winter 11-12 anime season quite awesome

So all the shows haven’t even premiered yet, and I’m already looking at keeping up with 7 shows, 2 more on deck, with a handful of additional ones starting over the next month.

So here we go!

Nisemonogatari: An obvious keeper, if you’re aware of my tastes. The sequel to Bakemonogatari starts off just as wordy, weird, and existential as ever. The first arc is Karen Bee, but we aren’t really introduced to her more than a quick image. Instead, we get to watch Koyomi being semi-tortured by Hitagi, then bickering with his younger sister Tsukihi, followed by a short phone call with Nadeko, then small-ghost-child molestation with Mayoi. Since the show is all about character interaction, we’re off to a great start already! If you haven’t seen Bakemonogatari, I’d definitely recommend watching that first, since Nise does reference Bake characters explicitly, and you’ll just understand what’s going in general.

Kill Me Baby: An anime based on a 4-koma strip. Not too much to say. The main characters are a carefree high school student and her two friends, one who happens to be an assassin and the other who happens to be a shady kunoichi. However, their alternate professions are used for gags more than for plot devices, since there is no plot yet. There are lots of little shorts glued together into a 20-minute episode. The humor resonates with me, so I enjoyed the first episode, but it seems not a lot of people like it.

Amagami SS+: A continuation of the first season, SS+ basically expands each heroine arc by a few episodes. I think this helps get into more interesting stories, instead of focusing purely on the courting/dating process. Definitely only for people who already have seen SS, and it’s nothing amazing in the first place, just generic rom-com fare.

Rinne no Lagrange: Quite a pretty show, which seems to be gearing towards mech action. Perky high schooler Madoka is known for excelling at any and all physical activities, which she puts to use by being a general practice/fill-in tool for the sports clubs. She randomly meets an oddly-dressed girl who asks for her help. “Can you pilot a robot?” *…blank stare…* The girl takes her to an island military base where she is presented with a sleek-looking vehicle. Shortly after, men from space (who are probably aliens, but look like humans) launch a mech to attack the base. Madoka agrees to pilot the robot, and is able to defeat the aggressor with a highly unconventional suplex. Slick animation and a great opener make this a keeper in my books.

Zero no Tsukaima F: The Final season of Zero no Tsukaima, the story picks up where the 3rd season left off. Not much to say here, usual hijinks ensue, but Tiffania is revealed to be a Void Mage, and, while attempting to summon her own familiar, Saito falls through the portal she summons, and she thinks she saw him disappear and reappear… oh mans! I still think he should end up with Siesta, but that’s more because I really like Horie Yui :X

Highschool DxD: Probably going to get dropped, since I think one of the earlier descriptions was completely off (or I misread it), thus making it much less interesting than I thought it’d be. Basically the fan service anime of the season. I’ll probably drop it if it doesn’t get way more interesting in episode 2, since 1 was pretty stupid (lots of nothing happening, lots of uninteresting characters taking up screentime over the interesting ones).

Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Another mecha-like anime, but this one focused on alien-fighting idols. The story is a bit loose in the first episode, what with some liberal time skipping, but the basics are that aliens known as “Noise” randomly appear and start vaporizing humans. An idol group known as Zwei Wing uses songs to somehow summon battle armor and weapons that are apparently the only countermeasure for the Noise. Hibiki is at Zwei Wing’s concert when the Noise attack and she is struck through the chest by stray fire. One of the idols sacrifices herself to save Hibiki’s life. Hibiki survives and later attends the same music school as Zwei Wing. One day, she runs across a Noise invasion and tries to escape with a little girl. As they are cornered by the Noise, she sings a summoning song that apparently gives off the same energy signal as Zwei Wing’s… DUN DUN DUN! CLIFFHANGER! The animation is pretty good, and the characters are interesting, so I’m definitely keeping my eye on this.

Another: PA Works seems to have found something good with Hanasaku Iroha, so they’re doing another piece with similar character designs. This time, we’re dealing with a horror/ghost story, though. Similar to Ookamikakushi, kid moves to a countryside town and discovers that its residents are trying to hide some dark secret from him. There’s also a mysterious girl that no one else can apparently see or talk to… This show has the right amount of creepy and, hopefully, the punchline isn’t that the smell of his blood causes the residents to turn into crazy super humans, so I think it’ll be good.

Some more shows I haven’t watched yet or haven’t aired yet:

Bodacious Space Pirates! (Mouretsu Pirates): No idea what the plot is, but the title sounds awesome and it’s surprisingly getting really good reviews, so I’m willing to give it a shot!

Brave 10: Some kind of Sengoku-era hero tale, seems interesting enough.

Black Rock Shooter: The OVA was pretty awesome, and the character designs are likewise awesome, so I’m on board for a short series that will hopefully give us more of the universe in animated form.

Inu x Boku SS: Another show with an interesting premise, rich people live in a mansion where they have to employ a Secret Service agent as a bodyguard. However, all the SS members are apparently more than they appear.

Ano Natsu de Matteru: A show by the writer of Onegai Teacher! and Onegai Twins!, I believe. Character designs look nice, I’ll give it a shot.

Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!: The title or description might ward off people who don’t contemplate thoroughly, but it seems like an Usagi Drop-cross-comedy anime. College freshman Yuuta finds out that his sister and her husband were on a plane that went missing. He decides to take in his nieces, 3 young girls who all have different mothers, to prevent them from being separated from each other. However, he won’t give up college, either, so they end up living with him in his tiny apartment, all trying to make ends meet while Yuuta figures out how to handle things one by one.

I don’t anticipate myself dropping more than a couple of these shows, so I’m looking at 16ish shows, on top of shows continuing from last season or on yearly schedules: Bleach, Fairy Tail, Guilty Crown, Shana 3, Persona 4, Chihayafuru, Sket Dance, Bakuman, and, of course, Carnival Phantasm… almost 25 shows I’m watching weekly!!! >_< We’ll see if I can actually handle it all, heh. I might delegate some off for marathoning at a later date.

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