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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:
GKIDS is giving a ticket discount to all ANN readers attending the Animation is Film Festival this weekend!― Calling All West Coast Anime Fans! The Animation Is Film Festival returns for its second year in Los Angeles, CA with an incredible slate of anime events and premieres. This year's line-up features the premiere of Mirai with director Mamoru Hosoda in person for Q&As as well as a four-film Mam...
Funimation "licenses" Attack on Titan but Right Stuf is the "distributor" for Mobile Suit Gundam - what's the difference between these two arrangements? Justin gets into the details.― John asked: I was wondering what is the difference between a distribution and licensing deals? What entail a distribution deal? And in case of the Sunrise's Gundam deal with Right Stuf could a another company still li...
This cyberpunk '80s OVA may be nostalgic for some fans, but it's hardly angelic. Paul finds out if anything about this vintage shlock holds up and breaks down all this week's new anime releases!― I'll be writing our streaming reviews for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and I am unreasonably pumped about it. I'm not expecting it to be the best show ever made, but something about the main pr...
Despite some great moments, this isn't one of MHA's brighter volumes, as complicated exposition drags down the story's pacing. Nick Creamer has the details.― The simplicity of Midoriya's view of heroism has always been one of those assumed truths that I'd always assumed My Hero Academia was simply holding on the back burner for future conflicts. Contributing to complex, large-scale police operations...
Magic and fantasy reign once again as Spirited Away returns to theaters. As a special October treat, GKIDS is giving away FREE TICKETS to ANN readers!― This month, GKIDS is bringing back the Studio Ghibli animated classic Spirited Away to theaters on Oct. 28, 29 & 30. They are giving away two free tickets each to five lucky ANN readers! About the Movie Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated...
The My Hero Academia movie prompts Mike to consider the deep and fascinating history of the "Shonen Jump Movie", the self-contained side-story theatrical events that've been around for decades.― A couple of weeks back, I joined approximately half a million other anime dorks across the continent, who dutifully bought tickets and attended screenings of the new My Hero Academia movie. I've said several...
This American YA romance take on Attack on Titan is unique in its unusual origins, but does it add much to Isayama's world and characters for prior fans? James Beckett finds out.― From the opening of its first chapter, Rachel Aaron's Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel is a profoundly strange reading experience, at least if you're coming to the book as a fan of the original material created by H...
Tired of the same ol' horror movie recommendations? If you're looking for something a little different to watch this Halloween, here are six great - and recent - horror (and horroresque) anime to liven up your spooky season.― The average annual Halloween movie marathon has a tried and true list of the usual suspects. If you're going live-action, there's plenty of entries in the Halloween, Nightmare...
This is the kind of excellent mystery that's difficult to put down, but you also don't want to read too quickly. Rebecca Silverman has the details.― There are many ways to tell a mystery. Whether you use the classic four-act format, the basic whodunit, or something completely different, the end goal no matter what is to find out not only who committed the crime, but also why. That's a very twisting ...
Zac and Jacob chew their way through a monstrous pile of Fall 2018 anime premieres, from Double Decker to Sword Art Online to Thunderbolt Fantasy and yeah, even some of the bad ones.― ANNCast 337 - The Fall of Man Zac and Jacob chew their way through as many Fall 2018 anime premieres as they can - from Double Decker to Sword Art Online to Thunderbolt Fantasy and a whole ton more. You can listen to ...
The results are in and we have your Daily Streaming Reviews schedule for Fall 2018!― This season's poll results have been tallied and we've put together the schedule for the Fall 2018 Daily Streaming Reviews! We may add coverage of more autumn anime based on future reader interest, so let us know what you'd like to see as the season progresses! (Please note that Ingress the Animation cannot be cover...
The Fall 2018 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this fall's new anime: Now Available: Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - A Certain Magical Index III - As Miss Beelzebub likes. - Karakuri Circus - Merc StoriA - My Sister, My Writer - Tokyo Ghoul:re season 2 - Golden Kamuy season 2 - Anima Yell! - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - Fairy Tail: The Final Season - Release the Spyce - SSSS.GRIDMAN - Sword Art Online Alicization - Goblin Slayer - Gakuen Basara - Radiant - and much more!
With the fully-fledged anime adaptation of Tony Valente's french adventure comic Radiant on the air in Japan, it makes you wonder: is the distinction between "manga" and "manga-style" comics going away for good? Deb has some thoughts.― Do you think the distinction between manga made in Japan and manga-style comics made elsewhere is slowly going away? Do you think it should? This is an interesting a...
The developers behind the .hack RPG series and Naruto Ultimate Ninja has an ambitious plan for not one but three brand-new original games in 2019. CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama lays out his vision for the future of the company.― Anime fans scarcely need an introduction to game developer CyberConnect2 – the company's game releases have been synonymous with anime for years and years now, having handled the am...
This unusual slice-of-life drama about a girl with magical powers finding a family flew under the radar last year, but how does it hold up on Blu-ray? Theron Martin finds out.― The basic premise here – a super-powered girl who's largely a blank slate hooks up with a gruff older man, who reluctantly takes her in but gradually comes to consider her family – is hardly a new one in the field of anime; t...
Anime NYC is going to be exciting as Anisong World Matsuri will be happening on November 16 and 17. Get ready to jam with its great line-up of awesome Japanese artists!― This year's Anime NYC will be even more exciting because Anisong World Matsuri will be held for two awesome days on November 16 and 17. Get ready to jam with its great line-up as this unforgettable J-Pop music event takes place at ...