Happy new year everyone! May the year be filled with happiness and prosperity! So let’s get to what we’re really here for. With every year comes four more anime seasons, and if the Mayan calendar is to be believed (pro tip: it isn’t) it’s the 4th last season we’ll ever see, so we’d better make the most of it! It may not be the greatest of seasons, but there’s a fair amount of really good looking shows on display here. So join us in going through every series Winter will bring.
New Prince of Tennis
In Japan an “All Star Team” is being formed, containing the 50 best tennis players from the entire country.
Recorder to Randoseru
Miyagawa Atsushi is an 11-year-old boy. Since he is 180 centimetres tall and has a grown-up looking build, he has always been running into troubles. On the other hand, his 17-year-old elder sister Atsumi is only 137 centimetres tall and has a childish looking build. Atsumi takes good care of Atsushi, who acts his true age..
Area no Kishi
Believing himself to be useless at football, Aizawa Kakeru opts to become the manager of his school’s football team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan. However, Kakeru may be harbouring a strong talent within himself that only Suguru can see, and the two often get into arguments over Kakeru’s denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old playmate of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on. Join the brothers in their journey to the national and even international championships!
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
A gag comedy story following the humorous yet “realistic” lives of Tadakuni, Hidenori, Yoshitake, and other students at a boys’ high school.
26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. When she suddenly died, her classmates decided to carry on as if she was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to that classroom, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Mei Misaki who wears an eye patch and is always alone drawing pictures.
Rinne no Lagrange
Madoka is the lone member of her school’s Jersey Club. She is one day recruited by a mysterious girl named Lan to pilot the robot “Vox” and protect her city from space invaders. They are joined by a third girl, Muginami, who has a different goal than Ran. Meanwhile, they still don’t know their enemies’ true goal, or what “Rinne” might be.
Inu X Boku SS
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A romantic comedy between master and servant in a mansion full of mysterious secrets!! The high class mansion, Maison de Ayakashi, is better known by the name “Demon Mansion (Ayakashi-kan).” It’s said to boast the world’s greatest security system. Rumors about it abound, ranging from “nothing but weirdos live there,” to “It’s a haunted house inside,” but the truth is that the people who live in this mysterious mansion are all descendants of demons! Ririchiyo Shirakiin is troubled by her inability to interact with people, and comes to the mansion in order to change herself. There she meets her bodyguard, Soushi Miketsukami, one of the Secret Service members assigned to each tenant. There Soushi begs Ririchiyo… “Please make me your dog!”
The black swindler Kaiki Deishu, who once deceived Hitagi, returns to town and spreads the incantation which cursed Nadeko before. Koyomi’s sisters Karen and Tsukihi try to capture Deishu but…
The story centers around a spirited high school girl named Marika. She keeps herself busy with the space yacht club and her part-time job at a high-class retro café. One day, two men suddenly appear and claim to be subordinates of her dead father. They demand that she assume command of the space pirate ship Benten Maru. A privateer ship’s compact was made during a war of independence a century ago, and according to that compact, the ship must be inherited by the captain’s next direct descendant. Marika finds herself embarking on a new life as a space pirate.
Ano Natsu de Matteru
An adolescent romantic comedy. The three main characters are the two girls Ichika Takatsuki and Remon Yamano, and the boy Kaito Kirishima.
The Warring States Era, one year prior to the Battle of Sekigahara. The young and directionless Iga Ninja, Kirigakure Saizo, comes across Isa Nami, a Miko who escaped from Izumo and was being attacked by assassins. Isa Nami was on her way to Shinshu to seek aid from Sanada Yukimura after the Izumo Grand Shrine was burned to the ground by assailants under Tokugawa Ieyasu’s command.
Meanwhile, Sanada Yukimura tries to gather 10 of the strongest warriors to form the Sanada Ten Braves, to serve as his trump card in the brewing wars. As the brave warriors gather and battles erupt, Isa Nami ‘s hidden power begins to awaken…?!
The Sanada Ten Braves, history’s most beautiful, magnificent warriors! Together these ten hold the power to shape history!!
Senhime Zesshou Symphogear
A music-battle anime following two girls in a top vocal unit named Zweiwing who fight to save humanity against a threat known as “Noise”.
|This looks stupid.|
|The trailer and song samples tell me that this is a Macross Frontier rip-off.|
|No thank you.|
|Predicts PS Vita announcing a ‘Senhime Zesshou Symphogear’ game!|
|Macross series is probably better.|
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2
Second season of the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes series.
Natsume Yuujin-Chou Shi
The fourth season of Natsume Yuujinchou.
Continuation of Amagami SS
Zero no Tsukaima F
4th and final season of Zero no Tsukaima
Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai
Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student. One day, Yuri visited Yuta’s apartment and asked him to take care of her three daughters while Yuri and her husband were on a trip. He unwillingly accepted the job but the plane Yuri took went missing. In order to prevent the daughters from being adopted separately by relatives, Yuta decided to take in all three girls. A life of a strange family in a tiny apartment begins.
The story will take place 12,000 years after the first Aquarion television series at a city modeled after Hong Kong. A new cast of characters, piloting a new Aquarion robot, will fight enemies from another dimension.
|I’ve heard very mixed things about the original Aquarion series but there’s an incredibly talented staff working on this, including Yoko Kanno handling the music. There’s potential here, so I’ll be watching this.|
|Hopefully, Evol retains the shouting clichés of its predecessor. Like the original Aquarion, the animation looks gorgeous. However, I was easily getting bored at times too. Anyway, I’m not really looking forward to this new series.|
|I hope its every bit as corny & cliche as the original. Also no real need to have watched the original one, so win.|
|I-I’ve never even heard of Aquarion. But it does look good. I’m not sure about the story and character development but I’ll watch a few episodes and see if it’s all good.|
|Fascinating but not interested.|
|I’ll be too busy wondering why not Lygorion or Ailurorion. Is a robot of darkness or a neko robot too much to ask? I don’t mind an anime about a robotic cat girl robot saving the earth in magical land of Hong Kong.|
High School DxD
|TNK||Ecchi / Action||06-JAN||Trailer|
The story follows Issei Hyodo, a dim-witted, lecherous second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever. Issei is reincarnated as a devil, and from that day forward, he serves as an underling of Riasu, a high-level devil who is also the prettiest girl on Issei’s campus.
Kill Me Baby
Based on a 4-panel style manga that follows the comedic life of a typical school girl Yasuna and her assassin classmate Sonya. Sonya’s attempt to fit in often fails when her natural assassin instincts kick in and Yasuna’s attempts to be friendlier with Sonya often get her hurt or intimidated.
No synopsis currently available, sorry.
|Unknown||Ecchi / Comedy
Kuribayashi Minami returns to Japan after a long stay in Los Angeles. She enters an upper-class girl’s high school “Gokurakuin Jyoshi High School”, so called “Gokujyo”. She tries to dominate the school with her beauty but her plan is spoiled by the silly and pervert behaviors of her eccentric classmates.
This was more than just a preview, it was a learning experience. In this one post, we learned that Loba should be the main character of Recorder to Randoseru, Gooney seems to be the only one looking forward to Black Rock Shooter, Thaivu22 found the anime of the
century, Vocaloid fans should bomb Lygophile’s house, Poro has more apathy towards High School DxD than anyone else, Blindability doesn’t know what a “jersey club” is (Shocking right? I thought everyone knew), jGLZA still sings the praises of every sports anime in the world (as long as it’s not Prince of Tennis), and everyone hates Milky Holmes.
But seriously, the season doesn’t look incredible, but it should still be decent nonetheless, with a large variety of genres. We’ll begin our first impressions ASAP, so look out for those.
Here’s hoping that everyone enjoys the season!