2012 Spring anime Part 5: TV anime V

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2012 Spring anime Part 5: TV anime V

  • Train Hero (TV)
  • Hiiro no Kakera (TV)
  • Hyou-ka (TV)
  • Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (TV)
  • Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~ (TV)
  • Yurumates 3D (TV)
  • Beyblade Zero-G (TV)
  • Queen’s Blade: Rebellion (TV)
  • AKB0048 (TV)
  • Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna (TV)

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  • Train Hero (TV)

(April 2012)

The full-CG animation series Train Hero is created by the Chinese studio Carloon Animation, in collaboration with the Canadian artist Pat Lee (Transformers, Darkminds). The story of Train Hero deals with a rescue team that handles disasters on the high-speed trains crisscrossing the world. The team undergoes transformation sequences to respond in times of crisis.

  • Release Date: April 2012
  • Studio: Carloon Animation
  • Note: 26 episodes

(April 2012)

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The TV anime series Hiiro no Kakera is created by Studio Deen, based on the bishounen visual novel games series of the same title developed by Idea Factory since 2006. The original game centers around Tamaki Kasuga, a 17-

year-old high school girl. When her parents have to go overseas for work, Tamaki moves to her mother’s hometown in the mountains with her grandmother. On the day that Tamaki arrives at the village, she encounters strange creatures, only to be saved by a mysterious boy. The boy, Takuma Onizaki, is the first of five Guardians of the Tamayohime that Tamaki meets.

(April 2012)

The TV anime series Hyouka is created by Kyoto Animation, based on Honobu Yonezawa’s adolescent mystery novel Hyou-ka: You Can’t Escape. The story follows a boy named Houtarou who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member’s uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The “energy-saving” boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

(April 2012)

The TV anime series Haiyoru! Nyaruko-san is created by studio Xebec, based on the “high-tension, chaotic comedy” light novels authored by Manta Aisora, with alluring illustrations by Koin (Kanokon). The titular Nyaruko-san was inspired by Nyarlathotep, a formless Cthulhu god made of epic terror, who just so happens to have gained a fetish for turning itself into a flat-chested loli. The story also involves some loser-type high school boy who is chased by aliens and saved by Nyaruko… but that’s just filler stuff.

(April 2012)

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The TV anime series Shining Hearts is created by Production I.G, based on Sega’s 2010 fantasy role-playing game for the PSP, part of their long-running “Shining” series. The story follows a young warrior named Rick, who drifts to the peaceful Wyndaria Island. There he starts working at a “magic” bakery and lives alongside three sisters: Neris, Airy and Amaru, each with their unique baking abilities. A fourth girl named Kaguya also arrives on the island one morning after a great storm, having lost not only her memory, but also her emotion. Furthermore, she seems to attract pirates who attack the island, seeking the special spirit stone that Kaguya wears around her neck.

(April 2012 @25:10)

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The TV anime series Yurumates 3D is created by studio C2C, based on saxyun’s 4-panel gag comedy manga which previously spawned two OVA adaptations in 2009 and 2011. The original story follows Yurume, an 18-year-old rounin – a high school graduate who has yet to be accepted into college. Yurume moves to the outskirts of Tokyo to study for the next entrance exams. She ends up living in Maison du Wish, an apartment complex full of aimless “veteran rounin” who have been out of school for years.

(April 2012 @08:30)

Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G is the seventh TV anime series in the Beyblade franchise, once again based on the Beyblade spinning-top game franchise, but this time featuring a new main character named Zero Kurogane. Also, unlike the “metal” motif that has been the theme of the last three anime series, Zero-G revolves around “crystals”, or translucent parts.

(April 2012)

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The TV anime series Queen’s Blade: Rebellion is once again created by studio ARMS, based on the fantasy combat picture book games of the same title, which serve as a sequel to the original Queen’s Blade game books. This third TV anime series thus continues the first two seasons from 2009. The story is set four years after the first storyline and revolves around Annelotte, the rebelling knight princess who stands up to the tyranny of the new queen.

(April 2012)

The TV anime series AKB0048 is created by studio Satelight, and it’s inspired by the all-female idol group AKB48. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future when entertainment is outlawed, and follows an idol group that offers underground guerilla concerts, despite the danger. The name of that female group is AKB0048 – a super galactic idol team that inherited not only the name, but also the light and spirit of the legendary idols AKB48, from before the annihilation of Earth. AKB0048 rise up as “illegal idols” and take up the fight against the malevolent regime controlling Earth. To protect their stage, their fans, and the citizens, the girls will take up arms and fight. “As long as there are fans who are waiting for us, we fight even if we suffer and fall. And then, we will keep singing!”

(April 2012)

The series revolves around the character of Fujiko Mine, depicting her and the rest of the Lupin III cast during their younger days. The series will reportedly capture the “sensuality” present in Monkey Punch’s original Lupin III manga in its “daring interpretation” of the franchise.

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