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Spring 2013 Anime Season Preview

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This is the 19th season preview listed on this website’s archives. 20 if I feel like counting the one I did for summer 2008 back on an old livejournal blog where I only covered about 3 upcoming anime and I predicted that Nogizaka Haruka’s Secret would be the next Haruhi Suzumiya. So I’ve been getting these previews wrong for a long time, sometimes catastrophically so. However, 20 season previews later, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. And by ‘get the hang of it’ I mean ‘list a bunch of facts and make some dumb jokes to mask that I’m being super vague about whether it will be good or not’. Join me, won’t you~?

Red Data Girl

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Red Data Girl is about a teenage girl who goes to Anime High School, like 90% of all anime ever. She can see spirits or something like that. The plot synopsis is just a load of mystical technobabble and generic high school set up, but the promising part is that it’s based on a regular Novel rather than it’s lighter compatriot. That difference is important. It’s like Coke and Diet Coke. They may appear the same in many ways, but everyone knows the regular Coke is better, right? Oh Scamp, first anime of this preview and we’re already throwing out controversial statements.

Adapting Red Data Girl is PA Works, guys behind Hanasaku Iroha, Another, Angel Beats, Tari Tari etc. They don’t have a stellar history. My favourite anime by them is probably Angel Beats, which is a long way from being a classic. That said, none of their stuff is offensively awful either. Canaan and Another might be dumb, but they always appear to have a reasonable amount of effort put into them. Ultimately, I’m cool with PA Works. I’m even cool with the fact that all their character designs are starting to look the exact same. They’ve conformed to this Kishida Mel shiny-face look. It’s not strictly a bad look, but it does make them look like they’ve all been varnished. Since I’ve mentioned the character designer Kishida Mel, I am hereby honour bound to post a picture of him.

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This is the guy who does those cutesy character designs for Sora no Woto, Hanasaku Iroha and now Red Data Girl. You are a cool guy Kishida Mel.

Demon Lord at Work!

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I have an intense burning desire to call this out as crap, but before that I first have to find something to base that dislike on beyond gut feeling. It’s based off a light novel, which is a pretty bad start given the standard of writing in light novels today. It does have a manga adaptation, which I gave a shot and…it’s all right. It’s about a demon king who has to work at McDonalds to make ends meet. It’s even kind of funny, and the male characters have some personality. Fine then, how about the promo art? Those character designs sure are generic. On the other hand, not a single piece of promo art depicts the girls as just something to drool over. It’s surprisingly lacking in cheesecake fanservice. OK, well then the staff should be crap, right? The director had a history of bad anime with Shuffle, but then went onto do a quite fine job on Future Diary. Animation studio is White Fox, who have a solid record of late with Steins;Gate, Katanagatari and Jormungand. So I guess this could be good? It’s hard to get enthusiastic about it in such a packed season, but it’s worth a shot anyway.

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

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Gen Urobuchi has carved out a nice little niche for himself in anime making grimdark violent anime. His stuff sells extremely well, and I’m delighted for him because have you seen what the other total garbage that passes for the darker anime nowadays? Blood-C, Deadman Wonderland, Btooom, the Marvel X Madhouse anime? I’ve been hearing people complain that they’re bored of his shtick, but when he’s the only person doing this stuff well, I’m more than happy to let him keep making it.

So, Gargantia. It’s about some mecha pilot from a war torn galaxy being transported by SCIENCE onto a flooded planet where people travel around in giant city boats. It looks more fantastical than the grimdark stuff he usually does, and I do quite like the promo art they’ve been releasing of all the giant city boats. It’s like some sort of futuristic steampunk. It’s being animated by Production IG, who I usually like. I can’t say I’m overly keen on the director though. His most recent thing was that rather terrible FMA: Bros movie, where they decided the best thing to do to FMA was turn it into the most generic shounen movie ever. It was like something the Naruto/Bleach franchises fart out, and all the fluid animation in the world couldn’t hide that. Bitching about the FMA:B movie aside though, I really like the look of Gargantia. Colour me excited.

Karneval

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One the one hand, I do appreciate that the Asian version of admirable men is not this hyper-masculine feelings-are-for-pussies, buff dude. That always struck me as such an infantile idea of masculinity. That said, my impressions reading the first chapter of the Karneval manga was that these guys…they’re just flat chested women. If nobody told me, I’d assume they’re women, and fairly attractive women at that. I don’t really have an issue with it myself, but it does make me wonder about the level of heterosexuality of women who like these sorts of bishies. The manga is fanservice for ladies. The studio is Manglobe who might as well be a completely different studio from the guys who made Samurai Champloo back in the day since all they produce is trashy stuff themselves. Not even good trash, but stuff like Sacred Blacksmith and Pure Shite Symphony. The director’s most notable work is Kodomo no Jikan, the script writer’s main job was on Amnesia. Yep, it’s going to be trash only worth it if you like men who look like women.

Majestic Prince

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I really should stop talking about character designs so much in season previews, since they have practically no effect on the eventual quality. It just happens to be quite easy, because all the evidence is already in front of me. Plus we’ve got our old favourite early 00′s mecha sameface character designer from Gundam SEED, Fafner and Ryvius, Hisashi Hirai. Beyond the character designs, it is mecha, which I’m always happy to see more of. The studio is Dogakobo, who are shite, but that’s mostly because what they adapt are porn games and 4-komas. When it comes to a studio going so far out of its comfort zone, they’re often doing this because it feels like they have a point to prove, and all bets are off. As for the staff, one of my usual points of reference is that if they worked on Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, then it will suck. This director directed Akane…Saka, but then went and did Jormungand and Katanagatari. Most of the staff are like that. Predominately terrible titles with the occasional “huh, where did that come from” among them. My expectations are low, but I always hold onto a glimmer of hope when there are giant robots.

Attack on Titan

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As I said at the start, I’ve been doing these season previews since 2008, and in that time I cannot remember a manga getting more critical acclaim combined with commercial success come out in that time as the apocalypic horror-action manga Attack on Titan. It’s won boatloads of awards, one of the best-selling manga ever, and I’ve been reading nonstop praise for it for the past few years. It even had a live-action movie green lit. I thought the live-action movie would mean it would end up like 20th Century Boys and never get an anime, but since the movie appears to be caught in development hell, I guess we get an anime too? Huzzah for that! It’s being adapted by Wit Studios, a brand new spin-off group from Production IG. So far so good. The staff are…interesting.

When I say the director did Death Note and the series composition guy does the new Jojo’s, I think you may see where I’m going with this. They do bombastic dramatic action. In particular Tetsuro Araki, the director, does bombastic dramatic thriller better than anyone else. Thing is, with the exception of Death Note, the stuff he’s given to adapt haven’t been very good. Kurozuka, Highschool of the Dead, even friggen Guilty Crown. They all totally nail their respective styles, but falter on the actual story/writing side. Especially Guilty Crown. The thing about Guilty Crown is that it looks phenomenal, which was Araki’s job, but let down by possibly the worst writing for an anime in a decade. Araki still sat in those production meetings and approved of the scripts as they came through so he’s not blameless, but he’s shown with Death Note that if you give him good source material, he will nail bringing that to animated form. The fantastic trailer demonstrates as much.

The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat

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Since I just brought up 20th Century Boys, reading the manga adaptation of Henneko (as I believe the shortened name is) brought to mind a certain scene from 20th Century Boys. The lead character Kenji goes to a giant cult concert in a packed stadium watching a pair of stand-up comedians. The comedian crack an unfunny joke that makes zero sense, and the entire stadium collapses with laughter. Kenji is utterly baffled and even quite scared as the people fall around him, gripping his shoulder as they gasp for breath between the jolts of laughter. That was me reading Henneko. The light novel community and the manga-reading community seem to really like this title, which genuinely confuses me. The entire set up, joke, and reason this exists is for the main character to say perverted things and for girls to call him a pervert. That is literally it. Wasn’t that part of the reason we agreed Fractale sucked?

At least with that though, I get it to a certain extent. Teenage boys discovering their own perverted thoughts derive pleasure from watching someone else spell out those thoughts and identify with him. What truly leaves me in a Kenji in the Cults Stadium levels of confusion is the character designs. People really praise this guy’s designs a lot. All I see is a bunch of 8 year old girls with the same face and no nose. I am genuinely baffled. It’s not like I ask that much of character designs, but at the very least I’d like the characters to look different. It’s the same face with different hair colours, and its the face of an 8 year old girl. Hisashi Hirai is the same, but at least we appear to have agreed that those character designs are terrible. But this guy, the internet goes nuts for.

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It will be a popular anime too, and I still won’t be able to understand why.

Arata the Legend

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From the same mangaka who brought you Fushigi Yugi and Ayashi no Ceres. I wonder how many people who are anime fans nowadays care about Fushigi Yugi still? It was a big deal back in the day before I was an anime fan, but I only hear it now referenced by old-timers saying “lol remember Fushigi Yugi and how that was really big despite begin shit”. Arata Kangatari is quite a bit different. If we feel like being anal, yes it’s shoujo because where it’s published blah de blah, but its more classic fantasy adventure than anything else. It’s about a dude who has to dress as a princess because his nation never provided a female heir, but then shit gets real and he gets blamed for something and lots of fantasy action happens. It seemed all right from what I read, although apparently I didn’t get far enough into the story to reach the bit which involved the standard ‘high school student gets transported into fantasy land’ trope to appear. But still, if you’re looking for pretty dudes, this is a hell of a lot better than Karneval. Satelight are doing the animation, which is a BIG step up from Manglobe. Staff are admittedly nothing to write home about (series composition of Rio Rainbow Gate anyone?) but if you want fantasy action with hot dudes, this seems perfectly serviceable. If you’re wondering whether the dudes really are hot, take a look at that man’s chest in the promo picture and try keep your knickers dry. Yeah, didn’t think you could.

Valvrave the Liberator

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Three anime original mecha anime this season. Three! Oh holiest of mecha gods, I praise thee for finally delivering. Admittedly Majestic Prince looks kinda crappy, but Gargantia looks awesome. Then there’s Valvrave, because if there’s going to be a season of mecha, then Sunrise need to throw their lot in too. The director is the guy who did Kurenai and Red Garden, so hopefully that means there will be a musical episode. Series Composition is by a guy who’s been around the block quite a bit, working on Turn A and Azumanga. His biggest role, without a doubt, is he wrote Code Geass alongside Goro Taniguchi. Since Goro appears to be sulking in a basement somewhere, this is the next best thing we have to a new anime by the Geass creator.

I really want Valvrave to succeed, because this is a bit of a point of pride for me. I have been reminded time after time for getting stupidly hyped up for Guilty Crown because it had the director of Death Note and the writer for Code Geass. Turns out that was just me not doing my research properly. The director for Guilty Crown kept up his end of the bargain and made GC look stunning. Hiroyuki Yoshino, the writer for GC, wrote a measly 3 episodes on Geass, and his CV before GC consisted of Gundam Seed Destiny and the Seikon no Qwasar manga. In retrospect, I really should have seen that coming. Since I should cover my bases here, I should mention that this guy writing Valvrave did also write the script for that awful Negima anime. There, expectations suitably tempered. Moderately excited for more Sunrise mecha.

Flower of Evil

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While stuff like Titan and Gargantia are the big obvious titles of the season, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: This is actually the one I’m most excited to see come out. Not just for me to watch, although I’m sure I’ll enjoy that part too. I absolutely can’t bloody wait to see people’s reactions to this. I read a bit of the manga and it is ffffffuuuuuuucccckkkked uuuuuuuuuppp! So gloriously messed up and I dying to see people squirm. Plus they’ve got arguably one of the best directors in anime working on this. Hiroshi Nagahama doesn’t have a whole lot of anime on his books. In fact, he’s only directed two anime in his life: Mushishi and Detroit Metal City. Talk about versatility, and also talk about bringing the best out of the source material. Reading the Mushishi manga after watching the anime is like watching a fireworks display on TV instead of going there yourself. Flower of Evil is really different from DMC and Mushishi again, being a sort of psychological horror story. I don’t think this will get particularly big, because it’s kinda ugly and creepy, but I highly recommend you check this out.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

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Crime Edge is about a guy who has a massive fetish for cutting hair, until one day he meets a girl whose hair can’t be cut, until the main character finds a magical pair of scissors that can cut anything. That synopsis, if you’re like me, would make you go “that’s so dumb, I have to watch this”. Unfortunately the manga it’s adapted from takes it story surprisingly seriously and as a result is quite generic and boring. The staff are pretty crappy too. Director of Fate/Stay Night is not a good starting point, and neither is having Studio Gokumi doing the animation, most famous for their stellar work on WHO IS IMOUTO! Yup, sorry Crime Edge. In an off-season I might have given you a chance, but not this season. Not with so much other better stuff to watch.

Devil Survivor 2

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Devil Survivor 2 is a DS game by Atlus, creators of Persona 4, as part of their seemingly endless Shin Megami Tensei universe of games. I’m not entirely sure why they’ve chosen to go with the second Devil Survivor game, but I suppose Persona 4 has none of the same characters from the earlier Persona games, so it’s probably a case that you can just jump straight in. Like everything else Atlus makes ever, it’s a contemporary fantasy story involving a bunch of young adults in incredibly trendy clothes fighting demons. While admittedly saying it has a good story for a video game is like saying “he’s very good at long division for a dog”, Atlus is one of the few I’d begrudgingly trust to have an interesting story. How it translates to anime format is a different story, because video game story telling is such a different environment from every other medium, so it comes down to the director.

Seiji Kishi. Again. Same guy who did Persona 4. I’ve got mixed opinions on how the Persona 4 anime handled its story, but what’s undeniable was the animation was clearly bottom of the barrel. It lasted almost entirely on its style alone. So hopefully we’ve got a different studio working on it this time, rather than the guys at AIC+ who weren’t even paid for their work on Persona 4? Yes, we do, we’ve got Bridge, a studio whose only previous effort was Mitsudamoe. Oh well. The trailer doesn’t even have that same instantaneous drool quality that the original Persona 4 trailer had. Not that the trailer for Devil Survivor 2 is bad. Actually it’s pretty great in its own right, and I’m quite interested to see what this turns out to be like. But there’s no yellow. Where’s all the yellow damnit!

Mushibugyo

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The little bit of the Mushibugyo manga I read reminded me a lot of Needless. Very sharp speedline-heavy artwork with incredibly dumb writing and plot as a feeble excuse to get people fighting in ridiculous manners and the small amount of actual fabric the girls are wearing inevitably gets torn off during the fight. The first chapter had the girl get tied up by a spider monster and all her clothes ripped off as she goes “kyaaaa~!” and somehow doesn’t suffer serious mental trauma from this attempted rape. I did know people who liked Needless for whatever odd reason, but at least I’ll grant that Needless executed on its style pretty well. That was Madhouse though, while Mushibugyo is being animated by Seven Arcs, guys from Dog Days and Seikirei. Weirdly, this is being aired at 6:00pm, absolute primetime slot for happy family cartoons. Oh Japan, you’re idea of a family cartoon is rather strange.

Photo Kano

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Oh dear Madhouse. We’re right down to dating sim adaptations now. Photo Kano is a PSP game in which you take photos of girls and then they fuck you. At least, I think that’s how the game mechanics work. I do feel a little sorry for the director. This is his first full-time gig, but when you look at some of the stuff he’s done animation and episode directing on before, holy crap is it just non-stop highly regarded anime after another. Samurai Champloo, Tatami Galaxy, Wolf’s Rain, Kaiba, Rahxephon, Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, One Outs, Moribito. Finally he gets his big break and they throw a dating sim at him.

My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected

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Is the name a proper sentence that won’t make Microsoft Word put green squiggles under it? Then it’s based off a light novel. Yahari (the Japanese shortened name) is about a boring dude who can’t make any friends so he gets sent to a club where the school’s prettiest girls becomes his friend/girlfriend to try teach him how to make friends. It’s another in a long line of light novel plotlines that have some vague hints of themes and an actual purpose behind the story, but the ultimate goal is still wish fulfilment. The kind of  wish fulfilment in which the main character doesn’t have to do anything but still gets the prettiest girl and eventually a harem. Sorry, my cynicism is showing, how rude of me. Studio is Brains Base, who I’m officially moving off my ‘Wall of Cool’ because they keep making crap. The director did work under the dude who directed Gintama and Daily Lives of Highschool Boys though, so maybe there’s hope yet?

Namiuchigiwa

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Dem 90′s eyes! They’re bloody huge! Wait no Scamp, no more talking about character designs, you did promise yourself that. So Namiuchigiwa. It’s about a mermaid who meets a dude. That’s all the plot description says. It’s based off a manga which has no english translations, never appears in any top-selling manga lists, and has no english reviews of I could find online. There is no trailer and only one piece of promo art. The studio is Tatsunoko, who used to make those Gatchaman and Yatterman stuff back in the day, but nowadays are so all over the place, from [C] Control to Pretty Rythem Aurora Dream, that they’re a name which means basically nothing. So yeah, those 90′s eyes eh?

Date A Live

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Look at them boobies! And striped underwear! Which belongs to your sister!?! Phwoar, I sure do hope she’s blood-related, because that way it will be hotter!

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

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They’ve remade Yamato. They’ve been remaking Yamato for a while now. Yamat 2199 has been slowly coming out 3-4 episodes at a time on home video, and they’re at about episode 14. Now it’s finally airing on TV. Why I’m putting this up instead of other anime re-airing on TV (such as Katanagatari airing in Noitamina, which is why there’s a curious lack of Noitamina anime this season) is because this Yamato remake isn’t technically finished yet. The TV broadcast will probably finish the series before the home video releases do, so if you are one of the very few watching this, that’s worth keeping in mind. Because of the release format, practically nobody has been watching it, certainly not in English speaking fandom. It’s got theatrical releases in Japan as they squash episodes together into movie length, but I don’t know if they’re attracting any significant numbers. I’ll give the series a shot once its drawing to a close.

Oh right, I should mention what Space Battleship Yamato is. It’s possibly the most influential anime ever, kickstarting the entire medium into creating more serious adult anime. The entire market that we consider to be mature serious anime started with Yamato. I have my doubts that something so seminal will hold up today, and I generally against just remaking shit, but it’s worth checking out as history even if its story might not hold up.

Tetsujin-28 Gou Gao

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Speaking of seminal anime, and since we’re in a season with 3 anime original mecha series airing, how about the grandaddy of all mecha anime? Tetsujin 28 was the first mecha anime as we know it today. It has been remade many times before, including a TV series in 2004 which, in a move that will surprise nobody, garnered fuck all interest for the rest-of-the-world anime fandom. Not that I think the Japanese give a shit. It was made to wrangle some nostalgia with families, although I do quite like the image of some aloof Japanese business executive going “WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE AMERICANS DON’T WANT TO LICENSE TETSUJIN 28?”. This remake are a bunch of 5-minute shorts with a pop-art style of animation, which at the very least looks unique.

Yuyushiki

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4-koma adaptation of a bunch of girls doing cute things and absolutely nothing else. It’s probably going to have episodes between 3-5 minutes in length. Please stop making these Japan.

Aiura

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4-koma adaptation of a bunch of girls doing cute things and absolutely nothing else. It’s probably going to have episodes between 3-5 minutes in length. Please stop making these Japan.

Kara the Animation

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Kara are a Korean all-girls bubblegum-pop group. They’ve decided the best way to extend their appeal is to make an anime about them doing a whole load of other jobs, like firemen or police or boat captain or prostituting themselves to a purity obsessed dirty old men demographic. Actually that’s unfair, maybe it’s just the Japanese idol market that operates as a pseudo-slavery model roping in girls at a young age with promise of fame and glory and making them strip down for illegal-in-any-other-country photoshoots. But then I did some reading into the Korean idol market and it turns out they’re also obsessed with the model of scrubbed up plastic teenagers being bombarded with abuse should they dare even think about sex with another man should their fans’ fantasies be shattered, and then Korean business executives scratch their heads in confusion when their worldwide musical sensation from this cesspool is a fat bloke doing a silly dance mocking this attitude. But then I went and read a bit more about Kara specifically, and they seemed comparatively normal. Still weirdly plastic, but they’re in the early 20′s and have boyfriends and stuff like that.

If I’m capable of wrenching myself away from my spitting hatred of idol culture, Kara the Animation is a quite interesting project. It’s their attempt at reaching out to fans in Japan, and they’re even doing the voices of the characters in the show themselves. That means it will be in Korean with Japanese subtitles. It’s animated by Korean studios, but is airing in Japan, so its qualification as an anime is pretty suspect, and will inevitably be referred to as one of those borderline cases in all those stupid “what is anime” arguments that occur every 5 seconds on forums. It’s fairly intriguing from an academic standpoint, but I have no interest in actually watching it.

Kiddy shows

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Train Heroes and Poli the Robocar are about public sector vehicles turning into superheroes. The ice-skating idol franchise extravaganza Pretty Rhythm is getting a sequel called Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live. Danchi Tomoo is based off an award-winning manga, but the trailer is some awful looking CG thing, so fat chance of it even being subbed, let alone being any good. Finally, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is getting a Japanese dub, which means we now have to call it MAI LITTERU PONII: TOMODACHI WA MAHOU!

Sequels

Uta no Prince-sama 2000%

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The trashiest of the super trashy otome game adaptations has gotten a sequel. I’m sure someone out there will correct me and point to another otome adaptation that is even trashier, but I guess Prince-sama’s self-awareness in its trashiness is what brought people in. I’m afraid I can’t see the appeal myself, particularly when the music was so ear-gratingly awful. It’s almost like a parody of boyband music.

Samurai Bride

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Gosh, we really are getting the trashiest sequels this season. This is one of those classic ‘girls fight while the clothes explode’ anime. We get the sequels were deserve I guess. Speaking of getting the sequels we deserve~

My Little Sister Is A Humongous Twat

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The light novel for My Little Sister Can’t Be This Irritating was quite big before the anime appeared, but I didn’t expect it to be an industry defining trendsetter whose absurd naming scheme, incest fetish, and laughably shallow attempt at social commentary before saying “fuck it” and going back to harem construction, would be the thing other anime and light novels chased after for the next 3 years. It does amuse me that there are still people out there who try to claim that no seriously, My Little Sister Can’t Resist My Juicy Cock is actually a heartfelt look at honest sibling relationships and in no way a pandering load of bullcrap.

To be fair to My Little Sister Can’t Masturbate to Eroge Every Single Day, it does have significantly better writing than any other incest light novel title, even if the bar there is so low it practically goes through the centre of the earth. In fact, I’d go so far as to call it ‘average’, which is pretty high praise compared to its compatriots. I’m even half tempted to watch this sequel too, considering I blogged the entire first season plus dumb ‘true end’ route that changed basically nothing about the story. Maybe in the first episode someone will shoot Kirino in the face, her self-insert brother will fall into a coma, and the story can finally focus on Kuroneko and her non-incestuous adventures. A man can dream, can’t he? One thing I will be eternally grateful to My Little Sister Can’t Stop Waving Her Pre-Pubescent Butt In My Face for is the naming scheme, because it provides me with incredibly easy material to make silly jokes with.

You’ve Been Summoned, Azazel-san 2

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Japan went nuts for this, and I don’t really get why. I just saw a bunch of people yelling. Whatever, good for the people who like yelling as humour I guess.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S

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I tapped out after one episode of Index, but golly has the franchise really been expanding in the past few years. Railgun falls quite nicely into the category of anime I don’t watch but am quite happy to see a sequel of. It’s popular, it seems ambitious, it doesn’t have anything really obvious that I find objectionable, it’s made by JC Staff so it’s not like making Railgun means they’re not making something else I want a sequel of because JC Staff haven’t made something I liked in over 5 years, and more of it seems to make people happy. So good for you guys, here’s a sequel to Railgun. I’m happy for you.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

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Another thing Japan went nuts for and flew completely over my head because I didn’t watch the 90 bajillion live action super sentai series it parodied. Bla bla bla make sequels to things I like bla bla bla etc.

Hayate the Combat Butler

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And now we jump to sequels that make the original fanbase really mad. Hayate is still in the hands of Manglobe rather than JC Staff, and boy oh boy do people seem to really not like what Manglove have done to Hayate. Now there’s more of it, so prepared to be continuously disappointed. Or maybe Manglobe have gotten better with all this practice? Yeah, let’s pretend that’s what is going to happen.

Weird spin-off things

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DD Hokuto no Ken is a super-deformed Fist of the North Star series, which on the scale of things is relatively normal for weird spin-offs of established anime properties. Heck, this isn’t even the first Hokuto no Ken DD series. What’s far stranger is DLE (the same flash guys who made Thermae Romae) making an alternate version of the hit 70′s shoujo manga Glass Mask except now all the characters are street thugs. It’s utterly bizarre, but also kind of great. My knowledge of 70′s shoujo is pretty limited, but if you offered me Rose of Versailles re-imagined as a yazuka comedy, I would love it.

Movies

As always, I don’t cover what anime are getting theatrical runs in Japan over the next 3 months. I’m covering what gets released on home video, as that’s when us dirty pirates get to watch it.

Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

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Release Date: April 24th

For those of you who have literally just fallen out of your mother’s vagina, Neon Genesis Evangelion was the industry shaking sensation  in which Hideaki Anno revolutionised the giant robot genre by being super depressed and projecting that onto all his characters. After calming down and leaving Gainax to set up Studio Khara, they started the process of remaking Evangelion as a movie series. The first, You Are (Not) Alone, released 10 years after the original movie End of Evangelion, was essentially the exact same as the first few episodes of the original TV series. The next movie, You Can (Not) Advance, was a radical change from the events of the first TV series. It wasn’t nearly as hyper depressing, and they parachuted in a new character whose purpose seemed at the time to be solely for an extra pair of tits to have flailing around.

Now we have You Can (Not) Redo, the third in what I believe will be 4 movies. I’ve been keeping as far away from spoilers as possible, so all I know is that Evangelion starts to Gay It Up a bit, which I kinda knew would happen what with himself appearing in the promo art. I’m surprised the home video release is so soon after the theatre release. Alarmingly close too, since I was banking on it not being out for ages and going back to rewatch the entire franchise because my feelings on Evangelion as a whole are very scrambled at the moment. Anyway, it’s Evangelion. Those of you who didn’t already know all that are probably having your umbilical cords cut right about now.

Wolf Children

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Release date: 20th Feb

The latest movie by Mamoru Hosoda, director of Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. It’s been doing the rounds at movie festivals and I got a chance to see it. It’s really aggressively maudlin, in a way his previous movies were not. Summers War is a goofy family movie, while Girl Who Leapt Through Time is practically s’life, but Wolf Children is really attempting to be a tragic tearjerker. The closest comparison I could think of was Clannad After Story. I didn’t really like it, but most other people who’ve watched it seem to love because their hearts haven’t been coated with stone yet. BD raw rips are already out, we’re just waiting on fansubs. You can make your own mind up then.

Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou

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Release date: 12 April

Here’s one that crept up on me. Fuse is about a girl trying to hunt down this guy who has the spirits of a bunch of legendary samurai in him. They probably fall in love and then be torn apart in a bittersweet sort of way. It’s based off a novel by the same author who wrote Gosick, which doesn’t exactly bode well for great writing. The creative team working behind the movie are pretty strange though. Director of Xam’d and the writer for Code Geass, same guy I mentioned earlier who is now working on Valverave. It aired in theatres in Japan last October, but I’ve heard absolutely nothing about it since then so I have no idea if it was supposed to be any good or not. Still though, it’s got such an eclectic mix of talents behind it that I kinda want to see whether it worked out or not.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A’s

Nanoha

Release date: 22 Mar

The second Nanoha movie. Or Nanoha A’s movie. Are they different things? Whatever, it has lesbians. Go nuts.

Asura

Asura

Release date: 22 Mar

Another movie that I got to see at a festival. It’s a grim and dirty story about cannibalism, animated in CGI. It is terrible. Don’t watch it.

OVA and Specials

Kick Heart

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Kick-Heart is a short movie by auteur extraordinaire Maasaki Yuasa, director of Tatami Galaxy, Kaiba and Mind Game. His stuff is routinely regarded as amazing yet with zero chance of ever selling because they’re too weird and artsy. Madhouse animated his previous projects, but their lack of funds means they dropped him. Production IG stepped in, but instead of giving him money up front, decided to say nuts to the Japanese audience and went straight to the English and French audiences and asked them to fund his new project through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Turns out Yuasa has quite a number of fans across the globe, because they were happily throwing money at the project, raising the $150,000 required, and another $50,000 more.

It’s quite a feel-good story, as many Kickstarter stories often are. Where the Kickstarter nightmare begins is when the thing that was funded doesn’t ever come out. Thankfully, according to the latest reports the team have sent out, Kick-Heart is already fully animated and voiced, and they’re just finishing up all the stuff around it. The only real question left is ‘will it be any good’? That’s harder to answer. I like Yuasa a lot, but he needs a firm hand on his shoulder to keep his crazier side in check, and I doubt he’d have that in a vanity project like this. Plus, since the story is about a masochistic wrestler, I hardly think it will be a work of considerable depth or anything. It does look fun though, and since it’s Yuasa is will look pretty unique stylistically. Just so long as it’s fun, I’ll be happy.

Hoihoi-san Legacy

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A short OVA based off a manga about cute little 1 inch high robot girls whose job it is to exterminate bugs in the most brutal and militaristic method possible, using miniature rocket launchers and the like. It’s one of those anime that are packed in with the manga, so realistically it’s only for fans of the manga. If you are a fan, weeellll it has the director for BREAD OF HAPPINESS working on it, so I wouldn’t hold out for something marvellous.

Anime Mirai 2013

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Apparently this is the new name of the Young Animator Training Project. Not as self-explanatory, but certainly snappier. ‘Anime Future’. I like it. Basically this is the government giving studios money to make these 30-minute movies to train up young animators and give them experience. This is the third year they’re running it, with 4 short movies each time. There’s usually a generally agreed-upon stand out piece. First year it was the sentimental Oji-san no Lamp, and the second year it was the fucking creepy Wasurenagumo. They’re all worth checking out, even if one of the four is also inevitably a dud. This year especially though, because they really have got a super interesting lineup. It’s being released in theatres first, so I don’t know when we’ll get to see them, but let’s go through them one by one anyway.

Little Witch Academia

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Might as well start with the show-stopper. Imaishi, the guy who was also behind Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking, left Gainax and set up his own studio called Trigger. They haven’t made an anime yet. Well, I suppose they made Inferno Cop, but that doesn’t really count. This is their first actual animation anime with classic Gainax style animation, now that Gainax don’t make good anime anymore. The actual thing itself I don’t have a huge amount of interest in, although the trailer looks pretty great. Magical girls in a magical school doing magical things with faces made out of rubber. I’m more interested in this from my academic standpoint of this being Trigger training in the mountains, and this is their version of fighting the bear. It shows their skill, but what they eventually become from this is the much more interesting question.

Ryo

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From a new studio trying out their hands at smaller projects to once great giants trying to rebuild. Ryo is by blast-from-the-past Gonzo, making some sort of samurai story. It looks very serious-face samurai story, which I’ve never been all that interested in. The director is rather more interesting, being the main Gonzo guy behind Full Metal Panic, Last Exile and Last Exile Fam, Tower of Druaga, Gatekeepers etc. He’s been around the block, and apparently hasn’t gone and found work elsewhere yet. I’m not really sure what Gonzo are trying to do anymore. I hear most of their work is in video games as anime has proven an unprofitable mess for them. Shame, but for the guys who brought Strike Witches into this world, I say good riddance.

Aruvu Rezuru

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This one’s history was weird. The novel was originally the winner of a Kodansha prize for new authors, and they announced they were making it into an anime. I even put it in my summer season preview last year. But then they said “wait no, actually it’s an OVA”. And then it was “wait no, it’s part of Anime Mirai”. I have a sneaking suspicion the plot of this story might end up being a teensy bit rushed when squeezed into a 30 minute block. Or maybe that’s why they ended up scrapping plans for anything longer because they realised how little plot there was? It’s got a real cyberpunk plot of some girl being sucked into cyberspace. The crew working on it really are all newbies too. It’s got the biggest variable quality potential of all of these. Trailer looks neat at least, but I guess the trailers for all of these look quite neat.

Death Billiards

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I’m personally most excited for Death Billiards, if only because the name Death Billiards, plus the fact it’s Madhouse, brings to mind some kind of Kaiji-esque death game. Trailer looks cool as usual. The director doesn’t have a lot under their name, and all really recent stuff. Most notably though, they were the episode director for Steins;Gate episode 12. And if you’ve seen Steins;Gate, yes it is that episode. So I’m really interested to see what this is. Despite the fact that Madhouse are slowly shedding all their staff and have been relegated to animating stuff like Photo Kano, I still hold onto the hope that one day they will rise again.

Iron Vendetta

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This was originally a self-published doujin series that somehow managed to get a Japanese arm of a French gaming company to fund and produce an anime pilot for. This was back in 2011, but was cancelled for whatever reason. Now they’ve gone and released that same pilot up on Nico. Whether it gets any more made depends entirely on the amount of hits the video gets. Which is frankly quite useless to us foreigners because the version they’ve put up on Nico isn’t subtitled. Shame, because the story seems to involve schoolgirls piloting robots fighting Nazi robot zombies, but given that it appears to be fairly miraculous this came out at all, expecting them to hire someone to do subtitles was likely way beyond their means. Pilots are normally made behind closed doors, but whenever a pilot does make it out into the real world, they always make me feel kinda sad. By their very nature, they’re supposed to get you interested in seeing more while being completely insubstantial themselves.

Girls und Panzer 11 & 12

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Release date: March 18-25

You know you’re pumped. I know I am. Considering how well Girls und Panzer has been selling, there’s a really good chance they will end this season with some sort of teaser for a new season. The question then is do they keep the main cast? Girls und Panzer lives on the directing of its battles, not by the characters. You could completely change the cast but keep the staff and I would be perfectly fine. It could be better off, because they might introduce an interesting character for a change. Whatever man, more Girls und Panzer wooh~!

And if this season is terrible
There’s always next season

Summer 2013 Anime Chart

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134 Comments

  1. Posted March 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    >suggesting Studio Gokumi isn’t best known for A Channel and Saki Achiga

    Anyway, good preview.

    Needs more tags.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      You’re on The Cart Driver. Therefore they are best known for WHO IS IMOUTO

  2. Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Motherfucker, not Giant Killing 2 ! Argh, the pain !

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      Keep dreaming friend, and I’ll dream with you

  3. blargh
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    well played, you had me going till I saw the FMP final in the summer lineup. (I feel sad now though, I hope you are happy)

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Why yes, I am happy :D

      • Kiniest
        Posted March 12, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

        I got fooled last season when the previous chart had “Ever 17″ listed on it, following my manly tears and afterwards a coma.

  4. Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Yamato!

    I hadn’t heard of that Death Billiards thing, but it looks pretty good.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      All the Anime Mirai look pretty cool in one form or another, but yeah DEATH BILLIARDS!

      • Shengar
        Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

        Is it because the “death” word remind you of a certain anime?

  5. animekritik
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Wait, is that Franken Fran I see?! OMFG yes.

    • Mr.RR
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      If only it were true, though it really much didn’t care for it’s ending, it would be neat to see it in anime version.

    • Shengar
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      It done by Shaft and will be directed by Shinbo! How can this thing even go wrong by any way?

      • fEast91
        Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

        By being too good to be true.

  6. Sigma
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    :’( I keep almost falling for those fake charts XD. Of what ive read for Aku no Hana, the anime should be good. Hopefully Devil Survivor 2 will be aswell, love the Shin Megami Tensei series.

  7. Nadgers
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I don’t even know why I ended up reading this, but it does give me the change to say that Devil survivor 2 is a very disappointing game compared to most modern Atlus works. Though it apparently outsold the first one so that might have something to do with the adaption thing.

    Yeah, have a good spring Scamp.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Awww, it is? Storywise or gameplaywise though, since one really doesn’t matter for the anime

      • gravethestampede
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        Gameplay wise it’s fine, storywise……I’ll get back to you on that one soon

      • Nadgers
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

        A little from column A and a little from column B.

        Generally speaking it just feels like a lazy rehash of the first game.

      • Anca
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

        It’s not that bad. It’s basically Evangelion light.

        The reason they adapted it instead of the first is that the first had crap characters even the character designer hated. The music and script pacing were also better in DeSu2.

        But fans over here like it less probably because it’s less edgy than the first game and it has some sort of Social Link system where you had to befriend the cast.

        The two games have nearly identical gameplay (with 3DS DeSu > DeSu2 > DeSu, and which is the reason they are ‘Devil Survivor 1′ and ‘Devil Survivor 2′), so if you play one whichever is the second will disappoint. In my case I played the second game first…

        There’s also the fact that the original Devil Survivor ties more into mainstream SMT by having an asshole angels vs out-for-your-blood demons and various themes, and DeSu2… well doesn’t. At all. the down side is that the execution sucks and you’d have to play the game several times to get all the story, and I didn’t want to replay it even once (though I got the spoilers from discussions).

        DeSu has the better story concept and themes. DeSu2 has the better characters and overall execution.

        You could try them, they’re short (~20 or so hours each).

      • Posted March 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

        Aw, I loved the first game, characters and all. Like the second one too. Story is kind of weird, I’ll admit, but it’s fun and I’m not sure what about it makes it so bad, though I haven’t finished the second Devil Survivor yet.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        Hearing the phrase “it’s not that bad” does little to inspire confidence you know

      • Anca
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

        Then let me put it this way: if someone asked me a year ago which SMT game should get an anime adaptation, I’d have picked DeSu2 without a second thought. It just works. The battles can be adapted easily, the story is the perfect length, doesn’t branch all over the place and, unlike in most SMT games, doesn’t rely on gameplay gimmicks, the characters are interesting beyond their skills, plus some scenes might actually be improved as an anime (such as Saiduq’s).

        There’s nothing that could possible go wrong unless Seiji Kishi screws it up.

        …which he might.

        So it’s a wait and see.

        …I just jinxed it, didn’t I?

        And all SMT games have an interesting story + effective atmosphere. DeSu2 not being up to par with the rest of the series doesn’t mean much, it’s still a fantastic game.

      • Nadgers
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        I guess im just a cynical old fart (not actually old) when it comes to games.

        Who knows, maybe I’l like this adaption more.

  8. langer
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Autumn season – Cross Channel: Tower of Friends to wrap up the series with a nice heartfelt conclusion

  9. Shengar
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    You’ve got me hyped for Flowers of Evil, Scamp. Its the frikkin director of Mushishi for god sake! Lets hope this would be the killer anime of this season beaside Attack on the Titan and Gargantia.

    As for Devil Survivor 2, I thought it would be better than Persona 4. You see, Persona 4 have social links that not translated really well or at least not really good adapted in the anime. Mainly it beacuse social links are just optional side stoy in nature. Devil Survivor 2 story is much more focused but I wouldn’t get my hope up too high for this.

    Damn Brain’s Base. We know you have crapload of money thanks to those fujoshis who brought all of Durarara BD but why? Why no Durarara S2? Why no S&W S3? Redeem yourself, o Brain’s Base.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Interesting to hear. I should just play the game myself, since I actually have a DS and no system I can play Persona 4 on.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        You can just get PCSX2 and play Persona 4 on your pc

      • Anca
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        PCSX2 > PS2 for graphics

  10. Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again now: damn you scamp for making that LIE about Franken Fran and SHAFT. That’s just a dream combo too impossible to be realised. ;_;7

  11. Everfool
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Franken Fran… would absolutly love this…
    Too bad it’ll never happen unless they cut out all the guro and sexy bits, which then would not be Franken Fran.

    Onepunch Man on the other hand would be awesome and welcome.
    Speaking of which, that girl you got in pic for Onepunch Man on the chart? Not in Onepunch Man: Dangan Tenshi Fan Club.
    At least, not canon anyway.

    • Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:42 am | Permalink

      For some inexplicable reason, I’ve been reading Onepunch man “One man punch”. Derp.

      Sadly, I have to agree with you on Franken Fran. Either cut or censored. Both of which will detract it its own charm.

      • Shengar
        Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

        Oh man, couldn’t they turn it into OVA and not ruining all the fun?

      • fEast91
        Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        I agree, like what they did with Katteni Kaizo.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Ah poopie on the OnePunch Man picture. It looked so cool that I ended up using it anyway without checking to see if it was legit

  12. Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    I already stated what I’m interested in on my own season preview, so all I say is that I need to get to watching OreImo since everyone seems to agree that it’s a must watch, undroppable show, despite what it represents.

    Definitely looking forward to Evangelion 3.0 the most. That MAL summary really grabbed my attention.

    Kind of hard to decide what to pick for FAL compared to last Fall, but that’s a comment for another time.

    Also, I’m still laughing at how you dropped every Winter show except Inferno Cop. Man Winter 2013 was terrible. Even the shows I do like are only watchable at best. Heehee.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      FAL will indeed be interesting, because I’m really unsure whether Railgun or OreImo will be worth picking after how poorly Bakuman did last time

  13. Erif
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    Gotta say, not really looking forward to this season, gotta be honest. Although the movie and OVA sections are looking quite promising.

    Guess I’ll be picking up Yamato.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Whaaaaat? Really? This is one of the best pre-seasons I can remember covering! You just have shit taste or something. Or maybe I’m just sick of this current season having literally nothing worth watching

      • Erif
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

        Ha, this wouldn’t be the first time our tastes have clashed. For example, you and your common-person tastes thought Aquarion was great, and me and my intellectual tastes thought Hyouka was the best thing since tits

        But I’m surprised you’d say that! I mean, it’s definitely better than this Winter, but hot damn do you remember how the last spring season looked? You had Apollon, Tsuritama, Space Bros, Ao, Hyouka, Fate Zero continuation, and quite a lot of other stuff. And this Fall was pretty great too. This season… the only two shows I can say I’m really looking forward to are Titan and Gargantia; the former because I’ve been wanting to read that manga, the later because Gen.

        Other than that, I dunno? I will definitely be watching Flower of Evil, mostly because it looks fucked up, but I don’t really know what to expect. And I guess I’ll give Valvrave a try. Other than that though… Arata maybe?

      • Scamp
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

        Whut, those spring titles you listed were one disappointment after another. Appolon, Tsuritama, friggen Ao of all things! Do you know how many anime from last spring made my top 10 anime of 2012? None! That season was one of the biggest letdowns ever

      • Erif
        Posted March 3, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

        Yeah, but you don’t know how many of these shows will suck either. I’m basing this solely off of preseason expectations, and from that alone Spring season looks great. Enjoyment of the actual season will very from person to person. Personally, I thought Apollon was a great watch despite the flaws the source material suffered from, and was a fan of Tsuritama as well. Alternatively, Aquarion was a show I was really looking forward to that Winter season but ended up dropping.

        Also, you’re top 10 list sucks
        /gangwars

  14. Fadeway
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Railgun? Nyaruko? Azazel? Did I mention Railgun? This is gonna be great, and this is just the comedy side.

    Too bad about Hayate.

    • Sataniel
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      Railgun and comedy side? I know JC Staff putted rather big load of cute girls doing cute things fillers and Raildex by itself has quite a few comedy scenes. But this’ll adapt SISTER Arc. Which has blood, death and despair. Not exactly comedy material. Of course as with previous Railgun they don’t have enough manga material so we may see some new plotless fillers. But they can adapt Railgun SS LNs which would be a good idea as it would give some back story for character which will appear in Index S3.

  15. BwackNinja
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    While you mill about how people have no taste in anime and like crap, their popularity seems to show that it brings the most pleasure to the greatest number of viewers. You have to accept that you kant expect that they will make an anime with solely a good will and ideas that should be universally good. If you suggest maybe that studios will achieve their goals better by following a set of rules of thumb that are shown to produce highly acclaimed works instead of directly going after money, that might derail tons of the poor efforts you see made.

  16. Kevin Yamagata
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Yotsuba&! with character design by Urasawa Naoki, made by Madhouse? Then who will be the director? Urobutcher or Ikuhara?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Actually the director will be Yoshiaki Kawajiri

  17. Karry
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    “It will be a popular anime too, and I still won’t be able to understand why.”

    Yeah, that Attack OF Titans, not ON Titan, will be insanely popular, and i wont be able to understand why. Manga is really boring crap after first volume or so, and art is pretty much just baseline anatomy 101. Bleh. Yet, everyone knows that millions of flies cant be wrong.

    “Because of the release format, practically nobody has been watching it, certainly not in English speaking fandom”

    I’ve told everyone i know to watch Yamato, yet the retards still cry that all summer\autumn\winter anime is crap. Well, that’s your own fucking fault for not watching the absolute and undisputable best thing in both 2012 AND 2013.

    • Kiseki
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      While I agree the official English title sounds incredibly dumb, if you want to translate it that way, it should be Titan of Attack, which doesn’t even make sense. If anything, it’s Attack on the Titans or something.

      Idek, either my Japanese is shit or the title is shit.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        Attack on Titan is the official title for the english language releases of the manga, and the name the official Japanese site for this upcoming anime has as well. So yeah, it’s Attack on Titan. No arguments

      • Kiseki
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        Still Engrish though. :(

  18. DarkEnergy
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I await the day when a season preview doesn’t have the What’s with all the incest Japan? tag.

    • Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Unless all of the incest otaku suddenly dies of stroke and stopped supporting the stupid industry, it will be a looooooong time.

  19. DarkEnergy
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Scamp, where did you get the inspiration and image for Airspark Void on your glorious Summer 2013 chart?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      From some poster on 4chan claiming he knew what the next 2 Noitamina would be. It was Space Dandy and some unnamed anime, which I decided would be called Airspark Void. Turned out to be a load of rubbish, but solid chart material

  20. shytende
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    About the fake chart…
    Is Yankee-kun to Megane-chan a joke, or wishful prayer. Because, it really could go either way for me…

    Flower of Evil really intrigue me.

    Also, I confused the 2 others Mecha Anime (The ones who aren’t by Urobuchi). I feel stupid right now…

    Devil Survivor 2 makes not be the best of this season, but I think it can be fun. And there’s Araragi’s VA as one of the main. Just makes this guy things an opening or endind theme, and I’ll be the happiest man alive !

    • DarkEnergy
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      Yankee-kun to Megane-chan is a real manga by Miki Yoshikawa. Look it up. There are 23 volumes of it.

      • shytende
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        I know that…

        I was asking Scamp if it is something he wished to see or not.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        Nope, never read the manga. Just heard shoujo fans going nuts for it so stuck it on the chart

  21. alexvoda
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Sorry Scamp.
    I learned my lesson. Season preview by Scamp with chart. Check bottom right corner. Aahh, there it is.

    I will come back to comment on this article but I’m a bit busy right now.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Every season preview from now on will have that chart. I hereby guarantee it

  22. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Sure to check out Attack on Titan, Gargantia and Flowers of Evil (I had spotted it and singled it out, a friend told me he thought it might be the usual insipid romcom, I checked the first chapter. DEFINITELY not romcom material. Interesting stuff, gonna watch).

    About the movies: aren’t we forgetting something here? And I mean something beginning with a D and ending with a ragonball Z Movie: Battle of the Gods.
    Trashy as it may be, I STILL am hyped up for it XD.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      That’s not the only time I’ve seen people think Flower of Evil was a romcom. I kinda hope those people keep thinking it’s that and then get the fright of their lives when they finally watch it.

      The DBZ movie is only getting a theatre release mate, please keep up :P

  23. Sataniel
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Attack on Titan, Flowers of Evil with good director, Yamato remake which is supposed to be better than original, Anime Mirai which looks even more interesting than previous, Kick Heart. And there are other series which look like they will by fine. With addition on looking if the JC Staff’ll fuck up this Raildex adaptation like it did with all previous. This season looks rather promising, but I’m not sure if it can compensate for all good series which are ending (Space Bros, Shirokuma Cafe, Shin Sekai Yori, JoJo, new AKB0048).

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Space Bros I believe is still continuing airing. They moved it to a primetime slot, so the understanding it that it’s planned for at least a few more seasons. There’s plenty of manga still to adapt too, what with its glacial pacing and all

      • Sataniel
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        If I remember correctly it was supposed to be around 50 episodes long so I just assumed that it will end around now. But looking that MAL still shows that there is unknown number of episodes there is high probability that it will still air.

  24. Joel
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Did I just see Spice And Wolf 3 for the summer? No, shit, fuck, Mushishi 2 and Yotsuba also I am melting

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      And a new Full Metal Panic! Did you read the description for that? Sounds awesome!

  25. Stef
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    So I’ve been getting these previews wrong for a long time, sometimes catastrophically so. However, 20 season previews later, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. And by ‘get the hang of it’ I mean ‘list a bunch of facts and make some dumb jokes to mask that I’m being super vague about whether it will be good or not’.

    Don’t worry Scamp, the universe itself couldn’t predict shit about anime. It’s like a vortex of chaos or something.

    Red Data Girl: From an actual novel uh? Intrigued.

    Demon Lord at Work!: Future Diary couldn’t handle it’s lighter moments very well(ie either boring, tonal dissonance or insulting my intelligence). I can’t say if that’s because of the directing or the source material though. We have something wholly different here.

    Gargantia: Psycho-Pass’s writing makes me sick. Gen should stay away from complex stories with high comcepts. A simple mecha show with simple characters suits him much better. Hopefully, this is it.

    Attack on Titan: Seems to me like it’s a safe bet for AWESOME. Haven’t read the manga so I don’t know if it’s actually more than an action-horror story. It should be at least hugely entertaining.

    Arata: Jojo has all the bare chest men I could ever want, thanks.

    Flower of Evil: Like you, I’m highly interested. And I have no idea what to expect from Hiroshi. Plus depressing French poetry.

    Mushibugyo: Remember HxH? Kids cartoons!

    Danchi Tomoo: Wasn’t the director on Mysterious Girlfriend X? I doubt it’ll be as sexy though.

    My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Give Me Brain Cancer?!: I’m beginning to think these things exist solely to entice incest porn sales.

    Anime Mirai: So they’re like semi-professional student movies? No strings attached? Nice

    Girls und Panzer: God Damnit, YES!

    Spice and Wolf S3, Yotsuba&!, Trigger on I am a Hero and Shaft on Franken Fran?! Are you trying to make me kill myself, Scamp?! I’m so sad right now.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think there is much more to Attack on Titan, beyond what happens to humanity when you push it to the brink. I’m sure we’ll find out

      • Shengar
        Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

        Well, the manga have guro scenes that done right and doesn’t really feel they author do it just for the sake of gore. It gives you the sense of psychological fear when you see Titan eating human.

  26. ShinigamiGin
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    crap..I fell for the preview chart… …again

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      *pat pat* there there, you weren’t the only one

  27. Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Japan should just go by your fake previews, because some of those ideas are brilliant.

    • Shengar
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      But we know that Japan have shit taste because Baccano shitty sale and receive no award continual otaku pandering by adapting the same crap over and over.

      The producer or the director of SpaceBros even concerned about this.

  28. Inushinde
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Aku no Hana and Attack on Titan look promising, at least. I mean they’re no Date-A Live or Hentai Prince, but they’ll suffice, I guess.

  29. Kiseki
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    The most well-researched preview I’ve read so far, bravo!

    I wish I were more excited for RDG, but that PV was incredibly dull… Doushits. Why.
    I still say that one picture he took with Sugita Tomokazu is better. Or at least the gold one.

    What’s the count for white haired/black haired male main protags now? There was D.Gray-man, No.6, K, and now Karneval, although I feel like I’m missing something.

    I was really disappointed to learn that the music in the Shingeki no Kyojin PV was from some other OST and didn’t reflect the actual musicsjdflgjoes whyyyyy it’s so goooddd

    I think when it comes to character designs, we tend to ignore the sameface since most bishoujo artists/a good number of animango artists in general can only draw like six faces. We ignore that, and evaluate the rest as long as they look pretty. Kishida Mel and Hidari are my favorite bishoujo artists since their characters have spectacular designs when it comes to clothing, hair, style, and whatnot, but leave them bald and naked and you probably won’t be able to tell the difference. I’m not partial to Kantoku’s designs either, but his art is polished and the outfits for Prism Nana are pretty neat.

    Arata is serialized in Shounen Sunday.

    For kids shows, we have Inazuma Eleven and Danball Senki, which we know will have new series airing in spring. The new Dansen (Danball Senki Wars) series seems to be an alternate continuity and leaks imply a military school for LBX. It could count as a mecha anime. Or at least I hope it will be. Lovechild of Gundam Age and Danball Senki or something. Please just pilot the damn Trouser Gundam.

    >Glass Mask except now all the characters are street thugs
    I’m…watching this… I am so…watching this…

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Derp on Arata, don’t know how I got it into my head that it was in a shoujo mag. My bad.

      • shytende
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        Arata is a shounen made by a Shoujo artist. It have more focus on romance and characters relation than others usual shounen. And more bishies.
        And it have this story between the 2 worlds.
        It can be quite angsty at time, but it’s pretty good.

  30. hint
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Im more hyped for Attack on Titan and Aku no Hana since i read those manga. I think Eva fans who find psycho stuff entertaining will like Aku no Hana. You can also try Yuutai Nova the other mangaka work.
    Loved the page taken from century boys.

  31. dilys
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Another boring season :/ when Winter was already quite the letdown? :-( nonetheless, with your recommendations and what not, think I’m gonna check out Flower Of Evil, Gargantia, Photo Kano (since I kinda love Madhouse) and attack on titan.

  32. Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Well, Atlus is slowly infiltrating the anime industry. I’m not sure about Arata the Legend. Hopefully, it won’t be Ayashi no Ceres guttershit material. Looking forward to the finishing of Yamato 2199 remake because I’m one of the very few who watched this. Happy that there are 3 mecha anime to look forward to.

    I’m totally excited about Aku no Hana.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      I have been hearing good things about Yamato. Guess I really should watch it, especially with winter kinda floundering

      • Posted March 3, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        For shame. While I don’t talk about it much on Twitter, I’ve been following the series. The main problem really IS the fact that you only get subs for the things when the DVD/BRs come out, which are usually quite delayed.

    • Shengar
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      We know that Atlu$ is money grabbing bastard that always try to cashcow it fans you know? More anime, mean more merchandise, means more money! Well, I’m not actually cared as long as they not giving me DLC crap within their game.

      If the trend continue, hopefully they will adapt SMT IV as well.

  33. Anon
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    dammit, they greenlit season 3(?) of that lovecraft anime but they can’t make another season of saiunkoku monogatari? I’ve been waiting for years!

    well, at least there are a bunch of interesting things to watch, ugh more biri biri and yet another not jc staff hayate anime.

    and YAY MORE AZAZEL SAN!

    • Shengar
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Yeah make me wonder why Brain’s Base didn’t greenlit Durarara S2 since it actually the thing that make their studio quite full brim with fujoshis money.

      I mean, its not a bad thing for more Shizuo and Izaya right if they continue make fun Lovecraft right?

  34. Umcara
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    “The holy genital gun, Zetsurin Buster”
    I lost it there. You are a genious.

  35. Anonymous
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    One thing I am grateful to about My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute is the naming scheme. That’s because it provokes the Cartdriver to do what the Cartdriver does best, cranking out lighthearted jokes at Chinese cartoons.

  36. Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    YES Flowers of Evil will be well written disgusting mindfuck with disgusting characters and yes I’m pumped up for this.

  37. Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, you actually read 20th Century Boys?

    I’m pretty big on Attack on Titan, as I bought the first two volumes after seeing the PV. While I was kind of disappointed about the beginning, it got really awesome at about the end of the first volume.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Slowly reading it. I’m collecting the manga volumes, I’m up to 6 now

      • Posted March 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Oh my, I’m waiting to read what you have to say about my alltime favourite manga. I’m also collecting it with the releases, currently at the first volume of 21st Century Boys.

  38. Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Scamp let’s argue a bit.

    RDG: The main girl wants to change, something she intends to achieve by repeating every 10 seconds that she wants to change. I dozed off during the boring trailer and still managed to hear her say that twice. They launched a manga adaptation to sell us on this premise but I took 3 hours to read 30 pages so I don’t think it worked very well. 12 episodes for 5 novels seems like a bit of a stretch but for all we know faster pacing might make this more entertaining.
    Overall it doesn’t seem like a big production, they look much more interested in their summer show with the one and only Okada. RDG’s director has been in the studio for a while but he doesn’t exactly have a great record, Bantorra being the only thing he’s done that people seem to like. The scriptwriter seems competent enough as long as he’s provided a good source (Genshiken) or works with talented people (Mizushima@Guu/Joshiraku), neither of which might apply here. As per P.A. Works tradition, it will have crappy animation and hideous CGi but anime fans will praise it anyway because it’s shiny. It’ll hurt more this time since it has original Kishida Mel designs (or rather, original anime designs, the novel has a completely different artstyle) just like Iroha, one of the few genuinely good looking shows they’ve made. By which I mean the only good one, CANAAN’s action aside.

    Hataraku Maou-sama!: I think your positive reaction to this is due to how it kinda reverses the average LN scenario. The addition of oddities in generic highschool settings is one of the most common LN premises, but more often than not it is the MC’s little sister/girlfriend/dog that’s somehow special. In this case though, the weirdest element is the protagonist himself, being a demon lord who escaped to our world and now plans on conquering it by… less than conventional means. Not sure if that’s more amusing per se or if it’s just that we’re more willing to watch it because it’s unusual, but I agree that’s more amusing than expected.
    Sadly it’s got a rather average staff, lead by a guy who isn’t half bad but the entirety of the world wants dead for directing Minami-ke S2. I don’t know how Ikariya Atsushi could do such a terrible job adapting the designs when his work on Fate/Zero’s was sublime, but I guess that’s the difference in scale between these two projects. They look alright in motion, although the trailer only has footage from the first episode so it’s hardly a good indicative of the overall quality.

    Suisei no Gargantia: At this point I can’t deal with Urobullshit so I hope Murata contains him to levels I find bearable. I’d tell you to be more confident about him but he’s never been in charge of a project as big as Gargantia so there’s no way to know how it’ll turn out.
    Random notes on the technical side of things: It’s been so long since Kamichu that the first thing I see when I see when I see Hanaharu’s art is PORN. Which is not a bad thing, really, especially since the designs are really good and have been perfectly adapted. Animation fans should be happy to know that Kameda is likely to be a regular animator; he worked in the opening and the first episodes, and he knows Murata and Tashiro Masako, the chief AD, from the Milos movie.

    KARNEVAL: Just so you see how arbitrary and dumb manga demographics are: this is a josei with more manservice and pretty boys than pretty much any shoujo series aimed at horny teens. We’re used to the this happening in stuff aimed at males but this is living proof that no matter what kind of magazine it is, everyone wants to cover a wide range of potential readers. And to be fair it caters to them rather well, some of those dudes are really cute.
    Other than that, however, I’m having trouble coming up with anything that it does well. The protagonist is beyond helpless and could trip to his death if he wasn’t surrounded by more capable people. He also looks like an anthropomorphized Kyubey which I guess isn’t a bad thing per se, but it creeps me out http://i.imgur.com/hFUH3R7.png There are secret organizations, mutants and all sorts of eccentric things, but it’s hardly engaging, probably because the author’s idea of storytelling seem to involve constant plot twists to keep the reader interested. And that doesn’t always work. If ever.
    The staff is appropriately mediocre, although the character designer/chief AD has done some nice work, especially on Toei shows. He’ll have to work hard to turn the very lackluster fights into something interesting, and to be honest there’s one neat action cut in the trailer that makes me almost hopeful, because I’m a naïve person who doesn’t know any better. That aside, I suppose it makes sense for Manglobe to pick up something aimed at girls since it’s been proved impossible for them to sell anything to males. I doubt the (sometimes undeserved) hate they get will carry over, so they have a chance at making something that makes at least a bit of money!

    Majestic Prince: If this is as whacky and silly as the trailers then I’m willing to deal with Hirai’s character designs. There’s no way I can take seriously any of his shows anymore so it’s good that this looks dumb in all respects. The choice of director makes sense since Motonogata Keitaro has known Majestic Prince’s original creator ever since Getbackers but sadly he’s not especially talented. The project had 3 chief animation directors which is dumb and defeats the point, but on the bright side we have Orange in charge of the 3DCG mecha. If we’re not going to get 2D robots then they’re about the best alternative, their work in Akito is seriously impressive.

    Shingeki no Kyoujin: I want to be pessimistic because both Araki and WITS’ performance is doubtful but it’s hard not to get hyped. Sakuga fans were very sad because everyone’s dream was getting this adapted by Ando@BONES but the trailer is honestly good looking even if it’s got CGi up the wazoo. And Sawano score, which always help. Who’d have thought that the first good Muvluv Alternative anime would be the one without Muvluv Alternative in the title.

    Henneko: Re:Kantoku – For starters, he’s not the manga artist, that’s a copycat of his by the name of Okomeken. Kantoku is one of those flashy artists who rely in coloring styles that don’t necessarily translate well to anime. Unfortunately for this project, we just got this one thing by the name of Prism Nana, in which several talented artists used their take on Kantoku designs to produce shorts with excellent visuals. The comparison isn’t fair by any means, but the issue here is that everyone’s witnessed multiple successful adaptations of his work, so the cheap knockoffs from the Henneko anime couldn’t look any more offensive.
    It doesn’t help that the production values seem to be piss poor in general, with all the trailers having issues ranging from off-model designs to hilariously bad anatomy. The production committee is doing some serious advertising so such a poor technical performance is just nonsensical, but to keep it short I’ll simply say JC Staff sucks, which should be enough of an answer for most of you.

    Arata Kangatari: A plot that feels straight out on a JRPG, featuring multiple worlds (by the way, Scamp is lazy as dicks, highschool bullshit is introduced in the second chapter) and a generic fantasy setting. A cast of non-characters. Uninspired action. Being adapted as a co-production between Satelight’s lesser staff and a Korean studio. Yeah, I’m not sure I agree with your assessment that you’re better off with KARNIVAL, as bad as that one is.

    Kakumeiki Valvrave: I’m a bit torn on the staff; it’s hard to dislike Matsuo Kou when he pretty much single-handedly made Kurenai into a great series and has a rather good record, but as of late he hasn’t been very active and it’s been a while since he’s done anything notable. He’s had his fair share of experience with Gundam and if the short he did for one of its game is to go by, he’s got robot action down. On the writing side there’s Okouchi who’s been proved to be… less than impressive when Taniguchi isn’t around. I guess if you’re one of the few people who thoroughly enjoyed Natsuyuki Rendezvous and decide to put all of Guilty Crown’s blame on Yoshino you can be more hopeful than I am, but I’m just not sold on it yet. What I am really hyped for is the OP/ED, though. TM Revolution with Nana? Angela for the first ending? I’m willing to put up with anything for this.

    Aku no Hana: I share your excitement for a title that is as fucked up as it gets, just because it can. And I also really respect Nagahama and trust his skills, especially if he’s accompanied by Mushishi’s scriptwriter. The project’s even got a really good art director! So… why the hell did they have to pick this one small project to experiment with rotoscoping? I’m really scared about this turning out very wrong and the show being too ugly to be enjoyable for me. This is one of the rare times when I wish a show was less ambitious with its visuals.

    Crime Edge: This isn’t so much about the protagonist having a fetish for hair, which he does, but the author using the entire series to display all his bizarre desires. Not like that’s intrinsically wrong, NisioisiN’s toothbrushing boner made my life better after all, but this is just a terrible mess. If anyone still trusted the director to some degree, he’s not just behind the F/SN adaptations, he’s also the person who decided to air the Touka Gettan adaptation backwards for no reason. Gokumi does have some cool people but none of them will be showing up here.

    Devil Survivor 2: Kishi isn’t just in every SMT spinoff/ATLUS anime, he’s even in the Danganronpa adaptation and that has a completely different production committee. It looks like he’s become the Authority on RPG Anime. Anyway, he’s hyping this project a lot so I hope it goes wrong. These complaints about Kishi no longer being the cool guy we once knew are going to get old because he’s getting a lot of work now, but I sure as hell won’t stop whining about it.

    Mushibugyou: The choice of the studio is a bit weird since Seven Arc’s the most latenight oriented bunch there is, but it’s not a bad move by any stretch. They’re a guarantee of above average production values and capable of properly portraying the hectic yet very stylish battles. All animation lovers should keep an eye on it since Yoshinari is bound to appear and deliver some mind-boggling cuts. And by “some” I mean a couple because he’s an absolute genius but takes goddamn ages to finish one scene.

    Photo Kano: Who’d have thought that Yokoyama’s directorial debut would be a dating sim adaptation. I know people mix up the terms sometimes but by dating sim I don’t mean a visual novel, so it’s a “game in which you seduce cute anime girls” rather than a “game where stuff happens and you might seduce cute anime girls”. So there’s nothing else. An empty shell of a protagonist you’re supposed to insert into and a bunch of cute highschoolers. And this project has been entrusted to Yokoyama Akitoshi, someone who’s worked countless times with Yuasa, a very talented individual who’s also been in charge of episodes in shows like Dennou Coil, TTGL and Ayakashi Ayashi. This is the kind of person that won’t be only directing but also planning the entire show. Sometimes cartoons confuse me so much I refuse to think anymore.
    On a side note, there’s some serious VA porn in this project, with Nakahara/Chiwa/Sawashiro/Mizuhashi/Kanemoto/Itou Kanae among the heroines. In fact, all of the main girls but one are voiced by famous professionals so I’m going to guess she’s the character no one likes.

    My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected AKA Oregairu seriously Scamp no one calls it Yahari: Every highschool LN ever, with the only distinct characteristic in the form of a depressive and socially awkward protagonist. It could work if his ramblings were more interesting, but it’s all pretty tame for a series about troubled students. And for the love of God, to everyone else, don’t assume the Brains Base brand is going to magically fix anything when it has a newbie director and a scriptwriter that has never worked with them before. The character designer is about the only interesting member of the staff, but as of this moment it’s not confirmed if he’ll also be the chief AD so it goes on the “random chance of having cool visuals now and then” list.

    Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san: Short comedy skits featuring a young man and an alcoholic mermaid voiced by Tamura Yukari. Almost every other character also has a high profile VA but that’s not as remarkable as Yukarin voicing an energetic and crazy mermaid who sometimes fights bears http://i.imgur.com/CAnTxr3.jpg I know for a fact that some people sticked to OreShura because of her amazing performance so even if this is not exceptionally funny, it’s bound to be an improvement.
    Staff’s a mixed bag; directorial debut for Tatsuya Yoshihara and the first time Kikuko Sadakata has been Chief AD, but the latter has a lot of experience with Gainax people and has worked for some of the best directors in the industry. The script’s in good hands as well, being adapted by the main Milky Holmes scriptwriter. All in all, hardly a solid team but there are chances it can turn out really well.

    Yamato 2199: I have no idea why this is airing on Nichigo but who caaaaares, everything about it but the dodgy 3DCG is great.

    Yuyushiki: I probably shouldn’t be the one saying this as a HidaSketch and GA fan but please stop adapting Kirara 4koma, they’re not very good. What’s amusing is the studio choice since Kinema Citrus is, random shorts aside, all about the crazy action. And I somehow doubt those 3 cute girls will start punching the crap out of each other, as amusing as that would be. Mostly newbies on the staff, although there’s some promising people like Majiro as the main animator. Likely to be rather good looking. And yes, probably 5 minutes long, taking over either Yama no Susume or Mangirl’s Tokyo MX slot.

    Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride: This could be my memory playing tricks on me, but I swear the main girl defeated the most evil ninja by dragging her off to space and dying in the process, just to come back to life in the last scene for no reason. And that’s rather conclusive, I’d say. Can someone explain me why does this exist again?
    Kingetsu has been replaced as the scriptwriter but his presence in the first season didn’t save it from being rather terrible so there’s no real loss here. Hell, some of you might be surprised that this has a script to begin with. As long as it keeps up the VA porn and actual porn partly hidden by very stylish censorship, this will have accomplished its objectives so I see no need to ask for anything else. Also, I wish Katou Tatsuya composed the soundtrack for some I’m capable of enjoying just once, because he seems to work exclusively on things I can tolerate at most.

    OreImo S2 (actually, the official title is 俺の妹。 so I suggest we refer to it as OreImo Full Stop): More OreImo just amuses me since at this point I can’t even get angry at Kurata working on terrible shows, because those outnumber by far the interesting ones he’s written for. I’m going to assume this show exists so I can tell people to stop looking at studio names, since the change from AIC to A-1 means nothing at all because it’s got exactly the same staff. See, it’s almost like cartoons are made by actual people and not by studio names.

    Azazel-san S2: Too bad you don’t appreciate poop jokes because this is pretty damn good, and more Mizushima comedy can’t be anything but good news. Just like the first season, sakuga flags raised.

    Railgun: Index represents the new generation of fantasy LNs; random highschooler thrown into an overly massive setting that requires an amount of exposition that young and inexperienced writers can’t handle. Being one of the worst offenders in that regard, I was rather surprised when I gave its spinoff manga a try and realized it was quite decent. Railgun is a barebones Index, which means that you get twice the action for less than half the talking, a much more sensible ratio. The plot happens to make more sense, probably because they keep it simple, so overall it does its job as an action series. Or it did, until it got animated. The first season of Index adapted three volumes onto 11 episodes then spent over one cours doing things I’ll never be able to comprehend. The unfathomable decision to make a 24 episodes adaptation when there wasn’t anywhere near enough material for it lead to an insane percentage of filler episodes, ranging from silly fanservice to serious action. I despised it myself, but I can at least see the appeal of the former; if for some unknown reason you’re fond of the characters, seeing them bond further must be really nice. The last arc, though, manages to retcon a ton of things while making no sense at all. It suffers from Index’s dull, pacing-breaking exposition and represents a tonal shift that left me dumbfounded. It’s not often that this happens, but I really have no idea why people like this show. It’s beyond me.
    But moving onto more interesting things, let’s take a look at the staff. And no, I don’t mean Tatsuyuki Nagai, with whom I have a troublesome relationship. The director is nothing but a meaningless detail when we have Nozomu Abe’s comeback. Accel World was the last show he carried show by himself and he did an excellent job at it, but I’m more partial to his cleaner style of animation so I’m dying to see his FX here. He’s improved a lot since the first season so the comparisons should be pretty interesting.

    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W: I still maintain that the title is going to be funnier than most jokes in the series. Nothing’s changed so expect a couple of funny episodes and slightly above average production values. Nyarlko might very well be Kana Asumi’s best role but that’s about the only memorable thing on the show, unless they manage to pull another catchy opening capable of going viral on the internet.

    On the movie/OVA front, especially looking forward to Little Witch Academia. Yoshinari is kind of a fetish animator for many people, including myself, so his directorial debut with Trigger is something really exciting. One friend of mine who just today went to the Anime Mirai premiere is telling me this thing is amazing and it put everything else to shame so the wait is going to kill me.

    • Posted March 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      Don’t know why, but I laughed when I read your thing regarding Aku No Hana. Further proof that I should blog that show. Heehee.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 12:04 am | Permalink

      Long comment.

      Oh right, I was supposed to mention Orange’s involvement in Majestic Prince but forgot. I find it hard to believe that they can recreate the same awesome mecha fights that Akito had, because those fights were very specifically tailored to having ninja spider robots and fudged a lot by using the sweeping camera.

      I never ended up mentioning JC Staff doing Henneko because my issues were with the source material, but lol JC Staff continuing their fine tradition of making these types of anime. I know you said later that studios really don’t matter that much, but they often have an ethos behind their approach and kind of material they go for. Case in point: JC Staff.

      The more I think about the fact that they had to go for highschool bullshit in Arata, the stupider I realise it is. For a second there I thought we had a solid fantasy anime with an original setup but nope we have to have a bland protagonist, don’t we? That said, you underestimate how bad Karneval is. I guess pickings are light for the ladies this season in general, especially with no Noitamina.

      A little part of me hopes Photo Kano ends up being something completely insane, what with the lack of promo material there has been for it so far.

      Any idea when we dirty foreign pirates will get to see the Anime Mirai stuff?

      • Posted March 3, 2013 at 4:53 am | Permalink

        Orange has been pulling some excellent CGi for a while, it’s not just Akito that looked impressive. Things like Accel World and T&B have also had top tier work, earning them enough cred to get picked for GitS Arise’s 3DCG scenes. So yeah, you can probably raise your expectations on that. Even though CGi mecha is still morally wrong and it makes me sad.

        I want to think Photo Kano will go places as well but considering it’s direct advertising for the PS Vita port of the game that’s about to be released, I doubt they had much freedom. If Yokoyama pulls some crazy crap anyway I’ll love him and laugh at whoever picked an insanely talented dude to direct this piece of crap.

        Also, Anime Mirai should show up soon. Last year it also premiered on the first weekend of March and it was then aired on YTV 3 weeks later and on MBS by the end of the month. Should be pretty similar this time around, but the exact airdate hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.

  39. Hisoka
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Aww, c’mon Scamp. How are bishies for the women any different than pre-pubescent school girls for the men? Do lolis make you question the level of heterosexuality of their fanboys? Bishies and lolis for all.

    Yes to Railgun, yes to Oreimo! Yes to Yamato.

    Kara is also a great Japanese band that sounds a little like A Perfect Circle with a female lead. This anime should make searching any new material by said *other* Kara even more impossible.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Lolis just make me think they’re pedophiles, and since shotacon is big in those circles, I think my point stands

  40. shytende
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    They did absolutely everything to makes us confuse the two 4-Komas adaptations…

  41. AG
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I remember being excited for Aruvu Rezuru due to not watching cyberpunk for a while. I was disappointed when they kept changing their minds…but then psycho-pass came along. Too little too late Aruvu Rezuru.

    Otherwise the new Urobuchi anime, Aku no Hana and Attack on Titan are the ones that look the most promising. I’ll keep away from RDG since the last time I watched a PA Works anime adapted from a novel, it was the most disappointing anime that I was hyped up by.

  42. Posted March 3, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah, question their heterosexuality, Scamp. I can never understand the Japanese woman’s obsession over guys who have even less muscle than them, and skinnier than them, and prettier than them!

    Hisoka’s argument is invalid, because they are not even shota! They are adult men who look like adult women!

    The correct comparison is, if somehow, you love to watch a show of bodybuilder women, who have more muscle than you, more manly than you.

    Anyway, those Japanese women (who like such shows) are definitely weirdo.

    • Nadgers
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 1:34 am | Permalink

      Ok, take look at your avatar.

      No sense of irony there? At all?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      I’m an anime blogger. It doesn’t take much to find a women with more muscle than me. My girlfriend is a soldier. So yeah, guess that means I’m gay

    • Posted March 3, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      What’s wrong with my avatar?
      Research more about my identity before commenting.

    • Hisoka
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Eternia – you miss my point! Classic American comics DO feature muscular women that could beat up their male readers, with huge breasts tacked on to keep them sexy, which parallels the action-hero men that are what Scamp calls “infantile idea of masculinity.” On the other hand, lolis are undeveloped and lack women’s secondary sexual characteristics the same way pretty-boy bishies lack manly physiques. Lolis are younger but they’re also less “womanly” same way pretty bishies are less manly (I don’t know any adult women that look like the bishies in Karneval, I think they look more like pretty high-school boys ). I don’t think liking these genres translates into real-world preferences. Also both pretty bishies and loli evoke a moe response from the viewer which explains why viewers like them without relying on the RL sexual attraction you’re assuming in your comment.

      Anyway, I’d think guys that like anime about body-builder women had a fetish for muscle-women rather than think they are gay so I don’t know if that comparison is any more direct.

  43. luffyluffy
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Shingeki no Kyougin has Hiroyuki Sawano on ost (aka guilty crown, blue exorcist, gundam unicorn, sengoku basara) therefore it is going to be A++++ ANIME OF THE SEASON, YEAR, DECADE, CENTURY.

  44. gw_kimmy
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    WHY IS SAILOR MOON ON YOUR FAKE CHART ;(((( it’s real…i’m pretty sure…*cries all the tears*

    at first when i saw the title “flower of evil” i was like HOLY SHIT HOW IS JAPAN ACTUALLY ANIMATING A MANHWA and then i realized there are two creepy series with that name. okay.

  45. Posted March 3, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Excited for all the Mecha shows, Railgun s2 and more Nyaruko!

  46. Ramiel
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Regarding P.A. works, I’ve always found their stuff to be above average at least. Their animation always looks good, and they put good effort into the stories. I think Hanasaku Iroha is one of the best SoL’s we’ve had in the last 5 years, mostly because it actually has a plot, conflict, and some drama thrown in. That said, i’m not all that excited for RDG myself.

    Regarding Majestic Prince, I think it actually looks pretty promising. Yeah the studio and staff might not be anything A-list, but we’ve seen breakout hits before. It kind feels a bit like a throwback to the late 90′s too, and are they bringing back the concept of multiple pilot robots like Voltron? In any case, I think it looks better than Valvrave, which just looks like another Gundam clone.

    Other than that, your feelings about this season match mine pretty well

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      I think Majestic Prince is more early-00′s than 90′s, what with those Hisashi Hirai character designs. The promo stuff I’ve seen for it look really dumb though

    • Shengar
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Do we have to agree that Time of Eve, an indie anime movie have better animation than most JC Staff stuffs?

  47. Sarif
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Hey Cart Driver writers!

    Any chance one of you will be watching the origanal sailor moon before it’s new incarnation this summer? I would personally love to read a blog/review of each season from whoever is up for the challange progresses. Something along the lines of the FMP blog.

    Personally I am almost complete my rewatching of season R, and just finished that arc in the manga.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      I’m not a magical girl fan so it won’t be me. I’ve pinged the other two, although I’ve never heard them express any interest in Sailor Moon before so unfortunately I wouldn’t hold your breath

  48. Cirith
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure whether it was a fake chart, even the dick gun is quite possible. But Mushishi 2 was too good to be true. I vote for giving you the complete power over the series studios animate each season.

    About the conception of hot males. I prefer the body type over the bodybuilder like body type, but I prefer normal anime faces they aren’t hyper masculine anyway.

    • Posted March 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      Mushishi S2 is happening by the way, Nagahama announced he’s working on the sequel of one of his shows and that Umakoshi is in the team, which can only mean one show.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      The Mushishi thing might actually be happening. The director said he was making a new one at some French con a while back, but there hasn’t been any update since then so idk

      edit: durrrr beat me to it

      • Cirith
        Posted March 5, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink

        Oh that is nice, though I will keep my expectations low till it’s officially announced. Normally I prefer non episodic anime (well episodic is okay for comedy like Gintama), but Mushishi is great.

  49. Embok
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t care for this fake list as much as the previous one – it needed another Satelight entry based on untranslated mecha VN. Have you used Baldr Sky yet?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      No, but I’ll save it for next time. I have already made the charts for fall and next winter though, so they’ll have to wait a while

  50. Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh god that fake season preview trolled me so hard.

  51. Shengar
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    If I’m not wrong, you already have the Fall Chart isn’t Scamp? When will you done the Winter Chart?

  52. Kioku
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Damnit Scamp, you had me going with that chart. I was drooling.
    Now take this chart and compare with what actually comes out in the upcoming months, and see what is accurate. Laugh manically at what was true.

  53. Irelia
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    All this talk about lolis, while actually, there aren’t a single loli show airing this season either

  54. anon
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    As someone who has been watching the Yamato OVAs as they’ve been released, it will be the best show of the season and anyone who doesn’t watch it is a faggot.

  55. cybustier
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Your Summer Preview chart is lacking Shin Mazinger Season 2: Great Chapter.

    You know, I’ve always felt Japan’s obsession with borderline incestuous brother and sister relations has ignored various other profitable subsets of perversion.

    Just think of the untapped market out there for harem comedies involving pathetic NEET stand in characters and their legal female relatives! “My Grandma’s Vag Can’t be This Tight!!” is just waiting to be made!

    And why stop with wacky sitcom style molestation between underage boys and older women? Why not appeal to various female yaoi otaku with Daddy-issues or their registered sex offender relatives?

    Why not make shows like “Why Won’t My Uncle Stop Touching my Hum-Hum?!”, or “Grandpa’s Wandering Hands make my Heart go Guru-Guru!!” (Translator’s note: Guru-Guru means dizzy) Why, the Gutter’s the limit! You can do it Anime! We believe in you!!!

  56. Lisa
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    You almost had me before I saw FMP Final at the end.

    Unfortunately I’m not that much of a mech fan, so this season isn’t looking all that exciting. Though I’m looking forward to the Gen series just because its Gen.

    Also holy shit you just blew my mind. Is that really Kishida Mel? He drew the Atelier Rorona/Totori/Meruru art? I don’t know what to think anymore! What’s with all the flowers and sparkles and rainbows plastered all over the art book!? Whatever he’s on I think I want some.

  57. TheVoid
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Every SMT game’s color tends to be different. P4 has Yellow, DeSu 2 has blue, DeSu has red, P2 PSP versions have Red and Pink, etc. Also Alien spearheading a demon invasion in DeSu 2.

    I know I’ll be checking out Majestic Prince, Valrave, Gargantia, Yamato 2199, and Shingeki No Kyojin. Might watch a couple others as well.

  58. Teck
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    That Spring preview made me want to cry…. We will never have such a great season….

  59. Posted April 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I normally just use this sites as a convenient lists for new season anime… but I accidentally read some of your opinions and have to say, you have to be the most pretentious “I define myself through how profound my anime is because that is just how empty my life is” annoying guy there’s ever lived.

    Kudos.

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