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Has it really been over a year that I stopped regularly blogging on here? Time sure passes pretty fast and again we arrive at another one of these. This upcoming Summer season is rather fantastic (though I would argue new anime seasons are ALWAYS fantastic), but this year in particular has been rather magical as the number of what I would call AAA shows keeps ramping up it seems. The only thing that could possibly make this the year any better for anime is if Accel World got a second season, but I may be getting into the realm of delusions there. How has everyone been? Me? I’ve been doing fairly well in my personal life (at last) and professionally things are somewhat where I want them to be (though I still would like to win the lottery; I hope someone up there is listening). Well anyways, lets get to it. shall we?

For this format, YES will be shows I am most looking forward to, MAYBE are the ones I have slight interest in, and all else not mentioned may or may not be watched. In general, I will sample every show, but these are more highlights.

YES

  • Glasslip: An new original show by P.A. Works? I wouldn’t miss it for the world. This is the studio that brought us masterpieces like True Tears and Nagi no Asakura, the worst show they’ve ever made (IMO) is TARI TARI and even that was alright.
  • Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen: From the producers of Break Blade comes a new mecha show that is totally giving me Gundam vibes. There’s not much information out about this series, but mecha can be said to be the genre that original got me into anime, so I will always be open to trying out new mecha series. I just hope the pacing is done a bit better than the way Break Blade was handled; I know at least the animation will be good though.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: This is technically a horror anime which is an adaptation from a manga. I’m fairly caught up in the source material and though I do recommend the series, the protagonist takes awhile before you get to like him. Even if this ends up as two-cour, I don’t think it’ll get to what I consider the more interesting parts of the series and thus I am somewhat hoping for some anime original material here.
  • RAIL WARS!: The premise seems kinda ridiculous and I haven’t read the light novel this is based on, however I do like trains…
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal: One of the big TITANS of the Summer Block, this is a remark for the 20th anniversary of the series. As with many others, the new character designs which are supposed to be more faithful to the source leave me quite hesitant, though with two-cours already lined up, I hope they don’t put much filler and focus more on the plot. I’m giving this a chance mainly for nostalgia sake and the other for hype.
  • Sword Art Online II: Another TITAN of the Summer Block, this time we have the second season of the vastly popular Sword Art Online. Fans of the source material (and anyone whose watched a trailer really) will notice that this season takes place in an FPS. I really do like this arc, but I hope that the pacing issues won’t be a huge problem as A-1 should have plenty of budget owing to the original’s success.
  • ALDNOAH.ZERO: Urobuchi Gen returns for another original sci-fi series. This is the 3rd TITAN of the Summer Block and knowing Gen’s past history of shows, this won’t go at all like how I expect it to. Also, you know a show is going to be awesome when the tagline reads: “”Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”
  • Akame ga Kill!: 4th TITAN of the Summer Block, this time around we go into dark fantasy territory with a series focussed on assassins in a medieval-ish setting. I really enjoyed the source material for this awhile back and I’m sure fans of big action adventure shows will come to love this series too.
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: By author of Oresama Teacher, comes a rom-com involving mangaka. I haven’t delved too much into the source, but I’ve always been a fan of Izumi Tsubaki-sensei’s work and the animation quality looks to be top notch. The main heroine, Sakura Chiyo, will also be played by newcomer Ozawa Ari as her debut role. I’m always interested in new talent, so I hope she does a good job and maybe we’ll see her in more roles in the future. I’m expecting this to be the big surprise of the season.
  • Ao Haru Ride: What season wouldn’t be complete without the romance-drama show? For you dreamers and lovers, heartbeakers and breathtakers out there, I present to you a series that delivers everything that you’d expect out of a romance series between teenagers and their coming of age story.
  • Zankyou no Terror: Watanabe Shinichiro, the director of Cowboy Beebop, returns to give us another original series, but this time it’s a thriller! I have high hopes, as do many others, you don’t hear Watanabe’s name with the words “original series” and not take a second look.
  • Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?: An adapatation of a fairly popular light novel, this show reminds me of MAOU-Sama/Outbreak Company, but that could just be the animation/color palette.
  • Tokyo ESP:  The firth TITAN of the Summer block, is another adaptation of a very good manga series that focusses on Espers. I won’t really go into the specifics, but this was one of the series I had a hard time putting down back when I was reading it years ago.
  • Nobunaga Concerto: Kid who looks like Nobunaga is thrown back in time and forced to become his body double. Now that sounds like an interesting premise! I’ve always liked historical series and especially ones that have a little time travel spiced in.
  • Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance: Fantasy-harem light novel adaptation that reminds me of Unbreakable Machine Doll/Infinite Stratos. Long story short, male protagonist gains special power that eventually leads him into getting a harem. These kinds of series are hit or miss, so I’m hoping that this turns out better than expected.

MAYBE

  • Free! -Eternal Summer-: Kyo-ani cannot make a bad show. As much as I didn’t enjoy the premise of the 1st season, I will admit the show WASN’T bad. I just hope we get to see more of Miho’s past or some kind of focus AWAY from Haruka/Rin.
  • Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yattemita.: We’ve been getting alot of idol shows lately it seems (No-Rin, Wake-up Girls, Love Live! etc) and the genre doesn’t seem like it can really introduce that many “original” ideas. I guess the whole “local” idol thing will keep the series a bit more grounded, though I’m hesitant on what this could actually accomplish plot wise…
  • Barakamon: I’ve heard quite a number of good things about the source for this show and though slice-of-life isn’t up there with my top genres, this will be sure to dominate for people that enjoy that genre.
  • Sabagebu!: Another show about an all-female survival game club. I was quite surprised at how awesome C3-bu turned out and I’m always a fan of the girls with guns sub-genre, so I hope this will also exceed expectations as well.
  • SPACE☆DANDY 2: The show that “saved” anime! I wasn’t a fan of the episodic nature of the first season and though it did accomplish what it set out to do (be popular on adult swim), I hope that this time around we have a more sustained plot, instead of random episodes, though the ED has always hinted that there’s something more going on…
  • Himegoto: It’s always interesting how gender-bender/crossdressing series are animated…
  • Re:_Hamatora: A sequel to the original Hamtora show that aired two seasons or so ago, this show reminds me alot of X-men and the first season wasn’t too amazing, though it wasn’t bad either, and the ending was a major cliffhanger.
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Zwei!: Sequel to the first Fate universe magical girl spin-off show. The first season was quite good and the source material for this is said to be on another level. I’m setting my expectations low for now, but this could’ve easily been a YES show for me as well.
  • PSYCHO-PASS (New Edit): Take the original series and condense it into 11 hour long episodes, add new scenes, and you get this. I suspect that this show is mainly there as a refresher for the sequel airing in the fall season.
  • Persona 4 The Golden ANIMATION: Essentially a retelling of the same story we got two years ago in anime form, this time with a new girl showing up. I’m not sure why this needed ANOTHER remake (especially this soon), but the popularity of Persona 4 is quite insane in Japan, so as a marketing move, it’s understandable.
  • Monogatari Series: Second Season -Hanamonogatari- : Technically this is the sixth TITAN of the Summer Block, but I haven’t really caught up on the series. It’s quiote good, but the way that SHAFT animates makes it one of those things you got to sit down for a long session to properly enjoy.
  • Strange+ Season 2: Despite being a show of many five minute shorts, I enjoyed the first season…

And my 5 most anticipated shows this season (in no particular order) are…

sao2

Sword Art Online II

aldenoah.zero

ALDNOAH.ZERO

akamegakill

Akame ga Kill!

tokyo-esp

Tokyo ESP

glasslip

Glasslip

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