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Fall Shows I’ll Be Watching

September 24, 2009

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Oh, right. I still have this thing.
Hi again, everyone. Schoolwork came back to bite me in the ass. I’ve been subsisting on energy drinks, candy bars and coffee. (I don’t even like coffee.) And it’s causing me to break out all over, which is weird because I use at least three different kinds of moisturizing facial cleansers. Not to mention the oil absorbing sheets and the facial peel masks I use at night.


I’ve been reading through the updated lineup on Chartfag’s latest post. Sure, I found myself raising an eyebrow as to how some shows even made it past the cutting room floor. But there are also some definitively unique shows that I think will surely stick with us for years to come, if done right. Wouldn’t that be nice? I can’t even recall the last time we had an Anime of real merit, something even your friends and family could enjoy.

One thing about me when it comes to watching Anime – I’m not the type of person to “drop” a show, even if I end up hating it midway. Unless it’s an unfunny harem romance (ie: Shuffle, To Love-Ru), I’ll probably stick around for it to the end to see how it shapes up. With that said, here’s the list of the Fall shows I’ll be watching, along with some “maybes.”

Trapeze [Kuuchuu Buranko]

Chartfag added a disclaimer stating that the blurbs he wrote up for the shows could be erroneous or misguided. But, for the love of God, I hope that isn’t the case with Trapeze. It’s as if this show was made for me! A deranged doctor with an injection fetish and an Oedipus complex who enjoys screwing with his patients? It’s also being produced by the same makers who gave us Mononoke. Reading the premise and looking at the artwork gives me a sense that it’ll play out like a blend of Satoshi Kon’s Paprika and a typical Chuck Palahniuk novel.

According to ANN, the show is set to be a hybrid of live-action and animation, with some voice actors sustaining their roles for the live-action portions. Hopefully they’re able to utilize it in a way that isn’t jarring, if that’s even possible.

Kimi ni Todoke


I really need to watch more Shoujo romance. Real Shoujo romance. I’ve heard some people calling Toradora a Shoujo romance – it’s not. In Shoujo, we usually have a single, canon pairing that’s established early on and is developed throughout the remainder of the series. Toradora is a harem clumsily disguised as a romance for the simple reasons of Ami and Minorin. So yeah.

The thing is, when it comes to Shoujo, you’re not supposed to overshoot your expectations. The few shows I’ve actually watched – Honey & Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Lovely Complex – I’ve ended up liking a lot (Honey & Clover ranking among my favorites of all time). They were simple love stories that didn’t get bogged down with unnecessary plot contrivances. I want fun character interaction that’s able to balance humor and drama, without forcing it.

Blue Literature

After reading up on the show and doing a little research on the nature of the series, I still don’t know what to expect from it. (I couldn’t even find a decent promotional picture.) It’s an adaptation of six Japanese literary classics from the early 1900s. While I haven’t read the books, I’d really like to see how they hold up in the animated medium. If the show proves to hold its own, I’ll probably have the motivation to read the originals and see if it was a faithful adaptation. The show is also staffed by a hodgepodge of mangaka greats like Takeshi Obata of Death Note and Tite Kubo of Bleach.

Winter Sonata


Winter Sonata is an Anime adaptation of a Korean drama series of the same name. The main reason why I’ll keep up with this show is because, well, … I’m Korean, and I can finally watch a show without relying on fansubs!

No, but really. I don’t have an actual reason to watch this show. The premise doesn’t really strike me as anything unique, and the humdrum tone of the promo video made it seem kind of generic. But I’ll watch it to uh, practice my Korean! Yeah…

Shows I’ll Probably Watch:

Romance of the Three Kingdoms – How many of these do we have now?
Armed Librarians: Book of Bantorra – I put a lot of faith into this show when I first read the blurb, but it started to sound more like a cheesy shounen with all of the endless supernatural fights and lackluster storyline. Who knows, though.
Sasameki Koto – Standard yuri fare.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to pass out. Or write another quick entry to make up for lost time.
Either or.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2009 1:35 am

    3K adaptations that don’t turn the characters into girls that I know of are Souten Kouro and Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi…

    I hope this new one has budget.

    • saturnity permalink*
      September 26, 2009 3:34 am

      Judging by the beautiful artwork, I don’t think budget will be a problem.
      I’ve never really watched any of the Three Kingdom Anime adaptations (aside from, admittedly, Ikkitousen), so I figure this’ll be a good break.

  2. September 25, 2009 1:43 am

    Kimi ni Todoke I’m going to watch as well. And Toradora is not Shoujo. A lot of people seems to think that if an anime has cute girls in it, it’s shoujo… I’ve even heard people say that Kannazuki no Miko is shoujo…
    Anyway, I have not heard of Blue Literature, but pic looks pretty interesting. Will need to research more.

  3. September 25, 2009 2:48 am

    Gotta admit, Trapeze does sound like a very welcome break from the derivative moe-infested dullary that’s defined the anime industry as of late.

  4. September 25, 2009 8:17 pm

    I’m really looking forward to seeing “No Longer Human” and “Hell Screen” adapted to anime. Those stories are DARK. Trapeze also looks interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

    Not to give unsolicited advice to you about your breakouts, but I find that nothing really beats plain water for cleaning skin: Hot to open the pores, warm to wash them out, then cold to close them again. This is also a handy technique for a good shave.

    Good luck with school!

    • saturnity permalink*
      September 26, 2009 3:40 am


      And I know I sound like an obsessive-compulsive hygiene freak by that paragraph. But if I don’t scrub regularly, it gets …pretty bad. Let’s just say it’s in my genes.

      But yeah, Blue Literature should be interesting.

  5. lelangir permalink
    September 26, 2009 1:39 pm

    i wus weiting for sumone to gif dis 🙂

  6. September 27, 2009 3:43 am

    Ewww, those. (Candy bars, energy drinks, coffee). Exercise is your best friend. Anywhere from 20-30 minutes of intense cardio, and a healthier diet (protip: eat greens, lots of them) and protein and some light workout regime should help you stay awake (and sleep better too).

    Currently using L’Oreal’s Men Expert Range, the Pure and Matte facial wash. They recently revamped the brand so it’s now this green gel slightly-chilly facial scrub with microbeads that work. Always had oily skin, but this has kept it in check like no other, so do give it a shot if they sell it where you live.

    • saturnity permalink*
      September 30, 2009 1:32 am

      I’ll look into it. And I’m usually very conscious of my dietary habits. It’s just with exams and stuff, I need the sugar to stay up.

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