Brynhildr in the Darkness
4.6.2014
Scifi, Mystery
Arms

If Brynhildr seems a shade like Elfen Lied, it’s because ARMS is adapting this series from Okamoto Lynn’s sci-fi manga. Brynhildr starts with Murakami after an accident with his childhood friend Kuroneko that costs Kuro her life. Later, a girl named Kuroha transfers into school and she has Murakami completely convinced that she is indeed the Kuroneko he once knew. More like Elfen Lied and less like the ecchi stuff ARMS is more known for, Brynhildr’s early chapters present a story that might be well enough for some to follow along with as questions are asked about the existence of aliens along with who Kuroha really is. Early animation footage isn’t impressive, but I think ARMS might have an ok show here for this season.

Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou
4.6.2014
Sports, Shounen
Toei Animation

Errr…I know sports anime have their fanbase, and Sumo is the national sport of Japan, but I’ll be honest and say that neither of those things appeal to me. “I Wanna be the Strongest in the World!” this is not.

Haikyuu!!
4.6.2014
Sports, Comedy
Production I.G

Is it alright for me to be somewhat excited over a volleyball anime? Sports anime are a dime a dozen, but the last time there was a volleyball anime it was in the 70’s. It could have potential to be a rather fun watch on a weekly basis. Hopefully we’ll get some beach volleyball with women at some point, but even with a focus on guys it seems like it could be good. Plus this is being produced by Production I.G, so at the very least we should get some high quality animation.

Baby Steps
4.6.2014
Sports, Comedy
NHK

Sports anime are mostly the same, which is why even as an avid sports fan I watch so few of them. You gotta work hard like Ippo does, you can’t phone it in like Ace of Diamond did a couple seasons ago. In fairness, not many sports anime or anime in general can ascend to the quality of Ippo. Baby Steps is about a boy nicknamed E-chan who joins the tennis club, and the series already has a 25-episode listing on MAL which seems fairly common with sports-themed shows. As a sports fan, of course I’ll try it out (to borrow a tennis term, I’ll play a game), but I don’t even think it’s the top sports show this season to look forward to.

Captain Earth
4.6.2014
Mecha, Scifi
BONES

Alright, now we’re talking. We’ve got a new Bones mecha anime from the same team that worked on Star Driver. Say what you will about Star Driver, but it had some gorgeous animation and unique mecha design. Captain Earth seems to be reveling in sci-fi goofiness with invaders from Uranus, so I’m expecting something interesting at the very least.

One Week Friends
4.7.2014
Romance, Comedy
Brain’s Base

I’m not going to lie, I love the movie 50 First Dates. I am a sucker for those sappy romance comedies and this anime looks like it’ll bring the feels. Brain’s Base has brought us some great anime over the last few years and I am hoping this is the next great one from them. I really like the material, but I will say that the voice actors are relatively new and the staff isn’t quite as veteran as I’d like. Still, the trailer already showed me enough to be interested. I think if you don’t like the slow paced sappy stuff, then you should probably steer clear from this.

Kanojo ga Flag wa Oraretara
4.7.2014
Comedy, Harem
Hoods Entertainment

You know those things in stories called “flags” that signal upcoming events in the plot, such as a death flag foreshadowing a certain character dying? Well here we have a main character that can actually visually see those flags when they appear. There’ve been lots of similar premises for rom-coms in the past, most recently that multiple choices one comes to mind, but this stands out as actually kind of interesting to me. The art style here is decent and I feel like this has potential.

Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
4.8.2014
Comedy, Ecchi
Zexcs

I think this is another case of me having more faith in the studio than the content. It really is your standard harem ecchi show about a manga artist and his assistants. I don’t expect this to be some kind of AAA, anime of the year contender, but Zexcs has proven to me that they know how to make me laugh. I might not keep up with it, but I sure as hell will give it a chance. If it can entertain me on a weekly basis, then that is all I need from it.

  • 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.

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    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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