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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:
This is the story of the energetic and adorable days the Logicalists-in-training spend together. It's time to Trance!― Hina Logic - from Luck & Logic Official Website: http://hinalogic.com/ Twitter: @HinaLogic Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 1st, 2017 Streaming available at: Crunchyroll Key Staff Director: Hiroaki Akagi ("Hetalia The Beautiful World" (TV) as Episod...
Natsume's Book of Friends climbs to the top of the charts, and the middle of the pack begins a mad shuffle as the spring season enters its last couple weeks.― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that th...
It can strike when you least expect it: absolute anime burnout! Justin shares his tips for getting out of an otaku slump.― Michael asks: For about three years, I watched a lot more anime than I ever had before. It was pretty much the only media I was consuming and it wouldn't be uncommon for me to be watching eight to ten shows at the same time. Well, as it happens when you overdo it, I got burned ...
The summer anime season is right around the corner - from Welcome to the Ballroom to Made In Abyss, here are the shows our reviews crew is most excited for!― After a blockbuster spring, the summer season is right around the corner, so we asked our reviews crew which shows they're most looking forward to. Keep an eye out for our Best & Worst of Spring 2017 on Friday June 30th, and then the Summer 201...
Is this under-the-radar idol boy show from last year worth a second look? Nick Creamer explains just what's so special about Starmyu.― Starmyu offers a fairly unusual premise among musical anime. In a sea of shows focused specifically on idols, Starmyu instead presents a high school and special division focused on musical theater, where a student's ability to dance, sing, and also present a characte...
As This Week in Anime changes gears for the next season, Nick and Micchy say their goodbyes to all the good boys in Attack on Titan, Berserk, and Love Rice, as other shows soldier on into the summer!― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5Week 6 - Week 7 - Week 8 - Week 9 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised...
This spinoff of the beloved tactical RPG series Valkyria Chronicles tries to live up to the sterling reputation of its predecessors, but Dustin finds it might fall a little short.― Valkyria Revolution is told through the pages of history books. A young historian sets out to find the truth about the Five Traitors who led the nation of Jutland to revolution for their own selfish ends, and with the hel...
Gangsta's dark story gets off to an intriguing start before things start to go wrong. Rebecca Silverman digs deeper.― In ancient Rome, ergastula were pits specifically meant to hold unruly slaves or to punish misbehaving ones. In Gangsta., Ergastulum (the singular form of the word) is a city in an unnamed country that may as well be a pit trap intended to punish the wicked. The world that Worrick, A...
Justin gets into some of the many reasons why an anime might jump to a different production studio between seasons.― Jun asks: I noticed that sometimes a show with multiple seasons have different studios working on them. For instance, the first season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is produced by studio Brain's Base while the second season was handled by studio feel. Why does this happen sometime...
Is this forgotten magical girl romcom from the '90s trash or treasure? Find out after the jump, along with a rundown of all this week's anime releases and a very Maison Ikkoku Shelf Obsessed!― I live on the second floor of an apartment building, so it's always surprising when one of the neighborhood cats appears on my tiny balcony. I'm not sure if it somehow climbs the fire escape ladder or just ju...
Before its anime adaptation airs next season, is this isekai series worth reading? Rebecca Silverman has the answers.― If you've ever wondered what exactly Konosuba is making fun of rather than mere genre specifics, take a peek at Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World with My Smartphone. That's not to say that this series is precisely the basis for Natsume Akatsuki's parody, but it is certainly closer ...
Mike devours the Sound! Euphonium and Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels and then can't help but compare them to their anime adaptations? Which is better: the book or the movie?― You can tell what a big anime nerd I am because of all of the books I've been reading lately. Just in the past couple of months, I've killed off the first of Hayao Miyazaki's essential two-part essay collection, Starting ...
Shy Yamada falls for school track star Kase-san in the first volume of this sugary-sweet yuri series. Rebecca Silverman has the details.― In the increasingly diverse world of English-language yuri, Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories stands out as particularly adorable. While it shares some themes with Milk Morinaga's Secret of the Princess in terms of wondering if having a lesbian relat...