Posted on 16 August 2013 with categories: Seasonal Previews

My impression of the upcoming season? Holy crap! There are tons of different series to watch out for! Lots of big names will return, and we will get a ton of series with amazing animation. This could very easily become the best season of the year, especially in terms of TV-Series. To give an indication: there are a whopping seven series that I’m psyched for to come out. It’s rare for a season to get to that number the last couple of years.

Movies and OVAs to watch out for:
Here is a list of the upcoming OVAs and Movies that will be up for release that interest me. In this case though, I can just leave out the “OVAs”-part of this description and title, because there are none! Seriously, there is not a single interesting OVA on the schedule at this point. Only a bunch of random harem OVAs that are the umpth instalment of series that have been going on for ages.

Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth

Impressions: AIC doing another Persona thingy, but thankfully Seiji Kishi is only the supervisor, and the director is someone else. However, the question remains whether this will be an as soulless adaptation as Persona 4. The problem I have is that the new director is the director of Bakuman, which for me also had huge pacing issues. Heck the creators know that they’re trying to push a huge game into a bunch of movies, right? They know that you need to take some creative liberties in order to make everything fit, right?

Ano hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Impressions: Okay, the big question: will the Anohana movie be a recap movie, or not? And that’s the tricky thing here: you can’t say for sure. It’s an alternative retelling, showing the story from the perspective of Menma, one of the major characters. You can take such a premise everywhere, because some of the series actually DID show things from her perspective. It all depends on how lazy you get, or how ambitious you get. This can become anything inbetween a recap and a new insight into a heart-wrenching albeit annoying character.

Captain Harlock

Impressions: Yes, there will be a new CG Harlock movie. The original Harlock was all about melancholy in space, and judging by the trailer, the creators seem to be going for the same effect, albeit a bit more action-packed (the original series had action, but the pacing was very slow). The graphics look very good, but the biggest challenge will be for this series to get the characters right. Can it evade the dreaded botox-faces that plague just about every3D movie? Can it actually balance out the characters who are constantly gloomy? The director will be the guy who directed Appleseed, and that was not his strongest forte!

Code Geass – Boukoku no Akito

Impressions: Hell yeah, finally the second instalment is up, with my favorite director behind the scenes in an original story where they apparently got a lot of freedom to do what they wanted. Now, Kazuki Akane usually really gets fired off when his stories enter their second halves, but until that we still get to see his impeccable sense of action.

Gekijou-ban Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari

Impressions: So after two recap movies, the third and final Madoka Magica movie will have an original story. From the beginning I have said to not do this, because the story of Madoka Magica fits perfectly into just 12 episodes. It ha a very good ending that was very conclusive. But still, the creators and Urobuchi Gen in particular still can make something borderline classic out of it with the right mindset. One of the biggest issues will be that Gen’s ego needs to win from Shinbo’s.

Patema Inverted

Impressions: Aack! I still need to watch the prequel OVA that came out for this movie a few years ago. Anyway, this is the full instalment. And yes, it’s by the guy who made Time of Eve. This is a guy who likes to take full control of his series, and he does nearly everything: the direction, the script, he wrote the original story. One to watch out for.

Upcoming TV-Series:
Here is a list of all of the upcoming TV-series. Again, minus the kiddie series because I’ve gotten really tired of saying the same thing over and over again. Excluding those series there are about 37 series coming up in total. A very healthy number.

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

Summary: “One day, all of a sudden, a main vocalist of a popular singer group in Japan becomes a female pro wrestler.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: ARMS
Director: Rion Kujo
Series Composition: Kazoho Hyodo
Original creator: ESE
Character Designer: Rin-Sin

Impressions: Here we go with ARMS and their porn shows again. Moving on.
Trailer Impressions: Har har har, it’s funny because it looks and sounds like they’re having sex.

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Diabolik Lovers

Summary: “The story centers around the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers. Yui Komori is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school — a night school for entertainers and celebrities — due to her father’s work. There are rumors that there are vampires among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the Sakamaki brothers.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: ZEXCS
Director: Shinobu Tagashira
Series Composition: Seiko Nagatsu
Original creator: Rejet
Character Designer: Yuuko Yahiro

Impressions: … this is just Uta Prince but then with Vampires! Holy crap, Zexcs have fallen as well? Really, I don’t mind bishies and all, but would you at the very least try to look like you’re at least trying to do something new here. This show is just a carbon copy of shows that girls like, lumped together without any more thought put into it. Also, apparently this one will be directed by a character designer, so the goal really seems to be to make the bishies as pretty as possible, it seems.
Trailer Impressions: And yet, the bishies just look like every other cast of bishie out there. Also these vocalists can’t sing!

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Infinite Stratos 2

Summary: ” Infinite Stratos (IS), a weaponized exoskeleton system, has become the dominant tool of warfare and conflict. Unfortunately for the men in society, only women are able to operate Infinite Stratos…with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is Ichika Orimura, an orphan raised by his older sister, who is herself a famous IS pilot. When his compatibility with Infinite Stratos is discovered after he accidentally touches one at the age of 15, he is given a scholarship and enrolled in a school that specializes in training IS pilots. Which means an interesting life surrounded by girls for this shy, unassuming boy.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: 8-Bit
Director: Susumu Tosaka, Yasuhito Kikuchi
Original creator: Izuru Yumizuru
Character Designer: Kumi Horii
Music: Hikaru Nanase

Impressions: I remember what a giant troll the first season was. “Interesting science fiction premise? HA Screw that! Here are some harem hi-jinks!” – And yet, it sold. It sold ridiculously well, so here we have the inevitable second season. So yeah, don’t get fooled that it’s by the director of Macross Frontier or anything: this is a very blatant harem show with some mechas thrown in. It’s a shame, because Hikaru Nanase is one of my favorite soundtrack composers.

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono

Summary: “The anime will center around the extracurricular activities of students.” – (Taken from ANN)
Director: Koutarou Ishidate
Series Composition: Masatake Yamaguchi

Impressions: Crappy flash show about a random high school club alert. Moving on!

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Gundam Build Fighters

Summary: “The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the “Second GunPla Boom.” Sei Iori (pictured above), a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships. Sei’s customized GunPla is the Build Strike Gundam (pictured above)” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Sunrise
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Series Composition: Yosuke Kuroda
Original creator: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Character Designer: Kenichi Ohnuki

Impressions: I usually omit kiddie shows because I pretty much end up saying the same thing over and over about them and they are totally irrellevant unless you’re under the age of 14, but I do want to make an exception here, because it’s sad to see that Gundam has now devolved into one as well: a series that seems solely designed to sell toys, or Gundam model kits in this case. The problem is also that this being Gundam, Sunrise put some good people on it: Kenji Nagasaki directed No.6, which was well directed aside from its ending, and Yosuke Kuroda has penned many good original stories. I have seen this pattern way too much though: it’s a kiddie show and with that in mind not even the most talented people like Dai Sato can make something remotely interesting.
Trailer Impressions: Fancy transformation sequences! Buy our toys!

First-Glance Potential: 0%

Freezing Vibration

Summary: “Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called “freezing” to limit their opponent’s mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Bridgette L. Satellizer who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: ACGT
Director: Takashi Watanabe
Series Composition: Masanao Akahoshi
Original creator: Dall-Young Lim
Character Designer / Chief Animation Director: Mayumi Watanabe

Impressions: I watched the first episodes of the first freezing. It’s basically lots of gore and fanservice, plus a bunch of stupid characters. Girls pick fights for no reason, and it was really geared to go into the harem route. There really was nothing redeeming about it aside from some neat action here and there perhaps. Moving on.
Trailer Impressions: Okay, I have to grant it: the soundtrack was nice. But what were those famous artworks doing right in the middle of those girls fighting each other?

First-Glance Potential: 20%

Unbreakable Machine Doll

Summary: “It is the early 20th century, and Raishin Akabane is a student puppeteer from Japan, who has come to the Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machine Arts in England to study the emerging field of Machinart: a combination of magic and technology with military applications. He is accompanied by a girl named Yaya, who is actually his Automaton: a living machine doll powered by magical circuits specialized in hand-to-hand combat. In the Academy, there is a combat tournament exclusive to the Top 100 students and their automata, to decide who shall be bestowed with the title of “Wiseman”, the greatest puppeteer.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Lerche
Director: Kinji Yoshimoto
Series Composition: Yuuko Kakihara
Original creator: Reiji Kaitou
Character Designer: Atsuko Watanabe

Impressions: I hate how some series literally force the setting of a school onto their stories, even if this doesn’t make any sense. Why are students competing for a title named “Greatest Puppeteer”? What happened to the people who graduated that school then? Are they all dead? Beyond that, we have the director of Queen’s Blade and a bunch of hentai series, together with the one who adapted Persona 4. This one may look pretty, but that’s all there is to it, it seems.
Trailer Impressions: Okay, it’s very flashy at the very least, but beyond that…

First-Glance Potential: 20%

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru

Summary: “The story centers around Kanade Amakusa, a boy cursed with the mental power of “absolute multiple-choice” — a multiple-choice quiz will suddenly appear in his mind, and the choice he makes will become his reality. For example, he would have to choose between going nude from the waist up or the waist down in school. While in school, he is given another choice: 1) A beautiful girl will fall before him or 2) he will fall from the rooftop in female clothes. He chooses option 1, and a blonde girl named Chocolat falls before him.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Diomedea
Director: Takayuki Inagaki
Series Composition: Hiroko Kanasugi
Original creator: Takeru Kasukabe
Character Designer / Chief Animation Direction: Hiroyuki Saida

Impressions: You know what the thing is? In the right hands this premise can become comedic gold. But no, a cute girl has to fall on his lap, yadda yadda, boobs. I mean, you just need to look at the promo art to know instantly where the mind of this series lies, and the director of Rosario to Vampire doesn’t make things better.
Trailer Impressions: Oh my god! Everything about this trailer is annoying!

First-Glance Potential: 20%

Outbreak Company

Summary: “Outbreak Company’s story centers around Shinichi Kano, a “thoroughbred class” otaku with a light novelist father and an erotic game artist mother. The NEET (not in education, employment, or training) high school dropout has no special talents except for his vast knowledge, opinions, and insight on moe. Despite this, the Japanese government assigns Shinichi as a “moe” evangelist to the Holy Eldant Empire, a parallel world with an entrance through a thick forest of trees in the Mount Fuji area. In this fantasy world where dragons soar the skies, Shinichi forms a deep friendship with the half-elf maid girl Myuseru and the beautiful young empress Petoraru. Even as he deals with the threats of war between different factions, he worries that he himself is an invader (shinryakusha) to this wondrous land.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Feel
Director: Kei Oikawa
Series Composition: Naruhisa Arakawa
Original creator: Ichiro Sakaki
Character Designer: Takashi Mamezuka

Impressions: This is one of those stories that just seems to drown completely into its own meta. A cute idea that I fear is never really going to work because it tries to be way too tongue-in-cheek. There is giving a wink to your audience, and then there is just blatant ass-kissing. I also don’t expect much of the staff. They’re pretty standard, and Naruhisa Arakawa has a lot of experience… doing pretty mediocre adaptations.

First-Glance Potential: 25%

Valvrave the Liberator 2

Summary: “Thanks to the development of the Dyson Sphere, The majority of the human populace lives in space. The Dorssia Military Federation, and the Atlantic Rim United States exist as major Military countries, while JOIR is a neutral principality, the story follows Haruto Tokishima as a normal boy going through high school in T.C (True Calendar) year 71. This all changes when Haruto meets the humanoid weapon Valvrave.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Sunrise
Director: Kou Matsuo
Series Composition: Ichiro Okouchi
Character Designer: Tatsuya Suzuki

Impressions: Oh god, there is more. There is an entire season more of this. I’m not going to watch it. It started off entertaining enough, but as soon as it started taking itself seriously the fun quickly died, and then it only got worse. This is a series that aims to shock its audience, while not caring about anything such as a plot or anything.

First-Glance Potential: 30%

Meganebu!

Summary: “Akira Sōma, the 17-year old club president and founder of the eyeglasses club. He categorizes all of humanity into three groups: “glasses,” “those who don’t wear glasses,” and “the ladies.” He scolds those who wears contacts, going around and calling them “weaklings!!” There are many times when he, the passionate boy that he is, would argue with his fellow club-mates about glasses. His favorite kind of glasses are ones with square frames, and both of his eyes have 0.03 vision (in the Japanese eyeglasses prescription notation).” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Studio Deen
Director: Soubi Yamamoto
Series Composition: Deko Akao

Impressions: They actually made a show about glasses. I mean, this is just bizarre. I only included one of the characters’ descriptions in the synopsis, but they are all equally cheesy. In fact, this was so cheesy that it became hilarious. Oh, this show will be bad, but at least it’s going to be bad in a way that we haven’t seen before.

First-Glance Potential: 30%

Log Horizon

Summary: “The story begins when 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy online game world Elder Tale. What was once a “sword-and-sorcery world” is now the “real world.” The main lead Shiroe attempts to survive with his old friend Naotsugu and the beautiful assassin Akatsuki.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Satelight
Director: Shinji Ishihara
Series Composition: Toshizo Nemoto
Music: Yasuharu Takanashi
Original creator: Mamare Touno

Impressions: I had to do a double-take when I read the premise. Why am I reading the premise of Sword Art Online here? It’s also originally written by Maoyuu’s original author. I didn’t like Maoyuu, but I’m not sure whether that was because of the story itself, or because of how it was just handled poorly. Anyway, Shinji Ishihara directed Fairy Tail and Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou, which mostly stand out with their action. Toshizo Nemoto also worked on Tokyo Majin Gakuen, although he also did Dog & Scissors and Inu X Boku. All adaptations that had their pacing issues. Thankfully Yasuharu Takanashi is an excellent composer. This seems to be an ambitious project for Satelight and they’re already set on 26 episodes, so this will probably a show with high production values, and a bad storyline. So yeah, pretty much Sword Art Online II.

First-Glance Potential: 40%

Walkure Romanze

Summary: “The visual novel centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student training to be a begleiter (knight’s assistant) at an academy where aspiring knights joust. He himself had come to this academy to train as a knight, after becoming the unrivaled junior champion in his own home country. However, an injury in a tournament’s finals forced him to withdraw. Instead, he decides to be a begleiter to one of the academy’s maiden knights and help her win.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: 8-Bit
Director: Yusuke Yamamoto
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Character Designer: Keiichirou Katsura

Impressions: It’s such a shame to see actually talented creators being assigned to… series like this. I mean you can’t get anything out of a premise like this unless you really try. The thing is though, that Kazuyuki Fudeyasu and Yusuke Yamamoto: they both actually managed to make very entertaining series about series with hopeless premises: Milky Holmes and B Gata H Kei respecively. With this series, they need that experience more than ever.
Trailer Impressions: Had some silly shots, but overall this seems still too dull.

First-Glance Potential: 40%

Kuroko no Baske 2

Summary: “Tetsuya Kuroko is a former member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”. Upon meeting Taiga Kagami he decides upon becoming his shadow to help him become Japan’s greatest basketball player.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Production IG
Director: Shunsuke Tada
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi
Original creator: Kuroko no Baske
Character Designer: Yoko Kikuchi

Impressions: Kuroko’s basketball is a seires that I didn’t continue watching. Why? I guess it was because it’s a shounen jump adaptation: these things tend to go on for ages, and unless they’re really god right away I’m not really motivated to spend time on them. The first two episodes that I saw were okay, and had some nice basketball matches, but I saw little in terms of variety to keep up with it for longer. And yeah, with this it’ll probably have 52 episodes. That’s too much for me to give it a second chance.

First-Glance Potential: 60%

Non Non Biyori

Summary: “The slice-of-life comedy is set in a countryside school with only five students total. The nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain “Ju_p” magazine comes out on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, and the video rental store is 10 stations away. Fifth-grade schoolgirl Hotaru Ichijō transfers from Tokyo to this school and readjusts to the slow life in the country. Her fellow schoolmates are first-year middle schoolgirl Natsumi, second-year middle schoolgirl Komari, first-grade schoolgirl Renge, and Komari’s big brother Suguru in the third year of middle school.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Silver Link
Director: Shinya Kawamo
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida
Original creator: Atto
Character Designer / Chief Animation Director: Mai Otsuka

Impressions: Basically, life in the countryside as seen from a bunch of fifth-graders. It’s Silver Link, but it does have the director of Kokoro Connect (that guy from Bee-Train who moved over), so who knows? It’ll be charming, but will it be charming enough to be worth watching?
Trailer Impressions: At the very least this does not feel as obnoxious as Silver Link series usually do. Very mellow, but that’s fine. It’s not trying too hard to be funny like most other shows of this genre are.

First-Glance Potential: 60%

Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road

Summary: “Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road will be part of Bushiroad’s new Five Qross “hybrid trading card game” that combines paper cards with online gaming, via QR codes printed on the back of the cards. Each card will have a unique serial code as a countermeasure against overseas counterfeits. The first batch of Five Qross cards will feature two other anime — Fantasista Doll and IS (Infinite Stratos) — besides Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Kinema Citrus
Director: Masayuki Sakoi
Screenplay: Norimitsu Kaihou
Original creator: Sunao Yoshida
Character Designer: Mai Toda

Impressions: This is a weird one. It’s basically a commercial for a random company out there, in the same way that Infinite Stratos and Fantasista Doll were, however those two series looked like sell-outs. this one… it looks different. It’s this strange project that has been announced like ten years ago at this point, and only now got picked up again, which also intrigues me. But yeah, at the end of the day it does have the director of Needless and Kamen no Maid Guy. These are two series that weren’t necessarily sell-outs, but were full of dumb action and fanservice humour.

First-Glance Potential: 60%

Arpeggio of Blue Steel

Summary: ” The sci-fi story takes place in the future where humanity has been pushed to near extinction by the mysterious against the mysterious and unknown, “Fleet of Fog.” The heroes commandeer one of the Fleet’s submarines and begin to fight back.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Sanzigen
Director: Seiji Kishi
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu
Original creator: Ark Performance

Impressions: It’s a bit of a shame that Seiji Kishi is doing this series, but at the very least this isn’t another game adaptation. The thing is that the characters here seem colourful, and fun, the science fiction story is clichéd, but it sounds like it has potential. I just don’t know whether I want to trust Seiji Kishi with this.. There are so many better directors.
Trailer Impressions: This contained quite a bit of animation, but ultimately all that it did was show a bunch of characters or things unleashing their flashy powers. that should not be the meat of the story!

First-Glance Potential: 65%

Gingitsune

Summary: “After her mother passed away, Saeki Makoto was granted the ability to see an agent of the gods named Gintaro. Being the only person who can see the sprit, Saeki helps people around the community with their problems with help from Gintaro.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Diomedea
Director: Shin Misawa
Series Composition: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Original creator: Saoyri Ochiai
Character Designer: Naomi Ide, Mayuko Matsumoto

Impressions: What I miss here is ambition. Really, this show seems fine, but I detect very little reasons to keep watching it if all the lead girl is going to do is help a bunch of people. It’s going to need to be very genuine in order to set itself apart from the series that are already there as well. It does help that it has some good staff behind it though. Shin Misawa has like two decades of experience, and the same goes for Hiroshi Yamaguchi (although their series do range from good to bad across the entire spectrum). I can’t comment much on the original mangaka because she only seems to have done one thing before.

First-Glance Potential: 70%

Phi Brain 3

Summary: “Daimon Kaito solves puzzles like a boss.”
Produced by: Sunrise
Director: Hirotaka Endo
Series Composition: Mayori Sekijima

Impressions: Here you have it. The series that I never thought would get a second season. Let alone a third! And technically, it doesn’t need one: all season all have a beginning and end. I’m still not sure who in their right mind green-lighted all of this, but the thing remains that it had some really good characters, even though it did waste A LOT of time through its airtime. I also really hope that Sato Junichi is going to return as the director again, which helped a lot with the first two seasons, but I can’t yet see his name among the staff. In any case though, the promo art is full of fabulous characters again, so let’s hope that this time things will get a bit more varied.

First-Glance Potential: 70%

Tokyo Ravens

Summary: “The school supernatural fantasy centers around Harutora, a boy from a branch of the Tsuchimikado family of onmyoudou occult practitioners. However, he lacks the ability to see spirit energy, so he is now just an ordinary high school student. Natsume, a girl who was Harutora’s childhood friend and the next head of the Tsuchimikado family, reunites with Harutora and changes his future.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: 8-Bit
Director: Takaomi Kanasaki
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata
Original creator: Kouhei Azano
Character Designer: Atsuko Watanabe

Impressions: The impression that I get from this series is that it seems decent, though juvenile. The whole premise is one that we’ve seen over and over again, the promo art is badly drawn, and don’t get me started about how this is a SCHOOL supernatural fantasy series. What also doesn’t get my hopes up is that the director of Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka is involved here, though granted that had its moments. It’s also going to depend on whether the original source material is good or not.
Trailer Impressions: Okay, this wasn’t actually half-bad. I like the music a lot, the direction works out quite well. It’s still very juvenile though. That will probably be a big problem.

First-Glance Potential: 70%

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Summary: “In a fantastic middle-age world where slavery is very common, there are mysterious tall towers named “Dungeon” which mysteriously appeared out of nowhere fourteen years before the story line. Someone who conquers a Dungeon becomes very powerful and wealthy. Our hero Ali Baba is a teenager who works for merchants to support himself. He dreams for conquering a lot of Dungeons and becoming a very rich person. One day, he comes across with a strange young boy named Aladdin who carries a mystical flute with supernatural powers in it. Ali Baba and Aladdin agree to travel their first Dungeon together.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: A-1 Pictures
Director: Koji Masunari
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Original creator: Shinobu Outaka
Character Designer / Animation Direction: Toshifumi Akai

Impressions: Ah, the second season of Magi. It’s a show that I wanted to finish, but in the end couldn’t. Getting busier is one of the reasons, but it also just wasn’t interesting enough to warrant to continue. The characters were compelling, but it lacked genuine tension and at times it seemed to be trying too hard to be dark and edgy. So yeah, I’m not going to watch this one, but props to those who kept on with it.
Trailer Impressions: Nice eye-candy, as expected.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Ace of Diamond

Summary: “The story follows Eijun Sawamura, a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan’s storied Koushien championships through hard work and determination.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Madhouse, Production IG
Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Series Composition: Takeshi Konuta
Original creator: Yuuji Terajima

Impressions: Here we have a series with… a unique staff listing. We have Madhouse and Production IG collaborating (when was the last time that that happened, aside from those movies that consist out of tiny different shorts), about a bunch of kids who play baseball and being directed by the director of Polar Bear Cafe. Well, if that one baseball episode of Polar Bear Cafe was an indication then at least the baseball scenes will get well animated, but it remains a weird match-up. My big worry is Takeshi Konuta, who previously adapted Library War, which really was not an example of how to do an adaptation right. Furthermore, baseball series have a really high standard, after Touch, Cross Game, One Outs and Ookiku Furikabutte. You can’t just make a baseball series about hard work and guts and hope that that’s all you need to do.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Strike the Blood

Summary: “The school action fantasy story of Strike the Blood revolves around Kojō Akatsuki, a boy deemed the world’s most powerful vampire (once thought to only exist in legend and lore), and Yukina Hirameki, a girl entrusted with watching over the vampire and if needed, hunting him down.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Silver Link
Chief Director: Takao Sano
Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Original creator: Gakuto Mikumo
Character Designer: Keiichi Sano

Impressions: Silver Link doesn’t exactly have the best track record with me, but who knows/ They did make Kokoro Connect. What strikes me most here is that it’s simple, and just focused on the interplay between the two main characters. They just have to get those two characters right and they’ll at least have an enjoyable series. Big problem here is Hiroyuki Yoshino who is trying to make a soap opera out of everything whenever he gets the chance, though luckily this is a light novel adaptation, rather than an original story. The guy who wrote them also wrote Asura Crying, which despite the bad direction did originally have some potential. Both directors have both done little in terms of directing an entire series, aside from two series that were doomed to fail, so let’s see if they’re a bit more motivated with a series with a bit more potential.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

BlazBlue Alter Memory

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Produced by: Hoods Entertainment
Director: Hideki Tachibana
Series Composition: Deko Akao
Character Designer / Chief Animation Director: Tomoyuki Shitaya

Impressions: Well, finally a game adaptation in which Seiji Kishi isn’t involved. In fact, the assistant director will be Seiji Misuzhima, who directed the first Full Metal Alchemist, Un-Go, and Natsuiro Kiseki, among others. This show is going to need it, because Hiteki Tachibana is a TERRIBLE director. He completely butchered Dragon Crisis and Higurashi’s Kira OVA. His big problem is that his series focus on the complete wrong things. Deko Akao is decent at adapting, so here she too needs to do her best to make up for this guy.
Trailer Impressions: Eye candy, action-packed. Seems interesting enough.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

White Album 2

Summary: “The story centers around a college junior named Haruki Kitaharaand his relationships with Setsuna Ogiso and Kazuki Touma in the light music club.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Satelight
Chief Director: Seiya Numata
Director: Masaomi Ando
Series Composition: Fumiaki Maruto
Original creator: Takeshi Nakamura
Character Designer / Chief Animation Director: Satoru Fujimoto

Impressions: What made the first White Album so good? It’s because from out of nowhere, it took the concept of a harem and did something completely in its own style, disregarding any sort of conventions. It was annoying, but it was unique and in the end it really came together. The second White Album looks a lot more generic, but perhaps Satelight has a trick up their sleeve. Especially since they never do series like this. Fumiaki Maruto… this guy probably is someone who doesn’t write for anime who they managed to reel in with their connections, so that sounds promising. What’s really weird about this though? It’s the directional debut of Seiya Numata. That just makes no sense whatsoever. For those of you who don’t know him: he is one of the most awesome animators out there. His work is always completely crazy: full of energy, realistic movements, over the top motions. It’s crazy. For an example: he was the main animation director for Shion no Ou and the second season of Milky Holmes. I have no clue what he’s doing here on such a serious drama…
Trailer Impressions: And the thing is, the animation isn’t even that good…

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Hajime no Ippo Rising

Summary: ” Ippo, a timid highschooler, is one day saved from being beaten up by Takamura, a boxer. Enthralled by Takamura’s skills Ippo begins to learn boxing, soon finding love for the sport and a drive to challenge the boxing world.” – (Taken from ANN)

Impressions: Nothing has been revealed yet of who will adapt the third season, which does have me on a bit of an edge. This is because the first and second seasons were incredibly good adaptations. Everything went right there: the music, the animation, the pacing. It all just fit, and both in really different ways. The manga is good and all, but with these kinds of sport series you also really need the animation to bring everything alive. The promo art that has been released so far however, doesn’t look that way. The character-designs look mellow, and they lack the punch that the first seasons had. Especially this thing here. But yeah: if this does work, then we’re in for an incredibly intense and engaging series.

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Little Busters – Refrain

Summary: “” – (Taken from )
Produced by: JC Staff
Director: Yoshiki Yamakawa
Series Composition: Michiru Shimada
Original creator: Jun Maeda
Character Designer: Haruko Iizuka

Impressions: Well, Little Busters, go ahead. I managed to sit through the sometimes cringe-worthy first half. Go ahead and hit me with your best stuff. The refrain part that is supposed to be the amazing part of this story. The director and series composition have not changed, so you’ll have to do with them. Go ahead and just show me whether the plotholes, melodrama and bad voice acting were worth it!
Trailer Impressions: From this trailer I get the impression that the creators are really trying. This wasn’t such a thing that was hastily cobbled up. Some effort went into this. That’s the first good sign.

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Yowamushi Pedal

Summary: “The story centers around Sakamichi Onoda, a high school otaku who loves figures from anime and games so much that he would ride his commuter bicycle to and from Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district in a 90-kilometer (about 60-mile) round trip over steep slopes. Onoda ends up joining the competitive sport of bicycle racing.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: TMS Entertainment
Director: Osamu Nabeshima
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida
Original creator: Wataru Watanabe
Character Designer: Takeshi Yoshida

Impressions: Ah, a manga adaptation about cycling. What makes this one special is that it’s by the director of Zetman, and the character designs (and therefore also probably the chief animation direction) will be done by the guy who directed the animation for Ookiku Furikabutte. I have no idea what that adds together, but I really want to see how the cycling scenes will end up looking now, because these people are in theory able to make stunning cycling sequences: Osamu Nabeshima’s energy on one hand and Takeshi Yoshida’s attention to detail and realism on the other hand.
Trailer Impressions: Not the best animation… but it looks fun.

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Golden Time

Summary: “The school romantic comedy of Golden Time revolves around Banri Tada, a college student who lost all of his memories upon graduating his high school. The story follows Banri, Kouko Kaga, a girl whose seemingly perfect looks belies her hidden regrets, Kouko’s significant other Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and other students at Banri’s college in Tokyo, including NANA Hayashida, Chinami Oka, Nijigen-kun, and NANA-senpai” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: JC Staff
Director: Chiaki Kon
Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo
Original creator: Yuyuko Takemiya
Character Designer: Jin Aketagawa

Impressions: Finally! Chiaki Kon is doing something other than bishie-series. Really, as one of the most (if not THE most) prolific female directors, you shouldn’t keep doing the same thing over and over but instead set an example for all other aspiring female directors out there. And with this, she actually has a really good premise. When was the last time a story starts out when the main character already has a significant other? Oh, and this has the character designer of Revolutionary Girl Utena, which is also awesome. Really, this can become quite an interesting college series when done right.
Trailer Impressions: This was charming; I can see this work as a romantic comedy, but I’m not sure whether it’ll become something special.

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Coppelion

Summary: “The story is set in 2036, after radioactive contamination from a nuclear accident has put Tokyo under a blockade. Three high school girls have been sent to this dead city. Thanks to genetic engineering, the three girls have been impervious to radioactivity since birth. They form a special forces unit, codenamed “Coppelion,” in the 3rd Division of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: ?
Original creator: Tomonori Inoue

Impressions: They have yet to announce anything about the staff behind this series, but holy crap does it look good! This one gets my award for the best promo art of the season. Just look at those details. There is also a lot that they can do with this premise if they go the right way. I’m excited for this one.
Trailer Impressions: Stunning scenery, but the animation also is just amazing here. Wait, this is obviously being produced by Gohands.

First-Glance Potential: 85%

Nagi no Asukara

Summary: “???” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: PA Works
Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Series Composition: Mari Okada
Character Designer / Animation Director: Yuriko Ishii

Impressions: Yuriko Ishii really didn’t seem to try hard on these character designs, because they really look like something generic, just with a lot of extra polish (literally: look at these characters shine!) She wasn’t this bad when she adapted the characters for Persona – Trinity Soul or even Another. But yeah, who cares? Mari Okada is back with a new series, and her stories at the very least are always interesting to watch. Also, she is assisted by the director of Bantorra. This will be their third series together, after Bantorra and Kuroshitsuji, so I really hope to be able to see the same energy and creativity in the storyline.
Trailer Impressions: Holy crap, the backgrounds look gorgeous! Such a shame of those character-designs. But this hints at quite an interesting character drama.

First-Glance Potential: 85%

Kyoukai no Kanata

Summary: “The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Kyoto Animation
Director: Taichi Ishidate
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada
Original creator: Nagomu Torii
Character Designer: Miku Kadowaki
Music: Hikaru Nanase

Impressions: Could it be? Is Kyoani trying something different, and it’s not just a fluke? Finally! Finally they do something different from a random high school slice of life series. It’s based on a light novel so they can’t do anything lazy with it, and Jukki Hanada is fairly skilled in adapting stuff. The director will be on his first full directing job, but he’s got enough experience working on other Kyoani projects, going back as far as Air and Munto. Also, Hikaru Nanase, one of my favorite composers, will do the soundtrack!
Trailer Impressions: HOLY CRAP THAT ANIMATION!

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~

Summary: “” – (Taken from )
Produced by: Tatsunoko Productions
Director / Character Designs / Chief Animation Director: Ryo-timo
Series Composition: Manabu Ishikawa
Original creator: Suzuhito Yasuda

Impressions: Remember those awesomely animated Yozakura Quarted OVAs? Well, they’re going to make a series out of that. Still with the ridiculous talents of Ryo-timo, who also directed the animation for Birdy the Mighty Decode, and many other beautiful-looking episodes (think Noein, Bokura no, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt). This is the Yozakura Quarted what it should have been! (Yes, you don’t need to have watched the first series).
Trailer Impressions: This is mostly a recap of the OVA, but at the end there are some new scenes. You can see that the budget is a bit lower (obviously), but it’s still full of creativity and eye candy.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Kill La Kill

Summary: “The story centers around two fiercely fighting schoolgirls, Ryūko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryūin . On a campus ruled by force, a transfer student wielding a Basami sword brings about upheaval.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Studio Trigger
Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Series Composition: Kazuki Nakashima
Character Designer / Chief Animation Director: Sushio

Impressions: The first TV-series produced by Studio Trigger, the studio that Hiroyuki Imaishi founded after leaving Gainax, and this time he’s reuined with Gurren Lagann and Ooedo Rocket writer Kazuki Nakashima. While I’m not the biggest fan of Gurren Lagann, there is no denying how much talent there was put into that show, and I love seeing what these guys can do now. Especially after Panty and Stocking, there can only be creativity here. Also, it will be 2 cours long. Now let’s also hope that the story is good.
Trailer Impressions: A few images, but they already look quite amazing.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Samurai Flamenco

Summary: “To those ‘adults’ who don’t want to become adults…” and “Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Manglobe
Director: Takehiro Omori
Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata
Character Designer: Yoshimitsu Yamashita

Impressions: Could it be? Is Manglobe finally going to make good stuff again? Well, the indication is certainly there with a 2-cour Noitamina series helmed by Takehiro Omori, who is an incredibly solid and versatile director. And this time they seem to go for the nostalgia of old-school superheroes. The action director and designs are also done by the guy who did the animation direction on all four Natsume Yuujinchou series. So yeah, this is definitely one to watch out for. The only archilles heel here is Hideyuki Kurata. This guy is a really good writer: he wrote Read or Die, Now and Then, Here and There and Kamichu, but the past few years he really ended up cranking out some bad shows. But on the other hand, let’s see what he can do with a really good director again.
Trailer Impressions: Aah, classic retro cheese with a lot of detail and touches.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Galilei Donna – Storia di tre sorelle a caccia di un mistero

Summary: The story is about “three moons” — three of Italian astronomer Galileo’s female descendants who are on international wanted lists. – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: A-1 Pictures
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu
Original creator: Yasuomi Umetsu
Character Designer: Shingo Adachi

Impressions: Finally Noitamina is back in full force this season, with two original series. A-1′s contribution is a series that air for just one season, and it’s directed and written by a guy who is… interesting. He’s been in the business for a very long time, and yet his work ranges from really talented, to borderline porn. Yet he intrigues me, because he’s not among the crappy directors who just shove boobs everywhere: his serious work is actually really good. Just take a look at one of them. Or one of the more mellow examples. Note how good the animation is. You don’t just get that with a lot of budget, that really took talent. Oh, and he also directed one of the best and most unique shorts of Robot Carnival, so he definitely can do short stories incredibly well. But what about long series? His only other long work so far, Mezzo, didn’t really get the best reviews even though I never really watched anything of it.
Trailer Impressions: This consisted out of a bunch of stills, but really: the soundtrack that accompanied it was really, really good.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Kyousogiga

Summary: “” – (Taken from )
Produced by: Toei Animation
Director: Rie Matsumoto
Series Composition: Rie Matsumoto
Character Designer: Yuki Hayashi

Impressions: Yes yes! I have been asking for this one for so long, and they actually made it! It’s only 10 episodes, but that’s perfect. Kyousogiga is poetry: it doesn’t need to last long. Just longer than… two OVAs. The OVAs were so charming, and really genuine while being full of some really creative animation techniques. It’s basically the show in which the talented Toei animators could try out new stuff and experiment. Rie Matsumoto really was a discovery: her directional style is incredibly warm and that is what made me originally a fan of Kyoutogiga.

First-Glance Potential: 95%

Pupa

Summary: “The “life-and-death sibling” story follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis — into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Studio Deen
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki
Original creator: Sayaka Mogi

Impressions: This one looks amazing, but what’s more important: it’s going to be helmed by an amazing director: Tomomi Mochizuki. He’s currently already active as the one who adapts the current Rozen Maiden series, but he really shines as a director, with an impeccable visual style and an amazing feel for his characters. This will be by far be the darkest series that he’s ever done, but with Zettai Shounen and Sarai-ya Goyou he showed that he can make an incredible atmosphere.

First-Glance Potential: 95%

60 Responses

  1. KaZuHiRo says:

    Anime, finally, gets exciting once again!

  2. Amarrez says:

    I don’t think you should write off Log Horizon just yet. Yes, it sounds very familiar, but after reading the first volume of the manga I wasn’t reminded of any of the poor aspects of SAO once. I can’t say whether or not the anime will be the same, but it does have a lot of potential I think.

  3. Emma-hime says:

    I’m cautiously looking forward to the persona movie, largely cause I still have hope/wanting for an adaptation of something in that franchise to work.
    The Geass ovas from the first one are okay but they feel like somethings missing, aren’t as good as the show, have a different air/feel about them that rubs me the wrong way.
    Anohana, like the chuuni movie will be good for a quick rewatch of the shows.
    I’m pretty much obliged to watch the 3rd Madoka movie despite not really wanting to nor looking forward to it.
    Unfortunately I don’t know anything about that Harlock franchise. The Patema movie getting the time of eve guy on it sounds pretty encouraging.
    As usual arms puts out a premise that outright detters me. I will of course at least check the bishie show and if its more comedy orientated might even watch it as a guilty pleasure until I get fed up.
    I don’t know about Stratos, the first season had pretty good production from what I recall and while it could be annoying, it was the kind of awful you could laugh at.
    Freezing deserves props for being more than what it appears and actually gets pretty intense, but the manwha is really dragging on now.
    Machine doll from the manga has its moments but is a generic shounen fare.
    Preon valvrave, preon, preoning valvrave, you summed up precisely why I’m tapping out of the sequel.
    I haven’t had much luck with shows based around online games and your concerns about the maoyu writer and sword art I feel them.
    Caught bits of Kuroko and found it a big surprise, need to find the time to finish that out someday.
    There was something unique in blue steels manga, never read anything about navy strategy in a manga before but yes, Kishi will be a concern there.
    I really wanted to enjoy magi and did for a while but Ali baba’s characterization just wrecked the thing for me.
    Oh mother of God Asura crying..the horror.
    Blazeblue based on watching a few plays and playing it a few times myself is really only worth it for the gameplay because fighting games really don’t have stories all that worth noting.
    White album was frustrating but its probably one of the few harems aimed at men I actually care about, it had balls and once it got going was a hidden gem. I’m throughly looking forward too this spinoff.
    I don’t trust PA works, even if they scored a hit with uchouten, still no.
    Little busters I had to drop the first season because of poor production, terrible voice acting and emotional investment that was weak in comparison to other key works.

  4. Emma-hime says:

    Continued: I can’t say I’m all that interested in the sports series and I’ve had my fill of some of those silly comedies. As for the kyoani show I remain to be convinced, they had their go at fantasy before with munto and that ended badly I’d much rather they stick to their entertaining guns on the school life stuff. Kyousogiga was full of charm, creativity and had a great sense of fun about, I can’t wait to watch the series.
    I think galilei will be more up my street than kill la kill or samurai flameco.
    Golden time I hear also functions as a well written slice of life drama so that gets my attention.
    But the only definites for me are white album 2 and kyousogiga. Already read the manga for pupa.

  5. WatcherZero says:

    Hmm not a great lineup.

    Really looking forward to Captain Harlock, its got a huge budget for a CG film and the live action Yamato was really good so I have high hopes.

    Infinite Stratos, I agree was kinda weak but I need my mecha fix, it was alright in parts and the first series left many unanswered questions.

    Valvrave had a lot of shocks but it was building up a good head of steam plot wise near the end, the role reversal in the ‘rape’ was well handled with her using it to emotionally blackmail him and he himself wracked by guilt even though he wasnt in control.

    Code Geass I couldnt stand, had all the things wrong with the second half of Death Note, wont be watching more of that.

    The Gunpla Builders Beginning G OVA was surprisingly one of the very best Gundam series despite knowing it was there explicitly to sell kits (wasnt it actually bundled with the kits like many of the Gundam shorts?). If this new Gunpla Builders series is able to capture the same magic it will do really well.

    Arpeggio of Blue Steel piqued my interest, looks a lot like an aliens possess earth weapons style series, will be interesting to see what meaning there is in the subtitle ‘Ars Nova’ which is a kind of medieval music.

  6. Emma-hime says:

    The biggest problem with pupa’s adaptation will be that they will most likely censor some of the gore, to add to that I think some people are going to be turned off by the incest.

    • jahcoozee says:

      There’s incest in Pupa? That’s disappointing.

      • Emma-hime says:

        To specify I’m not trashing pupa, the incest doesn’t actually ruin it, just thought I’d give a warning just in case. It isn’t even really my preferred thing and I managed to get a kick out of the plot and it was pretty creepy.

  7. DmonHiro says:

    I want to watch Pupa, and I want to watch it NOW!

  8. kero says:

    Oooh loads that I want to check out

    Re
    Yasuomi Umetsu director of the anime about galileo descendants.

    ehhh I didn’t really see what was so good about the animation in the two videos that psgels linked to..

    Can someone enlightnen me

  9. Renee says:

    Sigh maybe for some this might seem like a good line up but for me this year has been such a disappointment.

  10. Mikey says:

    Shows I’ll look at it:

    Infinite Stratos 2: Raise your hand if Infinite Stratos was your guilty pleasure (Raises hand),
    Valvrave 2: Like most people (I’d hope all), I hated the end of episode 10… or was it 9? (See it was so bad I forgot), but I already watched one season, so what is the harm? And I’ll admit the (very tropey) ending interests me.
    Walkure Romanze: There is a certain curiosity to a VN adaption surrounding jousting, but who am I kidding. It will probably be crap.
    Arpreggio: I stand by that Kishi is fine as long as he doesn’t touch a game, but the mostly cg animeation is going to drive me insane. Also, the premise isn’t exactly original.
    Tokyo Ravens: The only LN adaption I am interested in, but like Romanze, it will probably be crap.
    LB Refrain: I know I will hate the ending, but I like Kurugaya and I like her route and how it isn’t the typical key ending (The happy one), Rin’s character is vastly better than her VN counterpart which will be net positive for her route and to a lesser extent Refrain and Refrian will mostly focus on the guys (Psgels should be happy about that) and they are much more interesting than any of the girls, so have at me. And the trailer did look very good.
    Golden Time: I liked Toradora and I’ll probably like this. Not too mention, how many anime focus on college nowadays?
    Copellion, Yokazura Quartet, Kill la Kill and Kyousaiga: I cooped these together because they all have a retro vibe to them. They all look interesting, so they get a look. I haven’t watched the other Yokazura OVAs, but I’ll fix that latter.
    Nagi no Asakura: Mari Okada is… polarizing. And I’m not too keen on the fact she likes to feminize her male characters, but both she and PA works get a look.
    Kyoukai no Kanata: Yeah! Kyo-Ani is doing something different! And yeah! It doesn’t look like it will suck! But seriously! Get new character designers! They’re starting to annoy me.
    Samurai Flamenco and Galilei Donna: These have to be the weirdest Noitamina I’ve ever seen. Will they be good? Or will they be Guilty Crown?
    Pupa: Incest doesn’t have to be a bad thing right? Well okay. It always is, but I’ll eat my socks if it’s not. Anyway, Mochizuki is one of the best in anime and him doing horror should be delicious.

    • Mikey says:

      Oh wait! Golden Time is a LN too. I forgot.

      • JaK says:

        just wanted to point out that Tokyo Raven is a manga not a light novel xD and if have to say its a pretty conventional one filled with generic tsundere’s, the cool side character, the jelous ojou sama, the cute loli, the mysteriously powerful teacher and lets not forget the cross dresser :\

        Golden time on the other hand is very very good, its not mentioned here but the story has a supernatural angle as well and the romance in the story is really well done ^_^

  11. Deadlight says:

    I’m digging the premise for Coppelion and Pupa. I’m also excited to see how the Yozakura Quarter remake will turn out and Kyousogiga looks interesting enough

  12. WatcherZero says:

    Coppelion looked stunning as a still but there are loads of rendering artifacts in the trailer (low res textures being visibly updated to high res textures, shadow errors, tearing) which if your going to leave that kind of poor quality finishing in a promotional trailer makes you worry for the quality of the series itself.

  13. Puran says:

    Kyoani is doing something somewhat ambitious?

    I…

    I never thought this day would come…

    I need a moment… :P

  14. Souther says:

    BlazBlue Alter Memory: Unsure. Depending on how much of this relies on the viewer having experienced the games, it might be problematic. Otherwise, I’m cautiously optimistic and potentially interested.

    Captain Harlock: I’ll at least check it out. The 3DCG looks good and Harlock is a great character. Can’t really talk about the rest of it yet.

    Code Geass Akito the Exiled 2: Since I am a fan of Code Geass and a fan of Kazuki Akane, I have two very good reasons to appreciate this. The first episode was fine and I expect that this one will build upon that foundation.

    Kill La Kill: No opinion on the story right now, but I expect this to be pretty good and very exciting. Can’t go wrong with the Gurren Lagann team, or so I hope.

    Pupa: I’ve heard mixed opinions on the manga, but I’ll at least watch a few episodes. There’s a chance I won’t stick around but the opposite is also possible.

    Valvrave S2: Because it’s stupid but enjoyable. I also never felt the show was “taking itself too seriously” to any significant degree, unlike what psgels once again claims, and the last two episodes had lots of fun craziness. I’ll keep watching for now.

  15. yay I can’t wait for the 3d madoka magica movie! I wonder if it’s something to do with the new world O.o

  16. Gui says:

    Hajime no Ippo: ” but with these kinds of sport series you also really need the animation to bring everything alive.”

    I do respect you as a blogger and all but seriously, this might be one of the most stupid lines ever. Any human being that read Slam Dunk, just a example, will laugh after reading this (I did), you’d probably agree with after reading any quality sports manga (or mangas in general).

    I read your blog 7 years ago and I liked it very much for a couple of years but… I lost interest at your writing. And the fact that you don’t care about mangas don’t help it either, a shame because I can guarantee that some of them are amongst the best works in any medium, most of the times everything is drawn so perfectly, conveying so many emotions at once, that you don’t even care about the animation after a while. And I’m not talking just about sports mangas here, I talk as a whole.

    I never quite understood why you seem to look down on manga. Many of them will never receive an anime adaption and some of them are the epitome of brilliance, why don’t you just read some of them to set yourself free from this negative bias towards this kind of media?

    • MCAL says:

      I don’t understand. Where in that sentence did psgels say that he was looking down on the manga.

    • MCAL says:

      I mean good lord! He said the manga was good!

    • Mikey says:

      And anyone who has watched many anime adaptions of manga will laugh at you for saying that. A great manga does not equal a great anime. Just look at KaminNomi. Or what you’ll like Hajime no Ippo if it had the worst animation ever? And I watched and read Slam Dunk and I didn’t laugh at what psgels said, so there.

    • Puran says:

      He wasn’t looking down on manga.

      He said that for a Hajime no Ippo ANIME to work, it would need to have good animation.

      For example, a slice of life ANIME depends more on good background and good voice acting. Animation could be crap and it would still work.

      A sports ANIME needs some good animation to make it exciting. Otherwise, for example if the fights in Ippo are badly animated or timed, they could look really awkward.

      • psgels says:

        Indeed: I’m not looking down on manga at all, and I acknowledge that they can be really good. In these previews I just don’t focus on them because I con’t know anything about them.

        Also, there is one very big reason that I’m not reading any manga: time. There is simply so much good stuff out there, and you just can’t get to everything.

        • Gu says:

          I’m the one who commnented up there. Guess I misinterpreted what you meant and I was a little overboard, sorry. It’s just that the way your paragraph was constructed was a bit dubious: “The manga is good and all, but with these kinds of sport series you also really need the animation to bring everything alive.”

          What I understood is that you can only “bring everything alive” if you have quality animation, i.e. the manga isn’t capable of bringing everything alive due to the lack of animation. That’s from where my reasoning of looking down on manga came from.

          @Mikey
          “A great manga does not equal a great anime.”
          Too true.

          • Gu says:

            BTW I don’t consider the lack of time a critical reason not to read manga, I mean you sure do watch a lot of seasonal anime that you know that will suck yet you still watch (some) of them, why not spending the time to read a great manga instead? Guess you’re just not used to read them

  17. JaK says:

    The significant other word used in golden time summary is just a confusing gimmick which will become very clear just within the first 15 mins of the anime :D

  18. VyseLegendaire says:

    The only trailer that interests me was “Arpeggio of Blue Steel”

    I love those crazy-ass insane battleship mecha-lasers style insanity-battle scenes. Something about the cast is also reminding me of Kami-sama no Memou-chou. I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be a dud.

  19. Rihan says:

    Looking forward to all the sequels.

  20. Jeevas says:

    I’m honestly excited for this season, there are many that have lots of potentials :DD
    I’m mostly looking out for
    -Ace of Diamond (never been disappointed by baseball anime so far and I’m craving for a new one)
    -Coppelion
    -Kyoukai no Kanata (Not going to lie, I like KyoAni)
    -Yozokura Quartet
    -Kill la Kill
    -Galilei Donna
    -Kyousogiga

    This season have high chances of being an amazing one

  21. mulligan says:

    At mere 8 tankoubon, Ochiai Sayori’s Gingitsune has all the ingredients for a great production. Sure, the story premise is not breaking any new ground (shrine mythology, highschool coming of age), but it does have IMHO some of the more solid character development through and through with attention to detail in story pacing (how it got passed over by all the other lukewarm series we’ve had the past 2 seasons, and more). I REALLY hope they do the original material justice :)

    Kill la kill has already generated enough buzz I just hope it doesn’t shoot itself in the foot with too high expectations.

  22. ServantOfPriss says:

    About bloody time Gundam became honest with itself.

  23. Mass says:

    Wow, Coppelion looks really interesting, both visually and in setting.

    Kazuki Akane is my favorite director as well, and the first part Code Geass Akito the Exiled felt very much his. I’m currently in the process of writing a long review of it, but here I’ll say this: the mood and tone, the subtleties of character and setting, and the nuances of exactly how things play out and what you see has that certain kind of sincerity and realism in a fantastical setting that only Akane can accomplish.

    I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of it: I really want to see where this goes.

  24. Trass says:

    By the way psgels, are you considering the newest Pokemon anime, Pocket Monsters The Origin? I know you ignore kids shows, but this one is very promising. It looks much less kiddy so far looking at the trailer.

    The trailer did say clearly at the beginning: “For those who played Pokemon Red and Green” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL675OZ2s0g

    Considering how old those first games are, I can only say the target audience for this anime are certainly not ‘little kids’. The anime will be a completely original series, seperate from the on-going endless pokemon series (with the immortally young Ash). Not to be confused with the Pokemon XY (which is the next season for dat undying Ash).

    The anime will include a story more faithful to the original games, it seems. And the MC’s first pokemon is Charmander instead of Pikachu. I’m quite hyped up about this and really hope from the bottom of my heart that it will be as amazing as I wanted it to be and not just another kiddie anime.

    • Avalon says:

      I stopped watching pokemon years ago and I doubt I’m the only one. That said, I am a little interested in this anime. I loved those original games to death and would actually like to see this anime adaptation.

      Now if only red would figure out the Missingno glitch and get infinite master balls…

    • Mass says:

      My main hope is that there’s no Team Rocket (at least anything like the original anime TR trio), because Team Rocket was like 95% of the reason that the Pokemon anime wasn’t very good.

      • Avalon says:

        If they are following the games, then they should not be their…I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing cameos of them as random rocket grunts though.

        I wonder just how faithful they are going to be…can we expect a bunch of battles with Blue? Can we even go so far as to expect Mewtwo? That would be awesome.

      • Trass says:

        if they’re following the original game, then there will be team rocket for sure. But yeah, obviously not gonna be those trio.

    • asas says:

      Is this based on the pokemon special manga? because if so, it’s going to be awesome.

  25. kazid says:

    O well, the next season seem exiting, the actual season was a nearly full disapointment, Actually the funny series are the best. Servant and Wattamote. Meanwhile the last season runners whit Titan and the unexpected Majestic prince whit a great surprice (what a eye candy mecha battles) totally unexpected after the ridiculus and great dissapointment Valbrave and of course the gorgeous and wonderfull sister arc of to aru kagaku no railgun s2 take my atention. In the next season I will expect as greats shows Hajime s3 , kuroko s2, pupa, kill la kill, Copellion, blast blue, magi s2 and freezing vibration (principally beacuse i know the source material but … this japanese i swear they dont crap the wonderfull E pandora arc).

  26. starry says:

    I don’t think you’ll like pupa as good as you think you will

    since the source material has stuff like this in it http://i.imgur.com/DH2zxZX.jpg (NSFW)

  27. Freshsushi says:

    I’m a bit disappointed with your assessment of Gundam Psgels. Personally I’ve never watched or cared about the series, but the fact that you discount it for being a “kiddie” show bothers me. For one: what does “kiddie” show even mean? If you are talking about a show aimed for kids, well most of anime in general is aimed for kids, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy it either. I’m pretty sure Pixar has proven that.

    I stand by the principal that you can make a good movie/anime/tv show out of ANYTHING, and that includes toys. Just look at the original animated batman series. That series was greenlit just to sell batman toys but it turned into one of the most critically acclaimed tv shows in history.

    Don’t discount something so easily, especially on a groundless basis.

  28. Really? You call yourself a reviewer? says:

    >So yeah, don’t get fooled that it’s by the director of Macross Frontier or anything: this is a very blatant harem show with some mechas thrown in.

    And? What’s so bad about that? Imbecile. You are not judging shows, you are judging GENRES, and if you know ANYTHING about being a good blogger and reviewer, you’d know that only scum do that.

  29. Astolfo says:

    White Album 2 will be the gem of the decade if done right.

  30. Shippoyasha says:

    Pretty good listing as always. Though I suppose I should never consult this blog because of the extreme bias against fanservicey, sexy types of anime. I kind of think silly shows like those are a good counter balance to all the more serious shows I tend to follow.

    But great to see so many sports shows take up the center stage again. Ippo was too long in the waiting. So was Kuroko.

  31. Sudachi says:

    Wow – Lot of new series that look amazing this fall. You’re list just kept going! Looking forward to Kyoukai no Kanata, Nagi no Asukara and Kill La Kill. Full return of Noitamina doesn’t hurt either and from what I’ve heard, Samurai Flamenco will be great too. It’s going to be a busy Autumn and thanks for the preview!

  32. Guest says:

    Personally, only Pupa strikes to me as worth watching. But I do know that the manga for ‘Unbreakable machine doll’ is good, they just seemed to have fucked up the animation. Kyoukai no Kanata also while having an interesting concept looks generic as all hell.
    If they manage to adapt it well Persona 3 should be great, the cast is a lot better as well as the content than in P4.

  33. Inkimetronic says:

    Is it me or is anime losing its backbone; when will cool anime ideas come along once more

  34. Firechick says:

    I’ve seen a few episodes of Gundam Build Fighters and it’s actually pretty good. It’s kinda like Gundam mixed with Angelic Layer.

  35. There is a QWERTY keypad present below the main top panel with 5 rows of keys.

    It is a fitting example of the game’s graphical fidelity.
    The Roku player is therefore a great device that will surely rock your entertainment world.

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