Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride
4.5.2013
Action, Fantasy

arms
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who’ve had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them. (Season 1)


Jrow
#Thoughts
The most fitting style of censorship for an ecchi series that’s aired on TV came from the first Samurai Girls series in which ink blotches covered up the naughty bits. Beams of light and shadows are a huge deterrent and make TV versions of ecchi shows close to unwatchable, so a classy censorship style can at least keep people like me settling for the censored cut while we wait for BD releases. It satisfied on the ecchi front as well as being the best overall animated series from studio ARMS to date. I did not expect or request a season 2, but I will take it. The trailer is a lengthy one is a great encapsulation of what S1 was, and if you did or didn’t like S1, your answer to S2 lies in that trailer.

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
4.5.2013
Action, Fantasy

bridge
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Mysterious invaders called the Septentriones arrive in Japan and begin attacking the country on a Sunday. To fight back, the heroes in Devil Survivor 2 signed a pact with the devil to become the Thirteen Devil Messengers. The Septentriones show up at least once a day and you have a time limit of seven days to defeat them.


steev
#Thoughts
You might be asking yourself if this is a sequel and where is Devil Survivor 1? I am here to inform you that this is based off of a sequel of an RPG released for the Nintendo DS. Before you cut and run because most game based anime suck and the premise is ridiculously ordinary, I want to inform you that this is based off of an Atlus game. Atlus is the same developer that brought us the Persona series. That gives this series a bit of hope and it is also being directed by the same guy that directed the Persona 4 anime. I am still a bit iffy about this, but due to how much I enjoyed Persona 4, I am willing to at least give it a chance.

Yahari Ore no Seishun
4.5.2013
Comedy, Ecchi

brain’s base
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, They’re a bunch of liars. When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer service club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.


Amuro
#Thoughts
Judging by the name of the show “Of Course My Teen Romantic Comedy is All Wrong,” this show looks set to be rather self-aware of exactly what it is. That is, a typical high school rom-com. That said, depending on the approach taken, it might not be all bad. That said, the idea of a cynical male lead is appealing to me, so it has that going for it.

Photo Kano
4.5.2013
Drama, Romance

madhouse
Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
The story revolves around the male protagonist who just got a DSLR camera from his dad and start to develop photography as his new hobby.


Jrow
#Thoughts
Sometimes a well-renowned studio will do an anime that looks somewhat questionable in terms of overall quality or excellence. Madhouse is producing an anime based off a dating sim in which the harem lead takes pictures of girls… sounds to me like a subscription-based website is in his future. I got very much an Amagami SS vibe, and that’s because the Photo Kano game is indeed a spiritual successor to it (also KimiKiss).

Danchi Tomoo
4.6.2013
Comedy, Slice of Life

shogakukan music & digital
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
It’s a heartwarming and sometimes nonsense comedy about an elementary school boy Tomoo Kinoshita.


Amuro
#Thoughts

Huh? What are you looking at me for? I’ve got nothing to say here, so move along.

Attack on Titan
4.6.2013
Sci-fi, Action

wit studio
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Many years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are often several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings, and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure. A small percentage of humanity survived by hiding themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls. After 100 years have passed a teenage boy Elen and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a supergiant that appears. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Elen vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.


Jrow
#Thoughts
The award-winning manga from Hajime Isayama gets an adaptation from Wit Studio, a studio who is a spinoff production studio of Production I.G. Tetsuro Araki (Death Note) is directing, and the last time I remember hyping that name, Guilty Crown happened. I expect this to be a different matter since Guilty Crown was more a fault of piss-poor composition and Araki did very good at adapting Death Note many years back. Visually, Attack on Titan looks tremendous with giants tearing up the city and quality animation from Chief Animator Kyoji Asano, who’s done work on One Piece Movie 6 sakuga and character designs for Psycho-Pass. When I hear Yuki Kaji in the trailer, I cringe because I just get the feeling that the male lead is going to be a frustrating one to watch; Kaji sure seems to get those jobs.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
4.7.2013
Comedy, Fantasy

tatsunoko productions
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Mukoujima Takurou is a lonely teenager who spends his time fishing at the pier and, to his incredible surprise, fishes up Muromi, a mermaid. Muromi first off doesn’t realize she’s a mermaid until she meets Takurou. Not only that, she is incredibly dense and crazy and has a drinking problem to top it off. Now every time Takurou goes fishing, Muromi appears and makes life interesting for him.


steev
#Thoughts
I like over the top comedies, but this anime looks like crap. Need I say more?

  • When I first started the preview I didn’t think there was a lot I really wanted to watch, but now I think there are quite a few titles that caught my eye. Attack on Titan, Aku no Hana, Hataraku Maou-sama, Devil Survivor 2, Azazel-san, Yahari Ore, OreImo, Gargantia, and Hentai Prince look interesting to me.

  • Animeblue

    General thoughts:

    As Steev stated below my initial impression of the spring season was kinda poor if u compare it to last year lineup where I watch nearly dozen shows, but reading your guys preview its looks like there are few more that I’ll be interested in

    Date A Live:

    Date A Live seem like it going your typical generic
    romance show that I’ll drop within three episode, but I could be wrong about that since it’s being directed by Keitaro Motonaga. I usually his work.

    Red Data Girl:

    I don’t why but I feel like this going to be Another all over again, so I’ll pass since Another didn’t really do it for me near the end.

    Karneval:

    I’ve been meaning to check out the manga, but as u said Jrow, the pretty boys are real turn off so I have been hesitating to pick up the manga. Now that it’s getting an anime adaptation, guess l will check out the first two episode of the anime.

    Ginga Kikoukai Magestic Prince:

    Guess your bigger man than me Amuro since I can’t overlook character design especially when most of shows that feature Hirai’s design are bad.

    Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge:

    Sure the premise sounds intrigued enough, but it being directed by Yuji Yamaguchi (Fate/stay night,Angel Links). So I’m not so sure about this one because his other series was poorly directed to say the least

    Aku no Hana:

    For one who had read manga, The anime can really smash hit or total trainwreck depend how it’s handle. With that said, I say it’s in pretty good hand with Hiroshi Nagahama at the helm

    Yahari Ore no Seishun:

    Another Brains Base’s romantic comedy show, but this time an relatively new director is at the helm with the series composer of Rinne no Lagrange by his/her side……. well can be another good surprise, especially when the director, Ai Yoshimura shown that he/her can handle comedy(Gintama, Daily Lives of High School Boys) and drama( Anohana,Oreimo and Sora no Manimani)

    Photo Kano:

    Kano is one the shows that I’m really looking forward to this season, not because of studio or its premise. It’s because of man who is directing the show, named Akitoshi Yokoyama. What I can say about Yokoyama that hasn’t been said before beside that he really talented and that his directing are superb.

    With all that fanboying out that way I’m curious why Akitoshi is directing this sorta show, my guess is that he was ask to by one of his friends since last the project he directed was because of one of his friends ask him could he directed it.

    Side note: You guys/ most casual fans probably know him best by his Naruto Shippuden episode, episode#131 the Pein vs. Jiraiya fight.

    Attack on Titan:

    Attack on Titan is probaly the most hype up show this spring, rightfully so with its potential to another Fullmetal Alchemist hit. Although I’m not too sold on it yet due the fact that I feel that adaptation will go the way of Magi. With that said I’m still looking forward to it(probably because I want to see what Tetsuro Araki told his storyboarders on it , for an example look at High School of the Dead’s Saeko Busujima’s Matrix breasts scene

    Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san:

    An top comedy ?! and its being directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara!! I definitively going to check this one out

    OreImo#2:

    As Amuro said I really enjoyed the 1st season of OreImo since it remind me of my relationship with my one of my sister when we were younger. So I’ll be watching the 2nd season to see how its going to wrap up.

    Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet:
    Being mildly disappointed with Psycho-Pass, I don’t know how feel about this upcoming Urobuchi’s series. But I guess I’ll check few episodes to see how it is

    Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S:

    I’m not really looking forward for to this, but I know it will have great production value and sakuga:), so you guys I’ll be watching couple of episodes of season 2.

    Valvrave the Liberator:

    Once again, as Amuro said I’m certainly looking forward to this, but little bit mad the mecha action will be in CGI.

    Steev: Shounen Anime

    Steev I suggest u go check out the first ten minutes of Naruto SD episode#51, it’s Naruto, Rock Lee vs. Sasuke. Here is a clip of their fight:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSXVEZC6pS4

    Also there should be another deluxe NARUTO Shippuden episode upcoming

    • RDG: I’m not sensing similarities to Another besides the fact that both Another and RDG are adapted from novels (not light novels… novels). I come into RDG expecting more than I did from Another.

      Karneval: Same thoughts.

      Flower of Evil: I like that Zexcs is getting outside of themselves with their past two shows (this and “Say I Love You”). I was hating on Gokumi in the preview and I use to think that way about Zexcs, but maybe they’re turning a corner and more deserving of (at least my) respect.

    • I just don’t watch Naruto weekly. I want a new weekly shounen anime, not one I have to stop watching for months because of long filler arcs.

  • steev, I’m curious at what point between our draft and doing coverage of Railgun did you realize that it wasn’t gonna be for Index. I marathoned Railgun (kind of begrudgingly) after it had aired. What “S” is based off sounds interesting since I get the sense that the whole series will center around this one Little Sisters arc.

    • Right when I started working on the preview.. I typed in “Magical Index” in AniDB and notice there wasn’t a new season. S does sound better because of the arc, but my problem is I doubt it will have the same impact or that it will delve too seriously into the arc. Season 1 of Railgun was more fluff than serious. Plus, I don’t like the girls very much. The lesbian bitch only has a few good moments in Index and is more annoying than fun. Saten is useless and Uiharu isn’t interesting in the slightest bit.

      • Cervi

        How about now? New thoughts on Railgun S?

        • I still haven’t picked it up. I am going to wait till it is over and then see which episodes I want to watch. Jrow is watching it though.

          • Anrya

            Sorry to intrude into ur conversation but I think Railgun S is great. Maybe it’s because I started with Railgun and not Index, but I really like Misaka as the main. It’s not often that I get to see a badass girl that is unique o3o But really, you should watch it. Yeah the first season didn’t give Misaka enough screen time but in season 2 I enjoy her role with the Sisters~ Also I do agree a bit with steev about the other characters besides Misaka but exactly why I like S better ^^ Less off all that silly stuff and more spotlight for Misaka.

        • Railgun has been great and I’ve been pleased with the ongoing Little Sisters arc. It really picked up with episode 5 onward and I was loving the action from the most recent episodes; solid work there by J.C.