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Spring 2014 Anime Season Preview

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Hey guess what The Cart Driver writers are excited for this season? I’ll give you a clue: It has the letters J and O in the title. It may even have each of those letters twice.

A little bit later than usual, but welcome to The Cart Driver’s World Famous [citation needed] Anime Season Preview, spring 2014 edition. All the usual rules apply. All statements that may appear to be pure opinion are actually fact. All anime previewed have interesting relevant information provided to help you make your decision whether to try it out, if for some reason you don’t take my opinion as gospel. The only thing I don’t do this for is sequels because I feel the presence of a 2 after its name indicates that you should probably not watch this unless you saw the one with a 1 after the name. And yes the chart at the bottom is 100% correct [citation needed].

Riddle Story of Devil

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Finally, an anime about lesbians where it’s not just them faffing about and being sweet to each other. It’s about lesbians brutally murdering each other. The story is about a bunch of assassins going in to kill a girl but then one of them falls in love with her so she kills all the other assassins. Or at least that’s what the plot synopsis told me. I read the first chapter of the manga and I couldn’t follow it because the writing was really dodgy, although that may be more down to the bad translation that often comes with fan scanlated manga. The original manga was by Yun Kouga, the author who also wrote Loveless (a gay manga), Earthian (a gay manga), Gestalt (a gay manga) and many more manga titles (that were also gay).

The staff are awful, bringing in the director of Campione, Asura Cryin’ and Ro Kyu Bu with Diomedea doing the animation, best known for their work on the semen sucking 11 year old girl anime. That said, both the manga and trailer show a very noticeable lack of perv-cam. Plus Diomedea’s last work was Gingitsune, which I didn’t like much but did show they were attempting to get away from making trash. I have to admit that beyond the cool looking promo art and neat synopsis, there’s little actual talent behind this anime to make it sound promising.

Ping Pong The Animation

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He’s baaaaaack! Masaaki Yuasa, director of Mind Game, Kaiba and Tatami Galaxy. If you know your stuff , you know that this guy makes phenomenally good anime. Tatami Galaxy is regarded amongst critics as one of the best anime this decade and Kaiba is a personal favourite of mine. His work is instantly noticeable due to his eccentric animation style and artwork. I go back and forth on whether I think it genuinely adds that much to his stories or just looks ugly. I thought it really added to Kaiba, while on his earlier work Kemenozume I thought it just looked ugly. But his craft as a storyteller is possibly the best in the business.

For the manga he’s animating, this is unfortunately not a remake of the dick joke extravaganza that was Ping Pong Club from 1995. Ping Pong comes to us from acclaimed manga author Taiyou Matsumoto, same author who wrote Tekkonkinkreet. His artwork certainly seems like a fit for Yuasa’s animation style, although again I’m on the fence as to whether it being unique adds anything or just makes it look ugly. I’m honestly leaning on the side of just making it look ugly, but I’ve read way less of his manga than I’ve seen of Yuasa’s anime so maybe I’ll be won over. Ping Pong was adapted into a film that seems to be really liked by the people who saw it. It’s a little dated, having been made back in 2002 with the original manga finishing in 1997, so it must be pretty special if they’re going back that far to revive it. Then again, it is a sports anime. And it’s being done by Yuasa. And it’s got weird art. Bonafide ‘critics favourite, ignored by everyone else’ right here.

Knights of Sidonia

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From all the manga I read for this season preview, Knights of Sidonia was the one that impressed me the most. It’s real proper hard sci-fi with gritty dirty robots and scary aliens and so on. Then I see the trailer and sigh. It’s full CG animation and per usual it looks like CG animation that came from a PS2 game. It looks dynamic certainly, but has those awful textures and weird movement and botox faces that look simply awful. I hate to go on about it, but anime still hasn’t gotten full CG animation right. Part CG giant robot animation they’ve gotten right. Go watch Akito the Exiled and be amazed. But full CG I still have yet to be impressed by. Staff are all right, including a scriptwriter who had a senior role on Satoshi Kon movies. It’s also being streamed by Netflix of all people, so maybe this will catch on with a more casual audience. The source material seems good enough to do so, and maybe a casual audience will care less about dodgy CG.

Even So, The World is Beautiful

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When I found out found this shoujo manga, I threw my hope for it out of the window. But then I realised what a dope I was being. Why should I dismiss an entire genre, nay an entire demographic of manga, based off my limited experience of a highly selective portion of what’s been adapted? Hadn’t I just been reading 7 Seeds, that phenomenal post-apocalyptic shoujo survivalist manga where people fight giant mutant bugs? Don’t be so dismissive and pick up that manga again. So I did read a bit of ‘Even So, The World is Beautiful’ and it was rubbish.

It’s about a girl being forced (kyaa forced) to marry a stroppy shota king so she can make it rain, but she can only do it if he shows her what makes the world beautiful through flowers and clouds and oh I can practically hear a hoarse man singing about how he’s thinking to himself what a wonderful world. Something about the writing in shoujo manga always turns me off. Then again, I’m not a young teenage girl anymore so I shouldn’t comment. The studio adapting it are Pierrot, animators of Naruto and Bleach, who have never been particularly good even when taken away from their shounen powerhouses. The director’s last job on a TV series was the instantly-forgotten reverse harem Hanasakeru Seishounen. It’s not a terribly exciting lineup to be perfectly honest, but I don’t like shoujo so don’t listen to me.

Fuuun Ishin Dai☆Shogun

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The one thing I’m excited about Dai STAR Shogun is that Dai Saito is writing the script. Most things he is attached to work out well. Cowboy Bebop, Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East. Most recently he’s been working on Space Dandy.Unfortunately everything else is not so promising. Dai STAR Shogun is a re-uniting of the director and studio that made Freezing. I’m not necessarily opposed to some boobies in my cartoons. That girl in the promo art with the suit so tight she might as well just have purple skin? That’s fine by me. But the anime this guy has directed recently are just terrible stuff like Ikkitousen and Aria the Scarlet Ammo. The plot description for Dai STAR Shogun sounds worryingly like Nobunaga the Fool, which for all my love of Shoji Kawamori even I couldn’t sit through more than 2 episodes of that. And here’s the thing: It’s not even Dai Saito’s story or anything. It’s an original story by  Kazuya Sasakura, someone I know nothing about and can’t find any information on.

Chaika the Coffin Princess

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Bones usually do interesting stuff. Even if I’m not into it personally, I recognise that it has worth. So I checked out the manga adaptation of this and the very first page was the main character’s ADOPTED sister spread-eagled over the main character in bed telling him to wake up and don’t you know I have feelings about you. Yay. Turns out Coffin Princess was originally a light novel. From the author of Scrapped Princess, albeit also the author of Outbreak Company which is perhaps more relevant when talking about his new style of writing. Coffin Princess goes on to include a loser male NEET who randomly gets super powers and meets an underage girl who they may/may not get romantically involved and probably joke about the size of her breasts. Shame really. Some of the staff are pretty decent too. Being Bones it will probably have great animation as per usual. Otherwise skip.

Irregular at Magic High School

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Even before this thing came out, even before the anime adaptation was announced, even before Sword Art Online had even finished, I had already heard several people say Irregular at Magic High School would be the next Sword Art Online. It’s based off a really popular light novel and features a noble and unironically awesome at whatever I do male lead surrounded by a string of beautiful women who all are madly in love with him because of how awesome he is, including his own sister. Also they do magic and shit. It doesn’t have the same video game player wanking that made me dislike Sword Art Online even during the early supposedly ‘good’ episodes, but otherwise it definitely comes from the same lineage. People who like Sword Art Online generally also like Irregular at Magic High School and vice versa. Madhouse doing the animation with the director of Dragonaut and Horizon in the Middle of Boobies directing.

I think Irregular at Magic High School may be a general new direction anime, and more specifically light novel adaptations, are taking. Male power fantasies with generic but but good-at-stuff male characters in a world with rigidly defined rules that mirror video games. I personally think this is a positive direction for light novel adaptations to go, if only because the only way was up. I don’t like Sword Art Online, I don’t like Log Horizon, and from what I’ve read of Irregular at Magic High School I don’t like that either, but I could theoretically see something I genuinely enjoy coming from these kinds of shows. What light novels were producing before was I Can’t Believe My Little Sister And Her Pre-Pubescent Friends Want To Fuck Me. This is a positive step. I personally welcome it.

Nanana’s Buried Treasure

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Look guys, I know Noitamina is not what it once was. I know was put on life support after Fractale and then blown to smithereens with the Guilty Crown/Black Rock Shooter combo. They’ve been airing visual novel adaptations like Robotic;Notes in there. But you still have to shake your head just a little when you see they announce they’ll be running a light novel adaptation about a loser male lead lives with a sexy ghost girl. “BUT WAIT SCAMP” I hear the idiots cry. “Didn’t this light novel win an award! Award-winning light novel, that means it must be good”. Ah yes, the prestigious Enterbrain Entertainment Awards, whose previous winners include Dog and Scissors. You know, that absolute classic that was turned into an anime a year or so ago. If anything this award is so bad that it’s actually a negative mark against it.

Animation studio are A-1, who have seemingly no regular staff or style so that just means it will be unambitiously animated. Director did do Bunny Drop so he does technically have Noitamina experience, and good experience at that. So I guess you never know? And hey, Noitamina are also hosting Yuasa’s Ping Pong so we can just pretend there’s only one Noitamina as it was in the olden days and that the world hasn’t been flipped upside down.

Haikyuu!!

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Do you like Kuroko Plays With His Balls? Then you’ll probably like Haikyuu. They’re cut from the same general cloth. Both Weekly Shounen Jump sports manga with pretty teenage boys being vaguely homoerotic. OK, one is about basketball and the other is about volleyball, but the first chapter alone had plenty of one liners like “I want you to hit my balls” and so on on. It’s even being done by Production IG, the same folks who did Kuroko. I’ll admit I’ve gone a little off sports anime of late because they get a little too formulaic for me, but hey maybe volleyball will be the trick?

Baby Steps

baby stepsThe second sports manga adaptation. While Haikyuu is definitely a product of its era, Baby Steps feels a little more old school. Between the character designs and general sensibility, it’s more late 80’s, early 90’s material. Otherwise though it’s your pretty standard sports fare, this time with tennis. Of the two, I preferred Haikyuu. It had slightly better writing and a better character dynamic than the much more bland Baby Steps. Haikyuu also has Production IG while Baby Steps has Pierrot, who simply aren’t as good. Rather unusually Baby Steps has a super-robot director with the guy who did Mazinkaizer and Gilgamesh, but I haven’t been impressed by any of his more recent material. Stuff like Corpse Princess and that Naruto Ninja Pals chibi spin-off aren’t particularly promising. If you’re into sports, I’d gun for Haikyuu if I were you. Just don’t expect any new ground to be broken with either of them.

Black Bullet

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More light novel adaptations! This one is a little more late 00s than the Banging My Imouto types. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers fight monsters. What I read of it wasn’t awful, but it definitely suffered from a few of the ills of bad light novel writing. Most notably the writing is full of Proper Nouns which nobody explains to show how complex their world is. Maybe my standards for light novels have just dipped so low, but otherwise this seems perfectly fine. No obvious pathetic boobage or wish-fulfilment with the female character.There’s a little chuunibyou maybe, but that’s perfectly fine. Stories are generally better with an element of fantasy anyway. Staff and studio are all right too. Kinema Citrus are doing the animation, a spin-off studio from Bones who have done Tokyo Magnitude and Yuyushiki, both shows with small but ardent supporters. Can’t say I’m terribly excited, but it should be a solid Fantasy Anime League pick if nothing else.

Captain Earth

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Did you like Star Driver? You remember, Star Driver, that anime with the giant robot with a boa and high heels? The one where everyone did V signs in front of their eyes and wore bondage gear? Well if you liked that then you might like Captain Earth because it’s basically the same team. Bones have brought them back together for another mecha anime. This one seems a little more standard robot fare then Star Driver, which is unfortunate. I may not have liked Star Driver, but I appreciated what it was trying to do and wouldn’t have minded seeing them give it another go. Doing Captain Earth seems like a step backwards.

Then again, maybe something more grounded might mean a more cohesive piece? The idea that Captain Earth will be traditional mecha is a little silly in itself, given that before Star Driver, this staff mostly did magical girl series like Sailor Moon and Ojamajo Doremi. I don’t think you can have normal anime by a staff that have worked under Ikuhara, the director of Sailor Moon who later went on to do Utena and Penguindrum. I’m definitely keeping my eye on this because at the very least it will look gorgeous, but when a plot description goes something like “and then the ordinary teenage boy got into the giant robot that suddenly appeared and fought the aliens that also suddenly appeared” my eyes start to spin in their sockets.

Brynhildr in the Darkness

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Do you like Elfen Lied? Then you might like Br..Brihin…Bryniddl…Brian in the Darkness. I seem to be starting off a lot of these previews with DID YOU LIKE xxx THEN YOU MIGHT LIKE yyy but it’s just easier that way and especially relevant in this case. Brian in the Darkness is based off a manga by the author of Elfen Lied and features a lot of the same traits. Namely gore, mind-breaking, depression and perving. Brian in the Darkness isn’t as in-your-face-violent as Elfen Lied was, although it is difficult to be as in-your-face-gory as the first 10 minutes of Elfen Lied was. Which was the catalyst to Elfen Lied’s popularity ultimately, so I think Brian in the Darkness not going as gory means it won’t hit as big as the authors previous work.

In English speaking fandom anyway. Japan never quite took to Elfen Lied which is why it never got a second season, much like how Deadman Wonderland is big over here but Japan couldn’t give a toss (and before some people start using this as proof Japan has better taste, remember one of the best selling anime of all time in Japan is Gundam Seed Destiny). ARMS are doing the animation for Brian in the Darkness, same studio who made Elfen Lied back in the day. Also same studio who made Queen’s Blade and Ikkitousen, but anyway. The scriptwriter is also the creator of Senran Kagura, the clothes-destruction anime fighting girl simulator. Add two and two together and you get a very classy anime altogether. Throw in some more gore, which I’m sure there will be, and you have a good successor to Elfen Lied in every way.

Daimidaler the Sound Robot

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This is a very odd manga indeed. One of those ones that you roll your eyes every 5 pages and go “oh Japan”. It’s about an evil empire of penguins being fought by a robot powered by perversion. Oh Japan. The main character is the biggest perv ever and can only power the robot if he gropes a lady. Oh Japan. The villain is a 95 year old emperor penguin in a suit. Oh Japan. It’s fitting that the director is the same guy who did Highschool DxD since they’ve got the same attitude. There seems to be a little more to Sound Robot than DxD in that it’s not just lol boobies, but not that much more.

Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

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This is more like it! This is more like the early 2010’s light novels that I know. Meta upon meta upon layer upon layer, appealing only to those utterly entrenched in otaku culture already. You have your normal dating sim which could be understood by anyone, where a guy talks to ladies. Then the dating sims get codified so you can only follow them if you learn to recognise scenes in which you can start following down that romantic path, or ‘flags’, which are at a loss to your normal person. Then you get this anime, in which a main character sees magical flags appear above people’s heads LIKE HE’S IN A VIDEO GAME GUIZ!!! Meta upon meta upon layer etc. Apart from that single amazing change up to the formula, this is otherwise about as standard a harem as you could get.

Mekaku City Actors

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This is Shaft’s latest project. Shaft had a bit of a good run for me at the start of the 2010’s with Madoka, Arakawa and Monogatari, but I fear they may be slipping back into crap now. Nisekoi is the most generic teenage boy wish-fulfilment manga ever, Sasami-san was nonsense. What’s annoying is I still love their style. I know a lot of people have gotten tired of Shaft-isms, but I haven’t. Particularly since the turn of the decade, I’ve felt their style really adds to the story rather than just being for its own sake. Maybe their newest project will be something I’ll like. It’s based off…errr…All right, let me try get my head around this one.

Mekaku City Actors is based off something called Kagerou Project, which are a bunch of Vocaloid-created songs with accompanying videos. They got really popular on Nico Nico and created their whole own story. It has since spun off into manga, light novels and now an anime. Because basing a story off a Vocaloid song worked soooo well for Black Rock Shooter, but I digress. I tried checking out the music videos but quickly stopped due to how awful the music was. When you consider the awesome potential of Vocaloid software, why is the most popular stuff so bad? Instead I checked out the manga and discovered why it was popular: Kagerou Project is about a guy falling in love with his Vocaloid and then getting super powers. It’s awful. Absolutely awful teenage boy wish fulfilment of the worst kind. If you’re the kind of person who likes getting mad about bad entertainment getting popular, you have two choices this season. Mekaku City Actors and Irregular at Magic High School. Since the latter will have truckloads of haters, I’m gonna sip the other haterade and jump on Mekaku City Actors. Because hating is good for the soul.

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

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This is by the team at Brains Base that made Blood Lad. Now I kinda liked the style of Blood Lad, so I’ve been keeping an eye on them and hope they adapt slightly better source material this time around. So what have they got this time around? A loser male lead moving in with a hilarious sex offender. Nope. I’m out. Next.

One Week Friends

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For what’s a pretty bland 4-koma adaptation, this has some surprisingly strong staff behind it. Ex-Bones staff who worked on Darker than Black, Star Driver and Eureka Seven. Also worked on some Production IG Stuff like Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East. All things like storyboarding and episode directing, but still impressive stuff. Animation is being done by Brains Base, who have admittedly stopped making anime I actually like, but that’s not for a drop in quality in their production. Chances are incredibly high that I also won’t like One Week Friends either. Maybe some of you lot will? It’s about cute adorable kids making friends and being cute and going uguu be my friend lets be friends but I’m shy uguu. It’s hideous. You’ll probably love it.

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

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Atelier is a long-running RPG series about cooking and cute girls. I think there’s fighting somewhere, but mostly cooking and cute girls. Given that there’s about 50 games in the series I’m not even going to bother trying to work out where this anime fits in the canon. It has cooking and cute girls and that’s all that matters. Studio Gokumi are adapting it, creators of such classics as WHO IS IMOUTO, A-Channel and Crime Edge. An exemplary roster of titles if there ever was one. Atelier seems pretty harmless in comparison though.

Tricks of the Gods ~Ludere deorum~

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BISHIES!!!

Is the order a rabbit?

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4-koma adaptation about a cute girls doing cute things. If you like previous anime adaptations of 4-koma manga about cute girls doing cute things, then you might like this 4-koma adaptation of cute girls doing things. Just a hunch.

No Game No Life

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I covered No Game No Life back when I did my 5 light novel adaptations announced in one day post, along with such classics like this season’s Magical Warfare. Of those 5, No Game No Life was the most impressive looking, although that’s like winning The Least Evil Person at a baby cooking competition. No Game No Life is about a loser male teenager who is real good at games. He gets transported to a world where being good at games actually brings him stuff. Also he has a little sister who wants to bone him. Yup. Light Novels ladies and gentlemen. This is being adapted by Madhouse, just so they can rub it in their faces that they’re really not making good anime anymore, and the director is the same one who did that anime about the guy keeping the sexy mentally disabled girl as a pet.

Light Novels.

Normal High School Girls Tried Being Local Idols

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Another 4-koma adaptation. This time about idols. Yay. Wooh. I think everything you need to know about this is in that title. It will probably be one of those 5-minute episode things anyway. I’m bored now, moving on.

Dragonar Academy

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Another one of those light novel adaptations I mentioned in that post of mine. This one was probably the most generic of the lot, which is like winning a most-puke inducing in the century-old-bottles of milk contest. It’s a cross between Dragon Crisis and Zero no Tsukaima, as wonderfully described by Caraniel. The only interesting part is this is the studio’s first project they’re helming. C-Station, who have a rather cute website in that it’s cute because it’s a default wordpress theme rather than something super fancy and well put together. I’m sure they didn’t want to start their animation domination with Dragonar Academy, but you’ve got to start from the bottom I guess.

Selector Infected Wixoss

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This one is very strange altogether. Get the director of Steins;Gate to team up with Mari Okada, writer for Ano Hana, Hanasaku Iroha and many others, and have them create an original anime about…card battling? I know card battlers are a lucrative business, but normally they target this stuff at kids. Not otaku. I think what might be happening is all the kids who grew up with Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards are all adults now but are still fascinated with cards. I guess those Bushiroad Madoka playing cards sell really damn well.

From a purely “will this be worth watching” perspective, it looks like any other card battler anime except with maybe a slightly older person focus. Which isn’t really a good thing. I would hardly call Cardfight Vanguard quality entertainment, and certainly not if you can’t go out and buy the cards afterwards, which is the inevitable problem from a foreigners perspective with these shows. I don’t think this will be the last of these more adult-orientated card battler anime either.

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

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Hey you know that yuri 4-koma adaptation that’s out at the moment? The one with girls holding hands and kissing a lot? Sakura Kiss? Yeah, this is that except with less animation, less minutes airing time and less…pretty much everything. It’s based off a yuri 4-koma in which a girl who likes cats falls for a girl who likes dogs. Animation is being done by Seven who usually just do 5 minute shows like Recorder and Backpack. This will probably be the same.

Magica Wars

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So, Gainax is dead. Or at least the Gainax we once knew is dead. Everyone who was good either left to form Studio Khara to make the Eva movies, and the rest left for Trigger. The Gainax that is left made stuff like Medaka Box and that anime about the airsoft gun girls. Not massive successes by any means. But dancing on the grave of Gainax is sad, so let’s hold out hope that they’ll make something great again. This may not be the next great thing, but it is far and away the most interesting thing they’ve made since all their good staff left. Magica Wars is a multi-media project where Gainax ran an artist contest to design magical girls for the 40-something prefectures in Japan and then they made an anime out of them. Plus an iphone game because that’s what mixed media means nowadays. The staff are total newbies and plot is next to non-existent from what they’ve revealed so far, but the designs look awesome and that’s about all I need to be mildly interested. Now watch it be a 5-minute flash animated girls do cute things series.

Majin Bone

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Majin Bone is the bright new idea by the staff at Toei, who decided that the last thing they want to do with their piles and piles of money raked in by One Piece and Precure is to make something imaginative and original again like Kyosogiga and instead make a bland young shounen anime about card games. This time with bonus awful CG. Sort of card games anyway. Our bland shounen protagonist gets into an awful CG robot suit and then fights other awful robot suits in a digitised world, which I think is supposed to simulate a card game? Was going to throw this into the kids shows portions, but just in case someone decided to get excited for this show, I wanted to knock them down. Or maybe get them extra excited if they’re into that sort of thing?

The Comic Artist and His Assistants

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Based off a 4-koma that is not about cute girls. Something is clearly wrong with this picture. I am struggling to wrap my head around such a concept. 4-koma adaptation. No cute girls? Utterly baffling. My usual rules of 4-koma adaptations might not apply here. OK so usually with 4-koma adaptations there is only one joke, that being that the girls are cute. So seeing as this isn’t about cute girls, maybe it has more than one joke? The series is about a manga author who wants to grope his assistants to get inspiration for his ecchi manga. Aaaaand that’s the only joke. Welp. Does it have any forward momentum? The 4-koma cute girl variety usually just faff around in endless perpetuity. So for this manga, the main character draws manga with his assistants aaaaaand that’s about it. Yay. 4-koma adaptations. Wooh.

Roughneck Sumo Wrestler!! Matsutarou

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I used to find it odd that there was barely any sumo wrestling anime, until I did some actual reading on sumo wrestling. The sport is dying in Japan. It’s seen as something only old backwards men watch. The fighters are treated like animals, packed into stables and routinely bullied. Their pay is abysmal and life expectancy 10 years shorter than your average Japanese male. The sport is rife with match fixing and young people today aren’t joining as apprentices anymore, being way more into baseball and soccer. It’s not surprising then that the first time I can remember covering a sumo anime in a season preview is based off a manga from 1977. Not that this anime won’t be good or anything like that. The manga ran for over 20 years and comes from the same author that wrote Tomorrow’s Joe. On the other hand, it was announced very late so will probably have a rushed production schedule, and no staff have been announced this late into the game.

Blade and Soul

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I didn’t include the whole picture of that girl in the promo art, but suffice to say she has more than just highly prominent nipples. She has a shapely and barely disguised buttocks as well. Thanks Korea! Blade and Soul is a Korean MMORPG that, if the trailers and promo art are to be believed, revolve mostly around ladies with large boobs and figure hugging clothes be angry at each other. The animation is being done by Gonzo of all people, who appear to have found their niche. They usually just do animation for video games nowadays, along with the odd anime adaptation of said video games like this one. Director is shockingly good though, having brought on board the director of Steins;Gate. Plus the trailer has a few snappy pieces of animation. That all said, you know how video games adaptations tend to go. Or do I need to sit you down in front of the BlazBlue anime adaptation from last year to remind you?

Marvel Disk Wars Avengers

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It’s beyblades except the beyblades have Marvel superheroes in them.

I have nothing else interesting to say.

Kids Shows

Cardfight Vanguard and YuGiOh are getting more card game themed sequels, unlike the previous seasons which were all about hardcore drugs and rock and roll. Pretty Rythem Aurora Dream is getting a sequel, which is about hardcore rock and roll and ice skating except without the rock and roll. Jewelpet involves more people stuffing poor defenceless animals into their rings and wearing them on their fingers like the sick monsters that they are. Tenkai Knights, Hero Bank and Dragon Collection are kids anime that I did just enough research into to discover that they were kids shows and they were trying to sell me some kind of plastic toy.

Sequels

Mushishi 2

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The lack of a second season of Mushishi was always a little odd. It sold relatively well. There was more manga left to adapt. There didn’t appear to be any complications with the production staff or licensing issues. The only excuse I could think of was that the Gods of Anime were cruel and didn’t want to make more good anime. But here we are, 9 years later and we’ve finally got it. Any worries I may have had that the sequel would somehow not be as good as the original were completely removed after the special episode that was released in January. It was the perfect primer back into Mushishi and showed that the series hasn’t lost any of its charm. I thought I didn’t need more Mushishi. I thought 26 episodes were enough. But after that special I know: I NEED MORE MUSHISHI!

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

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The first season of Jojo’s did incredibly well for David Production, and Stardust Crusaders is the most popular arc from the manga, so it’s hardly surprising they’re making another season. That said, I was still absolutely beside myself when they announced a second season. I really hope they don’t stop with Stardust Crusaders. After reading Shinmaru’s post on Steel Ball Run, which includes an American president called Funny Valentine that tries to spread American nationalism using the body of Jesus, I desperately want to see that animated. The first season’s of Mushishi and Jojo’s are in my top 10 anime of all time. I’ve seen, according to MAL, almost 1,000 anime. The fact that two of them are getting a sequel at the same time is too much for my body to handle. With as negative as I’ve generally been towards all the new anime in this season preview, I don’t care so long as we have Mushishi and Jojo’s.

Date A Live 2

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Aaaand back to light novel adaptations about teenage boys surrounded by girls with video game mechanics. Yay.

Fairy Tail 2

Fairy TailThis was inevitable. Fairy Tail seemed to be doing well in manga sales and was not dropping in TV rankings. This wasn’t a Bleach situation. They has just run out of material to adapt and felt like taking a well-earned break. There’s probably a few more things going on behind the scenes, but otherwise this just looks like Fairy Tail doing what Naruto Shippuden did a few years ago, except instead of making a year full of crappy fillers, they just stopped making new Fairy Tail. Ultimately the smarter move. Don’t care about Fairy Tail myself, but good for those of you who were crying for its return.

Sergeant Frog

keroro

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It’s a flash animated version of Sergeant Frog. Considering how long the original Sergeant Frog was, I’m not sure you need anymore, and I doubt flash animation is what will relight the franchise, but hey whatever you guys want.

Kiniro no Corda: Blue♪Sky

la corda

BISHIES!!!

Soul Eater Not!

Soul Eater Not

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Hey remember Soul Eater? Remember how its standout feature was its seriously cool aesthetic? It’s cartoony gothic look made it stand out from the crowd? How about we make a spin-off from that and make it about a bunch of cute girls with none of that original thing that actually made anyone give a damn about the series! Yay!

Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season

love live

This series was a real runaway success in Japan. English speaking fans gave barely two shits about the show because very few English speaking fans watch idol anime, but just in case you hadn’t realised yet, Japan really goes nuts for idol crap. Hence why more Love Live. It was a pretty well-produced show all things considered, even if the girls suffered from serious sameface-itis and the whole thing rubbed me massively the wrong way, but I’m a stinky foreigner who can’t stand idol crap so don’t listen to me.

Good Job Club 2

GJ BU

No I don’t know why she’s waving an American flag. It must be because she is made of FREEDOM and SWEET TEA and CRAPPY HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS! YEAH! MURICA!

Puchimas

puchimas

Did I mention Japan loves idol crap? Now multiply that by a thousand and you get how much the love the m@ster of idol crap (c wut i did thar). Puchimas is a flash animated short series of idol crap that is so insubstantial even by flash animated shorts standards that even the creators forgot they made this already and are making more.

Dragonball Z Kai

dragonball

More of the Dragonball Z Kai remake, this time covering the arc nobody liked. The arc where the main plot thread involved a villain destroying the universe because he couldn’t get his pudding. It was something like that anyway.

Kindaichi Case Files Returns

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Kindaichi Case Files was an anime from 1997 that I am going to pretend I have heard of before. It’s about a man with an awful voice and equally awful ponytail solving crimes and getting the girl. It was a big deal in Japan thanks to it running alongside Detective Conan, but as far as I can tell had basically zero penetration with English-speaking fandom. I think this is a sequel to that original TV series, which will also run alongside Detective Conan. The designs are pretty 90s as is the whole feel of the show. If Crunchyroll don’t pick it up, I doubt anyone will sub it. Fansubbers really aren’t interested in anime very few people watch.

Movies & Specials

Patema Inverted

patema inverted

Release date: April 25

Patema Inverted comes to us from the director of Time of Eve and Pale Cocoon making a feature length film. Which is super exciting to see, as I’m a big fan of his. The movie has been at film festivals across the UK this year but I’ve been super busy and haven’t been able to see them. From what I’ve been hearing though, Patema Inverted is a good movie but not great the same way Time of Eve was. It’s got all the visual touches and directorial flairs of his previous work except even more so thanks to the plot of the story giving him all the time in the world to do his spinny camera thing. Problem is the writing isn’t as up to scratch this time around, being forced to make a rather simplistic family friendly movie as sacrifice for making a feature length movie. Ah the curse of Ghibli hangs over all feature length anime movies. Still, it sounds like it’s well worth seeing.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie -Rebellion-

madoka rebellion

Release date: April 8

The third Madoka movie, and the first one with some actual new content. Again this movie has been touring film festivals for a while, but this time I couldn’t see it because all those screenings seemed to be in North America. The question with Madoka was the story was so complete in its original airing that you couldn’t really add anything with a sequel movie, or at least not add anything without it feeling super fanfiction-y. Which, as it turns out, is what this Madoka movie is. A super fanfiction-y style movie that feels slightly cobbled onto the main story. A very good piece of fanfiction mind you. The reviews have largely been positive, and it’s still the visual treat Madoka has always been. I’m pretty stoked to finally be able to see this, since Madoka still stands out as one of the top 5 anime of this decade so far. But my expectations are in check.

Anime Mirai Projects

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Anime Mirai, or the Young Animator Training Project, is a government-funded project where young animators get to try their hand on 4 single episode animes. This is the fourth year they’ve been running this and there’s always been at least one standout piece. Year 1 had Oji-san no Lamp, year 2 had Wasurenagumo, and last year had Little Witch Academia. Trying to track when these things will be released has always been a bit of a hassle since they’re just sorta shoved onto TV or film festivals whenever, so just assume they’ll be out in the next few months or so. They’ve never been created necessarily to make any money because they’re just supposed to be training grounds for young animators. But again, because they bring in some talented directors to tell the stories, they do come up with some great stuff.

Harmonie

harmonie

The standout piece this year by the looks of things, because it’s by that director who did Time of Even and Pale Cocoon and has just finished Patema Inverted. I’ll always eagerly gobble up anything he makes, and considering Pale Cocoon was his last piece of a similar 20-something minute length which I consider to be one of the greatest short anime of all time, I’m expecting some more great stuff from him.

Paroru’s Future Island

Paroru's Future Island

This one comes from the studio that make Doraemon as they make something targeted at furries? It’s got some old Madhouse hands doing the directing which is an encouraging sign. Because I’ll take old Madhouse making single episode furry anime than new Madhouse adapting light novels.

The Big First-Grader and the Small Second-Grader

The Big First-Grader and the Small Second-Grader

This is the director of Space Bros and Mysterious Girlfriend X making a fucking adorable anime about two adorable kids being adorable together. And then the little girl gets eaten by a flesh-eating octopus. I think.

Kuro no Su -Chronus-

chronus

The final piece is by Studio 4 tiny circle, the guys who make all those weird compilation pieces like Genius Party and Memories, getting back in the game after making those crappy Berserk movies to produce a cryptic single episode piece. The director for this is an old animation dude who worked on those hyper violent OVAs of the 90s. I would say this looks cool but knowing how these Anime Mirai pieces have gone in the past, my favourite will end up being the one about the adorable children.

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

Summer 2014 anime chart

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136 Comments

  1. Micchi
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    So, uh… what’s Jooj?

  2. ANON
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    FINALLY.

    Will be releasing my own review of your last season preview later :D

    • ANON
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      In preparation for this season’s FAL, I decided, out of boredom, to rank the accuracy of scamp’s predictions as found in last season’s preview about currently airing shows using my totally biased 5 point system.

      This is going to be long. TL;DR at the end, titled “RESULTS”.

      Hoozuki no Reitetsu
      Status: watching, 9/12

      S’life in a demon world, but life is being sliced nevertheless. I also seriously doubt it will be anywhere near as popular as Kimi ni Todoke or Monster-kun and certainly not even 10% as popular as Attack on Titan with English speaking fans because it’s too grounded in Japanese folklore.

      I predict ‘under-watched gem’ being used liberally in regards to Hoozuki.

      Even the subs had to point out what particular story one has to read to understand what was being said, and yet it wasn’t as boring as I think it would be, not to mention that I’ve caught myself singing “ji-go-ku ji-go-ku” quite a few times since I started watching this.

      Accuracy: 3/5 +1 point for using the term “under-watched gem” = 4/5

      Noragami
      Status: watching, 9/12

      Noragami is otherwise a pretty run-of-the-mill teenage manga about a girl who is bullied but then a god comes to save her but it’s really about her saving herself and gaining confidence.

      Seems like a perfectly adequate anime, but hard to work up much enthusiasm for it.

      No, waay off the mark, it turned out to be gods battling supernatural monsters and other gods. It is also mildly interesting and perfectly adequate.

      Accuracy: 0/5 + 1 point for using the term “perfectly adequate” = 1/5

      Space Dandy
      Status: on hold at ep2

      Again, not remotely serious so set your expectations accordingly.

      Scamp basically boiled down the essence of the show in that description, I haven’t seen redline or cobra though so I can’t comment on that.

      Accuracy: 5/5 perfect!

      Nobunagun
      Status: watching, 9/12
      [disqualified for not making any predictions aside from being “a dark horse” and “not knowing what to expect”]

      Magical Warfare
      Status: on hold at ep2

      Magical Warfare, on the other hand, will be much easier to predict: It will be shit.

      Magical Warfare is a horrible generic light novel with a boring ordinary high school lead has a girl fall into his lap, accidentally kiss him, and then through no effort on his part has a harem and magical powers and lots of girls to accidentally fall on, grope, and get glances of their striped pantie

      I know what you were trying to describe here, but it was not very accurate.

      Accuracy: 1/5 for using the term “magical powers”, though even that is obvious from the title.

      Wake Up, Girls!
      Status: watching at 9/12

      Anyway, Wake Up Girls. It’s another idol show to add to the heaps of idol shows the anime industry has been pooping out regularly.

      It is obvious that it is an idol show, no other statements about the show itself, apart from it probably being the same as idolmatster.

      Accuracy: 3/5 since it has quite the same plot as every recent idol show.

      Nisekoi
      Status: watching at 9/20

      Nisekoi is a rather popular high school harem manga in Shounen Jump. It’s rather similar to ABSOLUTELY EVERY SINGLE HAREM SHOUNEN MANGA EVER!

      yes, it is. No further comment needed.

      Accuracy: 5/5 perfect!

      Tonari no Seki-kun
      Status: watching at 10/13

      I can’t say I have a lot of hope for the anime adaptation though. The animation in the trailer is almost flash-level quality, which is a shame.

      20 minute episodes would get dull quickly. However I’ve personally found 5 minute episodes to not be long enough. Cromartie had 10 minute episodes and it worked a charm for that.

      Shame on you for doubting the power of seki-kun and his 1 man anime production team!

      Accuracy 5/5 – 1 point because the animation was not shitty and it was only 7.5 minutes long, not 10. = 4/5

      No-Rin
      Status: watching at 9/12

      We can extrapolate from all of this that No-Rin will be amazing and therefore it wouldn’t be funny at all to get me to blog this.

      Amazingly the description was quite accurate, probably due to these shows having the same plot and not because of Scamp’s seer powers.

      Accuracy: 5/5 perfect!

      Sakura Trick
      Status: dropped around the time they started kissing

      It’s pure innocent romance. So kissing but nothing underneath the frightfully short skirts. Sakura Trick is a 4-koma adaptation that completely fails in every attempt at humour but it does have little girls kissing each other.

      I considered the fact that reading the source material cannot be considered as a prediction due to most shows being faithful to the original, but then there’s noragami, so I’ll let this pass.

      Accuracy: 5/5

      Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
      Status: dropped at 3/10

      The manga in question is a classic shoujo romance with some supernatural elements. OK it’s published in a seinen mag but I hope your mighty brains can understand what I mean by shoujo romance. It seemed all right from what little I read, so I hope it goes well for them.

      We have not been led astray by the words of Scamp on this one. Too bad I had to drop this one; middle school romance is not my thing, although I did find that otaku goddess cute.

      Accuracy: 5/5

      Wizard Barristers
      Status: on hold at ep2

      the animation studio behind such classics as Queen’s Blade and Ikkitousen, so start counting them bouncing boobies in the trailer.

      Forgive me guys, for as cool as the material might sound … I’m not holding my breath on this guy making a good anime anytime soon.

      No bouncing boobs this time, but yes, from what I’ve seen it is not a terribly good anime, not even the frog with a golden voice could save it.

      Accuracy: 5/5 – 1 point because there were no bouncing boobs = 4/5

      Nobunaga the Fool
      Status: watching at 3/24

      You might not be into Kawamori if you’re not into the silliest aspects of anime, and with Nobunaga the Fool I don’t think there’s any chance of that changing.

      I had the impression that it would have been as silly as “idols wielding lightsabers inside their microphones”, but this was not the case, the premise was definitely silly though.

      Accuracy: 1/5 for using the word “silly”

      Witch Craft Works
      Status: watching at 8/12

      So there’s a normal guy living a normal life except he sits next to the most popular girl in school with her own fan club. Then magical bullshit happens and it turns out she has super powers. From here I’m guessing the two characters enter some sort of contract. The main character will have hitherto unexplained powers innate in him that required zero effort on his part. The fan club will get angry that popular girl is spending time with him and chase him round the school. Oddly there’s no childhood friend, but instead I’m betting the villain will show up as a Mysterious Transfer Student to give the popular girl competition for bland male lead’s interest.

      I feel bad for not giving this a perfect score. Villains transferred to the school, not just one.

      Accuracy: 4/5 for getting the number of transfer students wrong.

      World Conquest: Stratagem Star
      Status: watching at 9/13

      But I’d be hoping against evidence that it won’t have those 10 year old girls wearing no clothes as a central component.

      Your prayers were answered scamp, kate’s tummy is not a major part of the plot, at least not yet.

      Accuracy: 4/5 for stating that it is not as serious as darker than black.

      My Big Sister Arrived
      Status: dropped at ep1

      [Disqualified for being only 3 minutes long]

      A Love Song to a Certain Airship Pilot
      Status: watching at 9/12

      At a wild guess I would say this will appear and disappear in a very similar fashion. Which seems like a shame to me.

      I admit that I liked princess and the pilot a lot, and the first thought that came into my mind when I finished the movie was “I want more”. With that said, I would have to give high points for this one, as of this moment this has a score of 7.37 on MAL, which is indeed a shame.

      Accuracy: 4/5

      Pupa

      It was too much for me, but I’ll have to give scamp points for warning me about what to expect beforehand.

      Accuracy: 4/5

      Super Sonico the Animation
      Status: dropped at ep1

      I don’t really see what exactly what you can do with a personality-less gravure idol, but then again maybe having complete freedom will produce something entertaining? The trailer promises little mind you.

      Very nice package, but no real substance to it.

      Accuracy: 4/5 – 1 point for even considering that something good might come out of this plot-wise = 3/5

      Hamatora
      Status: watching at 9/12

      There’s not a whole lot of information on the story. It looks like a mystery/action/teenage dirtbag story, like Persona. Because if a Japanese RPG isn’t copying Final Fantasy, it has to copy Persona. I’m being a bit overly negative here.

      I will have to apologize about not knowing anything about persona, but the mystery/action/teenage dirtbag story description seems to fit.

      Accuracy: 4/5

      Lately, My Little Sister’s Been Acting A Bit Strange
      Status: dropped 20-25 into ep1

      That single image of your little sister is wearing a chastity belt wonderfully sums up otaku bait anime. Purity, sexuality and imoutos all in the single concept.

      I gave up around that part in episode 1 where she can’t pee because the belt can only open for 2 hours every 24 hours for her to do bathroom stuff. Enough said.

      Accuracy: 3/5 for pointing out what sums up otaku bait imouto anime.

      Unconfirmed & In-Progress (A.K.A. Engaged to the Unidentified)
      Status: watching at 9/12

      [disqualified for not having enough info as of the time of the post]

      RESULTS

      19 shows

      Way off the mark = 3
      Got some things right = 0
      Average = 3
      Almost got it = 8
      Perfect = 5

      Average for all shows= 3.63

      Conclusion: Scamp’s predictions are quite accurate, and can be trusted, but we already know that, and so this is something than can be called as an “exercise in futility”.

      See you all next season if I get bored enough!

      • ANON
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        As for this season, looks like I’ll finally get a break, not too many interesting titles, except of course for mushishi, date a live II and that SAO before SAO finished airing, I don’t know, maybe scamp was just in a hurry to release this preview and it didn’t sell these shows well enough to me. We’ll see.

        Mushishi II happened, so there’s still hope for another season of FMP!

      • Cirith
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        Regarding Magical Warfare: To be fair, after that one scene in the first episode, where she fell for the standard “accidental kiss which is unlikely to work that way and would probably hurt if you actually fell like that since there are teeth behind lips” scene with following standard attempt to murder him. I would have expected Scamps prediction to be entirely accurate.

      • Hanasra
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

        Good write up, I’m looking forward to Atelier Escha&Logy accuracy there since I’m not sure if you can create bomb and dangerous devices by cooking. Unless of course, the studio decided to screwed it up royally, stripped up what makes the game appealing, and just make it cute girl doing cute thing each other (and ignore Logy existence).

        But I can guess you will deduct one point already since there are only 15 games in Atelier series (excluding re-release).

    • shytende
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Witchcraft Works is actually everything Wizard Barrister is, but better. Still not as terrible as Gallilei Donna yet (though some flags were raised, notably with that school teacher…), but that’s not too hard.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      I would argue I was more on the mark with Noragami than you’re giving me credit for, but otherwise I’m quite proud of that hit rate. Now time to turn those predictions into a FAL record

      • ANON
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:53 am | Permalink

        Like I said, totally biased.

        @cirith

        but it didn’t turn out that way, look at witchcraft works, scamp basically narrated the first episode!

        @shytende

        they thought they could spice things up with courtroom scenes, but it didn’t turn out too well.

        @scamp

        there’s no bullying, no gaining confidence, and that’s why it had a low score.

        time to turn this into another 2nd place finish?

  3. Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Be careful, Scamp. Beg too much for Jojo’s, and the anime gods will give you a slice-of-life spinoff about Avdol directed by Seiji Kishi.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      I’d watch it

  4. Neko
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Your review of Mekaku City Actors…

    ok, I understand how you might get the impression that over all plot line is about “a guy falling in love with his Vocaloid and then getting super powers.” but…. that doesn’t sound anything like the actual plot. I’m not defending it as the overall plot dose have plenty of flaws, but I think you misunderstand the overall story. http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Kagerou_Project

    • Kiseki
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:37 am | Permalink

      Cut out the first part, change second part to “a bunch of kids with superpowers”, add “also a lot of characters die” and voila, an accurate plot synopsis.

  5. Alt Eisen
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Do you realize that for Kyoani to produce another show from the author of FMP, the poor guy had to create something new, with cute girls dynamics to boot ? Curse them ! Nah, hopefully it turns out good, like Chuunibyou 2. You know, that shit with no real reason to exist.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      There will never be more FMP and even if there was, it would probably be a disappointment because the anime gods are cruel like that

  6. Mr. Anon
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Why would you remind me of Mx0 ;__;

    Btw for your anime e-penis it’s kinda unfair if you count everything you’ve dropped after 1-3 episodes.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      I know, but I like to make my e-penis feel big by adding on single episode drops

  7. Canary Paint
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    One thing is missing from the next season chart… Durarara season 2… But it is just 1-minute episodes where Shizuo screams something and throws an appliance…

    Seriously though… I discovered anime through your blog’s top 30 list. How broken my heart is to see what anime is now that I have tried a few each season…

    I should not complain though. Thinking about what the “science” of marketing and targeting demographics has become, we can only expect that all industries churn out mind-numbing shit. And despite that, there has been at least one watchable anime each season. We got “Attack on Titan” (which I thought was amazing) and “Kill la Kill” during the last two seasons. I have not lost all hope.

    For me, this season is looking desolate. God help me for saying it, but I dropped Jojo after 2 or 3 episodes. Maybe I should try it again. Also, I have not watched Musishi season 1 yet.

    It is just disheartening when your season preview is vastly better than the season. Loved the spoiled milk comment…

    At least, I still have Hunter x Hunter.

    • Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      Us HxH manga readers are currently suffering in the seemingly endless prequel era.

      • Canary Paint
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:44 am | Permalink

        Does this refer to the last 4 or 5 episodes spanning 5 minutes of reel time? I guess you can’t really answer this question without spoiling something. But if so, your comment makes me happy in the sense that this means a lot more is coming.

      • Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:15 am | Permalink

        I recall reading somewhere a little while back it’ll go on for another decade.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      Eh, every season only has 2-4 anime worth watching usually. This season does seem a little weak on the new anime front, but Jojo and Mushishi is kinda all I need, plus maybe one other would be nice. And anyway, the best anime from last season, Space Dandy and Tonari no Seki-kun, are still airing.

      • Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        MAL has Seki-kun as 13 episodes right now. I haven’t checked ANN or whatever to see if the original “21 or so” was actually shortened, but…

    • anon-kun
      Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      Anime is not for you.

    • anon-kun
      Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:56 am | Permalink

      “Eh, every season only has 2-4 anime worth watching usually.”
      That’s silly.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        What, do you think it’s less?

      • anon-kun
        Posted March 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

        What exactly does “worth watching” even mean?

        If we are talking about decent shows, it’s more. If we are talking about great shows, it’s 0-1.

        Anyway, what I’m saying is that the term “worth watching” is too vague and subjective.

  8. gedata
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Not really sure what to think about Knights of Sidonia’s CGI. The monsters and mechs look alright but the characters I’m not really feeling. Been reading the manga and it’s pretty aight, one of those Sci-fi survival tales in the same vein as that Terra Formars manga and Starship Troopers, but with mechs. The cool and unique touches to the setting give the series it’s own identity and I’m still looking forward to it, even with awkward CGI.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I’m with you on that. CG is ok with mechs for the most part, but character movement still looks awful. Hope it still holds up though

  9. Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Keroro is a flash animation? Well there goes any reason to bother watching it. I’ll definitely be checking out Roughneck Sumo Wrestler since I adore martial arts anime/manga, though it is sad to hear it may be sloppily produced. I will also watch Soul Eater Not to see how it holds up for me (though I’d rather like a reboot of the main series ala Fullmetal Alchemist).

    I have yet to watch/read any Jojo… but I will… Eventually. I couldn’t get into Mushishi because episodic anime only works for me if it is comedy.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Episodic anime only work if comedy? So not a fan of Bebop? Very odd

      • Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        I, unfortunately, have not yet seen any Cowboy Bebop aside from parts of the movie, and did not know it was episodic until now. I’ll see if it breaks the trend once I get around to viewing it.

  10. Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    I’d probably be more hyped for One Week Friends if it was a movie or something. I could handle that sort of 50 First Dates sap, even really enjoy it at times, in 90-120 minutes. But as a full series? I don’t know if I have the patience for that.

    Also, isn’t Haikyuu by the director of Cuticle Detective Inaba? I wouldn’t trust that guy with anything unless he got a talent injection over the year.

    The Madoka movie isn’t bad or anything, but goddamn does the pacing drag at times. Lot of scenes where I just wanted to yell “CUT!” because it gets REALLY talky and you know how Urobuchi’s dialogue can be. But even during some of the non-taking scenes, they tend to drag things out quite a bit.

    I am quite looking forward to Patema Inverted more after hearing what it’s like. I usually will take a simple story (provided it isn’t TOO simple. It needs to have something that stands out) over something that overcomplicates itself with too many details. Entertainment over ambition, even if the latter makes up a decent chunk of the former for the most part.

    Honestly cannot see Riddle of the Devil being good though. Aside from the fact that it’s the yuri genre that’s doing the whole Battle Royale thing, there’s nothing about it that’s appealing to me whatsoever. It looks more flaccid dumb than brilliant dumb.

    So yeah, the season will rock because of “those two” sequels, but it’d be nice if one or two of the new series appealed to me in some way.

    • Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:02 am | Permalink

      Also surprised there’s no JC Staff bashing in this preview. To be fair, the premises (and some of their staff) aren’t their usual stuff and all, so no need to beat that dead horse right now. The tagline for that Shogun thing they’re doing is bash-worthy enough. “I can be the greatest man in the world, because I am a virgin!!” I won’t bother you with the details regarding my reaction when I read that.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

        I sorta skipped over the parts where I talk about JC Staff because they weren’t that relevant. Besides it’s not like I have anything new to say because I stopped watching all their anime

  11. Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    It’s kind of depressing how many times I had to write “anime adaptation of a light novel” this season – swear their numbers increase each season…..and they’re all starting to blur into one.

    Ah well, so long as I have my Jojo’s & Mushishi sequels and a handful of other decent shows to watch, I will be happy enough.

    • Cirith
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I find it sad that light novel adaption has become something only used as negative. Some of my favourite shows are such adaptions after all (Banner of the Stars, Spice and Wolf etc.)

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

        I’m sure decent light/visual novels still make an appearance from time to time, but in terms of marketability or the potential of getting a decent adaptation, it’s probably best to consider that ship as sailed. The medium has definitely found a fixed market and style of product, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. If we’re lucky, something of merit might pop up every 5-10 years. I’m not expecting much more than that. Crest/Banner and Spice and Wolf were generally considered rarities even before light novels developed a more niche audience

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        I guess the problem is that the quality of LN is getting worse, not that of their adaptation. Humanity has Declined was a LN adaptation and it was great. Now we only get magic powers and imoutos being thrown at helpless omega males.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

        Hey the author of Banner of the Stars came back to write the novels again. That totally means we’ll be getting a new series, right!

        Right?

      • Hanasra
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        Well, it is sad indeed when we looked it that way. Baccano, Durarara, and Spice and Wolf indeed are from LNs. But as good as they are, they don’t sell (except Durarara thanks to fujoshis). I’m sure there are many obscure LN that actually good, but we never know because language barriers, and studios just adapt the same shit over and over again because of REASONS.

  12. Andmeuths
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    On Mahouka:

    Sadly, almost every LN adaptation in anime is adapted as if ” I Can’t Believe My Little Sister And Her Pre-Pubescent Friends Want To Fuck Me.” is the main theme of the story, no matter how far the premise is from that.

    Basically, everything that bedevils LN anime adaptations will be emphasized, magnified and exaggerated. Everything that is positive and interesting about Mahouka is going to be butchered, condensed into a pretzel, dropped in at random points of the show, or just completely ignored.

    We will have our Beach Episodes. We will have our pool episodes. We will have a Valentine’s episode. We will have episodes where the MC is “dating even though he is not”. We will have the Onsen episode. They will find a way, even if none of these elements are present within the volumes they wish to animate. Anime studios are most ingenious at finding ways of including such cliches into their adaptations.

    • Mentar
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Nothing like some optimism ;)

      The show is no harem in the first place. After 12 light novels, we have exactly one girl who has confessed romantic intentions towards the MC, and the little sister who is grappling with her feelings. Then there are two girls (Mayumi/Erika) who could arguably develop in this direction, but who haven’t expressed or first-person thought of any romantic interest so far. The rest is plainly out of contention and mostly linked up with other guys.

      Not every series with a dozen pretty girls is a harem and not every show having serious brocon’ism is a “Yosuga no Sora” type incest show. You do have to actually know a thing or two instead of merely parroting semi-official pseudo-summaries, though.

      • Lambda
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        I’m honestly kinda puzzled how you got the perception that this guy thinks Mahouka is bad. In fact, it sounds like they DO find parts of Mahouka interesting/good, and are a typical fan that’s worried about the sometimes dubious quality of an anime adaption. I suppose it is possible they’ve never read Mahouka before and are just interested in the premise, but still, they’re not knocking the source material (on the other hand, I must admit that exposition got too dense for me in Mahouka, esp. since Light Novels aren’t my medium of choice. Manga did slightly better when I started skipping exposition).

  13. arcanes
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Jojo!!!! Mushishi!!! and… nothing. I was hoping to find a potential new gem after reading the season preview, but no. Oh well.

    P.S – totally unrelated to anime but, we have to FIFA World Cup to look for. Maybe England will do better this time. hahahaha :)

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      Awww yeah World Cup, live blogging the fifa world cup all up in here bitches. I’ll have to call it My Little Sister Is Watching Sportsball or something or else people won’t read my posts

      • Cirith
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        If you write it the right way you might be able to convince some people that you are talking about a sport anime for a while. You just need to pick a good MC.

    • arcanes
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      The hell with the nerds! blog the World Cup!!!

  14. Kiseki
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    RE: Mekakushafty Actors – It’s certainly wish fulfillment for Jin, but the novels and series in general is more popular (there are stats) with teenage girls than with teenage boys. The audience is definitely not supposed to insert themselves into Shitnarou.
    Kagerou Project is a boatload of fun as a whole but the underlying story is incredibly messy. The anime will be a wildcard imo, might turn out great, might turn out Mekakushitty.

    RE: Atelier Eschatology – I find it absolutely hilarious how they’re sidelining all the male characters in the anime promos. The character profiles on the anime site makes it look like a harem. The Atelier series of games generally consists of two-part/three-part continuities, and Eschatology is the second in the Dusk trilogy.

    Does Fantasista Doll count as a card battler? I don’t remember how the system worked.

    Btw the Vanguard series have been released internationally for a few years already so yes, yes you can go out and buy the cards.

    >wants to watch Majin Bone for the beautiful 2D animation by the young talents at Toei
    >wants to avoid Majin Bone for that godawful 2D animation

    I’ve always wondered how an X Shina anime adaption would work out. Too sleazy for a prime time slot aimed for a more general audience. Too sleazy for a morning slot aimed for its actual audience. Too messed up if a shoujo anime aimed for elementary and middle school girls airs late night for older males.

    • Kiseki
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:39 am | Permalink

      Godawful 3D. I meant 3D.

      The 2D animation in Majin Bone reminds me of Hosoda’s style.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      As per usual with Shaft adaptations, it’s not necessarily a good or bad adaptation. It will just be a Shaft adaptation, which is a Shaft

      • Kiseki
        Posted March 15, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        Except Jin’s the one writing the scripts, so the content will be original*

    • Hanasra
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:01 am | Permalink

      I’ll be mad if they butchered Escha&Logy down to cute girls doing cute things. Escha&Logy is the first Atelier series that have genuine interest from me because it features male protagonist and he have the spotlight in the cover to boot. Such great disservice to make people misunderstand it even more.

      • Whim
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

        Your right it would be totally inaccurate if it was cute girls doing cute things. It’s actually cute girls making cute things like explosives in the shape of snow men! I am curious to see how a tv anime will play out but don’t expect much. But hey promotion for games I suppose.
        If you have an interest in the atelier series cause male protagonist you should check out older games this actually isn’t something new previous ones had male protagonists (though not very male looking arguably).

      • Kiseki
        Posted March 15, 2014 at 9:54 am | Permalink

        Murakawa Rie (Escha’s CV) will be performing the OP, so that at least will likely be full of cute girls doing cute things.

        …Since I highly doubt Rieshon’s voice will be able to a perform a song like this.

        I don’t have high hopes for the anime, looks like they’ll be going the Shiawase no Pan route.

  15. Fellow
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    “Kagerou Project is about a guy falling in love with his Vocaloid and then getting super powers.”

    Oh lordy, what

    • Fellow
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 6:18 am | Permalink

      Just to clarify, I’ve heard a lot of bad attempts at describing Mekaku/Kagerou Project, but that is the most outlandish one I’ve seen. I haven’t read the manga (only the LNs/music videos), but it must have been totally off the rails compared to them if that’s what you got from it.

      • Kiseki
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        I thought the manga and light novels start off similarly before splitting into their own timelines? It’s probably due to Shintarou blushing at Ene being a kawaii little shit.

  16. T1g
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    I am excited for this season solely because Jojo and Mushishi. The Ping pong thing is worth a watch too.

  17. prants
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Man, have I got a bone to pick with Mekaku City Actors… It’s not like the idea of a story spanning multiple vocaloid songs made by the same guy is a new thing, but somehow Jin (creator of Kagerou Days etc.) became insanely popular by doing it. It makes no sense because his music, lyrics, and vocaloid tuning are all complete garbage. I never read the manga and stopped paying attention to his songs after the first 2 or so, but according to a friend of mine it’s the sort of thing Homestuck fans would get off to.
    At least there’s Mushishi 2 and Stardust Crusaders, said everyone.
    (Also just noticed this but most of my comments on this blog seem to be me being angry about music. Oops…)

    • Kiseki
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      Homestuck fans generally moved on to Dangan Ronpa, Free!, and Shingeki from what I can tell.

      KagePro fandom is full of young teenage girls or fujoshi who know Japanese pretty well.

      Jin’s tuning got wayyyyy better later on (try Yobanashi Deceive or Ayano no Koufuku Riron?), but I didn’t get why his songs were popular either considering how screechy they were. Not sure what’s wrong with his lyrics though.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

        Homestuck fans are weird

      • Kiseki
        Posted March 15, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

        western fandom on tumblr

        “i think half of tumblr discovered anime last year”

  18. Popka
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    The only way I’m watching that Mari Okada card battling anime is if it has a character with dinosaur DNA because he broke his leg at an archaeological dig as a child and had the bone replaced with a fossil.

  19. kyren
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Just out of curiosity, is there any reason in particular why the summary for Oresama Teacher on your fake season preview chart is blatantly wrong? All the other summaries (for shows that you didn’t make up) are more or less accurate, so it just seemed kind of odd.

    All aboard the hype train for Mushishi, Jojo, and Ping Pong. Will also check out Mekaku City Actors just to see what Shaft does with it, One Week Friends because I like that kind of cutesy friendsy stuff, and Captain Earth because Bones + Giant Robots.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Oh balls, you’re right! I accidentally put in the plot description for a light novel version of Portal because they’re all in the same photoshop picture. Total accident for which I’m quite embarrassed by

  20. il-Palazzo
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    You should’ve warn that C-Station website has naked loli right smack in the first page.

    NSFW, man, NSFW.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      Hahahaha, that’s just the promo art for the anime. My season preview was almost nsfw

  21. Kenjeran
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Oh my, I really hope that Hatoful Boyfriend will get anime adaptation. DAT HATEFUL ROUTE.

    • shytende
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      Since I heard of it, I always wanted to see Shaft takes their hands at it.
      That may not be good, but that would be glorious.

      • Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        I am watching Cry’s playthrough and it certainly does deserve those sexy birds to be animated.

  22. Nagisa33
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Well, it looks like I have a good amount to experience this season.
    -Ping Pong The Animation: His style turns me off but the manga has gotten a lot praise so I’m going to give it a shot.

    -Knights of Sidonia: I’m intrigued from what I’ve heard. Hopefully the CGI will be suitable.

    -Captain Earth: “rainbow floating in the sky” and “memories of his father’s mysterious death” plus the mecha make me think of Eureka Seven if only due to the synopsis. Though yeah, it’s seems more Star Driver influenced than anything else. I wasn’t too fond of SD from what I watched but I’ll give this a shot. Also, the animation looks gorgeous.

    -Patema Inverted: I’ve been wanting to watch this since I saw the miniseries. The concept is interesting and if it’s as good as his previous works then I’ll be a happy camper.

    I hope there’s something that pleasantly surprises me like Sekai Seifuku from the current season. I know Mushishi 2 and Jojo’s are safe picks but I appreciate it when something defies my expectations.

    Have you guys decided what series you’re going to blog for this coming season?

    • Nagisa33
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 5:31 am | Permalink

      Also, thanks for reminding me to read some manga series. Most notably, Me and the Devil Blues and Vagabond.

      • mellowship
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink

        Pity Me and the Devil Blues doesn’t have an ending. Just cuts off in the middle.

        Oh, and I wouldn’t call the main character of Chaika a loser male NEET. He’s more like the guy from Mahouka. Competent man who all the ladies (including his sister) want to bone. Kinda makes sense that it’s from the author of Scrapped Princess; he has a thing for silly names. In Scrapped Princess all the characters were named after guns. The characters in Chaika are named after cars.

      • Mentar
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        Can you please tell me who besides Honoka and Miyuki want to “bone” Tatsuya?

        Erika? Nope, will probably eventually end up with Leo.
        Mayumi? Nope, has not shown any inclination.
        Shizuku? Nope, has not shown any inclination.
        Mizuki? Nope, will end up with Mikihito
        Mari? Nope, will end up with her fiancee
        Eimi? Nope, has not shown any inclination.
        Sayaka? Nope, will end up with Kitahara.

        Just because Tatsuya is competent and liked by the girls does NOT mean that they want to “bone” him. It’s this kind of silly talk which spreads the meme that Mahouka is a harem. It is not.

      • mellowship
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

        Point taken on Mahouka not being a harem per se, but imouto issues, it has them. Which kind of brings the whole thing down.

      • Mentar
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        It has them, yes. Then again, Miyuki’s emotions towards Tatsuya have been properly motivated and explained (LN volume 8), and the most “dangerous” thing that happened between them in 12 LNs was a kiss on the forehead.

        I don’t know about you, but a sensational “incest anime” description somehow seems to indicate more than THAT. At least we’re not talking about the shallowness of most other “imouto” shows that are dabbling in this area.

      • ANON
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

        woah, are you the mentar from animesuki?

        I don’t think I’ve seen you around here before :D

  23. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if Schroedinger Cat-ears girl is actually a thing. If it isn’t, you should make it so. Nothing speaks LN rom-com antics like quantum physics!

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      It is a real light novel. I never make up light novels

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

        I am now split between thinking how awesome the potential for over-the-top ridiculousness is with that idea and how much of it will have been absolutely squandered by what’s probably your average incompetent LN writer. Adding to the usual bludgeoning of every rule of good narrative the bludgeoning of quantum mechanics as well would probably be too much for this heart to withstand.

  24. kai
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I would sell various internal organs for an anime adaption of Blame! A second season of Hataraku Maou would be nice too.
    Except for Sidonia this season looks pretty dull.

  25. gedata
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink
    • Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      I think these anime guys are doing this on purpose at this point.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Insert all my usual pieces about Mari Okada. I should have a cut and paste of that by now

  26. Cirith
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Will you blog Mushi-Shi? Or will you blog Mekaku City Actors to hate on it?^^

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      At the moment we have some vague plans to tag-team with Inushinde, but we’ll see on that. Maybe Jojo tag team blogging with Shinmaru because he wanted to have someone who hadn’t read the manga to cover it too

  27. Erif
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Underwhelming season by the looks of it. Thankfully I just started Jojo last night and am loving it so hopefully I can finish that in time for the sequel.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      It is honestly not a great season, Jojo and Mushishi aside. But Jojo Mushishi so yeah

  28. Mazz
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to Jojo, and I hope Ping Pong, Knights, and Captain Earth are at least Wirth the watch. At least one of them. And I hope there is another show that is just better than it looks. We got Noucome a few seasons ago that was way funnier than I expected, so it isn’t impossible.

    As for Mushishi, I’m having a hard time finishing the first one. Most of the episodes are just boring as shit. I seriously don’t see what other see in this show right now. Still, I might watch it just because there is nothing else to watch, and it’s better than all these shitty harems and light novel adaptations.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Yeah a fair few people find Mushishi boring. If you do, just stop and maybe come back 3-4 years time. Might click better with you then

      • Mazz
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        The thing is, I’d be totally fine with a boring show that either A) Had really good characters that I want to see on a weekly basis (like Space Brothers for example. Slow as shit but I just love the cast), or B) actually made a point in the episodes. There are a few Mushishi episodes that I saw a point to, like what the author was trying to get across, but many of them just fell flat. Like I’m just watching the author give me a story for no reason. It isn’t enjoyable watching a kid with horns on his heard hear stuff, and there really isn’t anything I can gain from that if you know what I mean. If you’re gonna tell a boring story at least give me something to think about.

        Still, I give the show a lot of credit. It has amazing sound, everything from the soundtrack itself to the use of natural sounds like wind and snow. The animation is great, and as a whole has an amazing atmosphere that I’ve never gotten from any other show. That just isn’t enough to make up for some really boring, lackluster episodes.

        I didn’t write it in m first comment, but this was a really good post. I usually read psgels seasonal previews, which always have a lot of information, but this one had more info AND was funny as shit. Even though you were bashing pretty much the same shows as him you made it sound less depressing. Especially loved the preview of Daimidaler the sound robot. Oh Japan. Never even thought of it like that.

  29. Shikamaru
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully Highschool of the Dead 2 never happens. Only anime that I truly hate. There are a lot of worse anime but this is the worst anime that I have finished. There is nothing good about it. I only watched the first season because I was really trying to find something good about it. I tried to understand why other people like it. Also the first episode is like one of the best episodes ever, so I got really hyped up after that.

    One thing ruins the whole series. The zombies are blind. WHAT? You can’t take anything seriously after that, nothing makes sense after that. That one fucking thing ruins everything. I’m a huge fucking idiot but even I could survive zombie apocalypse if the zombies were blind. Take a metal pipe or something and when zombies are in front of you whack something hard and go past them. Sleep on the roof. Get water and food from stores. I would die because of other people, starvation or illness.

    It’s like the aliens in Signs. The aliens are weak to water and wood. That ruins everything in that movie.

    Characters, action scenes and dialogue are also bad. Fanservice is really ugly, it’s unplesant to look at. There is nothing to like! It fails at everything. Yet so many people enjoy this anime. I will never understand why. I don’t like JoJo or Kill La Kill, but I can see why people like them. I know that they are great anime, they just aren’t made for me. Somebody please, try to explain to me why you like Highschool of the Dead.

  30. shytende
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Well…
    I have 2 weeks left to finally watch Mushishi.

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear. Personally, I wouldn’t worry about catching up, & try and force yourself into finishing the first season in as short a time as possible. If there was ever a show that didn’t benefit from marathoning, it’s Mushishi.

    • Hanasra
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:06 am | Permalink

      Then I’ve 2 weeks to rewatch Mushishi. Or should I? Is it better if I savor it for the second season?

      • shytende
        Posted March 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        Even if I knew it wasn’t the best ida, I still marathoned it…

        Well, I really enjoyed it anyway, and now am eagerly waiting for the second seasons like all of you.

  31. fathomlessblue
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I love that at first glance C-Station’s website looks like it’s written as castration.jp. Seems somehow apt (if probably unnecessary) when thinking of the kind of fans really into light novels like Dragonar Academy.

    As for Knights of Sidonia, let’s not be too hasty. If LoGH taught us anything, it’s that you can ignore substandard animation if the writing is good enough. Similarly, Arpeggio showed that you can make people completely forgot about shoddy cgi in the face of absolutely appalling script. I’m hoping for the former, but as long as the show isn’t dull or middle-of-the-road, I suspect my attention can be diverted elsewhere.

    Anyway, snark aside, it seems the vast majority of series are in the lower end of my own personal YES!/Maybe?/Eh/Urgh! scale. They’ll probably turn out awful, but I can’t immediately dismiss that much out of hand, beyond Irregular at Magic High School, Brynhildr and the usual perv stuff. I was kinda hoping for a few more shows with some measure potential, outside of the obvious big hitters. Having a toned down version of Star Driver in the higher brackets doesn’t reveal much optimism. Potentially, there will be a few slice-of-life fluff shows that will prove entertaining enough. I can handle those far more than the loser male wank-bait stuff.

    Also, are you ever going to try getting any of the other writers input for a future seasons? I have no idea how you could accomplish it from a logistical standpoint, but it seems a rather interesting idea. Mostly I’d love to see how different this preview would look from Inushinde’s perspective. There would probably be a lot more love for the likes of One Week Friends. I’m going out on a limb and declaring it my surprise hit of the season, just like I did with Arakawa and Madoka… and Red Data Girl.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

      Arakawa wasn’t a surprise. I predicted that biatches!

      As for getting others on board, idk about Inushinde but Shinmaru has said before that he wants to stay as far away from season previews as possible because they scare him. Considered it before but they’re super long as they are and introducing new takes might just serve to make it even longer and less wieldy. If I can come up with a method to make it work then maybe

      • Hanasra
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:10 am | Permalink

        How someone like Shinmaru could scared away by thing as harmless as season preview?

      • Shinmaru
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        I don’t have any input that Scamp couldn’t nail by himself. For me the season preview is worthwhile inasmuch as it gives you a peek at what a show could be — you know the basic facts (the creators), the concept and a promo video. It gathers information in one place so that people can see what interests them. All I could add is my silly gut opinions about shows, and those are pretty much worthless until the shows actually start airing. (And there are probably people who would say those are worthless until the show is complete. And even then …)

        That’s basically why I never did season previews before I joined The Cart Driver when Scamp was doing his thing as well as or better than I could do it. No real point!

  32. Posted March 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Amazingly, the new season of Kindaichi spurred a fansub team into restarting the translation of the original series, which had been stalled for years. I presume they’re planning on picking the new one up if Crunchyroll doesn’t.

    Somehow the first series got a French dub and aired on TV over here. From what I’ve seen of it, it’s a VERY old-fashioned mystery series, but perfectly alright if you’re into that kind of thing. And it was influential enough to be homaged in the likes of “Remote Island Syndrome”.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Hah, that’s quite interesting. Most well known fansub groups seem not that bothered if something won’t be popular, but I suppose that’s why they are well known in the first place. Keep forgetting there’s all these small groups that sub weird obscure anime

  33. Johnny Joestar
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    There’s JoJo, Mushishi, Ping Pong, and something based on a manga by Chiba Tetsuya, mangaka of Ashita no Joe aka my favorite anime ever.

    Forget everything else, those five shows alone make this the most promising season for years. Can’t wait.

    • Johnny Joestar
      Posted March 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      I meant four shows.

  34. Blood_Wizard
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Man, these fake season charts always make me feel sad. I would love a season where Gundam Thunderbolt, Assassination Classroom, and Change 1 2 3 all got adaptions but it’ll only ever exist in my dreams/hallucinations.

    • mellowship
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      They actually did make an Assassination Classroom anime, but it was just a one-shot which covered a short arc from the middle of the manga. Not a proper series. But give it time…they usually start turning successful Weekly Shounen Jump manga into anime when they reach 100 chapters.

      I’m a little curious to see how they’re going to adapt Brynhildr, but I don’t have much confidence that they’ll do it well.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        Yeah AssClass will inevitably get an anime. That’s pretty much guaranteed. Popular shounen jump anime with good sales

  35. matrixEXO
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Recommend giving No Game No Life a look over. From what I read (manga), it’s gonna be quite interesting. There is a reason why those siblings are together almost all the time.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

      You mean one besides her wanting to bone him?

  36. Hanasra
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Mushishi and JoJo is enough for me to last eternity. But Hozuki and its Japanese joke will be missed next season :(
    Do you still watched Hozuki, Scamp?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      I do keep up with Hozoki. Might be an ep or two behind because I’m behind on everything this season, but otherwise it’s one of the few I’m still watching

  37. Nebulous
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    “Then again, I’m not a young teenage girl anymore so I shouldn’t comment. ”

    Been reading for years now, didn’t realise you were female lol.

    By the way is there a name for people with anime taste like yours (and mine)? Because it’s hard to talk to people about anime when the vast majority like stuff like “Irregular in the high school”. It would be cool to say nah I’m a X, so I don’t like stuff like that, or something.

    In any case, great preview as usual. I stand in massive awe and jealousy at you ability to put thoughts into words so well.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Elitist? idk I just say I like cartoons

  38. leokiko
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Damn Scamp, even you are dismissing Baby Steps? Damn….¬¬

    It’s absolutely fantastic. The main character is AWESOME. The anime will be trash though (Pierrot…).

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      I thought it was pretty bad from what I read but ok

      • leokiko
        Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

        Why…? Did you only read the beginning?

  39. Ian
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Words cannot express my regret that Stray Duel Theatre is not a real thing.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      I tried to come up with the gayest thing imaginable.

  40. Nagisa33
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Even though it’s not on the seasonal chart Gundam Unicorn’s 7th and final episode is going to be released on May 17, 2014 in dub and sub. I can’t wait! Click the caption button for subs.

    • Adreme
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      If the final episode is finally coming then I think its time I watched it properly soon.

      I know the format gives them time to make it look good but I dropped it right before the 4th episode when I realized I had to rewatch the entire series between episodes to remind myself what was going on each time and decided to watch it properly when its done.

  41. Shadow
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    after reading psgels’ anime season preview I felt seriously disappointed with the anime blogging community. But then i thought about and understood that some people change as other’s read/praise their work. They become entitled to give us opinions on something, when in reality we don’t really care. And yeah, i kinda hate that XD.

    Thank you, Scamp! Just as usual this is the best anime season preview to read on the net. The way you write the general plot of each series and that you actually try to read the source material before judging it. You’re effin’ awesome!

    Seriously, i was completely done with anime blogs. But after reading this, i guess i now have something to do at home after coming from work! *yeah, my life is sad XD*

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      I think psgels is just going through a phase of bored with blogging-itis. He’ll either recover soon or stop blogging altogether. His previews have been way better in the past

  42. Cirith
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    The schroedinger catgirl has a stupid premise. 1)Any interaction counts as observing it 2) Even if only looking was a problem, if you try to block his sight with your hand he will see the hand at least for a moment. But maybe gloves protect which is also silly.
    3) Does it just work for him? If so why. If not she doesn’t have much choice beside hiding.

    Yeah I shouldn’t nitpick random premises, it is pointless and really basing it on the thought experiment wouldn’t work very well.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      1) This is a picky universe that only counts sight as confirmation.
      2) She is indeed wearing gloves, although she does press her boobies into his back later on in the novels.
      3) It just works for him. The main character is like Okarin from Steins;Gate. He makes the universe exist by viewing it.

  43. anon-kun
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I feel like you are too biased and quick to judge sometimes.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Only sometimes?

  44. Adreme
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    I find this season is weird in that it has a lot less auto-skips then before but a lot less auto watches as well so I have no idea if itll be good or not. I will just be an optimist like always and assume everything I didn’t auto skip will be good and I will have 7-8 shows to watch. :)

    Also I forgot that they were still making Kai and now I am annoyed to remember that terrible arc where halfway thru they undercut everything the entire series was building for about 250 episodes.

  45. Taka
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Dammit, this season is going to drag me back to anime thanks to Mushishi, Jojo and Fairytail returning.

    But mostly Jojo

    JOJOOOO!!!!!

  46. WhoseverPainter
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I have no idea what to do for FAL this season..Only a few shows look promising.

  47. Irenesharda
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Wow….
    You have no idea how disappointed I was, that the Summer chart was fake. I already had listed like 5 or 6 of them down as “Must Watch” and I still didn’t get it, even after looking at the FMP panel. It wasn’t until I tried to look up “Stray Duel Theatre” (which would have been my most anticipated) that I realized that the entire chart was fake.

    It made me so sad…:(

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