June/July/August. Here it is once again. Reliable Chartfag delivers the anime list for the summer season. As it is common is time to jump the gun and make assumptions, picks, and predictions about how shows of the season will turn out. Taiga here is facing off against her future self for example. That’s already a twist, or not. Tiger vs Wolf, which one would win in a battle of FC characters? Well, we aren’t discussing that, but we are discussing the shows of the season.
High school of the dead – STARS! Kick ass show, at least kicking some rotting zombies’ butt. Based on the trailer I’m sure that this show is going to be about slapping, pointy boobs, and lastly zombies, Ok, it’s going to be mostly about good old zombie beatdowns. I can’t argue that a huge collection of Resident Evil, The day before tomorrow, Dawn of the Dead, Left 4 dead, and just about every zombie movie I’ve seen came to mind when I saw Highschool of the Dead. Actually, I previously gave the manga a quick shot last year, but I just couldn’t manage to get through many chapters. Everything was so dreadfully clustered that it was a task to read it despite knowing how potentially good it could’ve gotten. By the positive comments about the manga I can suspect that HoD is going to be great. A combination of ecchi and high levels of violence works great for me, unless they go and fukkin censor it.
Note: Madhouse has its long and crazy hands on it. I have faith that MadHouse will not screw it up.
Ocult Academy – “An occult horror & school comedy” Based on the pic about I think it’s about a dominant girl and an academy as the title suggests. Based on the trailer this show is about spooky stories, mysteries and prophesies such as the ones from Nostradamus and I assume they’ll try to make sense of everything. I wish I could say more about the show but there isn’t that much info for me to pick up on. The show looks promising and potentially captivating if the stories they cover are as good as the show claims. Plus, I just love seeing intelligent people racking their brains figuring out mysteries, though in this case I’m positive the only ones doing the thinking will be the main character.
Also, I still have some expectations from AnC project and what they wish to accomplish bringing “new” shows to us. I hope that studio A-1 doesn’t disappoint this time.
Note: The people behind it are the same from Sora no Woto and Senkou no Night Raid (Anime no Chikara)
Shiki – “This series is about village with a population of about 1300 people, and during one fiercely hot summer, many mysterious incidents happened one after another… “
*cough* I’m seeing plenty of “it’s another Higurashi” yet propaganda already. See? Sometimes it is a really bad move to give such short synopsis to a show for this reason. We’re linking everything to previous shows that may possibly not even be related at all. Shiki may not be like Higurashi at all, actually I hope it isn’t since I’d like to see something different. Also I’ll say this right now, I can’t get over the characters designs and crazy hairstyles. They scream of shounen yet the show isn’t.
On a separate note, Shiki has already been decided to be part of the Noitamina time slot that others successful shows such as Eden of the East, Tokyo Magnitude, The Tatami Galaxy shared. Also another thing to keep note of, Daume Studio is behind it. They aren’t that well known but I was pleased with the 1st Minami-ke season which they handled better than the next Studios did. There’s also Ichigo Mashimaro but I’m not familiar with how they handled that one.
*Note : The creator of Shiki is Fuyumi Ono most known for her word on 12 Kingdoms and Ghost Hunt. If Shiki is anything how GH handled its ghost stories then I think we have a potentially good show for the season.
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi – Ok, I’m going to have trouble remembering this one like I did remembering the Periodic Table of elements. Btw, I still haven’t memorized it.
I have to give it to J.C Staff for blatantly using the same character appeal (and design) over and over without loosing its followers. They must be definitely be doing something right. Not that impressed with the trailer. I was actually more interested when the idea that this was a wannabe Toradora was still on the plate. Now, I’m slightly less interested than I originally was. What I did like about the trailer is how the main character tsunderetiscally fill us in on the rest of the info. It makes me think that I should’ve made an Aniblogtourney post in a similar fashion where I clearly should’ve gone for tsundere appeal if I wasn’t already. Eh, I guess I’m a natural.
Surprisingly, the one voicing Ookami-san isn’t queen of tsundere voice acting Rie Kugimiya, instead the one actually voicing Ookami is another seiyu who is not Kugimiya. I R confused.
*Note : A comedy and romance title. And of course, J.C Staff is behind it. J.C is pretty good at handling that combination for those interested in it.
Strike Witches 2 – All you have to know is that SW is about teh lolis and teh pantsu and somehow making sense why they don’t wear pants. Ok, it goes beyond that, but only a couple of meters. Yes, they also have guns and they aren’t afraid to use them against aliens.
After how the 1st season ended there was some obvious signs that the story would “go on ” (as typical of Gonzo shows), but the show didn’t engage me as much to make me say “must watch”. In other words, I’m not totally crazy about the 2nd season even though I’ll probably watch it. SW has its own appeal, definitely not great material but it probably won’t bore you either if you aren’t totally against fanservice.
*Note : Because Gonzo has one foot pretty much in the tomb and a couple of meters below that, Studio AIC will be handling the 2n season of SW. I won’t deny that I’m interesting in seeing how THAT would turn out.
Asobi ni Ikuyo! – *warning* This pic is probably from the manga and not the anime.
Alien girl, geeky guy and her suddenly making her to way into his life, then his bed. Never mind the order, It might not be about that.
I thought I was going to dismiss this as another DearS type of show then I looked at the description and it says comedy, romance, sci-fi ONLY. The story sounds relatively serious and with some signs of not being a shallow show I thought it was. The people behind it are Studio ACIPLUS+ which are only known for their work on the not very popular GA: Geijutsuka. For the very same reasons I could be completely wrong here because it’s not possible to get a very good picture on what direction this show is going to go. Giving it a chance won’t hurt.
*Note : Horo wolf ears anyone?
Seitokai Yakuindomo – “Takatoshi is a new student in the recently gender-integrated high school. He’s asked to join the student council as the vice president. Thus begins his days as the only normal boy among 3 female student council officers…”
H, H, HAREM ENDING! Is that the best picture they could get? Well, nothing new to see here guys. Everyone and their grandmother and grandfather have linked this show to Seitokai no Ichizon and I’m not going to last one to do it even though I’m sure it isn’t the first or best example of Student Council show. Having said that, it doesn’t sound boring at all. Comedy, romance, slice of life combination sounds tempting. I think I’ll properly judge this show based on the how interesting and appealing the main characters are.
*Note : Princess Lover! studio are behind this one. You choose if that’s a bad or a good thing.
Shukufuku no Campanella – These guys don’t feel like talking at all. A completely mute trailer out of all things. Jerks. And they got these golden hit-points plates where their names too or something.
I almost stopped reading when I read adult game then again many successful shows even had some adult game roots and they turn out just fine and some extraordinary good. OK, Now that that is out of the way… Ecchi and Fantasy? I don’t know I feel I’d be watching a harem only set in a fantasy world. Though I have admit the plot doesn’t sound that bad. If they manage to be as funny as Tower of Druaga then I might end up picking it up, if not I don’t think this show appeals to me.
*note: Studio AIC is busy this season!
Sekirei Pure Engagement – We end V1 Chart with Sekirei S2, a popular comedy, ecchi , fighting manga which I, for once, can testify how good it actually is compared to the anime. Before anyone bashes Sekirei you should know the manga is actually fun to read. It’s just the anime that I found terribly uninteresting compared to the original, then again that’s how it usually works. Since I already read everything the anime covered I think I’ll pick up the 2nd season of the anime. Here, hopefully, the story gets better and the people behind it fixed whatever they did wrong on the first one.
*Note : eh, what note? If you watch the first one you’ll probably watch this one.