Posted March 19, 2012 by Elaine Cepeda in Anime/Manga

Spring Anime List 2012 (part 1)

Hiiro no Kakera

Anime adaptation of Idea Factory’s Hiiro no Kakera visual novel, otome game. The original game centered around Tamaki Kasuga, a 17-year old high school girl. When her parents have to go overseas for work, Tamaki moves to her mother’s hometown in the mountains with her grandmother. On the day that Tamaki arrives at the village, she encounters strange creatures, only to be saved by a mysterious boy. The boy, Takuma Onizaki, is the first of five Guardians of the Tamayohime that Tamaki meets.

Studio: Studio DEEN

Broadcaster: YTV

Airing date: April 1 (*ep.1 preview on Yomiuri TV 03/05)

Official Site: http://www.hiironokakera.tv/


Kousuke Okano as Mahiro Atori

Marie Miyake as Tamaki Kasuga

Tomokazu Sugita as Takuma Onizaki

Chihiro Aikawa as Mitsuru Kotokura

Daisuke Hirakawa as Suguru Oumi

Daisuke Namikawa as Yuichi Komura

Hiroki Shimowada as Shinji Inukai

Hiroki Yasumoto as Eins

Kazunori Nomiya as Mysterious Boy



In the far future, the elevated irradiation fro mthe sun has destroyed the environment of the earth and the birthrate of humans has dratically decreased. The government controls society with an army of cloned soldiers called “Ideal Children (IC)”. Sam Coin is a trader in a desert. One day, he saves a beautiful woman Maya, who has been chased by Theseus, a corps of IC. He shelters her in his trade ship, but the destroyers of Theseus surround Sam and Maya.

Studio: LandQ Studios

Broadcaster: WOWOW

Airing date: March 16

Official site: http://ozuma.jp/


Ayumi Fujimura as Mimei

Rie Tanaka as Maya

Tetsuya Kakihara as Sam Coin

Atsuko Tanaka as Bynas

Kazuma Horie as Tom

Kazuya Tatekabe as Roxander Umai

Sakiko Uran as Runa Noguchi



In a fictional school, “Tender Tank” Rareko is constantly opening absurd yet strangely enthusiastic debates, this way creating a lively classroom life. Bringing up tremendous themes, she and her classmates exchange words like sword-strokes, and here and there even a profound remark is slipped in.

Fun and informative debate comedy, packed into only five minutes each time.

Studio: Fanworks

Broadcaster:NHK Seg 2

Airing date: March 20 April 3

Official site:http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/gakkatsu/


Miyuki Kawasho as Chiho Takachiho

Sota Arai as Kuroda-kun

Y?hei Azakami as Hiroshi-kun


Uchuu Kyoudai

The story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta’s live changes one fateful day.

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Broadcaster: Yomiuri TV/Nippon TV

Airing date: April 1

Official site:http://uchukyodai.com/


Hiroaki Hirata as Mutta Nanba

Kenn as Hibito Nanba

Masako Ikeda as Sharon

Miyuki Sawashiro as Serika Itou


Saint Seiya Omega

Kouga is a 13-year old boy who assumed the role of the Saint of the Pegasus constellation. His undefeatable spirit and rebellious nature are strong, as is his single-minded determination. Saori Kido (the goddess Athena) also appears as the protector of peace and all living thing and the woman who raised Kouga like a parent. Mars kidnaps Athena establish a new world order, and Kouga stands up against Mars.

Studio: Toei Animation

Broadcaster: TV Asahi

Airing date: April 1

Official site:http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/seiya/


Suwabe Junichi as Eden

Suzuki Tatsuhisa as Haruto

Midorikawa Hikaru as Kouga

Kakihara Tetsuya as Ryuuhou

Konishi Katsuyuki as Souma

Yukino Satsuki as Yuna

Furuya Tooru as Pegasus no Seiya


Shiba Inuko-san

Shiba Inuko acts like a seemingly ordinary middle school student, but her friend Ishibashi Chako always wonders if Inuko is a dog. Still, to maintain their friendship, Chako does not voice her doubts out loud.

Studio: DAX Production

Broadcaster: TV Tokyo

Airing date: April 1

Official site:http://4koma.takeshobo.co.jp/cat02/2988/



Sasaki Mikai

Suzuki Misaki

Sugimoto Mikuru

Marutsuka Kana



Based on the seinen manga by Tanaka Masashi.

Gon, a tiny dinosaur with a huge attitude, has adventures as he travels through forests and rivers, swims with fish and even flies with birds. Gon and his animal friends communicate without speaking, with Gon giving the occasional bite to teach a bully a lesson.

Studio: Daewon Media

Broadcaster: TV Tokyo

Airing date: April 2

Official Site:


Motoko Kumai as Gon

Ugaki Hidenari

Kobayashi Katsunori

Horiuchi Kenyuu

Yoshida Masumi


Kimi to Boku 2

Sequel of the Kimi to Boku. Series.

About 4 friends, twins Yuta and Yuki Asaba, the cute and girly Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara, who have known each other since kindergarden. When a half-Japanese transfer student named Chizuru Tachibana joins their group, he brings a new dynamic to their friendship.

Studio: J.C Staff

Broadcaster: TV Tokyo

Airing date: April 2

Official Site: http://www.kimiboku.tv/


Kouki Uchiyama as Yuuta Asaba

Miyu Irino as Chizuru Tachibana

Ryohei Kimura as Yuuki Asaba

Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Shun Matsuoka

Yuuki Ono as Kaname Tsukahara

Kousuke Toriumi as Koiuichi Azuma

Miyuki Satou as Masaki Sato

Yuuki Kaji as Akira



Jin, a mysterious kid with a halo carved in his hand, and extraordinary fighting skills, lives with his grandfather in a beggar’s community. In other place, the old scientist Amagi is searching for professor Kanzaki, to ask him for the whereabouts of the “player” – a kind of genetic altered humans- Zet, which they created some years ago. Soon, Jin and his grandfather are attacked by a mysterious man who turns into a monster.

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Broadcaster: Yomiuri TV/Tokyo MX/BS11

Airing date: April 2

Official Site: http://zetman.jp/index.html


Miyano Mamoru as Amagi Kouga

Namikawa Daisuke as Kanzaki Jin

Iizuka Shouzou as Amagi Mitsugai

Hirose Masashi as Amagi Seizou

Hisakawa Aya as Amagi Youko

Yusa Kouji as Haitani Seiji

Fujimura Ayumi as Hashimoto Mayu

Suzumura Ken’ichi as Hayami

Kusumi Naomi as Kabe Mamoru

Mitsuo Senda as Kanzaki Gorou


Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden

A spin-off anime of the Naruto series. The “SD” in the title stands for “Sugoi Doryouku”, or “Super Determined.” (“SD” traditionally means “super-deformed”)

Studio: Pierrot

Broadcaster:TV Tokyo

Airing date: April 3

Official site:http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/lee/


Nakamura Chie

Takeuchi Junko

Masukawa Yoichi

Inoue Kazuhiko

Toochika Kouichi

Tamura Yukari




Sources: AnimeNewsNetworkAniDBMoetronNeregate, Dannychoo.com

Elaine Cepeda