Whilst trying to play catch up with the spring season shows that I’ve been lagging behind on, little did I realise that the summer season was about to start. In fact it starts tonight. Though most people would probably already know what’s coming out for the Summer season but here’s my list of shows that perk my interests, and may perhaps perk yours as well. All info taken from MOON PHASE and if you want to check out a more detailed preview, check out hashihime’s summer season preview.
Ultraviolet: Code 044
Air Date: 1st July
The main character is a female warrior who has been genetically engineered with high combat skills ordered by the government to hunt down vampires. Animation studio is none other than Madhouse and knowing their record with action and dark themed anime series, this could possibly be the action series for summer. Chances of blogging: Low.
Air Date: 2nd July
A loser college exam failer has a beautiful, yet well-endowed girl drops on him from the sky. She moves in with him as other beautiful fighters who are “sekirei” fighters appear and fight with her. Surely this is just spewing out with fanservice for sure but with a young cast of seiyuu such as Hayami Saori, Marina Inoue, and Endo Aya it looks promising. Not to mention this is directed by the same director as the three Nanoha series. So I’m expecting some pretty decent fight scenes between the fighters as well as explosions. From what I’ve seen of the PV, there’s also plenty of nudity to boot. Chances of blogging: Low.
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora
Air Date: 2nd July
Out of all the shows for the summer season, this has got to be the one I’m MOST excited about. Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto is better known as Someday’s Dreamer and was actually one of the first few anime series that I watched back in the day of buying DVDs was my anime source. Natsu no Sora is the next story in the series with an entirely new cast of characters. It’s been long overdue for another series and with HAL Film Maker at the realms of production, I can only expect great things from the same studio that brought us ARIA and Sketchbook. Chances of blogging: Good
Air Date: 3rd July
I actually don’t know too much about this series other than it’s a series about 4 men working in a bakery and the various people that they meet. It is a another series from the Noitamina series that brought us great series like Honey & Clover, Nodame Cantabile, and Moyashimon just to name a few, but it was also a sucessful drama Korean drama series. However I do get the shounen-ai vibes from what I read about this series as one of the characters is gay. Chance of blogging: Low.
Hidamari Sketch X 365
Air Date: 3rd July
This would have to be the second series that I absolutely look forward to this summer season. The second season of the slice of life series of 4 art students from Hidamari Apartments. When I watched the first season I found it rather confusing at first, and at times even felt like an acid trip but it eventually grew on me. Let’s hope there’s more awesome Yoshinoya-sensei and more acid trip like moments! Handled by SHAFT and directed by Shinbo Akiyuki, same duo who handled the first season as well as the Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei so this is definitely one to keep an eye on. I hope that someone subs it faster than the first season. Chances of blogging: Maybe.
Air Date: 3rd July
A title that is probably known in the anime world thanks to the short OVA of the same name that came out in late 2006 I think. Well the same series is now getting a TV series treatment and I’m not sure if I’m overly excited about this one. Personally I’m not too much of a fan on the mecha-musume genre and I never really got into Sky Girls either. Though I do know a few friends who will probbaly keeping a watchful eye on this series so I’m willing to see how it pans out as the cast of seiyuus comprise of some well known ones. Chances of blogging: Low.
Zero no Tsukaima ~Princesses of Rondo~
Air Date: 6th July
This is a series that needs no introduction. Yep, everyone’s favourite pink haired tsundere magician is back for a third season. With this third season I’m hoping that JC Staff will make up for the second season as the ending wasn’t exactly spectacular. Although with it being a third series makes me question whether they are dragging out the entire series and that we’ll see a 4th season eventually? Either way it’s a definite watch since I’ve been missing hearing Kagimiya Rie’s tsundere voice. Chances of blogging: Low.
World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin
Air Date: 7th July
Based on Sega’s upcoming Nintendo DS game, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to another anime based off an RPG. This is however a Production I.G series do tend to drag on at times but this doesn’t mean this series doesn’t perk my interest. The story is based on a boy who possesses the power to destroy the world and ends up joining a party to not save the world, but to destroy it and start anew. But with Sakamoto Maaya as one of the leading characterI’m willing to give it a shot but let’s hope it won’t end up like a train wreck like .hack and all those other RPG type of anime series. Chances of blogging: Low.
Air Date: 8th July
Another game turned into anime series, but the game is based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms with a bunch of cute girls. I actually don’t know much of the story on RoTK other than from what I watched of Ikkitousen but I’m not expecting anything great from this series. I’ve also read that the story will be different from the actual game as well so that’s can mean either a good thing or a bad thing. Cute girls in a series is usually enough to draw me to a series but I learnt that mistake from watching Prism Ark so I’ll be weary of this one. Chances of blogging: Low.
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Air Date: 10th July
This would have to be the third series that I look forward to for the summer season PURELY because of Mamiko Noto. I cringed everytime I watched Kanokon since she voiced a shota character so hopefully with this one it’ll work out better. The story is that Nogizaka Haruka is an intelligent and beautiful girl, but deep down she is an otaku. her secret gets discovered by the main lead and the two try to keep it a secret whilst they become closer together. An beautiful otaku girl is win in my books, but one thing I’m cautious about is that the animation studio is Studio Barcelona. Although they don’t have too many series under their belt, they have produced some quality shows. Chances of blogging: Good.
Blade of the Immortal
Air Date: 13th July
Finally the last series of my summer season preview. Based on the same manga series that has been ongoing for the past 14 years this is probably the other good action series for this season. The story follows Manji, a ronin warrior who has a curse of immortality placed on him. To be rid of this curse, he must slay 1000 evil men before he can die. Produced by Bee Train, the same studio who brought us .hack and the Tsubasa Chronicle series but knowing how they handled the last few episodes of the second season of Tsubasa does question whether this will be quality or not. But with violence and blood, I think quality is not that much of an issue. Chances of blogging: Low.
So that wraps up my Summer2008 Season preview of anime series. There are a number of series that I didn’t list here but I may end up watching the first episode of each like I normally do each season. Also I noted that most series as “low” for blogging as I’m unsure if I want to blog anime this season since I will be in Japan for the entire month of August.But the thought f watching some of these shows whilst in Japan does excite me.