The Half-Assed Autumn 2010 Preview

Where the fuck is my new Jigoku Shoujo?

And why the hell hasn’t KyoAni agreed to do a Little Busters! anime yet?

Summer season was pretty thin pickings this year, although that hardly distinguishes it from previous years. All I’m following right now is Shiki… and Shukufuku no Campanella, although I’m not sure how much longer I can stand the inanity of that. I mean, I started watching because of the cute girls and the title, but they aren’t that cute, and even I should be able to transcend the inclusion of ‘Campanella’ in the title. Assholes obviously knew that that alone would draw people in.

Anyway, the autumn season looks decent, and I’m looking forward to new shows since most of the shows I am following now will be ending soon (Yumeiro Patissierre, UraBoku). All I’m going to talk about here are the shows I’ve decided to check out. The past few seasons I only talked about the stuff that looked shitty, but, honestly, there’s only so much a person can say about maid shows, loli fests, and shounen retreads.

Psychic Detective Yakumo

A college student has a special eye that can see dead people! He thinks the dead folks are chilling out still because they have regrets or something of that sort that causes them to linger. So he decides, hey, I’ll eliminate the stuff that makes them stay here so they can leave! I’ll admit that this is hardly anything new, so it could really be anything from awful to awesome depending upon how solid the execution is. However, I love horror, so that alone makes it worthy of my interest. It also features adult characters as opposed to a crowd of teenagers, which is great; I really am wearying of all the stuff starring high school students.

In the meantime, though, I’m going to check out the manga before it airs.

Kuragehime

I’ve really fallen in love with the noitaminA block, and so I’ve begun to just generally look forward to what it’ll bring each season. However, in this case I am excited beyond just the usual interest level the timeslot generates for me, as Kuragehime sounds quite intriguing. A jellyfish otaku? I didn’t even know they existed! And how could a fujoshi like me not want to see a show in which the main action occurs in an apartment house full of fujoshi? And, finally – woo, adults! Adults who love BL! I could live there!!! (Actually, probably not, apparently the apartment house forbids men… makes me think of the old-style apartment complexes that were meant for ‘working girls’ in places such as New York City; they are mainly gone now, but some still do exist… my guess is that the fujoshi apartments here do not have rules about curfews, though.)

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls

I’m actually pretty doubtful about this one, and my doubts were only solidified when I did an image search for the show – wow, don’t think I’ve seen that many crotch shots in a while. And, what’s this? This is from the creators of Queen’s Blade?

Well, shit, that’s that, I guess. I’ll still probably scope the first episode, but I prefer shows where the animation budget is more devoted to the fights themselves as opposed to the ripping of clothes and bouncing of boobs during those fights.

Otome Youkai Zakuro

Well, color me confused – I wasn’t aware that Lily Hoshino wrote any manga that had females in them. Are we sure all those fox girls aren’t just traps? And I’m really not being facetious, just go look at the covers of the English language releases of Alone in My King’s Harem or Mr. Flower Groom or My Only King. All the characters on all of those covers are guys. So looking at the pictures alone for OYZ doesn’t really indicate much to me about the genders involved.

However, the descriptions I’ve seen so far maintain that the fox characters are female. Well, we’ll see.

Honestly, this probably won’t be very good; I’ve read a few of Hoshino’s works before, and they’re so-so. But it does sound potentially decent, given the inclusion of a strong female lead. There also is probably some BL jammed in here somewhere. Here’s hoping it doesn’t go the usual shoujo romance route and the leading lady remains headstrong and capable of taking care of herself.

Yosuga no Sora

I don’t know what the origins of this are, but it sounds like a run-of-the-mill eroge adaptation. However, there are biological twins involved, and when I did the image search it was a lot of pictures of the female twin falling out of her clothes. Thus, my sad, pathetic self will watch this and hope that it ends up pulling an Akane-iro ni Somaru Saku on us. After all, twincest is the best.


Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

Ok, I’ll admit it – this looks to be potentially awful. It takes place during the Golden Age of Detectives… a ‘golden age’ of detectives? What does that even mean? And, even though it is a golden age for that sort of thing, apparently their world is crawling with phantom thieves (and its always phantom thieves, isn’t it?). And these fine young ladies here want to become detectives, too!

However, there is a shoujo void getting left once Yumeiro Patissierre ends in a few weeks, and the Anymaru Tantei Kiriminzu subs are extremely slow, so… I’m willing to give it a try. I always do enjoy a nice little shoujo piece like this, one wherein the point of the show isn’t merely for the girl to get the guy. I love shows that can pass the Bechdel test. And ones where girls actually get to go out and do stuff. So I’m willing to try this one out.

Pokemon: Best Wishes!

No, actually I won’t be watching this. I just wanted to ask for opinions from people on which one of these kids is the one named Black and which one is the one named White. Good job, Japan. (Yes, I know that they have other names for the TV series, but considering that the TV characters are analogues to the game characters, and that Ash/Satoshi is Red in the games and Gary/whatever his Japanese name is is Blue in the games…)

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7 Responses to The Half-Assed Autumn 2010 Preview

  1. kluxorious says:

    You mentioned BL. Now Otome Youkai Zakuro is in my top priority list ^^

    • adaywithoutme says:

      Hey, don’t get too excited, there is absolutely nothing official that says anything about BL. However, Hoshino’s much more prolific with yaoi than with anything heterosexual, so it seems rational to conclude that there could be some BL in there.

  2. Animanachronism says:

    There was a Golden Age of detective fiction, though quite who was involved and when it began and ended is a bit murky.

    What we really need is plainly a Psychic Detective YakumoTantei Opera Milky Holmes crossover.

    • adaywithoutme says:

      HOLY CRAP YOU’RE BACK

      I think I just about fell out of my chair when I saw your comment.

      Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, though, doesn’t take place during a literary era of golden-ness, but takes place in a world where it is a literal golden age for detectives. A crossover of the two detective shows of the season could be quite interesting, regardless.

  3. 2DT says:

    I enjoyed Alone in My King’s Harem. Hoshino has a great sense of page design… How well that’ll translate into an anime, though, I guess we’ll see.

    There’s something compelling about Milky Holmes. Even if I end up not watching it, I think I want to write about it.

    • adaywithoutme says:

      I just really am not crazy about her character designs – I prefer guys that at least look somewhat like guys when I’m reading BL. So Alone in My King’s Harem wasn’t to my taste; it’s been a long time, so I can’t comment on the page design. I can tell you that I only liked the final story in that anthology of hers.

      A lot of her stuff I’ve read has been pretty weak in terms of storytelling. I haven’t actually read any of Otome Youkai Zakuro, though, so I can’t comment on its quality or lack thereof.

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