Posted by psgels on 11 February 2012 with categories: Seasonal Previews

The upcoming Spring Season will be a bit small: only 33 new series will premiere. Last year, in comparison, we had 40 of them. In any case, here is my preview for them. As usual, I can only comment on the anime themselves, and not on the source material they’re based on, since i don’t read any manga or light novels.

I’s unfortunate, but only four series of these shows aren’t about teenagers. We’ve now gotten to the point where this is really getting annoying and one-sided. And to be honest, this season is in one thing very mediocre: the actual premises. Very few of the premises really stand out as potential classics, and most of them really are the same usual teenaged stories or moe shows compared to previous spring series. I’m really talking about the taglines of a series that immediately catch your attention.

Looking beyond that and to the creators involved, and the potential for some of these series, and then we’ve got a very solid bunch. I’ve got about 11 series that I’m really looking forward to, along with quite a few others that could turn out very nice. Unfortunately, the fact remains that yet again, there will be a ton of moe and dull romantic comedies.

There are two major themes of this season aside from that: coming of age, and thrillers. The most series this season come from Studio Deen again. And really, by now you’d think that with the amount of series they release, they’d at least use one of those slots for something interesting or expermental. But no, we apparently only need moe and bishies. Sunrise also has three shows, which thankfully look more promising. The most impressive company this season will be A-1, with two shows with a lot of potential coming up.

Haiyoru! Nyaruko-Chan

Summary: “The story centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Tsuyoshi Nagasawa
Series Composition: Noboru Kimura

The Positives: I… um… what?
The Negatives: I’m just completely baffled here. For those of you who don’t know: Haiyoru Nyarani was released a few years ago as this utterly terrible flash OVA that was very poorly produced and had the most mind-numbing banter imaginable. It kicked off the very annoying trend of showing horrid flash shows that are barely animated and that just feature cute girls talk to each other and fail miserably in their attempts to be funny. Xebec saw this, and thought “hey, we can make an anime about this too!”, or so I can only imagine. Just… what the hell? These guys have completely given up. Thank god there still is Good Xebec.

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Sengoku Collection

Summary: “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. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Keiji Gotou
Series Composition: Shinjuurou Mitaka

The Positives: Keiji Gotou surely worked on a ton of different series here.
The Negatives: Brains Base, seriously? Are you seriously saying that you too have sold out and followed the horrible bandwagon of turning famous historical figures into moe stereotypes? Are you seriously trying to beat a horse that has been dead for half a decade now?

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden

Summary: “The story centers around the secondary Naruto character Rock Lee. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Masahiko Murata

The Positives: I really like Masahiko Murata. He’s the director of some really good horror series: Shikabane Hime and Gilgamesh. His sense of action is raw and cold, just like his characterization.
The Negatives: Just… no. Are they really going to milk out the Naturo franshile like what Toei is currently doing with One Piece? Is there really a need for this? Is there really a need to use such a good director as Masahiko Murata?

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Pretty Rythm Dear My Future

Summary: “The Prism Show is an all-new kind of ice skating show that requires its participants to be figure skaters, models, and singers all at the same time. Aira and Rhythm are two girls who both dream of becoming the Prism Queen. They’ll have to train hard and overcome both their quarrels with each other and their blossoming interest in boys if they want to achieve their dream.” – (Taken from ANN)

The Positives: Nothing.
The Negatives: Oh, I remember watching the first episode of the first season of this one. What really stood out was how abysmally poorly it was in every single aspect. The animatio was virtually nonexistant, and the writing in particular was incredibly stupid and convenient. I can’t believe they’re making a second season of this.

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Jewel Pet Sunshine Second Season

Summary: “The Plum Section of the 3rd grade class at the Sunshine Academy in Jewel Land are also known as “the Leftovers.” Ruby and her classmates aim to graduate and follow their dreams.” – (Taken from ANN)

The Positives: I remember when kids’ series were actually about something other than selling toys…
The Negatives: There’s going to be even more of this?

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Queen’s Blade: Rebellion

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Director: Yousei Morino
Series Composition: Hideki Shirone

The Positives: The positives should be obvious by now…
The Negatives: Will there ever come a point at which the guys at Arms will stop producing these bad fanservice shows? I mean, I remember the frst show they ever made: Elfen Lied. That was good. What happened afterwards? Did they just realize “hey, we can actually make a lot more money while putting in a lot less effort!” or something?

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Acchi Kocchi

Summary: “The four-panel manga follows a tsundere (initially aloof and abrasive, but later kind-hearted) girl named Tsumiki, the most unsociable eyeglasses-wearing boy named Io, and their classmates. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki
Series Composition: Nobuhiko Amagawa

The Positives: The best I can think of is that the series composition isn’t anything bad.
The Negatives: It’s got the director of Astarotte no Omocha. My big problem with this one is that I just can’t find anything about it that interests me whatsoever. It’s just another mediocre high school romance show, but this time based on a 4koma; the designs look generic and being produced by AIC seals the deal here.

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Gakkatsu

Summary: “???”

The Positives: Information about this thing is very scarce. I managed to find out that it’s being produced by the same company who produced Hanoka. Now, that actually was an interesting experiment to animate a small action series in only flash vector graphics…
The Negatives: … so of course their next work will be yet another one of those horrid flash school series. Of course. Let’s at the very least hope that they won’t be as cheap as the crap that companies as DLE produce.

First-Glance Potential: 5%

Nazo na Kanojo X

Summary: “When a mysterious transfer girl happens to drool on her desk one day, Akira Tsubaki decides to taste it. Little did he know that soon he would be going out with Mitoko Urabe, a girl who he knows absolutely nothing about, yet seems to be destined for.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Ayumu Watanabe
Series Composition: Deko Akao
Other Notable Staff: Kenichi Konishi (Character Designs), Shigemi Ikeda

The Positives: The character designer of Bokura no and Tokyo Godfathers? Awesome. Ayumu Watanabe only directed a few doraemon movies before, so I’m interested in what he can do as a director of an actual tv-series.
The Negatives: Ugh, it’s Hoods again, or the guys who just produce porn over and over again. This really seems like a typical raunchy romance of theirs again, especially since Deko Akao isn’t really such a good writer (having adapted Astarotte no Omocha and Pretty Rythm before…). It’s a real shame to waste such a good character designer on this.

First-Glance Potential: 10%

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? Of the Dead

Summary: “Ayumu Aikawa is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahō shōjo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahō shōjo system “Megalo” in her place.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Takaomi Kanasaki
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu

The Positives: Well, it’s bound to have a few good episodes, like the first season.
The Negatives: This show pissed me off so much. It could have been a fun gory show, but instead it dabbled way too much into dull harem hijinks, along with a joke of a story to close itself off with. The staff is exactly the same, and it really looks like they’re going to pull the exact same here. In the meantime though, I’ve thankfully been exposed by a lot of comedies who weren’t so lazily adapted at this one, and who were genuinely fun despite having a lot of moe in it (Enma, Ben-To, Milky Holmes), so this one is going to have to be really impressive for me to also follow it all the way through.

First-Glance Potential: 25%

Upotte

Summary: “At Seishou Academy, a newly transferred teacher discovers that girls like Funko always aim to do their best and shoot for their goals, often literally with live ammo. Because these girls aren’t just expert shooters, they are the guns, in human form.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Takao Kato
Series Composition: Naruhisa Arakawa
Other Notable Staff: Takaaki Suzuki (Military History Advisor)

The Positives: Takao Kato still puzzles me a bit. He’s a very mediocre director, who at the same time captured the Pandora Hearts Manga really well. I’ve given up with this guy though. Too many of his series were just unremarkable, but there is hope, at least. Naruhisa Arakawa also certainly isn’t a bad writer per se. He wrote Legend of Black Heaven for example, and adapted Spice and Wolf and Papakiki.
The Negatives: “Hey, you know Strike Witches? That’s really popular, right? Let’s do that too!”, said Xebec, five years after Gonzo originally aired it… just… no. Let’s also not forget that Naruhisa Arakawa also wrote Love Love, Yosuga no Sora and CosPrayers…

First-Glance Potential: 30%

Medaka Box

Summary: “Medaka Kurokami is an exceptional first year student at Hanokiwa Academy who got elected as president of the student council with a smashing 98% of the votes. Extremely intelligent, strong, and rich; she wants to help anyone in need. To do that, she introduces a suggestion box that allows any student to contact her. Later known as the “Medaka Box”, it will bring forth incredible challenges to Kurokami and her friends of the student council.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Shouji Saeki
Series Composition: Shouji Saeki
Other Notable Staff: Nisioisin (Original Creator)

The Positives: Nisioisin as the original writer will at least lead to some nice wordplay, I guess.
The Negatives: My interest was piqued a bit when I noticed that Gainax seemed to be behind this, not to mention that it has one guy overseeing both the direction and the series composition of this thing. Unfortunately, that guy turns out to be the “bad Gainax director”, who has been directing their worst series and stories with He is My Master, Houkago no Pleiades, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, or those Mahoromatic OVAs. On top of that the premise also seems very generic, as yet another school romantic comedy about a student council. I see nothing that stands out here.

First-Glance Potential: 30%

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Summary: “A young woman, by some strange occurrence, was left to die alone in the former building of the Academy for Sincere Teachings. Mysteriously, there is one person who can see her in ghost form: Niiya Teiichi, a freshman. Now they both seek to find out the reasoning behind her death, and what could have caused it.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Shin Oonuma
Series Composition: Katsuhiko Takayama
Other Notable Staff: Yukiko Ban (Character Designs, Animation Director)

The Positives: Yukiko Ban was a main character designer for Bee-Train (she designed the characters for Avenger, .Hack//Sign and Yakumo), and a good animation director for Studio Deen (07-Ghost, Amatsuki). The designs for this show will at least be good.
The Negatives: Just… go to the website of this series. Then you’ll immediately see where the mind of this series lies. I mean, could they really have been less subtle? I’d like to see the Silver Link guys as the Shaft Graduates without actual talent (in comparison: I consider Shinbo to be very talented, I’d just wish that he’d use it better). Ever since they left the company to form their own, all they pretty much worked on was mediocre and unimpressive. I’ve given them enough chances by now, but all they can hope for here is that the source material is good enough to pull them through.

First-Glance Potential: 30%

Hiiro no Kakera

Summary: “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. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Bob Shirohata
Series Composition: Yoshiko Nakamura
Other Notable Staff: Naoyuki Onda (Character Designs, Animation Direction)

The Positives: The director of Hetalia’s next project. Also, the character designer is very good.
The Negatives: I used to be a big fan of shoujo, but now the genre has become just way too diluted by angsty bishies to still be as enthusiastic about it. Here we yet again have an interesting sounding premise, but every single one of these series just descends into a bishie fest full of bad acting and characters trying too hard to look cool that is too focused on wish fulfillment. Especially considering the direction that Studio Deen have gone into the latest years. The series also is supposed to have a very good character designer (Ergo Proxy, Detective Story, Blassreiter, Berserk Movie), but I’m really not seeing that here.

First-Glance Potential: 40%

Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A

Summary: “The anime adapts Aguri Igarashi’s Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A manga, which is a spinoff of the original Saki high school mahjong manga. The story follows Shizuno Takakamo and the other mahjong players at the all-girls school Achiga. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Manabu Ono
Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata

The Positives: So, we had the Saki TV-series, which ended with a really obvious sequel hook, and so the next season will focus on some completely different characters instead. Okay. At the very least this won’t be a Manabu Ono series with his enormous boobs trademark…
The Negatives: Oh, I remember that it was a really big chore to sit through the first Saki series, as it turned itself into some magical girl series in which the matches were determined by how well the different characters could manipulate luck (no, seriously). At the very least I hope that the new cast will be more interesting than the old cast, because these girls got very bland very quickly.

First-Glance Potential: 40%

Sankarea

Summary: “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 interests 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.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Mamoru Hatekayama
Series Composition: Noboru Tagaki
Other Notable Staff: Kyuuta Sakai (Character Designs), Mitsuru Hattori

The Positives: Noboru Takagi, the guy who adapted Baccano, Durarara and Koi Kaze. This premise is a major step down from those, though. It does seem slightly better than the usual romantic comedy. Emphasis on slightly, though. And I admit that I’m always interested in new directors: most of the time they’re nothing special, but things get interesting when they manage to already show off their own style.
The Negatives: There are going to be TWO zombie moe comedies in one season? And both are produced by Studio Deen? What the hell man, go back to your good premises again dammit.

First-Glance Potential: 45%

Natsuiro Kiseki

Summary: “I have no bloody idea. The anouncements for this series seem more focused that it’s meant to promote some group of four idols.”
Director: Seiji Mizushima
Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata
Other Notable Staff: Shigemi Ikeda (Art Director), Sadayuki Murai (Script)

The Positives: Seriously, this series has a killer staff: the guys behind Hanamaru Youchien creating a new anime original series, aided by the scriptwriter of Mouryou no Hako, Natsume Yuujinchou San & Shi and Boogiepop Phantom, animated by Sunrise.
The Negatives: That really makes me wonder: what the hell will this series be about? This show seriously has some of the most generic promo art I’ve seen in a while. On top of the characters looking very generic, they’re just not doing anything at all. From the impression I get here, this seems to be one of those shows to promote four random idols. Those things usually turn out terrible, which is why it’s so sad to see so many great people work on this.

First-Glance Potential: 50%

AKB0048

Summary: “Inspired by the popular Japanese idol group AKB48.” – (Taken from ANN)
Chief Director: Shoji Kawamori
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike
Series Composition: Mari Okada
Other Notable Staff: Mikan Ehime (Character Designs)

The Positives: What the…? What are Shoji Kawamori and Mari Okada doing here?
The Negatives: What the hell is this, man? There’s going to be another idol promotion show this season? Why two of them? And why of all people Shoji Kawamori and Mari Okada, the people who are currently working on Aquarion Evol? Is this AKB48 really popular enough to warrant this?

First-Glance Potential: ?!#%

Accel World

Summary: “The “future teen” story revolves around a bullied middle school boy named Haruyuki. One autumn day in 2046, he has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school, that changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from Kuroyukihime, 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. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Masakazuu Obara
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Other Notable Staff: Nobutaka Ike (Art Director)

The Positives: Oh good lord. This show reunites certain staff together: the people who made Mai Hime, which was a very good series…
The Negatives: … only to be followed up later by Mai Otome, which was one gigantic mess of a series. The director later went on to direct the Girl who Leapt through Space, a mediocre comedy, while Hiroyuki Yoshino… went on to write Seikon no Qwaser, Code Geass, Macross Frontier and Guilty Crown. Thankfully this is an adaptation, and granted, Yiroyuki Yoshino did show that he is good at that with Denpateki na Kanojo. But really, this is another trainwreck waiting to happen unless they go back to their roots with Mai Hime.

First-Glance Potential: 60%

Arashi no Yoru ni

Summary: “Through an unlikely friendship between a goat and a wolf, One Stormy Night is a heartwarming children’s story that explores themes about acceptance, loyalty despite differences, and highlights the important message that those from different backgrounds or cultures can be accepting and develop into the very best of friends.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Tetsurou Amino

The Positives: They’re going to remake Arashi no Yoru ni into a television series? This could get interesting, especially now that they have more time to tell the story (this will have 52 episodes of 11 minutes long, interestingly). Tetsurou Amino is also a very interesting choice for a director With Shiki, he did prove that he is a very good director.
The Negatives: It will be entirely in 3D CG, though. This just doesn’t seem like the right story for that.

First-Glance Potential: 70%

Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan

Summary: “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.” – (Taken from Wikipedia)
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki
Series Composition: Itsuro Kawasaki
Other Notable Staff: Ike Nobutaka (Art Direction)

The Positives: Once in a while, you run into a series where the direction and series composition are done by the same guy. This season has Mouretsu Pirates, and last season had Tamayura. These are often very well done series, because there is one guy who is holding in the reigns quite well for his own vision…
The Negatives: … so I can’t believe that this season is the turn for Itsuro Kawasaki. His series are often quite mediocre, with a few series that admittedly did end up well. (Denyuuden, small parts of Sengoku Basara, Wild Arms (although that series was also helmed by Koichi Mashimo) and bizarrely enough Papakiki, although that series still has some very bad parts). Still, I’m positive here: what can he do when he’s involved much more than usual here? Does he have a vision to make this an interesting RPG adaptation?

First-Glance Potential: 70%

Ginga e Kickoff!!

Summary: “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. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Kounosuke Uda
Series Composition: Takashi Yamada

The Positives: This series airs on the NHK channel. The one advantage of series that air there is that they don’t necessarily have to be profitable. At first sight this may look like yet another sports show, but yet again this show has a very solid staff. In particular Takashi Yamada, who also wrote the series composition for Heartcatch Precure, Ojamajo Doremi, Marie&Gali and Shion no Ou. Kounosuke Uda? This guy is the director of One Piece. I assume not the entire series, but I couldn’t find how big that part was.
The Negatives: The big problem with this one remains the premise. It’s yet again the story of a young boy with passion for the sport he plays. The creators will have to put in some serious work to make this stand out, instead of making such a soap opera like what Knight in the Area is currently doing. The standards for this genre are very high, after all.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Kuroko no Basuke

Summary: “In the story, Taiga Kagami has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Tetsuya Kuroko of the school’s basketball team. Kuroko happens to be the shadowy sixth member of the legendary “Generation of Miracles” basketball team. Together, Kagami and Kuroko aim to take their team to the inter-high school championship — against Kuroko’s former teammates. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Shunsuke Tada
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi

The Positives: And yet again they put some really, really solid writers on the sports series. Noboru Takagi is the guy who adapted Baccano, Durarara, Koi Kaze and wrote C. Can he bring a dull story about basketball to life? Will the director of Bungaku Shoujo be able to bring life to this series.
The Negatives: I unfortunately keep looking at these high school sports series with a negative feeling. The thing is that I’ve already seen so much of them, and the only reason they stood out was due to their ridiculously good execution. These kinds of series miraculously keep pulling me in, even when their premises are nothing special. I expect Kuro no Basuke to do the same.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Kimi to Boku 2

Summary: “About 4 friends, twins Yuta and Yuki Asaba, the cute and girly Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara, who have known each other since kindergarten. When a half-Japanese transfer student named Chizuru Tachibana joins their group, he brings a new dynamic to their friendship.” – (Taken from ANN)

The Positives: The staff for the second season hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s safe to assume that it will be the same as the first season. That means Manabu Kanbe as the director and Reiko Yoshida behind the series composition. A very solid combination, as they did breathe life to the manga and portrayed a unique way for the characters to interact with each other.
The Negatives: But yeah: that way does get on your nerves quite a bit. This show is hard to watch at times, but that was also what made it interesting to see how it would nearly always end its episode on an interesting note.

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Zetman

Summary: “Jin, a mysterious kid with a halo carved in his hand, and extraordinary fighting skills, lives with his grandfather in a beggar’s community. In other place, the old scientist Amagi is searching for professor Kanzaki, to ask him for the whereabouts of the “player” -a kind of genetic altered humans- Zet, which they created some years ago. Soon, Jin and his grandfather are attacked by a mysterious man who turns into a monster. The connection between professor Amagi and professor Kanzaki, seems to connect also young Jin to the mystery of the “players”, and Zet.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Osamu Nabeshima
Series Composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka
Other Notable Staff: Mazakazu Katsura (Original Creator), Shinichiro Yoshihara

The Positives: Finally! A show that doesn’t look completely generic and like the others. As for the director, he never really directed anything I watched (he’s the director of D.Gray Man, Saint Tail and Clamp School Detectives; and Hamtaro). In any case though, I’m very interested in the premise here.
The Negatives: Atsuhiro Tomioka, oh boy. This guy strikes me as someone who rushes in with his own vision, and it’s always the question whether the end result is good. This is the guy who adapted Samurai 7, Nishi no Yoki Majo, Trinity Blood, Disgaea, Zombie Loan, Inazuma Eleven, Danbooru Senki and Chrno Crusade. The quality between all these adaptations varies greatly, so this series can really go anywhere, although it’ll probably be rushed.

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Saint Seiya New Omega

Summary: “Kōga is a 13-year-old boy who assumed the role of the Saint of the Pegasus constellation. His undefeatable spirit and rebellious nature are strong, as is his single-minded determination. Saori Kido (the goddess Athena) also appears as the protector of peace and all living things — and the woman who raised Kōga like a parent. Mars kidnaps Athena to establish a new world order, and Kōga stands up against Mars.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Morio Hatano
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida
Other Notable Staff: Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Character Designs, Chief Animation Director)

The Positives: The thing that immediately stands out: Yoshihiko Umakoshi, the character designer of Heartcatch Precure and Casshern Sins is on another series. And this time he’s going to also act as the animation director. That combined with Toei’s staff of excellent animators, and we’re in for a lot of eye candy here. The director will be another rookie (seriously, for the past years Toei has been putting the episode directors of Heartcatch Precure as the directors for all sorts of different projects), and the Heartcatch Precure episodes this guy worked on were some of the highlights of the series. To make things even better, Reiko Yoshida is a very experienced writers and has helmed a lot of classic series, including a few originals.
The Negatives: I have never followed Saint Seiya, and none of the OVAs that appeared particularly caught my interest, but if this can be watched without being familiar to the whole franchise I’ll certainly give it a shot. That’s going to be my big fear though: the Saint Seiya franchise at this point is huge. Will it be easy to get into?

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Phi Brain Second Season

Summary: “Kaito Daimon is a brilliant 16-year-old teenager who loves to solve puzzles. He acquires an enigmatic item called the Armband of Orpheus that allows him to fully utilize his brain, but that consequentially drains him completely. Currently attending Root Academy as an honor student, he is invited by the school principal to confront a secret organization named POG. They create deadly Sage Puzzles to protect invaluable treasures and challenge the select few individuals capable of facing them. Given the title of Einstein, Kaito battles against the mysterious group in order to keep a promise he made as a kid while at the same time he heads towards the ultimate test: the Divine Puzzle.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Junichi Sato
Series Composition: Mayori Sekijima
Other Notable Staff: Youhei Sasaki (Character Design)

The Positives: Well, this was about the last series of the currently airing series that I’d expect to get a sequel, but here it is. And really: there is a lot of great stuff that they can do with this. Phi Brain is currently at the point where you can really see that Sato Junichi’s characterization is paying off, and the character development is getting very good now, not to mention that the puzzles can only get more interesting with the way things are set up.
The Negatives: My one big question is what the new season will be about. The current season is building up to a very easy to see climax, but this will also be a climax that will be very hard to beat, as it really looks into the characters and pasts of the main protagonists and antagonists.

First-Glance Potential: 85%

Ozuma

Summary: “The title of the project is Ozuma, and it is set on a future Earth that has gone to ruins in a sea of sand. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Chief Director: Ryousuke Takahashi
Director: Takahiro Ikezoe
Series Composition: Junki Takegami
Other Notable Staff: Leiji Matsumoto (Original Creator), Nobuteru Yuki (Character Designs), Kousuke Yamashita

The Positives: I am a big fan of Ryousuke Takahashi, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out that he would be involved in this project. It’s only going to be six episodes long, and I don’t know whether it counts as an OVA or TV-series, but I’m thrilled to see a series that reunites him, with Leiji Matsumoto of all people. The music also will be excellent: it’s got the composer of Chihayafuru and Shion no Ou, and the style of this guy could pretty well fit in a space opera. Junki Takegami as a scriptwriter doesn’t really say anything to me to be honest, but this guy does have a lot of experience. He just didn’t really work on many series I saw, with the big exception of being the guy who adapted the first Gunslinger Girl season.
The Negatives: The big question mark here is the director: he’s the director of Slap Up Party, something that meant to be an RPG parody, but didn’t know what a parody was. I’m not very confident with him behind the reigns, although as a standalone episode director he does know his stuff and worked on some impressive episodes.

First-Glance Potential: 85%

Hyou-ka: You can’t escape

Summary: “The story follows a boy named houtarou who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member’s uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The “energy-saving” boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto
Series Composition: Shouji Gatou
Other Notable Staff: Kouhei Tanaka (Music), Honobu Yonezawa (Original Story, Series Composition Cooperation)

The Positives: My big problem with Kyoani is that they keep making shows I’m not interested in. I know that they’re really well animated, but for me to watch a bunch of moe blobs in their daily lives, there has to be something that catches my attention, and neither K-On, Lucky Star nor Nichijou succeeded in that. But lo and behold, it’s like they heard me, because their next series will be an actual mystery-series. Awesome! The series composition guy will be the writer of the Full Metal Panic novels, and the guy who wrote the Druaga no Tou series, which also is quite interesting.
The Negatives: My one concern with this series: I don’t “get” Yasuhiro Takemoto’s sense of humour. Lucky Star, Fumoffu, those Haruhi ONAs… they all bored me to death, so I really hope that he will keep to his mystery in this series and just ignore the comedy altogether.

First-Glance Potential: 85%

Uchuu Kyoudai

Summary: “story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger Hibito became an astronaut. Mutta did not, but his life changes on one fateful day. “ – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Ayumu Watanabe
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu
Other Notable Staff: Toshiyuki Watanabe (Music), Hiroshi Kato (Art Direction)

The Positives: Now here is one who really caught my eye. This premise is potentially gold, and A-1 Pictures behind the animation is showing a lot of potential here. The art will look amazing: Hiroshi Kato also did the art for many other gorgeous looking series. The director has only worked on Doraemon movies before, so he has experience in directing, and let’s see what he can do with an actual mature series like this.
The Negatives: Oh god, not Makoto Uezu. This guy sometimes gets lucky when he’s got good source material, but he also screwed up potentially interesting stories up often enough. I’m looking at you, Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka. Since he also adapted “classics” such as School Days, Seikon no Qwaser and Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, in which it felt like he wasn’t even trying, I’m really holding my heart out for this guy.

First-Glance Potential: 85%

Fate/Zero Second Season

Summary: “Taking place 10 years before the events of Fate/stay night, this series chronicles the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Ei Aoki
Original Creator: Gen Urobuchi
Other Notable Staff: Yuki Kajiura (Music)

The Positives: Well, it’s finally time for the second season of this series. The first season was entirely dedicated to building up, so there had better be some payoff now. In either way though, this was an incredibly solid series: well produced in all ways, so this series definitely has the potential to come well together.
The Negatives: The only slight downside I can think of now is that familiarity with Fate/Stay Night is slightly assumed, both for the in-universe concepts of magic and the personalities of some of the characters and I’m not going to watch that series again.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Tsuritama

Summary: “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.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Kenji Nakamura
Series Composition: Toshiya Ono
Other Notable Staff: Atsuya Uki (Character Designs)

The Positives: More Kenji Nakamura! This guy is really an excellent director, and with A-1 Pictures backing him, he can really flex his creative muscles again, and again this is a series completely different from his other works. The premise very well could work here.
The Negatives: Just one question. The guy who wrote Suite Precure will be writing this? Why him? Also, the thing remains: Noitamina should not be about high school kids. There are enough other shows who do that.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Eureka Seven Ao

Summary: “The “real mecha epic” will center around a boy named Ao who “set ‘destiny’ in motion again when he held the ‘power.'” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Tomoki Kyouda
Other Notable Staff: Mitsuyasu Sakai (SF-Setting), Shiho Takeuchi (Design), Shoji Kawamori (Nirvash Design)

The Positives: Awesome to see Eureka Seven back. the original series took a while to get going, but when it went off, it really was amazing. And the director of the series has finally returned for some more. This will be his first full series again after directing that series, so I’m very curious what he can do with a re-imagining of this series. A lot of work has also gone into the designs of this series (including getting Shoji Kawamori to design the main mecha). This is definitely one to look out for.
The Negatives: I see none so far, but it would be a bit of a shame if Bones can’t also get this to 52 episodes.

First-Glance Potential: 95%

Sakamichi no Apollon

Summary: “Summer, 1966. Kaoru Nishimi has moved to live with relatives in Kyushu. He’s been an aloof honor student his whole life, but that starts changing when he meets Sentarou Kawabuchi, the school’s notorious bad boy. Through him, he learns the appeal of jazz and forms his first real friendships.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Other Notable Staff: Yoko Kanno (Music), Yuuko Kakihara (Script), Ayako Katou (Script), Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Character Designs)

The Positives: Well, this is it: the big one. The show in which Shinichiro Watanabe finally returns for another series. Aided by Studio Mappa, who are apparently the same division of Madhouse who were behind series as Dennou Coil and Casshern Sins. I really want to see more of these guys. The story being about Jazz fits him really well, and yet it’s very different from his usual series (and yet, his short film Baby Blue on Genius Party showed that he can also very well animate non-action series). Add that to an excellent character designer and animator (think the character designs for Hyouge Mono and the animation direction of Sarai-ya Goyou).
The Negatives: At the same time, it would have been even more awesome for Shinichiro Watanabe to just do a Noitamina series, but a full fledged rich and diverse series as Cowboy Bebop. He can really make it happen, especially with how ridiculously solid the trailer looked, showing that he had nowhere lost his touch. Also, one of the scriptwriters worries me a bit. Yuuko Karihara adapted Sora no Otoshimono, Persona, Stitch and Kamichama Karin. Can she keep up with this series?

First-Glance Potential: 95%

71 Responses

  1. Spinarakk says:

    If you’re expecting Medaka Box to be yet another school romantic comedy about a student council, man are you SO wrong…

    Unless of course Gainax decids to turn it into yet another school romantic comedy about a student council.

  2. zo says:

    Hey whaddya know. I started reading that Zetman manga on a whim last week and now its being adapted. I mean I don’t even usually read manga. I just decided, “hey, I think I’m gonna read a manga today”. It was really good though. I never got past the exposition, but it was really really good. The problem there is that it is SO good that they are probably going to give a lot of time to it, which will give less time to the actual story. It might end up pretty rushed :/

  3. Kyle M. says:

    It is already time for another season huh? I still need to catch up with the winter stuff. Looking through the list I think I will be watching about the same stuff as you. I have been getting really bored of the moe’ stuff coming out as of late. It really seems to be getting worse.

  4. Engix says:

    This season looks preety good, but then again thats what i said about the winter season and most of the series suck.

  5. AidanAK47 says:

    Wait…no sword art online? Damn. Must be next season.

    Sankarea and Accel world should prove to be quite surprising for you Psgels. Nazo na Kanojo X might as well. I really liked the beginning of the manga. I read Dusk Maiden of Amnesia for a while and found it got interesting after a good few chapters but before that it was quite tedious. Like you pointed out. Fanservice of a dead girl is only disturbing for me.

    Sankarea has a very solid start. The lead isn’t a typical guy and the story can change from lighthearted to incredibly dark at times. I would describe the story as original. Barely a cliche to be found.(As far as I can remember) Biggest problem with it? Fanservice…

    Accel world is the one I look forward to the most. The story is great from what I read in the novels. Has the potential to be the spiritual successor to gurren lagann. Best of all the main protagonist isn’t a typical bishounen or that average high school student. He’s an overweight but very sharp and intelligent guy. With the My hime team behind it…I can’t see this going wrong. Except for the ending as I am not sure if the novels are finished yet.

    • Spinarakk says:

      I really wish more bloggers read manga and thus not base their first impressions of anime adaptations solely on the staff, but also on the source material. So far almost every blogger’s season previews all reek of cries of unoriginal, cliche, generic and no potential based on solely the synopsis and staff.

      It’s good to read some opinions from people who’ve actually read the source material, and I completely agree with your expectations of Nazo no Kanojo, Sankarea and Tasogare. And the fanservice isn’t THAT bad O.o

      • psgels psgels says:

        Spinarakk: I really wish that I also had the time to keep up with manga, but on top of all of the stuff I’m currently doing with anime, including the time it takes to write this blog, I just don’t have the time and energy for that. I’ve been told this more often, but I’m not going to bother to stress into reading these mangas, just for the sake of being able to write more accurate previews here.

        • AidanAK47 says:

          I can understand that psgels. I write comments the same size as your posts to my friends and they take nearly an hour to complete. Just managing your blog must eat away at your time.
          I read light novels, manga, and visual novels. I even played persona 1 & 2 in preparation for the persona 4 animation.(Currently near the end of persona 3)I can say for certain that there is absolutely no way someone can do this and manage a blog on top of that. I already find that there isn’t enough hours in a day.

          However Psgels if you plan on maybe cutting down your post to check out a manga or anything I suggest this. Instead of bloging 11 shows episode by episode just choose about three or five to do that and with the others simply post about them when you feel something significant happens or every four episodes or so.

          Of course if you need any pre-anime impressions I am always up to date with the latest manga so I can give you my impressions.

        • Spinarakk says:

          Yeah I fully understand that running a blog while watching lots of anime while having a life leaves not much time for reading source material.

          I guess it just irked me that almost every single season preview I read on blogs mostly consists or mere judging books by their covers, as more often than not, if the studio actually decides to do a competent adaptation of a well-established manga, it will turn out great.

          • AidanAK47 says:

            It’s not a guarantee though Spinarakk. For example I was ready to accept the world god only knows to be a great anime. It had a competent studio and the source material was solid.
            Yet somehow they screwed it up. They focused on the wrong aspects of the manga and the comedy was just dead.

      • rever5e says:

        judging the staff is the best way to know if the anime ( or any media in existence )will be good or not, it depend on them to do it

        staff > studio( because of the resource they had and people that are bound to them ) > source material

        • Aidanak47 says:

          Well rever5e, explain guilty crown. That anime had a hell of a staff and was still terrible.

        • psgels psgels says:

          Aidan: well, the scriptwriter had it coming: the series was either going to be awesome, or a complete trainwreck (this was actually my prediction from before the series started). It turned out to be the latter, unfortunately.

          • Aidanak47 says:

            @Psgels, I would love to defend the code geass writer…but after guilty crown I don’t think I can anymore.
            But I know there must be other examples of a series having a great staff and still producing garbage.

            Reverse, source materiel pretty much trumps everything. You can have the greatest staff in the world but it means nothing if they are adapting a third season of To love ru.
            But good staff is needed. I admit that.

          • NeonTiger says:

            Eureka Seven Ao’s main plot seems a bit too close to Infinite Stratos according to recent information and even the writer has still not been announced, so I wouldn’t be too optimistic about that series.

            My-Hime wasn’t as great as it is questionably being suggested here, to be honest, and it really doesn’t make much sense at all to call Hiroyuki Yoshino the “Code Geass writer” either, when he only ever wrote 3 episodes of that show. In contrast, he has clearly written the vast majority of Guilty Crown.

            Then again, I know that doesn’t make much of a difference here. However, I also don’t see what psgels has against Macross Frontier, which Hiroyuki Yoshino did write. Even if the TV series had some issues, it was alright and he later did a good job with the movie version.

        • rever5e says:

          “source materiel pretty much trumps everything”

          this just wrong, you see how many fail and good anime(or any media like i say before) come out from adaption,it more fail then good, and some just plain decent, not worth you time if you aren’t a fanboy

          third season To love ru by Quentin Tarantino, i watch that

          • AidanAK47 says:

            Sorry, I don’t understand moon speak. So if you have a point to make I suggest you don’t write like Yoda.

            But if I manage to piece some of what you said together then you mean “Original animes normally turn out better than anime adaptations. Were as adaptations often fail”
            And that’s not true. Case in point, Star driver, Occult academy, guilty crown, Blassreiter, Eden of the east. These were all original and turned out average or just plain bad.

            Either way this is off topic. As the original question is what decides an animes quality. Staff or source material. And like I said, Staff doesn’t mean diddly squat if the source material they are adapting is terrible.

  6. wendeego says:

    Note: Najo no Kanojo X is based on an absolutely EXCELLENT romance manga. So if they play their cards right, it could have the potential to be really, really good!

    Unless they cop out and spoil exactly what made the manga so good. At which point I guess it could very well be terrible. But the source material is great! So I guess we’ll see what happens.

  7. Endon says:

    Medaka box is surprisingly action-focused. If Gainax does what I genuinely hope they do and decide to skip the first bit, you’re in for an interesting show about what happens when (almost) every protagonist and antagonist is as ridiculously overpowered as your standard overpowered shounen lead.

  8. The Negative for the new E7 series is all the other info about it that’s come out so far, the character designs look kinda generic and somehow it’s set in Japan in 2025, even though the first series was who knows how many years into the future. I’m getting less and less optimistic about this one by the day.

  9. anonymous says:

    liking the new format for the previews. and agreeing with spinarakk. its somewhat generic at the beginning, but medaka box is by nisioisin. it doesn’t stay that way for long.

  10. Arisu says:

    The only one I’m looking forward to are Uchuu Kyoudai and Zetman. Both are very well written mangas. It was probably because of the popularity of Tiger and Bunny that Zetman got chosen to be animated. That’s another reason to like Tiger and Bunny. <3

  11. joojoobees says:

    Sakamichi no Apollon. I am really looking forward to this one. I don’t even care that it is about high schoolers because the setting is utterly non-generic. I know what you mean about the lack of stories about adults; this has been a problem for a while, and the anti-body to that was supposed to be Noitamina, but they seem to have largely given up.

  12. Denizen says:

    Not gonna lie, this looks like a pretty damn solid season. There’s something for absolutely everyone, here.

  13. c160 says:

    Nazo na Kanojo X or Mysterious Girlfriend X is from a manga so you can’t really put too much credits on the character designer. It’s pretty good and doesn’t annoy so much. And (at least in the manga) the story is pretty pure, despite the raunchy setting.

    Sankarea and Zetman’s manga is really pretty, so I think it’s gonna be hard for me to watch the anime if the quality is bad.

    And yeah, I’m also interested in the New Saint Seiya due to the Heartcatch staff connections but have never seen/read any of the previous works.

  14. Cholisose says:

    Hmm… well, there’s more Fate/Zero and Kimi to Boku, so there’s two givens for me. (Really excited to see where Fate/Zero go from here.)
    But none of these new shows really… grabs my attention. Maybe Hyouka? Maybe Tsuritama? And then weaker maybes for a few others… (Shining Hearts, Accel World, Hiiro no Kakera) Hopefully this means I’ll be in for some pleasant surprises, because nothing sounds terribly intriguing for spring.

  15. gan says:

    The shows I’m looking forward to this season are:

    Rock Lee’s Springtime of Youth: Psgels,you should seriously give it a try.The manga which serializes in Saikyo Jump is HILARIOUS! What makes it so damn funny is the art.It’ll be a nice dose for laughter.

    Medaka Box: I’ve heard too many things about this from the Weekly Jump forums.I’ve been wanting to check out whether it really meets the hype.

    Kuroko no Basket: Same as Medaka Box.Currently longest serializing sports manga in Jump.

    Zetman: I have a feeling this show is gonna be a really brilliant one! I’ve become a fan of seinen series and this one,being serialized in Young Jump,is definitely on my to see list! Heard many praises for the manga.

    Fate Zero: For those who followed season 1,it is completely obvious to watch this

    Eureka 7 AO: I’ve liked the original Eureka 7 series.This one better be as good as that one!

    Sakamichi no Apollon: Who wouldn’t watch this series! I’m expecting this to deliver like Bebop Champloo, so it’s in!

    Also btw psgels,why do you have a dislike for manga? You’re seriously missing out some brilliant series by not reading them! Most notably 20th Century Boys, Liar Game, Shingeki no Kyojin. Don’t tell me you havent read ANY manga being an anime fan for so many years?

    • psgels psgels says:

      The reason for it is simple: time. It already takes a ton of time to keep this blog running for me to pick up manga on top of that. I’ve tried to read manga in the past (the Bokura no manga, by the way), and even though it’s got an amazing storyline, I just got stuck at it at chapter 30 or something.

      • Kiavik says:

        Maybe you can, you know, watch less crappy anime (which is about 80% of the shows you blog) and try to read more manga? That way you’d also be able to adjust your standards for what constitutes good storytelling :)

        • elianthos says:

          @kiavik: as well intentioned as I suppose your reply is, its phrasing carries a condescending undertone that is borderline offending and rude XD.
          That said, I agree sometimes sampling the source some anme are derived from can be both a time and disappointment saver. It worked for me most of the times. Then there are the rare cases when anime and source are on the same level or anime>>>>source… (YMMV of course. For me the best case is NisioIsn Monogatari series… I can enjoy it in anime form, but I find the novels unreadable.. the translated bits of them at least , as I don’t know Japanese ^^ ).

          • Kiavik says:

            I’m sorry if I seemed rude. I definitely didn’t want to come across that way. It’s just that I find psgels very often praising some really crappy series and that makes me think he is not really that knowledgeable about what makes a good anime or manga. In the last few years the average quality of anime has definitely went down the shitter, while this didnt happen to manga. That’s why I suggest reading some classic or recent manga so that he can raise his standards :)

  16. anon says:

    “The Negatives: The only slight downside I can think of now is that familiarity with Fate/Stay Night is slightly assumed, both for the in-universe concepts of magic and the personalities of some of the characters and I’m not going to watch that series again.”

    I read the novels so I won’t spoil you, but I will say that you do not need to worry about this. It should just continue right where Season 1 ended.

  17. Houlgrave says:

    I’m going to chime in here with the others psgels and tell you that some of these “generic” premises are rather misleading, particularly in regards to Medaka Box.

    That being said, I love seasons with a variety of “dark horse” shows so to speak, and it seems like Spring 2012 is jam packed with ’em.

  18. Rednights says:

    Wow … I thought this was going to be an absolute shit fest but then I realized you were ranking worst to best … then all was saved.

    • Anon says:

      The beginning of the list is rather sad indeed, except for Kanojo X. And there’s some stuff later on that probably belongs up front. I don’t always see eye to eye with psgels but he mostly nails it as far as what’s worth checking out :)

  19. astrocurrent says:

    Well… I have to point out that Jewel Pet series are a lot than just selling tools. Especially Sunshine. Every season of this series takes a different direction. And for this season, Sunshine is surprisingly well constructed & written for a kid show. And knows very well about balancing the comedy part and serious part. For the comedy part there is a lot punch line and parody that only those who were born in the 80s or earlier to get it. But since the show itself is quite balanced, young viewers can enjoy the comedy as well. The other two seasons are good in its own way. But Sunshine is more distinctly standing out on the for-elder-viewer part. It is more like an anime Gintama for kids, or Japanese My Little Pony.

    But I guess the next season the series is going to take yet another direction.

    By the way, I like Tsuyoshi Nagasawa a lot. He can always make an average moe series fun to watch. So I am definitely going to try Nyaruko-chan out.

  20. Jeevas says:

    Looking from this list, shows I can’t wait to see are:
    -Sakamichi no Apollon (Shinichiro Watanabe? count me in)
    -Tsuritama (Because I love Atsuya Uki, and this show really looks refreshing. Fishing is quite original for an anime I presume)
    -Uchuu Kyoudai (I always intrigued by shows that have what looks like meaningful and significant flashbacks as part of the story, I hope that’s the case here)
    -Zetman (Looks cool and badass. Nuff said)

    I try to make the list as small as possible, although there are others that also piqued my interest. But adding/dropping shows in the middle of the season is the thing I do anyway.

  21. astrocurrent says:

    I won’t expect too much from Shining Hearts though. Just because there isn’t much in the original game… Don’t get me wrong. Itsuro Kawasaki is a fine director. L/R: Licensed by Royalty is quite well made as an opusculum and the tone of that anime is not often found in Japanese animation. And the Shining game series is a masterpiece back in the MD ages. I have played through Shining Force II a lot of times when I was a kid.

  22. Gintoki says:

    Argh my first comment got deleted, so please forgive me if this one has several grammar issues.
    I love how there seems to be a lot of ‘old-school’ anime this season.It’s nice to see how old titles get adapted in this day and age, and are often done surprisingly well ( some good examples would be my personal favourites Casshern Sins and Toward The Terra, as well as Gegege no Kitaro). I hope Saint Seiya, Ozuma, and Zetman are able to follow in their footsteps and make a successful transition between the 20th and 21st century. The other non-‘old-school’ sci-fi series’, Eureka 7 and Accel World, also hold a lot of promise.
    Glad to see that the slice-of-life series are genuinely interesting for a change. Uchuu Kyoudai, Tsuritama, and Sakamichi no Apollon promise something beyond the usual ‘cute girls doing cute things’ and romantic comedy hijinks. Could be wrong about Tsuritama; might turn into this big fantasy adventure shounen with fishing, but what do I know?
    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this season. Hats off to Kuroko no Basuke. Despite not having read majority of the manga, I hope it does well.
    As a side note: Is there a surplus of Jump titles this season, or is it just my imagination?

  23. miguel says:

    Psgels, im, going to explain you the thing of Mappa:

    Usually, at Madhouse, before the 2011 there was two head leaders:
    Masao Maruyama, he planned his proyects doing dinners at the emprese and called it Mappa(the ones who no are also in the NTV group):
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=936.
    And for the NTV channel:
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/company.php?id=834.

    if you take the 2008 Kaiba and Casherns Sins were Mappa things (before it was oficial) and Himitsu and Mouryou for the NTV division.

    you can say that Mappa is the subdivision that do things with other countrys (andalucia no natsu, supernatural, yona…) o things with others directors, external to Madhouse. Kaiba(yuasa)Denno Coil(iso), Cassern (yamauchi)… . For this series you usually expect that are interesting at least

    The NTV division, the thing that can be call the actual Madhouse, more focused in things that fixed his style, and maybe more japanese, it,s not like they not have his own experimental proyects(the great aoi bungaku fo exemple), but usually focused more in normal people, and a good % of them are adult shows(P.E: Monster) was official since this autum(chihaya is a good exemple of this class of series),are usually pretty solid series. The bad thing about them is that they released infomation about their proyects too late.

    It,s bad they are going to work separated(it,s not they had bad relations o anything, Maruyama it,s also working as creative on Chihaya and Hunter) now? For me at least no.
    Another year like 2008 was very dificult to happen if they was joined,(there was 4 great series but with bad sales, too much for a single studio). With this decision, if each one release only 2 good series par year can be as good as this year.

  24. Firechick says:

    Psgels, you’re not the only one calling for more stuff from KyoAni. Apparently Nichijou BOMBED in the DVD sales. Perhaps Kyo-Ani is finally realizing that moe slice of life can’t save them anymore.

    • Cholisose says:

      Nichijou isn’t moe slice-of-life, though. It’s off-the-wall comedy. It bears about as much as common with K-On as Cromartie High School. If anything, KyoAni bombed because they didn’t stick with their guarantee money-makers.
      That said, I’m curious about Hyouka, as I enjoy a good mystery. The characters look super-generic, but it’s hard to say much before the first episode has aired.

    • Spinarakk says:

      You do realize that they bombed because they DIDN’T do a moe slice of life?

  25. Alterego 9 says:

    I believe that most of the time, looking at the staff is really useless, or even counterproductive.

    For example, it is true that Nazo na Kanojo X’s creators are mostly known for boob anime, but that tells absolutely nothing about their directing, or scriptwriting skills, just about the fact that their source material was boob manga.

    Often, making guesses based what genre of works happened to be assigned to that staff before, is so misleading, that even only looking at the promo art style and the description, and ignoring the staff leads to a more accurate guess.

    Oh, and from the description of AKB0048, you left out the part where they are fighting against an opressive government in the far future.

  26. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    Shinichiro Watanabe! Even if every other show takes a turn for the dreadful, it will still be an awesome season.

  27. mousoukyoku says:

    Just for your info psgels: Yes, sadly AKB48 are that popular. The Top 5 of last year’s oricon charts constisted solely of their songs and that’s not even all of the songs featured in the Top 100 (plus all the other whatsoever48 spin-off groups). Even considering Kawamori and all that… I still just find the whole premise and plot known so far extremely hilarious and I don’t really know if in a bad or somewhat strangely good way.

    As for source materials:
    I do understand that anyone not just going to school simply does not have the time to keep up with everything (s)he is interested in. Once you go to university and actually want to finish and achieve something there, you pretty much have to focus on stuff. I feel like I haven’t really been reading manga for years now, which is sad, but it used to be RPGs and now it’s Japanese detective novels that devour most of my free time. For example, in the case of Another, I knew the source material because the author is one of my favorites. In the coming season there are adaptions where I knew of the source material before, but did not have any time to spare.

    That said, I’ll definitely watch Fate/Zero and, knowing the author of the source material but never having read one of his novels, Hyouka. Apart from that I guess I’ll take a look at Zetman, Tasogare Otome, Eureka, maybe Accel World… and maybe AKB0048 for the lolz.

  28. TC says:

    @ psgels

    About Natsuiro Kiseki.

    “[…]this seems to be one of those shows to promote four random idols”.

    Well, 3 out of these 4 established voice-actresses from this “Sphere” music group are in the excellent Hanasaku Iroha (which is even praised in your reviews); Aki Toyosaki (as Nako Oshimizu), Haruka Tomatsu (as Yuina Wakura), Minako Kotobuki (who played a minor role in Hanasaku Iroha, as Eri Mizuno). Ayahi Takagaki is Ein in Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Feldt Grace in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. So they are not some random idols as you mentioned earlier.

  29. Starry says:

    Zetman looks pretty badass, sadly its the only that really catches my attention (besides the second half of Fate/Zero). Maybe there will be some surprises but I’m probably just gonna go back and watch older shows.

  30. Sirencel says:

    Nazo na Kanojo X should be surprising you. I read some chapters of the manga, and I quite liked it, as it’s really not like what you’d expect. It’s interesting, has great characters, AND there are actually couples right from the start! Please please give it a chance psgels, even if it’s making you think “ewww what the fugg?” at first. I’m kind of happy there’s going to be anime of it, it’s just so different from all the other seemlingly popular things right now.

  31. jreding says:

    Psgels, thank you for your insightful preview! Only few shows where I’m quite sure I’ll like them (Zetman, Hyou-ka, Skamichi no Apollon). Am I wrong or has the number of shows featuring mainly/ only male MC’s been rising recently? Btw, NyaruAni was so crappy that I actually found it funny. I’m looking forward to Nyaruko-chan!

  32. Perrin4869 says:

    AKB48 anime… I don’t want to live in this world anymore

  33. mulligan says:

    I saw Tsuritama’s trailer and the kneejerk reaction was ‘CENCOROLL’! Sure enough, Atsuya Uki was behind it :D

    This, and Apollon are going to really stand out this season.

  34. rufe says:

    Nazo na Kanojo X – Intrigued by premise

    Arashi no Yoru ni – I enjoyed some version of this at some point. I wonder how this will go.

    Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan – this is Shining? Is it about bread? What?

    Kuroko no Basuke – Every week in Jump I gloss over this, but I’ve always been curious.

    Kimi to Boku 2 – Can’t wait

    Ozuma – Looks like an epic blast from the past. I’m curious what it will actually be like.

    Hyou-ka: You can’t escape – I have no idea

    Uchuu Kyoudai – should be epic

    Sakamichi no Apollon – looks like it will be awesome. Also, Kochi dialect!

  35. Mormegil says:

    Spring season 2012 is shaping up to have the best Noitamina block since Tatami Galaxy and House of Five Leaves. Unless Nakamura messes up again like he did with [C]. Other than those two, I’m looking forward to Zetman, the new Fate/Zero, the new Eureka Seven, Medaka box, the kyoani show, and Kuroko no Basuke(again, despite the guy’s work on [C]), and my ultimate guilty pleasure…Queen’s Blade.

  36. Anon says:

    Nazo na Kanojo X deserves a second look, it was a rather unusual manga in many ways… whether that means you like it or not, I think you ought to check out a few episodes. Sankarea is also fun but it’s rather generic so my money is on you not liking it at all. Zetman is obviously good, the manga is mature, complex, and simply satisfying.

    Other than that, I’ll definitely end up watching Ozuma, Accel World, Eureka Seven Ao, and Fate//Zero S2, Uchuu Kyoudai, and Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? Of the Dead.

    I still can’t believe that you managed to sit through Phi Brain, but even with that benefit of the doubt I think I’ll be skipping the second season.

  37. Dawn says:

    All I can say is this there was probably never a time when certain kid shows weren’t about selling toys.

  38. BabyChooChoo says:

    I haven’t read every comment so I apologize if you have already addressed this, but like others have said, don’t be fooled by the desciption of Medaka BoX. It’s quite misleading. It’s actually a pretty good series.

    *****Minor, generic spoiler. Read at your own risk.*****
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    My problem with Medaka Box is that it appears to have started our with modest intentions, but as it goes on, it seems to get bogged down by just more and more…stuff. I can’t even think of a way to describe it to be honest. It just feels like the keep adding more and more things to the story that don’t need as much attention as they get or that don’t need to be in the story at all.

    Also, it doesn’t help that as the series progresses, Medaka becomes more and more unlikeable to the point you just want to pull your hair out. It doesn’t help that she’s the ‘main character’ (readers of the manga will know why that’s in quotes) either.

    Like I said, I think it’s a much better series than the description makes it out to be, but as it goes on, it just doesn’t have that same twinkle in it’s eye that it used to. That’s just me though so meh w/e
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  39. xxxholicwing says:

    Hey, psgels. Jormungand is going to be shown this Spring too.
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-18/mami-sawada-to-sing-jormungand-anime-opening-theme
    Better update the list! Wow, I guess Spring 2012 is getting better. I’ll definitely see Zetman, Uchuu Kyoudai, Sakamichi no Apollon, Tsuritama and the 2nd season of Phi Brain.

  40. leokiko says:

    Uchuu Kyodai is confirmed for 48+ episodes.

    Awesome.

  41. awes says:

    I think you’ll be surprised by some of the shows you gave low ratings to. For one, Medaka box is not at all what you’re expecting. Well, it starts out as a generic high school comedy, but it’s really more of a deconstruction of shonen fighting series. Sankarea is also a lot more interesting than it seems. The humour is generally somewhat dark, and it gets pretty serious. But then again, the anime might not reflect this. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia’s manga is actually decent, at least when it avoids generic romantic comedy cliches long enough to tell a story. But again, knowing the way anime adaptations often play out, generic romance aspects will be played out and the horror/mystery ones ignored, but if that doesn’t happen it could be a decent series.

  42. awes says:

    also Nazo na Kanojo X isn’t raunchy, it’s just weird. There’s no sex in the manga, just a lot of saliva exchanging. and scissors.

  43. Samavarti says:

    A new Lupin III anime has been announced for this season, it has a quite godly staff, is being directed by the director of Michiko and Hatchin, the scrpt in charge of Dai Sato and Takeshi Koike in charge of the animation.

  44. Parfait says:

    Uhmmm.. doesn’t Shining Hearts remind you of Harvest Moon?

  45. Justin says:

    “Will there ever come a point at which the guys at Arms will stop producing these bad fanservice shows?”

    When otaku stop buying it sure. Otherwise, Queen’s Blade is just too popular. And for some, it’s not totally trashy like most of its ilk. Well…that’s what I hear.

    I had to lol at your AKB0048 description. But the better question is why doesn’t it have a 0% attached to it!

    Otherwise, the list is pretty good. I hope Tasogare does well. But with Shin Oonuma directing it (and my memory of him stems from C3 O.o) and it being only a 12 episode series, I can only worry…

  46. conquerstrife says:

    This has probably been suggested but organizing the season preview by air date instead of “potential” makes a little more sense. The potential rating is definitely interesting but organizing it based on air date just makes it easier to keep track of everything.

    • psgels psgels says:

      conquerstrife: that indeed is a good idea, however there is one very big reason why I’m not going to do that:

      I always write these previews very early, at a time when most of the airing dates aren’t even known yet.

      • Mushyrulez says:

        Alphabetically would also be interesting, but when you organize it by potential, it makes for much easier reading, as there’s a clear progression of the quality of the series. Furthermore, when we’re reading the preview, the season’s not supposed to have started yet (unlike my previews, written three weeks after the season starts, e.g. write about now)!

        P.S. Yes, that ‘write’ was a pun and was rightened writely.

        P.P.S. Ok, I admit, the second one didn’t go down all too well.

  47. alt says:

    Im really looking forward to Zetman. The manga takes the “hero” thing and does with it something I have never seen before.

  48. mnscoaiy00understudies says:

    Oh, How different did your first glance potential of AKB0048 turned out to be! LOL! Later, -someone- mentioned that it was actually good! Oh, who I wonder that was!

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Vonter
@Anon2140150 - I do. Though Shounen do have the issue of being derivative in certain aspects like power scales and several doing the FMA Brotherhood climax (of what I've watched). Also they're made to be endless. It can be intimidating jumping to one that has several seasons.
Anonymous2140150
Does everyone here don't like shonen anime?
Amagi
Really, if there is one piece of information (aside from otome maybe) that makes me ignore a series forever it's a LN about a LN author or illustrator. The selfinert wish fulfillment couldn't be more obvious.
Amagi
Another LN greenlit for an anime production and the synopsis starts with "* is a light novel illustrator and..".
Amagi
@KTravlos: I don't know why modern anime hate curly- and/or wild hair so much. The old hair style gave Reinhard a more royal look, whereas he looks like a normal highschool boy now. Not that I am complaining about the anime as a whole. Also, I like some of the new designs.
KTravlos
and a part of me things it is indeed the hair. It comes to low, giving Reinhard a slovenly, lazy feel. When Yang feels more energetic you know there was a mistake.
KTravlos
and yes, this Reinhard fares poorly in comparison to the OVA one. He is dull. I need more Yang :p
KTravlos
ai vay vay. The Castrop Rebellion remains waste of time. And this time it was worse. The older depiction was tacky but at least it showed Kircheis ability in a logical manner. This time I had no idea what the hell happened. It felt cheap.

The rest of the episode was ok. Not completely sold on all the renditions of imp. admirals though I still love the uniforms.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*those
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hearing these , I find myself much more tolerant of anime voice acting even if the dub might only be okay.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its actually less of a sync issue, as I'm talking about 60s dubs , alot of people think the voices in old anime English dubs from the 90s are dated, but the old sixties kungfu and western dubs are shocking, far worse.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't mind sometimes satirical dubbing like on tiger lily , dialectics break bricks and kung pow however.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And those can be difficult to acquire sometimes in Italian or Chinese.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Live action films, this is especially annoying sometimes because I love Spaghetti westerns and Chinese martial arts films and old Italian cop thrillers.
Anonymous2137430
@Kaiser-Eoghan Are you referring to foreign animated films of foreign live action films because dubbing live action is a different beast as I'm sure you're aware. The idiosyncratic nature of watching moves and facial expressions not properly match voices really pulls the viewer out of the experience
SuperWooper
LoGH is airing a special next week because of scheduling delays, so that's one less thing to do.
AidanAK47
Well to those whom it might concern, expect my posts to be later than usual this week. Work is hell at the moment.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have to say, this is probably a bit hypocritical, but while I enjoy dubs of anime I really really can't stand dubs of foreign films.
Lenlo
Simo Hayha would make a pretty crazy Archer.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I imagine a fate strange fake adaptation will materialize eventually.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But everyone seems to want that Finnish sniper as a Fate servant .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Still no Mao, still mad.
Kaiser-Eoghan
....I have lost track of the historical characters in the fate lineup.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, to expand on that point the following historical figures are now female: Nero Claudius, Leonardo da Vinci, Frankenstein's Monster, Xuanzang, Jing Ke, Quetzalcoatl, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Miyamoto Musashi, Okita Souji and many more to come.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I find it's an enjoyable watch though flawed. If you can get past some odd fanservice around the first ten episodes then I say it's worth watching.
Anonymous2133468
So i was thinking if i start watching, darling in the franxx, is worth it? or is just another 6/10 anime?
Lenlo
God damnit. Why Nasu. Just why.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, that ain't even Lewd.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In all seriousness its ridiculous, the Japanese will make a cute/moe girl out of anything.
AidanAK47
....Should I also mention that Francis Drake is a big boobed pirate queen?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Posting lewd images on a respectable chatbox.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, But none of these characters are in the anime adaptions. Well besides Jack and Saber.
Lenlo
Aidan, all this conversation did was prove that my decision to only ever watch the Ufotable adaptions was the correct decision.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, you can blame Extella for the Attlia the Hun thing. I wasn't too fond of it myself. Also should mention Attila is female as well.
https://pm1.narvii.com/6414/528599445b739909c02993cfdbfc9f277d088cf2_hq.jpg
AidanAK47
Also Masky I will be the first to admit to the ridiculous aspects of the Fate Franchise but do take note that you are commenting on something you know literally nothing about. Which is the very definition of ignorance and is quite annoying. Fate/Zero nails the themes it's going for. So go watch Fate/Zero, come back and apologize.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Give it time. Genghis is getting in there eventually with Grand Order. We just had Anastasia and Salieri introduced after all. And it's not as if this story introduces Servants willy nilly, they need actual story purpose. Genghis Khan wouldn't have fit the Narrative that Fate/Zero was going for.
Lenlo
Wait Attila is an Alien and Edison is a Lion? God damnit Fate. Why are you doing this to me. I was already annoyed at your treatment of Musashi
Masky
(aliens existing in the show is good example of that missing on themes part xP)
Masky
*most successful conqueror
Masky
Honestly was just amused most conqueror of all time not being featured in the show :D But wait, whats this about aliens?
AidanAK47
Anyway the important thing to take into account is that in the Fate universe, King Arthur is a woman, Attila the Hun is an Alien, Thomas Edison is a lion and Jack the Ripper is a little girl in a dominatrix outfit. Any questions?
AidanAK47
And while you don't need to watch something to be given divine right to comment on ideas or themes, it does leave you ignorant of how that show handles those ideas and themes.
AidanAK47
As for the Historical Alexander, he wasn't given the title of King of Couquerors. Fate/Zeros interpretation of him was. As generally accurate Fates interpretation of Servents history can be, they can make changes to suit the narrative.
AidanAK47
In that Regard Alexander was doing the conquest thing before Ghengus did. Ghengus likely has some other title. Hell he may only have the title because public consciousness was is more familiar with Alexander than Ghengus.
AidanAK47
Yeah, looking it up seems the King Title lost quite a lot of meaning in the Nasuverse. Though the King Title is rather flimsy. I mean Arthur is the King of Knights cause of the Knights of the round table. Gil is king of heroes because his tale was the first Heroic myth.
Lenlo
I think Alexander was just the first one they thought of, and they couldnt retroactively give it to someone else.

That said, Broskander deserves it <3
Masky
(And no, you don't need to watch something to be given divine right to comment on ideas or themes of it.)
Masky
(just to note in case I need to note, I do tend to do at least cursory research when I make comments on stuff I don't watch)
Masky
That first part is semantics as Fate gives title "King" to historical figures who weren't kings already :D Also, you can make that argument about historical Alexander the Great? Since that seriously sounds like kind of weak reason.
AidanAK47
Also sees Rider as deserving of title of "King of Conquerors" because that which he strives to conquer most is not lands or material wealth, but the hearts of people, the toughest conquest that can be undertaken by anyone.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Ghengis Khan wasn't a king. He was a Khan.
Lenlo
Ghengis is always a Rider in my mind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in all seriousness, Ghengis would be an appropriate beserker servant.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Masky: I know, it feels so wrong I'm still mad I can't summon Karl Marx or Stalin.
Masky
So wait, Fate series is about historical figures with super powers, but "King of Conquerors" title isn't given to Ghengis Khan? :D Seriously? Thats just so wrong
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't feel any point in finishing it, it feels like something that I'd just randomly drop , not because its a bad show, but because I got my fill of it.
AidanAK47
I am actually going to drop blogging it.
AidanAK47
@Sash, indeed. I have been watching it but not blogging it for the last few episodes because it just hasn't givne me anything to say. I don't think it's a bad show but I have pointed out the flaws and strengths of it already so there is truly nothing more to say on it.
Sash
I think wotakoi is starting to feel repetitive..
Kaiser-Eoghan
You are now aware Shana and Batman Ninja Harelequinn are both voiced by Rie kugimiya.
Lenlo
I did. It was... It was a thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Did you end up watching Batman ninja by the way?
Lenlo
Music is great, yeah. When the music is on point, everything goes up. Everytime the sync the fight/punches to the music I just get hyped. Like the rotating shot with Aragaki or the first fight in episode 1.
Lenlo
Ill do my best to be clearer in the future on that front. Yeah, I dont mind twists like this. Makes the inevitable Mikio fight, narratively, even better.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel the music does alot of the lifting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh, so that was it.
Lenlo
Sorry if I never made that clear.
Lenlo
I would rather have fewer, amazing, fights than a lot of low-quality fights. This is a one cour show, the more meaning/impact they can give each fight the better.

Like Aragaki, narratively, was great. Loved it. Its just in animation/choreography that it falls flat.
Lenlo
Im disappointed with the animation of the fights. Narratively, I think they are quite good.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*disappointed with the fights in past episodes
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Pretty much what I said I thought of the episode. Although I was surprised how took the episodes ending, I expected you to see it as a slap in the face after being disappointed with the fights.
Lenlo
Also, @Kaiser, I thought Megalo Box did something unique this episode. I wasn't expecting Joe to *not* fight. And the Mikio/Yukiko proxy war is an interesting character motivation. Im betting Yukiko will get Joe a full citizenship, effectively getting her on his side.
Lenlo
I wish I was physically capable of watching Megalo Box without thinking of Hajime no Ippo. I really do. But everytime I watch it, it makes me want to watch Ippo again to.
Anonymous2120908
I watched some more of the Chimera family chinese anime. (Wasn't aware it was monthly released). And geez, I like the concept, the background art is very pretty and contrasts with settings that have become tired in other anime. Yet sadly the animation and script are WEAK. I haven't grasped the quality of what's expected of these types of production but I want to believe, they're trying.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Not much in the way of action in megalobox this week, but I did like the focus on Yukkiko getting a small character moment and then the big moment at episodes end .
AidanAK47
@Anon, That's some lazy ass trolling buddy. Should have stopped before the hashtags.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm even sort of looking forward to supposedly less respectable stuff like Goblin slayer and happy sugar life.
Vonter
Also E3 is almost here. And I can't wait. I think Nintendo will have a good show considering they're revealing the new Smash with a tournament. There's rumors of the new game by Retro Studios (Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong) and maybe they'll reveal something about how Pokemon will be on the Switch.
Vonter
Also there's always the chance of something new being discovered. Not everything needs expectations behind. Sometimes great things come out of nowhere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So yes, there are some at least decent shows coming out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Muh Baki, Muh Bananna fish, muh made in abyss season 2, muh Vinland.
Anonymous2119906
The rest of this year looks like shit for anime and 2019 doesn't look great either #fuckmoe #makeanimegreatagain
Anonymous2119214
@Kaiser yeah it happened in half the amount of eps this time around for steins gate 0; which i expected considering there's a lot of ground to cover
Anonymous2119106
@Supermario Something like Fate or the LOTR films are a different case. I get where you're coming from about your preference, but I'm arguing that if a large story is going to be split into 3 films, it helps that the 3 films feel cleanly cut. Infinity war, even though we know there's a second part to the story, feels like it has that cohesive narrative structure with a beginning, middle, and end
Anonymous2119106
@Super Mario yea but the marvel movies are a different situation so i don't think the comparison is as appropriate. Marvel movies are "episodic" in nature rather than a continuous narrative. The films are largely isolated stories that are happening in a similar universe that only happen to "congeal" narratively because of a few overarching details shared between films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I remember when the original series suddenly shifted and got going and it was a really depressing episode.
Lenlo
Oh baby. The storm has finally come in Steins;Gate. Let the true suffering commence
SuperMario
@anon2118276: that's why I don't like LoTR trilogy. It's still a whole body chopped up in 3 parts, despite how clean the cut is. Whereas for me it works better if it was like a branch in a tree. The Marvel movies (despite my disinterest on those) are a good example of this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I did feel some of this weeks steins gate felt fillery, I do like see these characters interact and given the episodes conclusion, this episode acted as a calm before the storm.
Lenlo
Ill agree with you on King Kong. As for the Ralph Bakshi LotR, I have. I am still to this day impressed by the overlay of 2D art onto real/overexposed footage. It makes for shockingly fluid animation in places and has its own distinct style
Anonymous2118208
@Lenlo - Have you watched the old Ralph Bakshi adaptation of the first two books? It's uneven, but it's interesting comparing and contrasting certain decisions. As good as Peter Jackson is, I feel he makes very longwinded films, I like his version of King Kong a lot, but it is too long.
Anonymous2118276
@supermario i disagree; the point is that even though the LOTH films have cliffhanger endings, they still feel like fils. they have a defined first second and third act with well paced tension and release throughout them. They follow a storytelling macrostructure necessary for films to feel like cohesive narratives even if they are to end on a cliffhanger
Lenlo
I quite liked the individual LOTR movie just fyi
Vonter
Marvel surprisingly has kept their movies simple enough, that while you might miss details nowadays, you can tell what's happening.
Vonter
Another bad case is like with Assassin's Creed, which like Lost, just tried to tease a lot of things, then it grew tired of trying to piece them together and let the last games work more standalone, with little hints of a larger lore.
Vonter
Metroid does both, it has a standalone story and a hint to what a sequel might bring. Though that hint rarely matters by the time the new game is released.
Vonter
@SuperMario - Some videogames trilogies also do that. Gears of War and God of War had good standalone beginnings but by the second game they put cliffhanging endings. Kingdom Hearts does that and I expect 3 to also do it. Megaman Legends and Half Life had incomplete stories, which might be the worse case in regards to trying to make a continuous story.
SuperMario
It ruins the appetite
SuperMario
I actually think Lord of the Rings' trilogy is a bad example to follow. These films are meant to be viewed as a whole, so each film doesn't hold much as an individual story. I just can't digest films that have "to be continued" sign at the end. Imagine having a first course meal and then have to wait for few days for second course
Kaiser-Eoghan
On the current topic, I would be well for the production of a long running, ambitious ova series.
Anonymous2116425
then again, i don't take too much issue with these films feeling like movie-sized eps...the wait just sucks is all
Anonymous2116425
clearly the films need each other to tell the whole story, yet they can be taken for what they are in isolation as well
Anonymous2116425
I don't mind the trilogy trend at all; like Aidan said, when everything is said and done, all the films will be available to watch. I just think a stronger attempt should be made to make them feel like complete films. Something like the lord of the rings trilogy is a great example of how to do this
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am in full confidence that neither I nor Miura will survive to the end of berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course maybe they won't have a future , think about it that way, then they'd never see it, life has that weird way of being unpredictable like that =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
You can always rewatch them just before watching the one after.
AidanAK47
Of course not. But that's the thing. The wait is only a temporary problem. Anyone in the future will have all movies ready to view.
SuperMario
So it's best to wait for another 2 years to watch Heaven's Feel? Hell NOT
AidanAK47
When all the movies come out though you can basically barrel through it like a TV series.
SuperMario
Dangit, it's me Mario
Anonymous2115918
I still don't know if I like this trilogy trend. We've had a fair bun h of those in recent years (Berserk Golden Age, Madoka, even Kizumonogatari). I guess doing it that way, they'd make much more profits, and we have higher production values, but the wait is way too long and I don't think it works as movie-format
Kaiser-Eoghan
One of the very rare times where self-awareness works.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can be nice and say of course Ryan Reynolds+ violence, comic was funnier.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: But I'm sure if you think it over, the first deadpool was trapped in origin story mode, as an advantage, the sequel, is probably free of that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Deadpool 2 had John Wicks director, which at the least means something in terms of action direction.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: There was a whole run of deadpool issues called Cable and deadpool, which I suppose that pairing together gets the best out of the character.
AidanAK47
Seen Deadpool 2 tonight and I have difficultly deciding if it's better or worse than Deadpool 1. Still it's quite fun and I enjoyed it.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I feel somewhat similar in regards to Franxx. When this series finishes I won't be singing high praises for it. Yet I do feel that it's worth watching.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Now I get ya. Yeah I understand that. I might even feel the same if I didn't already know the story from the VN.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, The second film seems to be in cinema this year but we won't get it until it hits blu-ray.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: As I expected, I am disappointed that they have held back . And you might just be right about Castrollop/Caligula/Nero, when I originally attempted to watch the show years ago, that was the episode I stopped on.
KTravlos
Yang really is stealing the show this time. But I wanted the "Alcohol is mankind's oldest friend" rant. I need it.
KTravlos
my expectation is that they will take this to the Battle of Armistar, and then the films will cover the dual civil wars etc.
KTravlos
...CASTROP REBELLION! Why the hell sacrifice an episode to the most useless and bad part of the original! I hated that episode. Well let us see if they can give it a better twist this time around.
KTravlos
The Iserlohn arc at LGOGH:NT was ok. I liked how they presented the preparations. I like the new Murai face. The music was quite good. But they did tone the violence. I expected Walter to stab the imperial officer in the neck. They have toned down the violence a lot. And I missed Seeckts "Long live the Empire" death. That said it was not bad, and I think in general it was good adaption. But....
Anonymous2115268
for example, I think Darling in the franxx is pretty average, but that's not because i think it doesn't have cool shit in it or things that make it appealing; I just find that what the show tries to achieve is not that stupendous or worth lauding with praise. As a result, the flaws stick out that much more to me
Anonymous2115268
@Lenlo and that's pretty much how i felt. Everything is subject to criticism; hell i criticize my most favorite things in the world because i know they're not perfect. I evaluate art and media on whether what it achieves overshadows the flaws and to what degree. Which i think is the best way to approach criticism
Lenlo
I want to repeat though, Heavens Feel wasn't bad. I know some people take any criticism to mean I hated it, but I actually quite enjoyed it. I just think ill appreciate/enjoy it more once the other 2 movies are also out.
Lenlo
@Anon, you nailed it. I couldnt describe it, but what you said /feels/ right.

And Aidan, I loved Lindsay Ellis's videos on the whole Hobbit debacle. A shame, cause the original Lord of the Rings is a landmark in film for me.
Amagi
@Aidan: Do we know if the next HF movie will be finished this year?
Amagi
I love how and how often they say "Fujimi no Sugimoto" in Golden Kamuy. It's pretty hype for some reason, especially when it's said by his enemies.
Anonymous2114206
yea. heaven's feel is nothing like the situation with peter jackson's hobbit; this story needs this many movies and that large runtime. The thing with these heavens feel films that is probably bothering lenlo is that they feel like very long episodes and that particularly the first film felt like a giant prologue rather than a film with a beginning, middle, and end
AidanAK47
And just to make it clear, Heavens Feel needs at least three movies to cover the entire story. It's too big for one movie.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I ain't unhappy about it though. Sucks that I need to wait so long for each movie but there is higher production values as a result. Though in regards to the Hobbit I recommend watching Lindseys Eillis videos on it. As it not only talks about how it screwed the Hobbit but also how the movies screwed New Zealand.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I could never immerse myself in Tolkienistic world building.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Man, the hobbit, lord of the rings and that shit king kong film, he sold out so much , this was the man who gave me Heavenly creatures , Braindead and Feebles.
Lenlo
It is very beautiful indeed. And Aidan, that Hobbit metaphor made me weep for you. I hated what happened to the Hobbit
Anonymous2112805
other than that; HF is a very beautiful looking film; ufotable has improved with their digital compositions...holy crap
Anonymous2112805
heaven's feel seems to be embracing its more horrific elements. Aside from that, watching this film made me realize how much i prefer rin over the rest of the girls; kinda wish we got to spend a bit more time understanding Sakura's psyche in the film
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: This was part of some film fest thing, ended up missing big fish Begonia though, that Chinese animated thing =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: they'd invited him to introduce the flick.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Had this really unexpected run in, in my nearest arthouse cinema, seeing some film about the Soviet space program , I bump into this eastern European guy, assume he's an audience member, awkwardly say something in Russian to him, turns out he's the Russian federation ambassador to Ireland.
AidanAK47
It's sort of the hobbit situation where they chopped one book into three. Expect here we aren't getting extra fluff to pad things out. Well there are extra scenes but they are actually relevant.
Point is that in it's orignal form there are no stopping points here were you need to wait a year to continue. It was a straight story from start to finish.
AidanAK47
Well Fate is essentially the tutorial section that introduces most of the concepts and whatnot. But even then some of the things here are explained later in Heaven's Feel. Cause yeah, not only is the Fate/Stay Night VN not supposed to be split up into three seperate things, the routes aren't supposed to be split into movies either.
Lenlo
Im only familiar with the UBW route, cause Ufotable
Lenlo
I see.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, In a way there is. Heaven's Feel was originally meant to be experience after the Fate and UBW routes of the VN. That the thing Fate/Stay Night has struggled with. It's not meant to be split up into three like this. It's originally supposed to be three parts of a whole. Each route complementing another.
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