This is a guest post by ByrnedHead, because I didn’t feel like doing all this. I will, however, certify that Bokurano is going to be awesome. Any unrecognizable references are ADTRW jokes.
By the numbers
Shows starting in April: 43, give or take
Mecha shows: 7 (includes Bokurano and Idolmaster)
Shows featuring girls with swords: 7 (not including Murder Princess and the Shana movie)
Production I.G. shows: 3
Madhouse shows: 5
Gonzo shows: 4
Bones shows: 2
Sunrise shows: 1 (it’s Idolmaster)
Dates confirmed until they’re delayed:
3/3 Reideen – Production I.G. remakes the classic mecha anime.
3/3 Moonlight Mile – probably not a weekly TV show. Also, not Planetes.
3/17 Dai Mahou Touge – This is an OVA, what’s it doing in the TV section – I don’t know. It’s episode 4, anyway.
3/28 Hitohira – Ayako Kawasumi as the main character’s best friend in a show full of schoolgirls.
3/– Keitai Shoujo – Yes, that means “Cellphone Girl.” Directed by the director of Happy Seven.
4/1 Tengen Toppa Gurren-Laggan – Delayed from January. Gainax’s giant sunglasses mecha show.
4/1 GeGeGe no Kitarou – As previously mentioned, only actual Japanese people care about this.
4/1 Hayate the Combat Butler – Adapted from the moderately popular manga. PenguinMan reports: “More comedy than fanservice. Most of the fanservice in it was on the chapter title pages. The rest is all rapid-fire Muteki Kanban Musume-like gags. Also, they actually made cross-dressing funny.”
4/1 Heroic Age – Well I never, Hisashi Hirai character designs in a mecha show. By Xebec. Much to my dismay, the main character’s name really is “Age,” not the verb that means “to bump a thread on 2ch.”
4/1 Seto no Hanayome – The ANN summarizes the manga thusly: “A young boy gets saved from drowning by a mermaid but, according to mermaid law, if a human sees a mermaid’s true form, both have to be killed. The only solution to the problem is for him to marry her.” Gonzo’s involved somehow. Halko Momoi as the mermaid.
4/2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – No website, and probably for good reason. For all I know they’re just broadcasting one of the American series.
4/2 El Cazador de la Bruja – Name means “Witch Hunter” in Spanish. Bee Train (with Yuki Kajiura) does some western-themed fantasy adventure thing. In a surprising twist, it’s a Bee Train show about a duo of women searching for something.
4/3 Claymore – Madhouse adapts this manga, which is a action fantasy about women with swords. Looks highbrow enough to compete with Production I.G.’s show about well-armed women; whether it actually can compete is another story.
4/4 Gigantic Formula – In case you forgot from the winter thread, this is a mecha show where each mecha is designed by a different person, to represent a different country. Then they fight or something.
4/5 Bakugan Battle Brawlers – Some silly show to promote toys, move along.
4/5 Kotetsu Shin Jeeg – Remake/sequel of the classic Go Nagai anime.
4/6 Kami-chama Karin – Extremely saccharine name, extremely saccharine characters, based on an extremely saccharine manga. Doesn’t Satelight have better things to do, like, oh, the Hellsing OVA?
4/7 Guardian of the Sacred Spirit – The production team that made GITS:SAC does something completely different. Looks like a girl with a spear in a Chinese-flavored historical fantasy.
4/7 Saiunkoku Monogatari – Another season. Last I checked, the fansubbers haven’t finished the first one.
4/7 Blue Dragon – This anime brought to you by Microsoft. And Akira Toriyama. I don’t expect great things.
4/7 Keroro Gunsou – this frog don’t stop
4/12 Ookiku Furikabutte – Baseball.
4/12 Princess Resurrection – An anime about Go-go Yubari? OK, I don’t know. That’s what the website looks like. Another Madhouse manga adaptation. If it’s anything like this image, I’m all in favor of it.
4/14 Spider Riders – Nobody watches this, seriously
4/15 Agent Aika – Virgin Mission – pantyshots
Sometime in April:
Sisters of Wellber – Period drama. Production I.G. is involved, but the ANN says that “Trans Arts Co.” is doing the animation. I don’t think Production I.G. actually has enough staff to do Reideen, Girl With Spear, and this, all at the same time. We’ll see.
Bokurano – Stay with me here – This is a mecha show, based on a manga from the creator of Narutaru, animated by Gonzo, but the director, character designer, and music composer are all straight out of Studio Ghibli. As for the plot, it has a lot of kids that will probably all end up dead.
Sugar Bunnies – No, it’s not a horrible harem show, it’s just promoting some stuffed animal merchandise.
Nagasarete Airantou – This is the horrible harem show.
Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica – Adaptation of an h-game from the creator of Scrapped Princess, I believe.
Darker Than Black – Both Bones shows have really silly names. This one has Yoko Kanno!
Romeo & Juliet – Gonzo realized that Gankutsuou was successful, so they’re doing it again. A few things to keep in mind: none of the Gankutsuou team is working on this, and there really isn’t enough material in the play for a 20+ episode TV show. Juliet has a sword, though.
Lovely Complex – Romantic comedy manga has already been adapted into a live-action movie. Alert: Toei Animation.
Ooedo Rocket – No website, but the ANN says that it’s by Madhouse, and directed by the director of FMA. Other than that I know nothing.
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS – 26 more episodes of STAND BY READY.
Lucky Star – Kyoto Animation adapts a 4-panel comic strip about a bunch of girls in high school. It’s not Haruhi, and it probably won’t be Azumanga Daioh, either. MrVacBob said “sort of like a moe Genshiken.”
Kaze no Stigma – Gonzo makes something that looks really generic. That chick sure does have a flaming sword!
Sola – I honestly have no idea, the website is strikingly uninformative. It has Mamiko Noto and Mai Nakahara in lead roles, though.
Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan – A prequel to some show that ran in 2003, with a lot of bishounen. One of the dudes has heterochromia.
Shining Tears – Based on some PS2 fantasy RPG, with character designs by internet superstar Tony Taka.
Touka Gettan – Harem, based loosely on actual hentai. I guess that’s sort of like how the Mezzo TV show was based on Mezzo Forte.
Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo – Some dating sim thing. For some reason the website has a webcomic on it.
OverDrive – Some sports thing, but I can’t actually tell what sport it is. Maybe boxing or something. Pity it isn’t [url]http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/view/91177
Victorian Romance Emma – Another season!
Kotetsu Sangokushi – “Sangokushi” means Romance of the Three Kingdoms, I think, but that male lead seems to have the super-arm thing from Scryed. Fancy costumes.
Sometime in May:
Dennou Coil – Looks like a weird drama from Madhouse about a bunch of kids. Originally slated to be a movie, now it’s a TV show, :psyduck:
Sometime in Spring:
Devil May Cry – Yeah, this is a good idea.
Tetsuko’s Trip – Looks weird. We’ll never see raws of it.
Wangan Midnight – No website, but it’s basically Initial D. Kaji or someone can talk about why it’ll be great. The urge to make a “wangs at midnight” joke is nigh-overwhelming.
True Tears – No website, the ANN reports it’s based on a dating sim.
Sometime later than Spring:
Zero no Tsukaima 2
Haruhi 2 (still theoretical)
Kiddy Grade 2
2/23 Genshiken Episode 2. Raws are available now.
3/21 Today in Class 5-2 Episode 4. Is anyone actually watching this?
3/23 Bakuretsu Tenshi -Tenshi Sairin- – Guns and boobs, as only Gonzo can do it.
3/26 Murder Princess – First episode of 6. Bee Train (no Yuki Kajiura) adapts a manga from the creator of Comic party. Awesome name.
3/28 Marimite episode 3.
3/28 Ichigo Marshmallow episode 2.
4/04 Sakura Taisen New York NY – First episode of 6. They’ve been making Sakura Taisen things forever, it seems. I bet they don’t all take place in New York in the 1920′s, though.
4/25 Genshiken episode 3.
4/25 Ichigo Marshmallow episode 3.
4/27 Saiyuki Reload – Some OVA I guess, I confess I don’t really care.
5/25 ICE – A 3-part original sci-fi thing.
5/30 Marimite episode 4.
6/08 Tales of Symphonia – OVA adaptation of the video game.
Hellsing episode 3
3/3 5cm per second – Makoto Shinkai’s 3 new short films. The first one was streamed on the internet, raws are available now.
4/21 Shakugan no Shana
4/21 Kino no Tabi
4/28 GeGeGe no Kitarou
Later than spring:
9/01: Evangelion rebuild (first movie)
Kara no Kyoukai