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Anime Spotlight Spring 2014

by Anthony Foronda,

Featured Series (Click for more)

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The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

No Game, No Life


Dragonar Academy

Riddle Story of Devil


Dai - Shogun - Great Revolution

Chaika - The Coffin Princess

Knights of Sidonia


Date A Live II

Love Live! School Idol Project (2nd Season)

Additional Shows

Title: Disk Wars: Avengers
Starts: April 2 at 6:30 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Toei
Genre: Action
Website: http://www.disney.co.jp/diskwars/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Director: Toshiaki Komura (Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! , Kinnikuman Nisei - Ultimate Muscle 2)
  • Character Design: Tadayoshi Yamamuro (Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, Beet the Vandel Buster)

Portable capturing devices known as "DISKs" were developed to capture evil villains. However, thanks to Loki's machinations, both villains and heroes are sealed up in these DISKs and scattered around the world. Amid the chaos, five youths obtained the power to restore these DISKs-sealed heroes through a program called "Biocode." These youths received five DISKs that Spider-Man, who narrowly escaped being sealed himself, retrieved. Thus, these five can restore Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Wasp — the Avengers!
Title: Blade & Soul
Starts: Thursday, April 3 1:46 a.m. JST on TBS
Studio: Gonzo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/blade/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original Creator: NCSoft (Guild Wars, Lineage, Aion)
  • Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki (Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore)

Alka is an assassin for the Clan of the Sword. She's on a journey to find the woman Jin Valel, who killed her master Hon. Jin is demon-like woman who controls the Energy of Chaos and kills without feeling - not unlike how Alka has learned to kill in her work as an assassin. On her journey, Alka encounters three strange women, each great warriors in their own right, and grapples with her slain master's wish that she leave the life of an assassin behind.
Title: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Starts: Saturday, April 5 at 12:30 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX TV
Studio: David Production
Genre: Action, Adventure
Website: http://jojo-animation.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Daisuke Ono as Jotaro Kujo (Magi's Sinbad, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Itsuki Koizumi), Takehito Koyasu as Dio (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's Zechs Merquise, Nisekoi's Claude)
  • Original creator: Hirohiko Araki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Steel Ball Run)

The year is 1987 and 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo finds himself suddenly plagued by a ghost-like entity. Jotaro's grandfather Joseph Joestar, a veteran of a fight to save humanity 50 years prior, arrives with his own supernatural aura. He explains that this power, known as a "Stand," physically manifests its user's spirit and can be controlled by its user at will. The sudden emergence of these Stands is revealed to be caused by the revival of the megalomaniacal vampire Dio (the Joestar's longtime enemy) whose awakening from his century-long slumber has triggered Stands to awaken down the Joestar family line, including in Jotaro's mother whose uncontrollable Stand will ultimately kill her in a few weeks' time. Jotaro, Joseph, and their allies have 50 days to locate Dio (using their Stands to thwart Dio's network of devoted Stand-user minions along the way) and eliminate Dio himself in order to save Jotaro's mother and prevent Dio's ambitions of world domination.
Title: Selector Infected Wixoss
Starts: Saturday, April 5 at 2:49 a.m. JST on MBS
Studio: J.C. Staff
Genre: Science Fiction
Website: http://selector-wixoss.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Character Design: Kyuta Sakai (Sakura Trick, When They Cry - Higurashi, Rozen Maiden – Zurückspulen)
  • Script: Mari Okada (Black Rock Shooter, Sasami: Magical Girls Club)
  • Music: Maiko Iuchi (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Dog Days, Tokyo Ravens)

WIXOSS is a card game that's popular with teenagers. Supposedly there exist "LRIG Cards," female character cards with wills of their own. Special girls can hear the voices of the LRIG, and those who possess them are called Selectors. These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It's said that whoever triumphs in these battles will have their wish granted. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find a LRIG card. She names hers Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.
Title: Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection
Starts: Saturday, April 5 10:00 a.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
Genre: comedy, magic
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/prettyrhythm/index2.html/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Emiri Katō as Naru Ayase (Lucky Star's Kagami Hiiragi, Monogatari's Mayoi Hachikuji), Kana Asumi as Aira Harune (Amagami SS's Miya Tachibana, Gurren Lagann's Kiyal)
  • Animation Production: Tatsunoko Production (Gatchaman, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Casshern Sins)

Young girl Lala is a Prism Show student, and is aiming to become an idol. She learns the way to shine from previous Prism Stars, including Aira Harune, Mia Ageha, and Naru Ayase. She looks back to the past with her mentors at their many experiences and Prism Shows.
Title: Haikyu!!
Starts: Sunday, April 6 5:00 p.m. JST on TBS/MBS
Studio: Production I.G
Genre: sports
Website: http://www.j-haikyu.com/anime/index.html/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Composition: Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Bunny Drop)
  • Character Design: Takahiro Kishida (Durarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing a player dubbed the "Small Giant" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. Hinata's middle-school club had no members, but somehow persevered and finally made it into what would be its very first and final match in middle school. The team was steamrolled by Tobio Kageyama, a superstar player known as "King of the Court." Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to the Karasuno High School volleyball club... only to come face-to-face with his hated rival, Kageyama.
Title: Ping Pong
Starts: Friday, April 11 12:50 a.m. JST on Fuji TV
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
Genre: sports
Website: http://www.pingpong-anime.tv/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet)
  • Director: Masaaki Yuasa (The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart)

Childhood friends Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto (ironically, he seldom smiles) and Yukata "Peco" Hoshino are capable and aspiring table tennis players of Katase High School. Coach Jō "Butterfly" Koizumi has high expectation for both of them, but when Peco gets decisively defeated by a Chinese student he is devastated and stops practicing. Meanwhile, Koizumi discovers Smile's potential and tries to motivate him to overcome his psychological obstacle.
Title: Baby Steps
Starts: Sunday, April 6 5:30 p.m. JST on NJK-E
Studio: Pierrot
Genre: romance, slice of life, sports
Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/babysteps/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Masahiko Murata (Corpse Princess, Jinki:Extend)
  • Series Composition: Katsuhiko Chiba (E's Otherwise, Freedom)

Eiichirō Maruo (nicknamed "Ei-chan" for his grades being straight "A") is an honor student, bookworm, and is not interested in anything other than studying. In order to solve his problem of lacking physical strength, he enrolled a tennis school and soon found the fascinating side of tennis. Being a tennis newbie lacking physical strength, he supplement his shortcomings with his excellent observing and analyzing skills.
Title: One Week Friends
Starts: Monday, April 7 12:00 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Brains Base
Genre: comedy, drama
Website: http://oneweekfriends.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Tarou Iwasaki (Baki the Grappler)
  • Series Composition: Shôtarô Suga (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

High schooler Yūki Hase notices that his classmate Kaori Fujimiya is always alone, and seemingly has no friends. After approaching her, Kaori reveals that she loses every memory of her friends each Monday. Despite learning this, Yūki decides to become her new friend every week.
Title: Brynhildr in the Darkness
Starts: Sunday, April 6 10:00 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: ARMS
Genre: action, drama, fantasy
Website: http://www.vap.co.jp/gokukoku/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: Lynn Okamoto (Elfen Lied)
  • Cast: Ryota Ohsaka as Ryōta Murakami (The Devil is a Part-Timer's Sadao Maō/Demon King Satan, Gatchaman Crowds' Sugune Tachibana) Risa Taneda as Neko Kuroha (Beyond the Boundary's Mirai Kuriyama, Strike the Blood's Yukina Himeragi)

When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her. Even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Neko Kuroha. Even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to be able to predict the future.
Title: Nanana's Buried Treasure
Starts: Friday, April 11, 2014 1:20 a.m. JST on Fuji TV
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: comedy, romance, supernatural
Website: http://www.nanana.tv/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, Oreimo)
  • Character Design: Tetsuya Kawakami (Robot Girls Z, Shigofumi - Letters from the Departed)

Disowned by his father, Jūgo Yama runs away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryūgajō. She was murdered 10 years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Jūgo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he's not the only person searching.
Title: Black Bullet
Starts: Tuesday, April 8 10:30 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Genre: action, mystery, science fiction
Website: http://www.black-bullet.net/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Masayuki Kojima (The Piano Forest)
  • Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata (Cardfight!! Vanguard, Fighting Spirit)

In the year 2021, mankind was defeated in a war by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live behind a wall made of Baranuim metal monoliths for protection. Soon, the "Cursed Children," children born infected with the Gastrea virus with superhuman abilities, are discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus' intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed who specialize in fighting against Gastrea. The pair operate with an Initiator, who is a Cursed Child, and a Promoter, who is the leader. Ten years after the war, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter at his childhood friend Kisara Tendō's Tendō Civil Security agency, along with his Initator Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo area's destruction.
Title: Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
Starts: Tuesday April 8 1:05 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: ZEXCS
Genre: comedy, slice of life
Website: http://mangakasan.tv/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Takeshi Furuta (episode director Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Tiger & Bunny)
  • Series Composition & Script: Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Mushi-Shi)

The story follows the life of manga creator Yūki Aito and his assistant Sahono Ashisu. Aito doesn't understand the feelings of the characters in his stories so he asks Ashisu to help him. Ashisu would do anything for the work—she will even let him touch her breast so he will know how it feels like.
Title: Mekakucity Actors
Starts: Sunday, April 13 12:00 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Genre: comedy, drama, mystery, psychological, romance, science fiction
Website: http://www.mekakucityactors.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Akiyuki Simbo (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Bakemonogatari)
  • Original creator: JIN (Vocaloid producer)

Shintaro Kisaragi is a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years and had otherwise been living his life normally. One day he meets a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen after someone sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro's PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years.
Title: Captain Earth
Starts: Sunday, April 6 1:58 a.m. JST on MBS
Studio: BONES
Genre: action, science fiction
Website: http://captain-earth.net/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Takuya Igarashi (Star Driver, Soul Eater)
  • Character Design: Satoshi Ishino (Date A Live, Excel Saga)

One night right before summer vacation, second-year high school student Daichi Manatsu sees a weird round rainbow floating in the sky above Tanegashima island and ventures there alone. He has seen this rainbow before. With the memories of his father's mysterious death and an encounter with a mysterious boy and girl, Daichi arrives on the island while the alarm of a building labeled "Earth Engine" is going off. Someone asks him if he's a captain, just as robotic intruders from Uranus called "Kiltgang" arrive. The battle around the shining stars is about to begin.
Title: Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks)
Starts: Sunday, April 7 12:30 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Hoods Entertainment
Genre: comedy, romance, slice of life
Website: http://www.gaworare-anime.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers, Mysterious Girlfriend X)
  • Series Composition: Takashi Aoshima (Love Lab, Minami-ke)

Sōta Hatate is a high school boy, who has an ability to visualize "flags" for future events such as "death flag," "friendship flag," and "romance flag." Despite the flag-viewing ability, he avoids making friends with others due to a trauma he experienced in a shipwreck. Four beautiful girls get interested in his strange way of living, and they begin to live with him at the school dorm by force.
Title: Daimidaler the Sound Robot
Starts: Saturday, April 5 6:30 p.m. JST on AT-X
Studio: TNK
Genre: action, comedy, science fiction
Website: http://penguin-empire.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa (High School DxD, Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de)
  • Character Design: Junji Goto (School Days, Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor)

In order to fight against the mysterious "Penguin Empire" from interfering with world peace, the secret organization "Prince Beauty Parlor" has developed a giant robot that's powered by a special energy source called "Hi-ERo particles." Organization member Kyōko Sonan has located ordinary high school student Kōichi Madanbashi who has a high amount of Hi-ERo particles within his body, making him a suitable candidate for the pilot of the giant robot, but there is only one way to release it: allow Madanbashi harass her with lewd behavior.
Title: Kamigami no Asobi ~Ludere deorum~
Starts: Sunday, April 6 1:00 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Brains Base
Genre: drama, romance, supernatural
Website: http://kamiaso-anime.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu (NANA, Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You)
  • Character Design: Minako Shiba (.hack//SIGN, Black Butler)

Kusanagi Yui is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of humans.
Title: KutsuDaru
Starts: Wednesday, April 2 at 6:45 p.m. JST on NHK E-Tele
Studio: Egg
Genre: Comedy
Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/kutsudaru/index.html
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Hisayoshi Suganuma as Daniel Morishita (Natsume's Book of Friends's Atsushi Kitamoto, Angel Tales' Gorou Mutsumi)

If you've bumped into annoying little misfortunes, such as loose socks, uneven disposable chopsticks, mistake rinse for shampoo, etc., that's because of those yokai (Japanese monsters) doing mischief around you.
Title: Gigant Shooter Tsukasa
Starts: Tuesday, April 1 at 6:45 p.m. JST on NHK E-Tele
Studio: Bushiroad Inc.
Genre: Comedy
Website: http://www.gigantshooter.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Kappei Yamaguchi as Tsukasa Mendō (Inuyasha's Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2's Ranma Saotome)
  • Music: Hideharu Mori (Giant Killing, Black Rock Shooter)

The anime follows Tsukasa, whose dream is to become the best at Gigant Shooter (battles in a game similar to pogs) in the world. The menko card his father left for him called "King Menger" is his partner. Tsukasa's fellow gamers are the cute but tsundere Miruko Koide, the spectacled bully Manabu Numata, and the realist and sharp-tongued Ataru Dōmoto.
Title: Mushishi: The Next Chapter
Starts: Friday, April 4 at 12:00 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Artland
Genre: adventure, drama, mystery, psychological, supernatural
Website: http://www.mushishi-anime.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Returning Director: Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Flowers of Evil)
  • Returning Character Design: Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Marmalade Boy, Boys Over Flowers)

The sequel to the popular supernatural series.
Title: The irregular at magic high school
Starts: Saturday, April 5 at 12:30 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Madhouse Studios
Genre: comedy, magic, romance, science fiction
Website: http://mahouka.jp/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Manabu Ono (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Saki )
  • Character Design: Kana Ishida (Aquarion Evol)

In a world where magic is not a fairy tale but has existed for 100 years, siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba prepare to begin their studies at the elite Private Magic University Affiliated High School (Magic High School for short). Entering on different levels of the academic spectrum, the two turn the once peaceful campus into a chaotic one.
Title: Fairy Tail
Starts: Saturday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. JST on 6 TV Tokyo networks
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: adventure, comedy, fantasy
Website: www.fairytail-tv.com
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Returning Director: Shinji Ishihira (Log Horizon, Tokyo Majin)
  • Character Design: Shinji Takeuchi (Gintama, Shin Mazinger Shōgeki! Z-Hen)
  • Cast: Aya Hirano as Lucy Heartfila (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Haruhi Suzumiya, NANA's Reira Serizawa)

Natsu, Lucy, and their fellow Fairy Tail mages return to protect the humanity from powerful enemies, including but not limited to Dark Guilds, dragons, and Zeref, the most powerful dark mage.
Title: Tenkai Knights
Starts: Saturday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: BONES
Genre:action, science fiction
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/tenkaiknight/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Mitsuru Hongo (Outlaw Star, Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin)
  • Character Design: Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain)

Eons ago, a cube–like peaceful planet named Quarton, populated by shape–shifting living bricks called Tenkai, was ravaged by a war between two opposite factions: the Corekai led by their commander Beag and the Corrupted led by former Tenkai Knight turned ruthless warlord Vilius who desired to obtain the source of Tenkai Energy for his own purposes. However, the only ones who were strong enough to defeat him were the Tenkai Knights: Bravenwolf, Tributon, Valorn, Lydendor, and Dromus. Facing defeat, Vilius unleashed the mighty Tenkai Dragon, who was later defeated by the five Knights and its fragments were scattered across the planet. These heroes were never seen again, but the Corrupted have returned more powerful than ever. Now on planet Earth in the year 2034 within Benham City, four teenage humans named Guren, Ceylan, Toxsa, and Chooki find an interdimensional portal to Quarton where they are chosen by the Guardians as the new generation of Tenkai Knights and preventing Vilius from taking control of both worlds.
Title: Lady Jewelpet
Starts: Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: ZEXCS
Genre: fashion, magical girl
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/jewelpet6/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Itsuro Kawasaki (Arc the Lad, Chrome Shelled Regios)
  • Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi (Moyashimon, 07-Ghost)

Momona is a regular middle school girl who adores her brother. One day when attending his wedding, she stumbled onto a white rabbit named Ruby and was transported to a strange new world called Jewel Land. Ruby revealed to her that she is a Jewelpet and she chose Momona to be her partner in becoming a Ladyjewel Candidate. Having no choice, she and Ruby must compete together in the Jewel Palace in order for her to become Jewel Land's next Queen.
Title: The File of Young Kindaichi Returns
Starts: Saturday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Toei Animation
Genre: mystery
Website: http://www.ytv.co.jp/kindaichi_r/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Toshiyuki Morikawa as Kengo Akechi (Final Fantasy VII Advent Children's Sephiroth)
  • Music: Kaoru Wada (D.Gray-man, Mars Daybreak)

High school student and veteran detective Hajime Kindaichi accompanied his classmate and childhood friend Miyuki Nanase travel to Hong Kong, where she was invited to appear as an emergency double for famous model Yan Ran. A freeloading trip suddenly turned into a crisis when Nanase disappeared and was possibly abducted.
Title: Oreca Battle
Starts:Monday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic
Genre: action, adventure
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/oreca_dracolle/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Tetsuro Amino (Macross 7, Clockwork Fighters Hiwou's War)
  • Cast: Aki Toyosaki as Dehdai Uchiki (K-ON!'s Yui Hirasawa, Medaka Box's Medaka Kurokami)

Young boy Faiya Orega loves Oreca competitions. One day, he is granted the power to summon real Oreca monsters due to the mysterious powers of the treasure chest Pandora. To protect the peace of the Oreca world, Faiya must fight the demon king who threatens the land.
Title: Dragon Collection
Starts:Monday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic
Genre: action, adventure
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/oreca_dracolle/dracolle/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hayate the Combat Butler, Minami-ke Tadaima)
  • Series Composition: Masashi Sogo (The Prince of Tennis, Bleach)

Through an unexpected turn of events, ordinary elementary school student Hiro Enryu finds himself in the world of the "Dragon Collection" game. This is a world called Dragon Earth, where gods, humans, and monsters exist side by side. Dracolle Battlers roam this world using a magic book called a Grimoire and cards to summon monsters and search for treasures that bear the powers of dragons. Despite his bewilderment, Hiro becomes a Dracolle Battler and, together with the friends he meets there, begins his adventure to become a legendary Dragon Master.
Title: Hero Bank
Starts:Monday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Genre: tournament
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/herobank/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Yasutaka Yamamoto (Valkyria Chronicles, Servant × Service)
  • Series Composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka (Inazuma Eleven , LBX)

The anime centers around Kaito, an elementary school boy who is suddenly burdened with 10 billion yen (about US$100 million) in debt one day. The only way he can pay off the debt is to master "Hero-Gi" (downloaded off the net) and win matches in "Hero Battle," a new-generation cyber sport. The tagline of the game is "change your money with justice!"
Title: Majin Bone
Starts: Friday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Toei Animation
Genre: science fiction
Website: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/majinbone/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original Character Design: Yuusuke Murata (Eyeshield 21, One-Punch Man)
  • Series Composition: Isao Murayama (Toriko)

Ordinary high school students Shōgo Ryūjin, Tyrone, Antonio, and Luke are the White Bone warriors. With their special Bone Cards they defend Earth from the evil Dark Bone, who has come from the darkness to destroy our world. However is he the real enemy or could the real enemy be humanity?
Title: La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky
Starts: Sunday, April 6 1:50 a.m. JST on NTV
Studio: TYO
Genre: comedy, drama, romance
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/corda/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Jun Fukuyama as Kyōya Kisaragi (Code Geass's Lelouch Lamperouge, Durarara!!'s Shinra Kishitani, Gakuen Heaven's Keita Ito), Katsuyuki Konishi as Ritsu Kisaragi (Gurren Lagann's Kamina, Kill la Kill's Tsumugu Kinagase, Hetalia's America)
  • Character Design: Maki Fujioka (Itazura na Kiss, Neo Angelique Abyss)

While being called a "genius violinist," high school sophomore Kanade Kohinata feels herself entering a plateau period and has difficulty improving her musical abilities. After a concert performed by Kanade's childhood friend and Seiso Academy's orchestra club president Ritsu Kisaragi, he announces the club's intention to perform at a nationwide musical contest and win a scholarship. Much to Kanade's surprise, he also forces her and his younger brother Kyōya to transfer to Seiso Academy and compete.
Title: The World Is Still Beautiful
Starts:Sunday, April 6 2:20 a.m. JST on NTV
Studio: Pierrot
Genre: adventure, comedy, fantasy, romance
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/soreseka/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hajime Kamegaki (Fushigi Yugi, Ceres, Celestial Legend)

Nike, princess of the Principality of Rain possesses the power to control rain. After losing a game of rock, paper, scissors to her older sisters, Nike is forced to marry the King of the Sun Kingdom, Livius I. Livius or Livi for short, has conquered the world in three short years and is known as the "Dreadful King." When Nike and Livi first meet she finds out he's just a young boy with a terrible attitude. Can these two find a bond emotionally? Or will their marriage be in name only?
Title: Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!
Starts:Sunday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. JST on TV Asahi
Studio: Toei Animation
Genre: tournament, sports
Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/matsutaro/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe)
  • Series Composition: Akatsuki Yamatoya (Buzzer Beater, Gintama)
  • Character Design: Noboru Koizumi (One Piece, B'TX Neo)

The story follows Matsutarō Sakaguchi, a giant roughneck man with strength far beyond ordinary people. He never uttered words like "work hard," "strive," and "dream" like the typical shōnen manga protagonist. However, he is stronger than anyone and peerless in sumo wrestling. His greatest weakness, however, is his own carefree personality.
Title: Magica Wars
Starts: Tuesday, April 8 at 9:55 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Genre:action, magic, tournament
Website: http://mahoushoujyotaisen.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Aya Uchida as Mebuki Konoe (Love Live's Kotori Minami, Vividred Operation's Himawari Shinomiya) Kouichi Yamadera as Takesuzume (Cowboy Bebop's Spike Spigel, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's Togusa)
  • Screenplay: Kazuho Hyodo (Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World)

Magical girls from 47 prefectures of Japan gather together to protect their respective local territories.
Title: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
Starts:Friday, April 4 at 1:00 a.m. JST on Tele Ball
Studio: Seven
Genre: comedy, romance
Website: http://www.dreamcreation.co.jp/inuneko/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Nao Tōyama as Suzu Nekoyama (Arpeggio of Blue Steel's Shizuka Hozumi, Nisekoi's Chitoge Kirisaki) Sumire Uesaka as Yachiyo Inugami (Hozuki no Reitetsu's Peach Maki, Nobunagun's Galileo Galilei)
  • Director: Shinpei Nagai (episode director on Samurai Flamenco and Psycho-Pass)

The story revolves around Suzu Nekoyama, a timid, shy tsundere girl who loves dogs, and Yachiyo Inugami, a super masochistic, air-headed, friendly girl who loves cats. One day, after a fateful meeting, the two find themselves attracted to each other. In response to Inugami's instinctive approaches, Nekoyama is always bashful. Their friend Aki has to work hard to make jabs at some of the situations of the two, and also to stop Inugami from going berserk.
Title: Is the order a rabbit?
Starts: Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Genre: comedy, slice of life
Website: http://www.gochiusa.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hiroyuki Hashimoto (episode director on Angel Beats! and The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
  • Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Kamen no Maid Guy, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)

The main character Cocoa (a pun of “hot cocoa”) arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits only to find that the shop has only one rabbit. Cocoa then manages to get a job at the café. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino (from “cappucino”), a tough and soldier-esque girl named Rize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiya (“Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Syaro (“Kilimanjaro” coffee).
Title: Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky
Starts: Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Genre: fantasy
Website: http://atelier-ps3.jp/escha-logy/anime/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Best Student Council, Hayate the Combat Butler!!)
  • Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata (DNA², Monster)

In order to survive the eventual arrival of the "Dusk End," people of the western reaches of the "Land of Dusk" devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Those technologies were then gathered in the alchemy city known as "Central," where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, young alchemist Logy requested a transfer to an understaffed town of Colseit on the frontier to make use of his abilities. There he meets Escha, an apprentice girl assigned to the Development Department. Together, the two make a promise to use their alchemic techniques to bring success to the Development Department.
Title: M3 - Sono Kuroki Hagane
Starts: Tuesday, April 22 1:35 a.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Satelight
Genre: Science Fiction
Website: http://www.m3-project.com/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Junichi Sato (Aria the Origination, Sailor Moon)
  • Mechanical design: Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Outlaw Star)

There is distorted, deep blackness everywhere.

That place, in which blackness swallowed everything and took away everything, has become known as the avidya zone.

Strange beings assume the very form of the despair and chaos of humanity.

They are known by this name: Imashime.

An expedition surveys the avidya zone which consumes human spirits.

So, in the intricate intersection between the present in impending crisis and the destiny of the past … can eight boys and girls, assembled to confront the Imashime, find the bright future that lies before the avidya zone?

Title: Insufficient Direction
Starts: Friday, April 4 2:05 a.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: DLE Inc
Genre: Comedy
Website: http://fuyukitodoki.com//
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Cast: Kouichi Yamadera as Director-kun (Neon Genesis Evangelion's Ryouji Kaji, Sword Art Online's Akihiko Kayaba) Megumi Hayashibara as Rompers (Ranma ½'s Ranma Saotome, Neon Genesis Evangelion's Rei Ayanami)

  • Original Work: Moyoco Anno (Sugar Sugar Rune, Sakuran )

This comedic and heart warming story follows Rompers' (a characterization of Moyoco Anno) everyday married "otaku lifestyle" with her husband Director-kun (a characterization of Hideki Anno), the founder of the "Otaku Cult."
Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
Starts: Sunday, April 6 5:00 p.m. JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: GALLOP
Genre: action, fantasy, tournament
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yugioh-arcv/
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Katsumi Ono (Senki Zesshō Symphogear G, Hataraki Man)

  • Series Composition: Tsutomu Kamishiro (Ghost Hunt, Hunter × Hunter)

Yūya Sakaki is a 14-old year student who wants to become a professional entertainment duelist and make everyone smile. One day, he ends up fighting an exhibition match against the current champion of the Pro Duel World. This fight will lead him to make a decision, and confront the difficulties to make his dream come true.

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