Goss (gossymer) wrote,

New April 2009 Anime

My list of new April anime I'm watching or gonna try, with covers and summaries.

If you're not planning on watching any, KEEP SCROLLING, lol.

Fullmetal Alchemist
Air Date: April 5

Long-awaited and rumored second TV season of the anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s ridiculously popular manga. One hopes none of you require a detailed description of the series, but one is provided below nonetheless. Unsurprisingly, scant information has been released regarding the story of this new season. What is known, is that Yasuhiro Irie (Kurau: Phantom Memory) will be the new director, replacing Seiji Mizushima (Gundam 00), and also that the seiyuu for Ed and Al will remain the same, while almost everyone else will change.

After losing their mother, Alphonse and Edward Elric attempt to bring her back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. However, alchemy operates on the theory of equivalent trade, and breaking the human alchemy taboo carries a heavy price. Ed loses his leg, and Al loses his body. Ed is able to seal Al’s soul inside of a huge suit of armor, at the cost of his arm. Years later, Ed (now with two mechanical limbs) and Al (still trapped in the armor) leave their childhood home, each brother concerned with the other’s happiness. Ed, who has a natural talent and skill for alchemy, becomes nationally certified and is soon known everywhere as the “Fullmetal Alchemist.”

Why trying: Bloody hell, who ISN'T watching FMA? Well, except for the few who never liked the first version or the manga >_>  There is so much excitement around this, gah.

07 Ghost
Air Date: April 6

Adaptation of Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara’s gothic fantasy manga. The manga’s story revolves around Teito, a former slave with magical powers who is taking the graduation final to become an army officer in the Barsburg Empire. He does well during the first part of the final exam, but discovers his father’s killer in his school and tries to kill him. Teito eludes capture, but gets caught in the larger struggle between Verloren, the God of Death, and the “beings of light” sent by Heaven to oppose him: the Seven Ghosts

Why trying: Liked the manga though very little had been scanlated, so hopefully this means MOAR. Definitely watching.

Cross Game

Adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi’s manga, his fifth manga to be animated. The story revolves around Koh Kitamura, a grade-school boy whose family runs the Kitamura Sports store. He gets to know the four daughters of the family who runs the nearby Tsukishima Batting Center, thanks to the store’s business and his own batting practice at the center. Aside from playful bantering between Koh and the Tsukishima daughters, all is peaceful in their lives until a tragedy strikes their world. Four years later, Koh continues his baseball training, despite not playing a single game since the tragedy. The manga follows Koh’s gradual full return to the sport he loves, and his coming-of-age surrounded by the Tsukishima daughters and others.

Why trying: The art may be seriously old school but it's baseball *LOVES* and I've read the manga and liked it so, yup.

Ristorante Paradiso
Air Date: April 8

Adaptation of Natsume Ono’s manga. The manga’s story is set in a restaurant in Rome that the heroine Nicoletta visits from the countryside. Her parents divorced when she was young, so her grandparents raised her while her mother tried to remarry. Unfortunately for Nicoletta, her mother abandons her even after remarrying. Nicoletta goes to the restaurant that is now owned by the new husband of Nicoletta’s mother, and ends up apprenticing there among a kitchen staff of colorful characters

Why trying: FOOD ANIME! Yeah, almost as addicting as sports!animes :3 And I've watched a lot of restaurant/cafe/cooking dramas too, come to think of it...


On the planet Earthdash, its inhabitants gaze on its moon and the technologically advanced lunar city of Mooneyes with awe. Dan JD, a boy living in Rollingtown on Earthdash’s surface, gets caught up in Bigfoot Basketball—a fast-paced sport played with giant Bigfoot robots.

Why trying: For the WTF-ness and I'm a sucker for sports!anime of all types. Seriously, a sucker. Name it, I've tried it (and might have marathoned all 100+ episodes too)

Eden of the East
Air Date: April 9

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as “Careless Monday,” does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later… Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he’s holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash

Why trying: It seems...different - at least the trailor did. It could be extremely weird or blah though, so lets see.

Hanasakeru Seishounen

Air Date: April 5
Adaptation of Natsumi Itsuki’s manga. The story surrounds a political mystery involving a small Middle-Eastern country. A powerful industrialist directs his daughter to pick a husband from three chosen candidates. They enter her life, impressing her with their uniqueness, and they all leave an outstanding impression on her.

Why trying: Don't like the summary, love the cover *_* Super pretty art, 4 boys and the heroine reminds me of the lead in Kare Kano :) Probably going to fall flat, but here's hoping at least one character clicks like hell.


The story about four high school girls that try to sustain their school’s popular music club despite being unable to read music or play instruments.

Why trying: Finally a music!anime apart from Beck! Doesn't sound that fab, but will try it out. There was that one anime with the heavy metal singer last year but it didn't really click >_> Here's hoping this one works for me.

Pandora Hearts
Air Date: April 2

Adaptation of Jun Mochizuki’s manga. Oz Bezarius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he’s cast into the prison known as the “Abyss”, only to be saved by a “chain” known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. Why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as “Pandora” want with him…

Why Trying: Well, we have a male lead and it seems to be more focussed on action/mystery than romance which is definitely good. Lets see.

Note: These last few animes are the ones I'm most likely to drop early (very unsure about them)

Hatsukoi Gentei

Air Date: April 11

Adaptation of Mizuki Kawashita’s (Ichigo 100%, Lilim Kiss) romantic comedy manga, also known as Hatsukoi Limited. The manga features a series of short stories about eight girls in middle school and high school, plus their classmates and relatives. Each chapter focuses on a different main characters. These stories are entertwined and eventually lead to a main story involving most of the cast. The first story follows middle-schooler Arihara Ayumi when she receives a love letter from a high-schooler, a very large and intimidating boy, Zaitsu Misao, asking her out. He begins to follow her around and then one day she is kidnapped by rivals of Misao and it then turns out that Ayumi may infact be stronger than Misao himself.

Why Trying: I did marathon the first season of School Rumble so I might end up doing the same for this.

Valkyria Chronicles

Adaptation of Sega’s simulation role-playing game. In a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe divided in two by the Empire and the Federation, the Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia—situated in between the two great empires. Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon are engaged in the battle.

Why Trying: This could blow within the first 15 minutes. Will play the first episode but I'm not sure if the characters will click - game adaptations tend to do that for me.


Adaptation of Eiichi Ikegami’s science fiction novel. The story takes place in the middle of the 21st century when global warming has turned Tokyo into a tropical city. To reduce the temperature at the heart of the city by 5°C (9°F), the city is being reborn as the world’s largest forest city. However, despite the flow of refugees to the new city of Atlas, there are not many residents who can actually live there. Moreover, anti-government guerillas are attempting to stop the forestation.

Why Trying: The flist seems psyched by it so I'll give it a try. Seems a bit odd *shrugs*

Sengoku Basara

Based on the action-adventure game franchise created by CAPCOM, known outside Japan as Devil Kings.</p>

In the age of the Warring Countries, Japan was fragmented in semi-independent provinces, governed by feudal lords or daimyo, who confronted each other in an endless struggle for power. Ambitious daimyos from every corner of the Archipelago had shouted their battle cry. Those were days of unrest and chaos. As war spread throughout the country, the map of power underwent rapid and dramatic changes.

In this never-ending conflict, one man finally seemed to be just one step from establishing total control over the country. He was the lord of Owari, the Sixth Heavenly Devil King. His name was Oda Nobunaga. But now, a young general clad in azure makes his unexpected appearance in this confused scenario, heading a huge army of cavalrymen from the Northern provinces. He is known as Date Masamune, the One-Eyed Dragon. And he is coming for Oda Nobunaga’s head, and for ultimate supremacy!

Why Trying: I will keep trying game adaptation animes in the hopes that there'll be a title that rocks my socks off one day.

Air Date: April 2

Adaptation of the visual novel from Nitroplus. In the American underworld, mafia leaders are being killed one after another, with rumors of “Inferno” and the organization’s top assassin “Phantom” circulating around them. A boy traveling alone in America becomes involved in one of these incidents and unexpectedly encounters Phantom.

Why Trying: It's shounen and I try most of the first episodes of action or fantasy type animes once before dropping.

Still need to add the OVAs - DOGS: Bullets & Carnage, XXXholic and Cobra.

For future reference, since I don't want to keep having to wiki various titles...

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