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Japanator's Winter '11 preview, part 4

5:00 PM on 12.28.2010 // Brad Rice

We're here with our final installment of our Winter 2011 anime preview! We've already covered most of the series airing soon, but we've saved some special ones for you this time. This batch includes: I Don't Like My Big Brother at All!, Rio - Rainbow Gate, Starry Sky, Wolverine and Yume Kui Merry.

Overall, I've got say that season looks like it'll have quite a few winners amongst it -- sure, some bombs exist, but it's less than what we've seen in a number of other seasons. Fall and Winter are usually the best, so let's try to make this season memorable!

Be sure to check out all our previous editions of the preview guide (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) for the full spectacle of what will be available to you for the next three months.

So now that you have an idea of what each staffer is covering, who do you think has the best job in the world? Who has the worst?

I Don't Like My Big Brother at All! (Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne)
Studio: ZEXCS (Chu-Bra!!, Legend of Legendary Heroes)
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (Katanagatari, School Days)
Air Date: January 9, 2011

So, we've got a girl in middle school who really wants to bang her brother, and she'll do anything she can to convince him. Like, to the point where she only wants her brother to have incest-related porn. But, she discovers a family album of his, and doesn't see herself in any of the pictures with him!

What a twist!

Based upon the ero-works of Koichi Kusano (which are pretty damn good!), this series is going to probably inspire some rage, like OreImo, Kiss x Sis and all the other wincest shows that have recently cropped their heads up. I'm surprised to see the director working on this (at least, a little), but the rest of the staff and cast look good -- Eri Kitamura once again -- so we'll see how this turns out.

Brad Rice will be covering this. There is no guarantee he'll be wearing pants when he watches.

Rio - Rainbow Gate
Studio: Xebec (Ladies vs. Butlers!, Shaman King)
Director: Takao Kato (Rockman.EXE series, To-LoveRu)
Air Date: January 4, 2011

Set your sights high, because this one is based upon a pachinko game! This one's about a girl who works at an exclusive casino, and wants to become the Most Valuable Card Dealer by collecting the 13 legendary cards. Oh, and she's got a nice rack.

I think the rack, more than the cards, are going to be the focus of this show.

The seiyuu for this series are all pretty experienced, which will be a benefit, but all the acting in the world can't save you from a mediocre plot. I've got no high faith in this, and nobody on staff is clamoring to take it. Maybe one of our staffers will pick it up in their spare time.

Starry Sky
Studio: Studio DEEN (Higurashi: When They Cry, Ranma 1/2)
Director: Nobuhiro Takamoto (Beezlebub, Okami Kakushi)
Air Date: December 23, 2010

UUUUGGGGHHHH.

First off, before we even get to the plot: I don't have much faith here: this is the director's second-shift show, which means he's probably pulling this for a paycheck. Also, Studio DEEN is doing production. Is this a recipe for success? I'll let you decide.

Now, for the plot: an all-boys school in the countryside has recently become co-ed, but now they've only got one female student. And she is going to get wooed by the boys, who all happen to represent each of the 12 zodiac signs. Oh boy!

So, it'll be filled with a bunch of vapid pretty boys. Who's ready to watch? Nobody on staff (yet).

Wolverine
Studio: Madhouse (Kaiba, Death Note)
Director: Hiroshi Aoyama (Rocket Girls)
Air Date: January 7, 2011

Hey guys, remember how awesome Iron Man was an anime? Well, Madhouse is going to do it all over again with Wolverine! So, who's ready to clutch their comic books and cry as they watch?

Nobody on staff is planning on covering this, but we'll try to force someone to do a first impression on this show.

Yume Kui Merry
Studio: JC Staff (Toradora!, Nodame Cantibile)
Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Dr. Slump, Xenosaga)
Air Date: January 6, 2011

Here be JC Staff's project for this season: a show about a guy who can sense auras with his fingers. And he dreams about engaging in war with cats. I can only presume that, being the typical anime protagonist, he would only be able to fend off three or four at one time.

Here at Japanator, we train our staff hard. Even the weakest of staffers can fend off fifteen cats at once. Myself? I have yet to face a number of cats I couldn't defeat. My last count was 85.

The voice cast has a number of newcomers, with Nobuhiko Okamoto taking the "most experienced" title here (Accelerator in Index), and the staff doesn't inspire a huge amount of confidence, so I'm not too sure about this one. It'll really depend on what the first few episodes are like.

This show is up in the air amongst staffers, but we'll cover it, don't you worry!

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