Believe it or not, there’s going to be some images back in this post due to popular demand. Well, at least for the anime’s that I think are worth watching. Unlike the preview posts of old, I’m still not going to strain myself to make a huge 6000 word essay with full plot summaries no-one is going to read (Random Curiosity does that better than I ever could anyway). This is still going to be short, with my burst of recommendations. A compromise, if you like, between the newer and older previews. Anyway, without further ado:
Sword Art Online
An anime based on a novel about the first virtual reality MMO in the near-future- thousands of people log on to this amazing world, and find they can’t get out again before being given an ultimatum from the creator: they can’t ever leave until they clear all 100 floors of the world. Oh, and if you die here, the equipment you’re jacking in with at home will kill you.
If they keep it honest to the book, it’ll be very good, since the book is pretty decent. Kirito is a strong, competent male lead (shock!) who actually pursues AND gets his main love interest (horror!) in the novel. And they become a superior battle couple afterwards. That alone is gold in most anime these days. But if they animate some of the boss fights from the novels well, it’ll be even better.
It’s based on the MUCH better novel written by the same guy who did Accel World. Well, at least the first three novels are better. Things start to get a bit silly after book 4 in my opinion. I imagine they’ll probably use some of the material from Book 2, as it was side-stories for Book 1. Would be nice if they also add some extra content, say of Kirito during his time as a Beta-Tester before the main-plot.
The Sicilian mafia protects the island from pirates, aliens and foreigners? Really? Well, okay, they just say “a small island in the Mediterranean” and look like the Mafia, and I’m drawing conclusions, but oh well. But what really got me interested is that this is mirroring a concept I have in my own D&D game [Princesses Waltz], but reversed. The girl in the centre of the picture is the heir of the family, and there’s a battle competition to win her, so to speak, as if she can’t master her own power, she’ll need a strong husband instead. Of course, she is joining the competition herself too.
Anyway, cool art style, an concept I like, resonates with me a bit. And it’s a reverse harem show, which is fairly rare and usually better than the standard type. It’s only barely on the guaranteed watches, but its there nonetheless.
Cautiously Optimistic About
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
Well, it’s in the suspicious category because it’s all been (sort of) done before, and it could all go horribly wrong, but this has some trappings of potential. Mainly because its covering the afterstory of ‘what happens after the hero defeats the final boss’. And although it screams harem from its very bones, if the guy is as competent as he looks in the picture (and preferably focuses on the demon daughter, the pink thing), then it could save itself. We shall see.
P.A Works. Three Girls, and Two Guys. My golly gosh, is this going to actually be a new version of True Tears? Something new to feed my romance addiction? If so, jolly excellent, keep it up. Of course, there is the chance this could end up tepid like Hanasekaru Iroha, but at least that was vaguely feelgood and had its moments. Still in the suspicious box for now, anyway, hopefully it’ll surprise me.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Huh. Fairies, post apocalypse, and happy pastel colours. Not exactly the first combination that springs to mind. Oh, and the Preview video has a talking roast chicken warbling into a microphone for at least 20 seconds. I’m not even frakkin’ joking. That was just weird. As a result, I don’t know whether we’re talking mindfuck or happyhappy here. So yeah. It’s in the suspicious box and I’ve got to see at least a bit of this.
Yeah, it’s based on an RPG and it has SD chibi’s as main characters. That alone gets it a ‘huh, what?’ nod of notice from me, because it reminds me of 7th Dragon and Etrian Odyssey (especially the former), both of which I really love. I’m sure it’ll be dismissed by many people because of the chibi’s and who knows if they’ll make it awesome, so again its in the suspicious box.
May Possibly Look into
Campione! Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kami Koroshi no Maou
Has a ridiculously long title. Its about a baseball player that somehow slays a god in another world and takes on the power of the godslayer (the titular ‘Campione’). Has fantasy harem written all over it, but at least he looks vaguely competant and its based on a light novel, so we can’t dismiss it out of hand.
I don’t normally even spare mecha shows much of a glance, but for some reason this at the very least caused me to linger briefly. Because it has aliens invading europe in the 70’s? However, it seems to then totally ignore that plot and talk about training ala. Freezing and Infinite Statos in the preview, so it’s no higher in my anticipation than this low rank.
Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Another one with Sengoku period warlords turned into cute girls. However, the recent Sengoku Collection was frankly awful in comparison to Oda Nobunagas quest for clothes, which at least was vaguely amusing if uninspired. Also, it actually has blokes in it. Hattori Hanzo is still male, for example. Still, I hold very little hope for it, but it may surprise me.
No, Just NO!
Kokoro Connect: Body change scenarios never end well. And their punchline is ‘the love and teen pentagonal comedy!’ WUT.
Kono Naka ni Hitori: Look, nii-chan! I’m a woman now! Lets… (Insert eyebrow raising scene followed by revelation that they’re not related) SNORE.
Dakara Boku Wa: I must treasure women even if they stab me in the face!! Boy, you’re too dumb to live. This is natural selection.
And that’s about it, folks. You can click the titles, as per usual, to be whisked away to the AniDB entry. From there, you can access far more materials, like the official sites, PV’s and suchlike.
As usual, if it’s not mentioned at all, that means it’s not worth mentioning. It means that it sounds so generic that doesn’t even have the potential to be a catastrophic monstrosity. Anyway, its beyond notice. Or I missed it. Whatever.
Well, I guess this ended up a thousand words and took about an hour and a half. I can deal with that. It’s when I used to take six hours to write a huge essay that I couldn’t take it.
So, that wraps it up. See ya soon.