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Spring 2012 Anime Guide

One week before April and half of the new series of this winter were ended, leaving the other half to be end next week. Some of the well received series like Zero no Tsukaima (ゼロの使い魔) and Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ) ended today and yesterday, Guilty Crown ended this week, leaving us much to expect in the coming weeks. As for the upcoming new season, we have loads of new series coming as usual. Since there are too many series coming out this Spring, in this post, I will just go through a handful of them (a handful still means 30) which I think is of high quality or popularity. I talked about some spring series previously, and here I still want to point out there are some really good ones out there, like Fate/Zero, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka (これはゾンビですか?), Accel World (アクセル・ワールド), Saki (咲), Natsuiro Kiseki (夏色キセキ) and Hyouka (氷菓). Of course, there are some other good Anime and as usual, I will come back with a recommended list in a couple of weeks.


 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 uchuu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uchuu Kyoudai / 宇宙兄弟 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 1, 2012

Once upon a time there were two brothers, Hibito and Mutta. Hibito, the littler brother, had been blessed with good luck since the day he was born. Mutta, the elder, had always had bad luck. One day, looking up at the night sky, the two brothers saw a UFO. This experience made them both promise to become astronauts.

In the year 2025, Hibito has kept his promise and is an astronaut who is part of the first wave of people to live for an extended period of time on the moon. Meanwhile, his older brother Mutta has been fired from his job and is unemployed, but a message from his brother makes him decide to start being an astronaut again.

Unaware of his own talent, elder brother Mutta chases his dreams to get back in front of his younger brother. 32-year-old Mutta will attempt the astronaut candidate examinations to follow his brother Hibito to the moon believing the words “The older brother should always be ahead of the younger one…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 hiiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiiro no Kakera / 緋色の欠片 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 2, 2012

The protagonist is a teenage girl (Tamaki) who revisits a small village, she remembers from her childhood and gets caught up in her family’s history and supernatural dangers surrounding it.

While walking along the hillsides waiting for the person who her grandmother sent to fetch Tamaki to the village, Tamaki comes across a small, white round object with sticks for limbs and talks. It runs off soon after, with Tamaki chasing after it. Soon Tamaki finds herself in a place where ‘it doesn’t feel like the world I came from’. She gets attacked by three slime creatures, and a male comes charging in to save her – by clamping his hands around her body and mouth and telling her to be quiet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 zetman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zetman (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 2, 2012

The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and ALPHAS, and then traces their origins – Jin Kanzaki, a young man with the ability to transform into a superhuman being known as ZET, and Kouga Amagi, a young man with a strong sense of justice who uses technology to fight as ALPHAS.

The fates of these two men and those around them intertwine as they fight to protect mankind and destroy monstrous abominations known as Players, who ironically are the creations of the Amagi Corporation, the company founded by Kouga’s grandfather, Mitsugai Amagi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 yurumates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yurumates 3D / ゆるめいつ 3でぃ (13 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 2, 2012

Yurume, an 18-year-old “ronin” and recent high school graduate, has high hopes of being accepted and attending Tokyo University. She moves into an apartment complex, the Maison du Wish, located on the outskirts of Tokyo where other ronins living there are studying for upcoming college acceptance exams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 kimi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimi to Boku. Second Season / 君と僕。2 (13 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 2, 2012

The story revolves around four teens — the good-looking twins Yuuta and Yuuki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 queen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen’s Blade: Rebellion / クイーンズブレイド リベリオン (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 3, 2012

After the 30th Queen’s Blade, Claudette becomes the queen. At first, she governs the country well by abolishing the heavy taxes and the aristocracy. However, her reign turns into terrorism by power and the Queen’s Blade is repealed. The Princess Knight of Rebellion, Annelotte organizes a rebel army and declares war against Claudette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 medaka

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medaka Box / めだかボックス (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2012

Kurokami Medaka, a first year, is elected as Student Council President, and the first thing she does is establish a suggestion box, later dubbed by students the “Medaka Box”. Medaka encourages students to submit any problem to the box without hesitation and promises to take on any issue from anyone.

Since Medaka won the Student Council elections with a staggering 98% of the vote, she ends up as the Council’s only member. She asks her childhood friend, Hitoyoshi Zenkichi, for help and he grudgingly agrees, becoming the Student Council’s lowest ranking member. Soon Medaka recruits two more people to the Student Council, the former judo club member Akune Kouki as secretary and the current swim club member Kikaijima Mogana, on loan for 300 yen a day, as treasurer.

Now the Student Council members spend their days solving the problems submitted through the Medaka Box, whether they be hooligans in clubs where they don’t belong, girls who need help writing love letters or people who’ve lost their pets, gradually earning the respect and admiration of the entire school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 zombie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead (Second Season) / これはゾンビですか? オブ・ザ・デッド (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2012

Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive a maho shojo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against anti-mahou shojo system “Megalo” in her place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 sankarea

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sankarea / さんかれあ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: April 5, 2012

Furuya’s obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all girl’s school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 natsuiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natsuiro Kiseki / 夏色キセキ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2012

Original anime featuring the four members of sphere as voice actresses. No information currently available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 acchi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acchi Kocchi / あっちこっち (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2012

Wouldn’t you just love to poke in a relationship between two young high schoolers who have a subtle distance between each other? Of course you would. Tsumiki and Io have this subtle distance that anyone would want to jump in between just to bug them. That’s what the other characters are there for. Tsumiki, being a tsundere and all, won’t be honest about her feelings toward Io. Io on the other hand is unaware of Tsumiki’s feelings, hence the subtle distance between the two. Now, let’s watch these two and see what events await them…

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 sengoku

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sengoku Collection / 戦国コレクション (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2012

Anime adaptation of Konami’s Sengoku Collection social networking service game, set in the tumultuous Sengoku Era of historical Japan, when military masters circle the figurative throne of Japan’s first shogunate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 accel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accel World / アクセル・ワールド (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2012

One autumn day in 2046, Haruyuki has an encounter with Kuroyukihime, the prettiest girl in his school. For the middle school boy who is often bullied, the meeting changes his life. Through a mysterious piece of software from her, Haruyuki learns of the existence of the virtual Accel World. In that moment, the lowest of the “school caste” becomes “Burst Linker”, a knight defending a princess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 kuroko

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kuroko no Basuke / 黒子のバスケ (13 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 7, 2012

Kuroko is a member from the legendary middle school basketball team known as “The Generation of Miracles”, and while nobody seems to know about him, the main 5 players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 nazo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nazo no Kanojo X / 謎の彼女X (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 7, 2012

One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on that!

After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future / プリティーリズム ディア・マイ・フューチャー (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 7, 2012

Three years after the events of “Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream”, Aira, Mion and Rizumu have grown up and tutor a new group of aspiring idols: Karin, Reina, Mia and Ayami, who form the Prizmmy☆. Teenage girls from Korea, named Somin, Shiyoon, Haein, Chaekyung and Jae Eun (who are the Kara), appear as a rival group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 upotte

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upotte!! / うぽって!! (? eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 7, 2012

A teacher is looking for a school by the name of Seishou Academy, as he is a new transfer teacher for that school. Seishou Academy is known for having students with excellent marksmanship. However, he gets lost along the way and decides to look for someone who knows where the school is at a summer festival.

He encounters a girl at a shooting range and finds her marksmanship skills to be professional. The girl tells the new teacher that she is an assault rifle, not a student. Her name is FNC and is an assault rifle of Seishou Academy.

The new teacher attends school the next day to find students, including FNC, practicing shooting M16s and realizes that he has come to an unbelievable school. How will his experience be at Seishou Academy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 fate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fate/Zero Second Season (13 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: April 7, 2012

Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.

Founded by the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tohsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another’s life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.

However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family – his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya – and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu’s greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 saki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A / 咲-Saki-阿知賀編 episode of side-A (12 eps)

Links: Official Website, Our Preview | On Air: April 8, 2012

The Achiga Girls’ Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.

Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls’, but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.

When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga’s mahjong club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dusk maiden of Amnesia / 黄昏乙女×アムネジア (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 8, 2012

The story takes place in Seikyou Private School. A facility that consists of multiple buildings that connect together to accommodate both junior and senior high school students. Sixty years of ongoing renovations and expansions have meant most of the old inner structures have been sealed and abandoned. Classrooms turned into storage rooms, staircases no longer in use, hallways like dark alleys. With the existence of such a maze-like building, it is only natural that rumours of the paranormal would appear.

One day first-year middle school student Teiichi Niiya gets lost in this maze and by chance arrives at an old storage room. This is where he meets Yuuko Kanoe, a mysterious girl with raven black, long silky hair and a tall and slender figure, who introduces herself as the ghost of the old school building. For some unexplainable reason Niiya is the only one able to see this spirit and she herself does not have any recollection of the reasons or time of her death, nor any lingering feelings about life itself. Curious about the circumstances of her death the two create a paranormal investigation club and seek to find out the truth about it and the many other mysteries surrounding the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 phi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle Second Season (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 8, 2012

Kaito Daimon would be a completely average high school student except for one thing: he’s a ‘demon’ at solving puzzles. Kaito is so brilliant, in fact, that when he’s asked to take some ‘special’ tests of his unique ability, he immediately suspects that the test itself is a test. Kaito suddenly finds himself caught up in a lethal Philosopher’s Puzzle made by the sinister group POG, a murderous maze of trap upon trap, where failing to solve the secret correctly will result in death! Fortunately, Kaito’s skills prove up to the first test, both for himself and his childhood friend Nanoha, who is also caught up in the deadly scheme. But now that he has been designated as a Solver, he is pulled into a new life where he must travel the world with other Solvers, attempting to solve the latest deadly riddles left by POG. There’s a new conundrum around every corner and each deception could lead to death, but once a riddle has been posed, you can count on Kaito to unfold, unravel and unlock it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 nyaruko

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nyaruko-san: Another Crawling Chaos / 這いよれ!ニャル子さん (12 eps)

Links: Official Website| On Air: April 9, 2012

The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is chased by aliens one night, until Nyaruko saves him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 jormungand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jormungand / ヨルムンガンド (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 10, 2012

The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, a weapons corporation.

As one of the company’s unofficial weapon sellers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcements as most of her work is actually illegal under international law. Traveling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans.

Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers. Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family’s death.

What follows is Koko and her crews escapades around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~ / シャイニング・ハーツ ~幸せのパン~ (12 eps)

Links: Official Website| On Air: April 12, 2012

One day, a mysterious girl named Kaguya was washed ashore the island of Wyndaria after a great storm. She encounters Rick, a swordsman who wound up working at the island’s bakery. Apparently, Kaguya is suffering from having lost her memories and emotions. In addition, the usually peaceful Wyndaria is now swarming with pirates who came seeking for the special spirit stone that is worn around Kaguya’s neck. Knowing the situation, Rick and his co-workers, Nellis, Amyl, and Aerie decided to bring back peace to island and help Kaguya regain her lost memories and emotions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 eureka

 

 

 

 

 

 

EUREKA SEVEN AO / エウレカセブンAO (12 eps)

Links: Official Website| On Air: April 12, 2012

The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 13-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 13-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young.

A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 sakamichi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sakamichi no Apollon / 坂道のアポロン (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 12, 2012

Summer, 1966. Kaoru Nishimi has moved to live with relatives in Kyushu. He’s been an aloof honor student his whole life, but that starts changing when he meets Sentarou Kawabuchi, the school’s notorious bad boy. Through him, he learns the appeal of jazz and forms his first real friendships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 tsuritama

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsuritama / つり球 (12 eps)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 12, 2012

In Enoshima, Yuki is a high school student who’s never been good at making real friends thanks to his abnormally poor communication skills. Haru is the self-styled alien who decides to teach Yuki to fish. Natsuki is an irritable born-and-raised local. Akira is the mysterious Indian who watches them all from a distance. These four meet, fish, and find big adventures on their little island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 hyouka

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyouka / 氷菓 (? eps)

Links: Official Website| On Air: April 22, 2012

Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters “Koten Bu (Classic Literature Club)” as recommended by his elder sister.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”. Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory, he never deduces anything on his own. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches.

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Koten Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2850 akb0048

 

 

 

 

 

 

AKB0048 (? eps)

Links: Official Website| On Air: April 29, 2012

In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth and starts Star Calendar 00. Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth’s bitter end, AKB48. The illegal revival group’s name is… AKB0048.

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