Summer 2009 Anime Preview

It’s that time again: It’s time to look at what anime is airing in the Summer 2009 season. Shows are listed in alphabetical order.

There are 5 possible levels of ratings that I’ll give a show:

  • Will Blog
  • May Blog (presumes Will Watch)
  • Will Watch
  • May Watch
  • Won’t Watch

As usual, I’m leaving out anything that seems to obviously be a children’s show. Like always, thanks to the Fansub Wiki for keeping a great list of upcoming shows.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…here we go!

Here are some quick links to the shows if you want to go straight to a particular show:

Bakemonogatari Canaan Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class Kanamemo Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Second Season
Needless Princess Lover! Sea Story
Sora no Manimani Spice and Wolf II Sweet Blue Flowers
Taisho Yakyuu Musume Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Josh’s Preview Round-Up

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Starts Airing: July 3, 23:00
Station:
Tokyo MX TV
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Tatsuya Oishi (debut)
Production:
SHAFT, Aniplex
Webpage:
http://www.bakemonogatari.com/

Preview from Anime News Network:

The short stories in the two volumes of Bakemonogatari deal with a high school boy named Koyomi Araragi and strange students he encounters.  One student, a girl named Hitagi Senjōgahara, almost literally falls into his lap, only to have him discover she has no weight.

This sounds like it has potential to be an interesting show.  The production companies of this show are certainly good, though this is the director’s debut, at least as a series director.  This reminds me a bit of Natsume Yuujinchou which was somewhat of a disappointment for me, so I’m still not completely sure.  For now it goes onto my “maybe” list.

Josh’s Judgment: May Watch

Canaan

CANAAN

Starts Airing: July 4, 22:30
Station:
Tokyo MX TV
Episodes:
13
Director:
Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger)
Production:
P.A. Works
Webpage:
http://www.canaan.jp/

Preview from Anime News Network:

The visual novel tells a present-day story about a detective, a young man, a virus researcher, a freelance writer, and a cat mascot character who are brought together by bizarre events with worldwide implications in the Tokyo neighborhood of Shibuya.

Getting any specific description of what this anime is about is pretty hard to come by.  I can’t 100% swear that the above description is completely correct, though that is the description of the game the anime is based off of, so it’s the best I can do right now.  What I’ve been able to see makes the show look somewhat appealing though, and given my positive experience with Phantom so far, I may give this one a shot.

Josh’s Judgment: May Watch

Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!

Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!

Starts Airing: June 25, 08:00
Station: AT-X
Episodes: Unknown
Director: Shinichiro Kimura (Karin, Venus Versus Virus)
Production: Studio Hibari
Webpage: http://mv.avex.jp/juden-chan/

Preview from My Anime List:

Meet Plug, an unusual girl from a parallel world. Plug is a “Juuden-chan,” capable of “recharging” people down on their luck, spreading good cheer wherever she goes!

Well that sounds interesting. Ok, no it doesn’t. It looks like an excuse for a big-boob “moe” fan service show (hell, the company which is making it lists “moe” as one of it’s policies. No, seriously, it does).  This was on last season’s preview, but they moved it to this season.  Not that it makes it any better.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class

Starts Airing: July 6, 26:14
Station:
Yomiuri TV
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Kodocha)
Production:
AIC PLUS
Webpage:
http://mv.avex.jp/ga/

Preview from My Anime List:

The slice-of-life manga revolves around five freshman girls in a high school art class.

OK, not exactly a wealth of information, but then again, this looks like a carbon copy of other recent “art club” shows.  I’ve watched a couple of these shows, and while they’re somewhat interesting, I’m not sure they’ve been interesting enough for me to want to put this on my watch list right now.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Kanamemo

Kanamemo

Starts Airing: July 5, 25:30
Station:
TV Tokyo
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Shigehito Takayanagi (Galaxy Angel A, Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat)
Production:
Starchild, Feel
Webpage:
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/kanamemo/

Preview from My Anime List:

Nakamachi Kana is a junior high school girl. Her grandmother passed away and she was left all alone. She finds a newspaper carrier station and starts working as a live-in carrier. Her room has a hole on the wall. Other female workers living next door comes in through the hole and start a wild merrymaking.

This is an adaptation of yet another 4-koma, which seem to be extremely hit or miss, considering that 4-komas aren’t very good source material for a show with any sort of extended plot, and thus tend to be episodic in nature, or even have different stories within the same episode.  This sounds like it’s supposed to be a big comedy show just from the set up, but the art makes it look like it may be a loli-fest.  I just think there are too many other shows this season that I’d want to watch before this for me to put this on my “may watch” list.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Second Season

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Second Season

Starts Airing: In progress
Station:
Teletama
Episodes:
14
Director:
Tatsuya Ishihara (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kanon)
Production:
Kyoto Animation
Webpage:
http://www.haruhi.tv/

Preview from My Anime List (from first season):

Kyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in; aliens, time travelers and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural.

Much to his chagrin, Kyon, along with the silent bookworm, Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the perpetually smiling Itsuki Koizumi, are recruited as members. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa.

Kyoto Animation is up to their usual tricks and are intermixing the new second season episodes in with those of the first season based on when they occur.  However, I decided to add this to the summer preview because the bulk (12 of 14 reported episodes) of the second season has yet to air (the first episode aired May 21st while the 2nd episode aired June 17th).  I won’t blog this because I’m sure many, many other people will but this is on my definitely watch list, especially since I’m already watching it.

Josh’s Judgment: Will Watch

Needless

Needless

Starts Airing: July 2, 25:30
Station:
Tokyo MX TV
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Masayuki Sakoi (Kamen no Maid Guy, Strawberry Panic!)
Production:
Madhouse
Webpage:
http://needless.jp/

Preview from My Anime List:

[In the year] 2130, after the third world war, large contaminated areas known as “Blackspots” formed all over Japan. Large Walls were used to quarantine off these “Blackspots”. In time, signs of inhabitance appeared within these wastelands. Among the survivors who had been abandoned inside the Blackspots, labeled as “those who were unneeded”, came forth possessors of uncanny abilities — Fire, wind, brute strength…they were defined by their supernatural abilities. Others, fearful of their powers, expelled them and named them Needless.

Hmm, from the art and description, this show sounds like it may live up to it’s name: needless.  There isn’t very much attracting me to this show.  It just sounds like a “let’s have some characters showing off some cool powers!” type show where any actual plot is secondary.  I think I’ll pass

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Princess Lover!

Princess Lover!

Starts Airing: July 5, 24:30
Station:
Chiba TV
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Hiromitsu Kanazawa (debut)
Production:
GoHands
Webpage:
http://www.prilover.tv/index.html

Preview from My Anime List:

Arima Teppei lost his parents in a traffic accident. His grandfather Isshin adopted him by force and ordered him to succeed the head of Arima Group Corporation. At Shuuhou Gakuen, a high school only for wealthly students, Teppei’s new life as a celebrity starts.

While the premise of this show doesn’t sound too bad, almost all the vibes I get off of it are.  It’s based on an H-game, which usually means it’s going to either be really good or really bad.  Unfortunately, from the art to the promotional video, to the logo design, to the fact that it’s being done by a new director and a new animation company, I’m getting the “bad” vibe off of this show.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Sea Story

Sea Story

Starts Airing: June 24, 25:29
Station:
CBC
Episodes:
12
Director:
Yuu Kou (Chrono Crusade, Loveless)
Production:
ZEXCS
Webpage:
http://www.sea-story.tv/

Preview from My Anime List:

Marin and her sister Urin live in the sea. One day they find a ring fallen into the sea. They get out of the sea and meet a girl Kanon, the owner of the ring. Kanon tells them she doesn’t want the ring anymore because it was given by her boyfriend whom she just broke up with, and she throws it into the sea again. Marin thinks Kanon is still in love with him and looks for the ring. But she accidentally breaks a seal on the sea floor…

I guess this sounds somewhat interesting.  Both the director and the studio have some excellent shows to their credit, which certainly promotes the likelihood of my watching this.  However, scantly-clad women in the show art always gives me pause.  I’ll put this on my “may watch” list for now.

Josh’s Judgment: May Watch

Sora no Manimani

Sora no Manimani

Starts Airing: July 7, 10:30
Station:
AT-X
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama, School Rumble)
Production:
Studio Comet
Webpage:
http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/soramani/

Preview from My Anime List:

Saku Ooyagi returns to his hometown after seven years and is soon reacquainted with his childhood friend, Mihoshi Akeno. The reunion is far from merry since the last memory they have of each other is of her falling off a tree and him saving her. In any case, Mihoshi is determined to improved their relationship and forces Saku to join the astronomy club she founded.

Speaking of “vibes,” I’m getting some pretty good ones from this show.  The premise sounds reasonable, the art, while maybe a little different, doesn’t look bad and doesn’t suggest anything bad (in fact, perhaps quite the opposite), and the director and animation company have been around the block a few times as well.  This sounds like the type of story that I’m a sucker for.

Josh’s Judgment: May Blog

Spice and Wolf II

Spice and Wolf II

Starts Airing: July 8, 25:15
Station:
TV Kanagawa
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Takeo Takahashi (Rozen Maiden, Spice and Wolf)
Production:
Brains Base, Marvie Jack
Webpage:
http://www.spicy-wolf.com/top.html

Preview from My Anime List (from first season):

Spice and Wolf’s story revolves around Lawrence Craft, a twenty-five-year-old merchant. His main goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he already has been traveling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds a centuries-old pagan wolf-deity girl named Horo (sic) sleeping in his cart. She appears to be a fifteen-year-old girl, except she possesses a wolf’s tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town’s harvest goddess, who has kept the area blessed with good wheat crops for many years.

Despite having the responsibility to watch over the town, she wishes to go back to her homeland in the north called Yoitsu, since she believes that the locals have forsaken their past agreement and therefore she is no longer bound to their land. She makes a deal with Lawrence to take her with him in exchange for her wisdom and supernatural abilities, but as they travel, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church.

For the love of all that is holy, no.  I barely made it through the first season and I’m not going to subject myself to a second.  Maybe economics is just one of those topics that just can’t be made into a good anime show, period.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Sweet Blue Flowers

Sweet Blue Flowers

Starts Airing: July 1, 26:08
Station:
Fuji TV
Episodes:
Unknown
Director:
Kenichi Kasai (Honey & Clover, Nodame Cantabile)
Production:
J.C. Staff
Webpage:
http://www.aoihana.tv/

Preview from Anime News Network:

Fumi Manjoume, an introverted, bookish teenage girl, is beginning her first year of high school at Matsuoka Girls’ High School. She enters the school year with her heart broken by a previous relationship. At about the same time, she reconnects with her best friend from ten years ago, Akira Okudaira, who is now attending Fujigatani Girls’ Academy as a first-year high school student. As they reconnect, they both deal with their own respective romantic problems, and help each other get through them.

This actually sounds pretty interesting, and with a respectable director and a very respectable production team, I’m not sure if there is much to dislike about this and it sounds right up my alley as to what type of series I tend to like.  In fact, I may go so far as say that I may blog this series.

Josh’s Judgment: May Blog

Taisho Yakyuu Musume

Taisho Yakyuu Musume

Starts Airing: July 2, 25:59
Station:
TBS
Episodes:
Unknown
Director:
Takashi Ikehata (Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Genshiken)
Production:
J.C. Staff
Webpage:
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/taisho/

Preview from Anime News Network:

[The show is] set in 1925 when two 14-year-old Japanese high school girls named Koume and Shōko decide to start a baseball team in Japan where few baseball teams — male or female — exist at the time. First though, the two girls have no clue where to find nine players, how to use the equipment, and what even the rules are.

You know, I’m not usually one to watch sports anime shows, but this one may actually make the cut.  First, it doesn’t sound like other sports shows where the entire point of the show is for the main character/star of the team to lead their team to “win the whole thing.”  I just get a vibe from the description that this is going to be more of a character-driven story where baseball is the device used to facilitate the telling of the story, but isn’t actually the “point” of the story itself.  I’m definitely giving this show some serious consideration.

Josh’s Judgment: May Watch

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Starts Airing: July 9, 24:45
Station:
Fuji TV
Episodes:
11?
Director:
Masaki Tachibana (debut)
Production:
BONES
Webpage:
http://tokyo-m8.com/

Preview from My Anime List:

Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yutaka at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yutaka strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.

Oooh, this sounds mighty interesting, especially given that BONES is doing this show.  This kind of looks like a “different” type of show (I don’t seem to remember all that many true “disaster” shows) so I think I’ll definitely consider giving this one a watch.

Josh’s Judgment: May Watch

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Starts Airing: July 1, 25:30
Station:
Chiba TV
Episodes:
Unknown
Director:
Chiaki Kon (Junjo Romantica, When They Cry)
Production:
Studio DEEN
Webpage:
http://umineko.tv/web/main/index.html

Preview from My Anime List:

Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in 1986 during the time frame of October the 4th and the 5th on a secluded island named Rokkenjima. The head of the wealthy Ushiromiya family, Kinzō Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eleven of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzō’s assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are five of Kinzō’s servants, and his personal physician. After the eleven family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.

This is a done by the same group of people who did When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni) and indeed, it is done by the same studio and directed by the same person.  It sounds like this is a similar type story (I never actually go around to watching When They Cry) except with a different setting and different people, so it appears to be “separate” from the others.  I very nearly put this on my “may watch” list, but there were already just too many shows on my list to add yet another.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou

Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou

Starts Airing: July 11, 24:00
Station:
BS11
Episodes:
12?
Director:
Yasuhiro Kuroda (Chocotto Sister, Kyōran Kazoku Nikk)
Production:
Nomad
Webpage:
http://www.gendaimahou.com/

Preview from My Anime List:

The story revolves around Koyomi Morishita, a clumsy high school freshman girl who is often mistaken for a grade-schooler because of her shortness. Koyomi becomes a disciple of Misa Anehara, a 25-year-old graduate student who happens to be one of the most powerful modern-day magicians.

*sigh* Another “high schooler who looks like a grade-schooler” series.  Hasn’t this premise been beaten to death already?  The magical girl aspect of this show, however, sounds a bit different from what I usually see, I think.  If this were last summer, I might actually give this show a try.  However, since I already have more shows on my “may watch” list than I know I’m going to get around to watching, this doesn’t make the list this time.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Starts Airing: July 4, 24:30
Station:
TV Kanagawa
Episodes:
13?
Director:
Akiyuki Shinbo (ef – a tale of memories, Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei)
Production:
SHAFT
Webpage:
http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/zetsubou3/top.html

Preview from My Anime List (from first season):

Itoshiki Nozomu is always in despair! Even simple things like paying for the toll on the subway can send him to a despair so deep only attempted suicide is the answer. How Strange is it then, that he should be the teacher of a High School Class filled with students with even more emotional problems than his. This great Comedy will leave you in anything but ‘Despair’ as you meet each of his students and watch their wacky adventures.

I’ve always meant to check this series out.  However, I haven’t yet, so I’ll pass on this until I actually get around to seeing the first two seasons.

Josh’s Judgment: Won’t Watch

Josh’s Round-up

So, here is the round-up for this season right now:

Will Blog
None Yet

May Blog
Sora no Manimani
Sweet Blue Flowers

Will Watch
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Second Season

May Watch
Bakemonogatari
Canaan
Sea Story
Taisho Yakyuu Musume
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Won’t Watch
Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Kanamemo
Needless
Princess Lover!
Spice and Wolf II
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou
Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

It isn’t guaranteed that I will pick up another show to blog, though I would say that the chances of that happening are “likely” at this point.  I’m currently watching 5 shows that are going to carry over to the new season, which means I’ll probably pick up at least 3, and as many as 5 new shows from the summer season to watch.

I already have 3 “will watch” shows (Haruhi, Sora no Manimani, and Sweet Blue Flowers) so the 5 “may watch” shows are effectively going to be fighting for 2 spots, unless I just go crazy and decide to watch more than 10 shows at once.

11 thoughts on “Summer 2009 Anime Preview

  1. Great job on the preview man, but most of these really look uninteresting or just plain bad. I’m generally optimistic so I’ll check out all the first episodes, but some of these are just ugh.

    • Well, maybe it’s just me, but it’s usually the case that “most” shows look uninteresting to me. To me, I”m just hopeful that at least some shows are interesting. Even having 1/2 of the shows in even the “may watch” category is doing pretty good for me.

      In any case, thanks for the compliment. Luckily (or unfortunately) this season didn’t have that many shows, so it only took me forever instead of approaching infinity to get it together lol.

    • Yeah I know. I actually had it on last season’s preview but I guess it got pushed to this season. I guess I could go back and copy and paste it back in lol

  2. I’ve only been reading your blog for a relatively short time, and haven’t been able to get a grasp on if your tastes line up with mine yet. Well this article certainly set the record straight for me.

    The answer: No, they do not!

    The big test was Spice and Wolf II, which failed on 2 fronts. 1. That you didn’t like the first series and won’t be watching the second, and 2. that you think the show was about economics. Economics was a very small part of the show, and was only in anyway prominent in perhaps 2 of the 13 episodes. The magic of the show is the 2 lead characters and their interactions, which happen to be 2 of my all time favorites from any anime.

    Horo <3

    And then of course, the other 4 shows that I think are Must Watches for the season, you seemed rather lackluster on.

    Those being: Bakemonogatari, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (very fresh and original concept), Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and Canaan. That last one, Canaan, in particular.

    If a new production from P.A. Works, the studio that gave us the brilliant, beautiful, and frankly near-perfect True Tears isn’t enough to make it a must watch, I don’t know what else could do it. P.A. Works is fast on their way to being the next KyoAni (i.e. the cream of the crop in anime/animation quality).

    Oh well, I’ll continue reading your Phantom blogs (as no one else seems to be blogging it at all, which is also mind boggling to me…such an underrated show), but I guess on pretty much every other thing we disagree!

    Which, of course is fine as opinions vary, but I guess I’m always disappointed when that happens :)

    • Well, interactions between characters basically happens in every show. What I meant is that the economic discussions (and I’m pretty sure that took place in many, if not most, episodes) is what facilitated many of those interactions (especially Holo’s “sixth sense,” if you will, when it came to whether someone Lawrence was dealing with was reputable or not).

      For Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, the reason I put that into “not watch” is merely because I haven’t seen the first two seasons yet. It’s pretty much my policy to not watch shows if I haven’t seen the previous seasons of it. Nothing against the show itself.

      The other three shows you talk about are on my “may watch” list which means I may get around to watching them. As you might be able to tell from previous season previews, “may watch” is pretty much my default place for shows unless some show just really strikes me as something which I know, without a doubt, that I’m going to watch. Whether I watch a show in the “may watch” list is more of a factor of how many shows I want to handle watching at once more than anything else. If I had unlimited time on my hands, I would go ahead and probably watch all of them.

      Of course, you’ll get to see what shows I’m actually going to be watching when I put out my final watch list probably early next week (before July 1st, anyway). I have a decent idea which of those shows I’m going to end up watching, but I like tossing them around for a week or so before making a final decision.

  3. You are the first blogger that I’ve seen that’s not checking out Umineko xD Everyone’s so crazy about it! Hehe~

    Aside from Hetalia 2, Bakemonogatari is on top of my list xD Hehe~ but am watching many more *loves to check out new series*

    Anywayz, nice preview post ^_^

    • Perhaps that’s because I still haven’t gotten around to seeing the Higurashi shows yet *shrugs*. I think if this were like some of the seasons we’ve seen in the past year, it might be up there on my list, but this season seems to have a number of shows that seem interesting to me, and I do try to put a limit on how many shows I watch at once lol.

  4. Not a Spice and Wolf-Fan? But … there is Horo! (Okay, not a good argumentation.) Its pace is a little slower than most anime and there definitely is a lot of economics included. That’s neither good nor bad – just have to like it or not. The OP song “Tabi no Tochuu” is great. :)

    Recommendation: Watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni! Gave me goose bumps, I really loved it. Therefore I’m really looking forward to Umineko and hope for a great horror anime.

    Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is just weird. In a good way. But also exhausting to watch.

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