I’ve been looking around the various fall preview posts at anime blogs. I think my new rule is to ignore everything that’s not a supernatural dark fantasy with mystery overtones, or a mystery with supernatural dark fantasy overtones. 🙂
I’m looking forward to Psychic Detective Yakumo, in which we skip all that emo Ghost Whisperer stuff and go straight to the traditional Japanese guy with one odd-colored eye. who can thus see ghosts.
(I know this must be a trope, because one of Detective Office 5‘s detectives also had this going. So have several anime heroes and heroines, some of whom wore eyepatches to escape the prejudice against odd-eyed people.)
In this case, it’s not just one brown eye and one green eye (or whatever’s more genetically likely), but rather one red glowing eye. In which case you could understand a bit of uneasiness amongst one’s neighbors. The show is only 13 eps long, which means it’ll probably stay fast-paced and interesting. (Don’t be surprised if there’s a lot of two-episode cases, though.)
There’s also a more kid-oriented detective show, Detective Opera Milky Holmes. Milky Holmes is the name of a four-girl detective team of magical girls with magical detective gadgets. If you’re wondering how the heck even a Japanese girl could name her team Milky Holmes, suffice it to say that this is a show dedicated to cotton candy cuteness and light, not to mention ruffles and lace flourishes. If it turns out to have actual characters and mysteries, and does not make me fwow up, I’ll think about watching it.
On the supernatural front, you’ve got Meiji Army lieutenants teaming up with foxwomen to help bring Japan into the Twentieth Century. Together, they fight monster crime! Call it Otome Youkai Zakuro. (Since the youkai are acting up as a protest against Japan’s move to the Gregorian calendar, maybe they’ll get some Russian Orthodox monsters to help….)
Fortune Arterial: Red Promise is apparently a standard school story, set at a remote island boarding school, and the perky, spunky student council vice president is a vampire. (Man, I always knew those girls got their energy from something unnatural!) Shrug. Might be worth it. Probably stupid.
There’s also Squid Girl. Which is exactly what it says on the tin, and sounds like it will be cute and funny.
There’s also Jellyfish Princess, in which a bunch of normal-looking, non-cosplaying otaku girls (who call themselves “amar”, which is slang for “nun”) encounter a perfectly normal guy who is crossdressing as a woman, in a Klinger-like attempt to avoid getting forced to join his dad’s business. Since they meet him as he saves a jellyfish from imminent death, of course they know it will be perfectly safe to take him home and let him live in their all-women apartment building. Comedy ensues. (Shades of Bosom Buddies.) I dunno… I’ll be interested to see more of a take on female fans than just somebody who’s a convenient girlfriend or matchmaker for male fannish protagonists. If it turns into a harem anime where they all pant to be his girlfriend, bleh.
I dropped Tegami Bachi when it got all too angsty and cute-filled last year, but I might go back and pick up Tegami Bachi Reverse, which is supposed to be the story of why a nice letter-carrier turned into some kind of rogue bandit. (Yes, it’s a world of oppressive government, so possibly there’s a good reason. Also, there’s some kind of evil men in black evil agency thing. Whatever.)
I’m pretty sure that my younger brother, who’s an Iron Man fan, will be watching the new Iron Man anime. It looks really interesting.
Overall, it doesn’t sound like a very exciting season, since I’ve got so few possible picks. But mystery series always are good to watch in the fall.
UPDATE: I forgot Agricultural Angel Baraki, which is a magical girl show designed to teach Japanese kids about farm life in Ibaraki Province and where most of their food comes from. Episode 1 of the unsubtitled version is available on YouTube right now, and it’s really pretty interesting, since it’s all about rice planting. (I mean, geez, how often do you see modern Japanese farms on TV?) Hey, it’s only 12 minutes long; check it out!