2009 Summer Anime Preview – way better than the crappy Spring preview!

My only goal for my summer preview was to do a better job than I did with the winter preview, in which I skipped mention of certain shows that I ended up watching anyway, clearly showing my lack of prophetic skills. Thankfully I set the bar pretty low then. If you have any thoughts for further improvement in the inevitable fall preview, feel free to drop a comment.

Much thanks to MAL, ANN and AniDB for the descriptions. All picture credits are due to MAL.

The K-ON! Award for definitely will watch, definitely will write about

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Umineko no naku Koro ni

Summary:
Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in the year 1986, during the time frame of October 4 and October 5 on a secluded island named Rokkenjima. The head of a wealthy family named Kinzo Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eight of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzo’s assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are three family members who live there, five of Kinzo’s servants, and his personal physician. After the eight family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.

Thoughts:
The spiritual successor for Higurashi, how could I possibly say no? Especially since the universes are apparently connected in some way. Plus, with some of my favorite seiyuus (Daisuke Ono, Marina Inoue, Ami Koshimizu, Rie Kugimiya and Yui Horie playing another loli with a cute catch phrase) on the hook, this is a no brainer.

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Spice and Wolf 2

Summary:
The 2nd season of Spice and Wolf.

Thoughts:
I think economics is interesting. But I thought an anime about it would be boring. I was wrong. But economics aside, mostly I’m interested in Horo. Horo is the greatest female character not named Haruhi Suzumiya. And the chemistry between her and Lawrence makes everything about the show great.

The Eden of the East Award for will watch, but it better not pull a stupid (or a johnny) on me

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Summary:
An apocalyptic look at what would happen if an earthquake of a magnitude 7.0 or greater were to hit Tokyo.

Thoughts:
Why didn’t they just call this Tokyo Magnitude 7.0?

The problem with summaries is they tell so little, and it’s typically written in a boring way. For example, Hatsukoi limited was described as:

A series of short stories depicting the complicated love lives of eight middle school and high school girls, their classmates and relatives. These stories later intertwine to form a main story involving most of the cast.

Lame as hell. But it turned out to have a lot of depth and interesting turn of events.

Similarly, the story for TM 8.0 doesn’t seem that interesting. Major earthquake happens, people need to survive. Meh. Sounds like a premise of a made-for-TV special. But it is Bones, and Bones usually delivers the goods, so I’m sure it’ll be worth checking out.

The Sengoku Basara Award for I’m probably underestimating this show

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Canaan

Summary
A present-day story about a detective, a young man, a virus researcher, a freelance writer, and a cat mascot character who are brought together by bizarre events with worldwide implications in the Tokyo neighborhood of Shibuya

Thoughts:
I know nothing about the source material, but general buzz has been solid, so I’ll give it a shot.

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Sora no Manimani

Summary:
Saku Ooyagi returns to his hometown after seven years and is soon reacquainted with his childhood friend, Mihoshi Akeno. The reunion is far from merry since the last memory they have of each other is of her falling off a tree and him saving her. In any case, Mihoshi is determined to improved their relationship and forces Saku to join the astronomy club she founded.

Thoughts:
This sounds really boring, but for some reason I think I’m interested. Is it because of astronomy? Is it because Shinji Takamatsu directed School Rumble? Either way, slice of life comedy with a dash of romance is typically right up my alley.

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Umi Monogatari ~ Anata ga Itekureta Koto

Summary:
Marin and her sister Urin live in the sea. One day they find a ring fallen into the sea. They get out of the sea and meet a girl Kanon, the owner of the ring. Kanon tells them she doesn’t want the ring anymore because it was given by her boyfriend whom she just broke up with, and she throws it into the sea again. Marin thinks Kanon is still in love with him and looks for the ring. But she accidentally breaks a seal on the sea floor…

Thoughts:
I like the artwork, I like the character designs. I love Aki Toyosaki’s voice (Yui) and… geez, is Yui Horie in every show this season? Junichi Sato’s (Aria) directing it. So why am I not more interested? Again, I blame the lame synopsis.

The Valkyria Chronicles Award for will watch, will enjoy, but won’t write about

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Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Summary:
The 3rd full season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Thoughts:
Although the Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series has been too random for me to love, I liked the first two seasons and the OVA, so I plan to like the 3rd season as well.

The Hatsukoi Limited Award for I don’t think I’m interested, but there’s a chance I may get hooked

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Bakemonogatari

Summary:
Bakemonogatari deals with a high school boy named Koyomi Araragi and strange students he encounters. ("Bakemonogatari" is a wordplay on the Japanese term bakemono for supernatural creatures and the term monogatari for stories.) One student, a girl named Hitagi Senj?gahara, almost literally falls into his lap, only to have him discover she has no weight.

Thoughts:
Probably worth checking out because it’s Shinbo/SHAFT, but that’s what I said about Natsu no Arashi and… I still haven’t bothered to check that show out. And I don’t think I’m missing much either. At least the artwork looks a lot more appealing than Natsu no Arashi’s artwork did.

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GA Gejutsu-ka Art Design Class

Summary:
The slice-of-life manga revolves around five freshman girls in a high school art class.

Thoughts:
I like slice of lifes, and there’s a pretty good seiyuu cast (Yui Horie, Haruka Tomatsu, Kaori Nazuka), but I’m not digging the artwork. I’ll give it a shot, but I don’t think I’ll be interested.

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Kanamemo

Summary:
Adaptation of Shouko Iwami’s Kanamemo four-panel manga. The story revolves around the daily life of Kana Nakamichi, an orphaned middle-school girl who begins living and working at a newspaper delivery office staffed exclusively by cute young girls.

Thoughts:
What is this? Yuri slice of life? I like the seiyuu cast (umm, it includes Yui Horie again), but I don’t think I have any interest in watching an anime starring someone who looks like a 5 year old.

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Princess Lover!

Summary:
Arima Teppei lost his parents in a traffic accident. His grandfather Isshin adopted him by force and ordered him to succeed the head of Arima Group Corporation. At Shuuhou Gakuen, a high school only for wealthly students, Teppei’s new life as a celebrity starts.

Thoughts:
Two of those girls are clearly Saber/Tohsaka rip-offs. Is that a good thing? Ecchi comedy with a kick-ass seiyuu cast (Norio Wakamoto, Kaoru Mizuhara, and Emiri Katou) and pretty art. Seems like the type of show I wouldn’t mind wasting some time on.

The Saki Award for don’t waste my time

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Aoi Hana

Summary:
Fumi Manjoume and Akira Okudaria were close friends when they were young, but when Fumi moved away, they lost contact. Ten years later, they meet again as high school freshmen. Although they find that things between them have changed, they try to help each other through hard times, and maintaining the new lives they’ve built without growing apart.

Thoughts:
I generally don’t like romantic dramas. Even if it is yuri. So I’ll pass on this one.

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Element Hunters

Summary:
In 2029, a large scale ground sinkage occurred in Mediterranean Sea and chemical elements such as oxygen, carbon, gold, molybdenite, and cobalt suddenly disappeared from the earth’s crust. Human population was decreased by 90% in sixty years. Researchers found out that the disappeared elements were drained into a planet "Nega Earth", which located in different dimensions. To save the Earth, a special team "Element Hunter" is organized. All the members are under 14 years old because young and flexible brains are required to access to "Nega Earth".

Thoughts:
Meh. I have no interest in shows that looked like they were designed for the weekday after school time slot. Unless I start reading great things about this show, I’m not going to touch it with a 50 foot pole.

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Hetalia Axis Powers 2

Summary:
The 2nd season of Hetalia Axis Powers.

Thoughts:
Silly real life drama aside, season 1 was boring, so I have no interest in season 2.

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Needless

Summary:
Year 2130, after the third world war, large contaminated areas known as "Blackspots" formed all over Japan. Large Walls were used to quarantine off these "Blackspots". In time, signs of inhabitance appeared within these wastelands. Among the survivors who had been abandoned inside the Blackspots, labeled as "those who were unneeded", came forth possessors of uncanny abilities — Fire, wind, brute strength…they were defined by their supernatural abilities. Others, fearful of their powers, expelled them and named them Needless.

Thoughts:
I suppose this is one of the shows that I could be mistaken about, but the summary doesn’t really interest me. I hate when shows make up terms. The quality of a show goes down in proportion to the number of new words and terms it creates. But who knows, I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be a sneaky hit. Then again, I’d be much less surprised if it just flat out sucked.

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Seitokai no Ichizon

Summary:
The members of the student council of Hekiyou Gakuen are chosen by a popularity vote. As a result, all the members are cute girls except for Sugizaki Ken, who studied hard to enter the council. This novel is about the endless chattering of the members with full of parodies of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", "Dragon Ball" etc.

Thoughts:
A-a-are they trolling me by mentioning "Haruhi"? I want to pass on this, and I think I will, but they’re totally trying to steal my attention with the "Haruhi" reference.

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Taishou Yakyuu Musume

Summary:
Set in 1925 when two 14-year-old Japanese high school girls named Koume and Sh?ko decide to start a baseball team in Japan where few baseball teams — male or female — exist at the time. First though, the two girls have no clue where to find nine players, how to use the equipment, and what even the rules are.

Thoughts:
I’m not really interested in sports animes. I’m not a fan of 1920s baseball (unless they showed Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig fighting giant robots from space – hey, now there’s an idea for a summer mecha show). So that’s an easy equation to figure.

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Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou

Summary:
The story revolves around Koyomi Morishita, a clumsy high school freshman girl who is often mistaken for a grade-schooler because of her shortness. Koyomi becomes a disciple of Misa Anehara, a 25-year-old graduate student who happens to be one of the most powerful modern-day magicians.

Thoughts:
How come mahou shoujos are always so clumsy? I would think magic requires a pretty good sense of balance and physical skill. I’m going to pass on the mahou shoujo. It’s just not my kind of thing.

11 Replies to “2009 Summer Anime Preview – way better than the crappy Spring preview!”

  1. I agree with your “The Valkyria Chronicles Award for will watch, will enjoy, but won’t write about.” I think I’d go crazy trying to blog Zetsubou Sensei, especially since alot of references fly past me (although I wouldn’t mind drawing some sketches for it =3)

    Just like Umi Monogatari, my interest for Bakemonogatari has sky-rocketed! Shaft better not disappoint!

    Jesus159159159’s last blog post..K-ON! 10

  2. -Seitokai no Ichizon
    -A-a-are they trolling me by mentioning “Haruhi”? I want to pass on this, and I think I will, but they’re totally trying to steal my attention with the “Haruhi” reference.

    Think of it as Genshiken, with a cuter cast. 😀

    1. “Same thing”
      I agree completely. Copying somebody else’s style is shameful and whoever does that should be [metaphorically] stoned.

      I should’ve utilized my brain and imagination… ;-(

      In other news, “definitely will write about” is a big statement there! I, for one, would get bored with the task of writing episodics if one of those two series takes an unfavorable turn. (I’m trying to blog a full series right now [K-ON!], and it’s killing me)

      fangzhao’s last blog post..Summer 2009 looks awesome

    2. @7:
      Thanks man, I try. 🙂 I’d intended to do a writeup days ago, then I started playing Persona 4 and got totally sucked in. Next thing I knew everyone was putting previews out and I was behind the ball. So I figured I needed a different shtick.

      @fangzhao:
      Yeah, episodics can be tough. There’s always a handful of episodes where I can’t figure out an angle, or say anything new, so I just putter along (latest K-ON post as evidence). But if they go bad, I won’t hesitate to give it my Kurokami Award for “you lied to me, this totally sucks” and drop it. 😆

    1. Pretty wild. Now, if your music reviews keep sounding like they came right out of my head to boot, I’m gonna start checking my room for bugs. 😉

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