MUST SEE ANIME | Spring 2007

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+||| My MUST SEE ANIME wish list for March – May 2007 |||+

Top 3 Picks: Darker Than Black, Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, and Reideen.

Blue Dragon
ブルードラゴン
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Shounen
Episodes: 51
Air Date: 4-7-2007
OP: “FRIEND” by Keita Tachibana
ED: “Fly So High” by Yu Yamada
Production Info: Anime is based on a video game for the Xbox 360 console released December 7, 2006. It’s developed by Mistwalker and Artoon, published by Microsoft Game Studios. The designers are Hironobu Skaguchi (the mastermind behind the Final Fantasy video games), Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball and character designer for Dragon Quest the video game series), and Nobuo Uematsu (primary composer for the Final Fantasy video games).
Notes: Shueisha announced the production of manga adaptations November 14, 2006. Blue Dragon ST (Secret Trick) illustrated by Shibata Ami premiers January 2007 in Monthly Shonen Jump. Blue Dragon Ral Grado illustrated by Takeshi Obata, artist of the global sensation Death Note, begins print in Weekly Shonen Jump, Issue 1 2007.

Summary: The heroes Shu, Kluke, Jiro, Zola, and Marumaro possess monster shadows they can control and use in battles. They possess the blue dragon, phoenix, minotaur, bat, and saber-tooth tiger shadow respectively. They face off against the villain, Nene, who brings destruction and suffering wherever he goes. A descendant of an ancient 10,000 year old race, the vile being possesses a purple dragon shadow equal to the blue dragon shadow.
Update 5-16-07: Surprisingly boring. I’ll keep watching for a few more weeks out of respect for Toriyama.

Claymore
クレイモア
Genre: Shounen, Supernatural, Fantasy, Drama
Episodes: 26 reported by ANN, 50 reported by Wiki
Air Date: 4-3-2007
OP: “Raison D’être” by Nightmare
ED: “Danzai no Hana~Guilty Sky” by Riyu Kosaka
Production Info: Based on a manga created by Norihiro Yagi began serialized in Montly Shonen Jump May 2001. There are 12 volumes (ongoing) in print as of April 2007 in Japan. It’s produced by Madhouse Studios featuring character designs by Takahiro Umehara and music score by Masanori Takumi.

Summary: Claymore takes place in a medieval world where humans live in fear of creatures called Yoma. They are shape-shifting monsters that feed on humans and can take possession of the human’s memories and form so they can easily blend in and live among humans. To combat the Yomas, the townspeople have no choice but to hire superhuman warriors, called Claymores due to the huge claymore swords they carry. Both feared and respected, they live an alienated existence due to their inhuman powers and equally inhuman origins. The story follows Clara who lives a precarious life hounded by death, loneliness, and the constant threat of losing her humanity.

DARKER THAN BLACK
Darker than BLACK ‐黒の契約者
(aka Darker than BLACK – Kuro no Keiyakusha )
Genre: Shounen, Drama, Mystery
Air Date: 4-5-2007
OP: “HOWLING” by Abingdon Boys School
ED: “Tsukiakari” by Rie fu
Production Info: Created by Tensai Okamura and Bones Studio. Chief musical composer is Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus, Vision of Escaflowne w/ Hajime Mizoguchi, Cowboy Bebop, GITS: SAC, GITS: SAC SSS). The accomplished composer in film, television, and other entertainment outlets.

Summary: An anomaly called Hell’s Gate took away Tokyo’s sky and gave rise to a group of people called Contractors and Dolls. Dolls are spirit mediums that assume the image and personality of a host. Contractors are humans who gain special powers through a contract at the cost of satisfying a condition. One such Contractor is BK201 a top level agent sent to infiltrate Tokyo and the intrigue surrounding Hells Gate as agents from around the world try to discover it’s secrets.

Denno Coil
電脳コイル
Coil – A Circle of Children
Genre: Sci-Fi
Air Date: 5-12-2007
OP: “Prism (プリズム)” by Ayako Ikeda
ED: “Sora no Kakera (空の欠片; A Fragment of the Sky)” by Ayako Ikeda

Summary: “The story takes place in the fictional Daikoku City. It follows a group of children as they use illegal AR visors called Dennou Mégané “computer spectacles” to unravel the mysteries of their half real, half Internet environment. The world displayed in the internet-connected visors contains games, virtual pets, and also internet viruses. The children interact with and reshape the digital landscape with the help of software tools.” (ANN)

El-Cazador
エル・カザド
The Witch Hunter
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Shounen(?)
Air Date: 4-2-2007
OP: “Hikari no Yukue (光の行方)” by savage genius
ED: “Romanesque” by FictionJunction YUUKA

Summary: “Ellis, a young girl suspected of murdering a prominent physicist Heinrich Schneider, is on the run from an underground society called “Hunters” when she is tracked down by the bounty hunter Nadi in a small Mexican town. However, instead of turning her in, Nadi impulsively decides to help her and the two girls embark on a journey to Ellis’ hometown, where they plan on finding clues about her past. From there, they travel south to search for the mysterious Gemstone of the Inca Rose, the “Eternal City” of Wiñay Marka, and Ellis’ own obscure destiny.” (ANN)
Update 5-16-07: I’m impressed—- a story not set in Japan. I thought they made up corn fortune-telling but it’s for real. It’s called krithomancy.

Engage Planet Kiss Dum
キスダム -ENGAGE planet-
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Air Date: 4-3-2007
OP: “Jikuu o Koete (時空を超えて)” by II MIX DELTA
ED 1: “Jikuu o Koete (時空を超えて)” by II MIX DELTA (ep 1)
ED 2: “Kimi ga iru Kagiri (君がいる限り)” by Stephanie

Gegege no Kitaro
ゲゲゲの鬼太郎
Genre: Supernatural, Shounen
Air Date: 4-1-2007
Production Info: Based on a 1959 comic book aka Hakaba Kitarō (墓場鬼太郎) by Shigeru Mizuki.

Summary: “Kitarō (鬼太郎, Kitarō) is a yōkai boy born in a cemetery, and aside from his mostly-decayed father, the last living member of the Ghost tribe (幽霊族, yūrei zoku). He is missing his left eye, but his hair usually covers the empty socket. He fights for peace between humans and yōkai, which generally involves protecting the former from the wiles of the latter.” (Wiki)

Heroic Age
ヒロイック・エイジ
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mecha
Air Date: 4-1-2007
OP: “Gravitation” by Angela
ED: “Azurite” by Tae Urakabe

Summary: “Answering the call of the “Gold Race”, all the sentient races launch into space. The human race is the last to launch, and are thus known as the “Iron Race”. Much time has passed since then, and humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the more dominant “Silver Race”. In order to save her people, Queen Deianeira sets out on a journey to a galaxy far away, following the prophecies of the Gold Race handed down by the royal family.” (ANN)
Update 5-16-07: I was hooked from the start. The ANN summary doesn’t do justice to the series. Basically, an powerful alien race called the Golden Tribe create a universe then call out to other sentient races to inhabit the new universe. Three races immediately answer them. They’re called Silver Tribe, Bronze Tribe, and Hero Tribe by the onipotent beings. Just as they were about to leave for another universe, a fourth race enters the new universe, mankind, but the human spaceship crashes. A baby, the sole survivor, is discovered by the Golden Tribe. Fastforward several years, the humans are stuggling against other Tribes and searching for the savior left to them by the Golden Tribe. It started out with a bang but can they keep up the momentum? Definately going to keep watching this one.

Kaibutsu Oujo
怪物王女
Princess Resurrection
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Comedy, Shounen
Air Date: 4-12-2007
OP: “BLOOD QUEEN” by Aki Misato
ED: “Hizamazuite Ashi o Oname (跪いて足をお嘗め)” by Ali Project
Production Info: Based on an ongoing comic book by Yasunori Mitsunaga.

Summary: Hiro Hiyorimi is invited to stay with his sister in a new town after years of separation. He makes it to town but before he can meet her, he dies trying to save a young woman from falling beams. The dangerous looking girl takes an interest in the dead boy and uses dark arts to ressurect him as her servant.

Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula
機神大戦 ギガンティック・フォーミュラ
Apo Mekhanes Theos Gigantic Forumula
Episodes: 26
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Air Date: 4-4-2007
OP: “United force” by Minami Kuribayashi
ED: “Tsubasa” by Sena

KOUTETSU SANGOKUSHI
鋼鉄三国志
Genre: Historical
Air Date: 4-5-2007
OP:”Nostalgia” by camino
ED: “Kuon” by Mamoru Miyano
Notes: Sangokushi is the Japanese transliteration of Sanguo Zhi (Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms).

Moonlight Mile
ムーンライトマイル
Episodes: 12
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Air Date: 2-4-2007
ED: “Scarecrow” by The Pillows
Production Info: Based on a comic book by Yasuo Ohtagaki.

Summary: “After scaling Mt. Everest, mountain climbing partners Saruwatari Gorou and “Lostman” Jack F. Woodbridge see the ISA Space Station, and each vows to make the trek into outer-space. When Helium 3, a new energy source, is discovered on the moon, NASA forms a new project named “Nexus” to harness that energy for use on earth. This is the story of the two and the paths they take to see their dream become a reality…” (ANN)
Update 5-16-07: You’ll watch this for the gripping story about aerospace travel or watch to see how many women Goro can boink in a season. The story is good. Honest. Not for kids though. Rate-R for mature content, sex, and nudity.

Oh! Edo Rocket
大江戸ロケット
Genre: Shounen
Air Date: 4-3-2007
OP: “Oh Edo Nagareboshi IV” by PUFFY
ED: “100 miles~Niji o Oikakete” by Santara

Ookiku Furikabutte
おおきく振りかぶって
Genre: Sports, Seinen
Air Date: 4-12-2007
OP: “Dramatic (ドラマチック)” by Base Ball Bear
ED: “Medaka no Mita Niji (メダカの見た虹)” by Kozue Takada
Production Info: Based on a baseball comic book by Asa Higuchi serialized in Afternoon since 2003.

Summary: “The series, set in Saitama, follows Ren Mihashi, who had previously excelled as his middle school baseball team’s ace pitcher, due to his grandfather’s connections as its manager. As he graduates to high school, whose baseball team his grandfather does not manage, he initially does not believe he is good enough to succeed at baseball, however, but assisted by his friends, he grows in stature, confidence and skill, helping his team excel with his own ability.” (ANN)
Update 5-24-07: My baseball fix since Major only airs once a week. Verdict: suprisingly good! The teams buxom female manager crushes oranges with her bare hands— hilarious on so many levels. :D

REIDEEN
らいでぃーん
Episodes: 26
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Air Date: 1-26-2007 (internet distro), 3-3-2007
OP: “Manacles” by Tomiko Van
ED: “Kakeashi no Ikizama” by Ataru Nakamura
Production Info: Remake of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s anime Brave Raideen.

Summary: “Saiga is a normal high school student with a gift in mathematics. His daily routine is disrupted when his family gets news that his Father’s remains have been discovered- a noted archaeologist and researcher who had gone missing while exploring a site many years before. Among his remains were notes and artifacts that needed to be identified by the family near a notable triangular mountain in Japan known as “Japan’s pyramid”, a place suspected by some to be man-made. A meteor containing a strange robotic lifeform falls from the sky and begins to cause destruction, putting Saiga in danger and causing a mysterious bracelet from his father’s research to activate and merge him with an ancient robot buried within the pyramid- a robot the runes describe as Reideen.” (ANN)

Romeo x Juliet
ロミオ × ジュリエット
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Air Date: 3-18-2007 (premiere), 4-4-2007
OP: “Inori ~You Raise Me Up~” by Lena Park (YouTube or DL)
See Romeo X Juliet | You Raise Me Up OP for more.
ED: “Cyclone” by 12012 (YouTube or DL)
Notes: RandomC is doing a great job blogging it. Check it out for screenshots and more.

Summary: “…a story of a young and tragic love, set in the aerial city of Neo Verona…” (ANN).

SEIREI NO MORIBITO
精霊の守り人
Guardian of the Sacred Spirit
Episodes: 26
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Air Date: 4-7-2007
OP: “Shine” by L’Arc-en-Ciel
ED: “Itoshii Hito e (愛しい人へ; To the loved one)” by Sachi Tainaka
Production Info: Based on the Moribito, or “Guardian” series fantasy novels by Nahoko Uehashi.

Summary: “Balsa the spearwoman is a wandering warrior, who takes on the task of saving lives, in atonement for a past sin. On her journey, she happens to save a prince, and is tasked with becoming his bodyguard. And he is going to need one, for his own father, the emperor, wants him dead.” (ANN)

Shining Tears X Wind
シャイニング・ティアーズ・クロス・ウィンド
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Air Date: 4-6-2007
OP: “Shining Tears” by Souichiro Hoshi
ED: “光のシルエット (Hikari no SILHOUETTE)” by Souichiro Hoshi

Update 4-24-07: 1st episode – AWFUL. I don’t know how they lured the popular voice actor to star in this crappy title.

Sousei no Aquarion: Uragiri no Tsubasa
創星のアクエリオン -裏切りの翼
2 Episodes
Genre: Shounen, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Drama
Release Date 5-25-2007

TERRA E
地球へ…
Toward the Terra
Episodes: 24
Genre: Sci-Fi
Air Date: 4-7-2007
OP: “Endscape” by UVERworld
ED: “Love is…” by Miliyah Kato

Summary: “In the far future, humanity has left behind an environmentally destroyed Terra and began colonization in order to reproduce their home. Humanity, now ruled by a super computer that controls the birth of children, sees the emergence of a new race called the “Mu”. The Mu, now hidden from the rest of humanity, have one dream, to return home, to Terra… ” (ANN)

TENGEN TOPPA GURREN-LAGANN
天元突破グレンラガン
Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan
Gurren-Lagann
Episodes: 26
Genre: Mecha, Adventure
Air Date: 4-1-2007
OP: “Sorairo Days (空色デイズ)” by Shoko Nakagawa
ED: “Underground” by High Voltage

Summary: The timid Simon befriends the brazen and outspoken Kamina who wants to leave their underground village for the Surface which is forbidden by the Elders for unknown reasons. Kamina is put away in jail when they try to make break for the Surface, and Simon returns to his normal life of drilling for his village. But the fates have designs on Simon. It all starts with him finding a glowing device and a huge metallic monster that drops down on his village from the Surface.
Update 4-24-07: There’s no plot in the first episode and little character development due to the nonstop action. A lot of hints in this episode of some coming awesomeness so I’ll keep watching.

The Skullman
スカルマン
Episode: 13
Genre: Shounen
Air Date: 4-21-2007 (episode 0), 4-28-2007
OP: “Hikari no Machi” by TOKIO
ED: “Ashita wa Ashita no Kimi ga Umareru (明日は明日の君が生まれる)” by Chocolove from AKB48
Production Info: Based on Shotaro Ishiomori’s comic published in Shonen Magazine, 1970, was about a vigilante who thinks nothing of sacrificing innocent lives to exact revenge on the person who murdered his parents and left him orphaned when he was a child.

Checkout Moetron for the full list and AnimePH for the other list (w/ images). The big list is at Moonphase(Japanese). Update 5-24-07: Check out ANN’s spring preview write up. They go into more detail on titles I didn’t pick to watch and some I did pick.

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Copyright 2007 (DoA)nimation. Images copyright to their respective owners. Source: Repective websites, ANN, and Wiki.

3 Responses to “MUST SEE ANIME | Spring 2007”

  1. licklick Says:

    You really watch THAT much anime? :p

    Anyway, nice suggestions.

  2. silverflame Says:

    u should watch blue dragon on youtube its a lot more exciting

  3. Thatguy Says:

    how bout a list for 2008 prz

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