GLORIO Summer 2014 Anime Guide Part 2

2014 Summer_2Part 2 of our Summer 2014 guide is headlined by the provocative Terror in Resonance, one of the most bizarre premises ever with Railway Wars, and a few returning series like Persona 4 The Golden Animation… wait, that’s a remake? Already? Throw in a few MORE pretty boys (this time dressed as girls) and the Summertime fun continues. What’s looking good to you?

[In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 of the guide here.]

The Secret Princess

Himegoto

Manga Adaptation by Asahi Production
Air Date: 7/7/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin
In order to pay off his family’s massive debt, our main character sells himself to the student council. As payment he must do whatever they ask, which basically means dressing like a girl for his entire high school career and doing demeaning things. That actually sounds really dark on paper, but apparently this is a comedy? I guess with a name like “Hime” (which means “Princess”), this was a foregone conclusion for the poor guy. The trailer makes the show look like an average club comedy, so I guess it’s just a matter of what they do with the gender swapping angle. Will it be good clean fun or an exploitative train wreck? We shall soon see.

Blue Spring Ride

Ao Haru Ride

Manga Adaptation by Production I.G.
Air Date: 7/7/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin
A girl begins high school by running into her crush from middle school, who is mysteriously going by a new family name. Their friendship ended after a misunderstanding that arose when she tried to confess her feelings, but something tells me that won’t be a problem moving forward. The setup isn’t terribly exciting but really good romances stories are in the details. The trailer shows off a pretty shoujo manga art style and lots of meaningful over the shoulder stares, so I’ll keep my defibrillator ready to revive Marlin in case of cute romance induced heart attacks.

Hanayamata

Manga Adaptation by Madhouse
Air Date: 7/7/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Timmy
Before we get to the business of discussing the show, go ahead and compose yourself after laughing at that “trailer”. Maybe they should animate the entire series like that and makes this moé equivalent of Inferno Cop. That aside, the story of a plain and ordinary girl taking an interest in yosakoi – a traditional dance – has potential to for some really sweet Slice of Life. Now if only they can animate it…

Momo Kyun Sword

Light Novel Adaptation by Tri-Slash/Project No. 9
Air Date: 7/8/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Timmy
This series is loosely based on a character in Japanese folklore named Momotarou, which apparently means fun things like being born in a peach, running around with animal gods, and fighting demons and devils. The trailer seems to indicate this will be our “Boobs and Swords” show of the season, although it also has a certain old school fantasy vibe that I like. This might be a tougher sell if you’re not familiar with the folktale (I’m not personally) but it could be fun regardless.

Love Stage!!

Manga Adaptation by J.C. Staff
Air Date: 7/9/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Jel
Our main character is a hardcore otaku college student who was born into a family of performers. He would prefer to draw manga, but can’t avoid getting sucked into acting. He crosses paths with a famous actor he knew as a child, who is apparently in love with him? Love Stage!! appears to be carrying on the anime/manga tradition of turning a guy into a beautiful girl to overcome the stigma of a same sex relationship, but I’ll skip that topic for now. Other than the gender swapping I’m assuming it will be just like any other romantic comedy full of misunderstandings and repressed feelings, so we’ll have to see what they make of it.

Fate /Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya 2wei!

Manga Adaptation by Silver Link
Air Date: 7/9/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Irothtin
To demonstrate just how much we care about you, our dear readers, I am going to try and coerce Iro into watching at least one episode of this. Needless to say he did not enjoy the original series – a magical girl style take on Type Moon’s Fate universe – and the stupidly named sequel looks to be more of the same. Obviously there are lots of fans of the series though, so we’ll do our duty and give it a look.

Persona 4 The Golden Animation 

Game Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 7/10/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Euricaeris
Just to spell out how ridiculous the existence of this anime is, it’s essentially a remake of an anime that came out only two years ago and it’s based on the remake of a game that only came out five years ago. That is a LOT of Persona 4 and I’m pretty tired of it at this point. If for some reason you don’t know the plot by now, the story is about a stoically handsome young man and his friends getting tangled up in a string of murders in a small town. They also happen to use powerful beings called “personas” to fight monsters and what not. There is a little part of me that is excited to see the switch to A-1 Pictures, which guarantees it will at least look 1000 times better than the previous series. Maybe when it’s all said and done we’ll have a good adaptation of Persona 4 and we can forget the other one existed. It will have to be a pretty impressive adaptation to get me to care again, but I do hope they pull it off.

Terror In Resonance

Zankyou no Terror

Anime Original by MAPPA
Air Date: TBA
GLORIO Coverage: Aquagaze
Not too much is known about this season’s new noitomina series (the other being a re-cut of Psycho-Pass), but it apparently involves two boys planning to “wake up the world” with a series of terrorist attacks on Tokyo. The show has gotten a lot of attention as the next project for director Shinichirou Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), and although the series is supposed to be set in Tokyo I can’t help but notice the provocative imagery in the promo art (see the header image of this post) suggesting New York City. Having Yoko Kanno along for the soundtrack doesn’t hurt either. Terror In Resonance is doing a good job getting everyone’s attention, now we’ll just have to see if it has anything to say.

The Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance

Seirei Tsukai no Kenbu

Light Novel Adaptation by TNK
Air Date: TBA
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
And the award for “Worst Show Premise of the Season” goes to… OK get this, in this particular world you can sign contracts with spirits that probably give you cool powers or something, but only a pure maiden can do it. So one day our “hero” is spying on one of these maidens as she cleanses herself and accidentally contracts with a spirit, meaning he is the first and only male Spirit Elementalist and must naturally go to the girls only Spirit Elementalist academy. If I remind you that this essentially the exact plot of Infinite Stratos then maybe you will understand why I already hate this. Nevertheless, we’ll try and give it a fair shot and see what the series has to offer.

Francesca: Girls Be Ambitious

Anime Original, Studio TBA
Air Date: TBA
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
Judging by the animation quality and the fact that no one even seems to know what studio is doing this, I kind of get the feeling this is going to be a short. The premise of an undead idol awakening to protect Japan from Bakumatsu-era Secret Police zombies is just too good to bottle up though, and should it turn out to be a full series we’ll be prepared with full coverage. No clue what to expect here, but the trailer looks like it might be the right kind of ridiculous stupidity I enjoy.

Invaders of the Six-Mat Room!?

Rokujyouma no Shinryakusha!?

Light Novel Adaptation by Silver Link
Air Date: TBA
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong
It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a Shin Oonuma (Watamote, No-Rin) directed comedy, which is a shame because I really love his style. I’m not confident that this series is going to break the streak, but at least the premise is interesting: our main character rents out a cheap, tiny room only to find it inhabited by a bunch of weird girls. And when I say “weird” I mean ghosts and space aliens kind of weird. The trailer does not inspire much confidence as the highlights include boob pressing and skirt lifting, but it deserves a look at least.

Rail Wars!

Light Novel Adaptation by Passione
Air Date: TBA
GLORIO Coverage: Irothtin
In the most oddly specific parallel history story ever, Rail Wars is set in a dangerous world where Japan never privatized their railway system. I know, the thought frightens me too. The actual story centers around a young man joining the railway security force to protect Japan’s clean and efficient public transportation from the extremists who DO want to privatize. I can’t make this up folks. I must say I’m impressed with the technical quality of the trailer but I have no clue where they’re going with this. I think that’s a good thing though, and here’s hoping Rail Wars will be a surprise hit.

Hanamonogatari

Light Novel Adaptation by Shaft
Air Date: 8/16/2014
GLORIO Coverage: Jel
I’ve been recovering from Monogatari fatigue after the series’ latest run, but with a bit of a break I’m totally ready to finish off the second season. Hanamonogatari will finally fill us in on what Kanbaru has been up to while Araragi has been leaping through time and space, airing in a 5 episode block in August. Despite my ongoing assertion that long hair Kanbaru is a LIE, she’s still one of my favorite characters in the series and I’m looking forward to diving back into her story.

9 thoughts on “GLORIO Summer 2014 Anime Guide Part 2

  1. Terror In Resonance is certainly at the top of my watch list for the summer season. I’m hoping Blue Spring Ride works out well, too – it looks like it could be really sweet in all the right ways, and I’d like to see more of what director Ai Yoshimura is capable of.

  2. DAT KANBARU!
    aside from Hana easily being my most hyped/looking forward to series this summer, I’ll be watching 2wei Rail Wars Hanayatama P4GA (hopefully deserving of the animation in the title this time around) and Invaders/Shinryakusha mainly cause it’s from Oonuma Shin( loved Watamote)

    Also Zankyo no Terror looks ridiculously high quality, horee sheet.

  3. This season seems to be filled with mostly fanservice (Including the “cute girls doing random stuff” type) or mecha anime. Only about three animes actually caught my interest here both from part 1 and 2.

      • Tokyo Ghoul – It’s character designs seem creative and the animations looks nice. Maybe the main character will be something else besides a generic weak loser boy from high school. Terror in Resonance – Looks interesting and It is directed by Mr Bebop Director, sooo. Barakamon seems enjoyable and lighthearted. If there is any other anime that I might watch this season, it would be Sword Art Online 2. The animation looks pretty but I really didn’t like the first season besides the first five episodes.

  4. I’ve been exceptionally bad about watching “serious” anime as of late (other than Mushishi), but I’m going to try to keep up with the new Watanabe anime… which reminds me – isn’t Space Dandy coming back soon? Not sure how I feel about that.

    Prisma Illya is great to watch with other people. It feels much less awkward. For anyone who hates it – hey, in 3 months you get the Night remake!

    • Space Dandy does indeed return this season. We didn’t mention it in the guide since it only took 1 season off.

  5. Seems like an interesting summer. I got quite a few on my list to watch but let’s see how many i stick with. I’m liking your format for previews, short but concise.

    For sure gonna watch: Free!, Illya, Tokyo Ghoul, Barakamon
    Possible: Zankyou no Terror, Glasslip, Rail Wars, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen

    HAving a look at this list I think I’m being far to ambitious.

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