October 2011 New Anime Guide

Do you enjoy watching the new series this Summer? Have you read our list for the recommended series this July? We have a long list of Anime series for the previous July season, and now, we have an even longer one here, in the coming October. Ready for the flood for the TV Anime series coming next month? Buckle up and get rolling! Don’t scroll so fast in case you miss something – you are not on a roller coaster, not yet.

Shinryaku!? Ika Musume 2nd Season

Shinryaku!? Ika Musume 2nd Season / 侵略!?イカ娘 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: September 26, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Squid Girl has come to the land from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Unfortunately she ruins the first house she uses as an invasion base and has to work to pay for repairs. Of course, she can’t overcome the Aizawa sisters who manage the house, so who knows whether she can subjugate humankind.
Bakuman. 2

Bakuman. 2 / バクマン。2 (25 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 1, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, content to live out a relatively normal life as any other does, is persuaded by his classmate, Akito Takagi, to become an aspiring mangaka when the latter realizes his natural talent as an artist. However, Moritaka is reluctant to pursue his dream as his uncle, once a mangaka with his own serializations, died from overwork trying to regain his lost status. With Akito’s help, Takagi gets another classmate and his school crush, Azuki Miho, who is an aspiring voice actress, to voice in the anime adaptation of their future manga once it is completed. However, Mashiro also proposes to Azuki, who surprisingly accepts only on the condition she will marry him when both of them have achieved their dreams. With a goal set before him, Mashiro begins a long and struggling path to become a famous mangaka.

C3 (C³, C Cube) / C3 -シーキューブ- (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 1, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Light novel by Hazuki Minase (水瀬 葉月). The story begins when a high school student named Haruaki Yachi receives a mysterious, super-heavy black cube from his father overseas. That night, Haruaki wakes up to a suspicious noise in the kitchen, and he discovers a “fully naked female thief of rice crackers.” The girl, Fear, is the first of several surprises that Haruaki receives.


Working’!! / ワーキング’!! (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 1, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16 year old high school student Takanashi Souta works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Taneshima Popura, a high school girl who’s a year older than Souta who’s easily mistaken for a elementary/middle schooler, and Shirafuji Kyoko the 28-year old store manager who doesn’t bother to do any work at all.

Fate/Zero (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 1, 2011 | Faith: 10/10

Fate/zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.

Founded by the Einzbern, Matō, and Tohsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another’s life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.

However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family – his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya – and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu’s greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.

Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!

Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! / 真剣で私に恋しなさい!! (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 1, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication to its samurai ancestors. A healthy fighting spirit is always valued and it’s even an important factor for success at school. Yamato, a second year student from Kawakami Highchool is always with his close friends (4 boys and 3 girls). They have all known each other since they were young and have done many things together. While they have many other friends, this group of seven is a close-knit, inseparable group. They even have a secret base where they meet. With the new semester, they welcome two girls into their group and shortly after things begin to change…
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon / 境界線上のホライゾン (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 1, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Set in a distant land, Japan is divided into feudal territories, yet conquered by outside countries, the city Musashi that will ignite the flame of battle is being targeted and has no choice but to keep its people safe by entering this war, with the fate of the world resting on its hands, the students of Musashi may hold the key to victory.
Hunter × Hunter

Hunter × Hunter / ハンター×ハンター (at least one year)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 2, 2011 | Faith: 10/10

Gon Freecs, a young boy that lives on a small island learns that his father who he doesn’t remember is an extremely famous man and has become somewhat of an amazing hunter. Gon takes the hunter exam to seek out his amazing father, but on the way while teaming up with 3 other candidates, Kurapica, Leorio, and Killua, he learns that there is more to becoming a hunter and the challenges that he must face will be beyond his imaginations.

Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss one day discovers that the father he had always been told was dead was alive and well. His Father, Ging, is a Hunter–a member of society’s elite with a license to go anywhere or do almost anything. Gon, determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, decides to take the Hunter Examination and eventually find his father to prove himself as a Hunter in his own right. But on the way, he learns that there is more to becoming a Hunter than previously thought, and the challenges that he must face are considered the toughest in the world.
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle / ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル (25 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 2, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Kaito, a puzzle-loving high school freshman, is selected as a candidate for “Phi Brain”. He and his friend Nonah find an “unsolvable puzzle” near their school. The puzzle turns out to be a life-threatening “philosopher’s puzzle” created by the mysterious group POG. After successfully solving the puzzle, Kaito is designated as a Solver and is joined by other Solvers as they battle POG all over the world by solving the “philosopher’s puzzles”.

Tamayura - Hitotose

Tamayura – Hitotose / たまゆら ~ hitotose ~ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 3, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

Tamayura centers around a young girl named Fu Sawatari who moves to Takehara, Hiroshima to begin her first year of high school. Her father, now dead, grew up in Takehara, and this is her first time back in the town in five years. Fu enjoys photography and is often engrossed with taking pictures with her father’s old Rollei 35S film camera. A shy girl, Fu tries her best to make friends early on, spurred on by her childhood friend Kaoru Hanawa. She quickly becomes friends with two other girls, Maon Sakurada and Norie Okazaki.

Kimi to Boku.

Kimi to Boku. / 君と僕。 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 3, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

The story revolves around four teens — the good-looking twins Yuta and Yuki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.


Chihayafuru / ちはやふる (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 4, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Chihaya is a lighthearted tomboy, who’s not especially good at anything in particular. Her dream has always been for her sister (an aspiring model) to become the number one beauty of Japan, or perhaps of the world. But then one day she meets someone who tells her that a dream is something that should concern only herself – and something she has to work hard for as well. At the same time, Chihaya discovers a passion for the old Japanese game hyakunin ishhu, also called “karuta”.


MAKEN-KI! / マケン姫っ! (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 4, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she’s his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don’t like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn’t know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, to which he seemingly has none.

Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The color of lovers

Mashiroiro Symphony – The color of lovers / ましろ色シンフォニー -The color of lovers- (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 4, 2011 | Faith: 7/10

Shingo’s school is decided to be joined with a girls’ school. As a selected student, Shingo temporarily transfers to the girls’ school until they officially consolidate. He meets various unique girls there, but all girls dislike male students. To remove their misunderstanding, Shingo works hard and…

Persona 4

Persona 4 / ペルソナ4 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 6, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

Persona 4 takes place in the fictional, rural Japanese town of Inaba, which lies among floodplains and has its own high school and shopping districts. Unexplained murders have taken place in the small town, where bodies are found dangling among television antennas and their cause of death unknown. At the same time, rumor has begun to spread that watching a switched-off television set on rainy midnights will reveal a person’s soulmate. Following the rumor, a group of high-school students discovered a fog-shrouded world accessed through television sets infested with monsters called Shadows. They also discovered each of their Shadow Selves, symbolizing their suppressed personalities. Confronting their Shadow Selves awakened their ability to summon beings known as Personas. Using Personas, the students formed the Investigation Team to investigate the connection between the TV world and the murders, and possibly capture the culprit.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai / 僕は友達が少ない (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 6, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

Hasegawa Kodaka is a recent transfer student to St. Chronica’s Academy, a Catholic high school. As with every other school he has ever attended, he finds it difficult to make friends there because of his naturally-blond hair (inherited from his deceased English mother) and fierce-looking eyes, which make him look like a dangerous “yankee” to his prejudiced schoolmates.

One day, Kodaka accidentally comes across the equally solitary and very abrasive Yozora Mikazuki while she converses with her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have any social lives, they decide that the best way to improve their situation is to form a club – the Neighbor’s Club – precisely intended to make friends and learn social skills.

Five other members soon join the club, starting with the school’s well-connected but arrogant idol Sena Kashiwazaki, who has no female friends of her own because of their jealousy over her many male admirers. The next to join is Yukimura Kusunoki, a feminine underclassman of Kodaka’s who rather idealizes him and follows him in the hope that it will teach him to become manlier. Maria Takayama is a 10-year-old genius teacher and nun at the academy whom Yozora recruits to become the club adviser. Rika Shiguma is an underclassman and well-known scientific genius with fujoshi tendencies who joins the club after Kodaka rescues her from a laboratory accident. Finally, Kodaka’s younger sister Kobato is in St. Chronica’s middle school division and is a fan of Gothic anime.

Shakugan no Shana III

Shakugan no Shana III / 灼眼のシャナⅢ Final (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 7, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

Yuji Sakai, a high school student, expected his very normal life to last forever. However, this expectation is quickly shattered one day while on his way home. The world suddenly freezes in time, leaving Yuji to watch in horror as blue flames engulf the people around him. Soon a monster resembling a large doll appears and begins sucking the flames into its mouth, until it notices Yuji. Surprised with Yuji’s insusceptibility to the time-stop (fuzetsu), it jumps with glee. Just as the monster prepares to consume Yuji, a sword-wielding girl in black attire with flaming red eyes and hair appears, swiftly and confidently destroys the monster, before noticing Yuji moving freely. The girl calls herself a “Flame Haze” who hunts the “Denizens of the Crimson Realm” and the “Rinne” they send to do their bidding. When Yuji notices a blue flame in his chest, the Flame Haze tells him that the “real” Yuji died some time ago, and that he is a “Torch”, a temporary replacement for erased humans. Torches take on the forms of those erased persons, but after a period of time, they will vanish from existence and the memories of the living. Unfazed by his apparent death, Yuji befriends the strange girl and names her “Shana” after her sword. The reason Yuji was able to move in the fuzetsu is that he is not a normal Torch, but instead a special kind called a “Mystes”: he has a treasure inside him, known as a “Hougu”, a device possessing special abilities of sorts, and an extremely powerful and valuable one at that. The hougu inside Yuji allows him to remain in existence rather than fading away like other torches. Shana resolves to protect Yuji from the Denizens, who would use the treasure to disrupt the balance of the world, and Yuji decides to join Shana in her fight.

Shana’s fight is actually a long-standing struggle between the Lords and Denizens of Guze. The Denizens steal Power of Existence, the energy that forms the basis of the world, from living people and utilize it for their own selfish ambitions. Some Lords inhabit humans creating Flame Hazes in an attempt to retain balance by hunting renegades from Guze. Flame Hazes create Torches in place of the consumed to save the world from the disruption of many existences being lost at once, allowing the Torches to gradually burn out over the course of time.

Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing

Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing / ラストエグザイル-銀翼のファム- (13 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 7, 2011 | Faith: 7/10

This new story takes place on an alternate version of Earth, one with eight moon-like objects in the sky, where we follow the adventures of two young sky pirates named Fam and Giselle. Fam and Giselle take down massive airships in their flying machines called Vespas. In order to commandeer these giant ships (which are aptly called ‘whales’ upon being targeted by sky pirates), they must harpoon them and force them to breach above the sea of clouds. Later on it is revealed that war has erupted between two factions: the Ades Federation has declared war on the Kingdom of Turan. Our heroines magnificently save the day as they strike a deal with the Kingdom of Turan: they’ll save the princesses of Turan who are currently under attack by an Ades Federation fleet in return for ownership of their ship. After the deal has been sealed, the princesses are saved and all is well…or so it seems. We’ll have to see what happens next when the series airs in Japan. (via Anime-Expo)

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2 / 世界一初恋2 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 7, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Onodera Ritsu, a literary editor, resigns from his father’s publishing company, due to his coworkers’ jealousy of his success, claiming that he is simply riding his father’s business. He applies for a position at Marukawa Publishing, but instead of his preferred department of literature he is placed in the infamous shoujo manga department, Emerald. He initially considers resigning, especially because he finds his new boss, Masamune Takano, intolerable and unnerving from the very beginning; however, Takano inadvertently convinces Onodera to stick with the job by calling him “useless,” his pride forcing him to stay in order to prove his worth. Later, Onodera learns that Takano’s old family name was Saga, an older schoolmate from high school that Ritsu fell in love with and confessed to.

If there are any female readers, let me know.


BEN-TO / ベン・トー (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 8, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

The story revolves around a poor high school student named You Satou. Satou goes to the supermarket one day and discovers a bento (boxed meal) on sale at half price. Just as he reaches to grab it, he ends up on the floor unconscious. Satou has just entered the fierce, no-holds-barred “supermarket survival battle” for half-price bento.

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

Mobile Suit GUNDAM AGE / 機動戦士ガンダムAGE エイジ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 9, 2011 | Faith: 9/10

In A.G. 101 (the 101st year of the Advanced Generation calendar) a mysterious entity known only as “UE”, or “unknown enemy”, attacks and destroys the space colony Angel. This brutal attack becomes infamous as the “The Day the Angel Fell”, and marks the beginning of humanity’s war for survival. The series begins in A.G. 108 when the UE attack the space colony Ovan, where Flit Asuno lives with his mother. Flit’s mother is killed by the UE, and in her belongings (in an object called a “AGE Device”) he discovers the blueprints for a powerful weapon from the past–the ancient messiah named “Gundam.”

From these blueprints, Flit spends the next several years studying engineering at an Earth Federation base on the Nora space colony and designing the AGE-1 Gundam AGE-1 Normal. Seven years later, in A.G. 115, Flit completes the Gundam AGE-1 Normal, just as the UE attack Nora. Flit and his lineage’s battle piloting the AGE-1 to protect mankind is about to begin.

In a word, fight with aliens.

Mirai Nikki

Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) / 未来日記 (26 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 9, 2011 | Faith: 10/10

Yukiteru always rejected any offers to go with friends and just keeps writing a diary on his cell phone. He has what he believes is an imaginary friend called Deus Ex Machina. However, one day Deus asks him to play a survival game along with eleven others. The winner becomes the next Deus Ex Machina. In order to win, the contestants must use their diaries of the future to eliminate one another. For Yukiteru to survive, he must team up with another diary holder, a girl named Yuno.

Each player is assigned a number based on the order that Deus modified his or her diary. The diaries begin to record the future in the same manner their future selves would have written down events, with some even being able to influence the beings whose future they divulge to the owner; the only exception to this rule is when the holder reaches a Dead End, a time when their lives would be finished without significant intervention. Each diary varies in its properties and functions depending on the owner’s personality, occupation and lifestyle and they all have their shortcomings. The diaries can be used without the owner’s consent should they fall into another’s hands. Since the diaries are written from the perspective of the owner’s future self, the future can still be misinterpreted and thus the entries can become inaccurate. In addition to killing someone through normal means, if a diary is destroyed or broken, the owner also dies.


UN-GO / アン ゴ (11 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: October 13, 2011 | Faith: 8/10

Un-Go is an original anime set in the near future, revolving around the detective named Yuki and a boy named Inga, who continually encounter mysterious cases. Based from Sakaguchi Ango’s novel Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonocho. Meiji-era story about a detective named Yuki Shinjuro, who solves various incidents that happen in his circle of friends. The adaptation will utilize an original story set in the near future, revolving around the detective and a boy named Inga, who continually encounter mysterious cases.

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown / ギルティクラウン (26 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: October 13, 2011 | Faith: 10/10

After the outbreak of the unidentified virus “Lost Christmas” in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multi-nation organization called GHQ. Ohma Shu is a 17 year old boy who has a psychic power in his right hand. He can use the power “Ability of King” to extract tools or weapons from his friends. He has been avoiding making trouble for others but his life changes when he meets a girl Yuzuriha Inori, a member of a resistance guerrilla group called “Undertaker”, whose members pilot mecha weapons to fight against the government.

If I were allow to watch only one series this October, I will pick this one. What about you?

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