NoitaminA has revealed its lineup for Summer and Fall.
We already knew that Moyashimon was returning for summer, of course. I’m pleased to see a 5 year-old alternative series get a sequel, though truth be told I wasn’t a huge fan of the original. It’s stablemate will be Natsuyuki Rendezvous, an adaptation of a short (4 volumes) josei manga about a young man who works at a florists because he’s in love with the owner, only to discover that her dead soul-mate is haunting the place. I don’t know the manga but I’ll never say josei on NoitaminA is a bad thing, and the preview looks quite good.
For Fall, we have two series – Robotics;Notes (rumored to be Production I.G.) and Psycho-pass. Of the latter we basically know nothing, except that the PV is pretty much a still shot of a big gun. Of the former things are also sketchy, but the salient point is that it’s a new game from the folks who brought us Steins;Gate and it’s about a robotics club under threat of being disbanded. It’s certainly rare to see an anime announced when the game won’t even be released until 6/28, but based on S;G I think there’s every reason to suspect this will be good. Hopefully it will be two cours.
On balance, this seems to continue what I see as a positive trend represented by the Spring season’s Tsuritama and Sekamichi no Apollon. I see no overtly commercial series on among the four announced, and while none of them immediately strikes me as 100% relevant to my interests they still seem to represent something consistent with the NoitaminA mandate.