Spring Anime Season 2011 and Winter 2010 Mini Review

This upcoming anime season look pretty promising. Few sequel series such as Kampfer, Kami no Mi (The World God Only Knows), and Maria+Holic definitely goes to my view list. While other love-comedy stuff that I’m going take a peek probably Lotte no Omocha, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, and Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. The action series that I familiar are Ao no Exorcist and Deadman Wonderland since I read the manga and both OK. Other action that looks promising probably is Hidan no Aria since it’s adopted from light novel. I also put some small review on current running series that might help you pick a series.

Spring 2011 Anime Preview

Spring 2011 Anime Preview Table by Cowboybibimbap (1.8 MB)

Personally Kampfer is pretty so-so, just fan service stuff but I expect something happen in second season. As for Maria+Holic, this one can’t stop hurting my stomach from too much laughing, I really recommend this one.

Lotte no Omocha poster

Lotte no Omocha

Lotte no Omocha, is a story about Lotte the princess of monster world, and a succubus, (err and a ten year old girl, and once again I’m not a lolicon) she supposed to start collecting for her Harem just like the queen since to they have to ‘absorb’ you-know-that-man-seed-stuff to preserve their energy when they turn adult, but actually she hate men. And beside her old butler, she didn’t have a single male servants or guards. So to delay indefinitely the harem proposal that have been nagging her by her servants she asked for a human male (which is only exist in the world parallel to their world and apparently the gate the that world have been obstructed for a while). But by luck (or not) her head servant manage to pull and recruit Naoya, a single parent with her nine years old daughter from the human world. What would happen next? well mostly funny stuff but some part is a bit touching family matter.

Ao no Exorcist Poster

Ao no Exorcist

New action series that I expecting this season is definitely Ao no Exorcist,  I still follow the manga series and I can say it’s good. I hope the anime also cope up, but this definitely won’t and in a single season (unless they make different ending) considering with the manga progress so far. Here’s quote from ANN:

The official website of A-1 Pictures’ Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) television anime series began streaming the anime’s fourth television commercial on Monday. The previous commercials are also still streaming from the site.The anime adapts Kazue Katō‘s Blue Exorcist manga about Rin Okumura (Nobuhiko Okamoto), a boy raised by a famous exorcist named Father Fujimoto (Keiji Fujiwara). Rin discovers he is the son of Satan, and he joins the True Cross Academy to become an exorcist. Tensai Okamura (Darker than BLACK, Wolf’s Rain, Kikaider) is directing off scripts supervised by Ryota Yamaguchi (Cutey Honey Flash, Digimon: Data Squad, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars).

The anime will air on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. starting this April.

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

Image © Kazue Katō/Shueisha, Blue Exorcist Production Committee

Deadman Wonderland poster

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland is in action-thriller category, tell about a boy who thrown to prison because of false accusation for a gruesome homicide crime. But he didn’t got in normal prison but the worst prison, the “Deadman Wonderland” where the prisoners joining the deathly gladiator game since they all would be executed or they are life-time prisoners. The story should kept you nerve-wrecking and blood probably splattered now and then during the series.

Next, some mini review from current season anime:

GOSICK

GOSICK poster

GOSICK

GOSICK was one of the two err or three good surprise this season. A mystery, detective series with background Europe around 1930s. Victorique is cute and she give brilliant deduction on every case that offered to her, while Kujo our protagonist is a transfer student form Japan with high chivalry. The series pace is good and kept us interested in the story, no too much gruesome thriller (well some head do roll though) but with decent action. I say this show get 8/10.

Yumekui Merry / Dream-eater Merry

Yumekui Merry poster

Yumekui Merry

When I heard the title (and the image) the first word comes from dream-eater is succubus, and I thought it was just gonna be another love-comedy-fan service stuff. But this series become another good surprise, an adventure-action story. Merry is actually a living nightmare (err apparently in their world, nightmare live in parallel world and transcend in our subconsciousness) who got ‘materialized’ and lost in the human world, so she trying to get back to where she belong. While Yumeji is a boy who got weird ability to predict people dream by peeking true his finger, but so far he only accurate for people who will getting nightmare. One day Yumeji himself got caught by an evil living nightmare John Doe the ‘Chaser’, and saved by Merry. From then on their adventure begin. I should have predict it since this is JC Staff show (Shana, Index), and Yumekui Merry give some adventure how Merry and Yumeji join hand to fight again evil nightmares and at the same time seeking for a way home. A few touching scene and some action are offered with this series. Again 8/10 for this one.

Infinite Stratos

Infinite Stratos poster

Infinite Stratos

Flying mecha and a guy in female high school, there’s no more hesitation for not getting this series for me. Ichika is the only male who can use Infinite Stratos or IS, a mecha armor that can operate like you move your own body and can only be operated by female. His ability accidentally discovered and revealed when he mistakenly enter entrance exam for IS academy instead of normal high school. On the new school he found his big sister is actually his homeroom teacher, his childhood friend enrolling there, an arrogant British chick and a brunt of highschooler girls who try to approach him (more like the whole students trying to pick on him though). Bit by bit he learn how to fight with IS and try learning the secret of IS while protecting the pride of his sister as one of the best IS pilot who won the IS Olympic once.

More love-comedy stuff than I thought and some mecha battle action, spice up this series up to now, one can’t be more jealous with a guy who loved mainly by the five harem *cough* I mean heroines with international background (in order of crush err appearance: Japan, Britain, China, France, German). The mecha action is quite smooth with 3D render (though some details on the face during 3D battle can be quite obviously stiff but overall still good enough). I’d say so far it get 7.5/10.

Puella Magi: Madoka Magica

Madoka Magica poster

Puella Magi: Madoka Magica

The first episode of Madoka Magica was quite magical, uncommon artistic style and good BGM, with non linear pace in an episode. A very good start, until it get to the third episode.

The dark mood is quite different from normally mahou shoujo/magic girl stuff but this one is more darker than I predict. But still the originality for the story, the art and music still give a very good appreciation for this series. Definitely not for feint heart or more precisely not for people who would fall in love with the characters in a show, because you’ll be shocked. I gave a 7/10.

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? poster

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

If you love some comedy and action, this will make you rolling on the floor laughing and experience some thrill on the fight scene. Ayumu is a victim of serial-killer, but he revived as a Zombie by Eu (Eucliwood Hellscythe) a Necromancer. But he’s not the slow zombie type, and his zombie state make his body limitation gone and able to be pushed to it’s limit (and even if cut into two he still revive). His only weaknesses is fire and bright sunny day (he would dry easily if he put directly under the sun).

One day she encountered Haruna the Masou Shoujo (a slip up from Mahou Shoujo/Magic Girls) who fought against with her magical chainsaw Mystletainn (yes a CHAINSAW instead of magic staff of other classic weapon). Megalo are evil monsters who invade our world. And because one or other things, he sucks out her magic power, so now he have to replace her as a Masou Shoujou (and yes with all the frilly dress and stuff LOL even panty shot!). Thus his adventure begin to find out the mystery of his homicide, fought against Megalos and reveal Euclid mystery. I gave this 9/10.

Dragon Crisis

Dragon Crisis poster

Dragon Crisis

Dragon crisis start with standard cliche stuff, highschooler, a sexy oneechan, a small girl who turned out to be a dragon. In the beginning some term are unexplained, but bit by bit we can start to figure out what the terms means. In their world exist  a lot of artifacts called ‘Lost Precious’, these artifact can give extraordinary ability to it’s user. But not everybody can use them, the user is called a ‘Breaker’ and classified to 10 level. To regulate people who collect these artifacts an international organization is build.

Yuji, our protagonist is actually a level 10 breaker, but since a childhood accident he no longer dealing with Lost Precious. He live alone as a student since his parents are also professional collector who run expedition to find Lost Precious around the globe. One day his elder cousin Eriko, drag him on an Lost Precious hunt but instead they found Rose, a little girl which belong to a legendary red dragon race, who immediately stuck with him. From then on his adventure as a Breaker begin once more. A decent adventure series with some love comedy. I gave this a 7/10.

Fractale

Fractale Poster

Fractale

The world of Fractale is an imaginary future around 30th century, where people can enjoy life to it’s fullest since their job and stuff can be remotely done by their avatar called the Dopple which running by the Fractale network system. Thus people is no longer bound to live in a single place and can move from one place to another. Clain is an antique 21st century stuff lover, and he didn’t really like to use the Dopple. One day he saw a girl flying while chased by some people who the world claimed as ‘terrorist’. Phryne, that girl actually posses some key role in the administration of Fractale system. After saving her, she left him an artifact that possess an AI Dopple called Nessa. After he and Nessa caught by people who labeled as ‘terrorist’ by the administration, he start to learn the truth about Fractale system and his advanture begin.

With Studio Gibli art style and pace, keep you entertain as Clain start exploring the world of Fractale. A light fantasy adventure with some comedy here and there. I gave this a 8/10.

Star Driver

Star Driver Poster

Star Driver

Star Driver first episode bugs me with the Ginga Bishounen (Galactic Pretty Boy) transformation, I haven’t shock to such gayness since I saw a pink Kamen Rider (although I still continue to watch Kamen Rider Decade since he can transform to other Heisei Rider) and decide to drop it at first since doesn’t really worth it at that time. But as the show progress, I read some positive feedback from some blog. So I decided to continue it, and true enough it really have some epic moments.

Since this is a Mecha Stuff and more and more girls keep appearing~<3 gotta say it really fascinate me, no wonder Bandai produce this. The story is about Takuto who fought against The Glittering Star (kirahoshi) brigade to protect the maiden of the island who sealed their mechas the Cybody in Zero Time field. The pattern is well the standard the protagonist always kick ass, with some romance spice here and there. I gave this a 7.5/10.

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector

coming very soon

Other:

Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne—!!

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