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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:
Heidi updates us on the latest iteration of the Nintendo Switch - plus EVO news and more.― I need to be real with you all for a sec. It's really, really hard to write a chipper, semi-snarky game news article considering what just went down at Kyoto Animation. I'm hearing that this could be considered the worst mass murder in postwar Japanese history. Most of us reading have watched and enjoyed at le...
This viking epic combines its grounded historical fiction premise with pulse-pounding fantastical action in a stunning production by Studio Wit. Micchy and Steve discuss the themes and thrills of the series so far.― Vinland Saga combines its grounded historical fiction premise with pulse-pounding fantastical action in a stunning production by Studio Wit. Micchy and Steve discuss the themes and thri...
Fifteen years after its debut, how has Shinichiro Watanabe's classic hip hop samurai road trip aged in high definition? James Beckett has the answers.― It's nearly impossible to talk about Samurai Champloo without discussing director Shinichiro Watanabe's more famous project, Cowboy Bebop. Both series are episodic action-adventure tales that seek to blend stylized Western influences into the Japanes...
41-year-old man apprehended for suspected arson; 35 reported injured― This is a developing story. ANN will update this article and will post follow-up articles as more credible and accurate information about the situation surfaces. Japan's national news agency NHK reported on Thursday at 9:21 p.m. that, according to the Kyoto Fire Department, 33 people are confirmed to have died in the fire that eng...
How do conventions of yesteryear compare to modern shows like Anime Expo or Otakon? Justin looks back on old video rooms and industry panels to find out.― Fred asked: I've only been going to conventions for the past year or so, and I'm curious how they've evolved over time. You'd actually be surprised by how little has changed for anime conventions over the years. The crowds are bigger, the shows p...
This fantasy action series has fallen by the wayside since it originally aired a year ago. Theron Martin finds out if there's anything about this light novel adaptation that's worth revisiting on blu-ray.― This 12 episode anime from the Spring 2018 season did not get a lot of attention in the West, perhaps in part because its source novels (29 in all since 2003) do not have even full fan translation...
The poll results are in and we have your Daily Streaming Reviews schedule for Summer 2019!― This season's poll results have been tallied and we've put together the schedule for the Summer 2019 Daily Streaming Reviews! Due to lack of reader interest, Chris Farris will be wrapping up his reviews of YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world this week. Without further ado, your schedule: ...
The Astra rockets forth into drama and adventure with its intriguing new cast of spacefaring characters. Nick and Andy discuss their favorite moments and future predictions for this exciting sci fi series.― Astra Lost in Space rockets forth into drama and adventure with its intriguing new cast of spacefaring characters. This week, Nick and Andy discuss their favorite moments and future predictions ...
This haphazard adaptation of a horror manga master's beloved works is more depressing than shocking. Faye Hopper has the details.― How do you make Junji Ito boring? Is it even possible? Well, in case you are one of the few who ever pondered such a question, congratulations! You have an answer. It's called Junji Ito Collection, and it is pure unadulterated tedium. But how? For one, it's notorious how...
There's a plethora of new hit manga out this week, from Goblin Slayer to BEASTARS to Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san. Check out our full list of anime, manga, and game releases!― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! The latest part of Boruto looks like the headline act in this week's anime lineup, while it's a week of endings and beginnings ...
This full CGI remake of the first Pokemon movie may seem redundant on the surface, but does this update add anything to the original experience? Callum May has our review from the film's theatrical run in Japan.― It's not often that you sit through an entire film waiting for it to justify its own existence, but that was my experience watching Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION, an exac...