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Third week of April. The final batch of new spring anime shows have aired, and so here is the final batch of first looks.

SKET (Support, Kindness, Encouragement, Troubleshoot) Brigade. No actual dancing.

SKET Dance (streaming at Crunchyroll) is a pretty entertaining show about a group of high school students who are… well, basically they’re handymen. They take on jobs that no one else wants to do. I guess you could call it sort of a detective-themed show, with a case or two per week. This was actually from the first week, but got buried. It airs in prime time for kids (6 PM JST on Thursdays), so no naughty stuff and not much violence.

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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.

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Have you guys gone and watched Nichijou/My Ordinary Life yet? I haven’t! But I recently noticed the credits for its opening song, “Hyadain no ka-ka-kata*omoi” (“Hyadain’s un-un-unrequited*love”). Maeyamada Ken’ichi, also known as Hyadain, has been one of my favorite remixers for years, and it was a big surprise to see his music featured in an anime.

From this quirky op, you can see lots of Hyadain’s musical trademarks – chiptune sensibilities, and a whole lot of backing himself up with falsetto. Check after the jump for more of his work, from cute and harmless Dragon Quest remixes to slightly risque love songs to Mega Man.

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It’s April, and the new anime season has begun. (Although, due to the continuing effects of the earthquake, several shows from the last season have not yet aired their conclusions.) Since there are so many new shows starting up this month, I decided to break up the “first looks” post into pieces. So here we go.

Boy meets girl... er, princess... er, dog?

Dog Days kicked off the season with a bang. Tsuzuki Masaki (writer), Kusakawa Keizou (director), and Seven Arcs (animation production) from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series and movie teamed up with a first-rate voice cast for this highly-anticipated show. The opening song is done by one of Dom’s favorite singers, the character designs and art are strong, and all the pieces look to be in place. It remains to be seen if Tsuzuki and Kusakawa can tell a compelling story or if this just becomes an eye candy fluff piece.

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It’s a slow news cycle in Japan thanks to the Golden Week holiday, which means it’s time to take a good hard look at some of the music that’s been released for this season, both good and bad. Above is our first topic: the guitar-heavy opening for Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao, “Realove: Realife” by seiyuu idol group Sphere. It’s a decent tune with the kind of heavy action tempo that I wish the show would demonstrate too, but the TV size hides the group’s shortcomings with this song – if you listen to the full version, I highly recommend listening closely for Toyosaki Aki’s solo, where she proves that while she can carry a tune alright, she can’t sing at the same volume as the other 3 in her group. She sounds like a 5-year-old in a punk band, and it’s hilarious.

I have a soft spot for the Heroman ending by FLOW, “Calling.” This shouldn’t be any surprise to people who have ridden in my car, since I own all of their albums and can’t wait for Fanime to confirm them as guests (oops, did I say that out loud?). The band specializes in light, catchy rock that just makes your day better, and this one is no different. Even the horrendously egregious Engrish in the background can’t bring me down when I listen to this one.

And then we have the surprise star of this season, Sawashiro Miyuki’s whimsically dancy “Title Nante Jibun de Kangaenasai na” (“Think of  a title yourself”). It’s a string of vicious insults sung in Miyukichi’s smoothest tones and set to something resembling ragtime, and I can’t help but love it. The animation that goes with it is just as crazy and weird as the show itself, and I wonder when I’ll be able to buy the single, because this is too fun not to own.

Go after the jump if you’re brave, because that’s where I’ll be posting some of the most execrable “music” from this season (hint: it’s sung by seiyuu who did it on the cheap, and these seiyuu don’t have any business singing for themselves. There’s a reason some characters have a speaking voice and a singing voice).

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Judgment desu no!

I won't say it myself, but I'll let Kuroko do it for me.

It’s always been my policy to give a series 4 full episodes before making a real value judgment on it – it’s a habit left over from my days of reviewing pre-FUNimation DVDs, where 4 episodes a disc was the norm. So, with 4 weeks of the spring anime season in the books now, it’s time to take a look at where I stand with current anime. Which shows am I still watching, and which shows have I dropped like a bad habit? Find out after the jump.

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This is so unfair!
The first week of April is a hectic time for anime fans, as new shows flood out and people fall over themselves making snap judgments based on the first 22 minutes. I tend to wait four weeks before making final decisions about which shows are keepers, which are casual watches, and which are busts, but that doesn’t stop me from forming opinions from the get-go. I’ve almost a dozen new shows over the last week, and here are my quick thoughts about each of them. Feel free to disagree with my opinions after the jump!

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This may be the closest we get to a Daibanchou anime.

Well, this is definitely out of the ordinary: it turns out that the Anime Network isn’t the only outlet for the simulcast of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao! Crunchyroll announced today that it will also be streaming the high school fantasy/comedy. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is unprecedented, but it’s interesting to see the same show licensed for the same medium by two different companies.

Boys love robots!

Crunchyroll has added in the latest announcement in the race to for online streaming rights, and it’s a pretty interesting one – the East-meets-West Heroman. The simulcast will be available every Thursday at 3 AM Pacific time, and while I’m not going to stay up for it, I’m definitely going to add it to my morning ritual. The collaboration of the legendary Stan Lee with Studio Bones has me fascinated, and I really want to see how it all plays out. Hit the jump for the list of countries covered by Crunchyroll, as well as their official synopsis of the show.

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This may be the closest we get to a Daibanchou anime.In a surprise first strike in the spring anime sweepstakes, the Anime Network just announced that it will be streaming the April fantasy/comedy anime Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao from its Anime Network Online site.  The former division of ADV Films will start streaming the show on Friday, April 2. Hit the jump for the text of the network’s press release – the best news is that the series will be available to all registered users, and won’t require the purchase of an Anime Network subscription. Hurray for gateway drugs!

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