Anime summer season 2012
Almost time for the new anime season so let’s take a look at what series are going to air to see which will be on my watch list and what other shows seem interesting to try out.
Summer of 2012 is definitely a season with plenty of sequels to watch, including “Rinne no Lagrange 2”, “Yuru Yuri ♪♪” and “Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II”. Will not pick up the second season of “Dog Days” as I have not seen its first season.
As a yuri fan will of course watch “Yuru Yuri ♪♪”. Quite liked the first season even though the slapstick comedy overshadowed everything else a bit much. Its mix of school slice-of-life, yuri pairings and silly comedy wasn’t always ideal, so hope the second season will do better.
While its plot is rather convoluted and the large number of characters rather confusing, enjoyed “Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon” thanks to its successful nice mix of sci-fi action, silly comedy and ecchi moments, so will be watching the second season.
The third sequel on my watch list is “Rinne no Lagrange”, though it did wrap up a main plot line during its first run, it left many other things unanswered, so a second season is welcome. “Rinne no Lagrange” did contain some dramatic tones, but it had plenty of comedy, slice-of-life and robot action too.
“Tari Tari” looks like a very promising show, my interest in was immediately piqued upon seeing the promotional video. Judging by that promo, it might be a school slice of life show with some music and possibly romantic elements, it actually felt like “True Tears” mixed with some “Tamayura ~hitotose~”.
With a core plot of its main characters literally fighting for their lives while trapped in a virtual reality mmorpg, “Sword Art Online” reminds me of the venerable “hack//sign”, a series that had some terrific underlying themes. The promotional illustrations of “Sword Art Online” promise plenty of eye candy.
Adapted from the manga written by Kumeta Kuoji of “Sayonara Setzubou Sensei” fame, “Joshiraku” looks like it could be a hilarious slapstick comedy following a group of girls in their everyday life so will try it out.
While it is yet another series seeing a present day person transported back to the Sengoku era where all the legendary warriors happen to be cute girls, will try out “Oda Nobuna no Yabou” for it just might be better than the disappointing “Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox”.
Light novel adaptation “Kokoro Connect” which revolves around five high school friends who have their bodies switched looks rather promising. The animation and character design style by Horiguchi Yukiko who also worked on “Hyouka” and “K-ON!” is off course appealing if you’re a fan of this style.
One of the final shows I plan to sample is “Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate”, a visual novel adaptation which I hope will not fall prey to the all too common harem series tropes.
Might still try a few other shows but the above is already plenty.
The summer season will also have several OVA and OAD releases from terrific series that I don’t want to miss, like “Hyouka”, “Nazo no Kanojo X”, “Tamayura ~hitotose~”, “Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!”, “Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Futari no Elder”, “Seitokai Yakuindomo”, “Shinryaku! Ika Musume” and “The iDOLM@STER Special”.
Tell me, what’s on your watch list for summer?