Okay so one of my new year’s resolutions was:
In the first week of 2012, I will pick the Spring season anime I will watch and finish them quickly instead of dragging them out over a year,
Start off easy… The reason why I made this resolution was two-fold:
- I write for anime websites and I frequently come across trailers and plot synopses that intrigue me.
- I rarely start watching anime at the same time as others so when I visit favourite anime blogs I have to skip most content to avoid spoilers.
So here’s my Winter 2012 picks:
Rinne no Lagrange
Rinne no Largrange is a show that crosses girls and mecha in a collaboration between Production I.G. who are handling the story and Xebec who are producing it. Interestingly the car maker Nissan is providing robot designs.
Kamogawa City lies east of Tokyo next to the sea and this is where a young girl named Madoka lives. She is a proud girl with high spirits who helps people. One day she receives an unusual request, “Can you pilot a robot?” This request leads to a new life where she is part of a trio of mecha pilots defending the city from invaders from space
The production staff includes many industry veterans who have worked on a wide range of shows from Wolf’s Rain and Macross to Princess Jellyfish and Heroic Age. Interesting names include the overall director Tatsuo Satou who worked on Martian Successor Nadesico, while the character designs are by Takushige Norita who worked on Broken Blade and Chizuru Kobayashi who worked on Pandora Hearts. Screenplays were written by a team including Shoutaro Suga (Darker than Black) and Shigeru Morita (Gundam Seed, Blood+).