where a tsundere is fine too…

Spring 2012 Anime Preview

Chidori3souse
A whooping 41 shows this spring season but I included kiddie shows and shows that promote toys. Who knows maybe some of you dear readers, fancy those kinds of series. Despite the inclusion, we still have around 34 shows and that’s still a lot.

Ah its already summer in this end of the world then that signals that in the northern hemisphere, spring is about to come (and that means new animes yey!). I already spot some interesting shows but still I’ll try the first few eps of most of the series airing since I might find some dark horse in those unpopular shows (wwww I learned my lesson).

In this season preview, I added notable staff and seiyuu to help you guys gauge if a series has some potential or if you fancy some seiyuus just like me that make you want to watch that show. I didn’t add those in shows that promote toys and kiddie shows since it’s a very daunting task and most of you guys would just probably skip it. I hope this new feature helps!

Now on to the spring 2012 anime preview!

My sources are: AniDB, ANN, MAL, Fansub Wiki and Moetron

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(Winter 2012 chart courtesy of Moetron)

 

01-Ozuma
Ozuma
Release Date: March 16, 2012
Animation Production: LandQ Studios

Summary:
In the far future, the elevated irradiation from the sun has destroyed the environment of the earth and the birthrate of humans has drastically decreased. The government controls society with an army of cloned soldiers called "Ideal Children (IC)". Sam Coin is a trader in a desert. One day, he saves a beautiful woman Maya, who has been chased by Theseus, a corps of IC. He shelters her in his trade ship, but the destroyers of Theseus surround Sam and Maya.

Notable Staff:
Directors:
Takahashi, Ryosuke Series Composition (Cyborg 009), Script & Story Board (Astro Boy)
Ikezoe, Takahiro Director (Arad Senki: Slap Up Party)

Script
Takegami, Junki Script (Gunslinger Girl), Storyboard & Script (One Piece)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Kakihara, Tetsuya – Simon (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), Natsu Dragion (Fairy Tail)
Tanaka, Atsuko – Kusanagi, Motoko (Ghost in the Shell), Caster (Fate/stay night)
Tanaka, Rie – Lacus Clyne (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed), Suigintou (Rozen Maiden)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
What’s up with the old school character design this spring season? Anyway, I can’t find any PVs around so we’re stuck with the promotional poster and the summary. Base on those I think its pretty decent and somehow interesting. The major drawback for me is the character design but I’m not going to judge it solely on that so I think I’ll try a couple of episodes. Btw the first episode had been released already and I’m going to watch it when I had the time and shortly after I’m going to release a first impression (hopefully).

02-Saint Seiya Omega
Saint Seiya Omega
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Animation Production: Toei Animation
Trailer, Trailer 2

Summary:
The first Saint Seiya TV series in 25 years. It will have an original story and new characters.

Notable Staff:
Script:
Yoshida, Reiko – Screenplay (Aria the Natural & Origination), Series Composition and Screenplay (K-ON!, K-ON!!, Movie), Series Composition and Script (REC)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Midorikawa, HikaruLancer (Fate/Zero), Yuy, Heero (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
Yukino, SatsukiChidori, Kaname (Full Metal Panic!), Higurashi, Kagome (InuYasha)
Konishi, KatsuyukiKamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), Tsuruga, Ren (Skip Beat!)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske To tell you the truth I was really surprised that we got some notable staff and cast here but I’m a bit cautious since the director of this series looks like a newbie since its his first time to direct his own series. I’m really tempted to try and watch this since the script by Yoshido Reiko-san seems promising and its not a sequel and will have an original story. I think I’m going to try a couple of eps but if its not my thing then I’ll drop it.

 

03-Uchuu Kyoudai
Uchuu Kyoudai
Release Date:
April 1, 2012
Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
Trailer

Summary:
“The older brother should always be ahead of the younger one…”

Once upon a time there were two brothers, Hibito and Mutta. Hibito, the littler brother, had been blessed with good luck since the day he was born. Mutta, the elder, had always had bad luck. One day, looking up at the night sky, the two brothers saw a UFO. This experience made them both promise to become astronauts.

In the year 2025, Hibito has kept his promise and become an astronaut, part of the first wave of people to live for an extended period of time on the moon. Meanwhile, his older brother Mutta has been fired from his job and is unemployed but one message from his brother makes him decide to start being an astronaut again.

Thirty two year old Mutta will attempt the astronaut candidate examinations. To follow his brother Hibito to the moon, Mutta will attempt to become an astronaut at the age of 32. Unaware of his own talent, elder brother Mutta chases his dreams to get back in front of his younger brother. Believing the words “The older brother should always be ahead of the younger one…”

Notable Staff:
Director:
Watanabe, Ayumu – Director of several Doraemon movies

Script:
Uezu, Makoto – Series Composition (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? & Katanagatari & School Days)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Hirata, Hiroaki Kaburagi, Kotetsu T. (Tiger & Bunny), Benny (Black Lagoon)
Sawashiro, Miyuki (Waaaa…she’s pretty!)  – Kanbaru, Suruga (Bakemonogatari), Dalian (Dantalian no Shoka), Sturluson, Celty (Durarara!!)

Impressions:
The summary seems interesting and seems like this series has a hint of comedy in it and if its in the hands of the script from Makoto-san maybe this will be a fun ride just like Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?. Oh Mutta-san even though he’s already 32 years old he still wants to achieve his dreams. Ganbare to him I’ll be cheering him on as I watch him achieve his dreams. I think I’ll try a couple of eps and hopefully I’ll get hooked.

 

04-Hiiro no Kakera
Hiiro no Kakera
Release Date: April 4, 2012
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
Trailer

Summary:
The 17-year-old Kasuga Tamaki’s parents are suddenly transferred to Africa, prompting Tamaki to return to the beautiful countryside, to live with her grandmother Ugaya Shizuki. On her path up the mountain she encounters a small fluff-ball-like god, and then is attacked by strange one-eyed beings, drowned gods, attracted to those with the blood of Princess Tamayori. Onizaki Takuma, sent by Shizuki to pick up Tamaki, 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 the magical sword sealed away, but the seal has started to weaken, agitating the local 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…

Tamaki will not have to take on this daunting task alone, since the members of the Shugogo family — gruff Takuma, short-tempered Atori Mahiro, quiet Komura Yuuichi, and mediator Oomi Suguru — are bound by blood, sworn to protect those of Tamayorihime blood.

Notable Staff:
Shirohata, Bob
Hetalia Axis Powers (Director)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Namikawa, Daisuke Okajima, Rokuro (Black Lagoon), Velvet, Waver (Fate/Zero), Kazehaya, Shouta (Kimi ni Todoke)
Sugita, TomokazuMotosuwa, Hideki (Chobits), Kyon (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske I already watched the pre-broadcast airing of the first ep and its mediocre. You have bishies who is tasked to protect the our leading lady. Nothing spectacular happened yet but the story and the setting give this ‘been there done that’ feel. The animation is quite lazy too on the first ep, how much more in the future episodes? The main draw for me is the bishies but with the mediocre presentation of the first ep it failed to catch my attention. I think I’ll check out the second episode but if its still horrible then it’s a drop.

05-Shiba Inuko-san
Shiba Inuko-san
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Animation Production: Unknown

Summary:
Shibainuko-san is a 14-year-old girl who looks exactly like a Shiba Inu dog. One of her classmates, Ishibashi Chako, wonders about her appearance, but no one else thinks it is strange.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske It’s a kiddie show…pass

06-Pabu & Mojizu
Pabu & Mojizu
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Animation Production: We’ve Inc/Zero-G

Summary:

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Another kiddie show…pass.

07-Kimi to Boku. 2
Kimi to Boku. 2
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Animation Production: J.C. Staff
Trailer

Summary:
Second part of Kimi to Boku.

The story revolves around four teens — the good-looking twins Yuuta and Yuuki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — 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 Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence. (Season 1 Summary)

Notable Staff:
Script:
Yoshida, Reiko – Screenplay (Aria the Natural & Origination), Series Composition and Screenplay (K-ON!, K-ON!!, Movie), Series Composition and Script (REC)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Kimura, Ryohei Hasegawa, Kodaka (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Takizawa, Akira (Higashi no Eden)
Irino, MiyuSyaoran (Tsubasa Chronicle), Yadomi, Jinta (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
I didn’t get the chance to watch the first season due to lack of interest so of course this one is a pass too.

08-Yurumates 3D
Yurumates 3D
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Animation Production: C2C

Summary:
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.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Can’t find any PVs and notable staff and seiyuus so I don’t know what to expect in this show. This doesn’t catch my interest at all so most probably I’ll pass on this one.

09-Zetman
Zetman
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Animation Production: TMS Entertainment
Trailer

Summary:
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.

Notable Staff:
Director:
Nabeshima, Osamu – Key Animation (Akira), Director (D.Gray-man)

Script:
Tomioka, Atsuhiro – Script eps 1, 6, 11, 16 (Berserk), Script (Fairy Tail)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Hanazawa, KanaShiina, Mayuri (Steins;Gate), Sengoku, Nadeko (Bakemonogatari)
Miyano, MamoruYagami, Light (Death Note), Okabe, Rintarou (Steins;Gate)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Oooooh the PV looks action packed and I like the line up of seiyuus (well there’s Kana-tan) and the background of the director and the script writer… I’m totally sold. Seems interesting so I’ll try several eps. Btw this series reminds me a lot of Ultraman though the Zetman here is not 30 stories high but it looks like it still packs some punch.

10-Queen's Blade Rebellion
Queen’s Blade: Rebellion
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Animation Production: ARMS
Trailer

Summary:
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.

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Kobayashi, Yuu Shidou, Mariya (Maria†Holic), Urushibara, Ruka (Steins;Gate)
Itou, Shizuka Morishima, Haruka (Amagami SS), Katsura, Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku!)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Another Queen’s Blade with its shameless fanservice. Eck, pass.

11-Naruto SD Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden
Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Animation Production: Pierrot
Trailer

Summary:
The gag comedy anime centers around the secondary Naruto character Rock Lee.

Impressions:
Not really a fan of Naruto so this one is also a pass.

12-Ginga e Kickoff!!
Ginga e Kickoff!!
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Animation Production: TYO Animations

Summary:
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.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske The summary is not that interesting and I can’t find any PVs even notable staff and seiyuu. Like I said from the previous anime previews I’m not a fan of sports themed anime but last season’s Area no Kishin is quite nice so maybe I’ll like this one too so I’ll try watching the first ep but if its not interesting I’ll instantly drop it.

13-Gakkatsu!
Gakkatsu!
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Animation Production: Fanworks

Summary:
In a fictional school, "Tender Tank" Rareko is constantly opening absurd yet strangely enthusiastic debates, this way creating a lively classroom life. Bringing up tremendous themes, she and her classmates exchange words like sword-strokes, and here and there even a profound remark is slipped in.

Fun and informative debate comedy, packed into only five minutes each time.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske I never enjoyed 5min anime like this so it’s a pass.

14-Arashi no Yoru ni Himitsu no Tomodachi
Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi
Release Date: April 4, 2012
Animation Production: Sparky Animations

Summary:
A new anime adaptation by Sparky Animation, Duckbill Entertainment, Baku Enterprise and Bandai Visual of the book Arashi no Yoru ni (One Stormy Night…) by Kimura Yuuichi.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Pass…another kiddie show

15-Kore wa Zombie Desu ka of the Dead2
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead
Release Date: April 4, 2012
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
Trailer

Summary:
Second season of "Kore wa Zombie desu ka?"

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 named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system "Megalo" in her place. (Season 1 Summary)

Notable Staff:

Director:
Kanasaki, Takaomi – Director (School Rumble Ni Gakki

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Hikasa, YoukoAkiyama, Mio (K-On!), Shinonono, Houki (IS: Infinite Stratos)
Majima, JunjiOogami, Souma (Kannazuki no Miko), Takasu, Ryuuji (Toradora!)
Nomizu, IoriTakami, Minatsuki (Deadman Wonderland), Nymph (Sora no Otoshimono)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
I loved and enjoyed the first season so this one is definitely a must watch for me. If your looking for a crazy combination of mahou shoujo, vampire, ninja, necromancer and a zombie then go watch the first season. A must watch for those looking for great laughs and an interesting story.

16-Medaka Box
Medaka Box
Release Date: April 4, 2012
Animation Production: GAINAX
Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3, Trailer 4, Trailer 5 (With eng subs), Trailer 6

Summary:
Kurokami Medaka, a first year, is elected as Student Council President, and the first thing she does is establish a suggestion box, later dubbed by students the "Medaka Box". Medaka encourages students to submit any problem to the box without hesitation and promises to take on any issue from anyone.

Since Medaka won the Student Council elections with a staggering 98% of the vote, she ends up as the Council’s only member. She asks her childhood friend, Hitoyoshi Zenkichi, for help and he grudgingly agrees, becoming the Student Council’s lowest ranking member. Soon Medaka recruits two more people to the Student Council, the former judo club member Akune Kouki as secretary and the current swim club member Kikaijima Mogana, on loan for 300 yen a day, as treasurer.

Now the Student Council members spend their days solving the problems submitted through the Medaka Box, whether they be hooligans in clubs where they don’t belong, girls who need help writing love letters or people who’ve lost their pets, gradually earning the respect and admiration of the entire school.

Notable Staff:
Director:
Saeki, Shouji Director (FLCL), Storyboard, Script, Episode Director (of several eps of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

Nisio, Isin Original Creator (Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Namikawa, Daisuke Okajima, Rokuro (Black Lagoon), Velvet, Waver (Fate/Zero), Kazehaya, Shouta (Kimi ni Todoke)
Kayano, Ai Honma, Meiko (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai), Muginami (Rinne no Lagrange), Suzushiro, Mikono (Aquarion Evol)
Toyosaki, Aki Oshimizu, Nako (Hanasaku Iroha), Hirasawa, Yui (K-On!)
Kato, Emiri Kinoshita, Hideyoshi (Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu), Kyuubey (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica),  Hachikuji, Mayoi (Nisemonogatari)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
The premise of the story looks fun and from the original creator Nisio Isin and the director of FLCL looks like this series is destined to be a crazy one. I like the line up of seiyuus too from the likes of Kayano Ai, Toyosaki Aki and Kato Emiri even with that I would watch this show. I would definitely pick this up.

17-Shirokuma Café
Shirokuma Café
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Animation Production: Pierrot

Summary:
Comedy anime about a polar bear that runs a cafe with 3 regulars: a panda, a koala, and a penguin.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Kiddie show…pass

18-Acchi Kocchi
Acchi Kocchi
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Animation Production: AIC
Trailer

Summary:
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…

Notable Staff:
Director:
Oizaki, Fumitoshi Director (Astarotte no Omocha! & Romeo x Juliet)

Music:
Yokoyama, Masaru Music (Arakawa Under the Bridge)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Okamoto, NobuhikoOkumura, Rin (Ao no Exorcist), Usui, Takumi (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!)
Fukuhara, Kaori Hiiragi, Tsukasa (Lucky ☆ Star), Astraea (Sora no Otoshimono: Forte)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Ooooh romance! Btw the violet haired girl reminds me a lot of Konata from Lucky Star. To tell you the truth the PV really looks like Lucky Star with all the moe blobs on screen. The original character design of the manga is much better compared with the moe blob character design. I’m wondering why the hell did the character design become errrr….so moe? Oh well, can’t do anything about that but the summary really looks interesting since it’s a romance and seems like we’ll be getting some laughs from it too so I think I’m going to pick this up.

19-Sengoku Collection
Sengoku Collection
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Animation Production: Brains Base

Summary:
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.

Notable Staff:
Director:
Gotou, Keiji Storyboard (Mawaru Penguindrum)

Music:
Kikuya, Tomoki Music (Hidamari Sketch, Shinryaku! Ika Musume)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Hanazawa, Kana Shiina, Mayuri (Steins;Gate), Sengoku, Nadeko (Bakemonogatari)
Noto, Mamiko Kuronuma, Sawako (Kimi ni Todoke), Tokikago, Yuri (Mawaru Penguindrum)
Nakahara, Mai Furukawa, Nagisa (Clannad), Ryuuguu, Rena (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske WOW the list of seiyuu is star studded.I don’t really know what to expect from this show since I can’t find a PV and a decent summary but the list of seiyuus makes me want to pick up this show. Oh and another Sengoku era themed anime, they really like this era don’t they? Anyway, I think I’ll try a couple of eps if it sucks I’ll drop it.

20-Sankarea
Sankarea
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
Trailer

Summary:
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?

Notable Staff:
Script
Takagi, Noboru
– Script (Baccano!), Series Composition (Durarara!!)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Kimura, RyoheiHasegawa, Kodaka (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Takizawa, Akira (Higashi no Eden)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske One of my much awaited series this spring is finally here! I love the premise of this series since its really unique. The girl Rea is a model student and everything seems perfect…she’s beautiful, she’s rich and is the idol of their school. Behind all that perfection hides the ugly truth that despite her smiles, no one really knows that she’s being abused by her father. After school she spends her time in an abandoned building screaming her frustrations out and incidentally that’s also where our protagonist Furuya does his zombie experiments. They met and got along with each other and one day unknowingly, Rea stole Furuya’s zombie potion and drank it wishing she’ll die and be reborn as a different person. Nothing really happened the next day but when Rea’s father got wind that his daughter have been spending some time with a guy he went and dragged Rea back home. While Rea and his father is arguing, Rea’s father accidentally pushed her daughter on a cliff and she dies……not…she became a zombie. Yes this beautiful girl became a zombie (what a waste) but she’s not the kind of zombie we know who likes eating flesh and brains though a little spoiler here….she will eventually. The manga was all about Furuya’s adventures with new found love interest, zombie-Rea. It’s a fun read and I’m not going to spoil you guys much but the summary I wrote would probably the content of the first ep.  Definitely going to pick this up.    

21-Natsuiro Kiseki
Natsuiro Kiseki
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Animation Production: Sunrise
Trailer 1, Trailer 2

Summary:
Original anime featuring the four members of sphere as voice actresses.

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…

Notable Staff:
Director
Mizushima, Seiji – Director (Fullmetal Alchemist & Mobile Suit Gundam 00)

Script
Ayana, Yuniko – Script (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko & Bakuman)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
The member of sphere…
Kotobuki, MinakoKotobuki, Tsumugi (K-On!), Tokugawa, Sen (Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls)
Tomatsu, HarukaAnjou, Naruko (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai), Wakura, Yuina (Hanasaku Iroha)
Takagaki, AyahiGrace, Feldt (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), Kuro (Ao no Exorcist)
Toyosaki, AkiOshimizu, Nako (Hanasaku Iroha), Hirasawa, Yui (K-On!)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Now they’ve done it…from promoting toys, tourist destinations now they’re promoting artists in anime. I wonder how it’ll go? I’m not too sure whether I’ll like this slice of-life show so I’ll try a couple of eps to find out.

22-Accel World
Accel World
Release Date:
April 6, 2012
Animation Production: Sunrise
Trailer

Summary:
One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, 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 from her, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual Accel World. In that moment, the lowest of the "school caste" becomes "Burst Linker", a knight defending a princess.

Notable Staff:
Director
Obara, Masakazu Director (Mai-HiME & Mai-Otome)

Theme Song Performance
KOTOKO
May’n

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Toyosaki, Aki Oshimizu, Nako (Hanasaku Iroha), Hirasawa, Yui (K-On!)
Kaji, Yuki Sora, Amata (Aquarion Evol), Ouma, Shu (Guilty Crown)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
One of my most awaited series this season. The PV looks exciting and I like the character design of the main character with the ‘real’ him all fat and pudgy and his online counterpart is a cool looking robot. The show seems like it likes to point out that looks can be deceiving specially those you find online. GAH! I can’t contain my excitement! Oh and KOTOKO and May’n doing the theme song performance I am so in! Definitely going to watch this series. 

23-Baku Tech! Bakugan
Baku Tech! Bakugan
Release Date: April 7, 2012
Animation Production: Unknown

Summary:
Bakugan is the card game for a new generation. In "Baku TECH" passionate warriors fight each other and risk their life for Bakugan.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Pass

24-Jewelpet Kira Deco!
Jewelpet Kira Deco!
Release Date: April 7, 2012
Animation Production: Studio Cornet

Summary:
The fourth season of Jewelpet.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Pass

25-Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future
Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future
Release Date: April 7, 2012
Animation Production: Tatsunoko Productions

Summary:
Three years after the events of "Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream", Aira, Mion and Rizumu have grown up and tutor a new group of aspiring idols: Karin, Reina, Mia and Ayami, who form the Prizmmy☆. Teenage girls from Korea, named Somin, Shiyoon, Haein, Chaekyung and Jae Eun (who are the Kara), appear as a rival group.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Didn’t watch the 1st season so it’s a pass.

26-Upotte!!
Upotte!!
Release Date: April 7, 2012
Animation Production: XEBEC
Trailer

Summary:
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?

Notable Staff:
Director
Kato, Takao Director (Pandora Hearts & To LOVE-Ru)

Script
Arakawa, Naruhisa Screenplay (Spice and Wolf), Script (Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Nomizu, Iori Takami, Minatsuki (Deadman Wonderland), Haruna (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?)
Togashi, Misuzu Amano, Yukiteru (Mirai Nikki (TV)), Minakami, Mai (Nichijou)
Impressions:
Chidori3souske XEBEC is back with a series full of fanservice…ah…that’s the XEBEC I know. Honestly, I wish Lag Rin’s second season would be aired this season but I guess for XEBEC to maintain its quality I have to wait for 3 months….sigh what a long wait. I’m a bit wary of picking up this show since I expect it to have shameless fanservice but I like the idea of girls with guns so I’m a bit inclined on picking it up. I guess I’ll try watching the 1st episode and if I can’t take the fanservice then its an instant drop.

27-FateZero 2nd Season
Fate/Zero 2nd Season
Release Date:
April 7, 2012
Animation Production: ufotable
Season 1 PV, Trailer 1, Trailer 2

Summary:
Second part of Fate/Zero.

Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the "Holy Grail," which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.

Founded by the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tohsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another’s life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.

However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family – his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya – and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu’s greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels. (Season 1 Summary)

Notable Staff:
Director
Aoki, Ei
Director (Ga-Rei: Zero & Kara no Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei)

Screenplay
Urobuchi, Gen Screenplay (Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom), Series Composition (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)

Music
Kajiura, Yuki Music (Kara no Kyoukai Series & Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
There’s lot…just check it out
here

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Its about time!! I love the first season and it ended with a effing cliffhanger so hopefully the opening episode is action packed. I like this prequel better because it’s a lot darker than its counterpart and it has an awesome cast that you could sympathize with. Everyone has their own motives why they want the grail and some of them tries to justify what they do and their views about certain things are really interesting. Will the ending bring tears to my eyes? I can’t wait to find out! A guaranteed watch, obviously.

28-Nazo no Kanojo X
Nazo no Kanojo X
Release Date: April 7, 2012
Animation Production: Hoods Entertainment
Trailer

Summary:
One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on that!

After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…

Notable Staff:
Director
Watanabe, Ayumu – Director of several Doraemon movies

Script
Akao, Deko
– Script, Series Composition (Arakawa Under the Bridge & Astarotte no Omocha!)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Irino, MiyuSyaoran (Tsubasa Chronicle), Yadomi, Jinta (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Wut? Wwwwwwwwwwwww he tasted her drool and he likes it? WTF? Why do I get the feeling that this series will have shameless fanservice? Ah because its is being animated by Hoods entertainment whose works include Aki Sora, Seikon no Qwaser and Manyuu Hikenchou. I haven’t read the manga so I don’t know what to expect so maybe I’ll try the first ep but if its full of fanservice useless fanservice then it’s a drop.

29-Kuroko no Basuke
Kuroko no Basuke
Release Date: April 7,2012
Animation Production: Production I.G.
Trailer

Summary:
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.

Notable Staff:
Director
Tada, Shunsuke – Director (Bungaku Shoujo), Storyboard (Noir)

Script
Takagi, Noboru Script (Baccano!), Series Composition (Durarara!!)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Saito, Chiwa Senjougahara, Hitagi (Bakemonogatari), Akemi, Homura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Ono, YuukiTsukahara, Kaname (Kimi to Boku.), Arai, Kazuichi (Kimi ni Todoke)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
I like Slam Dunk a lot so there’s a possibility I’ll like this one too but honestly the summary didn’t catch my attention. I’ll watch a couple of eps and hopefully it won’t bore me but if it does I’ll drop it.

30-Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit Hen
Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit Hen
Release Date: April 8, 2012
Animation Production: TMS Entertainment

Summary:
Sequel of Cardfight!! Vanguard.

Impressions:

31-Phi Brain Kami no Puzzle Second Season
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle Second Season
Release Date: April 8, 2012
Animation Production: Sunrise

Summary:
Second season of Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle.

Kaito Daimon would be a completely average high school student except for one thing: he’s a ‘demon’ at solving puzzles. Kaito is so brilliant, in fact, that when he’s asked to take some ‘special’ tests of his unique ability, he immediately suspects that the test itself is a test. Kaito suddenly finds himself caught up in a lethal Philosopher’s Puzzle made by the sinister group POG, a murderous maze of trap upon trap, where failing to solve the secret correctly will result in death! Fortunately, Kaito’s skills prove up to the first test, both for himself and his childhood friend Nanoha, who is also caught up in the deadly scheme. But now that he has been designated as a Solver, he is pulled into a new life where he must travel the world with other Solvers, attempting to solve the latest deadly riddles left by POG. There’s a new conundrum around every corner and each deception could lead to death, but once a riddle has been posed, you can count on Kaito to unfold, unravel and unlock it! (Season 1 Summary)

Notable Staff:
Director
Satou, JunichiSeries Composition (Aria the Animation & Ikoku Meiro no Croisée), Director (Kaleido Star)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Saito, Chiwa Senjougahara, Hitagi (Bakemonogatari), Akemi, Homura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Fukuyama, JunLamperouge, Lelouch (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch), Okumura, Yukio (Ao no Exorcist)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Didn’t watch the first season so it’s a pass.

32-Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)
Release Date:
April 8, 2012
Animation Production: Silver Link
Trailer 1, Trailer 2

Summary:
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.

One day first-year middle school student Teiichi Niiya gets lost in this maze and by chance arrives at an old storage room. This is where he meets Yuuko Kanoe, a mysterious girl with raven black, long silky hair and a tall and slender figure, who introduces herself as the ghost of the old school building. For some unexplainable reason Niiya is the only one able to see this spirit and she herself does not have any recollection of the reasons or time of her death, nor any lingering feelings about life itself. Curious about the circumstances of her death the two create a paranormal investigation club and seek to find out the truth about it and the many other mysteries surrounding the school.

Notable Staff:
Director
Oonuma, Shin – Director (ef – a tale of melodies. & Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Kitamura, EriAraragi, Karen (Nisemonogatari), Kawashima, Ami (Toradora!)
Fukuen, MisatoShiguma, Rika (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Yin (Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha)
Hara, YumiShijou, Takane (The iDOLM@STER)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Interesting premise since one of the protagonist is already dead and she wants to find out who killed her. Yay! we got another horror anime this season hopefully it’ll be a worthy replacement for Another. I like the mix of the genre…horror, mystery, romance lovely LOVELY! Though it’s a bit sad that the lead girl is already dead, I think it’ll have a bitter sweet ending. I am so darn in!! I’ll definitely watch this. Btw I love the song in the 2nd PV.

33-Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A
Saki: Achiga-hen episode of side-A
Release Date:
April 8, 2012
Animation Production: Studio Gokumi
Trailer

Summary: 
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.

Notable Staff:
Director
Ono, Manabu Director (Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon & Saki)

Script
Urahata, Tatsuhiko Script & Screenplay (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai & Saki)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Hanazawa, KanaShiina, Mayuri (Steins;Gate), Sengoku, Nadeko (Bakemonogatari)
Itou, ShizukaKatsura, Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku!), Morishima, Haruka (Amagami SS)
Yuuki, Aoide Blois, Victorique (Gosick), Kaname, Madoka (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Ehhhhhhhh….could there be a Saki without Saki? I wish they just continued the series instead of making this spin-off. I like the lineup of seiyuus and theme song performance by Kan-tan and Yuuki Aoi…I want to listen to it! Oh well, I guess I’ll try a couple of eps and hopefully enjoy mahjong with the new characters.

34-Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Release Date:
April 9, 2012
Animation Production: XEBEC

Summary:
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.

Notable Staff:
Director
Nagasawa, Tsuyoshi Director (MM! & Kyou no Go no Ni (2008))

Script, Series Composition
Kimura, Noboru Script( Amagami SS), Series Composition (Amagami SS+ plus)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Asumi, Kana Tachibana, Miya (Amagami SS), Yuno (Hidamari Sketch)
Kitamura, EriAraragi, Karen (Nisemonogatari), Kawashima, Ami (Toradora!)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Hmmmm can’t find any PV and the summary didn’t catch my interest also. Maybe I’ll try a couple of eps?

35-Jormungand 
Jormungand
Release Date:
April 10, 2012
Animation Production: White Fox

Summary:
The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, a weapons corporation.

As one of the company’s unofficial weapon sellers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcements as most of her work is actually illegal under international law. Traveling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans.

Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers. Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family’s death.

What follows is Koko and her crews escapades around the world.

Notable Staff:
Director
Motonaga, Keitarou Director (Katanagatari & School Days

Script, Series Composition
Kuroda, Yousuke Script & Screenplay (Ano Natsu de Matteru & Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom)

Theme song performance
Kawada, Mami
Yanagi, Nagi

Notable VAs/Seiyuu:
Itou, Shizuka Katsura, Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku!), Morishima, Haruka (Amagami SS)
Ishizuka, Unsho Black, Jet (Cowboy Bebop)
Ohara, Sayaka Florence, Alicia (Aria the Animation), von Einzbern, Irisviel (Fate/Zero)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske The premise of the series really reminds me of Black Lagoon since the protagonist is involved in illegal business. With the person who wrote the script and screenplay of Ano Natsu and Phantom I think this series is in good hands. Kawada, Mami and Yanagi, Nagi will perform the OP and ED song of this series…..gosh I just love their voice so its another reason to watch the series. Seems like a fun series with lots of fun gun totting action, violence and a dark plot…I’m totally sold! Definitely going to watch this!

36-Sakamichi no Apollon
Sakamichi no Apollon
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Animation Production: Tezuka Productions
Trailer

Summary:
The coming-of-age story of "love, friendship, and music" follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial town in Nagasaki Prefecture in the late 1960s. In the early summer of 1966, Kaoru transfers to the local high school from Yokosuka. Thanks to his family’s nearly constant cycle of moving from town to town, Kaoru has only known school as a difficult place for readjusting everytime. However, on his first day at this new school, he meets a boy and begins a new direction in life.

Notable Staff:
Director
Watanabe, Shinichiro Director (Cowboy Bebop & Macross Plus)

Music
Kanno, Yoko Music (Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross Frontier, Aquarion Evol)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu
Hosoya, Yoshimasa Wataya, Arata (Chihayafuru), Yasuri, Shichika (Katanagatari)
Nanri, Yuuka Henrietta (Gunslinger Girl), Chiba, Saori (Hourou Musuko)
Kimura, Ryohei Hasegawa, Kodaka (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Takizawa, Akira (Higashi no Eden
Endo, Aya Takara, Miyuki (Lucky ☆ Star), Nome, Sheryl (Nome, Sheryl)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
We got some awesome staff from this series from the likes of Watanabe Shinichiro, the director of Cowboy Bebop and Kanno, Yoko of Macross fame….wah I’m definitely going to watch this! The manga where this series came from won the 57th Shogakukan Manga Award so I’m assuming its really good. Another series to my ‘going to watch’ list.

37-Tsuritama
Tsuritama
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Animation Production: A-1 Pictutes
Trailer

Summary:
The set is the island of Enoshima, Shounan; a town where old and new goes hand in hand.

A high schooler, who is abnormally bad at communicating with other people, and this way had no friends before: Yuki.

A self-proclaimed alien, who tries to make Yuki go fishing with him: Haru.

A born and raised Enoshima boy, who is irritated by almost everything in his environment: Natsuki.

A mysterious Indian who keeps watching them from a reasonable distance: Akira.

These four, who are wasting their youth, keep meeting, fishing, and this little island becomes a place of great happenings…

From now on starts an SF (shounen fishing) adventure!

Notable Staff:
Director
Nakamura, Kenji Director (C & Mononoke)

Series Composition
Oono, Toshiya Series Composition (Suite Precure♪)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu
Sugita, Tomokazu Motosuwa, Hideki (Chobits), Kyon (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)
Kato, EmiriHachikuji, Mayoi (Bakemonogatari), Hiiragi, Kagami (Lucky ☆ Star)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske The PV nor the summary isn’t really interesting. This series really reminds me of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou since the protagonist are all boys and there’s Sugitan-san who played Hidenori on the said series. Oh well, I guess all I can do is watch the first ep and see how things go.

38-Eureka Seven Ao (Eureka Seven Astral Ocean)
Eureka Seven Ao (Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean)
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Animation Production: Bones
Trailer

Summary:
The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a "Yuta" power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young.

A mysterious entity called "Secret" suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called "Nirvash" aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

Notable Staff:
Director
Kyoda, Tomoki Director (Eureka Seven), Storyboard (Full Metal Panic!)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu
Omigawa, Chiaki Tsurugi, Minko (Hanasaku Iroha), Albarn, Maka (Soul Eater)
Inoue, Kazuhiko November 11 (Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha), Madara (Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Seems like this isn’t sequel so I guess even though I didn’t watch Eureka Seven I could still understand this. Since it’s a mecha I’m in and I’ve got to find a good replacement for Rinne no Lagrange until its 2nd season to ease my withdrawal from it.  Definitely going to pick this up.

43-Shining Hearts Shiawase no Pan
Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Animation Production: Production I.G.
Game PV, Game PV 2, Game OP sequence

Summary:
One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.

Notable Staff:
Director
Kawasaki, Itsuro Director (Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu & Chrome Shelled Regios)

Character Design
Taka, Tony

Notable VAs/Seiyuu
Saito, Chiwa Senjougahara, Hitagi (Bakemonogatari), Akemi, Homura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Itou, Kanae Matsumae, Ohana (Hanasaku Iroha), de Lute Irma, Elsie (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai)
Kuwashima, Houko Sakagami, Tomoyo (Clannad), Kou, Shuurei (Saiunkoku Monogatari)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Unfortunately I can’t find any available PVs for this series so the game PV would do for now. TONY TAKA!!! Y U SO GOOD?! Damn I really love Tony’s works….those eyes HHHNNNGGGG!!! *Ahem* Ok gotta compose myself. I’m not really impressed with the background of Kawasaki-san since almost all of his works are well, mediocre so I’m a bit wary on picking up this show. Lovely line up of seiyuu with a beautiful character design by Tony and an interesting summary (Pirates!!) I’ll definitely going to pick this up.

 

39-Inazuma Eleven Go 2 Chrono Stone
Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone
Release Date:
April 18, 2012
Animation Production: OLM, Inc

Summary:
The story is set after the end of Holy Road tournament finals of the first Inazuma Eleven GO anime, and Tenma returns to Raimon Junior High School. However, this is not the Raimon that Tenma remembers, and the members of the Raimon team no longer play soccer.

Tenma realizes that this is a parallel world when Alpha, the captain and forward of the Protocol Omega team, appears before him. Alpha is part of a secret project in the future to wipe out soccer.

To aid Tenma in his adventures, the Inazuma Caravan van seen in previous Inazuma Eleven anime has been modified into a flying time machine.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
I’m not really familiar with the Inazuma Eleven series and I didn’t watch the previous season so this one is a pass also.

40-Beyblade Zero-G
Beyblade Zero-G
Release Date: April 22, 2012
Animation Production: Unknown

Summary:
New Metal Fight Beyblade series.

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
Anime that promote toys….pass.

41-Hyou-ka
Hyou-ka
Release Date: April 22, 2012
Animation Production: Kyoto Animation
Trailer 1, Trailer 2

Summary:
Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters "Koten Bu (Classic Literature Club)" as recommended by his elder sister.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, "I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)". Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory, he never deduces anything on his own. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches.

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Koten Club. The collection is titled "Hyouka".

Notable Staff:
Director
Takemoto, Yasuhiro Director (Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid & Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu)

Series Composition
Gatoh, Shoji Original Creator (Full Metal Panic!)

Notable VAs/Seiyuu
Satou, Satomi Tainaka, Ritsu (K-On!), Tamura, Manami (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Kayano, Ai Suzushiro, Mikono (Aquarion Evol), Muginami (Rinne no Lagrange)
Nakamura, Yuuichi Tsutsugami, Gai (Guilty Crown), Saotome, Alto (Macross Frontier)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske Ooooh from the director of FMP 2nd raid and Gatoh-san the original creator of FMP….seems interesting! Eru really looks like Mio isn’t she? Oh well, after several years KyoAni still loves its moe blob character design good grief. What’s up with KyoAni and Clubs…we got another series with clubs…come on KyoAni give me something different next time alright? Ah, its under the mystery genre….interesting since I think it’s the first time for KyoAni to make an anime with mystery in it. Let’s see how KyoAni will fare this season since I don’t really like their previous work (Nichijou). I guess I got tired of their moe blob anime hopefully this series would be an exception. I’ll pick it up.

42-AKB0048
AKB0048
Release Date: April 29, 2012
Animation Production: Satelight
Trailer

Summary:
In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.

Notable Staff:
Director
Hiraike, Yoshimasa Director (Amagami SS & Kaleido Star)
Kawamori, Shoji Director (Aquarion Evol & Macross Frontier), Original Creator (Escaflowne & Aquarion Evol & Macross)

Series Composition
Okada, Mari – Screenplay & Series Composition (Aquarion Evol), Series Composition (Toradora! & Gosick)

Impressions:
Chidori3souske
What is this Idolm@ster with a touch of dystopian theme? Sure its interesting but I can’t help but laugh at the summary when I first read it since from my understanding this show is promoting the idol group AKB48 and I can’t imagine them being a guerilla wwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Anyway I like the staff behind this series from the like od Kawamori-san and Okada Mari-san this series looks like it has some potential. I also like how this series revolves around music kinda like Macross Frontier though I wonder how will the battle in this series executed. I guess I’ll tray a couple of eps.

Chidori3souske
Oh man I think I picked up a LOT of shows. Oh well, almost everything is interesting anyway but eventually I think I’ll drop some shows. I’ll try my best to write first impressions this time around. Since I’m busy with school life last winter season so I wasn’t able to make one….I apologize. I hope this spring preview was able to help you guys pick up shows this season.

Did you like the addition of Notable staff and VAs? Suggestions are open. Just drop some comments below.

So what’s your pick this season?

until then…

~ja

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