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Winter 2009 Anime — Of Sequels and Sci-fi

The year 2009 promises another phase of wonderful anime, most of them continuation of series released the previous year. Here is the lineup for this season. I’m a bit late but ignore that XD;. These are arranged alphabetically, with the usual info like date, seiyuu cast and a short summary. I did not include pictures, but you can find links to each series’ official site.

Again, my watching verdicts are: YES, NO, and MAYBE.

AKIKAN
start: January 03, 2009
website: http://www.melomelomelon.com/
introduction: A boy named Kakeru Daichi drinks from a soda can that suddenly turned into a cute girl named Melon Soda who called him master.
seiyuu spotlight: Fukuyama Jun, Narita Sayaka, Okiayu Ryoutarou
verdict: MAYBE. This might turn out to be another ecchi/harem anime, something I really avoid. The art looks okay, though.

ASU NO YOICHI
start: January 08, 2009
website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/yoichi/
introduction: A country swordsman goes into the city and met four girls. Fanservice and comedy ensued.
seiyuu spotlight: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Satou Rina, Konishi Katsuyuki
verdict: NO. Fanservice >_>.

BIRDY THE MIGHTY DECODE: 02
sequel to: Birdy the Mighty DECODE
start: January 09, 2009
website: http://www.birdy-tv.com/
introduction: This is a continuation of the sci-fi series about Birdy, a cyborg police that accidentally killed a boy and ended up sharing her body with him while his body was under rehabilitation.
seiyuu spotlight: Saeko Chiba, Fujiwara Keiji, Shiraishi Ryoko
verdict: NO. I wasn’t able to watch the first one, so I’ll just save this one for future viewing.

CHROME SHELLED REGIOS
start: January 10, 2009
website: http://anime.webnt.jp/regios/
introduction: Lefon is a boy who enters a martial-arts school in order to protect the people in his own.
seiyuu spotlight: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Sakaguchi Daisuke, Taniyama Kishou, Koyasu Takehito
verdict: MAYBE. The preview pictures make me think that this is a harem anime, however the seiyuu list says otherwise. So, I need to check the first episode to see if I will seriously watch it.

DRUAGA NO TO ~the Sword of URUK~
sequel to: Druaga no to ~Aegis of URUK~
start: January 08, 2009
website: http://www.druaga-anime.com/
introduction: More of the RPG-inspired anime and more crack as the characters aim for the top of the tower.
seiyuu spotlight: KENN, Orikasa Fumiko, Sakurai Takahiro
verdict: YES. This is such a fun anime and I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world, Kenn being the primary reason.

HAJIME NO IPPO NEW CHALLENGER
sequel to: Hajime no Ippo season 2
start: January 06, 2009
website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/ippo/
introduction: The long-running boxing series gets a sequel!
seiyuu spotlight: Kiyasu Kouhei, Koyama Rikiya, Seki Tomokazu
verdict: NO. I’m never fond of boxing so I’m skipping this one, even though I’m awed that a sequel has been made to the already long series. EPIC!

HETALIA AXIS POWER
start: January 24, 2009
website: http://hetalia.com/
introduction: An anime series based on the parody/comedy manga about various countries depicted as young men. Italy is the lead character of the series.
seiyuu spotlight: Namikawa Daisuke, Takahashi Hiroki, Konishi Katsuyuki, Sasanuma Akira, Paku Romi, Kaida Yuki, Kugimiya Rie
verdict: YES! I’ve been waiting so long for this anime. And based on the trailer and the powerhouse voice cast, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.


KEMONO NO SOU-JA ERI
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start: January 10, 2009
website: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/erin/
introduction: Erin is a beast player, someone who controls beasts using her harp.
seiyuu spotlight: Hoshii Nanase, Hirata Eriko, Tani Ikuko
verdict: MAYBE. The premise looks exciting and reminds me of Natsume Yuujinchou, but I have to see what kind of beasts are in this series (for srs, I have to).

KUROKAMI The Animation
start: January 08, 2009
website: http://www.kurokami-anime.net/
introduction: Keita, an ordinary high school boy, was caught in a battle fought by the guardian of equilibrium, Kuro, who saved his life.
seiyuu spotlight: Namikawa Daisuke, Shitaya Noriko, Jouji Nakata
verdict: YES. The premise reminds me of Busou Renkin. It sounds really promising plus, Namikawa Daisuke :P.

MAJOR Season 5
start: January 10, 2009
website: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/major/5th/
introduction: Another season adding to the long-running baseball series.
seiyuu spotlight: Morikubo Shoutarou, Morita Masakazu, Namikawa Daisuke
verdict: NO. Unfortunately, the only baseball anime I watched was Oofuri.

MARIA-HOLIC
start: January 04, 2009
website: http://www.mariaholic.com/
introduction: Kanako has phobia with men, so she hopes to find a female partner as she enrolls in an all-girls school. When she thought that she had met the girl of her dreams in the form of a classmate, Mariya, she discovers that Mariya is, after all, a cross-dressing boy.
seiyuu spotlight: Kobayashi Yu, Sanada Asami, Inoue Marina
verdict: MAYBE. While this has yuri tones, I like the idea of a cross-dressing sadistic boy, LOL. I’m curious as to how the series will unfold so maybe I’ll watch the first episode and judge it from there.

MARIA-SAMA GA MITERU (season 4)
sequel to: Maria-sama ga Miteiru season 3
start: January 03, 2009
website: http://www.gokigenyou.com/
introduction: A continuation of stories evolving around the life of high school girls in Lillian School for Girls.
seiyuu spotlight: Itou Miki, Ueda Kana, Shinohara Emi, Itou Shizuka
verdict: NO. I’m not a fan of this type of series, especially when there are hints of shoujo-ai ^^;.

MINAMI-KE OKAERI
sequel to: Minami-ke Okawari
start: January 04, 2009
website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/minami-ke/3/index.html
introduction: Season 3 of the series, more stories about the daily life og the Minami sisters.
seiyuu spotlight: Inoue Marina, Satou Rina, Ono Daisuke, Kakihara Tetsuya
verdict: NO. I haven’t started on the first one, so this one is a no-go, too.

RIDE BACK
start: January 11, 2009
website: http://www.rideback-anime.jp/
introduction: The story revolves around Rin, a ballerina, and her “Iron Horse”, a robot motorcycle.
seiyuu spotlight: Mizuki Nana, Kiuchi Hidenobu, Paku Romi, Kobayashi Sanae, Morikawa Toshiyuki
verdict: YES. Transforming motorcycle + ballerina? HELL YES.

SHIKABANE HIME: KURO
sequel to: Shikabane Hime: Aka
start: January 01, 2009
website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/shikabanehime2/
introduction: Hoshimura Makina continues her hunt mission for the other undead.
seiyuu spotlight: Akiyama Nana, Suwabe Junichi, Sugita Tomokazu, Hirata Yuuka
verdict: NO. Sadly, the previous season did not impress me at all. I find the plot similar to other series and a little dragging. I might give this a chance in the future, but for now it’s a no.

SLAYERS EVOLUTION-R
sequel: Slayers Revolution
start: January 12, 2009
website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/slayers_revolution/er/
introduction: A sequel to Slayers Revolution but with a new storyline.
seiyuu spotlight: Hayashibara Megumi, Matsumoto Yasunori, Midorikawa Hikaru
verdict: NO. I need to finish the previous one first! D:

SORA WO MIAGERU SHOUJO NO HITOMI NI UTSURU SEKAI
start: January 13, 2009
website: http://www.munto.com/
introduction: This is an alternate retelling of Munto: Beyond the Walls of Time. Yumemi has the ability to see the world above, and her powers are needed to help save Heaven from destruction under the hands of Akuto.
seiyuu spotlight: Ono Daisuke, Aizawa Mai, Inoue Kikuko
verdict: MAYBE. I’m curious about the plot. I haven’t heard of the Munto OVA so I hope I’m not disappointed.

SORE WA KAKERU SHOUJO
start: January 05, 2009
website: http://www.sorakake.net/
introduction: Overpopulation has become man’s problem, forcing him to move out of Earth and explore space.
seiyuu spotlight: Mako, Endou Aya, Makino Yui
verdict: MAYBE. I’m not too fond of the character designs and the concept, but everyone has space for some sci-fi.

TALES OF GENJI
start: January 15, 2009
website: http://genji-anime.com/
introduction: An anime based on the “Tales of Genji” written by Murasaki Shikibu which shows court life during the Heian period.
seiyuu spotlight: Sakura Takahiro, Endou Aya, Horiuchi Kenyuu, Sugita Tomokazu
verdict: YES. There are only a few historical stuff turned anime that impress me, but I want to see this one! I’ve read the book and it’s amazing, so I hope the anime is, too.

VIPER’S CREED
start: January 06, 2008
website: http://viperscreed.jp/
introduction: This is another sci-fi adventure anime about military groups amidst a war. This is an anime made for Animax’s 10th anniversary.
seiyuu spotlight: Kuroda Takaya, Toyoguchi Megumi, Fukuyama Jun, Minagawa Junko, Kaida Yuki
verdict: YES. Sci-fi adventure and Kaida Yuki are enough reasons for me to watch this.

WHITE ALBUM
start: January 03, 2009
website: http://www.whitealbum-tv.com/
introduction: A series adapted from an ero-game, White Album is centered around Fuji Touya, a college student dating an idol, Yuki, and the challenges they have to face.
verdict: NO. Even though it should be toned down, I don’t have any interest in it ^^;.

ZOKU NATSUME YUUJINCHOU
sequel to: Natsume Yuujinchou
start: January 05, 2009
website: http://www.natsume-anime.jp/
introduction: More spirits to free and a new character appears.
seiyuu spotlight: Kamiya Hiroshi, Inoue Kazuhiko, Kobayashi Sanae, Ishida Akira
verdict: YES. I love the first one and I want more spirit-chasing, being-chased-by-spirits episodes :). I hope this’ll be as fun as the first one.

I guess that’s about it. My to-watch list is definitely shorter compared to the Summer and Fall of 2008, but not less amazing. I’m especially looking forward to Hetalia XD;. What series are you guys anticipating?

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  1. January 16, 2009 at 7:56 am

    So far, Natsume, Druaga and Ride Back are the ones I’m keeping.

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