Summer 2011 Previews & Impressions!

Hello, after much research and gathering up all the materials, here is my first anime series preview for the Summer of 2011! Now, a brief explanation on my scoring system: they are merely a way of gauging whether I’m interested in watching a particular series. They are NOT a way of determining whether I will blog about them or not. I may occasionally come out with some posts about a single episode or more since that’s my style mixed with editorials. And so, check out the new series and pick your choices!

Appleseed XIII

The series will not be a sequel to the two previous computer-animated movies, but a new retelling. The story follows the the exploits of the ES.W.A.T. paramilitary member Deunan and her combat cyborg colleague Briareos at the city of Olympus after World War V. (From Jinni’s Animation Studios)

Eh, haven’t seen the previous movies but this one will be a remake. Not sure how it’ll turn out and not likely for me to stick around and check it out.

Chances of me watching: 20%


Blade

Anime adaptation of “Blade” from the Marvel Comics. (From Madhouse Studios)

Not even interested in another superhero anime adaptation. Hell, no!

Chances of me watching: 0%


Natsume Yuujin-Chou San

Sequel of the Zoku Natsume Yuujin-Chou series. Natsume Takashi has the ability to spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. (From Brains Base)

I really would like to watch this show, but I have yet to even see the first two series… Must eliminate my backlog…

Chances of me watching: 50%


Yuruyuri

The story is about four fun-loving schoolgirls who take over the former room of a tea ceremony club for their own “Gorakubu” (amusement club). (From Dogakobo)

There’s yuri sub-context in this series. Therefore, I’m watching this.

Chances of me watching: 100%


Kamisama Dolls

Kyouhei, after moving away to Tokyo from his old town to get away from the events that happened, is on a goukon with his friend, including his old neighbor, Shiba. He and Shiba discover a dead, bloody body in the elevator. He is told by his younger sister, Utao with her Kamisama Doll, that Aki, an old friend, and his Doll are the culprits responsible. (From Brains Base)

I’ve read the manga far enough to become very interested in watching this show. The premise and story are pretty nice and interesting. Plus, giant god dolls.

Chances of me watching: 80%


Usagi Drop

In the story of the original Usagi Drop manga, 30-year-old bachelor Daikichi comes home from his grandfather’s funeral to discover a little girl named Rin in his garden. Rin is the 6-year-old illegitimate daughter of Daikichi’s grandfather, and Daikichi decides to take her in when no one in the family accepts the responsibility. (From Production I.G.)

Again, read the manga and enjoyed it immensely. A great tale of the growth of Daikichi and Rin together.

Chances of me watching: 100%


Blood-C

New Blood original anime, by CLAMP. In the original “Blood: The Last Vampire” series, Teropterids are evil beasts which pose as humans and live only to drink human blood. A brooding and mysterious girl named Saya is the best teropterid slayer there is, and now, she is sent to a U.S. army base which may be infested… (Note: Actual plot may differ from this one) (From Production I.G.)

I’ve never seen Blood: The Last Vampire, but with vampires and CLAMP involved, I’m definitely checking this one out. Plus, I like the main character’s design.

Chances of me watching: 100%


NO. 6

The story is set in “No. 6,” a future model city in 2013. Raised as a top-ranking elite since the age of 2, a boy named Shion lives in an exclusive area in No. 6. On the night of his 12th birthday, he rescues a boy who calls himself “Nezumi” (“Rat”). Nezumi ran away from the city’s Special Security Area. From that moment on, Shion’s life is changed forever… (From Bones)

A noitaminA show. That gives me enough reason to watch this show, plus the premise sounds mildly interesting. Let’s see what it has to offer…

Chances of me watching: 80%


Mayo Chiki!

17-year-old Konoe Subaru is the butler of classmate Suzutsuki Kanade. One day, classmate Sakamoto Kinjirou discovers that Konoe is actually a girl. (From Feel)

Yes! A gender-bender anime series! On a related note, I read the manga for this series. I also like the artwork as well.

Chances of me watching: 100%


Ikuoku Meiro no Croisee

A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveler, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family’s ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar’s nephew and shopowner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s. (From Satelight)

I’m very interested in this historical, slice-of-life anime series. It’ll be nice to see how Japanese and French cultures clash and in particular, Yune’s growth as a foreigner in France. Will definitely be watching.

Chances of me watching: 100%


The IDOLM@STER

Anime adaptation of Bandai Namco’s “The Idolmaster” game. In the game, the player manages the careers of 10 aspiring Japanese idol singers as a producer. (From A-1 Pictures)

I’m far more interested in the entertainment value rather than the plot. Just relaxed, light-hearted singing and dancing!

Chances of me watching: 80%


Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season

Sequel of the Nurarihyon no Mago series. Rikuo Nura is 3 parts human and a quarter Demon. He lives in a house of spirits with his grandfather, the current clan head of the Nura youkai. Rikou is set to be the next clan head, despite the fact he dislikes his demon side. He soon comes to terms with his demon blood and decides to take his position as young master of the Nura house. (From Studio DEEN)

Another shounen show and I don’t like long-running shounen anime series. I do read shounen manga though since I’ve been able to keep up with them. Anyway,  I never saw the first season and so have no plans to watch it.

Chances of me watching: 0%


Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi

Anime adaptation for the “Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi” light novel series. The “reverse school fantasy” follows an ordinary high school boy named Taito Kurogane who is given a “poison” by a female vampire named Saitohimea, thus changing his life. (From Zexcs)

Hmm. I’m neutral to this series. I have absolutely no idea if it’s good or bad. The premise doesn’t look even remotely interesting to me, but the artwork does seem nice.

Chances of me watching: 60%


R-15

The story centers around Taketo Akutagawa, a student with a secret; he is a talented pornographic novelist with a newspaper-serialized work. He enrolls in a school that only accepts geniuses, and risque trouble  ensues there. (From AIC)

Ok… I really want to watch this show solely because of the illustrator’s artwork (Fujima Takuya. Did the manga for Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha – Vivid which I really enjoy.) and character designs similar to Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha‘s designs. The premise is… unique and different, albeit being a harem cliche. I’ll be checking this one out.

Chances of me watching: 90%


Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel ~ Kyun Kyun – Tokimeki Paradise!!

Related to the Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel series. Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki are freshman high school students and best friends. During the day, they help with school activities, but at night, they thwart enemies like Black Auction and other villains as Red Angel and Blue Angel, the Twin Angel Team. (From J.C. Staff)

A mahou shoujo series? I never heard of this series before, but it doesn’t hook me in immediately (I had to do some more background checking for this series than the other series.). Was the previous series good?

Chances of me watching: 40%


Morita-san wa Mukuchi

Anime adaptation of Tae Sano’s manga. The story follows the everyday life of a high school girl named Mayu Morita who is exceedingly gentle and thoughtful, to the point that she does not say much of anything to anyone. (From Studio Gram)

I’m watching this one definitely. The manga was amusing and I really like Morita’s cute antics and proneness to over think everything. ^_^

Chances of me watching: 100%


Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Second Season

Sequel of the Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu series. Advanced placement into a school of higher grade proof-reading is determined by the results of the Promotion Test strictly for class type. Students can change classes by competing using the Examination Summons Battle System. (From Silver Link)

Why don’t schools have these kinds of tests? It would be so much fun and exciting for education! That said, I’m watching this, having seen the previous series.

Chances of me watching: 100%


Dantalian no Shoka

Hugh Anthony Diswald inherits an old mansion and a personal library from his grandfather. In the basement of the mansion, he meets a mysterious girl Dalian. She is a Dantalian and a gateway to “Dantalian’s Bookshelf,” which stores the prohibited books of the demons. (From Gainax)

Another adaptation of a manga that I’ve read. Why are there so many adaptations of manga that I’ve been reading? At this rate, I’ll probably be disappointed by the lot of them if they’re not adapted properly… And this one is no exception with a good mystery plot.

Chances of me watching: 80%


Nekogami Yaoyorozu

Koyama Yuzu is running an antique shop. Mayu, a cat god (nekogami), is living off Yuzu and leads an idle life playing games. Lots of other gods visits Mayu and enjoy merrymaking. (From AIC PLUS+)

Well, this seems like a cute series. I’m a sucker for stories which involves gods, so I’ll be giving a look into this one.

Chances of me watching: 80%


Mawaru Penguin Drum

New anime project by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon). The story will revolve around three siblings: Kanba, Shoma, and Himari Takakura. The following message can be read on the website (one by reloading the page): “We share all my love and all your sin. I will inform those of you who won’t amount to anything.” (From Brains Base)

A new original anime series that has very little info and doesn’t quite stand out from the gems of the new season. However, the prospect of Kuniko Ikuhara involved in this project grabbed my attention (I’m a fan of Revolutionary Girl Utena and Sailor Moon). I most certainly will be giving this show a chance.

Chances of me watching: 80%


Manyuu Hikenchou

In this current era, breasts mean everything. If you have breasts, you are guaranteed wealth and popularity. Members of the Manyuu Clan help raise the future big breasts using a secret scroll. Chifusa is to be the successor of the clan. However, she takes the secret scroll and runs away with it, hoping to fight the cruel world that the Manyuu Clan has created… (From Hoods Entertainment)

Oh my gawd! I’m wanting to beat myself just for writing up the summary, and I can’t undo all the horrible mind damage that this preview has alone inflicted on me. Breasts? Seriously?  I wouldn’t even touch this with a stick!

Chances of me watching: 0%


Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 100%

Adapted from a PSP game. In the slapstick romantic comedy, a girl goes to a school for the performing arts with boys who are budding idols. (From A-1 Pictures)

Cliche much? Bishies all around here. Dunno if I want to watch this one…

Chances of me watching: 40%


Kami-sama no Memo-Chou

The story centers around a “NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) detective” girl named Alice and her assistant, a high school freshman boy named Narumi Fujishima. (From J.C. Staff)

The cute, hikkomori detective plus the mystery genre caught my eye . I’ll be giving this a chance.

Chances of me watching: 80%


Nyanpire The Animation

The story follows a black cat who was abandoned and left to starve. Just before the cat’s life was to be extinguished, a vampire emerged from the darkness and gave it blood. Now, “Nyanpire” (a combination of the Japanese pronunciations for a cat’s meow and “vampire”) lives as a seemingly ordinary house cat raised by a human girl. (From Gonzo)

Ahahaha! A vampire cat? That’s new. Still not going to watch this because of the cartoony animation. For the cat lovers out there, by the way.

Chances of me watching: 20%


Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Special

Related to the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes series. In the future world, people use ‘Toys’ that grant them superhuman abilities like ESP and telekinesis. This has led to a boom in minor crimes. Opera Koyabashi runs the detective agency, Milky Holmes, staffed by four cheerful and energetic girls. (From J.C. Staff)

I should finish up Tantei Opera Milky Holmes first before watching this. Cute detectives!

Chances of me watching: 70%


Ro-Kyu-Bu!

The story centers around a high school freshman boy named Subaru Hasegawa who joined the basketball team, but the team stopped playing due to the captain being suspected of being a lolicon. Subaru somehow ends up as a coach of an elementary school’s basketball team with five girls. (From Project No. 9 & Studio Blanc)

Ok… So this has some lolicon subtext? The artwork looks cute enough, but the premise is so-so.

Chances of me watching: 60%


Sacred Seven

A ‘new school battle action’ project. The tagline is: “People’s memories change the world!” (From Sunrise)

I think that this is the only real action-orientated series other than from Appleseed XIII in the new season. So, I’ll check this out.

Chances of me watching: 70%


Wow, 27 new anime series! Out of them all, it seems like I will definitely be watching 7 shows plus more, give or take. This certainly does seem to be a nice season, but now I’m worried that I will not have the time to watch or even blog more often for the summer, since I’ll be going to Seattle for a special rigorous, summer-long academy in computer science and animation. I’m going to be leaving on June 17, so from now on, I’ll try to churn out a post a day before I leave. I do hope that I will have some time to blog when in Seattle, though it’ll be more likely on the weekends. We’ll see.

So, what are your choices for the new season?

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5 responses to “Summer 2011 Previews & Impressions!

  1. tomphile

    I”m looking forward to Mayo Chiki, Blood C, and Kamisama Dolls. There’s a whole boatload of anime and it looks to be slightly better than this season.

  2. Oh, hell the more I watch the various previews in the blogosphere, the more I understand that this season will be full of stuff to watch…

  3. Some interesting series coming down the pipeline. Hopefully, I’ll keep most of them I plan to watch.

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