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Shikabane Hime: Kuro
Japanese Title: 屍姫 玄

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Gainax & Feel
Notable Works: [Feel]: D.C. ~Da Capo~, Futakoi Alternative, Jinki: Extend, Nagasarete Airantou, Otoboku [Gainax]: He is my Master, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Evangelion
Seiyuu: Nana Akiyama, Tatsuya Hosome
Air date: 1/1/2009 10:30:00 AM

Synopsis: Sequel to Shikabane Hime: Aka, following the life (or rather after-life) of the “Corpse Princess” Makina, as she seeks to hunt down 108 corpses in order to gain entry into heaven.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Tried to watch the first season. It’s Gainax after all. Unfortunately, it was typical shounen fare.
BeLe: First season (first two episodes) didn’t really leave a good impression so paaaassss!
didinskee: I’m a chump for anything Gainax, prime the torrent engines!
Seleria: I am in the middle of finishing Aka. There’s enough action and intrigue for me to continue.
usagijen: If I was a necrophiliac, I’d probably be peeing my pantsu from overexcitement over this sequel. But no. Didn’t check out the first season, so I say skip!

Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th Season
Japanese Title: マリア様がみてる 4thシーズン

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Studio DEEN
Notable Works: Fate/stay Night, Full Moon O Sagashite, Gravitation, Jigoku Shoujo, Kyou Kara Maou!, Patlabor, Ranma 1/2, Read Or Die, You’re Under Arrest
Seiyuu: Kana Ueda, Miki Itou
Air date: 1/3/2009 10:30:00 AM

Synopsis: Yumi Fukuzawa is living the life most Lilian students only dare to dream. Apart from being a member of the much-worshiped student council and constantly surrounded by the most celerbated school personalities, she is also the petite sœur (young sister in French) to the stunningly beautiful raven-haired heiress, Sachiko Ogasawara. Yet, underneath it all, one worry weighs heavily in her heart-her quest to find her own petite sœur.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Couldn’t be bothered to watch this.
BeLe: I’m a fan of the series so this is a must watch by default! Will have to watch the previous shows though to refresh my memory…it’s been a while since the last one came out.
didinskee: cute cover art, but I can’t imagine myself getting emotional over a french word
Seleria: #1 on my watch list. Those looking for some hawt yuri action should just step away. This show is too classy for that.
usagijen: Seleria is soooo into this it’s making me scared D: j/k. I stayed away from this out of fear to embrace my yuri-loving persona. Should I give into it now?

Japanese Title: アキカン!

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Brains Base
Notable Works: Baccano!, Kure-nai, Natsume Yuujinchou, Spice and Wolf 2
Seiyuu: Jun Fukuyama, Sayaka Narita
Air date: 1/4/2009

Synopsis: The story revolves around a typical high school boy named Kakeru Daichi and the can of melon juice soda that he bought from a vending machine. The can suddenly transforms into a beautiful but standoffish girl that Kakeru nicknames “Melon,” and more “Akikan” (”empty can”) girls appear. However, Akikan girls need to be infused with carbon dioxide from kissing to survive. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: A melon soda transforming into a girl??? WTF!
BeLe: What will they think of next?!? o_O Heck, if it’s hilarious I’ll give it a go. I highly doubt it though.
didinskee: Oh wow! A crazy anime I can hook my jaded friends with, or at least make for otaku smalltalk fodder! First episodes worth a look.
Seleria: Everything about this shouts STUPID.
usagijen: Oh Japan, you’ll never cease to amaze me with the ingenious and WTF ways you devise just for the GF wish fulfillment of otakus.

Japanese Title: WHITE ALBUM

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Seven Arcs
Notable Works: Inukami!, Magical Girl Nanoha, Sekirei
Seiyuu: Aya Hirano, Nana Mizuki
Air date: 1/4/2009 2:00:00 AM

Synopsis: Adaptation of the eroge of the same title, which centers around T?ya Fuj?, a college student dating a rising idol singer named Yuki Morikawa, the trials and tribulations in their relationship. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Couldn’t be bothered to watch this either.
BeLe: One of my most anticipated shows this season since it was announced last year. I hope it doesn’t disappoint like some other visual novel to anime adaptations out there.
didinskee: Not R-18? Certains parties of my acquaintance will be disappointed
Seleria: I am an Aya fan, so I should at least watch an episode of this.
usagijen: Ohhh, I smell relationships~ I’d love to see this and give my pretentious analysis.

Maria Holic
Japanese Title: まりあ†ほりっく

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: SHAFT
Notable Works: Ef - a tale of memories, Hidamari Sketch, Kino no Tabi, Mahoromatic, Negima, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Seiyuu: Asami Sanada, Marina Inoue, Yu Kobayashi
Air date: 1/5/2009 12:30:00 AM

Synopsis: The story centers on a sophomore named Kanako who enrolls in all-girls school because she has a phobia of men and wants to find her destined yuri partner. She meets a captivating freshman named Mariya who fits her criteria ? except her seemingly ideal mate happens to be a cross-dressing sadistic boy. - ANN

Chef Chaff
BeLe: The preview looks too generic to me to be honest. But I’m willing to give it a chance since it has the potential to be funny.
didinskee: There’s apparently a lot more yuri stuff that have escaped hardcore genre than I imagined… but hold the presses! sadistic cross-dressing boy?!? too weird for me, sorry.
Seleria: Yuri and traps galore! As you would expect of a SHAFT production, this will be quite a visual feast. Though it seems that I might have a hard time stomaching Kanako’s suffering, or not.
usagijen: I can’t believe this has the same author as Hatenkou Yuugi, and I mean that in a good way. Seems trappyliciously fun!

Minami-ke: Okaeri
Japanese Title: みなみけ おかえり

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: asread
Notable Works: Ga-Rei-Zero, Kiddy Grade 2, Minami-ke: Okawari, Shuffle!
Seiyuu: Marina Inoue, Minori Chihara, Rina Satou
Air date: 1/5/2009 1:30:00 AM

Synopsis: The story of the Minami-ke sisters in their daily life — now back with a vengeance! or not.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Didn’t see the previous season but I guess this is a lot better compared to melon-soda girls and destined yuri partners.
BeLe: Would love to see this but since I haven’t finished watching the first and second season then this will have to go in the “on-hold purgatory” as usagijen puts it.
didinskee: Short synopsis: not intruiging enough
Seleria: The first season was the best, I don’t see that trend changing.
usagijen: I just can’t welcome the series with open arms with this new season, not because I didn’t like it, but because I placed this in the on-hold purgatory and will probably be neglected till who knows when.

Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Japanese Title: 続 夏目友人帳

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Brains Base
Notable Works: Baccano!, Kure-nai, Natsume Yuujinchou, Spice and Wolf 2
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kazuhiko Inoue
Air date: 1/6/2009 1:00:00 AM

Synopsis: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Ah! My most awaited show of the season. I want to see more of Natsume’s adventures. And I especially love the fat cat!
BeLe: I have to admit I don’t know anything about this one. So Pass! :p
didinskee: Spooky paranormal stuff and cute animals remind me of Hayao Miyazaki, count me in ^_^
Seleria: LOVED the first season. I have a big crush on Natsume being bishielicious and nice and all. Not to mention, he has a fatass cat that turns into a big bad wolf.
usagijen: I know full well that not having finished this series is a total CRIME, but gah. Anyways, heartily recommended for slice-of-life fans, or those who want to see more of Nyanko-sensei’s mighty feats!

Sora o Kakeru Shoujo
Japanese Title: 宇宙をかける少女

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Sunrise
Notable Works: Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam
Seiyuu: Aya Endo, Mako, Yui Makino
Air date: 1/6/2009 1:30:00 AM

Synopsis: The story is set in the year 311 of the Orbital Calendar, when humanity has migrated to countless colony clusters in space. A space colony girl named Akiha Shishid? encounters a malevolent artificial intelligence named Leopard that has been installed on a colony. Akiha is joined by an Inter-Colony Police officer named Itsuki Kannagi, a taciturn young girl named Honoka Kawai, and a robot named Imoko “Imo-chan” Shishid?. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Ekh! Lolis!
BeLe: Oh Sunrise, I seriously wish you didn’t waste your time on making this show. It’s a bad show to start the year with. LOL
didinskee: If the fight scenes in the first ep are as cool as Yamamoto Yohko, I can bear the lolis
Seleria: Not sure about this one.
usagijen: I initially thought this was a spinoff of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, and was already going ZOMG I can’t believe it!!! Then I look at the site and saw… boobsy lolis. Wtf.

Japanese Title: VIPER’S CREED

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: AIC & Digital Frontier
Notable Works: [AIC]: Ah! My Goddess, Burn Up Excess, El Hazard, Gall Force, S.A., Tenchi Muyo [Digital Frontier]: Appleseed, Resident Evil: Degeneration
Seiyuu: Megumi Toyoguchi, Takaya Kuroda
Air date: 1/6/2009 10:00:00 PM

Synopsis: The story is set in the middle of the 21st century and revolves around the members of a private military company (PMC), and the uneasy tension between them and the regular military as they deal with terrorism and the aftermath of a war that caused massive environmental destruction.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: I wonder if this is good.
BeLe: Wooo! From the people behind AppleSeed. I hope the animation and the action is good. I can deal with the story being mediocre. Hahah. I just want some nice action with this.
didinskee: Nice art! I’ll try it for the fight sequences and promising CG sequences
Seleria: Not interested.
usagijen: Fans of the Appleseed director Aramaki seem to be all over this new series he’s going to direct, should I care?

Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger
Japanese Title: はじめの一歩 New Challenger

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Madhouse Studios
Notable Works: Card Captor Sakura, Chobits, Claymore, Death Note, Monster, NANA, Trigun, X
Seiyuu: Kohei Kiyasu
Air date: 1/7/2009 1:29:00 AM

Synopsis: Ippo Makunouchi continues his boxing career in this new sequel, set on the goal to know meaning of being strong, and looking forward to the day he’ll come face-to-face with his idol Ichiro Miyata once again — this time, as professional boxers.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Not a fan of boxing and sports anime in general.
BeLe: Not a fan of Hajime no Ippo. Still amazed how they can keep churning this shows out…are there really that many fans out there?
didinskee: Shame that I haven’t seen the first run, and I have a rule against watching something I haven’t properly started
Seleria: Joins the clamor for a Pacquiao vs Mayweather match-up. Ok, that has nothing to do with this show.
usagijen: My baka anikis loved this, and I ended up watching and enjoying the first series because of them. But they read the manga and got jaded about in the process, because the later chapters weren’t as epic, they say. I might just have to watch this and “troll” them, ohoho.

Asu no Yoichi!
Japanese Title: 明日のよいち!

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: AIC
Notable Works: Ah! My Goddess, Burn Up Excess, El Hazard, Gall Force, Tenchi Muyo
Seiyuu: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rina Satou
Air date: 1/9/2009 1:29:00 AM

Synopsis: A boy swordsman, Yoichi and his father stays in mountain training for his descent from the mountain. Yoichi comes to the city to lodge and stay with 4 beautiful sisters. A new more severe “training” regiment awaits him.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: And more lolis!
BeLe: I so like the character design but like Usagijen, this one looks so full of FAIL!
didinskee: Is “training to go down the mountain” really the most compelling plot they can come up with? No.
Seleria: Is this harem?
usagijen: Hmm… I’m not sure if my ‘anime senses’ have grown in a short span of time, but this one smells FAIL to me. I don’t feel much SOUL in this, and I can’t be arsed to check this out.

Druaga no Tou ~the Sword of URUK~
Japanese Title: ドルアーガの塔 ~the Sword of URUK~

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Gonzo
Notable Works: Basilisk, Full Metal Panic!, Hellsing, Kiddy Grade, SaiKano, Vandread
Seiyuu: KENN, Fumiko Orikasa
Air date: 1/9/2009 1:30:00 AM

Synopsis: The adventures of Jil continues, a warrior who embarks on a quest for the fabled Blue Crystal Rod, a powerful artifact rumored to be in the highest floor of Druaga. He comes across companions along the way, as well as competitors, including the kingdom of Uruk itself, who are after the treasure for their own reasons. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Haven’t seen the first season. Looks interesting though.
BeLe: The first season is still in the purgatory.
didinskee: I’ve a weakness for fantasy, and this one’s found some pretty creative depictions of it Count me in!
Seleria: The perfect cure for the insomniac. (read: Load. Of. CRAP) Although, in the later episodes of Aegis, the show managed to just phail instead of epic phail.
usagijen: Haven’t watched the first season; I heard many people say it’s actually good, but Seleria says it sucks. Who should I believe, oh noes~!

Kurokami The Animation
Japanese Title: 黒神 The Animation

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Sunrise
Notable Works: Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Noriko Shitaya
Air date: 1/9/2009 2:40:00 AM

Synopsis: Based on a seinen manga by Dall-Young Lim and Sung-Woo Park serialized in the bi-monthly magazine Young GanGan. The story revolves around an ordinary game programmer named Keita who gets caught in a battle being fought by Kuro — a Mototsumitama or a guardian of the coexistence equilibrium. Kuro saves Keita’s life and regenerates an arm that Keita loses when they first meet. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: The girl in the picture reminds me of Shikabane Hime.
BeLe: Checking this out! I love dark-themed animes.
didinskee: Oooh, bi-monthly mag for credibility, reference to all powerful beings for mystique, and electronic gaming for some relatability, pretty promising, in my view. Though I’ve seen this shining punch thing on a live action series in japan… hmm.
Seleria: Being a Korean work originally, I hope to see something fresh and new.
usagijen: There’s something about animes with “fate” in the premise that never fails to suck me in. The line in the PV, “Can ‘fate’ kill a person?”, despite seemingly a cheap trick to lure people in, got me. Will check this out!

Tetsuwan Birdy Decode:02
Japanese Title: 鉄腕バーディー DECODE:02

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Notable Works: Ookiku Furikabute, Kannagi, Kuroshitsuji, Personal -trinity soul-
Seiyuu: Kanae Itou, Keiji Fujiwara, Maaya Sakamoto, Miyu Irino, Saeko Chiba, Shinji Kawada
Air date: 1/10/2009 2:10:00 AM

Synopsis: An alternate retelling of the 1996 OAV, revolving around the life of a young boy named Tsutomu, who gets caught up in an interplanetary mess where the reckless police officer Birdy accidentally kills him. As retribution, Birdy shares her body with the young guy, allowing him to live as a Spirit in the Shell (of Birdy), a lifetime gattai which drags Tsutomu into a crime-busting [super] heroic ride. - ANN

Chef Chaff
BeLe: I didn’t like the first season.
didinskee: Is that an EVA in the background? Might be worth a quick peek.
Seleria: Haven’t gotten around to actually watching any stuff relating to this.
usagijen: I loved the OAV, for some reason, but ended up being jaded and apathetic about the anime series…

Kupu~!! Mamegoma!
Japanese Title: クプ~!!まめゴマ!

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Notable Works: Buzzer Beater, D.Gray-man, Emily of New Moon, Itazura na Kiss, Scarecrowman, Zenryoku Usagi
Air date: 1/10/2009 8:30:00 AM

Synopsis: Follow the adventures of the “bean seal” Mamegoma, together with the rest of the Mamekawa family — mama, dada, and sista mamegoma!!

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Hahaha. A bean seal? Uber-kawaii!!!
BeLe: Errr. WTF?!? If I was a kid when they showed this I might have tuned in and enjoying it. Lol
didinskee: @[email protected] I thought they were just keychains!?!
Seleria: Cute and nothing else.
usagijen: Mamegomaaaaa~!!!!!! Kawaiii~!!! X333 Yes I’m aware that I’m scaring the sh*t out of people right now lol. It’s cute and all, but I can only wonder what Mamegoma’s gonna do in this anime, hop step jump? Or stay in its ‘aquarium’? o.O

MAJOR 5th Season
Japanese Title: MAJOR 5th Season

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Synergy SP
Notable Works: Bakkyuu HIT! Crash Bedaman, Hayate the Combat Butler, Kirarin Revolution, Zettai Karen Children
Seiyuu: Shoutarou Morikubo, Masakazu Morita
Air date: 1/10/2009 6:00:00 PM

Synopsis: The 5th installment to the long-running baseball series starring Goro, a young pitcher who aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps into the major league. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Yet another sports anime. (I wasn’t aware it’s at its fifth installment already)
BeLe: I haven’t watched the first season and the purgatory is full enough as it is.
didinskee: Are there extensive locker room scenes? Sexual tension? Maybe not.
Seleria: Missed the first 4 season. Why not miss one more?
usagijen: Objectively speaking, I know MAJOR is great and epic, but geh, I don’t think I’d wanna marathon 4 seasons just to catch up.

Kemono no Souja Erin
Japanese Title: 獣の奏者エリン

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Production I.G. and Transarts
Notable Works: [Prod.I.G.]: Ghost in the Shell, Toshokan Sensou, xxxHolic [Transarts]
Seiyuu: Nanase Hoshii
Air date: 1/10/2009 6:25:00 PM

Synopsis: Adaptation of the novel by Uehashi Nahoko (author of Seirei no Moribito), a fantasy adventure series about a young woman gifted with the ability to command animals, including dragons - as if she was playing a musical instrument, and her adventures in a distant land at a time of a war between kingdoms. - anime.mikomi.org

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Uehashi Nahoko x Production IG again! I wonder if this will be as epic as Seirei no Moribito. I do hope the animation will be as grand.
BeLe: Not really familiar with this and the preview didn’t give too much information so I don’t really know what to expect. Will have to wait for the other’s take on this.
didinskee: Kinda feels like a saturday morning kid’s show, but hey! I’m a kid at heart.
Seleria: Seirei no Moribito has left quite an impression on me and with P.I.G. working on this, I am quite hopeful for this show.
usagijen: Erin the beastmeistress!! I can sense the ‘Seirei no Moribito’ breed of epicness, despite not having finished Seirei no Moribito (yes I r pretentious). 52 eps for an epic work sounds good to me, though I think my attention span will fail me halfway through (or less). Hmmm… we’ll see?

Koukaku no Regios
Japanese Title: 鋼殻のレギオス

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: ZEXCS
Notable Works: D.C. ~Da Capo~, H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~, Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!, Rental Magica, Sister Princess
Seiyuu: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Air date: 1/11/2009 1:00:00 AM

Synopsis: In this school fantasy story set in the distant future, creatures contaminated by pollution have overtaken the land, forcing humanity to live in isolated mobile cities called Regios. One such city named Czerni is a self-contained school in which freshman Reifon Aruseifu has just enrolled. Reifon reluctantly joins the 17th Martial Arts Studies Unit led by the third-year student Nina Ant?ku and embarks on a series of adventures. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: *yawns*
BeLe: The PV looked kinda weak to me. I don’t think I can be bothered with this one.
didinskee: Wish the main was a guy, then this might have meant there’d be more action and less introspection. But the battles look epic, so might as well agree on this.
Seleria: Nothing about this stands out.
usagijen: I thought I was gonna be excited for this, like really. But I see the PV and I go *sweatdrop* Uhm, next anime please? Just inform me if this one gets better than my first impression.

Ride Back
Japanese Title: RIDE BACK -ライドバック-

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Madhouse Studios and Digital Frontier
Notable Works: [Madhouse]: Card Captor Sakura, Chobits, Claymore, Death Note, Monster, NANA, Trigun, X[Digital Frontier]: Appleseed, Resident Evil
Seiyuu: Nana Mizuki
Air date: 1/12/2009

Synopsis: Ride Back tells the story of a girl a her “Iron Horse” robot motorcycle in 2020, a tumultous time of anti-goverment student protests. - ANN

Chef Chaff
BeLe: Checked the site out and I already liked it. Motorcycles that turns into mini-mechas? This I have to see.
didinskee: bike looks awkward, but it actually looks kinda fun. And with a girl driving, I’m sure the stereotype will suggest lots of awesome accidents to enjoy.
Seleria: I’ve been interested in this for quite a while now. I want mindless explosions and action! VROOM VROOM VROOM~~
usagijen: …and you haven’t mentioned anything about this to me, o hamster chef?! Anyways, if the hamster chef it’s good, I’ll happily follow. I mean, GIRLS ON BIKE?! That’s just BEGGING to be watched!

Japanese Title: スレイヤーズEVOLUTION-R

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: J.C. Staff
Notable Works: Azumanga Daioh, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Revolutionary Girl Utena
Seiyuu: Megumi Hayashibara, Yasunori Matsumoto
Air date: 1/12/2009 9:30:00 AM

Synopsis: The 5th Slayers series to date, and the second 13-episode arc of the Slayers Revolution. More dragon slaying cum treasure-hunting adventures with Lina, Gourry and friends, and the hijinx thereof.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Oh the chaos!
BeLe: Pass! The last one was more of the same. After a decade you’d think they’d have added something to spark things up a bit.
didinskee: Slayers! Yes!
Seleria: No, for now.
usagijen: Hmm… I don’t really think I’m missing out all that much by not watching Slayers, right?

Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai
Japanese Title: 空を見上げる少女の瞳に映る世界

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Notable Works: Air, Clannad, Kanon, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Suzumi Haruhi
Seiyuu: Mai Aizawa, Chika Horikawa, Hiromi Konno
Air date: 1/14/2009 1:45:00 AM

Synopsis: Akuto, the main source of energy is running low and the Heavens, a world of islands, hidden beyond time, floating above ours, has united against the Magical Kingdom whom uses the most energy. To save both the Magical Kingdom and the Heavens and restore the flow of akuto, the Magical King Munto must follow a vision and find the girl Yumemi in the lower world. Yumemi herself is just a normal girl except that she is the only one who can see the islands of the Heavens floating above. When Munto appears before her she starts thinking about hers and others responsibility to the world - ANN

Chef Chaff
BeLe: The title alone is interesting to say the least. LOL. But seeing as it’s a sequel I don’t think I’ll have time to watch the “prequel”.
didinskee: A bit odd and sounds like a movie than an actual series. Curious and worth a peek.
Seleria: Otherwise known as Munto. The only KyoAni offering for this season. I can hear the squeals for fanboys from a distance.
usagijen: First off, I honestly don’t know how that longass title just became ‘Munto’, not that I’m complaining. I’m not really a KyoAni fan (I haven’t watched ANY KyoAni shows, duh. Ok I have, FMP). Might check this one out for curiosity’s sake.

Genji Monogatari Sennenki
Japanese Title: 源氏物語千年紀 Genji

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Tezuka Productions and Tokyo Movie
Notable Works: [Tezuka Prod.]: Astro Boy, Black Jack, Flame of Recca, Oniisama E…[Tokyo Movie]: Aishiteruze Baby, Scarecrowman, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children
Seiyuu: Aya Endo, Sakiko Tamagawa, Takahiro Sakurai
Air date: 1/16/2009 12:45:00 AM

Synopsis: Based on the 11th century romance novel by Lady Murasaki Shikibu that centers on the lives and loves of the emperor’s son Hikaru Genji.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: This season’s show for the noitamina block. Should be interesting.
BeLe: I hope it’s good. I seriously hope its good. On my to watch list!
didinskee: Japanese epic, I’m a sucker for classics so all systems go!
Seleria: I wonder how they’ll present this show. Something theatrical with lots colorful and symbolic visuals might suit this type of story.
usagijen: It’s emo, it’s tragic, it’s gonna rip my heart apart just as much as I’m gonna rip and bash Genji for his emoness once I start watching. But I’m masochistic that way, and besides, it’s not often that we get to have series I can throw my Real Life Romance perspective brickshats at

Hetalia - Axis Powers
Japanese Title: ヘタリア Axis Powers

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Studio DEEN
Notable Works: Fate/stay Night, Full Moon O Sagashite, Gravitation, Jigoku Shoujo, Kyou Kara Maou!, Patlabor, Ranma 1/2, Read Or Die, You’re Under Arrest
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroki Yasumoto
Air date: 1/25/2009 1:52:00 AM

Synopsis: The “cynical gag” story mainly recounts the era between World War I and World War II, with the stereotypical characteristics of each country or region (particularly northern Italy) anthropomorphized as bishounen. For example, Italia Veneziano is into pasta and women. Deutsch (Germany) loves potatoes and sausages, and Nippon is an otaku boy. Installments of the manga have jumped back and forth in setting from the ancient times to modern-day geopolitics. - ANN

Chef Chaff
absolute0: I have to say the stereotypes look interesting.
BeLe: Hmmm…bishies! Not my kind of bishies!
didinskee: There’s been lotsa blurb about this around my side of the internet, definitely watching ^_^
Seleria: Comedy and fake European accents! Sign me up, sil vous plait!
usagijen: World War has never been this GLORIOUS and bishie-filled.

Fresh Pretty Cure!
Japanese Title: フレッシュプリキュア!

Links: Website, ANN Encyclopedia
Studio: Toei Animation
Notable Works: Galaxy Express 999, Hakaba Kitarou, One Piece, Saint Seiya, Slam Dunk
Air date: 2/1/2008 8:30:00 AM

Synopsis: New precures take the limelight in this fresh henshin of the long-running magical girl series Pretty Cure.

Chef Chaff
absolute0: Oh please!
BeLe: Can’t believe they’re still making more!
didinskee: No.
Seleria: Mahou ho ho ho ho~ Pass.
usagijen: Wow, talk about the LIFE SPAN of mahou shoujo shows! (also, Seleria seems to be on Minorin mode lol)

Posted 1/4/09
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Posted 1/4/09 , edited 1/4/09
plz delete this~
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