The Infinite Zenith

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Summer 2012 Anime

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Summer 2012 offers a diverse range of anime that Spring 2012 appears to have lacked (save Gundam Unicorn 5). There are several series that merit following, although given my summer, this may be interesting: I’m already behind on several shows. Assuming I am able to A) maintain my study and research schedule and B) catch up in the month that is left before June begins, I will follow these series:

  • Tari Tari (click on the link to read an initial impressions post!)
  • Rinne no Lagrange Season Two
  • Sword Art Online
  • Kokoro Connect

Last time, I said I’d follow two series of the winter 2012 season and ended up dropping one and following three others. As per the usual order of business, I will voice my thoughts on the first episode and decide from there as to whether or not I’ll be following anything. Finally, only the top-of-the-line stuff will likely end up on the Infinite Zenith’s main website itself. If it can be found there, it was awesome.

Sword Art Online

In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now…

  • MMORPGs meet anime: this premise is sufficiently interesting to captivate me, so I’ll end up taking a look. The artwork also looks promising.

Tari Tari

The last year of high school is always a time of both looking forward and looking back. Before you lives the future, alternately bright and scary. Behind you lie memories, both happy and sad. And somehow, in the course of one year, you have to reconcile those two and decide where your life is going to go. For Wakana Sakai, who had started studying music, it’s time to face the tragedy that made her abandon that path. For Sawa Okita, it’s about her dreams of riding professionally. And for Konatsu Miyamoto, it’s about bringing her friends together through the magic of song. Can something as simple as the formation of a chorus club really help solve the hurts and pangs that come with growing up? Can music bring people together despite their differences?

  • I’ve done separate posts expressing my anticipation for this series.

Kokoro Connect

The five members of the Cultural Research Club – Taichi Yaegashi, Iori Nagase, Himeko Inaba, Yui Kiriyama, and Yoshifumi Aoki – encounter a bizarre phenomenon one day when Aoki and Yui switch bodies without warning. The same begins to happen to the other club members, throwing their daily lives into disarray. At first the five students find some amusement amidst the confusion, but this unwarranted connection also exposes the painful scars hidden within their hearts. As their calm lives are shattered, the relationships between the five students also begin to change…

  • Admittedly, the K-On! like characters drew my attention. Armed with what is perhaps a more novel premise, I’ll see if this series is worth watching soon after it airs…

Rinne no Lagrange 2

Several months have passed since Lan and Muginami left Earth. Now in her final year of high school, Madoka spends most of her days thinking about her friends, when Lan suddenly returns to Kamogawa City.

  • I found the first season of Rinne no Lagrange to be most enjoyable. The second season is a continuation and will hopefully delve into more of the story behind the Voxes.

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