Spring 2011 Anime – picks, predictions
March 10, 2011
Hello, and welcome to my Spring 2011 preview-like thing. Many of you will, no doubt, be expecting a full-fledged preview that covers most, if not all of the shows and movies that are expected to air during the season. Those folks will be surely disappointed, and should instead refer to the comprehensive reviews that I will reference below. Instead my M.O. is to pick out a few shows that I predict will be worth watching (hence the subtitle for this post).
First, for those looking for a more substantive preview of the coming season, you have many other options. There are several charts that give you an at-a-glance idea of what will be coming; of these I like Scamp’s chart, but there are alternatives for those who would like a different version. There are also in depth previews that give a lot of information about all the different shows. Emory Anime Club has a nice one that includes embedded video of many of the trailers. In addition, Raph has provided an interesting analysis of the new season, based upon seiyuu representation.
“What, Signor Joojoobees,” you are surely asking, “can you possibly provide to augment the information available by following these links?” Well, dear reader, the answer is simple: my uncanny intuition. What follows is a list of what surely must be the greatest shows of the Spring 2011 season, as revealed to me by the wellspring of wisdom within.
#1 – Hyouge Mono
Surely the greatest anime of the season will be Hyouge Mono, also called “Tea for Life”. Set in 16th century Japan (the “Warring States” period), this show follows the adventures of a man obsessed with aestheticism, especially the tea ceremony. ‘Nuff said.
#2 – Kaiji Season 2
The first 8 or so episodes of season 1 were about a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors … and it was absolutely gripping. I’ve written previously about the first season, so all I’ll say is, if this one isn’t on your radar, WATCH OUT, ‘cuz it’s gonna hit like a mother-funkin’ freight train!
#3 – Moshidora
Anime adaptation of the book credited with popularizing management guru Peter Drucker’s ideas in Japan. The heroine apparently goes to a bookstore, looking for advice on her new role as manager of the high school baseball team, and picks up a copy of Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. The story covers her attempts to apply the principles from the book.
Tiger & Bunny
Social criticism masquerading as super sentai mecha-enhanced body suit combat? Future cloudy — ask again.
Sock Monkey Loves You
Much-anticipated adaptation of the Sock Monkey craft book.
Period drama set in 1964, the year of my birth.
The show that asks, “What would happen if a group of kids re-engineered their microwave ovens to send text messages into the past?”