Spring 2014 Anime Preview: ‘Tis the season to be NEET

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Why bother doing a preview post on the upcoming anime season when everyone else is also doing one? ‘Cause I’m special! Anyway, here’s a chart courtesy of Neregate if you need that sort of thing.

The “Stuff That Looks Likes It’s For Kids” Tier

I’m not even going to include pictures, PVs, and synopses for these shows. I’ll just quickly list them here for your perusal:

Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou: More shounen than sports, I think.
Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection: Just no.
Lady Jewlepet: Let’s prepare girls to be proper ladies! No.
Puchimas!! Petit Petit Idolm@ster: It’s bad enough that it’s even Idolm@ster related.
FAIRY TAIL New Series: Just another one of the those unending shounen series.
Majin Bone: One look at the PV is enough to turn me off.
Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate-Hen: Card games are lame.
Yu*Gi*Oh! Arc-V: Again, card games are lame. Unendingly lame.
selector infected WIXOSS: Actually, this one isn’t necessarily for little kids, but I’ll put it here anyway because absolutely no card games. Here’s the PV though.
Keroro: Looks cute. But nah, not gonna go there.
KutsuDaru: Like Keroro, it looks cute but I’m just not interested.
Disk Wars: Avengers: I don’t even like Marvel heroes.
Hero Bank: Kiddie stuff.
Tenkai Knights: Kiddie stuff again.
Nandaka Velonica: See above.
Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle: Same.
Dragon Collection: Still same.
Dragon Ball Kai: Majin Buu-hen: Yeah, I think I’m over DBZ by now. Long gone are the days when I would wake up at 7AM as a kid to catch the dubbed version of the show on my local TV channel. And of course, I always ended up being sorely disappointed to see a rerun, because the dubbed stalled forever in the middle of the Frieza saga. Plus, the Majin Buu saga sucked. Honestly, the series should have ended with Frieza’s death. Everything started going downhill when multiple people could go SSJ. And then a higher tier of SSJ. That’s some bullshit right there, I’ll tell you what.

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The “Sequels to Stuff I Have Never Watched” Tier

I always just end up feeling like I have to watch the original series in order to talk about its sequel, which is why I usually don’t cover sequels.

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love live school idol project second season
Love Live! School Idol Project Second Season
Studio: Sunrise
PV: Couldn’t find one, but who really cares.

Synopsis: Some girl’s school is shutting down because it can’t get enough new students, so she decides to form an idol group in order to boost the school’s popularity. ‘Cause fuck my education. I wanna go to the school with all the crappy pop songs instead.

Will I watch this? It’s about idols so no.

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soul eater not
Soul Eater Not!
Studio: Bones
PV: Here

Synopsis: Remember that show about people who could turn into weapons, and those that could wield said weapons were called meisters? Well, here’s a spinoff about three girls at a high school.

Will I watch this? God no. I didn’t even like the original Soul Eaters, so why would I like the bastardized version of it? Yeah, it’ll be the one Bones show I won’t watch. I’ll live.

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The “I Just Won’t Watch It For Some Reason or Other” Tier

There are a myriad of reasons why I just won’t watch a show. Every case is special in its little way.

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Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yattemita
Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yattemita.
Studio: feel.
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: A 4-koma about a pair of girls who become idols because one of their uncles requested it.

Will I watch this? Idols. ‘Nuff said.

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sadon desu
Sadon Desu
Studio: Gainax
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: Girls join a club to drink tea and eat snacks. That’s literally it.

Will I watch this? No.

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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?
Studio: White Fox
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: It’s based on a 4-koma comedy series about a bunch of girls at a cafe.

Will I watch this? Nope.

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akuma no riddle
Akuma no Riddle
Studio: Diomedea
PV: Here

Synopsis: At some boarding school for girls only, Haru ends up being the target of twelve different assassins disguised as students. Azuma Tokaku initially wanted to kill Haru too, but ends up developing feelings for her. Doki doki.

Will I watch this? Probably not. Of this entire tier, this is the one show I’m most likely to watch, but I still think I won’t. I typically shy away from yuri anime, because I think they tend to be exploitative in general.

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Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
Studio: Zexcs
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: It’s a story about a manga artist and his assistant. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well…

Manga author Aito Yuuki does not understand the feelings of the characters in his stories, so he asks his assistant, Ashisu Sahoto, to help him. Ashisu is prepared to do anything for the work, even grope her own breast so he will know how it feels like.

So there you go.

Will I watch this? I don’t even care all that much about manga, so the process of creating manga isn’t likely going to appeal to me. Plus, y’know, Bakuman was such a fiasco. So yeah, I won’t watch this unless it’s turns out to be a harem series in disguise or something, but I doubt it.

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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Stardust Crusaders
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders
Studio: David Production
PV: Here

Synopsis: It’s JoJo, man. Do you really need a synopsis for JoJo?

Will I watch this? No. I didn’t like it the first time around, so I’m pretty sure I won’t like it this time. I know JoJo’s got a ton of fans though, so it’s not like you’ll be missing out on that sweet, sweet analysis elsewhere!

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mahou shoujo taisen
Mahou Shoujo Taisen
Studio: Gainax
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: Local towns in Japan are personified as mahou shoujos. And they’ll do battle or something. Honestly, who cares?

Will I watch this? Hell no. If the words “mahou shoujo” is ever in a title, you can bet your ass I won’t watch it.

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yama no susume second season
Yama no Susume Second Season
Studio: 8-bit
PV: Couldn’t find one but here is the PV to the first season.

Synopsis: I think this is about the power of a friendship between two girls. One is outgoing and outdoorsy, the other is not. Still, they promise to climb a mountain together so that they can watch the sunrise side-by-side. Awwww.

Will I watch this? I didn’t watch the first season — hell, I didn’t even know that there was a first season — and besides, this looks slice-of-lifey and thus boring as all hell. Oh boy, cute girls doing stuff. Yawn.

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Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
Studio: Seven
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: Sounds like some sort of master-slave dynamic between two girls. Yeah…

Will I watch this? It’s based on a 4-koma yuri series. So no.

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The “Not Enough Information” Tier

Technically, you could argue that I don’t have enough information about any of these shows, but the ones here are especially lacking in that department. Basically, I have no clue what I’m getting into with these anime.

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Escha & Logy no Atelier Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi
Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi
Studio: Studio Gokumi
PV: Couldn’t really find one that wasn’t really just a trailer for the game instead.

Synopsis: Apparently, the world goes through “Dusks,” but I don’t know what this really means. Best I can tell is that the world gets recycled every so often or something. In any case, people are now rediscovering the magical powers of alchemy! As a result, the anime will be about a guy and girl teaming up to practice their alchemical arts. That’s about all I can dig up.

Will I watch this? The art looks nice… I think. I don’t know anything else about the show though. Is there a villain? Is there a major conflict to be concerned about? Shrug.

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Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Studio: Brain’s Base
PV: I couldn’t really find one on Youtube. I think is this is the closest thing I could find.

Synopsis: Not sure. Some kid has to live in an apartment complex full of weirdos, which totally sucks, I guess. But at the same time, his crush also happens to be one of his neighbors. And that is literally all the information I can find on this show. I mean, I could just read the manga, but why go and spoil the anime adaptation for myself!

Will I watch this? I don’t even know what it’s about! I guess I’ll have to watch at least a couple episodes to find out if I do wanna watch it.

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The “Sports Anime Are Almost Always Terrible” Tier

Honestly, I’ve never enjoyed a sports anime series, but I really want to try getting into them this time around.

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baby steps
Baby Steps
Studio: Pierrot
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: Some studious kid who rarely ever exercises decides he wants to be a little more active in life, so he joins the Tennis Club. Still, he’s not exactly an athletic specimen or anything, so he’ll have to use guile and strategy to defeat his opponents. I guess he’s like the Martina Hingis of anime.

Will I watch this? I actually played tennis in high school, and it’s still one of my favorite sports to watch. But I don’t know… I’ve been burned before. Remember The Prince of Tennis? Oh god, I’m getting flashbacks. Yes, yes, I know this will be more slice-of-life than shounen; I’m just being facetious. But even still, Baby Steps‘ strategic gameplanning will have to be mighty impressive to keep me interested for more than an episode or two. Plus, what has Studio Pierrot done for me lately? Level-E was entertaining but… yeah…

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haikyuu
Haikyuu!!
Studio: Production I.G
PV: Here

Synopsis: Kid gets owned in middle school, so he goes to high school hoping he’ll get to do the owning instead.

Will I watch this? It’s very unlikely that a sports anime will draw me in unless there’s another element to it, e.g. a love story. That’s the only reason why I watched the live drama for H2: Kimi to Ita Hibi from start to finish. I wouldn’t recommend that you watch that by the way. It’s very dramarific. Unless, of course, if you like that sort of thing, then knock yourself out. But like I’ve said, I want to try to get into sports anime this season, so I guess I’ll be watching Haikyuu!!

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ping pong the animation
Ping Pong THE ANIMATION
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
PV: Here

Synopsis: Two friends are really good at ping pong, but one of them has never beaten the other because he’s too… quiet? Anyway, a teacher notices his talent, so said teacher hopes to bring out the kid’s killer instincts, I guess.

Will I watch this? Uh, I like the art direction. From what I can see from the PV, it looks really neat. As for the actual story itself, judging by the show’s premise, I’m guessing this will be more about the characters’ psychology than the actual sport of ping pong? Which is fine, by the way. This anime already sounds more promising on paper than the other sports-related shows I have listed.

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The “Harem Hill Fodder” Tier

I might not actually watch and cover all of these shows because some of them are sequels to stuff I’ve never actually seen. We’ll see how it goes.

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seikoku no dragonar
Seikoku no Dragonar
Studio: C-Station
PV: Here

Synopsis: In a world where people ride and tame dragons, our protagonist has no damn dragon. Oh, woe is our bland harem lead. What is he to do without a mount? Then suddenly, his dragon finally appears! And guess what? His dragon is a total babe! Unfortunately, she’s a total bitch, so I guess he’ll have to tame her before he can ride her. Hohoho, that card.

Will I watch this? Yeah, just take a look at the PV. It’s full of naked chicks. This is going to be one trashy ride.

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date a live ii
Date A Live II
Studio: AIC Plus+
PV: Here

Synopsis: Whenever extraterrestrial beings known as Spirits show up, they create massive earthquakes that end up killing a lot of people. In order to stop them, the main character has to make the Spirits fall in love with him. Oh yeah, the Spirits are all hot-as-fuck babes. What a coincidence!

Will I watch this? On the one hand, it’s a harem series. On the other hand, it’s a sequel to something I haven’t watched. But with that premise though, how could I not?!

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Studio: Madhouse
PV: Here

Synopsis: Yeah, just take a look at the following paragraph:

The series is set in a world where magic exists and has been utilized as a technology for over a century. Rather than casting spells with chants or other traditional forms of spellcasting, mages use a Casting Assistant Device, better known as a CAD. Mages infuse the CAD with psions or thought particles (a substance-less particle and psychic phenomenon) while the CAD itself provides an activation sequence, which is then used to construct a magic ritual in order to invoke the magic. This magic ritual targets the Idea, the platform on which Eidos are recorded. Eidos refers to a form of information that is attached to a phenomenon. Modern magic uses false signals to manipulate the Eidos of a target, which in turn modifies the phenomenon and causes physical changes in the real world.

Sounds like an exciting anime, doesn’t it? Hoo boy, nothing gets the heart pumpin’ like a bunch of dry and boring jargon. Anyway, you’ve got a brother and a sister, and the sister does really well on her exams, so she’s considered a “Bloom.” As for the brother, he’s not exactly dumb, but he completely bombed an assessment test or something, so he’s considered a “Weed.” And naturally, there’s going to be some incestuous shit between them. Fuck, I’m going to need some weed for this.

Will I watch this? I’m not entirely sure if this is a harem or not, but it looks like one from the PV. If it’s a harem, then yeah, I guess I’m obligated to watch it. If it’s not a harem, however, then eh… I’d say it’s 50-50 whether or not I’ll cover the show. The premise is almost too stupid not to watch, but if it isn’t a harem series, I could pass on it if the other shows manage to keep me busy.

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Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
Studio: Hoods Entertainment
PV: Here

Synopsis: Souta and only Souta can see a flag atop a person’s head. This flag will usually give him a clue as to how this person’s future will play out. For example, some people will have a friendship flag, and others will have a relationship flag. One day, he sees a death flag atop of his own head, and it freaks him out. In order for Souta to change his fate, he’ll have to make friends… naturally. Oh yeah, four random girls force their way into his life. And would you look at that… they all have relationship flags. Doki doki.

Will I watch this? For the sake of Harem Hill, I will. But just look at that PV. You know it’s trash.

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kamigami no asobi
Kamigami no Asobi

Studio: Brain’s Base
PV: Here

Synopsis: Zeus isn’t happy that the bond between humans and gods are weakening. So to fix this problem, he sends our heroine to a high school full of hot bishie gods. Her mission? To teach them in the ways of love, awwwww yeah.

Will I watch this? Yes, that’s right. For the first time, Harem Hill will be an equal opportunity affair as we take a look at reverse harems as well. Does that mean I think Kamigami no Asobi will suck? No, not necessarily. In fact, even standard harems don’t have to suck at all. It’s not my fault they just happen to be universally terrible. And who knows! Maybe I’ll like Kamigami no Asoba! I wouldn’t count on it, but maybe!

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la corda d'oro
La Corda D’Oro Blue Sky
Studio: TYO
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: A violin-playing girl is surrounded by beautiful bishies in her orchestra. Oh my!

Will I watch this? I haven’t seen the first two anime adaptations of La Corda D’Oro, so I might not cover this. It depends on whether or not I feel as though I’m missing too much information from the previous series to understand what’s going on in this one. Either way, it’s a (reverse) harem so you know the drill.

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The “Japan’s Eternal Obsession With Giant Robots” Tier

Who can ever get tired of mechas? Certainly not me!

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kenzen robo daimidaler
Kenzen Robo Daimidaler
Studio: TNK
PV: Here

Synopsis: Humanity is under the threat of, uh, penguin-shaped robots from… the evil Penguin Empire…? Oh well, when in anime, right? Anyway, a giant robot Daimidaler represents humanity’s only hope against this dastardly Penguin Empire, but nobody has the means to operate said robot except for a single high schooler in Japan. And why is that? What makes this high schooler so much more special than his classmates? Well, y’see, he possesses Hi-ERo particles, and said particles are an energy source for the Daimidaler. Where does he get the Hi-ERo particles? Good question! He gets them by… molesting… women… sigh.

Will I watch this? That premise sounds goddamn terrible. Still, I’ll watch an episode or two to see if it’s such a trainwreck that it’s somehow worth following. Hell, it might even be a harem. In which case, I’ll have to watch it. I just can’t tell if it’s a harem or not from just its PV alone, but c’mon, it’s not like our hero’s just going to grope a single woman for the entire series, right?

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fuuun ishin dai shogun
Fūun Ishin Dai Shogun
Studio: J.C.Staff
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: In this alternate universe, the Meiji Restoration never happened! When those mysterious iron ships showed up out of nowhere, Japan used ancient mechas to repel them! And those ancient mechas’ name? Albert Einstein Onigami.

Will I watch this? What’s this? J.C.Staff doing a show that isn’t a boring slice-of-life romantic comedy? And what’s this? Fūun Ishin Dai Shogun is written by Soto Dai? On the one hand, he’s got an impressive pedigree. On the other hand, the anime looks dumb as hell, and the premise doesn’t sound so hot either. Well, I’ll watch it… with caution.

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sidonia no kishi
Knights of Sidonia
Studio: Polygon Pictures
PV: Here and here

Synopsis: The solar system has long been destroyed by Gauna, a mysterious alien race. As a result, humanity now lives aboard several massive spaceships. Our main character is from Sidonia, one of said massive spaceships, and he’s been recruited to defend his home against the relentless Gauna. Throw in what appears to be a standard love story and you’ve got yourself a futuristic mecha anime.

Will I watch this? The PVs for the show look pretty damn slick. By this, I don’t mean that the CGI looks slick. I’m not typically a big fan of 3-D animation unless you’ve got huge Pixar-esque budgets. While CGI can often look cool, the downside is that the characters end up looking stiff and emotionless. I personally do not think this is a worthwhile trade-off, but let’s see what Polygon Pictures can do. But anyway, I think the anime looks slick because the action seems pretty intense from what I can tell in the first PV, and if the second PV is to be trusted, the setting looks to be somewhat inspired. I’m especially hoping that because this series takes place in space, we’re not going to run into some tired anime tropes like an episode where the characters frolic at the beach. Since Earth has been long destroyed, there better be no damn beach episode. So yeah, I’m looking forward to this show.

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broken blade
Broken Blade
Studio: Production I.G/Xebec
PV: Here

Synopsis: Just a retelling of the movie series by the same name. But just in case you’ve never heard of Broken Blade before, this anime is about a world where people use quartz stones as an energy source for, well, everything. Unfortunately, not everyone can tap into the power of quartz stones. Our hero just happens to be one of those unlucky folks. So he grows up as a plain ol’ farmer until one day, he learns that war is about to break out. Not only that, his friends are in danger as well. But since he can’t utilize quartz stones, what’s a guy to do? Obviously, you find an ancient golem mecha that only you can operate. Duh.

Will I watch this? From what I can tell from the PV, it doesn’t look horrible. I actually haven’t seen the movie series that this show is based upon, however, so I won’t be able to comment on how the story has changed from one medium to another. That’s kind of a downer. Oh well, I’ll just give it the usual treatment, i.e. watch two or three episodes and see if I can say anything interesting about it. I don’t know about the scantily-clad girl though.

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captain earth
Captain Earth
Studio: Bones
PV: Here

Synopsis: Some kid stumbles across a giant robot and someone asks him whether or not he’s the captain of said robot. All of a sudden, mechas from outer space attack, but not just any mechas. Mechas from Uranus, hohoho! So, uh, I assume the kid will take up the title of Captain Earth to defend us from Uranus’s dangerous products. Hah, I’m so mature. Oh yeah, don’t forget to throw in some stuff like his father died mysteriously or a strange encounter with a pair of kids. Y’know, run-of-the-mill anime tropes.

Will I watch this? It’s a Bones anime, so of course I will (unless it’s Soul Eaters Not!). The premise is a little flimsy, but aside from a few exceptions, mecha shows aren’t exactly high-brow entertainment to begin with. And honestly, just look at the PV. It’s got nice production values going for it, which is something I’ve come to expect from Bones every season. Let’s just hope this will be better than Eureka Seven‘s sequel.

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The “Let’s Try to Make NEETs Seem Cool” Tier

NEETs are neat!

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Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin
Studio: A-1 Pictures
PV: Here

Synopsis: Some late NEET girl left behind a treasure that is rumored to have great powers. Naturally, she was a total babe back then, and she’s still a total babe now as a ghost. And even though our hero was disowned by his father, and thus forced to transfer to a high school on some artificial island, he’s now lucky enough to be haunted by said NEET babe. What a lucky fella. Anyway, everyone on the island is interested in finding the late girl’s treasure.

Will I watch this? Sounds pretty stupid. I haven’t liked much from A-1 Pictures either. Needless to say, my hopes aren’t high.

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Mekaku City Actors
Mekaku City Actors
Studio: Shaft
PV: Here

Synopsis: A HikiNEET was content to stay locked in his home until some girl shows up on his computer screen and messed around with his computer. He is thus forced to… *gasp* …enter the outside world!

Will I watch this? This supposedly has its roots in Vocaloid nonsense so I’m already a little wary. Then I see that it’s being produced by Shaft so now alarm bells are going off. Finally, the premise is just too vague for us to have any clue whatsoever as to what the story is even going to be about. All we know is that there are two kids and they’re both losers. They are nevertheless attractive somehow…. Also, a HikiNEET? Really? Well shit, I too can combine words. Like fartiqueef. I’ll let you decide what that word means.

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No Game No Life
No Game, No Life
Studio: Madhouse
PV: Here

Synopsis: A brother and sister duo are masters at playing video games. They love video games so much that they have no love for real life, which they consider to be a shitty game. One day, a god summons them to a fantasy world where there are neither wars nor violence. Instead, conflicts are resolved by playing video games. Unfortunately, the human race in this fantasy world are a bunch of fucking casual carebears — they’re probably console owners — so naturally, they are dead last in the standings. As a result, our brother and sister duo are here to educate the hopeless peasants in the teachings of our Lord and Savior Gabe Newell.

Will I watch this? That premise sounds ridiculous enough that I just have to check this anime out for myself. But Madhouse has really sucked hardcore lately, so I’m betting that No Game, No Life will be entertaining in that “What a trainwreck” sort of way.

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The “Eh, It Looks Bad to Iffy” Tier

I can’t quite fit these two shows into any of the other categories. Anyway, I’ll try these shows out, but judging from just their premises alone, I don’t think they’ll be any good.

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soredemo sekai wa utsukushii
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
Studio: Studio Pierrot
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: Nike can command the rain. She also happens to be a princess, and like most princesses, she’s forced into an arranged marriage. Turns out she’s marrying the king of the Sun Kingdom, a.k.a. the “Dreadful King.” Wow. What makes him so scary? Well, he throws her in jail when she refuses to call forth the rain on his command. But this is supposed to be a romance, so they’ll grow to love each other. Ugh.

Will I watch this? Okay, what’s with anime and girls falling in love with abusive assholes? I’m watching this shit unfold in Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, so I don’t know if I can stomach  yet another anime with the same schtick. Aaaaaaah… in before someone chimes in with some biotruths about how women are only attracted to alpha males.

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blade and soul
Blade and Soul
Studio: Gonzo
PV: Here

Synopsis: It’s based on the MMO by the same name. Does it even have a story? Shrug, I never got to play the MMO so I wouldn’t know.

Will I watch this? But I have seen footage of the game. And boy, the anime adaptation sure got the breast-jiggling physics down pat. Unless this is about gamers throwing their lives away by getting themselves hooked on a virtual world, however, I don’t think I’ll watch it. If it’s just another generic fantasy tale with giant, jiggling tits, who cares? Plus, MMOs in general do not have good storylines. I’ve never played an MMO and thought, “Wow, they should really make an anime out of this!”

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The “Looks Like It Might Be Okay” Tier

‘Might’ here is the key word.

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Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Studio: ARMS
PV: Here

Synopsis: A boy and a girl were really interested in astronomy. Unfortunately, they both got into an accident, but only the boy got out alive. Saddled with survivor’s guilt, the boy decides to honor his late friend’s memories by joining the Astronomy Club in high school. One day, his class gets a new transfer student, and it’s a girl who looks suspiciously like the boy’s former childhood friend.

Will I watch this? The premise doesn’t sound horrible, but that PV isn’t doing the anime any favors. For instance, it emphasizes how the transfer student looks like a grown-up version of the hero’s childhood friend. But how does it accomplish this? By highlighting their breasts. No, it wasn’t enough that she looks exactly the same as his childhood friend. It’s the breasts that really tells the story, man! But anyway, I’ll check it out. I’m just not as excited as I should be.

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black bullet
Black Bullet
Studio: Kinema Citrus
PV: Here

Synopsis: In the future, a virus is wreaking havoc on mankind. Some children, however, are born with the ability to control the virus, so as a result, they have superpowers. Oh, did I mention that these children can only be girls? In any case, one particular girl teams up with her childhood friend to fight back against the virus, I think.

Will I watch this? Probably. Personally, I’m not too keen on the premise, especially the fact that only girls can have special powers, but I’ll just wait and see how it all plays out.

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Hitsugihime no Chaika
Hitsugihime no Chaika
Studio: Bones
PV: Couldn’t really find a good one. This is the closest I could manage.

Synopsis: The main character somehow comes across a girl carrying a coffin on her back, and now they’re on a journey to understanding the meaning of life? Is that it? I’m not really sure.

Will I watch this? Technically, this should go under the “Not Enough Information” tier, because I don’t have a clue what the story’s about whatsoever. Hell, since the main character doesn’t have a job, it could even go under the “Let’s Try to Make NEETs Seem Cool” tier, but since it’s a Bones show, I might like it. At the very least, I won’t hate it… I think. Then again, I’m told that this was written by the same person responsible for Scrapped Princess, and I didn’t like Scrapped Princess one bit.

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Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo R
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo R
Studio: Toei Animation
PV: Couldn’t find one.

Synopsis: Despite the fact that Kindaichi doesn’t seem to do very well in school, he just has a knack for solving mysteries. Luckily, we get to watch the kid in action. I’m told there’s also a slight hint of romance between him and his childhood friend.

Will I watch this? Mysteries are cool. I like mysteries. I probably won’t write about this show though. While the anime might be decent time-killer, I doubt I’ll have much to say about it.

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mushishi zoku shou
Mushishi: Zoku-Shou
Studio: Artland
PV: Here

Synopsis: It’s kinda hard for me to describe Mushishi in general without going into way too much detail, so I’ll just let Wikipedia do the work for me this time around:

The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi that often display supernatural powers. Mushi are described as beings in touch with the essence of life, far more basic and pure than normal living things. Due to their ethereal nature most humans are incapable of perceiving Mushi and are oblivious to their existence, but there are a few who possess the ability to see and interact with Mushi. One such person is Ginko, the main character of the series. He employs himself as a Mushi master, traveling from place to place to research Mushi and aid people suffering from problems caused by them.

Will I watch this? I liked the original Mushishi so I’ll watch this. Having said that, I probably won’t write about it. Like with Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo R, since Mushishi lacks an overarching plot, I just don’t think I’ll have anything interesting to say.

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isshuukan friends
Isshuukan Friends.
Studio: Brain’s Base
PV: Here

Synopsis: Think 50 First Dates anime style, except you replace love with friendship until it eventually becomes love anyway… I think.

Will I watch this? This show actually sounds promising as long as it doesn’t get too bogged down by melodrama.

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53 thoughts on “Spring 2014 Anime Preview: ‘Tis the season to be NEET

  1. Andmeuth

    I predict Mahouka to be a gigantic failure of storytelling in anime and would prove to be even more divisive than SAO ever was. Sadly, psgels already fired the first shot against Mahouka, but yours is the second I’ve seen so far. Nothing short of a genius team of producers can save Mahouka, and it’s not due to it’s Haremish premise alone, but also it’s heavy reliance on world-building, which animes – especially LN adaptations have proven terrible at doing well.

    It’s going to receive a rabid hatedom, a rabid fandom, and 10k+ BD sales that probably aren’t “deserved”. I think the explosions on anime forums and blogs would be more entertaining than the anime itself . I look forward to it being given the Harem Hill treatment.

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  2. Artemis

    Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited for Mushishi. Not for the blogging (as you point out, it’s doubtful it’ll make for a particularly exciting show to blog about, simply because of its very episodic nature), but I adored the first season – it’s no exaggeration to say I’d happily place it in my top 10 anime titles of all time.

    I really know very little about any of the other titles being released during the spring season, as I’m not a manga/light novel reader or a gamer. There are plenty I’m curious about though, so I’ll be giving Akuma no Riddle, Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Captain Earth, Mekaku City Actors, Black Bullet, and Hitsugihime no Chaika all a shot. Aside from Mushishi, I’d say I’m most looking forward to trying out Captain Earth. I’m not a huge mecha fan, but Bones usually churns out pretty decent work.

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      1. Artemis

        I don’t know if I could do a strict top 10 either – although weirdly enough, a top 3 comes much easier. Cowboy Bebop, FMA: Brotherhood, Usagi Drop. There.

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  3. runoverpebble

    Goukouku no Brynhildr is a manga adaptation. The manga was drawn/written by Lynn Okamoto, who also drew/wrote Elfenlied. That could be a good thing, or it could be a bad thing. I personally thought the highly sexualised and indiscriminate violence of Elfenlied elevated the experience.

    Or it could be all censored, like Pupa was.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      Being heavily censored wouldn’t be the end of the world. Being reduced down to a 2min weekly short, however, would be.

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  4. higgsbosoff

    A rather depressing onlook. I’d almost think “No Game, No Life” could have a chance if I didn’t already know it’s a *deep sigh* LN adaptation with *even deeper sigh* incestuous overtones.

    Knights looks cool. And I think Captain Earth could maybe be interesting – apparently the writer of Utena is on board. And God do I love Utena.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      And God do I love Utena.

      I’m pretty sure liking Utena is practically required at this point if you want to be an elitist anime blogger. Not talking about you, by the way. Just making an observation.

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      1. higgsbosoff

        I’m not an anime blogger anymore (I only blogged one series – unfortunately for me it was Maou Mayuu Yuusha and it completely drained every desire to keep it up ever from me) and not an elitist either. I’m honestly going “squeee” with fanboying by knowing that Spring will bring me both Jojo S2 and Dragonball Kai Majin Saga (yes, you read that right). I am ready to defend outrageous positions like “Puella Magi Madoka Magica is better than Evangelion”. But I just loved Utena sincerely. I guess it clicked with me. I felt it struck the perfect balance between having symbolism and yet being good at having that symbolism make sense. It’s like puzzles or adventure games: if they’re too easy they bore you, and if they’re too hard or counter-intuitive they frustrate you. But if they strike the right balance they can give you immense satisfaction, and for me Utena struck that balance perfectly.

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  5. mentaromega

    Mahouka will be extremely controversial. On one hand it’s among the biggest and most successful Light Novels there are, with a huge fanbase. It is telling a pretty good story with colorful characters in a distinct, uncommon setting (existence of magic in a modern world). On the other hand, there are downsides to it: The LN loses itself in “details nobody cares about” (DNCA), see the summary, and this will be very difficult to translate into an anime. Also, it touches some controversial themes (seemingly loser MC who turns out to be a near-almighty demigod over the course of the show, incestuous undertones from the side of the female lead, slightly right-leaning tendencies including some China-bashing) which are guaranteed to rub some people the wrong way.

    The hater faction will most definitely try their best to show their superior taste by dissing the show and trolling the fans massively, since it will be SAO level popular. The fans will be enraged by the haters’ ignorance and defend. I’d be surprised if Mahouka would not have the highest replies counts on the popular anime blogs.

    It’s got many distinct girls, but I wouldn’t really call it a harem. If you want my opinion, this stuff is HARD to convert to anime successfully. If Madhouse pulls it off, it can become a huge commercial hit. If not, it’s still carried by a very solid story, which however may not be to everybody’s taste.

    So, let’s wait and see. And keep an open mind until then.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      uncommon setting (existence of magic in a modern world).

      Since when is magic in a modern world an uncommon setting for anime?

      seemingly loser MC who turns out to be a near-almighty demigod over the course of the show

      Sounds familiar.

      The hater faction will most definitely try their best to show their superior taste

      trolling the fans massively

      the haters’ ignorance

      keep an open mind

      Kinda weird to tell people to keep an open mind when it seems like you already have the “haters” pegged. Who knows? Maybe the “haters” will have legitimate complaints.

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      1. mentaromega

        Oh, the LNs warrants qualified criticism already, and the anime will have it even harder. So yeah, maybe the haters WILL have legitimate complaints.

        However, it’s a plain simple truth that there is a subgroup of anime-“fans” who spend most of their days dissing and denigrating any popular show. If it wasn’t Mahouka, it would be the next show, the anime itself doesn’t really matter. They draw pleasure out of annoying fans on blogs and forums, not really out of constructive discussions. It would be naive not to expect them out in force.

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        1. E Minor Post author

          However, it’s a plain simple truth that there is a subgroup of anime-”fans” who spend most of their days dissing and denigrating any popular show.

          That’s true of any medium. Honestly, if haters are as unreasonable and troll-ish as you claim them to be, who cares what they think? But in any case, what happens on other blogs or anime forums is ultimately irrelevant to me.

        2. higgsbosoff

          There are shows that are popular AND good and there are shows that are popular AND bad. It’s as simple as that. While popularity is somewhat objective, goodness/badness is generally subjective (though there are guidelines to guess at least how a certain part of the public will react to a certain show). People won’t hate on shows that are popular yet they think are good. I never hated on Attack on Titan (even though I didn’t consider it the greatest thing ever), ‘cos it was pretty good. Kill la Kill is insanely popular and I love every second of it. Sword Art Online was popular and for me it was shit.

          Long story short: though you might not see why would they think so, some people might think that the show that you love is actually shit. Most of the times it’s because that show represents for you the first time you came in contact with a certain trope/setting while everyone else has seen it a thousand times already and is sick to see that specific horse being beaten to death and while it’s already a decomposing corpse. In five years’ time you’re going to look at the humpteenth show that copies the same exact premise with insignificant changes as Mahouka and think “not this shit again”.

        3. mentaromega

          Higgsbosoff: If someone criticizes Mahouka on its factual merits, I have no problem with that, even if I completely disagree. I prefer though that the critic happens to know what he’s talking about – which all too often is proven not to be the case ;) … I’ll leave it at that.

        4. higgsbosoff

          “Summaries” are already facts. They’re not a lot of it, but they’re facts. And it’s a fact that a high percentage of harem-ish, high-school setting, incest-featuring LN adaptations with bland male leads are shit – for me at least. Hence, when one sees such a premise, what should one think? Do you give your debit card number to everyone who asks it thinking “oh, well, maybe this time they won’t empty my bank account”?

          If this is wrong, it’s the anime’s fault for not advertising properly. If they wanted to win people like me over, at least. If instead they want to appeal to the crowd who likes the aforementioned adaptations, then they’re doing everything right – they’re just not appealing to ME. Or E Minor, I guess.

        5. E Minor Post author

          Or E Minor, I guess.

          Yo, I haven’t decided yet. Gotta keep that mind open. Wouldn’t wanna troll.

        6. mentaromega

          Why so aggressive? It’s fine to decide based on oblivious summaries “that’s nothing for me”, and I’ll readily admit that based on summaries you won’t find me touching e.g. Yaoi or hot-blooded shonen action shows with a 10-foot pole, but I recognize that it doesn’t mean that they are “shit”?

          That’s exactly the kind of rude haterism I dislike. If you feel the need to denigrate a show (and/or its fanbase for actually enjoying what you consider “shit”), then it would be helpful to base your flames on something more substantial than “I know shows about are crap”.

        7. higgsbosoff

          By dismissing people as “haters” you are just dismissing their complaints: you are basically refusing the idea they might genuinely not be entertained by the series you like and think they’re just doing it for elitism. By the same assumption, I might say something along the lines of “you like Mahouka only because everyone does!” and it would make the same amount of sense. But if I think that a series is uninspired and uses a lazy, overused premise, isn’t that already a brand of bad quality? It might not turn off everyone but it turns off ME. It’s not something that comes out of thin air. It’s a legitimate complaint. What I look for in anime is creativity, either in writing or in style. If an anime lacks them, it becomes bad for me. It also automatically earns the rank of “shit” for me because for me, if the author doesn’t even put some effort into cooking up a good idea to start his series, then it means he’s not really respecting his public. That’s a pretty important point in MY personal system of values. Again, your mileage may vary, but for me, subjectively, that thing is shit.

          I’ll stress it: realizing that a premise is uninspired comes from having seen many similar premises. When I was 15, I would have probably enjoyed SAO. After seeing much better stuff, its faults are obvious to me, and I completely loathed it.

        8. mentaromega

          You wrote: “But if I think that a series is uninspired and uses a lazy, overused premise, isn’t that already a brand of bad quality?”

          No, it isn’t. Or are you seriously arguing that the quality of an anime depends on how often you watched shows which you feel use the same premise? Higgsbosoff the quality maker? :)

          “Uninspired” is one more of those terms I can only shake my head about. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Just like “cliche”. They generally mean nothing other than “I don’t like it, but I don’t feel like giving proper explanations for it”. This kind of criticism _is_ worthless. Why should anyone care that _you_ don’t like it? Yes, air your displeasure, if you feel you have to, and then move on and leave to greener pastures.

          If your criticism is supposed to be worthwhile and taken seriously, feel free to supply stuff like _arguments_. It’s quite possible to do so in a polite and unoffensive way.

        9. higgsbosoff

          Cliché means something that’s been used a lot of times – so much so that it becomes annoying. One might argue that the point where the use of a certain trope becomes “too much” is subjective. But saying that it’s not even a valid argument is just tilting the scales in your favour. You ask arguments, I give them. You unilaterally decide that they’re not good enough, your problem. I KNOW you don’t share my opinions. But I don’t think you’ll never find anything that you could deem boring because it’s been overdone. It’s just going to be a different thing from what I find cliché.

          (also: the more well defined a trope, the harder it is to give it an original spin. “A hero needs to save the world” is very generic and leaves lots of room to imagination, so it can still give birth to original series. The more specific it gets, the harder it is to be original about it)

    1. E Minor Post author

      Is there a reason you’re missing Ping Pong the Animation?

      ‘Cause I didn’t see it the first time around. God, you make it seem like I hate an anime I’ve never even heard of or something.

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        1. E Minor Post author

          Seems I used an old anime chart, so I’m missing a few shows and not just the ping pong anime. Looks like I’ve got more to write this morning.

        2. E Minor Post author

          I just took a look at that. I actually think it sounds promising. I dare say you don’t know me all that well, Bobduh. :I

        3. E Minor Post author

          “I typically will not watch anything based off of a 4koma.”

          Y-You don’t even read what I write! Hidoi!

  6. Flawfinder

    I know it’s because a bunch of the same folks are arguing back and forth, but over thirty comments on your season preview compared to the zero on mine leaves me in despair.

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  7. Lambda

    La Corda D’oro Blue Sky is actually an adaption of the third game, which had new characters and a new storyline than the first (which is what the adaptions are of). It has similar music related themes and probably a few small references to the first games, though. It’s kinda like White Album and White Album 2. I think I’ll be a good otome and watch all the reverse harems, as well. Hopefully they don’t disappoint (I actually enjoyed La Corda, so…).

    Mostly, though, it’s time to play my favourite game: wait for other people to constantly tell me an anime is quality and put it off until the season’s over! Yay!

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    1. E Minor Post author

      La Corda D’oro Blue Sky is actually an adaption of the third game, which had new characters and a new storyline than the first

      Oh great, now I have to watch it. Darn.

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  8. Masumi

    Another tennis player reporting in. Prince of Tennis got me interested in tennis in the first place, but by the time I got to the nationals episodes, I was completely tired of its dbz tennis nonsense. I’ve caught up to the 203 chapters of the Baby Steps manga, and it has been as perfect as a sports shounen can be.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      it has been as perfect as a sports shounen can be.

      I don’t know what this means though as I don’t exactly have a high opinion of sports shounen to begin with.

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      1. Masumi

        It means that Baby Steps remains consistently realistic, motivational, relatable, and it explores tennis in every way a tennis player could want. The author never relies on giving characters super powers, matches can be rather technical (perfect for someone who likes tennis), and both the physical and the psychological elements of the sport are analyzed.

        Basically, Baby Steps avoids everything that can make a sports shounen bad, and on top of that it’s incredibly well written. I see a lot of people writing it off as generic when they know nothing of the source material, and it’s rather tragic.

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        1. E Minor Post author

          I see a lot of people writing it off as generic when they know nothing of the source material, and it’s rather tragic.

          I haven’t written it off so I’m not sure where this is coming from. My problem with sports anime in general is that I’m actually a huge fan of sports. As such, I know their ins and outs, subtleties, and nuances. This is why I said, “But even still, Baby Steps‘ strategic gameplanning will have to be mighty impressive to keep me interested for more than an episode or two.” I know sports anime have to appeal to the general public, but this just ends up alienating people who don’t want to go through the basics all over again. As for Baby Steps, I’m definitely taking a wait-and-see approach, but I’m not going to get my hopes up if recent history is anything to judge by.

        2. Masumi

          Not covering the basics would only confuse people who have no knowledge of the sport. If necessary exposition is enough to alienate you, then we’re not going to see eye to eye about this.

          It was already clear from your above thoughts that you don’t have an open mind approach to new anime like other anime bloggers. Sorry I bothered at all.

        3. E Minor Post author

          It was already clear from your above thoughts that you don’t have an open mind approach to new anime like other anime bloggers. Sorry I bothered at all.

          If you think my mild jokes and pisstakes about cliche anime premises mean I’m close-minded, you are just overly sensitive. But haha, alright. Goodbye, buddy.

  9. The Sisters Eternal

    Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka looks so moe *adds to watch list*
    Date a Live II.. Hmm I watched the first season so I might as well. It wasn’t that great, but I liked the visuals.
    Mekaku City Actors looks interesting and I quite like Shaft’s work.
    The picture you provided for Hitsugihime no Chaika makes me want to check it out.

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  10. Flawfinder

    I don’t when it was confirmed (probably sometime around Kindachi’s announcement), but apparently there’s some sumo-wrestling anime coming out this season called Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou as well. Season of the sports anime, ain’t it?

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  11. leokiko

    Baby Steps‘ strategic gameplanning will have to be mighty impressive to keep me interested for more than an episode or two.

    It will, unless Pierrot screws up. Baby Steps is really great.

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  12. Anonymous

    Sometimes this kind of preview is what I need rather than that kind of “Whoa this you should watch Whoa this studio whoa”. This kind of personal, harsh, yet not flame-y is what I need. I’ll make sure to check your previews before every season

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  13. GTA IV storyline is better than BF4 singleplayer campaign

    basically every new anime i saw for a long time :
    -new big tities
    -new butts
    -new glassy eyes
    -new pretty hair

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  14. Trevor Phillips

    i think anime should stop with moe-boob stuff because these cute girls with big boobs/butt are really oversaturating the anime… the last fun anime i watched is deadman wonderland and jormungand because they are really action packed

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