Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime First Impressions

A more appropriate title for this post would be "Mid-Season Impressions" but since I hate making things different, I leave the title as is. Anywho, as always, I shall be presenting my opinions on all the new shows of the Fall 2013 anime season, as well as the continuing shows from previous seasons.

New Series:

BlazBlue: Alter Memory

I have no idea as to what is going on in this show. Things explode, people fight, and I haven't a clue as to why this is happening. I have yet to be impressed by anything unrelated to music in this show, which is a real shame because it was one of the series I was looking forward to the most.


I understand that there are problems with this show, but, regardless, I do indeed enjoy watching it. Why? I don't really know, but I like it. Though, I do admit, Aoi is extremely annoying. On another note, I absolutely LOVE the opening theme for this show. It's so sexy.

Diabolik Lovers

As anyone may be able to guess from my posts on this show, it disgusts me, yet amuses me with the extreme amount of stupidity. From what a very nice commenter has told me, it's not even following the source material right. It's merging multiple storylines into one big, convoluted mess of a plot.

Diamond no Ace

I'm not exactly a very sporty person. I can stand watching stuff like basketball, or biking, but baseball is....err...meh. This show, however, despite being about baseball, manages to keep my interest pretty well. The characters definitely make the show worth watching, even if you're not a sports loving person.

Galilei Donna

I enjoy this show very much, but I have one huge problem with it: Kazuki. Seriously, if not for her, this show would be so much better. Putting the annoyance that is Kazuki aside, I love Hozuki and Hazuki (and the pirate guy too, he's attractive) and the whole adventure aspect of this show is fun as well. Now that all the teen girl drama is seemingly over, hopefully things will get fun again.


This show is adorable. It's one of those shows few and far between that can be enjoyed by both younger and older audiences. It's sweet, but it has drama, as all anime do. This show accomplishes being cute and family friendly, while at the same time not sending me to sleep. Good job!

Golden Time

This show is so much fun. I love how exaggerated some of the characters are. I also love that this show has pairings involving characters other than the protagonist (who would've thought?!). Koko is a bit freaky though, but I guess that's the whole point of her character.

IS: Infinite Stratos 2

This season is quite a big step down from the first season. In the first season, there were plenty of battle scenes and a small dose of fanservice. This season is lots and lots of T&A, with a few battle scenes. I liked having a combination of the two, but when the con is outweighing the pro, the show is not good.

Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season

Valvrave is special, in every meaning of the word. It's retarded and amazing at the same time. I love how unpredictably predictable it is. Anyway, the new developments, despite being a prime example of Murphy's Law (pessimism FTW), are extremely entertaining.

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is what you get if you combine Gurren Lagann with Panty & Stocking, Nazis, and school. It is the most incredible thing that's on right now. It's hilarious, action packed, hilarious, sexy, hilarious, did I mention hilarious? It is this season's shining star.

Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season

The introduction of Kagami's Japanese/American childhood friend certainly made for some interesting dialogue. The matches are also just as interesting as last season, if not more. I love this series, I guess I could consider it my favorite sports anime of all time.

Kyoukai no Kanata

I love the balance of silly and serious this show has. It's actually more silly than serious, but at this point, I really don't care. And, as expected of Kyoani, the animation is absolutely gorgeous.

Kyousogiga (TV)

It definitely didn't turn out how I expected it to turn out, but this show is surprisingly kind of...sad. The whole abandonment the council members feel makes my heart hurt. Who would've thought that crazy acid trip show would have so much feeling put into it?

Little Busters!: Refrain

Riki has a harem and sad things happen. Oh joy....I really wish they just stopped adapting after the first season of Little Busters! because I'm getting a bit depressed with this sequel. It's not bad, but I could certainly do without all the sappy stuff that's happening. I guess that's Key for you, though.

Log Horizon

People are saying this show is way better than Sword Art Online. I do indeed agree that it is a better series, but it isn't exactly great by any means. I do enjoy it, and I do think it's good, but so far, I do not think it great.

Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai

I'd probably like this series better if Yaya wasn't a walking migraine. Luckily, she's not one of those characters that annoys the crap out of you and is completely useless at the same time. Still, she's annoying. Yaya aside, this show is pretty mediocre, hopefully it'll improve.

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

I'm extremely happy they've included the Pirates arc, and I'm very much excited to see how they'll execute the Magnostadt arc, but a bit anxious to hear Tetsuya Kakihara and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka's voices. Who knows how they'll sound...


Pretty colors and pretty boys acting like ladies. Surprisingly, this show isn't all that boring. I mean, it does have some really boring episodes, but there's a few (like the one with the ghost) that were actually pretty interesting. Hopefully more episodes will be just as interesting.

Miss Monochrome

I didn't really pay any mind to this is the season preview, but it's surprisingly an OK short series. Though, it really wouldn't matter if I didn't start watching it because it's not really anything special either.

Nagi no Asukara

This series is so pretty. It's also surprisingly gripping. I especially like Chisaki and Kaname's relationship, and I ship it (harder than any other pairing in this show). Of course, the main character's romance with Manaka is nice too (but Chisaki and Kaname FTW).

Non Non Biyori

This show is cute, but it's not exactly interesting. In fact, I a little bored watching this show sometimes. It kind of uses the same jokes over and over again, and that's a bit annoying. But...I don't know, I can't dislike this show for some unforeseen reason.

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru

Well, this was certainly a surprise amongst the new series. I didn't think this show would actually be good, but, wouldn't you know it, it is. It's really funny, not on level with Kill La Kill (which is very hard to achieve, so no hard feelings), but it's ill pretty funny.

Outbreak Company

Spreading the word of the otaku in a mythical land. Who would've thought such an odd concept would actually come about in such a not odd manner? I don't know, I was expecting this show to turn out a lot weirder than it actually has. It's still kind of weird, but it's pretty normal for my standards.

Samurai Flamenco

I was expecting this show to be vibrant, colorful, and full of amazing battle scenes. However, it turned out to be a dark comedy about wannabe superheroes. I wasn't really pleased when I first found this out, but, it's actually very enjoyable for a modern day cynic like myself.

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

Women's wrestling highly sexualized by extremely large breasts (I feel deceived, I thought they'd be more proportional), and lots of squealing and moaning. I'd like this show a lot more if it didn't sound exactly like porn.

Strike the Blood

I wish I had more words for this show, but I barely have any. It's pretty stereotypical (old-fashioned stereotypical), but it still manages to entertain a bit. In a way it reminds me of the Toaru Majutsu no Index, but just not as fun.

Super Seisyun Brothers

It's a short series, so there really isn't much to it. Still, it's fairly enjoyable. Of course, I ship the Saitou brother with the Shinmoto sister, not too sure about the Shinmoto brother with the Saitou sister though.

Tokyo Ravens

With what I've seen so far, this show is quite interesting. Though, it seems to be (maybe I'm just coming to hasty conclusions) a buildup to a battle harem. Even if it does, I'm sure I'll still like it. Something about this show clicks with me.

Walkure Romanze

This show is one giant sex joke, and it is amazing. Also, the show has more points of interest besides the sex jokes. The jousting is actually *gasp* interesting! Also, everyone in this show is so pretty, this is one of the most appealing fanservice shows I've ever seen.

Yowamushi Pedal

Despite the overuse of CG in the biking scenes, this show is pretty good. For some reason, this particular anime season is abundant with good sports series, and this show is no exception.

Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita.

This show is mostly fanservice. I was kind of hoping that wasn't gonna be the case, but whatever. Anyway, this show's fanservice is surprisingly attractive. Not on level with Walkure Romanze, but attractive nonetheless. The comedy is a little on the dry side though.

Ongoing Series from Previous Seasons:

Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji

I would almost fall asleep watching this show at times. However, something seems to have improved, because I'm getting bored less often while watching this. Definitely an improvement, but I still space out while watching this show sometimes.

Monogatari Series: Second Season

Shinobu's story was fair, but so far, the highlight for me was Hachikuji's arc. Nadeko's arc pissed me off quite a bit though, and because of her arc, I kind of abhor her character now. I'm looking forward to seeing what Kanbaru's arc has in store, because Kanbaru is always interesting.

Uchuu Kyoudai

That Russia arc really held my interest there. I finally have a ship to ship for this show (Mutta with anyone is boring), and that makes watching it loads more fun. Though, I highly doubt I will be seeing Olga in the show again anytime soon. Still, Hibito has become much more interesting to me. One cannot help but want to root for him.

So those are my thoughts on the shows so far. It is highly likely that my opinion of some of these shows will change in time, but, for now, I'm sticking to my opinions.
Unfortunately, Pupa has yet to premier, and has shown no signs as to when in this season, if at all, it will come about.

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