January 2012 New Anime Guide

Over half of the Fall series came to an end and wonder how you like them before proceeding to a brand new season. We have lots of interesting series this fall, including some of the most expected series like Fate/Zero, Guilty Crown and so forth. As you might have already known that some of the series are separated into two parts, like the second part of Fate/Zero will be aired in April 2012 and Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (境界線上のホライゾン) will continue in next Summer around July. Apart from the two, C3 (Cube) and WORKING!! also has great possibilities of having a new season. And for those who haven’t started the Fall season, take a quick look at our complete Fall series guide and recommended series. And for those who have already finished their homework, let’s go for a new season.

Generally, compared with Spring and Fall season, the new series of Winter season are a bit less (but we are still going to put up over 20 series in this post), and the quality may also understated. Probably staffs are busy for a new year, so as the rest of us. However, we are going to see some really good series this Winter. If you are ready, let’s get started.


Natsume Yuujinchou 4th Season

Natsume Yuujinchou 4th Season / 夏目友人帳 肆 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 2, 2012

Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.

Prince of Tennis 2

Prince of Tennis 2 / テニスの王子様 2

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 4, 2012

Echizen Ryoma is a young tennis prodigy who has won 4 consecutive tennis championships but who constantly lies in the shadow of his father, a former pro tennis player. He joins the Seishun Gakuen junior highschool, one of the best tennis schools in Japan, and there along with his teamates he learns to find his own type of tennis in an attempt to defeat his biggest obstacle of all: his father as well as himself.

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 / 探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ 第2幕 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: January 5, 2012

In the future world, people use ‘Toys’ that grant them superhuman abilities like ESP and telekinesis. This has led to a boom in both minor crimes and the need for Toy-using detectives to track down the offenders and bring them to justice. Opera Koyabashi runs the detective agency, Milky Holmes, staffed by four cheerful and energetic girls.

Recorder to Randoseru

Recorder to Randoseru / リコーダーとランドセル (13 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: January 5, 2012

Miyagawa Atsushi is an 11-year-old boy who is 180 centimeters tall. Since he has a grown-up looking build but acts his age, he has always been running into troubles. On the other hand, his 17-year-old elder sister Atsumi is only 137 centimeters tall. Even though she has a childish looking build, Atsumi takes good care of Atsushi.

Kill Me Baby

Kill Me Baby / キルミーベイベー (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 5, 2012

Sonya is an assassin attending a normal school. Yasuna is an airhead who follows Sonya around, unaware of how dangerous she is. This adaptation of a 4-panel comic focuses on the adorable ultra-violence that erupts when they try to get along.

Amagami SS+

Amagami SS+ / アマガミSS+ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 5, 2012

A second-year high school boy finds himself uneasy during Christmas time due to an experience in the past. However, this year at Christmas, he gets his last chance to ask out a graduating female senior named Haruka Morishima—or one of several other classmates. The story of the anime will be arranged in an omnibus format, with each heroine getting her own version of the story animated. Each heroine will sing her own version of the ending theme song.

High School DxD

High School DxD / ハイスクールDxD (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 6, 2012

The story follows Issei Hyodo, a dim-witted, lecherous second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever. Issei is reincarnated as a devil, and from that day forward, he serves as an underling of Riasu, a high-level devil who is also the prettiest girl on Issei’s campus.

Senhime Zesshou Symphogear

Senhime Zesshou Symphogear / 戦姫絶唱シンフォギア (13 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 6, 2012

Humans have been menaced by mysterious monsters called “Designated Aberrant Disaster: Noise”. Tsubasa and Kanade are a popular vocal unit “Twei Wing”. They wear the new weapon “Symphogear” and fight against Noise to save the earth.

Area no Kishi

Area no Kishi / エリアの騎士 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 7, 2012

Believing himself to be useless at football, Aizawa Kakeru opts to become the manager of his school’s football team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan. However, Kakeru may be harbouring a strong talent within himself that only Suguru can see, and the two often get into arguments over Kakeru’s denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old playmate of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on. Join the brothers in their journey to the national and even international championships!

Zero no Tsukaima Final

Zero no Tsukaima Final / ゼロの使い魔F (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 7, 2012

Meet Louise, a budding magician. The students at the Tristein Academy call her “Zero Louise”, due to her current record of zero successes with magic. In fact, her magic tends to go spectacularly wrong. Now, as an important test of her aptitude for magic, she must summon a familiar to be her servant. At this critical moment, she summons up all her magic and wishes for a familiar that is “devoted, beautiful and powerful”, and gets… Hiraga Saito, an ordinary Japanese boy. It’s difficult to say who is more surprised and dismayed, but the rules don’t allow for second attempts. Louise is stuck with her strange familiar, and he with her.

Nisemonogatari

Nisemonogatari / 偽物語 (13 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: January 7, 2012

The black swindler Kaiki Deishu, who once deceived Hitagi, returns to town and spreads the incantation which cursed Nadeko before.

Mouretsu Pirates

Mouretsu Pirates / モーレツ宇宙海賊 (26 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 7, 2012

Marika is a first year high school student living in a far away galaxy known as Uminoakeboshi. One day she finds out that her recently deceased father was once the captain of the space pirate ship called the Bentenmaru. More importantly, the only one to inherit the captain’s title has to be a direct descendant – meaning that Marika is next in line to become the captain of the ship.

BRAVE10

BRAVE10 / ブレイブ・テン (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 7, 2012

The story reimagines the legendary adventures of the 10 brave warriors assembled by the warlord Sanada Yukimura in the year 1600, in the middle of Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era.

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki / ポヨポヨ観察日記 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 8, 2012

A slice of life anime about the Sato family, who keeps a round shaped cat named “Poyo”.

Rinne no Lagrange

Rinne no Lagrange / 輪廻のラグランジェ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 8, 2012

Madoka is the lone member of her school’s Jersey Club. She is one day recruited by a mysterious girl named Lan to pilot the robot “Vox” and protect her city from space invaders. They are joined by a third girl, Muginami, who has a different goal than Ran. Meanwhile, they still don’t know their enemies’ true goal, or what “Rinne” might be.

Aquarion EVOL

Aquarion EVOL / アクエリオンEVOL

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 8, 2012

The story will take place 12,000 years after the first Aquarion television series at a city modeled after Hong Kong. A new cast of characters, piloting a new Aquarion robot, will fight enemies from another dimension.

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Ano Natsu de Matteru / あの夏で待ってる (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 9, 2012

No further information about the story. The October issue of Gakken’s Megami Magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Onegai Teacher/Onegai Twins story creator Yousuke Kuroda and Onegai franchise character designer Taraku Uon are collaborating on a new original anime called Ano Natsu de Matteru. The anime will be an adolescent romantic comedy. The three main characters are the two girls Ichika Takatsuki and Remon Yamano, and the boy Kaito Kirishima.

Another

Another / アナザー (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 9, 2012

When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Drawn to her mysterious aura, Kouichi tries to touch her, only to discover that the mystery goes deeper than he ever thought.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou / 男子高校生の日常 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: January 9, 2012

The original gag comedy manga follows the humorous yet “realistic” everyday life of Tadakuni, Hidenori, Yoshitake, and other students at a boys’ high school.

Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai

Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! / パパのいうことを聞きなさい! (26 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview, Series | On Air: January 10, 2012

Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student. One day, Yuri visited Yuta’s apartment and asked him to take care of her three daughters while Yuri and her husband were on a trip. He unwillingly accepted the job but the plane Yuri took went missing. In order to prevent the daughters from being adopted separately by relatives, Yuta decided to take in all three girls. A life of a strange family in a tiny apartment begins. (The elder two of the daughters are stepchildren of Yuri’s husband. The smallest one is Yuri’s child.)

Thermae Romae

Thermae Romae / テルマエ・ロマエ (3 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 12, 2012

In Hadrian Rome, Lucius was a Roman architect whose designs often got rejected by builders. To cheer him up a friend of his invited him to relax at a thermae (public bath). Inside the bath Lucius was accidentally trapped in an underwater hole by suction; when he finally managed to emerge on the surface he found himself in a very different bath: in 20th century Japan.

Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS / 妖狐×僕SS (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: January 12, 2012

The Shirakiin house’s daughter, Shirakiin Ririchiyo, who has a complex about being unable to live independently and unprotected, feels the need to move out and live on her own under the condition of residing in the mansion named “Ayakashi Kan.” In this mansion, only those who have cleared a very strict examination could reside in it, and for each resident, they are accompanied with one agent of the Secret Service (S.S.). Although Riricho has rejected the company of the S.S., while residing in the mansion she finds out that the agent dedicated to protecting her is actually the Fox Spirit whom she previously rescued.

Black Rock Shooter / ブラック★ロックシューター (8 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: February 2, 2012

Mato Kuroi just got into junior high school, and on the first day, someone catches her eye; her classmate Yomi Takanashi. The two meet.The innocent and naive Mato. The mature Yomi. Seemingly opposites, but the time they spend together only strengthens a growing friendship. But as they go into their second year at the school, they get placed in separate classes, and they begin to grow apart. But somewhere simultaneously… In another world, a young girl, blue fire residing in her eyes, Black Rock Shooter faces another young girl; this one holding a jet-black scythe, Dead Master, and a battle to the death begins to unfold. (Summary of the movie)


Which Anime to Watch? (January 2012)

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Except from some must-watch series like Natsume Yuujinchou, Amagami SS+, Zero no Tsukaima and Nisemonogatari, there are actually quite a few series I want to have a look at like Kill Me Baby. And also I would recommend Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (男子高校生の日常) to folks who enjoy fun stories even before the airing. The series actually aired the first two episodes and they are extremely fun, plus if you take a look at the cast staff, you probably won’t want to miss it. Of course, will get back with a recommended list after the airing of one or two episodes of each series. Stay with us until the end of this year and of course, next year too. If you are new to TheAkiba, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay up to date every weekend.

Some of the summaries via MAL and ANN.