Spring Anime 2009 Preview

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Spring Anime 2009 is upon us and some of them already started on the past week. I know I am a little bit late on my Spring anime preview but better late than never right ?. There are quite a few series that sparks my interest, although, I still need to finish my back log of anime from previous fall/winter season. Read more below for my watch list this spring season 2009.

Sengoku Basara

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Summary

Sengoku Basara is an anime adaption from a game with the same title. The story takes place during Sengoku period where Japan was split into smaller states battling over land and authority. Two main warlords are Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune, on the other hand, Sengoku Basara is Oda Obunaga.

Animation Production

Production I.G

Director

Itsuro Kawasaki (Arc the Lad, Canvas2 ~Niji-iro no Sketch~, L/R: Licensed by Royalty, Rental Magica)

Character Design

Tooru Ookubo

OP

“JAP” by Abingdon Boys School

ED

“Break and Peace” by Dustz

Seiyuu

· Kazuya Naka (Yajiro Kojima in Grenadier, Roronoa Zoro in One Piece) as Date Masamune

· Norio Wakamoto (Emperor in Code Geass, Gargoyle in Yoshinaga-san’ chi no Gargoyle) as Oda Nobunaga

· Souichiro Hoshi (Kaoru Hanabishi in Ai Yori Aoshi, Son Goku in Saiyuki, Kira Yamato in Gundam Seed, Kei Kusanagi in Onegai Teacher) as Sanada Yukimura.

Airing time

April 2nd

Comment

Another game adaption that captures my interest. It should be interesting to see whether it can keep my interest or not. Being produce dby Production I.G. and directed by an experienced director, Itsuro Kawasaki, it should be at least decent.

K-ON!

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Summary

A story about a first year middle schooler named Yui who is in a dilemma picking a club to join. Meanwhile, the light music club headed by Ritsu, the drummer, is looking for members , otherwise, the club might be disbanded due to lack of members. One big problem is that Yui does not know how to play any instrument and her talent in music is close to zero.

Animation Production

Kyoto Animation

Director

Hisako Yamada

Character Design

Yukiko Horiguchi (Lucky Star)

OP

“Cagayake! GIRLS” by Aki Toyosaki with Yoko Hikasa, Satomi Satou and Minako Kotobuki

ED

” Don’t say ”lazy”” by Yoko Hikasa with Aki Toyosaki, Satomi Satou and Minako Kotobuki

Seiyuu

· Aki Toyosaki (Yoshino in Minami-ke) as Yui Hirasawa

· Minako Kotobuki (Rika Dobashi in Hatsukoi Limited) as Tsumugi Kotobuki

· Satomi Satou (Aine Shizuma in Asura Cryin’, Yuzuki Mikage in Jigoku Shouju Mitsuganae ) as Ritsu Tainaka

· Yoko Hikasa (Ritsu Shioizumi in Asura Cryin’ , Minamo Negishi in Sketchbook ~full color’S ~) as Mio Akiyama.

Airing time

April 2nd

Comment

I definitely noticed character design similarity with Lucky Star even though I have not watched it yet (please forgive me >.>). As far as my anime-watching goes, music-theme anime tends to have good OP ,ED and insert songs (eg Becks, Full Moon wo Sagashite) so I expect some good tunes from this anime.

Pandora Hearts

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Summary

A 15-year old teenager named Oz Bezarius who is one of the heir of the duke houses is living a good life and being carefree. At his coming-of-age ceremony, he’s casted into a prison known as Abyss without any reasons and saved by a chain known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. In addition, an organization known as Pandora seems to have interest in him.

Animation Production

Xebec

Director

Takao Kato (Buso Renkin, Yaiba, Megaman NT Warrior, Over Drive, Rockman.EXE , To Love-Ru, Zoids)

Character Design

Chizuru Kobayashi ,Shinichi Yamaoka

OP

“Parallel Hearts” by FictionJunction

ED

“Maze” by savage genius

Seiyuu

· Ayako Kawasumi (Aoi Sakuraba in Ai Yori Aoshi, Osaka in Azumanga Daioh. Lafiel in Crest of the Stars, Saber in Fate/stay night, Reina in Queen’s Blade and many more) as Alice

· Junko Minagawa (Ayaka Yukihiro in Negima, Ryoma Ichizen in Prince of Tennis, Akira in Aria series) as Oz Bezarius

· Kousuke Toriumi (Kouga Gennosuke in Basilisk, Rik Heisenberg in Digi Charat, Kyousuke Kanou in Hungry Heart – Wild Striker, Kiba Inuzuka in Naruto ) as Raven.

Other notable staff

Yuki Kajiura (Theme song arrangement,composition and lyrics).

Airing time

April 2nd

Comment

I am expecting a good OP and ED coming from FictionJunction and savage genius. So far in my experience, any songs sung by them should be at least decent and enjoyable. If you add those two groups with Yuki Kajiura, my expectation is high on the OP and ED. Top notch seiyuu such as Ayako Kawasumi and Junko Minagawa should add quality to this anime.

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

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Summary

An innocent young man named Zwei got involved in a covert operation by an organization named Inferno. He was brain-washed and trained to be the organization’s assasion and team-up with the organization’s top assassion named Ein, an emotionless young women.

Animation Production

Bee Train

Director

Koichi Mashimo (Blade of the Immortal, El Cazador de la Bruja, Madlax, Noir, Sorcerer Hunters , Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE and .hack series)

Character Design

· Minako Shiba (MADLAX, Noir)

· Mutsumi Sasaki (Chaos;Head, Futakoi, Happy Lesson, Myself;Yourself )

· Yoko Kikuchi (Arc the Lad, El Cazador de la Bruja, Macross Plus OAV, Noir, Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations and Tsubasa: Shunraiki)

· Yoshiaki Tsubata

· Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Blade of the Immortal)

OP

“Karma” by KOKIA

ED

“Gates of Hell” by ALI PROJECT

Seiyuu

· Ayahi Takagaki (Otome Asakura in D.C. II, Feldt Grace in Gundam OO, Megumi Yamamoto in S.A.) as Ein

· Miyu Irino (Sora in Kingdom Hearts, Saji Crossroad in Gundam OO, Syaoran in Tsubasa Chronicles) as Zwei

Airing time

April 2nd

Comment

Without looking at the episode summary and judging just by the animation studio, director and the character design, we all kinda figured it out that this anime will be noir/madlax type. The description of Ein which is an emotionless young women clearly reminds me of Kirika from Noir. I have a high expectation from this anime and hopefully it will be as good as Noir. The ED song is sung by ALI PROJECT so I am hoping for some nice tunes ^^

Queen’s Blade

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Summary

The story is about a girl named Reina, a princess, who wants to see the world. During her adventure, she encountered a demon girl who squirts acidic milk out of her boobs.

Animation Production

ARMS

Director

Kinji Yoshimoto (Genshiken 2, Plastic Little, Night Shift Nurses, La Blue Girl)

Character Design

Rin Shin (Blade of the Immortal)

OP

“Get the door” by Rie Oohashi

ED

“Omoide to Yakusoku (思い出と約束)” by Ayako Kawasumi, Mamiko Noto and Aya Hirano

Seiyuu

· Atsuko Tanaka (Trish in Devil May Cry, Caster in F/SN, Motoko Kusanagi in GITS) as Claudette

· Aya Hirano (you all should know who she is >.>) as Nanael

· Ayako Kawasumi (Aoi Sakuraba in Ai Yori Aoshi, Osaka in Azumanga Daioh. Lafiel in Crest of the Stars, Saber in FS/N and many more) as Reina

· Mamiko Noto (Sayoko Mishima in AMG, Kotomi Ichinose in Clannad, Yuka in Elfen Lied, Aya Toujou in Ichigo 100%, Enma Ai in Jigoku Shoujo, Emi Kizaki in Kurogane no Linebarrels and many more) as Tomoe.

Airing time

April 2nd

Comment

If I may say, there is no story line and it’s all about OPPAI and FAN SERVICE, enough said ^^. Quite a few all star seiyuu in this anime. If you look at the list, Aya Hirano, Ayako Kawasumi, Atsuko Tanaka and Mamiko Noto. They all have a lot of lead character roles.

You like OPPAI and FAN SERVICE, this anime is a must watch.

Senjou no Valkyria ~Gallian Chronicles~

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Summary

The story is taking place in Europa (a fiction continent of Europe) during the war time. A small country of Gallia is being caught in the midst of war between Atlantic Federation and East European Imperial Alliance over mineral Ragnite.

Animation Production

A-1 Pictures Inc. (A subsidiary of Aniplex)

Director

Yasutaka Yamamoto

Character Design

Atsuko Watanabe

OP

“Ashita e no Kizuna” by HIMEKA

ED

“Ano Kaze ni Notte” by pe’zmoku

Seiyuu

· Marina Inoue (Yoko in Gurren Lagann, Wataru Tachibana in Hayate no Gotoku, Erio Mondial in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Kana Minami in Minami-ke, Kyoko Mogami in Skip Beat!) as Alicia Melchiott

· Susumu Chiba (Sai Fujiwara in Hikaru no Go, Kenji Sasaki in AD Police, Tatsuya Asagiri in Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na -Crescent Love- ) as Welkin Gunther.

Airing time

April 2nd

Comment

The story line seems pretty good and it does look promising as something that comes as a game adaptation. I haven’t played the game yet but quite a few of my friends seem to enjoy it. This one is definitely worth a try.

OP song is sung by HIMEKA who is actually a Canadian from Laval, Quebec who currently resides in Japan. Hell ya, go CANADA ^^. Her blog is himeka.wordpress.com. She won a Japan Anime Song Audition in Japan last September. Her song for the final stage is Kirameku Namida wa Hoshi ni from FS/N which makes me even more proud of her.

Stage 1 and 2

Final Stage

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Summary

You all should what this anime is about ^^;; , otherwise, failed.

Animation Production

BONES

Director

Yasuhiro Irie (Kurau: Phantom Memory)

Character Design

Hiroki Kanno (RahXephon, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (OAV) )

OP

“again” by YUI

ED

– Uso (Lie)” by SID

Seiyuu

· Rie Kugimiya (Yuuhi Katagiri in Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, Kagura in Gintama, Nagi Sanzenin in Hayate no Gotoku, Miharu Rokujou in Nabari no Ou, Shana in Shakugan no Shana and many more) as Alphonse Elric

· Romi Paku (Hitsugaya Toushirou in Bleach, Temari in Naruto as Edward Elric, Nana Osaki in Nana)

· Megumi Takamoto (Chao Rinshen in Negima!, Misaki Sawakura in White Album) as Winry Rockbell

· Shinichiro Miki ( Kisuke Uehara in Bleach, Kurz Weber in Full Metal Panic, Takumi Fujiwara in Initial D, Lockon Stratos in Gundam OO, Akira Yuki in Virtua Fighter) as Roy Mustang.

Airing time

April 5th

Comment

OP song is sung by YUI so decent tune is to be expected. The main cast of Elric brothers is the same as the previous series but the cast for other characters eg. Winry Rockbell and Roy Mustang are different. Are you guys expecting a lot from this remake ?

Tears to Tiara

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Summary

Riannon is set to be sacrificed to appease resurrected demon lord Arawn. As her brother Arthur attempts to rescue her, Arawn defies those who resurrected him and frees Riannon from her captors, leading to her admiration of him. Arawn acts as a leader and assembles a party of companions.

Animation Production

Oriental Light & Magic , WHITE FOX

Director

Tomoki Kobayashi (Ichigo 100% (OAV), Sola and Utawarerumono)

Character Design

Masahiko Nakata (Utawarerumono)

OP

“Free and Dream” by Suara

ED

“Blue sky, True sky” by Aira Yuki

Seiyuu

· Makoto Ishii (Kazuki Makabe in Fafner, Shinichirou Nakagami in True Tears) as Arthur

· Toru Ohkawa (Roy Mustang in FMA (not the latest one), Death Scythe in Soul Eater) as Arawn

· Yuko Goto (Hiro in Hidamari Sketch, Asahina Mikuru in Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kaede Fuyou in Shuffle) as Riannon.

Airing time

April 5th

Comment

Another adaptation anime from a game with the same title. The story line is lacking (Save the world kind-a-thing) but I will probably still enjoy it just as I enjoy Tales of Abyss

Shangri-la

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Summary

The story is about a young girl Kuniko Hojou who is careless, has a free spirit and leadership skills. Not only that, she is a leader of a rebel group called Metal-Age who protests against the government and takes on army with a single boomerang. The background sets aside in a future Tokyo who has been transformed to a forest city to reduce carbon dioxide emisions and temperature. The good intention from a government causes a suffering for the poor and under priviledged.

Animation Production

Gonzo

Director

Makoto Bessho (Ah! My Goddess: The Movie)

Character Design

Range Murata (Blue Submarine No.6, Last Exile)

OP

Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare (キミシニタモウコトナカレ)” by May’n

ED

“Hajimari no Asa ni Hikari Are. (はじまりの朝に光あれ。)” by midori

Seiyuu

· Mikako Takahashi (Amy in Burst Angel, Rusyuna Tendo in Grenadier, Ayumi Yamada in Honey and Clover, Rita in Sisters of Wellber) as Kuniko Houjou

· Yui Ariga as Mikuni

· Yuka Iguchi (Index in To Aru Majutsu no Index, Aiko Andou in True Tears) as Karin Ishida.

Airing time

April 5th

Comment

Shangri-la has an interesting background which somewhat reflects our world today as we seem to be facing the same issues with carbon dioxide emissions and green house effects.

Saki

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Summary

A story about a girl named Saki who happens to hate Mahjong. One day, her close friend, Kyou, drags her to her school mahjong club to fill an empty seat on their daily game. She scores a perfect zero everytime and gains interest from the club president and the club ace, Nodoka, who is totally intimidated by Saki

Animation Production

Gonzo

Director

Manabu Ono (Dragonaut – The Resonance )

Character Design

Masakatsu Sasaki

OP

“Glossy:MMM” by Miyuki Hashimoto

ED

Netsuretsu Kangei Wonderland (熱烈歓迎わんだーらんど)” by Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu, Rie Kugimiya, Ryoko Shiraishi and Shizuka Itou

Seiyuu

· Ami Koshimizu (Kallen in Code Geass, Claes in Gunslinger Girl, Yumi Hoshino in Kimi Kiss Pure Rouge, Nanaka In Myself: Yourself and many more) as Nodoka Haramura

· Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch in Code Geass, Hisataka Katou in Kurogane no Linebarrels, Kei Takishima in S.A. , Kraft Lawrence in Spice and Wolf and many more) as Kyoutarou Suga

· Kana Ueda (Tohsaka Rin in F/S N, Hayate Yagami in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) as Saki Miyanaga

· Rie Kugimiya (Yuuhi Katagiri in Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka, Kagura in Gintama, Nagi Sanzenin in Hayate no Gotoku, Miharu Rokujou in Nabari no Ou, Shana in Shakugan no Shana and many more) as Yuki Kataoka

· Ryoko Shiraishi (Kaede Nagase in Negima!, Hayate Ayasaki in Hayate no Gotoku) as Mako Someya

· Shizuka Itou (Lenalee in D.Gray-man, Nadie in El Cazador de la Bruja, Iori Yoshizuki in I”s Pure OAV, Eika Ichijo in Sky Girls, Kotona Elegance in Zoids Genesis) as Hisa Takei

Airing time

April 5th

Comment

An interesting take of sport anime and this time is Mahjong. It totally reminds me of Hikaru no Go since it’s also a board game. The weird thing is that in Saki, majority characters are cute girls which is totally the opposite of Hikaru no Go. This would be something that I would watch during my spare time.

Eden of the East

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Summary

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as “Careless Monday,” does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later… Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he’s holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash. (ANN)

Animation Production

Production I.G

Director

Kenji Kamiyama (GITS: SAC , Moribito)

Character Design

Chika Umino (Honey and Clover)

OP

“Falling Down” by Oasis

ED

“Futuristic Imagination” by School Food Punishment

Seiyuu

· Ryohei Kimura (Roche in Neo Angelique Abyss, Satoru Nishimura in Natsume Yujin-Chou) as Akira Takizawa

· Saori Hayami (Musubi in Sekirei, Kou in Wagaya no Oinarisama) as Saki Morimi

Airing time

April 5th

Comment

This certainly looks promising due to being directed by Kenji Kamiyama and you can certainly feel the amount of mystery in this anime which just makes you wanting even more ^^.

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  5 comments for “Spring Anime 2009 Preview

  1. Rin
    April 9, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’ll be watching a few of this animes this season…
    K-ON is a must!!!!!
    Queens Blade is a big no…

    Rins last blog post..Finally Here!!!

  2. April 10, 2009 at 4:54 am

    @Rin: Queen’s Blade is mostly about oppai + fan service ^^

  3. April 10, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    i never watch a food anime before so i’ll give K-ON! a try. (‘~’)

    gordons last blog post..Random Photo Shoot 6

  4. Taco
    April 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    K-on is probably the best anime this season
    i like FMA too but its just a better graphics and same story

  5. April 25, 2009 at 5:44 am

    @gordon: K-ON! is definitely worth watching.

    @Taco: I found FMA to be repetitive so kinda lost my interest, on the other hand, K-ON is a must see for this season.

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