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Cutting Edge: New Anime Spring 2010

Not a full season preview, but a spotlight on some interesting-looking shows...

 We've had word on a couple of new anime titles starting this spring, including K-On! second season and Stan Lee/BONES' Heroman. I've also already talked about Arakawa Under the Bridge. But there's a LOT of other spring 2010 anime in the works!

While it's still a bit too early for me to put together a full season preview, but I thought it'd be a good time to spotlight a few other upcoming shows that you may be interested in.
 

    

Angel Beats

This mixed media project began with writer Jun Maeda, best known for his work at visual novel developer Key, and features character design by Key's Na-Ga, of Kanon, Air, and Clannad fame. Unlike those tales, which took place in the relatively real world, Angel Beats is set in the afterlife...where our hero goes to school. But afterlife school is kind of like purgatory: its students learn to give up whatever attachments they had from real life before moving on to heaven. Protagonist Otonashi is invited to join an organization that takes a stance against this setup (and god) by the determined-- and armed --Yuri.
Studio: P.A. Works
 

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Cromartie High director Hiroaki Sakurai is helming this shoujo rom-com, which revolves around the feministic student council president Misaki, who takes on a part-time job to help support her family. That job, however, is at a maid cafe-- the only place that manages to work with her school schedule. This is, of course, found out by the one guy at school who isn't afraid of Misaki, usually a passive observer who takes an atypically keen interest in Misaki-- much to her dismay. I'm a fan of the manga, so this is a title I'm really looking forward to.
Studio: J.C. Staff
 

Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup) Second Season

I've talked up the first season plenty-- not that it got you guys to buy enough copies of the DVD, since FUNi says they may not license the second season! --but Ookiku Furikabutte is the first sports anime I've ever really gotten into. It's got strong characterization, fantastic dynamics between different pairs of characters, and it also manages to make baseball really interesting. A second season of the show is definitely well-deserved. Now go buy the first season!
Studio: A-1 Pictures
 

Senkou no Night Raid

The next title in the Anime no Chikara project-- and hopefully one that turns out better than snoozefest So Ra No Wo To --is Senkou no Night Raid, a spy drama set in 1931 Shanghai. Directed by Jun Matsumoto (the director of Persona -Trinity Soul-, not the Jpop boy band member), this looks like it'll be a pretty cool action drama with a bit of a noir feel-- and plenty of explosions. Instant win? I hope so!
Studio: A-1 Pictures
 

Working!!

Based on a popular manga, Working!! revolves around a collection of high school-age staffers, primarily waiters as far as I can tell, who are all awesome and hilarious. That's about all there is to the story of this slice-of-life, but I love the trailer for it because of the one girl who talks about how she's not short. I'VE BEEN THERE TOO. Besides which, it has Jun "Lelouch" Fukuyama and Daisuke "Itsuki Koizumi" Ono starring, along with Kaleido Star and Sketchbook ~full color's~ helmer Yoshimasa Hiraike directing. (He also episode-directed some of ARIA, Excel Saga, and Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy. Rock!)
Studio: A-1 Pictures

And that's just a few of a list that's currently at least 25 titles long, and will probably be closer to 30 when the season itself starts! Interesting that several of the ones I picked (chosen by a rough guess as to what would interest y'all combined with how much info I could find on them) are A-1 Pictures. Looks like it'll be a big season for them; they'll also be busy with Fairy Tail and probably getting ready for Kuroshitsuji II.

So, what are you looking at watching? And don't feel like you have to pick one of the ones I mentioned-- check out Moon Phase for even more (if you can dig through a bit of Japanese text)!    
Krison Feb. 3, 2010 at 10:39 p.m.
Night Raid is the only thing interesting to me in that list.  So...there's one upcoming show to watch at least.  Haven't seen what else is coming out.  I have such a huge backlog to watch that I've started ignoring all but what I consider "must sees" when new seasons start.
Addfwynon Feb. 3, 2010 at 10:55 p.m.
Angel Beats:  Actually sounds like it may have some interest to me.  I hope the pacing isn't too mind-numbingly slow like Air and the others could be though.  I like the premise, and it may be worth a watch. 
 
Kaichou wa Maid-sama:  Never quite got the maid thing, so none of the very large subculture around maids in Japan appealed to me.  Even went to a maid kissa in Japan once, but found it kinda dull (Though the songs they sang were cavity-inducingly cute) and a bit pricy :P. 
 
Ookiku Furikabutte:  I like sports, but I absolutely hate baseball.  Probably not something I can get into. 
 
Senkou no Night Raid:  30s Shanghai is a setting I absolutely love (yes, I love a setting that specific) and really am interesting in the kinda dark noir thing it has going.  Probably the most inherently promising to me of this list, though I certainly have my eye on Angel Beats. 
 
Working!!:  Just looks so much like Ouran Host Club to me, it isn't even funny :P.  I like slice-of-life stories, and it looks to be pretty decent light-hearted entertainment that I may check out but not necessarily keep up with.
jlanzeron Feb. 3, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.
night raid looks down right awsome.  if the anime is anywhere close to what that poster looks like then i'm all for it.  good to see anime gettin gangsta outside of the yakuza
giaon Feb. 3, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.
@Addfwyn: Kaichou is less about maid "culture" per se and more about wacky misadventures, but with maid and other costumes thrown in whenever possible because the artist and the readers liked them. Which may still not be your bag, but just for the sake of clarity. Did I mention there's a delicious trap? 
 
Interesting on the comparison of Working!! to Ouran...Ouran has such a delicious anti-heroine; I don't expect Working!! to be half as clever, even if it does look like it has potential for just light, fluffy amusement. Then again when I think Ouran I still think mostly the manga, which is quite a bit more clever than the anime (which was also good, but much more fluffy).
constanzadellarosaon Feb. 4, 2010 at 4:23 a.m.
I read the Kaichou wa Maid-Sama manga (the first volumes) and it's very funny. It has a lot of irony towards the maid fetish.
 
Senkou no Night Raid looks very interesting and totally worth watching.
Agent_Loston Feb. 4, 2010 at 6:26 a.m.
I already know that I will watch Angel Beat & Kaichou wa Maid-sama!.
Sigueon Feb. 4, 2010 at 10:20 a.m.
Dear Japan, Sengoku Basara 2 please.
Dream moderator on Feb. 4, 2010 at 11:38 a.m.

Surprised there was no mention of Cat Shit One. American Bunnies against Viet Cong Cats in the Vietnam War with CG-animation.  
 
Still, Senkou no Night Raid's on my list of what I'll see this spring and I might see Working! since the premise is slice-of-life.
Zeouterlimitson Feb. 4, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.

Senkou no Night Raid 

 
sounds perfect.                   
John_Martoneon Feb. 4, 2010 at 2:45 p.m.
@Kris said:
" Night Raid is the only thing interesting to me in that list.  So...there's one upcoming show to watch at least.  Haven't seen what else is coming out.  I have such a huge backlog to watch that I've started ignoring all but what I consider "must sees" when new seasons start. "
Every season I say that, yet I end up trying to watch the first episode of everything. The funny part is that I do that, and somehow manage to miss the one series that I'd really have ended up loving. I was a late comer to Eden of the East, Maria+Holic, Pandora Hearts and a couple others I dug due to that.
Black_Roseon Feb. 4, 2010 at 5:12 p.m.
Because of my disappointment with this season and the little free time I have, I'm only going to watch a couple of shows next season, and none of these look very interesting. 
giaon Feb. 5, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.
@Dream: According to my sources, Cat Shit One is currently only scheduled for "early 2010"-- but nothing more specific has been announced, and as I recall they were having to try and build up more money for the project. I'd hate to make a big splash about it and then not have it happen-- though I've talked about the series before :) 
N15PCAon Feb. 8, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.

I might give Kaichou wa Maid-sama! a chance. 
 
The one my really hype for is Senkou no Night Raid.  That anime looks like it might be a winner.  I hope it turns out to be a Black Lagoon/009-1 set in the 1930's.    
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