In Japan, 2041, adherence to or even belief in any kind of religion, spiritual movement, or supernatural phenomena has been completely outlawed. As a security force is tasked with tracking down and incarcerating anyone found guilty of committing such a crime, two brothers have seemingly broken free of a research lab and are on the run, and must keep their psychic abilities hidden for fear of alerting the authorities.
Ryuuhei, a high schooler in Shibuya, Tokyo, is bitten by a mysterious cat-like creature named Tris. He is soon transported to an alternative realm populated by ancient and deadly entities that he is tasked to defeat as a “Knocker Up”, alongside a cast of fellow superpowered fighters.
The Red Flower Musical School has trained thousands of young would-be stars over the years to become fixtures of the Red Flower Opera Company – an all-female musical theater troupe created solely by unmarried women. When ex-idol Ai Narada and the granddaughter of a kabuki actor, the enormously tall Sarasa Watanabe, are both accepted into the prestigious school, personalities collide and dreams of the ultimate stardom – playing a lead role in The Rose of Versailles – are born.
The Republic of San Magnolia, made up of eighty-five territories, has long been at war with a neighboring country, but has created a series of supposedly unmanned drones that allows them to wage battle with zero casualties. However, the truth is that beyond San Magnolia’s utopian-like walls lies a forsaken eighty-sixth sector, whose population, tasked with piloting these “unmanned” mecha, are regularly slaughtered on the battlefield. Lena, a handler employed by the San Magnolia military, has just been assigned to command a detachment of these Eighty-Sixers.
Five transforming fairy bishounen are sent to Earth to heal the hearts of humans – although it is strictly forbidden to form romantic or sexual relationships with any human (of the opposite sex, apparently). Naturally, their sacred task involves setting up a bar, going to high school, and generally wearing as little clothing as possible between times.
After crushing rejection, Tokyo office worker Yoshida stumbles home, drunk and frustrated, to find a high school girl sleeping on the side of the road. Rejecting her repeated attempts to seduce him, he nonetheless allows her to sleep in his apartment for the night, discovering the next morning that the girl, Sayu, is a runaway teen from Hokkaido who’s been trading sexual favors to get by for the past six months. Nobly continuing to refuse to sleep with her, Yoshida instead decides to let her stay with him indefinitely in exchange for taking care of the housework.
When people finish their day and hurry home, his day starts. His diner is open from midnight to seven in the morning. They call it “Midnight Diner”. He makes whatever customers request as long as he has the ingredients for it. That’s his policy. Does he even have customers? Well, more than you might expect……
Jotaro Aragaki is a 29-year-old widower and father who has devoted his life to gymnastics but is now staring down the barrel of retirement, having performed poorly over recent years as he battles both aging and a persistent shoulder injury. However, he’s loathe to tell this to his daughter, and a chance encounter with a foreigner ninja (and a group of mysterious ‘agents’ hot on said ninja’s tail) are about to change the course of Jotaro’s life.
Raizel, a powerful noble freshly awake after 820 years of slumber, is enrolled in a high school, presumably to learn about the customs of twenty-first century society. He is looked after by his servant, Franken(stein?), and a newly-acquired bodyguard with special abilities, himself an escapee from an experimental lab. However, Union, a nefarious secret organization that probably wants to rule the world or something, is hot on Raizel and his team’s trail.
Ikebukuro: where you will apparently never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. In this violent and crime-ridden district, where yazkuza and youth street gangs rule the streets, a young man named Makoto protects his friends by mediating disputes among rival groups, while also saving innocent children, defenseless single moms, and frowning very heavily on drugs. Remember kids, drugs are bad!
A girl whose name I didn’t catch (possibly because she isn’t given any) has inherited a company from her late father. Unfortunately, that company is on the brink of bankruptcy, and it’s now up to her to save it by producing… stuff. She’s a producer or something, idk. In the course of her work, weird supernatural stuff starts happening and she just so happens to meet four hot guys, none of whom she will probably date or sleep with because that would ruin it for the viewers rooting for any of the other guys.
In the late Meiji era, best friends and fictionalized versions of tanka poet Takuboku Ishikawa and linguist Kyousuke Kindaichi form Woodpecker’s Detective Office, teaming up to investigate various deadly mysteries.
Haru Katou works in a section of the police department that could only be described as deadbeat, assigned to looking out for wayward children when he’d clearly rather be out there cleaning up crime and looked upon as a real police officer. His office is thrown into disarray when Daisuke Kanbe, a detective with both God-like assets and a God-like attitude, enters the picture.
A boy called Bam (Yoru?) has spent nearly all his life beneath a huge tower, with only his friend and rescuer, Rachel (Rahel?), by his side. When Rachel/Rahel decides she wants to climb to the top of the tower and disappears, Bam/Yoru manages to follow her inside, where he is faced with a number of deadly challenges at each level on his quest to find her again.
It sure has been an interesting decade for anime. I don’t just mean in terms of new trends or the anime industry in general (although I’m sure the same could be said for these aspects as well), but rather in terms of my personal anime viewing experience. Having spent over half the decade living in…
We here at Glorio routinely subject ourselves to a lot of crap on a yearly basis so other people don’t have to. We’re like the garbagemen of seasonal anime.
Otonomiya Saku is a transfer student with an apparently amazing vocal range, and who the Singing Club at his new school are excited about for his potential to perform the song they plan on using for an upcoming competition. Meanwhile, some kind of mysterious force or beings known as the “white shadows” are making themselves known, not only to Saku but also to some of the teachers at the school, who seem to want to use its/their power in some way for an as yet unknown purpose.
Seiji Nanatsuki is a rookie police officer fresh out of the academy, and an idealist determined to fight crime and seek justice for all. In a world where humans live alongside elves, dwarves and vampires though, that might be a bit more complicated than it sounds – especially as Seiji himself may not be as normal as he appears.
Uenoyama is a skilled guitarist who has lost his passion for playing, while Sato is constantly carrying around a prized guitar that he has no idea how to play or restring. When he begs Uenoyama to fix his guitar and then teach him to play, Sato becomes completely attached, and the relationship is cemented when he tags along to Uenoyama’s band practice and listens to him perform for the first time.
Before Oda Nobunaga grew to become one of the most famous warlords in Japan’s history, he was Kipposhi – an apparently lovable scamp (and extreme pretty-boy) who spent most of his time mixing with street urchins and being hated on by his parents.