June 18, 2012
The latest upcoming-season chart is out now. I haven't seen any next-season previews elsewhere, so I'm going to do a half-assed one. This isn't complete, by any means.
The bad news:
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate -- high school club, girls with big boobs. Eroge adaptation. Do we really need to know any more than that? Pass.
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse -- Girls with big boobs and skin-tight pressure suits operate mechs to save the Earth, or something like that. Where have we seen that before.
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai -- Another take on the "magical girlfriend" genre. The magical girlfriend is gorgeous and has red hair. She's a Goddess of Death, and Our Hero has some sort of contract with her, in which he lost his libido. He takes no pleasure in seeing naked girls. The rest of the cast consists of cute girls with big boobs, which presumably for plot reasons we'll see in various stages of undress, so that Our Hero can mutter, why ain't I enjoying seeing this? Odds are the Shinigami is angsty, because she's pettanko (relatively speaking). I'm guessing that she'll be tsundere.
Sword Art Online -- is a ripoff of .Hack/Sign. But maybe they'll do a better job of it. A boy is trapped inside an MMORPG and must win it to escape. If he loses, his death is real.
Oda Nobuna no Yabou -- is a ripoff of Sengoku Otome. Same Sengoku period, and all the natives are girls. The future person sent to the past is a guy this time, so it's sure to be utter crap. (Part of the reason Sengoku Otome worked was because the Hideyoshi character was well conceived, and because she got her act together. I doubt this guy will be as good.)
Bimbou-gami ga! -- the picture features two girls with huge boobs, one of which is carrying an immense syringe. I'm not sure I need to learn any more about it.
Ebiten: Kouritsu Ebisugawa Koukou Tenmon-bu -- High school hijinks, accidental harem. Our hero accidentally becomes a member of a high school club for girls who are fans of yaoi. He's the only boy in the club. Good Lord. (face-slap) Why doesn't he just say, "Oops, wrong number! can you tell me where the astronomy club meets?" ...because then we wouldn't have a show.
Tari Tari -- is probably a ripoff of K-On. Five high school girls form a music group.
Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru! -- Our Hero needs a wife, in order to satisfy a promise he made to his dying father. He transfers to a new high school, with the mission of finding one there. Problem is, one of the five haremettes is his estranged sister, whom he doesn't know. The show web site features a picture of five cute girls, all wearing wedding gowns, so this is incest-fetish bait. I'm guessing it's an eroge adaptation.
Campione -- looks to be poured from the same bottle as High School DxD.
Kokoro Connect -- is a gender bender show. Kids in a high school club start trading bodies.
Rinne no Lagrange is getting a sequel. No, Sato, no! You should be working on a sequel for Mouretsu Pirates, not this trash!
Joshiraku -- I don't quite know what to think about this one. It sounds like a one-trick pony. What's rakugo "verbal performance"? I haven't heard of that. And if it's like a radio show, why do these girls need a dressing-room? Presumably so we can watch them undress, but is there really one cour of story there? (Or even one episode?) Probably utter crap.
Chitose Get You -- sounds like a ripoff of Kodomo no Jikan. Squick city! (More likely it's a ripoff of Hanamaru Kindergarten.)
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita -- the human birth collapse has resulted in a huge depopulation of the planet. For some strange reason, there are now fairies (10 cm tall) who don't seem to have that problem. The story is about a young human girl representing the UN who works as a negotiator with the fairies. This thing reeks of cute and I don't want anything to do with it.
The good news for people who care:
YuruYuri is back for a second season. I only watched one episode of the first, so I won't watch this one either.
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica -- might be pretty good. Magical girl friend with associated harem, but it looks like the main guy isn't a wimp. And there's a fantastic setting. I'm getting Daimaou vibes.
And now the best good news: Dog Days returns. I sure hope it isn't a disappointment.
UPDATE: One danger sign on Hagure Yuusha no Estetica: the main guy's voice was also the voice of Leicester in Shukufuku no Campanella. He's a good actor, but it's not the voice of a gar hero, which is what the character appears to be. I would have preferred a baritone.
It looks like it will be a straightforward "cute girls doing cute things" show, with their part-time job being rakugo.
Posted by: J Greely at June 18, 2012 10:30 AM (2XtN5)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 18, 2012 11:38 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 18, 2012 11:40 AM (PiXy!)
Also Moyashimon. I second Pixy's "Wooo!!"
Looks like Summer's gonna be free.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at June 18, 2012 12:40 PM (EJaOX)
Not as good is that they, once again, managed to give a sequel a meaningless title. What is the ' even supposed to mean? Am I supposed to interpret it mathematically? It's right up there with adding a second exclamation mark for the sequel's title.
Other amazingly stupid titles include Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's and Eiga Jewelpet Sweets Dance Princess.
Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at June 18, 2012 01:32 PM (AJZdn)
There was a Dog Days preview which showed Becky going along with Shinku in Millefiore's summons, and Nanami being summoned simultaneously by Leonmichelle.
My guess is that it was an agreement between Leo and Millefi to avoid unbalancing the game.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 18, 2012 01:37 PM (+rSRq)
Becky's presence in the second series actually fills me with dread. I can't see her contributing anything besides angst. Part of why the first series was so much fun was that it wasn't angsty at all. The only time anyone ever had a serious cry (Rico) there was a damned good reason for it.
And in the first series, except for her scenes with Shinku in the first and last episodes, all Becky ever did was angst.
I don't see any role Becky can serve in the second series except to be jealous of Millefiore, or to be a damsel-in-distress that Shinku has to rescue. I do hope I'm wrong about that, though.
Having said that, I have a prediction about the ending:
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 18, 2012 01:49 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 18, 2012 02:43 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 18, 2012 02:47 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at June 18, 2012 03:17 PM (5OBKC)
Posted by: Toren at June 18, 2012 04:21 PM (/iosk)
Dog Days might not strive for too much, but it's a damn enjoyable series. It's also about 10x better thought out than most shounen fare. I've actually watched it twice already and might watch it again. It's really quite enjoyable.
Sword Art Online is definitely the big series for the summer. And, yes, it's pretty much .hack//Sign again. But people tend to forget 2 things about .hack//Sign: 1) they stretched a 4 ep OVA setting to 26 episodes, so nothing happens for huge chunks of time and 2) it was still pretty much just Tron with an insanely better soundtrack. (I still listen to the soundtrack these days) So there's nothing wrong with doing the same approach. There's actually a huge amount of territory to tell an interesting story in that type of setting. But they have to do it. We'll see. The LN series has a huge fan base and is supposed to be decent, but you never know with these things.
Rinne no Lagrange was a split course show, so it's not a "sequel" it's more they actually wanted to make money on the show, haha.
Posted by: sqa at June 19, 2012 05:39 AM (/vL6w)
In the sense of "set complement"? But that would leave no room for a third season.
Posted by: cuc at June 19, 2012 06:44 AM (QQaEV)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at June 19, 2012 10:00 AM (5OBKC)
The way I hear it, Fafner suffered from a *baaaad* case of Designated Hero, Designated Villain. . . that the writer transparently tried to "fix" halfway through the show.
Whatever its flaws, Eva didn't shy away from its own Grey and Grey Morality.
Posted by: metaphysician at June 19, 2012 10:19 AM (3GCAl)
Sword Arts Online is by the writer of Accel World, which is getting good reviews. The trapped in the MMORPG storyline has already been resolved in the light novels, so it might be done in the anime without padding.
Posted by: muon at June 19, 2012 03:29 PM (JXm2R)
Its draw, once you get past the handwavium of the trap, is just how realistic the people react to being trapped in the game. Some honorable, some evil, some suicidal, some afraid, some brave. No harem as such, hero has a grip, but might be a bit angsty (depends on how they play it), and a strong female lead.
Posted by: ubu at June 20, 2012 08:14 AM (GfCSm)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 20, 2012 12:09 PM (+rSRq)
Further note: the original version was a web novel, but due to popularity, it got a publisher. There's at least nine volumes now; though some are side stories. Plenty of material if they want to run multiple seasons.
Posted by: ubu at June 20, 2012 12:33 PM (GfCSm)
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