Summer 2014 Line Up

As I stated in my newspost before my trip, I think it’s time for DDA to go on cruise control for a while, so only expect, at most, three shows to appear here. If my financial standing improves significantly before then…maybe four.

So, some rules this season… After much deliberation, I have decided neither Sailor Moon nor Psycho-Pass will appear here. The first due to its awkward format, and the latter because it’s definitely the same series, just abridged. It also has an odd format. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy tackling the Sailor Moon reboot, but dedicating a full year? Nooooo, nuh uh.


The following will definitely be appearing in episodic review format here.

20605Tokyo Ghoul: Kaneki is a college student in Tokyo, which is now haunted by flesh-eating beings only known as “Ghouls”, their identities unknown and leaving the public terrified of going out in the dark. Kaneki meets Rize, a fellow book worm who will change his life.

I’m curious. Judging by previews this seems like an action series with an aesthetic towards the macabre than an actual horror series, but I wouldn’t mind either direction. We’ll be adopting a partial approach here as with Space Dandy or Strike the Blood.  I can’t find confirmation one way or the other, but dealing with Studio Peirrot and a Weekly Shounen Jump adaptation, one must assume the show is planned to go until infinity.  In such a case, we’ll be covering until the end of the first arc, or, whatever natural jumping off point exists around the episode 13 mark. The series recap will then be more of a first-impressions.

Studio: Studio Pierrot.

Wild Cards

The following may or may not appear on the blog. It all depends what catches my eye. You may see one, two, or none of the following show up here.

20613Akame ga Kill: Tatsumi is from a poor village and has gone to the capitol to earn a living, but finds impenetrable corruption instead. Tatsumi encounters, and is recruited by, Night Raid, a vigilante group seeking to set this nation right.

The animation caught my eye here, and the premise is interesting enough, just this side of original if not groundbreaking. My gut doesn’t feel too optimistic, but it’s definitely worth a first look.

Studio: White Fox



20677DRAMAtical Murder: The story takes place many years in the future where the game “Rhyme,” a virtual fighting game, is incredibly popular and people possess “AllMates,” convenient AI computers. Aoba leads an ordinary life, working at a junk shop and living with his grandmother on the island of Midorijima. Unlike his friends, he doesn’t participate in Rhyme, nor does he belong in a gang. However, when rumors of people disappearing spread, Aoba finds himself needing to unravel the mysteries behind the island in order to protect his everyday life.

So Mekaku City Actors and WIXOSS had a baby? Fiiine, I’ll bite.

Studio: NAZ


3939Momo Kyun Sword: Momotarou, re-imagined as a female, lives with various animal gods in her village until demons attack and steal many precious treasures that ensure her home’s prosperity. Momo seeks to reclaim the treasures with her companions on this adventure.

So…Sengoku Otome with a mythological bent? I admittedly am watching this least, but I feel almost obligated to at least peek at it. If for nothing else, the mythological elements with the spin intrigue me.  Bishamonten 2.0? Hardly…I can tell already. Still I can’t help myself, but the Nobunaga the Fool shiny rubber skin leaves me…unenthused. Our only hope? A lot of the staff is freshman material, and you never know what people unencumbered by habit might do that’s interesting. Or completely amateurish. Which makes it a good vehicle for our hate.

Studio: No one’s claiming direct responsibility for this mess.


…So, this next one, I’m just going to leave at synopsis, and you can fill in the blanks as to my motivations.

3929Terra Formars: With the space program attempting to travel to Mars, 21st century scientists were tasked with warming up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface. They came up with an efficient and cost-effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and the insect corpses would serve as a food source for the mold. It is now the year 2577 and the first manned ship to Mars has landed on the planet and the six crew members are ready for their mission. But what they find are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength. The crew members are easily wiped out, but not before sending a transmission back to Earth. Now, humanity will send elite warriors to exterminate the mutated bugs and claim back Mars.


Well there you have it, everything I’m making a point to watch.  Some other show might work its way here by word of mouth (or my idle boredom leading me places it should never go), but these are the likely contenders.


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