Winter 2015 Anime Preview: Part 2, Part 2

Anime Opinions, Anime Preview, Article, Winter 2015 — By on December 31, 2014 2:37 am

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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I acknowledge that many of you will never reach this apex of taste, but hopefully this post will be a helping hand.

Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD (Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD)

Dat milk

Animation Production: J.C. Staff (Twin Angel, Zero no Tsukaima Princess no Rondo, Taisho Baseball Girls), Nomad (Rozen Maiden, Time Paladin Sakura, Sola)


Light Novel: N/A

Milky Holmes is one of those series I *really* wanna get hyped about. But considering I’d have to get through three fucking seasons to catch up, the last of which was universally panned from the few hardcore fans who watched it…

Futari wa Milky Holmes Ratings

…it makes getting into these little girls seem like more trouble than it’s worth.

Maybe Daiz has some tips!

Maybe Daiz has some tips.



Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus (Fafner Exodus)

VHS - Fafner

Animation Production: Xebec zwei (N/A. This’ll be zwei’s first actual production.)

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

The first season aired in 2004, and even I’m not old enough to have started watching anime back then.

You’re a decade too late, Xebec2; most of your target audience is dead by now.



Kamisama Hajimemashita 2 (Kamisama Kiss)


Animation Production: TMS Entertainment (Gallery Fake, Yowamushi Pedal, The Pilot’s Love Song)

Manga: (low quality)

Light Novel: N/A

This series makes me as giddy as a girl in an upscale tampon shop (designer tampons are a thing, right?). I recommend the original series every chance I get, because it is pure, unadulterated shoujo concentrate. That was probably redundant, but I don’t even care because I’m so fucking excited.

Tomoe - Kamisama Kiss

Hype hands

Sure, it didn’t have a novel premise — or anything novel, really — but it’s an ideal shoujo because it doesn’t have any serious drawbacks. Normally, shoujos need to be qualified (“Oh, just ignore the douchebags in Fruits Basket; they get better in the end”, or “There’s only a little bit of rape in Bible Black; don’t pay it any mind”), but Kamisama comes with no asterisk marks.

Now, I’m not saying it’s “clean” (and qualifying quality by inoffensiveness is about as far from critical thought as possible); I’m saying it’s a show you don’t need to feel awkward about introducing your friends to, because there aren’t any stupid snags in the narrative. And it’s good, so you watch it too.



The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls

Cinderella Girls

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures (Gyrozetter, Kannagi, Magic Kaito 1412)

Manga: N/A. Shit’s based on a mobile game.

Light Novel: N/A

Jesus, I wish this [email protected]/Love Live craze never took off. So far the only idol anime I’ve ever enjoyed has been K-On. Seriously, someone wanna tell me the benefit of having a cast so large that creating a Top-100 list would still leave some “main characters” by the wayside? And by “characters”, I’m being generous. More like walking tropes disguised as… oh wait, they aren’t disguised as anything.

I mean, just look at this one. Cinderella Girls is based on a goddamn mobile game. Why the fuck would you have any expectations of a Skinner Box adaptation? I hope it’s only 3 minutes long so I don’t have to review it and the suckers who like this shit don’t have to waste their time.

Edit: I, uhh… take that back. Nobody told me how cute Riina is.


That skirt alone would be enough, but– I’m sorry, I was out of line before. I didn’t know.



JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders – Egypt Hen (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders – Egypt Arc)

JoJo Whatever

Animation Production: David Production (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Level E, Dogs: Bullets & Carnage)

Manga: (Part 1 here, though this arc covers Part 3)

Light Novel: N/A

I suppose if you snorted enough coke, you could get through the first two seasons without falling asleep. Can’t say I recommend wasting blow like that, but it’s your money.

Oh, wait, are we still doing the thing where we ironically pretend to like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure because it has muscly guys being muscly? …We are? Shit. Okay, one sec.

Hello laughing, do you kids know what’s cool? Posing. And only the top posers are qualified to like “the JoJos.” So get hype for this 10/10 anime. It even goes up to 11/10 (dank-epic 4chan reference, lol). Yo and diggety.



Durarara!!x2 Shou

Orihara Izaya

Animation Production: Shuka (N/A. This will be their first production.)


Light Novel:!!

This season is a good excuse for me to finally finish Durarara. That picture too.



Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season

Aldnoah Zero Second

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures (Oreshura, Persona Trinity Soul, Space Brothers)

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

(There are spoilers in the PV, so don’t watch this if you didn’t watch season 1.)

I didn’t like Aldnoah.Zero, and the ending didn’t inspire even the most minute amount of emotion in me, but I feel obligated to watch this second season. I mean, what if my moral support helps convince Japan to make a good mecha this decade? Worth a shot, right?

You do your part too. I need my Geass itch scratched.



Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 50

Shounen Hollywood

Animation Production: ZEXCS (Cuticle Detective Inaba, Diabolic Lovers, Flowers of Evil)

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

Who asked for this, and what broke them so badly?



Go! Princess Precure

Princess Precure

Animation Production: Toei Animation (World Trigger, Toriko, Sailor Moon Crystal)

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

New year, new Precure to drop after two episodes.



Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season

Kuroko no Suggestive

Animation Production: Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell Arise, Gargantia, Loups=Garous)


Light Novel: N/A

Fujoshi need apply. Everyone else, yeah, the series is good. But so are others, and I know you haven’t watched Shigofumi yet.

Seriously, you gonna let this artwork go to waste?

Seriously, you gonna let this artwork go to waste?





Kamisama Kiss, Drrr, Jojos (#wink), [email protected] = hype

Kuroko, Aldnoah = okay, fine

Hollywood, Precure, Fafner = eh-tier (I wish I meant that in the Canadian sense)

Shigofumi = for reals, make this the New Year’s resolution you keep

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Starra says:

K-On! isn’t an idol anime, you uncultured swine.

Dark_Sage says:

I had a shrine to Ritsu back in the day, so I think it counts.

jenny says:

[email protected] CG AOTY

Dark_Sage says:

Sasuga Jenny. Who’s your best girl?

jenny says:

Shibuya Rin even though she’s not the type of idol I normally like, but she’s just so cute even though she knows she looks unfriendly.
I also like Mika because she’s sexy and looks like a delinquent.
Kaede, Anzu, SACHIKO are cute too but best character design goes to Ichinose Shiki hnngh.

Mio and Kirari are whores.

Hairy says:

I probably won’t watch the show, but I sure have fapped to a lot of Cinderella Girls doujins. Maybe watching it would make me appreciate them more.

Dark_Sage says:

Did, uhh, any of them happen to feature Riina?

xikarra says:

I’m just curious about what your criteria to choose the animes you mention next to the studio’s name are.
Like how come in the previous part you didn’t mention SAO AKA BEST ANIME EVER next to A-1 Pictures’ name.

Also, as far as I know, Another is from P.A.Works, not Prod I.G

slackzy says:

Yeah d_s, don’t move anime out of PA Works just because Glasslip happened.

Dark_Sage says:

Yeah, they did prod assistance, not actual production, my bad.

Criteria? Uhh, I’ll choose 2-3 that match what I’m saying about the show. So if I wanna say a show will be bad, I’ll put in the worst 3 shows that studio did. Or sometimes I’ll do the exact opposite if I think it’ll be funnier. Then there are the ones where I can’t exactly say anything with my picks, cuz the shows weren’t really bad or good, which is unfortunate.

tl;dr: elaborate formulas

Xavier says:

Dark_Sage’s taste is so bad I feel compelled to start liking Aldnoah so I can disagree with him on everything, rather than having anything in common with this horrid beast.

PP says:

Never go full D_S.

Dark_Sage says:

So, by horrid beast, you mean… horridly sexy beast?

Zelot says:

You don’t need to watch Futari wa Milky Holmes since it takes place after this new season.
You just need to watch the first two seasons.

anon-tan says:

And the summer special, because idol Kokoro shouldn’t be missed. Alternative is “eh” and Futari wa is just bad. First season is great though, and second season is right up there too.

CorrectMorning says:

Lies and false accusations, I did watch Shigofumi!

Dark_Sage says:

A Shigofriend!

Great, now you can tell these heathens that they’re missing out. It’s lonely fighting a one-man battle on quarity. ;_;

Dark_Sage_shittaste_confirmed says:

>likes SAO
>thinks idolanime is shit

go die plz

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