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Winter Anime 2011 (Mai First Watchlist Blog!)

Oooooh yeah. My first watchlist. Now, fall didn’t work out all that well; I still need to catch up on a few…however, this year I’m bound and determined! I’m also sorting them by my willingness to watch. ‘Course, I already blogged about one, but there seem to be quite a few good ones this season. The fanart you see above is actually the only wintry one I could find that I liked; next time I’ll do this earlier, so I can just chuck in a Christmas picture and be good to go. But now it’s after Christmas, and I got a lot of clothes and no DVDs! (Which means that I’m gonna have to actually PAY forty bucks now for the second Romeo X Juliet DVD. That stupid complete collection shoved it out of every store everywhere, except for Amazon, which is in it for the money only. Waaai, RightStuf?!)

Ah, a milestone for my young blog. I’m feelin’ techno~ So, yah, I’m gonna listen to some Clazziquai and write on. Here we go!

WHAT I WILL WATCH, WITHOUT FAIL

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

English. Is This a Zombie?

Studio. DEEN

Air Date. January 11

Summary. Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system “Megalo” in her place.

PV.


Serial killers, chainsaw lolis, zombies, maho shoujos, and it left out the part about vampire ninjas BUT THEY’RE IN THERE. So it’s automatically on my watchlist. Also the first anime I found out about for this season. Only thing is, they came out with a new PV recently, and it’s fanservice/lolicon-ridden…this’d better not suck. Don’t fail me now, vampire ninjas!

 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

English. N/A. I’ve heard it’s Latin, though. Magi means magician or something, right?

Studio. SHAFT

Air Date. January 7

Summary. Madoka is a kind, friendly, but ordinary second-year middle school girl. She wonders aloud what she should do if she can grant whatever you may wish through magic.

PV.

Wao. Wait to kill my buzz, ANN. That summary is making my eye twitch. But gosh dang it, I’m still watching this. Madoka is even cuter than I expected, and somebody said on the ANN forums that she was fourteen–which would make her my age! Eep! xD Oh, and an update: there is a cat. And the new character has a SWORD. And she has a LOT tsun potential. I’m so happy.

 

Wolverine

English. N/A

Studio. Madhouse

Air Date. January 7

Summary. Second in the four-part Marvel Anime project, broadcasting after the Iron Man anime. Wolverine is a mutant possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at a accelerated rate.

PV.

Okay! So the PV wasn’t…much. However, I promised my best friend (who is the biggest Wolverine fangirl EVAR) that I’d invite her over when this premiered so we could watch it. I never got around to watching Iron Man, but I heard it sucked, which disturbs me. If they hurt our Wolverine, Madhouse is in the doghouse. (Oh! Haha! I made a funny!)

 

WHAT IS PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEED

GOSICK

English. N/A…however, I do wonder what it means. It makes me think of the term “sick,” as in “awesome,” which makes me want to watch it all the more~

Studio. BONES

Air Date. January 8th

Summary. GOSICK takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can’t solve.

PV.

See? See? It’s freaking cool! Loli Sherlock Holmes. Some fans of the novels this show was adapted from kindly explained on ANN that…well, Victorique is awesome. She even smokes a pipe. And it’s a romance, where the dude appears to actually be weaker than the girl, which is always a good time~ Whatever. This is pretty much a guaranteed must-watch.

 

Hourou Musuko

English. Wandering Son

Studio. AIC

Air Date. January 14

Summary. Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be.

PV.

This is gonna sound weird, but I actually wasn’t sure what the word “transgendered” meant when I read this. So I looked it up on dictionary.com, and from what I can tell, this is either gonna be a girl-pwns-boy-repeatedly/possible tsun action or trap-ridden. But who doesn’t love traps? Plus, let’s face it, that animation is just SICK. So I’ll go for the animation/prospect of traps, and hopefully be able to stay for the story. It looks really cutesy, actually~ Chances are, though, it may not be one I’ll stick to religiously each week. I may have to catch up like I should be doing with Bakuman a few times. It also comes out on the same day of the week as Madoka, which could also be a problem. But I’ll try, gosh dang it! Pwettiful animation is too pwettiful to resist!

 

Yumekui Merry

English. Dream Eater Merry

Studio. J. C. Staff

Air Date. January 7

Summary. Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding the person’s body. Ever since then he’s been having a weird dream about a war with cats. Then one day a mysterious girl falls on top of him…

PV.

I had originally written this off because of the summary, but the PVs get epic-er and epic-er with each one. Apparently it’s really good. Eff you, ANN, for your summaries! Stop fabricating fanservice! Dx Either way, that Merry chick looks awesome. She reminds me of Yurippe in terms of looks, but the tights and everything are really cool. She seems like she’s gonna get on my list of favorite girls in anime…only time will tell~

 

WHAT I MAY CHECK OUT

Fractale

English. N/A

Studio. A-1 Pictures

Air Date. January 14

Summary. The story takes place in an island, where a “Fractale System” is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.

PV.

See, this was originally on my “pretty much guaranteed” list, but my unexpected change of heart about Yumekui Merry bumped it off.  It’s good ol’ fantasy, which is fun, but I may have another case of nonstickiness with it. I’ll try to watch it; it’s got Yu Kobayashi, and the purple pigtails in the picture are alluring~

 

Dragon Crisis!

English. N/A

Studio. DEEN

Air Date. January 11

Summary. A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji’s peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.

PV.

See, I saw another description of this show detailing how this Rose girl loves Ryuji SO EFFIN’ MUCH she follows him EVERYWHERE, including the obvious place for a fanservice-y show (*cough*bath*cough*). I’m being cautiously optimistic about it, though; the dragon bit sounds awesome, as is the PV. Also…did anybody notice that the top right-hand corner of the PV had a watermark that said “Dorakura!” in katakana? I mean, the show’s Japanese title is Doragon Kuraishisu!, which is where it comes from, but Rie Kugimiya acting as the female lead to a male lead named Ryuji in a show with a combo name…coincidence, anyone? Either way, I’ll probably end up looking at this. So, from now on, it shall be Dorakura!, ‘cuz I like it that way.

 

Level E

English. N/A

Studio. David Production/Pierrot

Air Date. January 11

Summary. Tsutsui Yukitaka is a freshman who has finally convinced his parents that he is ready to live on his own. When he arrives at his new apartment, he is surprised to find that someone has arrived before him: a young man who claims that he is an alien and that he is suffering from amnesia.

PV.

Hmm…the biggest thing I can say for this is that the character designs remind me of Le Chevalier D’Eon. I don’t know why, but they do. And the term “Level E” makes me think of Vampire Knight, too. However, the PV is hilarious, and it seems like a pretty cool story. I’ve heard the manga is funny. So I may take a look; however, as you can see, I’m up to my knees in shows here~ I’ll probably try it eventually, this season or the next.

 

THE REJECTS!

Mitsudomoe Zoryochu! — Didn’t watch the first season. I heard mixed reviews, though. I may just check it out if I’ve got some spare time.

Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne–!! — Yay! Obsessive little sisters and forced incest! Dx

 

Cardfight!! Vanguard — Er, no. Card battles were popular in first grade. Now I watch shows with giant robots. No deal.

Freezing — Walk in, see unrealistic female body proportions, walk out. I’ve got better things to do with my time.

Infinite Stratos — Waaaaao, I’ve never seen this before. I remember when this anime was announced…nope, my feelings haven’t changed. Pity, though; it’s got some great AMV footage…

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season — Didn’t watch the first one. I probably should, though; this one is supposed to be the most anticipated in both Japan and America, and it looks cutesy.

Rio – Rainbow Gate! — I’m fourteen. I don’t want to watch a show about a creepy blackjack dealer and…O HAI more cards.

Starry Sky — Just didn’t interest me, gomen ne…

Mai no Mahou to Katei no Hi — I know it’s P. A. Works, but it seems to be more of a public service announcement for the kids of Toyama Prefecture. I’ll leave it to them. Plus, P. A. Works has Hanasaku Iroha next season, so it’s all good~

Houkago no Pleiades — I actually didn’t know about this one until just now. It’s got cute witches and stuff…I may take a peek.

Suite Precure — Sequel, right?

 

Most information was taken from the Fansub Wiki and ANN. And the respective YouTube users.

Well, this season looks really good, actually. I’m excited. And, since my New Year’s resolution is to blog a series, I’ll try to do just that — my big projects for school are over and done! I’ll probably try to blog

Stay tuned!

–チタニア (Titania)

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