Okay folks, here it is, my new flash-preview format. Frankly, AniDB can always provide you with better info than I can, so I’m simply doing a cool little list, and if my quick description interests you, click on its title to be wisked away to that entry on the database.
I’m very likely to watch…
Squee, more bakemono. I really rather liked the original series; and it marked the point where I (and many others) really started to pay attention to SHAFT and Shinbo. Its a riot and also manages to break away from alot of [bad] anime conventions. Araragi is a tremendously decent male lead and all of the girls are convincing and well characterised. This season is pushing the focus onto his ‘Fire Sisters’, as is the case in the later novels.
To add to that, the prequel movie, Kizumonogatari, is also due out this year. Its going to be a good time for youkai!
Inu x Boku SS
What do tsunderes, demons, and secret service agents have in common? This anime, obviously. Ririchiyo wants to live somewhere new and distance herself from her rich family, so moves into a special mansion, which is actually an asylum of sorts for half-demon people. She is joined by an insistant agent who thinks he was saved by her in the past (and is now indebted). Somehow, I get a good feeling from this as having a good amount of potential.
Ano Natsu de Matteru
Oh, this is interesting, the pair of guys whom were responsible for Onegai Teacher and Onegai Twins are joining up with the Anohana director. Those two were remarkably good romanticoms (though they’re pretty ancient these days!). Combine sleepy town and plot to make a movie as a means to make ones life interesting and you have youself a fairly promising premise. Anyway, if its good it’ll be my fix for romance this season which is nice.
I’m wary of, but positive about…
KILL ME, Baby!
Based on a paticularly strange sounding 4koma about an idiot airhead girl that tries to make friends with a twintailed assassin girl who is terrible at being undercover. Undoubtably, hijinks ensue. Includes a super-deformed art style for your amusement.
Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku
Well, thats a strange idea for a space opera. Apparently, all space craft can only be passed on to relatives, so when Marika’s dad dies, she inherits a pirate vessel called the Bentenmaru and its eclectic crew. The way they’re going about this means it possibly has the potential to be a modern retelling of Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Fun, if so.
Some kind of new Sengoku Basara type meets Ninja Scroll type thing; with utterly stupid Samurai’s with ridiculous abilities getting into trouble left, right and centre. Oh, and Ieyasu Tokugawa is evil now, and after the power of a shrine maiden. Has some Samurai 7 vibes too, as Sanada Yukimura is attempting to create a team of 10 powerful dudes and change history.
A horror involving a girl with an eyepatch and some girl who died years ago but for some reason everyone pretended she was still alive. Written by the same author as Shiki, so there’s some cross applicable horror experience there. Could be interesting, though these things usually aren’t my cup of tea.
Amagami SS Plus
I’m not entirely certain just how they ~can~ actually add anything to the original Amagami, which was an excellent romance (best one of late, in fact). Hence, I’m actually a little concerned at what this’ll do; especially since several of the original arcs had timeskips and clear cut conclusions. It’s the usual omnibus format, two episodes to each girl. I suppose they might address the castaway Rihoko shippers, who were so mercilessly sunk in the original when she was the only one to get friendzoned. I just found that funny, myself. Anyway, moar Haruka and Sae, you say? Well, I’m there.
Will probably be awful; but will watch anyway…
Zero no Tsukaima F
Last season was pretty damn terrible; and upon reading the novels, I was surprised to find that, actually, it was fairly accurate to the source material (I got bored with reading them also). Which is funny, since the second season deviated from the material but ended up reasonable (if nothing on the first season, which is also great in the novels). Anyway, this should wrap things up. They better stay the hell away from the relationship reset button this time; its really getting infuriating to watch Saito and Louise achieve nothing since season two. Hopefully I’ll be pleasently surprised, but I’m not expecting anything.
Well, that’s about it… If its not mentioned, I’ve immediately dismissed it!
I have to say, a short preview with just some notes is alot less painful to write. All the uploads and formatting and walls of text used to give me nightmares before, to the point where I just didn’t have the patience anymore. I apologise if you used to like my previews in their old format, but, at least for now, its a neccessary sacrifice. If you want a truly comprehensive preview, check in with Divine at Random Curiosity; the amount of work he puts in is truly staggering!!