The main reason is probably that I have nearly every single Winter show this year on hold, although there are some nice to extremely good ones (Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Maria+Holic, Rideback).
Spring, however, is the season of many series to chose from and so here we are:
It’s the only show I have never heard of before and only put it onto my preview list on a whim, because (unlike Josh) I think that it looked very interesting and unusual. Perhaps as a girl, I can see the difference between Ristorante Paradiso’s look and, say, Hana-somethingsomething (which looks like utter crap)? I mean, Nicoletta looks cute and those chefs around her are a little too old to be your average bishounen, no?
In fact, I actually have the manga on my I-wish-somebody-would-scanlate-these-list (but with 200 series on it, I barely remember any of them). When I looked at this picture again, I immediately went “Oh my god, this looks like it’s a goddamn BASSO adaptation!” Actually basso is a certain Natsume Ono’s pseudonym for his/her yaoi manga, but since the only title ever scanlated is a yaoi, I can’t help but remember him/her under basso. I could kiss his/her feet for these manga, and of course this sole fact shot “Ristorante Paradiso” into the no.1 spot of my preview list.
I have never heard of a manga running in Manga Erotics F get an anime adaptation! GASP It makes me want to write in all caps and drown myself in enthusiasm. Somebody should go and scanlate this manga…
Chi’s Sweet Home
Well, I have not finished the first part yet, but I will be sure to watch this one
Range Murata, so finally you have come back! Instead of doing Mardock Scramble (why why why?), we are presented with another rather interesting, futuristic Gonzo x Range Murata production. So far, this alone is enough to make the series top my list. I know nothing about this, but it’s not like it matters, right?
Natsu no Arashi
Akiyuki Shinbo! Another namesdropping, but that’s expected, isn’t it? This is the anime adaptation of another manga that I have dropped, but Mr. Shinbo makes up for everything, even for Maria+Holic’s probably rather bad original story.
Marie & Gali
Uh, Marie looks cute! Of course nobody is actually going to watch this, let alone sub this, but we can always hope for the best, right?
Light music club! Haha. Well, it’s Kyoto Animation, but there also is an inexperienced director involved (which might make the whole thing even more interesting, see Kannagi). I tend to like yonkoma adaptations, and I have high hopes that this one will turn out fun again.
Eden of the East
In the past, I have always tend to be very enthusiastic about new anime, and so I would have been about “Eden of the East”: I love Seirei no Moribito despite its slow pacing and I think that Ghost in the Shell: SAC was well done. Plus, it’s the Noitamina slot and we have Umino Chika doing the character design for the series!
Well, the truth is, none of these facts make me all that enthusiastic: I did find the pacing of Seirei no Moribito a little slow; I don’t think Umino Chika’s biggest strength is the character design (how does it matter anyways?) but the development of a story and realistic characters; and finally I must admit that I have been disappointed in Noitamina series before (Genji looked horrible and Toshokan Sensou’s incoherent storyline makes my head hurt).
Finally, I definitely am going to watch this show in the hopes of something incredibly great coming out of it, but I am fully prepared that I could be misled by those sparkling names. Nevertheless, the trailer on the official website was an immense blow. Why does it look so damn good and promising?
Before I stopped following scanlations, I have loved the manga of Cross Game, especially its first volume (which, by the way, shows that Cross Game is not your typical sports manga). When they weren’t playing basketball, there were quite a few scenes that I have considered typical Mitsuru Adachi gems. I wholeheartedly recommend the manga to anyone!
But here, we are talking about an anime adaptation with barely any famous cast. Despite the great story, I honestly am not hoping for much. So who knows, will this be the very first basketball anime I am going to finish? (I put both One Outs and Ookiku Furikabutte on hold and Hiatari Ryoukou just never gets subbed)
This is a yonkoma, or so? It gives off a Sazae-san feel, and is another one of these shows that won’t get subbed anyways, so whatever.
Before Green Gables
I suppose this one doesn’t necessite all that much explanation, since everyone and their mother seems to be familiar with Anne of Green Gables (only I am not *cough*)
I have yet to see any of those new WMT (World Masterpiece Theater) shows, and from what I can see now, I probably won’t. But Anne is so cute! (Unlike the character design of Cossette.) In the end, my decision will depend on the subbers, because WMTs typically just don’t get subbed anyways.
Cute girls playing mahjong - that’s it. Okay, I know that it sounds too stupid for its own good, but perhaps this will be the reason why I will end up watching it. You must know that I love playing mahjong and the character design of the girls is pretty nice so far. Unfortunately it’s a Gonzo production with the director of Dragonaut and other silly shows…
The Bee Train show of the season, which should say everything. With the director of .hack and Noir, I am expecting more of the same, but perhaps this is actually a good thing. The only difference is that it’s a loli and an older guy, woohoo!
Whenever I see something by Bee Train, I am hoping for an ending like Madlax delivered - something slightly surprising, a little original and that actually works out, explains the story and brings it to a conclusion. That is why I might pick up this series once it is finished and somebody has told me whether it was worthwhile to watch…
Okay, I admit there is no good reason why I put this show on my list. It’s silly, the manga is much worse than Ichigo 100% (and has some serious pacing issues) and I probably have grown out of love comedies by now. Nevertheless, I might give it a chance.
Finally, I am sure the spring season will be just as interesting as ever, especially with promising titles such as Eden of the East, Shangri-La and especially Ristorante Paradiso, but also with some other titles that I am sure will deliver, like Shinbo’s Natsu no Arashi and Chii’s Sweet Home. I wonder if I overlooked anything this time?