January 2011 New Anime Guide

Merry Christmas to all! It’s winter now, it’s a new time for a new series coming next year. Regardless of whether you enjoyed watching the series of this year, it’s a new start and just hope that more great series appear on our watch list.


Before approaching to the next season preview, let’s look at what series have been on aired during 2010.



Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love

Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love / 這いよる!ニャルアニ リメンバー・マイ・ラブ (11 episodes)

http://ga.sbcr.jp/bunko_blog/nyaruani/

The story centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.

The series has been aired for a while since early this month. It’s quite confusing if you know nothing about the original novel while you look at the beautiful pic above. I was really interested in the series in the first place but when I watched the first episode, my heart stopped beating and a question kept bouncing in my mind: did you call this an Anime? Just have a little faith.
Rio - Rainbow Gate!

Rio – Rainbow Gate! (12 episodes)

http://riorainbowgate.com/

In the story, Rio is a popular casino dealer at the Howard Resort, an entertainment resort hotel where people from all over the world gather. She competes for the greatest honor among dealers — “Most Valuable Casino Dealer” (MVCD) — by collecting 13 legendary cards known as “Gates.”

Quite interesting the plot and could worth watching somehow.
Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season / 君に届け 2ND SEASON (13 episodes)

http://www.ntv.co.jp/kiminitodoke/

Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring”, which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns great admiration from Sawako.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica / 魔法少女まどか★マギカ (12 episodes)

http://www.madoka-magica.com/

Having a loving family, close friends, experiencing times of joy and times of sadness. These are the things that make up an ordinary life. Kaname Madoka is a normal 2nd year middle-schoolgirl who lives such an ordinary life. Until, that is, a strange encounter occurs. She does not know if this encounter is coincidence, or the vagaries of fate, but two things are certain… (via AnimeNfo)
IS

IS <Infinite Stratos> / IS <インフィニット・ストラトス> (12 episodes)

http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/is/

Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos… with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is ORIMURA Ichika, an orphan raised by his older sister who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with IS is discovered after he accidentally touches an IS at the age of 15, he’s given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which of course means an… intersting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.

Guess could be one of the best of the season. The official website leaked some information about the character design and plot.
Yumekui Merry

Yumekui Merry / 夢喰いメリー (12 episodes)

http://yumekuimerry.com/

Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding the person’s body. Ever since then he’s been having a weird dream about a war with cats. Then one day a mysterious girl falls on top of him…

The pattern of the story is as old as my SONY discman which was kept in my drawer since high school and it sounds like Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai.
GOSICK

GOSICK / ゴシック (12 episodes)

http://www.gosick.tv/

GOSICK takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can’t solve.
Cardfight!! Vanguard

Cardfight!! Vanguard / CARDFIGHT!! ヴァンガード (13 episodes)

http://cf-vanguard.com/

Another card game series. Not very much information was leaked and we could wait for while.
Freezing

Freezing / フリージング (12 episodes)

http://freezing.tv/

Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called “freezing” to limit their opponent’s mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Bridgette L. Satellizer who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.

The series reminds me of Queen’s Blade. Hope this one could be better.
Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!

Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! / お兄ちゃんのことなんかぜんぜん好きじゃないんだからねっ!! (12 episodes)

http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/oniichan/

Junior High student Nao’s brother complex is so strong, it’s almost at the point of incest. She’s determined to make her brother, High School student Shuusuke, see her as a woman. So determined, that she goes as far as going into his room to throw away all his non-incest related porn. But as she’s looking for his porno stash, she finds a photo album… and she’s not in any of his childhood pictures.

Guess it could be the most evil series of the season. There seems to be many Imouto series recently.


Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!

Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu! / みつどもえ 増量中!(8 episodes)

http://www.mitsudomoe-anime.com/

Well, second season of the series. Not very interested in the character design and the story is quite striking to me. Will probably quit the job if I were the teacher of the class in the series.
Beelzebub

Beelzebub / べるぜバブ (12 episodes)

http://www.ytv.co.jp/beelze/

The story follows the “strongest juvenile delinquent”, Oga Tatsumi, a first year in “Ishiyama High” the school for delinquents. One day while sleeping next to a river he sees a man floating down it, he pulls him to shore and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby’s demon maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school.

It could be one of the best of the season. Have followed the Manga since the very beginning and it definitely worth your time.
Dragon Crisis!

Dragon Crisis! / ドラゴンクライシス! (12 episodes)

http://dragoncrisis.jp/

A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji’s peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.

Another very best series of the season. The character design is great on the official website.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? / これはゾンビですか? (12 episodes)

http://newtype.kadocomic.jp/zombie/

Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system “Megalo” in her place.

After High School of the Dead, now we have a male protagonist of Zombie :) It could be one of the best if the producer keep on doing well on the Animation.
Fractale

Fractale / フラクタル (11 episodes)

http://fractale.noitamina.tv/

The story takes place in an island, where a “Fractale System” is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.
Hourou Musuko

Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子 (? episodes)

http://www.houroumusuko.jp/

Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be.


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