July Anime Preview, part I

25 06 2009

Well, as promised earlier, here is the July Anime Preview. So many shows were being released in July, we decided to release it in two parts. Look for the next part in the coming weeks. (Link to the June edition at the bottom.)

Some of the shows coming in July might be the next big thing — others won’t make much of a splash here. Of course, it’s always important to remember that these shows are created for the Japanese audience — some of them simply won’t appeal to an international audience, nor should they.

As always, other than the factual information, excitement and stateside release possibility is mostly speculation, and should be taken as such.

Without further ado, here goes:


JG UminekoUmineko no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry – Seagulls)

Chiba TV, 07/01, Wed, 25:30

Produced by Studio Deen and directed by Chiaku Kon, Umineko is based on a series of visual novels and the subsequent manga that succeeded them. The story takes us back in time a little bit, to 1986, when a group of people are secluded on an island for two days, with a series of murders taking place. In the games, it’s up to the protagonist to figure out what’s going on, and the series will likely follow the same storyline. It’s unclear which of the game’s (or manga’s) storylines the series will follow, but all have the similar theme of island murders in the 80s.

Level of Excitement: For fans of the games, this is probably a no-brainer; but even for the rest of us, the idea is intriguing. This one seems like it will cater to fans of more mature, subtle anime series.

Stateside release: Pretty good.

Website: Here! 

Trailer: Here!  


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Check it! Umi Monogatari opening streamed

16 06 2009

JG Umi no MonogatariThe opening for Umi Monogatari, previewed in J Geek’s June Summer Anime Preview, can be seen streamed online. 

Umi Monogatari’s story is such: Two sisters live under the sea (though yearning to see the surface), until they one day discover a ring sinking to the surface. Determined to return to return the ring, the two embark on a journey to the surface to find its owner and fulfill their dream of seeing the dry world, while inadvertently awakening a higher power.

Umi Monogatari debuts on June 24. Check out the opening by clicking: Here!

Tatami Toons: Anime Summer Preview – June

11 06 2009

The summer anime season is upon us, and as you read this the first of summer’s newest series are already airing in Japan with more to follow. Below is a few short capsules based on all the info J Geeks could dig up about the newest shows this season. It’s always interesting to see which anime shows are airing in Japan, and there’s a certain feeling associated with following a show before its domestic popularity and seeing it become big. While most of the shows below will likely not reach an audience outside of Japan, some will, and it will be interesting to see which ones do.

The following are the new shows airing in June, based on a report from Moon Phase diary. Included also are websites, promo video links if they could be found, and a commentary on each shows level of excitement and its likelihood of a stateside release. (Please note the last item is mostly speculation, which time could totally prove wrong.) July and August will follow.

Without further ado, here goes:

JG Card GakuenCard Gakuen

TBS, 6/05/09, 25:25, Fri.

Somewhat in the vein of shows like Cardcaptor Sakura and Yugioh, comes an anime based on the trading card game called Weiss Survive. The show, a series of animated shorts, are designed to run with the Card Gakuen card game tutorial show, with each segment to run about 2:30 min. In the show, eight high school idols have card battles with each other. The animated shorts are based on a manga by Takuya Fujima, which follows Takeshi and Michi as they attempt to battle their way out of the card world, which they’ve become lost in.

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