Spring 2013 Anime Round-up

This month has been one of the busiest in my life with having to put in overtime hours, participate in competitions, and catching up with volunteer work. In that time I’ve come to realize how dedicated to anime I am. Despite all of the work I still managed to preview all of the new anime this season and compile my thoughts on them with a rundown of the best and worst anime.

Aiura

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Aiura is simple, light-hearted, and innocent. It doesn’t seem like much really happens in the series.

Status: not watching

Aku no Hana

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So from what I gather, the “evil flower” is a metaphor for lust as a result of raging teenage hormones. I can see how a series like this could appeal to a teenager, but puberty went by a long time ago for me. The character designs are also ugly.

Status: not watching

Arata Kangatari

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When I started watching Arata Kangatari I thought it felt similar to Fushigi Yuugi except that the main character was male instead of female. After a couple of episodes I saw that this wasn’t the case. The main character is a crybaby with no backbone or will to stand up for himself, which reminds me too much of Shu from Guilty Crown.

Status: not watching

Danchi Tomoo

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I started falling asleep after the first half of the first episode. Who really wants to follow around an ordinary elementary school kid all day doing ordinary elementary school things?

Status: not watching

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

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Hair, scissors, blushing like you’re about to have sex… um yeah, no.

Status: not watching

Date A Live

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Let’s think about this for a minute. These super powerful girls from another world are appearing on Earth and when they do, they cause earthquakes that cause a lot of damage. People haven’t been able to stop them even using high-tech mech girls so they ask some random teenager to go date them? I don’t mind harem anime, but at least make it a little more believable.

Status: not watching

Devil Survivor 2

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Admittedly, this anime doesn’t sound too bad. It’s a bit like Pokemon/Digimon with a hint of Mirai Nikki. My issue with it is that it’s rather cliché; it’s like a recycling of shows I’ve already seen so doesn’t feel unique or interesting.

Status: not watching

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

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When you get attacked, normally you would send out your best pilots to fight the enemy. Instead, the worst pilots are sent out and somehow magically turn awesome. I’m sorry, but that’s just dumb.

Status: not watching

Glass no Kamen desu ga

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It’s hard to pinpoint what was bad about this anime since nothing happened in the first episode.

Status: not watching

Hataraku Maou-sama!

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At first I thought, “oh, here’s another dull fantasy anime”, but then Maou and Alsiel get transported to our world and I thought, “this is awesome!” Any anime that can make me laugh goes on my watch list, any anime that can keep me laughing is bound to become a favourite. I loved the katsu-don discovery, Alsiel becoming a housewife, and Emi being reduced to a deranged “ex-girlfriend”.

Status: watching

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko

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I was expecting some good things from this anime, but its been average thus far. The characters are cute, but not much has really happened in the first three episodes. I like Azusa, but I want to see Tsukiko display some emotions soon.

Status: watching

Kakumeiki Valvrave

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A peaceful country suddenly gets attacked and a teenager just happens to get into a state-of-the-art mecha and save the day without any training whatsoever. Oh, did I mention he’s a body-swapping vampire? This series just screams of cliché. I’m only watching it because one of the characters in the ending looks like 16-year-old Ruri Hoshino from Nadesico.

Status: watching

Karneval

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Lots of pretty-boys and a small hint of BL is turning me away from this one.

Status: not watching

Ketsuekigata-kun!

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Japan has some weird obsession with blood types in the same way some people obsess over horoscopes. Ketsuekigata-kun is like a walkthrough of what each blood type means.

Status: not watching

Mushibugyou

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Mushibugyou seems like a decent series with some good action, but given the number of titles I’m following this season, something had to be dropped. Given that this seems standard samurai comedy, I think it’s safe to assume I won’t be missing much.

Status: not watching

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san

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Wackiness is always a hit or miss for me. Sometimes I laugh every episode like with Excel Saga, but Muromi just didn’t do it for me.

Status: not watching

Otona Joshi no Anime Time

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Are you a middle-aged woman who believes in romance and that one day a charming man will come to sweep you off your feet? Otona Joshi no Anime Time will help you continue believing that will happen.

Status: not watching

Photo Kano

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Cool, a photography anime. Wait, isn’t this just voyeurism?

Status: not watching

Red Data Girl

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The reverse-harem situation isn’t doing much for a male viewer like me, but the animation is simply gorgeous. P.A. Works really knows how to make everything look nice.

Status: watching

Shingeki no Kyojin

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The premise for this series sounded dumb to me, but when I actually started watching it I was just blown away. Shingeki no Kyojin is dark, gritty, and violent. I love it.

Status: watching

Sparrow’s Hotel

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Sparrow’s Hotel is about a busty crime-fighting, super customer service providing young girl that works at a hotel and makes all the customers blush. Considering the setting and the animation quality, I’m pretty sure this was conceived under 60 seconds and slapped together by amateurs.

Status: not watching

Suisei no Gargantia

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Here’s another series I thought sounded dumb at first, but after I started watching it I changed my mind. The thing I like about it is discovering this new world and seeing Ledo experience cultural shock and adjusting to it.

Status: watching

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru

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I hadn’t heard of this anime until it actually aired; it looks like a typical boy-meets-girl series with some quirky side-characters thrown in. I have a soft spot for romantic comedy anime like this.

Status: watching

Yuyushiki

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Silly? yes. Funny? not really. Yuyushiki seems to be going for that Lucky Star vibe, but I just didn’t find it all that entertaining.

Status: not watching

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

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I’ve been on the fence for this anime for a while. The story is very simplistic and of no value, but the characters are just so cute, especially Leviathan. I figure since I’ve already watched 3 episodes because of Leviathan’s cuteness, then I might as well watch the rest.

Status: watching

If you’re wondering about the other series airing this season, keep in mind that my round-up posts only cover new titles. I consider sequels and spin-offs to be continuations of a title, which I would’ve covered in previous posts. With that said, I am also watching the following sequels: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W, Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (season 2), and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S. I’m also continuing to watch Uchuu Kyoudai, which brings the number of series I’m following this season to 13.

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Awards

Now it’s time for the best and worst of the season, at least from my point of view.

Worst Series Award:

Sparrow’s Hotel

It’s ridiculous and just plain bad.

Most Underrated Series Award:

Otona Joshi no Anime Time

I’m not watching this series because I’m clearly not the target audience. If I were a middle-aged lady then I’d be all over this, much like how I am with romantic comedies.

Best Series Award:

Hataraku Maou-sama!

In my opinion, Hataraku Maou-sama and Shingeki no Kyojin were neck and neck for the first two weeks, but when both cooled down in the third episode, Hataraku Maou-sama edged ahead by maintaining some comedy while the shock factor in Shingeki no Kyojin disappeared.

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Final Comments:

This season looks to have a lot of potential. Hataraku Maou-sama, Shingeki no Kyojin, Suisei no Gargantia, and Yahari (this title is too long) are at the top of my list right now. There are also a number of continuations of series that I have enjoyed in the past. I think this will turn out to be one of the more enjoyable seasons of the past couple of years. To see my other round-up posts, click here.

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  1. Ah thx that helps a lot, I hesitated with starting the non sequels this season. Now I see what I think is worth to start and what not.
    I will add Hataraku Maou-sama!

    Zettai Bouei Leviathan is simply adorable, the simple fantasy story is charming and the comedy is hilarious at times, reminds me of Magical Pokaan.

    Photo Kano, haha this shows portrays the bad sides of using a DSLR, yet the main character does what I had loved to do in school, shootings with pretty girls, ahh this makes me jealous. But I think Photokano still has potential.

    Devil Survivor 2 this anime really feels like a mix of old seasons anime, not really unique to make episodes that have a feel to consist of references.

    The two following shows blew me out of the window.

    Shingeki no Kyojin looks like an all out action anime, something that I missed recently. The first episode was really good with portraying the terror of the giants. Im happy that it is a longer anime show.

    Suisei no Gargantia what I watched yesterday, left me with open mouth, this might be quite epic. And I liked the visual appeal of it.
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    • I hope you enjoy Maou-sama, I think it’s really good so far. Shingeki no Kyojin and Suisei no Gargantia were some of the big surprises this season, I didn’t expect much from them after reading the summaries, but they turned out to be rather good. It’s too bad there aren’t more series at this level.

  2. How in the world do you keep up with 13 series?!

    I’m only keeping up with about three so far (Hataraku Maou Sama and Mushibugyou for reviews, and Doki Doki Precure for my own entertainment) and I’m still having trouble keeping up with episodes. I really would love to keep up with Leviathan since it looks like a really nice series, but alas; I don’t have the time to…
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    • It takes a bit of planning, but it’s still manageable even if you’re flooded with other work. When you think about it, watching 13 episodes is less than an hour a day on average. You spend more than an hour a day eating so that’s an option for a lot of people (watch while eating). Personally, I spend an hour each day doing exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, etc.) and that’s when I watch anime as well. Multi-tasking is the key ;)

  3. Yesss I agree with you and your top three :) Especially Hataraku Maou-sama!

    Same here. I am super busy atm, but hey gotta make room for anime ;)

    Kakumeiki Valvrave’s pilot ep was enough to keep me interested, but its second ep was really good compared. Unfortunately, it was the other way around for DS2. I may end up dropping it the way things are going.

    Sequels are a given.

    As for Red Data Girl, I keep hearing it’s good. I need to see this. And I am no middle aged lady, but I have been meaning to watch Otona Joshi no Anime Time. I feel like I’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

    And what do you know, I too am at anime #13. Man, we watch way too much of this.
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    • Red Data Girl has been getting better, especially now that we know what kind of students are at the new school. It might actually be pretty good if it keeps up with the story.

      Too much anime or not enough? If I could, I would watch everything :)

  4. Red Data Girl is great so far. Just started Shingeki no Kyojin and it is pretty cool. Opening song is just weird, lol. Also, if you are talking about Marie in Valvrave, she does remind me of Ruri, too. However, I would say my favorite two of the season so far is Red Data Girl and Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge is growing on me, though.

    • I hear quite a few people are watching Crime Edge, but I just can’t get past the whole hair fetish thing. It’s almost as weird as that anime about a guy with a drool fetish.

  5. Shingeki no Kyojin’s premise sounded dumb to you at first. I am guessing you’re not a gamer and have never played either Shadow of the Colossus or Monster Hunter.

    Shows I am greatly enjoying:
    -Zettai Bouei Leviathan
    -Yuyushiki
    -Railgun 2
    -Shingeki no Kyojin

    Shows I am watching for research purposes (aka, forced)
    -Ore no Imouto 2
    -That show with the guy who has a hair fetish

    Show I need to eventually watch
    -Red Data Girl
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  6. Last anime season I didn’t watch anything new because I had no time. Little Busters is the only thing I finished. Now that I have a bit more time I’ve gone back and picked up 2 series.

    This season I’m following 4 new series.
    Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko – The first episode was really good. It sucked me in straight away and I was laughing non-stop. Sadly the next 2 episodes have been very dull. I hope it picks up again. The characters and OP are still incredibly cute, so maybe it’s worth hanging on for that alone xD.

    Red Data Girl – You need to be in the correct mood to watch this one. It somewhat reminds me of Kimi ni Todoke and is quite charming.

    Date A Live – You’re right, the whole premise is totally stupid. But that’s why I’m going to watch this. The abusive Imouto character, Kotori, is great I think.

    Samurai Bride (Season 2 of Saumrai Girls) – Well I watched the first season might as well watch the second. So far it’s been enjoyable – nothing too serious like the first season tried to pull. I hope it stays this way since that is when I liked the first season best.

    If I need another series to watch I’ll consider Shingeki no Kyojin. It sounds interesting from what you and other people have been saying in the comments.
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    • The characters in Hentai Ouji are indeed cute, it’s what’s keeping me going as well. I really hope that the story picks up soon.

      I think Red Data Girl has a bit more seriousness in it, but I can definitely see the similarities with Kimi ni Todoke, what with the misfit girl and all.

      It sounds just like you to watch Date A Live and Samurai Bride though, I have to admit that they have nice character designs.

  7. Shingeki no Kyojin is the one that catches my attention the most, even when I first saw the manga cover in Japan back in late November while the store was promoting that it would be animated. As you’ve said, it’s dark and gritty, and it may potentially be very different from many other series going on these days.

    I’m planning to watch Nyaruko W and possibly Valvrave too. May give them a chance once I have more time to myself.
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    • I wouldn’t recommend Valvrave now after seeing a few more episodes. It’s rather clichéd and feels like a mishmash of a bunch of other anime. I guess it’s good for the laughs though.