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Summer 2009 Anime Season Preview
Whew! At long last, the summer season preview is here!
As usual, summer is big on comedies and other light-hearted fare, like GA Geijitsuka Art Design Class, Kanamemo, and Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou-- but that doesn't mean we have no darker shows. Keep an eye out for CANAAN, from Type-Moon (Fate/Stay Night), and Umineko no Naku Koro ni, from 07th Expansion (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni), as well as BONES' Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 if you want some drama.
We're also seeing relatively few sequels compared to past summers, I think; Hetalia 2nd season, Spice and Wolf II, and Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are the only ones, really. All in all it's shaping up to be a pretty strong summer.
So let's get going!
| Title: Aoi Hana |
Japanese Title: 青い花
Studio: J.C. Staff
Airs: Fuji TV, Thursdays at 2am, starting July 2nd.
Fumi and Akira, who were best friends ten years prior to the anime's beginning, reconnect in high school as very different students. The girls help each other get through the social vagaries of starting out in high school. I'm told there are at least touches of yuri in the show.
| Title: Bakemonogatari |
Japanese Title: 化物語
Airs: Tokyo MX TV, Fridays at 11pm, starting July 3rd
After surviving a vampire attack, Koyomi Araragi begins stumbling upon a wide variety of supernatural mysteries, starting with his nearly-weightless classmate Hitagi Senjougahara.
| Title: CANAAN |
Studio: P.A. Works
Airs: Tokyo MX TV, Saturdays at 10:30pm, starting July 4th
A group of Tokyoites are drawn togther by a series of strange events. These include, among other things, a detective, a writer, a virus researcher, and a catgirl.
| Title: Element Hunter |
Japanese Title: エレメントハンター
Studio: NHK Enterprises x Hiuon Entertainment
Airs: NHK, Saturdays at 6pm starting July 4th
Set in the year 2089, sixty years after the human population has declined to a tenth of its peak after a huge natural disaster, scientists discover that the planets resources are flowing to a “Nega Earth.” A team of young children (under 13) is formed to save the world and learn the Periodic table. Yeah, I know.
| Title: Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan |
Japanese Title: ファイト一発!充電ちゃん!!
Studio: Studio Hibari
Airs: AT-X, Thursdays at 8am, starting June 25th
Rather than bringing back another season of Code-E, Japan has selected a new electric-charged heroine to represent this summer. This time it's Juuden-chan, a visitor from another world sent to perk up downtrodden humans...presumably by zapping them with electricity? And nudity. Can't forget the nudity.
| Title: GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class |
Japanese Title: GA 芸術科アートデザインクラス
Airs: YTV, Tuesdays at 2:15am, starting July 7th
Five freshman girls start out in their high school art club. Hmm...sounds kinda familiar. Ahem, Sketchbook . The manga it's originally based on also featured a lot of art tips, so it'll be interesting to see if the anime follows suit.
| Title: Hetalia Axis Powers Second Season |
Japanese Title: ヘタリア Axis Powers 第2期
Studio: Studio Deen
Airs: Mobile Animate, Fridays at 4pm, starting July 24th
Oh, Hetalia: a strange little series of animated short based on a manga which pits personified countries against one another in a school setting-- and every single nation is a cute boy.
| Title: Kanamemo |
Japanese Title: かなめも
Airs: TV Tokyo, Mondays at 1:30am, starting July 6th
An orphan winds up working at a newspaper delivery office, where she also lives, surrounded by strong and beautiful women. Sounds like heaven to me...the PV here is actually an ad for the manga. (There isn't one for the anime yet, as far as I can tell.)
| Title: Kuruneko |
Japanese Title: くるねこ
Studio: Studio Dachs
Airs: Kansai TV, Sundays at 8:55am, starting July 5th
It's the crazy cat lady, anime-style! Actually, Kuruneko focuses on a main character with TWO obsessions: cats, and sake. Because nothing is more entertaining than alcoholics with obsessive-compulsive pet collecting disorders.
| Title: NEEDLESS |
Airs: Tokyo MX TV, Fridays at 1:30am, starting July 3rd
Set in Japan in the year 2130, NEEDLESS is the tale of the unnecessary: the world is split into the city, and the outside of the city. Those who live outside the city have developed unique abilities and powers, and are known as the “Needless.”
| || Title: Princess Lover! |
Japanese Title: プリンセスラバー！
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Airs: Chiba TV, Mondays at 12:30am, starting July 6th.
After his parents die, Teppei is due to inherit a shit-ton of money from his grandfather. In order to inherit, though , he has to graduate from a super-elite prep school full of super-elite hot chicks.
| Title: Sora no ManiMani |
Japanese Title: 宙のまにまに
Studio: Studio Comet
Airs: AT-X, Tuesdays at 10:30am, starting July 7th
Are you ready for some star-gazing? And probably some navel-gazing, too. Sora no Mani Mani tells the tale of a high school boy named Saku Ooyagi who, after seven years, returns to his hometown. He tries to be friends with his childhood pal Mihoshi, but their last encounter was disastrous and it's awkward. But Mihoshi also wants to restore their friendship, so she drags Saku into her astronomy club.
| Title: Spice and Wolf II |
Japanese Title: 狼と香辛料II
Studio: Brains Base
Airs: TV Kanagawa, Thursdays at 1:15am, starting July 9th
Probably the show I'm most excited about this season, Spice and Wolf is set in a medieval Europe-style fantasy world full of trade and barter-- and also full of gods, like Holo, the Wise Wolf goddess. Holo will continue her adventures with the wandering merchant Craft Lawrence.
| Title: Taishou Yakyuu Musume. |
Japanese Title: 大正野球娘。
Studio: J.C. Staff
Airs: TBS, Fridays at 2am, starting July 3rd
Is this Japan's answer to the film A League Of Their Own? Perhaps! Set in 1925, before women even got the right to vote in Japan, a pair of girls decide to form a girls' baseball team. But they don't know anything about the game...
| Title: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 |
Japanese Title: 東京マグニチュード8.0
Studio: BONES / Kinemashitorasu
Airs: Fuji TV, Thursdays at 12:45am, starting July 9th
A huge earthquake rattles Tokyo, and a pair of siblings on a trip to see a robot exhibit in Odaiba must try to get home. They're assisted on their journey by a motorcyclist, a woman named Mari.
| Title: Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Itekureta Koto~ |
Japanese Title: うみものがたり〜あなたがいてくれたコト〜
Airs: CBC, Thursdays at 1:30am, starting June 25th
Marin and Urin are magical girls who live in the ocean, but they, like Disney's Ariel, yearn to live above the water. One day they retrieve a ring and decide to leave the water to deliver it to its owner. When the girls of the sea meet a girl of the skies, a high school student named Kanon, trouble occurs...
| Title: Umineko no Naku Koro ni |
Japanese Title: うみねこのなく頃に
Studio: Studio Deen
Airs: Chiba TV, Thursdays at 1:30am, starting July 2nd
Set in 1986 on a secluded island called Rokkenjima, the head of the wealthy family that owns the island is nearing his own death. His family congregates on the island for an annual conference and to decide inheritances. Naturally, this develops into a murder mystery-- after a typhoon hits the island.
| Title: Weiß Survive |
Japanese Title: ヴァイス・サヴァイヴ
Studio: Studio Hibari
Airs: TBS, Saturdays at 1:25am, starting June 6th.
Young Takeshi and his female friend Michi play a card game called Weiß Schwarz. Astonishingly (don't these kids watch anime?!), they get sucked into an alternate world where they play the game not for fun, but to survive.
| Title: Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou |
Japanese Title: よくわかる現代魔法
Airs: BS11, Sundays at 12am, starting July 12th
You already know Koyomi Morishita, more or less: the clumsy high school first-year who people always think is a grade schooler because she's short and kind of ditzy. But in this case, Koyomi is a student at a magic school-- and she's the apprentice of one of the most powerful magicians in the world, Misa Anehara.
| Title: Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei |
Japanese Title: 懺・さよなら絶望先生
Airs: TV Kanagawa, Sundays at 12:30am, starting July 5th.
I'M IN DESPAIR! It's been so long since Zetsubou has been in Japanese TV. (Over a year!) The story, if you haven't already heard, revolves around a teacher whose name can be re-written to spell out “Despair” in kanji, and he's the greatest pessimist who ever lived. His class consists of a colorful assortment of people, including a violent OCD girl, a girl who converses only by harsh txt messages, and the greatest optimist who ever lived. It's good fun.
Whew-- and that's the end! Okay guys, I've done my incredibly lengthy job. Now here's yours: what shows interest you most?