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Spring 2009 anime season preview

Ah, the Spring Season of Anime. A lo’ and behold there’s barely any bloody sequels! For once I can look at a preview and not keep having to say ‘haven’t seen first season, won’t watch’. So really we should be basking in the glory of all these new shows we get to enjoy. Are you all looking forward to all these grand new shows to watch and completely ignoring any sequels about a certain short blonde fellow with  rather unusual limbs?
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Yes, the new season of FMA is on it’s way!

Full Metal Alchemist Season 2

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Studio: Bones

Synopsis: Humankind cannot gan anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value blah de blah you know the drill.

Neon Genisis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, Death Note and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. These 5 shows are what I consider the ‘Big 5’ of anime. Nearly everyone has seen them and they are the 5 you will see most often in different people’s favorite anime. You can probably judge what type of person someone is simply by which of these they include in their top anime.

So what I’m trying to get around to here is that Full Metal Alchemist is BIG. There is nothing really new I can say about this series, bar the fact I’m 99.9% sure that this series will follow the manga version of events. You’ll have made up your mind long ago whether you are watching it or not so there really is nothing I can see. Am I watching it myself? Of course I’m bloody watching it!

Shangri-La

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Studio: Gonzo

Synopsis:The story takes place in the middle of the 21st century when global warming has turned Tokyo into a tropical city. To reduce the temperature at the heart of the city by 5°C (9°F), the city is being reborn as the world’s largest forest city. However, despite the flow of refugees to the new city of Atlas, there are not many residents who can actually live there. Moreover, anti-government guerrillas are attempting to stop the forestation

Yes, I know it says Gonzo, but I think this may be their return to glory. They’ve got some fantastic staff behind the show and I already love the promo pictures, as little as I’ve seen. So whatever you do, do NOT dismiss this because of the Gonzo tag, I think this might just be their ticket back into supremacy. Remember, they made Last Exile, anything is possible

K-ON!

Studio: Kyoto Animation

Synopisis:K-ON is about four girls trying to save their school’s music club; despite being total noobs at playing musical instruments or reading music

Sorry, but I am not a fan of much of Kyo-Ani’swork, except when they decide to work on something comedic. Thankfully, that is exactly what K-ON seems to be. It’s a story about a music club full of people who can’t actually play any music. On the other hand, I can’t find much info on the actual manga itself so I have no idea if it’s any good. Still, I’d be slightly optimistic for this one.

Eden of the East

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Studio: Production IG

Synopsis:On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as “Careless Monday,” does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later… Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he’s holding withthe other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash

When you do a preview, you check each anime’s source material. So Eden of the East is based off a novel by Nobel Prize winning author JonhSteinbeck in 1952. You know, John Steinbeck, the fellow who wrote Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, pretty big stuff. Anywho, according to Wiki,  ‘According to his last wife Elaine, he considered this to be a requiem for himself—his greatest novel ever’. So I don’t think there’s a problem withthe source material then! The staff working behind this are…epic. I mean, Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, the music behind Gundam 00. They even planned to make a movie and everything. Production IG seem to think this will be a hit. The summary looks damn interesting, the promo pictures look…odd. Actually I’m not so convinced on the promo pictures but otherwise…wow. Keep this on your to-watch list

Guin Saga

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Studio: Satelight

Synopsis:The story centers around a mysterious warrior named Guin, an amnesiac with a leopard mask magically affixed to his head. Remembering nothing but his fighting instincts and the word “Aurra”, he confronts a world laden with danger, intrigue, and magic.

From that good old reliable source of ‘a post a read in a forum’ said that the mangaka from Beserk got a lot of his inspiration from the original Guin Saga novels. From ANN  ‘100 volumes in length, Kurimoto’s Guin Saga has sold over 25 million copies and regularly made Japan’s best seller list’.On the other hand, Satelightare a bit of a hit-or-miss studio but they seemed to have picked up a potential winner withthis. The style and studio tell me ‘meh’ but you don’t sell 25 million copies without being pretty damn good. It’s worth a pop at least but I hope they make it long enough to properly cover the full story

Sengoku Basara

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Studio: Production IG

Synopsis:Sengoku Basaratakes place during the Sengoku Period, or Warring States Period, during which Japan was split into many minor states battling over power and land. The game features two historical warlords as the main characters: Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune.

This is another one of those game franchises that never turns out into a decent anime but pleases the fans of franchise. Game-based anime very rarely ever (the only reason I’m not saying never is because there must be well over 100 anime based off games and at least one of them must be vaguely enjoyable) become a good anime, so I don’t think I’ll bother with this one at all.

Gallian Chronicles

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Studio: A1 Pictures

Synopsis:Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe – divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia, which is situated in the middle of the two great empires. The story follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon as they engage in a series of epic battles.

Another game-based anime. I prefer the synopisis to Sengoku Basara but otherwise this really doesn’t inspire much confidence. The staff are rather inexperienced. But A1 are a good studio so we might get some fancy desert battle scenes. Heck, what am I doing, this won’t be great. Why am I trying to say a game-based anime will be any good? It will please the fans of the game and do very little more

Pandora Hearts

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Studio: XEBEC

Synopsis:Oz Bezarius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he’s cast into the prison known as the “Abyss”, only to be saved by a “chain” known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. Why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as “Pandora” want with him?

Urgh…XEBEC.  I watched the trailer and it looks like Soul Eater if Soul Eater wasn’t done by Bones. Which basically means you take away the best thing about Soul Eater and you’re left with a rather pointless mess, that being Pandora Hearts. Sorry, but I really don’t like XEBEC

Saki

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Studio: Gonzo

Synopsis:Miyanaga Saki is a very skilled mahjong player. One day she gets dragged into the Mahjong Club and surprises some of the other members by being able to break even after every round, a play style that developed due to the fact that her family would get mad if she won whenever they played so she would carefully lose on purpose. But here’s the catch, she hates mahjong.

Strike Witches with Mahjong. Actually no, Strike Witches apparently had a fairly good story behind all the lolita fanservice. But if Shangri-La shows the good side to Gonzo then this will show their crapside. On top of all that, the director also directed that well known masterpiece, Dragonaut…

Cross Game

Studio: ?

Synopsis: Cross Gameis the story of Kō Kitamura and the four Tsukishima sisters, Ichiyo, Wakaba, Aoba,and Momiji. The Tsukushimafamily runs a batting center with an attached coffee shop, and Kō’s father runs a neighboring sporting good store.[1][2]Wakaba and Kō were born on the same day in the same hospital, and have been close friends since childhood—close enough that Wakaba treats Kō as her boyfriend, even though nothing is officially declared.[1]Aoba, who is one year younger than Wakaba and Kō, doesn’t like how Kō is “taking” her sister away from her and claims she hates him.

This mangaka is one of those legendary fellows who makes practically every single good sports manga there is, such as Touch. Unfortunately he had to make it out of effing baseball! Seriously, why Baseball? You could pick soccer, rugby, basketball, Australian football, Olympic handball, hockey, ice hockey, gaelic football, anything but baseball (except golf). But if this mangaka is so legendary it’s certainly worth checking out anyway. One Outs has given me a slight tolerance towards baseball, at least more than I originally had. Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be any info on this show at all, not even what the bloody studio is or even a website

Queens Blade

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Studio: ARMS

Synopsis: A competition to decide the next Queen. The strongest warrior will rule the country and expand it. The contestants need to be older than 12. They need not be human, intelligent or even of that country. The rules for the tournament: murder is allowed. Any weapon can be chosen.

From the creators of Ikkitousen comes the next great masterpiece. Like a cross between Cowboy Bebop, Mushishi and Akira comes Queens Blade. All anime from here on will simply be known as pre-Queens or post-Queens. The next masterpiece is on it’s way and it’s name is…lol, can’t keep a straight face anymore. It’s based off a set of hentai manga  and figurines, what do you really expect?

Hayate no Gotoku 2

Studio: JC Staff

Synopsis: Hayete is a terminally debt-ridden teenage boy currently trying to pay off his debt by working as a butler.

One of the very few sequels to air this season, the first series of Hayate was fairly funny for about 12 episodes then it got boring very quickly. However for some people, 50 episodes of this debt-ridden butler wasn’t enough(!?!) so JC Staff pop along a make a sequel.  It has it’s fair share of fans though so a sequel is probably justified, unlike other seasons where they seem to make sequels out of practically anything.

Tayutama ~Kiss on my Deity~

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Studio: Silver Link

Synoposis: The story centers on Yūri Mito, a student at the Sōsei Academy and the only son of the man who runs the Yachimata shrine. At Yachimata, there is a legend of a deity named Tayutayu-sama who protected the area, but this deity and other so-called “Tayutai” have been lost in time. Mitoand his friends discover a relic on the school grounds with mysterious patterns on them. Then, at the opening ceremony of the new school year, an equally mysterious girl named Mashiro appears before Mito. Mashiro is somehow tied to the relic and the legend of Tayutayu-sama.

Look, I won’t even bother insulting this one. It’s just for little girls and really creepy otakus.

Asura Cryin’

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Studio: Seven Arcs

Synopsis: The semi-serious school action story revolves around Tomoharu Natsume, a boy who has been haunted by a ghosty girl who was a childhood friend

I wasn’t all that sure what to expect of this until I looked at what else the director has directed. Inukami and Sekirei. Now Inukami isn’t what you’d call your typical fanservice by any stretch of the imagination but they both fall roughly into the same category. I doubt it will be any good but I’ll probably check it out to see if there’s any worthwhile comedy. But the phrase ‘semi-serious’ turns me off a bit

Hatsukoi Limited

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Studio: JC Staff

Synopsis:The manga depicted many vignettes in the everyday lives of a junior high school girl named Ayumi and seven other junior high and high school girls

Back when I first started watching anime I generally looked towards anything that had ‘ecchi’ listed as one of it’s genres. AS a result I ended up watching an awful lot of rubbish. However one of the few good manga’s I read during that time was…wait for it…Ichigo 100%! Now the anime may have been a disaster but the manga was actually very enjoyable. Anyway, my point is that this is done by the same Mangaka. I’m going to watch it, out of respect for the Ichigo 100% manga (this is actually the only time I’ve ever said or written how much I liked that manga) but I’m certainly not going to guarantee you a good anime. It will probablydefinitely have a fair amount of ecchi

07 Ghost

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Studio: Studio Deen

Synopsis:Set in a gothic fantasy world, this is the story of Teito Klein, an orphaned slave who became the top military academy student. However, an unexpected turn of events left him pursued by the forces of the Barsburg Empire. Now an escaping convict, Teito’s sheltered by the church and it’s law of sanctuary. Here, he discovered many mysteries surrounding himself, the church, and the Empire itself. The fact that he might be connected to a dethroned king and the mystical stone of god, ‘The Eye of Mikhael’ made him the target of the empire more than ever. Fortunately the church is under the mythical 7 Ghost protection. But who are the Ghosts really. Will Teito be free from the military’s clutch, And what of his said mission to uncover the history. And who is the military’s Chief-of-Staff Ayanami exactly. Teito’s future seems to have spiraled into an unexpectedly perilous path.

Sounds vaguely promising, but surprisingly these Harry Potter styled shows never quite appeal to me. However the manga has some decent ratings and Studio Deen are a fairly reliable studio. I’m most certainly not expecting a masterpiece but it may be enjoyable enough to escape my vicious dropping routine.

Tears to Tiara

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Studio: White Fox

Synopsis: In a world resembling the middle-age. A girl, Riannon, is set to be sacrificed to appease a resurrected demon lord, Arawn. As her brother Arthur attempts to rescue her, Arawn defies those who resurrected him and frees Riannon from her captors, which leads to Riannon admiring him

Well, it’s the same game company that made Utawarumonononoonowrumono and the premise sounds similar and they even have the same director. Utawarewhatever actually got a fair amount of good reviews, which is amazing for a game-based anime. So it would be foolish to write this off. Mind you, chances are it still won’t be any good. When I went to the website they showed me some loverly luscious girl witha cookie in her mouth with’Happy Valentines’ written beside it. And judging be that skirt-less girl in the promo picture, this may be sticking slightly closer to it’s eroge form. Although Tears to Tiara has a nice ring to it, kinda rolls off the tongue

Hanasekeru Seishounen

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Studio: ?

Synopsis: A very powerful industrialist directs his daughter to pick a husband from three candidates he have chosen for her. They are to come into her life, and their uniqueness would cause her to recognize them immediately. The story evolves alone the lines of a power political mystery involving a small middle eastern country.

Oh dear lord…reverse harem, bishies, sparkles and roses. RUN AWAY, FAR AWAY!!! At least I will. Maybe some fangirls will be all over this but frankly I despise these shows, I couldn’t stand Ouran for christ sake, do you really think I’d like this?

Basquash!

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Studio: Satelight

Synopsis: Basketball played by giant robots. Need I say more?

The guy who wrote Macross decided to take a wee break from all that serious stuff and make this. Look, it’s giant robots playing basketball, what’s not to like?

Requiem for the Phantom

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Studio: Bee Train

Synopsis:A spate of mafia assassinations occurs in America, the work of the mysterious organization named Inferno. “Phantom” is their most strongest and capable assassin, however a lone tourist witnesses Phantom’s latest act of murder. He unwittingly exposes the top assassin’s true identity, a young girl named Ein. Witnesses are usually killed, but the man is captured and taken to be brainwashed into “Zwei”, Inferno’s newest assassin, with no memory of who he is. From this point on, Zwei is drawn into a world of conspiracy, deceit and violence.

If you’re a well-versed anime fan, you should know by now whether you like Bee Train or not. Beautiful, melancholic yet completely devoid of  humour or any sense of urgency is what you would associate with Bee Train. Stuff like Noir, Madlax, .Hack//Sign and so on. Even if you haven’t heard of Bee Train, any title (anime or not) with the word Requiem in the title should make you think of that sort of stuff. I actually have watched very little Bee Train but I did enjoy Noir so I will certainly give this a shot.

Natsu no Arashi

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Studio: SHAFT

Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Yasaka is a boy staying at his grandfather’s house during his summer vacation. One day he entered a store and met Arashi, a beautiful sixteen-year old girl working there. After trying to protect her from a man who claims to have been hired by her family to take her back by force, Yasakaran away withher and now she stays at his grandpa’s place with him. It didn’t take much time for Yasaka to figure out that his new friend is far from an ordinary girl, as she possesses mysterious powers. The plot thickens when he finds a sixty-year-old picture of Arashi and another girl named Kaja, and to the surprise of all Kaja suddenly appears, and just like Arashi, her appearance hasn’t changed at all since then

Take the Mangaka fom School Rumble. Give him lots of angry letters from fans saying they wished he concentrated more on the romances he created rather than being a gag manga. Now tell him to make a new manga.This time he focuses more on the relationships yet you can keep his ability to create amazing character and his knack for the hilarious. Now combine this with Shaft, who I amn’t a huge fan of but even I notice quality animation when it hits me in the face with a wet fish, and what you get is this: Natsu no Arashi. Keep your eye on this

Ristorante Paradiso

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Studio: David Production

Synopsis:The manga’s story is set in a restaurant in Rome that the heroine Nicolettavisits from the countryside. Her parents divorced when she was young, so her grandparents raised her while her mother tried to remarry. Unfortunately for Nicoletta, her mother abandons her even after remarrying. Nicoletta goes to the restaurant that is now owned by the new husband of Nicoletta’s mother, and ends up apprenticing there among a kitchen staff of colorful characters

I can’t find much on this at all and David Production…? I do like the artwork and it’s about fantastic Italian food, which may I just take a moment to say is by far the best in the world. I’ll check it out any, it’s only 11 episodes long.

And so on…

There’s a bunch of other shows, most of them are just kids shows. There’s a few OVA’s as well which may delight but more likely will dissapoint. Also soon enough the new Gurren Lagann movie will come, as will the Eureka Seven movie so there’s always a few more stuff to look forward to.

Final Ratings:

F:Tayutama ~Kiss on my Deity~, Queens Blade

E:Hanasekeru Seishounen, Saki, Sengoku Basara

D:Tears to Tiara, Asura Cryin’, Gallian Chronicles, Pandora Hearts

C:Ristorante Paradiso, 07 Ghost, Hatsukoi Limited, Guin Saga, K-ON

B:Natsu no Arashi, Requiem for the Phantom, Basquash, Cross Game,

A:Eden of the East, Shangri-La

(FM)A: Full Metal Alchemist!

To all those folk who actually read down this far, I just have one question for you:

What are you going to watch?

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8 Comments

  1. Posted February 26, 2009 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    While Eden of the East may be inspired by East of Eaden, it is not an adaptation. Also it seems the correct spelling is Hanasakeru Seishounen.

    I’ve written relatively detailed previews for Eden of the East, Shangri-la, Konnichiwa Anne, Natsu no Arashi, and Hanasakeru Seishounen – I’ll check out all these anime and will blog some of them episodically.

  2. kalen
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Totally agree that Shangri-La has potential written all over it so far, and its preview art looks awesome too. But what’s that thing the girl’s holding? a boomerang? a bowstave? some sort of flying machine?

    Ristorante Paradiso sounds deliciously slice of life, so it’ll on my watchlist, as is K-ON for the requisite dose of light, fun (read: brainless) comedy

    I will catch Hatsukoi Limited for more slice-of-life again, though if it turns out to be ecchi driven i’ll probably drop it

    Eden of the East, maybe.. somehow despite its sparkling credentials, i have this niggling fear that it may flop on the execution. The preview art doesn’t convince me either

  3. Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure if K-on will be brainless. I may have problems with KyoAni when they start acting all serious but they have a knack for intelligent comedy (lets just blank out Lucky * for this)

    That boomerang this in Shangri-La…no idea! You can see it has a padlock in the middle part but that just makes it even more confusing. And yes, I love the preview art. It’s Range Murata, the guy who did the designs behind Last Exile

    From what I could gather on Hatsukoi it could be VERY ecchi orientated. I’m just watching it out of respect for the mangaka

  4. Mugi
    Posted April 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I tried watching hanasakeru seishounen and it’s not really bad, in fact, it’s interesting for me. The characters are not that typical, although it is the usual reverse harem. 07 Ghost will be liked by fangirls, but I think that it has an orginal plotline and that the animation and music are good. Just sharing :D

  5. coushi100
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Im watching hatsukoi limited, Loved the manga and also ichigo100
    im also watching k-on. I thought it was really good, I want them to get more into the music though, with songs and stuff. (love the op and end song)
    and last but not least FMA. Never tried watching the other anime because it was different from the manga but this one is going to follow it. Just need for it to get rolling, although I feel they are missing things out from the manga and are rushing it abit.

  6. Posted April 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Lol, I just realised that baka-wolf.com hotlink our 07-ghost picture in their download section XD

  7. Maybe You Should Read the Book
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I think the author is wrong in implying that the anime “Eden of the East” being based off of “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. As far as the anime goes there I can not make a single relation to the book. Even the titles mean different things. I don’t think that the anime was even inspired off of “East of Eden”. Just because both titles have the word ‘east’ and ‘Eden’ in them does not relate the two.

  8. Posted May 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    According to ANN (which, as we all know, is the supreme gospel for anime information), Eden of the East would be inspired by Steinbecks book. Remember I wrote this preview over a month before the anime came out and long before even the awesome trailer came out so I didn’t have much to go on.

    Besides, I had it down as an ‘A’ Grade must-watch anyway, so quite frankly I think I got that one right

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