Spring Season 2015

Spring Season is beginning, so join me in looking at the people behind all the new shows. No more must we suffer overly condensed snap shots of show pages, updated weekly in a never ending cycle of useless information! No longer will you have to rely on weak genre tags and cover pictures to decide quality!

Shout out to Lupin III, Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2, Nisekoi 2, and Gintama’ for returning series.

Maybe there is someone out there hyped for Duel Masters 11th season so… good for you!?


Hype Train


Kekkai Sensen

MAL

“New York is in a dimention bubble, humans and demons live together, and someone wants that to stop. *Stylish super humans* fight to protect New York from destruction.”

Director Rie Matsumoto made Kyousou Giga

Art Director Shinji Kimura from Tekkon Kinkreet

and Ao no Exorcist Movie.

Animation Director Tekashi Hashimoto. See his 2 MAD’s

Adapting Yasuhiro Nightow’s story (Trigun, Gungrave)

Matsumoto will bring us charasmatic and fluid characters, fighting in glorious detail and causing massive destruction with Hashimoto’s art, back dropped by Kimura’s deep and layered scenery. Nightow has shown some real talent in following a tortured Hero’s Journey. I expect this to be the most interesting of the season.


Ore Monogatari!!

MAL

A romantic comedy with a unique MC. Expect this to be a powerful ride!

Directed by Morio Asaka, the Boss of SoL anime.

Director of Cardcaptor Sakura, Chihayafuru, Chobits, Gunslinger Girl, Nana

Series composer Natsuko Takahashi handled Yuyushiki, Lady Jewelpet, and Tokyo Magnitude

Adapting Kazune Kawahara’s first animation (Tomodachi no Hanashi, Koukou Debut both highly regarded manga series)

Asaka has made a career out of well developed female characters, and it will be interesting to see a romance triangle handled with the girl being an actual person. It looks like it will be quite comedic, but knowing the heart wrenching story of his other works, I’m expecting some Feels.


Arslan Senki

MAL

Arslan’s destiny is to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom.

Directed by Noriyuki Abe

Director of Great Teacher Onizuka, Flame of Recca, Yu Yu Hakusho

Series composition and script Makoto Ueza

Katanagatari, School Days, Danganropa, D-Frag, Akame ga Kill, YuYuYu, Is This a Zombie?


Hype Caboose

These series sit just behind the most interesting series coming out.


Ninja Slayer

MAL

A man seeks revenge against some ninja. That is about it.

Director Akira Amemiya

He made the fantastic, bombastic, low budget thrill ride. Inferno Cop

He is also a dynamic animator:

Trigger Studio… Don’t lose your way?

Dude decides to straight gank some ninja. Amemiya was a lot of the comedic backbone of TTGL, grounding the series more “over the top” comedy throw outs. Trigger is still in it’s infancy, so hopefully budget and time won’t be a huge issue. Expect a satirical, epic pose, ninja joke filled version of Kill la Kill.


Hibike! Euphonium

MAL

A girl joins a Jazz band, meets an old friend as well as new ones. Tea, Music, and Moe begin.

Director Tatsuya Ishihara

One of the *big three* guys at KyoAni. Directed Clannad, Haruhi Suzumiya (series/movie), K-On!, Chuunibyou, and Nichijou among others.

Series composer and script writer Jukki Hanada: Steins;Gate, Yozakura Quartet, many of Ishihara’s works.

These girls play to our hearts and eat cake with tea…wait k-on!?

Yeah, expect a K-on! with band and jazz music. With Hanada on board, I’d expect some heavy drama and conflict later in the series.


Owari no Seraph

MAL

A mysterious virus appeared on Earth which killed every infected human over the age of 13. Now one kid must… fight vampires… to save… people.

Director Daisuke Tokudo first big outting

He worked on a few episodes in Attack on Titan, Tokyo Magnitude, and Guilty Crown

Script writer Hiroshi Seko handled most of Attack on Titan, and parts of Zankyou no Terror.

Adapted from Takaya Kagami’s work. Dark Rabbit and Legend of Legendary Heroes are his other animated series.

Dude in school decides to straight gank some vampire. With Attack on Titan’s extreme use of the extreme, I worry that this might be too over the top.

Action and Fun to be had


Punchline

MAL

Yuuta Iridatsu spirit has been separated from his body. Monogatari without the meta dialog I’d imagine.

Directed by Yutaka Uemura

Second outing as Director, but his previous work has some all star cast

His last work featured Episode Directors and Animators like Yuasa (Everything), Tachikawa (Death Parade), Imaishi (FLCL, TTGL, Trigger Studio), Kobayashi (Beck)

Studio behind Garo, Shingeki no Bahamut, Zankyou no Terror, and Tekyuu

Let the sexy times begin! Based on the studio and previous work, the series may rely on fan service but I expect the story to be quite engaging. Along with Uemura making his first big splash on the scene, this show will probably be a celebration of his imagination. I expect a somewhat surreal journey through fan service town, with characters that have a lot of heart.


Triage X

MAL

Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most well-trained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. Yuuuuuup.

Director Takao Kato
Directed Blue Seed, Upotte!! and To LOVE-Ru

Series composer Katsuhiko Takayama of Mirai Nikki, ef: Tale of Memories, and Aldnoah.Zero

Adapted from Shouji Satou’s work. (High school of the Dead)

A loud, fast paced adventure featuring physics and plot.

Physics

Plot


Senior Studies


Sarusuberi

MAL

The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. A story about an Artist and his daughter. Not a lot to say without breaking down the whole story, but it’s a character piece and it will be fantastic.

Directed by Keiichi Hara


The man who directed Colorful, and Crayon Shin-chan.

If you are not already marking this on your calendar, you are no true anime fan. There is not much more to say. Colorful is one of the best films in recent history. Crayon Shin-chan is the launching point of basically every major name in anime of the last 15 years. This will be epic.

Please note that Sarusuberi probably wont actually be available to watch until Fall or later, as smaller movie subs tend to go.


Tamayura

MAL

This is actually a multi-movie finale to Tamayura the original series. Sato is just such a boss, that you should go watch the whole series anyways.

Directed by the incomparable Junichi Sato


Director of such amazing works as Princess Tutu, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, Umi Monogatari, Kaleido Star, and Aria.


Sophomore Sophistication


Ame-Iro Cocoa

MAL

Aoi’s life gets a lot more hectic, but fun, with a bunch of smexy guys to oogle.

Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki


Worked on Astro Boy 2003, Ranma 1/2. Directed the abysmal Pupa (not his fault), the really great House of Five Leaves

At 2 min per episode, hard to see how this will turn out.


Kyoukai no Rinne

MAL

As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma’s home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone!

Directed by Seiki Sugawara


Director of D-Frag, a surprise comedy hit last year.Also worked on Kids on the Slope and Yozakura Quartet

Rumiko Takahashi is the creator (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2)


Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku

MAL

Girl joins school club, forced to enter battles with other club reps.

Directed by Tarou Iwasaki

Directed the fuzzy warmth of Isshuukan Friends


Girls and Dungeons

MAL

Dungeons and Boobies, the Anime

Directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa

Director for Little Busters, LB:EX, LB: Refrain, Hells.

This is my own made up title, because screw names this long.


Plastic Memories

MAL

Tsukasa’s position is in the Terminal Service Department where their main job is to recover Giftias that are close to their expiration—it is a graveyard department in every sense. To make matters worse, Tsukasa is ordered to work with Isla, a female Giftia who was never given any responsibility other than serving tea to her co-workers.

Directed by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara


Director of GJ-bu, Engaged to the Unidentified

Script writer Hayashi Naotaka who wrote Steins;Gate and Robotic;Notes series.


Re-Kan!

MAL

The story centers around Hibiki Amami, a girl who can see ghosts and other supernatural phenomena in her surroundings. The story follows her daily life with both her friends and the otherworldly.

Directed by Masashi Kudou

Worked on the Combat Butler series, and Directed the last few installments. Animation Director for Bleach, Planetes, Sabagebu!

Slightly less interesting than Kyoukai no Rinne this season, I think.


Freshman Frosh


The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

MAL

Follow the silent, and un-interesting Nagato, as she competes for relevance as a MC in Haruhi’s world.

Directed by Junichi Wada
Worked on Gosick

Yes it’s Haruhi’s world, but it’s in the boring one. Not holding my breath.


Yamada-kun and the 7 Witches

MAL

Guy body swaps with hot chicks through kissing… Yup

Directed by Seiki Takuno

First time director, but features the script writer Michiko Yokote
Script writer for Genshiken, Mononoke, Tari Tari, Cowboy Bebop, and a lot more.


Houkago no Pleiades

MAL

The story centers around an afterschool club of magical girls who help recover fragments so that an alien from Pleiades can return home.

Directed by Shouji Saeki

Episode Director and Animation for FLCL and TTGL various episodes. Directed Madoka Box and did a 4 OVA Houkago no Pleiades series already that is pretty easy to find.

Looks uber-boring, but I was never a big proponent of the magic girl shows… so tastes may differ.


Denpa Kyoushi

MAL

After graduating college, he became a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) absorbed in his anime blog. Unable to watch Kagami throw away his life, his sister Suzune gets him to work at the Ichō Academy she attends. The head of the school’s board, Koyomi Hiiragi, assigns Kagami to his new life as a teacher.

Director Masato Satou on his first big run.

Long time Episode Director for Detective Connan.


Shokugeki no Souma

MAL

Souma wants to cook with her father, but he moves to Europe. Souma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?

Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani

A few of you might know him from Betterman, an interesting depressive/crazy show from the late 90’s.
Worked on episodes in The Big O, Planetes, Doremon, and the recent Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou


Show By Rock!

MAL

A bunch of animal referenced women, together they form the band named “Plasmagica,” and aim for the top of the world of music.

Director Ikezoe Takahiro

Second main series, but I do not know Ozma or Slap Up Party.

Machida Touko brings the Script and Composition (Lucky Star, Wake Up Girls, The iDOLM@STER, Chaika)


Gunslinger Stratos

MAL

Gen Urobuchi

Wrote the original scenario for the game.

This is going to be so bad, can’t wait!


That’s all folks! If I missed a series, it is because your taste in anime is shit. No really, I tried to get everything of note, but if there is a show I missed, feel free to mention it in the comments.

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