Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring 2013 Anime

The spring anime season is drawing closer, and I must say, I am looking forward to it. The weak season will be over, and a mass of potential masterpieces starts afterwards, I'm extremely excited! As always, I will be giving my pre-season thoughts on the series I found interesting on the anime chart. Anything not listed is not of my interest or may have been forgotten.

The season's chart can be found here:
Spring 2013 Anime Chart

As always, I'll be listing the series in order of interest:


Aku no Hana

Synopsis:
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?


Opinion:
Who am I kidding? I'm a sucker for stuff like this. Evil children, conflicts caused by puberty, etc. It just sounds so.... I don't know, but I can say that this is most definitely the anime I look forward to the most.


RDG: Red Data Girl

Synopsis:
A modern fantasy based on Japanese Shinto legends. Suzuhara Izumiko is a 15-year-old girl, who has been raised and protected in a shrine deep in the Kumano mountains. She is quite shy and destroys all the electric devices she touches. When she begins to think about going out of the mountains and moving to the city, her guardian Sagara Yukimasa recommends her to enter a high school in Tokyo and forces his son Miyuki to serve Izumiko for life. Miyuki and Izumiko repel each other but their relationship begins to change when a terrifying accident occurs on the school excursion. Izumiko learns her fate as the last representative (yorishiro) of a Himegami goddess and Miyuki learns of his duty as a guardian Yamabushi of Izumiko.

Opinion:
This series had my interest from the very first trailer I saw of it. I do like me some fantasy series, not to mention this series is done by P.A. Works, and their series tend to be really good. Also, the cast looks great, and the art is gorgeous (as expected from P.A. Works).


Suisei no Gargantia

Synopsis:
The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called "Hidiaazu." During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Redo and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Redo realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas' depths in order to survive. Redo arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet's history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Redo, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him.

Opinion:
The trailers had me really interested, the cinematic visuals, the story, it all seems so...amazing from just that trailer. Though, maybe my expectations for this series are too high, but, I still look forward to seeing how this series will turn out.


Arata Kangatari

Synopsis:
Every 30 years, a new princess is chosen from the Hime family to serve the Hayagami. The time has come again, but over these past years, records state not a single female has been born, save for one, the 15-year-old Arata. The only problem is, Arata is actually a male! Forced to disguise himself and take the place of the princess candidate until a formal one can be found, he attends the festival only to witness the current princess, Kokuri-hime, murdered, and his own life is forfeit as well, by the hands of the princess' personal guard, the 12 Shinshou. As he runs for his life, Kannagi of the 12 convinces everyone that Arata is the one who has murdered the princess instead, and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head!

Opinion:
This series looks completely epic! Not to mention the source material was serialized in Weekly Shounen Sunday, which is the magazine where my favorite manga (Magi) and a few other manga I really like (The World God Only Knows, Denpa Kyoushi) are published. So, this is definitely a must-watch for me.


Karneval (TV)

Synopsis:
Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country's most powerful defense organization—"Circus"!!

Opinion:
For one, the visuals are colorful (I love colorful visuals), the cast is great, and it has an interesting-sounding plot. I've read the first chapter of the manga, and it was pretty good, plus, it's a Josei (one of my favorite genres) which is another plus.


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku

Synopsis:
The story is set in the same Hinamizawa village of the previous stories. The village has been completely sealed off due to a mysterious virus in 1983, and Maebara Keiichi and Ryuuguu Rena deal with the outbreak.

Opinion:
A new Higurashi series is good news for me, but from the trailer I've seen, it seems that this series will just be a massacre, not that I have a problem with that. The bloodiness of this series is one of its best traits.








Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Synopsis:
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Elen and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Elen vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.

Opinion:
Giant monsters, action, explosions, fantasy, this'll either be epic to extreme proportions or an epic fail, and you can sure as hell bet I'll watch this one.



Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S

Synopsis:
The second season will focus on The Sisters Arc. Lasting only a single volume in the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novels, it was later expanded greatly in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga.

The arc focuses on the ordeals of Mikoto Misaka after discovering the existence of the Radio Noise sisters that are being used in the Level 6 Shift, an experiment where they are killed in order for the highest-ranking Level 5, Accelerator, can achieve Level 6.


Opinion:
I do like the Railgun series, this one will be especially interesting because it focuses on the Sisters Arc. I just dislike the fact that I have to see Kuroko fanservice scenes (Kuroko annoys me), but, other than that, I'm looking forward to it.



Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

Synopsis:
Second season of OreImo.

Opinion:
Yes, I actually like this series, particularly because of every girl except for Kirino and her school friends. I'm looking forward to seeing how things fare this season.









Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

Synopsis:
While Japan in desperate situation, 13 "devil survivors" cut deals with devils to obtain abilities to fight against unknown invaders with only 7 days left until a world catastrophe, you need to make crucial decision to survive...

Opinion:
The trailers were what got me interested, it kind of reminds me of the Persona 4 anime in a way, which is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to it.





Kakumeiki Valvrave

Synopsis:
The story is set in an era when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of space cities. Between two major powers — the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — there is a small neutral nation called Jiouru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto, a high school student who lives in Jiouru, encounters the mysterious “forbidden” humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorushia army invades.

Opinion:
The trailer by itself was interesting, and considering this is done by Sunrise, it's likely to be really good.





Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.

Synopsis:
Youto Yokodera is always thinking about his carnal desires, but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. The boy goes to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Youto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his high school with her own wish — that she would not display her real intentions so readily.

Opinion:

I like perverted main characters, especially in romantic comedies, also the two main characters seem to create a perfect balance with each other (and I do like balance quite a lot).



Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

Synopsis:
Second season of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san.

Opinion:
The first season was pretty funny, so I see no reasons to not watch it.










Hataraku Maou-sama!

Synopsis:
Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As "conquering the world" are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!

Opinion:
I'm currently reading a manga that's based off of the high school aspect of the series, and it's funny, and a bit on the silly side. I'll definitely give this a watch.




Photo Kano

Synopsis:
The story revolves around the male protagonist who just got a DSLR camera from his dad and start to develop photography as his new hobby.

Opinion:
From what I understand, this is supposed to be a harem series...? So, it's a photography harem this time...why not? The animation looks pretty, and the casting is really good, so I'll check it out.







Yuyushiki

Synopsis:
The manga follows the school life of three girls in the data processing club—Yuzuko, Yukari, and Yui.

Opinion:
Seems like a pretty average series, though, I do like the choice of voice actresses for the three main characters, two of whom were in Yuru Yuri. So, I'll watch it.








Aiura

Synopsis:
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."

Opinion:
Another anime about high school girls. If anything, the visuals are cute, they remind me a bit of the Working!! series. Hopefully it'll be decent and I won't watch it just for the visuals.




Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku

Synopsis:
A spin-off of Lucky Star. Centers around big sister Hinata Miyakawa and little sister Hikage Miyakawa's impoverished daily life at home (due to Hinata's wasteful habits) and Hikage's life at elementary school.

Opinion:
Lucky Star wasn't exactly my thing, but I still kind of enjoyed it, so I might as well give this a try.







Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo

Synopsis:
The action story is set in Edo-era Tokyo in the early 1700s. The eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune ordered boxes to be installed so commoners can submit their thoughts. After hearing their voices, the shogun creates a new magistrate unit—Mushibugyou—to protect the people in the heart of the city. Each member is a specialist with unique fighting skills.

Opinion:
I have to admit, I'm not exactly a huge fan of historical anime series, though this does interest me a bit because the manga this series is adapted from is in Weekly Shounen Sunday. I have faith in Weekly Shounen Sunday, so I'll definitely give it a shot.



Zettai Bouei Leviathan

Synopsis:
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.

Opinion:
So, let me get this straight. This is a story about a fairy who recruits dragons to fight monsters? Oh, okay, seems legit.





Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

Synopsis:
Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people's hair. One day he meets Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the "Hair Queen" who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, "Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge" is the only thing that can cut them. But little did he know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the "Hair Queen" using the cursed killing tools, the "Killing Goods." Can Kiri protect Iwai from the Killing Goods Owners? Let the game begin!

Opinion:
So...people are trying to kill this girl because she's the "Hair Queen", and a guy with a hair-cutting fetish is protecting her from the people who are trying to kill her....weird. But, I'll give it a chance, I mean, why not?



Date A Live

Synopsis:
Itsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido's sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called "Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit", which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, "I don't ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world."

Opinion:
Is this the new action harem series that tries to be original but will most likely turn out extremely generic? It might be. But, this might surprise me, so I'll give it a chance. Even it is generic, it should be watchable.



Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

Synopsis:
This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, They're a bunch of liars. When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, Not working. A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer service club, which happens to have the school's prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.

Opinion:
This plot sounds somewhat familiar, most likely because it has elements that are extremely popular in generic romantic comedies. Friendless guy somehow ends up spending his days with the prettiest girl in school, becomes target of jealousy, etc... But, I'll give it a chance, maybe there'll be some crazy twist or something. Probably not, but it'll be a good time waster. 


Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties

Synopsis:
Fourth season of Hayate no Gotoku!

Opinion:
Manglobe doesn't seem to be convinced that they're not very good at making a Hayate series (animation looks bad, Can't Take My Eyes Off You was...weird, as was Heaven is a Place on Earth). Knowing me, though, I'll watch it to bitch about it later. Who knows, maybe this will be an improvement from the last series (I doubt it'll be though).







Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san

Synopsis:
Mukoujima Takurou is a lonely teenager who spends his time fishing at the pier and, to his incredible surprise, fishes up Muromi, a mermaid. Muromi first off doesn't realize she's a mermaid until she meets Takurou. Not only that, she is incredibly dense and crazy and has a drinking problem to top it off. Now every time Takurou goes fishing, Muromi appears and makes life interesting for him.

Opinion:
This sounds like it might be really bad, and the animation looks weird, but, maybe I'll give it a chance.




Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%

Synopsis:
Second season of Uta no Prince-sama.

Opinion:
Okay, so, to put it bluntly, I didn't like the first season, it was bad. HOWEVER, there are certain voice actors that I'm terribly fond of in this bad series (Norio Wakamoto and Yuuichi Nakamura), also, who knows, maybe this won't be terrible. Maybe, just maybe, guys will stop falling in love with this girl after spending one day with her. Though, I don't have very much faith in this series, I'll watch it for those certain voice actors.





Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince

Synopsis:
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.

Opinion:
The title is ridiculous, I literally busted out laughing at it. The plot sounds kind of ridiculous as well, maybe I'll skip on this one...




So, those are my pre-season thoughts on Spring 2013. The season looks pretty good, I might even have too much to watch! This post may be updated from time to time, so look out for those updates.


Updates


3/11-12?/13
Added Aiura to the list

3/29/13
Added Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku and Zettai Bouei Leviathan to the list

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