Summer 2015 Seasonal Preview
Hello there fellow readers,
Well here is another series of firsts for me in doing blogging: seasonal previews and episodic reviews for a series. I know my fellow blogger Ramo Zemog does these every season, so I figured why not do it as well. Of course, I will be doing only one show this season in terms of episodic reviews. With that in mind, here’s the list for Summer (July-September) 2015 anime that I will be watching:
Wakaba Girl (short series) July 3 2015
Director: Seiji Watanabe
Script: Jukki Hanada
“The story centers around the activities of Wakaba Kohashi, “a slightly out-of-tune super” daughter of a well-to-do family, and her friends. Wakaba (literally, “young leaves”) looks like an elegant rich daughter, but she admires the trendy gyaru fashion subculture. There is also the pure, innocent, fairy-tale-like Moeko. Mao is capricious and behaves in her own way. Nao used to be an athletic type of girl, but now loves the boys-love genre.” (ANN)
Ok, so we got a former KyoAni Key Animator helming it, with a main writer for KyoAni projects handling the scripts to boot-this is promising so far. Oh and Yui Hara, the creator of Kiniro Mosaic, is also behind this 4-koma about more cute girls doing cute things. It is the first solo outing for a relatively new studio, but hopefully they can do something nice and soothing with admittedly bite-sized Girls Club anime. I can’t wait and speaking of Girls Club anime…
Non Non Biyori Repeat (Season 2) July 7 2015
Studio: Silver Link
Director: Shinya Kawamo
Script: Reiko Yoshida, Fumihiko Shimo and Yuka Yamada
“Elementary school student Ichijou Hotaru has moved with her parents from Tokyo to the middle of the country. Now she must adapt to her new school, where there are a total of 5 students in the same class who range through elementary and middle school ages. Join their everyday adventures in the countryside.” (MangaHelpers)
For those who liked their Girls Club anime to be standard size. I like the first season quite a lot, though I watched some time after it had initially come out. It is best described as nice comfort food anime-soothing Slice of Life show about a group of girls hanging out in the Japanese countryside. I am sure OG Man will be covering it on his site as episodic reviews.
Overlord July 7 2015
Director: Naoyuki Itou
Script: Yukie Suguwara
“In the year 2138, virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, one player named Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as “the most powerful wizard.” The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.” (ANN)
Neat another entry of ‘dude trapped in MMOPRG’ sub-genre that has been made popular, for better and for worse by SAO. Thankfully we don’t have to worry too much about this title. Granted the director is a rookie and the main writer is a mainstay of A-1 Pictures’ more infamous productions (SAO, Nanana, Mahouka) but Madhouse producing it gives me some hope. This looks interesting and some promise, perhaps, we shall see.
Gakko Gurashi July 9 2015
Director: Masaomi Ando
Script: Norimitsu Kaiho
“Takeya Yuki is in love with the school. For her, it’s a wonderful place, where she enjoys her school activities, especially the activities of her club: School Life Club. The club has Rii-chan as the president, Kurumi-chan as another member, and the teacher, Megu-nee, always there for them. Yes, she is in love with her school… on her mind. Because, for her, the reality of the school and their club’s activities is way too hard to be perceived.
The First Article of the “School Life Club” Code reads: The School Life Club encourages a spirit of self-governing independence by camping at school, as well as socializing with various after-school clubs, which you can’t enjoy from regular classes alone.” (Moetron)
This may prove to be an Interesting combo: Girls Club anime set in a zombie apocalypse. It is made by a schmuck at Nitroplus who isn’t Gen Urobuchi, based on his original manga. It is nice to have him, the original creator, write the animated adaptation. Hopefully this will be his breakout hit in the same way Urobuchi did with Madoka back in 2011. Time will tell, though from what I’ve heard, it seems promising.
Venus Project (OVA) July 12 2015
Director: Takehiro Nakayama
Script: Go Zappa
“The story is set in Japan in the future, not too long from now. In this world, data devices and video technology have been progressing to new heights, and people are abuzz about a new form of entertainment — Formula Venus. In Formula Venus, abbreviated as F-V, the chosen top idols battle in live performances with their willpower, skills, and all the experience gained. The story is about the drama that happens among the girls in Venus Project as they aim for the top by concentrating on difficult battles, passion, and friendship.: (ANN)
Alright, Idol battles involving songs, or if Love Live is taken up a notch, I’m game…..
Wait episode 1 is airing then all 6 episodes are airing next month for 6 straight weeks…..
Oh well….will check out the first episode and see if I feel like checking the rest of it xD
And now for the show that I will be doing for episodic reviews (weekly every Sunday) for the season. A show that I have been looking forward to for some months now, and one that I feel I will have great fun writing about. In case I haven’t placed enough hints yet, well here it is:
Shimoneta: A Boring World where the Concept of ‘Dirty Jokes’ Doesn’t Exist July 4 2015
Studio: JC Staff
Director: Youhei Suzuki
Script: Masahiro Yokotani
“16 years after the Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising banned coarse language in the country, Tanukichi Okuma enrolls in the country’s leading elite public morals school and is soon invited into the Anti-Societal Organization (SOX) by its founder, Ayame Kajou. As a member blackmailed into joining by Ayame, Tanukichi ends up taking part in obscene acts of terrorism against the talented student council president Anna Nishikinomiya, whom Tanukichi has a crush on.” (ANN)
Oh yeah now this is what I am talking about. One of the other things I like about is how weird and out-there some of it can be. Be it the Maria Holic, Mayo Chiki, Magical Witch Punie-chan, FLCL, etc, those kind of anime are very funny in how weird they play out their premises.
I find this is not only timely (likely in response to a recent law passed in Japan regarding anime/manga) but also be a commentary on quality standards and need for social conformity. I mean, yeah the promo does push the whole ‘omg ecchifest’ but I feel that this show has a lot more to it than just that.
Of course, I do have some reservations on this one. First off, the director’s previous effort was 2013’s Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat which was kinda ‘eh’ to me, JC Staff is the studio for this, and they do alright for the most part, aside from a few clunkers. What does give me some hope on the production side is the main writer: Masahiro Yokotani. An Osakan screenwriter noted mainly for weird and often satirical anime like Sgt. Frog, Maria Holic series, The Devil is a Part Timer and the Free! series. The dude has got a wicked sense of humor and I feel if you are going to do this premise justice, here’s your guy. I think I will have fun writing about this one. See you on Sunday!