Winter 2010 TV Anime Series
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It's that time again. Yet again, here's the lineup coming this coming January - minus the kiddy shows as usual. This list is a little bit different this time around as it includes the entire voice cast (or whatever info was available) in alphabetical order. As usual, the names are done with the last name followed by their first name (or family name then given name). Statistically, this year there are fewer shows premiering compared to last year's winter season.

This list does not include Hetalia: Axis Powers which, as announced on Dec. 10th, will be continuing on into its third season. As trivial info: Hetalia started its first season last winter on the 26th of January.

Last updated: December 11th, 2009
History: November 29th, 30th; December 1st, 2nd, 6th, 11th

Winter 2010 TV Anime Line Up (15 total):

Cobra the Animation: Rokunin no Yuushi / Cobra the Animation: The Six Heroes ~ Action/Sci-Fi
Airing/Length: Jan 2nd / 13 episodes
Studio: Magic Bus (Cobra the Animation: The Psycho-Gun OVA; Time Drive OVA, Dragoon, Play Ball)
Main Cast: Sakakibara Yoshiko (Blue Seed, Hellsing series, Mobile Suit Gundam series, You're Under Arrest), Uchida Naoya (Death Note, Dinosaur King, Onegai Teacher!)
Supporting Cast: Honda Takako (Bleach, Hell Girl, Kara no Kyoukai, Trinity Blood), Inoue Marina (Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, Hayate no Gotoku! series, Kampfer, Maria Holic, Minami-ke series, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Valkyria Chronicles), Kusaka Yumi, Minagawa Junko (Aria series, Basquash!, CANAAN, Kampfer, Negima! Series, Trinity Blood), Ootsuka Akio (Black Jack series, CANAAN, Full Metal Panic! Series, Ghost in the Shell series), Orikasa Fumiko (Bleach, Chobits, Code Geass series, Digimon Tamers, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, One Piece, Shigofumi, Xam'd: Lost Memories), Sakamoto Maaya (Bamboo Blade, CANAAN, Death Note, Kanon (2002/2006), Kara no Kyoukai, Kuroshitsuji, Ouran Koukou Host Club, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE), Shiraishi Ryoko (Da Capo, Hatsukoi Limited, Hayate no Gotoku! Series, Mahou Sensei Negima! Series, Natsu no Arashi! Series, Sky Girls), Takashima Gara (Cowboy Bepop, Detective Conan), Yamaguchi Kappei (Detective Conan, Death Note, InuYasha, One Piece, Pandora Hearts), Yamaguchi Mayumi (Digimon Tamers, Fullmetal Alchemist, Galaxy Angel)
Synopsis: Cobra, a well known space pirate, decides to change his face and clear all of his memories. He lives out a normal life but soon begins to remember old memories and sets forth to begin new adventures.

Sims: This is the second TV series for the Cobra series, the first one debuting back in early 1980's and is most likely a sequel.
Yes, this was totally copied straight out of the Summer 2009 TV series list.


Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Owarinaki Unmei / In a Distant Time 3: Neverending Destiny ~ Adventure/Fantasy
Airing/Length: Jan 3rd / ??
Studio: Yumeta Company (Honey and Clover, Miracle Train ~Ooedo-sen he Youkoso~)
Main Cast: Kawakami Tomoko (Air, Aria series, Elfen Lied, Kanon series, Keroro Gunsou)
Supporting Cast: Hamada Kenji (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Honey and Clover series), Hanawa Eiji (Antique Bakery, Hataraki Man), Hoshi Souichiro ( Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Sengoku Basara), Inoue Kazuhiko (Detective Conan series, Naruto series, Seiken no Blacksmith), Ishida Akira (Chaos;HEAd, Neon Genesis Evangelion series), Kawamura Maria (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Slayers series), Kuwashima Houko (Clannad series, InuYasha series, Macross Frontier, Soul Eater), Miki Shinichiro (Fate/stay night, Full Metal Panic! Series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Initial D series, Pokemon series), Miyata Kouki (07-Ghost), Nakahara Shigeru (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing), Okiayu Ryotaro (Akikan!, Clannad series, Fullmetal Alchemist, Seiken no Blacksmith), Seki Tomokazu (Full Metal Panic!, Initial D series, Kanon, Lucky Star, Neon Genesis Evangelion), Takahashi Naozumi (Digimon series), Toriumi Kousuke (Naruto series)
Synopsis: The third and final season. Based on a female-targeted fantasy romance game.

Sims: Reverse harem. That's all you need to know.

Chu-Bra!! ~ Comedy
Airing/Length: Jan 4th / ??
Studio: ZEXCS (Macademi Wasshoi!, Umi Monogatari)
Main Cast: Chihara Minori (Ga-Rei -Zero-, Lucky Star, NEEDLESS, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Minami-ke), Kotobuki Minako (Hatsukoi Limited, K-ON!, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun), Yahagi Sayuri (Aoi Hana, Asura Cryin' series, Ga-Rei -Zero-, Guin Saga, Hatuskoi Limited, Shugo Chara! Series, sola, To Love-Ru)
Supporting Cast: Hikasa Youko (Asura Cryin', K-ON!), Oohara Sayaka (Aria series, Asura Cryin' series, Fairy Tail, Honey and Clover series, Uminkeo no Naku Koro ni, Valkyria Chronicles, xxxHOLiC), Sakurai Takahiro (Bakemonogatari, Code Geass series, Zero no Tsukaima series), Satou Yuudai (Souten no Ken)
Synopsis: Story revolves around Hayama Nayu (Chihara Minori), a middle school student who wears black lace underwear, the kind she likes to wear, on the first day of school. She wishes to spread this type of phenomenon via an underwear club with her fellow classmates who are worried about their body development and what type of underwear they should wear.

Sims: ...

So-Ra-No-Wo-To / Sora no Oto / Sound of the Sky ~ Music
Airing/Length: Jan 4th / 13 episodes
Studio: A-1 Pictures (Birdy the Mighty Decode series, Fairy Tail, Kannagi, Valkyria Chronicles)
Main Cast: Aikawa Juri (Sora no Manimani), Endo Aya (Basquash, Kanamemo, Lucky Star, Macross Frontier, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun), Kitamura Eri (Asura Cryin' series, Bakemonogatari, Ga-Rei -Zero-, Minami-ke series, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu series, Toradora), Kobayashi Yuu (Candy Boy, Gintama, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Maria Holic, Nyan Koi!, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, School Rumble, Umineko no Naku Koro ni), Yasokawa Mayuno (Gedo Senki, Howl's Moving Castle), Yuuki Aoi (Akikan!, Kure-nai, Yumeiro Patissiere)
Supporting Cast: Fukuen Misato (Darker than BLACK series, To Love-Ru, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Yozakura Quartet), Ishizuka Unshou (Cowboy Bepop, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Initial D series, Pokemon series, Sousei no Aquarion)
Synopsis: In the future, in a town known as Seize, after long drawn out wars have come to a gradual decline, 15 year old Sorami Kanata (Aikawa Juri) enlists into the army joining a unit of five girls who protect a fortress near a small village. These girls play brass music that echo across the skies over towns and the ocean where neither people nor fish remain.

Sims: Yes, the character designs do look similar to K-ON!. The music director, Oshima Michiru, did the soundtrack for Fullmetal Alchemist (orig. series) and Nabari no Ou. Regardless of the character designs looking similar (I could careless), this series still looks promising.

Seikon no Qwaser / The Qwaser of Stigmata ~ Action/Supernatural
Airing/Length: Jan 4th / 24 episodes
Studio: Taki Corporation
Main Cast: Sanpei Yuko (Eureka Seven, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Kimi ni Todoke), Shimizu Ai (D.Gray-man, sola, Strawberry Panic!)
Supporting Cast: Chiba Susumu (Burst Angel, Gintama, Hikaru no Go), Chihara Minori (Ga-Rei -Zero-, Lucky Star, NEEDLESS, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Minami-ke)), Fujimura Ayumi (Hatsukoi Limited, Kaze no Stigma, Seiken no Blacksmith, Tegamibachi, Xam'd: Lost Memories), Hanazawa Kana (Asu no Yoichi, Bakemonogatari, Basquash!, Kobato., Sketchbook ~full color'S~, To Love-Ru), Hikasa Youko (Asura Cryin', K-ON!), Hirano Aya (Death Note, Fairy Tail, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, White Album), Kawasumi Ayako (Fate/stay night, Initial D series, Kanokon, Kanon, Nodame Cantabile, Shakugan no Shana), Ookawa Toru (CANAAN, Fullmetal Alchemist), Toyosaki Aki (Akikan!, K-ON!, Kanamemo, Seiken no Blacksmith)
Synopsis: St. Mikhailov Academy. Oribe Mafuyu meets a silver haired, Russian boy named Alexander (Sanpei Yuuko), or Sasha for short. He's a qwaser who can manipulate iron but he requires help from a girl in order to restore his power.

Sims: Read a few chapters of the manga when it was first announced back in May. Ehh, um, I wish I could explain how Sasha restores his power with the help of a girl. I'll give ya'll a hint: the bigger the knockers, perhaps the better the power restoration output. Big Grin Imagination at its peak, ladies and gentlemen.

Ladies versus Butlers! ~ Comedy/Romance
Airing/Length: Jan 5th / ??
Studio: XEBEC (Buso Renkin, Love Hina, Over Drive, Tales of Eternia, To Love-Ru)
Main Cast: Kawasumi Ayako (Fate/stay night, Initial D series, Kanokon, Kanon, Nodame Cantabile, Shakugan no Shana), Nakahara Mai (Bamboo Blade, Chrome Shelled Regios, Clannad series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series, Midori no Hibi, sola, Spice and Wolf, Strawberry Panic!), Okitsu Kazuyuki (Toradora)
Supporting Cast: Goto Mai (ef series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu), Hidaka Rina (To Aru Majutsu no Index, xxxHOLiC), Ise Mariya (Hatsukoi Limited, NEEDLESS, Yes! Precure 5 series), Koshimizu Ami (Code Geass series, Eureka Seven, School Rumble series, sola, Spice and Wolf series, Umineko no Naku Koro ni), Kugimiya Rie (Fullmetal Alchemist series, Gintama, Hayate no Gotoku series, Shakugan no Shana series, Toradora!), Sakuma Kumi (Black Blood Brothers, Gokujo Seitokai)
Synopsis: Light novel adapatation. Hino Akiharu, an ordinary high school student, who looks like a delinquent, enrolls into an academy that used to accept only upper-class female students where the majority of the students are females, and is placed into the servant training department. This particular academy he enrolls into trains students to become either a maid or a butler.

Sims: There's only just the one male (Okitsu Kazuyuki) in the voice cast. Kugimiya voices a male character though.

Omamori Himari / Guardian Himari ~ Action/Comedy/Romance/Supernatural
Airing/Length: Jan 6th / ??
Studio: ZEXCS (Macademi Wasshoi!, Umi Monogatari)
Main Cast: Hirakawa Daisuke (School Days, Shangri-La, Zero no Tsukaima), Koshimizu Ami (Code Geass series, Eureka Seven, Kimikiss ~pure rouge~, Maria-sama ga Miteru, School Rumble series, sola, Spice and Wolf series, Strike Witches, Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Supporting Cast: Okame Asuka (Chrome Shelled Regios), Neya Michiko (Eureka Seven, Full Metal Panic! Series, Fullmetal Alchemist, Honey and Clover, Hyakko, Initial D series), Nomizu Iori (Sora no Otoshimono), Shimamura Yuu (NEEDLESS), Shindou Kei (Kodomo no Jikan, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series), Suzuki Tatsuhisa (Sora no Otoshimono)
Synopsis: Seven years ago, Amakawa Yuuto's (Hirakawa Daisuke) parents died leaving him living alone at home without a single relative to take care of him. His childhood friend, Kuzaki Rinko, has taken care of him since then. However, the only thing he possesses from any relative is a mysterious charm given to him by his grandparents. Up until his 16th birthday, the charm will cease to protect him from evil spirits and he walks into Himari, a cat spirit who wields a katana and hunts down demons, who swears to protect Yuuto at all costs. The issue here is: Yuuto's very allergic to cats.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu / The Idiot, the Tests, and the Summoned Creatures ~ Comedy/Fantasy/Romance
Airing/Length: Jan 6th / ??
Studio: SILVER LINK (ef -a tale of melodies-, Tayutama ~Kiss on my Deity~)
Main Cast: Harada Hitomi (Sasameki Koto), Shimono Hiro (Asura Cryin' series, ef series)
Supporting Cast: Hirata Mana (Taishou Yakyuu Musume.), Isomura Tomomi, Katou Emiri (Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, Bakemonogatari, Lucky Star, Princess Lover!, Soul Eater, Telepathy Shoujo Ran), Miyata Kouki (07-Ghost, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series), Mizuhashi Kaori (Aria series, Hidamari Sketch series, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, To Love-Ru), Nanjou Yoshino (CANAAN, Da Capo II), Ootsuka Akio (Black Jack series, CANAAN, Full Metal Panic! Series, Ghost in the Shell series), Suzuki Tatsuhisa (Sora no Otoshimono), Taketatsu Ayana (K-ON!, kissXsis), Terashima Takuma (Chrome Shelled Regios, Macademi Wasshoi!, Princess Lover, Shigofumi, Sousei no Aquarion), Tsuda Kenjiro (Prince of Tennis series)
Synopsis: Light novel adaptation. Set in a school that strictly ranks each student into their classes and the type of equipment each classroom uses based on their test scores. Akihisa Yoshii, the "idiot", is in the 2nd year F class the lowest ranking class in the school where the classroom is ill-equiped. Himeji Mizuki, the smartest girl of all the 2nd years and Akihisa has feelings for her, had a fever one day and couldn't take a test and was placed into F class thereafter. Along with Yuuji Sakamoto, class F's president, Himeji and Akihisa, they aim to take on higher-tiered classes with the help of summoned creatures. And, so begins the win-all take-all battle for supremacy.

Sims: The trailer has caught my attention. I *might* watch this purely for the comedy.

Dance in the Vampire Bund ~ Action
Airing/Length: Jan 7th / ??
Studio: SHAFT (Bakemonogatari, ef series, Maria Holic, Natsu no Arashi series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series)
Main Cast: Nakamura Yuuichi (Clannad series, Fairy Tail, Kimi ni Todoke, Macross Frontier, Shangri-La, Shugo Chara! Series), Yuuki Aoi (Akikan!, Kure-nai, Yumeiro Patissiere)
Supporting Cast: Kaida Yuko (Asura Cryin' series, Maria Holic, Sekirei, Taishou Yakyuu Musume.), Itou Shizuka (Basquash!, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Saki, Sekirei, Shakugan no Shana series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), Saito Chiwa (Bakemonogatari, Keroro Gunsou, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Panipani Dash!, Tsukuomi - MOONPHASE-)
Synopsis: Mina Tepes (Yuuki Aoi), a vampire princess, wants to create a special district for her own kind off the coast of Japan and gains permission to create such a special district as a result of her paying off the entire national debt of the Japanese government. Her plan for peace within the human world may be jeopardized as opposition from terrorists and rival factions are plotting her assassination before her world-changing announcement.

Durarara!! ~ Action/Romance
Airing/Length: Jan 7th / ??
Studio: Brains Base (Akikan!, Kure-nai, Spice and Wolf II)
Main Cast: Toyonaga Toshiyuki (Kanokon, Katekyou Hitman Reborn!)
Supporting Cast: Fukuyama Jun (Akikan!, Code Geass series, Nyan Koi!, Special A, Spice and Wolf series, Tegamibachi, xxxHOLiC), Hanazawa Kana (Asu no Yoichi, Bakemonogatari, Basquash!, Kobato., Sketchbook ~full color'S~, To Love-Ru), Horie Kazuma (Special A), Kaji Yuuki (Miracle Train ~Ooedo-sen he Youkoso~, Yozakura Quartet), Kamiya Hiroshi (Bakemonogatari, Honey and Clover series, Macross Frontier, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series), Kobayashi Sanae (Darker than BLACK series, Macross Frontier series, Sousei no Aquarion), Kuroda Takaya (Kure-nai, Ristorante Paradiso, Sora no Kakeru Shoujo, Viper's Creed, Wolf's Rain), Miyano Mamoru (Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series, Souten Kouro, Soul Eater, Vampire Knight series, Wolf's Rain), Nakamura Yuuichi (Clannad series, Fairy Tail, Kimi ni Todoke, Macross Frontier, Shangri-La, Shugo Chara! Series), Ono Daisuke (11eyes, Chaos;HEAd, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Minami-ke, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Yozakura Quartet), Takagaki Ayahi (Chrome Shelled Regios, Special A, Sasameki Koto, Sora no Otoshimono)
Synopsis: Light novel adaptation. Dubbed a "warped adolescent fantasy romance" series based on "high-tension suspense action" light novels. Set in the Ikebukuro ward of Tokyo, Ryuugamine Mikado transfer to a high school in Ikebukuro at the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi. Upon his first day in the city, he witnesses an urban legend: the Headless Rider on a black motorcycle.

Sims: There's varying summaries everywhere, so I just let it end at the mentioning of a headless Ghost Rider man on a motorcycle.

Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ / Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu / Sunshine Sketch x Three Stars ~ Comedy/Slice of Life
Airing/Length: Jan 7th / ??
Studio: SHAFT (Bakemonogatari, ef series, Maria Holic, Natsu no Arashi series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series)
Main Cast: Asumi Kana (Kampfer, Sekirei, Shugo Chara! Series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Umi Monogatari), Goto Yuko (Code Geass R2, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, Shuffle!, Sketchbook ~full color'S~, Special A, Tears to Tiara, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Mizuhashi Kaori (Aria series, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, To Love-Ru), Shintani Ryoko (Galaxy Angel series, Maria Holic, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, Seiken no Blacksmith)
Supporting Cast: Kugimiya Rie (Fullmetal Alchemist series, Gintama, Hayate no Gotoku series, Shakugan no Shana series, Toradora!), Matsuki Miyu (Da Capo series, Hayate the Combat Butler series, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series), Sawashiro Miyuki (Bakemonogatari, CANAAN, Chrome Shelled Regios, Kure-nai, Maria Holic, Rozen Maiden, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, Tegamibachi)
Synopsis: Third season of Hidamari Sketch. Two new freshmen, Nazuna and Nori, join the girls at the Hidamari-sou (Sunshine Manors) who live directly across the street from their school.

Sims: ( X ' _________ ' )

Ookamikakushi / Sly Wolf/God ~ Action/Drama/Horror/Mystery/Supernatural/Thriller
Airing/Length: Jan 7th / ??
Studio: AIC (Asu no Yoichi, Candy Boy, Nyan Koi!, Special A)
Main Cast: Kobayashi Yuu (Candy Boy, Gintama, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Maria Holic, Nyan Koi!, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, School Rumble, Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Supporting Cast: Fuchigami Mai (Sora no Manimani), Fujita Saki (Chrome Shelled Regios, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, Yozakura Quartet), Goto Yuko (Code Geass R2, Hidamari Sketch series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series, Shuffle!, Sketchbook ~full color'S~, Tears to Tiara, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Ise Mariya (Hatsukoi Limited, Macademi Wasshoi!, NEEDLESS, Yes! Precure 5 series), Katou Emiri (Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, Bakemonogatari, Lucky Star, Princess Lover!, Soul Eater, Telepathy Shoujo Ran)
Synopsis: From the creator of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni. In 1983, 16 year old Kuzumi Hiroshi (Kobayashi Yuu) moves to a new town, Jyougamachi, which is situated near mountains. The town is divided by a river separating the old and new Jyougamachi, but regardless of this division many mysterious cultures remain. He gets along with all of his classmates but one: Kushinada Nemuru, the class president, who offers Hiroshi a warning to stay away from old streets. Mysteries left to be uncovered and terror await young Hiroshi.

Sims: Title has two meanings. "ookami" can mean "Wolf" or "God". Hence the promotional posters asking the question: "Wolf? or God?".

Hanamaru Kindergarten ~ Comedy/Slice of Life
Airing/Length: Jan 10th / ??
Studio: GAINAX (FLCL, Honey and Clover series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Main Cast: Mako (School Rumble, Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo), Shindou Kei (Ikkitousen series, Kodomo no Jikan series, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series), Takagaki Ayahi (Chrome Shelled Regios, Special A, Sasameki Koto, Sora no Otoshimono)
Supporting Cast: Aoyama Kiriko (Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos), Fujimura Ayumi (Hatsukoi Limited, Kaze no Stigma, Seiken no Blacksmith, Tegamibachi, Xam'd: Lost Memories), Fujita Mami, Hazuki Erino (Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, Aria series, Kyou no Go no Ni), Hino Satoshi (Hatsukoi Limited, Ikkitousen series, Naruto Shippuuden series, Shakugan no Shana series, Zero no Tsukaima series), Hirota Shion (Inukami!, Umineko no Naku Koro ni), Honna Youko (Futari wa Pretty Cure series, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series), Igarashi Hiromi (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza), Ise Mariya (Hatsukoi Limited, Macademi Wasshoi!, NEEDLESS, Yes! Precure 5 series), Konishi Katsuyuki (Bamboo Blade, Hetalia Axis Powers, Pokemon series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Tytania), Mizuhara Kaoru (Kanamemo, Lucky Star, Princess Lover!), Numakura Manami, Ogasawara Arisa (Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Series, Wolf's Rain), Okame Asuka (Chrome Shelled Regios), Saito Chiwa (Bakemonogatari, Keroro Gunsou, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Panipani Dash!, Tsukuomi - MOONPHASE-), Satou Arise (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), Tsunematsu Ayumi (Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series), Wakabayashi Naomi (Fullmetal Alchemist, Juuni Kokuki), Yoshida Mayumi (Himawari series, Love Love?), Yusa Koji (Claymore, Ergo Proxy, Ikkitousen series, Nyan Koi!)
Synopsis: Revolves around three girls in kindergarten and their teachers.

Sims: Looking at the trailer, it looks like these three kindergartners want to have a relationship with one of their teachers. The problem (more like, it's normal) is that this particular teacher has his eyes on another teacher. If anything, it could be similar to Kodomo no Jikan. Man, they start so young.

Nodame Cantabile Saishuu Gakushou / Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement ~ Comedy/Music
Airing/Length: Jan 14th / ??
Studio: J.C. Staff (Azumanga Daioh, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Kimikiss ~pure rouge~, Shakugan no Shana series, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Toradora)
Main Cast: Kawasumi Ayako (Fate/stay night, Initial D series, Kanokon, Kanon, Shakugan no Shana), Seki Tomokazu (Doraemon, Full Metal Panic!, Initial D series, Kanon, Lucky Star, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Telepathy Shoujo Ran)
Supporting Cast: Asanuma Shintaro (Aoi Hana, Asu no Yoichi!, Da Capo, Hatsukoi Limited, Minami-ke series, Nyan Koi!, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou), Hino Satoshi (Hatsukoi Limited, Ikkitousen series, Naruto Shippuuden series, Shakugan no Shana series, Zero no Tsukaima series), Itou Shizuka (Basquash!, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Saki, Sekirei, Shakugan no Shana series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), Kiyokawa Motomu (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Eve no Jikan, Hellsing), Matsukaze Masaya (Darker Than Black, Death Note, Ouran Koukou Host Club, Rockman.EXE, Sora no Manimani), Oohara Sayaka (Aria series, Asura Cryin' series, Fairy Tail, Honey and Clover series, Uminkeo no Naku Koro ni, Valkyria Chronicles, xxxHOLiC)
Synopsis: The final season for Nodame Cantabile.

Sims: Watching the live-action J-drama series (which came out roughly a year before the first season of the anime), pretty good. Can't wait to watch this one.

Katanagatari / Katana Story / Sword Story ~ Adventure/Fantasy
Airing/Length: Jan 25th / 12 episodes
Studio: WHITE FOX (Tears to Tiara)
Main Cast: Hosoya Yoshimasa (Denpa teki na Kanojo)
Supporting Cast: Ikeda Masako (Ace wo Nerae, Galaxy Express 999), Nakahara Mai (Bamboo Blade, Chrome Shelled Regios, Clannad series, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series, Midori no Hibi, sola, Spice and Wolf, Strawberry Panic!), Suzuki Chihiro (Elfen Lied, Hamtaro), Tamura Yukari (Clannad, Da Capo, Galaxy Angel, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Kampfer, Kanon (2002/2006), Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Naruto Shippuuden, Sketchbook ~full color'S~, Solty Rei, Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo, Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Synopsis: Yasuri Shichika is seventh and last practionier of the Kyotouryuu School of Martial Arts living in the small Fushou Island with his sister Nanami during the Edo era of Japan. By decree of Shogunate Togame, he is to recover 12 remaining legendary swords possessing extraordinary powers forged by the legendary swordsmith, Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika is Togame's last hope to recover these swords, the first was a ninja but the ninja clan defected when they recovered one sword, the second a swordsman who decided to keep the sword for himself. With this order, Shichika starts his adventure to find these twelve legendary swords.

Sims: It looks like this will be 12 episodes long seeing as how there are 12 volumes of the light novel. In addition, each episode is about an hour long and will probably air once a month starting in January until its completion in December.

Sarai-ya Goyou / House of Five Leaves
Airing/Length: 2010 / ??
Studio: No data.
Main Cast: No data.
Supporting Cast: No data.
Synopsis: Ronin samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman but his naive nature has caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Desperate, he is assigned as a bodyguard for Yaichi, the leader of a gang called the "Five Leaves". Despite wrong impressions from the group's activities, Masanosuke is drawn deeper into the world of the Five Leaves and is found being fascinated by the group's mysterious outlaws.

Sims: Reportedly airing in the noitaminA timeblock, usually series in this timeblock are quite good. If not that, then it's a samurai series!


House of Five Leaves will not make it this season, as Nodame Cantabile is currently slated for the noitaminA time slot.
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List is pretty much finalized, with the exception of House of Five Leaves which has a very high chance of not making it this season, seeing as how it will be in the noitaminA time slot - Nodame Cantabile is slotted for this season's time slot - so there's a slight chance we'll see it in the spring but almost guaranteed for next fall*.

Cobra the Animation from last spring, which was later delayed, is now coming this winter season and will appropriately kick the season off.

Now, for this winter's most roles in TV series this time around is...a TIE! Of the 123 seiyuu listed above, VA's Ise Mariya (Ookamikakushi, Hanamaru Kindergarten, Ladies vs Butlers!) and Kawasumi Ayako (Seikon no Qwaser, Nodame Cantabile, Ladies vs Butlers!) with both having three roles. Ise's taking on all supporting roles while Kawasumi has two leads and one supporting and both ladies are cast in Ladies versus Butlers! - Ise is voicing a supporting character and Kawasumi, one of the main characters. There's like 24 VA's that each have two roles in the above list.

Now it's time for Get 2 Know Ur Seiyuus segment, your seasonal dose of unneeded info about them voice actors who give those characters life. Get it? 2? Because there's two winn...nevermind.

Ise Mariya (伊瀬 茉莉也) is a rising star, who turned 21 in September (and no, she was not born in 1965 but in 1988). Her first debut was as Noyamano Ringo in Air Gear (2006) the glasses-wearing tsundere who has a one-sided love affair with Minami Itsuki or "Ikki" who is too block-headed to notice Ringo's affection. Anyways, Mariyan is perhaps best known for her role in Touka Gettan voicing her only male role (to date) as Kamiazuma Touka, the series' main protagonist. Other previous roles include Tanarot in the parodying series of Macademi WAsshoi! ~である and Aruka Schild in NEEDLESS. Of interest, for the winter season, she's taking the role of the class president of Hiroshi's class, Kushinada Nemuru, in Ookamikakushi.

Kawasumi Ayako (川澄 綾子) is perhaps known best for her roles in Fate/stay night voicing Saber in 2006 and Azumanga Daioh's Kasuga Ayumu (a.k.a Osaka) in 2002. Born in Tokyo, Ayasumi is an avid piano player and because of this skill she has landed leading roles in Piano (2002) and Nodame Cantabile (2007-2010), as Nomura Miu and Noda Megumi respectively, where both characters do play the piano. Her first debut role was in 1998 as Outlaw Star's Melfina, a sort of humanoid-android maid who works on board the Outlaw Star. She has also voiced characters in such games like Fatal Frame II as the elder Amakura sister and Odin Sphere as Gwendolyn. She's voiced various character archetypes from the before mentioned android to knight. Although she's not notable for most of her roles (she voices only female characters), it's almost guaranteed that the characters she voices will be memorable (sort of like those "oh yeah! she did that character" times). Of interest, for the winter season, she'll be returning to her role as Nodame for, perhaps, the last time trying to win Chiaki's affection and one day playing in his orchestra.






* There's another series that is slated for the spring 2010 noitaminA time slot. Something about four and a half tatami mats?
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Just a few updates for this season and other stuff:

Katanagatari is airing monthly rather than weekly, so it's acting almost like an OVA but still manages to fit under the TV series category.

Ah, about a certain moeblob series that aired earlier this year, it was announced after the Let's Go! Live event held in Yokohama on Dec. 30th that a second season is confirmed and is in the works. It's expected that the same production (TBS) and animation (KyoAni) studios will remain the same, but as of yet there's no info available about that. Hey, whatever rakes in the most money, eh? I have my doubts about whether I want to continue the series, but *sigh* I guess for the sake of completion, well... In any case, depending on how fast production goes it may come spring/summer/fall 2010. We have entered an endless recursion and of Endless Èi8h7...Ə castanets & untan's.

Now, if Kadokawa and Kyoto Animations can only announce a third (really, fourth) season to Full Metal Panic! that news alone will make a great end to 2009 compared to the news above that's, well...

Then again, KyoAni hasn't been taking a role in any series since the end of Haruhi. Looking at the slowly growing number of spring 2010 series, they aren't listing any works ... yet.
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Yeah, here we go again. It looks like I'll be following fewer series this time around, I will be, however, watching a boatload of series that are in my backlog.

Note: Yes, I'm having fun with a few of the series' titles.

Sora no Woto / Sora no Oto / Sound of the Sky

The story starts off with Private Second Class Hirasawa Yui Kanata Sorami who is newly recruited into the military has been assigned to a unit in the town of Seize, the city of glass and lakes, hoping that joining the school's light music band club military will help her learn music as a trumpeter. When she arrives in town, the soldier (we'll soon find out his name is Klaus later in the series) who transports her informs that the city has a festival going on, and two hours before she's scheduled to arrive, she decides to just wander around and take in the sights. Along the way, she gets caught up in the festivities and her uniform ends up being completely soaked and she unknowingly is found by one of the soldiers in her unit, Sergeant Major Akiyama Mio Rio Kazumiya who gets her straightened out and tells Kanata the back story behind the festival involving flame maidens who battled a demon and the fires that kept on burning for a year thereafter. Rio loses a necklace, thanks to a passing owl (excellent timing, I must say), and doesn't mind losing it and goes to perform her role in the festival. Kanata, meanwhile, decides to search for Rio's lost necklace and ends up being lost and ends up in a lake and sees a massive skeletal remains of some sort of flying creature. Eventually she is found and wakes up in a fortress, the location where the 1121st Platoon is currently stationed. SGM Rio will teach PVT Kanata to be a trumpeter and she instructs Kanata to do the morning call with her horn. Hilariously, it turns out that she has a long way to go.

In the first episode we are introduced to all five members of the cast, the remaining three are very brief introductions. You have the platoon's Captain Second Lieutenant Kotobuki Tsumugi Felicia Heideman, the platoon's gunner Sergeant (?) Private Second Class Nakano Azusa Kureha Suminoya and the platoon's mechanic/engineer Corporal Nagato Yuki Noel Kannagi. K-ON! (and other series by KyoAni) jokes aside and into more serious talk, I'm giving this series a fair chance since the direction can either go, well, one route where hardly anything happens or (hopefully) some other direction - depending on whether it will focus on music, the military, the legend that's mentioned, etc. I should note that the ranks, so far, that are mentioned in this episode are similar to those to JGSDF (Japan Ground Self Defense Forces) military ranking. It also appears that written documents are written in French, and there was one song that was playing in the background also in French during the legend storytelling.

Military rank strikes are corrections as seen from the 2nd episode.

A-1 Pictures did a fantastic job with the scenery, much akin to what I remember with a previous work they did in Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. I'm a bit saddened that there's no visible rank insignia on the uniform that can help distinguish one's standing, but that's just my opinion on this small detail that bugs me. The director, Kanbe Mamoru has done some interesting works, such as Elfen Lied, Cardcaptor Sakura, a few episodes in Baccano!, the Letter Bee OVA, assisted in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to name a few. Hopefully his direction will keep the show interesting. The peaceful OP song, Hikari no Senritsu (Melody of Light), is sung by the group Kalafina, who has a tie-in with Kara no Kyoukai and Kuroshitsuji. The cheery, upbeat ED song, Girls, Be Ambitious., is sung by Tomatsu Haruka who ... doesn't seem to be involved in this series voicing a character.

Despite the similarities in the character designs this series has with another series, I'm still looking forward to next week to see how it draws out. Next week's episode seems to be some sort of urban-combat training exercise for the new member to the unit.

The Idiot, The Tests, and the Summoned Creatures

I'm not going to bother with a full-blown summary, but here's a quick summary: when you thought your high school classroom was breaking down and dilapidated didn't you wish there was something you could do about it? Well in Fumizuki Academy, there is the Summoning War system where you can challenge other classes in a digitized form of yourself and battle it out.

After taking a placement test, Akihisa Yoshii has to "Work very hard" as it says in that red circle indicating he's F-Class material. I love the teacher's responses to Yoshii's explanation of things he notices in the classroom - they should probably invest in duct tape as well - it fixes everything, even wounds! Moving on, there's a trap within the class going by the name of Hideyoshi Kinoshita. Proof? He uses "washi" which is a male term referring to themselves which is usually used by older males; by the way he has a twin sister minus the extra hairclip. Plus, males have blue ties on and females with red.

SILVER LINK appears to be taking a hint from SHAFT Animations about changing what's on the blackboard every scene change. I laughed a few times in this episode, so I'll most likely hang on to this series for another week.

DRRRRRRRRRRR!!

I love watching that OP sequence and how it transitions from character to character. Heh, bumping in to Holo/Horo from Spice and Wolf - which Brains Base did animate the second season which ended last fall. Anyways, holy flying vending machines this series is getting a good vibe from me so far, I'm definitely going to stick to it.

Clingy Sly Wogolfd

Confession right off the bat. I felt that everyone was like a wolf preying on Hiroshi, since he doesn't stand out too much other than that he's a transfer student. Isuzu is extremely clingy to Hiroshi, as seen in this episode, claiming that Hiroshi is of her possession/her territory. Hiroshi's like a sheep. Yeah, baa baa. Every girl and guy is probably after him for some reason, probably think he'll do nicely with their roasted potatoes or something. Anyways, it has a kinda School Days (or, dare I say it, Higurashi) feeling to it where everything and everyone is nice then the mood takes a turn for the worse.

Character design-wise, it comes from the PEACH PIT duo who did the fantastic designs for Rozen Maiden. The OP is about love, sung by Fiction Junction, and it does fit the TV series a bit, but I still prefer the OP song that was in the game sung by Hemi-you. Yes, that's right, Ookamikakushi is based off of a PSP game and as far as I can tell it's a finished product, so maybe there won't be any surprises at the ending like there was for a previous work...

This series has also caught my attention, so I'll most likely be watching it almost faithfully each week. Hassaku~ Hassaku~

P.S. Upon hearing "Hakase", I can't stop but think about professors, doctors, or folks dealing with research or "experts".

Sun Shine Sketch x Star Star Star

Two new freshmen moved in in the Hidamari Apartment with X, paw, glasses and hairbun - the iconic symbols representing Yuno, Miyako, Sae, and Hiro respectively. This is perhaps one of my few favorite slice-of-life comedy shows that I'm glad to see it come back for another season.

Flower Circle Kindergarten

Like almost everyone else who watches this, we're curious about what this show is all about. Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully what I watched was perhaps 24 minutes of the most adorable cuteness overload animation I've ever seen. The genre of the show is light-hearted slice of life comedy, rather than the direction Kodomo no Jikan went which was perversion full speed ahead — which is GOOD THING. In fact, this reminds me of Potemayo because of the similarities of the design elements. Overall, the episode was pretty funny but it felt a little awkward near the ending.

No Dame! Final le~!

After much delay, I get to watch Nodame Cantabile. Ah, yes, the premiere was as light-hearted and comedy filled as I expected it to be. As expected of a series on the noitaminA timeslot, it looks like Nodame is really going to aim to get in on Chiaki's orchestra for a piano concerto. Here's for more gyabon and mukyaaaa! Big Grin

Katana Story

Heh, both the two characters seem a bit slow. Shichika for not being able to think well and Togame for responding first then realizing that Shichika responded to her questions the other way around than she expected. Plus, I never knew that a katana could come out of a human like that before, amazing the guy's still alive. Yup, this one airs every month at the beginning for the remainder of this year, except for the month of January where it aired a couple of days before the next episode. I'm liking how this is folding out, it's...what's that word? Kinda unique, I guess that's the word I'd use. The original creator, Nishio Ishin (or NisiOisin) also did such works like the Monogatari novel series which includes Bakemonogatari, which was adapted into an anime and was surprisingly good and the high school romance comedy manga Medaka Box to name a few.

In the second episode, there's a guy who speaks backwards which makes it difficult to follow what he's saying. Be prepared to watch it over a few times. But, man, was there a lot of dialogue said in the middle of a desert. And what a second episode that was, this pretty much confirms that I'll be following it till the end.
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