Phew! It’s done… like finally! I’m so glad this was not as big as Fall or I’d be dead by now of tiredness. Winter is not a very ‘happening’ season in terms of big releases but with holidays, we get loads of OVAs and specials with the DVD/Blu-ray boxes with discounts and never before seen offers. Yeah, good times for fandom and to rake in some monehhhs. This time around we have around 90 titles releasing with 29 TV series, 41 OVAs and 21 movies.
Like always, we haven’t followed any specific pattern except for gathering all kinds of info from ANN, MAL, Animesuki and Moonphase to get a comprehensive list of titles releasing this Winter. Big thanks goes to Ness and Fosh, who helped me with the post design and draft respectively. Of course, the whole team has pitched in with their thoughts so you are in good hands! Before I jump start the major roundup of Studios and Seiyuu, check out the third version of season’s lineup chart by nelson☆彡~
Studio Round Up:
A quick round up of major studios for this winter:
- This is one of the low seasons so usually the medium and low staffed studios release one title while the big ones still keep at it.
- This time around the big players are JC Staff, Satelight and Sunrise with at least three releases and more.
- JC Staff: Zero no Tsukaima F, Kill me baby, Ano Natsu and Milky Holmes season 2 and a specials of Toradora!
- Satelight: Mouretsu Pirated, Aquarion Evol and Senhime Zesshou Symphogear.
- Sunrise: Daily lives of highschool boys and Sacred Seven movie.
- AIC will be pleasing the niche otakus this time around with another dose of Amagami SS+, and some classic BL with Ken Media for Ai no Kusabi.
- Shaft is releasing the much awaited Nisemonogatari, a follow up to Bakemonogatari and Denpa Onna Special.
- ufotable is taking a break for developing more of Fate/Zero with small OVA releases of Minori Scramble and Gyo.
- DLE Inc. will be releasing High Score and Thermae Romae.
- Quick one release update:
- StudioSakimakura – Brave10
- Ordet/Sanzigen – BRS
- Xebec – Rinne no Lag (with Production I.G)
- Seven – Recorder to Randoseru
- Feel – Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!
- P.A. Works – Another
- Brains Base – Natsume
- MSC/Production I.G. – New Prince of Tennis
- TNK – Highschool DxD
- David Production – Inuboku SS
- Shin–EiAnimation – Area no Kishi
- Telecom Animation Film – Lupin III Special
- White Fox – Steins;Gate Special
- Toei Animation – Kyousogiga
- Hoods Entertainment – Manyuu Hikenchou Special
- Oriental Light and Magic – Inzuma movie
- Asia-Do – Magic Tree House
- Madhouse Studios – Tibetan Dog movie
- TMS Entertainment Hal’s Flute movie
- Zexcs – Itsuka Tenma OVA
- Studio DEEN – Kenshin OVA
- Kyoto Animation – K-On!! Movie
- Union CHO – the moon movie
- CyberConnect2 sai – .hack// movie
- Studio 4°C – Berserk
Male Seiyuu Round-up:
- This time around we have too many three roles stints this season:
- Hiroshi Kamiya is back in action this season with THREE main roles! Fans rejoice for he’ll be appearing in Brave10, Nisemonogatari and Natsume Yuujincho Shi.
- You know who else has gotten himself three roles? A close friend of Kamiyan, Ono Daisuke. He’ll be appearing in Brave 10, Papa no Iukoto and the New Prince of Tennis.
- Yūichi Nakamura won’t be left behind as he will be voicing roles in Aquarion Evol, Inuboku SS and Itsuka Tenma OVA.
- I’m glad to see Kenichi Suzumura getting back to things with roles in Aquarion Evol, Daily lives of highschool boys and Kyousogiga OVA.
- One my personal favourites, Takahiro Sakurai finally will be heard some more in Brave10, Zero no Tsukaima F and the Berserk as Griffith.
- Yuuki Kaji will be heard in Aquarion Evol, Highschool DxD and the Berserk movie. Guilty Crown being two-cour will keep him busy as well.
- Daisuke Namikawa is getting back with roles in Aquarion Evol, Daily lives of highschool boys and LupinIII Special.
- Miyu Irino is rising high steadily with main roles in Daily lives of highschool boys, Denpa Onna special and Sacred Seven movie.
- Ryotaro Okiayu, another uprising star will be heard in Brave10, Recorder to Randoseru and the new Prince of Tennis.
- Hiroki Yasumoto too will be heard in Daily lives of highshool boys, Mouretsu Pirates and Aquarion Evol.
- Shinichiro Miki to voice roles in Nisemonogatari series and Ai no Kusabi/ Holy Knight OVAs.
- Toru Ohkawa will be heard in Ai no Khkawa, Sacred Seven movie and Maanyuu Special.
- Two roles update:
- Nobuhiko Okamoto – Daily lives of highschool boys and Sacred Seven movie
- Junichi Suwabe – Aquarion Evol and Natsume Yuujinchou Shi.
- Tomokazu Sugita – Daily lives of highschool boys, Inuboku SS with his usual voicing of Gintoki from Gintama.
- Mamoru Miyano – Inuboku SS and Steins;Gate Special
- Akira Ishida: Daily lives of highschool boys and Natsume Yuujinchou Shi
- Tomoki Maeno – Amagami SS+ and Another
- Rikiya Koyama – Berserk movie and Mouretsu Pirates
- Takuma Terashima – Amagami SS+ and Sacred Seven movie
- Kousuke Toriumi – Ai no Kusabi and Aquarion Evol.
- Jun Fukuyama – Area no Kishi and Itsuka Tenma OVA.
- Kenta Miyake – Mouretsu Pirates & Berserk movie.
- One Role update:
- Keiji Fujiwara – Mouretsu Pirates
- Kazuya Nakai – Brave10
- Takehito Koyasu – Brave10
- Toshiyuki Morikawa – Brave10
- Kouki Uchiyama – Aquarion (Also, Guilty Crown)
- Satoshi Hino – Zero no Tsukaima F
- Daisuke Hirakawa – Zero no Tsukaima F
- Hatano Wataru – Papa no Iukoto
- Atsushi Abe – Another
- Ryohei Kimura – Natsume Yuujinchou Shi
- Kazuhiko Inoue – Natsume Yuujinchou Shi
- Yoshimasa Hosoya – Inuboku SS
- Tomokazu Seki – Steins;Gate Special
- Kentarou Itou – Ai no Kusabi
- Hiro Shimono – Holy Knight
- Jouji Nakata – Holy Knight
- Narita Ken – Kenshin OVA
Female Seiyuu Round-up:
- Unlike the boys, our female voice artists are really giving their all in voicing more roles.
- The most ahead is yet again HanaKana virus and whoa, look at how fast it’s spreading! She’ll be voicing roles in BRS, Mouretsu Pirates, Aquarion Evol, Nisemonogatari, Inuboku SS, Denpa Onna OVA, and Toradora/ Steins;Gate special.
- Miyuki Sawashiro won’t be left far behind as she’ll be heard in BRS, Nisemonogatari, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, Senhime Zesshou Symphogear and LupinIII/ Toradora specials.
- EriKitamura is seeing some very consecutive season with increase in roles including BRS, Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!, Nisemonogatari, Toradora special and Kyousogiga OVA.
- I’m so glad to see more roles of Mamiko Noto because she deserves it! We’ll hear her in BRS, Zero no Tsukaima F, Rinne no Lag and Toradora/ Manyuu specials.
- Four Roles:
- Kana Asumi – BRS, Amagami SS+, Ano Natsu and Toradora special
- Yōko Hikasa – Mouretsu Pirates, Daily lives of hishschool boys, Highschool DxD and K-On! Movie
- Yui Horie – Mouretsu Pirates, Zero no Tsukaima F, Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! and Nisemonogatari
- Yuka Iguchi – Nisemonogatari, Zero no Tsukaima FF, Symphogear and Denpa Onna special
- Shizuka Itou – Amagami SS+, Highschool DxD, Area no Kishi and Mouretsu Pirates.
- Three roles:
- Ai Kayano – Mouretsu Pirates, Aquarion Evol and Rinne no Lag (she’ll be continuing voicing Inori in Guilty Crown)
- Rie Kugimiya – Zero no Tsukaima F, Recorder no Randoseru and Kyousogiga OVA
- Chiwa Saito – Daily lives of highschool boys, Nisemonogatari and Kyousogiga OVA
- Minako Kotobuki – Manyuu special and Berserk/ K-On! movie
- Two roles:
- Haruka Tomatsu – Mouretsu Pirates and Ano Natsu,
- Aoi Yūki – Symphogear and Daily lives of hishschool boys
- Asami Seto – Symphogear and Rinne no Lag
- Ayumi Fujimura – Aquarion Evol and Rinne no Lag
- Yukana – Amagami SS+ and Daily lives of highschool boys
- One role:
- Maaya Sakamoto – Nisemonogatari as Shinobu (Yes!)
- Kanae Itō – Sacred Seven movie
- Ayako Kawasumi – Zero no Tsukaima F
- Chiaki Omigawa – Mouretsu Pirates
- Nana Mizuki – Symphogear
- Aya Hirano – Recorder no Randoseru
- Yu Kobayashi – Daily lives of highschool boys
- Mariya Ise – Mouretsu Pirates
Sources & Skip List:
- All the images, summaries and info were compiled from ANN, MAL, different Wikis, Moonphase and respective official sites.
- For trailers, youtube and official sites were used.
- We skipped all the kiddie shows and some other few in which no one was interested, like:
- Ikoku Miero Special- Yuno & Alice – Previously covered
- Usagi Drop Special– Already covered
- Detective Conan New Kaitou Kid Special
- Maken-Ki Special – Previously skipped
- Hidan no Aria Special – Previously skipped
- Hoshizora e kakaru Hashi
- Morita-san wa Mukuchi
- Higurashi no Naku-file04 – previously covered
- Yuri senijin Nodoka-san – already covered
- Queen’s Blade
- Tales of Symphonia
- Senjō no Valkyria 3: Ta ga Tame no Jūsō (OAV)
- Fairy tail– already covered
- Eiyyy Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki The animation Vol2 – already covered
- ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers
- Carnival Phantasm 3rd season– Already covered
- Kakko-Kawaii Sengen! (Special)
- Mirai Nikki Special
- Top wo Nerae (Special)
- Busou Chuugakusei: Basket Army – short online series
- Major: World Series
- Code Geass Gaiden: Bōkoku no Akito (OAV)
- Kimi no Iru Machi (OAV)
- IS: Infinite Stratos Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Sextet (OVA) – Already covered
- Kyousogiga (ONA) – Already aired
- Black Jack Final (OVA)
- Atlanger (OVA)
- One Piece 3D: Gekisou! Trap Coaster
- Inazuma Eleven Go: Kyuukyoku no Kizuna Griffon
- Friends: Monoke Shima no Naki
- Dragon Ball: Episode of Badakku
- Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
- Inzuma Eleven Movie
- Space Pirate Captain Harlock
- Magic Tree House
- Hal’s Flute
- 009 Re:Cyborg
- Tibetan Dog
- Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~
- Scryed Alteration II Quan
- Strike Witches
- Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi
Hope you read TILL THE END of this Winter Anime Review for 2012! So, what are the titles that you are really looking forward to? Let us know and keep enjoying the holidays with us. We have lots in store for you with the Year-Ender stash. So, till next time. Ja ne~
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