This might be a bit early, but I think I have enough information to formulate my opinion on everything next season. Might as well, right? So without further ado, let’s dig in, itadakimasu!
First off, the entire first row of that chart. Those never get subbed, so whether or not I want to watch them is irrelevant. But I guess I’ll go over them briefly, so I can cover all the bases.
Ozuma: (Synopsis) Indeed by 73-year-old manga and anime creator, Ozuma’s art style is mad old. Like… wow, I feel like I’ve been taken back to the times of The Rose of Versailles. It looks like the series will get turned into a 6 part OVA. My feelings about this? On the fence. Considering how the plot is set in a “future Earth that has gone to ruins in a sea of sand,” I am fully expecting some sort of old-space-opera-with-mecha anime, which I for one am not fond of (one of the obvious reasons why I’m actually not a Gundam fan). However, if this series ever gets subbed, by all means I’ll check out at least the first episode and see where it goes.
Saint Seiya Omega: (Synopsis) I feel like this is one of those long, long series that you either watched when you were younger, and keep on watching, or that you’ve never watched before and never end up diving into. I’m part of the latter, so I won’t be watching this.
Uchuu Kyoudai: (Synopsis) Brothers that aim to be astronauts, one ends up successful and one gets a fateful encounter. Not particularly interested in this setup.
Naruto SD: Rock Lee… : Looks cute, but I won’t be following this. It kind of sounds like a waste of time, unfortunately.
Gakkatsu!: Since this one is lacking a premise blurb, I can’t say much about this series other than: looks like it’ll be a chibi-gag anime, it’ll most likely come out in 5-minute segments, doesn’t look extraordinary. Not watching.
Onwards to the next several rows!
Ginga e Kickoff!!: (Synopsis) Thus, another soccer anime appears. Technically, it doesn’t look bad, and the idea of being inspired by a professional female soccer play is pretty novel, however I rarely watch sports anime (especially soccer, which I know absolutely nothing about) so this will be a miss for me.
Arashi no Yoru ni…: (Synopsis) I’d watch this if it came out in movie form. But waiting for a weekly release of a Pixaresque series is just silly.
Sengoku Collection: (Synopsis) Well, I’ll admit to being a Japanese history anime junkie, so I might as well check this out. Art style looks okay, general staff looks decent, but the concept of adapting an SNS (social networking service) game is making me doubtful of this series’ potential to be good.
Kuroko no Basuke: (Synopsis) More sports anime! This time it’s basketball. Due to the recently Linsanity, I might just check this one out. The art style really catches my eye as well, since it’s very simple and well-proportioned.
Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future: Sequel of something similar to IdolM@ster. Not interested.
Jewelpet Kira Deko: (Synopsis) I’d totally watch this if I were 8 again. Alas, I feel like I’ve either outgrown this genre or my tastes are just different now.
Upotte!!: (Synopsis) This looks like it’ll be a better version of that Sora no Wo To show, with slight harem undertones. Moe military girls and their transfer teacher. Well, it’s either harem undertones or yuri. Either way I’ll be checking it out at least since the art style looks very clean, and Studio Xebec’s most recent stuff has been quite good (Rinne no Lagrange and Broken Blade).
Fushigi no Umi no Nadia Remastered: (Synopsis) Looks like it’s a remaster of an old series. This will probably come out as DVD releases, so I won’t be watching it.
Kikansha Thomas: It’s Thomas! Gosh, those Japanese are really jumping the bandwagon with redoing American shows. Needless to say, I’m a purist for the most part, so if I wanted to watch Thomas I’d just watch the original in English.
Phi Brain 2: (Synopsis) I tried watching the first episode of the first season, but it was really bad. So I won’t be watching the second season either.
Cardfight!! Vanguard S2: Another sequel, that I will not being watching because I didn’t watch the first season.
Hyou-ka: (Synopsis) Finally we’re starting to delve into the stand-alone one-season series. This looks like a slice-of-life thing, with some mystery and of course romance. The art style is simplistic and really cute, and already I spy the comedic best friend, gentle-natured love interest and the tsundere love interest. And of course a nonchalant, lazy main character. It’s a combination that pops up a lot, but I still love it however many times it gets reused since it provides a great base for good character interaction and many instants of light humor and recurring gags. Also, from the coloring, you can tell that the mood will be a fairly calm and slow-paced, which means there won’t be any high-end animation. But that’s actually good as well, since the anime team will then (ideally) put more work into making a solid plot.
Kimi to Boku. 2: (Synopsis) I’m one of those people who loved the first season of this. Sure, it was too girly or gay for most people, but it was a really light and relaxing show with droll comedy, featuring twins with deadpan voices and faces, an easily annoyed four-eyes, one really girly male and an energetic and short German transfer student. I’ve been looking forward to this one ever since they announced there would be a second season.
Tasogare OtomexAmnesia: (Synopsis) I normally dislike fanservicey anime, but this one looks like it might be an exception; it might have a decent plot! Basically a first-year middle school student named Teiichi Niiya is the only one who can see a ghost named Yuuko. They team up together to solve a general array of mysteries, and also the mystery of how Yuuko died (of course the overarching plot). This episode layout is pretty formulaic, but it allows for a good deal of main character development, and it’s flexible enough to incorporate various elements and genres into the smaller arcs so it doesn’t feel too jarring. This allows for a good variety in the show, and keeps it from getting monotonous. As you can see, I’m really hoping for the best for this series.
Hiiro no Kakera: (Synopsis) One word: No. One thing I learned from watching adaptations of otome games is that they suck. They are just awful, so no.
Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~: (Official Site)Have they really gone and done that? Yes, they have, they have gone and titled an anime series ~Bread of Happiness~. This alone is enough to dissuade me from watching this. But I also see that this is a game adaption. It’s a double no-no.
Sankarea: (Synopsis) So we have a guy who is obsessed with zombies and a girl who wants to be a zombie. Match made in heaven right? Well, yeah. If they were dead, that is. Or, undead. The art is a little too ecchi for me, but I’d really consider watching this if not for the utter absurdity. This isn’t crazy anymore, it’s just plain stupid. The girl wants to get away from her problems by becoming a zombie? Doesn’t that mean, like, uh, dying? And that desire the guy has to “kiss a zombie girl,” is pretty strange too. We know he’s not into zombie guys, at least, but those quotes are pretty much the words of a necrophiliac. This one’s a no go for me.
Natsuiro Kiseki: (Official Site) Sunrise… well, it’s not spectacular looking, but at least it looks good. What can I say. The music is bound to be decent, since the voicing AND the OP/ED sequence will be done by sphere. I’ll give this one a shot since it’s an original anime, about seiyuus! And everyone knows I love my voice actors.
Jormungand: (Synopsis) I actually read the first couple chapters of this a long time ago, and all I wished was for more chapters to come out. This anime will be really dark; it deals with pretty serious matters, since it’s about an illegal arms dealer… who actually has to avoid the law. Having to deal with consequences is a pretty rare theme in anime, and I for one will welcome this as a refreshing reminder of closer-to-reality.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: (Synopsis) So, more Cthulu legends meshed with moe. Although it’s by Studio Xebec, which I mentioned earlier to have been doing well for me recently, I can’t say I can see a particularly great deal of potential from this series. Just because it’s centered around a Cthulu deity won’t mean that it’ll be different from any other moe anime. The “Cthulu” is just an afterthought.
Yurumates: (Synopsis) Something to watch when I feel aimless and don’t wanna continue studying in school. It’s like… hey, maybe I should do something so I don’t turn out like them later in my life. … even though I’m older than them. So I’ll check it out.
Beyblade Zero-G: (Synopsis) No Beyblade, please.
Nazo no Kanojo X: (Synopsis) This looks pretty quirky too. Why the hell is the main character addicted to the girl’s drool? It’s just a really weird premise, I guess, but old-school-ness of the art makes me want to believe that the plot might actually be good. Therefore, I might just wait for a trailer to come out before formulating an opinion.
Shirokuma Cafe: (Synopsis) So much win in this one, if it ever gets subbed I’m a fan.
Train Hero: (Synopsis) Rescue trains! Well, it’s a step better than that other train anime with not-so-hot-guy embodiments. What was it, Miracle Train? In any case, this looks like it could be a train junkie anime so I’ll pass.
Queen’s Blade Rebellion: (Synopsis) Another sequel. With boobs and fanservice. Please allow me to decline.
AKB0048: (Synopsis) An anime about an idol group?! No way! And it looks badly drawn as well! Guess what other show I’m not watching this season? (to be fair, I was never one of those people who liked idol groups)
Saki: Achiga-hen…: (Synopsis) This definitely looks great, I only wish I watched Saki, so I’d watch this as its sequel/spinoff.
Koi-ken!…: (Synopsis) I’m not even sure if I can watch this, since it’s a mobile anime adaptation. In any case, I’m not interested in dating sim adaptations either, and the art looks pretty bad… so you know my answer is no.
FINAL VERDICT: All in all, there are a lot of good sequels, but in terms of actual original works and new stand-alones, the quality isn’t particularly promising. Hopefully I’ll be proved wrong, but until then…
Over and out, gochisousama deshita!