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Summer Anime Preview – 2010

May 29, 2010

Ah summer, it’s come up so quickly!  As such it’s high time I got this preview done.

The summer season is usually less than stellar – this year is no exception; it’s like the anime industry is telling us to go out and enjoy the sun! 😆 Lots of the big names are missing – no Sunrise, Gainax, BONES or SHAFT this season; still there are a handful I’m somewhat interested in.

On to the preview!

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu)

Animation Studio: ZEXCS (Rental Magica, Wagaya no Oinarisama)
Japanese Airdate: 1st July 2010
Number of Episodes: 26
Seiyuu: Ayahi Takagaki, Daisuke Ono, Jun Fukuyama, Miyuki Sawashiro

Summary: Adaptation of Takaya Kagami’s fantasy light novel franchise.
The story revolves around Raina Ryuto, an apathetic student who always dozes off at the Roland Imperial Special Academy. One day, Raina and his classmates get caught in the war waged by the opposing Kingdom of Esutaburu, and he loses many friends. After the battle, Raina goes on a quest on behalf of the Roland Empire and Emperor Shion Asutaaru, even as the darkness that has enveloped the land has begun to consume the empire.

This has to be lamest title I’ve ever come across.  If I was only shown the title I’d think it was some sort of gag sentai series – doesn’t seem to be the case from the summary and PV though (what’s with the choice of music in the PV anyway!?).  I’m getting slight Slayers vibes, solely due to the fantasy setting, capes and magic – but ‘Legend of the Legendary Heroes’ seems to be a touch more srsbns.  On the plus side the voice cast is pretty damn good (woo! FukuJun!) – but this will need more than just a good voice cast to get me interested……..on the ‘maybe’ pile for the time being.

Shukufuku no Campanella

Animation Studio: AIC (Pumpkin Scissors, Nyan Koi!)
Japanese Airdate: 1st July 2010
Number of Episodes: 12
Seiyuu: Asami Imai, Kaori Mizuhashi, Kimiko Koyama, Nobujiko Okamoto

Summary: Based on an eroge by Windmill.
The game’s story is set in Ert’Aria, a city known as the “treasury of the world” for the great riches that pass through its streets. The city is in the middle of preparations for a special harvest festival; every seven years, the harvest of the mysterious energy source known as Ēru is more abundant than usual and attracts merchants, tourists, and adventurers from around the world. During those abundant years, a “Day of Shooting Stars” lights up the night skies.
Leicester Maycraft is a young item technician who lives in the city as part of the Oasis adventurers clan. On the “Day of Shooting Stars,” one shooting star lands near a party that Leicester attends. When Leicester searches for where the shooting star landed, a girl appears before Leicester and says, “You are my Papa!”

I actually do not know where to begin with what’s wrong with this.  From the overly fussy character designs encompassing every conceivable moe stereotype to the generic ‘plot’; this series appears to have been custom made to piss me off!  Away to the ‘not touching with barge-pole’ pile you go!


Animation Studio: Daume (Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, Minami-ke)
Japanese Airdate: 8th July 2010
Number of Episodes: 22
Seiyuu: Gackt, Kouki Uchiyama, Aoi Yuuki, Haruka Tomatsu

Summary: Adaptation of Fuyumi Ono (The Twelve Kingdoms, Ghost Hunt) and Ryu Fujisaki’s (Hoshin Engi) horror mystery manga.
Sotoba is a small, quiet village where life has always been peaceful. Natsuno Yuuki, who moved from the city, hates it. However, recently a strange rash of mysterious deaths has begun to torment the village, and an epidemic is suspected. As various investigations continue, the truth behind the deaths becomes clear. The town is being attacked by vampires.

I like Fuyumi Ono’s work a lot so I’m really quite interested in Shiki.  From the PV and summary I’m getting Higurashi meets Ghost Hunt vibes, but not overly fussed on the character designs at the moment (although saying that the promo art is good).  This is probably the show I’m looking forward to most this season.

Amagami SS

Animation Studio: AIC (Oookamikakushi, Ah! My Goddess!)
Japanese Airdate: 15th July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Hiromi Konno, Kaori Nazuka, Rina Satou, Yukana

Summary: Based on a PS2 eroge by Enterbrain.
The original game centres on a second-year high school boy who find himself uneasy during Christmastime due to an experience in the past. However, this year at Christmas, he gets his last chance to ask out a graduating female senior named Haruka Morishima — or one of several other classmates. The story of the anime will be arranged in an omnibus format, with each heroine getting her own version of the story animated. Each heroine will sing her own version of the ending theme song.

Gut reaction = ‘meh’.  So utterly underwhelmed by this – I see ‘eroge’, I see ‘AIC’ and I see ‘each heroine will sing her own version of the ending theme song’…….I don’t think I could be less interested if I tried!  Having each story animated in full is probably the only thing this has going for it…….although lots of people seem to be attracted to your woman’s curly hair – to each they’re own I guess!

Sengoku Basara Two

Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, xxxHOLiC)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Kazuya Nakai, Souichiro Hoshi, Akira Ishida, Norio Wakamoto, Romi Paku

Summary: Second series of this adaptation of the Capcom game.
In the bloody Warring States period of feudal Japan, many generals fought in an endless struggle for power, but one man proved to be too big a threat – The dark lord Oda Nobunaga. Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune, two young warriors from different regions who become heated rivals, begin to form an unlikely alliance with the rest of the generals to take down the Devil King.

Woo! ‘PUT YA GUNZ ON!’  ‘RETS PAARRTY!’ ‘OYAKATA-SAMA! – YUKIMURA!’  Hoorah for the return of GAR and lulzy engrish – so all over this one!

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (Occult Academy)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Kannagi, Senkou no Night Raid)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes: 13
Seiyuu: Takahiro Mizushima, Youko Hikasa, Takehito Koyasu, Hiroki Takahashi

Summary: Third anime to air in the Anime no Chikara timeslot.
The horror and school comedy story of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin revolves around mystery and supernatural cases at Occult Academy, a fortress-like academy city.

The Anime no Chikara timeslot was a nice idea, but for me it hasn’t really delivered.  I couldn’t stick Sora no Woto and quickly got disillusioned by Senkou no Night Raid; however I’m willing to give it another go with Occult Academy.  The PV and summary don’t give much away, but it’s still caught my interest – woman using man as a chair has to be worth a look!

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi (Ms Wolf and Seven Friends)

Animation Studio: JC Staff (Honey & Clover, Hayate no Gotoku)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Kanae Itou, Miyu Irino, Shizuka Itou, Aki Toyosaki

Summary: Based on the light novel romcom series by Masahi Okita.
The story centres on Ryōko Ōkami, a high school freshman girl known for her fierce looks, unusual canine teeth when she smiles, and wild demeanour. (Her family name is homonymous with the Japanese word for “wolf.”) Ringo Akai is a short high school freshman girl with seemingly cute, angelic looks but a dark demeanour. (Her name is a Japanese wordplay on “apple” and “Red Riding Hood.”) Together with their odd friends, the two fight to change the world, one issue at a time.

It has to be said – behold Taiga all grown up!  Seriously, who thought these character designs were a good idea after the massive popularity of Toradora…….although I suppose it does save on advertising as the internet is tripping over itself to talk about the appearance of tall-Taiga and chibi-Minorin.  As for the summary itself – I’m completely ‘meh’ about it.  Playing about with the Little Red Riding-Hood fairy tale could be interesting, but the random fanservice in the PV doesn’t really inspire me with confidence.  I will of course give the 1st episode a go, but not really fussed on this.

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Animation Studio: GoHands (Princess Lover, Mardock Scramble)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Satomi Satou, Sayuri Yahagi, Shintaro Asanuma, Youko Hikasa, Yu Kobayashi

Summary: Adaptation of Tozen Ujiie’s 4-koma comedy manga series.
The story centres around Ōsai Academy, a former all-girls private high school which has recently been integrated for both genders. The student body is split between 524 girls and 28 boys. Takatoshi Tsuda is pushed into becoming the vice-president of the student council, where he is the lone male member surrounded by girls.

Is this like some sort of unholy combination of a genderbent Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Seitokai no Ichizon??  Art is pretty uninspired and the fact it’s being handled by GoHands who only really have Princess Lover to their names isn’t really filling me with confidence!  Looks like another for the ‘meh’ pile!

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~

Animation Studio: Seven Arcs (Asura Cryin’, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Marina Inuoe, Saori Hayami, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Aya Endo

Summary: Second series of the adaptation of Sakurako Gokurakuin’s manga.
Series 1 summary – Minato Sahashi is extremely intelligent, yet due to his inability to cope under pressure has failed the college entrance exam twice. As a result he has been branded an idiot and loser by many. One day after talking to his yet again disappointed mother he comes into contact with a girl named Musubi who was under attack. The girl runs but takes him with her and soon finds that Minato, while unknown to him, is an Ashikabi, one of the mysterious set of masters that have the genetic trait that can become partners with some of the 108 cute girls, buxom women, and bishōnen called “Sekirei”. The reason for the partnership allows the Sekirei to use all their power to win in the competition held by the mysterious MBI Corporation.

No.  Just no.  No force on earth will ever get me to watch a single episode of Sekirei, otherwise known as busty bishoujo Pokemon.  God no.

Nurarihyon no Mago

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Giant Killing, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Aya Hirano, Jun Fukuyama, Ai Maeda, Yui Horie, Takahiro Sakurai

Summary: Adaptation of Hiroshi Shiibashi’s manga series.
Rikuo Nurai, is 3 parts human and a quarter Demon, lives in a house of spirits with his grandfather. Trying to escape his fate of acting like a demon, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming one. Despite his grandfather’s wish for Rikuo to succeed him as master of the Nurari youkai clan.

I was actually really interested in this until I learned that Studio DEEN are handling it.  I have been burned so many times by DEEN and their inability to adapt manga properly; but I’m still willing to give them (yet another) chance, because when DEEN get it right they get it really right.  Inuyasha comparisons are obvious given the whole part demon, white haired shounen thing going on, but since I liked Inuyasha you won’t see me complaining (character designs aren’t quite as bishie as Inuyasha’s though).  Also quite impressed by the cast – I see FukuJun again!

Asobi ni Iku yo!

Animation Studio: AIC Plus+ (GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Quiz Magic Academy)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu, Kana Hanazawa, Kanae Itou, Mustsumi Tamura

Summary: Adaptation of Okina Kamino’s light novel series.
The story revolves around Kio Kakazu, an ordinary high school freshman living in Okinawa. A girl with cat ears appears before him during a memorial service for one of his family ancestors. The girl calls herself Eris and claims she is an alien. Before long, fanatical alien worshippers and a mysterious government agency are in hot pursuit of Eris, but Kio’s childhood friend Manami — who wants to follow in her father’s footsteps in the CIA — captures Eris. Kio finds himself having to protect Eris from everyone.

WTF is with the neko-mimi fetish!?  I’m so fecking tried of neko-mimi!  Summary just sounds like every other alien/magical girlfriend anime in existence and the art is pretty hideous.  The fact its AIC Plus+ isn’t garnering it any favour with me either – another for the ‘not a chance’ pile.

Kuroshitsuji II

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, So.Ra.No.Wo.To)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Nana Mizuki, Takahiro Sakurai

Summary: Second series inspired by Yana Toboso’s manga series.
Features two new main characters, Alois Trancy as the master and Claude Faustus as the butler.

I still don’t know what to think about this.  I liked season 1 of Kuroshitsuji a lot, but my enjoyment of the series was almost entirely due to Ciel, Sebastian and Grell.  This second season has none of those characters, in fact the only similarity between the 2 series is the name and the fact it deals with a young boy and his butler!  Don’t know, wasn’t keen on the PV so may just stick with the manga.

Tono to Issho (TV)

Animation Studio: Gathering (?)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Daisuke Hirakawa, Daisuke Ono, Gackt, Mamiko Noto

Summary: Adaptation of Obha-Kai’s 4-koma gag manga.
The manga follows the humorous exploits of generals during Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku (Era of the Warring States) period.

Well the OVA that came out last season never got subbed, so I can’t imagine this will either.  I’d definitely watch it if anyone did sub it though – looks like it could be amusing.  I like historical gags.

Strike Witches 2

Animation Studio: AIC (Mayoi Neko Overrun!, Pumpkin Scissors)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Misato Fukuen, Ami Koshimizu, Chiwa Saito, Erika Nakai, Miyuki Sawashiro

Summary: Second series inspired by Humikane Shimada’s mecha-musume illustrations.
The year is 1939 – it was then that the Neuroi appeared. Nobody knows where they came from or what their ultimate agenda is, but the fact remains that their attacks drove people out of their towns and cities. In order to take arms against them, humanity develops a new anti-Neuroi weapon called the “Striker Unit.” Using the power of magic to fight against the monsters, this new device enhances and amplifies the power of female magic-wielders. To use this device, young witches from all over the world have been brought together to form an elite task force unit called the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, commonly known as the “Strike Witches.”

It will be a cold day in hell before I ever touch Strike Witches.  It’s another show that just seems designed to piss me off – why even try to give this a plot!?  It’s clearly just no-pantsu fanservice!  GAH!!

Gakuen Mokushiroku: High School of the Dead

Animation Studio: Madhouse (Death Note, Aoi Bungaku)
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Junichi Suwabe, Marina Inoue, Ayana Taketatsu, Mamoru Miyano, Nobuyuki Hiyama

Summary: Adaptation of Daisuke & Shoji Satou’s manga.
The world is over taken with a deadly “disease” that turns people who get bitten into the living dead. In Japan, a group of students and the school nurse stick together and try to survive the wide spread chaos.

Ah now here’s a fanservice show I can see myself watching!  Madhouse, the director of Death Note, zombies and a fantastic cast!?  Yes please!  Truthfully I’m not expecting any great plot from this, but I do enjoy zombies so I definitely want to give this a go.


Animation Studio: Bridge
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:
Seiyuu: Ayahi Takagaki, Haruka Tomatsu, Satomi Akesaka, Hiro Shimono

Summary: Adaptation of Norio Sakurai’s gag manga.
Centres around the comedic misadventures of the mischevious Marui triplets of Class 6-3.  The precocious and sadistic Mitsuba, the lecherous muscle-bound Futaba and the somewhat mysterious Hitoha.

Holy feck look at those character designs!?  Have you ever seen anything so disturbing, because I sure as feck haven’t!  Do. Not. Want.

Osaka Hamlet

Animation Studio: ?
Japanese Airdate: July 2010
Number of Episodes:

Summary: Adaptation of Hiromu Morishita’s manga.
The story of Osaka’s Kubo family.  The mother (hospital attendant and club hostess), raises three sons with their uncle – Hasanori (a 6th grade cross-dresser), Yukio (a punkish junior-high student fascinated by ‘Hamlet’) and Masashi (a high-schooler in love with an older-woman with a father fixation).

Next to no information about this and the character designs aren’t the most attractive things in the world.  On the other hand the original manga has won a few awards and spawned a fairly successful drama adaptation so it could be worth a look.

Kyou, Koi o Hajimemasu OAD

Animation Studio: JC Staff (Shakugan no Shana, Aoi Hana)
Japanese Airdate: 26th June 2010
Number of Episodes: 1

Summary: Adaptation of Kanan Minami’s shoujo manga.
The story centers on Tsubaki Hibino, a girl who is indifferent to both romance and fashion, even though she loves giving other people adorable hairstyles. On the first day of high school, she happened to sit next to Kyōta, a mean-spirited boy who teases her. In retaliation, she spontaneously pulls out scissors and cuts off his long tresses of hair. Thus begins the long love-hate relationship between Tsubaki and Kyōta.

I don’t think it’s humanly possible to get shoujo more generic than this.  Probably one for the fans since the OAD is going to be packaged with a volume of the manga.

Kure-nai OVA

Animation Studio: Brains Base (Durarara!!, Natsume Yuujinchou)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd July 2010
Number of Episodes: 1
Seiyuu: Aoi Yuki, Miyuki Sawashiro, Akio Okubo, Asami Sanada

Summary: OVA sequel to TV series based on the light novel series by Yamato Yamamoto.
Kure-nai is about the adventures and misadventures of 16-year-old Kurenai Shinkurou. Shinkurou is an authority in settling disputes between people, and finds his life turned upside down one day when he is assigned as a bodyguard for Kuhouin Murasaki, the daughter of a powerful plutocratic family.

Now this I’m looking forward to.  Kure-nai was a great wee series that just doesn’t get enough love. Another episode of it is more than welcome.

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail OVA

Animation Studio: Madhouse (Kurozuka, BECK)
Japanese Airdate: 17th July 2010
Number of Episodes: 5
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Megumi Toyoguchi, Hiroaki Hirata, Tsutomu Isobe, Mami Koyama

Summary: OVA sequel to the two previous anime adaptations of Rei Hiroe’s manga.
Okajima Rokuro – now known almost exclusively as ‘Rock’ – was once a typical, put-upon Japanese businessman. Then, on a routine business trip, he was kidnapped and ransomed by the Lagoon Company: a band of mercenary pirates operating out of the crime-riddled city of Roanapur. Abandoned by his bosses, he joined the Lagoon Company. Now he must try and stay afloat amongst the ever-shifting politics of the criminal underworld, while simultaneously avoiding death at the hands of his quick-tempered, gun-toting co-worker, ‘Two Hand’ Revy.

Excuse me while I melt into a pile of fangirl goo.  I’ve been waiting for this for years!  More Black Lagoon cannot be a bad thing – it’s just a pity it’s an OVA series rather than a full 3rd TV series!  Still I’m not complaining – now if only they would release a synopsis of what this OVA is going to be about!

Hen Zemi (Abnormal Physiology Seminar) OVA

Animation Studio: XEBEC (Ladies Vs Butlers, Pandora Hearts)
Japanese Airdate: 23rd July 2010
Number of Episodes: 1
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Akira Ishida, Minoru Shiraishi, Takashi Matsuyama

Summary: OVA adaptation of TAGRO’s ‘abnormal comedy’ manga series.
In the story, Nanako Matsutaka has been assigned to the Abnormal Physiology Seminar, even though she herself is a rather ordinary person with no abnormalities in particular. On the other hand, her classmates, including the college upperclassman Komugi Musashi, have just about every abnormal condition to speak of.

I really don’t know what to say about this.  It looks and sounds utterly bizarre, yet I’m quite interested in it, mainly because of the tags ANN have put on the manga – ‘objectionable content: Intense (graphic depictions of sex, drug use, or bloodshed)’.  How can I not check this out?

Black Rock Shooter

Animation Studio: Ordet
Japanese Airdate: 25th July 2010
Number of Episodes: 1
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Miyuki Sawashiro

Summary: OVA of Supercell’s song of the same name, which was originally performed by the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku.

I don’t get the whole Vocaloid thing – I’m not even sure this has anything to do with Vocaloid! However the art and animation style is attractive.  It’s a glorified music video which has been delayed umpteen times; it won’t kill me to check it out when it finally comes out.


So thats that! my ‘First Impressions’ posts will start when ever the subs start coming out in July.  Information for this preview was taken from ANN, The Fansub Wiki, Wikipedia, Chartfag, MAL, the official sites and a heap of other places I’ve forgotten about.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2010 4:23 pm

    Grell😦 😦 😦

    I can take implied BL but straight up I-want-your-penis-in-between-my-butt-cheecks rubs me the wrong way

    Also SEX HAIR!!!

    • May 30, 2010 12:18 am

      Ah Grell is awesome – he made my noisy Inner Yaoi Fangirl happy 😛

      So not getting the sex-hair thing…..must be because I’m female and have curly hair myself 😆

      • May 30, 2010 1:09 am

        Watch out! You just became the latest moe stereotype! 80

        But I think, rather than “curly”, the term might be “tousled”. So not “her curly hair is sexy”, but “her hair is tousled because she just had sex”.

        If it still doesn’t make sense, it is because it is a stupid idea. Again, any show associated with an obsession this ridiculous gets points off.

  2. May 29, 2010 7:57 pm

    Shiki: “Fuyumi Ono”, enough said.

    Amagami: When the best thing people can point out about a show is that a character’s hair is messy, it means there is no real reason to watch it.

    Occult Academy: Could be a fun show. It would be nice if at least one “chikara” show was worth watching.

    Ookami-san: I’ll check this out because, even though it seems generic (instead of a “tiger”, she’s a “wolf”) it might be fun. After all, I like twisted versions of fairy tales. Besides, it doesn’t face a lot of stiff competition.

    Osaka Hamlet: This seems to be one of the few shows that isn’t completely derivative. That makes it worth a look.

    Roberta’s Blood Trail: To me, Roberta was one of the least interesting characters. I’m not really looking forward to this one. 😦

    Rest of it looks like a bunch of garbage.

    • May 30, 2010 12:20 am

      I’m interested in Osaka Hamlet too – may make a nice change from all the fanservice and horror thats dominating this season

  3. May 29, 2010 8:06 pm

    “I was actually really interested in this until I learned that Studio DEEN are handling it.”
    More than half the world feels the same way about DEEN whenever it’s mentioned. I’m part of that half btw.

    Shows I’ll pick up are Occult Academy, Shiki, and High school of the Dead.

    Also Black Lagoon. For me it’s enough that it has Roberta name on it to make it a must-watch but yeah, hopefully, they will release a 3rd season soon after that!

    • May 30, 2010 12:21 am

      Sometimes I feel bad about how hard I am on DEEN – then I look at their back catelogue and RAEG!!!

  4. June 3, 2010 2:15 pm

    I find it amazing that many of our complains are similar xD I mean, the shows (most of them I think, if not all) that look “meh” to you gave a similar feeling to me as well xD Haha!

  5. June 3, 2010 10:43 pm

    Nice articles guys!!!! hihihihi

  6. June 18, 2010 6:48 pm

    This is awesome!


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