Bakuman 3
10.06.2012
Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life

j.c. staff
Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi have come a long way since they started making manga in middle school, but trials still await them as they head towards their goal of getting an anime adaption for one of their manga. As they continue to grow as artists and as people, they will be faced with new friends, new rivals, and new hurdles to overcome.


steev
#Thoughts
This is easily one of the shows I am most excited for this season. You might say that it was inevitable that Bakuman was going to get a third season, but I still am glad it did. Bakuman is a solid series that is fun to watch. Every week I am guaranteed 20 minutes of good anime and that to me means a lot. The two main characters are a lot of fun to watch and I am really interested in finding out what happens next to them. I am curious at whether or not this will be the final season. Now that the manga has ended they could just keep going till they finished it off. I like how they took 6 months off at a time so that it wouldn’t catch up to it, but now that it has ended I kind of hope they just keep going till the anime is over. Even if we have to wait for a fourth season I won’t be too upset. If you haven’t checked out the first 2 seasons, then now would be a good time to start.

Haitai Nanafa
10.06.2012
Comedy, Slice of Life

passhone
Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
Nanafa Kyan lives in Okinawa with her grandmother who runs the “Kame Soba” soba shop, her beautiful older sister Nao who is in high school, and her younger sister Kokona, who is in elementary school and has a strong ability to sense the supernatural. One day, Nanafa witnesses a seal fall off of a Chinese banyan tree, and three spirits who live in that tree are unleashed. These spirits include Niina and Raana, who are “jimunaa” spirits. The third spirit is Iina, who is an incarnation of an Okinawan lion statue. As spirits start appearing one after another, the peaceful life of Nanafa and her family begins to change.


Jrow
#Thoughts
This will be a 5-minute series. Now unlike recent short series, the summary has me at least thinking, “give this a shot, Jrow.” Who knows, maybe the 5-minute shorts could become good and gain popularity as a “watch before the main watch” series. Nanafa’s feature art looks like moe and cute, but it’s a beautifully designed art to promote what might be a nice little watch.

JoJo`s Bizarre Adventure
10.06.2012
Action, Aventure, Mystery

david production

#Synopsis (Part 1)
Late 19th century. Young, handsome and wealthy English nobleman Jonathan Joestar seems to have everything people crave for. His lowly-born adopted brother Dio Brando, brought into the family by Jonathan’s father George, is particularly jealous of Jonathan. When Jonathan found out Dio’s horrible secret, he tried to use an stone mask that looks like a torture instrument to kill Jonathan, who’s into archaeology and might make the death looks like an accident. However, the stone mask is anything but a simple instrument.


steev
#Thoughts

I honestly knew very little about this series going into the preview.. All I knew was that it was a widely popular manga that had an adaptation or two that I never watched. After looking into the series I now know that this is no small series and it is an exteremely expansive story. Just a little background, this manga has been going on since 1986! It isn’t however some kind of super long manga like Hajime no Ippo, it is filled with stories from lots of eras, timelines, and even an alternate universe. It is broken up into several arcs, which go on for many volumes, that features different people all from the same family from different gernerations, starting in the 1800’s and going straight up to the present. The main series that it is titled after only has the first 5 arcs, or 63 volumes, after that the author started just breaking them off into sequel series titled after the name of the arc.

 

It is kind of complicated to explain in a brief season preview like this, but what I can say is that this series looks pretty awesome. My biggest question comes from whether or not they are in it for the long haul or are they only animating the first arc/story? They named it kind of generically, so that gives me reason to believe it might be a long series, but it is being produced by David Productions, which hasn’t done anything over 27 episodes. At the very least I expect the first 5 volumes or the first story/arc to be covered.

Little Busters!
10.06.2012
Comedy, Romance, Drama

j.c. staff
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Riki was a child when his parents died, leaving him hopeless and depressed. What saved him was a group of four kids calling themselves the Little Busters. They took Riki out and played with him during his time of need. He really enjoyed being together with them, and his grief gradually faded away. Now in his second year of high school they still hang out, fight and live together, and enjoy their school life.


Amuro
#Thoughts
I don’t really know much about this one other than it’s being adapted from a visual novel, and that people are ass pained it’s not being produced by Kyoto Animation. Let’s see how it turns out.

Code:Breaker
10.07.2012
Action, Drama, Supernatural

kinema citrus
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire and a boy her age who’s unharmed and standing over the people.There’s no evidence of the massacre and when she later goes to class there’s a new transfer student, Oogami Rei, who looks exactly like the boy she saw before. He wears a black glove only on his left hand.¬†Oogami is a Code Breaker, one who “does not exist”. He is a seemingly cold-blooded killer who follows the principle of “an eye for an eye”, to “use evil against evil”. Convinced that killing is not right, Sakurakouji sets out to stop him and penetrate his icy heart.


Amuro
#Thoughts
Bah, just seeing the main image and description for the show has my expectations on this show quite low already. Talk about generic. In any case, I’m willing to give it a try to see if it can surprise me.

Magi
10.07.2012
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

a-1 pictures
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1000 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check!


steev
#Thoughts
This series looks somewhat generic, but it is being produced by A-1 Pictures, which has proven to me as of late that they know how to make an anime. They have high quality animation and from the trailer, albeit brief, it already showed that it does look great. Also this series comes from mangaka Shinobu Ohtaka, who created Sumomomo Momomo, which, dispite the ridiculous name, had great comedy and action in it. So with those factors I am half expecting a good anime.. Maybe it won’t be the best anime of the season, but a quality show that provides a lot of entertainment, yes. I just do hope that it doesn’t fall into the generic category, which is real easy with these kinds of fantasy anime.

Teekyuu
10.07.2012
Comedy, Slice of Life, Sports

mappa
Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
Four girls makeup Kameido High School’s Tennis Club, but they don’t actually get in much tennis practice. Oshimoto Yuri is the club’s only freshman and the only sane person in this collection of eccentric personalities. Each day is spent in fun with her sophomore seniors, Shinjou Kanae, who is utterly inept at tennis, Takamiya Nasuno, who attempts to solve every problem with money, and Handou Marimo, who, despite her elegant looks, is quite the pervert.


Jrow
#Thoughts
Mappa follows up their debut hit Sakamichi no Apollon with what looks like a comparison to Softenni. Now Softenni got some good marks with Amuro and others after what was considered a subpar 1st episode, and Mappa built up enough good credit with Apollon to try out this tennis anime. One description said they hardly play tennis, so don’t look at this as a sports anime exactly.

Aikatsu!
10.08.2012
Romance, Drama, Comedy

sunrise
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Hoshimiya Ichigo is a normal girl in her 1st year of middle-school. However, her life changes drastically when, at her good friend Aoi’s invitation, she is admitted into Starlight Academy, a famous school for grooming idols. In the weeks and months to come, Ichigo meets many rivals, learns the skills of being an idol, and, using her Aikatsu! card, enters numerous auditions.


Amuro
#Thoughts
Sunrise and idols? Sure, why not!?