The new summer season gets going tomorrow and Thursday, with two new series: Umi Monogatari and Fight! Ippatsu Juuden-chan.
Just in time for the season, here is a weekly anime schedule. I use these to help me keep track of the shows. Some cast and staff highlights are included, and there are links to the Anime News Network page for each show, and to the official sites. Click image to see the schedule:
On Wednesday, the first series of the season is Umi Monogatari, a story of two mermaids who find a ring in the sea and come to the land to return it to its owner. The show is directed by the director of the ARIA series, and stars Asumi Kana (Yuno in Hidamari), Kotobuki Minako (Tsumugi in K-On), Horie Yui, Sawashiro Miyuki, and Toyosaki Aki (Yui in K-On).
On the same day, two new OVAs are released. There is an Utawarerumono OVA, with the same great cast as the original series but a new staff. And there is a Saint Seiya - The Lost Canvas OVA, featuring Hirano Aya.
Then on Thursday, the new ecchi comedy Fight! Ippatsu Juuden-chan begins, directed by the director of Mahoraba and starring Fukuhara Kaori, who was Tsukasa in Lucky Star.
On Friday, there are two more new OVAs: one called Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Hard Core, and the second and final Cobra the Animation - Time Drive OVA episode.
Last Saturday, we already saw NHK's 75-minute Miyazaki-esque eco-anime Kawa no Hikari, starring Orikasa Fumiko, Kaneda Tomoko, Yamadera Kouichi, and Hirano Aya.
The season gets started in earnest on Wednesday and Thursday of next week, with five more new shows. See the season preview for full details.
Happy summer anime season, everyone!