Coming Attractions: The 2013 Spring Anime Preview
Spring forward into entertainment with these upcoming anime!
Who doesn't love the
spring? Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, baby rabbits are doing whatever adorable thing it is that baby rabbits do; it's great. We know you've got another
reason to look forward to the upcoming season and that's a whole new
slate of anime for your viewing pleasure! Which shows are worthy of
your valuable time? Here's a quick look at some of the standout
series hitting the airwaves for the new season. 'Cause you really
didn't want to go outside anyway, did you?
Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Chou Collaboration Special! - Set to air in Japan on April 7th in celebration of the Toriko anime's 2nd anniversary, this Weekly Shonen Jump crossover extravaganza features a story set in the gourmet-food obsessed world of Toriko and stars familiar faces from all three series, including Luffy and his Straw Hat crew, Gohan and his DBZ cast-mates as well as the aforementioned Toriko cast of characters. The 60-minute episode is centers around an epic race around a mysterious island- in which Luffy, Toriko and Gohan participate. The winner? Anime fans everywhere.
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) - Based on the manga series of the same name by Hajime Isayama, this action-packed, dynamically animated show takes place on a world where humans have been nearly decimated by a race of gigantic Titans, immense humanoid monsters with an appetite for human flesh. A small surviving population has been forced to live inside of a walled fortress, including the anime's hero, Eren Jaeger, a young man who will stop at nothing to end the Titan threat and restore humanity to a world sorely missing it. Not only is the new TV series due to air on MBS in the spring, but a live-action film adaptation is also in the works. It looks like that, starting in April, size does matter.
Boku wa Ō-sama (I am the royal highness) - Since 1959, children's author Shizuko Wakayama has been delighting audiences all over Japan with his series of Ousama books, giving the artist (and his creation) a special place in the hearts and bookshelves of the nation. Premiering on April 6th, the anime stars the titular king who has a predilection for eggs and a hatred of homework. Although it got the OVA treatment in 2006, this is the first full series anime adaptation for Ousama. If the animation style is similar to its predecessor's, young fans will be able to watch their eggs and eat them too when they're watching their Saturday morning cartoons.
Karneval - Just when you though it was safe to go back to the circus...it isn't. Based on the manga by Touya Mikanagi, Karneval is centered around a young boy named Nai on a desperate search for a long-lost friend, with only one clue - a mysterious bracelet. When he is thrown into an adventure with a pickpocket named Gareki, the two new friends quickly discover that the bracelet belongs to a secret government defense establishment known only as “Circus.” This series promises to be packed to the brim with mystery, intrigue and most importantly...top hats. How can you call yourself a carnie without a top hat?
Mushibugyo - Back in January, manga magazine Shonen Sunday (famous for Detective Conan) announced an anime treatment for popular samurai series Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo. This exciting new show brings Tsukishima Jinbee and his Edo period cohorts to life in all their 18th century glory, and the wait will soon be over, as a start date of April 8th has been set for the show on Channel 6 TV Tokyo. In the rich tradition of period series (Samurai Champloo, anyone?), Mushibugyo will meld the tradition and history of Japan with the one-two punch of samurai cartoon goodness. We haven't seen a combination this unnervingly delicious since the Doritos Locos Taco.