Posted by psgels on 16 February 2008 with categories: Seasonal Previews

Incidentally, this is my 1600th post, so I thought that it would a good time for the upcoming spring-season preview, and the line-up is looking quite interesting. There are a lot of science-fiction series, and no hentai-game adaptations at all. That’s probably the first since years now. Apart from that, Gonzo and Production IG both have three series to come out, and there are relatively few garbage-looking series. I can’t wait till April starts. :)

+ Not Really Looking Forward To +
Kanokon

Summary: Kanokon`s story revolves around Kouta Oyamada, a young first-year high school student who moves from the country to the city and thus transfers to Kunpo High School. On his first day at his new school, a beautiful second-year female student named Chizuru Minamoto asks him to meet her alone in the music room. When he arrives, she reveals her that she is in fact a fox deity and from that day on the two hang out together. Nozomu is a first year female student at Kouta`s school, she is in fact a wolf deity and in love with Kouta, and a rival of Chizuru for Kouta`s affections. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: The promo-art features the main guy who has his head stuck in the well-endowed bosom of the lead girl. That can’t be a good sign, can it? A fox deity in love with the main character? Come on, please.

To Love-Ru

Summary: The story is about Yuuki Rito, a high-school boy who cannot confess to the girl of his dreams, Sairenji Haruna. One day when coming home and sulking in the bath-tub a mysterious, nude girl, appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala and she comes from the planet Deviluke, where she is the heir to the throne. Her father wants her to return to her home planet so she can marry one of the husband candidates, but she decides that she wants to marry Rito in order to stay on Earth. Commander Zastin has been ordered to bring Lala back and has already battled Rito. He reports to the emperor that Rito would be suited to marry Lala, after hearing Rito say that marriage is impossible unless it is with the person you love (Rito was actually defending himself but Zastin and Lala thought he was defending Lala). With this speech, Lala truly falls in love with Rito and decides that she wants to marry Rito. Her father decides that, if Rito is able to protect Lala from her fiances, then he can be her fiance, but if Rito cannot protect Lala from her other fiances, Lala`s father will kill Rito and destroy Earth. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Well, this is going to be interesting. [/sarcasm] How many series where the main guy gets to be the boyfriend of a princess of a princess of a country do we have anyway? The director also probably won’t be of any help, seeing as he’s behind the numerous Rockman-series and Busou Renkin, although he did direct Overdrive as well.

Zettai Karen Children – (new)

Summary: It’s the 21st century, and the number of ESPers continues to increase. They are active in the military, diplomacy, politics, and in other places. They hold the key for global competition. A country that controls ESP can control the world! However individuals who posses higher that Level 4 are less than 3% of the population. There are only three Level 7 people who have government contracts. These three are Kaoru, Aoi, and Shiho, ten-year old girls, who work for B.A.B.E.L. With the guidance of Kouichi, a twenty-year old genius, they catch criminals and evil ESPers.
– (Taken from Manga-updates)
Thoughts: At first look, this may hold potential, but upon further inspection it quickly becomes clear that this is a rather pointless series, which yet again gives a bunch of kids superpowers to bust up bad guys. The director will be the guy from Moetan and Getsumen to Heiki Mina, so I don’t see this one having any chance of success.

Monochrome Factor

Summary: Akira Nikaido is a typical slacker high school student who thinks he has a normal life–until a mysterious man called Shirogane appears and tells him to meet him at the school that night. He is sceptical but goes anyway…and gets attacked by a shadow monster! Shirogane convinces him that the balance between the human world and the shadow world has been distorted, and that Akira must become a shin–a creature of the shadow world–in order to help restore the balance. – (Taken from Baka-updates)
Thoughts: Well, nothing special here, just your ordinary shounen-premise from the creators of Loveless and Robby to Kerobby. The only interesting series in their repertoire seems to be Chrono Crusade, but I’ve never seen that one.

Nabari no Ou

Summary: Rokujou Miharu was a seemly reluctant junior high student living in his own world. However, within him, lurked the ultimate power of Nabari, “Omnipotent”. To possess such supreme weapon, the Wolf Pack of Iga swore to bring Miharu back to Iga village. On the other hand, Miharu’s English teacher, Kumohira sensei, and classmate, Kouichi, were the Banten ninjas whose mission was to protect Miharu. A war waged over the ownership of “Omnipotent” thus started. To survive, Miharu must enter the hidden world Nabari, to become the king. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Well, the title is a bit less subtle than Shion no Ou. In this case, the main girl just wants to become the ‘king’ of Nabari. It also doesn’t help that she’s voiced by the ever-squeaky Rie Kugimiya and directed by none other than the director of Yugioh. Seriously, setting all of the other cast-members aside, can something good really come from him?

Neo Angelique Abyss

Summary: See below
Thoughts: Oh god… not another one. XD For those who don’t know, there have been two Angelique tv-series before, in 2006 and 2007. Their premise was basically take a girl, and let her meet a bishie for every different episode. I can’t believe that the premise has been so popular that a third season had to be made. I mean, the personality of the girl was fine, but the guys were stereotyped as hell, and now the creators are planning to add nine more of them (totalling up to 27 bishies in three seasons… oh god…).

Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

Summary: ???
Thoughts: No real story synopsis is known yet, but I’ve got a strange feeling that it’ll be about a certain family called Kyouran (kazoku = family, nikki = diary), with in the lead part the blue-haired girl. I’m not yet convinced, though. Comedies like this one often stay just funny for a bunch of episodes, without really standing out. The director did Chokkoto Sister and Myself; Yourself before, which neither were that funny.

+ Shows With Small Potential +
Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion II

Summary: Well, the second season of the currently infamous Lelouch. It seems that he’s going to be taking on the world this time, against Suzaku after a previously unmentioned plot-twist probably saves both of them after the cliff-hanger ending of the first season.
Thoughts: One thing that’s interesting is Code Geass’s time-slot. It’s not going to be taking over that of Gundam 00, and instead it’s reallocated to five O’clock, where mostly kid’s shows take place. I hope that this’ll stimulate the creators to go for an actual plot that makes sense, instead creating an as big sensation as possible.

Golgo 13 – (new)

Summary: Duke Togo, or as he is more widely known, “Golgo 13”, is a M16 bearing assassin who will take on any job for the right price. Anyone can hire him, including private citizens and world governments. If he’s not bedding women he’s infiltrating a hostile country, waiting hours for the perfect shot in the most extreme conditions. Golgo 13 is just as adept in the urban jungle. Those who deal with him must make sure not to cross the Duke or they might find themselves the target of his rifle. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: I’m not really sure what to think of this one… apparently, it’s the attempt to recreate a classic manga named Golgo 13, which sounds more like a cheesy mecha-show than a show about an assassin. In any case, there will probably be lots of explosions in this series, but will there be any other substance?

Blassreiter – (updated)

Summary: Set in the near-future, in a town in Germany. There have been incidents of dead people coming back to life, transforming into “grotesque shadows”, and attacking people. Living people show up who can transform themselves into demons whenever they want. They used to be regular humans, but when they gained this power to transform, people rejected them and called them demons. But they still use their powers, each for his own reason. However, they cannot deny their fate: to fight in a deadly battle royal with others who have turned into demons. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: This one seems to be more like bad Gonzo, instead of the good one. So far, I didn’t see any sign to point to the opposite, and this again seems to prioritize flashy action above a nice plot and characters. Especially considering that it’s directed by the notorious director of Gantz. Ah well, at least it’ll look pretty.

Kamen no Maid Guy

Summary: Fujiwara Naeka is a typical 17 year-old high school student. Or so we thought. She`s really one of two surviving heirs of a tycoon who has the right to inherit his mass fortune when she turns 18 in half a year. Fubuki, a young and beautiful maid, and Kogarashi, a big burly maid guy with a mask, have been assigned to keep Naeka and her brother Kousuke safe from those who would plot their demise, and to steal the fortune she would inherit. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: The premise sounds crazy enough to actually work, provided that the creators don’t delve into fanservice whenever they get the chance. Unfortunately, the director doesn’t look too good, as he directed Princess Resurrection, Strawberry Panic and Saint Beast before this one. Pleaaase… don’t screw this one up.

Hoshi no Umi no Amuri – (new)

Summary: Solar wind causes an increase in skin cancer in the future, but a new race of “adapters” is born — all of whom appear to be exotically-dressed young girls, for some reason. – (Summary by Hashihime)
Thoughts: So, this is a three-episode OVA, done completely in 3D CG. It seems to be a project, mainly by the director of two shows I’ve never seen: GaoGaiGar and Brigadoon. The graphics so far look pretty interesting, but there’s also a very big chance that this will turn out to be one of those lazy moe-shows.

Wagaya no Oinarisama – (updated)

Summary: Tenko Kuugen, the thousand year old demon/yokai fox that served as their guardian god for hundred of years, able to use all sort of spells, but has a extremely mischievious personality, playing all sort of pranks, until finally the Mitsuji family sealed it up, until present day, when a situation forced them to free it, after the crisis, it quit it’s job and became the guardian god of the Takamichi family, extremely smart and curious, it was able to figure out modern world technology, and learn to blend in, but has a personalty of doing as it pleases, it’s too old to remember it’s original gender, so it has both male and female form. but doesn’t hate the Mitsuiji for sealing it up. likes the Takamichi brother and will protect them at all cost.

Thoughts: What? Another Spice and Wolf? Apparently, Wagaya no Oinarisama is translated to Our Home’s fox Deity. It’s based on a series of seven light novels, but looking at the synopsis, I can’t really say I’m eager to see this. The director isn’t really anything special. His works vary from Sky Girls and Bottle Fairy to Love Hina and Zero no Tsukaima. The series composition is done by Reiko Yoshida, who thankfully does have a lot of experience. My prediction is that this will be a nice series, but it’ll never stand out.

+ Interesting-Looking Series +
Soul Eater

Summary: Based on a shounen manga by Ookubo Atsushi serialised in Shounen Gangan. Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon technicians, the series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon technician and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a “Death Scythe” and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: While the premise doesn’t really sound that exciting, do note that this is going to be animated by Bones, and the director of Ouran High School Host Club and Ashita no Nadja. Let’s hope the guy won’t make the same mistakes as he did with Ouran. Thankfully, he’s backed up by the guy behind the series composition, who worked on Gintama, Ooedo Rocket, Simoun and Full Metal Alchemist, and the art-director of Zombie Loan. Yeah… this can go both ways.

Macross Frontier

Summary: Macross F is set in around 2070A.D.. F denotes “Frontier”; “Frontier” stands for the migration fleet which is the setting of the story. The story is about the fleet`s encounters with space monsters (or things to that effect) while on its course. It is planned to be a TV series with Kanno Youko handling music, Kikuchi Kouji as director and Kawamori Shouji as general director. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Well, the first episode aired a bunch of months ago. The graphics looked really pretty, but I remember being a little disappointed by the story so far. Let’s hope that the rest of this series will fix this.

Amatsuki

Summary: Based on the shoujo manga by Takayama Shinobu, serialised in Comic Zero-Sum. History isn`t Tokidoki`s strong subject. He`s even forced to do make-up work at a high-tech history museum to bring up his failing grades. After losing an eye to a virtual reality monster in an Edo-period simulation, he finds himself unable to leave the game. Could it be real? – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: After all the serious samurai-dramas of 2007, it’s time for a more light-hearted one. Still, the director of Chevalier will be animating it, which makes two series for him in one season. It also turns out that Studio Deen will be the animation-company, so perhaps they can find something interesting with such a rather weak premise.

Nijuu-Mensou no Musume

Summary: The story revolves around a female thief named Chico, who is the spiritual successor to the Kaijin Niju-Menso (The Fiend with 20 Faces) thief character created by famed suspense and detective novelist Ranpo Edogawa. (Edogawa is a pen name for Taro Hirai; when written in Japanese family-name-first order, it spells out a Japanese pun for the name of the American suspense and detective author “Edgar Allen Poe”). – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: This is one of these series where I have no idea what to expect. The director directed two shows before: Futakoi and Muteki Kanbanmusume. The promo-art looks very nice, but on the other hand I’ve never really been into phantom-thief-anime. On yet another hand, Natsuko Takahashi and Reiko Yoshida are working on the screenplay, and both are two very talented and experienced writers.

Druaga no Tou – The Aegis of Uruk – (updated)

Summary: It is said that every few years, there is what’s known as the “Summer of Anu.” During that summer, thanks to the divine protection of the sky-god Anu, all of the demons in the tower lose their power. The country of Uruk has begun an invasion of the tower in order to suppress the demons. They’ve built up positions inside the tower, with their sights set on getting to the upper levels. The Uruk army knows that this is the third Summer of Anu-a perfect time to launch a mission to suppress the monster Druaga once and for all. The army soldiers aren’t the only ones in the tower, though. An enitre city called Meskia has formed inside the tower’s first floor. It plays host not just to soldiers, but also to adventurers who have heard rumors about a legendary treasure called the Blue Crystal Rod, which is said to rest at the very top of the tower. With all these different groups in the mix, each with its own agenda, one can only guess how things will play out during this unusual summer. – (Taken from Hikari no Shiawase)
Thoughts: Now this is more like it. It’s been a while since I watched a good fantasy-adventure, and this might very well be it. Looking at the promo art, this doesn’t look uninspired, and the backgrounds look like a lot of attention was spent on it. Interesting fact: the director of Last Exile will be behind it, and even though I’ve yet to see that series, I’ve heard nothing but raves about it. But then again, he also worked on Gatekeepers and Brave Story, so perhaps I’m cheering too soon. Still, now that I’ve seen the premise, I must say that it looks very interesting.

S.A

Summary: Hikari Hanazono, the main character, has always been second to Kei Takishima. While Hikari considers Kei a rival and somewhat of a friend, Kei loves Hikari. Everyone knows this, but she is too dense to notice. Their wrestling loving fathers first introduced them to one another when they were 6 years old. Assuming that she was the best in wrestling, young Hikari challenged Kei to a wrestling match only to be thoroughly defeated by him. Ever since that fateful incident, Hikari swore to beat Kei in school grades, a sporting event – anything. To do this she has enrolled in the same school as Kei since elementary. Now she attends Hakusenkan, an ultra elite school, that costs her carpenter father a lot of money. Hikari and Kei are the top two students in the school, with Kei holding firmly to that number one position. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: I must say, that for a high-school drama, this seems like a solid one. But then again, Gonzo is going to be animating it, which means that the series has a high chance to be rewritten from its original manga. Let’s hope that the director is up to the task, because his only directing-experience was as assistant director of Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi. The other people behind the screenplay and series composition are a bunch of random names, who worked on both good and bad series.

Allison to Lillia

Summary: The series will be a compilation of the two manga “Alison” and “Lillia and Treize,” both original works by Shigusawa Keiichi (Kino no Tabi). The series will take place in a country split into two factions in a 1940’s-like world, that have been repeatedly warring with each other for over 100 years. The first half will involved Alison and her male friend Treize who will set out from an orphanage in order to search for a “treasure” to end the war. The second half will take place after Alison and Will find the “treasure,” and the war ends, in an era where a united state is possible. Lilia, a mother of two daughters, as well as Treize’s girlfriend, will play an active roll in the second half. – (Taken from Myanimelist)
Thoughts: Finally another period-anime. I’ve missed them, and this one looks to be quite interesting, combining two manga together that were produced by the mangaka of Kino no Tabi. The only problem is that Madhouse will be animating them, as they’ve been quite notorious lately with their adaptations (in my opinion, much more than Gonzo), but at least the animation will look great. It also helps that the director of Mokke will be behind this series.

Kure-nai

Summary: 16-year-old Shintaro Kurenai is a Mediator – a specialist in settling squabbles between people. Despite his youth and easygoing nature, he is a man of some skills when it comes to protecting both his clients and his client’s interests. And then one day, he is approached by the daughter of a rich and powerful family asking him to be her bodyguard, which somehow ends up with him having a seven-year-old fan, landlord and self-proclaimed fiancé. Shintaro Kurenai finds himself living in run-down tenement with Murasaki Kuhouin (his new 7-year-old apprentice and landlord) and several other eccentric ladies. His childhood friend (Ginko) acts as his Mediator booking agent. Then there is his (adopted) older sister and martial arts teacher, Yuuno, who does not like to see her Kurenai troubled by any of the difficulties of his Mediator assignments. And Yuuno’s younger (7-year-old) sister, Chi-chan (Houdsuki Chidzuru) also seems to take a troubling worry when her ‘onii-chan’ gets beaten up by Yuuno or his assignments. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: My first reaction when I read the premise: “what?!” Still, on further inspection I do have to say that this weird of a premise does have potential. It’s animated by Brains Base (the ones who did Baccano!), and directed by the director of Red Garden, who also did a bunch of random episodes for Ergo Proxy, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, Freedom, Master Keaton, sola and Zegapain and he produced Millenium Actress. What the creators need to pay attention to is to not market this series for the paedophiles, but instead just go with regular storytelling. In that case, this could become very interesting.

Junjo Romantica – (updated)

Summary: Misaki is suddenly having some unexpected and odd problems. What started as a need for some college entrance exam tutoring has somehow led him to being romanced by a suave older man who also happens to be his big brother’s best friend. Confused by all of his brand new emotions, Misaki struggles to deal with his suddenly very odd life. And if that wasn’t enough, his suitor, Usami, has plenty of issues of his own. A man-child who decorates his room in giant teddy bears and toys, Usami is a famous novelist who also writes steamy boys’ love novels on the side. When Misaki cracks open one of these books and reads sentences like “Misaki licks every inch of Usami’s hot body”…well, let’s just say that all hell breaks loose. And if one couple isn’t enough for you, Junjo Romantica focuses on three different sets of lovers, each with their own compelling stories. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: Okay, after hearing the horrible things about the manga, I’m forced to adjust my opinion a bit. This series still looks interesting, but actual YAOI may be a bit too much. Especially considering how the director of Higurashi will be working on this one…

Chi’s Sweet Home

Summary: The story centers around a kitten who gets lost after walking out into the real world for the first time. A boy named Yohei Yamada discovers her, but the Yamada family’s apartment building prohibits pets. After failing to find a new home, the Yamadas decide to defy the rules and raise Chi themselves. Most of Chi’s coming-of-age stories revolve around the Yamadas or the cats, dogs, and the occasional rabbit that live in the neighborhood. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: At first, this may seem like an ordinary kiddie-show, but take a look at the people who’ll be animating it. The director was the episode director of Death Note, Gungrave, Beck and Paradise Kiss, and to make matters even weirder, he was the assistant director on Tokyo Tribe 2 and Shigurui. What the heck is such a manly director doing with a series that revolves around a lost kitten? This is just making me really curious to see whether he’ll combine the gore of Shigurui with the cuteness of this concept. :P

+ Definitely Looking Forward To +
Vampire Knight

Summary: Yuki`s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, wherein she was attacked by a vampire… And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adapted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her saviour, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Is Kaname`s infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Well, the premise sounds less interesting than Zombie Loan, the first series that came to my mind when I saw the promo-art. Still, it does hint at an interesting plot to follow, if handled well. The director of Pretear has been assigned as the director here, and he’s up for an interesting task to bring this manga to live. At least the series composition will be good, as it’s handled by someone who worked did the screenplay for Popolocrois, Red Garden, Aria, the series composition for True Tears, Sasami Mahou Shoujo Clup and the script for a lot of episodes of Simoun.

Kaiba – (new)

Summary: A sci-fi love story set in a world where digitization of memory made physical death obsolete. A world where memories can be stolen and altered, and replaced in a new human body. Kaiba wakes up in a room without knowing who he is. He has a pendant with the photograph of a woman he does not remember. After being attacked all of a sudden, he has to flee to space, meet various people, and rediscover the world. “Even without my memories, I love you…”. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Oh god, I almost mistook this for a children’s show, but this turns out to be quite a capable, if not unconventional science-fiction series, in the same vein as Himitsu – Top Secret and Real Drive. The director will be the one from Mind Game and Kemonozume. Both indeed were flawed, but still very entertaining indeed.

Bus Gamer

Summary: Bus Gamer was a short-lived manga series, created by Kazuya Minekura. It currently only exists as a single volume ‘Pilot Edition’ due to difficulties in serialization. It follows the story of three young men hired by a mysterious company to participate in a business game, a way for companies to gamble against each other for corporate secrets. An illegal dog-fight conducted in strict secrecy, the Bus Game is a battle simulation game where gamers are selected by various corporations to compete three-on-three on a battleground which is usually inside Tokyo. The teams are divided into “HOME” and “AWAY”. The “HOME” team is given a disk containing their corporation’s secret files to protect while the “AWAY” team attempts to steal the disk. The “AWAY” team wins if they are able to steal the disk within the given time limit where the “HOME” team wins if they are able to keep their disk safe. – (Taken from Wikipedia)
Thoughts: Bus Gamer sounds to be like the better version of Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji. While the latter disappointed, I must say that a game like this has quite a bit of potential for entertainment, if the characters who participate in it have been chosen right (and not just a bunch of superhumans). The director is a relative newcomer, and this is the first time he’s taken up the director’s seat. The only thing that I’ve seen about him is the storyboard he did for xxxHolic episode 4, which was the one about the fortune-tellers. I must say that that was quite a thought-provoking instalment, so I’m interested to see what he can do on a full series.

Itazura na Kiss

Summary: It was love at first sight for Aihara Kotoko as top student Irie Naoki delivers a speech on the first day of high school. After 2 years of secret admiration, “I don’t want it” is the rejection she gets when she plucks up enough courage to hand him a love letter. Dejected, Kotoko vows to give him up. By a twist of fate, Kotoko’s house collapses; her dad and her put up at a friend’s place, who happens to be Naoki’s father. And thus, life with Naoki begins and Kotoko’s love for Naoki rekindles again. Much laughter ensues when scatterbrain Kotoko makes her countless advances (supported by Naoki’s wacky mum) on ice-cold Naoki who hates girls and is a genius at practically everything from studies to sports. The story spans >10 years where we see their relationship slowly development despite their many differences and romantic hurdles. This series was such a hit that it was made into a 9-episode Japanese live-action dorama. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: I must say that the shoujo-series are a bit more creative to get a guy and a girl in one house than the shounen-series. A collapsing house, I must admit that I didn’t see that one before. One major plus for this series is that it takes up ten years. That is a REALLY good way for some quality character-development, as demonstrated by Kaze no Shoujo Emily. To make matters even better, the director of Toward the Terra has taken up the director’s seat for this series. I really like how the guy has been animating rather old mangas that never got the series-treatment they deserve. The music will also be done by the guy behind Mononoke, Jigoku Shoujo, Toward the Terra and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi henge. In other words: quite a solid shoujo-series.

+ Top-5 Looking Forward To +
Himitsu – Top Secret

Summary: The story takes place five decades from now, when brain scanners have been perfected to the point that the government can retrieve up to five years’ worth of memories from people’s minds — even if they are dead. The investigators of the National Research Institute of Police Science’s 9th Forensics Laboratory must weigh the ethical choices in the ultimate invasion of privacy as they delve into people’s minds to solve crimes. – (Taken from Anime News Network)
Thoughts: Now this is an interesting premise! This is going to be a pretty thought-provoking ride if handled well. Unfortunately, the director doesn’t have that much experience, and he’s only done Rocket Girls before, and a few episodes of Master Keaton. Let’s hope he learned from his past experiences, because this is one premise that shouldn’t be wasted.

Library Wars

Summary: Based on a light novel series. In the year 2019, the explosion of information and misinformation became a direct threat to society. In a daring decision, it was decided to create a new government agency dedicated solely to information management. Now some thirty years later, the government still monitors and controls information, suppressing anything they find undesirable, but standing against their abuses of power are the libraries, with their special agents called ‘the book soldiers.’ – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: I must say that this is one interesting and daring premise. It’s another series by production IG, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to this one. The director behind it is also currently working on Wellber no Monogatari, one of my favourite series of the shows that currently air. Here’s one potential underdog.

Crystal Blaze

Summary: A corner of near-future Asia. A world where through the manipulations of national governments, freedom and eqality have been established as mere pretenses. “The Trash City” Lags Town, an assemblage of all peoples composed of those whose lives have burned out. This tale, playing out in the symbol of false glory, Lags Town, is a near-future detective story shown through gun action and sexy action. The Lags Town Jack-of-all-trades “S&A Detective Agency”. Its members are Shu, who stands against the powers that be through pulse-pounding incidents even though it’s forced him out of society, and Akira, a complicated, beautiful young man. And the young detectives-in-training, high school girls Manami and Ayaka. Unfulfilled, Shu lives day-to-day as a detective, when he meets the amnesiac heroine Sara. Investigating an incident which rocks Lags Town, he takes new steps forward with friends who accept his past. That drama plays out in a hard-boiled and stylish detective story, symbolised by the Smith and Wesson model 29 and the ’80 Trans Am. – (Summary by Mandoric)
Thoughts: Anime News Network labelled this one as mystery, so how could I ignore it? It’s been a while since a pure mystery-series showed up, and I’m hungry for more of my favourite genre. The director has been around for a long time, and he assisted in the directing of They were 11, and his latest work was Saikano. He also did a bunch of episodes of Mahou Tsukai Tai, which should give enough experience to work with this series. The animation-company did Soukou no Strain before, and while the cast behind it is not stellar, they give me enough reason to look forward to this premise.

Real Drive

Summary: The story takes place in 2061, 50 years after humanity developed the “Net society” that depended on information networks despite their security issues. To improve security, a new network called Meta Real Network — or “Metal” for short — was developed. People`s personal memories are reduced to information and placed within “protected virtual stand-alone organic cyber enclaves called bubble shells” online. The result was a virtual “explosion” of creative freedom as people felt safe enough explore instincts and desires on Metal that they would not otherwise explore in real life. This “friction” between the Metal`s alluring lack of restrictions and rules-bound reality led to trouble and incidents that investigators known as “cyber divers” must handle. Masamichi Haru is one such cyber diver. – (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Ah, the new potential epic by Production IG. The director of Chevalier is behind it, animating another manga by Masamune Shirou. I’m not saying that nothing can go wrong, but the potential is incredibly high for this one.

xxxHolic: Tsugi

Summary: Yuuko is a witch who grants people’s wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious. Watanuki Kimihiro, a man who has visions, encounters Yuuko and she promises to get rid of the spirits that torment him. In return Watanuki must work in Yuuko’s shop and help her grant other people’s wishes.
– (Taken from AniDB)
Thoughts: Now this is what I’ve been waiting for! Production IG is on fire for this season, with three major series planned. Of course I’m looking forward to the second instalment of xxxHolic, as the first one was absolutely terrific. I can’t wait to see Watanuki’s antics again.

50 Responses

  1. Avatar Irene says:

    I’m incredibly intrigued by the Library War one, for some reason. Anything with books in has got my immediate interest. xD

  2. Avatar Windspirit says:

    Never EVER heard of Crystal Blaze. Oo Looks interesting. “An anime for adults with violence and sexual themes.” Will definitely watch this thing !

    Toshokan Sensou airs in Noitamina, by the way. ;)

    Also, Real Drive isn’t a manga, it’s an original concept, just like Ghost Hound. Masamune Shirow basically thought about it a few years ago and Production IG is interested and makes something out of these concepts.

    This season looks like the best in recent years. So many shows look interesting, such as The Tower of Druaga (Gonzo, granted, but Koichi Chigara just rocks), xxxHOLiC Tsugi, Toshokan Sensou, Real Drive, Crystal Blaze, Vampire Knight, Nijuu-Mensou no Musume, etc.

  3. Avatar Windspirit says:

    Sorry for double comment.
    Just wanted to point that some shows have been confirmed to air in spring 2008 and not somewhere in 2008, such as Kaiba (Sci-fi/Romance by the creator of Kemonozume), Uchi no San Shimai or Golgo 13.
    At least says AnimeNewsNetwork.
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime-list.php?showdate=1&limit_to=100&sort=date&invertsort=1&showT=1&showM=1&showO=1&showN=1&showS=1

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, yes. For Golgo and Uchi no San Shimai I decided to not include them due to lack of information on the staff, and I first thought that Kaiba was just going to be a children’s show, by looking on the main website. Thanks for pointing that one out.

  5. Avatar kanami says:

    BTW, “Allison” and “Lillia and Treize” aren’t actually mangas, they are light novels, although they’ve adapted into mangas recently. Kino is a novel too.

  6. Avatar Eonir says:

    Kanokon reminds me of Welcome to The NHK. Not because these series are somehow similar, but because there was a gag about creating the excellent Moe character.

    The character and the male character are lovers on previous life, on top of this, she’s feeble and dependent on the protagonist. To top it off, she sacrificed herself for the protagonist, sustaining injuries that will take years to heal. She’s also a ghost, an alien, and a reincarnation of a fox who comes from the future.

    That was just great XD

  7. Avatar marmot says:

    I’m always very cautious with sci-fi anime as I feel they can dissolve into melodrama’s (and not the good kind) very easily, though of course there are plenty of good ones I guess, I can see this being having a lot of good shows or a lot of mediocrity.

    And Jesus why do sci-fi shows now have to focus around evil governments and an internet-like structures? it’s so unimaginative.

  8. Avatar timi says:

    Hello! This is my first post here, although I’ve been paying attention to this site for a long time. Thank you for the summaries of the series, many seem promising. Although I have read only 6 chapters from Nabari no Ou it’s definetly one of my most anticipated series, along with the second season of XXXHolic, Crystal Blaze, Library Wars and S.A. As for Junjou Romantica, I’ve read on Mangaupdates that it will be adapted from a yaoi manga;).

  9. Avatar Archer says:

    just like last year the spring season seems to bring some great anime
    i knew code geass will air at a early hour but from the promos it deed not seem to have less violence or to be more kids oriented but who knows anyway i will definitely watch this one
    then Real Drive,Production IG’s next project and it is also based on a concept by Masamune Shirou,knowing Production IG it will be hard not to turn into a great anime;then there is XXXHolic, I.G again,i loved the first season so this is certainly one i look foreword too;Library Wars seems also very interesting and I.G again
    Vampire Knight is also a anime i will watch since i read some of the manga(3 vol.) and it was very good both two main male characters are interesting and it does have a dose of mystery but the only thing that i think is similar to Zombie Loan is the art since i did not find anything interesting at Zombie loan(but i did only watch 1 ep instead VK captured me from the 1st chapter)
    Bus Gamer another anime that has a interesting premise and so many others but to shorten things and not give that many reasons i am also looking foreword to : Himitsu – Top Secret,Crystal Blaze,Allison to Lillia (i liked Kino no Tabi a lot),Soul Eater(i liked BONES latest animes),Druaga no Tou (but u never know with GONZO still i definitely am interested in it),S.A,Kamen no Maid Guy – judging from the plot it’s not my favorite type of anime but Madhouse is one of the best production company’s so maybe i will like it;Macross Frontier (i enjoyed the Plus and Zero OVA’s very much so i will watch this one);Kure-nai can turn into a good anime too and if i did not forget anything that is kind of all and indeed that is a lot and just as i said it promises to be another great spring season :D

  10. Avatar arcanes says:

    Very interesting looking season. I’m counting on your blogs posts becuase I will not be able to watch anime for a long period of time(3 years; I’m going to be in the army).

    Tell me your favorites when I ask you 3 years from now :)

  11. Avatar sheeraz says:

    The one I’m looking forward to is Kaiba. I like the director’s unconventional art style. Also looks to have a good story.

  12. Avatar saris says:

    The only Shoujo series that I must say has a very good and impressive story here is Itazura na kiss. I’ll definitely watch it and hope it won’t ruin the eternal fame of the manga series it based on. You have good eyes on that when you says about ten years and character development, it actually has a tear-wrenching and warm story after all. I’m glad it’s the person who did Toward the terra doing this.

    For vampire night , I know everyone think the art’s beautiful or something. But the story?…it’s just some ordinary shoujo manga out there with a foreseeable plot. Although I must say I like Kaname’s personality at first but everything besides that is stereotypical . But well since many of you guys give Ouran high school host club that high score while I think it’s nothing special , I guess this one may be truly enjoyable for you.

    And yeah Junjou Romantica, it’s not only Shounen ai. It’s yaoi , although I don’t know if the anime will follow manga closely but if you don’t mind Yaoi factors it would be okay ==”.

    I don’t know why you rate Zombie Loan a pretty good score before, it’s just ordinary shoujo anime with handsome guys whatever action, Nabari no Ou that you are not interested is even better than it in terms of story.

  13. Avatar Windspirit says:

    Is Junjou Romantica interesting ?
    Is it some serious BL or some stupid BL fanservicy crap for horny yaoi-fangirls ?

  14. Avatar Kim says:

    Chi’s Sweet Home is actually based on a seinen manga. But really it is easy to think it is for kids because it is completely innocent. The story is absolutely heart warming. Not just because of the kitten, but also the mom, dad and toddler who adopt it. It’s the series I am most looking forward to for sure.

  15. Avatar L.A says:

    Junjo Romantica…not definately looking forward
    well I may give a try, though I don’t think I can stand on it
    Don’t get me worng, cause I like all the staffs! But still BL is just hard to watch…

  16. Avatar minji says:

    I can’t wait till next season~ Particularly because I’ve read most of the series’ counterparts, I’m really happy~ and there are surprisingly very FEW fanservice-type series!! Yay!

    The ones I’m probably going to watch are:

    CODE GEASS – :DD *sigh* Lelouche~ How will you get out of that last sticky situation? Maybe C.C saved him again.. I hope you blog this~

    Special A – The manga is definitely not as great as stuff like Ouran and Lovely Complex’s manga counterparts but better than the rest of the gooey mary-sues.

    Vampire Knight – Prime example of a gooey mary-sue. I stopped reading around the fifth chapter. The art was so pretty though D: There’s a high change I’ll watch it.. maybe it got better after those first five chapters.. maybe.

    Druaga and Real Drive – Both series make me think EPIC. I hope so~ I sort of like Real Drive more, judging from the promos.

    Crystal Blaze – It looks so ~*~mysterious~*~. I thought it was a live-action at first..

    Series I’ll most likely not continue after the first few episodes:

    Itazura na Kiss – I watched the drama adaption (taiwan) and I loved it. Probably won’t watch the anime because it’ll probably be the same as the drama.

    Nabari no Ou & Soul Eater – I’ve read the first few chapters of each manga and they wasn’t that great so I’m hoping the animators will make some “creative adjustments”~

    Overall, I’m going to be very very happy next season ^^* First time there’re so many series I’ve heard of airing at the same time!!

  17. Avatar Lika says:

    Thank god Holic is back! (I… have no idea why so many people are complaining about BL when there’s Holic. I mean seriously, this season’s probably all going to be dedicated on Watanuki and Doumeki and Himawari with the Spider arc coming up.)

    Real Drive, Bus Gamer, and Himitsu all look interesting enough *suck for futuristic creepy brainwashing stuff like Brave New World*, so I’m probably going to be checking those out.

    Haha, never you’d watch Junjo Romantica. That one’s not exactly the best way to dive into the world of BL and yaoi. xD

  18. Avatar ye says:

    is it necessary to know the other macross series to watch macross frontier?

  19. Avatar Solaris says:

    I wonder where i will stuff all of those anime. My HD is dying on me under the weight of 2 years of anime still to watch ¬_¬”

    To Love-ru premises are just like Urusei Yatsura’s (Lum) premises. If it doesn’t turn only fanservice it may be nice to watch to!

    Neo Angelique Abyss. Excuse me sir, is it possible to change the female main char with a man and, also the 27 bishies in some hot chicks? Ehm…? No, you say? T.T Sigh!

    Psgels, if you really aren’t into Macross thingies, i higly reccomend you Macross Plus OAV. Believe me it’s high enjoyable to watch to. Hope Macross frontiers will be nice to watch too.

    Kurenai resembles Aishiteruze baby. This was a good shoujo, meant to show how a carefree and easygoing boy changes its mind when forced to take care of a little girl.
    Kurenai may have the same goal if it doesn’t turno to be a cheap harem anime.

    Druaga, Bus Gamer, Himitsu, Crystal Blaze and Real Drive are my favourite kind of anime. I hope to enjoy them.

  20. Avatar Camario says:

    Many of the shows sound interesting, despite my ignorance about most of their source material, but for now I’m mostly going to take a “wait and see” approach…

    Btw, strictly speaking, the current Gundam 00 time slot will apparently cease to exist as a whole, essentially being moved to Sunday at 5, so the second season of that show will very likely have to replace the Code Geass sequel once that’s out of the way.

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-02-05/japans-tbs-confirms-animes-move-from-saturday-6-p.m

  21. Avatar lostty says:

    Vampire Knight is coming out as one of the spring animes!? I am so excited for it, the manga is amazing, so I have high hopes for the series! Library wars also seems pretty interesting, but I am too distracted right now by Vampire Knight. Zero… *drools* Thanks for the update and news! ^_^ Can’t wait for April!

  22. Avatar Dm says:

    I am definitely looking foward to Special A, so much I went ahead and read some of the manga. The main girl reminds a lot of Kana from Minami-ke, a very good thing.

    Kanokon seems good, and there are about 7 others I’ll keep an eye on and see if they turn out well.

  23. Avatar Chris says:

    Wow lots of interesting titles, I haven’t been watching too much anime lately but I may just have to make an exception for a few titles on this list.

    Oh and the Itazura na Kiss live action drama in my opinion was awful, cliche, and boring but who knows how the anime may play out.

    My personal favorites are Library Wars (Loved Read Or Die TV and I can’t shake the feeling that it’ll be similiar), Crystal Blaze (I need a more mature drama series, watched too many shoujos lately), and Real Drive (I’ll admit I’m no fan of Chevalier but the graphics look to yummy to not give it a quick look).

    I look forward to your first impressions so I can skip over watching all the bad series.

    Junjuo Romantica is a rather hard yaoi manga so if you’re just expecting shounen-ai go in a little more prepared haha.

  24. Avatar Chris says:

    I apologize for the double post, but I had no idea that the director who did Arjuna is also doing Macross Frontier, ok I am so there haha.

  25. Avatar Alexsis says:

    Thanks for the information :) you rock
    Definetely agree yo your selections :P especially to Vampire Knight

  26. Avatar asdf says:

    I must say you have good tastes

  27. Avatar Westlo says:

    I’m still astounded that you’re complaining about the story of Macross Frontier when it was clearly a “all hell brakes loose” opening.

    Also Nabari no Ou main character is a guy, Rie Kugimiya can do more than tsundere characters.

    S.A is a Gonzo + AIC co production

    Allison to Lillia is based on Light Novels from the same author as Kino’s Journey.

    Kure-nai from the 3 chapters of manga (which are based on the light novels) I’ve read doesn’t seem to go down the lolicon route. I’m sure a few scenes will surprise you and everyone else watching.

    I suspect Vampire Knight will go into your trash pile pretty quickly.

    Itazura na Kiss sounds good, love stories that span a long time.

    Himitsu – Top Secret is based on a manga so as long as the director is competent it should be good, if the source material is good…

    Library Wars is airing in the Noitamina block, no show in that block should be considered an underdog ;)

    “Now this is what I’ve been waiting for! Production IG is on fire for this season”

    Let’s hope that we see no dips in animation because of that…

  28. Avatar Westlo says:

    Also why do you seem to count what people have done as an indication of whether a manga/light novel adapation is going to be good?

    The guys who produced Baccano! had nothing on their resume’s to suggest it was going to be that awesome. IMAGIN has turned out crap until Spice and Wolf. Source material is they key!

  29. psgels psgels says:

    Westlo: Actually, right now NOitamina is airing Hakaba Kitarou, and it fits the description of an underdog pretty much. ;)

    Also, the reason why I’m looking at the staff for adaptations is that the better they are, the most likely they are not to screw it up. Sure, there are exceptions like Spice and Wolf and Baccano, but on the other hand Madhouse has had a reputation of screwing up at the end of their adaptations, Gonzo likes to rewrite its original source-material and both series like Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei aren’t afraid to add new things.

  30. Avatar yukichan says:

    >>totalling up to 27 bishies in three seasons… oh god…
    Uhhh… don’t know where you got the idea from. The reason that there is a “Neo” in front of Neo Angelique Abyss is that this series is a whole new spin to the Angelique franchise. You are going to get only the number of guys as you see on the promotional art. And even if they are going to incorporate all the 19 guys from the previous seasons (which they are not because this one is set in an alternative universe), there will be a total of 29 guys.

  31. Avatar usagijen says:

    Good lord, psgels. You’re looking forward to Junjou Romantica?! x____x

    will “buttsecks as early as volume 1” be enough to convince you to stay away from the show? x___x I spit it out of my system after reading the first volume alone.

    The shows I’m most looking forward to this season would be Toshokan Sensou (especially after having read the novel and the manga), Kurenai, VK (though mostly for the eyecandies and drama, I’d advice you not to set your expectations too high on this one), Special A, Itazura na Kiss, and Himitsu Top Secret :)

  32. psgels psgels says:

    Okay, I get the idea. I’ll keep my distance from that one if the creators are really planning to not censor anything. O_o

    After reading something more about Vampire Knight, I can also understand the criticism about it, as it indeed sounds like a shoujo that tries to be way too popular for its own good.

  33. psgels psgels says:

    For those interested: I added and updated a few series that still lacked info. You can find them by the (new) and (updated)-tags.

  34. Avatar Erin says:

    Is Wagaya no Oinarisama’s director really that mediocre? Of everything he’s done, I’ve only seen one thing–and that’s episode 29 of Utena. It was one of my top two episodes of the entire series, so I was rather hopeful about Wagaya no Oinarisama. What a shame.

    But thanks for the preview–it’s the first one I’ve found, and it’s really helping me sort out all of the new shows.

  35. Avatar GG says:

    I am thinking Junjo Romantica ins going to be a less graphic version of the manga. I adore the manga (even if the art is a bit scarce). And if the seme characters do not have big hands, I will be very disappointed because that is a big part of the art

  36. Avatar devon burham says:

    hi the pictures rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Avatar joshua says:

    i dont like the way u classified code geass r2 as “little potential”

  38. Avatar tictac says:

    Itazura na Kiss is very promising, and does span a number of years, but the original manga that it’s based off of is incomplete due to the death of the author.

  39. hummm
    it’s nice preview
    I think it’s full of more action

    :)

  40. Avatar sahabat88 says:

    good picture…and themes
    sukhoii
    :D

  41. Avatar frog212 says:

    I just watched daughter/friend of 20 faces! I liked the first episode very much so.

  42. Avatar j-ni says:

    well i haven’t yet actually watch the anime’s that is on here..but based on the blogs that u posted I find the stories quite intriguing & interesting to watch I’v all search those titles on yahoo & you tube sites.. so definitely i’l get the copy of S.A, and Itazura na Kiss,thankz!tc=

  43. Avatar iiblackrosesii says:

    i agree with ur taste whole-heartedly. and u’ve given me titles to check out! im so happy!

    xxxholic ftw, and a Minekura manga adapt!

  44. so the story is about a boy that lacks confidence to tell her feelings?

  45. Avatar Vardis says:

    Good preview. It looks great so far.

  46. well done. pretty good list, thank you :)

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