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Spring Anime First Looks, Part 2

Posted on: April 12, 2011

It’s the second week of April, and the new season is rolling along. I introduced a few of the new shows last week. Before I get too far behind, I figured I’d throw out a few whole slew more.

Akechi Mitsuhide, Date Masamune, Oda Nobunaga, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Historic Japanese figures, all of them. Look it up.

Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox (streaming on Crunchyroll as “Battle Girls – Time Paradox“) knows its audience: People who know their history and are into cute girls portraying versions of the historical figures, much like Samurai Girls or Battle Vixens. Sengoku Otome is not (yet) as blatant as those two. It’s based on a series of characters from pachinko games instead of a manga or novel, so I’m not expecting much from the storyline.

Yuuko, Nagi, Tooru, and Run from A-Channel.

A-Channel is the heartwarming story of a girl and her friends. Well, it’s almost that simple. The girl (Run, pronounced somewhat like “rune”) is popular with boys but totally airheaded, and one of her friends (Tooru) is overly protective of her. Tooru is also a year younger, and is pretty unsociable without Run. From a 4-panel comic by Kurota bb, it seems to be kind of a daily-life style lightly humorous school comedy. Like K-On! without the music.

30sai no Hoken Taiiku (Health Class for 30-year-olds) is a short, 15-minute anime that is basically sex ed for the otaku set, with varying degrees of embarrassing situations. However, the humor didn’t click for me, probably because it was hammering on the same kind of joke over and over. Maybe it’ll get better, I don’t know.

Kampfer, for the love of...

Kämpfer für die Liebe (Fighter for Love) is a continuation of 2009’s Kämpfer anime. I say “continuation” loosely because the first episode aired was actually episode 2 of the second season, and because the story is not really why anyone who’s still watching it is still watching it. Everyone’s back, and they’re adding a character or two, but it’s basically the same thing.

And you could say the same about Maria Holic Alive, the continuation of 2009’s Maria Holic. A girl who’s allergic to boys transfers to an all-girl’s school, where she’s roomed up with the only boy. Hijinks ensue. Lots and lots of hijinks. Pretty much all hijinks all the time.

Junior high girls soft tennis club!

Softenni! is the story of a junior high girls soft tennis club. (Soft tennis has the same rules as tennis, but with soft, rubbery balls instead of the regulation balls with fabric on the outside.) It’s based on a seinen manga by Azuchi Ryou. There’s a lot of fanservice and physical humor, but the voice cast (led by Itou Kanae, Kitamura Eri, Itou Shizuka) and art are pretty strong.

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san is another seinen manga conversion. It’s a 15-minute anime about a detective who uses demons to do his work. In particular, a foul-mouthed demon named Azazel who specializes in sexual harrassment. The humor was pretty crude for my tastes, and I didn’t like the character designs much, and this season is so full of other stuff to watch that I’ll probably pass on watching more of this.

Hen-Semi joins the crowd of 15-minute-long seinen manga conversions. It follows a college girl named Matsutaka (played by Hanazawa Kana) who joins a seminar on abnormal physiology because there’s a boy (Ishida Akira) she likes there. Of course, everyone in the seminar, including the boy she likes, exhibits extreme abnormal behavior in one way or another. It’s amusing, but probably low on the priority scale.

Boy meets boy, boy loses boy, etc.

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (streaming on Crunchyroll as “World’s Greatest First Love“) starts off with a high school boy confessing his love to another high school boy. You’d think this should tell you right off whether this show is for you or not, but (maybe) you’d be wrong. After that we end up 10 years later, where the boy is now a man starting work at a publishing house to work on shoujo manga. It’s entertaining in its own way, and might keep the attention of people who don’t usually watch boy’s love stories.

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream (previewed earlier) is pretty much as expected: a show for tween girls, with ice skating, fashion, and trinkets that I’m sure you could conveniently buy at your local accessory shop. Well, if you were in Japan at least. There are even live action segments with real live tween girls displaying the fashions and trinkets.

Astarotte, played by Kugimiya Rie.

Astarotte no Omocha (previewed here and here, and streaming on Crunchyroll as “Astarotte’s Toy“) also delivers on expectations. Astarotte (who is called by that name once at the beginning, then after that only by her nickname Rotte) is a 10-year-old succubus princess who needs the, um, life seed of men if she is to survive to adulthood. The problem is, she hates men. Hijinks ensue, but the pacing is not as crazy as it could be. Might be worth watching just for the high-powered cast (Kugimiya Rie, Tamura Yukari, Horie Yui, Satou Rina, and Nabatame Hitomi).

Ibuki, Ui, and Madoka from Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi.

Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi (streaming on Crunchyroll as “A Bridge to the Starry Skies“) is the story of a boy moving back to the small backwater town he used to live in, with his sickly little brother. If that reminds you of the setting for Yosuga no Sora, well, it pretty much ends there. It’s based on a visual novel game, and it’s pretty light-hearted so far. And yes, there’s an app for that.

The World God Only Knows, this time with more tsundere.

Finally (and thank you for getting this far), Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai II (streaming on Crunchyroll as “The World God Only Knows“) picks up exactly where the first season left off last year. This season starts off with Koshimizu Ami as Kasuga Kusunoki, the captain of the karate club. I’m a fan of the manga, so this is a must-watch for me. (Side note, the end card for the first episode was by Uro Tanomi, which is a psuedonym for Mino Tarou, the character designer for Love Plus.)

Would you believe there’s still more left for the spring season? I didn’t even watch Sket Dance, Jewel Pet Sunshine, Dororon Enma-kun, Heugemono, Yugioh Zexal, Seikon no Qwaser II, or Tono to Issho, all of which have aired. And there are several more new shows that still haven’t aired yet. Feel free to tell me what you think of those, or any of the shows I did cover, in the comments below.

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1 Response to "Spring Anime First Looks, Part 2"

Not a whole hell of a lot in this group has my attention. I may check out The World Only God Knows, as I’ve heard good things about the first season. Gotta watch THAT first tho’. : /

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