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    Default Fall 2010 Anime Season is here!

    So the fall 2010 anime season is finally upon us. If you're watching all the new awesomeness that Japan has to offer, then share your thoughts on the pilot episodes and series so far. Hopefully it'll be better than reading ANN's craptastic reviews.

    So, my impressions:

    I've pretty much sampled everything so far, and I'll basically be following 9 major series this season.

    In no particular order:

    Studio: JC Staff

    The series deals with two high school students who join forces to become mangaka, or manga authors. Their ultimate goal is to have their manga published in Jump, however, their path does not come without perseverance and hardships. It is the new project from the artist and writer of Death Note, but is completely (and refreshingly) different. Having read the manga for quite some time now (and actually it's one of the few I follow), I was eager to see how this adaptation would pan out.
    And as it turns out, JC Staff has done a great job. One of the things I enjoy the most about Bakuman is the slice-of-life nature it maintains while still being a shonen series, and this translates over to anime very well. From the spacey direction to the soft-rock opening, it almost brings forth a Genshiken-like vibe, and that's a great thing. It's awesome to see all the characters come alive, and although the romantic comedy bits have already begun to peek through, I can't wait to see those fully realized because Bakuman is also a damn good drama at heart.

    The World God Only Knows
    Studio: Manglobe

    I haven't seen a lot of Manglobe's stuff (or maybe I have and just don't know it, they're very elusive like that) but if TWGOK is any indication of how they do things, then sign me up for their fanclub. The manga of TWGOK is the only other series that I follow and for good reason. The series is freakin' hilarious. The concept: Keima is revered around the internet for his ability to capture any girl's heart in a visual novel game, however, he has cut his ties to the 3D world and real women. And rightfully so, because the girls make fun of him constantly for it. But one day after an anonymous challenge sent to him, he must now capture the evil souls residing in the hearts of real girls using his visual novel skills as a basis, or he gets his head cut off along with his new found demon friend Elsi. I seriously wish I'd thought of this. It's genius.

    The supposed charm of the manga basically lies in the fact that even though Keima is reluctant to capture real girls, you know he must eventually learn that they're not so bad. However, the REAL charm of it is that the series completely blindsides you, with girls that kick visual novel archetypes in the keister, and are ridiculously and increasingly difficult to capture, making the guy's experience with the girls even worse. It really makes for hilarity. The anime adaptation is pretty much the manga, which is great, and I love the OP (opening) to death.

    Shinryaku! Ika-Musume
    Studio: Diomedea

    If you want something cute and fluffy, count on Diomedea to do it. And this season's cute and fluffy thing is...a squid girl.

    Yep, you heard right. This series is about a squid girl who wants to invade all of the world's land. Why? Because of all the pollution that has made her home under the sea virtually unlivable. She decides to start her invasion at a small beach with a quaint restaurant. Can she take it over and realize her dream?

    Of course she can't, but it's sure fun to watch her try. Unfortunately for her the restaurant is owned by two siblings who are...not quite normal. They force her to work in the restaurant due to damages caused by the "invasion", and the plot is set. It's going to be a wonderful, cute, heartwarming series. The humor is 4-koma style so it reminds me of Azumanga Daioh. That's enough reason for me to keep watching.

    To Aru Majutsu no Index II
    Studio: JC Staff

    There are 2 things that you do not talk to me or Austin about unless you want to have incredibly involved discussions over whether Shirou's Nine Lives Blade Works can be nullified by Touma's Imagine Breaker. Those things are Fate/stay night and To Aru Majutsu no Index. Put simply, I love this series, and love its spinoff, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.

    This new season did not disappoint. Everything in the episode made me fall in love all over again, and remember why I liked the first series so much. If you haven't seen the first series and looking for a good action-packed magic series, watch it, and then watch Fate/stay night. Then join in on our discussions...if you dare.

    Fortune Arterial
    Studios: ZEXCS, feel

    We now begin the anime that are adapted from adult visual novels. Woo! First up is Fortune Arterial, which seems to have your typical harem setup with lol vampires. But this seemed different for some reason. Something sinister. Like the fact that it takes place on a remote island, and there are mysterious goings-on every night. The end of the episode alone suggests that this series has something up its sleeve. So even though it's rather generic at first glance, the characters are nicely done, the females are hot; the males are, well, hot (by that I mean I don't think fangirls will have any difficulty appreciating this series), and, well, I'm going to keep watching. So there.

    Yosuga no Sora
    Studio: feel

    Here we go. Studio feel always has to have an obligatory incest/pseudo- incest series every season, so...this is it! Yay! And I'm going to admit it right here: I like incest stories a lot. I don't have a little sister though, so maybe that's why I'm able to enjoy them.
    What is especially enjoyable, though, is that this is yet another adult visual novel/eroge adaptation! Yay! So yeah, there's loli tits, and ginormous cow tits, and a sex scene at the end. If you're not expecting them, it throws you completely off guard. Be warned. So, being in the 2% of people that enjoys stories like these (basically me, Zach, and Austin), I'll keep watching. Seriously, though, all the girls in this series have balloons for breasts. wtf

    Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
    Studio: SHAFT

    It is stipulated in one of my many contracts that tethers me to this world as a human being that I must love every single series that SHAFT makes. Luckily, this one was easy to love. We watched it in club--well, most of it, and this is the second season.

    It's more of the same. More of the glorious, glorious same. It also has the honor of having the best fucking opening I've ever seen or heard in my life. I pretty much jizzed my pants when I watched this episode. Enough said.

    Studio: XEBEC

    MM!, as the name might imply, is a series about masochism. A guy who is trying to overcome his masochistic tendencies in order to ask the girl of his dreams out properly is referred to an organization that grants wishes. Maybe they can help him! Unfortunately, the members are a girl who is sadistic and the girl who caused his masochism in the first place. To boot, the girl that he has loved for so long turns out to be his best friend with a crossdressing fetish. Yeah, things don't look too good for this guy.

    As anyone who knows me knows, I love series with absurd premises, and this is about as absurd as it gets. So of course, I love it. The sadistic girl is totally cute too. She reminds me of Taiga, Louise and Shana but crammed into one character and made really pissed off. I've already been to 4chan and acquired some art of her. I like her. So I can't wait to watch this one every week.

    Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
    Studio: AIC

    The title translates to My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute. Guess what type of series this is?

    Actually it's not what you think. The series is more Lucky Star than KissxSis or Aki-Sora. A guy finds out her little sister is a closet otaku who plays imouto (little sister) eroges. A relationship is not really established between them yet, so it's not incest (yet!) What it is, though, is hilarious, and the sister Kirino is so adorably cutely hot that you should probably watch it just for her. And the borderline-copyright-infringing references to many popular visual novels.

    Last but definitely not least is one that will be controversial, polarizing, and the bane of many people's existence.

    But I love it.

    Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
    Studio: GAINAX

    GAINAX has really gone outside the box lately. Abandoning their comfort zone of hot-blooded mecha action series like Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, and even FLCL, they have chosen to go for lighter, (coughcoughbetter) fare with their previous outing, Hanamaru Kindergarten. And this season, a...wait, just what the fuck IS this?

    There are many words you can use to describe it: Crass. Vulgar. Rude. Offensive. Garish. Misogynistic. But only one word really fits the bill: Cool. If you ever watched the cult anime hit Dead Leaves, then you might know what to expect--you know, same director and all. From its rip-roaring, rocking soundtrack to its eye-popping color to it's, Western-influenced bubblegum deformed chibi art style, P&SwG is basically Powerpuff Girls if Craig McCracken had gone with his original idea of the "Whoopass Girls", had then been given a near-lethal injection of cotton-candy flavored narcotic, and then handed over to Adult Swim's Williams Street where they added numerous sexual references and a 15-minute runtime. The end result is pretty much amazing. But yeah, a lot of people are going to hate it for one reason or another. Haters gonna hate.

    And that's pretty much it! There are others that I didn't include because I want you guys to report on them! What do you guys think about the shows? Do they suck? Are they awesome? If you haven't watched any of the new shows, go ahead! It's fun! I promise!
    Avatar: Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

    Real name: Perry Logan, Higurashi/Umineko Scholar Extraordinaire

    Game/Visual Novel Currently Playing: SotC/Steins;Gate 8-bit

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    hmmmm I'll try Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Seems well badass from your description.

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    I have watched almost all of them and it is looking like a great season this year!

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    I would very much suggest watching Bakuman in club if we ever need more series as filler. ;P - anime | manga | reviews

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    Just a note, the first episode of Yosuga no Sora probably scarred me for life. Especially the last 7 min or so it seemed like they just gave up and were trying for a straight X-rating. I blame u guys for this -_-
    (Austin & Steven)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadegem View Post
    Just a note, the first episode of Yosuga no Sora probably scarred me for life. Especially the last 7 min or so it seemed like they just gave up and were trying for a straight X-rating. I blame u guys for this -_-
    (Austin & Steven)
    funny you mention that
    episode two just got released

    heres a torrent

    also, if you thought that series got a little hefty, watch Kanokon, i have NO idea how it avoided being banned on TV for explicitness

    If you would want a series that you would probably really like, Check out Amagami SS. It's currently still airing and its at episode 14-15 so far, if you like romance series, its absolutely fantastic
    Last edited by AnHero; 10-12-2010 at 11:02 PM. - anime | manga | reviews

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadegem View Post
    Just a note, the first episode of Yosuga no Sora probably scarred me for life. Especially the last 7 min or so it seemed like they just gave up and were trying for a straight X-rating. I blame u guys for this -_-
    (Austin & Steven)
    I mentioned incest and sex in the impression, did I not? Plus, it's adapted from an eroge, so that's kind of the point. XD
    Avatar: Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

    Real name: Perry Logan, Higurashi/Umineko Scholar Extraordinaire

    Game/Visual Novel Currently Playing: SotC/Steins;Gate 8-bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamenPoodle View Post
    I mentioned incest and sex in the impression, did I not? Plus, it's adapted from an eroge, so that's kind of the point. XD
    definitely a series that light/casual anime fans should watch - anime | manga | reviews

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    If you are a "casual" anime fan, Yosuga no Sora is at the very least a current series you can "challenge" youself with, assuming you consider yourself to be decently open minded. You don't have to like it (heck as a whole I don't either) but it is something that you can take as an example of "edgy T.V. anime". It is definitely a debate starter when pondering what is acceptable for broadcast and also what makes a good story as well. Do incestuous themes completelu make the rest of the show's plot/message moot or not? Something to consider for yourself if you haven't watched much anime and are looking for something different.
    Last edited by descent87; 10-30-2010 at 08:09 PM.

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    Perhaps we should also discuss what we are actually still watching right now from the season.

    My current series:
    1. World Only God Knows (10/10 so far everything I expected it to be, just got obsessed with the manga too, I love the mangaka's heroines, LOVE THEM)
    2. Invasion! Squid Girl (9/10 A perfect " everything is happy and nothing happens"-style series)
    3. Star Driver (5/10 Over the top funnies at some points, but I do not find this show amusing for the reasons it intends I think)
    4. My Little Sister can't be this Cute! (10/10 Basically an comedy/moe fan's dream combo, if it gets a season two, count the incest cheerleaders as well)
    5. Yosuga no Sora (7/10, plot is killing me but there is great art (not the naked parts!), great music, and I am in love with Sora)
    6. MM! (8/10 Cute characters, the moe parts are good, the masochism parts are up and down. Has actually been improving over time)
    7. Fortune Arterial (4/10 This show is tolerable but its giving me nothing and I hate vampire stuff anyways, thanks Twilight!)
    8. Kuragehime (8/10 Very good art style, don't expect cute here though, and it definitely is a "statement" making series, in a fun way)
    9. A Certain Magical Index II (7/10, I LOVE this series, but so far have been very underwhelmed by the plot this season)
    10. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (8/10, Shaft style put into a rather interesting slice-of-life series that has a great "out there feel", main character has addictive dialect/accent)
    11. Bakuman (7/10, while this series doesn't compel me on a personal level the art is unique and the story is well done)

    -Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (now THAT scarred me, KOTOWARU!)
    -Togainu no Chi (didn't even watch, saw the shonen-ai tag and ran for the hills)

    Yet to Watch but might:
    Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Super Robot Wars OG
    Last edited by descent87; 10-30-2010 at 08:12 PM.

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