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.
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
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
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
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
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)!