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Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Anime in April

Premiering April 2012
Aceel World
Title: Accel World
Starts:Saturday, April 7 at 12:30AM JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:Sunrise
Genre: Science fiction
Website: http://accel-world.net/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Accel World is an adaptation of Reki Kawahara's science-fiction light novel series of the same name. Lowly middle school student Haruyuki's life changes when he's introduced to "Accel World," a virtual world where he can fight as a knight to defend a princess.
Acchi Kocchi
Title: Acchi Kocchi
Starts:Thursday, April 5 at 2:20AM JST on TBS
Studio:AIC
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/ackc/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
This gag comedy follows the crazy antics of tsundere Tsumiki, surly, eyeglasses-wearing Io, and their classmates Hime, Mayoi, and Sakaki.

AKB0048
Title: AKB0048
Starts:
Sunday, April 29 at 12:00AM JST on JP, KBS Kyoto
Studio:
Satelight
Genre:
Music
Website:
http://akb0048.jp/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Female idol group AKB48 comes to life in this television anime about several idol trainees who hope to one day become full AKB0048 members.

Arashi no Yoru ni
Title: Arashi no Yoru ni
Starts:Wednesday, April 4 at 12:00PM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio:Sparky Animation
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/arashinoyoruni/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
A goat and a wolf become friends after a stormy night, and learn to overcome differences and hardship.

Fate/Zero Part 2
Title: Fate/Zero part 2
Starts:Saturday, April 7 at 12:00AM JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:ufotable
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Website: http://www.fate-zero.jp/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Following on the heels of the first season of Fate/Zero, which aired in Fall 2011, this season will continue the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War.

Gakkatsu!
Title: Gakkatsu!
Starts:Tuesday, April 3 at 9:55PM JST on NHK
Studio:Fanworks
Genre: Comedy
Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/gakkatsu/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Touted as a "debate comedy," this series revolves around a junior high school class where students share their viewpoints on unique and bizarre topics.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Title: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Starts:Tuesday, April 10 at 2:00AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio:XEBEC
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Website: http://ga.sbcr.jp/bunko_blog/nyaruani/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Mahiro Yasaka's life is changed one day when he's chased by aliens. Luckily, his life is saved by Nyaruko, a Cthulu deity of chaos who can take on the physical appearance of a silver-haired girl.

Hiiro no Kakera
Title: Hiiro no Kakera
Starts:Sunday, April 1 at 10:00PM JST on Yomiouri
Studio:Studio DEEN
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Website: http://www.hiironokakera.tv/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
This television anime is based on the same-titled romance game, which centered Around 17-year-old Tamaki Kasuga. After she moves into a mountain village with her grandmother, she's introduced to the five handsome Guardians of the Tamayohime.

Jormungand
Title: Jormungand
Starts:Wednesday, April 11 at 12:30AM JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:WHITE FOX
Genre: Action
Website: http://www.jormungand.tv/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Jonah, a former child soldier with a tortured past, joins the mercenary unit of Koko Kematyar, a female arms dealer. Along with their other comrades, they venture through the seedy world of blackmarket arms dealing.

Kimi to Boku. 2
Title: Kimi to Boku. 2
Starts:Wednesday, April 2 at 1:30AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio:J.C. Staff
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/kimiboku2/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Continuing from the first season, which aired Fall 2011, this slice of life comedy follows the lives of five friends, four of whom have known each other since childhood.

Koi-ken!
Title: Koi-ken!
Starts:Thursday, March 1 at 3:00PM JST on mobile phones
Studio:Marvy Jack
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Website: http://koiken-anime.jp/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Based on a popular bishoujo mobile game by Vector, this anime adaptation will be available for streaming on smartphones. In the game, players interact with members of the Romance Research Club at a high school.

Kuroko no Basuke
Title: Kuroko no Basuke
Starts:Sunday, April 7 @1:58AM on MBS
Studio:Production I.G
Genre: Sports
Website: http://www.kurobas.com/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Taiga Kagami is a new student at Seirin High School, and when he joins the basketball team, he meets fellow player Tetsuya Kuroko, who happens to be the enigmatic sixth member of the legendary "Generation of Miracles" team. Their goal is to take their team to the inter-high school champsionship against Kuroko's former teammates.

Lupin III - Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
Title: Lupin III - Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
Starts:Wednesday, April 4 at 1:29AM JST on Nippon TV
Studio:TMS Entertainment
Genre: Comedy, Action
Website: http://fujiko.tv/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Fujiko Mine stars in the first new television anime series in the Lupin IIIfranchise in over 25 years. The series will follow Fujiko and her fellow Lupin IIIcast members in their younger days.

Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power
Title: Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power
Starts:Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00PM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio:Studio Pierrot
Genre: Comedy
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/lee/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
A spin-off of the international mega-hit franchise, this new weekly series revolves around Rock Lee, and depicts all the characters in SD. This gag comedy is adapted from Kenji Taira's manga of the same name.

Nazo no Kanojo X
Title: Nazo no Kanojo X
Starts:Sunday, April 8 at 1:30AM JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:Hoods Entertainment
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of life
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/nazokano_x/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
When a strange transfer student shows up in Tsubaki's class, he doesn't expect to accidentally taste her drool and become hooked. As he spends more time with her, he learns that she has a penchant for carying scissors in her underpants, and making paper flowers.

Ozuma
Title: Ozuma
Starts:Friday, March 16 at 12:00AM JST on WOWOW
Studio:Gonzo
Genre: Science fiction, Drama
Website: http://ozuma.jp/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Slated for six episodes, this science fiction series is the first major project from legendary manga creator Leiji Matsumoto in five years. The series takes place far in the future after catastrophic solar activity destroys Earth's atmosphere and blankets the planet in sand.

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
Title: Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2nd season
Starts:Sunday, April 8 at 5:30PM JST on NHK-E
Studio:Sunrise
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Website: http://www.phibrain.net/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Puzzle genius Kaito is back in the second season of Phi Brain: Puzzle of God. Armed with the powerful Armlet of Orpheus, which allows him to unlock parts of his brain to grant him superior puzzle-solving abilities, he must continue his battle with the mysterious P.O.G. organization and solve their deadly puzzles.

Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future
Title: Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future
Starts:Saturday, April 7 at 10:00AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio:Tatsunoko Production
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/prettyrhythm/dmf/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
A new generation of girls dream of someday becoming Prism Stars. Together, they form a new group, Prizmmy☆, and work hard towards their debut.

Saint Seiya Omega
Title: Saint Seiya Omega
Starts:Sunday, April 1 at 6:30AM JST on TV Asahi
Studio:Toei Animation
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy
Website: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/seiya/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
A spin-off of the classic manga series Saint Seiya, Omega takes place 25 years after the Holy Wars of the 20th century. Goddess Athena and a new group of Saints must prepare to take on a new evil.

Sankarea
Title: Sankarea
Starts:Friday, April 6 at 1:55AM JST on TBS
Studio:Studio DEEN
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/sankarea/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Furuya is obsessed with zombies. However, his hobby... comes to life when his cat dies in a tragic accident. Gambling on an old spell, he tries to revive his pet, but is caught by the beautiful idol Rea, who isn't the perfect person she appears.

Sengoku Collection
Title: Sengoku Collection
Starts:Saturday, April 6 at 12:45AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio:Brains Base
Genre: Action, Adventure
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/sencolle/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Adapted from Konami's social networking service game, the story of Sengoku Collection is set in the Sengoku Era of historical Japan, with female reimaginings of important figures like Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the game, players can obtain "God of War Cards," which are sealed inside lucrative, hidden treasures.

Shiba Inoku-san
Title: Shiba Inoku-san
Starts:Sunday, April 1 at 10:27PM JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:
Genre: Comedy
Website: http://www.mxtv.co.jp/shibainukosan/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: Uzu (Shiba Inoku-san) [STUFF]
Summary:
Inuko Shiba seems like an ordinary middle school student... but her close friend Chako Ishibashi has the nagging suspicion that her friend might actually be a dog. Each episode will be two-minutes in length.

Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~
Title: Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~
Starts:Friday, April 13 at 2:55AM JST on MBS
Studio:Production I.G
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Website: http://shining-world.jp/hearts/info/#anime
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Adapted from Sega's Shining Hearts fantasy role-playing game, the anime will include voice actors from the PSP game. In the game, protagonist Rick is a swordsman who now works at a bakery alongside three sisters, Nellis, Amil, and Aerie. Together, they decide to help bring peace back to their country after an incident stirs the peace.

Shirokuma Café
Title: Shirokuma Café
Starts:Thursday, April 5 at 5:30PM JST on TV TokyoL
Studio:Studio Pierrot
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/shirokumacafe/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
This comedy follows the daily lives and adventures of a penguins, grizzly bears, pandas, and other animals at a cafe run by a polar bear.

Uchū Kyōdai
Title: Uchū Kyōdai
Starts:Sunday, April 1 at 7:00AM JST on YTV
Studio:A-1 Pictures
Genre: Drama, Space
Website: http://uchukyodai.com/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Two boys, Mutta and Hibito, made a vow as boys to travel to space. Hibito ended up becoming an astronaut, but Mutta's life is about to change.

Yurumates 3D
Title: Yurumates 3D
Starts:Monday, April 2 at 1:35AM JST on Sun TV and 1:10AM on TV Kanagawa
Studio:C2C
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life
Website: http://www.takeshobo.co.jp/sp/tv_yuru/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: saxyun (Yurumates)
  • Returning cast: Halko Momoi (Under17 lead singer) as Yurume Aida
  • Opening Theme: Halko Momoi
Summary:
Despite its name, Yurumates 3D will be a traditionally animated 2D adaption of the four-panel comic of the same name. It will retain the same cast from the two previously animated OVA series. The series will also be streamed on Nico Nico Douga.

Zetman
Title: Zetman
Starts:Tuesday, April 3 at 2:38AM JST on Yomiuri TV
Studio:TMS Entertainment
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Website: http://zetman.jp/
      Notable Cast/Staff:
Summary:
Homeless boy Jin lives in a beggar community with his grandfather. Their lives change one day when they're attacked by a monster, and Jin discovers that his true form is the new superhuman lifeform "ZET."

1 comment:

  1. Pretty cool that you're doing this but the list is missing some shows:

    - Eureka Seven Ao (2nd series)
    - Kore wa Zombie Desuka? Of the Dead (season 2)
    - Tsuritama
    - Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
    - Queen`s Blade: Rebellion

    Speaking of the new Lupin the 3rd series, the trailer for it is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om_UdToxqqE

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