Welcome to the Winter 2012 Anime Preview! We went all out again to bring you all of the latest anime that are going to air in the Winter 2012 season. We even styled up the preview to reflect winter in all of its glory. Check out the summaries, trailers, and our thoughts on each show for the season. At the end of the post let us know which anime series you are looking forward to most!
Since the dawn of time, humanity has been threatened by the disaster called “Noise”. When it occurs, people die, and there are no countermeasures. Except one…, the top-secret Symphogear System, capable of eliminating Noise, has been deployed in Japan. Unknown to the general public, a pair of girls wielding Symphogears strive relentless to protect society from the ravages of Noise. It would surprise people even more to know that their protectors are none other than chart-topping singing duo “Zwei Wing”, Amou Kanade and Kazanari Tsubasa. Tachibana Hibiki and Kohinata Miku are two normal girls just enrolling in Lydian Private Music Academy. There, they meet Kanade and Tsubasa and become involved in the struggle against Noise.
From the description alone, this sounds like a darker and edgier version of Suite Precure. There’s a musical theme to the story, the symphogear appear to be technological magical girls, and two of the four main girls are named Hibiki and Kanade (the names of the main girls in Suite Precure, and yes the names are musical puns). In any case, the premise sounds typical, but I’ll certainly be checking it out to see if it is indeed a “Suite Precure for an older audience” or something more. Of note is that the angel Nana Mizuki will be voicing Tsubasa and singing the OP theme song. Another Precure connection in that Mizuki voiced Tsubomi in Heartcatch Precure, but I digress…
Natsume has always been alone. Orphaned at a young age he has been sent from one house to another house all his life. What alienates people from him is his unique ability, he can see Youkai. Constantly being chased and tormented by creatures that are invisible to most, he get labeled as an outcast. Now he is in high school and moves to a small town in the country. That is where he meets Madara, a powerful Youkai out to seek revenge against Natsume because of what his grandmother did to him. That is when he discovers he has a book filled with names of Youkai that his grandmother took from them. He vows to help these Youkai get their names back and by doing so he starts to discover that maybe his powers aren’t a curse, but a gift.
If you haven’t watched the first three seasons then you probably won’t be interested in this. There really is nothing more I can say, but you must watch those seasons. Natsume is easily one of the best series around and each season is better than the last. Episodes have a very serene feeling to them, like you are watching a ghibli movie. There is enough action to keep you drawn in and enough emotion to keep you addicted. Natsume is a show that needs to be on everyone’s list and if you haven’t seen it yet, then you are missing out. I recommend you check out my review of season 1 and 2 because no show is more worth your time than Natsume. Most of us have a break for the holiday season too, so now is a great time to catch up!
This continues what happened in the “Prince of Tennis “, after the end of the tournament . In “The New Prince of Tennis,” Ryoma and the others (team members and teams they faced) begin a new adventure when they are the only 50 middle school students to be invited to the Japanese High School Representatives Selection Camp where only the top potentials in the Japanese tennis world train.
This is the offical sequel to the long running Prince of Tennis series. I did watch most of Prince of Tennis, but in the end I just didn’t keep up with it. It started releasing a lot of OVAs that had no set date, which ended with me forgetting all about it. Like most shounen sports anime, they do a good job of keeping you invovled, even if you find the sport interesting. Overall I doubt I will pick it back up, just because there are 200+ episodes and I don’t remember where I left off and even if I do find out it has just been too long and I have forgotten all of the characters.
Sheryl, Nero, Elly, and Cordelia are the most popular students at Holmes Detective Academy, because of the many cases they’ve solved with their Toys and teamwork. The students and the people of the Detective City Yokohama all look up to the members of “Milky Holmes”, as they’re called. But on a dark and stormy night, during a battle with their rivals “The Gentlemen Thief Empire”, they lose their toys, and their fate undergoes a dramatic change…
So here’s the honest to goodness truth, reader. I haven’t seen any Milky Holmes. I’ve always looked at the series as the anime we usually skip over in these previews. Very little information of season 2’s staff and an unfamiliarity with the seiyuu cast isn’t helping me get interested. A Meta-friend of mine says its funny and that this relatively new group of seiyuu did a fine job last season. I’ve said very little to convince you or me that this is worth a shot. The audience that likes this stuff enjoys it and doesn’t need a preview to know more about the series.
The series revolves around the Miyagawa siblings, Atsushi and Atsumi. Atsushi is 180 cm tall, and Atsumi is 137. By all rights, you’d think that Atsushi is the adult older brother and Atsumi is the younger sister, but in reality, it’s the complete opposite. At eleven years old, Atsushi is an elementary school student that acts his age, and it’s up to his seventeen year old sister Atsumi to take care of him.
As soon as I read the description for this show, I was all over it. The premise just sounds so ridiculous and I can’t see this being anything other than a comedy. The series is supposedly for the Seinen demographic, and I honestly can’t wait to see this.
Tachibana Jun’ichi, a 2nd year high school student, always feels depressed around Christmas time due to a certain past experience. Due to his fear of opening his heart to love, his school life is rather lonely. One day, Tachibana asks himself if he is really satisfied with ending his high school life thus? Setting aside his fears, Tachibana determines that he will spend the coming Christmas with a girl.
For those who have not watched the first Amagami SS, it’s an anime adapted from an eroge following Junichi Tachibana who was stood up on Christmas Day and goes thru 6 different “routes” of girls that he falls in love with. What I enjoyed most about Amagami was the 4-episode arcs each girl was given. Little variety here and there, Junichi was a very relatable lead character, his sister Miya was cool, and the 4-episode arcs were great w/o all that waiting and stalling like many shoujou series do so often (even though I honestly enjoy the bulk of them I’ve seen). What Amagami SS+ will be is pretty much defined in the + sign: more Amagami. Definitely not a bad thing, as episodes 25 & 26 weren’t harmful little extras and the OVAs were fun, to. Plus seems more focused on moving the conclusions of the first season’s arcs forward in Summer uniforms, with each girl getting 2 episodes. It’s also known that the 2-episode arcs are almost exactly in reverse of the first series, with the exception being Kaoru and Sae’s positions swapped. If you enjoyed Amagami SS, I can’t totally gaurantee that Plus will bring the same amount of fun the first series did, but if you got a favorite girl (mine is Haruka), at the very least, you’ll want to see just a bit more fun times.
Sonya is an assassin attending a normal school. Yasuna is an airhead who follows Sonya around, unaware of how dangerous she is. This adaptation of a 4-panel comic focuses on the adorable ultra-violence that erupts when they try to get along.
The characters look cute, but the humor is deadly. I’ve enjoyed quite a few 4-koma in the past, so I thought I’d check out the manga this anime is based on, and I found myself laughing right away. I think if you’re a fan of physical humor, this will be right up your alley, especially when it’s an unassumingly cute little assassin girl breaking her “friend’s” arm first thing in the morning in a greeting gone wrong. Funny enough, Kugimiya Rie will be in the show, but she’s not voicing the twin tailed blonde girl, because that would be too obvious.
Louise Valliere is a 2nd year student at the esteemed Magic Academy High School, but all of her classmates call her ‘Zero Louise’. One of the most import 2nd year student rituals is the summoning of a familiar. Louise’s familiar summoning spell goes very wrong and pulls Hiraga Saito from his life as a high school student (in Japan) into the magic world. The ritual is sacred and once started, cannot be changed, so Louise accepts her fate and gives Saito a kiss (on the lips) to seal their bond. The other students take delight in teasing Zero Louise at having summoned an ordinary commoner as a familiar, but they have forgotten that familiars are magical creatures and by their nature — are never ordinary or common.
I watched the first two seasons of this show and enjoyed them quite a bit, but I am not sure why I never got to the third season. It could be that I thought it was just going to be another never ending anime, but now that I know this is the final I will get to season 3 soon. This series looks like your typical Kugimiya Rie loli anime and frankly it is, but it is a pretty good series when it comes to the action invovled. Right away Saito proves to be a badass and the comedy hits all the right notes. It has a very Harry Potter feel to it, well more of a Harry Poter 1-3 feel to it. I am going to look forward to this just because I always love it when a multi-seasoned anime ends.
The story centers around a spirited high school girl named Marika. She keeps herself busy with the space yacht club and her part-time job at a high-class retro café. One day, two men suddenly appear and claim to be subordinates of her dead father. They demand that she assume command of the space pirate ship Benten Maru. A privateer ship’s compact was made during a war of independence a century ago, and according to that compact, the ship must be inherited by the captain’s next direct descendant. Marika finds herself embarking on a new life as a space pirate.
Every word in the title alone has me looking forward to this one very much. Tetsuo Sato (Stellvia, Nadesico) has done some works comparable to Mouretsu given the whole space plus girls package, and overall it looks kind of throwback-y to stuff like Sato-san’s other series or even Vandread from a while back. In addition to a recent delay of the series back in August, this series apparently has been floating around waiting to be aired since 2009, so this is a couple years coming for Satelight. Of this season’s anime, Mouretsu Pirates is perhaps in my top 3 of series I’m most curious about. I don’t know what kind of story the novels are telling, but I’m figuring to be in this for the fun of girls fighting in space with mini skirts.
The story follows Issei Hyodo, a dim-witted, lecherous second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever. Issei is reincarnated as a devil, and from that day forward, he serves as an underling of Riasu, a high-level devil who is also the prettiest girl on Issei’s campus.
Oh boy…where do I even start with this one. Let me just get straight to the point, this looks like trash of the highest degree. It’s an ecchi action show, where all the good bits are censored out for the broadcast, and you’ll have to wait for a Blu-ray release to get the show the way it was meant to be watched. You know it doesn’t bode well for the show when the freaking trailer is filled to the brim with eye gougingly bad beam of light censoring. The premise behind the show is also been there, done that, so what you’re left with is something you’re better off skipping. I’ll be watching the first episode to see if it’s interesting enough to be worth watching as it airs, but right now my expectations are so low they may have reached China by now.