2011 Spring Anime Season Preview

Welcome to T.H.A.T. Anime Blog’s spring 2011 season preview. A whole bunch of new shows are coming out in the upcoming season, as well as second seasons of several more. The THAT team’s expectations and predictions below the cut. Preview information comes from Scamp’s Spring 2011 chart, Neregate’s chart, ANN, MAL, and/or Wikipedia.

The traditional disclaimer:

A Message from the NKVD: Well its time once again to point out this is a preview, and not a review. That “p” makes a difference a very big difference in fact. On another note many of us are old grouchy mean spirited cynics and not wide eyed idealistic fat cat communist NEETs. If you are part of the “animu is SRSfkn business” part of the fandom do yourself a favor and just read the summary from ANN so you can preserve your fragile optimism for your harem animu. Other than that Liberty Prime is watching and ready to initiate directive 7395, destroy all communists.

Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

Animation Studio: Nomad (Kampfer, Rozen Maiden series, Yozakura Quartet)
Website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/oretsuba/
Available Trailers: Preview 1
Source: Visual Novel.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Harem.
Summary: It’s winter in the big city of Yanagihara, and young people will meet and fall in love. Takashi is a boy who plans to escape to another world, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister Kobato and girlfriend Asuka. Shusuke is a poor part-timer who has to work with student-author Hiyoko in spite of their initial dislike for each other. The antisocial Hayato makes his living as a handyman until he is visited by a girl name Naru.
Additional Details: Director previously directed Omamori Himamori but only worked on a few episodes of other series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire:Another eroge, another series that should stayed as an eroge.
ExecutiveOtaku: While it sounds like there will be three couples in this show, and that catches my interest, the preview makes it look like another run-of-the-mill VN adaptation. Unless the first episode surprises me I’ll be skipping this one.
Hana: I approve of the kitty-handbag, if nothing else.
Chronolynx: You could not make me care about this show if you tried.
Mystlord: I dismissed another eroge anime from a few seasons ago called Fortune Arterial that apparently ended up being quite good. “Quite good” isn’t enough to make me devote  my time any more though. Yes, I did just imply that all eroge adaptations are the same.
Crusader: I am not desperate enough to jump on this grenade.
ghostlightning: I predict a giant, robotic squid will rise from the Sea of Japan and devour 50% of the OTP and their fans. Wishful thinking I suppose.

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Nichijyou

Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation (K-ON, Lucky Star, Clannad)
Website: http://www.shinonome-lab.com/
Available Trailers:  Preview 1, Preview 2
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy.
Summary: While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.
Additional Details: Director was chief director on the movie Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu as well as episode director on several other KyoAni series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: …maybe I should stick to parodies a little longer.
ExecutiveOtaku: “Wacky comedy” tends not to work with me too much, at least not beyond a few episodes. Who knows though. If it’s more Azumanga Daioh than Cromartie High then I might like it. Three episode test.
Hana: Deer should be in the wild or in nature reserves, not on classroom desks. Next.
Chronolynx: This one is a firm maybe, at this point. But unless it’s particularly funny, I don’t see me getting very far.
Mystlord: Well it’s KyoAni. I feel obligated to watch it.
Crusader: Is that the cat from Trigun?
ghostlightning: This is going to be awesome. Robot arm hides a rollcake. It’s the subplot of the season.

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Sket Dance

Animation Studio: Tatsunoko (Yozakura Quartet ~Hoshi no Umi~, Gatchaman, Casshern Sins)
Website: http://www.shonenjump.com/j/rensai/sketdance/
Available Trailers: Preview 1, Preview 2
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Shounen.
Summary: The manga focuses on the misadventures of the “Campus Support Group” or “Sket-Dan”, of Kaimei Gakuen, a club devoted to solving any and all problems brought to it by the staff or student body for the general improvement of campus life. Due to its general lack of meaningful assignments and unglamorous ‘group of handymen’ reputation the organization is treated with widespread contempt and it is composed of only three members. The story is told through a series of short, self-contained stories focusing on cases undertaken by the Sket Dan (Suketto dan means helper group in Japanese), usually told in the space of one to two chapters. Cases to date focus on a variety of issues from more humorous cases like chasing monkeys around the school or helping a wanna-be samurai find out why he cannot win kendo tournaments to more serious cases that hint at Onihime’s violent past or deal with near-terminal illness.

Additional Details: Manga won Shogakukan’s Best Shounen Manga award in 2009.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Just dance, da da du du~
ExecutiveOtaku: I generally avoid shounen series but I suppose I’ll give the first episode a shot. The characters taking jobs for people reminds me of the cast in Gintama, but as much as I liked that show I tired of it after 30 episodes or so.
Hana: Well, I guess this looks slightly less disappointing than the last two. However, the character designs remind me of Bakuyawn. Unless I hear good things about it, probably won’t bother with this one either.
Chronolynx: This looks stupid, but I do have a soft spot for shounen series. As long as it’s better than Beelzebub.
Mystlord: This “Campus Support Group” thing reminded me of MM! I hope it won’t be as bad. I’ll give it a try.
Crusader: Mildly interested but only gets a three ep test from me. Usually not my genre.
ghostlightning: This is going to be win. Self-contained stories of highschool outcasts helping people… if the illustrations and animation are of high quality then I would definitely watch this.

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C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Animation Studio: Tatsunoko (Yozakura Quartet ~Hoshi no Umi~, Gatchaman, Casshern Sins)
Website: http://www.noitamina-control.jp/
Available Trailers: http://www.noitamina-control.jp/ (click on “demo movie” on the left sidebar)
Source: Original series.
Genre: Sci-fi, mystery.
Summary: The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal grandmother after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to avoid all this and live a stable life. One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he’ll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he’s drawn into a mysterious area known as “The Financial District.”
Additional Details: Airing in the noitaminA block. Director previously worked on Kuchuu Buranko (Trapeze) and Mononoke.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire:Money makes the world go round.
ExecutiveOtaku: noitaminA always gets a favorable consideration from me. Not sure from the information yet how the material will be handled but it certainly sounds interesting. Science fiction, possibly some fictional economic system behind it all. I do worry a bit about complex concepts like these being handled well but let’s hope it’s more Higashi no Eden than Fractale or Shangri-la. Intrigued enough to put it as a potential series.
Hana: Stupid title, awesome timeslot. Will check out the first epi.
Chronolynx: noitaminA pretty much gets an instant watch from me, so yeah.
Mystlord: This has been on my to watch list ever since I first heard about it. (Basically the site that had nothing on it). Original series? Possibly interesting themes? Noitamina director? I’m in.
Crusader: The pedigree looks good the concept looks interesting if it can avoid being a love letter to communism.
ghostlightning: The world of finance as it permeates daily life is a fascinating subject. Of course I don’t expect “realism” LOL, but rather cleverness and inventiveness. I definitely want this show to be awesome.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku, Mystlord

Deadman Wonderland

Animation Studio: Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, Saraiya Goyou, Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai)
Website: http://dwl.jp/
Available Trailers: None yet available.
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Action, horror, sci fi.
Summary: Ganta Igarashi has been convicted of a crime that he hasn’t committed, and sent to a new, privately owned and operated prison, where the inmates are the main attraction in a modern day twist to the gladiatorial coliseums of ancient times. Throw in a healthy dose of weird little girl, some new-found super powers, and a little conspiracy theory, and you have Deadman Wonderland.
Additional Details: This will be the director’s first series. Original manga by the author of Eureka 7.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: All right class, today we’re heading to Deadman Wonderland, where you see the worst criminals fight against each other to the death. So don’t break the law or we’ll throw you in there and die.
ExecutiveOtaku: My general reaction to all those ‘dystopian prison with gladiatorial games’ is to roll my eyes and move on. This isn’t exactly making me think otherwise but I’d be happy to be proven wrong. I also don’t care one bit that it’s by the Eureka 7 author, a series I dropped pretty quickly. You hear that, legions of E7 fans? Come at me, bro!
Hana: Hmm, doesn’t sound like a bad show, but doesn’t sound like my thing either. Next.
Chronolynx: Manglobe. Instant watch. No questions asked. (@ExecutiveOtaku: I take this as a declaration of war. Be prepared.)
Mystlord: I’m in. For some reason I have the similar episodes from Kino no Tabi in my head, which means that this series is now being held to absurdly high standards. I’m a tad worried about the staff though. The director’s been in anime for a long time, but has never directed a series, and the series composer/Scriptwriter has a really wild career ranging from Sengoku Basara to Bible Black.
Crusader: Gladiatorial combat is only fun with mecha or Romans, otherwise I have baseball and basketball. Chrono better be jumping on this grenade or I am going to throw him on it.
ghostlightning: Eureka SeveN is a high achievement in anime and despite my indifference to the subject matter of DW I am intrigued by the possible execution. I’ll check this out.

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Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Animation Studio: SHAFT (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/denpa/
Available Trailers: (Low Quality) Preview 1
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, sci fi, seinen.
Summary: The story revolves around a highschool boy named Niwa Makoto. He lives with his aunt’s family since his parents are away on business. It is there where he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Touwa Erio — who happens to tie a futon mattress around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien. Her staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn’t remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.
Additional Details: Directed by Shinbo Akiyuki, like most SHAFT series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: She’s not an alien, she’s a Cthulhu that eats pizza and lasagne. (Then take food supplies away from Earth in their plan of world conquest.)
ExecutiveOtaku: The magical girlfriend premise doesn’t inspire confidence, and it doesn’t seem to have SHAFT/Shinbo’s usual visual style. Will give it the three episode test out of loyalty to SHAFT and Shinbo though.
Hana: Nino-sama she ain’t. Shaft needs to do better than this if it wants my watch.
Chronolynx: Sorry to say, but Shaft’s efforts at comedy have yet to impress me. Pass.
Mystlord: What? I’ll give it a try, but it better not turn out like Arakawa S2. Also the series composer did the script for Bakuman. *cringe*
Crusader: Those look like the hated colors of the LA Dodgers…
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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Steins;Gate


Animation Studio: WHITE FOX (Katanagatari)
Website: http://steinsgate.tv/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Game adaptation.
Genre: Sci-fi, mystery.
Summary: Steins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head, in Akihabara. Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.
Additional Details: Two directors. One experienced (Seitokai no Ichizon, Ichigo Mashimaro, Armitage III movie), one without any lead directing jobs prior to this series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Didn’t play the game and only read the available chapters of the manga. Time travel series often confused me to no end, but I’ll just stick around and see what Steins;Gate has to offer.
ExecutiveOtaku: Chaos;head was kind of interesting but I ended up dropping it around halfway through because it strayed too far from mystery and too much into harem. I’m willing to give this one a chance though because it appears to be a bit more serious than its predecessor.
Hana: This reminds me that I need to check out Katanagatari. That is all.
Chronolynx: So it’s like a sequel, but has nothing to do with Chaos;Head at all? Count me in.
Mystlord: Oh God Chaos;Head. But this looks different. I’m in.
Crusader: Would need to finish Chaos;Head first, but Mystlord is going to jump on this one so I’ll let him…
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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Hyougemono


Animation Studio: Bee Train (Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, .hack//SIGN, Tsubasa Chronicles)
Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/heuge/
Available Trailers: None yet available.
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Historical, Seinen.
Summary: In the age of civil war, when the shadow of Nobunaga Oda was still cast over the land, the warlord Furuta Sasuke lost his soul to the tea ceremony. While war shook the world around him, he faced his own conflict between his desire for promotion and his love for his art.
Additional Details: Director also directed Noir, the .hack series and worked on many other Bee Train productions. In 2010, the manga won the Grand Prize in the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes. It also earned an Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2009.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: No more history classes, no more…
ExecutiveOtaku: Historical anime series often fall flat for me despite my love of the subject so I’m not getting my hopes up just yet. Sounds like an interesting concept though so I’ll take a look.
Hana: Looks sophisticated, but sounds boring. Will give it the first epi test, but I won’t get my hopes up for it either.
Chronolynx: I have no idea what to expect from this. Will see what others think of it after it starts airing.
Mystlord: And Bee Train brings somewhat their A-team back. But this is supposedly a top of the line manga, so I’m intrigued for sure.
Crusader: Keeping my hopes in check for this one I would like some gritty treatment of samurai for a change. No complaints about the tea.
ghostlightning: Period tea ceremony anime? There may not be enough samurai battles to make this show remotely interesting for me.

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Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san


Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Kimi ni Todoke, Higashi no Eden)
Website: http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/SEP/02134/01/azazel/azazel.html
Available Trailers: Clip from the OVA
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, supernatural.
Summary: Akutabe is a detective who summons devils to solve the troubles of his clients. One day, a low class devil Azazel Atsushi is summoned by Akutabe and is used harshly by him and his assistant Rinko.
Additional Details: Director was involved in the Crayon Shin-chan and xxxHolic franchises. Quite the contrast there!

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: *Shakes head.*
ExecutiveOtaku: Juvenile, gross-out humor. Not even giving it a shot.
Hana: The chibi animals look cute, I guess. *Struggles to find something else to say about it… and fails.*
Chronolynx: The trailer made me laugh, but I’m not sure whether I’m laughing with it or at it yet. Will give it a go.
Mystlord: The clip… Wat. Production IG I’m still waiting on that new original series from the Higashi no Eden staff. Don’t waste your time with this.
Crusader: EAT MOAR CHIKEN
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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Moshidora


Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Kimi ni Todoke, Higashi no Eden)
Website: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/moshidora/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Business novel adaptation. No, really!
Genre: Sports, business.
Summary: The story centers around a high school girl named Minami Kawashima who becomes the baseball team manager at Tokyo’s Hodokubo High School. Minami accidentally buys Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices — a classic productivity guide by the Austrian-American management guru Peter Drucker — and uses it to rally her dispirited team.
Additional Details: Director is also working on Appleseed XIII this season.  Series is reportedly aimed at men and women in their 30s and 40s. The first animated program to run on NHK’s General channel in five years.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Moe high school girls + Finance Tips + Baseball = $$$
ExecutiveOtaku: So when targeting a show to viewers in their 30′s and 40′s you still have to have it star high school girls? That aside, I’m not interested in baseball AT ALL and the business angle doesn’t really capture my attention either. The target audience and the fact that it’s running on NHK is a curiosity so I’ll probably see what the first episode is like.
Hana: Can’t say my curiosity isn’t aroused, but can’t say I can be arsed to find out either.
Chronolynx: The premise sounds sufficiently unusual that it could be fun.
Mystlord: Huh? Production IG is doing two shows in one season? I can’t even remember a time when a studio successfully pulled that one off. This is an interesting pilot attempt though. I’m definitely going to watch this.
Crusader: Well it is billed for an older audience I hope it is, would be awesome if it were legitimately about running a team, though it would be EPIC if the referenced hated moves like Art Modell’s, Robert Irsay’s, and of course LeBron’s. God I hope this team doesn’t end up like the Yankees.
ghostlightning: Peter Drucker? as applied to Baseball?!? They really should be using Billy Beane but I suppose Drucker’s stuff can be reduced to soundbytes/truisms that can be easily used as anime story fodder. I’m interested.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Fractale, Working, Kannagi)

Website: http://www.anohana.jp/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Original series.
Genre: Slice of life, drama.
Summary: Six childhood friends grew apart in high school. One of them is Jintan, now a shut-in. He gets a request to fulfill a wish for Menma, the only one of their friends to have stayed the same over the years. In order to grant her wish, he will have to find and reunite their old friends. These are: Jintan – The “hikikomori”. Anaru – She just wants to hang out with her girlfriends. Yukiatsu and Tsuruko – These two are proper school-going students. Bobo – Rather than enter high school, he had opted to do some traveling. Anma – The one unchanging constant of the group.
Additional Details: noitaminA block series. By the director of Toradora, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA, and season 2 of Honey and Clover.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Needs some spice (and everything nice.)
ExecutiveOtaku: noitaminA? Check. Drama series? Check. Director of Toradora and season 2 of Honey and Clover? Check. I’m interested.
Hana: The character designs and the Slice o’ life tag get’s my vote, for now. The first epi test it gets.
Chronolynx: This could be interesting, but it could also be really boring. Director from Toradora and (season 2 of) Honey and Clover doesn’t do anything for me, either. Will give it a shot.
Mystlord: I’m glad to see the director and series composer from Toradora! back together again. This’ll be interesting to see, especially since the series composer is coming fresh off of both Fractale and Hourou Musuko.
Crusader: Staff looks accomplished enough but I am not sure if I am up for something sappy…
ghostlightning: Very interested.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku

Appleseed XIII


Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Kimi ni Todoke, Higashi no Eden)
Website: http://www.appleseed13.jp/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Sci-fi, action, mecha.
Summary: In the wake of the destruction of a worldwide non-nuclear war, the city Olympus has become the control center of the world. Run by Bioroids (cloned humans made from only the best DNA), it is defended from terrorists by special military forces. Among these are former LAPD SWAT member Deunan Knotts and her multipurpose cyborg partner Brialeos. They face a challenge from the Human Liberation Front and its terrorist underbelly the Argonauts. The leader of this group, Al Ceides, supposedly died 20 years ago in an attack on Poseidon, but now his shadow emerges once again.
Additional Details: Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow of Ghost in the Shell fame.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Never followed the series. Can’t catch up. I have no idea what’s going on.
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks pretty cool and power armor-type mecha is better than no mecha at all. I’ll be interested to see how good the story is going to turn out to be, but the action certainly looks solid. Strong interest, enough for the possibility of blogging.
Hana: Haven’t seen the others, probably won’t watch this either.
Chronolynx: I am kinda torn about this one. On the one hand, Production I.G. adapting a Shirow Masamune work is an immediate plus. But the animation it looks like will take some getting used to, and I don’t know if I can do that. Will see.
Mystlord: Wait what. Production IG is doing THREE shows in one season? I don’t even remember a time when anyone was crazy enough to do that. Also strange that this is officially a “13 episode OVA”. The staff is also completely foreign to me, which kind of suggests that this show might get shafted in favor of the other two… I don’t even know.
Crusader: Please please let this one be good, I shall pray daily to almighty Zeus that this will be good.
ghostlightning: I watched the Appleseed stuff but never got caught up in it. The lack of mecha on TV will make this more than interesting for me.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku, Crusader

Showa Monogatari

Animation Studio: Wao World (No works of their own of note but they have an extensive history doing animation for a wide variety of series.)
Website: (None yet listed)
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Original series (?)
Genre: Drama, historical.
Summary: Dramatic story of the Yamazaki family during the year Showa 39 (1964), the year that Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics. According to Think the “TV manga” is the first anime aimed at seniors.
Additional Details: Began airing in January but there are as yet no groups subbing it.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Nostalgic Filter to the people living in the glorious Showa era compared to the life in the Heisei (current) era. Ahh, golden times…
ExecutiveOtaku: Didn’t realize this came out back in January. Shame it’s not getting subbed since it sounds like a neat idea to set a series in the (fairly) recent past instead of the Edo or Sengoku eras. Trying to get the two raws that were put up but it seems there are barely anyone seeding it. I was actually really interested in this one when I saw it in the season lineup too…
Hana: …um, yeah, good luck with that, EO. And anyone else interested in this.
Chronolynx: Doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, so I’ll pass.
Mystlord: Yeah I don’t know what happened to this one. Originally slated for Spring, then began airing in January. Whatever. Still waiting on the subs anyway…
Crusader: I don’t like the 1960s much, but the 1980s now that was a fun decade…
ghostlightning: Interested.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku (on the slim chance it ever gets released)

Ao no Exorcist

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Fractale, Working, Kannagi)
Website: http://www.ao-ex.com/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3, Trailer 4
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Action, Shounen, Fantasy, Supernatural.
Summary: Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.
Additional Details: Director worked extensively on the Darker Than Black series (original creator of the anime, not to be confused with the original author of the manga), directed the Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow movie but no other series as sole director.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Yes! I’m definitely in for this! Okay, a little similar to some other shounen series but I’ll give it a shot.
ExecutiveOtaku: I’m of two minds on this. Part of me (and probably the wiser part) says that this is going to be yet another boring shounen action series. But part of me wants to believe that the show will do something good with the setting since those previews do kind of look cool. I’ll try the first episode.
Hana: All of me says that this is going to be yet another boring shounen action series.
Chronolynx: Has potential, but my faith in A-1 Pictures is fading pretty fast, these days.
Mystlord: This series has been getting quite some hype. I guess I’ll try it.
Crusader: One can hope that this was the youth of Death Caprice of Mazinkaiser fame, but might be a vain hope…
ghostlightning: Not very interested. May change my mind, but unlikely.

Possible bloggers:Reverse Vampire

Toriko

Animation Studio: Toei (Lovely Complex, Mononoke, Kanon (2002) )
Website: (not listed)
Available Trailers: Clip from the OVA
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Shounen, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy.
Summary: In the world where the taste and texture of food are very important there is Toriko, a hunter of precious foods regularly hired by restaurants and the rich. A man with inhuman skills to capture the ferocious, evasive and rare animals to complete his ultimate dinner course and then the chef Komatsu, his current accomplice: a weak timid person who was inspired by Toriko’s greatness and accompanies him on all his journeys on his quest for the course of his life.
Additional Details: Director worked on much of the episodes in the Precure series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Sorry, Reverse Vampire’s currently on a diet.
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks incredibly stupid. I rarely watch shounen series as I have a general distaste for them. I especially tend to dislike shounen comedy series’ sense of humor. I’ll pass.
Hana: And this would provide yet another reason as to why I don’t watch most shounen. I’ll also pass.
Chronolynx: This looks dumber than Beelzebub, and that is an accomplishment, right there. Bravo.
Mystlord: Wat.
Crusader: What crappy brand of whiskey was that?
ghostlightning: OH MY GOD. THIS WILL BE AWESOME!

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Hanasaku Iroha

Animation Studio: P.A. Works (True Tears, Canaan, Angel Beats)
Website: http://www.hanasakuiroha.jp/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3, Trailer 4, Trailer 5
Source: Original series (though manga series also began running in December 2010.)
Genre: Slice of life, drama, romance. (unconfirmed)
Summary: Matsumae Ohana, a 16 year old girl, moves out of Tokyo and starts working at a hot spring hotel, which is located on a hill surrounded by cherry blossoms. Matsumae has yet to decide her future. The story will also feature other teenage girls who are looking for their dreams and excitements.
Additional Details: P.A. Works 10th anniversary production and their fourth anime series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Haha, ha na sa ku i ro ha, ABCDEFG? Who knew that sounds appealing?
ExecutiveOtaku: Hard to say where along the triangle-diagram between those three genres this will fall but in any case I’m very interested. P.A. Works is, along with SHAFT, one of the two studios whose work I’ll always automatically give a favorable chance. The setting seems neat, P.A. Works animation is always beautiful, and I believe I spied in the previews two male characters of the same age as the girls so the potential for multiple love triangles appears to be there. And that’s always a Good Thing.
Hana: Cute girls doing cute things. Well, I’m sure someone’ll enjoy it.
Chronolynx: Well, it’s P.A. Works, so it’ll look pretty, at least. Can’t say anything else at this point, but will give it a shot.
Mystlord: The description told me nothing. Sigh. Well… The director did… Canaan. Lol. And the scriptwriter is the same from the past two Noitamina series, and one that will be running this season. I dunno.
Crusader: Could be good for a good old fashioned shipping war… I could get behind that.
ghostlightning: Cute girls…

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku

Sofuteni

Animation Studio: Xebec (To-Love Ru, Heroic Age, Break Blade)
Website: http://www.softenni.com/
Available Trailers: None yet listed.
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, ecchi, sports.
Summary: The tennis comedy centers around the members of a female middle school soft tennis team and the twists and turns that their lives take as they aim for the nationals.
Additional Details: New director who is also working on Hen Zemi this season.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Balls. Tennis rackets. Moe girls learning to play tennis instead of bishounen 14-year old middle school boys who looked a lot like adults than kids.
ExecutiveOtaku: Ecchi is an automatic out. Game, set, and match. Also by Xebec, who despite their illustrious past (Martian Successor Nadesico, Heroic Age, Outlaw Star), is as Scamp pointed out responsible for such trash as To-Love Ru and Rio: Rainbow Gate. How the great have fallen…
Hana: Moe girls doing moe things. Meh.
Chronolynx: “… female middle school .. ” Yeah, you lost my interest right there. Thank you, try again.
Mystlord: Basically it’s Prince of Tennis for the moe Otakus. Pass.
Crusader: You lost me at tennis.
ghostlightning: Ugly girls… but ZOMG tennis! Ugh, I’m torn.

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Hidan no Aria


Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi, Index series, Kaichou wa Maid-sama)
Website: http://www.mediafactory.co.jp/bunkoj/aria/index.html
Available Trailers: Trailer 1, Trailer 2
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Action comedy.
Summary: The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — “Butei” — are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tooyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.
Additional Details: From the director of the Slayers series, Lost Universe, and Ikki Tousen.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: How unoriginal. Sigh.
ExecutiveOtaku: Hmmm. Male harem lead who just wants an “ordinary, peaceful life.” Who has a special ability. Surrounded by girls. In a combat school. WHERE HAVE I HEARD THIS BEFORE? IT’S JUST SO ORIGINAL THAT I CAN’T THINK OF AN INSTANCE WHERE I’VE EVER SEEN THIS DONE!
Hana: Looks fun, but uninspiring. Next.
Chronolynx: JC Staff adapting a light novel? Do I need to spell out the ill omens in that sentence?
Mystlord: Why is JC Staff doing an action series. JC Staff rarely does action scenes consistently well throughout the entirety of the series. Ugh. I think I also might see Ookami-san in the back there in twin tails. The pink haired girl has the downward eyebrows like that loli from Ookami-san too… Well at least the male will have a spine this time. I guess.
Crusader: I’d rather watch the Yankees play baseball, at least Hank Steinbrenner is bound to make a bigger ass of himself. All this harem and so little mecha…
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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Tiger and Bunny

Animation Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass, Gundam franchise, Gintama)
Website: http://www.tigerandbunny.net/
Available Trailers Trailer 1
Source: Original series.
Genre: Mecha, Action.
Summary: Schternbilt City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.
Additional Details: Director’s first series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Seriously, can’t they think of a better title? Tiger and Bun– hahaha!! But other than that the story sounds interesting. Will give it a try. Sunrise, where have you been?
ExecutiveOtaku: Incredibly lame looking. Not even wasting my time taking a look.
Hana: Another reason why tigers and bunnies shouldn’t go together.
Chronolynx: I was hoping to practice writing more than “No” for these things, but this line-up is not helping.
Mystlord: This will clearly be the best anime ever made and nothing will ever top it and I’m pretty sure tha- *Mystlord kicks Kaioshin out*. This will suck since Sunrise has Gundam to fall back on. GG.
Crusader: Oh man I am hoping this is so bad it is AWESOME. Hoping for an Xbox plugin and a blatant Doritos and Bud Light sponsorship.
ghostlightning: Oh wow, this could be so bad, but it could be AWESOME!

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Dog Days

Animation Studio: Seven Arcs (White Album, Asura Cryin, Nanoha series)
Website: http://www.dogdays.tv/
Available Trailers None yet listed.
Source: Original Series.
Genre: Action, Shounen, Supernatural
Summary: Republic of Biscotti faces a predicament by the invasion of Galette Leo Knights. In order to save the country, Princess Milchore summons a “hero” from the outer world. Shinku, a junior high school boy living in the Earth, is chosen as the hero.
Additional Details: From the director of Nanoha StrikerS , Inukami, and Asura Cryin.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Another series with a hilarious title. Seriously, I bet the producers ran out of titles to use on an anime series in order to avoid copyright/trademark infringements.
ExecutiveOtaku: Could be half decent, could be terrible. Will give it the three episode test. Though even if I end up watching it the show likely will only be so-so unless it has some great characters.
Hana: *Balks at the shameless use of animal ears.*
Chronolynx: The key words, I think: “Original Series.” Could be shit, could be awesome. At least it’s not an adaptation.
Mystlord: Oh God. More anthropomorphism. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!
Crusader: How about being your own hero you useless princess?
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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A Channel

Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi (Koe de Oshigoto [oh no! -EO] )
Website: http://www.a-ch.jp/
Available Trailers Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life.
Summary:The story revolves around the everyday life of four high school girls: the flighty Run, the reckless Tōru, the timid Yūko, and the level-headed Nagi.
Additional Details: From the director of Saki.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire:Weeeee, more moe girls doing cute things! Basically it’s K-ON without the band.
ExecutiveOtaku: Will stand of fall on the strength of its characters. If they’re fun, interesting characters then I’ll probably like it a good bit. If it’s just going to be a ‘cute girls doing cute things’ moe-fest then I’ll pass. I loved Lucky Star and Hidamari Sketch so I don’t have anything against moe slice of life shows per se. Three episode test to see how it goes.
Hana: K-ON! with even more tooth-picky legs. Great. Not.
Chronolynx: Will pass. Might check out if I hear good things. Unlikely.
Mystlord: Looks like K-On! With Mio essentially transposing over… And some minor character design changes too. Pass.
Crusader: Koe de Oshigoto was terrible but Saki wasn’t shit this looks like a toss up.
ghostlightning: Ugly girls…

Possible bloggers:

Lotte no Omocha


Animation Studio: Diomedea (Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Shinkyouku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S)
Website: http://www.rotte-omocha.com/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1, Trailer 2
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, ecchi, fantasy, romance (romance? really now? -EO)
Summary: In the medieval fantasy world of Alfheimr, succubus princess Astarotte Ygvar, the first princess of the kingdom of Ygvar, has just reached the age of 10. For the coming years of a young succubus’ life, it is necessary for them to have a male harem. In order to maintain their body and preserve their beautiful appearance, they must consume a substance only found on males. This substance is a liquid called Sauzfryma, better known as semen. The princess, however, bears a great dislike against men, and only agrees to create a harem if a human male is to join.
Additional Details: From the director of Romeo X Juliet and Ontama.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire:…my brain cells are dying.
ExecutiveOtaku: If you watch this, you’re going to the “special hell.” However, perhaps it could be good fodder for SCCSAV‘s next terrible anime drinking game…
Hana: I disapproves of bratty looking little girls who point their fingers. Nuff said.
Chronolynx: No. Thank. You.
Mystlord: So basically it’s an excuse to see lolis drink semen? I get the feeling that there are other ways you can see that though…
Crusader: I’d sooner believe that LeBron was humble than buy into the idea that this is romance of any sort…
ghostlightning: Not interested.

Possible bloggers:

Hen Zemi


Animation Studio: Xebec (To-Love Ru, Heroic Age, Break Blade)
Website: None yet listed.
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, ecchi, seinen.
Summary: Matsutaka Nanako is a normal university student, who happened to enroll in an Abnormal Physiology seminar. She tries to keep her mental state sound, but other abnormal classmates start to influence her personality…
Additional Details: From the director of Over Drive and the Rockman series.

Writer’s Commentary:
Reverse Vampire:: Ecchi. No.
ExecutiveOtaku: So many ecchi shows this season, so many shows I won’t even watch the first episode of.
Hana: It says ecchi. Hana says no.
Chronolynx: Normally I would not pay any mind to this sort of show, but one of those characters in that image up there is holding a bass, so my curiosity is somewhat piqued. It probably is completely extraneous and will never show up at all, but whatever. Will give it the 5-minute test.
Mystlord: So it’s an ecchi series… And her personality changes… Why am I only seeing some sort of strange NTR situation?
Crusader: I have lobbied hard for a series that takes place for university students and I get this. Clearly I need to be more specific.
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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30-sai no Hoken Taiiku


Animation Studio: Gathering (Tono to Isshou)
Website: http://30sai.jp/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Instructional book adaptation.
Genre: Ecchi, seinen
Summary: Adaptation of a series of guides called “30-sai no Hoken Taiiku (Health Education for 30 years old men)”. The guide books teach shy men around 30 how to date and have sex with women.
Additional Details: From the director of Tono to Isshou.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire:Reverse Vampire: Instruction Manual to 30 year-olds: how to get a wife, OTAKU STYLE!
ExecutiveOtaku: Dear god, this concept is pitiful. I could maybe understand a guide for really awkward people in their 20′s, but a series for people in their 30′s? FOREVER ALONE: THE ANIMATION.
Hana: Ecchi crap is still crap.
Chronolynx: Potentially informative. I can see blogging possibilities if it meets my expectations.
Mystlord: So basically a series reminding everyone that they’ll never be able to have sex. Great.
Crusader: Are they really this desperate to up the birth rate? This just fucking sad, yep Spring of Suck here we GO!
ghostlightning: Potential unintentional hilarity is high.

Possible bloggers: Chronolynx

Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera


Animation Studio: Brains Base (Durarara, Kuragehime, Nastume Youjin Chou)
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/dororon-enmakun/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Remake of a 1974 manga adaptation.
Genre: Supernatural, comedy, shounen.
Summary: It’s Tokyo in the 1970s, and evil youkai (goblins) are attacking the human world. The “Youkai Patrol” – Enma, Princess Yukiko, Kapaeru, and Grandpa Shappo – are sent from hell to exterminate them.
Additional Details: Original manga by Go Nagai (Mazinger, Devilman, Cutie Honey), by the director of Brigadoon.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Started in the 70s. Can’t catch up.
ExecutiveOtaku: Seems like too much of a kids show for me, as much as I like the setting and youkai series generally.
Hana: What EO said.
Chronolynx: Doesn’t look like it’ll be anything great, but I’ll always give Brains Base a shot.
Mystlord: DEM LEGS. DAT ASS. Wait were we talking about something?
Crusader: I will only watch if they have they have the sense to insert Mazinger Z and Mazinkaiser for yet another love letter for Go Nagai.
ghostlightning: Not quite interested.

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Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~


Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment (Itazura na Kiss, Hamtaro, Angel Heart)
Website: http://sengokuotome.com/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Pachinko game adaptation.
Genre: Action(?), Figure sales
Summary: Modern-day middle school girl Hideyoshi is mysteriously hurled into a world resembling the warring states period of Japanese history, only this time it’s inhabited only by women. This world’s Oda Nobunaga is gathering the legendary Crimson Armor so she can rule the world, and for some reason needs Hideyoshi’s help to do it.
Additional Details: From the director of Nana to Kaoru OVA, Iketeru Futari, and Da Capo II.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Moar b00bs and pretty girls. Hail Japanese History!
ExecutiveOtaku: So not only is it a pachinko game adaptation like Rio: Rainbow Gate, it’s an all-busty women historical like Koihime Musou. Surely a winning combination! *facepalm*
Hana: Congrats! You win the most no. of boobs I’ve seen in a promo pic. That’s all I congratulate you on.
Chronolynx: Oh dear lord, could the premise be any more stupid (well, yes, probably, but let’s not go there).
Mystlord: I think that in this poster there’s an inverse correlation between breast size and distance from the foreground. Aside from that, vaginas abound. Great. Like we need yet another series of the same breed as everything that came before.
Crusader: This is a far cry from Hamtaro…
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi


Animation Studio: Dogakobo (Myself Yourself, Koihime Musou, 11eyes
Website: http://www.dogakobo.com/works/hosizora.html
Available Trailers: Trailer 1, Original VN OP
Source: VN adaptation.
Genre: Romance, harem, seinen.
Summary: Kazuma has moved to a small town in the country. On his first day at school, he meets Ui when he is lost his way. They go to school together, but Kazuma accidentally slips and kisses Ui…. To make matters worse, Ibuki, Ui’s close friend, sees it…. Well, what will happen to his new school life…?
Additional Details:Director’s first series.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Harem, check. VN adaptation, check. I’ll pass.
ExecutiveOtaku: Sounds and looks like every VN adaptation ever but I will give the first episode a shot on the slim chance that it’s something more than what it appears to be.
Hana: Harem crap is also still crap.
Chronolynx: Doubtful anything interesting will come from this.
Mystlord: Clearly this must follow an Amagami style. 6 girls, 1 guy. It’s obvious!
Crusader: Yet another harem, yet another loser harem animu male. at this point I am willing to watch harem, but only if it has Ron Artest filling in the role of loser harem animu male.
ghostlightning: Not interested.

Possible bloggers:

X-Men


Animation Studio: Madhouse (Dennou Coil, Summer Wars, One Outs)
Website: http://www.animax.co.jp/marvelanime/x-men/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Comic book adaptation.
Genre: Action.
Summary: The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.
Additional Details: From the director of Afro Samurai.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: I think I’ll get back to the Western cartoons.
ExecutiveOtaku: Never got into any of the previous comic book adaptations and I don’t expect to now. Pass.
Hana: I’m still traumatised from trying to watch a certain other recent collabo-adaptation. Leave my memories of 90s kids cartoons in peace, damn you! *Shakes fist*
Chronolynx: Didn’t watch the previous Madhouse/Marvel collaborations, likely won’t start now.
Mystlord: Iron Man. That is all.
Crusader: GI Joe was infinitely cooler.
ghostlightning: Not interested.

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Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi


Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Dragon Crisis, Fruits Basket, Simoun)
Website: http://sekai-ichi.jp/
Available Trailers: Trailer 1
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Yaoi/Shounen Ai.
Summary: Onodera Ritsu has just transferred from his father’s publishing company to Marukawa Shoten. Assigned to the shoujo manga division, he crosses path with the person he’d least expected to meet. Takano Masamune is the editor-in-chief of the division Ritsu’s been assigned to, and the two seem get off on the wrong foot right from the very start when Takano unexpectedly kisses him. However, there is more to than what meets the eye: Takano is actually Saga, Ritsu’s senpai and high school love, whom Ritsu had thought to have played him for a fool by taking his affections for granted when he confessed and summarily dumped him.
Additional Details: Has the same staff as Junjyou Romantica.

Writer’s Commentary:

Reverse Vampire: Another exhausting typical yaoi story. Pass.
ExecutiveOtaku: Allergic to yaoi. Skipping.
Hana: That reminds me, I need to watch the second season of Junjou Romantica. However, beased on how good season one of that was, I’ll defo check this out.
Chronolynx: Same staff as Junjou Romantica? Count me in.
Mystlord: It’s the season of looooove! Perfect time to try out some Yaoi.
Crusader: This would so be my top pick if the tall guy was Chris Bosh and the small guy was LeBron James. Ah…at least we have Maria+holic 2.
ghostlightning: Not interested.

Possible bloggers: Chronolynx


Sequel series this season: Maria+Holic, Gintama, Kami Nomu zo Shiru Sekai, Seikon no Quasar, Tono to Isshou, Kaiji.

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96 Comments

  1. Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, the drinking game. I predict hospital visits for anyone seriously attempting that one.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Maybe each instance will have to be a half sip to lighten the load on people’s livers, hehe.

  2. Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Does ghostlightning WATCH anime? Geez, pass master!

    Also, is there a term in anime fandom equivalent to “Not in muy backyard” when it comes to Japanese/American coproductions? Looks like Marvel anime can’t even get a chance, even though I heard people liked Wolverine.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:21 am | Permalink

      I watch about 4 shows per season, amounting to a dozen or so TV anime every year on top of a bunch of films and OVA series. I also watch a lot of older shows. I think I watched 50 titles last year — a lot of them from 2009-2010. Yeah I watch anime.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      As to the Marvel anime series, for me it’s just a matter of never liking American comic books or superhero movies in the first place. The format can’t really do anything for me when I dislike the whole genre of the source material in the first place.

      • Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        I don’t see why you would close the door to it completely, but fair enough. For me, if I just stuck with comics and never was open to the anime of the 90s, I don’t know what kind of geek I would be.

  3. Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Woooo another season of anime! A few hits and misses as always but I will check out a few episodes of everything like always.

    Looking forward to
    Electromagnetic Wave Woman and adolesent man- Crazy story and odd characters! Yes please!

    Blue Exorcist- Gotta check this one out after reading some of the manga! Can’t wait probably the only real show I am excited for

    Lottes’s toy – Drinking game to this probably works hahaha I can see that happening.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      I’m hoping that Ao no Exorcist might surprise me this season. It feels like it’s been a while since I watched a decent action series.

  4. mrwan
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m twenty. Could I watch 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku?

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      You’ll likely be ahead of the game compared to the target audience, lol.

  5. badseasonisbad
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    so much ecchi, so much harem, so little originality

    sad

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Don’t lose hope! There appear to be several shows this season that could turn out to be really good even if there are more than a few rotten apples in the larger cart.

  6. Taka
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    I would double check your info on Ao no Exorcist. Tensai Okamura was the main director (what I assume you would term “sole” director) of Kikaider TV, Project Blue Earth SOS (which it seems no one has seen), Stink Bomb (movie), medabots (uhh k), and Wolf’s Rain.

    No offense but do any of you even watch anime anymore? It’s like you are just looking for reasons to hate on shows. It seems like ya’ll take this more seriously than the “aanimu is SRSfkn business” crowd.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

      As I’ve mentioned I actually end up watching or at least starting 4 episodes per season. I try a bunch of first episodes on top of this but I almost immediately regret it.

      My lack of interest in the shows that I pass on is precisely that: a lack of interest. It is not “hate” because to hate something I must be very interested in it. For example, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. And when I do hate something, it will be very clear.

      • Taka
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:44 am | Permalink

        Hate on may not be the best term. What I mean is reasons to dismiss shows. For instance with the Dororon Enma show, it’s like no one remembers Casshern Sins or Hakaba Kitaro and just assumes because it was originally a kiddy show it will be a kiddy show this time around. Also since when has Brains Base made a kiddy show. It would be a first for them. Never mind like 90% of adaptations of older shows are awesome.

        • Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:45 am | Permalink

          Well, here’s the thing. What I failed to communicate here is perhaps how I personally am different from most commentators on anime. I don’t regularly and consistently put forth value judgments on shows as if to review them — that is assist viewers on the fence whether or not they should watch them.

          I advocate, I speculate on, and explore shows, but if ever I do make value judgments on shows (good, shitty, etc.) these are secondary to some other purpose I have for blogging them.

          Thus, here in this preview my statements are for whether I am interested in trying these shows in the context of whether I will enjoy them or not. If you think my tastes in shows are rather narrow, I won’t blame you. But I did branch out quite a bit the past year (you need only check out the first half to get my point).

          I cannot speak for my teammates in this regard.

          What’s behind this thinking of “ruthless pruning” is that I want to maximize my enjoyment and my time in this life. Each show poses a risk of wasting my time and efforts better spent on shows that I know I’ll like (I have a huge backlog). I personally find it better to “miss out” on hit shows, important shows, good shows; than to waste my time with shows that don’t interest me — precisely because of my backlog (which can be filled with terrible shows — but these are shitty shows I’m going to like anyway).

          So, when I watch a show as an anime blogger — I’m looking for the kind of show that will give me a lot of things to think and write about (not necessarily shows that are supposedly inherently intelligent) and interesting to me in particular.

          Cheers.

      • Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

        I wouldn’t label you as a hater, just the one who stands out as being most selective.

      • Crusader
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        Look at it this way if expectations are low then things can only get better, besides it’s more fun to be pleasantly surprised, hell it happened with True Tears.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      I, on the other hand, have no objection to being called a hater of certain shows. I’ll proudly make value judgments on show after I’ve seen the first few episodes and gotten my impressions of what they really are. Though in a few cases like Lotte no Omocha I don’t even need to see it to make the call. If I have an opinion on whether a show is good or bad I’ll just state it.

      That said, since this is a preview and we’re operating on limited information I can’t say I hate any of the shows just yet. In my comments I stated my appraisal of what the shows might likely be but that’s far from a definitive statement. I just don’t get too excited for anything too early on unless I’m very familiar with the source material or the preview summary and videos impress the hell out of me.

      • Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        You go as far as to watch a few episodes. I see a harem and I go running the other direction. That’s unfair since one of my first anime proper was Tenchi Muyo, but there are so many harem style anime now that I have little faith that they could be quality or unique enough.

    • Onion
      Posted March 16, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

      Project Blue Earth SOS was a good show.

  7. Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    No Fireball Charming? You THAT bloggers will bow down towards our mighty empress Drossel before the year is up.

    *goes off to next season preview post on other anime blogs to continue my Fireball hyping campaign*

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Godspeed on your one man crusade for your empress!

      (Never saw the original but I’ll give the 2 minute shorts a try when they come out.)

  8. Tama
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Mecha banzai..!!, appleseed XIII definitely on my list for now :)

  9. kare kano fan boy
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Don’t hate on A Channel. I’ve read the Manga and it’s good, easily as good as lucky star. Far better then Azumanga Daioh (a series who’s popularity I will never understand).

    Also, I would appreciate it if Crusader explained his “love letter to communism” comment, I would love to assume that it wasn’t a ignorant and foolish anti-communist comment from someone as obviously uninformed and uneducated as Crusader but sadly I think that that’s exactly what it was. Stick to what you know guys, don’t throw your politics into the mix, because while you might be decent anime bloggers I seriously doubt your understanding of economic policy.

    Cheers.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      If you had bothered to read the warning label you probably would have realized a thing or too, but instead you take offense at the obvious failure of communism and how it has never really existed as Marx envisioned. Just because I see the lack of a long lasting half way decent commie state that has not undergone “market” reforms doesn’t make me ignorant or uninformed you however seem uptight and touchy. Two steps forward and three steps back…

      Go hug Mao and Lenin’s corpse if you feel that hurt. What can I say I miss Fallout 3 sometimes.

      • kare kano fan boy
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

        You seem to have failed to comprehend my comment.

        Of course an unbridled communistic state is impossible (at least currently), but so is an unbridled capitalistic state. In many ways the current economic crisis is a demonstration of that fact, the republican establishment, mostly starting with Regan and ramping up considerably under Bush 2 have been gradually removing any and all oversight of Wall Street, that’s because they are “unbridled capitalists”, they believe that all people will act in their own rational self-interest and the market will thusly be self-correcting, they label oversight and regulation as being “socialist” and communist”.

        And you can see how well that turned out.

        It failed.

        Because people do not act for their own long term benefit, they act for the short term. Bank executives lied, they gave loans to people they knew couldn’t pay them back for their own short term benefit. They got theirs and let the world burn for everyone else. Which is exactly what will happen time and time again in an unbridled capitalistic system.

        But this doesn’t mean capitalism “doesn’t work”, contrarily I think it works very well for the most part, it’s just that it isn’t something (much like most other things in the world) that works in an absolute “pure” form. Capitalism requires checks and balances. It would be silly to dismiss capitalism as a whole and all ideas contained within just because basic human greed means that it won’t work unbridled.

        Yet that’s exactly what you did with communism. You would dismiss communist ideology as a whole because (in your own words) “[you] see the lack of a long lasting half way decent commie state that has not undergone “market” reforms”.

        You dismiss communism and rush to embrace capitalism but you fail to see that our very own beloved capitalistic society embraces many ideas that can be considered “communistic” (although this may not be true for long if the republicans take back the Presidency this election!), such as welfare. There is a reason that Regan hated welfare. To “unbridled capitalists” welfare is an offensive concept, people are getting something for nothing after all! (isn’t that like communism or something?).

        What I’m saying is that nothing (well, very few things) works in extremes. And Marx and Lenin were brilliant, and wonderful writers, despite the fact their ideology was flawed they were still brilliant, they were visionaries that were able to picture an entire society unlike anything that had came before. And I am deeply offended you would dismiss two of the greatest writers of all human history with a wave of your hand.

        I stand by my comments, I think the fact you would say such a thing demonstrates a basic lack of knowledge as well as a shallow mind.

        And as to me being “uptight” and “touchy” yes I am. Glad to meet you. I’m a very “touchy” person.

        I’m the sort of person who gets deeply upset when some anonymous person on a no-name blog makes a snide comment about communism. I’m the sort of person who is deeply “touchy” and “uptight”. And I think that’s a good thing.

        I think the world could use a few more “uptight” and “touchy” people.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

          You seemed to have failed to comprehend it was pretty much a continuation of the Fallout 3 shout out, quite how a smart kid like you failed to pick that up and then go on a spiel about how Reagan and Bush 2 broke your life, is while understandable decidedly sad.

          As for some anonymous dude posting whatever, unless your parents hated you so much as to name you kare kano fan boy, you sure are something. BTW When did I embrace unbridled capitalism?

          Cry me a river, welcome to the internet where I can say pretty much anything, feel free to stay hurt and believe what you want.

          Oh and by the way just because you qualify them as brilliant and wonderful writers does not mean people weren’t writing about Utopia long before either of them was so much as a forethought in their parents minds. As for Lenin well he killed people too, so let’s keep that in mind because his victims would be less glowing about having to die for the sake of his brilliance so that you can gush about him long after human foibles have persistently proved how unachievable communism is. You maybe right about communism and best of luck to you trying to implement it in your backyard.

          Regardless of what you think communism is perceived by no small amount of people (these days I’d say we out number you by quite a margin) as general failure known more for causing famines and breeding less than savory regimes. Let’s not forget perception is everything these days. So maybe if you adopt a less hostile tone and and didn’t start flinging around insults and assert your innate superiority as Intelligentsia to Neanderthals like me, you’d be you know at least able to not be the pot calling the kettle black.

          Maybe the world could use more people like you but I think there are plenty of people who take politics too seriously and start radio talk shows and get jobs as political commentators.

          PS I think Das Capital was a better work, because it wasn’t rushed like the Manifesto to try and direct a movement already underway. Both were pretty damn dry by my reckoning (like Adam Smith), but economists are a curious lot, they barely have a precise science start and yet are permitted to make a bunch of bad calls.

          Well since words hurt let me insult a few more great literary works to get you to start knashing your teeth.

          -Catcher in the Rye was about a loli-con
          -Grapes of Wrath had me giggling as a kid during the breast feeding scene and how they mistook toilets for foot washers (also a delightful comedy regarding Stalinism)
          -Romeo and Juliet is overrated, Othello was better
          -Cyrano de Bergerac may as well be about trailer trash
          -Mao’s Little Red Book is one of the best comedy works ever written
          -The Tale of Genji was about a creepy pedo who kidnapped a little girl to raise as his personal love slave, also the Pillow Book was a better work of Heian fiction

          Also how can you hate on capitalism so? It gave us Recettear!

          • kare kano fan boy
            Posted March 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

            First of all: Lolicon. not loli-con. Get it right will you?

            Second of all, you aren’t really offending me. I’m not exactly new to the internet and I spend most of my time on political forums so I’m far from new to having Ad Hom attacks tossed my direction.

            Third of all, I don’t hate capitalism. I’m a capitalist living in a capitalistic society. I said that in my above comment.

            Forth, what I said about being anonymous was that what anonymous people say does matter, that’s why I’m responding to you. I wasn’t attempting to belittle you for being anonymous, so your comment to me about that makes very little sense.

            Fifth, you really seem to be the one who’s offended. Not me.

            Sixth, you’re the one who’s being condescending, so to call me condescending is a very pot meet kettle moment. You made a condescending comment about communism in this “article”. Then when I replied to you, in a desperate attempt to be an internet commando you told me to go “hug Mao and Lenins corpse”.

            Seventh, your attitude about politics is everything that’s wrong with this country. In other countries 90+% of people vote in America we’re lucky if 50% vote! I remember one year more people voted in American Idol! Elections determine the future of our country, you can’t take that “too seriously”, remember that Otaku back in 2009 who was arrested and prosecuted under that fascist un-american law the PROTECT act (a disgusting bill meant to circumvent the well reasoned SCOTUS decision on virtual child pornography)?

            That bill was passed in 2003. When George Bush II was elected in the previous presidential election cycle the vote was so close SCOTUS had to step in and decide who won. If Gore would have won who knows what would have happened?

            I bring this up because it’s a concrete example of politics effecting the Anime and Manga community. If more people were involved in the political process things like that wouldn’t happen, and now the economy is in ruins and yet you say too many people take politics too seriously!!! Gay americans are unable to get married, women die because of the republican anti-choice war on women, children died on the streets of Iraq. You can’t take that too seriously.

            So really my fine chap, that’s a very silly comment.

            (And one more thing, I played Fallout 3 and I’m still failing to understand your reference. I would appreciate a clarification.)

          • Crusader
            Posted March 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

            Okay I am going to try to be level with you. However, Ad Hom be damned I think you got a rotten attitude. I like that you care this much about it though so I won’t delete your political comments since you got fire but you lack tact.

            Communist = Enemy and there is never a shortage of hurt feelings when this post comes around. Sorry you don’t get it, sorry funny, life goes on.

            I get that you care that much but fundamentally you aren’t really contributing your attitude and diction makes me really care less since at the end of the day we do not vote on every thing. I get that you are dead set on making me your Republican whipping boy and that’s fine left leaning folks do it all the time. But are you here to be offended by a passing statement about communism meant as a joke and rant about how some dead guy wrecked your world from beyond the grave or are you here to you know get a peak at the next season?

            Just so that you know since you aren’t offended, I’ll be blunt your attitude is decidedly adversarial and fundamentally you are why Fox News was able to turn an astro-turf movement into something viable. You’re too set on blaming people like me for not really caring but I have voted in every election since I was 18, and at the end of the day we do not have that much leverage over the people we vote for. You are wrapped up so tight in your righteousness that any tact you think you had in your comment is pretty much lost.

            I think this has to be said you are part of the problem, you are a polarizing element in that you embody that Know-it-all Liberal who is trying to tell everyone what to do. You fail to understand that so long as you keep on blasting two former Presidents who really have no effect on current policy and not focusing on correcting the problem well you come off as just a lot of hot air. Like it or not politically apathetic people are in the majority since trying to earn a living generally leaves less time to think about politics and it just stirs up so much nastiness that it does not make for good water cooler conversation, hence why sports, family, and television will probably dominate conversations in public, not politics. Having you tell me that I need to care more really makes no sense there are no upcoming elections at the higher levels and not every one has the luxury of being able to drop what they are doing to join a political movement.

            You are right I do not care as much as you do because I would like to remain as apolitical as possible since I am still enlisted and will be for many years. The thought of having a politically active military fills me with dread because when troops get into politics when still in uniform things usually turn out bad. Call it what you will just try and understand that so long as I serve I will not actively participate in the business of politics or go campaigning for one candidate or the other. I would leave it to John Q. Public to decide what he wants to do with his vote because at the end of the day John will do what John wants to do.

            I’ll say this much your opening salvo of “ignorant” and “uniformed” do not make for civil discussion those are fighting words. Use those and well you will never turn my vote or anyone else’s because people hate being told what to do and they don’t like being treated like inferiors.

            I may know little by your standards but I have been across the country while on military duty, and I do know this much there is probably enough discontent to make Obama a one term President. People are poorer people are angry they do not care about Gay Rights, they do not care about Iraq they do not care about Afghanistan, they do not care about giving every one universal healthcare. They want to have better economic times and they blame taxes for taking away their hard earned money. Whether you like it or not people do not care the way you do, moreover there are still plenty of people who do not like Gays.

            All that stuff you mentioned will happen and continue to happen even if every otaku voted because we are the minority, and the majority is confused by some of our habits and will not understand why some otaku like to play video games where you bang high school chicks. Moreover we do not all agree on things that you take for being universal. If everyone who can vote voted I am not as convinced as you that Gay Marriage will be legalized, that otaku can enjoy their lolicon doujins freely, and that women will have absolute control over abortion, etc. The war in Iraq is pretty much over for the US anyways you got what you wanted, hell I helped with that pullout. You just might want to find another reason to blame Republicans since it’s water under the bridge for most people.

            Politics is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Hoping that A Channel turns out well. Like I said in my comments, the show’s fate will really rest with how fun and interesting the characters are.

      As to the political stuff, I’m not even touching the argument though I think the historical verdict on Communism has pretty much long been in and agreed upon. What I will touch upon is your tone. So you come into the post and immediately start insulting Crusader because you have different political views? And insult the rest of us by extension for saying you doubt our grasp of economics and politics? Not exactly courteous nor a way to get a good reception. You’d do well not to argue in such a manner if you want to be taken seriously. And I’ll have you know that with the degrees attained by my comrades and myself, and those being pursued by those currently in college, we tend to know what we’re talking about in that realm. In fact most of the degrees and job experience our writers hold or are pursuing tend to relate to politics or economics specifically.

  10. Posted March 15, 2011 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Crusader takes the prize! Best idea: remake Hamtaro, but all the hamsters would be representative of leaders from the Warring States period.

    • Kherubim
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Now, if AIC and Enterbrain decide to make Beaver Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Journey of a Thousand Miles, that would be GOLD…

    • Crusader
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      You can’t go wrong.

    • Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      Holy shit this is awesome. You better copyright this idea quick before someone ganks it.

  11. Ectholion
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    i take it comrade angry will be blogging maria+holic? :) heres to hoping for more 8 bit love + glorious trap!

    • Crusader
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      I hope there will be subs, it deserves to be subbed, there ain’t that much else out there! Glory to Kanako! Fervently do we pray for an even more EPIC COSPLAY PARTY.

  12. SquareSphere
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    … those mecha shows don’t look promising but lets hope they pan out.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      I shall pray upon the hallowed altar of Zeus that Appleseed will be good.

  13. Kherubim
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
    - Uhh, not interested, pass…

    Nichijyou
    - KyoAni jumped the shark so hard it went went into orbit. Will give it the 3 episode test.

    Sket Dance
    - The premise sounded good when it involved OLs and it was called Shomuni…

    C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
    - CAPITALISM, HO!!!

    Deadman Wonderland
    - The Running Man meets Madworld and Manhunt, just add creepy loli. 3 episode test…

    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
    - Call me when white weaselly cat thing shows up and offers her a contract…

    Steins;Gate
    - Kana-tards might jump in, me? I’ll give it a pass…

    Hyougemono
    - Tea? Anyone who’s watched Red Cliff will know, TEA IS SRS FKING BZNS

    Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san
    - WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN

    Moshidora
    - I have no idea how this is going to play out. 3 episode test…

    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
    - Uhh, pass…

    Appleseed XIII
    - What happened, Shirow-sensei? The premise of Appleseed was so good, then the first CG movie was crap, while the second one was so pointless, not even John Woo could save it. Unlike Crusader, I’ve been let down too many times by I.G. to even consider this… OTL

    Showa Monogatari
    - The Wonder Years, Japanese style!!!

    Ao no Exorcist
    - Will wait and see if it’s worth watching, might end up being as bad as the Index series

    Toriko
    - MANLY MEN MANFULLY HUNTING DOWN RARE ANIMALS IN A MANLY WAY, PREPARED AND SERVED IN A MANLY MANNER, TO BE EATEN IN A MANLY FASHION!!! *Bites into bell pepper* ALLEZ CUISINE!!!

    Hanasaku Iroha
    - Has P.A. Works been around THAT LONG??? Art style reminds me more of True Tears than SUGOI SUGOI GET SOME, so will give the 3 episode test, hopefully it’s about cute girls doing cute things in a less retarded manner…

    Sofuteni
    - Meh, pass…

    Hidan no Aria
    - “Urusai urusai urusai!!! Baka baka baka baka!!!” Oops sorry wrong show…

    Tiger and Bunny
    - I’m hoping that this is on a ZARDOZ SPEAKS TO YOU level of awful awesome…

    Dog Days
    - Ugh, WTF????

    A Channel
    - I remember a time when a show like Azumanga Daioh was fresh and ground breaking, this however is another in a long line of “me too” shows which probably uses retard moe appeal…

    Lotte no Omocha
    - WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN… *headbutts desk a second time*

    Hen Zemi
    - NO WAY

    30-sai no Hoken Taiiku
    - DO NOT KNOW IF WANT…

    Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera
    - It’s by Go Nagai, but chances are that there’ll be more Devilman and Cutey Honey references than Mazinger and Mazinkaiser ones…

    Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~
    - Another genderswapped Sengoku period show? How terribly original…

    Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
    - Yet another middle of road loserguygetssexychickharem show…

    X-Men
    - WTF DID THEY DO TO THE DESIGNS??? U-MEN??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Logan looks like he took up binge eating after his Madripoor adventure and McCoy looks stupid. At least it wasn’t a show about X-Girls, that could have been even worse…

    Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
    - NO, JUST NO!!!

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      On Showa Monogatari I think it’s kind of analogous to the 1950′s in the US in a way. The supposed “good old days” when life was simpler, as opposed to the 1980′s when everyone was getting rich quick. I watched the first few minutes of episode 01 raw (planning to finish it later this week) and it looks pretty neat. Though I wish there were subs for the couple lines that I couldn’t translate perfectly myself…:(

    • Darkfireblade25
      Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      Kyoani really did jump the shark when they started to go off on pure comedy… it’s a really big disappointment really. Their perfect mix of comedy plus srsbznz in their past shows is the reason why they’re my top shows ever. i really wish they would start adapting the rest of Key’s works like Planetarian and Little Busters! those were their glory days… *sigh* one can only hope.

  14. Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    @ExecutiveOtaku

    I see a few possibilities to fill the SCCSAV Shipping Wars time slot. Perhaps we could do a new show that no one has seen instead of KimiKiss? That is granted any of them survive the first episode test.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

      The possibility is there. None yet scream “WATCH ME” but I’d say that there’s a good chance of at least one of them turning out well just by the number of potentially good shows.

  15. Anonymous
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    For those who think Enma-kun is aimed at kids, think again. Their biggest audience will be the ones who watched the show in the 70s, and this is actually an adaptation of the manga (the 1973 anime version was its own thing) so they’re in no way related.

    Also, do check out Kikoushi Enma, which is part of this series. It had enough tits, gore and general creepiness to get an 18+ rating on dvd.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      Well that certainly makes it sound a little better. Still don’t think it’s for me but maybe I’ll take a look at the first episode when it comes out.

    • Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      Also, Cutey Honey and Devilman references just the way Crusader wants them.

  16. gary
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    moshidora was the top selling novel of 2010
    will check it out

  17. kare kano fan boy
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Here are my thoughts on the series:

    Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai:
    Pass. I agree, looks like another sub-par visual novel adaption.

    Nichijyou:
    PASS. If I wanted to watch a crappy cartoon for children I’d turn on cartoon network and watch it in english.

    Sket Dance:
    Pass. This could conceivably be good. It’s not going to be good though. It’s going to be another crappy Shonen title. I find it depressing when decent ideas are butchered so I’m not even going to bother to confirm what I already know by watching the first episode.

    C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control:
    First of all why do you guys not like the title? I like how it rhymes.
    As to substance, I suspect this is going to be another butchered anime si-fi series, but I’ll give it the three episode test.

    Deadman Wonderland:
    Pass. Already seen movies with very similar plots 3+ times in America, lol.

    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko:
    This does nothing for me, but if I can find the time I may try the first episode (who knows? It might surprise)

    Steins; Gate:
    Pass. Video game adaptions are rarely any good, throw in the fact I haven’t seen the other series this is apparently a spin off/sequel to and I’m not even going to bother.

    Hyougemono:
    I’ll try the first episode, but I have the sinking feeling it might be yet another testosterone pumped sword-swinging piece of crap with no actual plot. I’m encouraged by the fact the Manga won some awards though. I’m praying it’ll be good.

    Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san:
    PASS, PASS, PASS. I shouldn’t even have to give a reason why I’m passing on this.

    Moshidora:
    Interesting premise, I think this could be either very good or very bad. I’ll give it the three episode test.

    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai:
    This looks great. Great animation style, potentially great story. Looks better than all the series listed above it, I can’t wait to see it.

    Appleseed XII:
    Pass. I haven’t seen any of this franchise but the first movie, so I’m not even remotely caught up enough to watch this.

    Showa Monogatari:
    Could be good, I’ll check out the first episode, probably just going to be pointless nostalgia for an era that was only any good in retrospect though. Reminds me of all those american movies glorifying the sexist, homophobic, racist, 50′s as some sort of golden years.

    Ao no Exorcist:
    Pass to infinity. Another stereotypical, unoriginal, shonen piece of crap about some guy being tough and going and getting revenge and saving some swooning helpless girl. Makes me want to throw up.

    Toriko:
    Pass. I agree with commenter “Kherubim” above me, who’s description of this series made me laugh.

    Hanasaku Iroha:
    Looks pretty good, may end up being bad. I’ll give it the three episode test.

    Sofuteni:
    Pass. I don’t like sports, and I don’t like that animation style.

    Hidan no Aria:
    Pass. A rip off of a rip off of a rip off. Only Ao no Exorcist looks more unoriginal then this.

    Tiger and Bunny:
    Again, why don’t you like the title? I like this title a lot.
    The content sounds pretty interesting as well, I also like the animation style. Definitely gets the three episode test.

    Dog Days:
    Now, where have I heard this before…
    Pass.

    A Channel:
    I know it sounds bad, but the Manga is at least as good as Lucky Star, and far better then Azumanga Daioh (Why so many people like Azumanga I will never understand), assuming they do a loyal adaption, this will be great. This gets the three episode test for sure.
    Did I mention the main character’s lesbian?

    Lotte no Omacha:
    I know this doesn’t sound very original, but rather then dismiss it for that reason you seem to be dismissing it just because it’s an ecchi lolicon! Need I remind you how good Kodomo no Jikan was?
    I’ll try the first episode of this one but as I said it doesn’t look very original.

    Hen Zimi:
    I’ll try the first episode. It sounds interesting but the “ecchi” and “comedy” genres make me think it’s going to suck.

    30-sai no Hoken Taiiku:
    Looks like one of those series that’s so bad it’s actually good. I see lots of unintentional comedy in this shows future. I’ll try the first episode.

    Dororon Emma-kun Meeramera:
    Pass. Looks like a sub-par show for children.

    Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~:
    PASS. A “historical” that’s nothing like the period it’s trying to depict, WITH BOOBIES. How original.
    Not.
    How Drab. You couldn’t pay me to watch this.

    Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi:
    Pass. Yet another hideous VN adaption, this time from a VN that wasn’t even remotely good in the first place. Oh, and that animation style is hideous.

    X-Men:
    PASS. God I hate superheroes. May I never see another one as long as I live.

    Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi:
    I’ll try the first episode. Sounds like its an at least above average romance, plus it’s Yaoi. That’s always a plus.

    All in all, it looks like a rather below average spring for Anime, we might get at least one decent series out of this though.

  18. WhoBeMe
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Every season always looks like it’s gonna suck, but usually turns out good. I can’t see that happening here. Outside of season 2 of God Only Knows, I can’t particularly see myself excited about anything.

    Dog Days just sounds like MAR, but suckier. Not saying MAR was bad, though. Mech shows … gag. Yaoi … ugh … I got fooled by Uraboku and uhh … that anime about the death tournament with people doped up … I forgot the game … I ain’t diving straight into it this time. A Channel sounds like K-On meets Hyakko, and I liked both those, so I’ll give it a shot. If it’s like Lucky Star, I’ll kill something. I dumped that series after 2 minutes. Other than that …. time pieces, harems … come on … something new, please!!!! I always end up watching at least the first episodes of every new series, and sometimes my mind gets changed.

    Moshidora seems actually interesting.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      I’m thinking that the season has a lot of potential at this point, if from nothing else than sheer volume of series. Though the best chances of good shows seem to be in romance/drama shows so that may not be for everyone. Still, there’s a bit of sci fi in there that could turn out well and maybe a comedy or two.

  19. Nazarielle
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Is that the cat from Trigun?

    I am now obligated to watch this show.

    I’ve had my eye on Steins;Gate ever since I found out an artist I really like did the illustrations for the VN. I’m hoping it won’t have quite as bizarre an ending as Chaos;Head did.

    I’ll probably look into Moshidora since, for some reason, there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding it. Especially given the really weird premise, I’m wondering why there’s so much talk about it. Edit: I find it a little strange that something aimed at people in their 30′s-40′s has a high school setting.

    Hidan no Aria looks really gorgeous from the light novel illustrations, but after watching the second trailer linked here, I’m a bit disappointed it didn’t make the transition to anime very well. I’ll probably check it out, because I just can’t quit them harem hijinks. If the harem lead isn’t a total wanker I’ll probably keep up with it.

    Lotte… another tsundere role for Kugimiya to blast away at everyone’s eardrums. I think if that is used as SCCSAV’s next drinking game there will be lots of terrible hangovers the next day, with headaches and ringing ears.

    I know nothing about Appleseed but man did the CGI in that PV dip into the uncanny valley.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      Chaos;Head had a neat premise and I enjoyed it up to a point but then it seemed to go off track. Here’s hoping that Steins;Gate changes that since it seems like such a cool story potentially.

  20. Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Toriko!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ghostlightning knows where it’s at! :P

  21. Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think even I, a hardened pioneer of the SCCSAV OniiKoto Drinking Game, could handle a Lotte’s Toy drinking game!

    Mixed bag this season as always, hopefully there will be some surprise hits.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      I’m thinking that there’s going to be quite a good chance at some shows being a lot better than they look on paper this season. Or maybe I’m just optimistic and compensating for not having a show to blog this season, heh.

  22. JW
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Toriko is going to be awesome by virtue of the suckiness of all the other candidates…

    Well, with the exception Ano Hana. Ano Hana and Toriko should make a baby called Good Spring Anime Season.

    The only possiblity of a threesome will be C: . But it’s going to have to contend with my fruitfly attention span.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      I’m not as keen on Toriko but I think Ano Hana will be a good one. I’d say that the three that I have the most hope for are Ano Hana, C, and Hanasaku Iroha but I think there are others that could potentially turn out to be better than expected.

  23. JELEINEN
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I think you guys have the wrong idea about Hen Zemi. The sexual content isn’t there to titillate, rather to make the audience uncomfortable as part of the humor. I think it has more in common in it’s approach with shows like Panty & Stocking and Ebichu than with a fanservice type show.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      I can’t speak for my comrades but I’m not really a fan of that sort of ecchi humor either, though I thought some of Ebichu was pretty funny. Particularly the parts that focused on Ebichu’s owner’s (lack of) love life. Like when the happy-go-lucky newlyweds moved in next door, lol.

  24. rincewind
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Lets see…

    Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai: Harem? Pass. (Unless has Yanderes… real Yanderes!)
    Nichijyou: Kyoani? Must at least give a try.
    Sket Dance: Mmmmmmh… if all other are bad enough maybe…
    C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control: Mmmmmhh… capitalism, ho? Nah.
    Deadman Wonderland: I will give it a try… probably. But I dont liked Eureka 7…
    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko: Probably not… GIVE ME MORE MADOKA, SHAFT!!
    Steins;Gate: YES, hopefuly they will got it right this time. (Unlike Chaos)
    Hyougemono: Nah…
    Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san: Nah…
    Moshidora: Intriguing… a bussiness novel!… must give a try.
    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai: Maybe, maybe.
    Appleseed XIII: Not sure.
    Showa Monogatari: Nostalgia? Sounds… interesting…
    Ao no Exorcist: Yet another Shonen? No thanks! Next!
    Toriko: Hmmmm… looks GAR. If its really GAR or at least crazy awesome, Im in.
    Hanasaku Iroha: Ill pass, hated True Tears… well, hated the ending. So, next! (Plus, two male potential love interest… no yuri then… pfff!)
    Sofuteni: Tennis and girls… doesnt sound bad… I like both.
    Hidan no Aria: Sounds so… generic… next!
    Tiger and Bunny: Sunrise, call me when doing something related to Mai Hime… until then… next!
    Dog Days: Generic anime the second impact, next!
    A Channel: Cute girls doing cute things… I like it. Director of Saki? Give me lot of yuri subtext (or better… TEXT) and Im in.
    Lotte no Omocha: Wha… what? Ill pass.
    Hen Zemi: Doesnt look good… I guess I will pass.
    30-sai no Hoken Taiiku: Wh… what? No, really… WHAT?
    Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera: Go Nagai? Im in.
    Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~: Only women? Give me yuri and Im so in!
    Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi: Generic harem… NEEEEXT!!!
    X-Men: No.
    Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Not my cup of tea. Im a yuri fan not yaoi fan.

    Disclaimer: Any show with yuri gets and +10 and becomes instant watch.

    Hopefuly will be some hidden gem, like Madoka in this season. And some yuri. I need more yuri!!!!

  25. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    From the first image, I thought another season of SZS was coming out for a second…

    I really hope that Sket Dance will turn out well. The first half of the manga is on-par with Gintama’s comedy and outdoes Gintama in the story department. With any luck, that same quality will come across in the animated version.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

      Ah, I try to use neutral (not from a series coming out), seasonally appropriate images for the opening of the season preview posts that I’ve worked on. I certainly would be excited if another season was coming out.

      Sket Dance will hopefully turn out as you say. I’m always iffy on that genre but if it’s as good or better than Gintama then I might very well like it. Plus it probably won’t be 200+ episodes too, heh.

  26. Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Have to be honest, nothing from the coming season excites me much aside from the prospect of more TWGOK and continuing GOSICK. Keeping an open mind, though.

    With that said, my history in high school sports means I will probably be watching Moshidora. I’ll also probably check out Hidan no Aria, because it’s made by J.C. Staff. Ano Hi Mita also looks good. I’ll probably also watch Nichijou and a few titles from whatever Crunchyroll ends up picking up. I’m NOT watching Lotte no Omocha or that yaoi show. Nope.

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Unexciting season is unexciting season, eh. J.C. Staff are a funny bunch, aren’t they, yet despite their inconsistencies, I can see why AHM might be fun – or, at least, I hope you find it so.

  27. ~xxx
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if could still watch one…
    because the demand of the world is greater for me…

    I think I could allocate if I have enough resources

  28. Posted March 16, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    This is gonna be the first season I’m gonna cover an actual anime so I think I’ll be dipping my toes in slowly with a manga adaptation.

    Thing is, they’ve always been so bad that I don’t wanna burn out after a few eps D: Still, I love the mangas for Sket Dance, Deadman Wonderland and Blue Exorcist so at least I’ll be able to put a different spin if I compare it to the manga.

    I’m definitely very wary of them though, since manga-to-anime shows (especially Jump) have been very bad lately D:

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, new to episodic blogging? Makes sense to start with a manga adaptation that you’re already familiar with/ are enjoying, then. And though you might be right to be wary, fun times ahead, eh! :)

      • Posted March 18, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

        I’ve only really been covering manga at the blog so covering anime will be a nice change of pace :3

  29. Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Toriko is basically the result of marrying Fist of the North Star with Cooking Master Boy. It’s your loss if you don’t like it.

    Ao no Exorcist is obviously the spiritual remake of Yu Yu Hakusho. I can’t believe not even ghostlightning realized that.

    I distinctively remembered bloggers treating Star Driver with the same scorn given to Tiger and Bunny when the previews first came out last year. Not that I’d recommend it to everyone, but don’t underestimate Sunrise.

    Those three, Enma-kun, and Appleseed are the only ones I’ll be following from the very get go this coming season.

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Huh, dunno which bloggers you specifically meant, but Star Driver (to pick one example) was largely (or at least partially) previewed with a favourable eye. (Personally, I thought it wasn’t bad, certainly fun, but simply lost interest after about epi 7.) Anyways, as you say, to each their own, and I hope you enjoy the ones you end up following.

  30. Darkfireblade25
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    in the promotional poster thing of C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, in that giant C, i see the words, conviction, conversion, capital, collateral, credit, and then… chocolate….? what? >.>

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Well, my ears suddenly perked up again at that last one! Haha!

  31. Merq
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I watched the “0″ episode of “Nichijyou” and I liked it for the most part. Will continue testing those waters.

    Will also give “Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko”, “Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi”, and “Hanasaku Iroha” a try.

    Definitely watching the second seasons of Maria+Holic, The World God Only Knows, and both of the noitaminA shows.

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Funny how noitanimA get’s an automatic double-take, at least. Guess we’ll see how those turn out, eh.

  32. Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if there’s any bona fide hits, but there’s definitely more interesting shows this season – Money of Soul, Nichijou, Sket Dance, Deadman, Lotte’s Toy. Probably as many this season as there was in the last couple combined.

    Tiger & Bunny sounds like a big joke, but… I hope Sunrise has some tricks up its sleeve and the ridiculous name belies the quality of the show. Could be interesting, right? Or am I holding onto false hope.

  33. Forloko
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I hope to Zeus that there is at least 1 good romance anime this season…. please… please… T_T … PLEASE…. oh Zeus please…

    cause it really… doesn’t look like there will be T.T ….. how else am I supposed to procrastinate for finals!!!

    Also when will they ever pull a show from the Josei/Smut manga section D: …. or have they already?

  34. Emperor
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Every season looks retarted from start but only time will show, must give try at least to some ><

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      How true (*thinking, for example, of how well Level E’s going*).

  35. haitechan
    Posted March 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ll watch DeadMan Wonderland because I really like the manga. Same with KamiNomi, even though the lack of Tenri dissapoints me. Also continuing watching Maria Holic because of awesome Mariya. Also, Denpa Onna because of SHAFT and C: The Money of Soul because lol economics in my animu.
    Proably checking Hen Zemi. Damn you, Akira Ishida, for being in a show I have nearly 0% interest.

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Your comment makes me, at least, want to give Maria Holic another try, hmm…

  36. Posted March 19, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    “P”reviews like this help excite my senses. Just seeing those pictures makes me want to watch it now. =) This is going to be a blast for anime.

    • Emperor
      Posted March 19, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      ehm pictures to me it seems like buying car for its color ><

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Hmm, there is something about a good promo pic and an intriguing blurb, isn’t there… sometimes…

  37. Nextus
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Can I get some support for X-Men!? Geez man. Granted, I can see how Ironman and Wolverine could make you skeptical, but I think the recent movies and the characters themselves had something to do with it. Ironman never made a good cartoon by himself imo, and wolverine isn’t even the greatest X-man. Doing an anime that involves the team has a good chance, but they’ll have to avoid the pitfall of “Boo hoo Gene Grey is dead woo woo woo T_T “. Never liked her anyway, and the X-men movies wreaked of rotting heaps of goat flesh. Xmen anime = a fair trial for me.

  38. Posted March 28, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I’m most likely just going to watch Exorcist and Stein;Gate, but I actually don’t really know much about any of this season’s anime. So yea… Will probably wait until first impressions are out to finalize my watch list.

  39. Moriken
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Oretachi ni tsubasa wa nai is one of the best written eroge that exist…far away from the usual (harem) romance bullshit. But I’m absolutely sure that the anime will mess it up completely.

  40. Zorapup
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t too excited with this list minus Kami Nomi season 2. The winter season was a total fail for me as Amagami was the only thing that kept me watching anything anime during the late winter.

    However after a third look-see at updated descriptions of many of these I think I’ll check the following:

    1) Moshidora – I heard the book won an award in Japan. I may just check out the first few eps, if this ever comes out. I heard the release was delayed due to the Tsunami.

    2) Stein’s Gate – Didn’t pay too much attention but seeing the crop I decided to watch the first episode. I have to say it kept my attention throughout the episode and I’m curious to see the next ep. I haven’t played the game nor read the manga so maybe my excitement is due to the fact that I haven’t been spoiled. (also did not see Chaos;gate). Recognized Mamoru Miyano’s voice right away. Interested as to why they picked Asami Imai for the other seiyuu.

    3) Money and Soul and Possibility Control – plot sounded interesting considering the other choices.

    Hope to see some review blogs come out soon.

  41. Swheen
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Oh, Tsubasa wa nai not getting any love.

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