Winter 2015 anime watching intentions

I decided to move this over from my MAL blog. The list of series is taken from https://livechart.me/winter. As always, I will update this post as the season progresses.

This season I will be trying out most new things, but the vast majority of the unusually high number of sequels are from franchises which I am not familiar with. 23 things to watch in total, 4 continuing and 19 new.

Continuing from the current season:
Akatsuki no Yona*
Log Horizon 2nd Series*
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (may still drop this yet)*
Shirobako*

Will try:
Absolute Duo
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!*
Death Parade
Doamaiger D
Dog Days”
Isuca
Junketsu no Maria
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir*
Kantai Collection: KanColle*
Koufuku Graffiti
Military!*
Rolling Girls**
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata*
Seiken Tsukai no World Break*
Sengoku Musou*
Shinmai Maou no Testament*
Yoru no Yatterman
Yuri Kuma Arashi

*These series are available in the UK on Crunchyroll

** These series are not available on CR but are available on in the UK on Viewster

Won’t watch:
Aldnoah Zero 2nd Season – never watched series 1
Durarara!!x2 Shou – haven’t watched anime of series 1
Go! Princess Precure – I’ve never tried a precure series and this doesn’t look like the one I would go with if I did.
Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders – Egypt Hen – not watched any Jojo series.
Kamisama Hajimemashita – dropped series 1.
Ketsuekigata-kun! 2 – I didn’t even know this existed and thus never watched the first series.
Kuroko no Basket 3rd series – Never watched earlier series
Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen SC – never watched the first series.
Pankis! 2-jigen – I don’t think I could bear to watch this.
Q Transformers: Kaette Kita Convoy no Nazo – not a transformers fan.
Shounen Hollywood – didn’t watch 49
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus – not watched earlier parts of the series.
Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD – not watched earlier parts of the series.
The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls – the original iDOLM@STER didn’t appeal to me so I don’t see this doing it either.
Tokyo Ghoul √A – didn’t watch the first series.
Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll – I kind of stopped caring about monogatari.
Washimo 2 – Completely put off by the art style.

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English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 22nd December 2014

It’s the last full week of 2014.

Once again the top volume is one which doesn’t appear on this list – this time being the new Love Live School Idol Diary. Priere and Mitsuneko Bunko were included last week by mistake so are not listed this time (both saw releases on Monday – the dates were correctly listed in last week’s post. There’s quite enough on here even without them, though.

EDIT: 105 releases in total this week (including those not listed here). That’s the highest number since I started doing this back in May.

English Releases:

n/a (no light novels or manga released in English this week due to Christmas)

Japanese Releases:

Shincho Bunko Nex: (Release date 22nd December)
ひとつ火の粉の雪の中

Alphapolis Bunko: (Release date 23rd December)
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gaiden 4) Shirogane no Shou Hime hen (ゲート―自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり〈外伝4〉白銀の晶姫編)

MF Bunko J: (Release date 23rd December)
Hidan no Aria 19 Minuet wo Goissho ni (緋弾のアリアXIX 小舞曲を御一緒に)
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. 9 (変態王子と笑わない猫。9)
Absolute Duo 7 Kinki no Kajitsu (アブソリュート・デュオVII 禁忌の果実)
Asobi ni Iku Yo! 19 (あそびにいくヨ! 19)
Kenshin no Succeed 11 (剣神の継承者XI)
Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Tanhenshuu 1 (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 短編集1)
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 5 Fujouri Roulette (ミカグラ学園組曲5 不条理ルーレット)
Sensei, Machigattemasu. 2 (せんせい、まちがってます。 2)
Vanquish Overload 3 Gioo Hangyaku (ヴァンキッシュ・オーバーロード 03 偽王叛逆)
Koukidou Hishou Heiki: Busou Yousei Fairia 3 (光機動飛翔兵器 武装妖精フェアリア3)
Unsimulated Incubator Eiyuu Btai Kakusei (虚構戦役の戦導師<アンシミュレイテッド・インキュベーター> 英雄部隊覚醒)
Shouen no Machi no Eiyuu shoujo 3 (焦焔の街の英雄少女3)
Angel Festa! (エンジェル・フェスタ!)
Fujimoto Anzu wa Gokigen Naname 2 -Tsumetai Hanabi to Yasashii Angou- (藤元杏はご機嫌ななめ2 ―冷たい花火と優しい暗号―)

MF Books: (Release date 23rd December)
Fairytale Chronicle ~Kuuki Yomenai Isekai Life~ 6 (フェアリーテイル・クロニクル ~空気読まない異世界ライフ~ 6)
NEET Dakedo Hello Work ni Ittara Isekai ni Tsuretekareta 5 (ニートだけどハロワにいったら異世界につれてかれた 5)
Netooku Otoko no Tanoshii Isekai Boueki 4 (ネトオク男の楽しい異世界貿易 4)
Magi Craft Meister 4 (マギクラフト・マイスター 4)

Overlap Bunko: (Release date 23rd December)
Flame Oukoku Koubouki 3 (フレイム王国興亡記 3)
Bug Game Breaker! 1 ~ Level 99 Dakedo Mada Honkidashitenai~ バグゲーブレイカー! 1 ~Lv99だけどまだ本気出してない~)
Maken Senki 2 ~Kimi no Michi Terasu Gin no Tsuki~ (魔剣戦記 2 ~きみの道照らす銀の月~)
Level E no Orbit Game 2 (無能力者(レベルE)のオービット・ゲーム 2)
Cosmic@Live (コズミックアライブ)

GC Novels: (Release date 24th December)
Tenseishitara Slime Datta Ken 3 (転生したらスライムだった件 3)
ブルージャスティスここにあり! 1

Kodansha X Bunko White Heart: (Release date 24th/25th December)
大富豪の花嫁 ~三兄弟のプロポーズ~
償いの婚礼
ダイヤの国のアリス ~Piece of My Wish~
ひみつの森の魔法姫 ~金の王子に魅せられて~

Alphalight Bunko: (Release date 24th December)
Shiro no Koukoku Monogatari 4 (白の皇国物語〈4〉)
エンジェル・フォール!〈1〉

Ever Princess: (Release date 25th December)
仮面伯爵と男装の乙女
猫かぶりな伯爵令嬢

Sohgeisha Clear Bunko: (Release date 25th December)
RAIL WARS! 10

Mahou no i-Rand Bunko: (Release date 25th December)
BLACK ROSE ―孤高ニ咲ク華―
13ゲーム ―そして、僕たちは殺しあった―
IDOL☆STAGE!!《アイドル・ステージ》
パンドラの箱
花のプリンス部! (2)

Pinky Bunko: (Release date 25th December)
通学条件 〜君と僕の部屋〜
俺が守ってやるよ。

Famitsuu Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
Granblue Fantasy (グランブルーファンタジー)
Kantai Collection -KanColle- Kagerou, Batsubyou Shimasu! 4 (特装版 艦隊これくしょん -艦これ- 陽炎、抜錨します!4) (2 versions)
霧氷街ブルース 炎の蜃気楼昭和編
クトゥルフ神話TRPG リプレイ 御津門学園ゲーム部の冒涜的な活動
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin 8 (龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金8)
ナイトウィザード The 3rd Edition リプレイ 壊れた世界の聖約(2) 流れる星の下に
B.A.D. Chocolate Days 4 (B.A.D.チョコレートデイズ(4))
Gategun no Gaikoukan to, Ryuu no Kuni no Taishikan (開門銃の外交官と、竜の国の大使館)
おいしいサンドイッチの作り方 スタンバイタイム

Kodansha Ranobe Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
七つの大罪 セブンデイズ
愛・天地無用! モモノキヲク(上)
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 7 Black Nemesis (銃皇無尽のファフニール7 ブラック・ネメシス)
Warlock Witch Craft 2 (ウォーロック・ウィッチクラフト2)
Nanamagari Nanami no Naname na Jijou 4 (七曲ナナミの斜めな事情4)
カイブツ×カノジョ
フェイトフル・モーメンツ2 アナザー・セルマ
東京アリスゴシック

Cobalt Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
霧氷街ブルース 炎の蜃気楼昭和編
鬼舞 見習い女房と安倍の姉妹
あくまで悪魔! 〜おまえにこの腕から逃れる術はない〜
覆面竜女 皇帝は欲する、天界の華

Monster Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
モンスターのご主人様(2)
軍師は何でも知っている(2)
ステ振り!(1) チートであの娘を美少女に
ビルドエラーの盾僧侶(1)

LuLuLu Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
Romantei he Youkoso ~Shoka no Arashi~ (浪漫邸へようこそ ~初夏の嵐~)
横暴陛下の姫補佐官
守護姫さまの花嫁修業

Chiffon Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
王の華嫁 ~政略婚の愛に濡れて~
愛しの孔雀姫 ~砂漠の夜は淫靡な香り~

KCG Bunko: (Release date 26th December)
メカクシ団:ウォッチャーズ アンソロジー -消失少女をめぐるひと夏の冒険譚-

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (Release date 27th December)
Shinmai Maou no Testament 7 (新妹魔王の契約者 (7))
ノーブルウィッチーズ 第506 統合戦闘航空団 飛翔!
Ai da Koi da wo Torishimaru Ore ni, Haru ga Yatttekita Node Chaos 2 (愛だ恋だを取り締まる俺に、春がやってきたので無秩序 (2))
新装版 コクーン・ワールド (2) 真夜中に騒ぐ冒険者
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? 2 (終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか? (2))
断末のミレニヲン (1) 君を連れてあの楽園まで
サングリア ‐In the Dracuria earth ‐ (2) 月黄泉‐MOON HADES ‐

Hero Bunko: (Release date 27th December)
Saishin no Game wa Sugosugi daro 3 (最新のゲームは凄すぎだろ 3)
World Order (ワールドオーダー)
Kochira Toubatsu Quest Assen Madoguchi 2 (こちら討伐クエスト斡旋窓口 2)
Maryoku no Tsukaenai Majutsushi 2 (魔力の使えない魔術師 2)

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (Release date 27th December)
花神遊戯伝 ちとせに遊べ、この花世界
アドリア王国物語 誓いの剣と星に導かれし者
赤き天に星は揺らめく 陽と月の制約
亜夜子と時計塔のガーディアン 約束のチョコレート
ニーナと精霊の扉 黒衣の公務員と碧の秘密

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (Release date 27th December)
発情トラップ
千年皇帝 ~最後の花嫁~
旦那様は鬼
不機嫌王子と誘惑ランプ

Adult Light novel labels with releases this week:
Jewel Books (Release date 23rd December)
Puchipara Bunko Creative (Release date 26th December)
Puchipara Bunko (Release date 26th December)

Disclaimers: Volumes not on amazon’s list of upcoming light novel releases are not listed above. Re-releases may be included by accident but will be removed if spotted. Romaji titles may not be entirely accurate. Some titles are in practice released a day or two earlier than the release dates given above.

Durarara Season 2 – can history repeat itself?

Back in January 2010 something unprecedented began. The anime adaptation of a light novel series with fairly average sales started airing. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, although it was one of the lowest selling series to ever get a 2-cour anime adaptation*. That anime series then produced a boost to the light novel sales. Nothing unusual about that either. This sales boost was enough to get the backlog volumes to appear on the weekly rankings fairly consistently. That is unusual but nothing exceptional.

However, the end result of this is something that has, at least as far as there is data for, never happened either before or since. In the year end rankings, Durarara!! had four of the five bestselling light novel volumes of 2010. Sword Art Online managed the same in 2012, but in Durarara!!’s case it was all old volumes, and not newly released ones – in other words, volumes that were there purely thanks to the anime boost. When you consider that SAO pre-anime had sales that were many times higher than the equivalent for Durarara!!** this becomes even more spectacular (SAO’s sales boost for volume 1 was slightly larger in actual terms, though).

But the anime fans who picked up these books were a fickle lot, and sales of the series dropped away hard with every new volume – drops of more than 20% from one volume to the next being normal***. The latest volume (of the sequel series) sold just 31k copies before dropping out of the weekly rankings. If it weren’t for the relatively newly available monthly rankings, Durarara would thus be the only series on record where a later volume sold less than 10% of an earlier one (with both volumes ranking).

But now, in January 2015, we have the start of a second season of the anime. In the rather odd format of three split cours.

There are a lot of people out there sitting with the first few volumes of this series on their bookshelves, or stashed away in the cupboard or crate somewhere. There is thus, in theory, a huge potential market for the books to get a big sales boost without the series even gaining any new fans – a fairly unprecedented state. All the series has to do is remind the people who bought a volume or two before that it exists, and why they went out and bought those books.

5 years is a long gap between two anime series, though. Will that work against the series, on account of a lot of people who watched back then may have stopped following, or changed to liking a different type of story or simply forgotten everything that happened? Or will it work in the series’ favour, bringing in a new fanbase that wasn’t even around when the first season aired, and reminding people who had completely forgotten about the series’ existance that yes, that was a rather good series, wasn’t it?

Can history possibly, just possibly, repeat itself?

Personally, I think it has a fairly good chance of far exceeding any other sales boost from the second season of a light novel adaptation in history. Only time will tell, though.

*Tokyo Ravens is the only one in the last 3 years which did not have significantly higher sales before the 2 cours anime began.

**The actual sales data for Durarara!! before the anime aired is patchy, but from the data we have I would say that slightly under 20k sales per volume is the right sort of range.

*** volume 10’s first 3 weeks sales were 128827, volume 11’s were 100212, volume 12’s were 71412

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 15th December 2014

Taking a look at the English releases for once, it’s interesting that DanMachi seems to be outselling Spice and Wolf on Amazon on both sides of the Atlantic. I wouldn’t have expected that. Of course, SAO is outselling both of them comfortably.

Top new volume on the Japanese side is Washio Sumi wa Yuusha de Aru, which isn’t listed here as I’m not sure what label it’s published under, followed by OreTwi volume 8.

English Releases:

Yen On: (release date 16th December)
Sword Art Online 3: Fairy Dance
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 1
Spice and Wolf 13: Side Colors III

Japanese Releases:

B’s-LOG Bunko: (release date 15th December)
なりゆき斎王の入内 -この恋路、乱れがはしき-
ダンガンロンパ1・2 Beautiful Days
悪魔で騎士 愛されすぎて逃亡中!
城と天才と私 初恋の価格は国家予算!?

Seikaisha Fictions: (release date 16th December)
Haruka Toudo no Kanan 4 Imada Minu Rakudo (遙か凍土のカナン4 未だ見ぬ楽土)
Yakusoku no Kuni 2 (約束の国 2)

Regina Bunko: (release date 16th December)
蔦王―外伝 瑠璃とお菓子〈2〉
騎士様の使い魔〈1〉
策士な側近と生真面目侍女―これがわたしの旦那さま外伝

Tiara Bunko: (release date 17th December)
義兄将軍の掠奪愛: 鳥籠で美妹は可憐に喘ぐ
時の恋人たち
君の心まで奪いたい 伯爵さまの淫らなたくらみ

Gagaga Bunko: (release date 18th December)
Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. 8 (俺、ツインテールになります。8) (2 versions)
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita Heijouunten (人類は衰退しました 平常運転)
Hakozoko no Elpis (筺底のエルピス)
天網炎上カグツチ2

Dash Ex Bunko: (release date 19th December)
Kure-nai ~Yugami Sora no Hime~ (紅 ~歪空の姫~ )
Hajimaranai Ragnarok to Owatteru Uchira no Live (始まらない終末戦争と終わってる私らの青春活劇)
Equalizer! (イコライザー!)
Bloody Weapons (ブラッディ・ウェポンズ)
ファーレンハイト9999

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 19th December)
Tokyo Ghoul [Sekijitsu] (東京喰種〈トーキョーグール〉 【昔日】)
放課後の魔女
鬼塚伊予の臨床心霊学

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko: (release date 20th December)
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 7 (冴えない彼女の育てかた (7))
Date A Live Encore 3 (デート・ア・ライブ アンコール (3))
Hitsugi no Chaika 11 (棺姫のチャイカ (11))
Sky World 9 (スカイ・ワールド (9))
Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara, Gendai Heiki de Guntai Harem wo Tsukucchaimashita!? 2 (軍オタが魔法世界に転生したら、現代兵器で軍隊ハーレムを作っちゃいました!? (2))
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai 9 Itan Doumei (対魔導学園35試験小隊 (9) 異端同盟)
HP1 kara Hajimeru Isekai Musou 1 (HP1からはじめる異世界無双 (1))
Ore to Kanojo ga Geboku de Dorei de Shuujuu Keiyaku 4 (俺と彼女が下僕で奴隷で主従契約 (4))
Boku no Yuusha 6 (ぼくのゆうしゃ (6))
Himekishi Seifuku Sensou (姫騎士征服戦争)
女の子に夢を見てはいけません! (2)

Fujimi Dragon Book: (release date 20th December)
Sword World 2.0 Replay Senryuu to ha no Kakumei 2: Breakout (ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ 千竜と刃の革命 (2) Breakout)
グランクレスト・リプレイ ライブ・ファクトリー (2) ぼっちな君主の新世界

Priere Bunko: (release date 22nd December)
疑われた花嫁 戸惑いの蜜月

Adult Light novel labels with releases this week:
Echikawa Bunko (release date 18th December)
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 20th December)
Mitsuneko Bunko (release date 22nd December)

Disclaimers: Volumes not on amazon’s list of upcoming light novel releases are not listed above. Re-releases may be included by accident but will be removed if spotted. Romaji titles may not be entirely accurate. Some titles are in practice released a day or two earlier than the release dates given above.