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2012 Summer Anime Preview

You know how our season previews go. There’s a basic formula to all of them. First, a summary, then a picture, then a disclaimer talking about how I stole all this information from other blogs, and then the actual post, written by me, Mushyrulez, all by myself.


Firstly, there WON’T BE A PICTURE after a summary which is this summary which is this sentence and the sentences immediately before and after this. In fact, THERE MAY NOT BE ANY PICTURES AT ALL!!!

Secondly, there WON’T BE A DISCLAIMER after a picture because, wow, we’ve actually done NO research this time!! That means no embedded chart, no witty quips, no snide references to MAL, no NOTHING AT ALL. Since there’s something. You can’t have nothing if you have something, which is why we don’t have nothing. In fact, this new preview is so much worse than older previews that we recommend you just read the older ones instead!!

Thirdly, there WON’T BE ANY TRAILER LINKS because we’re too lazy to go search them up for you!! I know, simply horrible, right? WRONG, because it takes you lazy ducks all of ten seconds to go search ‘generic fanservice shit anime #101 trailer’ on YouTube while it takes us thirty to embed said trailer onto our page. No, we’re not being hypocritical, we’re being hyper-critical. Of your laziness.

Finally, we’re not going to spend thirty million hours writing this post and adding stupid ‘potential’ ratings so that we can publish it before we’re ten weeks into the season. Thirty hours is enough.

Dark red-coloured text is written by redball (redball = red-black) and orange-coloured text is written by Mushyrulez (mushrooms = orange). We’d have more variety in our season previews but az and flare aren’t participating, so…

Friendship is Magic!
This is what happiness energy does to people! Go spread the happiness!

Binbougami ga!

At the expense of the people and things around her, Sakura has earned so much money that she has caused a financial imbalance in the world. In order to return balance to the world, the American Government sets out to take away Sakura’s ability to earn this money. Will the American Government be able to put a stop to Sakura’s moeny-making abilities (PSSSST THIS IS A PUN ON ‘MOÈ’ AND NOT A TYPO AT ALL), or will the American Government succumb to her bribery? I’m definitely watching this show, except I’ll replace every reference to ‘happiness’ with ‘money’ and all will be well and fine and good and golly gosh gee. P.S. having greying hair =/= great looks. Unless they meant GREY-d looks.

Blood Lad


Tari Tari

This is the melodrama of choice for the season. Everyone seems torn on whether this is HanaIro 2 or just Generic PA Works X. Calm down, everyone. It’s your standard dose of teenagers trying to figure out love, failing miserably, then realizing that they’re teens so in the end nothing matters. Is it formulaic? Yes! If you hate that formula then skip this and only watch it if one of The Cart Driver writers tells you its okay. I’m watching it.

Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.

It’s an anime about ancient poets. WHO DOESN’T LOVE ANIME ABOUT ANCIENT POETS. It’s like, Chihayafuru + Hyouge Mono, and both happen to be like, really good anime even though I haven’t watched one full cour of either one. So, to refill my hipster-historical-seinen-anime-watching tendency/respect-level meter I must engage in the ritualistic reception of liberally interpretative Japanese culture. P.S. this anime may contain possibly tasteful romance that isn’t between angsty 16-year-old teenagers and female cat-warrior-goddess-miko-aliens or whatever

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

It’s like this but with a more current critique on society:

Chitose Get You

I thought Yuru Yuri’s second season was cal-oh? Is this about a sexually precocious kindergartener and a blue-haired pedophilic pedant? *backs away QUICKLY*

Sword Art Online

Remember when I said that Blood Lad was THE most awesome manga? Well, I was telling the truth but SWORD ART ONLINE is THE most awesome light novel. I know this because my brother told me about it last season. Then again, he said that Highschool DxD was THE second most awesome light novel so I don’t know if I can trust him… but fuck if I’m not blogging this along with 93% of every other Generic Episodic Anime Barf™ in existence. P.S. Same novelist of Accel World

Kokoro Connect

A love tetragram version of Freaky Friday. Everyone thinks this will be terrible. I’m not inclined to disagree. The question is: Will it be a watchable kind of terrible?

Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, doesn’t matter if it’s josei or shounen, doesn’t matter if it’s hentai or action, I don’t care. If it flops, it’ll be interesting. If it [insert opposite of ‘flop’ here in the third-person tense], it’ll be interesting. One word, folks: noitaminA.

A drawing of SCAMP and his Irish camp-setting tendencies.


A hole in one? MORE LIKE A CAMP IN ONE!! HAHAHAHAAHahahaaaaaaaaa this is funny because scamp is camp. I don’t even know what Campione’s abouttttt~

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

In an alternate timeline where we are at war with unstoppable aliens hell-bent on wiping out our entire race we are left with only one hope: girls in shiny, skin-tight, form-fitting flight suits with Brazilian cut crotch guards. It’s a pity, too, since in the alternate timeline there’s apparently been a breeding program so that all girls will have breasts as large as their heads by the time they’re 15. The fan service in this isn’t even as classy as Queen’s Blade. Against all my better judgment I’m going to attempt to watch at least three episodes of this to appease the random assholes out there who claim MuvLuv is the best thing since self-slicing bread robots.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

The anime’s title roughly translates to ‘Love, Erections, and Chocolate’. I’ll pass on that.

Moyashimon Returns


A picture of Ash throwing a, wait for it... MUSHROOM! POKÉMON! A MUSHY-MON!

Yuru Yuri ♪♪

This show is absolutely pointless and sometimes it’s offensively dumb. I watched the first season and gave it a low by my standards 4/10. Yet, the only memories I have of the show are positive ones, except that I can’t wash that quasi-rape scene out of my mind. Add all of this up, and its the show I’m most excited to watch yet I have zero expectations for quality. Also, I tried to buy rum raisin ice cream today and the store didn’t have any. This doesn’t bode well.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II

Remember when I said that Sword Art Online was THE most awesome light novel? Well, I was telling the truth but Sword Art Online and Blood Lad both PALE with the AWESOMENESS OF KOUKAI SENJOU NO HORIZON, the GUARANTEED ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT SUREFIRE HIT OF THE SEASON even though I gave it a 3/10 last season even though that means nothing BUT I AM BLOGGING THIS TO THE END AND NOBODY CAN STOP ME except drunk drivers who might chance upon myself whilst crossing a dark intersection in the dead of night

Closing Thoughts

Of course, such a small selection won’t be enough for us, so I’ll definitely check out the first episodes of Hagure Yuusha no Estetica, La storia della Arcana Famiglia, and Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. (yes, that period is part of the title and this ‘to’ is purposefully uncapitalized) to laugh at Japanese animation companies and their wish-fulfill-ful pandering to neckbeard otakus/[insert derogatory adjective here] fujoshi when I realized that America has Sweet 16, and by Madoka NOTHING is worse than that

10 responses

  1. redball

    I watched Natsuyuki Rendezvous since I wrote my part of this and it seems alright. I said Tari Tari was the melodrama of choice, but I’m going to revise that a bit. Tari Tari is melodrama that everyone will hate for its melodrama, while Rendezvous will have only slightly less forced, cheesy drama and everyone will love it. I’ll probably love both because my heart is made of jello and I fall in love with anything that makes it wiggle.

    2012/07/08 at 01:58

  2. The shows I liked quite a bit this season:

    Binbougami ga!
    Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
    Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.
    Sword Art Online
    Moyashimon Returns

    are the shows I like most this season. Well, when I say like, I mean the first episode. Oh and also that super perverted one.
    Not bad. I was expecting it to be much worse.

    2012/07/08 at 03:25


    2012/07/08 at 22:54

  4. you can’t spell again without a gain

    2012/07/12 at 23:15

  5. That list is exactly the same as my list, except I haven’t started watching yet!

    2012/07/13 at 07:30

  6. What if Tari Tari were in the noitaminA block?! (it’d be hilarious if we’d somehow like it more, à la AnoHana but without the boys)

    2012/07/13 at 07:31

  7. redball

    I liked HanaIro more than AnoHana.

    2012/07/13 at 13:13

  8. Noc

    Natsuyuki Rendezvous: I like it so far
    Tari Tari: Finding it kind of meh but I’ll watch to pass the time
    Kokoro Connect: Also find it kind of meh but I’ll watch to pass the time- might be less meh if it wasn’t so moe
    Uta Koi: Is AMAAAZIIIING because I’m a Japanese history fangirl and Chihayafuru made me appreciate tanka poetry (p.s. Chihayafuru had a second season announcement!!)
    Hakuouki Reimeiroku: Also like it very much because being a fan of Japanese history (Shinsengumi ftw!) naturally means that I am a fan of samurai as well! What’s that you say? I’m only in it for the ikemen!? Well its the only show this season with fanservice for ME, so I don’t see why not!!

    ….and asides from the shows continuing from last season, that sums up my list of summer anime :/. AAAAH, why couldn’t they have aired Blood Lad this season! Although in truth its probably best that they wait a bit longer. The plot has been expanding these days so they might want to cover that. Glad to hear you haven’t forgotten about it at least. Do you think you’ll blog it when it does air?

    2012/07/16 at 19:18

  9. I had no idea Hakuouki was airing >_> also, there’s that arcana famiglia thing that’s a reverse harem that apparently fangirls are going crazy for. Not watching Sword Art Online, though? That’s like, the biggest hype train this season.

    Also, I can’t imagine /not/ blogging Blood Lad when it becomes an anime ._.

    2012/07/16 at 22:00

  10. Noc

    Hakuouki Reimeiroku didn’t get a PV or anything, so its easier to miss I suppose. Airs on Mondays, ep 2 should have subs today. I’m not really a fan of many reverse harem shows unless there’s a a major point of interest in it for me a la Hakuouki’s historical timeline and I usually don’t care for mafia stuff, especially if its made out to be less gritty than it should be so Arcana was a flop for me. I tried watching Sword Art Online and I donno, I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for that kinda show at the time- I’ll probably give it another try later on.

    Oh awesome, I have one more reason to look forward to the anime then! Your posts on the manga were always fun to read, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say when the anime starts.

    2012/07/17 at 16:18