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Spring 2010 Schedule

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Metal Fight Beyblade ~Baku~
08:30 (4/4)
kiss x sis
23:30 (4/5)
Yutori-chan
15:00 (3/16)
Shin Koihime Musou ~Otome Tairan~
09:00 (4/1)
Ikkitousen XTREME XECUTOR
10:00 (3/26)
Transformers Animated
08:00 (4/3)
Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri
09:00 (4/4)
Senkou no Night Raid
25:30 (4/5)
Bakugan Battle Brawlers New Vestroia
19:00 (3/2)
HEROMAN
18:00 (4/1)
Hetalia Axis Powers 3rd season
13:00 (3/26)
Jewelpet Tinkle☆
09:30 (4/3)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
09:30 (4/4)
Marie & Gali ver.2.0
19:25 (3/30)
Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei
24:45 (4/22)
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
25:30 (4/2)
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors
10:15 (4/3)
GIANT KILLING
09:25 (4/4)
Mayoi Neko Overrun!
23:00 (4/6)
B Gata H Kei
25:00 (4/1)
Angel Beats!
26:00 (4/2)
MAJOR 6th Series
18:00 (4/3)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
17:00
RAINBOW Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
24:59 (4/6)
Sarai-ya Goyou
25:15 (4/15)
Ring ni Kakero 1: Shadow-hen
TBD (4/2)
Hakuouki
24:30 (4/3)
WORKING!!
23:00 (4/4)
K-ON!!
25:25 (4/6)
Durarara!!
25:25 (1/7)
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru
24:00 (4/11)
Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~
25:25 (4/1)
Arakawa Under the Bridge
25:25 (4/4)
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
25:55 (4/1)
Legend: 16 Divine Not covering
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March 31, 2010 at 7:20 am Comments (3)

Bleach – 264

Summary:
Nanao wants Kyouraku to come with her to deal with Toujuu, but he decides to send his Zanpakutou instead, and only the younger half at that.

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March 31, 2010 at 2:54 am Comments (69)

Kimi ni Todoke – 25 (END)

Summary:
Kazehaya tells Sawako that she’s changed for the better and reassures her that it’s okay.

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March 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm Comments (40)

KIDDY GiRL-AND – 24 (END)

Summary:
Ascoeur finds herself surrounded by enemies, but luckily for her, when Shade tries to use his powers on her, Torch stops him.

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March 30, 2010 at 2:10 am Comments (26)

FAIRY TAIL – 24

Summary:
With time running out before the Jupiter fires again, Natsu has his hands full fighting Totomaru.

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March 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm Comments (16)

Letter Bee – 25 (END)

「精霊になれなかった者」 (Seirei ni Narenakatta Mono)
“One Who Couldn’t Become a Spirit”

I know I said I dropped coverage of Tegami Bachi, but I couldn’t help but say some words about the final episode, the addition of Horie Yui to the series (yay, Hocchan!), and the upcoming second season this fall.

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March 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm Comments (15)

Naruto 488 – Shines Brightly, But Leaves His Friends In The Dark

March 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm Comments (27)

Spring 2010 Preview!

With Omni announcing his retirement and the spring season well upon us, the thought of not having a season preview on Random Curiosity didn’t sit right with me, especially considering how so many people seem to look forward to it. As such, I’d like to present my version of the Spring 2010 Preview. While I can’t make any guarantees from a blogging standpoint, I felt the least I could do is give an overview of what’s coming up and what I’m personally looking forward to. I hope it lives up to expectations.

As many of you may already be aware though, my tastes are a bit more diverse than Omni’s. I’ll often watch mediocre and even controversial series for the sake of variety or so that I can make an informed judgment at the end. However, I would only recommend such shows if you’ve seen something similar, enjoyed it to a certain degree, and know what you’re getting yourself into. That said, I still have my usual genres, so it’s usually not too difficult for me to decide what to watch based on premise, art style, production, and cast (a big one for me) after going through some promotional material. For the purpose of this preview, I’ll try to identify the reasons why I’m planning to watch a given series more clearly, in hopes that they’ll help you determine if it coincides with your own tastes.

As usual, by no means does this list reflect every single anime series that is going to be aired, though it’s meant to be as comprehensive as possible. OVAs, one-off specials, and movies are omitted, so check out MOON PHASE for an entire listing, syoboi’s calendar for specific air times, and Fansub Wiki’s page for who’s tentatively subbing what.

Angel Beats! | エンジェルビーツ!
http://www.angelbeats.jp/
Premiere: April 2nd, 2010
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Fridays at 26:00
Airtime in Canada/U.S. (PST, GMT-7): Fridays at 10:00
Number of Episodes: 13
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
One of the series I’m really looking forward to and can safely recommend to all audiences is Angel Beats. For some, it might be enough if I just say, “Key and P.A. Works.” For everyone else, this means the visual novel company that brought us AIR, CLANNAD, and Kanon, and the studio that produced true tears and CANAAN. Maeda Jun from Key is writing the script and screenplay, depicting an afterworld where one girl forms a war front, the Shinda Sekai Sensen (SSS), in defiance to god for giving her an unreasonable and short life. In this supernatural afterlife setting, we follow male protagonist Otonashi, who has no memories of when he was alive and gets dragged into the SSS’s struggles. Guns and superpowers are involved, but so is a seemingly normal school life at the same time. Original character designs are by Na-Ga, Hirata Katsuzo (Strike Witches) is overseeing the animation, and Lia is doing the opening song like in all Key series. Kamiya Hiroshi (Araragi in Bakemonogatari) takes on the lead role, which is another big plus. There are lots of good promo videos showcasing how great this series looks, including one detailing how they did a concert scene (PV #7), so be sure to check them out. Everything looks great on paper and the premise is a bit unusual, so I can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

Odds I’ll Watch This: Guaranteed, period.

K-ON!! | けいおん!!
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/k-on/
Premiere: April 6th, 2010
Airtime in Japan (JST, GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:25
Airtime in Canada/U.S. (PST, GMT-7): Tuesdays at 09:25
Number of Episodes: –
Information Links: ANN Encyclopedia, AnimeNfo, AniDB, MyAnimeList, syoboi
It was only at the end of last year that K-ON season two was announced, but three months later we already have more of our favorite light music club. Now with one more exclamation mark in the title! The extra DVD/BD live house episode helped tide things over a bit, but it’s not quite the same as a full season where we’re bound to hear a bunch of new songs. For those unfamiliar with this series, it’s Kyoto Animation‘s adaptation of a lighthearted 4-koma manga that follows a group of girls who revive their high school’s music club by forming a band called “After School Tea Time”. It’s published in a seinen manga magazine and features quirky humor and a very cute cast of female characters. In short, it’s moe overload. When the original season aired last spring, the cast of seiyuus were all relatively low-profile, but that all changed with this series. The opening and ending theme songs they sang debuted at #4 and #2 on the Oricon music charts respectively, and they’ve all been in numerous series now, especially lead actress Toyosaki Aki. There are 28 broadcast stations lined up to air this highly anticipated sequel, which absolutely dwarfs every other series by a long shot. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be watching this and it’s a safe series to recommend to almost anyone. Go watch the first season now if you haven’t!

Odds I’ll Watch This: Guaranteed, without a doubt.

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

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March 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm Comments (146)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 50

Summary:
Mustang’s group is saved by back-up hiding in the rafters, but this entire situation shocks King Bradley’s wife because she realizes that she might have been abandoned by her husband.

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March 28, 2010 at 5:05 am Comments (50)

KIDDY GiRL-AND – 22, 23

Summary:
As a space battle begins between the G-Society and the GTO forces, over inside the Erde Meteor, Geacht’er takes possession of Ascoeur and freezes Q-feuille.

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March 28, 2010 at 12:25 am Comments (8)

Darker than BLACK – Gaiden 02

Summary:
After having a dream where she’s being pulled on by a glowing child-like figure, Yin wakes up to Hei watching over her, and he promises to protect her.

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March 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm Comments (28)

Durarara!! – 12

Summary:
Celty saves Mikado from being stabbed, but this doesn’t stop Seiji who wants the girl he knows as Celty back.

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March 27, 2010 at 12:49 am Comments (37)

Bleach 397 – I Am Your Father

Show Spoiler for Bleach Chapter 397 ▼

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March 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm Comments (97)

Kimi ni Todoke – 24

Summary:
Sawako and Kazehaya don’t talk or even look at each other at first, but when she slips in the snow, he catches her.

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March 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm Comments (21)

Kobato – 23, 24 (END)

Summary:
Ever since the nursery closed, Kobato has been sticking to Kiyokazu and trying to help him with whatever he needs.

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March 24, 2010 at 5:37 am Comments (54)

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