Hey folks! It's that time of year again! The time when we all get to stay inside because the heat is too damn hot and the rent is too damn high! As an alternative to the billions of things you can do inside like sewing and racketeering, why not check out some totally awesome Japanese cartoons!?
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Useful countdown for when stuff airs
Chart in case you find my thread insufficient because you're a jerk.
CR - Jinrui wa Sutai Shimashita
- 8:30am PDT
CR - La storia della Arcana Famiglia
- 8:30am PDT
CR - Chitose Get You!!
- 10am PDT
CR - Oda Nobuna no Yabou
- 10am PDT
CR - Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
- 10:30am PDT
CR - Tari Tari
- 6pm PDT
CR - Utakoi
- 11am PDT
CR - YuruYuri♪♪
- 11am PDT
FN - Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
- 8:30pm PDT (11 days delayed)
CR - Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II
- 9am PDT (3 days delayed)
CR - Hakuoki Reimeiroku
- 10:30am PDT (1.5 days delayed)
CR - Moyashimon Returns
- 10:35am PDT
CR - Natsuyuki Rendevous
- 12:45pm PDT
FN - Binbougami ga!
- 9:50am PDT (2 days delayed)
CR - Campione!
- 10am PDT
CR - Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
- 8:30pm PDT (1 day delayed)
CR - Kokoro Connect
- 9:00am PDT
CR - Dog Days'
- 9:30am PDT
CR - Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.
- 11am PDT (9 days delayed)
CR - Sword Art Online
- 12pm PDT
CR = Crunchyroll
FN = Funimation
Everything is arranged in order of importance and presumed quality.
Sakura Ichiko is a 16-year-old girl who leads a charmed life and is blessed with beauty, brains, and health. She has an abundance of "Happiness Energy", which can make people happy, but at the cost of absorbing all the Happiness Energy from her surroundings. She has caused the energy balance of the world to become unbalanced and because of this, she becomes the target of a Poverty God named Momiji. Momiji goal is to remove Ichiko's power of absorbing other people's Happiness Energy and to return all the energy she has taken to its rightful place.
Did someone say show of the decade? Because that's what I heard (at least until Magi)! Peak your head into the wonderful world of gods and goddesses, where they perform hilarious antics sandwiched between heartwarming moments, all while sporting some of the best facial expressions you'll never experience because you aren't a fuckin drawing! You want comedy, you'll have to look for a long ass-time to find something better than this in any medium!
Director: Yoichi Fujita
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon season 2
In the far future, humans abandon a devastated Earth and traveled to outer space. However, due to unknown phenomenon that prevents them from traveling into space, humanity returns to Earth only to find it inhospitable except for Japan.
To accomodate the entire human population, pocket dimensions are created around Japan to house in the populace. In order to find a way to return to outer space, the humans began reenacting human history according to the Holy book Testament. But in the year 1413 of the Testament Era, the nations of the pocket dimensions invade and conquer Japan, dividing the territory into feudal fiefdoms and forcing the original inhabitants of Japan to leave.
It is now the year 1648 of the Testament Era, the refugees of Japan now live in the city ship Musashi, where it constantly travels around Japan while being watched by the Testament Union, the authority that runs the re-enactment of history. However, rumors of an apocalypse and war begins to spread when the Testament stops revealing what happens next after 1648.
Aoi "Smugdouche" Tori is back, and he's more smugdouchey than ever! He's so awesome, he can STILL pull off the roll of protagonist while not even being a main fighter in an epic, unrestrained action show! So who's ready to jump back into the world of Musashi!? Tes!
Director: Manabu Ono
Republic of Biscotti faces a predicament by the invasion of Galette Leo Knights. In order to save the country, Princess Milchore summons a "hero" from the outer world. Shinku, a junior high school boy living in the Earth, is chosen as the hero.
While we're on the subject of action, here's some more manly ass-action in the world of Flonyard! This time, our dog fetishist protagonist, Faucet, is bringing along his childhood friend™ and cousin for more battling adventures! I'm already wagging my tail in anticipation!
Director: Junji Nishimura
Studio: Seven Arcs
Sword Art Online
The only way to escape is to 'clear' the game. Death in game means actual 'death' ----
The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game 'Sword Art Online' using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside.
Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this 'truth'.
He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game ---- 'Aincrad'.
To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?
Playing MMOs is lame, but the stuff that goes on in them isn't. Seems like the genre is starting to make big strides in the world of anime. Let's just hope it's more Accel World and less .hack.
Director: Tomohiko Ito
Studio: A-1 Steak Sauce
La storia della Arcana Famiglia
The story takes place on the small island of Regalo in the Mediterranean Sea. The island has been protected by a vigilante committee called "Arcana Famiglia". The members of the family have psychic powers gained by a secret ritual.
Felicita is a 16-year-old girl who was raised by her strict mother. She visits Regalo to see her father who is the head of Arcana Famiglia. He tells her to become the leader of "Serie of Sword", the arbitrator section of the family.
Bishounen mafiosos are so sexy, right!? But seriously, who cares about that? It's all about the ACTION! Based on an otome game or not, this definitely has potential in that area. Apparently It's like Katekyo Hitman Reborn, so that's always maybe kind of a plus.
Director: Chiaki Kon
Studio: J.C. Staff
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
In normal RPGs, a hero defeats the Satan king and the story ends. But what does the hero do after that? Ohtorizawa Akatsuki defeats the Satan king in the fantasy world of Alleyzard and returns to the real world. He is sheltered by the international organization BABEL, which protects and controls people transferred from the outer worlds. BABEL is astonished to know Akatsuki has really defeated Satan and brings Satan's daughter Miu from Alleyzard. In the academy of BABEL, Akatsuki confronts other "returners", who have psychic powers.
Who doesn't love spunky demon princesses!? I don't want to meet those people, they're probably evil customer service workers. I mean I guess you can't blame them. How to be a misanthrope for dummies: work in retail.
Director: Rion Kujo
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
Kaga Ryosuke is an ecchi high school boy. One day, he meets a girl standing alone in the rain. She is Lisarah Restor, an elite Death, who visited the human world in order to find "Singular Man".
Ryosuke makes a contract with Lisarah and she sucks energy required for her activity in the human world from Ryosuke. The source of the energy is his ecchi spirit.
To recover the sexual desire, Ryosuke has no choice but to help Lisarah's search.
I'm getting High School DxD vibes from this, which we all know was one of the best shows of winter! Should be a fun ride.
Director: Takeo Takahashi
Aruvu Rezuru: Kikai Jikake no Yousei-tachi
A cyber battle sci-fi. In 2022, the technology of quantum computing has greatly advanced and many people have transfered their mind into the cyber space.
Remu's sister-in-law, Shiki, skipped grades and entered a high school in the academic city "Okinotori-island Mega Float City (OMFC)" when she was 14. One day, Shiki confessed to her brother via Skype that she was talking to him directly from the cyber space and her real body had been kept in a water tank filled with a culture medium. It's called "Body pool" and Shiki connected to the network by nanomachines implanted in her brain.
Remu was surprised but he accepted her decision until an accident called "Early Rupture" happened. The network server got overloaded and users' minds were lost in cyber space leaving soulless living bodies in the Body Pools. In order to bring Shiki's mind back, Remu visits her apartment in OMFC and there meets Shiki escaped from the hospital. But the girl tells him that she is not Shiki and she happens to haven taken over Shiki's body.
When Remu tries to figure out the situation, a violent attack strikes the apartment.
And here's some more cyberspace stuff! Premise seems interesting at least, but it really could go either way. Potentially tragic/poignant and heartwarming, or just really boring. Hopefully it's really actiony. Guess we'll see.
Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara
A group of girls discusses random things and usually reaches an unusual or humorous conclusion that's far from the initial discussion topic.
From the twisted mind of 3rd best foreshadower ever, Koji Kumeta. Probably gonna have more despair and stuff. Could be interesting at least.
Director: Tsutomo Mizushima
Studio: J.C. Staff
A harem love comedy plus magic battles. Kusanagi Godo is a 16-year-old high school boy, who once killed the god "Verethragna" and acquired the title of "Campione (god killer)" when he was 15. Erica Brandelli is a 16-year-old Italian girl, who is a "Great Knight" of the magic society "Bronze Black Cross" and had fought together with Godo to defeat Verethragna. Godo doesn't like fighting but his title of "Campione" makes him get involved in battles against other Campiones and uncontrollable gods.
No shortage of fantasy stuff this season, but the trailers make this look a lot more epic than it probably is. Let's just hope it's more action than harem antics.
Director: Keizou Kusakawa
Studio: Barnum Studio
Due to the influence of someone who visited her town when she was a child, Princess Mikoto of Elua decides to become a hunter and search for treasure all over the land of Driland. She sets out on her journey with her personal assistant Wallens, but they are soon joined by Pollon, a hunter who dreams of being a hero, and Paan, a wandering knight. As they continue their exploration they begin to sense great danger drawing near.
Was having trouble finding info on this, but it seems like a more fantasy-leaning Hunter x Hunter (which I'm only basing on the title of the adventurers). Could be cool or could be dumb. At least it seems like there will be some well designed monsters.
Director: Toshinori Fukuzawa
Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Ordinary high schooler Yoshiharu gets pulled into a time slip to the warring states period. There he meets Nobuna Oda - not Nobunaga, Nobuna. In this world, all the famous warlords of the era are female. Nobuna recruits Sagara, who she dubs "Monkey," to help her in her quest to rule the world.
What's the deal with gender swapping Warring States era historical figures, lately? I mean yeah, we all know Yukimura and Masamune had a great pair of tits anyway, but this is getting ridiculous. I bet Jubei-chan started this, didn't it!?
Director: Yuuji Kumazawa
In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.
Well, that's definitely CG. But it's also action!
Director: Jun Kamiya
Pokemon: Best Wishes Season 2
Satoshi, Iris and Dent will continue their travels through the Isshu region and Satoshi's league challenge.
And so Ash's dying dream continues, still in the US where he has to work at a hotdog stand after spending all his money on ingredients for poffins. I'm sure he'll get even more badges, give away more Pokemon, and motorboat James' new pair of inflatable breasts!
Director: Norihiko Sudo
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.
In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.
Yui Takamura, a surface pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a surface pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.
Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.
Oh hey, some Romantic comedy eroge alternate continuity story. That's cool, I guess. At least there are tits and mechs.
Director: Takayuki Inagaki
Studio: Ixtl and Satelight
A third TV series, it is the prequel of Hakuouki and tells the story of the dawning of the Shinsengumi.
Shinsengumi are always cool I guess. We all know how action packed the Edo era was, so might be good to keep an eye on this one. And it's a prequel, so no knowledge of other stuff is necessary probably.
Director: Osamu Yamasaki
Rinne no Lagrange Season 2
Second part of Rinne no Lagrange.
Yay, season 2 of that show that was supposed to be female Gurren Lagann, but wasn't :(
Well, maybe this season will be better and actually figure out what it wants to be beyond some pretty water and overt yuri overtones.
Director: Tatsuo Satou
Studio: Production I.G. and Xebec
Ebiten Kouritsu Ebisugawa Koukou Tenmon-bu
Noya Itsuki just started his school year at the Ebisugawa High School and since he has always had a fascination with space, he decides to join the astronomy club. However, he mistakenly walks into the all girls Otaku Club. He notices that the members are really weird, but Itsuki has yet to realize that he isn’t in the astronomy club. His life is about to get complicated by being surrounded by so many girls.
Yay, fujoshi! Break out the champagne and boys love; we're gonna rock this town all night!
Director: Hideki Okamoto
Studio: AIC Classic
Kono Naka Ni Hitori, Imouto Ga Iru!
Abiding by his father's will, Shougo was transferred into an academy where many young girls attend. It appears as though his younger sister (separated from him at birth) also attends this academy, and that she is trying to get closer to him without letting know him who she actually is. Problem is, Shougo seems to be popular with the other girls as well! Can Shougo "properly" reunite with his little sister and while making a girlfriend at the same time?!
Ah, the token imouto show of the season. Can't go a full 3 months without one of those! Ah, but this one has a twist; he doesn't know who the imouto is! How dynamic!
Director: Munenori Nawa
Studio: Studio Gokumi
Season 2 of Moyashimon (duh).
Oh hey, a guy that can talk to germs. Yeah, that's real interesting. "Oh hey Mr. Deinococcus-Thermus. Do you think you could go over and asexually reproduce over there? I'm kind of trying to sleep here." Bet that dude feels real badass!
Director: Yuichiro Yano
Studio: Shirogumi Inc
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
It's been several centuries since human beings declined due to the steep drop in birthrates. The most prosperous species on the Earth are "Fairies", 10 cm tall creatures with high intelligence. I became a UN arbitrator between the humans and the fairies and returned to my hometown to help my grandfather. I thought my job would not be a tough one and visited one of the fairies' habitats to say hello to them but...
Well it sounds like it could be some interesting somber show, but eh...
Director: Seiji Kishi
Yuru Yuri season 2
Season 2 of Yuru Yuri (duh).
Do I really even need to say anything about this? It's about yuri! You like season 1, you'll probably like this or something. I got no clue, only thing I know about season 1 is that kiss rape scene that apparently gets ignored.
Director: Masahiko Ohta
Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate follows the protagonist Yūki Ōjima, who attends Takafuji Private Academy a large school with over 6,000 students. Yūki is a member of the Food Research Club along with seven others, including his childhood friend Chisato Sumiyoshi. The members leisurely spend their time in the club not doing much activities. When the election of the next student council president comes up, the front runner Satsuki Shinonome proposes that clubs that have no merit should be sorted out and abolished. The Food Research Club seeks advice from the current student council president Yakumo Mōri, who suggests Yūki run in the election as an opposing candidate. Yūki learns about the issues facing the school and decides to run in the election.
What is it with cooking shows lately? Why do they all have to involve some big conflict? I don't want conflict, I want fuckin food! I made vodka sauce earlier today, and it was damn awesome. 1/2 cup vodka, 16 oz tomato/marinara sauce, 1 cup heavy cream, and a little bit of grated parmigiano-reggiano. Now that's a fuckawesome recipe!
Director: Toru Kitahata
Studio: AIC Build
The "love and teen pentagonal comedy" follows the strange phenomena at the Yamahoshi Academy's Culture Club, starting with the five male and female club members switching bodies with each other.
Body swapping! Yay!
Director: Shin Oonuma
Studio: Silver Link
Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi
Uta Koi tells the "super-liberal interpretation" of the Hyakuninisshu anthology compiled during Japan's Heian period of 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets such as The Tale of Genji's Murasaki Shikibu.
Don't care enough to say anything.
Director: Kenichi Kasai
Studio: TYO Animations
The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children.
Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Daichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. "Wiin" just transfered into Wakana's class after 12 years abroad in Australia.
Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school.
Don't care enough to say anything.
Director: Masakazu Hashimoto
Studio: P.A. Works
Chitose Get You!
Chitose is an 11-year-old girl who is madly in love with an older guy named Hiroshi. He works at the town hall right next to the school and Chitose spends every day relentlessly pursuing him. Can Chitose ever convince Hiroshi to go out with her?
Oh hey, more reverse pedo stuff! Yippie! Fuckin elementary schoolers... You know what I did in elementary school? Not try to pursue a romance with men more than twice my age! I was too busy locked up in a cage and/or meat locker (depending on the day).
Director: Takao Sano
Studio: Silver Link
Ryosuke works part-time as a florist. He has bad eyesight, a pure heart, and a secret crush on the store manager, Rokka. Unfortunately for him, Rokka swore off love 8 years ago. But when Ryosuke goes up to her apartment on the second floor, he runs into a good-looking half-naked man. At first upset, he learns that this isn't Rokka's live-in boyfriend; he's the ghost of her late husband, Atsushi. She can't see him, and Ryosuke decides not to give up on her, even with a dead husband standing in the way.
Director: Kou Matsuo
(Also in order of importance)
Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix
Naruto: Road to Ninja
Blood C: The Last Dark
Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-hen
Berserk Ougen Jidai Hen II
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki