Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fall Season 2013 Preview Podcast

Welcome to the Fall edition the Anime Audiolog Audio Season Preview! The Fall season is just about to start, and we're giving you the valuable information you need to get right into the season. We're trying something new out this year, and we've even brought in a special guest. The Fall season has a the most we've seen in a long time, so don't miss out. Check out our preview below!



Our special guest this year is Caraniel, everyone's favorite Irish blogger (sorry Scamp), of . Her insights and unique charm add a bit of color to our preview this season.




All descriptions are sourced from a combination of Anime News Network, Wikipedia, Baka Updates, and My Anime List. You can find the season preview charts we use at:SHOW INDEXAOKI HAGANE NO ARPEGGIO - ARPEGGIO OF BLUE STEEL



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Description: Suddenly, a fleet of ships with mysterious super weapons called the "Fleet of Fog" appeared all around the world. Humanity didn't have the technology to fight such a fleet, so they were driven out of the sea. Seventeen years after the battle, Gunzou Chihaya and his crew mates aboard the I-401 and the personification (Mental Model) of the I-401, Iona, started fighting the Fleet of Fog.



Studio: SANZIGEN Animation Studio

Director: Seiji Kishi (Carnival Phantasm)



Episodes: ??



Notable Seiyuu: Manami Numakura of Aikatsu, Idolm@ster. Yukana of Infinite Stratos, Futari wa Pretty Cure



Things to Note: Adaptation of a multi-volume manga, director has very little series experience



Preview Video:KIKOU SHOUJO WA KIZUTSUKANAI - UNBREAKABLE MACHINE DOLL



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Description: During the early 20th century, along with technological advancements, scientists were able to develop sophisticated magic. The combination of science and sorcery was Makinot, circuits made from spells that were put into objects to bring them to life and even gain a personality. It was developed as a military weapon and has now spread throughout the world. Akabane Raishin is now attending the Royal Academy to become the best in the world. Accompanied by the lovely teenage girl Yaya, who is actually Raishin's puppet weapon, he plans on rocketing to the top of the class. However, his test scores come nearly dead last although his combat skills and determination are second to none. Raishin has to compete with the deadliest of classmates if he wants to come out as the King.



Studio: Lerche, with Genco and Media Factory

Director: Kinji Yoshimoto



Episodes: 12



Notable Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono (Keima) from TWGOK, Ai Kayano (Mikono) from Aquarion EVOL



Things to Note: Light novel series written by Reiji Kaitou. The illustrations are done by Ruroo. Currently, the series has 12 volumes, and a manga adaptation. Another director with some, but not a lot, of experience.



Preview Video:KYOUSOUGIGA



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Description: Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.



Studio: Toei Animation

Director: Rie Matsumoto



Episodes: 13



Notable Seiyuu: Chiwa Saito, Rie Kugimiya



Things to Note: previously an OVA an web series, now getting a full series



Preview Video:GOLDEN TIME



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Description: Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. Due to the after-effects of an accidental fall from a bridge shortly after high school graduation, he lost all his memories from before then. Now a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony.



Studio: J.C. Staff, Genco, Starchild Records

Director: Chiaki Kon



Episodes: 12?



Notable Seiyuu: Satomi Satou (Eru Chitanda of Hyouka), Ai Kayano (as Saori Takebe from Girls und Panzer)



Things to Note: A light novel adaptation, 6 volumes, 3 spin-offs, and has a manga. Chiaki Kon is known for her interesting directing style



Preview Video:INFINITE STRATOS - SEASON 2



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Description: A continuation of the first season, Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is Ichika Orimura, an orphan raised by his older sister, who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with Infinite Stratos is discovered after he accidentally touches one at the age of 15, he is given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which means an interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.



Studio: Lantis

Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi



Episodes: 12?



Notable Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Marina Inoue, Yukana



Things to Note: Changed the character designer to Tsubasa Shimizu



Preview Video:LOG HORIZON



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Description: Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, "Cultivate the Noosphere," is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn't very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called "Log Horizon" with an eclectic group of other players.



Studio: Satelight

Director: Shinji Ishihira



Episodes: 25



Notable Seiyuu: Takuma Terashima and Emiri Kato (both from Baka Test), Tomoaki Maeno



Things to Note: Similarities to Sword Art Online; 6 volume light novel series with manga adaptation



Preview Video:SAMURAI FLAMENCO



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Description: The anime's taglines read, "To those 'adults' who don't want to become adults " and "Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil.'



Studio: Aniplex (on Noitamina)

Director: Takahiro Omori



Episodes: 22



Notable Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Haruka Tomatsu



Things to Note: Show has been kept under wraps for the most part, not a whole lot is known at this time.



Preview Video:STRIKE THE BLOOD



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Description: The fourth primogenitor - is the strongest vampire who exists only in the world of legends; yet when this masters the 12 kenju, the spread of the catastrophe of the vampires will appear in Japan. In order to spy on and erase this, "fourth primogenitor,"the government owned Lion organization have decided to send an attacking magician, "sword shaman" to complete the task. Yet unknowingly, the one who was selected to spy was actually a trainee "sword shaman" girl - Himeragi Yukina



Studio: Silver Link

Director: Hideyo Yamamoto



Episodes: 12?



Notable Seiyuu: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Risa Taneda, Asami Seto, Rina Hidaka,



Things to Note: 6 volume light novel, also has a manga adapatation



Preview Video:WALKURE ROMANZE



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Description: The story centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a begleiter (knight's assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to this academy to train as a knight, after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament's finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a begleiter to one of the academy's maiden knights and help her win.



Studio: Lantis

Director: Yuusuke Yamamoto



Episodes: 12?



Notable Seiyuu: Didn't bother to check



Things to Note: It's an eroge adaptation, so take it for what it is (i.e. it has no redeeming qualities). Director is only good thing about this show.



Preview Video:COPPELION



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Description: Many years after a great tragedy killed 90% of the people in Japan, three girls arrive in the ruins of Tokyo. In the devastated capital, their unusually clean clothes set them apart. But that's not the only strange thing about them - they also each wield supernatural powers. They call themselves "Coppelion," and are on a mission to save the people of Tokyo.



Studio: GoHands

Director: Hiromitsu Kanazawa, Susumu Kudo



Episodes: 12?



Notable Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Haruka Tomatsu, Satomi Akesaka



Things to Note: Long running manga, show held back after earthquake and Fukashima events



Preview Video:ACE OF DIAMOND



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Description: Ace of Diamon, or Diamonds Ace, is a shonen story about about a boy that leaves his rural high school to pursue his baseball dreams. Based on an award winning manga.



Studio: Production I.G and Madhouse Studios

Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Polar Bear Cafe)



Episodes: ??



Notable Seiyuu: Ryota Ohsaka, from shows such as Valvrave, where he plays the male lead Haruto, Staz from Blood Lad, and Sugane from Gatchaman.



Things to Note: It has been serialized by Weekly Sh nen Magazine since 2006. In 2008, Ace of Diamond received the Shogakukan Manga Awards for the sh nen category. In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best sh nen manga. The manga has 37 volumes, and is still on going.



Preview Video:YOWAMUSHI PEDAL



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Description: Sakamichi Onada is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.



Studio: TMS Entertainment, Toho Company

Director: Osamu Nabeshima



Episodes: 12?



Notable Seiyuu: Kousuke Toriumi (Andy from Aquarion EVOL, Kiyotaka from Dangan Ronpa, Giuliano in Majestic Prince)



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Preview Video:TOKYO RAVENS



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DESCRIPTION: In the "Great Disaster," Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji (a kind of magician). Harutora Tsuchimikado was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power whatsoever. His estranged sister appears to him one day to take him up the promise he made long ago to become her shikigami (familiar). A battle between onmyouji is about to begin.



STUDIO: 8-bit

DIRECTOR: Kanasaki Takaomi



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Hanazawa Kana, Toyosaki Aki, Kitamura Eri



THINGS TO NOTE: The main character screams Hanazawa Kana, which is a good thing.



PREVIEW VIDEO:KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE 2



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DESCRIPTION: Second season of Valvrave



STUDIO: Sunrise

DIRECTOR: Matsuo Kou



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Tomatoes



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PREVIEW VIDEO:SEKAI DE ICHIBAN TSUYOKU NARITAI



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DESCRIPTION: Hagiwara Sakura and Miyazawa Elena are the leading members of a popular idol group Sweet. One day, Elena is injured by the attack of a female pro-wrestler Kazama Ruo during the recording of a TV program. Sakura gets mad at Ruo and gives her a dropkick.



STUDIO: arms

DIRECTOR: Kujo Rion



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Asumi Kana, Takahashi Chiaki, Kitamura Eri, Tomatsu Haruka, Kanemoto Hisako, Hanazawa Kana, Satou Rina



THINGS TO NOTE: Looks like a dicey show, but has a packed voice actor cast



PREVIEW VIDEO:FREEZING VIBRATION



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DESCRIPTION: Second season of Freezing



STUDIO: A.C.G.T.

DIRECTOR: Watanabe Takashi



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Hanazawa Kana, Mamiko Noto



THINGS TO NOTE: NTR arc not animated, starts at chapter 39.



PREVIEW VIDEO:SUPER SEISYUN BROTHERS



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DESCRIPTION: The story involves two pairs of teenage elder sister and younger brother, Shinmoto's who are a bit of narcissist and Saitou's who look a bit mysterious, and their everyday life in school and at home.



STUDIO: AIC Plus+

DIRECTOR: Takata Masahiro



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Kayano Ai



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PREVIEW VIDEO:NON NON BIYORI



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DESCRIPTION: Elementary school student Hotaru Ichijou has moved with her parents from Tokyo to the middle of the country. Now she must adapt to her new school, where there are a total of 5 students in the same class who range through elementary and middle school ages. Join their everyday adventures in the countryside.



STUDIO: Silver Link

DIRECTOR: Kawamo Shinya



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Asumi Kana



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PREVIEW VIDEO:KYOUKAI NO KANATA



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DESCRIPTION: The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.



STUDIO: Kyoto Animation

DIRECTOR: Taichi Ishidate



EPISODES: 12?



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Akeno Watanabe (To Love Ru's Rito, Anju Kuroki in Majestic Prince), Ayako Kawasumi (Saber in Fate/Zero, Kanako Ohno in Genshiken)



THINGS TO NOTE: Japanese light novel series by Nagomu Torii, with illustrations provided by Chise Kamoi. The work won an honorable mention in the Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2011.



PREVIEW VIDEO:KILL LA KILL



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DESCRIPTION: The story is set on a high school that the student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin rules by force. Wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, the wandering transfer student Ryuuko Matoi brings about upheaval on the campus. Ryuuko searches for the mysterious figure who caused her father's death, but confronting her are the student council's "four divine kings." Fortunately, Ryuuko is aided by a talking sailor uniform who tells her, "Wear me. When I am worn by you, this power will become manifest."



STUDIO: Trigger, Aniplex

DIRECTOR: Hiroyuki Imaishi (TTGL Movie, FLCL, Redline)



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Ryouka Yuzuki(To Love Ru, Naruto), Ami Koshimizu(Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Strike Witches)



THINGS TO NOTE: Trigger's first full length series.



PREVIEW VIDEO:GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS



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DESCRIPTION: The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the "Second GunPla Boom." Sei Iori, a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji, who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships.



STUDIO: Sunrise

DIRECTOR: Kenji Nagasaki



EPISODES: 12???



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Mikako Komatsu(Bodacious Space Pirates, Heroman, Nisekoi)



THINGS TO NOTE: Cross-universe and cross-time battles between models



PREVIEW VIDEO:MEGANEBU!



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DESCRIPTION: The story revolves around a group of 5 glasses-wearing high school boys and their relationship.



STUDIO: Studio DEEN

DIRECTOR: Soubi Yamamoto



EPISODES: 12?



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Ryouhei Kimura, Junichi Suwabe, Kenji Akabane



THINGS TO NOTE: Pretty Boys + Megane what else is there to say. You should know already at this point whether or not you are gonna watch this show.



PREVIEW VIDEO:MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC



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DESCRIPTION:The sequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Judging from the previews and promotional art the anime will be covering the current arc in the manga taking place in the Magic Kingdom of Magnostadt



STUDIO:A-1 Pictures

DIRECTOR: Koji Masunari



EPISODES: ?



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Ishihara Kaori, Tomatsu Haruka, Kaji Yuki, Ono Daisuke



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PREVIEW VIDEO:NAGI NO ASUKARA



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DESCRIPTION: Tsumugu Kihara, a land dweller, makes friends with four girls who live in a underwater city.



STUDIO: P.A. Works

DIRECTOR: Toshiya Shinohara



EPISODES: 12



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Natsuki Hanae, Hanazawa Kana



THINGS TO NOTE: Mari Okada (Blast of Tempest, Sakurasou, AKB0048) is the writer for this show. Buriki (Haganai, Denpa Onna) is the character designer.



PREVIEW VIDEO:GALLELI DONNA



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DESCRIPTION: Three sisters, the descendants of Galileo, are on the run after a bounty is placed on them by a mysterious organization.



STUDIO: A-1 Pictures

DIRECTOR: Yasuomi Umetsu



EPISODES: ??



NOTABLE SEIYUU: Rina Hidaka (Inu Boku SS)



THINGS TO NOTE: Original work.



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