MUST SEE ANIME | Summer 2008

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Ikkitousen – Great Guardians
一騎当千 Great Guardians
Air Date: 2008-06-11
Episodes: ?
Notes: New storyline, new characters.
Ikkitousen

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the Movie
グレンラガン パラレルワークス
Premier Date: 2008-6-16
Episodes: movie

Telepathy Shoujo Ran
テレパシー少女 蘭
Air Date: 2008-06-21
Episodes: ?
Summary: “Ran is a bright and energetic first-grader in junior high school who possesses supernatual abilities. Together with Midori (her friend who also has supernatural powers) and Rui, the threesome are constantly embroiled in mysterious circumstances. Ran is troubled by her powers because it seems to spark off the ill intentions of people in contact with her. However, with the support of her family and peers, Ran learns to deal with her ‘other’ side and accepts who she is. The threesome also learn how to team up as a whole and solve these mysterious events.” – ANN
Shoujo Ran

Chocolate Underground
チョコレート・アンダーグラウンド
Stream Date: 2008初夏
Episodes: ONA
Notes: Based on a childrens novel by Alex Shearer (British).
Summary: “The story centers on two 13-year-old boys in a country that has banned chocolate and mandated fruits and vegetables for daily consumption. The boys discover a stash of cocoa and sugar and decide to run a bootleg chocolate factory, in complete defiance of the government run by the oppressive Good for You Party. Their misadventures eventually spark a revolution in the country.” – ANN
Chocolate UndergroundChocolate Underground

Ultraviolet: Code 044
Notes:Ultraviolet: Code 044
Air Date: 2008-07-01
Episodes: ?

Slayers Revolution
Other Sites: 1
スレイヤーズREVOLUTION
Air Date: 2008-07-02
Episodes: ?
Notes: Remake. Schedules for two seasons. “Slayers (スレイヤーズ) is a boy’s light novel series that’s published under the shounen light novel label Fujimi Fantasia Bunko, and serialized in the young men’s light novel magazine Dragon Magazine.” – aSUKI

Antique Bakery
Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten
西洋骨董洋菓子店
Air Date: 2008-07-03
Episodes: 12
Summary: “Tachibana, grandson of a rich businessman and newbie in the world of managing; Ono Yuusuke, famous pastry chef and even more infamous “devilish homosexual”; Kanda Eiji, a retired young boxer with a thing for pastries; Kobayakawa Chikage, servant friend of Tachibana and current romantic interest of Ono, who is clumsy yet serious and stoic to a fault (most of the time). Together, these four men maintain a small yet elegant cafe known as “Antique”, where they and all their customers can come together to cherish one of the few but truly important things in life: cake.” – ANN

Hidarami Sketch X 365
ひだまりスケッチ×365
Air Date: 2008-07-03
Episodes: ?
Preview: Youtube 1, 2
Hidarami Sketch x 365

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
乃木坂春香の秘密
Air Date: 200807-03
Episodes: ?
Summary: “In the story, Yūto Ayase is an ordinary boy in an private high school with the usual cliques. Haruka, the school’s most unattainable girl, is so idolized in the school for both her beauty and smarts that her classmates nickname her Nuit Étoile (The Silver Star of the Night) and Lumière du Clavier (The Shining Princess on the Piano). However, in the school’s library, Yūto stumbles across her and her darkest secret — she is a diehard fan of anime, manga, and otaku culture.” – ANN
NogizakaNogizaka

Strike Witches
ストライクウィッチーズ
Air Date: 2008-07-03
Episodes: ?
Preview: Youtube 1 (last years)
Summary: “It is about a group of witches who use airplane boots to travel about instead of brooms and work as arial fighters.” – ANN
Strike Witches

Birdy the Mighty – DECODE
鉄腕バーディー DECODE
鉄腕バーディー
Tetsuwan Birdy
Air Date: 2008-07-05
Episodes: 13
Other Sites: Youngsunday
Notes: Remake of a the 1996 (Air Date 1996-07-25) version which is based on a comic book of the same name.
Source: Young Sunday
Summary: “While pursuing a criminal, the pretty but reckless interplanetary police officer Birdy Cephon Altirra accidentally kills Tsutomu, an earthling high school student. To make amends, Birdy is forced to share her own body with Tsutomu’s spirit so that he can continue his own life. At first, Tsutomu knows nothing about his situation but soon discovers that his body is starting to take certain actions without his mind ordering it. In times of action, Birdy takes full control of their shared body, transforming it back into her original female form.” ANN
Birdy the MightyBirdy 2008

Natsume Yuujin-Chou
夏目友人帳
Natsume’s Book of Friends
Air Date: 2008-07-07
Episodes: ?
Summary: “The story revolves around Natsume, a boy who has been able to see ghosts since he was little. Unfortunately, humans shun him, and there is not much fondness between him and ghosts either. One day, he inherits a Yūjin-Chō (“Book of Friends”) from his grandmother. The book is actually full of contracts that his grandmother made to trap ghosts. As one ghost after another shows up, Natsume tries to release or help them — even while many of them seek vengeance on him.” – ANN
“Natsume’s just an ordinary kid, except he can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the “Book of Friends”. Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. With the help of a spirit “cat” (who really just wants Natsume to die so he can have the book), Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits and trying not to get killed.” – SIH
Natsume (comic)Natsume

Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo
Ryoko’s Case File
薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿
Air Date: 2008-07
Episodes: ?
Summary: “The novels and manga revolve around Ryōko Yakushiji, a 27-year-old multilingual investigator that graduated from Tokyo University’s elite Department of Law, and the bizarre cases she faces while working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Yakushiji not only has to deal with supernatural beings in her line of work, but also her rival Yukiko Muromachi, another equally talented and beautiful police investigator.” – Woland
“Very crazy but smart woman. Ryoko is the perfect and unbeatable queen (this is not some first impression or background description will be changed by stories but what happens in the stories). While very quick in actions, she is not slow in considerations, and she is always capable of completely destroy whoever stands on her way (except Yukiko perhaps).

Social status, power, and money are nothing in front of her, or more precisely, she is more eager to destroy those with social status, power, and money, and this is not because she loves justice but, in my opinion, is just because beating up rather tough opponents make things more exciting than bully weaklings.

The lines she likes most are WINNER IS THE KING, LAWS EXIST ONLY FOR MY SAKE or something similar.” – herbert
Ryoko’s Case File

Mission E
Air Date: 2008-07-10
Episodes: ?
Notes: Code E Season 2

Blade of the Immortal
無限の住人
Air Date: 2008-7-13
Episodes: ?

Koi Hime
恋姫†夢想
Air Date: 2008-07
Episodes: ?
Koihime

Sekirei
セキレイ
Air Date: 2008-07
Episodes: ?
Notes: Yet another harem genre.
Summary: “The story begins when Minato Sahashi, a hapless man who has failed at getting into college or getting a love life, suddenly meets a beautiful girl named Musubi. Minato learns he can become an Ashikabi, a master of the 108 artificial, humanlike creatures in the Sekirei project that will fight each other to their dying breaths. Musubi happens to be a Sekirei herself.” – ANN
Sekirei

Zero no Tsukaima 3rd Season
ゼロの使い魔 ~三美姫の輪舞~
Air Date: 2008-07
Episodes: ?
Zero no Tsukaima

薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿
Air Date: 2008-07

魔法遣いに大切なこと ~夏のソラ~
Air Date: 2008-07

スカイ・クロラ The Sky Crawlers
Premeire Date: 2008-08-02
Episodes: Movie
Preview: Youtube 1, 2
Notes: “Somewhere, in a country similar to ours
There are children who do not became adult
They are very similar to us

The film is based on a popular five-part novel by a best-seller writer, Mori Hiroshi, who enjoys enthusiastic support from younger generations and has sold over 8 million copies of his works in total. The story unfolds in another ‘possible’ modern age. The main characters are youngsters called “Kildren”, who are destined to live eternally in their adolescence. The Kildren are conscious that every day could be the last, because they fight a “war as entertainment” organized and operated by adults. But as they embrace the reality they are faced with, they live their day-to-day lives to the full[est].” (Production IG)
Sky Crawlers

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