Spring Preview Part 2 of 2.

Hitsugi no Chaika

Date: April 10th

Studio: Bones (Noragami)

Genre: Action/ Adventure

MAL / PV

Episodes: 12

Staff: Masui, SoichiMajima, JunjiAnzai, Chika

 

Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru’s adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru’s source of income.

Hmm girl and her coffin gun, even has magic too. Seems a little silly to me, but the story makes me think of the plot of Samurai Champloo with the group of travelers. After taking a moment to look into the director I see that he was behide the storyboards of Samurai Champloo, which is surprising. Don’t have any big hopes for the series, crew doesn’t have that much experience in main roles but I don’t see it as a big problem since Chaika doesn’t look like she’s going to be talking much.

Expectation Level: 5/10

Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun

Date: April 10th

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Action, Mecha

MAL / PV

Episodes: TBA

 

In the late Edo period, Japan had experienced an unprecedented crisis by Kurofune (Black Ships), the ships from foreign countries. But a giant robot called Onigami, which has existed since ancient time, dispelled the Kurofune ships and the exclusion of foreigners was accomplished. The story begins in Japan where Meiji restoration in 1868 didn’t happen. 

Any show that has a tagline that is “I can be the greatest man in the world, because I am a virgin!” is a show worth checking out. Secret harem in the making and should be a good little hearted mecha. Glad we have two mecha series that will balance out the dark side we’ll be getting with the other mechas in the spring.

Expectation Level: 7/10

Escha & Logy no Atelier

Date: April 10th

Studio: Studio Gokumi

Genre: Fantasy

MAL / PV

Episodes: TBA

Staff: Iwasaki, Yoshiaki

 

This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the “Land of Dusk,” there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy. There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the “Dusk End,” the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as “Central,” where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. 
One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl’s name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man’s name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.

I am not interested in the plot so this show will get the standard get me hooked in three episodes or dropped. Director is from love hina so I’m a little surprised that the comedy or romance genre not tagged to the series yet.

Expectation Level: 2/10

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?

Date: April 10th

Studio: White Fox

Genre: Comedy/ Slice of Life

MAL/ PV

Episodes: TBA

Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.

Comedy slice of life about Rabbits? Could be an interesting slice of life from White Fox. Guessing most people will not check this out so that draws me to it. I hope that it is better than Soniani.

Expectation Level: 4/10

Ping Pong: The Animation

Date: April 11th

Studio: Aniplex

Genre: Sports

MAL

Episodes: 11

 

Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They’re both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile’s personality always enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

Out of all the sport series that start this spring, I’m least excited about Ping pong. Mostly because of the animation style they have chosen to use. It is different but I know I’m going to get tired of watching it.

Expectation Level: 4/10

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

Date: April 11th

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

MAL / PV

Episodes:11

Staff: Kamei, KantaHanazawa, KanaOno, Yuuki

The story centers around the treasure of Nanana, a ghost who was once a beautiful but NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) girl. 
A boy named Juugo was disowned by his father and forced to transfer to a high school on the “Special Student Zone,” an artificial island. With only 40,000 yen a month to live on, Juugo chooses a low-rent apartment that happens to be haunted by Nanana. Juugo and members of the school’s adventure club join a “treasure hunt royale” on the island for the Nanana Collection, a treasure that possesses a mysterious power.

Story seems good to me, different but not confusing to follow. Main reason I’m going to watch the series is because of the cast. Two of my favorite actors (Ono, Yuuki & Hanazawa, Kana) is a huge plus for me.

Expectation Level: 8/10

Date A Live 2

Date: April 12th

Studio: AIC Plus

Genre: Comedy, Mecha, Romance

MAL / PV

Episodes: 10

Second Season of Date A Live.

Date A live was one of those shows that I watched the first two episodes then put it on hold. Mostly because it was so far out there, I’ll have to finish the first season before I can fairly look at the second season.

Expectation Level: 0/10 (Not watching)

Sidonia no Kishi

Date: April 11th

Studio: Polygon Pictures

Genre: Mecha, Action, Fantasy

MAL/ PV

Episodes: TBA

It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity!

Sidonia could be the dark mecha I’ve been waiting for these past few years. Story is a little weak and is too straightforward. I’ll be happy if it focuses on background and depth on one theme compared to Valvrave which was a mile long and an inch deep.

Expectation Level: 7/10

Mekaku City Actors

Date: April 13th

Studio: Shaft (Nisekoi)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

MAL/ PV

Episodes: 11

Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro’s PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years. For once, I am happy that Shaft is animating this series. They will bring an interesting twist to the story and make it more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. Plus Comedy/Romance is what I think of for shaft series.

Expectation Level: 5/10

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane

Date: April 22nd

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Mecha, Action

MAL / PV

Episodes: TBA

There is distorted, deep blackness everywhere. That place, in which blackness swallowed everything and took away everything, has become known as the Avidya Zone. Strange beings assume the very form of the despair and chaos of humanity. They are known by this name: Imashime.
An expedition surveys the Avidya Zone which consumes human spirits. So, in the intricate intersection between the present in impending crisis and the destiny of the past … can eight boys and girls, assembled to confront the Imashime, find the bright future that lies before the Avidya Zone?

Can’t wait for M3 to start! I am highly looking forward to this mecha over all the others. Junichi Sato and Mari Okada working together are gold in my eyes. Never know what twists are going to be in the story when Mari is in control of the script. May’n doing the opening song is a nice touch too.

Expectation Level: 10/10

Hanamonogatari

Date: May 31st

Studio: Shaft

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance

MAL

Episodes: 5

Sixth part in the Monogatari series line.

Haven’t seen most of the monogatari series so I won’t be watching this.

Expectation Level: 0/10 (Not Watching)

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