Summer 2009 Blog and Watch List

It’s finally time to make a decision about what series I want to watch and blog for the Summer 2009 anime season.  There are 5 shows carrying over from the Spring 2009 season, including one show that I’m blogging.  As a result, my target for the Summer season was to pick up a second show to blog along with about 4 other shows to watch.  Well, I’ve now picked the new show to blog, and I’m going to have 5 additional shows instead of 4, for a total of 11 shows that I’m keeping track of, 2 of which I’ll be blogging.

The new show that I’ll be blogging in the Summer season is Sweet Blue Flowers, a.k.a. Aoi Hana.  As I said in my preview, to me, this series seems to have very little on the surface for me to dislike.  The art looks good, it’s being animated by J.C. Staff, it’s being directed by Kenichi Kasai, who has directed Honey & Clover and Nodame Cantabile (the latter of which I haven’t personally seen, but it appears to be held in rather high regard).  And with an ending theme by Ceui (who also did the ending theme to Munto TV), this one seems to have “great show” written all over it.

Now, onto the shows that I’ll be watching but not blogging.  The other show I was considering blogging, Sora no Manimani, is definitely on my watch list, as is the already in progress second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  Wrapping up my watch list for summer are CANAAN, Taisho Yakyuu Musume, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

CANAAN was probably was close to “will watch” as a show can get without being on my “will watch” list on my preview.  The lack of a good description was the main reason I held back, but I couldn’t really find anything to displace it, so onto my final watch list it goes.  Once I read the description of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, I was also pretty sure it would end up on my final watch list as well, and here it is.  Finally, the show I’m taking the biggest chance on this season is Taisho Yakyuu Musume.  As I said in my preview, I’m not really all that hot on sports shows, but this one seems to be a bit different, so I’m hoping for the best.

For the two other shows on my “may watch” list, Sea Story ended up being cut due to my increasing doubts about the show.  Meanwhile, Bakemonogatari got cut due to my just running out of spots (I wasn’t intending on picking up more than 5 total shows as it was).  If watching 11 shows at once isn’t suicidal and I hear some good things about this show after a couple episodes, I might go back and pick it up, but to start off with, I’m leaving it off.

That means, going into the summer, my complete schedule looks thus:

Blogging

  • Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
  • Sweet Blue Flowers (new)

Watching

  • CANAAN (new)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (new)
  • Pandora Hearts
  • Shangri-La
  • Sora no Manimani (new)
  • Taisho Yakyuu Musume (new)
  • Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (new)
  • Valkyria Chronicles
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