God last season was crap wasn’t it? There were a few good shows but overall it seemed to disappoint just about everyone. I’d make some joke about how the anime that aired failed to keep you warm through the Winter but, no. On that note, look at what we have here! A pretty decent looking season when you get right down to it, there’s something here for pretty much everyone. Like shonen fights? Saint Seiya’s getting a new season for the first time in about 25 years! A fan of Shinichiro Watanabe? (And let’s face it, who isn’t, well, apart from some bloggers here, but they don’t count) Well here he is directing something new for the first time since 2004! Even those of you with gun fetishes have something to look forward to in Upotte! So let’s get fired up in anticipation of the new season with our preview, arriving just in the nick of time!
Saint Seiya Omega
|Toei Animation||Shounen, Supernatural||01/04||Trailer|
Kōga is a 13-year-old boy who assumed the role of the Saint of the Pegasus constellation. His undefeatable spirit and rebellious nature are strong, as is his single-minded determination. Saori Kido (the goddess Athena) also appears as the protector of peace and all living things — and the woman who raised Kōga like a parent. Mars kidnaps Athena to establish a new world order, and Kōga stands up against Mars
|A-1 Pictures||Drama, Sci-Fi||01/04||Trailer|
One night in 2006, when they were young, the two brothers Mutta (born 1993) and Hibito (born 1996) saw what appeared to be a UFO heading for the moon. They decided that night to both become astronauts and travel out into space. In 2025, Hibito has become an astronaut, and he’s going to go to the moon. Mutta ended up following a more traditional career path with an auto development company. However, Mutta just ruined his career through a violent altercation with his boss. Now, not only has he lost his job, he appears to be blacklisted in the entire industry. Maybe this is a rare opportunity for Mutta to once again chase his childhood dream and become an astronaut like his little brother!
Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden
|Studio Pierrot||Shounen, Ninja’s||03/04||Trailer|
The gag comedy anime centers around the secondary Naruto character Rock Lee.
|No Thank You!|
|What Poro said, I have no interest in Naruto whatsoever, and this looks horrible.|
|This might actually be better than watching the regular Naruto anime! Bushie-Brow > Naruto.|
|Is Rock Lee even a secondary character?|
|I love Rock Lee. I think he’s adorable.|
Ginga e Kickoff!!
The story follows a boy who was in a soccer team, but it was disbanded due to not enough players. However, after the boy meets a female professional soccer player, he aims to bring his soccer team back.
|Nope, I tried football anime last season, and I didn’t like it, I don’t expect better results from this.|
|Unless we’re getting Yuri Soccer anime, I only have this to say: ENOUGH WITH SOCCER!!|
|Don’t listen to these guys for they know not what they speak of! Keep the sports anime rolling in, the more female soccer players the better. This one is actually based on a novel as opposed to a manga, curious as to ow that will work out.|
|jGLZA must be happy. Eyeshield 21 was the only sports anime I ever watched and liked (assuming Karuta in Chihayafuru doesn’t count) and it’ll probably stay that way.|
|Pretty much agree with everyone other than jGLZA. Sorry!|
|Brains Base||Historical, Sengoku Era||05/04||Trailer|
Anime adaptation of Konami’s Sengoku Collection social networking service game, set in the tumultuous Sengoku Era of historical Japan, when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan’s first shogunate.
A teacher is looking for a school by the name of Seishou Academy, as he is a new transfer teacher for that school. Seishou Academy is known for having students with excellent marksmanship. However, he gets lost along the way and decides to look for someone who knows where the school is at a summer festival. He encounters a girl at a shooting range and finds her marksmanship skills to be professional. The girl tells the new teacher that she is an assault rifle, not a student. Her name is FNC and is an assault rifle of Seishou Academy. The new teacher attends school the next day to find students, including FNC, practicing shooting M16s and realizes that he has come to an unbelievable school. How will his experience be at Seishou Academy?
Kuroko no Basuke
|Production I.G.||Sport, Basketball||07/04||Trailer|
Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”, and while nobody seems to know about him, the main 5 players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team?
Eureka Seven AO
Set in the same universe as the original but a new story. The story centers around a boy named Ao who “sets ‘destiny’ in motion again when he holds the ‘power’.”
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
A young woman, by some strange occurrence, was left to die alone in the former building of the Academy for Sincere Teachings. Mysteriously, there is one person who can see her in ghost form: Niiya Teiichi, a freshman. Now they both seek to find out the reasoning behind her death, and what could have caused it.
|Kyoto Animation||School, Mystery||??/04e||Trailer|
Oreki Houtarou is a self-proclaimed “energy-saver” – that is, he will not actively waste energy doing things that aren’t necessary. Though he had no interest whatsoever in joining any clubs upon entering Kamiyama High School, he was commanded by his older sister Tomoka to enter the school’s Classics Club, which was in danger of getting abolished as all previous members have graduated. Together with his old friends Fukube Satoshi and Ibara Mayaka, as well as the elegantly ladylike and curiously inquisitive Chitanda Eru, the newly reformed Classics Club find themselves involved in all sorts of mystery-solving escapades. Houtarou soon finds out that the Classics Club, as Tomoka has promised, is actually “quite interesting”
|TMS Entertainment||Shounen, Supernatural||02/04||Trailer|
Jin is a strange kid with an angel mark on his hand. He lives a poor but peaceful life with his grandfather, along with the other destitute and abandoned vagabonds near the river. One day, his peaceful life changes when a strange monster named “player” appears, chopping off heads and killing everyone who appears in front of it.
|White Fox||Drama, Action||10/04||PV1 PV2|
Jonah is a child soldier, born into the chaotic conflicts that rage across Africa, his family lost to a war fueled by weapons supplied by the so-called “Merchants of Death”–international arms dealers. Despite Jonah’s hatred of weapons and violence, he employs both extremely well in the service of high-flying arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar and her band of mercenaries. Their journey through the dark underbelly of the world’s arms markets may lead only to damnation, but will Jonah one day make his way back to the light. Only one thing is certain: it’s going to be a long, hard road out of Hell…
Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
|Production I.G.||Game, Fantasy||??/04||PSP OP|
One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.
Acchi Kocchi follows the misadventures, screw ups and idiocy of 5 schoolmates: Io, Tsumiki, Hime, Mayoi and Sakaki.
|Studio DEEN||Zombies, Romance||??/04||Bootleg PV|
Furuya’s obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all girl’s school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?
Natsuiro no Kiseki
|Sunrise||Slice of Life||05/04||Trailer|
Original anime featuring the four members of sphere as voice actresses.
|XEBEC||Supernatural, Sci-Fi||09/04||No Trailer|
The story centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.
|GAINAX||Comedy, Supernatural||04/04||PV1 PV2 PV3|
Kurokami Medaka, the strongest girl in Hanokiwa Gakuen (Academy), leads the school’s student council. The student body can submit pleas for help, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, into the suggestion box that Medaka installed. Together with council members Zenkichi, Akune, and Kikaijima, Medaka takes on the challenges in the school that range from mundane tasks to supernatural battles.
Hiiro no Kakera
|Studio DEEN||Reverse Harem, Supernatural||??/04||Trailer|
Tamaki goes back to her old village and suddenly she is attacked by monsters. Her grandmother then tells her that she’s the “Tamayorihime”, and her duty is to guard a powerful sword called Onikirimaru together with her 6 male guardians.
Sakamichi no Apollon
|MAPPA||Music, Slice of Life||12/04||Trailer|
Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bear it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.
|A-1 Pictures||Sci-Fi, Comedy||12/04||Trailer|
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.
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.
Nazo no Kanojo X
|Hood’s Entertainment||Ecchi, Romance||07/04||Trailer|
One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on that! After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…
Saki: Achiga-Hen episode of Side A
|Studio Gokumi||Sport, Mahjong||08/04||Trailer|
The Achiga Girls’ Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded. Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls’, but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year. When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga’s mahjong club.
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.
So what do you all think? Looking good? I certainly think so, and we didn’t even mention some of the best looking stuff on here (for various reasons, top secret stuff) such as the first Lupin III TV anime in decades! Decades, I tell you! Some of our writers haven’t even been alive for two of those, even Saint Seiya’s done that! And I’ll tell you what, this AKB0048 business has inspired us here at Bokutachi no Blog, we’ll position ourselves as the first guerrilla anime blogging group, bringing you posts when no one else will! No need to thank us, just enjoy the spring season, that’s all the thanks we need for our hard work. We’ll see all of you again soon with our first impressions in the coming days. Until then, spread the word in the underground blogosphere, we’re here to liberate you all! (Or just write some words, whatever works for you)