Walkure Romanze
Ecchi, Comedy

Walkure Romanze is one of many an ecchi anime this season, and my first thought was comparing it to Princess Lover! since the female designs look similar and that this series is adapted from a visual novel developed by Ricotta, who also did Princess Lover in the past. The series follows Takahiro Mizuno as he trains to be a Begleiter at an academy where knights joust (in the very technical sense, also a sports anime) and lose their clothes in embarrassing ways and somehow all the girls have the hots for the one dude… ya know, that kind of series. The small bit of CG jousting looked pretty decent actually, but we all know the budget will go where it’s supposed to go and that’s pretty much the singular benefit of looking at this series.

Gundam Build Fighters
Action, Rainbow

Awww, hell yes. This is my jam right here. After the pretty disappointing Gundam AGE, Sunrise is taking a very different approach with this next Gundam show. Instead of being a mecha war drama of space vs earth, it’s taking a meta route focusing on the plastic model kits from all the past Gundam series. This looks to be very similar to Gunpla Builders Beginning G which was only 3 short episodes. What’s exciting about this show is getting to see Gundam and other Mobile Suits from past shows duking it out in modern HD animation. On top of that, and because this is a show about Gunpla after all, we’ll be seeing new, customized versions of stuff like the Wing Gundam, Strike Gundam, Gundam X, and more. As a real life fan of Gunpla, I couldn’t be more excited for this.

Supernatural, Drama

This anime is about a Shrine Maiden and how she can interact with the various gods and spiritual creatures. It feels like kind of a generic anime, but when I looked at it I got a Kamichu vibe and that alone peaked my curiosity. I don’t think it will be anywhere near as good as Kamichu because this isn’t by Brain’s Base. Diomedia has yet to impress me, but I am willing to give them another chance. I don’t have high expectations for this show, but in a season that looks like it has a lot of sports and action shows, this series looks like it’ll offer a peaceful break from them.

Unbreakable Machine Doll
Action, Fantasy

The synopsis of a fantasy world where a student with a living doll partner/weapon fighting to be the top of his class doesn’t immediately grab my attention, but once I saw the PV I was pretty much sold. I like the character designs enough, and it looks to be an interesting setting. The one worrisome part from the PV was that CG dragon, but at least here it’s not a metaphor for sex.

Ars Nova: Arpeggio of Blue Steel
Action, Scifi

An entire anime in CG is what Ars Nova is, and while that’s likely to stir a thought or two in your head, I’ll try to present hope. Production studio Sanzigen did the action parts of Black Rock Shooter and the 009 Re Cyborg movie which were great uses of CG and that this is a manga adaptation about sentient battleships called the Fleet of Fog wreaking havoc on the planet. Where my hopes take a slight hit is that Seiji Kishi is directing, whose recent works Devil Survivor 2 and Danganronpa were anime I stuck with for a little while before dropping in annoyance. While those drops could be attributed moreso to source material than Kishi himself, I’ll place my hope in this series primarily on Sanzigen and their CG work.

Non Non Biyori
Comedy, Slice of Life
Silver Link

The first of the series that I had no prior expectations for, Non NonBiyori looks like any one of your cute girls doing cute things slice of life shows at first glance. Of the things that give me a bit of hope for this show is that it’s classified as Seinen, a genre that targets older males, and the rural setting the story takes place in. The other is that Silver Link has made some stuff I’ve enjoyed in the past, so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt here.

Yowamushi Pedal
Sports, Shounen
TMS Entertainment

This is kind of your average sports anime. You have an Otaku who rides his bike all the way to Akihabara every day, which is such an impressive task that he gets recruited to join the Cycling Club. You don’t see too many anime about cycling, which is why this series caught my eye. The last anime I’ve seen about this sport was called Over Drive and, I kid you not, it is one of my favorite sports anime of all time… it is crazy good. I don’t think this will be anywhere close to as good as Over Drive, but it could be an entertaining anime that you could cruise through. The one problem I see is that there are quite a lot of sports anime this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets left behind.