Spring 2012 Anime Preview

My previews always suck. This one, however, is packed with important information. First, I’m going to get the obvious out of the way.

MUST WATCH

I feel like there’s a lot of shows in the MUST WATCH section that people are undervaluing or underrating for whatever reason. I’m not quite sure why, but let me tell you honestly, these shows are going to rule.

Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X)

IF THIS IS NOT ON YOUR WATCH LIST THEN YOU ARE IN TROUBLE!

I had a good amount of doubts about whether or not Hoods Entertainment would be able to pull off Nazo no Kanojo X without fucking it up and turning it into some shitty tits and ass show. This studio is known for…well…..all of their shows are fanservice shittiness. I was also kind of nervous about the seiyuu, particularly Urabe’s seiyuu, Ayako Yoshitani. Of course, I knew that she could do a good job voicing Urabe, but didn’t know if she would.

But that PV put all of my suspicions on hold, and completely erased others. Not only does Ayako seem to have Urabe’s voice down perfectly (I honestly couldn’t be happier), but from from the few scenes I saw, it looks like the art style and scene layouts are identical to the manga. It’s almost like they took the art right out of the manga and just added color and motion (for example: the drool scene). This leads me to believe that Hoods has read my letter and complied by not fucking it up with fanservice (I mean, there will be some because the manga has some, but not much and not blatantly stupid).

Now, let me be honest when I say that this anime is easily one of the top 5 anime out there this year. Not Spring, but the whole God damn year. For me personally it’s probably number one, but I can’t expect everyone to agree with that.

Still, if you read the manga just like I do, then you know that this anime is going to be very very very good. Yet everywhere I look bloggers seem to be  undervaluing Nazo no Kanojo X, either because they’re making assumptions in that it will be a fanservice laden show with no depth, or because they simply don’t know enough about it/what to expect.

This is a must watch show. TRUST ME (or die!).

Sankarea

Here is a show that I’m adding to my own personal must watch list. That being said, I am a fan of zombies (especially girls who are zombies), and I have read the manga, so perhaps I’m a bit bias. It really is a good manga, but at the same time, I can see how this might end up turning out to be kind of meh. Studio Deen….meh. The manga however is really good in my opinion, and the characters are really enjoyable to watch (read about).

Definitely a must watch, but I can see this kind of fading for me. The art in the manga certainly seems better than what the anime has to offer, at least according to what I’ve seen from the PV.

Fate/Zero

I don’t need to tell you that this is going to kick ass. Wish they had just finished it in one go though.

That’s all I have for the MUST WATCH category. Usually I only have 3 must watch shows in a given season (otherwise the title of “MUST WATCH” loses it prestige and meaning).

On to the next category!

I’ll Probably Watch This

These are the shows that, most likely, I’m going to watch, unless some crazy, unforseen event happens like I die or lose my eyeballs. Yes, I did just knock on wood. Anyway, I’ll be watching the following shows:

Queen’s Blade: Rebellion

It’s back! The show that’s so bad it’s good, then got literally good by the end!

Don’t write off Queen’s Blade for being a blatant fanservice anime, which is is completely. I hate blatant fanservice shows, but Queen’s Blade is the one exception. The writing actually got pretty good by the end of the 2nd season, and this season  I hope for more of the same (and there’s no Reina!!! REJOICE!).

I will be watching this!

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

Another show where I’ve read a good majority of the manga. It’s a very solid manga, but honestly, it’s nothing mind glowingly great. I’ve got a good feeling about the anime though. The art looks fantastic and when you couple that with an already solid story, usually you get something great.

I’m looking forward to this one!

Shows I May Watch or Look Interesting

Last but not least I have shows that I’m thinking about watching, or they’ve at least piqued my interest.

Tsuritama

I really can’t put my finger on this one. It has the feel of Arakawa Under the Bridge, some zany characters, and it’s A-1 pictures, and any studio who shares a name with steak sauce is a winner in my book.

Looks like it could be pretty damn good, but I want to see some girls in my anime.

Hyou-ka: You Can’t Escape

Fantastic animation? Check.

Fantastic director? Check.

Possibility for a good story? Check.

If I see any God damn cake I’m fucking out.

Kore wa Zombie wa Desu ka? Of the Dead

I’m already not looking forward to the fanservice, but this show is still decent, so I’ll probably end up watching the second season (mainly because of a certain female necromancer).

I still haven’t seen a lot of sequels though. I have yet to see the second seasons of Arakawa, Baka to Test, and I’m even behind on Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima!

I’ve really become a piece of shit.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: Another Crawling Chaos

This one I’ve kind of pulled out of my ass. I heard the term “deity” thrown around when talking about this show, and I like girls with silver hair (like a certain female necromancer), so this show has piqued my interest. I like that word….”piqued.”

Another plus is that It’s being streamed on Crunchyroll, so I’m all set!

Well, that’s it. All the other shows look stupid.

So happy about how Mysterious Girlfriend X looks, and I LOVE the animation!

What show are you looking forward to the most and why? (Give me a reason to watch it!)