RETS PARTY!!! [もちこ]
But with nothing from Kyoani, Sunrise, Gainax, or SHAFT, it seems like the anime industry doesn’t have much faith in this season either. I guess it’s expected from the summer season; another reason why it’s the perfect time to catch up on the backlog. Nevertheless, there are some shows with potential~
Here’s the short version (and the chart here). Entries within each subcategory is ordered from most anticipated to least.
Definites: Sengoku Basara 2
Probables: Kuroshitsuji, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
Checking Out: Mitsudomoe, Shukufuku no Campanella, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Amagami SS
Sengoku Basara 2 [Site]
Production: Production IG
Synopsis: Sequel to the first season; with Oda Nobunaga defeated, Yukimura and Date will be facing off against the second of the three unifiers: Totoyomi Hideoyoshi.
Thoughts: Put your gunz on!
Really, I might not like shounen but this series is both awesome and fun, not to mention extremely amusing for the history fan to see how they chose to represent the little tidbits about each sengoku warlord, like Hideoyoshi the Kozaru (little monkey).
Kuroshitsuji 2 [Site][Trailer]
Production: A-1 Pictures
Synopsis: Sequel to the first season, this time introducing butler Claude Faustus and master Alois Trancy as the main characters.
Thoughts: Enjoyed the first, but as they’re replacing both the main characters, this’ll be like a completely different series! While Claude is clearly a Sebastian clone except without the butleriffic name, Alois’ meek demeanor doesn’t feel anywhere near as interesting as Ciel’s resolute personality. We’ll see~
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi [Site][Trailer]
Production: J.C Staff, directed by Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Hayate no Gotoku!, Zero no Tsukaima)
Synopsis: A love comedy parodying fairy tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” etc. Ookami Ryoko (Ookami-san) is a spunky high school girl. She is a member of a “fixer” club so called Otogi High School Bank. She fixes the school’s problems with her partner Akai Ringo (Akazukin-chan).
Thoughts: I really don’t care if this looks like Toradora!, because if it was anywhere near as good then I’ll be a happy camper this season. But unlike what some think, Ookami-san’s light novel is not written (or even illustrated) by the same people; it’s also got a generic useless lead in an anime full of girls, so I shouldn’t really expect anything too great. However, it’s made by J.C. and Director Iwasaki, so I can at least expect some fun similar to Hayate and Zero no Tsukaima
Production: Bridge, directed by Masahiko Ohta (Minami-ke)
Synopsis: Comedy slice of life anime about 11 year old triplets Marui Mitsuba, Futaba and Hitoha.
Thoughts: With a similar premise to the popular comedy Minami-ke and the same production crew, this has a lot of potential. I’m also a bit intrigued by how the triplets will balance themselves out to form Mitsudomoe, a traditional Shintoism symbol of the threefold division between Heaven, Sky, & Earth.
Shukufuku no Campanella [Site][Trailer]
Studio: AIC, directed by Ushiro Shinji (Omamori Himari)
Synopsis: In the trade city Ert’Aria, Leicester Maycraft is an item engineer belonging to the adventurer guild “Oasis”. One night, he is at a party with his friends to see a meteor stream from the rooftop of a chapel. One meteor grazes them and hits the steeple of the chapel. There he finds a secret room and a sleeping girl. The girl wakes up and says “You must be my father!”. The encounter with the mysterious girl brings an unexpected adventure to Leicester.
Thoughts: Adapted from a visual novel made by Windmill (Happiness!). Unfortunately, Happiness! was thoroughly bland in every way and Shinji’s Omamori Himari was also quite generic. So I can’t say I expect much of Campanella lest it gives us another legendary trap like Jun Watarase. Though, the ko~cha art style is quite enjoyable and worth the watch by itself~
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes [Site][Trailer]
Production: ZEXCS, directed by Kawasaki Itsuro
Synopsis: Raina Lute was a lazy student of Roland Empire Royal Magician’s school. He lost his classmates in battle when Roland Empire went to war against the neighboring country of Estaboole. Now that the war is over, Lute sets out for a journey to search the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at the command of Emperor Zion Astar, and he finds out that a deadly curse is spreading across the continent.
Thoughts: Fantasy adventure tale with a really awkward name. Sounds like generic fantasy, made by the studio of generic/poor productions, and the title isn’t exactly sparkling of creativity either (even if it’s a joke). Beautiful graphics though~ will try out simply cause I love fantasy.
Amagami SS [Site][Trailer]
Production: AIC, directed by Hiraike Yoshimasa
Synopsis: Due to past experience, a second-year high school boy finds himself uneasy during Christmas; but the Christmas of this year is his last chance to ask out a graduating senior named Haruka Morishima, or several other classmates. The anime story will be done in omnibus format, with each heroine getting their own version of the story and singing their own theme.
Thoughts: Based off a dating-sim, which by nature is incomparable to the melodrama of a Nakige visual novel, from a rather no-name company too. I’ve heard good things about Amagami’s characterizations and that it’s similar to Hatsukoi Limited, but I was hardily impressed by the other; decent romance maybe, but the drama is lacking. Also, Director Hiraike’s record does not impress.
OVAs and Movies
I’m still waiting for this glorified music video from Black Rock Shooter. Much to look forward to in the movie Ginmaku Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint It White [Trailer] but we’re not going to get that for at least half a year. Same with the shoujo manga to movie adaptation HiyoKoi, although I wish they animated something more interesting than a cute but generic series about yet another too-shy-shy-girl. There’s also the ONA for Sho-comi’s Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu: Sho-comi’s reputation for smut not withstanding, I wish they could have done something by a better mangaka like Ikeyamada Go instead.
Better news yet is the fact that Unlimited Blade Works and Nanoha the 1st Movie should be coming out soon. The Nanoha movie will finally let me skip the slow-expositionary first season of Nanoha when introducing it to others, and while I still regret the lack of Heaven’s Feel, I’m certainly not going to deny any Fate/stay night animation.
[も ちこ really is a Basara Chibi Specialist]
.Hack//Link: Maybe backlogged for when I decide to watch the other .Hack//s.
Asobi no Ikuyo!: Fox-ears fanservice not interested.
Digimon: Xros Wars: Other than for nostagia, I haven’t regained my digimon interest since middle school.
High School of the Dead: Guns and boobs fanservice-fest not wanted either.
Nurarihyon no Mago: Another shounen with katanas and demons? pass.
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin: Individual cases of horror/mystery isn’t really my thing lest they can wrap it together like Higurashi, and I’m already losing faith in Anime-Chikara.
Seitokai Yakuindomo: Riding on the seitokai-harem bandwagon are we?
Shiki: While I love Fuyumi Ono’s Twelve Kingdoms, I’m not exactly a fan of the supernatural/horror, and since her style includes an extremely slow exposition, it’s rather hard to enjoy her stuff unless you at least like the genre/setting.
Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~: More fanservice denied.
Strike Witches 2: The lolicons’ war on pants continues… *facepalm*
Tono to Issho: What is this I don’t even; doesn’t look like anyone else evens either.