Shingeki no Kyojin
The award winning manga finally made its first anime adaptation since its first serialization in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. Set in a fictional world where the human population had to live within 3 huge walls protected against the Titans, who devours any human on sight. The story revolves around Eren Jaeger, who vowed revenge against the Titans after the appearance of a colossal Titan that destroyed the wall in his district, causing the loss of his home and mother to a Titan.
Also known as Attack on Titan, the medieval fantasy story has impeccable pacing, and while the art isn’t fantastic, the engaging plot makes up for it. Moreover, the anime heightens the manga experience. With Production I.G. aiding Wit Studio’s first full fledged anime series production, Tetsuro Araki heading the direction (who is involved with Highschool of the Dead‘s direction as well, so you can count on having fabulous action angles) and Sawako Hiroyuki (Episode 6 of Gundam Unicorn) handling the musical arrangement, one can expect great action sequences. As the first couple of episodes present itself, the music arrangement is also top notch, highlighting key moments of tragedy and drama.
Also worthy of mention is the fantastic voice cast, with Yuki Kaji (Silver Crow/Haruyuki from Accel World) as protaganist Eren Jaeger, newcomer Ishikawa Yui as adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and Marina Inoue (Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) as Armin Arlelt. Other great voice actors include Saki Fujita (Hatsune Miku from the Vocaloid series) as a manly female Ymir, Yuu Kobayashi as Sasha “Potato Girl” Braus and Shiori Mikami (Akari Akaza from Yuruyuri) as the petite beauty Christa Renz.
Although the source material has currently about 50 chapters of material, it does not seem to end any time soon. The anime is tentatively slated for a 2-cour 25 episode run, which could mean two things: a likely season 2, or an anime-original ending.
Red Data Girl
The series’ production involves P.A. Works and Kishida Mel’s line art, which has spelt a lesser than stellar reception among anime viewers, probably due to the source material not translating into anime as seamlessly as it was thought out to be. However, Red Data Girl is looking to be a great series, with the rise in pacing and character development from the third episode onwards.
Voicing the meek but strong willed female protagonist Suzuhara Izumiko is Hayami Saori, well known for voicing soft spoken characters such as Bakuman‘s Miho Azuki. The male lead, Miyuki Sagara, is voiced by “harem king” Uchiyama Kouki. Uchiyama’s first role is IS -Infinite Stratos- male protagonist, Ichika Orimura, who is in a typical harem setting flanked by beautiful ladies vying for his attention and love.
The series is currently at episode six in niconico, a three episode head start from its television broadcast, and is expected to be a 1-cour series.