T.H.A.T.'s Summer 2008 Anime Preview (Updated 6/14)


Summer time…and the livin’s easy…

Since Impz has bailed on us for three weeks to go to some academic conference, the duty of creating the THAT Anime Blog Summer 2008 Preview falls to me. Thankfully it’s not a fall or spring preview or I’d have to kill him. This preview uses pretty much the same format as the Spring one did, I copied the code template. However, I did add two things- next to the production studio I included a couple of popular shows in case you weren’t familiar with the studio and I tried to include the source of the adaptation in the summary as much as I could. Much of this info is pulled from Fansub Wiki, AniDB, AnimeSuki, ANN, and Wikipedia, so thanks to those fine sites for their databases. I’ll be adding any additional information I come across as it becomes available. Finally, expect a follow-up trailers post as the season gets closer to airing.

Updates (6/14):
Chocolate Underground- airdate, episode count
Strike Witches- airdate
Koihime Muso- airdate
Sekirei- airdate
Mission-E- airdate
Zero no Tsukaima ~Miyoshi Hime no Rondo~- airdate, episode count, preview websites
Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo- airdate, episode count
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~- airdate
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu- airdate
World Destruction- airdate, episode count

I’m not adding the second season of Neo Angelique Abyss since it’s really a continuance of the currently airing season, even if they call it a “sequel.”

Click on link to jump to the series (listed in chronological order): Ikkitousen Great Guardians | Chocolate Underground | Telepathy Shoujo Ran | UltraViolet: Code 044 | Sekirei | Slayers REVOLUTION | Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ | Seiyou Kottou Yougaiten ~Antique~ | Hidamari Sketch x365 | Strike Witches | Birdy the Mighty Decode | Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo | Zero no Tsukaima ~Miyoshi Hime no Rondo~ | Natsume Yuujin-chou | Mission-E | World Destruction | Koihime†Musou | Blade of the Immortal | Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu


Ikkitousen Great Guardians

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.ikkitousen.com/
Japanese Air Date: June 11
Animation Company: ARMS (Elfen Lied, Genshiken 2)
Seiyuu: Masumi Asano, Satoshi Hino, Yuko Kaida

Summary

Third season of the adaptation of Yuji Shiozaki’s manga. This season will feature a completely original story not based on the manga and features brand new characters including Sun Quan.

First season introduction- Seven schools are constantly ‘at war’ with each other, and the students within – both male and female – have become skilled fighters and constantly battle with rival schools. Their lives and fates are guided by strange jewels that contain the spirits and destinies of warriors from the Sangokushi period. One girl, Sonsaku Hakufu, has recently moved to Japan and is apparently destined to unite the schools as her counterpart united seven countries long ago. But, like all heroes, there is a darker side to her fate, and as always there is a constant struggle by those around her to break the chains of their own destinies and make their own lives. (AniDB)

Thoughts

Calawain: I like fanservice shows, but not necessarily fighting fanservice shows. I was bored to tears watching Tenjho Tenge so that automatically put me off from this series from the start. I haven’t watched the other seasons so I doubt I’m going to be starting now. If you are interested, Aroduc is a glutton for punishment and will probably cover it.

Impz: Boobs, then more boobs, then some panties, then clothes disappear. No.

Riex: Seriously Impz…what is wrong with you? I’m not saying this anime’s gonna be great (in fact, it’ll probably suck like all the other seasons) but look at everything you listed. Now look at your response…

Shokkeru: Well I like fanservice, but Ikkitousen was always too ridiculous for me to even consider watching. I haven’t seen the previous Ikkitousens so there’s a low chance of me watching this one.

Briar: Wrong target group. No.

Extrange: I haven’t caught the first 2 seasons, but fighting girls with mangled clothers are into the fanservice category, and who doesn’t like panty/boob/ass shots? Too bad it only seems to be good in that aspect. Fap potential – 3.5/5

Crusader: I couldn’t get past one episode from season one I doubt much has changed. Bypassing.

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Chocolate Underground

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.choco-bar.jp/
Japanese Air Date: June 12
Animation Company: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, xxxHOLiC)/Trance Arts
Seiyuu: Unknown

Summary
An internet-aired anime based on the novel Bootleg by Alex Shearer.

In the series, the Good For You party passes a law that forbids the consumption of chocolate after 5 in the evening appropriately called the Chocolate Prohibition Law. It prohibits all sweet things, including chocolates, because they are harmful to one’s health. Two boys, Huntley and Smudger, stand up to fight against the law. With help from Louise and other friends, they begin to bootleg chocolate. (AnimeNfo)

Thoughts

Calawain: The fact that it’s an ONA (meaning short) about such a silly and possibly funny situation and it’s being done by Production I.G. means I’ll end up watching this. What could you possibly stand to lose from spending a few minutes of your life on it?

itsubun: LoL. Chocolate War wannabe. Yes.

Riex: So let’s see…Production I.G. + ridiculous premise + relatively short = high probability of WIN. Will check this out for sure…and probably while eating some type of chocolate after 5pm in joint protest with the protagonists.

Shokkeru: WTF? Smuggle chocolate? Might be interesting enough to watch. Probably a higher chance I’ll watch it since it’s short, but very low chance for blogging.

Briar: What in the world is this?

Extrange: Wait a second….so they’ve picked the Dry Law and turned into the Sugarless Law? I like internet based animes (loved Catman) but this is pushing a bit too much. Viewing Potential: 0.5/5

Crusader: This sounds so dumb that it might just work, I like chocolate. If there is some 1920s style gangster action I might take it up…

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Telepathy Shoujo Ran

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Details

Number of episodes: 26
Website: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/ran/
Japanese Air Date: June 21
Animation Company: TMS Entertainment (Itazura na Kiss, Lupin III)
Seiyuu: Emiri Katou, Tomokazu Seki, Hiroki Shimowada, Kana Ueda

Summary
Adaptation of the novels written by Atsuko Asano.

Ran is a bright and energetic first-grader in junior high school who possesses supernatual abilities. Together with Midori (her friend who also has supernatural powers) and Rui, the threesome are constantly embroiled in mysterious circumstances. Ran is troubled by her powers because it seems to spark off the ill intentions of people in contact with her. However, with the support of her family and peers, Ran learns to deal with her ‘other’ side and accepts who she is. The threesome also learn how to team up as a whole and solve these mysterious events. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: The fact that Emiri Katou and Kana Ueda, who voiced the two greatest tsunderes of all-time, are in this show almost makes me want to watch it just to hear them. However, it seems to have this shoujo, mystery vibe (aside from the title) and I rarely dig stuff like that. For the sexy voices I’ll probably just watch one episode.

Impz: I will want to see if this is in fact a mystery show, or something to the extent of Neuro. Nonetheless, no matter whether it is comedy or something else, it is definitely worth a look at the very least. Blogging though will be another issue.

itsubun: Has potential. Maybe.

Riex: This looks lame. I’m not a fan of mystery anything. But…the animation company did Itazura na Kiss. You’re all going “RUN AWAY!” right? Well, I like the animation in InK, so I’ll check this one out for that, if nothing else.

Shokkeru: Doesn’t seem too interesting. Pass for me.

Briar: Character design is extremely not my cup of tea. Even Tomokazu Seki wouldn’t be enough to get me to watch this.

Extrange: Interesting, it looks like a mix of Code-E and Kimagure Orange Road. Too bad it will fuck the ending like most telepathy based stories. Fuck up Potential: 3/5

Crusader: Their Jedi mind tricks won’t work one me maybe one episode, but unless it get me there I doubt I will be watching this.

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UltraViolet: Code 044

Details

Number of episodes: 12
Website: http://uvcode044.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 1
Animation Company: Madhouse Studios (Claymore, Saiunkoku Monogatari)
Seiyuu: Romi Paku

Summary
An adaptation of the Hollywood movie UltraViolet (directed and written by Kurt Wimmer), which in turn was a loose adaptation of the movie Gloria (directed and written by John Cassavetes).

The main character, “044,” is a female warrior who is genetically engineered with high combat skills and ordered by the government to annihilate a vampire army. (AniDB)

Thoughts

Calawain: I found the fact that Milla Jovovich starred in this movie to be the only saving grace. It was unbearably atrocious and stupid in so so many ways. Does not bode well for the anime, and wow does the chick in the trailer look pretty ugly.

Impz: Is this that failure of a Hollywood movie into an anime adaptation? The female lead is hot, but whatever. I ain’t going to waste any time on this.

itsubun: Saw the movie. Meh. Anime. Meh.

Riex: Alright. I’ve seen the trailer for this like 8 times. 5 times I thought it was dumb…but it’s slowly growing on me. It’s probably just the presence of a katana in the rain, but I don’t know…(could be good? but I doubt it)

Shokkeru: Ha! I don’t think so.

Briar: Hey, I didn’t think the movie was that bad. Even if I played Freecell while watching it. I can’t help but wonder; exactly how would American comic be Japanese anime-nized? Should be interesting enough for me to watch one episode.

Extrange: Sounds like the Witchblade anime adaptation. Will fuck up like Witchblade. Fuck up Potential: 4.5/5

Crusader: Taking evasive action.

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Sekirei

Details

Number of episodes: Unkown
Website: http://www.sekirei-tv.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 2
Animation Company: Seven Arcs (Inukami, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)
Seiyuu: Saori Hayami, Marina Inoue, Shinnosuke Tachibana

Summary
Adaptation of the manga by Sakurako Gokurakuin serialized in Young Gangan.

Minato is a total loser. He’s failed to make it into college twice, he’s unpopular with women, and he’s unemployed. But suddenly one day he met a girl dashing inhumanely fast down the road he walked, chased by 2 bandits with electrical powers. From that day on Minato’s life changed forever. The Girl, Musubi was not any ordinary girl she was a “Sekirei”, and suddenly she just bestows Minato with the power of an Ashikabi, one of a mysterious set of “masters” in an awesome battle royale between hordes of cute girls (and males) with individual special powers called “Sekirei’s”. Eventually Minato’s true capabilities will release his useless self into truly understanding all of the Sekirei’s that he embarks to gather, and his own strength. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: The manga this is based on is really fun to read. I watch/read a lot of fanservice/ecchi shows/manga but I only really enjoy those with something that hooks me. This is definitely one of them as it’s just a fun ride that doesn’t take itself seriously. Plus you’ve got a great and totally devoted harem consisting of a loli, an airhead, a tsundere, and a megane genius. I’ve got confidence in this one, because I know Seven Arcs can do hot chicks by their previous works.

Impz: I went to the site quickly and found fanservice everywhere. No for me. Everyone has mega huge boobs too. I like DFC, thank you.

Riex: I’m definitely watching this, but unlike Calawain, it’s in the hope that maybe there will be some sweet fight scenes…otherwise, props to the show for having chicks with actual racks, but I’ll go look elsewhere.

Shokkeru: Sounds like a premise that has been beaten with a stick way too many times. But hey, if it works it works.

Briar: What’s with the breasts? And the word “masters” immediately turned me off.

Extrange: Sure it has boobs and fighting, but unlike Ikkitousen, it tries to have a decent plot and it’s actually a good one. Although the words “Pokemon Harem” will cross your mind. Also, because I’m a sadist mofo, let me tell you this: TRAP ALERT. Fapping potential: 5/5

Crusader: I heard the words pokemon and harem…and the premise sounds all too familiar. I don’t need no teenage queen, I got me an M-16.

Possible bloggers: Calawain

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Slayers REVOLUTION

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/slayers_revolution/
Japanese Air Date: July 2
Animation Company: J.C. Staff (Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima)
Seiyuu: Akira Ishida, Megumi Hayashibara, Yasunori Matsumoto

Summary
Fourth season of the adaptation of Hajime Kanzaka’s novels.

This season’s story takes place at the time when Lina and Gourry start a new journey to look for Gourry’s new sword with the power of magic. It will also include a new character named Pocota who is said to have cast a Dragon Slave using the Sword of Light. Sylpiel and Prince Phil are also reported to appear. (Moetron)

Thoughts

Impz: Riex can do it. Or Calawain. Not me, I have never watched this supposedly awesome franchise. No, nothing will get me to.

Riex: I love Slayers, even though I haven’t seen a bunch of it and can’t rant about it…I love what I’ve seen. Now I get Slayers animated by J.C. Staff…omg. I’ll withhold my rant for now.

Shokkeru: I always wanted to but never watched Slayers since it was out so long ago during a time when anime wasn’t so easily accessable like it is now. If I like this I may go back and watch the original. Strong chance that it will be decent enough to watch.

Briar: I’ve not watched a single episode of Slayers, and I’m unlikely to start now.

Extrange: OMG OMG OMG, Rina-chan! I’m a huge fan of the Slayer series and the spin off, Lost Universe. If you are a recent anime fan, you shouldn’t be here, you should be busy getting the previous seasons. And Rina is soooooo Tsundere. Viewing Potential: IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!

Crusader: More Goury and Rina? I am freaking there. I just hope its as decent as the older installments. Assuming InK and Macross F are still running I might be co-blogging with Kaptain Riex.

Possible bloggers: Riex, Crusader

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Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.sora-mahou.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 2
Animation Company: Hal Film Maker (Aria, Sketchbook ~full color’S~)
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno

Summary
Second season of the adaptation of the manga series written by Norie Yamada and illustrated by Kumichi Yoshizuki, titled Someday’s Dreamers in the official English version. It adapts the recently serialized second spinoff of the original manga, which shares the same title as the anime.

The story is set in present day Tokyo. Much of the setting is based upon real areas, the more obvious ones being the Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Tower. The main backdrop of the series where they all reside is in Shimokitazawa, roughly 6 minutes west of Shibuya on the Keio Inokashira Line. In Tokyo is the Bureau of Magic, which employs Mage Labour for certain special requests by everyday people. However, the mages must only use their magic with special permission, and any unlicensed use results in a penalty. (Wikipedia)

Thoughts

Calawain: If you like shoujo slice-of-life then there’s probably nothing better, and the studio behind Aria and Sketchbook certainly knows what they are doing in that area. But personally I don’t plan on watching it, not my genre except for rare circumstances. See Impzie for this one.

Impz: There is no need to think about this. I am working on the translation for my fansub, and this is a definite blogging series for Impz. Watch THAT for this show.

Riex: That picture has been pissing me off every since I saw it on the website a few weeks ago. Therefore I automatically want to tell this anime to fsck off.

Shokkeru: I liked Sketchbook, but I don’t think I’ll watch this one.

Briar: Stop with the sequels already.

Crusader: I thought Someday’s Dreamers was alright though my memory of it is fuzzy, boss has this one so…watching but not blogging.

Possible bloggers: Impz

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Seiyou Kottou Yougaiten ~Antique~

Details

Number of episodes: 12
Website: None
Japanese Air Date: July 3
Animation Company: Nippon Animation/Shirogumi Inc. (Moyashimon)
Seiyuu: Keiji Fujiwara, Eiji Hanawa, Shinichiro Miki, Mamoru Miyano,

Summary
Adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga (the English licensed title is Antique Bakery)

Tachibana, grandson of a rich businessman and newbie in the world of managing; Ono Yuusuke, famous pastry chef and even more infamous “devilish homosexual”; Kanda Eiji, a retired young boxer with a thing for pastries; Kobayakawa Chikage, servant friend of Tachibana and current romantic interest of Ono, who is clumsy yet serious and stoic to a fault (most of the time). Together, these four men maintain a small yet elegant cafe known as “Antique”, where they and all their customers can come together to cherish one of the few but truly important things in life: cake. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: Mmmmm, yaoi. Sorry, got enough of that in Code Geass, where it’s not even explicit. Plus, it doesn’t even have a really funny acronym like ANAL.

itsubun: All yours, Impz.

Riex: Judging by Impz’s comments on Ikkitousen, I’m sure he’ll be falling over himself to get to this one. As for me, BL = hell no.

Shokkeru: No thanks.

Briar: Not a fan of BL (despite having blogged Junjou Romantica for a couple episodes). Unless it has something other than plotless plots and needless angst, I’m not going to watch it, much less blog it. Not to mention the character design. *shudder* It’s so… old school…

Extrange: Why the hell there is always a BL anime each season but no Yuri??? WHERE’S MY YURI ANIME? Viewing Potential: 3/5 if you are a seme, 5/5 if you are a uke.

Crusader: I prefer to be able to actual eat a cake than watch people make one. Pass.

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Hidamari Sketch x365

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/hidamari/
Japanese Air Date: July 3
Animation Company: SHAFT (ef- a tale of memories, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Seiyuu: Kana Asumi, Kaori Mizuhashi, Ryoko Shintani, Yuko Goto

Summary
Second season of the anime adaptation of Ume Aoki’s manga.

Hidamari Sketch centers around a young girl named Yuno who finally is able to get accepted into Yamabuki High School, which she has longed for. To attend the school, Yuno moves and starts to live in a small apartment building named the Hidamari Apartments located near the school. Once there, she starts making new friends like her classmate Miyako and the second year students, Hiro and Sae. There is no real plot line to the story but rather the events of the characters’ everyday lives are shown as they attend the school together and get to know each other better. (Wikipedia)

Thoughts

Calawain: I loved the first season so there is no way I’m going to miss this one. Check this post out for why I love this show (as a side note, fie upon the new theme totally jacking up the formatting in that post). However, like Impz says below it’s really hard to blog this series, as much as I enjoy it. There just isn’t much to have a debate or discussion about aside from “wow Miyako is awesome,” “omg there goes Yoshinoya-sensei again looking sexy,” and “what kind of drugs is SHAFT on?”

Impz: The first season of Hidamari Sketch is a wonderful slice of life series that is not filled with laughs, but has nice references to almost everything about school life. The nice character exchange between the four characters has always been intriguing, so I will find it hard not to go back to it. Nonetheless, this is also a major challenge to blog. What can you really say about this?

Riex: Yeah, whatever. Fsck blockquotes too. I’ll go through the headache of fixing them one of these days…the more people bitch, the less I want to.

Shokkeru: I haven’t watched the original, but now that I know that the production company for the series is SHAFT, there’s a strong desire to actually watch it now. As with Slayers, if I happen to like this one, I’ll have to go back and watch the ones before. Damn, I guess Impz will have more fodder to call me a lolicon with this. -.-;

Briar: Slice of life + moe? Pass.

Crusader: Have fun Calawain.

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Strike Witches

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://s-witch.cute.or.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 3
Animation Company: Gonzo (Last Exile, Rosario + Vampire)
Seiyuu: Saeko Chiba, Misato Fukuen, Kaori Nazuka, Miyuki Sawashiro, Rie Tanaka

Summary
Adaptation of the light novels by Noboru Yamaguchi, the story revolves around teenage girls who are essentially moe anthropomorphizations of military planes.

When a mysterious force suddenly attacks the world, only the girls who have magic can fight against them. They install weapons in their own bodies and fight in the sky, the land, and the sea. The battle to protect the world begins. (Wikipedia)

Thoughts

Calawain: I couldn’t even finish the short OVA for this show, it was that lame. I think the military aircraft fanatic in me just dies a little inside watching it. Call in the air strikes on this one.

itsubun: Looks pretty. Like the concept. But no.

Riex: I couldn’t watch the trailer without thinking “Girls with nubs…LOL”. Will check it out and probably drop it like a rock.

Shokkeru: Looks interesting. Reminds me of Gadget Trial.

Briar: *grimaces*

Crusader: SW umm good. Real Good. Good for you. BAD for me. Hurrah!

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Birdy the Mighty Decode

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.birdy-tv.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 5
Animation Company: A-1 Pictures Inc. (Ookiku Furikabutte, Persona ~trinity soul~)
Seiyuu: Miyu Irino, Saeko Chiba

Summary
Based on a shounen manga by Yuuki Masami, serialised in Shounen Sunday.

Tsutomu Senkawa is an average high school kid who is busy studying for his senior entrance exams. Tsutomu goes out for some fresh air, after a hard day’s work studying for a big test, when he runs into a guy fleeing from a pretty young lady. The pursued man is actually an interplanetary criminal on the run from a Federation agent called Birdy Cephon Altera. Caught in the midst of this chase, Tsutomu gets thrown by the man at Birdy, which kills Tsutomu. Fortunately for Tsutomu, there is a way to keep him alive, although it comes at the price of discarding his body. He ends up merged into Birdy’s body. (AniDB)

Thoughts

Calawain: I’d boycott the show just for the horrible, horrible title. I can’t even say whether that’s even Engrish, because it’s too far from English. Aside from that the story premise seems silly and the main character looks rather stupid above.

itsubun: Has potential. Probably watch one or two episodes before dropping.

Riex: I just watched a couple vids/music vids for the older series, along with a trailer for the new one annnnd…I’m watching this. Looks like it has sufficient doses of weird, action, dark, and pretty.

Shokkeru: Never saw it, probably never will.

Briar: HUH???? This is enough to put me off birds forever.

Extrange: Okay, this is an anime that looks it’s a flop at the first sight but that it seems actually good. The better way to describe it is being a mix of Kashimashi (only for the body issues part) and Metroid. The manga is nice to read and shows some of the potential the anime can have. Besides, it doesn’t involve furry birds as you may think by the name. Viewing potential: 4/5 (it has half naked chicks…)

Crusader: I heard Extrange mention Metroid…will conduct a armed recon, but if I get ambushed by unwatchable crap, well Extrange I have a rifle and it ain’t for looks…

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Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/yakushijiryouko/
Japanese Air Date: July 5
Animation Company: Dogakobo
Seiyuu: Hidenbou Kiuchi, Hitomi Nabatame

Summary
Adaptation of the Yoshiki Tanaka light novel series.

The story revolves around Ryōko Yakushiji, a 27-year-old multilingual investigator that graduated from Tokyo University’s elite Department of Law, and the bizarre cases she faces while working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Yakushiji not only has to deal with supernatural beings in her line of work, but also her rival Yukiko Muromachi, another equally talented and beautiful police investigator. (ANN)

Thoughts

Impz: Is this a new animation company? The synopsis is the type that will make me interested but I have no clue about this animation company. It’s worth a first episode look at the very least.

itsubun: Not into super-woman typecasts. Looks like a flop. No.

Riex: Character designs have a weird appeal, but no. Mystery crap again.

Shokkeru: Definite pass.

Briar: Unlike Riex, I don’t like the character design. But I do have a little interest in watching it. We’ll see how the first episode turns out.

Crusader: Combat patrol moving to sector, expecting little. Maybe a few surprises…

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Zero no Tsukaima ~Miyoshi Hime no Rondo~

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.zero-tsukaima.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 6
Animation Company: J.C. Staff (Nabari no Ou, Shakugan no Shana)
Seiyuu: Rie Kugimiya, Satoshi Hino

Summary
Third season of the adaptation of Noboru Yamaguchi’s light novels.

First season introduction- Meet Louise, a budding magician. The students at the Tristein Academy call her “Zero Louise”, due to her current record of zero successes with magic. In fact, her magic tends to go spectacularly wrong. Now, as an important test of her aptitude for magic, she must summon a familiar to be her servant. At this critical moment, she summons up all her magic and wishes for a familiar that is “devoted, beautiful and powerful”, and gets… Hiraga Saito, an ordinary Japanese boy. It’s difficult to say who is more surprised and dismayed, but the rules don’t allow for second attempts. Louise is stuck with her strange familiar, and he with her. (ANN)

Note- additional images and information (in Japanese) and be found here and here.

Thoughts

Calawain: The first season of ZnT was wonderful, a light hearted lovecom fantasy with fun and quirky characters. The second season changed directors, catastrophically strayed away from the novels (especially how they handled the last episode) and trashed most of the character’s personalities (especially Siesta). I don’t know if the affectionately named “elf tits” (blond character shown above left that appeared in the final episode of season two) can save the show. I’ll be watching regardless, but I may hate myself for it. Cross your fingers.

Impz: HEHEHE, Louise is back. Watching for the violent tsundere. (Cue for silly fanboy giggles)

Riex: Liked the first season, never watched the second. Chances for watching this are looooooooow. They trashed Siesta? I loved Siesta. : (

Shokkeru: First season was good, second was like “Huh?”, third might not be so good with the rate that they’re going at. I’ll still have to check it out nonetheless.

Briar: *sigh* Yet another sequel.

Extrange: Why everyone dislikes the 2nd season? I can be anal retentive whenever it comes to straying from the original works, but the season was good and the ending was great. Besides, bow we have some serious competition to clash with Louise. I missed my tsundere…… Whipping Potential: 4.5/5

Crusader: Where is my SHnY goddamn it!

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Natsume Yuujin-chou

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.natsume-anime.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 7
Animation Company: Brains Base (Baccano, Kure-nai)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kazuhiko Inoue

Summary
Adaptation of the manga by Yuki Midorikawa.

Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: This could be interesting, reminds me a bit of xxxHOLiC so I’ll at least give it a whirl. Supernatural stuff is often interesting if done right, although downright dull if done wrong.

Impz: I was telling Calawain this. “Why am I feeling FMA vibes?”. Then I realize it is the coat. Well, lame comments aside, supernatural stuff seems somewhat interesting all the time. I will take this for now.

itsubun: First one to catch my interest on the list. Can has potential. I’ll probably bully Impz into writing a collab with me because I are too lazy to write a whole post by I-self.

Riex: Been there, seen that a thousand times. Unless it oozes Mushishi vibes, I’ll probably pass. Looks like Rental Magica meets Okami or something.

Shokkeru: Looks alright. I never really liked watching fantasy anime for some reason… I wonder why.

Briar: Like Itsubun, this is the only one I may be watching so far. As long as it doesn’t turn out to be as episodic as the summary sounds.

Extrange: Maybe I am being paranoid, but these days, everything seems to be a fusion of two previous works. This one, for example, is a mix of Mushishi and XXXHOLiC. One thing I’ve liked on the manga was the singular feeling of loneliness the character portrayed even when he was surrounded by all the spirits. Viewing Potential: 3.5/5 but only if you are sensitive to spirits.

Crusader: Have fun Impz.

Possible bloggers: Impz

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Mission-E

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://avexmovie.jp/lineup/mission-e/
Japanese Air Date: July 7
Animation Company: Studio DEEN (Fate/stay night, Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai)
Seiyuu: Mai Hashimoto, Yuuna Inamura

Summary
Sequel to the previously aired Code-E, set five years after the final episode in near-future Japan. It will feature a new a new lead named Maori Kimizuka, who will join Ebihara Chinami, the lead from the first season. Both are TYPE-E users adorned in the above pictured rainbow uniforms, and wield supernatural abilities. OZ, the place Chinami and Maori work at, aims for the the adaption of TYPE-E users into society, are in hostility with the “Foundation” who advocate the isolation and control of TYPE-E users that those men belonged to. (AS)

Thoughts

Calawain: Aside from the really fruity looking uniforms, I didn’t watch the first season and the concept looks way too kiddy for my tastes.

Impz: Ermm… ya? The uniforms look gay. No.

itsubun: Hey, I like the pretty suits. But pretty isn’t enough. No.

Riex: The first half of the trailer put me to sleep. But the second half looked pretty damn slick. I’ll at least give this a chance, though the slice-of-life crap in the first half of the trailer will probably make me drop it (I don’t mind SoL, but this just looked BAD). It looks like two completely different animes. WTF!?

Shokkeru: Again, haven’t watched the previous so low chance I’ll watch this. And that pose looks ridiculous.

Briar: Why so many sequels this season? And all sequels I have zero interest in.

Extrange: How to fuck up an anime? Do it like Code-E and Mission-E. I’m still not recovered from the 1st season’s crappy ending and they’ve managed to screw it all from the beginning in this sequel. Flamethrower Potential: Crispy

Crusader: Lost interest fairly quickly in the first season, I’ll pass.

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World Destruction

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://wd.sega.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 7
Animation Company: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, xxxHOLiC)
Seiyuu: Morute Ashera, Mamoru Miyano, Maaya Sakamoto

Summary
Spin-off of the yet to be released game of the same title by SEGA.

The game centers on a youth named Kirie Irunisu who secretly possesses the power to destroy the world. He is forced to join a party that aims not to save the world, but to eradicate it and start anew. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: I tend to stay away from video game adaptations, and this one does nothing to change my mind. Plus, SEGA? I thought they died a long time ago, lol.

itsubun: Sounds ambitious. Will check out.

Riex: Production I.G. eh? I’ll take a look.

Shokkeru: SEGA pretty much died down to being just a game production/development company instead of being a console developer; they’re even work with Nintendo now, a long time rival of the past. Anyways, I don’t think I’ll be watching this, too much fantasy for my tastes.

Briar: The most interesting one in the bunch. Definitely watching a couple episodes.

Extrange: Hmm, it’s an interesting title, both the anime and the game. Besides, they can’t do worse than the anime adaptation of Shining Wind -.-Y Gameplay Potential: 4/5

Crusader: The only thing I want from SEGA is samba de amigo. Pass.


Koihime†Musou

Details

Number of episodes: 12
Website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/koihime/
Japanese Air Date: July 8
Animation Company: Dogakobo
Seiyuu: Emi Motoi, Hiroka Nishizawa, Maki Kobayashi

Summary
Adaptation of the BaseSon eroge.

Koihime†Musō re-imagines the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in action/love comedy form with a nearly all-female cast. The game itself featured upwards of 30 female characters. (ANN, editor’s note- am I famous now that AniDB uses my paraphrasing of an ANN article for their description of the show?)

Thoughts

Calawain: Harem of 30 girls? Eroge adaptation? Every fetish you could think of? Sounds like my kind of party. Definitely giving this one a watch, hope it sticks.

Impz: Do you remember my entry on the game? I cannot wait to see the Tres Bian, oriental version. A must watch for the lulz. In fact, with the amount of gratuitous fanservice that is likely in this show, I will be surprised if Calawain does not blog it.

Riex: I will be watching this. But I have no idea why, so don’t ask. Will probably drop after 1-2 episodes though.

Shokkeru: A fanservice show that Impz actually approves of? I have to watch this now. Seriously though, what’s up with all the Three Kingdoms this season?

Briar: I might watch an episode or two, but with tons of fanservice and no hero, this has very little chance of holding my interest. Although character design looks pretty good, and it’s an adaption of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Extrange: You will see this for the fanservice. You will see this for the genderbenderized chinese generals. You will see this for Loli Zhuge Liang. (Back off, she’s mine!!!) Fapping potential: I don’t have enough tissues/Box

Crusader: Well Calawain you just got volunteered.

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Blade of the Immortal

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://mugen.kc.kodansha.co.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 13
Animation Company: Bee Train (El Cazador de la Bruja, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE)
Seiyuu: Rina Satou, Tomokazu Seki

Summary
Adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s long running manga serialized in Afternoon.

Manji is a crass, violent samurai with a special ability: he cannot die. Cursed with immortality by the nun Yobikuni as punishment for his ruthless deeds, he has grown weary of his ageless life. The only way to lift the curse is to slay 1,000 evil men. So Manji wanders Japan, shedding the blood of the wicked on his quest to finally die. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: Looks pretty badass. I’ve been meaning to get around to the manga, but it’s pretty long and I’m short on cash these days. In the meantime I’ll definitely be checking out this show, I love action and I love samurai. The seiyuu cast looks solid as well, we know Tomokazu Seki can do badass male leads and I really fell in love with Rina Satou’s Satori in Bamboo Blade. And with a supporting cast that includes Mamiko Noto, Katsuyuki Konishi, and Kazuya Nakai, I think we are good to go.

Impz: I REMEMBER READING THIS. OR SOMETHING. WATCHING, but I think it’s too violent for me to blog it. Someone please blog this.

itsubun: The thematic concepts of BotI [badassmofo warrior looking for redemption] are like Rurouni Kenshin’s ugly, bastard child without the heart, soul, or grey matter of the latter. No. Might watch if someone can make me eat my words later on though.

Riex: I’m not a huge fan of the character designs, and the premise bores me. But it has samurai, blood, violence, weapons, and is all dark and creepy looking…so let’s be honest; I’m watching it.

Shokkeru: Blood and guts anime usually turn me off for some reason unless it’s stylistically done well. With that said, this might be a pass for me.

Briar: … Ugly…

Extrange: >.< I’ve never dreamed I would live enough to see this animated. Blade of the Immortal is such a great manga that draws you into the chaotic and cruel world of Manji. One of it’s assets was the rough style of drawing, which gave the characters more realism and I’m afraid it will be lost on the anime. Also, FFS they’ve removed the swastikas out of Manji’s kimono….Just because Nazism used it as a symbol, doesn’t mean they have to censor it on every future references. Heck, the swastika and it’s inverted version are way older, dating from the origins of Buddhism and Hinduism. GAR Potential: 5.5/5

Crusader: My roommate has been pushing this on me like crack. If the animation is up to part might be assisting Extrange, but only if it does the manga justice.

Possible bloggers: Extrange, Crusader

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Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.nogizaka-haruka.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 10
Animation Company: Studio Barcelona (Kodomo no Jikan)
Seiyuu: Mamiko Noto, Wataru Hatano

Summary
Adaptation of the light novel series written by Yūsaku Igarashi.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu centers around Ayase Yuko and Nogizaka Haruka. Yuto is seemingly ordinary, but Haruka is attractive, intelligent, and rich, which prompts other students to idolize her and even give her French nicknames like “Nuit Étoile” (The Silver Star of the Night) and “Lumière du Clavier” (The Shining Princess on the Piano). One day, Yuko wanders into the school library in order to return a book and accidently stumbles upon Haruka’s deepest, darkest secret: she is a diehard fan of anime and manga, in other words, a regular otaku. Promising Haruka to keep this a secret, Yuko becomes her advisor and confidente of some sort and hangs out with her more, though earning some viciously envious glares from his fellow schoolmates. (ANN)

Thoughts

Calawain: One of the few shows I’m really excited about without having read the source material before or it being a sequel. The premise looks promising and right up my alley (I’m a big fan of otaku shows as well as most lovecoms) so it’s a definite watch and possible show to be blogged. As for the seiyuu, the male lead is voiced by Wataru Hatano, who’s really only done side characters, but you can’t go wrong with the lovely Mamiko Noto as Haruka.

itsubun: Otaku? Yes.

Riex: I have no opinion about this. I made it through season 1 of Genshiken, enjoyed it, but didn’t find it super amazing. So now I can watch H2O-Genshiken: Otaku in the Sand. Admit it, you could pull that chick right out of H2O. More than likely: pass.

Shokkeru: Shows about otakuism are always fun to watch. This one will probably make my list of things to watch this season.

Briar: I’m pretty sure that’s a big, fat, NO.

Extrange:So….she’s a otaku Hime? OMG, another Nagi-chan to be worshipped.

Crusader: Otaku-hime, aka Calawain’s waifu. I’ll be leaving these two alone…

Possible bloggers: Calawain

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43 Comments

  1. Posted May 29, 2008 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Moar Yuno. That’s all I really see.

  2. tzhuge
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Even though I love the Blade of the Immortal manga, I mostly just feel apprehensive about the anime adaptation. I think a big part of the appeal of the manga is the artwork, and, going by the promotional artwork, it doesn’t look like the anime is going to live up to that. Unfortunately, I think the plot more or less just boils down to a series of fights and it moves at a crawl. I suspect you could probably boil the whole plot, as it stands now, down to a page or less.

  3. Posted May 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I dunnoes, none of them sound too good for me …

  4. Posted May 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Hmn, I think I’ll pass on most if not all… don’t seem to strike me as interesting

    Hey, any news on jigoku shoujo season 3?

  5. Posted May 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, everything I’ve read says that the new “Someday’s Dreamers” will have essentially nothing to do with the previous one. It’s placed in essentially the same setting, but all the characters are new. The lead character is a high school girl whose magic isn’t very powerful or reliable, and apparently the primary focus of the series is on shoujo angst.

    The strength of the first series was that it concentrated on Yume and her magic. The new series won’t have Yume in it, and the focus will be on romance and romantic intrigue. Blech.

    I think Strike Witches is going to be outstanding. (A minority opinion, perhaps.) And Sekirei can’t be a total waste of time if it features a miko with magic and big boobs. (The second one from the left in that picture.)

  6. Myu
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Well, this is somewhat disappointing compared to the uber spring season we just had. Anyhow, the Birdy-thing, Natsume Yuujin-chou and possibly Blade of the Immortal are the only ones on my “might watch” list.

    Is anyone up to recommending some manga? It looks like that is what I’ll be sustaining myself with this season.

  7. Mone
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I was just thinking that nothing in the summer season is interesting when I saw Natsume Yuujin-chou. Then my eyes popped out of its socket and I squeal.
    Did I mention that the pictures all have too much glow and reflection on the hair? It makes them look very try hard.

  8. Posted May 29, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    So am I the first one to notice that there are two series with a source in Romance of The Three Kingdoms. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the popularity of the Dynasty Warriors franchise in Japan, but two in one season just seems like strange timing.

    Also thinking anything SEGA is involved in can’t hit lower than rock bottom is dangerous thinking. They have a way of making almost anything suck just by getting involved. I swear they do it on purpose at this point.

  9. Posted May 30, 2008 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    There are only a few series that interest me but overall, not feeling this season either. :(

  10. Reki
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Blade of the Immortal by BEE FUCKING TRAIN!?! FUCKING DISASTER OF THE DECADE!!!

  11. Tenryu
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    why do the jap like ‘the three kingdoms’ so much? the SD gundam i can cope with since its just toys sales(not to mention sometime inspirational designs)but turning them into female characters that might rise to a FAP?

    seriously is no one weirded out that Chueng Fei(for example)is so… so… so cute when the actualy image of the said person is musclely and has a beard ><

    course this won’t stop me from watching it but still… can’t they choose another nations history to muck around with?

    and chocolate underground… didn’t the british have a kids series short done on it?

  12. ShadowGuardian
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    A good selection of animes

    Ikkitousen Great Guardians- reminds me of some school life animes with the same theme within schools but this a good change School Vs School.

    Chocolate Underground- that not new to Australia viewers as they did a live kids series already a couple years ago. Really original. (you were right Tenryu)

    Slayers REVOLUTION- more slayers a new age to is about to begin.

    Koihime†Musou- a perverted fighters interesting

    Sekirei- I read this animes first chapter of the manga and I will be watching

    Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu- cute an amine for otaku’s

    But we will see how they run

  13. bamboowitch
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    hmn. i haven’t heard of any of thse other than Antique Bakery- god i hope they make the art more attractive since i heard that the story line is really good and the drama is great though in that there isn’t a wift of shonen-ai ^^”

    The chocolate one sounds…like hell to me T____T but i’ll be sure to watch how people cope with chocolate deprivation :P

    Natsume Yuujin-chou looks interesting – I’d love to watch that :p Mystery with nice watery art- count me in ^0^

    Koihime†Musou okay based on an eroge game- hmn maybe maybe not – why do eroge games have such …cute artwork- gawd XD Well i love Dynasty Warriors and have read the ROTK children’s version…. so i’ll give it a whirl and pray it’s not actually rude XD God they look like..children.. ><

    Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu= cute art..nice summary— another one to try out :D

  14. Randor
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Main character dies in the first episode? Slaughtering 1000 for redemption? Secret Otaku girl? Power to destroy the world?

    HELL YEAH!

    Everthing else looks intersting except for:

    Ultraviolet or 44 whatever-the-name-was : Movie was a fscking train-wreck.

    Antique Bakery: O_O. Yaoi. Cake. NO. (Just give me a Yakitate!! sequel. Please… ;_;.

    Strike Witches: Reminds me of Sky Girls. Sky Girls had potential, then sucked. Also has similar character designs and is another excuse for lolis to fly.

    Mission-E: Code-E sucked. It was unintersting, the plot was slooooow, the characters were annoying and the first season ended in a bad way. Now they’re introducing Tron suits in a hope to make it more interesting? It’ll probably suck but… SUPER-POWERED SUITS FTW!

    Also: Minami-ke header=awesome and the Zero no Tsukaima poster looks like Kodomo no Jikan. The otaku one is also really similar to the One-shot “Pushu~ke~!! Psyche” (only the girl isn’t crazy for yaoi XD… OR is she O_O?.)

  15. Kaijin
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    “Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo” is going to have 13 episodes according to MoonPhase

  16. Kaijin
    Posted May 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    FYI: I’ve seen announced 13 episodes total for “World Destruction”

  17. Posted May 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    @Totali

    Watch your nutbladder man. And please, you should be bowing down to Miyako ^_^

    @KaeBoo

    It’s airing in the fall from what I’ve read.

    @Steven Den Beste

    Mmmm the Sekirei girl you are referring to is the slight airhead Musubi, and she is quite awesome. I’m weak for tsunderes so I prefer Tsukiumi (blonde to her left), but Musubi has her charms =)

    @Myu

    Double Arts started like a month or two ago, that’s the big new one that I”ve been reading. It’s pretty different than your normal SJ faire. Shina Dark is good, but the scanlations for it have been slow as of late.

    @Kaioshin

    I have not read Romance of the Three Kingdoms, nor have I played Dynasty Warriors, so I could really only notice what was explicitly said.

    @Bamboowitch

    Well it’s the only eroge adaptation on the list, and there wasn’t even one at all in the fall. It’s been a very long time since there was an entire season without an eroge adaptation.

    @Randor

    You have no idea how long I spent trying to find a summer themed image that was work safe enough (meaning not super sexy) to put on the front page. Considering my vast collection of hardly work safe swimsuit images it was quite an arduous task…

    @Kaijin

    I’ll add them when I do my update in a couple of days, thanks for the note.

  18. Posted May 31, 2008 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Slayers FTW! I just hope the series continues to live up to its legendary predecessors XD

  19. Posted May 31, 2008 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, slim pickings here really; oh well leaves more time for weeding the garden, fixing up the house (pffffft yeah like any of that will get done!)

    Just means I’ll be taking the dogs on more walks and spending more time with my friends the xbox 360 and the Wii.

    I tried Ikki Tousen the first time round. Made it though the first 10 minutes and couldn’t handle anymore.

    Anything Production I.G puts out I will check out, so their efforts will be watched, that goes without saying really.

    I like mysteries (sticks her tongue out at Riex)and the supernatural. Blame my love of Sherlock Holmes books as a kid and growing up on detective shows. And the old Hammer Horror movies, not to mention the Vincent Price creepers. So any shows with a hint of that I will at least give a try.
    Although like many I suspect I’ll probably stop watching Telepathy Shoujo Ran after a few episodes and we’ll see how Natsume Yuujin-chou goes.

    Moe and loli-con are a big fat hell no, the only one I could ever seem to stand was Strawberry Marshmellow. It was funny and cute enough to hold my interest, but mostly those genre’s just make me want to fire nail gun into my head out of sheer boredom.

    I’m going to give Blade of The Immortal a go because of the manga. But we’ll see how long I stick with it, given the anime character design makes Manji look like Iruka from Naruto, which makes it really hard to see him as badass. Although you would hope the fight scenes would take care of that quickly.

    We’ll see I guess; that’s it probably and in any case I’m too lazy to comment on the other shows ^-^

  20. Posted May 31, 2008 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Crappu forgot to add Slayers. Its SLAYERS! Plus J.C Staff, so thats a definite watch.

    That is all.

  21. Blue
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Ah, not much interests me this season. I’m definitely watching Zero no Tsukaima since I liked the first season.

    I’ll be checking out Natsume Yuujin-chou (looks interesting) and Antique Bakery too. (Just because I read the manga. Though I couldn’t get past the first volume because I found it quite boring, curiosity compells me to watch the first episode at least.)

    World Destruction looks interesting. At last, they’ve realised there no point saving the world and have decided to just let the thing go Kabang! Has potential to be good.

    BTW, is there going to be a Shakugen no Shana season III any time soon?

  22. lametastic
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    LOL, every summer preview chooses the wrong picture for Someday’s Dreamers.

  23. LoliHat
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    “New” doesn’t really seem to be in much this season.

    I will definitly be watching Birdy. The origional still stands up to most anything recent (despite being over a decade old). The change in the character designs are a little off-putting, but then the original was just so good. If you haven’t seent he origional, you should.

    Slayers! The origional series, the sequels and the OVAs are just so great. This will most likely deliver too.

    I’ll also be watching Strike Witches (likes the short OVA that came out a while ago), Mission-E (I want to know what happened + I just gotta watch a show with a cute and shy megane girl), and Blade of the Immortal (if it is even half as good as the manga, it will still be win).

    I may also check out Nogizaka Naruka no Himistru and Ultraviolet.

  24. paploo
    Posted June 1, 2008 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    1-Isn’t it Lina, not Rina? It’s been Lina for about….10+ years now? Meh. Nitpicks aside, new Slayers is good

    2- CPM put out the Birdy the Mighty OVA here, and it has had a decent following, so I wonder if we’ll see the manga [which started when the OVA did, and just kept running since] and the new anime get imported here? I wouldn’t mind a rerelease of the OVA from whoever picks up the TV show, ala the new Aika releases from Bandai

  25. emmi
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    @D.J: I also like mysteries and supernatural, there are many these season, but doesn’t stand out for me. And I DON’T like moe and loli, or gardening either…lol

    Like I said, I didn’t see any anime that I am really looking forward to. But, I might check out:

    Natsume Yuujin-chou: because I never got around watching xxxHolic, might just watch this
    Chocolate underground: a funny one and short too
    World Destruction: Because it looks interesting…
    Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo: Didn’t really like the character designs, esp the guy, but will check out the first epi becuz of the story.
    I was thinking about the Blade of Immortal, but the guy looks scary and really uncool

    I already listed four?? let’s see how many epi I actually watch. If these fails to interest me, I’ll watch from my ‘watchlist’ of prev animes. And I will check the blog if any of these is good.

  26. Seal
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Still waiting for Haruhi season 2.

  27. Posted June 3, 2008 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    “other students to idolize her and even give her French nicknames like “Nuit Étoile” (The Silver Star of the Night)”

    I already know I’ll be laughing my ass out when I actually hear this in the anime xD
    It just doesn’t make any sense :D

  28. Shippoyasha
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    I’m seriously disappointed with you guys… yet again.

    It’s like nobody really ever watched Slayers and just takes up the word that it is good. Give me a break. Just say that you never watched it and admit it. I do think the show will mostly be for the Slayers fans who did watch it before. I still say it’s one of the best fantasy anime franchises, but that’s because I watched the whole damn thing.

    As for Birdy, I’m disappointed with you guys there too. No real mention that it is essentially a revival of an older series and that it’s being made by A-1 which is starting to pick up steam as a studio.

    That said, I’m guaranteed to watch most of these shows from beginning to end. Maybe even Ikkitousen for completion’s sakes.

  29. Shippoyasha
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Oh and another thing. Strike Witches seems like a total followthrough of Sky Girls (if anybody were following that one). Sky Girls ended up unexpectedly watchable and even enjoyable at times and I hope SW can do at least that. Doubt it’ll be great, but watchable moe? I’m there.

  30. anon
    Posted June 8, 2008 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    man, you guys are kind of dicks, huh?

  31. Posted June 11, 2008 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    @Shippo: Oh, I didn’t watch it. In fact, I admit it in my comment.

    Impz: Riex can do it. Or Calawain. Not me, I have never watched this supposedly awesome franchise. No, nothing will get me to.

    @Anon: There are two females here x_X

    @Lame: Because the company is lame enough to only have 1 image. Sigh.

  32. just a duck
    Posted June 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ll take my Slayers, thank you.

  33. Senefen
    Posted June 14, 2008 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Natsume Yuujin-chou, Alphonse called, he wants his character design back. :P

    Might try slayers but I don’t think I’ll pick up anything new. Will just continue with Geass and Vampire knight.

    There appears to be a lot of boob shows this season.

  34. Henalu
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    wow – looks like a pretty pathetic season to me, just like all of 2007. I think there should be a ban on fanservice – it’s seriously getting ridiculous… because it destroys the neurons of the director or something. Seriously, people who have the urge should just watch hentai.

    We also need more shadows, literally, and details on the characters… I think they’re getting uglier by the season. I’m interested in Yakushiji Ryouko, but that’s only because mysteries intrigue me. Love your little comments/opinions below each summary btw – keep them coming.

  35. bearzerger
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    seems like summer is gonna be rather crappy, well good for me that way I won’t be temted to interrupt learning for my exams.

  36. Halcyon
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I’ll definitely be on the lookout for Blade of the Immortal and Zero no Tsukaima 3rd Season (God I hope they get back on track and it turns out closer to the 1st season than the 2nd).

    Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo seems like it could turn into an interesting detective series (and I love detective / mystery series!!)

    I’m putting Koihime†Musou on my watch list because it’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms with a romantic/drama twist. I love the R3K series and I’m highly interested to see which direction they go with this interpretation and how it could develop.

    Natsume Yuujin-chou?? How many spirit related animu do we really need? It seems with the mega-success of Bleach they’re flooding the airwaves with this type of supernatural content. I’ll check out the first episode but probably drop the rest.

    All in the this summer is looking pretty mediocre for new series with a few possible gems here and there. Then again, isn’t that every season?

  37. Posted June 16, 2008 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    “Blade of the Immortal by BEE FUCKING TRAIN!?! FUCKING DISASTER OF THE DECADE!!!”

    This.

  38. Ilias
    Posted June 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    No school Rumble? No 3rd season consisting of 2 OVAs?
    Just put teh name “School Rumble” on the list and everyone is happy.

  39. user
    Posted July 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Argh, I can’t believe you said Blade of the Immortal and realism in the same sentence? That’s an oxymoron.

  40. Kirachan
    Posted August 20, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Mamoru Miyano is doing the main character’s voice in World Destruction! I loved him when he did Light’s evil laughs [Well, all of DN actually] and I love him now. Thats enough for an episode. And power to destroy the world? Hmm. Sounds similar. HAha.. but only going to watch the whole thing if the main chara’s twisted and if its good.
    And I love you guys for doing this… I hate hunting around for good anime’s and wasting my time.

  41. Anrui
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    ::sigh:: No matter how many times I try and say this, people always typecast it. Antique Bakery is NOT a yaoi story/anime. It is a story with some mild shounen-ai elements. Two of the main characters are straight, one is totally gay, and one couldn’t care less, and besides the gay character being well-known for being alluring, it has little to do with the plot. As for Fumi’s character designs, you tend to love them or hate them. I personally love the somewhat old-fashioned look to them, but that is up to you. Having now watched 11 of the 12 episodes of the series, they did a good job.

  42. bbboooiiiyyy
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    whats the title for the very first pic you show but dont mention anything about it (you should though), looks like nice animation.

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