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Bored with the Legend of the Legendary Heroes of legend? Can't stand the one joke stretched over several episodes that has become Seitokai Yakuindomo? Or maybe the orgasming catgirls of Asobi Ni Ikuyo! just aren't doing it for you? Well then, why the hell has no one even started a wiki entry for the second season of Sengoku Basara? Huh? What the fuck? I thought that at least one of you could enter the episode titles in the wiki entry of the MANLIEST SHOW THIS SEASON while pointing and laughing at me because I've been doing episode summaries and characters for shows that no one will remember or care about half a year from now. How many of you have glanced at Ladies X Butlers? Yeah, I thought so.
 
Back on topic...fear not! For there are some interesting shows to look forward to in the next season!
 
I know, there are probably going to be a good deal of blogs that have their own little seasonal previews around this site (and I personally fell on the job for the last few seasons, with a few exceptions, for the both of you who look at my blog). Now that the official list is taking shape as opposed to those briefly heart-shattering fake lists that portrayed a sequel to Baccano! (oh Brain's Base and Funimation, why don't you want my money?) among other things, we can start placing bets on which will become the sleeper hit and which overhyped series will fall short. And if you don't like that one, this is how the Spring '11 season is shaping up.
 
Anyways, let's get on with the my predictions/previews, summed up in a few sentences in no particular order... 
 
Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge: Another Shaft & Shinbo production and a sequel to a show based on a 4-panel gag strip about a budding young businessman who ends up living with a cast of odd characters under the bridge on the Arakawa river. Surprisingly funny and occasionally even heartwarming. Watch it.
 
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru ("Still, the Town Keeps Spinning"): Another Shaft & Shinbo show, can one season handle this much awesome? This one's about a girl who works in a cafe and dreams about being a detective. Strangely enough, most of the VAs in this show are pretty low-profile considering the people Shaft could have brought in. I might actually like this one.
 
Star Driver: Think Code Geass as done by Studio BONES, with robots piloted by high school-age kids and Jun Fukuyama returning to voice a leading character. This will either be on par with Macross or it will be the last gasp of a studio that couldn't move on from its former glory.

Iron Man: Here's what Madhouse promised us early on. Here's what we're getting now. The first of four planned Marvel franchise adaptations, I don't forsee good things, but hey, I'm willing to be surprised.
 
Panty and Stocking (and Father Garterbelt): Angels sent from heaven and like having sex with people transform their panties and stockings into pistols and swords (respectively) as they battle demons. Yes, the summary sounds atrocious, but it's not meant to be taken seriously. A lot of the people behind FLCL and Gurren Lagann are involved in this, so I will watch the fuck out of this show anyway.
 
Psychic Detective Yakumo: Bee Train adapts a series of novels about a guy who can see spirits. Don't really know much about this one.
 
Kuragehime: Girl travels to Tokyo to pursue a dream of being a mangaka, ends up living in a home with a handful of fujoshi (think: female otaku) and one cross-dressing dude. Doesn't sound like my kind of thing, but half the team behind Durarara!! and Baccano! are involved in the production, so I will give it the 3-episode test (and you should too).
 
Bakuman: Meta as fuck about a couple of high-schoolers trying to make it big in the manga industry. Granted, I haven't read the manga, but I hear this should be on your "to watch" list.
 
Letter Bee Reverse: Sequel to Letter Bee. I really should watch the first series some time. Don't know what the pistol in the preview pic is for...maybe the cute kid from the first series became "Darker And Edgier?"
 
Togainu no Chi: Something like a mix of Battle Royale, post-apocalyptic Tokyo and based off a yaoi-ish game. Sounds interesting, but not my style.
 
The World God Only Knows: A world in which dating sims = valid relationship advice. I've stopped following the manga, but it was more entertaining than I thought it would be at first. I might watch the show if I have spare time.
 
Otome Youkai Zakuro: Fox-eared demon-chicks and young human soldiers try to promote interracial understanding or some shit in an alternate Meiji-era Japan.
 
A Certain Magical Index Second Season: Guy with a special arm that can cancel out any special power and he has a girl from a church who likes biting him and has several volumes of information stored in her head and he has to protect her while enduring the loving advances of a tsundere who also can turn her body into a makeshift railgun and hopefully the scenes will not have a few seconds of fighting interspersed with several lines of dialogue before the next attack.
 
Super Robot Taisen OG--The Inspector: Based on the story behind the Super Robot Taisen OG2 game. Could be good for all you mecha fans out there.
 
Samurai Girls: On one hand, the animation looks interesting. On the other hand, everything else about it screams fanservice for the sake of fanservice. I think Gia did an article about it back when she roamed this site.
 
Everything else on that list: No, no, and fuck no. Everything else on that list is either a kids show I don't care about, a plot to sell toys, or guys trying/not trying to act out their crushes on "totally legal, we swear" little girls.
 

OVAs/Movies to look out for:

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (If you even sort of like action anime, watch this shit)
Red Line (Hardcore racing cartoon, trailer looked pretty cool)
Gundam 00 ~Awakening of the Trailblazer~ (ehhhhh...depends on if you liked Gundam 00) 
Queen's Blade--Utsukushiki Tōshi-tachi (LOL, tits)
 
Well folks, post your comments if there's anything I've missed or anything you are also looking forward to.
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From ANN (link):

The official Twitter account of the editorial staff at Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine has confirmed on Saturday that a "new Kämpfer project launch" was announced at the TBS  Anime Festa event in Tokyo earlier in the day. According to the editorial staff, a formal announcement will also be made for this and other projects on their respective official websites and in Monthly Comic Alive itself.


It's not known if this "new project" will be a Season 2, a spinoff, or something else. However, if there is a season two to the anime, I look forward to more hilarious antics of Natsuru pointedly not acknowledging being hit with a sack of tits in the face as he goes after the one girl who will never acknowledge him until he turns himself into a girl.
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Haven't done one of these blog things in awhile, so it figures that I waste this post just to say the following note I found whilst going to watch new episodes of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou and Durarara!! on Crunchyroll.

So...why would this show be on CR? Was there not enough animated side-boob in their current lineup?
 
Sorry, don't have much else to say here, I thought this show could just stay buried but it won't. I'll come up with something better to blog about next time.
 

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 After making a bit of an asshole of myself in the forums again, I've decided to try fostering some of that discussion I keep bitching about, this time on a random show-to-be.

As some of you might know, spring season anime are slowly being leaked. I know it's a bit early for those of you still digging yourselves out from the cruel snow-mageddon for thoughts of birds, bees, flowers and allergies, but the wheel of fate keeps on turning, the panties keep on flashing, and the animators of a tiny nation keep on producing weird cartoons. Weird for different reasons, yes, but still...

Oops, getting too far off track. Anyways, I feel like talking about a little preview of a show I've stumbled across on this spring preview chart put out by chartfag recently. The show is called Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou, a show based off a manga which itself was based off a novel I will probably never read unless someone does the grunt work of translating it or I learn more than a few phrases of Japanese.

Based on what little I've seen of the manga, it looks interesting, but not quite new and radical. The story premise is thus: an orphan boy named Sai Akuto (or Akuto Sai? Can't remember which came first), raised by the church, is on his way to a slightly high-tech Hogwarts school called Constantin Magical Academy. He even meets a nice girl on the train who will become a giant tomboyish love interest later. However, when brought before the Sorting Hat...err, large crow who gives out career aptitude tests on his first day, the crow declares that he is destined to become the Maou, a.k.a. the "Demon King."

 
 Of course, that doesn't look evil at all...
 Of course, that doesn't look evil at all...

As you might guess, this kind of scares the crap out of Sai, because he was raised in a Church and planned to become a great priest and help people, whereas this Maou character was infamous for destroying a good chunk of the world before he was finally brought down. So for the rest of the story (at least what I've read), Sai is essentially running around and trying to prove to anyone he can that he's not going to become this incredibly evil guy in the future. As you might guess, most of his attempts only end up digging that hole deeper.
 
Along the way, this Sai kid builds up something of a posse (I'm tempted to say "harem" but I'm not ready to call it one yet. Chances are I will end up doing it anyway soon). There's the aforementioned violent girl with the magical wooden sword. There's a red-haired girl named Kena with the ability to turn things invisible and has a real interest in everything about rice (seriously). There's a private detective girl who happens to be a robot (don't ask me how this is possible), a little boy who only seems to be there because Sai saved him from bullies, a witch with a talking hat, and a large-breasted popular girl who just might be the one to steer Sai towards becoming the Maou for her own goals (possibly involving her brother's head in a jar...ick).
 
 The future harem of evil. Act now, and you get one free servant boy with purchase!
 The future harem of evil. Act now, and you get one free servant boy with purchase!

Based on what I've seen from the preview, and the fact that the manga appears in Champion Red magazine, I can predict that there will be a lot more overt fanservice than you might expect from this show (what am I saying? Of course I expect it!). Clothes will get ripped, tentacle monsters will be accidentally (or intentionally?) summoned, and things will have a way of working themselves out as Sai tries to find some way, any way he can to escape from his fate as the next Demon King. It seems like Zero no Tsukaima in reverse, and that's why I'm kind of interested in it.

So tell me, those of you reading this: what are the odds this will become just another forgettable fantasy anime? Does it already sound like a clone of another show, and if so, which one(s)? And how much fanservice do you think they will roll out within the first episode? My money's on "every three minutes."

Also, for those who might have missed it, a preview trailer of the anime was released quite recently:
 
 
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If you've seen this already, then watch it again. If you have not, then here's the scoop:
 
An independently-produced anime short called Fumiko's Confession, clocking in at under 2 minutes 30 seconds, has been making the rounds across YouTube and similar sites. It's basically about the misfortune that follows a young girl named Fumiko after the boy she likes turns her down to focus on baseball. Though the story is very simple, the animation is simply fantastic and even humorous at times. Don't take my word for it, just watch it for yourself.
 
 
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