This school year felt extremely short, as well as the anime season. Anyways, this summer season should be great, there’s a highly anticipated title, followed by numerous other good ones.
I’ll be skipping some shows. But that aside, let’s begin.
Synopsis:”In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.”
Commentary: It’s not the type of show that I’d usually watch. It’s by Studio Pierrot [who animated Bleach and Naruto], so the production quality isn’t exactly appealing. The art style subjectively doesn’t appeal to me. I’ve never watched a show similar to this, so I may be prejudiced when it comes to that, but I really, do not care for the synopsis.
TLDR: Didn’t read synopsis, judged it entirely on the cover art.
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Synopsis: Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory…”
Commentary: I’ll probably watch this series. It’s a spin-off of a critically acclaimed visual novel. The spin-off status of it deters me while the original visual novel status of it attracts me. There’s not much hype for this show, so it may end up buried among the big names coming out this season. But that aside, I’m always eager to watch a [pseudo in this case] visual novel adaptation.
Yuru Yuri ♪♪
Synopsis: The second season of Yuru Yuri.
Commentary: I didn’t watch the prequel. That aside, I don’t love watching the daily lives of middle school girls, so, I probably won’t watch this.
Sword Art Online
Synopsis:The only way to escape is to ‘clear’ the game. Death in game means actual ‘death’ —- The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game ‘Sword Art Online’ using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside.Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this ‘truth’. He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game —- ‘Aincrad’. To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?
Commentary: Whoa, fucking finally, a show that I can intelligently commentate on. Sword Art Online is arguably the most hyped up show of the season. The original soundtrack is by Kajiura [who also did the soundtracks to Madoka, Fate/Zero, and Kara no Kyoukai], and everything else behind it could be a hit or miss. It’s being animated by A1-Pictures, which did Ano Hana [which was a good series] and Working [and its sequels], as well as Ao no
Shitorcist Exorcist . A1-Pictures also works on Fairy Tail [which doesn’t exactly end], but that didn’t seem to kill the quality of its previous works. I can vouch that Ao no Exorcist was a shitty series, storyline wise, but when taking into account its production quality [its visuals and its OSTs], it’s similar to Guilty Crown. The aesthetics of the show carry it. Now, production quality aside, I’ve had the pleasure of reading SAO. Although a bit skeptical at first [it’s a shounen; I have a dogmatic dissent towards shounen series, although FMA proved otherwise], I really really liked SAO. It has a lot of potential. If the series sucks, it won’t be the fault of the source. It’s the inherent fluid mechanics, and its character interactions that makes the series [moreso the latter]. If you’re looking for an action-driven series, then SAO probably won’t offer it. Although it doesn’t lack on it, it would be the equivalence of watching Fate for its action, rather than its storyline and dialogue. Really hyped for this adaptation; I’ll be doing blog entries for this, along with another friend of mine, who also read the series.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Synopsis: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate follows the protagonist Yuuki Oojima, who attends Private Takafuji Academy, a large school with over 6,000 students. Yuuki is a member of the food research club, along with seven others, including his childhood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi.
Commentary: It’s a visual novel adaptation, that’s all really. I’m probably really biased towards high-school girls. Its production studio adapted Hagani and Oreimo; both were decent series. Not much to say, I’ll probably regret doing reviews on this, trying to commentate intelligently on a slice of life is ridiculously difficult. It’s a feeling you get when you watch it, you don’t exactly think or critically analyze it.
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
Synopsis:Kaga Ryosuke is an ecchi high school boy. One day, he meets a girl standing alone in the rain. She is Lisarah Restor, an elite Death, who visited the human world in order to find “Singular Man”. Ryosuke makes a contract with Lisarah and she sucks energy required for her activity in the human world from Ryosuke. The source of the energy is his ecchi spirit. To recover the sexual desire, Ryosuke has no choice but to help Lisarah’s search.
Commentary: I didn’t know that “ecchi” was a proper adjective. It’s animated by Feel, which animated classics such as Kiss x Sis and Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! Needless to say, I may watch it, but I probably won’t do entries on it. It probably has its redeeming features outside of its explicit sexual innuendos, and possible incestuous allusions. For example, Feel animated Mayo Chiki! Mayo Chiki had plenty of redeeming features. Outside of its incessant panty slips, boob grabs, and awkward scenarios, it boasted meaningful life lessons, like, glasses are essentially chick magnets, and that being extremely normal and average made you extremely attractive.
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II
Synopsis: Second season of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon to be aired Summer 2012.
Commentary: I probably could have avoided this entry, since it is a sequel, and I did drop the first season. I probably should have given it more than the first episode, but the irritating idiosyncrasies it boasted deterred me. The guy was essentially portrayed as a complete idiot with sexual harassment tendencies. Sunrise also managed to censor numerous instances of petty shit. And the storyline was about as coherent as my review of Gyo. It wasn’t very good, from the first episode alone. But that aside, if you enjoyed the first season, then watch this. It sold very well in Japan for reasons unknown [to me, at the very least].
Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Synopsis:The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the girl counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Tokichiro, who has been dead in the world.
Commentary: Really haven’t heard much about this show. It’s animated by Madhouse, which is always a plus. Its title art isn’t as reminiscently revolting of every other ecchi comedy anime revolving around samurai girls’s. If I hear good things about it, I’ll probably give it a shot.
Synopsis: Sakura Ichiko is a 16-year-old girl who leads a charmed life and is blessed with beauty, brains, and health. She has an abundance of “Happiness Energy”, which can make people happy, but at the cost of absorbing all the Happiness Energy from her surroundings….
Commentary: I wonder if synopses for anime in Japanese sound as bizarre as they do in English… It doesn’t appeal to me. The heroine’s the generic perfect archetype for a sixteen year old, and the ominous latter half of the description insinuates something as ridiculous as her unique power. I watch anime for the sentimental enjoyment, and the elitist bickering afterwords. But given this series, I don’t see myself enjoying it. So, I’ll probably not watch it, rather than watch it out of masochism to follow it with a two-page rant on how shit it was.
Synopsis: The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children.
Commentary: After a hour-long lecture on why P.A Works is the supreme anime studio, I feel obliged to watch this. P.A Works animated works such as Angel Beats!, and Another. Although I consider P.A works to be above average, and not the best anime studio in existence, I was swayed to by the lecturer of my wrongs after being told that I was an elitist who insisted on using “big words” such as asinine [which may have been directed towards him]. Needless to say, I’ll watch this. [See Tasogare’s entry on the Index for full story]
Oh right, I should probably commentate on the actual story itself, rather than use this entry as a medium for dissent. Tari Tari doesn’t seem to be a bad series, it has the potential to be great, but so does every other series. It’s guaranteed to be visually amazing, the best, and surpassing the elitism of ufotable, and it has high school girls. Essentially going to be awesome.
In all seriousness, it probably will be decent. Fuck this entry was pointless.
Synopsis: The “love and teen pentagonal comedy” follows the strange phenomena at the Yamahoshi Academy’s Culture Club, starting with the five male and female club members switching bodies with each other.
Commentary: What type of synopsis is that? If this holds any realism, in any aspects, then the series itself should revolve around the male members discovering more about the female club member’s bodily parts. Otherwise, it’s simply inaccurate. Even if the club members are kids, it’s fairly common sense; complete unadulterated innocence at that age is unfathomable. But I do kinda want to watch the series, not due to the borderline H, but because of its opening. It’s being done by eufonius, they did the opening to Clannad. I love the shit out of Clannad, so I’ll probably watch the first episode. It’s also being animated by Silver Link, which animated C3. Although C3 was a shitty series, its visuals were somewhat impressive. They made an average series look above average due to how they worked with what they had. Most CG for anime blows, and it seems out of touch with the art style, but it really fit for C3. I have relatively decent expectations for this.
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
Synopsis: In normal RPGs, a hero defeats the Satan king and the story ends. But what does the hero do after that? Ohtorizawa Akatsuki defeats the Satan king in the fantasy world of Alleyzard and returns to the real world. He is sheltered by the international organization BABEL, which protects and controls people transferred from the outer worlds…
Commentary: I’ve never exactly taken any show with the word “Satan” in it seriously. Perhaps it’s the shitty juvenile connotation it holds, or perhaps it’s the insinuation of mediocre biblical allusions, but having Satan in an anime is rarely met with success. Ao no Exorcist did it [although extremely mediocrely], and it resulted in completely ridiculous developments. But personal preference aside, it doesn’t look as bad as it could be. The guy doesn’t look fourteen, and the girl doesn’t look that retarded. The one complaint that I do have is its adapting is done by Arms, which is known for its adaptations of ecchi, and H anime. Although great news for the enthusiasts of that genre, it kills the seriousness of an actual, feasible storyline.
Synopsis: The story takes place on the small island of Regalo in the Mediterranean Sea. The island has been protected by a vigilante committee called “Arcana Famiglia”. The members of the family have psychic powers gained by a secret ritual…
Commentary: It’s marked as a romance. All of the characters on the cover art are dudes. I could make a menagerie of gay jokes, but that would be in poor taste. I probably won’t watch it for the former reason, and for that fact that it is adapted by J.C Staff. I don’t exactly hate the studio, I just dislike how mediocre their adaptations usually are. I can’t help but feel that this series is going to be a medium of fan service for female watchers.
Arve Rezzle: Kikaijikake no Yoseitachi
Synopsis:A cyber battle sci-fi. In 2022, the technology of quantum computing has greatly advanced and many people have transfered their mind into the cyber space…
Commentary: It actually looks, and sounds really interesting. Perhaps having the word quantum in a synopsis, and having the genre of a sci-fi thriller makes it much more interesting that it actually is. I’ll probably watch this.
So yeah, not as many titles as Spring season, but it doesn’t look like a bad season. I’ll be doing reviews for Chocolate and Sword Art Online. I may do more, but chances are slim.
But, if anybody would like to write for the blog, then feel free to do so. Not a lot of people actually read it, so you’ll probably be writing for your own enjoyment. It’s personal satisfaction, and you learn more about the series I suppose. Add totally_swank on Skype, or post here to discuss it. You can do reviews for any show that I’m not covering. Thanks.