Anime Status & Summer 2010

Summer OVAs 2010

Bungaku Shoujo Memoire – 06-10

Three-episode prequel to the upcoming movie told by three main heroines (Amano Touko, Asakura Miu and Kotobuki Nanase)

Koi Suru Boukun – 06-10

Being in love with your not-gay sempai isn’t easy, but being in love with your not-gay, homophobic, and (to top it off) tyrannical sempai can be hell! And that’s something Tetsuhiro Morinaga can relate to… especially now that he’s had a taste of the forbidden fruit!

Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu – 06-10

Tsubaki is a girl who loves making her younger sister’s hair pretty every morning, but she doesn’t think that kind of style suits herself! On the day of her High School Opening Ceremony, after she failed to be the top student (who usually makes the ceremony speech), she finds herself sitting next to the actual top student of the 1st years, the worst rude guy ever, Kyouta. Because of his saying bad things to her she purposely cuts his hair. Kyota requests that Tsubaki pay him back “with her body” but Tsubaki pays him back by fixing his hair and making it even shorter! Afterwards, Kyota unexpectedly kisses Tsubaki and swears he’ll make her his woman.

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail (OAV) – 07-10

Roberta, the terrorist-turned-maid that made her appearance in the first season of ‘Black Lagoon’, returns in this five-episode OVA series – and this time, all bets are off! Roberta’s benefactor, the patriarch of the Lovelace clan, is murdered during a political rally. The assassin’s trail soon leads back to Roanapur – so now she has returned on a mission of vengeance! However, close behind her is the new patriarch, Garcia, as well as Roberta’s apprentice (and maid), Fabiola Iglesias. As the body count of Roberta’s bloody rampage mounts, forces from within the corrupt island (which includes the Lagoon Company), as well as overseas converge on what threatens to escalate into all-out war!

Kure-nai (OAV) – 07-10

A Kure-nai OVA featuring new character designs.

Je t’aime – 07-10

Set in Tokyo in the near future, when all humanity has been wiped out, a lonely basset hound wanders around a deserted city. Its only wish is to feel the warmth of a human being once more.

Shin Koihime†Musō (OAV) – 07-10

The story takes place at St. Francesca Academy. After the battle between the students ended, they all go to a southern island.

Zettai Karen Children (OAV) – 07-10

An OVA series that takes place during the manga’s middle school storyline.

Abnormal Physiology Seminar – Hen Zemi (OAV) – 07-10

Matsutaka Nanako is a normal university student, who happened to enroll in an Abnormal Physiology seminar. She tries to keep her mental state sound, but other abnormal classmates start to influence her personality.

Aki Sora ~Yume no Naka~ (OAV) – 07-10

A sequel to Aki-Sora under a new name.

Black★Rock Shooter – 07-10

Black★Rock Shooter tells of the narrator’s despair and hopelessness as they wander aimlessly, searching for something important to them that they presumably lost. Eventually the narrator gains new hope and decides to move on into the future with courage. The video for the song of the same name became massively popular, featuring Black★Rock Shooter traveling through a bleak city and countryside, riding a motorbike and wielding weapons. Black★Rock Shooter is an original character design by Huke, and happens to resemble Vocaloid Miku Hatsune. The famous 3DPV by Anomaro-P gave Black★Rock Shooter a plotline and backstory, which involves her sister betraying her and turning evil and Black★Rock Shooter being forced to kill her sister to stop the destruction. This plot eventually became the inspiration for the upcoming 2010 anime.

Kuttsukiboshi – 08-10

The story follows an intimate relationship between two girls on their summer vacation.

Mokei Senshi Gunpla Builders Beginning G – 08-10

Irei Hal happens to obtain a precious Gunpla “Beginning Gundam”. He develops his skill as a Gunpla builder through the competitions with his rivals.

Queen’s Blade Utsukushiki Tōshi-tachi (OAV) – 08-10

Mirai Nikki (OAV) – 09-10

Middle school 2nd year, Amano Yukiteru, is a boy who has problem making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time & Space. Seeing Yukiteru’s miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability. His diary will now record events that will happen in the near future. Yukiteru is then forced to participate in a game which the winner will become Deus’s successor.

ToHeart2 adnext (OAV) – 09-10

The first and the second volume will feature Komaki Manaka and Kusakabe Yuuki, respectively.

End note: From OVA, I’ll sample most of it except for the series I haven’t watched. Phew! *wipes brow*this was wayyy long! Around 6,000 words and 17 MS word pages! Hope you enjoyed the update. So, what are you looking forward to watch from the list? Do share! I’m still not sure which show(s) I’ll pick up so would look forward to your two cents on it.

Till next time, Ja ne~

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49 Responses to “Anime Status & Summer 2010”

  1. Flags says:

    I take credit for everything on this list….EVERYTHING!!!
    Also if you think the Hinata episode had wonky animation; wait until you see the most recent episode. It was so wacky I couldn’t help but laugh sadly… :baww:

    • Kyokai says:

      Hahaaa, Ok, special mention for Bakemonogatari rec for sure! ^^;

      What is Perriot thinking and the story has gotten into that interesting mode. Minato!!!

      *Hands out first post cookie*

  2. oplover says:

    YES, I LIKE THIS REVIEW SO, SO MUCH. SHAFT is great, aren’t they? They have arakawa, and of course, Bakemonogatari :thumb:
    I watched the last episode of “bakemonogatari” yesterday, and this again reminds me that, “yes, Compared with Angel Beats, this is more better. No, i mean, this is the best”
    Durara, Arakawa, and the last episode of bakemonogatari. Damn they are awesome! :cute:

    For this summer… i don’t have too much expectation. Just try some, and drop the others….

    • Kyokai says:

      Arigatou ne~ :love:

      I’m an ardent fan of SHAFT and Spring has been obviously good with many gems. Angel beats wasn’t treated right but Bakemonogatari, well, the best of the lot definitely! <3

      I'll watch first episode of every series mentioned on Page 2, let's see which of them make me stay.

  3. Amutofan123 says:

    I agree with you on Kaichou wa Maid-sama, I’ll end up marathoning that too. The ending for Agnel Beats kind of disappointed me, I felt it left a lot of things unexplained. Arakawa~ Easily the best show of the Spring season. At first, I knew nothing about it and was only watching it because some other people I knew were watching it. However, it turned out to be my favorite series I picked up. The characters are amazing. I’m very excited for the second season. I just recently finished Durarara. I started watching it when it first came out, but fell way behind. I’m going to ANN everyday in hopes of seeing ‘Durarara’s 2nd Season Green-Lit”. They must have a 2nd season! oh, and that video… with Izzy… and that Limone-sensei person… It’s very addictive… Bakemonogatari is on my plan-to-watch list. Once I finish the first season, I’ll definitely be watching Kuroshitsuji II. Ookami-san is a maybe. I’m reading the manga for Hiyokoi and it’s adorable! I’ll be watching the movie! And of course, Black Rock Shooter. I have been waiting for Black Rock Shooter forever! That is what I am looking forward to the most this summer.

    • Kyokai says:

      Arakawa came out such a gem with my dream seiyuus too (Mayaa Sakomoto and Hiroshi Kamiya), not to mention Sister and Maria!

      In case of Drrr! started following ANN on twitter for the same reason. That Limone song on Izzy had me in fits yet very addictive indeed =.=;; If you liked Arakawa, you will simply love Bakemonogatari, it’s too awesome for words.

      I’m marathoning Kuroshitsuji right now since I found out that Ciel and Sebby are indeed in the second season–A-1 Pictures, You Trolls!!! 😡

      Will check out Hiyoki’s manga and definitely watch Black Rock shooter. Thanks for your detailed input! Love it! ^^;

  4. Joojoobees says:

    I guess this is that time of the season, where my initial skepticism has worn off, and so I’m more receptive to the new shows than when they were first announced. At the same time the new shows haven’t aired yet, so they might be good for all I know.

    Pretty soon, with a few episodes watched, I’ll look back fondly on today, and the optimism that convinced me, if if just for a few days, that several of these shows might actually be worth following.

    • Kyokai says:

      LOL! I had the same feeling when I sat down to compile this season’s updates. Spring was so GOOD and Fall looks awesome. Why such a bland Summer, when I think I’ll end up seeing 3-5 shows at the most. Le sigh.

  5. Kira says:

    Just saw the first ep of Kuroshitsuji 2 and both Ciel and Sebastian are back!!! The two new characters are only fodder– *cough* I mean rivals to make another awesome series. So freaking happy!! I literally cried when I saw Sebby and Ciel make their appearance. As for the new character Trancy, he honestly scares the crap out of me. Talk about one evil shota.

    • Kyokai says:

      I am so glad to hear that! *glomps* For me Ciel and Sebby can only be the shouta and demon butler I will like. This means I have another Maaya-chan show to follow. Wohoo! :cheer:

  6. Topspin says:

    I’m still wondering how Shinbo’s stuff gets such a following. Granted, his stick-to-the-source-material-like-glue approach isn’t nearly as overbearing and tedious as Maeda’s tearjerkery, but still..

    Is it the arm-flailing Japanese everyman lead? The “I’m going to point out the pun for you now” reactionary humor? Or it is just because people like to root for the underdog, and as everyone knows Shaft and Shinbo are supposedly crap?

    • Kyokai says:

      Dude… how many SHAFT titles have you seen?

      There’s a reason that majority likes Shinbo’s work and generalization never works.

  7. ichigopocky says:

    Out of your top five I have only seen Drrr but I am going to look into the others. Also if you like Giant Killing try Ookiku Furikabutte. I fell in love by like the third episode or so but now I am really depressed since the second season ended :sad3 anywhos I am also sorta losing interest in Kaichou wa Maid-sama but I the manga im still addicted to. Love Usui :woo
    I am actually looking forward to more of the OVAs then new series but I will look into them. Thanks for the update late or not. Having all the info in one places is handy.

    • Kyokai says:

      You should definitely check the others out like Arakawa and Bakemonogatari for sure and I’ll check Ookiku. KwMS is still win because of Usui and Misa but definitely need a break from it.

      I’ll check out most of the OVAs, few movies and 2-3 episode checks of all listed. Let’s see which I end up reviewing, jury is still out.

      Thanks for the compliment! <3

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  10. gwern says:

    > There’s no dearth of fleshed-out characters that engage you from the moment go: Misato Katsuragi, Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley Soryu, Mari Makinami Illustrious and Gendo Ikari are to name a few.

    ‘fleshed-out’? I could maybe buy this for Gendo, but if you think Rei or Asuka or Misato were fleshed-out, I wonder whether you watched the TV series. And Mari is fleshed out by no one’s standards.

    • Kyokai says:

      I haven’t watched the TV series and by fleshed-out I didn’t mean actual explanation done rather the way characters are shown in the middle of things. Seeing how fast paced everything is, still everyone had their own place, own thoughts and repercussions based on their choices. Mari was shown a mystery but interesting as hell. I would never say that any of the mentioned characters seemed left out in the time given and past-flashes.

  11. Mikoto says:

    I actually sank my teeth into Angel Beats with low expectations and got a thrill out of it. xD;;

    • Kyokai says:

      This happened on my second try though the end was just… >.>

  12. Ultimate Tempura from the South says:

    i have to admit Angel Beats was episodes too short…

    but naruto EPISODE 167.

    Its probably the best Epic Moment and Worst Craziest Wildest Animation combined!

    i was laughing.

    • Kyokai says:

      It was so bad that I didn’t know to laugh or cry. Supposedly the most EPIC scene and they distort Kyuubi form so much that it looked more of an orange blob than something formidable. I mean c’mon Perriot! :rage:

  13. Gdragonx says:

    I dont know if you will read the comment, but for the angel beat part.. i got 2 conclusion
    1. Yuzuru is there because Kanade wished for it.. (to say, he wasnt a bug, he just appear so that kanade can be stratify.. Same reason as the program Angel Player and Guild can make weapon out of dirt.. its the tought of people.. Angel Player is a Program made from nothing, same as weapon made from dirt…)
    2. Kanade was there before Yuzuru is a way to tell him that there will not be anyone going there anymore, so there was no reason for him to stay there..

    • Kyokai says:

      I read all the comments and try to respond soon too. Love comments and theories!

      Point one seems plausible because Kanade did want to meet the one who gave her heart. Dunno about point two as Yuzuru did get out and met her in some other life. But of course, with such few episodes too much explanation would’ve been well, too much! ^^;

  14. nagi says:

    Bakemonogatari and Arakawa Under the Bridge are the BEST offers of SHAFT hands down. And Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari is one of the best ED I’ve ever heard. :thumb:

    Oh, that pic featuring our DuRaRaRa trio is awesome! Too much of a dramatic pose! :thumb: I hope there’s a Shizu-chan version of that!

    Ah, Kaichou wa Maid-sama is losing its luster indeed (but not Usui-sama of course! NEVER! :rage: ) I feel I should put this aside as well and marathon it later.

    With Angel Beats, yeah, almost everyone felt the lack of episodes to get things right but the GirlsDeMo (esp. Iwasawa/Marina’s voice) and Kanade’s wings were enough for me to love this series eternally. :love:

    Nice job in doing this Kyokai-chan! Otsukaresama deshita! :thumb:

    • Kyokai says:

      I totally agree with you! Bakemonogatari and Arakawa are many levels of awesome. I couldn’t find very dramatic poses like the above trio but a special nugget for you.

      Except for the end, Angel Beats was definitely one of the good ones out of Spring now let’s see how the average summer goes.

      Arigatou ne~ nagi-chan! Yoroshiku onegaishimus~! <3

  15. Mint says:

    Whoah, epic post, Kyo~ You managed to pull off what a team of six writers couldn’t manage to do out of sheer lazyness. xP (Uh, I mean, extenuating circumstances! Those circumstances being, procrastination.)

    What what what Ciel and Sebastian return?? What’s up with that character switcheroo it seemed like they were pulling off? I guess I’ll watch some of that, and maybe Amagami SS, BRS, and Ookami, but summer as a whole is just average. I’ll be checking back here to see if you blog anything that looks interesting, though, since I trust your opinions ;D (Ooh, and you called me Mint-chan! This makes me happy. :D)

    • Kyokai says:

      Arigatou~ Mint-chan! ^^; You already know the Summer draft has been alive for months x_X

      Yes, you heard it right, A-1 trolled the fans! But at least we’ve a show to fangirl over, ne~? I’m still not sure which of the above I’ll be regularly following, everything depends upon the two-episode check and I agree, Summer is average compared to spring.

      You are a precious Kyohai after all! ^^;

  16. umi_no_mizu says:

    AHHH SHIKI!!!! im probably going to die from fangirling on that one… i mean it has Gackt as a seiyuu!!! I’ve been looking forward to it since i first heard about it a while ago here >_>

    Kuroshitsuji looks good. I already love their opening. The Gazette make some awesome songs ^_^

    Nurarihyon no Mago looks like it could turn out good too… but i think the plot, characters and ideas are all… completely unoriginal i guess. I’m still crossing my fingers for it though!

    There seems to be a lot of harem ones this season… and not reverse harems but the regular kind T_T

    OAV wise…. I probably died from happiness when i saw Koisuru Boukun on there! thats one of my fave yaoi mangas XD

    Also Kyou, Koi wo Hajimasu i am hoping turns out good. I mean its a great storyline which, if they keep to it, will create an awesome shoujo

    • Kyokai says:

      You just listed down most of the titles that I would definitely check out!

      Shiki: I have very high expectations from this. Hopefully it would live up to the hype.

      Kuroshitsuji II: I’m sooo glad that Ciel and Sebby are back. Though Alois sure is one nasty brat and Claude very different from Sebby.

      Nurarihyon no Mago, it’s been some time I watched something youkai related and this might be the ticket if DEEN treated it well.

      Amagami, Mitsudomoe and Seitokai are just to name a few in case of harems, while in OVAs, I’ll definitely watch these two, whose mangas I’ve completed (Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu I dropped after a while because of too much doraoma).

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  18. Hellomotto says:

    Damn, this was a VERY long post!!! I like long posts though. And it wasn’t tl;dr too. Yay!

    It seems like we’ll be watching the same series for the summer, though I won’t be keeping up that much due to “limited” internet access. XD

    As for Nurarihyon no Mago, I’m hoping that it turns into Natsume Yuujinchou…but it looks like it isn’t. It looks more like Inuyasha…meh.

    (Btw, I need to talk to you more often!!!)

  19. Xiao says:

    Gah, I’m sorry for not commenting lately (and for this to be so late, gomen! >.<), Kyo-chan. Been away for vacation and had no internet access. Plus I’m still recovering for jetlag so I’m a little behind in everything. ^^;

    Anyways, yayzies for a long status post. Gonna make lots of comments to make up for the past two weeks so prepare yourself! LOL xD;

    But before I get into anything, I will have to scold you for not telling me your twitter account sooner. *already followed you* But since you love Bakemonogatari so much and are a Senjougahara devotee, I shall forgive you. <3

    Alrighty, moving on!

    Uwah, your watch list is as long as ever. I think you’d make a great buddy for watching anime with in general cuz I’d need someone to sit with me through all those shows otherwise I wouldn’t do it. xD;

    KwMS! – I somewhat agree a lot. The show has reached the point where it’s gone back down to low-level interest yet is still able to remain entertaining. On a weekly basis, anyways. And that’s a heck of a deal for a slice-of-life, shoujo anime. I’d say there’ll be more things to talk about when Misaki’s tsuntsun barrier starts to melt considerably and her side of the relationship with Usui actually starts moving somewhere. Knowing Misaki, that’s going to take a while. Heh.

    DtB Gaiden – OMG, we should totally duet Jesus Cloud together when the last OVA airs this month cuz it will be TT_______________________TT , I tell you! … TT___________TT

    Angel Beats! – Yea, this was cut way too short. I think the ending would have been more acceptable (I love it actually but I wanted more before seeing the end) if P.A Works had given this more time. Overall, it was a pretty ambitious project to begin with so I can understand if the studio was being cautious about dragging it out too long. You can lose viewers when new stuff comes in every season, y’know. Still, there’s enough Key fans to support this so I’m still stumped over how it’s just 13 episodes. :/
    In any case, I’m glad you came back to watch it all the way through. The characters were indeed special, each in their own ways and it was bittersweet to see them part to move onto their next lives.

    Did I mention how emotional I got when Otonashi confessed to Kanade and she disappeared after saying thank you? Omg, Key, this is why your fans can’t stand you! *bawls* ;__;

    Katanagatari – C’MERE AND LET ME GIVE YOU A HUG!! *HUG* <3333
    God, I’m always the happiest when I hear another person convert to Katanagatari-ism or whatever. Lol I’ve heard too many shallow viewers criticize it for the excess of dialogue without researching who wrote this book the anime was adapted from in the first place. And it’s not like simple talk talk talk either. It’s Nisioisin-written talk talk talk. YEA. 8D
    Anyways, glad to know someone knows how to appreciate Shichika as much as they do Togame. Seriously, Shichika does not get enough love (and admit it, Togame would be boring without him around) so here are cookies to ya for loving them both. *gives cookies* 😀

    Expect ep 7 to be one major WTF, though. Moreso than the ep 4 troll…and that’s not even the beginning of it, sadly. ^^;

    Arakawa – Although I didn’t watch this even halfway through, I approve of it getting into the top 5 spots and agree, it is the best out of all the spring season shows. I think you described all its eccentric qualities in full very well so I won’t add more to that. Personally, it was just too out of my comfort zone for me to want to finish it. ^^;

    DRRR!! – What can I say about this? …Hmm. “How the Dullahan saved Winter 2010”? S-shut up, it doesn’t have to be Christmas! *tsuntsun* LOL xD;
    All that’s left to say is when the sequel will be. There’s been some discussion about that over at the LJ community already so I’m sure it’ll be coming within the next year but I’d also like some confirmation for Kimi no Todoke before then. KnT, how I miss it. T3T

    FMA – I…will marathon this…after I finished Kuroshitsuji. *nods fervently*

    Ok, if someone told me last year that I’d have to wait a year for the last episode to air, I would’ve strangled them. But oh, I think the last episode was almost enough to make up for the very, very, very long wait. Of course, I had no doubt it my mind it would be good. I just had to hate SHAFT a bit for repeatedly pushing back the release dates. *pouts*

    Anyways, god, I will miss everyone, too. Especially Hitagi and Ararararararagi (;P) cuz they’re so OTP, it’d put all OTPs of this year to shame…I think. I’m just speaking on a whim here, don’t mind me, lol.
    Good news is that there are plans for animation of the other novels that haven’t been covered yet. This includes the prequel to Bakemonogatari, which is Kizumonogatari (I hope I got that right) and it goes over how Araragi and Shinobu (and Oshino) met. I think characters arcs for Araragi’s sisters, Karen and Tsukihi, are also up there in this project. Whether it’ll be an OVA or not, I’m not sure.
    And that’s the bad news. If SHAFT is the one to take up these arcs, it will be even longer before the DVDs come out. Things like this have no promised release date so it can be very long before we hear news of it again. Hopefully, it won’t take forever oh yea, I just cursed it, doh! since Bakemonogatari is still very popular so it’ll be a smart chance for them to earn some quick money if their budget is sinking again. *sigh* SHAFT… -.-

    Haha, wow, I’m almost at 2 pages with this thing. I better save it just in case my comment doesn’t go through. XD;

    So, summer season…

    Shiki~ I saw an exhibition for this while I was at Akihabara in Tokyo and let me just say, it’s looking pretty awesome so far. Extra points for including Gackt in it which is <3
    I can’t wait to see the first episode! *excited* x3

    HoTD, if you have high tolerance for a lot of blatant fanservice, is pretty good so far. I don’t intend on staying with it but I’ll give ep 2 a try before dropping it altogether. Just to see the other characters, y’know.

    Ookami – Pretty funny, pretty good. Just might be the best (or most popular) watch of the season.

    Nurarihyon no Mago – Going to check this out but don’t think I’ll stick with it, tho. Seems like generic shounen material. :/

    Kuroshitsuji II – Marathoning first season before episode 2 comes out. All I have to say so far is, Ciel and Sebastian pwn the newbies (but that’s only because I find Alois very rude and in need of hard spanking).

    Movies I’m not even going to bother with until it’s available for download. Out of all the ones on the list, I’m looking forward to Gundam 00 the most. And as for OVAs, Black Rock Shooter is a guarantee. Expecting lots of posts to shoot up in my reader for that.

    I’m still waiting on the torrent for Bungaku Shoujo cuz it was released two weeks ago and urgh, it just frustrates me cuz I really want to watch it! Someone needs to hurry up and upload the raw already. I don’t care about subs right now, I NEED THE RAW! *goes crazy* @A@;;;

    And…might look briefly into Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu but only because I want to hear a certain seiyuu in the cast.

    *sigh* …Damn that was long. xD; Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I hope I didn’t break the comment box or anything. I’ll be looking forward to the posts you’ll have for summer. ^^

  20. Paulus says:

    Congratulations – you’ve just rated a new fan 🙂

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