2012 Summer Season Preview and Some First Impressions

It’s that time again! Summer season is starting, and here’s our thoughts on how it looks as the first handful of shows are starting to air. As usual, our information comes from Scamp’s chart, ANN, MAL, Wikipedia, the usual suspects. And as always, Crusader’s standard disclaimer applies.

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.

(Note from Crusader: I delayed this post due to a ridiculous 3 hour delay at LAX after AX2012 Day 3, to make up for it I watched all the released subs I could get my hands on the good the bad and the down right ugly…)

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Kingdom

Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot (Tegami BachiLevel E)
Source: Mobile game adaptation.
Genre: Action, historical, military, seinen.
Summary: In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.
Additional Details: Unusual episode count at 38 planned episodes.
Trailers: Already started airing, three episodes out as of my last check.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I tried watching the first episode, I did not manage to finish, despite the noble effort at hot-bloodedness, the animation suffers immensely from the uncanny valley, it was like they had next to nothing for a budget and while it is somewaht excusable when they bring out he armies, it looks silly do to faces that never change and the unnatural movement.
ExecutiveOtaku: There are a million Warring States Period adaptations. While it sounds like a really cool period in history, when I finally get to it it will be by reading some form of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. So a pass from me.
Hana: I’m afraid that the source, genre, summary and animation do nothing for me. Next.
Chronolynx: Not a fan of this genre, and the art isn’t that great either. Pass.
ghostlightning: I’m still not done watching Souten Kouro from 3 years ago, so I’ll pass on this one.
ReverseVampire: The moment the description states ‘Warring State Period’, time for me to do the Peanut Butter Jelly Time dance for the 108th time.
JohnnyYandere: Even the Chinese have to admit that Shi Huangdi was one nasty cruel piece of work, and that’s saying something considering how much they whitewash their own history. Enter Japan, another expert in historical reimagination – I simply must see how creative their interpretation will be.

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Tari Tari

Animation Studio: P.A. Works (True Tears, Hanasaku IrohaAnother)
Source: Original.
Genre: School [MAL only listed one genre, but it seems like light drama and/or slice of life would be more descriptive -EO]
Summary: The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children. Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Daichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. “Wiin” just transfered into Wakana’s class after 12 years abroad in Australia.  Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school.
Additional Details: Director Hashimoto Masakazu has previously directed a Fullmetal Alchemist and Professor Layton movie, as well as a smattering of episodes, but this will be his first full series as director.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: First episode was down right gorgeous, I have good feeling about this one. Remembering Love for True Tears guarantees the three episode test. There doesn’t seem to be a Shinichro or a Hiromi, but that will not stop me from formulating OTPs…
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks promising. Seems more of a return to something like Hanasaku Iroha, which I really enjoyed, rather than new territory for P.A. Works like Another. Though to be fair to the studio, they seemed to have some weak original material to work with on that latter one. While there are two guys in the preview as prominent characters, I’m not getting the feeling that we’ll be seeing True Tears-like heavy romance or drama in this one. Should be a fun show, with perhaps the potential to be something more. Will watch, may blog depending on first impressions. [EDIT: after seeing first episode] First episode was off to a slow start, but I think that’s to be expected. I think the drama-as-anime is a concept P.A. Works is running with when they make original shows or can be liberal in their adaptations. Feels very much like Hanasaku Iroha, which could have passed for a J-drama if it had been live action. Also noticed a similar use of insert songs like HanaIro had. I definitely like the direction P.A. Works is going with the two shows, and looking forward to this being as fun as HanaIro. Also, dat True Tears OP at choir practice! Nice tribute to the studio’s very first show.
Hana: I have fond memories of HanaIro and Another and this looks equally pretty, so might give it a shot…
Chronolynx: Only PA Works show I actually kind of enjoyed was Angel Beats, and that was from the homoeroticism alone. Pass.
ghostlightning: I’m probably one of the unlikeliest of viewers to take to this show, but it gives me a similar feel I got from Hanasaku Irohawhich is also a bit of a challenge for me to explain why I like it so much. But I do, and I’m now looking forward to this show. UPDATE after seeing the first episode: I admit, that when I think of anime shows set in high school I don’t expect a sense of seriousness. Earnestness, sure, but a sense of seriousness without giving up a sense of humor is something I can look forward to. I feel that this is distinct from a humorous show with a serious theme. The closest I can think of is Hanasaku Iroha, but even that show — as lovely as I found it, is highly comedic as it indulges this in two ways: slapstick, sexual fanservice, and at times both at once. Now I don’t know if Tari Tari will take the same approach, but I rather like how the students take themselves seriously here. Who knows how things will hold though as the story unfolds. Also, our heroine did a Ranka @ Folmo near the end. Respect.
ReverseVampire: The promotional art looks me for me, but I can’t say much until the first few episodes airs.
JohnnyYandere: Cute girls doing cute things. Full steam ahead, my brethren.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku, ghostlightning, Crusader

 

La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Kimi to Boku, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Shakugan no Shana series.)
Source: Otome game adaptation.
Genre: Romance, Reverse Harem.
Summary: The story takes place on the small island of Regalo in the Mediterranean Sea. The island has been protected by a vigilante committee called “Arcana Famiglia”. The members of the family have psychic powers gained by a secret ritual. Felicita is a 16-year-old girl who was raised by her strict mother. She visits Regalo to see her father who is the head of Arcana Famiglia. He tells her to become the leader of “Serie of Sword”, the arbitrator section of the family.  As one of the members of Arcana Famiglia, Felicita interacts with other handsome but eccentric members.
Additional Details: Director Kon Chiaki is a veteran with series such as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni , the Nodame Cantabile series, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, and Otome Youkai Zakuro under her belt, among others.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Otome Game intro.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: It’s reverse harem, but clearly there seem to be two leaders in the Bambina sweepstakes. Part of me just wants to watch for shits and giggles to see how they make the mafia look silly, if Nothing else some one on the team at least has an inkling of how the Sicilians ran their island. I just home the Bambina is going to use her combat prowess for something other than beating up her minions. If they are in it to win it then they will make me an offer I cannot refuse, or try to kill my son. At worst they can convince me to watch by putting the severed head of my prized race horse in my bed…
ExecutiveOtaku: Probably not for me unless the characters really impress, but we’ll see. I just tend not to be into harem shows that much unless they’re either comedic or have good characters. The reverse aspect will just make that moreso, if I’m honest.
Hana: Ah… This looks like it’ll be my guilty pleasure for this coming season, so (unless it bores me to tears), I’ll defo give this one a shot too…
Chronolynx: This might be fun. I doubt it’ll be as good as Kimi to Boku (the best JC Staff show), but who knows.
ghostlightning: I never really go out of my way to watch harem-type shows, and after watching both trailers, this show isn’t about to make me start doing so.
ReverseVampire: Arrgg!!! I admit: I’m a total sucker for reverse harems (or shows with bishies in general). At least it’s not DEEN adapting the series, so bring on the three-episode test for this one. Though the mafia theme piqued my interest for this show.
JohnnyYandere: … is secretly hoping that the girl turns out to be a trap and all the male leads realize their latent homosexual tendencies and devolve into an eight-way love-filled yaoi explosion.

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Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

Animation Studio: AIC Hasuta A.S.T.A. (Sora no OtoshimonoBamboo BladePersona 4: The Animation)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Seinen [I'm a bit dubious about any light novel being seinen, but whatever -EO]
Summary: It’s been several centuries since human beings declined due to the steep drop in birthrates. The most prosperous species on the Earth are “Fairies”, 10 cm tall creatures with high intelligence. I became a UN arbitrator between the humans and the fairies and returned to my hometown to help my grandfather. I thought my job would not be a tough one and visited one of the fairies’ habitats to say hello to them but…
Additional Details: Director is Kishi Seiji, who directed Yugo the NegotiatorPersona 4, and Angel Beats [so now I know who to blame -EO], among others. The LN’s author, Tanaka Romeo, co-wrote or did scenario writing for several eroge and all-age VN’s, working with Key for Rewrite and co-authoring Yume Miru Kusuri with Ruf.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2. Trailer 3. [Trailer 1 is just a shorter version of Trailer 2. I'd recommend just watching 2 and 3 -EO]

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I think we just had a macabre joke about synthetic foods, committee meetings, and possibly about the uselessness of the UN in the first episode. Definitely not your average comedy, though mileage will vary depending how much you enjoy the dead pan delivery and the jokes. I guess those perfidious elves are called faeries, and yes I find them disconcerting…
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks silly, but hopefully in the good Tsuritama kind of way. Will give it a try and see how it goes, but it depends on how it pulls off its silliness.
Hana: Looks pretty, but sounds boring (my eyes usually glaze over when I see ‘Sci-Fi’, sorry), so I’ll give this one a miss.
Chronolynx: It looks kind of interesting. Will try it out.
ghostlightning: Those little elves totally creeped me out. I’m sitting out on this one.
ReverseVampire: Why do I have a feeling that this won’t start out well?
JohnnyYandere: I am watching this so that I will have context for the doujinshi. Hot fetishistic fairy-on-full-sized-human can only be properly enjoyed with context. CONTEXT, I say!

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Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

Animation Studio: Satelite (Macross Frontier movies, Natsuiro KisekiMouretsu Space Pirates) and Ixtl (new studio.)
Source: Light novel/manga adaptation (which in turn was an adaptation of/expansion upon a visual novel.)
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-fi, Military.
Summary: Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms known as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow defeat but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon a major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory. In 2001, Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project. Yui Takamura, a surface pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a surface pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination. Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destinies drastically. This story with exciting human dramas and robot action takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, during a crisis of human extinction.
Additional Details: Director Inagaki Takayuki previously directed Rosario + Vampire and Desert Punk, but aside from a few OVA projects, doesn’t have a great deal of experience.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Good Mecha action, and while the Zuikaku may be an ill-fated name it looks great even if their fire arms seem to be useless against the enemy. Not sure why they picked 1967 and 1973, but for the modern war junkies those were two pivotal years for the advent of modern warfare.  Only in this alternate universe the IDF is conspicously absent. Also this Imperial Guard ain’t Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, more like 40k Imperial Guard with the death toll to match… It’s the end of the world and school girls are being called to the front and in the Grim Dark Future of 1998 there is no loser harem animu lead…ONLY WAR.
ExecutiveOtaku: Those are some sweet mecha, and Satelite does a damn good job with its mecha action series. However, I am a bit worried that the amount of fanservice I’ve heard this series has will detract from this anime adaptation. I’d never actually heard of Muv Luv until someone mentioned it during the (ongoing, go vote!) Sai Mecha Tournament this year. I remain cautiously optimistic because, damn, LOOK AT THOSE MECHA! [EDIT: after seeing first episode] I don’t think I’m likely to be watching it much longer. Yes, those CG mecha are some of the prettiest mecha ever in a TV series, but the rest of it was just so blah. Lots of…creative fanservice, like a patch on a partially see-through, skin-tight pilot suit that was basically a way to show pubic hair without showing it, just makes this seem very trashy. Apologies for the detail, but I feel like I need to drive home exactly how bad the fanservice is in this. Apart from that, the aliens are just big monster things. Fighting a thinking, technology-centric enemy will always be more fun than fighting monsters. This is why the Zentradi will always be better antagonists than the Vajra, to put it in Macross terms.
Hana: Biig Boobs + Mecha = Not for Hana. Next.
Chronolynx: While I do love Satelite, not sure I’m 100% sold on this one. Will see what the twitterverse has to say about it.
ghostlightning: Not only am I going to watch this, I’m going to play the VNs in the franchise. Unlike the shitty Guilty Crown, and Rinne no Lagrange, the robots in this fanservice show are actually sweet.
ReverseVampire: I’ve heard of the Muv Luv series every now and then on various anime sites, but I guess I’m not the target audience the show is aiming at. Nice mecha designs though.
JohnnyYandere: EO’s priorities are all messed up. LOOK AT THOSE HILARIOUSLY BLATANT FANSERVICEY AND IMPRACTICAL BATTLE SUITS. The best part is obviously how the skintight leotard-things are skin-coloured.

Possible bloggers: Crusader

 

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi

Animation Studio: TYO Animations (Tamayura: HitotoseShinryaku! Ika MusumeB Gata H Kei)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Historical, Josei.
Summary: Uta Koi tells the “super-liberal interpretation” of the Hyakuninisshu anthology compiled during Japan’s Heian period of 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets such as The Tale of Genji’s Murasaki Shikibu.
Additional Details: Directed by Kasai Kenichi (Honey and Clover, Aoi HanaKimiKiss: Pure Rouge) and music by Mitsuda Yasunori (Xenogears and Chrono Cross games, among others, and Inazuma Eleven anime.)
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: By super liberal interpretation they actually mean “Irreverent, caustic, snarky, and biting” because honestly it was time someone called out Prince Genji for being a loli-con. Also hinting at how those 100 poems were considered great by one dude, lead to an unrepresentative sample… why yes this show is romantic and clever. Hopefully they can keep the balance between the trashy playboys and the men who honor the women they marry.
ExecutiveOtaku: HOLY. F***ING. S***. My favorite anime director AND my favorite video game composer?! Would watch based SOLELY because of that, but it also sounds like a cool take on a historical romance series. Kenichi Kasai’s directing, watercolor-ish backgrounds, great use of music, and creative visuals for character internal monologues, along with awesome music like Mitsuda Yasunori composed for games like Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Chrono Cross. Can one HHHNNNNGGGG about the staff on a show? Because HHHHHHHHNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG! Watching the hell out of this, and maybe blogging it too! Going to stop typing now before my head explodes from imagining how awesome this could be. [EDIT: after seeing first episode] The first episode was great. The way the stories are told is pretty cool and adds a nice dose of irreverence what could be a stuffy subject, and the animation direction was cooler than I even my high expectations of it. Definitely Kasai Kenichi, but with a period art twist, for example the clouds shaped like the elongated oval clouds you’d see in some classic Japanese art. I also liked that it didn’t shy away from the sex inherent in the courtly poems it reinterprets, and actually makes it *gasp* normal between lovers. Definitely will continue to watch it, might decide to blog after I see the rest of the first episodes this season.
Hana: Looks pretty + it’s about the 100 poems + the ‘Josei’ tag = Hana will defo check this out…
Chronolynx: Sounds pretty interesting. Will watch this.
ghostlightning: I’m interested, though I wish there was a trailer. Will definitely try this out.
ReverseVampire: This one definitely looks promising with its experienced staff and all, will give this one a go. Won’t guarantee I will watch this regularly.
JohnnyYandere: Will watch for trippy colour palette. Oh wait, Tsuritama had sorta the same thing and I died. Will watch for context so that repeated viewings of Chihayafuru will be more amusing.

Possible bloggers: ExecutiveOtaku

 

 Binbougami Ga!

Animation Studio: Sunrise (Gundam franchise, Tiger and Bunny, Code Geass)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural.
Summary: Sakura Ichiko is a 16-year-old girl who leads a charmed life and is blessed with beauty, brains, and health. She has an abundance of “Happiness Energy”, which can make people happy, but at the cost of absorbing all the Happiness Energy from her surroundings. She has caused the energy balance of the world to become unbalanced and because of this, she becomes the target of a Poverty God named Momiji. Momiji goal is to remove Ichiko’s power of absorbing other people’s Happiness Energy and to return all the energy she has taken to its rightful place.
Additional Details: By the director of Gintama, Fujita Youichi. He hasn’t done many other projects besides Gintama though. Original creator Sukeno Yoshiaki is similarly non-prolific thus far, having only written Haido Hakase no Jikan Note.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Gintama is if nothing else well regarded, Sunrise can do comedy hopefully they will catch lightning in a bottle with this one.
ExecutiveOtaku: Probably not for me, since it feels a lot like a fairly typical shounen comedy/action show. I’ll give the first episode a shot though, because maybe the lack of shounen in MAL’s genre labels means it will be something different, and it has a female protagonist so that might also mean it’s something different than I expect.
Hana: Gosh, this sounds so silly I’ll have to give it a shot, hopefully it’ll be as much fun as it sounds…
Chronolynx: Not sure if this is my cup of tea, but I’ll give it a shot.
ghostlightning: That is one HOT BLOODED trailer… this has nothing that should compel me to watch it, but I’ll end up giving this a try ugh. It’ll be good to be wrong though.
ReverseVampire: At least Sunrise gets its priorities right for the start of this decade. I’m still holding back for this one (that it’ll turn into some sort of panty fighting show or whatever you boys call it these days), cue the three-episode test.
JohnnyYandere: Wait, so this is like a reverse Madoka, where the magical creature thing spreads happiness instead of despair? Where’s the fun in that? Rather, wouldn’t it be easier to just, you know, drop some recreational hallucinogens around the town or something?

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Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Animation Studio: Dogakobo (YuruyuriHoshizora e Kakaru Hashi)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Supernatural, Josei.
Summary: A young man with poor eyesight named Hazuki works part-time in a flower shop and falls hard for the shop-owner Rokka. But what happens when he discovers that residing in her apartment is the spirit of the man she can never forget?
Additional Details: noitaminA series. Director Matsuo Kou previously directed Yozakura Quartet, the Rozen Maiden sequels, and Kure-nai, among others. Music is done by another Kure-nai veteran, Muramatsu Ken, who also did the music for Umi Monogatari and Sketchbook: Full Colors.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: We have sufficient volunteers for this one.
ExecutiveOtaku: Seems like it could be interesting, and it is a noitaminA series. Not too sure what to think of it at this point other than Rokka’s character design kinda scares me. It’s those eyes, something about them is strange and frightening, heh. Will give this the three-episode test since I’m always up for josei.
Hana: What Chrono said.
Chronolynx: noitaminA + josei = I will watch
ghostlightning: I’m not averse to melodrama, as I ate up shows like Sakamichi no Apollon, but the last show that had some dead love interest in it was the ghastly awful Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. So yeah, I’m going to try this out but I’m very wary.
ReverseVampire: noitaminA’s getting back to its core aims after a spew of disasters several seasons ago, but I’m glad that they’ve recovered. Story sounds a little plain, but I’ll give this a go since like EO said, it’s josei.
JohnnyYandere: I don’t know where they come up with these premises. Maybe it’s a wildly incorrect misinterpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave? Pass!

Possible bloggers: Hana

 

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Animation Studio: AIC Build (Boku wa Tomodachi ga SukunaiOre no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
Source: VN adaptation.
Genre: Drama, Romance.
Summary: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate follows the protagonist Yuuki Oojima, who attends Private Takafuji Academy, a large school with over 6,000 students. Yuuki is a member of the food research club, along with seven others, including his childhood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi. The members leisurely spend their time in the club not doing much activities. When the election of the next student council president comes up, the front runner Satsuki Shinonome proposes that clubs that have no merit should be sorted out and abolished. The food research club seeks advice from the current student council president Yakumo Mori, who suggests Yuuki run in the election as an opposing candidate. Yuuki learns about the issues facing the school and decides to run in the election.
Additional Details: Director Kitahata Tooru is a rookie, though he’s had some past episode directing experience and was an assistant director in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Original VN trailer.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Looks fairly generic in terms of subject material, for me this would only be a sure thing if they declare martial law and there was rioting in the halls. Still I’ll let EO take point.
ExecutiveOtaku: Visually, it looks like a very generic VN with a generic adaptation. But, the school politics angle makes the story sound a bit more interesting than the usual VN adaptation plot. That’s enough for me to want to give it a try and see what the show does with it. Probably will get the full three-episode test from me, unless it completely bombs on the first episode.
Hana: Nah.
Chronolynx: No.
ghostlightning: Staying away from this one. This has nothing that interests me.
ReverseVampire: They better not pander it and rely on the fanservice if things goes shaky. And if my guesses turned out wrong, then I’ll be glad to see school-themed anime with emphasis on school activities for a nice change of pace.
JohnnyYandere: Cute girls doing cute things, but with chocolate. SADLY I HAVE LOST MY TASTE FOR THOSE COCOA-FLAVOURED SUGARY TREATS.

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Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!

Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi (A Channel, Koe de OshigotoSaki: Achiga-hen)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Harem, Romance, Seinen [Again, really now? Seinen? I think someone's gone crazy with that tag over at MAL -EO]
Summary: Abiding by his father’s will, Shougo was transferred into an academy where many young girls attend. It appears as though his younger sister (separated from him at birth) also attends this academy, and that she is trying to get closer to him without letting him know who she actually is. Problem is, Shougo seems to be popular with the other girls as well! Can Shougo “properly” reunite with his little sister and while making a girlfriend at the same time?!
Additional Details: Director Nawa Munenori seems perfectly suited to this one, having previously directed Kiss x Sis.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I am going to spoil this one fore everyone, “THEY ARE ALL HIS HALF SISTERS.” Joking aside not my genre, it may be the Dog Days of Summer, but this looks to be a poor chew toy.
ExecutiveOtaku: I think I’ll skip out on Incest Russian Roulette: The Animation. Unless I hear that it turned out to be unexpectedly funny or something.
Hana: Nothing for Hana to see here, moving on…
Chronolynx: “Light novel adaptation”
ghostlightning: Staying away from this one. This has nothing that interests me.
ReverseVampire: This sounds so wrong. Japan, is incest the new hip trend in the country or something? What next? Date babies? (Not giving anymore disturbing ideas, but dating babies already sounds extremely disturbing.)
JohnnyYandere: Dammit Japan, just nut up and make a proper incest anime already. Like Yosuga no Sora but with the non-incest arcs removed and extended to at least 2-cours. We all know you want it.

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Joshiraku

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff  (Kimi to Boku, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Shakugan no Shana series.)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life.
Summary: A group of girls discusses random things and usually reaches an unusual or humorous conclusion that’s far from the initial discussion topic.
Additional Details: Director Mizushima Tsutomu has a variety of directing experience, including the xxxHolic series, Ookiku Furikabutte, and Another. Character design by Yasu, which is why the characters will look familiar to anyone who’s seen Toradora.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Worth scouting to see if the comedy sings true or falls flat, otherwise a clear mileage may vary series.
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks like it could be fun. Not a lot of information to go on, but I like the idea of comedy about random topics, taken to odd extremes or on unrelated tangents. Will watch the first three episodes and see how it goes.
Hana: Looks like a random comedy show… I prefer my comedy with a bit more drama and/ or romance… Next…
Chronolynx: Premise sounds like… Lucky Star. One of those is enough for me, thanks.
ghostlightning: For me to like a show like this, the character designs must at least be ridiculously cute; like way beyond usual cute… and the animation should be amazing. This is not doing it for me.
ReverseVampire: It’s K-On all over again…without the music/band activities going on and replacing their cakes with traditional Japanese tea this time round.
JohnnyYandere: Cute girls doing SHAFT-esque dialogue. That’s the best possible outcome. But we all know that no one can replace Hachikuji Mayoi in our hearts.

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Hagure Yuusha no Estetica

Animation Studio: ARMS (Elfen LiedGenshiken 2)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Action, Fantasy.
Summary: In normal RPGs, a hero defeats the Satan king and the story ends. But what does the hero do after that? Ohtorizawa Akatsuki defeats the Satan king in the fantasy world of Alleyzard and returns to the real world. He is sheltered by the international organization BABEL, which protects and controls people transferred from the outer worlds. BABEL is astonished to know Akatsuki has really defeated Satan and brings Satan’s daughter Miu from Alleyzard. In the academy of BABEL, Akatsuki confronts other “returners”, who have psychic powers.
Additional Details: From the director of Asu no Yoichi, Kujou Rion.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Yeah just buy the uncensored BDs when they come out, otherwise it is as close of a waste of time for every one.
ExecutiveOtaku: Premise sounds kinda neat, but I think the massive use of steam and shadows to cover up nudity in the trailers gives away this show’s purpose: the sell uncensored BDs/DVDs after it airs. Seems like there will be way too much ecchi in this for me to enjoy. Pass.
Hana: Light novel adaptation + action + a summary that makes my eyes glaze over = not for Hana…
Chronolynx: Unless there is an overwhelmingly positive reaction, nope.
ghostlightning: While I have nothing against ecchi, I don’t really go out of my way to watch shows that have it. Magic power action isn’t something that readily appeals to me, so I think I’ll sit this one out.
ReverseVampire: Premise looks and sounds boring. My deja vu senses are tingling…
JohnnyYandere: It’s Freezing but with lousier animation quality and less oppai. What madness is this.

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Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai

Animation Studio: feel (Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai, Yosuga no SoraKanamemo)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Romance. [What, is MAL not adding the 'ecchi' genre tag to anything this season? -EO]
Summary: Kaga Ryosuke is an ecchi high school boy. One day, he meets a girl standing alone in the rain. She is Lisarah Restor, an elite Death, who visited the human world in order to find “Singular Man”. Ryosuke makes a contract with Lisarah and she sucks energy required for her activity in the human world from Ryosuke. The source of the energy is his ecchi spirit. To recover the sexual desire, Ryosuke has no choice but to help Lisarah’s search.
Additional Details: By the director of Spice and Wolf and Yosuga no Sora, among other series, Takahashi Takeo.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: No mecha, no interest.
ExecutiveOtaku: Nope nope nope. Looks like complete crap.
Hana: Nope.
Chronolynx: “feel” hahahaha no
ghostlightning: Ok, more H? This isn’t a kind of show I’ll look forward to watching every week so probably not.
ReverseVampire: Similar to High School DXD, except with possibly more rampant sex jokes and silly antics.
JohnnyYandere: Oh snap, Yosuga no Sora alumnus at the helm? Arrr, there be much plunder in these parts.

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Campione!

Animation Studio: Diomedea (involved with a number of projects, but this seems to be their first project as the lead studio.)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Magic, Romance, Harem.
Summary: A harem love comedy plus magic battles. Kusanagi Godo is a 16-year-old high school boy, who once killed the god “Verethragna” and acquired the title of “Campione (god killer)” when he was 15. Erica Brandelli is a 16-year-old Italian girl, who is a “Great Knight” of the magic society “Bronze Black Cross” and had fought together with Godo to defeat Verethragna. Godo doesn’t like fighting but his title of “Campione” makes him get involved in battles against other Campiones and uncontrollable gods.
Additional Details: Director Kusakawa Keizou has done a fair number of shows, including Asura CryinRo-Kyu-Bu, and the Nanoha franchise (S2 onwards) and movies. He worked under Shinbou Akiyuki prior to him leaving Seven Arcs, and took over the Nanoha series after Shinbou’s departure to SHAFT.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: It seems that they are playing this one straight, but these Old Gods are nowhere as amusing as the True Gods… Still they have two episodes to avoid being Saito and Louise Redux.
ExecutiveOtaku: If this sticks primarily to being a comedy then I could see it being pretty fun. Kind of like a Nyaruko-san but with mythological gods instead of Lovecraftian ones. But if it tries to be primarily a serious-ish action series, then it will fail. I’ll give the first episode a shot. As an aside, Diomedea is one of several unfamiliar or new studios this season. Is summer the time when all the new studios try to make it big?
Hana: Still nope.
Chronolynx: Nope
ghostlightning: Nothing here for me.
ReverseVampire: I’m with EO for this one.
JohnnyYandere: I saw the title and immediately thought of El Cid Campeador. That’s what we need: an anime depiction of a Spanish badass kicking ass in the 11th century.

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Sword Art Online

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (TsuritamaWorkingAno Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance.
Summary: The only way to escape is to ‘clear’ the game. Death in game means actual ‘death’. The ten thousand who have logged onto the mysterious game ‘Sword Art Online’ using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside. Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this ‘truth’. He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game – ‘Aincrad’. To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?
Additional Details: By the director of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuen, Itou Tomohiko, who also was an assistant director on Death Note and Summer Wars. Original LN by Kawahara Reki, who wrote Accel World.
Trailers: Trailer 1.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I hope this is going to have better loot drops than the ones I have gotten as of late, still it looks interesting enough for a recon mission but it does seem like .hack//Sign.
ExecutiveOtaku: Looks kinda cool. The action parts at least ought to be good. The story setup is a bit hard to swallow, since who would knowingly play a game that could kill you? But aside from that, this might be worth checking out. I’ve always been hoping for another virtual world show that could come close to how good the suspense and plotting was in .hack//SIGN, and while this might not be it, it look like it could have potential. Three episode test.
Hana: Yep… still nope.
Chronolynx: This might be interesting, though I’ll likely only keep watching if there are enough cute guys to hold my interest.
ghostlightning: I’m really into swords, but if swords end up being magic wands/beam cannons instead of beautifully choreographed dueling weapons I’m going to HATE THIS TO HELL.
ReverseVampire: Heard that SAO shares the same author as Accel World, a show that I never bothered to pick up.
JohnnyYandere: God I hated Accel World, and now here’s another MMORPG anime? No no no no no.

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Kokoro Connect

Animation Studio: Silver Link (Baka to Test to ShokanjyuuTasogare Otome x Amnesia)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life.
Summary: The “love and teen pentagonal comedy” follows the strange phenomena at the Yamahoshi Academy’s Culture Club, starting with the five male and female club members switching bodies with each other.
Additional Details: Co-directed by Oonuma Shin and Kawamo Shinya. Oonuma has directed and co-directed several series for both SHAFT and Silver Link, including ef A Tale of MemoriesNatsu no Arashi, and Baka to Test to Shokanjyuu. Kawamo has less experience, having directed only a few OVAs and been episode director on a number of series.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: It looked like slice of live but Trailer 2, surprised me. Suiting up for this one.
ExecutiveOtaku: Seems like it could be quite good. If Magical Rock Trolls Four Girls, also known as Natsuiro Kiseki, taught us anything, it’s that body-swapping leads to all manner of fun. But that dynamic aside, the trailers make it look like something a bit more than just comedy hijinks. Might be a bit more thoughtful than the plot summary lets on. Plus it’s Silver Link, whose work I generally enjoy since they’re comprised of a lot of ex-SHAFT people. They’re kind of like The Other SHAFT in that they like to use a lot of the more interesting visual presentation techniques that SHAFT is famous for, just with their own way of doing things.
Hana: Comedy, with body-switching and an interesting staff… well, it could be fun… might check it out…
Chronolynx: This could actually be kind of interesting
ghostlightning: Nothing here for me.
ReverseVampire: When it comes to body swapping plots, I prefer sticking to the classics. I’ll give it a try, sort of.
JohnnyYandere: Context for doujinshi. I’d like to at least know the names of the characters before the rule34 (or was it rule63?) kicks in. Also the last love-pentagon anime (AnoNatsu) was pretty awesome, so more love-pentagon-angst onegaishimasu.

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Oda Nobuna no Yabou

Animation Studio: Gokumi (A ChannelKoe de OshigotoSaki: Achiga-hen) and Madhouse (ChihayafuruBlack LagoonSummer Wars)
Source: Light novel adaptation.
Genre: Comedy, Historical, Romance.
Summary: The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the girl counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who has been dead in the world.
Additional Details: Rookie director Kumazawa Yuuji.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2. Trailer 3.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: I really wish that either the Christian Daimyo won or the Ikko Ikki had overthrown their hated samurai overlords, because this fad has gone stale. Also it sucks that Oda Nobunaga is a moe girl instead of a manly warlord known for being treacherous and ruthless, plus a hobby of burning monasteries on St. Michael’s Day.
ExecutiveOtaku: No, seriously, Japan. I’m sick and tired of all these god damned Sengoku Jidai and Three Kingdoms harems shows with all the leaders replaced with bishoujo characters. Can we get off this trend already, please? Really, if you want to have bishoujo-versions of historical figures, which isn’t a terrible idea in and of itself, couldn’t you at least vary the setting or something? How about the Meiji Restoration with bishoujo? It’s an era that otome games seem to love, what with the Shinsengumi and all. Or how about the apocalyptic, religion-fueled horrors of the 30 Years War with moe moe Gustavus Adolphus? Change it up, guys.
Hana: ‘…where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls…’ I don’t think this is for me either. Next.
Chronolynx: Sengoku Lords as Moe Girls: The Animation number 2007, no thank you
ghostlightning: The less I say about this kind of show the better.
ReverseVampire: (Crawls in a corner, and somewhere you’ll hear a vampire sobbing at the lack of creativity in Rof3K & Sengoku Wars plots in the middle of the day.)
JohnnyYandere: Surprise! Norio Wakamoto voices a 17-year old girl as he takes on his greatest role of Oda Nobunaga once again! Oh wait, that’s not it? Damn.

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Ebiten: Kouritsu Ebisugawa Koukou Tenmonbu

Animation Studio: AIC Classic (a division of AIC doing it’s own show for the first time. AIC in general has done tons of shows including Hourou Musuko, Nyan Koi, and Acchi Kocchi)
Source: Manga adaptation.
Genre: School, Shounen [Probably safe to say Comedy as well -EO]
Summary: Noya Itsuki just started his school year at the Ebisugawa High School and since he has always had a fascination with space, he decides to join the astronomy club. However, he mistakenly walks into the all girls Otaku Club. He notices that the members are really weird, but Itsuki has yet to realize that he isn’t in the astronomy club. His life is about to get complicated by being surrounded by so many girls.
Additional Details: Being broadcast as a net broadcast on Nico Nico. Director Okamoto Hideki previously directed the Da Capo series as well as Nagasarete Airantou and Nana to Kaoru.
Trailers: Trailer 1. Trailer 2.

 

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: This one has EO written all over it.
ExecutiveOtaku: Astronomy and fujoshi? Ebiten, you and me are going to get along just fine! Ok, in more detail, I think the astronomy and fujoshi ought to be enough to overcome the fanservice on display in the trailers. Also, the character designs look a lot like those in Seitokai no Ichizon, so if the humor is as good I ought to be able to overcome my dislike of the designs just as I did with that past series. And speaking of, what was with using the Seitokai no Ichizon OP in that first trailer? The two look similar, but seem to have different original creators and different character designers. They weren’t even the same studio or anything (SnI was done by DEEN.)
Hana: Definitely not.
Chronolynx: Maybe? I’ll give it a shot, at least
ghostlightning: Nothing here for me.
ReverseVampire: Sounds like any other harem series to me. The character designs turns me off. Pass.
JohnnyYandere: My real life otaku club wasn’t the collection of cute otaku girls that I had expected it to be. To watch this show would be the equivalent of cutting myself on the pieces of my SHATTERED DREAMS. And there’d be much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and that’s bad.

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Sequels and Prequels

Rinne no Lagrange 2

Yuru Yuri 2

Moyashimon Returns (noitaminA series)

Dog Days’

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II

Hakuouki Reimeiroku

Writer’s Commentary:
Crusader: Fangirls rejoice Hacookie is BACK. For me though I am looking forward to Maru Maru time as Rinne no Lagrange 2 airs. Good to see that the prayers of us lowly plebians have gotten Lan-hime to return. Also Moyashimon Returns, if you missed the first series, GO OUT AND GET IT. It’s one of the few college anime out there and as a Microbiology major I can say without shame that Haruka inspired me to finish my degree. Also who doesn’t love Akari?
ExecutiveOtaku: Nothing in this bunch that I’m watching. I would watch Moyashimon Returns, but I have yet to finish the original season of that. I stalled out on Rinne no Lagrange when the first season aired, it just didn’t have enough to keep my interest.
Hana: If I finish season one of Moyashimon, then I might give that sequel a go, otherwise nothing else interests me here. That reminds me, still need to finish the previous Hacookie episodes I never got around to (the pretty bishies aside, it wasn’t a bad show), but I doubt I’ll get around to that either…
Chronolynx: Nope
ghostlightning: I love Moyashimon, so I’m looking forward to that.
ReverseVampire: Will give Dog Days another try, and as for Moyashimon, never watched the first season. Sorry, Hakuouki, with the bishies and all you would think I would only stay just plainly for your looks.
JohnnyYandere: YURU YURI IS SPLENDIFEROUS. HORIZON IS EXQUISITE. RINNE IS TRANSCENDENT. Truly this is the season of SUPREME sequels.

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20 Comments

  1. MrTerrorist
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    “The story setup is a bit hard to swallow, since who would knowingly play a game that could kill you?”

    Actually, according to the 1st episode/chapter, it was an just ordinary MMORPG until the creator stops everyone from logging out and told them “You wanna log out? Beat the Final Boss of this game. Also,if you die in the game, you die in real life. Same thing happens if someone messes with the equipment your using to play this game. Good Luck! Muwhahwhahaha!”
    The players: “We screwed!”

    • DarkFireBlade25
      Posted July 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      if that doesn’t scream .hack// in any way, idk what will.

    • Posted July 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

      Good to know, I haven’t gotten to the first episode of that one. Ok, so at least it’s plausible then.

    • Selcca
      Posted July 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

      Plus, Sword Art Online is… actually just swords surprisingly. The action sequences were well written in the novels, so I’m curious to see how they’ll animate it.

      • Catherine Teo
        Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:39 am | Permalink

        If you watch the second episode… I think there’s some nifty sword moves to watch out of. Sword Art Online story is also quite intriguing and I could see some plot brewing up in the story… hope I will not be proven wrong though…

  2. Dein
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got reasonably high hopes for Tari Tari. And not just “because PA works” like with Anther (which was okay, but nothing more than that), but also because I’m currently coming off BECK and similarly to ghostlightning looking for some “serious” school/slice of life thing without any comical edge.

    Other than that, Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu looks pretty interesting, The style alone is quite excellent. Might also give Natsuyuki Rendezvous and Kokoro Connect a watch. If nothing else, they’ll fill the endless void in my soul that appeared due to beck and the end of fate zero. Sigh.

  3. Whatsht
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Horizon II, Lagrange 2, then maybe Muv Luv, Sword Art Online, 10 cm tall fairies, Hagure Yuusha. Looks like I achieved my target of cutting down on anime. Oh well, I got lots of time after my exams to watch anime.

  4. hipster
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Before i read anything, I just wanted to say that I LOOOOOOOOOVE thatanimeblog season previews.

    Thanks for providing the comments, snarkily and honestly. :)

    • Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Thanks! Writing the posts is kind of a drag (aside from the adding comments part), but it makes it worth it to know that you and others get a lot of enjoyment out of them :)

  5. Tenryu
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    at least the ‘hero’(main male character) from Hagure Yuusha no Estetica is an open pervert and unable to use magic. If only the character designs were more to the original novel ones i’d be more hyped about it.

  6. Kit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    “… while the Zuikaku may be an ill-fated name …”

    I am not entirely sure which one you refer to, but in case it is the IJN WWII Aircraft Carrier I am compelled to speak on her behalf as she is my all-time favorite warship. Not only was she a superb ship that fought numerous engagments for nearly three years with only minimal damage, her loss was expected and accepted as part of a diversionary effort that succeeded.

    As far as fate goes for a warship, you can hardly do better than going down fighting with the knowledge your ennemy has done exactly what you wanted him to do (insert a Lelouch-patented “Just As Planned” here).

    Oh and on the previews side of things, I find them excellent as always :)

    • Crusader
      Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      Well it is an ill-fated name since she was the last carrier of the Kido Butai her loss while expected effectively signaled the end of the IJN as a potent force that Yamamoto had created. While she suffered minimal damage, her most valuable asset, her air arm had been mauled more than once. The last time it had happened it was during the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. As for warship fates I can name plenty that did better (The entire Iowa-class; West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, California, and Pennsylvania all of which were damaged at Pearl Harbor but repaired and won a resounding victory at Surigao Strait), to be used as a diversion was an admission of impending defeat. In the end it was was all in vain, yes Halsey took the bait but the IJN did nothing with that success. Surigao Strait was a disaster for the IJN against the five of the battleships they damaged at Pearl Harbor, the Allied landing was not stopped, and Kurita’s Center Force was beaten off by the insane heroics of the destroyers and light carriers of Taffy 3. The IJN got their diversion but the Allies got the Decisive Victory.

      The main problem is that in the minds of many the Battle of Midway was the turning point but that only led to IJN and USN naval parity that was finally broken at the Battle of Leyte Gulf where the IJN was effectively swept off the high seas and largely confined to major naval bases that would be left to die on the vine due to a worsening supply situation.

      So in the end IJN got the keikaku doori to in sacrificing the Zuikaku, it was keikaku oops everywhere else. I just don’t see the loss of the Zuikaku as an unqualified success as none of the objectives of Sho-Go were realized. In fact the brilliant deception did little as the IJN losses were heavy in aircraft, men, and ships. Funny how the unplanned suicidal bravery of Taffy 3 and their costly victory against Kurita’s Center Force was to go down as one of the biggest naval upsets in naval history. The Zuikaku went down as a decoy the destroyers and light carriers of Taffy 3 went down fighting and beat off 4 battleships (the Yamato herself displaced more tonnage than all their ships combined), 6 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers, and 11 destroyers. They saved the landing zone and sealed the Allied Victory, it all boils down to just as planned decoy or unplanned blaze glory.

  7. Emperor
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Ok so it seems like we got there a lot of swords ,boobs ,mecha mmm okay might watch somth…

  8. Di Gi Kazune
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Kingdom’s animation is… just… terrible. Just how much computing power do they have just to render…? It looks like they were working to render the army scenes on a cluster of Pentium IIs from a decade ago. The plot/intruige looks interesting but the artwork is meh. General smiling thicklips thinks he’s a bigshot. So far the Yellow Emperor and his bodyguard seem to be the more interesting characters… except that the bird cosplayer makes commentary during the fight, the urge to say “*URUCHAI! URUCHAI! URUCHAI!* and just dammit power up and kick the enemies ass” comes into effect. Or at least blow the opponent up. >_>

    I’m going to give it a few more episodes to pick things up since Juuni Kokki took 8 episodes to finally get things rolling but then again, JK didn’t have such terrible animation. As comparison, JK’s animation from 8 years ago looks better even though it’s not highdef.

    • Crusader
      Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Yeah Kingdom would have been better off using a video game engine, hell I think Total Annihilation looks better.

  9. yaku
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Man, this season’s list (most sequels included) looks very disappointing and bland. None of the new shows do it for me, in fact 90% of it looks like half-hearted cheap fan service anime crap. Nevertheless I hope I’m wrong with at least half of these.

    • Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Probably not the best season, but there are at least a handful of pretty decent looking shows, and that’s all you need, really. So far it looks like I’ll be watching at least three shows, though I still have a lot of first episodes to go through yet.

      And anyway, I think fall and winter might make up for summer with some of the stuff announced in those.

  10. lightspeed
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    you dont like accel world then $%^# you ! that is all.

  11. Catherine Teo
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    I LOVE ReverseVampire’s comments: (Crawls in a corner, and somewhere you’ll hear a vampire sobbing at the lack of creativity in Rof3K & Sengoku Wars plots in the middle of the day.)

    that line above ticked off my funny bone that I nearly laughed out loudly! But yeah, this kind of cute girls as the historical male characters does not appeal to me at all.

    On another note, I have watched two eps of the Campione! and makes me quite look forward to the third one… story and animation not bad for both…

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