Welcome to the Spring 2012 Anime Preview! We went all out again to bring you all of the latest anime that are going to air in the Spring 2012 season. Check out the summaries, trailers, and our thoughts on each show for the season. We went ahead and split up the preview into pages, that way the load will be much faster! At the end of the post let us know which anime series you are looking forward to most!
The story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta’s life changes one fateful day.
There’s a dog wearing a spacesuit; one of the more memorable posters for an anime I can think of. Like Apollon, we have an award-winning & ongoing manga here in Space Bros about the dream to get to space. Plot details are scarce for me as my knowledge is only of the upcoming anime, but one surprise was an early listing for 48 episodes. Seinen anime have struggled to get past the 12 episode mark for a little while, so if the listing ends up being true, I’ll be really interested in what the series has to offer.
Yurume, an 18-year-old “ronin” and recent high school graduate, has high hopes of being accepted and attending Tokyo University. She moves into an apartment complex, the Maison du Wish, located on the outskirts of Tokyo where other ronins living there are studying for upcoming college acceptance exams.
Despite the name, Yurumates 3D is a 2D anime. It is based off of a 4Koma manga and there is already an OVA out for it too. I haven’t seen the OVA, but I am still mildly interested in this anime. 4Koma series tend to be a hit or miss for me, so I like to give them a chance. I am not really liking the art style of the series though. It has a chibi look to it and I am not much of a fan of that style. I don’t mind when normal anime put chibi scenes in them, in fact I find that a bit funny. Either way I won’t blacklist the anime right away. There are about 3 4Koma series airing this season so I’ll end up picking the best of them to watch.
17-year-old Kasuga Tamaki’s parents are suddenly transferred to Africa, prompting Tamaki to return to the countryside to live with her grandmother. On her path up the mountain she encounters a small fluffball-like god, and then is attacked by strange one-eyed beings and drowned gods, attracted to those with the blood of Princess Tamayori. Onizaki Takuma only barely saves her. As Tamaki’s grandmother explains: The village is surrounded by a barrier that seals away the Onikirimaru. For a long time the Tamayori princesses have kept this god sealed away, but the seal has started to weaken, agitating the other gods. Since Tamaki is the next Tamayorihime, she has to succeed her grandmother, and thus it now befalls her to seal away the Onikirimaru again…
DEEN dropping a reverse harem based off an Otome game on us for Spring with a voice cast featuring Tomokazu Sugita, Namikawa Daisuke and rising star Marie Miyaki (her debut role was Ringo Oginome in Penguindrum). A pre-air version has been out for a while, and I can’t help but think “DEEN!” when I see it. The CG used in episode 1 was awkward looking and they apparently have really changed up some of the original character designs. I was pretty meh about the first episode and don’t have any plans to continue on.
The first Saint Seiya TV series in 25 years. The revival of of Mars, God of War, is near. It is time for a new Saint to step into the stage of history to fight in the name of Athena.
Saint Seiya is a show I’ve experienced in the past as Knights of the Zodiac. It’s a classic show that I only remember vaguely. But it’s not nostalgia that’s the draw for my interest in this latest entry in the franchise. What has me most excited about this show is its ties to other series I’ve enjoyed in the past. Yoshihiko Umakoshi is working on the series as both animation director and character designer. This is the same guy that did character designs for both Heartcatch Precure and Casshern Sins, also doing animation direction on the latter. The director of the Omega also was an episode director on several heartcatch episodes. That’s enough to get me excited for this classic revival. If nothing, you can expect some awesome action and art direction from this one.
The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and ALPHAS, and then traces their origins – Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as ALPHAS. The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.
I am calling it right here, right now… This anime is going to ro~ck. This is an intense action anime that will be dramatic and violent. If the Carmina Burana-esque music from the trailer didn’t get your blood boiling, then there is no helping you. The old school name and feel to the anime comes from the fact that its manga is based on a One Shot the author did back in 1994. The manga however is much more recent and long running series that started in 2002. If anything worries me is that it won’t be able to have a fully flushed out story due to the fact that it is still ongoing. However, the main cast is voiced by none other than Daisuke Namikawa and Mamoru Miyano, two of the best voice actors in my opinion. This series has quite a bit of potential in it and it might be one of the more over looked series. I guarantee you that I will be watching this one and you should be too!
After the 30th Queen’s Blade, Claudette becomes the queen. At first, she governs the country well by abolishing the heavy taxes and the aristocracy. However, her reign turns into terrorism by power and the Queen’s Blade is repealed. The Princess Knight of Rebellion, Annelotte organizes a rebel army and declares war against Claudette.
I actually had only seen two episodes of Queen’s Blade before deciding to marathon seasons 1 & 2 just weeks before Rebellion’s debut. Sure, I could’ve just went to sites and checked out the weekly nudy photos, but I’ve watched plenty of ecchi so it would take a whole damn lot for me to want to gouge my eyes. The plot is of little interest past the binds that tie most of the cast and the only interesting part of the action is seeing Leina’s steel armor break off or Echidna’s snake slithering away from her nether region. But this is what should be expected in 99 out of 100 ecchi shows, and the character designs (each girl by a different designer) and the clothes ripping is the series’ draw. Menace was my favorite when I watched the show.
It’s sad to see Claudette decline as she apparently is. I really liked her story of wanting the acceptance of Leina & Elina’s father. Judging from the casting list, it seems like most of the girls from the previous seasons will have moved on (the 3 Swamp Witch’s mistresses noticably absent). Speaking of the Swamp Witch, she had blinded Tomoe after the previous series, and considering that she is in fanart with Rebellion’s main character Annelotte, I believe the two are sisters and the Annelotte will also be fighting for her sake. We get new pretty girls to look at and watch get their clothes ripped off.
The story focuses on the strange antics of Team Guy as they work on becoming great ninjas, a job which often requires saving Lee from himself.
We all knew this would come one day. As popular as Naruto is a spin-off series was likely, I just don’t think many of us pictured it would be like this. Probably meant for kids, I can’t still but be somewhat interested in this. After all, it does feature Rock Lee, one of the best Naruto characters that doesn’t get a lot of screen time. I think every Naruto Fan probably ranks the Rock Lee v. Kimura fight as one of the best fights in all of anime, let alone Naruto. Rock Lee comes off naturally funny and so as a main character he should provide quite a few laughs. I like gag-manga as well, so I think at the very least I’ll give it an episode or two. Try not to write it off too quickly just because it looks different.
The story revolves around four teens – the good-looking twins Asaba Yuuta and Yuuki, the effeminate Matsuoka Shun, and the class head Tsukahara Kaname – who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Tachibana Chizuru joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.
I tried watching the first season, but couldn’t get past episode 1. Maybe it is the high of Nichibros, but I do feel like giving this another chance. I do like series like these so I am not sure why I even disliked it. I do remember reading a few chapters of the manga and thinking about how this doesn’t really feel like a shounen title. It has more of a shoujo feel to it and it is somewhat refreshing to see a shounen title with the same kind of style you’d come to expect from an shoujo manga. I think I’ll try and marathon it this weekend so I can watch episode 1 as soon as it airs. Hopefully this time I’ll make it past episode 1.