The season where the wind gets colder, snow starts to fall down… And new anime too.
[Last update: 12/09/08]
Kanzeon: The winter season is like a pass-through for the great Fall season this year. I think that this would be the perfect time to finish up all my work because this season, there’s is only a few shows that caught my interest. Here goes my much-awaited Winter Anime 2008 post, this time it would be different because I dragged Tsuiteru along for a tag-team impressions for the upcoming new shows. This should be finished a week ago but Tsui is just stupid so I have to edit this again to become a tag-team post.
Tsuiteru: We even cut classes just to finish this post up! You should all be grateful XD… Just kidding. I decided to help kanzeon on a tag-team commentary. Honestly, I didn’t donated any help on this post, just my impressions on them, so if you see any mistakes, blame Kanzeon ok? Haha..
SHIKABANE HIME: GEN
Seiyuu: Nana Akiyama as Makina Hoshimura, Tatsuya Hosome as Ouri Kagami
Sequel to the first series that aired last Fall 2008. About Makina Hoshimura, a Shikabane who cheats death due to a strong dying wish. She has a contract of killing other Shikabane who gives danger to the humans.
Kan: I heard that this is having a brand new set of creators so I might give this series a second chance. Plus I love girls with guns.
Tsui: Brand new set of “cremators”?
Kan: Ugh… edited it now -_-” Why do you have to notice everything?!
Tsui: Haha… About the show, I seem to doubt its potential. From the character designs to the seiyuu.. It’s just meh…
MARIA-SAMA GA MITERU 4th SEASON
Production: Studio DEEN (Higurashi, ToraDora!)
Seiyuu: Kana Ueda as Yumi Fukuzawa, Miki Itou as Sachiko Ogasawara
Lillian School for Girls is an exclusive Catholic school where Yumi is attending. The story continues on Yumi and Sachiko, along with the other girls in the academy.
Tsui: Yuri girls are win so might try this one. (oops, I just copy-pasta my previous comment XD)
Kan: You lazy dog…
TETSUWAN BIRDY DEOCDE: 2
[Episode #: 13]
Production: A-1 Pictures Inc. (Kannagi, Kuroshitsuji)
Seiyuu: Miyu Irino as Tsutomu Senkawa, Saeko Chiba as Birdy
Sequel to the first season that aired last Summer 2008. Federation investigator Birdy accidentally kills a boy named Senkawa during a mission on Earth. To save his life, their bodies are fused and the two must continue Birdy’s work together.
Kanzeon: Followed the first season and suddenly dropped it. Probably not watching this one anymore -_-”
Tsuiteru: Didn’t even heard about the first season, obviously have no plan to watch this…
GENJI MONOGATARI SENNENKI [A Tale of Genji]
Production: Tezuka Productions (Ray, Mokke)
The story follows the happy yet sorrowful youth of Hikaru Genji’s love and the women in his life who strive hard for their love for Genji to be significant amongst others.
Kan: This is based from the world’s first novel. Umm… Yeah.
Tsui: Boooring… *yawns*
KAMEN NO MAID GUY OVA
Production: Madhouse Studios (Death Note, Chaos;HEAd)
Seiyuu: Yuka Iguchi as Naeka Fujiwara, Rikiya Koyama as Kogarashi
Continuation of 2008 anime. Fujiwara Naeka is a typical 17 year-old high school student. Or so we thought. She’s really one of 2 surviving heirs of a tycoon who has the right to inherit his mass fortune when she turns 18 in half a year. With Kogarashi, a big burly maid guy with a mask, he’s assigned to keep Naeka and her brother safe.
Kan: This is just an OVA so it can be worth watching.
Tsui: I have also watched the series and it’s quite good so I’ll definitely check this one out.
KISS x SIS OVA
Production: Feel (D.C. ~Da Capo II~ series)
Seiyuu: Ayana Taketatsu as Ako Suminoe
Keita has two step-sisters who love him in a lustful way and have no problems expressing it, they even are in competition about that. When one day they confess their feelings for him in front of everyone, Keita rejected them, but he felt sorry after so he says that he’ll study hard in order to get in the same highschool as them.
Kan: Ugh. Keep this away from me…
Tsui: Ecchi ecchi ecchi here you go!!! WAHAHA!!!
MAJOR 5th SEASON
Production: Synergy SP (Zettai Karen Children)
Seiyuu: Masakazu Morita, Motoko Kumai, Showtaro Morikubo
About a young pitcher aspiring to be the major lead to follow his father’s footsteps. Based from the long-running manga by Takuya Mitsuda.
Kan: I hate sports-themed anime… I also hate sports in real life.
Tsui: I hate sports either… If only video-gaming can be counted as a sport…
Production: SHAFT (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Ef)
Seiyuu: Asami Sanada as Kanako Miyamae, Marina Inoue as Matsurika Shinouji, Yu Kobayashi as Mariya Shidō
A sophomore named Kanako enrolls in an all-girls school due to her phobia of men. Expecting that she would finally found the yuri-love-of-her-life, Kanako meets Maria, which happens to be the most popular and beautiful girl in school. Her ideal girl was ruined because Maria turns out to be a sadistic trap.
Kan: I love the premise, that blonde is a pretty yet sadistic trap, plus it’s SHAFT so this is gonna be win!
Tsui: Yuri girls are win so might try this one.
Production: Asread (Ga-Rei -Zero-)
Seiyuu: Marina Inoue, Minori Chihara, Rina Satou
The third season of Coharu Sakuraba’s manga series. Follows the lives of the three Minami sisters: Haruka, Kana and Chiaki, from oldest to youngest respectively.
ZOKU NATSUME YUUJIN-CHOU
Production: Brains Base (Baccano!, Kurenai)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya as Takashi Natsume, Kazuhiko Inoue as Nyanko-san
Sequel to the first series that aired last Summer 2008. Natsume can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the “Book of Friends”. Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits.
Kan: Hot sequel is hot! I’m definitely looking forward to this one!
Tsui: Frankly, the first season bored me to ashes, it doesn’t fit my taste.
Kan: You don’t have ANY taste at all…
ASU NO YOICHI
Production: AIC (Seto no Hanayome, Ah! My Goddess)
Seiyuu: Nobuhiko Okamoto as Yoichi Karasuma, Rina Satou as Ibuki Ikaruga
A boy swordsman, Yoichi and his father stays in mountain training for his descent from the mountain. Yoichi comes to the city to lodge and stay with 4 beautiful sisters. A new more severe “training” regiment awaits him.
Kan: Umm… I’m still deciding if I should try this show out. Maybe… just maybe…
Tsui: I’m currently reading the manga and it’s quite good so you should give it a try.
The story about two childhood friends, the tragedy and angst that befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood. Based from a drama hit from Korea.
Kan: I don’t watch dorama-turned-to-anime adaptations at all but I think this one would be quite different because they’ll be having the original Korean actors to voice the characters. I’ll check this one out.
Tsui: WTF. Korean actors to dub the anime? How would they do that?
KEMONO NO SOUJA ERIN
[Episode #: 50]
Production: Production I.G. (Blood+, Eyeshield 21)
Seiyuu: Nanase Hoshii as Erin
Because of her mother being executed for allegedly killing a batch of fighting snakes, Erin is adopted by a beekeeper and meets the animals in the mountains. She is inspired to become a veterinarian herself, a decision that will put the fate of the kingdom in her hands.
Tsui: Umm… Hey kanz, say something about this one.
Kan: …What about you?
Tsui: What would I type something about a picture with a grass and a bird’s shadow?
Kan: Ok next!!!
College student Touya Fuji dates an idol singer named Yuki Morikawa. Their relationship faces numerous obstacles and challenges to the other people at Fuji’s college, Yuki’s career, and everywhere.
Kan: Nana Mizuki and Aya Hirano showdown ftw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely watching this one.
Keita is a game programmer who encountered a guardian of the coexistence equilibrium named Kuro, in a battle. At their first meeting Kuro saves Keita’s life and a contract is formed.
Kan: This really sounds interesting, I might try this one.
Tsui: If this would be anything like Elfen Lied, it’s sold for me.
Kan: Lol, I also get an Elfen Lied feeling on this one too XD…
TOWER OF DRUAGA ~THE SWORD OF URUK~
Production: GONZO (S.A., Strike Witches)
Seiyuu: Fumiko Orikasa as Kaya, Kenn as Jil
Sequel to the first series that aired last Spring 2008. The story revolves around Jill’s quest with his companions for a fabled and powerful artifact rumored to be in the highest floor in the Tower of Druaga. If climbing atop the tower sounds easy, you haven’t heard about the obstacles and their other competitors inside.
Kan: This is based from an old game, when I say old, I mean bricks-and-pixels old. I haven’t watched the first season so I should watch that first before watching the second.
Tsui: I think I’ll try to watch this one too. The first season was blogged at RC so it should be good.
Production: J.C. Staff (ToraDora! Shakugan no Shana)
Seiyuu: Megumi Hayashibara as Lina Inverse, Yasunori Matsumoto as Gourry Gabriev
Having lost the Sword of Light in the previous battle, Lina and Gourry continue their journey in search of a replacement weapon. Lina is happy to reunite with her old friends, but appearing before her is Luvinagard’s Inspector of the Special Investigative Unit; a man called Wizer. Continuation of the 2008 anime sequel.
Kan: WOW THERE’S A F*CKING HUGE AMOUNT OF SEQUELS THIS SEASON! Oh, did I mention I don’t watch the series? Pass…
Tsui: Me neither…
AXIS POWERS HETALIA
Production: Studio DEEN (ToraDora!, Junjou Romantica)
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa as Italy, Hiroki Takahashi as Japan, Hiroki Yasumoto as Germany, Katsuyuki Konishi as America, Noriaki Sugiyama as United Kingdom, Rie Kugimiya as Liechtenstein, Romi Paku as Switzerland, and many many more
Hetalia (”useless” + “Italy”) is the story of the countries of the world made into people, carrying with them that nation’s stereotypes. The main setting is the WWI/WWII era, but other scenes from history (such as the American Revolution) are sometimes depicted.
Kan: MUST WATCH THIS ONE. This tops my winter watch-list along with Maria+Holic!
Tsui: The plot sounds interesting, with countries being personified with their personalities… But why there’s no Philippines?
Kan: Because if it were to be personified, the Philippines would be a corrupt politician…
KONNICHI WA ANNE
About a Canadian girl named Anne, who’s been adopted by Matthew and Marilla. Anime adaptation of the novel “Anne of the Green Gables”.
A political drama about a girl who owns an iron horse motorcycle in 2020.
SORA O KAKERU SHOUJO
The story is set in the year 311 of the Orbital Calendar, when humanity has migrated to countless colony clusters in space. A space colony girl named Akiha Shishidō encounters a malevolent artificial intelligence named Leopard that has been installed on a colony. Akiha is joined by an Inter-Colony Police officer named Itsuki Kannagi, a taciturn young girl named Honoka Kawai, and a robot named Imoko “Imo-chan” Shishidō. [Anime News Network]
CHROME SHELLED REGIOS
In the distant future, humanity lives in isolated mobile cities called Regios. Reifon Aruseifu (weird name) enrolls in the 17th Martial Arts Studies led by the third-year student Nina Anto-ku and embarks on a series of adventures.
Daichi Kakeru was just buying soda from a vending machine but the melon juice soda that came out magically transforms into a girl whom he nicknamed ‘Melon’. Other several Akikan (‘Empty Can”) girls appears, which needed a kiss in order to infuse Carbon Dioxide in their bodies.
A competition is held to decide on who will be the next Queen in the kingdom, whom will rule and expand the country. The contestants need not be human or intelligent, older than 12, or even from that country. Murder is allowed in the tournament, and any weapons can be chosen.
Production: Sony Pictures
Seiyuu: Megumi Toyoguchi, Takaya Kuroda
HAJIME NO IPPO
Production: Madhouse (Chaos;Head)
Seiyuu: Kohei Kiyasu
Makunouchi Ippo’s punch leads to the discovery of a dynamite punch that opens up the doorway to a whole new world where that dream can become a reality. At the Kamogawa Gym, Ippo now trains with the aspirations of becoming a professional boxer and discovering what it means to be strong.
Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai… or for Pete’s sake “MUNTO” for short!
Akuto, the main source of energy is running low and the Heavens, a world of islands, hidden beyond time, floating above ours, has united against the Magical Kingdom whom uses the most energy. To save both the Magical Kingdom and the Heavens and restore the flow of akuto, the Magical King Munto must follow a vision and find the girl Yumemi in the lower world. Yumemi herself is just a normal girl except that she is the only one who can see the islands of the Heavens floating above. [ANN for the OVA]
This post is a live post. This would be updated as soon as we gathered new information, new shows, and as soon as we’ve finished putting up infos on the other shows. If there’s any corrections, please don’t hesitate to correct us :) What will you be looking forward to on the upcoming Winter seasons and which shows are you going to follow?