I haven’t had a chance to post recently due to the release of FFXIII. So here’s a belated preview post of the upcoming TV series in the Spring 2010 anime season.
Summary: The story is set in a family restaurant named Wagnaria in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido. Souta works part-time among the restaurant’s high-spirited, mysterious, yet cool staffers.
Thoughts: The first episode has already aired. My first impressions of it can be found here.
Summary: An American kid named Joey has always wanted to become a hero. After he saw a toy commercial on a new robot action figure, Joey believes he’ll gain strength if he obtains one. Little did he know that once he repairs a robot toy abandoned by a rich bully, it’ll make his hero dream become a reality.
Thoughts: Some aspects of the premise remind me of the movie CJ7 starring Stephen Chow.
Title: B Gata H Kei
Summary: The story revolves around a sexually inexperienced schoolgirl who dreams about her 100 sexual fantasies. One day, she falls in love with a plain-looking boy and tries to date with him.
Thoughts: It’s based on a 4-koma, so this *could* end up being amusing enough despite my doubts.
Title: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Summary: The romantic comedy centers on the student council head named Ayuzawa Misaki who despises the mostly male, slovenly population at her school, which was once an all-boys school. However, Misaki’s most handsome schoolmate just discovered her secret — that she works afterschool at a maid cafe.
Thoughts: I’ve read part of the manga in the past. Your typical high school romantic comedy anime.
Title: Angel Beats!
Summary: My previous preview post on this can be found here.
Thoughts: My most anticipated series of the Spring season.
Summary: The story of the 2008 Sony PlayStation 2 game centers around a female protagonist and the historical Shinsengumi samurai group in Kyoto during the 19th century.
Thoughts: Since it’s the Shinsengumi we’re talking about here, I’m looking forward to seeing some epic action scenes.
Title: Giant Killing
Summary: A ragtag bunch from East Tokyo are struggling in Japan’s top football league. East Tokyo United (ETU) can only blame their coach right now, but the coach is ready to prove to his team and fans that he can make this team win against the biggest club in the nation.
Thoughts: I’m not a big fan of sports anime since they tend to drag on for multiple seasons. I’ll have to wait to see how this one turns out, but it’s always nice seeing the underdogs fight their way up.
Title: Arakawa Under the Bridge
Summary: A young upper-class elite man, Ichinomiya “Riku” Kou, who has a policy of not being in debt to anyone, ends up owing his life to a strange girl who rescues him. Nino is a beautiful homeless girl who believes that she is a martian and lives under the bridge by the Arakawa river. So the young man ends up living there too.
Thoughts: This could turn out to be quite a unique story.
Title: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Summary: The story revolves around Akuto Sai, a boy who aims to become part of his country’s highest order of magicians. On the day he is admitted into the Constan Magical Academy, his aptitude test predicts the following: “Future Occupation – Devil King.” Thus begins his difficult school life in which he is resented by his studious female class head, desired by a girl with mysterious powers, and guarded by a beautiful female android.
Thoughts: Harem much?
Title: KissXSis (2010)
Summary: The story begins with Keita Suminoe, a male third-year junior-high school student studying for his high school entrance exams. He becomes romantically attracted to his two stepsisters and initially dislikes himself for it. Seeing this attraction, his two parents encourage him to eventually get married to one of them.
Title: Senkou no Night Raid
Summary: The story is set in Shanghai in 1931, when the Imperial Japanese Army has been dispatched to mainland China due to the relatively recent First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. In this cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there is a special military spy organization called “Sakurai Kikan” that has since been buried in history.
Thoughts: After being highly satisfied with A-1 Picture’s Sora no Woto, I’m looking forward to this studio’s latest work.
Title: Mayoi Neko Overrun!
Summary: The story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki, a boy who lives with his older sister Otome, although the two have no blood ties between them. Otome manages a run-down confectionary store called Stray Cats. One day, Otome picks up a mysterious beautiful girl off the streets.
Thoughts: I’ve read a few chapters of the manga. Decent enough I guess, but it never explained her cat ears…
Summary: Around 10 years after World War II, a group of delinquents are sent to the Shounan Special Reform School to learn how to cope with the atrocities and unfairness they encountered there. A student who has already been residing there when the teens arrived acts as a mentor, teaching them about friendship and guiding them through difficulties.
Thoughts: Meh, always delinquents causing trouble.
Summary: Sequel to the previous season of K-ON!
Thoughts: Woot, more K-ON! I can’t wait!
Summary: Adaptation of Hotaru Odagiri’s Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru boys-love manga.
Thoughts: No thanks.
Title: Sarai-ya Goyou
Summary: Akitsu Masanosuke is a timid ronin on his way to Edo from the countryside when he accidentally encounters a playboy named Yaichi, who asks him to be his bodyguard. But it turns out that Yaichi is actually the leader of a group of bandits called the “Five Leaves,” and he’s hoping that Masanosuke will join them.
Thoughts: The art style of the characters remind me of undead.
Title: Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
Summary: The story revolves around an unnamed third-year Kyoto University student who reminisces about his early campus life.
Thoughts: I can easily relate to this.