January 2010 New Anime Guide

It has been a great time enjoying watching the October Anime this year. Most of the series have ended this week and would love to write something about some of them. Back to the topic. There should be a lot of expectations on the Anime next year. Also there’re tons of great series this year and you will probably want to check them out:

So Ra No Wo To / ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト (12 episodes)


The story is set in the future on a land that, after being marred by long-lasting wars, has settled into quiet decline. Model and actress Juri Aikawa will play Kanata Kumika, a 15-year-old girl who fulfills her dream of enlisting in the army and joins a unit of five girls who protect a fortress. The girls also play music that reverberate across the skies over towns without people and seas without fish. ASCII MediaWorks’ Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine will launch a manga version of the story this winter. (via ANN)

Ladies versus Butlers! / れでぃ×ばと! (12 episodes)


The school romantic comedy revolves around Akiharu Hino (Kazuyuki Okitsu), an ordinary high school student who unfortunately looks like a juvenile delinquent. He enrolls into an academy that was once a school for upper-class ladies, and he is placed in the school’s newly established servant training department. The students there are raised to be either maids or butlers, and Akiharu finds himself in the middle of the bickering cliques. (via ANN)

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu / バカとテストと召喚獣 (13 episodes)


Guest this will be the hottest Anime among the January release. Let’s wait and see. To those have read the novel, here’s the brief intro:

The story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the “baka” of the title. His academy rigidly divides up the student body into classes based on the results of tests. The prodigies
are in the A class with reclining seats complete with air conditioning
, but Akihisa is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder which is furnished only with low, decrepit tables and worn-out straw tatami mats.

A smart girl named Mizuki Himeji had a fever on test day and was pigeonholed into the F class. Besides Mizuki, the F class also has Yūji Sakamoto, the class president who has been Akihisa’s partner-in-crime since the freshman year. The school happens to have developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. The F class uses the summoned creatures in an all-out battle for school supremacy. (via ANN)

Durarara!! / デュラララ!! (12 episodes)


Ryuugamine Mikado is a boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi has warned him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: a champion fighter, an informant, and a mysterious gang called “Darazu.” Nervous from Masaomi’s stories, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city, the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Turbans will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will pushed to the breaking point. (via ANN)

Ookamikakushi / おおかみかくし (12 episodes)


The plot focuses around 10 different stories that are closely related. However, other than that, not much details had been released as of yet, although those who are playing the game would have a clearer idea on how the story would be.

Like the previous few works that Ryukishi07 had done, we can probably expect the same kind of genre that we had seen from Higurashi and Umineko. Ryukishi07, after all, is famous for all of these anyway. (via NotCliche)

Dance In The Vampire Bund / ダンスインザヴァンパイアバンド (12 episodes)


After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven to vampires the world over. Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions plot to assassinate Mina before she has a chance to make her world-changing announcement. (via ANN)

Hanamaru Kindergarten / はなまる幼稚園 (12 episodes)


Hanamaru Kindergarten follows the wild and very cute antics of preschooler Anzu-chan and her friends, the shy Koume-chan and the eccentric Hii-chan who loves cosplay. Anzu’s got a crush on her teacher, Tsuchida-sensei (a Nintendo DS fan), but he’s much more interested in the very well proportioned Yamamoto-sensei of the class next door. (via Japanator)

Omamori Himari / おまもりひまり (12 episodes)


The slapstick romantic comedy centers around an ordinary 16-year-old high school boy named Yūto Amakawa who is protected by a spirit — specifically, a beautiful, sword-wielding cat girl spirit named Himari. Yūto is descended from a family that has subjugated demons since time immemorial. The charm that once protected him is now impotent, but fortunately, at that same moment, Himari appears before him as his new guardian. (via ANN)

Seikon no Qwaser / 聖痕のクェイサー (24 episodes)


The story takes place on the grounds of St. Mihailov Academy, a Japanese Eastern Orthodox school, and draws heavily on religious references from the aforementioned religion. Here it follows the trials and hardship of two of its students, Oribe Mafuyu and Tomo Yamanobe, until the encounter with a mysterious, silver-haired, Russian boy named Alexander, or Sasha for short. This puts them and the whole school in an all-out war between the Church itself and the so-called “Adepts”, a sect of individuals wielding powers linked to the elements of chemistry. Though based on the common magical girl concept shown in series such as Sailor Moon, the story diverges in depicting extreme acts of bloodshed, brutality and perversion, and also makes heavy use of fanservice. (via Wikipedia)

Nodame Cantabile: Finale / のだめカンタービレ フィナーレ (11 episodes)


Final season of the series. I didn’t watched the previous two seasons of the Anime (Japanese drama instead). Would like to catch up with it.

At a top music academy in Japan, Shinichi Chiaki’s arrogance is matched only by his top-notch piano playing. But when Chiaki and the teacher get into a fight, he’s demoted to the reject class. Chiaki is left to pursue his dream of being a composer while surrounded by a bunch of loser musicians and one annoying girl, Noda, who has proclaimed herself Chiaki’s girlfriend. It doesn’t help that Noda, who insists on being called Nodame, lives right next door to him. (via ANN)

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