Spring 2011 Anime Roundup

Aria the Scarlet Ammo, News, Rotte no Omocha!

We’ve now passed the halfway point for the Winter 2011 anime season. As always, details of the next season, spring, has begun to appear. Here are some out of the 40-odd new anime airing next season.

yajirusioreAstarotte no Omocha!


The anime was originally titled Rotte no Omocha! but its name was suddenly changed in February without explanation. Some suspect that a claim was lodged by Lotte, a confectionary giant.

It is a tale of a young job seeker Naoya who responds to a shady looking request – and he is taken to a different world where a man-hating young princess rules the land.

■  Cast

Kugimiya Rie as Astarotte

Tamura Yukari as Asuha

Sato Rina as Naoya

■  Music

OP : Tenshi no CLOVER

■  Homepage

Astarotte no Omocha! Official Home Page

■ PV


yajirusiore2 Hidan no Aria / Aria the Scarlet Ammo

A seeming regular student, Tooyama Kinji has a secret; he belongs to a group of detectives that sometimes use lethal force. However, as he returns home from school one day, he becomes involved in an explosion – and his life is forever transformed by the appearance of an elite student, Kanzaki H. Aria.

■  Cast

Kugimiya Rie as Kanzaki H. Aria

Majima Jyunji as Tooyama Kinji

■  Music

OP : by May’n

ED : by Nakajima Megumi

■  Homepage

Hidan no Aria Homepage

■ PV


yajirusiore2 Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

A tale of a young boy who is taken in by a single aunt. Upon arrival, he notices a futon that has grown legs – but is in fact a self-proclaimed extraterrestrial daughter of the aunt, Touwa Erio.

The main appeal perhaps is that this anime is directed by Shinbou Akiyuki of the Madoka Magica fame.

■  Cast

Irino Miyu as Niwa Makoto

Oogame Asuka as Touwa Erio

■  Music

OP : Os-Uchuu Jin

■  Homepage

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko Homepage

■ PV


yajirusiore2 Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

A story of friends who were childhood friends but have drifted apart as highschool looms. Then, one wish by a childhood friend brings the six friends back together. It is directed by the producer that brought us Toradora!, Nagai Tatsuyuki.

■  Cast

Irino Miyu as Jintan

Kayano Ai as Menma

Tomatssu Haruka as Anaru

■  Homepage

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

■ PV


yajirusiore2 Nichijou

Animated by the legendary studio Kyoto Animation, Nichijou is planned for 2 cours. It is much in the footsteps of Lucky Star as a slice of life anime with gag elements.

■  Cast

Honda Mariko as Aioi Yuuko

Aizawa Mai as Naganohara Mio

Togashi Misuzu as Namikami Mai

■  Homepage

Nichijou Official Homepage

■ PV


yajirusiore A-Channel


A-Channel is a 4-koma manga originally serialized on Manga Time Kirara, the same comicbook that K-ON!! is currently printing on. Just like Lucky Star and Nichijou above, it belongs to the slice of life genre.

Animation is by the staff of STRIKE WITCHES and –Saki-.

■ Cast

Fukuhara Kaori as Run

Yuuki Aoi as Tooru

Kotobuki Minako as Yuuko

■ Music

OP : by Kawano Marina

■ Homepage

A-Channel Official Home Page

■ PV


Rotte no Omocha! PV

Rotte no Omocha!

The promotional video for Spring 2011’s loli anime “Rotte no Omocha” is now live on YouTube.

The quality looks to be very good and the art style is excellent. I’ll definitely be covering this series come April.

Rotte no Omocha! PV