April 2011 New Anime Guide

First, let’s take a minute to grave those who passed away or injured during the disaster these day and may the God bless all of you. And come back to our topic. Spring is around the corner and so as the next season of new Anime. Guess you may already heard some about it and this time, is indeed a Tsunami of series running at the shore. In the coming season, we have around 40 new series let along the OVAs and Movies. Being limited to what I can do, I have picked 36 out of them and it’s still a long list ahead of us. Guess none of us would like to finish watch them all. Let’s go ahead to our topic below. Don’t forget to leave your comments for which Anime you would like to follow and what is your expectations!

Moshidora / もしドラ (10 episodes)

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/moshidora/

Moshidora is a 2009 Japanese business novel by Natsumi Iwasaki about high school girl Minami Kawashima who manages her school’s baseball team using Peter Drucker’s Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices to rally her dispirited teammates. The novel was adapted into a 10-episode anime television series by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK and produced by Production I.G and will air in March 2011. (via Wikipedia)

Kämpfer für die Liebe / けんぷファー für die Liebe (? episodes)

http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/kenpu/

Senou Natsuru is your normal, everyday high school student. However he´s been chosen to be a Kampfer, who´s objective consists on fighting other Kampfer with either guns, swords or magic, however, there´s catch; first you can´t chose if you´re a Kampfer or not, and second, you must have the body of a girl to use your powers.

X-Men / エックスメン (? episodes)

http://www.animax.co.jp/marvelanime/x-men/

The X-Men are a team of elite super-powered mutants gathered by Professor X to protect ordinary humans even as they are persecuted by them. In the wake of the death of one of their own, however, the team has stopped operations for a whole year. Then Professor X receives word of a mutant girl’s mysterious disappearance in Japan. Sensing that something larger is afoot, he reassembles the team and sends them to investigate. They uncover a connection between her disappearance and an anti-mutant group known as the U-Men.

Jewelpet Sunshine / ジュエルペット-宝石の目をもつ33匹のペットたち! (? episodes)

http://www.jewelpet.jp/

The Plum Section of the 3rd grade class at the Sunshine Academy in Jewel Land are also known as “the Leftovers.” Ruby and her classmates aim to graduate and follow their dreams.

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream / プリティーリズム オーロラドリーム (13 episodes)

http://prettyrhythm.dive2ent.com/

The Prism Show is an all-new kind of ice skating show that requires its participants to be figure skaters, models, and singers all at the same time. Aira and Rhythm are two girls who both dream of becoming the Prism Queen. They’ll have to train hard and overcome both their quarrels with each other and their blossoming interest in boys if they want to achieve their dream.

DOG DAYS (? episodes)

http://www.dogdays.tv/

In the land of Fronaldo, the Republic of Biscotti has been aggressively attacked by the Lion Kingdom of Garette. Facing potential defeat, Princess Millhiore summons a hero who can save the country. What she gets is Izumi Shinku, a middle-school boy from Japan. Awaiting him in Fronaldo is the task of becoming hero enough to defeat his enemies while learning the peculiar rules of battle in this strange new world.

Tiger & Bunny / タイガー&バニー (? episodes)

http://www.tigerandbunny.net/

Schternbilt City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.

Nichijou / 日常 (13 episodes)

http://www.shinonome-lab.com/

While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san / よんでますよ、アザゼルさん。 (? episodes)

http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/azazel/

Akutabe, a detective, summons devils to solve the troubles of his clients. One day, a low class devil Azazel Atsushi is summoned by Akutabe and is used harshly by him and his assistant Rinko Sakuma.

Hen Zemi / 変ゼミ (12 episodes)

http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/hen-zemi/

Nanako Matsutaka is an innocent university student who is participating in a sexual perversion seminar led by the deviant professor Kenji Meshiya. She desperately tries to keep her morals as well as her sanity while amidst the strange group of students in the study group.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion / メタルファイト ベイブレード 爆 (? episodes)

http://beyblade.d-rights.com/

A new cast of characters take on the continued battle between good and evil. Ginga, our hero, and his group of loyal friends take on a dangerous group called the Dark Nebula. Dark Nebula’s mission is to take over the world and unleash their evil upon it; but before they can do so, they must destroy Ginga as he is the only person that’s strong enough to stand in their way. The plot thickens as friends become enemies and enemies become allies. Everything starts and ends with Ginga as he struggles to find the strength to defend his world and the honor of Beyblade.

Toriko / トリコ (? episodes)

http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/toriko/

In the world of Toriko, many extravagant and delicious ingredients exist in the most dangerous places, and it is up to the Bishoku-ya, or Gourmet Food Providers, to hunt down these animals and plants in the face of danger. Toriko is one such Bishoku-ya, taking his place as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Bishoku-ya with his immense strength and appetite. Together with Komatsu, a timid chef trianed in the art of preparing food; Coco, the poisonous Bishoku-ya who can see the future; Terry Cloth, the offspring of a clone of the long-extinct Battle Wolf; and many more, Toriko takes on job after job while searching for the foods great enough to make it into his dream full-course meal.

Showa Monogatari / 昭和物語 (? episodes)

http://www.showa-movie.jp/

The production company THINK Corporation announced on Thursday that the Showa Monogatari (Showa-Era Story) film and television series will launch next year. The original story follows the human drama of the Yamazaki family in Tokyo in the year Showa 39 (1964) — the year that the city hosted the Summer Olympics. According to Think, the “TV manga” is “the world’s first anime aimed at seniors,” although it is also targeted at families. … The film, which is about 100 minutes long, will open in Japan on January 29, 2011. The television series of 13 30-minute episodes will follow in April, although a television special will air at the end of 2010.

Hana-Saku Iroha / 花咲くいろは (12 episodes)

http://www.hanasakuiroha.jp/

Ohana Matsumae is sent to live with her grandmother, who she has never met nor spoken to, at her Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. It’s not a lifestyle that Ohana would have chosen, but she decidesnot to be discouraged and to make the most of her new circumstances.

Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi / 星空へ架かる橋 (12 episodes)

http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/hoshikaka/

Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is the 6th eroge developed by studio Feng (Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka), with music by Elements Garden. The game’s protagonist Kazuma has moved to a small town in the country. On his first day at school, he gets lost and meets a girl named Ui. They go to school together, but Kazuma accidentally slips and kisses her. To make matters worse, Ibuki, Ui’s close friend, sees it. Well, what will happen to his new school life?… (based on ErogeShop synopsis) (via Animekon)

Gintama 2nd Season/ 銀魂 (? episodes)

http://www.j-gintama.com/

Sakata Gintoki is a broke samurai living in an era when samurai are no longer needed. To add to his troubles, oppressive aliens called Amanto have moved into town. Gintoki lives with Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place… and to pay their rent.

Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~ / 戦国乙女~桃色パラドックス~ (13 episodes)

http://sengokuotome.com/

Modern-day middle school girl Hideyoshi is mysteriously hurled into a world resembling the warring states period of Japanese history, only this time it’s inhabited only by women. This world’s Oda Nobunaga is gathering the legendary Crimson Armor so she can rule the world, and for some reason needs Hideyoshi’s help to do it.

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen / 逆境無頼カイジ 破戒録篇 (? episodes)

http://www.ntv.co.jp/kaiji_hakairoku/

Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan which kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji. Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at 3,850,000 yen), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay of their debts. After some coercing kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear himself and make a bit of money as well…

STEINS;GATE / シュタインズ ゲート (? episodes)

http://steinsgate.tv/index.html

Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.

Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai / 俺たちに翼はない (? episodes)

http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/oretsuba/

It’s winter in the big city of Yanagihara, and young people will meet and fall in love. Takashi is a boy who plans to escape to another world, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister Kobato and girlfriend Asuka. Shusuke is a poor part-timer who has to work with student-author Hiyoko in spite of their initial dislike for each other. The antisocial Hayato makes his living as a handyman until he is visited by a girl name Naru.

30-sai no Hoken Taiiku / 30歳の保健体育 (12 episodes)

http://30sai.jp/

A guide book teaching shy men around 30 how to date and have sex with women.

Sket Dance / スケットダンス (? episodes)

http://sketdance.jp/index.html

At Kaimei High School, the Living Assistance Club (aka the Sket Brigade) was organized to help students with problems big or small. Most of the time, though, they hang out in their club room, bored, with only a few trivial problems floating in every once in a while. In spite of this, they still throw all their energy into solving these worries.

Hidan no Aria / 緋弾のアリア (13 episodes)

http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/aria/

The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — “Butei” — are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tooyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.

A Channel / Aチャンネル (13 episodes)

http://www.a-ch.jp/

A Channel (Aチャンネル), is a Japanese four-panel comic strip by bb Kuroda. It was first serialized in the seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat on October 28, 2008, published by Houbunsha. An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi has been announced and will air in April 2011. (via Wikipedia)

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko / 電波女と青春男 (13 episodes)

http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/denpa/

The story revolves around a highschool boy named Niwa Makoto. He lives with his aunt’s family since his parents are away on business. It is there where he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Touwa Erio — who happens to tie a futon mattress around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien. Her staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn’t remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.

Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera / Dororonえん魔くん メ〜ラめら (12 episodes)

http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/dororon-enmakun/

It’s Tokyo in the 1970s, and evil youkai (goblins) are attacking the human world. The “Youkai Patrol” – Enma, Princess Yukiko, Kapaeru, and Grandpa Shappo – are sent from hell to exterminate them.

Maria Holic Alive / まりあ†ほりっく あらいぶ (12 episodes)

http://www.mariaholic.com/index.html

The story centers on a sophomore named Kanako who enrolls in all-girls school because she has a phobia of men and wants to find her destined yuri partner. She meets a captivating freshman named Mariya who fits her criteria — except her seemingly ideal mate happens to be a cross-dressing sadistic boy.

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi / 世界一初恋 (12 episodes)

http://sekai-ichi.jp/

Onodera Ritsu has just transferred from his father’s publishing company to Marukawa Shoten. Assigned to the shoujo manga division, he crosses path with the person he’d least expected to meet. Takano Masamune is the editor-in-chief of the division Ritsu’s been assigned to, and the two seem get off on the wrong foot right from the very start when Takano unexpectedly kisses him. However, there is more to than what meets the eye… Takano is actually Saga, Ritsu’s senpai and high school love– whom Ritsu had thought to have played him for a fool by taking his affections for granted when he confessed and summarily dumped him.

Sofuteni / そふてにっ (12 episodes)

http://www.softenni.com/

Kasuga Asuna is a junior high school girl, who belongs to a soft tennis club. Her aim is to win the national championship but such a dream has gone somewhere else in her school life filled with fancies and ecchi accidents.

Ao no Exorcist / 青の祓魔師 (12 episodes)

http://www.ao-ex.com/

Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.

Astarotte no Omocha! / アスタロッテのおもちゃ! (12 episodes)

http://www.rotte-omocha.com/

While job hunting, Naoya is taken by a mysterious girl to a magical land where he is installed in the harem of the succubus Queen Lotte. Thanks to trauma from her childhood, Lotte hates men and surrounds herself with lots of other women, who all have quirks of their own. In spite of her selfishness, when Naoya learns that Lotte is really quite lonely he agrees to stay in her world.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 2nd Season / 神のみぞ知るセカイ 2 (12 episodes)

http://kaminomi.jp/index.html

Keima Katsuragi is an avid galge gamer known at his school as “Otamega” (a derogatory term combining the words Otaku and Megane) and on the internet a “The Capturing God.” One day he receives an e-mail offering him a contract to “capture” girls. He accepts thinking it’s a challenge and a demon from Hell named Elsee appears. She asks for his help in capturing runaway spirits that are hiding in “real” girls. He refuses stating he only likes the girls from the game. She tells him that if he refuses then both of their heads will be cut off.

Keima Katsuragi is an avid galge gamer known at his school as “Otamega” (a derogatory term combining the words Otaku and Megane) and on the internet a “The Capturing God.” One day he receives an e-mail offering him a contract to “capture” girls. He accepts thinking it’s a challenge and a demon from Hell named Elsee appears. She asks for his help in capturing runaway spirits that are hiding in “real” girls. He refuses stating he only like the girls from the game and she tells him that if he refuses then both of their heads will be cut off.

Seikon no Qwaser II / 聖痕のクェイサー II (14 episodes)

http://www.qwaser.jp/

In St. Mikhailov Academy, Oribe Mafuyu meets a silver haired boy called Alexander. He is a Qwaser, a being who can manipulate iron and draws his power from breast milk. A mystery surrounding an Icon transforms the academy into the setting for conflict between the various different Qwaser.

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control (? episodes)

http://www.noitamina-control.jp/

The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal grandmother after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to avoid all this and live a stable life. One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he’ll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he’s drawn into a mysterious realm known as “The Financial District.”

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. / あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。 (? episodes)

http://www.anohana.jp/

Six childhood friends grew apart in high school. One of them is Jintan, now a shut-in. He gets a request to fulfill a wish for Menma, the only one of their friends to have stayed the same over the years. In order to grant her wish, he will have to find and reunite their old friends.

Deadman Wonderland / デッドマン・ワンダーランド (12 episodes)

http://dwl.jp/

Ganta Igarashi has been convicted of a crime that he hasn’t committed, and sent to a new, privately owned and operated prison, where the inmates are the main attraction in a modern day twist to the gladiatorial coliseums of ancient times. Throw in a healthy dose of weird little girl, some new-found super powers, and a little conspiracy theory, and you have Deadman Wonderland.


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