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Summer 2013 Anime Season Preview

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It’s summer! That means swimming and beaches and swimsuits and hot firm bodies under the sun with their chests and their abs sweating with the heat and exhaustion and oh those firm, firm bodies…

*cough* where was I? Oh right yes, anime! That medium that has nothing to do with swimming at all. Wonder how that got into my mind? The summer anime season is here. 2013 has been pretty shoddy in the ‘good cartoons’ department so far, so hopefully this season will bring in some firm classics. Some firm, firm classics. Firm, firm…

*cough* what ever has gotten over me?

Silver Spoon

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Silver Spoon is the new Noitamina anime this season (the other being a rerun of Ano Hana because the Noitamina producer has been sniffing glue recently). It is Moyashimon as written by the author of Full Metal Alchemist. That’s the single sentence description that will sell most people on Silver Spoon. The author, Hiromu Arakawa, isn’t a one-hit wonder either. Silver Spoon has 1 million print runs per volume and has won a bunch of awards. It’s a bit of a weird left turn for her to go from steampunk magical alchemy to agricultural college students, but it makes more sense when you hear Arakawa was brought up on a farm. That’s why the pictures of herself in FMA were of a cow, which always struck me as a bit self-deprecating. Whenever a manga author draws a self-caricature, it’s always some dopey little fat thing. I’d like to see a mangaka’s self-caricature be some muscled dude with a giant codpiece.

While the two FMA anime were handled by the most talented folks at Bones, Silver Spoon has been handed to the way more boring people at A-1 Pictures. The director did Sword Art Online, which is hardly encouraging. While SAO’s masturbation of gamers, pandering to teenage male audience, and generally being a Twilight for boys can largely be attributed to the source material rather than him, he did also have creative control over Occult Academy, an original anime which also wasn’t very good. He had worked as assistant director on Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars and worked on storyboard and script for Madoka Magica, Death Note, Monster and Michiko to Hatchin, so clearly there’s talent in there somewhere.

The Sun Penetrates the Illusions

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One of the few anime original projects this season, coming to us from AIC. It appears to be taking a little inspiration from Touhou and massive inspiration from Madoka Magica, which I’m down with. If what Madoka changes about the anime landscape is to make little girl otaku-targeted anime more visually creative, then I call that a big net positive. I really like the look of that trailer, little girls splayed in compromising positions aside. It’s stylised and colourful that manages to not directly ripoff Shaft and be its own thing. I’m admittedly less convinced that the actual story will be any good, given that the guys who came up with it are a 3D animator and a musician. Plus having the director of stuff like Dog Days and Asura Cryin’ shove that expectation down even further, but good for them for trying something visually creative anyway.

Blood Lad

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I read a bit of the Blood Lad manga and it seemed fine. Its got some clever humour to its otherwise bland vampire story. When a girl comes to the main character’s vamparic realm and he calls her to his lair, the other monsters are expecting him to devour her, but the vampire is actually a massive otaku and wants to thank her for the Playstation. The thing is though, while the manga seemed fine, that’s basically it. All the reviews I read of the later material said the same thing. Blood Lad is fine. Nobody seemed particularly excited by it. It’s being animated by Brains Base, who don’t really have an identity anymore beyond “those people whose adaptations are perfectly fine”. The staff are boring too. It’s really hard to get any sort of excitement up for this. Nobody ever got excited for a piece of entertainment that was just fine, unless it was an ass.

Servant X Service

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You don’t see too many anime about politics, do you? Well, now we have one…err, sort of. It’s about a bunch of public servants working in a government office. I know, I was as shocked as you are to discover an anime title with the words ‘Service’ and ‘Servant’ in it had nothing to do with maids or butlers at all and instead was about state sponsored welfare. It’s based off a 4-koma by the author of Working and/or Wagnaria. Look, I’m just going to call it Wagnaria because it’s a better title. I judge a good anime title by whether it’s easy to do a google search for. Servant X Service is by A-1 Pictures with the director of the offensively bland Problem Children behind it. But I suppose some strange people out there really liked Problem Children, and given I like neither 4-koma adaptations nor Wagnaria, it’s pretty safe to suggest this anime probably isn’t for me anyway. But hey, kudos for a 4-koma adaptation that’s not about a bunch of cute highschool girls doing nothing.

Brothers Conflict

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Gender equality is a Good Thing. Only religious extremists, hard-line hyper conservatives, regulars of 4chan and Reddit, and 6 year old boys think women are The Enemy. So on some level it is a good thing that recent years have seen an increase in the amount of otome game adaptations. Actually Brothers Conflict (or BroCon as I have to call it) is based off a novel, but it was swiftly turned into 2 dating sims. But yes, perhaps more of these type of anime are a good thing. This doesn’t, however, address the fact that they’re all FUCKING TERRIBLE! BroCon is basically genderswapped Baby Princess, an anime in which the main character has 19 sisters from age 0-19. Well, maybe not quite like Baby Princess, because in BroCon the brothers start at 11 and go up to 32. So it doesn’t cover the entire paedophile spectrum unfortunately. Aiming stuff at fujoshi used to mean putting skinny dudes in spandex outfits and making them get real angry with each other, and I liked that!

Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation

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Hyperdimension Neptunia is a video game whose appeal seems to be entirely retro game references and cute girls. The reviews for the game are fairly universally bad. The positive statements I’ve seen made about the game include “the combat system really improved in the second game” which is irrelevant for an anime, and “the girls are cute mai favourite is xbox chan she is kawaii” which is also irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. It’s being animated by David Production, the guys who did the goddamn amazing Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure adaptation, so I can see why someone might be pumped to see them making an anime full of video game references. But the trailer shows none of the spark that made Jojo’s come to life. It more reminds me of that other anime whose appeal lay solely in cute girls and retro video game references: Rio Rainbow Gate. Jokes about Rio creating peace in the Middle East aside, Rio Rainbow Gate is a bloody terrible anime. So sorry David Production. You guys can have fun with your cute girl thingy, but don’t call me again until you’re animating Stardust Crusaders.

Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsuga to Keiji

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Gifuu Doudou is a totemo kawaii manga by mai idoruu Tetsuo Hara-sensei-dono-kun, the mangaka who made the suuuuu~goku kawaii Fist of the North Hoshi. It sure does show in those sexushii character designs. That bishie on the right has eyes that’s making my heart go doki doki~! It’s being animated by Studio Deen and directed by the guy who did Hetali-SQQUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE oh gomenasai, that always happens when I mention Hetali-SQQQUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE oh dear there it goes again. Hazukashii~! The scripts are by mai waifu Imagawa-sensei-dono-kun, who directed Giant Robo and Shin Maziner Z. That’s some totemo sugoi anime desu ne~~! Nobody is translating the manga so I don’t know quite how sugoi is it, but I’m willing to bet it will involve aniki’s punching each other and being generally kawaii as fuck.

Love Lab

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Another 4-koma adaptation by the same crew who do every other 4-koma adaptation about a bunch of teenage girls whose personalities are described in a single word. The tsundere. The meganekko. The one whose voice actor has to ingest helium before every take. I feel anything I say about these kinds of 4-koma adaptations by this stage is beating the stain on the floor that was once a dead horse, so instead I’m going to sit here and make blibble blibble noises by flicking my finger in front of my pouted lips.

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Preferential Measure Organization Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³

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Pmoswahsdcccc is part of the long line of anime that can be described as “cute girls with X”. In this case “cute girls with airsoft rifles”. It’s a genre I used to be pretty dismissive of because the focus is normally more on the cute girls than the X, but last year’s Girls und Panzer has meant I’m now more open to them. The good signs about Pmoswahsdcccc so far are: 1) The trailer 2) err…hmmmm… The trailer is pretty great though, with some clear Cowboy Bebop influence. The list of negative signs are much longer. The manga is hardly a best seller and only has 2 volumes out, so there’s barely any material to adapt. It’s being animated by Gainax, who have nobody good left at them, and the director has only ever storyboarded some episodes on Dantalian.

Let’s get back to that Gainax issue, namely that there is nobody good left at Gainax. Everyone who made Evangelion and FLCL left to form studio Khara for the Evangelion movies, and everybody who made Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking left to form Trigger. Their staff list has been completely gutted of talent, and now we’re left with the people who adapted Medaka Box. It’s fun to laugh at other people’s failings, but when you stop and think about the fact that Gainax is now a joke, that’s super depressing. ‘Gainax’ as a name meant something. They were this embodiment of otaku spirit, producing industry-shaking pieces that resonate with superfans. The idea that they’re now some joke studio consisting of a bunch of untalented nobodies who are given some no-name manga to adapt because they’re trying to jump on the popularity of Girls und Panzer is depressing as hell. Hopefully someone new will arise from the ashes of the current Gainax and start a new revolution in the same way Imaishi did with Gurren Lagann. I don’t want to live in a world where Gainax is a studio on roughly the same level as Dogakobo.

Dog & Scissors

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Let me float you a new theory here. One reason cited for why Japanese men like anime in which a bunch of mental deficient underage girls fall for the self-insert main character is because they find it too hard to interact with the new generation of self-confident women who don’t want to conform to the ideal housewife image. This has led to the idea of the herbivore man who can’t pursue women himself. However the rise of anime recently focusing on domineering women is maybe a sign that the herbivore men are starting to accept their new role in society and even beginning to fetishise their new position. I suppose that’s a positive step? Anyway, Dog & Scissors is about a dude who gets turned into a dog (because we didn’t want this metaphor of sexual domination to be too discreet now, did we) and is bullied by a sadistic sexy lady with a pair of scissors. It’s being animated by the death rattle that is Gonzo and looks really cheap, but supposedly the novel has good sales and has even been up for some awards. So hey, you never know?

Fantasia Doll

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Damnit Goro! God-fucking-damnit Goro Taniguchi! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next anime by the guy who directed Infinite Ryvius, Code Geass and Planetes for a long time now, but when it finally comes along, what do we get? Some sci-fi giant robot epic? No, we get a trading card game anime with cute girls! He’s not even the director, just the chief producer or something. After getting super pissed about what the higher-ups forced him to compromise with Geass R2, I figured he might get out of directing and become a producer himself. The director for Fantasia Doll is the I Don’t Have Many Friends director, which is at least more fitting with the promo material. But still, feck it! One of my favourite directors is now producing card game cute girl anime. Moe is the cancer that is mildly hurting the anime industry rawr rawr rawr!

Free!

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Sports anime featuring sexy dudes targeted at ladies is hardly a new thing. It’s when you hear the latest version is by Kyoto Animation that you do a double take (actually it’s a co-pro with Animation DO, but those are just a bunch of KyoAni staff anyway so the distinction is meaningless). Yes, it’s the hotly anticipated Swimming Anime, or the woefully titled ‘Free’, which will make pirates searching for ‘free anime’ on google very confused indeed. There was a lot of hooplah made by KyoAni fanboys because their beloved studio had betrayed them because apparently they’re all 6 year old boys and women are The Enemy. Besides, KyoAni has a lot of women working for them and had a sizeable female fanbase for their more recent shows. Mind you, the women watching were still a minority. There’s a big difference between “surprisingly significant percentage of ladies” and “firmly targeted at ladies”. Yes, very firmly targeted at ladies. Very firm, firm, firm bodies and chests and…*cough* where was I?

There was a bit of a misconception that foreign reaction to the original smexy dubstep swimming anime trailer was got it the anime, which isn’t true. Even leaving aside question of why KyoAni would make an anime for a foreign audience who never pay for anime anyway, Swimming Anim-sorry, Free was based off one of the entries to their ridiculous light novel contest thing which they run every year and never announce any winners for. Free has been in the works for something like a year, and they announced the anime a month after the trailer and 2 months before it was due to air. You don’t have that quick of a turnaround, although I’m sure they were delighted at the attention it got anyway. I haven’t mentioned whether Free will be any good yet. Well, I’d hazard a guess at no. Oh sure it will look nice, but it’s KyoAni doing some light novel adaptation about a bunch of highschool students in a club as a light comedy. Gosh where have I heard that one before? Their big new original twist is the characters are now *gasp* boys? Well blow me down and call me Sandra, what a fantastic new ide-yeah no, try harder next time KyoAni.

Danganronpa – The Animation

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Or to give it its full title, Danganronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair. It’s based off a deliciously bonkers sounding game. A school has a bunch of really intelligent kids locked in by a psychotic bear who says they can’t leave until one person kills another without everyone else realising who it is. The murderer then leaves while everyone else in the school dies. Apparently the games run similar to the Ace Attorney games in which you figure out who committed the murder via impromptu court trials. I’m pretty wary of any anime adapted from a game, but that premise is so inherently full of tension, a talented director could really bring ou-what’s that? Seiji Kishi is directing this? Ah bolocks. The thing about Seiji Kishi is he directs a lot of anime I like but aren’t well directed. Things like Persona 4, Kamisama Dolls, Humanity Has Declined, all of which get by more on their source material than the quality of directing. I’m starting to realise that maybe the guy isn’t a good director after all and is just well connected in the industry.

It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular

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Not based off a light novel? With a name like that? What is the world coming to! Watamote, as I will call it from here on, has the honour of being a manga that gained its traction with western fans rather than catching on in Japan first. The manga itself proudly boasted on one of its covers that it was popular with “the English version of 2chan”. Given that the impression in Japan is that foreigners pirate everything, I’m surprised it got an adaptation. I guess there’s maybe a belief that us dirty foreign pirates are worth targeting after all? They haven’t announced whether it will be on TV yet or who’s animating it yet so it might still be some flash internet thing. Despite Watamote’s light novel inspired title, it’s not absolute dribble. It’s essentially a story following the daily life of Frau from Robotics;Notes. Not quite as neurotic but even more anti-social. It’s got that perfect cringe-level humour of watching someone awkward desperately trying to be cool, and will probably hit a nerve with anime fans because 90% of anime fans were also losers in school.

The Sunday without God

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What things have changed in anime over the past 5 years? Why I’m glad you asked! One thing I’ve noticed is how quickly light novels went from new exciting medium with untapped potential after Haruhi, Kino’s Journey, Baccano and Spice and Wolf, to embarrassingly badly written piles of incest fetishes with OreImo and Sword Art Online. Boy did public perception flip on that pretty quickly. I say this because The Sunday without God reminds me of those times when people got excited for light novels and their crazy ideas. The story is set in a world where nobody is born, nobody dies, and nobody ages and follows the story of a little gravedigger girl. I read a bit of the manga adaptation and the writing didn’t seem to be as good as the premise unfortunately. It’s Madhouse animating, but a not particularly good section of Madhouse with a relatively newbie director whose only previous work was one of those genderswapped Oda Nobunaga shows, which at this stage have melded into one single anime in my head. I’ll admit I’m not that hopeful for Sunday without God. It has the air of one of those light novel adaptations that are forgotten as soon as they end, like Dantalian or God’s Memo Pad. But kudos for an interesting premise with no incest…so far.

Ecstatic Family

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Oh goody, something I can get genuinely excited about with very few caveats! The premise is utter nonsense and makes not one lick of sense. Something about a family that turn into frogs and sometimes float around in the sky. It’s based off a novel by the author of Tatami Galaxy, and Tatami Galaxy had bloody fantastic writing. No Yuasa directing or animation from Madhouse this time around, so it won’t be quite as bonkers as Tatami Galaxy was. It’s being animated by PA Works, albeit with none of their usual staff. Instead it’s a bunch of folks who worked under Kenji Kamiyama at Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East. The director here was assistant director on Eden of the East and specifically listed as episode director for 11, which was that brilliant finale with Takizawa standing on top of the merry-go-round, shooting missiles out of the sky with his finger. To emphasise that this won’t resemble any previous PA Works anime, the character designs won’t be shiny-skinned pretty girls. The character designer is the Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei author, which gives the artwork this more cartoonish look the premise demands. I’m not going so far as to bank on this being great, as it’s a fairly new team working together. But it will definitely be interesting.

Going Home Club Activity Records

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Hell Prince - Devils and Realist

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Shoujo manga seem to have a surprising amount of stories about rich pretty boys who live in mansions but are nevertheless very lonely. Devils and Realist is about a rich pretty boy who lives by himself with handsome butler in mansion and then devils get involved. And since this is a shoujo manga, ‘devil’ means ‘incredibly attractive man in a suit with zero understanding of personal space’. The manga is full of that classic squee shot of the attractive older man gripping the chin of the naive young exploitable boy and pushing his face right up against his so it looks like he’s about to plant a big sloppy one. Bonus points for having Chiaki Kon, director of Junjou Romantica and Sekai-rapey Hatsukoi, directing this one. The person who does the art for the Devils and Realist manga also writes the manga for Prince-sama. We’re talking full commitment to fangirl fandering here.

A town where you live

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The affectionate nickname the fans have given this one is “A town where you RAGE”. The manga comes from the same author of Suzuka. I’ve read Suzuka but not RAGE TOWN, but from reading the frothing agony when I step into RAGE TOWN forums, I’ve gathered that the author took all the frustratingly stupid decisions characters made in Suzuka and decided to make RAGE TOWN consist entirely of those stupid frustrating idiotic characters and their decisions. Rather bizarrely, the staff working on it are that roving crew who made Casshern Sins, which is an incredibly odd fit. There was an OVA released of RAGE TOWN last year and that had the even more bizarre move of being directed by the creator of Time of Eve. That OVA was incredibly boring and the directer didn’t use any of his trademark swoopy cameras so why they even brought him on confuses me. I’ll admit I am sort of interested in seeing this if only for the director, even if a trip to RAGE TOWN is strongly discouraged by most professional medical practitioners.

Yellow Mosaic

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Those girls are 15. As in 15 years old, not months. 15! They look like they’re 6! There’s eventually going to be an adaptation of a 4-koma where all the characters resemble foetuses and yet they’ll still try to convince us that no seriously, they are in high school!

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Sequels?

That you don’t need to have seen the previous seasons of

Gatchaman Crowds

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Gatchaman is a 40 year old franchise that nobody beyond the most hopeless of nostalgia-fans care about anymore. This new anime, beyond the name and the fact they fight bad guys, has nothing to do with the previous Gatchaman series at all. I managed to find a Gatchaman forum where the fans stared on in bafflement, completely confused as to what this had to do with Gatchaman. Even Casshern Sins had Casshern in it, even if everything else was completely different. But hey, Casshern Sins was great, so let’s pretend Gatchaman Crowds has nothing to do with anything else and judge it on its lonesome. It’s got the creative crew from Tsuritama on it, with that mad-cap director Kenji Nakamura, who also did Trapeze and Mononoke. I didn’t like Tsuritma, but this director does such weird and creative anime that I’m obliged to check out everything he makes. This completely new and totally not related to any previous anime story is about a bunch of teenagers in super-suits fighting baddies. Although given the director, it will probably have more in common with something like Penguindrum than a super sentai series.

Genshiken Nidaime

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If you haven’t seen any Genshiken before, don’t worry! I believe you can jump in here with minimum fuss. Genshiken is about a college ani-*cough* sorry, I mean a Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture. Most of the characters from the last 2 seasons and OVAs have graduated, with about half the cast being entirely new people. And by new people I mean new VAGINAS! Yes, Genshiken has distinctly less Y chromosome this time round, which I’m cool with. I felt Genshiken was getting a little tired and directionless in its second season anyway. What I do find off-putting is how unusually attractive these otaku girls are. Remember the original male-centric Genshiken crew? A dorky glasses guy, a fat stuttering bloke, a neckbeard, and some generic flatface everyman. There was one attractive dude, which was precisely what made him so strange amongst the Genshiken crew. I’m fine with them being attractive ladies, but not one fat girl? The one from Watamote is already more dorky looking than any of these girls.

Ah whatever, it’s really not that much of an issue. I’m quite excited for this new season. It’s goddamn Production IG animating this one, which will be an alarming increase in animation quality considering Genshiken 2 was absolute bottom of the barrel material in that area. Plus we’ve got Tsutomu Mizushima directing, hot off his fantastic work on Girls und Panzer. He’s directed some shite in his time, but that shite has almost always been horror. On the comedy front he’s pretty consistent. He did admittedly direct the second season of Genshiken, but new makeover and all that. I’m remaining hopeful.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

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The Fate universe re-imagined as a magical girl anime. I took a peek at the manga and there was no sign of Rider or Waver, which is where my interest in the Fate-verse begins and ends. But for those who are interested, it does start with a little girl in the bath who is in love with her personality-less onii-chan and then calls him a pervert when he accidentally walks in on her. Yay.

Rozen Maiden

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Trigger warning: Ali Project.

I’m 99% sure this is a remake, which strikes me as very odd. I know Rozen Maiden was decently popular when it came out originally, but it’s not even 10 years old yet and was hardly the much beloved franchise that demanded a reboot. I didn’t really like the original myself. I dug Shinku and her posh, “get me some tea you pleb” attitude, but the rest of the dolls were irritating as hell with their whining and their desu’s. That said, I am super interested in this remake because it has the same director as Sankare-wait come back I can justify this! Sankarea is a terrible manga, but the anime was incredibly well directed, beyond anything I could have anticipated. He’s a graduate from the school of Shaft, and while Rozen Maiden isn’t great, it’s better than Sankarea and isn’t full of cheese shots. So I’m in, even if I’ll have to develop a quick trigger finger to skip that Ali Project.

Sequels

That you do need to have seen the previous seasons of

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2

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I really should stop being surprised to see these otome game adaptations get second seasons. Hakkenden was an incredibly cheap and pretty bland all round, but when there’s so few anime targeted at ladies, you gotta take what you can get.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G

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The only thing I wanted from the second season of Nymphogear was for the subtitle to be as ridiculous as the one the first season had.

Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then..

..AND THEN WHAT!?!?!? I needed to know! So then came the sequel’s subtitle.

In the distance, that day, when the star became music

Beautiful~!

Monogatari Series Second Season

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Second season you say? Even though it’s actually the third TV season after Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari. Fourth if we count the Nekomonogatari made-for-TV movie. Fifth if we’re going chronologically and include the yet-to-be-made Kizumonogatari movie that Shaft keep promising us. I pity anyone trying to get into the franchise now, considering that the proper starting point hasn’t even been animated yet. I’ve always liked the Monogatari series, often in spite of itself. It does so many things that I would normally consider to be negatives, but puts a whole new spin on how to do storytelling that I end up being drawn in. Also toothbrushes.

Kingdom 2

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I’m a little surprised this got a second season. Barely anybody seemed to be paying attention to the anime from what I could tell. It’s one of those anime done entirely in CG and Japan still hasn’t gotten the hang of that yet, so the few people who did check it out went “eurgh” and stopped watching. Then again, that’s just us English speaking folk. The manga has won some big awards and the few folks I know who stuck with it say it’s great. So maybe I should get over the CG and watch it?

The World God Only Knows 3

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Never understood this series popularity. I thought the joke was supposed to be that using his dating sim tactics in real life resulted in disaster, but then all the girls in the anime turn out to be the exact same cookie-cutter girls from his dating sim and then suddenly you realise you’re just watching another dating sim adaptation and then I hurl the anime aside like it will give me gonorrhoea.

Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS

YOU ARE A PEDOPHILE IF YOU LIKE THIS NO SERIOUSLY THERE ISN'T ANY ALTERNATIVE YOU ARE A PEDOPHILE

This anime is for paedophiles. Moving on.

Highschool DxD New

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Allow me to take a few choice quotes from the Highschool DxD light novel:

She finally takes her bra off! Her oppai which was supported by the bra are visible! I can’t take my eyes off her white and huge breasts!

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The light novel is rated 8:52 on MAL, the 23rd highest rated light novel on the entire site.

Because the thing which was suppressing them is gone, her magnificent breasts appear right in front of my eyeeeeeeeeeees! Why are the girls around me so aggressive and have such a splendid way of stripping! But her nipples are a beautiful pink like always!

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High School DxD is a novel that regardless of complexity or appeal is a well thought novel…the author put a lot of work in developing the characters” – says friedtofus on MangaUpdates, where Highschool DxD has an average rating of 9.2/10.

Uoooooo! Buchou and Akeno-san are wearing swimsuits, that have so much exposureeeee! Their oppai are bouncing every time they move! Asia and Koneko-chan are wearing cute looking swimsuits, with frills on them. Xenovia is wearing a swimsuit used by athletic swimmers. Looking at the girls in swimsuits sure does feed my eyes.

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Highschool DxD is the 8th highest rated novel on Mangaupdates.

Oh! Kiba was eager to do this as well now! Koneko-chan smiled because she felt relieved. Crap! You look so cute Koneko-chan! I felt my heartbeat go up even though I’m not a lolicon!

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“No seriously guys, why won’t you listen to us when we say Light Novels are really good and how more people should pay attention to them”.

Suddenly without any hesitation at all Xenovia starts removing her swimsuit infront of my eyes. Xenovia’s breasts are getting expooooooooooooooosed! They’re springing like Boing Boing! Th-Th-The nipple…… The nipple is a beautiful pink. Since she had offered herself to God means that no one has touched them, right…….?

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Tamayura More Aggressive

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Yes, it’s called ‘More Aggressive’. Tamayura, the fluffiest ~healing~ anime around is getting more aggressive. That would be like calling an Attack on Titan sequel ~Sparkle Kiss~!

Shorts’ sequels

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Recorder and Backpack is getting a sequel in case you wanted more of the 2 jokes in had in its repertoire. Senyuu is also getting a sequel, so insert incredibly lazy joke about Yamakan here. There’s also going to be more of the completely random Teekyu in case you happen to be the kind of person who laughs when someone yells “POTATO MONKEY SQUIRREL”. Futari Wa Milky Holmes is a 10-minute per episode thing that involves Milky Holmes that I am too lazy to do any research for so just assume all the girls act really stupid and maybe parody Precure (so in other words it’s going to be Suite Precure do ho ho Precure jokes mean I’m hip and cool).

Movies

As always, I don’t preview the movies that are getting theatrical releases in Japan because we dirty foreign pirates won’t get to see them until they’re out on home video. Instead I’m going to cover the movies that are getting home video releases in the next 3 months.

The Garden of Words

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Release date: 21st June

The latest film by Makoto Shinkai, director of 5cm per Second, Voices from a Distant Star, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Place Promised etc. Given that the promo material promises that this story will focus on the original translation of ‘love’ as ‘lonely sadness’, I think it’s safe to say Shinkai is returning to his older style of movies. As someone who liked his most recent Ghibli inspired Children Who Chase Lost Voices but despises his other pretty clouds + narration + nostalgia for something we never had films, this depresses me. Children etc. never did well amongst existing Shinkai fans because apparently they want movies in which nothing happens and maybe some pictures of clouds, whereas people with good taste like myself would like some sort of fantasy epic to go with my pictures of clouds. So now we get Garden of Words, which will probably involve two people who love each other and narrate their boring lives but then at the end they don’t end up together. And clouds.

Blue Exorcist Movie

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Release date: 3rd July

I’d forgotten Blue Exorcist did pretty well in Japan, so it’s not too surprising to see it get a film. That said, this looks exactly like one of those films shounen franchises fart out where they introduce a new character for that movie and that movie alone and it all ends up being very forgettable. I quite like Blue Exorcist, but I’m keeping my expectations in check for another shounen pap film. I don’t want another FMA:B Sacred Shite of Milos.

Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent

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Release date: 19th June

The third and possibly final of the Berserk movies. They haven’t been doing particularly well in Japan, especially considering how big Berserk is there. It’s pretty obvious why: The CG. Japan is slowly getting to the point that their CG animation doesn’t look embarrassing, but these Berserk films are not that tipping point. The movement is awkward, the characters still seem to float without touching the ground, and the whole thing seemed flaw from the outset. Why take a gritty dark story like Berserk and animate it in shiny CG? I saw the previous two in the cinema, and I’ll probably watch this too to finish off the trilogy, but I won’t be sad if this really is the last one.

Psychic School Wars

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Release date: June 5th

There has already been 4 live action TV series and 2 live action movies adapted from the Nerawareta Gakuen novel, which is pretty absurd. This adaptation comes from Sunrise with a highly regarded director who did Mouryou no Hako and the Run Melos episodes of Blue Literature. I have been reading some reviews of folks who got to see Nerawareta Gakuen at film festivals, and the responses unfortunately have been overwhelmingly negative. As in hilariously bad sort of negative. Which is why I’m using the English translation of Psychic School Wars. As any experienced purveyor of dreadful anime knows, including the word ‘psychic’ in your title practically guarantees terribleness. Psychic Wars, Hyper-Psychic Geo Garaga, Psychic Force. Huzzah for terrible anime with the word psychic in the title!

009 Re: Cyborg

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Release date: May 22nd

There are so many interesting things about this movie. First, it’s a complete re-imagining of the classic Cyborg 009 manga, one of the very first anime to really make it big in Japan. Having seen the movie at a film festival, it’s very much in the tone of those gritty reboot superhero movies that try to re-imagine these old icons to have relevance in today’s world. Secondly, it’s Kenji Kamiyama directing, the director of Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East, one of my favourite director’s working today. Thirdly, and arguably most notably, the movie is entirely CG animation. It’s a co-production between Production IG and Sanzigen, the guys who did the CG segments on Black Rock Shooter.

The movie’s story is hella confusing, which is why I never did a review for it. Even as a big fan of Kenji Kamiyama, I’m not entirely sure what the hell he was trying to say with this movie, although there are some very interesting points made about terrorism. However why this movie is exciting is because it is the first time I have ever been convinced by a fully CG anime (apart from Fireball obviously). It’s still got some issues with collision detection and regular walking still looks a bit strange, but the characters look pretty good and some of the things they accomplish with the CG blew my mind in a way hand drawn animation simply can’t achieve. The movie has been released already and I urge you to check it out, or at the very least watch that trailer. It will convince you that Japan can make CG anime look fantastic, and when you do watch it can you please tell me what the fuck it was supposed to be about.

Star Driver the Movie

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Release date: 21st August

KIRABOSHI~♥

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies I +II

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Release date: 24th July

Some magical girl anime recap movies. Looks too cutesy for me.

Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge

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Release date: 24th July

A Hunter X Hunter movie centring around Kurapika taking revenge on the people who murdered his clan. Yes I totally know what all those words mean. The story is based on an unpublished manga the author wrote 10 years ago. That would normally mean to me that the story wasn’t good enough to be published, but it did really well at the Japanese box office so hey, maybe it is good? Then again, so does every Pokemon movie, so take that barometer with a pinch of salt.

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion

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Release date: 28th August

A brand new movie in A Certain universe. It’s an original story penned by the author, but the scripts for the movie are being handled by the WORST SCRIPTWRITER EVER Hiroyuki Yoshino, the man responsible for Guilty Crown, Gundam Seed Destiny and Seikon no Qwasar. I’m sure he’ll be terrible and forget the entire reason anyone watches A Certain universe: Punching nuns!

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Bonus point 1: Watch that gif while playing the music from the 009 Re:Cyborg trailer.

Bonus point 2: Watch that gif while playing the music from the Stella Woman’s Academy trailer.

OVAs

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

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Release date: July 26th

Normally the OVA section is full of recap movies, crappy manga pack-ins that nobody ever subs, and why-the-hell-didn’t-you-just-make-this-a-hentai ecchi shite, so instead I’m going to ignore all of them and focus on the one thing worth writing anything about: New Ghost in the Shell! It’s an entirely new team with a new director and new writer and new character designs and everything. On that last point, I’ve heard some people complain about the Major’s redesign, which strikes me as the pettiest “they changed it now it sux bring back the old facebook” complaints I have ever seen. Think about what the reaction would be if her character design went backwards in time. It started with her wearing a fetching red leather suit. Then she’s wearing a skin-tight catsuit. Then she’s down to a leotard and waistcoat. In the movie she wears absolutely nothing. And finally the manga has her engaging in cyberspace lesbian threesomes. You’d get outcry about one of anime’s few powerful female icons being increasingly undermined. So fuck the people complaining about her re-design. I think her red leather jacket is quite fetching thank you very much.

I’m slightly less excited about the crew creating this. I’m fine with GITS swapping hands. If anything, I’d argue that the franchise has improved every time a new creative team took control. But the guy writing this script, Tow Ubukata, isn’t really a favourite of mine. The Mardock Scramble novels are his creation and most celebrated work, and frankly I think they’re a load of nonsense. Certainly his heart is in the right place, and the ideas Mardock Scramble have would be right at home in a Ghost in the Shell series, but his writing just isn’t up to scratch. He also wrote Fafner, Heroic Age and Le Chevalier D’Eon, all of which have plenty of ambition but never quite lived up too that ambition. So I remain sceptical. Hopeful certainly, because I do love me some Ghost in the Shell. But sceptical.

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

Fall-2013-Anime-Chart

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159 Comments

  1. Antz
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Casshern Sins sucked you sir are an idiot.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      No you suck

      • Zahha
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        It’s ok. You both suck. I wish you happiness in your new relationship. =D

  2. Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    >Macross Edge
    >mfw

    Goddamn that actually sounds good.

    Also Prunus Girl by JC Staff, not Dogakobo or Studio Gokumi? LAAAAAAAAME

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Eh, Macross Edge is just a ripoff of Star Trek Voyager

  3. Furio
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the fattest person on the Genshiken Nidaime pic is a girl. Wish granted.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      What do you mean the fa-OH that’s a girl! OK fine Genshiken, you win this time

      • Furio
        Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

        And the rightmost one is a guy if that also counts for something.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

        I think that may possibly count as a spoiler bro

      • Furio
        Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

        I think it was revealed within a chapter or two of them joining… but sorry anyway, will try to think before posting this kind of stuff in the future.

      • Alex Voda
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        Damn! you spoiled Genshiken for Scamp.
        I was really curious how he would react when he sees it.
        Probably ep. 1 or 2.

  4. Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m fully expecting to love Genshiken despite the 3-year rule and the more I read of Gatchaman Crowds, the more I think it’ll be my thing. Free’s story looks typical, but I’ve been liking KyoAni’s stuff lately. Monogatari 2…yeah I think I’ve said enough on that.

    Kind of wish you insulted Silver Link with that Fate/Illya description, although I guess enough insults about Shin Oonuma have been thrown around by me alone, let alone everyone else.

    And I’m sure I’ll be looking at that Rage Town adaptation and I’m sure Gonzo needs it to get back on track, but…*sigh*

  5. danilo07
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Actually Gainax isn’t ripping off Girls und Panzer.Here is this video of Gainax producer talking about it before Girls und Panzer aired http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ACCXWyvW-w&t=10m46s.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Damnit, let me piss on Gainax’s corpse freely!

  6. Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    “I’m fine with them being attractive ladies, but not one fat girl?”

    Um, do you not see what I’m seeing?

    • Cirith
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      To be honest I only noticed that she was a girl a few chapters after her introduction…

  7. Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t get why you put Genshiken as “don’t need to see previous season.” Half the characters are returning members! Also, more people should watch/read Genshiken anyway. *grumble grumble*

    • Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      Half? By my count it’s 2 and 3 if you count Madarame’s sparse appearances. Sue may have appeared at the end of season two but she didn’t even speak.

      • Alex Voda
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        Didn’t Sue appear in the OVAs? I remember I saw her in the anime too a few times.

      • Posted June 2, 2013 at 1:01 am | Permalink

        The OVA’s were all Ogiue if memory serves. Sue appeared in the anime a couple of times but never spoke complete words.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      Hey, if this gets people to watch New and Shiny Genshiken, then that’s a win for everyone

  8. Shinmaru
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Symphogear is here to save anime once again, I see.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Sorry too late, the Ano Hana rerun already killed anime

      • lmm
        Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

        I’m pretty sure symphogear can resurrect the dead.

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        Cue even more tears.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

        On the third day after Symphogear’s premiere, anime will be reborn.

      • Posted June 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

        LOL

        Looks like Anime isn’t dead after all.
        In fact, the community will be pretty much alive next season.

        Also, Symphogear added some top character voices like Yoko Hikasa and Yoshino Nanjou to the cast, making Shinmaru’s prediction 70% accurate.

  9. Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Attack on Titan: ~Sparkle Kiss~ sounds like the best show ever made.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      I heard there’s an Attack on Titan spin-off manga in the form of a high school romcom. ~Sparkle Kiss~ would be a good name for it

    • Alex Voda
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      I would definitely watch it.
      Laughed to tears when I read that.

  10. Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    The big worry about Monogatari is that Senjougahara’s arc is the last one. Not sure I’ll be able to sit through 20 episodes of the other girls before getting to her.

    Also an adaptation of Liar Game by Brain’s Base doesn’t sound appealing. Maybe if it was old-school Madhouse or Shaft.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear, I do hope Senjogahara appears in every arc anyway doing her thang. Or perhaps they might bring in some new characters? There’s always hope

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

        I skimmed through a bit of Nekomonogatari (White), which is apparently the first arc if they adapt by order, on Baka-Tsuki and she is in there. Didn’t actually read it or the other five novels, so I can’t say anymore than that.

  11. Inushinde
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I can’t help but imagine that Tamayura: More Aggressive is about Fuu being prescribed steroids, or more aggressively taking pictures of people to the extent that she ends up with several restraining orders filed against her. Most likely though, it’ll just be her more aggressively being the least exciting person ever. I’d be down with the jarring shift of tone in the first two, though.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      Fuu becomes a paparazzi who aggressively stalks celebrities. It ends School Days style

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        Tamayura: More Aggressive!; It’ll fuck you up, then nurse you gently back to health.

        Hey, if the show turned into Carrie, I’d watch it.

  12. gedata
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    That fall chart is amazing. You put a lot of work into those tags huh?

    • lmm
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      This is the first time I’ve not been excited by one of those charts. I guess I’m getting old.

  13. gedata
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Is it just me, or is Batou looking a bit overweight?

    • Madu_Scientisto
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      No I see it too. I’m hoping he only looks overweight and not is, because that’d be rather stupid. I mean Batou is a cyborg and cyborgs can’t get fat, right?

  14. Banarok
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    so in the future people will google “no monetary investment anime”?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

      Alternatively they’ll google “free anime no not that one”

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 3:07 am | Permalink

        And in the future, some asshole production team will call their anime “torrent”, with a second season called “direct download”.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        brb calling an anime “Direct Torrent” in my next chart

  15. gedata
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see the Berserk adaptations keep going to be honest (the obstructive and silly CGI has to stop, I don’t care if that’s inconsistent) I like the manga’s story just fine and all, but being condensed into an OVA series could be an improvement.

  16. joinedforFal
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    what I enjoyed in particular seeing on the ‘fall’ chart this time was the appearance of vinland saga.
    I am very curious which anime Wit studios would do after it finishes Titan, and I think you have chosen better than I had, myself I had pegged Cage of Eden as being suited for the same audience that titan has garnered.

    Cage of Eden is a manga I forget to recommend in your first manga driver, it’s formula is simple
    parts oflord of the flies and/or Lost,mainly crashing on a mysterious island
    +
    parts of jurassic park substituting in extinct dangerous mammals for the dinosaurs
    +
    fanservice in the dosage that should only be
    prescribed as a treatment for low blood pressured teenage boys.

    oh and it is supposed to be a completed manga now, haven’t actually finished reading it though.

    • Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      My mouth gape open in wide when you started praising Cage of Eden. Until I found out that you haven’t finished reading it. Then my reaction turned into “Oh, figures…”

      That manga started out great, but later, it turned into nothing but cocktease, a lot of stupid plot were introduced, and the author refused to tell more informations to readers right away. Soon it was axed by the publisher. And the author was forced to write conclusion in mere three chapters.

      Of course, from there onward, it’s a straight trip to shithole. Because even a genius wouldn’t be able to write a proper conclusion of such a cocktease manga in three chapters. And you know what? The ending is SHIT. Really SHIT. Want to know how it is shitty? What? There is no spoiler tag in Scamp’s blog? Forget it then.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

        Actually there is a spoiler tag on this blog

        Show ▼

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        Huh? But the lower area stated: You may use these HTML tags and attributes : bla bla bla. And I don’t see spoiler tag there.
        How do I do it then?

      • Scamp
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

        [*spoiler] lelouch was not the cart driver [/*spoiler

        Without the *

      • Hanasra
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        Is it only me that didn’t like Cage of Eden from the beginning? I don’t know, fanservice in the middle of danger and life-death situation pisses me off.

        So, yeah, if you want to search survival manga, you’ll probably have to look into seinen demographic.

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Umm. The fanservice is tolerable actually. It’s just that the girls are taking bath fully nude and groping each other, even though they are constantly in danger. But the animals didn’t rip their clothes or anything, lol. I think that the problem definitely lies within the plot.
        Show ▼

  17. Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    You can lie about anything else in the Fall preview scamp, but Biscuit Hammer from Trigger? That’s another blatantly obvious one, on the same level of Franken Fran by SHAFT. Fuck you.

    There was something I wanted to say but since this is a long post, I forgot what it was.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      I had to include Biscuit Hammer on one of these charts eventually. Might as well cover all the obvious bases

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

        Although, to be honest, I’m interested in the next pipe dream adaptation that you could think of. I mean, dream hard enough and it can come true, right? That’s what happened with JoJo, at least on my end. :P

  18. Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah now I remember.

    The way that you describe Blood Lad is like the embodiment of Hito Nami in anime form. Normal in every way possible.

  19. Posted May 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh and another thing: what was that recent anime show (s) that use CGI heavily, but not fully? I vaguely remember that Akito is like that, but maybe I’m wrong.

    • Erif
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink

      Black Rock Shooter?

      • fEast91
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

        It is?

      • Desi
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        All of the alternate world fighting is 3D
        shows they did SOMETHING right.

    • Nazaren
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      BRS, Blassreiter, and Tiger & Bunny come to mind.

      T&B’s was alright but Blassreiter’s I thought was terrible as hell. Reminded me of Beast Wars. Only 12 years behind on CG.

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

        O..owh. That’s bad if it lags behind Beast Wars.

  20. shytende
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I said it already. Makes Aragi’s VA sings one of the OP/ED.
    Please !

    …I’m inyerrested about that because I want to nhow if I still like it or not.
    That Nekomonogatari thing was pretty bland….

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      I dug the first half of Nekomonogatari, but the second half was pretty bland

  21. decadyn
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Goddamn, there’s always that 5 seconds of hope when I look at the fake fall season chart. I mean, “The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria” is one of the only LNs out there that I would recommend reading. But its also a adaption nightmare since so much of the plot revolves around perspective changes. If you ever do a LN Driver, I’d recommend starting with this series because it gets batshit insane awesome.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      See segment on Highschool DxD.

      I maintain utmost scepticism on any light novel recommendations

      • Hanasra
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Many the good ones are old, and most of them are already adapted to anime. And since most of them are good (Baccano! and Spice and Wolf) in their adaption, you’ll probably become less likely to read LN yes?

        LN nowadays is equivalent of YA in the west.

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

        YA?

      • Hanasra
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

        Young Adults, AKA the likes of Twilight and its other brethren.

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

        Gotcha.

    • decadyn
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Well, obviously I can’t convince you by saying just trust me so let’s take the opposite approach and list its faults to show how different it is from Highschool DxD. The writing can be clunky because the author likes to keep the reader in the dark. Especially in the first volume since the time loop is told to the audience non-chronologically. The characters are obsessive in their ideals; they don’t sound at all like high-schoolers. The plot twists are overly reliant on feeding the reader red herrings, and then switching the perspective. And in many ways, it feels like an amalgamation of many other popular series like Haruhi, Death Note, and Mirai Nikki.

      The synopsis given isn’t actually a good indication of what the story is about. Its essentially a supped up modern version of “The Monkey’s Paw” combined with mind games between the characters. Its somewhat gimmicky, somewhat psychological, and a whole lot of crazy.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

        People have sold me many a lemon by telling me it’s just like Death Note though. Hrmmmm ok fine. When it gets an anime (and it almost certainly will), I shall not dismiss it outright

      • Kioku from Laptop
        Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

        Zero no Maria is a fairly entertaining read. Granted there was only four volumes of it when I was reading, and I seem to remember a line similar to ‘there are no plans to continue the story,’ but now theres six volumes. Guess I’ll have to reread since its been a while.

  22. Rihan
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    My most anticipated series this season was by far Kingdom. One of those anime that just kept improving as the show went on.

    And also I can confirm, Highschool DxD novels were great and deserve their high rankings.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      I choose to believe everyone saying Highschool DxD is great is either in on one big fandom-wide joke or they’re an idiot

      • Edraii
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        Scamp, let me put it like this. There is bad, there is very bad, then there is so bad it’s good and even further we have oh my fucking god what is this shit!?. Right, now throw these all away and get down to DxD level and I call this the

        “What in th… How does that even make any se… Who would write thi… Wait wha… How in the fu… WHAT IS THIS!?”

        The writing is utter shit, the story is so bad I imagine it being written by a machine that randomly selects a keyword for every chapter and somehow builds some sort of boobies related story around it.

        Bottom line is that if you can somehow find entertainment in reading what amounts to a very glorious trainwreck (like me) it is something special, however if anyone thinks it is good on any non ironic level I have serious fears for their mental health.

      • Kioku from Laptop
        Posted June 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

        Its one hell of a glorious trainwreck. I’m often laughing my ass off due to the absurdity of the stuff that goes on in it.

        Chichiruytei. Oppai Dragon. Switch Princess. And a fuckin’ theme song that I’d be afraid to hear in person.

        Crazy shit.

  23. Nazaren
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I’m only really excited about Monogatari and GITS: Arise.

    Anything else interesting is being tempered by a massive amount of caution, like Ecstatic Family and Pmoswahsdcccc.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      I hope I can get Pmoswahsdcccc the fandom-wide accepted term for that anime

  24. Clinton
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Dangan Ronpa is a very good and entertaining game (Thank you something awful for the fully translated screen shot lets play of it.) So it should be fun.

    Quick correction about the premise. Lots of the students are no brighter then most normal students. (Some are outright stupid.) The only requirement for getting into the school is that they be really talented at something.

    Hell each of them is given the title of being Super High School level. The Punk rocker like guy is a Super High School Level Baseball Player and the dude with the Corncob Hair is a Super High School level Gang Leader for example.

    • Posted May 31, 2013 at 3:44 am | Permalink

      It’s also one of the few stories where I can pick out basically any character and say “This is the best character!!!” They’re all so great. I do have to question how well the story can be adapted though, especially if it’s going to be only one season long. It will be very challenging.
      Also, do your best to avoid spoilers for this one… >_> It’s a series of murder mysteries, after all.

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

        Without spoilers, can anyone tell me how graphic Dangan Ronpa is? I like the premise & all, but the whole “gruesome execution” description in the plot summary, coupled with it being a psp game, is giving me some serious Corpse Party vibes. Violence I can handle, but not if it’s glamorised/fetishized to that level. I don’t need another Deadman Wonderland or Blood C anytime soon.

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        @FathomlessBlue – Dangan Ronpa shouldn’t be bad in terms of violence, unless the anime decides to change things up. The game itself is tame, and even made the blood pink (because apparently games in Japan are automatically 18+ if it has realistic-looking blood??). I imagine that at least will be changed for the anime, but suffice to say there won’t be Corpse Party levels of gruesomeness by any means.

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

        That’s a relief, guess I can raise my expectations quite a bit. Cheers for the info.

      • Leah
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

        I hope they keep the blood pink, it always looked so stylish and it fit the tone of the game.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      The Danganroppa fandom I’ve seen appears to be based entirely around Let’s Plays of it. Not a single person I’ve seen has actually played the game (apart from the person doing the Let’s Play, and even then I dunno)

      • Ana
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

        Kind of hard to actually play it when it’s never been translated into English.

        The Let’s Play of it is the only complete English translation of this game currently available, and when supplemented with lots of screenshots, dialogue sprites, music tracks, dialogue tracks, and gameplay videos, it’s a pretty serviceable substitute for the real game. The quality of the translation is surprisingly decent as well.

        (Also it’s pretty much a visual novel, like PW. If that helps.)

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

        It’s kind of remarkable actually, just how big a fandom can get just because of a Let’s Play or two. Imagine if they actually *released* the game overseas! Makes me wonder how many great PSP and Vita games just stay in Japan (since it’s apparently already predetermined that they won’t sell anywhere else??).
        The translation of the game for the Something Wrong Let’s Play is indeed really good–especially when you learn the translator is neither a native-English speaker or a native-Japanese speaker. Normally that would be a few dozen red flags all at once, but in this case there’s hardly anything lacking in the translation’s quality at all.

  25. Cirith
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    About “Highschool DxD New” did they really leave oppai as oppai in the translation? I find that a bit weird. I can understand keeping things like -san -sama -kun and a few other things, but why oppai?
    (Overinflated ratings are irritating, using ratings to find good products is extremely unreliable. Also it makes me wonder whether the voters have ever saw or read something which is really great.)

    • Hanasra
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:44 am | Permalink

      Don’t ever trust rating. It is much better that you search recommendation from a trusted friend(s) or reviewer that can explain to you why would they recommended it.

      Wait, Baccano is below Highschool DxD and Sword Art Online? Fuck this shit, I’m gonna jump off of a cliff.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Yes they left oppai untranslated. They usually leave weeaboo terms like imouto untranslated in light novel translations.

      As you might be able to tell, I think people who read light novel translations on Baka-Tsuki and genuinely think Highschool DxD is great are idiots

      • FOMME
        Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

        Well, thank you for considering others idiots simply for having a different opinion than you. First off, yes, I do think High School DxD is great and no, it isn’t my favorite, I’ve read others as well and my favorite would be Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria. Regarding DxD, you obviously didn’t read it so don’t make claims like that, it has more than what you’ve shown in those citations. Yes, it is absurd at times, but its absurdity is on a level where it actually becomes enjoyable. Also, it has a plot, no, seriously. The concept with the chess pieces is original and interesting, and even though the dream of being a harem king is stupid, the execution of the individual arcs is not bad at all (the arcs are kinda shounenlike, though). Also, the characters get development, far more than in your usual harem. Baka-Tsuki is a great site, and honestly, light novels are often far better than animes (I’m not referring to the ones with titles longer than the synopsis itself, I wouldn’t dare to read one of those).
        Also, just to make it clear, there is no such thing as good writing and bad writing, how someone perceives a series is completely subjective, one can’t truly measure art, and as such dismissing others who don’t agree with you as idiots is just arrogant. The difference in opinions is how people are able to justify them or explain them, meaning critics are most likely better in arguing over a series, doesn’t mean any opinion can be wrong or anything though.
        It is obvious you hate DxD, and that’s fine, but don’t insult others for liking it.
        Also, try to read Utsuro no Hako (The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria), it might suit your tastes and change your opinion on LN’s. Don’t expect an anime for it, the way it is written it’s next to impossible to adapt it properly.

      • FOMME
        Posted January 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

        Also, I don’t get your hate for MAL, sure, there are a lot of annoying fanboys there, but the critics there are some of the best I’ve seen up to now. And also, the ratings are often reliable to me (Mushishi, LOGH etc.) and sometimes not (SAO, Guilty Crown). If you search for the right guys, it is a great site for recommandations and such.

  26. Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Hey Sandra, What a shocker it will be, if in that new Shinkai movie they end up together.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      Yes, the main girl at the end marries a cloud

    • stushi
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      And the main guy marries shoes.

  27. Hanasra
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    DAMNIT Brain’s Base, if it have to be Vampire, why don’t you adapt VAMP instead?! Its freaking vampire clan by Ryougo NARITA for god’s sake! Seriously Brain’s Base is really getting on my nerves recently. With so much fujoshi pandering, why don’t they back with Durarara S2? I mean, those fujoshis wouldn’t throw more money to see Izaya and Shizuo back in action.

    Now to season preview, this season is again rather bleak to me. Perhaps I would only pick three animes at most, that is Uchuten Kazoku, Silver Spoon, and Monogatari S2. I hope this season gives us surprise as well like Hataraku Maou-sama.

    • Hanasra
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:37 am | Permalink

      Just checked the next season chart…..seriously Scamp, where did you get those Durarara and Vinland Saga pic from?

      • Scamp
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

        Vinland Saga, someone did a troll pic of if animated. Durarara is just another image from the official sources

      • Hanasra
        Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

        Bu-but, whose that red haired kid :(
        Damnit Brain’s Base for trolling me

  28. Thrashy
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Oh goody, we get to live through another wave of DESUDESUDESUDESU spam.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Implying people will still give a shit about Rozen Maiden this time around

      • Ramiel
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

        I’ve kind of wanted to rewatch the series anyways. It was one of my earliest series, and the one that kind of got me to branch out from more mainstream/action type shows.

  29. Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    I hate how your fake charts are more interesting than the season preview.

    That fat guy in the Genshiken picture is a girl -___-

  30. Freshsushi
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Mirai Nikki: Redial considering you blogged the whole series. Wasn’t the OVA suppose to come out this season?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      Oh you’re right, there is a new Future Diary thing. Somehow that completely slipped under my radar. It’s apparently coming out in July

  31. Anonymous
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Ah, the obligatory Fall review chart… which reminds me:

    The spring chart in your winter preview post you had Blue Steel. Guess what has been announced.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      As did Silver Spoon and Nisekoi. The chart is slowly becoming real

      • Posted May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        This is good. You are the prophet that Western anime-dom needs.

  32. Aelms
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    PUNPUN <3 *PANT**PANT**PANT**PANT**PANT**PANT**PANT**PANT*

    hi

    This blog needs some lady-boners to appreciate the incoming season.

  33. Dilys
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Oh fuck, that segment on Gifuu Doudou was just too hilarious

    • Scamp
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      Glad someone liked it, I had a lot of fun writing that part

  34. Hellwarden
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Gotta say, after the really amazingly strong Spring seasons, all this looks pretty……ehhh…

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Dunno what you talking ’bout, this spring season is crap

      • Ramiel
        Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

        I sometimes forget that you don’t watch good shows like Chihayafuru

  35. Nadgers
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I come into the site after a while of not really doing so and what do I get for a header image? Oh my, summer sure is lovely.

    Also, could you translate the Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsuga to Keiji part for me. I don’t think my brain is anime enough yet.

    Also, there is new HNK thing coming out at fall? Gotta keep and eye on that.

    • stushi
      Posted May 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow I can’t believe I didn’t notice that pic until now. Genius.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      Gifuu Doudou is so manly that it goes out the other side and becomes the most totemo kawaii thing ever

  36. leokiko
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    You should read Kingdom, Scamp. It starts off somewhat generic, but it gets awesome once it reaches the first war arc….and of course, it doesn’t stop getting better.

    …the anime sucks, though.

  37. Desi
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    A bit of a correction for Hakkenden,
    first off:
    It is based off a manga, no game involved (yet…
    …)
    Also, it is more of a split season like Fate/Zero was rather than a second season. It was planned this way from the beginning.
    Imsorryitsjust

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      You’re right, sorry. I was mixing it up with that other anime in which one bland self-insert female lead with a mysterious power is surrounded by several beautiful men

      • gw_kimmy
        Posted June 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

        you mean male lead. bwahahahahahaha

  38. Arc
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    BLAZBLUE IS COMING… Legit

    • Zahha
      Posted June 2, 2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      Actually it is legit afaik.

  39. inqbtor
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Actually I went and saw the Garden of Words premiere a few weeks ago… and I won’t spoil but it’s definitely more than pretty pictures of clouds. Maybe not an epic but a definitive story with actual characters (although only 2), quite a few steps above 5cm although I haven’t seen Children Who Chase Lost Voices so I can’t really compare.
    Worth a watch, it’s just 40min.

  40. Ramiel
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    >Some magical girl anime recap movies. Looks too cutesy for me.

    Are you trying to ruse us Scamp. TBH, the movies don’t bring much to the table besides some improved animation over the series. However, to someone who is somewhat interested in rewatching the series, the movies are a good choice.

    >whereas people with good taste like myself would like some sort of fantasy epic to go with my pictures of clouds.

    No, screw you. Shinkai does best doing his sort of love stories. “Children” just felt like a Ghibli movie with better animation. People with good taste can follow the narrative of Shinkai’s works, and not just be distracted by the clouds.

    • Hanasra
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      Strange, because what praise I often heard from from friend of mine that fans of Shinkai works is how amazing the scenery porn is. What they usually comment about the story is how they can relate it to themselves aka real-life experience story. No mention about the depth of character (if there is any).

  41. oldfag
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    The first two volumes of Gifuu Doudou have been scanlated, but that was years ago and no one has picked up the torch since. Its very macho, but not so over the top as something like Fist of the North Star. It will be interesting to see what Imagawa does with it.

    By the way, did you actually get around to watching Shin Mazinger? Or is that also supposed to be part of the joke? (I’ll cut you if it is)

    • Scamp
      Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Shinmaru is in love with Shin Mazinger. I saw the first episode back when it came out and thought it was the stupidest load of nonsense and never went back to it.

      • gedata
        Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

        Your supposed to skip the first episode, it’ does that in medias res stuff (kinda like Berserk). Same thing with Gungrave. You should give watch both starting from episode 2, especially Gungrave (that’s really NOT what the series is like, really! That crap was just to lure in the video game fans. I’m citing IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR for this one with all my heart)

        I skipped episode 1 of Shin Mazinger Z and I’m enjoying just fine, it’s not that dumb, heck I’ll probably like it more than TTGL by the time I’m done.

        So yeah, episode 2s that are worth watching.

  42. Nightmommy
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Liar game, new Haruhi, Prunus girl, Apollo Justice, Biscuit Hammer, new Macross, Oyasumi Punpun, AND 20th Century Boys? Why you gotta play me like that scamp?

    Still not as bad as the one with despera. I’ll never forget that.

  43. Wyrd
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Scamp, needs more DESU

  44. Mooban
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    a) “Aiming stuff at fujoshi” isn’t gender equality.

    b) BroCon (as you cleverly put it) seems to be your typical reverse harem, so it’s aimed at women in general not yaoi fanatics in particular.

    c) “Free!” is aimed at fujoshi.

    d) Men in “Free!” do not have crotches appropriate to their gender in other words they do not have dicks. (Somebody had to say it)

    • Scamp
      Posted June 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

      I was too busy noticing their lack of nipples to notice their lack of dicks. I shall have to keep an eye on their dicks from now on.

      …gosh that really was a thing I just typed, wasn’t it

      • Mooban
        Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

        Yes, you most certainly did. Mission accomplished!

    • Kioku from Laptop
      Posted June 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      dafuqdidijustread

  45. Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    My group, Miya-K Translations, is thinking about subbing “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya” this season. We’re not entirely sure, as we’re just a three-man group that came together to sub an anime spin-off (“Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku”, from “Lucky Star”), and each of us has our own lives to live, but if we’re free for the Summer season, we may very well do it.

    Also, what I wouldn’t give to see the rest of the “Haruhi Suzumiya” and “Full Metal Panic” series adapted into anime. :’(

    • Scamp
      Posted June 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Theoretically I should hate you for being even remotely involved with an anime tangentially connected to L*S (either Lucky Star or Literally Stalin), but since in reality it’s a relatively obscure web release that nobody else is touching, I respect you. Because hey, maybe one day you’ll be the guys subbing the next season of Fireball

      • Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

        Yeah, the main reason we decided to sub it aside from being LS fans (it was the series that taught me anime was more than just Naruto and Dragon Ball) was because we knew nobody else would do it. Let’s face it, LS has long since passed its height of popularity, and the only people who would really watch Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku would be longtime LS fans who still have admiration for the franchise (as my group does). That greatly limits its audience, and most groups wouldn’t think of touching something with such a small potential fanbase. But since we’re knew to subbing, we thought that not only would it be an exciting experience to work on something we love, but it’d also provide us with something to theoretically cut our teeth on. Really, our subs of Miyakawa-ke are as much an experiment as they are a learning experience. Besides, when subbing, it’s best to start with something small and obscure so that you gradually work up the expectations of your group, rather than go balls-to-the-wall all-out on something incredibly popular and risk making your group look incompetent.

  46. Caramelon
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    “centring around Kurapika”

    Lie. It’s actually a movie that discusses “friendship” every five minutes because apparently they still don’t get it after 2 TV series.

  47. Concaved
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Sorry to correct you on Kingdom but the Cg stopped after about episode 5 or 6 , most likely to budget cuts, and it’s now a very pleasant anime to view. I can definitely see why it got a second season as the character design is wonderful, it’s filled with 3 dimensional characters and in a shounen that’s rare.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      That actually makes it sound more appealing. Maybe I’ll give it a shot after all

  48. Hanasra
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve just realized that……the picture on the right is genderswapped version of Free! characters.
    Well, actually Free! character’s name is rather peculiar, because if noticed it, most of them have unisex name that being usually used for girls.

    So, where I can get the picture Scamp?

  49. Posted June 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Let it be known that Scamp casually reminded me that I hadn’t psoted a massive comment here because he missed me.

    Silver Spoon: Tomohiko Ito deserves more credit than he’s getting, it’s unfortunate that the first thing people see when looking him up is an Anime no Chikara project and goddamn SAO. Although looking at the bright side of things, SAO’s experience should have net him many interesting contacts, especially amongst the cool A-1 animation crowd that’s been suspiciously missing since the end of Vividbutts. If we’re lucky we might get… sakuga horse pooping?
    What worries me the most about this is knowing that it’ll only be one cour, since Silver Spoon is mostly about the MC’s growth and I don’t think 11 episodes can accomplish enough in that regard. I hope they find a nice stopping point and can fool me into thinking it’s a rewarding ending.

    Geneitaiyo: I’m not really sure if it’s appropriate to talk about Madoka’s influence when this is also an Aniplex production, clearly meant to ride the wave of their current big hit. So hey, no industry-shaking changes here but if Madoka fans don’t mind being milked I won’t be the one to complain. I also rather like the looks of the trailer, this show seems to have a distinct style and a great usage of color. Shame about the designs being some horrendous mix of kids cartoons and weird loli porn.
    Funny seeing Kusukawa direct this, after some rather unfortunate projects he’s back to what he does best: magical girls making shit explode. I almost want to see it become big enough to rival Nanoha just to see how Seven Arcs react, since they were the ones who let him go.
    Also in regards to the staff, there’s a reasonable chance the aforementioned A-1 clique might show up here, especially Kouno-chan who loves magical girls. For all we know they might be working on the Idolmaster movie, only to be briefly released to work with Imaishi in some KILL la KILL episode. Tracking animators is a pain in the ass and I don’t know why I bother.

    Blood Lad: I’m on the same boat as you here. What I read was fine but hardly anything more. The staff seems appropriately alright. If there’s any reason to get excited over this I’d say it’s the general artstyle of the show, which from the trailer and promotional material seems pretty damn good. Neat backgrounds and an excellent palette that fits the weirdass Hell they’re in, good enough for me.

    Servant x Service: Everyone should boycott this because they made up some really cute magical girls show for April Fools and I’m sad that it’s never becoming real. They even got Umakoshi to draw them some stuff for that, what a bunch of assholes http://i.imgur.com/s9zrBIy.jpg
    PS: The director is one of Mizushima’s pals but I thought he did an awful job on Ika Musume S2 so I don’t know what to think. Nishii being the character designer is cool as hell though, hopefully he can bring some of his friends here.

    Brothers Conflict: I dunno what to say but the fab guy on the right is clearly the best brother. Too bad best boys never win.

    Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation: There’s no significant overlap with Jojo’s staff and the source material couldn’t be any more different so it’s hardly surprising that you wouldn’t get the same feeling. That’s sadly not going to stop people from complaining about this shitty moe show being the reason no more Jojo is being made, despite the entirely different production committees and all. They’ll probably be right about the shitty show part, at least.

    Love Lab: Calling the yryr team “the same crew who do every other 4-koma adaptation” makes me wish that was true. I mean, even with your 4koma hatred you’ve got to acknowledge their talent since they were the ones who made the excellent first season of Minami-ke. And you know how the franchise has fared without them afterwards. I don’t always appreciate what they make, especially not when they venture outside of comedy, but it tends to be above average as a general rule. It’s looking like a solid production as well, as you’d expect from the YuruYuri crowd. Animation-wise we should get Nonaka back, and even fugo now that he’s done drawing cute mountain girls.

    C3bu: I can’t joke about Gainax being dead anymore because I went to check their staff page the other day and realized they took it down. RIP.

    InuHasa: Speaking of dead studios. Gonzo are producing one show at the moment, which isn’t even full length, and is embarrassingly lacking in animation. Guess what will happen when they have to work on two series this summer. KimiMachi still has a chance since if there’s anyone in the industry with good contacts that’s Yamauchi, but this is directed by a newbie to boot. It’s got some of the worst PVs ever as well, I have no idea what kind of miracle you’d need to salvage this.

    Fantasista Doll: What the fuck, Taniguchi. This is confusing on many levels. Until they announced the airtime I didn’t know if it was supposed to be a wholesome show for little girls or an overly sexualized latenight anime. And now that they have I’m still puzzled. It has a cute trailer, Precure’s legendary composer and goods to advertise, yet it’s confirmed to have a bunch of spinoffs running on some heavy otaku magazines and will air at almost 4am. Yeah I dunno.

    Free!: I spent a whole year singing the praises of Utsumi and she got to direct a whole series out of nowhere. That alone is reason enough for me to be happy, moreso considering the announcement pissed off a bunch of idiots AND made obvious that many people ridiculing those were equally stupid. Which is to say, I don’t even need this show to be any good to be pleased! And there’s still the chance it might be, since Utsumi is talented enough to produce a decent series even if she’s just fucking around with her fujoshi brigade.
    Character PVs are common within this industry, but something as vague as what we’re getting for Free is kinda suspicious. There’s a high chance they’re trying to hide something behind those close-ups, which might very well be the swimming bits. The staff has been checking lots of real swimming competitions during the production of the show so I wouldn’t be surprised if they put up some amazing scenes which they’d rather hide for impact value. In spite of this being a small KyoAni production, that should be enough to get any animation fan excited. I mean, they’ll have a Water Animation Director. Just how COOL is that?

    Danganronpa: Since these guys http://danganronpa.wordpress.com/ will release a proper translation patch for the game before the anime starts and there’s no longer the need of ghetto methods like watch an LP, I’d say that we just ignore the anime and live a better life. It’s not just Kishi that will be back, DR also has way too complex character designs that will inevitably look like shit in a cheap adaptation – with a bit of luck less shitty than P4’s, assuming they’ve learnt their lesson and actually pay the animators this time around.

    Watamote: It’s been announced that this is directed by Oonuma so I feel sorry for anyone who was excited about this.

    Kaminai: I’d also say that the scenario is better than the actual thing. The premise is interesting enough and they’ve come up with a fascinating setting, but what I read felt like it struggled to actually tell a story. It also seems to try too hard to be as edgy as possible, and in ways that will make people feel uncomfortable. Hopefully the anime will find ways to portray how dark their world is that are not beating the crap out of a 12yo.
    The staff doesn’t seem all that impressive, although it does have a quite talented AD. Looks like they’re putting a lot of effort on the background work as well; not only they got Studio Easter, pretty much the best in that regard, they even listed them in the first staff reveal, something unusual for something relatively minor like backgrounds. Judging by the PVs they’re doing a great job so yay, pretty things!
    PS: SAO was written over a decade ago so I wouldn’t use it to complain about the current state of LNs.

    Uchouten Kazoku: The best example of what the staff is capable of is the Ninniman Young Animators short a couple years ago, since that had pretty much the same team. And I don’t want to crush your expectations, but I’m fairly sure you didn’t like that very much. Rightfully so, since it was all over the place. Here’s hoping that this novel’s good enough to keep them focused because they’ve produced good work when working with talented people, just never on their own.
    The new key visual made me angry that P.A. managed the impossible feat of ruining designs as simple as Kumeta’s, however the animated PV looks genuinely great. Not sure how good the show will be, but it’s P.A.’s best looking series already http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72fxUQPSyf0

    Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku: KKK is the most unfortunate acronym for a harmless highschool comedy.

    KimiMachi: I love Yamauchi and the Casshern team in general but a really infuriating, mundane melodrama produced by Gonzo’s corpse is the last place I want to see him at. Going by the trailer this will make his first SSY episode look like a high budget movie so I can’t even say I have high hopes for the visuals. Maybe they’ll bring Umakoshi around to animate people slapping each other.

    KinMosa: I checked this and the joke seems to be that one cute girl is a gaijin. And then there’s another one who is too. Does that count as two jokes, I’m not sure.

    Gatchaman Crowds: Nakamura is one of the few directors I’m willing to blindly trust even if it sometimes burns me, because he’s got a real passion for the medium and tries his best every time. That effort might lead to another [C] but you’ve got to appreciate his earnest work. I’m as clueless as everyone else about this, all I know for sure is that those designs are cute as hell. Now to wait for the reveal that their fighting suits are 3DCG so I can get depressed.

    Genshiken Nidaime: Yay for more Genshiken, even if it’s the less amusing Nidaime. Mizushima (who didn’t direct the second season by the way, just the OVAs) leading the project is great news, seeing how he has both experience with the franchise and a lot of talent. Not so amused about IG’s presence though, they’ve been having AWFUL issues with scheduling as of late. Hell, even Gargantia’s running into production troubles and that’s been in the works for a long time. Then again, Mizushima is like a magnet for that stuff and Genshiken keeps changing studio with every iteration, so maybe this was fated to happen.

    Prisma Ilya: The only interesting thing here is seeing how popular the show will end up being, since it’s produced by the Silver Link (the studio that manages to make anything flop) yet it’s an adaptation of a TypeMoon property (the studio that manages to make everything sell tons). Maybe this will make the universe collapse in on itself.

    Rozen Maiden: It’s not confirmed but I’m fairly sure this will follow the second manga which is a sequel of sorts, mostly because the promo materials show the adult Jun who is the (fake) protagonist for a while there. RM2 is a massive multiverse mess during the first arc and that will be a pain in the ass to follow even if they somehow ease the way to new viewers. On the positive side, the PV has nice visuals and makes me think Sankarea wasn’t a fluke. He might work on bad shows, but Omata/Hatakeyama seems to be one of the best Shinbo protégées.

    Monogatari S2: The general consensus seems to be that NekoBlack sucks and NekoWhite is great so I think you can allow yourself to be a bit more optimistic. They’ve got quite a few novels to adapt this time around, people who hated Nise for going nowhere might be pleased. In fact I have to wonder if they’re not going to speed things up a bit too much, *monogatari is slow-paced by nature and could lose its appeal without the endless banter.
    Once again we’re missing the series director, visuals director and main animator, who are all dead/gone from the studio/working on Kizumonogatari until the world is no more. Either way, this most likely will translate to higher production values and better animation, yet less charming visuals than Bake. I can get behind that but I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss them.

    Shorts: Teekyuu is the only one that matters, I don’t even know why people who are not Itagaki try to make anime.

    GitS Arise: I’d like to give Ubukata some credit, though all he seems to be competent at is coming up with interesting settings and premises. Since he’s inheriting those in here, I’m not all that confident that it’s going to go well. I’d rather that he rebooted the entire GitS universe once again and came up with his own interpretation instead of this, which seems like a sort of prequel that won’t retcon all that much from SAC. That or we could tell Kamiyama to stop making weird movies and get back to this franchise, but I can’t see it happening.
    I.G. appears to be stuck at the time when they had the best digital work in anime, but sadly that was a decade ago and the coloring and effects are pretty damn mediocre now. To make up for it, it seems we’re getting some EXCELLENT action animation. As unsurprising as a GitS thing with great animation is, I’m still really looking forward to it.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Watching the latest Minami-ke anime have made me wonder why I liked Minami-ke in the first place. I was never huge on it either. Anyways, it’s totally irrelevant because ever since I’ve started ignoring 4-koma adaptations about cute girls, I have been a happier man and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

      Seiji Kishi anime tend to end up just fine. Yeah sure, Humanity has Declined could have been better directed, but it still got its message through just fine. Less so with Oonuma, but good source material tends to drag directors up to their quality so I’ll remain hopeful on both fronts.

      When mentioning SAO, I was more talking about public perception of LNs in english speaking fandom.

      Yo, [C] was better than Tsuritama. YES BITCHES, I’LL GEOTAG THAT SHIT! At least [C]s characters were capable of holding more than one thought in their stupid brains OHSNAP.

      Oh, I didn’t realise Mizushima just did the OVA. That’s great, I really liked that OVA and the show didn’t start getting dull until the second season started proper.

  50. Chipp
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Looks like nobody bothered to write about it so:
    > Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
    > I took a peek at the manga and there was no sign of Rider or Waver
    Welp maybe because the manga has a grown-up version of Waver who’s called Lord El-Melloi II now?
    http://images.wikia.com/typemoon/images/b/b9/Melloi2.png

    Oh and you also should write more about how Sankarea manga is terrible and anime adaptation is awesome. Makes me laugh a lot every time (considering what’s happening in manga now).

    • Cirith
      Posted June 7, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      Noooo! They got him and now he is probably the same as everyone else!

      • Chipp
        Posted June 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

        You got that backwards:

        At the command of the El-Melloi Lords faction within the Mage’s Association, the Archibald family was left in ruins after the ninth head, Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi, was assassinated in the Fourth Grail War. Although Kayneth and Waver did not get along, Waver was still Kayneth’s unofficial apprentice and he helped the Archibald family recover. With the situation cleared, the tenth head of the family, a little girl from the lowest branch of the clan, appointed Waver with the title “Lord El-Melloi II” as his reward.

        As Lord El-Melloi II, he became a famous lecturer in the Clock Tower for detecting the hidden talent of others and training it. There are no magi that were his students that hadn’t obtained the rank of Grand, and it’s even been said that if he gathered his students together, the power chart in the Clock Tower would change.

        He has many nicknames and became very popular amongst the female students but he has no interest in his fame rather, he’s irritated by that fact and, for several years, has been walking inside the institute with a constantly cranky on his face.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      Since you were the same person convinced that the manga was better than the first few episodes of Sankarea too despite being so plainly obviously not the case, I am inclined to not believe the slightest thing you say about Sankarea

      • Chipp
        Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

        What are you talking about? I wasn’t trying to convince you to read manga or anything. Maybe you should reread my post if you couldn’t understand it after the 1st reading.

      • FOMME
        Posted January 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

        Sankarea manga was better than the anime, the memory loss right now pisses me off, but before that it did a better job than the anime imo. Amazing how Japan creates new fetishes one after another.

  51. Posted June 7, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Rozen Maiden 2013 isn’t a remake, it’s actually an adaptation of the second manga series that was released in 2008. It’s set in an alternate universe where Jun and Shinku’s meeting was completely different.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      So it’s Rozen Maiden with the same characters and general same story but slightly different events?

      Do they kill those stupid strawberry and desu dolls by episode 5?

  52. Jenny
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    If there’s anything you need to know about Madoka Magica is that it’s not just cute. Some real dark stuff happens.

  53. Pusswookie
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    When you said that the director for the upcoming Rozen Maiden was a newbie who’d graduated from the School of Shaft, I couldn’t help but think that that sounded an awful lot like a gay porno.

  54. Mr.RR
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Is it bad that I can’t wait for you next season fake you make each season?

  55. SENSEISHUN
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    This season looks like ill have to look hard to find something interesting instead of something just popping out at me. I guess I’m sticking to kingdom, once you get past their constant tinkering with the CGI it’s pretty good(if you consider one piece good).

  56. ANN34
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    >Never understood this series popularity. I thought the joke was supposed to be that using his dating sim tactics in real life resulted in disaster, but then all the girls in the anime turn out to be the exact same cookie-cutter girls from his dating sim and then suddenly you realise you’re just watching another dating sim adaptation and then I hurl the anime aside like it will give me gonorrhoea.

    You are an imbecile Scamp.

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