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Same routine as every season, I made a primitive list of shows to 1) decide which stuff I might end up watching and 2) guess how much potential I presume they have at the moment. I didn’t mention any anime I won’t be sampling, and I know I need to make more cuts once the season starts. I wasn’t so excited at first, but on second revision I realized how fun Spring season might turn out to be. The big list here tells me that I have to act harsh to drop at least 8 shows from these by then. *inner monologue: yay XP*

A visual anime guide for Spring 2012 done by @animucharts

Alright then:

 

1. Accel World

Accel World
Producers: Sunrise

One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school. For the middle school boy who is often bullied, the meeting changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from her, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual Accel World. In that moment, the lowest of the “school caste” becomes “Burst Linker”, a knight defending a princess.

(Source: ANN)

Watching Potential: Average

 

2. AKB0048

AKB0048
Producers: Satelight
Genres: Music

In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Watching Potential: Average

 

3. Eureka Seven AO

Eureka Seven AO
Producers: Bones

The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young.

A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

(Source: ANN)

Watching Potential: High (err need to catch up on Eureka7 fast already)

 

4. Fate/Zero 2

Fate/Zero 2
Episodes: 12

Second part of Fate/Zero.

Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.

Founded by the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tohsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another’s life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.

However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family – his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya – and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu’s greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Watching Potential: Guaranteed

 

5. Ginga e Kickoff!!

Ginga e Kickoff!!
Producers: TYO Animations
Genres: Shounen, Sports

The story follows a boy who was in a soccer team, but it was disbanded due to not enough players. However, after the boy meets a female professional soccer player, he aims to bring his soccer team back.

(Source: AniDB)

Watching Potential: Low

 

6. Hyouka

Hyouka
Producers: Kyoto Animation
Genres: Mystery

Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters “Koten Bu (Classic Literature Club)” as recommended by his elder sister.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”. Fukube is a smiling boy who excels in memory, but he never constructs his own deduction. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approach.

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery is buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Koten Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka”.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: High

 

7. Jormungand

Jormungand
Producers: White Fox

The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, a weapons corporation.

As one of the company’s unofficial weapon sellers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcements as most of her work is actually illegal under international law. Traveling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans.

Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers. Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family’s death.

What follows is Koko and her crews escapades around the world.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Watching Potential: Guaranteed (both Katanagatari & Steins;Gate are in my favorite ever list, yup count me as a White Fox fangirl lol *praying for Jormungand to be a decent source material though*)

 

8. Kuroko no Basket

Kuroko no Basket
Producers: Production I.G

Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”, and while nobody seems to know about him, the main 5 players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team?

(Source: Mangafox)

Watching Potential: Average

 

9. Medaka Box

Medaka Box
Producers: Gainax

Kurokami Medaka, a first year, is elected as Student Council President, and the first thing she does is establish a suggestion box, later dubbed by students the “Medaka Box”. Medaka encourages students to submit any problem to the box without hesitation and promises to take on any issue from anyone.

Since Medaka won the Student Council elections with a staggering 98% of the vote, she ends up as the Council’s only member. She asks her childhood friend, Hitoyoshi Zenkichi, for help and he grudgingly agrees, becoming the Student Council’s lowest ranking member. Soon Medaka recruits two more people to the Student Council, the former judo club member Akune Kouki as secretary and the current swim club member Kikaijima Mogana, on loan for 300 yen a day, as treasurer.

Now the Student Council members spend their days solving the problems submitted through the Medaka Box, whether they be hooligans in clubs where they don’t belong, girls who need help writing love letters or people who’ve lost their pets, gradually earning the respect and admiration of the entire school.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: High (NisioisiN + Gainax = MAD AWESOME ?)

 

10. Natsuiro Kiseki

Natsuiro Kiseki
Producers: Sunrise
Episodes: 12

Original anime featuring the four members of sphere as voice actresses.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: Average

 

11. Ozuma

Ozuma
Producers: LandQ studios
Genres: Sci-Fi
Episodes: 6

In the far future, the elevated irradiation from the sun has destroyed the environment of the earth and the birthrate of humans has drastically decreased. The government controls society with an army of cloned soldiers called “Ideal Children (IC)”. Sam Coin is a trader in a desert. One day, he saves a beautiful woman Maya, who has been chased by Theseus, a corps of IC. He shelters her in his trade ship, but the destroyers of Theseus surround Sam and Maya.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: High

 

12. Saint Seiya Omega

Saint Seiya Omega
Producers: Toei Animation

The first Saint Seiya TV series in 25 years. It will have an original story and new characters.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: Low

 

13. Sakamichi no Apollon (noitaminA)

Sakamichi no Apollon

Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bear it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: Guaranteed

 

14. Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A

Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
Producers: Lantis, Studio Gokumi

The Achiga Girls’ Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.

Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls’, but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.

When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga’s mahjong club.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: Low

 

15. Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan

Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
Producers: Production I.G
Genres: Action, Fantasy

One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Watching Potential: Low

 

16. Tsuritama (noitaminA)

Tsuritama
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures
Genres: Sci-Fi

Yuki Sanada is a high school boy who cannot communicate with people well and doesn’t have a single friend.

He lives on Enoshima island with his French grandmother. One day, he meets a boy named Haru. Haru calls himself an alien who visited the Earth for fishing.

Another high school boy, Natsuki, and a mysterious Indian, Akira, join the two and the island becomes the center of the event which determines the fate of the world.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: Guaranteed

 

17. Uchuu Kyoudai

Uchuu Kyoudai
Producers: A-1 Pictures, YTV

One night in 2006, when they were young, the two brothers Mutta (born 1993) and Hibito (born 1996) saw what appeared to be a UFO heading for the moon. They decided that night to both become astronauts and travel out into space.

In 2025, Hibito has become an astronaut, and he’s going to go to the moon. Mutta ended up following a more traditional career path with an auto development company. However, Mutta just ruined his career through a violent altercation with his boss. Now, not only has he lost his job, he appears to be blacklisted in the entire industry. Maybe this is a rare opportunity for Mutta to once again chase his childhood dream and become an astronaut like his little brother!

(Source: MU)

Watching Potential: Average

 

18. Zetman

Zetman

Jin is a strange kid with an angel mark on his hand. He lives a poor but peaceful life with his grandfather, along with the other destitute and abandoned vagabonds near the river. One day, his peaceful life changes when a strange monster named “player” appears, chopping off heads and killing everyone who appears in front of it.

(Source: MAL)

Watching Potential: High (wow both Miyano Mamoru & Namikawa Daisuke as mains?! Also Paku Romi & Hanazawa Kana.. seiyuu lineup of the season omg)

p.s. note to self: I should get back to this once my final watchlist is formed 2 months from now lol

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Updating status first, I dropped Mouretsu Pirates after last episode. I got tired of sitting through that non-ending buildup waiting for any real piracy to occur, 7 episodes and we still have nothing yet. I came up with a satisfactory conclusion though: LEGAL PIRACY IS BORING. Bad idea. End of story.

So that’s that, back to my dokidoki business then:

5. Nisemonogatari 7:

“I’m not a friend of justice. I’m an enemy of evil.”

Here I am one of those elitist wannabees who actually enjoyed Kaiki’s looooooooong double-talk nonsense about fakes and reals, except I lost any idea I thought I grasped halfway through.. In the end I did not care whether I got anything at all, just as sweet Senjougahara-san stated what would be considered Top Tier Cool no matter what context it was said in: “I’m not a friend of justice. I’m an enemy of evil.” DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

4. Hunter X Hunter 20:

“Apologize to Killua!”

Maybe that wasn’t particularly the strongest moment in this week’s HxH, which was probably Killua vs Illumi fight. We had all the oppressive tension built-up there till it became uncomfortable to watch at one point. But it was Gon who broke the tension, and he proved once again that he’s the toughest when it came to psychological battles. He did so with a single, apparently childish line: “APOLOGIZE TO KILLUA!” AND I DARE ANYONE HAD THE GUTS TO  LAUGH. p.s. It’s also obvious now why Hisoka is having the hots for Gon haha, just look at that kawaii angry expression on his face awww ❤

3. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou 7

“She got me again..”

I admit not being the biggest fan of Nichibros, I don’t even get all the hype for this show. It’s still fun, and I keep watching in anticipation for “that” moment to crack me up every week. Last couple of weeks were not as good as the first episodes so I started to think Danshiko lost its touch, then Literary Girl happened again. She got me again.. Every single line in that skit had me lol, then the series of chain reactions made me burst in laughter ahahahaahaha! And seriously, agreed on saying that there’s no reason to pretend to be cool, let’s show our lame sides right? EXTRA POINTS FOR MORAL VALUES NICHIBROS

2. Chihayafuru 20:

:0

Being the competitive type and all, this came to me as a big twist in Taichi’s character after all hardships he was put through in the previous arcs. And seriously man, Harada-sensei has My Face When Taichi said: “I’m not so much focused on making class A, as I’m focused on becoming someone who doesn’t run away.” HNNNNNGG DAT PRICELESS FACE. Also in related news, did I mention that I’m shipping hopeless Taichi X Chihaya all the way kyaaa~

1. Steins;Gate 25:

EL.PSY.CONGROO.ASDFGHJKL

OMG whaaaat?! I didn’t know there was a new special coming up this week I felt all the dokidoki rushing the moment I heard about it lol. I MEAN SUDDENLY EXPECTATIONS GOING SKY HIGH AND YEAH MAD SCIENTIST HOUOUIN KYOUMA LIVED UP TO THEM. There is no single moment I can pick, all of this episode was a ride of awesome! It reminded me of every single thing I loved about Steins;Gate, it even had me go back to my score in MAL *in the most fangirl mentality I had* and change it from 9 to 10 haha! Until the movie comes out.. El psy congroo.

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Errr oh man what am I doing here? In all fruitless attempts in the past my longest blogging experience lasted one month, ONLY one month.. So what to do if I suddenly got motivated to start aniblogging again yet I know I’m still too lazy to keep up writing posts? Maybe I should start by limiting my activity to one post per week, picking up the laziest day to write that post should help as well. I CAN DO IT! Oh wait, maybe that’s not the issue and it’s just me refusing to put any real effort into writing full posts. Knowing myself, that’s probably it. Eh, so what if I do NOT write posts? Better just drop the idea then.. Or heck, let me try anything that MIGHT work for me. Alright, a weekly post of..of..of….hmmm…. awesomest dokidoki inducing moments I had while watching anime in that particular week? Hey, that kinda sounds interesting! I think I’ll try that, and I don’t need to scratch my head much about what to say if I go with it right? *zomg imagining posts all about silly fangirling yay*

So here is the plan in short, weekly posts to be submitted on Fridays and should cover episodes airing from previous Friday to Thursday (noticed something? it’s only 1st week and I’m already past deadline lol). Each post will consist of favorite 5 moments I experienced in that week, the kind of stuff that let me go “this is why I love animu ffffyeah”. SPOILER ALERT of course. No further explanation needed I guess, so here we go:

5. Mouretsu Pirates 6:

“Who Told You We’re Playing Fair, Dumbass.”

I was just ready to get disappointed that Marika lost her 1st official swordfight as a pirate captain then.. “BANG!” …. Hey that’s dirt- Oh shit what a smart move! Now that I think about it, genuine pirates must have such tricks up their sleeves and it’s part of them being pirates to use them. I mean, just look at that proud pirate expression on Marika’s face! If only that was a real duel and not an act. DEMANDING MORE PIRACY ACTION SHOW IS CALLED MOURETSU PIRATES DAMMIT

4. Chihayafuru 19:

Kanade Going Full Delicate Mode Celebrating Her Victory

Among the three matches we had in this arc, I enjoyed the one between Tsutomu and Kanade the most. I’m kinda surprised by that considering how it’s the lowest ranked match, but interesting enough it also had the most logical tactics haha.. It couldn’t end a better way, I was like “yes she won! err did she fall asleep? no she’s not Chihaya.. oh could it be? Kanade awwww ;_;” and Tsutomu’s reaction to save the situation made this even better! I’m proud of you D-rank members, also congrats on moving on to the next level.

3. Guilty Crown 17:

“FFFFFFFFFFFF MY ARMMMM!!”

Gai’s reappearance was the baddest thing happening in Guilty Crown, like, ever! Wait no, I mean his resurrection is sure an asspull but for a noble cause don’t you agree? He greets OH MA SHOE.. Whoosh! *hand flying* FFFFSHIT!! *power absorbed* EHHHH! Then Shu screaming “AAAARGH MY KING’S POWER!..” LOLOLOLOLOLOL. Now Gai honestly you’re 17-episode late in pulling what you did here but no complaints, it’s not your fault that GC writers themselves didn’t seem to ever consider the possibility of transferring power using such a simple method before lulz.

2. Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 7:

Afraid Tanuma Taking Natsume By Surprise..

Oh god this show, I was gonna be satisfied enough if Tanuma just apologized to Natsume for causing him more trouble than helping him and then both of them work the issue out. But no, their relationship became far closer than that and Tanuma suddenly decides to open up and reveal his weaknesses and fears to his friend.. “I’m happy that you trusted me so I don’t want you to regret getting too close to me” awwwww Tanuma ='( Also I’m so happy for you Natsume I know how much you treasure the kind bunch of people you’re surrounded with after all years of suffering alone before..

1. Nisemonogatari 6:

“I Will Help You Lesser Being Just To Fulfill My Tsundere-tic Desire.. Ka Ka”

We had so much Senjougahara goodness in this episode, but it was still the level of goodness you expect from your sweet-tsuntsun-Gahara-san you know. What had me all OMG!EXCITE though was the unexpected badass offer of help to Araragi from loli vampire Shinobu. So effing cool how bluntly she was saying “oh c’mon I can’t go out of character *wink* just order me to help so that I’m forced *wink wink* to obey you *wink* human shit!” OH AND ASDFGHJKL THAT BGM I WANT THAT BGM KUSOOOO

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