Spring 2011 Anime Lineup

Spring 2011 Anime

It’s high time to do the seasonal anime lineup preview thing, as Spring is approaching quite fast. Like every time, it’s divided into three categories based on my interest in that anime: anime I’m definitely going to watch, anime I will check out(and end up watching ^^’), and anime I might check out.

Anime I’m definitely going to watch

Hidan no Aria

Based on light novel.

Tokyo Butei High school— It was a special school where armed detectives, also known as “Butei” are being brought up. Touyama Kinji is a sophomore student who has the unique body which activates a “super mode” when it was stimulated by “something”. He tries to hide it to others in order to live a peaceful life. But trouble came to find him when he became a victim of a bombing incident, where he met the Butei high “Assault” department elite, Aria H. Kanzaki.

Animation: J.C.Staff
Director: Watanabe Takashi (Slayers, Shakugan no Shana, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Freezing)
Writer: Shirane Hideki (Hayate no Gotoku!!, Yumekui Merry)
Seiyuu: Kugimiya Rie, Majima Junji, Ise Mariya, Takahashi Mikako, Nakahara Mai, Eguchi Takuya, Hotogi Shirayuki, Ishihara Kaori
Music: OP sung by May’n

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

Based on visual novel.

The story of Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara and is about a group of friends who have managed to customize their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.

Animation: White Fox
Director: Satou Takuya (Mayoi Neko Overrun, Seitokai no Ichizon, Ichigo Mashimaro), Hamasaki Hiroshi (Texhnolyze, Shigurui)
Writer: Hanada Jukki (Seitokai no Ichizon, Sola, H2O:Footprints in the Sand, Rozen Maiden, Special A)
Seiyuu: Miyano Mamoru, Hanazawa Kana, Imai Asami, Momoi Halko, Seki Tomokazu, Gotou Saori, Kobayashi Yuu
Music: Abo Takeshi (Monochrome Factor), OP by Itou Kanako, ED by Sakakibara Yui

Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

Based on visual novel.

Haneda Takashi has a secret he cannot speak of. To leave his dull school-life, he was supposed to have escaped to another world. However, he is reeled in by certain ties on his heart. One of these is Kobato, his awkward younger sister. The other is Watarai Asuka, his negligent girlfriend.
Chitose Syusuke is a poor freeloader. He passes his days working at various part-time jobs. One day, he has a disastrous first encounter with Tamaizumi Hiyoko. The next time they meet, Syusuke discovers that they are fellow employees at his part-time job.
Narita Hayato sees himself as a “hard-boiled” person. Back-breaking jobs are nothing to him. Hayato shuns normal human contact, but, during the nights, he would get together with delinquents and other denizens of the night. One such night, he meets the cheerful and oblivious Otori Naru.

Animation: Nomad
Director: Ushiro Shinji (Shukufuku no Campanella, Omamori Himari, D.C.if: Da Capo if)
Writer: Kouno Takamitsu (Lamune, Ayakashi, Kyou no Go no Ni 2008)
Seiyuu: Gotou Yuuko, Shimono Hiro, Matayoshi Ai, Ono Ryouko, Yoshida Mayumi, Sugita Tomokazu, Takahashi Chiaki
Music:

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 2

Based on manga.

Following the events of the first series Keima has managed to capture the hearts of four girls and thus the spirits which hid in their hearts. But the way to escape the real world is still long and his quest has only just begun. Suddenly a beautiful girl chasing a spirit appears before him. She is Haqua, Elsea’s friend and an outstanding student back in hell, who was promoted to the rank of a district chief. However, it seems that she is hiding something. And once again Keima has to become a god.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first season, but recently I’ve picked up the manga and it’s really good. And the following events are much better than what was in the first season.

Animation: Manglobe
Director: Takayanagi Shigehito (Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 1st season, Kanamemo)
Writer: Kurata Hideyuki (Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 1st season, Dragon Crisis, Ore no Imouto, Kannagi, Bamboo Blade)
Seiyuu: Shimono Hiro, Itou Kanae, Hayami Saori, Koshimizu Ami, Asumi Kana, Toyosaki Aki
Music: Matsuo Hayato (Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 1st season, Mahou Kishi Rayearth)

Maria+Holic: Alive

Maria Holic Alive

Based on manga.

Following after the first season. The story takes place at an all-girls school, where the main heroine, who likes girls and hates boys, has transferred to. However, she has gotten herself involved with a sadistic boy who attends the school disguised as a girl.

Animation: Shaft
Director: Shinbou Akiyuki (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Maria Holic, Bakemonogatari), Tokoro Tomokazu (Haibane Renmei)
Writer: Yokotani Masahiro (Maria Holic, Beelzebub)
Seiyuu: Kobayashi Yuu, Sanada Asami, Inoue Marina, Gotou Saori, Sugita Tomokazu, Shintani Ryouko, Kanda Akemi, Hirano Aya, Sawashiro Miyuki
Music:

I will check out (and probably end up watching)

Nichijou TV

Nichijou

Set at a strange school where you might see many unbelievable events. But still, even normal stories take place there.

Animation: Kyoto Animation
Director: Ishihara Tatsuya (Air, Suzumiya Haruhi, Clannad)
Writer: Hanada Jukki (Rozen Maiden, Seitokai no Ichizon, Sola)
Seiyuu: Honda Mariko, Togashi Misuzu, Horikawa Chika, Konno Hiromi, Choo, Mizuhashi Kaoru, Naka Hiroshi
Music:

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Based on light novel.

The story revolves around a highschool boy named Niwa Makoto. He lives with his aunt’s family since his parents are away on business. It is there where he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Touwa Erio — who happens to tie a futon mattress around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien. Her staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn’t remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.

Animation: Shaft
Director: Shinbou Akiyuki (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Maria Holic, Bakemonogatari)
Writer:
Seiyuu: Irino Miyu, Oogame Asuka, Fuchigami Mai, Katou Emiri, Nonaka Ai
Music: Starchild Records

Astarotte no Omocha!

Astarotte no Omocha!

Based on manga Lotte no Omocha!.

While job hunting, Naoya is taken by a mysterious girl to a magical land where he is installed in the harem of the succubus Queen Lotte. Thanks to trauma from her childhood, Lotte hates men and surrounds herself with lots of other women, who all have quirks of their own. In spite of her selfishness, when Naoya learns that Lotte is really quite lonely he agrees to stay in her world.

Animation: Diomedea
Director: Oizaki Fumitoshi (Ontama, Romeo x Juliet)
Writer: Akao Deko (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Asura Cryin 2)
Seiyuu: Kugimiya Rie, Tamura Yukari, Horie Yui, Satou Rina, Nabatame Hitomi
Music:

Hana-Saku Iroha

Hanasaku Iroha

Original project.

The story revolves around 16 year-old Matsumae Ohana, who begins working at a hot spring inn. Like most girls her age, she hopes and dreams of the future.

Animation: P.A. Works
Director: Andou Masahiro (Canaan)
Writer: Okada Mari (Gosick, Fractale, Hourou Musuko, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Canaan, True Tears)
Seiyuu: Itou Kanae, Toyosaki Aki, Tomatsu Haruka, Omigawa Chiaki, Suwabe Junichi, Honda Takako, Noto Mamiko
Music: Hamaguchi Shirou (Kiddy Grade, Ookiku Furikabutte, One Piece)

A Channel

A Channel

Based on 4koma manga

The story revolves around the everyday life of four high school girls: the flighty Run, the reckless Tooru, the timid Yuuko, and the level-headed Nagi.

Animation: Studio Gokumi
Director: Ono Manabu (Saki, Mayoi Neko Overrun)
Writer: Urahata Tatsuhiko (Cardcaptor Sakura, Strawberry Pani, Saki)
Seiyuu: Yuuki Aoi, Kotobuki Minako, Fukuhara Kaori, Uchiyama Yumi, Sawashiro Miyuki, Ono Daisuke, Chihara Minori
Music: Kousaki Satoru (Ore no Imouto, Hourou Musuko, Bakemonogatari, Kannagi, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu/Shoushitsu, Lucky Star)

I might check out

DOG DAYS

DOG DAYS

Princess Millhiore of the Biscotti Republic decides to summon a brave warrior from an alternate world to defend her country from the neighboring fiefdom of Garrett. The “brave warrior” turns out to be a boy named Sink.

Animation: Seven Arcs
Director: Kusakawa Keizou (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, Mayoi Neko Overrun)
Writer:
Seiyuu: Horie Yui, Miyano Mamoru, Mizuki Nana, Taketatsu Ayana, Koshimizu Ami, Asumi Kana, Hikasa Youko
Music:

Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Exorcist

Based on manga.

This world consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible.

Animation: A-1 Pictures
Director: Okamura Tensai (Wolf’s Rain)
Writer: Yamaguchi Ryouta (Digimon Savers)
Seiyuu: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Fukuyama Jun, Kitamura Eri, Satou Rina, Kamiya Hiroshi, Hanazawa Kana, Kaji Yuuki, Nakai Kazuya
Music: Sawano Hiroyuki (Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro na)

Hen Zemi

Hen Zemi

Based on manga.

Matsutaka Nanako is a normal university student, who happened to enroll in Abnormal Physiology Seminar. She tries to keep her mental state sound, but other abnormal classmates start to influence her personality…

Animation: Xebec
Director: Kato Takao (Pandora Hearts, OverDrive, Busou Renkin)
Writer:
Seiyuu: Hanazawa Kana, Shintani Ryouko, Mori Norihisa, Ishida Akira, Shiraishi Minoru
Music: Yokoyama Masaru (Freezing, Arakawa Under the Bridge)

That’s it! But there’s always the possibility that I’ll check out something else too if it has a good reception and it is in my field of interest. I’m also going to watch Kampfer fur die Liebe, but it’s supposed to be only two new episodes so I think it’s more of two special episodes than a new season. Also Moshidora, but I’ve covered that one in the Winter Lineup as it airs in March and that should still count as the Winter season. There are also some OVAs I’m interested in coming out soon, namely Amagami SS, Nichijou, xxxHolic, Highschool of the Dead, Seitokai Yakuindomo, and another episode of Koe de Oshigoto and BakaTest Matsuri.