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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Lenlo! Only one more episode of steins gate 0 and we're free!
Amagi
Man, Beastars is pretty damn good so far, I only wanted to check out the first chapter and now I am at ch. 30. I like how it adresses a bunch of different social issues by using an anthro-animal setting and how real it suddently gets at certain plot points.
SuperMario
@Niello: I watched Aguu first episode. While it has some really neat ideas (including the ritual that is creepy and awesome at the same time), it's the lackluster visual and the stiff character acting that kill my desire to check any more episode of it
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I do think starlight can be too abrupt though at times and could focus longer on certain things, then again it is only 12 episodes.
Niello
I wish I can edit those grammar mistakes...well whatever.
Niello
From that point on, the show is more of a family drama with problem sparked from supernatural shounen shenanigans, and this is where the show really shines. It turns into one of those story where it constantly change your perspective of the characters as you know more about them.
Niello
The interesting bit is how the first couple episodes give you the impression that it would be a more episodic story with enemy of the week. However, after the initial set up and they went to Hong Kong, it has been focus on one single arc.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I suppose there will always be a show I missed or didn't notice on the seasonalcharts.
Niello
That's coming from someone who hate the premise. I went in thinking it would be absolute shit. It's still not great, but I'm impress that it has something that still make it worth watching.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I don't think I know what that is.
Niello
Aguu really surprised me this season. It has tons of flaws, but of all things I didn't expect to see great character developments and dynamics. It's definitely appreciable for how the characters were handled feel different from most anime. The twists are well done as well. It didn't go in the direction I initially expected it to at all. Over all, I think it's actually worth watching.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come to think of it her name, Hikari, i think it means light.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*like it
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I liked it when a show surprises me like this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although Mahiru probably had the most backstory to her. Glad you agreed on how they handled the rivalry between Tendou and Claudine (aka Croissant-chan)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I noticed that and I think it could have been followed up on .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really do love that shot though, it really shows and symbolizes and goes with "how she's lost everything". Actually I liked how the symbolism in this show was clearer at times than expected.
SuperMario
My best girl is Banana. Try to protect all the girls by rewinding the time, Madoka-style? Count me in
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Hikari is best girl, flat is justice never forget *hides*
Kaiser-Eoghan
I hope we see more of that shot from episode 11, the one on the bottom right.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Thanks for covering the show. Probably wouldn't have seen it otherwise.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: i've never heard of the prequel manga. It's still about Karen and Hikari, I suppose?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Theres a prequel manga for shoujo kageki, I haven't read it though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Odd hearing French spoken in an anime series too, I wonder how accurate it is.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking forward to the ending this week.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thought the animation could have been a bit better! The English dub is okayish to me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Surprised how endeared I ended up getting into this show.
Even though I liked the central relationship I wish it had more screentime, but I liked what I got and the expanded focus on the other girls was something I enjoyed aswell so I don’t mind so much.
I do want a bit more followup on that “betrayal” moment though, but Mario as you say, this show does hit its emotional moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
different enough as not to become stale, the ones that come to mind best for me was the doubles duel and particularly that really goofy one in episode 6.
Eventually even though the show can be a bit vague/meandering, the character interactions had more point than I thought and they grew on me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On a second go through and now that I’ve caught up with it, the standout for me are definitely all the weird stuff with the stage battles and Giraffe guy, regarding the duels, even though the format of this show is repetitive, the duels themselves feel that they are
Kaiser-Eoghan
I initially put off watching shoujo kageki starlight, mostly down to feeling it was one of those “wait and see” shows, based on the first two episodes. I also at first thought the character interactions were meandering and asinine.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*in an old
Kaiser-Eoghan
And as another random fact, a young Swedish actor from film called death in Venice was the basis for the design of an old shounen-ai manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now anon, that reminds me, Ash was apparently based off River Phoenix.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: You cheeky fiend =P
Anonymous2824999
If they ever make a live action Banana Fish, they should cast Kevin Spacey as Dino.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I didn't know double decker was supposed to be related to tiger and bunny.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'll be starting shoujo kageki in a few hours.
SuperMario
Needless to say, while this season has been a bit underwhelming, I have like 3 favorite shows that might end up on my Top 10 of the year list.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Donkey VietKONG.
Kaiser-Eoghan
SUPER-MAOrio =P
SuperMario
Regarding RErideD and Double Decker, I'm in no rush checking them out now. Will do that after this season wraps up
SuperMario
Regarding politic, my dad was a Communist so he was pretty tight-lipped when it comes to the topic. Most of the things I learned from how the system works is by listening to him and his colleagues talk over while drinking
SuperMario
Regarding Ash, yeah it strikes me the same as Ash is is way too perfect in everything (the new talent we found out the last few episodes: superhacker). When he said to Eiji that he never wanted that "gift" in the first place, I honestly don't know which one he was referring to
Kaiser-Eoghan
I may aswell finish it given that that its the last episode.
AidanAK47
So Planet With ends and the madman actually did it. Besides needing a bit more of a epilogue, that was a great finale.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I try to understand, make sense of the other sides views within reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really want a successful fantasy go on an adventure style show though, I feel like I'm genuinely in the mood for one, I've actually considered watching some old ovas of that nature.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The most common thing my father and I talk about is Brexit really and how once upon a time we actually went after tyrants.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And even though I have the God thing, never became a burn the witches kind of person. I do want to put the far right/fascist people in gulags though lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
The Kaiser thing, now that I think about it is actually really odd, I speak minimal German, am no monarchist and am a leftist. Yet even though I hate the bougoiuse , I love aristocratic costumes lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again, it may not be overly odd, there were Maoist priests.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: This is pretty common here too. Organized religion isn't popular but most people believe there is a God and, depending on the person and cultural background, that parts of the holy books are true (or not, if they're real agnostics), usually in a metaphorical sense though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*upbringing
Kaiser-Eoghan
That mixed upbringoing of having a communist father and religious relatives is an interesting thing.....for all of the exploitation I watch, I ctually feel nunsploitation is going too far lol I also sometimes check with my dad before watching certain things to make sure it isn't "too anti-left/anti socialist".
Amagi
@Animosh: No problem. I think it depends a bit on how people were brought up decades ago. It's probably different nowadays, no idea. The arguing was kinda fun though, especially for the teen me (I bet I annoyed the shit out of my father).
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet having no regard for organized religion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I however am a mutt though, believer in some kind of a God to an extent....while also having communist sympathies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh@Amagi: As it stands neither my mother or brother are communists, actually my mother while very left wing would criticize my father when going "too communist". My parents and my brother are the only members of my family who could be considered leftist/non-religious.
Amagi
@Animosh: Planet With definetely needs some sort of epilogue OVA. You can somewhat guess the dragon's story but it's not the same as seeing it and there are still a few of semi-loose strings like the people who are still dreaming.
Animosh
@Amagi: my apologies for my presumptuousness. ;) My mother occasionally also participated in political discussions, but yeah, for some reason it's often men who have strong political opinions and are not willing to admit defeat in discussions.
Amagi
Also I don't spoil anything but the last minutes of the first episode just feel stupid. I think/hope there will be an explanation later for how something has worked so perfectly that shouldn't have worked at all. In general it seems to be a show that tries hard but can't deliver for some reason. I won't completely judge it yet though.
Animosh
Planet With also wrapped up things nicely. Unfortunately the dragon remains a bit underdeveloped, which makes it difficult for me to care about his fate, and I would have liked to see at least the main ship officially confirmed, but other than that it was an excellent finale that satisfactorily ties up all loose ends. This is how you do a one-cour.
Amagi
Regarding RErideD I have conflicted feelings. As said, the premise sounds pretty good but the budget is damn dab, especially for the beginning of a show. There is a scene in which the MC is so badly animated you can't even recognize what's going on at first.
Amagi
@Animosh: funny enough I am female, but yeah somehow these discussions only exist with fathers while the mothers are just trowing the towel and say "fuck it", I mean it usually doesn't change anybody's mind so it's more of a hobby I guess.
Animosh
It's a bit late, but Hanebado is finally giving me what I wanted from the show: tense, well-animated badminton matches. The match does feel a bit rushed, the overexplaining can be annoying and there's still plenty of melodrama, but it's a lot more enjoyable than what we got in the previous weeks at least.
Anonymous2822860
will be seeing what kind of flaws Ash has. Also, I think this way of characterizing him also fits into the narrative. This strength that Ash has is what pushes his gang members away and see him not as a normal human, but a "king."
Anonymous2822860
That was some interesting insight on Ash as a "perfect" person. While I do think that Banana Fish shows that Ash is an extremely capable person time and time again, he cannot win this "war" alone. There's too many enemies and too many things that need to be done. Also, I think as we get further on into the second cour, we
Anonymous2822162
Also, it's neat watching the first few episodes again after what goes down throughout the first half of the series; you get to see all of the characters together before everything blows up in their face.
Anonymous2822162
When I say perfect characterization, I should say I mean the way he's characterized as this perfect supremely capable person. The other characters do help reveal other aspects of Ash though: Eiji is his age and allows him to be a normal teenager; Max is like a surrogate father and lets him act like a son; Arthur and Dino are kind of evil inverses of that.
Anonymous2822162
When I say perfect charac
Anonymous2822162
Anyways, not to hate on Ash because he's still a fantastic main lead and anchors the whole show. It's just that because he loses sometimes I push some of the problems of his perfect characterization to the side, but when you actually think about it, he seems more like a character than a real person.
Anonymous2822162
Also the fact that Ash has been through a super tragic backstory doesn't help a lot: it seems like the writers are trying to make him a character who has been through all the tragedy in the world and has overcome it and became the most skilled person in the world. I will say though that any onscreen tragedy is 100% believable, it just some of the flashbacks that are a bit too much.
Anonymous2822162
I guess that slightly cheapens Ash's character on retrospection: of course he is still the charismatic lead, but he feels a bit too perfect at everything. Dino must have taught him quite a bit, but Ash is skilled in, like, everything. It just seems a bit too much.
Anonymous2822162
Like the whole Yut-Lung Shorter Eiji situation was beyond Ash (in fact he still knew something was off but couldn't pinpoint what); that wasn't really a mistake Ash made, it was just that he couldn't have known the secret connections Yut-Lung had.
Anonymous2822162
Something I noticed about Ash is that he is, as some of you pointed out, a Gary Stu but it doesn't immediately jump at you. The thing is that Ash still loses quite a bit, so he doesn't seem invincible, yet at the same I think the majority of his losses were beyond his control. It doesn't feel like he makes mistakes, rather that other people outmaneuver him due to factors beyond him.
Animosh
@Kaiser & Amagi: I also had lots of political discussions with my father. Didn't know that was such a common occurrence. Boys will be boys I guess? And he's actually a former Marxist too, having grown up in the 60's-70's and all. Now he's just a boring socialist though. ;)
Animosh
RErideD seemed really promising in theory: an original time travel anime written (at least in part) by Abe, with the director of Steins;Gate in charge? Count me in. But unfortunately the reviews so far seem to be uniformly negative. So I'll probably avoid it for now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Four episodes of RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida got uploaded at the same time earlier.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Yes, although probably just for the Saturday, usually the best day to do so because thats when the sellers are there, usually everythings gone by Sunday. Friday is generally anime pub quiz.
Lenlo
Its just a saturday, so busy. And Kaiser, nice. Gonna go to the con at all?
Lenlo
As a writer for it, I dont believe so?
Anonymous2818178
is this site dead?
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is an animecon here in two weeks. That eyepatchwolf youtuber will be there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still have old single issues of fushigi yugi, inuyasha, Ah my Goddess, narutaru laid around.
Kaiser-Eoghan
They used to realease them like single American comic book issues in the west.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not talking bound volumes but actual 20-30 pages chapters and these would be expensive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Who remembers RENTING anime dvds and RENTING videogames? Does anyone else remember buying each individual manga chapter as they came out when the official English translations rolled around?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Anyone willing to post their desktop? https://ibb.co/buc4Zz
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or things like Mischief makers .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know vonter mentioned Mystical ninja 64. But I remember after I'd moved on from the snes to the N64 when I was younger, growing up with that obscure castlevania game on it, or stuff like those 3D bomberman games no-one cared about. Or obscure stuff like body harvest, jet force gemini, blast corps , turok, quest 64 and shadowman.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love coming across those online lists of literally WHOtier, WHOcares , games literally only YOU liked and heard of/played. Makes me feel less alone.
Amagi
I was also always discussing about politics with my father. Whenever we started with this my mother just said "porca putana" and went into another room to watch tv in peace.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animemosh: lol I have daily political discussion with my Marxist-Leninist father just like that =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh I should state, even though I'm not as bothered by the modern setting, I actually do prefer the cold war narrative.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: The documentries name was Battle of Chile by Patricio Guzman.
Amagi
Especially since I don't think that the typical BF audience is of a kind that would lose interest because a series is taking place in the past. It was just written for the 80s, people can't just change that without changing the story itself to some degree.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: I thought the anime did such a good job with Shio's backstory , that I didn't miss what was omitted. The anime is now up to date with the scans. I do agree that Satou's obsession with Shio is non-pedophilic but I think the scene itself is kind of going to give the wrong message.
Amagi
@Animosh: one of the many reasons why I would have prefered Banana Fish's original setting.
Animosh
By the way, apparently the backstory of Shio's mother - which supposedly is really tragic - was largely skipped. Guess I'll have to read the manga.
Animosh
I get what they're going for, recreating the ritual and all, but I also thought the Shio-Satou moment was a bit forced. I still think their relationship is platonic though. Satou has never been shown to lust after Shio: she just fills her with warmth and happiness. They're more like messed up siblings than (romantic) lovers.
Animosh
@Kaiser: sounds interesting! Chile is an excellent example of the kind of Cold War intervention that I really don't see happening today. Although you never know with an impulsive narcissist in the White House.
Animosh
End of monologue. Sorry about this. :p
Animosh
Long story short: I think the Banana Fish conspiracies fail to adequately represent the current situation. At the very least, it fits the Cold War world order much better.
Animosh
That includes the US (backing the Kurds and the rebels), but also Turkey and the Arab states (Sunni rebels), Russia and Iran (Assad), and so on and so forth. You can't act like this is the fault of one party. Hell, I'd say Russia and Assad are more responsible for failing to a peaceful resolution when they had the chance.
Animosh
As for Syria, it's a mess, but the US is only one of many parties responsible. And oil isn't particularly important in this conflict. It's a civil war that's been made much worse by the influx of money and weapons from many different parties vying for regional influence.
Animosh
So what does it do? It gives military and financial backing to militias with shared interests (which is much less than Russia does, by the way), orders drone strikes, and perhaps the occasional tactical strike. But overthrowing countries and setting up puppet regimes? I don't see it happening. That's basically declaring war on the other big powers.
Animosh
And even when it does intervene militarily, it rarely goes all out. The US has learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. It doesn't want to be dragged into another endless conflict, or see its efforts end in another brutal civil war that destabilizes the region.
Animosh
So although the US occasionally still intervenes militarily in other countries' affairs, other means of pressure are now more popular. The sanctions against Iran and North Korea are a good example of this.
Animosh
The current landscape is much more complex. America is still powerful, of course, but relatively speaking it is in decline, and that means it can get away with much less. Today's world is closer to a multipolar world, with many sides fighting for influence. And because the ideological conflict is much less pronounced, the US is much less willing to go against its purported values.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: Coincidentally I recently watched a series of Chilean documentaries regarding the murder of Salvador Allende and the installation of the Pinochet Junta.
Animosh
And that meant both that America was far more powerful than it is now, and that much more intervention was considered acceptable - including shamelessly backing dictators that oppressed and exploited their people. After all, a defeat meant evil would prevail.
Animosh
Obviously the US still interferes in other countries. Quite a lot, actually. But there's a big difference between its current policy and that during the Cold War. Back then the geopolitical landscape was very different. It was bipolar, with two big Isms (capitalism and communism) fighting it out.
Animosh
@anon: not sure if this is the right place for a political discussion, but whatever. I like politics, so here we go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*was no exception
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Animosh: If, out of the many moments in happy sugar life that I'd consider unsettling, it would be the one's with the aunt and this weeks episode was an exception. That last part of the episode will be interpreted as shoujo-ai bait by people though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking forward to Angels of death next week, I think we're getting answers, glad to get answers on bad guy even if he is a simple villain.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now this is an interesting coincidence as last night I just got done watching a documentary about cyberwarfare against Iran.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Thats alot more detailed than what I was going to say. I was just going to say that it reflects current foreign policy.
Anonymous2808488
however the current stalemate in Syria is a reflection of the intransigence of the monied elite to not let go of ill-gotten gains, constantly provoking conflict with Russia/Assad/Iran
Anonymous2808488
Its a documented fact the US/EU promoted the Arab Spring/ISIS rebellions and it was stopped by patriots with a conscience
Anonymous2808488
replace with the mexican cartels/Hezbollah, and oil money promised to Cheney-connected Genie enerrgy
Anonymous2808488
its a pretty accurate description of the current reality minus a couple silly things like the mafia and mind control drugs
Anonymous2808488
You guys realize this plot is unfolding in Syria just replace drugs with oil money
Lenlo
Its hokey in the now, but in the original context the series was written, the Cold War, I think it could fit really well.
Animosh
@Kaiser: what felt awkward to you? I thought the pumpkin stuff in particular was pretty hilarious. Eiji is an evil guy. :p
Animosh
Yeah, the conspiracy stuff feels a bit wacky in the present. But in the context of the Cold War, it makes perfect sense. The USA supported plenty of bloody coups after all, especially in Latin America. Hell, they even backed the Taliban in their war against Russia.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In the future I want to make a bigger effort to follow MORE of whats being covered on here seasonally.
Kaiser-Eoghan
http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Red
https://manganelo.com/manga/red_naoki_yamamoto Two history manga, wonder if they'll be fully translated.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I imagine most will probably agree with you anon though. I have alien taste/opinions. I also love conspiracy stuff =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Originally, in the manga version of that part, it was attacking communism in south America.
Anonymous2805624
I don't know; I kinda find the whole Middle East stuff a bit hokey; maybe that's just me.
Lenlo
Im about to watch it. Looking forward to it
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know its only one line, but that they still mention skip and shorter, even its just their names, at least the show keeps them in mind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
With episode 12, Banana fish has successfully contemporized its political/cospiracy aspect for me . Eiji is semi-uselful. Humour in this episode for the first time feels awkward, fast pace kind of means that the quieter slower scenes , though I still enjoy them, feel slotted in.
Lenlo
Most of my emotions this week came because of the original and my love of it, not this one
Lenlo
I agree, Steins;Gate 0 had all the potential, and there are some specific episodes that realized it. Like this episode had a lot of touching scenes cause it slowed down to play up Okabe's relationship with Amadeus. But most of the time, it fails to reach that potential. So as a whole it just feels... lacking
Kaiser-Eoghan
Plebs, not combining both into a single dessert.
Anonymous2802297
I'm talking about that sweet saccharine Chocolate Mousse, the Ganache, or the Chocolate Gâteau. Your puny muffin stands no chance. Mwahaha!
Anonymous2802297
Blasphemy. As a proud American, I can't stand for anything less than pure unadulterated diabetes-inducing sugar in chocolatey cake form. Anything less is an insult to my great nation. /s
SuperMario
@anon2801739: that's a nice analogy but I can't say I agree as I prefer chocolate muffin much more than chocolate cake :)))
Anonymous2801739
Steins;gate 0 is all potential but generally it's wasted. Whenever it actually seems promising they manage to jump plot points to boring nonsensical melodrama for a century. It was supposed to be a chocolate cake. Instead what we got was a muffin with tiny chocolate chips buried few and far between. Yeah it's still sweet at some points, but most of the time you're chewing through pointless fluff.
Lenlo
Like I said in my last post on it I think, the pacing is fucked
Animosh
I did like that the lab members finally acted like scientists again, methodically thinking through their options and all, and there were some pretty touching individual moments and nicely tied up ends. But mostly I'm just annoyed by all the unfulfilled potential of this show.
Animosh
I also hated the backtracking in the beginning. Don't make such a big deal of The Return if you're going to throw it out of the window in the next episode.
Animosh
I really don't understand Steins;Gate's pacing. It slows down to a trickle in the largely irrelevant middle part, and now that things are finally getting somewhat interesting again it just speeds through everything without building things up properly? I don't get it. And how on Earth are they going to resolve everything satisfactorily in one episode?
KTravlos
Reinhard (old series). Ash is interesting and depicted well, but not close to Reinhard. There is something noble in Reinhard, something beyond charisma.
Anonymous2797046
In a charisma battle between our two favorite Blond Boys (doing what blond boys do), who'd win: Reinhard or Ash?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Kind of felt this is what prelude penultimate episode/calm before the storm episode should be and I liked quite liked the ginko and souya scene, but I'm still eh, I shrug at this.
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