Fall 2010 Anime Releases
(Blatant AD: support nihongoresources.com, a great Japanese resouces site with new dictionary in the making!)

Last Updated: Nov 21 2010 - 9:03pm PST
Useful Links at the Bottom of the Page
Old guides available from the main page
Miss something? Something wrong? Got more info? Tell me~
IRC: Arty-chan @ chatspike, aniverse, irchighway (and rizon)
List and Recent Updates:

in alphabetical order - number of eps if known
Groups: groups subbing that I know of
Summary: taken from a site 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

Bakuman - 25 eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, Tomodachi & Anime-Destiny, SubDESU, Inochi
Summary: Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, content to live out a relatively normal life as any other does, is persuaded by his classmate, Akito Takagi, to become an aspiring mangaka when the latter realizes his natural talent as an artist. However, Moritaka is reluctant to pursue his dream as his uncle, once a mangaka with his own serializations, died from overwork trying to regain his lost status. With Akito's help, Takagi gets another classmate and his school crush, Azuki Miho, who is an aspiring voice actress, to voice in the anime adaptation of their future manga once it is completed. However, Mashiro also proposes to Azuki, who surprisingly accepts only on the condition she will marry him when both of them have achieved their dreams. With a goal set before him, Mashiro begins a long and struggling path to become a famous mangaka. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: It was interesting at first, but maybe I'm just impatient, but somehow, it's just not keeping my interest. It seems like a drama that might interest others though. The art isn't bad and the characters are quite enthusiastic. In the first three ep, I can't say they show a lot of depth, but they definitely have a lot of potential to develop. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku - 12 eps
Groups: Static-Subs, SGKK, SubDESU, Chihiro-Fansubs
Summary: After a childhood full of school transfers, Hasekura Kouhei's parents finally send him to a traditionally-Christian boarding school so he won't have to move with them. Finally free to have the calm and uninterrupted school life he's always wanted, he instead find himself busy with a swarm of idiosyncratic friends. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: This is like harem anime but with a vampire twist. So there seems to be a more serious side to this. The characters seem a bit meh, but maybe it's just the VP girl bugging me because she's so... almost split personality but unintentinally. Otherwise, so far, it's not bad. I still think it has potential to be good, depending on where they take it from here.
Other Comments: <Buncho> fortune arterial... typical upper class school transfer student meets vampires anime. not bad so far... just cliche
Link: anidb , ANN

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls! - 12 eps
Groups: Darksoul-Fansubs, Ryuumaru Fansubs, Team Zebraman
Summary: The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who've had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Okay, so so far, ep1 was pretty decent, but ep2 was rather dumb. The plot is more or less in the summary. The mix of new and old technology is kind of jarring, and the art/animation is barely acceptable. The characters are very 2-dimentional though. I got really bored of it since it seems to be more or less the same thing every ep. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai - 12? eps
Groups: Chihiro-Fansubs, Team Zebraman, WhyNot?, SubDESU
Summary: Keima Katsuragi is an avid galge gamer known at his school as "Otamega" (a derogatory term combining the words Otaku and Megane) and on the internet a "The Capturing God." One day he receives an e-mail offering him a contract to "capture" girls. He accepts thinking it's a challenge and a demon from Hell named Elsee appears. She asks for his help in capturing runaway spirits that are hiding in "real" girls by making them fall in love with him. He refuses stating he only like the girls from the game and she tells him that if he refuses then both of their heads will be cut off. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Kuragehime - 11 eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, Umee
Summary: Amamizukan is an apartment complex where no boys are allowed. Kuragehime Tsukimi, a girl who adores jellyfish, lives there happily with her friends who all have nerdy obsessions of their own. Their peaceful lives gradually start to change when a beautiful woman helps Tsukimi out of a pinch. She moves into the apartments -- but it turns out "she" is really a "he." [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

MM! - 12 eps
Groups: Ryuumaru Fansubs, Hatsuyuki Fansub, Ayako & Delight Subs, m.3.3.w., Phantom-Subs
Summary: The story centers around the life of Tarou Sado going through high school. He came to realize his masochist personality and attempts to conceal this from his crush. To fix it, he enrolled in his school's "2nd Volunteer Club". [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai - 12? eps
Groups: Static-Subs, Mazui, Himatsubushi
Summary: For several years, Kyousuke's relationship with his younger sister Kirino has been cold, to the point that they only share greetings. But one day, Kyousuke finds a moe anime DVD fallen in their entry hall. His interest piqued, he looks for the owner, only to realize it belongs to Kirino. He's shocked, but more surprises lie just ahead... [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Otome Youkai Zakuro - 13? eps
Groups: Ryuumaru Fansubs, Commie & WhyNot?
Summary: It is the Meiji Era in a slightly alternate Japan, and the Gregorian calendar has just come into effect. The fox-eared girls living in the youkai part of town are about to be put to work together with a delegation of young human soldiers, to promote interracial understanding. So what will happen when Zakuro's strong personality collides with human sensibilities? [from anidb]
My First Impressions: I watched ep1 and there was just nothing in it that made me want to continue. Art/animation are okay, but characters seem really dumb and standard. The superpower seem really mediocre though I hear it's supposed to get better. <not continuing unless recommended>
Other Comments: <Buncho> interestingly, the artwork is very josei, reminds me of hachimitsu to clover. Think also folk superhero girls meet youkai with singing. The music actually seems pretty interesting.
<Mai_no_Ken> I thought the plot is too generic. It has a Sakura Taisen feeling somehow, but the plot lacks creativity and follow a somewhat cookbook style. I do not think Otome Yokai Zakuro is a series you will miss x_X It is not bad, but it is neither that specifically interesting.
Link: anidb , ANN

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt - 13 eps
Groups: Underwater, m.3.3.w. & Tomodachi
Summary: A company of ghosts has moved into Daten City, taking advantage of human greed. Two angels, Panty and Stocking, are sent from heaven to exterminate them -- but in reality they got kicked out for bad behavior. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo - 13 eps
Groups: AnimeOne, Ryugan
Summary: In order to help a friend possessed by a spirit, Ozawa Haruka knocks on the door of her university's movie research association. There she meets Saitou Yakumo, a rude, unkempt young man with a red left eye, who is said to have spiritual powers. At first Haruka is skeptical, but she comes to believe him when he conveys messages from her older sister, who died when she was a child. Together, they work to shed light on the terrifying events happening at their university. But this is only the prologue of what's to come... [from ANN]
My First Impressions: It's okay so far. Art is standard, characters seem fairly standard too. It hits at a bigger plot but so far (ep3) it's been fairly episodic. It has potential to get more interesting, but right now it's just your standard paranormal mystery solving series.
Link: anidb , ANN

Shinryaku! Ika Musume - 13+ eps
Groups: Underwater, WhyNot?
Summary: Squid Girl has come to the land from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Unfortunately she ruins the first house she uses as an invasion base and has to work to pay for repairs. Of course, she can't overcome the Aizawa sisters who manage the house, so who knows whether she can subjugate humankind. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru - 12? eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, Furukawa
Summary: Clumsy Arashiyama is a girl with a love for mysteries and a knack for getting into trouble. She works for an old lady’s lacklustre maid café in a small shopping district. The café is largely unsuccessful in attracting customers aside from Sanada, a regular and one of Arashiyama's classmates (who has a secret crush on her). One day Arashiyama’s clever friend Tatsuno is invited to the café, and, upon seeing the miserable state of things (and Sanada, whom she has a secret crush on), decides to work there. Don’t miss the crazy antics of Arashiyama and friends, mismatched love stories, and all the hilarity that is created as a result, in Sore Machi. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Star Driver - 13+ eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, Darksoul-Fansubs
Summary: On a cross-shaped island in the South, a mysterious and gigantic humanoid robot known as the "Cybuddy" is discovered sealed in the underground ruins for untold ages. A group known as the "Order of the Glittering Star Cross" attempts to remove the seal by abducting a girl named Wako Agemaki, who they dubbed the "shrine maiden" and is the key to activating the robot. A boy named Takuto Tsunashi arrives with his own Cybuddy named Tauburn to rescue Wako. Thus begins a struggle to unlock the secrets of the advanced technology and prevent disaster. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Decided to watch a couple eps. The art and animation isn't great, but it's acceptable. The show kind of appeals to me in a "magical girl show" way. And it is definitely takes on that structure. It's somewhat entertaining, but very formulaic as well. At least his power develop a lot quicker than in most magical girl shows. I wouldn't advise it for anyone to try unless they like that kind of show.
Link: anidb , ANN

Togainu no Chi - 13+ eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, Freeze-Subs
Summary: Several years after the end of a war, the city of Toshima has fallen into decay and been taken over by the crime syndicate Viscio. There, the head of the syndicate, Il Rey, has convened the battle game "Igura." Meanwhile, Akira, falsely accused of a crime, has made a deal to earn his pardon: go to Toshima, defeat Il Rey, and destroy the syndicate. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: First, I'll say that even if it is Shounen Ai, there's very little of it. Mostly it's just this one guy who clearly likes the main character, but the main character doesn't even care or notice. The art and animation is rather mediocre and the plot so far is moving at a fairly slow pace. It's kind of boring me since not much happens in each ep. The manga is also fairy long (9?+ vols ongoing) so I'm rather wary of it being a long, slow anime. Okay, got to ep5 and it just seems straight out boring. <not continuing unless recommended (may try the manga)>
Link: anidb , ANN

Yosuga no Sora - 13+ eps
Groups: Ryuumaru Fansubs & Unlimited Translation Works, Hatsuyuki Fansub, Okawari-Fansubs, Nuke Fansubs, WhyNot?
Summary: Okukozome is a remote village far removed from the city. That is where Kasugano Haruka goes, taking Sora, his sister, with him. It is a place he had visited often in the past, the place where his grandfather had lived before passing away. Now, the two siblings have lost their parents and a place to call home. Thus, they decide to move into their grandfather's empty house. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: WARNING: Mature themes including incest. Holy crap, and I thought this would be your typical dating sim anime with cute girls all in love with the main character. Well, that it has, but... well, it seems to kind of switch from your regular slife of life type dating sim anime to what seems like H. I was rather surprised by it since it's fairly unusuall. Anyway, the art is satisfactory, could be better for a dating sim, and some of the characters seem very 2D but others seem to have more depth. I just can't decide what to think about it, but considering the first ep I might be too disturbed to continue.
Link: anidb , ANN

Useful Links:
envirosphere - list of all new unlicensed releases
Baka-Updates - list of all releases (DVD and fansubs)
anidb - anime database, similar to animenfo
animenfo - anime database, some manga too
Anime News Network - news and anime/manga encyclopedia
Black-rogue - forums with reviews (by someone I know)
AnimeSuki - unlicensed BT database, forum includes current series dicussion
tokyotosho - BT for anime/manga including raws
Anime Planet - anime recommendation database (not the best for new series, but great in general for summaries, screenshots, and recommendations)
MangaNews - list of all new unlicensed manga releases
Baka-Updates Manga - list of all new manga releases