The Shimazu Clan: Japanese mages who devote their lives to ensuring that spirits do not enter our world and harm its inhabitants. This clan has remained strong for generations, but is currently caught in a power struggle as two young girls, Sakuya and Suseri, both seek to be the next head of the family. This is the struggle that Asano Shinichiro inadvertently finds himself a part of when he accepts a part-time job as Sakuya’s housekeeper.
Shinichiro seems to be just an ordinary young man, but it is discovered that he has a special ability that could prove absolutely crucial to Sakuya – the Eyes of Truth. This ability allows him to determine anyone’s True Name, the name they keep hidden that is the core of their being. For a spirit or a mage, it is impossible to disobey someone who speaks your True Name which makes Shinichiro’s gift extremely dangerous and powerful.
Basara Tojo is just your average high school student… he just wants to go to school and take care of his family. A family that has now been expanded as his father – seemingly randomly – adopts two girls around his age to be his little sisters. This is where our show starts… his father has just informed him of his new family members, and they meet each other by accident in the most unflattering way possible: in the bathroom.
As you might have guessed, this is just another slice of life show as he has to get to know his two new sisters: Mio Naruse and Maria Naruse. Mio immediately begins to hate him for their first meeting, but Maria is a bit of a pervert and starts trying to get him into untoward situations for her own amusement. Yep, just another slice of life show… or is it?
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend – or more properly ‘How to Train an Ordinary Girl to be a Heroine’ – is about an extreme otaku named Tomoya Aki. He runs a popular anime/manga review blog, he’s awkward around women, and he dreams of one day creating the ultimate dating sim. This is where Saekano picks up.
He’s just been struck with his inspiration, his muse if you will, when he notices Megumi Kato standing atop a hill and now he just has to gather together his perfect team (artist, writer, musician, etc.) to create his dream game. And it just so happens that he’s known people perfect for each of these roles for years…
In Unlimited Fafnir, we have a world that has been attacked by dragons – monstrous beasts with powers that humanity simply cannot deal with. These dragons have caused rampant destruction, and things look grim.
But then, humanity discovers girls who share those powers. These girls, known as the D Girls or sometimes simply the D’s, have the ability to manipulate dark matter and create magical weaponry with it that can be used to fight the dragons. There is a risk though… for each of these girls is matched to a specific dragon, and if the dragon touches her she will become the same type of dragon.
I say girls, because the Ds have always been female… except, of course, our protagonist Yu Mononobe. He is the world’s only male D, and yes, before you ask it is extraordinarily difficult to avoid making a pun every time that comes up.
Kantai Collection – the popular browser game about Fleet Girls, girls who are supposed to possess the souls (and weaponry) of historical warships – has received an anime adaptation which has just completed its maiden voyage.
This maiden voyage focused on Light Destroyer Fubuki, a timid but earnest girl who just wants to be given the chance to fight. Never adept at the physical aspect of her role, she wasn’t permitted off the base while at her previous home… but now she’s been transferred to a new base of operations and the Admiral – a faceless figure meant to represent the person playing the game – seems to have plans for her. But how could he possibly expect anything out of this clumsy, seemingly useless girl?