Posted by DocHaus (1331 posts) -

Lots of social awkwardness apparent in this upcoming animu season. I tried to find something on youtube with "spaghetti" in it, this is what came up.

[Crossposted on that anime site that people loved/hated before the big breakup. You know the one. If you are looking for a more serious/thorough/good explanation of what's coming up, now's your chance to look for another blog/site.]

It seems most people interested in watching Japanese cartoons these days are too busy having all the sex or earning all the paper, and they don't have time to read through paragraphs upon paragraphs to find out what anime are worth watching or not. They want anime previews in bite-sized chunks, so I am here to deliver that. Someone's gotta dig through the crap to find the swallowed diamonds in the turd pile. Nothing like doing one of these long lists to make you appreciate Sturgeon's Law that much more.

Before reading, keep in mind that 1) these previews are pretty subjective and may contain unserious language and 2) premiere dates are subject to change depending on whims of animation studios and Japanese broadcasters. I will try to edit in new dates and pics when I can to make this more readable.

  • 06/08 Kingdom 2 -- a sequel to Yet Another Adaptation of China's Three Kingdoms stories. Did anyone watch the first series?
  • 06/14 There goes Yuuto-kun (Yuuto-kun ga Iku) -- Kid plays soccer, does soccer things. Do they call it soccer or football in Japan? I'm just asking because I know there's like a niche of American Football fans over there. Or maybe that's just the Americans in the Okinawan army base. What were we talking about again?
  • 07/01 Recorder and Ransel Mi -- Here is every single joke in the show: little kid who looks ten years older doing childish things, but every adult sees him as a creepy pervert. His older sister who looks ten years younger wishes she was bigger. Her friend is sort of in love with the brother. Their neighbor is a NEET. Now you don't have to watch this series.
  • 07/01 Dog and Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou) -- bibliophile boy shot by a robber, reincarnated as a dog because JAPAN. Taken in (as a dog) by his favorite female author who abuses him with scissors. I don't even know what the fuck. Gonzo is doing this one.
  • 07/02 Kanetsugu and Keiji (Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu to Keiji) -- two Sengoku-era generals who aren't Nobunaga or Hideyoshi. Based on a manga by Tetsuou Hara (Fist of the North Star), directed by Bob Shirohata (Hetalia, Gravitation) with script by Yasuhiro Imagawa (G Gundam, Giant Robo, Shin Mazinger Z). The staff makes it sound manly, but on the other hand, Studio DEEN.
  • 07/02 Senyuu 2 -- Continuation of the crack series featuring a hero (kind of) who uncovered a conspiracy about the recent demon war and has to save humanity or something. There was a gag about a giraffe and a demon lord who accidentally opened a portal trying to make popcorn. Episodes only five minutes so whatever.
  • 07/02 BROTHERS CONFLICT -- Reverse harem where a girl has 11 "brothers" who all want her tits for whatever reason.
  • 07/03 Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ -- Shy girl makes friends, loves photography. I'm waiting for the big reveal where it turns out that photography is dead because any asshole with a cellphone can take a picture and put LOLCAT captions on it. Fuck you, internet. You destroyed the art of photography.
  • 07/03 FREE! -- Sexy high school boys in swimsuits. Who said creepy anime fanservice wasn't equal-opportunity? Kyoto Animation is handling the production, so it will be well-animated.
  • 07/04 Go-Home Club Activity Minutes (Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku) -- In Japan the "Go-home Club" is a way of saying "I don't have an afterschool club, screw you guys, I'm going home!" before you hop on your moped and speed away, flipping the bird at your teacher all the while. Only problem is a schoolgirl here discovers someone made an actual club out of the name and she ends up joining it. Wacky hijinks ensue!
  • 07/04 Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Club C³ (Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu) -- Cute girls with [_________], this time it's airsoft club! On the other hand, they did have this trailer with a catchy tune.

  • 07/04 Rozen Maiden (New Series) -- a hikkikomori NEET plays with dolls that have supernatural powers. Maybe the main character reacts to his sister's quips with "THEY'RE ACTION FIGURES ONEE-SAMA!" while he frantically tries to yank his pants back up.
  • 07/04 Swan Song of the Valkyries: Symphogear G (Senki Zessho Symphogear G) -- J-pop idols with special music-powered armor to fight aliens.
  • 07/04 Servant x Service -- The name might make you run for the hills, but it's a comedy about the staff of a health and welfare office in Japan, based on a manga by the writer of "Working!!", directed by the person behind the Squid Girl anime, might be funny?
  • 07/04 Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair, the Animation -- Seiji Kishi (P4 and SMT:DS2 anime, among others) directing a game adaptation. Murder mystery set in an elite high school with Persona-esque social links? Someone here can probably explain it better.
  • 07/04 Love Lab (Ren-Ai Lab) -- Romantic comedy thing where girl helps her friend the Student Council President be less awkward. I'm hoping it's like My Fair Lady with lesbians.
  • 07/06 Golden Mosaic (Kin'iro Mosaic) -- about a Japanese girl who is friends with a blonde-haired British girl who is moving in with her in Japan. I'm going to start humming the Odd Couple theme here. Da-dadadadaaaaaa dadada-dadadaaaaaaaa-daaaaaaaaaa...

  • 07/06 The Sun Penetrates the Illusions (Genei wo Kakeru Taiyo) -- Dark-magical girl series. Only a matter of time before someone tried to out-Madoka Madoka. At least it's not an adaptation of something else.
  • 07/06 Something-monogatari Series -- Written by the prolific NisiOisiN, directed by ShaftxShinbo again. That supernatural mystery romance that veered straight into creepytown with Nisemonogatari (but managed to grab the #4 spot in the GB 2012 Anime Poll for Duders!).
  • 07/06 Genshiken: The Next Generation -- Another Genshiken series by Production I.G. where a bunch of otaku form a club, but apparently with a different cast this time around? .
  • 07/07 Ecstatic Family (Uchōten Kazoku) -- Original novel adaptation by the same author behind Tatami Galaxy, so it might actually be good?
  • 07/05 Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS -- Hello, my name is Chris Hansen. Maybe you'd like to take a seat over there? You're going to end up in the party van one way or another for liking this show unironically, might as well get a reaction on camera from you before we let the sherriff burst through the door and haul you away.
  • 07/06 The Sunday God Wasn't There (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi) -- Manga adaptation handled by Madhouse. A sci-fi/mystery story about a girl who works as a gravedigger in a world where no one actually can die or be born. Then crazy shit goes down. Might be good?
  • 07/06 Fantasista Doll -- Wait a minute, don't we already have a Rozen Maiden adaptation?
  • 07/07 Teekyuu 2 -- A group of girls who formed a tennis club but rarely play tennis. Budget of the first one consisted of 10 yen and a gum wrapper someone found on a Tokyo subway platform, I don't expect it will change much with this offering. At least the episodes are only like 3-4 minutes long.
  • 07/07 Demon World Prince: Devils and Realist (Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist) -- Comedy/fantasy/supernatural adventure thing for the ladies about a poor guy who summons a demon and ends up subbing for Lucifer. Kind of like Bruce Almighty but with Hell and no Morgan Freeman or good humor.
  • 07/07 High School DxD NEW -- The "W" in the poster is a giant pair of tits, or a scrotum, depending on how you look at it. Point is, this ain't exactly high art.
  • 07/07 Hakkenden something something who cares
  • 07/08 No Matter How I Look at It, It's Your Fault I'm Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!, or "WataMote!") -- A manga about a socially awkward girl where the majority of sales were actually driven by 4chan instead of Japan. 5 minutes in to the first episode and I guarantee you will know why without having to visit that site. 20 minutes and you'll start contemplating the meaninglessness of life. Directed and produced by the same team behind the BakaTest adaptation, so it might be funny while cringe-worthy.
  • 07/08 The World God Only Knows Season 3 -- In a world where dating sims = real relationship advice, a hardcore gamer has to date a new girl like each week to draw out some evil ghost from their heart or something.
  • 07/10 Blood Lad --Hikkikomori vampire who falls in love with the ghost of a human girl, so kinda like Twili--*USER WAS BANNED FOR LAME JOKE*
  • 07/11 Silver Spoon -- noitaminA series based on the award-winning manga by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist). About a nerdy boy who escapes family troubles by joining an agricultrual high school. Loosely based on the experiences that Arakawa herself had growing up in a farm family. Fucking read/watch it.
  • 07/12 Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation -- Game to anime adaptation by David Production (recently did the JoJo anime). It’s anime girl manifestation of the Console War, so you duders arguing over XBONE/PS4/Wii U/Ouya supremacy will love it.
  • 07/12 Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prism-Illya -- Fate/Stay Night spinoff with magical girls instead of ancient warriors fighting for a Holy Grail. A little more cutesy than the main story. Being produced by Silver Link (BakaTest, others), with Takashi Sakamoto (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) directing, take that as you will.
  • 07/13 Milky Holmes sequel --Yo Holmes, pass me another hit of dat magical-girl series, but make 'em detectives in school or some shit. I dunno. Who gives a fuck.
  • 07/13 A Town where you Live (Kimi no Iru Machi) -- A self-conscious male teen meets an extroverted female teen who moves from Tokyo to the other’s home in Hiroshima, sounds like 1-2 different adaptations that pop up every season. Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Dream Eater Merry). Maybe one of you have read the manga?
  • 07/13 Gatchaman CROWDS -- Remember Battle of the Planets? Or that Eagle Riders show that popped up in the west? Yeah this is like that but with teens now, and a female lead apparently. Produced by Tatsunoko Production, with direction by Kenji Nakamura (Tsuritama).

OVA's/Movies to watch for:

  • 06/22 GitS: Arise -- A prequel to the main Ghost in the Shell storyline, except in a different universe than the movie/SAC anime/manga universes. First 8 minutes are on youtube right now.
  • 06/10 KICK-HEART -- Maasaki Yuasa and Production I.G.'s Kickstarter-funded film about S&M wrestlers.
  • 07/06 Gintama movie -- this one supposed to talk about Gintoki's past I think?
  • 07/13 -- Fate/Zero set in a cafe.
  • ??/?? -- Code Geass Akito Part 2? Rumored to come out this season but who knows...

Feel free to tell me what I missed or how right I am in the comments.

#1 Edited by AlexanderSheen (5007 posts) -

Thanks duder!

Hmm... From the looks of it, the ones that I'll check out are:

  • Dog and Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou) - I have to know what the fuck is going on.
  • FREE! - Like a tragedy happening in front of you. You want to look away but you can't.
  • Go-Home Club Activity Minutes (Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku) - Sure. We'll see how bad the humor is.
  • Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Club C³ (Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu) - The show probably have nothing to do with the style of that trailer but it sold me on at least the first episode.
  • Servant x Service - Saw Working!! in the description: "I don't care what they're selling but I'm buying."
  • Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair - The Animation - Let that "The Animation" train rollin'.
  • Golden Mosaic (Kin'iro Mosaic) - It's about girls...
  • Something-monogatari Series - All the information I needed is in the title: Monogatari
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It's Your Fault I'm Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!, or "WataMote!") - I like the manga but I don't know how it will fit into the 20+ minutes/episode format. We'll see I guess. Maybe I like it because I had a part of my life when I had a similar personality (socially awkward, really weird) like her's. I'm so glad I grew out of it.
  • Blood Lad - Let's hope it is a beautiful tragedy like that Amnesia show was. Man, the ending of that show... so good.
  • Silver Spoon - I have all the respect for the writer, but if it turns out like Moyashimon (boring agriculture infodump) then no thank you.
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation - ... What?...
  • A Town where you Live (Kimi no Iru Machi) - Why not?
  • Gintama Movie - FUCK. YES.

Phew, that is a LOT.

#2 Posted by DocHaus (1331 posts) -

Either these seasons are getting bigger or it just feels that way because the internet removes the filter of crappier anime before it reaches us. I'm hyped for GitS: Arise part 1 myself. Also planning to watch Silver Spoon, WataMote, The Sunday God Left and the Go-Home Club as a wildcard.

#3 Posted by ZombiePie (5666 posts) -

  • 07/07 High School DxD NEW -- The "W" in the poster is a giant pair of tits, or a scrotum, depending on how you look at it. Point is, this ain't exactly high art.

Fuck everyone and everything.

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#4 Edited by Chibithor (574 posts) -

I expect to check out the first episode of a lot of them, but Dangan Ronpa (no idea what this is though), WataMote, GitS, Hyperdimension Neptunia (I need to know) and TWGOK are the ones I'm looking forwards to most right now.

#5 Posted by rubberluffy (459 posts) -

I didn't know anything about Blood Lad other than thinking it had a dumb name, but I've been reading the manga and now the anime is definitely something I'm looking forward to. The manga is really entertaining, although your description of it isn't really accurate.


  • Blood Lad - Let's hope it is a beautiful tragedy like that Amnesia show was. Man, the ending of that show... so good.

They are really not even remotely similar. BL is much more of an action-comedy. The main character, Staz, is really fun though.

#6 Edited by DocHaus (1331 posts) -
#7 Posted by rubberluffy (459 posts) -

@dochaus:

Japanese schoolgirl accidently ends up in the demon realm, specifically in an area ruled by Staz, a vampire who is obsessed with the human world, especially Japanese culture. He tries to be friends with her but she ends up getting killed while out of his sight, thus becoming a ghost, so he decides he's gonna find some way to resurrect her partly because he feels responsible and partly because he can use it as an excuse to go to Japan. That's just the start, there's a lot more going on but the manga is only at 27 chapters and is monthly. It's kinda like Soul Eater in its style, but much less actiony.

#8 Posted by DonChipotle (2760 posts) -

Wait wait wait, there's a new Genshiken but with a whole new cast?

But...but...but they never had the OgiuexSasahara parts from the manga in the anime.

Dammit, I want my closure.

#9 Posted by Damodar (1390 posts) -

The way you write about a lot of these makes it sound like anime is to be enjoyed the same way wrestling is enjoyed these days.

#10 Edited by rubberluffy (459 posts) -

Wait wait wait, there's a new Genshiken but with a whole new cast?

But...but...but they never had the OgiuexSasahara parts from the manga in the anime.

Dammit, I want my closure.

Yeah 4 years after the manga finished it started up again a bit after where it left off as Genshiken 2. Despite Genshiken being one of my favorite mangas, for some reason I've had no urge to read G2. I felt like it was pretty complete and ended on a good note.

And it was really fucking stupid of them not even to bother animating the end of part 1. I think they ignored the whole 9th volume?

#11 Posted by DocHaus (1331 posts) -

@damodar said:

The way you write about a lot of these makes it sound like anime is to be enjoyed the same way wrestling is enjoyed these days.

Gotta say, I did not consider that angle before until now.

#12 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5007 posts) -

@rubberluffy: Thanks for the clarification. Now I have a new reason to watch it: Soul Eater.

#13 Posted by Mezmero (1900 posts) -

Sigh. This is like reading a current TV guide. I take one look at this list and I'm like, "There's nothing on!" I might check out that Gatchaman thing though that premise sounds an awful lot like what Saint Seiya Omega was doing, which I did not care for at all. Gintama movie is all there is to tie me over until next season I guess.

#14 Posted by EXTomar (4727 posts) -

There is a lot of the "more of the same" syndrome that is effecting everyone world wide so I wouldn't be too upset by it.

#15 Edited by BBAlpert (1474 posts) -

I want to say that "anime has gotten weird", but I'm sure it's more the case that it's always been like this, but I was more familiar with/invested in the various series. It's strange seeing something you used to be really passionate about from the outside... :-\

*edit: For context, the last time I was really, really, into anime was when Naruto and One Piece were the hot, new, up-and-coming franchises getting brought over to the states.

#16 Posted by RecSpec (3816 posts) -

Can't wait for Stella Women's Academy solely because Gainax is behind it.