OreImo.
4.7.2013
Comedy, Drama

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Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
Picking up where the True Ending route special episodes leave off, the second season of “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute” is set to adapt the remaining novels.


Amuro
#Thoughts
I really enjoyed the 1st season of OreImo, so it’s nice to know that there will be some closure on the series by adapting the rest of it. What was interesting about the first season was how it ended. On TV, we got an anime original ending, followed up by a four episode True End route that aired online in place of that final episode. Those four episodes were directly adapted from the novels, and lead in to the new season, so if you haven’t seen those and plan on checking out this second season, I suggest you get on it.

Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. Z
4.7.2013
Comedy, Supernatural

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Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
Akutabe is a detective who summons devils to solve the troubles of his clients. One day, a low class devil Azazel Atsushi is summoned by Akutabe and is used harshly by him and his assistant Rinko.


steev
#Thoughts
If you want to see some of the best voice actors in Japan do some of the craziest roles, look no further. I was a big fan of season 1 of this anime and there is nothing I can do but plead with you not to miss this series. It is off the wall fun with poop eating demons and fugly angels. It is hilarious and season 1 was one of the funniest shows to air in 2011. Each episode is only 12 minutes long so it wouldn’t take much to catch up and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
4.7.2013
Sci-fi, Action

production i.g
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
In the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy, The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a race of beings called “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Red and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. He awakes when he arrives to Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. Earth has been completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging in order to survive. Now Red must live on these ships, even though he knows nothing of how to live in peace.


Jrow
#Thoughts
I’ve been a big fan of Urobuchi Gen’s (Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass) works the past couple of years and he’s bringing some more writing to Production I.G. in the form of Gargantia. Elsewise known as Butcher Gen, his series are of a uniquely dark nature in that his themes are mature whilst not being heavily reliant upon gore and the like, and it’s why I’ve enjoyed his series as much as I have. They genuinely feel different to any other series I currently watch at the time… oh, and it’s not high-school crap. Gargantia seems like a visually different setting for a Butcher series due to it being much more vibrantly colored and also the appearance of a traditional anime mecha (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita).

Mushibugyo
4.8.2013
Action, Fantasy

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Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The action story is set in Edo-era Tokyo in the early 1700s. The eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune ordered boxes to be installed so commoners can submit their thoughts. After hearing their voices, the shogun creates a new magistrate unit—Mushibugyou—to protect the people in the heart of the city. Each member is a specialist with unique fighting skills.


steev
#Thoughts
I don’t think I should be hypercritical about this anime because I feel that it is targeted for pre-pubescent children. There seems to be a little bit of ecchi flavoring to it, but I doubt there will be anything too extreme. The animation also looks underwhelming. It looks epically generic and the action probably won’t be great. With all these shounen anime ending, you’d think they find something better to take their place. I doubt I’ll ever make it past episode 1.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
4.8.2013
Comedy, Sci-fi

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Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
“I’m Nyarlathotep, the creeping chaos always smiling beside you.” But you can call her Nyaruko for short. One by one, the Great Ones from the Cthulhu mythos are coming to earth to target Nyaruko and her human friend Mahiro. He’s utterly clueless about the true nature of his cosmic conflict and just wants to live in peace. – From Season 1


Amuro
#Thoughts
I had a unique experience with the first season of this show. I completely ignored for most of its air time, and then shortly before the last episode aired, I watched it all in one sitting. Turns out, I was missing out because I really quite enjoyed it. That said, I’m ready for season 2 and Nyarlko’s brand of comedy, though I hope there’s a little bit more development in the romance department since we actually did get some in the first season, as little as it might have been.

Sparrow’s Hotel
4.9.2013
Comedy, Slice of Life

dax production
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]

#Synopsis
The comedy revolves around Sayuri Satou, the new front desk worker at the Sparrow’s Hotel—”the closest hotel to Heaven”. Her special features are her large breasts and her skills of assassination. She takes down people who cause trouble in the business hotel with those skills, but she is in fact very unskilled when talking to the male hotel manager, and often bites her tongue.


steev
#Thoughts
This is one of those 5 minute anime that are designed to sell more manga, a trend I don’t particularly like. I’ve only been able to get into one 5 minute anime, they are just too short. I don’t think I’ll be into it, but hey, I’ll at least waste 5 minutes on the first episode just in case there is something there.

Arata Kangatari
4.9.2013
Action, Fantasy

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Trailer: N/A

#Synopsis
Every 30 years, a new princess is chosen from the Hime family to serve the Hayagami. The time has come again, but over these past years not a single female has been born. Now 15 year old Arata must disguise himself as a female and take the place of the princess candidate until a formal one can be found. As he attends a festival in celebration for his candidacy, the current princess, Kokuri-hime, gets murdered, which forces Arata to flee. As Arata runs for his life, Kannagi, a guard of the princess, convinces everyone that Arata is the one to blame and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head!


Amuro
#Thoughts
I don’t know what really drove me to pick this show during the draft, other than the fact that the description just sounded utterly stupid and might be kind of funny. Reading more about this, it’s clear that this is a fantasy style show involving some time travel shenanigans and lots of dudes. So…I can already guess I’m not gonna like this too much.

  • 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.