Winter Anime Catalogue 2016 – METANORN

Winter Anime Catalogue 2016

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Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Original Source: Sorata Akiduki (Manga)
Producers: BONES
AIR DATE: Jan 12, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director: Masahiro Ando
[ WEBSITE ] [#赤髪の白雪姫]

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Annnnnnnnd….we’re back! Spring season was our growing period as we were trying to get a feeling of what this fantasy fairy tale series actually was. It took me some time to get used to this very laid back, almost on the cusp of SOL, romance between a peasant herbalist and a royal prince. However, by the end of the first season, the series had grown on me and I took the advice of a commenter to take a look at the manga to get a better feeling for the series. And because of that, I very much looking forward to this new season, which if it follows the manga storyline (and from what I’ve seen of the PV, it will.), this season will have a larger lean toward the adventure aspect of the series compared to season one. Shirayuki and Zen will continue their slow-burn romance and I guess the only thing I will have to do is find another Disney Princess motif to change to for this season, now that I’ve exhausted Beauty and the Beast for last season. 😛

Shirayuki season one was pretty much the shoujo series made for Highway, with Saori Hayami starring and singing as a nice independent woman, who still falls in love with a nice boy, not because he saved her, but because they enjoy spending time together. Given that they ended up as a couple at the end of the first series, I imagine we’re going to get a different sort of relationship development through this second series, so I’m really interested to see where it goes.

possibly blogging // Irene

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Genre(s): Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
Original Source: Fairys Spite (Visual Novel)
Producers: Gonzo
AIR DATE: Jan 12, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director:  Fumitoshi Oizaki
[ WEBSITE ] [#あおかなアニメ]

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I feel obligated to watch this because it sounds like Air Gear and that’s where my username is from. Like Air Gear, this is a show about playing sports with shoes that let you fly (and win over ladies *wink wink*). The sport here is called Flying Circus. Our protagonist is a downtrodden Flying Circus-er (I’m sure there’s a cooler name for them) who recently lost a match so badly that his passion for the sport has vanished. But fear not! A cute transfer student arrives to reignite that flame! …and perhaps ignite some new ones. Basically, it’s a more generic Air Gear based off an eroge/visual novel that is the proclaimed winner of the 2014 Moe Video Game Award.

The Air Gear nostalgia boost is enough to catch my interest but everything else sounds rather lacklustre. First of all, it’s being done by Gonzo, an animation studio that feels like its dying a slow a painful death. One look at the trailer and you can see how uninspired it looks. The director did Astarotte no Omocha (the semen-guzzling loli succubus one…skylion edit: the loli guzzled nothing) and Etotama (a mediocre series that sold so badly it’s cringe-inducing), which means he isn’t exactly going to be turning this eroge into a masterpiece. The fact it’s an eroge itself makes it a dubious affair because I’m in it for flying sports, but I’m sure it will be packed with fanservice and all kinds of romantic interludes. But even if you like the romantic, visual novel-esque shows, this one has such a poor quality staff behind it that I think you’d be better off with something else.

possibly blogging // Cool

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Genre(s): Mystery, Romance, School, Slice of Life
Original SourceSei Hatsuno (Novel)
Producers: P.A. Works
AIR DATE: Jan 7, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director: Masakazu Hashimoto
[ WEBSITE ] [#ハルチカ]

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PA Works took the Autumn season off after the disappointing (to me, but apparently not to the way too many people who bought the discs) Charlotte. And this time they’re putting a bunch of KyoAni shows together and seeing what comes out. This one’s got Haruta and Chika as members of the wind ensemble club, who are trying to get more people to join their club as they also solve mysteries in the school. So it’s Hibike! Euphonium, Hyouka, and Chuu2Koi all put together, right? I dunno, but as usual, I’ll watch it because it’s PA Works. Even with Charlotte, they brought the goods, it’s mostly that that show was let down by Jun Maeda’s predictable writing. This show is more of an original story (the manga just started, so it’s not really an adaptation, I’d say), so we’ll see how it goes!

possibly blogging // Highway

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Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Original Creator: Natsume Akatsuki (Light Novel) 
Producers: Studio DEEN
AIR DATE: Jan 14, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director:  Takaomi Kanasaki
[ WEBSITE ] [#このすば]

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It used to be that seeing “Studio DEEN” was a sign that you’d have to hold on to your eyeballs, lest they be lost to some iffy anime. But right about 4 years ago, there was a big change, and the studio began to produce some pretty darn good shows, starting with Sankarea and Kore wa Zombie. And now this show, which translates (-ish) to “Blessed to be in this Wonderful World”. Poor Kazuma Satou was a gamer with hikikomori tendencies, but his life was cut short in a traffic accident. But he gets another chance, as a mysterious goddess tells him he can bring one thing to a new world and be reincarnated. Time to fight the Demon King! Well, maybe not, because it’s enough of a struggle just to provide for food and shelter. But eventually he’ll have to face the Demon King’s army. This one has a pretty good cast associated, with Ai Kayano, Sora Amamiya, Rie Takahashi, and the OTHER FukuJun, Jun Fukushima.

possibly blogging // FoshHighway

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Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Original Source: Idea Factory (Visual Novel)
Producers: Kinema Citrus
AIR DATE: Jan 7, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director: Takao Abo
[ WEBSITE ] [#norn9]

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An elementary school student named Sorata Suzuhara falls asleep and then wakes up in what seems to be the past. There he meets a bunch of people with special powers and joins them on their giant ship-thing named Norn. Norn9 is one of the more ambitious otome games out there with three (voiced!!!) heroines, and a plot that you probably need a flowchart to understand since you need to do pretty much all of the routes to understand everything and it only gives out so much info per route. Also, surprisingly it also has a (kind of terrible) localization in English that came out a little while ago. However, from what I hear, the story is really solid when it all comes together so hopefully the anime is able to convey that easier than the game has so far. I can’t say much for the director, Takao Abo, since he hasn’t really directed a full anime yet, but we’ll see. If anything, the soundtrack is amazing and the voice acting will be good since it’s full of familiar names like Daisuke Ono and Kaji Yuki. Oh! I can’t say much as to how her acting will be, but Nagi Yanagi has a voiced role in this story too which is pretty interesting.

What a lovely group of boys and girls we have here on this series of Norn9, and lot of your usual voice actors in this kind of series are back once again to match. I mean, Daisuke Ono, Kaji Yuki, Koji Yusa? All we need is Jun Fukuyama and Takahiro Sakurai to make it a whole set. As for the series itself, this one caught my eye a few seasons ago, and while the summary and even the PV doesn’t really do much to excite you, and otome game adaptations have a habit of being sub-par when it comes to animation adaptations, I can’t not admit that I have enjoyed my share of them. Now, beyond what they have presented me with here, I don’t really know much else about the series, but the idea of having all of these chose people on this one ship that is traveling through time and space and reality without much of a destination in mind, does intrigue me, at least enough to get me to give this one a look.

possibly blogging // Kara

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Genre(s): Comedy, Magic, Parody
Original Work
Producers: Tatsunoko Production
AIR DATE: Jan 10, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi 
[ WEBSITE ] [#小麦ちゃんR]

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When I first started getting into anime, I was really into Di Gi Charat’s brand of bizarro, random comedy mixed with eye-melting cuteness. I turned to Nurse Witch Komugi next because it seemed like more of the same, but it was a big miss. It’s a nearly plotless comedy show about a cosplay idol named Komugi who is also a magical girl in her spare time You have to sit through a barrage of terrible jokes about boobs before you get to remotely interesting magical girl situations. There were some good ideas hidden in there, like a troll trolling so hard he turned all of Akihabara into cat kaomojis, but it’s not enough to redeem the rest of the show. I’m not sure why it’s making a comeback now except to maybe cash in on the idol craze. It’s the same animation studio but a new director, so I’ll at least give the first episode a watch to see if he improved on the cringeworthy jokes.

possibly blogging // Cool 

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Genre(s): Comedy, Fantasy
Original Source: Guo Wang Bi Xia (Webcomic)
Producers: Studio DEEN
AIR DATE: Jan 9, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director:  Iku Suzuki
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Just like how Light Novels are the big thing right now, I believe Chinese Web Novels will soon also be extremely popular.  So far I have checked out a few like Combat Continent or City of Darkness.  The strengths of these stories is often fun character writing and a constant sense of powering up.  I like to refer to these types of stories as “Readable RPGs” because of how much of the writing seems to emphasize the mechanics and scale as the characters encounter new abilities.  The weakness of this type of storytelling is the absurdly predictable nature of the storytelling, and the habit of main character worship.  Hearing an entire world come together to endlessly praise the main character gets a little dry after the 500th miraculous deed.

In this grand storytelling tradition comes Reikenzan. The world is in danger and a chosen one has appeared who will be the most important person to ever exist.  I’m interested in this show not to see if it offers a unique viewing experience, but more so to see how well this show applies tried and true tropes.  

possibly blogging // Samsura FI

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Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi
Original CreatorKoushi Rikudou & Masamune Shirow (Manga)
Producers: Studio Gokumi
AIR DATE: Jan 8, 2016
Episodes: N/A
Director: Munenori Nawa
[ WEBSITE ] [#kpandora]

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To be perfectly honest, this is not a Samsura show. I’m not a watcher of “cute girls doing cute stuff” anime. (The exception being Ikoku Meiro no Croisse which is phenomenal and almost redeems moe). I’m watching this show to prove an even more important point: is Masamune Shirow a hack? He is the original creator of things like Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, Dominion Tank Police and more. All of these things have great anime adaptations at one point or another, and the anime is universally better than the original Shirow manga. Once more this show has Masamune making the original source, and I want to know: will the adaptation surpass the original? The answer probably is yes.

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Now, for all intents, it looks like Shirow was just the guy that suggested the idea to Koshi Rikudo, the actual mangaka. His Excel Saga was hilarious on both the page and in anime form, and he has a long career in comedy, romance, and action styles. So, whatever beef anyone has for Shirow-penned manga and their adaptations, they will probably have to find a different outlet.

As for story content, it looks like a standard comedy of errors at just a glance, so Koshi isn’t exactly in unknown territory. Now we move to the adaption, even though Studio Gokumi has had a foul ball lately in the D.O.A. Fall 2015 show Lance N’ Masques, it looks like a different creative team is on this one and they know how to tell a story out of a wet paper bag; not really a guarantee for a better show, but not exactly a downturn either. As for what that story is; it’s set in the far future, the gap between the rich and poor has grown ever and ever more, and cyborging is the way to go for conspicuous consumption, so expect some object lessons vis a vis the dehumanizing of oneself with machines and with growing wealthy. So it has a Shirow pedigree, but a host of different scopes.

In any case, I’ve snuck a peek at the source material that is available on these series of tubes, and it looks like a charming enterprise is under way. It’s interesting to see that cyborgs are being explored from a different angle, other than the already well-mined murder-violence/kill-die/head-full-of-trippy-identities genres and that it’s moe aesthetic has a different vibe going for it other than the typical “cute girls doing cute things” foundation. Most of the promotional material seem to suggest huge amounts of moe, but that’s what promo stuff is supposed to do, so we’ll see if Pandora has some of Rikudo’s more subversive and – sometimes uncomfortable – weird levels of humor. I’ll be on this one….

possibly blogging // skylion

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71 Responses to “Winter Anime Catalogue 2016”

  1. Hoshi says:

    ~Oh man, nothing even matters to me other than the Doukyuusei movie because it is one of my favorite series ever and it looks amazing already from the trailers I’ve seen and I’m just praying that someone actually subs it ;;

    Other than that, I’ve read both Ajin and Boku Dake and both are pretty interesting. Of course I’m worried about Boku Dake because how can you do a mystery anime that doesn’t even have an end manga-wise?? Not sure how they’ll deal with it, but I’ll still be checking it out just to see.

    • skylion says:

      how can you do a mystery anime that doesn’t even have an end manga-wise??

      Sometimes it’s the journey…

    • IreneSharda says:

      It’s all my fault. I was trying to write the commentary for Boku Dake and the PVs and summary was so vague and I didn’t know if I would like it (I was afraid it would turn out like The Perfect Insider, which I didn’t care for much in the end), so I decided to go against my usual rules and read a few manga chapters to get a feel for the story. And just like “that”! It hooked and ensnared me, and now I’ve read through all 34 scanlated chapters and looked at up to chapter 42 of the raws. What shall I do now for the show?! I know everything now. T_T

      I guess I’ll just have to see what they do with the adaptation of it. It just won’t be as fun. Sigh.

      But anyway, I was addressing your question of how they can do the mystery when it doesn’t have an end in the manga yet. Actually, now that I’ve read it, there’s a perfect place to end it, and you would just need to switch it around in the final act of the climax of a certain chapter and give it an anime original ending. Show ▼

      • BlackBriar says:

        And just like “that”! It hooked and ensnared me, and now I’ve read through all 34 scanlated chapters and looked at up to chapter 42 of the raws. What shall I do now for the show?! I know everything now. T_T

        Haha! Know the agonizing pain of us readers, Irene! Especially when we see an adaptation of what we’ve read. I’m 90% sure you’ll fight to keep yourself from giving out spoilers. 😛

        • IreneSharda says:

          I know! The problem is this is this series is one part psychological human drama involving the main character, and one part whodunit mystery suspense thriller that continually keeps you on your toes.

          Since I know the answer to the whodunit, it’ll just be interesting now to go back and connect the pieces and fun to watch everyone else try to. As for the human drama part, get ready for some drama, emotion, and even some tears. That will hit you hard no matter how many times you see it.

          Yeah, trying to refrain for giving out even hints of spoilers is going to be hard, but I did it with Rokka no Yuusha, I think I can do it here too. You just have to put yourself in the mindset of just having watched only that particular episode and that’s it. Nothing else. And only look at what the episode gave you, not compare it with what you read.

      • Hoshi says:

        ~It happens to me all the time lol. Like if there’s a manga for it, I’ll almost always read a couple chapters first because it’s so much easier for me to read a manga than watch an anime. But yeah, it does take out the excitement of first watching a show…

        And ooh right right! It’s been awhile since I last read it so I can only remember really vague pieces of it (like all I could remember at first was that there was snow, lots of snow lol). So that gives me some hope!

        Really it’s just a pet peeve of mine when they try to animate something you know they can’t finish in 12/24 episodes and it’s just a ridiculous cliff hanger like why waste animation energy on a show that you know you can’t finish when you can animate something that can give you an ending…

        • IreneSharda says:

          It sort of works out here, since having read the latest arc of the manga, I think that the author is drawing it out for too long. He could fix it in the end, but right now, I think the way it’s currently heading is a mistake. So, if the anime fixes that, that would be cool too.

    • Kyokai says:

      Can’t wait for the Doukyuusei movie! That would be brilliant and I’m really looking forward to how they would adapt Asumiko Nakamura’s flowing lines.

  2. Di Gi Kazune says:

    I was really into Di Gi Charat’s brand of bizarro, random comedy mixed with eye-melting cuteness.

    Di Gi Charat is still God. All Hail our Cute Overlord Alien Oppressor Dejiko-sama! Dejiko-sama demands a second season of -Nyo.

    As for Komugi R… I have heard that it doesn’t reflect the original’s wackiness. Like you said, *idol craze*. Magical Nurse Witch Komugi-chan -Magi de Karte- ‘s appeal was its crazy stories. Which is a spinoff Soul Taker. And her best-friend-turned-tanuki-rival. Oh the hilarity… No high hopes for the remake.

    @Irene: No.Mainstream.Game.Turned.Anime.Series.Has.Succeeded. Not FF. Not Blazblue. Not SF. Not RO. Not even the Tales series. They might as well make a Star Wars Anime series just to advertise their MMORPG… wait, they have.

    So. Let the FIs loose. And see if you can make my count go from Sifr to something. 😛

    • Overcooled says:

      I haven’t rewatched any of the Di Gi Charat series in a while so I’m still wearing rose-tinted nostalgia glasses as I look back…Wonder if I’ll like it as much if I ever go back to them. I get the feeling the Komugi remake will flop too and that will make me want to go back to Di Gi Charat lol.

      Look forward to those FIs!

    • BlackBriar says:

      @Irene: No.Mainstream.Game.Turned.Anime.Series.Has.Succeeded. Not FF. Not Blazblue. Not SF. Not RO. Not even the Tales series.

      Ragna the Bloodedge (After the credits on episode 1 of BlazBlue: Alter Memory): “O Azure Grimoire, dwelling within my right arm, erase the jinx on anime shows based on fighting games!”

      Clearly his wish was denied, though admirable it was.

      What about Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis? Wasn’t that a mainstream game? And if we consider animated movies as a subcategory, I think Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children did extremely well.

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        FFVII is FFVII. And we all know the rabid FFVII fans out there.

        Poor Ragna. I did watch Blazblue and it just simply took the piss out of itself with that trope.

      • IreneSharda says:

        And don’t count out FFVII Last Order, which was pretty good too.

    • IreneSharda says:

      Well, sure there have been…a LOT of failures, but there are some good game animation adaptations. But I can definitely say with some assurity that Phantasy Star Online 2, won’t be one of them. 😛

      Divine Gate looks interesting though.

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        Yosuga no Sora is the best game to anime adaptation.

        • Foshizzel says:

          That series would have sold regardless of it being based off a game due to all the sex scenes…I mean isn’t school days also a game? That has sex in it as well and sure it didn’t break records it still appeals to a certain sex crazed crowd.

  3. BlackBriar says:

    Arrgh! What happened to my precious Fall season and the great shows that were tied to it?! It came and went so fast it’s hard to believe it was ever there. Grieving aside, I’m feeling rather numb about the new season. I know Winter doesn’t have a reputation for being strong performance-wise but this time, the sentiment is thicker. Considering the few sequels that are in my sights, the list doesn’t have shows that scream “Must see” to me personally but maybe some may prove worthy yet.

    Out of the PVs, I see at least two shows going the way of Knights of Sidonia and Arpeggio of Blue Steel by using completely 3D animation. This is an unofficial trend that’s rising and if it does becomes official, I hope by then, they’ll have perfected the animation itself.

    Sequels:
    Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom S2
    Durarara!!x2 Ketsu
    Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri S2

    High:
    Ajin
    Dimension W

    Moderate:
    Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei
    Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
    Bubuki Buranki
    Divine Gate
    Fairy Tail Zero
    Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
    Itachi Shinden: Hikari to Yami
    Luck & Logic
    Musaigen no Phantom World
    Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
    Schwarzesmarken

    Low/Maybe/Likely Dropped:
    Dagashi Kashi
    Koukaku no Pandora
    Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation
    Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage

    Durarara!!x2 Ketsu: Had I not paid attention and someone told me the first cour of Durarara!!x2 played a year ago, I’d probably say “No way! You’re pulling my leg”. But there’s no denying it: Durarara!!x2 Shou indeed was a Winter 2015 anime. Which is unnerving since it doesn’t feel one bit that a year has passed. Frightening how time flies. Despite being build-ups for the most part, Durarara still maintains its hold by doing what it does best. I’m certainly looking forward to future developments as Mikado continues his path into insanity, Izaya once again finds himself in piping hot water and hopefully, we’ll finally see Celty get her head back.

    Assassination Classroom S2: Another series whose previous season aired exactly a year ago. Gonna watch it simply because it’s more “Nu-hu-hu” Koro-sensei, Nagisa who’s badass at hiding bloodlust and Karma for obvious reasons.

    Gate S2: The last season ended abruptly and anticlimactically but the PV showed a lot’s been done to make amends and I must say it looks damn action packed so I’m aboard this train. More Rory Mercury is a must!!!!

    Ajin: A dark themed anime sporting the tags of “Adventure, Horror, Mystery” and “Supernatural”. All very relevant to my tastes. And it seems to involve my favorite story setting which is the “Human vs. Non-human” setup. If it also includes a moral gray area atmosphere, this show will easily be front and center.

    Dimension W: Reading the synopsis and watching the PV, this one doesn’t look like it’ll have to do much to win me over. Hints of political and corporate corruption always manages to sweeten the deal and there might possibly be a balance struck between humor, action and story progress. If it does well in the first few episodes, I’ll hope for this to be a two-cour series.

    Schwarzesmarken: I watched Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse when it began airing back in Summer 2012 and found it passable. Seeing that this show will be a prequel to that story, I can’t help but inquire, out of curiosity, as to what happened before. As usual, the enemy known as the BETA are damn butt ugly. Bleh!

    Overall, not sure what to expect but I say “Bring it on!” Show me what you’re made of, Winter 2016!

    • skylion says:

      I think Dimension W is going to pack an interesting punch. I really loved studio 3Hz on last year’s Sora not Method; not so much for the story, or the ending, but for a great deal of the animation was quite well done for a youngish studio. Sometimes, these are the sorts of people that have the fire burning, and can bring something sharp to the screen.

    • IreneSharda says:

      I’m pretty interested in Ajin and I haven’t read anything about it so I’m going in mostly cold other than the summary.

      ERASED was such a mystery though that I had to read the manga at least for a few chapters just to see if it was really something that I could get into. I was pretty disappointed with The Perfect Insider, so I wanted to make sure this wasn’t a repeat of that experience. And what I got was a very good mystery suspense thriller, so I’m pretty excited to see where that goes.

      Gate S1 ended so abruptly because they didn’t intend to make it a split-cour until midway through its run. However, it looks like some interesting things are happening, especially with the Japanese finally meeting the emperor and Pina’s brother, the heir apparent.

      I’ve never seen the Muv-Luv series, though this new one does look promising.

    • Overcooled says:

      BB, if they adapt Ajin right, I think you’re really going to like it! It’s got your name written all over it, although I will concede it doesn’t have vampires.

      • BlackBriar says:

        Indeed such a heartbreaking fact but I think I’ll survive regardless. You saw the hopeful I have of Ajin in detail in the previous comment. A moral gray area atmosphere that blurs the divided lines is biggest aspect I’m anticipating. I get that and possibly anything else on the list and it’ll be enough to hold me over. Shows like Trinity Blood, Shiki, Tokyo Ghoul (Both seasons), Seraph of the End (Both seasons) have them which is why I love them so much. If Ajin pulls it off, it’s going to get added to the list.

        Though I will sincerely admit that because of such circumstances, if I understand the party’s reasoning, I have the tendency to sooner turn on and condemn the humans than siding with them while sympathizing with the non-humans and rooting for their survival.

        Well, you clearly know that already, OC. 😛

        • IreneSharda says:

          Yeah, I think you’ll like Ajin BB, it actually reminds me a little of Tokyo Ghoul the most, and like Cool said in her summary, it’s pretty fast paced, almost to the point of being reckless.

          As for whether to root for the humans or the non-humans, I remember we were on opposite sides for Shiki, but I think in the case of this series, let’s just say there is just so much gray area that I really don’t know if I can side with either group. There is no character in there that I completely want to root for, pretty much everyone in the series is an a**hole except for maybe one or two exceptions.
          I think you would enjoy the series like that a lot. 😀

          (And yes, I gave in (again!) and read all the available manga chapters (all 35) in a day. Sigh…I’m becoming so weak.)

          • BlackBriar says:

            Alright, then. That’s good news. Receiving such positive outlooks from you two alone is getting me excited.

            Preference of gray area scenario over black and white any day of the week. Because the latter is such a clear cut, set in stone, foregone conclusion of a setting, it’s no fun at all to get into even if the story is well made. But with the former, there are no clear answers or choices. So in the end, it’s all about one’s perspective and which one is felt most comfortable to live with based on whatever reasons seen fit. I’m hopelessly in love with that.

            Going on six years and my stance on Shiki hasn’t changed one, mademoiselle. You can count on that. No doubt you’ve noticed times have changed. Back then, it was made clear that anything not human was considered an evil monster needed to be killed. These days, you have stories essentially telling you a “monster” need not have fangs and claws to be a monster (basically humans to themselves and other species) and the non-humans as a result, gain the support of the viewers.

            Oh, such a weak constitution, mademoiselle. Not that I’m one to talk, though. We share the same weakness. If there’s a new chapter of a manga I’m reading, I’m very liable to read it. Even if I’m aware of an adaptation in the works.

            • IreneSharda says:

              Ajin is a weird series in that I’m not undecided because of the morality, because both sides do really bad things, but it’s that unlike Shiki where it was two sides fighting for survival against the other, this time, it doesn’t feel like the same kind of stakes.

              If I had to choose a side, I guess I would side with the Ajin, but even then…you’ll have to see it to understand what I mean.
              I hope you don’t get scared off by the CG though, it does look pretty simple (even worse than Sidonia’s), but that might help those squeamish people like me, with the gore, because it does have quite a bit of blood and gore, which is fine on a black and white page, but has a different impact when color, sound, and movement are applied.

    • akagami says:

      Low/Maybe/Likely Dropped:
      Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation

      I’ll suffer through this if you suffer along with me.

      Dimension W: Just noticed Kamei Kanta is directing! Tales of Vesperia was an awesome movie (if you like the action/fantasy genre). I went in expecting it to be horrible (because all game adaptions prior to this that I watched were all horrible), and I was hooked instead! You don’t need to know the game to enjoy the anime, because I never got to play it (don’t own a xbox and was only released on the PS3 in Japan) and still highly enjoyed it.

      • BlackBriar says:

        I’ll suffer through this if you suffer along with me.

        No promises. I’ve learned from experience that suffering through a series with no payoff, especially with little to no appeal (as in personal taste) to start off leaves a sour taste in the mouth, fills you with nothing but regret and will have you wishing for the time spent/lost you won’t get back. So depending on how it goes, I may or may not stick around.

  4. skylion says:

    I think that Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is going to be the run-away, beautifully brain-damaged show of the season.

    • Highway says:

      There is something about that show that, to me, just seemed like it was going to be interesting. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yeah I hope it can do something fun and not take itself serious! I want to laugh more than roll my eyes being annoyed.

  5. Overcooled says:

    I’m digging the new site banners!

  6. BlackBriar says:

    Spammy alert!

  7. akagami says:

    I was sitting here and was thinking that the Metanorn preview should be coming soon (actually I was a human sponge in the shower ratcheting up my energy bill because winter is finally here) and what do you know! (ノ°ο°)ノ “It appeared!”

    Fall was kind, it didn’t kill me or pour a truckload to my backlog pile… I actually managed to trim it down! Slightly, but one small step for human, one big step for humankind… I don’t know where I was going with that. 16 shows, and I dropped 3 shows. I did a head-fake with an early drop for Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, but Highway convinced me to pick it back up. Good job and thanks! (*^-‘) 乃

    Winter looks deadly. As in, it’s making up for last season and feeding my backlog for two. Let’s see what we have in store…

    Strong This Season, The Force Is
    —————————————————————————————————
    -Prince of Stride Alternative: This looks promising. While almost all sports anime have failed to keep my interest through the entire season, this one has Ishizuka Atsuko, responsible for three great anime (NGNL, Sakurasou, and Hanayamata. Plus it looks like “Stride” has similarities to parkour, which is very fun to watch (burnt away many hours on youtube). Don’t fail me this time, sports anime! I mean, Sore ga Seiyuu! was the first anime about making anime or manga that I really enjoyed, so bring it on!
    -Musaigen no Phantom World: Magical-fantasy-action + KyoAni… mmmmmmmmm, yes oh yes. The only thing missing is a school and I’d be like ヽ(´∇´)ノ (∇´ノ) ヽ(   )ノ (ヽ´∇) ヽ(´∇`)ノ . For the record I was like that when I heard Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry was getting adapted. Only it didn’t have KyoAni~
    -Haruchika ~Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru~: P.A. WORKS! P.A. WORKS! P.A. WORKS! =( ^o^)ノ ...…___o Mystery in a school? If it’s anything like Hyouka, I’ll be a happy goldfish.
    -Durarara!!x2 Ketsu: The later seasons stumbled a bit, but the core is solid, so this should be an entertaining finish to a good series. More DRRRRR and Daisuke is a good thing.
    -GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri 2nd Season: YES, SEASON 2! ( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑ Season 1 was a great adaption of the source material, and eagerly looking forward to S2. That said, I lost interest in the manga later, but hopefully the anime can still keep my revived interest going! Btw, that Rory figure is looking pretty sweet!
    -Koyomimonogatari: (〜^∇^)〜 〜(^∇^〜) Get on the Monogatari train, wooo wooo!
    -Hai to Gensou no Grimgar: Fantasy adventure + game theme? A-1 Pictures? Great art and character designs? Yessir, please sign me up. (`・ω・´)ゞ
    -Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle: This is a manga I picked up recently and found it interesting. Granted there aren’t many chapters out, but I’ve read enough to know it’s right in my batting zone.
    -Akagami no Shirayukihime 2nd Season: Another season of the series that gave me my name? Yes please! (◎`・ω・´)人(´・ω・`*)
    -Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm: Sci-fi, flying, and hints of romance? We demand romance! We demand romance! Good character designs doesn’t hurt~~~
    -Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku Wo!: Been enjoying this manga, so definitely picking this up. The character designs look different from the anime (which is more chibi-like at times), but that won’t stop me. Houston, we’re going in!
    -Teekyuu 7: Crazy random fun packed in 2 minute episodes.

    The Mayan Calendar Said The World Would End In 2015… But We’re Still Here
    —————————————————————————————————
    -Active Raid -Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei-: Full Metal Panic 3rd Raid? No? Drat, saw “Raid” and got excited. The promo art and characters look good, and has police, action, and sci-fi. Just like Pyscho-Pass did. The things keeping it from the above list? A) Exoskelton suits to fight crime? Not sold. B) CGI? Ugh. Big UGH. Here’s hoping the latter two don’t sink it too badly. Actually, as long as the CGI is kept to a minimum and done tastefully I can live with it.
    -Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu: Another show about making media, this time an adaption of a VN about making a VN. Sore ga Seiyuu was good, so I’m willing to give this a shot. The character designs look kinda weak though.
    -Oji-san to Marshmallow: This doesn’t look like much, but apparently the webcomic is highly popular. But it does have Hanazawa Kana and Kitamura Eri, so I’m willing to give this a try.
    -Dimension W: At first glance it seems average to me, but there’s so much hype that I would be doing it a disservice to not watch. So watch I will.

    The Mystery Bucket
    —————————————————————————————————
    -Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation: This looks really generic, but it’s action and sci-fi, and based on a game (which can be a pro or con). At least it’s an original story, so it might be a surprise hit.
    -Dagashi Kashi: Not sure how I feel about another food anime, but the art style is unique + light comedy, might just end up being pretty fun to watch. Actually the more I look, the more I like the art style.
    -Divine Gate: Action/Fantasy (++), Character designs look bland (-), Based on a smartphone game (-). This will probably suck, but in the slight chance it doesn’t… trial run it is!
    -Koukaku no Pandora: The plot doesn’t look like it’ll be my cup of tea, but Shirow Masamune is behind this, so I’ll at least give it a shot to see how it starts. GiTS is great, and enjoyed the recent Arise series. But this looks like it’s dipping in moe, and I don’t know if Masamune is my goto choice to watch moe.
    -Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage: DEEN is usually a hit or miss for me. It has fantasy + comedy, so that could be good, but Tencent is funding it and it’s based on a Chinese webcomic, so I fear this is going to turn into a “China is awesome” propaganda show. But hey, maybe I’m being too pessimistic and this will actually be decent. Maybe.
    -Luck and Logic: Funky character designs and fantasy plot make this a must-sample show. The downside? CGI. WRRYYYYYY щ(゜ロ゜щ)
    -Rainbow Days: The designs look weak and the plot unlikely, but the romance line-up is really lacking this season. I’ll take what I can get at this point.

    Actually, that wasn’t so bad… 22 shows (excluding Teekyuu because it’s so short), with 7 in ? watching. It could end up being manageable!

    • BlackBriar says:

      Actually, that wasn’t so bad… 22 shows (excluding Teekyuu because it’s so short), with 7 in ? watching. It could end up being manageable!

      From our last talk, you seemed as though buried a number of feet under backlog. And now you’re adding 22 more shows to the load? Let’s see how this tests you. 😛

      • akagami says:

        Just checked, at 1,260 files at 302GB. Granted some are shorts like later seasons of Teekyuu and Puchimas!!, but the majority are regular episodes.

        It’s not so bad, I watch a couple of shows per season up-to-date, and the backlog is binge-watched in-between.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Hahaha! I would say “that’s a lot” but won’t because my situation is a bit more embarrassing. On my 1TB external hard drive that I got nearly 4 years ago, I have a video folder with a total of 455GB, spread across… let’s see… 379 subfolders (Yes, that much and it will get bigger when this season kicks off). 90% of, by estimation, are seasonal anime that started back as early as Winter 2010 until recently. A few that are long running anime still airing to this day. The other percentage are anime video episodes, new and old, generated from means elsewhere. Most whose links are probably terminated by now.

          Even with that amount, there are still shows on my backlog and if I feel I have the time, I’d consider going through the list.

          So don’t feel bad if you think you’re a bit behind.

      • akagami says:

        Oh, and 43 episodes of One Piece (17GB). I can’t just watch one episode, so I wait until I have enough and watch 5-10 in a row.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Understandable. You’ll immediately want to watch the next episode, especially if the previous one has built up a lot of anticipation. However, that seems too much memory sacrificed for such a small number of episodes.

          Here’s my side:

          In the anime video lot of my external hard drive, my biggest folder is Naruto Shippuuden with a grand total of 18.7 GB.

          Naruto movies: “Blood Prison”, “Road to Ninja” and “The Last: Naruto the Movie”

          Episodes (Currently): 201 – 443. So 242 episodes total.

          I have been very diligent.

          • akagami says:

            HD or go home! Mostly 720p goodness and BluRay if it’s released and I haven’t watched it yet, haha.

            Good to know someone else out there has a larger backlog than me, makes me feel I can slack some more and instead go through my game backlog, haha.

            • BlackBriar says:

              However, you might regret it if slack off on your anime backlog again. *grin*

    • skylion says:

      Phantom

      The only thing missing is a school and I’d be like ヽ(´∇´)ノ (∇´ノ) ヽ(   )ノ (ヽ´∇) ヽ(´∇`)ノ . For the record I was like that when I heard Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry was getting adapted

      I don’t know what this means….

      But I’m looking forward to this one. As I was saying in the catalog, they’re going the full ride on this one, as magic looks to be out in the open in the modern world, so the will have to bring something else to the story to make it really stick out. That will probably be the thing worth following.

      -Koyomimonogatari: (〜^∇^)〜 〜(^∇^〜) Get on the Monogatari train, wooo wooo!

      Yeah, but how. Unless you have access to a Japanese Apple account or Japanese Google Play….I’ve been poking around trying to find the station for this train, but cannot seem to…

      Always watch what you can manage…

      • akagami says:

        I don’t know what this means….

        It’s just missing a school setting. And that’s me dancing in a circle.

        On Koyomimonogatari, I’m hoping someone rips them from their phone. It’s weird in that they’re not releasing it on any TV. Otherwise I’ll have to wait for the BDs ヽ(・_・;)ノ

        • skylion says:

          Yes, I guess that does look like someone dancing in a circle, and that does rather clear up what you were trying to say about Calvary being adapted…

          As for Koyomimonogatari, who knows how they’ll release it.

  8. Sumairii says:

    Begun, the coverage war has. 😉

  9. Sumairii says:

    At an end, the coverage war is. And not a single drop of blood was spilled!

    • BlackBriar says:

      Tsk, how anticlimactic! It’s no fun without bodies hitting the floor or pained screams being heard. *sobs*

      • Sumairii says:

        If you want some, you are welcome to pay a visit to the Metanorn dungeon. 😉

        • skylion says:

          Hey, we’re out of the tears of the vanquished, can you get us a refill when you’re out next?

        • BlackBriar says:

          I’m not sure about that. The Boss Lady runs that place. So I’m quaking in my boots at the thought of it.

        • Di Gi Kazune says:

          Delivery for one boss lady. Where should I install the new Iron Maiden?

          • Kyokai says:

            Unauthorised personnel are prohibited to enter the Metanorn Dungeon. If you hold your life dear, please leave the Iron Maiden at the door and spammy will deal with it soon. Thank you.

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