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Spring Anime Preview 2012

March 18, 2012

Okay Winter is coming to an end, so better get this preview out before the Spring season actually starts!  Some story as usual – sequels & genericness as well as some truly interesting looking shows.  Now, time for opinions.

Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Japanese Airdate: 1st April 2012
Seiyuu: Hiroaki Hirata, Kenn, Masako Ikeda, Miyuki Sawashiro
Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Doraemon)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Chuuya Koyama’s manga series.
The story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta’s life changes one fateful day.

Aside from the fecking awesome title (SPACE BROS!) this does seem like it will be a show to keep a close eye on.  It’s a long running and award winning seinen manga series, and this anime has already been earmarked for 48+ episodes – so no worries about the story being overly condensed.  The director only really has Doraemon under his belt, but that isn’t anything to sniff at given the massive popularity of that series.  This definitely has the potential to be something great – will be checking it out.

Hiiro no Kakera (Scarlet Fragment)

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Japanese Airdate: 1st April 2012
Seiyuu: Kousuke Okano, Tomokazu Sugita, Marie Miyake, Daisuke Namikawa
Director: Bob Shirohata (Gravitation, Hetalia)
*~Streaming on Crunchyroll~*

Summary: Anime adaptation of Idea Factory’s PS2 otome game.
The original game centered around Tamaki Kasuga, a 17-year-old high school girl. When her parents have to go overseas for work, Tamaki moves to her mother’s hometown in the mountains with her grandmother. On the day that Tamaki arrives at the village, she encounters strange creatures, only to be saved by a mysterious boy. The boy, Takuma Onizaki, is the first of five Guardians of the Tamayohime that Tamaki meets.

I’ve actually already seen the first episode since Crunchyroll had a decent quality pre-air.  It’s everything you would expect from reading the synopsis, watching the PV and looking at the art – generic reverse harem fluff.  Now I usually enjoy my reverse harem bishie fluff, but Hiiro no Kakera doesn’t have any of the trashy fun that most of this type of show has.  Nope, rather Hiiro no Kakera seems to be taking itself seriously rather like Hakuouki (which also bored me to tears).  This wouldn’t be so bad if the story was in anyway interesting or if the bishie’s were particularly pretty (like the Hakuouki cast – I watch that because it is very, very pretty even if it’s boring).  For a bishie reverse harem to be unpretty with hella derpy animation, as well as boring as fuck is unforgivable – guess I’ll have to look elsewhere for my bishie fix this season.

Yurumates 3D

Animation Studio: C2C
Japanese Airdate: 2nd April 2012
Seiyuu: Halko Momoi, Miyu Matsuki, Natsuko Kuwatani, Satoshi Hino
Director: Yoshihide Yuuzumi / Tomohiro Yamanashi

Summary: TV anime adaptation of saxyun’s 4-koma manga series.
Yurume, an 18-year-old “ronin” and recent high school graduate, has high hopes of being accepted and attending Tokyo University. She moves into an apartment complex, the Maison du Wish, located on the outskirts of Tokyo where other ronins living there are studying for upcoming college acceptance exams.

This series has already had two OVAs, but I’ve never actually heard of the show before.  Not overly keen on the art, story seems run of the mill, and I doubt that this will really get any subs, so not bothering with it.


Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment
Japanese Airdate: 2nd April 2012
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Mamoru Miyano, Aya Hisakawa, Kana Hanazawa
Director: Osamu Nabeshima (D.Gray-Man, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Masakazu Katsura’s manga series.
The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and ALPHAS, and then traces their origins – Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as ALPHAS.   The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.

I think I got a bit overly caught up in the epic trailer music and angsty bishies, but I’m actually quite interested in this.  It seems like a pretty standard setup for two rivals facing off (expecting to see a mountain of BL fanart emerging soon) but it does have a lot of style – I quite like this kind of thing.  It’s a straightforward concept, but it does have the potential to be very interesting if the effort is put into the production and writing.  Things seem solid enough but I’ll wait until I’ve seen the first episode before I pass judgment on this show.

Queen’s Blade: Rebellion

Animation Studio: ARMS
Japanese Airdate: 2nd April 2012
Seiyuu: Aya Endo, Aki Toyosaki, Haruka Tomatsu, Shizuka Itou
Director: Yousei Morino (ONE ~Kagayaku Kisetsu e~, Midnight Panther)

Summary: Third TV series for the franchise.
After the 30th Queen’s Blade, Claudette becomes the queen. At first, she governs the country well by abolishing the heavy taxes and the aristocracy. However, her reign turns into terrorism by power and the Queen’s Blade is repealed. The Princess Knight of Rebellion, Annelotte organizes a rebel army and declares war against Claudette.

Oh look, more boobs……..moving on.

Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden

Animation Studio: Pierrot
Japanese Airdate: 3rd April 2012
Seiyuu: Yoichi Masukawa, Kouichi Toochika, Masashi Ebara, Yukari Tamura
Director: Masahiko Murata (Mazinkaiser, Shikabane Hime)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kenji Taira’s manga series.
Chibi styled spinoff of Masashi Kishimoto’s long running Naruto series focusing on Rock Lee.

Interesting fact – this is the show that is replacing Bleach.  Yeap Bleach has been cancelled at long last, and a Naruto spin-off is taking it’s slot; oh how the mighty have fallen.  But yeah, back to Rock Lee.  I can’t profess to being a massive fan of Lee and his bizarre character design, but this looks like it could be amusing for a bit.  The show is basically fanservice for existing Naruto fans – if you don’t like the show you’ll not be watching this.  I do like Naruto, but I’m not sure if I could be bothered with this spin-off, checking out the first episode to see what it’s all about.

Ginga e Kickoff! (Kickoff to the Galaxy!)

Animation Studio: TYO Animations
Japanese Airdate: 3rd April 2012
Seiyuu: Mariko Nakatsu, Yu Kobayashi, Houko Kuwashima, Kenn
Director: Konosuke Uda (Lovely Complex, One Piece)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hiroto Kawabata’s 2006 novel Ginga no World Cup (Galactic World Cup).  This show is relaunching NHK General’s animation block.
The story follows a boy who was in a soccer team, but it was disbanded due to not enough players. However, after the boy meets a female professional soccer player, he aims to bring his soccer team back.

Kiddie show about football………so not interested.


Animation Studio: Fanworks
Japanese Airdate: 3rd April 2012
Seiyuu: Miyuki Kawasho, Sota Arai, Youhei Azakami
Director: Rareko (Chi-Sui Maru)

Summary: Flash animation project.
The story centers on a junior high school class where students discuss strange topics as part of their classroom activities. In the first episode, the class president Chiho Takachiho asks her classmates what “pokkori” is, and they discuss various opinions on the subject. Every 5-minute episode features the unique classmates’ views on a different bizarre topic.

Another flash anime.  The concept sounds like the way a Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei usually goes down…….but without the SHAFTiness.  Don’t think I can be bothered and doubt this will even get subs.

Kuromajyo-san ga Touru!


Animation Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Japanese Airdate: 4th April 2012
Seiyuu: Fumiko Orikasa, Romi Park
Director: Tetsu Yasumi (Happy Happy Clover, Fighting Foodons)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hiroshi Ishizaki’s series of children’s novels consisting of 7 minute long episodes.
The story centers on Chiyoko “Choco” Kurotori, a somewhat cynical fifth-grade schoolgirl who is training to become a black witch with the magical world’s most ardent instructor, Gubid.

Kids show, probably another one that won’t get subs too.  Seems mostly harmless though.

Kore wa Zombie Desu-ka? Of the Dead

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Japanese Airdate: 4th April 2012
Seiyuu: Iori Nomizu, Junji Majima, Midori Tsukimiya, Youko Hikasa
Director: Takaomi Kanasaki (School Rumble S2, Magician’s Academy)

Summary: Second series of the anime adaptation of Shinichi Kimura’s light novel series.
In the story, a normal high school boy named Ayumu Aikawa gets killed during a spate of mysterious serial killings. However, Ayumu is resurrected as a zombie by a necromancer girl named “Yū” (Eucliwood Hellscythe), who Ayumu had just met before dying. Ayumu then accidentally deprives the magical girl Haruna of her powers, so she demands that Ayumu take her place in fighting her enemy Megalo.

Now I quite liked the first season of Korean Zombie Desk Car, but it really ran out of steam in the final quarter, which is why a sequel has me less than excited.  Judging from the promo material this is going to be more fanservice & harem hijinks than mahou-shounen transformation sequences and flying whales.  I’ll be watching it anyway since I’m a completionist, but really don’t have any expectations for this sequel.

Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna (The Woman Called Fujiko Mine)

Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment
Japanese Airdate: 4th April 2012
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Kanichi Kurita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Miyuki Sawashiro
Director: Sayo Yamamoto (Michiko to Hatchin)

Summary: First TV series for the Lupin III franchise in 27 years.
The series revolves around the character of Fujiko Mine, depicting her and the rest of the Lupin III cast during their younger days. The series will reportedly capture the “sensuality” present in Monkey Punch’s original Lupin III manga in its “daring interpretation” of the franchise

My only real experience with the Lupin III franchise is The Castle of Cagliostro movie (which I highly recommend) so I’m very excited to be able to watch a Lupin III TV series as it airs!  This is going to be massive, the Lupin III franchise is phenomenally successful, but it is also designed to be very accessible to new viewers so there’s no real need to have watched anything prior to this.  The artwork for the official site and the promo art is all extremely stylish and there is definitely a sexed up feeling to this incarnation – I can’t wait!

Medaka Box


Animation Studio: GAINAX
Japanese Airdate: 4th April 2012
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Aki Toyosaki, Emiri Katou, Daisuke Namikawa, Yuuki Ono
Director: Shouji Saeki (He is My Master, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World)

Summary: Anime adaptation of NisiOisin & Akira Akatsuki’s Shounen Jump manga series.
Kurokami Medaka, a first year, is elected as Student Council President, and the first thing she does is establish a suggestion box, later dubbed by students the “Medaka Box”. Medaka encourages students to submit any problem to the box without hesitation and promises to take on any issue from anyone.
Since Medaka won the Student Council elections with a staggering 98% of the vote, she ends up as the Council’s only member. She asks her childhood friend, Hitoyoshi Zenkichi, for help and he grudgingly agrees, becoming the Student Council’s lowest ranking member. Soon Medaka recruits two more people to the Student Council, the former judo club member Akune Kouki as secretary and the current swim club member Kikaijima Mogana, on loan for 300 yen a day, as treasurer.
Now the Student Council members spend their days solving the problems submitted through the Medaka Box, whether they be hooligans in clubs where they don’t belong, girls who need help writing love letters or people who’ve lost their pets, gradually earning the respect and admiration of the entire school.

On paper I should be excited about this just by seeing the key words “Shounen Jump, NisiOisin & GAINAX”, but once you do a wee bit of research you find a different story altogether.  Medaka Box consistently ranks low on the polls, being known for it’s meandering plotlines that go nowhere – it’s a wonder the series hasn’t been canceled yet.  The GAINAX tag is also misleading because none of the great GAINAX names are at GAINAX anymore – Medaka Box is being handled by the leftovers, like the director responsible for lacklustre titles like He is My Master & This Ugly Yet Beautiful World.  This is a potential trainwreck, but I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to bother witnessing it.

Shirokuma Café (Polar Bear Café)

Animation Studio: Pierrot
Japanese Airdate: 5th April 2012
Seiyuu: Takahiro Sakurai, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Chi’s Sweet Home, Kobato.)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Aloha Higa’s manga series.
The gag comedy follows the daily life of penguins, grizzly bears, and other animals at a café run by a polar bear.

Clearly the show of the season right here!  I do actually want to watch this – great cast, solid staff and fecking bears & penguins!  Bring on NichiBears!

Sengoku Collection

Animation Studio: Brains Base
Japanese Airdate: 5th April 2012
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Rumi Ookubo, Asuka Nishi, Mai Nakahara
Director: Keiji Gotoh (Gatekeepers, Kiddy Grade)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Konami’s Sengoku Collection social networking service game.
The story is set in the tumultuous Sengoku Era of historical Japan, when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan’s first shogunate. In the game, “God of War Cards” have been sealed in six hidden treasures, and fighting breaks out among those who seek the treasures. As a new military master, the player embarks on a journey to obtain the treasures by clearing quests and fighting bosses.
The anime’s main character is a female re-imagining of the great warlord Oda Nobunaga. Another major character is the female version of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of Japan.

Oh Brains Base, what is this?  Why are you giving us yet another fecking genderbent Sengoku show when you could be working on that second season of Durarara?? Urgh.

Natsuiro Kiseki

Animation Studio: Sunrise
Japanese Airdate: 5th April 2012
Seiyuu: Aki Toyosaki, Ayahi Takagaki, Haruka Tomatsu, Minako Kotobuki
Director: Seiji Mizushima (Gundam 00, UN-GO)

Summary: Original s’life anime featuring the four members of Sphere as the main cast.  Sphere will also provide the theme songs.

Words fail me.  I really did try to find a proper synopsis for this, but it really is just another “cute girls do boring ordinary things that people somehow find cute” show entirely engineered to showcase the talents of seiyuu/idol group Sphere.  Why is Seiji Mizushima working on this? That man has serious talent, but I don’t think this show is going to make use of that.  Such a waste of what looks like a pretty decent budget.

Accel World

Animation Studio: Sunrise
Japanese Airdate: 6th April 2012
Seiyuu: Aki Toyosaki, Sachika Misawa, Shintaro Asanuma, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Masakazu Obara (My-HiME, My-Otome)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s light novel series.
One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school. For the middle school boy who is often bullied, the meeting changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from her, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual Accel World. In that moment, the lowest of the “school caste” becomes “Burst Linker”, a knight defending a princess.

Looks like another magical girlfriend type show, except this time the male lead is a short fat kid – guess that’s new.  The show looks very pretty, and the director does know what he’s doing with action series.  Hearing Yuuki Kaji in the main role puts me in mind of Shoe from Guilty Crown though – it’s going to be very hard for me to like any character he plays from now on!  I’ll probably check this out – so long as the writing is half decent I enjoy this kind of shallow action series.


Animation Studio: XEBEC
Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2012
Seiyuu: Iori Nomizu, Misuzu Togashi, Aya Gouda, Yuka Iguchi
Director: Takao Kato (Hen Zemi, To-Love-Ru)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kitsune Tennouji’s manga series.
A teacher is looking for a school by the name of Seishou Academy, as he is a new transfer teacher for that school. Seishou Academy is known for having students with excellent marksmanship. However, he gets lost along the way and decides to look for someone who knows where the school is at a summer festival.
He encounters a girl at a shooting range and finds her marksmanship skills to be professional. The girl tells the new teacher that she is an assault rifle, not a student. Her name is FNC and is an assault rifle of Seishou Academy.
The new teacher attends school the next day to find students, including FNC, practicing shooting M16s and realizes that he has come to an unbelievable school. How will his experience be at Seishou Academy?

Well they’ve anthropomorphised practically everything, why not guns?  I’m clearly not going to watch this.

Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X)

Animation Studio: Hoods Entertainment
Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2012
Seiyuu: Ayako Yoshitani, Miyu Irino, Misato Fukuen, Yuuki Kaji
Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Doraemon)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Riichi Ueshiba’s manga series.
One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on it!
After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…

I’ve read a few volumes of this manga, but randomly dropped it for some reason I can’t entirely remember – think I just forgot about it really.  The concept is wacky and the characters are interesting, so it should be a fun show to watch.  Sort of concerned about the studio though – Hoods have only really brought us boobs in some form or other so far, but maybe they are branching out to panties and spit now.

Kuroko no Basuke

Animation Studio: Production I.G.
Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2012
Seiyuu: Kensho Ono, Yuuki Ono, Chiwa Saito, Daisuke Ono, Hirofumi Nojima
Director: Shunsuke Tada (Bungaku Shoujo, Prince of Tennis specials)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s Shounen Jump sports manga series.
Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”, and while nobody seems to know about him, the main 5 players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team?

Normally I reflexively avoid sports anime, but I’m trying to get over that, and this does look promising.  I know nothing about basketball, but the character designs are nice, cast & staff very solid and I think this could be a pretty good adaptation.  Of course this is an ongoing Shounen Jump series so god knows when it will actually end – not sure if my already overloaded watching list can take another shounen show!

Fate/Zero S2

Animation Studio: ufotable
Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2012
Seiyuu: Ayako Kawasumi, Rikiya Koyama, Akira Ishida, Tomokazu Seki, Sayaka Ohara
Director: Ei Aoki (Ga-Rei: Zero, Wandering Son)

Summary: Second half of the anime adaptation based on the Type Moon game franchise.
Taking place 10 years before the events of Fate/Stay Night, this series chronicles the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War.

Not so much a sequel as the rest of the show!  Of course I am watching this, the first half of Fate/Zero consistently delivered brilliant animation and interesting characters – so hard to believe this is part of the same franchise as Fate/Stay Night.  This 2nd half better have more Rider & Waver antics though; they’re the best characters by a mile!

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2nd Season

Animation Studio: Sunrise
Japanese Airdate: 8th April 2012
Seiyuu: Jun Fukuyama, Shintaro Asanuma, Akira Ishida, Keiji Fujiwara, Kaori Shimizu
Director: Junichi Sato (Kaleido Star, Princess Tutu)

Summary: Continuation of the original puzzle based anime series.
The school adventure story revolves around Kaito, a puzzle-loving freshman at the private high school named “Root Academy.” He is selected as a candidate for “Phi Brain” for his extraordinary mental skills. One day, he and his childhood friend Nonoha tackle the “unsolvable puzzle” hidden in the underground ruins near the school. They are guided by the mobile device given to Kaito by the student council president. The puzzle is the “philosopher’s puzzle,” a life-threatening creation of a mysterious intelligence group known as “POG.” When he defeats the puzzle, he is designated as a “Solver.” Together with Nonoha and other Solvers, Kaito battles POG at “philosopher’s puzzles” all over the world.

I’ve heard that Phi Brain is a very special series the likes of which we are unlikely to see again.  However I still feel no desire to plunge into the world of hardcore puzzle solving so I’ll leave this for the dedicated Phi Brain followers to enjoy.

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)

Animation Studio: Silver Link
Japanese Airdate: 8th April 2012
Seiyuu: Tsubasa Yonaga, Yumi Hara, Eri Kitamura, Misato Fukuen
Director: Shin Oonuma (Baka Test, C3)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Maybe’s manga series.
The story takes place in Seikyou Private School. A facility that consists of multiple buildings that connect together to accommodate both junior and senior high school students. Sixty years of ongoing renovations and expansions have meant most of the old inner structures have been sealed and abandoned. Classrooms turned into storage rooms, staircases no longer in use, hallways like dark alleys. With the existence of such a maze-like building, it is only natural that rumours of the paranormal would appear.
One day first-year middle school student Teiichi Niiya gets lost in this maze and by chance arrives at an old storage room. This is where he meets Yuuko Kanoe, a mysterious girl with raven black, long silky hair and a tall and slender figure, who introduces herself as the ghost of the old school building. For some unexplainable reason Niiya is the only one able to see this spirit and she herself does not have any recollection of the reasons or time of her death, nor any lingering feelings about life itself. Curious about the circumstances of her death the two create a paranormal investigation club and seek to find out the truth about it and the many other mysteries surrounding the school.

This could go either way.  The premise is interesting enough, and Silver Link have made it look quite pretty.  However the director of C3 isn’t inspiring confidence nor is the fact that the official site has a decided to concentrate on ghost girlies cleavage.   I’ll be giving it a chance, Silver Link  are basically SHAFT lite since so many of the staff used to work at SHAFT – if nothing else it will be nice to look at.

Saki: Achiga-hen episode of side-A

Animation Studio: Studio Gokumi
Japanese Airdate: 8th April 2012
Seiyuu: Aoi Yuki, Kana Hanazawa, Mako, Nao Toyama, Arisa Noto
Director: Manabu Ono (A-Channel, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

Summary: Spin-off story from Ritz Kobayashi’s Saki manga series.
The Achiga Girls’ Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.
Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls’, but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.
When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga’s mahjong club.

So this is a spin-off from Saki, which is surprising given Saki apparently didn’t really end – thought there would be a sequel before a spin-off, but apparently not.  I didn’t watch Saki so won’t be watching this – moe girls playing mahjong is not my thing.


Animation Studio: White Fox
Japanese Airdate: 10th April 2012
Seiyuu: Mutsumi Tamura, Sayaka Ohara, Shizuka Itou, Unshou Ishizuka
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Katanagatari)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Keitaro Takanashi’s manga series.
Jonah is a child soldier, born into the chaotic conflicts that rage across Africa, his family lost to a war fueled by weapons supplied by the so-called “Merchants of Death”–international arms dealers. Despite Jonah’s hatred of weapons and violence, he employs both extremely well in the service of high-flying arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar and her band of mercenaries. Their journey through the dark underbelly of the world’s arms markets may lead only to damnation, but will Jonah one day make his way back to the light. Only one thing is certain: it’s going to be a long, hard road out of Hell…

Now this sounds very interesting.  It’s pretty hard to tell how it will actually turn out as White Fox are more of a collaboration of different people working on each new project – none of the people responsible for Steins;Gate are working on Jormungand.  We do have the director of Katanagatari, but thats about as far as the returning ‘White Fox’ staff goes.  Jormungand strikes me as having a kind of Black Lagoon vibe about it, which can only be a good thing – think this could be an interesting show.

Sakamichi no Apollon

Animation Studio: MAPPA / Tezuka Productions
Japanese Airdate: 12th April 2012
Seiyuu: Ryohei Kimura, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aya Endo, Junichi Suwabe
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe (Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yuuki Kodama’s manga series.  Airing in the Noitamina timeslot.
Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bear it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.

Have you watched that PV? You can’t tell me this isn’t going to be brilliant!  I am so hyped for Apollon I can’t tell you!  Not only is Shinichiro Watanabe back from his extended absence, we also get a wonderful jazz themed Yoko Kanno soundtrack – what more could you ask for!?  Apollon is based on an award-winning manga series and this is definitely the kind of show that Noitamina became known for – a very welcome return to form after the drivel we’ve had this season.  Massively looking forward to this, just hope it’s as good as it looks on paper!


Animation Studio: A-1 Productions
Japanese Airdate: 12th April 2012
Seiyuu: Kouki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Ryota Ohsaka, Tomokazu Sugita
Director: Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Trapeze)

Summary: Original production airing in the Noitamina timeslot.
In Enoshima, Yuki is a high school student who’s never been good at making real friends thanks to his abnormally poor communication skills. Haru is the self-styled alien who decides to teach Yuki to fish. Natsuki is an irritable born-and-raised local. Akira is the mysterious Indian who watches them all from a distance. These four meet, fish, and find big adventures on their little island.

Tsuritama is a Kenji Nakamura original project, something I wouldn’t have guessed from the artwork given the quirky art in Mononoke and Trapeze, although [C] was a bit more mainstream looking I suppose.  However reading the synopsis you can see his fingerprints all over it.  The show puts me in mind of Arakawa Under the Bridge given the waterside theme and quirky characters – if its as fun as Arakawa I’ll love Tsuritama, and I have high hopes given the excellent staff on board.  Looks like Noitamina is going to be back on form this season.

Eureka Seven Ao (Astral Ocean)

Animation Studio: BONES
Japanese Airdate: 12th April 2012
Seiyuu: Kanako Miyamoto, Yuutaro Motoshiro, Chiaki Omigawa, Kazuhiko Inoue
Director: Tomoki Kyoda (Eureka Seven, RahXephon)

Summary: Sequel to the 2005 anime.
The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young.
A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

Eureka Seven Ao is technically a sequel to the original anime, but since it has a completely new cast and only really takes place in the same world, there is no real need to have seen the original show (although why you haven’t I don’t know – do so ASAP!).  I suppose if you’re going to make a sequel to a show that didn’t need one this is the way to do it.  I feel in love with the world of Eureka Seven, so another show set in the same environment is quite welcome – looking forward to this, finally there are decent mecha shows coming out again!

Hyou-ka: You Can’t Escape

Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation
Japanese Airdate: 22nd April 2012
Seiyuu: Satomi Satou, Yuichi Nakamura, Ai Kayano, Daisuke Sakaguchi
Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Honobu Yonezawa’s mystery novel.
Oreki Houtarou is a self-proclaimed “energy-saver” – that is, he will not actively waste energy doing things that aren’t necessary. Though he had no interest whatsoever in joining any clubs upon entering Kamiyama High School, he was commanded by his older sister Tomoka to enter the school’s Classics Club, which was in danger of getting abolished as all previous members have graduated. Together with his old friends Fukube Satoshi and Ibara Mayaka, as well as the elegantly ladylike and curiously inquisitive Chitanda Eru, the newly reformed Classics Club find themselves involved in all sorts of mystery-solving escapades. Houtarou soon finds out that the Classics Club, as Tomoka has promised, is actually “quite interesting”.

New KyoAni show then.  I’m pretty interested in this as I like mystery shows, but have a feeling that this will be more s’life than anything else given KyoAni’s fascination with moe girls doing bugger all for episodes on end.  The ray of light here is that there are actual boys in the show and the director of Disappearance is taking the helm, so there is some hope that stuff will actually happen at some stage.  Of course this looks absolutely gorgeous, even with the moeblob character designs, the backgrounds are up to KyoAni’s usual high standards.  I’ll end up watching this I think, but will jump ship if it breaks out the tea & cake.


Animation Studio: Satelight
Japanese Airdate: 29th April 2012
Seiyuu: Anima Satou, Haruka Ishida, Karen Iwata, Kumi Yagami
Director: Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Aquarion EVOL)

Summary: Anime inspired by and starring members of, the popular Japanese idol group AKB48.
In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.

So the second show this season acting as a vehicle for an idol group, this time the behemoth that is AKB48.  I can’t profess to know anything about the J-Pop idol scene, but have heard of AKB48 (you’d have to be living under a rock in this fandom not to have at least heard the name) – they are a completely manufactured troop of something like 80 idols who rotate line-ups so someone from AKB48 is always working somewhere, and they are absolutely huge in Japan.  It’s therefore unsurprising that they’ve gotten their own anime.  I have absolutely no idea what to really say about this show – it’s so WTF sounding that it almost sounds genius.  I suppose that’s Kawamori’s influence, and indeed in the crappy quality PV I found there is dodgy CGI & mecha.  To me this show looks like prime Terribad material – can’t actually see it being any good.

Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan (Bread of Happiness)

Animation Studio: Production I.G.
Japanese Airdate: April 2012
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kanae Itou, Mai Aizawa, Hikaru Midorikawa
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki (Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Sengoku Basara)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Sega’s RPG.
One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.

So apparently in the original game you can switch between swashbuckling action and adventures in baking – not entirely sure how that is going to translate into an anime format, but I can’t say I’m too excited by this.  The only way I can see this working if it is played for laughs – luckily(?) they have the guy behind Sengoku Basara & Legend of the Legendary Heroes directing the thing so maybe it will be as OTT & amusing as those shows.  Again I don’t expect this to be much good, but if it is at least entertaining it could be worth a watch.

Acchi Kocchi (Place to Place)

Animation Studio: AIC
Japanese Airdate: April 2012
Seiyuu: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rumi Ookubo, Hitomi Nabatame, Shintaro Asanuma
Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki (Astarotte no Omocha, Romeo x Juliet)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ishiki’s 4-koma manga series.
Wouldn’t you just love to poke in a relationship between two young high schoolers who have a subtle distance between each other? Of course you would. Tsumugi and Io have this subtle distance that anyone would want to jump in between just to bug them. That’s what the other characters are there for. Tsumugi, being a tsundere and all, won’t be honest about her feelings toward Io. Io on the other hand is unaware of Tsumugi’s feelings, hence the subtle distance between the two. Now, let’s watch these two and see what events await them.

High schoolers? They’re meant to all be high schoolers in the same year!?  Urgh.  I don’t do well with 4-koma adaptations at the best of times, and this looks like a rather rubbish example.  The director of Lotte’s Toy and AIC do not fill me with optimism either – avoiding.


Animation Studio: Studio DEEN
Japanese Airdate: April 2012
Seiyuu: Maaya Uchida, Ryohei Kimura, Mayumi Asano, Misato Fukuen
Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama

Summary: Anime adaptation of Mitsuru Hattori’s zombie romcom manga series.
This is the story of Furuya, a 15 year old boy who is obsessed with zombies. From videos to manga, trinkets to video games, he will stop at nothing in his quest for anything zombie related. However, his interest turns from a simple hobby into an obsession when his cat dies in an accident. Using an old manuscript, Furuya embarks on a quest to revive his fallen pet. During his quest however, he is discovered by the idol Rea, a popular and elegant lady from a wealthy family. Though it may appear that her life is perfect, everything is not as it seems. And she turns to Furuya, for a chance to live her life, in this life or the next.

So zombies are a thing now.  Who knew?  This just looks like a typical DEEN on autopilot show, sometimes I think they go out of their way to find the trashiest manga/novels to adapt.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: Another Crawling Chaos

Animation Studio: XEBEC
Japanese Airdate: April 2012
Seiyuu: Eri Kitamura, Kana Asumi, Aya Hisakawa, Bin Shimada
Director: Tsuyoshi Nagasawa (MM!, Kyo no Go no Ni)
*~Streaming on Crunchyroll~*

Summary: TV anime adaptation of Manta Aisora’s light novel series.
The story centers around Nyarlathotep, a formless Cthulhu deity who can take on the shape of anyone it wishes, but particularly the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school student who is chased by aliens one night, until “Nyaruko” saves him.

So apparently this franchise is popular enough to warrant an actual TV series rather than the flash animations it had gotten before.  Granted it only managed to get XEBEC, but lets not go nuts here.  I didn’t really like the episodes of the flash show I caught – it’s all very dull and generic if you ask me, but there does seem to be a fanbase for the series, so what do I know!?

Kimi to Boku S2

Animation Studio: JC Staff
Japanese Airdate: April 2012
Seiyuu: Kouki Uchiyama, Miyu Irino, Ryohei Kimura, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yuuki Ono
Director: Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, Sora no Woto)

Summary: Second series of the anime adaptation of Kiichi Hotta’s adolescent comedy manga.
The story revolves around four teens — the good-looking twins Yuuta and Yuuki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-German transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.

I ended up watching all of S1 despite my terrible initial impression of the show and was moderately entertained.  It’s a forgettable show that wouldn’t get a look in if it aired in the same season as a Natsume series.  JC Staff seem to be aware of that, so they’ve slotted Kimi no Boku into the seasons where Natsume isn’t airing!  It’s cute boys doing cute things – great for watching with your brain switched off.


Animation Studio: LandQ Studios
Japanese Airdate: 16th March 2012
Seiyuu: Ayumi Fujimura, Rie Tanaka, Tetsuya Kakihara, Atsuko Tanaka
Director: Ryousuke Takahashi (Armored Troopers Votoms, Blue Gender)

~*Streaming on Crunchyroll*~

Summary: A 6 episode series based on a scenario created by Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock) 30 years ago.
In the far future, the elevated irradiation from the sun has destroyed the environment of the earth and the birth-rate of humans has drastically decreased. The government controls society with an army of cloned soldiers called “Ideal Children (IC)”. Sam Coin is a trader in a desert. One day, he saves a beautiful woman Maya, who has been chased by Theseus, a corps of IC. He shelters her in his trade ship, but the destroyers of Theseus surround Sam and Maya.

First episode is out, but I haven’t watched it yet.  There seems to be a revival going on for Leiji Matsumoto shows at the moment – not that that is a bad thing.  I don’t really have much experience with his shows (I’ve really only watched his work on Interstella 5555 – you know that Daft Punk collaboration) but the mans influence on anime as we know it, is nothing to be sniffed at.  I’m quite excited to be able to watch something of his as it airs – what a season, new Leiji Matsumoto show and a new Lupin III show airing at the same time!


Holy Knight

Animation Studio: Cammot
Japanese Airdate: 27th April 2012
Seiyuu: Hiro Shimono, Maaya Uchida, Yuiko Tatsumi, Jouji Nakata
Director: Jiro Fujimoto (Ane Haramix)

Summary: OVA adaptation of Maya Miyazaki’s manga series.
Mizumura Shinta is a plain undergraduate student. One day, he meets a transfer student from Romania, Kishimoto Lilith. She is a half human and half vampire. Through contact with Lilith, he learns the secret of his birth. He is the sole descendant of the Romuald clan, the vampire hunters.

Another show cashing in on the popularity of vampire trash at the moment.  Probably one for the manga fans only.

Ai Mi! Moe Can Change

Animation Studio: Frontier Works
Japanese Airdate: 26th April 2012
Seiyuu: Asuka Ogame, Emiri Katou, Mai Aizawa, Sayaka Ohara
Director: Takeo Takahashi (Spice & Wolf, Cosprayers)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ambition’s bishojou raising/dress-up moe game.
The original game has the player joining a beta test program for androids, which the player must raise and dress up as a girl.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Good god, anything can get an anime these days – can’t wait for the Angry Birds anime!

UN-GO Episode 0: Inga Chapter


Animation Studio: BONES
Japanese Airdate: 20th April 2012
Seiyuu: Aki Toyosaki, Ryo Katsuji, Shinichiro Mikki
Director: Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Hanamaru Kindergarten)

Summary: Prequel to the original TV series explaining how Shinjurou & Inga met.

Can not wait for this.  I really enjoyed UN-GO, it had some weak episodes, but it was just so intelligent and well presented that it became a fast favourite last year.  The only thing left to be covered was Shinjuro’s past and how he met Inga, which is exactly what this OVA will be covering – really excited about this.

Kimi no Iru Machi (A Town Where You Live)

Animation Studio: Tatsunoko Productions
Japanese Airdate: 16th March 2012
Seiyuu: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aoi Yuuki, Megumi Nakajima, Saori Hayami
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Eve no Jikan, Pale Cocoon)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kouji Seo’s manga series.
Eba Yuzuki has mysteriously decided to go to high school in the countryside. But despite Kirishima Haruto’s objections, she is living in his home. Now he has to put up with a freeloading city girl and even worse, make sure Kanzaki Nanami, the girl he likes, doesn’t get the wrong idea!

Can’t say I’m interested in this as I’m not massively interested in shipping wars, which is what this series entire premise rests on.  However my interest is sparked by the director – Yoshiura is better known for things like Time of Eve and Pale Cocoon, to see him directing an OVA about love polygons is certainly different.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Animation Studio: Brains Base
Japanese Airdate: 14th March 2012
Seiyuu: Rie Kugimiya, Tomokazu Seki, Juurouta Kosugi, Mamiko Noto
Director: Hiroshi Ishiodori (Bubblegum Crash, Peach Girl)

Summary: OVAs of History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi bundled with volumes 46 and 47 of the manga by Shun Matsuena.
Shirahama Kenichi is an average student who has earned the nickname “Weak Legs” from always getting bullied. One day he meets a cute girl named Furinji Miu who helps him build the courage to begin training at a mysterious dojo where she lives. Here Kenichi faces intense training from masters of many different martial arts styles as he attempts to become stronger.

I’ve watched the Kenichi anime, but never bothered with the manga.  It’s a fun action packed series, but I’d imagine I’d be completely lost if I watched these OVAs considering they’re being bundled with the manga – bonus for the manga fans I guess.


And there we go, I’ve left off the majority of the kiddie shows because no one really watches those and the list was frighteningly long before I took them out – you have no idea how long it has taken me to write this post.

As usual all the information here has been taken from a mixture of ANN, The Fansub Wiki, MAL, the official sites, and Neregate’s Chart  (plus a few other random places).

First impressions posts will be going ahead as normal at the start of April regardless of how sore I am.  Looking forward to this season, do think there are a few gems in there.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2012 8:42 pm

    Awesome PV once again. 🙂 I’ve already shared my thoughts on the new season on a few other blogs, but with more info/PVs becoming available all the time, my first impressions are changing almost daily. Right now, I’m thinking of going with the following:

    Fate/Zero S2 – Obviously.
    Eureka Seven Ao – Obviously.
    Queen’s Blade Rebellion – …Obviously.
    Kore wa Zombie Desu-ka? – Less so than the above sequels, but still a safe bet.
    Phi Brain S2 – I don’t even know why I like it, but I can’t stop watching…
    Weirdly Named Saki Spinoff – Worth a look since I liked the original.
    Shining Hearts – Giving the franchise another go, despite the awfulness of Tears X Wind.
    Jormungand – Best looking of the new bunch, in my opinion.
    Sakamichi no Apollon – Not really a Jazz person, but given the staff it deserves a look.
    Hyouka – Am also hoping that the mysteries will be the main focus.
    Acchi Kocchi – Personally, I can only see 4-koma and AIC as good things. 😛
    Tsuritama – Intriguing…
    Upotte!! – Looks like perfect trashy/guilty pleasure material.
    Medaka Box – Ditto Upotte!!

    • March 19, 2012 11:43 am

      Thanks AJ~! I’m trying to cut down on my guilty pleasure/trash intake – have far too many shows on the go!

  2. processr permalink
    March 18, 2012 9:19 pm

    “I’ll leave this for the dedicated Phi Brain followers to enjoy.”

    All two of us!

    …Is what I was about to say, but judging by the previous comment there is another who has been seduced by the charms of Phi Brain!

    • March 18, 2012 9:32 pm

      I’m thinking the series must have some sort of subliminal messaging or hypnotism built into its episodes, personally. 😛

    • March 18, 2012 9:34 pm

      The Phi Brain charm appears to only work on British males…….what a strange world.

  3. March 18, 2012 10:34 pm

    Out of the ones that you dismissed, I’m still interested in two.

    AKB0048, because the future setting nullifies most negative implications of the idol brand theme. I mean, if the characters aren’t even real AKB48 personifications, the same way as Natsuiro’s, then it seems to be less like an advertisement vehicle, and more like a typical show with a J-Pop theme, that happens to use the AKB brand. Beyond that, there is nothing in the premise that would automatically mean that it must be bad. I mean, yeah, the latest shows with fighting idols in them happened to be Guilty Crown and Symphogear, but neither of them was bad BECAUSE of the idols.

    And Sankarea, because I followed the manga, and it’s neither excessively generic, nor too trashy. It’s about as generic as any show that comfortably fits into a predefined genre, but beyond that, it’s far from being the most generic inside that genre. The way the zombie-ism, and the concept of mortality are treated in that show, is pretty interesting. It’s only bad, for people who believe that the harem genre is inherently bad.

    • March 19, 2012 11:51 am

      AKB0048 is still a vehicle for the idols whether they’re named in the show or not – the idols are providing the music & voice acting after all, and I doubt that the show will have any appeal outside the legion of AKB48 fans. I don’t think the show will be automatically bad because it’s about idols, I think it will be bad because it’s relying on their star power to sell the show rather than its own merits. At least Natsuiro isn’t called “Sphere” and has cast the group as actual characters rather than just caricatures. But who knows, perhaps Kawamori will work his magic and AKB0048 will become some brilliant parody of the idol world.

      Sankarea I’m more worried about because it looks like DEEN on paint-by-numbers mode, which somehow manages to turn even halfway decent source material into a pulsating pile of crap……..although they do sometimes surprise me which is why I try everything every season.

  4. March 19, 2012 12:42 am

    Nazo no Kanojo X is going to be the best show. That PV really excited me. Looks like Hoods Entertainment might actually make something good for a change, because the frame almost matched the manga frames exactly.

    • March 19, 2012 11:53 am

      I was also impressed by how true to the manga the PV appeared. It is about time Hoods Ent. attempted to make something different, think they have successfully nailed the ‘anime about boobs’ submarket.

  5. March 19, 2012 3:22 am

    A Town Where You Live looks like exactly the sort of show I have no tolerance for, but I LOVE Time of Eve. I’m gonna have to check that out, despite my genre misgivings.

    • March 19, 2012 11:55 am

      Ditto. The draw of Yoshiura is great. But even if it does prove to be not my kind of thing, at least Yoshiura has a movie coming out soon – Sakasama no Patema looks fabulous!

      • March 19, 2012 4:01 pm

        Yeah I saw the preview that was released of that. It seemed much more like something the guy from Pale Cocoon would do.

        (And I still want one of those, “Are you enjoying your Time of Eve?” coffee cups).

  6. March 19, 2012 9:51 pm

    Nice list here Cara! I can’t wait to see some returning series and a few new ones as well, but it looks like most of the things I want to review are sequels like Eureka Seven AO and my favorite! Kore wa zombie desu ka?! OH THE DEAD! Wow I can’t wait to see what kinds of insane fun they will have with more episodes.

    Besides those two I really want to see

    Sankarea- Currently reading the manga and loving it, but not sure how I feel about it getting animated I guess ill still watch it anyway to see what they dropped from from the manga version.

    Tsuritama- Sounds completely crazy to me but I have learned the crazy plot anime usually turn out to be the most fun like Ben-To…that and Gintoki voice!? How can I pass that chance up. Yeah it does remind me of Arakawa! Nino where are you? xD

    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia- Another manga series I was reading for a bit thankfully I never really finished so I will get to see some new stuff. I don’t think it will become Another all over again…unless they have people dying in every episode? LOLOL I can hope…I agree at least it will look amazing! I can’t say much about the story thou.

    Once everything is released we need to find something to replace the void left by Guilty Crown and Nichibros!? Probably Nichibears xD


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