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Summer's two months away and while it might be early to speculate on what titles would be worth watching, I thought I would take the time to show you what titles will be definite watches for me and what ones I might be tempted to see. So, here are my Definite Watches and "Maybe" Titles.

Definite Watches:
Spice and Wolf II
The first season of the series was one of the few titles I enjoyed seeing back in 2008, a lackluster year in anime viewing for me. The interactions between merchant Lawrence and wolf deity girl Horo made for some touching and amusing moments, especially as they deal with medieval economics and evade the Church's influence so Horo doesn't get spotted. I seen the OAV promoting this series just last week and look forward to seeing another season of Horo and Lawrence's adventures as they journey towards Horo's homeland.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
The premise to this title seems interesting enough: a middle school girl and her brother try getting back to their home following the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that strikes Tokyo. From what I hear, the animation studio for this series, Bones, will attempt to realistically portray the aftermath of an earthquake after doing research and interviews on the subject. And considering how well Bones has done with titles like RahXephon, Full Metal Alchemist, and Ouran High School Host Club, I definitely expect them to present a well-done title with Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

"Maybe" Titles:
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Made by the same company that created the visual novels of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, this visual novel anime adaptation is also gonna be a mystery-thriller series as a group of family members are left at an island mansion during a typhoon and each of them are being killed off one-by-one. While I did enjoy the Higurashi TV title adaptations, the premise for Umineko seems a bit iffy for me since I have heard of American movies having a similar premise as this series, though many of the plots in those titles were quite one-dimensional. While I am somewhat interested to see this, I plan to wait and see first reactions to this series in other blogs.

Taisho Yakyu Musume
The plot to this one seems interesting enough: a focus on high school girls in the 1920s forming their own baseball team when the sport starts to gain popularity in Japan. This could be something different for me to look into considering that both historical relevance and sports are the focus of this title. Still, my exposure to sports titles have been very limited since I've only seen Hajime no Ippo and Cross Game. While I did enjoy watching those titles, I went around online to get reactions to both of them before I watched them since I was reluctant to see them at first. For Taisho Yakyu Musume, my thoughts of waiting things out won't be any different.

Sora no Manimani
Romantic comedies haven't been my thing in a while since recent titles didn't have a good enough premise to hook me in. This one might be just the thing to reel me back into the genre with its focus on a school astronomy club caught in the mix of the hijinks with the potential coupling. Still, I'm reluctant to touch romantic comedies so this is another title I'll wait on.

Aoi Hana
I'll admit that I am a sap for tightly close-knit female friendships in anime titles since they are quite rich in depth. It was what got me to enjoy watching Revolutionary Girl Utena and Maria-sama ga Miteru. Aoi Hana's premise seems to follow in the footsteps of these two titles with two childhood female friends reuniting in high school and trying to reconnect despite the perils of life getting in the way. But after reading the first volume of the manga, I will admit my thoughts of Aoi Hana are a little mixed since it lacked the rich amount of character depth I seen from Maria-sama and Utena. So I'll be waiting on fan responses to this one as well.
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