Spring 2012 Anime Guide

Well, I’m just going to go ahead and say, that this season doesn’t really look too hot.  There’s a shitload of sequels, a few decent looking things and a lot of other shows that look completely stupid.  Thank God forFate/Zerocoming back, orotherwise this season would really be a bomb.

1 – Fate/Zero

Synopsis – (Second part of Fate/Zero)  The Holy Grail War continues on as the Servants and Masters begin to seriously do battle.  One Servant, Assassin, has already been defeated, and Saber, Rider, and Lancer are now teaming up to defeat Caster.

Damn, it’s been a long wait for this show (especially with that hella annoying cliffhanger).  Obviously, I’ll be continuing to watch this show, though I’m still kind of debating on whether or not I should call the next episode “Episode 14” or just start over at “Episode 1” of a new season.  Although most places acknowledge this series as Fate/Zero 2, I think I’ll just go ahead and call the episodes 14, 15, and so on, because it’s not like it’s a new season two years after the first – it was already planned out like this.  I assume this half of the series will be much more action oriented and will start to kill of the servants starting with Caster, even though I’ll miss that crazy son-of-a-bitch.  Saber, Rider, and Lancer are going to beat Caster’s ass, Berserker will (hopefully) come back, and Archer sure as hell better team up with Kirei.  It’s going to be awesome, let’s leave it at that.  And this is returning just as Nisemonogatari will be ending it’s run, so I kind of lucked out on that one.  I’m also kind of looking forward to going back and watching Fate/Stay Night after this series is over, and I really hope that it’ll be able to live up to this show, though with what everyone says about Shiro, may have a rough ride ahead.

2 – Tsuritama

Synopsis – Yuki Sanada is a high school boy who cannot communicate with people well and doesn’t have a single friend.  He lives on Enoshima island with his French grandmother. One day, he meets a boy named Haru. Haru calls himself an alien who visited the Earth for fishing.  Another high school boy, Natsuki, and a mysterious Indian, Akira, join the two and the island becomes the center of the event which determines the fate of the world.

Well, this series is the Noitamina show for this season, so it’s safe to assume that this show will at least try to be good.  Although, Guilty Crown hasn’t really set too much of a benchmark for this show to follow.  The description is weird as hell, but it seems like it’ll be more of an artsy show with some kind of message, like Arakawa Under the Bridge, or something of that nature.  I mean, Jesus –  a Frenchman, an alien, and an Indian saving the earth?  Well, I guess that’s an anime for you.  Even the PV, with all of it’s happy go lucky music and lack of anything related to the plot, doesn’t really help to add much sense to everything that’s going on in this show.  It’ll almost certainly be weird as all get out (based on this summary, I see no way it can’t be), but with weirdness often comes uniqueness, and  hopefully it will be good too.

3 – Hyouka

Synopsis – Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters the Classic Literature Club as recommended by his elder sister. There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka.  Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity.  Fukube is a smiling boy who excels in memory, but he never constructs his own deduction.  Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approach.  They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago.  Hints of the mystery is buried in an old collection of works of the former members of the Classic Literature Club.

So, unfortunately I’m already to the point where I’m basing things off studios.  This series is done by Kyoto Animation, who’ve done shows like Clannad, Nichijou, and Haruhi Suzumiya.  However, they’ve also done Lucky Star and K-on, so this could really go either way in terms of presentation and directing.  Kyoto shows usually look very good, but they’ve been really focused on the moe-blob blandness of K-on recently, so some of that my slip into this show.  It seems as if it’s some type of mystery story which always could be interesting, but we’ll just have to wait and see if the director and studio try to comedy it up a bit too much.

4 – Medaka Box

Synopsis – Kurokami Medaka, a first year, is elected as Student Council President, and the first thing she does is establish a suggestion box, later dubbed by students the “Medaka Box”. Medaka encourages students to submit any problem to the box without hesitation and promises to take on any issue from anyone.  Now the Student Council members spend their days solving the problems submitted through the Medaka Box, whether they be hooligans in clubs where they don’t belong, girls who need help writing love letters or people who’ve lost their pets, gradually earning the respect and admiration of the entire school.

There are two reasons that I want to like this show: first, it’s produced by Gainax, the anime studio of anime studios, and second, the original manga is by Nisio Isin.  However, form what I’ve read of the manga, it isn’t anything terribly special.  Sure, the dialogue is somewhat better than most everything else out there (that’s what Isin does after all), but it’s still a pretty standard “fix peoples problems” series, with the only real interesting thing about the manga being how ridiculous Medaka is.  Maybe that’ll be fun to see, espically being animated by Gainax, but other than that, I don’t see it being too amazing.

5 – Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead

Synopsis – (second season of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?) Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system “Megalo” in her place.

Okay, so the first season of this show, in terms of being a completely ridiculous anime self-parody, was pretty decent.  The further it went on, the more and more it became like a standard harem show, which was disapointing.  I still see no reason why Maelstrom or whatever her name was even brought into the show at all, and now it looks like even more girls are being brought into the mix.  Look, even if you’re parodying it, just leave it alone, four is plenty.  I guess this season is going to be like some big-ass parody of High School of the Dead or something, because they’re in school uniforms and, you know, the “Of the Dead” suffix. 

6 – Accel World

Synopsis – One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school. For the middle school boy who is often bullied, the meeting changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from her, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual Accel World. In that moment, the lowest of the “school caste” becomes “Burst Linker”, a knight defending a princess.

So, we’ve got a .hack/Baldr Force look-a-like with a fat main character, which seems to have everybody in the internet up in arms.  Everyone really seems to be behind this fat protagonist, I guess because fat people are honestly never the main characters of anime.  I don’t really see how it makes a difference that he’s fat or anything – instead of being a loser because he’s a loser, he’s a loser because he’s fat.  Either way, if you look up any type of PV of this on Youtube, the top two comments are almost guaranteed to be about him being fat.  He’s going to be skinny by the end anyway, so what’s the difference?  Other than that, it looks like a pretty standard shounen type show, but virtual world type things always have the potential to be interesting, since you can do pretty much whatever you want with it.

7 –AKB0048

Synopsis – In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.

Yes, I put this on here because it’s just that fucking stupid.  Seriously, the Japanese are the absolute biggest money whores in the entire universe.  No one else could write something this fucking retarded just to promote an idol group.  And are there really this many people in the group, nine fucking people?  Sure music has the power to influence people, but it sure as hell isn’t J-pop idol music that’s influencing anything other than a bunch of preteen girls and horny pedophiles to buy their shit and go to their shows so they can buy more shit while they’re there.  I’m sorry, but I just really hate fucking J-pop, and I really fucking hate such blatant marketing ploys.  This is going to be terrible and anyone in their right mind could tell that, but as long as it makes money, that’s what’s important.  After all, isn’t that what K-on and iDOLM@STER have taught us over the years?

And that’s all she wrote, but like always, here’s one of those big-ass visual guide things.

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Posted on February 14, 2012, in Editorials, News. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I’m a bit worried about spring, because other than Fate/Zero, there’s nothing that I’m really uber eager to check out. The past few seasons have all had stuff I was excited about and then pleased with, as well as some pleasant surprises (and unfortunate let-downs).
    But hey, Fate/Zero. That’ll be great.
    And I won’t mind continuing Kimi to Boku, which has the potential to improve now that the cast has been firmly established.
    Hyouka’s images and synopsis sound amazingly bland, but hey… mystery. I love a good mystery, so I’ll have to try a couple eps, at least.
    After that… I don’t know? Tsuritama maybe? I’m vaguely curious about Hiiro no Kakera, Shining Hearts, and maybe even Accel World, I suppose…
    And hey, is that a Scryed movie I see at the bottom? That’s rather surprising! Have you seen Scryed, Notaku? I have a feeling you’d like that. (Be sure to watch the amazing English dub.)

    • I have not seen it, I don’t even really know what it’s about; I’ve only heard the name. But, I’ll have to check that out now. So, would the movie be a re-adaptation, or something new?

      • Reading up on it, it sounds like there’s actually two movies, and they’re a recap of sorts with bonus scenes… or something. (I’ve never actually watched a recap movie before, so I don’t get how those roll.)
        But yeah, go check out the actual anime, and watch it dubbed. Scryed is basically a camp version of what every fighter shounen series aspires toward, with a complete story and a fun variety of characters with quirky super powers.
        http://myanimelist.net/anime/168/Scryed
        (Nyron’s review explains it well.)

    • Yo, I’ve been there: the cynical burnt out anime watcher. This past season has taught me not to prejudge any show, especially based on the synopsis or the studio reputation, before giving them the standard 3 ep test.

      While the Spring offerings seem to stink, the potential epicness of Fate/Zero will mitigate that stench and we will have to find something else to do — like read books or watch Mad Men.

      • I really do wish I liked Mad Men as much as everyone else seems to.

      • Dunno about you, but it is bar none one of the top 3 shows of the last decade, for many reasons, and proof that TV has replaced Hollywood as the source of talent in writing. The others are The Sopranos and The Wire. I haven’t seen Breaking Bad, though, despite all the hype.

      • I absolutely love The Wire and The Sopranos, but for some reason, I don’t find Mad Men as good. I like it well enough, but it just never really seems like anybody’s doing anything, if that makes any sense. I really like Breaking Bad too, but the first two seasons are much better than the rest of the series in my opinion.

      • Ah, it’s sometimes just hard to tell what shows will pique my interest, especially when the pics and synopses are really vague and general.
        But if there’s only one or two shows I get into, there’s *plenty* of older anime I’ve been meaning to watch, so no biggie there.

  2. Y’know, I might just watch Accel World. It’ll probably be worth it if MC does drop all that weight at the end. 😀

  3. So many series to watch/cover this season as well, 24 hours are just not enough man…:(

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