The Spring 2009 Season – A selfish look ahead

Sea Slugs! has a really nice summary of the major Spring 2009 shows debuting. So does Bokutachi. And if you do a google search, you’ll find a handful of other blogs that have done really nice write ups as well. And if you’re really interested about everything that’s playing, Metanorn has an image with all the shows that are supposed to air this season.

Meanwhile… you arrived here to find… links to other sites. If I had a marketing team, they’d be pretty upset with me. And they’d be really upset to find that I’m just going to turn this post into a self-indulgent exercise of new shows I hope to follow, as well as older shows that I hope to catch up on or rewatch. But lucky for me (and maybe you too), this is a one man show, and I call the shots. And I promise this’ll be a fun ride.

Spring 2009

Spring 2009 is pretty weak. There. I said it. It’s probably on the level of the winter season and a notch lower than the fall season. Everyone just waits for the summer season to dump their big titles. You know what would’ve been a nice debut during this season? Haruhi 2. Ack. Forget I even mentioned the thought. Anyway, onto the preview.


Full Metal Alchemist 2

It’s not a sequel. It’s a remake. Which makes me very apprehensive. Oh, I know it’s sticking to the manga story, whereas the first FMA diverged from the manga. But I haven’t read the manga. And I was pretty happy with FMA1.

I’ll be blunt. I think it’s too soon for a remake. Especially when the first FMA received such high acclaim.

I am not a patient person. As good as the manga may be, if I have to spend a large portion of FMA2 watching scenes I’ve already seen, just waiting for the point where the story diverged from the manga, I’m not going to be watching this for very long (I’d also prefer not to watch that awful, awful scene with the terrible thing that happens to Nina Tucker… if you’ve seen the first FMA, you know exactly what I’m talking about). Hopefully, Bones realizes this and is able to vary the early storyline, or pick it up from a place where it’s not going to alienate all the FMA1 fans.

Watch? Guaranteed
Blog? No chance


K-On!

  • It’s an adaptation of a 4-koma series
  • It’s about 4 girls who try to save their music club despite not knowing how to play instruments
  • It stars seiyuus who are pretty new and anonymous
  • It’s by KyoAni

I’ll try not to hold one of those facts against it. Guess which one.

Otherwise, it’s right up my alley, and probably the show I’m most looking forward to this season (this doesn’t say much for the spring season). If it’s half as good as Manabi Straight!, I’ll be in 4-koma heaven (note that both titles feature an exclamation point. !=awesome. It’s a mathematical theorem. I swear.).

Watch? Guaranteed
Blog? Very high


Shangri-La

I’ll let you in on a terrible secret. When I was a kid I watched Captain Planet. That’s not the terrible part… I enjoyed it. *shakes head, holding back tears* I was too young… I didn’t know any better… I DIDN’T KNOW ANY BETTER!!!

Whew. I’m glad I got that out of my system. I happened to see an episode of CP later in my life and realized that, man, that was a horrendous show. What does this have to do with Shangri-La? According to ANN:

The story takes place in the middle of the 21st century when global warming has turned Tokyo into a tropical city. To reduce the temperature at the heart of the city by 5°C (9°F), the city is being reborn as the world’s largest forest city. However, despite the flow of refugees to the new city of Atlas, there are not many residents who can actually live there. Moreover, anti-government guerillas are attempting to stop the forestation.

Honestly, I can’t tell if the story is really interesting or really stupid. I do know that I like the few character and background designs I’ve seen. But designs do not save a story from crapitude. It is Gonzo though, and I really should support them, considering they’re struggling but are still giving me everything I wanted (Seto no Hanayome DVDs and Strike Witches 2). But I think this will be one of those touch and go shows.

Watch? Probably
Blog? Maybe


Pandora Hearts

Honestly, I don’t know much about this show. Sea Slug’s description says:

Oz Bezarius, heir to one of the duke houses, has turned fifteen. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, he is cast into the prison “Abyss,” only to be saved by a “chain,” Alice, a bloodstained black rabbit. He seeks to explain what happened and what the organization known as Pandora wants with him.

So… what the hell does that actually mean? Does that mean anything to anyone? I hate when shows start redefining “words.” You never “know” what “they” may be “talking about.” I do know the director of To Love-Ru is directing this… which probably means it’ll suck, but whatever. I’m going to watch this because of name value. When I realize that Sora and Kairi aren’t showing up and Goofy and Donald Duck aren’t entertaining me with their hi-jinks, something tells me I’m going to be very disappointed.

Watch? Maybe
Blog? Unlikely


Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

The description seems interesting enough:

A spate of mafia assassinations occurs in America, the work of the mysterious organization named Inferno. "Phantom" is their most strongest and capable assassin, however a lone tourist witnesses Phantom’s latest act of murder. He unwittingly exposes the top assassin’s true identity, a young girl named Ein. Witnesses are usually killed, but the man is captured and taken to be brainwashed into "Zwei", Inferno’s newest assassin, with no memory of who he is. From this point on, Zwei is drawn into a world of conspiracy, deceit and violence.

The description caught me at “mafia,” but I think that’s because I’ve had Baccano! on the brain recently (again proving the !=awesome theorem). But everywhere I read, I hear that Bee Train shows are about as fast as molasses. This seems to be the kind of the show that I intend to watch, but never get around to until much later (e.g., Hyakko, Kaiba)

Watch? Maybe
Blog? Unlikely


Natsu no Arashi!

The creator of School Rumble + SHAFT should be a good combo, no? Forget the fact that the ending of School Rumble set a new standard for suckitude. School Rumble and its sequel were two of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. I can appreciate the sweet ride, even if the ending dumps you off into a pile of crap. With that said, the show description doesn’t sound that interesting, and this show may be the one to violate the !=awesome theorem, so I think this’ll be a touch and go series too.

Watch? Probably
Blog? Maybe


Chi’s Sweet Home 2

I still have to finish Chi’s Sweet Home 1, before I’m gonna start #2. Chi’s Sweet Home episodes are only like 2 minutes long, but this is the only show where I have to temper how much I watch to keep my head exploding from moe overload. After watching about 5 episodes straight, I’m about ready jump out my seat, race out my house to the nearest animal shelter to adopt a kitten. *Control. Breathe. Breathe*

Watch? Eventually 
Blog? No chance


Hayate no Gotoku 2 (or Hayate no Gotoku!!)

Man, 2 exclamation points is setting a very high expectation. From a mathematical standpoint that double exclamation point should cancel out, but we’ll see.

I really enjoyed the first Hayate, even though it was about 26 episodes too long, so I’m definitely going to watch the second season. HnG isn’t the show to look towards for plot or character development, but I know in the manga there’s been some Hinagiku and Nishizawa developments that I’m eager to see. I can’t really get into Nagi, although she does have very nice ankles, but a season of Hina and Hamster love, as well as some Aizawa, Isumi and Izumi love will make me very happy.

Watch? Guaranteed
Blog? Maybe. Depends on length of show. 52 eps? No chance. 26? Moderate. 13? Very high.


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

To be fair, it’s not really a spring show, but I am just chomping at the bit for this to be subbed. I am incredibly psyched for this. You don’t even know. Every Higurashi day is a good day.

Watch? Duh.
Blog? Probable


Like I mentioned previously, these aren’t the only shows playing this season, just the ones I have a passing interest in. I highly recommend you check out the links above. Even if you don’t care about everything that’s playing, they’re well written posts that are interesting and entertaining to read.

Older Shows

One benefit of crappy seasons (if you haven’t been an anime fan for that long), it’s that it gives you the chance to go back and catch up on classics you missed or rewatch old favorites.

Reruns

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Baccano and Gurren Lagann. I thought both of these shows were brilliant and I’m just waiting for the full season DVD box set to be released.

Watch? Good chance, just waiting on the full season box sets
Blog? Not on an episodic basis, but probably a post or two of analysis for each

Old Classics

I use the term old and classics very broadly. But at some point, I’d like to catch up on:

  • Aria the OVA and Aria the Origination. I loved, loved the first two Arias. I started watching it thinking that it couldn’t be that special, but I always ended up being enraptured by every episode. It’s slice of life heaven
  • xxxHolic Kei. I really liked the first season. Although it lost a little steam towards the end, I found it to be compelling and entertaining (plus Yuuko and Mokono are <3). I’ve been planning to watch the second season for a while now. Hopefully this’ll be a good chance
  • Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. About damn time for me to wrap up SZS
  • Kaiba. Like I mentioned, one of those 2008 shows I’ve been hoping to get too
  • One of the earlier Gundams. Gundam 00 was my first Gundam experience. I’m thinking about taking a step back to Gundam Seed or possibly the 08th MS Team if I want to take a shorter route. I’ve noticed much hate for Seed Destiny though
  • One of the earlier Macrosses. I gotta watch Do You Remember Love? Other than that I’m thinking Macross Plus. Macross 7 seems to be the Seed Destiny of the Macross franchise
  • Planetes. I’ve heard too many great things about this show to not watch it at some point

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