the title says it all, or most

RELEASE DATE

09/30

Mai Hime: It’s Sunrise, so the animation is good. As long as it doesn’t get too serious or too heterosexual I’ll be watching this for awhile. Doujin potential: Very high.

10/01

Kannazuki no Miko: Robots? This gets points for Kotoko op/ed and potential lesbianism but it seems like it’s trying to go in too many directions at once. Less tolerance for this than many other shows of the season. Doujin potential: Fair to middling. MARGATROID would rate it higher.

Kakyuusei 2: Not worth the ten minutes I spent skipping through the episode. The character designs are a vast improvement over the first series but I am past the point of watching a show just for the designs, and the show has absolutely no other redeeming factors. Doujin potential: Fair to middling.

10/02

Viewtiful Joe: I haven’t played the game, so I got nothing out of this. The character animation was sub par as was the voice acting and the script, and I’m not a fan of the designs. Not a show I’ll be watching. Doujin potential: None.

To Heart: Remember My Memories: CLAWING MY EYES OUT

Uta~Kata: Someone really wants to be Keiji Gotoh. I’m not big on run-of-the-mill magical girl shows and this is no exception; if it gets interesting later on I may go back and give it a second look. Doujin potential: low, unless/until the main characters double in age/breast size.

10/03

Top wo Nerae 2!: I love the “new” Gainax that is Re: Cutie Honey, and now this. The animation is stellar, in FLCL style, and not burdened with half-assed metaphysics. This is one of the season’s dead ringers. Topless ni narimashita! Doujin potential: Medium to high.

Ryuusei Sentai MUSUMET: A run-of-the-mill fanservice sentai show. It can have no other fate then to slog through a mediocre run of boring pap and promptly be converted into stacks of doujinshi, but I’ll watch a few more episodes anyway. For science. Doujin potential: High.

10/04

Kappa no Kaikata: I queued this up last night but have yet to watch it. I am anticipating amusement. Doujin potential: There will be doujin made of this. I have no idea what it will look like.

FANTASTIC CHILDREN: Plot-wise this has the potential to be the best show of the season. Despite the unattractive character designs I’ll be watching this one for awhile, and I recommend others do the same. Doujin potential: None.

Moon Phase: Nekomimi-mode! The music, character designs and generally fun feel of the show make up for recycled characterizations and (predicted) sub-standard plot. Whether they will prevail in the end is still anyone’s guess. I’ll watch this for a few more episodes, download the OP/ED single, and then wait for Comiket. Doujin potential: Medium to high.

Sunabouzu: Boin boin boin boin boin. The first episode of this was awesome, and I could see this becoming the best show of the season if it grows a plot. I don’t expect that it will, but I’ll be watching anyway. What is there not to like about a gadgeteer bounty hunter midget, hunting thugs in the post-apocalyptic “Kanto Desert?” Of course, that’s not why I’ll be watching. Boin. Doujin potential: THROUGH THE ROOF.

Samurai Gun: A cheap Samurai Champloo ripoff. As I am not currently watching Champloo, nothing more needs to be said. Also: produced in part by ADV Films. Doujin Potential: None.

10/05

School Rumble: I have made my thoughts on this available elsewhere. Doujin potential: Medium.

BLEACH: Oops, I’m a god of death. I haven’t read the manga and don’t intend to, but I’ll follow this for a few episodes to see where it goes. Looks entertaining enough. Doujin potential: Medium.

Gankutsuoh: Downloaded, have yet to watch. Gonzo already prejudices me against this, as does OMG PAISLEY – reeking style before substance as most Gonzo shows do. I’ll give it a fair shot, but I’m not expecting anything spectacular. Doujin potential: Next to none.

10/06

Futakoi (kanji): A truely dreadful harem show. Ascribes to all the tired cliches of the genre, TWICE. I regret the time spent watching this and will certainly not be following it in the future. Doujin potential: Terrible unless dickgirls are involved.

Beck: Another case of not having read the manga. I like rock and stories about it but I don’t like pretension. I don’t expect anything half as awesome as Black Heaven, but we’ll see where this goes for a few more episodes. Doujin potential: Limited.

COMING SOON:

10/07

Zipang: SF historical fiction from the Japanese side of WWII, apparently. Not something I’m particularly looking forward to but if the storyline is strong I’ll watch it.

Rosen Maiden: Gothic IE word filter. I’ll skip it.

10/09

Gundam SEED Destiny: Gundam SEED sucks, but Maaya Sakamoto. What to do…

10/10

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10/11

Black Jack: Tezuka, not particularly compelling.

10/12

Yakitate!! Japan Haven’t been able to get into the manga yet. Maybe the anime will inspire me.

10/14

Grenadier: Big-breasted girls with guns. Will probably suck, but I’ll watch it anyway. At least for the two or three episodes I gave Bakuretsu Tenshi.

…and that’s a wrap. Could be a worse season, that’s for sure. Wonder how many of these I’ll actually end up watching…

Note: All bishounen programs of the new season have been omitted from this review. Most kiddy (airing on Saturday/Sunday mornings or right after school lets out) programs were also omitted, as were a couple of random magical girl and harem shows. Sorry dudes.