Spring 2011 Anime Preview


Makes it hard to keep watching... but I suggest you try your best to..

After overcoming many difficulties, surpassing our own limits and exercising our cynicism (and chauvinism, and probably cretinism too..) capacity to its top, we finally finished with the Spring Season Review article today! (Whee!). Be kind, remember that Team Zero is 60% built out of newbies whose larger post is not even half this one. Anyway, feel free to read what each one of us thinks about the coming shows, pick your bests, identify yourself with our authors and definitely watch the animes… that way you will come back to us looking for answers XD.

So, since I know you have been waiting for this too long, let’s proceed to the main attraction:

BnB Presents:

Spring 2011 Previews

Synopsis: is a Japanese guidebook series written by Mitsuba and published by Ichijinsha. The first book was published in November 2008 and was followed by two squeals. The series is aimed at men in their 30s who have not had any romantic or sexual relationships with women.

Studio: Gathering

Havieru-X: If this proves to be as funny as “40 years old virgin” I might try it out. Most probably will wait to see some reviews before risking my time.

jGLZa: An anime based on a guide book that teaches 30-year old men how to date and have sex with women. Finally, its what I’ve been waiting for /facepalm

Blindability: “The series is aimed at men in their 30s who have not had any romantic or sexual relationships with women.” This doesn’t look or sound interesting to me at all. Probably because I’m not the intended target audience. Although I wonder if anyone who is in the intended target audience would publicly admit to it.

lygophile: lololololololol this may probably be amusing to watch. Too bad I’m not around 30

Poro: *facepalm* *facedesk* *facewall* *facedesk* *facetoilet* *flushhhhhhhhhhh*

Synopsis: Based on a 4 panel comic strip. The story revolves around the everyday life of four high school girls.

Studio: Gokumi

Havieru-X: If this is not K-ON-esque style then I’m not into high school girls’ lives. Not my ship.

jGLZa: No, just no.

Blindability: Now I know K-On! is a 4-koma and I irrationally loved that, but I have zero interest in watching this. I’m not even interested in checking out the first episode to confirm that I’m not interested in it. And why are their cheeks so shiny?

lygophile: I generally dislike four-panel manga and the anime they produce

Poro: generic anime is generic.

SPIRAL: In the world of generic and boring anime there seem to be young girls that otaku and other lunatics will fall for.  It will fail in DVD sails and will be frowned upon by most of the sane anime society.  DIVINE will not even blog this and the world will slowly rebuild.  Ironically, it would be called A Channel.

Synopsis: The world of Ao no Exorcist consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exists within it. Satan is the god of demons, but there’s one thing that he doesn’t have and that’s a container in the human world that is powerful enough to hold him! For that purpose, he created Okumura Rin, his son from a human woman, but will his son agree to his plans, or will he become something else…? After killing Rin’s guardian Father Fujimoto in an attempt to bring Rin back to the Demon world, it led to Rin’s journey on becoming an Exorcist in order to defeat Satan.

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Havieru-X: Probably not the most original plot ever, but somehow interesting. Studio is Fractale’s, so the season end will provide me a good clue on what to expect from this show. Trying it out at least for the first episodes.

jGLZa: I’m game for this, it looks good. I’m hoping for a christian spin on the whole Hercules-Zeus story. As long as they make use of some facts (even fake facts) within the story I’m sure it will be a success.

Blindability: I. Am. Watching. THIS! I don’t know if it’s going to be any good but I don’t care right now because it looks good. And I know I should know better than to fall for another shounen series but clearly I haven’t learned my lesson yet.

lygophile: Looks okay. Will probably watch.

Poro: I like pie 😀

SPIRAL: Whoa, there’s been a lot of hype in this one since it involves a lot of notorious staff and the action should be worthwhile.  However, the character designs and the seiyuu look and sound damn boring since it should typically be expected that we’re going to see one of the most generic sounding characters this season, plot may be good however.

Synopsis: Based on manga, Appleseed takes place in the 22nd Century, after the non-nuclear Third World War decimates the Earth. The main characters are Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires, former SWAT members of the LAPD. They are found in the desolated city and invited to join the prestigious ESWAT (Extra Special Weapons And Tactics) organisation in the utopian city of Olympus. The series follows Deunan and Briareos as they protect their new home from enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Studio: Production I.G.

Havieru-X: Naaah!. Although I feel somehow attracted to the SWAT word in the synopsis I don’t really feel like spending my precious time in this. Cyberpunk is good.. Mecha is evil. There are better things to watch.

Loba: If you were fan of Ghost in the Shell, you would find the designs familiar. If you did watch the 1st two movies, need I say more? Watch it if you are a big fan of blowups on a big scale and massive explosions. In terms of plot, it can never compare to Ghost in the shell but hell, I hope this is as good as an action show as it was in the first two.

jGLZa: Regardless of what anyone says about this I will watch it because its by Masamune Shirow & Production I.G. in my eyes they cannot do anything wrong!

Blindability: I haven’t been following this series and while that might be some anime sin, I’m not about to start now.

lygophile: Instant turn-on by the 3-D art and the plot summary, followed by instant turn-off from the way the people are drawn

Poro: (Finally, an anime I can take seriously) As long as the graphics are awesome it’ll be worth watching.

Synopsis: Is money merely money, or might it be something greater? Don’t you desire money? You’re too serious. Be honest — you can’t make ends meet, can you? Having money is not a problem in itself. Money is necessary. Withdrawing cash is freedom. But I will have you mortgage your future. This is your invitation to the Financial District. Now, will you accept?

Studio: Tatsunoko Productions

Havieru-X: Remembered me of  Bakuman’s first one-shot.  The plot looks interesting and the Studio is one of my favorites. From the preview, the animation is decent. So, no reason I won’t be watching (and hopefully) blogging this show.

jGLZa: An anime about finance and economics… hmmm? I dunno, I hated economics at varsity but at the same time I’m curious to see how they can make it interesting, thats assuming its interesting though but its noitaminA so it has to be good right? I’ll probably just collect it and marathon it sometime later.

Blindability: I feel like this title has bad grammar, but I guess some things just don’t translate well. The trailer isn’t too telling but the synopsis does sound interesting. The animation alone, however, is enough to make me watch at least the first few episodes. Then we’ll see if there’s any depth behind the pretty pictures.

lygophile: Is this an anime about economics? Or a fighting anime with economics as a backdrop? I’ll check it out since it’s an original production.

Poro: The story may be good if it takes the time to develop its background story  A soon releasing game called Homefront, is a game which also takes place post-apocalypse and creates a believable explaination of the apocalypse.   It takes a decent amount explaining the events following up to the point of the game.  However, I hardly doubt this anime will take the same care to create the same detailed believable backstory as Homefront.

SPIRAL: What the fuck.  I don’t really understand the concept of this.  Are there two dimensions?  Is Japan in crisis?  Looks interesting though enough for me to check out the first few episodes, assuming it’s not as informational as my economics lectures.

Synopsis: Anime acompannying release of the game with same name.

Studio: Level-5

Havieru-X: I can’t recall any show based on games that were actually good.  Thanks, but no thanks…

jGLZa: …

Blindability: Is this a kids show? This feels like a kids show.

lygophile: I think it’s for small children

Poro: Dude if this were in real life, it would be sick!! No seriously, I want my gunpla to talk and fight.  But alas! It would just stink,because I’m sure adults will fuck up the whole thing.  They will equate it to animal abuse because they have a conscious mind and communicate with us.  And all we can do from then on would be pretend fighting.  (Back to where we started…)

Synopsis: Deadman’s Wonderland is a gory, graphic, dark-humored “blood sport” combat series that pits death row prisoners against each other for the entertainment of the rich and powerful. Add strange girls, super powers and you have the mix done.

Studio: Manglobe

Havieru-X: My other Christmas wish made true. Unfortunately (for me) I’ve followed the manga closely, but that won’t stop me from watching this anime show. Recognized studio, enough action, cute girls, interest plot (if you like prison shows..) and the most important thing: blood everywhere!!. See you there.

Loba: I was wondering why the art looked so familiar, turns out he drew eureka 7 manga as well. Went and read it up, looks pretty interesting for the first few chapters, reminds me of future diary (will there ever be an anime for that?).

jGLZa: My friends have been raving about this manga saying that its really good so I will watch it if only to prove them wrong. But honestly it sounds really good, a mysterious red man kills a lot of people, prisoners made to fight like gladiators, super-powers and Manglobe – of course I’ll watch.

Blindability: The concept is reminiscent of ancient times when the Romans held prisoner death matches in the Colosseum. I don’t mind blood but the idea of pitting prisoners against each other in a match to the death for the amusement of the rich and powerful doesn’t sit well with me. The character designs look pretty good though. Might check out the first episode to see what it’s really like.

lygophile: The summary looks very interesting and the art looks okay. Will watch.

Poro: I actually don’t know but if I were to forecast it… A 60% chance of generic mindfuck with a slight chance of awesomeness.

SPIRAL: I think this show’s gotten the most hype although we know that the last few seasons’ hypes have been awful.  I’m really not fond of these shows with all the fantasy elements to it (hell, I watch comedy and romantic anime series), so I guess it would be a no-go for me no matter how good it may be.

Synopsis: Niwa Makoto is an ordinary high school boy. While his parents are away on business, he lives with his aunt’s family. There he meets one of his cousins Towa Erio, who wraps her upper body a with futon mattress and calls herself an alien. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn’t remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighborhood wrapped in the futon.

Studio: Shaft

Havieru-X: It’s Shaft, and after Arakawa, Mariaholic and  Madoka I’ll even follow them to Hell. To be honest, panties shot is not precisely a good sign, but will survive.

jGLZa: The blurb actually seemed interesting, I love it when people randomly proclaim that they’re aliens. Unfortunately I then saw the trailer… moe, meh, fcuk you SHAFT.

Blindability: When I see “ordinary high school boy” I’m not interested. When I see that paired with “meets one of his cousins” – who happens to be of the opposite sex and flashing her panties in the promo visuals, I’m really not interested. Sure there’s a chance this’ll be a quirky show about a boring cousin who gets pulled into fun and games by his self-proclaiming-extraterrestrial of a cousin, but I’m not about to spend my time finding out.

lygophile: o_O that girl should be in an asylum and not an anime.

Poro:  I now suggest the following formula, Under the Arakawa Bridge + Index (from toaru no index) + Ika Musume (from.. just google her name) + semi-incest!!!  Honestly no clue as of what to think.

Synopsis: Revolves around a group of girls working for a hot spring hotel while they decide what to do with their future.

Studio: P.A. Works

Havieru-X: Haven’t heard much about this show, and the summary is not very explanatory. Slice-of-life are not into my top styles… Next?

jGLZa: A coming of age story about a bunch of girls, the trailer did absolutely nothing to motivate me to watch this but I did like the music so maybe I’ll get the sundtrack.

Blindability: The character designs and animation style for this are quite pleasing, and I’d like to think there’s a chance the story itself might be interesting as well. Will probably watch the first few episodes.

lygophile: I’m interested, a bit. I liked True Tears somewhat.

Poro: Too little information gl hf dd ds -franklin qiu

SPIRAL: PA works responsible for Angel Beats and True Tears, the most controversial series in terms of popularity.  Seems that the target audience is for females although the whole show seems to be at a school/vacation spot in some countryside with hot springs.  The song makes absolutely no sense and it sounds bad with that squeaky voice I could make on a Mac.  However, we’ll have to see what this can lead to.  Dunno why, it reminds me of Summer Wars.

Synopsis: The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — “Butei” — are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tooyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.

Studio: J.C. Staff

Havieru-X: So so… The studio and the summary are both attractive, the art looks nice and the trailer was good. Will watch at least the first episode and might go on from there.

jGLZa: Sigh, another school anime although this one does have guns. meh.

Blindability: Something about this feels familiar… Oh yeah: It’s like that other show that was exactly the same some other season that I didn’t watch.

lygophile: This looks cool.

Poro: Meh, have lygophile blog this.  He’ll enjoying watching this <string of curse words> My eyes might bleed from watching this.  (lygophile: hey b nice) (Subliminal-nim (Poro): k)

SPIRAL: I can bet my life that the woman who plays Taiga, Louise, and all those other tsudere look-alikes is playing this role.  Regardless, another production from JC Staff and I swear to any higher power that it’s going to fail once again with all those repetitive tsundere scene.  The director is the same as Shakugan no Shana, so doubt it would be any interesting to watch.  Rie Kugimiya!  That’s who it was.  Meh.

Synopsis: Kazuma has moved to a small town in the country. On his first day at school, he meets Ui when he is lost his way. They go to school together, but Kazuma accidentally slips and kisses Ui…. To make matters worse, Ibuki, Ui’s close friend, sees it…. Well, what will happen to his new school life…?


Havieru-X: Good art… that’s all.

jGLZa: School, harem, pass. (They’re not even trying here)

Blindability: In real life, if a boy fell on a girl, and their bodies were lined up so that their mouths would meet, it’s more likely that he head butt her. Or worse, he could smash his face into hers and cut her lip with his teeth. That’s not how romantic relationships are built.

lygophile: Worst setup. I’ll probably discriminate against this because of it.

Poro: Another anime only lygophile would enjoy!! (lygophile: <insertmyrealname>…) (Subliminal-nim (me): k for realz this time)

Synopsis: The story is set during Japan’s Sengoku Jidai (Era of the Warring States) and centers on Sasuke Furuta, a vassal of the great warlord Nobunaga Oda and a man obsessed with tea ceremony and material desires in his pursuit of a fortuitous life. Having learned from Oda and the legendary tea master Sen no Soueki, Furuta walks the way of the “Hyouge Mono”.

Studio: Bee Train

Havieru-X: This is another one of those shows that might become really interesting or really sedatives. Last work I watched from the studio was Phantom ~ Requiem for the phantom and I loved it. Hope this actually hides some interesting plot, otherwise I’m not willing to stay just for the tea…

jGLZa: The story of Oda Nobunaga’s tea-maker, wtf? A story I probably don’t want to hear by a studio I’ve never heard of. There’s too much else I want to watch so this goes very far down the list.

Blindability: I like tea. But of the Fuwa Fuwa Time category.

lygophile: Tea? I prefer coffee

Poro: This seems legitamately interesting.  If it can hold my 3 second attention span, I might be able to watch it!

Synopsis: In the medieval fantasy world of Alfheimr, succubus princess Astarotte Ygvar, the first princess of the kingdom of Ygvar, has just reached the age of 10. For the coming years of a young succubus’ life, it is necessary for them to have a male harem. In order to maintain their body and preserve their beautiful appearance, they must consume a substance only found on males. This substance is a liquid called “Sauzfryma”, better known as semen. The princess, however, bears a great dislike against men, and only agrees to create a harem if a human male is to join.

Studio: Diomedea

Havieru-X: Hahahaaha!. WTF is happening in the anime world??. There is no modesty anymore. Well, I remember saying something similar about B Gata H Kei and it proved me wrong. This once can be my comedy show for this season. (Hope it’s a comedy show =S). Have a good feeling about it.

jGLZa: A reverse harem show with only 1 male, yeah that’s how it works. Also she needs to drink male semen to stay healthy and beautiful, to all girls I’ve known – I told you it was true!

Blindability: I have to admit the trailer for this is very good. The animation is good, the characters all have a very cute design, and I liked the song. But the synopsis itself doesn’t even make sense. She’s a succubus who doesn’t like men? Well find another career then.

lygophile: Did a hentai get mixed up in here?


Synopsis: A school girl leads a baseball club using lessons from a book called Drucker’s Management.

Studio: Production I.G.

Havieru-X: I haven’t heard many good things about the manga. Have no reason to think that anime will be better.Hence, this ball got out of my park! (Caught the baseball pun?.. did you, did you??)

jGLZa: Sport, I’m in. Baseball, I’m even more in. Focuses on team management, sh!t I’m blogging this. Production I.G., I just messed my pants!

Blindability: Pass. (At least I don’t have to worry about finding someone to review this one…)

lygophile: Seems like it’s going to be a comedy show, I think? I’m not really interested since it’s baseball-centered

Poro: *tee hee* guru is a funny word.  I dun know every time I read it I get a…. (man I hate how our blog up-holds children-safetyness (what is grammar and spelling?) such a difficult moral to keep for a troll)

SPIRAL: Sold more copies than Harry Potter and some other book in Japan huh.  She’s the manager of a baseball team so it looks like we’re going to get a lot of longer episodes with this show.  Comedy and developing relationships for the win.  Oh dear god, am I that boring of a person to be interested in such shows?

Synopsis: While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.

Studio: Kyoto Animation

Havieru-X: This somehow reminds me of Baka to Test or even Arakawa. Definitely giving it a try.

jGLZa: The blurb was a hell of lot more interesting than the two trailers I saw. That said, it looks like Azumanga & sounds like it has a wonky funny story like Azumanga… I didn’t like Azumanga, so I will pass… they don’t even have a Penguin!

Blindability: KyoAni… did you run out of money? Or are all your resources being routed to the K-On! Movie? Should I, out of love for K-On, watch Nichijou to indirectly support the production of the K-On! Movie? Okay I will then.

lygophile: No, the art and the summary too weird for my taste repel me

Poro: I have a soft spot for anime’s that are in worlds that make no sense whatsoever.  Don’t judge me.  Judge the anime yourself, cuz I am pretty sure my opinion will be soaked in bias.

Synopsis: Based on adults Visual Novel. It revolves around girls with different people crossing paths while looking for happiness.

Studio: Nomad

Havieru-X: Can’t find any specific info about this show. Only thing I’ve read all across the net is that it’s supposed to be something great. Will watch first episode and decide from there.

jGLZa: The synopsis says it all, “This is a story you can find anywhere”. Whats the point?

Blindability: It doesn’t look bad, but then again, it doesn’t look good either. And therefore I don’t know if it’s worth my time. I’ll probably read a few reviews on it before checking it out myself.

lygophile: Dunno about this since I was too lazy to watch the trailer and the summary reveals 0 about the show

Poro: I just got a wave of deja vu… I wonder why… I KNOW from all the other anime’s that have similar plots to them.  The whole fucking 500 of them from the past decade alone.

Synopsis: The story follows the tension between a newly recruited manga editor and his tyrannical editor-in-chief – who happen to share a common past. Onodera Ritsu (Kondo Takashi) has just transferred from his father’s publishing company to Marukawa Shoten. Assigned to the shoujo manga division, he crosses path with the person he’d least expected to meet. Takano Masamune (Konishi Katsuyuki) is the editor-in-chief of the division Ritsu is assigned to, and the two seem to get off on the wrong foot right from the very start when Takano unexpectedly kisses him. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye… Takano is actually Saga, Ritsu’s senpai and high school love whom Ritsu had thought to have played him for a fool by taking his affections for granted and dumping him after he confessed.

Studio: Studio DEEN

Havieru-X: Boys-love story… (*closes laptop and runs to find something manly to do to raise testosterone levels)

jGLZa: Yaoi, I know a few people who will like this, I’m not one of them though.

Blindability: Though I’m not opposed to watching a show with good looking guys in it, I’m not a fan of Boy Love. And the synopsis doesn’t offer anything other than a developing love story so I’m not interested.

lygophile: BLARGH.

PoroI’m trying to restrain my self from making annoying sex jokes so I’ll just say I think this anime is a gay romance. Boom Chika Wow Wow~

Synopsis: The series follows the story of Kouhei Yamazuki as he lives in Japan in the 1960s, together with his friends, parents, grandmother, brother and sister. The series follows his every day life, along with some of the major points in his childhood.

Studio: Wao World

Havieru-X: Low budget production but with an interesting well built story. If you like drama series, this is for you. Not for me.

jGLZa: An anime aimed at seniors they say, about the Olympics they say. I’ll give it a glance just to see what’s up.

Blindability: Didn’t this… air this past season? Or was it just a few teaser episodes? Either way I’m unfortunately not going to watch this one unless someone comes along and tells me it’s the best show of the season. And that someone had better not be lying to me.

lygophile: Aimed at seniors, and therefore I won’t bother with it. Apologies to all seniors

Poro: an anime “for seniors”!?! It just might fit my elitist tastes!

Synopsis: The manga is about three highschoolers who start a club called “Sket-Dan” made for the purpose of helping people. The club consists of three members. Himeko Onizuka “yankee”-girl who has a weakness for cute things; Switch a smart, otaku who talks through a computer. And the leader Yuusuke Fujisaki aka Bossun who the creater of the club.

Studio: Tatsunoko Productions

Havieru-X: Shounen plot. Good direction although. Could try it out.. if I get 30 minutes to waste. (That was a “no”)

Loba: I posted about it previously here and I still have to say : I’m very excited. The manga is awesomely hilarious to the point of laughing out loud on the spot. The only manga that had make me do that is Gintama and GTO. If the anime sucks (unlikely), read the manga

jGLZa: Oddly enough considering that it has a rather generic story or more accurately, a non-story (really, whats the point?) I’m quite looking forward to this one. I’m more interested in the hawkings-like otaku and girl though as Im sure the main guy will irritate the hell out of me.

Blindability: Wait: So there’s no actual dancing involved in this? I suppose it’s noble that they want to help people, but they should at least help people by dancing.

lygophile: I’m interested in this partially because the manga is very popular, and partially because the setup is interesting.

Poro: I recognize the fact that I sound a bit of an asshole (donkey hole, of course) accusing them of copyright infringements.  We all have our different tastes because we are different people.  For god’s sakes, my debut post was me ranting how bloggers sometimes hurt or too strongly influences a reader’s opinion.  Readers need to learn to step back and be able to say: “I like this anime, fuck you Poro fuck the entire aniblogsphere. You guys are just trolling”

Synopsis: Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.


Havieru-X: Looks pretty cool, and its older brother was a hit. Usually this franchise is synonym of good action, nice plots and over average designs. Count me in.

jGLZa: Set in the same world as Chaos;Head but with totally different characters and revolves around time travel of sorts. Chaos;Head fcuk’d with my head when I watched it, I’m hoping for much of the same from Steins;Gate else GTFO.

Blindability: Quick Defrost, Cook, Popcorn, or Text the Past. Time travel opens up so many possibilities but has to be executed properly with comprehensive follow through. Part of me wants to watch this to see how well they cover potential plot holes, but part of me wonders if this will be anything like Chaos;HEAD, because if it is, I am not watching.

lygophile: Wish I had that microwave. Very interesting summary.

Poro: dibs

SPIRAL: MIND-MOLEST ME MORE.  PLEASE.  Please tell the world the Inception was a mind molest, because Chaos; Head was amazing in its theories (although the otaku thing was sad), but Steins; Gate also brings the people who helped with Phantom ~Requiem~ and Katanagatari so it could surprise, or it could fail altogether.

Synopsis: A new anime series by Sunrise that wil be aired on TV and Ustream. The show intends to make use of the new advertisement method called, “Character Placement”. It allows the sponsors of the anime to put their logos on the characters.


Havieru-X: I don’t like myself being brainwashed while watching anime (At least not while I’m consent of it). Don’t think it will make it into my list.

jGLZa: Sunrise have said nothing about this show other than that its a superhero show. The animation looks awfully simialr to Heroman which brings back some bad memories but no sign of Stan Lee so thats a good thing. I dislike the fact that Sunrise were auctioning off the opportunity to advertise on the actual mecha in the show, so on principle I cannot watch this.

Blindability: Product placement in my anime? Real, actual product placement, not mock product placement for companies like Sany and MocDomald’s? I can’t figure out what this anime is about, and I haven’t decided if I think the animation looks fantastic or cheesy.

lygophile: meh superheroes.

Poro: Hey, I know how this story goes!! once upon a time a tiger nom nom nom’ed a bunnae.  The end.  Such a good story.

Synopsis: In the world where the taste and texture of food are very important there is Toriko, a hunter of precious foods regularly hired by restaurants and the rich. A man with inhuman skills to capture the ferocious, evasive and rare animals to complete his ultimate dinner course and then the chef Komatsu, his current accomplice: a weak timid person who was inspired by Toriko’s greatness and accompanies him on all his journeys on his quest for the course of his life.

Studio: Toei Animation

Havieru-X: Another shounen anime, and one combining fighting and cooking.. might prove interesting. Could watch it if my other comedy choices disappoint me.

jGLZa: Standard shounen fanfare and the guy dresses like Goku, not really interested.

Blindability: I’ve seen this somewhere before – maybe an OVA or something. It was pretty amusing but not in my area of interest.

lygophile: Cooking yuck.

Poro: I got really hungry while reading the synopsis.

Synopsis: The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.

Studio: Madhouse

Havieru-X: I gave Ironman a chance: failed. I gave Wolverine a small opportunity: failed. Don’t think my heart can support so many deceives. I pass.

Loba: Sometimes I watch junk from time to time to appreciate the rest of the great animes. Ironman, wolverine fall into the junk category.

jGLZa: After the dismal portrayals of Iron Man & Wolverine I don’t know why MADHOUSE are still bringing out these MARVEL adaptations, but from the looks of the trailer they definately got the look of the x-men right atleast. However I’m interested to find out which teammate dies?

Blindability: Iron Man was terrible. I didn’t even bother watching Wolverine, but I’d heard it was at the very least, better than Iron Man. X-Men is one of my favourite Marvel comics so I’ll watch this with hopes that it won’t be ruined for me.

lygophile: Didn’t watch Iron Man or Wolverine, probably won’t watch this one.

Poro: Anime =/= Comics  I explained the reason why in various other posts I have written such as previous season previews etc.

Final Comments

Havieru-X: Now there, first of all I wanna thank all my teammates for their hard work putting all this mess together. Next, I guess you found out about our guest author (I would call him “external”, but be realistic, he’s more fond to this blog than he’s wanting to reveal). Thanks SPIRAL!.

I know that we left some shows outside, but it was mainly because either they were sequels for shows we didn’t even post about, or there’s enough going on with them in the internet, hence no new opinions required.

About the OVAs and movies to appear this coming months, I’m eagerly waiting for Baka to Test and H.O.T.D. ones. Probably xxxHolic will make it into my hard drive too.

In resume, this is quite an interesting season. Many shows to fit all the tastes, even Lygo and Poro found something they liked (*cynic-mode=off*).

P.S. Make sure to take a look at our poll below, we might use it to decide the coming shows reviews (… or not)

jGLZa: Of the sequels that are airing this season I’m only interested in Kaiji season 2 as I’m constantly being told to watch the first season.

I still havent done that but at least this adds more incentive. Also I see that Hen Zemi will be getting an entire season, I liked the first OVA and would definately check out the series. The Others I don’t care for as I never really intended on watching the first season, well not Qwaser but I probably still won’t watch it.

On the OVA/Movie front, obviously I only have eyes for Roberta and her Blood trail as well as Gundam Unicorn, Queen’s Blade & the Baka to Test OVA’s, I’ve been waiting for these since the minute after I finished their previous episodes.
Of the new stuff I’m keen on H.O.T.D (duh!), Air Gear (although its been awhile and I haven’t followed the manga), Kampfer (I love my Gender Bender’s) and whatever Norageki is, it looks awesome.

And in conclusion… as usual there are more OVA’s that I am interested in than series. But for once there are 5 shows which I am genuinely excited for as in I can’t wait for them to start.
I predict that Tiger & Bunny will suck ass, even more than X-men.
Deadman Wonderland and Ao no Exorcist will both be commercial hits, while Moshidora will be this season’s dark horse sleeper hit.

Blindability: I hate making final comments or predictions because I’m always wrong. When it comes down to it, no one is ever going to love an entire season, and a show that someone finds to be stellar will inevitably be trolled on by another. It doesn’t look like a winning season, but all we need is one or two really good shows to latch ourselves on to. Don’t let us down, Spring

SPIRAL: Any show I didn’t comment means 1) it’s ridiculous to give any thoughts on it or 2) I felt nothing to say.

  • Ano Hana – An original production that seems to be about amending friendships so it looks worthwhile.  The main voice looks cute, but it’d have to be at least a few good episodes before I’d be convinced.  Reading other blogs, it seems that this anime fits into the Noitamina time-slot but I fail to see any connection whatsoever into that category.  It looks like a dramatic anime, sort of like what Yosagu no Sora was, without all the unnecessary sex and hidden nymphomania.
  • Bridge to the Starry Skies – The makers of Akane-iro Somaru no Saka.  I liked the game and simply liked the character designs.  Maybe cause I’m a guy – regardless, the show was filled with cheap thrills, and ONLY cheap thrills.
  • Dog Days – Looks like crap but then again it was written by the studio that made Sekirei and Asura Cryin’.  Oh wait, that makes it even more worse.  Guilty pleasure viewing?  I think so.
  • Dororon Emna-kun – Go go Gadget sailing boat!  [sails away]
  • Gintama – OH HELL YEA.  I love this show – if you don’t know what it Is, go watch the other 201 episodes on it.
  • That sex ed show – What the fuck is going on.  A show about sex ed?  Who needs a class when you got a tv show about it.]
  • Seikon no Qwaser – Censoring for the… lose.   People only like the fan-service action and blood they show.  Who doesn’t?

Director: Kenji Nakamura
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi
Script: Noboru Takagi
Character Design: mebae
Chief Animation Director:
Akira Takata
Takashi Hashimoto
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Conceptual Design: Keiichi Satou

no info yet


(will update as more video’s come out)

About Jake_o

i am a full time student at the moment with an associates degree in criminal justice. I am trying to get in to the us air force and desperately hopping that i get something that will station me in japan. Other then that i spend my time learning how to make games, speak Japanese, and watch A LOT of anime. Just to put in perspective what A LOT means if you only added the time of the anime without commercials (this is between 20-24 minuets) i am currently at 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours 13 minuets. To date i have seen 6,065 episodes of anime. Because of this I decided to start an anime blog so that i could try and introduce people to anime that they might like.

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26 Responses to “Spring 2011 Anime Preview”

  1. 26 March 2011 at 12:54 am

    Miss snow? It just buried me up here a couple days ago. I’m missing that weird thing called grass :).

    Still great job on the preview. Looks like another normal season with some interesting shows, some horrible shows, and some odd shows. Hopefully the good will be there and the rest can just be ignored.

    Probably most looking forward to Deadman Wonderland since I checked out the manga. Can only hope they manage to handle it properly.

    • 26 March 2011 at 7:00 am

      LOL! Luckily you could get out just in time to read our review XD..

      I would actually put this season a little bit over current one. I can see more success potential at these shows against the holy tertiary we’re struggling to blog about. Obviously, with greater expectations can come bigger deceptions…

    • 3 blindability
      26 March 2011 at 10:31 am

      The snow buried you too, FlareKnight!? Just when you thought you could put away the winter boots and call it Spring. I hate it when Winter and Spring fight and Spring loses.

      • 28 March 2011 at 2:10 am

        That’s for sure. Winter pulled a cruel trick pretending it was done. Back to pulling out the boots and shoveling the driveway.

        There should definitely be some potential in this season. Just a question of whether it will meet expectations or not.

  2. 26 March 2011 at 2:14 am

    Deadman and Blue! Can’t wait for those shows, they should be a lot of fun to watch. There are so many good looking shows it’s hard to name them all hahah nice list 😀

  3. 7 RP
    26 March 2011 at 6:28 am

    Nice job on your first season preview!

    Looking forward to C and Deadman most I think. But there’s definitely more potential this season than last. I could see myself watching up to 7 or 8 shows if they turn out well.

    • 26 March 2011 at 6:54 am

      yeah, I also was thinking that my “wanna watch” list is just too big this season. I’ll have to become elitist at some place in order to keep my sleeping hours on the positive range…

  4. 9 jGLZa
    26 March 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Yay we did it. Well done to HavieruX who did most of the leg work.

    Nice cameo there by SPIRAL too.

  5. 27 March 2011 at 11:45 am

    [C] The money of soul and possibility of control looks pretty interesting, but it does sound like economic stuff and I’ve never really been interested in those =-=

    Anyways I’m definetly watching Steins;Gate, Ao no Exorsist, and Moshidora. Can’t wait for them to come out.

  6. 13 Jeevas
    27 March 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I’m so shounen I’m only going to watch Sket Dance and Toriko.

  7. 27 March 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Seems like I’m always just jumping down spring preview lists to check out on everyone’s thoughts on Sket Dance, and en up getting disappointed. Oh well >_<

    It's good to know that the other manga adaptations are getting genuine interest though, since I'm really looking forward to those as well.

    I'll finally be starting aniblogging on my blog, so I'm really looking forward to spring XD

  8. 21 jGLZa
    29 March 2011 at 4:16 am

    Ooooo. Poll!

  9. 30 March 2011 at 1:42 am

    One anime i’m looking forward to is Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. The title is freaking long and you have a Hikikomori as the main character (lol). The story seems like it came from a J-drama. The trailer also really looked good to me.

    Gintama is a legit reason to come back to Crunchyroll again (lol).

    Tiger & Bunny seems like Japan’s anwser to American Idol and the Justice League.

    • 23 jGLZa
      30 March 2011 at 1:58 am

      Please don’t diss the Justice League like that. Batman will get you!

    • 30 March 2011 at 4:45 am

      Ano hi mita no… wtf!.. just writing the name is tiresome!. But gotta say the synopsis looks interesting, in case you like to be soaked in tears 30 minutes a week. (Probably more if you have good memory..) Will take a look just to prove my point (*ahem!)

      About the JL comment all I can say is: Blasphemous!!!

  10. 14 April 2011 at 1:43 pm

    AWWW fuck you guys. I love you.

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