As the snow falls in other, less inhumanly dry parts of the Northern Hemisphere, the Fall 2011 season has officially begun to wind down, imploding in a spectacular mess of penguins, bento lunches, and mini Squid Girls. While a few two cour shows continue their rampage unabated (Only two of which I care enough about to keep following), the rest have taken their bows and jumped off the stage into the maw of oblivion yawning below, a few perplexingly earning second seasons in the progress. But this isn’t a post about that; it’s time we pay attention to the shows that will start to air for the Winter 2012 season! So here are my thoughts roughly in the order of how intrigued I am, thoughts that will likely become invalid as soon as the season runs.
Apparently based on a manga that’s gotten a fairly decent score on MAL, one that I have yet to check out because I gave up any semblance of journalistic integrity after the pain of writing my summer preview, Another looks to be the most interesting idea of the season to me. The premise is fairly unique (Who’s heard about a class deciding to carry on as normal after a classmate’s death and it somehow leading to a lot of weird shit years later?), reminding me of a strange mix of the Corpse Party games and Denpa Teki na Kanojo. I can’t say without a doubt that it’ll be excellent, but the premise alone has my interest piqued.
As long as this is more of SHAFT being SHAFT, I couldn’t care less that it’s following the two least characters of Bakemonogatari. As long as Senjougahara pops up from time to time, I’ll be happy.
Just like the rest of the blogosphere, I hadn’t the faintest idea that Aquarion was a thing until this sequel came up. And, just as Scamp said in his much more timely preview, it’s absolutely hilarious that they feel the need to create a 12,000 year distance between this and the original series, like even they’re ashamed of the source material. Still, it’s giant mech action, and that’s usually pretty safe as far as series go. Yes, there have been exceptions, but there are overall worse faring genres. Still, I’ll be cautiously optimistic when checking this out.
Rinne no Lagrange
And the second new giant mech show makes the list right after the first, looking slightly less distinctive than the first, but at least it holds some semblance of ambition to make up for the inevitable competition that I’ll force even when nobody else sees it. Once again, cautious optimism’s important here. I can’t tell if this will turn out a mess or not just based on a somewhat boring promotional image and a vague description.
Daily Lives of High School Boys
I was initially ready to write this off as one of many series that will be inevitably be pouring out of the floodgates opened up by Kimi to Boku and its revolutionary idea of cute boys doing cute things. But while I haven’t seen the previews yet, I’ve been informed indirectly that it’s the exact opposite, with a fair bit of raunchy humor that seems right up my figurative alley. Maybe it’ll end up crap, but if this is going to be a trend, at least there’s going to be one show that’ll buck it and show high school boys being what they really are: Crude, savage creatures with no semblance of remorse. And I will love every minute of it.
Moeretsu Space Pirates
This is by far the epitome of all anime. Nothing else comes close to the majestic beauty and masterful writing that Moeretsu Space Pirates has in store. Really, all other anime studios and crew members, you can stop now. Your effort is appreciated, but it is all in vain as you’re laid bare before the awe inspiring power of Moretsu Space Pirates.
Seriously though, the goofy premise with the decent pedigree doesn’t fill me with excitement, but after the similar format of Ben-To (Goofy premise, decent pedigree) and how much I enjoyed that, I’m willing to look forward to this a little more charitably. At the very least you can’t fault it for false advertising.
Recorder to Randoseru
Interesting enough premise (Brother and sister don’t look their age, should be reversed in development), but I just don’t see how this can work. I want to be proven wrong here, but I can’t see it being anything other than predictable and just plain boring. Not exactly the kind of show that has me brimming with confidence at what the season has in store. Same goes for…
Kill Me Baby!
I really hope I don’t end up uttering these words while watching this. It looks like it could be interesting, provided the same joke isn’t run into the ground. One of the season’s obligatory 4-koma adaptations, I can see this being a problem. As long as the hyper-violence isn’t the only thing that this adaptation has up its sleeve, I’ll be willing to enjoy it.
I’m absolutely thrilled to see another season of Natsume and all, but I can’t help but wonder where things are left to go from here. Natsume’s just ending his high school career and has made peace with every facet of his life, accepting both his human and yokai friends as just that: Friends. He’s gotten past his distrustful nature and even had a few run-ins with exorcists who seek to bend the yokai to their will. I don’t doubt that Natsume will stay entertaining throughout, but I’m a little bit wary of whether it’ll be able to develop its titular lead any more.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2
I finished the first season not too long ago, and I thought it was alright. It wasn’t fantastic, but it was just zany enough to keep me watching with enough charm to have it stick out in my memory. I couldn’t really think of any major flaws aside from being too whacky for the sake of it, so if this season is more of the same I’m fine with that.
Inu x Boku SS
Apparently one of those equal opportunity manga series that masquerades under the guise of shounen, I can’t help but think that Inu x Boku will be anything other than shit. Nothing about it screams “Watch me, Inushinde! You’ll love me, I’m sure!” but I can’t help but give it a shot. I think I’ll drop it within the first few episodes, but the rest of the fare doesn’t look any better.
Well, there you have it, folks! While it’s hardly a conclusive list, this should give a pretty good idea of where my attention is centered this season. If any of you have questions or comments you’d like to add, as well as listing your picks, please comment as per usual.