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Anime Spotlight Summer 2012 - The List

by Bamboo Dong,

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Title: Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
Starts:Friday, Jul 6 at 10:30AM JST on AT-X
Genre: Fantasy
Website: http://kichiku.tv/
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An international training organization named bable helps young people returning from another world. One of those is Akatsuki Otorizawa, who has just returned to the real world from a world of sword and magic called Areizado, accompanied by a beautiful girl who happens to be the demon king's daughter.
Title: Aruvu Rezuru - Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi
Starts:Sunday, Jul 1
Genre: Science fiction
Website: http://www.zexcs.co.jp/work/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Thanks to sophisticated technology, which has surpassed human intelligence and ability, people can use Nerve-seller Linker Nano-machines, which directly link the human nervous system wirelessly to networks. However, catastrophe strikes when an event called the "Early Rapture" causes tens of thousands of user to lose themselves in the network. ONe boy must try and take back the soul of his little sister.
Title: Chitose Get You!!
Starts:Monday, Jul 2 at 12:56AM JST on AT-X
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Website: http://www.takeshobo.co.jp/sp/tv_chitose/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Based on a four-panel manga by the same name, Chitose Get You!! follows an elementary school girl named Chitose who pursues the affections of a young man named Hiroshi, who works at the town hall next to her school.
Title: Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.
Starts:Friday, Jul 6 at 11:00PM JST on AT-X
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Website: http://boku-h.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:

When Goddess of Death Lisara brokers a deal with young Ryosuke Kaga to stay in this world, she ends up robbing him of his lecherousness and stealing his ability to enjoy porn! To get his perverted spirit back, he grudgingly agrees to join her on her quest to find the "Singular Man."
Title: Dog Days'
Starts:Saturday, Jul 7 at 11:30PM JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:Seven Arcs
Genre:Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Website: http://www.dogdays.tv/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Set three months after the first season, Cinque is once again summoned to Flonyard. This time, though, he gets some company from some close friends.
Title: Hakuōki: Reimei-roku
Starts:Tuesday, Jul 10 at 2:53AM JST on Yomiuri TV
Studio:Studio DEEN
Genre: Bishounen, Historical
Website: http://www.geneonuniversal.jp/rondorobe/anime/hakuoki/
Notable Cast/Staff:

A prequel to Hakuōki, the series takes place in 1863 after the Tokugawa shogunate creates the Roshigumi, a group of masterless samurai meant to aid Aizu forces in Kyoto. However, things don't go as planned, and the group is soon split into two opposing factions. One man is obligated to enter the conflict because of a blood debt, and must go up against the more powerful faction.
Title: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Starts:Sunday, Jul 1 at midnight JST on tvk 7, Tokyo MX
Genre: Dystopian, Dark Comedy
Website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/jintai/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Humanity has been in decline for several centuries. Food is scarce and resources are low. The only prosperous species are Fairies, small creatures with a weakness for sweets, and it's up to a UN arbitator to liase between the fairies and the humans. One day, a company starts filling the markets with strange products, and it's up to the arbitrator to figure out what's going on.
Title: Joshiraku
Starts:Friday, July 6 at 2:25AM JST on MBS/TBS
Studio:J.C. Staff
Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/joshiraku/
Notable Cast/Staff:

This comedy follows a group of female Japanese verbal show (rakugo) peformers, and their behind-the-scenes dressing room conversations.
Title: Kingdom
Starts:Monday, June 4 at 7:00PM JST on NHK-BS Premium
Genre: Historical
Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/kingdom/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Taking place in the Warring States Period in China, Orphans Shin and Hyou dream of some day proving themselves on the battlefield and becoming warlords.
Title: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Starts:Thursday, Jul 5 at 1:25AM JST on TBS
Studio:AIC Build
Genre: School, Drama, Romance
Website: http://www.koichoco.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:

In order to protect his Food Research Club from being abolished Yuki Ojima must do his best to win the election for student council president and save his club.
Title: La storia della Arcana Famiglia
Starts:Sunday, July 1 at 11:30PM JST on TV Kanagawa
Studio:J.C. Staff
Genre: Bishounen, Shoujo, Drama
Website: http://arcanafamiglia.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:

The Arcana Famiglia is a vigilante organization that protects the trade island of Regalos, and all of the members possess mysterious powers. When the leader of the organization announces his plans for retirement, he offers his title of "Papa"-- and his daughter's hand in marriage-- to whomever can emerge victorious from an upcoming competition.
Title: Moyashimon Returns
Starts:Friday, July 6 at 12:45AM JST on FujiTV
Studio:Shirogumi Inc., Telecom Animation Film
Genre:Comedy, Seinen, Science
Website: http://kamosuzo2.tv/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Picking up where the first season left off, Moyashimon Returns continues following agricultural student Tadayasu Sawaki, who was born with the unique ability to see microbes as tiny, sharp-witted anthropomorphic blob things.
Title: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Starts:Monday, Jul 2 at 1:35AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: ixtl x Satelite
Genre: mecha
Website: http://muv-luv-te-anime.com/
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Based on the novel, a spinoff of the 2006 visual novel Muv-Luv Alternative, this story follows the test pilots and mechanics of the United Nations Forces' Tactical Surface Fighter Testing Unit.
Title: Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Starts:Friday, Jul 6 at 1:15AM JST on FujiTV
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genre: Josei, Supernatural, Romance
Website: http://natsuyuki.tv/
Notable Cast/Staff:

A young man falls in love with the owner of the flower shop he works for. Unfortunately, he can also see the spirit of her dead lover, who's still hanging around her apartment...
Title: Oda Nobuna no Yabō
Starts: Monday, Jul 9 at 1:05AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Studio Gokumi / Madhouse
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Historical
Website: http://odanobuna.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Regular high schooler Yoshiharu gets pulled into the Warring States era, where he meets Nobuna Oda. He soon realizes that all the famous warlords are actually female, and is quickly recruited to help Nobuna take over the world.
Title: Pokémon: Best Wishes season 2
Starts:Thursday, June 21 on TV Tokyo
Studio:Oriental Light and Magic
Genre: Childrens, Adventure
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pokemon_bw/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Ash reunites with Sinnoh-region Champion Cynthia and travels to East Isshu, where the characters will participate in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, where they will determine who will challenge Isshu-region Champion Alder.
Title: Rinne no Lagrange: Season 2
Starts: Sunday, Jul 1 at 10:00PM JST on Tokyo MX, Bandai Channel
Studio: XEBEC
Genre: Action, Mecha
Website: http://lag-rin.com/
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A direct continuation of the first season.
Title: Tari Tari
Starts:Sunday, Jul 1 at 10:30PM JST on TV Kanagawa
Studio:P.A. Works
Genre: Slice of life
Website: http://taritari.jp/
Notable Cast/Staff:

Five girls form a vocal ensemble to celebrate their love of music, each with a unique dream.
Title: Yuruyuri♪♪
Starts: Tuesday, Jul 3 at 2:00AM JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yuruyuri2/
Notable Cast/Staff:

The second season of Yuruyuri will continue following four girls who take over the former room of a tea ceremony club for their own amusement.

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