Upotte!!
04.07.2012
Action, Comedy, Slice of Life
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
xebec
Synopsis:
A teacher is looking for a school by the name of Seishou Academy, as he is a new transfer teacher for that school. Seishou Academy is known for having students with excellent marksmanship. However, he gets lost along the way and decides to look for someone who knows where the school is at a summer festival. He encounters a girl at a shooting range and finds her marksmanship skills to be professional. The girl tells the new teacher that she is an assault rifle, not a student. Her name is FNC and is an assault rifle of Seishou Academy. The new teacher attends school the next day to find students, including FNC, practicing shooting M16s and realizes that he has come to an unbelievable school. How will his experience be at Seishou Academy?
Amuro’s Thoughts:

Cute, anthropomorphised rifles? Sure, why the hell not? This show is being animated by Xebec and has character design done by the same guy who did Kanokon and Ladies vs Butlers. If you weren’t fond of those shows or how they looked and were super fanservicey, then Upotte is likely not for you, but as someone that did enjoy both those shows, I have another series to look forward to from this season. Hopefully Upotte will be just as revealing as Ladies vs Butlers was with its fan service.

Ginga e Kickoff!
04.07.2012
Shounen, Comedy, Sports
Trailer: N/A
tyo animations
Synopsis:
The story follows a boy who was in a soccer team, but it was disbanded due to not enough players. However, after the boy meets a female professional soccer player, he aims to bring his soccer team back.
Jrow’s Thoughts:

I remember The Knight in the Area from last season, so I’m in a weird combination of being hesitant toward another soccer show on the heels of a crappy one, but also forgiving in that Ginga e Kickoff shouldn’t have to live in the shadow of generic shounen sports anime. This football show seems more geared toward a younger audience and there are girl soccer players featured on the site, so maybe it’s going to be a co-ed team? Oh hey look, one of the One Piece directors is here, Uda Konosuke. Movie 4 “Dead End” was decent, Movie 7 was babe-alicious. That’s all. Guy does OP, good for him. Won’t affect my view of Kickoff.

Nazo no Kanojo X
04.08.2012
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
hoods entertainment
Synopsis:
Tsubaki Akira is your typical high school student. One day his life is changed after a mysterious transfer student joins his class. Urebae Mikoto is not your typical high school girl. She is withdrawn from the other students and randomly breaks out in laughter in the middle of class with no explanation. After school Akira heads back to the classroom to grab his stuff. There he finds Mikoto asleep drooling all over her desk. Not wanting to leave her there alone, he awakes her. After she leaves, he finds the pool of drool still sitting on the desk and for some reason he decides to taste it…
steev’s Thoughts:

There is something about the description that just catches my attention. I don’t think I am quite perverse enough to taste the drool of another person, but the idea is kind of intriguing. Having it start off like that has me pretty interested in seeing where this quaky romance-comedy goes. I read a bit of the first chapter to see what it was like and I am not too sure I am sold on the main characters yet, but I still want to check it out. The art it particularly dated. It has a late 80’s early 90’s feel to it. The anime stays pretty faithful to the style as well. That might be somewhat of a drawback to the anime and might turn some people off. I feel like there still is enough to get me to at least give it a shot. I think this anime has potential to be good, but I don’t think it will stand out too much from other romance-comedies.

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2
04.08.2012
Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Trailer: N/A
NHK & Sunrise
Synopsis:
In the second season, the story continues to revolve around the Orpheus bangle and Phi Brain, but the puzzle battles heat up. A new enemy, a group of boys named Orpheus Order, appears before Kaito and the others, and the battles begin anew.
steev’s Thoughts:

This is hardly worth talking about. Not because I didn’t like season 1, which I didn’t, but because it is like season 1 never ended. This will start up a week after season 1 ends, same time slot and everything. Personally, I couldn’t get into the show. I stayed for the first 10 episodes, but annoyed by the puzzles either being too easy or unsolvable unless you cheat, I just couldn’t stick with it. I am sure there are those that love this series, but as a frequent puzzle solver myself, I can’t stand behind it.

Kuroko no Basuke
04.08.2012
Shounen, Drama, Sports
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
production i.g
Synopsis:
In the story, Kagami Taiga has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Kuroko Tetsuya of the school’s basketball team. Kuroko happens to be the shadowy sixth member of the legendary Generation of Miracles basketball team. Together, Kagami and Kuroko aim to take their team to the inter-high school championship — against Kuroko’s former teammates.
Jrow’s Thoughts:

I’m a huge sports fan. I keep tabs on Baseball and Hockey and pretty much any other sport, but sports animes just don’t fascinate me. So why did Ippo and Big Windup work for me? Because they got into the mindset of the players and educated on the sport, or in Ippo’s case, had many funny moments. Chihayafuru worked because of the shoujo essence it had. Basically, my wiring is weird in a way that I get enough real sports on television, that I need a sports related anime to dive much deeper into character development or make a boring game exciting for me to vest interest in it. Shunsuke Tada brings some sports anime experience having done some Prince of Tennis stuff, so as long as the series has good characterization and can’t be so heavily compared to Slam Dunk, Basuke might be a good sports anime this season.

Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
04.08.2012
Drama, Slice of Life, Sports
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
studio gokumi
Synopsis:
The Achiga Girls’ Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded. Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls’, but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year. When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga’s mahjong club.
steev’s Thoughts:

If you ever thought Mahjong was boring, never fear, you’ll be able to watch it played in an over dramatic way by a bunch of middle school girls! To be more serious, I don’t really know if I will even attempt to watch this show. There are always these kinds of game anime that I can never get behind. I tried to like Chihayafuru, but I just didn’t like it in the end. I guess if it isn’t a game I actually like, then the anime gets kind of boring. Hikaru no Go was about the only one I could sit through, which makes sense because I like playing Go. I’ve tried Mahjong before, but I didn’t like it very much. Even if I liked Mahjong, looking at the PV has me turned off still. It shows the girls doing major animated attacks to place one tile. That is going way overboard in my opinion. The characters look pretty generic too. I’m definitely going to pass on this one.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
04.09.2012
Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
silver link
Synopsis:
The story takes place in Seikyou Private School. A facility that consists of multiple buildings that connect together to accommodate both junior and senior high school students. Sixty years of ongoing renovations and expansions have meant most of the old inner structures have been sealed and abandoned. Classrooms turned into storage rooms, staircases no longer in use, hallways like dark alleys. With the existence of such a maze-like building, it is only natural that rumours of the paranormal would appear.
Amuro’s Thoughts:

I originally caught wind of this show after seeing a few pages from the manga on 4chan. The premise got me interested, however I’m also slightly wary. While there were certainly fans of Another, it was a show that made me realize I wasn’t too big a fan of melodramatic supernatural bullshit. I haven’t read the manga since I learned about the anime, so I am going into this knowing next to nothing about it other than its basic premise, but I’m going into this with a positive mindset.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
04.09.2012
Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-fi
Trailer: [spoiler][/spoiler]
xebec
Synopsis:
The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.
steev’s Thoughts:

If you think this sounds like Kannagi with aliens, then you aren’t the only one. To be honest I don’t think I will like this anime very much, but I will give it a shot. This is a very popular series and has already had 2 anime adaptations already. The first was an ONA and the second was based on a different manga adaptation from the light novels. I can’t tell you what the difference between the two are, since I haven’t seen either anime, but I can confirm that this is a separate series that isn’t a sequel. The popularity makes me want to think that there is something to the series and it might be worth watching, but I won’t put any expectations on it. I have been burned before by jumping into a popular series. Just because a lot of people like it doesn’t mean I will.