On Tap: Fall 2008 Anime Season
Since I started up in August, I was really put smack-dab in the middle of the summer anime season this year. Since quite a few shows were nearing their conclusions, I opted not to blog these various serieses. I mean, I could have, but I was still torn on how much backstory (if any) I should mention in my coverage. Besides, this way I start off on a clean slate right from the get-go on shows that catch my eye. So, without further ado, here’s a list of what you can potentially expect from しかし! / shikashi! as the Fall 2008 anime season gets fully under way!
First up is Kurozuka, which I admit caught my eye mainly because of the character design efforts by Masanori Shino. Having recently gone back and rewatched the entirety of both Black Lagoon series, there was something oddly familiar about the way the lad on the main Kurozuka promotional art, story lead Kuro, looked right at me. Then it dawned on me: hey, that stare looks kinda like Revy except without a deranged smile! And as luck would have it, Shino turns out to be the main character designer on both projects. This Madhouse production seems to be in the vein of vampire epics that deal with the maturation of the bloodsuckers as they lives across various ages in human history. There’s a little something about certain vampire stories that always grabs my attention and the fact that one of my favorite seiyuu, Romi Paku, is involved all but sealed my commitment to this series should some decent subs for it come out.
Kurozuka‘s eternal night begins next week on the 7th and airs weekly on Tuesday nights.
Michiko to Hatchin
Next up is the latest brainchild from manglobe, the folks who brought you the Blade Runner-esque Ergo Proxy and the spiritual sequel to Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo. While Bee Train’s managed to do several series featuring women and lolis pairing up to mop up baddies with copious amounts of firepower (Noir, Madlax, El Cazador de la Bruja), that doesn’t make the concept tired enough for Japanese audiences to ingest as Michiko to Hatchin will be set to storm TV sets this season. One is a little girl striving to escape from her suffocating household and the other is a saucy firebrand that sprung herself from an Alcatraz-like institution. lol, I have complete confidence in their chemistry and look forward to whatever mayhem awaits them.
Michiko to Hatchin sets their sight for the horizon in two weeks on the 15th every Wednesday night.
Nodame Cantabile – Paris Chapter
Gyabo! It’s the show that gave this blog its name (lol, that’s a story for another day)! I’m sure there aren’t many people that haven’t already heard about this show thanks to the huge amount of attention the original manga, its first anime series, and the wildly popular live-action drama garnered in recent memory. Now that some time has passed, it looks as if Tomoko Ninomiya’s beloved music students are back in animated form to the delight of fans around the world. The venue in Nodame Cantabile – Paris Chapter is obviously France, just one of a few countries that have been featured so far in the manga’s currently ongoing European setting. We probably won’t see this series catch up to the manga’s current position, but I suppose that’s ultimately a good thing if the series can maintain its charm long enough to greenlight yet another follow-up.
Nodame and Chiaki take France by storm on the 9th with subsequent performances every Thursday night on the noitaminA anime programming block thereafter.
Shikabane Hime – Aka
Back at FanimeCon 2008, Yasuhiro Takeda and Hiryouki Yamaga, top suits at Gainax, mentioned that over the course of the spring and the summer they would be working on a show that would decidedly be much darker than Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann. Judging from what I’ve read of Shikabane Hime‘s manga, they weren’t kidding! Basically Makina Hoshimura finds herself deceased and, in order to get accepted to the pearly gates, has to lay waste to 108 different undead threats to the human world. There’s been plenty of decapitation, dismemberment, and otherwise permanent disfigurement in the battles depicted in the series and you can absolutely expect Gainax to complement the action with their trademark bounce. Shikabane Hime – Aka, the first half to this project, will be animated by Gainax with feel backing them up, whereas the second half, Shikabane Hime – Kuro, will flip-flop the two studio’s roles and air sometime in 2009.
Shikabne Hime – Aka guns for #1 on the list of 108 tonight (the 2nd) in Japan with more hunts every Thursday thereafter.
Tantei Senshi Sunred
Liked Seto no Hanayome? Like tokusatsu? Want to see a mash-up comedy between these two giant forces? Tentai Senshi Sunred is your best bet as it aims to be the biggest lampoon at the genre in well… possibly ever? I haven’t read the original manga myself but given who the animation production’s been given to, I can’t think of much to say against the potential lulz that can be had in this show. This show’s so low-key there hasn’t been a promo of it that I can find; add to that the possibility it won’t even get picked up by subbers and well… haha I just may have to find something to replace this in the Fall 2008 blogging lineup!
Tentai Senshi Sunred jumps into action this Friday (the 3rd) with more kaiju showing up every Friday thereafter!
I always wanted to start swearing off shows using the “teens with superpowers” gimmick, but they seem to crop up every now and then in a new shape and form that just somehow appeals to me. In the case of Yozakura Quartet, it’s the fresh character design by Satanobu Kikuchi that screams of BONES, yet not BONES (well, he did work on key BONES projects such as Eureka Seven after all). And well… that’s just about the extent of my shallow crush on this series. The fact that the folks behind the various Rozen Maiden series (Nomad) only slightly sweetens the deal, and in the long run this show is something of a wild card because the premise sounds so weak yet the wrapping looks so ornate… Yeah, I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on this one.
Yozakura Quartet opens up its youkai hit business tonight in Japan; further client appointments are scheduled Thursday nights this season.
And with that, those are the six shows I’m most keen to blog on for the next couple of months. This is of course subject to change: my interest in watching non-subbed shows, the availability of softsubs, and the overall quality of the production are all factors in deciding whether or not to continue with a particular series (or in the case of Tentai Senshi Sunred, whether to start at all). However, should circumstances change you guys will definitely be the first to know!