this is one of the many
Everyone has these shows that you’ve heard of but haven’t around watching them for god knows what reasons. Just about everyone talks about them and reference to them. Basically their existence is almost known to the whole world EXCEPT to you. Why? Because you haven’t watched them!
Let’s start with some of these shows that I haven’t had the pleasure (or lack of) of picking up and also some potential shows that I’ll try to pick up in this summer. The power of free stuff, fansubs, and the internet commands YOU.
Darker than Black – “In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as “Hell’s Gate” appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell’s Gate”.
One of the most prominent ones out there and with the highest probability of me picking it up probably in this summer than any others. DTB sounds like the show that would appeal to me on different levels but surprisingly I haven’t gotten around watching it. Action, mystery, drama? The only thing stopping me is the large amount of negative comments about the second season.
dennou coil – “Eleven years after the introduction of internet-connected, augmented reality eyeglasses and visors, Yūko Okonogi moves with her family to Daikoku City, the technological center of the emerging half-virtual world. Yūko joins her grandmother’s “investigation agency” comprised of children equipped with virtual tools and powerful metatags. She quickly crosses paths with Yūko Amasawa, an expert hacker of the virtual environment, as Amasawa relentlessly seeks to “unlock” the mystery of a computer virus that emerges from an inaccessible corrupted space.”
Sounds like serious business being interestingly serious. I don’t see why I haven’t watched this show yet. It has a deep premise and promises plenty of character development. Also I already have 8.3G of DC goodness on my harddrive.
Kaiba – “It is now possible to store memory data, so that the death of your body is not actually “death”. As memories are stored in databanks, they can be “transferred” to new bodies. Because so-called “memory trading” now occurs, it is now possible to steal memories and illegally alter them. Society has fallen apart as authority has become lost and stagnant. One day, a man awakens in a ruined room. His name is Kaiba. He has no memories, but he does have a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman inside […]
Kaiba is discussed there and over there then over there and over there. Pretty much everywhere except here. Basically everyone who has watched Kaiba had something to say about the show at some point. That’s a great indication that it’s a show that gives plenty of things to talk about or that no one agrees on the same thing. Back then when I first started it I put Kaiba on hold but I mentioned that I would pick it up again so now it’s the chance to finally finish it and brush aside any remaining little problems I may have for the character designs in Kaiba. One thing I’m sure of is that Kaiba is sure to provide with something to ponder about.
Hayate the Combat Butler! – “[…] 16-year-old Hayate is really down on his luck. His unemployed parents are good-for-nothings who waste the money they have on gambling. One day, his parents have racked up a huge gambling debt that they had to sell Hayate to the yakuza for the value of his organs. In a desperate attempt to avoid that fate, Hayate decides to become a “bad guy” and kidnap someone to be held for ransom, but his efforts to do so are mistaken as a confession of love by the girl he targets.”
That is some disturbing opener for the story. I think I stopped laughing at the selling people organs part which I never found that funny. A 50eps for the 1st season then another 25 for the second season of the show? That’s a LOT of eps. To be frank, I’m not eager to pick up shows with large numbers of eps as with that large number of eps I expect enough balance in the story to keep me entertained to the end. Does Hayate have that? I don’t know but Hayate is so well known that you feel like it’s one of those shows that you have to watch and find out what’s so great about them at some point. Also I may just watch it so see what the Hinagiku fascination is all about, which I’m fairly interested in. Also it has Watamoto as narrator. Tough to say no to THAT.
Bokurano – “During a summer camp, 15 children, 8 males and 7 females, find a grotto by the sea. Deep within they discover working computers and some electronic equipment, and later the owner, a man called Kokopelli. Kokopelli claimed to be a programmer working on a brand new game, in which a large robot has to defend the Earth against fifteen alien invasions. He persuades the children to test the game and sign a contract. All but one of them signs, barely a moment later they mysteriously awaken on the shore believing what happened was just a dream.”
Robots that defend the earth against aliens… Last time I heard that one it was plain heroically cheesy as cheetos but that won’t stop me from giving Bokurano a chance. On another note, I always get Bokurano and Dennou Coil mixed up.
Summer Wars – “When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family’s Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki’s family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they’ve all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That’s when Kenji discovers his “summer job” is to pretend to be Natsuki’s fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki’s act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can’t resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world’s social and business traffic flows.”
Movies like SW receive huge attention from the blogsphere then again I think most subbed movies do. Right now, I’m part of the minority of people that have yet to pick this one up. I don’t have any good excuses why I haven’t watched it yet. I’m not really into movies that much and the size of the movie was three more times that any movies I’ve watched. It was a pain to DL it. Is summer wars as good as they claim? Probably.
Tears of Tiara – “In a world resembling the middle-age. A girl, Riannon, is set to be sacrificed to appease a resurrected demon lord, Arawn. As her brother Arthur attempts to rescue her, Arawn defies those who resurrected him and frees Riannon from her captors, which leads to Riannon admiring him. This eventually leads to a party of companions being assembled for adventure, with Arawn acting as the leader.”
I cheated and I watched the first 2 episodes the other day. I wasn’t that impressed by it. This “adventure” shows can be hit or miss a great majority of the time, even more when the characters don’t always appeal to you. In this case, I was waiting for an interesting character to show up that would scream “watch this show!” Tears of Tiara seems like it’s a fine” show but I don’t know if “fine” will cut it for regular 20 something show. However I already torrented it.. so why not watch it until I figure whether it’s worth it or not.
Also, yes, the other reason why I picked it up is because Studio White Fox which is in charge of Katanagatari is involved in this one. So far I haven’t seen the slightest sign of their work on ToT.
H20 Footprints in the sand – “Takuma Hirose is a blind young male high school student, though the cause for his blindness is undetermined. In order to heal his medical condition, he is sent to live in a village with his uncle. There, he meets several girls, three of which stand out more than any of the others. They are Hayami Kohinata, Hinata Kangura, and Otaha. Otaha temporarily heals his blindness and Hirose uses his sight to help others. He finds out that, for some reason, Hayami Kohinata is hated in the village, and he tries his best to help her out. Meanwhile, many sad secrets unfold in the village…”
This show sounds like a company like KEY would be behind it, but actually it isn’t. Based on the premise I’m getting an Air TV vibe without having to watch it. That’s great and not so great. Great if you liked Air and bad if you hate it. Harem/drama isn’t something I pick up every day but sometimes I end up liking it. Most of the harem shows that I watch are more based on laughs and any seriousness isn’t that demanded. Hopefully, this won’t pull any bad surprises at the end.
Sketchbook ~full color’S~ “Sora Kajiwara is a shy girl who enjoys drawing in her sketchbook. She joins the Art Club at her school, and meets many colorful and eccentric people.”
That’s some short summary. How descriptive and right to the point, if there was a point to begin with. Anyway, the show screams Hidamari Sketch which if you mention one show you usually mention the other. As someone interested in art in general I’ve come to enjoy HS (although it rarely deals with art) and the simplicity of it. That’s why I’m interested in seeing how different both shows are. Although at first glance I can already detect what’s so different about them. For example Shinbou isn’t involved and Shaft isn’t either. Ok, that was already a given but you know what i mean.
I think it’s best that I should not expect Sketchbook to be a carbon copy of another show.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes – “For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA’s Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested, and ultimately, changed, by the reality of war.”
The best show EVA! Right? Right!? If you’re a huge LoGH fan you better skip this paragraph now and move to the next one.
You probably won’t often run into people who criticize LoGH even if you look hard enough. MAL is pretty much dominated by LoGH fanboys raving about this show being number 1 and how totally shitty anime is today, which I’ll partially agree about some of the crappiness in the industry as of late, but I wouldn’t say that everything up to this point was mediocre. Frankly, I don’t know how about feel about this show until I watch it AND finish it. Right now, the idea that I have is that this is a good (probably amazing) show that old fans happened to put in a pedestal and raise it to the level of masterpiece because they really liked “how anime used to be good back then”. If I ever come to dislike the show it would be in great part due to old elite diehard fans that cling to old shows and trash talk everything else. Sorry, but it’s hardly possible to not question a show’s quality when arguments such as LoGH > everything are supposed to win me over.
On a separate note, that’s a lot of OVAS.
Millennium Actress – “When Studio Gin’ei commissions filmmaker Gen’ya Tachibana to make a documentary in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, he travels to a secluded mountain lodge to interview the idol of his youth, the enigmatic Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was the studio’s leading lady from the 1930s until the 1960s. As Chiyoko reminisces about her life, Tachibana and his cameraman suddenly find themselves on a rich and dazzling journey through time. Chiyoko’s films and personal memories intertwine with present events and stretch the boundaries of reality.”
I didn’t know it until now but I’m a fan of director Kon Satoshi and his work. Not a single movie or anime that he plus Madhouse have been involved have ever failed me to amused me. That’s not very easy to accomplish. They do really have everything. All enjoyable movies with gripping stories that make me want to watch what else they have to offer. Madhouse+Kon Satoshi in charge are the equivalent of what Ghibli movies are to me. It’s clear that I’m expecting Millennium Actress to be another big winner for me.
Rozen Maiden – “Due to a deep trauma at school Sakurada Jun has refused to return. He spends his time in his room, surfing the web and ordering anything that takes his fancy, only to return the items just before payment is due. One day, he finds a web site that tells him to put his order in a drawer of his desk. He does so thinking it to be a joke, only to find that the letter disappears and a strange package arrives soon afterwards. It contains an exquisite doll, that, when wound, comes to life. She treats him as a servant of little worth, but over time helps him come to grips with his fears and in the life-or-death fights that soon follow her arrival.”
I’ll be frank I do not understand Rozen Maiden’s popularity. It’s not that this show comes up in heated discussions or that it comes as a references to other show. It’s not like I see huge editorials about the depth of the story and characters. It’s not like RM is one of those huge classics from the 90’s that everyone respects because they need to. Rozen Maiden is just popular for some reason. I feel like there is a huge gap in years of secret discussions of why RM is so popular that I don’t know about. All I see are dolls fighting amongst themselves and a weak main character. At first glance I fail to see what’s so great about that. Really. Is it really the desu part? I don’t know what I’d respond if I were to be asked what I’m watching. Uh, a show about talking dolls?
Ouran High School Host Club – “Fujioka Haruhi won a scholarship to attend Ouran High, a school reserved for the rich and prestigious. Despite what other students may think of her, Haruhi cares little for physical appearances or the fact that she’s a commoner. Unfortunately for Haruhi, her high school days took a turn when she stumbled upon the Host Club, a group of guys who use their specific traits and charms to entertain the women of Ouran High […]”
Hey, it’s Haruhi! No, it’s the other one. That one that I don’t know about. Yeah, I purposely stopped the summary at that part because it was more interesting that way. Just everyone fan girl out there must’ve watched OHC. That would explain the high rating for one thing. This show is almost regarded as masterpiece among the shoujo fans and I have a general idea why. As for me, everything about this fabulous show does not interest me in the bit but doesn’t mean it’s a bad show. It’s just hard to have any interest for a show that I’m probably not part of the audience they were aiming at.
5 centimeters per second – “Tohno Takaki and Shinohara Akari, two very close friends and classmates, are torn apart when Akari’s family is transferred to another region of Japan due to her family’s job. Despite separation, they continue to keep in touch through mail. When Takaki finds out that his family is also moving, he decides to meet with Akari one last time. As years pass by, they continue down their own paths, their distance slowly growing wider and their contact with one another fades. Yet, they keep remembering one another and the times they have shared together, wondering if they will have the chance to meet once again […]”
No idea why it’s called that way. 5CPS is another movie I keep hearing about but never watched it. The premise sounds interesting and bit meh. I’m completely unfamiliar with the studio handling them so I can’t even comment on that.
Shakugan no Shana – “Sakai Yuuji, a high school student who expected his normal life to last forever, is dead. When he was on his way home he witnessed a shocking view as the world suddenly froze: people were engulfed by blue flames and a monster resembling a large doll swallowed them. Just as the monster prepared to consume Yuuji, a sword-wielding girl in black attire with flaming red eyes and hair that burns like embers saved him from the monster. The girl called herself a “Flame Haze” who hunts the “Guze no Tomogara”, creatures from another world. As Yuuji noticed a blue flame in his chest, she called him a “Torch”, a temporary replacement, saying that the “real” Yuuji’s existence had already ended. Unfazed, Yuuji befriended the strange girl, named her “Shana”, and joined her fight against Tomogara and other Flame Hazes.”
Pretty much they tell us what the first episode is about. Awesome. Actually, I’m an undercover tsundere hater that’s why I don’t usually pick up tsundere shows. even though that in itself might be a sign of tsunderism. Shakugan no Shana sounds like one of those hype shows and fav by Kugimiya Rie fans and tsundere lovers all over the world. That’s my limited take on a show that I’ve only watched 2 eps and didn’t find it that life changing. Tsundere loli? useless male lead? J.C. Staff? Where have I heard this before? SnS sounds like a why not watch it show rather than stay the hell out of it type of show. Also I heard the 2nd season sucks which does not look very good, but isn’t it always like that? Yeah, I’ll probably watch it at some point.
Eureka Seven – “Renton Thurston is a 14-year-old boy who lived with his mechanic grandfather in a backwater town. Every day he dreamed of being with the mercenary “Light Finding Operation (LFO)” aircraft pilot group “Gekkostate” and riding “Trapar” particle waves– a sport called “reffing”– with their charismatic leader Holland, especially when faced with his father’s acclaimed past or his grandfather’s desire to protect him. When a young girl named Eureka […]
Well, Bones is behind this and the author is also responsible for Deadman Wonderland! This “young male leads coming of age” then ‘”EPIC stuff happens in their journey” isn’t innovate but regardless very enjoyable. There are even TTGL comparisons are to be drawn even if I haven’t watched the show. That’s not bad. Why would I pick it up? There aren’t enough Mecha shows in my list for one thing so E7 would be a nice addition but 50 eps? That’s a lot to ask of me. Shows like FMA are one of the few shows (and shounen) with 50 eps that I’ve watched AND enjoyed. I’m hesitant to believe that E7 will grab me enough for the whole 50 eps but the high ratings make me have faith in it.
Major/Cross Game – “baseball anime”
Most accurate description. Almost as good as MAL reviews after the first episodes of a show. I often dismiss sports shows because I’m not that crazy about them in the first place. This is not to say that they’re bad but not something that usually catches my interest. Of course, with a different formula they can easily turn this around and accomplish this. Major has like, what, six seasons and counting? Cross Game, on the other hand, appears to only one season of 50 eps. A big number, but not impossible to finish if I’m certain that it has a definite ending unlike Major which I don’t think I’d pick it up due to having to keep up with so many seasons which I’m very bad at. Cross Game gets the upper hand because also a certain prehistoric blogger mentions it in more than one occasion.
Seto no Hanayome – “Michishio Nagasumi’s life couldn’t be anymore normal. In an odd twist of events, during his summer vacation he ends up almost drowning in the sea. Luckily, the cute mermaid Seto San appears to save him. However, San is from a yakuza mermaid family and according to their law, if a human is to catch sight of a mermaid, either he or the mermaid must die. The only other way is for Nagasumi to be taken in as a family member, marrying San. In attempts to save both of their lives, Nagasumi asks for San’s hand in marriage. Nagasumi’s summer vacation reaped more then what he would expect, as he must now protect San from others finding her secret out.”
Both Gonzo and AIC studios are behind SnH, I’m curious to see how that would turn out. Mermaidman yakuza family? I sure haven’t heard of that one before! SnH is another of those shows that is highly rated no matter where I go and usually who I ask. A combination of Comedy, parody, and school usually catches my interest so I don’t see a problem here. I don’t know how hilarious the show will be after a few eps. Will the jokes get repetitive after 13 eps? Will the twists will the same and how far do I trust Gonzo to deliver like old times? Like, really? I think that was B.C.
Nodame Cantabile – “During his 4th year at Japan’s top music university, Chiaki happens to meet Noda Megumi; or as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life. However, when Chiaki hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe at the kind of music she plays. To Chiaki’s dismay, Nodame moves into the apartment next to his and finds out that she is head over heels in love with him. Nodame Cantabile tells the story of Chiaki and Nodame, as they not only learn to deal with each other, but learn lessons from one another as they strive for the top of the musical world.”
Without having to listen to it I get the feeling that NC is one of J.C. Staff better works with no indication of being a hype show. This is the type of show that I should’ve finished it when I had the chance but unfortunately didn’t. It’s a pity that I was never able to pick up before the second season came out otherwise I could’ve said something about the show. Now the show is over (I think that’s the case) I can watch it to my heart content and hope that it’ll be music to my ears. It might even go down as one of the favorites of the shows I haven’t watched yet.
Haibane renmei – “A dream of falling from the sky…and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka’s own wings grow, a halo is placed on her head and she is told that she must work in the nearby town of Grie. She soon realizes that the town and the entire world they live in are confined behind the Wall, a tall, impenetrable wall that none except the mysterious Toga are allowed to exit.”
A tall impenetrable wall covering the rest of the world? People with halos over their heads? Everything sounds so surreal. I haven’t even watched the show and I’m already interested in this. Not to mention that several posts about HR tells me that this show is not to be taken lightly. Also I want to find out why it was so many times it wa mentioned when Sora no Woto was airing. Hopefully, HnR will be less moe and with more depth.
Gundam SEED – “C.E. 71: In the midst of war between the Naturals (OMNI) and Coordinators (ZAFT), a unit from ZAFT is dispatched to hijack the Earth Alliance’s newly developed mobile suits on the neutral colony of Heliopolis. Orb Civilian Coordinator Kira Yamato attends the technical college on Heliopolis. After ZAFT hijacks 4 of the 5 mobile suits, Kira stumbles upon the last one, Strike, forced to pilot it to save his and his friend’s lives. During this confusion, Kira also reunites with his childhood Coordinator friend, Athrun Zala, who ironically turns out to be a ZAFT soldier and one of the hijackers at Heliopolis. Having control of Strike, Kira joins the Earth Alliance boarding the ship known as Archangel, to protect his friends while despairing over becoming the enemy of his childhood friend and people.”
If you have watched Code Geass then you must’ve heard of GS reference and about trainwrecks, betrayals, keikakus. and other whatevers. Why would I pick it up? I’m not a gundam fan as you know, actually my only knowledge of the Gundam world is limited to Gundam 00, which I liked. Overall I think CG vibes are enough to make me pick up SEED. I know that I will be entertained for sure.
Almost most accurate list of shows I haven’t watched yet but everyone else has. Not too bad for the never-ending backlog any anime fan has. For a list of potential and not-so-potential shows for the exciting Summer I’ll point you to Summer 10 review.