Fall 2007 Anime Releases
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in alphabetical order - number of eps if known
Groups: groups subbing that I know of
Summary: compilation of summaries I've read or the 1st ep if I can't find any info
My First Impressions: I give my first impressions honestly, I do have specific tastes and I don't expect you to think the same thing as me, but it's there for those who know whether they have similar or very different tastes from me.
Other Comments: Others' comments.
Link: link to more info

Bamboo Blade - 26 eps
Groups: Doremi & Huzzah, Star-Fansubs, Infinite-Zero
Summary: Kojirou is the kendo instructor at Muro`e High School. He is totally broke. He has agreed to send his team to a competition against his senpai`s team. If his all female team can win the competition, he will have free meals for a year! But, the problem is that Kojirou seems unable to find five, gifted girls to form the "dream team" -- and time is running out... [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Watched ep1 and honestly it seems kind of stupid. The characters seem 2D and the art isn't particularly good, though average. With other stuff to watch, I probably won't continue unless someone recommends it to me.
Link: anidb

Blue Drop - 13 eps
Groups: Genjo Subs
Summary: Mari Wakatake has been living with her Grandmother for the past 5 years after a tragedy caused the loss of her home, friends and family, as well as her memories. Fearing for her future, her Grandmother admits her into Kaihou Academy, for her to make friends, instead of home studying. Although reluctant to go, she does and meets Hagino Sekonji. At first appearance, this girl appears like a normal student but inside her lies a deep secret that relates to the tragedy of 5 years ago. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Honestly, ep1 was kind of boring. It seemed like it was a slow school girl drama but it seems like it's trying to put mecha/sci-fi into it. So the characters are a bit meh, the pace is really slow, but I'll give it another ep or two in hopes that it picks up. Update: It's only 13 eps and yet it's so freaking slow. When something finally happens, I'm just too uninterested to care what happens next.
Link: anidb , ANN

Clannad - ? eps
Groups: Static-Subs & Eclipse, a.f.k., Sprocket-Hole & TheWaffleHouse, Philantropy-Fansubs & Sekai-Fansubs
Summary: Tomoya Okazaki is a third year student labelled as a delinquent. Everything seems to be unchanging for his school life until he meets Nagisa, and Tomoya finds that his life is about to change. He starts to have dreams of a bleak world and meets a girl who has the ability to fuse junk together in order to create things, and doing so, creates a body out of junk for him. He is then reborn into this empty world and follows around the girl, the only two existences who are "alive." [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Very dating game school anime, but it seems interesting enough. The art is really nice since it's KyoAni, so we'll just have to see if it gets more interesting.
Other Comments: TigerStrike - it's a Kanon clone :)
Link: anidb , ANN

Da Capo II - 13 eps
Groups: Anime-Share Fansubs
Summary: The protagonist, Yoshiyuki Sakurai, was born when Sakura Yoshino, weary of being alone for so long, wished upon a prototype artificial wish-granting magical sakura tree for a family. Similar to its predecessor, the story takes place on the same island, Hatsunejima, in Japan, and set fifty-three years after the original anime. The Asakura sisters are the granddaughters of Junichi Asakura and Nemu Asakura from the first Da Capo. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Dragonaut: The Resonance - ? eps
Groups: Shinsen-Subs, Infinite-Zero, Sekai-Fansubs
Summary: In order to avoid Earth`s impending destruction from an asteroid, the International Solarsystem Development Agency (ISDA) works on the "D-Project", and creates the "Dragonaut" after finding a dragon egg under the ocean. However, they soon find out that the asteroid is not their only threat, as powerful dragon-like creatures appear on Earth. After witnessing a murder by one of the creatures, Jin Kamishina gets involved in the mysteries of the dragons and becomes the chosen pilot of the Dragonaut. Helping him on his journey is Toa, a mysterious girl who saves him from falling to his death after the creature attacks him. As they get deeper into the mysteries of the dragons, they encounter new friends and enemies, and also begin to develop a closer relationship. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: It seems interesting. Art is a bit odd particularly with the women with either flat chests or huge breasts. Nevertheless the plot is moving along at a good pace (though it's only ep1) so it has potential. Updated: Okay the ep3 transformation/fighting was lame. I hope it gets better.
Other Comments: TigerStrike - It's odd, but I haven't stopped watching yet... can't quite classify it yet since it is moving so fast.
Link: anidb , ANN

ef - A Tale of Memories - 12 eps
Groups: Mendoi-Fansubs & Conclave, Aquastar-Anime, Nuke Fansubs
Summary: The story revolves around the protagonist Hirono Hiro, a poor high school boy who draws shoujo manga for his living. One cold Christmas night after meeting a very strange woman in a church, who tells him that he`s going to meet someone he has to meet, his bike gets stolen by another strange girl. He runs after her and finds her collapsed on the street. Her name is Miyamura Miyako and her bag got stolen by a man on a motorbike. Soon after, they start hanging out together, enjoying highschool life. Miyako falls for Hiro pretty quickly but naturally finds a rival in his childhood friend, Shindou Kei, who has been dictating Hiro`s life since ever. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: I watched ep 1 and the animation was a bit disconcerting as it looked like an amateur was playing around with textures and stuff with photoshop. I couldn't tell if these 2 guys were 2 guys or the same guy and despite the fact that I'm tired at the moment, I don't think animes should make their non-linearity so choppy that I can't tell. In any case, it seems like just another harem anime, but well, it's based on a "visual interactive novel" which I assume is kind of like Kanon or Air, so I'll give it another ep or two. Updated: ep2 didn't make it anymore interesting, so unless recommended I'm stopping here.
Other Comments: TigerStrike - tale of memories is a japanese version of 50 First Dates, at least half of it is.
Link: anidb

Genshiken 2 - 12 eps
Groups: dattebayo, sudo
Summary: <no summary available but I assume it picks up from the OVA>
My First Impressions: <not watching>
Link: anidb

Ghost Hound - 22 eps
Groups: Ureshii, Shinsen-subs, Genjo-Subs
Summary: Ghost Hound is set in the modest town of Suiten, located in a desolate region in the island of Kyūshū. The story follows the experiences of three boys who have had traumatic experiences in childhood from which they have learned to transfer their souls to a parallel world known as the "Unseen World". The Unseen World is however undergoing a change, with its ghosts starting to appear in the real world, altering it in unpredictable ways. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Okay, this honestly did not make a lot of sense and I suppose that's partly the point. Really not a lot happens in ep1 and characters seem meh, the art is average, and the story is kind of not developed at all yet. I might give this another ep, so we'll see.
Link: anidb

Goshuushosama Ninomiya-kun - ? eps
Groups: m.3.3.w, Echelon
Summary: Shungo is a normal high school student living in a huge house. One day, his sister Ryoko sends Mayu and Mikihiro Tsukimura, two siblings, to live with him to help Mayu overcome her problem. Mayu`s problem: androphobia , and Ryoko wants Shungo to help her overcome. How By making Mayu and Shungo share the same room, bed, and even take baths together. To make things even worse, Reika Hojo, the student-council chair, somehow ends up becoming their maid. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching>
Link: anidb

Gundam 00 - ? eps
Groups: Mendoi-Fansubs & Conclave, Nyoro~n Fansubs, GundamS.net & Seed-Forum
Summary: 2307 AD. As fossil fuels became exhausted, humanity found a new energy source to change their situation: A large-scale solar power system with three enormous orbiting elevators. However, only a few large countries and their allies reaped the benefits. Three superpowers had ownership of the three orbiting elevators: The Union, based in the United States Of America, The People`s Reform League, made up of China, Russia, and India, and Europe`s AEU. The superpowers continue playing a large zero-sum game for their own dignity and respective prosperity. Even though it is the 24th century, humanity has yet to become one. In this world where war has no end, a private militia appears advocating the eradication of war through force. Each possessing a mobile suit Gundam, they are Celestial Being. The armed intervention by the Gundams against all acts of war begins. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching>
Link: anidb

Hero Tales - ? eps
Groups: Kuro-Hana, KuroNeko, Dats & KousenKarasu
Summary: Taitou, a young man living in ancient China, is the prophesied seventh star of the Hokuto (Big Dipper ). He must travel with his sister Laila and his friend Ryuukou to retrieve a sword and discover his destiny.
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor - ? eps
Groups: The-Triad
Summary: Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen, but with interest after 14 months it has grown significantly. The man offers him a chance to pay off his debt by going on a gambling cruise. If he wins, his debt is erased, but otherwise, he'll face some kind of hell.[from Shotty, Thanks ^^]
My First Impressions: So I tried watching it, but the art is ugly and honestly, even the 2nd ep didn't do much for me... not with other stuff to watch.
Other Comments: Shotty - I recommend it. I skipped through the first episode which was rather boring, but once he is on the ship (2nd and 3rd episode) it really grips you. I don't like the art style much though the story got me.
Link: anidb

KimiKiss Pure Rouge - ? eps
Groups: Rozen-Fansubs, BSS
Summary: <none available, but I can tell you it's a harem school game based anime as per AnimeNFO >
My First Impressions: So I tried watching it, but I didn't like the animation which looked like it was experimental and the voice of the little sister bothered me so much I had to stop.
Link: anidb

Kodomo no Jikan - ? eps
Groups: Genjo-subs, OTL Fansubs
Summary: 23-year old school teacher Aoki Daisuke has a huge problem. One of his precocious 3rd Grade students, Kokonoe Rin, has the hots for him?! Yes, mischievous Rin has proclaimed herself to be Daisuke-sensei`s girlfriend and is now on a warpath to win him over or cause him to lose his job...whichever comes first! Besides Rin, Daisuke`s got other problems to take care of -- one of the students in his class, Mimi (one of Rin`s friends), hasn`t been attending school recently. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching, just too ecchi loli sounding>
Link: anidb

Koharu Biyori - ? eps OVA
Groups: m.3.3.w. & Rozen-Fansubs
Summary: Set in a near future, a time where robots are common workers for their owners. Takaya Murase has just purchased a maid robot from a robotic doll distriubutor, MaidWorks. Ready to live a normal cleaning, cooking, and serving life to her owner, Yui is purchased, by Takaya but he has other plans for her...like dressing her up in dress-costumes of his fantasies and more. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching, just too ecchi loli looking>
Link: anidb

Koutetsushin Jeeg - 13 eps
Groups: Shinsen-Subs
Summary: <none available, spinoff to Kotetsu Zieg>
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended >
Link: anidb

Kyou Kara Maou R - OVA 1? ep
Groups: Shinsen-Subs
Summary: Life has returned to some form of normalcy after the end of the series, and so His Majesty Yuuri Shibuya travels to oversee how things are going. While doing so, he runs into the king of Small Shimeron--Sararegi. But it seems there may be something more to him than the friendly king he presents himself as. Yuuri go back to Shimaron to relax and meet some friends, when the "king" of Little Shimaron suddenly joins the group and wants the Maou to come to his country. The Original king sends a message to Yuuri's brother and his friend that Yuuri is in trouble. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <coming soon?>
Link: ANN

Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro - ? eps
Groups: NEET Fansubs
Summary: Neuro is a being from the underworld, who likes to eat "riddles" and "mysteries" and since he had heard that mysteries abound in the world above, he comes surface side in search of the ultimate riddle capable of satisfying his insatiable hunger. He arrives in front of Katsuragi Yako whose father has been murdered, and smells a tasty riddle... He helps her to solve the murder on her father and in turn forces Yako to act as a detective in his stead, always searching for the ultimate riddle. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: I didn't really like ep1. The art is okay I guess, slightly below average imo and the guy uses super powers to solve the mysteries and honestly some things seemed too obvious. Not watching anymore unless recommended (or really bored).
Link: anidb

Minami-ke - ? eps
Groups: Anime-Empire&Saizen, Ayu, Ayako, Oikose-Fansubs
Summary: Minami-ke is a manga following three sisters, Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki in their lives at home and school. It`s a funny series that depicts how these characters interact with each other and their classmates. It`s a story about ordinary girls and their ordinary adventures told in an extraordinary manner.
My First Impressions: <coming soon? >
Other Comments: ninotachi - ep 1 was meh until the end, ep2 was good, 3-4 were nice too, but 5 takes the cake so far.
Link: anidb

Mokke - 26? eps
Groups: SubbersAnonymous
Summary: This is a story about two sisters: Shizuru is a high school student who is able to see ghosts while her younger sister, Mizuki, is haunted by these apparitions. Frustrated by their abilities, their parents decided to entrust the sisters into the care of their grandparents who live in the countryside. As they adapt to life in the countryside, Shizuru and Mizuki begin to learn about the importance of coexisting nature with these apparitions. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Honestly, it seemed like a boring mushishi-like anime of sorts. It's okay, but unless someone recommends it, I doubt I'll continue.
Link: anidb

Moyashimon - 11 eps
Groups: BSS
Summary: College student, Tadayasu Sawaki has a unique ability. He can see and communicate with bacteria and other micro-organisms. Hijinks ensues. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <coming soon? >
Other Comments: TigerStrike - moyashimon made my brain melt slightly trying to imagine how someone came up with that idea.
Link: anidb , ANN

Myself, Yourself - 13 eps
Groups: m.3.3.w.
Summary: For the sake of his parents’ business plans, Hidaka Sana moved to Tokyo. Five years later, he's become a high school student, and returned to his hometown, Sakuranomori. He feels uneasy because the streets of his hometown and his old friend he meets again have changed a lot since five years ago, especially his childhood friend, Yatsushiro Nanaka. She used to smile sweetly with innocent eyes, but now has retreated into her shell and become gloomy. This is a heartwarming love story of a boy and a girl who grow up suffering from the gap between sweet memories and the reality they have to face. [from AnimeNFO]
My First Impressions: I watched ep 1+2, but with so many other school drama animes, this one just didn't seem all that interesting. I'm stopping unless someone recommends it.
Link: AnimeNFO, anidb

Night Wizard - ? eps
Groups: AnimeYoshi, Shinsen-Subs & Yesy, Ashes & AniSubs, Ainex, Identity Production Fansubs
Summary: Night Wizard. A term given to those whose mission is to protect the world from impending darkness. Renji Hiiragi is one such Night Wizard, who is constantly called on missions, even though all he wants is to be able to go to school and graduate. However, his latest order was to protect Elis Shiho, who is a new transfer student at his academy. Being dragged into the Astronomy Club by Renji's childhood friend, Kureha Akabane on her first day at school, Elis soon realises that she too, has the power to become a night wizard, after possessing one of seven secret Jewels, the Jewel of Kindness. Along with Renji and Kureha, Elis now begins her fight and her new life, as a Night Wizard. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: This is so typical "omg look at me, I got a big sword and I fight monsters" so far, but since it's one of the few action animes, I'll give it another ep or 2.
Other Comments: TigerStrike - blech, it gets one more ep then to the recycle bin with it, maybe not even one more now that I think of it.
Link: anidb , ANN

Prism Ark - 12 eps
Groups: Anime-Share Fansubs
Summary: The world was under dire conditions in the previous long war between the two countries due to differences in religious beliefs. But a new king came to power and convinced the various nations to stop and create an alliance. The king's daughter is now on a journey with her companions to do what? (we don't know actually...) All we know is that she is now living as a knight in her brother's stead and they are fighting their rival kingdom once again! [I apologize for my bad summary, but I'm tired.]
My First Impressions: The art is average to above average I guess. It's a bit non-linear so it's hard to understand exactly what's going on as they've started with the past and the current battle, which you sort of have an idea of what it's about but not exactly. I'll give it another ep or 2 to decide.
Link: anidb

Rental Magica - ? eps
Groups: Eclipse, Shinsen-Subs
Summary: Due to his father`s disappearance, Itsuki Iba has to take over the family business: a magician dispatch service. Their family basically employs countless magicians and other supernatural beings in order to send them out to help those who need magical assistance. As a leader, Itsuki now has to be tough, commanding, and reliable, but there`s one problem, he`s a coward. Also, in order to run a successful business, he has to connect with his employees, which is more difficult than it seems due to his personality. But not only does he have to deal with his own employees, he also has to deal with those who threaten the family business. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Watched ep1 and I think it has potential, but some of the characters seem dumb and I'm not sure how cool their magical powers really seem, so I'll just have to watch another ep or two to see. Update: watched ep2 and I'm still not very impressed...
Other Comments: TigerStrike - decent.
Link: anidb

Shakugan no Shana Second - 13? eps
Groups: Eclipse & Static-Subs, Inuyasha 4 ever & Kuroneko, Ayako & Your-Mom
Summary: Continues from S1. Yuuji, Shana and the rest were hoping to lead a normal life a little while before more trouble came. However, Bal Masque seems to have another plan in the works.
My First Impressions: Watched ep1, comparable to Shana S1 though ep1 was kind of weak. It seems to just pick up from the end of S1 and it seems it'll be much like the middle part of S1 where it concentrates on the love drama with action fights in the middle.
Other Comments: TigerStrike - shana season 2 is a more boring version of season 1 so far.
Link: anidb

Shion no Ou - 12 eps
Groups: Live-eviL, Shoku-dan, SubbersAnonymous
Summary: As a child, Shion Ishiwatari's parents were murdered in their own home. Shion escaped unharmed, yet the trauma caused her to lose her voice. The only evidence police found was a shougi board and one piece "the King". Neighbours and close friends of the family, Shinji and Sachiko Yasuoka, adopted Shion and taught Shion how to play shougi. As the years passed, she became known as a genius and quite a famous player. Now, as her fame rises, her past resurfaces and she discovers that being a professional shougi player may just lead to finding her parents' killer. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: The art is ugly, quite ugly imo, but the anime itself in terms of character and plot is not bad. It's semi-interesting at least with only ep1 so it has potential.
Link: anidb

Shugo Chara! - ? eps
Groups: Formula Sub
Summary: Everybody at Seiyo Elementary thinks that stylish and super cool Hinamori Amu has it all: But nobody knows the real Amu, a shy girl who wishes she had the courage to truly be herself. Changing Amu’s life is going to take more than wishes and dreams–it’s going to take a little magic! One morning, Amu finds a surprise in her bed: three strange little eggs. Each egg contains a Guardian Character, an angel-like being who can give her the power to be someone new. With the help of her Guardian Characters, Amu is about to discover that her true self is even more amazing than she ever dreamed. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: So I ended up watching it anyway and it somehow seems a tad better than when I read the manga, but we'll see... Update: the voices can get a tad annoying at times, but it's somehow cuter as an anime than as a manga heh.
Link: anidb

Sketchbook: Full Color's - ? eps
Groups: Doremi & Toki Fansubs, Spoonsubs
Summary: Sora Kajiwara is a shy girl who enjoys drawing in her sketchbook. She joins the Art Club at her school, and meets many colorful and eccentric people. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Okay this is one of those slow paced, possibly cute, school animes. Honestly, ep1 just bored me to death to the point where I'm writing this while watching it.
Link: anidb

Suteki Tantei Labyrinth - ? eps
Groups: OOM
Summary: In a forgotten town known as the old capital of Tokyo, strange and mysterious crimes are progressively occuring. These supernatural occurances are beyond comprehension and bring fear and terror to the people. Only one person is not intimidated by the evil underlying these occurances and is willing to challenge them: Hyuga Mayuki, a young boy detective who holds a special insight power that allows him to uncover the real truth behind these occurances. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Other Comments: Rei_Enna: biggest waste of 20 minutes evar! I didn't solve the mystery through clear logic, I felt the answer reverberate through my bones, look at me... i'm a supernatural detective. Spare me...
Link: anidb

You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle - ? eps
Groups: Naked Xlation
Summary: Miyuki Kobayakawa, fresh from forensics training in the United States and Natsumi Tsujimoto, from completing Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) ranger training return in the long-awaited 3rd season of the highly popular series. This time, the duo rejoins active duty at Bokuto Police Department, fighting against crime using their wits and brawn, plus having some misadventures along the way. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching>
Link: ANN, anidb

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