I’ve been so swamped with work these past few weeks, but I finally found the time to blog again (just in time for spring! hurray~). So, here’s a rough list of anime that will be airing this Spring 2010 season. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this season because of a certain couple of series~ ^_^
I skipped the first impressions for winter, but I *think* I might manage to make a batch list of it again this time after I’ve seen the first episodes.
Anyway, here’s the information I’ve been able to gather (listed in alphabetical order). All of the series in this list will start airing this April.
Production: P.A. Works
Cast: Kamiya Hiroshi, Hanazawa Kana, Sakurai Harumi, etc.
Synopsis: In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the other hand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers. (from: ANN)
Cast: Kamiya Hiroshi, Sakamoto Maaya, Saito Chiwa, Sawashiro Miyuki, etc.
An adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura’s gag comedy manga of the same title.
Synopsis: An upper-class young man named Kō “Riku” Ichinomiya meets a beautiful homeless girl named Nino from the banks of Arakawa River, where many of Tokyo’s most unusual residents live. The denpa-kei sub-genre of stories revolves around quirky people’s lives; the sub-genre is named after the premise that bizarre behaviors are caused by electromagnetic waves (denpa). (from: ANN)
Production: Hal Film Maker
Cast: Tamura Yukari, Shimoda Asami, Atsushi Abe, Horie Yui, Hanazawa Kana, Noto Mamiko, etc.
Synopsis: It’s about a high school girl, who is always having pervert fancies. One day, she falls in love with a plain-looking boy and tries to date with him. (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
Production: Studio DEEN
Cast: Seki Tomokazu, Ono Daisuke, Asano Masumi, Mizushima Takahiro, etc.
A television anime adaptation of Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo’s Giant Killing soccer manga
Synopsis: In Giant Killing a ragtag bunch from East Tokyo are struggling in Japan’s top football league. The team is going through an abysmal spell right now where they are nearing the bottom of the table and have lost 5 matches in a row. The losses haven’t done much to team moral, because it was already low. Fan support, on the other hand, is looking bleak. In the world of football, once the fans turn on a team the end is near. Teams don’t recover. Coaches are fired, players are sold, and teams drop to smaller divisions where profits often prevent them from ever being successful against even mediocre top division programs. East Tokyo United, ETU, can only blame their coach right now. And Coach is ready to give up this next game to prove to his team and fans, that against the biggest club in the nation he can make this team win. (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
Production: Studio DEEN
Cast: Yoshino Hiroyuki, Yusa Koji, Kuwashima Houko, Toriyumi Kousuke, Morikubo Showtaro, etc.
An anime adaptation of Idea Factory’s Hakuōki Shinsengumi Kitan romance adventure game. The story of the game centers around a female protagonist and the historical Shinsengumi samurai group in Kyoto during the 19th century. (from: ANN)
Cast: Komatsu Mikako, Suyama Akio, Cho, Yasumura Makoto, etc.
Stan Lee (co-creator of the Spider-Man and X-Men comics) planned this new animated series for television with the same BONES studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater
Synopsis: An American kid named Joey lives in an urban city & has always wanted to become a hero. Unfortunately he’s just an orphan working part time to support his grandma and himself. After he watched a toy commercial on a new robot action figure, Joey believe he’ll gain strength if he obtains one. The only robot toy he can get his hands on is a broken one that was abandon by a rich school bully. Feeling pity for the trashed action figure, Joey took it home to repair it. Little did he know, that once he repairs the toy, it’ll make his hero dream become a reality. (from: ANN)
An anime adaptation of the Lilpri – Yubi Puru Hime Chen! trading card arcade game by Sega.
Synopsis: The story centers on Ringo Yukimori, Reira Takashiro, and Natsuki Sasahara — three elementary school girls who can change into idol princesses. (from: ANN)
Cast: Kondo Takashi, Itou Shizuka, Toyosaki Aki, Yuki Aoi , etc.
Synopsis: The story of “love, magic, and battles” revolves around Akuto Sai, a boy who aims to become part of his country’s highest order of magicians and contribute to society. On the day he is admitted into the Constant Magical Academy, his aptitude test predicts the following: “Future Occupation … Devil King.” Thus begins his difficult school life in which he is resented by his studious female class head, desired by a girl with mysterious powers, and guarded by a beautiful female android. (from: ANN)
Also known as Maid Sama!; Class President is a Maid!
Production: J.C. Staff
Cast: Fujimura Ayumi, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Kobayashi Yu, Ueda Kana, Toyosaki Aki, etc.
Synopsis: The romantic comedy centers on the student council head named Misaki Ayuzawa who despises the mostly male, slovenly population at her school, which was once an all-boys school. However, Misaki’s most handsome schoolmate, Takuya Usui, just discovered her secret — that she works after school at a maid café. (from: ANN)
Cast: Taketatsu Ayana, Tekeuchi Ken, Tatsumi Yuiko, etc.
Synopsis: Keita has two older step-sisters, Ako and Riko, but since they aren’t related by blood, they love him in a lustful way. After a mishap at school, Ako and Riko finally confess their love to him. Keita dislikes the thought of seeing them other then brother and sister, but as he tries to enter the same school as his sisters, he slowly becomes attracted to them. (from: ANN)
Second season of K-ON!
Production: Kyoto Animation
Cast: Toyosaki Aki, Kotobuki Minako, Satou Satomi, Hikasa Youko, etc.
General Synopsis: The story follows four girls who try to rescue their high school’s light music club, even though they are all novices who cannot play instruments or read music. (from: ANN)
Detective Conan creator Aoyama Gosho launched his Magic Kaito manga in 1987.
Note: As of 03/2010, the Animax anime channel in Japan is listing a Magic Kaito program which will run on April 17 at 8:30 a.m. and two more times on April 18 and April 25. The channel lists the program as a 2010 production, but does not offer any further information on the staff, cast, or runtime. (from: ANN)
General Synopsis: Kuroba Kaito loves to do magic, and he is a good performer. At high school, his childhood friend/girl friend tries to keep the boy inline. Of course Nakamori Aoko isn’t gentle with the boy she’d never admit to loving. One morning, the classroom is filled with the talk about “Kaitou Kid,” a jewelry thief who uses magic in his robberies. Kaito isn’t impressed with this so called legend that reappeared after eight years, and says he could easily take the thief magic to magic. At home, thinking about his dead father who was also a magician, Kaito stumbles upon a hidden doorway in his room. He discovers his father was the original Kaitou Kid. But since he is dead, he wonders who the supposed Kaitou Kid from recent robberies is. Kaito puts on his father’s hat and cape, becomes Kaitou Kid to search out the impostor. (from: ANN)
Sixth season of Major baseball television anime series.
Production: Synergy SP
Cast: Morikubo Showtaro, Sasamoto Yuko, Morita Masakazu, etc.
General Synopsis: Goro’s dream is to become a professional baseball player like his father. As he strives through the path towards the pro league, from infancy to adulthood, his passion for the game galvanizes all of those around him. Shigeharu Honda is a Major Leauge batter on the rise. His son Goro is a Little League pitcher who one day hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. Momoko Hoshino is Goro’s schoolteacher, and the first woman Shigeharu has been interested in since the death of Goro’s mother. The destines of these three individuals will become intertwined as father and son experience both heartbreak and triumph on the baseball diamond. But when an unspeakable tragedy visits the family, it will take everything they have to pick up the pieces and reclaim their dreams. (from: ANN)
Also known as Stray Cats Overrun!
Cast: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Ito Kanae, Iguchi Yuka, Taketatsu Ayana, etc.
Synopsis: The story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki, a boy who lives with his older “sister” Otome, although the two have no blood ties between them. Otome manages a run-down confectionery store called Stray Cats. One day, Otome picks up a mysterious beautiful girl off the streets. (from: ANN)
The second season of Metal Fight Beyblade.
Production: Synergy SP
Cast: Watanabe Akeno, Satou Rina, Takagi Wataru, Kanada Aki, Satoshi Hino, etc.
General Synopsis: A new cast of characters take on the continued battle between good and evil. Ginga, our hero, and his group of loyal friends take on a dangerous group called the Dark Nebula. Dark Nebula’s mission is to take over the world and unleash their evil upon it; but before they can do so, they must destroy Ginga as he is the only person that’s strong enough to stand in their way. The plot thickens as friends become enemies and enemies become allies. Everything starts and ends with Ginga as he struggles to find the strength to defend his world and the honor of Beyblade. Ginga is a determined beyblader; he will fight 100 beys from the Face Hunters and meet Kyouya. (from: ANN)
Second season. Also known as Oofuri; Big Windup!: Summer Tournament Chapter
Production: A-1 Pictures Inc.
Cast: Yonaga Tsubasa, Nakamura Yuuichi, Fukuyama Jun, Shimono Hiro, Taniyama Kishō, etc.
General Synopsis: The series, set in Saitama, follows the story of Ren Mihashi. Mihashi was the previous ace pitcher in his middle school’s baseball team, but it seems that he only got the position because his grandfather was the owner of the school. His teammates hated him, and they always lost their games. Mihashi is thoroughly convinced that he is a lousy baseball pitcher and he graduates through middle school with extremely low self-esteem. He then transfers to Nishiura high school with plans of quitting baseball, because he does not believe he is good enough to succeed at baseball. However, he is dragged into Nishiura’s baseball team by their coach. Assisted by his new teammates, he grows in stature, confidence and skill, helping his team excel with his own abilities. (from: Wikipedia)
Also known as Rainbow
Cast: Oguri Shun, Kanjiya Shihori, Paku Romi, etc.
The anime adapts George Abe and Masasumi Kakizaki’s acclaimed manga of the same title. The manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2006
Synopsis: It is about six junior delinquents and their mentor at the Shōnan Special Reform School near Tokyo in 1955. The story follows the boys’ lives during their time in the school and the years after they leave. (from: ANN)
Production: Toei Animation
Cast: Morita Masakazu, Sakurai Takahiro, Kamiya Hiroshi, Ishikawa Hideo, Tanaka Rie, etc.
The third installment of the Ring ni Kakero 1 boxing anime series, which is based on a manga by Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya, B’tX)
Synopsis: After defeating Black Shaft’s makeshift Team America, the Golden Japan Jr. team returns to training for the World Tournament that will be held in Tokyo. But during training the Shadow Clan, which uses boxing as an assasination technique, kidnaps Kiku in order to lure Ryuji and the others into a fight to see who’s truly the better representatives of Japan’s junior boxers. (from: ANN)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
More info – Official Site
Cast: Kobayashi Yu, Katou Emiri, Fujita Saki, Ise Mariya, etc.
Based on a Chinese historical novel of the same title. The original novel depicts the tumultuous warring period of second-century China and the political intrigue between the different factions.
Synopsis: Liu Bei embarks on a journey to quell the chaos that plagues his homeland of China bringing with him his sworn brothers Zhang Fei and Guan Yu. Having only a small army and no land of his own, Liu Bei is forced to to continuously take a subservient role to other Generals in order to keep safe from the those who continually come after his life. (from: ANN)
Also known as House of Five Leaves
Production: Manglobe Inc.
Cast: Namikawa Daisuke, Sakurai Takahiro, Takahashi Ao, Kinoshita Hiroyuki, etc.
Synopsis: Akitsu Masanosuke is a timid ronin on his way to Edo from the countryside when he accidentally encounters a playboy named Yaichi, who asks him to be his bodyguard. But it turns out that Yaichi is actually the leader of a group of bandits called the “Five Leaves,” and he’s hoping that Masanosuke will join them. Masanosuke is reluctant to help them, but as grows closer to his eccentric new companions, he learns to relate to them and grow as a person in the process. (from: ANN)
Cast: Kaji Yuuki, Yasumoto Hiroki, Katou Masayuki , etc.
The SD Gundam Sangokuden model series features the heroes of the Chinese literary classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms — only they have been re-imagined as two-head-high Super Deformed Gundam robots. Liu Bei (Ryū Bi) Gundam, Guan Yu (Kan U) Gundam, and Zhang Fei (Chō Hi) Gundam protect the legendary continent Mirisha from General Dong Zhuo (Tō Taku) Zaku, the assassin Hu Zhen (Ko Shin) Gyan, and other enemies. (from: ANN)
Production: A-1 Pictures, Inc.
Cast: Namikawa Daisuke, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Hoshino Takanori, Ikuta Yoshiko, etc.
Synopsis: The story is set in Shanghai in 1931, when the Imperial Japanese Army has been dispatched to mainland China due to the relatively recent First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. In this cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there is a special military spy organization called “Sakurai Kikan” that has since been buried in history. (from: ANN)
When: 04/01/2010 (advanced broadcast: 03/26/2010)
The third season of Koihime Musou
Cast: Goto Mai, Amamiya Yuu, Narumi Erika, Kobayashi Maki, etc.
The Shin Koihime†Musō game is itself a spinoff from the original Koihime†Musō adult adventure game. The adult adventure game franchise and its anime adaptations re-imagine the characters from the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms as “moe (fiery), moe (preciously cute) action love comedy” with an almost all-female cast. (from: ANN)
Also known as Betrayal Knows my Name; Uraboku
Production: J.C. Staff
Cast: Sakurai Takahiro, Hoshi Souichiro, Ishida Akira, Ono Daisuke, Fukuyama Jun, Miyano Mamoru, Inoue Marina, etc.
Synopsis: Sakurai Yuki is a mysterious boy with a mysterious ability. He was found in the bushes as a baby and adopted by his current family. Because of this, Yuki strives for independence. The last thing he wants is to be a burden to anybody. Furthermore, when he touches others, he can feel their emotions. Unable to control his ability, he often made insensitive blunders in the past. With death threats and his abilities increasing, what will happen when a man claiming to be his older brother appears? (from: Baka-Updates Manga)
Production: A-1 Pictures, Inc.
Cast: Fukuyama Jun, Asumi Kana, Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi, Kitamura Eri, etc.
Synopsis: Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16 year old high school student Takanashi Souta works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Taneshima Popura, a high school girl who’s a year older than Souta who’s easily mistaken for a elementary/middle schooler, and Shirafuji Kyoko the 28-year old store manager who doesn’t bother to do any work at all. (from: ANN)
Production: Production I.G
Cast: Fukuyama Jun, Ohara Sayaka, Nakai Kazuya, Kikuchi Mika, etc.
This OVA will focus on the latest chapters of xxxHOLiC
General Synopsis: Kimihiro Watanuki is a young boy with a cursed gift. He has the ability to see evil spirits, and somehow they seem attracted to himself. One day he meets a misterious woman who names herself Yuuko. She claims to have the means to end his torment, but she never works for free, and she wouldn’t help him until he works for her enough to pay for her services. Thus he starts to work in her shop and discovers that in that place, nothing is what it seems. (from: ANN)
Cast: Sakamoto Maaya, Asanuma Shintaro, Suwabe Junichi, Yoshino Hiroyuki, etc.
Tomihiko Morimi’s original Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei novel follows a nameless protagonist who is a third-year college student. The protagnoist looks back at the earlier years of his college life and his adventures with a particular circle (club). (from: ANN)
- Other than a certain baseball series (that’s not Major) and a braintwister, I don’t have a definite watchlist as of yet but in the meantime, based purely on the synopses and the looks of them, the titles which sound interesting to me are:
Will definitely watch…
- Ookiku Furikabutte (season 2) – I-I-I’ve seen the first season and I simply love this series to bits~ ♥ ^_^ It’s one of my favorite mangas too. This calls for another re-watch and re-read before season 2 airs. I’m looking forward to see the characters back in their animated glory once again.
- xxxHOLiC: Rou – Even though reading the manga gives me a headache with all its twists and turns, I still love everything about this series, especially Watanuki, Yuuko, Doumeki, and Zashiki Warashi.
Will probably check out…
- HEROMAN – Primarily because its OP theme [“Roulette”] is an upcoming single by tetsuya of L’Arc~en~Ciel ♥ :3 I’m also curious how Stan Lee’s collaboration with BONES will turn out.
- Working!! – The premise sounds interesting and I like slice-of-life comedies, plus Fukuyama Jun, Kamiya Hiroshi and Ono Daisuke are in it. :3
- Senkou no Night Raid - Sounds interesting, animation looks good, and it has spies in it.
- Angel Beats! – Sounds interesting.
- Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitte Iru – Hmm. I’m 50/50 on this one. The premise kinda sounds interesting and it has a good cast, but it also sounds a bit too overdramatic and emo…
- Sarai-ya Goyou (House of Five Leaves) – The story sounds interesting and I liked the OP theme [“Sign of Love” by immi], but I’m not into the character design much, which kinda gave me the creeps when I saw the preview. Yeah, I’m a scaredy cat, I know. ^^;
- Giant Killing – I don’t know much about soccer and I’m not a fan, but I like sports. If this turns out to be an enjoyable watch, then I’ll probably go for it.
- Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – Sounds like it will be a funny and enjoyable series.
- K-ON!! (season 2) – Um, yeah, I guess. Why not? I finished the first season anyway.
- Magic Kaitou – Simply because it’s related to Detective Conan. :3 ;P
As much as I love baseball, I’m skipping Major because I haven’t seen any of its previous seasons (and I don’t feel like marathoning all five of them anytime soon o_O)
~ So, which titles made your watchlist this season?
As usual, thanks to Fansub Wiki where I got the Spring 2010 series list. ^^
You might also wanna check out my other posts:
- Anime Preview: Spring 2010 First Impressions
- Anime Preview: Winter 2009/2010
- Year-End Babble: 2009 Anime Notables
- Other anime season previews