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Summer 2010 Anime Season Preview

There’s something I’ve been thinking about ever since Gintama mentioned it in one episode. Japan has a serious problem with an ageing population and a dangerously low birth rate, right? Therefore you would think television audiences average age would be closer to 45 than 15. Yet here I am, writing yet another season preview where the vast majority of anime on display feature teenagers. Something’s got to give!

So yeah, welcome to The Cart Driver’s Summer Season Preview. Or Summer Anime List. Or List of Anime airing this Summer. Or whatever other keywords I need to put in to make sure this post shows up on search engines~

All information is taken from a variety of places. Anime News Network, MyAnimeList, Chartfags Amazing Chart, Animesuki forums and the respective websites for each anime. For some other worthwhile season previews, there’s Star Crossed, Sea Slugs, THAT, Caraniel and others that I’ll link to once they release theirs.

Amagami SS

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Studio: AIC

Additional Info: Based off romance simulation game

Synopsis: A second-year high school boy finds himself uneasy during Christmas time due to an experience in the past. However, this year at Christmas, he gets his last chance to ask out a graduating female senior named Haruka Morishima — or one of several other classmates. The story of the anime will be arranged in an omnibus format, with each heroine getting her own version of the story animated. Each heroine will sing her own version of the ending theme song.

Thoughts: Forgive me for being a grumpy guts, but AIC producing yet another romance anime doesn’t quite fill me with enthusiasm. They have a history of soft and fluffy anime that never really go anywhere and get forgotten about as soon as they started. The director has worked on similar such anime as well. Now many might say the story format is kinda interesting. The prospect of each arc being animated will lead to people pointing to other short romance stories like Hatsukoi Limited. Thing is, it takes me a long time to actually care about a romance, although at least this means we won’t get a nothing ending to this series like many previous AIC productions, so I’m willing to give it a shot. Otaku seem to be quite excited about this anime because one of the girls has ‘sex hair’. This is referring to the state a girls hair gets in after sex, something I thought otaku would lack the required experience to possess that knowledge.

Asobi ni Ikuyo!

Studio: AIC+

Additional Info: Based off Light Novels

Synopsis: The story revolves around Kakazu Kio, an ordinary high school freshman living in Okinawa. A girl with cat ears appears before him during a memorial service for one of his family ancestors. The girl calls herself Eris and claims she is an alien. Before long, fanatical alien worshipers and a mysterious government agency are in hot pursuit of Eris, but Kio’s childhood friend Manami — who wants to follow in her father’s footsteps in the CIA — captures Eris. Kio finds himself having to protect Eris from everyone.

Thoughts: A few things to clear up. First, this is not a copy of Spice and Wolf because these novels were written before Spice and Wolf was. However the reason this rather old novel series has only now been made into an anime is because cat-eared girls are hot stuff thanks to that previously mentioned title. Second point is AIC+ are basically AIC except with far more fanservice. Considering the lack of anything to get excited about in your typical AIC anime, this can probably be regarded as a good thing. Combine those two together and what do you get? Yup, a title that’s been green lit using nekomini fanservice as its only appeal. Whatev’, at least the girl is hot

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

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Studio: ZEXCS

Additional Info: Based off light novel series. The title is intentionally stupid (it’s called humour. Contrary to popular opinion, the Japanese can do it too)

Synopsis: Raina Lute is a lazy student of Roland Empire Royal Magician’s school. One day, Roland Empire goes to war against a neighboring country Estaboole, and he lost his classmates in the battle. After the war, Lute sets out for a journey to search the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at Emperor Zion Astar’s command. And he finds out a deadly curse spreading the continent.

Thoughts: Epic fantasy anime? A guy with magical eyes voiced by Jun Fukuyama? Land of Hope and Glory playing in the trailer? I’d be pretty damn excited abouit this anime if it wasn’t for ZEXCS. They have a horrible history of annoyingly poor anime. Want to take a look at this directors previous two anime? Chrome Shelled Regios and Rental Magica, two anime that break the world record for averageness. Never get your hopes up for a ZEXCS anime. Who knows, maybe they might suddenly surprise us all? Probably not though.

Mitsudomoe

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Studio: Bridge

Additional Info: Based off manga

Synopsis: Comedy slice of life anime about 11 year old triplets Marui Mitsuba, Futaba and Hitoha.

Thoughts: Studio Bridge are a totally newbie company but looking at the staff should tell you all you need to know. The crew for Minami-ke first season have gathered together to create their own company, screwing Asread and making Mitsudamoe (I don’t actually know why Minami-ke changed hands after season 1 but this makes me think there’s a bit of dorama behind the scenes). This actually doesn’t look too bad judging by the trailer and it’s in fairly safe hands with the Minami-ke crew. Seems strange for me to be recommending a show like this but the trailer made me grin so I say go for it. Also first person to call this pedo-bait gets a punch in the face.

Nurarihyon no Mago

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Studio: Deen

Additional Info: Based off Shounen Jump manga

Synopsis: Rikuo Nura, is 3 parts human and a quarter Demon, lives in a house of spirits with his grandfather, The current clan head of the Nura youkai. Rikou is set to be the next clan head, despit the fact he dilikes his demon side. He soon come to terms with his demon blood and decides to take his position as young master of the Nura house. However there are those who will certainly not allow it to be easy.

Thoughts: Ah, the next anime adaptation to come out of Shounen Jump. Reading reviews, it sounds like a pretty standard shounen fare, so take from that what you will. The staff behind it are solid without being exceptional. Studio Deen, while get a bit more flak than they probably deserve, are not exactly the greatest studio around (although better than bloody Pierrot). You should know by now whether you like shounen or not, although please don’t assume that all shounen are Narubleach. Remember that it’s a genre ranging from Black Cat to Air Gear to Fullmetal Alchemist. Personally I’m looking forward to it without highly anticipating it either. I’ve learned to be wary of anything with the name Deen attached.

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi

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Studio: JC Staff

Additional Info: Based off light novels

Synopsis: A love comedy parodying fairy tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” etc. Ookami Ryoko (Ookami-san) is a spunky high school girl. She is a member of a “fixer” club so called Otogi High School Bank. She fixes the school’s problems with her partner Akai Ringo (Akazukin-chan.)

Thoughts: There’s one every season eh? An anime that has something about it that’s so similar to a previous popular anime that it can’t be merely a coincidence. Yup, there’s a Taiga look-a-like. I’m not sure why anime do it because all it attracts is negative attention but eh. That aside, this looks to be a genre-savvy, self-aware, parody laden JC Staff production (director of Hayate anyone?). In fact, this appears to be one giant wink to the fans. A shower scene in the trailer? There’s even a maid. All with JC Staff’s usual polished sheen and general high quality animation they put into their shows. Yup, I can see this being an absolute hit in otaku circles. When I say otaku circles, that almost certainly includes you reading this season preview, so good for you~

Highschool of the Dead

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Studio: Madhouse

Additional Info: Based off manga

Synopsis: A mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead. In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse. The story is initially narrated through the eyes of Takashi Komuro, one of the students who had survived in the initial outbreak.

Thoughts: Violence and women. Guns and boobs. Headshots and pantyshots. Welcome to the highest budgeted fanservice-fest to grace the anime world. Madhouse have really pulled out all the stops on this one, even going as far to get the director of Death Note on board. So turn your brain off and watch those brains fly and boobs bounce. No really, you do have to turn off your brain for this one. The guy who wrote the manga is a h-artist so he is quite lacking in the story-telling department. Not that I think the fans of this show will mind that much ;)

Seikimatsu Occult Academy

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Studio: A-1 Pictures

Additional Info: Original anime project in the Anime no Chikara timeslot

Synopsis: The horror and school comedy story revolves around mystery and supernatural cases at Occult Academy, a fortress-like academy city.

Thoughts: I was quite excited about the prospect of a timeslot devoted to anime original projects when it was first announced. However what Anime no Chikara has produced so far hasn’t exactly been awe-inspiring. Sora no Woto was an attempt to fuse moe with plot, which resulted in a moderately entertaining anime. Then there was Senko no Night Raid, which promised to be controversial but ended up being pretty disappointing, skirting around anything that would’ve made it even mildly interesting. Both have ratings below 7.5 on MAL, which is pretty darn low. In short, Anime no Chikara hasn’t been a success and I don’t believe there’s any other anime planned after Occult Academy. It’s a shame but it’s hard to feel sorry for them when they haven’t been producing good anime. Anywho, Occult Academy is the usual guff. A cluster of pretty talented staff who have all worked for a variety of different studios show signs of promise, but every other Anime no Chikara anime had that as well so eh. Maybe the girl will do some epic re-crossing of her legs, Basic Instinct style.

Shiki

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Studio: Daume

Additional Info: Based off Novel series written by Fuyumi Ono, the author of 12 Kingdoms and Ghost Hunt. Airing in the Noitamina Timeslot. 22 episodes long

Synopsis: During a fiercely hot summer in Sotoba, a peaceful and quiet village with a population of 1300 people, a series of bizarre deaths begin to occur. At the same time, a strange family moves into a long abandoned mansion in the region. Hospital dean Toshio Ozaki cannot figure out the cause of death in the deceased, initially suspecting an epidemic. As investigations continue between the hospital staff and the residents, it turns out that the village is being attacked by vampires.

Thoughts: A Noitamina anime running for 22 episodes? Hurrah, they haven’t done that since the first season of Nodame. As usual, the Noitamina timeslot brings in big reputations, this time with that award winning novelist I mentioned in the Additional Info bit. However getting Daume to do a mystery horror show seems a bit odd since their previous works consist of light-hearted, all-girl comedies like Minami-ke and Ichigo Marshmallow. From what I could garner from reviews of the source material, this is a story that takes its time developing and revealing to a point of slight frustration, although that might have just been manga fans complaining about its slow releases. It’s a promising anime indeed, especially judging by the atmosphere they’ve developed in the trailer, but I wouldn’t bet my house on it being a success. Although do remember that being a success is not the same as being a good anime.

Shukufuku no Campanella

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Studio: AIC

Additional Info: Based off adult game

Synopsis: The story takes place in a trading city Ert’Aria. Leicester Maycraft is an item engineer belonging to an adventurer guild “Oasis”. One night, he is at a party with his friends to see a meteor stream on the rooftop of a chapel. One meteor grazes them and hits the steeple of the chapel. There he finds a secret room and a sleeping girl. The girl wakes up and says “You must be my father!”. The encounter with the mysterious girl brings an unexpected adventure to Leicester.

Thoughts: Look at all that pink and sparkles and pom poms and fluffy little super deformed animals and little girls wearing pretty clothes. Why clearly this is an anime aimed at 20-40 year old men! *le sigh* This was made into an anime probably because of the Touhou fandom explosion. How long until someone makes an actual Touhou anime?

Studio: ?

Additional Info: Based off manga

Synopsis: The manga follows the humorous exploits of generals during Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku period

Thoughts: There is absolutely no info on this anime whatsoever. ANN doesn’t even list the animation studio or the director or anything. Going onto moonphase did me no good either because I don’t understand moonrunes. The only thing I do know is it’s a historical gag manga. I bet it won’t even be subbed, these things often aren’t.

Studio: Go Hands

Additonal Info: Based off 4-koma

Synopsis: The story centers around Ōsai Academy, a former all-girls private high school which has recently been integrated for both genders. The student body is split between 524 girls and 28 boys. Takatoshi Tsuda is pushed into becoming the vice-president of the student council, where he is the lone male member surrounded by girls.

Thoughts: Student council + 4-koma + Go Hands = bleargh

Sequels

Strike Witches 2

Studio: AIC

Thoughts: Hey guiz, I heard this actually has plot and it’s not all just close up shots of 14-year old girls crotches, amirite?

Kuroshitsuji 2

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Studio: A-1 Pictures

Thoughts: Really not sure what to make of this. A-1 decided for this new season of Kuroshitsuji to change to two entirely new main characters. On one hand, it’s great that they’re not messing with the excellent ending from the first season. However the trailer doens’t fill me with excitement at the prospect of watching these two characters. The only real draw of the first season was Sebastian and Ciel anyway, the story was pretty lame. All they’ve done is basically takes out the two strongest elements. This season will be all anime original material. However with A-1 in charge (see my notes on the Anime no Chikara timeslot) that’s not exactly something to be leaping in joy about. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose.

Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~

Studio: Seven Arcs

Thoughts: Ah, I can’t really hate on Sekirei. It was the subject of my very first post in my anime blogging career. Can’t say I was too impressed by it back then. I showed my dissatisfaction by using a really small font!

Sengoku Basara Ni

Studio: Production IG

Thoughts: GET YOUR GUNS ON!!!

Movies

It’s difficult to write season previews for movies because it’s hard to know what’s coming out on dvd and when and if it will ever be subbed. My rule of thumb is that I’ll mention it in here if it’s already had a theatrical release in Japan. I was convinced that the Macross Frontier Movie should’ve come out by now but it hasn’t. Then there’s anime that seem to only get theatrical releases at festivals and never see the inside of a dvd case, like Redline and King of Thorn. There are some I can guarantee you though. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Fate/Stay Night movies are coming soon, and we’ll probably see a proper release of The Disappearence of Haruhi Suzumiya that’s not a crappy camrip, something I’m personally quite excited about seeing. Eden of the East: King of Eden is the only date I know for sure, coming 4th August, which should hopefully be a lot better than the first movie. Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be amusing to see that horrid 1998 animation in brand spanking lovely 2010 detail. Bungaku Shojo is a light novel series that people seem to be rather excited about and I’m surprised it was made into a movie instead of a tv series. Finally, there’s the epic 6 episode movie series mecha extravanganza of Break Blade.

OVA’s

Well the glorified music video Black Rock Shooter has been delayed until god only knows when so vocaloid fags will have to wait even longer than that (although I’m quite interested in seeing it myself because the animation style looks so weird). Far more importantly, and to finish off this season preview on a glorious high note, the third season OVA series of Black Lagoon has finally come! Coming out on the 17th of July, this summer season has a gem waiting right at the end.

Final Thoughts

I suppose I can’t complain about a good mix of anime. Intricate plotting and mystery of Shiki. Otaku comedy of Ookami-san. Fanservice-action fest of Highschool of the Dead. Shounen hit with Nurarihyon no Mago. Fangirl squees of Kuroshitsuji. Pedo-bait with Strike Witches. Seinen romance with Amagami. Occult academy could be bloody anything. Probably what’s bugging me with this season is the higher percentage of fanservice shows. Highschool of the Dead fills any fanservice cravings and Amagami should fill any romance sector. Seeing Sekirei, Strike Witches and Asobi ni Ikuyo in there as well just bugs me, especially since the number of these types of shows had really looked to be on the downturn. I guess the reason I’m feeling a little bit down about this season is that Highschool of the Dead is being touted as the next big thing, when it’s essentially just gun pr0n and softcore pr0n. With both Durarara and FMA:B ending this season, there just doesn’t look like anything even remotely close to that level. I dunno, maybe the Anime no Chikara timeslot could suddenly deliver on it’s promise. Maybe ZEXCS could suddenly stop sucking. Maybe I’ll totally underestimating the heart-wrenching storyline of Shufuku no Campella. Or maybe, just maybe, I have different tastes to you.

Which 2 anime are you looking forward to most

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51 Comments

  1. Posted May 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Amagami is a good visual novel, as far as a trustworthy friend thinks. And it has amusing scenarios and interesting characters. Unfortunately, I don’t see the anime being quite as thrilling.

    I was really surprised to see Asobi ni Ikuyo! in the lineup for the season, since the Neon Vision artwork for it is so old.

    You know, everyone points out the Taiga look-alike in Ookami-san, but the other two look like Minori (as a loli) and that guy a little bit as well…on the other hand, I’m getting sick of the negative comparisons. It’s an unfortunate character match-up, but it’s just not the same show. (Besides, isn’t more adorable Taiga-ness good?) Anyway, anything Kuwashima Reim draws, I will think about watching.

    Here’s hoping Occult Academy is semi-good. Same for Shiki.

    The purple haired girls in Shuku fuku no Campanella are cute, the Ko~cha based art is cute, but the anime…I doubt will be worth it.

    I shall ignore the BRS to Vocaloid sentence.

    This season will probably be pretty blah, but eh, have to watch something in the summer!
    Also, your poll only allows for one option but requests two.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Poll fix’d. Will write you a more extensive reply later

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Proper reply time!

      Asobi ni Ikuyo was green-lit for an anime well over a year ago now so i dunno what took them so long. But yeah, the book is over 6 years old or something.

      The Minori loli doesn’t act like the original Minori though, while older Taiga still acts like younger Taiga except with a different voice actor. Which is a good thing because I hated Minori and loved Taiga.

  2. Posted May 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I wish you could put the OADs and/or movies in the poll or a separate one. I have nothing to vote for otherwise. orz

    Yay for a season of marathoning~

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      There’s quite a healthy selection of movies coming up, aint there~

  3. Nemo
    Posted May 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    This season does not look so great, not one show really catches my attention. Well, time to watch some shows I have been putting on my on-hold list.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      While generally I dislike comments like this, I’ll have to let it slide this season.

  4. Posted May 24, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Most looking forward to Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail. Read the manga chapter of that arc and I had my mind blown. Besides that the only one I looking forward to at all would be HotD. Had hoped that they would tone down the fan service but judging by the trailer I guess not. Still that was the only negating factor of the manga imo. Basically Left for Dead meet Japanese high schoolers.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      Tone down on the fanservice? I can’t think of an anime that tones down from the manga. Usually it’s the opposite way around

  5. Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Fuck yeah, sex hair!

  6. Posted May 24, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I’ll never understand Black Rock Shooter obsession other than being related to leek meister Hatsune Miku. Also I’ve waiting forever for Black Lagoon OVAs. I thought they had forgot!

    You know, after learning that the guy who is behind SoTD is an h-artist all that bouncing action is starting to make a lot of sense now. As a mystery whore I’ll have to watch Seikimatsu Occult Academy and Shiki saving me the trouble of picking up the manga, same for BoTD which was impossible to read for me. Knowing the author draws pr0n might explain that.

    Also I guess I’ll be expecting epic leg crossing before the main character explains whatever we didn’t already figure out in Occult Academy. I just hope that the stories aren’t ridiculous and actually smart.

    I think that it’s time for anime no Chikara to prove themselves once and for all and prove that their content is nearly as good as they want it to be and give us a clear winner in the Summer. No excuses about people not dying or anything like that.

    Oh yeah, I’ll wait for King of Thorn since I read most of the manga but never finished it.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      I would have preffered a proper full season of Black Lagoon but hearing what people are saying about it and the fact it’s 5 episode OVA gives me hope that it will be awesome.

      There are actually a lot of manga artists who started off writing H material. I might be wrong about this but I think both Ken Akamatsu and Clamp started off writing H material. It just seems the HSotD kept closer to his roots

  7. Gunslinger
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    hahaha the poll at the end was awesome

  8. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    dude, the poll wins.

    eh, i’ll give kuroshitsuji 2 a shot i guess ;/

  9. Posted May 24, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I guess we’re supposed to have better things to do during the Summer than watching anime. This looks like an extremely weak season.

    Normally I’m not interested in horror genre, but I’ll have to give Shiki a try. 12 Kingdoms is in my top 2 and Ghost Hunt was a fun show (that doll scared the crap out of me), so I have to assume Ono-sensei is going to deliver again. Plus that trailer was very effective.

    I’ll also check out Occult Academy with the hopes that it will be better than the “power” that’s been displayed in that slot so far. It did look like it will have nice artwork, and time-traveling espers solving Nostradamus’ mysteries sounds fun. The music in the trailer was good.

    Aside from that it mostly looks like rehashes of previously rehashed stuff.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      I have to watch Ghost Hunt one day. The thing is, I never see anyone expressing much in the way of enthusiasm towards it. In fact, just checking my MAL friends, only 2 of them have seen it. One dropped after 4 episodes, the other on-hold halfway through. And yet it has a rating of 8.27? And the top 3 reviews all give it a 10? Why have so few people seen this anime?

      • Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

        Ghost Hunt aired in the 2006 Autumn season – so many good shows that season so it kind of fell through the cracks. I really enjoyed it though – big fan of Ono-sensei.

      • Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

        Ghost Hunt was fine, but my problem with it was that it had its best episode at episode 5 or so. After that it never really lived up to that standard.

      • Posted May 26, 2010 at 5:17 am | Permalink

        i think i tried to recommend ghost hunt to you once but the comment got deleted somehow, oh well. but yeah, its a pretty good supernatural story (with a touch of shoujo *GASP*). i love the characters and the arcs can get pretty creepy. im trying to follow the manga, but too bad the author is so slow with releasing…anything.

    • Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:19 am | Permalink

      Ghost Hunt is definitely worth watching. Check out episode 4 if you want a quick taste of what the series is like. The series builds up, and it uses a less common three episode arc pattern most of the time, so the first arc is intentionally less intense, and spends more time grounding the show, and developing the characters. By jumping in at episode 4, you lose the background/character introductions, but you get more of them on the job. If you like episode 4, then go back and watch the whole thing from the beginning.

      GHunt is interesting because it combines a number of occult perspectives (Shinto, Buddhist, Catholic, and Para-psychological, principally) into a supernatural suspense genre, then it adds an inverse harem (by which I mean a Harem show where the protagonist is part of the Harem), so there are elements of humor based on rivalries among the group.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Well after all of that I’m going to have to move Ghost Hunt up my ‘plan to watch’ list, simply so I can gain my own opinion on the series.

  10. BlueYoshi
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    I’ll probably check out Mitsudomoe, Shiki and Highschool of the Dead. And now I have the urge to make up a song containing the words “sex hair” and “no pants”.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      A season of sex hair and no pants…welcome to the world of anime?

  11. Scamp
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Glad you guys liked the poll. I had other names first but when I noticed that I had ‘Zombie no Ecchi’ and ‘Shounen no Deen’ I couldn’t pass up the chance

  12. luffyluffy
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Are Summer seasons always this… small?

    KUROSHITSUJI SEASON 2 YEEEEAH. WATCHED THE FIRST SEASON IN THREE DAYS YEEEEAAAHHH!!

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Yup, the solstice seasons are always smaller than equinox seasons

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        That sucks :I The fall season is going to be an asspull, with me starting Senior year and picking up my characteristic 20 different anime(this season I’ve got a solid 21 going. All weekly, All kept up on. I’ve only fallen back say.. once, which was last weekend because I got Tales of Symphonia and didnt want to put it down :I)

  13. Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Looks like supernatural horror and ecchi is all the rage this season – nothing really jumping out at me as a must see (apart from Sengoku Barara 2 RETS PARTY!), but some things that have a bit of promise.

    • Posted May 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      my kind of anime *is super excited*

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      I’ve always found horror and bewbs a strange duo. I wonder why the combo is so popular?

  14. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Whether it’s good or it sucks, I have a feeling Zombie no Ecchi will be greatly entertaining. I’m looking forward to it quite a bit.

    “Taiga no Puberty”

    I like this name because it both describes the series and how the fans best like Taiga! (Also, you hate Minorin? wtf this is almost as bad as the Gunbuster debacle. A plague upon you!)

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Gunbuster sux

      So does Minori. I could write a whole post about why she sux, although that will have to go into this post about epiphanies that’s been rotting in my drafts for a while now

  15. Posted May 25, 2010 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I’ll probably try watching Sekimatsu Occult Academy, Shiki, Kuroshitsuji 2 and Sengoku Basara 2…though my leaving the country for the entire month of July means that I’ll need to drop at least one of them when I get back and am too lazy to catch up to my backlog. My guess is that it will be Kuroshitsuji 2.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      But what about teh bishies!

      ..I have a feeling Kuroshitsuji 2 might become a fanservice fest this time around but we’ll have to wait and see with that one

  16. Elysium
    Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I’m actually excited about “Highschool of the Dead”. fanservice aside, I actually found the manga to be quite… epic. :D

    Nurarihyon and Shiki look interesting too. Might check out Seikimatsu and Mitsudomoe when I feel like it…

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Epic is an adjective I like :)

  17. Posted May 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Epic poll is epic :)

    High School of the Dead will be a wild ride entertainment,i bet it :)
    Other shows like Shiki,Ookami-san & Sengoku Basara 2 are on my Summer watch-list.

    Very few choice i made for summer season compared to previous season but it’s enough to me to watch it.Also i wondered what’s the deal with BRS,it’s just a music video yet been delayed for unknown reason.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      BRS keeps being delayed. My guess is they hired a bunch of Staff people

  18. Posted May 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually pretty curious about Amagami SS. I think that is the best way to handle these kinds of stories. Instead of just focusing on every girl at about the same time before really just going with the “main girl” for the ending. Just animate all the stories and all the fans can be happy.

    Besides the funny title The Legend of the Legendary Heroes does look pretty solid. Hard to say how it will turn out, but I do enjoy my fantasy anime. Hopefully it turns out well since it at the very least has nice potential.

    Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi – If Kuroko is doing the narrating this should be a fun series :). But really this could be interesting. A nice trailer and will keep my eyes on this to see how it turns out.

    High­school of the Dead – Read the manga so curious to see it animated. Not a bad story and really a zombie anime isn’t bad.

    Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ – So it’s back eh? Well I’ll probably be watching since I stuck with the first season.

    Have to agree there just doesn’t seem to be any real epic anime to fill in when Full Metal Alchemist wraps up. While I should like a few of these they just won’t be at that level.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      Legend of Legends is ZEXCS though, and they really aren’t any good.

      But I agree with FMA ending that there’s nothing to pick up the slack. More than that though, there’s nothing picking up the slack for Durarara, Arakawa either. There might be something equal to Angel Beats in terms of entertainment in there somewhere but that’s about ti

  19. Duelit
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    5 :D

  20. G.S
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    yup, you are absolutely right, the amount of fan service is disconcerting. Seriously, what IS so fun about boobs. Is it me, or is this season even more mediocre than the last. Nothing eye catching..
    I was desperately hoping to see a production like Canaan again.
    Sigh, since it’s summer and I’m immensely bored, will give Shiki a try,
    and perhaps Kuroshitsuji 2. Although I find it odd to portray two completely different characters from the first season….Not too passionate about it, just curious.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      lolCanaan…yeah, I’m not a fan.

      I was never that big of a fan of Kuroshitsuji but I’m interested to see how they handle totally new characters.

  21. Elysium
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Also… Seitoka reminds me of Maid-Sama, for some reason. D:

  22. Posted May 28, 2010 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    AIC is building a monopoly around girls, nekos and nekomimis. What is this, like the 3rd or 4th straight season they’ve featured a girlss + nekos? Shoot, it’s 2 this season, if you count Strike Witches. But I’ll give them credit… they do tend to do those shows pretty well.

    What I’m surprised that no one’s written a lengthy post about (or if they have I must have missed it): the death of mecha. When’s the last time we’ve seen a major mecha series (not counting the ongoing Gundam OVA)? When’s the last time we’ve seen a major mecha that wasn’t a sequel? It feels like it’s been years. What is Sunrise doing these days? Gainax is taking another break?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      …I am not a fan of AIC. There works are so forgettable and fluffy that I fail to ever give a crap about them.

      It’s not so much the lack of mecha as the lack of sci-fi in general. Honestly, you’d think with the phenomenal popularity of Geass that there’d be some studios trying to leap on the bandwagon but apparently not. Maybe the literature isn’t there to adapt from? A lot of the most recent sci-fi anime have been original anime productions. Is there a dearth of sci-fi writers in Japan at the moment? Hrrmmm, I might be onto something here

      • Posted June 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

        If Geass’ popularity showed anything is that the mecha genre is now a vehicle for yaoi-baiting. Tough for me to see it as anything else after the one-two combo of Geass/00.

  23. LinGaiVa
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I like Senko No Night Raid…okay so I’m biased in favour of it because of KMT cameos. Long live Chiang Hai-Shek.

    • G.S
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      I struggled quite a bit with this anime. The halting, robot like Chinese, with Japanese accent didn’t impress me.lol, I mean c’mon, hire a Chinese voice actor, or just stick to Jap. The plot on the other hand…just isn’t comprehensible. lol

  24. Dumbbunnies
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    SENGOKU BASARA!!!!

    KUROSHITSUJI !!!!

    ><

    but this future season focuses more on vampires and supernatural things than on real life problems like in the last season: Drrr and Angel Beats.

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