It’s time once again to dive headfirst into another season of anime. And it seems our initial fears of a sparse winter will prove false, since we review ten–yes, ten!–shows. And not everything has aired yet! So to keep things from going way too long, we skip the news and only answer one Twitter question.
The anime we cover (in order of their air dates) are:
- Rio -Rainbow Gate!- #1 (dropped)
- Madoka Magica #1
- Infinite Stratos #1 (dropped)
- Yumekui Merry #1
- Wolverine #1
- Gosick #1
- Freezing #1 (dropped)
- Beelzebub #1
- Level E #1
- Star Driver #14
Although we only covered one Twitter question, it was a bit of an in-depth one. If you can’t remember all the suggestions Larry and I made, click the jump to get the full list.
- Atomic Robo – Since each volume is stand-alone, you don’t have to read them in any particular order. Which is why I suggest volume 4, because it features Carl Sagan fighting an inter-dimensional god-being.
- Incredible Hercules – Though Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente’s run goes all the way back to 2008, I jumped on at the beginning of 2010 and didn’t feel lost at all.
- Power Girl = I wish more fanservice anime was as fun as this.
- Batman Incorporated = Pretty much any comic written by Grant Morrison is great, but this new Batman series is a nice blend of serious and silly. And since it only started in November, it’s really easy for newcomers to catch up.
- Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars – Classic sci-fi series that will definitely appeal to fans of Star Trek.
- Tenchi Muyo – The show that pretty much started the harem genre. Feel free to start any any variation of the series (except for Tenchi in Tokyo, which is rubbish).
- Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures – A show that Larry has told me about several times before. I guess I should watch it eventually.
- Betterman – According to Wikipedia, this show shares the same universe as GaoGaiGar. That’s…pretty awesome.
- Serial Experiments Lain – Kind of a surrealist, psychological sci-fi series. It doesn’t click for everybody, but it’s certainly worth a look.
- Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex – The premiere cyberpunk anime. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should remedy that soon.
- Psych – Buddy-detective show where one of them pretends to be a psychic in order to solve crimes independently. It’s also really funny. Sadly, only the most recent episodes are available for free on Hulu.com (past shows will cost you $8, similar to Crunchyroll).
- Community – Since I mentioned it on the show, I watched a full episode on Hulu. It turns that yes, it is as funny as I hoped it was.
- Burn Notice – It’s pretty difficult to find good YouTube videos to show off dramatic shows, but trust me. It’s good. But like the previous two, you’ll have to settle for only the most recent episodes if you want to watch them on Hulu.
- Farscape – I can’t believe I forgot to mention it on the podcast, so I’m fixing that in the shownotes. It’s one of the best sci-fi shows I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of those. Oh, and you can get the entire 88-episode series for $67.