Is it just me, or does there seem to be more anime series airing every season? Anyways, here’s a last minute preview of the Summer 2010 anime season.
These are only the new series for the season. Movies, OVAs, and sequels are not included.
Title: Seitokai Yakuindomo
Summary: The stage is set at Ousai Private Academy which, due to declining birth rates, has transitioned from an all-girls high school to a co-ed. The current ratio of male to female students is 28:524. Within this paradise, Tsuda Takatoshi is inaugurated as vice-president of the student council. The student council has a strict image. However, there are some members who defy imagination…
Thoughts: Since this is based on a slice of life comedy manga, it makes me think of Seitokai no Ichizon.
Summary: The somewhat precocious and sadistic girl ‘Mitsuba’, the somewhat lecherous muscle girl ‘Futaba’, and the somewhat mysterious girl ‘Hitoha’. Better known as the (mischievous) “Marui Sisters”, this is the story of how these three triplets go about their days in Class 6-3 with their cute yet wild antics.
Thoughts: Eh, I don’t think I’ll find it that funny.
Summary: In the southern parts of the continent is the Roland Empire. A country in which its people are oppressed by the decadent nobility. By command of King Sion, Ryner and Ferris are sent on a journey.
Ryner is an extremely lethargic person. All he desires is a life of peaceful indolence. However, destiny has other plans and they are soon caught up in a war. What is the future that lies before the light shining from Ryner’s “eyes”?
Thoughts: Fantasy and adventure stories have always been a favorite of mine. At 26 episodes, hopefully it’ll weave an epic tale.
Title: Shukufuku no Campanella
Summary: The story takes place in a city-state enclosed by the sea. Merchants and adventurers alike gather within the city known as the “world’s treasurehouse”. It is a city of endless possibilities and dreams. Here it is that the somewhat odd story of an adventuress and her happy-go-lucky friends unfolds.
Thoughts: Happy-go-lucky friends? Oh boy…
Summary: The world is over taken with a very deadly disease that turns humans into zombies. In Japan, several students of Fujimi High School, and the school nurse, band together to survive the present apocalypse. The story follows Takashi Komuro, one of the students who survived in the initial outbreak.
Thoughts: Why is it always high school students that survive? If the illustration is any indication, it looks like it’ll be quite violent and bloody.
Summary: One day, the corpses of 3 persons are found. Although Ozaki Toshio, the village’s lone doctor, feels uncertain, he treats the deaths as normal occurrences. However, in the days following, the villagers die one after the other.
Thoughts: I previously posted about the manga.
Summary: The story centres around Ookami Ryouko, a high school freshman girl known for her fierce looks, unusual canine teeth when she smiles, and wild demeanour (her family name is homonymous with the Japanese word for “wolf”). Akai Ringo is a short high school freshman girl with seemingly cute, angelic looks but a dark demeanour (her name is a Japanese wordplay on “apple” and “Red Riding Hood”). Together with their odd friends, the two fight to change the world, one issue at a time.
Thoughts: Ryouko looks like an older Taiga from Toradora. This series looks the most interesting so far. Hopefully the male lead doesn’t act like too much of a wimp.
Title: Amagami SS
Summary: Tachibana Junichi always feels depressed around Christmas time due to a certain past experience. Due to his fear of opening his heart to love, his school life is rather lonely. Setting aside his fears, Junichi determines that he will spend the coming Christmas with a girl.
Thoughts: This better actually be romance with an ending and not end up as a harem.
Title: Nurarihyon no Mago
Summary: In the story, Nura Rikuo, a kid who is part human and a quarter youkai (demon), lives in a house full of spirits along with his grandfather. Trying to escape his fate of acting like a demon, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming one — despite his grandfather’s wish to succeed him as master of the Nurari youkai clan.
Thoughts: Sounds decent enough.
Title: Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
Summary: It is the year 1999. In Nagano Matsushiro stands the pyramid of Japan, the private Voltstein Academy.
This place is famous for the repeated occurrences of occult phenomenon within its premises. Hence, it is also called the Occult Academy. The dean is committed to studying the occult, while the students are zealous in their everyday schoolwork.
One day, the dean passes away and his occult-hating daughter, Kumashiro Maya, visits the academy. There, she meets a self-proclaimed spoon-bending “time agent” from the year 2012, Uchida Fumiaki. As the two encounters various bizarre phenomenon within the academy, the reason for Fumiaki’s timeslip to 1999 becomes clear.
Thoughts: I love all the original work A-1 Pictures has been doing recently. This latest piece for next season looks promising.
Title: Asobi ni Iku yo!
Summary: The story revolves around Kakazu Kio, an ordinary high school freshman living in Okinawa. A girl with cat ears appears before him during a memorial service for one of his family ancestors. The girl calls herself Eris and claims she is an alien. Before long, fanatical alien worshippers and a mysterious government agency are in hot pursuit of Eris, but Kio’s childhood friend Manami — who wants to follow in her father’s footsteps in the CIA — captures Eris. Kio finds himself having to protect Eris from everyone.
Thoughts: What a ridiculously random premise.