Quick overview of Spring Anime Season 2011: The last episode of AnoHana made me cry so much. ;___; I wouldn't put it among my favorite anime, but it was a good series overall. Tiger & Bunny still isn't the best thing ever, but I'm very invested in the characters and find it entertaining enough that I'm sure I'll be watching the whole thing.
And as for the other anime I'll be watching this summer...
Likely to watch all the way through, just because I've been looking forward to them for so long:
Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou (Premieres July 3)
Summary: Nura Rikuo is the third heir to the Nura Clan, founded by his grandfather Nurarihyon, the Supreme Commander of youkai and master of all spirits. In the years since Rikuo's father was killed, the Nura Clan has been in decline without a firm leader, and many older members doubt Rikuo's ability to succeed the role; mainly because Rikuo is 3/4 human, and can thus only take youkai form at night.
In the second season, Rikuo and those youkai loyal to him head to Kyoto to help his onmyouji friends, who are fighting a losing battle against a revived Big Bad. Of course, that's not the only reason, as it turns out this Big Bad has a history with the Nura Clan, having been defeated by Nurarihyon 400 years ago, and being somehow responsible for the murder of Rikuo's father.
My favorite youkai yakuza family is back! \o/ The first season of Nurarihyon no Mago (generically retitled Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan for an English audience) was average at best, an awful adaptation of the weakest parts of the manga. But the second season has a new director and a new person in charge of the story composition, so hopefully it will be better this time. Personally, I'd like this season to not only be a closer adaptation, but to sort of reboot the anime franchise. And most of all, I just want them to do the flashback arc justice, because that's one of my favorite parts (it's what got me hooked on this series).
Dantalian no Shoka (Premieres July 15)
Summary: Hugh Anthony Disward inherits an old mansion and a personal library from his grandfather. In the basement of the mansion, he meets a mysterious girl, Dalian. She is a Dantalian and a gateway to the "Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian", which stores the prohibited books of the demons.
Sooo basically I've been hyped for this anime since GAINAX first announced they were looking for people to draw 1920's England backgrounds. XD; The director isn't very experienced, and the original light novels were written by the author of Asura Cryin', so this might not be the most quality show, but I'm still excited for it! I mean, it looks great so far, and what little I know of the story sounds exactly like the kind of stuff I'm into. :D So unless it completely sucks, I'll be watching the whole thing, ahaha.
Will check out at least one or two episodes:
Blood-C (Premieres July 7)
All I know is that it's another take on the Blood series, and this time CLAMP is all over it. I admit I'm curious to see what they're going to do with it (though I'm not sure I like Saya wearing glasses), and since I've already watched everything else in the franchise (including the live action movie), at this point I'm just like...why not? I'll check out the first couple episodes to see if I like it. :O
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée (Premieres July 3)
Summary: The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveller, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family's ironwork shop in Paris. Oscar's nephew and shopowner Claude reluctantly accepts to take care of Yune, and we learn how those two, who have so little in common, get to understand each other and live together in the Paris of the 1800s.
This looks so cuuuute! It sounds like a nice slice-of-life show, and I love the setting, and seeing the culture clash should be interesting. So yeah, I'll definitely be checking this out. :D
IDOLM@STER (Premieres July 7)
I'm not gonna lie, the only reason I'll be checking this out is for Atsushi Nishigori; otherwise I wouldn't even touch it. Since he's director, character designer, and in charge of series composition, this is clearly going to be a labor of love, and I'm honestly happy for him. Now he can draw all the cute girls he wants! But I'm not crazy about idols myself, and there's only so much of cute girls doing cute things that I can stomach, so if that's all the show has to offer, I'll probably be dropping it after a few episodes. ^^;
Mawaru Penguindrum (Premieres July 15)
Uhhh I have no idea what this is going to be about. It has penguins? It's by the director of Utena? Who has apparently described it as being "like a Saturday morning cartoon but with poison in it"? I'm intrigued though, so I'll give it a try.