Artificial Continuum

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Okay. I was offline for a week and in said week we got a ton of news on various things ranging from comics to movies. Here's a quick round up of cool stuff that happened while I was dormant.

1. Juarssic Park Comics by IDW

Believe or not Jurassic Park was once, in addition to being a novel and movie series, was once a comic series published by IDW.Come this June the series will be revived by the company beginning with the Jurassic Park: Redemption arc.The story follows John Hammond's grandchildren ten years after the original film/novel. The series features art by Frank Millar and Nat Van Dyke, and is coedited by Bob Schreck.

2. Captain America is Chris Evans

It has been a long multimonth journey, but we finally have an actor set to play Captain America in the upcoming film The First Avenger: Captain America. Chris Evans, known for his role as The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films, is set to play the famous patriot in next summer's film. However, his contract current holds him to reprise the role into nine films, including 2012's Avengers movie.

3. Two New Independence Day Films!?!

Yes, whether you loved Roland Emmerich's Independence Day or hated it, it looks like we may get two sequels. Thats right, a film thats almost ten years old, now may get two sequels. has reported that Will Smith, in addition to Men In Black 3, has signed on for two sequels to the 90's alien film that will be shot back to back. The sequels are expected to begin shooting in 2011.

4. Hobbit Films to Begin Filming Later This Year

Andy Serkis, the actor who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has confirmed at the Japanese Empire Awards that the two Hobbit films will begin shooting in late 2010. This means that the release date may in fact be pushed back from its originally slated 2011 to 2012. However, he does offer some words of encouragement stating that they have the look for the film down, and that Middle Earth will still look like Middle Earth.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Activision's exciting new Spider-game, which quote "does not suck." We'll see Activision, we'll see. It does look very interesting though, I'll keep an eye on this one.

Here is the latest trailer for Nintendo's upcoming game in the Metroid series. The gameplay looks exciting and fluid, but I still have my problems with the games graphics. I shall withold complete judgement until I play the game though.

Monday, March 29, 2010
Well, I've promised regular features in the past. (Remember my top ten lists, Fringe and clone wars reviews?) Here's one that I would love to keep in existance for a while atleast. Every week I will post three viral videos/ or new memes that caught my eye. Here are my pics for the week.

1. Children's Choir Sings "Still Alive"

Now if that didn't make you smile with nerd related happiness, I dont know what will.

2. TV Show Theme Medley

Recently featured on the Best of Youtube Podcast, this awesome video mainly caught my eye for the awesomeness that happens at 3:55. Its just cool overall though. Though, I'm mad that they included Family guy.

3. Bizarre Giant Shark Video

Now this video is just bizarre. I actually happened upon it a few years ago, but it recently popped back into the random soup of my subconcious. It looks real enough, but its still fracking weird.

I am excited. Ecstatic. No I am literally about to fall out of my chair. Godzilla is back from the dead.

First rumored in last summer, Legendary Pictures, the studio behind Watchmen, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming Clash of the Titans, announced that they were in talks with Toho Co. Ltd. to release a reboot of the Godzilla series.

Today Legendary made the official announcement for the film, which is penned for a 2012 release.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Toho Co. Ltd. had this to say: "Godzilla is a signature Japanese character which we have nurtured over the years. It is a great honor to reach an agreement with Legendary Pictures, the parent to many a blockbuster film, and we are delighted in rebooting the character together to realize its much anticipated return by fans from all over the world," comments Hideyuki Takai, President of Toho Co., Ltd. "We are anxious to find out where Godzilla's new stomping will take us."

It was also announced that Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) , Roy Lee (The Departed), Brian Rogers , Yoshimitsu Banno (Godzilla vs. Hedorah) , Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will produce.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I don't want to drag out this post, so I will make it brief.

Okay - so Nick, Gormy, and I have been debating over which Halo is the best out of the three from the trilogy, namely, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3. I have played all three multiple times, and despite them being one of my least favorite shooter franchises (that's a whole 'nother story), they are fun run-and-gun games that can easily steal a weekend.

My favorite is Halo: Combat Evolved. I played all three in the order of which they were meant to be played (or at least released, who knows if they pulled a George Lucas on us) and my love remains reserved for the first game. Maybe it was the simplicity of the first game: a generic story, generic characters, generic guns; it just all felt good (Gormy, restrain yourself). I don't care if Halo 2 had a more interesting story or less "I've already f---ing been here!" moments than the first. And don't even get me started on the third game. Sure it had skulls and smoother mechanics; in my eyes, however, it just can't top the fun I had with the first.

Halo: Combat Evolved may have been overly simple and repetitive than the sequels, but it has a sort of charm, a nostalgia that brings back memories and feelings that just can't be recreated by its followers. Whether or not it is regarded as such in the rest of the world, I don't care. I think Halo: Combat Evolved is a classic that accomplishes much more than the rest of the trilogy.

And just for your enjoyment, Figure A depicts the worldwide accepted graph of goodness of the Halo Trilogy, shown chronologically by release date.

Figure A

Also, feel free to leave comments below as long as you agree with me.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
And here we go, even more Corman craziness! Now we have two absurd crocodillians eating numerous people and fighting it out. Honestly, when it comes to cheesy creature flicks Roger Corman never ceases to disappoint, and of coures we have SyFy Channel to thank fot the insanity. No release date yet, but I'll be waiting eagerly for the day this atrocity graces my television screen.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This week was the famous SXSW, a film festival for the fantastic, and unique. While we got new information regarding the Predators film, and Kick Ass (Look for more about those later/in our latest podcast), the biggest news (atleast for me) was regarding the new independent film Monsters. Monsters is described by Vertigo films as: "Six years ago previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an "INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"... The story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border."

Although the idea brings to mind such films as Cloverfield and District 9, reviews for Monsters have been overwhelmingly positive. The film was also recently picked up by Magnet Releasing. We have yet to here about a DVD or theatrical release, but regardless, I'm excited.

Thursday, March 11, 2010
As the title suggests the new trailer for Kick-Ass has just been released:

Personally it looks awesome and gorey at the same time, but only time will tell.


Monday, March 8, 2010
Although my baby District 9 didn't win any awards, it was still an interesting night. Heres the full list of awards.

**Winner** The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), A Voltage Pictures Production, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers
Avatar (20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
District 9 (TriStar), A Block/Hanson Production, Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
An Education (Sony Pictures Classics), A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production, Lawrence Bender, Producer
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate), A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production, Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
A Serious Man (Focus Features), A Working Title Films Production, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
Up (Disney•Pixar), A Pixar Production, Jonas Rivera, Producer
Up in the Air (Paramount), A Montecito Picture Company Production, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

**Winner** Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
James Cameron - Avatar (20th Century Fox)
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)

**Winner** Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight)
George Clooney - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Colin Firth - A Single Man (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman - Invictus (Warner Bros.)
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

**Winner** Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side (Warner Bros.)
Helen Mirren - The Last Station (Sony Pictures Classics)
Carey Mulligan - An Education (Sony Pictures Classics)
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia (Columbia Pictures)

**Winner** Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
Matt Damon - Invictus (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger (Oscilloscope)
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones (Paramount)

**Winner** Mo'Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Penelope Cruz - Nine (The Weinstein Company)
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight)
Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air (Paramount)

**Winner** Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate), Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
District 9 (TriStar), Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education (Sony Pictures Classics), Screenplay by Nick Hornby
In the Loop (IFC Films), Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Up in the Air (Paramount), Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

**Winner** The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Written by Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Written by Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger (Oscilloscope), Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
A Serious Man (Focus Features), Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Up (Disney•Pixar), Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

**Winner** El Secreto de sus Ojos (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haddock Films Production, Argentina
Ajami (Kino International), An Inosan Production, Israel
The Milk of Sorrow, A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production, Peru
Une Prophéte (Sony Pictures Classics), A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production, France
The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics), An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production, Germany

**Winner** Up (Disney•Pixar), Pete Docter
Coraline (Focus Features), Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight), Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney), John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells (GDKIDS), Tomm Moore

**Winner** Avatar (20th Century Fox), Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Sony Pictures Classics), Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
Nine (The Weinstein Company), Art Direction: John Myhre, Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Young Victoria (Apparition), Art Direction: Patrice Vermette, Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

**Winner** Avatar (20th Century Fox), Mauro Fiore
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros.), Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics), Christian Berger

**Winner** The Young Victoria (Apparition), Sandy Powell
Bright Star (Apparition), Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel (Sony Pictures Classics), Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Sony Pictures Classics), Monique Prudhomme
Nine (The Weinstein Company), Colleen Atwood

**Winner** The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
District 9 (TriStar), Julian Clarke
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate), Joe Klotz

**Winner** The Cove (Roadside Attractions), An Oceanic Preservation Society Production, Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens
Burma VJ (Oscilloscope Laboratories), A Magic Hour Films Production, Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
Food, Inc. (Magnolia Pictures), A Robert Kenner Films Production, Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (First Run Features ), A Kovno Communications Production, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Which Way Home, A Mr. Mudd Production, Rebecca Cammisa

**Winner** Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
Il Divo (MPI Media Group through Music Box), Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
The Young Victoria (Apparition), Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

**Winner** Up (Disney•Pixar), Michael Giacchino
Avatar (20th Century Fox), James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight), Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer

**Winner** "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
"Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Down in New Orleans" from The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Loin de Paname" from Paris 36 (Sony Pictures Classics), Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas
"Take It All" from Nine (The Weinstein Company), Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston

**Winner** The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount), Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

**Winner** The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Paul N.J. Ottosson
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Wylie Stateman
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
Up (Disney•Pixar), Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

**Winner** Avatar (20th Century Fox), Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
District 9 (TriStar), Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

**Winner** Music by Prudence, An iThemba Production, Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, A Downtown Community Television Center Production, Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, A Just Media Production, Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, A Community Media Production, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Rabbit à la Berlin (Deckert Distribution), An MS Films Production, Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

**Winner** Logorama (Autour de Minuit), An Autour de Minuit Production, Nicolas Schmerkin
French Roast, A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production, Fabrice O. Joubert
Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (Brown Bag Films), A Brown Bag Films Production, Nicky Phelan and Darragh O'Connell
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte), A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production, Javier Recio Gracia
A Matter of Loaf and Death (Aardman Animations), An Aardman Animations Production, Nick Park

**Winner** The New Tenants, A Park Pictures and M & M Production, Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
The Door (Network Ireland Television), An Octagon Films Production, Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
Instead of Abracadabra (The Swedish Film Institute), A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production, Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
Kavi, A Gregg Helvey Production, Gregg Helvey
Miracle Fish (Premium Films), A Druid Films Production, Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
Oh my God! I am excited by all means. In a year sure to be filled with boring films, Iron Man 2 is the only movie that can get me excited.

Saturday, March 6, 2010
It is a well known fact that after Marvel's mega-battle Siege, Dark Reign will end and a new age in the Marvel universe will take place. This new "Heroic Age" is supposed to signal an end to the chaos and death that has gripped the universe for the past decade. Although this new age will still have its fair share of dark tales, heroes will once again be on the same side, and fighting for a singular cause.

Yet, with any new age comic fans have one thing to look forward to, roster changes! So far we have new line ups for three Avenger teams (I know three!), and the new Thunderbolts squad.

Secret Avengers:
Although we have little idea of who these heroes may be, only their silhouettes have been revealed. Noone is even sure what this team is supposed to signify. Mark this one gents, sure to be interesting.

Judging by the shadows, and what we've learned from fellow nerds, we appear to have Beast, Moon Knight, Valkyrie, Wonder Man, War Machine, and Stever Rogers. Sounds awesome to me!


The core team of the Marvel universe has undergone another huge roster change. A mix of familiar and the old, this is sure to be a fun book. I'm sure many Marvel fans are geeking out over seeing Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America all working together again.

The New Avengers
Now here's the curveball. Many are confused about why this team continues to exist. The New Avengers were originally created at the end of the Avengers Disassembled arc in 2004. However, with a core Avengers team back in action, is there really a need for another Avengers team? Either way, heres the line up.

Marvel's team of reformed super-villains is also getting a major overhaul. Lead by Luke Cage, the new team of Man-Thing, Juggernaut, Moonstone, Crossbones, and the Ant Man from the Initiative plot.

Friday, March 5, 2010
When Portal was first released back in 2007, it recieved world wide critical acclaim and is one of my personal favorite games. Its clever puzzles, interesting design, and witty dark humor made it a gem of a game. Today Valve confirmed that there will be yet another Portal game due out for release holiday of this year. We know very little so far other then that it is being released for the PC and 360 and that the maniacal computer GLaDOS will return. Also, a recent piece of DLC has changed the ending for the game with the cryptic ending seen below...

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Guardians of Ga'Hoole is a series that has a great nostalgic value for me. The story of heroic sentient owls was one that I first started reading in 4th grade, and followed all the way though. This adaption by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) looks to be a faithful adaptation filled with spectacle and wondor. Although I'm hesitant about the voice acting and the track record adaptations of children's books have, but I'm excited nonetheless.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Roger Corman is a man whose name will live in infamy among the nerd community. The man behind such masterpieces as Supergator, Dinocroc, and even the film production of Little Shop of Horrors has unvieled his two newest productions (see if you can see a pattern) Dinoshark, and Sharktopus! Both films are slated for appearance on the Syfy channel later this year, and expect lots of awful special effects, acting, and over the top gore. We love you Corman.

Well, here's the newest trailer. While it certainly looks better then other video game movies, I'm still hesitant on how it will play out.

It is a commonly known rumor that Marvel has been planning an Avengers film. Our first inkling of the crossover of all crossover films was seen in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, when Robert Downey Jr's Tony STark made an appearance. The purported line up Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, and the Hulk caused numerous nerdgasms, and speculation. How in the world would a studio afford a film of that budget? The Iron Man and Hulk films each cost over a hundred million dollars to produce. Well, it appears that Marvel is not letting that distract them. Yesterday, Joe Qusaeda, head of Marvel, stated that he had read the first draft of the script on his Twitter account. Also, the Oscar nominated actor, Jeremy Renner, has mentioned that he is intalks for the role of Hawkeye. More on this as it develops!

Well, I don't know what to think about this one. Although many of us have suspected this for months with the whole Gauntlet arc in full swing, there were others like myself that really hoped this wouldn't come true. Kraven the Hunter will walk across Earth-616 once more. Originally killed in the classic Kraven's Last Hunt, Kraven the Hunter will be remembered as one of the goofier, but oddly poignant characters in the Spider-man saga. Personally, I have mixed feelings about his eventual return this summer. First off, it kind of makes me angry that noone can stay dead in the Marvel Universe. Kraven and Gwen Stacy were the two characters I could always count on staying dead and in the ground. There deaths were both amazing stories that greatly impacted the webslinger's life. However, as Joe Quesada continues his iron fisted rule of Spider-man, the virtual rape of everything fans hold dear will continue. Perhaps I am making a premature judgement here though. The story may turn out to be a lot of fun, and maybe things won't be as bad as they seem. We'll see folks. We'll see.
~ Hell Yes ~
Okay so I kinda delayed my opinions on the anime coming out next month due to an outstanding lack of purpose. But, I sucked up my question of philosophy and the universe to bring you this list of the great (hopefully :sweaty:) anime premiering next month.

First off is Senko No Night RaidThe second series of the "Power of Anime" project (the same project that started Sora No Woto). Set in the early 1930s, Senko No Night Raid is an espionage anime following a spy organization called Sakurai Kikan set up in Shanghai.
Luke: Honestly, Sora No Woto wasn't my thing, but this seems a bit different and has promise.

Second is Black★Rock Shooter
Based off of the Miku Hatsune song "Black Rock Shooter" the anime will feature an original protagonist and music.
Luke: It's things like this that teach me so much more about otaku culture (and here I thought I knew everything). But it looks fantastic and obviously the music will be great with huke and ryo at the helm, so I suppose time will tell.

Third is . . . oh god Iron ManMadhouse and Marvel kick off their four part Marvel character reinvention with Iron Man and I'm pretty sure that's self explanatory.
Luke: Visually, this looks incredible and the reinvention for Japanese audiences has not changed the iconic suit's look (does anyone remember Japanese spider-man? ). It's safe to say Nick and myself are looking forward to this project.

Fourth: HeromanWhile on the topic of Marvel, Stan Lee and Studio Bones collaborated to make this odd collaboration of Giant robot clashing against the forces of evil. Essentially it's the story of an American named Joey who finds a toy that transforms into a giant robot.

Luke: I really wanna see this, don't ask me why. It just seems like either a serious success or a giant WTF. But now I'm just waiting for the trailer to come out.

Fifth: Yojohan Shiwa Taikei
Based on Morimi Tomohiko's novel, Yojohan Shinwa Taikei follows a nameless third year college student as he recalls his previous years spent with the members of his club.

Luke: I'm really excited to watch this anime because of three reasons: 1) I like the story premise 2) It's directed by Yuasa, who is amazing. 3)Nakamura Yusuke is behind the character design!!! (Google it if you don't know why I love him).

Sixth (It's a long list): Arakawa Under the Bridge
Ko Ichinomiya, an upper class man, is pulled out of the Arakawa River by a beautiful vagrant named Rino. The residents of the area are a bit on the unusual side and now Ko is caught in the middle.

Luke: Such an odd premise for an anime/manga but I like it and like many of the others I've discussed, we'll have to wait and watch.

The rest of the list is as followed (I talked about the ones I'm looking forward to):

Angel Beats
House of Five Leaves
RAINBOW - Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin
Ichiban Ushirono Dai Maou
Giant Killing!
Shin Koihime:Musou Otome Tairan
Kiss X Sis
Hakuouki - Shinsengumi Kitan
Mayoi Neko Overun!

Luke: Quite a few anime being released this Spring look good, unlike Winter (kinda lacking). I intend to watch and review as many as possible (even the bad ones).