Anime 2013 spring

Anime 2013 spring DEFAULT

Spring 2013 Anime

This chart is a list of the TV anime series that aired between April and June of 2013, along with their Laconic descriptions.

See Winter 2013 Anime for the previous season and Summer 2013 Anime for the following one

Here is the season's forum discussion.


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  • Aiura
    (PV)
    Airing from April 9 for 12 episodes.

    An adaptation of the Slice of Life comedy yonkoma. Follows the lives of three "annoying, spirited high school girls with zero motivation."

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  • Arata: The Legend
    (PV)
    Airing from April 8

    Two guys named Arata from different worlds magically trade places, and try to solve each other's problems.

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  • Attack on Titan
    (PV)
    Airing from April 6

    In a post-apocalyptic world, mankind struggles to survive against man-eating titans. Based on a sleeper hit manga.

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  • Danchi Tomoo
    Airing from April 6

    The misadventures of a fourth-grade boy.

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  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer!(Hataraku Maou-sama!)
    (PV)
    Airing from April 4 for 13 episodes

    A demon lord is transported to modern-day Japan, and ends up working for a fast-food joint.

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  • Dibetagurashi
    Airing from April 7

    A comedy about the life of a group of birds.

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  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san W(Crawling Up! Nyarko-san W)
    (PV)
    Airing from April 9

    Second season of the Lovecraft comedy. Guaranteed to have a ton of Kamen Rider references and lots of anime references.

  • Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties
    Airing from April 8 for 12 episodes

    Another series about the indebted butler. Every episode focuses on a different character.

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  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko(The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat)
    (PV)
    Airing from April 13 for 12 episodes

    A boy wishes to a cat statue that he'll be able to express his perverted thoughts when he wants to. While doing so, he runs into a girl that wishes that she wouldn't display her real intentions easily.

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  • Leviathan: The Last Defense (Zettai Bouei Leviathan)
    (PV)
    Airing from April 6

    A fantasy world finds itself endangered by evil creatures, so a fairy recruits three dragon girls as a defence force.

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  • Jewelpet Happiness
    (PV)
    Airing from April 6, for 52 episodes.

    The fifth season of Jewelpet. Ruby receives the Magical Jewel Box from Jewelina with one mission: create Magic Gems with the humans she meets. To this end, she and her friends open and manage a Cafe in the campus of Jewel Academy with the help of students Chiari, Nene and Ruruka.

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  • Kakumeiki Valvrave(Valvrave the Liberator)
    (PV) (forum thread)
    Airing from April 11 for 13 episodes

    Set in the future, where 70% of the human race lives in space. The main character lives in a neutral nation, and discovers the title mecha during an invasion.

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  • Karneval
    (PV)
    Airing from April 3rd for 13 episodes

    A young thief gets caught up with a strange young boy who is looking for someone, and the two of them end up working with the defense organization Circus. Based on a josei fantasy manga.

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  • Mushibugyou
    (CM)
    Airing from April 8

    Set in early 1700s Edo (now Tokyo), about a special magistrate unit charged with protecting the people in the heart of the city.

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  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru)
    Airing from April 4th for 13 episodes

    An antisocial highschool boy is forced into his school's service club, which happens to contain the prettiest girl in the school, who's also an antisocial misanthrope.

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  • Namiuchigiwa No Muromi-san(Muromi-san on the Shore)
    (PV)
    Airing from April 6 for 13 episodes

    A comedy about a mermaid, who gets caught by a boy in a high school fishing club.

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  • Oreimo(Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, or There's No Way My Little Sister Can Be This Cute)
    Airing from April 6 for 13 episodes

    2nd season of the anime based on the very popular comedy Light Novel series about an older brother who is an Ordinary High-School Student, a tsundere younger sister who is a closet Otaku and their mutual friend who is an Elegant Gothic Lolita whose nickname is Kuroneko. Note the only difference in the name of the 2nd season is a period.

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  • RDG: Red Data Girl
    (PV)
    Pre-air on March 16th. TV Airing from April 3rd for 12 episodes

    The protagonist is a young girl who's spent most of her life living in a shrine. Her family has some kind of horrible secret.

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  • Sparrows Hotel
    Airing from April 9

    Follows a new front desk worker at the titular Sparrow's Hotel. She's notable for her large breasts and for being a skilled assassin.

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  • Suisei no Gargantia
    (PV)
    Airing from April 7th

    An original Sci-Fi anime written by Gen Urobuchi. A young soldier fighting against an alien species is accidentally warped to an unknown but human-populated water-covered planet.

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  • The Severing Crime Edge(Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge)
    (PV)
    Airing from April 3 for 13 episodes

    A boy with scissors capable of cutting any hair finds himself protecting a girl with cursed hair from the descendants of murderers wielding "killing goods".

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  • Space Battleship Yamato 2199
    (PV)
    Airing from April 7th for 26 episodes

    Remake of the classic '70s Science Fiction Anime where people of Earth fight for survival against an alien race by sending a modified version the WW2 battleship Yamato to Iscandar.

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  • Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san. Z(You're Being Summoned, Azazel-san. Z)
    Airing from April 6 for 13 episodes

    A second season of the demonic comedy.

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Seasonal Anime

Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations. After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. Based on Hajime Isayama's award-winning manga, Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Themes:
Military, Super Power

Demographic:
Shounen

Licensor:
Funimation

TV - Apr 7, 2013, 01:58 (JST)

3,104,669 8.51

Striking fear into the hearts of mortals, the Demon Lord Satan begins to conquer the land of Ente Isla with his vast demon armies. However, while embarking on this brutal quest to take over the continent, his efforts are foiled by the hero Emilia, forcing Satan to make his swift retreat through a dimensional portal only to land in the human world. Along with his loyal general Alsiel, the demon finds himself stranded in modern-day Tokyo and vows to return and complete his subjugation of Ente Isla—that is, if they can find a way back! Powerless in a world without magic, Satan assumes the guise of a human named Sadao Maou and begins working at MgRonald's—a local fast-food restaurant—to make ends meet. He soon realizes that his goal of conquering Ente Isla is just not enough as he grows determined to climb the corporate ladder and become the ruler of Earth, one satisfied customer at a time! Whether it's part-time work, household chores, or simply trying to pay the rent on time, Hataraku Maou-sama! presents a hilarious view of the most mundane aspects of everyday life, all through the eyes of a hapless demon lord. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Theme:
Demons

Licensor:
Funimation

TV - Apr 4, 2013, 22:00 (JST)

1,252,892 7.80

Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student with narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He firmly believes that joyful youth is nothing but a farce, and everyone who says otherwise is just lying to themselves. In a novel punishment for writing an essay mocking modern social relationships, Hachiman's teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that aims to extend a helping hand to any student who seeks their support in achieving their goals. With the only other club member being the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita, Hachiman finds himself on the front line of other people's problems—a place he never dreamed he would be. As Hachiman and Yukino use their wits to solve many students' problems, will Hachiman's rotten view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage? [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Theme:
School

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 5, 2013, 01:28 (JST)

1,157,474 8.03

Thirty years ago, the Eurasian continent was devastated by a supermassive "spatial quake"—a phenomenon involving space vibrations of unknown origin—resulting in the deaths of over 150 million people. Since then, these quakes have been plaguing the world intermittently, albeit on a lighter scale. Shidou Itsuka is a seemingly average high school student who lives with his younger sister, Kotori. When an imminent spatial quake threatens the safety of Tengu City, he rushes to save her, only to be caught in the resulting eruption. He discovers a mysterious girl at its source, who is revealed to be a "Spirit," an otherworldly entity whose appearance triggers a spatial quake. Soon after, he becomes embroiled in a skirmish between the girl and the Anti-Spirit Team, a ruthless strike force with the goal of annihilating Spirits. However, there is a third party that believes in saving the spirits: "Ratatoskr," which surprisingly is commanded by Shidou's little sister! Kotori forcibly recruits Shidou after the clash, presenting to him an alternative method of dealing with the danger posed by the Spirits—make them fall in love with him. Now, the fate of the world rests on his dating prowess, as he seeks out Spirits in order to charm them. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Themes:
Harem, Mecha, School

Licensor:
Funimation

TV - Apr 6, 2013, 01:30 (JST)

840,656 7.19

Youto Yokodera wants to be seen in a way different from most men: as a pervert. However, his lewd actions are often misinterpreted as good intentions, and people cannot see his true nature. Upon hearing rumors of a cat statue that can banish an unwanted trait, he searches for it and prays for his façade to be removed. But each wish comes at a price: those unwelcomed traits are transferred to someone else who desires them! After realizing that vocalizing his dirty thoughts is not the best thing, Youto decides to regain his lost traits by seeking out the person who received them. Unfortunately, he was not alone in praying to the cat statue, and now he must not only fix his life, but the lives of others as well. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Themes:
Harem, School

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 13, 2013, 22:30 (JST)

401,498 7.20

The diehard otaku Kirino Kousaka has returned and settled back into life in Japan with her friends and family. Despite what her older brother Kyousuke has previously done for her, Kirino continues to give him the cold shoulder, much to his frustration. He is worried that his persuasion for Kirino to drop her track and field training in America and return home may have severely strained his relationship with her. On top of that, Kyousuke now also has to decode a bold and cryptic message from Ruri "Kuroneko" Gokou, his junior at school as well as Kirino's friend. As the ties between the two siblings and their friends deepen, Kirino and Kyousuke will soon have to figure out how they want to deal with these relationships, helping each other realize their own feelings in the process. In spite of that, Kirino still manages to find time to satisfy her otaku needs with the company of her brother. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Licensor:
Aniplex of America

TV - Apr 7, 2013

388,344 6.99

Mikoto Misaka and her friends are back, investigating rumors across Academy City. Soon, Mikoto discovers something terrifying: horrific experiments are taking place throughout the city, involving the murder of thousands of espers. Moreover, these espers are far from just ordinary people: they are clones of Mikoto herself. Feeling responsible for their treatment, she sets off to put an end to the experiments; however, the forces opposing her are much more dangerous than she anticipated, and Mikoto finds herself up against some of the most powerful espers imaginable. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S continues the story of the Railgun as she desperately fights to put an end to the inhuman experiments that she believes she helped cause, her life dragged deep into despair in the process. There's never a dull moment in Academy City, but no one ever said all of them would be pleasant. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Theme:
Super Power

Licensor:
Funimation

TV - Apr 12, 2013, 23:30 (JST)

330,743 8.04

In the distant future, a majority of humans have left the Earth, and the Galactic Alliance of Humanity is founded to guide exploration and ensure the prosperity of mankind. However, a significant threat arises in the form of strange creatures called Hideauze, resulting in an interstellar war to prevent humanity's extinction. Armed with Chamber, an autonomous robot, 16-year-old lieutenant Ledo of the Galactic Alliance joins the battle against the monsters. In an unfortunate turn of events, Ledo loses control during the battle and is cast out to the far reaches of space, crash-landing on a waterlogged Earth. On the blue planet, Gargantia—a large fleet of scavenger ships—comes across Chamber and retrieves it from the ocean, thinking they have salvaged something of value. Mistaking their actions for hostility, Ledo sneaks aboard and takes a young messenger girl named Amy hostage, only to realize that the residents of Gargantia are not as dangerous as he had believed. Faced with uncertainty, and unable to communicate with his comrades in space, Ledo attempts to get his bearings and acclimate to a new lifestyle. But his peaceful days are about to be short-lived, as there is more to this ocean-covered planet than meets the eye. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Theme:
Mecha

Licensor:
VIZ Media

TV - Apr 7, 2013, 22:00 (JST)

300,726 7.48

While in search of his precious friend, a young boy named Nai falls captive to a beautiful woman, whose looks are matched only by her taste for human flesh. Meanwhile Gareki, a clever thief, is in the midst of robbing her luxurious home. After causing a distraction, Gareki agrees to help Nai escape, but they are discovered upon the woman's return. As she transforms into a ghoulish monster, the boys flee. On the run, Nai and Gareki are found by "Circus," a government defense agency that deals with criminal activity too difficult for the police to handle and protects civilians from "varuga"—terrible monsters that devour humans for sustenance. In the hope that it will lead Nai to his missing friend, he and Gareki decide to join Circus. On their perilous journey, they face dangerous varuga and begin to uncover the secrets behind a shadowy organization known as Kafka. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Demographic:
Josei

Licensor:
Funimation

TV - Apr 4, 2013

193,662 7.12

Kasuga Takao is a boy who loves reading books, particularly Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and his Venus, and he admires her from a distance. One day, he forgets his copy of Les Fleurs du Mal in the classroom and runs back alone to pick it up. In the classroom, he finds not only his book, but Saeki's gym uniform. On a mad impulse, he steals it. Now everyone knows "some pervert" stole Saeki's uniform, and Kasuga is dying with shame and guilt. Furthermore, the weird, creepy, and friendless girl of the class, Nakamura, saw him take the uniform. Instead of revealing it was him, she recognizes his kindred deviant spirit and uses her knowledge to take control of his life. Will it be possible for Kasuga to get closer to Saeki, despite Nakamura's meddling and his dark secret? What exactly does Nakamura intend to do with him? (Source: MangaHelpers)

Themes:
Psychological, School

Demographic:
Shounen

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 5, 2013

182,341 7.15

Nyaruko still wants Mahiro, as does Hasuta. Kūko wants Nyaruko, but believes both Nyaruko's and Mahiro's "first time" belongs to her. Yoriko puts up with all of it and cheerfully runs the house where they all live. Mahiro just wants some sanity. He doesn't want to be the love toy of a Nyarlathotepan, Cthughan, or a shots-like Hasturan. He may or may not hold out. (Source: ANN)

Theme:
Parody

Licensor:
NIS America, Inc.

TV - Apr 8, 2013, 01:05 (JST)

160,704 7.25

The countdown to extinction begins on Sunday with the arrival of the Septentriones, otherworldly invaders set on the eradication of mankind. Caught in the crossfire, Hibiki Kuze and his friends join in the war for humanity's survival by signing contracts with demons to become "Devil Summoners." Soon, their abilities attract the attention of JP's, an underground agency led by Yamato Houtsuin. Once recruited into JP's, Hibiki and his friends fight and bond alongside other ordinary citizens who are Devil Summoners. However, with each new day, another Septentrione appears to wreak havoc upon Japan. Even if many lives are lost in the process, before that night ends, the young summoners must defeat the invaders at all costs. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Theme:
Demons

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 5, 2013

155,371 6.87

In the 71st year of the True Era, humans have successfully expanded into space and have started living in independent galactic colonies. The world itself is split between two major nations: the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS) and the Dorssia Military Pact Federation (Dorssia)—superpowers that wage war against each other on Earth and far into outer space. In this war-torn era, a third faction comprised of Japan and Islands of the Oceanian Republic (JIOR), reside peacefully and prosper economically, maintaining neutrality between themselves and their militant neighbors. Kakumeiki Valvrave commences in an outer space JIOR colony, where 17-year-old Haruto Tokishima's peaceful life is turned upside down as a sudden Dorssian fleet breaches the neutral colony. Their objective is to seize the Valvraves: powerful, but rumored mechanized weapons hidden deep within Haruto's school, Sakimori Academy. In the ensuing chaos, Haruto stumbles upon one of the targeted Valvraves. With his friends' lives in peril, Haruto enters the mecha and seals a contract for its power in exchange for his humanity. With the aid of L-elf—an enigmatic Dorssian agent and gifted strategist—Haruto and the Valvrave initiate a revolution to liberate the world. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Themes:
Mecha, Military, Space

Licensor:
Aniplex of America

TV - Apr 12, 2013

151,976 7.15

Kazuya, a mild-mannered high school sophomore coming to the end of a very average summer break, receives a digital single lens reflex camera as a gift. His nerdy fascination with its design soon turns to wonder when he realizes this little gadget could really give his social life a shot in the arm! (Source: TBS)

Theme:
School

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 5, 2013

104,710 6.20

Fifteen-year-old Izumiko Suzuhara just wants to be a normal girl, but that is easier said than done. Raised in a shrine deep in the mountains, she grew up extremely sheltered and painfully shy. She also has the unfortunate tendency to destroy any electronic device simply by touching it. Despite this, she still wants to try and change her life. To mark her determination to follow through on this transformation, Izumiko begins by cutting her bangs, which shocks both her classmates and protectors. And that's only the start! Her guardian, Yukimasa Sagara, forces his son, Miyuki, to come to the mountain shrine and become Izumiko's lifelong servant and protector. Too bad Izumiko and Miyuki cannot stand each other. They have known each other since they were children, and Miyuki bullied her terribly. He simply does not understand what is so special about Izumiko. His father calls Izumiko a goddess, but that cannot be true…can it? Will Izumiko and Miyuki work past their differences? Is she actually a literal goddess? Find out in RDG: Red Data Girl!

Licensor:
Funimation

TV - Apr 4, 2013

101,511 6.57

Kiri Haimura has an obsession with beautiful hair—specifically, cutting it. This bizarre trait is what leads him to seek out a rumored long-haired ghost who lives in an abandoned house on a hill. However, he finds not a ghost, but a beautiful girl with long flowing hair named Iwai Mushanokouji, the "Hair Queen," whose hair cannot be cut due to a family curse. Iwai explains that there is a death game surrounding her, and that if she is killed by a cursed object, aptly named a "Killing Good," the wielder gets their wish granted. After protecting Iwai from "Authors"—Killing Goods users—he learns there is in fact a Killing Good passed down in his own family: a pair of scissors used by his ancestor to commit murders. Naming the scissors "The Severing Crime Edge," he finds that he is able to cut Iwai's cursed hair with them, setting her free to live a normal life. However, many Authors seek to kill the Hair Queen, and Kiri will have to protect her in this lethal game of fate. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Demographic:
Seinen

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 4, 2013

101,095 6.70

In Feudal Japan, the people of Edo are under siege by giant insects that ravage the land. The people desperately beg the government to do something about it. Thus the Insect Magistrate Office is established, gathering strong warriors to defend against the onset of pests. Mushibugyou follows Jinbee Tsukishima, a young man striving to be a master swordsman like his father. To atone for a horrific incident that occurred at his fault, Jinbee seeks to take his father's place as a member of the Insect Magistrate Office. On his journey there, he meets the lovely Haru, a young woman who helps manage her family’s tea house, and is forced to put his sword to good use in saving her from a grisly fate. This act of bravery that earns him a spot in the Insect Magistrate. Will this rookie exterminator be able to rid the land of the horde of insects swarming in?

Themes:
Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Super Power

Demographic:
Shounen

TV - Apr 8, 2013, 18:00 (JST)

80,142 7.33

The story centers around Amaya, Iwasawa, and Uehara—three "annoying, spirited high school girls with zero motivation"—and their classmates. Their daily life is "what happens when there is nothing happening." (Source: ANN)

Theme:
School

Demographic:
Shounen

TV - Apr 10, 2013, 01:35 (JST)

76,818 6.68

As a young boy from a noble family in Amawakuni, Arata has always expected to make life his own—until word of the princess growing weak reaches his city. Unbeknown to him, his grandmother had claimed him to be female at birth, and now, with no other girls to succeed the princess from the matriarchal Hime clan, he is next in line for the throne! Disguised as a woman awaiting a replacement to be found, Arata witnesses an assassination attempt on the princess by none other than her own guard, the 12 Shinsho. The crime is pinned on his head, forcing Arata to escape to the Kando forest, where it is said that no one comes out the same. Meanwhile, in modern-day Japan, Arata Hinohara longs for escape from the cruelty of his classmates. Hearing his name called from an alley, he wanders from his path and unwittingly switches universes with Arata from Amawakuni. With his own power as a newly awakened "Sho"—a warrior able to wield Hayagami, weapons with the power of the gods—and the help of his companions he meets along his journey, Hinohara sets out to restore order to this new world. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Demographic:
Shounen

TV - Apr 9, 2013, 02:05 (JST)

64,509 6.47

In the latter half of 21st century, humans leave the Earth and begin to live in space. In order to adapt to the environment in space and deal with the hostile aliens in Jupiter, genetically engineered children called "Princes" are artificially raised and trained to be pilots of armed robots "AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device). This is a story about one of the teenage "Princes," Hitachi O Izuru, who studies in an academic city Grandzehle. (Source: MAL News)

Themes:
Mecha, School, Space

Demographic:
Seinen

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 4, 2013, 22:30 (JST)

51,079 7.34

After fighting to free the game of soccer in Japan from the Fifth Sector, the country's soccer squads can once again look forward to stepping onto the field. However, a new challenge will emerge for Japanese players in the form of the Football Frontier International Vision 2, a new tournament that will bring together the best teams each country can assemble. Tenma Matsukaze and his Raimon teammates, Takuto Shindou and Kyousuke Tsurugi, are once again part of the action as they have been selected to play for the Japanese representative, Inazuma Japan. Much to their surprise, the coach selects eight other players that have no previous experience playing soccer! Team Inazuma Japan will have a huge mountain to climb, building chemistry and skills as they go along. What they don’t know is that the tournament will set the stage for something much bigger, something out of this world in Inazuma Eleven Go: Galaxy!

Theme:
Super Power

Demographic:
Shounen

TV - May 8, 2013

38,278 6.62

The story is set in Aquafall, a fantasy world abound with water and greenery, and populated by dragons and fairies. Meteorites suddenly bring forth evil creatures that threaten all living things on the planet. The fairy Syrup assembles the Aquafall Defense Force, with three girls of the dragon clans as recruits. The story follows Syrup and the dragon girls Leviathan, Bahamut, and Jörmungandr as they work together to battle enemies and grow up. (Source: ANN)

Licensor:
Sentai Filmworks

TV - Apr 6, 2013

26,092 6.30

Naru Ayase is an 8th grader who can see the colors of music when she listens to it. For Naru, who is extremely good at decorating, becoming the owner of a shop like Dear Crown was her dream. One day, she finds out that the manager of a newly-opened shop is recruiting middle school girls who can do Prism Dance, and immediately applies. Naru begins to Prism Dance at the audition, and an aura she's never experienced spreads out in front of her. At that moment, a mysterious girl named Rinne asks her if she can see "rainbow music." (Source: ANN)

Theme:
Music

Demographic:
Shoujo

TV - Apr 6, 2013, 10:00 (JST)

11,061 7.51

The anime adapted from the manga remake version of the Korean webtoon "A Simple Thinking about Bloodtypes" involving the faceless and nameless characters of four different blood types to discuss about popular anthropomorphized blood types (the stereotypes about the blood types) in Japan and Korea. (Source: ANN)

TV - Apr 7, 2013, 22:27 (JST)

10,136 6.54

The comedy revolves around Sayuri Satou, the new front desk worker at the Sparrow's Hotel—"the closest hotel to Heaven". Her special features are her large breasts and her skills of assassination. She takes down people who cause trouble in the business hotel with those skills, but she is in fact very unskilled when talking to the male hotel manager, and often bites her tongue. (Source: ANN)

TV - Apr 9, 2013

9,371 5.46

Year 2055, four years after the events in Danball Senki W. LBXs have become the world’s largest hobby, big enough for pro leagues to be established, and people to make their entire living off being an LBX player. 14-year-old Arata is a new transfer student at Kamui Daimon Integrated Academy on Kamui Island, near Japan. Known to be the most prestigious institution in the world for raising LBX players and mechanics, entrance to the academy requires an extremely competitive hurdle of being the champion of at least three official tournaments. Along with other members of his platoon, they face rivals and delve into the secrets lurking within the academy. (Source: ANN)

Theme:
Mecha

Demographic:
Kids

TV - Apr 3, 2013

4,117 7.05

The series focuses on the main heroine Chiari Tsukikage and her friends on managing the Jewelpet Cafe. One day at the magical world of Jewel Land, Lady Jewelina entrusted Ruby the Magical Jewel Box with a mission to make friends and collect Magic Jewels. At the same time she needs to attend the Jewel Academy to do so and open a shop called the Jewelpet Cafe. However with her friends, things didn't go well as planned with several failed mishaps happened to her and the students being scared, in the point of Ruby giving up. But when she met a young girl named Chiari Tsukikage and decides to help, Ruby's life is about to change forever. Now, she and her friends now must work together for the cafe to prosper, stick together through good and bad luck as well as protecting the Jewel Box from being stolen. (Source: Jewelpet Wikia)

Demographic:
Shoujo

TV - Apr 6, 2013

2,907 6.74

This is a series of animated flash-shorts produced on NTV's ZIP!, set to replace ZIP!'s previous anime parody short Ohayou Ninja-tai Gatchaman. Mazinger ZIP! features the same characters from the original Mazinger Z series involved in a series of small comedic sketches. Some episodes have the Gatchaman team make an appearance. (Source: Mazinger Wiki)

Theme:
Mecha

TV - Apr 8, 2013

860 5.50

The kingdom of Gemini is attacked by the evil Queen Halle. The twin princesses of the kingdom are missing, so is the important Night Star Box, which has affected planets including Earth. The fairy Queen had sent Prince You Le and Sally to Earth, looking for the Night Star Box with the help of Maggie and Michelle. Then the gang found out one of the girls who takes dance lessons with Maggie and Michelle is one of the missing princesses, Bei Bei! The mission to find the Night Star Box and the the still missing princess, Ya Ya, is now on the shoulder of the fairies. (Source: Mahou Shoujo Wikia, edited)

Demographic:
Shoujo

TV - Apr 19, 2013

784 5.85

Featuring characters from NHN's popular app such as Moon, Brown, Connie, James, Jessica, and Sally living happily together in Line Town.

Demographic:
Kids

TV - Apr 3, 2013

717 6.34

The anime is based on MegaHouse's line of Ziguru Hazeru (literally, "Jiggle and Pop Out") mecha toys that allow people to remove parts from the joints and add different parts in their place. In addition, if one combines together Hazeru Gokuu, Hazeru Sagojo, and Hazeru Hakkai, the resulting mecha will be Hazeru Seioh, allowing for users to combine their toys together. The ZIGURUHAZERU animated series is based on the upcoming original toy line of the same name from MegaHouse, featuring cool robot toys modelled after characters from the famous Journey to the West tale.

Theme:
Mecha

How did Asia's most prominent entrepreneurs know when to grasp opportunities? And how did they overcome difficulties and attain their positions of power? This series uses the unconventional technique of blending actual documentary footage with CG animation to get a close-up look into the front lines and what lies behind the scenes of Asian business. Our cartoon host is Shima Kosaku, a character from a popular Japanese business manga. He delves into the heart of the Asian economic market representing 4 billion people, to visit entrepreneurs who have survived turbulent times. Thai business magnate, Dhanin Chearavanont (Chairman of CP Group), and innovative Taiwanese semiconductor entrepreneur, Morris Chang (Chairman of TSMC), are among the many movers and shakers to be featured. Don't miss this opportunity to glimpse the dramatic lives of these media-shy business titans. (Source: Official Site)

Demographic:
Seinen

TV - May 10, 2013

470 N/A

2100A.D. The world has entered a new age of super high-speed railways. The World Railway Conference has introduced the Laser Rail, a whole new form of travel in which trains are no longer confined to the ground. To operate on the Laser Rail, the Train Base is established. Here, trains from across the globe, installed with artificial intelligences and robot bodies. Thus the Train Heroes are born. Within the Train Base, these Train Heroes undergo strict training sessions. On occasion, they are called upon to assist in disaster rescue and relief. (Source: AniDB)

Demographic:
Kids

This series of anime shorts, roughly five minutes in length, will focus on protagonist Shoutarou Kaneda's everyday life instead of focusing on battle scenes as previous Tetsujin 28 titles have done. The visuals of the title robot, its nemesis Black Ox, and other elements will have a pop-art style. (Source: ANN)

Theme:
Mecha

TV - Apr 6, 2013, 04:52 (JST)

372 N/A

Boku Wa Ou-sama is a show based on a book series by Teruo Teramura and Shizuko Wakayama. The first book came out in 1959 and 49 more volumes followed, making it one of the most popular children's book in Japan. The books and the anime follow the misadventures of Ou-sama, a silly, gluttonous, lazy but overall very lovely and cute king as he seeks elephant eggs (they make the biggest omelets, his favorite dish!) hide toys in the forest just to prank his three wise counselors, or ride the bike around the castle.

Demographic:
Kids

Hunter x Hunter is set in a world where Hunters exist to perform all manner of dangerous tasks like capturing criminals and bravely searching for lost treasures in uncharted territories. Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is determined to become the best Hunter possible in hopes of finding his father, who was a Hunter himself and had long ago abandoned his young son. However, Gon soon realizes the path to achieving his goals is far more challenging than he could have ever imagined. Along the way to becoming an official Hunter, Gon befriends the lively doctor-in-training Leorio, vengeful Kurapika, and rebellious ex-assassin Killua. To attain their own goals and desires, together the four of them take the Hunter Exam, notorious for its low success rate and high probability of death. Throughout their journey, Gon and his friends embark on an adventure that puts them through many hardships and struggles. They will meet a plethora of monsters, creatures, and characters—all while learning what being a Hunter truly means. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Theme:
Super Power

Demographic:
Shounen

Licensor:
VIZ Media

TV - Oct 2, 2011, 10:55 (JST)

2,123,271 9.06

Sours: https://myanimelist.net/anime/season/2013/spring
  1. Drill bits market
  2. Stages flight bike
  3. Stackable fridge organizers
  4. Sudafed image
  5. Parallel syn

Three weeks in, Spring 2013 looks pretty good.

My take going into this season was that it looked solid – much better than Winter, but not as loaded with intriguing series as Spring of 2012* (the best season in five years, probably).  At this point that’s still where I stand, pretty much, though on-balance there have been enough series that have surprised on the upside that I’d call the season a little better than I expected.

One thing we knew going in is that if you were a fan of sci-fi, mecha and fantasy this was going to be a  banner season.  While the strength of 2012 was character drama, this season is heavy on the sprawling epic – the sort of timeless series we saw a lot of back in the 90’s but not as much of since. Some of them have obviously been better than others but on the whole, the quality of the mecha/SF offerings has been notable, and however you want to classify Shingeki no Kyojin (fantasy is probably the closest to being a good fit) it’s mostly delivered on what it seemed to promise.

Outside of those genres, Spring 2013 has been bolstered by a couple of surprisingly good comedies and the emergence of Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge as the one truly excellent “alternative” series – dark, moody, character-driven and gorgeous to look at.  But it still pales compared to the best seasons on that side of the spectrum, and that’s where the absence of NoitaminA is most keenly felt – though the glut of good popcorn series softens the blow.  The continued spread of Light Novel Disease continues, and this season has its share of terminal cases – though a couple of the LN adaptations have proved watchable at the very least.

On, then, to Spring 2013:

The Elite

Suisei no Gargantia
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: A
Comments: This series was high on everyone’s radar screen coming in, and with good reason – Urobuchi Gen taking on mecha anime for the first time.  Gargantia has been even better than I expected – top-line in terms of production, tightly written, with a gripping story and seemingly better character dynamics than we’re used to with Gen.  Gen has commented that he wanted this to be a more hopeful show than he’s typically delivered, and so far it’s delivered on that – but it also has a difficult and complex premise than obviously alludes to today’s global political and military situation.  This is one of two Spring shows I’d say has a real chance to be remembered as a classic, and after three episodes I like it better than any Gen series to date.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
Episodes Watched: 4
Grade: A
Comments: This was one of the shows I tagged as a potential sleeper, but my expectations have been exceeded.  Studio Gokumi and director Yamaguchi Yuuji are delivering a visual feast with the help of a big chunk of the TTGL animation team.  Crime Edge is the best-looking show of the season but it’s also beautifully written, without a scrap of anime cliche anywhere in the premise or character interaction.  The main pairing is one of the strangest and most authentic in any recent anime, and the cast is full of odd and disturbing supporting characters.  The biggest surprise of the season.

Outstanding

Hataraku no Maou-sama
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: A-
Comments: White Fox is compiling quite an impressive record, following on the heels of Steins;Gate and Jormungand with this whip-smart and edgy comedy.  The animation has leveled off a bit, but the first couple of episodes were the best the studio has ever delivered in that department.  Ohsaka Ryouta is in the midst of another knockout performance as Sadao, the incarnation of Satan living a life in exile as a part-timer at MacRonald’s in present-day Tokyo.  Supporting cast is strong as well, especially Ono Yuuki as Satan’s devoted “house-husband” Ashiya.  I missed the boat on this one going in, but it might end up as one of the best comedies of 2013.

RDG: Red Data Girl
Episodes Watched: 6
Grade: A-
Comments: RDG has never really recovered from having an odd release schedule (Niconico is two weeks early with its usual crappy quality) and a so-so premiere.  It’s too bad, because people are missing a very good series indeed.  It has the usual P.A. Works eye candy, a complex Shugendou/Shinto plot, the season’s best ED and the character dynamics are getting better and better every week.  It’s remarkable how much the show is able to accomplish every week without seeming rushed, though I do worry about the 12-episode schedule.  If you were turned off by the early releases and gave up after an ep or two, this would be a great series to give a second chance in HD form.  The 6th episode is the best of the series, full of wit and beauty and a sense of unease about what’s to come.

Very Good

Shingeki no Kyojin
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: B+
Comments: This was the most anticipated show of the season – both for me and for the anime community as a whole – and it’s mostly delivered.  I haven’t found any of the characters especially compelling and I dislike a couple of the stylistic choices Production I.G. has made in terms of the art, but the action is excellent, and the premise is one of the most interesting we’ve seen in a long time –  a rousing story of the struggle to survive with a boatload of intriguing mysteries.  Gargantia has certainly been better so far, but Attack on Titan is a great watch – and it has two cours to develop things on the character side of the ledger.

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Worthwhile

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai 2
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: B
Comments: Oreimo remains the one series of its type that I can’t get out of my system.  The first three eps of the second season haven’t been stellar, and some things still drive me nuts (Kirino and her friends, for starters) but Oreimo retains an authenticity that most LN-based shows simply don’t possess.  I hope this will climb in the rankings as the season progresses and it digs deeper for emotional clarity, of the type we saw in the first season that it’s capable of.

Arata Kangatari
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: B
Comments: There’s nothing fancy about Arata Kangatari, which thus far is a very straightforward adaptation of what amounts to a straightforward shounen action fantasy (albeit one with a bit of shoujo style).  But it’s entertaining in the same way the manga is, and the anime has done a nice job of setting the table – the problem is there’s only three minutes for dinner, as the manga is 170+ chapters and counting and the anime is 12 episodes.

Kakumeiki Valvrave
Episodes Watched: 2
Grade: B
Comments: This has probably split the audience more sharply than any series I’ve blogged past the premiere this season.  What you get out of Valvrave seems pretty much dependent on what you bring into it, and for me as someone who’s neither a hater or a diehard fan of Sunrise and their tendencies, I find this to be a rousingly entertaining if admittedly very silly show.  I believe there’s an element of self-parody in the way Valvrave is using its own tropes against itself, and I think part of the aim of the series is to subvert expectations – but that’s largely a matter of opinion and waiting for further developments.  If you hate it, yo hate it – for me, Valvrave is working pretty well so far.

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: B-
Comments: It’s undoubtedly pretty light and fluffy, but I like this show a lot.  It’s old-school, high-spirited anime comedy that doesn’t take itself at all seriously and doesn’t talk down to the audience.  As expected as a half-length series Namiuchigiwa doesn’t deliver a lot of profundity or depth but what it does, it does very well.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: B-
Comments: Very little has changed since the first season with Haiyore!, and there was really no reason to expect it would.  It’s usually quite funny and occasionally brilliant, with enough insider humor to keep any otaku satisfied.  None of the first three episodes have been among the series’ best, but it’s worth noting that the animation has taken a significant step up in quality.

Mushibugyou
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: B-
Comments: Another one that was nowhere on my watch list coming into the season but has turned out pretty well.  I always enjoy a good story in this setting, and Mushibugyou has an interesting premise and characters to go along with a fine cast and terrific music.  The animation is solid as well.  While this series is hardly great, I find it to be good fun and not a series you have to work too hard to enjoy.

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Still Watching

Ginga Kikotai Majestic Prince
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: C+
Comments: This is certainly the red-headed stepchild among the crowd of mecha anime this season, with its modest animation and silly-putty character designs.  I was pretty convinced that GKMP was going the straight-up parody route, but while there’s still a lot of comedy the third episode introduced some surprisingly dark themes regarding the exploitation of its young cast.  In some ways this show reminds me of Symphogear – a modest and sometimes even amateurish production that’s clearly the product of people who have a great deal of affection for the genre they’re commenting on.  I’m still on the fence – the fourth episode is going to be very telling as to whether this series has the chops to pull off what it’s trying to do.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: C+
Comments: I really want to like this one.  It’s Brains Base, I think there’s a good heart inside it, and it’s got a decent message it’s trying to get across.  But Yahari is so steeped in LN cliche that I don’t know if those elements will be strong enough to survive.  I enjoy the fact that it’s a show that’s actually about something, though I wish it wasn’t so consumed with pushing the right buttons along the way.  It’s also the least impressive Brains Base show I can remember in terms of visuals.  Another one that’s on the bubble.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
Episodes Watched: 2
Grade: C+
Comments: Here’s a series that probably shouldn’t be as good as it is.  We have a LN adaptation with Kaji Yuuki as the male lead, and one that’s steeped in shameless moe pandering.  But it’s actually pretty good, because the humor has a sharper edge than most of its compatriots and the entire show has a relentless energy to it that’s rather appealing.  And while he doesn’t add anything much to the mix, this is the sort of role in which the damage Kaji can do is pretty limited.

Karneval
Episodes Watched: 3
Grade: C
Comments: Another series I want to like – it’s a popular manga, has a great cast, not much moe and comes from Manglobe.  But it’s not doing much for me so far – everything is so foppish and over the top that I can’t really take it seriously, and not in a good way.  And Hiro Shimono is living out one of the worst casting choices in recent memory, whether he played the role in the CD dramas or not.

Dropped:

Photo Kano, Aku no Hana, Date-a-Live, Devil Survivor 2

The “probably blogging” and “digest” categories are back after a season off, what with the large number of shows in the middle of the quality range.  I’m also giving serious consideration to picking up Kingdom again when it returns in June.  Here’s the blogging schedule as it stands:

Monday:
Definitely Blogging: Arata Kangatari, Game of Thrones
Probably Blogging in Digest:Mushibugyou

Tuesday:
Definitely Blogging: None
Probably Blogging in Digest: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

Wednesday:
Definitely Blogging: RDG: Red Data Girl (pre-air), Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

Thursday:
Definitely Blogging: Hataraku Maou-sama
Probably Blogging: Kakumeiki Valvrave
On the Bubble: Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Price, Yahari

Friday:
Definitely Blogging: Chihayafuru 2

Saturday:
Definitely Blogging: Uchuu Kyoudai, Oreimo, Shingeki no Kyojin

Sunday:
Definitely Blogging: Hunter X Hunter 2011, Suisei no Gargantia, Doctor Who

Watching for now: Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san, Hentai Ouji, Karneval


Wild Card: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199.  This is one of the tougher calls I’ve had to make.  The first 15 episodes (last I checked) have been subbed from their Blu-ray releases.  No legal streaming site or subber has picked up the TV releases.  This is one of anime’s most important series re-imagined in splendid fashion, but it seems questionable to blog it when so few English-language viewers will be watching it as it airs weekly.

Spring 2012

*Writing this post put me in mind of Spring 2012, naturally, and I wondered if I was looking back on that season with rose-colored nostalgia.  Was it really as great as I remember it?

In a word: yes.  As a reminder, here’s a partial list of shows from that season:

Tsuritama
Uchuu Kyoudai
Nazo no Kanojo X
Eureka Seven AO
Ginga e Kickoff
Hyouka
Jormungand
Sakamichi no Apollon
Fate/Zero Season 2
Shirokuma Cafe
Sankarea

In addition, there were a number of other good series like Haiyore and Zetman, and a number of series that were very popular irrespective of how you feel about their quality – KuroBas, Accel World, Tasogare, Lupin III Fujiko Mine…  For my money there’s no doubt that Spring 2012 lived up to the hype and really was the best season since the peerless Spring of 2007, with great series at the top, depth, commercial appeal and a wide range of genres represented with superb shows.  Seasons like that really do seem to be once or twice a decade phenomena, in today’s environment anyway.

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【複合MAD】 2013 Spring Anime

The Five Anime of Spring 2013 You Should Be Watching

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We are now about halfway through the Spring anime season of 2013, and for weeks now I have been bombarded with the question, “What anime should I be watching this season?”

Well, with a good chunk of episodes under my belt from many of the different series, I feel it’s now safe to answer that question.

Now keep in mind, these are the anime that should not be missed this season—but that doesn't mean all the others are objectively bad; it just means that the following five series are a cut above the rest.

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Attack on Titan

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 25)

Genre: Low Fantasy, Steampunk

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: In a medieval world where giant Titans roam the lands, the last remnants of humanity hide behind a series of enormous walls. But should the Titans ever break the walls, it is up to the army to stop them with their specialized steampunk technology.

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Why You Should Watch it:Attack on Titan is a heart-pounding adventure like few others before it. It feels like a cross between the steampunk world of Full Metal Alchemist and the violent, low fantasy world of Berserk. The mystery behind the Titans is compelling and the characters are well-developed—not to mention interesting. And unlike many similar stories about a group of underdogs, the violence and danger are treated realistically—to put it another way, the heroes are all too mortal.

Where You Can Watch It:Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu

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Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 12)

Genre: Adventure, Mecha

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: Many years after the majority of humanity had evacuated Earth, a young soldier crashes upon the watery planet. There he finds himself upon a floating city where he learns about a culture and lifestyle far different from his own.

Why You Should Watch it: Written by Gen Urobuchi (the author of Madoka Magica), Gargantia is, at its heart, a tale of personal growth through the introduction of new ideas. It also looks deeply at the implications of being a one-man super weapon and the danger that position holds for not only the young soldier but also all those around him.

Where You Can Watch It:Crunchyroll

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Valvrave the Liberator

Currently at: Episode 5 (of 12)

Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: When his neutral space colony is invaded, a normal high school student pilots an experimental mobile suit to fight off the invaders—but at a terrible cost.

Why You Should Watch it: From the creators of Gundam comes... well, Gundam (only this time it's called Valvrave for some reason). While the basic story setup is hardly original, the way the series plays with that framework is new, original, and often over-the-top awesome. It really looks at how a war in space would be perceived in a world with widespread social media and how a Gundam pilot would be treated by the populous at large—in addition to how major governments would act toward him. More than that, it's a series that pulls out surprise after surprise that you'd never expect—making it an enjoyable ride you won't be able to stop watching.

Where You Can Watch It:Crunchyroll, Hulu

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Red Data Girl

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 12)

Genre: Japanese Fantasy, Romance

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: A young girl has led a normal—if sheltered—life in a small mountain town. Yet, odd things happen whenever she touches electronics, causing them to be destroyed. But little does she know that entering high school will take her into a world of spirits and magic—a world hidden within our own.

Why You Should Watch it: Just as Harry Potter merged western magic and wizards with the modern world, Red Data Girl does the same with Japanese magic and shamans. When it comes down to it, it's a coming-of-age story about finding one's self. Though it is not as action-filled as the other anime on this list, it is still drama-filled—yet, manages to never descend into overly melodramatic territory.

Where You Can Watch It:Funimation, Hulu

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 13)

Genre: Comedy, Western Fantasy

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: When the Demon King is defeated by the Hero, he and his last minion escape their fantasy world and land in modern Japan. But with no marketable skills and running low on magic, the Demon King is forced to get a fast food job and begin his conquest of both worlds from the very bottom of the pecking order.

Why You Should Watch it:The Devil is a Part-Timer! could have been nothing but your standard fish-out-of-water comedy. Instead, the whole scenario is turned on its head by continuously showing how well acclimated the Demon King is to his new life. The resulting story is a comedy satirizing not only fantasy world clichés, but also life as an entry level employee in modern Japan.

Where You Can Watch It:Funimation, Hulu

Want a second opinion? See what our friends over at io9had to say about the anime this season.

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Stay tuned to Kotaku East for our article coming later this week on the other anime this season (and why you can skip them). And if you would like to chat about all things anime, head over to Talk Amongst Yourselves: ANI-TAY.

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2013 spring anime

Spring 2013 Anime Season Preview

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This is the 19th season preview listed on this website’s archives. 20 if I feel like counting the one I did for summer 2008 back on an old livejournal blog where I only covered about 3 upcoming anime and I predicted that Nogizaka Haruka’s Secret would be the next Haruhi Suzumiya. So I’ve been getting these previews wrong for a long time, sometimes catastrophically so. However, 20 season previews later, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. And by ‘get the hang of it’ I mean ‘list a bunch of facts and make some dumb jokes to mask that I’m being super vague about whether it will be good or not’. Join me, won’t you~?

red data girl

Red Data Girl is about a teenage girl who goes to Anime High School, like 90% of all anime ever. She can see spirits or something like that. The plot synopsis is just a load of mystical technobabble and generic high school set up, but the promising part is that it’s based on a regular Novel rather than it’s lighter compatriot. That difference is important. It’s like Coke and Diet Coke. They may appear the same in many ways, but everyone knows the regular Coke is better, right? Oh Scamp, first anime of this preview and we’re already throwing out controversial statements.

Adapting Red Data Girl is PA Works, guys behind Hanasaku Iroha, Another, Angel Beats, Tari Tari etc. They don’t have a stellar history. My favourite anime by them is probably Angel Beats, which is a long way from being a classic. That said, none of their stuff is offensively awful either. Canaan and Another might be dumb, but they always appear to have a reasonable amount of effort put into them. Ultimately, I’m cool with PA Works. I’m even cool with the fact that all their character designs are starting to look the exact same. They’ve conformed to this Kishida Mel shiny-face look. It’s not strictly a bad look, but it does make them look like they’ve all been varnished. Since I’ve mentioned the character designer Kishida Mel, I am hereby honour bound to post a picture of him.

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This is the guy who does those cutesy character designs for Sora no Woto, Hanasaku Iroha and now Red Data Girl. You are a cool guy Kishida Mel.

maosama

I have an intense burning desire to call this out as crap, but before that I first have to find something to base that dislike on beyond gut feeling. It’s based off a light novel, which is a pretty bad start given the standard of writing in light novels today. It does have a manga adaptation, which I gave a shot and…it’s all right. It’s about a demon king who has to work at McDonalds to make ends meet. It’s even kind of funny, and the male characters have some personality. Fine then, how about the promo art? Those character designs sure are generic. On the other hand, not a single piece of promo art depicts the girls as just something to drool over. It’s surprisingly lacking in cheesecake fanservice. OK, well then the staff should be crap, right? The director had a history of bad anime with Shuffle, but then went onto do a quite fine job on Future Diary. Animation studio is White Fox, who have a solid record of late with Steins;Gate, Katanagatari and Jormungand. So I guess this could be good? It’s hard to get enthusiastic about it in such a packed season, but it’s worth a shot anyway.

Gen Urobuchi has carved out a nice little niche for himself in anime making grimdark violent anime. His stuff sells extremely well, and I’m delighted for him because have you seen what the other total garbage that passes for the darker anime nowadays? Blood-C, Deadman Wonderland, Btooom, the Marvel X Madhouse anime? I’ve been hearing people complain that they’re bored of his shtick, but when he’s the only person doing this stuff well, I’m more than happy to let him keep making it.

So, Gargantia. It’s about some mecha pilot from a war torn galaxy being transported by SCIENCE onto a flooded planet where people travel around in giant city boats. It looks more fantastical than the grimdark stuff he usually does, and I do quite like the promo art they’ve been releasing of all the giant city boats. It’s like some sort of futuristic steampunk. It’s being animated by Production IG, who I usually like. I can’t say I’m overly keen on the director though. His most recent thing was that rather terrible FMA: Bros movie, where they decided the best thing to do to FMA was turn it into the most generic shounen movie ever. It was like something the Naruto/Bleach franchises fart out, and all the fluid animation in the world couldn’t hide that. Bitching about the FMA:B movie aside though, I really like the look of Gargantia. Colour me excited.

karneval

One the one hand, I do appreciate that the Asian version of admirable men is not this hyper-masculine feelings-are-for-pussies, buff dude. That always struck me as such an infantile idea of masculinity. That said, my impressions reading the first chapter of the Karneval manga was that these guys…they’re just flat chested women. If nobody told me, I’d assume they’re women, and fairly attractive women at that. I don’t really have an issue with it myself, but it does make me wonder about the level of heterosexuality of women who like these sorts of bishies. The manga is fanservice for ladies. The studio is Manglobe who might as well be a completely different studio from the guys who made Samurai Champloo back in the day since all they produce is trashy stuff themselves. Not even good trash, but stuff like Sacred Blacksmith and Pure Shite Symphony. The director’s most notable work is Kodomo no Jikan, the script writer’s main job was on Amnesia. Yep, it’s going to be trash only worth it if you like men who look like women.

gundam ryvius character designs

I really should stop talking about character designs so much in season previews, since they have practically no effect on the eventual quality. It just happens to be quite easy, because all the evidence is already in front of me. Plus we’ve got our old favourite early 00’s mecha sameface character designer from Gundam SEED, Fafner and Ryvius, Hisashi Hirai. Beyond the character designs, it is mecha, which I’m always happy to see more of. The studio is Dogakobo, who are shite, but that’s mostly because what they adapt are porn games and 4-komas. When it comes to a studio going so far out of its comfort zone, they’re often doing this because it feels like they have a point to prove, and all bets are off. As for the staff, one of my usual points of reference is that if they worked on Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, then it will suck. This director directed Akane…Saka, but then went and did Jormungand and Katanagatari. Most of the staff are like that. Predominately terrible titles with the occasional “huh, where did that come from” among them. My expectations are low, but I always hold onto a glimmer of hope when there are giant robots.

attack on titan

As I said at the start, I’ve been doing these season previews since 2008, and in that time I cannot remember a manga getting more critical acclaim combined with commercial success come out in that time as the apocalypic horror-action manga Attack on Titan. It’s won boatloads of awards, one of the best-selling manga ever, and I’ve been reading nonstop praise for it for the past few years. It even had a live-action movie green lit. I thought the live-action movie would mean it would end up like 20th Century Boys and never get an anime, but since the movie appears to be caught in development hell, I guess we get an anime too? Huzzah for that! It’s being adapted by Wit Studios, a brand new spin-off group from Production IG. So far so good. The staff are…interesting.

When I say the director did Death Note and the series composition guy does the new Jojo’s, I think you may see where I’m going with this. They do bombastic dramatic action. In particular Tetsuro Araki, the director, does bombastic dramatic thriller better than anyone else. Thing is, with the exception of Death Note, the stuff he’s given to adapt haven’t been very good. Kurozuka, Highschool of the Dead, even friggen Guilty Crown. They all totally nail their respective styles, but falter on the actual story/writing side. Especially Guilty Crown. The thing about Guilty Crown is that it looks phenomenal, which was Araki’s job, but let down by possibly the worst writing for an anime in a decade. Araki still sat in those production meetings and approved of the scripts as they came through so he’s not blameless, but he’s shown with Death Note that if you give him good source material, he will nail bringing that to animated form. The fantastic trailer demonstrates as much.

hen neko

Since I just brought up 20th Century Boys, reading the manga adaptation of Henneko (as I believe the shortened name is) brought to mind a certain scene from 20th Century Boys. The lead character Kenji goes to a giant cult concert in a packed stadium watching a pair of stand-up comedians. The comedian crack an unfunny joke that makes zero sense, and the entire stadium collapses with laughter. Kenji is utterly baffled and even quite scared as the people fall around him, gripping his shoulder as they gasp for breath between the jolts of laughter. That was me reading Henneko. The light novel community and the manga-reading community seem to really like this title, which genuinely confuses me. The entire set up, joke, and reason this exists is for the main character to say perverted things and for girls to call him a pervert. That is literally it. Wasn’t that part of the reason we agreed Fractale sucked?

At least with that though, I get it to a certain extent. Teenage boys discovering their own perverted thoughts derive pleasure from watching someone else spell out those thoughts and identify with him. What truly leaves me in a Kenji in the Cults Stadium levels of confusion is the character designs. People really praise this guy’s designs a lot. All I see is a bunch of 8 year old girls with the same face and no nose. I am genuinely baffled. It’s not like I ask that much of character designs, but at the very least I’d like the characters to look different. It’s the same face with different hair colours, and its the face of an 8 year old girl. Hisashi Hirai is the same, but at least we appear to have agreed that those character designs are terrible. But this guy, the internet goes nuts for.

Kenji reacts to Henneko

It will be a popular anime too, and I still won’t be able to understand why.

arata

From the same mangaka who brought you Fushigi Yugi and Ayashi no Ceres. I wonder how many people who are anime fans nowadays care about Fushigi Yugi still? It was a big deal back in the day before I was an anime fan, but I only hear it now referenced by old-timers saying “lol remember Fushigi Yugi and how that was really big despite begin shit”. Arata Kangatari is quite a bit different. If we feel like being anal, yes it’s shoujo because where it’s published blah de blah, but its more classic fantasy adventure than anything else. It’s about a dude who has to dress as a princess because his nation never provided a female heir, but then shit gets real and he gets blamed for something and lots of fantasy action happens. It seemed all right from what I read, although apparently I didn’t get far enough into the story to reach the bit which involved the standard ‘high school student gets transported into fantasy land’ trope to appear. But still, if you’re looking for pretty dudes, this is a hell of a lot better than Karneval. Satelight are doing the animation, which is a BIG step up from Manglobe. Staff are admittedly nothing to write home about (series composition of Rio Rainbow Gate anyone?) but if you want fantasy action with hot dudes, this seems perfectly serviceable. If you’re wondering whether the dudes really are hot, take a look at that man’s chest in the promo picture and try keep your knickers dry. Yeah, didn’t think you could.

valverave

Three anime original mecha anime this season. Three! Oh holiest of mecha gods, I praise thee for finally delivering. Admittedly Majestic Prince looks kinda crappy, but Gargantia looks awesome. Then there’s Valvrave, because if there’s going to be a season of mecha, then Sunrise need to throw their lot in too. The director is the guy who did Kurenai and Red Garden, so hopefully that means there will be a musical episode. Series Composition is by a guy who’s been around the block quite a bit, working on Turn A and Azumanga. His biggest role, without a doubt, is he wrote Code Geass alongside Goro Taniguchi. Since Goro appears to be sulking in a basement somewhere, this is the next best thing we have to a new anime by the Geass creator.

I really want Valvrave to succeed, because this is a bit of a point of pride for me. I have been reminded time after time for getting stupidly hyped up for Guilty Crown because it had the director of Death Note and the writer for Code Geass. Turns out that was just me not doing my research properly. The director for Guilty Crown kept up his end of the bargain and made GC look stunning. Hiroyuki Yoshino, the writer for GC, wrote a measly 3 episodes on Geass, and his CV before GC consisted of Gundam Seed Destiny and the Seikon no Qwasar manga. In retrospect, I really should have seen that coming. Since I should cover my bases here, I should mention that this guy writing Valvrave did also write the script for that awful Negima anime. There, expectations suitably tempered. Moderately excited for more Sunrise mecha.

aku no hana

While stuff like Titan and Gargantia are the big obvious titles of the season, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: This is actually the one I’m most excited to see come out. Not just for me to watch, although I’m sure I’ll enjoy that part too. I absolutely can’t bloody wait to see people’s reactions to this. I read a bit of the manga and it is ffffffuuuuuuucccckkkked uuuuuuuuuppp! So gloriously messed up and I dying to see people squirm. Plus they’ve got arguably one of the best directors in anime working on this. Hiroshi Nagahama doesn’t have a whole lot of anime on his books. In fact, he’s only directed two anime in his life: Mushishi and Detroit Metal City. Talk about versatility, and also talk about bringing the best out of the source material. Reading the Mushishi manga after watching the anime is like watching a fireworks display on TV instead of going there yourself. Flower of Evil is really different from DMC and Mushishi again, being a sort of psychological horror story. I don’t think this will get particularly big, because it’s kinda ugly and creepy, but I highly recommend you check this out.

crime edge

Crime Edge is about a guy who has a massive fetish for cutting hair, until one day he meets a girl whose hair can’t be cut, until the main character finds a magical pair of scissors that can cut anything. That synopsis, if you’re like me, would make you go “that’s so dumb, I have to watch this”. Unfortunately the manga it’s adapted from takes it story surprisingly seriously and as a result is quite generic and boring. The staff are pretty crappy too. Director of Fate/Stay Night is not a good starting point, and neither is having Studio Gokumi doing the animation, most famous for their stellar work on WHO IS IMOUTO! Yup, sorry Crime Edge. In an off-season I might have given you a chance, but not this season. Not with so much other better stuff to watch.

devil survivor

Devil Survivor 2 is a DS game by Atlus, creators of Persona 4, as part of their seemingly endless Shin Megami Tensei universe of games. I’m not entirely sure why they’ve chosen to go with the second Devil Survivor game, but I suppose Persona 4 has none of the same characters from the earlier Persona games, so it’s probably a case that you can just jump straight in. Like everything else Atlus makes ever, it’s a contemporary fantasy story involving a bunch of young adults in incredibly trendy clothes fighting demons. While admittedly saying it has a good story for a video game is like saying “he’s very good at long division for a dog”, Atlus is one of the few I’d begrudgingly trust to have an interesting story. How it translates to anime format is a different story, because video game story telling is such a different environment from every other medium, so it comes down to the director.

Seiji Kishi. Again. Same guy who did Persona 4. I’ve got mixed opinions on how the Persona 4 anime handled its story, but what’s undeniable was the animation was clearly bottom of the barrel. It lasted almost entirely on its style alone. So hopefully we’ve got a different studio working on it this time, rather than the guys at AIC+ who weren’t even paid for their work on Persona 4? Yes, we do, we’ve got Bridge, a studio whose only previous effort was Mitsudamoe. Oh well. The trailer doesn’t even have that same instantaneous drool quality that the original Persona 4 trailer had. Not that the trailer for Devil Survivor 2 is bad. Actually it’s pretty great in its own right, and I’m quite interested to see what this turns out to be like. But there’s no yellow. Where’s all the yellow damnit!

mushigubyo

The little bit of the Mushibugyo manga I read reminded me a lot of Needless. Very sharp speedline-heavy artwork with incredibly dumb writing and plot as a feeble excuse to get people fighting in ridiculous manners and the small amount of actual fabric the girls are wearing inevitably gets torn off during the fight. The first chapter had the girl get tied up by a spider monster and all her clothes ripped off as she goes “kyaaaa~!” and somehow doesn’t suffer serious mental trauma from this attempted rape. I did know people who liked Needless for whatever odd reason, but at least I’ll grant that Needless executed on its style pretty well. That was Madhouse though, while Mushibugyo is being animated by Seven Arcs, guys from Dog Days and Seikirei. Weirdly, this is being aired at 6:00pm, absolute primetime slot for happy family cartoons. Oh Japan, you’re idea of a family cartoon is rather strange.

photo kano

Oh dear Madhouse. We’re right down to dating sim adaptations now. Photo Kano is a PSP game in which you take photos of girls and then they fuck you. At least, I think that’s how the game mechanics work. I do feel a little sorry for the director. This is his first full-time gig, but when you look at some of the stuff he’s done animation and episode directing on before, holy crap is it just non-stop highly regarded anime after another. Samurai Champloo, Tatami Galaxy, Wolf’s Rain, Kaiba, Rahxephon, Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, One Outs, Moribito. Finally he gets his big break and they throw a dating sim at him.

oregairu

Is the name a proper sentence that won’t make Microsoft Word put green squiggles under it? Then it’s based off a light novel. Yahari (the Japanese shortened name) is about a boring dude who can’t make any friends so he gets sent to a club where the school’s prettiest girls becomes his friend/girlfriend to try teach him how to make friends. It’s another in a long line of light novel plotlines that have some vague hints of themes and an actual purpose behind the story, but the ultimate goal is still wish fulfilment. The kind of  wish fulfilment in which the main character doesn’t have to do anything but still gets the prettiest girl and eventually a harem. Sorry, my cynicism is showing, how rude of me. Studio is Brains Base, who I’m officially moving off my ‘Wall of Cool’ because they keep making crap. The director did work under the dude who directed Gintama and Daily Lives of Highschool Boys though, so maybe there’s hope yet?

muromisan

Dem 90’s eyes! They’re bloody huge! Wait no Scamp, no more talking about character designs, you did promise yourself that. So Namiuchigiwa. It’s about a mermaid who meets a dude. That’s all the plot description says. It’s based off a manga which has no english translations, never appears in any top-selling manga lists, and has no english reviews of I could find online. There is no trailer and only one piece of promo art. The studio is Tatsunoko, who used to make those Gatchaman and Yatterman stuff back in the day, but nowadays are so all over the place, from [C] Control to Pretty Rythem Aurora Dream, that they’re a name which means basically nothing. So yeah, those 90’s eyes eh?

date a live

Look at them boobies! And striped underwear! Which belongs to your sister!?! Phwoar, I sure do hope she’s blood-related, because that way it will be hotter!

yamato

They’ve remade Yamato. They’ve been remaking Yamato for a while now. Yamat 2199 has been slowly coming out 3-4 episodes at a time on home video, and they’re at about episode 14. Now it’s finally airing on TV. Why I’m putting this up instead of other anime re-airing on TV (such as Katanagatari airing in Noitamina, which is why there’s a curious lack of Noitamina anime this season) is because this Yamato remake isn’t technically finished yet. The TV broadcast will probably finish the series before the home video releases do, so if you are one of the very few watching this, that’s worth keeping in mind. Because of the release format, practically nobody has been watching it, certainly not in English speaking fandom. It’s got theatrical releases in Japan as they squash episodes together into movie length, but I don’t know if they’re attracting any significant numbers. I’ll give the series a shot once its drawing to a close.

Oh right, I should mention what Space Battleship Yamato is. It’s possibly the most influential anime ever, kickstarting the entire medium into creating more serious adult anime. The entire market that we consider to be mature serious anime started with Yamato. I have my doubts that something so seminal will hold up today, and I generally against just remaking shit, but it’s worth checking out as history even if its story might not hold up.

tetsujin

Speaking of seminal anime, and since we’re in a season with 3 anime original mecha series airing, how about the grandaddy of all mecha anime? Tetsujin 28 was the first mecha anime as we know it today. It has been remade many times before, including a TV series in 2004 which, in a move that will surprise nobody, garnered fuck all interest for the rest-of-the-world anime fandom. Not that I think the Japanese give a shit. It was made to wrangle some nostalgia with families, although I do quite like the image of some aloof Japanese business executive going “WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE AMERICANS DON’T WANT TO LICENSE TETSUJIN 28?”. This remake are a bunch of 5-minute shorts with a pop-art style of animation, which at the very least looks unique.

yuyushiki

4-koma adaptation of a bunch of girls doing cute things and absolutely nothing else. It’s probably going to have episodes between 3-5 minutes in length. Please stop making these Japan.

aiura

4-koma adaptation of a bunch of girls doing cute things and absolutely nothing else. It’s probably going to have episodes between 3-5 minutes in length. Please stop making these Japan.

Kara the animation

Kara are a Korean all-girls bubblegum-pop group. They’ve decided the best way to extend their appeal is to make an anime about them doing a whole load of other jobs, like firemen or police or boat captain or prostituting themselves to a purity obsessed dirty old men demographic. Actually that’s unfair, maybe it’s just the Japanese idol market that operates as a pseudo-slavery model roping in girls at a young age with promise of fame and glory and making them strip down for illegal-in-any-other-country photoshoots. But then I did some reading into the Korean idol market and it turns out they’re also obsessed with the model of scrubbed up plastic teenagers being bombarded with abuse should they dare even think about sex with another man should their fans’ fantasies be shattered, and then Korean business executives scratch their heads in confusion when their worldwide musical sensation from this cesspool is a fat bloke doing a silly dance mocking this attitude. But then I went and read a bit more about Kara specifically, and they seemed comparatively normal. Still weirdly plastic, but they’re in the early 20’s and have boyfriends and stuff like that.

If I’m capable of wrenching myself away from my spitting hatred of idol culture, Kara the Animation is a quite interesting project. It’s their attempt at reaching out to fans in Japan, and they’re even doing the voices of the characters in the show themselves. That means it will be in Korean with Japanese subtitles. It’s animated by Korean studios, but is airing in Japan, so its qualification as an anime is pretty suspect, and will inevitably be referred to as one of those borderline cases in all those stupid “what is anime” arguments that occur every 5 seconds on forums. It’s fairly intriguing from an academic standpoint, but I have no interest in actually watching it.

Kiddy shows

kids

Train Heroes and Poli the Robocar are about public sector vehicles turning into superheroes. The ice-skating idol franchise extravaganza Pretty Rhythm is getting a sequel called Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live. Danchi Tomoo is based off an award-winning manga, but the trailer is some awful looking CG thing, so fat chance of it even being subbed, let alone being any good. Finally, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is getting a Japanese dub, which means we now have to call it MAI LITTERU PONII: TOMODACHI WA MAHOU!

uta no prince sama

The trashiest of the super trashy otome game adaptations has gotten a sequel. I’m sure someone out there will correct me and point to another otome adaptation that is even trashier, but I guess Prince-sama’s self-awareness in its trashiness is what brought people in. I’m afraid I can’t see the appeal myself, particularly when the music was so ear-gratingly awful. It’s almost like a parody of boyband music.

sequel to that shitty show about boobs

Gosh, we really are getting the trashiest sequels this season. This is one of those classic ‘girls fight while the clothes explode’ anime. We get the sequels were deserve I guess. Speaking of getting the sequels we deserve~

oreimo

The light novel for My Little Sister Can’t Be This Irritating was quite big before the anime appeared, but I didn’t expect it to be an industry defining trendsetter whose absurd naming scheme, incest fetish, and laughably shallow attempt at social commentary before saying “fuck it” and going back to harem construction, would be the thing other anime and light novels chased after for the next 3 years. It does amuse me that there are still people out there who try to claim that no seriously, My Little Sister Can’t Resist My Juicy Cock is actually a heartfelt look at honest sibling relationships and in no way a pandering load of bullcrap.

To be fair to My Little Sister Can’t Masturbate to Eroge Every Single Day, it does have significantly better writing than any other incest light novel title, even if the bar there is so low it practically goes through the centre of the earth. In fact, I’d go so far as to call it ‘average’, which is pretty high praise compared to its compatriots. I’m even half tempted to watch this sequel too, considering I blogged the entire first season plus dumb ‘true end’ route that changed basically nothing about the story. Maybe in the first episode someone will shoot Kirino in the face, her self-insert brother will fall into a coma, and the story can finally focus on Kuroneko and her non-incestuous adventures. A man can dream, can’t he? One thing I will be eternally grateful to My Little Sister Can’t Stop Waving Her Pre-Pubescent Butt In My Face for is the naming scheme, because it provides me with incredibly easy material to make silly jokes with.

azazel

Japan went nuts for this, and I don’t really get why. I just saw a bunch of people yelling. Whatever, good for the people who like yelling as humour I guess.

railgun s

I tapped out after one episode of Index, but golly has the franchise really been expanding in the past few years. Railgun falls quite nicely into the category of anime I don’t watch but am quite happy to see a sequel of. It’s popular, it seems ambitious, it doesn’t have anything really obvious that I find objectionable, it’s made by JC Staff so it’s not like making Railgun means they’re not making something else I want a sequel of because JC Staff haven’t made something I liked in over 5 years, and more of it seems to make people happy. So good for you guys, here’s a sequel to Railgun. I’m happy for you.

Nyaruko

Another thing Japan went nuts for and flew completely over my head because I didn’t watch the 90 bajillion live action super sentai series it parodied. Bla bla bla make sequels to things I like bla bla bla etc.

hayate

And now we jump to sequels that make the original fanbase really mad. Hayate is still in the hands of Manglobe rather than JC Staff, and boy oh boy do people seem to really not like what Manglove have done to Hayate. Now there’s more of it, so prepared to be continuously disappointed. Or maybe Manglobe have gotten better with all this practice? Yeah, let’s pretend that’s what is going to happen.

Weird spin-off things

flash stuff

DD Hokuto no Ken is a super-deformed Fist of the North Star series, which on the scale of things is relatively normal for weird spin-offs of established anime properties. Heck, this isn’t even the first Hokuto no Ken DD series. What’s far stranger is DLE (the same flash guys who made Thermae Romae) making an alternate version of the hit 70’s shoujo manga Glass Mask except now all the characters are street thugs. It’s utterly bizarre, but also kind of great. My knowledge of 70’s shoujo is pretty limited, but if you offered me Rose of Versailles re-imagined as a yazuka comedy, I would love it.

As always, I don’t cover what anime are getting theatrical runs in Japan over the next 3 months. I’m covering what gets released on home video, as that’s when us dirty pirates get to watch it.

Eva

Release Date: April 24th

For those of you who have literally just fallen out of your mother’s vagina, Neon Genesis Evangelion was the industry shaking sensation  in which Hideaki Anno revolutionised the giant robot genre by being super depressed and projecting that onto all his characters. After calming down and leaving Gainax to set up Studio Khara, they started the process of remaking Evangelion as a movie series. The first, You Are (Not) Alone, released 10 years after the original movie End of Evangelion, was essentially the exact same as the first few episodes of the original TV series. The next movie, You Can (Not) Advance, was a radical change from the events of the first TV series. It wasn’t nearly as hyper depressing, and they parachuted in a new character whose purpose seemed at the time to be solely for an extra pair of tits to have flailing around.

Now we have You Can (Not) Redo, the third in what I believe will be 4 movies. I’ve been keeping as far away from spoilers as possible, so all I know is that Evangelion starts to Gay It Up a bit, which I kinda knew would happen what with himself appearing in the promo art. I’m surprised the home video release is so soon after the theatre release. Alarmingly close too, since I was banking on it not being out for ages and going back to rewatch the entire franchise because my feelings on Evangelion as a whole are very scrambled at the moment. Anyway, it’s Evangelion. Those of you who didn’t already know all that are probably having your umbilical cords cut right about now.

wolf children

Release date: 20th Feb

The latest movie by Mamoru Hosoda, director of Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars. It’s been doing the rounds at movie festivals and I got a chance to see it. It’s really aggressively maudlin, in a way his previous movies were not. Summers War is a goofy family movie, while Girl Who Leapt Through Time is practically s’life, but Wolf Children is really attempting to be a tragic tearjerker. The closest comparison I could think of was Clannad After Story. I didn’t really like it, but most other people who’ve watched it seem to love because their hearts haven’t been coated with stone yet. BD raw rips are already out, we’re just waiting on fansubs. You can make your own mind up then.

fuse

Release date: 12 April

Here’s one that crept up on me. Fuse is about a girl trying to hunt down this guy who has the spirits of a bunch of legendary samurai in him. They probably fall in love and then be torn apart in a bittersweet sort of way. It’s based off a novel by the same author who wrote Gosick, which doesn’t exactly bode well for great writing. The creative team working behind the movie are pretty strange though. Director of Xam’d and the writer for Code Geass, same guy I mentioned earlier who is now working on Valverave. It aired in theatres in Japan last October, but I’ve heard absolutely nothing about it since then so I have no idea if it was supposed to be any good or not. Still though, it’s got such an eclectic mix of talents behind it that I kinda want to see whether it worked out or not.

Nanoha

Release date: 22 Mar

The second Nanoha movie. Or Nanoha A’s movie. Are they different things? Whatever, it has lesbians. Go nuts.

Asura

Release date: 22 Mar

Another movie that I got to see at a festival. It’s a grim and dirty story about cannibalism, animated in CGI. It is terrible. Don’t watch it.

kick heart

Kick-Heart is a short movie by auteur extraordinaire Maasaki Yuasa, director of Tatami Galaxy, Kaiba and Mind Game. His stuff is routinely regarded as amazing yet with zero chance of ever selling because they’re too weird and artsy. Madhouse animated his previous projects, but their lack of funds means they dropped him. Production IG stepped in, but instead of giving him money up front, decided to say nuts to the Japanese audience and went straight to the English and French audiences and asked them to fund his new project through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Turns out Yuasa has quite a number of fans across the globe, because they were happily throwing money at the project, raising the $150,000 required, and another $50,000 more.

It’s quite a feel-good story, as many Kickstarter stories often are. Where the Kickstarter nightmare begins is when the thing that was funded doesn’t ever come out. Thankfully, according to the latest reports the team have sent out, Kick-Heart is already fully animated and voiced, and they’re just finishing up all the stuff around it. The only real question left is ‘will it be any good’? That’s harder to answer. I like Yuasa a lot, but he needs a firm hand on his shoulder to keep his crazier side in check, and I doubt he’d have that in a vanity project like this. Plus, since the story is about a masochistic wrestler, I hardly think it will be a work of considerable depth or anything. It does look fun though, and since it’s Yuasa is will look pretty unique stylistically. Just so long as it’s fun, I’ll be happy.

hoihoi san

A short OVA based off a manga about cute little 1 inch high robot girls whose job it is to exterminate bugs in the most brutal and militaristic method possible, using miniature rocket launchers and the like. It’s one of those anime that are packed in with the manga, so realistically it’s only for fans of the manga. If you are a fan, weeellll it has the director for BREAD OF HAPPINESS working on it, so I wouldn’t hold out for something marvellous.

anime mirai

Apparently this is the new name of the Young Animator Training Project. Not as self-explanatory, but certainly snappier. ‘Anime Future’. I like it. Basically this is the government giving studios money to make these 30-minute movies to train up young animators and give them experience. This is the third year they’re running it, with 4 short movies each time. There’s usually a generally agreed-upon stand out piece. First year it was the sentimental Oji-san no Lamp, and the second year it was the fucking creepy Wasurenagumo. They’re all worth checking out, even if one of the four is also inevitably a dud. This year especially though, because they really have got a super interesting lineup. It’s being released in theatres first, so I don’t know when we’ll get to see them, but let’s go through them one by one anyway.

Little Witch Academia

Might as well start with the show-stopper. Imaishi, the guy who was also behind Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking, left Gainax and set up his own studio called Trigger. They haven’t made an anime yet. Well, I suppose they made Inferno Cop, but that doesn’t really count. This is their first actual animation anime with classic Gainax style animation, now that Gainax don’t make good anime anymore. The actual thing itself I don’t have a huge amount of interest in, although the trailer looks pretty great. Magical girls in a magical school doing magical things with faces made out of rubber. I’m more interested in this from my academic standpoint of this being Trigger training in the mountains, and this is their version of fighting the bear. It shows their skill, but what they eventually become from this is the much more interesting question.

Ryo

From a new studio trying out their hands at smaller projects to once great giants trying to rebuild. Ryo is by blast-from-the-past Gonzo, making some sort of samurai story. It looks very serious-face samurai story, which I’ve never been all that interested in. The director is rather more interesting, being the main Gonzo guy behind Full Metal Panic, Last Exile and Last Exile Fam, Tower of Druaga, Gatekeepers etc. He’s been around the block, and apparently hasn’t gone and found work elsewhere yet. I’m not really sure what Gonzo are trying to do anymore. I hear most of their work is in video games as anime has proven an unprofitable mess for them. Shame, but for the guys who brought Strike Witches into this world, I say good riddance.

Aruvu Rezuru

This one’s history was weird. The novel was originally the winner of a Kodansha prize for new authors, and they announced they were making it into an anime. I even put it in my summer season preview last year. But then they said “wait no, actually it’s an OVA”. And then it was “wait no, it’s part of Anime Mirai”. I have a sneaking suspicion the plot of this story might end up being a teensy bit rushed when squeezed into a 30 minute block. Or maybe that’s why they ended up scrapping plans for anything longer because they realised how little plot there was? It’s got a real cyberpunk plot of some girl being sucked into cyberspace. The crew working on it really are all newbies too. It’s got the biggest variable quality potential of all of these. Trailer looks neat at least, but I guess the trailers for all of these look quite neat.

Death Billiards

I’m personally most excited for Death Billiards, if only because the name Death Billiards, plus the fact it’s Madhouse, brings to mind some kind of Kaiji-esque death game. Trailer looks cool as usual. The director doesn’t have a lot under their name, and all really recent stuff. Most notably though, they were the episode director for Steins;Gate episode 12. And if you’ve seen Steins;Gate, yes it is that episode. So I’m really interested to see what this is. Despite the fact that Madhouse are slowly shedding all their staff and have been relegated to animating stuff like Photo Kano, I still hold onto the hope that one day they will rise again.

vendetta

This was originally a self-published doujin series that somehow managed to get a Japanese arm of a French gaming company to fund and produce an anime pilot for. This was back in 2011, but was cancelled for whatever reason. Now they’ve gone and released that same pilot up on Nico. Whether it gets any more made depends entirely on the amount of hits the video gets. Which is frankly quite useless to us foreigners because the version they’ve put up on Nico isn’t subtitled. Shame, because the story seems to involve schoolgirls piloting robots fighting Nazi robot zombies, but given that it appears to be fairly miraculous this came out at all, expecting them to hire someone to do subtitles was likely way beyond their means. Pilots are normally made behind closed doors, but whenever a pilot does make it out into the real world, they always make me feel kinda sad. By their very nature, they’re supposed to get you interested in seeing more while being completely insubstantial themselves.

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Release date: March 18-25

You know you’re pumped. I know I am. Considering how well Girls und Panzer has been selling, there’s a really good chance they will end this season with some sort of teaser for a new season. The question then is do they keep the main cast? Girls und Panzer lives on the directing of its battles, not by the characters. You could completely change the cast but keep the staff and I would be perfectly fine. It could be better off, because they might introduce an interesting character for a change. Whatever man, more Girls und Panzer wooh~!

And if this season is terrible
There’s always next season

Summer 2013 Anime Chart

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[MY BEST ANIME OF 2013](SPRING-FALL)

Penis into my tired vagina. I, resting my hands on his mighty chest, rose and fell, screwing my body onto his penis. This dance of passion lasted almost half an hour, until from the blows inside my vagina with the man's sperm, I knew the fourth orgasm that evening.

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His lips. Who, in another second, will beg for mercy, to his face, which may burst into tears. I will never see a smile on his. Face, if I dont give in, he will close from me!. But Ira stopped in time.



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