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Interest: List of Winter 2011 TV Anime in Japan

posted on by Gia Manry
17 new titles starting in January

Title: Beelzebub
Starts: YTV, Sunday, January 9 at 7:00 a.m. Japan Standard Time (JST)
Studio: Pierrot
Genre: Supernatural, Action, Comedy
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Nobuhiro Takamoto
  • Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani
  • Original creator: Ryuhei Tamura
  • Character Design: Takeshi Yoshioka
  • Katsuyuki Konishi as Tatsumi Oga
  • Miyuki Sawashiro as Beelzebub/Berubo
Oga Tatsumi is a first year in Ishiyama High, the school for delinquents. One day while sleeping next to a river he sees a man floating down it, he pulls him to shore and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby's demon maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school.
Title: Cardfight!! Vanguard
Starts: TV Tokyo, Saturday, January 8 at 8:00 a.m. JST
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Genre: Action, Tournament
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hatsuki Tsuji
  • Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata
  • Original Concept: Takaaki Kitani
  • Original creator: Akira Ito
  • Character Design: Mari Tominaga
  • Tsubasa Yonaga as Aichi Sendo
Based on the card game of the same name, a collaboration between Yu-Gi-Oh! R manga creator Akira Ito, the original Duel Masters technical advisor Satoshi Nakamura, and Bushiroad President Takaaki Kidani.
Title: Dragon Crisis!
Starts: Chiba TV, Tuesday, January 11 at 1:30 a.m. JST
Studio: Studio Deen
Genre: Fantasy
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hideki Tachibana
  • Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata
  • Music: Makoto Miyazaki
  • Original creator: Kaya Kizaki
  • Original Character Design: Itsuki Akata
  • Character Design: Masashi Ishihama
  • Hiro Shimono as Ryuji Kisaragi
  • Rie Kugimiya as Rose
A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji's peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.
Title: Fractale
Starts: Fuji TV, Friday, January 14 at 12:45 a.m. JST
Studio: A-1 Pictures Inc.
Genre: Fantasy
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Yutaka Yamamoto
  • Series Composition: Mari Okada
  • Music: Sohei Kano
  • Original story: Hiroki Azuma
  • Original Character Design: Hidari
  • Character Design: Masako Tashiro
  • Yu Kobayashi as Clain
  • Kana Hanazawa as Nessa
  • Minami Tsuda as Phryne
  • Shintaro Asanuma as Sunda
  • Yuka Iguchi as Enri
The story takes place in an island, where a "Fractale System" is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.
Title: Freezing
Starts: AT-X, Saturday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m. JST
Studio: A.C.G.T.
Genre: Action
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Takashi Watanabe
  • Series Composition: Masanao Akahoshi
  • Screenplay: Masanao Akahoshi, Takao Yoshioka
  • Music: Masaru Yokoyama
  • Original creators: Dal-Young Lim, Kwang-Hyun Kim
  • Character Design: Mayumi Watanabe
  • Mamiko Noto as Bridgette L. Satellizer
  • Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Kazuya Aoi
Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called "freezing" to limit their opponent's mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Bridgette L. Satellizer who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.
Starts: TV Tokyo, Saturday, January 8 at 1:23 a.m. JST
Studio: BONES
Genre: Drama, Horror
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hitoshi Nanba
  • Series Composition: Mari Okada
  • Music: Kotaro Nakagawa
  • Original creator: Kazuki Sakuraba
  • Original Character Design: Hinata Takeda
  • Character Design: Takashi Tomioka, Toshihiro Kawamoto
  • Takuya Eguchi as Kazuya Kujo
GOSICK takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can't solve.
Title: Hourou Musuko
Starts: Fuji TV, Friday, January 14 at 1:15 a.m. JST
Studio: AIC
Genre: Drama
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Ei Aoki
  • Series Composition: Mari Okada
  • Script: Mari Okada
  • Music: Keiichi Okabe, Satoru Kousaki
  • Original Work: Takako Shimura
  • Character Design: Ryuichi Makino
  • Asami Seto as Yoshino Takatsuki
  • Kosuke Hatakeyama as Shuichi Nitori
Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be.
Title: Infinite Stratos
Starts: TBS, Friday, January 7 at 1:25 a.m. JST
Studio: 8-Bit
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mech
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi
  • Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo
  • Screenplay: Chinatsu Houjou, Fumihiko Shimo
  • Music: Hikaru Nanase
  • Original creator: Izuru Yumizuru (light novel)
  • Original Character Design: okiura
  • Kouki Uchiyama as Ichika Orimura
  • Yoko Hikasa as Houki Shinonono
Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos... with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is ORIMURA Ichika, an orphan raised by his older sister who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with IS is discovered after he accidentally touches an IS at the age of 15, he's given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which of course means an... intersting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.
Title: Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season
Starts: NTV, Wednesday, January 5 at 12:59 am JST
Studio: Production I.G
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hiro Kaburaki
  • Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu
  • Original creator: Karuho Shiina
  • Character Design: Yuka Shibata
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Shota Kazehaya
  • Mamiko Noto as Sawako Kuronuma
  • Aya Hirano as Ume Kurumizawa
  • Mamoru Miyano as Kento Miura
  • Miyuki Sawashiro as Ayane Yano
  • Yuko Sanpei as Chizuru Yoshida
  • Yuuichi Nakamura as Ryu Sanada
  • Yuuki Ono as Kazuichi Arai (Pin)
Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from "The Ring", which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose "100% refreshing" personality earns great admiration from Sawako.
Title: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Starts: Tele-Tama, Tuesday, January 11 at 1:30 a.m. JST
Studio: Studio Deen
Genre: Action, Magic
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Takaomi Kanesaki
  • Series Composition: Makoto Uezu
  • Screenplay: Shigeru Morita, Touko Machida
  • Music: Shinji Kakijima
  • Original creator: Shinichi Kimura
  • Original Character Design: Kobuichi, Muririn
  • Character Design: Shinobu Tagashira
  • Iori Nomizu as Haruna
  • Junji Majima as Ayumu Aikawa
Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system "Megalo" in her place.
Title: Level E
Starts: TV Tokyo, Tuesday, January 11 at 1:45 a.m. JST
Studio: David Production / Pierrot
Genre: Sci-Fi
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Toshiyuki Kato
  • Series Composition: Jukki Hanada
  • Music: Kunihiko Ryo
  • Original creator: Yoshihiro Togashi
  • Character Design: Itsuko Takeda
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Prince
Tsutsui Yukitaka is a freshman who has finally convinced his parents that he is ready to live on his own. When he arrives at his new apartment, he is surprised to find that someone has arrived before him: a young man who claims that he is an alien and that he is suffering from amnesia.
Title: Maho Shojo Madoka Magica
Starts: MBS, Friday, January 7 at 1:25 a.m. JST
Studio: SHAFT
Genre: Drama, Magic
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Director: Yukihiro Miyamoto
  • Director: Akiyuki Shinbo
  • Series Composition: Gen Urobuchi
  • Script: Gen Urobuchi
  • Music: Yuki Kajiura
  • Original Character Design: Ume Aoki
  • Character Design: Takahiro Kishida
  • Aoi Yuki as Madoka Kaname
  • Chiwa Saito as Homura Akemi
  • Eri Kitamura as Sayaka Miki
  • Kaori Mizuhashi as Mami Tomoe
  • Emiri Katou as Kyube
Madoka is a kind, friendly, but ordinary second-year middle school girl. She wonders aloud what she should do if she can grant whatever you may wish through magic.
Title: Mitsudomoe Zoryochu!
Starts: MBS, Sunday, January 9 at 2:58 a.m. JST
Studio: Bridge
Genre: Comedy
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Masahiko Ohta
  • Series Composition: Takashi Aoshima
  • Music: Yasuhiro Misawa
  • Original creator: Norio Sakurai
  • Character Design: Takaharu Okuma
  • Ayahi Takagaki as Mitsuba Marui
  • Haruka Tomatsu as Hitoha Marui
  • Satomi Akesaka as Futaba Marui
A sequel to the series Mitsudomoe, Zoryochu continues the adventures of teacher Satoshi Yabe (Yabe-cchi) and the troublesome Marui triplets: Futaba, Mitsuba, and Hitoha.
Title: Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne—!!
Starts: TV Yokohama, Sunday, January 9 at 12:30 a.m. JST
Studio: ZEXCS
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Keitaro Motonaga
  • Series Composition: Sayuri Ooba
  • Music: Tomoki Kikuya
  • Original creator: Kouichi Kusano
  • Character Design: Madoka Hirayama
  • Eri Kitamura as Nao Takanashi
  • Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Shusuke Takanashi
Junior high school student Nao is determined to make her brother, high School student Shuusuke, see her as a woman. So determined is she that goes to his room to throw away all his non-incest related porn. But as she's looking for his porno stash, she finds a photo album...and she's not in any of his childhood pictures.
Title: Rio - Rainbow Gate!
Starts: Tokyo MX, Tuesday January 4 at 11:00 p.m. JST
Studio: Xebec
Genre: Comedy
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Takao Kato
  • Series Composition: Mayori Sekijima
  • Character Design: Hisashi Shimura
  • Marina Inoue as Rio Rollins Tachibana
  • Ayana Taketatsu as Mint Clark
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Rina
  • Kaori Shimizu as Rosa
  • Kumiko Inoue as Lisa
  • Saki Nakajima as Tiffany
  • Sayaka Ohara as Karutia
  • Yoko Hikasa as Linda
  • Yukari Fukui as Anya
Based on Tecmo's Rio Super Carnival pachinko slot machine games. Rio is a popular casino dealer at the Howard Resort, an entertainment resort hotel where people from all over the world gather. She competes for the greatest honor among dealers — "Most Valuable Casino Dealer" (MVCD) — by collecting 13 legendary cards known as "Gates." "The Goddess of Winning" first appeared in 2003 in the Super Black Jack game franchise from the pachi-slo company Net, thanks to Net's collaboration with Tecmo (Dead or Alive) to create female characters. Rio's popularity led to several more games, including 2005's Rio Carnival, 2007's Rio Paradise, and 2009's Rio 2 -Cruising Vanadis-.
Title: Wolverine
Starts: Animax, Friday, January 7 at 10:00 p.m. JST
Studio: Madhouse
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hiroshi Aoyama
  • Series Composition: Kengo Kaji
  • Music: Tetsuya Takahashi
  • Original creator: Herb Trimpe (original artist), John Romita Sr., Len Wein
  • Character Design: Hisashi Abe
  • Rikiya Koyama as James Howlett, Logan/Wolverine
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Mariko Yashida
  • Hidekatsu Shibata as Shingen Yashida
  • Kazuki Yao as Hideki Kurohagi
  • Masato Hagiwara as Kikyo Mikage
  • Romi Park as Yukio
Second in the four-part Marvel Anime project, broadcasting after the Iron Man anime. Wolverine is a mutant possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced psychical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at a accelerated rate.
Title: Yumekui Merry
Starts: TBS, Friday, January 7 at 1:55 a.m. JST
Studio: J.C. Staff
Genre: Drama, Magic
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
  • Series Composition: Hideki Shirane
  • Music: Keiichi Oku
  • Original creator: Yoshitaka Ushiki
  • Character Design: Masahiro Fujii
  • Ai Kayano as Isana Tachibana
  • Ayane Sakura as Merry Nightmare
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Yumeji Fujiwara
Ten years ago Fujiwara noticed he had a power to see multicolored auras surrounding the person's body. Ever since then he's been having a weird dream about a war with cats. Then one day a mysterious girl falls on top of him...

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