And to multiple appearances by seiyuus Takagaki Ayahi, Hikasa Youko (Mio in K-On, Junko in Dai Maou), Itou Shizuka, Itou Kanae, Tomatsu Haruka, Sawashiro Miyuki, Hanazawa Kana, and Yahagi Sayuri.
As well as to significant roles for Hirano Aya, Yuuki Aoi, Hayami Saori, Namikawa Daisuke, and Fukuyama Jun.
Here are brief notes on a few shows of interest to me or to others. Following that are full descriptions of 38 shows scheduled to air this summer, including images and details of story, staff and cast, as well as links to preview trailers, online mangas, and AnimeSuki discussions.
Shiki – From a good horror novel, directed by veteran director Amino Tetsurou (Macross 7, Zeta Gundam), and starring voices like Ohkawa Tohru, Yuuki Aoi, and Tomatsu Haruka. noitaminA.
Nurarihyon no Mago – Director Nishimura Junji (Simoun, true tears) gets a good shounen manga to work from and top seiyuu to work with, including Fukuyama Jun, Hirano Aya, Nakata Jouji, Toriumi Kousuke, and Horie Yui.
Highschool of the Dead – The director of Death Note and the writer of Requiem for the Phantom do a zombie show starring Inoue Marina, Suwabe Junichi, Sawashiro Miyuki, and Miyano Mamoru.
Kure-nai OVA – One more episode of the highly satisfying drama starring Sawashiro Miyuki and Yuuki Aoi. With a new look that is closer to the original novel illustrations.
Amagami SS – The director/writer of Working! brings us a romantic drama reminiscent of KimiKiss, featuring the four-episode stories of six different heroines: Itou Shizuka, Satou Rina, Konno Hiromi, Yukana, Shintani Ryouko, and Nazuka Kaori.
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu OVA – A straight shoujo romance of the good girl-bad boy variety, starring Itou Kanae and Namikawa Daisuke.
Mirai Nikki OVA – An OVA based on the popular manga involving a killing game and cellphone diaries that tell the future.
Mitsudomoe – Mix Kodomo no Jikan with Kyou no Go no Ni, ramp up the humor, the violence, and the ecchi aspects; give the project to the director and the writer of Minami-ke; and bring in seiyuus Takagaki Ayahi and Tomatsu Haruka.
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail OVA series– Toyoguchi Megumi and Namikawa Daisuke return for a third series of the dark and exotic thriller.
Black Rock Shooter OVA – The long-awaited 50-minute OVA created by Yamamoto Yutaka’s Ordet studio around the violent moe of the GoodSmile Company’s best-selling figure "Black Rock Shooter."
Hen Zemi OVA – A one-episode OVA based on a manga about a seminar in abnormal sexual psychology.
Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu -- Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, Takagaki Ayahi, Sawashiro Miyuki, and other top names in a fantasy adventure directed by the director of Koukaku no Regis and Sengoku Basara.
Kuroshitsuji II – Sakurai Takahiro and Mizuki Nana take over as the new super butler and young master in the second season of this popular show.
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi – Looks like another solid school comedy from J.C Staff, about a wolf of a girl (Itou Shizuka) who, along with her little red sidekick (Itou Kanae), works to solve the school’s problems.
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – The Anime no Chikara series (Sora no Woto, Senkou no Night Raid) gives us what seems like an interesting tale of time travel and the occult, starring seiyuu like Hikasa Youko (Mio in K-On, Junko in Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou), Takagaki Ayahi, Hanazawa Kana, and Koyasu Takehito.
Seitokai Yakuindomo – Hikasa Youko and Yahagi Sayuri in the animation of a somewhat raunchy 4-panel comic about a school with a 20-1 ratio of girls to boys.
Asobi ni Iku yo! – A cat-eared alien, a put-upon boy, a childhood friend….what more do you need? How about Hanazawa Kana, Itou Kanae, Tomatsu Haruka, and an OP by Sphere?
Sekirei - Pure Engagement – Season two of the popular harem show featuring big-breasted women with super-powers. And starring Hayami Saori, Inoue Marina, Hanazawa Kana, and Endou Aya.
Strike Witches II – Season two of the extraordinarily popular show featuring moe girls wearing (or not wearing) pantsu, who fight aerial battles against a dangerous enemy, and have yuri feelings for each other.
Aki-Sora: Yume no Naka OVA – A two-episode OVA following the well-made one-episode OVA about love between an older sister and a younger brother, featuring fanservice that teeters over the edge of hentai.
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchuzuke wo Anata to Koibito Tsunagi OVA – The frankly erotic animation of the frankly erotic yuri visual novel and doujin. Made by the director of Strawberry Panic and the animator of both that and Ichigo Mashimaro.
Click anime names below to go to full descriptions:
● Aki-Sora: Yume no Naka ● Amagami SS ● Asobi ni Iku yo! ● Battle Spirits new series ● Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail ● Black Rock Shooter ● Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu ● Digimon Xros Wars ● Hen Zemi ● Highschool of the Dead ● Kure-nai OVA ● Kuroshitsuji 2 ● Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu ● Mahou Sensei Negima! - Another World ● Mirai Nikki OVA ● Mitsudomoe ● Nurarihyon no Mago ● Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi ● Osaka Hamlet ● Princess Lover OVA ● Queen's Blade -- Beautiful Fighters ● Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin ● Seitokai Yakuindomo ● Sekirei - Pure Engagement ● Sengoku Basara 2 ● Shiki ● Shin Koihime Musou OVA ● Shukufuku no Campanella ● Sono Hanabira ni Kuchuzuke wo Anata to Koibito Tsunagi ● Sora no Otoshimono OVA ● Stitch! ~Zutto Saikō no Tomodachi~ ● Strike Witches 2 ● Tales of Symphonia the Animation: Tethe'alla-hen ● ToHeart2 adnext OVA ● Tono to Issho ● Utawarerumono OVA 3 ● Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san ● Zettai Karen Children OVA
-- dates and times may change, and will be updated in my anime calendar, which should come out in a week`s time.
-- information from official sites, MoonPhase, AniDB, Anime News Network, Japanese Wikipedia, Who Subs What, et al.
-- generally, English titles link to the Anime News Network encyclopedia; Japanese titles link to official sites.
-- click images to enlarge.
Summer 2010 Anime (in chronological order):
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
OVA episode to be released with volume 9 of the manga, which is a shoujo romance of the "good girl and bad boy fall in love" variety.
Director Yamauchi Shigeyasu did various Dragonball movies, Xenosaga, and Casshern Sins. Nice cast includes Itou Kanae (perfect for the role), Namikawa Daisuke (ditto), Yahagi Sayuri (today's all-purpose classmate), Yuzuki Ryouka, and Ise Mariya.
Since I like the manga, I am looking forward to this. Here's hoping it is the harbinger of a full series.
seiyuus: Itou Kanae, Namikawa Daisuke, Yahagi Sayuri, Yuzuki Ryouka, Ise Mariya.
director: Yamauchi Shigeyasu (Dragonball films, Xenosaga, Casshern Sins)
animation: JC Staff.
wed 23 jun
Utawarerumono OVA 3
(jp: OVA うたわれるもの 第3巻)
moe fantasy drama
The third and final episode of an OVA based on the popular fantasy adventure game and anime series. All new staff and studio from the original TV series, and many fans were disappointed with the first two episodes. First-time director Katsura Kenichirou did character design on Comic Party Revolution and wrote some of DC Da Capo.
The outstanding cast is back, however, including Koyama Rikiya, Yuzuki Ryouka (Yuki-nee in Candy Boy), Sawashiro Miyuki, Ohara Sayaka, Nakahara Mai, Kugimiya Rie, and Tanaka Atsuko.
seiyuus: Koyama Rikiya, Yuzuki Ryouka, Sawashiro Miyuki, Ohara Sayaka, Nakahara Mai, Kugimiya Rie, Tanaka Atsuko, Watanabe Akeno.
director: Katsura Kenichirou
animation: Chaos Project/Aquaplus. chara-des: Katsura Kenichirou.
OP Suara, ED Uehara Rena.
OVA. 3/3eps. forum.
wed 23 jun
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
(jp: BLACK LAGOON Roberta's Blood Trail)
The same staff and cast return for a third Black Lagoon series: a five-episode OVA. Put-upon Japanese salary-man Rock (Namikawa Daisuke) continues to navigate the dangerous shoals of the moden-day pirate world inhabited by sadistic killer Revy (Toyoguchi Megumi). They return to the criminal chaos of the fictional pirate town of Roanapur, Thailand.
Preview broadcast 26 June. DVD release 17 July.
seiyuus: Hirata Hiroaki, Isobe Tsutomu, Toyoguchi Megumi, Namikawa Daisuke, Koyama Mami, Saitou Shirou, Ogawa Shinji, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Yukino Satsuki, Ikura Kazue.
director: Katabuchi Sunao
writer: Katabuchi Sunao.
animation: Madhouse. chara-des: Shino Masanori. animation supervisor: Shino Masanori.
trailer. subs: God Speed Otaku. OVA. 1/5eps. forum.
sat 26 jun 27:28
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
school comedy romance
Wolf (Ookami) by name and fierce by nature, Ookami Ryouko (Itou Shizuka) works with her partner, little red Akai Ringo (Itou Kanae), and the members of their club, to fix the school's problems.
With Irino Miyu, Horie Yui, Toyosaki Aki, Arai Satomi, Kawasumi Ayako, Kugimiya Rie, Yahagi Sayuri, Kaida Yuko, Fukui Yukari, and others.
Directed by Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Zero no Tsukaima, Sky Girls, Hayate2). Lead writer Itou Michiko is doing her first full show, having done scripts for Railgun and Letter Bee. Looks like another good J.C. Staff comedy.
seiyuus: Itou Kanae, Irino Miyu, Itou Shizuka, Horie Yui, Nojima Hirofumi, Toyosaki Aki, Kawasumi Ayako, Asanuma Shintarou, Kugimiya Rie, Yahagi Sayuri.
director: Iwasaki Yoshiaki (ZnT, Hayate2, Sky Girls)
writer: Itou Michiko (scripts for Letter Bee, Railgun). Okita Masashi (novels).
animation: JC Staff. chara-des: Iizuka Haruko, Unaji (orig). animation supervisor: Iizuka Haruko. art: Niida Teruhiko.
music: Oohashi Megumi. OP Nakabayashi May.
trailer. subs: Hasaki Fansubs, Ryuumaru. forum.
thu 01 jul 09:00
(jp: 黒執事 II)
shoujo butler comedy
The new series of Kuroshitsuji will feature a new super-butler and young master, with Sakurai Takahiro and Mizuki Nana taking the places of Ono Daisuke and Sakamoto Maaya.
The director is new, too, with episode director Ogura Hirofumi doing his first full show, in place of Shinohara Toshiya (Bantorra). New art director, as well, although the character designer is the same. Okada Mari (true tears, Vampire Knight) remains as lead writer.
seiyuus: Mizuki Nana, Sakurai Takahiro.
director: Ogura Hirofumi
writer: Okada Mari (true tears, Vampire Knight, Bantorra, Kuroshitsuji 1). Toboso Yana (creator).
animation: A-1 Pictures. chara-des: Shiba Minako (Kuroshitsuji, Phantom Requiem, Letter Bee). art: Otsuzuki Manabu.
music: Iwasaki Taku. OP the GazettE, ED Matsushita Yuuya.
trailer. manga. forum.
thu 01 jul 25:20
(jp: ア マガミSS)
romance, school life, seinen
Lonely high-school sophomore Tachibana Junichi resolves to spend the coming Christmas with a girl. Which girl will it be?
From a PS2 visual novel by Enterbrain. Directed and written by the director/writer of Working, Hiraike Yoshimasa. That show gives me hope that he will make the best of his material.
Stars top female seiyuus Itou Shizuka, Satou Rina, Nazuka Kaori, Shintani Ryouko, Yukana, Asumi Kana, et al., with up-and-coming young star Maeno Tomoaki (Doujo in Library Wars, Touya in White Album) as the lead. Each of six female seiyuu will get her own four-episode arc, and will sing that arc's ED.
From the same game studio as KimiKiss, with which the story seems to share something.
seiyuus: Itou Shizuka, Satou Rina, Maeno Tomoaki, Nazuka Kaori, Shintani Ryouko, Konno Hiromi, Yukana, Asumi Kana, Terashima Takuma.
director: Hiraike Yoshimasa (Working, Sketchbook, Solty Rei)
writer: Hiraike Yoshimasa (Working). scripts: Machida Touko, Kimura Noboru.
animation: AIC. chara-des: Gohda Hiroaki (Please Teacher, Please Twins); Takayama Kisai (orig). art: Takahashi Maho.
music: Omori Toshiyuki. OP azusa; EDs by Itou Shizuka, Rina Satou, Hiromi Konno, Yukana, Shintani Ryouko.
trailer. subs: UTW, Formula?, Chihiro? 24eps. forum.
thu 1 jul 25:25
Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
shounen magical adventure
"The Legend of the Legendary Heroes." Lyner Lute loses all desire to live, after his classmates at the royal school for magicians die in an attack by a neighboring country. New king Shion Astarl sends Lute out, accompanied by beautiful swordswoman Feris Eris, to find the relics of the legendary heroes.
Great cast stars Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, and the hitherto underappreciated Takagaki Ayahi. Also with Sawashiro Miyuki, Hino Satoshi, Sugita Tomokazu, Taketatsu Ayana, Takahashi Mikako, Suwabe Junichi and others.
Director Kawasaki Itsurou did Regios and Basara. But writer Yoshimura Kiyoko did Tetsu no Linebarrels. The director and cast give me hope.
seiyuus: Fukuyama Jun, Takagaki Ayahi, Ono Daisuke, Sugita Tomokazu, Murata Tomosa, Fujita Saki, Suwabe Junichi, Hino Satoshi, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Sawashiro Miyuki, Taketatsu Ayana, Oura Fuyuka, Takahashi Mikako.
director: Kawasaki Itsurou (Regios, Basara, Mamoru-kun)
writer: Yoshimura Kiyoko (Tetsu no Linebarrels, Dogs Bullets Carnage).
animation: ZEXCS. chara-des: Shimazawa Noriko.
OP Yuki Aira, ED Ceui.
trailers. subs: Enigma Collective, Kaze no Koe Fansubs? 26eps. forum.
thu 01 jul 26:15
(jp: 紅 OVA)
drama with sentiment and some violence
Included with limited edition version of v5 of manga (which is in turn based on the novels).
A new and as yet unnamed staff is turned loose on Kure-nai. Features the same cast as the original anime. The character design will be closer to the original novel illustrations and the manga.
Animation is still by the same company, though: Brains Base.
A deep and charming story with outstanding voice-acting by Sawashiro Miyuki and Yuuki Aoi,
seiyuus: Yuuki Aoi, Sawashiro Miyuki, Shintani Ryouko, Masu Nozomi, Sanada Asami, Kimura Haruka.
animation: Brains Base.
trailer. manga. OVA. forum.
fri 02 jul
Shukufuku no Campanella
"La Campanella della Benedizione." From an ero-game. A harem comedy featuring much comedy and a protagonist who is a bit older and more accomplished (as a swordsman) than the norm -- but totally unaware of how much the ladies like him.
A cast of talented but largely lesser-known pros includes Okamoto Nobuhiko, Kadowaki Mai, Koyama Kimiko, Imai Asami, Mizuhashi Kaori, Gotou Mai, Fujiwara Keiji, and Gotou Yuuko.
Director Ushiro Shinji did Omamori Himari, which should attract some people --- although not me. Nakamura Koujirou is doing his first lead writer job, having provided scripts for Tayutama and Sunred.
seiyuus: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Kadowaki Mai, Koyama Kimiko, Imai Asami, Mizuhashi Kaori, Yuimoto Michiru, Yunoihara Yuri, Gotou Mai, Fujiwara Keiji, Gotou Yuuko.
director: Ushiro Shinji (Omamori Himari, Straitjacket)
writer: Nakamura Koujirou (scripts for Tayutama and Sunred). Windmill Oasis (orig game).
animation: AIC. chara-des: Fujita Mariko (Galaxy Angel, Kampfer). animation supervisor: Koga Makoto (ARIA). art: Sugiyama Yuuko.
music: Elements Garden. OP Misako Aki, ED Hashimoto Miyuki.
trailer. 12eps. forum.
fri 02 jul 25:30
ecchi kiddy comedy
The Marui triplets terrorize their teacher (Shimono Hiro) and all of class 6-3: sadistic Mitsuba (Takagaki Ayahi), boob-loving muscle-girl Futaba (Akesaka Satomi), gloomy and mysterious Hitoha (Tomatsu Haruka). Ayahi gets her second role as a precociously hilarious child, after Hiiragi in Hanamaru Kindergarten -- and her fifth role of the summer.
The manga is reminiscent of Kodomo no Jikan, but darker, funnier, even raunchier, and less psychologically serious. The cast is excellent. Director Oota Masahiko and writer Aoshima Takashi did Minami-ke.
Definitely worth a look. Animation by little-known studio Bridge.
seiyuus: Takagaki Ayahi, Tomatsu Haruka, Akesaka Satomi, Saitou Chiwa, Shimono Hiro, Toyosaki Aki, Sanpei Yuuko, Toyosaki Aki, Saitou Momoko, Inoue Kikuko.
director: Oota Masahiko
writer: Aoshima Takashi. Sakurai Norio (orig).
animation: Bridge. chara-des: Ookuma Takaharu (Macademi Wasshoi).
trailer. manga. forum.
fri 02 jul 26:00
4-koma school comedy
Animation of a funny, somewhat raunchy 4-panel comic about life in a high school that has only recently begun to admit boys and so has a student body of 524 girls and 28 boys.
If we're lucky, it will combine the strengths of Seitokai no Ichizon and Working. But director Kanazawa Hiromitsu did Princess Lover, and writer Nakamura Makoto did Telepathy Girl Ran -- so I have my doubts.
Nice cast, though, with Hikasa Youko, Yahagi Sayuri, Satou Satomi, Arai Satomi, Katou Emiri, and Kobayashi Yuu, among others. Maybe GoHands will produce a hit with its second anime, after Princess Lover.
seiyuus: Hikasa Youko, Yahagi Sayuri, Satou Satomi, Asanuma Shintarou, Tamura Mutsumi, Arai Satomi, Katou Emiri, Omigawa Chiaki, Shinoda Asami, Kobayashi Yuu.
director: Kanazawa Hiromitsu (Princess Lover)
writer: Nakamura Makoto (Telepathy Girl Ran).
animation: GoHands. chara-des: Furuta Makoto. animation supervisor: Furuta Makoto. art: Nomura Masanobu (Biho).
OP Triple Booking, ED angela.
trailer. manga. subs: Ryuumaru. 13eps. forum.
sat 03 jul 24:30
Sekirei - Pure Engagement
(jp: セキレイ～Pure Engagement～)
ecchi harem fighting fantasy
The same staff and cast bring us a second season of Sekirei, the popular ecchi harem fighting fantasy set in the year 2020.
A great cast featuring Hayami Saori, Inoue Marina, Hanazawa Kana, Endou Aya and others play sekirei, female creatures with extreme fighting powers who are taking part in a desperate city-wide game. Several sekirei are all bound to our hero, whose genes enable him to be their ashikabi, the male who can unconsciously release their immense powers.
A preview of episode one aired on 13 June, and gave us the same entertaining combination of fighting, mystery, light romance, and juvenile ecchi fanservice that won it so many fans two years ago.
In between the two shows, director Kusakawa Keizou (Nanoha A's, StrikerS) did Asura Cryin'. Writer Yoshioka Takao did Queen's Blade, Weiss Survive, and Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou.
The seiyuus -- featuring the incredibly beautiful voice of Hayami Saori -- do the OP and ED.
seiyuus: Hayami Saori, Tachibana Shinnosuke, Inoue Marina, Hanazawa Kana, Endou Aya, Oohara Sayaka, Kaida Yuki, Yukana, Nabatame Hitomi.
director: Kusakawa Keizou (Nanoha As, StrikerS, Asura Cryin')
writer: Yoshioka Takao (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Weiss Survive). Gokurakuin Sakurako (novel).
animation: Seven Arcs.
OPED Hayami Saori, Inoue Marina, Hanazawa Kana, Endou Aya.
trailer. manga. subs: Ryuumaru, Chihiro? forum.
sun 04 jul 23:30. ep1 preview 13 June
Highschool of the Dead
(jp: 学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD)
violence gore zombies fanservice
A high school is invaded by zombies who eat students, causing them to become unkillable zombies themselves.
Directed by Araki Tetsurou, the director of Death Note. Written by Kuroda Yousuke, who wrote Requiem for the Phantom, Ookiku Furikabutte, and Gundam00.
Stars the solid pair of Inoue Marina and Suwabe Junichi. With such luminous names as Sawashiro Miyuki and Miyano Mamoru, solid pros Kitamura Eri and Taniyama Kishou, and sweet-voiced up-and-comer Taketatsu Ayana.
This wouldn’t normally be my thing, but I sense quality here. Animation by Madhouse.
seiyuus: Inoue Marina, Suwabe Junichi, Sawashiro Miyuki, Miyano Mamoru, Taketatsu Ayana, Kitamura Eri, Taniyama Kishou, Hiyama Nobuyuki, Takeuchi Junko, Fukui Yukari.
director: Araki Tetsurou (Death Note)
writer: Kuroda Yousuke (Ookiku Furikabutte, Phantom Requiem, Gundam00). Satou Daisuke (manga).
animation: Madhouse. chara-des: Tanaka Masayoshi (Toradora, Hitman Reborn); Satou Shouji (manga).
OP Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets, ED Kurosaki Maon.
trailer. manga. subs: Hatsuyuki, UTW, HiNA-subs. forum.
mon 05 jul 11:30
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
occult comedy drama
The Voltstein Academy in Nagano is famous both for high academic standards and for occult phenomena. One day in 1999, the dean, who studies the occult, suddenly dies. His daughter, who hates the occult, visits the school. At the same time, a young man appears who is a time-traveler from 2012. As the two encounter various bizarre phenomena within the academy, the reason for his timeslip to 1999 becomes clear.
The third show in the "Anime no Chikara" series, succeeding Sora no Woto and Senkou no Night Raid.
Intriguing show. The story has some promise. The cast is interesting, including Hikasa Youko (Mio in K-On, Junko in Dai Maou), Takagaki Ayahi, Hanazawa Kana, and Koyasu Takehito. First-time series director Itou Tomohiko directed episodes of Death Note and was assistant director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Writer Minakami Seishi did Railgun and worked with Satoshi Kon on Paprika.
Part-time seiyuu and full-time idol and TV personality Nakagawa Shouko does the OP, and seiyuu/singer Takagaki Ayahi (of Sphere) gets her first solo ED under her own name.
seiyuus: Hikasa Youko (Mio/K-On), Mizushima Takahiro (Rollo, Tsubaki/Giant Killing, Romeo, Nagasumi/Seto Hanayome), Chihara Minori, Takagaki Ayahi, Hanazawa Kana, Koyasu Takehito, Takahashi Hiroki.
director: Itou Tomohiko (eps of Death Note, asst dir Girl Leapt Time)
writer: Minakami Seishi (Railgun).
animation: A-1 Pictures. chara-des: Chiba Takahiro; Asou Gatou (orig). animation supervisor: Chiba Takahiro (Kamichu).
music: Elements Garden. OP Nakagawa Shouko, ED Takagaki Ayahi.
trailer. subs: Kaze no Koe Fansubs? forum.
mon 05 jul 25:30
Nurarihyon no Mago
supernatural adventure comedy romance
Rikuo (Fukuyama Jun) is a quarter demon and three-quarters human. He lives in a house full of demons (youkai) with his grandfather, the lord of a demon clan. He tries to act human, especially in front of his childhood friend (Hirano Aya), but when needed he can become a powerful demon himself -- for a quarter of each day.
Entertaining manga looks set to be an entertaining anime. Top cast, top director (Nishimura Junji - Simoun, true tears), top writer (Takahashi Natsuko - Blue Drop, Tales of Agriculture, Tokyo Magnitude 8). Studio Deen, but the good Studio Deen, it appears.
seiyuus: Fukuyama Jun, Hirano Aya, Horie Yui, Yasumoto Hiroki, Toriumi Kousuke, Sakurai Takahiro, Sugita Tomokazu, Nakata Jouji, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Houshi Souichirou.
director: Nishimura Junji (Simoun, true tears)
writer: Takahashi Natsuko (Blue Drop, Tales of Agriculture, Tokyo Mag8).
animation: Studio Deen. chara-des: Oka Mariko (Jigoku Shoujo, Ghost Hound).
music: Tanaka Kouhei (One Piece). OP Monkey Majik, ED Hirano Aya, Horie Yui, Maeda Ai.
trailer. manga. subs: Kaze no Koe Fansubs? forum.
mon 05 jul 25:44
Tono to Issho
(jp: 殿といっしょ 1分間劇場)
seinen 4-panel historical comedy
Adaptation of a 4-panel comic strip. The comic manga follows the exploits of generals during Japan's tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) period.
Young director Mankyuu (Utsurun Desu) works with a nice cast including up-and-coming Suzuki Tatsuhisa, as well as this year's Seiyuu Award winner Ono Daisuke, Sugita Tomokazu, Noto Mamiko, Kobayashi Yuu, Kuroda Takaya (Murasaki's father in Kurenai, Simon in Durarara) and multitalented singer GACKT,
seiyuus: Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Ono Daisuke, Sugita Tomokazu, Noto Mamiko, Tachibana Shinnoisuke, Hirakawa Daisuke, Kobayashi Yuu, Itou Asuka, Kuroda Takaya, GACKT.
director: Mankyuu (Utsurun Desu)
writer: Mankyuu. Ooba Kai (orig).
mon 05 jul 26:14
Stitch! ~Zutto Saikō no Tomodachi~
kids comedy adventure
The third part in a Japanese spin-off series based on Disney's character Stitch.
In their new adventure Yuuna and Stitch move from their small island to the Okinawa main island where Yuuna is supposed to visit a school. A new cast of friends awaits them there as well as a new crisis approaching from space.
seiyuus: Yamadera Kouichi, Kumai Motoko.
director: Hata Masami
writer: Kakihara Yuuko, Yonemura Shouji.
tue 06 jul 19:00
Digimon Xros Wars
shounen sci-fi action
The sixth Digimon series will be directed by the director of Hikaru no Go and Saiyuki Reload, and written by the writer of the most recent Gegege no Kitaro series and Dragon Quest.
The hero is Taiki, a warmhearted seventh-grader, who crosses over into a Digimon world that resembles the chaotic Warring States period of medieval Japan.
The show will help sell new lines of toy capsules and phone straps. Big seiyuu names involved include Kishio Daisuke, Sakurai Takahiro, and Kuwashima Houko.
seiyuus: Takayama Minami, Shiraishi Ryouko, Kishio Daisuke, Kusao Takeshi, Kuwashima Houko, Sakurai Takahiro.
director: Endou Tetsuya (Hikaru no Go, Saiyuki Reload)
writer: Sanjo Rika (Dragon Quest, Gegege no Kitaro 2007+).
animation: Toei Animation. chara-des: Asanuma Akihiro. art: Asanuma Akihiro; Yuki Shinzo.
tue 06 jul 19:27
Strike Witches 2
moe pantsu, a bit of yuri, and a bit of aerial war
The popularity of the first season has spawned a second. This time, according to the director, there will be a little less focus on the dark aspects of the show and more on the light.
The same director and character designer, but they will be working with AIC instead of Gonzo this time around. And the lead writer is now a committee.
From what the director says in an interview translated in the AnimeSuki forum, if you liked season one -- especially if you liked the yuri sweetness and the pantsu -- you will like season two.
Basically the same cast, except that Seto Saori takes over as Mio for the now-married Chiba Saeko.
seiyuus: Fukuen Misato, Seto Saori (replaces Chiba Saeko), Nazuka Kaori, Sawashiro Miyuki, Tanaka Rie, Sonozaki Mio, Nogawa Sakura, Saitou Chiwa, Koshimizu Ami, Kadowaki Mai.
director: Takamura Kazuhiro
writer: Striker Unit. Shimada Humikane (orig).
animation: AIC (replaces Gonzo). chara-des: Takamura Kazuhiro, Shimada Humikane (orig).
subs: Strike-Subs. forum.
wed 07 jul 25:30
Shin Koihime Musou OVA
(jp: 真・恋姫†無双 OVA)
historical comedy with plenty of fanservice
Set at "St. Francesca Academy" school. After the student council battle is over, everyone goes to the southern islands….
For the preview, I've linked to a stream from the first OVA, to which this is a sequel.
seiyuus: Gotou Mai (Mai/Yoakena, Mizuki/ef), Kurokawa Nami (Raika/Demonbane, Tamaki/DCSS), Nishizawa Hiroka (Asa/Sora no Iro), Narumi Erika (Kagami/Lamune), Motoi Emi (Naoko/CCS), Kobayashi Maki, Amamiya Yuu (Chiharu/KimiAru).
director: Nakanishi Nobuaki (Kashimashi, Sumomomo Momomo, Koihime Musou)
writer: Go Zappa (Chocotto Sister, Myself;Yourself, Koihime Musou). BaseSon (original game).
animation: Douga Koubou. chara-des: Hiratsuka Tomoya (Myself;Yourself), Oshima Miwa (Hit wo Nerae, Love Love, Koihime Musou). animation supervisor: Hiratsuka Tomoya (Myself;Yourself), Oshima Miwa (Love Love, Koihime Musou).
trailer. OVA. forum.
wed 07 jul
horror mystery supernatural
noitaminA brings us a true horror anime set in an out-of-the way village where a strange family buys the abandoned mansion on the edge of town, and people start to die in an apparent epidemic, one of the symptoms of which is anemia. "Shiki" means "zombie" (literally, corpse-demon).
Directed by Amino Tetsurou (Macross7, Zeta Gundam), adapted by Sugihara Kenji (scripts for episodes of Pita Ten, sola, Minami-ke) from a best-selling novel by the author of Twelve Kingdoms.
In an interesting cast, Ookawa Tohru, Uchiyama Kouki, and multi-talented singer Gackt are balanced by Tomatsu Haruka as a young girl who desperately wants to leave for the city, and Yuuki Aoi as a quiet young lady in the new family who loves to read, but is only seen out at night....
seiyuus: Ookawa Tooru, Uchiyama Kouki, Gackt, Yuuki Aoi, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Tomatsu Haruka, Takagai Wataru.
director: Amino Tetsurou (Macross7, Zeta Gundam)
writer: Suguhara Kenji(episode scripts Pita Ten, sola, Minami-ke). Fujisaki Ryuu (orig).
animation: DouMou. chara-des: Ochi Shinji (DearS, Tona-Gura, Minami-ke). animation supervisor: Ochi Shinji (Tona-Gura). art: Tatsuta Ichirou.
music: Takanashi Yasuharu. OP Buck-Tick, ED nangi.
trailer. manga. subs: Yuurisan-Subs, Chihiro? 22eps. forum.
thu 08 jul 25:15
Asobi ni Iku yo!
ecchi romantic comedy with cat-eared alien
The title means "Let's go play!" A high-school freshman, his next-door childhood friend, and a big-busted alien with cat ears and tail who comes to Earth to gather information and have fun. From a novel series that has been turned into a manga.
Nice cast stars Hanazawa Kana, Itou Kanae, and Tomatsu Haruka, with young female seiyuu Tamura Mutsumi as the male lead. Also features Horie Yui, Inoue Kikuko, Nomizu Iori (Nymph in Sora no Otoshimono) and the other members of Sphere (Kotobuki Minako, Toyosaki Aki, Takagaki Ayahi), which does the OP.
The director is new in that job, but the writer did the two ef shows, as well as Natsu no Arashi and Baka to Test.
seiyuus: Hanazawa Kana, Itou Kanae, Tomatsu Haruka, Tamura Mutsumi, Horie Yui, Hirata Hitomi, Inou Kikuko, Kotobuki Minako, Toyosaki Aki, Nomizu Iori.
director: Ueda Youichi (animation direction, charades guy)
writer: Takayama Katsuhiko (ef shows, Natsu no Arashi, Baka Test). Kamino Okina (orig.).
animation: AIC PLUS+. chara-des: Morijima Noriko; Houdeneizou (orig.). animation supervisor: Morijima Noriko (key animator). art: Katou Hiroshi.
OP Sphere, EDs Hanazawa Kana, Itou Kanae, Tomatsu Haruka.
trailer. manga. forum.
sat 10 jul 25:58
Sengoku Basara 2
(jp: 戦国 BASARA 弐)
More samurai action set in Japan's Warring States period.
Directed by key animator/storyboarder/episode director Nomura Kazuya. Written by Muto Yasuyuki, who wrote both the first series and Persona Trinity Soul.
Many of the same great seiyuu return, including Nakai Kazuya, Houshi Souichirou, Koyasu Takehito, Paku Romi, and Wakamoto Norio.
seiyuus: Houshi Souichirou, Nakai Kazuya, Morita Masakazu, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Genda Tesshou, Koyasu Takehito, Kaida Yuuko, Kuwatani Natsuko, Paku Romi, Tsuboi Tomohiro.
director: Nomura Kazuya
writer: Muto Yasuyuki.
animation: Production IG. chara-des: Ookubo Tooru.
OP TM Revolution.
trailer. subs: Pretentious.
sun 11 jul 17:00
Zettai Karen Children OVA
(jp: 絶対可憐チルドレン ～愛多僧生！奪われた未来？～)
ESP shounen comedy
OVA sequel to the 52-episode series that ended last year.
Can The Children -- three super-ESPers working for the government -- be tamed from their wildness and turned into refined young ladies?
Staff has not yet been announced, but one would expect it to be same as for the series: director Kawaguchi Keiichirou (Nyan Koi, Yutori-chan) and writer Nishizono Satoru (Needless, Welcome to the NHK).
seiyuus: Hirano Aya, Shiraishi Ryouko, Tomatsu Haruka, Taniyama Kishou, Yusa Kouji.
writer: Shiina Takeshi (creator).
OP The Children (Hirano Aya, Shiraishi Ryouko, Tomatsu Haruka); ED Taniyama Kishou, Yusa Kouji (Karen GUY's). OVA.
fri 16 jul
OVA episode will be released with the fourth volume of the manga about odd students in a university seminar on human sexuality. The title means "Abnormal (Psychology) Seminar." I'm looking forward to this.
Stars two seiyuu from The Wallfower, Mori Norihisa (Hiroshi) and Takaguchi Yukiko (Sunako), as well as Hanazawa Kana, Ishida Akira, and Shiraishi Minoru.
Directed by the director of Hidamari Sketch, adapted by the writer of Ayakashi and Kyou no Go no Ni.
seiyuus: Mori Norihisa (Hiroshi/Wallflower), Kawaragi Shiho (Sekai/School Days, Aki/AkiSora), Hanazawa Kana, Matsuyama Takashi, Takaguchi Yukiko (Sunako/Wallflower), Ishida Akira, Shiraishi Minoru.
director: Kamitsubo Ryouki (Hidamari Sketch)
writer: Kouno Takamitsu (Ayakashi, Kyou no Go no Ni). TAGRO (manga).
animation: XEBEC. chara-des: Chikaoka Sunao.
music: Haneoka Kei (REC, Negima, Kyou no Go no Ni).
fri 23 jul
Black Rock Shooter
(jp: BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER)
stylish moe violence, school life
The first independent animation project by Yamamoto Yutaka's ordet studio.
But this is not directed by Yamakan himself, who passes the job to fellow-KyoAni refugee Yoshioka Shinobu, while retaining the title of "supervising editor," as Shinbou sometimes does.
Music by suddenly famous amateur ryo, who wrote the Bakemonogatari ED, and performed in it as part of supercell. Stars two outstanding voices: Hanazawa Kana and Sawashiro Miyuki (both of whom were also in Yamakan's Kannagi).
The OP came out last year, now we get a 50-minute OVA featuring the Black Rock Shooter, a dark, lithe, gun-toting girl who is already the subject of several figures.
To be streamed free June 25 to August 31. DVD will come out free with the September issue of Hobby Japan magazine, on July 24. It will come out shortly thereafter with Megami magazine and Monthly Animedia.
This show is produced by the owner of the figure company, GoodSmile, and is being distributed free as advertising for present and future figures and other goods.
seiyuus: Hanazawa Kana, Sawashiro Miyuki.
director: Yoshioka Shinobu (eps of Haruhi, Kanon, Lucky Star, Kannagi). supervising editor: Yamamoto Yutaka (Kannagi, Lucky Star, Haruhi assistant director).
writer: huke (orig).
animation: Ordet. chara-des: Matsui Yuusuke. art: Morikawa Atsushi (Wolf's Rain, Kannagi).
trailer. subs: Tomodachi, Moetron-Subs, Doki, Yuurisan-Subs. OVA. 1x50min ep. forum.
fri 24 jul streamed free; DVD/BD later.
Aki-Sora: Yume no Naka
(jp: あきそら ～夢の中～)
ecchi, seinen, incest, trap
The one-episode OVA that was released with a volume of the manga last year was the most graphic incest anime I have ever seen. I thought it was fairly good, with the same strange passions and strong characterizations as the manga. Elder sister Aki seduces her beloved younger brother Sora. Sora's twin sister Nami and her friend Kana are kept in the dark, so far.
This new two-episode OVA will delve more deeply into the manga story. The staff is the same as the previous OVA, but a couple of cast members appear to have been downgraded from better-known to fairly unknown seiyuus -- unless we are now dealing with pseudonyms....
Director Takahashi Takeo did Spice and Wolf. The writer doing the adaptation is the famous Hanada Jukki, who adapted Rozen Maiden, sola, and Seitokai no Ichizon.
Note the long list of potential subbers.
seiyuus: Shirai Kumo, Natsuno Kori, Shirayuki Aoi, Gogyo Nazuna, Toono Soyogi.
director: Takahashi Takeo (Spice & Wolf, Love Love)
writer: Hanada Jukki (Rozen Maiden, sola, Seitokai no Ichizon). Itosugi Masahiro (manga).
animation: Hoods Entertainment. chara-des: Kuroda Kazuya. animation supervisor: Kuroda Kazuya.
music: C-Clays. OP Kotoge Mai.
subs: CoalGuys?, Strike Subs and Ramen Subs?, SHiN-gx?, HANBU?, Yuurisan-Subs? OVA. 1/2eps. forum.
fri 30 jul
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchuzuke wo Anata to Koibito Tsunagi
(jp: その花びらにくちづけを あなたと恋人つなぎ)
From a well-known yuri ero-game. But the staff makes this seem not your ordinary hentai anime: the director of Strawberry Panic, Kamen no Maid Guy and Needless; the animator of Ichigo Mashimaro and Strawberry Panic. Cast not yet announced. Graphic trailer can be found from "start" link on website. Adult content.
director: Sakoi Masayuki (Kamen no Maid Guy, Needless, Strawberry Panic)
writer: Sakoi Masayuki.
animation: chuchu. chara-des: Sakai Kyuuta (Ichigo Mashimaro, Strawberry Panic, Higurashi), Peco (orig). animation supervisor: Sakai Kyuuta (Ichigo Mashimaro, Higurashi chief anidir).
fri 30 jul
Mahou Sensei Negima! - Another World
(jp: 魔法先生ネギま！～もうひとつの世界～ 第３話)
magic moe comedy
Final episode of the four-episode OVA covering the Mahou Sekai story arc. Shinbou is back to direct, and mangaka Akamatsu Ken adapts his own manga. Also back from the previous OVA series is animator/character designer Jitsuhara Noboru.
seiyuus: Satou Rina, Shiratori Yuri, Kimura Madoka, Sasagawa Ayana, Kuwatani Natsuko, Yamakawa Kotomi, Asakura Azumi, Itou Shizuka, Kanda Akemi, Bandou Ai.
director: Akiyuki Shinbou
writer: Akamatsu Ken.
animation: Studio Pastorale, Shaft. chara-des: Jitsuhara Noboru. animation supervisor: Jitsuhara Noboru.
OP Satou Rina, Akemi Kanda, Nonaka Ai, Kobayashi Yu,.
manga. subs: Mamiko, AQS-Anime. OVA. 4/4eps. forum.
mon 20 aug
Queen's Blade -- Beautiful Fighters
(jp: クイーンズブレイド 美しき闘士たち 第1巻)
oppai fantasy fighting
The first episode of a six-episode OVA, which follows hard on the heels of the two popular TV series.
seiyuus: Kawasumi Ayako, Noto Mamiko, Hirano Aya, Mizuhashi Kaori, Kugimiya Rie, Gotou Yuuko, Itou Kanae, Kaida Yuuki, Saitou Ayaka, Yuzuki Ryouka, Takahashi Mikako, Kitamura Eri, Tanaka Rie, Ohara Sayaka, Takeuchi Miyu.
director: Yoshimoto Kinji
writer: Yoshimoto Kinji (story concept). Hobby Japan (orig).
animation: Arms. chara-des: Rinshin, Noguchi Takayuki. animation supervisor: Rinshin, Noguchi Takayuki. art: Higashi Junichi.
ED sung by 19 seiyuus.
OVA. 1/6eps. forum.
wed 25 aug
Mirai Nikki OVA
shounen action psychological drama
Comes with the limited edition of 11th volume of popular manga Mirai Nikki (Future Diary).
High school outsider Amano Yukiteru notes down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. He imagines a power called Deus Ex Machina, the Lord of Time and Space. Deus causes his cellphone diary to record events that will happen in the near future.
Staff includes the director of Shuffle and the writer of the ef shows and Baka to Test).
director: Hosoda Naoto (Shuffle)
writer: Takayama Katsuhiko (ef, Natsu no Arashi, Baka to Test). Esuno Sakae (manga).
animation: asread. chara-des: Hirayama Hidetsugu, Watanabe Ruriko.
manga. OVA. forum.
thu 09 sep
Sora no Otoshimono OVA
Comes with v9 of the manga. Staff and cast not announced, but probably the same as for the TV series.
Trailer link is to the first part of ep1 of the TV show. Info link to info for the first series.
seiyuus: Houshi Souichirou, Hayami Saori, Nomizu Iori, Mina, Takagaki Ayahi, Suzuki Tatsuhisa.
director: Saitou Hisashi (?)
writer: Kakihara Yuuko (?).
animation: AIC ASTA.
trailer. manga. OVA. forum.
thu 09 sep
Tales of Symphonia the Animation: Tethe'alla-hen
(jp: テイルズ オブ シンフォニア THE ANIMATION テセアラ編)
Based on the Game Cube and Play Station game, Tales of Symphonia. Two worlds exist, each unaware of the existence of the other. In order for one world to flourish, the other has to perish. On the dying world, a Chosen one is sent on a journey to restore that world's mana by awakening the Spirits and becoming an angel. Colette Brunel, the Chosen of Sylvarant, sets out on her journey accompanied by her best friends Lloyd Irving and Genis Sage. As they travel further they meet more friends and even more enemies, and learn more and more about the truth behind World Regeneration. (ANN)
Mizuki Nana does the OP (see trailer) and she and and Konishi Katsuyuki head the cast, which also includes able voices such as Touma Yumi, Tachiki Fumihiko, Kuwashima Houko, and Ohtsuka Akio. Written by the writer of Manabi Straight. This show is apparently more popular outside Japan than at home.
seiyuus: Konishi Katsuyuki, Mizuki Nana, Orikasa Ai, Touma Yumi, Tachiki Fumihiko, Onosaka Masaya, Okamura Akemi, Kuwashima Houko, Ohtsuka Akio.
director: Sotozaki Haruo
writer: Kingetsu Ryunosuke (Futakoi Alternative, Manabi Straight).
animation: ufotable. chara-des: Fujishima Kousuke (orig; Sakura Wars), Matsushima Akira (Marimite).
OP Mizuki Nana, ED Shikata Akio.
trailer. subs: Formula. OVA. 3/4eps. forum.
thu 22 sep
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san
Comes with limited edition of vol5. A first OVA slipped by me in February. Gag comedy about a detective and the various demons who assist him.
seiyuus: Onosaka Masaya, Satou Rina, Namikawa Daisuke.
director: Mizushima Tsutomu (XXXholic, Dokuro-chan, Genshiken)
writer: Tanimura Daishirou.
animation: Production IG.
wed 22 sep
Princess Lover OVA
(jp: OVA プリンセスラバー！)
harem fanservice hentai
A two-episode OVA of the moderately entertaining series from last summer, but at a much higher erotic level. Anime production by Hoods Entertainment, the makers of Seikon no Qwesar and AkiSora. Japanese title links to the game-maker, Ricotta.
Ep2 comes out 29 october. Thanks to Katapan for alerting me to the fact that this is not an OVA by the makers of the TV series. I wouldn't normally list hentai titles, but since it's based on a normal anime, and I at first included it by mistake, here is what info we have. I've seen pics from a magazine, and it is clearly hentai, with full (albeit blurred-out) anatomical details. The pics above are from the game-maker's website, and are the only ones I've seen that are not too hot to post.
seiyuus: unknown. director: unknown. writer: unknown
animation: Hoods Entertainment. chara-des: Kuroda Kazuya.
thu 24 sep
Battle Spirits new series
(jp: バトルスピリッツ新シリー ズ)
A new series of the popular Sunday-morning shounen cartoon will begin in September. No info as yet on staff, cast, exact dates, etc.
ToHeart2 adnext OVA
(jp: OVA ToHeart2 adnext)
harem romance fanservice
The fourth OVA, to go with three TV series. Few details available, but the director of the first OVA steps back in, along with a lead writer who has written several episodes of previous shows. Info and forum links for last OVA.
Expect Fukuyama Jun, Sakurai Hiromi, Itou Shizuka, and Ochiai Yurika (now called Hase Yurina) in the cast.
director: Katou Yasuhisa
writer: Kobayashi Naruo.
animation: Aquaplus/Chaos Project.
OVA. 1/2eps. forum.
Award-winning manga was made into a movie in 2008. Little info yet available about the anime, which has been announced for "summer 2010." Various stories set in modern-day Osaka. Japanese title links to movie site.
writer: Morishita Hiromi (manga).