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Minami-ke Okaeri – 13 (END)

A triumphant finale to a troubled show

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March 31, 2009 at 3:26 am Comments (21)

Spring 2009 Preview!

As the Fall and Winter shows are finishing, here’s a preview of the Spring 2009 shows premiering next week and beyond. There aren’t quite as many new shows premiering as last fall – 28 major titles not including kiddie stuff or OVAs – but that still leaves a huge variety of shows. And for once my schedule isn’t filled with continuing series, so theoretically I can watch something new for every day of the week (unlike this past Winter season when I had almost all of the Fall shows carrying over). As usual, I’ll try to watch the first episode of as many shows as I can within certain parameters (in other words, not the kiddie shows), and what I list here are the chances of me actually blogging something based on my initial impressions from promotional material. However, even if I list the chances for a show as good or guaranteed, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll stick with it for more than a few episodes.

By no means does this list reflect every single anime series that is going to be aired, though I did try to be as comprehensive as I could. Check out MOON PHASE for an entire listing, syoboi’s calendar for specific air-times, and Fansub Wiki’s Spring 2009 page for who’s tentatively subbing what.

Technical Note: All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For instance, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night.

Queen’s Blade – Rurou no Senshi
http://queensblade.tv/
Premiere on April 2nd, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 08:00
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Wednesdays at 19:00
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
Queen’s Blade is about a competition to choose a beautiful queen, and all the contestants are big breasted warrior women. They threw in some tentacle monsters for good measure, making this probably the closest you can get to straight up hentai. Certainly the promos (see below) are filled with nudity and ridiculous character designs, including one character whose bra is a pair of hands formed by her hair. And given that ARMS and GENCO are producing this and AT-X is airing it, I suspect that it’ll turn out similarly to Ikkitousen: DD and GG, though it’s been announced that the AT-X version will indeed feature the nudity. All this is to say that I’m not expecting this show to be very deep, however in its defense, it’s got one helluva cast, from Hirano Aya to Kawasumi Ayako to Noto Mamiko to Tanaka Rie and Kugimiya Rie. I might watch an episode of this just to see how far they push the envelope, but there are too many other potentially good Thursday shows to take this one seriously.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Poor
Eden of the East
http://juiz.jp/
Premiere on April 9th, 2009
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:45
Airtime in U.S. (EDT, GMT-4): Thursdays at 11:45
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
If Ristorante Paradiso isn’t your thing and you want the series that truly looks like Honey and Clover, then look no further than Eden of the East because it’s got H&C’s mangaka Umino Chika doing character designs. And after seeing the trailer, it also happens to be one of the series I’m most excited about. Being animated by Production I.G, Eden of the East is an original story of a Japanese girl on a trip to America who gets saved by a naked guy in front of the White House. The guy, who is also Japanese, has no memories and carries only a gun and a cell phone with tons of money on it. The mystery deepens to involve terrorism and a missile attack on Tokyo. The trailer really, really impressed me, particularly their choice of music (I can already tell that I’m going to love the ED), so I’m really looking forward to seeing this.
Odds I’ll Blog This: Guaranteed

Note: This is a rather long and fairly comprehensive list of April shows. Much much more after the jump, including a bunch of promo videos.

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March 30, 2009 at 6:29 am Comments (145)

Fullmetal Alchemist – CM6 and CM7

Edit: It seems that I missed a full-minute FMA promo from a few days ago. Here it is, and it shows a ton of the action – gets me extra excited about the series.

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March 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm Comments (41)

Suzumiya Haruhi-chan – 13 & 14

Inexperienced pumpkin carving and overzealous balloon decorating. All in a day’s work.

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March 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm Comments (22)

Nyoron Churuya-san – 07

Even in the virtual world, Churuya is left cheeseless

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March 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm Comments (13)

Gundam 00 Second Season – 25 (END)

Summary:
Setsuna accuses Ribbons of pretending to be God, but Ribbons claims that he is God.

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March 29, 2009 at 5:01 am Comments (257)

The Daily Dose

  • Wizard Entertainment ended its anime and manga magazine, Anime Insider, after eight years of publication. R.I.P. Anime Insider (2001-2009.)
  • A flyer announced new manga for Shin Strike Witches, CANAAN, Shin Koihime†Musō, G-Senjō no Maō, Summer Wars Gaiden, Angel Magister, and Valkyrie Complex premiering this July in Kadokawa Shoten‘s Comp Ace.
  • Studio Fantasia made an announcement on their blog that their next anime project was green-lit. There are no further details. Someone call it!
  • A promotional video is streaming for Sora no Manimani on the official website. The anime series is based on the manga of the same name by Mami Kashiwabara.
  • The anime adaptation for Natsume Ono‘s Ristorante Paradiso‘s promotional video is being streamed at its official website.
  • A second promotional video is up at the official website for Saki, a high-school mahjong anime.
  • The mangaka creator of The Law Of Ueki is launching a new ping pong manga series called Takkoku!!! in Shogakukan‘s monthly Shonen Sunday Super Zōkan spinoff magazine in April.
  • My Sweet Sunday, a one-shot collaboration between popular mangaka creators Rumiko Takahashi and Mitsuru Adachi, was posted on Shogakukan’s website to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine.
  • A promotional video is streaming on the website for Hayate The Combat Butler!!‘s second season and it premieres April 3rd.
  • Ryuuji and Taiga artwork courtesy of 美月めいあ on pixiv (account needed to access)

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    March 28, 2009 at 5:51 am Comments (28)

    GReeeeN – Setsuna PV

    So I was listening to the radio while working on the Spring Preview, and GReeeeN‘s 「刹那」 (Setsuna) came on. The song immediately stuck in my head, and so I went and looked up the PV for it since it’s a very recent song. To my surprise, the PV was actually really amusing. It’s one of those music videos that actually tells a story, and in this case, it takes on a tokusatsu/sentai flair with the redemption of a washed-up hero. It’s cheesy, but that’s what’s so fun about it, and I enjoyed it enough that I thought it was worth sharing, so here it is.

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    March 28, 2009 at 3:10 am Comments (43)

    CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ – Recap

    This recap episode was actually better than I thought it’d be, and I’m a bit impressed that they managed to get through so much of the main story in one go.

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    March 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm Comments (52)

    The Tower of Druaga ~the Sword of Uruk~ – 12 (END)

    Summary:
    As Neeba turns the cannons of the Tower towards the heavens, the heavens start firing back.

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    March 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm Comments (64)

    Toradora! – 25 (END)

    Summary:
    Yasuko rushes to her parents’ house under the impression that Ryuuji was involved in an accident that put his life in danger, but she finds him perfectly healthy and waiting for her.

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    March 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm Comments (181)

    Bleach – 212

    Summary:
    With the appearance of Urahara and Tessai, Aizen claims that he just happened to find Shinji and the others and was trying to help them.

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    March 25, 2009 at 1:24 am Comments (47)

    The Daily Dose

  • The president of Sunrise, Kenji Uchida, had previously announced at the Tokyo International Anime Fair that the deciding factor to go ahead with the 20th Century Fox live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was the casting of Keanu Reeves. Reeves made two visits to the studio to express his interest in the project which Uchida states was what made the deal go through. Interestingly enough Uchida noted that negotiations between the two companies went on for two years until it was agreed upon that Sunrise assert quality control. His exact words were, “If the script is terrible, the live-action film adaptation will not be approved.” Perhaps the film will exclude Reeves’ popular “I know kung fu” and “Woah” quotes.
  • Senjō no Valkyria -Gallian Chronicles- promotional video from the Tokyo International Anime Fair is streaming at the official website. The video game sounds interesting, but since I’m too lazy for video games these days hopefully the anime will be a good substitute.
  • FUNimation and GDH have announced a strategic alliance in which FUNi will stream its current and future works on their official website. There will also be a download to own feature on their site and others yet to be announced.
  • Tact Aoki is directing The Asylum Session 3D, a 60-minute 3D computer-animated film, that’s scheduled for release in two theaters this summer in Tokyo and Osaka.
  • Kazuya Minekura announced that her current manga project Saiyuki Gaiden will end this May.
  • This July Kadokawa Shoten plans to launch a new magazine entitled Young Ace and it will see the return of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto‘s Neon Genesis Evangelion, MPD-Psycho, Summer Wars, and Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu.
  • Death The Kid artwork courtesy of しぇんな on pixiv (account needed to access)

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    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm Comments (26)

    SOUL EATER – 50

    Summary:
    Inside the room, the black and white Soul claims that he’s stuck there because he used the black blood too much and got most of his soul engulfed in the madness of the black blood.

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    March 24, 2009 at 8:13 pm Comments (31)

    Suzumiya Haruhi-chan – 11 & 12

    Achakura-in-the-box, the debut of Mori-san-chan, cool guy poses, and Mikuru crying. Ahhh funness overload

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    March 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm Comments (29)

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