Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties
Comedy, Action

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“More Hayate the Combat Butler. What more need I say?

Oh, you actually want more? Fine then. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” turned out to be sort of a mixed bag. I felt the comedy could have been stronger, but I was pleased that it told a mostly self-contained and complete story arc during its short run. Hopefully Cuties will continue to adapt the manga, but also find a way to keep the comedy fresh again.

Comedy, Slice of Life

linden films
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The story centers around Amaya, Iwasawa, and Uehara—three “annoying, spirited high school girls with zero motivation”—and their classmates. Their daily life is “what happens when there is nothing happening.”

I can already see it now…

steev – “This anime sucks! Annoying girls doing annyoing things. Trash it.”

Amuro – “What are you talking about, this show is freaken awesome! You just don’t have good taste in Anime.”

steev – “No, I am just not a lolicon pervert like yourself.”

Comedy, Slice of Life

kinema citrus
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The manga follows the school life of three girls in the data processing club—Yuzuko, Yukari, and Yui.

When I drafted this, Amuro’s instant reaction was, “that’s not a Jrow anime”, and the pieces seem to add up to that much. Kinema Citrus as a studio doesn’t have any kind of hit and 4-koma comedy series have never done it for me. I’m not fully anti-comedy in anime, but I especially don’t care for 4-koma’s comedic stylings.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Supernatural, Action

j.c. staff
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The arc focuses on the ordeals of Mikoto Misaka after discovering the existence of the Radio Noise sisters that are being used in the Level 6 Shift, an experiment where they are killed in order for the highest-ranking Level 5, Accelerator, can achieve Level 6.

I was super excited when I saw this series was up for the Spring, however, for some reason I thought this was going to be a sequel to Magical Index… That is when my enthusiasm stopped completely. I am a big fan of Index, but I never really liked the Railgun spin off. The only thing that might make this sequel better than the first is that it going to be about one of my favorite arcs from the Index series. I still have very little faith that it will be good, but I will still watch it. I do love me some Index and I’ll take any bit of Index I can get, even if it is a spin off that I could do without.

Valvrave the Liberator
Action, Sci-fi

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The story is set in an era when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of space cities. Between two major powers — the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — there is a small neutral nation called Jiōru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto, a high school student who lives in Jiōru, encounters the mysterious “forbidden” humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorushia army invades.

Oh yeah, this is certainly a Sunrise mecha show. Just looking at the description, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this as a new Gundam show. Heck, replace Valvrave with Gundam in that summary, and you’ve got yourself a completely plausible set up for a new alternate universe Gundam show. In any case, YAY GIANT ROBOTS! The design for the lead mecha looks cool, and the director has prior experience with Gundam shows (he was a producer on Gundam 00 and the director for the short Gunpla Builders Beginning G) so I’m certainly looking forward to this.

The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat
Comedy, Romance

j.c. staff
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Youto Yokodera is always thinking about his carnal desires, but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. The boy goes to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Youto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his high school with her own wish — that she would not display her real intentions so readily.

More perverts, because who will we watch when Manabe-kun’s run ends on Kotoura-san? And that premise… Gosh, it spells it out so well… actually, too well for my taste, one we’ve seen a lot before and surely from J.C. Staff. I’m also not too keen on the character designs, but I’m sure its RomCom nature will hit it off with a lot of people.

  • 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.


    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


    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:


    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.