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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Ao no Exorcist
17:00 MBC TBS (4/17)
Natsume Yuujin-chou San
25:30 TX (7/4)
Bleach
18:00 TX
Nyanpire The Animation
22:54 Kids Station (7/6)
Usagi Drop
24:45 CX (7/7)
BLADE
22:00 ANIMAX (7/1)
Nekogami Yaoyorozu
08:30 AT-X (7/9)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Nurarihyon no Mago Sennen Makyou
17:30 MX (7/3)
Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel
25:45 tvk (7/4)
Kami-sama Dolls
25:30 TX (7/5)
NO.6
25:15 CX (7/7)
Ro-Kyu-Bu!
23:00 AT-X (7/1)
Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE 1000%
24:00 MX (7/2)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Hanasaku Iroha
22:00 MX (4/3)
Yuruyuri
26:00 TX (7/4)
Double-J
25:29 NTV (6/28)
THE IDOLM@STER
25:25 TBS (7/7)
Ouran High School Host Club Drama
24:20 TBS (7/22)
R-15
25:00 tvk (7/9)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation
24:30 CTC (7/3)
Morita-san wa Mukuchi.
25:30 KBS (7/5)
BLOOD-C
25:40 MBS (7/7)
Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
25:05 TVS (7/8)
Nichijou
26:20 TVA (4/2)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Manyuu Hikenchou
25:00 tvk (7/10)
Steins;Gate
26:05 TVS (4/5)
Mayo Chiki!
25:55 TBS (7/7)
Dantalian no Shoka
25:23 TX (7/15)
Sacred Seven
26:28 MBS (7/2)
D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E D P T E
Mawaru Penguindrum
26:10 MBS (7/7)
Kami-sama no Memo-chou
25:30 MX (7/8)
D P T E D P T E
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
26:15 TX (7/7)
D P T E
Legend: 8 Divine 2 Prooof 6 Takaii 5 Guardian Enzo Not covering/watching

First off, Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian readers and an early Happy Fourth of July to all our American ones. The summer season is upon us now, so it’s time to give a quick overview of what the writers and I will be watching, and more importantly, what we’ll be covering. As always, please note that this is a tentative schedule and shows may be shuffled around after the first week. Any changes will be noted on this post as they’re made.

That being said, we’re pretty set on Enzo taking over Ao no Exorcist and Steins;Gate, seeing as he was blogging both those shows on Lost in America already. Not listed is the Ouran High School Host Club live-action drama that I mentioned in the Summer 2011 Preview, which I’m hoping to make time for on Fridays. Assuming that I do end up covering it, seven shows is still a tad on the light side compared to what I’m used to, so there’s the possibility that I may pick up one more. We’ll see. No promises.

To reduce the amount of time spent on each post, I’ve encouraged all the writers to adopt the 15-image mini post format this season as they see fit, and I’m also considering using it for several of my own shows. A lot of the time, we only want to give some quick first impressions on an episode, and a format with fewer screen caps is more accommodating to shorter posts. For me in particular watching raws, I often run into the situation where a post is fully written but held up because of a lack of caps, which is something I really want to avoid going forward to bring back the speedy posts that the site’s known for. At the moment, a single post takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours on average, including watching, capping, writing, and editing time, and I’d like to see that cut in half. If we can make blogging a quick and painless process, it will translate to more shows being covered. It’s as simple as that.

With that in mind, Enzo’s going to be using the mini format for all five of his shows while he gets accustomed to blogging at RandomC. The exceptions are first episode posts, which everyone will be using the regular format to give a better idea of what a new series looks like. Prooof will continue using the mini format for Bleach, and probably for his other two new shows as well due to time constraints, whereas Takaii and I will likely be using a mix of the two formats. I realize the site’s been known for providing a lot of high quality images, but quite frankly, that comes secondary to sharing some impressions on what we’re watching.

Updates:
07/12: Takaii dropped Sacred Seven and BLOOD-C and picked up Ro-Kyu-Bu.
07/22: Divine will be covering IDOLM@STER, Mayo Chiki, Ro-Kyu-Bu, and the Ouran High School Host Club Drama for as long as time permits.
08/10: Prooof dropped coverage of Kami-sama no Memo-chou. He won’t be watching it anymore either.
08/18: Takaii will be covering Kami-sama no Memo-chou.
08/25: Divine dropped coverage of Ro-Kyu-Bu. Takaii will be taking over coverage of Mayo Chiki.

July 1, 2011 at 1:05 am
84 comments »
  • July 1, 2011 at 1:12 amdany

    i’m glad Ao no Exorcist will still be covered :)

    i can’t wait them to start airing

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:18 aminnerchihiro

    Yay! I’m glad to see so many shows covered. Thank you!

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:24 amP0NCH

    Looks to be an interesting summer!
    Thank you for all the hard work Divine & Co. :)

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:26 amOmen47

    I’ll admit, I had hoped Mayo Chiki! would be blogged over Yuruyuri (it even has more votes), but okay.

    • July 1, 2011 at 2:20 amDivine

      Mayo Chiki is what I’m considering if I decide to pick up another series. I’m trying to avoid blogging two shows on the same day, but if I were to do so, Thursday would definitely be it. It’s always the busiest day of every anime season.

      Edit: Actually, scratch that. It looks like MBS is airing Mawaru Penguindrum on Thursdays, one day ahead of TBS’ broadcast, so there goes that idea.

    • July 1, 2011 at 3:04 amSmuglord

      Omen,I swear those were the exact thoughts I had while reading this post/: really happy penguindrum is getting blogged though:D

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:55 amCorn

    YESSS! Thank you so much for covering Natsume Yuujin-chou San and No.6 Looking forward to it so much :D!

    • July 1, 2011 at 10:52 amKarmafan

      I’m glad Natsume is covered as well. It is a first class anime series that gets too little love. The 3rd season should be golden.

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:55 amJustin

    DIVINE IS BACK!!! GUARDIAN ENZO IS HERE!!! I ALWAYS LOVE TAKAII!!! AND PROOOF IS AWESOME!!! :). Happy summer for a happy kid :D

    • July 9, 2011 at 3:31 amMercenaryX10A

      seem like you dont miss Kiiragi… XD

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:01 amJX

    Nice to see you back Divine.

    • July 1, 2011 at 2:23 amDivine

      Glad to be here.

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:08 am1-31

    Well, seems like the workload’s pretty evenly split this season. I’m guessing +12-series-season-coverages will be a thing of the past?
    …and it’s a shame Appleseed XIII looks like it’ll be postponed yet again.

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:09 amfragb85

    Hah Divine has six shows. That’s the Divine we all know and love. Have fun, and all you’re blogging efforts are much appreciated.

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:42 amamado

    Divine’s taking it easy this season now that he’s back.

    im glad he decided to blog yuruyuri and blood c(even though he said he didnt finish blood+).

    on a side note, is first impressions still there? I mean blogging the first episodes.

    • July 1, 2011 at 2:48 amDivine

      Yeah, as usual, we’ll try to cover as many first episodes as we can.

  • July 1, 2011 at 3:00 amCroosboy

    -flys through the sky-

    10/10

    • July 1, 2011 at 3:04 amCroosboy

      flies*

      I have no regrets seeing this sched.

  • July 1, 2011 at 3:28 amKurofaise

    Awesome stuff, loads of shows are getting covered! Now just to wait and see if there are going to be any hidden gems this season. (My guess goes to Mawaru Penguindrum & Ikoku Meiro no Croisée)

  • July 1, 2011 at 3:33 amShadiic

    Yay Usagi Drop

    Pretty balanced schedule having a few things covered each day by different bloggers. Gone are the days where Divine was pumping out 16 shows a week. Well until Fall arives XD. Good work guys and I hope that this season will deliver.

  • July 1, 2011 at 3:44 amFlappy

    WOW you covering 19/33 shows! Now that is awesome!! Hopefully this season will produce absolute gems again. Glad to see you active again Divine, how was the break? Kudos to Takaii and Prooof for your continued contributions.

    I will be looking forward to your input Enzo. Your post on colorful was interesting, I will take some time in the future to give it a go.

  • July 1, 2011 at 4:14 amBluerise

    I’m so so pleased, seems like every show I plan to watch will be covered and the ones being covered are being blogged too.

    Thanks to all the RC team.

    • July 1, 2011 at 4:14 amBluerise

      *considered

  • July 1, 2011 at 4:35 amlkaze

    WOW, Guardina Enzo is doing 5 series from the start? Will he be fine?

    • July 1, 2011 at 8:05 amBass.EXE

      He’s been running his own blog for a while, so I’m sure he’ll be okay

    • July 1, 2011 at 8:33 amGuardian Enzo

      I have a K-cup, which is one step down from a caffeine IV. I’ll get through it! Besides, when Divine reminded me he used to blog 16 series with the full 30-cap format I felt manly shame.

      • July 1, 2011 at 8:35 amGuardian Enzo

        (K-cup = Keurig coffee machine, BTW, not an oddly sized bra)

      • July 1, 2011 at 9:17 amLuxorcist

        ^lol I thought of a bra too

      • July 1, 2011 at 11:23 amMrRei

        lol.. it’s not so odd of bra size. UK measurements reaches R-cup! now that’s odd o_0

      • July 1, 2011 at 10:57 pmShirt

        -facepalm-

  • July 1, 2011 at 4:37 amoutcast

    Ouran_High_School_Host_Club
    So excited.

  • July 1, 2011 at 5:43 amStereoman

    You’re covering the series I’ve been anticipating the most! Thank you so much! :D

  • July 1, 2011 at 6:11 amVT

    :D I’m so glad that Natsume Yuujin-chou San is being covered!! I’m looking forward to reading Guardian Enzo’s reviews and opinions ;P

    pretty sad that there’s gonna be a few screen caps though and lesser detailed reviews..i love reading about them in detail especially if i do not understand the episode.. >.<

  • July 1, 2011 at 6:18 amSeishun Otoko

    Wow, solid coverage this season. It looks like all the good shows are pretty evenly spread among the writers as well and I’ll have the chance to read everyone’s contributions.
    A bit disappointed that Manyuu Hikenchou won’t be covered. If there’s a site that cover such guilty pleasure well, it’s Random Curiosity.
    Try not to burn out again, Divine. I hope we’ll get to read your impressions on more movies/OVAs as well.

  • July 1, 2011 at 6:28 amMrTerrorist

    I’m kinda sad you guys aren’t watching the Idolmaster anime.

  • July 1, 2011 at 6:37 amayasawada

    You guys rock! Looking forward to another great season of RandomC blogging and discussion :)

  • July 1, 2011 at 7:59 amHrmmm

    Surprised that Takaii isn’t doing Usagi Drop, but otherwise looking forward to this season.

  • July 1, 2011 at 8:38 amGuardian Enzo

    I’m a huge Natsume Yuujinchou fanboy, so there was no way I was letting that one slip past me. And VT, even if I use a mini-format for most posts with caps (for now) rest assured, I’ll try and give fully detailed reviews all the time if I can.

    Exciting to see all this laid out – should be a great season. I’m happy to be here.

  • July 1, 2011 at 8:54 amPeepQ

    No one’s watching The Idolm@ster?

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:05 amjdazam

    Isn’t Sket Dance supposed to continue on the summer season?

    • July 1, 2011 at 9:20 amLuxorcist

      It’s really not a bloggable show since it’s a gag series.

    • July 1, 2011 at 9:36 amKurofaise

      As Luxorcist said it’s not bloggable, but yes it’s probably going to be quite long running similar to Toriko and Beelzebub at the moment as they all have quite alot of source material to go through, (mainly Sket Dance).

    • July 1, 2011 at 10:58 pmShirt

      Ahh.. Sket Dance is such a great show too. But alas, you have a point.

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:18 amDarkmaya

    Good luck Guardian Enzo with no.6, I hope that any BL hints won’t make you ‘worse’ your opinion about this show! I’m so happy that so many shows are covered in this season, thank you! ♥

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:21 amGuardian Enzo

    @Darkmaya – I know about the BL overtones, and it doesn’t bother me so much – chalk this up to that “generalist” tag I apply to myself. I don’t have too many hangups with anime except poor quality – if the writing is good and the product is entertaining, they can have whatever undertones they want. Besides, I have full faith in NoitaminA. They’ve had their misses, but their batting average is unbeatable the last two years.

    • July 1, 2011 at 9:44 amKurofaise

      I wouldn’t have thought BL tones would be a problem considering you said Hourou Musuko was one of your favs in recent years (mines too) and if anybody disliked anything do with sexuality or identity or related topics then I would think chances were they would not have enjoyed Hourou Musuko in the first place; never mind it being one of your favourites. So yeah, I really look forward to your upcoming bloggings Enzo, especially NO.6/Ao No Exorcist/Dantalian!

      :)

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:50 amsheenzu

    woo glad someone is picking up natsume, :D
    looking forward to the coming months :D

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:35 amTakaii

    I totally wanted to do Usagi drop! But with conflicting times with other shows and such, Prooof ended up getting it (;

    • July 1, 2011 at 10:59 pmShirt

      lol You guys actually fight over who gets what? That’s awesome.

    • July 2, 2011 at 9:43 amNyara♥

      Usagi Drop is one of my top to see this season, I really like Jousei >//<.

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:31 amTriangle MAN

    Just watched blood c and its a turd sandwich of a show nothing new or half good just normal stuff,girl acts innocent and supid then monsters come and she gets serious… and there is a lot of blood so yea. -_-

    • July 2, 2011 at 5:06 pmKarmafan

      I disagree. I liked the 1st episode. The characters are clearly CLAMP characters similar to XXXHolic design but Saya is beautifully drawn. It is a complete reimagining of the original series with everything being changed from top to bottom (including Saya’s look). I loved the original series as well.

      The business with her and the fight isn’t well explained but I’m not worried. Many suspense/horror action type series start with a mysterious thing happening that isn’t well explained and then gets filled in later as a way of drawing us in. Hell Ga-Rei introduced a whole cast and then killed them all in a WTF moment at the beginning of the series so hang in there.

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:41 am1st time poster

    err… just wondering if that is the full schedule since gintama isn’t there…

    • July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pmDivine

      No, this is primarily a blogging schedule. It only includes the current seasons’ shows, plus any continuing on from last season that are being covered.

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:54 amDelwack

    Good call Divine, I think most people read for the impressions, not the images.

    Looking forward to the season.

  • July 1, 2011 at 12:11 pmSkattack

    No Ro-kyu-bu?!?!?!

    Rina hidaka and Hanazawa are crying!!!!

    • July 1, 2011 at 1:59 pmDivine

      What about Hikasa Youko, Iguchi Yuka, and Ogura Yui?

      • July 1, 2011 at 6:39 pmSkattack

        They’re sad too, but Rina hidaka being abandoned by RC after star driver and Hanazawa being Hanazawa will be crying.

  • July 1, 2011 at 12:19 pmClick

    WHAT. NO IDOLM@STER?!?!?! YOU GUYS MUST HATE ME :<

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:47 pmKevin

    The 15 picture format is a good idea. Don’t stress yourselves out screenshotting things, most of us should have watched the episode already and are more interested in your opinions. :]

  • July 1, 2011 at 6:59 pmwahahahahaha

    The 1st Ep of BloodC make me feel little disappointment… animetion OP ED all are worst than Blood+ :(

    • July 2, 2011 at 5:08 pmKarmafan

      Don’t go down that road. This is a complete reimagining of the series so nothing is going to be the same. Judge it for what it is and you will like it.

    • July 3, 2011 at 2:03 amHrmmm

      I didn’t like Blood+, but as KF said you should reserve judgement until you get more.

      ‘Bring on the Glasses Vampire!’ I say

  • July 1, 2011 at 8:36 pmCM_KLAC

    oh come on just at least mention few eps of manyuu so that everyone to peek at it.

    yep it manyuu season.

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:03 pmShirt

    WOW.. I’m completely blown away that Tiger and Bunny doesn’t have a spot. I would’ve guess Divine would pick that one up if anyone. But it is mid-season for it and you guys don’t just pick up a show in the middle of it’s story like that.

    I’m really happy there’s a new writer on the team. Random Curiosity is great. Always gets my spirits up. :)

    • July 2, 2011 at 5:15 pmGuardian Enzo

      Shirt: FTR I have been blogging it since the beginning and plan to continue doing so, but it didn’t make much sense to add the series to RC right in the middle of its run.

    • July 2, 2011 at 6:49 pmShirt

      No way! I’ll definitely get my Heroic fill there then.

      Lv.4 Enzo: +520 Exp.

      • July 2, 2011 at 6:51 pmShirt

        84! Lv.84, I say!

      • July 2, 2011 at 6:55 pmGuardian Enzo

        To quote Hikaru Shindou: “Sugoi Pressure!”

  • July 1, 2011 at 11:05 pmdany1908

    hm really? blood – c?
    i said i’ll wait the subbed to come out
    i have a feeling that the anime i most waited will disappointment – like usual lol
    but my list now is kinda long

  • July 2, 2011 at 3:16 amJezo

    No one cares about Blade?

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:30 amarkeid

    Oh, were is Last Exile 2?

    • July 2, 2011 at 6:38 pmGuardian Enzo

      Last Exile is Fall. I can’t imagine someone won’t be covering that one!

  • July 2, 2011 at 8:52 amHidoi

    Good choice not choosing “Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE 1000%”. These kind of reverse harems are just pointless and their eyes are just…ugh. Also, Starry Sky just sucks a$$.

    • August 13, 2011 at 8:29 pmVT

      o.O I feel that it’s wrong for you to stereotype a show like that, just because it’s a reverse harem, and especially when you’ve not even tried watching the show. Personally, I myself do not watch reverse harems because I thought that having 1 girl and loads of guys (or 1 guy with loads of girls for that matter), wouldn’t show much substance for a story, and I do agree that when I peeked into Starry Sky’s series, I was greatly disappointed by the way the anime delivered the plot. All the more the distance between me and that type of genre increased.

      My sister then picked up Uta no Prince Sama series, kyaaa-ing every time she sees the ending with all of those so-called pretty boys. I had no interest in picking in up either because I had the same mindset as you.

      But I’m telling you now that I’m glad that that day, I had nothing to do and my sister forced me to sit through the first episode of the series…because it was great!

      I found the series different than usual types of reverse harems, the humour was uniquely crafted, there’s that tinge of mysterious suspense (not romantically), and i must say, the plot so far, has been really good at putting me on the edge of my seat.

      Sure, like the typical reverse harem stories, each episode is devoted to a character, but the way the producers dwell on it to twist it in such an amazing way, makes the plot really tension-driven…and even the songs in the series are not that bad at all. (i’m more towards the TM Revolution type of music)..

      The only thing that bugs me in the entire series….is the main girl’s eyes. =__=|| impossibly yellow pupils that look lifeless and hollow..

      But that’s just about it. So, i just wanna say that, before you point out that a show (any type of show) is “pointless”, I suggest you watch at least the first episode before giving it an answer. It’s just worth 30mins of your time, to break it or make it. It’s no use watching it with a narrow view on the series (any series), so have an open mind and opinion about others before commenting and judging them. ;P

    • August 21, 2011 at 6:35 amminase

      I strongly agree with VT. Just like how you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a series by the genre that’s been assigned to it. I myself don’t usually go for reverse harems either. But Uta no Prince-sama is an exception since for one, it does have a decent plot to it.

      Also, I think it’s fair to consider that different people have different tastes. Take another series that goes more to the extreme, for example, Fresh Pretty Cure. I remember the time when I was the screenings director in the anime club at university. It was during this one random screenings session, and Fresh Pretty Cure just happened to be chosen from the hat. In the first 5 minutes of the first episode, everyone (around 50 people) in the room started yelling and demanded a re-pick. It was hard for me to believe however, how many people liked the show in Japan. There was this convenient store I went to in Osaka and they sell these Fresh Pretty Cure merchandise like lunchboxes, backpacks…etc and I always see people in their early 20′s to 30′s in that section.

      So even if you watched a show and still think it’s pointless, I think it’s a good idea to respect the people who do like the show. I mean, say you like Steins;Gate and someone say it’s pointless, it wouldn’t feel good would it? But it’d be okay to say that it’s not to their tastes though.

  • July 6, 2011 at 6:41 amFB

    doesn’t Bleach air on tuesdays?

  • July 6, 2011 at 3:14 pmDarkmaya

    Sorry for weird question, but for example what 26:10 means in Mawaru Penguidrom? It’s hour, when it’s airs? Shouldn’t be to emm 24h?

  • July 6, 2011 at 3:18 pmGuardian Enzo

    Early morning airings are typically given the “24+” number in anime schedules. So 26:10 is just a way of saying 2:10 AM.

    • July 6, 2011 at 3:19 pmDarkmaya

      Ah, I see, thank you so much for answer! :)

  • July 12, 2011 at 12:05 amTakaii

    I can honestly say, that after getting through the first few weeks of shows, I’m very happy with this season (:

  • September 4, 2011 at 9:13 pmCroosboy

    Was it this.
    I think it was joke.

    • September 4, 2011 at 9:14 pmCroosboy

      Ops sorry wrong post XD. stupid school browser

  • September 10, 2011 at 12:56 pmdanny

    Any ETA/idea on when the fall 2011 preview will be up?

    THANKS!