With last year still fresh in my mind, here’s what I plan to watch this winter. It’s a total of thirteen shows, but I was very generous with some of them. I’m anticipating that I’ll drop at least three or four of them.
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (OreShura)
Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents’ divorce—and his goal—he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day, Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who has just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight.
This show follows just about every anime cliche to the letter. It’s one noticeably redeeming quality is that it is directed by Kanta Kamei, the same guy who did Usagi Drop.
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
The story takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century. Manjiro has two faces. During the day, he works as a helper for people in Kyoto, but he also acts in secret to get back people’s properties from the men in power. As the get-backer “Roman,” Manjiro is getting involved in a nationwide conspiracy.
I’m not a huge fan of this genre, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway. It appears to have some Robin Hood-esque influences. If they can play with the morality of the so-called conspiracy, it might turn into something worth watching.
Satan Rchimedes returns to the earth after being sealed for one thousand years by a hero. The King tries to seal Satan once again by dispatching descendants of the hero. However, it’s troublesome to find the genuine descendants, the king chooses 75 hero-like people. This is an adventure of Alba, the hero No.45, and an his monitoring fighter Ross.
It’s got an interesting premise, and that’s about it. I’m expecting to drop it, but I did say I was going to try and expand my horizons this season.
The story follows a hikikomori named Sasami who is unmotivated about even changing clothes or eating. Her brother takes care of her, even though she despises his slave-like nature. Sasami spends her days viewing the outside world via a “Brother Surveillance Tool” on her computer. In the outside world, the three beautiful Yagami sisters and Sasami’s brother are in the middle of relationships worthy of a romantic comedy.
This genuinely looks interesting. I’m expecting to see a lot of satire poking fun at common anime tropes. Also, its director is Akiyuki Shinbou who has given us a plethora of great anime including Bakemonogatari, Madoka Magica and Hidamari Sketch. I’m predicting that this will be one of the top shows this season.
Tamako is a mochi-loving high-school freshman whose family runs a mochi (rice cake) shop in a certain town’s shopping district. She enjoys her high school life with her friends Midori and Kanna in the badminton club. She also helps out at her family’s shop and develops new mochi.
It’s K-ON! painted a different color. If you didn’t like that show, I can almost guarantee you won’t like this one. I, for one, welcome our new moe overlords.
After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Dark Lady’s castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery. The queen of demons however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall. Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Dark Lady, agrees to help with her plans!
Broken. Window. Fallacy. I find it humorous that this is by the same guy who directed Spice and Wolf. He goes from discussing some basic economic principles in one anime to making a complete mockery of them in the next. That aside, the parallels between this and Spice and Wolf are pretty strong so I think I’ll find myself enjoying this too.
A school love comedy. Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people’s minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.
It really doesn’t look like anything spectacular but whatever. It shares some staff members with Yuru Yuri, and I’ve heard plenty of good things about that show. We’ll see.
On the morning of August 1, the heroine wakes up and discovers she has absolutely no memories of the past. A boy appears before her, and introduces himself as a “spirit” named Orion. The heroine struggles to regain her memories under the guidance of Orion. She then gets a phone call, but she does not recognize the name on her mobile phone screen. She meets her apparent “boyfriend,” despite not knowing his face.
Look. I made this list of shows a few weeks back, and I honestly don’t know how this wound up on it. I just don’t know. Please don’t think less of me for this.
Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?
Cute girls doing cute things. (See “cooking battles” above)
An original sci-fi action anime featuring a 14-year-old girl. The story takes place in a peaceful island filled with nature and technology.
I never saw Strike Witches. I hope it isn’t too late to join the party.
“We’re going to launch a manga magazine!”
A team of girls with zero experience in manga editing are off and running toward their dream of creating the biggest manga magazine in Japan! They seem to do nothing but run into problems and failures… But still they’re working hard every day!
It’s not like I’m going to drop this after the first episode. Oh, wait.
Private Detective Hiroshi Inaba is an artificially-created being, formed by splicing the genes of both a human and a wolf, who gains information by tasting and examining people’s hair, and pretty much has a hair fetish. He can transform into a more wolf-like form, and also gain special powers and perform different attacks depending on the type or colour of hair he eats. Formerly employed by the police and partnered with an officer, he now runs his own private detective agency with the help of his sadistic, cross-dressing secretary Yuuta (often mistaken for a girl), and Kei (a *relatively* normal teenager working part-time at the office. Ogino, the officer formerly partnered with Hiroshi, also often helps out with cases. His arch-enemy is Don Valentino, an evil mastermind goat with a taste (literally) for money, and a variety of messed up but extremely devoted henchman, including gentleman samurai Laurence, who always wears a bag over his head. Most chapters are individual stories revolving around Hiroshi and his friends trying to arrest the Don, always failing miserably.
Just stop asking questions. Please.
Adaption of the 6th book in the Monogatari series, containing the Tsubasa Family Arc and featuring Hanekawa Tsubasa.
How could I even possibly forget about this. I don’t think it needs much of an introduction. Needless to say, this is going to be a great way to start off the new year.
So did I miss anything? I thought I was pretty thorough, but that hasn’t meant much in the past.