MUST SEE ANIME | Spring 2008

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2008 Spring - Logo of the Month MARCH
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Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Elysion
聖闘士星矢 冥王ハーデス エリシオン編
Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades Elysion-hen
Air Date: 2008-03-07 thru 2008-03-20, E1-2, Animax PPV
2008-05-02 to 2008-05-15, E3-4, Animax PPV
2008-08-01 to 2008-08-14, E5-6, Animax PPV
Episodes: OVA, 6
OP: “Megami no Senshi Pegasus Forever” by Marina Del Ray
ED: “Kami no En ~ Del Regno ~” by Yuuko Ishibashi
Other Sites: Avex
Preview: Youtube 1, 2
Summary: “After the 12 Gold Saints sacrifice their lives to destroy the Wailing Wall, The Bronze Saints enter the deepest realm of the Underworld, Elysion, where they face off aganist Hades’s two most powerful servants: The Twin Gods, Hypnos and Thanatos, before they can reach Hades for the final battle.
After the sacrifice of the 12 Gold Saints, and for the sake of Athena the bronze saints have entered the deepest part of the Realm of Hades, the Elysium. There they will fight with the minion Gods of Hades: Hypnos and Thanatos before they reach with the final battle against Hades.” (ANN)
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Doremon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin Den
ドラえもん のび太と緑の巨人伝
Premiere Date: 2008-03-08
Episodes: movie
Notes: Clever keyart.
Preview: Youtube 1, 2

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Koharu Biyori Part III
こはるびより PartIII
こはるびより
Air Date: 2008-01-13, 2008-03-09
Episodes: OVA pt3
Summary: “Set in a near future, a time where robots are common workers for their owners. Takaya Murase has just purchased a maid robot from a robotic doll distriubutor, MaidWorks. Ready to live a normal cleaning, cooking, and serving life to her owner, Yui is purchased, by Takaya but he has other plans for her…like dressing her up in dress-costumes of his fantasies and more.” – ANN
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Bus Gamer
Air Date: 2008-03-14
Episodes: ?
Preview: Youtube 1, 2 (OP), 3 (ED)
Summary: “In order to get money, three young men – Saito Kazuo, Mishiba Toki and Nakajo Nobuto – agree to take part in the “bus game” which is played between corporations. They have never seen each other before, but now they are the team and must win – not only for the money, but to survive as the game becomes more and more dangerous. No one wills to quit though, as well as to reveal why he needs money.” (ANN)
Bus Gamer

Gag Manga Biyori 3
ギャグマンガ日和3
Air Date: 2008-03-17
Episodes: ?
Notes: Never heard of it. Watched it. Don’t know what to make of it. But I laughed at it. Check out S01, E01.
Summary: “Gyagu Manga Biyori is hyperactive, random, and nonsensical, revolving around various plots and characters throughout the series. It makes absolutely no sense…” – ANN
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Ikuze! Gen-san
いくぜっ!源さん
Let’s Go! Gen-san
Stream Date: 2008-03-24
Episodes: 24 Online
Preview: Youtube 1 (PSP), 2 (Pachinko)
Notes: Streamed for free on GyaO video service, 9min each, to preceed PSP game Ikuze! Gen-san: Yūyake Daiku Monogatari or Let’s Go! Gen-san: The Sunset Carpenter Story in stores this spring.
Summary: “The slapstick comedy centers on Genzō Tamura, a 19-year-old third-generation construction worker in the working-class neighborhood of Beranme. When the Kuromoku Group urban developers threatens the neighborhood with Chainsaw Mika and Dynamite Dan, Tamura must save his town with his trusty hammer.” – ANN
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Chi’s Sweet Home
チーズスイートホーム
Air Date: 2008-03-31
Episodes: ?
Summary: “The story centers around a kitten who gets lost after walking out into the real world for the first time. A boy named Yōhei Yamada discovers her, but the Yamada family’s apartment building prohibits pets. After failing to find a new home, the Yamadas decide to defy the rules and raise Chi themselves. Most of Chi’s coming-of-age stories revolve around the Yamadas or the cats, dogs, and the occasional rabbit that live in the neighborhood.” – ANN
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Amuri in Star Ocean
Hoshi no Umi no Amuri
星の海のアムリ 特番
星の海のアムリ
Release Date: 2008-03-31
Episodes: 3
Preview: Youtube 1 (HQ).
Notes: Full CG animation. Check out the sweet, graphics intensive site for more. A 3 part OVA.
Summary: “The story is set in Year 019 of the Insonity Progressive Revolution, a future era in which mankind has evolved into a new species called Adapters. Three Adapter girls — 13-year-old Amuri from Japan, 12-year-old Suzu from China, and 14-year-old Perrier from France — set out on a space adventure that will affect the rest of their species.” – ANN
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Petit Eva – Evangelion at School
ぷちえう゛ぁ
Air Date: 2008-03
Episodes: 3
Other Sites: Evangelion
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Preview: Youtube 1, 2 (LOLZ), 3 (spoof)

Ysai no Yousei – N.Y. Salad
やさいのようせい
Vegetable Fairies N.Y. Salad
Air Date: 2008-03-31
Episodes: ?
Notes: Created by THE Yoshitaka Amano.
Preview: Youtube 1 (2:43), 2(4:58)
Summary: “This series uses an innovative combination of computer graphics and pencil sketches to depict the secret nocturnal life of vegetables in a New York kitchen.” – ANN
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2008 Spring - Logo of the Month APRIL
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
遊戯王5D’s
Air Date: 2008-04-02
Episodes: 13
Other Sites: TV-Tokyo
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “The story will takes place several decades after the adventures of Yūgi Mutō, the protagonist of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! story. It will center around Yūsei Fudō, a duelist who operates a red motorcycle-like D-Wheel in a new stadium game called Riding Duel. The players ride Duel Disks in this variation of the previous tournaments. Joining Yūsei are his childhood friends, the twins Rua and Ruka. He faces his Riding Duel rival, Jack “King” Atlas, and Aki Izayoi, a mysterious girl who can invoke supernatural powers during duels.” – ANN
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Kyou Kara Maoh! R
今日からマ王!R
今日からマ王!第3シリーズ
Release Date: E3, 2008-04-03
Episodes: OVA 3
Summary: “Life has returned to some form of normalcy after the end of the series, and so His Majesty Yuuri Shibuya travels to oversee how things are going. While doing so, he runs into the king of Small Shimeron–Sararegi. But it seems there may be something more to him than the friendly king he presents himself as.
Yuuri go back to Shimaron to relax and meet some friends, when the “king” of Little Shimaron suddenly joins the group and wants the Maou to come to his country. The Original king sends a message to Yuuri’s brother and his friend that Yuuri is in trouble.” (ANN)
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Allison & Lillia
アリソンとリリア
Allison to Lillia
Allison and Lilia
Air Date: 2008-04-03
Episodes: 26
OP: “Tameiki no Hashi (溜め息の橋)” by Kuricorder Quartet and Shione Yukawa
Notes: Based on light novels by Keiichi Sigsawa (Kino’s Journey) called Allison and Lillia and Treize. More buzz.
Preview: Youtube 1, 2
Summary: “Allison and Lillia (アリソンとリリア, Arison to Riria) is a Japanese television anime series adapted from the light novel series Allison and Lillia and Treize by Keiichi Sigsawa. The anime, produced by Madhouse and directed by Masayoshi Nishida, will originally start airing in Japan on the NHK television network in April 2008, and is set to contain twenty-six episodes. The first half of the anime will cover the Allison novels, while the second half will cover the Lillia and Treize novels.

Plot:

Allison is an adventure series set in a world containing one continent which is divided down the center by a towering mountain range and a huge river. The industry and technology of the world are roughly equivalent to the 1930s. Due to the geography, two cultures developed on either side of the divide, and at the time the story begins, the cultures have been at war for hundreds of years. The east side of the world is known as Rokushe (ロクシェ, Rokushe ), though formally the region’s name is the Rokushiaanuku Commonwealth. The entire region comprises of sixteen countries which all speak a common language. The west side is known as Sū Bee Iru (スー・ベー・イル, Sū Bee Iru ), though formally the region’s name is the United Kingdom of Bezeru Irutoa. The region is comprised of the two kingdoms of Bezeru and Irutoa which both serve to bring together a small number of countries under a common language different than that of the eastern region. There are very few blond-haired people in this region.

Allison, an air force pilot, and her childhood friend Will (pronounced Vill), who has a photographic memory, listen from a famous and boasting old man about a “treasure story” which goes that “if the two countries at war can finally end their fighting, that alone would be a valued treasure.” No one would believe him that the war between the countries could ever end, so no one listened to him. When the old man is abducted and taken over to Sū Bee Iru, Allison and Will steal an airplane and chase the abductors across the river into the next region; fortunately, they speak both languages.” – FanSub
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Macross Frontier
Frontiers of MACROSS
マクロス FRONTIER
マクロスF
Macross F
Air Date: 2007-12-23 (E1 special premiere), 2008-04-03
Episodes: ?
Other Sites: MBS, Satelight
OP: “Triangular” by Maaya Sakamoto
ED: “Ai, Oboete imasu ka (愛・おぼえていますか)” by Megumi Nakajima
“Diamond Crevasse (ダイアモンド クレバス)” by Sheryl Nome starring May’n / May Nakabayashi
Notes: Will this one revive the Macross franchise or will it bomb like the last attempt? Hard to say because the preview sux. Looks like it was thrown together last minute. Excluding the mechas, the majority of the clips shown are boring.
Edit 2008-03-22: May just watch it for the CG hot pants. Bwahaha!
Preview: 1 (01:58min), 2 (HQ)
Preview: Youtube 1, 2, 3 (1:58), 4 (3:03 nice excerpts), 5 (Nyan Nyan song), 6 (Nyan nyan song, 10 whole minutes of it looped)
Summary: “Macross Frontier marks the 25th anniversary of the Macross anime franchise. It is a direct sequel to te first Macross series and Macross 7 and follows the lives of Alto Saotome, Ranka Lee and a pop idol named Sheryl Nome on board the Macross Frontier colonization fleet. After the war against the Zentradi aliens, Humankind has spread across the universe in order to ensure its survival. The Macross Frontier fleet is part of a effort to spread and maintain the culture of humanity.” – ANN

“The story of Macross F takes place in 2070s (three decades after the last major sequels, Macross Plus and Macross 7) aboard the 11th Macross Frontier super-long-distance colonization fleet with 10 million citizens. Ranka Lee (newcomer Megumi Nakajima, pictured above) is heading to the concert of Macross Frontier’s top Galaxy Network idol, Sheryl Nome, when she encounters a pilot trainee named Alto Saotome — and when a mysterious enemy attacks the fleet. The story will also feature Ranka’s older brother, the veteran pilot Ozma Lee, and the U.N. Forces’ latest main variable fighter, the VF-25.” – ANN
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xxxHOLIC – Kei
xxxHOLiC◆継
Air Date: 2008-04-03
Episodes: ?
OP: “Nobody Knows” by Shikao Suga
ED: “Honey Honey” by SEAMO feat. AYUSE KOZUE
xxxHOLIC

To Love-Ru
To LOVEる
To LOVEる -とらぶる-
Love Trouble
Air Date: 2008-04-03
OP: “forever we can make it!” by THYME
ED: “Lucky Tune (ラッキーチューン)” by SANTOS ANNA
Other Sites: TBS, XEBEC
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “The “slightly risque” To Love-Ru science-fiction romantic comedy centers on Rito, a high school boy who cannot get the nerve to tell a girl named Haruna that he loves her. Then, while he is sulking in his bathtub, a girl named Lala from another planet appears before him.” – ANN
To Love Ru

Kure-nai

Air Date: 2008-04-03
Episodes: 13
OP: “Love Jump” by Minami Kuribayashi
ED: “Crossing Day” by Ryoko Shintani
Preview: Youtube 1, 2 (subbed)
Summary: “Based on a series of light novels, Kure-nai is about the adventures and misadventures of 16-year-old Shintaro Kurenai. Shintaro is an authority in settling disputes between people, and is one day approached by Murasaki Kuhouin, the daughter of a powerful plutocratic family, asking him to be her bodyguard. ” – ANN

Kirarin Revolution
きらりん☆レボリューション 第3期
Release Date: 2008-04-04
Episodes: 3 of ?
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The Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk
Druaga no Tou ~the Aegis of URUK~
ドルアーガの塔 〜the Aegis of URUK〜
Air Date: 2008-04-04
Episodes: ?
OP: “Swinging” by Muramasa
ED: “Tōchōsha-tachi (塔頂者たち)” by Kenn
Notes: Wow. Must watch.
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “The Summer of “Anu”: In a summer once every five years, demons in the mysterious Tower of Druaga lose their powers due to the magic spell cast by a god named “Anu”. King Gilgamesh, ruler of the kingdom Uruk, uses the appearance of demons as an excuse to invade the tower and find out the construct’s secrets. As 80 years passed, the Uruk army managed to fight back the demons and built a fortress city and safe haven on the very first floor of Druaga – Metz Kier. Thus begins the story of a warrior named Gil who, finding companions along the way, embarks on a quest for the fabled Blue Crystal Rod, a powerful artifact rumored to be in the highest floor of Druaga. However, other competitors, including the kingdom of Uruk itself, want the treasure, all for their own reasons.” – ANN
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Amatsuki
あまつき
Air Date: 2008-04-04
Episodes: 13
OP: “Casting Dice” by Yuuki Kanno
ED: “Namae no Nai Michi (名まえのない道)” by Kaori Hikita
Summary: “Rikugou Tokidoki, a common Japanese high school student, has failed his last history test. So to make up for it he has to study at a museum that uses state of the art virtual technology to place you right in the middle of the Edo period. However, when he runs into a being called a nue, a masked man riding an enormous monster, he loses the sight in his right eye. After realizing that he is no longer wearing his goggles, he discovers that he is trapped in the Edo period, where he meets Shinonome Kon, another person in a similiar position as him, and Kuchiha a female samurai who saved his life.” – ANN
Notes: The comic features sweeet art but tired and obscenely long banter. Maybe the anime will do better.
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Itazura na Kiss
Mischievious Kiss
イタズラなKiss
Air Date: 2008-04-04
Episodes: 13
OP: “Kimi, Meguru, Boku (キミ、メグル、ボク)” by Motohiro Hata
ED: “Kataomoi Fighter (片思いファイター)” by GO!GO!7188
Summary: “a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty “super-ikemen” (handsome male) with smarts and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko’s family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad’s childhood friend…whose son is Naoki.” –ANN
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BLUE DRAGON 天空の七竜
Blue Dragon: Tenkai no Shichi Ryū
The Seven Dragons of the Heavens
Air Date: 2008-04-05
Episodes: ?
Notes: Season 2! – ANN
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Kanokon
かのこん
Air Date: 2008-04-05
Episodes: 12
OP: “PHOSPHOR” by Ui Miyazaki
ED: “Koi no Honoo (恋の炎)” by Yui Sakakibara
Preview: Youtube 1 (w/ karaoke), 2 (w/out karaoke), 3 (Comiket73)
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D.C.II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season~
D.C.II S.S. ~ダ・カーポII セカンドシーズン~
Air Date: 2008-04-05
Episodes: 13
OP: “Sakura Amaneku Sekai (サクラアマネクセカイ)” by yozuca
ED: “Bokutachi no Yukue (僕たちの行方)” by CooRie
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Kamen no Maid Guy
仮面のメイドガイ
Air Date: 2008-04-05
Episodes: ?
Other Sites: Fujimoshobo
Notes: Based on a hilarious ecchi comic. Must watch!
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “Fujiwara Naeka is a typical 17 year-old high school student. Or so we thought. She’s really one of 2 surviving heirs of a tycoon who has the right to inherit his mass fortune when she turns 18 in half a year. Fubuki, a young and beautiful maid, and Kogarashi, a big burly maid guy with a mask, have been assigned to keep Naeka and her brother Kousuke safe from those who would plot their demise, and to steal the fortune she would inherit.” – Baka
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Blassreiter
ブラスレイター
Blassreiter -genetic-
Other Sites: Nitro+
Air Date: 2008-04-05
Episodes: 13
OP: “Detarame na Zanzō (デタラメな残像)” by GRANRODEO
ED: “sad rain” by Aki Misato
Other sites: Nitro+ lineup
Notes: I thought Nitro+ was familiar. They’re one of the producers for Tougane no Chi. Haha, that’d explain the art.
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “…it’s set in future germany. the dead are suddenly being brought back to life, only to end up attacking humans. society is thus terrified and believes that their towns are being plagued by demons.

then come along some individuals who can transform, at will, into the bodies of the living demons. society accuses them of being evil as well, but they must continue to use this power in order to survive and to fulfill their purpose & destiny.” – esfir
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Net Ghost PiPoPa
ネットゴーストPIPOPA
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: 12
Summary: “The series stars Yūta Akigawa, an elementary school boy who lives in a city run entirely by computers. One day, he opens a phone email message that sucks him inside his mobile phone and into “net space.” There he meets three mysterious creatures named Pit, Pot, and Pat — PiPoPa for short. The four go on adventures between both the human world and the net world.” – ANN
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Onegai My Melody Kirara!
おねがいマイメロディ きららっ☆ (仮)
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: ?
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Zettai Karen Children
絶対可憐チルドレン
Absolutely Lovely Children
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: 13
Preview: Youtube 1, 2 (1:30), 3
Summary: “The Zettai Karen Children manga centers around three ten-year-old girls who possess some of the world’s strongest paranormal powers: Kaoru Akashi with psychokinesis, Aoi Nogami with teleportation, and Shiho Sannomiya with psychometry. BABEL — the “BAse of Backing ESP Laboratory” established by Japan’s Ministry of Interior — attempts to convert “The Children” into a military special operations unit. To that end, BABEL saddles a hapless, powerless 20-year-old lieutenant named Kōichi Minamoto with the task of supervising/baby-sitting the three girls with Level 7 powers.” –ANN
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 新シリーズ
コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ R2
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: 25
OP: “O2” by ORANGE RANGE
ED: “Shiawase Neiro” by ORANGE RANGE
Other Sites: MBS, Sunrise
Notes: If you don’t know what this is, it’s called Wiki, son!
Preview: Youtube 1, 2 (OP), 3 (ED)
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Wagaya no Oinarisama.
我が家のお稲荷さま。
Our Home’s Fox Deity
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: ?
Notes: Light novel for boys. More fan info at A-Suki.
Preview: Youtube 1, 2
Summary: 10,000yr old fox demon was sealed away to stop its mischief but it’s released upon the unsuspecting modern world. So it’s like Inuyasha reversed and with a sexually ambiguous youkai.
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Nabari no Ō
隠の王
Ruler of Nabari
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: ?
OP: “Crawl” by VELTPUNCH
ED: “Hikari” by ELISA
Preview: Youtube 1, 2 (2:05 preeetty muzik)
Summary: “Rokujou Miharu is a boy who has a hijustu (hidden technique) living inside of him. This hijustu is the power of creation. Many ninja clans are seeking it as the one who posesses it becomes the ruler of the ninja world. Rokujou’s classmate Kouichi started a nindou (“Way of the Ninja”) club at school with Kumohira, his English teacher. Both Kouichi and Kumohira are secretly ninjas. They tried to persuade Rokujou to join the ninjustu club. At first, he was reluctant, but after being attacked by group of ninjas trying to get his hijutsu, he joins. He must become the Ruler of Nabari in order to survive.” – ANN

“Rokujou Miharu was a seemly reluctant junior high student living in his own world. However, within him, lurked the ultimate power of Nabari, “Omnipotent”. To possess such supreme weapon, the Wolf Pack of Iga swore to bring Miharu back to Iga village. On the other hand, Miharu’s English teacher, Kumohira sensei, and classmate, Kouichi, were the Banten ninjas whose mission was to protect Miharu. A war waged over the ownership of “Omnipotent” thus started. To survive, Miharu must enter the hidden world Nabari, to become the king.” (ANN)
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S.A
S・A ~スペシャル・エー~
Special A Class
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: 24
OP: “Special Days” by Yuko Goto
ED: “Hidamari no Gate (陽だまりのゲート)” by Jun Fukuyama, Hiro Shimono, Tsubasa Yonaga & Kazuma Horie
Other Sites: Gonzo
Summary: “Hanazono Hikari, the main character has always been place second against Takishima Kei, who is always first, he also loves Hikari and everyone knows except her. Their wrestling loving fathers first introduced them to one another when they were 9 years old. Self-assuming to be the best in wrestling, young Hikari challenges Kei to a wrestling match only to be defeated thoroughly by him. Ever since that fateful introduction and incident, Hikari swears to be beat Kei in school grades, a sporting event, anything.” (ANN)
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Neo Angelique Abyss
ネオ アンジェリーク Abyss
Air Date: 2008-04-06
Episodes: ?
OP: “Joy to the World” by Hiroki Takahashi, Toru Ohkawa, Masaya Onosaka and Daisuke Ono
Other Sites: TV-Tokyo
Notes: In a drastic departure from the norm, the fleet of hot, limpy-wristed men surrounding Angelique is reduced to four in the franchise’s latest segment.
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はっけん たいけん だいすき!しまじろう
Air Date: 2008-04-07
Episodes: ?
Notes: Kids show. Watch the few subbed clips from You. Ultimate win.
Preview: 1 (ROFLMAO), 2 (pants-man!)
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Soul Eater
ソウルイーター
Air Date: 2008-04-07
Episodes: ?
OP: “resonance” by T.M.Revolution
ED: “I Wanna Be” by STANCE PUNKS
Preview: Youtube 1
Notes: The trailer shows the animation following the comic fairly closely with much improved art. But did they improve on the comedy?
Summary: “The story takes place at the Shinigami Weaponry Vocational School, a school for creating Death Scythes for Gods of Death. The human and demon students seek the seeds of the souls of 99 humans and the soul of one witch, all of which are needed to turn just one of the demon students into a Death Scythe. One of the human students, Maka Alban, is paired with Soul Eater, a boyish demon whose true form is a scythe, as they collect the needed souls to transform Soul Eater.” (ANN)

“Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon technicians, the series revolves around 3 groups of each, a weapon technician and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a Death Scythe and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch.” (ASuki)

Read the comic Wiki. Spoiler advisory.
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Vampire Knight
Air Date: 2008-04-07
Episodes: ?
Other: Hakusensha, TV-Tokyo
Notes: The popular angsty gothic school melodrama is in production for TV syndication.
Summary: Yuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, wherein she was attacked by a vampire… And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adapted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her savior, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Is Kaname’s infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.” ANN
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Monochrome Factor
モノクローム・ファクター
Air Date: 2008-04-07
Episodes: ?
OP: “Metamorphose” by Asriel
Other Sites: Mag-Garden
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “Akira Nikaido is a typical slacker with a normal life, that is, until he meets Shirogane who changes him from a slacker highschool student to a shin, a creature of the shadow world, in order to help restore balance of the human and shadow world and keep shadow monsters from attacking humans…” – ANN
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Uchi no 3 Shimai
うちの3姉妹
Air Date: 2008-04-08
Episodes: ?
OP: “Shode! Shode! Dancing! (しょで!しょで!だんしんぐっ!)” by Mayu Kudō
ED: “Tattōn♪Time (たっとぅーん♪たいむ)” by Noria
Other Sites: TV-Tokyo
Summary: “…a semi-autobiographical gag cartoon about a mother raising three girls: six-year-old older sis Fū, four-year-old free-spirited Sū, and two-year-old Chū (the “president” of the family).” – ANN
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RD Sennou Chousashitsu
RD 潜脳調査室
Real Drive
Air Date: 2008-04-08
Episodes: ?
OP: “Wanderland” by 9mm Parabellum Bullet
ED: “Katahiza no Yogore (片膝の汚れ)” by Last Alliance
Other Sites: Production IG, Production IG (English)
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “The Real Drive “neo-futuristic science-fiction suspense” story takes place in A.D. 2061, when a new, supposedly more secure information network called the Metal has taken hold in human society. However, abberations begin to crop up as individuals chafe against the rigid system, and so-called “cyber divers” are dispatched to investigate these incidents.” – ANN
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Crystal Blaze
クリスタル ブレイズ
Glass Maiden
Air Date: 2008-04-08
Episodes: 12
Other Sites: Fujicreative (EN)
Notes: Can only find bits and pieces of information. Seems aimed for mature viewers. “…sexy action” futuristic mystery anime television series…” – ANation
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “A corner of near-future Asia.
A world where through the manipulations of national governments, freedom and eqality have been established as mere pretenses.
“The Trash City” Lags Town, an assemblage of all peoples composed of those whose lives have burned out.

This tale, playing out in the symbol of false glory, Lags Town, is a near-future detective story shown through gun action and sexy action.

The Lags Town Jack-of-all-trades “S&A Detective Agency”.
Its members are Shu, who stands against the powers that be through pulse-pounding incidents even though it’s forced him out of society, and Akira, a complicated, beautiful young man.
And the young detectives-in-training, high school girls Manami and Ayaka.

Unfulfilled, Shu lives day-to-day as a detective, when he meets the amnesiac heroine Sara. Investigating an incident which rocks Lags Town, he takes new steps forward with friends who accept his past.
That drama plays out in a hard-boiled and stylish detective story, symbolised by the Smith and Wesson model 29 and the ’80 Trans Am.

During discussions between Shu’s actor Miki and producer Tsukino, the concept of “creating an animation that stirs real emotion, which even adults can enjoy” was struck upon.
Through the twists and turns of the five years since production began, with attention to script quality and character design, Miki’s wish has been met.
Also, through further discussion with Miki, special attention has been paid to his feedback on particular castings and art.” – Official site, ANN

“In the near-future…
Lags Town is located in a corner of Asia symbolizing a negative side of false prosperity.
A hard-boiled buddy story is staged in this town presenting spectacular gun-battles!
Glass Maiden is a stylish and full-blown animation, and props and gadgets are depicted in meticulous detail whole through the story.” – FCC
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Himitsu – Top Secret
秘密~トップシークレット~
Air Date: 2008-04-08
Episodes: ?
OP: “Kokoro Film (ココロフィルム)” by ALvino
ED: “Kemuri (煙)” by Makichang
Summary: “The story takes place five decades from now, when brain scanners have been perfected to the point that the government can retrieve up to five years’ worth of memories from people’s minds — even if they are dead. The investigators of the National Research Institute of Police Science’s 9th Forensics Laboratory must weigh the ethical choices in the ultimate invasion of privacy as they delve into people’s minds to solve crimes.” – ANN
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Kaiba
カイバ
Air Date: 2008-04-10
Episodes: 12
OP: “Never” by Seira
ED: “Carry Me Away” by Seira
Notes: The buzz is the same, it’s a “refreshing love story”. And the catchphrase to pull in all the Titanic fans, “I shall love you even if I have lost my memory.” The title sucks! The only search hits that pop up is YUGIOH and that other KAIBA anime.
Summary: “(In the world of Kaiba) It is now possible to store memory data, so that the death of your body is not actually “death”. As memories are stored in databanks, they can be “transferred” to new bodies. Because so-called “memory trading” now occurs, it is now possible to steal memories and illegally alter them.

Society has fallen apart as authority has become lost and stagnant.

One day, a man awakens in a ruined room. His name is Kaiba. He has no memories, but he does have a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman inside…

In the skies a mysterious cloud of electricity floats, stalking the streets to hunt for memories.

After suddenly being attacked, Kaiba escaped into space, and during his travels meets all sorts of people and regains his memories. Throughout it he continues to be troubled by the world’s problems, as well as his own existence. And what of the woman in the pendant, Neiro?

“What am I? Who are you? What are you? Who am I?”

When these two meet again, what will happen? ” – BluWacky
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Library War
図書館戦争
Toshokan Sensō
Air Date: 2008-04-10
Episodes: 12
OP: “Atashi no Machi, Ashita no Machi (あたしの街、明日の街)” by Hitomi Takahashi
ED: “changes” by Base Ball Bear
Other Sites: Production IG
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “Taking place in the year 2019, Library War focuses on the battles fought by “Library Armies” to preserve the freedom of having libraries when a new law threatens to clamp down on freedom of expression.” – ANN
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Junjō Romantica
純情ロマンチカ
Air Date: 2008-04-10
Episodes: 24
OP: “Kimi = Hana (君=花)” by pigstar
ED: “Baby Romantica (ベイビーロマンチカ)” by SCRIPT
Notes: Brazen yaoi slated for TV syndication?! A very interesting time in nippon TV.
Summary: “Misaki is suddenly having some unexpected and odd problems. What started as a need for some college entrance exam tutoring has somehow led him to being romanced by a suave older man who also happens to be his big brother’s best friend. Confused by all of his brand new emotions, Misaki struggles to deal with his suddenly very odd life. And if that wasn’t enough, his suitor, Usami, has plenty of issues of his own. A man-child who decorates his room in giant teddy bears and toys, Usami is a famous novelist who also writes steamy boys’ love novels on the side.” – ANN
Preview: Youtube 1
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ソウルイーターレイトショー
Air Date: 2008-04-10

Golgo 13
ゴルゴ13
Air Date: 2008-04-11
Episodes: ?
Notes: Go check out old clips @You. “Mouth granade” LOL!
Summary: “Duke Togo, or as he is more widely known, “Golgo 13″, is a M16 bearing assassin who will take on any job for the right price. Anyone can hire him, including private citizens and world governments. If he’s not bedding women he’s infiltrating a hostile country, waiting hours for the perfect shot in the most extreme conditions. Golgo 13 is just as adept in the urban jungle. Those who deal with him must make sure not to cross the Duke or they might find themselves the target of his rifle.”
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Kyōran Kazoku Nikki
狂乱家族日記
Air Date: 2008-04-12
Episodes: ?
OP: “Chōsai Kenbo Sengen (超妻賢母宣言)” by MOSAIC.WAV
ED: “Kyōran Senki~Nichijō no Kamisama~ (狂乱戦記 ~日常ノ神サマ~)” by Ayumi Fujimura
Preview: Youtube 1 (comiket73), 2 (widescreen but full of walking heads tho)
Summary: “…the not-so-normal life of a “family” that includes a catgirl “mother,” a lion “son,” a living land-combat android weapon “son,” a jellyfish-like otherworldly “daughter,” and a hapless 27-year-old military officer as their “father.” This motley “family” was assembled as part of the Imperial Japanese Anti-Paranormal Phenomena Section’s Special Operations Forces to save Earth in 2063.” – ANN
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Chiko, Heiress of the Phantom Thief
二十面相の娘
Nijuu Mensou no Musume
Air Date: 2008-04-12
Episodes: 22
ED: “unnamed world” by Aya Hirano
Other Sites: Fujicreative
Preview: Youtube 1
Summary: “It was a time when the night was really dark. People talk about nothing except the Phantom Thief. The Phantom Thief only steals art collections without injuring anybody
after sending a card which announces what he aims at.
Chizuko Mikamo (Chiko) is a Girl who lives together with the gangs of the Phantom Thief. The police, private detectives, and treasure hunters are after Chiko to obtain the inheritance of the Phantom Thief.
This story based on the popular comics which depict the world of Ranpo Edogawa (classic Japanese gothic novelist) with a new perspective.
The program focuses on “the growth of Chiko” through the encounter with the Phantom Thief and his team. Her life of the adventure with full of mystery and fantasies unfold.” – FCC, ANN
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Penguin Musume ♥ Heart
ペンギン娘♥はぁと
Air Date: 2008-04-19
Summary: “The 4-panel gag manga centers on Sakura, the 14-year-old daughter of the rich Nankyoku family, and her classmates. Since “Nankyoku” happens to be Japanese for Antarctica and Sakura happens to be an Akihabara otaku (she transferred to her new school while wearing full cosplay gear), she earns the nicknames “Penguin” and “A-Girl.” – ANN
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Sugar Bunnies
シュガーバニーズ 第2シリーズ
Air Date: 2008-04
Episodes: ?
Notes: It’s like Carebears but even more annoyingly wholesome. Take a look.
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Penguin no Mondai
ペンギンの問題
A Penguin’s Troubles
Air Date: 2008-04
Episodes: ?
Other Sites: Montly Coro-Coro (free manga excerps)
Summary: “This children’s gag comedy title deals with the everyday life of a penguin named Kinoshita Beckham. Beckham happens to go to Kirikabu Elementary School with humans and crave “Mac” hamburgers and fries.” – ANN
Notes: preview? (source: DATS)
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Candy boy
Air Date: 2008-05-02
Episodes: ?
Notes: Ehhh.. .
Preview: Youtube 1 (7:39 Froth-bite sub), 2 (PV by MEILIN), 3 (10:03min Shin-gx sub), 4 (AMV)
Summary: “Yukino and Kanade Sakurai live together as high school students enjoying their daily life; until one day Sakuya Kamiyama confess her love for Kanade to Yukino, asking for her support. This makes Yukino to release her true feelings for her sister.” – ANN

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One Response to “MUST SEE ANIME | Spring 2008”

  1. Jesse Says:

    Do you know what anime movies these images are from?

    http://rudys-replacement.deviantart.com/art/what-anime-help-me-out-127346854

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