Kore wa Zombie Desuka? OF THE DEAD
04.04.2012
Comedy, Action, Supernatural
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
studio deen
Synopsis: (Season 1)
Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive a maho shojo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against anti-mahou shojo system “Megalo” in her place.
steev’s Thoughts:

If you haven’t watched season 1 of Kore wa Zombie, you are missing out on of the of funniest zombie anime of all time. The first time you watch a boy turn into a magical girl you can’t help but laugh until it hurts. That is right, A Zombie Magical Girl. Probably the first ever. I wrote a review on it when we did Zombie Week last year, so check it out! Season 2 looks promising since season 1 kind of ended quickly and unsatisfyingly. If anything shows that this season should be funny it would be the name. OF THE DEAD is about the best name I’ve ever seen in terms of a sequel series. Not only does it parody, but it sets a standard of funny that I hope it can keep, which it probably will.

Medaka Box
04.05.2012
Comedy, Action, Ecchi
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
gainax
Synopsis:
Kurokami Medaka is an exceptional first year student at Hanokiwa Academy who got elected as president of the student council with a smashing 98% of the votes. Extremely intelligent, strong, and rich; she wants to help anyone in need. To do that, she introduces a suggestion box that allows any student to contact her. Later known as the Medaka Box, it will bring forth incredible challenges to Kurokami and her friends of the student council.
Jrow’s Thoughts:

The next Shounen Jump to be put into anime form comes from Akatsuki Akira (art) & NisiOisiN (story). Yup, that second name is that of the writer of the -gatari series, but don’t expect all of the perversion from Nisemono to carry over, though Medaka has a desire to show off her toned body from time to time. The manga is frequently ranked in the bottom of SJ rankings and Gainax isn’t quite what it used to be after key personnel moved on elsewhere. I planned to read the first couple chapters of the manga, and then 10 chapters later, I can see why it would be ranked so low given how OP/Bleach/Naruto are and how popular Toriko and others are in Japan. Medaka Box is more like daily activities and only Shiranui shows some ulterior motive in the early goings, so it comes down to how much you will like Medaka Kurokami as a character; I found her likable. Zenkichi is ok for a lead male, but his character didn’t show me anything to carry the load the way other lead males do in anime.

Sengoku Collection
04.05.2012
Drama, Action, History
Trailer: N/A
brain’s base
Synopsis:
Anime adaptation of Konami’s Sengoku Collection social networking service game, set in the tumultuous Sengoku Era of historical Japan, when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan’s first shogunate.
Jrow’s Thoughts:

If you look at the screenshot, I’d pass them off as moe magical girls, but apparently it’s Sengoku Era. I blogged Sengoku Otome last year (which I enjoyed and has no relation to this), but I’m surprised that Brain’s Base is at the center of this anime directed by Keiji Gotoh, whose episodes of Penguindrum I wasn’t too keen on. *cue fans raging about a DRRR!! sequel* *cue Sakuga fans raging at my Gotoh comment* As long as it’s fun and looks pretty, it’ll be fine by me, and Brain’s Base supporters shouldn’t lose their cool that this’ll affect their overall resume.

Fate/Zero 2
04.06.2012
Action, Drama, Supernatural
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
ufotable
Synopsis: (Season 1)
The Holy Grail War is a death-match between 7 magi (Masters) and their summoned heroic spirits (Servants). In this battle royale, the prize is the legendary Holy Grail, said to be an omnipotent wish-granting device which will produce any sort of miracle in order to bend reality to accommodate the wishes it grants. The winning Master and Servant shall be granted one wish each, after which the Holy Grail will not be activated until the next War.
steev’s Thoughts:

The best anime last year was one that didn’t end.. It didn’t even try to end, it just stopped. I don’t really know why they split this anime into two parts, but what I do know is that if you aren’t watching Fate/Zero you officially fail as an anime fan. Just stop watching everything and start season 1 of Fate/Zero. Only 13 episodes in season 1, so you can catch up real quick. For those of us who were smart enough to watch season 1 already, I don’t think I can do much but echo how excited I am about season 2. Season 1 ended as things started to pick up. None of the masters are out of the game just yet, so I am expecting a lot of eliminations to come very quickly. That means a lot of action. This is going to be the best anime for this season and I am already ready to nominate it for best anime of the year.

Accel World
04.06.2012
Action, Sci-fi, Mecha
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
sunrise
Synopsis:
One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyuki-hime, the prettiest girl in his school. For the middle school boy who is often bullied, the meeting changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software she gave him, Haruyuki learns about the existence of the virtual Accel World. It was after that fateful encounter that Haruyuki of the lowest school caste becomes Burst Linker, a courageous knight defending a princess.
Jrow’s Thoughts:

Yuki Kaji as the main hero? While he may have an unusal character design (short and stout), I expect Arita to be a lot like so many Kaji characters like Issei Hyoudou or Ouma Shu from previous seasons. There’s a couple things I see in comparison to Toaru Majutsu no Index: first, it’s based off a long-running Light Novel series, and it’s also going to have a 2-cour 24-episode run. And while Index dealt more with Science vs. Magic, Accel World seems to have a technology slant with downloaded software and the form of communication you see Kuroyukihime and Haruyuki use in the trailer. I’m hopeful that Sunrise will keep up their quality of animation for this series, and if I come to like it so much, that they make more seasons. Masakazu Obara’s previous directorial works include the MY series (Hime & Otome) and Hiroyuki Oshima is doing his first stint as a music director here.

Acchi Kocchi
04.06.2012
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
Synopsis:
Wouldn’t you just love to poke in a relationship between two young high schoolers who have a subtle distance between each other? Of course you would. Tsumiki and Io have this subtle distance that anyone would want to jump in between just to bug them. That’s what the other characters are there for. Tsumiki, being a tsundere and all, won’t be honest about her feelings toward Io. Io on the other hand is unaware of Tsumiki’s feelings, hence the subtle distance between the two. Now, let’s watch these two and see what events await them…
Jrow’s Thoughts:

Hey look, yet another 4-koma adaptation! They’re quite upfront in the summary about the relationship the two leads have. I’m not really digging AIC’s animation style here enough to get over the potentially formulaic structure all of these 4-koma series have, which by many accounts isn’t even in the same league as the likes of Lucky Star or anything remotely similar. I fully plan on avoiding this series after episode 1.

Sankarea
04.06.2012
Comedy, Ecchi, Supernatural
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
studio deen
Synopsis:
Furuya’s obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all girl’s school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?
steev’s Thoughts:

I believe this was recommended by Foshizzle and we ended up reading several of the manga chapters for our zombie week podcasts. Our general consensus was that it wasn’t very good… as a manga. I will say that the manga author, Mitsuru Hattori, also wrote Inu Neko Jump, which was a short, but fun series. Now that it is getting an anime adaptation I am more curious in the series. As a manga it was hard to sit through, but as an anime this has a chance to be good. I am not expecting it to blow my mind, but I am curious about how well it will hold up as an anime. Besides Inu Neko Jump, the manga author hasn’t written anything that I know nor has the director of the anime worked on anything else. In other words, there isn’t a lot of talent to expect anything from, so naturally I will have my reservations about the anime. It is being done by Studio Deen, which is going full zombie this season. I will give it a chance, but I don’t know if I will be able to finish it. Although there should be some good ecchi scenes in the anime. Ecchi makes everything better.

Also, is it just me or does the title sound like some kind of sickness? Like, “OMG, I caught Sankarea.” Sounds kind of painful…

Natsuiro Kiseki
04.06.2012
Drama, Slice of Life
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
sunrise
Synopsis:
Waking up in the morning, going to school, spending time with friends. These make up the days of four friends. They experience fun and sad things as well, and these days seem to go on forever, until one summer, a wonder happens. This is a story of four girls: Natsumi, a cheerful and frank girl, Saki, who is perfect in both studying and sports, Yuka, who is a fan of the idol group Four Seasons, and Rinko, who loves music. This warm yet refreshing summer-coloured wonder will surely carry you along…
Jrow’s Thoughts:

Sunrise doing a s’life? I know they have a big catalog, but s’life certainly isn’t something I expect from them. Another key point of the anime is that all four girls are voiced by the musical group Sphere (I remember enjoying their Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou OP), but besides the typical character profiles, we’ll have to wait and see what this “wonder” is until we can properly assess the appeal of this anime. That will be up to Urahata Tatsuhiko, who has written for adapted series such as Monster and X, but this is an original work with him and director Mizushima Seiji (Fullmetal Alchemist, Un-Go)