The long-awaited Dennou Coil begins next weekend. And later in the month, we have the first episode of a new science fiction OVA called ICE, as well as the first episode of a Sousei no Aquarion OVA. But the big event for me will be episode 4 of the Maria-sama ga Miteru III OVA series.
Denno Coil 電脳コイル -- This show has been highly anticipated for its animation, atmosphere, and for its intermingling of virtual and real worlds. In the 2020s, sixth-grader Yasuko and her family move to an ancient city that has been completely integrated with computer systems. She and her friends explore the city and discover its many secrets and dangers. Directed and written by Iso Mitsuo (key animation for NGE, GITS movie, FLCL). Starring Orikasa Fumiko, Paku Romi, Kuwashima Houko. Madhouse. Sat 12 May 18:30. official site more info
ICE -- By 2010, all men have died due to an environmental disaster. The women who remain either live careless or resigned lives, or else struggle to find a solution. One chance lies in a specimen of "ICE," over which factions clash. Directed by Kobayashi Makoto, production designer of Last Exile, Nishi no Yoko Majou, Gravion, Trinity Blood; and mecha designer for Final Fantasy Unlimited, Samurai 7 and Steamboy. Cast includes Minagawa Junko, Ikezawa Haruna, and 13-year-old newcomer Ono Erena. Music by Korean Il Won. 3ep OVA. Episode 1 released Fri 25 May. Episodes 2 and 3 in July, Sept. official site more info
Sousei no Aquarion: Uragiri no Tsubasa 創星のアクエリオン -裏切りの翼- -- Animation by Satelight. 2ep OVA. First episode released Fri 25 May. official site more info
Maria-sama ga Miteru 3 - ep4. マリア様がみてる Fourth episode of the excellent five-ep shoujo OVA about life in a Catholic girls' school. With Ueda Kana, Itou Miki, Noto Mamiko, Koshimizu Ami, Itou Shizuka, Kugimiya Rie, Ikezawa Haruna, etc. Released Wed 30 May. official site more info
If you haven't seen it, please take a look at the post about my spring favorites, including reviews of 35 new April anime. For some reason, that post did not show up on the otherwise wonderful AnimeNano blog aggregator site.
And don't forget the spring anime calendar, which lays out days and times of the TV broadcasts of almost all current shows, with highlights of staff and cast members.