Fall 2009 TV Anime
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Yup, here we go again. The summer season brought in quite a number of relatively short shows ranging from 11 to 15 total episodes. A few shows, like Hetalia Axis Powers, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, etc continue on into the fall season. Without further ado, here's the tentative lineup coming in roughly two months:

Last update: October 3rd, 2009.
Update history: August 2nd, 5th, 21st, 26th, 31st; September 3rd, 14th, 29th, 30th; October 3rd

Fall 2009 line up (27 total):

Queen's Blade: Gyokuza wo Tsugumono / QB: The One who Succeeds the Throne / QB and the Evil Eye ~ Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Airing/Length: September 24th / ?? episodes
Studio: ARMS (Elfen Lied)
Notable Seiyuus: Hirano Aya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star), Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index), Tanaka Atsuko (Ghost in the Shell series), Kawasumi Ayako (Kanokon, Fate/stay night, Kanon, Initial D series)
Second season for the Queen's Blade series. More, um, of that stuff.

Asura Cryin' 2 ~ Action/Mecha/Supernatural
Airing/Length: October 1st / 13 episodes
Studio: Seven Arcs (Inukami!, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series)
Notable Seiyuus: Nonaka Ai (Clannad series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series), Tanaka Rei (Hayate no Gotoku series, CANAAN), Kitamura Eri (Toradora!, Minami-ke), Tomatsu Haruka (CANAAN, Kannagi)
Second season to Asura Cryin'.

Kämpfer ~ Action/Comedy/Romance/Supernatural
Airing/Length: October 1st / 12 episodes
Studio: Nomad (sola, Yozakura Quartet)
Notable Seiyuus: Inoue Marina (Minami-ke, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), Mizuki Nana (RideBack, Minami-ke, White Album, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series), Horie Yui (Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Toradora!, Kanon, School Rumble), Tamura Yukari (AIR, Asu no Yoichi!, Clannad, Kanon), Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index)
Senou Natsuru is a normal high school boy, but one day he wakes up finding that he's turned into a girl, chosen to be a Kampfer, and is soon involved in battles against other Kampfers. The rules are simple: you don't choose whether you become a Kampfer, and you must have the body of a girl to use your powers.

Nyan Koi! ~ Comedy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 1st / 12 episodes
Studio: AIC (Candy Boy, Solty Rei)
Notable Seiyuus: Asanuma Shintaro (Hatuskoi Limited, Minami-ke, Nodame Cantabile: Paris Chapter), Iguchi Yuka (To Aru Majutsu no Index, Shangri-La), Kobayashi Yuu (Maria Holic, Zetsubou Sensei series, Gintama), Fukuyama Jun (Spice and Wolf series, Code Geass, xxxHOLiC), Shiraishi Ryoko (Hayate no Gotoku!, Natsu no Arashi!), Tanaka Atsuko (Ghost in the Shell series), Sakakibara Yui (Chaos;HEAd, H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~), Tomatsu Haruka (CANAAN, Kannagi)
Junpei Kosaka is a second-year high school student despises cats because of his allergies, even though his family owns a cat. However, his crush, Kaede Mizuno, absolutely adores cats. One day while walking with her, he accidently kicks an empty can into a guardian deity of cats and can now understand what the cats are saying. The issue here is, if he does not grant 100 wishes from cats he will turn into a cat himself.

Tatakau Shisho: Book of Bantorra / Fighting Librarians ~ Fantasy
Airing/Length: October 2nd / 13 26 episodes
Studio: david production (Ristorante Paradiso, Dogs: Bullets & Carnage)
Notable Seiyuus: Paku Romi (Fullmetal Alchemist series), Tomatsu Haruka (CANAAN, Kannagi), Kawasumi Ayako (Kanokon, Fate/stay night, Kanon, Initial D series), Nakamura Yuuichi (Clannad series)
In a world where dead people are turned into books, anyone can read their past life at the Bantorra Library. Armed librarians protect these books from a religious society known as the Sindeki Kyoudan.

To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjihou / A Certain Scientific Railgun ~ Action/Comedy/Supernatural
Airing/Length: October 2nd / 12 episodes
Studio: J.C. Staff (To Aru Majutsu no Index, Hatsukoi Limited, Toradora!)
Notable Seiyuus: Satou Rina (Bamboo Blade, Eve no Jikan, Minami-ke, Asu no Yoichi!), Arai Satomi (To Aru Majutsu no Index), Tomatsu Haruka (CANAAN, Kannagi)
Spin-off from To Aru Majutsu no Index from Fall 2008. This time, it focuses on the adventures of Biribiri (Mikoto) and her friend Kuroko of 'Judgement' as they solve mysteries and maintain order and peace in Academy City.

Sims: Hurrah, more Biribiri! And, no, you do not need to watch To Aru Majutsu no Index in advance as they are separate story lines, but if you like one series more often then not you may like the other. You will see Touma, the main protagonist in Index, dropping by a couple of times though as a supporting character.

White Album 2 / White Album Final ~ Drama/Romance
Airing/Length: October 2nd / 13 episodes
Studio: Seven Arcs (Inukami!, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series)
Notable Seiyuus: Hirano Aya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star), Mizuki Nana (RideBack, Minami-ke, White Album, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series), Tomatsu Haruka (CANAAN, Kannagi)
Continuation of the White Album series. More drama.
Fuji Toya is a college student dating a rising idol singer, Morikawa Yuki. This is the continuation of the challenges the couple's relationship face from other individuals from Touya's college, Yuki's workplace, and elsewhere.

Seitokai no Ichizon / Student Council's Judgement ~ Comedy
Airing/Length: October 2nd / 13 episodes
Studio: Studio DEEN (Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Fate/stay night)
Notable Seiyuus: Kondo Takashi (Black Cat, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Kanokon), Saito Yuka (Umineko no Naku Koro ni), Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index)
Members of the student council are chosen by popularity vote and as a result all members are girls except for one, Sugizaki Ken, who records the minutes of each council meeting regarding students and their interests.

Sims: Expect parody references to other anime series, i.e. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Dragon Ball.

Seiken no Blacksmith / The Sacred Blacksmith ~ Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Airing/Length: October 3rd / 12 episodes
Studio: Manglobe (Ergo Proxy)
Notable Seiyuus: Okamoto Nobuhiko (To Aru Majutsu no Index, Asu no Yoichi, Chrome Shelled Regios, Akikan!), Fujimura Ayumi (Taishou Yakyuu Musume., Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy)
Cecily Campbell, a knight, is looking for a blacksmith to repair an old sword given by her father. One day, she sees a man fighting with a ruffian who used a tabooed power, and the man defeated the ruffian with one blow of an oddly shaped sword. The man is a blacksmith known as Luke Aunsworth and this fateful encounter was the beginning of their adventure.

Tegamibachi / Letter Bee ~ Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Supernatural
Airing/Length: October 3rd / 13 episodes
Studio: Pierrot (Bleach, Hikaru no Go)
Notable Seiyuus: Fujimura Ayumi (Taishou Yakyuu Musume., Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy), Sawashiro Miyuki (CANAAN, Kannagi, Rozen Maiden), Koshimizu Ami (Spice and Wolf series, Code Geass series), Fukuyama Jun (Spice and Wolf series, Code Geass, xxxHOLiC), Mizuki Nana (RideBack, Minami-ke, White Album, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series)
In the land of Amberground, where social classes are divided into three different areas: high, middle, and those living in poverty, there are people who work to deliver letters. Their occupation as "Letter Bees" are to deliver through rain, sleet, snow or gloom of nigh...err...letters of importance to citizens. Five years ago, a seven year old Lag Seeing travels with a Letter Bee known as Gauche Suede whom he travels with inspires him to become a Letter Bee. Five years later, his dream comes true but Gauche has gone missing.

Sims: Sort of reminds me of Shigofumi, although I doubt Tegamibachi series will be as dark as that series. There are some similarities: one, it revolves around mail carriers and two, said mail carriers carry some sort of weapon for protection.
In addition, you don't necessarily have to watch the one episode OVA that came out late last year, titled Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy, even though it's labeled a prequel. It does give some background info and some insight in a few of the characters, but I'm sure the TV series will reintroduce all that to bring everyone up to speed.


Tentai Senshi Sunred Second Season ~ Comedy
Airing/Length: October 3rd / ?? episodes
Studio: AIC A.S.T.A. (Bamboo Blade)
Notable Seiyuus: Takagi Shun (School Rumble series)
Continuation of the parody series following Sunred, a once powerful and battle-tested hero turned unemployed, chain smoking individual who sold his motor bike and lives gracefully with his girlfriend, and his arch enemy, General Vamp, who, unlike other villains, helps members of society, runs an educational cooking show and helps out Sunred's girlfriend at times. All this while General Vamp and his group of cronies attempt to attack and defeat Sunred.

Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen / Inyuyasha: The Final Act ~ Adventure/Comedy/Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 3rd / 26 episodes
Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass series, Gintama)
Notable Seiyuus: Kuwashima Houko (Bamboo Blade, Clannad series), Yamaguchi Kappei (Death Note), Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index)
Continuation beyond the first series adapting the final 21 volumes of the manga to bring the series to a final conclusion.

Sora no Otoshimono / Heaven's Lost Property ~ Comedy/Fantasy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 4th / 12 episodes + 1 DVD special
Studio: AIC (Candy Boy, Solty Rei)
Notable Seiyuus: Hayami Saori (Higashi no Eden), Hoshi Souichiro (Code Geass R2, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Ghost Hound)
Sakurai Tomoki has been having the same strange dream since he was a child and would always wake up in tears. His motto is "peace comes first". His relatively peaceful life is disturbed and his dream becomes reality when one day, while Tomoki waits for his friends, an angel descends from the sky.

Natsu no Arashi! Akinaichuu / Summer Storm! During Winter, Spring, and Summer ~ Comedy/Fantasy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 4th / 13 episodes
Studio: SHAFT (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, Bakemonogatari, Hidamari Sketch)
Notable Seiyuus: Shiraishi Ryoko (Hayate no Gotoku series), Sanpei Yuko (Eureka Seven), Nonaka Ai (Clannad series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series), Horie Yui (Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Toradora!, Kanon, School Rumble)
Continuation of the Natsu no Arashi! series.

Miracle☆Train ~Ouedo-sen e Youkoso~ / Miracle☆Train ~Welcome to the Ouedo Line~
Airing/Length: October 4th / 12 episodes
Studio: Yumeta Company (Angelique, Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~)
Notable Seiyuus: Yoshino Hiroyuki (Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series, Chaos;HEAd), Okiayu Ryotaro (Clannad, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Kamiya Hiroshi (Honey and Clover series, Macross Frontier, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series), Ono Daisuke (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Sugita Tomokazu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kanon)
Featuring boy-moe personifications of the five Chuo train line stations.

Shin Koihime†Musou ~ Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy
Airing/Length: October 5th / 12 episodes
Studio: DOGA Productions (Higashi no Eden, Sengoku Basara)
Notable Seiyuus: Goto Mai (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu)
Spin-off to Koihime†Musou. Based off of Romance of the Three Kingdoms featuring an all-female cast emphasizing on moe action, love, and comedy.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza / Haruka Nogizaka's Secret 2 ~ Comedy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 5th / 12 episodes
Studio: Diomedea (Sengoku Basara, Sora no Manimani) *formally Studio Barcelona
Notable Seiyuus: Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index), Hatano Wataru (Akane iro ni Somaru Saka)
Contiuation of the Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu series. Nogizaka Haruka, the school's most unattainable girl, has a secret, she's a closet otaku who loves anime and manga. With Ayase Yuuto knowing her secret, together as a couple, they try to keep this secret from other classmates and her parents.

Sims: My only question: will they finally kiss?
Oh, and the studio looks like it changed, but really it's the same studio that did the first season but with a new name.


Kobato. ~ Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy
Airing/Length: October 6th / 24 episodes
Studio: Madhouse Studios (Death Note, Black Lagoon, Akagi, X series)
Notable Seiyuus: Hanazawa Kana (Asu no Yoichi!, Bakemonogatari, Basquash!, Darker Than Black), Inada Tetsu (Bamboo Blade, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE)
Kobato is extremely naïve to the world around her, her mission is to fill a mysterious bottle with the suffering of people's hearts so she can fulfill her wish to be granted access to a certain place. However, she must not fall in love with the boy she works with who needs to have his heart healed.

Kimi ni Todoke / Reaching You / From Me to You ~ Romance
Airing/Length: October 6th / 12 episodes
Studio: Production I.G. (Higashi no Eden, Blood+)
Notable Seiyuus: Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index), Namikawa Daisuke (Black Lagoon, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid), Hirano Aya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star), Sawashiro Miyuki (CANAAN, Kannagi, Rozen Maiden), Sanpei Yuko (Eureka Seven, Xam'd: Lost Memories), Nakamura Yuuichi (Clannad series)
Kuronuma Sawako, nicknamed Sadako (from The Ring) because of her face and demeanor, greatly admires Kazehaya Shouta who she finds refreshing and is nice to everyone, including her. Sawako's one wish is to make friends in order to become a normal high school student, but because of her nickname, her fellow classmates cower in fear. Eventually, her influence begins to affect not only her classmates, but Kazehaya Shouta as well.

11eyes ~ Action/Fantasy
Airing/Length: October 6th / ?? episodes
Studio: DOGA Productions (Higashi no Eden, Sengoku Basara)
Notable Seiyuus: Ono Daisuke (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Minami-ke), Goto Mai (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu)
Satsuki Kakeru lost his only remaining family member, his sister due to suicide, five years ago and is continuing to mourn her death by living a relatively dull life. One day, he is transported to a bizarre world known as "Red Night" with a friend of his, Minase Yuka. Both Kakeru and Yuka must fight Dark spirits and Black Knights in order to survive and escape from Red Night.

Sasameki Koto / Whispered Words ~ Comedy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 7th / 12 episodes
Studio: AIC (Candy Boy, Solty Rei)
Notable Seiyuus: Takamoto Megumi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Takagaki Ayahi (Chrome Shelled Regios, true tears)
Murasame Sumika has a secret: she's in love with one of her classmates, Kazama Ushio. Ushio also takes a liking to girl romance but she hasn't noticed any signs from Sumika and has always been refused by other girls.

Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini / Darker than BLACK: Comet of Gemini ~ Action/Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi
Airing/Length: October 8th / 12 episodes + 4 DVD/BD only episodes
Studio: BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Soul Eater, Xam'd: Lost Memories)
Notable Seiyuus: Hanazawa Kana (Asu no Yoichi!, Bakemonogatari, Basquash!), Mizuki Nana (RideBack, Minami-ke, White Album, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series)
Continuation of the Darker than BLACK series. In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appears creating psychics who can use paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience. Hei, a psychic, along with Yin continue to unlock the mysteries of Hell's Gate.

Aoi Bungaku Series / Blue Literature Series
Airing/Length: October 10th / 12 episodes
Studio: Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon, Akagi, X series)
Notable Seiyuus: Noto Mamiko (Sengoku Basara, Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, To Aru Majutsu no Index), Paku Romi (Fullmetal Alchemist series)
Adaptation of six classic literature works published during the early to mid 1900's. These stories are: Dazai Osamu’s Run, Melos! and No Longer Human; Souseki Natsume’s Kokoro; Akutagawa Ryuunosuke’s Hell Screen and The Spider’s Thread; and Sakaguchi Ango’s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom.

Fairy Tail ~ Adventure/Action/Comedy/Fantasy
Airing/Length: October 12th / ?? episodes
Studio: A1 Pictures (Valkyria Chronicles, Kuroshitsuji series, Kannagi), Satelight (Basquash!, Sousei no Aquarion)
Notable Seiyuus: Hirano Aya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star), Kakihara Tetsuya (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kannagi, Minami-ke), Kugimiya Rie (Fullmetal Alchemist series, Toradora! Hayate no Gotoku series, Shakugan no Shana)
Lucy is a 17-year old girl who wants to become a full-fledged mage. While visiting the town of Harujion she meets Natsu Dragneel, an interesting young man who becomes sick easily by any form of transportation, who is a part of one of the infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail.

Kiddy Girl-AND ~ Action/Sci-Fi
Airing/Length: October 15th / ?? episodes
Studio: Satelight (Basquash!, Sousei no Aquarion)
Notable Seiyuus: Hirano Aya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star), Uchida Aya (Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai), Fukuyama Jun (Spice and Wolf series, Code Geass, xxxHOLiC)
A sequel based 50 years after the events occuring in Kiddy Grade.

Kuuchuu Buranko / Trapeze
Airing/Length: October 15th / 11 episodes
Studio: Toei (Kanon (2002), Dragonball series, One Piece)
Notable Seiyuus: (a partial list) Morikawa Toshiyuki (Sousei no Aquarion, Devil May Cry), Sakurai Takahiro (Code Geass, Valkyria Chronicles, Bakemonogatari), Miki Shinichiro (Full Metal Panic!, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
From the staff of Mononoke. Irabu Ichiro is a doctor of psychiatry and patients seeking counseling with him notice his odd behavior.

Winter Sonata ~ Drama/Romance
Airing/Length: October 17th / 26 episodes
Studio: G&G Entertainment (Shangri-La), JM Animation (Basquash!, Sousei no Aquarion)
Based off of a Korean drama TV series about the love between two childhood friends and the tragic events that occurred.

Sims: The original stars of the drama TV series reprise their roles for this anime TV series.

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On the movie side of things: Tales of Vesperia ~ The First Strike~ is coming out October 3rd. A re-editing of the Higashi no Eden series will be released as a movie this September titled, Air Communication.
On the OVA side: Shakugan no Shana S OVA series is the forefront project that will eventually become the final third season TV series of Shana after it completes. In addition, Kanokon and Hidamari Sketch x 365 both have a two episode OVA series airing this October.
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Updated list: moved some series around with new airing dates, new voice actor info and added two new series.

I'm happy to report that for the TV adaptation of Tegamibachi the voice actor line up from the OVA special remains the same.

Kimi ni Todoke has Noto Mamiko voicing the female lead which is right up her expertise of voicing shy characters; I would also have been happy if Satou Satomi (voiced Ritsu in K-ON!) voiced her because I thought she did a good job in the Fall 2008 series Hyakko voicing a similar "The Ring"-like character.

Provided that I can catch up with the series that I've been falling behind in for this summer's season - mainly Bakemonogatari, Sora no Manimani, Umi Sailor Moon Monogatari, a few shows from the previous season, etc - the series for this Fall I'm looking into are: Tegamibachi, Tatakau Shisho, Kimi ni Todoke, Nogizaka Haruka (for the sake of continuation), Seiken no Blacksmith, Fairy Tail and To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjihou. With Sora no Otoshimono on the side.
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(Sun Aug 2 2009, 01:17 PM)SimsHsia Wrote: Nyan Koi! ~ Comedy/Romance
Airing/Length: October 1st / ?? episodes
Studio: AIC (Candy Boy, Solty Rei)
Notable Seiyuus: Asanuma Shintaro (Hatuskoi Limited, Minami-ke, Nodame Cantabile: Paris Chapter), Iguchi Yuka (To Aru Majutsu no Index, Shangri-La), Kobayashi Yuu (Maria Holic, Zetsubou Sensei series, Gintama), Fukuyama Jun (Spice and Wolf series, Code Geass, xxxHOLiC), Shiraishi Ryoko (Hayate no Gotoku!, Natsu no Arashi!), Tanaka Atsuko (Ghost in the Shell series), Sakakibara Yui (Chaos;HEAd, H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~)
Junpei Kosaka is a second-year high school student despises cats because of his allergies, even though his family owns a cat. However, his crush, Kaede Mizuno, absolutely adores cats. One day while walking with her, he accidently kicks an empty can into a guardian deity of cats and can now understand what the cats are saying. The issue here is, if he does not grant 100 wishes from cats he will turn into a cat himself.



Hmm. Can't say I've heard a tale like that before. Nosiree.
Of A Revolution Wrote:And we would sit, and wonder about the future,
But now I'm thinkin' that today sounds fine to me.


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INB4FALLSEASON final edit. This season's TV series sure are short, around the 11-13 episode range. I'm disappointed that To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjihou is probably getting a 12 episode run through, but at least it's getting animated.

That yet another Romance of the Three Kingdoms series (no, no Shin Koihime†Musou) that had a joint production agreement with Japan and Chinese animation companies will not make it for the Fall season. Speaking of which, this season actually started five days ago with thanks to envelope-pushing Queen's Blade.

Other series to note: Inuyasha: The Final Act got bumped up from tentative October 10th airing listing to a confirmed October 3rd debut. In addition a new series popped up: Aoi Bungaku (lit. Blue Literature) which seems promising - it takes six classic literary works from famous Japanese authors during and after the Meiji Restoration period and animates them into a 12 episode TV series. I recognize Akutagawa Ryuunosuke in that list having read a few of his other works (Rashōmon and Yabu no Naka to name a few -- and its movies). I'm adding it to my possible watch list.

On the who wins the most roles in TV series award this time around it's Noto Mamiko with 7 series. Followed by Hirano Aya (5), Tomatsu Haruka (5), and Mizuki Nana (4), to name a few. With the previous season's winner, Hocchan (Horie Yui) having only 2 roles this season.
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Here we go again:

October 1st: Boys transform into girls, girls have personality changes and fight. 99 cats to save in this town, 99 cats to spare, save one cat from danger...98 cats left more to save.
Kampfer Synopsis above pretty much summarizes this series, except for the fact that there is an all-girls and all-boys side of the school. Rest assured, the male lead is voiced by a female voice actor, rather pretty much the whole cast features very well known voice actors. I'll probably recon this one for an episode or two more to see how it fairs out.

Nyan Koi! Definitely a cat per week show, only 99 more cats to go. I like the fact that at the end they displayed Kobayashi Yuu's famous drawing talent. It's well known among her fans and those who follow seiyuu news that Kobayashi has a rather, err, interesting drawing style. Ahem.

October 2nd: Name that reference, railgun and armed librarians.
Seitokai no Ichizon Wow, there were a lot of references and parodies in here. Off the top of my head, there was DBZ, Lucky Star, Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Kuroshitsuji, and K-ON as a start. The first episode was enjoyable, especially since the only male in the student council, Ken, wants to have a harem end with all the remaining four female members as well as the identification of those references - I managed to ID some but not all. I've decided to put this on my watch list, but I'll see how it goes...

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun: Or To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjihou by its longer name; Raarugan (ラールガン) is just the alternative reading for Choudenjihou. I read a couple of chapters of the manga a few months ago and although I don't remember much of it, regardless of whether this adaptation does it word-for-word or scene-by-scene, I'm impressed by J.C. Staff's own adaptation of the manga's first chapter. The first episode featured only the OP sequence so I'll have to wait until next week to listen to that ED sequence. The OP song "only my railgun" by fripSide certainly is a high-energy song and I can't judge it yet until I hear the ED song. I've been waiting for this series since its announcement in the last episode of To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index) for quite some time now, I can't wait until Touma first comes in. Production side, there is some noticeable character style changes since Index but it should take only an episode or two to get adjusted to it.

Tatakau Shisho: I'm having mixed reactions from watching the first episode. First of all, there are human bombs, led by the Shindeki Church, who are called "Meats" who are essentially brainwashed, lifeless beings where their only purpose is to find their target and blow up. Armed Librarians on a boat intercept and attack a ship owned by the Shindeki Church, but barely making it on board the ship as the Shindeki Church, as a defensive measure, cast off several dozen Meats overboard as literal human mines/depth charges. The Armed Librarians attempt to rescue the Meats off the ship, but are mostly unsuccessful as the Meats descend down underwater lifelessly - even more so after the ship explodes. From the evidence found on board the ship and find a book fragment regarding events occurring 280 years ago about a Shiron Byacornise who was the only person who created a cure for Dragon Pneumonia, a type of deadly disease, who spread it throughout in order to sell the cure.

I'm guessing my mixed reactions occurred at the beginning of the OP sequence, primarily the song. At first I was thinking this was a nice song to start the series off with, until I heard a familiar tune...the ALI PROJECT sort of affair. Once you hear one of the group's songs, you've pretty much heard them all. The story has potential to it, so I'll see how it goes next week but I don't know if I'll finish this series or not.

October 3rd: Knights and Blacksmiths; Letter and Letter Bee.
Seiken no Blacksmith: All is well for Cecily Cambell (official spelling) until a man began swinging his rather large sword endangering both boxes filled with vegetables and nearby bystanders asking why he can't find salvation, Cecily comes in to try and to stop the man. A duel engages between the two, with Cecily experiencing her first battle the man nearly defeats her when her family sword is broken into two pieces and was saved in the nick of time by a man named Luke with a mysterious sword - a katana - that easily cut the man's sword into two and leaves with an elf-girl named Lisa after defeating the man. Cecily learns of the location of a store Luke stays at from a local blacksmith shop hoping that he can forge her a new sword that can slice another sword as easily as his own katana. However, Luke informs Cecily that the store no longer accepts orders for forging swords ever since his father passed away. Lisa accidentally tells Cecily that the katana he used in battle earlier was forged by Luke himself, but Luke reinforces his position by declaring that he only forges katana's for himself. After hearing this, Cecily tells Luke that she, being the only daugher, decided to succeed her father by becoming a knight after his passing a month ago and the history of her now broken family sword that has been passed from generation to generation protecting every trade city. After an accidental confession (really, she didn't mean it! She even called Luke boring!) emergency bells begin to ring and the three arrive on the outskirts of the city to find that manipulated monsters have attacked a caravan. Luke saves Cecily's life once more when she dashes into her second battle, but this time instead of another human it's a monster. Luke easily defeats the monsters until a ice-form contracted devil monster appears and breaks Luke's katana into two. Before a few more shards come flying toward Luke, Cecily jumps in to save Luke - thank goodness for breastplates, eh? As Cecily distracts the monster, Luke with the aid of Lisa begin to forge a new katana...with a magic spell that was ready to use within one minute of casting. It then leaves us in suspense with a cliff-hanger ending, until next week!

Luke's eyes were bothering me while watching this whole episode, there must be a story behind that one because Cecily and Lisa don't have any differences in either eye like Luke does. A note about Lisa and the ED sequence song, both are done by Toyosaki Aki (voice of Yui in K-ON!) and the ED song/sequence is very happy and cutesy, perhaps a little too much for my liking. I should have seen it a mile away had I read what the song title was, "Miracle Happy Day". The sequence features a chibi-Lisa with various facial expressions and then features Lisa running over backdrops and tripping over a rock that comes in her way. I feel that this series has potential, but being 12 episodes long (maybe), I can only wonder how the pacing will fair out, but I'll stick to it for another episode or two.

Tegami Bachi: I liked the OVA special of Tegami Bachi very much and this remains unchanged at least with the first episode of the TV series. As expected, after reading a chapter or two of the manga a while ago the pace will be slow but it's a rather relaxing type of series. Regardless, I've been waiting for this to be animated after hearing it was getting adapted and promptly watched the OVA special to get the general gist of it.

The first episode pretty much follows the first chapter or so of the manga and as noted before in the list there is no requirement to watch that OVA special before watching the TV series. Pretty much let Lag Seeing get most (if not all) of your questions answered in this first episode and Gauche will answer them, but I'll sum it up: Letter Bees deliver important letters (no matter what it is, a letter, living object, etc) to its citizens in the world of Amberground. Letter Bees carry guns, or shindanjuu literally meaning heart-bullet gun, that fire empty bullet shells with power borrowed from the user's own heart thanks to the aid of a spirit amber stone located on the gun itself - it's self explanatory once you see in action. Letter Bees carry these guns to defend themselves from armored insects, or gaichuu, who have thick armor that conventional weaponry can not penetrate. There's also some similarities between Lag and Gauche, both have their own purposes for becoming Letter Bees (for Lag's case, he'll become one later in the series) primarily related to their family - Lag for his mother, Gauche for his younger sister.

Both opening and ending songs, Hajimari no Hi (Day of Beginnings) and Hatenaki Michi (Endless Road) are both quite good songs to open and close this series. I have to note that the artist singing Hatenaki Michi is the Canadian singer HIMEKA who, if you can recall, won the Valkyria Chronicles series competition to sing the opening song for that TV series that debuted back in January. But, I'm favoring the OP over the ED song - at least until the full versions of both songs come out. Oh, heh, just noticed that Koshimizu Ami is in this cast as well, together with Fukuyama Jun the two are back again in this series as the potential love interests of the Gauche x Aria relationship (others include Lelouch x Kallen, Lawrence x Horo, etc, etc).

October 4th: An angel comes down from the sky and five guys named after train stations.
Sora no Otoshimono: If you read the manga and then watched the TV series, it's about the same as the manga. Except, in the manga, at least you don't hear the male lead's somewhat annoying laugh. Plus he looks like Itou Makoto from School Days. With that aside, let's talk about how the series looks visually. Coming from the production of Bamboo Blade, director Saito Hisashi and AIC ASTA pair once again to produce Sora no Otoshimono which is beautifully animated. They even go into moe-blob (chibi) forms during comedic events. I like the character design of most characters, primarily the student council president whom she has very little screentime in the first episode - but don't let her humble behavior fool you though! In this first episode, the ED sequence was presented, so folks will have to wait until next week for the OP sequence.

Miracle☆Train: Yes, I seriously watched the first episode. No, really. And...don't ask why - sometimes even in instantly under-rated shows can be hidden gems. Perhaps, err, Miracle (star) Train can be one of them? Basically it's five male representations of Tokyo's Toei Oedo line - and that's Touchou (terminal station), Shinjuku, Ryougoku, Tsukishima, and Roppongi - who help dames in distress and help resolve the problem of the week. The first episode wasn't what I was expecting it to be: five guys prancing around the train doing...whatever five guys do on a train. Instead, the first episode was rather informative including, but not limited to, attractions near the five forementioned stops. In addition, it's not limited to JUST five males in the cast. There is Akari who is the female guide who helps the five guys with a customer's problem. Anyways, first episode was helping Ms. Chinatsu finding her dog Kotaro who is lost somewhere on the train she's on. I feel that this series is only good, ignoring the fact that this is aimed toward the female watchers, if you want to learn more about the most heavily used train line in Tokyo - especially to familiarize yourself with the 38 train stations on that line. If not for that information, then you may be bored with the plot of each episode - I must admit that I was yawning a couple of times throughout the episode at least until I learned something new which was once or twice in this 24 minute show. As such, I will most likely not be continuing this series, regardless of the fact that it features some very well known voice actors - unless if there's some good news about it.

October 6th: Closet otaku.
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza: Starts off with a double hitter: the obligatory hot spring episode with fanservice. Not to mention the at a certain time at night the male and female baths switch places trick they threw in there. Oh, Yuuto, you somehow get into those type of situations. Further more, Noto Mamiko makes a cameo appearance in this episode who voices herself in her natural voice (she voices Nogizaka Haruka, the series' female lead). As stated before, I'll be watching this series for sake the of continuation as I enjoyed the first season when it aired.

October 7th: Reaching you.
Kimi ni Todoke: Here's the lowdown of the episode: Kuronuma Sawako is often misunderstood (for example, she can "summon ghosts") and looks like the girl from The Ring, as such whenever she tries to say something her classmates see her in a different light and run away as fast as they can. However, Kazehaya Shouta is her only classmate who doesn't cower in fear or try to avoid her, instead he remembers her name and even the day they first met when he seemed lost and didn't know which route to take to their high school and she gave him directions. Kazehaya is the only person who has ever thanked Sawako. The episode then moves on to Kazehaya wanting to volunteer over the summer break to help their teacher since Sawako is usually the one who gets it, but in the end Sawako gets the job after insisting she wants to do it. After receiving some advice from Kazehaya, Sawako builds up the courage to speak to two of her classmates about wanting to be apart of the test of courage, Kazehaya announced earlier in class, as the ghost. In the end, she is successful in scaring everyone except Kazehaya who went last. The following day, Kazehaya is teased by his classmates into getting him to go out on a date with Sawako for a week, but he refuses citing that it would be insulting to her. In the end, Sawako clears up the misunderstanding and thinks that Kazehaya will no longer speak to her again. To her surprise, while walking to school during summer break, Kazehaya is waiting for her at the school entrance and gives her a bag of candy the class bought as an apology. Although she cleared both from any misunderstandings about them earlier, he feels that Sawako still doesn't understand him, but he would like to continue meeting Sawako during the break. Someday, Sawako wonders, if she'll be able to reach Kazehaya...

So, the long-awaited adaptation of the popular manga, Kimi ni Todoke, has finally aired. Let me just summarize the art and animation in as little words as possible: it's magnificent and as expected of I.G. Productions. Moving on, Noto Mamiko did an excellent job voicing Sawako while voicing both her side of the conversation and her classmates' side of the conversation - especially during the time when her character has a dark aura around it and she voices it beginning with that low-toned voice. Now, I haven't read the manga until after I watched the first episode and as such this episode follows the first chapter of the manga pretty closely. Kimi ni Todoke does have some cute moments especially when Sawako is in chibi-form. However, comparing Toradora!, which aired last fall, it most likely won't have a comedy aspect to it. Rather, I feel that Kimi ni Todoke will be strictly on the romance part about a girl who has very few friends who meets perhaps the school's most popular guy and eventually she develops feelings for him. Since Kimi ni Todoke is speculated to have 12 episodes (then again, Toradora! was speculated to have 12 or 13 episodes until a few months before it ended to have 25 total episodes) but I won't mind if it turns out to be a 24/26 or even 52 episode series. In the mean time, I'mma read that manga a bit more. Lastly: ED song > OP song (even though it's rough, it grows on you).

October 12:
Not putting any impression on Fairy Tail, since I didn't watch the episode yet. First thought that came to my mind while seeing the promos/skimming over a few pages of the first manga volume was, "that main character looks sorta like that guy in One Piece". Other than that, it's yet another shounen series that may drag on for quite some time, like Bleach or, as said before, One Piece. I'll probably not watch it for quite some time, but maybe on that one random day I'll pick it up.

October 15: Acid trip.
Kuuchuu Buranko: Yeah, this one's coming two days late. I'm sorry but I'll be blunt here: this show was friggin' trippy as anything. Whatever they're smoking/drinking/injecting seems to be affecting the show. Toei Animation, animating this show, seems to take a hint from SHAFT Animation by using live-animation objects in scenes. The difference, however, is that in Kuuchuu Buranko they use it pretty much the whole episode through turning it into an ADHD/psychedelic wonderland. They use live-action footage, real people (mainly for the main characters), objects, etc all over the place; with the exception of background characters who appear to be made out of cardboard. You can tell who's a secondary character when they don't have that cardboardy-ness to them. Not to mention, there's a doctor (real?) who pops in occasionally giving medical advice to us viewers. The show starts off with one patient who has insomnia and goes to a psychiatrist and gets in (vitamin) injection from a nurse, cue in the real(?) doctor, and then we see the effect of it. It appears that the said psychiatrist gets his patients from other patients he previously diagnoses who meets other potential patients in their daily lives doing whatever it is they do during the day. This show being on the noitaminA network, I'm going to give it another few episodes to see how it plays out. Also, that's some nurse, whoo! Helloooooo, nurse!
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Second episode stuff:

Railgun: With the way J.C. Staff is adapting this series and only with the second episode, it was pretty much a hilarious filler episode. With a filler this early and barely any plot (at least from the manga), it leads me to believe that this series will have around the 24 total episodes instead of the speculated 12 episodes. The ED song, Dear My Friend - toward a still unseen future - (Dear My Friend - まだ見ぬ未来へ -) by ELISA, was certainly different from Index (the singer IKU did both ED songs for that series) but still a nice closing song for the end of the episode. Most of the English sung is often repeated, i.e. "dear my friend, always with you / dear my friend, everyday life (always with you)" and so on. The sequence animation is simple, going from inside a room colored regularly to a background switching from gray to pink and finally to green with windmills in the background.

Blacksmith: Luke dodged some bullets, but perhaps he couldn't dodge that one bullet...of the female variety. Plus, why go to the store when you can make your own utensils? And then, the last main character introduced - you may have spotted her in the ED sequence.

Kampfer: I didn't mention that the previous episode does references for one particular seiyuu (Nomura Michiko, who voices Tora) since I thought it would be a one-shot kind of thing, but the second episode comes back with a double hitter. They referenced Mizuki Nana and Horie Yui, voicing the wildcat doll and the foul-mouthed Akane, respectively. The episode itself moved rather quickly from the cliffhanger fight that ended the previous episode, to a confession scene, then to another fight. In the end, Senou, transformed into a girl against hi..he..his/her own will, gets transferred to the girls' side of the school to prevent rumors further spreading about a mysterious girl who suddenly appears. The only issue I'm seeing, unless if they clear this up in the next episode, is the consequence of folks wondering where the male version of Senou went.

Letter Bee: The expected time jump in the last two minutes of the episode. Now we can get on with the rest of the story, like someone's partner and their adventure.

Seitokai: I wonder when they'll leave that room and have their discussions elsewhere, or how their houses look like. Parents or siblings even. The OP sequence, well the street signs that pop up in there remind me of the second OP for Suzumiya Haruhi. As for the ED, this episode's song is...wow, it's kinda difficult to hear. As for the references that I could pick up: FMA, Blood+ (?, I think...), Yu-Gi-Oh!, Lucky Star (again), Death Note, and Maria-sama ga Miteru. Also, the quotes they used put historical figures in a modern day light, I mean they had Thomas Edison playing a game on a PSP!

Kimi ni Todoke: Slightly different from the manga, but I feel that J.C. Staff did a good adaptation of the first three chapters.
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