2012 Spring Season Preview

With the current season about to end, it’s time for the spring season preview! There are a lot of new series, and the return of second seasons (or halves) for shows like Fate/Zero, Korean Zombie Desk Car Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?, Kimi to Boku, and Phi Brain. And some continuations of older ones, such as the new Eureka 7 and, unfortunately, Queen’s Blade. As usual, the information comes from Scamp‘s chart, ANN, MAL, and Wikipedia. Presented below the cut are our first thoughts on the upcoming season, after 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.

Ozuma

Animation Studio: LandQ Studios (assisted on Rinne no Lagrange and Last Exile: Fam), with Gonzo
Source: Original
Genre: Sci-fi,
Summary: In the far future, the elevated irradiation from the sun has destroyed the environment of the earth and the birthrate of humans has drastically decreased. The government controls society with an army of cloned soldiers called “Ideal Children (IC)”. Sam Coin is a trader in a desert. One day, he saves a beautiful woman Maya, who has been chased by Theseus, a corps of IC. He shelters her in his trade ship, but the destroyers of Theseus surround Sam and Maya.
Additional Details: Mechanical design by Matsumoto Leiji (Uchyuu Senkan Yamato, Ginga Tetsudou 999.)
Trailers: First episode has been released.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: It has sandship, sand subs, and a few familiar faces. There is also a masked man commanding some Zeke-ish looking goons.  If nothing else Matsumoto Leiji knows something of ship design with heavy WWII influences.
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks interesting, though I haven’t watched the pre-aired episode 01 yet. Will give it a try, but sci-fi series like this can vary wildly in quality, so a setting I think I’ll enjoy doesn’t guarantee anything.
Hana: I thought that the first episode was okay, with great B.G.M. and plenty of action and comedic interactions between a warm, if generic, cast of character(type)s that will probably go down well with fans of the genre. Said comedic interactions were a bit on the lame side for me, though, and I found the whole thing a little too slow in too many places, so I won’t continue watching it, but I’m sure plenty of others will enjoy it if they do.
Chronolynx: Summary sounds a bit by-the-numbers, but it could be interesting if well executed (well isn’t that insightful of me).
ghostlightning: I’ve seen a the first two episodes and it’s not very good. It remains interesting to me, albeit I’m procrastinating on watching episode 3.
ReverseVampire: Retro character design doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not saying that it’s bad, but I’m not tuning in to this.
JohnnyYandere: Watched some brief clips of the first episode – it’s got that adventure epic thing going with the landscapes and the border outposts and the roving bands of marauders. In a way, it’s similar to Moretsu Pirates, with the expanse of space swapped for the expanse of the desert – but I think I’ll like Ozuma more. Or an adaptation of Monster Hunter with higher levels of technology. Definitely watching.

Possible bloggers: Crusader

Saint Seiya Omega

 

Animation Studio: Toei Animation (Toriko, Kyousogiga and a plethora of series dating back to the 1960′s.)
Source: Original/franchise
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Summary: The first Saint Seiya TV series in 25 years. It will have an original story and new characters. Kōga is a 13-year-old boy who assumed the role of the Bronze Saint of the Pegasus constellation. His undefeatable spirit and rebellious nature are strong, as is his single-minded determination. He meets the Saints and comes to learn about the importance of friendship and bonds. His special technique is the “Fist of the Pegasus Meteor.” Saori Kido also appears as the protector of peace and all living things on Earth — and the woman who raised Kōga like a parent. She is the incarnation of the fighting goddess Athena. Mars, a warrior of the red planet, kidnaps Athena to establish a new world order, and Kōga stands up against Mars.
Additional Details: Mechanical design by Matsumoto Leiji (Uchyuu Senkan Yamato, Ginga Tetsudou 999.)
Trailers: First episode has been released.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: My goodness was the main guy a whiny sack of shit in the first episode. Mileage will vary depending on how efficiently you manage your nostalgia.
ExecutiveOtaku: Really doesn’t seem like my kind of show, too shounen. Pass.
Hana: I’m not familiar with any of the previous incarnations of the franchise and, going by the character design, genre and summary, I’m pretty sure that it’s not my kind of show either.
Chronolynx: I’m unfamiliar with the series, but it seems interesting enough.
ReverseVampire: Watched several episodes of ‘Lost Canvas’ until I dropped it, since it didn’t goes anywhere by the time I skipped to the final episode. May give this a try, as I don’t need to refer to the older materials that are long gone now 2/3 decades ago (in a less exaggerated example, Aquarion EVOL comes to mind).
JohnnyYandere: Um, no. Art style really isn’t my thing. And damn if it makes me think of Dragonball Z. And I cannot bring myself to like/tolerate/endure Dragonball Z.

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Uchuu Kyoudai

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (AnoHana, Kuroshitsuji, Sora no Woto)
Source: Manga adaptation
Genre: Sci-fi, Slice of Life, Seinen
Summary: Once upon a time there were two brothers, Hibito and Mutta. Hibito, the littler brother, had been blessed with good luck since the day he was born. Mutta, the elder, had always had bad luck. One day, looking up at the night sky, the two brothers saw a UFO. This experience made them both promise to become astronauts. In the year 2025, Hibito has kept his promise and become an astronaut, part of the first wave of people to live for an extended period of time on the moon. Meanwhile, his older brother Mutta has been fired from his job and is unemployed but one message from his brother makes him decide to start being an astronaut again. Thirty two year old Mutta will attempt the astronaut candidate examinations. To follow his brother Hibito to the moon, Mutta will attempt to become an astronaut at the age of 32. Unaware of his own talent, elder brother Mutta chases his dreams to get back in front of his younger brother.
Additional Details: Director has previously worked on the long-running Doraemon series, but this season is his first directing more usual anime.
Trailers: Preview trailer.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: The first episode seems to indicate that this is less about hard scrabble space exploration than the life long misery of an elder brother play catch up with the younger. That said this series seems to be well grounded in history as it references Hideo Nomo’s (I know because he was a FUCKING Dodger, I feel good knowing he missed out on the Red Sox Championships) no hitter against the Rockies, and Zidane’s head-butt. It’s not going to be comedy everyone will like but if you know a thing or two about the 1990s and if you also reference bad days in your life with historic tragedies this something worth looking into.
ExecutiveOtaku: The setting looks really cool. I loved Planetes (the manga, the anime was just ok), so I’m a big fan of the near-future realistic science fiction setting this show looks to have. I am a little uncertain about the brotherly competition aspect though. It could be a good motivation for Mutta, though it could also be the sort of cheesy older brother-younger brother thing that annoys me so often j-dramas. But it’s still something that definitely has my interest.
Hana: Excellent first episode, just the right blend of slice of life, action, drama and comedy that I could really get into. Also, great characters, animation and funny as hell. Will carry on watching, possibly (co-)blog.
Chronolynx: Definitely looks very promising. Scifi is always a plus (when it doesn’t turn into Guilty Crown).
ghostlightning: I wasn’t ready for this one, but it’s good stuff. Love at first sight. This gets me excited about anime in general all over again.
ReverseVampire: I prefer the type of stories of going to space with more fantastic elements that may spell unrealistic in the sci-fi fandom.
JohnnyYandere: Friend of mine says this is “friggin awesome”, although I don’t know whether he means it’s really awesome or simply because it’s faithful to the original manga. Doesn’t interest me either way. Maybe I’ll end up watching this 5 years from now as another Ghibli Totoro moment.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku; Hana; Crusader

 

Ginga e Kickoff

 

Animation Studio: TYO Animations (Tamayura: Hitotose, Legend of Koizumi)
Source: Novel adaptation.
Genre: Sports, shounen.
Summary: Adaptation of the 2006 novel Ginga no World Cup. The story follows a boy who was in a soccer team, but it was disbanded due to not enough players. However, after the boy meets a female professional soccer player, he aims to bring his soccer team back.
Additional Details: Information is scarce. The only thing of note I’ve seen is that the show will be restarting NHK’s animation block, which hasn’t existed since 2006. NHK is not exactly known for its riveting programming, to be honest.
Trailers: None available.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I don’t like soccer.
ExecutiveOtaku: My standard blanket ‘no’ policy in regards to sports anime.
Hana: It just looks and sounds like a generic shounen-y sports show. So, on that reason alone, it’s defo not for me (and not least because it’s from the same studio behind the snore-fest that was Tamayura), and even fans of the genre might be hard pressed to find anything that makes it stand out from the crowd (good luck).
Chronolynx: Not a sports fan, and it doesn’t look like the cast is very shippable. Pass.
ReverseVampire: Sports isn’t my cup of tea. Unless it’s another Chihayafuyu, gonna skip this one.
JohnnyYandere: After Knight in the Arena (which I dropped right after the magical heart transplant powers), I don’t think I can stand soccer anime any more. Pass.

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 Sengoku Collection

Animation Studio: Brains Base (Kuragehime, Kamisama Dolls, Durarara)
Source: Social network game adaptation.
Genre: Fanservice ‘Action’
Summary: Anime adaptation of Konami’s Sengoku Collection social networking service game, set in the tumultuous Sengoku Era of historical Japan, when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan’s first shogunate.
Additional Details: Director is Gotou Kenji (Kiddy Grade, Uta Kata)
Trailers: None available.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader:  I’ll be playing Shogun 2 instead. Moe may have it’s charms for some but I prefer to turn Sengoku-Japan into a theocracy. Nothing like killing off  would-be samurai oppressors with the Ikko Ikki faithful, and teaching the heathens the Glory of God with the business end of matchlocks and cannons.
ExecutiveOtaku: I’m thinking of starting a ‘no’ policy for social network game adaptations. Not only are Farmville, Mafia Wars, and their ilk the bane of modern Facebook, their Japanese cousins may become the bane of anime.
Hana: Um, yeah, a game adaptation full of pretty people with big boobs and big hair. ‘Nuff said.
Chronolynx: Not interested.
ReverseVampire: I’m getting tired of seeing anime adapting stories from the Sengoku era (or the Warring States period from Rot3K) over and over again. I’ve lost count how many times animation studios have milked this baby for too long.
JohnnyYandere: I don’t know, EO. A Farmville anime might be pretty badass. Still, Konami. Dynasty Warriors. Sengoku Collection… Close enough? I’ll watch the first episode at least.

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 Upotte!

Animation Studio: Xebec (Rinne no Lagrange, Softenni, Heroic Age)
Source: 4-koma adaptation.
Genre: Thinly veiled airsoft marketing scheme Action, Comedy, Seinen.
Summary: A teacher is looking for a school by the name of Seishou Academy, as he is a new transfer teacher for that school. Seishou Academy is known for having students with excellent marksmanship. However, he gets lost along the way and decides to look for someone who knows where the school is at a summer festival. He encounters a girl at a shooting range and finds her marksmanship skills to be professional. The girl tells the new teacher that she is an assault rifle, not a student. Her name is FNC and is an assault rifle of Seishou Academy. The new teacher attends school the next day to find students, including FNC, practicing shooting M16s and realizes that he has come to an unbelievable school.
Additional Details: BY THE DIRECTOR OF RIO: RAINBOW GATE!!!
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Yeah I named my rifle like the next guy, but this just don’t smell the same. Still it could bring forth interesting and uncivil debates about whose service rifle is better.
ExecutiveOtaku: What, no Type-98-chan for the domestic audience? And how do you have a show about moe assault rifle people (how do you have a show about moe assault rifle people?) without the world’s favorite Kalashnikov? While I’m slightly tempted to watch an episode simply to cheer for M-16-chan (clumsy at first, but works hard and becomes class president), this looks beyond stupid.
Hana: Moe girls with guns ain’t my thing either. Pass.
Chronolynx: Director of Rio? *runs away faster than a speeding Shinji*
ReverseVampire: I’d rather watched Hetalia than this crap. At least I get to learn more about history and current events than this show that only hardcore gun collectors would probably pick up.
JohnnyYandere: Thinly veiled airsoft marketing scheme? Hell yeah.

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 Kuroko no Basuke

Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Usagi Drop, Kimi ni Todoke, Guilty Crown)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Sports, Shounen.
Summary: Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”, and while nobody seems to know about him, the main 5 players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team?
Additional Details: From the director of Bungaku Shoujo and Noir, among others.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Watching GSW lose night after night with Bogut on the bench has made me SICK of basketball. This just gets no shot for me watching a small guy running around just makes me see Nate Robinson running around in losing efforts.
ExecutiveOtaku: Nope.
Hana: I approve of this show’s equal opportunities policy regarding characters’ right to have any colour hair that they wish. Unfortunately, that’s all I approve of.
Chronolynx: Now these guys look shippable. Might watch if there is a decent amount of fanservice.
ghostlightning: Basketball anime? SOLD.
ReverseVampire: Yeah, getting back into basketball and everything mostly due to the LINsanity, but I’m a total moron when it comes to anime with sports as its central theme. I’m okay with it, as long as it doesn’t turns out to be another Prince of Tennis (chances are it will be should the writers screw up). I’m not happy with Production I.G.’s recent track record (Blood-C, Guilty Crown) as of late, and another video game adaptation is going to be aired this season…
JohnnyYandere: Never liked basketball, sports anime that isn’t Prince of Tennis, no blatant homosexual innuendo – Pass.

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Eureka 7 AO

Animation Studio: BONES (UN-GO, Star Driver, No. 6)
Source: Sequel.
Genre: Action, Mecha, Shounen, Sci-Fi.
Summary: The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young. A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.
Additional Details: Retains the same director from the first Eureka 7, along with Kawamori as mecha designer.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Good memories of good times, I just hope that nothing goes awry.
ExecutiveOtaku: The preview indicates that this will have everything that made me go UUUUGGGGGHHHHH and drop the original show very quickly. Pass.
Hana: The sequel to a mecha show that I didn’t watch. I believe I’ve said enough. Unless you like the first series, and the Megan Fox lookalike in the bottom right corner of that pic, in which case go knock yourself out.
Chronolynx: As a GIGANTIC Eureka 7 fan, this could easily be awesome. Or it could turn into Pocketful of Rainbows 2. Cautiously optimistic, regardless.
ghostlightning: Can’t miss this one. I do wish this is a step in the right direction after the disastrous movie “adaptation.”
ReverseVampire: Do I need to watch the original show before watching the sequel?
JohnnyYandere: Didn’t watch the original anime, felt like I missed out hundreds of references in the trailer. I love the mecha design, but nothing else really interests me.

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Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

Animation Studio: Silver Link (Baka to Test to Shokanjyuu, C3)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Shounen.
Summary: The story takes place in Seikyou Private School. A facility that consists of multiple buildings that connect together to accommodate both junior and senior high school students. Sixty years of ongoing renovations and expansions have meant most of the old inner structures have been sealed and abandoned. Classrooms turned into storage rooms, staircases no longer in use, hallways like dark alleys. With the existence of such a maze-like building, it is only natural that rumors of the paranormal would appear. One day first-year middle school student Teiichi Niiya gets lost in this maze and by chance arrives at an old storage room. This is where he meets Yuuko Kanoe, a mysterious girl with raven black, long silky hair and a tall and slender figure, who introduces herself as the ghost of the old school building. For some unexplainable reason Niiya is the only one able to see this spirit and she herself does not have any recollection of the reasons or time of her death, nor any lingering feelings about life itself. Curious about the circumstances of her death the two create a paranormal investigation club and seek to find out the truth about it and the many other mysteries surrounding the school.
Additional Details: Principle Director Sakamoto Takashi is new to directing his own show, but he’s being backed up by SHAFT and Silver Link veteran Oonuma Shin.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I didn’t see much other than bits of fanservice and the female cast members. Still it could be good, and certainly the director should be zealous enough to make the most of his debut.
ExecutiveOtaku: The genre and preview trailers have me interested. Doing a Google image search while writing this post made it look like the manga has a good bit of fanservice, but hopefully that’s just a mistaken impression based on the search results. I’ll be checking it out and watching at least the first few episodes before deciding. It’s looking like Silver Link’s SHAFT DNA is showing through in this one in terms of animation too.
Hana: I dunno, EO; those trailers also indicate that it’s not much more than a thinly disguised fanservice show masquerading as a glossy mystery. Meh.
Chronolynx: >promo image contains pantyshot >paaaaaaaaaass
ReverseVampire: Sounds mediocre. I think I’ll pass.
JohnnyYandere: Might be good? I’m still upset with Another’s ending. It seems too soon to be getting into another mysterious girl highschool paranormal anime.

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Hyouka

Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation (Nichijou, Lucky Star, Clannad)
Source: Novel adaptation.
Genre: Mystery.
Summary: Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters “Koten Bu (Classic Literature Club)” as recommended by his elder sister. There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”. Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory, he never deduces anything on his own. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches. They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Koten Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka”.
Additional Details: From the director of Lucky Star (after Yamakan was canned) and Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, as well as of several episodes here and there of other series.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Certainly it would come as total surprise if this were putrid, bu I am not that into mysteries. It does sound like something Hana should be encouraged to blog though.
ExecutiveOtaku: Well, it’s definitely got the KyoAni look down. And that trailer felt like it was screaming “did you notice how light swirls around in their eyes?!” But hopefully that won’t preclude this from being an interesting mystery show. I’m fairly interested based on the information at hand, it’ll get at least the three-episode test from me.
Hana: Always on the look out for a good looking mystery show, and this one looks kinda promising. Time and a first epi test pass permitting, will be interested in watching this.
Chronolynx: Well, it’s not Key, and it isn’t original, so I may just like it. Unless it is secretly K-On.
ReverseVampire: Preview didn’t sound interesting, but I’ll catch the first episode to see if this will keep me perked in watching.
JohnnyYandere: Somehow this looks like Toradora as KyoAni might have imagined it. I can’t quite believe that this is KyoAni – what’s with the muted colour palette? Where’s the KyoAni technicolour hair at? But KyoAni hasn’t let me down, so I’ll probably be into this.

Possible bloggers: Hana

 

Jormungand

Animation Studio: White Fox (Stein’s;Gate, Katanagatari)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Seinen.
Summary: The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, a weapons corporation.  As one of the company’s unofficial weapon sellers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcements as most of her work is actually illegal under international law. Traveling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans.  Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers. Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family’s death. What follows is Koko and her crews escapades around the world.
Additional Details: This is only White Fox’s fourth series, having only been founded in 2007. The director, Motonaga, Keitarou, has a…varied background. He also directed School Days, Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Jyanain Dakara Ne, and Katanagatari, among others.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I’ll defer to EO on this one it looks good and even if they tone it down from Black Lagoon levels it can still be good action. I just wonder if this arms-dealer Jonah seeks is called the Jackal…
ExecutiveOtaku: This looks like it could make a really cool anime. I’ve read the first volume of the manga before, though I decided not to continue because the action isn’t quite as fun if it’s on a page, rather than in motion and set to music. Lots of inaccuracies in terms of arms dealing and child soldiers and such, but it was cool without being over-the-top. The manga felt kind of like Black Lagoon, except not so stupidly action-y that I won’t be able to watch it now that it’s being animated. Will watch the first few episodes and decide from there, but it’s looking like it will be at least decent action.
Hana: Looks pretty slick, and the plot sounds interesting too. Doubt it’s my kind of thing, though, but I think if you’re drawn to the themes then it’s worth you checking out.
Chronolynx: Looks pretty slick from the PV, but something like this really stands or falls on its characters for me. I’ll give it a shot.
ReverseVampire: Will not be tuning in to this. Don’t enjoyed stories with black and grey morality.
JohnnyYandere: Couldn’t really get into Black Lagoon, I doubt I’ll be all that interested in Jormungand. But because it has a fancy name out of Norse mythology, I will deign to watch at least the first episode.

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Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-

Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Usagi Drop, Kimi ni TodokeGuilty Crown)
Source: PSP game adaptation.
Genre: Action, Fantasy.
Summary: One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.
Additional Details: Director Kawasaki Itsuro has previously directed other series such as Sengoku Basara and Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai. Character design by game and VN artist Taka Tony.
Trailers: PSP game intro.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: The first thought that crossed my mind when I put fantasy setting together with bakery I though of the Lusty Argonian Maid… I just hope this will be as funny.
ExecutiveOtaku: Not sure if this will end up more adventure or adventure-comedy, but I’ll take a look either way. I’m thinking it will have a good bit of comedy, and I wouldn’t mind another comedy-fantasy show like Shukufuku no Campanella. Three episode test, unless it fails to catch my interest at all in the first episode.
Hana: A game adaptation full of cute girls doing cute things, eh… Nah.
Chronolynx: Sort of like a genderflipped Antique Bakery? No thanks.
ReverseVampire: If the show goes nowhere midway, I’m going to drop this show like what I did with Blood-C. I don’t mind the romance but when it gets too repetitive, that’s it for me.
JohnnyYandere: Production IG is really all over the place nowadays. Cute girls, fantasy, pirates? I… am at a loss. I’ll give it a shot.

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Acchi Kocchi

Animation Studio: AIC (Asobi ni Iku Yo, Amagami SS, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
Source: 4-koma adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Seinen.
Summary: Acchi Kocchi follows the misadventures, screw ups and idiocy of 5 schoolmates: Io, Tsumiki, Hime, Mayoi and Sakaki.
Additional Details: Original manga by Ishiki (Kanamemo), third series for director Oizaki Fumitoshi (previous works as director were Ontama and Astarotte no Omocha)
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader:  4koma adaptations can be great, or they can be awful. Will likely find out where this one goes when it airs.
ExecutiveOtaku: If the characters seem interesting then I’ll watch it. But being by the author of Kanamemo isn’t increasing its chances that I’ll like it.
Hana: That Animation Studio and Source have produced nothing that I’ve even remotely liked, so (pretty colours-laden trailer full of cuteness aside) I’m afraid I’m not interested in this either.
Chronolynx: Uninterested.
ReverseVampire: 4-koma adaptations? I don’t know.
JohnnyYandere: Lacking a true sequel for Lucky Star, I guess I’m willing to try Acchi Kocchi.

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Sankarea

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Hakuouki, Seitokai no Ichizon, Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Ecchi, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural.
Summary: Furuya’s obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all girl’s school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?
Additional Details: Music by Hashimoto Yukari (Toradora, Mawaru Penguindrum), rookie director.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: If it is what I think it is, I just want to know does it qualify as necrophilia?
ExecutiveOtaku: Seems a lot like Korean Zombie Desk Car, so unless the humor and character interactions are a step above, I’ll be skipping it. Still, I’ll give the first episode or two a shot.
Hana: ‘…and is even only interested in zombie girls’ – I facepalmed. That is all.
Chronolynx: That… could maybe be interesting.
ReverseVampire: I prefer horror…without the fanservice and DEEN involved. Pass.
JohnnyYandere: “…and is even only interested in zombie girls’? Why, I prefer my horror with fanservice and DEEN invovled! All in!

Possible bloggers: JohnnyYandere

 

Natsuiro Kiseki

Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gundam AGE, Code Geass, Tiger and Bunny)
Source: Original series.
Genre: Slice of life.
Summary: Original anime featuring the four members of sphere as voice actresses.
Additional Details: Director is Mizushima Seiji, who has done UN-GO, Gundam 00, and Hanamaru Youchien.
Trailers: Main trailer. Additional trailer/preview with the band.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: The set up is, for me, meh. However this will be in a duel… A DUEL TO THE DEATH with AKB0048. Sunrise vs. Kawamori. PR department vs. PR department. If nothing else they better have good music.
ExecutiveOtaku: I’m a bit dubious on the whole idol aspect, since it’s clearly a marketing mechanism. But I’ll wait and see how it turns out, it’s hard to say with ‘slice of life’ being the only concept the preview is communicating.
Hana: So, more cute idols doing cute idolish things… Well, at least CrazyDave’ll like it. And, perhaps, anyone looking for fresh fodder for SCCSAV Karaoke.
Chronolynx: An anime about an idol group starring… an idol group. Paaaaaaaaass.
ReverseVampire: Seems like Sphere dominates this one. Whether if I’ll be watching this or AKB48′s anime series will depend on the three episode test.
JohnnyYandere: I enjoyed Idolm@ster. I’ll probably enjoy this. Watching.

Possible bloggers:

 

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Animation Studio: Xebec (Rinne no LagrangeSoftenniHeroic Age)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, parody, sci-fi cosmic evil.
Summary: The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.
Additional Details: Motherf—ing Lovecraft! Also, by the director of Kyou no Go no Ni and MM!
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Zoth-Ommog it’s really happening. YITHMAS CAME EARLY. If you do not watch YOU WILL GO MAD.
ExecutiveOtaku: In his house in R’lehnngg t’an, EO waits dreaming of this show. Definitely watching.
Hana: Xebec + moe aliens = Hana says no.
Chronolynx: Umm. I. Will wait for feedback from others before attempting.
ReverseVampire: Flash-based animation made me do all sorts of funny things. Oh, it’s Xebec. Pass.
JohnnyYandere: This looks loads better than the previous flash adaptations. Will be watching just to see how many Lovecraft references are thrown in.

Possible bloggers: Crusader

 

Medaka Box

Animation Studio: Gainax (Hanamaru Youchien, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Action, comedy, ecchi, romance, school, shounen.
Summary: Kurokami Medaka, a first year, is elected as Student Council President, and the first thing she does is establish a suggestion box, later dubbed by students the “Medaka Box”. Medaka encourages students to submit any problem to the box without hesitation and promises to take on any issue from anyone. Since Medaka won the Student Council elections with a staggering 98% of the vote, she ends up as the Council’s only member. She asks her childhood friend, Hitoyoshi Zenkichi, for help and he grudgingly agrees, becoming the Student Council’s lowest ranking member. Soon Medaka recruits two more people to the Student Council, the former judo club member Akune Kouki as secretary and the current swim club member Kikaijima Mogana, on loan for 300 yen a day, as treasurer. Now the Student Council members spend their days solving the problems submitted through the Medaka Box, whether they be hooligans in clubs where they don’t belong, girls who need help writing love letters or people who’ve lost their pets, gradually earning the respect and admiration of the entire school.
Additional Details: Directed by Saeki Shouji (He Is My Master, FLCL, and Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai), original manga by NisiOisin (Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari)
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2. Trailer 3.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Yes, like I trust the bastard who did He is My Master… Pass.
ExecutiveOtaku: Hard to say. I hope that it’s more Seitokai no Ichizon, but I fear it’s more like Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. Though hopefully NisiOisin’s writing will make it more interesting. Will try it and see how it goes.
Hana: Did they elect her, or her boobs? Actually, I don’t care. Next.
Chronolynx: Maybe. Possibly. (Usually this translates to: will not watch.)
ghostlightning: Will try this out, against my judgment LOL
ReverseVampire: I’m not a fan of NisiOisin. Did read the first few chapters of the manga but I’m afraid this ain’t my thing.
JohnnyYandere: Yep, seems like Haganai to me, and the disproportionate hype for Haganai surpassed even Madoka. I doubt I’ll be watching this one.

Possible bloggers:

 

Hiiro no Kakera

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (HakuoukiSeitokai no IchizonKore wa Zombie Desu Ka?)
Source: VN adaptation.
Genre: Romance, action.
Summary: The protagonist is a teenage girl (Tamaki) who revisits a small village, she remembers from her childhood and gets caught up in her family’s history and supernatural dangers surrounding it. While walking along the hillsides waiting for the person who her grandmother sent to fetch Tamaki to the village, Tamaki comes across a small, white round object with sticks for limbs and talks. It runs off soon after, with Tamaki chasing after it. Soon Tamaki finds herself in a place where ‘it doesn’t feel like the world I came from’. She gets attacked by three slime creatures, and a male comes charging in to save her – by clamping his hands around her body and mouth and telling her to be quiet.
Additional Details: Directed by Shirohata Bob, of Hetalia, Gravitation, and Papa to Odorou.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: RV and Hana should be able to offer an expert opinion.
ExecutiveOtaku: I suppose there could be shipping potential, but to date I haven’t seen an otome game adapted well. I’ll pass unless I hear something good.
Hana: Once upon a time, I would’ve loved wasting my time watching this. However, for better or worse, I’m not sure I’ll even have time to watch it as a guilty pleasure. Especially if it’s less like La Corda D’oro (not bad) and more like Starry Sky (terribad, couldn’t even finish the first epi). My imaginary Magic Eightball says: Outlook not so good.
Chronolynx: >deen >VN adaptation >ahahahaha no
ReverseVampire: I’ve watched the first episode, and boy this is turning out to be the guilty pleasure series of the season. Will take a look just to waste my 24 minutes every week to watch only the bishies fighting over the heroine (and also using this, as well as other otome game adaptations, as an analysis on making an indie otome game in the near future).
JohnnyYandere: I’m holding off until it ends. The last thing I want is to torture myself over several weeks wondering which guy wins and possibly finding out in the end that everyone just remains pals for life.

Possible bloggers:

 

Zetman

Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment (Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox, Itazura na Kiss, Glass Mask)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Action, drama, horror, romance, sci-fi, supernatural, seinen.
Summary: The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and ALPHAS, and then traces their origins – Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as ALPHAS. The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.
Additional Details:  From the director of D. Gray Man and Hamtaro, oddly enough, with the anime debut of Italian composer Gabriele Roberto (Memories of Matsuko, for which he received the Japan Academy Prize.)
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: It looks epic or at least wants to be epic. Very GRIM DARK, so it earns a three episode test.
ExecutiveOtaku: The trailer feels more like a Hollywood action trailer than one for anime, which could be a good thing. If there’s enough intrigue and plotting in this one then I’ll be watching it. It definitely peaked my interest enough to give it the three episode test.
Hana: Well, that trailer was certainly impressive. Also, I’ve heard good things about the manga, so (again) time permitting, might check it out.
Chronolynx: Yawn.
ghostlightning: Will try this out.
ReverseVampire: Looks dark, but I have a feeling that this will turn out good. Like ExecutiveOtaku said, I’ll probably give it the three episode test. Designs look similar to Tiger & Bunny, a series that I’ll watch after I’m done with my finals.
JohnnyYandere: I think I could only watch this if it was only as long as a full-length film. 90 minutes, maybe even 120 minutes, sure. But a whole season of what looks like Akira crossed with a bit of Genocyber (google/youtube this with extreme caution)? I’m not sure if I can take it.

Possible bloggers:

 

Sakamichi no Apollon

Animation Studio: MAPPA (no previous work, though they will be animating an upcoming Kon Satoshi film) and Tezuka Productions (Blackjack, and a lot of the animated versions of Tezuka manga going back to the 1970′s, though not much lately.)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Drama, Period (1960′s), Romance, School, Slice of Life, Josei.
Summary: The beginning of summer, 1966. Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns the attractions of jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend”. He also discovers how much fun it is to play music with a pal. Other characters include Sentaro’s kind childhood chum, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers. Set against the backdrop of a seaside town with a scent of American culture, this series is a drama about young people coming into their own, crossing each other’s paths, and finding friendship, love, and music!
Additional Details: Directed by Watanabe Shinichiro, director of Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, and  Ergo Proxy. Daaaaammmmnnnnnn! Also, it’s a noitaminA series.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader:  Watanabe Shinichiro and Jazz, okay I am game.
ExecutiveOtaku: Definitely sounds interesting. The combination of director and genre ought to be sweet, and hopefully Cowboy Bebop‘s appreciation for jazz and the source material ought to make the director a great pick. I’m also very excited about a show set during this period. Since Showa Monogatari never even got raws released past episode 04, I’m hoping that this time I’ll get to watch a drama set during an interesting period of modern Japanese history. The 1950′s and 1960′s were pretty much the last time that Japan’s future really could have gone several different ways, and seeing this influence the setting of a drama ought to be really interesting.
Hana: There Will Be Fangirling. Can’t think of a single reason not to watch this, so I will. Fo’ sho’.
Chronolynx: So much homoerotic subtext in that trailer! So excited. (Hopefully there will not be any saxophones.)
ghostlightning: Very interesting. Of course the pedigree of the production is noteworthy, but the subject itself as EO discusses is quite interesting to me.
ReverseVampire: Jazz? Slice-of-life? By director of ‘Cowboy Bebop’? noitaminA has stopped broadcasting below-average series? Sign me up for this! My urge to read Nodame Cantabile has gone up by another 50%!
JohnnyYandere: So I probably shouldn’t think of this as Transgendered K-On, huh. Probably watching.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku, Reverse Vampire (occasionally), Hana

 

Tsuritama

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (AnoHanaKuroshitsujiSora no Woto)
Source: Original story.
Genre: Sci-fi, Shounen.
Summary: Yuki Sanada is a high school boy who cannot communicate with people well and doesn’t have a single friend.  He lives on Enoshima island with his French grandmother. One day, he meets a boy named Haru. Haru calls himself an alien who visited the Earth for fishing. Another high school boy, Natsuki, and a mysterious Indian, Akira, join the two and the island becomes the center of the event which determines the fate of the world.
Additional Details: From the director of C and Mononoke, character design by Uki Atsuya (director/creator of Cencoroll.) This is the other noitaminA series for this season.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Sounds wacky and I did like the director’s work in Mononoke. Game on.
ExecutiveOtaku: Hey, maybe noitaminA is finally starting to be noitaminA again! While it’s hard to say whether this will be too wacky for me or not, I’m at least glad to see noitaminA back with a lineup that makes sense for what the programming block is supposed to be. Will give this one a shot. At least it will hopefully have some accurate locations from Enoshima for me to get my nostalgia on.
Hana: Well, this looks like a whole heap of fun. Will defo check it out.
Chronolynx: This really could be very interesting. Definitely will give it a shot.
ReverseVampire: noitaminA, do not disappoint us this time after the disaster known as ‘Guilty Crown’ has lost the credibility of the timeslot. Please, get your crowd back.
JohnnyYandere: Fishing? Eh, why not.

Possible bloggers: Hana

 

Yurumates 3D

Animation Studio: None found (uh, that’s not a good sign.)
Source: 4-koma adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen.
Summary: Yurume, an 18-year-old “ronin” and recent high school graduate, has high hopes of being accepted and attending Tokyo University. She moves into an apartment complex, the Maison du Wish, located on the outskirts of Tokyo where other ronins living there are studying for upcoming college acceptance exams.
Additional Details: There is next to no information available on this one. Unfortunately, I have the feeling that no one will be subbing this.
Trailers: None available.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Are they under a blackout or something? It sounds fun, it’s not everyday we get to have a show about female ronin.
ExecutiveOtaku: This sounds like it could be a really fun show, but details are scant and I haven’t heard much of anything about it myself. If it gets released I’ll give it a try, but I’m not getting my hopes up. Though it would be cool if someone did sub it.
Hana: Not much to go on, except the fact that the character designs are a turn off for me and the plot sounds like I’ve heard it all before. Pass.
Chronolynx: Nope.
ReverseVampire: A story focusing on a bunch of losers who can’t get into college? Where did I heard that before?
JohnnyYandere: I am terrified at the prospect that said unknown animation studio possibly spent a majority of their budget on advertising. At the very least, please be more Morita-san wa Mukuchi and less Kill Me Baby.

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Accel World

Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gundam AGECode Geass, Tiger and Bunny)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Romance, Shounen.
Summary: One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school. For the middle school boy who is often bullied, the meeting changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from her, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual Accel World. In that moment, the lowest of the “school caste” becomes “Burst Linker”, a knight defending a princess.
Additional Details: From the director of Mai Hime and Mai Otome.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Knights defending a princess? Well the protagonist certainly looks less bishie, which is a good thing. Three episode test. Still Knights should be on Crusade to spread the Glory of Zeus to the heathens and join military orders, let the poncy princesses save themselves the most awesome princesses can take care of themselves and lead troops in battle. If they need protecting, they probably aren’t worth protecting.
ExecutiveOtaku: Hey, a real internet White Knight! Kidding aside, I think there’s something to be said for this show being honest about it and having the main character be a short, pudgy kid. This might turn out to be interesting after all. Will give it the three episode test.
Hana: What Chrono said.
Chronolynx: Sounds like everything I dislike. (Well, not everything.)
ReverseVampire: Does not appeal to the female demography. It would be interesting to see the main leads swap genders; in the otaku mindset an ugly girl and a bishie as leads would spell huge risks, but there’s no harm moving out of the comfort zone once in a while.
JohnnyYandere: Sora no Otoshimono where Tomoki is permanently in deformed mode? This has… possibilities.

Possible bloggers:

 

Nazo no Kanojo X

Animation Studio: Hoods Entertainment (Oh boy. Their limited repetoire consists primarily of Seikon no Qwaser, Manyuu Hikenchou, and the Princess Lover OVA. Yeah…)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Mystery, Ecchi, Romance, Seinen.
Summary: One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on that! After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…
Additional Details: Director has previously worked on the long-running Doraemon series, and is also directing Uchuu Kyodai this season.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: IIRC there is a significant number of people who have been waiting for this one. It looks so 1980s I am curious based on that alone.
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks like something straight out of the 1980′s or very early 1990′s, in both animation and plot. Not sure about this one. My first instinct is ‘no’, but who knows, maybe it’ll turn out to be good. Plenty of shows look terrible on paper but work better in practice. I’ll give it a try.
Hana: What RV said.
Chronolynx: Not really a fan of that style.
ReverseVampire: Once I saw the studio’s resume, I knew that I’ll have to give this show a pass.
JohnnyYandere: The summary makes no sense. I am intrigued.

Possible bloggers:

 

AKB0048

Animation Studio: Satelight (Macross Frontier (series and films), Aquarion series, Fairy Tale)
Source: Original/marketing vehicle.
Genre: Series-length commercial, ‘Music.’
Summary: In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.
Additional Details: If it wasn’t obvious, the series stars the members of idol group AKB48. And the directors are Hiraike Yoshimasa (Amagami SS, Working!!) and KAWAMORI SHOJI (Macross, Aquarion) GUHAESGNADFKJGNUNUIFHAOEHGFAOSHG WHAT HAS MARKETING WROUGHT?!
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: With Satelight and Kawamori you know you can get great concerts. As to whether they try and top their glorious work with Sheryl in Macross Frontier is anyone’s guess. I am suspicious of this blatant idol PR vehicle, however, either they cut Kawamori a FAT check to make more Macross, Aquarion, and other projects that ooze Kawamori or Kawamori believes he can work miracles with AKB48. I kowtow before Mr. Kawamori and all of his craziness. SHOW SOME RESPECT GENUFLECT! MINMAY DEFENSE PLEASE!
ExecutiveOtaku: Satelight animation. Kawamori as one of the directors. Promotional vehicle for an idol group. Fighting that not only involves singing, but where singing is the most destructive weapon. OH GOD THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER! AAAAAHHHHHHH! SHUT UP AND TAKE MY BRAIN CELLS, KAWAMORI!
Hana: Aaand even more cute idols doing cute idolish things… Hana still says no.
Chronolynx: First instinct is a resounding NO. HOWEVER. Satelite + Kawamori = I’ll give it a shot.
ghostlightning: I’m doomed to watch this.
ReverseVampire: IMO AKB48 is so overrated, but whether to give this or the Sphere anime a try depends on the three episode test.
JohnnyYandere: Umm, no. Shameless idol promotion anime should just remain shameless idol promotion anime. I can accept, and enjoy things like Idolm@ster and the Sphere anime, but really? A guerilla group saving the world through generic J-pop? Really?

Possible bloggers:

 

Koi-ken

Animation Studio: Marvy Jack (lots of secondary animating roles, but no series where they were the primaries.)
Source: Mobile game adaptation.
Genre: Romance(?)
Summary: Mobile anime adaptation of Koi-Ken!, a dating simulation game. The story depicts the campus life of members of Renai Kenkyuukai (The society for the study of romance) or “Koi-ken”. The protagonist’s “extremely ordinary” high school life changes overnight when he encounters Kaede, a girl who is returning from living abroad and transferring into the school.
Additional Details: Script by Akao Deka (who wrote the scripts for Arakawa: Under the Bridge, Astarotte no Omocha, and will be writing for Nazo no Kanojo X)
Trailers: Trailer 1.

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Not for me.
ExecutiveOtaku: Probably isn’t going to turn out to be the kind of show I’ll want to watch, but as with most shows, I’ll give the first episode a shot.
Hana: What Crusader said.
Chronolynx: Too many women.
ReverseVampire: Milking the moe and fetish cows are getting real old. Seriously, when you use the overused ‘ordinary life’ cliche, you know that right away it doesn’t stay that way for long.
JohnnyYandere: Could be something mindless to pass the time. I don’t expect to be following this weekly.

Possible bloggers:

 

Sequels and Spin-offs

The following shows are continuations in some form: Kimi to Boku 2, Fate/Zero,  Saki: Achiga-hen episode of Side-A, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD, Phi Brain, Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (digital remaster/re-release.)

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Well Saki might fit the bill for unintended but force-able yuri. Even if this season has fewer things to watch I still have Aquarion EVOL.
ExecutiveOtaku: Definitely watching the second half of Fate/Zero, though none of the others are series that I watched or something I’m about to get into.
Hana: Kimi to Boku 1 was a wonderful, subtle SoL comedy series, so I’ll defo check out season two, and I might even (habitually) blog it too.
Chronolynx: Fate/Zero will be awesome, of course. As will Kimiboku 2.
ReverseVampire: Still needs to catch up the first half of Fate/Zero, but yeah, I’m definitely watch the second half. Gorgeous animation and art by Ufotable makes me go ‘Squee!’ on the inside. Still watching Aquarion EVOL though.
JohnnyYandere: Saki! I loves me some cute girls destroying Riichi Mahjong with probability-warping powers.

Possible bloggers: Hana (KtB)

 

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36 Comments

  1. whatsht
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I was laughing so hard when I saw Korean Zombie Desk Car
    Cutting down on anime, maybe medaka, akb48, and amnesia

    • Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Korean Zombie Desk Car is the best fan name I’ve heard in a long while.

  2. MarigoldRan
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Where’s Fate/Zero?

    • Crusader
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      It was mentioned in spin offs and sequels, do your best to egg EO to blog it.

      • MarigoldRan
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

        EO, you blogging it?

        Blog it! It’s a great show! You’ll regret it if you don’t.

        • Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

          It is a great show, but since I didn’t blog the first half, I won’t blog this one. Besides, I have my own plans for this season ;)

          • MarigoldRan
            Posted April 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

            You could, for example, at least watch fate/zero 14 (1st episode of second season) and THEN decide on what you want to blog.

            It is worth your time.

  3. eternia
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Funny how you guys misunderstood Medaka Box. It’s not similar to Seitokai no Ichizon (which I hate). No, it’s really far from it. It’s not similar to Seitokai Yakuindomo either (which I really like).
    The early chapters may seem so, but later, it’s totally turned into mainstream shounen battle manga.
    It has all sort of ridiculous / impossible / godlike / logic fail powers.
    Yes, even greater than heroic spirits of FSN, or magicians from To Aru Majutsu no Index.
    There is this guy who can make people follow his order simply by speaking.
    Yes, SPEAKING. Fuck mind crontrol, fuck hypnosis, fuck suggestion, I simply need to talk!
    It has successfully made my stomach feel funny. Verdict : crap.

    • Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Well, that’s another reason to think it won’t be the show for me!

      (Generally I’m not willing to invest lots of time to look deeply into series at preview time, especially for something that doesn’t stand out to me like Medaka Box didn’t stand out.)

    • DarkFireBlade25
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      my god, that guy must be a high level diplomancer

      • eternia
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

        I would give you ‘rep-up’ for that. Haha. But wordpress doesn’t have such feature.
        His secret is supposed to be charisma. Meh. As if it can happen (wether in real life or fiction). Unless I have a gun pointed at my temple, it would be a different story.

  4. yaku
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I abide by a few rules, usually saves me time from watching a lot of crap, unless they’re legitimately good:

    1- Anything that has a 5:1 of female to male ratio
    2- Art that reminds me of bad 90s anime, or drawings made by a weaboo (looking at ya, Medaka Box)
    3- Anything that seems will rely heavily on male fanservice
    4- harem anime. Reverse or not.

    I can usually pick the shows that’ll interest me the most this way, and usually you can immediately know which ones they are with a summary and some previews. Of course there are exceptions to all rules, for example Ouran Host Club is a reverse harem but is great beyond and above the genre (which I think is usually trash)

    Spring season is looking good! It’s a shame some of you guys don’t like the art, it’s by Yoshiko Umakoshi, the one behind Heartcatch Precure’s art! Although yeah oldfags like me will appreciate it more, it really seems to be very cattered to people who have watched the original series.

    Gonna check out a bunch that seem interesting!

    • yaku
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      Forgot to mention

      5- highschool girls with guns. NO.

    • Posted April 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Wait, the art in which show?

      • yaku
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

        Medaka Box, in this particular post. Everything but that particular anime looks either ok, generic or good art-wise, but Medaka Box’s art makes me feel as if it was a bad 90s anime show made by a Western studio who doesn’t get anime. (ok not that extreme, but almost)

  5. Mech
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    You guys just ignored Lupin completely.

    What a bunch of haters.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      Don’t you mean Fujiko?

    • Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      We don’t do writeups for movies, OVAs, and specials. It took me damn long enough just to write this! :P

      • Mech
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

        Fujiko Mine is a 13 episode series. D:

  6. Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I am so excited for Eureka Seven AO, Kore wa zombie?! OF THE DEAD and Sankera! Guess spring will be mostly undead and giant robots! Also mouretsu pirates second half!

    Nice job on this list <3

    • Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:35 am | Permalink

      Mecha has definitely made a comeback lately, and yeah, zombies seems to be another trend.

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed the list!

  7. Dein
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    After the UBW disaster, getting so much Fate/Zero goodness is like a band-aid for the soul. Ufotable do fantastic work with type-moon stuff.

    Aside from that, will definitely check out Hyouka and maybe Sakamichi no Apollon. Everything else is kinda meh for me.

    @Crusader: I’ll never look at Shining Hearts the same way again. The maid does seem oddly fitting.

  8. Kit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Being a sucker for Romantic Comedies – what can I do, it’s essentialy hardwired into my french genetic code… – I have been reading the original mangas for Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Sankarea, and Nazo no Kanojo X. And I do worry these may turn into purely fanservice shows once animated. That would be a shame in my opinion, as all three have decent stories and characters.

    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia has a pretty standard setup story-wise, and the characters to go with it. It makes no mystery of what it is: a light-hearted mystery story… as long as you don’t go looking too much in Yuuko actual death (not a shred of comedy there). What I really enjoy in the manga is the drawing style: richly detailed scenes abound, and some panels are truly gorgeous, maybe not on a Makoto Shinkai level but still pretty damn good for a manga. How well will they be translated into animation I have yet to see.

    Sankarea is nowhere close to Korean Zombie Desk Car (that name…). If anything the manga gives off weird and contradicting impressions. Generic romance and silliness notwithstanding, it has one of the most creepy and disturbing character I have ever seen (and I do NOT look forward to seeing him animated). The story itself still has kept open the possibility to take the darker route away from strictly comedic antics, and its main potential lies there in my opinion.

    Nazo no Kanojo X… now this one some people WILL hate with a passion. You could debate endlessly on whether the whole premise is in itself fan-service or not. But if you can just take it at face value and accept it, then this becomes a sweet and funny romance story. The retro style, of which I am usually not fond, actually does work well here.

    In essence, I have high hopes for all these three series, while at the same time I worry they will turn into crap once animated. Oh well, I will alway be able to blame the studios while reading on…

  9. DarkFireBlade25
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I will wait for Medaka Box reviews after 3 episodes. Even though I really respect NisiOisin, the anime screams seasonal pointless fanservice. Well then again, Katanagatari wasn’t all that successful either… Wasn’t gonna watch Sakamichi no Apollon but after that staff list, heck yeah! Accel World was a really good manga I heard so it’s a def check out for me.

  10. Tzu
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I want to add a bit about Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-: it is indeed based off a game, but it is based on an RPG, not a dating sim or VN. That means the center of the plot will most likely be adventure. That said, the game has enough material to make a harem-like story which will most likely be exploded. So, what can we wait from shining hearts? Harem based action battle scenes, and most likely traveling and adventure. Production I.G cannot mess up as with guilty crown since they have the story complete and scripted already. I have a tiny bit of hope for the series.

  11. Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I read the manga for Medaka Box and Kuroko no Basuke.

    Medaka Box starts off as some kind of shounen ripoff of Suzumiya Haruhi, but then shifted halfway into a mainstream shounen battle manga with lots of stupid powers outta nowhere after a spate of falling rankings. While that did turn the tables and got Medaka the anime today….URGH. I can say that the three episode test will not be sufficient to get a grip on what Medaka is actually all about; you’d have to continue watching until the stylistic shift happens, maybe halfway through.

    Kuroko no Basuke though, I thought it was pretty decent. Without spoiling things, the titular character is the way he is for a reason. And if that’s not your cup of tea, no worries, he gets a bromance with a more shounen-ish fellow lead character if that’s more to your taste.

    • D-LaN
      Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

      Would be fun to see wht will happen if SHAFT adapted Medaka Box.

      • DarkFireBlade25
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

        It would end up something like Negima?!

  12. TorontoSyrup
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    The Mecha is dead this summer,
    as winter 2011 has come and gone,
    us Mecha fans have waited to long,
    we squandered our time waiting for a summer bliss,
    but in the end were rewarded with nothingness.
    When will the Mecha come for us to submit,
    and devote much our time to it.
    As I write this poem, with feelings to express,
    the near Mechaless summer is sheer madness,
    Sorry for taking the time of you all,
    So lets wait for a more fruitful FALL.

    R.I.P My summer mecha dreams.

    P.S. Theres still other stuff to watch as my ecchi radar is going off, and I go where it leads me.

    • TorontoSyrup
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink

      DUNNO What?!?! just realized it was spring! Way to little sleep. Oh well back to bed.

  13. Madcat6204
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Oh, hey, Nyaruko-san! I always said I wanted to try watching that if it ever got an actual anime rather than just those little flash animation things (which were also pretty enjoyable, as I recall). Thanks for reminding me about it. Somehow I keep forgetting that it’s going to be airing this season.

  14. D-LaN
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Is tht me or is there a LOT of shows tht no one want to blog here? (and I plan watch most of it)

  15. Kherubim
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, some comments on the shows listed, might not be watching them all though.

    Uchuu Kyoudai/Space Brothers: The premise just calls out to me, but I’m not sure if I’m going to follow it. It might be SnW good, or Fractale bad.

    Sengoku Collection: How many “Sengoku Warlords as bishoujo” shows do we need before hammering our eyes and ears out with ice picks? WHERE’S MAI BEAVER ROMANCE OF THREE KINGDOMS DAMMIT!!!

    Upotte!: “SAR-21-tan is a greedy mercenary girl with somewhat questionable sense of ethics and even looser morality. Has tendency to sell out fellow classmates for silly short term gains.” Oops I just created a fic character. Nope not watching this.

    Hyouka: Nope, not watching this.

    Shining Hearts: Can’t take this show seriously when the character designer has drawn SO MUCH PORN. Also with the lead being voiced by one Kamiya Hiroshi, you know it’s going to be HAREM.

    Sankarea: What’s up with DEEN and zombies? Is she also a Masou Shoujo? Character design looks a lot like Ruiko Saten, which explains the “Zombie Saten” nickname.

    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: Failed my SAN check, now I’m a puddle of gibbering lunacy, nishishishi…

    Medaka Box: NisiOisin peaked with the -monogatari series, which isn’t saying much. Pass

    Hiiro no Kakera: Reverse harem? Hope the heroine isn’t completely useless.

    Accel World: ANONYMOUS, THIS HERO IS YOU.

    AKB0048: AKB48… 00… DAMN YOU KAWAMORI!!! IS DIS SUM GIANT ROBOT DECULTURE???

    I’ll also be following Korean Zombie Desk Car, Fate/Zero (for some of that delicious F-15J vs Vimana action) and Lupin III

    • DarkFireBlade25
      Posted April 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      @Hiiro no Kakera – protip: she is.

  16. Maribell76
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    The only real reason anyone who read Medaka box is going to trudge through the anime is Kumagawa Misogi. Thank god for Izaya clones!

  17. Pirating Ninja
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I hate to sound condescending but do the reviewers by chance NEVER read manga, I have read the comments on the Winter 2012 season and this season and from what I can assume they do not read any manga whatsoever. They often question what a series will be about like for instance Medaka Box, I’m gonna throw this out there but it is VERY DIFFERENT from many manga whether that is good or bad is up to you to decide, but it has well over 100 chapters and isn’t some hidden manga that nobody has ever heard about so I’m curious as to why they ask what it might be about. I found the same problem with Knights in the Area (area no kishi) in the preview for the winter 2012 anime where one of the reviewers speculates that it might be about the two brothers fighting over the girl on the picture provided… I mean I’m sure you could even wiki the series and find out how retarded that comment was just reading the protagonist’s description. Another thing they often never comment about is things like for instance Accel world, the manga is excellent… although only on like chapter 12, so perhaps warn about the inevitable splitting from the manga which can often lead down a dark path. In short I feel like they should know a little bit about manga or do a bit of research (as simple as searching the manga on MAL) before trying to guess what a manga might be about because I’ve checked two pages so far and both have some pretty large “derp” comments.

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