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Sankarea

What is it with romances between a generic as fuck high school dude and the undead this season? Kore we Zombie Desu Ka? Of the Dead, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and now Sankarea. Is… is this a thing in Japan?

With an ex-SHAFT director (yay!) and produced by Studio DEEN (balls), Sankarea is about a guy and a girl and the girl becomes a zombie. Woo?

“You’ve got some spoilers on you…”

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Summer 2012 Plans

It’s ‘worst season ever’ time again! Being neither the Spring or Fall season it was never going to have an amazing lineup, but is Summer even trying this year?

Green = planning to watch, red = not planning to watch

Most of these initial picks can be basically described as “they don’t sound completely terrible”. Tari Tari, Binbougami ga!, Sword Art OnlineKokoro Connect, Oda Nobuma no Yabou, and Ebiten are the biggest offenders of this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up dropping them. I probably would be giving Kingdom a shot but it has already started airing and I haven’t been hearing good things, so meh.

The rest of the ones I selected caught my interest to varying degrees and for varying reasons, but nothing really excites me. Except, of course Moyashimon Returns. While Moyashimon didn’t do all that much for me when I watched it, I’m genuinely excited for this sequel! Maybe I’m just getting caught up in the hype, or maybe it’s because the rest of the season just looks so dull, or maybe it’s because I actually enjoyed it more than I gave it credit for. Either way, that’s the main series I’m looking forward to! I need my microbe theater fix goddamit.

Other than that, planning on watching all the specials and OVAs related to what I’ve already seen (Persona 4 true ending HECK YEAH) and I cannot wait for the K-On! movie.

One last thing: isn’t Dakara Boku wa H ga Dakanai exactly the same show as Highschool DxD? It certainly looks and sounds like it.

 

Planned Series in Amazing Text:

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

Tari Tari

La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia

Uta Koi.

Binbougami ga!

Moyashimon Returns

Natsuyuki Rendez-vous

Campione!

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica

Sword Art Online

Kokoro Connect

Oda Nobuma no Yabou

Ebiten

 

So 13 series. Wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up dropping half of them.

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Tsuritama

The other noitaminA show of the Spring season, Tsuritama sounded like one of those shows where you just have to wonder whether the anime industry has started to really run out of ideas. The daily lives of four high school boys (which is already a depressingly original premise), who fish. That’s obviously not just it, but that basic premise doesn’t really inspire much enthusiasm.

But hey, it’s not like noitaminA could do much worse than Guilty Crown, right?

FUCKING FISHING, HELL YEAH

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Oh, noitaminA. You haven’t had the best of times recently, have you? 2011 was a pretty rocky year, what with middling series like [C] and NO.6, bad series like Fractale, and atrocious stuff like the first half of Guilty Crown. You didn’t kick off 2012 in a way to inspire confidence either – the second half of Guilty Crown just got worse and worse, and I still have no idea why Black Rock Shooter was in your timeslot (of course this is ignoring Thermae Romae, which was awesome, but at 3 episodes long it was just there to fill in the blanks left by BRS’s crushing lack of ideas). Many had started to call you dead; a mere shadow compared to your former self.

But Springtime is for change and new ideas, and your lineup for the new season looked as if it were set to cast off the awfulness that had been permeating you for just a little too long. The first of these, Sakamichi no Apollon (or Kids on the Slope), set our hopes high. A story of two guys finding friendship through jazz music in 60’s Japan? Music by the legendary Yoko Kanno, and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, who also directed the somewhat acclaimed Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo?

What could go wrong?

You could get caught out in the rain I guess?

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Ah Lupin III. A 40+ year old franchise spanning a vast number of manga volumes, TV episodes, films and yearly specials, it is truly a venerable aspect of Japan’s pop culture and entertainment landscape. Heck, Hayao Miyazaki cut his film-making chops directing The Castle of Cagliostro! (Which, er, is the only other Lupin III I’ve actually seen). It’s impossible to deny the importance and influence of Monkey Punch’s creation, which makes it all the more strange that it hadn’t received a proper TV series in 25 years!

Well that all changed with this, a prequel series focusing not on Lupin himself but rather one of his chums – the voluptuous master burglar and occasional femme fatale (at least when it suits her needs) Mine Fujiko.

Now, stop everything you’re doing, allow your heart to race, and read this review

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Jormungand

You know what you don’t see a lot of these days? Big dumb fun action anime. A series where a bunch of dudes and dudettes shoot the fuck out of a load of other dudes and dudettes while explosions happen and everything is just generally kickass. Thank god for Jormungand  then, because that’s basically what it’s all about!

The premise is that one Koko Hekmatyar, a rather notorious female arms dealer who is also like 19 years old, goes around selling whatever weaponry she lays her hands on to whoever wants them with her merry band of mercenaries in tow. She picks up the child soldier Jonah to join her crew at some point, and Jormungand begins shortly after. Bullets ensue.

Mild spoilers ahead

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So after having given processr the oh-so enviable task of sitting through OreImo, he responded with tasking me to watch ChäoS;HEAd (hereafter Chaos;Head because seriously). Now, I absolutely loved Steins;Gate, and the company that made the original visual novel for that had also developed Chaos;Head at an earlier date. The anime adaption for Chaos;Head similarly predates Stein;Gate’s, and both are apparently set in the same universe. So how was the spiritual predecessor to one of the best things I watched in 2011?

This week’s pick for processr is just after the short(ish(not really)) review. Rules, if you want a reminder, are back in the first post!

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