Kawamori Shouji (Macross) is working with writer Okada Mari (true tears, AnoHana) to bring us a science fiction anime based on the impossibly popular idol group AKB48: AKB0048.
The director of Full Metal Alchemist and Oh! Edo Rocket presents popular seiyuu/singers Sphere in a new slice-of-life vehicle of their own: Natsuiro Kiseki.
|Tasogare Otome x Amnesia|
Oonuma Shin is animating a popular manga, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.
There is a new show from Sunrise made by the writer and director who did Mai-HiME: Accel World.
Even the arbiters of polite taste can be happy:
Old hero Matsumoto Leiji (Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Railways 999) returns with a new offering: Ozuma.
Noitamina is presenting two highly attractive and respectable shows -- Sakamichi no Apollon, a hymn to friendship and jazz by the director of Cowboy Bebop, Watanabe Shinichiro; and Tsuritama, from the director of Mononoke and Kuchuu Buranko, Nakamura Kenji.
And there is a year-long space fiction drama that will follow two brothers: Uchuu Kyoudai.
But lovers of the ecchi moe despised by higher minds will not be disappointed, either, with a sequel to the yuri-tinged Saki, as well as shows like Sengoku Collection, from Gotou Keiji; and Upotte!, in which scantily-clad schoolgirls turn out to be assault rifles in disguise. There is a new season of Kore wa Zombie desu ka? And another season of Queen's Blade, for our sins.
Several popular manga are being animated: Medaka Box, Sankarea, Mysterious Girlfriend X.
Old favorite Eureka 7 is getting a sequel.
A Lupin III TV series is coming.
There will be dark anomie and explosions of blood and gore in shows like Jormungand and Zetman.
There is dry comedy in Haiyore Nyaruko-san, Acchi Kocchi and Yurumates.
There is one reverse harem, Hiiro no Kakera, which has already started well. There is a promising young-shoujo show about a cynical apprentice witch, starring Paku Romi and Orikasa Fumiko: Kuromajo-san ga Tooru.
And there are two shounen sports anime: Kuroko no Basket and Ginga e Kickoff.
In any case, this season I have arranged 38 series into three groups: 1. shows I am particularly looking forward to; 2. shows I'm quite looking forward to; and 3. others.
Read on, or just click on the alphabetical list below to go to individual shows, for which I give full cast and staff info; a picture; an outline of the story; and links to trailers and manga, to more info in English and Japanese, and to AnimeSuki discussion groups.