Title: Ai Mai Mi Starts: Thursday, Jan 03 at 11:00PM JST on AT-X Studio:Seven Genre: Comedy Website:
Cast: Ai Kayano (Chihayafuru's Kanade Oe), Yuka Otsubo (Yuruyuri's Kyoko Toshino), Maaya Uchida (Sankarea's Rea Sanka), Aya Uchida (Recorder and Randsell's Hina-chan)
Summary: Based on Choboraunyopomi's four-panel comedy manga, the series follows three girls in a manga club, who along with their teacher, are busy fighting evil extraterrestrial invaders and competing in various tournaments... when they're not drawing manga.
Title: Amnesia Starts:Wednesday, January 09 at 12:30AM JST on Tokyo MX Studio: Brain's Base Genre: Romance Website:
Summary: This television series adapts Amnesia, a romance adventure game targeted at female players. In the game, the protagonist wakes up to discover that she has no memories of the past, but tries to recall her memories through the help of a spirit named Orion.
Title: Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman Starts:Tuesday, Jan 08 at 2:05AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: TMS Entertainment Genre: Fantasy, History Website:
Original character design: Monkey Punch (Lupin III)
Cast: Kazuya Nakai as Roman (One Piece's Roronoa Zoro, Mardock Scramble's Shell Septinos)
Summary: Main character Manjiro is a "helper" by day, but at night, he becomes Roman, a phantom thief "retriever" who steals back people's precious items that were unfairly taken from them.
Title: Beast Saga Starts: Sunday, Jan 13 at 8:44AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: Synergy SP Genre: Adventure, Action Website:
Director: Katsumi Ono (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's)
Character design: Yoshihiro Nagamori (Bakugan Battle Brawlers)
Summary: This series takes place on a distant planet called Beast where three beast tribes fight each other to protect their honor, and an infinite elemental power source called Godlot.
Title: Boku no Imoto wa "Osaka Okan" Starts:Saturday, Dec 22 at 1:55AM JST on BS-Asahi Studio: Charaction Genre: Comedy Website:
Original character design: Sota Sugahara (gdgd Fairies)
Script: Kotaro Ishidate (gdgd Fairies)
Summary: This series adapts Chukei Shuppan's Osaka Okan Rule and Osaka Rule, comedic guides for dealing with people from Osaka, in particular Osakan mothers. Protagonist Kyosuke is looking forward to reuniting with his sister after ten years, but she's nothing like he remembers.
Title: Chihayafuru 2 Starts:Friday, Jan 11 on NTV Studio: Madhouse Genre: Comedy, Drama Website:
Returning Director: Morio Asaka
Returning cast: Asami Seto as Chihaya Ayase, Ai Kayano as Kanade Oe, Mamoru Miyano as Taichi Mashima, Tooru Nara as Yusei Nishida, Tsubasa Yonaga as Tsutomu Komano, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Arata Wataya
Summary: Chihayafuru continues as main character Chihaya enters her second year of high school, and continues to chase her dream of being the number one karuta player in Japan.
Title: Courtesy of Zettai Karen Children - The Unlimited - Hyobu Kyosuke Starts:Tuesday, Jan 08 at 1:35AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: Manglobe Genre: Action, Science Fiction Website:
Soundtrack: Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Series script: Shinchi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler, Sket Dance)
Summary: A spinoff of Psychic Squad, the series follows an esper outlaw who was betrayed in the past by humans.
Title: Cuticle Detective Inaba Starts:Friday, Jan 04 at 11:30PM JST on AT-X Studio: ZEXCS Genre: Comedy, Action Website:
Summary: This series centers around a hikikomori named Sasami, who was taken care of by her brother. Sasami spends her days keeping track of the outside world using her Brother Surveillance Tool, which catches glimpses of her brother's interactions with the three beautiful Yagami sisters.
Title: Senran Kagura Starts:Sunday, Jan 06 at 8:30PM JST on AT-X Studio: Artland Genre: Action Website:
Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana)
Script: Takao Yoshioka (Sekirei, Elfen Lied)
Summary: This series is adapted from MarvelousAQL's Senrai Kagura side-scrolling action game based around female ninjas.
Title: Senyu. Starts:Wednesday, Jan 09 at 1:35AM JST on TV Tokyo Studio: Ordet, Liden Films Genre: Website:
Cast: Hiro Shimono as Aruba, Yuichi Nakamura as Rosu
Director: Yutaka Yamamoto (Kannagi, Fractale)
Summary: This series follows the adventures of Aruba and Rosu, two descendents of an ancient hero who long ago sealed away the demon king Rukimedesu. Now they must fight the demons which have suddenly appeared from a mysterious hole.
Title: Tamako Market Starts:Wednesday, Jan 09 on Tokyo MX Studio: Kyoto Animation Genre: Comedy Website:
Director: Naoko Yamada (K-ON!
Script: Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Bakuman)
Summary: Tamako Market follows the cheerful Tamako Kitashirakawa, the mochi-loving daughter of a mochi shopkeeper in the shopping district.
Title: Yama no Susume Starts:Thursday, Jan 02 at 1:30AM JST on Tokyo MX/UHF Studio: 8bit Genre: Website:
Director: Yusuke Yamamoto (Sgt. Frog)
Summary: This series follows two childhood friends: Aoi, a girl who would rather stay indoors, and Hinata, a girl who loves mountains. They decide to climb a mountain in order to see the sunrise from its peak.
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