Summer 2012 Anime Releases
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in alphabetical order - number of eps if known
Recommended Groups: the (probably) better groups subbing it/group I'm watching/only group
Summary: taken from a site or the 1st ep if I can't find any info
My First Impressions: I give my first impressions honestly, I do have specific tastes and I don't expect you to think the same thing as me, but it's there for those who know whether they have similar or very different tastes from me.
Link: link to more info

Arcana Famiglia - 12 eps
Groups: Doki Fansubs, Hatsuyuki Fansubs, Hadena-Subs, Whine-Subs, Commie
Summary: The story follows Arcana Famiglia, a self-appointed organization with mysterious powers that has protected a small Mediterranean island from pirates, foreign countries, and other threats. The only daughter of the family's Papa, Felicita, will be married to the next head of the family in two months — and the successor will be decided in a competition that Felicita herself will take part in. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: This show so far (ep4) is kind of up and down. Sometimes the story moves and sometimes it's just a useless episode. The art isn't very good, though the animation is tolerable. At ep4, it gives a glimpse into something more interesting and hopefully it develops further. I'm willing to give this another couple of episodes to develop.
Link: ANN

Binbougami ga! - 12+ eps
Groups: gg Fansubs
Summary: The story revolves around Sakura Ichiko, a girl whose blissful life comes from her bountiful happiness energy - gained by sapping that energy from other people. To restore the balance, the Binbougami (Poverty God) Binbada Momiji attempts to eliminate her. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Ep 1 was ridiculous and there were a few funny moments, but not good enough for me to care about watching any more. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Campione! - ? eps
Groups: Darksoul-Fansubs, Hadena-Subs, FFFpeeps, Commie
Summary: Kusanagi Godo is a 16-year-old high school boy, who once killed the god "Verethragna" and acquired the title of "Campione (god killer)" when he was 15. Erica Brandelli is a 16-year-old Italian girl, who is a "Great Knight" of the magic society "Bronze Black Cross" and had fought together with Godo to defeat Verethragna. Godo doesn't like fighting but his title of "Campione" makes him get involved in battles against other Campiones and uncontrollable gods. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <waiting for another group>
Other Comments: <Aegis> reminds me of Ladies versus Butlers & Omamori Himari.
Link: ANN

Chitose Get You!! - ? eps
Groups: ColorMeSubbed
Summary: The story follows an elementary school girl named Chitose who wildly pursues the love of Hiroshi, an older young man who works at the town hall next to her school. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless highly recommended>
Link: anidb

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi - 12+ eps
Groups: WhyNot?
Summary: The "Hyakunin Isshu" are an anthology of one hundred poems found in a trational Japanese card game called Karuta. Presented by the person who selected the writings, Fujiwara no Teika, this is a glimpse into the origin of some of them. Since the majority of them are love compositions, the focus remains on romance in ancient Japan. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: Tried watching ep1. The art and animation really doesn't work. The characters seem rather dull and boring. <not watching unless recommended>
Link: ANN

Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. - ? eps
Groups: SubDESU, Hadena-Subs, Shikkaku-Fansubs, FFFpeeps
Summary: Kaga Ryousukea, a helplessly romantic teenager, was walking in the rain when he sees a beautiful girl with red eyes drenched in the rain. Everyone was avoiding her, but Ryousuke was taught to treasure women so he offered his help by letting her dry off at his home. Ryousuke can't imagine that this mysterious girl would stab him in the chest and leave him to die... Or did she? Who is this pretty girl and what does she want with him? [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Episode 1 was fairly interesting and covered the summary, but the rest of the episodes so far are just ridiculous and dumb. The art isn't great, but not terrible either. The animation could be better. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica - ? eps
Groups: Hadena-Subs, SubDESU
Summary: The story follows an international training organization named Babel which protects the young people returning from another world. A wayward hero named Akatsuki has come back to the real world from a world of sword and magic called Areizaado, alongside a beautiful girl who is a demon king's daughter. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: ep1 just covers the summary. The art isn't bad, and well, there's magic fights, but also random ecchi moments (and I mean they really do feel random). It continues in this vein in that the ecchiness escalates, but is also very random. The animation isnt' great, but the fight scenes and progression of the story are moving at a tolerable rate that I'm willing to continue this for a few more eps (at the end of ep3).
Link: anidb

Joshiraku - 12+ eps
Groups: gg Fansubs
Summary: Joshiraku is a satirical comedy anime that follows the everyday life of a group of girls working in a classic Japanese comedy house. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: ANN

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita - ? eps
Groups: Doki Fansubs, AnimeSenshi Subs, Commie
Summary: The story is set several centuries into the slow decline of mankind. Earth has now become the realm of "fairies" — 10-centimeter-tall creatures with remarkable intelligence and an appetite for sweets. The human protagonist of the story serves an important duty as the international arbitrator between the fairies and humans, and she returns to her former hometown of Kusunoki. She chose this job because she thought it was an easy job she can do, even when she is as old as her grandfather. However, she learns that her job is anything but simple when she meets the fairies. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: I tried watching ep1 and between the art and the voice acting, I could not get past 5 minutes of this. <not watching unless highly recommended>
Link: anidb

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate - 12 eps
Groups: WhyNot?, m.3.3.w, Hadena-Subs, SubDESU
Summary: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate follows the protagonist Oojima Yuuki, who attends Private Takafuji Academy, a large school with over 6,000 students. Yuuki is a member of the food research club, along with seven others, including his childhood friend Sumiyoshi Chisato. The members leisurely spend their time in the club not participating in many activities. When the election of the next student council president comes up, the front runner, Shinonome Satsuki, proposes that clubs with no merit should be separated and subsequently abolished. The food research club, in an act of desperation, seeks advice from the current student council president, Mori Yakumo, who suggests Yuuki run in the election as an opposing candidate. Yuuki learns about the issues facing the school and decides to run in the election. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Tried watching ep1, but the animation wasn't very good (though the art is just fine) and despite hinting at a bigger plot at the beginning, the ridiculousness at this anime in trying to make ecchi references while trying not to be ecchi is just stupid. I couldn't get past 5 minutes. <not watching unless highly recommended>
Link: anidb

Kokoro Connect - 12+ eps
Groups: Doki Fansubs & Chihiro-Fansubs, Rori Subs, Commie, Oyatsu, Kaitou Fansubs
Summary: The love and teen pentagonal comedy follows the strange phenomena at the Yamahoshi Academy's Culture Club, starting with the five male and female club members switching bodies with each other. [from ANN]
My First Impressions: ep1 basically covered the summary. Somehow, even though strange things were happening, it wasn't all that interesting. You might consider watching it for character development, but not much else in my opinion. Art is standard, but pretty decent. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: ANN

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! - 12+ eps
Groups: Unlimited Translation Works, Doki Fansubs
Summary: Abiding by his father's will, Shougo was transferred into an academy where many young girls attend. It appears as though his younger sister (separated from him at birth) also attends this academy. She is trying to get closer to him without letting him know who she actually is. Problem is, Shougo seems to be popular with the other girls as well! Can Shougo "properly" reunite with his little sister while getting a girlfriend at the same time?! [from anidb]
My First Impressions: This is seriously like sister princess except with the small twist that his sister won't tell him who she is. They get right into the romance and what not, but the premise of the show is so ridiculous that I can't watch it. <not watching unless the sister turns out to be psycho>
Link: anidb

Muvluv Alternative: Total Eclipse - ? eps
Groups: Hadena-Subs, Commie
Summary: In the year 1973, alien species known as BETA (Beings of Extra Terrestrial origin which is Adversary of human race) came to invade earth. During the next 30 years, they have conquered most of the Eurasian continent, effectively decreasing the world population by billions. In response to their unique behavior, a new type of mobile mechanical humanoid weapon was developed, known as Tactical Surface Fighter (TSF). In the year 2001, elite pilots from around the world start to gather at a UN base in Alaska named Yukon to participate in the Prominence Project. This project is a joint effort between Russia and America on research and development of next generation of TSF. The job of the pilots is to test the prototypes, which occasionally involves pitting them one against another... [from anidb]
My First Impressions: After 3 eps, this show does not get any more interesting. There's lots of fighting and yet they manage to make it boring. The art and animation aren't that great either. <not continuing unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 11? eps
Groups: WhyNot?, Taka Fansubs, Commie
Summary: The romantic drama collected in four volumes tells the story of a love triangle between Hazuki, a young man who works part time at a flower store, Rokka, the widow who owns the store, and the ghost of Shimao, Rokka's deceased husband. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Tried watching ep1 and the art is kind of meh and boring to boot. <not watching unless highly recommended>
Link: anidb

Oda Nobuna no Yabou - ? eps
Groups: Kaitou Fansubs & AniBlaze, Commie, FFFpeeps
Summary: The historical romantic comedy follows 17-year-old high schooler Sagara Yoshiharu who one day time-travels to the Sengoku period, where all the major Samurai lords are cute girls. Yoshiharu meets Oda Nobuna, the girl counterpart of Oda Nobunaga, and begins to serve her as a substitute of Kinoshita Toukichirou, who has been dead in the world. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: Art is mediocre. The story moves along quickly though and so far (ep3), it's moving quickly enough to be entertaining to watch. The characters are kind of dumb and are not improving though. Nevertheless, I am willing to give this at least another couple of eps.
Link: anidb

Sword Art Online - 25 eps
Groups: Hatsuyuki Fansub, GotWoot Fansubs & Unlimited Translation Works, Hadena-Subs, Derp, Commie
Summary: A genius programmer named Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya enters a virtual-reality, massively multiplayer online world called Sword Art Online. There is no escape from this world unless the player clears the game; however getting a "game over" results in the death of the player. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: So far (finished ep3), we seem to get glimpses into his time in the game rather than one continuous story line. Rather than plot, it seems to focus on character development. Interesting though so far. There's also usually at least some fighting in every ep as well to keep the action up.
Link: anidb

Tari Tari - 13 eps
Groups: Doki Fansubs, Hatsuyuki Fansub, Commie
Summary: The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children. Sakai Wakana once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Miyamoto Konatsu is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Okita Sawa is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Tanaka Taichi is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. Wien just transfered into Wakana's class after 12 years abroad in Australia. Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

Tanken Driland - ? eps
Groups: sage
Summary: Elven Princess Mikoto has always wanted to be a treasure hunter. Together with her attendant Wallace, hunter Poron, and knight errant Pan, Mikoto braves many dangers in search of treasure and adventure. [from anidb]
My First Impressions: <not watching unless recommended>
Link: anidb

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