Fall 2012 Anime Releases
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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

Btooom! - 12+ eps
Groups: FFFpeeps, Commie
Summary: Sakamoto Ryota is an unemployed 22 year old who lives with his mother. In the real world, there may be nothing special about him, but online, he's one of the world's top players of the combat game called Btooom. One day, he awakes on what appears to be a tropical island, though he has no memory of how he got there or why. While exploring the island, Ryota runs into a mysterious being who attacks him by throwing a bomb at him. Ryota then realizes that both his life is in danger, and that he has somehow become trapped in a real-life version of his favorite game. Ryota must now survive through the nightmare to figure out the reason why he ended up in the game in the first place. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Busou Shinki - 13 eps
Groups: Hadena-Subs, Commie
Summary: High school freshman Rihito, who just came back from abroad, started a new life in Japan with his four Busou Shinki, female action figures with weapons. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: It was kind of cute and I like how they manage to put in a fight every ep, but the reasons were so dumb. I got bored of this rather fast.
Link: anidb , ANN

Chou Soku Henkei Gyrozetter- ? eps
Groups: sage
Summary: In 21st century Japan, cars with artificial intelligence for increased safety, known as "A.I. cars," have revolutionized the car industry. Special schools teaching children driving A.I. cars have been established. One day, Kakeru Todoroki, a fifth grader of Arcadia Academy, was summoned by the school principal and given an A.I. car "to save the humanity by chosen drivers like you." The car, however, is not just a car but also a transforming robot known as "Gyrozetter." [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <coming soon?>
Link: anidb , ANN

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (+ Lite) - 12+ eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, Doremi-Fansubs, Rori Subs
Summary: High school freshman Yūta Togashi was once a "chūnibyō patient" i.e. an overly self-conscious middle schooler. He wants to bury this embarrassing past and begins a new life in high school -- unsuccessfully. His classmate Rikka Takanashi, a "current" chūnibyō patient, has found traces of residual symptoms on him and used the fact to force Togashi "making a contract" with her. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Other Comments: <ninotachi> it's very good even, but you'll cringe a lot =) the voice work is also really good
Link: anidb , ANN

Code Breaker - 12+ eps
Groups: Hatsuyuki Fansub, sage, Hadena-Subs, Anime-Koi
Summary: Riding the bus one day, Sakurakouji Sakura looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire as a boy her age remains unharmed and stands over the people. When she goes back to the site the next day, there are no corpses or evidence of any kind of murder, just a small fire. When Sakura goes to class, she discovers the new transfer student is the same boy she saw the day before. Sakura soon learns that he is Ogami Rei, the sixth "Code: Breaker," a special type of assassin with a strange ability and also a member of a secret organization that serves the government. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Honestly, it wasn't very interesting. The art is pretty bad, and the animation not very good either. Ep1 just couldn't get me interested in this. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Girls und Panzer - 12+ eps
Groups: Commie, Hiryuu Fansubs
Summary: In this world, Sensha-do, the art of tank-combat, is a traditional Japanese martial art for girls. Miho, a girl who just transfered into the Ōrai Girls' Academy in Ibaraki Prefecture, has been ordered by the academy's student council chairperson to join the school team and compete in the national Sensha-do championships. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Could not get through more than 1/2 the ep. It was so boring. There wasn't even any tank fighting. It's very slice-of-life schoolgirls, but with no real drama. <not continuing unless highly recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer - 12+ eps
Groups: Commie
Summary: Hokaze Kon is an otherwise normal boy who, one day, receives an inter-dimensional summons to the world of Mirror. He appears just in time to save the life of Princess Ecarlate, whose enemies are trying to prevent her political marriage. Kon, who knows nothing about Mirror nor the way home, attaches himself to Ecarlate's entourage. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended - tried watching ep 1, the art was hurting my eyes, and it felt like it was making me dumb>
Link: anidb , ANN

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - ? eps
Groups: gg Fansubs
Summary: Late 19th century. Young, handsome and wealthy English nobleman Jonathan Joestar seems to have everything people crave for. His lowly-born adopted brother Dio Brando, brought into the family by Jonathan's father George, is particularly jealous of Jonathan. When Jonathan found out Dio's horrible secret, he tried to use an stone mask that looks like a torture instrument to kill Jonathan, who's into archaeology and might make the death looks like an accident. However, the stone mask is anything but a simple instrument. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Other Comments: <ninotachi> it's meant to be FABULOUS and MANLY at the same time. it's also probably the only series where a training montage and the mentor's tragic backstory is completed in half an episode, because it's more hotblooded and gentlemanly to go beat in the face of the enemy without spilling your win as opposed to training.
Link: anidb , ANN

K - 13 eps
Groups: Hatusyuki Fansub, AnimeSenshi Subs, Doki Fansubs, Commie, Shini-Subs
Summary: Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: It's a bit confusing, but fairly interesting so far. Ep1 provides a little more information than in the summary, but not a lot more. It involves magic users and Shiro is not simply being chased, but the men are trying to kill him thinking he's a murderer. There's magic involved and cryptic dialogue about kings. The art and animation are pretty decent, and the characters are interesting enough. The problem is that the pacing is a bit weird so far. One ep was good, next ep was boring, ep after was interesting again. I'll have to give it at least a couple of more eps to really decide, but if it doesn't keep going at a consistent pace, I might drop it.
Link: anidb , ANN

Little Busters! - 12+ eps
Groups: Unlimited Translation Works & Mazui, Hatsuyuki Fansub
Summary: Little Busters is an adaptation of Key's romance adventure visual novel of the same name. Riki Naoe was orphaned when his parents died, but his depression is slowly lifted when he befriends a group of kids calling themselves the Little Busters. The series takes place during his second year of high school. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Watched ep1, but got bored to tears. The characters are random without being funny or anything. The art isn't that great either. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Magi - ? eps
Groups: gg Fansubs, GotWoot Fansubs, Commie
Summary: In a strange faraway land lies the mysterious labyrinth called The Dungeon. A young boy, Aladdin, and his companion Alibaba, attempt to penetrate the secrets of The Dungeon and obtain the treasures rumored to be hidden there. Within The Dungeon, Aladdin meets many different people, and eventually discovers his destiny. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: The characters are interesting enough so far, and they're kind of fun. The art isn't the greatest, but not bad either. The plot moves forward quickly, so if it keeps moving at this pace, I can see it being good. At the same time, I hope it doesn't turn into a really long series, because if it's just something similar over and over again, I'll get bored very quickly. I do think 3 eps will give you a good idea of whether you'd like it or not.
Link: anidb , ANN

Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai yo ne! - 12+ eps
Groups: Hadena-Subs, Doki Fansubs, Hiryuu Fansubs
Summary: The story centers around Akito Himenokōji, a boy who was separated from his twin sister Akiko, but they end up living under the same roof together during high school. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Psycho-Pass - 22 eps
Groups: Commie
Summary: The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person's state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term "Psycho-Pass" in the anime's title refers to a standard used to measure an individual's being. The story centers around the "enforcement officer" Shinya Kōgami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Fairly episodic so far. It's like watching a cop show, which features the bad guy turned good guy type. So far really not the best. I'm not a big fan of any of the characters, and the art could be better. Pacing is also a tad slow. I will give it another ep or two, but unless it picks up, I doubt I'll keep watching.
Link: anidb , ANN

Robotic;Notes - 22 eps
Groups: Hatusyuki Fansub, WhyNot?, Hybrid Fansubs & Kaitou Fansubs, Commie
Summary: In 2019, Kaito Yashio is a member of his school's robotics club and a fan of fighting games. His classmate Akiho is a world renowned programmer of fighting games. Together they decide to create an actual giant robot and seek help from their friends. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended - tried watching ep1... failed>
Link: anidb , ANN

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 12+ eps
Groups: Hadena-Subs, Rori Subs
Summary: The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Kanda Sorata who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata's school. One day, Shiina Mashiro — a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist — moves into Sakurasou. Sorata thinks to himself that he should protect Mashiro from the weirdos at Sakurasou, but Mashiro has a surprising secret: she has no idea how to take care of herself. She gets lost if she goes out, and her room is a complete mess. Sorata's dorm mates designate him as the master of Mashiro, and thus, an ordinary boy and a brilliant girl must live like a master and his pet. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Shinsekai Yori - 12+ eps
Groups: Unlimited Translation Works, Hadena-Subs, Commie
Summary: In the future Japan has become a fractured country, and small towns now exist. The rulers of this world have the cursed power of Telekinesis. When an incident occurs, 5 children come to realize the world is not as it seems, and learn the bloody history behind this world. These 5 children unite and help the world as it falls into a downward spiral of chaos. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: The 1st ep doesn't even cover the summary. It's a bit jarring sometimes because the transitions can mean a very short period of time or a very long one. The art/animation is also kind of weird in some places, and so is the pacing (that is, sometimes nothing happens, and sometimes a lot happens). Still, so far it has some interesting elements so I'll give it another couple of eps (at ep5 now), but I don't have high hopes for it either.
Link: anidb , ANN

Suki-tte Ii na yo - ? eps
Groups: Hadena-Subs, Oyatsu
Summary: The story of first love centers around Tachibana Mei, a girl who has never made friends or had a boyfriend in 16 years. One day, she accidentally injures Kurosawa Yamato, the school's most popular boy. For some reason, Yamato becomes interested in Mei and starts a one-sided friendship with her. He even protects her from a stalker - by kissing her. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless highly recommended - I read the manga for a little while but got really bored with it>
Link: anidb , ANN

Teekyuu- ? eps
Groups: Commie
Summary: Four girls makeup Kameido High School's Tennis Club, but they don't actually get in much tennis practice. Oshimoto Yuri is the club's only freshman and the only sane person in this collection of eccentric personalities. Each day is spent in fun with her sophomore seniors, Shinjou Kanae, who is utterly inept at tennis, Takamiya Nasuno, who attempts to solve every problem with money, and Bandou Marimo, who, despite her elegant looks, is quite the pervert. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb , ANN

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 12+ eps
Groups: FFFpeeps, Commie
Summary: The romantic comedy centers around Mizutani Shizuku, a girl who has absolutely no interests except for school and her plans for the future. A boy named Yoshida would be seated next to her in class, but he has been constantly absent for one reason or another since the first day of school. By chance, she is sent to deliver class printouts to him, and that leads Yoshida to believe they are friends. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended - tried watching ep1... failed>
Link: anidb , ANN

Zetsuen no Tempest - 12+ eps
Groups: Tsuki Fansubs, Darksoul-Fansubs, Commie
Summary: Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose family was mysteriously murdered a year ago, is contacted by Hakase Kusaribe, a young woman who stands against her clan since they left her stranded on a deserted island. As the two decide to help each other, Hakase's quest to oppose her clan brings to light that the Kusaribe clan intends to awaken the "Tree of Zetsuen" whose power can bring chaos upon the entire world. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: This is all for the plot. The characters are okay and so is the art/animation. The pace is fairly steady and keeps things moving along. So far, there's not a lot of plot beyond the summary, but has lots of fighting and running. I'll keep watching for a couple of more eps at least (at ep3).
Link: anidb , ANN

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