GLORIO Spring 2014 Anime Guide Part 1

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While I’m sad to see some of my favorite recent series like Golden Time and Kill la Kill coming to a close, I always look forward to previewing the next anime season. I am going to be optimistic and say Spring 2014 has plenty of potential to surprise us, as many new properties get their first chance to shine on the small screen. Part 1 of our guide is highlighted by one exception, the return of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure that seems like a sure bet. We also have the pretty new Bones project, Captain Earth, along with an unusually high amount of light novel adaptations. Which Glorio members will be high fiving me or cursing my name in the next couple weeks as we gear up for First Looks? What series are you cool people out there looking forward to? To the trailers!

[Part 2 is now available here.]

Majin Bone

Anime Original by Toei Animation
Air Date: 4/1/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Zigg
Not much is known about Majin Bone aside from it being a “digital card game” tie-in and the fact that it looks REALLY BAD. So before you get too excited at the prospect of a new original robot anime, you may want to pump the brakes and watch the trailer… did you watch it? It’s OK, I couldn’t finish it either. My condolences to Zigg, who I highly doubt will enjoy this despite his love of colorful robots.

Blade & Soul

Game Adaptation by Gonzo
Air Date: 4/3/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Timmy
For all those folks out there who have been longing to see an anime adaptation of a Korean MMO that is all too conveniently launching in Japan about the middle of its run, your moment has arrived. Essentially a vehicle to show off artist Hyung Tae Kim’s character designs (best known in our end of the world for the Magna Carta RPG series) I would expect a lot of style and little substance. Still, that can be an OK thing when done correctly so our half-clothed girls-with-elaborate-weapons expert Timmy is on the job.

The Devil’s Riddle

Akuma no Riddle, Riddle Story of Devil (OK I admit that’s the actual title)

Manga Adaptation by Diomedea
Air Date: 4/3/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
Whoever translated the title into English really missed an opportunity, because if you told me there was a new anime called The Devil’s Riddle about lesbian school girl assassins I would have thought that sounded awesome. As it is, the plot revolves around a group of assassins disguised as students trying to off the main character, until one of the assassins falls in love with her and decides to protect her. The trailer doesn’t give away much but there’s enough there that this could be interesting, assuming it brings more than gratuitous yuri bait to the table. Lifesong will be handling this by request (see, I actually listen to the rest of the writing staff sometimes!) so he’ll let us know what’s up.

Selector Infected WIXOSS

Anime Original by J.C. Staff
Air Date: 4/3/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
I must admit after reading the thin description about girls playing a dangerous magic card game, the trailer was not what I expected. The vague imagery gives off a dark, psychological thriller vibe as opposed to something bright and colorful that you’d usually associate with a “card game” anime. With the equally loved and hated Mari Okada (AnoHana, Hanasaku Iroha, Nagi no Asakura) writing the original script, I suppose some tragic backstories and weepy drama bombs are to be expected. Definitely sounds like a job for Lifesong.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders

Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders

Manga Adaptation by David Production
Air Date: 4/4/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Irothtin
The definitive story arc from one of the most influential manga of all time is finally getting a proper, full length anime adaptation. Needless to say, the latest generation of Jojos’ trip to the weird world of the late 80’s is a must watch if you want to understand half the references made in every anime and manga since. I’m sure there will also be plenty of flying onomatopoeia and fabulous posing for good measure. Having already tackled the first two parts of the series, Iro will be resuming coverage.

Dragonar Academy

Seikoku no Dragonar

Light Novel Adaptation by C-Station
Air Date: 4/5/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Zigg
Dude sucks at dragon school because he can’t summon a dragon and all the other students make fun of him. That changes when he finally does summon a dragon… that turns out to be a pretty girl! You could seriously sub in any noun for “dragon” in that statement and get an instant light novel premise. I tried “vacuum cleaner” and came up with the new smash hit “I Can’t Possibly Be In a Love Comedy With a Household Appliance, Can I?!” *ahem* my point is this sounds painfully uninspired and the trailer seems to indicate it won’t even be pretty enough to compensate. Sorry Zigg, that’s two potential bad shows in a row. I’ll make it up to you, promise!

Sound Robot Daimidaler

Kenzen Robo Daimidaler

Manga Adaptation by TNK
Air Date: 4/5/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Zigg
Has the recent WTF-inducing Valvrave set off an arms race for crazy mecha show premises? In this particular instance, our hero gains special particles from groping girls that power his giant robot. He fights other giant robots shaped like penguins. That’s all I got folks. Normally Zigg would be on board for some wacky robot fighting but given the pervy premise and awful production values in the trailer I’m actually feeling a tinge of remorse for assigning him THREE consecutive terrible looking shows.

Gods of Play: Ludere Deorum

Kamigami no Asobi: Ludere Deorum

Game Adaptation by Brains Base
Air Date: 4/5/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Jel
I must say it’s hard to distinguish this from any of the other recent otome game adaptations Brains base has been cranking out. The actual premise is a bit more interesting as it involves a shrine girl finding a sword that lets her meet Zeus, who proceeds to hook her up with a sweet harem of boys that need to learn the meaning of love. Unfortunately, the trailer just looks like any other school setting with no sign of divine intervention in sight. Not very high hopes for this one, but I’ll try and give it a fair look.

Captain Earth

Anime Original by Bones
Air Date: 4/5/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Zigg
Dude on vacation finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as aliens from Uranus *snicker* arrive on Earth, leaving him no choice but to pilot a conveniently located super robot. Throw in a chance meeting with a mysterious boy and girl and Captain Earth certainly isn’t winning any points for originality. The trailer is gorgeous though, and continuing Bones’ streak of anime series that look like they’re from the early 2000s is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s also directed, for better or worse, by Takuya Igarashi a.k.a. the man responsible for Star Driver, so maybe there will be more to this than the trailers let on. Hopefully it turns out to be good enough to make up for all the other bad shows I’m making Zigg watch this season.

One Week Friends

Isshuukan Friends

Manga Adaptation by Brains Base
Air Date: 4/6/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin
Out of the three –yes, three! – shows Brains Base is doing this season, One Week Friends looks the best by a wide margin. The story is about a lonely girl who loses the memory of her friends every week and a boy that tries to be her friend despite that. The trailer sets a somber tone that feels refreshing amidst the general anime silliness I’m sifting through while working up these previews. Not sure if the premise could hold up for an entire series, but I see enough potential for some sweet drama and romance to send Marlin in for the job.

Broken Blade (2014)

Break Blade

Manga Adaptation by Production I.G., Xebec
Air Date: 4/6/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
For Broken Blade fans out there, this is reportedly a recompiling of the six films with new material to pad it out to 12 episodes. I don’t personally know too much about the series aside from there’s lots of magic powered mecha with swords and it looks really really pretty, so that alone might be enough to give it a look. Lifesong has raved about the films so I’ll leave it up to him to fill us in on the new material.

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara

Gawarare, “That Flag One”, My Japanese Isn’t Good Enough to Come Up With An English Title

Light Novel Adaptation by Hoods Entertainment
Air Date: 4/6/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
In this latest of long titled light novel adaptations, a young man can see “flags” – important choices a la visual novels – which essentially give him the power to see the future. For some reason this leads to him living in a school dorm with a group of beautiful girls. I don’t want to be too skeptical as the recent Outbreak Company has proven clear Otaku bait can be made into good entertainment, but this doesn’t make a strong first impression. The trailer at least looks attractive and well made, and if anyone on the Glorio crew is going to enjoy this it’s probably going to be Lifesong.

Brynhildr In the Darkness

Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Manga Adaptation by Arms
Air Date: 4/6/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Jel
A young man joins the astronomy club to search for aliens, hoping to keep a promise to his childhood friend who died in an accident. His life changes when a girl who looks just like his dead friend appears. The author of the manga is most famous for writing Elfen Lied, so I’m expecting ZERO fun and the trailer seems to back that up. Nothing wrong with a little drama and tension every now and then though, so I’ll be checking this out.

Volleyball!

Haikyuu!

Manga Adaptation by Production I.G.
Air Date: 4/6/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Jel
A kid who loves volleyball starts a team even though he’s too short to be any good. After a terrible loss in his only junior high tournament, he enters high school vowing to… well you know the rest. Even the title refuses to go off script as I am totally expecting this to be a stock Shonen Jump sports anime adaptation – over dramatizing kids’ sports and loosely interpreting volleyball strategy into super moves. Still, I will do my journalistic duty and give it a look.

The Comic Artist & His Assistants

Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to

Manga Adaptation by Zexcs
Air Date: 4/7/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Gee
99% of the time I HATE media about people creating media, in this case it’s a manga about a manga artist being adapted into an anime. It’s the most self indulgent thing ever, especially when the titular artist seems to be surrounded by a harem of pretty assistants. I suppose there’s still an off chance it could produce some decent comedy as the trailer at least looks fun and light hearted. I had hoped this might have something of interest for Gee, our resident artist, but the odds are against it.

Black Bullet

Light Novel Adaptation by Kinema Citrus
Air Date: 4/8/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Iro
In the near future the world is decimated by a deadly virus, with the exception of children born with it. Instead of dying they get cool super powers and oh, guess what? They can only be girls! Of course our hero is a high school student who will inevitably run into these girls, although in this case he doesn’t seem to be totally useless. If the trailer is any indication, Black Bullet may follow the time honored Dengeki Bunko (Shakugan no Shana, A Certain Magical Index, etc.) light novel tradition of a boy and his super powered loli fighting evil. Having a “new” fripside song pumping in the background doesn’t help the Index/Railgun comparisons either. I did enjoy those series so maybe this will be cool, although Iro’s opinion might be different once he check it out.

Soul Eater Not!

Manga Adaptation by Bones
Air Date: 4/8/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin
It’s a new Soul Eater series… NOT! Cut me some slack, I’m sure every writer that covers this will use that joke. Even the trailer kind of punks you by showing the original show and then splitting off into whatever pastel covered, super moe looking thing this is going to be. I must confess I don’t actually know anything about Soul Eater, but from what little I do know this will probably disappoint you if you’re looking for more of the same. One of those people is going to be Marlin, who will be dutifully giving us his impressions.

Chaika’s Coffin

Hitsugi no Chaika

Light Novel Adaptation by Bones
Air Date: 4/9/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Aquagaze
I have no idea what is going on here. Something about a young girl carrying around a giant coffin and she has a magic sniper rifle? I am told she also travels with a retired soldier and his sister. This is one of several shows Bones will be running next season and the trailer seems to indicate it drew the short straw for budget, but the premise is wide open enough that it could be interesting. I have somehow managed to assign this to Aquagaze so we’ll see how it fares against his critical eye.

No Game No Life

Light Novel Adaptation by Madhouse
Air Date: 4/9/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
A brother and sister duo of NEET shut-ins do nothing but play video games and have a reputation online for being awesome at them. They are subsequently summoned to a world where games have replaced actual war. So anti-social nerds get trapped in a game with a potential side of incest, SOUNDS AWESOME… OK, I’ll try and be fair here, at least the trailer seems to be action packed and the premise could just be a setting for cooler scenarios. I will need to see it to believe it though, and Lifesong is willing to give it a look.

4 thoughts on “GLORIO Spring 2014 Anime Guide Part 1

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