It’s finally here.
SPRING 2013 ANIME (PREVIEW)
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The spring anime season is one of the four seasons that have almost the same level of liveliness as the fall season. This time around, we have over 35+ series of which I picked 16 that I will be watching and following for the season from what I am least interested in to what I am most interested in. Of course, there’s no way I could do episodic reviews of all 16 so I put a status below indicating what I will do with each. Let’s begin this hectic season’s preview.
(HERE IS THE ENTIRE ANIME LIST FOR SPRING 2013)
First Impressions (Will do a first impressions and maybe some other episodes)
Occasional Reviews (Will do a first impressions and some episodes that I find interesting)
Episodic Reviews (Will write for most episodes)
Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
Cutting hair? That definitely sounds intriguing. However, I can’t say with so many other anime with such great potential that I’ll be all too keen with keeping up with this show all too much. Though, a murder game does remind me of Mirai Nikki and may spark more interest when the game itself happens. Who knows, maybe there is something to be found here as I will probably be watching this every week.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome (Love Come) wa Machigatte Iru
Romcom with a person who has no friends? Huh, that kind of reminds me of Haganai. Even the premise of joining up a club and getting to meet the prettiest girl is very similar. It will all depend on how the characters mingle and interact with each other. The anti-social main character may be a great or detrimental element to the anime. There is potential to be found here if either the romance, comedy or perhaps both, deliver. Looking at the director, Ai Yoshimura, there’s also a mix of experience in comedy and romance which may be beneficial. We’ll probably understand where it stands after a few episodes. Oh and Nagi is also singing the opening so of course we should watch at least the first episode.
RDG: Red Data Girl
A fantasy novel adaptation by P.A. Works. I’ve been hearing some mixed opinions regarding this anime. Some say that it’s worth following further while others flat out find it boring. I’m willing to give this a shot as the premise of it being based on Shinto legends and the main protagonist destroying any electronics she comes in contact with. I guess we’ll have to find out whether it’s worthwhile or not after the first few episodes.
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko (HENNEKO)
As the first world is “hentai,” it’s a bit of a pain to put it through google search because I usually just Google the first word of longer Japanese titles. Nonetheless, from the PV, there’s a lot of moe to be had, but I’m interested in how the comedy and romance will work out. Being a pervert does have its advantages when it comes to these two genres and it may be surprisingly entertaining. Maybe it could be something similar to Chuunibyou? Well, I can only hope.
Maou? More Maou? There’s certainly a lot of Maou to be had. I’m actually very curious with how this one will turn out as White Fox is doing this and they have been churning out some at least above average anime. The premise itself isn’t all too bad either as a Maou being stranded in modern-day Tokyo may have some interesting pieces of humor. Definitely looking forward to how White Fox will pull this one off.
Aku no Hana
From the PV, and the comments in the video, this anime is supposed to be “dark,… edgy… [and] completely nihilistic.” Well, differ in that thought as it’s “more about teaser/bully game around fetishes.” Even so, it’s still worth checking out as I can feel the atmosphere from the trailer. Moreover, there’s also rumors of it having non-traditional animations so it may be interesting to check out.
Romance in a school setting is very common and the premise itself isn’t much of an indication as to how well it could do. However, Madhouse and a great cast, this has some interesting potential that’s definitely worth a first impression. Well, that and the fact that apparently it’s a “spiritual successor to KimiKiss and Amagami.” There’s some hope and romance to be had so let’s see how this does!
Date A Live
It could be the randomly used Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, it could be the attractive character designs, it could be the fight scenes or maybe even the random appearances, creatures and ecchi harem elements. For some reason, I’m kind of excited for this anime. Honestly, from the PV, the character designs are pretty amazing and there are some nice shounen fights. What’s not to like? This is perfect for some turn-your-brain-off entertainment. I’ll be having fun with this one. Hopefully.
Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
This is the first of three mecha anime that I will be following this season. Aliens, mecha, and perhaps some more serious elements are presented so far. There’s also a strange mix of comedy within the PVs that might be an undertone of the more serious aspects in the show. The visuals so far look great, but I’m interested in how this premise plays out as the genetically manufactured children are pretty similar to the concept of Coordinators in Gundam Seed.
Next up is Kakumeiki Valvrave. Now, I talked about Gundam Seed just above and well, this is Sunrise giving us yet another mecha-based anime. I can’t tell much of what it’ll be about, but it looks like it’s going to be something surrounded by war and… something really similar to some previous Gundam series. Well, I love mecha, seeing things blow up, and some nice space battles.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
To be honest, I haven’t watched the first season and I am literally watching it while I’m doing this preview so I can catch up to the new season. There’s really not a lot to say about this if you’ve watched the first season. If you watched the first season, you know what to expect. If anyone new to the series is watching, I suggest you check out the first season or Toaru Majutsu no Index to find out for yourself. Still, I’m fairly excited as from what I’ve seen in the first season, I’ve enjoyed it and I hope to see more developments in this new season.
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
An adaptation of the Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2?? Count. Me. In. I’m actually not too familiar with Shin Megami Tensei, but if Persona 4 is any bit of a clue, this anime is definitely one to look out for. Signing the pact with the devil, and fighting back invaders with seven days to spare, what’s not to like? The PV itself looks great and I’m hoping for some more profound and mature undertones midst all the catestrophic events.
I looked at Karneval quite some time back on the preview list and I checked out the manga for a while. So far, from the few chapters I’ve seen, it’s actually fairly interesting. Not to mention, the cast is nothing short of amazing. Fuuko from Accel World :) Miyano, Ono, Kitamura Eri… Jesus, we have a lot. This is some K-level character voices here. This is probably one of the more promising anime this season.
Suisei no Gargantia
Let’s not forget Urobutcher. He’s back with mecha this time. Last time, we had Psycho-Pass, a police-based anime. Looks like this time Uro is exploring the mecha genre. Whether or not it’ll be dark remains to be seen, but I’m sure we’ll see some butchering this time sooner or later. I really just want to see if Urobuchi can pull something great off again like he does with Madoka and Fate/Zero. Will he deconstruct yet another genre or better yet, can he?
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (Oreimo)
I fucking love season one. I originally picked it up after seeing it in the previews list and decided to give it a shot. From the title, one would assume that this would be some brother-sister romance, but it’s not. Well, not really at least. Since then, I have strongly liked the characters and I’m glad to have watched it in time for the new season. Apparently, it will end at the last volume of the Light Novel beginning with the True End version of the anime (Thank God). Well, let’s see if A-1 (Yes, it’s A-1 this time. They better not screw things up) can do the series justice and make all Oreimo fans happy.
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Ladies and gentlemen, this is my most anticipated anime of this season. Well, I’m pretty sure just about everyone is going to watch this anime, but nevermind. Strangely enough, this is yet another one I checked up because of the season previews. After reading half of it and being entranced by what I saw, I was determined to watch the anime. I was originally a bit conflicted with continuing the manga because I thought it would be more beneficial that way when I blog the anime, but alas, I couldn’t and ended up reading until the latest chapter. While the anime may not have the amount of suspense due to the fact that I read through the manga, I still feel that Shingeki no Kyojin will be one of the top, if not the top anime of this season. I hate going on a hype-train, but this time it’s justified. Shingeki no Kyojin is pretty fucking amazing.
Dates and Roundup
Monday – Nothing
Tuesday – Nothing
Wednesday – Dansai Bunri, RDG: Red Data Girl, and Karneval (April 3rd)
Thursday – Yahari Ore no Seishun, Hataraki Maou-Sama, Photo Kano, Ginga Kikoutai, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation (All April 4th), and Kakumeiki Valvrave (April 11th)
Friday – Aku no Hana, Date A Live (Both April 5th), and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S (April 12th)
Saturday – Oreimo, Shingeki no Kyojin (Both April 6th), and Hentai Ouji (April 13th)
Sunday – Suisei no Gargantia (April 7th)
Wow, that is a busy season. I may watch some of the other ones I have not mentioned, but I think 16 is quite a bit to swallow every week. I mean, just look at Thursday. I thought blogging the Fall Season was bad, but now… However, with all the buzz this season has to offer, I’m glad to blog as much as I possibly can as this season looks to surpass the previous that I have done. I am definitely pumped for this season, and I’m sure most of you are too. Here’s to a fantastic season! Cheers!