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Title: Aoi Sekai no Chushin de Starts: Saturday, Oct 20 at 10:00PM JST on Tokyo MX Studio: 5th Avenue Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Website:
Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa (Destiny of the Shrine Maiden)
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Maki Fujii (Shattered Angels, Ultra Maniac)
A fantasy re-imagining of the early 90s video game console wars, the series pits the Segua Kingdom against the Ninterudo Empire as they fight over the land of Consume. Segua Kingdom's last hope is a kid named Gear.
Title: Bakuman. 3 Starts:Saturday, Oct 6 at 5:30PM JST on NHK-E Studio:J.C. Staff Genre: Comedy, Drama Website:
Returning Directors: Kenichi Kasai (Bakuman, Honey and Clover) and Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman)
Series composition: Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!)
Bringing back the popular series about aspiring teen manga creators, this series will focus on the team's new PCP manga as it climbs to the top of magazine readers' popularity surveys.
Title: Busou Shinki Starts:Friday, Oct 5 at 1:55AM JST on TBS Studio:8bit Genre:Slice-of-life Website:
Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi (Infinite Stratos)
Character Design: Takahiro Kishida (Arjuna, Koi Kaze)
Cast: Kana Asumi (Hidamari Sketch's Yuno), Kaori Mizuhashi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Mami), Megumi Nakajima (Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne's Gurania), Minori Chihara (Minami-ke's Chiaki Minami)
Adapted from Konami's line of female action figures, this TV anime is set in a future where robots are part of everyday life and contribute to various facets of society. High school freshman Masato has three "Shinki" armed with weapons and armor, but things change when a fourth Shinki joins them.
Title: Dangerous Jii-san Ja Starts:Saturday, Oct 20 at 4:47 AM on KIDS STATION Studio:J.C. Staff Genre:Comedy Website: TBA
Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana, Slayers, Ikki Tousen)
Character Design: Masahiro Ando (Maple Town Stories)
A 5-minute short series based on Kazutoshi Soyama's "nonsense gag comedy" about a grandfather and his grandchild.
Title: Chiisana Oyajisan Starts:Monday, Oct 1 at 3:00 AM on Chiba TV Studio:Kachidoki Studio Genre:Comedy Website:LINK
A short series based on Noi Asano's manga about a very tiny old man.
Title: Chou Soku Henkei Gyrozetter Starts:Tuesday, Oct 2 at 6:00PM JST on TV Tokyo Studio:A-1 Pictures Genre:Action, Science Fiction Website:
Director:Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama, School Rumble)
Character Design: Yoshinori Yumoto (Battle Spirits: Brave)
Music: Naoki Sata (Moyashimon, Eureka Seven)
Artificial intelligence cars have revolutionized the car industry, but now there are special schools that train children to drive the AI cars. Fifth grader Kakeru Todoroki is presented with a car that will not only save humanity, but will also transform into a robot known as Gyrozetter.
Title: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Starts:Thursday, Oct 4 at 12:30AM JST on Tokyo MX Studio:Kyoto Animation Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance Website:
Director: Tatsuya Ishihara (Air, Clannad)
Character Design: Kazumi Ikeda (Clannad)
Cast: Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass' Lelouch Lamperouge), Maaya Uchida (Sankarea's Rea Sanka)
Yuta Togashi used to suffer from chū-2 byō, or adolescent delusions of grandeur, but now he's romantically entangled with Rikka Takanashi, who still suffers from it. When a friend from middle school comes along (who also experiences chū-2 byō), things start getting a little hectic.
Title: Code:Breaker Starts:Sunday, Oct 7 at 2:58AM JST on MBS Studio:Kinema Citrus Genre:Action Website:
Original Creator: Akimine Kamijyo (Samurai Deeper Kyo)
Original Character Design: Humikane Shimada (Strike Witches, Sky Girls)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!)
This series centers around high school girls who drive real-life tanks, as they compete in teams.
Title: Haitai Nanafa Starts:Saturday, Oct 5 at 5:55PM JST on Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Studio:Passhone Genre:Comedy, Drama Website:
Original Character Design: POP (Moetan)
Director: Hiroshi Kimura (Recorder and Randsell)
Ordinary middle schooler Nanafa Kyan's life changes when she sees a seal fall off a Chinese banyan tree, only to unleash three spirits who live in the tree. Soon, the peaceful lives of Nanafa and her family start to change.
Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You Starts:Wednesday, Oct 3 at 11:00AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio:Manglobe Genre:Comedy Website:
Series Original Concept: Kenjirou Hata (Hayate the Combat Butler!)
Returning cast: Ryoko Shiraishi as Hayate Ayasaki, Rie Kugimiya as Nagi Sanzenin, Rie Tanaka as Maria
This new series will be original to the anime, unlike the previous series which were based from Kenjirou Hata's original manga. Nagi Sanzenin receives a a phone call from Area 51, inviting her to the universe, but she's stopped by maid Maria.
Title: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb Starts:Friday, Oct 5 at 1:25AM JST on TBS Studio:Shaft Genre:Comedy, Slice-of-life Website:
Returning Director: Akiyuki Shinbo (Arakawa Under the Bridge)
Theme Song Performance: "Open Canvas" by Kana Asumi (Yuno), Kaori Mizuhashi (Miyako), Yuko Goto (Hiro), Ryoko Shintani (Sae), Chiaki Omigawa (Nazuna), Hitomi Harada (Nori)
This series follows the lives of an art student named Yuno and her friends who all live together in the Hidamari Apartment Complex.
Title: Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Sho Starts:Sunday, Sep 30 at 10:00PM JST on Tokyo MX Studio:Studio DEEN Genre:Adventure, Romance, Supernatural Website:
Returning Director: Bob Shirohata (Hetalia - Axis Powers)
Returning Opening Theme Song Performance: "Takaharu" by Maiko Fujita
Returning Ending Theme Song Performance: "Kimi Dake wo" by Shuhei Kita
Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Sho will continue the anime TV series based on Idea Factory's romance game for female players.
Title: Ixion Saga DT Starts:Monday, Oct 8 at 1:05AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio:Brain's Base Genre:Action, Fantasy Website:
Based on Capcom's online fantasy action PC game, the series follows Kon Hokaze, a boy who travels to an alternate world called Mira. There, he saves Princess Ecarlate from attackers, but soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle surrounding a mysterious energy known as Alma.
Title: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation Starts:Saturday, Oct 6 at 12:30AM JST on MBS/Tokyo MX Studio:David Production Genre:Action, Adventure Website:
Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi (Shakugan no Shana)
Returning Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda (Infinite Ryvius)
This is the second season of Jormungand, which follows Koko Hekmatyar, an arms dealer who works with a team of colorful and skilled ex-military professionals, including Jonah, a somber child soldier who is determined to track down the arms dealers responsible for the death of his parents.
Title: Kyousogiga Starts:Friday, Aug 31 at 10:00AM JST on Nico Nico Studio:Toei Animation Genre:Action, Comedy, Magic Website:
Original Creator: Izumi Todo (Toei staff pen name [Futari wa Pretty Cure, Ojamajo Doremi])
Music: Hiroshi Takaki (AKB0048, Beet the Vandal Buster)
Three kids find themselves stuck in a strange city, and the only way they can get home is by finding a strange rabbit. However, one of them seems to have a connection with this mysterious place.
Title: Little Busters! Starts:Saturday, Oct 6 at 11:30PM JST on Tokyo MX Studio:J.C. Staff Genre:Adventure, Romance Website:
Little Busters is an adaptation of Key's romance adventure visual novel of the same name. Riki Naoe was orphaned when his parents died, but his depression is slowly lifted when he befriends a group of kids calling themselves the Little Busters. The series takes place during his second year of high school.
Title: Medaka Box Abnormal Starts:Wednesday, Oct 10 at 1:35AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio:GAINAX Genre:Action, Comedy Website:
Character Design: Ikuo Kuwana (Street Fighter Alpha: Generations)
Medaka started off with a program to try to help her fellow students, but now she's been exposed as being not-quite-human. And she's up against a powerful conspiracy to take her down.
Title: Psycho-Pass Starts:Friday, Oct 12 at 12:45AM JST on Fuji TV Studio:Production I.G Genre:Action Website:
Series Composition and Story Concept: Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Original Character Designs: Akira Amano (Reborn!)
The story focuses on enforcement officer Shinya Kogami who's job is to manage crime in a future world where a person's state of mind and personality can be instantly recorded; this information is measured by a standard called Psycho-Pass.
Title: Robotics;Notes Starts:Friday, Oct 12 at 12:45AM JST on Fuji TV Studio:Production I.G Genre:Adventure, Science fiction Website:
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Rozen Maiden)
Music: Takeshi Abo (Steins;Gate)
Adapting the Robotics;Notes visual novel, the series is set in a future world where it follows a robotics club in danger of being disbanded.
Title: Teekyu Starts:Sunday, Oct 7 at 10:27PM JST on Tokyo MX Studio:Mappa Genre:Adventure, Science fiction Website:
Director/Writer/Character Design: Shin Itagaki (Devil May Cry)
Slice-of-life story about a group of four girls on the school tennis team. They rarely play tennis.
Title: To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness Starts:Saturday, Oct 6 at 1:00AM JST on Tokyo MX Studio:Xebec Genre:Comedy, Romance Website:
Director: Atsushi Ootsuki (Motto To Love Ru)
Original Creator: Kentaro Yabuki (Black Cat)
Adapting Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki's manga spinoff, the story takes place in a full Yuki residence, with one of the girls actively trying to create a harem for Rito Yuki.
Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II Starts:Sunday, Oct 7 at 5:30AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio:GALLOP Genre:Adventure, Action Website:
Now that Re:CREATORS has concluded, did it live up to the promise of its premise? This week in anime, we break down where the series soared and where it sank.― Now that Re:CREATORS has come to an end, did the show live up to the promise of its premise? This week in anime, Nick and Jacob break down where the series soared and where it sank. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the particip...
The screenwriter behind next season's URAHARA offers insights about how anime fandom has changed over the years and how Crunchyroll is perceived within the industry.― Natsuko Takahashi is a veteran writer in the anime industry, having worked on the screenplay for projects like Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Moyashimon, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Although she wasn't officially announced as a gu...
Dustin gets wet and wild with the girls of Senran Kagura on the PS4, along with this week's biggest news and other new game releases!― You may have heard that homebrew developers—hackers, if you're feeling nasty—found a fully emulated version of NES Golf on board every shipping Nintendo Switch. After seemingly endless mystery surrounding why the ROM was there, they eventually discovered how to activ...
This straight-to-Netflix shonen manga adaptation is finally available to own on home release! Rebecca Silverman finds out if it was worth the wait.― After an initial run on Netflix, the anime adaptation of The Seven Deadly Sins has arrived on Blu Ray and DVD. This season, which covers roughly the first fifteen volumes of Nakaba Suzuki's original manga, is a combination of interesting references to t...
Sentai Filmworks made a big announcement about phasing out DVDs forever - but why? Justin has a few ideas...― Jake asked: I was reading a recent article that stated Sentai Filmworks was essentially phasing out their DVD releases by 2019 and are primarily going to release Blu-ray only with a few exceptions. I know you have got this question in the past on who buys DVD's Vs. Blu-rays which seems to b...
One of anime's most prolific screenwriters discusses his legacy of work on Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell, and what it takes to succeed as a writer in the industry.― Dai Sato is one of anime's most prolific and accomplished screenwriters. He was the series composer for Eureka Seven and Ergo Proxy, and also wrote individual episodes for numerous series including Cowb...
Many anime revolve around the lives of otaku and other oddballs, but how many actually get their depictions right? Paul Jensen shares his best recommendations.― The video game-themed comedy Gamers! has drawn a fair amount of attention this season, and not just for its wicked sense of humor. This show seems to have a strength that many anime series try and fail to obtain; it feels like Gamers really ...
Samus is back in this expansive, extensive remake of Game Boy original Metroid II, but can it capture that old Metroid feeling? Dustin suits up to find out...― There's a lot of bombast to a title like Samus Returns. Not just a nod to the original Metroid II subhead, this is indeed the return of Samus after an interminable hiatus for the Metroid franchise. It's been thirteen years since the last 2D M...
What did this anime about fictional characters confronting their makers have to say about the creative process? This week in anime, we tackle the conclusion of Sota and Altair's story.― Re:CREATORS is a story about fictional characters meeting the people who created them, but just how far does its metafictional rabbit hole go? This week in anime, Micchy and Steve follow Sota and Altair's tale all th...
To call the end of Danganronpa "shocking" would be an understatement! Jacob Chapman takes on the controversial final chapter in this SPOILER-FREE review.― Prior to the release of this (second?) conclusion to the main Danganronpa trilogy, series creator Kazutaka Kodaka was emphatic in several interviews that this "new semester" would be completely open to newcomers. While it would bring closure to th...
It may never grab the spotlight like other long-running JRPG series, but the Ys games have a long legacy and a strong pedigree. With a new game on the horizon, here's everything a beginner needs to know.― At one time a premier role-playing franchise that stood toe-to-toe against the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, a variety of factors prevented Nihon Falcom's Ys from achieving the mainstrea...
It's an original anime by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and famous actor Jaden Smith, along with a celebrity voice cast. What could possibly go wrong? Mike Toole investigates Netflix's latest original.― They finally did it, folks: they animated Jaden Smith's Twitter account. That was what I thought after hearing Smith's character, Kaz, unwind the first of many bizarre pronouncements, in a bid...
You see it in the credits of anime blurays and DVDs all the time - but what does "video post-production" actually entail? Justin has the answer.― Craig asked: Just finished watching the third Berserk film, The Advent and in the credits I saw your name. for Video post production. What exactly do you do in terms of post production(clean up, video/audio compression, restoration?)? Do all companies who...
Paul Jensen takes a look at the long-awaited blu-ray of Kyoto Animation's unusual mystery series, along with a rundown of this week's new anime releases!― I went to a screening of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro last week. It was my first time seeing the movie, and I have to say it was a blast. If you're a Lupin fan or are interested in Hayao Miyazaki's early work as a director, it's definitely...
One of the most compelling adventures in the Haruhi saga finally arrives on Blu-ray! Nick Creamer takes a look at this uniquely engrossing film.― After the madcap adventures and slapstick comedy of Haruhi Suzumiya's first two seasons, the anime series was capped off with a film unlike anything that had come before. Somber, slow-paced, and introspective, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya represent...