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Some new anime, some not-so-new:

School Days: I wrote about this almost two years ago. The first episode is, in essence, the OVA, but this time that isn't the end of the story. Interesting one, in a teenage love-drama sort of way.

Sky Girls: There was a war against cybernetic creatures called Worms. In a final act of desperation, humanity used weapons of mass destruction -- but the war had taken a large toll on humanity. Ten years later, the military has developed a new type of mecha to combat a new Worm threat -- and obviously it can only be piloted by cute, young girls. Strangely enough, the mecha is a bit like a flying version of the heavy lifter used in the Aliens movie: the pilot is oddly exposed. But I  guess encasing the characters in armored steel makes it hard for the audience to stare at their crotch.

Nanatsuiro Drops: Tsuwabuki, a bit of a loner, gets semi-forced to help out the garden club when he bumps into Sumomo, the new transfer student. Then he gets turned into a stuffed animal by accident, and the gardening club advisor tells him that the only way to get back to normal is to find his chosen girl, and assist her in catching the seven Star Drops. But he needs to keep his identity a secret! Obviously, that chosen girl is none other than Sumomo, and she happily turns into a magical girl to assist her new friend.
Sumomo has a bit of a squeaky voice, and I'm sure there will be much 'cuteness'. Just the why and how of it all is simply left unexplained, and it doesn't really matter anyway.

The Skullman: A man wearing a skull mask has been commiting murders in a corporate town, owned by a pharmaceutical company. A photographer who has distant ties to the company goes there to investigate, with a wannabe photographer tagging along uninvited. Strange beastmen seem to stalk the town at night, too...
Decently animated, and action-packed. The setting is quite interesting, with the corporation in total control over the whole town.

Denno Coil: Through the use of augmented reality goggles, you can experience some sort of cyber-reality. Yuko and her sister have a pet dog, that only exists in this half-virtual reality, for instance. When they move to live with their grandmother, the dog gets stuck in some sort of closed-off cyberspace, that gets 'cleaned up' by some mysterious constructs -- together with a another girl who works at a 'cyber-pet detective agency', she manages to get her dog back out of the space just in time.
This type of SF/cyberpunk is pretty interesting: it shows us what could happen when everything gets tagged with RFID and augmented-reality goggles become mainstream. Quite nicely animated too, though the colors are a bit muted.

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica: Musical spirits can perform all sorts of magic, when they get 'fed' the right music by their master. Phoron is a musician like that, and he rides his motorcycle/electric piano around the world, earning his keep through some sort of magical/musical consultancy agency.
Pretty cheesy, and you know in advance that his female spirit is strangely powerful when her hidden potential is unlocked by the right music, and that she is jealous of any female Phoron lays eyes on... Pretty bishoujo character designs, though.

Code E: Ebihara has the strange ability to generate electromagnetic waves when her emotions run high. As a result, she has had to transfer schools regularly to keep her 'ability' a secret. In the world of the future, this is more of a handicap though: when she gets scared or excited, cellphones break down, as well as other types of electronics. When she enters her new school, she is scared of the room where Kannagi usually sits: a room filled with sensitive computer equipment where he conducts his research. When they meet, he asks her out, because he has guessed her secret and is very interested in it.
Basically, geeky guy tries to get close to frightened girl, ignoring girls who actually do want to go out with him. Hilarity is sure to ensue. Animated by Studio DEEN, and the animation and character designs look a bit like those of Read or Die (the OVA).

Devil May Cry: based on a PS2 game, apparently. Dante is a demon hunter, and he gets hired to protect humans from demons. Quite unlikable character, too.

Zombie Loan: A girl can see the rings around the necks of those who are about to die -- or who are already dead. She gets forced by boys 'A' and 'B' (sole survivors of a bus crash some time ago) to point out people with a black ring. Those are the zombies, and the two boys need to kill them in order to get the money to pay off their loan on life!
The two boys are completely unlikable, so we will skip this one. But if you're in the mood for supernatural action, this might be your ticket.
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