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Anime summer season 2012

June 17, 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.

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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~”.

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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”.

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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?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2012 9:20 pm

    Oda and kokoro sound nice to watch, but I still need to finish K-on and some k-drama. I think I’ll probably get time to watch anime again when September comes rolling around ;p

  2. June 17, 2012 10:13 pm

    I love yuri but Yuru Yuri looks like the dumbest show ever. Looks too much like K-On. I’m so far behind that I’ll be watching Winter and Spring Anime this summer, if anything.

  3. June 17, 2012 10:18 pm

    @Selvinas
    Oh my, sounds like you’ll have lots of catching up to do by then!
    @glothelegend
    Truth be told I fell behind on a few shows myself, but seems like I’ll have to wait for some holiday time off to ever catch up on those.
    “Yuru Yuri” was ok enough for me, I enjoyed it, but indeed it did lack in yuri, though it doesn’t look like “K-ON!” at all.

  4. Devastator001 permalink
    June 19, 2012 5:19 am

    For Me it’s Rinne No Lagrange and Total Eclipse

    Might take a gander at Sword Art Online too

  5. June 19, 2012 7:35 pm

    @Devastator001
    That’s not too many shows. Do none of the other series tickle your fancy?

  6. June 20, 2012 4:14 am

    I actually thought the mix of comedy, light yuri, and slice of life was perfect in Yuruyuri. It’s the series I’m most looking forward to and I hope they don’t change it from the first season 😛

  7. June 20, 2012 8:09 pm

    @anonymous_object
    Really? I liked the show but felt it was a bit too much comedy and slapstick comedy, bit more yuri and slice-of-life would have been nicer. Especially since even the definite pairings didn’t get anywhere and I definitely want to see Himawari & Sakurako getting somewhere more serious. ^^

  8. Devastator001 permalink
    June 22, 2012 7:24 am

    @Smithy

    Might add others after getting watching some of the first eps to give me their impression XD. Also Not enough time 😄

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