Being the lazy people we are, we sorta last-minute-decided-to-blog Summer 2009 Anime Line-up =3. Now that my computer is restored me and Zen and a combined effort have decided to make a post about the new anime coming up! Decided to try a new format for posting this long list. Hopefully it is neater. And also because zenical is into seiyuu nowadays, we shall post up seiyuu information too ^_^
After spending a good 24 hours(or maybe lesser, we lost count) we also came up with our watchlist for Summer 2009 =D.
Click on the link to jump to the series. ;).
TV Series: | Aoi Hana | Bakemonogatari | CANAAN | Elementhunters | GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class | Hetalia Axis Powers – S2 | Kanamemo | La Corda D’Oro ~Secondo Season~ | Needless | Princess Lover | Sora no Manimani | Spice and Wolf S2 | Taishou Yakyuu Musume | Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 | Umineko no Naku Koro Ni | Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ | Weiß Survive | Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou | Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Air Date: July 1st
Genre: Romance, Shoujo Ai, Yuri
Official Site: Aoi Hana
Seiyuu: Ai Takabe, Yuko Gibu, Yui Horie
In the original manga’s story, Fumi and Akira were close childhood friends until Fumi had to move away. Ten years after losing touch with each other, the two girls meet again as high school freshmen. The two struggle to reconnect after so much has changed, and both deal with the trials and tribulations of high school — sometimes independently and sometimes with each other’s help.
Bluesnow – Yuri. It burnsssss. I will not be watching this >_>.
Zenical – Hocchan is voicing this! MUST WATCH DESU!! Woohoo XDXD. Yuri is like an okay thing to me now, I don’t know why. Too much fangirling I supposed?
The short stories in the two volumes of Bakemonogatari deal with a high school boy named Koyomi Araragi and strange students he encounters. (“Bakemonogatari” is a wordplay on the Japanese term bakemono for supernatural creatures and the term monogatari for stories.) One student, a girl named Hitagi Senjōgahara, almost literally falls into his lap, only to have him discover she has no weight.
Bluesnow – The plot doesn’t seem that enticing by itself, but the trailer made me realize that Shaft (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) is responsible for this. Will have to take a look now.
Zenical – Hocchan voicing again =3. Must watch <3. Lol.
The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in the Tokyo neighborhood of Shibuya by bizarre events with worldwide implications. CANAAN is an animated adaptation of the video game “428″.
Bluesnow – Omg another Type Moon anime! I’m not a huge fan of Fate Stay/night, but this looks decent. I will probably be checking it out, but I’d prefer to see the rest of Kare no Kyoukai than this.
Zenical – Hm. Game adaptation, will probably check out the first episode.
In 2029, a large scale ground sinkage occurred in Mediterranean Sea and chemical elements such as oxygen, carbon, gold, molybdenite, and cobalt suddenly disappeared from the earth’s crust. Human population was decreased by 90% in sixty years. Researchers found out that the disappeared elements were drained into a planet “Nega Earth”, which located in different dimensions. To save the Earth, a special team “Element Hunter” is organized. All the members are under 14 years old because young and flexible brains are required to access to “Nega Earth”.
Bluesnow – About five seconds into the trailer I couldn’t help but think that this show is more or less Digimon with guns… and then I laughed when one of the youtube comments said about the exact same thing xD~ This is meant for younger children probably; will no be watching it.
Zenical – Uh. It sounds full of science terms. But the comment from bluesnow about it being Digimon is… FASCINATING. Lol. I love Digimon =X.
Air Date: July 6th
Genre: Slice of life, Comedy
Official Website: GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Seiyuu: Yui Horie, Kaori Nazuka, Miyuki Sawashiro, Ai Tokunaga
An anime adaptation for Satoko Kiyuzuki’s GA Geijutsu-ka Art Design Class manga. The slice-of-life manga revolves around five freshman girls in a high school art class. The manga has been running in Heiwa Shuppan’s Comic Cute! magazine and later in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Carat since 2004, and two volumes have been compiled and published.
Bluesnow – Looks cute, I actually thought it was a sequal to “Sketchbook” that Zenical mentions below, though I never saw that. Will watch if other people say its good, but it isn’t really jumping out at me.
Zenical – This sorta reminds of Sketchbook ~full color’S~ somehow. The title “Art Design Class”, Slice of Life and Comedy genre really sounds like that. Then again.. Because there’s the fangirl in me who wants to check this anime out because my lovely Hocchan is voicing one of the main characters XD.
Air Date: July 27th
Genre: Comedy, Historical, Made of Win and Pasta
Official Site: Hetalia
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroki Yasumoto
Based on a popular web-released manga series by Hidekazu Himaruya, this has been described as a “cynical gag” story set in Europe in the years between WW1 and WW2 (1915-1939), using exaggerated caricatures of the different nationalities as portrayed by a gaggle of bishōnen. For example, the Italia Veneziano character is into pasta and women. The Deutsche (German) bishi loves potatoes and sausages, and Nippon is an otaku boy. Installments of the manga have jumped back and forth in setting from the ancient times to modern-day geopolitics. The manga’s title comes the Japanese words for “useless” (hetare) and Italy (Italia).
Bluesnow – PASTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA=D~ My favorite current ongoing series getting a second season! Of course I will watch it. Kind of a shame its still only available by streaming and phone so image quality is guaranteed to stay low and short unfortunately.
Zenical – Sadly I didn’t watch Season 1 at all, despite bluesnow ranting at me to watch it. I did watch a couple of videos but I guess I was just too lazy to go to streaming sites to watch them XD.
Air Date: July 5th
Genre: Comedy, Yuri
Official Site: Kanamemo
Seiyuu: Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, Aki Toyosaki
Nakamachi Kana is a junior high school girl. Her grandmother passed away and she was left all alone. She finds a newspaper carrier station and starts working as a live-in carrier. Her room has a hole on the wall. Other female workers living next door comes in through the hole and start a wild merrymaking.
Bluesnow – Loli’s and Lesbians xD Do not want~
Zenical – Hocchan is in it. =D. Hocchan is singing the ED song. Must watch. HOCCHAN!
Air Date: June 5th
Genre: Slice of Life, Shoujo, Reverse Harem (From the looks of it)
Official Site: La Corda D’Oro ~Secondo Season~
Seiyuu: Jun Fukuyama, Mamoru Miyano
The story continues after the intraschool music competition of the first game and anime series. The budding music student Kahoko meets the brusque boy Etō, the new youthful school board director Akihiko Kira, and the mysterious transfer student Aoi Kaji.
Bluesnow – Sexy guys playing music is right up my alley, but unfortunately I’ve yet to see the first season so this will go on my mile long list of things I will watch one day.
Zenical – This is in my watchlist. Somehow I chanced upon the first season, got interested upon reading the summary. But I have yet to start watching it. Haha.
Air Date: July 2nd
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-fi
Official Site: Needless
Seiyuu: Aya Endo, Eri Kitamura, Takehito Koyasu
Year 2130, after the third world war, large contaminated areas known as “Blackspots” formed all over Japan. Large Walls were used to quarantine off these “Blackspots”. In time, signs of inhabitance appeared within these wastelands. Among the survivors who had been abandoned inside the Blackspots, labeled as “those who were unneeded”, came forth possessors of uncanny abilities — Fire, wind, brute strength…they were defined by their supernatural abilities. Others, fearful of their powers, expelled them and named them Needless.
Bluesnow – Sounds like a pretty standard Shounen anime to me. Nothing particularly standing out too much, and the art work on the main page is scaring me away a bit, but if I hear good things about this I might watch it.
Zenical – Looking at the seiyuu list.. Hm. Gonna watch the first episode first ^_^.
Arima Teppei lost his parents in a traffic accident. His grandfather Isshin adopted him by force and ordered him to succeed the head of Arima Group Corporation. At Shuuhou Gakuen, a high school only for wealthly students, Teppei’s new life as a celebrity starts.
Bluesnow – From the looks of it, a pink haired princess with ginormous cleavage, a Saber Look alike, a gentle maid and a cute school girl battle to be the lover of a generic high school boy? I think I’ll pass. (On another note… how long has Ginormous been a real word!? xD)
Zenical – Ecchi -_-. Do not want. However I will consider this anime if the ecchi is mild. LOL.
Saku Ooyagi returns to his hometown after seven years and is soon reacquainted with his childhood friend, Mihoshi Akeno. The reunion is far from merry since the last memory they have of each other is of her falling off a tree and him saving her. In any case, Mihoshi is determined to improved their relationship and forces Saku to join the astronomy club she founded.
Bluesnow – When I watched the trailer all I could think was mediocre and generic, but if I find myself bored enough, which is very possible with this summers lack lust line up, I might give it a shot ^.^”
Zenical – The plot sounds common. Oh well, I will most likely catch this to see whether it’s worth catching =P.
The second season of Spice and wolf; a series about a merchant traveling with a wolf goddess back to her home land.
Bluesnow – Probably the series I’m looking forward to most this summer =D Although I’ve heard alot of people say this series is boring I enjoyed the first season very much. The animation and music was nice, the plot was mellow, but intrigueing. I’m hope they get back to Horo’s home this season; I’m curious if anymore romance will spark between her and Lawrence.
Zenical - This anime is a must watch! Probably the one I am looking forward to too.. I just completed the first season like 1 month back, really love it. =D
Based on a popular seinen light novel. (I’m having alot of trouble actually finding information about this series, but based off poster comments in different locations this sounds like an anime about an all girls baseball team in early 1900′s Japan.)
Bluesnow – I only avoid three types of anime… anime aimed at children, anime aimed at perverts, and sports xD Because its an all girl team maybe it will be a typical of tradition sports series… but I probably won’t be watching it.
Zenical – Slice of life anime is what I am looking forward to. But sports+slice of anime might be a totally different thing. Then again I need some light anime series to lighten my week. Haha. Hopefully baseball isn’t as boring I thought it will be.
Air Date: July 9th
Official Site: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Keep your volume down if you don’t want your ears to explode)
Trailer: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Seiyuu: Satomi Hanamura, Yuko Kaida, Yumiko Kobayashi
An apocalyptic look at what would happen if an earthquake of a magnitude 7.0 or greater were to hit Tokyo. Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yutaka at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yutaka strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.
Bluesnow – Didn’t know about this anime till right now, but after watching the trailer it jumped very high on my definitly going to watch list! I was impressed by both the animation, and the suspense; hopefully this ends up being one of the gems of the season.
Zenical – My goosebumps stood after watching the trailer. Looks very epic and drama. Must watch! XD.
Seiyuu: Yui Horie, Daisuke Ono, Marina Inoue, Rie Kugimiya
Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in 1986 during the time frame of October the 4th and the 5th on a secluded island named Rokkenjima (六軒島). The head of the wealthy Ushiromiya family, Kinzō Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eleven of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzō’s assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are five of Kinzō’s servants, and his personal physician. After the eleven family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.
Bluesnow – Another installment by the same people as Higurashi sounds nice. The overall plot itself doesn’t sound very original, but then again Higurashi seemed dull until people started ripping out each other’s guts. The main character (which you can see by looking at the main site) looks like a mix between an very efeminate Pheonix Wright with his pointing finger trade mark and Gino from Code Geass. I will most definitely watch this… but if it doesn’t live up to my NICE BOAT expectations I will be very disappointed.
Zenical – HOCCHAN is voicing in this anime too =D. The voicecasting this time round is pretty strong, with Daisuke Ono, Marina Inoue and Rie Kugimiya. Wow. This is a definitely must watch, plus Hocchan in it, must^10.
Marin and her sister Urin live in the sea. One day they find a ring fallen into the sea. They get out of the sea and meet a girl Kanon, the owner of the ring. Kanon tells them she doesn’t want the ring anymore because it was given by her boyfriend whom she just broke up with, and she throws it into the sea again. Marin thinks Kanon is still in love with him and looks for the ring. But she accidentally breaks a seal on the sea floor…
Bluesnow – Mermaids + Mahou Shoujo…. The music and animation I thought were decent actually… But don’t know if I’ll watch this one.
Zenical – Hocchan voicing the main character?! Omg must watch XD. In addition this is a magic genre anime according to ANN. I always get attracted to magic anime series, somehow. Lol. This will be on my watchlist ^_^.
Air Date: June 5th
Genre: Comedy, Game
Official Site: Weiß Survive
Seiyuu: Izumi Kitta, Nobuhisa Nakamoto
The manga creator Takuya Fujima has announced in a Tuesday blog entry that a television anime adaptation of the Weiß Survive card game manga has been green-lit. The story follows the main characters Takeshi and Michi as they get lost in the Card Battle world and have to win card battles to return home.
Bluesnow – Card Games and blinding pink hair aren’t really my cup of tea… The boy kinda reminds me a younger version of Shiro from Fate Stay/Night though.
Zenical – Fujima drew Nanoha manga too, so that explains why the male lead looks like Erio from Nanoha StrikerS lol. Uh it’s airing already right? Don’t think I will check this out.
The story revolves around Koyomi Morishita, a clumsy high school freshman girl who is often mistaken for a grade-schooler because of her shortness. Koyomi becomes a disciple of Misa Anehara, a 25-year-old graduate student who happens to be one of the most powerful modern-day magicians.
Bluesnow – When I said above that the only anime I avoid are Kiddy shows, Hentai, and sports I lied… I also avoid Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girl) anime xD So this is on my no list as well.
Zenical – Mahou Shoujo eh? Must watch!!
Air Date: July 4th
Genre: Comedy, Parady
Official Site: Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Seiyuu: Marina Inoue, Hiroshi Kamiya
A teacher who wants to kill himself and despairs about all the failure of society in the most amusing ways. His class if filled with equally colorful character. This is the Third Season.
Bluesnow – When I saw this I laughed at the Irony that a show about a man who tries to kill himself every episode is seemingly immortal xD I still haven’t seen the second season, or the ova’s, so I have alot to catch up on before I watch this (Not that this series goes in any logical order… or follows any logic at all really).
Zenical – On my backlogged list. I haven’t started watching Season 1 T_T.
Air Date: July 1st
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, School
Official Site: Clannad After Story OVA
Seiyuu: Yuuichi Nakamura, Ryou Hirohashi
The eighth and final DVD for Kyoto Animation’s Clannad After Story anime adaptation of Key’s Clannad visual novel will include an “Another World: Kyou Arc” episode. As the name implies, the episode will recount an alternate story arc that focuses on the Kyou Fujibayashi character.
Bluesnow – Never was a fan of Kyou, but since its Clannad I will most definitly watch this. I just hope it doesn’t turn out as poorly as the Tomoyo Chapter; I couldn’t even finish that one.
Zenical – A chapter that concentrateson Kyou. Well will be watching this since I did finished watching CLANNAD. The Tomoyo Chapter(I’m not a Tomoyo fangirl!) was okay but I wonder what will they do for Kyou’s Chapter?
The Sixth installment of the OVA series of Hellsing. The story centers around an anti-Vampire organization called Hellsing, who’s strongest warrior Alucard is ironically the strongest vampire that ever lived. They do battle against ghouls created by crazy neo vampire nazis.
Bluesnow – I’ve been looking forward to this for about a year… even though the last ova came out 6 months ago, there was no Alucard so I was depressed. I look forward to more vampire Nazi death and gore so beautiful it brings tears of awe to my eyes.
Zenical -Looking at Hellsing just reminds me of someone I hate lol. I’m not a big fan of Hellsing. Didn’t even watch any of the OVAs released so far oops =X.
Air Date: July 24th
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological
Official Website: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (OVA)
Seiyuu: Yui Horie, Yukari Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Mika Kanai
At the start it would appear that this story will only be about fun and good moments for the “club” members, but after a brief fun during the first ova, the story turns out to be more deep and tense. Rika now feels strange and distant. And even feels that the same tragedies of the “past times” will occur, feeling that destiny is something that can’t be changed in the end. She thinks about getting involved and try to solve those mistakes or just giving up to that tragic destiny.
Bluesnow – 99.999% chance will not watch… I was very upset at the first ova with the magical one piece of death that… Too much fanservice~ Not enough guts xD
Zenical – I never completed Season 1.. But back then I was flooded with my backlogged anime series, maybe when I have the time I will catch the show. I remembered stopping halfway through Season 1.. Lol.
Air Date: June 27th
Episodes: 2nd Movie
Genre: Mecha, Philosophical, Slice of Life, Sci-fi, Drama
Official Site: You Can (NOT) Advance The Picture On that site scares me xD
Trailer: You Can (Not) Advance
Seiyuu: Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Hayashibara, Megumi Ogata, Yuko Miyamura
Part of the “Rebuild” Evangelion series retelling the origenal story in high qualtiy movie format with a few new twists. But never fear… they have all of the same old kick ass Eva/Angel Fights~ an akward middle schooler pushed into the fight to save all of mankind,
and plenty of Shinji being emo I’m sure.
Bluesnow – I watched half of the first one and had gotten bored; perhaps it was because I had rewatched the series not long before that. It seemed to resemble the origenal too much regardless of the better quality, based on the trailer and the characters I see though they aren’t following the series exactly, so maybe I should give it another chance.
Zenical – Watched the first movie in the Cinema, loveeeee the soundtrack. Sound effects fanstatic too XD. 2nd movie will get Asuka involved too, so yeah, Asuka will probably overwrite Shinji being very emo. I can’t stand him being emo. I hope to catch this in the Cinema soon. ><
Air Date: June 4th, August 4th
Genre: Harem, Comedy, Ecchi
Official Site: To Love-Ru
Seiyuu: Akeno Watanabe, Haruka Tomatsu
Following the adventures and trouble that surrounds Lala Satalin (princess of Deviluke stellar empire) and her unwilling fiance Rito Yuki (a mere human), and friends. The story from “ToLoveRU” continues with a lot of fun caused by Lala’s scientific research. (Source: ANN) This Second episode is titled “Rito and Mikan.”
Bluesnow – I saw the first episode of the TV series. I think it was about a pink haired alien princess that ran away from home and ended up in some perverted kid’s bathtub naked… I could barely make it through the first episode. I’m not a fan of ecchi, but I’m sure some fanboys will be happy with it.
Zenical – I completed the anime series and watched OVA #1. Lol. This is like one of my first few ecchi series I ever completed. In the past I can’t stand ecchi series. To Love-Ru was different in a sense.. The ecchi wasn’t too much that I couldn’t take it XD. Of course there’s Golden Darkness inside who looks sorta like Fate.. so it is a must-watch =P
Green Fonts means the anime is the Number 1 on our List. Red Font means… take a look at my list and u’ll know. LOL.
Bluesnow - Bakemonogatari, Canaan, Hetalia Axis Powers II, Spice and Wolf II, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Umineko no naku koro ni, Hellsing OVA 6
My list seems kind of short this season compared to say… last fall. This summer season seems kind of weak for anime I like. I’m looking forward to Spice and Wolf the most as of right now=D. Although both Hetalia and Hellsing are high on my list. Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, CANAAN, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Bakemonogatari look like the most intriguing NEW NEW anime series, but I’ve found that I’m frequently misled by pretty trailers~ Hopefully these series will make my summer vacation a lot more interesting =D
Zenical – Bakemonogatari, Aoi Hana, Spice and Wolf S2, Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~, Princess Lover, Yoko Wakaru Gendai Mahou, GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Kanamemo
The ones in red are definitely on my watchlist because Hocchan(Yui Horie) is voicing one of the characters(main/supporting) in the anime! Woohoo!! Lol me and my fangirling. Hopefully I will have time to watch them and not backlogged any series >_>.
So after reading our entire line-up, which anime are you looking forward to? Any ones on your watchlist?