The Spring 2010 Anime Preview!

Spring has arrived… That means sakura blossoms and zettai ryouiki. Ahhhh. Oh yeah, and I guess a new anime season too. I wonder if there’s a correlation.

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So actually, it turns out when I’m not creating CSS/HTML atrocities, the season preview post doesn’t have to take a week to create. It still took a couple days, but that’s the fastest I’ve ever been able to create it. And I think this is actually the most "helpful" season preview post I’ve ever written. And by helpful, I mean actually providing useful info… Heh, enjoy that while it lasts. :-p

All the show info came from either Chartfag’s wonderful season preview chart, AniDB or MAL. The Final Word is a feature suggestion from Baka-Raptor (see I do listen to reader feedback!), who is celebrating his toddler years. Go wish him a happy birthday, then tell him to release a b-sides album. A note about the images: I believe all of them are official artwork (except as noted), but if I’ve accidentally nicked someone’s fanart, just let me know and I’ll either take it down or attribute it.

Angel Beats

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In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the otherhand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.

Studio: PA Works (True Tears, Canaan)

Listen for: Kana Hanazawa (Sengoku Nadeko, Kobato), Eri Kitamura (Ami Kawashima), Kamiya Hiroshi, Miyuki Sawashiro

Director: Seiji Kishi (Seto no Hanayome, Tentai Senshi Sunred)

RP: I’ve never been a Key fan. The overdose of melodrama just flatlines me. But Angel Beats seems interesting. The story sounds like a departure from the usual harem tearfest. There’s a good seiyuu cast, but more importantly, a fantastic director at the helm. And a great comedic director at that. I’m hoping that Seiji Kishi will able to keep the pace up, and the drama from getting too heavy. Color me intrigued.
Anticipation meter: 9

Libera: I haven’t seen a Key adaption before but they must have something that keeps having them done. Regardless of who wrote it, the artwork and description look like they have potential so I’ll stick around for a while.
Anticipation meter: 9

The final word: If you thought Clannad would’ve been better if it was totally different and if the girls had guns, you’ll like this show.

Arakawa Under the Bridge

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The story is about the strange courtship of a successful executive in life called Kou and a mysterious woman called Nino who lives under a bridge. It all begins when Kou almost drowns in a river but is saved by Nino. For saving his life, Kou fulfills Nino’s desire to have a boyfriend. Thus, Kou becomes her boyfriend, but has to live with her under the bridge…

Studio: SHAFT (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Bakemonogatari, Hidamari Sketch)

Listen for: Kamiya Hiroshi (Zetsubou Sensei, Ararararagi Koyomi-oniichan, Orihara Izaya), Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon, Graham Specter), Sawashiro Miyuki (Selty), Saitou Chiwa (Senjougahara), Takehito Koyasu (Jade Curtiss, Shark Fujishiro), Keiji Fujiwara

Director: Shinbou (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Bakemonogatari)

RP: This should be fun. This should be cute. I love the seiyuu cast, and I’m generally a fan of Shinbou and SHAFT – although I have to admit I’m getting tired of the continual delays, and Shinbou’s increasing habit on not animating scenes. But the premise of this show seems quirky enough that Shinbou’s style should be a good fit for it.
Anticipation meter: 8

Libera: It sounds like a romance but I heard it’s actually a comedy so that could be worth watching. On the other hand I haven’t watched any SHAFT anime yet so I don’t know if I’ll like their style. I’m still going to watch it though. nothing indicates that this is going to be rubbish at all.
Anticipation meter: 8

The final word: If you like the idea of scenes not being animated and possibly airing months late, you’ll like this show.

B Gata H Kei

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The story revolves around a sexually inexperienced schoolgirl who dreams about her 100 sexual fantasies. One day, she falls in love with a plain-looking boy and tries to date with him.

Studio: HAL Film Maker (Aria, Skip Beat!)

Listen for: Atsushi Abe (Kamijou Touma), Yukari Tamura (Rika Furude, Mai Kawasumi), Yuu Kobayashi (Kaere Kimura), Mamiko Noto (Ana Coppola, Kotomi Ichinose), Yui Horie (Ayu Tsukimiya, Eri Sawachika), Kana Hanazawa

Director: Yuusuke Yamamoto (Welcome to the NHK!)

RP: I admit I’m interested in the show for the same reason I was interested in Chu-Bra last season – the synopsis is so unusual, I can’t help but be somewhat captivated. Note: ANN has the description as 100 casual sex partners, while aniDB has it as 100 sexual fantasies. I went with the second description, just because the first description sounds like slutbaiting. Whatever the case, I’m still intrigued. In actuality, it’s probably going to devolve into an ecchi-fest, but a good seiyuu cast and the director of Welcome to the NHK makes me think that B Gata H Kei will be a million times better than Chu-Bra and could be a nice surprise.
Anticipation meter: 5

Libera: My first thought on reading this was "What?" It hasn’t changed.
Anticipation meter: 1

The final word: If you like to think that the world would be a better place if girls would just get sexy time more often, you’ll like this show.

Black Rock Shooter

Black Rock Shooter tells of the narrator’s despair and hopelessness as they wander aimlessly, searching for something important to them that they presumably lost. Eventually the narrator gains new hope and decides to move on into the future with courage. The video for the song of the same name became massively popular, featuring Black Rock Shooter traveling through a bleak city and countryside, riding a motorbike and wielding weapons.

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Studio: Ordet

Listen for: ?

Director: Shinobu Yoshioka

RP: I never quite understood the popularity of BRS, but whatever. It looks stylish and sexy, I’ll watch it.
Anticipation meter: 5

Libera: Seems like it’s going to be a glorified music video, but if it’s good music then I don’t mind that. The animation in the trailer is really funky too so I’m a bit more excited then I was.
Anticipation meter: 7

The final word: If you like Hatsune, but thought she wasn’t "edgy" enough and needed more sex appeal, you’ll like this show.

Giant Killing

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In Giant Killing a ragtag bunch from East Tokyo are struggling in Japan’s top football league. The team is going through an abysmal spell right now where they are nearing the bottom of the table and have lost 5 matches in a row. The loses haven’t done much to team moral, because it was already low. Fan support, on the other hand, is looking bleak. In the world of football, once the fans turn on a team the end is near. Teams don’t recover. Coaches are fired, players are sold, and teams drop to smaller divisions where profits often prevent them from ever being successful against even mediocre top division programs. East Tokyo United, ETU, can only blame their coach right now. And Coach is ready to give up this next game to prove to his team and fans, that against the biggest club in the nation he can make this team win.

Studio: DEEN (Higurashi, Umineko, Fate/Stay Night)

Listen for: ?

Director: Kou Yuu (Zero no Tsukaima – the crappy seasons, Chrno Crusade)

RP: I don’t know why, but I’ve never really had an interest in watching sports anime. I like sports. I like anime. Should be a perfect fit right? But yet… I’m going to pass.
Anticipation meter: 2

Libera: Well this is original anyway. I’ve never watched an anime about football. I’ve hardly seen any anime about any sports (actual running around sports, not stuff like Go and Mahjong). This thing could go anywhere but I’ll keep my hopes up, even though my enthusiasm for football is pretty much non-existant.
Anticipation meter: 7

The final word: If you like rooting for the underdog, you’ll like this show.

Gundam Unicorn

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Set 3 years after the events of Char’s Counterattack, a young man is caught in a deadly conflict between the Earth Federation and Terrorist Organization "The Sleeved" as they battle for an object that is said to have changed the course of Human history. (The first episode of Gundam Unicorn has actually already been released.)

Studio: Sunrise (Code Geass, Gundam, Cowboy Bebop)

Listen for: Shuuichi Ikeda (Mobile Suit Gundam), Haruka Tomatsu (Nagi, Lala Satalin Deviluke), Tatsuya Kakihara (Simon, Fujioka)

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin)

RP: I was looking forward to this until I realized it’s related to a lot of Mobile Suit Gundam movies I haven’t seen. So there’s a good chance that I may never get around to watching it. But if someone could give me some pointers on which Mobile Suit Gundams I should watch in advance of watching Unicorn, that would be mighty helpful.
Anticipation meter: 3 (was 8 before)

Libera: There are 3 reasons why I’m looking forward to Gundam:

  1. It gives me a legit excuse to watch the original Gundam, to understand the U.C. better.
  2. It’s GUNDAM!!! (more specifically, it’s giant mecha, big fights, political intrigue and possibly bishies all in one anime)
  3. Gundam Unicorn is one opf the films listed as airing in the Irish Film Institude this March. It’s probably just the first OVA, since the others aren’t out yet, but it does mean I can watch Gundam on the big screen, surround sound, high def, with popcorn. I am so up for this.

Anticipation meter: 10

The final word: If you like old school character designs and are willing to tolerate moe robot fanservice overload, you’ll like this show.

Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan

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Yukimura Chizuru is the daughter of a doctor who works in Edo. The father leaves Edo to work as a volunteer doctor and moves to Kyoto without his daughter. As time passes by, Chizuru starts worrying about losing contact with her father, so she decides to go to Kyoto in search of him. On the way, Chizuru is attacked by few criminals and witnesses a fight between a demon and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody and saving her, the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for. So they decide to become Chizuru’s protectors and help her look for her father.

Studio: DEEN

Listen for: Shinichirou Miki (Kurz Weber, Lockon Stratos, Roy Mustang)

Director: Osamu Yamasaki (Terra e…, Itazura na Kiss)

RP: So this show is apparently an adaptation of an otome game, which is apparently a dating simulation game for girls. So… I’m thinking it’s probably going to have some shoujo-esque elements. The premise seems interesting enough, but shoujo is kryptonite as far as I’m concerned, so I’ll pass.
Anticipation meter: 2

Libera: It’s game based, and I think I have yet to see a good game based anime. But it has bishies and a possible political and convoluted plot so it may be good. I want it to be good so I have an excuse to watch all those bishies in sword fights ala Rurouni Kenshin!
Anticipation meter: 7

The final word: If you like dating simulations but have always wanted to pursue the nameless guy, you’ll like this show.

Heroman

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The story will center on a boy named Joey who discovers a toy robot near the west coast of the United States. Then, the toy becomes Hero Man, a giant robot that Joey pilots against evil threats.

Studio: BONES (Full Metal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Soul Eater)

Listen for: ?

Director: ?

RP: The Iron Giant was a really good robot cartoon. I don’t think Heroman will be. Stan Lee hasn’t created anything good since I was born. But he must have really hit the bottom of the creative well if Heroman is as generic as it sounds. Joey Jones? Heroman? Fighting robot wearing the American flag? This has to be some kind of blatant parody or homage. It doesn’t make any sense otherwise. At least BONES will make it look good.
Anticipation meter: 1

Libera: There’s something inherently stupid about a robot with an American flag motif. But it’s Bones! Why can’t they do something with robots like Eureka Seven? Or plots like Fullmetal Alchemist? Or maybe that’s the problem; all of Bones’ good workers are still doing Brotherhood and left the dregs to do this.
Anticipation meter: 3

The final word: If you like your robots with a slice of cheese, you’ll like this show.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

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The story of "love, magic, and battles" revolves around Akuto Sai, a boy who aims to become part of his country’s highest order of magicians and contribute to society as one of its clergy. On the day he is admitted into the Constan Magical Academy, his aptitude test predicts the following: "Future Occupation … Devil King." Thus begins his severe school life in which he is resented by his studious female class head, desired by a girl with mysterious powers, and guarded by a beautiful female android.

Studio: Artland (Mushishi)

Listen for: Toyosaki Aki (Yui Hirasawa, Kazari Uiharu), Itou Shizuka (Hinagiku), Hirohashi Ryou (Alice Carroll)

Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana)

RP: This sounds like a terribly generic ecchi harem show, but I’ll probably give it a chance just because the director of Shakugan no Shana’s directing it. I’ve liked his comedic direction in some of the Shana eps, so maybe he can imbue this with some spirit.
Anticipation meter: 4

Libera: Normally I go for the shows that have bizarre descriptions but this one apparently has fanservice galore so I’m staying clear.
Anticipation meter: 3

The final word: If you like the appeal of a "traditional" ecchi harem comedy, you’ll like this show.

Iron Man

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Marvel Comics has formally announced a partnership with Tokyo based anime production studio Madhouse to develop four 12 episode anime television series featuring Marvel super hero characters. The first series, which will feature Iron Man and Wolverine, among other characters, will premier on the Animax network in early 2010.

Studio: Madhouse (Death Note, Monster, Legend of the Galactic Heroes)

Listen for: ?

Director: ?

RP: I didn’t care about Iron Man when I was a kid and into comics, nor when the live action movie came out, and I don’t expect to start now. (And I also don’t really like Wolverine or most of the X-Men either.) So I’ll pass on this and look forward to Madhouse’s Blade adaptation.
Anticipation meter: 1

Libera: Man, the trailer Marvel has for this is so badass I’m hyped already. Still, I don’t know anything really about American comics so I’ll view this as I’d view anything else, which is Madhouse adapting something with action so I’m going to watch it.
Anticipation meter: 9

The final word: If you like seeing American superheroes get bishonen-fied, you’ll like this show.

K-ON!!

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The surprising second season of an obscure slice of life, comedy called K-ON!

Studio: KyoAni (Haruhi, K-ON!, Clannad)

Listen for: Aki Toyosaki

Director: Naoko Yamada (K-ON!)

RP: Wow, I don’t remember this show airing. Really surprised it got a sequel.
Anticipation meter: 7

Libera: "sigh" It was inevitable. K-On had too much moe and not enough music for me to finish the first season but popular opinion obviously didn’t agree with me. Not Watching.
Anticipation meter: 1

The final word: If you like gritty, but inspirational stories of an unknown underdog facing the odds to finally break through and hit the big time, you’ll like this show.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

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A romantic comedy that centers on the student council head named Misaki Ayuzawa who despises the mostly male, slovenly population at her school, which was once an all-boys school. However, Misaki’s most handsome schoolmate just discovered her secret — that she works afterschool at a maid café.

Studio: JC Staff (Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Hayate no Gotoku – season 2)

Listen for: Ayumi Fujimura (Cecily Cambell), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Luke Ainsworth, Accelerator), Mariya Ise (Nemuru Kushinada), Kana Hanazawa, Aki Toyosaki, Yuu Kobayashi

Director: Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School)

RP: Cecily Cambell and Luke Ainsworth from The Sacred Blacksmith finally get together! Too bad it’s in another show. My short experience with Kimi no Todoke taught me that shoujos are just not my thing. So I’ve got no interest in this show. But at the least, the character designs look much more attractive than KNT’s characters, and maybe director Sakurai will toss in some Cromartie-esque randomness to keep things interesting.
Anticipation meter: 3

Libera: Trailer’s a bit nondescript. I’m not that crazy on shoujo but Kimi ni Todoke was worth watching so I’m going to stay cautiously optimistic about this. It’ll help if it’s got comedy.
Anticipation meter: 6

The final word: If you like to dream about the perfect man sweeping you off your feet in a completely unrealistic way, you’ll like this show.

Kiss x Sis

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The story begins with Keita Suminoe, a male third-year junior-high school student studying for his high school entrance exams. He is living in a home with his older twin stepsisters, Ako and Riko, who kiss, flash, and display their love for him in public. They help him prepare for his exams. Although they share no blood-relation to him, Keita begins to become romantically attracted to his two stepsisters and initially dislikes himself for it. Seeing this attraction, his two parents encourage him to eventually get married to one of them.

Studio: Feel (Kanamemo, Nagasarete Airantou, Da Capo II)

Listen for: Ayana Taketatsu

Director: Munenori Nawa (Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret)

RP: Well… at least the dude isn’t blood-related. I suppose this is a very small step up from the cousin-love storylines (which thankfully seem to be disappearing).
Anticipation meter: 1

Libera: Can I skip this one? (only joking RP.) This whole thing, from the description to the promo pictures makes me want to avoid this like the plague. No thank you.
Anticipation meter: 1

The final word: If you like Shelbyville’s marriage laws, but don’t think your cousin is attractive enough for marriage, you’ll like this show.

Mayoi Neko Overun!

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The story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki, a boy who lives with his older sister Otome, although the two have no blood ties between them. Otome manages a run-down confectionary store called Stray Cats. One day, Otome picks up a mysterious beautiful girl off the streets.

Studio: AIC (Seto no Hanayome, Nyan Koi)

Listen for: Ayana Taketatsu (Azu-nyan), Kanae Itou (Saten Ruiko), Satomi Satou (Ritsu), Rina Satou (Mikoto Misaka, Haruka Minami), Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Director: ?

RP: I liked this show better when it was called Nyan Koi… and when it didn’t have a siscon. Still… if there’s one thing Hanekawa the Cat taught me, it’s that saying no to cats are tough. I’ll give it a shot. It’s AIC so at least it’ll look good.
Anticipation meter: 5

Libera: AIC with a link to cats is enough to get me to watch the first episode. I love cats! Though the whole "older sister" thing is a bit dubious.
Anticipation meter: 6

The final word: If you like your nekomimi hot, bothered and in a box, you’ll like this show.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

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Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.

Studio: Madhouse

Listen for:

Director: Koujina Hiroshi (Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro)

RP: Unique premise. It’s not often we get an anime with featuring a very gritty, realistic, dramatic setting. Even though I haven’t heard of the director, Ranbow seems like the type of show that Madhouse seems very well suited for, having produced some fantastic dramas (e.g., Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, Death Note, Monster, etc.).
Anticipation meter: 6

Libera: Looks depressing, sounds depressing. I like watching something that makes me feel the world is that bit brighter because I watched it and this… well put it this way, there are other things I’d like to do with my spare time that isn’t voluntarily making myself horribly depressed.
Anticipation meter: 3

The final word: If you like Shawshank Redemption, but thought it would’ve been better if it starred seven kids, you’ll like this show.

House of Five Leaves (Sarai-ya Goyou)

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Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called “Five Leaves.” Although disturbed by the gang’s sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi’s motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he’s drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.

Studio: Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy, Michiko to Hatchin)

Listen for: Ooura Fuyuka (Lambdadelta), Sakurai Takahiro (Kururugi Spinzaku, Faldio Landezaat)

Director: Mochizuki Tomomi (Ranma 1/2)

RP: I’m sure this is going to be a very good show, but I’ve never really been interested in the whole samurai thing. Unless it was completely off the wall like Sengoku Basara. I’m not sure why. Probably because I lump it in with my relative distaste for historical period pieces. But maybe one day I’ll go on a samurai kick and include this in my list of shows to watch, but that day is not today.
Anticipation meter: 2

Libera: Manglobe doing samurais!!!! Other than that it’s NoitaminA and looks kinda funky in the promo pictures so I’m interested.
Anticipation meter: 9

The final word: If you like your samurais getting all funkdafied, you’ll like this show.

Senko no Night Raid

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The story is set in Shanghai in 1931, when the Imperial Japanese Army has been dispatched to mainland China due to the relatively recent First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. In this cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there is a special military spy organization called "Sakurai Kikan" that has since been buried in history.

Studio: A-1 Pictures (Kannagi, Sora no Woto, Kuroshitsuji)

Listen for: Yoshino Hiroyuki (Allelujah Haptism, Solf J. Kimblee, Firo Prochainezo)

Director: Jun Matsumoto (Persona: Trinity Soul)

RP: The story seems interesting enough, but I’m not that interested in it. I think I’m just really skeptical that they’ll be able to pull off a sharp, smart spy show. If there’s good buzz, I might check it out.
Anticipation meter: 3

Libera: I’ve never seen an anime dealing with this dodgy kind of stuff before. Looks like it could be good if they’re not too melodramatic and don’t skirt the main issue. It’s Anime no Chikara so there won’t be any internet spoilers either, and this looks like the type of show with hidden parts to theorize over.
Anticipation meter: 8

The final word: If you like intrigue and probably faulty history, you’ll like this show.

Working!!

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Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16 year old high school student Takanashi Souta works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Taneshima Popura, a high school girl who’s a year older than Souta who’s easily mistaken for a elementary/middle schooler, and Shirafuji Kyoko, the 28-year old store manager who doesn’t bother to do any work at all.

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Listen for: Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch Lamperouge, Lawrence Kraft), Kana Asumi (Yuno), Daisuke Ono (Battler, Koizumi, Shizuo Heiwajima), Hiroshi Kamiya, Shizuka Itou

Director: Hiraike Yoshimasa (Sketchbook, Kaleido Star)

RP: What the heck is up with this trend of anime overusing exclamation marks? Interestingly, it reads like this slice of life has a male lead. I’m looking forward to it, because it sounds like it could be a fun series with an interesting setting and a quirky cast of characters. Plus, slice of lifes with a mixed-gender cast seem so rare.
Anticipation meter: 7

Libera: The description sounds sleepy but the trailer is all bouncy and energetic. I say this anime could go either way but I’m not all that hopeful.
Anticipation meter: 6

The final word: If you liked a mixed-gender cast, non-harem comedy like Kannagi, you’ll like this show.

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitte Iru

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Sakurai Yuki is a mysterious boy with a mysterious ability. He was found in the bushes as a baby and adopted by his current family. Because of this, Yuki strives for independence. The last thing he wants is to be a burden to anybody. Furthermore, when he touches others, he can feel their emotions. Unable to control his ability, he often made insensitive blunders in the past. With death threats and his abilities increasing, what will happen when a man claiming to be his older brother appears? (Oh, I wonder what will happen when onii-chan arrives. Hmm…)

Studio: JC Staff

Listen for: Souichirou Hoshi (Maebara Keichii, Yukimura Sanada), Ken Narita (Jeremiah Gottwald), Hino Satoshi (Yuuji Sakai, Li Yunlong), Marina Inoue (Yoko, Alicia Melchiott), Jun Fukuyama, Takehito Koyasu, Sakurai Takahiro, Kamiya Hiroshi, Shinichirou Miki

Director: Katsushi Sakurabi (Shigofumi)

RP: Well, damn. The season’s best and most GAR vocal cast is also starring in the season’s gayest show. Literally. Zetsuboushta! Such great vocal talent all in a show I will never watch.
Anticipation meter: 1

Libera: If this has yaoi I probably won’t be interested. I’ll give it a chance and try the first episode but I doubt it’ll be my thing, despite the bishies.
Anticipation meter: 5

The final word: If you like to think about whether Keichii Maebara or Spinzaku would be the seme or the uke in a relationship, you’ll like this show.

Yutori-chan

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The story centers around Yutori-chan, a high school girl assigned to a part-time job in the marketing team of a medium-sized toy company called Popuu. There, she deal with the generation gaps that separate her from Tsumekomi-chan (another part-time worker and a student at Japanese’s most prestigious university, "T Dai") and Daikai-san (the regular employee who oversees Yutori-chan).

Studio: Actas

Listen for: ?

Director: Keiichirou Kawaguchi (Hayate no Gotoku – 1st season)

RP: I can’t tell if this is a "real" show, or one of those kids shows that no fansub group would think of touching. I’d give it a shot if someone subbed it.
Anticipation meter: 3

Libera: Kids show. Not really interested.
Anticipation meter: 2

The final word: If you like pastel colors and ganbatte! girls, you’ll like this show.

Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei

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The story follows a nameless protagonist who is a third-year college student. The protagonist looks back at the earlier years of his college life and his adventures with a particular club.

Studio: Madhouse

Listen for: Sakamoto Maaya (Alphard, Shiki Ryougi), Fujiwara Keiji (Maes Hughes, Ali Al-Saachez), Hiroyuki Yoshino

Director: Yuasa Masaaki (Kaiba)

RP: I’m having a tough time getting a bead on what this show’s about. So… I’ll talk about the artwork. It’s quite unique, although not exactly to my tastes. Yuasa Masaaki’s done great work in the past with Kaiba (or so I hear). If you’ve seen the trailer, it looks a bit like Shinbo/SHAFT except a little more stylistic. But I don’t think this is the type of show that I’d watch until long after it’s aired when all the ratings have piled in.
Anticipation meter: 1

Libera: It’s a NoitaminA and done by Madhouse but other than that I don’t know anything by which to judge this weird looking thing… wait, this guy did Kaiba! I’m so trying this out.
Anticipation meter: 8

The final word: If you like your anime to be esoteric, you’ll like this show.

The Final Anticipation Meter Tally

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Other shows (mostly sequels) that didn’t make the cut:

Hetalia Axis Powers – Season 3

Ring ni Kakero 1 Shadow

Major season 6

D.C. ~Da Capo~ Ext

Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor

Shin Kouhime + Musou Otome Tairan

SD Gundam Sangokuden

Bakugan Battle Brawlers New Vestroia

Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri

Ookiku Furikabutte Second Season

39 Replies to “The Spring 2010 Anime Preview!”

  1. Yeah, Yutori-chan is a kids show as far as I can tell. Beyond that, the first four episodes have already been released, and no one picked it up. I’m not sure if that’s because no one was interested, or because no one knew it happened, but there you go.

    I’m really liking “The Last Word.” Score some ego points for Baka-Raptor.

    On the subject of not usually watching sports anime, I’m in the same boat. Giant Killing might actually break that trend. Maybe it’s the animation style coupled with the complete underdog premise. I dunno, I guess I’ll see if that pans out. Thanks for the preview!

    1. Oh right, Yutori-chan is the show that’s supposedly being “delivered” by email. Or is basically just a link to an online video. Sort of retarded. I guess I should’ve left that out. :p

    1. I would like to make a proposal for no more exclamation points in anime!!! Exclamation points to denote sequels really bug me too!!! Who’s gonna notice the difference between 1 and 2 exclamation points?!!

  2. @ RP
    RE: Gundam Unicorn, being a huge Gundam fanboy for many years, I can tell you that you can watch Gundam Unicorn with only the following information: humans moved half their population to space, part of those colonies (Zeon) adopted an ideology of spacenoid superiority and launched a vicious, preemptive war against Earth that they eventually and thankfully lost. People have started evolving to adapt to space, known as Newtypes, and have a degree of psychic-type powers that make them very effective mecha pilots. The first war was in the year 0079, there were other conflicts stemming from the fallout of this first war inbetween 0079 and Unicorn (0096).

    If you want to catch up via media but do it super-quickly, watching Gundam 0080 would be the shortest way to get an understanding of the universe. It’s only 6 episodes but will give you an indirect view of the main themes and background. If you want the complete picture, go with the original series movies, 08th MS Team, 0080, MS Igloo 1 and 2, 0083, Zeta or the Zeta movies, and Char’s Counterattack, in that order. Avoid ZZ AT ALL COSTS!

    RE: Heroman. “If you like your cheese with a slice of mecha, you’ll like this show.” Fixed it. :p
    .-= ExecutiveOtaku´s last blog ..Kimi ni Todoke episode 21 – Do You Remember Love? =-.

    1. Thanks for the info and the recommendations on what to watch. Gundam has always intimidated me, simply because of the size of its universe. There’s so much backstory to cover. Some of which may not be necessary, but the completionist in me hates not knowing all of it. I was planning on going with Gundam Seed as my next dive into the Gundam world, but maybe I’ll do a detour and check out 0080.

      1. A warning about Gundam SEED: Half of the series ranges from average to horrible. The first half is such a terrible slog to work through; the second half kicks up quite a bit, but man, if I weren’t determined to watch more Gundam, I probably would not have watched the whole thing.

        SEED Destiny has the opposite problem — a kickin’ first half (with some admittedly dumb things) that slowly drops in quality until the final third, which is an absolute trainwreck. The whole time I wondered why people view SEED Destiny with such venom — well, those final few episodes are the reason. So, so bad.
        .-= Shinmaru´s last blog ..Ookamikakushi – The Hero’s Theory (ep9 post) =-.

        1. Ah yes, I’ve noticed a lot of vitriol for SEED Destiny. A lot of complaints about it being an unnecessary sequel, and I think I even noticed something about a big shift in the character cast halfway through?

        2. It’s definitely unnecessary, although it is good enough in the beginning, I think, to offset that. But there are a bunch of unnecessary changes beyond that, and a good number of the characters (both from the original series, and characters introduced in SEED Destiny) undergo bizarre shifts in personality. One of the better characters from the first series is neutered pretty badly, too.

          The shift in cast is mostly the SEED characters becoming more prominent and stealing the spotlight from the newly established SEED Destiny characters about halfway through the series. Kind of annoying, but not nearly as bad as the character derailment.
          .-= Shinmaru´s last blog ..Ookamikakushi – The Hero’s Theory (ep9 post) =-.

        3. For all its faults I still thought SEED Destiny was a decent series. Though it is as Shinmaru says, the way things happen at the end destroys so much cool stuff that was built up in the middle.

          In my view Destiny had a repetitive start (same scenario as SEED), grew to be goddamn amazing in the middle, and then at the end had some big ‘why the hell would he/she do that?!’ moments. If the entire show was like it was in the middle 70% I would probably count it among my favorite mecha series EVAR. But the way they took all the cool, complex stuff in the middle and just decided to dumb it down and take short-cuts at the end severely compromised the show.
          .-= ExecutiveOtaku´s last blog ..Sora no Woto – 09: Reaping a Whirlwind =-.

      2. Gundam SEED isn’t bad, but it’s in a different universe/continuity from Unicorn (SEED is Cosmic Era (CE) and Unicorn and all the other series I listed are the original Universal Century (UC). Apologies if you already knew that.) Lots of my fellow UC fans hate on the CE universe, but I think it’s the second best to UC myself.

        0080 is the war seen from a civilian kid’s point of view during the last days of the One Year War, and it gives you insights into all the major issues of the universe in some form.
        .-= ExecutiveOtaku´s last blog ..Sora no Woto – 09: Reaping a Whirlwind =-.

        1. There are, I think, 7 universes total. Though some only have one series.

          Universal Century – The original and best with the most series.
          Cosmic Era – Gundam SEED, SEED Destiny, and SEED Astray.
          After Colony (AC) – Gundam Wing and Endless Waltz.
          Whatever the hell super-robot universe G Gundam takes place in.
          AD timeline – Gundam 00.
          Turn A Gundam is in it’s own, I think.
          Gundam X is on it’s own as well to the best of my knowledge.
          .-= ExecutiveOtaku´s last blog ..Sora no Woto – 09: Reaping a Whirlwind =-.

  3. Sports/games anime can be good if the surrounding story holds up well. Cross Game is a good series. Kaiji is great. Shion no Ou kicks ass. I don’t know how good Giant Killing’s story will be, but I am willing to give it a shot.

    I lol’d at the Shelbyville reference. Good work. Celebrate with a cool glass of turnip juice.

    1. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Cross Game, but the 51 episode length scares me. (Although I’m amazed at how many seasons there are of Major – all very highly rated.) I think if I do a dive into a sports anime, my first choice would be Taishou Yakyuu Musume. Short length, cute girls. Seems like a winning combo.

  4. Nothing much to watch for me this Spring. I think I’ll stick with Working!!, Arakawa and Angel Beats.
    I’ve watched the first ep of Working!! and liked it <3
    The characters that Kamiyan and OnoD are voicing reminded me of Izaya and Shizuo a lot, though~ it's quite enjoyable to compare characters from one anime to another.

    1. lol, I was just thinking the same about Izaya and Shizuo after watching Working. They have similar personalities too. It’s like a bizarro world where the two of them are friends.

  5. There isn’t any one thing in particular I’m super stoked for, but the season as a whole looks like a good mixture of genres.

    Working!!!!! seems like a safe bet to follow, with the right director, studio, and seiyuu team to make a modestly successful restaurant SOL. I think Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei has the potential to be transcendent. Yuasa is the genius behind Kaiba, Mind Game, and Kemonozume after all, and the introspective college student angle reminds me of Honey and Clover. Definitely one to watch IMO.

    1. I’m optimistic about Working, even though the first episode was somewhat lackluster. Here’s hoping it can improve upon it.

      I did think of Honey and Clover when I read the description for Yojo-han, but I’m a little afraid that it’ll end up being a little too… artistic for my tastes. I guess we’ll see.

  6. The shows don’t look too bad. Will probably check out Angel Beats and BRS. I’m debating if I should watch Heroman to see if it’ll be ridiculous. As for Gundam Unicorn. I didn’t watch most of the series that came before Unicorn, but I caught up by reading Wikipedia lol.
    .-= TJ´s last blog ..Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 47 =-.

    1. lol, Wikipedia’s one way to catch up. Occasionally, I’ll read about an anime there and completely forget that it’s open season on spoilers there.

      I gotta imagine Bones will do heroman justice – visually – I’m just really skeptical that there’s much meat behind it. On another note, I wonder if FMA will continue to next season.

  7. Good overview of the season. 8) Personally I am really looking forward to House of Five Leaves the most. I really like sword fights, so I’ll also check out Hakuouki, even though I agree that shows based on games have the cards stacked against them. Arakawa under the Bridge also looks promising, and Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei seems like it will at least be worth checking out.

    I completely agree with Libera on Rainbow. Even if I hear this one is really good, it might be difficult to get over the sense that it will be too depressing to enjoy watching.

    Meanwhile the artwork on Angel Beats and Mayoi Neko Overrun look good enough that I’ll watch a couple episodes just to see how they turn out. Similarly I’ll watch a couple of eps of Working!, even though I’m not expecting that much from it.
    .-= Joojoobees´s last blog ..What’s in a Name? Meta-blog =-.

    1. Let me know how House of Five Leaves goes. If there’s lots of fighting, and not lots of talking, I could be more intrigued.

      Hmm, according to a MAL forum post about Ranbow:

      The manga is totally dark, it is the kind of story that crushes all the faith that you may have in humanity. When you read this story you can’t help gritting you teeth because of all th rage that the story inspires.

      Yeah, it sounds pretty depressing.

  8. Doesn’t seem like there’s one that I would really wanna watch =l Like I would just try to watch them and try to get hooked >.<

    1. Yeah, there’s some interesting shows, but there wasn’t that one show where I thought I had to watch. Still, there should be some nice surprises in store (or so I hope).

  9. I never realized that an Iron Man anime was coming out, I’m curious on how it’s going to turn out. I’ve also been reading some scanlations on Giant Killing, the art style is unique but I am kind of iffy on sports anime (the last one I truly got into was Prince of Tennis). Senko no Night Raid and Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei are the main shows I am looking forward to though. Yojo-han Shinwa is going to be interesting, the last Yuasa Masaaki anime I saw was Kemonozume (and that was a crazy experience).
    .-= Ryo´s last blog ..Hitman Reborn 173-174 =-.

    1. I’m a little confused why Wolverine’s also in the Iron Man anime. I’m not sure if he’s a supporting character, or whether it’s two separate shows… after doing some searching, It seems like it’s two separate shows if I’m not mistaken.

      1. Yep, they’re two separate shows. Madhouse is animating four Marvel properties, the third and fourth ones will be X-Men and Blade.

        And here I was really hoping for Deadpool.

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