Sunday, August 22, 2010
Your Guide to the Fall 2010 Anime Season!
Once again, the summer fades into fall, and the humidity turns into frost. The sakura are long gone, and the fireworks from the summer festivals fade into the falling of autumnal leaves. The passing of the seasons brings us another venture into what animation companies have to offer for the next 13-week shuffle.
The Fall 2010 season has been lined up for your viewing pleasure! Over 30 TV shows! Ten OAV titles!
Each show (as far as we know) is listed below with their Japanese names, a link to their official site, and a short description of the plot. (H/T and thanks to chartfag and Cart Driver for providing image compilations on their websites)
TV shows slated for Fall 2010:
Star Driver: Radiant Takuto （Star Driver~Kagayaki no Takuto ＳＴＡＲＤＲＩＶＥＲ〜輝きのタクト）
(Mecha - TV) High-school student Takuto pilots his "Cybuddy" robot to rescue his friend from a secret society planning to wake disastrous technology.
(Superhero, Mecha - TV) The first of four Marvel anime shows to be produced by Madhouse Studios in Japan. Animated Robert Downey Jr.!
Panty & Stocking (with Garterbelt)
(Comedy - TV) Gainax's latest features two "angels" sent to battle ghosts on Earth. (Already the Internets are alive with "That's Invader Zim!" challenges.)
Psychic Detective Yakumo （Shinrei Tantei Yakumo 心霊探偵八雲）
(Mystery - TV) A college student born with the ability to see ghosts and spirits through his red left eye is determined to provide closure to allow them to leave their attachments.
Jellyfish Princess （Kuragehime 海月姫）
(Comedy - TV) The noitaminA anime block (Moyashimon, Nodame Cantabile) gets a series on a women's-only apartment and the "jellyfish-princess" beauty that crashes the party.
(Slice-of-Life, Comedy - TV) The Shônen Jump manga drawn by Takeshi Obata (Hikaru no Go, Death Note) about...Shônen Jump manga...hits NHK's airwaves.
Letter-Bee Reverse （Tegami Bachi Reverse テガミバチＲＥＶＥＲＳＥ）
(Action - TV) The continuing story of Lag Seeing, a "Letter bee" forced to face the challenges of mail delivery in a world corrupted by insect monsters.
Togainu no Chi （咎狗の血）
(Drama - TV) Rebellious Akira, falsely accused of a crime, is forced to play a dangerous game with a crime syndicate in an apocalyptic Japan of the future.
Sore Demo Machi wa Mawatte Iru （それでも町は廻っている）
(Slice-of-Life, Comedy - TV) Hotori works for a maid cafe in Tokyo, but still dreams of becoming a high-school detective.
Invasion! Squid Girl （Shinryaku! Ika-musume 侵略！イカ娘）
(Comedy - TV) A girl comes from under the seas to stop mankind from polluting, only to have to work for a beach kiosk when she destroys their establishment...
Arakawa Under The Bridge*2
(Comedy - TV) The continuing stoooooory of self-made man Kô Ichinomiya and his adventures with the oddities under the bridge of the Arakawa River.
Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls （百花繚乱ＳＡＭＵＲＡＩ ＧＩＲＬＳ）
(Action - TV) The Tokugawa shogunate still exists in a modern-day parallel version and battles at the Mt. Fuji academy that houses many of the descendants of Japan's strongest families.
The World God Only Knows （Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai 神のみぞ知る世界）
(Love Comedy - TV) Keima Katsuragi is the foremost expert on "getting the girl" in video games, but it's different in real life when it involves capturing spirits for demons.
Maiden Yôkai Zakuro （Otome Yôkai Zakuro おとめ妖怪ざくろ）
(Action - TV) Set in a fictional version of Meiji-era Japan, half-yôkai female fighters are paired up with male soldiers to fight full-fledged monster armies.
Yosuga no Sora （ヨスガノソラ）
(Harem, Romance - TV) Twins Haruka and Sora return to the countryside town of Okukozome to move on with their life after the death of their parents.
A Certain Magical Index II （To Aru Majutsu no Index II とある魔術の禁書目録ＩＩ）
(Action, Fantasy - TV) The continuing story of a college student of science and magic who has befriended a nun with the knowledge of a library of forbidden magical books.
Heaven's Lost Property Forte （Sora no Otoshimono Forte そらのおとしものーフォルテ）
(Love Comedy - TV) Tomoki continues to defend Ikaros, a "pet" angelic android who fell from the sky and now provides his every wish, from the forces of Synapse.
Hakuôki Season 2 （Hakuôki~Shinsengumi Kiran~ 薄桜鬼 〜新選組奇譚〜）
(Drama - TV) The latest incarnation of the historical Shinsengumi clan involves defense of the daughter of a doctor against a clan of demonic oni.
Motto To-Love-Ru （もっとＴｏＬＯＶＥる）
(Love Comedy - TV) Rito Yûki gets another season to sort out his love problems with the girl he crushes on at school and the alien girl Lala, who has been bequeathed to him in marriage.
Hetalia Axis Powers: Season 4
(Comedy - TV) The personified countries of the world are back with more strange interpretations of history. Pastaaaaa.
My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute （Ore no Imôto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない）
(Comedy - TV) Big brother Kyôsuke finds a copy of an adult game in the house, only to find that the owner is his middle-school sister Kirino, who harbors an otaku personality despite her fashionable appearance.
(Comedy - TV) High-school student Tarô Sado seeks to resolve his persistent masochism problems by joining the "2nd Volunteer Club", but it's not easy with the violent Mio heading it.
Fortune Arterial: Red Promise （Fortune Arterial Akai Yakusoku FORTUNE ARTERIAL 赤い約束）
(Romance, Drama - TV) Transfer student Kohei moves to a prestigious academy off the coast of Japan, only to find one particular student is a vampire.
Detective Opera Milky Holmes （Tantei Opera Mirukii Hômuzu 探偵オペラミルキィホームズ）
(Comedy, Action - TV) In a society embroiled in crime and justice, four girls form the "Milky Holmes" club to use their heightened abilities against criminals.
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector（スーパーロボット大戦ＯＧ：ジ・インスペクター）
(Action, Fantasy - TV) A second animation series based on the popular video game featuring original creations from the Banpresto design team.
Pokemon: Best Wishes!
(Action, Comedy - TV) The Pokemon franchise gets its fourteenth season with two new characters, Iris and Dento, joining Satoshi and Pikachu in their adventures.
Battle Spirits Brave
(Action - TV) The Bandai trading card game gets its third anime season. Animated by Sunrise.
Agricultural Girl! （Nôgyô musume! 農業ムスメ！）
(Comedy - TV) The anime adaption of a yonkoma manga about two sisters doing their best to preserve and protect the rice paddy they inherited from their parents.
Karl and the Mysterious Tower （Karuru to Fushigi na Tô カルルとふしぎな塔）
(Kids - TV) Karl is forced to investigate what's wrong when the tower in the center of town fails to ring its bell for lunch.
Robin with his 100 Friends （Robin-kun to 100-nin no O-tomodachi ロビンくんと100人のお友達）
(Kids - TV) Robin moves from the city to Green Village and learns about the environment through interactions with all his new friends.
You Look Delicious （Omae Umasô Da Na おまえうまそうだな）
(Kids - TV, Movie) In the age of dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus raised by herbivores discovers his nature as a meat-eater, only to resist once forced to raise his own herbivorous Ankylosaur.
Rita et Machin （リタとナントカ）
(Kids - TV) The picture book series from Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod and Olivier Tallec about a girl and her lazy dog get an anime adaption.
Continuing from the Summer 2010 season:
Amagami SS, Legend of the Legendary Heroes.
OAV slated for Fall 2010 releases:
Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors （Queen's Blade: Utsukishiki Tôshi-tachi クイーンズブレイド ：美しき闘志たち）
(Adventure, Ecchi - OAV) The continuing adventures of the Queen's Blade cast under the rule of a new queen.
(Romance, Yuri - OAV) A story about the blossoming romance between high-school students Kiiko and Aya
(Slice-of-Live - OAV) The story of four friends and their adventures in a photography club.
Future Diary （Mirai Nikki 未来日記）
(Mystery - OAV) A pilot episode of the "survival game" manga involving diaries of fate. To be bundled with the 11th manga volume.
(Drama, Harem - OAV) The continuing love story involving the ToHeart2 cast.
Yozakura Quartet: Sea of Stars （Yozakura Karutetto~Hoshi no Umi~ 夜桜四重奏 〜ホシノウミ〜）
(Supernatural - OAD) The Hiizumi Life Counseling Office, protectors of the humans and yôkai in the town of Sakurashin, face a new threat to the Seven Pillars.
Megane na Kanojo （眼鏡なカノジョ）
(Comedy, romance - OAV) Anime adaption of an omnibus manga covering stories about girls with glasses.
Koe de Oshigoto! （こえでおしごと！）
(Comedy, romance - OAV) A 16-year-old girl becomes an unwilling voice actress for her sister's eroge video-game production company.
(Science fiction, comedy - OAV) In the year 2710, a boy stumbles upon a mysterious girl and a white stag inside the halls that preserve Nara's relics.
A Certain Scientific Railgun （To Aru Kagaku no Railgun とある化学の超電磁砲）
(Action, Fantasy - OAV) The side story to To Aru Majutsu no Index, electromaster esper Mikoto Mikasa continues to fight for justice as a member of Academy City's Public Moral Committee.
At first blush, it appears that the sequels are here to attack for their slices of the industry's pie (Sora no Otoshimono, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Letter Bee Reverse, Hetalia, Hakuôki), but the hype definitely appears to be centered fully on Bakuman fortifying Shônen Jump's stranglehold on the TV shares (Bleach, Naruto, To-Love-Ru). What could surprise this season? I wouldn't be surprised to see Invasion! Squid Girl become a quirky hit with viewers looking for moe in a different form or for Iron Man to create a new market for Marvel.
Either way, get your boards ready for the next tidal wave.