What I Want to See: CLANNAD

CLANNADAh yes, another Visual Arts/Key visual novel turned anime series. I’ve seen Kanon and loved it, and I should get Volume 1 of Air in the mail from Netflix today, and CLANNAD would complete the “trilogy,” so to speak.

I’ve been looking at this one for a while, but I wanted to wait until an official announcement on when it would air was made. This past week that announcement was made: October 4th. Of course there is a movie of this being made, but I would almost rather watch the series first, then watch the movie, so the movie doesn’t spoil the series for me.

The movie, which is being made by Toei Animation (which did both the Air Movie and the 2002 Kanon series) is being put into theaters September 15th. The TV series is being done, once again, by Kyoto Animation which did both the Air TV series as well as the 2006 Kanon remake. There is no word on how long the TV series will be yet.

One thing that is different about CLANNAD over both Air and Kanon is that it was never released as an adult bishojo game. Both Air and Kanon started out as adult games, and then had a “clean” version released later.

CLANNED is also the biggest of Key’s visual novels, at least in terms of lines of dialog (which may suggest a full length season will be made).

From the few things I’ve read about it (I try not to spoil it), I haven’t seen anything that indicates anything of a mystical nature in CLANNAD, but given that this is Key, and such things have occurred in both Kanon and Air, it’s definitely not out of the question. In any case, I’m hoping for yet another success coming from both Key and Kyoto Animation.

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What I Want to See: Noein – To Your Other Self

noein.jpgAnother sci-fi shows highlights this week “what I want to see” section, this time it’s Noein: To Your Other Self. This one sounds like it could be pretty bizzare with travel through space-time and utilizing some of the theories of quantum physics, such as the theory that the universe branches out into an infinite number of variations, and other similar things you’d expect to find in a Stephen Hawkings book.

The story itself sounds a little bizzare (what’s new witha anime), but I’ve already learned that sounding lame or bizarre doesn’t necessarily mean it actually is lame. Also, this seems to be a pretty well-liked series, so I’ll probably give watching it a shot at some point.

What I Want to See: Stellvia

StellviaIt’s another edition of “What I Want to See.” Unfortunately, I’ve made it a policy to not put anything here if I’ve seen more than one episode of it, so a series like Moon Phase, which I saw the first volume of at Otakon and really liked doesn’t count.

So I looked through my Netflix queue (which now has something like 40 series and movies in it) to find something that I haven’t seen, but has been on my radar for a while. It didn’t take long for me to spot on particular series: Stellvia.

Like so many anime on my list, I’m not sure when and where I first heard about Stellvia. However, this series has intrigued me for a while. First off, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a good old-fashioned science fiction anime series. However, it kind of looks like a “cute” type anime series, but it’s not my impression that it’s one that relies heavily on fan service (I guess I’ll find out for sure when I watch it). As for the feeling of the series, I’m thinking like Cardcaptor Sakura (minus the magic) meets Infinite Ryvius, though not as dark. I guess I’ll find out whether I’m way off the mark or not.

Stellvia was produced by XEBEC of works I haven’t seen very much of. There is Love Hina, which I despised, but they also did work with series like Noein and The Third which are both also on my to-see list. In any case, there isn’t much of a history based on the production studio that I can really go off of.

In any case, this series is bubbling towards the top of my queue and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

What I Want to See: X

XAh yes, another CLAMP-based anime series, this one about a nice touchy-feely topic like the apocalypse. I knew of the existence of this series, but didn’t really see anything about it until I ran across it while watching the previews on one of the DVDs that I own. The animation and the music immediately caught my attention, and the fact that it was originally created by one of my favorite manga groups pretty much sealed the deal of my wanting to pick this up eventually.

What I Want to See: 5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per secondThe recently-acquired-by-ADV series of short stories called 5 Centimeters Per Second is next on my list of what to see. By the same person who made The Place Promised in our Early Days (which I love) and Voices of a Distant Star (which I should get from Netflix today), 5 Centimeters Per Second may be best described by it’s subtitle: “A chain of short stories about their distance” and is about, perhaps not surprisingly, a series of stories about a pair of people separated by distance and how it impacts those characters.

Given that I liked Placed Promised and I’ll surprised if I don’t like Voices, it’s a shame this isn’t coming to DVD until December. ADV is screening it at Anime Expo, and hopefully they’ll give it the same treatment at Otakon.

What I Want to See: Air

AirAfter watching Kanon and enjoying pretty much all 3 Kyoto Animation series that I’ve either finished or are in progress of watching, I thought I’d add a fellow Key visual novel-based series produced by Kyoto Animation to the list of what I want to see.

Reading a non-spoiler description of it on wikipedia and Anime News Network, Air sounds a little more unusual than most visual novels that I’ve heard of, though I guess I’ll see.

I almost kind of find it humorous that the things with some of the best stories that I’ve seen are all ero visual novel games. I’m not sure if it’s because people who play these visual novels justify the ero part by saying “but it has a good story too!” or if people who play those games are secretly all mushy-mushy.

When watching or playing anime or anime-like visual novel games, very few have caused me to blubber, but all three either visual novel, or anime based of visual novels have invoked that reaction.

I’ll see if Air is similar in this regard as well. It has a good rating on Anime News Network, so that’s a promising start. Unfortunately I have to wait until mid-August for the first DVD to come out.

What I Want to See: Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the HeartIn the first movie to grace this section, this week I write about Whisper of the Heart. Another Ghibli film (albeit, not a Miyazaki one, though he did work on it), this is a story about a girl who loves reading and writing – so much so that it causes her school work to suffer, much to the chagrin of her parents. Soon she meets a boy who happens to be the same boy who had checked out many of the same library books that the girl has checked out at well, and follows the progression of their relationship.

This kinda sounds like a cute little romance movie. The Ghibli film The Cat Returns is also apparently based off of some of the stories that the girl images in this movie. I’ve rarely run into a Ghibli film I didn’t really like, and this one sounds like a good one from the start.

What I Want to See: Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 2

Bokusatsu Tenshi Bokuro-chan 2Bokusatsu Tenshi (or Club-to-Death Angel) Dokuro-chan 2 is the first “What I Want to See” anime that hasn’t even been aired in Japan yet. I’m not entirely sure how I stumbled onto the first Dokuro-chan series of shorts, but I thought they were hilarious. Unfortunately, no one has licensed it in the US, though maybe with a second season, there will be enough of it to get it licensed (the first show was 8 12-minute episodes aired in 4 pairs, one every two months).

I’m not sure how this series is going to air, if it’s going to be done the same way as the first series or if they’re going to treat this as a typical TV series or what, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m almost shocked that Anime News Network has no entry for this show. Usually they have information about shows that have just been announced and nothing more is known about this. This has a station and time now (It’s airing on TV Kanagawa at midnight, local time starting the night of August 11th) .

In any case, I’ll be really mad if someone doesn’t fan sub this one (according to PukiWiki, no one has picked it up yet).

What I Want to See: Genshiken

GenshikenGenshiken is a series that I’ve been eying for a while from both the manga and anime side, but I haven’t gotten around to starting either. I’m not sure I’d go as far as saying I’m an Otaku (though having a blog on anime certainly goes a long way), with me only watching anime for about 1 and 3/4 years, it doesn’t result in me knowing all the jokes told in series meant for Otaku.

However, with my enjoyment of other for-Otaku series like Haruhi Suzumiya and the currently-airing Lucky Star, and with releases often doing a decent job of trying to make the show relevant, even for those who may not quite get it naturally, I think Genshiken may be an interesting addition to the annals of shows that I have watched.

What I Want to See: Chrono Crusade

Chrono CrusadeI’m not exceptionally passionate about my want to see this next series. However, I am writing about it because it’s been on my to-see list for quite a while, and that series is Chrono Crusade.

Nothing like gun-wielding nuns to get a story going, I guess.

This is one of those series where I’m hopeful, but at the same time doubtful about it. My decision to watch this series is driven about 80% by it’s popularity and 20% from what I’ve heard about it. Sometimes I end up liking series that I watch because of it just being popular (see: Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Azumanga Daioh) and sometimes I don’t (see: Love Hina), however Gonzo doing the animation never hurts.