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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring 2010 Anime Series Preview

I watched the Lightning Thief movie yesterday and it got me quite disappointed. To forget my disappointments on it, I thought of doing some animanga hunting . . . that's when I found out that the chart of the Spring 2010 anime is already out!

EDIT: Version 2 of the chart is already out and so I (xtine06) reposted this one along with my comments and thoughts tooo~~

Notes to consider:
  • These are our initial impressions on the anime. We could still change our mind.
  • Titles are in alphabetical order.
  • Kiddie shows and sequels we're not familiar or won't be included. Neither movies nor OVA's. Just the TV series.
  • I got lazy to include the image for each series . . . maybe xtine06 will have the time to do so . . 
Angel Beats
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.

Sapphire Pyro: *sees the word "Angel" in the title* . . . *checks out at once* . . .Okayz, it has a supernatural premise . . . and it deals with the afterworld and war between supernatural beings. It's my kind of thing but I'm not that sold to it. It's hard to tell if the story's gonna be as promising as the premise . . . but the characters seem fun (though most are female again . . . moe fanservice a no no) and the art will definitely be fantastic (I love Aniplex). And oh that cast: Kamiya Hiroshi and Eri Kitamura. Hhhhmmm . . . . I don't have high expectations. I expect this to be a generic supernatural series. I'll be skipping this, unless people who've seen it will tell me that it's totally not what I anticipate it to be.

xtine06: Story seems to be really interesting. It's pretty unique for me and I think this will really give something to worth watching. Well, just like Sapphy's comment, I am afraid that this will have a touch of moe and fanservice, which could really ruin everything. Unless I can also get awesome reviews or someone will really recommend it to me, I'm gonna skip this and MIGHT watch in the near future. 

Arakawa Under the Bridge
Ko "Riku" Ichinomiya, a young upper-class man, meets a beautiful homeless girl named Nino on the banks of Arakawa River, where many of Tokyo's most unusual people live.  

Sapphire Pyro: The premise was really really interesting so I checked out the manga. It was hilarious but it was too weird for me . . . but the directors behind Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (Yukihiro Miyamoto and Akiyuki Shinbo) will be behind this . . .and that main cast: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Keiji Fujiwara, Takehito Koyasu, and Tomokazu Sugita. OMG Shet.
Oh I don't know. Maybe I'll be able to appreciate the anime's style of weirdness.

xtine06: I dunno what to say. I like the synopsis but I don't know if I like the image on chartfag's chart. It look really weird. Do I need to appreciate weirdness so that I can get to watch this one? 

B Gata H Kei
Yamada is a high school student, and a virgin, who aspires to have 100 casual sex partners. Despite this, she soon finds herself targeting and pursuing only one boy.

Sapphire Pyro: I am very disturbed to the idea of a female leading character that has that kind of sexual fantasies. No, I can't take it.

xtine06: A definite NO from me! What kind of high school student aspires to have 100 sex partners!!!!! 100???!?! OMG. She is so weird. 

Giant Killing
East Tokyo's team is nearing the bottom of Japan's top football league table, consistently losing, team morale is low and fan support is dwindling - the ETU are in danger of being finished forever. Only the coach is blamed, but he is ready to prove that the team can win against the nation's biggest club. 

Sapphire Pyro: Ah . . .a football anime. I'm no fan of football, but I enjoyed Eyeshield21, so I thought this is worth giving a try. I checked out the manga, and I liked it! I love how the main character manages to make individuals that don't seem football athelete materials into excellent players! He has impressive tactics, and the character himself is fun. And I think I'm gonna like the implied love story . . . and the characters have been likable. Tsubaki is my type (a bishie, ohohoho). I also like it that this sports series values fan support. Yes, we are that important! w00t!
So far so good, and with Toshifumi Kawase as the series composer, I don't think the anime adaptation would be that bad. I'm worried on the director though . . . that person did shows that have disappointed me. Uggh . .

xtine06: Cross Game has already ended and hopefully, this new football related anime will really catch my attention. I am a complete nob when it comes to football so watching it will really bring me to a 0_0 reaction most of the time. But since the story is a bit interesting and I like plots where the weak tries hard to overcome endeavors, I will be giving this one a big shot. 

Hakouki : Shinsengumi Kitan
Chizuru Yukimura is the daughter of a Dutch-trained doctor who vanishes on a trip to Kyoto. In search of her father, Chizuru sees a Shinsengumi member transform into an ogre. After being captured, it's revealed that his change was caused by her father - she joins the Shinsengumi in seach for her father, and the cure.

Sapphire Pyro: I love historical settings and shinsengumi samurai stuff. This series will certainly promise some action and political stuff, which I'm very fond of. And what made it more delightful to fangurls are the many bishies in it~ Kyaaaaaa~
However, it's based on a reverse harem game . . . IT'S BOUND TO SUCK! I've read the manga, and oh gawd it was angsty and I would really want the leading girl to DIE already. She's useless and she knows it. What she did? CRIES. She tries to be useful later, but she's still PATHETIC. And she blushes over every freakin' bishie in the show and she doesn't know why her chest feels so tight. And oh, she has the demon blood . . . but she's the one being protected. Fantastic. See what I hate with reverse harem shows? The one on the ceter DOESN'T DESERVE to be treated in such a special way. I'm not being a jealous fangurl . . . she just sucks that much that she brings shames to us females. Uuuuuggghhh . . . .
However, the leading guy is so cute. I will be satisfied by just staring at him. Haha! And I haven't watched a shinsengumi anime for a long time. Maybe it's worth a try . . . I have to endure my hatred towards that leading girl. Arrrgghh . . . .

xtine06: Ooohh..after sometime, Shinsengumi strikes back  to the anime world. And I think I will give this a try because the picture attract me as well as the story. Speaking of pictures, who is that person in the chart? He looks SO HOT. 

Heroman is the story that centers on the boy named Joey, who lives in the west coast of US. He discovers a simple toy robot, to discover that it becomes "Hero Man" a giant robot he can pilot and fight against evil, alien invaders and other threats. 

Sapphire Pyro: I've read the manga and though it wasn't as bad as I expected, it's still your typical shounen show with a lot of overused shounen cliches. And seriously . . . a toy robot that becomes a mecha at such a proper time. And a mere boy is gonna be saving the world. And typical shounen is not complete without a love interest to be rescued! It's disappointing that Stan Lee and BONES are wasting their time on something this pathetic. I expect something better from them.

xtine06: Well, this a typical shounen anime ala Voltes V mode. I am not really into this type of genre anymore so this is a pass. This must be something huge though, with Stan Lee behind this anime series. 

Hetalia Axis Powers Season 3
A continuation of the long-running series of shorts about world countries as personified characters, living through strange moments in world history. 

Sapphire Pyro: This is my number one favorite series . . . so NATURALLY I would be following the third season as well. The webmanga and the published manga still has so much material. There are a lot of characters that have not yet been introduced, and some minor characters didn't get the screentime they deserve. Aside from making up on those, I wish the third season will improve the animation and avoid the unfinished strips. Second season had shown improvements, so I expect the third season to do the same.

xtine06: I wouldn't miss this for the world. It's education and its fun! 

House of Five Leaves
Akitsu Masanosuke is a timid ronin on his way to Edo from the countryside when he accidentally encounters a playboy named Yaichi, who asks him to be his bodyguard. But it turns out that Yaichi is actually the leader of a group of bandits called the "Five Leaves," and he's hoping that Masanosuke will join them. Masanosuke is reluctant to help them, but as grows closer to his eccentric new companions, he learns to relate to them and grow as a person in the process.

Sapphire Pyro: I did not enjoy Ristorante Paradiso (this series has the same original creator as RP); but that doesn't mean I won't be checking out this one. I dropped RP because the leading girl annoyed the hell out of me and seldom do I enjoy shows that focus on cooking. BUT THIS has a male for a main character . . . and the series is in a historical setting . . .samurai era to be specific. I expect some action, politics, and perhaps some nice drama. It involves gangs and politics . . . how could this not intrigue me. I find it very interesting . . . and I find it delightful that some favorite seiyuus will be voicing two of the main characters: Daisuke Namikawa and Takahiro Sakurai. Yay!

xtine06: The Edo era again huh? It seems that after a long while, Edo is getting its former glory in the anime industry. This looks really interesting....will definitely give a shot, not to mention that Daisuke Namikawa is on the VA list!! Yey!!!

Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou
Akuto Sai aims to be a great magician and clergyman, but on the day he is admitted into the Constan Magical Academy, his aptitude test predicts his Future Occupation as a "Devil King". Resented by his class head, desired by a mysterious girl and guarded by a female android, he leads a hectic new school life.

Sapphire Pyro: Well, yes, I like the magic stuff and the word "demon king" will always attract me. But seeing a bunch of pretty girls wearing short skirts among the main cast just screams ecchi and moe fanservice. The ones behind the script and the series composition are also responsible for some of the generic shounen shows that didn't please me (e.g. Weiss Survive). Besides, the premise already bored the hell out of me . . . so . . . no. Totally skipping this one.

xtine06: Maou??! It makes me miss Yuuri and the whole KKM gang. Awwwwww. I love the story but please, can this type of anime not survive without moe fanservice and ecchi moments? The presence of fanservice really ruins it for me. 

Kaichou wa Maid-sama
The romantic comedy centers on a student council head Misaki Ayuzawa, who despises the slovenly male dominated population at her previously all-boys school. However, Misaki's most handsome schoolmate discovers her secret, that she works after school at a maid cafe. 

Sapphire Pyro: I liked the manga. I thought it was just a stupid shoujo series that focuses on maid fanservice, but it didn't turn out to be that way. She's just doing her job, that's it. The main guy had been hilarious and fun. These two had been really cute together. I find the manga enjoyable.
However, I don't think I'd want to waste time on a shoujo anime that is based on the manga I'm not that hooked into every week. I'll just catch up on the manga instead, and just watch the anime adaptation when I find the time. I don't think I have to worry much on how the story will go in the anime, because the series composer behind Hanasakeru Sieshounen and Victorian Romance Emma is behind it (Mamiko Ikeda). Also . . .*checks out the director* . . .same person who directed Cromartie High School??? And now doing shoujo??? . . . okay . . . that's just a huge genre difference, hehe.

xtine06: I've been hearing about this manga for a while now and some of my friends are also reading them and found them enjoyable. I'm really an anime type of person and I only read the manga in special occasions and so now is my chance to go and watch this series. 

Kiss x Sis
Kiss×sis's 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.

Sapphire Pyro: I didn't bother to check out the manga of this series anymore because from what I've been seeing, the main fanservice that it offers is the perverted one. Sorry, that's not my kind of thing. And besides, the plot seems stupid. I don't find pleasure in watching two girls lusting over or seducing their stepbrother.
I would like to save myself from headaches. I believe avoiding this series is a very good idea for my sanity.

xtine06: Try googling it and you will understand why I will not even bother to watch this one. 

K-On Season 2
It's Yui Hirasawa's first year in high school, and she's eagerly searching for a club to join. At the same time, Ritsu Tainaka, a drummer, and her friend Mio Akiyama, a bassist, are desperately trying to save the school's light music club, which is about to be disbanded due to lack of members. They manage to recruit Tsumugi Kotobuki to play the keyboard, meaning they only need one more member to get the club running again. Yui joins, thinking it will be an easy experience for her to play the castanets, the only instrument she knows. However, the other members think their new addition is actually a guitar prodigy...

Sapphire Pyro: I love the first season but if the second season was just made to answer to the demand and it will just have the usual stuff . . . no matter how enjoyable or cute they are . . . I'd rather just watch it when I find the time, or not at all. Besides, I'm not a hardcore fan of the series . . . but I still like Mio, Ritsu, and Tsumugi very much.

xtine06: The highlight of my spring anime!!! I am looking forward to hearing them again. Their music is really unique and nice. *sings "Fuwa Fuwa Time" * Waah! I am so excited to see K-On again! 

Mayoi Neko Overun
The story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki, a boy who lives with his older "sister" Otome, though the two are not related by blood. Otome runs a decrepit confectionary store called Stray Cats. One day, Otome picks up a mysterious beautiful girl off the streets.

Sapphire Pyro: I'm totally skipping this. Main reasons: 1) Main guy with a bunch of pretty females usually equal to ecchi and senseless harem 2) I'm not fond of cats anyway.
This will just give me headaches. I don't think I need to bother.

xtine06: Moe + Fanservice + Wierd Plot = No Watching

Ookiku Furikabute Season 2
The series, set in Saitama, follows Ren Mihashi, who had previously excelled as his middle school baseball team's ace pitcher, due to his grandfather's connections as its manager. As he graduates to high school, whose baseball team his grandfather does not manage, he initially does not believe he is good enough to succeed at baseball, however, but assisted by his friends, he grows in stature, confidence and skill, helping his team excel with his own ability.

Sapphire Pyro: I'm not yet done with the first season; nor am I updated on the manga series . . .BUT I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! I'm totally gonna catch up on this soon!!!
It seems boring at first and I'm not exactly fond of baseball; but the story's heartwarming and the characters are very lovable! Yes, Mihashi is also a super-talented main character, but unlike other sport series, he became that talented out of hard work . . . not simply because he's gifted or is a prodigy.
Besides, I miss Abe (favorite character's voiced by one of my favorite seiyuus: Nakamura Yuuichi), Haha! Totally looking forward to this!

xtine06: Unfortunately, I haven't watched the first season so I cannot really watch this one yet. 

Rainbow - Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin
Around 10 yeras after World War II, a group of delinquents are sent to the Sh┼Źnan Special Reform School and must learn to cope with the atrocities and unfairness they encounter there. A student that had already been residing there when the teens arrived acts as a mentor, teaching them about friendship and guiding them through difficulties.
Sapphire Pyro: The premise was very intriguing and I cannot ignore stories in World War setings so I checked out the manga and hhhmmm . . . it's not for kiddies. There's sexual harassment, and oh it makes you see how devasting life in prison is. I admit it was pretty angsty . . . annoyingly angsty . . . but they have the right to be angsty, after all they've gone through. I didn't see the sense of the fights at the beginning though, but I'm happy that their relationship became better later. It's a serious story that's so tragic and depressing . . . I don't recommend it to those who prefer happy stuff and are too innocent to witness such horrible things that man could do and experience. Anyway, for me, I find it interesting . . . but I don't think it's the type I'd want to look forward to every week.

xtine06: This has seriousness all over it. A perfect opposite for K-On for this season, I will give this one a shot and see if it captures my interest. This has a very nice plot and has a potential for showing a hopeful ending, thus the title "Rainbow". 

Senko no Night Raid
In 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army is dispatched to mainland China due to the recent Japanese wars. In Shanghai, a cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there exists a special military spy organization, "Sakurai Kikan", that has since been buried in history. 

Sapphire Pyro: It's an action-packed spy series in a World War setting . . . how could I ignore this???! I dont think I have to worry about the animation quality because what's shown in the promo videos already seem great; and just when did Aniplex disappoint me. Haha! Moreover, the director (Jun Matsumoto) and the series composer (Shinsuke Onishi) behind Persona Trinity Soul will be handling this series as well . . . so I don't think I have to worry on those areas either. All those already make this series so promising, but it even added some seiyuu fanservice for me: Namikawa Daisuke and Yoshino Hiroyuki are voicing two of the main characters. Sweet~

xtine06: Whahahaha. I'm with Sapphy with this one!!!! A spy series and this would really be action packed! Another Daisuke Namikawa and this is another sure thing for me. 

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitte Iru
Sakurai Yuki is a mysterious boy with a mysterious power. Right after he was born, his mother left him near an orphanage, and he was later found. Because of that event, Yuki strives for independence. He hates being a burden to anyone near him, but at the same time, he is afraid of being left alone. Moreover, ever since he can remember he had a strange ability where when he touches others, he can feel their emotion. Unable to control it, he often made insensitive blunders in the past. He later meets with a mysterious yet beautiful man who saves his life, but somehow he feels so nostalgic, like he's met him before. While death threats and his ability increasing, a man who claimed to be his older brother suddenly appears, so what will Yuki do when he learns the truth?

Sapphire Pyro: I've read the manga, and I love it. Yes, it's your typical fantasy story with the oh-so-special main character with so many warriors protecting him. And yeah, its main fanservice are its bunch of gorgeous bishies . . . and it will certainly bring delight to those who are fond of shounen-ai (I highly doubt there's going to be yaoi; which I think is a good thing). But fortunately, the main character was as helpless nor as pathetic as I've expected him to be. There are angst and cliches, yeah, but it remained interesting . . . especially the relationships. There are bonds and betrayals . . .I find them so intriguing. And what I enjoyed a lot as well are the cool action scenes and the crack comedy. Haha!
I'm hoping for the story in the anime to be okay, because though the series composer didn't please me with Suteki Tantei Labyrinth, her other works (07-Ghost and Moyashimon) turned out good~ So I don't think I need to worry much in that area. Besides, it also has the seiyuu fanservice: Takahiro Sakurai, Akira Ishida, Daisuke Ono, Jun Fukuyama, Mamoru Miyano, Marina Inoue, Shinichiro Miki, Takehito Koyasu, and Yukana. Splendid~

xtine06: I am watching this one because of: (1) Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Maria Inoue, Mamoru Miyano and Yukana  are there (2) The picture is really LOVE and HOT and (3) The story is damn interesting!!!

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.

Sapphire Pyro: I thought it was just a show with a bunch of stereotypes and moe characters , but when I read the manga I've realized how wrong I was. It's actually about a set of wacky characters that work together on a certain restaurant. The characters that I anticipated to be annoying turned out to be pretty likable. Moreover, it had been really cute and hilarious! The characters had been fun and what I've read so far had been enjoyable. The original material is in 4-koma format with scenes that aren't that connected though, so I'm hoping that the anime adaptation would be able to put things together well. Also, wow . . . that seiyuu list . . . Jun Fukuyama, Kamiya Hiroshi, and Daisuke Ono. Nice~

xtine06: I though FukuJun is not busy this season but I guess I am wrong. This is his second anime for this season and it's kinda a spice of life feel for me. Mainly because of FukuJun's presence, I am trying this one out. 

Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei
The novels protagonist is a nameless third-year college student, and the story follows him as he looks back at the earlier years of his college life, and his adventures with the members of his club. 

Sapphire Pyro: I don't often see anime that are about college students so I guess this is worth a shot. The available plot seemed boring because it didn't tell much except that the main character was just reminiscing his past. But what got me intrigued was that the main character was mentioned to be nameless. Moreover, the rest of the cast seem to have something peculiar about them. I'm hoping for it to be not as plain as it seems . . . and with the director of Kaiba (Masaaki Yuasa) handling this series . . . and with MadHouse being the studio behind it . . . I don't think I have to worry much.
xtine06: Why nameless character?? This nameless thing arouses my curiosity so much that I will check this one out.

General Impressions:
Sapphire Pyro: The same as the previous years, the spring 2010 season has a lot of promising shows as well. I am most interested on the unusual ones . . . and those that I'm already very familiar with. What I'm definitely going to blog out of the list is Hetalia. If I have the time, I'd want to cover Oofuri 2, Uragiri, and Working!! as well. Those that seem really promising are House of Five Leaves, Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei, and Senkon no Night Raid; and I think I'll be very tempted to blog those. But there's no way I'm dropping Durarara!! . . . damn . . . =P

xtine06:  As compared to the previous season....SPRING is really a definite season to look forward to. I have lots on my list right now. Finally, the upcoming titles are now really interesting and something worth the watch. But before that happen, I need to dump off my other animes piled in my computer so that I can really enjoy the upcoming Spring 2010. 


Kiseki said...

Ufufu us Americans...

For Giant Killing, the sport is soccer. *u*)b

Mito said...

Yes... sapphy i think this spring will be a great anime source for me... but i'm gonna watch 2 titles only... *need more time to manage my school and anime time* hahahahaha!!! i'll definitely watch urabouku... it's a splendid manga... i hope it's not gonna be a bad ending like 07-ghost which i wait for the next season... if deen gonna make it...

Sapphire Pyro said...

@ Kiseki
I used football because . . . that's what the scanlation used ^^;

@ Mito
With this many interesting titles . . . it's hard to follow only 2 of them XD Haha!

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to House of 5 Leaves. Several other shows look interesting so I'll be watching a lot for the first couple of episodes to see what is really worth following.

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