Fall 2012 Season Preview

We’ve crossed the halfway point of the Summer 2012 Season, and info on the Fall shows is floating around, so we’ve compiled a quick list of what we’ll be watching.

Continuations of Jormungand and Bakuman are a certainty, as are the Summer carryovers and Sket Dance. But in our effort to limit our watchlist to a dozen or less, which shows will grab the remaining slots depends entirely on how good they are. First impressions are important, but as Kokoro Connect proved, not everything.

We make it a point to learn as little as possible about a series before watching it, and this season will be no different. Here’s what we’re lookin’ to watch so far – click a title for more info.

Fall 2012 New Series

Definitely Watching
Jormungand: Perfect Order – White Fox (Action, Adventure, Seinen) – 9 Oct

Probably Watching
Btooom! – Aniplex/A-1 (Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen) – 4 Oct
Shinsekai yori – Aniplex/A-1 (Sci-Fi, Supernatural) – 28 Sept
Sukitte Iinayo. – Zexcs (Romance, School, Shoujo) – 29 Sept

Maybe Pile
Magi – KyoAni (Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen) – 7 Oct
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! – KyoAni (Comedy, Romance, School) – 19 Sept
Girls und Panzer – ACTAS (School, Military) – 23 Sept
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo – XEBEC (Comedy, Romance, School) – 9 Oct
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – Brains Base (Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo) – 29 Sept
Bakuman 3 – J.C. Staff (Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shounen) – 6 Oct

Summer 2012 Carryovers

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (14-24)
Sword Art Online (14-25)
Kokoro Connect 

Mawaru Penguindrum – 02 (Retro Review)

Originally posted 15 July 2011

“Which holes do her legs go through?”
“Fool, those holes lead to the Cosmos.”

-Shouma/Kanba @ a lingerie store

Good lord, that was an awesome, brilliant piece of entertainment. If anything, better than the first episode, since some things were already established. This just added more. More places, more people, more layers of story, more comedy, more mysteries; more lingerie and more stalking!

It’s all in the details: For instance, there’s a little animated PSA on the Sky Metro in which warns against groping in no uncertain terms…then Shouma is accused of just that, groping a girl on the train because his preguin friends (whom no one else can see) did so. That girl just happens to be friends with the person Shouma and Kanba are tailing – Ringo Oginome – the proverbial apple in the OP and ED. Ringo loves fate.

Hardly anything we’d seen from Ringo seemed all that suspicious, but it turns out she’s far from normal, compulsively stalking a teacher she’s fallen for (lying on a blanket under his house listening to him) as the brothers stalk her (with their penguins acting as their eyes and ears). While Himari is wearing her penguin hat, she has another “Incoming Message From The Big Giant Head” moment, ordering the bros to fetch the Penguindrum from Ringo. Problem is, she doesn’t tell them what it is.

So now, having followed Ringo, and learned the stalked is also a stalker, they have to gain possession of something they know not what from someone who is clearly unstable. Hell, she herself could be the drum thing. Who knows? All we know is, this episode was fantastic, and we can’t wait for the next one.

Rating: 9 (Superior)