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Summer 2011 Anime Preview

June 29, 2011

Looks like I need to apologise again – I have had yet another flare up of arm pain, this time much worse & much longer in duration than before (which is driving me batty, to put things mildly), so I’ve been forced to put all blogging & computer use outside of work on the back-burner.   As such this post is extremely late; I’ve actually been working on this for well over a month and had all the basic information gathered prior to my getting really bad, so I’ve been writing the impressions part with all the speed of a crippled snail over the past few weeks doing a final push this afternoon (arm is fecking killing me now).  Still it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t have a preview done for the upcoming season, even if I can’t actually write much at the moment.

Anyway enough of my pity party, onto the anime!

Appleseed XIII

Website: http://appleseed13.jp/
Animation Studio: Jinni’s Animation Studios & Production I.G.
Japanese Airdate: 3rd June 2011
Seiyuu: Kouichi Yamadera, Maaya Sakamoto, Ami Koshimizu, Hiro Shimono
Director: Takayuki Hamana (Chocolate Underground, Toshokan Sensou)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYARFxH8Xac

Summary: Latest adaptation of Masamune Shirow‘s manga.
In the wake of the destruction of a worldwide non-nuclear war, the city Olympus has become the control center of the world. Run by Bioroids (cloned humans made from only the best DNA), it is defended from terrorists by special military forces. Among these are former LAPD SWAT member Deunan Knotts and her multipurpose cyborg partner Brialeos. They face a challenge from the Human Liberation Front and its terrorist underbelly the Argonauts. The leader of this group, Al Ceides, supposedly died 20 years ago in an attack on Poseidon, but now his shadow emerges once again.

So it’s airing this season rather than last – copypasta~!
I have very limited experience with Appleseed, having only seen a handful of OVAs/movies.  There’s very little information on this new incarnation aside from the fact it’s going to be completely CGI & 13 episodes long.

Blade

Website: http://www.animax.co.jp/marvelanime/blade/
Animation Studio: MADHOUSE / MARVEL (Wolverine, Ironman)
Japanese Airdate: 1st July 2011
Seiyuu: Akio Ohtsuka, Maaya Sakamoto, Tsutomu Isobe, Osamu Saka
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Chi’s Sweet Home, Kobato.)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfCYcQBpnms

Summary: Anime adaptation of the MARVEL comic.
The story revolves around Blade, a “Daywalker” vampire hunter who was born with vampire and human blood after a vampire attacked his mother. While visiting Japan on a mission, Blade tracks down Deacon Frost, the vampire who killed his mother. Blade confronts “Existence,” a mysterious organization composed of vampires modified by Frost.

So…..another Marvel/Madhouse collaboration.  I’ve yet to finish one of these, and it’s really not for lack of trying!  I want to like them , I really do, but Ironman was fecking retarded, Wolverine boring, X-Men was reasonable and then got shit fast…..and now we have Blade, which looks crap from the start – the PV isn’t really very tempting unlike with the others.  Perhaps this is a good sign though! With the other collabs I liked the PVs but was disappointed by the actual shows, perhaps this time I’ll be unimpressed by the PV and like the show?? Stranger things have happened!

Natsume Yuujinchou San

Website: http://www.nasinc.co.jp/jp/natsume-anime/
Animation Studio: Brains Base (Durarara!!, Kure-Nai)
Japanese Airdate: 4th July 2011
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kazuhiko Inoue, Akira Ishida, Junichi Suwabe, Kazuma Horie
Director: Takehiro Omori (Baccano!, Jigoku Shoujo, Kuragehime)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc7I_Pa30iA

Summary: Third season of the anime adaptation of Yuki Midorikawa’s manga series.
Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.

This is a must watch for me.  Natsume Yuujinchou is such a lovely little series, strongly character driven with a very affecting atmosphere, it’s always been a joy to watch and read.  As I’m up to date with the manga I know what to expect from this third season, very much looking forward to seeing how the anime adapts the up coming arcs!

Yuru Yuri

Website: http://yuruyuri.com/
Animation Studio: Dogakobo (11Eyes, Koihime Musou)
Japanese Airdate: 4th July 2011
Seiyuu: Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ookubo, Aki Toyosaki, Emiri Katou
Director: Masahiko Oota (Minami-ke, Mitsudomoe)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51mAy1uumLk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Namori’s manga series.
Four fun-loving schoolgirls take over the former room of a tea ceremony club for their own “Gorakubu” (amusement club).

So its K-ON! without even the vague premise that the girls are going to do anything other than cute things. Great. This is exactly what the world needs more of.

Kamisama Dolls

Website: http://www.kamisama-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: Brains Base (Baccano!, Natsume Yuujinchou)
Japanese Airdate: 5th July 2011
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Misato Fukuen, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ryoei Kimura
Director: Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, Seto no Hanayome)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaJ4Gf9qH2k

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hajime Yamamura’s manga series.
The story centres around Kyouhei, a college student who grew up in a village that deified figureheads named kukuri as gods. Kyouhei abandoned his hometown when he moved to Tokyo and immersed himself in college life. However, he comes across his younger sister Utao with her kukuri in Tokyo. He learns from his sister that a fugitive named Aki from his hometown has also arrived in Tokyo (with his kukuri in tow) and is responsible for a horrific crime that Kyouhei had just witnessed. Kyouhei realizes that he cannot escape what he tried to leave behind in the village.

I’m quite intrigued by this show as I don’t really know what kind of tone its angling for.  On one hand it looks all dark & mysterious with this fugitive guy & a ‘horrific crime’, on the other it looks like the standard moe hijinks.  Still Brains Base are pretty reliable, and if they get the balance right this could be a pretty good watch – giving it a go.

Usagi Drop

Website: http://www.usagi-drop.tv/
Animation Studio: Production I.G. (xxxHOLiC, Ghost in the Shell)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Ayu Matsuru, Hiroshi Tsuchida, Kana Ueda, Maaya Sakamoto
Director: Kanta Kamei (Tales of Vesperia ~First Strike~)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goGyt3ZFMiE

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yumi Unita’s manga series, airing in the noitaminA timeslot.
Thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi comes home from his grandfather’s funeral to discover a little girl named Rin in his garden. Rin is the 6-year-old illegitimate daughter of Daikichi’s grandfather, and Daikichi decides to take her in when no one in the family accepts the responsibility.

So the first of the noitaminA shows (both of which are adaptations this season) which means it gets an automatic trial (even if my usual noitaminA rose-tinted glasses are a bit smudged due to Fractale, [C] & AnoHana).  I have heard very positive things about the Usagi Drop manga, so even though the presence of small children makes me break out in hives, I’m willing to give this a fair chance.

No. 6

Website: http://www.no-6.jp/
Animation Studio: BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Heroman)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHi95pHpxYQ

Summary: Anime adaptation of Atsuko Asano & Hinoki Kino’s manga series, airing in the noitaminA timeslot.
The story is set in No. 6, a future model city in 2013. Raised as a top-ranking elite since the age of 2, a boy named Shion lives in an exclusive area in No. 6. On the night of his 12th birthday, he rescues a boy who calls himself Nezumi (Rat). Nezumi ran away from the city’s Special Security Area. From that moment on, Shion’s life is changed forever…

And here’s the other noitaminA show, and I’m probably a bit more interested in this if I’m honest as I quite like near future sci-fi & coming of age stories.  I also like the character designs, and am very pleased that this is being handled by the ever capable Bones.  I’m also getting vague BL vibes from the summary & promo materials, which is probably mainly due to my Inner Yaoi Fangirl, but others have mentioned it too so it’s not only me!

Blood-C

Website: http://www.blood-c.jp/
Animation Studio: Production I.G. (Kimi ni Todoke, Eden of the East)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Nana Mizuki, Keiji Fujiwara, Atsushi Abe, Misato Fukuen
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima (Genshikan, xxxHOLiC, Hare + Guu)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wBTvv5MjwM

Summary: New instalment in the Blood franchise – this with character designs from CLAMP & written by Nanase Ookawa, the main writer for the mangaka group.  There is no proper series summary for this incarnation of the Blood franchise yet – here’s one for the original movie.
“Teropterids are evil beasts which pose as humans and live only to drink human blood. Fortunately for the human world there are groups dedicated to destroying them. A brooding and mysterious girl named Saya is the best teropterid slayer there is, and now, in 1960’s Japan, she is sent to a U. S. army base which may be infested…”

Kyaaaa! CLAMP! So Pretty!  Ahem…..yes the CLAMP fangirl in me is pretty damn excited about this show.  I enjoyed Blood & Blood+ (even though it dragged a bit) so I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of spin Nanase is going to put on the premise – it’s fairly obvious it’s going to be AU.  Definitely looking into this.

Mayo Chiki!

Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/mayochiki/
Animation Studio: Feel (Kanamemo, Shikabane Hime Kuro)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Eri Kitamura, Satoshi Hino, Yuka Iguchi, Kana Hanazawa
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hayate no Gotoku, Sket Dance)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tgoAayKqrU

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hajime Asano’s light novel series.
Seventeen year old Konoe Subaru is the butler of classmate Suzutsuki Kanade. One day, classmate Sakamoto Kinjirou discovers that Konoe is actually a girl.

Oh joy. Reverse Trap time, because that premise hasn’t been done to death already.  Nothing really appeals to be about this show, it feels kind of lacklustre.

The IDOLM@STER

Website: http://www.idolmaster-anime.jp/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Occult Academy, AnoHana)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Akiko Hasegawa, Asami Imao, Eriko Nakamura, Rie Kugimiya
Director: Atsushi Nishigori
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVbtamE2Vig

Summary: In the original Xbox 360 game, the player manages the careers of 10 aspiring Japanese idol singers as a producer.

Urgh……..really don’t want to have anything to do with this, looks and sounds horrendous.

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Website: http://penguindrum.jp/
Animation Studio: Brains Base (Akikan, Kuragehime)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Ryohei Kimura, Marie Miyake, Miho Arakawa, Subaru Kimura
Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzJtpc44X_M

Summary: The story will centre around the lives of three siblings: Kanba, Shouma, and Himari Takakura, with Himari as the female main character.

The only word I can think of to describe this is ‘intriguing’.  I am the first to admit I would have absolutely no interest if it wasn’t for the fact the man behind this is Mr Utena himself, and he’s also got Brains Base on board.  I guess we’ll only know what we have here when the show starts airing!

Dantalian no Shoka (Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian)

Website: http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/dantalian/
Animation Studio: GAINAX (Evangelion, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt)
Japanese Airdate: 15th July 2011
Seiyuu: Daisuke Ono, Miyuki Sawashiro
Director: Yutaka Uemura
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhau40ulhPk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Gakuto Mikumo’s light novel series.
Hugh Anthony Disward inherits an old mansion and a personal library from his grandfather. In the basement of the mansion, he meets a mysterious girl Dalian. She is a Dantalian and a gateway to “Dantalian’s bookshelf”, which stores the prohibited books of the demons.

If I had of just read the summary and watched the PV I would have gone “meh, JC Staff being JC Staff” and moved on, however since this is GAINAX, Dantalian no Shoko demands another look – you never know just what GAINAX are going to next after all!

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!

Website: http://www.bakatest.com/
Animation Studio: Silver Link (BakaTest)
Japanese Airdate: 7th July 2011
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Hitomi Harada, Emiri Katou, Kouki Miyata, Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Director: Shin Oonuma (ef: A Tale of Memories, Natsu no Arashi)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_48xKnxf0o

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Kenji Inoue’s light novel series.
Advanced placement into a school of higher grade proof-reading is determined by the results of the Promotion Test strictly for class type. Ranging from A class with the best facilities anyone can offer all the way down to F Class which is composed of low dining tables, rotten tatami mats and other worn out facilities. Students can change classes by competing using the Examination Summons Battle system or ESB. Students summon characters with their equivalent test mark scores and use them to compete with other classes.

I really quite enjoyed the first season (which was a good thing since it was the first show I blogged from beginning to end) and the OVAs were pretty fun too, so I’m definitely watching this sequel.  Kind of hoping they go back to exploring the Summons Battles again though, there’s only so much romcom & Trap jokes I can handle!

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (La croisée dans un labyrinthe étranger)

Website: http://ikokumeiro.com/
Animation Studio: Satelight (Guin Saga, Basquash!)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd July 2011
Seiyuu: Nao Touyama, Takashi Kondo, Aoi Yuuki, Hideyuki Tanaka
Director: Kenji Yasuda (Shugo Chara, Noein)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv0rQ2NBy20

Summary:  Anime adaptation of Hinata Takeda’s manga series.
The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveller, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family’s ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar’s nephew and shop owner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s.

For those with an interest in period pieces, this looks like the natural replacement for Gosick.  It looks very pretty, but also sounds fecking dull as dishwater, so I’m really sure if I can be arsed with this.  Satelight are kind of hit or miss for me, but at least their productions always look fantastic.

Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi

Website: http://www.itsu-ten.jp/
Animation Studio: ZEXCS (Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Rental Magica)
Japanese Airdate: 8th July 2011
Seiyuu: Megumi Takamoto, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Jun Fukuyama, Yuuichi Nakamura
Director: Takashi Yamamoto (Jewelpet Twinkle, Nanatsuiro Drops)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6FNoKl8Pz0

Summary: Anime adaptation of Takaya Kagami’s (Legend of the Legendary Heroes) light novel series.
The “reverse school fantasy” light novel series follow an ordinary high school boy named Taito Kurogane who is given a “poison” by a female vampire named Saitohimea, thus changing his life.

What the feck is a ‘reverse school fantasy’!? PV looks like ‘generic school fantasy’ if you ask me!  Apparently one of the PVs for this show was pulled from PV and YouTube for being too risqué which just makes me even more dubious about this show.  But then again I would expect nothing more from ZEXCS.  The only thing positive I can say about this series is that I like the original artwork (pity they didn’t really translate well into an animated format) and the author also wrote Legend of the Legendary Heroes, which was much more entertaining than it had any right being.  I’ll try the first episode, but won’t hold my breath – expecting poorly censored panties galore!

Nekogami Yaoyorozu

Website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/nekogami/
Animation Studio: AIC Plus+ (Asobi ni Ikuyo!, Nana to Kaoru)
Japanese Airdate: 9th July 2011
Seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu, Yui Horie, Aki Toyosaki, Yuko Sanpei
Director: Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Kaichou wa Maid-sama)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nUzFUC6oGU

Summary:  Anime adaptation of FLIPFLOPs comedy manga series.
Koyama Yuzu is running an antique shop. Mayu, a cat god (nekogami), is living off Yuzu and leads an idle life playing games. Unexpected visitors in the form of other goddesses visit Mayu and enjoy merrymaking.

Looks very……cute……and random.  Do not think I want.  The only thing really giving me pause for thought is the director as I really did enjoy the randomness of Cromartie.  Still I think he’d have to work a lot of magic to make me interested in this series!

Manyuu Hikenchou

Website: http://oppaidaisuki.jp/
Animation Studio: Hoods Entertainment (Aki Sora, Seikon no Qwaser)
Japanese Airdate: 10th July 2011
Seiyuu: Aki Toyosaki, Kaoru Mizuhara, Minako Kotobuki, Mamiko Noto)
Director: Hiraku Kaneko (Seikon no Qwaser)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMYbr-dY6Fg

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hideki Yamada’s manga series.
It is currently the Taiheimeji Era. It is a reign ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate. Inside this shogunate, there is a group of warriors that support the government. They are the Manyuu Clan.
In this current era, breasts mean everything. If you have breasts, you are guaranteed wealth and popularity. If you lack them, you are rarely considered “human”. Members of the Manyuu Clan help raise the future big breasts. Written on a secret scroll possessed by the clan, there is said to be various techniques on how to grow big and beautiful breasts.
Chifusa is to be successor of the clan. However, she takes the secret scroll and runs away with it, hoping to fight against the cruel world that the Manyuu Clan has created…

I think I face-palmed so hard I hurt myself.  Ah Hoods Entertainment, at least you don’t even attempt to pretend that your shows are anything other than borderline hentai, for that alone I can’t really complain.  So this is a show all about boobs.  That’s all I needed to know – I’ll be moving on now before I hurt myself again.

Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%

Website: http://utapri.tv/
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Kuroshitsuji, Ao no Exorcist)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd July 2011
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Junichi Suwabe, Mamoru Miyano, Norio Wakamoto
Director: Yuu Kou (Monochrome Factor, Giant Killing)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Rf4O6OZkk

Summary: Anime adaptation of Broccoli’s 2010 PSP otome game.
In the slapstick romantic comedy, a girl goes to a school for the performing arts with boys who are budding idols.

Ummm…….I’m sort of at a loss as to what to make of this.  It’s painfully obvious it’s an otome game adaptation due to all the multicoloured bishies flying about the place (although I do see more than one girl which is kind of amazing!)  A-1 Pictures will at least make it look pretty (and very, very colourful going by the PV) and the director and voice cast are pretty damn good.  I’m expecting the kind of fluffy, turn-off-your-brain nonsense I’ve had a craving for lately, so will no doubt watch this!

Morita-san wa Mukuchi TV

Website: http://www.takeshobo.co.jp/sp/moritasan/
Animation Studio: Studio Gram
Japanese Airdate: 5th July 2011
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Ami Nanase, Haruka Tomatsu
Director: Naotaka Hayashi
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnjv2G2tbas

Summary: TV anime adaptation of Tae Sano’s 4-koma manga series.
The story follows the everyday life of a high school girl named Mayu Morita who is exceedingly gentle and thoughtful, to the point that she does not say much of anything to anyone.

Oh look another anime full of high school girls being high school girls……………oh I’m sorry I feel asleep reading the summary; just let me look at the PV………oh god look at that shitty art!  Urgh, no thanks.

R-15

Website: http://kadokawa-anime.jp/R-15/
Animation Studio: AIC (Amagami-SS, Sasameki Koto)
Japanese Airdate: 9th July 2011
Seiyuu: Aya Gouda, Yurina Fukuhara, Kayoko Tsumita, Midori Tsukimiya)
Director: Munenori Nawa (Fortune Arterial, Kiss x Sis)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL27u12cDdg

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Fushimi & Takuya Fujima’s light novel series.
The story centres around Taketo Akutagawa, a student with a secret: he is a talented pornographic novelist with a newspaper-serialized work. He enrolls in a school that only accepts geniuses, and risqué trouble ensues there.

Going by the artwork I’m guess this is going to be one of those shows where the POV never leaves the girls thighs in the pursuit of panty-shots.  At least the show isn’t pretending to be anything other than shallow fanservice, still won’t convince me to watch it though!

Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou

Website: http://www.nuramago.jp/index.html
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Simoun, Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Japanese Airdate: 3rd July 2011
Seiyuu: Jun Fukuyama, Aya Hirano, Hiro Shimono, Ami Koshimizu, Yui Horie
Director: Junji Nishimura (Kyo Kara Maoh!, Simoun)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZoyetZkEDw

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Hiroshi Shiibashi’s shounen manga series.
Rikuo Nura, is 3 parts human and a quarter Demon, lives in a house of spirits with his grandfather, The current clan head of the Nura youkai. Rikou is set to be the next clan head, despite the fact he dislikes his demon side. He soon come to terms with his demon blood and decides to take his position as young master of the Nura house. However there are those who will certainly not allow it to be easy.

So the first season was a bit lacklustre and didn’t really go anywhere.  Despite that I watched it all and will definitely be watching this second season.  NuraMago is pretty to look at  and it did have some impressive episodes so I’m actually fairly interested to see where the story is going.  The very stylish PV suggests that Rikuo’s hitherto absent father will be making an appearance, so I’m hoping for more emphasis on the cool demon side of things rather than the dull school life crap we had to put up with last season.

Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise!

Website: http://www.twin-angel.com/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Zero no Tsukaima)
Japanese Airdate: 4th July 2011
Seiyuu: Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, Yukari Tamura
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love Hina, Sky Girls)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG9EZQtkYhc

Summary: TV anime adaptation of Sammy’s magical girl slot machine game series.
Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki are freshman high school students and best friends. During the day they help with school activities but at night they thwart enemies like Black Auction and other villains as Red Angel and Blue Angel, the Twin Angel team.

Oh fuck no.

Sacred Seven

Website: http://www.sacred7.jp/
Animation Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass, Gundam 00)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd July 2011
Seiyuu: Megumi Nakajima, Takuma Terashima, Kanae Itou, Miyu Irino
Director: Yoshimitsu Ohashi (Galaxy Angel, Witchblade)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqElHVnU8Ag

Summary: Original series from Sunrise.
Marketed as “a new school battle action project” with the tagline “People’s memories change the world!”

So basically what we have here is a mish mash of various Sunrise shows all blended together.  I am okay with this.  I’m slightly concerned about the director since I’m not really fond of most of the stuff he’s worked on, and I don’t really know what to make of the lack of solid information on this show, however the fact that the theme song by is by FictionJunction and its Sunrise, is enough to make me want to check this out.  Hopefully it’s not a disaster.

Kami-sama no Memo-chou

Website: http://www.kamimemo.com/
Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Hayate no Gotoku, Honey + Clover)
Japanese Airdate: 2nd July 2011
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Yui Ogura, Daisuke Ono, Takahiro Sakurai
Director: Katsushi Sakurabi (Tsukihime, Uraboku)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Gu2DVP2lQ

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hikaru Sugii’s mystery light novel series.
The story centres around a “NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) detective” girl named Alice and her assistant, a high school freshman boy named Narumi Fujishima.

I wasn’t much fussed on this until I watched the PV – its got a really interesting atmosphere going on.  I’m slightly concerned about the director and the fact JC Staff don’t really seem to be putting much effort into their series lately, but I’m hoping this show will buck that trend.  Quite looking forward to this, hopefully the ‘mystery’ element will be decent.

Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Website: http://www.ro-kyu-bu.com/
Animation Studio: Project no. 9 / Studio Blanc
Japanese Airdate: 1st July 2011
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Rina Hidaka, Shizuka Itou, Youko Hikasa, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Keizo Kusakawa (Asura Cryin’, Sekirei)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFPFFj_N_Ks

Summary: Adaptation of Sagu Aoyama’s sports comedy light novel series.
The story centres around a high school freshman boy named Subaru Hasegawa who joined the basketball team, but the team stopped playing due to the captain being suspected of being a lolicon. Subaru somehow ends up as a coach of an elementary school’s basketball team with five girls.

Hang on, just let me re-read that summary again……….yes it does appear to be about a suspected paedophile coaching an elementary girls basketball team…….WTF?  Okay, lets look at the PV……..is it live action!??  This show just has me bemused.  Think its more of a vehicle for a bunch of female seiyuu than anything else – I could not be less interested.

Nyanpire: The Animation

Website: http://www.nyanpire.jp/
Animation Studio: GONZO (Last Exile, Kaze no Stigma)
Japanese Airdate: 6th July 2011
Seiyuu: Ami Koshimizu, Jun Fukuyama, Yuko Goto, Noriaki Sugiyama
Director: Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Kaitou Reinya + lots of work as a character designer/animator/animation director)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=139E_h_XToQ

Summary: Anime adaptation of yukiusa’s popular “The Gothic World of Nyanpire” doujinshi series.
The story follows a black cat who was abandoned and left to starve. Just before the cat’s life was to be extinguished, a vampire emerged from the darkness and gave it blood. Now, “Nyanpire” (a combination of the Japanese pronunciations for a cat’s meow and “vampire”) lives as a seemingly ordinary house cat raised by a human girl.

Hoorah GONZO are back from the dead!  However they’ve chosen an odd show to revive with………vampire cats.  I’m not a cat person – I don’t really find them overly cute (I prefer dogs) but I am intrigued by this.  The voice cast is pretty star-studded and the doujinshi series seems to be very popular; this will either be genius or rubbish (I’m hoping for genius).

OVAs

Baby Princess 3D Paradise 0 [Love]

Website: http://baby-princess3d.jp/
Animation Studio: Studio Comet (Jewelpet, School Rumble)
Japanese Airdate: 15th June 2011
Seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu, Rina Satou, Yuka Saitou, Yuko Goto, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Takayuki Inagaki (Jewelpet Sunshine, Rosario + Vampire)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXrP5S_3SPg

Summary: OVA adaptation for Dengeki G’s Magazine’s Baby Princess project.
It’s about a family of 19 sisters — from a newborn baby to a graduating high school senior. In the novel version, a high school senior named Youtarou thought he was an only child — until he met his real mother and discovered that she has 19 daughters. He ends up living with his “true family.

Oh look an anime with every conceivable kind of moe & lolicon!  I am kind of disturbed by the presence of such young children in this – its making my skin crawl.

Vitamin X Addiction

Website: http://www.d3p.co.jp/vitamin_x_addiction/
Animation Studio: Nomad (Kampfer, Rozen Maiden)
Japanese Airdate: 15th July 2011
Seiyuu: Daisuke Kishio, Daisuke Ono, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Kazuhiko Inoue
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Princess Resurrection, Nyan Koi!)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsPh32_TsZc

Summary: OVA adaptation for D3 Publisher’s Vitamin X otome game franchise.
The story is set at Seitei Gakuen, an elite private academy that teaches every level from kindergarten until college in Tokyo. A new female teacher named Yūri Minami is starting her second year of teaching here, and she is now moving up from teaching middle school students to the assignment she had sought after: grammar for high school students. Unfortunately, she gets assigned to “Class X,” an infamous group of seniors; it is said that all of their previous teachers have retired due to ulcers or neurosis. Minami must try to reach out to these students and get them into college.

The character design are hideous.  This a major minus point when this series’ entire selling point hinges on the bishies.  Unbishie bishies do not make me want to watch this regardless of the fantastic voice cast!  Why so ugly Vitamin X!?

Hakuouki Hekketsu-roku OVA

Website: http://www.geneonuniversal.jp/rondorobe/anime/hakuoki/
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Junjou Romantica)
Japanese Airdate: 5th August 2011
Seiyuu: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Houko Kuwashima, Shinichiro Miki, Kousuke Toriumi
Director: Osamu Yamazaki (Itazura na Kiss, Toward the Terra)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfSKCPSUOKw

Summary: Third anime adaptation of Idea Factory’s otome game.
After a resounding defeat and the loss of some comrades Chizuru Yukimura and the Shinsengumi head to Ezo to fight the new government’s army. However, all does not go well.

I can barely remember what happened in the two TV series, all I remember of the show is that it was extremely pretty, but the plot moved with all the speed of an injured sloth.  Still, I’ll watch this too……..because its pretty, I’m shallow and I may as well finish off the show since I’ve made it this far!

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira

Website: http://www.oyashirosama.com/web/kira/
Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Giant Killing, Hetalia)
Japanese Airdate: 21st July 2011
Seiyuu: Mai Nakahara, Mika Kanai, Satsuki Yukino, Souichiro Hoshi, Yukari Tamura
Director: Hideki Tachibana (Dragon Crisis, H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RaUPlVeD2E

Summary: Fourth anime adaptation of 07th Expansion’s visual novel franchise.
It’s a collection of four mini-stories, one adaptation and three original, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the franchise. The original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel software revolved around murders that coincide with an annual festival in a quiet rural village.

Oh DEEN.  What are you doing to Higurashi!?  This show was awesome for the first two season, the Rei OVA was a bit meh, but this just takes the biscuit.  Basically what we’re going have here is Higurashi with everything awesome cut out, so that all we’re left with is the shitty comedy and fanservice I like to pretend belongs to another show. Oh DEEN.

Saiyuki Gaiden

Website: http://saiyuki-gaiden.com/
Animation Studio: Anpro
Japanese Airdate: 24th June 2011
Seiyuu: Souichiro Hoshi, Toshihiko Seiko, Akira Ishida, Hiroaki Hirata, Rei Igarashi
Director: Naoyuki Kuzuya (Bus Gamer)
PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMIs7Hvngys

Summary: Latest instalment of Kazuya Minekura’s Sayuki franchise – this is based on the Saiyuki Gaiden manga which is set 500 years before the original Saiyuki series.
A heretic child with golden eyes is brought to Heaven and given into the reluctant care of a minor deity, Konzen, nephew of the Merciful Goddess Kanzeon Bosatsu. Konzen eventually names him “Goku”. Goku befriends two other minor gods, Marshal Tenpou and General Kenren of the Western Army of Heaven, and a boy who seems to be his age, the War Prince Nataku. Though Goku is happy in his new home, Heaven is not kind to heretics.

I’ve already watched a shitty advance copy of this OVA (and even then the show looks pretty), and it’s clearly only for those who are fans of the show, since it jumps all over the timeline and doesn’t really explain anything.  I haven’t actually read the Saiyuki Gaiden manga, but I do know enough of the plot to not be confused about whats going on.  One to avoid if you haven’t seen anything of Saiyuki before.

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And that’s just about everything!  As usual all information is taken from a mixture of ANN, The Fansub Wiki, Wikipedia, Neregate’s Chart, the official sites, and various other places I didn’t write down.  I’m not too sure what I’m going to do about First Impressions posts this time round, I’m really having a pretty shitty time of things at the moment insofar as writing is concerned.  If I can manage it, it will be business as usual; if not……well, we’ll see (although knowing me I’ll do them anyway and then curse my stupidity later when I’m drugged to eyeballs with pain meds).

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 8:17 pm

    Liked going over your thoughts for each show. The ones I’m looking forward to are:
    Croisee
    Nura Clan 2
    Natsume Yujinchou 3
    Kamisama Dolls (maybe)
    Mukuchi (maybe)
    Blood-C
    Usagi Drop
    Dantalian no Shoka
    Lots of interesting shows to blog about this season. I’m looking forward to it. =}

    • July 2, 2011 12:20 pm

      It certainly is a much busier summer season than I’m accustomed to – usually summer is my chance to catch up on some older series, but there may not be time this season!

  2. June 29, 2011 8:54 pm

    Cara, maybe you can set yourself up with one of those voice-dictation applications. If nothing else, it might cut down on the amount of typing (pain) you experience. I hope you feel better soon!

    Regarding Hakuouki, the summary is misleading. From what I have seen, the OVA will be a prequel, that takes place before Chizuru joins the group (so it will focus on the early Shinsengumi period, not the depressing Hokkaido period).

    So, the most original idea this season goes to Idolm@ster, because instead of following the hijinx of 4 girls, it follows the hijinx of 14 girls? Yeah, I’m a little bitter today.

    • July 2, 2011 12:26 pm

      Voice dictation software is pretty expensive & I share my computer room with my brother’s gaming rig so its not particularly quiet😄

      I was wondering why so much of the Hakuouki promo stuff had them in their old uniforms – didn’t pay much attention to be honest, I watch that show on auto-pilot😄

      Oh yes, Idolm@ster will be the most original show we’ve seen in years……..no sarcasm here!

      • July 8, 2011 2:26 am

        What about Baby Princess or whatever? Isn’t that about like 18 girls? :v

        • July 8, 2011 6:30 pm

          OVA’s always have to one-up the TV shows don’t they……

  3. June 29, 2011 9:27 pm

    I’m looking forward to Ikoku Meiro no Croisée [subtitle: something in French]. And Dantalian’s Library [subtitle: something in Italian]. And Saiyuki Gaiden!😀

    And to reiterate Joojoobees, if your hand hurts that much, I will recommend Dragon Dictation. My uncle has a copy and it’s truly astounding… if quite expensive.

    • July 2, 2011 12:30 pm

      Yeah I’ve heard that dictation software is amazing these days, however my money is mostly tied up at the moment😛

  4. June 29, 2011 9:27 pm

    “Oh fuck no.”😄 now these were the kind of impressions I was waiting for😀

  5. Aiko permalink
    June 29, 2011 10:21 pm

    Yeah, I won’t go into specifics as to why I’m selecting the following, simply that I’ve read/watched something related to the anime or am merely intrigued by the premise, staff involved or PV.

    Will attempt to watch weekly:

    Natsume Yuujinchou San
    Kamisama Dolls
    Usagi Drop (looking forward to this one)
    No. 6
    Blood-C
    Sacred Seven
    Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
    Mawaru Penguindrum

    Will watch sometime after broadcast:

    Dantalian no Shoka
    Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou
    Kami-sama no Memo-chou
    Ro-Kyu-Bu!
    Double-J
    THE IDOLM@STER
    Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!

    • July 2, 2011 12:32 pm

      Hadn’t even heard of Double-J before it popped up on TT – it was weird😛

  6. Sabrina permalink
    June 29, 2011 10:42 pm

    I hope your arm feels better. Do whatever you can to ease the pain.

    • July 2, 2011 12:33 pm

      Thank you🙂 Currently looking into getting an orthopaedic opinion, so hopefully I’ll get some explanation for what the hell is wrong!

  7. June 29, 2011 11:41 pm

    You might want to re-re-read the synopsis for Ro-Kyu-Bu…

    “The story centres around a high school freshman boy named Subaru Hasegawa who joined the basketball team…” (as a regular member) “…but the team stopped playing due to the captain…” (who is not the protagonist Subaru) “…being suspected of being a lolicon. Subaru somehow ends up as a coach of an elementary school’s basketball team with five girls”.

    There is an animated PV out there now, which was surprisingly well animated coming from three studios with near zero experience. I’ll admit it still sounds absolutely rubbish, but slightly better than you made it out to be.😛

    Fully agree with you on most of the other shows though, particularly Kami-sama no Memo-chou. This will either be the series that redeems J.C. Staff in my eyes, or it’ll be the last of their shows I bother to watch (sequels to Bakuman and Shana aside).

    • July 2, 2011 12:35 pm

      Ah…..okay that makes it marginally less creepy……only marginally though. I blame my medication and the fact I always expect the worst!😄

      Yeah I’m hoping JC Staff find some motivation with Kami-sama no Memo-Chou too, its a crying shame they’ve been reduced to this sorry state recently

  8. July 1, 2011 1:06 am

    Natsume Yuujinchou San— YES! I recently watched Season one! Really excited to see what happens next plus who can resist more Nyanko getting drunk? Lolol.

    No. 6– Seems like a great sounding show so far, Bones doing a scifi show?! YES Sounds perfect, well we shall see anyway.

    Dantalian no Shoka– Can we say index anyone? But done by Gianax instead xD I am looking forward to this one! Well I will give it the good old three episode try.

    Sacred Seven– Easily my most anticipated show it does remind me slightly of Tiger and Bunny and a bit of Scryed, but ya looking forward to that one for my “Mecha” needs even thou they are just wearing suits not piloting big ass machines ahaha.

    But like all seasons of new anime I will try a little bit of everything.

    • July 2, 2011 12:37 pm

      Have you watched S2 or are you in the process of doing so? Its also wonderful, really looking forward to a 3rd season of Natsume! (I’m also seriously considering buying that 1:1 scale Nyanko-sensei plush I’ve seen!)

      Trying everything is the only way to find the hidden gems; although you do also have to put yourself through some painful experiences in order to do so!

      • July 3, 2011 11:10 am

        For Natsume? I have seen all of season one, two I didn’t watch because I saw they were mostly recap or are they filled with new scenes? I think I was told there were only like one or two changed scenes with added info on his grandma’s past.

        YES! I know and a chance to find the shows I over looked Lol…

        • July 3, 2011 12:35 pm

          Eh? No, Zoku is all new stuff and continues to follow the manga. It introduces Taki and develops Natori quite a lot. I’d strongly recommend watching Zoku before starting San, you’ll be missing a sizable chunk of character development if you skip the series.

  9. September 15, 2011 7:28 pm

    I like this website it is really informative i will be sure to book mark it and come back to it occassionally

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