'I was looking to do something different, but at the same time if it was too unique, it could fail," says Masayuki Miyaji, director of PlayStation Network's new anime series "Xam'd: Lost Memories." "But then if it fails, that might even be more fun."

Miyaji is talking about his choice to use electro-rock big-hitters Boom Boom Satellites' evocatively titled song "Shut Up and Explode," rather than a typically cutesy Akiba-kei pop confection, as the opening theme to his new series; and this urge to play with expectations permeates the project throughout.

"At first I thought, 'Using such a different kind of song is going to be hard,' and I was pretty nervous," he admits. "But I thought it would be a good challenge to make it work."