Majin Bone
4.1.2014
Game, Shounen
Toei Animation

Another shitty looking show based on a children’s collectible game. Despite this airing on April 1st, it is no joke. As much as I wish it was…

Blade & Soul
4.4.2014
Action, Adventure
Gonzo

Almost all anime adapted from games suck. So you take a look at something like this, which comes from a Korean MMORPG, and you think that it inevitably will suck too. However, if you are a guy, you then start to notice all the big chesty girls in tight clothing wielding big weapons. The wrong part of your brain starts up and you think it could have some potential. You watch it and stick with it, but in the end you feel like you just wasted your time… So what do I think about this anime? Maybe it won’t be that bad.

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
4.4.2014
Comedy, Romance
Brain’s Base

A Brain’s Base rom-com that, after previewing the manga, I’m pretty interested in seeing animated. The story follows Usa when he moves into an apartment with a pervert he saw on the street and a girl who he falls for. Hijinx and romance are sure to ensue from there. The bit I previewed of the story showed some elements that appeal to me in rom-com series, like the jokester Sumiko-kun and the overall light-hearted nature of the first few chapters along with nice art from Brain’s Base. What’s unusual is the character design for Ritsu; a girl with noticeably dark hair in the manga appears in the anime as a brunette with a slightly different hairstyle. Personally I found her manga design more appealing, but she also looks fine as Brain’s Base designed her.

Akuma no Riddle
4.4.2014
Action, Romance
Diomedea

I believe the English translation of the title is “Lesbian Assassins.” If you watched Sakura Trick and wished there was action in it, then this is the anime for you! In all seriousness, this show just looks terrible. I’m sure there will be a few people that will think this is amazing, but I am not really into yuri or school girl assassins, so I’ll be ignoring this.

Selector Infected WIXOSS
4.4.2014
Psychological, Scifi
J.C. Staff

What WIXOSS even means I don’t know, but J.C. working on a psychological series with a great trailer that shows off nicely designed characters by Sakai Kyuuta and a perhaps dark nature might have the makings of one of those shows that everybody could be talking about during the Spring season. Mari Okada is penning this original work, and she has a reputation for being hit or miss with a remains-to-be-seen dosage of melodrama that can make people critical of the series she’s done writing composition for.

Dragonar Academy
4.5.2014
Fantasy, Action
C-Station

Can you imagine my immense disappointment when I found out this has nothing to do with the other Dragonar? Man, just revel in that 80’s era Obari OP animation greatness. You back with me? Now let’s dive head first into the shallow waters of this fantasy story with boobs, dragons, and dragons with boobs.

Daimidaler the Sound Robot
4.5.2014
Action, Comedy
TNK

The same staff and studio that brought us the great High School DxD is adapting this Asaki Nakama manga about a boy who has Hi-ERo particles needed to operate mechs. Sounds similar to Issei from DxD, right? Yoko Hikasa is even voicing the lead female character in it, so the similarities are aplenty to get a DxD fan like myself very interested in this series. The ecchi quotient is expected to be high and I’m unsure if the mecha action will be good enough to bring in that particular fanbase, but I think it’s safe to say that this guy is excited for Daimidaler.

Mushishi Zoku Shou
4.5.2014
Supernatural, Mystery
Artland

Mushishi was one of the best anime to air in the last decade. If you think I am over hyping it, then I don’t think you’ve actually seen it. It is heartbreaking, mysterious, and just one of the most interesting shows around. The latest OVA just rekindled my love for the show and with a season 2 this soon, I don’t think I could’ve asked for more. I highly recommend you watch season 1 if you haven’t yet. For those who have, but have maybe forgotten, I don’t think it is necessary to go back and rewatch it. Mushishi is a highly episodic adventure and despite maybe not remembering some of the characters, you’ll probably get along just fine.

  • There is quite a bit of anime, but besides the two sequels I am excited about, it is kind of hard to pick out the good ones. Just not a lot really stand out for me. Fairy Tail, Mushishi, Mekaku City Actors, One Week Friends, and The World is Still Beautiful are the only ones that I think look legitimately good. There are a few that I think might be good, Selector Infected WIXOSS, Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin, and Captain Earth, but I wouldn’t make any kind of wager on them actually being good. Hopefully this just means I will be more surprised when I watch the new anime.

  • Animeblue

    My Oneliners:

    Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou:

    Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo meets Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

    Selector Infected WIXOSS:

    So the director of Steins;Gate and the Series Composer of Blast of Tempest teaming up do an psychological series eh…..and the summary reminds me of an arc from another that I really enjoyed…so yeah I’m going to check out the first four episodes or

    Mushishi Zoku Shou:

    Steev already said everything that need to be said

    Break Blade:

    The only reason that I’m going to watch this is to see the changes and the new scenes

    Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei:

    I don’t know how to feel about this here, one hand I like the manga, but being directed by Manabu Ono and animated by Madhouse an studio that I came dislike recently

    Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii:

    Another shoujo series being directed by Hajime Kamegaki at Studio Pierrot, my only concern that will it take resource from NARUTO like Baby Steps is doing

    Gokukoku no Brynhildr
    If it done right this could be really good. But seeing its director and ARMS’s Elfen Lied adaptation, my expectation of this being an decent adaptation of the manga just felt

    Haikyuu!!:

    Facepalm….another sports series by Production I.G…..sorry Production I.G but Haikyuu won’t be another Kuroko no Basuke for you

    Baby Steps:

    Baby Steps, I hate you and love you…I hate you b/c you are talking important staff members from Naruto Shippuden and you know it need with it’s movie on the horizon. And I love you b/c you’re actually an great sports series

    Captain Earth:

    Takuya Igarashi, you better make Captain Earth better than Star Driver or I’m coming for you

    One Week Friends:

    What!! ? another anime that Steev and me is on the same page..what is the world is coming to 😉

    Kanojo ga Flag wa Oraretara:

    This can be either good or bad, my betting its being good b/c how Ayumu Watanabe and Hoods Entertainment handled Mysterious Girlfriend X

    Black Bullet:

    Masayuki Kojima and Kinema Citrus together, its sound like something I would be interested in, but the information that I dig for Black Bullet kinda kill my interested in it

    Hitsugi no Chaika/Mekaku City Actors:

    These two shows are the ones that I most intrigued by, due their potential to be something really great.

    Ping Pong The Animation:
    Fucking Masaki Yuasa,…..don’t need to say any thing else

    Knights of Sidonia:

    This better not be the future of anime….I hate CGI animation…its so lifeless

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