Spring 2009 Anime Season Preview

30 03 2009

Another season, another batch of shows. Same format continues from the old blog. Info on producer, genre(s), plot summary, and any other info that you might want to know. Tier format remains (1 = dying to watch…. 5 = would die if I watched) Only difference is, instead of asking outsiders to be the guest writers, we have all the writers we need here. Also, since everyone else also has the chance of blogging a series (Menma and eNamorD are both garunteed to blog at least one show each), they’ll also include the Tier/Blogging Percentage in their thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Winter 2009 Anime Season Preview

18 12 2008

The new year is upon us, and with it, another anime season. Like the summer season, there are less series debuting as opposed to the fall and spring. I’ll be keeping the same format I had for the Fall 08 preview (the interest tier system). Basically Tier 1 equates to a definite first watch/really interested and Tier 5 is for a show that I wouldn’t touch w/ a 10 foot stick. Also I’m bringing back guest writers.

Now, the writer bios.

angelicmask: (Gender: F) I’m more of a shoujo series person in general, but I watch all kinds of things, really. I like drama, tragedy, romance, sci-fi (not mecha so much), and psychological elements. Some favorites include Saikano, Code Geass, Vampire Knight, Soul Eater.

LainEverliving: (Gender: M) I’ve been an anime fan for nearly seven years, although it was Princess Mononoke (which I saw during the super limited theatrical run!) that first got me into everything. Although I generally like shows from all genres and am open to both shounen and shoujo series, my favorites tend to be more on the psychological, philosophical, and tragic side, including Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renemi, Air, and Millennium Actress. I’m also a huge fan of individual animators, and will frequently watch shows just to see their latest work. I interned at the US branch office of Studio Madhouse in the Spring of 2007, and hope to work in the film and television business as a screenwriter.

andinel: (Gender: M) I can’t really put a date on when I got into anime, but my taste in anime is similar to my taste in games and movies. My favorite anime series so far have almost all been fantasy or sci-fi with a couple of comedy series thrown in the mix, and that’s not going to change any time soon. My favorite series so far have been Code Geass, Slayers, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and FLCL. 

On to the preview! As always, plot synopsis are taken from ANN unless stated otherwise.

(Update 1/8/09: added another guest writer, andinel)

 

Akikan!

Studio: Brains Base
Genres: Romance, Comedy, Shounen
Plot Synopsis: The story revolves around a typical high school boy named Kakeru Daichi and the can of melon juice soda that he bought from a vending machine. The can suddenly transforms into a beautiful but standoffish girl that Kakeru nicknames “Melon,” and more “Akikan” (“empty can”) girls appear. However, Akikan girls need to be infused with carbon dioxide from kissing to survive.

Thoughts: I would’ve passed this series off as another ecchi dating-sim adaptation, if it were for 2 things. One, it isn’t a dating sim, rather it’s a light novel. This means that the story isn’t limited to the standard outline for harems. Second, the show is made by Brains Base. As of late, they’ve been churning out quality show after quality show. So I wouldn’t count this one out.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 50-60%

angelicmaskI’d have to see some serious plot development in this to be interested. Right now it just seems like a novel idea without much substance.

LainEverliving: For some reason, I really haven’t warmed to Brain’s Base’s shows at all on the occasions I’ve previewed them, and I tend to only watch shows like this when I’m familiar / curious about the production studios or creators involved. So, I’m probably not the target audience for this, let alone someone who would run out to see it. The whole concept of girls coming out of beverage cans has to rank among the creepier things the anime world has come up with, though: I mean, just imagine having a cool, refreshing drink, only to choke on a bishoujo desperate for some CO2 luvin’. Sorry, it’s just not for me.

andinel: The concept seems interesting, but I’m not sure how much I’ll want to watch it. I’ll give it an episode or two and see what I think.

 

Asu no Yoichi!

Studio: AIC
Genres: Romance, Comedy, Ecchi (potentially)
Plot Synopsis: The titular character Yoichi decides to leave his family’s mountainside home after his father tells him there is nothing more he can learn in martial arts there. The teenaged boy ends up in a martial arts dojo in the city with four girls.

Thoughts: I’ve seen the manga promo work, and honestly, it reminded me of Sekirei. However, I haven’t seen the ‘ecchi’ label tagged on to anime though. The story concept reminds me of Amaenaide yo!. I’ll probably check out the first few episodes and then see from there.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 30-40%

angelicmask: How many more harem romance series do we need, really?

LainEverliving: Everyone knows by now that, in a tough anime market, the sure-fire path into a (male) otaku’s pocket is by appealing to that other object in his pants with a bountiful assortment of cute girls. And, while the femmes are cute enough, there’s a limit to just how many shows like this I’m going to jump for. On the staff side, though, chief animation director Yumiko Ishii has served as a key animator on some good stuff, like Mushishi, Haibane Renmei, and Fullmetal Alchemist, so if I hear that there’s some really good animation in it, I might change my mind.

andinel: This show sounds like fun. There’s a lot of potential for both the romance and the comedy, but I hope they lean toward comedy with this one.

 

Birdy the Mighty Decode: D

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Plot Synopsis: Second Season of the Birdy the Mighty Decode series from Summer 08

Thoughts: I tried to watch the first season, but honestly, it bored me. Probably won’t be checking this season out.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 5-10%

angelicmask: Haven’t seen the first season, so I won’t be watching this either.

LainEverliving: Mere words cannot express the great admiration I have for Birdy’s character designer and chief animation director Ryoochimo (aka Ryochimo Sawa), one of the great animator talents of our time as evidenced by his work on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. The first Birdy Decode series was his character design debut, and his work is as sharp and attractive in design as it is in motion. Working with director Kazuki Akane (famed for the enduring classic Esacflowne), and super-talented screenwriters Hiroshi Ohnogi and Seishi Minakami (another personal favorite), this show is likely to be a favorite, after I catch up on the first Birdy Decode series (which I have yet to finish).

andinel: I haven’t seen the first season, so I don’t think I’ll watch this.

 

Chrome Shelled Regios

Studio: ZEXEC
Genres: Sci-Fi, School, Adventure
Plot Synopsis: In this school fantasy story set in the distant future, creatures contaminated by pollution have overtaken the land, forcing humanity to live in isolated mobile cities called Regios. One such city named Czerni is a self-contained school in which freshman Reifon Aruseifu has just enrolled. Reifon reluctantly joins the 17th Martial Arts Studies Unit led by the third-year student Nina Antōku and embarks on a series of adventures.

Thoughts: I probably wouldn’t have checked this show out if I had not seen the promo artwork in Newtype. Now I’ll probably check it out of kicks.
TIER:3
Blogging Chance: 30-40%

angelicmask: Sounds interesting. I’m curious to see what these “creatures” are. 

LainEverliving: I didn’t have much of an opinion on this show one way or another until I heard that director Itsuro Kawasaki was going to be involved. He helmed the Tsubasa RERSERVoir CHRoNiCLE Movie, which I’m rather fond of, so that positively disposes me to see more of his work. Otherwise, the show seems rather standard, and I’m not a fan of animation studio ZEXCS, but the character designs are nice, so I’ll consider it at least.

andinel: This seems to be taking contamination a little too far. I don’t think I really like the concept of “polluted creatures” being a primary force in a show. I might give this one a shot, but I’m not entirely optimistic.

 

Genji Monogatari Sennenki

Studio: (Unknown)
Genres: Shoujo, Romance, Historical
Plot Synopsis: (None Available)

Thoughts: Not a lot of info available, but I can see this being compared to Fushigi Yuugi and Saiunkoku Monogatari. I’ll let my friends fangirl over this and tell me what they think.
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: The artwork looks pretty. Might check it out for kicks.

LainEverliving: An adaptation of The Tale of Genji (considered by some to be the world’s first novel, and at the very least a towering work of Japanese literature) by director Osamu Dezaki, screenwriter Tomoko Konparu, and studios Tezuka Production and Tokyo Movie (noted for Akira)? Sign me up! My only concern is that eleven episodes may not be enough to successfully convey this massive, enduring literary work. Nonetheless, this should be an excellent choice for literature fans, romance fans, and anyone interested in Japanese culture (of which I am all of the above).

andinel: Shojo shows aren’t really my thing. I think I’ll pass on this one.

 

Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

Studio: Madhouse
Genres: Sports, Drama, Comedy
Plot Synopsis: Sequel to the popular 2000-2001 Boxing anime series.

Reason to Watch: Hajime no Ippo is one of the highest rated anime series out there. The second season appears to be direct continuation, so if anything, this season will serve as an incentive to some to watch season one.

Thoughts: Hajime is one of those series I SHOULD check out… but probably won’t for a little while. I’m just not a big fan of hardcore sports anime. Since I don’t see myself watching the first season in the next few weeks, I’m not gonna check this one out.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: I’m not a sports anime fan either, so this is a ‘no’ in my book.

LainEverliving: Full disclosure: everything that Madhouse does, I automatically try to check out. That said, Hajime no Ippo is, as Tekky says, an extremely well respected sports show, so it’s little wonder that I’d be excited. However, like Tekky, I’ve yet to ever see the original series! This new show being released makes me really want to go back to the first series, and with the involvement of the awesome Koji Sugiyama (key animator on Fullmetal Alchemist, the Evangelion Movies, and main animation director of the underrated Gundam: The 08th MS Team) as character designer, I couldn’t be more interested.

andinel: Again, I haven’t seen the first season, so I’ll wait until I watch that to give this one a try.

 

Hetalia Axis Powers

Studio: Studio DEEN
Genres: Historical, Fantasy, Comedy
Plot Synopsis: Think of it like WWII, except every country is a pretty boy instead. A hilariously stereotypical pretty boy. America loves burgers, Russia is into the vodka, and China has pandas and a Wok.

Thoughts: Chibi country anthromorphs? Count me in. Hopefully the comedy will be there to back up the unique story concept. Might be hard to blog though
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 40-50%

angelicmask: LOL. The synopsis sounds good. I’ll most likely be checking this one out.

LainEverliving: Has the potential to be tremendously offensive, tremendously funny, or more likely, a combination of both. I will give the creators due credit for coming up with an idea that I never would have, but as for wanting to watch the show itself… well, for that, I really don’t know. Bob Shinohara, director of the fangirl favorite Gravitation, is helming this, so I’m sure it will have a similarly off-kilter feeling that could help.

andinelThis one is definitely worth a shot, but I don’t think a World War II anime in this style could ever really work in anything but comedy. It’s an interesting enough concept for me to give it more than a couple of episodes, though, so I’ll probably watch this one.

 

Kemono no Souja Erin

Studio: Production I.G.
Genres: Fantasy
Plot Synopsis: Erin was born into an oppressed tribe of the Kingdom Ryoza. Her mother,Soyon, was in charge of Touda, dragon like creatures used as weapons in the war, but when the Touda started dying of an unknown cause, Soyon took the blame and was executed. The newly orphaned Erin was adopted by a beekeeper named Joun who taught her about nature and helped her to discover the secret of the Touda’s natural enemy: Oujuu, King of Beasts. Her newfound understanding and uncanny ability to communicate with Oujuu will lead her into the realms of murder and intrigue on an international level.

Reason to Watch: The writer for the novel that this series is based off of is also the writer of another popular fantasy novel, Seirei no Morbito.

Thoughts: Odds are pretty high that I’ll be watching Seirei no Morbito over this winter break. Depending on how much I like that show, I’ll decide whether I want to watch this or not. But either way, I probably won’t blog this due to it’s 50 episode length.
TIER: Depends on Seirei.
Blogging Chance: 10-20%

angelicmask: This sounds pretty interesting and seems to have promise for plot. I’ll probably check this out.

LainEverliving: With a pedigree of being based on a source novel by Nahoko Uehashi (of Moribito fame), Kemono so Souja Erin looks to be an interesting fantasy series, a genre I’m rather looking to get into right now. Nice character designs by Takayuki Goto and the involvement of screenwriter Jun’ichi Fujisaku (who co-wrote the Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE & xxxHolic Movies, which I’m rather fond of) are in its favor, and the involvement of Production I.G. has enticed me into wanting to check it out. The large episode count does make me wonder on the animation perspective how much the staff will have to default to co-producing studio Transarts to meet deadlines, since with longer running TV series, animation quality sadly does tend to drop.

andinel: I’m a big fan of fantasy-style anime. I haven’t seen Seirei no Mobito, but I’ll give this one a try. The story doesn’t sound too intriguing to me at first glance, but it might grow on me.

 

Konnichiwa Anne

Studio: Nippon Animation
Genres: Drama, Historical, Slice of Life
Plot Synopsis: 26th World Masterpiece Theater anime. Prequel to Anne of the Green Gables.

Thoughts: The masterpiece theater animes have never interested me, and odds are, there’s going to be a dire lack of fan subs.
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: I’ve never actually checked out a masterpiece theater anime, but it’s not really something that I’m interested in at the moment. Maybe if I hear that it’s worth seeing I’ll tune in.

LainEverliving: I’ve had an interest in the original Anne of Green Gables for several years, mostly due to the involvement of a number of Ghibli talents like Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata years before they founded their famed company, but the series is woefully unavailable in America. I have a feeling the same fate will befall this prequel series, but if I can find it, I will gladly check it out. Nippon Animation, the production company, has in the past been a hotbed for new emerging talent who train with the studio before moving on, and for the veterans who instruct them, and this time, they’ve enticed Takayo Nishimura (who’s previously worked with Makoto Shinkai on 5 Centimeters Per Second) to do character designs and animation direction, so it’ll be an interesting production to watch, if it ever makes it stateside via the web or otherwise.

andinelNo, I am not watching this. I don’t really care for this type of show, and I’m not really interested in watching an anime based on a work of western fiction like Anne of Green Gables, unless the series is drastically different from the book.

 

Kurokami the Animation

Studio: Sunrise
Genres: Supernatural, Fantasy, Action
Plot Synopsis: Wending his way home after a bender one evening, master moocher and game programmer Keita Ibuki decides to satisfy a craving for ramen at a noodle stand. Instead of slurping soup, though, he surrenders his meal to a manic girl who, unbeknownst to Keita, is a Mototsumitama, a guardian of the coexistence equilibrium. When his new acquaintance is attacked, Keita gets caught in the crossfire and loses an arm. Awakening from the shock of his injury, Keita finds himself back in his apartment… arm intact! But just whose arm is it?! Asking the strange girl raiding his refrigerator reveals only that Keita’s life has become a great deal more complicated.

Reason to Watch: Based off the popular manwha (korean manga) written by Sung Woo Park and Dall-Young Lim.  Also, Bandai recently announced a 3 country simul-cast on TV.  In Japan, S. Korea, and America (ImaginAsian TV), so this is a first for the anime industry.

Thoughts: My friend initially described the manwha to me as Sekirei minus the boobs. After a little while I decided to check it out, and sure enough, it was quite interesting. I expect Sunrise to do wonders when it comes to the action scenes.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 75-80%

angelicmask: Sounds like something I’ll check out. I may look up the manwha in the meantime. 

LainEverliving: I was excited about this series as soon as I heard about it. First off, I’ve met the director Tsuneo Kobayashi (known for Emma and The Twelve Kingdoms) at Anime Expo some years ago, and he’s a really cool guy. Secondly, as with Kemono so Souja Erin, I think this fulfill my fantasy fix while also supplying plenty of action, especially if character designer / chief animation director Hiroyuki Nishimura gets to strut his stuff. It also looks like Kurokami will be a historical first, airing in Japan, South Korea, and the United States nearly simultaneously on TV (so for those of you with iaTV, you can watch it just 8 hours after Japan does!). For the rest of us, the DVD release will be later in 2009.

andinel: This sounds awesome. I really want to watch this, and I hope that it will be as good as it sounds. Also, an anime based on a manwha done by Sunrise should be fairly decent, if not good.


Major 5th Season

Studio: Studio Hibari
Genres: Sports, Drama, Comedy
Plot Synopsis: 5th season of the baseball anime, Major.

Thoughts: *copy+pastes his thoughts from Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger*
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: Yeah … passing on the sports anime again.

LainEverliving: I haven’t seen any of the first four seasons of Major, and though I like baseball (and baseball anime, from the little of it I’ve seen), I don’t think I’ll be able to start soon enough to see this any time in the near future. So sorry, nothing to comment on or recommend here.

andinel: I have four seasons of this show to watch before I even get close to watching this.

 

Maria†Holic

Studio: SHAFT
Genres: Romance, Comedy, Shoujo-ai
Plot Synopsis: The story centers on a sophomore named Kanako who enrolls in all-girls school because she has a phobia of men and wants to find her destined yuri partner. She meets a captivating freshman named Mariya who fits her criteria — except her seemingly ideal mate happens to be a cross-dressing sadistic boy.

Thoughts: I was more excited about this anime BEFORE I read the manga. Now I’m mixed. I will admit, however, the manga is tailor made for Akiyuki Shinbo and the SHAFT team.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 60-70%

angelicmask: Ha! I like that little twist in the plot, there. I’ve never actually checked out any shoujo-ai, but this seems to be mild. I’ll hear what people have to say about it, I guess.

LainEverliving: With a premise like this show has, one seriously has to wonder how it could not be entertaining. Additionally, having just (finally!) started watching Gurren Lagann, I’ve become fond of Marina (Yoko) Inoue, and she’ll be among the main seiyuu involved. Plus, this will give me my long-awaited chance to check out Akiyuki Shinbo and his staff at SHAFT, which I’ve been hearing lots of good things about but have yet to actually see in action. Besides all this, I’ve liked character designer Hideyuki Morioka’s animation on Evangelion and Fullmetal Alchemist in the past, so it’ll be cool to see his design skills.

andinel: I don’t know the SHAFT studio all that well, and this show isn’t exactly my favorite genre. Maybe if I read more about it, I’d be more interested, but for now, I think I’ll pass.

 

Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th Season

Studio: Studio DEEN
Genres: Shoujo-ai, Slice-of-lice, School
Plot Synopsis: The 4th season of running Maria-sama ga Miteru series.

Thoughts: Not sure at this point about whether I’ll actually complete the Maria-sama series in time for the 4th season. I also don’t like blogging sequels unless I absolutely love them.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 20-30%

angelicmask: Haven’t seen the previous seasons, so this is a no.

LainEverliving: Knowing that Maria-sama ga Miteru has become extraordinarily popular, I did my duty and checked out the first few episodes at a PMX screening this year, and was rather unimpressed. Perhaps I’m just not the target demographic, but somehow the idea of schoolgirls struggling to define just what kind of a relationship they should have with their sempais while confined to a pseudo-Catholic setting doesn’t compel me. I like yuri just as much as the next person if it’s done well, but honestly, as with all love stories, greater challenges than etiquette should ideally exist to test the hearts of both the characters and audience. Barring a major turn-around, I don’t think I’ll be watching far enough up through the series to get to this point.

andinel: Again, a multiple-season show for which I have yet to see the first seasons.

 

Minami-ke Okaeri

Studio: asread
Genres: Slice-of-life, Comedy
Plot Synopsis: 3rd season and the continuation of Sakuraba’s Minami-ke story about 3 sisters.

Thoughts: I already promised to myself that I’ll finish the first season over break, and odds are that I’ll also watch season 2. So if that works out, I can see myself watching this season as well. However, Minami-ke isn’t exactly an easy show to blog.
TIER: 2-3
Blogging Chance: 20-30%

angelicmask: I’m in the same spot as Tekky, here. I’ll likely watch this once I finish the previous seasons.

LainEverliving: I haven’t seen either of the first two seasons, so that’s a rather insurmountable obstacle at the moment. That said, the show does sound moderately interesting, but not really something I’m going to make a major effort to see.

andinel: Huh. Another multiple-season series that I haven’t watched at all. Again. What is up with this list?

 

Ride Back

Studio: Madhouse
Genres: Sci-Fi, School, Mecha
Plot Synopsis: Ride Back tells the story of a girl and her “iron horse” robot motorcycle in 2020, a tumultuous time of anti-government student protests.

Thoughts: I made the mistake of including this in my Fall preview, and while some more info has been released… I can’t say that I’m interested in this show.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 10-15%

angelicmask: Depending on how this plays out, it could be interesting. I’ll wait to hear what other people have to say first, though.

LainEverliving: I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this series. First, we’ve got Madhouse doing a short series, so you know the animation is going to be good. Next, we’ve got Atsushi Takahashi helming the show in his series directorial debut. This may raise the question of who Atsushi Takahashi is, to which I will refer the eager answer seeker to the credits of the Oscar winning Spirited Away. Yes, Mr. Takahashi worked on that film, as an assistant director no less! Additionally, he directed several excellent episodes of Paranoia Agent. Finally, the story of student protests in a time of unrest, matched with Satoshi Tazaki’s retro designs, strikes a chord of cool that hasn’t been seen in anime in a while. Count this show at the top of my anticipated list.

andinel: I’m not really sure what this show is trying to do. Maybe I’ll check out an episode or two, but it’s unlikely. Judging from what’s been on this list so far, I think I’ll be too busy with other series to give this one a shot, but maybe if I find a free moment, I’ll figure out what this is really about.

 

Shikabane Hime; Kuro

Studio: GAINAX
Genres: Horror, Action
Plot Synopsis: Continuation of the Fall 08 series, Shikabane Hime; Aka. The story is about Makina, an undead girl who has the task of hunting out 108 corpses to go to heaven.

Thoughts: I’ve fallen way behind in watching Aka. Considering that the first season got licensed, it wouldn’t be surprising if season 2 got licensed as well. Didn’t blog season 1, probably won’t blog this one.
TIER: 3 (for now), 2 (after finish Aka.)
Blogging Chance: 5%

angelicmask: Haven’t seen the previous seasons, so I won’t be seeing this one.

LainEverliving: I’m still in the process of watching Shikbane Hime: Aka, but I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far, and I’m looking forward to the next series. Hopefully it will continue to serve its first and foremost purpose: providing a valuable training ground for the young GAINAX animators, and giving us animation fans a chance to try and spot new talents.

andinel: I did want to see Aka in the fall, but I didn’t have the time. I’d be interested in watching it if I like Aka, but judging as it’s licensed now, I’m probably going to have a hard time finding fansubs for either show.

 

Slayers Evolution-R

Studio: J.C. Staff
Genres: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Plot Synopsis: Hajime Kanzaka, the author of the original Slayers light novels, had already indicated that the ongoing Slayers Revolution television anime series was conceived as the first part of a storyline that will last half a year (with a break in between).

Thoughts: Yeah… too many seasons to catch up on before I can watch this. I’ll pass
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: I’m also gonna pass on this one.

LainEverliving: Okay, it’s time for confession: I’ve never seen even one episode of the classic Slayers anime, or of any of its subsequent sister, sequel, and spin-off series. This is something I certainly must correct, but I don’t think I’m going to try and start here. Nonetheless, seeing that Slayers is such an enduring series, this gives me more incentive to deal with my sin and dive into the vintage time capsule for some cel-painted comedy fun.

andinel: Yes! Slayers is one of my favorite series of all times, and I will be watching this from the day it comes out until the last episode. Granted, Revolution was not nearly as good at the end as it was at the beginning, but I still enjoyed it. I hope that Evolution-R will be better than it, at least. But still, more Slayers!

 

Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo

Studio: Sunrise
Genres: Adventure, Sci-fi
Plot Synopsis: None available.

Reason to Watch: Sunrise has really been pushing this show as the spiritual successor to the Mai-Hime/Otome series.

Thoughts: Not much known about the story. But, I really like the artwork thus far and the fact that it’s sci-fi makes me interested even more.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: No Idea…

angelicmask: Hmm, I’d have to know more about the plot to make any real judgement.

LainEverliving: With a title that’s essentially a play on Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, FYI one of the best anime films ever made), it seems Sunrise is kind of grasping at straws. I can’t say I’m really excited about it, but maybe if I have time I’ll try to check it out.

andinel: From what I’ve seen, I like what Sunrise has done. I haven’t seen Mai-Hime/Otome, so I don’t really know what to expect from a “spiritual successor.” Still, without any idea of what the show’s about, it’s going to be hard to place on my list to watch for more than maybe an episode or two, unless I find out more about it by the time it comes out.


Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai

Studio: Kyoto Animation
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Plot Synopsis: (Original OVA description) Akuto, the main source of energy is running low and the Heavens, a world of islands, hidden beyond time, floating above ours, has united against the Magical Kingdom whom uses the most energy. To save both the Magical Kingdom and the Heavens and restore the flow of akuto, the Magical King Munto must follow a vision and find the girl Yumemi in the lower world. Yumemi herself is just a normal girl except that she is the only one who can see the islands of the Heavens floating above. When Munto appears before her she starts thinking about hers and others responsibility to the world.

Reason to Watch: Kyoto Animation’s last 8 series have been widely acclaimed. Quite an impressive track record.

Thoughts: I admit, I’m a KyoAni fanboy. I absolutely love their series (okay Air is an exception due to my dislike of overly tragic endings). However, the OVA doesn’t have high ratings, and I have a sinking suspicion that this show was a last minute change up after Tonari no 801-chan got cancelled. Nonetheless, I’ll be checking this out.
TIER: 1
Blogging Chance: 75-80%

angelicmask: I’ll wait and hear what people have to say about this. Seems moderately intersting.

LainEverliving: It’s Kyoto Animation. No further thoughts are required. Seriously though, it will be exceedingly interesting to see what KyoAni does with an original TV production not based on someone else’s story, which is a first for them. I have a feeling this is a big experiment for them, to see if original studio-created series will be as popular (which is an incentive for them, since such shows produce more revenue). I’m also thrilled that Tomoe Aratani, who is easily one of the most talented people at KyoAni, is back in the character design and chief animation director chair once again. Seiki Tamura is also doing art direction, and his beautiful backgrounds are certain to make this another visually extraordinary production.

andinel: I hope this name gets shortened. It seems a little typical of a magic-focused fantasy series from the plot summary, so it would take doing something a little more interesting with this show to get me really interested.

 

The Tower of Druaga ~the Sword of Uruk~

Studio: GONZO
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Plot Synopsis: Continuation of the Spring 08 anime adaptation of the 1970s game, The Tower of Druaga.

Thoughts: I don’t know about you guys, but I loved the first episode of Aegis. Unfortunately, the show kinda went downhill from there, and I’ve been stalled at episode 5. However, YouTube has put the episodes back up until Dec. 25th. And will people PLEASE stop bashing on a show just because it’s GONZO?
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 40-50%

angelicmask: Haven’t seen the first season, and I’m really not a game adaption person, so this is a no go for me.

LainEverliving: I haven’t seen the first series, so I’m at (once more) a disadvantage here. However, I like director Koichi Chigira quite a lot (having also met him at Anime Expo, and from his early work on the Tokyo Babylon OVAs, as well as the still unreleased in the US film Brave Story), and I feel greatly for GONZO’s struggles, so I wish everyone involved all the best. As for watching it, I will make a real effort to see the first series, so that I can at least have a sense of what GONZO’s up to these days, and if they can make this new series shine even in the midst of avoiding (hopefully) collapse, I will tip my hat to them.

andinel: This show is a continuation of a series from the fall which I didn’t see based on a game I haven’t played. That’s just too many chances for it to go wrong.

 

Viper’s Creed

Studio: Sony Pictures
Genres: Action, Military, Sci-Fi
Plot Synopsis: The story revolves around the members of a private military company (PMC), and the uneasy tension between them and the regular military after a war that caused massive environmental destruction.

Thoughts: Not really a show I’d watch on my own. Reminds me of Real Drive and Blassreiter from last spring.
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: Eh, doesn’t sound too interesting to me. I most likely won’t watch it.

LainEverliving: Viper’s Creed seems like a show that has potential, with studios AIC Spirits and Digital Frontier (of the recent CG film Appleseed) combining their talents under the direction of Shinji Aramaki. However, I’ve found Aramaki’s directing work to be a little undefined, although that may well have to do with the CG format of his previous works, which is still in the infancy of development. Laying all that aside, there’s no questioning his abilities as an artist and mechanical designer, so at the very least, I’ll expect some neat design work in this, should I check it out.

andinel: This looks interesting enough for me to give it a try.

 

White Album

Studio: Seven Arcs
Genres: Romance, Drama
Plot Synopsis: (manga description) Touya Fuji, a college student, is dating a rising idol singer named Yuki Morikawa. There are numerous challenges to the couple’s relationship from the other people at Fuji’s college, Morikawa’s work, and elsewhere.

Thoughts: I, for one, am excited about this series. It’s got a non-standard story concept… AND, it’s premiering in the same season as last year’s True Tears.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 70-80%

angelicmask: Sounds interesting and I like the artwork, so I’ll likely check it out.

LainEverliving: My primary interest in White Album can be summed up in a single name: Kou Yoshinari. The brother of Gurren Lagann mecha designer Yo Yoshinari, Kou is a fanatically possessed ‘control-freak’ animator who regularly puts on dazzling displays of technical prowess (observe his shot of Ed falling down the waterfall in the fourth Fullmetal Alchemist opening, or Wrath being tossed by Gluttony into a pool of water during their fight in the FMA Movie). On White Album, he’s doing character designs (a first for anime, although he’s held this position on video games before), so I can’t wait to check out his work. Besides this, the intriguing story description and involvement of voice talents Aya Hirano and Nana Mizuki (who’s also starring in Ride Back) has had me hooked ever since I heard about it.

andinel: Romance drama series aren’t really my thing for the most part. Maybe I’ll look into this, but chances are that I won’t.

 

Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou

Studio: Brains Base
Genres: Supernatural, Slice-of-life
Plot Synopsis: (First Season Description) The story revolves around Natsume, a boy who has been able to see ghosts since he was little. Unfortunately, humans shun him, and there is not much fondness between him and ghosts either. One day, he inherits a Yūjin-Chō (“Book of Friends”) from his grandmother. The book is actually full of contracts that his grandmother made to trap ghosts. As one ghost after another shows up, Natsume tries to release or help them — even while many of them seek vengeance on him.

Thoughts: Another show that I thought was good, but nonetheless ended up going on hold. When I do finish the first season, I’ll probably watch second season as well… just maybe, not while it airs.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 10-15%

angelicmask: This actually sounds kinda intersting. I may check out the first season and see what I think from there.

LainEverliving: Again, my Brains Base bias may be holding me back from a good thing (certainly in this case something that sounds better than Akikan!), but I just can’t summon the enthusiasm I should for this show. However, if there’s one thing that could convince me, it’s Takahiro Omori’s involvement as director (since he did one of my favorite anime episodes ever, episode 8 of Haibane Renmei). The plot also sounds interesting, and character designer Akira Takata is a favorite of mine (and also a Haibane Renmei vet), so maybe I’ll finally be able to get over my prejudice and enjoy something from this studio (after watching the first series, that is).

andinel: I don’t really know what to expect from this. There are a number of things in the description that make me want to watch at least one episode of the series, but I think I’m going to have a fairly busy season with everything else I need to get done. I’ll fit this one in if I have time.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON: Well, I personally feel like the upcoming winter season has got nothing on the current fall season. This will probably be a good thing when it comes to my classes. Thankfully, some of my favorites from the fall will be continuing into winter. However, I will have two blogging shows up in the air since Chaos;Head and ef – a tale of melodies will be ending this season. We shall see, we shall see…

-Tekky





Fall 2008 Anime Season Preview

1 09 2008

For this version of the Fall 08 Preview, I asked my friends (with interests in anime) to also write down thoughts about the fall shows. The post will be updated as more friends add their thoughts.  As for ranking my interest, the percentages I used in the Summer 08 preview broke down.  So this time, instead of having Interest Percentage, I’m going to have “Interest Tiers”. It’s broken down into 5 tiers, with Tier 1 basically meaning that I’ll definitely check out the first episode, and Tier 5 meaning that it’s a fat chance that I’ll even consider watching it.

Once episodes start coming out, I’ll go ahead and create another “Pilot Episode Review” post.  I’ll try to keep this article up to date as more info and images are released.

All summaries are taken from MyAnimeList unless noted otherwise.

Reviewers:
– Tekky (Gender: M) – My thoughts are under “Thoughts”
– angelicmask (Gender: F)
– anritsi (Genter: F)
– ph33lth3lov3 (Gender: F)

 

Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka

Genres: Romance, Harem, Comedy

Story: In order to protect a girl from danger, Junichi Nagase is forced to kiss her. Shocked and disgusted, and without understanding what just happened or why, she screams at him and tells him to “just die!” As it turns out, the girl, Yuuhi Katagiri, is a new transfer student and, much to the surprise of Junichi and his younger sister Minato, their father arranged for Yuuhi to be Junichi’s future wife! Of course, getting married to “that perverted idiot” is the absolute last thing Yuuhi wants! Junichi’s crazy school life with his tsundere bride-apparent has begun!

Reason(s) to watch: Akasaka brings a huge cast of voice acting talent.  Among the cast is Kugimiya Rie, Hirano Aya, and Tanaka Rie

Thoughts: A lot of people are getting turned off due to this being another eroge adaptation. I mean, let’s admit… the majority of eroge adaptations end up mediocre. Yet I keep watching them… why?  Good artwork, and the potential for good romance.  That, plus my two favorite seiyuus in one anime, is enough for me to check it out.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 55%

angelicmaskYet another eroge adaptation with still the same brand of artwork and loose plot. I see some potential for story and character development, but the concept still seems fairly tried and true. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s starting to get a little old. We’ll see if there are any surprises in store here. (Although I sort of doubt it.)

anritsi: Why is this labeled as a harem anime? *is wary* Well. I’ll watch this if it gets good reviews for the first couple of episodes.

ph33lth3lov3: Eh.. I’m kind of intrigued. I would give the first episode a shot, but I have more important things to get to.

 

Battle Spirits

Genres: Shounen, Card Game, Action

StoryBased on the Bandai’s highly popular card game, this anime is set up in collaboration for the 20th anniversary of Bandai card games. It is reputed to have fast game play and immediate turnarounds. The animators plan to incorporate computer graphics to portray the battles from the card game. (Taken from THAT Animeblog)

Thoughts: Once upon a time there was a show called Yu-Gi-Oh!…. AND IT SUCKED.
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: My days of children’s card games are over. Sure, I was a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! at first, but those are days long gone. Here’s to yet another short-lived card fad for the youth! (Oi.)

anritsi: Sounds like Yu-gi-oh.

ph33lth3lov3: I don’t think I could handle another Yu-Gi-Oh… the abridged is enough for me.

 

Bihada Ichizoku

Genres: N/A

Story: There is a World Beautiful-Skin Competition (WBC) to which the 3 billion women of the world aspire. Carrying on the 300-year legacy of the competition are the twin Bihada sisters, Sara and Saki.

Thoughts: A story about cosmetics and beauty?… I’ll Pass
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: *Does a double-take at the picture* Catwoman has made her way into anime. This is gonna get ugly.

anritsi: The World Beautiful-Skin Competition? Plus, promo art looks like a sad attempt of Cat Woman. um. nty.

ph33lth3lov3: No thank you. Why does she need a catsuit for a beauty competition?

 

Casshern SINS

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi

StoryTetsuya Azuma (東鉄也), also known as Casshern, is a cybernetic neoroider (新造人間, Shinzō Ningen, lit. “neo-human”) who turned himself into a cyborg for the purpose of hunting down and destroying robots that have taken over the world. His late biological father, Dr. Azuma, was the inventor of the robots that were originally intended to serve humankind, but mutinied en masse when their cold logic concluded that the good of the Earth Ecosystem required the destruction of the human race. Casshern and his robotic dog, Friender, join forces with a beautiful girl named Luna to battle the robots led by their brutal boss known as the Black King.

Reasons To Watch: Casshern SINS is remake of a popular 70s anime.

Thoughts: While remakes are cool and all… this anime just doesn’t have what I’m interested in in the sci-fi genre
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 10-15%

angelicmask: Sounds exactly like the movie “I, Robot” with a more dragged out plot. Could be interesting, but sounds a little trite. Maybe if there was an added philosophical dilemma?

anritsi: Sounds like I Robot + random anime elements thrown in.

ph33lth3lov3: I think the concept is interesting, but is influenced not only by the original series but also by iRobot. After watching the trailer, I don’t think it’s for me, but it could be good. Again, I would watch the first episode, but probably no more. 

 

Chäos;HEAd

Genres: Psychological, Mystery, Horror

Story: The original game’s premise revolves around a high school student, Takumi Nishijō, who unknowingly walks into the scene of a gruesome murder on his way home. More mysterious events starts happening afterwards as more gruesome murders occurs in the area. Takumi struggles to cope with reality and the delusions he experiences as he tries to avoid being getting caught by the perpetrator behind the chain of murders.

Thoughts: The last murder mystery bishoujo game anime adaptation to come out was a little series called Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. The combined two seasons ranks as one of my favorite animes of all time.  This series almost seems to be a Higurashi in modern day Shibuya.  I’m sold.
TIER: 1
Blogging Chance 85-90%

angelicmask: Definitely sounds interesting, what with the major Higurashi vibes. And, hey, I’m a sucker for psychological drama. It really keeps you engaged and on your toes. This is certainly one to look forward to.

anritsi: Maybe. The summary reminds me a bit of Metro Station. I’m prolly just weird.

ph33lth3lov3: Those big blades have me interested. What are they being used for? I must watch and find out. Having just finished Higurashi seasons 1 and 2, I look forward to seeing this one. 

 

Clannad ~After Story~

Genres: Romance, Drama, Slice-of-life

Story: Sequel season to the anime adaptation of Key’s visual novel, Clannad.

Reason(s) to Watch: Odds are, if you’re watched the first season, you’re gonna watch this as well.

Thoughts: The first season currently ranks as my 6th favorite anime… And all signs point to the After Story being even better. (Clannad game fans say that the After Story is the best part of the game)
TIER: 1
Blogging Chance: 100%

angelicmask: I’m still only half-way through the first season (which I like so far), so I can’t say a whole lot about this one.

anritsi: Still have to finish watching the first Clannad. >.>

ph33lth3lov3: I’m very much a n00b, and haven’t finished Clannad season 1. In fact, I think I’ve seen four episodes at most. However, I am drawn to beautiful animes, and if the poster art is any indication, I may just power through Clannad season 1 and watch this one too. (season one was interesting, after all)

 

ef – a tale of melodies

Genres: Romance, Drama, Mystery

Story: Sequel to the SHAFT produced anime series, ef – a tale of memories.

Reason(s) to Watch: It’s a sequel, fans of the first season, will want to watch this as well.

Thoughts: Let’s see… I posted 2 entries that talked about the new season… The first season is my favorite anime… and I wonder if I’ll check out season 2.
TIER: 1
Blogging Chance: 100%

angelicmask: First season: gorgeous, emotional, engaging. This next season: a bit more explanation, I hope.

anritsi: Still have to finish watching A tale of Memories. *cough*

ph33lth3lov3: eh… I didn’t finish the first episode of Ef- A Tale of Memories (season 1)… so I probably won’t see this one, either. But I will give it some credit, as it has captivated my friend Tekky here. : D

 

Ga-Rei -Zero-

Genres: Supernatural, Action, Shounen (At least, the manga was)

Story: No Summary Available

Thoughts: The reason why I didn’t post a summary even though I’ve read the manga… is because the anime is a VERY loose adaptation.  So loose that they turned a supernatural Bleach-like manga into a sci-fi anime, complete with their own aircraft(?!).  I enjoyed the manga… but the anime outlook makes me pretty pessimistic.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 25-30%

angelicmask: Sounds a bit Gundam-esque from what I can tell. Cool if you’re into that, but I’m not sure I am.

anritsi: whee shounen. Not very into space stories though.

ph33lth3lov3: … It doesn’t look very fleshed out… I’ll pass. 

 

Gundam 00 Second Season

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military

Story4 years since the final battle between Celestial Being and the UN Forces. Humanity, having established the Earth Sphere Federation, forms an independent security preservation force, Arrows, separate from the formal Federation army to further unify nations and the will of mankind. But the reality was the inhumane oppression of anti-government powers, doctrines & ideologies in the name of unity. Saji Crossroad, who followed the path to becoming a space engineer to keep a promise to Louise Halevy and fulfill a dream, is also compelled to become involved in Federation government reform. Meanwhile, Setsuna F. Seiei, surviving the final battle 4 years ago, saw the future of the world that had been changed by Celestial Being. With the defeat of guardian Alejandro Corner, he dreamed of a peaceful world without conflict. But before his own eyes was the reality of the continuing strain on peace, the oppression caused by Arrows. He decides once more to fight with Gundam, the power with the potential to change the world. Where will Setsuna’s and Saji’s paths take them as the world is set into motion once more?

Reason(s) to Watch: It’s a flippin Gundam sequel… need I say more?

Thoughts: Gundam 00 has a nice mix of politics, drama, and mecha action.  It had an interesting interpretation of how our future will turn out.  Many didn’t like this, I for one, did.  That being said, Gundam 00 is probably the most realist Gundam series out there… and I’ll definitely be checking out season 2.
TIER: 1
Blogging Chance: 80-85%

angelicmask: I’ve never been a Gundam fan. I’ve never watched Gundam, for that matter. I don’t think I’m gonna start now.

anritsi: Have never watched the first one. *cough*cough*

ph33lth3lov3: I’ve seen one of the Gundam movies, but aside from that I haven’t seen much Gundam at all. I did enjoy it, though, so maybe I’ll check out Gundam 00 season 1 and work from there.

 

Hakushaku to Yosei

Genres: Magic, Fantasy, Adventure

StorySet in 19th century England this is the story of the 17-year old “fairy doctor” Lydia Carlton. Her life gets thrown into confusion after meeting Edgar, the count of the Blue Knights. She agrees to help him search for the precious sword that is his family heirloom.

Thoughts: It has shoujo artwork… but it isn’t classified as shoujo.  And the cat with the hat reminds me a bit too much of Alice in Wonderland… I’m mixed on this show.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance 25-30%

angelicmask: I like the artwork, but the story seems trite. I’ll likely check it out just to see where it goes.

anritsi: oo~! Pretty… Also, The Cat Returns, anyone?

ph33lth3lov3: +1 for period-piece, -1 for giant suited cat. I’ll pass for now. 

 

Hazama no Uta

Genres: N/A

Story: No Summary Available

Thoughts: It’s only be speculated that this’ll air in the fall… though the likelihood of that is slowly dropping.  Which is a shame, cause the promotional pictures all have beautiful artwork
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 50-55%

angelicmask: Artwork seems good, but I don’t know much else about it.

anritsi: Pretty art. I dunno.

ph33lth3lov3: (looked at a poorly translated summary) I like the play between devil/angel, brother/sister. It lends to a very interesting plot… so I look forward to it, whenever it comes out. And the art is very nice! 

 

Hokuto no Ken – Raoh Gaiden Ten no Haoh

Genres: Action

Story: Based on the manga by Youkow Osada. Focuses on the background story of Raoh, brother and enermy of Kenshiro.

Reason(s) to Watch: Hokuto no Ken might be better known by it’s English name, Fist of the North Star.

Thoughts: I haven’t seen the previous seasons, and it may be TOO gar for me…
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance 10-15%

angelicmask: *Agrees with Tekky on this one*

anritsi: There are previous seasons? ><

ph33lth3lov3: It seems like it’s based off of George Wells’ “The Time Machine,” in that the strong prey on the weak. However, this anime breaks from that when the weak use a special form of martial arts to defeat the strong-bodied. After reading the summary available on wikipedia, it may have too much martial arts for me to take interest. ::shrug::

 

Hyakko

Genres: School Life, Comedy

Story: This slice-of-life slapstick school comedy story follows the antics of four high school freshman girls, after they enroll into a huge private academy that teaches every grade from elementary school to high school. (Taken from THAT Animeblog)

Reason(s) to Watch: Hirano Aya voice acts as Nonomura Ayumi.

Thoughts: First of all, the artwork is appalling.  All the promotional images so far have not done much to convince me to watch the show.  I’m mixed.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 20-25%

angelicmask: I’m not huge on slapstick comedy and the artwork is sadly disappointing. I highly doubt I’ll be watching this one.

anritsi: School animes, eh? I’ll watch the first ep and see.

ph33lth3lov3: Could be cute.. I would watch, but as Tekky said, there isn’t too much information on it (in english, at least) for me to know if I will like it or not. 

 

Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae

Genres: Psychological, Mystery, Supernatural

Story: Third Season of the Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl) anime series.

Thoughts: Unless I somehow watch the first two seasons in the upcoming weeks… I probably won’t be watching this.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 5%

angelicmask: This Hell Girl anime series actually seems kinda interesting. I may check it out sometime. But … not now. >___<

anritsi: 2 previous seasons? ? Also, art reminds me of Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei, which freaked me out sometimes.

ph33lth3lov3: Okay. Now, the Hell Girl series is something I want to see. I’m glad to know they have a third season, but I haven’t seen the others yet either. ><

 

Junjou Romantica Second Season

Genres: Romance, Yaoi, Drama

Story: Continuation of the spring yaoi series.

Thoughts: Yaoi Sequel… PASS
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: I actually checked the first season of this at first. Some of the characters are cute and there’s some interesting development, but I’m not sure I’m quite ready for such a big leap into yaoi just yet.

anritsi: I heard the first season was good. But… but… T_T

ph33lth3lov3: I’m not really into Yaoi, but they all look so sweet! 

 

Kannagi

Genres: Supernatural, Romance, Comedy

Story: Our unlucky protagonist, Jin, uses the trunk of a sacred tree to carve a statue for a school project. When he takes it outside, to his surprise it begins absorbing the surrounding earth and transforms into, hold your breath on this one, a girl! So like all similar setups this guardian deity is pretty pissed that her tree was cut down and lives with Jin while she takes out her anger on squashing bugs….er, cleaning the “Impurities”.

Thoughts: I checked out the manga for this show a little while back, and it caught my interest.  It has a light romance feel with some decent comedy.  Not to mention, good artwork.  It looks like the anime adapts the manga faithfully.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 70-75%

angelicmask: This one also sounds a little trite. Looks cute, though. There’s potential.

anritsi: The name reminds me of Bleach anime. *cough*

ph33lth3lov3: This sounds cute! I will watch.

 

Kemeko DX!

[no decent image available]

Genres: Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy

Story: The story centers on a typical high school boy and a super-deformed, doll-like robot that suddenly appears in his bedroom. The robot declares itself to be the boy’s wife, and only then does a beautiful girl emerge out of the robot’s mouth. The girl turns out to be someone who was promised the boy’s hand in marriage ten year earlier.

Thoughts: This’ll probably be one of those shows, that I would’ve checked out, if there weren’t so many other good shows that I was interested in.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 30-35%

angelicmask: It sounds like something I’d be interested in, as far as genres go. I’m curious to see how a plot will develop from this.

anritsi: more robots? -.-”

ph33lth3lov3: I’ll wait, but it sounds good too.

 

Kurogane no Linebarrels

Genres: Sci-Fi, Mecha, Drama

Story: Kouichi Hayase was involved in an accident and falls into a coma for half a year. Due to this accident he becomes depressed and lonely. However, unbeknownst to him he attained a great power and three years later a giant robot (Linebarrel), which was the cause for the incident, appears before him, causing Kouichi`s life to change.

Thoughts: I already saw the first episode at Anime Expo. (You can find my review here). The first episode definitely wasn’t doing it for me. And yes… GONZO uses CGI mechs again.  It also appears that the anime doesn’t faithfully adapt the manga.  I dunno, initially, I was interested… but after that first episode…
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 40-45%

angelicmask: The premise sounds interesting, but I’m not a huge mecha fan. So I sorta don’t plan on watching it, unless people tell me it’s amazing.

anritsi: robots again.

ph33lth3lov3: Mecha’s are cool, but not really my favorite cup o’ tea… So I’ll pass unless it’s gonna change my life. 

 

Kuroshitsuji

Genres: Supernatural, Fantasy, Comedy

Story: Yana Toboso draws the original Kuroshitsuji manga about Sebastian Michaels, an impeccable butler who can carry out practically any task his master requires of him — partly because he is a demon. His current master is Ciel, the Phantomhive family head who is smart, business-savvy, and all of 12 years old.

Thoughts: My first impressions when I saw this was that it was a shoujo version of Hayate no Gotoku! This isn’t really the story that makes me go “I’m really interested”
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 25%

angelicmask: Demon butler meets Artemis Fowl? Seems interesting. I really like the gothic feel of the art, too. Something I’ll probably check out.

anritsi: I saw the raws earlier, and I like the art.

ph33lth3lov3: A demon controlled by a no-nonsense 12 year old? hmm… I am interested but not deeply so.

 

Kyou no Go no Ni (TV)

Genres: School Life, Kids, Ecchi

StoryA school-life comedy with anecdotes about fifth-graders focusing on Ryota Satou and his friendships, especially his childhood relationship with Chika Koizumi. It has sexual connotations of various sorts, and can be considered an ecchi show that is unintended. The manga series is short, consisting of only twenty-three eight to ten page chapters and collected together in a single bound volume. (Taken from THAT Animeblog)

Reason(s) to Watch: Fans of the OVA will probably tune into this show. Before people get alarmed by the “Kids” and “Ecchi” in the genres… note that it’s sort of a “clean ecchi” in which the fanservice shown is not at all supposed to be interpreted in a sexual manner.

Thoughts: So, I enjoyed the OVA.  However, word is that the TV adaptation will have an entirely different cast and crew.  WIth that, comes the possibility of a loose adaptation.  Indeed the artwork shown on the official site doesn’t seem like the Kyou no Go no Ni we’re used to.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 60-65%

angelicmask: Eh, I’m not sold on the concept. If they put it in there, that’s how the innuendo is gonna be interpreted. And there’s only so much of that I can take.

anritsi: Elementary schoolers? I’m still trying to get out of watching Card Captor Sakura. :3

ph33lth3lov3: awww they look cute! I could take this as a buffer in between Hell Girl and other more “serious” animes. 

 

Macademi Wasshoi!

Genres: Supernatural, Ecchi, Comedy

Story: No Summary Available

Thoughts: Loli, ecchi, no summary… I’ll skip on this
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 10-15%

angelicmask: Same as Tekky.

anritsi: Whee, magic schools. I wonder if they’re elementary age. o.o

ph33lth3lov3: the poster is cute.. but I have no idea what it is about… 

 

Michiko to Hatchin

Genres: Adventure, Action

Story: The title’s Michiko is a free-willed “sexy diva” who destroys a supposedly inescapable prison fortress, while Hatchin is a girl fleeing her strict foster parents. The two join forces on an improbable escape to freedom.

Reason(s) to Watch: If Akasaka has the most decorated voice cast, Michiko has the most decorated crew.  From the music director of Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop, to the director of Ergo Proxy.

Thoughts: Now I wasn’t the biggest fan of Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy failed to interest me.  And yeah, first impressions of Michiko indicate that this isn’t the type of anime for me.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 15%

angelicmask: Yeah, that summary isn’t doing much for me either.

anritsi: Depends on the amount of fan service.

ph33lth3lov3: Maybe the music will be good to tune into… 

 

Nodame Cantabile Paris Chapter

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Music

Story: 2nd Season of the Nodame Cantabile series.

Reason(s) to Watch: Fans of the first season will probably watch this.

Thoughts: If I were to have made this season preview a week earlier, I would’ve said that I wasn’t interested in this show.  Since then however, I’ve watched the first 5 episodes of the first season… and I was hooked.  I’ll probably check out this season once i finish the first.
TIER: 2.5 (Have to finish the first season)
Blogging Chance: 50%

angelicmask: Loved the first season, so I’m definitely watching this.

anritsi: @_@ omg nodame~ Still have to finish watching the first season, heh.

ph33lth3lov3: Paris! Drama in Paris! Drama in Paris in Japanese! It’s an international spectacular! Will watch, but like Tekky, after the first season is completed.

 

Noramimi 2

Genres: Comedy

Story: The anime is based on Kazuo Hara’s comedy manga in which mascot characters live and work among humans. Agencies have been set up to train mascots to babysit children and then to place the mascots within families. Noramimi is one such mascot at the Hello Kids branch office #59. Unfortunately, no family wants to adopt a mascot born from a demon (oni) family, so he is stuck living at the agency.

Thoughts: A comedy about mascots? There was a show that was airing in the states last fall called Cavemen, and it failed miserably. I’ll pass on this one.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 5%

angelicmask: This just looks and sounds too weird. I don’t plan on watching.

anritsi: *looked at art* *wandered off*

ph33lth3lov3: Okay, robots in society, fine. Mechas in society, fine. MASCOTS IN SOCIETY? WHAAA? Reminds me of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, though, so I might give it a shot. It could be cute!

 

Ride Back

Genres: Sci-Fi, School, Mecha

Story: Ride Back tells the story of a girl and her “iron horse” robot motorcycle in 2020, a tumultuous time of anti-government student protests.

Thoughts: The lack of decent promotional images doesn’t shed a promising light on this anime.  With not enough hype, I’ll probably hear the reviews of the first few episodes from other blogs before checking this one out.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 25%

angelicmask: Eeeeeh, I dunno. It doesn’t particularly strike my interest.

anritsi: More robots?? srsly?? srsly???

ph33lth3lov3: That could be interesting… I haven’t seen a mecha combined with protest.

 

Rosario+Vampire Capu2

Genres: Romance, Ecchi, Vampire

Story: Continuation of the story about a human boy forced to go to a school for monsters.

Thoughts: Eh… after surviving the first few episodes of To-LOVE-Ru and Kanokon… I’m going to steer clear of the heavy ecchi shows.
TIER: 5
Blogging Chance: 0%

angelicmask: Didn’t watch the first season and also not a fan of major ecchi. So it’s not gonna happen.

anritsi: Couldn’t get past the first season. ><

ph33lth3lov3: Pass..

 

Shikabane Hime: Aka

Genres: Martial Arts, Horror, Action

Story: The “Corpse Princess” of the title is Makina Hoshino, an undead girl who hunts down 108 corpses in order to go to heaven. The original manga runs in Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, and seven volumes have been compiled so far.

Reason(s) to Watch: GAINAX’s first TV series since the insanely popular Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Thoughts: The problem with making an incredibly popular show… is the follow up.  All eyes are on GAINAX to see what happens.  Unfortunately, history indicates that GAINAX has issues when it comes to manga adaptations.  I’ll take a look to see how the show turns out.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 70-75%

angelicmask: Bleach meets Soul Eater … sorta. (The guy in the picture even sorta looks like Ichigo.) Eh, sounds okay, but not so sure about it. We’ll see how it pans out.

anritsi: Yay fighting. Yay fighting against zombies. ^^;

ph33lth3lov3: It sounds like they have quite the shoes to fill… following a successful manga and their own success with Gurren Lagann. Mindless killing usually isn’t my thing, but we’ll see why she’s doing it. If it’s legit, then I’ll be interested. 

 

Skip Beat

Genres: Romance, Shoujo, Comedy

Story: The story revolves a teenaged girl named Kyōko who followed her childhood friend Shō to Tokyo as he pursues his dream of becoming a star. Despite playing housekeeper and taking care of Shō, Kyōko overhears Shō dismissing her as a boring nobody. Furious, Kyōko vows to also become a singer and defeat Shō.

Reason(s) to Watch: Popular shoujo manga, apparently has a strong female lead.

Thoughts: A little while back, I was in a shoujo manga reading spree… and I forgot to read this title.  I’m mixed bag when it comes to watching the anime.  It could go like Special A (with it’s crossover appeal) or like Itazura na Kiss… which failed to impress. I really don’t think anything I say will stop the shoujo fans from checking this show out.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 30-35%

angelicmask: I checked out the manga a while back and it seemed interesting enough. I’m not totally thrilled by the artwork … but I’ll at least check it out.

anritsi: Miyano Mamoru will voice in it. Auto +30% Hm. I might’ve read the manga. I really can’t remember. *scratches head* whaat?? There are a lot of idol manga out there! >_<

ph33lth3lov3: I hope she can beat him at his own game! 🙂 If this is like any of the other musical animes I have seen, it should be pretty good. I do love the musics.

 

Tales of the Abyss

Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure

Story: The anime takes place in the world of Auldrant, a planet composed of “Fonons”. It is a material energy found in all things. Long ago, a new kind of Fonon was discovered, but great chaos was brought with the finding. By using this newest Seventh Fonons, one could read the future. Luke von Fabre is the son of Duke Fabre of the Kimlasca Kingdom at 17 years old. Naive and impulsive, he is forbidden to go out of the house. This is due to a kidnapping seven years ago where he lost his memories. However, Tear Grants, a mysterious girl, suddenly appeared in Luke’s mansion to kill her brother Van Grants for a reason unknown. As she stumbled unto Luke, they reacted with a magic explosion and they were transported out of the mansion. This is the start of the journey as Luke discovered many uncomfortable truths of his existence and the world… (Taken from THAT Animeblog)

Thoughts: Tower of Druaga was okay… World Destruction was a flop… I think I’m going to take a break from RPG Anime adaptations for this season…
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 25%

angelicmask: It sounds interesting as a standalone from the game (not that I know the game at all). Perhaps there is promise, though I suppose past trends don’t predict so.

anritsi: Fantasy anime~ well, we’ll see.

ph33lth3lov3: interesting concept! I am curious to see as to whether the secrets to the world are revealed as you go, or in later episodes, since there seems to be a future/time travel element. I have no experience with the game, however, so I have prior conceptions for the show.

 

Tears to Tiara

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Story: In a world resembling the middle-age. A girl, Riannon, is set to be sacrificed to appease a resurrected demon lord, Arawn. As her brother Arthur attempts to rescue her, Arawn defies those who resurrected him and frees Riannon from her captors, which leads to Riannon admiring him. This eventually leads to a party of companions being assembled for adventure, with Arawn acting as the leader.

Thoughts: Same team that worked on Utawarerumono. And there is no confirmation that this’ll actually air in the fall.  Sad, cause I’m interested.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 75%

angelicmask: This actually sounds pretty interesting. Something to check out eventually.

anritsi: One of the girls looks like soi fon. Soi fon is great. *goes off into a tangent*

ph33lth3lov3: A middle-ages anime? Cool! I want to know more about it.. but if it doesn’t air there’s not much I can do about that. 

 

Tentai Senshi Sunred

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Genres: Comedy, Parody

StoryThe story revolves around the hero Sunred’s battles against General Vamp and his shadowy group of minions in a spoof of classic Japanese anime and live-action special-effects shows.

Thoughts: I really can’t excited about a show that doesn’t have a detailed summary or promotional images…
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 15%

angelicmask: Uh, I’m not huge on spoof shows. So this isn’t gonna work.

anritsi: I don’t know enough about Japanese culture to really get Japanese satire. =/

ph33lth3lov3: ditto that, Tekky.

 

Titania

Genres: Space, Psychological, Military

Story: Stellar Callendar, Year 446. The capital of the Empire of Euria is attacked by the Empire of Titania, his much more powerful enemy who controls a large part of the galaxy. This harsh battle planted in the minds of a small group of persons ideas of rebellion…

Thoughts: Space opera fans will probably check this one out. As for me? I’ll wait for the first episode reviews before I’ll view it.
TIER: 3
Blogging Chance: 40-45%

angelicmask: Code Geass … IN SPACE! Just a bit, at least.

anritsi: Will only watch if it starts getting raves.

ph33lth3lov3: Pretty promo pic! That has me interested, but I’ll let Tekky watch it first and tell me how it is. 

 

To Aru Majutsu no Index

Genres: Magic, Shounen, Action

Story: Set in a city of scientifically advanced superhuman students, but in a world where magic is also real. Toma Kamijo’s right hand, the Imagine Breaker, will negate all magic, psychic, or divine powers, but not his own bad luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing. She turns out to be a nun from the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum – all the magical texts the Church has removed from circulation.

Thoughts: The shounen action addition to the fall season.  The manga is pretty interesting with likable characters and good artwork.  The anime’s trailer seems to indicate that they adapted that good artwork.  I look forward to reigniting the shounen fanboy in me.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 75-80%

angelicmask: The premise sounds interesting and the good artwork is a plus. We’ll see how it goes.

anritsi: Nothing beats saving documents in peoples’ heads. I wish I could do that with my math book.

ph33lth3lov3this is interesting, but I don’t totally understand the concept behind it. I think I would like it, since I enjoy shows with both science and a fantasy element. ^_^ (FMA, Soul Eater, Code Geass, etc)

 

Toradora!

Genres: Romance, Comedy, School

Story: Toradora!’s story begins with the male protagonist Ryūji Takasu who is frustrated at trying to look his best as he enters his second year of high school. Despite his gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent so he is utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryūji goes to school and is happy to find that he gets to be in the same class as his best friend Yūsuke Kitamura and crush Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly knocks into “the school’s most dangerous animal of the highest risk level” — Taiga Aisaka — who just happens to also be in his class, and is a good friend of Minori.

Reason(s) to Watch: Tsundere fans will love the light novel, and probably the anime adaptation as well, unless JC Staff changes the plot on us.  And speaking of a JC Staff tsundere visual novel adaptation, surprise surprise, Kugimiya Rie voices Aisaka Taiga.

Thoughts: I liked Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, and Hayate. Toradora! brings in Kugimiya Rie’s 4th typecast as a tsundere school girl.  But besides that, I was excited about this show well before the cast list was announced. I’ve been reading the light novels and I’m interested to see how it all looks animated.
TIER: 1
Blogging Chance: 85-90%

angelicmask: Eh, I checked out the manga and was only mildly impressed. Story seems trite from what I read. Probably appeals more to a niche audience.

anritsi: Yay shoujo. Yay guy bashing. LOL, I kiiid.

ph33lth3lov3: This could be really cute!

 

Vampire Knight: Guilty

Genres: Romance, Vampires, Drama, Shoujo

Story: Second season and continuation of the Vampire Knight anime adaptation.

Reason(s) to Watch: Arguably, the most popular shoujo manga out in circulation, manga and first season fans will probably keep watching.

Thoughts: It’s the return of emo-Zero and the angst-filled vampires!  I’ll admit, the manga is definetly engaging with a complex story… but the anime might’ve brought out the emotions a bit too much.  After 7 or so episodes, the first season went to my “On-Hold” list and hasn’t come out since.
TIER: 4
Blogging Chance: 35%

angelicmask: Yes, I, like many, have joined the swarms of vampire-crazy fangirls. Sure Zero seems emo, but it’s that sort of emotion that I feed off. Not necessarily emo-ness, but apparent mental struggle and the promise of major twists and complexity. You know, characters with a bit of depth.

anritsi: omg~omg~omg~*hyperventilates**dies*

ph33lth3lov3: I TOTALLY DISAGREE, TEKKY! You aren’t their target audience. I have a feeling that this next season of Vampire Knight will be just as rewarding as the first. After the last episode of the season, I desperately checked to see if I had made a mistake and there were actually more. This is the anime I’m most excited for next season.

 

Yozakura Quartet

Genres: Supernatural, Comedy, Action

StoryAkina, Hime, Kotoha and Ao are four members of the Hiizumi Seikatsu Soudan Jimusho (Hiizumi’s Everyday-life Consultation Office), which in addition to helping kindergartners deal with tough times, strives to preserve the peace of their little town, Sakurashin, by hunting down the troublemakers who dare threaten it.

Thoughts: This is another show that a lot of people are talking about, and it definitely has my interest.  I’ll probably check out the first episode out of curiosity.
TIER: 2
Blogging Chance: 65-75%

angelicmask: Seems moderately interesting, if not a bit trite. And is it just me or does that picture have some Eureka 7 vibes to it? A little?

anritsi: How is this supernatural? I don’t get it.

ph33lth3lov3: Interesting concept, kindergarten teachers who hunt down troublemakers. I’d like to see if this is any good.





Summer 08 Outlook

30 06 2008

 

So I’m not going to post photos when you can just find them here: http://that.animeblogger.net/2008/06/14/thats-summer-2008-anime-preview/

Ikkitousen Great Guardians
OUTLOOK: I’m not one who watches ecchi for the sake of ecchi… hell I dropped To Love-RU and Kanokon, despite their potentials to be decent romances. So seeing this show being an ecchi, but nothing really else… I’ll pass
Watching Chance: 05%
Blogging Chance: .01%

Telepathy Shoujo Ran
OUTLOOK: It looks interesting… it has the potential for good characters. Doesn’t look to be a romance, but I’ll probably check it out nonetheless.
Watching Chance: 60%
Blogging Chance 20%

Chocolate Underground
OUTLOOK: I’ve heard about this one… however… doesn’t look like it will be easy to get a handle of some subs for this anime.
Watching Chance: 25%
Blogging Chance: 1%

Ultraviolet: Code044
OUTLOOK: Um, I have to ask… WHY are you making an anime based on a movie the FLOPPED critically and financially? I predict low viewership, even if the show is good.
Watching Chance: 7%
Blogging Chance: 1%

Slayers REVOLUTION
OUTLOOK: I haven’t seen any of the previous Slayers animes so watching this one would seem kinda pointless. For now, unless i manage to catch up on the previous series… then this is one I’ll pass on.
Watching Chance: 10% (might go up when I finish the rest of the series)
Blogging Chance: 1%

Seiyou Kottou Yougaiten ~Antique~
OUTLOOK: Yaoi… PASS
Watching CHance: 0%
Blogging Chance 0%

Hidamari Sketch x365
OUTLOOK: Same case as Slayers… I haven’t seen the first season yet, despite hearing praise… currently i have no plans on watching it. So yeah
Watching Chance: 10%
Blogging Chance: 1%

Strike Witches
OUTLOOK: First i was o_o… then I was O_o.. and finally i was -_-;;; The story concept, definitely bizarre and so i don’t have a lot of hope for this show. I’ll probably check out the first episode out of curiousity.
Watching Chance: 45%
Blogging Chance 15%

Birdy the Might Decode
OUTLOOK: And the award for most stupid title goes to… yeah… there are three things that have me turned off from watching this show. The title, the promo image (looks INCREDIBLY ecchi), and the story. There was another anime in which a guy possesed a girl’s body… i think it was called Body Transfer (hentai).
Watching Chance: 1%
Blogging Chance: .1%

Natsume Yuujin-chou
OUTLOOK: Again… this is one of those shows that I’ll probably watch out of curiosity. Everyone says that the manga is amazing, and I keeping hearing it compared to Mushi-shi. So we’ll see
Watching Chance: 55%
Blogging Chance 35%

Mission-E
OUTLOOK: This screams of super sentai anime. I’ll pass and leave this one to the kiddies.
Watching Chance: 15%
Blogging Chance 5%

Blade of the Immortal
OUTLOOK: One of those mangas that everyone seems to know about except me. This might the most anticipated title for the season. Having never read the manga… I don’t know what to expect. Though, if there’s this much hype… I’ll probably check it out.
Watching Chance: 75%
Blogging Chance: 50%

Koihime+Musou
OUTLOOK: That’s supposed to be a cross, not a plus. But yeah the last two eroge-adaptation/romance/fantasy-action I saw (Utawarerumono and Fate/Stay Night) ended up being quite entertaining. So this one shows promise… hopefully it won’t fail in the romance department
Watching Chance: 95%
Blogging Chance: 75%

Sekirei
OUTLOOK: Um… I’m not watching any anime in which there are watermelons attached to a girls chest.
Watching Chance: 0%
Blogging Chance: 0%

Zero no Tsukaima ~Miyoshi Hime no Rondo~
OUTLOOK: The one show that I KNEW I was going to watch this season. Sure the 2nd season was a major disappointment, but I can’t get enough of tsundere/whip-wielding/Kugimiya Rie-voiced Louise. I’ll follow this season through and through.
Watching Chance: 100%
Blogging Chance: 100%

Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo
OUTLOOK: This looks like Real Dive… an anime that might’ve been good.. but i had no interest in watching. Just isn’t the genre i’m interested in.
Watching Chance: 20%
Blogging Chance: 1%

Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu no Koto ~Natsu no Sora~
OUTLOOK: The first thing that caught my eye was that the artwork. The background work looks similar to ef-a tale of memories, and some of Makoto Shinkai’s works. I’ll probably look into the first season in these next few weeks and I’ll probably watch this… Though I’m not sure about blogging
Watching Chance: Dependent of 1st season
Blogging Chance: 40-60%

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
OUTLOOK: Otaku-centric animes are always a breath of fresh air. This one is combined with romance. The relationship between the two main characters reminds me of the relationship between Taiga and Ryuuji in Toradora! Not to mention, it has similar artwork to H2O ~footprints in the sands (those who watched the show should remember that the artwork was one of its strong points.
Watching Chance: 100%
Blogging Chance: 85%

World Destruction
OUTLOOK: I’m tentatively calling this the replacement to “Tower of Druaga”… in the Summer of RPG Adaptations. The artwork is appealing and the show’s story concept looks promising. This is one I’m probably going to check out
Watching Chance: 90%
Blogging Chance: 65%

After a spring season that was somewhat disappointing… the summer appears to be filled with… mostly crap. But there is the possibility of a few gems emerging.

Until next time
-Tekky