2008 Summer Season Anime

okay.. I’m late for this post… since now already mid-July edi.. ChoonYong and my thoughts about the Summer season’s anime

Ikkitousen: Great Guardians

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website:
http://www.ikkitousen.com/
Japanese Air Date: June 11
Animation Company: ARMS (Elfen Lied, Genshiken 2)

Summary

Third season of the adaptation of Yuji Shiozaki’s manga. This season will feature a completely original story not based on the manga and features brand new characters including Sun Quan.

First season introduction– Seven schools are constantly ‘at war’ with each other, and the students within – both male and female – have become skilled fighters and constantly battle with rival schools. Their lives and fates are guided by strange jewels that contain the spirits and destinies of warriors from the Sangokushi period. One girl, Sonsaku Hakufu, has recently moved to Japan and is apparently destined to unite the schools as her counterpart united seven countries long ago. But, like all heroes, there is a darker side to her fate, and as always there is a constant struggle by those around her to break the chains of their own destinies and make their own lives.

Thoughts

John: will watch after finish the 1st and 2nd season

ChoonYong: too “extreme”… want to watch but not dare…

Chocolate Underground

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website:
http://www.choco-bar.jp/
Japanese Air Date: June 12
Animation Company: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, xxxHOLiC)/Trance Arts

Summary
An internet-aired anime based on the novel Bootleg by Alex Shearer.

In the series, the Good For You party passes a law that forbids the consumption of chocolate after 5 in the evening appropriately called the Chocolate Prohibition Law. It prohibits all sweet things, including chocolates, because they are harmful to one’s health. Two boys, Huntley and Smudger, stand up to fight against the law. With help from Louise and other friends, they begin to bootleg chocolate. (AnimeNfo)

Thoughts

John: haha, bootleg chocolate… may watch if it is good

ChoonYong: no idea…

Telepathy Shoujo Ran

Details

Number of episodes: 26
Website: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/ran/
Japanese Air Date: June 21
Animation Company: TMS Entertainment (Itazura na Kiss, Lupin III)

Summary
Adaptation of the novels written by Atsuko Asano.

Ran is a bright and energetic first-grader in junior high school who possesses supernatual abilities. Together with Midori (her friend who also has supernatural powers) and Rui, the threesome are constantly embroiled in mysterious circumstances. Ran is troubled by her powers because it seems to spark off the ill intentions of people in contact with her. However, with the support of her family and peers, Ran learns to deal with her ‘other’ side and accepts who she is. The threesome also learn how to team up as a whole and solve these mysterious events.

Thoughts

John: Not watching

ChoonYong: nonono

UltraViolet: Code 044

Details

Number of episodes: 12
Website: http://uvcode044.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 1
Animation Company: Madhouse Studios (Claymore, Saiunkoku Monogatari)

Summary
An adaptation of the Hollywood movie UltraViolet (directed and written by Kurt Wimmer), which in turn was a loose adaptation of the movie Gloria (directed and written by John Cassavetes).

The main character, “044,” is a female warrior who is genetically engineered with high combat skills and ordered by the government to annihilate a vampire army.

Thoughts

John: Pass… loled at anime version of Ultravoilet

ChoonYong: looks cool…

Sekirei

Details

Number of episodes: Unkown
Website: http://www.sekirei-tv.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 2
Animation Company: Seven Arcs (Inukami, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)

Summary
Adaptation of the manga by Sakurako Gokurakuin serialized in Young Gangan.

Minato is a total loser. He’s failed to make it into college twice, he’s unpopular with women, and he’s unemployed. But suddenly one day he met a girl dashing inhumanely fast down the road he walked, chased by 2 bandits with electrical powers. From that day on Minato’s life changed forever. The Girl, Musubi was not any ordinary girl she was a “Sekirei”, and suddenly she just bestows Minato with the power of an Ashikabi, one of a mysterious set of “masters” in an awesome battle royale between hordes of cute girls (and males) with individual special powers called “Sekirei’s”. Eventually Minato’s true capabilities will release his useless self into truly understanding all of the Sekirei’s that he embarks to gather, and his own strength.

Thoughts

John: WOW!!! Definitely will watch this series!! yay…

ChoonYong: walao eh, why all have big boobies…

Slayers REVOLUTION

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/slayers_revolution/
Japanese Air Date: July 2
Animation Company: J.C. Staff (Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima)

Summary
Fourth season of the adaptation of Hajime Kanzaka’s novels.

This season’s story takes place at the time when Lina and Gourry start a new journey to look for Gourry’s new sword with the power of magic. It will also include a new character named Pocota who is said to have cast a Dragon Slave using the Sword of Light. Sylpiel and Prince Phil are also reported to appear.

Thoughts

John: what?… not watching this series…

ChoonYong: NO !!

Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.sora-mahou.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 2
Animation Company: Hal Film Maker (Aria, Sketchbook ~full color’S~)

Summary
Second season of the adaptation of the manga series written by Norie Yamada and illustrated by Kumichi Yoshizuki, titled Someday’s Dreamers in the official English version. It adapts the recently serialized second spinoff of the original manga, which shares the same title as the anime.

The story is set in present day Tokyo. Much of the setting is based upon real areas, the more obvious ones being the Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Tower. The main backdrop of the series where they all reside is in Shimokitazawa, roughly 6 minutes west of Shibuya on the Keio Inokashira Line. In Tokyo is the Bureau of Magic, which employs Mage Labour for certain special requests by everyday people. However, the mages must only use their magic with special permission, and any unlicensed use results in a penalty.

Thoughts

John: Not yet watch the 1st season, have to watch the 1st season first…

ChoonYong: Watched the first episode, very relaxing. GOOD!!

Seiyou Kottou Yougaiten ~Antique~

Details

Number of episodes: 12
Website: None
Japanese Air Date: July 3
Animation Company: Nippon Animation/Shirogumi Inc. (Moyashimon)

Summary
Adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga (the English licensed title is Antique Bakery)

Tachibana, grandson of a rich businessman and newbie in the world of managing; Ono Yuusuke, famous pastry chef and even more infamous “devilish homosexual”; Kanda Eiji, a retired young boxer with a thing for pastries; Kobayakawa Chikage, servant friend of Tachibana and current romantic interest of Ono, who is clumsy yet serious and stoic to a fault (most of the time). Together, these four men maintain a small yet elegant cafe known as “Antique”, where they and all their customers can come together to cherish one of the few but truly important things in life: cake.

Thoughts

John: I swear that I wont watch this series!!!

ChoonYong: GAY!!

Hidamari Sketch x365

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/hidamari/
Japanese Air Date: July 3
Animation Company: SHAFT (ef- a tale of memories, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)

Summary
Second season of the anime adaptation of Ume Aoki’s manga.

Hidamari Sketch centers around a young girl named Yuno who finally is able to get accepted into Yamabuki High School, which she has longed for. To attend the school, Yuno moves and starts to live in a small apartment building named the Hidamari Apartments located near the school. Once there, she starts making new friends like her classmate Miyako and the second year students, Hiro and Sae. There is no real plot line to the story but rather the events of the characters’ everyday lives are shown as they attend the school together and get to know each other better.

Thoughts

John: Cute characters… but not yet watch the 1st season… in my watchlist…

ChoonYong: Yes, Cute characters, I like it.

Strike Witches

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://s-witch.cute.or.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 3
Animation Company: Gonzo (Last Exile, Rosario + Vampire)

Summary
Adaptation of the light novels by Noboru Yamaguchi, the story revolves around teenage girls who are essentially moe anthropomorphizations of military planes.

When a mysterious force suddenly attacks the world, only the girls who have magic can fight against them. They install weapons in their own bodies and fight in the sky, the land, and the sea. The battle to protect the world begins.

Thoughts

John: not watching this series… but maybe…

ChoonYong: macam ok…

Birdy the Mighty Decode

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.birdy-tv.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 5
Animation Company: A-1 Pictures Inc. (Ookiku Furikabutte, Persona ~trinity soul~)

Summary
Based on a shounen manga by Yuuki Masami, serialised in Shounen Sunday.

Tsutomu Senkawa is an average high school kid who is busy studying for his senior entrance exams. Tsutomu goes out for some fresh air, after a hard day’s work studying for a big test, when he runs into a guy fleeing from a pretty young lady. The pursued man is actually an interplanetary criminal on the run from a Federation agent called Birdy Cephon Altera. Caught in the midst of this chase, Tsutomu gets thrown by the man at Birdy, which kills Tsutomu. Fortunately for Tsutomu, there is a way to keep him alive, although it comes at the price of discarding his body. He ends up merged into Birdy’s body.

Thoughts

John: hav to consider… coz some ppl are saying this series is good.

ChoonYong: dunno.. but.. err.. looks cheap…

Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/yakushijiryouko/
Japanese Air Date: July 5
Animation Company: Dogakobo

Summary
Adaptation of the Yoshiki Tanaka light novel series.

The story revolves around Ryōko Yakushiji, a 27-year-old multilingual investigator that graduated from Tokyo University’s elite Department of Law, and the bizarre cases she faces while working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Yakushiji not only has to deal with supernatural beings in her line of work, but also her rival Yukiko Muromachi, another equally talented and beautiful police investigator.

Thoughts

John: story about mystery huh? see lo…

ChoonYong: watched the 1st episode, a mystery genred anime. quite good

Zero no Tsukaima ~Miyoshi Hime no Rondo~

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://www.mediafactory.co.jp/anime/zero-tsukaima/
Japanese Air Date: July 6
Animation Company: J.C. Staff (Nabari no Ou, Shakugan no Shana)

Summary
Third season of the adaptation of Noboru Yamaguchi’s light novels.

First season introduction– Meet Louise, a budding magician. The students at the Tristein Academy call her “Zero Louise”, due to her current record of zero successes with magic. In fact, her magic tends to go spectacularly wrong. Now, as an important test of her aptitude for magic, she must summon a familiar to be her servant. At this critical moment, she summons up all her magic and wishes for a familiar that is “devoted, beautiful and powerful”, and gets… Hiraga Saito, an ordinary Japanese boy. It’s difficult to say who is more surprised and dismayed, but the rules don’t allow for second attempts. Louise is stuck with her strange familiar, and he with her.

Thoughts

John: I’ve watch the 1st and 2nd season. Yes for me.

ChoonYong: same same

Natsume Yuujin-chou

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.natsume-anime.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 7
Animation Company: Brains Base (Baccano, Kure-nai)

Summary
Adaptation of the manga by Yuki Midorikawa.

Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him. Containing the names of these spirits, a binding contract was formed between the spirits and the owner of the book. Now, Natsume is determined to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts. With the help of a spirit cat, his days are filled trying to return the names to these spirits.

Thoughts

John: might watch this series if ChoonYong recommend me…

ChoonYong: hmm…

Mission-E

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://avexmovie.jp/lineup/mission-e/
Japanese Air Date: July 7
Animation Company: Studio DEEN (Fate/stay night, Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai)

Summary
Sequel to the previously aired Code-E, set five years after the final episode in near-future Japan. It will feature a new a new lead named Maori Kimizuka, who will join Ebihara Chinami, the lead from the first season. Both are TYPE-E users adorned in the above pictured rainbow uniforms, and wield supernatural abilities. OZ, the place Chinami and Maori work at, aims for the the adaption of TYPE-E users into society, are in hostility with the “Foundation” who advocate the isolation and control of TYPE-E users that those men belonged to.

Thoughts

John: Oh HELL NO…

ChoonYong: nono

World Destruction

Details

Number of episodes: 13
Website: http://wd.sega.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 7
Animation Company: Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, xxxHOLiC)

Summary
Spin-off of the yet to be released game of the same title by SEGA.

The game centers on a youth named Kirie Irunisu who secretly possesses the power to destroy the world. He is forced to join a party that aims not to save the world, but to eradicate it and start anew.

Thoughts

John: Wow… world destruction huh? I’ll give it a try.

ChoonYong: oh… me too..

Koihime†Musou

Details

Number of episodes: 12
Website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/koihime/
Japanese Air Date: July 8
Animation Company: Dogakobo

Summary
Adaptation of the BaseSon eroge.

Koihime†Musō re-imagines the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in action/love comedy form with a nearly all-female cast. The game itself featured upwards of 30 female characters.

Thoughts

John: Looks great, in my watchlist.

ChoonYong: same for me… by the way this is less “extreme” than Ikkitousen.

Blade of the Immortal

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://mugen.kc.kodansha.co.jp/
Japanese Air Date: July 13
Animation Company: Bee Train (El Cazador de la Bruja, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE)

Summary
Adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s long running manga serialized in Afternoon.

Manji is a crass, violent samurai with a special ability: he cannot die. Cursed with immortality by the nun Yobikuni as punishment for his ruthless deeds, he has grown weary of his ageless life. The only way to lift the curse is to slay 1,000 evil men. So Manji wanders Japan, shedding the blood of the wicked on his quest to finally die. (ANN)

Thoughts

John: Immortal huh… give it a try.

ChoonYong: I dont like…

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu

Details

Number of episodes: Unknown
Website: http://www.nogizaka-haruka.com/
Japanese Air Date: July 10
Animation Company: Studio Barcelona (Kodomo no Jikan)

Summary
Adaptation of the light novel series written by Yūsaku Igarashi.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu centers around Ayase Yuko and Nogizaka Haruka. Yuto is seemingly ordinary, but Haruka is attractive, intelligent, and rich, which prompts other students to idolize her and even give her French nicknames like “Nuit Étoile” (The Silver Star of the Night) and “Lumière du Clavier” (The Shining Princess on the Piano). One day, Yuko wanders into the school library in order to return a book and accidently stumbles upon Haruka’s deepest, darkest secret: she is a diehard fan of anime and manga, in other words, a regular otaku. Promising Haruka to keep this a secret, Yuko becomes her advisor and confidente of some sort and hangs out with her more, though earning some viciously envious glares from his fellow schoolmates.

Thoughts

John: Cutey anime diehard fan? Definitely YES for me!!!!

ChoonYong: John keep telling me to watch this… =.=

3 thoughts on “2008 Summer Season Anime”

  1. mango says:

    vewvee~~~~ how much fun i have by reading your blog!! oh john, from now on, i will rajin read your blog, will be your loyal reader^^ it is just so nice to read your blog.. one word>> “SYIOK”~~ teehee..

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  2. BlazeXLR8 says:

    erm..Natsume Yuujin-chou and Koihime†Musou sounds good…mayb after spm i will watch it! haha! ;p

  3. John says:

    eh.. i tot no ppl would bother to read this long post…

    Koihime Musou might be fan-service… maybe light-yellow thing..

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