Spring 2013 Anime Season Preview


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So as the 2013 winter anime season draws to a close we begin to look forward to the spring season, one that has numerous interesting series, and a few that look to be potentially fascinating but I have yet to make up my mind on. I have to admit that I never really look into a new season until just before it begins, I also rarely watch the preview videos because I have yet to watch one that really demonstrated clearly what the series would be like. Instead I simply prefer to base my initial viewing off of the art, synopsis, and any other material that might be about such as manga adaptations, or original source etc. It is also very hard to really come up with a clear understanding or any real idea of what the season will be like purely based off of the series previews and ploy synopses. You can get a general idea of what a series may involve based on artwork and description, but from past seasons, and years there are always those hidden gems that at first look dull, boring and generally flat but turn into something that is truly wonderful. In a similar vein, there are series that start off well, but ultimately lose their way and become disappointments despite the talent and ability behind them.

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There are quite a few Light Novel adaptations in the coming season, like with every season – hardly surprising considering the immense popularity of manga and light novels in Japan when compared to anime. I have never really had a problem with light novel adaptations, so I am reasonably looking forward to Date A Live, Photo Kano, Hararaku Maou-sama, Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, and Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. We also have the second season of Ore no Imouto ga Konnari Kawaii Wake ga Nai, and Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride – I know many will dismiss such series, but I certainly enjoyed the first seasons, although with Hyakka Ryouran, it had a terrible, entirely unsatisfactory ending, so I hope that this second season will at least change that somewhat. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge on the other hand is a completely made series, with the manga pushing things up to 11 much like Mirai Nikki, so I am certainly looking forward to seeing how that anime has been adapted. Similarly, Devil Survivor 2 and Aku no Hana look really rather interesting – I have never played the Devil Survivor game, but I have read the Aku no Hana manga, and it is pretty warped.

Red Data Girl also looks rather fascinating, interesting to see how this series that involves elements of Shintoism when compared to Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (a series that I found so utterly and monumentally dull that it was dropped within three episodes). P. A. Works have produced some wonderful series in recent years, with Hanasaku Iroha being one of my favourites of 2011. So with that in mind, and having the same character designer on the team for this series I hope it will be entertaining and fascinating.  I also have a bit of a soft sport for reverse-harem, particularly those that are played as camp as possible. Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 1000% was one of those special series that was so utterly camp and ridiculous it was absolutely brilliant on every level. The characters were fun to watch, especially Shining Saotome, a character that brought a huge grin to my face whenever he appeared. It was simply one of those utterly over the top and ridiculous series that is enjoyable to watch. So I am clearly looking forward to the second installment of the series, coming in the form of Uta no Prince-sama – Maji Love 2000%, with twice the fun if the title is anything to be believed. We also have Karneval, an interesting looking series, although I have only glanced at the manga – I must admit that while I am not entirely sure about this series, the plot synopsis, and my brief glances at the manga do intrigue me, so I will certainly give this series a chance.

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Shingeki no Kyojin is one of those rather interesting series that is based on a critically acclaimed manga essentially about the end of humanity. Based several hundred years in the future, we see humanity having to live behind massive walls because of the ever-present danger of giants called titans whose sole purpose in life appears to be devouring humans. The manga itself is rather fascinating in its depiction of the continuing struggle for survival while also trying to work out what these titans are and why they are trying to wipe out humanity. The central character of the story Eren is rather interesting and has certain unique abilities that help him in his own quest to protect humanity and discover where the titan’s come from. I very much like the manga’s aesthetic, with numerous devices that have a very steampunkesque look. There are lots of mysteries about the titans, and about Eren himself, who seems to have a mysterious link to these devastating humanoid beasts. Overall it looks like a fascinating story and I do hope it has been adapted well. I am also very much looking forward to Haiyore Nyaruko-san W – the more Nyaruko the better basically – especially if she brings more unspeakable bar things. Then of course we have the second Railgun series – Railgun has always been the series that Index wanted to be, the story is concise and the characters are all very interesting.

And now we get onto the mecha series with Kakumeiki Valvrave and Suisei no Gargantia – I am not a massive mecha fan like some, but I do like a good mech series if it is pulled off properly (aka, Aquarion EVOL). Valverave is basically high school in space while piloting robots, something I have no issues with, and I am certainly looking forward too based on the mecha designs. The series I am unsure of however is Suisei no Gargantia. As many who have at least seen my tweets or read a few of my blog posts may no, I am not the biggest fan of Urobuchi Gen, finding his writing pretentious, longwinded, and generally lacking interesting characters and story. He is someone who comes up with fascinating settings, but proceeds to generally ruin them for me, and basically turn them into fairly boring stories where characters get killed in generally gruesome ways. So, with this in mind I am not entirely sure about Suisei no Gargantia, although I am willing to give it a look, partly because it is an original series by Production I. G. (although we all know how Guilty Crown turned out), and because I like the character designs and the plot synopsis. My hope is that it will be a good series and that maybe there is more control over Urobuchi’s tendency to put massive quotes from whatever book he has been reading that week into his script, time will tell. And then we have the rest, series that I am not entirely sure about, but will give them a cursory glance and perhaps even watch the first three episodes to see if I enjoy them. I like to do this, because as I mentioned earlier, I have found numerous entertaining anime that I might not have watched based purely on the description, simply by watching the series and giving it a chance. All in all, quite an interesting season actually.

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14 Responses to Spring 2013 Anime Season Preview

  1. Red Data Girl is my most anticipated series for the season. Always been a big fan of Mel Kishida’s work, so that is one of many reasons for me to check it out. Suisei no Gargantia, is something I am planning on watching, just because of the characters designs alone (has nothing to do with Urobuchi). Along with Devil Survivor 2 and Hararaku Maou-sama (and season continuations), I think that pretty much sums up my list; until the season gets started, since I am not sure about most of the manga adaptions. You have peaked my interest more on Aku no Hana, so might give that a chance.

    • illogicalzen says:

      Red Data Girl does look fascinating, also Mel Kishida’s illustrations are a big draw. As for Suisei no Gargantia, there is a lot that interests me about the series from the setting down to the character designs – I am certainly not dismissing it, its just that I havent had the best of experiences with Urobuchi Gen’s writing. My hope is that it does turn out to be a good series because there really is enough there that really makes me want to watch it – time will tell. Overal it looks like quite a strong season, but as with every other season you never really know until you watch the shows. I am not too sure about the light novel or manga adaptations either, but I wont dismiss them because based on past experience there are always some excellent series that are just waiting to be discovered if you give them a chance.

      • Indeed. I am leaning the same way, since their were only a few of Urobuchi’s projects (mainly visual novels) that I liked. However, looking at this from the glass being half full rather than half empty, their will be probably be something to admire, if not for the writing. But, lets face it: Having a compelling narrative would be better, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway, as you said, the season does look promising and I am actually interested for once in the manga adaptions (despite being clueless about most), so I am hopeful that we will get some stimulating and enjoyable projects. Looking forward to thoughts on Red Data Girl and the rest.

  2. glothelegend says:

    I will watch Red Data Girl, because I learned that Rie Kugimiya will be involved. Shingeki no Kyojin is still number one in my book though.

    • illogicalzen says:

      Red Data Girl certainly has got a lot of people interested – as for Shingeki no Kyojin, the manga is pretty fascinating, with a few curious twists later on that place certain massive questions on the Titan’s existence. This does look like one of the bigger series for the season, partly because it is based on a critically acclaimed manga, I also love the Steampunk aesthetic and hope that the studio staff and cast do the fight sequences justice because those are really high octane with a lot of movement. It is Production I. G. so the animation should be good, but my one real worry is that they mess up the fighting, at least from the small preview I watched months ago there is hope that they havent.

  3. Matthew Vett says:

    I’m most looking forward to Shingeki no Kyojin. I’ll have to check the manga out, too.

    • illogicalzen says:

      It’s worth reading the manga, partly because it has garnered significant critical acclaim – we shall have to see how it is adapted since the manga is still ongoing, so I dont really see a true ending to the anime, time will tell.

  4. Aku no Hana is my most anticipated series, as I’m a big fan of the manga… not so sure about the animation studio that’s handling it, though. Shingeki no Kyojin I’ll have to check out, partly to see what all the hype around the manga is about, but also because puny humans struggling against massive titans sounds like my kind of thing. Can’t say I’ve heard much about Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, but now I’m intrigued.

    Sequel-wise, I’m looking forward to OreImo and Haiyore Nyaruko-san W (I marathoned both their first series’ earlier this month in preparation), as well as UtaPri and Hyakka Ryouran.🙂

    • illogicalzen says:

      The manga adaptations for the season look promising – in terms of Aku no Hana, while Zexcs have a patchy history, they do seem to know how to add a nice horror/psychological aesthetic to their series, so I wouldn’t automatically dismiss them (like some would dismiss J. C. Staff for example). Shingeki no Kyoujin certainly seems to be one of the bigger series for the season, the manga is very good and really gives the impression of humanity in decline and on the brink of extinction, while also bringing up numerous questions about what the Titan’s are and where they come from. As for Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, its a really crazy manga actually, reminds me a little of Mirai Nikki in terms of turning things up to 11 from the beginning. Actually, quite a few darker, horror inflected manga getting adaptations this season.

      As for the sequels, I’m sure many are already judging me for watching Oreimo, but I did enjoy the first series and am certainly curious to see what happens in this sequel. Got to watch Haiyore Nyaruko-san W because I loved the first season, although it did tail off towards the end, almost as if it had spent all its energy on the first half of the season and then used up all of its jokes. I have a soft spot for UtaPri as well, it is wonderfully camp and revels in it, just one of those really, really silly series that you can sit back with a massive grin on your face while watching. As for Hyakka Ryouran, I have numerous problems with the first season such as the hideous non-ending, and seeing Muneakira effectively do nothing despite apparently being a capable and strong martial artist himself. Having said that, I really liked the series style, it had nice, rough looking animation, simulating multiple layers like a stage set, and never tried to go for full realism. While I am certainly looking forward to the sequel, I am also ambivalent about it, and will wait to see what they do with it. Like I said at the end of the post, it looks to be quite a strong season, but as with every anime season, the proof is in the eating, so we shall just have to wait and see.

      • I’m curious, since you mentioned it twice… but what makes you think people will judge you for watching OreImo? I can’t say I’ve come across anyone who’s had anything bad to say about the series before, in fact it was the high praise from other anime fans that convinced me to marathon it a couple of weeks ago. Myself, I found it very entertaining, and I liked how it touched on areas that other similar series pass over, such as the strongly negative, stereotypical views of otaku that a few of the side characters had.

        I certainly preferred it to Nyaruko-san, which I agree lost its drive towards the end. But the characters and wacky fantasy battles were fun, I was entertained enough to want to watch more.

        • illogicalzen says:

          You are correct about Oreimo since I have also seen a lot of praise for it, and I genuinely enjoyed the first season – mostly its a particular part of the internet/anime fandom that simply labels it as some form of little sister/incest anime which is unfortunate. I wouldnt say I am too fussed by this of course since I found it enjoyable and hope that the second season will be equally entertaining, we shall have to see of course. As for Nyaruko-san, it did lose its way, but the characters and crazy gags made it worth watching, even if it lost its way halfway through.

  5. Animecommentary says:

    Count me in as another person looking forward to Red Data Girl. With Nyaruko-san, I need to finish the first series before jumping into the sequel (when that comes out). I must say, though, that Nyaruko-san was a rather loose adaptation of the Cthulhu mythos, to the point where Nyaruko (the anime version) has little relation to Nyaruko (the god). Its main draw is the numerous references – I got the impression that someone on the production was a big Kamen Rider fan.

    • illogicalzen says:

      Haiyore Nyaruko-san only loosely uses the Cthulhu mythos just to set up random puns, gags and so on – the main focus of the series are the ridiculous slapstick jokes and general madness that follows Nyaruko wherever she goes. It’s a series that doesnt really work unless you know about the popculture references that it uses such as Kamen Rider, Super Sentai and so on. It’s just a very, very silly series.

  6. danna45 says:

    Personally, I’m looking forward to DeSu2 animation and Oreimo season 2 the most. The former because the game was awesome(recommending it for sure), and the latter because the first season was fun. I’ve seen the first episode of DeSu2 already and I really think its gonna be a good adaption, better than Persona 4’s first episode in my opinion.

    Also, if you ever plan on watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, I’m curious of what you think about it

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