The Spring 2012 Anime Preview Guide

by The Anime News Network Editorial Team, Mar 31st 2012


Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2012 Preview Guide! By now you know the drill: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly and they get posted as they go along. Each critic will cover as many shows as they can handle, resulting in alternate takes on most every show (sometimes on more than one episode!). Check back a couple of times every day during the guide and you're likely to see something new!

This is an ongoing guide. Throughout the next week or two we'll be updating as often as possible with new perspectives on new episodes from each of our team of critics. New reviews will be posted as soon as they're written.

Please remember that this is a preview guide. It is designed to give you a taste of the first episode (or the first few episodes) of a show with a preliminary opinion and a few thoughts on whether or not the show has potential. These are not intended to be blanket judgments of these series as a whole. All reviews use the same ratings scale: 1-5, with 1 being the lowest. Shows that are available streaming online will be indicated as such with links.

Click on the critic's name to check out their episode reviews! The newest reviews will always appear at the TOP of each critic's page, so if you're wondering what's new, just click the critic's name and their latest work will pop right up. Scroll down to see earlier reviews. The newest title in each critic's page will also be bolded for your convenience. We have a total of seven writers contributing this time; each writer will be added as their first submissions arrive.

For a rundown of all the new shows to expect this season, check out our list here.



Theron Martin

Newest Preview: Ginga e Kickoff
Also Available: Arashi no Yoru Ni, Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan, Eureka Seven AO, Kids on the Slope, Tsuritama, Medaka Box episode 2, Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, Kuroko's Basketball, Folktales from Japan episode 2, Space Brothers episode 2, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Fate/Zero Season 2, Upotte!!, Queen's Blade: Rebellion, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Yurumates 3Dei, Gakkatsu, Accel World, Acchi Kocchi, Sankarea, Natsuiro Kiseki, Sengoku Collection, Polar Bear Cafe, Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead, Saint Seiya Omega, Medaka Box, Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, Zetman, Kimi to Boku 2, Space Brothers, Folktales from Japan, Hiiro no Kakera




Carlo Santos

Newest Preview: Arashi no Yoru Ni
Also Available: Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan, Eureka Seven AO, Medaka Box episode 2, Tsuritama, Kids on the Slope, Medaka Box episode 2, Zetman episode 2, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Saki Episode of Side-A, Space Brothers episode 2, Kuroko's Basketball, Sankarea, Natsuiro Kiseki, Medaka Box, Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead, Gakkatsu! & Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!, Polar Bear Cafe, Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, Zetman, Space Brothers, Folktales from Japan, Hiiro no Kakera




Carl Kimlinger

Newest Preview: Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
Also Available: Kids on the Slope, Tsuritama, Medaka Box episode 2, Zetman episode 2, Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, Dark Maiden of Amnesia, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers episode 2, Upotte!!, Kuroko's Basketball, Sankarea, Shiba Inuko-san, Kuromajo-san hga Touru!!, Gakkatsu!!, Yurumates 3Dei, Accel World, Acchi Kocchi, Natsuiro Kiseki, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Sengoku Collection, Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead, Polar Bear Cafe, Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, Zetman, Kimi to Boku 2, Hiiro no Kakera, Space Brothers, Folktales from Japan




Rebecca Silverman

Newest Preview: Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
Also Available: Arashi no Yoru Ni, Ginga e Kickoff, Eureka Seven AO, Tsuritama, Kids on the Slope, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, Hiiro no Kakera episode 2, Saki Episode of Side-A, Upotte!!, Kuroko's Basketball, Natsuiro Kiseki, Accel World, Sankarea, Yurumates 3Dei & Gakkatsu!, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Sengoku Collection, Medaka Box, Polar Bear Cafe, Shiba Inuko-san & Kuromajo-san ga Touru!!, Saint Seiya Omega, Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, Zetman, Hiiro no Kakera, Space Brothers, Folktales from Japan




Bamboo Dong

Newest Preview: Mysterious Girlfriend X
Also available: Upotte!!, Saki Episode of Side A, Saint Seiya Omega, Polar Bear Cafe, Zetman, Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals, Folktales from Japan, Hiiro no Kakera, Space Brothers




Zac Bertschy

Newest Preview: Kids on the Slope
Also available: Mysterious Girlfriend X, Upotte!!, Sengoku Collection, Lupin III: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine, Saint Seiya Omega, Zetman, Space Brothers


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