speaks 1000 words.
Alex: Je ne sais pas
Amanda: So is this Japanese barbie o.O?
Senna: No comment.
Summary: Based on one of those dating games, a high schooler is determined to get all the girls. And what do you know, there’s 6 girls ready to occupy a spot in his harem?
Alex: Although this has some great seiyuu including Mamiko Noto, the premise is “Choose and woo 1 out of 6 girls.” They NEED to stop making 10 of these every single year.
Amanda: I hate harems.
Shadro: I don’t know how to call this one, I am dead in the middle about it really, so no witty comment move on.
Summary: Apparently, there’s a 3rd grade teacher who has a student that wants to get into bed with him. And she’s probably not the only one in this messed up series….
Alex: Small midget girl has crush on older teacher. Probably a hit with the peds. Plus, the freakish design makes the main girl look like a giant bug with the consistency of marshmallow.
Amanda: I find this whole anime disturbing. Especially its fanbase.
Senna: The controversy over this manga in the U.S. almost makes me curious enough to watch, but lolicon? DO NOT WANT.
Shadro: EYES BLEEDING! MOE OVERLOAD!
Summary: Apparently this about one loli artist who befriends a lot of people? Oh and is a continuation of a winter series.
Alex: Hmmm. Parody friendship school shows. It doesn’t look too exciting.
Amanda: Never saw the original series. No.
Senna: Nothing to say here.
Shadro: : Yeah you know the slime rejects I get that page so…yeah must not be up, OH WELL I’LL JUDGE IT ANYWAY!
Jyushin Enbu-Hero’s tales-
Summary: This is a historical show. There’s this one guy who wants to rebel against the government and he conveniently is an incarnation to a star which translates to him having a lot of potential to kick ass. Anyways, this dude goes on a journey to master the power and rebel along with some friends.
Alex: Muscular superpower remake…I have a vision of it and it may suck.
Amanda: I read a bit of the manga awhile ago and it was okay. Oh and the FMA mangaka only DREW the artwork. THE FMA MANGAKA DID NOT COME UP WITH THE STORY. I’ll give this 6 episodes before seeing. But I usually end up sticking through anything historical which will probably be the case for this one.
Senna: At first I was turned off by the muscle men on the promo art, but when I looked closer, I realized that this is the latest by Hiromu Arakawa, the manga-ka behind Fullmetal Alchemist. Thus, this show is a must.
Shadro: Even though there was shirtless guys (which we all know is for the fangirls) this does look quite cool.
Summary: You can look down at Alex’s part again.
Alex: Supernatural detective series. A demon forces a high school girl to become a detective so he can be her assistant. Reminds me of Ghost Hunt and that was decent.
Amanda: Even though that guy’s face is beyond creepy, the premise sounds interesting. Unlike most sissy elitists, the two words Shounen Jump doesn’t turn me off either. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into some type of detective Death Note.
Senna: Supernatural detective shows can be good, but usually aren’t. And since the main character looks like he stole his hairstyle from Yu-Gi-Oh!, I think I’ll pass.
Summary: Based off a popular online RPG game.
Alex: Is it based on that side-scrolling Korean game? If so, it looks kind of…lame.
Amanda: This makes me want to fall over laughing. Seriously.
Senna: I was obsessed with the game for about two weeks before I realized it had no point. This time I’ll waste my time elsewhere.
Summary: A slice-of-life comedy series about three sisters and their ordinary lives.
Alex: NOOO. *groans* Another slice of life, friendship/school show. I don’t care if these shows end up being hits, I won’t bother.
Amanda: For some reason, I’m really bad with anime comedy. I never liked any of them because I never laugh. So Azumanga Diaoh, Lucky Star, Hayate, Ouran, and etc. never made my list. And neither will this.
Senna: A show based on a seinen manga about young girls. Hmm, those seem to be popular this season.
Shadro: It looks like I’ve seen this somewhere but I have no clue there, but it looks nice. Hand draw, pastel feel.
Summary: Apparently this chronicles the lives of two sisters who have magic powers.
Alex: Hmm. The premise smells like something Miyazaki would make a movie about…but as a series, I ain’t got enough patience.
Amanda: I’m not into “heart-warming tales” or whatever this series is promising to be.
Senna: A show based on a seinen manga about … um, yeah. But this one has supernatural overtones that give it an edge on the competition in my opinion.
Shadro: Tree, loli girl, flat-chested girl, AND A CAT…so yeah I don’t know.
Alex: This is 2nd season of Moonlight Mile. From what I know, it seems like a semi-realistic space story and is definitely in the vein of what I call “classic “science fiction because the tag line is harnessing a new fuel source from the reaction that Helium 3 would provide. Since the premise seems reasonable to me, I would definitely watch it. Realistic sci-fi can be interesting.
Amanda: I haven’t seen the first season for this either but looking at the website I’m kind of glad I didn’t. I hate sci-fi.
Senna: Comparisons with Planetes are favorable, but in the end, I have no desire to watch manly men do manly things.
Shadro: Space…old school…not doing anything for me, we landed on the moon already.
Summary: Once again, look below.
Alex: Tales about Agriculture. Apparently it’s about someone who can talk to small bacteria and microorganisms…and is about fermentation, yoghurt and wine produce. Educational.
Amanda: Hey if this helps me get an A in science I’ll watch it. Otherwise, no.
Senna: I … really don’t know what to say about this one.
Shadro: Remember when I spoke of slimes…think the rejects for that
Summary: So this one guy returns back to his home after 5 years. He meets up with his childhood love and childhood friend who are probably gonna both bi0tch for him.
Alex: Je ne sais pas.
Amanda: How many ways can I say no?
Senna: No sign of any males in the promo art or on the website, which makes it look like another stupid harem show, yet ANN lists the two main characters as being voiced by males, veteran seiyuu Takehito Koyasu included, which makes me curious.
Alex:Hmm. It’s based on a 2002 RPG game about gods, magic, guardians and all that jazz. For some reason, I think of the hack series…
Amanda: The promo looks nice but I have to wait and see if this series can actually deliver.
Senna: Looks like we have a hot headed protagonist with a harem full of kick-ass chicks and a weakling. In other words, just like every other action harem show that I hate
Shadro: This looks really cool as well, it has this old sword with a new look and just things that are interesting to me
Alex: Girls in childlike garish costumes plus dude. Maybe…
Amanda: I thought I saw a sheep that I liked but maybe that was just my imagination. Probably not.
Shadro: Looks really cool, seems like future magic girl, and the logo is just awesome
Amanda: If they put these characters on pencils, I’d buy them. But I still wouldn’t watch this.
Senna: … No comment
Summary: Basically, this guy inherits a business where they assign magicians to help out people.
Alex: I have no idea what it’s about except that it’s based on a light novel and it’s fantasy/magic (obviously by the name). Sounds good so far…
Amanda: Definitely one of the ones I’m truly looking forward to. I mean you’ve got magic, a good PV, and Jun Fukuyama
Summary: A continuation of the first series where a dead boy with something in him to keep him alive (I forgot the name of it) teams up with a Flame Haze to kick ass.
Alex: I’m not really into midgety looking little girls trying to act tough so…
Amanda: I finished the whole first season with a kind of “meh” feeling. I may or may not watch this though depending on how good it is and if Shana and Yuuji ever hook up.
Shadro: Own figures, haven’t seen first series, want to but I may just jump into the second season YEAH THAT’S RIGHT PLOT, FORGET THAT!
Summary: There was this young girl who lost her voice when her family got murdered. Since all she found was a shougi piece, she learned how to play shougi and was a natural. Now she’s a pro and she’s out to find out the mystery behind her parent’s death.
Alex: Murder and then…the rise of rank in a game to perhaps one day avenge a murder. The murder part is a-okay but the “I can smart ass you at my game l0s3r” better not be anything like Death Note.
Amanda: At first I wasn’t interested but after reading the summary, it does have potential.
Senna: A show based on a seinen manga about a young girl. I’m really getting sick of that sentence, but the art style for this one is compelling, even if the show is about playing shogi.
Shadro: The art style is very interesting, and with a title of the flowers of heart blood it may be cool.
Summary: This is about a popular girl who is actually really insecure and wishes that she had the courage to be herself. One day she gains three little eggs, which contain Guardians that will help her truly discover herself.
Alex: Great…one of those self-reflective, kiddish mahou shoujo shows. It’s probably wholesome but it looks too annoying and bright for me. GET IT AWAY. Note that the studio’s previous works include Rozen Maiden, so maybe some people will take it seriously
Amanda: It looks cute and I like the idea of “finding yourself” a lot better than finding seven magic drops or whatever. Yes.
Senna: At first I thought this was a spin-off about that pink-haired boy from Zombie-Loan. Alas, mahou shoujo rarely holds my interest and Peach-pit needs to make some new character designs.
Shadro: I have no words, I mean leg warmers are far out; but I just don’t know seems maybe to much toward younger audience.
Summary: All you need to know is that this is a 4-koma with a bunch of lolis.
Alex: Another school life series…it’s really not my thing unless it has really morbid undertones. From the promo art, I also think the characters look kind of ugly.
Amanda: I like the name of this show but it’s another 4-koma? It’s probably another Lucky Star without Kyoto Animation.
Senna: A show based on a seinen manga about young girls … wait a minute.
Shadro: Hey you know those story in a school setting where characters have a diary or something…yeah this is that.
Alex: Apparently it’s somewhat popular as a manga about gambling addictions…hmmm. Unless it’s hilarious and remember here that I’m not a manga reader so I don’t know any background info., I probably won’t be watching it.
Amanda: That guy’s face scares me.
Alex: Yeah…don’t know anything about the whole series and not going to start to.
Amanda: Haven’t seen anything of the franchise so no.
Senna: Looks super-sparkly and all, but I never saw any of the other YUA, so I have to pass.
Alex: This one actually seems the most unique and likely has the most interesting premise so far. It’s one of those semi-abstract stories about the waking and dream world melding, etc. Although once again, it reeks a bit of a Miyazaki type of fantasy, I’m interested to see more of the plot.
Amanda: This looks like it’s great for putting me to sleep. But I have my homework for that..
Senna: I couldn’t find much on this show, but based on what Alex wrote about it, it sounds interesting.
2. Our Picks:
1. Yumedamaya Kidan: I have hopes that it’ll be as whimsical, quirky and fantastical as it gives airs of being. Plus, if Production I.G. backs it up - it’s bound to be at least semi-decent. However, it’s listed as a TV special and just 1 episode.
2. GHOST HOUND: With the source work by Masamune Shirow and again Production I.G., as well as the premise of sci-fi I hope it’ll be an intriguing series.
3. Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro: Detective, demon/supernatural shows are always interesting to me but only if it’s relatively serious and not full of lame gags.
4. Dragonaut: I’m a GONZO fan and I can’t pass up something that’s beyond school life, drama and “choose the girl out of a bunch”.
5. Moyasimon: Seeing more promo work, it might end up being the kind of overly wacky thing that I dig.
6. Shion no Ou: I think the premise has promise but the game aspect of it kind of turns me off.
7. Prism Ark/Rental Magica/Night Wizard: Whichever one of these is the least tedious and more original.
8. Blue Drop: I just have a feeling about this.
9. Suteki Tantei Labyrinth: The outfits are sort of interesting to me but I have a feeling it might be like Hayate.
10. Genshiken 2nd Series: I put this at the end because I haven’t seen the first season yet.
-Rental Magica: Interesting concept and Jun Fukuyama?! That’s all I need at the moment.
-Shugo Chara: Like I said, I like the concept of “self-discovery”. Or maybe I’m too emo now and I need a happy show? Oh well.
- Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro: I like most SJ series as of the late and I like the “riddle” aspect.
-Shion no Ou: Looks to be a dark, interesting series. I haven’t seen the concept used before so I’m pretty excited.
Dragonaut: The Resonance - I like the character designs and some of the seiyuu, and something about it reminds me of Eureka 7, which certainly doesn’t hurt.
Rental Magica - The art looks pretty and Jun Fukuyama’s starring. Other than that, there’s just something promising about this show.
Gundam 00 - Love it or hate it, it’s Gundam so everyone will be talking about it. Might as well get in on the action.
Jyushin Enbu: Hero Tales - I’m basing this purely on my love for Hiromu Arakawa as a creator; the promo art and storyline probably wouldn’t have drawn me in otherwise.
Ghost Hound - I’m very much hoping for a serious and complex plot from this show, even though I know very little about it.
Gundam 00 – I am a mech fan, and I like Gundam (08th MS Team is what I think is about the best there is)
Ef –A Tale of Memories – I just really think with the manga I have and stuff that it is a good series and I want it to do well.
Prism Ark: This really does just look awesome, I think the designs are cool and the plot could be really interesting.
Night Wizard –The Animation- - This looks really cool as well, it has this old sword with a new look and just things that are interesting to me
Genshiken 2nd Series – First series was so awesome, and I just love the plot and stuff so season 2 is awesome in my book.
Overall (According to Alex):
It looks kind of like a weak season to me personally, since I’m not into school life, sports or slice-of-life shows. Plus, there’s nothing I can see worth raving about in advance. For others, CLANNAD, Gundam 00, Code Geass 2nd season and Shana 2nd season might be worth excitement. There’s only probably a few shows I’d consider seeing, which is a fall from the Spring season in which I had originally picked up about 7-10 for that. Plus, Spring had Claymore going for it as well as a few other supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi shows. Truthfully, there’s not really any one show that I particularly want to watch compared to the back log on my giant list of “to-see” anime and “to-finish” anime. But for interest’s sake, there are three I intend to pick up some day…(as in, nothing is urgent) and maybe one or two more that might be worthwhile to check out.
And that is it~! I hope you made it through this very short post. Now what are you looking forward to…?
I believe myself~