Saturday, March 31, 2012

NoitaminA Titles Through Fall Revealed

NoitaminA has revealed its lineup for Summer and Fall.

We already knew that Moyashimon was returning for summer, of course.  I'm pleased to see a 5 year-old alternative series get a sequel, though truth be told I wasn't a huge fan of the original.  It's stablemate will be Natsuyuki Rendezvous, an adaptation of a short (4 volumes) josei manga about a young man who works at a florists because he's in love with the owner, only to discover that her dead soul-mate is haunting the place.  I don't know the manga but I'll never say josei on NoitaminA is a bad thing, and the preview looks quite good.

For Fall, we have two series - Robotics;Notes (rumored to be Production I.G.) and Psycho-pass.  Of the latter we basically know nothing, except that the PV is pretty much a still shot of a big gun.  Of the former things are also sketchy, but the salient point is that it's a new game from the folks who brought us Steins;Gate and it's about a robotics club under threat of being disbanded.  It's certainly rare to see an anime announced when the game won't even be released until 6/28, but based on S;G I think there's every reason to suspect this will be good.  Hopefully it will be two cours.

On balance, this seems to continue what I see as a positive trend represented by the Spring season's Tsuritama and Sekamichi no Apollon.  I see no overtly commercial series on among the four announced, and while none of them immediately strikes me as 100% relevant to my interests they still seem to represent something consistent with the NoitaminA mandate.

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  1. Hmm ... Natsuyuki Rendezvous kinda picques my interest a little.

    *ponders*

    Other than that immediately next season Tsuritama looks a little more interesting at first glance for me than Sekamichi no Apollon, but I feel the latter has great potential as a show. I guess for me the "turn-off" is the subject of Jazz music, which I have never enjoyed. Maybe it will be like Another - great show overall but with a subject matter that isn't my cup of tea? We'll see....

    - Flower

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    1. As a lover of jazz, I have to ask - what have you listened to? It's such an umbrella term that I often groan when I hear it spoken of generically. I know not every music is for everybody, but I love many types of jazz and it's rarely a topic covered in anime.

      I tend to agree, Tsuritama does look a little more interesting going in - but I have high hopes for both, and I love the new Sekamichi trailer.

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    2. Kinda hard question to answer, b/c most of my exposure to Jazz music in general has not been "methodical" ... and of course! Since most every piece that I have come across either on the radio or in movies or other sources has not captured my interest. I could not tell you artists or groups or specific songs, sadly. I should mention that it does not really evoke revulsion in me, just mostly indifference and a shrugging of the shoulders. Could just be my personal taste or what not.

      That being said, everything else about Sekamichi looks VERY interesting to me. Everything. So I will likely watch it and either just "endure" the Soundtrack and perhaps come to a new found appreciation of a new type of music?

      Who knows?

      In any event I will prolly give both of them a try. :)

      - Flower

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    3. I recommend you listen to the album "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis, and perhaps a really good "Best of" Charlie Parker collection. If it's still a "no" after that, I'll excuse you!

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    4. Two titans, but the universe of jazz is large, so Flower might also try other artists (John Coltrane or Dave Brubeck, maybe). I tend toward Eberhard Weber and other ECM-ish stuff, but that doesn't fit with a 1966 setting.

      Anime with some jazz: Ghost Hound, Baccano, Cowboy Bebop (duh).

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    5. Don't forget that Trane is on Kind of Blue - along with Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderly, among others. Though it's Miles' group, the lineup is basically an all-star team.

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  2. I've already read five chapters of Natsuyuki Rendezvous and I think it's very good. It's definitely the type of show that's perfectly suitable for noitaminA.

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  3. Really nothing to blog on in this week eh, enzo?
    Whats Pyscho pass about? And... Robotic notes.... how long i have waited for this! Got to wait a bit longer it seems

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    1. Symphogear finale, as soon as its subbed...

      No one knows about Psycho-pass is about. We know there's a gun. That's it.

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    2. Enzo... if it's a dead week you can always sample Rose of Versailles (episode #19 if I can suggest one. Osamu Dezaki - R.I.P. him - took the reins as series director from that point. And oh boy didn't it show *starry eyes*). Jus' sayin' :p.
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      Thank you for further NoitaminA news. Moyashimon is among my favourites (I find those talking bacteria irresistible and I like the crack ) and Natsuyuki among the Spring+ series seems pretty suitable for the block.
      Hopefully any of the announced titles will turn out better than GC XD.

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  4. Pscyho-Pass... is that what they gave the writers of Guilty Crown?

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  5. T fall looks like "well spring and summer aren't gonna bring us any cash so we better go after otakus in the fall"

    Doesn"t mean I mind.

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