As usual, the standard disclaimer: the winter anime season always sucks compared to the other three, so a lack of shows that you want to watch is not yet another sign that ZOMG ANIME IS DYING BECAUSE OF ALL THE STUPID LOLIPEDO MOE GARBAGE UGH WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE MORE GOOD ANIME LIKE GUNDAM WING AND INUYASHA. With that out of the way, here is the only thing you need to know about this season:
COBRA THE ANIMATION: For some reason, I had thought that this had gotten delayed yet again so I put off my preview post. After realizing it was out, I checked out the Crunchyroll version. Was this show always this terrible? Is this version like a complete defiling of some classic title or something? However, because it was so terrible I can probably enjoy it for the wrong reasons for a little while longer. The OP was pretty damn awesome, though.
Sora no Oto (ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト): Aw man, why did they have to uh, K-On-ify the original character designs? I liked that kinda/sorta Love Plus vibe!
Chuu-bra (ちゅーぶら!!): A web preview of the first episode of this came out, and let’s just say that this is no Naisho no Tsubomi.
Ladies vs. Butlers! (れでぃ×ばと！): First, to get this out of the way: MOAR LIEK LADIES VS. BUTTS AMIRITE? Anyway, with a name like “Ladies vs. Butlers”, I would have expected the source material to have been an otome game or shoujo manga or something. This thought was rapidly dispelled when I saw the cover of the light novel on display at Kinokuniya last month.
Dance in the Vampire Bund (ダンス イン ザ ヴァンパイアバンド): MOAR LIEK DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUTT AMIRITE?
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (バカとテストと召喚獣): This one wasn’t on my radar initially, but it’s supposed to come from a really funny light novel. I get the feeling that we won’t pay attention to it at first, but after the first episode I’ll end up being forced to watch it.
Durarara (デュラララ!!): If I had to gamble on which show this season would be the best one without doing any reading of the source material before they air, I can’t think of anything that would compete with this one. It’s got a great cast and most of the team behind Baccano.
Seikon no Qwaser (聖痕のクェイサー): Ladies and gentlemen (er, actually just gentlemen), here is your Queen’s Blade for this season. Also, you’ve heard it here first: breast milk is the new piss.
Hanamaru Kindergarten (はなまる幼稚園): Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on who you are), this series was serialized in Young Gangan rather than say, Comic LO. Thus, it’s more like Rugrats than uh, Rugrats fanfiction.
Nodame Cantabile: Finale (のだめカンタービレ フィナーレ): The first season was good, the second season was sloppy (good ol’ Chiaki Kon with another “winner”!), and at this point, I’m really just hoping that this show will provide a satisfying conclusion.
Unko-san Junjou-ha (うんこさん 純情派): MOAR LIEK…wait, nevermind. This is actually a show about poop. Literally. Watch it. When you see it, you’ll shit bricks.
Katanagatari (刀語): Despite being by Nisio Isin, Andrew Cunningham claims that the light novels are unreadably, mind-blowingly terrible. This can lead to one of two outcomes: the greatest adaptation ever if the show manages not to turn out like shit, or…yeah.
The Legend of Koizumi (ムダヅモ無き改革): OBVIOUSLY this has the 2010 award for AWESOMENESS locked up, as you all have seen from the opening video.
Gundam Unicorn (機動戦士ガンダムUC): The release date keeps getting shifted around, but I’ll stick it here now and won’t bother to list it again for any subsequent seasons if the date gets bumped again. For the preview portion of this entry, let’s go with “OBVIOUSLY ‘Full Frontal’ has the 2010 Straight Cougar Memorial award locked up.”