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Fans rank the 10 anime to watch out for this fall

By Master Blaster

October marks the beginning of the 2012 fall TV programming season, in Japan. In Japan, TV scheduling is divided into four three-month blocks called "kuru" rather than the yearly seasons of American television.

But like America’s seasons, the beginning is a chance for new shows to make it or break it with the viewers. In the case of anime, an online survey was held to ask “What new show are you most excited about this fall?”

The survey was conducted by ISP BIGLOBE on their anime portal site AnimeWan. The survey asked viewers for their most anticipated anime starting Oct 10 and received 12,167 votes in total.

Here’s the top 10:

*Some titles are interpretations and may change on eventual English release

10 – Hidimari Suketchi X Hanikamu

The fourth season in a series centering on a group of artistic girls who live together. This series can also be available for members of the UK’s Anime on Demand at the same time.

9 – Sakura-so no Pet na Kanojo

Based on a series of light novels, the story follows Sorata Kanda’s experiences in an art school dormitory filled with eccentrics, one of which he must reluctantly watch over.

8 – Gintama (Dai-San Ki)

Based on a quirky manga of the same name, this story takes place in a fictional Edo period where aliens had fought and defeated the samurai for control of the country.

7 – Zetsuen no Tenpesuto

Young Mahiro Fuwa is a teenager hell-bent on getting revenge for his family’s murder, but is also charged with the task of protecting the “Tree of Zetsuen,” and ultimately, the world.

6 – To LOVE-RU-Toraburu-da-kunesu

The latest adaptation of the manga series about a teenage boy whose misfortunes with love somehow get him tangled up in an inter-galactic power struggle.

5 – Hayate no Gotoku! CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU

Another tale of an unlucky teen, this time Hayate Ayasaki, who landed himself a job as a butler/bodyguard for an heiress prone to fall victim to various mishaps unless he can help it.

4 – K

Not much is known about this series except what can get seen in their amibiguous trailers. It appears to be about a futuristic school in Tokyo that trains superhuman soldiers a la X-Men.

3 – Shin Sekai Yori

Based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi, it centers on five children who live in a seemingly perfect world in the distant future, until it all starts crashing down around them.

2 – Ritoru Basutazu!

This anime adaptation of a popular visual novel follows a clique of long-time friends in high school who decide to branch out into letting more girls into their circle.

1 – Chunibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai!

Based on an award winning light novel series, it’s the story of Yuta Togashi who while trying to grow out of his adolescent “psychic” phase finds himself getting sucked back in after crossing paths with Rikka who is still going through hers.

It’s important to note that these are only the most anticipated animes of this fall. We will have to see in the coming weeks which ones live up to the hype. There might just be the next classic on that list.

Source: BIGLOBE via NariNari (Japanese)

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I want "high school of the dead season 2" !

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Cannot wait for Little Busters to start! I love the Key visual novels and despite KyoAni not doing the anime adaptation this time I've still got high hopes for it. Also looking forward to To Love-Ru Darkness.

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Am I actually reading this on JT?

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Welcome to the Japanese pop culture mate.

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Dennou Coil season 2 please.

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Gintama (Dai-San Ki) Rule!!!!!

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Aside from three of those titles, sounds like all super-otaku titles... We can tell what type of person wrote it.

Robotics;Notes is actually from a popular manga, so I'm surprised that middle school metal disease was included instead of that.

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We want HSDK season 2

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Aside from three of those titles, sounds like all super-otaku titles...

I've only heard of like one of those titles, they must be...

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shonen hi-skool harem romantic comedies ... where's the death notes? where's the fate zeroes? where's the darker than blacks ? the hellsing ultimates ... the blood+ the kuroshitsuji 3 ? ... halpz, where's the black lagoons ?

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Every season there is one anime or none that I like.

Wish the Japanese anime companies continued making these series: Chihayafuru, Glass Mask, Skip Beat!, Slam Dunk, and Kuroko's Basketball.

It would be great if they would release: Until Death Do Us Part, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Inital D Ffth Stage, and Wa Ga Na Wa Umish as anime.

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so the 3rd season of sora no otoshimono hasn't come out yet :-/

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Yeah, why are the 90% of these titles the otaku type? I'm looking forward to Zetsuen, KK (this one especially, loved the trailer). Shin Sekai Yori looks awesome, at least the first episode.

And of course, GINTAMA. Everyone's been waiting for it.

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Almost all the titles in the article remind me of Japanese tv shows, especially the manne in which they're voiced. So maybe it's to be expected?

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If it's airing past midnight, it's an otaku title.

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Considering most of the people agree with me, why all the downvotes??? Either we have some closet super-otakus or someone is assuming robotics;notes is about nuclear plant robots...

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Wish the Japanese anime companies continued making these series: Chihayafuru

Season 2 is being released in the Winter season.

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How about Kamisama Dolls S2, The World God only knows S3, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka S3? Still waiting for Kizumonogatari. Something like "Another" would be nice also.

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There's no guilt to be had in satisfying our inner otaku...as long as the soundtrack is good ;-)

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A person can be an anime fan without being otaku. Liking something does not mean being obsessed with it. However I have seen none of the above.

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Been a fan of Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler) in manga form for a while. The manga has been out for 8 years now and still is going strong. I hear this will be the third anime series from that manga, and there was a live action series too, I guess. The mangaka must be doing SOMETHING right!

Am I actually reading this on JT?

Lol Pete. What, you thought only J-List had the market cornered on anime? ;-)

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Gintama is like the J-version of US Family Guy/Futurama ish. I love it still. Haven't finished up a lot of series that I've been interested in though. When I have time to get back into the game I'll see whats up.

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I am glad to see coverage of one of the most important areas of modern visual culture in Japan. Yes the fall season has some hopeful new series, and there are definite plans for second seasons announced already for some existing favorites, including HightSchool DxD, Boku Ha Tomodachi Ga Sukunai which just saw an OVA, ep 13 released, and the very beautiful series Tamayura Hitotose set on the Inland Sea, which also just saw an OVA ep released that has some lovely festival content. Anime is alive and well in Japan today, and some of the series that came out this year were superb, among the very best yet in any genre, two of the, Ano Natsu de Matteru, drawn from Please Teacher, but wonderfully better and very very good, and Hyouka, an atypical school series set in a small provincial town with a small but brilliant cast and art and animation by JC Staff are among the best i have viewed and studied yet. The Fall Season has a number of familiar themes, future stories, many school related ones and a few new twists. We will see how it goes, but it takes four or five episodes to be able to judge the quality and direction of a new series.

Several ongoing series continue to run, including Sword Arts Online which tells a story set in a virtual game world, a new genre but one that will likely see a lot more versions as MMOs are very popular world wide and anime draws its subjects from all aspects of contemporary life.

Anime is much much more than just Otaku culture, it is a combination of traditional Japanese art, story telling, folk tales, and culture and daily life and many genres of fiction including romance, adventure, action, Science Fiction, horror, supernatural and much more. It is essential for a healthy culture to have story telling, tales, adventures beyond the limits of daily life and life circumstances that often limit and imprison our spirits and hearts. Our hopes and dreams are the energy that feed our souls and enliven our lives...and we need such not as escape but as fuel for our days and nights, beyond what may be possible within reach.

Sadly animation and modern media have fallen far behind Japan in some areas, but that is all to the good as it takes a special blend of discipline, energy and strength of vision and a LOT of very hard work to create and produce an anime series or film. This work is not easily done even with modern software and computing, and still takes skilled and gifted writers of both the original stories, for the mangas which are often the inspiration and source of the anime, and for the creation of the anime itself. All of this has rarely been found possible in other countries and cultures for a number of reasons but Anime as an art form and as a fine source of entertainment continues to flourish in Japan and 2012 has been a good year.

Gintama has some charm to it and has had a long run but is not among the best of the various series, in my humble opinion. If you have not seen any anime i reccomend starting with Moribito Guardian of the Spirit, set in early feudal times a classic story and fantastic art, or Inuysaha one of the greatest long series, close to 200 episodes, and just completed finally the two I mentioned above Hyouka and Anno Natsu de Materu are two very good recent ones, and there is an anime for just about any style, genre or period in history ....many revolve around youth themes, school, adventure and action..and sci fi has has a special place in the history of anime, with a huge literature of mecha, space and other themes.

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Back in France when I was a kid, Saint Seiya and Kimagure Orange Road were extremely popular - I know I feel old now :-). Someone liked KOR so much he opened the first manga store in Paris and named it "Madoka".

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@Ryu: I too really like KOR, would love to visit that store ;). 80s romance manga is the best. If you haven't, you should read Maison Ikkoku too.

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blackrock: Exceedingly rare to bump into a fellow KOR fan nowadays :-) I remember Maison Ikkoku was running at pretty much the same time but Ayukawa had to be the most fascinating and best developed character of the time imho... That manga store is apparently still around if you ever get the opportunity...I'm thousands of miles away now so I can't really check on it... Madoka 25 rue Faidherbe 75012 Paris

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Thanks Ryu. I will visit the store when I have a chance

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Just avoid downtown Baltimore at the end of July. Too many weirdos, haha!

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