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Without further ado, welcome to the first collaborative edition of the Random Curiosity season preview, now featuring more writers for you to love and adore than ever. (Please don’t stalk us too much though.) As you all probably know, Divine, our season preview writer/extraordinaire, is taking an indefinite hiatus so he has passed on the baton to the rest of us writers – and just in time for the spring preview too, which is generally one of the busiest seasons with 50 new shows and counting. As is standard fare, we have the usual batch of hotly anticipated sequels to recent shows such as Fate/Zero 2nd Season, Kimi to Boku 2, and Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD, but there are also sequels and spiritual successors to venerated older shows as well like Eureka Seven Astral Ocean, the return of the Saint Seiya franchise after 25 years, and the reunion of Cowboy Bebop’s director and composer for a new show after over ten. So dust off that TV, free up some hard drive space, or do whatever else it is you do to get ready, because this season looks highly promising. Long-awaited sequels, a diversity of genres, and a nice balance of original works and manga/light novel adaptations have filled the slate with many shows that merit more than just a passing glance, and made this is a season one where even the pickiest of viewers should be able to find something to enjoy.

 

As a quick reminder, each entry is divided into two paragraphs:

  • A brief introduction to the series and its premise, often with the starring cast.
  • The writer’s impressions, expanding on the plot and highlighting specific points of interest.

The overall impressions at the very end categorize the shows in a way that should help you decide what to watch.

 

Disclaimer:  Past season previews were done by a single writer, so while regular readers were probably very familiar with the shows that Divine liked to watch, this new collaborative season preview features many new writers whose tastes you might not yet know very well. That said, we hope this will translate into a more diverse set of perspectives while allowing us to remain objective enough to provide informed judgements on new shows and write a preview that is true to the style and tradition of past season previews. Similar to what Divine did in the past, we will also try to identify what appeals to us in each series, in hopes it will help you determine if it coincides with your tastes.

For a peek into our anime viewing histories: Asobi, BakaMochi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Prooof, Stereoman, Stilts, Takaii, unlisted, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr

By no means does this list reflect every single anime series that is going to air, though it’s meant to be as comprehensive as possible. Shows that stray far from the anime norm or are deemed oriented towards younger children are omitted, so check out MOON PHASE for a complete listing, syoboi’s calendar for specific air times, and Fansub Wiki’s page for a tentative look on who’s subbing what.

 


TV Series


 

Technical Note: The list is ordered by the date and time that the shows premiere. The links in the schedule will take you to a series’ corresponding entry and the “Top” links on the right will bring you back. You can also use the back/forward buttons in your browser to jump between links you’ve clicked. 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.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Saint Seiya Omega
06:30 EX (4/1)
Queen’s Blade Rebellion
10:00 AT-X (4/2)
Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden
18:00 TX (4/3)
Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone
09:00 TX (4/18)
Koiken! ~Watashi-tachi Anime ni Natchatta!~
15:00 GREE (3/1)
Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume NEO
18:20 NHK-E (4/6)
Jewelpet Kira☆Deko!
07:00 TVO (4/7)
Uchuu Kyoudai
07:00 NTV, ytv, CTV (4/1)
Gon
18:00 TX (4/2)
Zumomo to Nupepe
18:20 NHK-E (4/3)
Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi
17:30 TX (4/4)
Shirokuma Cafe
17:30 TX (4/5)
Ozuma
24:00 WOWOW (3/16)
Baku Tech! Bakugan
08:45 TX (4/7)
Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G
08:30 TX (4/8)
Gakkatsu!
24:55 NHK-E (3/19)
Jormungand
24:30 TX (4/10)
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
18:20 NHK-E (4/4)
Sakamichi no Apollon
24:45 CX (4/12)
Accel World
24:30 MX (4/6)
Ginga e Kickoff!!
09:30 NHK (4/7)
Furusato Saisei Nippon no Mukashi Banashi
09:00 TX (4/1)
Kimi to Boku 2
25:30 TX (4/2)
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD
25:00 MX (4/4)
Recorder to Randoseru Second Season
25:00 TVS (4/5)
Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future
10:00 TX, TVO, TVA (4/7)
Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit-hen
10:00 TVO, TVA, TX (4/8)
Yurumates 3D
25:35 SUN (4/2)
Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
25:29 NTV (4/4)
Tsuritama
25:15 CX (4/12)
Fate/Zero 2nd Season
24:00 MX (4/7)
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2
17:30 NHK-E (4/8)
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
26:00 TX (4/9)
Medaka Box
25:50 TX (4/4)
Acchi Kocchi
25:25 TBS (4/5)
Upotte!!
24:00 Nico Nico (4/7)
Hiiro no Kakera
22:00 MX (4/1)
ZETMAN
26:43 ytv (4/2)
Sengoku Collection
25:45 TX (4/5)
Nazo no Kanojo X
25:30 MX (4/7)
Shiba Inuko-san
22:27 MX (4/1)
Sankarea
25:55 TBS (4/5)
Kuroko no Basuke
25:58 MBS (4/7)
AKB0048
23:00 tvk (4/29)
Eureka Seven Astral Ocean
25:55 MBS (4/12)
Hyouka
24:00 CTC (4/22)
Natsuiro Kiseki
26:25 MBS (4/5)
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
24:30 SUN, CTC (4/8)
Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
27:22 MBS (4/12)
Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A
25:05 TX (4/8)

* Jump to OVA/Movies.

koiken
Koiken! ~Watashi-tachi Anime ni Natchatta!~ Top
こいけん!~私たちアニメになっちゃった!~
http://koiken-anime.jp/
Animation: Marvy Jack Premiere: March 1, 2012
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 15:00
Episodes: Station: GREE
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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This spring, Marvy Jack brings us Koiken!, an anime based on a popular dating simulation game that’s hosted by DeNA‘s social networking site Mobage. This show’s been airing for a while now so you may wonder why you haven’t seen anything related to it. That’s because it’s a mobile ONA – a show that airs on a mobile network in Japan. As far as I know, people in Japan watch this on cell phones.

Dating simulation games are pretty well-known so it’s easy to understand what’s going on. The show also has a relatively well-known cast with stars like Tomatsu Haruka, Inoue Kikuko, Toyosaki Aki and Kugimiya Rie! Unfortunately, I don’t know if this show will be available through anything else besides mobile networks, so you probably won’t be able to watch this one (at least for now).

Plans to Watch: unlisted Potential Bloggers: None yet
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ozuma
Ozuma | オズマ Top
http://ozuma.jp/
Animation: LandQ Studios Premiere: March 16, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 24:00
Episodes: 6 Station: WOWOW
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The first show of the spring season this year is LandQ studiosOzuma, based on an unpublished work by Matsumoto Leiji who’s known for his various space-related works. The story is set in the distant future where the elevated radiation from the sun has destroyed the environment on Earth, covering the planet in sand and drastically decreasing the birthrate of humans. One day, Sam Coin (Kakihara Tetsuya) – a trader of the desert in search of Ozuma, an enemy of his brother – saves a woman named Maya (Tanaka Rie) from her “Ideal Children” pursuers, an army of cloned soldiers named used by the government to control society.

I must admit, I had no idea who Matsumoto Leiji was before writing this post so I can’t say anything regarding his other works. This show seems interesting and relatively short, but I don’t know if I’ll watch it or not. The first episode of Ozuma has aired already, as this preview is a tad late. I haven’t given it a shot yet but I intend to very soon. However, I have watched the opening for the anime and it was quite interesting because while the regular Japanese broadcast had a Japanese song, the Crunchyroll stream had the same song in English – both performed by the same band. Other than that, this show has a pretty “old” style compared to the modern works we’re more familar with today. The artwork, the theme, basically everything else about this show is nostalgic. This might just be the most unique offering this season.

Plans to Watch: Moomba, unlisted, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: None yet
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gakkatsu
Gakkatsu! | ガッ活! Top
http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/gakkatsu/
Animation: Fanworks Premiere: March 19, 2012
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Weekdays at 24:55
Episodes: 5 (?) Station: NHK-E
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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We’re all used to seeing battles fought with swords, but what about the most common “fights” in the world – debates? This spring season offers us a rare of a short comedy that takes place in a school with a girl named Rareko (Kawashou Miyuki). Rareko is known for starting enthusiastic yet absurd debates that result in a very lively classroom life. These debates take obscure topics and blow them out of proportion, and the arguments are exchanged like strokes from swords. Gakkatsu will air on weekdays every night in short five-minute episodes.

This kind of comedy can be fun. I always enjoy watching a good debate, no matter what form it’s presented in. I might give this a chance as it seems odd enough to catch my attention. It’s relatively short too, so I can fit it anytime into my schedule. I have no idea what the topics will be brought up and I have no real expectations. This show will probably be a fun pastime for me but who knows? It might be really funny! And it’ll be really nice to see Kawashou Miyuki in action again. I really enjoyed her voicing Drossel from Fireball.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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sso
Saint Seiya Omega | 聖闘士星矢Ω Top
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/seiya/
Animation: Toei Animation Premiere: April 1, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 06:30
Episodes: 13 (?) Station: TV Asahi (EX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Twenty-five years later, the Saint Seiya franchise returns with a brand new series featuring an original story and a new cast of characters. Like Aquarion EVOL, this is a story that takes place some time after its prequel and doesn’t require the audience to have any prior knowledge about it. The story centers on the reincarnated goddess Athena who lives on Earth accompanied by her Saints: Pegasus Kouga (Midorikawa Hikaru), Orion Eden (Suwabe Junichi), Wolf Haruto (Suzuki Tatsuhisa), Aquila Yuna (Yukino Satsuki), Dragon Ryuuhou (Kakihara Tetsuya) and Lionet Souma (Konishi Katsuyuki). Together they’re fulfilling Athena’s duty of protecting peace on Earth.

I knew of Saint Seiya but I’ve never seen anything related to the franchise. It’s pretty interesting to see an old series in a new, modernized version; however, the artwork still has its old touch from the prequels. This is not something that appeals to me and I know I won’t be watching it but I’m pretty sure a lot of anime fans are feeling nostalgic and looking forward to this “old school” classic shounen.

Plans to Watch: unlisted Potential Bloggers: None yet
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spacebros
Uchuu Kyoudai | 宇宙兄弟 Top
http://uchukyodai.com/
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: April 1, 2012
Genre: Drama, Family, Sci-Fi, Space Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 07:00
Episodes: 48+ Station: Nippon TV (NTV), Yomiuri TV (ytv), Chuukyou TV (CTV)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The adaptation of Koyama Chuuya’s award-winning seinen manga features two protagonists – brothers, who as children, made a vow to become astronauts after a fateful summer day when they saw a UFO streaking towards the moon. Flash-forward to 2025 and Namba Hibito (Kenn), the younger brother who has always been blessed with good luck, has kept his end of their promise as he is part of the first NASA mission sending people to live on the moon. His elder brother Namba Mutto (Hirata Hiroaki) on the other hand, has always been plagued by bad luck and never able to fulfill his aspirations. He’s currently unemployed after being fired from a successful job as a car designer; however, his luck begins to change after an inspirational message from Hibito, spurring him to try and become an astronaut and live up to his motto that “The older brother should always be ahead of the younger one.”

When I was a youngster, I too dreamed of becoming an astronaut, so this series speaks directly to my heart. To boldly go where only approximately 530 people have ever been is both romantic and adventurous, and the journey Mutto takes to become an astronaut in Uchuu Kyoudai embodies both of these traits very well. This tale of one man’s personal development while on the road to following his dreams is a heartwarming one with many themes that can be easily identified with. The well-done character development in combination with insights into the rigorous astronaut selection and training process reminds some of the underappreciated series Planetes, and could make for a series that becomes the sleeper hit of the season.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Guardian Enzo, Moomba, verdant
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furusato
Furusato Saisei Nihon no Mukashi Banashi | ふるさと再生 日本の昔ばなし Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/mukashibanashi/
Animation: Tomason Premiere: April 1, 2012
Genre: History Airtime (GMT+9): Sunday at 09:00
Episodes: 13 (?) Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Adapting Japanese folklore, myth, legend and festival origin stories into a series of original anime episodes narrated by Emoto Akira and Matsukane Yoneko, Furusato Saisei could prove an interesting anime for those who want to learn more about Japan’s cultural background. The first of these stories will tell the tale of an honest elderly couple who receive a mysterious dog; this dog grants the couple good fortune, garnering the avarice of their neighbours who then proceed to steal it.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
hiirokake
Hiiro no Kakera | 緋色の欠片 Top
http://www.hiironokakera.tv/
Animation: Studio DEEN Premiere: April 1, 2012
Genre: Action, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:00
Episodes: 26 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Studio DEEN brings us an anime adaption of the PS2 otome game Hiiro no Kakera this season. This reverse harem show, targeted towards the female audience centers around our main protagonist, Kasuga Tamaki (Miyake Marie), who returns to a village that reminds her of her childhood, oblivious to the supernatural danger surrounding it. She soon becomes involved in a world previously unknown to her and the only help she can get comes in the form of five bishounen guardians: Onizaki Takuma (Sugita Tomokazu), Atori Mahiro (Okano Kousuke), Komura Yuuichi (Namikawa Daisuke), Inukai Shinji (Shimowada Hiroki) and Oomi Suguru (Hirakawa Daisuke).

These kinds of shows tick me off because they’re filled with clichés, always ending with the heroine not choosing anyone at all. For some odd reason however, I always get stuck watching these and hoping for the best. Having already seen the first pre-aired episode and found it quite interesting, I intend to continue watching this show. Some of you may recognize the artwork and that’s because this show has the same character designer (Kazuki Yone) as Hakuouki. Another thing that has me hooked on this show is the wonderful cast it has assembled. So if you’re looking for a reverse harem featuring bishounen designs, played by an all-star interesting cast – this is your show!

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Cherrie, Stereoman, Zanibas Potential Bloggers: BakaMochi, Stereoman
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inuko
Shiba Inuko-san | しばいぬ子さん Top
http://ch.nicovideo.jp/channel/inuko
Animation: DAX Production Premiere: April 1, 2012
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:27
Episodes: 26 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The trend of comedy shows about the daily lives of students doesn’t show signs of letting up anytime soon. An adaptation of Uzu’s 4-koma manga, Shiba Inuko-san is slated for 2-minute episodes featuring the lives of middle school students. The titutlar character, Shiba Inuko (Sasaki Mikoi), looks like a Shiba Inu dog, but everyone appears to treat her like an ordinary 14 year-old girl except her best friend Ishibashi Chako. However, in order to maintain their friendship, Chako never voices her doubts to her friend.

There doesn’t seem to be any translations of the manga yet so I can’t say for certain what the tone of the show will be, but from a premise like this coupled with the limitations of brief episodes, I would bet on this series consisting of short bursts of humor with heartwarming moments sprinkled throughout. So if you’re looking for a quick laugh or d’aww to brighten your day, this could be your ticket.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
rebellion
Queen’s Blade: Rebellion | クイーンズブレイド リベリオン Top
http://queensblade.tv/
Animation: ARMS Premiere: April 2, 2012
Genre: Action, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 10:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Queen’s Blade: Rebellion is a sequel to the second season of Queen’s Blade. It is set four years after and revolves around Annelotte (Endou Aya). She leads the Rebel Army to overthrow Claudette, the tyrannical queen. This sequel features a new cast while keeping some of the original characters. For those of you who don’t know, “Queen’s Blade” is a tournament held every four years to decide who gets to be the next queen.

I remember watching a couple episodes of this franchise and found it was filled with ecchi. This series reminds me of SEKIREI in that it features women fighting in a tournament who, when they get injured, their clothes slowly start disappearing due to fighting. What differentiates Queen’s Blade from SEKIREI is that the latter is seemingly mild by comparison. For those who can look past the heavy fanservice, there should still be a compelling fantasy story worth checking out.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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gon
Gon | ゴん Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/gon/
Animation: Daewon Media Premiere: April 2, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 18:00
Episodes: 50 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Enter Gon, the egocentric dinosaur. He may not have many words to say, but he’ll sure bite you in order to get his point across. In fact, this is how the manga plays out: no dialogue, just beautifully drawn and emotional artwork that drives the plot. Although Gon ends up coming off as a self-centered ass for the majority of the story, he ends up doing many kind things in his own misunderstood way.

It is unlikely that this unique feature of GON will translate into the anime adaptation. TV Tokyo has already laid out their full cast of seiyuu, including Kusao Takeshi (Trunks from DBZ) and Horiuchi Kenyuu (Tomoro from Twin Spica). In addition, the art style is a steep contrast from the ultra-detailed realistic approach of the manga. This adaptation will most likely take an entirely different approach to the concept and appeal to a different demographic, but maybe Korean animation studio Daewon Media’s first foray into the Japanese market will surprise.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
kimiboku2
Kimi to Boku. 2 | 君と僕。2 Top
http://www.kimiboku.tv/index.html
Animation: J.C.Staff Premiere: April 2, 2012
Genre: Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Monday, 25:30
Episodes: 13 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The sequel to Kimi to Boku (which finished its first run two seasons ago) is finally making its triumphant return this spring! For those out of the loop, “You and I” follows the daily lives of four childhood friends — twin brothers Asaba Yuuta (Uchiyama Kouki) and Yuuki (Kimura Ryouhei), perfectionist Tsukahara Kaname (Ono Yuuki), the fluffy Matsuoka Shun (Toyonaga Toshiyuki) — and their half-German transfer student Tachibana Chizuru (Irino Miyu), who met Yuuki years ago during an earlier trip to Japan.

If you’re on the fence about picking up Kimi to Boku 2, give it a chance!. With J.C. Staff taking the reins again, I fully believe that they’ll be able to build and improve on what they delivered two seasons ago. With the slow character introductions out of the way and a few recurring plot points that are sure to keep us entertained (like the love-hate relationship between Chizuru and Masaki), I’m certain that Kimi to Boku will at least be enjoyable.

Plans to Watch: Guardian Enzo, Stereoman Potential Bloggers: Stereoman
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yuru3d
Yurumates 3D | ゆるめいつ 3でぃ Top
http://www.takeshobo.co.jp/sp/tv_yuru/
Animation: C2C Premiere: April 2, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:35
Episodes: 13 (?) Station: Sun TV (SUN)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Yurumates 3D is based on a 4-koma comedy manga. Aida Yurume (Momoi Haruko) wants to make it to a university in Tokyo, but in order to fulfill that goal, she moves from the countryside to an apartment in Tokyo to attend cram school. At her new home, she meets her odd bunch of neighbors, Kawana Sae (Kuwatani Natsuko), Matsukichi (Hino Satoshi), and Tanaka Kumi (Matsuki Miyu), who are all in the same position as her.

I wasn’t very impressed by the actual 4-koma version. All of the gags came off extremely awkward. That being said, I moved onto the first OVA that was released back in 2009 to investigate further. Since it was animated, the gag delivery was a lot better even though the jokes themselves were still hit or miss. It’s also being animated by a relatively less known company, who helped work on bigger name productions such as Amagami SS, BakaTest, and STAR DRIVER. Although I have low expectations for this show, I hope it turns out better than what I’ve seen thus far.

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, unlisted Potential Bloggers: None yet
zetman
ZETMAN Top
http://zetman.jp/
Animation: TMS Animation Premiere: April 2, 2012
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 26:43
Episodes: 13 Station: Yomiuri TV (ytv)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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For those of you looking for a dark and brutal series this spring, the adaptation of Katsura Masakazu’s manga will probably fit your bill. In their efforts to create the perfect artificial human, the Amagi Corporation ends up creating monstrous abominations instead, dubbed “Players”. These Players, who were basically used and mistreated by their creators, eventually become self-aware, perceive themselves to be superior to humans, and go on murderous rampages. And thus, the role of protecting mankind from the Players falls on the two rival heroes of the series: ZET and Alphas. The series begins with the backstories for each hero: Kanzaki Jin (Namikawa Daisuke), who transforms into the superhuman ZET form, and Amagi Kouga (Miyano Mamoru), who has a strong sense of justice and fights Players as the hero Alphas, despite being the grandson of the Amagi Corporation founder.

While the premise is grim, the manga (at least the first ten chapters or so) actually manages to blend in just enough humor and lighthearted moments to keep the whole thing from being overly dark and depressing – which when combined with the meticulously drawn scenes, made it a very engaging read. Hopefully many of these elements will transfer over to the animated adaptation as well, and it’ll be especially interesting to see if TMS Entertainment will be able to translate the more realistic character designs and parkour-like combat onto the screen. In an age that is sadly devoid of brutal violence and badass protagonists, ZETMAN is a very promising breath of fresh air this spring season.

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Cherrie, Moomba, Stereoman, Stilts, unlisted, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: BakaMochi, verdant
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rocklee
Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden Top
NARUTO -ナルト- SD ロック・リーの青春フルパワー忍伝
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/lee/
Animation: Studio Pierrot Premiere: April 3, 2012
Genre: Action, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 18:00
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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With Bleach reaching its end, Studio Pierrot brings us a Naruto spin-off centering on Rock Lee (Masukawa Youichi) to take over Bleach’s timeslot. Not much is known about this show, but as far as I can tell it’s a parody about Rock Lee’s everyday life and struggles. The main stars of the show are Rock Lee’s teammates Neji (Toochika Kouichi) and Tenten (Yukari Tamura), but Naruto (Takeuchi Junko) himself is also listed as a main character.

This might seem filler-related but believe me, it’s not. There is a spin-off manga with the same title for those of you who’re interested. I’m not very fond of Rock Lee but he does have his funny moments. I doubt this will have any serious plot like Naruto has, so if you want to watch something light yet shounen, this is your show. Based on the images I’ve seen, it appears Rock Lee takes place in the same time frame as Naruto: Shippuuden, so you probably shouldn’t watch this before watching that or you might not be able to understand what is going on.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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zumomo
Dumomo to Nupepe | ズモモとヌペペ Top
http://www.zumonupe.com/
Animation: Egg Premiere: April 3, 2012
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesday at 18:20
Episodes: Station: NHK E
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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As part of the Dai! Tensai Telebi-kun program, Dumomo to Nupepe is an adaptation of Rumparo Tita’s debut children’s manga in the form of 5-minute shorts that tell the story of a pair of unlikely friends. The anime starts with from the meeting of Dumomo (Midorikawa Hikaru) – who likes to seclude himself in his own world – and the meek and simple-minded Nupepe (Aizawa Mai), and depicts their antics together with various other colourful characters.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
arashi yoru
Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi | あらしのよるに ひみつのともだち Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/arashinoyoruni/
Animation: Sparky Animation Premiere: April 4, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Drama Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 17:30
Episodes: 26 (?) Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Based on a multiple award-winning series of children’s books, Arashi no Yoru ni follows the story of a pair of unlikely friends. One night, a goat named Mei (Kugumiya Rie) and a wolf named Gabu (Yoshino Hiroyuki) both take refuge in an old barn while a storm rages outside. The two begin to talk as they wait in the dark and find out they have many things in common. Soon, a friendship develops. Yet many hardships lay ahead for the two, as their friends and family would never accept a friendship between a goat and a wolf.

In an effort to give you a more informed preview, I sat down and watched the 2005 movie that was also based on this series. I originally only intended to watch for a little bit, but I actually found it really hard to force myself to stop. It reminded me of an old school Disney movie – one that seems childish and innocent on the surface, but is actually quite deep and even dark. This is a story where Mei’s mother was killed by wolves, and one which constantly deals with issues such as Gabu forcing himself to not eat his new friend, and the deaths of Mei’s people at the claws of Gabu’s pack. By the looks of it, this adaptation might be more “kid friendly” (the CG animation is a lot lighter and softer than the traditional art used in the movie), but the underlying story will be the same. That said, it’s still a children’s show, so unless you’ve got young kids who happen to understand Japanese, this one probably won’t be for you.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
kuromajo
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!! | 黒魔女さんが通る!! Top
http://www.shin-ei-animation.jp/kuromajyo/
Animation: Shin-Ei Animation Premiere: April 04, 2012
Genre: Magical Girl, Children Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 18:20
Episodes: 1-cour (?) Station: NHK E-Tele
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Apparently, this cutesy show is actually an adaptation of Ishizaki Hiroshi’s children’s novels. Each episode is 7 minutes long and depicts the struggles of the ‘cynical’ witch Chiyoko ‘Choco’ Kurotori (Orikasa Fumika) as she trains to be a black witch under her tutor, Gubid (Paku Romi).

Err, I don’t know how cynical a fifth-grade girl in a magical girl kiddy show can be, but maybe she’ll be just cynical enough to win me over. Despite all the black in the promo images, the character designs themselves are cavity-inducingly sweet, courtesy of character designer and chief animation director Ootake Masae. A cursory glance at director Yasumi Tetsuo and Ueno Kimiko’s resumes tells me both of them primarily worked on children’s shows, so Kuromajo is probably in good hands. It’s an overload of cute for 7 minutes and I’ll probably watch an episode or two for nostalgia sake and to see just how ‘cynical’ little Choco is.

*Included for completion’s sake

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi Potential Bloggers: None yet
kore zombie
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD | これはゾンビですか? OF THE DEAD Top
http://kadokawa-anime.jp/zombie/
Animation: Studio DEEN Premiere: April 4, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Magical Girl Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:00
Episodes: 10 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Here, we have the sequel to a certain highly eclectic crazy comedy bonanza. This story follows the adventures of Aikawa Ayumu (Majima Junji), a normal high school student whose life is abruptly ended when he’s slain by a serial killer. Fortunately, that didn’t stop him from going about his business, thanks to a timely resurrection from the silent and emotionless necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe, a.k.a. Yuu. If that wasn’t enough, Ayumu accidentally saps away the powers from a magically-equipped genius named Haruna (Nomizu Iori), and is forced to fight monsters known as Megalo in her place. Add to that a vampire ninja named Seraphim (Hikasa Youko), who wants Yuu to resurrect her clan’s leader, and a rival vampire ninja named Yoshida Yuki a.k.a. Tomonori (Kanemoto Hisako), who considers herself Ayumu’s wife after an accidental kiss, and suddenly Ayumu’s high school life is no longer anything close to normal.

One of two zombie-focused shows running this season, “Is This a Zombie?” is focused much more on comedy and is about 40x more absurd. We have zombies, magical girls, necromancers, vampire ninjas, magical world teachers, invading Megalo, serial killers, perverts, goth lolis … and are you getting overwhelmed yet? Well don’t be, because that’s not even half of what makes this show fun! Thanks to its “kitchen sink” approach to fantasy, there are always a ton of things to mine for comedy, fanservice, and occasionally plot. The first season was uneven at times, but overall, this ridiculous comedy kept me coming back week after week. With director Kanasaki Takaomi and Studio DEEN returning for the second season, and 6 more light novels full of content left to explore, I’m expecting more of the same.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, Moomba, Stereoman, Stilts, Takaii, unlisted, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Stilts, Zanibas
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medaka box
Medaka Box | めだかボックス Top
http://medakabox.jp/
Animation: Gainax Premiere: April 4, 2012
Genre: Action, School-Life, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:50
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Coming to you from the brain of Nisio Isin, the pen of Akatsuki Akira, and by way of Studio Gainax, here’s a new series for all you shounen fans out there. Starring the outrageously perfect Kurokami Medaka (Toyosaki Aki) and the scrappy but loyal Hitoyoshi Zenkichi (Ono Yuuki), the story starts with first year Medaka elected Student Council President with an overwhelming 98% of the votes. She immediately implements the titular “Medaka Box,” a suggestion box where any student can submit any request to the Student Council at any time – no matter what the issue is, Medaka will see it through. The only problem is that Hakoniwa Academy is anything but normal. Medaka may be perfect, but with ever more ridiculously powerful enemies constantly upping the stakes, the fate of Hakoniwa Academy is far from certain.

When I hear about a Gainax original series, I get excited. From Neon Genesis Evangelion to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Gainax’s original series are always a treat to behold, even if they tend to do funny things to your mind. Gainax adaptations on the other hand are different story entirely, and with Saeki Shouji (He is My Master, the second season of Mahoromatic) back as director, there is a bit of a cause for concern. The animation also looks a little sub-par for 2012, at least from what I’ve seen so far. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the manga. It’s a strange story, with Medaka being so seemingly overpowered that she almost qualifies as a Mary Sue, but it still manages to keep the tension and suspense alive by having all the enemies be ridiculously overpowered as well. Let me put it this way: If Nisio Isin dialogue + awesome shounen battles + over-the-top characters + the plot constantly one-upping itself sounds like a fun time to you, give this one a shot. As long as Gainax can do the source material justice, it should be good times.

Plans to Watch: Stilts, unlisted, verdant, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: None yet
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shirokuma
Shirokuma Cafe | しろくまカフェ Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/shirokumacafe/
Animation: Studio Pierrot Premiere: April 5, 2012
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 17:30
Episodes: 4-cour Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Studio Pierrot brings us a very odd comedy based on a manga of the same title. Shirokuma Cafe is a story about a polar bear (Sakurai Takahiro) that runs a cafe and its regulars: a panda (Fukuyama Jun) and a penguin (Kamiya Hiroshi).

This show seems very unpredictable to me, but is also one of the most interesting ones out of the bunch. I suspect this might be a rare gem this year, and I fear it may become a very underrated show. The artwork seems very shoujo/josei to me which is a big plus, and the male cast stands out too. In addition to the seiyuu voicing the main characters above, we have Morikawa Toshiyuki, Ono Daisuke, Konishi Katsuyuki and Taniyama Kishou. With a cast like this that has performed well in a variety of comedy shows, it’s hard to overlook this one!

Plans to Watch: Stereoman, Zanibas Potential Bloggers: Zanibas
rikoran
Recorder to Randoseru Re | リコーダーとランドセル レ♪ Top
http://www.takeshobo.co.jp/sp/tv_rikoran
Animation: Seven Premiere: April 5, 2012
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:00
Episodes: Station: TV Saitama (TVS)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Continuing directly from last season, the two siblings Miyagawa Atsushi (Okiayu Ryoutarou) and his 17-year-old sister Atsumi (Kugimiya Rie) continue facing the gag troubles that arise from their reversed appearances. Atsushi continues to get arrested by the police and Atsumi continues to take on the short jokes.

This season’s misunderstandings will be no different. If you laughed when Atsushi’s friends prepared boxes to take his chocolate, then you should watch the second season’s three-minute bursts. Hirano Aya will continue voicing Sayo, to the relief of fans who wish to see her career rebuild. If you haven’t seen the first season and want to catch up in time for April, the first season can be completed in about 30 minutes.

Plans to Watch: Stilts, Zanibas Potential Bloggers: None yet
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sencol
Sengoku Collection | 戦国コレクション Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/sencolle/
Animation: Brains Base Premiere: April 5, 2012
Genre: Action, History Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:45
Episodes: 26 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia (EN)

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Brains Base brings us an anime adaption of Konami‘s Sengoku Collection, a social networking service game. The story takes place in the Sengoku Era, the warring states period in historical Japan when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan’s first shogunate.

I don’t have much to write about this show because this is very new and unfamiliar to me. After some research, I managed to find some information about the game itself. In the game, there are six hidden treasures containing “God of War” cards. The military masters embark on journeys to obtain the treasures, and I’m assuming that the anime plot will stick to the original game story. As for the characters, there is very little information given about them but the cast is a notable one with seiyuus like Hanazawa Kana, Nakahara Mai and Noto Mamiko. All I have to say is – this could be anything!

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
sankarea
Sankarea | さんかれあ Top
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/sankarea/
Animation: Studio DEEN Premiere: April 5, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:55
Episodes: 12 (?) Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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High school boy meets high school girl. But this isn’t your standard romantic comedy. Sankarea follows a high school student by the name of Furuya Chihiro (Kimura Ryouhei) who is obsessed with all things undead. He meets Sanka Rea (Uchida Maaya), a popular girl from a nearby all girls high school. After overhearing her problems one night, they become friends. Together they try to resurrect Babu, Furuya’s dead cat. One things leads to another and Rea turns into a zombie!

I know this might sound similar to Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? but it isn’t. While Zombie takes a lighthearted approach, Sanakarea is much darker and it’s not entirely certain that everything will be rosy at the end of this zombie romance. It is based on an ongoing manga written by Hattori Mitsuru and I believe that this anime is probably going to be THE rom-com of the season. I’ve read 26 chapters of it and I must say that the plot is interesting and compelling. There is definitely more to the main characters than I’ve stated here so as to avoid ruining a great story.

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Cherrie, Moobma, Stereoman, Stilts, unlisted, verdant, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Cherrie, Moomba, Stereoman, Zanibas
acchikocchi
Acchi Kocchi | あっちこっち Top
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/ackc/
Animation: AIC Premiere: April 5, 2012
Genre: School-Life, Comedy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:20
Episodes: 12 (?) Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Based off a 4-koma manga, Acchi Kocchi follows the daily (school) life of two students, Miniwa Tsumiki (Ookubo Rumi) and Otonashi Io (Okamoto Nobuhiko); the former being a tsundere who’s in denial of all romantic feeling towards Io. The latter appears to be your typical overly-nice, oblivious love interest (and from what I’ve seen, that fact isn’t going to change in the near future). Together, they are joined by classmates Haruno Hime (Fukuhara Kaori), Katase Mayoi (Nabatame Hitomi), Inui Sakaki (Asanuma Shintarou), and probably a slew of others that will become the catalyst for things to happen.

Not a lot of additional information is provided for this anime (without having to actually read the manga). I did skip through a few pages and I’m not thoroughly impressed by the plot or the characters; the story seems to reek of typical prolonged romances that go nowhere. Due to the nature of the manga though, it’s hard to develop a solid storyline and continuity between chapters. It’s not meant to be taken seriously but rather as a generic high school romantic comedy (which makes it a safe choice for lighthearted anime viewers). Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of predictable plotlines and if I were to watch an anime solely based on production values and seiyuus, this would still not pass the test. As a result, I could probably pick up the first and last episode and understand the gist of the story. Based on personal preference, I’ll be passing up on this one, but my fellow co-writers may be watching/blogging it. Even the comedic scenes will not be enough to carry the series for me and I’ll be looking elsewhere for my seasonal dose of romance…by possibly re-watching Toradora!

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Stereoman, Stilts Potential Bloggers: BakaMochi
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natsuiro kiseki
Natsuiro Kiseki | 夏色キセキ Top
http://www.natsuiro-kiseki.jp/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: April 5, 2012
Genre: Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:25
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Continuing their recent trend of moving beyond their traditional Action and Mecha genres, Sunrise is bringing us a new original series that is pure slice-of-life. “Summer-Colored Miracle” centers around four middle-school girls. There’s the cheerful tennis player Aizawa Natsumi (Kotobuki Minako), the perfect beauty Mizukoshi Saki (Takagaki Ayahi), the “mood-setter” who loves the idol group Four Seasons Hanaki Yuka (Tomatsu Haruka), and the calm and steady music lover Tamaki Rinko (Toyosaki Aki). The story follows these four friends as they hang out, go to school, run around town, and enjoy their youths. That is, until one summer, when a “miracle” happens.

Sunrise is being pretty tight-lipped about this original work. The primary selling point is that it stars the four-person seiyuu group Sphere, who will also be singing its theme songs. That’s all well and good, but as far as a basis for a whole series, it’s not much to go on. Yet as I look deeper, it’s looking like there may be more to this show than there originally seemed. Director Mizushima Seiji (Gundam 00, UN-GO, the first Fullmetal Alchemist) isn’t a name I recognized off the top of my head, but his resume is full of good (and occasionally great) works. Perhaps more encouraging is the man in charge of the series composition, Tatsuhiko Urahata (Saki, A-Channel, Ichigo 100%), and sound director Hiromi Kikuta (Black Rock Shooter, Kannagi, the Da Capo series), both of whom have worked on a lot of really great series. The art is also quite nice, with Hidari (Fractale), Tanaka Yuuichi (Toaru Majutsu no Index, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun), and Ikeda Shigemi (Afro Samurai, High School DxD) working together to give us a town full of idyllic charm and some cute characters to run around it. More than anything though, it’s this “wonder” that caught my attention (check out the videos below to see what I mean). Here’s the bottom line: if you’re a slice-of-life fan, give this one a shot. If not, consider it anyway. In an industry full of endless adaptations, Sunrise is bringing us something original. And who knows, it just might be fantastic.

Plans to Watch: Stilts, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Stilts
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eagle talon
Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume NEO | 秘密結社鷹の爪 NEO Top
http://xn--u9j429qiq1a.jp/neo/
Animation: DLE Inc. Premiere: April 6, 2012
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 18:20
Episodes: Station: NHK Bit World (NHK)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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FROGMAN (alias for Ono Akira), director and voice actor for all of the main characters, continues the story of Eagle Talon where your stereotypical evil organization trying to conquer the world. However, failure always seems to await the organization, whether it’s in malfunctioning monster-making machines, Deluxe Fighter foiling their plans, or making time to take a girl’s father to the hospital.

After watching a handful of subtitled episodes from last season, I actually found that this series is pretty funny for its absurdist elements. How much more ridiculous can you get with self-righting water glasses and monstrous human dressers? This season looks like it won’t be any less absurd, as “Chancellor” Soutou arises again from hitting hobo rock bottom (in a dramatically over-the-top manner of course), along with his trusty henchman Yoshida, side-henchman Phillip, and sensitive-that-he’s-a-bear (???) mad scientist Doc Leonardo. If you enjoyed shows such as >Thermae Romae and Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, this flash series ONA should be right up your alley. Most, if not all of the work to make this series is done by FROGMAN, so it’s nice to see amateur work being displayed, especially one with good humor running for its third season.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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accel world
Accel World | アクセル・ワールド Top
http://www.accel-world.net/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: April 6, 2012
Genre: Action, Romance, School, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 24:30
Episodes: 24 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The first of two Kawahara Reki light novels to be adapted (summer 2012′s Sword Art Online being the other), Accel World is an adaptation of his 2008 Dengeki Novel Grand Prize winning light novel series. In 2040, the Internet has evolved to a point where everyone uses neuro-interfaces to interact inside virtual worlds and the main character, Arita Haruyuki (Kaji Yuki), spends his time setting record virtual squash scores inside his school network’s virtual world in order escape from the harsh realities of the real world. One fateful day, his skills are recognized by Kuroyukihime (Misawa Sachika), the beautiful Student Council Vice-President, and she offers him the ability to slow time in the real world to a near standstill by using software called Brain Burst, which accelerates a person’s brainwaves. However, such an ability never comes for free as Haruyuki discovers when he is drawn into a new virtual world where he must fight other Brain Burst users in order to continue using the software. For Kuroyukihime’s help, he agrees to protect her so she can meet Brain Burst’s creator and learn of its true purpose.

From the premise itself, this series does appear to share many similarities with Guilty Crown: both protagonists have low self-esteem and share the same seiyuu, both heroines wear similar dresses and change the hero’s life forever by giving them a new power and introducing them to a new world. However, don’t let these parallels dissuade you from giving Accel World a chance, because unlike Guilty Crown, the series doesn’t take itself too seriously and the focus is more on the fights between the Brain Burst users rather than end-of-the-world machinations. With Sunrise’s capable hands at the helm, the action should be well animated and creatively choreographed, befitting the virtual world setting. So if you’re looking for shounen-esque action along with a dash of romance, school life, and comedy, this might be the series for you.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, BakaMochi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Stereoman, Stilts, unlisted, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Asobi, Cherrie, Moomba, Zephyr
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jewelpet
Jewelpet Kira Deco! | ジュエルペットきら☆デコッ! Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/jp-kiradeco/
Animation: Studio Comet Premiere: April 07, 2012
Genre: Magical Girl, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 7:00
Episodes: Station: TV Osaka (TVO)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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One day in Jewel Town, Jewel Land, the clumsy and cheerful Deco-loving Ruby (Saitou Ayaka) learns of the legendary “Mirror Ball” scattered around the world. Meanwhile, the Kira Deco Five descend from the skies and arrive in Jewel Land in search for the legendary Deco Stone… all to save the world from Eternal Darkness?!

Is it… bad that I’m morbidly interested in this? And that I would sit through however many episodes to hear Ono Daisuke (unsurprisingly) voice what looks to be the obligatory Prince Charming of this show? Whatever others may say, come at me with your overload of sickeningly sweet pink Jewelpets – I’ll take you on!

*Included for completion’s sake

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi Potential Bloggers: None yet
bakutech
Baku Tech! Bakugan | 爆TECH!爆丸 Top
http://www.bakugan.jp/cp_bakutechAnim/
Animation: Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Shounen Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 08:45
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Fans of Bakugan Battle Brawlers rejoice, because the series is back to coincide with SEGA’s new toy release. Heroic warriors, risking life and limb, are trying to collect the three Gate Cards to obtain victory – but in order to do so, they must do battle with the monsters summoned from the power within their cards!

There was once a time when you too, watched Yu-Gi-Oh!-like shows, so if you’re itching for more card monster-based action, or are looking to reminisce about what you watched when you were younger, you probably won’t be disappointed with this modern version. It’s probably in HD too, and there are new toys to buy and play with! What more could a kid nowadays ask for…

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
ginga kickoff
Ginga e Kickoff!! | 銀河へキックオフ!! Top
http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/ginga/
Animation: TYO Animations Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Sports, Shounen Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 09:30
Episodes: Station: NHK
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The Nadeshiko won the World Cup, and soccer anime seems to be having a renaissance in Japan. This one is based on the novel Ginga no World Cup by Kawabata Hiroto. The story follows young Shuu (Kobayashi Yuu – not a favorite of mine in male roles), whose middle-school football team was disbanded for lack of players. However, he’s inspired to bring it back after (fittingly) meeting the female professional player Erika (Nakatsu Mariko).

I haven’t found a translation of this anywhere, so I can’t vouch for the source material. I have a certain fondness for sports shounen, though this one appears to be pitched at a somewhat younger audience than Kuroko no Basuke. However, director Uda Konosuke has a solid track record and writer Yamada Takashi has worked in an intriguing mix of genres. This may end up being nothing more than an inoffensive kids series, but I sense it could end up surprising a few people.

Plans to Watch: Guardian Enzo Potential Bloggers: None yet
dear my future
Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future | プリティーリズム ディアマイフューチャー Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/prettyrhythm/dmf/
Animation: Tatsunoko Production Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Fashion, Music, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 10:00
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX), TV Osaka (TVO), TV Aichi (TVA)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Coming only a week after the end of its predecessor’s 51-episode (!) run, here’s the second season of the Pretty Rhythm series. Based on Takara Tomy’s arcade game targeted at young girls, the series is about fashionable super-idols who sing, dance, and skate in the popular program known as the Prism Show. This season picks up three years after the events of the first one, with the original three heroines now all grown up and tutoring a new group of aspiring Prism Stars: Karin, Reina, Mia, and Ayami, who together form the group known as Prizmmy☆. But they have some serious competition this time in the form of a five-girl rival group out of Korea.

I checked out a bit of the first season, and it really wasn’t that bad. The animation was respectable, with expressive faces and cute character designs, though they did tend to abruptly switch to CG whenever the characters start dancing or skating, which I’ve always found to be jarring. The music was good as well, in a light-and-fluffy JPop way. In fact, the whole feel of the show reminded me of some of the cartoons I watched as a kid, just with the action and fist-fights replaced with fashion and skating. That’s the thing though: when I was a kid. The first season looked like it was done well, and I would expect more of the same from a second season, but this is still a show targeted at teenage girls. If that’s you, or you really love cute clothes and cutesy singing, this might be right up your alley. Personally, I’m so far outside of the target audience that I’d need a Mars lander to find it, so I’ll be sitting this one out.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
upotte
Upotte!! | うぽって!! Top
http://www.upotte.jp/
Animation: XEBEC Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Action, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: 10 Station: Nico Nico Douga
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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This ONA follows the students of Seishou Academy, a school where every student is a pro-level shooter, and every lesson is about guns. Why? Because every student is a gun. Follow the hijinks of FNC (Nomizu Iori) and her friends M16A4 (Togasi Misuzu), L85A1 (Misato), and SG550 (Sadohara Kaori) as they work to become the very best guns they can be…when they’re not slacking off from classes, getting shot at by their sempais, or hospitalizing the new teacher.

The premise behind this show is rather silly. Aside from the new (so far nameless) Modern Lit teacher, all the students and teachers are guns, who shoot guns. They shoot…themselves? That said, despite the strange premise the manga wasn’t really that weird. Upotte is basically a comedy about four friends’ school life with the occasional gun battle thrown in. Personally, I wasn’t especially taken with the manga – the jokes were serviceable, but nothing that hasn’t been done better many times before. I’m also curious with what direction Xebec will take this. The promotional material shows they’ve already swapped in their signature fanservice art style (Kanokon, Ladies versus Butlers!), but those comparisons don’t feel right since there’s very little ecchi about this story. Director Kato Takao (Busou Renkin, Pandora Hearts) and writer Arakawa Naruhisa (Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!, Yosuga no Sora) have long resumes, but they’re mostly full of shows I don’t recognize, so I’m not sure what to think there. If you think you’d enjoy a light comedy with plenty of gun-related exposition, this might be the show for you. I’m not personally sold quite yet, but I’ll be checking out an episode or two, just to give it a chance.

Plans to Watch: Stilts, unlisted, Zanibas Potential Bloggers: None yet
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fate zero 2
Fate/Zero 2nd Season | フェイト/ゼロ 2ndシーズン Top
http://www.fate-zero.jp/
Animation: Ufotable Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Action, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Here’s the show many of you have been waiting for: the second half of Uroboshi Gen’s (Madoka Magica) prequel to Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero 2nd Season. In case you missed the first one, here’s the breakdown: taking place ten years prior to the original story, Fate/Zero tells the tale of Emiya Kiritsugu (Koyama Rikiya) and Saber’s (Kawasumi Ayako) battles during the Fourth Holy Grail War. Hired by the Einzbern family to claim the legendary wish-granting Grail, Kiritsugu will use every underhanded tactic at his disposal in order to win, but to claim the prize he must defeat the other six masters and the heroic spirits they have summoned. Among those is Kotomine Kirei (Nakata Jouji), an aimless magician-priest who is grappling with his purpose in life. Unfortunately, he may have found it in opposing the cold-hearted Kiritsugu, putting the two men on a bloody collision course.

Fate/Zero was easily the most anticipated series of last fall, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that it has claimed that honor once again, and for good reason. Everything that was done well in Fate/stay night has been dialed up to 11 for this prequel. Where before the mood was dark, now it’s darker; where before the masters were overwhelmed kids, now they’re ruthless, cutthroat adults; where before the battles were good, now they’re lovingly animated to near movie-level quality. I won’t say this show isn’t without its problems, and of course it’s a prequel, so we all pretty much know how it’s going to end. Yet sometimes it’s the journey that matters, and the journey we saw during the first season was truly a sight to behold. Personally, I know I’ve been waiting for this show to return since the second the last episode faded to black. We may know how it will end, but I have faith that Urobuchi Gen and Ufotable will make it a fun ride getting there. Plus, there’s always Iskander to look forward to, and I don’t know about you, but I can always use more Iskander in my life.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, BakaMochi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Stereoman, Stilts, verdant, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: BakaMochi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Stilts, verdant
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Nazo no Kanojo X | 謎の彼女X Top
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/nazokano_x/
Animation: Hoods Entertainment Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:30
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Boy becomes addicted to girl’s saliva. It may sound like a strange fetish, but Mysterious Girlfriend X really is an honest love story at heart in most aspects, if not a bit quirky (okay, it’s very quirky). The set-up is pretty ordinary: Tsubaki Akira, a very average male protagonist, meets cute transfer student Urabe Mikoto. Normal ends there however, as it is immediately apparent that Mikoto is an odd girl: she sleeps a lot, is anti-social, and expresses emotions through her saliva. She also happens to carry around a pair of scissors tucked in her panties, which she wields with incredible skill. Akira and Mikoto waste no time waffling around, as he forms a “drool bond” with Mikoto after inadvertently tasting her saliva and declares his love for her. And so, their bizarre relationship begins, complete with regular saliva exchanges and Mikoto declaring that they will have their first sexual experience with each other.

The premise may be weird and the art style retro, but “Mysterious Girlfriend X” is shaping up to be among the most promising romances this season. While the male protagonist is a little bland, the heroine can rival Senjougahara Hitagi of Bakemonogatari in pretty much every way, which results in all sorts of interesting situations. Watching their unique relationship develop should be quite a fun ride, revolving around the special bond they share and their ability to transfer emotions through saliva. Mikoto will be voiced by Yoshitani Ayako in what seems to be her debut seiyuu role, but judging from what I’ve seen in the PV, her voice is perfect for Mikoto, even if it’s not exactly what I expected. I’m also looking forward to seeing the supporting characters, including another couple who also share an interesting relationship. In general there’s a little bit of ecchi and straight-up discussion of sex, but all in all, if you’re looking for a decent seinen romance, this series is a pretty good bet.

Plans to Watch: Guardian Enzo, unlisted, Stereoman, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Guardian Enzo, Zanibas
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Kuroko no Basuke | 黒子のバスケ Top
http://www.kurobas.com/
Animation: Production I.G. Premiere: April 7, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:58
Episodes: 12 (?) Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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In the game of basketball, being anything but a leading scorer or a starter is short of glamorous, which can be said for most sports. What we all seem to forget is that teams need other players as well. Ones that can coordinate the team or someone who can be unselfish. Kuroko Tetsuya (Ono Kensho) is that player. He hails from a championship middle school basketball team where he served as a sixth man, and now in high school, meets Kagami Taiga (Ono Yuuki), a naturally talented guy who only wants to be the best. Together, they vow to become the best in Japan and take down members of Kuroko’s old team who all went to different high schools.

I’m not one to watch many shounen or sports shows, with the only major sports one being Cross Game and I didn’t even watch that for the sports aspect. Nevertheless, from what I’ve seen from the 3 chapters of manga that I’ve read, it still seems like it will become an interesting show. Much of the comedy that I saw came from the deadpan delivery from Tetsuya. If he can be half as funny as Yuu from Persona 4 the ANIMATION, this could become quite the hit with some anime fans.

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Guardian Enzo Potential Bloggers: Guardian Enzo
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Metal Fight Beyblade Zero G | メタルファイト ベイブレード ZEROG Top
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/mf-beyblade-zero/
Animation: Tatsunoko Production Premiere: April 08, 2012
Genre: Action, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 8:30
Episodes: Station: TV Aichi (TVA)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Wanting to test his own strength and become the champion, aspiring Blader Kurogane Zero (Okamoto Nobuhiko) arrives at Hagane Gingka’s hometown in order to challenge him. But instead of Gingka, who is nowhere to be found, Zero finds that pro-Bladers have gathered to compete for the title of ‘Strongest Blader’. Immediately, he challenges them but it proves to be a tough match with the new Zero Stadium system that has taken the world by storm. Fortunately with intuition and sheer determination, Zero he’s able to turn the game around and emerge victorious.
Who else will stand in the way of Zero’s goal?!

Wow, Beyblade. I haven’t kept up with the series since G-Revolution, so I have no idea how the story has been progressing. The couple episodes I caught here and there of Zero-G’s prequel was um… interesting, and unfortunately, without the charm of the original cast missing in the recent incarnations, I’ll probably go back to not keeping up with it.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit-hen Top
カードファイト!! ヴァンガード アジアサーキット編
http://cf-vanguard.com/
Animation: TMS Entertainment Premiere: April 8, 2012
Genre: Action, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 10:00
Episodes: 65 Station: TV Osaka (TVO), TV Aichi (TVA), TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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With the first Cardfight!! Vanguard series ending, the second one takes over. This sequel will center around the same old cast: Sendou Aichi (Yonaga Tsubasa), Kai Toshiki (Satou Takuya), Tokura Misaki (Kitta Izumi), and Katsuragi Kamui (Ishikawa Shizuka), who have all grown up but are still involved in the same struggle as the old series. The premise remains, focusing on the card battle game called Vanguard – a game that takes place on a planet called “Cray”.

This show is the result of a collaboration between Yu-Gi-Oh! R‘s Itou Akira and Duel Masters‘ Nakamura Satoshi. Both shows were targeted towards a younger audience, but I’m pretty sure most of us have seen Yu-Gi-Oh. It’s a part of childhood, no? The “game” concept is a very popular one nowadays, as seen on many international cartoon channels and this show is no exception. Unfortunately, this is not something that appeals to me anymore but it does make me feel nostalgic.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2 | ファイ・ブレイン 〜神のパズル 第2シリーズ Top
http://www.phibrain.net/
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: April 8, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 17:30
Episodes: 25 Station: NHK-E
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Sunrise brings us the second season of last year’s puzzle show, Phi Brain. Like last season, this will center on high school student Daimon Kaito (Asanuma Shintarou) and his circle of friends: Itou Nonoha (Shimizu Kaori), Sakanoue Gammon (Fukuyama Jun), Cubic Galois (Miyata Kouki), and Anna Gram (Yukino Satsuki) – people risking their lives to solve puzzles created by the mysterious organization POG. The only help Kaito is offered (besides his brain and his friends’ ideas) is the Orpheus bracelet, a mysterious device that maximizes Kaito’s puzzle-solving abilities.

I remember I first thought this would be interesting, but after I’d seen the first five episodes of the first season, I dropped it. I can’t say much as I’m not a fan of this, but I guess it’s a good thing that the Phi Brain fans don’t have to wait at all because this airs one week after the first season ends! Something else you might look forward to is the introduction of some new characters that have been added to this sequel: Freecell (Kamiya Hiroshi), Pinochle (Sugita Tomokazu), Doubt (Ono Daisuke), Melancholy (Saitou Momoko), Mizerka (Hikasa Youko), and Whist (Konishi Katsuyuki).

Plans to Watch: Moomba Potential Bloggers: None yet
otonesia
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia | 黄昏乙女xアムネジア Top
http://www.amnesia-tv.com/
Animation: SILVER LINK. Premiere: April 8, 2012
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Romance, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Sun TV (SUN), Chiba TV (CTC)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Oonuma Shin, best known for directing the anime adaptions of Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two, tackles the ongoing manga Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and brings us its anime adaption this spring season. Like most of the shows he directed, this one too, takes place in a school: Seikyou Private School, a facility that seems more like a maze than anything. The mysterious aura of the building serves as the reason behind many of the paranormal rumors. One day, first-year middle school student Teiichi Niiya (Yonaga Tsubasa) gets lost in this maze, and by chance arrives at an old storage room. There he meets Yuuko Kanoe (Hara Yumi), a mysterious girl with beautiful long black hair who claims to be a ghost. For some unknown reason, only Niiya can see her as a girl with amnesia. Curious about Kanoe, Niiya starts a paranormal investigation club in order to find out how she died, along with various other supernatural mysteries surrounding the school.

I’m a big fan of supernatural mystery shows so this will definitely be on my watch-list. Knowing that Oonuma Shin is directing makes the show even more interesting, as I’ve come to like all of the works that I’ve seen from him. I was a bit sad over the fact that Another was reaching its end, but knowing that another show with similar elements will air this season, immediately brightened my mood. As for animation, I’ve never seen anything produced by SILVER LINK so I don’t know what to expect, but I can say one thing for sure, I expect good story development out of this. I can confidently say that this is one of my most anticipated shows of the season.

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Stereoman, Stilts, unlisted, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Stereoman, Zanibas
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Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A | 咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A Top
http://www.saki-anime.com/
Animation: Studio Gokumi Premiere: April 8, 2012
Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 25:05
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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“Lolis playing mahjong” is probably the best phrase to describe Saki and its spin-off manga Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A, the latter of which is now also being adapted into an anime. Instead of featuring Saki, the series’ titular character, this spin-off will chronicle the story of several girls at the Achiga Girls Academy and their goal to restart the mahjong club in order to eventually go to the national inter-high school tournament. They are mentored by former pro Akado Harue (Shindo Naomi) and hope to eventually meet an old friend at the nationals.

Reading the first few chapters of Saki Achiga-hen reveals a fast pace, containing more drama and slice-of-life rather than actual mahjong. It covers a relatively long time frame within a few chapters, with not too many details given in general. From what I’ve read, there are only brief scenes where mahjong is actually played, and little strategy/discussion of the game. It reminds me a lot of A-channel (also produced by Studio Gokumi), and not only that, both Yuuki Aoi and Uchiyama Yumi from A-channel will be voicing the main roles here as well. I don’t want to write it off just yet, but initial impressions lead me to think that it’s another rehash of the cute girls doing cute things genre. That’s fine if you know what you’re getting into, but if you are looking more for mahjong gameplay or intense showdowns, I personally found the original Saki to probably be a better choice. Both have their share of light fanservice, yuri undertones and humor, but this spin-off seems to lean more heavily on “seinen moe” slice-of-life, rather than shounen sports (e.g. Hikaru no Go). Notably absent is the presence of a “sleeper player” hiding incredible strength that the other characters fear — a role filled by Saki herself in the original.

Plans to Watch: Stilts, Takaii, Zanibas Potential Bloggers: Stilts, Takaii
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lupiniii
Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna | LUPIN the Third ~峰不二子という女~ Top
http://fujiko.tv/introduction/
Animation: TMS Entertainment Premiere: April 04, 2012
Genre: Action, Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:29
Episodes: 13 Station: Nihon Television (NTV)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Lupin the Third is a long-running series and spring 2012 brings about yet another spin-off to add to the impressive array of TV shows, films and specials. Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna will feature the titular Mine Fujiko (Sawashiro Miyuki), Lupin (Kurita Kanichi reprising his role) and the rest of the cast during their ‘younger days’. The show will also reportedly aim to capture some of the original series’ ‘sensuality’, so I suppose that is something to look forward to with this adaptation.

I’ve heard of the Lupin series but never followed it, so it’s unlikely I’ll follow the newest entry to the franchise. The promo does look stunning however, with lovely visuals and a classy sort of sexiness that’s reminiscent of (g)olden days. If that’s the sort of ‘sensuality’ the producers are aiming for, with adequate pacing, Lupin the Third: Fujiko Mine to Iu Onna could be not only be a standout show, but a formidable entry into the infamous franchise.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet

*Included for completion’s sake

haiyore
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san | 這いよれ!ニャル子さん Top
http://www.nyaruko.com/
Animation: Xebec Premiere: April 9, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 26:00
Episodes: 12 (?) Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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This series is based on the Cthulhu mythos, so that aspect should be interesting, but unfortunately I haven’t actually read any of the light novels so I don’t really know what the exact plot entails. This anime follows Yasaka Mahiro (Kitamura Eri) who is a normal boy and Nyaruko (Asumi Kana) who is a Cthulu deity that has no form (whatever she turned into in the previous anime was censored) but can tranform into a girl. Judging from what I’ve seen previously, the show has more of a slice-of-life focus than an overarching plot.

I watched the TV series last winter and finished off the ONA shortly after that. The flash animation left me feeling short-changed because the ED was traditionally animated and the episode length was unfortunately much too short. Despite its issues, I quickly came to like this franchise for all the slapstick humor, parodies, and references to pop culture. Now that Hairyore! Nyaruko-san is getting a proper run, it is probably the anime I’m most excited about to watch this spring because there will be more of it.

Plans to Watch: Stereoman, Stilts, unlisted, Zanibas Potential Bloggers: Stilts, unlisted
jormungand
Jormungand | ヨルムンガンド Top
http://www.jormungand.tv/
Animation: WHITE FOX Premiere: April 10, 2012
Genre: Action Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 (season 2 planned) Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Takahashi Keitaro‘s manga is a dark ride. It’s the story of child soldier Jonah (Tamura Mutsumi) who joins a group of arms merchants led by the charismatic Koko (Itou Shizuka). I’ve read the manga, and this is a pretty unique premise – not much that happens will meet your expectations, and the cast, while larger than life, definitely falls under the umbrella of anti-heroes more than traditional protagonists.

There’s a lot to be excited about here: this could be one of the most challenging and disturbing shows of the season, and it’s being adapted by White Fox, who did a stupendous job with Steins;Gate. Character designer Nakamura Kazuhisa has a sterling track record, as does composer Iwasaki Taku (Rurouni Kenshin, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann). There’s concern over the matter of director Motonaga Keitaro being responsible for School Days, though I place most of the blame for that abomination on the writer.

Plans to Watch: Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Stilts, verdant, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Guardian Enzo, verdant, Zephyr
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Sakamichi no Apollon | 坂道のアポロン Top
http://www.noitamina-apollon.com/
Animation: Mappa, Tezuka Productions Premiere: April 12, 2012
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:45
Episodes: 12 Station: Fuji TV (CX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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It’s been far too long of a wait for director Watanabe Shinichiro (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) to be reunited with the composer for Cowboy Bebop, Kanno Yoko (Aquarion EVOL, Macross Frontier). Fourteen years later, the duo is tackling the adaptation of Kodama Yuki’s coming of age manga about two young men’s friendship, and their bonding over a mutual passion for jazz music beginning in the summer of 1966. Nishimi Kaoru (Kimura Ryouhei) is a bespectacled intelligent young man who moves from Yokosuka to Kyushu during his first year in high school, but because he has been moving around for so much of his life and is quite introverted, he’s never been able to make lasting friendships… until he meets Kawabuchi Sentaro (Hosoya Yoshimasa), who is his exact opposite in personality. With Kaoru on the piano and Sentaro on the drums, the pair are eventually joined by some fellow classmates as together, they discover friendships, love, and most importantly, themselves – all through the universal language of music.

To me, the pedigree of a series is never an important factor as there are too many other unseen influences that can affect the quality of it, but Sakamichi no Apollon is one of the few exceptions. With a legendary director and an equally legendary composer, this series definitely has lofty expectations, but thankfully the manga and its accolades suggest the source material is a perfect fit for the two. Once you get past a bit of the yaoi vibes in the first few parts of the series, the friendship and especially the musical aspects pick up quickly and it becomes a show that will likely appeal to both male and female fans. Topping it all off are the promises of jazz standards being performed by up-and-coming musicians, so even if you’re not too keen on the idea of a male bonding slice-of-life series, any music lover owes it to themselves to tune in and enjoy this once in a decade show.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Moomba,, Stereoman, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Asobi, Guardian Enzo, Stereoman, verdant, Zephyr
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Tsuritama | つり球 Top
http://www.tsuritama.com/
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: April 12, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:15
Episodes: 12 Station: Fuji TV (CX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Along with Sakamichi no Apollon, Tsuritama gives me hope than NoitaminA can return from its weakest season ever. It’s the story of four high-school boys (Irino Miyu, Sugita Tomokazu, Uchiyama Kouki, Ohsaka Ryouta) residing in the island city of Enoshima. One of the boys, Haru (Miyu) fancies himself an alien, lending a sci-fi tinge to affairs. In addition to the fantastical slice-of-life, there seems to be a strong ecological bent as well.

The most important thing to know about this series is that it’s directed by Nakamura Kenji, who’s had fine fortune in NoitaminA before with Mononoke, and not so fine with C. He’s a talented guy with an offbeat sensibility, and this appears to be gentler and more wistful than we’re used to with him. It’s nice to see a slice-of-life series about guys for a change, too. Cenceroll director Uki Atsuya provides the character designs.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Stereoman, unlisted, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Asobi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Moomba
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Eureka Seven Astral Ocean | エウレカセブンAO Top
http://eurekaao-prj.net/
Animation: BONES Premiere: April 12, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mecha Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:55
Episodes: Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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BONES revives what is arguably its signature property, and let’s hope they do it more successfully than Gonzo did with Last Exile. Eureka Seven was a big series for me as an anime fan — flawed and overcomplicated but compelling as seemingly all classic BONES series were. The A studio is working on this one, with director Tomoki Kyouda and most of the staff back, though the absence of writer Satou Dai is worrisome.

The first two manga chapters are out and I like them, though they don’t tell us much. We have a young lad, Ao, who’s apparently the son of Renton and Eureka, living in what appears to be current-day (or nearly) Okinawa. Kudos to BONES for casting a real live boy – 14 year-old Honjou Yuutaro – as Ao. There looks to be a harem aspect to this, as Ao will be surrounded by a cast of female mecha pilots. The only confirmed appearance from the original cast so far is the Nirvash. The fans are dismissing this one as a disaster before it even premieres, but I see no reason for such defeatism; I’m hoping this will be a multi-cour series that does the brand proud. If not, I’ll be almost as sad as I am about “Fam”.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, BakaMochi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Stereoman, Stilts, unlisted, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Asobi, Guardian Enzo, Moomba, Zephyr
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Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~ | シャイニング・ハーツ ~幸せのパン~ Top
http://shining-world.jp/heartsTV/
Animation: Production I.G Premiere: April 12, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 27:22
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Based on SEGA’s Shining Hearts RPG, this adaptation features an emotionless anmesiac girl named Kaguya (Kuwashima Houko) who washes ashore on Wyndaria after a storm. There she meets the swordsman Rick (Kamiya Hiroshi), and his three coworkers at the island’s bakery: the sisters Nellis, Amyl and Aerie (all voiced by Itou Kanae). Trouble starts brewing, however, as a sudden onslaught of pirates invade the island in search of Kaguya’s necklace. Wanting to restore peace to their island and restore Kaguya’s memories and emotions, Rick, Nellis, Amyl and Aerie set out on their adventure.

Here was my train of thought when I saw the preview image: pretty! Bread! It’s like SEGA knew exactly what I wanted! Obviously in the visual department – with renowned ecchi artist Tony Taka at the helm – Shining Hearts is nothing to scoff at. From what I can remember, the Shining Tears X Wind adaptation that aired a few years back didn’t look too bad either; considering this is Production I.G, I assume the animation will look good. The plot seems like standard RPG fare, but the cast is quite nice and fans will probably want to tune in to see how the adaptation pans out. I’m generally a little weary of putting ‘amnesia’, ‘emotionless’ and ‘female lead’ together in one sentence, but I’m a sucker for RPGs and the characters sound promising, at the very least. And with the capable Kuwashima Houko voicing her, maybe Kaguya won’t be so generic after all. Will definitely be checking it out!

Plans to Watch: BakaMochi, Moomba, Stereoman, Stilts Potential Bloggers: BakaMochi, Stilts
inazuma chrono
Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone | イナズマイレブンGO 2 クロノ・ストーン Top
http://www.inazuma.jp/go2/
Animation: OLM Premiere: April 18, 2012
Genre: Sports, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 09:00
Episodes: Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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Tenma Matsukaze (Yuka Terasaki), a soccer-loving first year, meets a boy and a robot bear from the future named Fei Ruun and Clark “Wandaba” Wandabatto respectively. However, as Matsukaze returns to Raimon Junior High School after the Holy Road tournaments, he finds that the world has changed for the worse. Alpha, a member of a rival soccer team, seeks to wipe soccer from Earth. Matsukaze must now use the Inazuma Caravan van to fix time and keep soccer alive!

Inazuma Eleven, originally a game from makers Level-5, now adds a time-traveling twist. If you are still following the series, here’s another series to continue Level-5′s adaption. However, as a third season, it will be hard for newcomers to catch up.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
hyouka
Hyouka | 氷菓 Top
http://www.kotenbu.com/
Animation: Kyoto Animation Premiere: April 22, 2012
Genre: Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Sunday at 24:00
Episodes: 22 Station: Chibaterebi (CTC)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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An anime produced by the amazing KyoAni? Count. Me. In! Seriously though, Hyouka sounds like another mystery anime that will fall on either end of the spectrum — really, really good or really, really bad. With director Takemoto Yasuhiro (who’s had a hand in all of KyoAni’s popular works), lead character designer Nishiya Futoshi, and a popular mystery series known as Kotenbu written by Yonezawa Honobu as its source material, this anime sounds like it has all the right ingredients to be successful.

But even with a good team and source material, what good is it if the story isn’t good enough to draw people in? Luckily, the premise of the show is simple enough and leaves a lot of room to build upon. Beginning when the shy Oreki Houtaro (Nakamura Yuuichi) decides to finally join a club after a bit of nudging by his older sister, he meets its three members: the perfect girl Chitanda Eru (Satou Satomi), who turns into a mystery maniac the moment something interests her; the amazingly smart Fukube Satoshi (Sakaguchi Daisuke) who can’t put two and two together; and the hot-headed Ibara Mayaka (Kayano Ai). With a nice variety of characters backed up with some impressive vocal talent, I can’t wait to get my hands all over this show.

Plans to Watch: Asobi, BakaMochi, Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Stereoman, Stilts, Takaii, verdant, Zanibas, Zephyr Potential Bloggers: Asobi, BakaMochi, Cherrie, Takaii
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akb0048
AKB0048Top
http://akb0048.jp/
Animation: Satelight Premiere: April 29, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi, Idols Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 (?) Station: TV Kanagawa (tvk)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia

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The idol scene is nothing new in Japan, but there’s no doubt that the incredibly popular AKB48 is the reigning queen of Japanese girl groups. This group of over 48 members (currently 60) has had movies, TV dramas, and even dating sims featuring them, making it inevitable that they would eventually get an anime. When I first heard about the anime, I thought it was going to be an adaptation of the manga AKB49, which was a good series in its own right, but apparently that won’t be the case. Instead, this anime will follow an original storyline set in a futuristic, totalitarian society where pop music is banned and idols are illegal. AKB0048 rises up as a sort of supergalactic rebel idol group who put on guerilla concerts and resist the government.

I expected that members of AKB48 would be voicing their own characters in the anime adaptation, but instead, more experienced seiyuu will take the roles of the real life members. However the main cast –the nine members of the Kenkyuusei, or trainees– are voiced by actual members of AKB48 and its sister groups, selected in contests as is characteristic of them. The nine will be singing the theme song, though their voice acting abilities are yet to be seen. Several spin-off manga have also been released, but a quick skim reveals more slice of life and drama than sci-fi or mecha. However, Macross Frontier directors Kawamori Shouji and Hiraike Yoshimasa and studio Satelight will be heading this production, so seeing the girls engaging in high-tech battles will not be a surprise at all. AKB0048 will inevitably draw comparisons with Idolm@ster or Xenoglossia as well, and it does seem to share some similar elements. Many things point to a similar story format as AKB49, chronicling the trainees’ journey and struggles towards joining the senbatsu, with the added sci-fi twist and without the romance aspects that drew me into it originally. The premise doesn’t particularly impress me, and is probably more geared to existing AKB48 fans. I like their music, but I’m not set on watching this title aside from maybe the first episode or two.

Plans to Watch: None yet Potential Bloggers: None yet
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OVA / Movie


 

Technical Note: OVAs are sorted by the date they are released. For series that have multiple episodes coming out over the course of the season, please refer to the Notes column for additional dates. More information on each OVA can be found on their respective websites, including promotional videos in some cases. Movie premiere dates are not included since they don’t mean a whole lot to viewers outside of Japan. DVD/BD movie releases are however.  This list is likely incomplete and will be updated as more titles surface. If you notice anything missing, please feel free to point it out in the comments.

Release Date Title Notes
03/01 Maken-Ki! OAD | マケン姫っ! OAD
http://maken-ki.com/
Bundled with Limited Edition manga vol.8
03/15 High Score OAD
http://www.ribon-highscore.com/
Bundled with Limited Edition manga vol. 17
03/21 Nekogami Yaoyorozu OVA | 猫神やおよろず OVA
http://www.maql.co.jp/special/nekogami/
03/21 To Heart 2: Dungeon Travlers OVA | ToHeart2ダンジョントラベラーズ OVA
http://aquaplus.jp/th2dtv/
Episode 2 of 2
03/21 A-Channel+smile OVA | Aチャンネル +smile OVA
http://www.a-ch.jp/
03/23 Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san OVA | よんでますよ、アザゼルさん。 OVA
http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/azazel/
03/23 Lupin Ikka Seizoroi OVA | ルパン三世 ルパン一家勢揃い OVA
http://mantan-web.jp/2012/01/20/20120119dog00m200070000c.html
03/30 Space Battleship Yamato: Ressurection Director’s Cut
宇宙戦艦ヤマト 復活篇 ディレクターズカット
http://yamatocrew.jp/crew/dc
03/30 Mirai Nikki SP | 未来日記 SP
http://www.future-diary.tv/
Unaired episode on BD vol.4
03/30 Kobato SP | こばと。 SP
http://www.kobato.tv/top.html
Anime short bundled with BD
04/04 Amagami SS+ plus SP | アマガミSS+ plus SP
http://www.amagami-ouen.com/
Anime short bundled with BD vol. 1
04/20 UN-GO episode:0 Inga-ron | UN-GO episode:0 因果論
http://www.un-go.com/
04/20 New Prince of Tennis SP | 新テニスの王子様 SP
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/shin-tenipri/
Unaired episode featured on BD vol.1
04/25 Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison | 劇場版NARUTO-ナルト- ブラッド・プリズン
http://www.naruto-movie.com/
04/25 C3 Cubed x Cursed x Curious SP | シーキューブ SP
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/c3/
Unaired episode featured on BD vol.5
04/25 Seitokai Yakuindomo OAD | 生徒会役員共 OAD
http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/seitokai/
04/26 Ai Mai! Moe Can Change! OVA | あいまい! 萌えCanちぇんじ! OVA
http://ai-mi.jp/ova/
04/2012 Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? OAD | これはゾンビですか? OAD
http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/shop/sp/shop_sp_188.html
Episode 0 bundled with light novel vol. 10
05/02 Amagami SS+ plus SP | アマガミSS+ plus SP
http://www.amagami-ouen.com/
Anime short bundled with BD vol.2
05/23 Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. OAD | よんでますよ、アザゼルさん。 OAD
http://www.bookclub.kodansha.co.jp/yoyaku/comics/azazel_5/
Episode 3 bundled with Limited Edition manga vol.8
05/2012 Another OAD
http://www.another-anime.jp/
Episode 0 bundled with Limited Edition manga vol.0
05/2012 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA | 機動戦士ガンダムUC OVA
http://www.gundam-unicorn.net/
Episode 5 of 6
05/2012 KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple OVA | 史上最強の弟子 ケンイチ OVA
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/kenichi/
Bundled with Limited Edition manga vol.47
06/18 s.CRY.ed Alteration II: QUAN | スクライド オルタレイション 後編 QUAN
http://www.s-cry-ed.net/
BD preorders

Overall Impressions


 

Spring is probably looking like one of the stronger seasons in recent memory, and a great one for fans of all persuasions. With so many different genres covered, we’re lucky to have so many new writers and new tastes to cover as many shows as possible. Based on our early picks, it looks like the shows that will most likely be covered are Accel World, Eureka Seven AO, Fate/Zero 2nd Season, Hyouka, Jormungand, Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A, Sakamichi no Apollon, Sankarea, Tsuritama, and Uchuu Kyoudai. Less likely to be covered, but still quite probable are Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Hiiro no Kakera, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Tasohare Otome x Amnesia, and ZETMAN.

If there’s a show you really want to see covered at RandomC, please let us know in the comments and we’ll take it into consideration. Below is the shortlist, broken down into days. (In one or more writers’ top 5 list; underline means guaranteed.)

Congratulations, you’ve made it to end of our first collaborative season preview! Thanks for reading and please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment if you have any suggestions, corrections, or questions.

  • Verdant’s note: Special thanks to all the writers for helping out with this preview on such short notice. I couldn’t have done it without you all, and now I owe everyone either several rounds of tasty beverages or food.
March 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm
344 comments »
  • March 29, 2012 at 4:49 pmCybersteel

    yay awesome preview

    • March 29, 2012 at 4:51 pmCybersteel

      Confirmed watching: Hyouka, Jormungand, Sankarea, Accel World, Medaka Box and Fate II.

  • March 29, 2012 at 4:49 pmCroos

    Now you guys realize how robotic Divine is. :D

    • March 29, 2012 at 4:51 pmCybersteel

      It’s Biotic Implants from Cerberus.

      • March 29, 2012 at 5:29 pmSuppa Tenko

        Shuu couldn’t save Inori because he didn’t have 5000 war assets.

      • March 29, 2012 at 6:21 pmzerolight

        even if he had those assets he will still get an shitty ending:P

    • March 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm0927123

      Divine is Glad0s. You monster.

    • March 29, 2012 at 7:15 pmMrRei

      It took a lot of human writers to do what 1 robot(android) writer was doing all this time. One of the most possible theory, is that Divine is a blogging android created by Omni until it was self-sufficient to blog on it’s own. After some time, Divine decided to develop himself further, hence, his “Android Dev” project today. Maybe we can expect the improved Divine 2.0 when he comes back.

      • March 29, 2012 at 8:40 pmThe_Magus_Killer

        So what you’re saying is that Divine = an alternate universe version of the Terminator? He did leave a possibility that “he’ll be back” XD

        “Blog with me if you want to live” – I can imagine Divine saying that to the writers of RandomC. =)

    • March 29, 2012 at 10:45 pmUJelly

      Divine is ‘divine’ itself. It transcends EVERYTHING.

      • March 30, 2012 at 7:24 am0927123

        Divine is Meduka. Being Divine is suffering.

      • March 30, 2012 at 8:42 amThe_Magus_Killer

        Divine = Mahou Shounen Divine Magica? With the rest of the RandomC writers as Mahou Shoujo/Mahou Shounen? FUND IT. XD

  • March 29, 2012 at 4:54 pmCorn

    Really REALLY looking forward to Sakamichi no Apollon as well as all the season 2 of Kore wa Zombie desuka? Fate Zero and Kimi to Boku.

    This season looks very promising with so many series starting.

  • March 29, 2012 at 4:55 pmOutcast

    Who wants to taste my saliva!

    • March 31, 2012 at 7:18 amCactus

      Can’t tell if this is a weird reference, really random or just plain disgusting but I lol’d.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:12 pmtakashid

    FATE/ZERO S2!!! Can’t wait!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pmTapprophecy

    Hyouka is definitely at the top of my list :)

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pmBanana Furikake

    Definitely watching some. Others- I’ll withhold judgment.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pmobservantzani

    I was waiting for this! I love RC’s previews. Thanks :D

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:15 pmByakusei

    Holy Guacamole thats a lot of shows!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:16 pmmac65

    Yes!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:17 pmGhostalker

    Well, I can’t just go to spring season without reading first this RC preview…

    Ah ~ RC makes me became this for more than 2 years now.

    First thoughts:

    Thank goodness that all of the the 2-cour series I’m watching from Fall season 2011 are all ending and all the series I’ve watched for the Winter season are only 1-cour. That leaves me with only Gundam AGE as a carry over, it is a good thing for me because it means I have at least 10-12 new series to watch (which are my limit).

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:18 pmBEN

    Lupin the 3rd was *Included for completion’s sake ?!! The show looks amazing. Other than that though great preview, just as good as Divine’s which really is saying something.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:18 pmMissingnomer

    Thanks a ton Verdant and Divine! I love these previews. Here’s to another great season on promising animes!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:22 pmrizo

    So much dream team are gathered this season, but I’m not keeping my expectations high anymore. I was badly burned by a certain series (I think you can all guess what that is) last season that I am now determined not to get hyped dream teams anymore.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:23 pmGuardian Enzo

    I agree, Spring looks pretty good. But in hindsight, I think Winter is going to go down as pretty damn good, too – better than I thought going in.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:25 pmBluerise

    Thanks for the preview, tend to wait for RC’s one before setting in stone what I plan to watch. For this season, from this it’s looking like:

    Accel World, Hyouka, Jormungand, Kimi to Boku. 2, Kore Wa Zombie Desu ka? of the dead, Nazo no Kanojo X, Sakamichi no Apollon, Sankarea, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Tsuritama and Zetman.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:26 pmThe_Magus_Killer

    What I’ll be watching this Spring 2012 Anime Season:

    1. Fate Zero Season II (I’ve been waiting three months for this! My wish will finally be granted)
    2. Mysterious Girlfriend X (I want to see Urabe Mikoto’s “Panty Scissors” Finishing Move animated)
    3. Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? OF THE DEAD
    4. Accel World (SUNRISE anime, ’nuff said)
    5. Uchuu Kyodai (a.k.a. The Daily Lives of Space Bros?)
    6. Queen’s Blade Rebellion (I watch it for the plot, promise XD)

    • March 29, 2012 at 6:18 pmGrail-kun

      *drops knife on the floor*

      Go threaten the studio director and your wish will be granted…

    • March 29, 2012 at 6:21 pmcancerlad

      I’m terrified that the mighty Urabe will let me down. No matter how much I love the manga, I have a feeling that there is potential for epic FAIL. Please be good. Please be good. Please?

      • March 29, 2012 at 6:56 pmThe_Magus_Killer

        Hmm, what do you think might be the factor that could cause the anime adaptation to fail? Let’s discuss. Is it the Urabe’s seiyuu, since it’s her first time acting as a lead heroine? The decision to keep the manga’s art style, which might put off viewers since they’re used to high-quality levels of animation + CGI? Or is it the decision to keep it only 13 episodes long, and might not develop the plot + characters?

      • March 29, 2012 at 7:18 pmcancerlad

        I’m not too worried about things like keeping the art style or the choices of seiyuu — those are issues that can sink any anime.

        The main concern for EPIC FAIL potential is the plot itself. It is a surreal, nuanced plot that if the studio (which I’m not familiar with) messes up the proper balance of goofy humor, sweet romance, and the bizarre, the setting could crumble like a house of cards. The characters are pretty unique, and could easily be twisted/distorted into something completely different from the ones I love. Especially Urabe, who could appear absolutely bat-shit insane if done wrong. Mostly, I’m sure I’m worrying for nothing. I just LOVE the manga, and will be CRUSHED if the adaptation doesn’t meet my expectations.

        Oh, and if the panty scissors end up being lame… I’M IN DESPAIR! THE PROSPECT OF LAME PANTY SCISSORS HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR!

        On that note, I’m both disappointed that SHAFT isn’t doing this series, and relieved. The dream sequences a la Shaft would’ve been awesome, regardless of the rest of the production. Alternatively, depriving Shaft the opportunity to screw-ball this series might have been a wise choice.

      • March 29, 2012 at 7:20 pmcancerlad

        It just hit me. What if they censor the panty scissors?

      • March 29, 2012 at 7:45 pmThe_Magus_Killer

        Hmmm, so its the possibility that the studio gets way in over its head, and might mess up the plot. Damn, that’s scary. But censoring Urabe’s Panty Scissors is scarier. Panty Scissors is one of Urabe’s most distinguishing traits. If that were to be censored, I’d really be disappointed in Hoods Entertainment.

        But hey, this is Japan we’re talking about. If Highschool DxD got away with their nudity, maybe Mysterious Girlfriend X will get away with Urabe’s Panty Scissors. Or maybe they’ll just flash a little *very little* of Urabe’s panties, then comes the scissors, just to keep it Safe For Work.

        I can’t wait for April 7, 2012. Let’s hope Mysterious Girlfriend X becomes the sleeper hit of the season.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:26 pmjepong

    I’m going to watch them ALL !

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:27 pmx31s

    WAY too many interesting looking series this season, i bet i will slack on studying for university….again.
    I’m really looking forward to Eureka Seven Astral Ocean, as the original has been one of my favourite shows ever since i first watched it.
    As always, thanks a lot for the preview!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:29 pmSilentCid

    The shortlist is missing Eureka Seven : AO for Thursdays. Shows that potential bloggers are willing to blog it but doesn’t show up on shortlist.

    • March 29, 2012 at 6:43 pmverdant

      Fixed, thanks.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:30 pmNero

    I’m probably going to stay watching only Smile Precure (which I personally think would’ve been hilarious if one of you guys had blogged it) but I might watch Tsuritama. The rest I’m just going to wait for it to finish before starting.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:31 pmBeedle

    Just read Medaka Box 140, and though expecting it, I still feel trolled hard. I wonder how the anime adaptation will fare…is there a confirmation on how many episodes it will be?

    In any case, thanks for the preview!

    Hello Zombie, Sankarea, Jormungad and Queen’s Blade~

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:31 pmSuppa Tenko

    I’m only watching Accel World, Fate/Zero, and Kore wa Zombie Desu ka.

    Can’t wait for Sword Art Online because the novel is absolutely epic. Probably not going to show chapter 16.5 in the anime though… Oh wellz. How Accel World plays out will determine how SAO is animated… though the characters look pretty young compared to their novel counter parts… Then again Kirito and Asuna were only 14 when they first logged on…

    • March 29, 2012 at 5:34 pmPtolemaios00

      I agree. On the official site for SAO anime, their cheeks look puffy and makes them look childish compared to the LN art.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:32 pmPtolemaios00

    Went through the list, some thoughts:

    Medaka Box – I wonder if the prediction by *spoilers* is going to come true. Manga will end before the Anime begins.
    Accel World – HELL YEAH!! Will be AWESOME!! Can’t wait for Sword Art Online in a few seasons too! My favorite LNs!
    Fate/Zero2 – HELL YEAH! (again)! I think everyone can agree to look forward to this.
    Mysterious Girlfriend X – It’ll be interesting to see this animated. I love the manga, but I don’t see it adapted that well.
    Kuroko no Basket – should be good, but may resemble PoT a bit.
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia – I think this will be a good replacement for Another. If they can get the atmosphere right, then it should be pretty awesome.
    Saki-Achiga – More mahjong with cute girls!! Who can resist the unique pantsu-less-ness fanservice.
    Lupin – I’m all for reviving this classic.
    Eureka Seven 2 – mmm, I’ll watch it…but Eureka Seven always left a bad taste in my mouth.
    Shining Hearts w/bread – Watch it just because it is Tony Taka.

    These just caught my eye. I’ll definitely follow more than just these.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:36 pmmaddoki

    Great Post ! There is indeed WAYYY too much new anime, making it hard to choose between the one who seems worth watching and the others. Anyhow, thank you for this HUGE Spring 2012 Preview, I can only wait to see Fate Zero S2 !!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:40 pmKentaiyoshimi

    Thanks a lot for putting together this season preview. There are a surprising amount of shows that I`m really interested in checking out, so thank God it’s summer (for me at least).

    Fate/Zero and Jormungand are my most anticipated shows this season. (After Steins Gate, having White Fox produce Jormungand sealed the deal for me)
    Zetman, Hyouka, Apollon, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Accel World, and Kore wa Zombie are all pretty high on the list for me as well.

    This past Winter season had some really good shows, so here’s to another great season.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:41 pmcancerlad

    Thanks guys! I love your previews (they plan my anime consumption).

    I’ve been reading Mysterious Girlfriend X for years now, so I’m really looking forward to the anime. Can’t wait!

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:50 pmStyleF1re

    Much thanks for the preview guys! Have a good idea of what to watch this time around.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:53 pmZhinvu

    Thanks Verdant. I’ve been definitely waiting for the Spring 2012 preview. This is definitely quite a change as Wednesdays have been almost empty for the past few seasons. That’s a lot of shows too. I’ll be definitely viewing most of them but what stands out so far for me is Medaka Box to see how Gainax is gonna adapt the manga.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:54 pmUnajuuphile

    Compliments to the RC team for putting all this together. What a mouthwatering selection we have here. Can’t wait.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:55 pmSarukah

    Goodness Gracious, leave out all those toddler shows that half of them even include you mentioning that this will be for no one who visits this site. Seriously, pretty much no one is interested in them and they’ve never been so fully included before; why suddenly start? It also makes it a little more difficult to go through the whole list when looking for the more normal anime shows.
    I dont mean to hate; I’ve followed mainly this site’s season preview for years now which I guess is another reason why this sudden full inclusion of kid shows like Gon and Arashi is making kinda mad. They don’t fit so I don’t get it.

  • March 29, 2012 at 5:57 pmpassing

    Cover Shirokuma Cafe now!! Talking Panda? Talking Penguin? And talking Polar bear??? What could possible go wrong??!!!

    Okay seriously it could turn out to be really odd and weird, which I would like, but it could also turn out to be cheesy and girly. Still I’d prefer it being covered over shows like Kimi to Boku 2 (cheesy, sappy, and girly) and Kore wa Zombie Desu ka (stupid and cliché) in the off chance that it could be great.

    • March 29, 2012 at 9:36 pmpassing

      I type “shirokuma cafe manga” on google to gauge its content and the first search result pops up: “Shirokuma Café Women’s Comedy Manga Gets Anime”. Women’s comedy?? Gosh darn it!! (no offense to ladies) It’s not for me. Talking polar bear+penguin… adios. I could’ve watched you… adios~~!!

      • March 29, 2012 at 11:10 pmZanibas

        I’m pretty sure His and Her Circumstances is also a “women’s comedy” by definition, and many people I know find it hilarious. Don’t be hating on my potential blog show cause it’s from a women-directed magazine! D:

        …however, you may voice your concerns again when the series actually airs. We’ll talk then. ^^

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:00 pmShiawase

    Thanks to all the writers for their work on the preview ^^ I’ve been looking forward to reading this :D

    Sorry, but may I point out that for Hyouka, Nakamura Yuiichi is listed as a seiyuu twice. According to MLA, Sakaguchi Daisuke voices Fukube Satoshi.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:03 pmAcario

    looking foward to a good handful of these, Ozuma, Uchuu Koudai, Zetman, Sankarea, Hyouka, Shining Hearts, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

    and of course the obvious Fate Zero 2nd, and Eureka 7 AO.

    OH! and definitely Accel World. It’s not exactly often you see an overweight portagonist, and honestly; being one of a plump stature, I personally hold this particular one very close.

    Really though? a Naruto SD with Rock Lee….??

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pmstarss

    What is the average life span of a Japanese anime studio? I never heard of HALF of these!

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:12 pmleokiko

    Uchuu Kyoudai, Sakamichi no Appolon and Accel World.

    The rest? Will try.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pmMAR-KLAC-VELOUS DE-KLAC-CADE

    must watch QB’s rebel & sankarea

    fujiko anime maybe might check
    girlfriend x if survive through saliva drool issue hmm
    Jormungand still thinking on it

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:15 pmjustin

    woot, finally out, thanks a lot for the preview,

    going forward for :
    -fate zero
    -Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD
    -medaka box
    -Sankarea
    -accel world
    -Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
    -Jormungand

    i will check others out, well good works

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:19 pmKit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat

    “Free up some hard drive space” you say ? Forget it, this is on the buying-a-new-hard-drive level already.
    It has been a looonnnnggggg time since a season looked so promising – and it comes on the heels of a pretty decent Winter Season to boot. I am usually following 2 to 5 series (and eventually catching up to 1 or 2 others), yet right now I stand at 7 must-watch-at-all-costs with 9 that I will definitely check…

    The “larger than life cast” category contenders:
    Fate/Zero 2nd Season – need I even tell why ?
    Jormungand – you will know when you see it
    Then the most unusual trio of RomComs:
    Sankarea – light-hearted (or not ?) zombie story
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia – light-hearted (or not ?) ghost story
    Mysterious Girlfriend X – light-hearted drool (!) story
    And lastly the “for the fun” category:
    Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD – can’t even tell why I like the prequel
    Medaka Box – it lives through the supporting cast and insane over-the-top fights

    And now let us all send a set of prayers to the relevant local deities for the several manga adaptations we liked tremendously, so they hopefully all turn out good enough to at the very least do justice to the sources.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:23 pmRyougaZell

    Fate Zero 2, Kore wa Zombie Desuka Ka 2 and Zetman for me. Very little shows interested me this season. I supposse I’ll catch up with the series of previous seasons I haven’t finished… like Shana and last Exile.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm0927123

    My body is ready? :O

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:27 pmRakkyo

    Thanks for the preview, been waiting for it. I still prefer Divine’s writing style for the previews though.

    Seems like I’ll be following 18 series this season, though some may dropped. Feels like my watching list has been slowly increasing over the seasons…

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:31 pmleokiko

    Oh, and Uchuu Kyoudai is confirmed for 48+ episodes, it’s listed as 12 in the guide ^^

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:34 pmKyzel

    No Yukana roles? Makes me tear a lil. Anyway. Gon… is that the same Gon from Tekken 3? Woah. Hoping Zetman, Accel World, Jormugand, and Sakamachi no Apollon, would tide me over till summer comes… Thanks for the work and effort you guys did for the previews. Well appreciated!

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:35 pmMrTerrorist

    Can’t wait to watch Tasogare Otome x Amnesia since the manga will be ending soon.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:36 pmkabayongtao

    No one else is excited for Gundam UC? :(

    • March 29, 2012 at 7:44 pmZero

      I’m excited there with ya! So much awesome happened at the end of the last ep with a fantastic reveal!

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:39 pmDovahkiinGGGGG

    Here are the shows that interest me. Keep in mind that I don’t watch anime while they’re currently airing anymore due to my weening interest in anime, in general, and hating to have to wait. If I really like a show, especially one that’s driven through drama and romance, waiting is a nightmare (I klearned this the hard way with ef a tale of melodies). Anywho, here’s my list -

    Plan to definitely watch -
    - Sankarea
    - Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (looking forward to this the most, due to what the director’s worked on in the past)
    - Hyouka

    Might watch (depending on ratings) –
    - Acchi Kocchi
    - Accel World
    - Mysterious Girlfriend X
    - Jormungand
    - Eureka Seven Astral Ocean (I’m wary about this; even though Eureka Seven was one of my favorite shows, the manga for Astral Ocean doesn’t look promising, and they have hardly any material to cover. If the ratings are bad, I’ll probably just skip this to save myself the integrity of the original series)

    • March 30, 2012 at 12:14 amZero

      I’ll watch Eureka7 AO just for the gratefulness of there being a second season. The first season was almost god-like but i don’t expect this one to be that good. Gotta keep your hopes low that way you may get a big surprise.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:43 pmJunglepenguin

    In order of priority (starting with highest):

    Sakamichi no Apollo
    ES:AO
    Tsuritama
    Jormungand
    Ozuma
    Hyouka
    TOxA
    Sankarea
    Accel World (just so I can sh!ttalk with Seven)

    And the rest… Meh. (Forgive me for saying that about F/Z S2. I’ve yet to watch F/Z, so I’m not particularly excited about the sequel.)

    And I will NOT be watching Kore wa whatever.

    • March 29, 2012 at 9:19 pmpassing

      man, I am not sure why silly generic shows like Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (“Kore wa whatever” as Junglepenguin calls it) have so many fans at RC and everywhere in general. To me, it’s the dark side of these Japanese stuff (Oh the dark side~~. It’s so dark). And I’ve got negs earlier for poo-pooing it too~. Anyway I still join Junglepenguin’s hate train and brace for more negs shooting down from dedicated Kore wa whatever fans. eh, I don’t mean to put down anyone, but merely expressing my dismay on such shows; so don’t misunderstand, you know.

      In the meantime, I very much look forwards shows like Sakamichi no Apollon and Uchuu Kyoudai, aka Seinen stuff. There aren’t just enough of great Seinen stuff. I can literally count with my hands of good Seinen in the past 10 years. It’s terrible.

      • March 29, 2012 at 9:29 pmpassing

        Ahem, “Sakamichi no Apollon” might be considered Josei, based on its look and that yaoi vibe VERDANT talks about. Psst, I am always thinking almost all Seinen look Josei anyway. Heck, even Monster looks Josei if you never actually sit down and watch it. But still I will take it! Hey, I managed to stomach Honey and Clover (which actually was a pretty good show after I managed to pass 1st episode after many failure to do so… dude side of me still can’t handle that Josei look…), gosh darn it! Surely I can handle another Josei looking show from cowboy bebop team!!

      • March 30, 2012 at 12:57 amJunglepenguin

        It is josei, if I’m not wrong, and a lot of people have been focusing on the shounen-ai aspect of the series, but to me, that was never the point. You’ve got Watanabe Shinichiro and Kanno Yoko working together again, and on something with jazz as the focus. JAZZ. SHINICHRO. YOKO. Ah, crud, need to change my pants again.

        And I’ll never understand the fans of Kore wa Zomboragh either. I went through the first season and thought it was alright, but definitely not deserving of the attention that it receives now. People say it’s unique, it’s different, it’s refreshingly funny. Really? I don’t remember being impressed by it at all. Especially Eulicisomething or whatever her name was getting together with the main protagonist Ayumu or whatever his name is.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:48 pmRednights

    There’s definitely a correlation on how pretty/catchy the image is and the popularity o_O

    Now which of you perverts are keeping Queens Blade funded, that is should be Chihayafuru second season money.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:49 pmzeroyuki92

    It’s finally the time for obligatory RC seasonal preview! Thanks for the hardwork, guys!

    As for myself, I am highly anticipating these shows :
    Fate/Zero : The Urobuchi-fest that just begin to start. My body is not ready!
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia : The manga is nothing but awesomeness. Not something that you expect from Another, Tasogare is a mix of Horror, Romance, Mystery and a bit of Drama. Oonuma Shin, I believe you can deliver!
    Sakamichi no Apollon : Jazz? Watanabe Shinichiro? Yoko Kanno? This can’t be messed up, right?
    Hyouka : KyoAni obligatory watch. From the trailer, I believe this would be a heartwarming artsy-moe with mysteries. Very curious to see.

    Intrigued by :
    Uchuu Kyoudai : Spacebros? Drama? Family? Count me intrigued.
    ZETMAN : This reminds me of the manga that has been stalled in my watchlist for years for the reason that I don’t know. I remember that this manga is very interesting, plus with the old school art from I’s mangaka, so I guess I’ll watch the anime counterpart.
    Kore wa Zombie : I am in for more “That is not a kick!!!”
    Medaka Box : Actually I am hoping that the manga never existed before to see the reaction when the trolling begin.
    Sankarea : Although I am loving Tasogare Otome more, I also loved Sankarea, which is a bit brighter.
    Accel World : Dengeki Novel Grand Prize should be something enough to warrant at least obligatory 3 episodes watch, right?
    Mysterious Girlfriend X : Seeing the initial hype in many places before, I am curious to see this adaptation.
    Jormugand : I may watch for White Fox.
    Tsuritama : Had a pretty good initial impression for NoitaminA.

    I haven’t watch Eureka Seven, so I guess I won’t reverse the watching order (although it won’t be connected directly)…

    …OMG this is a new record! I haven’t anticipate this much of shows before… O.o

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:52 pmIntricateRadiance

    Can I just say I love you all? Just an appreciation post. :) Thanks for this.

    • March 29, 2012 at 11:03 pmZanibas

      I <3 you too! ^^

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:54 pmAlgent

    Ouch this one is definitely a bad one for me, mangas adaptations are a no-no, Ialready read them, and the originals are already not that good :/ (Well maybe accel world could be fun). I’m left with only one confirmed: Fate/zero. I guess I’m gonna have time for some old shows.

    About Eureka AO, i’m wary too, Seven wasn’t bad … well he was too long (and the fillers…), but I had a good time. For AO the manga is giving me some “stay away, something shittier than GC’s Mary Shoes is coming” alert, I think I’m gonna avoid it.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:57 pmkoichi

    Comparing Accel World to Guilty Crown is just wrong. They are nothing alike. Guilty Crown was a massive crap fest.

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:58 pmLGrey

    “Twenty-five years later, the Saint Seiya franchise returns with a brand new series featuring an original story and a new cast of characters.”

    Do you count the Lost Canvas OVA out?

  • March 29, 2012 at 6:59 pmamado

    gaah! it had to be spring when Divine stopped indefinitely.
    I dont know if thats the problem or if its just that there’s so many shows, but I cant find much interesting ones. well, this will take getting used to…
    *busy reading a bit more before posting my list*

    • March 29, 2012 at 7:23 pmamado

      going to check out:
      Hyouka
      Tsuritama
      Jormungand
      Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
      Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
      Accel World
      Natsuiro Kiseki
      Medaka Box

      …well ok, maybe thats not really a small list…
      I guess I really was just fooled by seeing too many shows as per usual in spring :p

      I will definitely continue the sequels of kore wa zombie ka desu and fate/zero.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:04 pmjrj

    Thank you all for making this great effort to put forth such an wonderful review!
    as to what show I will be watching… I guess I will check out most non-long running shows, and see which ones I like… :)

    can’t wait to see the posts from your guys, thanks a lot for the effort in advance!!!

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:05 pmvegeta617

    If one of you bloggers could give “Medaka Box” a chance, I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot in advance!

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:06 pmDrKi

    you guys r the best randomc <3

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:07 pmkurochan

    Seems like there’s ton of great anime this season!! And I hope Shining hearts will do well because I want to see shining Blade get animated…

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:09 pmAvalanche

    I’m disappointed by the lack of anime that catch my eye. The ones I know for sure are either sequels (KoreZom,F/Z) or anime adaptions of manga I’m currently reading (Medaka Box,Sankarea).

    I’ll probably also end up watching Acchi Kocchi until the tsundere gets old. Natsuiro Kiseki and Tsuritama look like they have potential. The Accel World manga adaption was a bit slow for me… Maybe the anime will be better. I’ll take Hyouka for my mystery this season.

    • March 29, 2012 at 7:11 pmAvalanche

      Whoops.
      I might check out Upotte!! It looks like a slice-of-life version of Strike Witches, but I’m not too keen on Upotte’s art style.

      Will someone be uploading the OPs and EDs for this season?

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:14 pmNhelraios

    Holy flying penguins! Hyouka looks so good. Why does it have to be the last show to air? WHY?!?

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:15 pmKenji

    Uchuu Kyoudai: Love it. I love space and I love all magas that deal with it. This one is on my top pick for spring. I don’t think anyone should miss the series. The manga is AWESOME!!!!!

    Others that seem to have potential:
    Kore wa zombie desu ka? Of the dead, cuz I saw the the first season.
    Mysterious Girlfriend X: Cua I was introduced to the manga first
    Tasogare otome X Amnesia because it seems like it can fill in Another’s void
    Sakamichi no apoolon because I am a fan of cowboy bebop and with these two people working on this series it has got to be good.
    Kimi no boku 2 because I want a slice of life kind of anime.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:22 pmDa5id

    50 shows?! Is that a record or something?

    Definitely watching Fate, Apollon, and Eureka. I’ll probably watch the first few episodes of…well, most of these. Spring and Fall are usually pretty bountiful.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:27 pmLucent

    Interesting new way of doing the previews. But it’s nice to see everyone’s opinions ^_^
    I’ll definitely be watching Fate/zero, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia because I loved the manga, Tsuritama, Hyouka, Jourmungand, Accel World, and if I can finish Eureka Seven in time, Eureka Seven AO.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pmMormegil

    Amazing job on the preview, guys!

    This season is going to be insane. There’s so much to watch! 50 titles in all?!

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:31 pmNamzor

    Good lord, this is a huge season. I am looking at about 10 shows with a handful more questionable. Thanks for the preview, can’t wait to see who’s blogging what.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:35 pmSerapita

    Thanks for the work Verdant! Guess I’ll be watching like 80% of the show as usual with Fate/Zero, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Jormungand and Saki as the highlight. I hope Tasogare and Jormungand will not disappoint me since the manga version of them are pretty good.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:41 pmZero

    Please someone blog Tasogare it is such a good manga and deserves someone following it!
    Also shout outs to all of you guys and ladies for doing an amazing job with the spring line up so seriously thank you all! And also one more shout out to divine for still maintaining the site and domain to keep it alive for all of us anime fans! Random C RULES!

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:42 pmTOP2NE1

    How does everybody end up sleeping on Gon and the real Naruto?

    Kind of interested in Zetman. The series started out fairly well, then gradually turned into a contrived seinen poster child.

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:43 pmneptune

    So far i am watching 10 out of all the ones listed so far guaranteed :D

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:48 pmPhil-sama

    Why does C3′s link directs me to a pastry online shop @_@

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:51 pmamado

    somehow, I dont think medaka box will be liked if they only have 12 eps, no matter which arc it ends it will be unfulfilling since you’ll miss out on its greatest appeal(outside of the mary sue): the genre shifter.
    medaka box is best known and (in)famous as the genre shifter. the series will need at least 24 eps and a 2nd season for completion. and the manga is “done”(unless we got trolled) so there is no excuse of fillers and such problems with other shounen manga adaptations(OP,bleach,naruto,etc.)

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:52 pmMaichain

    Yay ! thanks for the preview!!
    There are a lot of shows this season @_@
    I’m really just looking forward to Eureka Seven, Sakamichi no Apollon and Tsuritama c:

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:52 pmmike

    Only a few show I am interested in Accel world being one of the few, prefer Sword Art Online more since I been reading the LN ever since volume 1 and still one of my very favorite LN but Accel world is from same author and I kind of read it as well overall not bad storyline but yea we should see how it is animated.

    Definitely watch:
    1. Accel World
    2. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD
    3. Queen’s Blade: Rebellion
    4. Upotte!!
    5. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
    6. Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-

    Might decide after an episode or two:
    1. Hyouka
    2. Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan
    3. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
    4. Fate/Zero 2nd Season
    5. Koiken! ~Watashi-tachi Anime ni Natchatta!~
    6. Saint Seiya Omega
    7. ZETMAN
    8. Sengoku Collection
    9. Sankarea
    10. Acchi Kocchi
    11. Medaka Box

  • March 29, 2012 at 7:53 pmSortedeVaras

    The loli is looking especially strong this season.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:00 pmAndré

    Vanguard is awesome. It’s like Yi-Gi-Oh, but good. LOL.

    • March 29, 2012 at 8:09 pmDa5id

      Hey, Yugioh’s badass.

      Vanguard’s good too, though. The protagonist actually loses a lot, THEN turns evil! Never saw that coming!

      A shame that the poster for the 2nd season pretty much confirms Ren will live and become a good guy.

    • March 29, 2012 at 8:29 pmThe_Magus_Killer

      Hey, I take offense to that one. Yu-Gi-Oh! (Duel Monsters, Duel Monsters GX, 5Ds, and ZEXAL) is good, but the 4kids dubs made it look bad. Just to clarify.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:04 pmFuuka

    I really don’t like AKB48, but with Shoji Kawamori directing and Okada Mari writing as well, I am very interested. If anything, it should have awesome music numbers ala Macross Frontier.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:08 pmJason

    Hm. About the only ones I care about for a fact are Fate Zero and Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stone. Medaka Box and Accel World are both maybes as far as I’m concerned.

    • March 29, 2012 at 8:31 pmJason

      Almost forgot about Sengoku Collection.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:10 pmbk201my

    Jormungand > Black Lagoon

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:12 pmLitho

    Apollon is the only guarantee for me. Hope it somehow pulls Noitamina out of the hole Guilty Crap pushed it into.
    Will probably check out the oyher Noitamina series as well.

    Others, I put on probation, watching what the tasteful people I know recommend.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:21 pmKurisu

    Really looking foward to Eureka seven AO :) :)

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:23 pmEmmie

    I just want to say great job on the preview guys for this being the first one put together by a group!! I know a lot of hard work goes into this and the fans appreciate it so much! If I didn’t have season previews, I’d never figure out what was coming out!

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:26 pmShionl

    Wow awesome preview great job to all the writers! Looking like a great season looking forward to a lot of shows :D

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:56 pmMisa

    PV for Jormungand doesn’t work

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:59 pmJulio

    Wow, nobody cares for AKB48? I guess it’s really meant for the fans only.

  • March 29, 2012 at 8:59 pmMisa

    Nevermind, it seems to be working now^^ Alot of shows this season, Sunday’s packed^^

  • March 29, 2012 at 9:14 pmAsakura

    Medaka Box is first on my list. I’ve been wanting an anime of this series for years.

  • March 29, 2012 at 9:21 pmKiseki

    Actually, it was confirmed in the fanbook that Natsuiro Kiseki is a science fiction fantasy. Inb4 we get aliens here too because aliens in every animu lately.

    You shouldn’t treat Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stone as a third season to the InaEle franchise as a whole. It’s the sequel of the second “generation” (yes, Hino is hoping this will become like Pokemon, because it has) of InaEle games, something the first series/generation already had two of. There’s no break, it’s a direct continuation of GO. It should not be on here.

    • March 30, 2012 at 12:42 amZanibas

      Thank you reader for the correction. None of the writers here follow Inazuma, so thanks for catching this early ^^.

  • March 29, 2012 at 9:58 pmBio D

    I’ll get read the rest later, thank you; new Fate Zero and Zombie Desu Ka! Fuck and Yes!

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:01 pmZen

    I can’t believe that nobody’s interested enough in Phi Brain to actually contemplate blogging it (And only Moomba is watching it?!?). Sure, the show’s plot isn’t anything amazing, and the characters aren’t anything special, but the way everything revolves around solving (often deadly) puzzles is quite innovative, and the puzzles themselves are usually pretty interesting. I’ve found myself coming back to this show week after week; more consistently than any other simply because I wanted t see what kind of crazy “Gusha no Puzzle” Sunrise’d dream up next…I’m not trying to say that Phi Brain is an objective model of excellence, because it isn’t; in fact, I’d say its average-ish at best, but what I am saying is that given how innovative its premise is, I’m surprised that it’s failed to spark anyone’s interest…

    • March 29, 2012 at 10:22 pmsome guy

      but, but, but, look at the guy’s hair!! What is he, Son goku? Is he doing to do kamehameha to solve puzzles? he he he. Seriously, many will be put off by that ridiculous getup of main character. It’s a shame since the premise sounds unique whether it’s my type of cup of tea or not.

    • March 30, 2012 at 2:31 pmRolca

      I think the reason Phi Brain has such a little fandom is that everyone dropped around episode 5 or was put off by the character design.
      Sure, the animation is often derpy, but the characters are expressive and grow on you. You just have to accept that PUZZLES ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS and not expect to get the chance to solve them with the protagonist. It’s another problem: as an puzzle-themed anime, people expected to solve puzzles like in the Layton film, but it isn’t the case, and frankly, it doesn’t matter anymore past episode 13 where plot and action really kick in and become a vehicle for character development. (I have to admit the first half of the series is rather weak, but still alright)
      The soundtrack is quite good, the opening is a total earworm and I already have the second season’s in the head!

      I hope more people give Phi Brain a chance, because it’s the show I’m currently the most excited about! It isn’t the best, but it’s definitively worth a look.

      If you want to take a peek, Star Crossed Anime Blog and METANORN have Phi Brain reviews. (episode 25 didn’t air last week due to a baseball game)

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:19 pmricz

    I’ll surely watch
    1. Fate/zero (well the reason is pretty obvious)
    2. Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean (Well I’m a fan of eureka)
    3. Dusk Maiden of amnesia (Well it looks good even though I havent read the manga)
    4. Accel world (well I love the LN)
    5. Hyouka: You can’t escape (Looks good)
    6. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (Moe of this season)
    7. Kore wa zomebie desu ka? of the dead (well it’s a sequel
    8. Phi Brain(well I finished this series so I might as well finish season 2)

    I’ll try this one
    1. Sankarea
    2. Sengoku Collection
    3. Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~
    4. Tsuritama
    5. Jormungand
    6. Natsuiro Kiseki
    7. Acchi Kocchi

    I might add nor drop some after they all started and of course the problem w/ some series is the number of episodes :C

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:20 pmAlec

    If Enzo were to blog Kuroko no Basket, I have a feeling he’ll drop it.
    I read the manga, and it’s not particularly impressive.

    Not to mention, this is one ridiculously, unrealistic basketball anime.

    I just hope the animation will be as good, if not better than Buzzer Beater

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:21 pmAbsolute Zero Now

    Guaranteed watches:
    Ozuma(currently watching and liking it a lot)
    Uchuu Kyoudai(Glad CR is simulcasting it. Love stories about space)
    Fate/Zero (Loved the first season, looking forward to the epic conclusion)
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (Liking the shorts, looking forward to full length episodes. Nyarlko and Cthuko are a hoot.)

    Interested in:
    Jormungand (Liking the dark action aspect)
    Sakamichi no Apollon (Watanabe and Kanno make this very interesting for me)
    Tasogare Otome X Amnesia (Likes the mystery aspect and the cute ghost girl)
    Natsuiro Kiseki (It looks like it could be quite good)

    Will Wait and See:
    Accel World (writer of Guilty Crown makes me cautious)
    AKB0048 (Okada might make the most out of a rather bad sounding premise)
    Medaka Box (Could be a fun romp or a total disaster)
    Hyouka (Love KyoAni, not sure the story interests me)
    Shining Hearts (Need more info before I decide)

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:22 pmblahness

    Seriously excited for some new shows and genres I don’t usually watch, but will be taking some leaps of faith for!

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:38 pmmasso

    Well damn.. Sad season for mecha fan. I got new Eureka Seven whose story just turn the super duper happy ending into some tragic Greek tragedy and… nuhting.

    Shining Hearts will watch.

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:43 pmFT5Havok

    Don’t know which shows to watch? Help anyone! Tasukete kudasai.. :D

    • March 30, 2012 at 1:12 amJunglepenguin

      It really depends on your interests in genres at the moment, because there’s quite a number for you to choose from. Ya into action? Romance? Comedy? Plain ecchi?

      Anyway, I’ll start you off with Accel World. Looks like standard action/romance/comedy set-up, and reviews about it are fairly positive (though I don’t exactly see what’s so interesting about it.).

  • March 29, 2012 at 10:54 pmMrRei

    Ummm.. heads up to people comparing Tasogare Otome x Amnesia to Another (there seems a lot of you). Don’t compare them too much. Ghost story, yes it is. But the flow is a bit different.
    Definitely not ridiculously bloody like Another (no Final Destination appeal here).
    That’s not to say the story is bad. In fact you might find it better with the mystery being centered more without the abnormal massacres distracting you.

  • March 29, 2012 at 11:02 pmvrr4141

    I will keep telling to myself : limit to 8 anime, limit to 8 anime….
    GOD, this is hard!

  • March 29, 2012 at 11:10 pmnanci

    HI! Thanks for the hard work :3 Looks Like RC and me have a lot of anime to watch this season ! :) I hope you guys could take a chance with Lupin. Myself never watched but this but this time look pretty promising ! Specially if it follows the old sexy feeling tha some t ” classic ” anime have ! :DD

  • March 29, 2012 at 11:25 pmboznia

    Thanks to the RC crew for putting together the Spring Preview. My, my, this is going to be a tough season for me. Way more shows than I normally would be interested in. May have to make some tough choices due to time…

    Guaranteed to watch:
    Ozma – Matsumoto space opera, plus it’s short
    Uchuu Kyoudai – Space theme + award-winning manga serialized in Afternoon
    Lupin III – A Lupin series centered on Fujiko? Sign me up.
    Medaka Box – I’m a reader of the manga. Interested in seeing how Gainax will adapt it.
    Jormungand – Dark theme + White Fox (I loved the Steins;Gate adaptation)
    Sakamichi no Apollon – Watanabe + Kanno. All I need to know. noitaminA a plus as well.
    Eureka Seven AO – Big fan of the original series. Trying not to let expectations ruin my enjoyment.

    Plan to try out:
    Zetman – Like the dark theme of this seinen series
    Kuroko no Basket – Read some of the manga but drifted away from it. I’ll see if the anime can inspire interest for the series in me again.
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia – I liked the art style and mystery/supernatural theme.
    Tsuritama – noitaminA show. [C] was a bit of a miss for me, but I’m willing to give Nakamura another chance.
    Hyouka – I haven’t been interested in much of what Kyoani has put out in a while, so I’m willing to see what they have in store in a genre I like.

    On the fence:
    Sankarea – Deen being involved is a bit of a turn off to me, but it seems like it could be something I would like.
    Natsuiro Kiseki – I wouldn’t call myself a slice-of-life fan, but the mystery aspect intrigues me, and Sunrise’s work on the series looks nice from the preview.

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