Summer 2012 Anime Preview
All right, its that time of the year again, the time I can preview what anime to look out for in the coming season. I would’ve done this about a week ago but was feeling lazy. I have the motivation to do it now so lets get right to it!
Sword Art Online
No doubt the anime that everyone will have on their watch list this summer. SAO is finally being made into an anime after having nine volumes available right now and the tenth to come out in July. We have our main protagonist Kirito, who is trapped along with everyone in a MMORPG called Sword Art Online and are unable to log out. A game over would mean death in the real world and the only way to escape would be to clear the game by reaching the very top of Aincrad; a gigantic floating tower which everyone inhibits. He is a solo player trying to clear the tower by himself but a pushy girl named Asuna has convinced him to team up with her to clear this death game. You have a engaging story, love interests and amazing environments to keep you into this story for the long haul. It definitely has a good chance to become Anime of the Year if done properly.
The synopis goes as such:
A Campione – a Godslayer – is a supreme ruler.
Since he can kill a celestial being, he can therefore call on the sacrosanct, divine powers wielded by the gods.
A Campione – a Godslayer – is a lord.
Since the power to kill a deity is in his hands, he therefore looms over all mortals on Earth.
A Campione – a Godslayer – is a devil.
Since of all mortals who live in the world, none can assume a power to match his!
Kusanagi Godou, a 16 year old boy who played in the senior league as catcher and fourth hitter – that is, the cleanup – when he was in Junior High. However, an injury put an end to baseball.
Though that was not the end for him. During the spring break of his third and last year in Junior High, he got involved in an adventure and ended up slaying one of the Heretic Gods, Verethragna. Thus, he became the youngest – and seventh – Campione.
Now that he is a Campione, a godslayer, the young Godou must defeat the troublemaking gods, with the help of his followers!
This is my number two anime to look out for the summer. Not often the main character becomes a godslayer so it could be very interesting to see how he handles being followed and hated by other gods.
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.
In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.
Yui Takamura, a surface pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a surface pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.
Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.
This story with exciting human dramas and robot actions takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, at a crisis of human extinction.
I’ve heard of the Muv-Luv games but never played them so this is totally new to me so I look forward to what I see whaen this starts.
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
Abiding by his father’s will, Shougo was transferred into an academy where many young girls attend. It appears as though his younger sister (separated from him at birth) also attends this academy, and that she is trying to get closer to him without letting know him who she actually is. Problem is, Shougo seems to be popular with the other girls as well! Can Shougo “properly” reunite with his little sister and while making a girlfriend at the same time?!
Always need a harem anime in my list for the season and this fills in that slot.
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
In normal RPGs, a hero defeats the Satan king and the story ends. But what does the hero do after that? Ohtorizawa Akatsuki defeats the Satan king in the fantasy world of Alleyzard and returns to the real world. He is sheltered by the international organization BABEL, which protects and controls people transferred from the outer worlds. BABEL is astonished to know Akatsuki has really defeated Satan and brings Satan’s daughter Miu from Alleyzard. In the academy of BABEL, Akatsuki confronts other “returners”, who have psychic powers.
I have heard some good things about this, badass MC and has an amazing cast of VAs. Lets just see if the finished product will be good or not.
Well, thats the top five on my list, here are others which I’ll be watching. They may or may not interest you but thats up to you:
Well that about does it, some casual anime watchers might only goe for Sword Art Online but I gave out plenty of things for hardcore watchers as well. Hope I could help in giving some options for people to look for. Well then, see you in the fall for that season!