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Japanator's Winter '11 preview, part 3

5:00 PM on 12.27.2010 // Brad Rice

We've passed the half-way point for our Winter 2011 preview, and now it's time to delve into a new set of shows as the snow obliterates any work I may have done to clear out my driveway. Seriously, it looks like nobody even touched my street!

In this edition of our preview, we talk about: Nyaruko-san, Houkago no Pleiades, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, Level E, Maho Shojo Madoka Magica and Mitsudomoe Zoryochu. All in all, not a terrible batch.

Be sure to check out our previous iterations of this series (Part 1 and Part 2) for a so-far complete list. Down below, you'll see just who is covering what. Let us know what you're looking forward to!

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Studio: DLE Inc. (No primary works)
Director: Azuma Tani (Consulting Producer on GI Joe: Sigma Six)
Air Date: December 21, 2010

This is everyone's favorite flash animation bastardizing HP Lovecraft! Bob's already given you the lowdown on the show in his First Impressions piece, so check that out.

Houkago no Pleiades
Studio: Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt)
Director: Shouji Saeki (FLCL Episodes 3 & 5, He Is My Master)
Air Date: Unknown

So Gainax and Subaru walk into a room together...and out comes an anime project. The two companies are teaming up to produce an anime, that will be streamed on YouTube, about what I believe to be three girls representing the star clusters in the Subaru logo.

So yeah, enjoy, Gainax fans.

Right now, Mike LeChevallier will be covering it. Will he buy a Subaru after watching this? We'll wait and find out!

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Studio: Studio DEEN (Higurashi: When They Cry, Ranma 1/2)
Director: Takaomi Kanesaki (Magician's Academy)
Air Date: January 11, 2011

Boy gets killed. Boy gets resurrected as "zombie" by girl with powers. Boy wakes up in an alternate world named Soul So--. You get the point: this show sounds an awful lot like Bleach, just with a different power set. Similarly, the staffing behind this show doesn't have the best fit -- the two writers attached to it have worked on Gundam SEED and Lucky Star.

The staff is a bit wary on this one as a whole, and nobody has stepped up to claim it. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised by the show turning out good, but I don't have high hopes for this one.

Level E
Studio: David Production (Dogs, Ristorante Paradisio) and Pierrot (Beezlebub, Bleach movie 4)
Director: Toshiyuki Kato (Code E, Mission E)
Air Date: January 11, 2011

Does this direction have some special attachment with the letter E? Well, here's a typical plot with a twist: A boy, about to start high school, moves into his own apartment. I find this really hard to believe, but it's a classic anime trope, so I'll run with it. Of course, he finds someone else already living there who says they're an alien. The twist?

It's a guy!

That's right, no super-typical female alien lurking here! I suspect from this point on, the story will be a mixture of action and comedy, as the story's original creator also wrote Yu Yu Hakusho

Kristina Pino, with her love of all things shonen (and bishonen) is tackling this one. She's going to be a busy beaver!

Maho Shojo Madoka Magica
Studio: Shaft (Bakemonogatari, Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei)
Director: Yukihiro Miyamoto (Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei, Arakawa Under the Bridge)
Air Date: January 7, 2011

It looks like Shaft is turning its sights back to cute girls, this time with magical powers! With a strong cast including Aoi Yuki (Mina Tepes from Dance in the Vampire Bund), Chiwa Saito (Francesca from Strike Witches) and Eri Kitamura (Ami from Toradora!), this show looks like it'll induce sugar shock into even the most jaded of hearts.

This follows a group of middle-school girls who have magical powers and grant peoples' wishes. I don't expect the show to be too complex, but it should be pretty, and might have a bit of unexpected fanservice.

Interestingly enough, Ben Huber has been corrupted to the dark side, and will be watching this show. Expect him to be poor for the rest of his life, after buying copious amounts of Madoka Magica figures.

Mitsudomoe Zoryochu
Studio: Bridge (Mitsudomoe)
Director: Masahito Ota (Minami-ke)
Air Date: January 8, 2011

A sequel to this summer's show, I've got to admit, nobody on staff is hopping on board the Mitsudomoe train. After Karen's relative panning of the first season and eventual drop of it, nobody has gotten fired up about it. If you've already watched and enjoyed Mitsudomoe, then you'll enjoy the second season. If you haven't watched this show, check it out on Crunchyroll before diving into season two.

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